NCAA Football – Season Bowls Schedule and Odds.


Just as the professional football world is getting ready for the upcoming season, college football is on the move, as well. If you are a real fan, as many other sports enthusiast out there, it is important for you to know the most relevant dates, schedule and of course Continue reading


Father of Texans’ Cushing Stands Fast in Son’s Defense

Brian Cushing will play football Sunday at the Meadowlands, and his parents, Frank and Antoinette, plan to drive 20 minutes or so from their home in Park Ridge, N.J., to watch. They will sit with relatives of one of Cushing’s college teammates, Mark Sanchez. Mark Sanchez

Cushing is a second-year linebacker for the Houston Texans, who will try to stop Sanchez and the red-hot Jets. Frank Cushing said he would have looked forward to the game, Brian’s homecoming as a professional, much more if this were a normal season.

But he spent much of this year defending his son Brian, a 262-pound bruiser, in the court of public opinion. His fight to restore Brian’s reputation has been exhausting.

“The fun is gone,” Frank Cushing said during a telephone interview Thursday.

The 23-year-old Cushing, who like Sanchez played at Southern California and was a first-round pick in the 2009 N.F.L. draft, was suspended for the first four games of this season for violating the N.F.L.’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Frank Cushing, who is 67 and retired, said he would “take the hit” had Brian Cushing been using the banned substance hCG, a hormone that can restart testosterone production after steroid use. But he said that when he asked Brian if he had used any banned substances, Brian said no. Frank Cushing says he believes him. Continue reading

College Football Edition

Welcome to the 2010-11 edition of NCAA Football Marketwatch. The team at Sports Insights gives sports fans unprecedented insighCollege Football t into the NCAA Football point-spread market. If you ever wanted to know what was really happening on the sportsbook side, you now have an all-access pass with Sports Marketwatch!

Every week we speak directly with the line managers at some of the sports betting industry’s largest sportsbooks about which games the public is chasing and which the sharps are pounding. Let’s take a look at what’s in store for this week in College Football.

Sports Marketwatch – NCAA Week 8

Recapping Week 7

Marketwatch hit a huge upset last week, with Wisconsin, getting 4 points, beating newly #1-ranked Ohio State, 31-18. The Badgers, fueled by a raucous home crowd, jumped on the Buckeyes early, taking a 21-3 lead by halftime. Ohio State attempted to make a comeback, cutting Wisconsin’s lead to 3 early in the fourth quarter, but a James White rushing touchdown, with less than seven minutes to go, put the Badgers up 10, sealing the upset victory. Continue reading


College FootballIf it’s mid-October, and if the consensus preseason No. 1 team just lost, that can only mean one thing: That all other topics go out the window, and the Mailbag dost overfloweth with e-mails complaining about the polls.

So, why is Ohio State a consensus No. 1? You picked on Nebraska’s résumé a couple weeks ago, but Ohio State doesn’t have a win against a team currently ranked in the Top 25 either. If it’s fair to be skeptical of Nebraska, why not Ohio State?
— Scott, New York

Shouldn’t we be taking Oklahoma more seriously? A lot of attention is being paid to a lot of other teams, but Oklahoma seems to have the most quality wins at this point (Florida State, Air Force and Texas). With the Big 12 seemingly a bit down, will Oklahoma have a chance to jump some of the teams ahead of it?
— Drew, Boston

First of all, there’s a very simple reason why Ohio State is No. 1: The Buckeyes had been No. 2 since the preseason, they’ve won all their games and the team ahead of them lost. End of story. But I’d hardly call them “consensus.” They received barely half (34 of 60) of the first-place votes in this week’s AP poll, with four other teams (Oregon, Boise State, TCU and Oklahoma) garnering nods as well. The Buckeyes haven’t done anything to merit dropping them, but I won’t argue that there are more deserving teams at the present time. In fact, according to Jeff Sagarin, Ohio State has played the 117th-toughest schedule in the country so far (including FCS teams).

Mind you, I didn’t hear a single gripe about Ohio State’s schedule before Sunday. That may be because no one was focused on the then No. 2 team, or it may be because of what happened to several of its previous and future opponents. Miami, the source of the Buckeyes’ signature win to date, got crushed by Florida State. Michigan not only lost its first game, but lost to now 6-0 Michigan State, bringing to light the fact that the Spartans and Buckeyes don’t play this year. And Penn State, normally one of the marquee opponents on OSU’s schedule, clearly stinks. In August, Ohio State was looking at a schedule that included four preseason Top 25 teams (Iowa, Wisconsin, Miami and Penn State). Now that number’s down to two (Wisconsin and Iowa). Continue reading

Back To Football

Every player, coach and fan is ready. Super Bowl 2010

The NFL returns this week. It’s “Back to Football” time. That means the next five months will be packed with the sizzle and suspense that comes only with the National Football League.

Everybody is ready for the unique unpredictability of the NFL. And every team enters the new season with hope.

Last year, 65 percent of the games were within one score (eight points or fewer) in the fourth quarter. Fourteen percent were decided in the final two minutes or overtime. And for the 14th consecutive year, at least five teams made the playoffs after missing out the year before, including the Super Bowl XLIV champion New Orleans Saints.

All the anticipation that started with the NFL Combine last February, heightened by the NFL Draft in April, and peaked with the opening of training camps in July comes to realization this weekend. It’s time to get “Back to Football.”

As the 2010 NFL season kicks off, it comes packed with changes, quests and questions:


It’s tough. It’s happened only eight times since the first Super Bowl in 1967. But the Saints are up for the challenge. “It’s going to be difficult to repeat,” says New Orleans quarterback and Super Bowl XLIV MVP DREW BREES, “but we embrace that challenge. We’re in the business of winning and we have an opportunity to create a legacy here that’s not just about one championship. We see what we have here and it’s something that can be really special.” Continue reading

College Football Odds

College Football Odds: Handicapping the Big Ten

College FootballThough it wasn’t always the sexiest college football conference to watch take the field in 2009, the Big Ten was one of the most competitive leagues in the land. The Ohio State Buckeyes reigned supreme in the Big Ten once again and went to the Rose Bowl, where they knocked off Pac-10 champions Oregon.

The Buckeyes are back again to try to win the BCS Championship, and head coach Jim Tressel has to like what his side will be faced with this year. The two games to really keep an eye out for are against Iowa and Wisconsin on the road.

However, with a good chunk of a defense coming back that ranked fifth in the country in total defense at 262.3 yards per game and fifth in scoring at 12.5 points per game, Ohio State has a lot to look forward to. Continue reading

Buffalo Bills 2009 Season Preview

(Sports Network) – Terrell Owens was on the free agent market for less than four days when the Buffalo Bills came to the rescue and awarded him a one- year, $6.5 million contract on March 8th.

That fact would seem to have much more to do with the Bills than it does with Owens.

That Buffalo was willing to take on a player who had worn out his welcome in a major, headline-grabbing way in San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Dallas, and had by association become radioactive to all but a scant handful of franchises, did not deter Bills CEO Russ Brandon and head coach Dick Jauron from pursuing him.

This (almost literal) deal with the devil was prompted by the Bills’ clear desperation to win right now, and to give themselves a chance to avoid a 10th straight season away from the playoffs. Another postseason-free year would very likely lead to Jauron’s firing, a fate which he only narrowly avoided last season, after Buffalo went 2-8 in its final 10 games. Continue reading