Thursday, January 9, 2014

Divisional Round 2014

For starters, I want a refund.  I'm doing my 'Football Friday' entry, and there's no Thursday night football game on t.v.?  #givememymoneyback  Oh, and good evening.  We probably ought to call it 'Joey's Friday' here since he CRUSHED IT on so many levels recently (heck, maybe even 'Joey's Blog' - you wanna do a little writing Joey?)...  ;)  Let's start with Joey's 5-0-1 record on his basketball 'bets' last weekend.  Also, even though Vegas didn't put a line on the game, he picked his alma mater (New Mexico State) to win by 22 points last Saturday, and ho hum..., the Aggies won by 22 points.  Then Joey proceeded to go 8-3-1 during last weekend's NFL Wild Card Round (that's straight up, against the spread, and considering the over/under).  Oh, and just to pile on a little, here are the results of our comprehensive bowl predictions:

Joey (55-50) during the 2013-2014 bowl season.

Coach (42-63) during the 2013-2014 bowl season.

There is a detailed breakdown of these results (along with the final scores for all of the bowl games and more) in my 'Comprehensive Bowl Predictions (2013-2014)' entry if you want to further investigate Joey's complete thrashing of me...  ;)  In the meantime, let's get on to the next round of thrashing...  Coming to you live from the Palace Station Sportsbook in Las Vegas (complete with a new plate full of food), here's Joey...

Joey's College Hoops Parlay Card (Last weekend 5-0-1/Overall record of 18-12-1 on the 13-14 season)

I hope everyone is having a great new year so far betting.  The college football season is now over, but that just gives us more basketball to bet.  This week North Carolina travels to #2 ranked Syracuse.  The Tar Heels have been spotty at best away from home and Syracuse needs to prove they are the best team - here is their chance.  Syracuse 81  North Carolina  75

I love rivalry games - it's always a great time to take the dog, and I see no difference as Kansas State takes on Kansas.  It's a close game to the end.  Kansas with a buzzer-beater, 71-70.

Michigan State gets a home game against against a fast, good-shooting Minnesota squad. Michigan State is shooting over 40% from outside the arc and that's how they win this game. Michigan State 82  Minnesota 72.

Texas State has had a couple of tough losses in the last week (losing to Arkansas State and Arkansas-Little Rock), and the Bobcats hit the road.  I don't see much changing against the Warhawks.  Louisiana-Monroe wins this game 70-63.

Finally, my unranked Aggies have won their last 2 games by an average of 20 points.  The Aggies are getting to the free throw line and are making nearly 80% as a team.  New Mexico State 85  Idaho 75 in this Saturday's game.

That's it from Palace Station.  Stop by and say hi, and may all your parlay cards be winners.

North Carolina (+7 1/2) @ Syracuse - (Over 136 1/2)
Kansas State (+9 1/2) @ Kansas - (Over 132)
Minnesota (+11) @ Michigan State - (Over 138)
Louisiana-Monroe (-6) vs. Texas State -
Idaho (+17 1/2 @ New Mexico State) -

And now it's time for this weekend's Divisional Round of NFL games.  Again, out of respect to Joey, I'll be using the Stations Casinos odds for each game (when available).

Joey (14-8-2 during 2014 NFL playoffs)
Straight Up - (6-2)
Against The Spread - (4-2-2)
Over/Under - (4-4)

Seahawks 28  Saints 27
Patriots 31  Colts 28
Panthers 14  49ers 10
Broncos 35  Chargers 27

Okay, since Joey thrashed me last weekend and during the bowl season, I thought that I'd go with my beaten down and broken, 100 years old Coach photo this time around...

Coach (10-12-2 during the 2014 NFL playoffs)
Straight Up - (4-4)
Against The Spread - (2-4-2)
Over/Under (4-4)

Saturday, January 11th
New Orleans (11-5) at Seattle (13-3)   3:35 p.m. CST   FOX
Seahawks (-8)   Over/Under (46)
Final Score:   Seattle  23-15

The Seahawks beat the Saints 34-7 back in Week 13 in Seattle.  When I checked a little while ago, the Weather Channel only had 100% chance of rain for this game...  I think that it's closer this time, but I still like the home team...  Seahawks 31  Saints 17

Saturday, January 11th
Indianapolis (11-5) at New England (12-4)   7:15 p.m. CST   CBS
Patriots (-7 1/2)   Over/Under (52)
Final Score:   New England  43-22

These two squads didn't meet during the regular season, but I expect that they'll make up for it with a very interesting game on Saturday, in spite of the fact that the match up doesn't have the same marquee value as it did when it was Manning vs. Brady...  Would you have deja vous if I told you that there's a 100% chance of rain in the forecast for this one also?...  Patriots 30  Colts 27

Sunday, January 12th
San Francisco (12-4) at Carolina (12-4)   12:00 p.m. CST   FOX
49ers (-1)   Over/Under (42)
Final Score:   San Francisco  23-10

The Panthers beat the 49ers 10-9 in San Francisco when these teams met at Candlestick back in Week 10.  I think that this meeting will feature more scoring, but I think that the visiting team will win again...  If you're wondering, there's not a 100% chance of rain forecast for this one...
49ers  24  Panthers 20

Sunday, January 12th
San Diego (9-7) at Denver (13-3)   3:40 p.m. CST   CBS
Broncos (-9 1/2)   Over/Under (55)
Final Score:   Denver  24-17

These teams met twice during the regular season as members of the AFC West.  In Week 10, the Broncos beat the Chargers 28-20 in San Diego.  During Week 15, the Chargers dealt the Broncos 1 of their 3 losses this year, as the Bolts came out on top, 27-20 in Denver.  I predict that neither team ends the game with exactly twenty points this week...  ;)  Okay, I have to go with Denver in this one...  Broncos 34  Chargers 17

And that's all for tonight.  Have a great football weekend my friends, and also a great wedding weekend if your name is Miletus or Gray!



  1. iam all over the niners.that really is the only game i feel good about. i believe the pats win would bet the ML but dont paying all that mayb parlay that with niners. also with college basketball i put some cash on the colorado buffalos to with ncaa championship at 200 to 1.january will c have good they r. they play USC,UCLA,then gl this weekend.

  2. I'm useless on the college hoops right now, although I will watch North Carolina/Syracuse today. I've liked the Tar Heels for a long time, and they'll finish up before the first playoff game today... ;) While 200 to 1 is quite optimistic, I read that some people were in line to make a bunch of money due to Auburn had they won the BCS Championship, due to insanely long preseason odds...

    1. i like the future bets keeps me entertained. if colorado gets in and can make the sweet 16 that would b cool.not that i would win is the thrill of the chase with the prop bets.

  3. Great bets for Vegas, since only one team wins... ;)