Beef O Brady's Bowl Preview
Friday, December 21st
Beef O Brady's Bowl - Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL 7:30 PM ET
Ball St. Cardinals vs. Central Florida Knights (-7/61.5)
How Ball St. got here
Ball St. is one of the hotter teams in the country as it won its final six games of the regular season to slide into this bowl game that was slotted for a Big East team but not enough qualified. The Cardinals were bowl eligible last season but were bypassed so they may be playing with a chip on their shoulder this year. Ball St. was picked by some to finish at the bottom of the MAC West but proved a lot of people wrong while playing the second toughest schedule in the MAC. The Cardinals three losses this year have come against Kent St., Northern Illinois and Clemson, which have a combined five losses.
How Central Florida got here
UCF is lucky to be here. Over the summer, the Knights were hit with five years of probation for major recruiting violations including a one-year postseason ban in football and in men's basketball. They appealed though and will not hear until January so they got to play in a bowl game after all. UCF won the C-USA East but lost to Tulsa in the Championship game, the second time in three weeks the Knights lost to Tulsa. Unlike the Cardinals, UCF played a soft schedule but the one quality opponent was Ohio St., which it lost to by 15 points. The Knights should have a crowd edge with this game just 100 miles from campus.
Ball St. surpassed 30 points in 10 of 12 games while Central Florida went over 30 points on offense in nine of 13 games.
Two potent offense will take the field as Ball St. is ranked 31st in the country and second in the MAC in scoring offense while the Knights are ranked 27th in the nation and second in C-USA in scoring offense. That means the game should come down to which defense plays the better game and on paper, that should be Central Florida. The Knights are ranked 45th in total defense and 29th in scoring defense while Ball St. comes in ranked 102nd and 89th respectively. MAC teams averaged 29 ppg while C-USA teams averaged 29.3 ppg so the majority of the offenses played is not a factor at all. Keep an eye on the injury status of Cardinals quarterback Keith Wenning as he missed the regular season finale against Miami Ohio with an Achilles injury and his absence would be a huge disadvantage.
Ball St. is 6-0 ATS in its last six games coming off a conference win by seven points or less.
Central Florida is 1-10 ATS in its last 11 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in its previous game.
- March 11, 2014 - 8:00 PM
- Ben Burns
- Offered at:
- williamhill @ -3.5 -110 Memphis
This is a 1-Star Free Play on Memphis.
After cleaning up in January & February, Ben Burns has taken it to whole new level in March.
Ben has won nine of 10 days this month & is not slowing down.
On a 35-13 streak in the NBA, he won w/ Portland last game after successfully playing against in the previous one.
Here, he looks at today's game @ Memphis.
I won with the Blazers last game. Despite losing in OT, they eked out a cover at Houston. Their previous game also resulted in a close loss. In that game (at Dallas) I'd successfully played against the Blazers.
Off those back-to-back difficult SU losses, I believe the Blazers may struggle here.
The well-rested Grizzlies, who are 8-4 ATS when playing with two day's rest, have won four of their last five games, covering five of their last six.
Going back a little further finds Memphis at 9-3 SU its last 12 games; all nine victories came by a minimum of five points.
The Grizzlies have also beaten the Blazers four straight times. This season's lone previous meeting resulted in a 17-point Memphis win, at Portland.
While the Blazers are now 3-6 ATS (1-8 SU!) their last nine against teams with a winning record, the Grizzlies are 7-2 ATS (6-3 SU) their last nine against winning teams. If the line stays at -4 or less, consider laying the points with Memphis.
WHITE HOT Ben Burns WON AGAIN Monday. He'd finish the day at 4-1, highlighted by a PERFECT 4-0 SWEEP on the hardwood. That brings Burns to a BLISTERING 19-8 the past five days, in all sports. No surprise there. Through the first 10 days of March, Ben is now 35-18 (+$12,810), producing profits on nine of those days. Since early Feb, he's now 84-48 (+26.7K) and since mid-January, he's now an EPIC 127-73 ( $37,867) over his last 200 picks. HUGE Tuesday card. Hop on board!