Monday, December 17, 2012

Sports Gambling

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Gambling junkies like me look at any sporting events as an opportunity to place a bet, even if you don’t know much about the sport or team you’re putting your money on. As a basketball fan, I would have to say the NCAA tournament is the best sporting event to gamble over, but it can also be very costly! Each year you hear about the Cinderella team who you now hate because they caused a huge upset that probably lost you a good chunk of money on. I wouldn't call No. 15 Norfolk State or No. 15 Lehigh Cinderella teams of the 2012 tournament, but very few people could say they predicted them to beat No. 2 Missouri and No. 2 Duke without lying. Upsets aren't uncommon in sports, but I personally think they are the hardest to anticipate in college basketball, especially during March Madness when the teams leave it all out on the court. 

On the other hand, you've got college football, where upsets are less common and easier to anticipate. Take Texas A&M’s victory over Alabama this season. It was very exciting moment for A&M, but I think it is safe to say it wasn't a big surprise to many. Since I find it easier to predict upsets in college football, I want to share a couple of the games I’m putting money on this bowl season.

Poinsettia Bowl – Brigham Young (7-5) vs. San Diego State (9-3) 
     Prediction: BYU
Holiday Bowl – Baylor (7-5) vs. UCLA (9-4) 
     Prediction: Baylor
Russell Athletic Bowl – Rutgers (9-3) vs. Virginia Tech (6-6) 
     Prediction: Virginia Tech
Valero Alamo Bowl – Texas (8-4) vs. Oregon State (9-3) 
     Prediction: Texas
Chick-fil-A BowlLSU (10-2) vs. Clemson (10-2) 
     Prediction: LSU
Outback Bowl – South Carolina (10-2) vs. Michigan (8-4) 
     Prediction: South Carolina
Capital One BowlGeorgia (11-2) vs. Nebraska (10-3) 
     Prediction: Georgia
Rose Bowl – Wisconsin (8-5) vs. Stanford (11-2) 
     Prediction: Stanford
Sugar Bowl – Louisville (10-2) vs. Florida (11-1) 
     Prediction: Florida
Fiesta Bowl – Oregon (11-1) vs. Kansas State (11-1) 
     Prediction: Oregon
Cotton Bowl – Texas A&M (10-2) vs. Oklahoma (10-2) 
     Prediction: Texas A&M
National Championship GameAlabama (12-1) vs. Notre Dame (12-0) 
     Prediction: Alabama