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2014 Michigan State Spartans College Football Futures Betting Odds

2014 Michigan State Spartans College Football Futures Betting Odds

Out of head coach Mark Dantonio’s seven years at Michigan State, 2013 was perhaps the best with his Spartans winning 13 games and claiming the Big Ten title.

The success of coach Dantonio is his discipline, most recent he was voted the "most intimidating" coach in the Big Ten Conference; he barely cared.

"It’s an opportunity for a new beginning," said Dantonio, appearing before media members at the Chicago downtown Hilton. "We’re going to remain a disciplined football team. We’ve had great enthusiasm, and hard work will be something we continue to emphasize.

"Every game will be a challenge, and we’ll start fresh."


The College Football Betting oddsmakers have the Spartans listed at +2500 to win the 2014 College Football Championship. While in seasons past this may of been a long shot bet, but with a playoff system in place this season this could be a great value bet.

NCAA Football Future Betting Odds For Michigan State

  • To Win The 2014/2015 College Football Championship: +2500
  • To Win the Big Ten: +400
  • Regular Season Wins: Over/Under 9.5.

How Will Michigan State’ Offense Perform in 2014?

The most promising piece of the Spartans upcoming 2014 season is the return of QB Connor Cook, who threw for 2423 yards, 20 TDs and only five interceptions last season. Cook is a long shot in the college football prop betting odds to win the Heisman Trophy at +2600.

"As a quarterback and a receiver — they have a relationship, and each receiver is different," Cook said. "You have to get to know how each receiver comes out of their breaks, how they go up for balls and stuff like that. The main thing that you can do to get better as a quarterback and receiver is continue to work with each other. And if we continue to do that, the sky’s the limit for us."

Another win for the program is the return of RB Jeremy Langford, who rushed for 1445 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2013, averaging close to five yards per carry.

The Spartans averaged less than 30 points per game last season; they must take the next step on offense if they want to defend their conference title.

"The offense made a really big jump last year," Cook added. "But we want to pick up from where we left off in Pasadena, and make another jump."

How Will Michigan State’ Defense Perform in 2014?

Impressively, the Spartans allowed only 13.2 points per game a season ago which was third best in the nation. They lost 6 of those defense starters.

“It’s called opportunity,” defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzisays. “We’ve got players.”

Those players include DE Shilique Calhoun (2013 Big Ten Defensive Player and fourth-year starter DE Marcus Rush who are the foundation of a top teir defensive unit that have high expectations.


Captain Kurtis Drummond leads the defensive back core at free safety and with the return of Trae Waynes at cornerback the team should have enough talent to be a top 10 unit this year.

2014 Michigan State Spartans Schedule

  • Friday, August 29 vs Jacksonville St 7:30 PM ET | BTN
  • Saturday, September 6 @ Oregon 6:30 PM ET | FOX
  • Saturday, September 20 vs E Michigan | TBD
  • Saturday, September 27 vs Wyoming 12:00 PM ET
  • Saturday, October 4 vs Nebraska 8:00 PM ET | ESPN ESPN2
  • Saturday, October 11 @ Purdue | TBD
  • Saturday, October 18 @ Indiana 3:30 PM ET
  • Saturday, October 25 vs Michigan | TBD
  • Saturday, November 8 vs Ohio State 8:00 PM ET | ABC
  • Saturday, November 15 @ Maryland 8:00 PM ET | BTN
  • Saturday, November 22 vs Rutgers | TBD
  • Saturday, November 29 @ Penn State | TBD

Michigan State Final Analysis

En early road trip to play the Ducks will tell us what the Spartans are capable of in the season, but progress in the offensive side needs to be made if they want to leave Oregon alive and starting dreaming about the playoffs.

Michigan State Spartans Projected Starters On Offense

QB

Connor Cook-Jr (6-4, 219)

FB

Trevon Pendleton-Jr (5-11, 250)

TB

Jeremy Langford-Sr (6-0, 205)

WR

Tony Lippett-Sr (6-3, 190)

WR

Keith Mumphery-Sr (6-0, 212)

WR

Macgarrett Kings-Jr (5-10, 186)

TE

Andrew Gleichert-Sr (6-5, 256)

OT

Jack Conklin-So (6-6, 330)

OG

Travis Jackson-Sr (6-3, 286)

C

Jack Allen-Jr (6-1, 300)

OG

Connor Kruse-Sr (6-4, 317)

OT

Donavon Clark-Jr (6-3, 310)

K

Michael Geiger-So (5-8, 186)

 

Michigan State Spartans Projected Starters On Defense

DE

Shilique Calhoun-Jr (6-4, 257)

DT

Joel Heath-Jr (6-6, 289)

NT

Damon Knox-Jr (6-4, 275)

DE

Marcus Rush-Sr (6-2, 255)

SLB

Ed Davis-Jr (6-3, 230)

MLB

Taiwan Jones-Sr (6-3, 252)

STAR

Darien Harris-Jr (6-0, 228)

CB

Trae Waynes-Jr (6-1, 183)

CB

Darian Hicks-So (5-10, 181)

SS

RJ Williamson-Jr (6-0, 215)

FS

Kurtis Drummond-Sr (6-1, 200)

P

Mike Sadler-Sr (6-0, 170)

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2014 College Football Week 1 Early Bird Expert Picks

We are still weeks away from the start of the 2014 College Football season. Are you excited? We’re excited! We’re also here to help you prep for the impending campaign with the best in football betting odds, picks & previews.

It’s never too early to make your bets if the betting line is right. So let’s take a look at the week 1 NCAAF lines that you can exploit for a profit now.

My 2014 Early Bird College Football Expert Free Picks

Texans A&M and South Carolina open the 2014 college football betting season with a Thursday Night matchup broadcasted live on the SEC Network; then on Saturday the UCLA Bruins will look to keep their winning streak alive under head coach Jim Mora against Virginia on ESPN. My third and final college football betting pick today will be Clemson Vs. Georgia, in one of the best matches of College Football week one. This game will also be broadcast live also on ESPN.

Bet On The Texans A&M Aggies Vs The South Carolina Gamecocks

Thursday, August 28th , 6 PM ET

  • Away: Texans A&M Aggies +10.5
  • Home: South Carolina Gamecocks -10.5
  • Over/Under: 56

Both the Aggies and Gamecocks are looking foward at growing pains after the loss of their star players in QB Johnny Manziel and DE Jadeveon Clowney, respectively. Most pundits agree that for college football betting purposes replacing Manziel is the harder task. You always bet on the college football team who can score the most points.

Texas A&M also lost wide receiver stud Mike Evans, who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

These two teams haven’t met before, but the Aggies closed the 2013 season with a 1-4 against the spread record in the last five games. South Carolina won their last five games and has a Heisman Trophy candidate in running back Mike Davis, who was nearly unstoppable last season.

The Gamecocks have won 11 games in all of their last three seasons, and they are most suited to repeat their winning seasons than the Aggies.

My NCAAF Expert Free Pick: South Carolina -10.5.

Betting On The UCLA Bruins Vs The Virginia Cavaliers

Saturday August 30, 12 PM ET

  • Away: UCLA Bruins -21.5
  • Home: Virginia Cavaliers +21.5
  • Over/Under: 59

I don’t like picking favorites on the road when betting on college football, but Jim Mora Jr. has done a tremendous job in turning the UCLA football program into a team that you can feel comfortable to bet on week in and week out…if the spread is right. The Bruins were a consistent team to bet on in 2013 covering nine of the 13 games of the season; far more impressive than how the Cavaliers ended their season at 5-6-1 against the spread.

Under Mora Jr., UCLA has won 19 games in two years, and Virginia will be their 20th win. The Bruins averaged 36.9 points per game in 2013, and I’m expecting Junior quarterback Brett Hundley to have a heck of a year after he threw 2845 yards, 22 TDs and nine interceptions last season.

NCAAF BETTING FACT: UCLA has covered three of their last four games where they were 20+ point favorites on the betting spread.

My NCAAF Expert Free Pick: UCLA -21.5.

My Clemson Tigers Vs Georgia Bulldogs Expert Picks

Saturday August 30, 5:30 PM ET

  • Away: Clemson Tigers +9
  • Home: Georgia Bulldogs -9
  • Over/Under: 61

The Clemson Tigers had a great season 2013 averaging 40.2 points per game, but losing QB Tajh Boyd and receiver Sammy Watkins to the NFL will affect those lofty numbers.

Clemson was 7-6 against the spread last season, which doesn’t make it an extraordinary record to focus starting the season, but what I do like is the fact that eight of the 13 games ended OVER the game total.

The Georgia Bulldogs were awful last season against the spread with a 3-8-2 ATS mark, but they figured out a way of playing without QB Aaron Murray, and yet post close to 37 points per game. Nine of the 13 Bulldogs’ games in 2013 were OVER the game total, and also seven of the last nine games when they play at home went OVER the total.

My NCAAF Expert Free Pick: OVER.

Oklahoma Sooners 2014 Betting Preview

Oklahoma Sooners 2014 Betting Preview

After an impressive 11-2 season in 2013 and a win over national power Alabama in the Sugar Bowl ended the Sooners season on a high note. Can Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma Sooners carry the wave of momentum into the 2014 season?

“There’s quite a few more significant in my eyes,” Coach Bob Stoops said about that win over Bama. “So I’m not sure. It’s not time to rank anything but in the end I’ve got several that are ahead of that one.”

Oddsmakers have the Sooners listed at +1000 to win the 2014 College Football Championship.

Overall the 2014 season looks promising for the Sooners. Lucily their toughest games take place at home against Baylor, Kansas State, and Oklahoma State. They are projected to compete in the inaugural four-team playoff, and Sooner fans feel OU can win it all.

NCAA College Football Future Odds For the Oklahoma Sooners

  • Week 1 Odds: Louisiana Tech vs Oklahoma -37.5
  • To Win The 2014/2015 College Football Championship: +1000
  • To Win the Big 12: -250
  • Regular Season Wins: Over/Under 10.5.

How Will Oklahoma’s Offense Perform in 2014?

The Oklahoma Sooners football team comes into 2014 with the most hype since the Sam Bradford era. After an impressive offensive performance from Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, that should come as no surprise. But with nine returning starters, it’s the defense that is poised to be the more dominant side of the ball for the Sooners this season. Eric Striker, Charles Tapper and Zach Sanchez are all returning, and have all been pegged as pre-season candidates for national awards.

Coach Bob Stoops still has a question mark under center. After an injury marred season in 2013 QB Trevor Knight still has to prove that he can consistently run Oklahoma’s offense as well as he did in the Sugar Bowl, and there are plenty of pieces around him that need to develop into true playmakers.

“I know what I can do and how I can play,” Knight said. “I just have to do it week in, week out. It’s not always going to turn out just as perfectly as that game, but it’s having the mindset of working as hard as you can and having fun and playing to the best of your ability.”

For Knight to succeed, wide out Sterling Shepard, who recorded 540 yards and 6 TDs in 2013, needs to step up his game.

Sophomore running backs Alex Ross and Keith Ford need to step into the shoes of Brennan Clay and Damien Williams, both are now in the NFL.

How Will Oklahoma’s Defense Perform in 2014?

Oklahoma’s best bet to qualify for the inaugural four-game playoffs is their defense, especially their front seven, which is arguably the best in the Big 12 Conference.

The unit’s biggest strengths are rooted in the heart of the defense in linebackers Eric Strike and Dominique Alexander (the Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2013 who had 80 tackles last season.)

Oklahoma Sooners 2014 Schedule:

  • Saturday, August 30 vs Louisiana Tech 7:00 PM ET
  • Saturday, September 6 @ Tulsa 12:00 PM ET ABC ESPN
  • Saturday, September 13 vs Tennessee 8:00 PM ET ABC ESPN
  • Saturday, September 20 @ West Virginia TBD
  • Saturday, October 4 @ TCU TBD
  • Saturday, October 11 vs Texas* TBD
  • Saturday, October 18 vs Kansas State TBD
  • Saturday, November 1 @ Iowa State TBD
  • Saturday, November 8 vs Baylor TBD
  • Saturday, November 15 @ Texas Tech TBD
  • Saturday, November 22 vs Kansas TBD
  • Saturday, December 6 vs Oklahoma State TBD

Oklahoma Sooners Final Analysis

The Sooners weren’t in the national spotlight during the regular season, but wins over Oklahoma State and Alabama in the Sugar Bowl has put the NCAA Div I on alert. This team has the tools to win week in and week out.

2014 Oklahoma Sooners Projected Offenseive Starters

QB

Trevor Knight-So (6-1, 201)

 

FB

Aaron Ripkowski-Sr (6-1, 257)

 

RB

Keith Ford-So (5-11, 206)

 

WR

Jordan Smallwood-RFr (6-2, 212)

 

WR

Sterling Shepard-Jr (5-10, 195)

 

WR

Durron Neal-Jr (5-11, 201)

 

TE

Taylor McNamara-So (6-5, 245)

 

OT

Tyrus Thompson-Sr (6-5, 336)

 

OG

Adam Shead-Sr (6-4, 339)

 

C

Ty Darlington-Jr (6-2, 286)

 

OG

Nila Kasitati-Jr (6-4, 315)

 

OT

Daryl Williams-Sr (6-6, 329)

 

K

Mike Hunnicutt-Sr (6-1, 178)

 

2014 Oklahoma Sooners Projected Defensive Starters

DE

Chuka Ndulue-Sr (6-3, 289)

 

DT

Jordan Phillips-Jr (6-6, 334)

 

DE

Charles Tapper-Jr (6-4, 273)

 

OLB

Dominique Alexander-So (6-0, 227)

 

MLB

Frank Shannon-Jr (6-1, 238)

 

OLB

Eric Striker-Jr (6-0, 221)

 

CB

Zack Sanchez-So (5-11, 179)

 

CB

Stanvon Taylor-So (5-10, 179)

 

SS

Quentin Hayes-Sr (6-0, 190)

 

FS

Ahmad Thomas-So (6-0, 209)

 

NB

Julian Wilson-Sr (6-2, 201)

 

P

Jed Barnett-Sr (6-2, 221)