Coaching Odds: Hiring Firing Lines

Will Andy Reid survive the season and remain in charge of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012? Want to bet on it?

It's not just the players that generate water-cooler discussion and football betting lines. Coaches get hired and fired and sportsbooks like Bovada are always on board with betting lines associated with hiring lines and firing lines.

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PAC 12 Championship Odds Preview

The Oregon Ducks will look to clinch their spot in the Rose Bowl with a win at home in the Pac-12 Championship over the UCLA Bruins on Friday night.

At 6-6 and coming off of a 50-0 loss to USC, UCLA is representing the Pac-12 South since the Trojans are not bowl eligible. Oregon is 8-2 SU and 6-3-1 ATS in its last 10 games against UCLA.

Darron Thomas passed for 305 yards and four touchdowns in Oregon’s 49-21 won over Oregon State last Saturday.

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MAC Championship Game Preview

The MAC Championship Game between the Northern Illinois Huskies and the Ohio Bobcats will be played Friday night at a neutral location, Ford Field in Michigan.

Both teams finished the regular season 9-3 SU and 5-7 ATS. Northern Illinois has won seven straight since starting the season off 2-3 SU.

Quarterback Chandler Harnish rushed for 148 yards and a touchdown in Northern Illinois’ win over Eastern Michigan last week.

The Bobcats sit at 9-3 (5-7 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Huskies are currently 9-3 (5-7 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Ohio is 7-5 OU, and Northern Illinois is 7-5 OU.

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NFL Injuries: Week 13 Update

Injuries at key positions continue to have an effect on the NFL betting board. And when it comes to quarterbacks, the Houston Texans can’t seem to catch a break - with the exception of the broken bone variety.

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Eagles visit Seahawks Thursday

The Eagles and Seahawks have met six times since 1998 and the home team has never won.

Not that these two struggling teams are concerned with that stat, given they both come off humbling losses and play on a short week here in Thursday night. Michael Vick won't play and a handful of injured Eagles may return for this game, which would sway the Eagles Seahawks point spread.

Of note, the OVER is 9-2 past 11 home games for the Seahawks, while the Eagles are 9-1 SU, 8-2 ATS in their past 10 December road games.

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SFU vs WVU Football Preview

The West Virginia Mountaineers look to keep their Big East title hopes alive this Thursday night with a win on the road over the South Florida Bulls.

If West Virginia wins and Cincinnati beats Connecticut on Saturday, West Virginia would clinch the Big East’s BCS Bowl berth. South Florida is just 1-6 both SU and ATS in its last seven games since starting the season off 4-0 SU.

Geno Smith passed for 244 yards and a touchdown in West Virginia’s narrow 21-20 win over Pittsburgh last week.

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NCAAB Betting: Big East vs. SEC

The top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats will play the St. John’s Red Storm in college hoops betting action on Thursday night at Rupp Arena as part of the Big East/SEC Challenge.

Kentucky (6-0 SU, 3-2 ATS) will be a favorite at Bovada against the Red Storm (4-3 SU, 2-3 ATS), who are just 3-6 SU over their past nine road games while only covering the spread in three of their last nine games as well.

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Pens, Caps NHL betting matchup

Sidney Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins will take on the Washington Capitals in NHL betting action between the rival clubs on Thursday night.

Washington bolted out of the gate by winning its first seven games but has since flopped – resulting in head coach Bruce Boudreau getting fired this week and being replaced by Dale Hunter.

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NCAA Championship Game Picks

Ohio will win the MAC title in an upset and Oregon will cover a huge spread in winning the Pac 12 conference championship.

Those are two of the college football scores predictions this week from the Odds Shark computer.

The computer was a profitable 30-22 ATS last week, and has Houston covering against Southern Miss in the C-USA title game odds situation. [ Best Houston spread had beeen at 5Dimes earlier this week ]

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NFL Week 13 Opening Lines

With a dozen weeks already in the books, bettors have had a big enough NFL betting sample size to have a pretty good feel for each team. As a result, with the New England Patriots trending upwards and the Indianapolis Colts still winless, bettors are left with a very rare NFL line this week.

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