Desperate in Seattle


A year ago, the Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks made it to the playoffs as division winners. It will take a miracle for either to get back. The Eagles and Seahawks meet Thursday night in Seattle with the loser moving even closer to becoming mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. Most sports books monitored by SportsOptions have installed the Eagles as three-point road favorites, with the total set at 43. Philadelphia and Seattle are both … [Read more...]

Mountaineers focused on Bulls


West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen insists the Mountaineers are focused on this week's trip to Florida, not a possible one in January. No. 22 West Virginia (8-3, 4-2 Big East) must beat South Florida on Thursday night, then get a win by Cincinnati (8-3, 4-2) over Connecticut on Saturday to forge a three-way tie for the conference title with Louisville (7-5, 5-2). Most sports books monitored by SportsOptions have installed West Virginia as a slight one-point road … [Read more...]

Buckeyes get first test versus Duke


The second-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes will get their first true test of the 2011-12 college basketball campaign Tuesday night when they host the third-ranked Duke Blue Devils. Most sports books monitored by SportsOptions have installed Ohio State as a six-point home favorite, with the total set at 143. ESPN will televise the contest starting at 6:30 p.m. (PT). Though the Buckeyes have had little trouble breezing to a 6-0 SU ledger, they have played a cupcake … [Read more...]

Sports Options: By the numbers

Michigan Wolverines coach John Beilein

Let's take a look at some of the interesting odds-related numbers currently appearing on the Sports Options odds service. Public dogs Looking at the Sports Options odd service, there are three notable games on the college basketball betting board tonight where public betting action is on the underdog. All three games are a part of the annual ACC-Big Ten Challenge. In the first game, No. 14 Michigan visits Virginia (4 p.m. PT, ESPN2). The Cavaliers (5-1) are … [Read more...]

Saints hope to stay perfect at home


While Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints are ready to return and make their push for the postseason, Eli Manning and the New York Giants are again having trouble in the second half of a season. Brees will try to help the Saints remain perfect at home Monday night and hand Manning and the sputtering Giants a third straight loss. Most sports books monitored by the SportsOptions odds product have installed the Saints as 7 1/2-point home favorites, with the total … [Read more...]