NCAA football gambling handicappers looking for a potentially dangerous sleeping board value however would be wise to consider Missouri as a NCAA football wagering candidate.
Mizzou was the North champion in 2007 and 2008 before finishing 8-5 last year with a disappointing Texas Bowl loss to Navy 13-35. The Tigers gushed red ink last year going 4-8 against the spread.
Mizzou was rebuilding last year as record setting quarterback Chase Daniel moved on and Blaine Gabbert took over with a solid season as the new sophomore starter passing for 3593 yards and 24 touchdowns.
Gabbert is considered to be the prototypical NFL quarterback that stands tall with a rocket arm. Gabbert played through injuries in the middle of last year that prevented his performance from being better.
“I think he did a tremendous job last year,” said head coach Gary Pinkel of Gabbert. “We all know he had an injury. That said an awful lot about him.”
The offense returns 9 starters after averaging 29 points per game last year. Senior running back Derrick Washington will be a key asset with the college football odds as he averaged 4.6 yards per carry with 10 touchdowns.
The offensive line returns 4 starters with the only question mark being receiver as the top two pass catchers from last year, led by Denario Alexander, are gone but there is plenty of raw talent expected to step in.
The defense is also expected to be an improved commodity for beating the college football lines in 2010. A total of 9 starters return and the linebacking corps could be the deepest in the Big 12.
The schedule features a weak non conference schedule beginning in St. Louis against Illinois. Key conference games include a tough road game at Texas A&M October 16 as the defense will be under a fierce test. Oklahoma visits on October 23 before the big showdown at Nebraska on October 30.
Gabbert and the defense will be the NCAA football gambling keys to whether Mizzou can rip back the North championship from Nebraska in 2010. Gabbert wants to confound the skeptics.
“That’s how it’s been my whole life. No one ever really gave me a chance,” said Gabbert. “It’s just all about proving people wrong.”
Mizzou’s epic 2007 season was the only profitable campaign vs. the spread in the past 6 years.