Saturday afternoon (4 pm ET), the college football's All Star season begins with the traditional East-West Shrine game, at the Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando. A couple of former NFL coaches will coach; Dan Reeves, the East, and Wade Phillips, the West. Odds makers at most offshore sports shops list the West as a 1-point spreads favorite with a posted scoring total of 39.
Betting these college all-star games can be a bit tricky. The teams are evenly matched, made up of players from across the country. So how do you make a pick? It's my opinion, you don't get too serious about the games, and by all means, don't bet your mortgage.
Like most football fans, I look at the quarterbacks first. A team loaded with good multi-purpose quarterbacks, guys who can move the chains with their feet, give a team an advantage. In today's game the East has two guys who can really take off with the ball, Navy's Ricky Dobbs and Virginia Tech's Tyrod Taylor. Also quarterbacking for the East is Patrick Devlin, a strong-armed kid out of Delaware, who is probably the best pro-prospect of the teams quarterback corps.
Quarterbacks who will be leading the West are Scott Tolzein of Wisconsin, Jerrod Johnson of Texas A&M and Nathan Enderle of Idaho. Johnson and Tolzein both come from power schools ,but Idaho's Enderle is the better pro prospect.
Both sides will throw the ball when necessary because it's difficult to establish a pro style passing offense with a weeks practice. The best rushing team will probably win the game. And of course the team who's defense is able to mesh over a short time will have a distinct advantage.
For today's game, I predict the East pulls out a win behind a strong running game, led by Dobbs and Taylor, and using the option to running backs Evan Royster of Penn State, Delone Carter of Syracuse and Graig Cooper of Miami. I feel the West is very good at running back with Nevada's Vai Taua leading the way. If the West can establish a solid inside running game, and avoid throwing the ball, then they could be very dangerous.
Best Bet – EAST