SportGamble.us Picks this Year’s College Football Bowl Games

Here are the consensus bowl picks from the SportGamble.us staff.

Tue., Dec. 14

New Orleans Bowl

North Texas vs Southern Mississippi

SG’s Pick: North Texas

If the So. Miss defense can stop Jamario Thomas from adding to his gaudy stats they should be able to keep this one close.

7:30 pm

Tue., Dec. 21

Champs Sports Bowl

Georgia Tech vs Syracuse

SG’s Pick: Georgia Tech

7:45 pm

Wed., Dec. 22

GMAC Bowl

Memphis vs Bowling Green

SG’s Pick: Bowling Green

I want to pick Memphis to win this battle, but the Falcon’s scoring offense, 4th in the nation, will simply outscore Memphis regardless of how well they play.

8:00 pm

Thur., Dec. 23

PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl

Cincinnati vs Marshall

SG’s Pick: Marshall

Marshall has shown up to play in big games this year. I consider a bowl game a “big” game, wouldn’t you?

6:30 pm

Las Vegas Bowl

Wyoming vs UCLA

SG’s Pick: UCLA

UCLA should burn Wyoming with it’s passing and running game. Although, Wyoming is playing in it’s first bowl game in 11 years…that’s certainly motivating.

9:45 pm

Fri., Dec. 24

Hawaii Bowl

UAB vs Hawaii

SG’s Pick: Hawaii

NCAA’s all time passing leader should have a hay-day against this no show UAB defense

7:00 pm

Mon., Dec. 27

MPC Computers Bowl

Fresno State vs 18 Virginia

SG’s Pick: Virginia

Fresno State failed to play with the big dogs this season and Virginia is on the horizon to become one.

2:00 pm

Motor City Bowl

Toledo vs Connecticut

SG’s Pick: Toledo

Connecticut has a football team? Well, that’s what we would have said last season but they have a QB that can rip the secondary. You probably haven’t heard of him but the NFL scouts know him very well. Connecticut has a chance if they grasp the mindset they had when meeting Pittsburgh earlier in the year.

5:30 pm

Tue., Dec. 28

Independence Bowl

Iowa State vs Miami (Ohio)

SG’s Pick: Iowa State

Iowa State’s explosive offense will give Miami all they want…plus some.

6:30 pm

Insight Bowl

Oregon State vs Notre Dame

SG’s Pick: Notre Dame

Notre Dame is going to fight its heart out in defense of Tyrone Willingham. Oh, did we mention they’re a pretty good football team anyway?

9:45 pm

Wed., Dec. 29

Houston Bowl

Texas-El Paso vs Colorado

SG’s Pick: Texas-El Paso

Jordan Carson (name sound familiar?) will finally have his chance to showcase his talent on national television. Colorado is still wondering what happened in the Big 12 championship…

4:30 pm

Alamo Bowl

24 Ohio State vs Oklahoma State

SG’s Pick: Ohio State

Oklahoma State is no stranger to big games. Unfortunately, they haven’t learned how to win them.

8:00 pm

Thur., Dec. 30

Continental Tire Bowl

25 Boston College vs North Carolina

SG’s Pick: Boston College

North Carolina has a lack of “big game” experience while Boston College has the “secret to success” for winning bowl games, they’ve won 4 straight.

1:00 pm

Emerald Bowl

New Mexico vs Navy

SG’s Pick: Navy

Did we say Navy? That’s right! These guys finally learned how to play football.

4:30 pm

Holiday Bowl

4 California vs 23 Texas Tech

SG’s Pick: California

Cal will punish Texas Tech for being pushed out of the BCS picture.

8:00 pm

Silicon Valley Bowl

Troy vs Northern Illinois

SG’s Pick: Northern Illinois

Troy has never been to a bowl game and they’re not ready to win one either. N. Illinois has a ground attack that will out-muscle this Troy defense.

11:00 pm

Fri., Dec. 31

Music City Bowl

Alabama vs Minnesota

SG’s Pick: Alabama

This isn’t because we like the SEC. Minnesota isn’t playing at home…

12:00 pm

Sun Bowl

Purdue vs 21 Arizona State

SG’s Pick: Purdue

Arizona State is coming with their 2nd string QB that Purdue’s young, yet darn good, defense should contain. Expect Purdue to light up the score board in this one!

2:00 pm

Liberty Bowl

10 Boise State vs 7 Louisville

SG’s Pick: Louisville

This may be bowl game of the year. If you like fast attack offenses and aggressive scoring, this game is for you! Vegas will be exploding with “total points” bets on this one.

3:30 pm

14 Miami (FLA.) vs 20 Florida

Peach Bowl

SG’s Pick: Florida

If Chris Leak (Gators) isn’t the best QB in the land he will be. When the Gators are operating on all cylinders I would pick them to beat anyone in the country. Keep an eye on this one because it should be a money maker!

7:30 pm

Sat., Jan. 1

Cotton Bowl

15 Tennessee vs 22 Texas A&M

SG’s Pick: Tennessee

The Vols simply ran out of time in the SEC championship. I suspect they will pick up where they left off. Neither team “should” be here so it will definitely be one of the better games to watch.

11:00 am

Outback Bowl

16 Wisconsin va 8 Georgia

SG’s Pick: Georgia

Wisconsin can play offense buy GA’s fast defense will stop the run and force Wisconsin to throw resulting in too many mistakes to overcome. Georgia wins.

11:00 am

Gator Bowl

17 Florida State va West Virginia

SG’s Pick: Florida State

Florida State has put the lost to Florida behind them. Bowden’s ability to dominate bowl games has a “W” written all over it.

12:30 pm

Capital One Bowl

11 Iowa vs 12 LSU

SG’s Pick: LSU (restrictions apply…)

LSU is young but managed to fight their way to a good bowl game this year. If LSU’s defense can keep the score close they can pull this one off.

1:00 pm

Rose Bowl

13 Michigan vs 6 Texas

SG’s Pick: Texas

If Mack can persuade his players they’re as good as he did the nations coaches Texas will overcome a solid Michigan team.

4:30 pm

Fiesta Bowl

5 Utah vs 19 Pittsburgh

SG’s Pick: Utah

Pittsburgh slipped through the back door to win the Big East but I’m afraid Utah will show Pitt what it’s like to play with the Big Boys.

8:30 pm

Mon., Jan. 3

Sugar Bowl

3 Auburn vs 9 Virginia Tech

SG’s Pick: Auburn

Auburn should be playing for the national title. Look for Auburn to win big for the slight possibility of sharing the title.

8:00 pm

Tue., Jan. 4

Orange Bowl

1 Southern California vs 2 Oklahoma

SG’s Pick: Oklahoma

This one should come down to the last quarter. Oklahoma should prevail with stamina.

8:00 pm

Quick Sex Tip: How To Revive A Dying Sex Life

If your sex life has dropped to near zero or zero, it can be restored.

The first step is to discuss it gently and directly with each other. Anger and sadness have to be temporarily put on the shelf for these discussions. The reason is that most of the time both parties are too fragile to handle venting and purging sessions. So Rule One is an open and soft discussion with an emphasis on listening to your partners ideas on how to improve things.

Merely focusing on what’s wrong is an approach that many take, but I warn you that it often ends up with more hurt and repeated blaming. I am an advocate of starting slowly to fix sexual problems with constructive and small steps. More time together, cuddling, holding hands, kissing are the first priorities. Later, sexual activities can follow in this graduated manner. For me, this is the starting point.

When the emotions are less raw and hope is again alive, or, conversely, when the damage done is so severe, we must talk about what went wrong and how to repair it. We can begin to focus on the reasons things went off track.

I think most couples know what went wrong or at least have theories. I am confident that repair work must be done on the emotional pain. Repairing the sexual relationship is a way to heal many of the hurts that result from an absence of sex. Yet, we must at some point deal with the emotions of either party that are getting in the way of progress.

There are many reasons that a sex life loses, well, its life. Here are some common struggles:

I am not interested in sex with my partner because of the…(FILL IN THE BLANK: drugging, drinking, yelling, anger, smell, lack of respect, rudeness, selfishness, porn, weight gain/loss, gambling, spending, etc. ) of my partner.

It never really was a very healthy or satisfying sexual relationship and it just sort of faded away after… (FILL IN THE BLANK: the kids came, the dog died, a parent came to live with us, I started the night shift, we moved, the job was lost, I went back to work, or I turned 30, 40, 50, 60, 70….)

Why should I? I don’t want to reward the way he/she does… (FILL IN THE BLANK: something I don’t like or despise, doesn’t do what I want, expect, deserve, like, desire or behaves like I am/am not used to having in my life.

Our sex life died because I have… (FILL IN THE BLANK: low something or elevated something else. OR because of the medications, hormones, stress, fitness, obesity, pain, arthritis, depression, insomnia, allergies, herpes, etc.)

When I was a beginning therapist I came across my first of these couples. They had gone 15 years without sex. They said they loved each other and were committed to the relationship. He drove a cab at night and she worked during the day. They took those shifts to make sure one of them was always available to watch their child. Guess how old the child was!… Wait for it…Wait… Yep, she was 15 when they came in.

This couple got stuck in the transition of their marriage from couple to family. It’s common that sex falls away after the birth of a child. Most of us will go through such a transition and figure a way to restore our sex lives. This couple never had that discussion, though both wanted it to go back to the active and fulfilling sex life they had once enjoyed.

In the safe environment of my office they were able to begin the conversations needed to move forward together sexually. They began to show hope as they progressed from discussions to the steps needed to rekindle their sex life. One of the most interesting changes they made was a simple one. They installed a lock on their bedroom door and told their kid to knock and wait for a response before entering.

It turned out that they had not closed their bedroom door since bringing the baby home from the hospital. They kept the door open to make sure they could hear their kid cry. Somehow, they never discussed closing it and keeping her out of the bedroom long after being concerned about an infant’s cries.

Every situation is different. That is why the quiet conversations are so critical. If you can have these talks in positive tones and begin to solve your own sex life, start now. If you have tried this a few times and aren’t making progress, seek professional help. By professional help I mean therapists that are trained in marriage and family therapy and have training in treating sexual problems.

The vast majority of therapists are unqualified and not trained in this work. Beware of individual therapists trying to do couple work. Marriage and Family therapists and members of ASECT, Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists are the best trained in couples work of this nature. Talk to them and explore their abilities as well as your fit with them.

Whatever you decide, act on it as soon as you can.

What Is the Secret Behind the Odd-Even Lottery Number Strategy?

Do you want to know the secret behind playing the odd and even number lottery strategy? There was a time when I was in the same boat with you. Then, I discovered the secret and shared it with you in one of my previous articles. Now, I discovered yet another secret hidden within the first and will share it with your here. To set the stage for the first time readers, let’s recap a bit.

When I first made this discovery, the common belief among lottery players was that all wagers are equally likely and, I still believe that to this day. But, that doesn’t mean you should spend your money on just any wager. The secret is that wagers containing all odd or all even wagers are rarely the lottery jackpot winners. Therefore, knowing this, you can improve your chances of winning the lottery by carefully crafting the wagers you make. Thankfully, today computers with a good lottery software program can accomplish this for you automatically.

But, that’s not the whole story. There is another hidden secret in all this that you need to know about. And, it comes about because all lotteries are not the same. Applying your odd-even lottery number strategy equally to all lotteries is a mistake. A smart player takes into account the size of the lottery. And, herein lies the hidden secret.

In larger lotteries, like the New Jersey 6/49 for example, the winning numbers will be all odd or all even only once every 100 drawings or once a year. I don’t know about you but, for me, a year is a long time to wait for a single chance to win. So, the smart player avoids playing all odd or all even number wagers. Instead, he spends his money on wagers that at least have a chance to win in 99 out of 100 drawings.

Now, here’s the hidden secret that most players have missed. With smaller lotteries, lottery players need to be flexible and adjust their thinking. For example, let’s look at the Colorado 5/32 lottery where the size is only 32 numbers. In this lottery, wagers containing all even or all odd numbers occur on the average of once every 25 drawings. That’s four times more often than in the New Jersey 6/49 lottery. As you can see, your decision here isn’t quite as clear-cut.

What is the case in your lottery? How do you find this out? Easy. Just pretend to play all odd numbers (or all even numbers) over your lottery’s history and look at the graph of the results. For example, if all odd numbers occurred 6 times over a 500 drawing period then, this event occurred on the average of once every 83 drawings. That’s 500 drawings divided by 6 events for an average of once every 83 drawings.

Attention: Since all lotteries are different, you need to be careful. Rules of thumb don’t necessarily apply to all lotteries equally. Use your computer and your lottery software program to find out the facts and adjust your lottery strategy accordingly.

Calculate Your Odds of Winning the Lottery Mega Millions Powerball

Do you know how to calculate the odds of winning the lottery, including the Florida Lottery? You can calculate each set of odds for each different lottery game you play. With the assistance of a small hand held calculator or with the free calculator on your computer, you just multiply the numbers together and add one division process when “the order” of your chosen numbers is not required for a particular lottery game.

What you “need to know” is the number of total balls that the winning numbers are drawn from…..is it 59, 56, 42, 49, or 39? If there is a secondary drawing for the single extra ball, such as the “red ball” with Powerball or the Mega Millions’ “gold ball” you need to know how many balls are in this group as well. Are there 49 or 39?

It doesn’t matter if it is the Florida, Ohio, Texas, PA or NJ Lottery. This strategy or formula gives you the true odds. Florida Lottery is 6/53. New York Lottery is 6/59. The Ohio Lottery, Massachusetts Lottery, Wisconsin Lottery, and the State of Washington Lottery carry a 6/49 lottery numbers ratio. Illinois Lottery carries a 6/52.

Once you have this information correctly in front of you and your calculator in hand, you can start working the formulas. You need to choose five regular balls and one extra ball correctly matched to the winning drawn numbers to win the multi-million dollar jackpot that most of us dream about winning someday.

In the first example there are 56 balls in the first group and 46 balls in the secondary group. In order to win the Jackpot you need to match all these balls (5 + 1) exactly, but not necessarily in order. The California Lottery’s Super Lotto Plus is 47/27. The big drum is spinning with the initial part of the drawing. You have a 1/56 chance to match your number to this first ball.

With one ball removed after the first number has been drawn, you now have a 1/55 chance of matching another one of your numbers to the second ball drawn. With each drawn number a ball is removed lowering the number of remaining balls by a total of one.

The odds of you correctly matching the number on the third ball to be drawn is now 1/54 from the total number of balls remaining in the drum. With the third ball removed from the drum and sitting with the other two winning numbers, your odds of correctly matching the fourth ball is reduced to 1/53.

As you can see each time a ball is released from the drum the odds are reduced by one. You started with a 1/56 chance, then with each new winning number it is reduced to 1/55, 1/54, 1/53, and with the fifth ball you have the odds of 1/52 correctly matching this fifth winning number. This is the first part of the formula of how to calculate your odds of winning the lottery, including the Florida Lottery.

Now take these five odds representing the five winning numbers (1/56, 1/55, 1/54, 1/53, and 1/52). The “1” on top of the fraction represents your one and only chance to correctly match the drawn number.

Now you take your calculator and multiply all top numbers (1x1x1x1x1) equal one (1). Next you multiply all the bottom numbers (56x55x54x53x52). Correctly entered and multiplied you discover the total is 458,377,920. The new fraction becomes 1/458,377,920. This is a 458 million to one chance to win. If you were required to pick the numbers in order just like they are drawn, then these would be the odds against you to win this Pick 5/56 ball lottery game.

Fortunately or unfortunately, you are not required to pick the numbers in the exact order they are drawn. The second step of the formula will reduce the odds, which allows you to match these five winning numbers in any order. In this step you will multiply the number of balls drawn — five (1x2x3x4x5). With calculator in hand you see that the total equals 120.

To give you the right to choose your five matching numbers in any order, you create these odds by dividing 120/417,451,320. You definitely need a calculator for this one. 120/458,377,920 reduces your odds of winning this lottery to 1/3,819,816. These are over 3.5 million to one odds against you of winning this Pick 5/56 ball lottery game.

If this were the Mega Millions Lottery, you need to add the “gold ball” to these five winning drawn balls in order to win the Multi-Million Dollar Jackpot. The single gold ball is calculated as a 1/46 chance of matching it correctly, and since you are drawing just one number it has to be an exact match. Again, you only have that “1” chance to do it right. Now you need to multiply 3,819,816 by 46.

Grab your calculator and do the multiplication. Your final odds against you winning the Mega Millions Jackpot are calculated to be 175,711,536 or clearly stated 175 million, 711 thousand, 5 hundred 36 thirty-six to one (175,711,536 to 1). Now you know how to calculate the odds of winning the Mega Millions Lottery.

The Powerball Lottery calculations are based on a 1/59 for the first five white balls and 1/39 for the “red” power ball. The first set of multipliers is 59x58x57x56x55. This group totals 600,766,320. Now divide 600,766,360 by 120 (1x2x3x4x5). Your new total is 5,006,386. There is a 1/39 chance to catch the “red” ball. 39 x 5,006,386 gives you the real odds of winning the Powerball Jackpot, namely 195,249,054 to 1.

Another 5 +1 Lottery that seems to be everywhere in the United States is the “Hot Lotto” which has a 39/19 count. It is played in 15 different States. DC Lottery, Delaware Lottery, Idaho Lottery, Iowa Lottery, Kansas Lottery, Maine Lottery, Minnesota Lottery, Montana Lottery, New Hampshire Lottery, New Mexico Lottery, North Dakota Lottery, Oklahoma Lottery, South Dakota Lottery, Vermont Lottery, and the West Virginia Lottery. The final odds of winning the minimum $1 Million Jackpot is 10,939,383 to 1.

A Pick 6/52 ball Lottery game formula looks like this: (1/52, 1/51, 1/50, 1/49, 1/48, 1/47) for a total of 14,658,134,400 divided by 720 (1x2x3x4x5x6) for the odds of 1/20,358,520. Your chance to win the 6/52 Lottery is over 14.5 million to one to win, such as the Illinois Lotto.

The Hoosier Lottery that uses Indiana State’s nickname, carries a 6/48. Michigan Lottery is 6/47, Arizona Lottery and Missouri Lottery are 6/44, Maryland Lottery is 6/43, and Colorado Lottery is 6/42. Compare this to the Florida Lottery.

A Pick 5/39 ball Lottery game formula looks like this: (1/39, 1/38, 1/37, 1/36, 1/35) for a total of 69,090,840 divided by 120 (1x2x3x4x5) for the odds of 1/575,757 of winning the Jackpot such as the Illinois Little Lotto. Other States with the same 5/39 lottery numbers include the NC Lottery, Georgia and Florida Lottery Fantasy 5, and Tennessee Lottery’s Pick 5. Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 carries a 5/34 range.

Now, isn’t it better to choose a Lottery game with lower odds against you?