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Sports Betting By The Numbers: July 27th, 2011

July 27th, 2011- By Bryan Cross

4/9 – The Oklahoma Sooners are the perceived preseason No.1 team in the country entering the 2011 College Football Season, and therefore, it should come as no surprise that the Sooners are well atop the Odds To Win The Big XII Conference this season. In fact, oddsmakers believe that there won’t be too many teams that pose a serious threat in the Big XII at all. Oklahoma has been set as an assertive 4/9 favorite to capture the conference championship this upcoming season. To put that into perspective, for every $9 placed on the Sooners to win, a profit of $4 is returned. To further illustrate how much of a favorite Oklahoma is, the next-closest team in terms of betting odds to win the Big XII conference is Texas A&M, going off at 5/1 on Bodog Sportsbook. Following the Aggies, are the Texas Longhorns at 13/2, the Oklahoma State Cowboys at 9/1 and rounding out the top-five odds to win the Big XII is Missouri at 14/1.

7/2 – The betting odds for Carl Edwards to captures NASCAR’s season-long chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. Edwards is ahead of Kyle Busch and five-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson on the latest Sprint Cup Championship betting lines at Bodog Sportsbook. This week, the Series moves to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the running of the Brickyard 400. Edwards is once again near the top of the list to win in terms of betting odds, but it’s Johnson that takes the label of the overall favorite to win the race on Sunday from Indianapolis.

17/2 – Michael Vick has gone from prison, to an NFL MVP favorite in one season since his release, coming to the Philadelphia Eagles and working his way to the starting position. Vick led the Eagles to an NFC East division title last year, and was voted the comeback players of the season. Now, Vick is named as one of the favorites to win the 2011 NFL MVP on Bodog Sportsbook, installed at 17/2. He is behind only Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning on the latest online sportsbooks betting odds.

19 – The number of innings that the Atlanta Braves and the Pittsburgh Pirates played last night, before the game ended in a controversial call at home plate in the bottom of the inning to give the Braves a 4-3 victory. Atlanta’s Julio Lugo appeared to be beaten well in advanced by the throw home and Pirates’ catcher Michael McKenry appeared to lay on the tag, but home plate umpire Jerry Meals called Lugo safe, ending the game. The call sent the Pirates into a furry, but Meals was intent on the fact that he made the right call. The call has prompted debate over instant replay once again in Major League Baseball.

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