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"Stanford" Steve Coughlin & Chris "The Bear" Fallica put their unique spin on the world of playing the odds in college football, horseracing and more

ESPN, Chris Fallica, Steve Coughlin


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    ACC Win Totals

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 70:52

    Stanford Steve and The Bear preview the Atlantic Coast Conference and look at the regular season and conference win totals for each team. The guys discuss Wake Forest taking a hit with Sam Hart's absence, Pitt looking like a problem on offense, Bear's thoughts on Miami, Clemson breaking in two new coordinators, an angry N.C. State, if Duke can win a conference game, uncertainty at Georgia Tech, Florida State's tricky schedule, Louisville figuring out the transfer portal, a buy low opportunity with North Carolina, Steve's aversion to Boston College, Syracuse's limited offense, staying away from Virginia Tech, why things will be difficult for Virginia even with Brennan Armstrong and if Notre Dame can run the table after playing Ohio State. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    SEC Win Totals

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 94:30

    Stanford Steve and The Bear are back for the 2022 college football season, kicking things off by looking at SEC win totals. They discuss loading up Alabama's over, an older Mississippi State team, the turnover at Ole Miss, why LSU may surprise, the Jimbo Fisher-Nick Saban offseason feud being good for Texas A&M, if Georgia could be better than last year, if they believe the Tennessee hype, Steve's Vanderbilt Commodores, Kentucky's no-win number, the potholes on South Carolina's schedule and much more. Plus, the guys eye up a few Week 1 matchups. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Chris “The Bear” Fallica joins Greg McElroy to look at Over/Under team wins totals in College Football

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 41:26

    Chris “The Bear” Fellica joins Greg McElroy to talk over/under win totals for Oklahoma, Nebraska, Auburn. Plus Fellica gives a few of his sleeper picks and McElroy answers a mailbag question on if Texas A&M is ready to take over the SEC West Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    U.S. Open Preview; Early College Football Lines & Win Totals

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 68:23

    Stanford Steve and The Bear discuss the U.S. Open, who they think will miss the cut, a Big Nine vs. The Field bet, who they're riding in the tournament and head-to-head matchups. Then, they look at South Point's Chris Andrews' early college football spreads. And, they dig into win totals for Texas A&M, Miami, Florida State, Kentucky, Michigan, Notre Dame, BYU and more. Later, Bear recaps his Mediterranean cruise, including not being able to live bet the Champions League Final and talking Texas football in the Old City of Jerusalem. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Kentucky Derby Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 77:06

    Stanford Steve and The Bear preview the Kentucky Derby, telling you which horses to trash and breaking down the rest of the field, position-by-position. Later, the guys discuss the derby undercard races, the Kentucky Oaks, Bear's week in Las Vegas for the NFL Draft, Chris Angel's lockbox, NHL and NBA playoffs, and the Jets.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    M&M Pod (The Masters & MLB)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 59:20

    Stanford Steve and The Bear discuss Kansas winning the national championship, Steve's trip to New Orleans, hitting the Kansas post-championship party, how David McCormack didn't win tournament MOP and why Jayhawk fans are some of the most likable in sports. Then, they turn their attention to the Masters and give you their best plays for the weekend. Is Bear's Masters bets sheet longer than his grocery receipt? What's his Thursday Masters' tradition? Later, with Open Day on the way, the guys share their season-long MLB bets.

    Final Four, Etcetera

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 50:09

    Stanford Steve and The Bear discuss Bear's thoughts on Miami's run in the NCAA Tournament coming to an end, which team that lost to St. Peter's feels the worst, Steve's confidence in Villanova, Final Four player props, Duke's zone defense, Brady Manek's quick release and their tickets that are still in play. Then, the guys get into early thoughts on the Masters, Bear's NBA bets, a rough year for N.C. State athletics, who they think will go No. 1 in the NFL Draft and Bear's salad dressing situation at home.

    Sweet 16 Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2022 46:56

    Stanford Steve and The Bear discuss the Sweet 16, Steve losing his voice watching the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, Bear needing to dig out of a hole, the painful transition from the first round to the second, if Arkansas can keep up with Gonzaga offensively, Texas Tech opening as a favorite over Duke, Villanova's discipline, Houston looking like a massive problem for Arizona, why they hate talking about Purdue-St. Peter's, if North Carolina can strain UCLA's defense, Steve's theory on Miami, Bear feeling nervous for his alma mater and which new player on the Mets is going to suck this season.

    2022 NCAA Tournament Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2022 66:39

    Stanford Steve and The Bear discuss the 2022 NCAA Tournament, why this is the hardest bracket they've ever filled out, Steve's belief that 14 teams could win the championship, Bear's numbers on 11 vs. 6 seeds, Iowa's dangerous first game against Richmond, the Mountain West needing to prove itself, if Memphis could bully Gonzaga if they meet in the second round, Indiana's half court defense, the officiating in Texas-Virginia Tech, their trust in Houston's defense, the Kansas or Chaos Region, Colgate and Vermont getting tough draws, conference tournament win totals, and head-to-head bets on which teams advance further in the bracket.

    Avoid the Whammy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 42:58

    It's the final podcast of the college football season! Stanford Steve and The Bear discuss Monday's college football national championship, Georgia impressing against Michigan after falling flat in the SEC title, Alabama's plan for the passing game against the Dawgs, if Georgia will back off of its pressures, if we'll see a single 100-yard rusher in this game, Bear's travel to Denver and then to Indianapolis, and their thoughts on the final week of the NFL regular season.

    The Strain

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 68:59

    Stanford Steve and The Bear discuss the Carolina schools facing off, the University of New Jersey reaching a bowl, keeping an eye on Central Michigan, the one thing that stands out when examining Alabama-Cincinnati, the matchups along the lines in Michigan-Georgia, Arkansas looking to cap an exciting season, an in-game teaser and losing money on Ole Miss overs.

    Introducing 'Probability' from Man in the Arena

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 29:42

    Whether you love him or hate him or are somehow completely indifferent, you've probably spent at least some of the last 20 years thinking about Tom Brady. Brady has altered friendships, families and communities. He's changed the trajectory of careers and reputations, enabled fairy tale dreams to be both realized and dashed. 'Man In the Arena' is a new 10-part series from ESPN and Religion of Sports that looks at those two decades of Brady through the eyes of the fans and the haters, those in the arena and those outside. Host Gotham Chopra grapples with these big themes, while grounding the podcast in his personal relationship with Tom and his journey from a Brady fan to Tom's friend.   Using Brady's improbable comeback against the Falcons, and all his other come-from-behind victories, this episode looks at the role probability plays in our lives.   Listen on Apple Podcasts (https://apple.co/3FgQalz), Spotify (https://spoti.fi/3c6q4oB), or search "Man In the Arena" wherever you're listening now.

    Jets-Jags Under the Tree

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 55:25

    Stanford Steve and The Bear discuss their favorite uniforms this bowl season, the matchups on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, lobbying for Steve to toss the coin at the Military Bowl, the Mike Leach Bowl, Western Kentucky pulling Bailey Zappe before he could hit 6,000 passing yards, Bear's ACC bowl wins bet, the No Coaches Bowl at Fenway, a frightening Would You Rather, if Clemson fans will travel to the Cheez-It Bowl, and adjusted NFL win totals.

    Guess the Opt-Out

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 39:08

    Stanford Steve and The Bear sort through the first batch of bowl games starting on Friday with the Bahamas Bowl through Wednesday's Armed Forces Bowl. They discuss single-digit underdogs covering, confusing bowl game opt-outs, the value of good tape from a bowl game, the low total in UTEP-Fresno State, if BYU feels slighted by its bowl destination, advice for live betting games, if Eastern Michigan could upset Liberty, if Oregon State gets to eight wins and Army's offensive questions. Plus, which teams they'd bet on to win the AFC North.

    I Dropped a “We”

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 54:21

    Stanford Steve and The Bear discuss if it's too early to look at Kentucky Derby odds, Steve's potential matching tattoo with Dusty Dvoracek, Bear's thoughts on Miami hiring Mario Cristobal and Dan Radakovich, Steve imploring Cincinnati and Michigan to make the most of their playoff opportunities, Bear's bowl travel, which NY6 games they're excited for, Oklahoma State's awful goal line play calling, Smelly Lines and Quinn Ewers on the move again.

    Frozen Quads

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 67:10

    Stanford Steve and The Bear discuss the overwhelming appeal of the underdogs going into Championship Saturday, Bear's wild weekend of travel and the recent lack of upsets in the championship games. Then, the guys hit on every game this weekend, talking about the excellent defenses facing off in the Big 12, Kent State looking battle-tested, Utah State's unlikely run to the Mountain West championship, Louisiana with a lot to play for, if Cincinnati's defense can handle Houston again, the importance of Alabama starting fast, a race to 20 points in Michigan-Iowa and Steve's strong conviction in the ACC title game. Later, their thoughts on the coaching carousel, Steve's NFL lock of the year and the Big Mike Happy Recap.

    Accounts All Over the Place

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 63:22

    Stanford Steve and The Bear discuss fans who think Bear hates their team, rainy conditions in the Egg Bowl, the Herbstreit-Howard dynamic before Ohio State-Michigan, Texas some how being favored over Kansas State, an obituary calling for an “irresponsibly large wager” on the Huskers over the Hawkeyes, team totals for Georgia Tech and UConn, lack of interest in the Iron Bowl, and if Oklahoma State can score with Oklahoma. Plus, Bear fires from the hip and Steve shares his secret Thanksgiving dessert.

    Updated Expectations

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 67:37

    Stanford Steve and The Bear discuss their expectations for the College Football Playoff, their thoughts on the latest Heisman odds including why nobody cares about the NFL MVP, some new friends for The Bear here in CT, Virginia's interesting line, some fascinating action in the Pac 12 and some insight into a potential winner in Navy.

    On Grounds

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 66:25

    Stanford Steve and Bear discuss the College Football Playoff committee slotting Michigan over Michigan State, Bear's Texas A&M bet to win the SEC, the ceiling continuing to get higher for Oklahoma, wanting to see more from Ohio State, if they'd rather take Purdue or Tennessee this weekend, Michigan's recent struggles in Happy Valley, Florida State Deep Throat coming through with an insider tip, Stanford Steve heading to Charlottesville with Chris Long, blind betting against Stanford and if this is the week Cincinnati covers the spread.

    Down On Myself

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 54:52

    Stanford Steve and The Bear kick off the podcast discussing Bear cleaning up on his Atlanta Braves bets, the first batch of the College Football Playoff rankings, how you can make money on Alabama's playoff chances, Smelly Lines, the over/under in Liberty-Ole Miss, a General Principle Game in Boston College-Virginia Tech, their favorite cities in Ohio, a get-right game for Penn State, Mark Stoops' rough November record, and the difference between home and road Auburn.

    No One Shows Up Early

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 56:44

    Steve and The Bear kick off the podcast discussing how long a dinner out should be, Bear's College GameDay travel schedule, noon games yielding cataclysmic results for Steve, their take on “Wolfpacking,” why they can't pick Indiana again, Iowa State having plenty to play for, Georgia being the biggest favorite it's ever been in the Florida series, a Line That Stinks out west, a celebrity phone call interrupting the show, why Steve loves Kansas, chasing the San Diego State-Fresno State rivalry and why they both like Penn State plus the points.

    No Winners in the MAC

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 65:09

    Stanford Steve and The Bear discuss the Week 8 college football slate, the most puzzling line Steve's seen in 20 years, one-loss teams, if Wake Forest could get gashed by Army, a trivia question from Bear, if Air Force can upset undefeated San Diego State, Clemson playing at Pitt as an underdog, why Steve likes a very public play in Notre Dame, the ranked UTSA Roadrunners and the MLB postseason.

    Hour and a Shower

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 71:26

    Stanford Steve and The Bear discuss a lackluster Week 7 college football slate, if they'd take Ohio State's offense over everyone the country right now, College GameDay headed back to Athens, why Georgia needs to ride with Stetson Bennett, Bear's complicated return from Norman on Saturday night, Penn State's ability to play itself back into the Big Ten race, Oklahoma not covering double digit spreads, Florida looking to kick LSU while they're down, if they're nuts to like Army +14 against Wisconsin and a quick check in on the MLB postseason.

    Winning Matters

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 74:39

    Stanford Steve & The Bear discuss Cincinnati's path to the CFP, but they aren't the only team outside the power 5. BYU also has hopes of crashing the party and might have a better path. Plus, the guys preview week 6 of the CFP season. And, some MLB playoff and NHL regular season bets

    Rally The Troops

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 71:19

    Stanford Steve & The Bear discuss who they know the most about between OU, Arkansas & Ole Miss. Maryland gets a primetime game. How for real is Michigan? Who is the best team in the Big 12? Concern with Oregon, MACtion, betting double digit favorites and a whole lot more

    Stay Away

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 65:16

    Stanford Steve & The Bear discuss who is the best non-power 5 team and recap last week. Then, this week doesn't have a lot of ranked matchups but plenty of games to bet on and some games that stink and you need to avoid.

    White Out

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 41:01

    Stanford Steve & The Bear take a look at Clay Helton getting fired and what that means for USC. What now for Ohio State and can they fix their defense? Plus, a preview of this week's games that includes Auburn at Penn State, Cincinnati at Indiana, OU vs. Nebraska and a whole lot more

    Don't Overreact

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 50:26

    Stanford Steve & The Bear take a look at Oregon vs Ohio State and how to bet this game with Kayvon Thibodeaux's status unknown. Can Iowa State finally end their losing streak to Iowa? Can the ACC rebound after an awful week with a couple games against the SEC? How will Georgia and Notre Dame look after their big wins and whole a lot more 

    Beat Number 1. Become Number 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 79:49

    Stanford Steve & The Bear have season win totals for the SEC and ACC. Then, week 1 is finally here and they have plenty of picks, starting off with UCF/Boise State on Thursday and going through Monday night with Ole Miss and Louisville.

    Big Ten & Big 12 Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 77:47

    Stanford Steve & The Bear preview the Big Ten and Big 12 conferences. Plus, Bear has a play for Week Zero

    2021 Season Preview Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 68:23

    Stanford Steve & The Bear preview the upcoming season for the Group of 5 conferences, Pac 12 and Notre Dame

    Time For College Football

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 65:26

    Stanford Steve & The Bear are back and the guys have five bets each for season over/under win totals they like. Plus, some Heisman talk, conference favorites and other plays for the season.

    2021 Preakness Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 55:10

    Stanford Steve & The Bear preview the Preakness this weekend and the drama surrounding Medina Spirit. Plus, they chat about NBA and NHL season win totals they have their eyes on and their thoughts on the playoffs. Finally, a little NFL season win total talk

    NFL Draft & Kentucky Derby Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021 91:03

    Stanford Steve & The Bear preview the NFL Draft with ESPN’s Cole Cubelic. Then, It’s the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby and the guys preview the Run for the Roses along with the other races taking place this weekend.

    The Final Four Is Here

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2021 49:44

    Stanford Steve & The Bear preview both the Men’s and Women’s Final Four. Plus a little MLB win totals, MVP odds and a quick look at The Masters

    Sweet Sixteen Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2021 51:02

    Stanford Steve & The Bear have a few thoughts on the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament and then preview the Sweet Sixteen games and what lines they like

    2021 NCAA Tournament Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2021 78:06

    Stanford Steve & The Bear give a complete breakdown of the NCAA Tournament. From lines they like, possible upsets, teams that are hot, players to watch out for and more.

    National Championship Preview: Alabama vs. Ohio State

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2021 51:40

    Stanford Steve and The Bear preview the National Championship Game between Alabama and Ohio State.

    Bowl Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2020 78:56

    College football bowl season is here and Stanford Steve and Bear take a deep dive in the upcoming games. Including a full breakdown of the CFP semi-final games

    Championship Week

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2020 69:31

    Stanford Steve & Bear react to the penultimate CFP rankings and debate where teams are ranked. Then, it’s championship weekend but different than years past with a full slate of games and the guys preview the slate. Finally, we get a preview of the Pac-12 game from student reporters at USC and Oregon.

    Tread Lightly

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2020 61:05

    Stanford Steve & Bear come out hot with Bear in a rage over the Big Ten changing its rules to allow Ohio State in the conference title game, reactions to Iowa State moving up CFP Rankings and why Coastal Carolina should be a top-10 team. Then, the guys discuss College GameDay at West Point, Bear’s travel schedule and the last time GameDay visited Army. Then, they preview an unprecedented week 15 slate that includes the Territorial Cup, USC-UCLA, San Jose State-Nevada, Mississippi State-Auburn, Texas-Kansas and more.

    The Steamer Is Rolling

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2020 53:45

    Stanford Steve & Bear react to week two of the CFP Rankings and give their thoughts on OSU, Georgia and others. Then, they preview week 14 that includes a huge game in the MAC, Coastal vs. Liberty & much more. Plus, the Steamer is red hot

    Back That Truck Back Up

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2020 79:41

    Stanford Steve & Bear breakdown week 13 of the football season, starting off with a steamer for a game on Thursday. Plus, ND vs. UNC, Iron Bowl with no Saban, Iowa State at Texas and much more. And, Brian Windhorst joins the guys to talk MACtion, Ohio State and NBA. 

    Wagon Wheel

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2020 66:58

    Stanford Steve & Bear breakdown week 12 of the college football season that includes undefeated IU vs. OSU, Trevor Lawrence returning for Clemson & Bedlam as OU & Oklahoma State face off among other games. Plus, Bear is giving out not 1, not 2, not 3 but four games and Steve has a MACtion story. And, how good of a job is South Carolina? 

    What Else Reeks?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2020 70:11

    Stanford Steve & Bear look back at Notre Dame-Clemson, Miami’s win over N.C. State and Liberty’s improbable victory over Virginia Tech. Then the guys sift through this weekend’s college football slate and tackle a few hypothetical lines. Later, the guys dig into an unusual Masters weekend and playing updated Saturday morning odds.

    We Have A Steamer

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2020 84:58

    Stanford Steve & Bear preview ND vs. Clemson as the Tigers try to win another game without Trevor Lawrence and then take a look at the big match-up in the SEC as Florida and Georgia meet. Plus, a preview of the Pac-12 as they get their season started this weekend, Bear apologizes to Coastal Carolina, the season’s first steamer and some stinky games. Plus, a look at the Breeders’ Cup.

    Get The Bank Funds Ready

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2020 64:10

    Stanford Steve & Bear preview the primetime match-up between Ohio State and Penn State and at what number the guys might get in on the action. Then, they breakdown the games that have a stench to them and which way they are leaning. While this week’s slate has plenty of smelly games, the guys have their eyes on a handful of games. Plus, fan bases that are upset, a call for help to Pac-12 fans, a steamer update and more.  

    I'd Rather Go To Bed Down

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2020 72:01

    Week 8 of the college football season is here and Stanford Steve and Bear have a laundry list of games that you should be careful with when placing a bet this weekend. Then, Bear predicts what the College GameDay set will pick between Minnesota/Michigan and the guys make some predictions for the Big Ten as they start their season this weekend. Bear also previews what games might make his board for CGD and Steve has a game he loves that isn’t on most people’s radar. Finally, if the early slate of games don’t go well for you, it’s not Pac 12 After Dark but there are some late games for you to chase.

    This Line Stinks

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2020 70:04

    Stanford Steve & Bear breakdown week 7 of the college football season and there are some lines that don’t pass the smell test. They also discuss what’s going on in the SEC, Miami needing to rebound, who is the 4th best team in the country and more. Plus, a new feature as Bear predicts what the College GameDay Desk will pick this Saturday between Bama/Georgia.

    Defense Optional

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2020 73:14

    Stanford Steve & Bear discuss the marquee match-up this weekend as Miami takes on Clemson. Then, it’s the Red River Rivalry but the story isn’t about the game but what’s going on with both programs. Plus, Florida/Texas A&M, VT/UNC, Tennessee/Georgia and more from week 6. And, Stanford Steve puts Bear on the spot to do some live research. 

    CFB Week 5

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2020 56:36

    Stanford Steve & Bear breakdown week 5 of the college football season with plenty of games to pick and a couple to maybe stay away from. Plus, MLB, NBA, French Open and Preakness 

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