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NCAA Prediction College Bowl Preview/Pick- Ohio vs. East Carolina

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Free NCAA Pick and Prediction Bobcats vs. Pirates

Ohio Bobcats (7-5) vs. East Carolina Pirates (9-3) 12/23- 2:00PM EST

Lines and betting Odds 

Line: ECU -13.5

Over/Under: 62.0

 

BEEF ‘O’ BRADY BOWL- ST. Petersburg, FL

 

The East Carolina Pirates had their third Conference USA title in their sights, but a blowout loss in their regular-season finale ended that opportunity, so they will now focus on a second double-digit win season when they battle Ohio in the Beef ‘O’ Brady Bowl on Monday night.

 

The Pirates (9-3) where in search of their third Conference USA title in six years, but a blowout loss to Marshall 59-28 put an end to that. East Carolina is moving to the American Athletic Conference next season to join the likes of such teams as Louisville, Central Florida and Cincinnati.

 

East Carolina was riding a five-game winning streak behind their high-powered offense, but fell short of yet another opportunity for a conference crown with their loss at Marshall, who won the East Division.

 

I am proud of that group,” coach Ruffin McNeill said. “I’ve been coaching 33 years. It’s rare when you have a chance to win nine games but we have a chance to win 10… We have done a lot of things that nobody thought we could do.”

 

Leading the offensive charge of the Pirates is Conference USA MVP Shane Carden. All the junior quarterback has done is rank sixth in college football with 3,866 passing yards. rank eighth with 32 touchdowns passes and is tops in the nation with a 71.0 percent completion rating.

 

Thanks to Carden, the Pirates are 10th in the FBS with 40.4 points and 331.5 yards through the air per contest, which Ohio head coach Frank Solich admits finding a way to slow down Carden is a priority.

 

You don’t have great passing stats without having a great quarterback that’s poised,” Solich said. “He’s a great thrower, is knowledgeable about the game and reads things well.”

 

Another concern for Ohio will be the 1-2 punch of receiver Justin Hardy, fifth in the nation with 105 receptions for 1,218 yards with eight touchdowns and running back Vintavious Cooper, who has run for 995 yards and 11 touchdowns. Carden has 10 rushing touchdowns of his own.

 

They’ll also spread people out which enables them to get the ball to their receivers, guys that are playmakers,” Solich said. “Also when you spread people out, you can generally piece together a pretty good running game. Just look at them, they have talent. They’re big and physical on both sides of the ball.”

 

For the Ohio Bobcats (7-5), they will look to counter with fifth-year senior quarterback Tyler Tettleton, who since taking over the starting job in 2011 has thrown for 8,769 yards and 66 touchdowns, but his recent struggles down the stretch this year has been a concern.

 

During the Bobcats three-game losing streak, Tettleton totaled just 351 yards with one touchdown and two totaling a dismal 16 points, but after bouncing back his regular-season finale, he’s confident his offense can match the fire-power of the Pirates.

 

That’s the plan. We’re hoping to go into this thing and put in a good game plan,” Tettleton said. “Hopefully we’ll have a chance to score a lot points and see what happens.”

 

And scoring a lot of points is what they’ll need as the oddsmakers have made the Pirates a huge (minus 13.5) point favorite and with an over/under of 62.0, they expect the points to be flying as well. Get the latest line on this game up until kickoff right here at Wonder Punter.

 

The Bobcats may be a big underdog going in, but they have plenty of bowl experience as they are making their fifth consecutive appearance in postseason and have won their last two games.

 

It means a lot for this senior class to be here all five years and have a chance to go to a bowl game every single year,” Tettleton said. “It’s awesome and hopefully we can win three straight for this university.”

 

Tettleton had 331 yards and two touchdowns last year in the Independence Bowl to lead his team to a 45-14 rout of Louisiana-Monroe.

 

The Pirates will be looking to snap a four-game bowl losing streak and I predict this year will be the year to get they get it done to take home the trophy and cap off a 10-win season.

 

The Pirates fell 43-34 to Louisiana-Lafayette in the New Orleans Bowl last December.

 

Prediction/Pick: East Carolina

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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NCAA Prediction College Bowl Game Preview/Pick- Buffalo vs. San Diego State

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NCAA Prediction and Free Pick Bulls vs. Aztecs

Buffalo Bulls (8-4) vs. San Diego State Aztecs (7-5) 12/21- 5:30PM EST

 

Line: EVEN

Over/Under: 53.0

 

FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL- Boise, ID

 

The San Diego State Aztecs will make their school-record fourth consecutive bow appearance when they meet the Buffalo Bulls in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Saturday evening.

 

The Aztecs (7-5) overcame a brutal 0-3 to put themselves in a position to continue building its football program under the guidance of third-year coach Rocky Long, who has maintained the programs success following predecessor Brady Hoke.

 

I think the team is happy and excited about going to a bowl game,” Long said.

 

With its fourth straight bowl game, the Aztecs have matched their total bowl appearances over the last 41 years combined and are the first team since 2010 to make it to a bowl game following an 0-3 start.

 

San Diego State will look to junior running back Adam Muema to carry the load as he has gained over a 1,000 yards for the second straight season, but has struggled in his last two games with only 57 yards on 36 carries.

 

(The lack of success) has nothing to do with Adam Muema,” Long insisted. “It has to do with our offensive line not blocking very well for the run in the last two games. But all good running backs that have a good game have to have someone open a hole for them up front.”

 

Senior safety Nat Berhe, a first-team all-Mountain West selection anchors the San Diego State defense that finished second to Fresno State in the conference. Berhe recorded team-highs of 59 solo tackles and 94 overall and added six passes defended with two fumble recoveries.

 

Buffalo (8-4) will be making its second straight bowl appearance in school history and like the Aztecs had to overcome a rough start of the season with losses to BCS-bound Ohio State and Baylor by a combined 110-33 margin.

 

The Bulls then turned it on with a seven-game win streak that ended when they lost their regular-season finale 24-7 to Mid-American champion Bowling Green on November 29th.

 

It’s been four years in the making,” coach Jeff Quinn said about his team’s bowl berth.

 

Expect Buffalo to use a ground attack as well, behind senior star running back Brandon Oliver, a two-time 1,000 yard rusher who has accumulated 1,421 yards with 15 touchdowns this season.

 

The oddsmakers have the game EVEN with Ohio State having been the common opponent for both teams. The Aztecs lost to the Buckeyes 42-7 at Ohio State, while the Bulls loss to Ohio State was much closer according to Aztec quarterback Quinn Kaehler… “I remember Buffalo played Ohio State pretty tough, a lot tougher then we did, so they have some good players on that team and especially on defense,” said Kaehler.

 

With a pick-em game, expect the line to maybe move, so be up to date with the latest spread right here at Wonder Punter up until game time.

 

This will Buffalo’s second bowl appearance since a loss to Connecticut in the 2009 international Bowl.

 

I too have it as an evenly matched game, but I expect both teams to play hard and with pride, but in the end will predict the Aztecs winning to take home the trophy.

 

Prediction/Pick- San Diego State

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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NCAA Prediction Week 14 College Football Game Preview/Pick- #25 Notre Dame vs. #8 Stanford

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NCAA Free Pick and prediction Notre Dame vs. Stanford

 

#25 Notre Dame (8-3) @ #8 Stanford (9-2) 11/30- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: STAN -15.0

Over/Under: 49.0

 

With the Pac-12 North title already won and a shot at the Rose Bowl next week with winning the Pac-12 championship, No. 8 Stanford will turn their attention to hosting the No. 25 Fighting Irish Saturday night in a game where nothing more then winning and playing for pride will be stake.

 

Stanford (9-2) has been on roller-coaster ride the last three weeks with the Oregon Ducks, winning, then losing, then winning the Pac-12 North Division title for sure after last weeks Oregon lost and Cardinal win.

 

Stanford will play the #12 ranked Arizona State Sun Devils next weekend for the Pac-12 championship and the right to represent the Pac-12 in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena in January.

 

I remind people that we don’t go through all the ups and downs that maybe even the media and the fans go through because we keep our minds on our jobs,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. “If we win a big game, they don’t cancel the next week. If we lose a game, they don’t cancel the next week.”

 

Shaw stressed to his team, just worry and focus on the week ahead and it will work out.

 

It’s been very emotional,” Stanford wide receiver Ty Montgomery said. “You definitely learn a lot of lessons. It’s kind of a blessing to experience some highs and some lows. Depending on how you look at it, you can always take something positive out of something negative. It’s been a good experience to be able to fight and bounce back.”

 

It’s simple now for the Cardinal… beat the Sun Devils next week and make a trip to their fourth-straight BCS bowl game… the Rose Bowl.

 

However, a win against Notre Dame is still important because if Stanford losses to Arizona State, their win over the Irish could mean the difference between the Alamo, Holiday, or Sun Bowls…. all less then desirable than a BCS bowl.

 

The Cardinal will be looking for sweet revenge after last year’s game in South Bend that saw the Irish win 20-13 in overtime on a disputed play when Cardinal Stephan Taylor was ruled by officials to have been stopped short of the goal line on fourth down. That Stanford loss helped keep the Irish magical season of 2012 alive.

 

That loss is history and Shaw wants his team focused for Saturday night.

 

We don’t go back in our rooms and cry, which for some reason is what people wants us to do, because that’s what some people do,” Shaw said. “When you have a stake in it, and you’re in it, you take the lessons learned and go forward.”

 

The game plan for Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly this time around is to establish the run, can eliminate the Cardinal from big plays and keep them under 20 points on the scoreboard.

 

Going in Saturday’s game, the Cardinal rank third in the nation against the run, allowing just 89.5 yards per game, while the offense is averaging 33.4 points a contest. And to boot, have won 15 straight home games.

 

So, it’s easy to see why all the numbers point to Stanford who have been favored at (minus) -15.0 points over the Irish. Of course, the line may move, so be sure to check through Wonder Punter up until game time for the latest spread.

 

The Irish (8-3) have had a season that saw them move up, down, out and finally back in the polls again. They believe last week’s tough game against unranked BYU will help them be mentally ready and physically prepared to put up a fight against the highly-favored Cardinal.

 

We need to continue to build on that and develop that, and that’s the way we’ve got to play this game of football,” Brian Kelly said.

 

I’m taking my chances with the Cardinal who have won three out of the last four meetings against the Irish and this year have the more talented and seemingly better prepared football team.

 

Kelly has described the series between the two schools as “a great rivalry.”

 

PICK: Stanford

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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Free NCAA Pick and Prediction Beavers vs Ducks

Oregon State Beavers (6-5) @ #13 Oregon Ducks (9-2) 11/29- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: ORE -21.5

Over/Under: 68.0

 

When the #13 ranked Oregon Ducks take the field on Friday afternoon for it’s annual Civil War battle…. there will be no Pac-12 North title on the line, no Rose Bowl aspirations on the line and certainly no BCS national championship dreams on the line.

 

What these two schools will be playing for is bragging rights and pride… and to the victor… a better bowl.

 

My biggest surprise of the 2013 college football season was the Oregon Ducks (9-2, 6-2), who looked like world-beaters at one point crashing and burning, first losing to Stanford to dash their BCS hopes and then the kicker to Arizona losing 42-16 last weekend to put an end to any type of marquee bowl talks.

 

The embarrassing loss to the Wildcats dropped the Ducks from a No. 7 BCS ranking to #13 and most importantly… out of the Pac-12 Championship against Arizona State. Stanford will now represent the North against South winner ASU for the right to go to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on New Year’s day.

 

What could’ve been with the Ducks and their offensive juggernaut is now no more…

 

For Oregon State (6-5, 4-4) who were also once a BCS top 25 team has also fallen by the wayside. The capper being routed at home 69-27 to the Washington Huskies.

 

With their 6 wins, the are bowl eligible, but would like to end the season strong and improve themselves for a more attractive bowl. Lose on Friday and they’re no guarantees of any type of postseason play.

 

The Beavers went from winning six straight after losing their season opener to lesser opponent Eastern Washington to having the wheels come off again losing four in-a-row.

 

After the Washington pounding, the players did not speak to the media, but Oregon State coach Mike Riley said he believes his team will be ready to go for the Civil War.

 

But, besides the less then disappointing season for both teams, the Civil War is their in-state championship and both teams will be playing for bragging rights for the next year.

 

For Oregon though, they are greatly disappointed after being ranked as high as No. 2 in the BCS and all indications pointed to a showdown with No. 1 Alabama possibly… now the Alamo or Holiday Bowl.

 

The Ducks string of four-straight BCS bowls is now history and the opportunity to play in a fourth straight Pac-12 championship is also gone.

 

We are just going to have to come back and bounce back,” Ducks quarterback and one-time Heisman hopeful Marcus Mariota said. “We have to come back and just fight and control what we can control.”

 

Mariota has been cleared to play in the Civil War after passing the concussion protocol. He suffered the head injury last week against the Wildcats.

 

The Oregon star has also been hobbled by a knee injury for the last four games, resorting to wearing a brace to allow him to play. The severity of the injury is unknown due to school policy, but Mariota insists it’s not an issue and is anxious to play Friday afternoon.

 

Besides having won five consecutive Civil Wars over the Beavers, Oregon is still an offensive threat and go in as heavy favorites at home with a (minus) -21.5 point spread. But, be sure to check Wonder Punter for the latest lines leading up to game time.

 

Oregon receiver Josh Huff ran his mouth last week before the Arizona game saying he would be disappointed with a Rose Bowl berth… because it’s all about the national championship game.

 

After the blowout loss to the Wildcats, Huff backed-off his comment and declared he will be ready for the Beavers.

 

We have Oregon State coming to us and it’s going to be tough to beat those guys if we played like we just played. A lot of people misunderstand me, I just want the best for my teammates. I have always been taught, never be satisfied,” he said. “As this Oregon State game comes up, I am going to do everything I can to get these guys ready.”

 

I expect an entertaining game and hope to see both teams play with passion and pride. Oregon to me is still dangerous and predict a high scoring affair.

 

PICK: Oregon

 

 

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NCAA College Football Prediction Thursday Game Preview/Pick- #10 Oklahoma vs. #6 Baylor

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#10 Oklahoma Sooners (7-1) @ #6 Baylor Bears (7-0) 11/07- 9:30PM EST

 

Line: BAY -14.5

Over/Under: 74.0

 

Great game this Thursday night with two Top 10 BCS teams looking to stay in the championship hunt as No. 10 Oklahoma and No.6 Baylor square off in what should be a great Big 12 battle.

 

Six years ago, the Baylor football program was in shambles and a joke in college football… now Baylor head coach Art Briles has his high-powered Baylor Bears (7-0, 4-0) primed and ready to take on the Sooners in Waco.

 

Baylor has completely dominated their opponents this season outscoring them by a margin of 48 points while averaging 63.9 points and 718.4 total yards a game as they look to keep their undefeated season alive.

 

I certainly think that people view us as a legitimate threat,” coach Briles said. “Whether we’re viewed as the perennial program that is one that you better watch out for all the time, I don’t know. Time will tell on that. But I do think now that we’ve earned enough respect where when people look at us, they’re thinking that’s a tough out.”

 

Thursday night’s game will be the first of four upcoming challenges for the Bears who still have remaining games against the Big 12’s elite… Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, and Texas.

 

From a realistic standpoint, we just feel like this season is just getting started,” Briles said. “I know we’ve played seven games, but we’re ready and willing and anxious to get into the grind time, get into where we’re fighting and scraping for every single thing that’s out there, and that’s the way we’ve always approached the game.”

 

Oklahoma (7-1,4-1) feels that they are more prepared this year for the spread offense that they will see on Thursday as they have implemented a different defense to defend against it and so far it has worked where they now rank 10th in the FBS in total defense, allowing only 314.3 yards a game.

 

But, facing the likes of a Baylor offense will still pose a great challenge for the Sooner defense.

 

We did it for the most of the teams we see in our league,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops said of the defensive change.

 

We just saw it with Tech and Baylor is part of that, you know, on and on. We felt it gave us more versatility. It played to our strengths better and it put more speed on the field. Hopefully, it will continue to help us.”

 

The key to the Sooners winning says Stoops will be to keep the Bears offense off the field.

 

If we play 90-100 snaps (on defense), it’s not good,” he said. “You can’t win a game, I don’t believe, playing Baylor if we have to play 90-100 snaps. That’s not a game that you want to be in. You hope your offense can control the football and you can control the tempo of the game.”

 

With the betting line having Baylor favored at -14.5 and an over/under of 74.0… we can expect the points to be flying with the one-two punch of Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty (350.4 yards passing a game) ranking fourth nationally and the running back power of Lache Seastrunk (869 yards and 11 touchdowns) to put the pressure on the Sooner’s defense.

 

You can only do so much, in that… when they line two guys up all the way out there,” he said, pointing one way, “and all the way out there,” pointing the other way, “you’ve got to go out and cover them, so there’s only so many left.”

 

The oddsmakers are not giving the Sooners much hope against the Baylor Bears and I may have to agree with their pick as well. Too much Baylor fire-power to contain, let alone stop.

 

PICK: Baylor

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NCAA College Football Prediction Thursday Preview & Pick- ASU vs. Washington St.

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Arizona St. Sun Devils (5-2) @ Washington St. Cougars (4-4) 10/31- 10:30PM EST

 

Line: ASU -11.0

Over/Under: 71.0

 

The No. 25 (AP) ranked Arizona St. Sun Devils have worked their way back into the national rankings after routing then #20 Washington last week and will now try to avoid being upset themselves as they travel into Pullman to battle the Washington St. Cougars on Halloween night.

 

As good as the Sun Devils have been at home, they have been as bad on the road under ASU coach Todd Graham the last two seasons and he has had enough of the excuses.

 

That’s all excuses,” Graham said. “You don’t win on the road because you’re not prepared, you’re not focused and you don’t play well. That’s it.”

 

ASU (5-2, 3-1) is perfect at home this year under Graham (5-0) but have lost their only two road games… 42-28 to Stanford and 37-34 to Notre Dame on a neutral-site.

 

Thursdays Pac 12 match-up figures to be high scoring from the get go and ASU understands the importance of getting it going on the road, as they will begin a stretch of remaining road games at Utah and UCLA as they are looking to stay in the hunt for a Pac 12 championship.

 

If you want to be a champion and that’s what we say we want to be, that’s what we talk about that we want to win a championship, no excuses,” Graham said. “You go, rain, sleet, snow, Alaska, Maine, it doesn’t matter—you’ve got to go win. That’s the mindset.”

 

The great Pacific Northwest and the cold that comes with it has not been kind to the Sun Devils in recent years since their last win over Washington in 2008.

 

If one of my coaches says something about the weather, I’ll tell him to go get a meteorologist’s job,” Graham said. “It’s part of it.”

 

For Washington State, they are coming off a bye week and will be facing their second straight ranked team since No. 2 Oregon took them apart 62-38 back on October 19.

 

Coach Mike Leach will be looking to get his Cougars turned around after dropping three-of-their last four games while allowing an average of 56.3 points a game in those defeats.

 

Last year at Arizona State, the sun Devils blew out the Cougars 46-7. Look for the Cougars to take it to ASU who will continue to struggle in the state of Washington.

 

Prediction is ….  PICK: Washington State Cougars

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NCAA Picks College Football Preview & Prediction #5 Florida St Seminoles. vs. #3 Clemson Tigers

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NCAA Picks College Football Preview & Prediction #5 Florida St Seminoles. vs. #3 Clemson Tigers

 

#5 Florida St. (5-0) @ #3 Clemson (6-0) 10/19 8:00PM EST

 

Line: FSU -3.0

Over/Under: 64.0

 

Now that #3 Clemson Tigers survived their “catch” game last week against Boston College, they can now shift their focus to the No. 5 Florida St. Seminoles in what many are calling the biggest game in Atlantic Coast Conference history.

 

It may be the biggest game in ACC history. We don’t know,” said Tigers’ defensive end Vic Beasley. “But our goal is to win a national championship.”

 

This will be the ACC’s first top-five match-up of teams since #5 Miami and #3 Virginia Tech squared off in 2005.

 

Stakes will be high come Saturday night in Death Valley as both teams will be fighting to stay in contention for a BCS Championship.

 

Obviously, we know it’s a big game, got a lot of national relevance, conference relevance and all that,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Sunday.

 

Florida St. (5-0, 3-0 ACC) is coming off a bye week after thrashing a Maryland football team 63-0, while Clemson (6-0, 4-0 ACC) struggled against a Boston College team, as they may have been caught looking ahead to the Seminoles.

 

Last year they got us, but feel I feel like we should have won. We’re looking for payback,” said Beasley.

 

Last year, the Seminoles rallied for a 49-37 victory against the Tigers.

 

Playing in Death Valley hasn’t faired well for the Seminoles, where they have not won since 2001 and are now facing a relentless Clemson defense.

 

I’m trying to get the ACC to give me 13 guys and give me two more lineman so we can block them,” Florida St. coach Jimbo Fisher said. “I’m serious, they bring pressure.”

 

Florida St. features a potent offense lead by freshman sensation and Heisman Trophy contender Jameis Winston who has led the Seminoles to an average of nearly 54 points a game.

 

He doesn’t look like any redshirt freshman I’ve ever seen,” Swinney said with admiration.

 

With an extra week to prepare against the Clemson defense, Winston says they’re ready.

 

They’re after our necks,” Winston said. “We beat them at our home field last year. They beat us at their home team the year before that. It’s just going to be a back and forth battle.”

 

Boston College coach Steve Addazio, who’s team has played both Florida St. and Clemson says this… “It will be one of the better games of the year. They both have really good defenses and both have two really good quarterbacks. Plain and simple, they are both really good football teams.”

 

Expect a great game, back and forth all night long, with a slight edge to the Tigers feeding off the home crowd.

 

PICK: Clemson Tigers

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