California Defensive Lineman Ted Agu Collapsed and Died During a Conditioning Workout

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Ted Agu, a football player at the College of California, collapsed and died while running throughout a conditioning workout this morning, in line with the San Jose Mercury News. Agu, who was to be a senior with the California football workforce next season, played defensive end. Coach Sonny Dykes launched an announcement on the loss:

“This can be a very tough time for our football household. Ted was a remarkable younger man and a member of this household who was extremely respected and liked by his teammates and training workers. He had an incredible passion for all times and shall be deeply missed.”

 

ESPN’s OTL Alleges University of Missouri Failed to Pursue Sexual Assault Case Against Football Player(s) [UPDATE]

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An ESPN “Outside the Traces” investigation has revealed that the College of Missouri didn't alert authorities concerning the allegations from Sasha Menu Courey, a member of the swim staff who later committed suicide, that she was sexually assaulted by a Mizzou football player (or gamers).

Among the many hundreds of pages of documents gathered by Missouri directors in late 2012 in response to a information request was a December 2010 online chat transcript between Menu Courey and a rape disaster counselor that had been saved in Menu Courey’s college electronic mail folder. Within the transcript, the previous high swim recruit describes an assault after having consensual intercourse with an unidentified man. Another doc discovered by a college hospital administrator exhibits Menu Courey had instructed a campus nurse and doctor in 2011 that she had been raped by a football player in February 2010.

Menu Courey dedicated suicide in June 2011, about 16 months after the alleged assault. The incident has not been reported to campus police, University of Missouri Police Capt. Brian Weimer said Thursday. Metropolis police and the Boone County prosecutor’s workplace say in addition they have not obtained any reviews.

An athletic division spokesman denied that anybody on the coaching staff or within the administration had information of the allegations earlier than Menu Courey dedicated suicide. Rolandis Woodland, a former Tigers receiver, says within the article that Menu Courey sent him video of the assault before her loss of life, that it exhibits three gamers on the workforce participating in it whereas the alleged sufferer was intoxicated, and that the tape was inadvertently misplaced by one of the former receiver’s family members.

In a separate incident during the same time interval at the college, standout operating back Derrick Washington was convicted of sexually assaulting a tutor in 2010.

The OTL investigation also serves as a reminder about the case of Lizzy Seeberg. Ms. Seeberg, a former scholar at St. Mary’s University, alleged that she was sexually assaulted by a Notre Dame football player, who was not interviewed by investigators till several days after Ms. Seeberg committed suicide.

 

 

best and Funniest college football gifs

LSU fan does zombie during Bama game

LSU misplaced by three touchdowns to Alabama. However, when issues had been still jovial early, this fan did his greatest T-Rex impersonation.

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Fervent faculty football fan Eminem joined Kirk and Brent in the Saturday Night time Football booth during the Michigan-Notre Dame game. It received awkward.

Baylor fan dancing

Baylor hosted Oklahoma for a large Thursday night sport. Fans got here to Floyd Casey with their A-game, and prudently averted black face.

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Devin Gardner fumbled on the purpose line towards Indiana. One Michigan student offered a GIF that completely summarized Michigan’s 2013 season.

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Whereas we’re discussing Michigan, this chap couldn't consider what he was seeing as Sparty delivered a beat down in East Lansing.

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Simply an intoxicated fellow luxuriating in a monsoon during the Washington State vs. Stanford game. Nothing to see here. Transfer along.

Iowa State fans dressed as Teletubbies

Iowa State followers dressed as teletubbies, simulated a sex act. A normal night in Ames.

Michigan State bro smacks his buddy in the face

A Michigan State bro celebrated a Spartan touchdown, by punching his fellow bro in the face.

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An LSU fan busted a transfer with SEC fluidity.

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Okay. So, yes, this wasn’t a GIF however this man was not completely happy whereas Florida State was obliterating the Tigers of their supposedly intimidating stadium. Harrumph.

Iowa fan

We’re undecided how these two Jersey bros ended up attending Iowa. Artistic writing? Fist pump. Jager Bombs.

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And, finally, Ole Miss Get together Woman on the Grove.

Associated: The Finest Faculty Football Coach GIFs of 2013

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NCAA College Football Prediction Game Preview/Pick- #20 Fresno State vs. #25 USC

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#20 Fresno State Bulldogs (11-1) vs. #25 USC Trojans (9-4) 12/21- 3:30PM EST

 

Line: USC -6.5

Over/Under: 62

 

ROYAL PURPLE LAS VEGAS BOWL- Las Vegas, NV

 

The USC Trojans, in an up and down season will go into the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday against a Fresno State Bulldogs team that fell short of a potential BCS bid.

 

The Trojans season consisted of the firing of Lane Kiffin, then the promotion of Ed Orgeron to interim head coach, which many thought he would be named the new head coach, but losses to Notre Dame and UCLA sealed his fate and USC named former assistant and now former Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian as their new head coach.

 

Orgeron guided the Trojans (9-4) to winning six out its first seven games after the Kiffin firing back on September 28th, but when athletic director Pat Haden stole Sarkisian away from the Washington Huskies and gave him the head coaching title, Orgeron resigned immediately due to disappointment to pursue other head coaching interests.

 

USC offensive coordinator Clay Helton will coach the Trojans on Saturday, and will be the third acting coach for the Trojans this season.

 

However, USC believes they found the right coach in Sarkisian to lead the Trojans proud football program into the national spotlight once again.

 

Sarkisian spoke on his future goals with the Trojans…

 

Rebuilding is not a word around here. Coach O proved that,” Sarkisian said. “I understand it stings right now. Over time it will get better. I’m going to be real with those guys, and they’ll be real with me.”

 

The Trojans will be faced and focused on slowing down a Fresno State offense that is led by senior quarterback David Carr. The Bulldogs rank first in passing with 409.8 yards per game, third in total offense with 570.6 and fifth in scoring with 43.5 points per contest.

 

Fresno State (11-1) won the inaugural Mountain West Conference title game back on December 7th when they beat the Utah State 24-17, but fell short of the bigger prize, a potential BCS bowl bid, when they lost to San Jose State 62-52.

 

Coach Tim DeRuyter was pleased how his team bounced back to win the MWC championship following that disappointing loss.

 

If your only goal is to go to the BCS, why show up and play?” DeRuyter said.

 

USC is well aware of the passing attack the Bulldogs possess with receivers Davante Adams, who leads the nation with 122 catches and 23 touchdowns and is second with 1,645 yards receiving. Josh Harper has 79 catches for 1,011 yards and 13 touchdowns, while Isaiah Bruce chipped in with 94 receptions for 987 yards with five TDs.

 

Fresno State will contend with a Trojans defense that ranks 16th in the country allowing just 341.5 yards per game and was first in the Pac-12 conference giving up only 214.5 yards passing.

 

USC will be without their top running back Silas Redd because of a knee injury and star receiver Marqise Lee had a down year because of injuries, but the oddsmakers have still made the Trojans a big (minus -6.5) point favorite on Saturday. Wonder Punter can provide you with the latest spread on the game up until kick off.

 

Fresno State has lost four straight bowl games and I predict the Trojans will do enough to contain the Bulldogs offense and leave Las Vegas with a championship to end the season on a positive note.

 

Prediction/Pick: USC

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

 

 

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Fantasy Football Starter Rankings

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Once more this week, we put up the starter rankings for all four positions. These rankings are primarily based on season averages crossed with the factors allowed by the opponent matchup, tweaked for latest performance and function changes the place relevant. In fact, keep on top of the climate information (which drastically affected some games final week) and damage information because the week progresses.

In case you are searching for waiver wire assist, your finest guess at operating again is to go after both Jordan Todman or Toby Gerhart. I’ve both ranked in the prime 20 at RB in the occasion they are beginning and getting the vast majority of touches for their respective teams. You will in all probability not definitively know till later in the week on both.

At tight end, Dennis Pitta was activated on Sunday and could be the best out there option if you happen to simply lost Rob Gronkowski. Good luck if you are nonetheless alive.

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QUARTERBACKS

  1. Peyton Manning vs SD
  2. Drew Brees at STL
  3. Matthew Stafford vs BAL
  4. Philip Rivers at DEN
  5. Nick Foles at MIN
  6. Tom Brady at MIA
  7. Aaron Rodgers at DAL* (if declared energetic)
  8. Josh McCown at CLE
  9. Ben Roethlisberger vs CIN
  10. Cam Newton vs NYJ
  11. Russell Wilson at NYG
  12. Andrew Luck vs HOU
  13. Tony Romo vs GB
  14. Andy Dalton at PIT
  15. Matt Ryan vs WAS
  16. Ryan Tannehill vs NE
  17. Robert Griffin III/Kirk Cousins at ATL
  18. Alex Smith at OAK
  19. Carson Palmer at TEN
  20. Joe Flacco at DET
  21. Colin Kaepernick at TB
  22. Jason Campbell vs CHI
  23. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs ARI
  24. E.J. Manuel at JAC
  25. Matt Cassel vs PHI
  26. Matt Flynn at DAL* (if Rodgers still out)
  27. Case Keenum at IND
  28. Matt McGloin vs KC
  29. Eli Manning vs SEA
  30. Chad Henne vs BUF

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OPERATING BACKS

  1. LeSean McCoy at MIN
  2. Jamaal Charles at OAK
  3. Matt Forte at CLE
  4. DeMarco Murray vs GB
  5. Shane Vereen at MIA
  6. Eddie Lacy at DAL
  7. Adrian Peterson vs PHI* (if lively)
  8. Marshawn Lynch at NYG
  9. Knowshon Moreno vs SD
  10. Rashad Jennings (or Marcel Reece if Jennings out) vs KC*
  11. Alfred Morris at ATL
  12. Steven Jackson vs WAS
  13. Andre Brown vs SEA
  14. Bobby Rainey vs SF
  15. Le’Veon Bell vs CIN
  16. Ben Tate at IND
  17. Joique Bell vs BAL
  18. Toby Gerhart vs PHI* (if Adrian Peterson is out)
  19. Frank Gore at TB
  20. Maurice Jones-Drew (or Jordan Todman if MJD out) vs BUF
  21. Ryan Mathews at DEN
  22. Chris Johnson vs ARI
  23. Zac Stacy vs NO
  24. Gio Bernard at PIT
  25. C.J. Spiller at JAC
  26. Fred Jackson at JAC
  27. Donald Brown vs HOU
  28. Danny Woodhead at DEN
  29. Andre Ellington at TEN
  30. Montee Ball vs SD
  31. Reggie Bush vs BAL
  32. Ray Rice at DET
  33. Rashard Mendenhall at TEN
  34. Darren Sproles at STL
  35. DeAngelo Williams vs NYJ
  36. Chris Ivory at AUTOMOBILE
  37. Pierre Thomas at STL
  38. Lamar Miller vs NE
  39. Willis McGahee vs CHI
  40. Daniel Thomas vs NE

WIDE RECEIVERS

  1. Calvin Johnson vs BAL
  2. Josh Gordon vs CHI
  3. Andre Johnson at IND
  4. Demaryius Thomas vs SD
  5. Brandon Marshall at CLE
  6. A.J. Inexperienced at PIT
  7. DeSean Jackson at MIN
  8. Alshon Jeffery at CLE
  9. Eric Decker vs SD
  10. Dez Bryant vs GB
  11. Jordy Nelson at DAL
  12. Julian Edelman at MIA
  13. Keenan Allen at DEN
  14. Pierre Garcon at ATL
  15. Marques Colston at STL
  16. Larry Fitzgerald at TEN
  17. Roddy White vs WAS
  18. Vincent Jackson vs SF
  19. T.Y. Hilton vs HOU
  20. Riley Cooper at MIN
  21. Danny Amendola at MIA
  22. Torrey Smith at DET
  23. Harry Douglas vs WAS
  24. Stevie Johnson at JAC
  25. Michael Floyd at TEN
  26. Victor Cruz vs SEA
  27. Cecil Shorts vs BUF
  28. Mike Wallace vs NE
  29. Steve Smith vs NYJ
  30. Golden Tate at NYG
  31. Anquan Boldin at TB
  32. Rod Streater vs KC
  33. Dwayne Bowe at OAK
  34. James Jones at DAL
  35. Kendall Wright vs ARI
  36. Emmanuel Sanders vs CIN
  37. Hakeem Nicks vs SEA
  38. Marlon Brown at DET
  39. Terrance Williams vs GB
  40. Nate Burleson vs BAL
  41. Cordarelle Patterson vs PHI
  42. Greg Jennings vs PHI
  43. Michael Crabtree at TB
  44. Ace Sanders vs BUF
  45. Justin Hunter vs ARI
  46. DeAndre Hopkins at IND
  47. Andre Holmes vs KC
  48. Dexter McCluster at OAK

TIGHT ENDS

  1. Jimmy Graham at STL
  2. Jordan Cameron vs CHI
  3. Julius Thomas vs SD
  4. Tony Gonzalez vs WAS
  5. Vernon Davis at TB
  6. Antonio Gates at DEN
  7. Jason Witten vs GB
  8. Jordan Reed at ATL* (if lively)
  9. Delanie Walker vs ARI
  10. Charles Clay vs NE
  11. Greg Olsen vs NYJ
  12. Dennis Pitta at DET
  13. Martellus Bennett at CLE
  14. Coby Fleener vs HOU
  15. Garrett Graham at IND
  16. Heath Miller vs CIN
  17. Brandon Myers vs SEA
  18. Zach Ertz at MIN
  19. Ladarius Green at DEN
  20. Timothy Wright vs SF

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NCAA Prediction Week 15 College Football Game Preview/Pick- Utah State vs. #23 Fresno State

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Utah State Aggies (8-4) @ #23 Fresno State Bulldogs (10-1) 12/07- 10:00PM EST

 

Line: FRES -3.0

Over/Under: 59.5

 

Mountain West Football Championship

 

In a season that could have been for Fresno State– Derek Carr and the Bulldogs saw their undefeated season and possible BCS bowl berth come crashing down last week, but believe they still have plenty to play for as they take on Utah State for the Mountain West title on Saturday night.

 

Fresno State (10-1, 7-1) will take on a surging Utah State team for the Mountain West championship as they try to bounce back from the 62-52 loss to San Jose State that knocked them out of any BCS bowl hopes.

 

Carr had a big game against the Spartans in the loss accounting for 519 passing yards and six touchdowns but also threw a fourth quarter interception which hurt their comeback attempt.

 

But the defense got rocked for 736 yards of total offense and their most points allowed all season.

 

Put the blame on me for the offense. You guys want to praise me when it’s good—Heisman this and all this. Blame me for the loss. I need to do a better job to help my team win,” Carr said. “We wanted it bad. If you don’t want to do your very best, to play in a BCS bowl game then you shouldn’t be playing college football.”

 

The focus now is on the Aggies (8-4, 7-1) for the MWC title, a team they have beaten five straight and eight of nine.

 

Guys are tore up, as well they should be,” Carr told the school’s official website. “This will be easier to put (behind us) because we are playing for our No. 1 goal, and that’s a conference championship. It’s so hard to win every game, it really is.”

 

The Bulldogs still can win a school record-tying 11th win and are 12-0 at home since the start of last season. They have also not lost back-to-back games since the 2011 season.

 

When you have the type of season we were having—we are having—it’s tough but we still got bigger goals ahead of us,” said star wideout Davante Adams. “Obviously coming into the season our goal was to win the conference championship, so we still got that ahead of us.”

 

It will be another battle of great offense versus tough defense as the Bulldogs are fourth in the nation with a 47.3 points per game average while the Aggies are ranked seventh in college football yielding only 16.8 points per contest.

 

We’ll get their very best and they’ll get our very best shot,” said Aggies coach Matt Wells. “Our defense has a major challenge on our hands. That will be a huge part of the game—the No. 1 offense in the Mountain West against the No. 1 defense in the Mountain West.”

 

The Aggies are also riding a five game winning streak going into Saturday night and find themselves in the championship game when they crushed Wyoming 35-7 last week.

 

We had the opportunity to win a Mountain Division championship and we did it. We won the first rifle,” Wells said. “I think it’s another step in this program’s climb. We’re not there yet, we’re continuing to ascend and give ourselves the chance to compete.”

 

And it’s that Utah State defense that has made the Bulldogs a slim (minus) -3.0 point favorite at home, but get the latest lines on the game leading up to kickoff right here through Wonder Punter.

 

The challenge for Utah State is finding a way to slow down Carr who leads all of college football with 45 touchdowns and 405.6 passing yards per game and has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 31 straight games… the longest active streak in the nation.

 

Carr is also 388 of 552 with 4,462 passing yards and his favorite receiver Davante Adams has 113 catches for 1,477 yards with 22 touchdowns.

 

He’s got an NFL arm,” Wells said. “He’s very, very accurate and he has one of the quickest releases I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen enough of them to know how good they are.”

 

The odds will be stacked against the Aggies as they are 2-50 all time against ranked opponents and 1-39 on the road, which they will be on Saturday night.

 

Look for the Bulldogs to bounce back and take the prize.

 

PICK: Fresno State

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

NCAA Week 15 College Football Game Preview- #16 UCF vs. SMU

 

#16 UCF Knights (10-1) @ Southern Methodist Mustangs (5-6) 12/07- 12:00PM EST

 

Line: EVEN

 

No. 16 Central Florida travels into Dallas Saturday afternoon with two chances to punch its ticket to a BCS bowl as they take on the SMU Mustangs.

 

Two scenarios for the Knights to assure themselves a BCS birth…. A Cincinnati loss on Thursday night to #19 Louisville or a victory in their season finale over the Mustangs, and UCF (10-1, 7-0) will capture the American Athletic Conference title and also a trip to a BCS bowl.

 

UCF coach George O’Leary wants his team to earn it on their own.

 

Whatever happens on Thursday night, I don’t want to back into anything,” O’Leary said. “I think you want to win it if you have a chance to be undefeated in conference play. How many teams can do that this year?.. Our concern is playing SMU and winning the game. That’s why we’re playing. Whatever happens could be great for us or it doesn’t change anything.”

 

UCF plans to take full advantage of their opportunity as Louisville were the favorites to runaway with the AAC championship, but it hasn’t been easy as UCF have posted six wins by seven or fewer points this season, with five of those in conference play.

 

Their most recent victory over South Florida 23-20 resulted in a Knights win with five turnovers… something coach O’Leary called for extra focus this week in practice.

 

We’re very fortunate to win a game with five turnovers,” O”Leary said. “I’ve been in football a long time. I’ve had four and scraped by. Five? That’s a lot. It shows the resiliency of both sides of making plays when they had to make it. But again, the offense’s performance was unacceptable. They were told that.

 

We just gotta get back to things that we do and stop worrying about individual (statistics), which I think was taking place a little bit.”

 

With UCF riding a seven-game win streak and an offense that ranks second in the AAC with 34.6 points per game, they have to like their chances of claiming their first conference championship since 2010.

 

For SMU (5-6, 4-3), at stake is the opportunity to become bowl eligible, but with a defense that is yielding a league-worst 34.8 points per game, they will have their work cut out for them.

 

Even more so if starting quarterback Garrett Gilbert is unable to go on Saturday with a knee injury.

 

No quarterback problems with UCF as QB Blake Bortles is ranked seventh nationally in pass efficiency (167.3) and has thrown for 3,038 yards and 22 touchdowns this season.

 

Knights receiver J.J. Worton has complete faith in Bortles getting the job done…

 

No one senses (him) being scared in the huddle,” Worton said. “We all know what he can do and we all know he’s gonna take us to where we need to be. And trust him, we’re just gonna run our routes and know he’s gonna get the ball there.”

 

And it’s with a seasoned quarterback such as Bortles, we can expect the opening line of EVEN to move quickly, so be sure to get the all the latest odds on the game up until kickoff right here at Wonder Punter.

 

Too much UCF Knights on both sides of the ball on this one and predict an easy victory for the Knights to capture the AAC championship.

 

PICK: UCF

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

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NCAA Prediction Week 15 College Football Thursday Game Preview/Pick- #19 Louisville vs. Cincinnati

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#19 Louisville Cardinals (10-1) @ Cincinnati Bearcats (9-2) 12/05- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: LOU -3.5

Over/Under: 51.0

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A share of the American Athletic Conference title will be on the line Thursday night when No. 19 Louisville travels into Cincinnati to battle the Bearcats, who will still have a slight chance of making a BCS bowl.

 

At stake for both teams will be an AAC title to the winning team along with a UCF loss at Saturday at SMU. However, if home underdog Cincinnati can pull out a victory, it will have a chance at the league’s automatic Bowl Championship Series berth because Louisville lost earlier in the year to UCF 38-35.

 

Cincinnati (9-2, 6-1 AAC) did not play UCF this year and would just need to finish ahead of the Knights in the final BCS standings to guarantee a BCS bowl berth.

 

#19 Louisville Cardinals (10-1) @ Cincinnati Bearcats (9-2) 12/05- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: LOU -3.5

Over/Under: 51.0

 

A share of the American Athletic Conference title will be on the line Thursday night when No. 19 Louisville travels into Cincinnati to battle the Bearcats, who will still have a slight chance of making a BCS bowl.

 

At stake for both teams will be an AAC title to the winning team along with a UCF loss at Saturday at SMU. However, if home underdog Cincinnati can pull out a victory, it will have a chance at the league’s automatic Bowl Championship Series berth because Louisville lost earlier in the year to UCF 38-35.

 

Cincinnati (9-2, 6-1 AAC) did not play UCF this year and would just need to finish ahead of the Knights in the final BCS standings to guarantee a BCS bowl berth.

 

Football gets a little bit long and old this time of year. It’s kind of a grind for everybody,” Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville said. “When your last game really means something—whether it’s a chance to go to a different bowl, or the possibility of a chance of a piece of a championship, it makes it a lot more fun.”

 

The Cardinals lone defeat this season came at the hands of UCF and it’s that loss that is sending Louisville to a lesser bowl game this year.

 

I don’t think it’s deflating (not going to a BCS game), because you’re looking at a team right now who’s won 10 games,” coach Charlie Strong said. “You’re sitting there 10-1, so we don’t get to the BCS. We’re going to get to another bowl game, but you can’t take away what we’ve already accomplished with 10 wins.”

 

The ‘Keg of Nails’ trophy is what both teams will also be playing for, which dates back to 1929. The Bearcats hold an all-time advantage of 29-22 over Louisville, but with the Cardinals moving to the ACC next season, it’s unclear when both teams will play again.

 

Louisville will be looking for it’s second straight win after losing four consecutive games before winning last year 34-31 on a last second field goal as time expired.

 

Louisville junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has fallen off his numbers in his last three games throwing for only two scores and one interception while being sacked eight times with a 127.8 passer rating. In his previous eight games, he posted a 191.6 passer rating with 23 touchdowns and two interceptions.

 

The overall offense of the Cardinals has also dropped in those three games going from 495.3 yards per game to 347.7.

 

Bridgewater was an early season Heisman Trophy hopeful and with the possibility of still being a high NFL draft choice if he elects to go pro, his career at Louisville may be coming to an end.

 

I still feel we have a couple more games on the schedule,” Bridgewater said. “Right now, I have my focus on that.”

 

The early spread has made the Cardinals a (minus) -3.5 point favorite on the road Thursday, but as game time approaches, the line may move so be sure to get the latest odds up until kickoff here at Wonder Punter.

 

Expect a close ballgame as defensively as both teams are getting it done… the Cardinals rank second in the nation in total defense allowing teams to only 245.5 yards per game. The Bearcats rank eighth, yielding 302.4 yards per contest.

 

Cincinnati has won 16 of 18 home games, while outscoring their opponents by an average of 23.4 points and have been hot offensively in their last two games totaling 1,192 yards in their wins at Rutgers and Houston.

 

The Cardinals in a close one.

 

PICK: Louisville

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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‘Is Jose the brand new Di Matteo?’ is the question. And it’s a really complicated query. Plus the latest on ‘sleevegate’ and a story that’s been solely read…

‘Sleevegate’ and the nonsense that is having a pop at AVB over now not sitting on his haunches…

 

Description Of The Day
‘This curious Portuguese egg’ – The Day by day Mail’s Jeff Powell on Andre Villas-Boas.

Gateway Drug
‘Match-fixing is the elephant in the room. Our lounge,’ begins a foreboding Jeff Powell within the Day by day Mail as he warns of the evils threatening the English recreation – considerations that should definitely be taken severely, to a degree.

‘As footballers are arrested on suspicion of rigging bets within the Convention, can we be absolutely sure the contagion can not, will not, spread to the upper, televised echelons of the English game?

‘It has occurred earlier than so what’s to say it won’t occur once more?’

Powell’s fears could also be justified – and a predictable reaction to the allegations this week – however Mediawatch can’t help however really feel slightly much less involved about match-fixing on the prime level when he details the instance he has in thoughts.

‘My mind goes again to the sixties and 70s when gamers used to snigger and joke about not only being paid to provide away the first throw in of a match or the first corner, but of putting winning bets themselves,’ writes Powell.

‘Do such seemingly trivial incidents, we are requested, really have an effect on the result of matches? Perhaps yes, perhaps no.’

So we must be nervous about match-fixing in the Premier League now as a result of gamers threw the first corner of matches some 40 years ago? Forgive Mediawatch for not being totally convinced by this argument.

‘However as soon as a player has been turned a little, the easier it is to guide him on to more serious offences, so susceptible does he develop into to blackmail,’ Powell continues.

‘Even simpler when there is a culture of cheating in football which blurs the moral parameters.

‘It’s like drug addiction. Just as smoking pot appears gentle however typically results in cocaine, so the sly dive can be but a brief step from just a little, seemingly harmless spot-fixing.’

Leaving to at least one side the amusement brought on by Powell writing about ‘smoking pot’, Mediawatch does not believe dishonest is so black and white. You both are otherwise you aren’t appears to be Powell’s suggestion, however clearly there is numerous grey between diving to win a penalty and taking a bribe.

Nevertheless, unless there is a Premier League angle on the match-fixing information (‘former Premier League footballer Delroy Facey has been accused’, and so on), then the papers quite rightly worry that no-one shall be interested. It’s right to fret about defending the sport’s integrity when such practices are revealed, but forcing a tenuous Premier League perspective solely dangers leading to apathy.

Pulis Academy
“We had a younger lad (Sullay Kaikai) who scored a hat-trick in the U21s and he might be coming to Norwich. I am hoping there will likely be two or three of those,” mentioned Tony Pulis as he talked about bringing youngsters by way of at Crystal Palace.

“Ryan Shawcross was captain at 19 years of age at Stoke, we had Asmir Begovic at 20, Marc Wilson at 20, Steven N’Zonzi and Ryan Shotton – they have been all young gamers who came via.”

Shawcross was appointed captain at 22, Begovic joined at 22, Wilson at 23, whereas N’Zonzi was somewhat embarrassingly awarded Stoke’s Younger Player of the Yr award last season at the age of 24.

Mediawatch would not say selling youth is one of Pulis’ strong points.

Slight Difference Of Opinion
‘Chelsea and Man City given increase in Edinson Cavani chase as Arsenal baulk at wage calls for’- Day by day Star

‘Arsenal are making ready to battle Spanish giants Actual Madrid and Barcelona for PSG striker Edinson Cavani in January’ – Every day Express

You will not be surprised to study that each tales reach their conclusion using identical quotes from French tabloid Le10Sport.

Boredom
‘Boring, boring Tottenham. There you go – somebody needed to say it, so it would as effectively be me.’

Congratulations to Robbie Savage for having the cojones to say what everyone else has been saying for 3 months now in his column for the Daily Mirror.

‘I’m not considering how Tottenham bought on in the Europa League last night time,’ writes a person who is paid to observe football. ‘I don’t care if they noticed the Northern Lights or in the event that they managed to construct any snowmen in the Arctic circle.

‘Finally, Villas-Boas shall be judged on whether they qualify for the Champions League.’

Hang on, Mediawatch was sure Savage was already judging AVB on Spurs’ fashion of play only a second ago. Huh.

The problem with writing a Friday column is that every part you need to say has already been discussed at length throughout the week and, regardless of Savage’s ‘distinctive’ tackle things, his stale perspective affords nothing new on the issues at Spurs.

‘AVB spent £110million on a significant overhaul of his squad, and it was at all times going to take time for seven new signings to bed in at White Hart Lane,’ he continues.

‘However I do not suppose he’s getting the perfect out of them.’

Well, no s**t. Mediawatch was beneath the impression that every thing was wonderful and dandy at White Hart Lane.

‘Based on what I’ve seen to date this marketing campaign, they have no likelihood (of qualifying for the Champions League)’ writes Savage, regardless of tipping Spurs – who are solely two factors from fourth – to complete in the high four in the beginning of the season.

And who said football pundits are fickle?

Curious Egg
‘Andre Villas-Boas considers himself immune at Tottenham, writes Jeff Powell in the Each day Mail.

‘Not with only nine targets scored in 12 Premier matches this season. Not when he’s giving Jermain Defoe, one of the most natural of English finishers, hardly any playing time whereas on the brink of ship him off to the MLS in January.’

Mediawatch would recommend that Defoe didn’t appear quite so ‘natural’ when he scored just once for Spurs in 17 matches on the end (nicely, the middle to the top, fact be instructed) of last season.

The Glorious Return Of Acewatch
‘Former Gills ace Delroy Facey launched on bail in match-repair probe’

Three objectives in 32 video games for Gillingham. Ace.

Quote Of The Day
“Within the house of one sentence they went from asking for my autograph to offering me £10,000 to lose 2-0 against Liverpool.. Once I went inside and told Barry Fry, who was our supervisor on the time, he simply made a joke of it and said ‘It’s best to have taken it as a result of we’ll most likely lose to Liverpool anyway'” – former Birmingham keeper Ian Bennett.

Worst Headline Of The Day
‘Ryan in a r-age’ – The Sun.

Non-Football Story Of The Day
‘A clown epidemic has hit King’s Lynn, and local police have advised the general public to ignore them.

‘Several unnerving clown sightings have been reported around the Norfolk city, with the craze spreading across the nation having initially began in Northampton.

‘A member of the general public contacted police on Tuesday after being scared by a person in full clown outfit in Gaywood, near King’s Lynn, stories The Metro.

‘Superintendent Carl Edwards said no one had been injured or assaulted, however advised that people ignore the clowns so as not to give them the eye they’s on the lookout for.

‘”Firstly I’d prefer to stress that it isn’t against the law to decorate up as a clown,” he mentioned.

“No person has been assaulted and it seems that the people concerned are ready for a passerby to be startled by their appearance and run away, and then the clown runs after them for a brief distance.

‘”We admire this may worry folks, especially the younger or elderly. The best option to behave if you’re to see someone dressed up is to present no response – because that is what they are after.”‘ – orange

 

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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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NCAA Prediction & Pick- Aggies vs. Tigers Week 14 College Football Preview

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#21 Texas A&M Aggies (8-3) @ #5 Missouri Tigers (10-1) 11/30 7:45PM EST

 

Line: MIZZ -4.5

Over/Under: 67.0

 

On Saturday night regular-season finale, the only thing standing in the way of No. 5 Missouri winning the Southeastern Conference East title is finding a way to slow down Johnny Manziel along with his 21st ranked Texas A&M Aggies in what should be a another good game.

 

That is the big challenge facing Missouri (10-1, 6-1), especially after last year’s Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel torched the Tigers. Win and Missouri has a date on December 7 for the SEC title game in Atlanta. Lose and the South Carolina Gamecocks would advance by virtual of beating the Tigers back on October 26.

 

We’re excited about playing this game,” coach Gary Pinkel said. “We’ve worked real hard to get this position. You know what, you compete for a championship, you’ve got to beat good people.”

 

For the Aggies (8-3, 4-3), they will have the pleasure of playing spoiler after losing big last week to another Top 25 team, the LSU Tigers 34-10.

 

Missouri doesn’t figure Johnny Manziel will have two bad games in a row where last week he stunk it up (in Manziel standards) completing only 16 of 41 passes for 224 yards, one touchdown, two picks and career-low 5.46 yards-per-attempt.

 

It wasn’t fun to get beat like that,” said Manziel. “We will see how we handle adversity. This team with a bunch of young guys—we just have to see how they bounce back.”

 

A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin added…

 

I think the guys are ready to play,” Sumlin said. “We are playing in a real season and real opponents and real games. Are we where we want to be right now? No. It doesn’t mean the sky is falling either.”

 

Manziel may be playing in his regular-season finale, who is expected to go Pro, so he wants to finish strong to end the season.

 

The sophomore sensation has been silent about his draft intentions, but it’s a safe bet that the NFL will be the next step for him.

 

All Manziel has done in his second season in the SEC is lead the conference in passing yards per game with 321.5 touchdown passes with 32. He also has 665 yards rushing and eight touchdowns added into the mix.

 

He’s such a great player,” Pinkel said. “If you watch him game in and game out, then you see the consistency oh how he plays and the way he does it. You have to contain him the best you can, and you have to score points on offense. There is nothing magic about this.”

 

But Manziel will have to deal with a defense that leads the SEC with 35 sacks and 18 interceptions and a defensive unit that has forced turnovers in 41 consecutive games… good for the nation’s longest streak.

 

They really improved from last year, obviously, and statistically lead the league in sacks,” Sumlin said. “They lead the league in interceptions too, which is an underrated stat.”

 

And with a Missouri running game that ranks second in the SEC with 238.0 yards a game along with their defense, the early lines have made the Tigers a (minus) -4.5 point favorite for Saturday’s contest. As the spread may change, be sure to check the latest odds here through Wonder Punter up until game time.

 

Revenge will be fresh on the minds of the Tigers who last year suffered a 59-29 beat down at the hands of Johnny Manziel who went 32 of 44 for 372 yards and three scores while adding two rushing touchdowns of his own on 67 yards.

 

That A&M win last year snapped the Tigers three game winning streak in the series.

 

As for the numbers, the Aggies average 45.6 points to Missouri’s 39.7 but the Tigers have the better defense yielding 19.3 to A&M’s ‘soft’ 31.2 points per contest.

 

A&M sophomore Mike Evans is the biggest threat with 61 catches for 1,314 yards with 12 touchdowns.

 

This year I expect the Tigers’ senior quarterback James Franklin to make it three-out-four years for the Missouri Tigers beating the Aggies. Franklin returned to action last week after missing time with a shoulder injury.

 

It’ll be just nuts because it’s Senior Night and because of how we’ve been doing this year,” said Franklin. “The fans want to come for what’s on the line.”

 

PICK: Missouri

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

 

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NCAA Prediction Week 14 College Football Game Preview/Pick- #6 Clemson vs. #10 South Carolina

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#6 Clemson Tigers (10-1) @ #10 South Carolina (9-2) 11/30- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: SCAR -5.0

Over/Under: 58.0

 

Yet another big time rivalry game is set this Saturday in the Southeast as No. 6 Clemson goes into Columbia to take on the #10 South Carolina Gamecocks in a game where the stakes (including bragging rights) will be high.

 

With title hopes on the line and rivalry bragging rights up for grabs, these two teams will be ready.

 

Sort of neat that we have two teams in the top 10 that started the season there and are still there after 11 games,” South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said. “I know our state is proud of the two football schools. It should be a heck of a game.”

 

I agree, as this year more then any, both Clemson (10-1) and South Carolina (9-2) are playing in a series that first started way back in 1896 that both teams coming in are ranked in the top 10 in 111 meetings.

 

To have two teams from the state of South Carolina nationally ranked, that makes this rivalry that much better,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. “Alabama and Auburn got the top-10 teams playing in their rivalry game, we got two top-10 teams playing in our rivalry game, and I think it makes for an exciting game.”

 

South Carolina goes into Saturday’s battle having won the last four games…. The first time that have done that since the 1951-54 seasons. They have yet to win five straight.

 

The Tigers last victory in the series happened in 2008 when now head coach Dabo Swinney carried the interim tag for a troubled football program. After the 31-14 victory over the Gamecocks, he was named permanent head coach and has responded by guiding Clemson to three straight 10-win seasons.

 

But despite Swinney’s success, having not won the biggest rivalry game since 2008 has left a hole in his resume.

 

When you’re the coach, all the losses you live with. The big state rival, that one’s more so, because everybody in your state lives with it,” he said. “Everybody wants those bragging rights.”

 

Saturday’s game will mark the final duel between Tiger’s record-setting quarterback Tajh Boyd and the Gamecocks’ top pass rusher and highly projected NFL first-rounder Jedeveon Clowney. Clowney made the claim he will never lose to Clemson in his career.

 

In last year’s game, Clowney dominated the Tigers with his defense as he brought down Boyd 4½ times throughout the contest to help lead his team to 27-17 victory.

 

Clowney backed up his play at this year’s SEC media day by saying….

 

I like to pick at quarterbacks. That’s what I do,” Clowney said. “If they can’t handle the heat, get out of the kitchen. I’m just playing.”

 

Fifth-year senior Boyd realizes the task at hand of finally needing to beat the Gamecocks, but says it will take a total team effort.

 

This game is bigger than one player,” Boyd said. “It’s not me versus him versus anybody else.”

 

Oddsmakers believe the Gamecock’s will get it done again this year making the home-team a (minus) -5.0 point favorites early on, but with odds changing, check the latest spread here through Wonder Punter leading up to kickoff.

 

It’s going to take a big game by Boyd to give his visiting Tigers a chance, but he has put up the numbers this year to get it done by going 233 of 346 for 3248 yards with 29 touchdowns.

 

The problem is come rivalry time, Boyd has fallen off performance wise passing for just 399 yards with three interceptions to only two touchdowns with 14 sacks in three games against the Gamecocks.

 

The numbers for Saturday’s contest have the Tiger’s averaging 515.6 yards per game, good for 11th in the country and the gamecocks at 465.8 yards per game which ranks 26th in college football. Clemson also holds the advantage with points scored with 42.3 (10th) to 34.4 (34th) for the Gamecocks.

 

Look for a steady diet of South Carolina sophomore running back Mike Davis to get some carries as he has 179 rushes for 1,112 yards.

 

I’m leaning towards the Gamecocks playing with a little bit more sense of passion because if they win, they will have another game next Saturday should No. 19 Texas A&M knock off No. 5 Missouri…. That loss would mean the Southeastern Eastern Division title for South Carolina.

 

Spurrier wants his team focused on the field and not on the scoreboard come Saturday and if they do should win yet another rivalry game against the Clemson Tigers.

 

We won’t think anything about it,” Spurrier said. “We really won’t.”

 

PICK: South Carolina

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

 

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NCAA Prediction Week 14 College Football Game Preview/Pick- #1 Alabama vs. #4 Auburn

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#1 Alabama Crimson Tide (11-0) @ #4 Auburn Tigers (10-1) 11/30- 3:30PM EST

 

Line: ALA -10.5

Over/Under: 55.0

 

With the biggest game of the year or perhaps ever for this in-state rivalry for both No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Auburn set for Saturday afternoon, both teams are treating this SEC showdown as “any other game.” Don’t tell the fans in hundreds of RVs who are already parked down the way from Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium a week before both teams get ready to battle that it’s “just other game.”

 

The let’s not give them any billboard material game is well underway between both teams…

 

Quarterback A.J. McCarron of Alabama says the Tigers are merely “the next team in our way,” regardless of their record.

 

Auburn’s H-back Jay Prosch says Iron Bowl preparation has been business as usual.

 

Between Alabama and Auburn, they have been the winners of the last four national championships and these teams are in a position to make a return appearance once more.

 

Saturday’s potential classic in the making will mark the first time these two teams have met since both being ranked in the top five since 1971 when Bama was No. 3 and the Tigers No. 5 which saw the Tide roll over Auburn 31-7.

 

Alabama (11-0, 7-0) controls their own destiny in pursuit of their third straight BCS title, whereas the Auburn Tigers (10-1, 6-1) will need No. 2 Florida State or No. 3 Ohio State to lose, if they can pull off a victory on Saturday.

 

However, the Iron Bowl winner was still need to get past either No. 5 Missouri or No. 10 South Carolina in the Southeastern Conference championship game. Tough road for all teams involved.

 

Alabama coach Nick Saban has his team focused to capture their third consecutive national title and fourth in five years with a one game at a time approach.

 

AJ McCarron echoed his coaches sentiments about their approach to each and every game.

 

I really don’t care what their record his,” he said. “They’re still the next team in our way trying to take what we worked for.”

 

Prosch agreed…. “It feels like we’ve been preparing for every other team, not really anything different,” he said. “We all know it’s a huge game and we’re going to play our hearts out, preparing like we normally do.”

 

Players who are recruited by either school quickly learn what it means to play in the Iron Bowl and to be part of something special.

 

Auburn tight end C.J. Uzomah had this to say about the rivalry…

 

You step on the campus and that’s the first thing you hear,” Uzomah said. “You get recruited and that’s the focal point that can define the season, like it is this upcoming season.”

 

The students, the fans, the RVs, the hype… “This is going to be huge.

 

It’s going to be the most unbelievable atmosphere I’ve ever gotten to play in,” he said.

 

It’s been a somewhat special season for the Tigers who put themselves in this position by a miraculous “Hail-Mary” last minute win over Georgia 43-38 back on November 16.

 

With early opening lines giving the Tide a (minus) -10.5 point favorite over Auburn on the road, oddsmakers believe it’s going to take more then a miracle for the Auburn Tigers to beat the Crimson Tide, but get all the updated lines for the game here at Wonder Punter up until kickoff.

 

Coach Saban is a master at keeping his teams poised and focused for the next task at hand and following the Chattanooga game last Saturday said this…

 

Our focus obviously needs to immediately shift to the opportunities that we have created for ourselves and the games that we have in the future,” Saban said. “Obviously the one that we have this week coming up against Auburn is a very important game. They have a great team. They’ve had a great season.

 

It’s going to be important for everybody in our organization to make a commitment to doing their very best job to play their best football, because that’s probably what’s it going to take to have success against a very good team.”

 

Alabama had Iron Bowl victories in 2012 and 2011. The Tigers last victory over Bama was in their national championship year in 2010 when Cam Newton rallied the Tigers to victory 28-27.

 

Both teams have a well balanced offensive attack with strong running games—Bama with sophomore T.J. Yeldon with 164 rushes for 1022 yards and 12 touchdowns and the Tigers with junior Tre Mason with 208 carries for 1153 yards with 17 touchdowns.

 

It’s the defensive side of the ball for Alabama that is impressive, where their stingy defense has allowed only 9.3 points per contest.

 

It’s going to be a good one and may be closer then the spread indicates, but in the end… Alabama will prevail.

 

It’s definitely good because when you have something to play for, you just have a lot of motivation to play your best,” Tide receiver Kevin Norwood said. “ And we know they are going to play their best.”

 

Alabama to me is just a well coached and well disciplined football team. And let’s not forget how great of a quarterback A.J. McCarron is. He doesn’t get all the Heisman Trophy hype like most of the QBs in the nation get because he doesn’t put up the outrageous numbers…. all he does is win football games and national championships. McCarron is 190 of 277 with 2,399 yards passing with 23 touchdowns.

 

PICK: Alabama

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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NCAA Prediction Week 14 College Football Game Preview/Pick- Arkansas vs. #17 LSU

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NCAA Pick and Prediction Arkansas vs LSU

 

Arkansas Razorbacks (3-8) @ #17 LSU Tigers (8-3) 11/29- 2:30PM EST

 

Line: LSU -24.5

Over/Under- 54.5

 

No. 17 LSU Tigers are expected to come out Friday afternoon and play with as much passion as they did last Saturday in their dominant win over Texas A&M…. thanks to offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Just ask Tigers running back Terrence Magee….

 

Coach Cam said. ‘When you come out and you play that well, the next week you have to back it up or people are going to say it’s a fluke,” Magee said as his teammates prepare for their regular-season finale against the Razorbacks.

 

Last week, LSU completely shut down Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel and the potent Texas A&M offense 34-10. The lowest Aggie output since Manziel’s arrival in College Station.

 

For us, it was no accident,” Magee continued. “We prepared hard, and, you know, you want to peak at the end of the season and I feel like we’re just starting to peak.”

 

The Tigers will also be trying to stay perfect at home this season, as they are 6-0 going into Fridays matchup.

 

For the Razorbacks (3-8, 0-7 SEC), their challenge is to end the tailspin of a eight-game losing streak…. in “Death Valley.”

 

Despite Arkansas’ season ending struggles and LSU not having an impact in any SEC title contention… both teams feel they still have a lot to play for in their annual rivalry known as “the battle for the Golden Boot.”

 

Another reason of importance… Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema will be coaching in Tiger Stadium for the first time in his career and this will be his first involvement in the traditional game.

 

The Arkansas and LSU rivalry dates back to 1901, and Bielema hopes his players play with the pride they should in playing a game of importance… no matter the records.

 

I’m going to try to give them a little bit more on what it means, and hopefully have a bigger impact on the game,” Bielema said. He added the importance of the game for the senior class that will be playing their last game for the school.

 

Bielema’s message to his senior class.. “Have fun with it, try to make the most of a very difficult situation and be something that you can remember for a lifetime.”

 

With a Razorbacks offense that is only able to generate 356.9 yards per game…. A dismal 101st in the country, scoring points against a better then average defense and keeping an LSU offense that ranks 27th in the nation with 465.5 yards per contest while averaging 37.5 ( 22nd) is asking a lot.

 

The Razorbacks are led by sophomore quarterback Brandon Allen who has thrown for 1,1374 yards for the season with 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Their best running back is freshman Alex Collins who has 179 carries for 998 yards with four touchdowns.

 

Arkansas is also winless on the road in 2013 at 0-4, so going into Baton Rouge to pull off an upset will take a perfectly played game by the Razorbacks and some fortunate bounces to go their way.

 

LSU (8-3, 4-3 SEC) also has some incentive to do well on Friday, and that would be for their head coach Les Miles, as they try to put him in the record books for LSU by having him become the first coach to go four straight seasons with 10-wins or more.

 

Tigers’ receiver Jarvis Landry has his take on the streak… “It’s one of those streaks that we’ve got going, one of those positive things. Unfortunately, that doesn’t take away the losses, but to get to double-digit wins speaks a lot about the players, coaches and the program.”

 

To reach a 10 win season, LSU must win Friday over Arkansas and their bowl game.

 

As for their possible bowl game invites, officials from the Outback, Gator, Capital One and Cotton bowl have scouted the Tigers…. and a long shot possibility for the Sugar Bowl is still in play.

 

But, Les Miles is not concerned with bowl talks right now… just the task at hand and that is to line up Friday and play a football game and send his seniors out winners as they embark in their final game at the “famed” Death Valley.

 

Miles said.. “I know this—that with victories open opportunities, and it’s just that simple. We’re going to pursue that victory as hard as we can.”

 

Everybody is confident with Tigers putting on a show Friday, including the oddsmakers who have made LSU (minus) -24.5 point favorites. But regardless of the spread.. Magee says they still have to play hard because the Razorbacks will be ready.

 

It’s their Super Bowl. This is their bowl game,” Magee said. “They’re going to come in and give us everything they got.”

 

I don’t expect a let down by the Tigers on Friday and look for Zach Mettenberger (178 of 274, 2926 yards and 22 touchdowns) to have a big day along with the rest of the LSU Tigers with their balanced attack such as sophomore running back Jeremy Hill, who has 155 carries for 1040 yards and 13 touchdowns. The Tigers also possess two potent receiving weapons… junior Odell Beckham (56 catches for 1101 yards with 8 touchdowns) and Jarvis Landry (67 receptions for 1059 yards with 10 touchdowns).

 

This ‘should’ be an easy game to predict as it seems the Razorbacks have the odds stacked against them… but then again, that why the play the game. Too much talent on the LSU side to lose this one at home.

 

PICK: LSU

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter 

 

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Illini football staffer faces charges for gun ‘joke’

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Illinois football workers member and former NFL player Matt Sinclair faces gun fees after allegedly pointing a handgun at a car carrying different employees members.

Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz informed the Related Press that Sinclair was arraigned on two felony counts of illegal use of a weapon. Sinclair, who holds the title of assistant director of player personnel and relations, was arrested as he drove his truck dwelling from Illinois’ sport at Purdue.

More particulars, by way of the AP:

Somebody called police round four p.m. Saturday to report a driver pointing a gun out of a truck on Interstate seventy four in japanese Illinois.

After police arrested Sinclair a short while later in Urbana, “(Sinclair) instructed them it was a joke,” Rietz said.

A telephone listing for Sinclair is disconnected and he doesn’t but have a lawyer.

Police mentioned in addition they found a set of brass knuckles in the truck and a loaded journal for the gun. Rietz said Sinclair was additionally charged with a misdemeanor related to the brass knuckles.

Sinclair played linebacker at Illnois from 2001-04 then continued his enjoying career within the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins.

Preventing Illini coach Tim Beckman told the AP that Sinclair “clearly had a lapse of judgement,” however declined to comment further.

Illinois will wrap up the 2013 season at house towards Northwestern on Saturday.

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NCAA Rankings College Football Week 14 BCS Top 25 Standings

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With 13 full weeks of college football in the books… here is the latest BCS Top 25 rankings heading into week 14 as the season is nearing an end. This past weekend saw the end of once undefeated Baylor go down in flames at the hands of Oklahoma State. Baylor dropped five spots and Oklahoma State moved up three spots. Oregon with their blowout loss as well, fell eight big spots. Texas A&M also suffered with their loss going from 12 to 21. Duke and Notre Dame are back in the Top 25. The top three teams remain undefeated and unchanged in this weeks BCS as they the race for a NationalChampionship continues here are the NCAA Rankings for Week 14 .

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

Teams 1-25 with rankings, record, points, and last weeks rankings are all displayed.

 

1 Alabama (11-0) .9881

Last Week: 1- The defending champion is still in the driver’s seat for a return trip to the National Championship, but first must get by their toughest test yet against their arch rivals…. the No. 4 Auburn Tigers on Saturday afternoon for the right to play in the SEC Championship.

 

2 Florida State (11-0) .9697

Last Week: 2- They have been blowing opponents out the water all season and have the inside track to play in the National Championship in January. They are expected to roll over their in-state rival Florida Gators on Saturday who have gone south in recent weeks. They are already assured of playing in the ACC Championship… and are heavily favored.

 

3 Ohio State (11-0) .9200

Last Week: 3- The Buckeyes are breathing easier after previously No. 4 Baylor got blown out and now hold a sizable advantage over one-loss Auburn Tigers. If they can get by their biggest rival Michigan on Saturday and hope for an Alabama loss to Auburn, they will find themselves in a great position for the BCS Championship with only the Big Ten Championship standing their way.

 

4 Auburn (10-1) .8236

Last Week: 6- After moving up two spots in this week’s BCS standings, they are poised to take on No. 1 Alabama at home in the Iron Bowl for the right to play in the SEC Championship against either No. 5 Missouri or No. 10 South Carolina. But, even a win against Bama will not guarantee them leap-frogging over the Buckeyes. It may take an SEC Championship win as well.

 

5 Missouri (10-1) .8077

Last Week: 8- The Tigers must beat No. 21 Texas A&M on Saturday to earn a spot in the SEC title game. If they lose, South Carolina will win the SEC East.

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6 Clemson (10-1) .7726

Last Week: 7- The Tigers took a hit in the computer rankings, where their average ranking is 10th because of scheduling a weak Citadel team to beat up on. They have their in-state rival No. 10 South Carolina on Saturday and a victory there will help their standings greatly.

 

7 Oklahoma State (10-1) .7615

Last Week: 10- The Cowboys continue to impress after the beat down they put on No. 4 Baylor on Saturday. They will be facing No. 18 Oklahoma on December 7th.

 

8 Stanford (9-2) .6665

Last Week: 9- The winners of the Pac-12 North… the Cardinal find themselves in the Pac-12 Championship after Oregon lost to Arizona and will play the Arizona State.

 

9 Baylor (9-1) .6456

Last Week: 4- The Bears will look to regroup against TCU after getting embarrassed in Stillwater last Saturday. They still have final game against Texas in two weeks.

 

10 South Carolina (9-2) .6101

Last Week: 11- All they can do is hope for a Missouri loss on Saturday and they will win the SEC East title.

 

11 Michigan State (10-1) .5780

Last Week: 13- The Spartans have already punched their ticket for the Big Ten Championship against Ohio State.

 

12 Arizona State (9-2) .5052

Last Week: 17- Winners of the Pac-12 South division, a win on Saturday against the Arizona Wildcats and they will host the Pac-12 Championship against Stanford.

 

13 Oregon (9-2) .4950

Last Week: 5- What could have been for the Ducks, but after losing to Stanford then Arizona, all they can hope for now is a top 16 ranking and an at-large BCS bid.

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14 N Illinois (11-0) .4620

Last Week: 16- With their perfect season still in tact, the Huskies hold an edge over unbeaten Fresno State for a BCS major bow-bid.

 

15 Wisconsin (9-2) .4448

Last Week: 19- Will close out their season at home against Penn State and then await their bowl game.

 

16 Fresno State (10-0) .4124

Last Week: 15- Still perfect but lost some ground to Northern Illinois for a major bowl-bid qualifying. They take on San Jose State on Friday to try to remain perfect.

 

17 LSU (8-3) .3737

Last Week: 22- Looking to finish the season strong after their impressive showing over Texas A&M on Saturday.

 

18 Oklahoma (9-2) .3380

Last Week: 20- Off this week as they prepare for a tough challenge against No. 7 Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

 

19 UCF (9-1) .3364

Last Week: 18- They lost some ground in their quest for an automatic BCS berth, so will look to finish strong on Friday against Southern Florida.

 

20 Louisville (10-1) .2522

Last Week: 21- Another team in the AAC who is on the outside looking in. Next up will be Cincinnati on December 5.

 

21 Texas A&M (8-3) .2243

Last Week: 12- In what will be in all likelihood Johnny Manziel’s final SEC game… they will look to play spoilers when they take on No. 5 Missouri on Saturday.

 

22 UCLA (8-3) .1921

Last Week: 14- In what seemed like a promising season before losing to Arizona State, the Bruins will get set to take on their biggest rival in USC on Saturday in prime-time.

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23 USC (9-3) .1779

Last Week: 23- The Trojans have rebounded nicely under interim-coach Ed Orgeron and will look to avenge last year’s loss to UCLA this Saturday at the Coliseum.

 

24 Duke (9-2) .0885

Last Week: NR- Nice story of Duke this year with the football team making their first-ever BCS appearance.

 

25 Notre Dame (8-3) .0674

Last Week: NR- The Fighting Irish are back in the BCS and look to end the season strong with a win at Stanford on Saturday.

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NCAA Week 13 College Football Game Recap- #8 Missouri Within Reach of SEC East Title

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#8 Missouri Tigers (10-1)- 24

#24 Ole Miss Rebels (7-4)- 10

 

Line: MIZZ -3.0

Over/Under: 59.0

 

The No. 24 ranked Ole Miss Rebels beat themselves on Saturday night when three trips in the red zone resulted in just three points… the only statistic that mattered to Rebel coach Hugh Freeze that resulted in Ole Miss losing to No. 8 Missouri 24-10 in a Southeastern Conference showdown.

 

It’s impossible to beat a top 10 team when you get in the red zone and don’t score touchdowns or points,” Freeze said. “If you don’t score some points in the red zone against that team you aren’t going to win.”

 

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Rebels (7-4, 3-4). Not having quarterback Bo Wallace at full strength hurt the Ole Miss as well, as Wallace was battling an illness for much of the game and struggled during the second half.

 

Wallace ended the night 26 of 42 for 244 yards with one interception.

 

Missouri accounted for 485 total yards, including 260 on the ground.

 

This one is going to hurt a little because I know what we are capable of,” Ole Miss safety Cody Prewitt said. “Not taking anything away from them, but we did not play to the best of our potential.”

 

With Saturday night’s victory, the Missouri Tigers (10-1, 6-1 SEC) will now take on Texas A&M next weekend at home with a win clinching the SEC East Division title.

 

Missouri is only in their second season in the SEC.

 

In his first full game back for the Tigers, after missing four games due to a shoulder injury, quarterback James Franklin completed 12 of 19 passes for 142 yards and an interception.

 

I thought he did an outstanding job,” Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. “The guy hadn’t played in six weeks and there was a lot of pressure on him to play well.”

 

The Missouri running game was all the difference against the Rebels, as they slowly wore down the Ole Miss defense and shortened the game with time-consuming drives.

 

We’re just a focused team,” Missouri linebacker Andrew Wilson said. “The coaches did a good job keeping us focused. We had a great game plan. We knew what we had to do.”

 

While the Rebels had their chances to keep pace with the Tigers, it was the red zone miscues that cost them opportunity after opportunity. Two false start penalties, one blocked field goal attempt and several unsuccessful running plays.

 

Ole Miss made a game of it pulling within 17-10 on the opening drive in the second half, but Missouri responded with a an 86-yard touchdown drive that made it 24-10 and that was all they needed to get out of Oxford with a win.

 

To say I’m proud of my football team and my staff would be an understatement,” Pinkel said. “They battle every time they play. They prepare well and focus at a very high level.”

 

It’s the fourth 10-win season for Missouri in the past seven years and was Pinkel’s 100th win with the Tigers.

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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NCAA College Football Week 13 BCS Top 25 Recap

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Here is a recap of all the BCS Top 25 teams that were in action and how they faired against the spread over the weekend with just two weeks left in the college regular season and the race for a BCS championship.

 

Wednesday 11/20

 

#16 Northern Illinois (11-0)- 35

Toledo Rockets (7-4)- 17

 

Line: NIU -2.0

Over/Under: 74

 

NIU stays perfect (11-0, 7-0) as they clinch the MAC West Division and keep their BCS hopes alive.

 

Thursday 11/21

 

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (5-5)- 17

#18 UCF Knights (9-1)- 41

 

Line: UCF -20.0

Over/Under: 60

 

No. 18 stays unbeaten in the AAC as they move closer to a title.

 

Saturday 11/23/13

 

Chattanooga Mocs (8-4)- 0

#1 Alabama Crimson Tide (11-0)- 49

 

Line: ALA -49.0

Over/Under: 52.0

 

Bama rolls over Chattanooga to remain perfect.

 

Idaho Vandals (1-10)- 14

#2 Florida State Seminoles (11-0)- 80

 

Line: FSU -57.5

Over/Under: 69.0

 

Jameis Winston throws for four touchdowns as the Seminoles put up 80 on lowly Idaho.

 

Indiana Hoosiers (4-7)- 14

#3 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-0)- 42

 

Line: OSU -33.0

Over/Under: 79.0

 

Buckeyes have now won a school-record 23 in a row.

 

#4 Baylor Bears (9-1)- 17

#10 Oklahoma State (10-1)- 49

 

Line: BAY -8.0

Over/Under: 79.0

 

10th ranked Cowboys crush No. 4 Baylor to spoil their BCS title hopes.

 

#5 Oregon Ducks (9-2)- 16

Arizona Wildcats (7-4)- 42

 

Line: ORE -20.0

Over/Under: 69.0

 

Wildcats knock off No. 5 Oregon for biggest upset in school history. Ducks also lose Pac 12 North title to Stanford.

 

Citadel Bulldogs (5-7)- 6

#7 Clemson Tigers (10-1)- 52

 

Line: CLEM -41.0

Over/Under: 70.0

 

Tajh Boyd throws for five touchdowns and 288 yards in the final home game of his career.

 

#8 Missouri Tigers (10-1)- 24

#24 Ole Miss Rebels (7-4)- 10

 

Line: MIZZ -1.0

Over/Under: 59.0

 

Tigers are one win away from clinching the SEC East title with a victory over Texas A&M next weekend.

 

California Golden Bears (1-11)- 13

#9 Stanford Cardinal (9-2)- 63

 

Line: STAN -32.0

Over/Under: 59.0

 

Stanford QB Kevin Hogan throws five touchdowns in rout of California and win Pac-12 North title.

 

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (10-2)- 10

#11 South Carolina Gamecocks (9-2)- 70

 

Line: SCAR -41.0

Over/Under: 69.0

 

Gamecocks score on their first six possessions to blow out Coastal Carolina.

 

#12 Texas A&M Aggies (8-3)- 10

#22 LSU Tigers (8-3)- 34

 

Line: LSU -3.0

Over/Under: 74.0

 

No. 22 LSU shuts down Johnny Manziel and the No. 12 Aggies.

 

#13 Michigan State Spartans (10-1)- 30

Northwestern Wildcats (4-7)- 6

 

Line: MSU -7.0

Over/Under: 40.0

 

The Spartans secure Legends Division crown, spot in Big Ten championship game.

 

#17 Arizona State Sun Devils (9-2)- 38

#14 UCLA Bruins (8-3)- 33

 

Line: ASU 3.0

Over/Under: 62.0

 

No. 17 ASU wins on the road and captures the Pac-12 South title.

 

New Mexico Lobos (3-8)- 28

#15 Fresno State Bulldogs (10-0)- 69

 

Line: FRES -34.0

Over/Under: 69.0

 

No. 15 Bulldogs clinch a spot in the Mountain West title game and remain in a BCS major bowl-bid

 

#19 Wisconsin Badgers (9-2)- 20

#25 Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-3)- 7

 

Line: WIS -16.5

Over/Under: 50.0

 

Badgers defeat the Gophers for the 10th straight time.

 

#20 Oklahoma Sooners (9-2)- 41

Kansas State Wildcats (6-5)- 31

 

Line: KSU -6.0

Over/Under: 54.0

 

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops passes Barry Switzer for the most wins in school history.

 

Memphis Tigers (3-7)- 17

#21 Louisville Cardinals (10-1)- 24

 

Line: LOU -23.0

Over/Under: 44.0

 

Cardinals hold off a late fourth quarter surge by Memphis to win.

 

#23 USC Trojans (9-3)- 47

Colorado Buffaloes (4-7)- 29

 

Line: USC -21.0

Over/Under: 54.0

 

USC improves to 6-1 under interim coach Ed Orgeron and improve to 8-0 all-time against the Buffaloes.

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

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NCAA Week 13 College Football Game Recap- #4 Baylor Losses Game and Title Hopes 49-17

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#4 Baylor Bears (9-1)- 17

#10 Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-1)- 49

 

Line: BAY -8.0

Over/Under: 79.0

 

On Saturday night, yet another team that seemed invincible went down in defeat as No. 10 Oklahoma State trounced the No. 4 Baylor Bears 49-17 to end their dreams of a perfect season and any chance of a BCS championship.

 

Now it’s Oklahoma State behind quarterback Clint Chelf’s career-high 370 yards and four touchdowns that has put the Cowboys within reach of a Big 12 Conference championship.

 

Chelf, who lost his starting job earlier in the season for the Cowboys (10-1, 7-1 Big 12), threw for three touchdowns passes and ran for a score on 19-of-25 passing and has thrown for 703 yards in his last two games against Baylor.

 

I couldn’t be more proud of what’s he’s accomplished,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “He’s been a good leader and he does it quiet. He’s been humbled, and for that he’s had success.”

 

Coach Gundy did not make Chelf available to talk to reporters after the game, but had this to say…

 

I’m happy with the groove he’s in right now. And so, we just want to let him keep going.”

 

The Cowboys have won 10 or more games in three of the last four seasons, and with a victory over rival Oklahoma in two weeks can win the Big 12.

 

Baylor (9-1, 6-1) went into Stillwater with a 13-game win streak averaging 61.2 points and 684.8 yards per game and heavy favorites, but once again come away empty in a stadium they have not won in since 1939.

 

This is very difficult,” Baylor safety Ahmad Dixon said.”… This hurts. Our chances of still winning the Big 12 aren’t over, but we wanted something bigger then that.

 

We wanted something that’s never been done before, and that was to go to a national championship. That dream came down.”

 

They had no answers for the Cowboys’ defense that held the high-powered attack in check most of the way forcing three Baylor fumbles and also stopped the Bears on two key fourth-down attempts in the second half which resulted in Cowboys’ touchdowns.

 

Baylor standout quarterback Bryce Petty went 28-of-48 passing for 359 yards, but could never find his groove against a Cowboy’s defense who came out ready play at home.

 

(Oklahoma State) played extremely well, played with a lot energy, made plays when they needed to make plays,” Baylor coach Art Briles said.

 

The clincher came when the Bears appeared ready to cut the Baylor lead to 35-17 early in the fourth quarter, however, Petty fumbled after a wild-snap deep in Cowboys’ territory and Tyler Patmon returned it 78 yards for a touchdown to put the Cowboys away 42-10.

 

We’ll bounce back from this,” Petty said. “I’m not going anywhere, and we’re not going anywhere. We still have a lot to accomplish.”

 

The Cowboys outgained the Bears 594 to 453 in total yards.

 

Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State are the lone remaining unbeatens near the top of the BCS standings and are expected to remain there come Sunday night with the new rankings.

 

And yet, another offensive juggernaut went down in defeat. That’s why they play the game.

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

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NCAA Week 13 College Football Recap- #17 ASU Wins Pac-12 South Title

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#17 Arizona State Sun Devils (9-2)- 38

#14 UCLA Bruins (8-3)- 33

 

Line: ASU -3.0

Over/Under: 62

 

No. 19 Arizona State scored often early on and hung on to defeat No. 14 UCLA at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night 38-33 and win it’s first Pac-12 South title and will face Stanford in two weeks for the Pac-12 championship.

 

If Arizona State (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12) beats Arizona in the Territorial Cup game next week, the Sun Devils will host the Cardinal.

 

ASU did just enough in the points department and held off two late drives by the Bruins in the final minutes to come away with their first title in the Pac-12.

 

Sun Devil’s quarterback Taylor Kelly passed for 225 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 99 yards and another score to help lead ASU to a 22-point halftime lead… a lead they would not relinquish.

 

We got a chance to play for a trip to the Rose Bowl, in which I’ve dreamed of all my life,” Kelly said in the Rose Bowl tunnel. “We’ve got a couple more to go, and then we can be there.”

 

The Bruins (8-3, 5-3) down 35-13 at halftime, held the Sun Devils to just three points in the second half as they made a furious comeback, but it was the ASU defense that shutout the Bruins on their final two drives to leave the Rose Bowl with a victory, and now with a chance to make a return trip on New Year’s Day with a win over Stanford in the Pac-12 championship.

 

I’ve been doing this for 28 years, and that’s the most impressive display of heart by a team that I’ve ever seen,” said Arizona State coach Todd Graham, who acknowledged getting choked up on the field for maybe the second time in his adult life. “To watch these kids lay it on the line with that kind of heart was overwhelming to me.”

 

UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley passed for 253 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman linebacker Myles Jack rushed for 86 years and a touchdown and played almost exclusively on offense.

 

ASU will have a chance for its first Rose Bowl berth in 17 years—and the Bruins lost their first home game all season.

 

These guys, they just fought back,” UCLA coach Jim Mora said. “We were in it. We had shots. Those are the what-ifs and the could-have-beens, and they don’t matter. We just have to get better from it. And we will.”

 

UCLA trailed 38-27 entering the fourth quarter, but missed opportunities with a 37-yard missed field goal and three consecutive penalties on their final drive, closed the Bruins chances of pulling one out as they did last year in Tempe with a 33-yard field goal as time expired which the Bruins won 45-43.

 

I was almost like, ‘Oh no, it’s happening again,” Jones said. “But this is a different team. We’ve trained a lot harder. We’re better.”

 

The Bruins dug themselves a hole that was just a little too much to overcome in the end despite having their chances.

 

Nothing we hadn’t seen before,” UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr said. “Just their tempo in the first couple of series hurt us, and their quarterback hurt us with his legs. We made those adjustments, but it was too little, too late.”

 

The Pac-12 championship will be a rematch from an earlier Stanford victory that saw the Cardinal win 42-28 back on September 21.

 

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter