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NCAA College Football Week 12 – BCS Top 25 Recap

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Another exciting weekend of College Football is in the books with the biggest upset being No. 4 Stanford being upset by USC on Saturday night and No. 23 Miami losing to Duke which is a game I predicted in my BCS Top 25 preview earlier in the week. Below is my recap of all the BCS Top 25 teams that were in action and how they faired against the spread.

 

Wednesday 11/13

 

Ball State Cardinals (9-2)- 27

#15 NIU Huskies (10-0)- 48

 

Line: NIU -9

Over/Under: 73

 

The Huskies remain unbeaten and pick their 25th straight win at home.

 

Thursday 11/14

 

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-4)- 31

#8 Clemson Tigers (9-1)- 55

 

Line: CLEM -11

Over/Under: 62

 

Clemson Qb Tajh Boyd set ACC record for career TD passes with 97.

 

Friday 11/15

 

Washington Huskies (6-4)- 31

UCLA Bruins (8-2)- 41

 

Line: UCLA -3

Over/Under: 61

 

Linebacker Myles Jack scores 4 TD’s to lead the Bruins.

 

Saturday 11/16/13

 

#1 Alabama Crimson Tide (10-0)- 20

Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-6)- 7

 

Line: ALA -24

Over/Under: 54

 

A little tighter game then expected but the Tide win to stay undefeated.

 

Syracuse Orange (5-5)- 3

#2 Florida St. Seminoles (10-0)- 59

 

Line: FSU -38

Over/Under: 59

 

The Seminoles also remain undefeated in their rout of Syracuse.

 

#3 Ohio State Buckeyes (10-0)- 60

Illinois Fighting Illini (3-7)- 35

 

OSU has now won 22 straight dating back to last season.

 

# 4 Stanford Cardinal (8-2)- 17

USC Trojans (8-3)- 20

 

USC shocks the Cardinal on a 47-yard field goal with :19 seconds remaining.

 

Line: STAN -4

Over/Under: 45

 

Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-4)- 34

#5 Baylor Bears (9-0)- 63

 

Line: BAY -28

Over/Under: 85

 

Baylor playing great ball to stay perfect.

 

Utah Utes (4-6)- 21

#6 Oregon Ducks (9-1)- 44

 

Line: ORE -29

Over/Under- 64

 

Ducks turn it on in the third to runaway with it.

 

#25 Georgia Bulldogs (6-4)- 38

#7 Auburn Tigers (10-1)- 43

 

Line: AUB -3

Over/Under: 66

 

A 73-yard Hail Mary wins it for the Tigers with :25 seconds left. Incredible 4th quarter!

 

Florida Gators (4-6)- 14

#10 South Carolina Gamecocks (8-2)- 19

 

Line: SCAR -16

Over/Under: 42

 

Gamecocks win their 16th straight home game.

 

#12 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-1)- 38

Texas Longhorns (7-3)- 13

 

Line: OKST -3

Over/Under: 63

 

Impressive road win for the Cowboys in Austin.

 

#16 Michigan State Spartans (9-1)- 41

Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-3)- 28

 

Line: MSU -6

Over/Under: 41

 

The Spartans about lock up a spot in the Big 10 championship game.

 

#17 UCF Knights (8-1)- 39

Temple Owls (1-9)- 36

 

Line: UCF -17

Over/Under: 60

 

UCF kicks a 23-yard field goal as time expires to pull it out the victory.

 

Iowa State Cyclones (1-9)- 10

#18 Oklahoma Sooners (8-2)- 48

 

Line: OKLA -23

Over/Under: 49

 

Easy home win for the Sooners as Bob Stoops ties Barry Switzer for most OU victories.

 

Oregon State Beavers (6-4)-

#19 Arizona State Sun Devils (8-2)-

 

Line: ASU -14

Over/Under- 66

 

The Sun Devils remain in firs place in the Pac 12 South to set up a showdown at UCLA next weekend.

 

Houston Cougars (7-3)- 13

#20 Louisville Cardinals (9-1)- 20

 

Line: LOU -17

Over/Under: 60

 

Running back Dominique Browns powers the Cardinals to victory with 2 TD’s.

 

Indiana Hoosiers (4-6)- 3

#22 Wisconsin Badgers (8-2)- 51

 

Line: WIS -27

Over/Under: 68

 

The Badgers running attack runs for 554 yards!

 

#23 Miami Hurricanes (7-3)- 30

Duke Blue Devils (8-2)- 48

 

Line: MIA -4

Over/Under- 64

 

Blue Devils win their sixth straight as Miami now has lost three in-a-row.

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter 

 

 

 

 

 

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NCAA Predictions College Football Week 12 BCS Top 25 Preview/Picks

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NCAA Football Picks Week 12 top 25 BCS

 

With Week 12 of College Football upon us starting Wednesday night, 21 of the top 25 teams are in action has the race continues for a BCS major bowl bid. Get live up-to-the-minute betting lines up until kick-off here at Wonder Punter. Here is my quick preview and predictions for each game.

 

Ball State Cardinals (9-1) @ #15 Northern Illinois Huskies (9-0) Wednesday 11/13- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: NIU -6.5

Over/Under: 69.5

 

NIU looks to win their third straight MAC West Division title against a tough Ball State team.

 

PICK: NIU

 

Georgia State Yellow Jackets (6-3) @ #8 Clemson Tigers (8-1) Thursday 11/13- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: CLEM -10.5

Over/Under: 58.0

 

Clemson’s offense has picked it up since losing to No. 2 Florida State three weeks ago.

 

PICK: Clemson

 

Washington Huskies (6-3) @ #13 UCLA (7-2) Friday 11/15- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: UCLA -2.5

Over/Under: 62.0

 

The Bruins have won their last two since losing back-to-back games to Stanford and Oregon. UCLA always tough at home.

 

PICK: UCLA

 

#1 Alabama Crimson Tide (9-0) @ Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-5) 11/16- 7:45PM EST

 

Line: ALA -25.0

Over/Under: 53.0

 

Clearly the No. 1 team in the nation… Nick Saban will have his team ready following last week’s big win over LSU.

 

PICK: Alabama

 

Syracuse Orange @ #2 Florida State Seminoles (9-0) 11/16- 3:30PM EST

 

Line: FSU -39.0

Over/Under: 58.5

 

With a firm hold on No. 2, I see no let up in sight. Offense is putting up some big numbers.

 

PICK: Florida State

 

#3 Ohio State Buckeyes (9-0) @ Illinois Fighting Illini (3-6) 11/16- 12:00PM EST

 

Line: OSU -32.0

Over/Under: 68.5

 

The Buckeyes have won 21-straight dating back to last season.

 

PICK: Ohio State

 

#4 Stanford Cardinal (8-1) @ USC Trojans (7-3) 11/16- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: STAN -3.5

Over/Under: 44.5

 

Good match-up on Saturday night with the Cardinal coming off their big win last week over then #2 Oregon and now take on a “new” Trojan team since firing Lane Kiffin back on September 28.

 

PICK: Stanford

 

Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-3) @ #5 Baylor Bears (8-0) 11/16- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: BAY -27.0

Over/Under: 80.0

 

A month ago this would have a been a great game, but Texas Tech has now lost three in a row and must now face a powerful Baylor team.

 

PICK: Baylor

 

Utah Utes (4-5) @ #6 Oregon Ducks (8-1) 11/16- 4:00PM EST

 

Line: Even

 

Oregon looks to bounce back after being beaten by Stanford for the second-straight year to end their BCS championship run.

 

PICK: Oregon

 

#25 Georgia Bulldogs (6-3) @ #7 Auburn Tigers (9-1) 11/16- 3:30PM EST

 

Line: AUB -4.0

Over/Under: 62.5

 

Auburn looking to stay on course for a showdown with No. 1 Alabama in the coming weeks.

 

PICK: Auburn

 

Florida Gators (4-5) @ #10 South Carolina Gamecocks (7-2) 11/16- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: SCAR -13.5

Over/Under: 42.5

 

The Florida Gators were a top 25 team just a few short weeks ago have been going in a different direction.

 

PICK: South Carolina

 

#12 Oklahoma State Cowboys (8-1) @ #24 Texas Longhorns (7-2) 11/16- 3:30PM EST

 

Line: OKST -3.0

Over/Under: 63.5

 

The Longhorns have fought their way back into the rankings after a shaky start to begin the season. Tough Cowboys team.

 

PICK: Oklahoma State

 

#16 Michigan State Spartans (8-1) @ Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-2) 11/16- 3:30PM EST

 

Line: MSU -6.5

Over/Under: 45.0

 

The Cornhuskers are coming off a big win at Michigan, but now must deal with the best defense in the country without their starting quarterback.

 

PICK: Michigan State

 

#17 UCF Knights (7-1) @ Temple Owls (1-8) 11/16- 12:00PM EST

 

Line: UCF -16.5

Over/Under: 55.5

 

The Knights should have no problem winning on the road this week against a bad Owl’s football team.

 

PICK: UCF

 

Iowa State Cyclones (1-8) @ #18 Oklahoma Sooners (7-2) 11/16- 12:00PM EST

 

Line: OKLA -24.5

Over/Under: 52.0

 

Bounce back game for the Sooners who got blown-out by #5 Baylor last week.

 

PICK: Oklahoma

 

Oregon State Beavers (6-3) @ #19 Arizona State Sun Devils (7-2) 11/16- 9:30PM EST

 

Line: ASU -13.0

Over/Under: 68.5

 

Both teams expected to light up the scoreboard on Saturday night, but ASU is playing well and is a different team at home.

 

PICK: Arizona State

 

Houston Cougars (7-2) @ #20 Louisville Cardinals (8-1) 11/16- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: LOU -15.5

Over/Under: 59.0

 

Should be another high scoring game, but too much Teddy Bridgewater in this game.

 

PICK: Louisville

 

Indiana Hoosiers (4-5) @ #22 Wisconsin Badgers (7-2) 11/16- 12:00PM EST

 

Line: WIS -21.0

Over/Under: 70.0

 

These teams like to score in bunches but the Badgers will do most of it.

 

PICK: Wisconsin

 

#23 Miami Hurricanes (7-2) @ Duke Blue Devils (7-2) 11/16- 3:30PM EST

 

Line: MIA -3.0

Over/Under: 61.5

 

Miami went from being a top 10 team to losing two straight… don’t be surprised if a good Blue Devil teams beats them.

 

PICK: Duke

 

Good luck with your favorite picks and remember to place your bets early here through Wonder Punter to lock in the best lines for the games of your choice.

 

 

 

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NCAA College Football Recap- #3 Florida State Spanks #7 Miami

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#7 Miami Hurricanes- 14

#3 Florida St. Seminoles- 41

 

What was hyped as another potential “ACC Classic” battle between No. 3 Florida State and No. 7 Miami became a one-sided affair in the second half as the Seminoles blew out the Canes 41-14 to cement their position for a possible BCS Championship run.

 

The Seminoles (8-0, 6-0) showed their defensive might on the Canes in the second half by shutting them out and scoring 20 unanswered points to remain undefeated in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

 

Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston went 21/29 for 325 yards, one touchdown, but threw two interceptions to keep the Hurricanes (7-1, 3-1) in the game.

 

It’s a team that is understanding how to compete in big games and is learning to do it different ways,” Florida State Jimbo Fisher said. “We were very excited early and had to keep our emotions in check.

 

The second half we came out and were very physical and were able to run the football and take control. The defense was dominant. I’m just proud of the way our guys competed.

 

The Seminoles outgained Miami 517-275.

 

Just like baseball, sometimes you go out there and strike out,” said Winston. “Then you’ve got to come back and bounce back and my team really helped me through it.

 

I told the guys. No more turnovers and we’re going to go out there and win this game.”

 

We played the No. 7 team in the country and we won by 27,” Fisher said. “That’s a very good football team. “We’re just going to keep playing well and let people judge. This is a heck of a football team here.”

 

Miami coach Al Golden said this about the loss…

 

Give them credit. They made all the plays. We did not. It’s a high powered offense. They executed better than we did.”

 

To make matters worse.. Miami star running back Duke Johnson suffered a broken leg and is lost for the season.

 

Florida State has dominated three Top 25 teams they have played this season with a combined score of 155-28 and only have Florida as their only real challenge standing in their way to cap a perfect season.

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NCAA Prediction College Football Preview/Pick- #7 Miami vs. #3 Florida St.

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NCAA Picks and Predictions Miami vs. Florida St

 

#7 Miami Hurricanes (7-0) @ #3 Florida St. Seminoles (7-0) 11/2- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: FSU -22.0

Over/Under: 61.0

 

Easily the game of the week Saturday will feature two storied football programs fighting to get back into the national championship spotlight as No. 7 Miami Hurricanes travel into Tallahassee to battle the one of the countries best quarterbacks Jameis Winston and his No. 3 Florida State Seminoles in a classic ACC match-up that will determine which team stays in the BCS championship race.

 

This will be only the ninth time that Florida State (7-0, 5-0 ACC) and Miami (7-0, 3-0) have met with both sides undefeated, but both teams are doing their best to down play the game.

 

It’s just another game,” Miami receiver Stacy Coley said.

 

We’re going to prepare the same,” Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston said.

 

Both teams have a long history of classic battles but recently its all been one-sided as the Seminoles have dominated the last three meetings by a combined score of 101-56.

 

Just need to keep marching on,” Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. “Another great opportunity.”

 

Miami and Florida State may both be perfect to this point, but its been the Seminoles who have been rolling over opponents whereas Miami as struggled to keep their record unblemished against inferior teams having to rally late to win.

 

But as history as proved when these two teams get-together.. it doesn’t matter who’s done what?

 

I mean, it’s why you come to UM,” a grinning Hurricanes linebacker Denzel Perryman said. “It’s a lot of fun. You’re competing with guys you played against in high school and Pop Warner, so it’s a lot of fun.”

 

Miami, we’re definitely going to be ready for them and we’re going to prepare well,” Seminoles safety Terrence Brooks said. “I can’t wait. It’s going to be a big stage and that’s what we all want.”

 

Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston agrees…

 

“’That’s what I came here for… just the big games and the big-game atmosphere, playing football for Florida State,” said Winston.

 

Redshirt freshman Jameis Winston is amongst the nations leaders in many categories and everyone has taken notice.

 

He’s beyond his years,” said Miami coach Al Golden. “He’s talented. He’s mature with the football. Strong arm, can move his feet, can create from a bad situation and I just think he’s excellent. Regardless of his age or year in school, he’s excellent. He’s playing really well and they’re executing at a high level.”

 

The hype surrounding the game as been high and both teams will be full of emotion come Saturday night.

 

I don’t think there’s any question we have to invest in this2 emotionally,” Golden said. “I just think as coaches we don’t have to do as much this week, because it kind of sets itself up… The rivalry, it stands by itself, to be honest with you.”

 

They’re going to come with it,” Winston said. “And we’ve got to come with it, too.”

 

And that will be the key to Miami winning… stopping Jameis Winston.

 

Florida State is clearly the better team and Miami will need to be perfect to have a chance.

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NCAA Recap College Football Thursday Night – Canes Survive

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NCAA Recap College Football Thursday Night – Canes Survive

 

Miami Hurricane’s coach Al Golden warned his football team going into Chapel Hill on Thursday night not to overlook a Tar Heels team that is having a down year, as they would be ready to upset the #10 Hurricanes and that they almost did until a last second touchdown by Dallas Crawford saved Miami from falling off the ranks of the unbeaten.

 

Crawford, a redshirt sophomore was asked to step in for top rusher Duke Johnson who was injured earlier and he responded by rushing for a career high 137 yards on 33 carries. The biggest run being a go-ahead touchdown run from 3-yards out with 16 seconds left to give the ‘Canes a 27-23 victory.

 

We’re resilient,” Crawford said. “We’ve been through a lot over the years. It took a long time to get to this point. In years past, we’ve probably would have lost the game. But it’s all about believing, and that’s what we did tonight.”

 

With the victory, the Hurricanes (6-0, 2-0 ACC) assured themselves another week of staying unbeaten and possibly staying in the Top Ten.

 

Miami was their own worse enemy with a rash of injuries, quarterback Stephen Morris throwing a season high four interceptions, a nationally top-ranked defense giving up 500 yards of offense and having to come back from 10 points down early in the fourth quarter in order to keep their ACC Championship dreams alive.

 

Still standing in Miami hurricanes way of that happening are showdowns with No. 5 Florida St. and No. 19 Virginia Tech.

 

There’s no turning back for this group right now,” Miami coach Al Golden said. “They’re not turning back. There’s no finger-pointing. They’re too invested in each other and in what they’ve given and what they’ve sacrificed to turn back.

 

I told them all week we were going to have to win this game by playing until there were four zeros, and that was right until the very end.”

 

However, North Carolina ( 1-5, 0-3 ACC) had one last shot with a Hail-Mary from the Miami 28-yard line as time ran out from quarterback Bryn Renner, but was knocked away denying the Tar Heels of yet another Hurricane upset.

 

This is worst start for the Tar Heels since 2006, who had expectations of winning their division beginning of the season.

 

We’ve got a bunch of guys hurting in that locker room down there,” second-year UNC coach Larry Fedora said. “A bunch of guys that played their tails off tonight, gave everything they had, they did everything we asked… Just a tough one for us to swallow for us right now.” 

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