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NCAA College Football Week 13 Recap- #16 NIU Stays Perfect

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#16 NIU Huskies (11-0)- 35

Toledo Rockets (7-4)- 17

 

Line: NIU -2.0

Over/Under: 74

 

No. 16 Northern Illinois Huskies stays perfect as they defeated the Toledo Rockets on the road 35-17 to clinch the MAC West division and keep their BCS hopes alive.

 

The defining moment for the Huskies came when they were backed up against the end zone on third down, quarterback Jordan Lynch dropped back, waited for an opening and scrambled for a first down that ignited a 99-yard drive, clinching a victory over the Rockets on Wednesday night.

 

With the win, the Huskies (11-0, 7-0) extended their 24-game conference winning streak and also secured a fourth straight trip to the Mid-American Conference title game.

 

With the Huskies #16 ranking, they remain eligible for their second straight Bowl Championship Series appearance after playing in the Orange Bowl last season with only No. 15 Fresno State (also undefeated) standing in their way.

 

On the 99-yard drive, Lynch says, “That’s a momentum killer. It’s a real dagger to the defense.”

 

Jordan Lynch finished with 363 total yards and 3 touchdowns and ran for 62 yards on seven carries on the 99-yard march.

 

Toledo (7-4, 5-2 MAC) did a great job in the first half shutting down the NIU offense and taking a 10-7 halftime lead into the locker room.

 

But there was no panic for the Huskies who outscored the Rockets 28-7 in the second half to keep their perfect season in tact.

 

NIU coach Rod Carey said all he had to do was to remind his team to finish their drives.

 

That calmed the guys down,” Carey said.

 

Carey had complete faith in Jordan Lynch getting it done it second half.

 

He’s pretty decisive,” Carey said. “When he’s running and making plays, that’s just him.”

 

Lynch rushed for 161 yards on 28 attempts and it was his 31-yard touchdown run from up the middle on a fake handoff that put the Huskies up for good 21-17.

 

He’s always poised,” said NIU receiver Juwan Brescacin, who had eight catches for 121 yards. “That’s why we’re as good as we are.”

 

That they are… but is it enough to surpass the Fresno State Bulldogs for a automatic BCS bowl bid?

 

NIU was without their two leading receivers due to injuries on Wednesday night, Tommylee Lewis and Da’Ron Brown.

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

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NCAA Prediction College Football Week 13 Game Preview/ and Pick- #12 Texas A&M vs. #22 LSU

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NCAA College football free pick and prediction Texas vs LSU

 

#12 Texas A&M Aggies (8-2) @ #22 LSU Tigers (7-3) 11/23- 3:30PM EST

 

Line: LSU: -4.5

Over/Under: 71.0

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This Saturday afternoon, expect another classic battle as two of the top quarterbacks in the Southeastern Conference, as well as some of college football’s best receivers and running backs… as the No. 12 Texas A&M Aggies travel into Death Valley to take on the No. 22 LSU Tigers.

 

On the mind of LSU coach Les Miles is Saturdays matchup of the up-tempo offense of the Aggies, which is lead by Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.

 

Miles says he is “not looking forward to that style of game.”

 

I want the defense to stop them,” Miles said. “Certainly we recognize the challenge that an offense like A&M will bring … I like my defense. I suspect they’ll play best in this game. I think they’ll be a challenge to A&M and I think being in Tiger Stadium will be a challenge to A&M. It’s a much different environment and a place where the home team generally does pretty good.”

 

LSU (7-3, 3-3 SEC) is a (minus) -4.5 point favorite and has been good at home, winning all five of their games so far, but get up to the minute odds here at Wonder Punter up until kick off.

 

Manziel is been stellar once again this season accounting for 300-plus yards in 19 straight starts, even having thrown 500 total yards against No. 1 Alabama earlier in the year.

 

The Aggies 578 yards per game and scoring average of 49.2 easily lead the SEC.

 

It’s a great challenge,” Miles said. “It’ll be a great matchup. I think our defense is really looking forward to it. These Tigers look forward to a challenge and this is really going to be one. I think our guys will play well. I think we have a nice scheme and a variety of ways to pressure, disguise coverage, get in the backfield.”

 

Miles wants his defense to come up with some third down stops to get off the field for breathers against the Aggies’ up-tempo offense and plans to rotate his players often to help keep them form wearing down.

 

LSU cornerback Jalen Mills said the Tigers defense will be bracing for a test of stamina.

 

It is a day game. It’s going to be hot. If somebody catches a cramp or somebody may be gassed and may need to sit out for a play or two, we do have the depth for it,” Mills said. “Your name could be called at any time during that game, so you have to be ready. No sitting on the sidelines.”

 

Another key to the Tigers winning Saturday will be to control the football and keeping the Aggies offense off the field.

 

We know what kind of offense they have over there and the recipe for success against those guys is running the football successfully,” LSU running back Jeremy Hill said, noting that that game plan worked last year leading to a victory over A&M.

 

We want to get 35 minutes or more in time of possession, just keeping (Manziel) off the field as much as possible and helping our defense, keeping those guys fresh,” Hill said. “In the Alabama game, they were out there for a lot of plays and we were on the sideline for most of the second half and that hurt our defense… They got tired out there.”

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A&M (8-2, 4-2) has scored more than 50 points in winning its past three games. The Aggies will looking for their first victory over LSU and will making their first trip into Baton Rouge.

 

I want nothing more than to win these two games and to get into a good bowl game and go 10-2 in another regular season,” Manziel said. “I can’t even put into words how bad I want that for seniors on this team and for this team in general.”

 

I’m looking forward to Saturday’s game, with back and forth action with lots of points put up but will give a slight edge to the Tigers and predict a close one.

 

PICK: LSU

 

 

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NCAA Prediction College Football Week 13 Game Preview/ & Pick- #16 NIU vs. Toledo

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#16 Northern Illinois Huskies (10-0) @ Toledo Rockets (7-3) 11/20- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: NIU -2.5

Over/Under: 72.5

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With No. 16 Northern Illinois one step closer to a Mid-American Conference West Championship by defeating Ball State last week at home… this Wednesday they will now have to go on the road to defeat another conference foe… the Toledo Rockets.

 

NIU (10-0, 6-0) will be in search of their 24th straight conference victory, the opportunity to clinch the West crown and remain perfect with a chance to go to a major BCS bowl.

 

The Huskies are led by Jordan Lynch who’s numbers this season consist of 190 of 290 for 2216 yards and 21 touchdowns and most importantly rallied NIU back to victory over Ball State 48-27 to bring them one-step closer to a division title.

 

If Jordan isn’t in the conversation for the Heisman I don’t know what people are watching, they are asleep,” coach Rod Carey said. “In my estimation that trophy goes to the best player in the nation and with the performance he had tonight, he dang sure should be in the conversation.”

 

Lynch is the main reason why NIU , ranked 16th in the BCS, is averaging 44.6 points for the sixth-best mark in the country.

 

Toledo (7-3, 5-1) is averaging 35.0 points with 106 in it’s last two games and have won five straight.

 

Jordan Lynch, he’s a tremendous player,” Toledo quarterback Terrance Owens said. “I feel that, like the offensive side of the ball, we have to match their offense. But it all boils down to all four quarters, we gotta win the fourth quarter.”

 

With a victory Wednesday, the Rockets in-turn will have a chance to win the West if they can win their final game November 29 at Akron, but the task will be greater against NIU if their star running back David Fluellen is unable to suit up.

 

Fluellen (leg injury) is second in the MAC with 134.4 rushing yards per game and first in all-purpose yards with 159.0.

 

You cannot put him in if he’s not ready to rock and roll,” coach Matt Campbell said. “I think it’s a situation for him that we just need to try to continue to get him back to full strength so he can feel comfortable about playing in a football game.”

 

Toledo freshman Kareem Hunt has filled in nicely for Fluellen with 595 yards and six touchdowns in the last four games, including a season-high 186 rushing yards and one score in a 51-41 win over Buffalo last Tuesday.

 

The oddsmakers have given a slight nod to NIU on the road with a (minus) -2.5 over Toledo, but with both teams bringing a powerful running game (NIU is averaging 303.8 and Toledo 247.3), they have set the over/under line at 72.5 so be sure to check Wonder Punter often up until game time for the latest spread.

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Expect a closer then expected game as the Huskies have won the last three meetings, with close victories in the last two (63-60 in 2011 and 31-24 last year).

 

They’re a great team,” Northern Illinois tight end Luke Eakes said of Toledo. We’ve had problems with them in the past and they always come out to play well. They’re always fired up to play us and we’re fired up to play them. So I consider them our biggest rival.

 

Wednesday night’s game will be entertaining with these two teams, but will give NIU the edge.

 

It’s going to be a hostile environment,” Carey said. “It’s going to be Wednesday. It’s going to be a night game. It’s an 8:00 p.m. kickoff, so it’s going to be cold. I’m sure it’s going to be windy, and all of the elements will play a factor into the football game just like it should when you play outside in November.”

 

PICK: Northern Illinois

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

 

 

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NCAA Week 13 BCS Top 25 Standings

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NCAA College Football Top 25 standings

 

With 12 full weeks of College Football in the books, here is the latest BCS Top 25 rankings going into week 13. The top 10 for the most part remains about the same with the exception of teams moving up and previous No. 4 Stanford falling five spots to No. 9 with their loss to USC on Saturday night and Oklahoma State earning a top 10 spot.

Three new teams… USC, Ole Miss and Minnesota enter the Top 25 as the college football season begins to wind down and teams continue to jockey for a BCS major bowl-bid which is granted to the top 16 teams.

 

Ranking, team, points and previous ranking in parentheses will be displayed for you.

 

 

1 Alabama (10-0) .9914 (1)

2 Florida St. (10-0) .9661 (2)

3 Ohio St. (10-0) .8869 (3)

4 Baylor (9-0) .8856 (5)

5 Oregon (9-1) .7917 (6)

6 Auburn (10-1) 7860 (7)

7 Clemson (9-1) .7681 (8)

8 Missouri (9-1) .7231 (9)

9 Stanford (8-2) .6238 (4)

10 Oklahoma St. (9-1) .5890 (12)

11 South Carolina (8-2) .5883 (10)

12 Texas A&M (8-2) .5394 (11)

13 Michigan St. (9-1) .4646 (16)

14 UCLA (8-2) .4615 (13)

15 Fresno St. (9-0) .4134 (14)

16 N Illinois (10-0) .3729 (15)

17 Arizona St. (8-2) .3414 (19)

18 UCF (8-1) .3033 (17)

19 Wisconsin (8-2) .2907 (22)

20 Oklahoma (8-2) .2760 (18)

21 Louisville (9-1) .2664 (20)

22 LSU (7-3) .2645 (21)

23 USC (8-3) .1070 (NR)

24 Ole Miss (7-3) .1048 (NR)

25 Minnesota (8-2) .0604 (NR)

 

In the following days I will have Week 13’s Top 25 schedule with the latest lines spread.

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NCAA College Football Week 12 – BCS Top 25 Recap

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NCAA Football Top 25 BCS

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.

 

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NCAA College Football Week 12 Game Recap- #15 NIU Remains Undefeated

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NCAA Recap NIU vs Ball st game

 

Ball State Cardinals (9-2- 27

#15 NIU Huskies (10-0)- 48

 

Line: NIU -9.0

Over/Under: 73

 

The No. 15 Northern Illinois Huskies (10-0, 6-0 MAC) have matched their best mark in a season since the 1963 team as they continued the nation’s longest active home winning streak to 25 and ran their conference unbeaten streak to 23 in a 48-27 victory over the Ball State Cardinals on Wednesday night.

 

Huskies dual-threat quarterback Jordan Lynch had a big night going 26 of 32 for 345 yards and ran for another 123 yards on 20 carries as NIU pulled away late to keep their chances alive for a second-straight BCS major-bowl appearance.

 

NIU played in the Orange Bowl last year and must finish ahead of undefeated #14 Fresno State in the BCS rankings to have a shot again.

 

It was a closely fought game until the Huskies took the lead with 5:49 left, followed by a 16-yard touchdown run by Lynch and defensive end Joe Windsor added a 49-yard interception return with 46 seconds left in garbage time.

 

Ball State’s (9-2, 6-2) undefeated streak of seven games and 11-game Mid-American Conference run came to an end on Wednesday night.

 

As expected, both teams lit it up early and often and in the first half, the teams combined for three scores in the final 1:28 of the first half where Ball State took a 24-20 halftime lead.

 

But the second half was a different story as NIU outscored the Cardinals 28-23 to keep their undefeated season alive.

 

Ball State’s quarterback Keith Wenning had his usual big game going 35 of 49 for 324 yards for one touchdown, but one interception and running back Jahwan Edwards ran for 156 yards and one score but it wasn’t enough to keep pace with a good NIU team.

 

The Huskies will try to keep their undefeated season alive as they play again next Wednesday night at Toledo.

 

 

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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NCAA Prediction College Football Week 12 Game Preview/Pick

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Free picks and prediction for week 12 of the NCAA college football games

 

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

 

Line: UCLA -2.5

Over/Under: 60.5

 

On Friday night in a prime-time showdown, No. 13 UCLA will try to keep their PAC 12 South title hopes alive, as well as stay in contention for a BCS major bowl bid as they take on the Washington Huskies at the Rose Bowl.

 

With Bruins starting running back Jordan James still hobbled by a nagging ankle injury that has kept him out three games already, we may get to see once again Bruins’ freshman linebacker Myles Jack line up in the UCLA backfield.

 

Jack (just 18 years old) was heavily recruited as a running back but wanted the chance to play linebacker for the Bruins and has become solid at his position on the defensive side of the ball.

 

Last Saturday night he finished with eight tackles—one for loss, two pass break-ups and a fumble recovery, however it’s what he did when given the football that made heads turn.

 

UCLA coach Jim Mora in need of some offensive spark from the Bruins’ running back inserted Jack into the offensive scheme and he responded by running for 120 yards on just six carries.

 

Jack’s 66-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference in the Bruins 31-26 win over Arizona.

 

It worked, but there’s a saturation point, Mora said. “Everyone is going to want to see this and think it’s great, but what they forget is coaches are now prepared for it and they’re going to have an answer.”

 

Meaning of course, how many snaps Jack is involved with on Friday night is unclear.

 

It depends on the situation,” said Mora who’s Bruins team will be facing a Washington defense that has had no answer against the running game in their last four contests giving up an average of 209.5 yards rushing per game.

 

We’re not going to do something just to gimmick. Its got to have merit.” Mora also said.

 

If that wasn’t enough to worry about for the Huskies, they will also have to contend with way to slow down sophomore quarterback Brett Hundley who has bounced back in his last two games by completing 37 of 49 for 500 yards and four touchdowns. Against Oregon on October 26, he threw for a career-low 64 yards in their 42-14 loss.

 

The Bruins (7-2, 4-2 Pac 12) hope to continue their home dominance over the Huskies where they have won their last seven series meetings with them by an average of 13.9 points as they sit one game back of No. 21 Arizona State in the Pac 12 South for the division lead.

 

The two teams haven’t met since the Huskies’ 24-7 victory in Seattle since November 18, 2010.

 

Oddsmakers are expecting a close game making the Bruins a slight favorite (minus) -2.5 over the Huskies, but be sure to check the latest betting lines here at Wonder Punter up until game time.

 

The Huskies after a strong start to begin the season will bring a strong running game of their own powered by Bishop Sankey who is third in the nation with 145.0 yards per game.

 

Washington… once ranked in the top 25 lost three straight games to then No. 5 Stanford, No. 2 Oregon and Arizona State, but have won their last two over weaker California and Colorado.

 

Washington quarterback Keith Price will be seeking his third straight 300-yard game but will have to face a corps of Bruin linebackers regarded as one of the country’s best in the likes of…. Jack, Anthony Barr, Eric Kendricks and Jordan Zumwalt.

 

It’ll be a good game,” said Mora. “It’ll be exciting. They’re a good football team and there’s a lot at stake. It’ll be a fun environment in the Rose Bowl.”

 

Washington coach Steve Sarkisian agrees… “It’s going to be a hard-fought ballgame. That’s a good football team at UCLA. It won’t be an easy environment to play in on Friday night.”

 

I also expect a great game between the two schools, but with they way the Bruins play at the Rose Bowl allowing only 16.5 points this season, I predict a Bruins win.

 

PICK: UCLA

 

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NCAA College Football Pick – Georgia Tech vs. #8 Clemson

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NCAA Prediction College Football Week 12 Thursday Game Preview & Pick- Georgia Tech vs. #8 Clemson

 

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-3) @ Clemson Tigers (8-1) 11/14- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: CLEM -10.5

Over/Under: 57.5

 

On Thursday night, the No. 8 Clemson Tigers, coming off their bye-week will look to stay on track in the BCS race against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in another Atlantic Coast Conference match-up on prime-time here is my prediction and pick for this game.

 

The Clemson Tigers (8-1, 6-1 ACC) hope to pick up where they left off before their week off when they defeated Virginia in a rout 59-10 on Nov. 2nd and have won their last two since their week 8 loss to No. 2 Florida State.

 

The guys deserve all the credit because they have gotten themselves ready and found ways to win games,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. “This is the most complete game that we had. This team will be judged based on how we finish, but we had a good start to November.”

 

Clemson wide-out Sammy Watkins has been on fire the last two games with 22 catches for 332 yards in the last two games making quarterback Tajh Boyd’s job look easy.

 

When you have a guy like him with space, he’s going to have an opportunity to make plays,” Boyd said of Watkins. “Sammy did an unbelievable job. You kind of just got to throw your arm up and he will have a chance to get the ball.”

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The combination of Boyd and Watkins has helped the Tigers average 39.8 points a game to rank 15th in the FBS and in their last two games have out-gained Maryland and Virginia 1,150-641 in total offense.

 

That’s what we plan on doing, keep finishing and staying healthy,” Watkins said. “We need to go out with a bang and have fun. This is what it is all about here in November. You got to show everyone that you’re a top 10 team now and not just in September.”

 

With the way the Tigers have been playing since their lone defeat to Florida State, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson knows he will have his hands full with Clemson.

 

It’s certainly going to be a big challenge on Thursday night,” said Johnson. “Clemson is a tough place to play and they’ve got a lot of explosive athletes. .. We look at it as an opportunity to go in and measure ourselves as a team and see if we’ve made the progress we feel we’ve made in the past couple of weeks.”

 

The Tigers may be going in as the favorite with a (minus) -10.5 at home, but Georgia Tech has some offensive fire-power of their own with a bruising running game that averages 311.2 yards out of the triple option.

 

They also have a defense that allows only 103.4 rushing yards against… good for 10th in all of college football.

 

The Yellow Jackets (6-3, 5-2 ACC) with a win on Thursday can clinch at least a share of the Coastal Division title but it hasn’t been easy as Georgia Tech has followed a three-game losing streak with three straight wins, outscoring opponents 112-35 in that span.

 

We’re a team that’s fairly physical. We run the ball pretty good an defend the run pretty good,” Johnson said. “When we do the things that we do well and take care of the ball, we could be a tough out.”

 

Thursday night’s game will be well played, but the spread dictates the failures of Georgia Tech to beat a Top 25 team, where they have lost seven in a row and the Tigers have beaten unranked opponents 26 consecutive times at home by an average of 23.6 points.

 

It seems like a safe bet on Clemson come Thursday night, but feel free to check the latest lines here at Wonder Punter up until game time.

 

PICK: Clemson

 

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NCAA College Football Week 12- BCS Top 25 Rankings

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Here is the latest BCS Top 25 rankings for Week 12 of College Football as teams continue to battle for a BCS major-bowl bid. The Top 25 with record, earned points and last weeks rankings will be displayed. Both Alabama and Florida State remain on par for a showdown while the biggest jump to get into a BCS bowl bid is UCLA jumping six spots from 19 to 13 and the biggest drops being Oregon 2 to 6, Miami (FL) 11 to 23, and LSU 13 to 21 following their losses over the weekend. Notre Dame and Texas Tech both fell out the BCS standings.

 

 

Record PTS LW

1 Alabama 9-0 .9958 1

2 Florida State 9-0 .9619 3

3 Ohio State 9-0 .8926 4

4 Stanford 8-1 .8689 5

5 Baylor 8-0 .8618 6

6 Oregon 8-1 .7665 2

7 Auburn 9-1 .7206 9

8 Clemson 8-1 .7200 7

9 Missouri 8-1 .7118 8

10 South Carolina 7-2 .5584 12

11 Texas A&M 8-2 .5473 15

12 Oklahoma State 8-1 .4671 14

13 UCLA 7-2 .4548 19

14 Fresno State 9-0 .4317 16

15 N Illinois 9-0 .3505 18

16 Michigan State 8-1 .3417 17

17 UCF 7-1 .3411 21

18 Oklahoma 7-2 .2926 10

19 Arizona State 7-2 .2833 22

20 Louisville 8-1 .2806 20

21 LSU 7-3 .2757 13

22 Wisconsin 7-2 .2612 24

23 Miami (FL) 7-2 .1471 11

24 Texas 7-2 .1092 NR

25 Georgia 6-3 .0857 NR

 

 

 

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NCAA College Football BCS Top 25 Roundup- Week 11 Scores and Upsets

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Here is College Football’s BCS Top 25 scores and recaps from this weekends action.

 

#1 Alabama Crimson Tide (9-0)- 38

#13 LSU Tigers (7-3)- 17

 

No. 21 Alabama scores the final 21 points to roll over No. 13 LSU and maintain its No. 1 ranking.

 

#2 Florida State Seminoles (9-0)- 59

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-6)- 3

 

Florida State’s defense picks off six interceptions as they clinch the top spot in the ACC championship game.

 

#3 Oregon Ducks (8-1)- 20

#5 Stanford Cardinal (8-1)- 26

 

Oregon’s BCS championship dreams are ended for the second straight year by the Stanford Cardinal.

 

#10 Oklahoma Sooners (7-2)- 12

#6 Baylor Bears (8-0)- 41

 

No. 6 Baylor dominates the Sooners at home and extends their winning streak to 12 games.

 

#8 Missouri Tigers (9-1)- 48

Kentucky Wildcats (2-7)- 17

 

Freshman Maty Mauk throws five touchdown passes for Missouri to lead a blowout win over Kentucky on the road.

 

#9 Auburn Tigers (9-1)- 55

Tennessee Volunteers (4-6)- 23

 

Auburn QB Nick Marshall rushes for 214 yards and two touchdowns as the Tigers crush the Vols.

 

Virginia Tech Hokies (7-3)- 42

#11 Miami-FL (7-2)- 24

 

No. 11 Miami has now dropped two straight after being a BCS Top 10 team. Bad home loss.

 

Kansas Jayhawks (2-7)- 6

#14 Oklahoma State Cowboys (8-1)- 42

 

No. 14 Oklahoma State puts a home game beat down on the Jayhawks.

 

Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-5)- 41

#15 Texas A&M Aggies (8-2)- 51

 

Johnny Manziel throws for 446 yards and five touchdown passes in what may be his final home game.

 

#16 Fresno State Bulldogs (9-0)- 48

Wyoming Cowboys (4-5)- 10

 

No. 16 Bulldogs remain undefeated to stay alive in the BCS bowl picture as they romp over the Cowboys on the road.

 

#19 UCLA Bruins (7-2)- 31

Arizona Wildcats (6-3)- 26

 

Freshman LB/RB Myles Jack rushes for 120 yards on just six carries as UCLA wins in Arizona for the first time since 2003.

 

#20 Louisville Cardinals (8-1)- 31

Connecticut Huskies (0-8)- 10

 

Louisville avenges last year’s triple-overtime loss to Connecticut.

 

Houston Cougars (7-2)- 14

#21 UCF Knights (7-1)- 19

 

UCF hangs on to win a close win at home.

 

#22 Arizona State Sun Devils (7-2)- 20

Utah Utes (4-5)- 19

 

No. 22 ASU comes from behind in the fourth quarter to win a tough road game in Salt Lake City.

 

#23 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-3)- 21

Pittsburgh Panthers (5-4)- 28

 

Pittsburgh avenges last year’s heartbreaking loss at ND with a big upset at home.

 

Brigham Young Cougars (6-3)- 17

#24 Wisconsin Badgers (7-2)- 27

 

The Badgers defense does enough at home to hold-off a fast-paced BYU offense.

 

Kansas State Wildcats (5-4)- 49

#25 Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-3)- 26

 

After starting 7-0, the Red Raiders have now dropped three in a row, this time getting embarrassed at home by KSU.

 

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

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NCAA College Football Game Preview/Pick- #19 UCLA vs. Arizona

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Free NCAA Pick and Prediction for week 11 game UCLA vs Arizona

 

#19 UCLA Bruins (6-2) @ Arizona Wildcats (6-2) 11/09- 10:00PM EST

 

Line: UCLA -1.0

Over/Under: 56.0

 

The No. 19 ranked UCLA Bruins will look to stay on track after last week’s win at home against Colorado (45-23) following back-to-back losses against No. 5 Stanford and No. 3 Oregon and end their four-game losing streak in Tucson against the (6-2, 3-2 Pac 12) Arizona Wildcats on Saturday night.

 

The challenge this week will be to find a way to stop the nation’s leading rusher Ka’Deem Carey who leads the FBS in rushing this season with 153.1 yards per game. In his last 11 games, Carey has rushed for 1,986 yards with 20 touchdowns.

 

Carey is expected to hit his average again on Saturday night as the Bruins rank eighth in the Pac 12, allowing 167.6 rushing yards per game.

 

In last year’s meeting at the Rose Bowl, the Bruins blew-out the Wildcats 66-10 racking up 611 yards of offense on 36 first downs on an Arizona team ranked 24th going in.

 

It’s painful to watch but we have to,” Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said. ‘We didn’t play well, and they played well so it was a very poor performance on our part in all three phases. We have to watch it to learn what we need to get better at and how they may attack us.”

 

Last year’s game also marked the last time Carey failed to rush for 100 yards gaining only 54 yards on 16 carries.

 

UCLA coach Jim Mora however, doesn’t put too much stock on the defensive performance his Bruins put on Carey last season because of the early lead of the Bruins, 21-0.

 

I think they probably had to throw it more than they probably wanted to,” Mora said. “You don’t necessarily bottle up Ka’Dem Carey. You try to limit his explosive plays against you.— You don’t just don’t stop those guys. It’s going to be a great test for us.”

 

Bruin linebacker Eric Kendricks (shoulder) will be back in action to help the defense try to contain Carey as he leads the team with 65 tackles.

 

Despite the Bruins having lost on their last four visits to Arizona and having lost the last two road games this year, the oddsmakers have the Bruins (6-2, 3-2) as the favorites with a (minus) -1.0 come Saturday night.

 

Against Colorado last week, UCLA was able to find its offense again recording 412 yards after totaling only 549 yards with 24 points in the previous two games.

 

It’s a relief, but our confidence was never lost,” said UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley. “Obviously, I know and we know that we can still get the job done. I feel like this team can really respond well, no matter what we go through.”

 

If they Bruins can play like they are capable of playing, I like their chances of snapping their losing streak in Tucson where they have not won since Oct. 11, 2003 by a 24-21 score.

 

The Bruins have played exceptionally well at home outscoring opponents 199-66, compared to a 114-99 margin on the road, so the Bruins will need an all-around effort Saturday to pull out a victory.

 

The spread is too close for comfort for me to touch, but pick the Bruins as slight favorites. You can stay up to date on Wonder Punter for any changes in the betting lines leading up to game time Saturday night 10:00PM EST.

 

I expect this to be one of the better games on College Football Saturday.

 

PICK: UCLA 

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NCAA college football free Picks LSU vs Alabama 11th November

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#13 LSU Tigers (7-2)@ #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0) 11/09- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: ALA -12.5

Over/Under: 55.0

 

What else would we expect from the Southeastern Conference but another “must-see” game that may become another SEC “classic” between No.13 LSU as they travel into Tuscaloosa, AL to try to knock off No.1 Alabama in a Saturday night marquee match-up.

 

With the Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0) in the drivers seat once again in the BCS standings and favored for their third-straight consecutive national championship, the oddsmakers have them defeating the Tigers (7-2, 3-2) and staying ahead of the other four unbeaten teams as they continue to push forward for another BCS title shot in the Rose Bowl come January.

 

The Tide know all they have to do is take care of business and not worry about the other unbeaten teams.

 

Probably not, but I’m not thinking about everybody else,” said Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron. “I could care less about what their record is. It’s no disrespect to them. They’re all having great seasons, but we’re worried about us and what we need to do to take care of business.”

 

If Alabama can get past an LSU Tigers team, they won’t be challenged again until their final season-finale against No. 7 Auburn.

 

This is not the kind of game that anybody could not get excited about playing in,” Bama coach Nick Saban said.

 

The Tigers themselves could very well have been in championship talks if it not weren’t for a pair of three-point road losses to then-No. 9 Georgia and Mississippi.

 

I can tell you that our guys are in college football for these kind of games,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “We look forward to playing in them. It’s a great opportunity for all. Any time you line up against Alabama, there’s a rivalry. There’s national prestige.

 

I think the greatest compliment that we can pay an opponent is our best efforts, and certainly Alabama will get that.”

 

LSU has won two of the last three regular-season meetings and all three have been decided by four points or less.

 

Last years game won by the Tide 21-17 was decided by T.J. Yeldon’s 28 yard touchdown pass from McCarron with 51 seconds remaining.

 

Last year’s game hurt,” LSU defensive tackle Ego Ferguson said. “We played a great game until the last minute. Now, I’m just getting ready for this game. Every year we play, it’s a huge game, a rivalry game. Everybody is doubting us. I just want to prove them wrong. We play better when everybody’s against us.

 

This is a chance to showcase our talent. It’s like an Ali-Foreman fight every time we play. The intensity level is like no other game.”

 

The last few years both teams have played in some dramatic finishes.. last year’s game, and in 2011 the “Game of the Century” (1 versus 2) came down to kickers with LSU winning in overtime 9-6. In 2010, LSU won 24-21.

 

Great defense on both sides, people making plays left and right, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosely said.

 

This Saturday night, it’s all the line once more and a perfect performance may be needed to come out victorious.

 

Coach always tells u to go out and play our best game,” Alabama receiver Kevin Norwood said. “We don’t look for pretty good, we look for the best that we can play.”

 

Defensive battles have been the status quo between these two teams in recent years, but the betting lines tell a different story for this year’s game prediction which you can find up to the minute here at Wonder Punter.

 

Get ready for another great game!

 

PICK: Alabama

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NCAA College Football BCS Top 25 Preview/Picks

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With Week 11 of college football starting Thursday night, here is my picks along with the betting lines for each of the BCS Top 25 teams in action. Find your favorite game(s) and place your bets with us!

 

#1 Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0) vs. #13 LSU Tigers (7-2) 11/09- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: ALA -12.5

Over/Under: 55.0

 

Expect another classic SEC battle between two great football teams. May be closer then spread, but with the Tide at home, I like them to cover.

 

PICK: Alabama

 

#2 Florida State Seminoles (8-0) @ Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-5) 11/09- 12:00PM EST

 

Line: FSU -35.0

Over/Under: 54.5

 

With the way the Seminoles have been playing with Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston running the offense, the oddsmakers have them heavily favored to win easily on the road.

 

PICK: Florida State

 

#3 Oregon Ducks (8-0) @ #5 Stanford Cardinal (7-1) 11/07- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: ORE -10.5

Over/Under: 61.0

 

The oddsmakers have the Ducks favored big on the road against a tough Stanford defense. I’m comfortable with the Ducks covering the line but feel it may go under on the score.

 

PICK: Oregon

 

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

 

Line: BAY -14.5

Over/Under: 73.5

 

Wow 73.5 points on the over/under, Baylor can score but they haven’t been tested with a good defense yet that the Sooners bring in. Tough decision on total points. I like the spread better with Baylor to win.

 

PICK: BAYLOR

 

#8 Missouri Tigers (8-1) @ Kentucky Wildcats (2-6) 11/09- 12:00PM EST

 

Line: MIZZ -14.5

Over/Under: 56.5

 

I like the way Missouri plays on both sides of the ball and see no problem handling the Wildcats on the road to cover.

 

PICK: Missouri

 

#9 Auburn Tigers (8-1) @ Tennessee Volunteers (4-5) 11/09- 12:00PM EST

 

Line: AUB -7.5

Over/Under: 55.0

 

I have to agree on the spread with Auburn favored in a close one. Expect the Vols to play inspired football at home.

 

PICK: Auburn

 

#11 Miami-FL Hurricanes (7-1) vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (6-3) 11/09- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: MIA -6.5

Over/Under: 44.0

 

Can the Canes bounce back after last weeks beating at Florida State? Oddsmakers think so, but not as much being that they are at home.

 

PICK: Miami

 

#14 Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-1) vs. Kansas Jayhawks (2-6) 11/09- 4:00PM EST

 

Line: OKST -31.0

Over/Under: 53.5

 

Big road win last week and it will be a big home win this week… look for the Cowboys to roll over the Jayhawks and cover on all fronts.

 

PICK: Oklahoma State

 

#15 Texas A&M Aggies (7-2) vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-4) 11/09- 3:30PM EST

 

Line: TA&M -19.5

Over/Under: 66.5

 

Johnny Manziel to light it up on the Bulldogs. Safe bet on the spread.

 

PICK: Texas A&M

 

#16 Fresno State Bulldogs (8-0) @ Wyoming Cowboys (4-4) 11/09- 12:15PM EST

 

Line: FRES -9.5

Over/Under: 79.0

 

The O/U at 79.0 is so-so for my taste…. points will be scored but I feel more comfortable with the spread.

 

PICK: Fresno State

 

#19 UCLA Bruins (6-2) @ Arizona Wildcats (6-2) 11/09- 10:00PM EST

 

Line: UCLA -1.0

Over/Under: 56.0

 

This is a tough one to call for me… I like the Bruins all around, but at only with a (minus) -1.0 favorite on the road… I would tempted to bet the points better on the over.

 

PICK: UCLA

 

#20 Louisville Cardinals (7-1) @ Connecticut Huskies (0-7) 11/08- 8:30PM EST

 

Line: LOU -27.5

Over/Under: 49.0

 

Louisville is a still a solid football team on both sides of the ball… Cardinals to cover on all betting lines.

 

PICK: Louisville

 

#21 Central Florida Knights (6-1) vs. Houston Cougars (7-1) 11/09- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: UCF -11.0

Over/Under: 64.5

 

Both teams can score, I like the over on 64.5.

 

#22 Arizona State Sun Devils (6-2) @ Utah Utes (4-4) 11/09- 4:00PM EST

 

Line: ASU -7.0

Over/Under: 64.0

 

Even though the Sun Devils go into Utah as the favorites, the Utes are a different team at home. It’s a toss-up for me on this one.

 

PICK: Pick-Em

 

#23 Notre Dame (7-2) @ Pittsburgh Panthers (4-4) 11/09- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: ND -4.0

Over/Under: 51.0

 

 

The Panthers will be ready for this one at home… I see a possible upset. I like the Panthers and the points.

 

PICK: Pittsburgh

 

#24 Wisconsin Badgers (6-2) vs. Brigham Young Cougars (6-2) 11/09- 3:30PM EST

 

Line: WIS -7.5

Over/Under: 55.5

 

Because it’s a Badger home game… Wisconsin to cover the (minus) -7.5

 

PICK: Wisconsin

 

#25 Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-2) vs. Kansas State Wildcats (4-4) 11/09- 12:00PM EST

 

Line: TTU -3.0

Over/Under: 60.0

 

KSU is having a down year, are on the road against a high-powered offense in Texas Tech who have lost two in a row and looking to take it out on somebody… but yet the oddsmakers have them only favored at a (minus) -3?? Give the points to KSU and take the Red Raiders.

 

PICK: Texas Tech

 

Be sure to get your picks in early to guarantee the best odds and Good Luck!

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NCAA College Football Picks Friday Game Preview & Prediction- #20 Louisville vs. Connecticut

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#20 Louisville Cardinals (7-1) @ Connecticut Huskies (0-7) 11/08- 8:30PM EST

 

Line: LOU -28.0

Over/Under: 49.0

 

With No. 20 Louisville coming off their second bye week and going into Friday nights game against the winless Connecticut Huskies (0-7, 0-3 AAC), the one main thing that’s been on their minds is finishing games.

 

Louisville (7-1, 3-1 American Athletic Conference) with their second-ranked defense in the country look to play a complete game and get back into the BCS bowl picture by staying aggressive the entire game.

 

Cardinals coach Charlie Strong says, “We haven’t played a complete game yet.”

 

It was October 18 when the Louisville Cardinals suffered a heartbreaking loss at the hands of UCF squandering a 21-point lead with less then eight minutes to go and losing 38-35 that knocked them out of any talks for a possible BCS championship game.

 

The following week the Cardinals rebounded by shutting down South Florida 34-3.

 

Louisville defensive coordinator Vance Bedford says shaking off that loss was difficult.

 

We dragged around for about three or four days after that loss,” he said. “What we told them is this: ‘Don’t let that game beat you twice. Let’s get back to who we are’… They were back to having fun.”

 

With the betting lines making the Cardinals 28-points favorites, it’s a safe bet with their dominating defense that allows only 244.5 yards per game to win easily and cover the spread. They also rank second in scoring giving up an average of 10.6 points, right behind top-ranked Alabama (9.8).

 

We really needed that one,” said Cardinal defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin. “I know there’s a lot of people out there saying that we didn’t play up to our ability against UCF. We had to put our statement back out there, basically saying we needed to beat USF to get back on track.”

 

Despite the resurgent defense of the Cardinals, Mauldin believes there is room for improvement with Cardinals struggling in the sack department the last two games.

 

When the ball is in the air, I want them to have the attitude that the ball is our ball,” said Bedford. “I need more guys to feel that way… When we get that mindset, I’ll be ready to say I’m excited.”

 

For the Connecticut Huskies, they come in with loads of problems on the offensive of the ball…. Last in the ACC in rushing offense (76.3) and second-to-last in total offense (293.3) and scoring offense (16.4).

 

With their last loss of 62-17 at UCF, they have now loss eight in a row dating back to last season.

 

It’s hard to say we’re deficient. We got some weapons. I’m not going to say it’s a lack of talent,” Huskies interim coach T.J. Weiss said. “We’d like more depth, more explosiveness in certain areas, but we have talent. We’ve got to keep pushing to find answers.”

 

Louisville will be looking for revenge as UConn beat the Cardinals last year 23-20 in three overtimes, which was their last victory.

 

Last year’s game doesn’t mean anything because it’s last year,” Weist said. “It’s nice that they won, but that wasn’t this year. It sure gives you confidence, but it’s going to be a whole new game Friday night.

 

Any big game you go into, it comes down to momentum and making plays. We have to make catches and make throws and put it all together during drives. We’ve looked at last year’s film, but we’re not focusing on it. We’re starting over this Friday night.”

 

With a spread of Louisville -28.0 and over/under of 49.0, it’s a safe bet with the Cardinals offensive power and defensive dominance that they will cover all betting lines.

 

Look for another impressive performance from Teddy Bridegwater and the Louisville Cardinals on Friday night.

 

PICK: Louisville Cardinals

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NCAA Pick College Football 7th Nov Game Prediction – #3 Oregon vs. #5 Stanford

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NCAA College football preview for Thursday 7th November Oregon vs Stanford Prediction

 

#3 Oregon Ducks (8-0) @ #5 Stanford Cardinal (7-1) 11/07- 11:00PM EST

 

Line: ORE -10.0

Over/Under: 61.0

 

Get ready for another classic Pac 12 battle this Thursday night as No. 3 Oregon Ducks look to take their high-flying act into Stanford Stadium as it seeks revenge from last year’s loss against the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal for sole possession in the Pac 12 North division.

 

With the betting line making the Cardinal 10-point underdogs… oddsmakers are betting the Cardinal defense will have no way to slow down Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and his offensive machine as they look to remain unbeaten (8-0, 5-0 Pac 12) and in the BCS Championship hunt.

 

Heisman Trophy candidate Marcus Mariota has thrown up some incredible numbers this year so far… 2,281 yards and 20 touchdowns and has ran for 587 yards and nine touchdowns, 64.0 percent completions with no interceptions. His last INT was against the Cardinal last year.

 

I though last year he was the best quarterback in the nation, and I feel the same way this year,” Shaw said. “I don’t care about stats. Stats don’t mean anything. You watch the film, you see a kid that makes every throw. Every throw is accurate. Twenty touchdowns and no interceptions? Every ball is perfect, every ball is in stride, every ball there’s no wobble on it. Everything’s pretty.

 

As a former receiver, you always appreciate that, a guy that just throws a pretty ball. And then when nobody’s open, he just takes off and outruns everybody. You’re designing a quarterback, that’s what you want.”

 

However, the same was said last year and the Cardinal (7-1, 5-1) marched into Eugene and upset the Ducks 17-14 in overtime to oust then No. 1 Oregon and any hopes for a national title.

 

If our guys use last year as a motivational factor to practice harder… we’ll take it,” Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said. “Any external motivation that was used to prepare, great.”

 

The Cardinal defense has risen to the challenge to stop two great quarterbacks and their offense already this season… UCLA’s Brett Hundley (10 points) and Oregon States’ Sean Mannion (12 points) in back-to-back games.

 

One key to Stanford’s success has been forcing miscues where they are ranked second in all of football with 33 straight turnovers.

 

Do they have one more stop in them with Mariota?

 

He’s a great player. He’s going to make some plays. But we can’t just let him take the ball, read what we are doing,” said Cardinal linebacker A.J. Tarpley. “We want to try and mix it up a little bit, whether that’s attacking him, try to show something that looks like something but it’s actually something else. We’ll mix it up. We don’t want them to get in their rhythm. Because once they do that, you can’t stop them.”

 

Last year, for the most part Mariota was ineffective against the Cardinal defense.

 

I think a lot of times we were hesitating a little bit and we were unsure of some of the fronts we were seeing,” Mariota said. “That’s the stuff we’re really going to have to clean up.”

 

I look for a much better performance all around from the Ducks this year and even though it’s a tough road game, I feel they can cover the spread and beat the Stanford Cardinal.

 

PICK: Oregon 

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

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NCAA Football prediction Thursday Game Preview & Prediction Week 11 Pick

 

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

 

Line: BAY -14.5

Over/Under: 74.0

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

PICK: Baylor

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NCAA College Football 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 College Football Recap- #18 Cowboys Too Much for #15 Red Raiders

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#18 Oklahoma State Cowboys- 52

#15 Texas Tech Red Raiders- 34

 

The 18th ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys marched into Lubbock on Saturday night and sent a message to No. 15 Texas Tech early and often that they were the team to beat as they blew out the Red Raiders in their own backyard 52-34.

 

With the win, Okalahoma State (7-1, 4-1) stays in the Big 12 title hunt while handing the Red Raiders (7-2, 4-2) their second straight loss in the Big 12.

 

Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb had a big game going 45 for 71 for 425 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Red Raiders had no answer for stopping the Cowboys who built an early 21-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.

 

The Red Raiders out gained the Cowboys in total yards 549 to 492, but two costly turnovers led to two touchdowns for the Cowboys who used a balanced attack (211 passing and 281 rushing) to put the Red Raiders away.

 

Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf threw for a season-high 211 yards in the air on 18-for-34 and ran for two more touchdowns.

 

After Texas Tech came roaring back to make it a 28-24 game at halftime, the Cowboys came out firing again in the third quarter out scoring the Red Raiders 21-7 to stop any shift in momentum going into the fourth quarter leading 48-31.

 

Texas Tech entered the game tied for ninth worst in the nation with 19 turnovers, including 7 interceptions by Webb.

 

It was the fifth straight win for the Cowboys over Texas Tech and have beaten the Red Raiders three straight in Lubbock.

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NCAA College Football Game Recap- #22 Michigan St. Whips #21 Michigan

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#21 Michigan- 6

#22 Michigan St.- 29

 

Saturdays game between No. 21 Michigan Wolverines and No. 22 Michigan State Spartans was to be a battle between two rivals, instead became a laugher as the Spartans battered the Wolverines for a full 60 minutes and showed their defensive might in a 29-6 blowout and put the Spartans (8-1, 5-0 Big 12) in the drivers seat for a Legends Division championship.

 

Spartan coach Mike Dantonio took a calm approach leading up to this weeks big game.

 

Don’t worry about all the things that are being said—just keep your mouth shut,” Dantonio said. “Get ready to play, start the game and finish stronger than when you started. We are going to let the lion out of the cage at 3:30, and that’s what happened.”

 

Michigan State dominated the Wolverines sacking the quarterback seven times and held Michigan to a whopping minus -48 yards rushing… their worst rushing performance in school history. Minus -41 of it in the first half.

 

Two years ago was nothing,” Michigan State linebacker Denicos Allen said. “it was a lot worse today, and I think they felt it.”

 

Today’s loss by Michigan (6-2, 2-2 Big 12) was their biggest to their division rival since 1967 and the Spartans have now won five of the last six meetings.

 

We’re going to bully people—that’s the game of football,” Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi said. “We didn’t want any personal fouls—we had one stupid one, I think on special teams at the end—we talked really about not getting any penalties. … They’ve got a good football team, but we’ve got a great football team.”

 

Michigan State is ranked No. 1 in all of college football in total defense, and they showed why on Saturday taking it to the Wolverines from beginning to end.

 

A lot of negative yardage plays. There were some pretty good runs once in a while, but when you snap the ball for a 20-yard loss and get sacked I don’t know how many times, your yardage part of it isn’t very good,” Michigan coach Brady Hoke said. “You put yourself behind the 8-ball, not executing and then you’re forced into doing things you don’t want to do.”

 

Saturday was all about the Spartans defense and with it, Michigan has now lost 10 straight road games against ranked opponents—the last victory was 2006 at Notre Dame.

By Mario Martinez

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NCAA College Football BCS Top 25 Preview & Free Picks Week 10

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Here is a look at the BCS Top 25 schools in action this week with my Free PICKS:

 

#3 Florida State (7-0) vs. #7 Miami (7-0) 11/02- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: FSU -22.5

Over/Under: 61.5

PICK: Florida State

 

#4 Ohio State (8-0) @ Purdue (1-6) 11/02- 12:00PM EST

 

Line: OSU -32.0

Over/Under: 56.5

PICK: Ohio State

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#8 Clemson (7-1) @ Virginia (2-6) 11/02- 3:30PM EST

 

Line: CLEM -17.5

Over/Under: 54.5

PICK: Clemson

 

#9 Missouri (7-1) vs. Tennessee (4-4) 11/02- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: MIZZ -10.5

Over/Under: 55.0

PICK: Missouri

 

#11 Auburn (7-1) @ Arkansas (3-5) 11/02- 6:00PM EST

 

Line: AUB -7.5

Over/Under: 54.5

PICK: Auburn

 

#12 Texas A&M (6-2) vs. UTEP (1-6) 11/02- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: T&AM -47.0

Over/Under: 76.0

PICK: Texas A&M

 

#14 South Carolina (6-2) vs. Mississippi State (4-3) 11/02- 12:21PM EST

 

Line: SCAR -12.0

Over/Under: 52.0

PICK: South Carolina

 

#15 Texas Tech (7-1) vs. #18 Oklahoma State (6-1) 11/02- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: TTU -1.5

Over/Under: 66.5

PICK: Texas Tech

 

#16 Fresno State (7-0) vs. Nevada (3-5) 11/02- 10:30PM EST

 

Line: FRES -20.5

Over/Under: 73.5

PICK: Fresno State

 

#17 Northern Illinois (8-0) @ UMass. (1-7) 11/02- 12:00PM EST

 

Line: NIU -25.0

Over/Under: 58.5

PICK: Northern Illinois

 

#20 UCLA (5-2) vs. Colorado (3-4) 11/02- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: UCLA -28.0

Over/Under: 58.0

PICK: UCLA

 

#21 Michigan (6-1) @ #22 Michigan State (7-1) 11/02- 3:30PM EST

 

Line: MSU -5.0

Over/Under: 46.0

PICK: Michigan State

 

#24 Wisconsin (5-2) @ Iowa (5-3) 11/02- 12:00PM EST

 

Line: WIS -9.5

Over/Under: 48.5

PICK: Wisconsin

 

#25 Notre Dame (6-2) vs. Navy (4-3) 11/02- 3:30PM EST

 

Line: ND -15.0

Over/Under: 49.0

PICK: Notre Dame

 

Good luck with your teams and your Free NCAA picks for week 10.

By Mario Martinez – WonderPunter

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