NCAA Prediction Bowl Game Preview/Pick- #1 Florida State vs. #2 Auburn

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#1 Florida State Seminoles (13-0, 8-0 ACC) vs. #2 Auburn Tigers (12-1, 7-1 SEC) Monday, January 6, 2014, 8:30 pm


Rose Bowl- Pasadena, CA


Line: FSU -9.0

Over/Under: 67.0


On Monday night in Pasadena, the 16 years of existence for the Bowl Championship Series will come to an end as college football will go to a playoff system starting next season, but the series finale for all intent and purpose looks like a great matchup with No. 1 Florida State battling No. 2 Auburn for this year’s BCS championship.


Unbeaten Florida State (13-0) will also be playing for a perfect season, led by freshman Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston as he leads his team against the Auburn Tigers (12-1), who look like a team of destiny with their unbelievable wins this year.


Throughout the years of its existence, the BCS system has come under fire if indeed the two best teams in America were playing for it all, and while often times they did get it right, it wasn’t enough to continue as next year a four-team playoff system will take its place.


We all complain about the BCS, but isn’t it funny how often they get it right,” fourth year Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said.


This year I believe they got it right as the Seminoles have rolled over all their opponents in their way, winning by an average of at least 27 points, except for one game while outscoring their foes 53.0-10.7 points per game.


Florida State claims the top defense in regards to points allowed and against the four ranked opponents it faced this year, they outscored them 200-35 and will be in search of their first BCS title since winning the 1999 Sugar Bowl.


Freshman sensation Jameis Winston not only won the Heisman in a runaway but also took home the Walter Camp player of the year award and Davey O’Brian Award has the nation’s top quarterback. Winston lead his Seminoles to a 45-7 win in the ACC title game over then-No. 20 Duke by passing for 330 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 59 more and a score.


We wanted to win this championship so bad, Winston said after the game. “We were looking forward to having an undefeated season.”


But, to keep that perfect season in tact they will need to beat an Auburn team that found its way to Pasadena with two big thrilling plays that defined their season.


The first was a last-minute ‘Hail Mary’ 73-yard pass from quarterback Nick Marshall that deflected into the hands of Ricardo Louis to give them a 43-38 victory over Georgia. The second came in the ‘Iron Bowl’ against then-No. 1 Alabama when Chris Davis returned a missed field goal 100 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the game to give the Tigers a 34-28 win.


We are a team of destiny,” Davis said then. “We won’t take no for an answer.”


Auburn pounded the Missouri Tigers in the SEC Championship game 59-42 the following weekend and coupled with then-unbeaten Ohio State losing, it the sent the Tigers to Pasadena.


The 2012 Auburn season was a disaster as they went 3-9 and didn’t win a conference game in the SEC, but will now have an opportunity to give the SEC its seventh straight BCS title.


We feel we’re the best team in college football,” Auburn running back and Heisman finalist Tre Mason said. “We’ve got to continue to prove it.”


However, unlike the other SEC teams that played in the BCS title game, the Tigers find themselves as an underdog as the oddsmakers are making the Seminoles a big (minus -9.0) point favorite, but get the latest spread on the game up until kickoff right here at Wonder Punter.


Winston’s numbers are off the chart as he threw for 3,810 yards, 38 touchdowns and 10 picks with a staggering 190.1 passer rating leading an offense that averages 529.4 yards per game against an Auburn defense that is ranked 88 in the nation allowing 423.5 yards per game.


The Tigers run a triple read-option, hurry up attack led by Marshall that allowed them to average 505.3 yards per game and 40.2 points per contest, so keeping pace with the Seminoles will be the difference, but with Florida State being the stronger team on both sides of the ball, I have to predict the Seminoles taking home college football’s biggest prize… the BCS Championship.


Auburn went 3-1 against four top-10 teams, winning their last three scoring an average of 46.0 points per game.


Do the Auburn Tigers have one more miracle in them to get it done?


You just have to embrace the moment,” Marshall said. “Just seize the moment of being in the championship game, period. It doesn’t come too often, so when you’re in it you just have to make the best of it.”


Prediction/Pick: Florida State

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

NCAA Prediction Sugar Bowl Preview/Pick- #11 Oklahoma vs. #3 Alabama

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NCAA prediction and Free Pick Sooners vs. Crimson tide Sugar Bowl 2014


#11 Oklahoma Sooners (10-2) vs. #3 Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1) 01/02- 8:30PM EST




Line: ALA -15.5

Over/Under: 51.5


Now that the No. 3 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide know that coach Nick Saban will not be leaving for the vacant Texas head coaching job, they can now focus their attention on the Oklahoma Sooners in this years Sugar Bowl on Thursday night.


Just how focus will they be remains to be seen though after a stunning last second loss to now No. 2 Auburn Tigers back in their regular-season finale, who will be playing in next weeks BCS National Championship at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.


It was that loss that prevented the Tide (11-1) from playing for a third-straight BCS national title and fourth in five years, but the good news is, Saban is staying at the University of Alabama and says he plans to retire in Tuscaloosa after agreeing to a contract extension back on December 13 that will pay him a reported $7 million a year.


There were talks around college football that Saban would leave to take the vacant Texas job, which is in the market for a high-profile coach following the resignation of Mack Brown.


I don’t have any more reactions to it. I think it’s kind of over so why do we want to talk about that?” Saban said.


While most programs consider their season a success playing in the Sugar Bowl, Alabama still has to be stinging from that bitter defeat back on Nov. 30 to Auburn in which they gave up 13 points in the final 32 seconds at Auburn which was capped off by Chris Davis 100-yard return on Adam Griffith’s missed 57-yard field goal attempt.


We’re fired up playing Oklahoma,” defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan said. “It’s not for a national championship or anything, but we’re going to go into it like it is.


We’re going to try to finish this season as strong as possible.”


The Crimson Tide do not want to let the Auburn loss affect their Sugar Bowl performance similar to the 2008 season when they were knocked out of the BCS title game and loss to Utah 31-17 in the Sugar Bowl.


(Saban told us) we shouldn’t let this loss bring us down to the point where we just keep hang-dogging and keep our heads down going into the game and lose (the Sugar Bowl), too,” left tackle Cyrus Kouandijo said.


Oklahoma (10-2) will be making their first trip back to the Sugar Bowl since 2004, when they lost to Saban’s LSU team that earned a split for the national title.


Alabama senior quarterback AJ McCarron will be playing in his final college game, won the Maxwell Award and finished as the Heisman Trophy runner-up this year to Jameis Winston.


McCarron threw for 20 touchdowns with just two interceptions after September.


I think AJ McCarron is the best player in the country, I really do,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops said Dec. 8. “If I had a vote, that’s who I’d vote for.”


And while McCarron has been solid calling the signals for the Tide, Oklahoma still has no idea who will be taking the snaps on Thursday night as quarterbacks Trevor Knight, Blake Bell and Kendal Thompson are all fighting for the starting job. Coach Stoops said his starter for the Sugar Bowl will be a “game-time decision.”


Knight began the season as the starter but got injured in the second game and Bell took over for the next seven games where he played well but not great. Bell then got hurt back in Nov. 16 and watched Knight led the team to victory at Kansas State 41-31.


All three QB’s saw playing time in a 33-24 victory at Oklahoma State that put the Sooners in the Sugar Bowl, but it was Bell who threw a touchdown pass to Jalen Saunders with 19 seconds left that provided the game winner.


I’m sure he’s extremely confident right now and he should be,” Oklahoma Sooner center Gabe Ikard said. “To come in and do that on the last drive was impressive and really made our season.”


Regardless of who Stoops appoints as the starter, they will have their hands full against a Crimson Tide defense that is ranked fifth in the nation overall and second-ranked in scoring defense with 11.3 points per game. They are also fifth against the pass with 166.3 yards per game and 11th versus the run with 108.3 yards per game.


It’s Alabama’s strong defense coupled with their offense that oddsmakers have made the Tide a huge (minus -15.5) point favorite, but get the latest odds up until kickoff right here at Wonder Punter.


Oklahoma lost last year in the Cotton Bowl 41-13 to Texas A&M to end their three-game bowl winning streak and will need to find an answer in containing the receiving corps of the Tide, which is led by sophomore standout Amari Cooper. Running back T.J. Yeldon ran for 1,163 yards and 13 touchdowns.


Too many weapons for Alabama on both sides of the ball and although I expect an exciting game, I predict the Crimson Tide taking this year’s Sugar Bowl.


We’re going to have to attack, just like we did before. It’s no mystery,” Sooners linebacker Eric Striker said. “Everyone know this is the best team, even though they did lose. Even though they lost. I don’t see it.


I think they are still on of the best teams. It is a great opportunity for us to show what we can do.”


Prediction/Pick: Alabama

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter


NCAA Prediction Rose Bowl Game Preview/Pick- #5 Stanford vs. #4 Michigan State


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#5 Stanford Cardinal (11-2) vs. #4 Michigan State Spartans (12-1) 01/01- 5:00PM EST


ROSE BOWL- Pasadena, CA


Line: STAN -6.5



For the first time in 26 years, the #4 Michigan State Spartans will playing in the historic Rose Bowl game on New Year’s Day against the #5 Stanford Cardinal in what is expected to be a great game in the 100th edition of the Granddaddy of Them All.


The Spartans (12-) find themselves in the Rose Bowl versus the defending champions after beating then-No. 2 Ohio State 34-24 in the Big Ten championship game back on December 7, which was their first outright title since 1987. That was the last time they made a Rose Bowl appearance and went on to beat USC.


This will be the Spartans first BCS bowl appearance and coach Mark Dantonio knows it will be special.


It’s going to be a special moment when we walk out on that field,” Dantonio said.


Led by coach David Shaw, the Cardinal (11-2) have tasted a BCS bowl in each of his three seasons since taking over for Jim Harbaugh in 2011 and won their first Rose Bowl in 40 years when they beat Wisconsin 20-14 last season.


Shaw wants his players to treat Wednesday’s game as a new experience as if they’ve never been there before.


Our guys have fond memories of it, but they’ve already started to say it: Last year was last year, and we have to prepare this year completely different,’” Shaw said. “Michigan State has been on a phenomenal run, tough competition, and come to play every week. We know it’s going to be a great game.”


The No. 4 ranking of the Spartans has been their highest since the 1967 season, have won nine consecutive games since suffering their only loss to Notre Dame back on Sept. 21 and claim the nation’s best defense with 248.2 yards per game, including an FBS-low 80.8 on the ground.


Michigan State’s defense is led by senior first-team All-American Darqueze Dennard, who won the Thorpe Award as the nation’s best defensive back and sophomore end Shilique Calhoun, who was honored as the Big Ten’s top defensive lineman. But, they will be without a key member of their great defense in the likes of two-time team captain Max Bullough, who was suspended last Wednesday for violating team rules.


It is extremely disappointing for all parties involved,” Dantonio said.


Dantonio has also been rumored for the Texas head coaching position, which he quickly dispelled.


I see Michigan State as the destination, not a stop,” he said. “It’s flattering, but that’s the way I see it.”


Shaw, due to his success at Stanford, has been rumored for the many potential NFL openings, but also says he is committed to staying at his alma mater.


No matter what I say, the rumors aren’t going to stop,” Shaw said. “It doesn’t bother me. Every good football program in the last 15 years, after two good years, the head coach is going to be rumored to go someplace else. I take it as a compliment.”


Stanford played their way into the Rose Bowl with a 38-14 win over then-No. 11 Arizona State in the Pac-12 title game back on Dec. 7, but may have been in the BCS title game also at the Rose Bowl if it weren’t for two let down games in which they lost to unranked opponents.


They lost at Utah 27-21 on Oct. 12 and at USC 20-17 on November 16, but bounced back to perform great the following week.


I look forward to a great battle on the line of scrimmage as the Cardinal game that is averaging 234.2 yards a game on the ground and led by Tyler Gaffney who is averaging 144.5 yards over his last eight games will go up against the Spartans great defense. Kevin Hogan will try to keep the Michigan State defense off balance with an air attack as well.


This team, they’re so wily as veterans,” Shaw said. “We’re going to be challenged by a team that finds a way to win, whether it’s run or throw. They’ll do whatever it takes to try to win a football game.”


Michigan State will counter with sophomore quarterback Conner Cook and junior running back Jeremy Langford, who is averaging 128.4 yards over his last eight games.


The Spartans are not as strong on offense as the Cardinal and with oddsmakers having confidence Stanford can move the ball, they have made them a (minus -6.5) point favorite, but get the latest spread on the game up until kickoff right here at Wonder Punter.


I’m really looking forward to this game and don’t have a clear-cut favorite, but with Stanford being able to get it done on both sides of the ball, I will give them the slight edge and predict the Cardinal winning their second consecutive Rose Bowl game.


Prediction/Pick: Stanford

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter


NCAA Prediction Bowl Game Preview/Pick- #24 Duke vs. #21 Texas A&M

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#24 Duke Blue Devils (10-3) vs. #21 Texas A&M Aggies (8-4) 12/31- 8:00PM EST




Line: TA&M -11.5

Over/Under- 75.0


In what is expected to be his final collegiate game, last year’s Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel will lead his #21 Aggies against this year’s surprise team, the #24 Duke Blue Devils in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.


The Blue Devils (10-3) will have yet another daunting task of trying to stop a great quarterback. In their ACC title game against No. 1 Florida State, they had this year’s Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston to contend with and lost the battle and game 45-7.


Now it’s Manziel who will provide another test.


When we found out our matchup, we were all pumped about it because it’s awesome to play against a guy that exciting and an offense that good,” Duke linebacker Kelby Brown said. “It’s a chance to make a statement for ourselves, and it’s just fun. It’s the nature of a competitor.”


Having already faced Winston, the Blue Devils can’t really take anything from that game to use against Manziel because they have different styles and run different offenses.


Duke linebacker David Helton, who led the ACC with 122 tackles says Winston and Manziel are “two different quarterbacks.”


Winston “is definitely a scrambler as well, but he’s not as much as a scrambler as Manziel is,” he added. “Manziel is built on scrambling. … He likes to sit back there and kind of make magic happen, whereas Winston is more a bigger guy and he likes to sit in the pocket a little more than Manziel does. Different mindsets for both of them.”


Manziel is expected to enter the NFL draft in April, but the redshirt freshman hasn’t reveled his plans.


I’m not going to reflect on that until it is his last day,” Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin said. “All I can tell you is what he has done for the university up to this point (is) well-documented. His numbers speak for themselves. He is without a doubt the most exciting player in America.”


Manziel was the first freshman to take home the Heisman last year, but this season came in fifth in the voting. He has been mostly unavailable for the media this year to avoid any distractions to his team.


Most thought Texas A&M (8-4) will contend for a national title, but went 0-4 against ranked opponents and are coming off back-to-back losses to LSU and Missouri.


If we can win this game, it’ll be the first time in the history of this program we’ve won three bowl games in a row,” Sumlin said.


Duke has had great year, setting a school record for wins, beat two Top 25 opponents, won their first Coastal Division title in the ACC and actually shut out Florida State for the first quarter before the Seminoles ran away with it.


Once you play against the best and you play against somebody else, you can look at it and say, ‘OK, we played against the best, so what (else) is there out there?” freshman cornerback DeVon Edwards said. “If we do good against them, we should do good against anybody.”


The Blue Devils are led by Anthony Boone, who lost his first career game as a starter in the ACC title game, and says trying to outplay Manziel “doesn’t win football games.


Guys like that are going to put up numbers. To try to go out there and compete with them is where I’ll try to do too much and mistakes will happen,” Boone said.


Boone had three turnovers against the Seminoles and a repeat performance will not bode well for their chances against the Aggies who can put points up behind Manziel, as the oddsmakers have made them a big (minus -11.5) point favorite on Tuesday night, but get the latest lines on the game up until kickoff right here at Wonder Punter.


The Blue Devils will be without their rushing leader Jela Duncan (562 yards), who was suspended for an undisclosed violation of its academic policy.


Texas A&M suspended standout freshman linebacker Darian Claiborne who is tied for the team lead with 89 tackles. He was arrested Sunday on two drug possession charges.


Duke will have a chip on their shoulder to prove to the critics they can play with the big boys, but Texas A&M has too many weapons to stay with and I predict the Aggies capturing their third straight bowl game and Manziel going out a winner.


Prediction/Pick: Texas A&M

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter


NCAA Prediction Bowl Game Preview/Pick- Miami (FL) vs. Louisville

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Miami Hurricanes (9-3) vs. #18 Louisville Cardinals (11-1) 12/28- 6:45PM EST




Line: LOU -3.5

Over/Under: 57.5


In what will likely be Teddy Bridgewater’s final game in a Louisville Cardinals’ uniform as he is expected to declare for the NFL draft, he will lead his football team against the Miami Hurricanes in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Saturday night.


Saturday’s bowl matchup will also feature two teams that will become conference rivals as #18 Louisville will be moving into the ACC next year to join Miami.. a team that Florida native Bridgewater had originally committed to before deciding on Louisville.


With Bridgewater expected to be a sure top 10 NFL pick next April, the junior quarterback who was a leading candidate for the Heisman before falling off is looking to go out on top come Saturday.


With a 38-35 defeat to Central Florida back on October 18th and failing to throw for 300 yards in his final four games with only five touchdown passes, he saw his Heisman Trophy chances go by the wayside as he was not invited to New York as a finalist.


Despite his lack of production towards the end of the season, Bridgewater still finished with 3,523 yards and 28 touchdowns with only four interceptions to finish as the nation’s fifth-leading passer, but in the end couldn’t get his Cardinals (11-1) back to a BCS bowl after last year’s Sugar Bowl win over Florida.


This is a very talented young man. He has great command on the offense,” Miami coach Al Golden said.


Miami (9-3) had recruited Bridgewater successfully and had a verbal commitment back in 2010, but after the firing of then head coach Randy Shannon following a 7-6 season, Bridgewater bolted for Louisville.


The Cardinals have 23 Miami-area natives on their team and are thrilled to be going back home to face a Miami team of players many have played against growing up.


When they found out, it was like ‘We’re playing back at home again, we’re playing basically our teammates and the people that they play in high school,’” said senior defensive end Marcus Smith, a Georgia native who is the AAC defensive player of the year. “Feeling that with them is gonna be great one.”


Miami will be playing in their first postseason game since 2010, when the university implemented a self-imposed two-year bowl ban due to improper benefits from a booster. Former Miami assistant Clint Hurtt who was implicated in the scandal is now on the Cardinals staff.


Early on, the Hurricanes were a top 25 team but lost three in a row and fell out of the rankings, but now look to post their first double-digit wins since the 2003 season.


Our kids are excited, I think they’re grateful.” Golden said. “They’ve been through a lot the past two years, and they have not been able to have this opportunity.


They’re practicing with a purpose, they’re excited, and clearly they have a really tough opponent coming up.”


The Hurricanes feel they have a great quarterback of their own in the likes of Stephen Morris, who threw for 2,868 yards with 21 touchdowns and looks forward to matching up with Bridgewater.


It’d be a great challenge and a great headline for a lot people,” Morris said


Louisville will be moving to the ACC’s Atlantic Division next season, while the Canes are in the Coastal but are scheduled to play one another next year.


When we go play in the ACC next year, I think (the bowl) will put our stamp on this season, and it will tell the world that we can play with teams in the ACC and we can play with anybody,” Smith said.


The oddsmakers feel the Cardinals can play with the Hurricanes now as they have made them a (minus -3.5) point favorite, but get the latest lines on the game up until kickoff right here at Wonder Punter.


Smith finished second in the nation with 12 ½ sacks and with a Cardinals defense that ranked second in the FBS allowing only 257.9 yards per game and has been dominate against the run allowing just 86.3 yards per contest, I like and predict the Cardinals making it a happy home coming for many of its players.


Miami top rusher Duke Johnson suffered a season-ending injury with a broken ankle back in mid-season to make the challenge that much greater against the Cardinals defense, but expect an entertaining bowl game.


Prediction/Pick: Louisville

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter


NCAA Prediction Bowl Game Preview/Pick- Cincinnati vs. North Carolina

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Cincinnati Bearcats (9-3) vs. North Carolina Tar Heels (6-6) 12/28- 3:20PM EST

Line: UNC -2.5

Over/Under: 56.5

Belk BOWL- Charlotte, NC

Two teams that mirrored each other during the season will take the field on Saturday afternoon in the Belk Bowl hoping to end the year on a high note.


Cincinnati (9-3) and North Carolina (6-6) both struggled in the early season, then made some midseason changes at quarterback which led to long winning streaks before both teams lost close games to longtime rivals in their regular-season finale.


They are a lot like us because they had a slow start and then won a lot of games in the end,” Bearcats coach Tommy Tuberville said. “We are probably a much better team now than we were at the beginning of the year, as they are.”


North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said of his team… “This is a resilient bunch of guys that kept believing in one another throughout the year and I’m glad they were rewarded with a bowl game. We’re looking forward to facing a very good Cincinnati team led by an outstanding coach in Tommy Tuberville.”


The Bearcats will be making their second consecutive appearance in as many years in the Belk Bowl defeating Duke last year 48-34, and this year are back in it thanks in part to a six-game winning streak during the middle of the season that helped them finish third in the AAC.


Quarterback Brendon Kay took over the signal calling for the Bearcats in the second game of the season replacing injured first-stringer Munchie Legaux and responded well throwing for more than 3,000 yards in a season, despite not always being 100 percent healthy.


I tell you that kid competed and he did it on one leg. His ankle is so bad. He’s been wanting to play and push through it and it’s been that way for about six weeks and he has only practiced about one or two days a week,” Tuberville said of Kay following his team’s 31-24 loss to then-No. 19 Louisville on December 5.


He doesn’t throw the ball much because his shoulders are so banged up but I tell you he is a warrior.”


The Tar Heels also made a quarterback change with Marquise Williams taking over for Bryn Renner who suffered a season-ending shoulder injury back on November 2nd. The more mobile Williams generated 14 touchdown passes while also rushing for 531 yards and six scores to lead the Heels.


Look for North Carolina’s Eric Ebron, one of the nation’s top tight ends to be a main target as he leads the team in catches with 55 and with yards with 895, as he looks to challenge the Cincinnati defense.


I just go there out there and do what I do best,” Ebron told the school’s official website.


Ebron is a finalist for the Makey Award which is given to the top tight end in all of college football and has already declared himself eligible for the 2014 NFL draft following the Belk Bowl.


North Carolina finds itself in the Belk Bowl by way of a 1-5 start followed by a five game winning streak to become bowl eligible before losing to in-state rival Duke 27-25 to end the regular-season.


Coach Fedora is proud of the way his team performed after a horrible start. “I’m excited for our team, especially our seniors, who fought through some early season adversity and won five of the last six games to become bowl eligible.”


The Bearcats may have the better record, but the oddsmakers are giving the Tar Heels a slight (minus -2.5) point favorite playing close to home in Charlotte, but get the latest spread on the game up until kickoff right here at Wonder Punter.


The Tar Heels are 2-0 all-time against the Bearcats, but I predict Cincinnati, who outscored their opponents by 166 points through the backend of their schedule to continue the trend on Saturday and leave the state of North Carolina with the Belk Bowl trophy.


Prediction/Pick: Cincinnati

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter


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

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


Line: EVEN

Over/Under: 53.0




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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Prediction/Pick- San Diego State

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter


NCAA Prediction Week 14 College Football Tuesday Night Game Preview/Pick- Western Michigan vs. #14 NIU

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Western Michigan Broncos (1-10) @ #14 Northern Illinois Huskies (11-0) 11/26- 7:00PM EST


Line: NIU -36.0

Over/Under: 63.5

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Jordan Lynch has never lost a home game as a starter at Northern Illinois, and he’s not expected to lose one on Tuesday night based on Western Michigan’s struggles under first-year coach and former NIU receiver P.J. Fleck.


The No. 14 Huskies will be set to continue their Mid-American Conference dominance, stay undefeated and extend the nation’s longest home winning streak to 26 games against the lowly Broncos.


Jordan Lynch has also been in the Heisman Trophy talks for the second straight season, where he improved to 23-2 as a starter after throwing for 202 yards and running for 161 with three second-half touchdowns during last Wednesday’s 35-17 win at Toledo.


With the win, NIU (11-0, 7-0) clinched its fourth straight MAC West Division title by extending an FBS-best league winning streak to 24 games. NIU is one of five unbeaten schools and have kept alive their hopes of busting the BCS for a second straight year.


The Huskies have moved up two spots and ahead of Fresno State in the latest BCS standings and up to No. 14 as the Huskies and Bulldogs jockey to be the last BCS buster.


NIU and Fresno State are fighting for one automatic bid. They have to finish in the top 12 of the last BCS standings, which comes out December 8, or finish in the top 16 while ranking ahead of an automatic qualifying-conference champion.


Despite all the success, NIU coach Rod Carey wants his players to understand the significance of their next challenge and that is Tuesday night’s game against Western Michigan.


It’ll be a big day all around from every aspect and every angle that you can think about,” he said. “This is the only game we’ve got. It’s right here, right now.”


With 45 victories, the Huskie seniors are the winningest class in school history.


Lynch has made a strong case as a Heisman Trophy hopeful ranking seventh in the FBS with 1,434 yards rushing and has averaged 163.6 while scoring 13 touchdowns on the ground in the last five games.


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


Huskies’ junior Cameron Stingily needs just 42 yards to join Lynch as the first two players in NIU history to rush for 1,000 yards in the same season.


It would mean a lot,” Stingily said. “Now that I have the opportunity, I’m going to take full advantage of it.”


Last year, the Huskies defeated Western Michigan (1-10, 1-6) 48-34 on the road and having outscored the Broncos 165-80 during a four-game series winning streak… so it’s easy to see why the oddsmakers have made NIU a (minus) -36.0 point favorite at home. Continue to check the spread here through Wonder Punter as the odds are always changing as we get closer to kickoff.


Expect the Broncos to play lose with nothing to loss and just have fun. P.J. Fleck will be making his first return to his alma mater where he played for a 10-2 NIU team.


It’s going to be interesting because I’ve never been on the other side,” Fleck said of his return. “I’m excited, but we’re going in there with one thing on our mind and that’s to win the football game.”


With the Broncos ranking near the bottom of the MAC allowing 35.6 points per game, and NIU averaging 43.7 points per contest, the challenge and chances of Western Michigan pulling off an upset are slim.


It’s a wonderful challenge for our young men,” Fleck said. “I know a lot of those (NIU players) personally. I recruited a lot of them.


It’s not a secret (what the Huskies do). They just do it effectively. We’re going to go out and try to stop them.”


No reason to think the Huskies will have a let down Tuesday night with the chance to earn a BCS berth… so look for them to put a hurting on the Broncos.




By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter




NCAA Prediction College Football Week 13 Game Preview/Pick- #8 Missouri vs. #24 Ole Miss


NCAA Free pick and Prediction Week 13 Missouri vs Ole miss


#8 Missouri Tigers (9-1) @ #24 Ole Miss Rebels (7-3) 11/23- 7:45PM EST


Line: MIZZ -2.5

Over/Under: 59.0

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After missing the last four games due to right shoulder injury, Missouri quarterback James Franklin is returning to the starting lineup as the Tigers prepare for a final push toward an Southeastern Conference championship game.


With the season coming to an end, the No. 8 ranked Tigers (9-1, 5-1 SEC) will need to get past two ranked teams to make it to Atlanta, starting with a visit to No. 24 Ole Miss on Saturday night, then a regular season ending home game against No. 9 Texas A&M on Nov. 30.


Franklin will take over the play calling duties once again replacing freshman Maty Mauk who went 3-1 as the Tigers starter and has kept Missouri atop the SEC East.


The senior Franklin threw for 1,577 yards, 14 touchdowns, and three interceptions before his injury against Georgia on October 12 saw limited action last week against Kentucky is ready to lead his team to action.


He looks really good. He looks just like he left off before his injury,” Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. “He’s excited about being back, and the team is excited about getting him back too. I obviously want him to do really well. He had some adversity and battled through it and we are excited to have him in.”


Ole Miss (7-3, 3-3) is riding a four-game win streak while averaging 42.8 yards per game and topping 500 yards in each of those, but those schools had a combined 9-22 record so the Tigers will be a more challenging team for the Rebels.


Ole Miss has played well against the top teams in the SEC losing by a combined 11 points to Auburn and Texas A&M, and a 25-0 defeat to top ranked Alabama on September 28.


With the schedule we have played, looking back on it, we have had our share of tests, and this will be another one Saturday night,” coach Hugh Freeze told the school’s official website.

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With the spread making the Tigers a slight favorite at (minus) -2.5 on the road, they are expecting the Rebels to be primed and ready for an upset, so be sure be sure to check the latest lines leading up until kick off here at Wonder Punter.


The Rebels will have running back Jeff Scott back to full health for Saturday’s game after missing three games with a deep thigh bruise.


Scott and the Rebels will be facing the SEC’s second-best rushing defense, allowing only 111.9 yards per game on the ground. The Tigers, however rank last against the pass, giving up 274.9 per game, which is good news for Rebels quarterback Bo Wallace, fourth in the league with 266.4 passing yards per game. The Tigers do lead the SEC with 34 sacks and 17 interceptions.


Very few people have been able to line up and just run the ball effectively (on Missouri). They get you one dimensional,” Freeze said. “Those ends are quick and cause problems in the backfield.”


I’ve like the way the Tigers have been playing all year and predict a big road victory for Missouri to keep their SEC East title hopes alive.


PICK: Missouri



By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter



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


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.





By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter








NCAA Prediction College Football Week 13 Thursday Night Game Preview/Pick- Rutgers vs. #18 UCF


Prediction and free pick for Thursday night game Rutgers vs UCF


Rutgers Scarlet Knights (5-4) @ #18 UCF Knights (8-1) 11/21- 7:30PM EST


Line: UCF -17.5

Over/Under: 58.0

No. 18 ranked UCF will be looking to improve upon their performance from last week as they will try to remain atop the American Athletic Conference and keep their BCS bowl hopes alive when they host Rutgers on Thursday night.


UCF (8-1, 5-0 AAC) had to rally from seven points behind last week against last place Temple and pull out a 39-36 victory with a 23-yard field goal as time expired.


It was a good win in a tough situation. When we had the opportunity to make plays, we made them. That was the difference in the game,” UCF coach George O’Leary said.
With the Knights at 5-0 in the AAC, they still have games with Louisville and Cincinnati, both 5-1 chasing them.


O’Leary on last week’s disappointing performance….

We’ve got to play better than that if we’re going to continue to win. We’ve just got to play a team game. Offense and defense have to compliment each other. That didn’t happen.


We were very fortunate to come out with a win. We looked like we were out of sync on defense. We weren’t making plays, and you can’t do that. We’ve got to get that fixed before Thursday.”


UCF quarterback Blake Bortles passed for a career-best 404 yards and four touchdowns leading the offense to a season-high 657 yards against Temple.


However, the Knight’s defense gave up a season-high 518 yards to Temple, but they hope to get back defensive back Jacoby Glenn (ankle) and defensive end Miles Pace (appendectomy) on the field again.


Hopefully we get a couple of the starters back that didn’t play against Temple,” O’Leary said. ‘We’ve got to put a lot work in two days of practice. We’ve got to be resilient and move on.”


Rutgers (5-4, 2-3 AAC) will try to derail the Knights and become bowl-eligible for the eight time in nine seasons at the same time on Thursday night, but have struggled defensively giving up 600 yards in two of its last three games.


The Scarlet Knights are dealing with some turmoil this season as freshman defensive back Jevon Tyree left the team last week after accusing defensive coordinator Dave Cohen of verbal abuse and a physical threat during a study hall session in the spring.


According to Rutgers University, it said that Cohen was reprimanded by coach Kyle Flood and has since apologized.


Coach Flood, however says he doesn’t think the current allegations are affecting the team.


I have seen nothing but a spirited football team with a lot of energy that’s getting ready to play an excellent football team in UCF, he said. “I think the players and the coaches are focused.”


With UCF going in as (minus) -17.5 and at home, the odds are stacked in their favor to come away with a win Thursday night. Be sure to check the latest odds here at Wonder Punter up until kick off as the line spread may change.


I do expect a better all-around performance from the Knights and predict an easy victory over the Scarlet Knights.




By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter








NCAA Predictions free picks for College Football BCS Top 25 Preview

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Top 25 NCAA BCS, College football picks and predictions


Week 13 of NCAA College Football gets under way on Wednesday night as the BCS Top 25 are fighting for a top 16 automatic BCS major-bowl bid. Here is my quick preview and prediction against the spread for each game. More in-depth previews for certain games will follow. Find your favorite team or game to bet on, here through Wonder Punter, Down below you have every team and every pick prediction and odds all available to place bets with

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Wednesday 11/20


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


Line: NIU -2.5



NIU looks to clinch the Mid- American West Conference crown with a road victory and keep pace for a top 16 ranking.


PICK: Northern Illinois


Thursday 11/21


Rutgers Scarlet Knights (5-4) @ #18 UCF Knights (8-1) 11/21- 7:30PM EST


Line: UCF -17.0

Over/Under: 58.5


UCF looks to remain on atop the American Athletic Conference and stay alive for a BCS bowl.


PICK: Central Florida


Saturday 11/23


Chattanooga Mocs (8-3) @ #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (10-0) 11/21- 2:00PM EST


Line: ALA -49.0

Over/Under: N/A


Trap” game for the Tide who have the Auburn Tigers the following week but will handle the Mocs easily.


PICK: Alabama


Idaho Vandals (1-9) @ #2 Florida State Seminoles (10-0) 11/23- 3:30PM EST


Line: FSU -56.5

Over/Under: 58.5


This one can get ugly real kick.


PICK: Florida State


Indiana Hoosiers (4-6) @ #3 Ohio State Buckeyes (10-0) 11/23- 3:30PM EST


Line: OSU -34.0

Over/Under: 73.0


Buckeyes go for their 23rd straight victory before going into Ann Arbor the following week to face Michigan.


PICK: Ohio State


#4 Baylor Bears (9-0) @ #10 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-1) 11/23- 8:00PM EST


Line: BAY -9.5

Over/Under: 73.5


Marquee match-up! Going to be a good one. Tough pick…


PICK: Baylor


#5 Oregon Ducks (9-1) @ Arizona Wildcats (6-4) 11/23- 3:30PM EST


Line: ORE -20.5

Over/Under: 70.0


Ducks look to hold on to first place in the Pac-12 North standings.


Citadel Bulldogs (5-6) @ #7 Clemson Tigers (9-1) 11/23- 12:00PM EST


Line: CLEM -40.0

Over/Under: N/A


Tigers playing well and look to keep pace in the ACC and BCS race.


PICK: Clemson


#8 Missouri Tigers (9-1) @ #24 Ole Miss Rebels (7-3) 11/23- 7:45PM EST


Line: MIZZ -3.0

Over/Under: 64.5


Tough game for the Tigers on the road after enjoying a bye week.


PICK: Missouri


California Golden Bears (1-10) @ #9 Stanford Cardinal (8-2) 11/23- 4:00PM EST


Line: STAN -31.5

Over/Under: 59.0


With a down year for Cal… look for Stanford to dominate their biggest rival.


PICK: Stanford


Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (10-1) @ # 11 South Carolina Gamecocks (8-2) 11/23- 1:00PM EST


Line: SCAR -34.5

Over/Under: N/A


Gamecocks should win this one going away.



PICK: South Carolina


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


Line: LSU -4.0

Over/Under: 78.5

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Has the makings of another potential SEC classic. Yet, another tough pick for me but….




#13 Michigan State Spartans (9-1) @ Northwestern Wildcats (4-6) 11/23- 12:00PM EST


Line: MSU -7.5

Over/Under: 34.5


The Spartans look to keep their stronghold in the Big 10.


PICK: Michigan State


#17 Arizona State Sun Devils (8-2) @ #14 UCLA Bruins (8-2) 11/23- 7:00PM EST


Line: ASU -2.5

Over/Under: 58.0


First place is at stake for the Pac-12 South. Going to be another good one!




New Mexico Lobos (3-7) @ #15 Fresno State Bulldogs (9-0) 11/23- 4:00PM EST


Line: FRE -31.0

Over/Under: 65.5


Bulldogs look to stay perfect and in the BCS bowl-bid.


#19 Wisconsin Badgers (8-2) @ #25 Minnesota Gophers (8-2) 11/23- 3:30PM EST


Line: WIS -16.0

Over/Under: 52.0


A week prior, the Badgers ran for a whopping 554 yards!


PICK: Wisconsin


#20 Oklahoma Sooners (8-2) @ Kansas State Wildcats (6-4) 11/23- 12:00PM EST


Line: KSU -3.5

Over/Under: 52.0


Sooners will have a tough road test. KSU is favored despite the Oklahoma having a better record.


PICK: Kansas State


Memphis Tigers (3-6) @ #21 Louisville Cardinals (9-1) 11/23- 12:00PM EST


Line: LOU -24.5

Over/Under: 41.5


Expect another big performance from Teddy Bridgewater and the Cardinals offense.


PICK: Louisville


#23 USC Trojans (8-3) @ Colorado Buffaloes (4-6) 11/23- 9:30PM EST


Line: USC -22.5

Over/Under: 54.5


Trojans still in the hunt for a Pac-12 South title.



By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter



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





NCAA Prediction Week 12 College Football Game Preview & Pick- #25 Georgia vs. #7 Auburn


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


Line: AUB -3.0

Over/Under: 63.5


What a difference a year makes when in 2012, the now No. 7 Auburn Tigers went winless in the Southeastern Conference and in 2013 are looking to keep pace in the BCS standings as they get set to host a Georgia Bulldogs team that has beaten them the last two meetings by a combined score of 83-7.


Payback is definitely on the minds of the Tigers when then No. 5 Georgia went into Jordan-Hare Stadium and shutout Auburn 38-0.


This year, the Bulldogs are ranked No. 25 and looking for similar results.


From a personal standpoint, I have yet to beat Georgia,” junior defensive tackle Gabe Wright said. “There are a lot of guys who have yet to Georgia. Guys are more focused and locked in.”


It’s been all Georgia as of late where they have won six of seven in the series, except Auburn’s championship year of 2010.


This year’s Auburn’s team at 9-1 (5-1 SEC) is liking their chances once again now that they are back to winning after last year’s 3-9 mark.


The teachers’ attitudes are better. The bus drivers’ attitudes are better,” Wright said. “I guess what I am trying to get at is that everybody’s attitude is better. There’s not much bad that can come from winning. It’s a new day here. We’re blessed to be at this point. We just can’t wait for the next opportunity.”


Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall played as a defensive back for Georgia in 2011 before transferring to a junior college and ending up at Auburn this year has their starting QB.


He’s familiar with them, there’s no doubt,” Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said. “But if he holds true to past experience this year, he doesn’t get too high or too low. Not much really rattles him. He stays pretty calm no matter what the moment.”


Marshall leads all SEC quarterbacks with 734 yards rushing while averaging just 17.7 passing attempts per game in Auburn’s zone-read offense.


Auburn has 33 rushing touchdowns this year so far… good for third in the country behind Oregon and Auburn and their 320.0 rushing yards per game is third best in the country.


For Georgia (6-2, 4-2 SEC), they were flirting with BCS championship talks earlier in the season but suffered some tough losses and lost some steam.


The Bulldogs are lead by Aaron Murray who is 174 of 275 for 2477 yards passing and 20 touchdowns but leading receiver Chris Conley (sprained ankle) and tight end Arthur Lynch (ribs) are questionable but Georgia coach Mark Richt believes they have a shot to play on Saturday.


Auburn’s powerful running game has made them the odds-on favorite going in with a slight (minus) -3.0 at home, but be sure to check the betting lines often here at Wonder Punter and secure your bet(s) before kickoff for free.


I too have the Tigers as my pick with what they bring in the running department and the Bulldogs better be ready.


It’s going to be hard to keep them from reducing the yardage on third down and having that run-pass threat on third down,” Richt said.


That’s the part of the reason why they’re so successful—they have very few third-and-long situations unless there’s a penalty. … It really doesn’t matter what we did in the past. It matters what we do Saturday, and hopefully we’ll get them on the ground.”


Expect another great SEC battle on Saturday afternoon.


PICK: Auburn Tigers

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter



NCAA Prediction College Football Week 12 Preview/Pick- #12 Oklahoma St. vs. #24 Texas


Free Pick and Prediction for the Oklahoma St Cowboys vs Texas Longhorns


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


Line: OKST -3.0

Over/Under: 63.5


With a possible Big 12 championship at stake on Saturday afternoon, the high-riding No. 12 Oklahoma State Cowboys will travel into Austin and take on a Texas Longhorn team riddled by injuries and holding onto first place by one-half game over No. 4 Baylor and one ahead of the Cowboys.


Texas (7-2, 6-0) in last week’s win at West Virginia 47-40 in overtime suffered two major injuries… running back Jonathan Gray (torn Achilles tendon) and defensive tackle Chris Whaley (left knee), both out for the season. They also lost Jordan Hicks (torn ACL) and quarterback David Ash (concussion) earlier in the year as well.


Malcolm Brown will likely get the bulk of running the ball with Gray out and will go against a Cowboy’s defense that is down against the run allowing 150.0 yards per game during their winning streak. Brown has rushed for 379 yards and seven touchdowns in his last four games.


But despite the injuries, the Longhorns have won six straight and if they can survive a tough Oklahoma State team on Saturday, they must deal with Texas Tech and No. 4 Baylor in the season finale.


We’ve gone through this on both sides of the ball with David and Jordan Hicks,” junior center Dominic Espinosa said. “Those were two guys that were big leaders in the beginning of the season, and now something similar is happening with Chris Whaley and Jonathan Gray.


So now we’re ready to step up and fill their shoes in leadership roles.”


Oklahoma State could care less as they are vying for their second Big 12 title in three years, but also will have their hands full with Baylor and 22nd ranked Oklahoma still to contend with at season’s end.


We got these three games and we control our own fate,” senior guard Brandon Webb said. “If we win out, we do what we want to do and we’ll have leave it up to the BCS Poll after that, but right now, we’re going for the Big 12 championship and so are these next three teams in front of us, so we just got to prepare.”


With the Cowboys riding a five-game win streak and on the road, the oddsmakers have still made them the favorites with a (minus) -3.0 over the Longhorns, but with lines changing daily, secure your bets with us here at Wonder Punter up until game time.


You’re at a point in the season where you need to win one to get to the next one if you want to stay in that race,” OKST Mike Gundy said. “If we wouldn’t have played well and beat Kansas, it wouldn’t have been a big game. But you have to continue to move forward and this will be a new challenge for us.


(Texas) is a very talented football team, we’re playing on the road, so we’ve got our work cut out for us.”


That they do as the Longhorns have won 23 of 27 all-time meetings against Oklahoma State, but the Cowboys have won the last two visits, including 38-26 on October 15, 2011.


The Cowboys have improved and played extremely well under quarterback Clint Chelf (six TDs, 190 yards rushing, two scores) the past three games replacing an ineffective J.T. Walsh and running back Desmond Roland has a team-high 12 touchdowns over the last month.


I agree with the oddsmakers and predict the Cowboys going into Austin and winning their third straight game there as they have just beat up on the competition of late and can put some points on the board.



PICK: Oklahoma State

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter


NCAA Prediction College Football Week 12 Free Pick- # Stanford vs. USC


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


Line: STAN -4.0

Over/Under: 45.5


Coming off their biggest win of the year last Thursday night against then No. 2 Oregon, the No.4 Cardinal will now try to keep the momentum going by going into the Coliseum and taking on a resurgent USC team as they try to keep pace in the BCS race and win a PAC 12 North title and conference championship.


The Cardinal (8-1, 6-1) coming off an impressive win over the Ducks have to be feeling good about their chances on Saturday evening as they have beaten the Trojans four-straight times and can control their own destiny with a win and only a weak Cal team and a season finale match-up against Notre Dame standing in their way to hosting a second-consecutive Pac-12 championship on December 7th.


I think we’re at that point in the season now where we can’t afford to go up and down,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. “It’s November, and there’s only one way you can play in November, and that’s all-out.”


The Cardinal know they still have an outside shot at a possible national championship with a #4 ranking in the BCS Poll.


(The BCS) is all hypothetical scenarios. It doesn’t matter at this point. We lose a game, whew, it’s all for naught,” linebacker Shayne Skov said. “The recipe for us ending up anywhere relevant is for us to win the rest of our football games.”


USC will be trying to stop a four-game (three in a row in L.A.) skid at the hands of the Cardinal with a win on Saturday as they are riding a three game win streak and four-of-five since the Lane Kiffin firing back in September.


Interim coach Ed Orgeron has given the Trojans new life as they sit tied for second place with the Bruins for the Pac-12 South title one game behind Arizona State who they lost to earlier which led to Kiffen’s firing.


First year Trojan starter Cody Kessler has sparked the Trojans offense and seems to have found his grove during the winning streak having struggled earlier in the season.


Kessler has completed 74.3 percent of his passes for 9.24 yards per attempt with four touchdowns and one interception during the three win streak.


The Trojan running game has also picked up, however with the Stanford defense allowing only 98.7 rushing yards per game… tops in the conference, we can see why the points spread has made them the favorites, but be sure to follow the latest odds here at Wonder Punter up until game time.


I too predict a Stanford win come Saturday with a terrific defense, a seasoned quarterback in Kevin Hogan and a powerful running game (205.0 yards per game) led by senior Tyler Gaffney who is third in the Pac-12 with 1,043 yards while averaging 4.9 per carry with 14 total touchdowns.


It will be an entertaining game but too much Stanford.


PICK: Stanford


By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter


NCAA Prediction College Football Week 12 Game Preview/Pick


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.




By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter


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


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.




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.




#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.




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.




By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter



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


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


By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter


NCAA Prediction Week 12 Free Pick – Ball St. vs. #15 NIU

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NCAA Prediction College Football Week 12 Wednesday Night Preview- Ball St. vs. #15 NIU


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


Line: NIU -6.5

Over/Under: 69.5


On Wednesday night, Northern Illinois (9-0, 5-0 MAC) will get set to host and defend their Mid-American Conference West Division title when the 9-1 (6-0 MAC) Ball State Cardinals go in seeking their 12th consecutive league victory and first division championship since 2008.


However, the NIU Huskies, the two-time defending MAC West champions are unbeaten and riding a 24-game home winning streak and 22 straight over conference opponents… the longest such streak in college football thanks in large part to Heisman Trophy hopeful Jordan Lynch leading an offense that ranks among the top 10 in college football averaging 44.2 points, 312.7 rushing yards and 545.4 total yards per game.


So, with Wednesday night’s game, it’s a winner take all.

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It’s going to be a big challenge for us,” Huskies coach Rod Carey said. “We’ve got a fine football team coming in here. They have a taste for winning right now.”


Ball State also goes into Wednesday’s contest with a prolific offense of their own, with quarterback Keith Wenning and receiver Willie Snead leading the way as they rank in the top 20 in the FBS averaging 39.9 and 323.0 yards per game.


The Cardinal defense is first in college football with 15 fumble recoveries.


Playing in a meaningful game in November, this is the kind of opportunity you want your kids to have,” Ball State coach Pete Lembo said. “It’s not going to be easy, but for us it’s good to be relevant.”


The Huskies will have all eyes on junior Willie Snead who ranks third in the FBS with a career-high 1,175 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns on 74 catches.


Wenning has passed for 3,164 yards with 27 touchdowns with only five interceptions thus far this season.


NIU has won the last four over Ball State averaging 40.3 points, but the last two at NIU have been decided by nine points.


Oddsmakers have set the over/under at 69.5, so they expect the points to be flying on the board with these two offenses. With a lines spread of NIU (minus) -6.5, they feel confident with the Huskies playing at home.


Ball State will be challenged by two-way quarterback Jordan Lynch who leads all college QBs with 1,150 rushing yards with a 6.6 per carry average.


Lynch has also completed 63.6% of his passes for 1871 yards with 19 touchdowns and five interceptions.


NIU knows they have a chance for a perfect season if they can just get by Ball State on Wednesday night.


I think our best is yet to come with this team,” Lynch said. “I don’t think we have to do anything out of the ordinary. We just have to be ourselves going into this game, and we have a lot of talent, we just need to focus on this game without going to far ahead.”


Two talented teams will be set to do battle on Wednesday night… I expect a good one and will go with NIU as the favorite being at home, but be sure to check here at Wonder Punter for the latest lines leading up to game time.

My Prediction for this game is ….  PICK: NIU Huskies