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

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

 

Line: MIZZ -4.5

Over/Under: 67.0

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin added…

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

PICK: Missouri

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

 

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

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

 

Line: SCAR -5.0

Over/Under: 58.0

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

PICK: South Carolina

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

 

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NCAA Prediction Week 14 College Football Game Preview/Pick- #3 Ohio State vs. Michigan

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NCAA Free Pick and Prediction

 

#3 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-0) @ Michigan Wolverines (7-4) 11/30- 12:00PM EST

 

Line: OSU -16.0

Over/Under: 57.0

 

This Saturday afternoon for the 110th time, No. 3 Ohio State and Michigan will get it on in Michigan’s “Big House,” in Ann Arbor and for players who are new to the rivalry…. This is what it’s all about… the best is saved for last.

 

Buckeyes’ defensive lineman Noah Spence was unaware just how big until he set foot on the Ohio State campus and got a taste of it.

 

It’s a huge rivalry even if you are a guy from out of state like me,” Spence said. “It’s everything.”

 

Stakes will be high for the Buckeyes (11-0, 7-0 Big Ten) ranked third in all the major polls and looking for No. 2 Florida State or No 1 Alabama to slip up and get into the BCS national championship game.

 

Ohio State, winners of a school record 23 straight has already earned a shot in the Big Ten championship, which is nice, but there’s another championship they are after… and the Wolverines would love nothing more then to stop them from earning a trip to Pasadena.

 

But this is a Michigan team that has been both sides of the spectrum this season, starting out 5-0 to begin the season and enjoying a No. 11 ranking suddenly hit a wall and have now lost three of their last four.

 

Scoring points of late as been an Achilles Heal of the Michigan offense. Last Saturday at Iowa, they were shutout in the second half of a 24-21 loss and in losses to Nebraska and Michigan State were held to 13 and 6 points.

 

Head coach Brady Hoke of the Wolverines (7-4, 3-4) says he’s confident his football team will turn it around at home against their biggest rival.

 

This game has always been different in some ways,” Hoke said. “Are they a good football team? Do we have to play better than we’ve played? I don’t think there’s any doubt.”

 

The Buckeyes have been on a roll lighting up the scoreboard in their last four games averaging 55.3 points and 597.0 yards, which has made them big favorites at a (minus) -16.0 on the road and with lines always changing, check back here at Wonder Punter for the up to minute spread until game time.

 

Ohio State has a powerful running game led by quarterback Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde to the tune of 314.7 yards per game… good for fifth in the nation.

 

All the focus will be on Hyde, who over the last six games has been on fire averaging 8.1 yards per attempt… good for 938 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns to boot.

 

Miller is another threat having run for 144 yards last Saturday and the week before rushing for 184 at Illinois.

 

It’s just striving for the best,” Miller said. “We ended the season 12-0 last year and we weren’t able to play in a bowl game or the Big Ten championship game (because of NCAA sanctions). That’s what we are striving for. (We want to) accomplish that and keep going forward, keep winning games and just make Ohio State proud.”

 

For Michigan to give the Buckeyes a fight and have a chance to upset them, Wolverine quarterback Devin Gardner needs to regain his form and put up some good numbers. Against Indiana, he accounted for 584 yards of offense with 503 of it through the air back on Oct. 19. However, in the four games since, he has averaged only 182.5 yards passing.

 

For the season, Gardner has a passing percentage of 58.7 with 2,509 yards passing with 17 touchdowns, but with eleven interceptions. Michigan will need his arm because the running game is nowhere to be found in the month of November.

 

He’s had some really good moments and some moments that he would rather redo if he could,” Hoke said. “I think we all of have that; I do as a head coach. There are always moments that you think about and say, ‘Maybe we should’ve done this.’ He’s been pretty resilient. He’s a guy who comes to work every day to get ready to play.”

 

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer won his first rivalry game last year 26-21 avenging a Buckeyes loss the year before.

 

I have great respect for this rivalry—it almost makes me in awe,” Meyer said. “The respect we have come with incredible responsibility that sometimes can be overwhelming (when it comes) to what we have to do next week. So we take it very seriously.”

 

Ohio State has won eight out of the last nine meetings with the Wolverines, but despite their success, if they don’t win on Saturday against their most hated rivals… it means nothing.

 

This is the whole season, really,” safety C.J. Barnett said. “Everything is out the window, records, everything we’ve done, haven’t done—it’s all about this week.’

 

The Buckeyes defense goes in allowing only 18.4 points per game to compliment an offense averaging 48.7 points per game. Michigan is yielding 25.1 points per contest, while averaging 33.1 on the scoreboard.

 

And with that said, I see no let down from the Buckeyes on Saturday as they know they have a shot for something more then just a Big Ten title.

 

PICK: Ohio State

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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

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

 

Line: ALA -10.5

Over/Under: 55.0

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

PICK: Alabama

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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NCAA Prediction Week 14 College Football Preview/Pick- #16 Fresno State vs. San Jose State

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Free Pick and Prediction NCAA College football

 

#16 Fresno State Bulldogs (10-0) @ San Jose State Spartans (5-6) 11/29- 3:30PM EST

 

Line: FRES -7.0

Over/Under: 71.5

 

One thing is for certain for the No. 16 Fresno State Bulldogs going into Friday’s contest against the San Jose Spartans… and that is the Mountain West Conference championship. What’s not certain is Fresno State’s future for a BCS bowl game.

 

Perfect regular season record or not, there are no guarantees of a BCS major bowl-bid for the Bulldogs. Problem being for Fresno State is that No. 14 NIU (12-0) passed the Bulldogs in the BCS standings for the inside track as the top non-automatic qualifying candidate for one of the elite bowl games.

 

Yes, Fresno State is 10-0, 7-0 in the Mountain West and a perfect season is a strong possibility, but according to BCS ‘standards’ are not in one of the major conferences like an SEC, Big 12, Pac-12, or Big Ten for example, so their strength of schedule hurts them because of ‘weaker’ opponents.

 

All the Bulldogs can do is play who is on the schedule and hope. They done all they can to this point. They clinched the MWC West Division and will be in the Mountain West Championship as they have beaten up on their opponents throughout the season.

 

They crushed New Mexico 69-28 last week, but when the BCS polls came out the following day, they lost their short lived lead ahead of NIU who beat Toledo earlier. Better computer rankings gave the nod to NIU.

 

Fresno State can control what’s in front of them and continue to win… and the with quarterback Derek Carr calling the plays, they like their chances for continued success.

 

Carr was voted MWC co-offensive player of the week when he torched New Mexico for 522 yards and seven touchdowns, while going his fifth straight game without an interception.

 

Fresno State coach Tim Deruyter is singing his praises…

 

He’s as good as there is in the country,” Deruyter said. “That’s why I think it’s very well-deserved that he should be in the Heisman discussion. He’s led us to 10-0 record is the most important thing for a quarterback. Statistically, he’s got to be up there with anybody in the country.”

 

For the Bulldogs to go to 11-0 for the first time, they must take care of business on the road against the Spartans (5-6, 4-3) who they have defeated 17 of 19 times to date.

 

However, in their most recent meeting in 2011, the Spartans took down Fresno State 27-24, so revenge will be on the minds of the Bulldogs.

 

And to help with that redemption, we can expect a steady diet of receivers Davante Adams and Josh Harper to be thrown to. All they have done this year is combine to catch 31 of the 39 touchdown passes Carr has thrown their way, including the seven he had over New Mexico.

 

The trio of Carr, Adams and Harper have made the Bulldogs the second-best in all of football with 399.9 yards per contest, but will be facing a Spartan secondary yielding only 219.7 yards against the pass with 11 takeaways.

 

Cause for concern for the Spartans though, is their rushing defense that has surrendered a whopping 743 yards on the ground in their last two outings and are giving up 43.3 points during their three game slide.

 

And it’s because of the San Jose State lack of defense that has made oddsmakers favor the Bulldogs as (minus) -7.0 point favorites on the road and with an over/under of 71.5… they expect the points to be flying on Friday. As game time approaches, we may expect the lines to move, so be sure to check here through Wonder Punter for the latest spread.

 

San Jose State is pass happy as well as they rank second in the MWC with 335.8 yards per game and quarterback David Fales has 28 touchdown passes for the season.

 

Fales is the Spartans all-time leading passer with 7,835 yards, but his 13 INTs has hurt the Spartans this year at times.

 

I expect Fresno State to be in a dog-fight with the Spartans, but San Jose State has not faired well when lining up to play ranked teams having dropped 21 consecutive games.

 

Gotta play hard. Gotta be focused. Gotta come out with fire and energy and just play well,” Spartan coach Ron Caragher said. “We don’t have to be superheroes to win this game, but we need to come out and play Spartan football. We’ve seen it throughout the course of the year, but we just haven’t as of late played particularly in-sync at all times.”

 

Points will be flying between these two, but in the end I predict the Bulldogs will remain undefeated.

 

PICK: Fresno State

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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

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NCAA Pick and Prediction Arkansas vs LSU

 

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

 

Line: LSU -24.5

Over/Under- 54.5

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

PICK: LSU

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter 

 

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Former NCAA National Champion Wrestler Darrion Caldwell Joins Bellator Roster

Darrion Caldwell will try to make his mark in the Bellatorcage in 2014. | Andy Hemingway/Sherdog.com

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has inked one other promising prospect.

The promotion announced on Wednesday that DarrionCaldwell, a 2009 NCAA nationwide champion and two-timeAll-American wrestler at North Carolina State University, hassigned a “long-term promotional agreement” with Bellator. Caldwellis anticipated to compete at one hundred forty five pounds.

“All the pieces simply really fell into place for me to sign with aprestigious organization like Bellator. I’m really embracing thisopportunity,” Caldwell said in a release. “During our talks, thetournament format is something I thought of a lot, and that’swhat I always grew up with being a Division I wrestler. I’m used tolooking at a bracket and seeing my title in opposition to one other fighter, soI’m absolutely looking forward to my first match run.”

In keeping with Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney, Caldwell might be givenplenty of time to develop before he is positioned in a featherweighttournament. His course could mirror that of BubbaJenkins, another celebrated wrestler on the promotion’s roster.Up to now, Jenkins’ first three Bellator appearances have come inpreliminary bouts.

“Similar to what we’ve achieved with different top prospects, Darrion willbe brought along slowly and given time to develop before facingmany of the most effective featherweights on the earth in our event. Thesky is the limit for Darrion,” Rebney stated.

Caldwell is three-zero as an expert, with every of his fights comingunder the Legacy Preventing Championship banner. In his most recentouting, the 25-yr-old Energy MMA Workforce representative outpointedGerzanChaw at LFC 21 in July.

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NCAA Prediction Beavers vs ducks Preview and Pick

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Free NCAA Pick and Prediction Beavers vs Ducks

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

 

Line: ORE -21.5

Over/Under: 68.0

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

PICK: Oregon

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

PICK: NIU

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

 

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NCAA Rankings College Football Week 14 BCS Top 25 Standings

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

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

 

1 Alabama (11-0) .9881

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

 

2 Florida State (11-0) .9697

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

 

3 Ohio State (11-0) .9200

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

 

4 Auburn (10-1) .8236

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

 

5 Missouri (10-1) .8077

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

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6 Clemson (10-1) .7726

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

 

7 Oklahoma State (10-1) .7615

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

 

8 Stanford (9-2) .6665

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

 

9 Baylor (9-1) .6456

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

 

10 South Carolina (9-2) .6101

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

 

11 Michigan State (10-1) .5780

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

 

12 Arizona State (9-2) .5052

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

 

13 Oregon (9-2) .4950

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

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14 N Illinois (11-0) .4620

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

 

15 Wisconsin (9-2) .4448

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

 

16 Fresno State (10-0) .4124

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

 

17 LSU (8-3) .3737

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

 

18 Oklahoma (9-2) .3380

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

 

19 UCF (9-1) .3364

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

 

20 Louisville (10-1) .2522

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

 

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

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

 

22 UCLA (8-3) .1921

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

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23 USC (9-3) .1779

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

 

24 Duke (9-2) .0885

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

 

25 Notre Dame (8-3) .0674

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

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

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#8 Missouri Tigers (10-1)- 24

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

 

Line: MIZZ -3.0

Over/Under: 59.0

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Missouri is only in their second season in the SEC.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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NCAA College Football Week 13 BCS Top 25 Recap

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

 

Wednesday 11/20

 

#16 Northern Illinois (11-0)- 35

Toledo Rockets (7-4)- 17

 

Line: NIU -2.0

Over/Under: 74

 

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

 

Thursday 11/21

 

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (5-5)- 17

#18 UCF Knights (9-1)- 41

 

Line: UCF -20.0

Over/Under: 60

 

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

 

Saturday 11/23/13

 

Chattanooga Mocs (8-4)- 0

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

 

Line: ALA -49.0

Over/Under: 52.0

 

Bama rolls over Chattanooga to remain perfect.

 

Idaho Vandals (1-10)- 14

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

 

Line: FSU -57.5

Over/Under: 69.0

 

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

 

Indiana Hoosiers (4-7)- 14

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

 

Line: OSU -33.0

Over/Under: 79.0

 

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

 

#4 Baylor Bears (9-1)- 17

#10 Oklahoma State (10-1)- 49

 

Line: BAY -8.0

Over/Under: 79.0

 

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

 

#5 Oregon Ducks (9-2)- 16

Arizona Wildcats (7-4)- 42

 

Line: ORE -20.0

Over/Under: 69.0

 

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

 

Citadel Bulldogs (5-7)- 6

#7 Clemson Tigers (10-1)- 52

 

Line: CLEM -41.0

Over/Under: 70.0

 

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

 

#8 Missouri Tigers (10-1)- 24

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

 

Line: MIZZ -1.0

Over/Under: 59.0

 

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

 

California Golden Bears (1-11)- 13

#9 Stanford Cardinal (9-2)- 63

 

Line: STAN -32.0

Over/Under: 59.0

 

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

 

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (10-2)- 10

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

 

Line: SCAR -41.0

Over/Under: 69.0

 

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

 

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

#22 LSU Tigers (8-3)- 34

 

Line: LSU -3.0

Over/Under: 74.0

 

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

 

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

Northwestern Wildcats (4-7)- 6

 

Line: MSU -7.0

Over/Under: 40.0

 

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

 

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

#14 UCLA Bruins (8-3)- 33

 

Line: ASU 3.0

Over/Under: 62.0

 

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

 

New Mexico Lobos (3-8)- 28

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

 

Line: FRES -34.0

Over/Under: 69.0

 

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

 

#19 Wisconsin Badgers (9-2)- 20

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

 

Line: WIS -16.5

Over/Under: 50.0

 

Badgers defeat the Gophers for the 10th straight time.

 

#20 Oklahoma Sooners (9-2)- 41

Kansas State Wildcats (6-5)- 31

 

Line: KSU -6.0

Over/Under: 54.0

 

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

 

Memphis Tigers (3-7)- 17

#21 Louisville Cardinals (10-1)- 24

 

Line: LOU -23.0

Over/Under: 44.0

 

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

 

#23 USC Trojans (9-3)- 47

Colorado Buffaloes (4-7)- 29

 

Line: USC -21.0

Over/Under: 54.0

 

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

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

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

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#4 Baylor Bears (9-1)- 17

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

 

Line: BAY -8.0

Over/Under: 79.0

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

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

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

#14 UCLA Bruins (8-3)- 33

 

Line: ASU -3.0

Over/Under: 62

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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NCAA Week 13 College Football Recap- #22 LSU Shuts Down #12 Texas A&M 34-10

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

#22 LSU Tigers (8-3)- 34

 

Line: LSU -3.0

Over/Under: 74

 

In what was supposed to be another Southeastern Conference “classic” on Saturday, instead became a one-sided affair as No. 22 LSU shut down Johnny Manziel and No. 12 Texas A&M 34-10 in Death Valley.

 

LSU running back Terrance Magee powered his way for 149 yards rushing on 13 carries for one touchdown as the Tigers running game accumulated 324 yards total on 55 rushes.

 

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

 

LSU (8-3, 4-3 SEC) had no answer in stopping the Tiger’s offense on a cold, wet and windy day in Baton Rogue as LSU (8-3, 4-3 SEC) outgained the Aggies 517-299 total yards.

 

With the weather conditions tonight, that was something that kind of had to happen,” Magee said. “We wanted to keep Johnny off the field and the only way to do that was to keep the ball on the ground and let the clock run.”

 

Johnny Manziel, in what was probably his only visit to Tiger Stadium had one of his worst performances of his short collegiate career. He passed for 224 yards and a touchdown, but was only 16 of 41, was sacked twice and picked off twice as Texas A&M’s road winning streak ended at 10.

 

The Tigers defense dominated and shut down the SEC’s leading offense, which came in averaging a whopping 578 yards and 49.2 points per game.

 

LSU also ended the Aggies 13-game streak of scoring 40 or more points.

 

In two seasons under coach A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, and with Manziel at quarterback, the Aggies have never had less points and yards in a game.

 

LSU coach Les Miles was given the game ball by his players, but gives all the credit to his football team.

 

They look forward to playing a quality opponent with marquee written all over it,” Miles said. “Competition: It’s a long word and there’s a lot to it… This is a team that knows how to play in big games and will fight you.

 

The defense rushed and maintained leverage and we put speed on the field and covered,” Miles said. “That’s the kind of LSU defense that we’re used to.”

 

LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger went 11-of-20 for 193 yards and two touchdowns with and interception and hit one of his favorite receivers Jarvis Laundry for times for 87 yards, including touchdowns of 40 and 10 yards.

 

LSU won the time of possession 40:19 to 19:41 which kept the defense fresh, and it showed.

 

We were not able to stay on the field offensively. Because of that our defense just got grounded down. You have to give LSU credit across the board,” Sumlin said. “Offensively, LSU stuck to their plan and I thought our defense held up for a long time, but we gave up a couple of big plays that separated it. That’s something we need to learn from.

 

You get on the road and the crowd gets into it; I thought we started pressing a little bit offensively ,” Sumlin added.

 

With a constant dose of an LSU power running game and controlling the line of scrimmage and clock, they were able to dictate the game from beginning to end and come away with an impressive win.

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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

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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

 

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NCAA Precition and Picks week 13

Who Has The Most To Achieve Or Lose On Opening Day?

Good rivalry recreation proper out of the gate. That is no cake walk for the Gamecocks, although enjoying this at dwelling is a huge help. NC completed a respectable 8-4 (5-3 ACC) last season (put up season bowl ban), and I always really feel like SC is a bit overrated due to Spurrier. The Tar Heels are predicted to be higher in 2013, with many feeling they’ve the very best offense in the ACC. Any sort of a win could be okay, however a loss can be pretty bad and certain drop SC APPROACH down in the polls. You gotta be rooting for Larry Fedora and the Tar Heels.

Definite impartial website sport at Reliant Stadium in Houston. OSU comes in tied with LSU at #2 with the most to lose. As a double-digit favorite, any loss is a large number for the preseason Big 12 champion Cowboys. The apparent key matchups are OSU’s QB’s and WR’s vs the Bulldogs’ young secondary, and Miss State’s experienced and physical offense vs a protection that had hassle getting off the sphere in 2012. Whereas OSU would look to be the superior crew overall, the Bulldogs offense brings the EXACT ingredient essential to neutralize the Cowboys’ strength.

Two performs on the end are all that separates this Wisconsin team from being a win away from a spot within the BCS title game. The schedule exterior of the B1G was actually dangerous, however they have blown away 5 convention foes and rolled up bunches of points alongside the best way. Had they gained at Ohio State, they still might be in place to make a case for a seat within the closing two by avenging their other loss, however scheduling UNLV, Oregon State, Northern Illinois and South Dakota isn’t the best way to go about it.

I figured on two of the  games being high scoring and so they have been, however didn’t realize the SEC would go bigger than the Pac-12 (seventy two-fifty one) which was the opposite of my total factors predictions on the wins for Arkansas (55) and Oregon (eighty five). Then there was the game of the century which performed out like the sport of the cent, as in a penny should have been the value of a ticket. I love protection, however it was a bit of a lot for me to observe these quarterbacks struggle. I blew the decide though and at 2-1 I now stand 27-7 straight up.

In my School Football Prime 25 it would seem like I’m disrespecting the SEC, however I just wish to see more motion before I worry too much about the prime 5 or 10. That is the primary of three conference-title-game previews. It’s funny how the more issues change, the extra they stay the same. Six occasions, these groups have met for the SEC championship. If the Gators lose this one within the Swamp, it’ll be robust for them to rebound and win subsequent week at LSU. Getting swept just about takes them out of SEC division title rivalry. The strain is firmly on them.

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NCAA Prediction and Free pick Clemson vs Citadel


I flipped a coin on the CUSA representative who will play  within the  heart of Dallas Bowl. East Carolina will beat North Carolina State however lose to Marshall, and each of the other teams win out. Marshall goes to the  Bowl on proximity. North Texas is close to each Dallas and Fort Worth, every home to a CUSA tie-in. East Carolina goes to Hawaii as a result of screw this I’ve put in an excessive amount of thought already. Rice goes to whichever of Dallas and Ft. Price I haven’t already picked. That work for everybody? Cool.

The Clemson Tigers heading into Saturday night’s match-up having a two loss season and also going 6-2 within the ACC conference. The Tigers had received eight straight video games but fell on the road to Georgia Tech 17-31 on October twenty ninth before having another road loss to North Carolina State last week. Clemson simply couldn’t get any momentum going scoring just one touchdown within the 13-37 loss. Bookmakers had truly listed the Tigers as 6.5-point road favorites in NCAA football picks but the squad lost outright to fall to 7-four ATS on the season.
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The South Carolina Gamecocks have also lost two games this yr falling to Auburn and Arkansas but have a two sport profitable streak heading into tonight’s game after defeating Florida and the Citadel last week. Head coach Steve Spurrier’s workforce easily handled the Bulldogs final Saturday in a forty one-20 win but couldn’t cover the spread as 39-point favorites in college football picks to go 5-6 ATS on the season. Sophomore QB Conner Shaw threw sixteen/18 for 217-yards with three TD’s and 1-interception in the win vs the Citadel whereas Freshman RB Brandon Wilds had 109-yards on 20-carries adding two more touchdowns.

I hate to be the one who breaks this to you, however she’s a Buckeye fan. She’s not salvageable. But for the sake of denial, let’s fake she can be saved. Take a trip to The Grotto (soften the center out of the gate) adopted by a raging tailgate the place she will bond with Irish followers over a mutual hatred of Michigan. Finding issues you have in widespread breaks down obstacles. My boys and I will be underneath the large “Yard Sale” flag next to Legends with all of the Michigan hate in the world to share along with her should you want a hand.

So when did the game finally evolve into the coast-to-coast, smash-mouth, huge-cash competitors of now? In all probability not actually until the nineteen sixties. But by 1920, the makings of contemporary school football had at the least climbed out of the primordial ooze as one thing fans in 2008 might simply recognize. The United States’ transportation infrastructure in 1920 had advanced such that cross-country football meetings (though not almost as frequent as today) were not solely doable, but were becoming frequent. The 1902 Match East-West football game between Michigan and Stanford was an early precursor to both bowl video games and actually cross-country competitors.

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NCAA Week 12 Picks and Predictions

NCAA Week 12 Picks – Mario Martinez

Some teams you’re contemplating in your 2014 NCAA predictions had been lousy in November but great in February. Different groups had been superb in November however no good in February. In case your picks for the 2014 NCAA tournament have a crew going far, the previous is extra probably better than the latter. However do not assign an excessive amount of significance in your 2014 NCAA predictions to the last two or three games of the common season. From a predictive perspective, being nice in December and superb in February is best than enjoying poorly in December and nice in February. Because the Selection Committee rightly says, the total physique of labor issues.
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Some NCAA tournament teams beat the teams they’re purported to beat, and lose to the teams they’re speculated to lose to. Different NCAA groups in 2014 have beaten some higher teams, however have misplaced to some actual stinkers. In case your 2014 NCAA predictions have a excessive consistency, they are less prone to knock off a a lot better opponent, but are also less likely to get upset by a match underdog. Our Consistency ratings may help you make your NCAA predictions in 2014 by identify which groups match the above descriptions.

When making your NCAA predictions in 2014, an important consideration when selecting your NCAA predictions for the latter rounds is a crew’s total odds of making that round. But another factor is the percentages of winning any individual recreation. We publish particular person game NCAA predictions for every single first spherical match up. Okay, that’s not unusual. We additionally publish individual sport odds for every single hypothetical NCAA match matchup Using our Matchup Predictor you may see NCAA predictions from six different pc models for any pair of teams. That may be very useful when filling within the later rounds of your 2014 NCAA predictions.

Convention Tournament Winners – The media likes to make an enormous deal about NCAA conference champions being “scorching” going into the tournament, however normally, that does not make those teams good winners for your NCAA predictions. A three recreation successful streak doesn’t make a dominant workforce, so be wary of basing your 2014 NCAA predictions solely on conference event play. Connecticut last season is clearly a counterexample of a sizzling team that was a god NCAA pick, but keep in mind that the Huskies had been incredible in their non conference schedule, and their Massive East event run featured 5 games, not simply three.

That is our favorite time of 12 months at WonderPunter.

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NCAA Prediction College Football Week 13 Game Preview/Pick- #4 Baylor vs. #10 Oklahoma State

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NCAA free pick and prediction Baylor vs Oklahoma state game week 13

 

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

 

Line: BAY -10.0

Over/Under: 78.0

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Saturday night’s prime time matchup between the No. 4 Baylor Bears and No. 10 Oklahoma State Cowboys has all the makings of a Big 12 classic and Baylor coach Art Briles agrees as his undefeated Bears will be facing a Cowboy’s team (preseason Big 12 favorite) that has won six straight to get back into the title chase.

 

It doesn’t matter whatever team that Oklahoma State was playing this week or Baylor was playing this week,” Briles said. “It was going to be a big game because of what they’ve done up through the season and what we’ve done up through this season. It just happens to be we’re playing.”

 

The Baylor Bears (9-0, 6-0) will bring a potent offense into Stillwater on Saturday night where the offense is on pace to set a major college record at 61 points and 685 yards a game. They also have a school-best 13-game winning streak and with a No. 4 BCS ranking are right in the BCS championship talks.

 

We’ve got our work cut out for us this week, playing the best team in league,” Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said. “Baylor’s pretty much had their way with everybody they’ve played this year, I think everybody would agree with that. They’re very deserving of being ranked third or fourth in the country. A lot credit goes to them, so it should be a lot of fun Saturday night.”

 

Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty has his own take on the game…

 

It’s huge. That mentality trickles down to us. You can’t make any game bigger than any of the other’s,” Petty said. “You have to treat each game as it’s a one-game season, as it’s just a normal day. So that kind of confidence is what makes us play at such a high level.”

 

Baylor has not won an outright title since 1980 when it was in the Southwest Conference, but to do it this year they must face a pair of potential title-deciding games in the last three weeks.

 

Oklahoma State (9-1, 6-1) is on fire of their own, and is coming off a 38-13 win at Texas, the only other team that was undefeated in the Big 12.

 

I don’t think it’s any pressure or nervousness, a lot guys have been through this before the last two years, playing in big games,” Cowboys senior offensive lineman Parker Graham said. “I’m just really excited for it.”

 

Since the Cowboys last loss at West Virginia on September 28 and inserting senior Clint Chelf at quarterback and giving junior Desmond Roland the primary running back duties… they have improved every week.

 

The spread has the Baylor Bears at (minus) -10.0 points favorites going into a Stadium they haven’t won since 1939! And with an over/under set at 78.0.. points will be flying, so be sure to check the latest lines up until kick-off here at Wonder Punter.

 

You’ve got to embrace it, you really do,” Petty said. “You’re there for a reason. The Big 12 is what we want. I think it’s OK to take that for what is and be excited about it.”

 

Baylor hope to have their top two running backs ready for Saturday night… Lache Seastrunk (groin) and Glasco Martin (knee) for what they feel will be a hostile environment come game time.

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We’ve been in some pretty good atmospheres so far this year, and we feel like Stillwater’s going to fall right in line with some of the things that we’ve lived through,” Briles said. “Without question, the guys have been on a big stage, and we feel like it’s going to be one this week in Stillwater, and we feel like our players have earned it.”

 

Expect a good one. I’m still not sold on the Bears being that big of a favorite but it’s hard to argue with what they’ve done this year so far.

 

PICK: Baylor

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter