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NCAA Prediction College Bowl Game Preview/Pick- Tulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

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Tulane Green Wave (7-5) @ Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (8-4) 12/21- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: TUL -2.5

Over/Under: 49.5

 

R+L CARRIERS NEW ORLEANS BOWL- New Orleans, LA

 

The Ragin’ Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette will be in search of their third win in the New Orleans Bowl on Saturday, but will have to do it this time against an opponent that calls New Orleans home, their in-state foe– the Tulane Green Wave.

 

While the Ragin’ Cajuns have enjoyed success in the postseason in three consecutive years, the Green Wave will be making their first trip to a bowl game since 2002, but both team will be battling injuries at the quarterback position.

 

The Ragin’ Cajuns (8-4) rattled off eight straight regular-season victories in between a pair of two-game losing streaks to start and end the season and their last loss, a 30-8 defeat to South Alabama on December 7 cost them their first outright Sun Belt title and had to settle for sharing the title with Arkansas State.

 

I am not going to let this ruin the entire season,” coach Mark Hudspeth said. “We are the Sun Belt Conference champions. Even though we finished tied, we beat the team head-to-head that we finished tied with and we won eight games in a row. We won a conference title in just our third year together and negative people can get off the train and the positive ones can join me in New Orleans because we’re going back to a bowl.”

 

But, to get it done on Saturday, the Ragin’ Cajuns may be without junior quarterback Terrance Broadway who missed the final game of the season when he suffered a broken right arm back on November 30th. Broadway is listed as questionable for Saturday’s contest.

 

Tulane is also dealing with quarterback issues with starter Nick Montana, who has been slowed by a shoulder injury, but coach Curtis Johnson is anticipating his quarterback playing as well as Broadway for the Ragin’ Cajuns.

 

We want to be basic as we can, but we are going to prepare for Broadway,” Johnson said. “Broadway makes the whole thing go. We think Nick will be ready, but if he isn’t, then we’ll move on to Devin (Powell).”

 

Montana is out of California and is the son of NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana and separated his shoulder back in October and re-aggravated it in the last game of the season back on November 30th.

 

The Green Waves go into Saturday’s bowl game having lost three of its last four and is struggling offensively to put points on the board.

 

Out team was not healthy offensively,” Johnson said. “We took a beating the last couple of weeks. Our quarterback wasn’t very healthy since early on in the season.”

 

Tulane went 5-5 this season with the junior Montana calling the signals, completing 53.1 percent of his passes for 1,654 with 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

 

The Ragin’ Cajuns were averaging 41.7 points in the three games before Broadway got injured and last year with Broadway calling the signals, beat Tulane 41-13.

 

I think if you look at what happened last year against them, they really took us to the woodshed,” Johnson said. “They played sensational.”

 

But despite last years loss, the oddsmakers are making the Green Waves a slim (minus -2.5) point favorite at their home Dome stadium, but get the latest odds up until kickoff right here at Wonder Punter.

 

But coach Hudspeth knows his team must get a handle on their turnovers where they have turned the ball over seven times in the last two games with no takeaways, whereas the Green Wave had a plus-12 turnover in their last two games with only one giveaway.

 

I predict the Ragin’ Cajuns taking care of the ball on Saturday and if Broadway is able to go, see them capturing the New Orleans Bowl championship.

 

Prediction/Pick: Louisiana-Lafayette

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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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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NFL Thursday Nights Game Picks Preview – Giants vs. Bears

NFL Preview – Picks for the Giants vs Bears game Thursday 10th october 2013

New York Giants (0-5) @ Chicago Bears (3-2) 10/10 8:25PM EST

 

Line: CHI -7.5

Over/Under: 47.0

 

The New York Giants go into Chicago on a short week to try to avoid their first 0-6 start in 37 years and see some promise where they have had some success in Soldier Field and hope to hand the Bears their third consecutive loss.

 

The Giants have won two straight against the Bears and four straight at Soldier Field.

 

The Giants were last 0-5 in 1987 in a strike shortened season and haven’t been 0-6 since dropping their first nine games in 1976.

 

The Giants had high hopes of playing in the Super Bowl in their own home, now they just want to win a football game.

 

For us, we’re not even thinking about the playoffs now,” linebacker Spencer Paysinger said. “Right now we are 0-5 and looking for our first win, hopefully coming Thursday.”

 

If they Giants have any hope of winning on Thursday, they must play better on both sides of the ball, where the defense is a league-worst at allowing 36.4 points a game and Eli Manning has a league-high 12 interceptions. Their running game is also a league-low 56.8 rushing yards per game.

 

On Manning, “This guy is trying to play the best he can,” coach Tom Coughlin said.

 

It’s everyone, the receivers, the offensive line. Everyone is to blame for some of those losses,” said receiver Victor Cruz.

 

The Bears look to improve on playing a better first half of football where they have been outscored 50-20 the last two games.

 

Teams have been zeroing in on Bears’ top receiver Brandon Marshall, where he has been doubled-teamed and has caused some frustration, but says he is more upset about the losing, not the lack of production on his part.

 

Sometimes the formula may go to me, sometimes it doesn’t. Whatever’s best for the team to win, that’s what we need to do,” said Marshall. “I’m always going to be frustrated when our offense isn’t NO. 1 in the league. I’m always going to be frustrated when we’re losing.”

 

 

 

 

I don’t see the Giants being able to have this as their turn around game to notch their first victory. Chicago has dropped two straight, however they are third in the league with 14 takeaways, while New York’s 20 turnovers are the most in the NFL.

 

Expect more of the same from the Giants this week. Bears win easily, Go here for NFL Power rankings

 

PICK: Chicago Bears

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