Union beats Minnesota for first hockey title

PHILADELPHIA – Union College won its first NCAA hockey title Saturday night, scoring three times in a 1:54 span in the first period in a 7-4 victory over Minnesota on Saturday night.

Mike Vecchione tied it at 2 with 4:01 left in the first, Eli Lichtenwald gave the Dutchmen the lead 57 seconds later, and Daniel Ciampini capped the spree with 2:57 to go.

"I don't think anyone will call us Cinderella anymore," said Shayne Gostisbehere, who had a goal and two assists. "These guys, my brothers, they do everything for me. I don't care about anything else, we're national champions."

Max Novak, Kevin Sullivan and Mat Bodie also scored and Colin Stevens made 36 saves for Union (32-6-4), the 2,200-student liberal arts college in Schenectady, N.Y., that competes in Division III in all other sports.

"A little bit speechless right now," third-year coach Rick Bennett said. "Just happy for our school, for this program and the past players. It's an unbelievable experience."

Justin Kloos, Sam Warning, Taylor Cammarata and Hudson Fasching scored for Minnesota (28-7-6). Adam Wilcox stopped 41 shots for the five-time champion Gophers.

"Both teams are better defensively than a 7-4 score shows," said Bodie, the Union captain. "It's just one of those games where crazy bounces happen. We just wanted to stick with our process. We thought we were playing pretty well and great things happened."

Cammarata pulled Minnesota within one with the lone goal in the second period, but Novak restored the two-goal cushion on a deflection at 5:31 of the third.

Fasching cut it to 5-4 with a power-play goal with 3:40 left. Sullivan put it away with 1:22 to go, and Bodie scored into an empty net with 44.2 seconds remaining.

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The Union College Dutchmen went 16-0-1 in their last 17 games en route to their first-ever NCAA hockey title.

"Just one shift at a time," Bodie said. "This is the biggest game of our lives, hands down, but you've got to treat it like any other game. It was tough, I had people texting me, people calling me and stuff, and, you know, it was real tough to keep that mindset, but with our sport psychologist we were able to get that done."

Kloos opened the scoring on a rebound 2:37 into the first period. Gostisbehere responded for Union by weaving through three opponents and beating Wilcox with a wrist shot to glove side at 9:26. Less than a minute later, Warning squeaked a bad-angle shot between Stevens and the pipe to put Minnesota up 2-1.

Union won its final 12 games and went 16-0-1 in its last 17. Ciampini scored three goals in the Dutchmen's 5-4 victory over Boston College in the semifinals Thursday night.

The Dutchmen have competed in Division I since 1991-92.

Minnesota lost for the seventh time in the title game. The Gophers were making their first appearance in the championship game since winning its second straight title in 2003.

NOTES: Union last met Minnesota in 2010-11, when it won 3-2 in Minneapolis. The overall series is tied 2-2.. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren dropped the ceremonial first puck. Holmgren played for the 1974-75 Minnesota team that lost to Michigan Tech in the national title game… The 2015 Frozen Four will be played at TD Garden in Boston.

 

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NBA Prediction NBA Saturday Night Preview/Pick- Clippers vs. Rockets

NBA Free Pick & Prediction L.A Clippers vs. Rockets

Los Angeles Clippers (51-22, 20-17 away) @ Houston Rockets (49-22, 29-7 home) 02/29- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: HOU -1.5

Over/Under: 216.5

 

Yet another big Western Conference showdown will take place on Saturday night when Los Angeles visits the Houston Rockets as the Clippers will be going for the season sweep.

 

The Rockets (49-22) will be in quest of their 12th straight home victory on Saturday night and a win against a team they have yet to defeat this season will draw them into a third-place tie in the tough Western Conference.

 

Houston is also riding a five game win streak, having won three of those without center Dwight Howard who was sidelined with a left ankle strain and he responded in his second game back with 17 points and 13 boards in their 120-98 smack down of the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night.

 

James Harden continued his all-star season performance by recording a triple-double with 26 points, 10 boards and 10 assists.

 

We did a great job of coming out tonight and taking care of business,” said Harden who’s been on a scoring tear averaging 31.3 over his last three games. He is also 12 of 23 from behind the arc in that same span.

 

Speaking of tears, the Rockets have been lighting up the scoreboard to the tune of 118.2 points per game during their win streak and are averaging the same amount of points over their last nine games at the Toyota Center beating opposing teams by an average of 14.6 points per contest.

 

Having Howard back in the mix and with the team putting points on the board, the Rockets will need all they can muster against the Clippers…. a team that has dominated them winning eight of nine, including taking the first three games by an average of 13.3 points this season.

 

Los Angeles (51-22) is challenging the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs for the West’s best record and are closing in on their second straight Pacific Division crown. However, the Clippers sit just one game ahead of fourth place Houston after dropping two consecutive games before bouncing back with a big 109-103 road victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night.

 

The big three of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan all responded against the Mavs after losing the night before to New Orleans and understand there is no room for nights off if they want to challenge come playoff time and make some noise.

 

We knew it was going to be a playoff-type game,” Paul said. “They’re just not playing for their playoff lives; we’re trying to gear up for the playoffs too.”

 

Despite the Clips having their way with Houston of late, the oddsmakers have faith the home town Rockets will get it done on Saturday night making them a slight (minus -1.5) point favorite with an over/under of 216.5, but as always… stay up to date with the latest spread up until game time right here at Wonder Punter.

 

Tough one to call between these two teams, but I too am going to agree with the oddsmakers on this one and predict the Rockets to finally find some success and find a way to defeat the visiting Clippers in a close one.

 

Prediction/Pick- Houston

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

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Jimbo Fisher to stay

 

Florida State would like Jimbo Fisher to stick around for a while

Florida State would like Jimbo Fisher to stick around for a while.(USATSI)

 

We don't know yet when the Texas job will come open this particular winter, but even the thought of this happening has helped make a few coaches richer this week. First it had been Auburn's Gus Malzahn after this individual was linked to the Texas job, and today it's Florida State's Jimbo Fisher.

ThePalm Beach Postdocumented on Saturday night that Fisher has agreed to a new deal which will pay him about $4. one million annually. The deal is beleived to be between five and 7 years.

Considering that taking over for Bobby Bowden this year Fisher has gone 43-10 in 4 seasons with the Seminoles, and a make an impression on Duke in the ACC Championship upon Saturday night will send Fisher's team to Pasadena for the BCS Tournament Game.

The newest deal would make Fisher, who will be making a base salary of $2. 75 million this season, one of the 10 highest-paid coaches in the country.

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NCAA Prediction Week 14 College Football Game Preview/Pick- #25 Notre Dame vs. #8 Stanford

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NCAA Free Pick and prediction Notre Dame vs. Stanford

 

#25 Notre Dame (8-3) @ #8 Stanford (9-2) 11/30- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: STAN -15.0

Over/Under: 49.0

 

With the Pac-12 North title already won and a shot at the Rose Bowl next week with winning the Pac-12 championship, No. 8 Stanford will turn their attention to hosting the No. 25 Fighting Irish Saturday night in a game where nothing more then winning and playing for pride will be stake.

 

Stanford (9-2) has been on roller-coaster ride the last three weeks with the Oregon Ducks, winning, then losing, then winning the Pac-12 North Division title for sure after last weeks Oregon lost and Cardinal win.

 

Stanford will play the #12 ranked Arizona State Sun Devils next weekend for the Pac-12 championship and the right to represent the Pac-12 in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena in January.

 

I remind people that we don’t go through all the ups and downs that maybe even the media and the fans go through because we keep our minds on our jobs,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. “If we win a big game, they don’t cancel the next week. If we lose a game, they don’t cancel the next week.”

 

Shaw stressed to his team, just worry and focus on the week ahead and it will work out.

 

It’s been very emotional,” Stanford wide receiver Ty Montgomery said. “You definitely learn a lot of lessons. It’s kind of a blessing to experience some highs and some lows. Depending on how you look at it, you can always take something positive out of something negative. It’s been a good experience to be able to fight and bounce back.”

 

It’s simple now for the Cardinal… beat the Sun Devils next week and make a trip to their fourth-straight BCS bowl game… the Rose Bowl.

 

However, a win against Notre Dame is still important because if Stanford losses to Arizona State, their win over the Irish could mean the difference between the Alamo, Holiday, or Sun Bowls…. all less then desirable than a BCS bowl.

 

The Cardinal will be looking for sweet revenge after last year’s game in South Bend that saw the Irish win 20-13 in overtime on a disputed play when Cardinal Stephan Taylor was ruled by officials to have been stopped short of the goal line on fourth down. That Stanford loss helped keep the Irish magical season of 2012 alive.

 

That loss is history and Shaw wants his team focused for Saturday night.

 

We don’t go back in our rooms and cry, which for some reason is what people wants us to do, because that’s what some people do,” Shaw said. “When you have a stake in it, and you’re in it, you take the lessons learned and go forward.”

 

The game plan for Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly this time around is to establish the run, can eliminate the Cardinal from big plays and keep them under 20 points on the scoreboard.

 

Going in Saturday’s game, the Cardinal rank third in the nation against the run, allowing just 89.5 yards per game, while the offense is averaging 33.4 points a contest. And to boot, have won 15 straight home games.

 

So, it’s easy to see why all the numbers point to Stanford who have been favored at (minus) -15.0 points over the Irish. Of course, the line may move, so be sure to check through Wonder Punter up until game time for the latest spread.

 

The Irish (8-3) have had a season that saw them move up, down, out and finally back in the polls again. They believe last week’s tough game against unranked BYU will help them be mentally ready and physically prepared to put up a fight against the highly-favored Cardinal.

 

We need to continue to build on that and develop that, and that’s the way we’ve got to play this game of football,” Brian Kelly said.

 

I’m taking my chances with the Cardinal who have won three out of the last four meetings against the Irish and this year have the more talented and seemingly better prepared football team.

 

Kelly has described the series between the two schools as “a great rivalry.”

 

PICK: Stanford

 

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NCAA Prediction Week 14 College Football Game- #22 UCLA vs. #23 USC

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Free Pick NCAA Prediction and Preview UCLA vs USC

 

#22 UCLA Bruins (8-3) @ #23 USC Trojans (9-3) 11/30- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: USC -3.5

Over/Under- 51.5

 

As a kid growing up in Los Angeles, cross-town rivals SC/UCLA for me has always been the best rivalry in College Football…. call it West Coast bias, me being a homer or just the simple fact that I grew up rooting for one and hating the other, or whatever? But this to me is my favorite and the best rivalry in all of sports as these two schools are set to battle on Saturday night in the Coliseum for the right to have another year of bragging rights.

 

Unlike most other schools in the nation who are a rivals, these two colleges are not separated by long miles or one end of the state to the other but by simply a short bus ride, which is why I feel it is so intense when these two programs get together…. in any sport to be honest. These two colleges have their die-hard fans who are loyal to one or the other just like any other ‘hard-core’ rivalries across the nation. There is no down the middle as a fan. Pick a side and that’s it! I will be rooting, yelling, booing and wearing my colors come Saturday night.

 

USC (9-2, 6-2) has seemed to regain it’s national prominence under ‘interim’ coach Ed Oregeron who took over for Lane Kiffin who was fired following the Trojans 62-41 thrashing at the hands of Pac-12 South champion Arizona State on national television back on September 28.

 

All Oregeron has done since that “black-eye” moment in the program is lead this once proud football program to a 6-1 record and brought back the pride in Trojan football.

 

SC is still searching for a new head coach, but I feel Oregeron has done a great job under the circumstances of the NCAA sanctions and highly-recruited standouts who were underachieving under Kiffin. They are now playing winning football games and he should be given a shot to lead the football program back to a national power.

 

A Trojan win on Saturday on maybe the ‘interim’ tag will be removed and he’s given a new title…. head coach. Will USC A.D. Pat Haden agree?

 

If it was up to UCLA coach Jim Mora, the answer would be yes, who cast his vote for Oregeron as conference coach of the year.

 

He gave them a real spark,” Mora said. “When you come into a situation like that where you’re an interim coach, the likelihood of being retained—at least from the outside perception; who knows what’s going on over there—it frees you up to really go after it. I voted for him for Pac-12 coach of the year. That’s what kind of job I think he’s done. I think he’s very deserving of it.”

 

For UCLA (8-3, 5-3), they lost an opportunity to win their second Pac-12 South title last week against Arizona State and a chance for their first Pac-12 championship… so this week against their most hated rival, they will focus on a second consecutive win over the Trojans.

 

USC quarterback Cody Kessler will be making his first start against the Bruins Saturday night and says this….

 

We know there is a lot more emphasis on this game just because of the rivalry and the tradition behind it,” Kessler said. “But we’re going to treat it just like any other week.”

 

USC goes in having dominated the series winning 12 of the last 14 meetings, but last year’s Bruins 38-28 win is still fresh in the minds of all the Trojans.

 

Getting beat. Losing. Terrible taste in our month,” Orgeron said. “Against our rival team. Not playing well. Letting down the Trojan family. Not a very good feeling.”

 

One big boost the Trojans will have come game time is the possibility of star receiver Marqise Lee being back in action where in last year’s game Lee caught nine passes for 158 yards and one touchdown.

 

According to Orgeron, Lee is a ‘sure’ bet to play on Saturday.

 

He’s as special as they get, Mora said. “He has all the attributes of a great receiver. He loves to compete. He can get off the bump-and-run, he can beat you deep, he can stop on a dime and run great routes. You can tell he’s not 100-percent healthy, but that doesn’t mean a lot when you’re talking about Marqise Lee.”

 

Injuries on the Bruins offensive line has been a problem all year and will be again against the Trojans, where they are expected to start three freshmen.

 

UCLA has played many freshmen all year long due to injury problems… but in the long run will pay dividends.

 

We’re very close. We’re an incredibly young football team,” Mora said. “We’re moving up the mountain, we just have to get more mature and that’s a process. There is no magic fairy dust you can sprinkle on a freshman and say, ‘Ok, now you’re a junior.”

 

The Trojan defense will have their sights set on UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley where last year as a freshman in the rivalry game he went 22 of 30 for 234 yards and one TD while rushing for two more scores.

 

We cannot let Hundley run the ball or throw the ball deep,” Oregeron said. We need to be great on coverage and great on our rush.”

 

Hundley is 214 of 315 for 2637 yards passing with 22 touchdowns. He was talked early in the Heisman conversation before falling off.

 

USC has won five straight games and has beaten the Bruins seven straight times at the Coliseum and with those numbers have been made a (minus) -3.5 point favorite for Saturday’s game, but be sure to check the latest spread leading up to kickoff right here at Wonder Punter.

 

I look forward to another great showdown between these two teams and predict the Bruins will pull off an upset in the Trojans’ backyard. My UCLA player to watch will be standout true freshman Myles Jack who plays on both sides of the ball. Jack is outstanding on the defensive side of the ball and was recently inserted into the running back position to give the UCLA running game a much needed shot in the arm.

 

Coach Mora will have his team ready after last weeks ‘could’ve been’ game…

 

You always worry after a tough loss, a real emotional loss, how you’re going to respond,” Mora said. “They just came out and went to work. They’re excited about this game.”

 

Me too. I expect high scoring between both schools with back and fourth action and the usual drama. But, in the end…. Prediction…. UCLA

 

PICK: UCLA

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

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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.

 

 

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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 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

 

 

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Roach: Pacquiao looks to punish Rios camp

Unhealthy Blood Continues For Pacquiao, Rios Camps

 

MACAU – Manny Pacquiao’s coach, Freddie Roach, says the boxer will use Sunday’s fight against Brandon Rios to punish members of the Rios camp who mocked Roach’s speech, which is affected by Parkinson’s disease.

The fallout from Wednesday’s bodily confrontation between Roach and the Rios camp continued Thursday, with Roach saying Pacquiao had watched video of the heated incident by which Roach was kicked and his speech mocked.

“(Pacquiao) stated to me, ‘Are these the blokes that made enjoyable of you?’ and I mentioned sure, and he mentioned, ‘That is all I must know,’ and he walked away,” Roach advised The Associated Press on Thursday.

“He advised me he’ll deal with this man rapidly.”

Roach, fifty three, was kicked by former co-worker and Pacquiao cornerman Alex Ariza – now within the Rios camp aiding head coach Robert Garcia – and whereas Roach initially known as for police to arrest Ariza, he laughed off the seriousness of the confrontation a day later.

“What (Ariza) doesn’t realize is that Manny hits me 10 instances tougher daily. It was like a woman kicking me,” Roach mentioned.

Sunday’s battle (Saturday night U.S. time, with an undercard beginning at 7 p.m. ET) will be Pacquiao’s first since getting savagely knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez almost a year ago.

The Filipino, as soon as thought to be pound-for-pound the best fighter in the world, is keen to restore his standing within the boxing world after successive defeats against Marquez and a much-criticized judging determination in favor of Tim Bradley.

“He’s hungry after the 12 months off, he is anxious to get within the ring and he is anxious to indicate the world he’s still an elite fighter,” Roach stated. “One of the simplest ways to try this is to knock Brandon Rios out, we both know that, and I have burdened that to him.

“Initially I didn’t think the struggle would go six rounds, and after the way in which he is labored out, I don’t suppose it will go four.”

Pacquiao has not stopped an opponent since he fought Miguel Cotto four years ago, but Roach feels Rios’ aggressive type will open the door for a fast finish.

“Rios is a troublesome guy, and tough guys don’t win fights; good boxers win fights,” Roach stated. “The more I watch him on tape, the worse he will get.

“We will field him, and the knockout will come with Manny’s hand speed and combos and Rios not having a very good defense. One thing we know is that Rios will fight back, and that is our big benefit because Manny is an exquisite counter-puncher and we’ve been working quite a bit on that within the fitness center.”

 

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Wonder Punter NBA Power Rankings- Week 3

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With just about 3 full weeks of NBA action in the books after the conclusion of Tuesday night’s games… let’s take a look the latest Power Rankings as some teams continue to surprise and others continue to fall. Indiana, the last of the unbeatens suffered their first loss at the hands of the Chicago Bulls.

 

San Antonio and Indiana are playing like the two best teams in the league while early top 10 Philadelphia is falling fast.

 

Teams 1-30 with records and last weeks rankings in parentheses are as followed:

 

1 Indiana Pacers (9-1 LW 1)- They lost to Bulls on the second of a back-to-back. Danny Granger expected back soon.

 

2 San Antonio Spurs (9-1 LW 2)- The Spurs have won 7 straight while Tim Duncan is averaging career-lows of 12 points and 39.4 percent shooting.

 

3 Miami Heat (7-3 LW 5)- LeBron James is averaging 34 points per game during the Heat’s three game win streak.

 

4 Los Angeles Clippers (7-3 LW 7)- The Clippers have won four straight while Blake Griffin is averaging a double-double with 22.9 points and 10.9 boards.

 

5 Golden State Warriors (7-3 LW 8)- Warriors have won three straight while suffering through injuries.

 

6 Minnesota Timberwolves (7-4 LW 4)- Kevin Love and Kevin Martin have formed the league’s highest scoring-duo in the season’s opening month.

 

7 Portland Trailblazers (8-2 LW 13)- One of the league’s early surprises…. the Blazers have won six straight.

 

8 Oklahoma City Thunder (6-3 LW 3)- Thunder will be looking for revenge against the Clippers on Thursday night.

 

9 Houston Rockets (7-4 LW 10)- Back up center Omer Asik wants out of Houston and has been benched the last two games since his request.

 

10 Chicago Bulls (5-3 LW 12)- Derrick Rose hits six 3’s in their big win against Indiana on Saturday night.

 

11 Dallas Mavericks (6-4 LW 11)- Mavs look to get back on track when Dwight Howard and the Rockets visit Wednesday night.

 

12 Phoenix Suns (5-4 LW 6)- Suns have dropped three straight by an average 2 points.

 

13 Atlanta Hawks (6-4 LW 17) Another early surprise team is getting it done with Al Horford, Ronnie Millsap and the return of Lou Williams.

 

14 Memphis Grizzles (5-5 LW 9)- They continue to struggle and have the Clippers and Warriors on the road coming up.

 

15 Charlotte Bobcats (5-5 LW 16)- Continue to surprise with Al Jefferson still nursing a bad ankle. Have five of their next six games at home.

 

16 Philadelphia 76ers (5-6 LW 14)- Back to losing but still in first place in a bad Atlantic Division.

 

17 Denver Nuggets (4-5 LW 28)- Have won of four but have OKC, Chicago and back-to-back against Dallas coming up.

 

18 New Orleans Pelicans (4-6 LW 15)- Ryan Anderson lit it up with six 3’s against the Sixers… can he continue?

 

19 Los Angeles Lakers (5-7 LW 19)- Steve Nash is still out… but good news is Kobe Bryant has begun practicing.

 

20 Cleveland Cavaliers (4-7 LW 20) As Kyrie Irving goes, so do the Cavs. Averaging 27.5 in wins and 17.7 in losses.

 

21 Orlando Magic (4-7, LW 25)- Will Aaron Afflalo be traded? He’s averaging 21.7 points per game and playing well.

 

22 Toronto Raptors (4-7 LW 24)- Have lost three of four and still only getting scoring from Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan.

 

23 Brooklyn Nets (3-6)- Too much talent to be struggling but dealing with various injuries.

 

24 New York Knicks (3-6 LW 23)- Disappointing start and Carmelo Anthony is unhappy.

 

25 Boston Celtics (4-7 LW 26)- Started 0-4, won four in a row now has lost three straight.

 

26 Washington Wizards (2-7 LW 22)- Turning into a major disappointment early on… not was expected.

 

27 Detroit Pistons (3-6 LW 18)- Josh Smith makes his return to Atlanta on Wednesday night.

 

28 Milwaukee Bucks (2-7 LW 27)- No Brandon Knight, no Caron Butler… now have lost five straight.

 

29 Sacramento Kings (2-7 LW 29)- Only one win in November and three of next four is on the road.

 

30 Utah Jazz (1-10 LW 30)- Avoided tying their worst start in franchise history by beating the Pelicans.

 

 

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

 

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NCAA Week 13 BCS Top 25 Standings

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NCAA College Football Top 25 standings

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

6 Auburn (10-1) 7860 (7)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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Alabama slogs its way past Mississippi State

No. 1 Alabama Stays Unbeaten

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Alabama appeared lethargic, uninspired, sloppy and downright extraordinary towards a middling Southeastern Conference crew on Saturday.

And the highest-ranked Crimson Tide nonetheless discovered a approach to win by almost two touchdowns.

T.J. Yeldon rushed for one hundred sixty yards and AJ McCarron threw two landing passes as Alabama overcame 4 turnovers to beat Mississippi State 20-7 on Saturday night time.

“We sometimes battle here and we did again tonight,” Alabama coach Nick Saban mentioned. “However give Mississippi State credit score, that they had a great gameplan. They played very physical and we could not management the road of scrimmage.”

It was the bottom scoring recreation of the season for Alabama (10-0, 7-zero SEC), which led 10-7 midway through the third quarter before pulling away.

Alabama has seemed invincible over the previous two months, profitable seven straight games by no less than three touchdowns. However that aura wasn’t wherever to be found at Davis Wade Stadium, with Saban’s bunch trying curiously mortal after last week’s emotional victory over LSU.

“We got here out sluggish and we have been sluggish to the top.” Alabama receiver Kevin Norwood stated.

Mississippi State (four-6, 1-5) stored the game far nearer than most anticipated, however could not take advantage of Alabama’s errors. Tyler Russell started for the injured Dak Prescott and completed 15 of 24 passes for 144 yards and an interception earlier than leaving with a shoulder damage when the Bulldogs have been attempting to rally in the fourth quarter.

McCarron tossed two rare interceptions and Yeldon had a pricey fumble that led to Mississippi State’s only landing, however Alabama survived to arrange a a lot-anticipated Iron Bowl with Auburn.

Mississippi State had two chances to get back into the game within the fourth quarter after McCarron’s second interception and a fumble by Kenyan Drake gave the Bulldogs subject position in Alabama territory.

However with out Russell, Mississippi State’s offense went nowhere. Freshman Damian Williams did not connect on any of his five pass makes an attempt – though two of them had been good passes that were dropped.

“If you’re going to beat that group, you’ve got to make performs,” Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said.

Mullen stated Russell felt his throwing shoulder “pop” after making an attempt to make a tackle following his interception late within the third quarter. He played the subsequent collection, however struggled to throw and Mullen made the swap.

McCarron completed 18 of 32 passes. His first interception within the second quarter was his first in 139 cross attempts. It was the third one hundred-plus streak without an interception during his profession.

Alabama parlayed a methodical 14-play, fifty nine-yard opening drive into Cade Foster’s 33-yard subject purpose and a three-zero lead.

But the next 4 drives were brutal for the Crimson Tide’s offense, which managed just two first downs during that span.

Mississippi State tried to take benefit with a protracted drive halfway through the second quarter, but it bogged down on the 7 and Evan Sobiesk missed a 24-yard subject aim that might have tied the sport.

A few minutes later, the Tide finally broke by way of with Yeldon’s 50-yard run down the sideline to Mississippi State’s 28. McCarron hit Brian Vogler five performs later for an 18-yard landing move with 20 seconds remaining in the second quarter to give Alabama a 10-0 halftime lead.

The 6-foot-7, 260-pound Vogler made a nifty transfer on the purpose line, catching the go and sidestepping a Mississippi State defender before diving into the end zone. It was his first career landing.

It seemed like that will be all the respiration room Alabama wanted, however the errors continued in the second half. Yeldon fumbled after a ten-yard run and Mississippi State’s Beniquez Brown recovered at Alabama’s forty eight.

The Bulldogs then drove downfield and scored because of Russell’s well timed passes and a stroke of luck. Russell fumbled simply in need of a landing, but proper sort out Charles Siddoway fell on the ball in the end zone to drag Mississippi State inside 10-7.

McCarron’s eleven-yard go to Norwood pushed the Tide forward 17-7 with 5:forty six left within the third quarter.

Alabama’s protection held an opponent to seven factors or less for the sixth time this season. The Tide’s punter Cody Mandell might have been the team MVP, averaging 55 yards on 4 punts to continually put Mississippi State in bad subject position.

“He did a unbelievable job,” Saban mentioned. “He had a fabulous night on a windy evening. A kind of large kicks was into the wind.”

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Roseis back! as Bulls beat pacers

Bulls Hand Pacers First Loss

 

CHICAGO – Derrick Rose came to work uncertain if he’d be capable to play.

He left along with his confidence intact and his group’s future trying very vibrant.

Luol Deng scored 23 factors, Rose added 20 and the Chicago Bulls knocked off the NBA’s last unbeaten staff with a one hundred ten-ninety four win over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.

Taj Gibson had 15 factors and eight rebounds for Chicago (5-three), which received its fourth straight game behind eleven-of-19 shooting from three-point vary.

“We got off to an excellent start,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau stated. “(The Pacers) missed some photographs that they often make. Total, I believed it was a good win. We performed very unselfishly.”

Indiana (9-1) was the NBA’s first 9-zero crew since the 2002-03 Dallas Mavericks, who began 14-zero. The 9 wins to start a season matched a franchise file.

Nursing a sore right hamstring, Rose was effective in his 30 minutes on the courtroom. He weaved around and penetrated the league’s greatest protection, which hadn’t allowed greater than ninety one factors to any opponent this yr.

Rose was injured Monday in opposition to Cleveland, and didn’t play in Chicago’s ninety six-eighty win Friday at Toronto.

“I used to be just being good concerning the state of affairs,” he mentioned about not taking part in Friday. “This is my first time having a hamstring damage. I do not understand how it would go if I had played last night time. I do not suppose I would be capable to play tonight.”

The 25-yr-previous former MVP shook off the rust after a pair of early off-balance misses. He sank a floater in the lane 3 minutes in, adopted by a 3-pointer 30 seconds later to ignite a 12-2 first-quarter run for Chicago.

“They have been giving me shots,” Rose mentioned. “I’ve bought to take those shots. I saw some go in, so I stored capturing.”

Rose cozied up on the three-point arc within the second quarter, flattening all three attempts as the Bulls took a 25-point advantage into the half. He completed 6 for 11 from beyond the arc.

“Most of Rose’s 3s were pretty properly contested contemplating his pace,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. “You can’t simply jam him. You must give up one thing. It’s a must to give them credit.”

Kirk Hinrich came off the bench to contribute 13 points, eight assists and 4 rebounds for the Bulls, who avenged a 97-80 loss at Indiana on Nov. 6.

The Pacers lost regardless of having all 5 starters – and two reserves – rating in double-digits.

Roy Hibbert led Indiana with 14 factors a day after posting season-highs with 24 points and eight blocks.

Chicago held Paul George to 12 points. He entered the game seventh in the NBA with 24.6 factors per recreation. George and Lance Stephenson combined to miss all seven of their three-point attempts, and the crew made just 25 p.c.

“I understand I’m going to have nights like this when pictures aren’t falling,” George mentioned. “I simply do not want to have many.”

The Pacers had been coming off their most lopsided win of the season, a 104-77 drubbing of Milwaukee.

Carlos Boozer and Chris Copeland had been ejected with 21 seconds left when a double-technical was referred to as for pushing and shoving.

Game notes

Chicago reached triple-digits for the second time this season… Deng led Chicago in scoring for the fourth time this 12 months… Pacers ahead

Danny Granger

(strained left calf) was inactive Saturday. He has but to play in a sport this season.

 

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Melo on latest defeat: Like we’re not trying

Hawks Hand Knicks Fifth Straight Residence Loss

Hawks Hand Knicks Fifth Straight Residence Loss

 

NEW YORK – Following the New York Knicks’ fifth straight loss at Madison Sq. Backyard, a disgusted Carmelo Anthony said it looked as if the crew wasn’t even making an attempt in a 110-90 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony was perplexed to describe the Knicks’ latest loss Saturday night time.

“We ain’t taking part in worth a s- right now,” Anthony stated. “We acquired to play harder.

“I am upset too in all of our effort. We are simply not getting it carried out. It ain’t nothing that Coach [Mike] Woodson is doing [or not doing]. It ain’t got nothing to do with X’s and O’s out there on the basketball courtroom. We are not getting it completed from an effort standpoint. It’s like we are not even attempting proper now.”

Although Anthony says Woodson is not to blame, Knicks fans nonetheless briefly chanted “Hearth Woodson” within the third quarter.

The house followers have not had a lot to cheer for thus far this season. The Knicks (3-6) haven’t received at the Garden since their ninety-83 season-opening victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Oct. 30. They’ve lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Charlotte Bobcats, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and Atlanta at residence.

In the course of the loss to Minnesota, the Knicks surrendered 40 points within the first quarter. In a a hundred and twenty-89 loss to the Spurs last Sunday, they trailed 21-four in the first quarter and fell behind by as many as 37.

Towards the Hawks (6-four), the Knicks were inside five (84-seventy nine) with eight:39 remaining before permitting a 14-2 run during which Atlanta scored on three layups and a dunk.

“You’re not going to beat anyone taking part in gentle and not hard like we did,” Woodson said. “They played extraordinarily extremely onerous tonight and we just did not compete with them.”

Woodson mentioned he may tinker together with his lineup once more. The Hawks shot 56.4 % from the field in opposition to a Knicks protection minus the injured Tyson Chandler, who’s out for no less than a month with a fractured leg.

The players spoke afterward within the locker room.

J.R. Smith – after a three-for-18 night from the ground that saw him miss eight-of-9 3-point tries – took among the blame.

“Excuse my language however I was playing like s-,” he said. “I performed horrible. I’ve been taking part in horrible since I obtained again and I wasn’t blissful about it.”

Anthony, who led the Knicks with 23 points and 12 rebounds, left the Garden baffled and indignant.

“You just got to do more I suppose,” Anthony said. “Simply try to go out there and get it performed as a team. I am not going to do it on my own. I do not want to do it by myself. We received to do it as a group. We preserve digging ourselves deeper and deeper.

“It is frustrating. Messed up feeling. Nasty feeling. I actually am kind of puzzled right now.”

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NCAA Week 12 Game Recap- USC Upsets #4 Stanford

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USC vs ´Stanford recap college football week 12

 

#4 Stanford Cardinal (8-2)- 17

USC Trojans (8-3)- 20

 

Line: STAN -4

Over/Under: 45

 

Wow, yet another upset in the BCS standings as unranked USC beats No. 4 Stanford at the Coliseum with an Andre Heidari 47-yard field goal with 19 clicks on the clock left to take down the Cardinal and ruin any chance for a possible BCS championship with a 20-17 upset.

 

To many it may be a major surprise, but those of us that follow West Coast football know that the Trojans have been playing great football since the firing of Lane Kiffin back in September and have responded well under interim coach Ed Orgeron who has them believing in themselves.

 

USC (8-3, 5-2 Pac-12) has now won five of their last six, but none bigger then Saturday night’s victory over a team that has owned them the last three trips to the Coliseum and four overall.

 

In our tight-knit family, there was a belief that we were going to find a way to win the game,” Orgeron said. “I’m proud our young men. This is something that they’ve wanted for a long time now.”

 

The Stanford Cardinal (8-2, 6-2), one week removed from last Thursday’s major upset of then No. 2 Oregon was only able to muster a season-low 17 points against a ‘bend but don’t’ break Trojan defense that accounted for two fourth quarter interceptions to help seal the upset.

 

USC junior kicker Heidari nearly lost his job twice this season, and he missed an extra point in the first quarter, but when it counted, he delivered the winning kick to spoil any title hopes the Cardinal may have had.

 

They all said, ‘We know you got this. You do it every day in practice,’” Heidari said of his teammates. “They believe in me.”

 

The Trojans came together on a night that before then was a question mark amid the last year of their NCAA sanctions with depleted scholarships and a program in search of the next head coach.

 

I don’t know if I pulled them together,” Orgeron said. “I think they just came together. The leadership of this program is really coming to the forefront.”

 

On the offensive side of the ball, Nelson Agholor had eight catches for 104 yards, while Marquis Lee had six catches for 83 yards. Quarterback Cody Kessler passed for 288 yards and 1 touchdown and has really come into his own this season.

 

As for Stanford, star running back Tyler Gaffney did his part by rushing for 158 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough as the Cardinal could not regain the lead after trailing 17-10 at halftime.

 

I think this it the first time anyone on the team has lost to them,” Gaffney said. “It’s a tough thing to swallow.”

 

They’re a good team, and they got healthy at the wrong time for us, Stanford coach David Shaw said. “In the second half, we did a heck of a job defensively. We just didn’t make enough plays on offensively. That’s not going to win on the road in this conference.”

 

With each big victory, USC interim coach Ed Orgeron is making himself a stronger candidate for the vacant Trojan head coach position.

 

Obviously, there is going to be some decisions here after we play UCLA (on Nov. 30),” Oregeron said. “That’s out of my hands.”

 

Hugh win for a proud storied football program looking to get back on top.

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter 

 

 

 

 

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NCAA College Football Week 12 – BCS Top 25 Recap

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NCAA Football Top 25 BCS

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

 

Wednesday 11/13

 

Ball State Cardinals (9-2)- 27

#15 NIU Huskies (10-0)- 48

 

Line: NIU -9

Over/Under: 73

 

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

 

Thursday 11/14

 

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-4)- 31

#8 Clemson Tigers (9-1)- 55

 

Line: CLEM -11

Over/Under: 62

 

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

 

Friday 11/15

 

Washington Huskies (6-4)- 31

UCLA Bruins (8-2)- 41

 

Line: UCLA -3

Over/Under: 61

 

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

 

Saturday 11/16/13

 

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

Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-6)- 7

 

Line: ALA -24

Over/Under: 54

 

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

 

Syracuse Orange (5-5)- 3

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

 

Line: FSU -38

Over/Under: 59

 

The Seminoles also remain undefeated in their rout of Syracuse.

 

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

Illinois Fighting Illini (3-7)- 35

 

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

 

# 4 Stanford Cardinal (8-2)- 17

USC Trojans (8-3)- 20

 

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

 

Line: STAN -4

Over/Under: 45

 

Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-4)- 34

#5 Baylor Bears (9-0)- 63

 

Line: BAY -28

Over/Under: 85

 

Baylor playing great ball to stay perfect.

 

Utah Utes (4-6)- 21

#6 Oregon Ducks (9-1)- 44

 

Line: ORE -29

Over/Under- 64

 

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

 

#25 Georgia Bulldogs (6-4)- 38

#7 Auburn Tigers (10-1)- 43

 

Line: AUB -3

Over/Under: 66

 

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

 

Florida Gators (4-6)- 14

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

 

Line: SCAR -16

Over/Under: 42

 

Gamecocks win their 16th straight home game.

 

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

Texas Longhorns (7-3)- 13

 

Line: OKST -3

Over/Under: 63

 

Impressive road win for the Cowboys in Austin.

 

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

Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-3)- 28

 

Line: MSU -6

Over/Under: 41

 

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

 

#17 UCF Knights (8-1)- 39

Temple Owls (1-9)- 36

 

Line: UCF -17

Over/Under: 60

 

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

 

Iowa State Cyclones (1-9)- 10

#18 Oklahoma Sooners (8-2)- 48

 

Line: OKLA -23

Over/Under: 49

 

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

 

Oregon State Beavers (6-4)-

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

 

Line: ASU -14

Over/Under- 66

 

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

 

Houston Cougars (7-3)- 13

#20 Louisville Cardinals (9-1)- 20

 

Line: LOU -17

Over/Under: 60

 

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

 

Indiana Hoosiers (4-6)- 3

#22 Wisconsin Badgers (8-2)- 51

 

Line: WIS -27

Over/Under: 68

 

The Badgers running attack runs for 554 yards!

 

#23 Miami Hurricanes (7-3)- 30

Duke Blue Devils (8-2)- 48

 

Line: MIA -4

Over/Under- 64

 

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

 

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NCAA Prediction College Football Week 12 Game Preview/Pick

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

 

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

 

Line: UCLA -2.5

Over/Under: 60.5

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

PICK: UCLA

 

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

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NCAA Football Picks Week 12 top 25 BCS

 

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

 

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

 

Line: NIU -6.5

Over/Under: 69.5

 

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

 

PICK: NIU

 

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

 

Line: CLEM -10.5

Over/Under: 58.0

 

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

 

PICK: Clemson

 

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

 

Line: UCLA -2.5

Over/Under: 62.0

 

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

 

PICK: UCLA

 

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

 

Line: ALA -25.0

Over/Under: 53.0

 

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

 

PICK: Alabama

 

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

 

Line: FSU -39.0

Over/Under: 58.5

 

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

 

PICK: Florida State

 

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

 

Line: OSU -32.0

Over/Under: 68.5

 

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

 

PICK: Ohio State

 

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

 

Line: STAN -3.5

Over/Under: 44.5

 

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

 

PICK: Stanford

 

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

 

Line: BAY -27.0

Over/Under: 80.0

 

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

 

PICK: Baylor

 

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

 

Line: Even

 

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

 

PICK: Oregon

 

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

 

Line: AUB -4.0

Over/Under: 62.5

 

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

 

PICK: Auburn

 

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

 

Line: SCAR -13.5

Over/Under: 42.5

 

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

 

PICK: South Carolina

 

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

 

Line: OKST -3.0

Over/Under: 63.5

 

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

 

PICK: Oklahoma State

 

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

 

Line: MSU -6.5

Over/Under: 45.0

 

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

 

PICK: Michigan State

 

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

 

Line: UCF -16.5

Over/Under: 55.5

 

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

 

PICK: UCF

 

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

 

Line: OKLA -24.5

Over/Under: 52.0

 

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

 

PICK: Oklahoma

 

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

 

Line: ASU -13.0

Over/Under: 68.5

 

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

 

PICK: Arizona State

 

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

 

Line: LOU -15.5

Over/Under: 59.0

 

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

 

PICK: Louisville

 

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

 

Line: WIS -21.0

Over/Under: 70.0

 

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

 

PICK: Wisconsin

 

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

 

Line: MIA -3.0

Over/Under: 61.5

 

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

 

PICK: Duke

 

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

 

 

 

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Robbie Lawler looking ‘Ruthless’ once again, but will he finally realize his potential? (Yahoo Sports)

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For years, Robbie Lawler was mixed martial arts’ can’t-miss prospect who saved missing.

A rising star within the early days of the UFC’s Zuffa era, Lawler was hyped onerous as the subsequent huge factor.

But after practically a decade spent roaming from promotion to promotion as the man who by no means fairly lived as much as his potential, Lawler has develop into 2013’s best MMA redemption story. And with a win over highly touted welterweight Rory MacDonald on Saturday night at UFC 167 in Las Vegas, that lengthy-ago forecasted crack on the gold just would possibly come along in any case.

“I never lost sight of my objectives,” stated Lawler (21-9, 1 no-contest). “I never stopped considering I could attain the top. It was just a matter of getting my head in the best place.”

Lawler was barely 20 years old when he made his UFC debut with a unanimous-choice victory over Aaron Riley at UFC 37 in Could 2002. A pair of knockout wins in his next two fights established that he had thunder in his fists, and his fights were nights to circle on your calendar.

The young star rode with the game’s scorching camp of the moment: Miletich Combating Techniques in Bettendorf, Iowa. Run by the primary UFC a hundred and seventy-pound champion (the present welterweight title, known as light-weight at the time), Pat Miletich, the camp featured future UFC Hall of Famer after which-welterweight champ Matt Hughes, inaugural UFC 155-pound champ Jens Pulver and two-time heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia.

Robbie Lawler (R) is pushed away from Bobby Voelker. (USA Right now)

 

The sky appeared to be the limit as Lawler gained his first seven profession fights, six of them knockouts in six minutes or less.

“You do not respect what you’ve got when it all comes to you real fast,” Lawler said. “I went from nothing to every little thing unexpectedly.”

But issues quickly modified. An upset loss to Pete Spratt at UFC forty two was his first taste of defeat. That was a string of three losses in 4 fights – together with a memorable face-plant knockout by the hands of Nick Diaz – and his UFC run was over just because it began.

Hughes, for his half, stuck with his good friend by the down occasions. However he did not sugarcoat what was occurring.

“He was a young child,” Hughes stated. “He was in his teenagers for his first combat in the UFC, or his first struggle for sure. It was good for him to mature [after leaving the UFC] and to determine that combating is a fairly good gig.”

Asked to pinpoint what went incorrect, Lawler says there was never a particular reason.

“There was by no means this massive ‘Behind the Music’ sort of low point,” mentioned Lawler. “I don’t spend an excessive amount of time trying back anyway, simply ahead. All I ever needed to do was hold combating.”

That he did. Lawler continued on his merry way. At times, he appeared like a world beater, together with a formidable performance in profitable the Elite XC middleweight title from Murilo “Ninja” Rua in 2007, and in spotlight-reel Strikeforce knockouts of Melvin Manhoef and Matt Lindland.

Other occasions? Nicely, there were losses to the likes of “Babalu” Sobral and Tim Kennedy. A loss in his remaining Strikeforce struggle to Lorenz Larkin in 2012 did not elevate large expectations for his UFC return after Strikeforce folded, either.

However Lawler knew this was his last probability on the huge-time. He left the gym he co-owns with Hughes in Illinois and joined one of the sport’s premier camps, the American Top Team in South Florida.

“That made all the difference on the earth,” said Lawler. “I used to have to worry about being the man in cost. Now I can simply focus on my battle and have my coaches care for the remainder.

 

Rory MacDonald has received his final 5 UFC fights. (USA At this time)

“I know you’ll be able to’t fight without end, and there is solely so long you can do this,” Lawler continued. “I do not battle for my legacy or for the glory or something like that. The suggestions from the fans is sweet, do not get me improper; it is a good feeling having them you on their aspect. However I am motivated by making a great dwelling for my family, and that’s what made me get severe about this.”

 

That angle has shown each inside and outdoors the cage. Lawler has put himself in place for Comeback Fighter of the 12 months in 2013 by dropping vintage “Ruthless” bombs on both Josh Koscheck, who Lawler knocked out at UFC 157, and in beating a game Bobby Voelker, who Lawler polished off in a July struggle.

Exterior, Lawler, who used to be infamous for dodging fans and giving reporters one-phrase answers, has grasped that combined martial artists who master the PR sport and treat the fans proper make more money than those who don’t.

“The very fact is, he is getting mature now,” Hughes mentioned. “He is seeing the bigger picture. He knows that doing the PR and stuff shouldn’t be an enormous deal, and he’s getting it completed.”

So Lawler heads to Las Vegas this week with an opportunity he by no means might need imagined. Again when the UFC was celebrating its tenth anniversary, Lawler was the golden youngster and a future champion. As the UFC celebrates its twentieth anniversary, Lawler is again within the image.

And with a win over the UFC’s current welterweight golden child in MacDonald, Lawler could discover his likelihood to prove the prognosticators right in spite of everything.

“This the battle I needed,” Lawler mentioned. “I want to problem myself. I don’t want any easy fights. Rory’s legit, Rory goes to deliver it, and I plan on bringing it right back to him. He is an awesome fighter, but right now he’s the man who’s in the best way of my objectives.”

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

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

 

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

 

Line: UCLA -1.0

Over/Under: 56.0

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

PICK: UCLA 

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