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Draft gems and disasters

AFL Draft Day for 2013 has arrived, with nervous players from across the nation ready for his or her shot on the huge time.

 Melbourne's No. 1 and 2 draft picks in 2009, Tom Scully (left) and Jack Trengove.

Melbourne’s No. 1 and a couple of draft picks in 2009, Tom Scully (left) and Jack Trengove. Source: Information Corp Australia

We all remember the good ones. Names like James Hird, Chris Grant and Adam Goodes appear to roll off the tongue after we speak concerning the great bargains within the history of the AFL’s national draft.

For each steal, though, there are selections that the recruiters would dearly like to have again. Mercifully, these names are often forgotten.

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But, as we depend down to tonight’s draft selection meeting, we thought it is perhaps timely to evaluate the efficiency of your club since the first instalment again in 1986.

You will discover the triumphs and “attempt-agains” in equal measure right here, plus a form information of sorts from the last three drafts.

For the sake of the train we’ve overlooked the likes of Docker Aaron Sandilands and Eagle Dean Cox, who headline the impressive list of names called at the national draft as rookie elevations.

Father-son selections like Gary Ablett Jr and Matthew Scarlett have additionally been omitted, because their status as draft bargains seems to owe more to good luck than shrewd recruiting on Geelong’s behalf.

Lastly, it’s price noting that our bargains and busts have been judged purely on their output at that membership, so gamers who’ve been cruelled by harm or gone on to star elsewhere have not been spared.

Enough housekeeping, here it is.

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EIGHT DRAFT CLICHES TO LOOK FOR TONIGHT

ADELAIDE

No.1 picks: None

Greatest bargains: Graham Johncock (decide 67, 2000), Taylor Walker (75, 2007), Ken McGregor (seventy five, 1998), Rory Sloane (forty four, 2008).

Biggest busts: Laurence Angwin (7, 2000), John Meesen (8, 2004), Tom Gilligan (thirteen, 1996), Fergus Watts (14, 2003).

2012 picks: Sam Siggins (62), Rory Atkins (eighty one), Ian Callinan (95 – rookie elevation)

Previous three years: Not so much to indicate for current efforts, with penalties for the Kurt Tippett draft/salary cap shambles not serving to the Crows’ cause. Brodie Smith (choose 14, 2010) was a win and Sam Kerridge (27, 2011) appears a beauty. Jury still out on most of the rest. Jarryd Lyons was talked about as trade bait this 12 months.

Our verdict (2010-2012): 5/10

BRISBANE LIONS

No.1 picks: Des Headland (1998), John Hutton (1991), Martin Leslie (1986).

Greatest bargains: Simon Black (31, 1997), Michael Rischitelli (sixty one, 2003), Daniel Bradshaw (fifty six, 1995), Jack Redden (25, 2008).

Greatest busts: Rory Hilton (three, 1996), Damian Cupido (6, 1999), John Hutton (1, 1991).

2012 selections: Sam Mayes (8), Marco Paparone (23), Michael Shut (32), Jack Crisp (86 RE), Niell McKeever (99 RE)

Previous three years: Oh expensive. Following the 2009 Brendan Fevola debacle the Lions had 5 picks in the top-30 in the subsequent two years and all walked out in the course of the latest trade interval: Jared Polec (5), Patrick Karnezis (25), Billy Longer (8), Sam Docherty (12) and Elliot Yeo (30). At the very least final yr’s top pick Mayes appears to be like an amazing find.

Our verdict (2010-2012): 2/10

CARLTON

No.1 picks: Matthew Kreuzer (2007), Bryce Gibbs (2006), Marc Murphy (2005).

Finest bargains: Aaron Hamill (seventy nine, 1994), Michael Sexton (fifty four, 1988), Brendan Fevola (38, 1998), Ryan Houlihan (73, 1999), Nick Duigan (70, 2010), Mitch Robinson (40, 2008).

Greatest busts: Luke Livingston (4, 2000), Murray Vance (6, 1998), Kris Massie (7, 1997), James Prepare dinner (2, 1990).

2012 alternatives: Troy Menzel (11), Tom Temay (35), Nick Graham (fifty four), Levi Casboult (89 RE), Zach Tuohy (102 RE)

Past three years: Blues fans are determined for the membership to add more key-position depth but recent makes an attempt have not been overly successful. Marcus Davies (43, 2009), Patrick McCarthy (34, 2010) and Luke Mitchell (42, 2010) had been all delisted this year, while Matthew Watson (18, 2010) has shown glimpses however remains very much a piece in progress, as does Josh Bootsma (22, 2011). Menzel and Graham got a taste final season and the Blues have plenty to work with there.

Our verdict (2010-2012): 5/10

COLLINGWOOD

No.1 picks: Josh Fraser (1999)

Finest bargains: Dane Swan (fifty eight, 2001), Scott Burns (ninety, 1992), Ben Johnson (sixty two, 1999), Luke Ball (30, 2009), Dayne Beams (29, 2008), Alex Fasolo (forty five, 2010), Paul Seedsman (70, 2010).

Largest busts: Chris Egan (10, 2004), Daryl Groves (10, 1989), Richard Cole (11, 2001).

2012 picks: Brodie Grundy (18), Ben Kennedy (19), Tim Broomhead (20), Jackson Ramsay (38), Marley Williams (94 RE)

Past three years: Recruiting genius Derek Hine has barely missed in latest occasions, with Jackson Paine (50, 2011) – traded to Brisbane this yr – the attainable exception. Fasolo and Seedsman have been bargains in 2010 and the highest three picks last 12 months will all be stars (little bit of strain on Broomhead, who missed this yr with glandular fever). You can wager his two high-10 choices tonight will not bust.

Our verdict (2010-2012): eight/10

Dane Swan has three best-and-fairests, a Brownlow and a premiership medal. Not bad for pick 58 in the draft.

Dane Swan has three best-and-fairests, a Brownlow and a premiership medal. Not unhealthy for decide 58 within the draft. Supply: News Corp Australia

ESSENDON

No.1 picks: None

Finest bargains: James Hird (seventy nine, 1990), David Hille (40, 1999), Damien Hardwick (87, 1992).

Greatest busts: Kepler Bradley (6, 2003), Daniel McAlister (5, 1996), Andrew Payze (9, 1986), Jason Laycock (10, 2002), Scott Gumbleton (2, 2006).

2012 alternatives: Joe Daniher (10 – father-son), Jason Ashby (34), Dylan van Unen (51), Martin Gleeson (fifty three), Nick Kommer (seventy three), Sean Gregory (88), Mark Baguley (106 RE)

Previous three years: The Bombers nailed their high choose in 2010 with different golf equipment scared off Dyson Heppell (choose 8) by injury worries. Nick Kommer (73, 2012) was an awesome steal, however we’re nonetheless ready to see most of the relaxation, with Elliott Kavanagh (19, 2011) on the entrance of the queue.

Our verdict (2010-2012): 7/10

FREMANTLE

No.1 picks: Clive Waterhouse (1995), Jeff White (1994).

Finest bargains: Kepler Bradley (69, 2007), Nat Fyfe (20, 2010).

Biggest busts: Ben Edwards (7, 1995), Ryley Dunn (10, 2003), Marcus Drum (10, 2005).

2012 picks: Josh Simpson (17), Tanner Smith (36), Max Duffy (39), Clancee Pearce (78 RE), Lee Spurr (ninety three RE).

Previous three years: Not much to speak of particularly on the increased end, although they’ve had some rough luck with Jayden Pitt (20, 2010) compelled to retire by a coronary heart condition. Viv Michie (forty four) was traded to Melbourne but they bought a steal in Lachie Neale (58, 2011).

Our verdict (2010-2012): four/10

GEELONG

No.1 picks: Stephen Hooper (1990)

Finest bargains: Darren Milburn (forty seven, 1995), Matthew Egan (sixty two, 2004), Corey Enright (forty seven, 1999), Mathew Stokes (sixty one, 2005), Joel Selwood (7, 2006), Steven Motlop (39, 2008), Allen Christensen (40, 2009).

Biggest busts: Leigh Brockman (eight, 1996), Michael Taylor (5, 1986), Stephen Hooper (1, 1990), David Ugrinic (13, 1993), Kane Tenace (7, 2003).

2012 picks: Jackson Thurlow (16), Brad Hartman (77), Jesse Stringer (92 RE)

Previous three years: Massive tick for Stephen Wells, as if that is a surprise. Cam Guthrie (23, 2010) is a magnificence and Wells’ different selections that yr: Billie Smedts (15), George Horlin-Smith (37) and Jordan Schroder (fifty four) have all confirmed something together with Jordan Murdoch (48, 2011). The Cats do not rush their youngsters but count on to see the likes of Shane Kersten (34, 2011) make an affect quickly.

Our verdict (2010-2012): 8/10

 Mathew Stokes is another Stephen Wells special.

Mathew Stokes is one other Stephen Wells special. Supply: News Corp Australia

GOLD COAST
No.1 picks: David Swallow (2010)

Greatest bargains: Have hardly had a late choose.

Greatest busts: Too early to say.

2012 picks: Jesse Lonergan (thirteen), Timmy Sumner (5), Kyal Horsley (57 RE), Clay Cameron (58).

Past three years: The Suns were given a head-start by the AFL but have additionally shrewdly used trades to boost its drafting power, significantly within the mini-drafts that were set as much as help the growth clubs add skilled players. Instead they have bagged Jaeger O’Meara and Jack Martin.

Our verdict (2010-2012): 9/10

HIGHER WESTERN SYDNEY

No.1 picks: Jonathan Patton (2011), Lachie Whitfield (2012)

Greatest bargains: Do they ever have a choose outdoors the highest 20?

Biggest busts: They’ve only been within the caper for two years, give the kids some time!

Previous two years: Can’t decide them at this stage however they’re about to land their third No. 1 choose in a row so that they’re doing something proper. Used uncommon late picks on recycled gamers like James McDonald (87, 2011) who served a purpose. Of their 11 picks within the first 15 of their first draft, they traded two away this year in Dom Tyson (three) and Taylor Adams (13) but got Heath Shaw and this yr’s pick 2 in return.

Our verdict (2011-2012): Ask us in two or three years. Signs are ominous.

HAWTHORN

No.1 picks: Luke Hodge (1, 2001), Alex McDonald (1988).

Greatest bargains: Ben Dixon (77, 1994), Jade Rawlings (ninety four, 1994), Sam Mitchell (36, 2001), Nathan Thompson (eighty two, 1997), Richie Vandenberg (seventy eight, 1997), Shane Savage (seventy five, 2008), Ben Stratton (forty six, 2009), Paul Puopolo (66, 2010).

Greatest busts: Mitch Thorp (6, 2006), Beau Dowler (6, 2005), Luke Brennan (8, 2002), Brendan Krummel (5, 1995), Clayton Lamb (13, 1986).

2012 selections: Tim O’Brien (28), Kaiden Brand (66), Michael Osborne (70)

Past three years: With the premiership window vast open it has been laborious for the kids to crack a sport however the Hawks have found a couple of gems including Isaac Smith (19, 2010), Paul Puopolo (66, 2010), and Brad Hill (33, 2011), who are actually all premiership players. They’ve killed it at the draft desk bringing in David Hale, Jack Gunston, Brian Lake and Jed Anderson in a take care of GWS, whereas Luke Breust was a rookie.

Our verdict (2010-2012): 8/10

Brad Hill (left) has a premiership medal less than 12 months after being drafted. Picture: Michael Klein

Brad Hill (left) has a premiership medal less than 12 months after being drafted. Picture: Michael Klein Source: Information Corp Australia

MELBOURNE

No. 1 picks: Tom Scully (2009), Jack Watts (2008), Travis Johnstone (1997).

Best bargains: Russell Robertson (68, 1996), Cameron Bruce (64, 1999), Stephen Tingay (50, 1987), Anthony Lovell (forty two, 1986).

Biggest busts: Luke Molan (9, 2001), Chris Lamb (thirteen, 1998), Trent Ormond-Allen (10, 1993), Jason Norrish (5, 1991), Don Cockatoo-Collins (11, 1995), Tom Scully (1, 2009), Jordan Gysberts (eleven, 2009), Lucas Cook dinner (12, 2010).

2012 alternatives: Jimmy Toumpas (four), Jack Viney (26 – father-son), Dean Kent (48), Matt Jones (fifty two), Dean Terlich (68), Dan Nicholson (71 RE), Michael Evans (72 RE).

Previous three years: The Dees largely traded their manner out of the draft this yr which raised just a few eyebrows but a have a look at the checklist of busts above might clarify their thinking. Your entire draft class of 2011 is gone – Rory Taggert (36), Josh Tynan (52), James Sellar (fifty four) – together with their high pick in 2010, Lucas Cook (12). Last 12 months’s crop seems a bit brighter with Melbourne followers big followers of the father-son rule. Jeremy Howe (33, 2010) additionally will get a giant tick.

Our verdict (2010-2012): 4/10

NORTH MELBOURNE

No.1 picks: None

Greatest bargains: Brent Harvey (forty six, 1995), David King (46, 1993), Andrew Swallow (forty three, 2005), Byron Pickett (67, 1996), Corey Jones (60, 2000).

Largest busts: John McNamara (4, 1988), Chris Lindsay (6, 1986), Robert Pyman (6, 1992), Dylan Smith (6, 2000), David Trotter (9, 2003).

2012 choices: Taylor Garner (18), Ben Jacobs (37), Mason Wooden (41), Mitch Wilkins (47), Daniel Currie (56), Taylor Hine (sixty one), Sam Gibson (seventy six RE), Aaron Mullett (81 RE), Majak Daw (103 RE).

Previous three years: Little uncovered proof to guage the Roos recruiters, though those that know say Shaun Atley (17, 2010) will be a star. Kieran Harper (27, 2010) was on the rise earlier than struggling third-yr blues in 2013.

Our verdict (2010-2013): 6/10

PORT ADELAIDE

No.1 picks: None

Finest bargains: Dom Cassisi (50, 2000), Robbie Gray (55, 2006), Justin Westhoff (seventy one, 2006), David Rodan (86, 2006).

Greatest busts: Michael Stevens (5, 1998), John Rombotis (6, 1996), Adam Thomson (11, 2004), Paul Koulouriotis (12, 1999), Barry Brooks (15, 2001).

2012 picks: Ollie Wines (7), Tom Clurey (29), Mason Shaw (30), Tom Jonas (85 RE)

Previous three years: Port’s past two first-rounders are both already genuine stars in Wines and Chad Wingard (6, 2011), although Ben Jacobs (16, 2010) is gone. Later picks still waiting to get their probability.

Our verdict (2010-2012): eight/10

RICHMOND

No.1 picks: Brett Deledio (2004), Anthony Banik (1989), Richard Lounder (1987).

Greatest bargains: Chris Newman (55, 2000), Andrew Kellaway (71, 1997), Shane Tuck (73, 2003), Nick Daffy (forty nine, 1990).

Largest busts: Richard Anderson (four, 1986), Richard Lounder (1, 1987), Anthony Banik (1, 1989), Aaron Fiora (3, 1999), Jarrad Oakley-Nicholls (eight, 2005), Richard Tambling (four, 2004).

2012 choices: Nick Vlastuin (9), Kamdyn McIntosh (31), Liam McBean (33), Matt McDonough (forty two).

Previous three years: It used to be an annual sport to see how badly improper the Tigers’ would get this event but they’ve consigned that to the previous with a string of high picks that haven’t missed since they snagged Jack Riewoldt with choose 13 in 2006. After that came Trent Cotchin (2, 2007), Ty Vickery (8, 2008), Dustin Martin (3, 2009), Reece Conca (6, 2010), Brandon Ellis (15, 2011) and Nick Vlastuin (9, 2012). The previous three years have also netted Jake Batchelor (30, 2010) whereas Brad Helbig (47, 2010) and Matt Arnot (55, 2011) have shown glimpses of promise. Put Liam McBean in your SuperCoach watchlist for 2014.

Our verdict (2010-2012): 7/10

 Richmond selected Aaron Fiora at pick 3 in 1999 - one spot before Freo pounced on a young forward named Matthew Pavlich.

Richmond chosen Aaron Fiora at choose three in 1999 — one spot earlier than Freo pounced on a younger ahead named Matthew Pavlich. Source: Information Corp Australia

ST KILDA

No.1 picks: Brendon Goddard (2002), Nick Riewoldt (2000).

Best bargains: Jamie Shanahan (ninety two, 1990), Andrew Thompson (sixty two, 1996), Austinn Jones (forty eight, 1994), Sam Fisher (55, 2003), Leigh Montagna (37, 2001), James Gwilt (63, 2004).

Largest busts: Stephen Simms (2, 1986), Michael Quirk (5, 1987), Rob Malone (12, 1991), Michael Frost (8, 1993), Caydn Beetham (9, 1999), Raph Clarke (8, 2003), Jamie Cripps (24, 2010).

2012 picks: Nathan Wright (24), Spencer White (25), Brodie Murdoch (forty), Josh Saunders (forty three), Lewis Pierce (75), Sam Dunell (ninety RE).

Past three years: The years 2008-10 have been a disaster with just three (Rhys Stanley, Arryn Siposs and rookie elevation Tom Simpkin) of the 19 gamers drafted in that point nonetheless on the checklist. Things have improved since then however the jury remains out on most recruits. Jack Newnes (37, 2011) is the decide of the bunch so far. Daniel Markworth (35, 2011) had his first two seasons wiped out by injuries and will be desperate to make an influence next yr.

Our verdict (2010-2012): 5/10

SYDNEY SWANS

No.1 picks: Darren Gaspar (1993)

Finest bargains: Adam Goodes (43, 1997), Ryan O’Keefe (fifty six, 1999), Andrew Dunkley (fifty six, 1991), Troy Luff (seventy four, 1994), Michael O’Loughlin (forty, 1994), Dan Hannebery (30, 2008), Luke Parker (40, 2010).

Largest busts: Glenn Gorman (four, 1993), Mark Kinnear (4, 1996), Jason Spinks (5, 1992), Paul Burton (6, 1991), Ryan Fitzgerald (four, 1998).

2012 selections: Dean Towers (22), Harry Marsh (forty four), Tim Membrey (forty six), Matthew Dick (64), Harry Cunningham (107 RE).

Previous three years: Not a lot enjoying time yet for recent draftees however the ones we have seen include Luke Parker (forty, 2010) and Tom Mitchell (21 – father-son, 2011). Jed Lamb (21, 2010) has gone to GWS but Mike Pyke was a rookie elevation that 12 months.

Our verdict (2010-2012): 6/10

WEST COAST

No.1 picks: Michael Gardiner (1996), Drew Banfield (1992).

Best bargains: Brett Heady (92, 1989), Andrew Embley (fifty seven, 1998), Michael Braun (53, 1996), Mark LeCras (37, 2004), Jack Darling (26, 2010).

Greatest busts: Todd Breman (2, 1988), Andrew McDougall (5, 2000), Brandon Hill (10, 1998), Shane Porter (12, 1990), Brendan Fewster (3, 1995), Jaxon Crabb (12, 1997).

2012 picks: Brant Colledge (45), Adam Carter (59), Mark Hutchings (60), Brad Dick (79 RE)

Previous three years: The Eagles nailed the 2010 draft with Andrew Gaff (4), Jack Darling (26), Scott Lycett (29), Jacob Brennan (sixty two, father-son) all trying long-time period players. Not a lot to point out yet from the 2 years since.

Our verdict (2010-2012): 7/10

 The Eagles snared Jack Darling with a priority pick.

The Eagles snared Jack Darling with a precedence decide. Supply: Information Corp Australia

WESTERN BULLDOGS

No.1 picks: Adam Cooney (2003)

Finest bargains: Chris Grant (one zero five, 1989), Brian Lake (71, 2001), Danny Southern (92, 1992), Ryan Hargrave (sixty six, 1999), Daniel Cross (fifty six, 2000), Lindsay Gilbee (forty three, 1999), Tom Liberatore (forty one, father-son, 2010).

Greatest busts: Paul Gow (8, 1990), Sam Energy (10, 2001), Jason Shields (sixteen, 1989), Farren Ray (four, 2003), Andrejs Everitt (eleven, 2006).

Past three years: The father-son rule helped the Dogs land Mitch Wallis (22) and Tom Liberatore (forty one) in 2010 and their high two picks in 2011 – Clay Smith (17) and Michael Talia (39) – are coming along properly. Tory Dickson (fifty seven, 2011) was a steal and last year’s crop of Jake Stringer (5), Jackson Macrae (6), Nathan Hrovat (21) and Lachie Hunter (49 – father-son) all look like hits.

Our verdict (2010-2012): 9/10

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Prince Fielder Traded From Detroit Tigers To Texas Rangers For Ian Kinsler

Little kid waves at Prince Fielder after missed foul ball ALCS Game 2

Prince Fielder, Detroit’s $214 million first baseman, has been traded to the Texas Rangers for Ian Kinsler, in response to a report from CBS Sports activities.

Detroit had been looking to escape from underneath Fielder’s contract. The hefty 29-yr-outdated is still owed $168 million over seven years. This presumably frees the Tigers to sign Max Scherzer to a long-term deal and lengthen Miguel Cabrera, who still has two years and $44 million remaining. Kinsler, 31, is owed no less than $62 million through 2017.

Not clear how a lot Tigers followers will miss their star who had one extra base hit in 40 postseason at bats and responded to the Tigers’ playoff defeat with a nonplussed “It’s over, bro.”

 

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Tigers trade Fielder to Rangers for Kinsler

Prince Fielder To Rangers

 

The Texas Rangers acquired first baseman Prince Fielder and money considerations from the Detroit Tigers for second baseman Ian Kinsler, the Rangers confirmed Wednesday night time.

The commerce settlement was first reported by CBSSports.com.

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski called his counterpart in Texas, Jon Daniels, Tuesday morning and floated the concept of buying and selling Fielder for Kinsler.

“Dave known as yesterday and threw out the idea,” Daniels said. “We had slightly dialogue before on it. From there, David and I had a collection of cellphone calls and both sides were interested and we obtained the cash where either side may stay with it.”

It was made official Wednesday night. As a part of the deal, the Tigers are sending $30 million to Texas to offset Fielder’s cost, senior baseball analyst Keith Law confirmed. Fielder needed to approve the deal and did.

Fielder still has $168 million on account of him over the next seven seasons, so Texas can pay him $138 million over that period.

Kinsler is guaranteed $sixty two million over the next four seasons, which includes a $5 million buyout on his 2018 membership choice. In whole, Detroit can pay $92 million in the deal – $sixty two million to Kinsler and $30 million to Texas for Fielder.

The Tigers were not among the groups on Kinsler’s no-trade list.

Fielder, 29, hit279 with 25 homers and 106 RBIs in 2013, his second season in Detroit. He offers the Rangers a power-hitting, left-handed hitter for the center of their lineup, one thing Daniels listed as the top priority heading into the offseason.

“He suits what we’re on the lookout for – a middle-of-the-order power risk that is durable and performs to win,” Daniels said. “He is a great complement with Adrian Beltre in the course of our order.”

Daniels added that Fielder will be the main first baseman and that the membership is still determining Mitch Moreland’s role.

The Tigers get a 3-time All-Star second baseman and somebody who has hit in various components of the lineup. Kinsler, 31, batted277 with thirteen homers and 72 RBIs final season.

Kinsler nonetheless has 4 years and $62 million assured remaining on his contract. That features a $5 million buyout on his club choice for 2018.

The move gives the Tigers some contract aid and it opens the door to put prospect Nick Castellanos at third base and shifting Miguel Cabrera, the 2-time defending AL MVP, to first base.

The Rangers can put highly-touted prospect Jurickson Profar at second base in Kinsler’s place, relieving the logjam at center infield.

It is the first headline-grabbing transfer of baseball’s offseason, and it includes two of the American League’s top teams. Detroit has gained three consecutive AL Central titles and reached the World Series in 2012, while Texas gained the AL pennant in 2010 and 2011.

But neither staff was about to stand pat. With stars like Fielder, Justin Verlander, Cabrera and Anibal Sanchez within the fold, Detroit’s payroll had turn into one of many sport’s largest, and although Fielder hit 55 house runs over the last two years for the Tigers, his numbers dipped this season and he struggled in the playoffs when Detroit misplaced to Boston in the AL Championship Collection.

The trade may give Detroit extra financial flexibility, with Cy Younger Award winner Max Scherzer a season away from free agency.

Daniels acknowledged that Fielder is coming off a season in which many of his offensive numbers have been the worst of his profession. But the normal manager added that the Rangers likely could not make the deal if Fielder had played in addition to he had in the past.

Fielder’s batting common (.279), dwelling runs (25), OPS (.819) and slugging proportion (.457) were all down from 2012. The slugging, OPS and homers were the lowest of his career.

Nonetheless, Fielder has been durable – at the least 157 video games in each of his eight full seasons – and regardless of the drop in his numbers last season, is still very productive and brings a giant bat to the Rangers’ lineup.

“If anyone looks like that is an indication of things to come that he is slipping, you may not like the deal,” Daniels mentioned. “We don’t really feel that means. We’re excited by what we see of him sooner or later.”

As for the place Fielder will bat, manager Ron Washington hasn’t decided that but. He did say he desires to go away Beltre on the cleanup spot.

Washington said he’s excited to put in writing Fielder’s identify on the lineup card next season.

“He has presence,” Washington stated. “He is been a very productive player. He is a successful player. I do consider he’ll match properly on this clubhouse.”

 

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

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NCAA College football free pick and prediction Texas vs LSU

 

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

 

Line: LSU: -4.5

Over/Under: 71.0

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

PICK: LSU

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AFL 2013 Phantom Draft

GWS will reveal footy's worst-kept secret when it names Eastern Ranges power forward Tom Boyd as the No. 1 pick in the 201

GWS will reveal footy’s worst-kept secret when it names Jap Ranges power forward Tom Boyd because the No. 1 choose in the 2013 national draft. Picture: Michael Klein. Supply: News Corp Australia

1. Higher Western Sydney

TOM BOYD

Peak: 200cm Weight: 103kg

Club: Jap Ranges

Recruiters expect this bloke to be within the captaincy body within three years. Strong-marking spearhead who is able to go.

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All eyes might be on Victorian Tom Boyd at the AFL draft, with the extremely-rated ahead anticipated to be recruited as the primary decide by the GWS Giants.

2. Higher Western Sydney

JOSH KELLY

183cm, 75kg

Membership: Sandringham Dragons

Is it too big a call to say he’s a future Brownlow medallist? Some recruiters suppose not. Elite kick on both sides who runs all day.

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Sandringham Dragons midfielder Josh Kelly is prone to score a spot at GWS with decide two within the 2013 AFL Draft following an impressive TAC Cup season.

three. St Kilda

JACK BILLINGS

184cm, 78kg

Club: Oakleigh Chargers

Injects the class the Saints crave up ahead. Does some crazy stuff near goal, but the query is can he elevate his recreation within the midfield?

Classy Oakleigh Chargers midfielder/forward Jack Billings will hope his distribution and polish round objective will prove an excessive amount of for golf equipment to refuse in this yr’s AFL Draft.

four. Western Bulldogs

MARCUS BONTEMPELLI

194cm, 83kg

Membership: Northern Knights

If the Canine can crack open this bloke’s potential he may wind up one of the best expertise from the draft. Tall midfielder who dances like Pendles but can go lacking.

DOGS SET TO GAMBLE WITH CHOOSE 4

Northern Knights teammates Marcus Bontempelli (left) and Ben Lennon are both likely to go in the first round. Picture: Josie Hay

Northern Knights teammates Marcus Bontempelli (left) and Ben Lennon are both more likely to go within the first round. Picture: Josie Hayden Supply: Information Corp Australia

5. Gold Coast

KADE KOLODJASHNIJ

190cm, 81kg

Membership: Launceston

The tonic the Suns lack – athletic, rebounding defender from half-again who is a smart user, very like Hawthorn star Grant Birchall.

Twin brothers Kade (bottom) and Jake Kolodjashnij prepare for the draft on the Gold Coast.

Twin brothers Kade (backside) and Jake Kolodjashnij put together for the draft on the Gold Coast. Source: Getty Pictures

6. Collingwood

JAMES AISH

184cm, 75kg

Club Norwood

How does this occur? The Pies land a two-time SANFL premiership star who Champion Knowledge charges one of the best kick within the draft (87 per cent efficiency).

The stars of South Australia's national champion under-18 side (from left) Matthew Scharenberg. Luke Dunstan and James Ais

The stars of South Australia’s national champion under-18 side (from left) Matthew Scharenberg. Luke Dunstan and James Aish. Source: Information Corp Australia

7. Brisbane

MATT SCHARENBERG

190cm, 87kg

Club: Glenelg

Twin all-Australian and intercept king who some clubs fee the second-greatest player in the draft. The Lions must nurse the bone-stress reactions in each his ft.

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8. North Melbourne (father-son)

LUKE MCDONALD

188cm, 85kg

Club: Werribee

Onerous-running defender with a deadly left-foot and powerful management, like Luke Hodge. Dominated the VFL finals and will slot straight into Brad Scott’s side.

 Luke McDonald puts the Northern Territory's Anthony Tipungwuti under pressure.

Luke McDonald puts the Northern Territory’s Anthony Tipungwuti under pressure. Source: News Corp Australia

9. Melbourne

CHRISTIAN SALEM

183cm, 81kg

Club: Sandringham Dragons

Nathan Freeman was the buzz word here however the Dees prefer Salem, who is a greater kick and extra versatile. Has a bit of toe, kicks targets and boasts an enormous body.

A giant-bodied midfielder with a precise kick, Sandringham Dragons star Christian Salem is expected to be a prime 15 AFL Draft pick in 2013.

10. Collingwood

BEN LENNON

188cm, 77kg

Club: Northern Knights

Tough name for the Pies deciding between Lennon and Freeman. However Lennon has more class and composure and his suitability to the flanks helps replace Heath Shaw.

Ben Lennon will hope his razor sharp right boot would be the distinction over his fellow AFL hopefuls at this yr’s National Draft.

11. West Coast

DOM SPEED

184cm, 83kg

Membership: Subiaco

What a transfer from the Eagles to slip from 6 to eleven and nonetheless get their man. A stoppage king who kicks objectives in the vein of Simon Black.

Dom Sheed takes on the agility course at the draft combine. Picture: Colleen Petch

Dom Sheed takes on the agility course at the draft combine. Picture: Colleen Petch Supply: News Corp Australia

12. Richmond

ZAK JONES

181cm, 76kg

Club: Dandenong Stingrays

Little bit of a shock here but the Tigers love the reliability and hardness of foot soldier Jones. Has a splash of pace, sparkled in finals and a fiery method. Brother of Demon Nathan.

Dandenong Stingrays midfielder and Vic Country MVP Zak Jones is hoping his strong finish to the season is famous by AFL teams on draft day.

13. Carlton

PATRICK CRIPPS

190cm, 90kg

Club: East Fremantle

Key forward Cam McCarthy would make sense but the Blues are hellbent on another inside midfielder. They flew to nation WA final week to interview Cripps and the Cats also like the Jobe Watson-sort.

 WA's Patrick Cripps handballs under pressure.

WA’s Patrick Cripps handballs underneath stress. Source: News Corp Australia

14. Greater Western Sydney

LEWIS TAYLOR

173cm, 73kg

Membership: Geelong Falcons

Add another 10cm and this bloke is a top-five expertise. Explosive ball-winner with pinpoint expertise, a la Brent Harvey. Helps substitute the grunt the lost in Adams and Tyson.

 Lewis Taylor starred for Vic Country. Picture: AFL MEDIA

Lewis Taylor starred for Vic Country. Image: AFL MEDIA Supply: Equipped

15. Sydney

NATHAN FREEMAN

182cm, 85kg

Membership: Sandringham Dragons

A bit like Roo Shaun Atley two years in the past, Freeman is the midfield slider. Blessed with explosive tempo, he offers the Swans midfield a dynamic edge. Must tidy up his kicking.

Sandringham Dragons midfielder Nathan Freeman is known for his explosive pace and intelligence within the clearances and appears a tantalising prospect for golf equipment on the 2013 AFL Draft.

sixteen. Geelong

BLAKE ACRES

190cm, 80kg

Club: West Perth

A toss-up between WA men Acres and McCarthy, but Cats love their large-bodied midfielders and Acres brings versatility-plus.

Blake Acres leaves opponents in his wake.

Blake Acres leaves opponents in his wake. Source: News Corp Australia

17. Fremantle

CAMERON McCARTHY

193cm, 85kg

Membership: South Fremantle

The Dockers’ No. 1 scenario. Local product McCarthy slips to them and bolsters the entrance half with Pavlich ageing. Broke his leg in the national champs however he is the second-finest key forward in the draft.

18. St Kilda

BILLY HARTUNG

177cm, 75kg

Membership: Dandenong Stingrays

Working machine with a smart left foot, he’d lap up the wings at Etihad Stadium. Saints have achieved a mountain of work on him and imagine he’ll become an A-grade ball carrier.

Dandenong Stingrays winger Billy Hartung’s velocity and endurance should see him selected within the first spherical of the 2013 AFL draft, with St Kilda and Fremantle exhibiting strong interest.

19. St Kilda

DARCY GARDINER

192cm, 85kg

Membership: Geelong Falcons

Saints trying intently at Luke Dunstan however Gardiner will get the nod. Competitive beast who is the perfect one-on-one defender in the draft pool.

Darcy Gardiner is thought to be one of the best key defender within the 2013 AFL Draft and is predicted to go in the first round.

20. Gold Coast

TRENT DUMONT

186cm, 83kg

Membership: Norwood

Medium midfielder can do a bit of every thing. Clean with the footy and will settle on a ahead flank.

21. Port Adelaide

MICHAEL APENESS

200cm, 98kg

Membership: Eastern Ranges

Third-greatest key forward with added ruck capabilities. Would give Port another goal for their blossoming midfield to spot. Places John Butcher beneath the pump. Recovered from ACL.

Japanese Rangers full ahead/ruckman Michael Apeness is a rare commodity in this draft: a tall ahead who is efficient in entrance of purpose.

22. Brisbane Lions

LUKE DUNSTAN

185cm, 83kg

Membership: Woodville-West Torrens

Arduous-bodied inside midfielder could be a basic the Lions can build their subsequent-generation midfield round. Exhausting at the contest and clean by hand.

23. Adelaide

TOM CUTLER

190cm, 85kg

Club: Oakleigh Chargers

Athletic defender might add a degree of difference to Crows backline with his run and damaging talent. Injuries wrecked 2013 and nonetheless scare some clubs.

 Tom Cutler in action for Oakleigh Chargers in the TAC Cup.

Tom Cutler in motion for Oakleigh Chargers within the TAC Cup. Source: News Corp Australia

24. Hawthorn

ZACH MERRETT

179cm, 76kg

Club: Sandringham Dragons

Hawks love their neat left-footers and Merrett makes extremely-quick and sensible choices across the ahead 50. Would hit up the Hawks’ tall targets fantastically.

25. Brisbane Lions

DANIEL McSTAY

194cm, 88kg

Club: Eastern Ranges

Anticipate the Lions to go a key defender here and McStay could be the perfect left. Athletic tall backman is a shut-down king and may run off his opponent.

26. Essendon

RORY LOBB

205cm, 98kg

Club: Swan Districts

Creating ruckman has been a late-season sensation in the WALL. Bombers need a third big man. Comes from basketball background and might take a seize up forward.

A younger Western Australian who as soon as dreamt of enjoying within the NBA could be this season’s AFL draft bolter.

2013 DRAFT BURNING QUESTIONS

Will Dayle Garlett get drafted?

We predict not. The Herald Sun believes he missed a scheduled interview with Hawthorn in September and North Melbourne has dominated him out. Essendon was burned by him last yr. Not good news for Dayle.

Dayle Garlett awaits his fate for draft day. Picture: Colleen Petch

Dayle Garlett awaits his fate for draft day. Picture: Colleen Petch Source: News Corp Australia

Who holds the key to the draft order?

If the mail is true, the Pies have been nonetheless tossing up between Matthew Scharenberg, James Aish, Chris Salem and Nathan Freeman at pick 6 on Wednesday night time. Rivals had been still guessing what combination Collingwood will choose at 6 and 10.

Will the Canines’ punt repay?

Little doubt Marcus Bontempelli is a danger at decide four, however beefed up improvement assets, headed by the membership’s new stand-alone VFL team, will assist unleash his potential.

Is the Blues’ first pick a shock?

In a means sure, since you would think they need another key forward. But Patrick Cripps is a common inside congestion and can assist exchange Chris Judd.

Have the Saints done the right factor?

Yes. Record would have been in additional trouble in two or three years and not using a bold injection of younger expertise. Individuals will come to observe Jack Billings play and they’ll get a gun key ahead next year.

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Smart, Oklahoma State run over Memphis

Good’s Big Evening Lifts Oklahoma State

 

STILLWATER, Okla. – Oh positive, Marcus Good definitely noticed Kevin Durant sitting courtside in Gallagher-Iba Arena. And he put collectively quite a efficiency for one of the NBA’s most gifted scorers.

Good scored a career-high 39 points, and No. 7 Oklahoma State raced past No. eleven Memphis for a 101-eighty win Tuesday evening in a one-sided matchup of top teams.

Durant was considered one of many basketball followers throughout the nation involved to see Sensible’s return to the nationwide stage after he bypassed the NBA draft following the Cowboys’ early exit from last season’s NCAA event.

Sensible responded by scoring 26 points in the first half. He finished eleven-of-21 from the ground and hit five three-pointers whereas simply passing his earlier profession excessive of 28 points, set final season in opposition to Oklahoma.

“We noticed Kevin Durant, and we simply needed to go out there and placed on a present,” Sensible mentioned.

Nick King had 23 points for Memphis, and Shaq Goodwin finished with thirteen. The Tigers (1-1) shot forty one.2 % (28-of-68), together with a mixed 2-of-20 performance from guards Michael Dixon Jr. and Geron Johnson.

The Tigers had played simply once before the journey to Stillwater, a ninety five-sixty nine residence win over Austin Peay. They usually gave the impression to be unwell prepared for their first hostile road setting.

Extra specifically, they weren’t prepared for Sensible – who added 5 steals, four rebounds, four assists and a pair of blocks in an impressive all-around efficiency.

“Oklahoma State was simply the better crew tonight,” Dixon mentioned.

“Our apologies for not playing Memphis basketball; we simply could not make photographs.”

Markel Brown added 20 points and Brian Williams had 15 for Oklahoma State (4-0), which is averaging 102 factors per recreation.

Surprisingly, Sensible didn’t even enter the game as the leading scorer for the Cowboys.

In truth, the sophomore was third on the Oklahoma State staff – behind sixth man Phil Forte and Brown – with a mean of 13.7 factors by means of the staff’s opening three blowout victories.

Sensible, nevertheless, played up to the competitors within the Cowboys’ return to the national highlight after last season’s crushing loss towards Oregon in the NCAA match.

“We simply wanted to show all people that we weren’t backing down, and that’s what we did tonight,” Sensible mentioned.

In front of Durant, a host of NBA scouts and Oklahoma Metropolis coach Scott Brooks, Good scored 12 of the Cowboys’ first 14 points. His final basket throughout the opening stretch was a dunk on the break that put Oklahoma State forward 14-7.

The Tigers did their greatest to stay close, rallying to tie it at 16 after again-to-back baskets by King, however they’d no reply for Good within the first half.

“Oklahoma State, they just kicked our butt,” Memphis coach Josh Pastner said.

“When (Good) scores like that, he could be the best player in college basketball.”

With the Cowboys up 17-sixteen, the 6-foot-4 guard went on a one-man scoring binge that labored the group into a frenzy.

Good scored the following 12 points for Oklahoma State – together with three 3-pointers and a trio of free throws after he was fouled on a 3-level attempt – to put the Cowboys up 29-20. In all, he scored 24 of Oklahoma State’s first 29 points.

“That’s simply Marcus,” Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford mentioned. “He’s going to be ready when he needs to be ready… I knew he was going to be able to play, I knew that from the beginning.

“I did not know he was going to go out there and get 39. That is not all the time what we need from him, however we’ll take it.”

The Cowboys led 50-32 at halftime and stretched their lead to as many as 34 factors in the second half – comfortably answering their first challenge of the season and reminding the country why Good was a consensus preseason All-American.

Sensible’s fifth 3-pointer lifted Oklahoma State to a 64-43 benefit, giving him a profession-finest 31 factors.

“I was just feeling it tonight,” Good said. “My teammates found me and gave me the ball at times when I wanted it in order to get my shot off.”

 

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NCAA Predictions free picks for College Football BCS Top 25 Preview

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Top 25 NCAA BCS, College football picks and predictions

 

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

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Wednesday 11/20

 

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

 

Line: NIU -2.5

Over/Under:

 

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

 

PICK: Northern Illinois

 

Thursday 11/21

 

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

 

Line: UCF -17.0

Over/Under: 58.5

 

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

 

PICK: Central Florida

 

Saturday 11/23

 

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

 

Line: ALA -49.0

Over/Under: N/A

 

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

 

PICK: Alabama

 

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

 

Line: FSU -56.5

Over/Under: 58.5

 

This one can get ugly real kick.

 

PICK: Florida State

 

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

 

Line: OSU -34.0

Over/Under: 73.0

 

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

 

PICK: Ohio State

 

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

 

Line: BAY -9.5

Over/Under: 73.5

 

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

 

PICK: Baylor

 

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

 

Line: ORE -20.5

Over/Under: 70.0

 

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

 

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

 

Line: CLEM -40.0

Over/Under: N/A

 

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

 

PICK: Clemson

 

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

 

Line: MIZZ -3.0

Over/Under: 64.5

 

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

 

PICK: Missouri

 

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

 

Line: STAN -31.5

Over/Under: 59.0

 

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

 

PICK: Stanford

 

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

 

Line: SCAR -34.5

Over/Under: N/A

 

Gamecocks should win this one going away.

 

 

PICK: South Carolina

 

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

 

Line: LSU -4.0

Over/Under: 78.5

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

 

PICK: LSU

 

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

 

Line: MSU -7.5

Over/Under: 34.5

 

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

 

PICK: Michigan State

 

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

 

Line: ASU -2.5

Over/Under: 58.0

 

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

 

PICK: UCLA

 

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

 

Line: FRE -31.0

Over/Under: 65.5

 

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

 

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

 

Line: WIS -16.0

Over/Under: 52.0

 

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

 

PICK: Wisconsin

 

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

 

Line: KSU -3.5

Over/Under: 52.0

 

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

 

PICK: Kansas State

 

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

 

Line: LOU -24.5

Over/Under: 41.5

 

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

 

PICK: Louisville

 

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

 

Line: USC -22.5

Over/Under: 54.5

 

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

 

PICK: USC

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NCAA Week 12 College Football Recap- #7 Auburn Survives A Wild One

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NCAA recap Auburn vs Georgia Week 12

 

#25 Georgia Bulldogs (6-4)- 38

#7 Auburn Tigers (10-1)- 43

 

What a fourth quarter for the ages as the seventh-ranked Auburn Tigers pulled out a stunning improbable touchdown to keep their slim BCS title hopes alive with a 43-38 victory over No. 25 Georgia in a game we all thought was over entering the fourth quarter.

 

With the Bulldogs storming back in the final period, it all came down to one final play when the Tigers desperate for a touchdown launced a 73-yard “Hail Mary” with 25 seconds left on the clock that was deflected into the waiting hands of receiver Ricardo Louis who promptly ran it in for the winning score preserving Auburn’s run for a possible championship.

 

I couldn’t believe it,” Louis said. “It just landed right into my hands. I saw it once it got over my shoulder. It got tipped, I lost track of it… but when I looked over my shoulders, it was right there.’

 

The Tigers (10-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) had blown a 27-7 lead but with one last improbable big play in them put them in a position to win the SEC West with a victory in two weeks against No. 1 Alabama.

 

Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall on the “Hail Mary”….

 

When I saw it get tipped around, I knew we still had a chance,” Marshall said. “It was a live ball. I saw that Ricardo still had his eyes on the ball. That’s something we work on in practice: keep your eyes on the ball.”

 

Georgia (6-4, 4-3 SEC) quarterback Aaron Murray who led the charge with three fourth quarter touchdowns that put his Bulldogs temporarily ahead could only stare in disbelief from the Georgia bench.

 

That’s a freak play,” Murray said. “It’s like a nightmare. You try to wake up, and we are celebrating victory. It’s tough. This is going to be a tough one to get over.”

 

Murray put up some big numbers with 33 of 49 passes for 415 yards (160 yards in the fourth quarter) and two touchdowns in the final 9:35, with an earlier interception.

 

Bulldogs coach Mark Richt on the heartbreaking play…

 

When you lose, you tend to think about the things you should have done, Richt said. “When you win, you just about how great it is.

 

Let’s face it, as good as Auburn is and has been playing, they’ve got all the momentum going.”

 

Auburn’s first-year coach Gus Malzahn agrees…

 

They find a way to win. This team has the ‘it’ factor. That’s just the bottom line.”

 

The Auburn Tigers pounded the 20th ranked Georgia defense for 323 yards on the ground finishing the night with 566 yards total.

 

It was just a whale of a game, I guess,” Richt said.

 

That it was!

 

 

 

 

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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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MVPs: Tigers’ Cabrera, Pirates’ McCutchen

McCutchen Wins NL MVP

NY – All those who marvel at Miguel Cabrera can only surprise what he might have performed this year if fully wholesome.

Even so, Cabrera was a huge hit in Motown.

Despite being hobbled by all kinds of ailments, the Detroit Tigers slugger gained his second straight American League Most Invaluable Player award Thursday, once again beating Angels outfielder Mike Trout by a snug margin.

A season after profitable baseball’s first Triple Crown in forty five years, Cabrera got here back to lead the majors in hitting at348 and finish second with 44 dwelling runs and 137 RBIs.

“I think this 12 months was tougher due to the accidents,” he said on a conference name from the Miami space.

“It was the last two months. It was tough to play through it,” he stated.

The eight-time All-Star missed a number of games after the break due to a foul back, a sore left hip flexor, a strained lower stomach, shin bother and a groin tear. He just lately had surgery to fix the tear and mentioned he’ll be ready for spring training.

Still, Cabrera acquired 23 of 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He turned the first participant to win consecutive AL MVPs since Frank Thomas for the Chicago White Sox in 1993 and 1994.

Pirates heart fielder Andrew McCutchen took the National League MVP award by a surprisingly large margin after leading a baseball revival in Pittsburgh.

McCutchen drew 28 of the 30 first-place votes to finish far ahead of Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina.

“I’m floating proper now,” McCutchen stated in Pittsburgh. “However I positively did not count on it to be a landslide with these other guys – Goldschmidt and Molina. They have been nice candidates, and I did not know what to anticipate.”

McCutchen ranked among the NL leaders by hitting317 with 21 dwelling runs and eighty four RBIs. He additionally scored ninety seven runs, stole 27 bases and had a404 on-base share.

The 27-12 months-previous with the long, flowing dreadlocks helped the Pirates cease a report streak of 20 losing seasons and make the playoffs for the first time since 1992.

Cabrera finished with 385 factors, while Trout received five first-place votes and 282 factors. The difference was eighty one points final season, when Trout was AL rookie of the yr.

Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis, who led the majors with 53 homers and 138 RBIs, was third.

“I think all three guys deserve this trophy,” Cabrera stated.

Davis and Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson every acquired a first-place vote.

Cabrera took his third AL batting title in a row. He additionally drew a $1 million bonus for successful a second MVP throughout his present contract with the Tigers.

No AL player has won three straight MVPs. Albert Pujols was the last repeat NL MVP winner in 2008 and 2009; Barry Bonds took 4 straight from 2001 to ’04.

The Tigers have just about owned the foremost postseason awards during a three-yr run of success. Justin Verlander was the MVP and Cy Young winner in 2011, Cabrera took the MVP final season, and Detroit ace Max Scherzer gained this year’s Cy Younger Award on Wednesday.

“I am on the fitting group,” Cabrera mentioned.

The 30-12 months-previous third baseman from Venezuela also captured the AL MVP final year when he hit330 with 44 homers and 139 RBIs. Cabrera topped Trout 22-6 in first-place votes in that balloting.

Trout hit323 with 27 homers and ninety seven RBIs this year, stole 33 bases, and led the AL in runs and walks.

Cabrera clearly was baseball’s most dominant hitter for many of the season as the Tigers gained their third straight AL Central crown.

Voting for the BBWAA awards was completed earlier than the playoffs. Cabrera hit262 with two homers and 7 RBIs in 11 postseason video games, and made a couple of key outs in Detroit’s six-recreation loss to Boston in the AL Championship Collection.

Cabrera was in competition for a second straight Triple Crown for a lot of the 12 months, and was hitting359 with 43 homers and a hundred thirty RBIs by means of Aug. 26. However he managed only two extra-base hits in his next 25 games by way of the tip of the common season.

Cabrera mentioned he didn’t assume rest would have helped heal his injuries near the end.

Miguel Cabrera

Miguel Cabrera gained the American League Most Beneficial Player award for the second straight year.

As an alternative, he took a distinct approach: “OKAY, let’s play by means of it and see what occurs,” he stated.

Cabrera still grew to become the first proper-handed hitter to win three straight batting titles in both league since Rogers Hornsby from 1920 to ’25.

Cabrera additionally saved amazing his teammates with his prowess on the plate.

In mid-August, he homered in all three video games of a collection at Yankee Stadium, twice connecting off career saves leader Mariano Rivera.

His shot in the opener was probably the most spectacular, regardless that Detroit ultimately misplaced. After fouling two balls off his left shin, Cabrera was having hassle standing in the batter’s field when he tagged Rivera for a tying, two-run drive with two outs within the ninth inning.

Cabrera had bedeviled the Yankees before. As a 20-year-previous rookie, he helped the Marlins beat New York within the 2003 World Series.

McCutchen, third in MVP balloting final season, acquired 409 points. Goldschmidt finished second with 242, whereas Molina received the opposite two first-place votes and got here in third.

McCutchen’s win came two days after Pirates supervisor Clint Hurdle was picked because the NL manager of the year. McCutchen was the primary Pittsburgh participant to win the MVP since Bonds in 1992.

The Pirates went 94-sixty eight this year, a season after going 79-83. Along the way, McCutchen grew to become the face of the franchise and heard loud “MVP!” chants when he would step to the plate at PNC Park this summer season.

“I might mislead you if I mentioned it did not enter my thoughts ever,” he said. “It is awesome to hear one thing like that.”

Pittsburgh beat Cincinnati within the NL wild-card recreation, then lost to St. Louis in a division series that went the total five games.

Boston wound up beating St. Louis in the World Collection. No one on the Pink Sox or Cardinals won any of the key BBWAA awards.

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

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NCAA Football Prediction Georgia Bulldogs vs Auburn tigers game

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

 

Line: AUB -3.0

Over/Under: 63.5

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Expect another great SEC battle on Saturday afternoon.

 

PICK: Auburn Tigers

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

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NCAA Week 12 College Football Recap- #8 Clemson Wins Big!

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Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-4)- 31

Clemson Tigers (9-1)- 55

 

Tajh Boyd had a big night for his No. 8 Clemson Tigers throwing for 340 yards and four touchdowns to lead his team to a 55-31 victory over Georgia Tech on Thursday night breaking the all-time touchdown record in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

 

With Boyd’s four touchdown tosses on Thursday night, he now has 97 for his career, breaking the old-mark of 95 set by Phillip Rivers while at North Carolina State in 2000-03.

 

The fans at Death Valley got a scare in the third quarter when Boyd went down with an apparent collarbone injury as he headed for the locker room, only to return a short time later to the delight of the Tigers faithful although with the Tigers up 41-24 at that point, he was not needed to return to action.

 

With the win, No 8 Clemson moves to 9-1, 7-1 in ACC and for now at least stays in the BCS major bowl bid conversation but most importantly x-rays were negative.

 

It was a dire situation I felt like I needed to play I felt like I could’ve,” Boyd said. “But we were in a situation where it wasn’t needed.”

 

It was the third straight victory for Clemson since losing to Florida State 51-42 last month and have one remaining game at home with FCS opponent Citadel and with rival South Carolina still to play, Boyd has no intentions of slowing down.

 

No, man, I’m not going to miss my last game in the valley,” he said. “I’ll throw a pad in there and I’ll be fine.”

 

He’s a competitor,” Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris said. “My gosh, look at the records this guy has broken in the ACC. Wow. And in just three years.”

 

Georgia Tech (6-4, 5-3) went into Thursday’s night match-up with an opportunity of winning the ACC Coastal Division, but once they fell behind 20-0 early in the second quarter, it was too much to catch up.

 

The Yellow Jackets had won four of the past six meetings with the Tigers having success with their triple-option attack, but this time Clemson was up for the challenge shutting down the Yellow Jackets early and often to build a lead they would never surrender.

 

With the Yellow Jackets sporting an ACC-best 311 rushing yards a game, the were limited to only 72 in the first half.

 

The second half saw Georgia Tech cut the score to 27-17 on Robert Godhigh’s 65-yard touchdown run in the early third, but Clemson responded with scores on their next two possessions to take control for good.

 

Once we did that, we started feeling good about ourselves,” Godhigh said. “But when we started kicking ourselves in the foot again.”

 

Godhigh finished with 126 yards rushing and two touchdowns and added 103 yards receiving on five catches.

 

But, in the end it was too much Tajh Boyd.

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

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Kershaw, Scherzer collect Cy Young Awards

Clayton Kershaw Wins NL Cy Young Award

THE BIG APPLE – Clayton Kershaw has two Cy Young Awards by age 25 and one runner-up end. He just posted baseball’s lowest ERA in 13 years and have become the third pitcher since 1900 to steer the majors in that category for 3 consecutive seasons.

Enormous numbers.

This is one other one: $300 million.

Scuttlebutt is, that is how a lot the Los Angeles Dodgers is perhaps offering to maintain him from turning into a free agent.

So when Kershaw was asked a couple of new contract Wednesday, his family and mates were prepared. They walked proper into the digital camera shot on MLB Community to engulf him with hugs and high-fives in a welcome interruption.

It was higher support than he often acquired from Dodgers hitters.

“That was perfect timing. I do not know the way that occurred, however it was great. I didn’t should reply the query,” Kershaw stated about an hour in a while a conference name from his Dallas residence.

“Not my doing. It was simply coincidence.”

Kershaw received the NL Cy Younger Award for the second time in three seasons Wednesday, coming within one vote of a unanimous selection. Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers breezed to the American League prize, chosen first on 28 of 30 ballots.

One yr after he was runner-up to knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, Kershaw practically shut out the competition.

The left-hander with the massive-breaking curve obtained 29 of 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers’ Affiliation of America. Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals was picked first on one poll.

“It’s just a whirlwind of feelings immediately,” Kershaw mentioned. “Whether you anticipate to win or you don’t, just to hear your title referred to as, it does something to you… It truly is fairly particular and I positively do not take that without any consideration.”

Kershaw is eligible at no cost company after next season. So if the Dodgers plan to maintain him, it is most likely going to cost them in a protracted-time period deal.

“I do love L.A. I actually assume we will win there, too,” Kershaw mentioned. “We’ll just see what happens. It’s form of an open book right now.”

Kershaw went 16-9 for the NL West champions this 12 months and led the league with 232 strikeouts. His 1.83 ERA was the most effective in the majors since Pedro Martinez’s 1.seventy four for Boston in 2000.

It is that sort of dominance that attracts comparisons to a different Los Angeles lefty: Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax.

“I believe Sandy would agree, I am just trying to be me,” Kershaw stated. “I’m not trying to live up to these expectations because I don’t suppose anybody can.

“I don’t want to disrespect his legacy.”

Kershaw’s win marked the report eleventh time a Dodgers pitcher has won the Cy Young because the award was first presented in 1956.

Koufax, who won 3 times and remains pitching royalty, has developed a friendship with Kershaw.

“Congratulations to Clayton on an amazing 12 months and a most deserving Cy Young honor,” Koufax stated in a statement. “That is the second of many more to come. He is got quite a future ahead of him.”

Wainwright went 19-9 with a 2.94 PERIOD and finished behind Kershaw. Nonetheless on the lookout for his first Cy Younger Award, the St. Louis proper-hander has been the runner-up twice.

Max Scherzer

Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer won the 2013 AL Cy Young Award on Wednesday.

Miami teenager Jose Fernandez, picked earlier this week because the NL Rookie of the Yr, was third.

“That is such a cool thing. I can’t even clarify what it means to me,” Kershaw said. “It really is a big honor.”

Voting for the Cy Youngs was performed earlier than the playoffs began. Kershaw went 1-zero in two sharp starts against Atlanta within the division collection, then lost twice to St. Louis in the NL championship sequence. The Cardinals tagged him in a 9-zero romp in the clinching Recreation 6.

“We got here up quick. I did not pitch the way in which I ought to have within the last sport,” he said.

Kershaw has been an All-Star the previous three seasons and put up eye-popping statistics. He mentioned the one thing left for him to do is win the World Collection.

“I need that ring,” he stated.

But first, he and his spouse, Ellen, are headed back to Africa this month to proceed their in depth charity work there.

Scherzer went 21-3 and was a straightforward pick as the American League’s prime pitcher.

Similar to Kershaw, Scherzer can develop into a free agent after the 2014 season, and the Tigers try to figure out if they will afford him along with all their other stars such as Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Justin Verlander. That is prompted discuss they may trade Scherzer earlier than opening day.

“I like it right here in Detroit,” Scherzer mentioned on a conference name. “Who wouldn’t wish to be part of this?”

“The enterprise aspect will take care of itself,” he said. “It actually depends on what Detroit needs to do.”

Scherzer and agent Scott Boras said they’re open to talking to the Tigers about an extension.

Scherzer was the lone 20-sport winner in baseball this season. He ranked second in the majors with 240 strikeouts and was fifth within the AL with a 2.90 PERIOD.

The 29-yr-outdated righty smiled and raised both arms when the Cy Younger outcomes were announced.

“It is unbelievable. It simply vindicates everything I’ve finished,” Scherzer mentioned, acknowledging all the run help he acquired from Detroit’s highly effective lineup in all probability helped his candidacy.

“I have been working so hard all these years to get better and higher,” he added. “I believe I took a big step ahead in 2013.”

Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers was second, marking the highest finish by a Japanese-born pitcher in Cy Younger voting. Hisashi Iwakuma of the Seattle Mariners got here in third.

The AL and NL Most Useful Participant awards can be offered Thursday.

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Boras: Scherzer open to extension with Tigers

Max Scherzer Wins AL Cy Young Award

 

ORLANDO, Fla. – Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer, who was named the 2013 American League Cy Young Award winner Wednesday evening, is eligible totally free company on the finish of next season. But his choices aren’t necessarily limited to getting traded or leaving city.

Agent Scott Boras, sometimes not identified for negotiating contract extensions for high-profile gamers on the cusp of free company, stated Wednesday that Scherzer will maintain an open thoughts if the Tigers strategy him with a multiyear offer within the coming months.

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Al Bello/Getty ImagesTigers right-hander Max Scherzer gained the 2013 AL Cy Younger Award on Wednesday.

“They know Max likes it there,” Boras told ESPN.com. “We must sit down and discuss their plans for the future. But when you have a participant who likes playing where he is taking part in and an possession that has been what Mike Ilitch has been in Detroit, it’s certainly something we would take heed to.”

Scherzer, 29, went 21-3 with a 2.ninety ERA this season to make his first All-Star staff and be a part of Justin Verlander as the second Cy Young Award winner on the Detroit workers. As an arbitration-eligible participant, Scherzer is in line for a considerable increase from the $6.725 million he earned last season.

Although Boras is healthier known for negotiating nine-figure free-agent offers than extensions for players who have but to reach free company, there have been some noteworthy exceptions to the rule. Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez signed an $eighty million extension with the Colorado Rockies in January 2011, and pitcher Jered Weaver agreed to an $85 million cope with the Los Angeles Angels later that 12 months. In April, the Texas Rangers signed shortstop Elvis Andrus to a $a hundred and twenty million extension.

Boras also has had a productive history of negotiations with Ilitch, the Tigers’ owner since 1992. Boras purchasers Ivan Rodriguez, Magglio Ordonez and Kenny Rogers all played in Detroit, and the Tigers signed Prince Fielder to a 9-12 months, $214 million contract in January 2012.

Scherzer has been mentioned as a possible commerce candidate this offseason by several media retailers that have speculated the Tigers would slightly get a haul of young expertise in return for him now relatively than allow him to stroll subsequent winter. Fielder, Verlander ($a hundred and eighty million), Miguel Cabrera ($152.3 million) and Anibal Sanchez ($eighty million) are all signed to lucrative multiyear deals with Detroit, and an extended-time period investment in Scherzer would add much more heft to a Detroit payroll that was fifth-highest among the many 30 MLB groups at $149 million last season.

During an interview Tuesday on the common managers conferences, Detroit GM David Dombrowski declined to deal with the current commerce rumors surrounding Scherzer or some other hypothesis over the pitcher’s future with the team.

“We like Max, and he likes Detroit,” Dombrowski said. “We’ll see what occurs.”

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No. 2 MSU keeps Kentucky at bay

Michigan State Holds Off Kentucky

CHICAGO – As the buzzer sounded and his Michigan State teammates raced onto the court docket to celebrate, Gary Harris held his index finger aloft.

Little question about who's No. 1.

For now, not less than.

Branden Dawson tipped in a miss with lower than six seconds left, and the No. 2 Spartans hung on for a 78-74 victory over top-ranked Kentucky and its latest forged of phenoms within the first recreation of the Champions Basic on Tuesday night time.

"We wish to be No. 1 on the finish of the season," Keith Appling stated. "Not the start."

Hold playing like this and the Spartans (2-zero) are positive to be within the dialog come the tip of March.

Kentucky, too. After trailing by as a lot as 13 in the second half, wanting like the freshmen most of them are, the Wildcats (2-1) showed why there's a lot hype surrounding them. Julius Randle virtually beat the Spartans single-handedly, scoring 23 of his 27 points in the second half and making a jumper with 42 seconds left that lower Michigan State's result in seventy six-74.

However Dawson tipped in a miss by Denzel Valentine, and James Young missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

"You bought guys crying in there, which is an efficient thing," Kentucky coach John Calipari stated. "I would like it to hurt like that. I knew this is able to get their consideration. The most important factor is for those who don't do this collectively, you won't win. You may by no means be a particular staff."

This was the earliest 1 vs. 2 match-up, and first since Feb. 23, 2008, when Tennessee beat prime-ranked Memphis. The Tigers coach then? None aside from Calipari.

This sport had even more hype, principally due to the Kiddie Cats. Much has been manufactured from the children, with good purpose. The last time Calipari had a roster this star-studded, the Wildcats gained a nationwide title.

This group may be much more spectacular.

Six have been McDonald's All-People, and all are considered lottery picks in subsequent summer time's NBA draft, with Randle a risk for the general No. 1. The kids did nothing to minimize the hype in their first two video games, with Randle averaging 22.5 points and 15 rebounds, and the Harrison twins averaging in double figures. No marvel the game brought out scouts from almost every NBA group and celebrities including Nazr Mohammed and Detroit Lions defensive deal with Ndamukong Suh.

However the Spartans aren't precisely slouches, returning six of their high seven scorers. Just as necessary, massive-time video games like this are nothing new to them, with Izzo routinely scheduling the likes of Connecticut, Duke, North Carolina and Kansas earlier than Jan. 1.

"They're actually good," Calipari said. "This is the second sport out and so they go 17 assists to seven turnovers? That is unbelievable. Again, understand we're not the greatest defensive group, but 17 and seven? With these lights and all that is occurring around them? They're properly coached. They performed nicely."

Appling got here within two rebounds and two assists of a triple-double, finishing with 22 factors, and eight rebounds and assists. Harris had 20 points and Adreian Payne had 15 points and 4 rebounds for the Spartans.

Kentucky had strolled via its first two games, with Randle and the other freshmen developing large. However there's a large difference between those non-conference patsies and Michigan State, and the Spartans let the Wildcats know what they were up towards from the opening tip.

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Michigan State hit fifty eight.1 percent of its field goals within the first half against Kentucky.

Smothering the Wildcats defensively and leaving them flat-footed with their stunning speed on offense, Michigan State had a ten-0 lead earlier than Kentucky acquired its first bucket. The Cats had seven turnovers before the midway level of the first half, and would finish with 17.

And it was clear that, with four freshmen within the starting lineup and one other getting heavy enjoying time, the Wildcats are still getting used to each other, too. At one point, Andrew Harrison rifled a no-look cross to Willie Cauley-Stein that Cauley-Stein wasn't anticipating, and the ball sailed out of bounds.

They struggled at the line, too, going simply 20 of 36.

"They will get quite a bit better. Give them credit," Izzo said. "But I believed we played awfully well for lots of that game."

Still, the Spartans acquired in foul bother midway by the second half, and the slower tempo gave the Wildcats time to catch their breath and regroup. It also gave a seething Randle a possibility to work out his anger.

"What I beloved about him, he gritted his tooth, was ornery and nasty and he wanted to put them on his shoulders," Izzo mentioned. "For a freshman, that speaks volumes. He utterly did that. You could possibly see it and hear him. Robust kid."

Randle scored nine points in a thirteen-1 run that minimize Michigan State's result in 60-fifty nine with eight:05 left, including a "How'd he do that?" off-steadiness jumper from behind a sea of inexperienced jerseys. He and Harrison every made a pair of free throws to tie the sport at sixty six with 4:forty eight left.

But Appling drilled a 3, and Harris stripped Randle at the other finish. He took it in for a layup that put the Spartans back in entrance, seventy one-66, bringing the Michigan State fans – including Spartan in Chief, Magic Johnson – to their feet.

Randle wasn't executed simply yet, however. After Harrison's free throws Kentucky inside seventy six-seventy two with 1:33 to play, the Wildcats pounced on an Appling turnover and Randle scored on a jumper. But Dawson's tip-in sealed the win.

"I maintain reiterating: They are going to get rather a lot higher," Izzo mentioned. "But I truthfully believe so will we."

 

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Myers wins AL

 

Smile, Wil Myers, you've won some hardware! (USATSI) Smile, Wil Myers, you’ve received some hardware! (USATSI)

 

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The BBWAA voters have spoken, and Rays outfielder Wil Myers has been voted American League Rookie of the Yr for 2013 and in doing so took 23 of 30 first-place votes. The opposite two finalists were shortstop Jose Iglesias of the Tigers and Myers’s teammate, right-hander Chris Archer. Iglesias finished second general, and Archer placed third.

 

NL Rookie of the Yr

Jose Fernandez is prime rookie

 

Myers didn’t make his major-league debut until June 18 of this past season, however on a price basis his numbers have been quite sturdy:293/.354/.478 with an OPS+ of 132. The 22-yr-outdated Myers, who was acquired from the Royals final offseason in a deal that featured right-hander James Shields, also tallied thirteen homers and 23 doubles in 88 video games.

Myers is a 3rd Ray to win the award, as he joins Jeremy Hellickson in 2011 and Evan Longoria in 2008.

The BBWAA has a full breakdown of the balloting.

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Fernandez tops Puig for NL Rookie of Year

Jose Fernandez Wins NL ROY

 

THE BIG APPLE – Jose Fernandez arrived early. Wil Myers made it big after a blockbuster trade.

Neither one wanted a lot time to create a splash, and collectively they introduced both Rookie of the 12 months awards again to Florida.

Fernandez stood out in a very deep Nationwide League class this season, and the precocious Miami Marlins pitcher received 26 of 30 first-place votes from a Baseball Writers’ Affiliation of America panel in results announced Monday.

Myers won the American League prize after the Tampa Bay slugger put up impressive offensive numbers in only half a season. The correct fielder was chosen first on 23 of 30 ballots, beating out Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias and Rays teammate Chris Archer.

“Truthfully, when I was known as up that didn’t even cross my mind. Because the season went on I might see I might have an opportunity,” Myers said on a conference call from his North Carolina house. “To be able to win is just a huge honor and I am very excited about it.”

The two bulletins marked the start of awards week in baseball. NL and AL Supervisor of the 12 months will probably be revealed Tuesday, with the Cy Young winners Wednesday and MVPs on Thursday.

Myers turned the third Tampa Bay player in six years to be selected Rookie of the Yr, joining Jeremy Hellickson (2011) and Evan Longoria (2008). Seated subsequent to each other, Myers and Archer smiled and shook palms when the winner was revealed on MLB Community.

Fernandez simply topped runner-up Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers as Cuban players ran 1-2 in the NL race. The only earlier Rookie of the Yr winners from Cuba came in the AL: Jose Canseco in 1986 and Tony Oliva in 1964.

“It means quite a bit just to be compared to those guys,” Fernandez said. “I am undecided I was even born when those guys have been taking part in. However for sure I heard the names earlier than and they did numerous good issues in baseball… All the youngsters in Cuba play baseball.”

Puig acquired the other four first-place votes and amassed 95 points to 142 for Fernandez, who made the All-Star workforce at age 20. He went 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA and 187 strikeouts for a last-place club that finished 62-one hundred.

Fernandez was shut down in September after 172 2/3 innings to protect his valuable arm. Still, his debut season was so excellent that he is one among three finalists for the NL Cy Younger Award – although Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is a heavy favorite.

Fernandez already has one big prize, nevertheless, and he hugged his mother and grandmother when he won.

He got here to the United States by boat as a Cuban refugee in 2008, apparently rescuing his mom alongside the way in which. Drafted 14th general in 2011 out of highschool in Tampa, Fla., he had never pitched above Class A earlier than this season. Fernandez was ticketed for Double-A Jacksonville on the end of spring coaching when injuries left two holes in Miami’s rotation.

Fernandez became an sudden addition to the roster, making him the youngest pitcher on a significant league workforce on Opening Day.

“I wasn’t planning on being within the huge leagues,” he said.

The surprises haven’t stopped – on and off the mound.

Sooner or later earlier than winning the rookie award, a shocked Fernandez was reunited with his grandmother in Florida with help from his lawyer.

“Out of nowhere,” the pitcher stated. “I don’t know how it happened.”

Now, she can visit for a couple of years and see him play in the majors.

“Pretty enthusiastic about that,” Fernandez stated.

After the Marlins dumped almost all their excessive-priced stars last winter, Fernandez was a uncommon shiny spot this season. The best-hander became the fourth Marlins player in 11 years to win Rookie of the Yr, following Chris Coghlan (2009), Hanley Ramirez (2006) and Dontrelle Willis (2003).

“I am very comfortable that he received,” Puig informed MLB.com in comments circulated by the Dodgers. “He labored really laborious to attain this and he pitched extraordinarily nicely with Miami and he deserved this simply as we deserved to be nominated. I’m joyful for him, that a Cuban won. I’m glad his grandmother arrived and I hope he enjoys his time along with his grandmother and enjoys the prize he received.”

The 22-12 months-previous Myers batted293 with 13 house runs and 53 RBIs in solely 88 games after he was known as up from the minors June 18. He immediately added a lot-needed power to the middle of the Rays’ lineup, helping them reach the playoffs as an AL wild card.

Myers was rated one in every of baseball’s greatest hitting prospects when he was traded from Kansas City to Tampa Bay last December in a seven-participant deal that sent pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals.

“There were some combined feelings in leaving Kansas Metropolis,” Myers acknowledged. “I do not want to say they gave up on me. They made a move they thought would higher their team and it did.”

Labored out nicely for Tampa Bay, too.

The Rays have been 36-33 before Myers arrived this season and went 56-38 the remainder of the way. They won a tiebreaker at Texas for the final AL playoff berth and beat Cleveland within the wild-card recreation earlier than getting eradicated by World Sequence champion Boston in the division sequence.

Myers completed with 131 points within the balloting to 80 for the slick-fielding Iglesias, traded from the Red Sox to the Tigers simply earlier than the deadline in late July. Both groups ended up in the AL Championship Sequence.

Iglesias was listed first on five ballots. Archer and fellow pitcher Dan Straily of the Oakland Athletics each bought one first-place vote.

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

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

 

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

 

Line: CLEM -10.5

Over/Under: 57.5

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

PICK: Clemson

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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

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

 

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

#13 LSU Tigers (7-3)- 17

 

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

 

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

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-6)- 3

 

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

 

#3 Oregon Ducks (8-1)- 20

#5 Stanford Cardinal (8-1)- 26

 

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

 

#10 Oklahoma Sooners (7-2)- 12

#6 Baylor Bears (8-0)- 41

 

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

 

#8 Missouri Tigers (9-1)- 48

Kentucky Wildcats (2-7)- 17

 

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

 

#9 Auburn Tigers (9-1)- 55

Tennessee Volunteers (4-6)- 23

 

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

 

Virginia Tech Hokies (7-3)- 42

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

 

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

 

Kansas Jayhawks (2-7)- 6

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

 

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

 

Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-5)- 41

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

 

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

 

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

Wyoming Cowboys (4-5)- 10

 

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

 

#19 UCLA Bruins (7-2)- 31

Arizona Wildcats (6-3)- 26

 

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

 

#20 Louisville Cardinals (8-1)- 31

Connecticut Huskies (0-8)- 10

 

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

 

Houston Cougars (7-2)- 14

#21 UCF Knights (7-1)- 19

 

UCF hangs on to win a close win at home.

 

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

Utah Utes (4-5)- 19

 

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

 

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

Pittsburgh Panthers (5-4)- 28

 

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

 

Brigham Young Cougars (6-3)- 17

#24 Wisconsin Badgers (7-2)- 27

 

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

 

Kansas State Wildcats (5-4)- 49

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

 

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

 

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

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NCAA college football free Picks LSU vs Alabama 11th November

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

 

Line: ALA -12.5

Over/Under: 55.0

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Get ready for another great game!

 

PICK: Alabama

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