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Championship Week

December 1, 2013


Week 15 of the college football season will be highlighted with seven championship games on tap. The action starts Friday with the MAC Championship and concludes Saturday with six more title games.

Check out the matchups, odds and betting notes on all seven games below.

MAC Championship - Northern Illinois vs. Bowling Green
Date: Friday, Dec. 6 (ESPN2, 8:00 p.m.)
Venue: Ford Field
Location: Detroit, Michigan

Odds: Northern Illinois opened as a 3-point favorite.

Betting Notes and Trends

-- Bowling Green (9-3 SU, 9-3 ATS) closed the season with four straight wins and covers.

-- For the second straight season, Northern Illinois (12-0 SU, 8-4 ATS) went 12-0 in the regular season.

-- The last meeting between this pair occurred in 2011 and NIU captured a 45-14 road victory. Including this win, the Huskies have won the last three meetings.

-- Northern Illinois will be making its fourth straight trip to Ford Field for the MAC title game. The Huskies have won the last two years after coming up short in 2010.

-- The last three MAC title games were decided by seven points or less.

-- Bowling Green has earned one trip to the MAC Championship and it lost to Miami-Ohio 49-27 during the 2003 season.

-- The ‘under’ is on a 3-1 run in the title game.

Preseason Future Odds to win the MAC
Northern Illinois 3/2
Bowling Green 11/4

CUSA Championship – Rice vs. Marshall
Date: Saturday, Dec. 7 (ESPN2, 12:00 p.m.)
Venue: TBA
Location: TBA

Odds: TBD

Betting Notes and Trends

-- These teams didn’t square off in the regular season. Marshall has won the last two meetings against Rice but both games were by four points or less – 54-51 in 2012 and 24-20 in 2011.

-- Neither team has played in the conference title game.

-- The home team has won three of the past four championships and the ‘over’ is 3-1 during this span.

Preseason Future Odds to win the CUSA
Marshall 3/1
Rice 10/1

SEC Championship - Auburn vs. Missouri
Date: Saturday, Dec. 7 (CBS, 3:00 p.m.)
Venue: Georgia Dome
Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Odds: Auburn opened as a 3-point favorite but the early action has dropped the number to 1 ½ points

Betting Notes and Trends

-- Missouri (11-1 SU, 10-1-1 ATS) and Auburn (11-1 SU, 10-2 ATS) have both been golden for gamblers this season.

-- Mizzou went 5-0 on the road while Auburn went 3-1, the lone loss coming to LSU (35-21).

-- The West Division has won four consecutive championships.

-- The ‘over’ is on a 4-0 run in the SEC title game.

-- Auburn has gone 2-2 in its four appearances in the SEC Championship. The Tigers captured the 2010 title by defeating South Carolina 56-17.

-- This will be Missouri’s first appearance in the SEC Championship.

Preseason Future Odds to win the SEC
Missouri 50/1
Auburn 60/1

ACC Championship – Florida State vs. Duke
Date: Saturday, Dec. 7 (ABC, 8:00 p.m.)
Venue: Bank of America Stadium
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

Odds: Florida State opened as a 30-point favorite. The line has dropped to 29

-- These schools didn’t meet this season. In the previous two years, Florida State defeated Duke 48-7 in 2012 and 41-16 in 2011.

-- This will be Florida State’s fourth appearance in the ACC Championship. The Seminoles have gone 2-1 in their first three trips to the title game.

-- Double-digit favorites in the ACC Championship are 1-1 SU and 0-2 ATS.

-- Duke has never played in the ACC title game.

Preseason Future Odds to win the ACC
Florida State 5/4
Duke 60/1

Pac 12 Championship – Arizona State vs. Stanford
Date: Saturday, Dec. 7 (ESPN, 8:00 p.m.)
Venue: Sun Devil Stadium
Location: Tempe, Arizona

Odds: Arizona State opened as a 3-point favorite and the number moved to 3 ½

Betting Notes and Trends

-- Stanford defeated Arizona State 42-28 on Sept. 21 as a seven-point home favorite. The win for the Cardinal was the third straight over the Sun Devils. ASU has won four of its last five meetings against Stanford from Tempe and the lone loss came by four points (17-13) in 2010.

-- This will be the third Pac-12 Championship played. The home team won the past two years but the underdog managed to cover in a losing effort. The ‘over’ is 2-0.

Preseason Future Odds to win the Pac-12
Stanford 5/2
Arizona State 8/1

Big 10 Championship – Ohio State vs. Michigan State
Date: Saturday, Dec. 7 (FOX, 8:15 p.m.)
Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Odds: Ohio State opened as a 6 ½-point favorite and the number quickly dropped to 6

Betting Notes and Trends

-- The last meeting two meetings between these schools were decided by a combined four points and the road team captured both games. Ohio State won 17-16 in 2012 and Michigan State captured a 10-7 win in 2011.

-- Similar to the Pac-12, this will be the third conference championship.

-- Michigan State played in the inaugural title game in 2010 and came up short to Wisconsin, 42-39. The Spartans managed to cover as nine-point underdogs.

-- The ‘over’ has gone 2-0 in the first two championships with a combined 81 and 101 points scored.

Preseason Future Odds to win the Big 10
Ohio State 4/5
Michigan State 5/1

Mountain West Championship – Fresno State vs. Utah State
Date: Saturday, Dec. 7 (CBS, 10:00 p.m.)
Venue: Bulldog Stadium
Location: Fresno, California

Odds: Fresno State opened as a 3 ½-point favorite and the number dropped to 3

Betting Notes and Trends

-- Fresno State has won five straight against Utah State, with a 31-21 home victory by the Bulldogs being the last meeting between the two schools.

-- This year’s title game will be the inaugural Mountain West Championship.

Preseason Future Odds to win the MWC
Fresno State 8/5
Utah State 7/1

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12/01/2013 11:20 PM

Stanford, Arizona State set for Pac-12

December 1, 2013


STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - The Pac-12 title game matchup has been set for a week. Now so is the location.

And that could be a major factor in the outcome.

No. 11 Arizona State (10-2, 8-1), whose only league loss came at seventh-ranked Stanford (10-2, 7-2) on Sept. 21, will host the defending champion Cardinal in the Pac-12 title game Saturday night with a spot in the Rose Bowl at stake.

The Sun Devils sealed home-field advantage by routing rival Arizona 58-21 in the regular-season finale. Arizona State is 7-0 at home this season, and perhaps even more importantly, it avoids a return trip to Stanford Stadium - where the Cardinal have won 16 straight.

''I can tell you this: Our guys are determined, and we need everyone in these seats,'' Sun Devils coach Todd Graham said. ''We need to be loud and proud and make it a great home-field advantage. Our guys want to win this and go to the Rose Bowl.''

The rematch figures to be quite different than the first go-around.

Stanford's 42-28 victory in the Pac-12 opener for both teams was mostly a one-sided affair. The Cardinal led 29-0 at halftime and 39-7 through three quarters before Taylor Kelly threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to give Stanford a brief scare.

Both teams have been through quite a lot since then.

The Sun Devils routed a reeling Southern California team 62-41 the following week, which led to the firing of Trojans coach Lane Kiffin, then lost 37-34 to Notre Dame in Arlington, Texas, before rolling off seven straight victories - including a win at UCLA to clinch the South Division crown.

Stanford regrouped from a stunning upset at Utah that dashed its national championship hopes to beat previously undefeated Oregon. The Cardinal lost control of the Pac-12 North title with a loss at USC before getting it back when the Ducks dropped their game at Arizona the next week.

None of that matters now.

The Sun Devils are going for their first Rose Bowl berth since 1997. And Stanford, which beat Wisconsin for its first Rose Bowl victory in 41 years last season, is trying to book consecutive trips to the ''Granddaddy of Them All'' for the first time since 1971-72.

''We had ups and downs; we had bumps and bruises,'' Stanford coach David Shaw said. ''We lost some guys, had some guys step up. We lost a couple games. But when you look up, we're where we wanted to be, a 10-win team in the Pac-12 championship game, and it's going to be a heck of a game.''

The Sun Devils could be without leading scorer and rusher Marion Grice (injured leg) for the second straight week. The senior running back watched the win over Arizona on crutches from the sideline, and with practices closed to reporters and Graham saying only that Grice's injury is ''day to day,'' his status remains a mystery for the Pac-12 title game.

Stanford should be relatively healthy.

Defensive end and co-captain Ben Gardner had season-ending surgery on his left chest muscle, and kicker Jordan Williamson's range is limited because of a leg injury. But Shaw said the Cardinal will get back defensive end Josh Mauro, who sat out Stanford's 27-20 win over Notre Dame on Saturday night with a leg injury.

The bigger challenge for Stanford to overcome might be beating the same opponent twice in the same season.

Last year, Stanford handled UCLA 35-17 in the regular-season finale before a tough 27-24 victory over the Bruins six days later for the conference championship. With so many games between meetings this time, both teams have had nearly a season of lessons learned, and now is the time to put them to use.

''It's unbelievable. We're anxious, but we know we have got a lot of work still,'' said Arizona State's D.J. Foster, who ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns against Arizona in Grice's place. ''There is still a big game coming up, so we can't get ahead of ourselves. We still have to work hard and prepare like we always do. We just have to understand what we have in front of us and how close we are to our goal. But we have to finish strong.''

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12/01/2013 11:21 PM

FSU, Ohio State in top two BCS spots

December 1, 2013


Florida State and Ohio State are in position to play for the BCS national championship, though Auburn and Missouri are close enough behind in the BCS standings to put pressure on the Buckeyes.

The Seminoles grabbed the top spot in the BCS standings released Sunday after Alabama relinquished it for the first time this season.

The Crimson Tide's wild 34-28 loss at Auburn dropped Alabama to fourth. Ohio State is second and Auburn is third. Missouri is fifth. Auburn and Missouri play in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday in Atlanta. The winner should get a boost in the standings, but it might not be enough to catch the unbeaten Buckeyes.

Ohio State (12-0) faces Michigan State, 10th in the latest standings, in the Big Ten championship game Saturday in Indianapolis.

Florida State is first in both the USA Today coaches' poll and Harris poll, and rated No. 1 in the compilation of six computer rankings used in the BCS standings.

The Seminoles' .9948 BCS average makes them a lock to get to the title game in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 6 if they can beat Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game Saturday.

The Buckeyes (.9503) are second in the polls and second in the computers. Auburn (.9233) is third in each. Missouri (.8428) is fifth in each. But each of those SEC Tigers is 11-1. Ohio State is riding a 24-game winning streak.

An unbeaten team from a BCS automatic-qualifying conference (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC and Big East, now American Athletic Conference) has never been shut out of national championship game in favor of a team with a loss.

The SEC, which has won the last seven BCS championships, would like that to change.

''Any one-loss team in the SEC (should be considered) just because of the strength of schedule,'' Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. ''Hopefully that will be taken into consideration.''

Jerry Palm, who analyzes the BCS for CBS.com, said there is no reason to expect the unprecedented to happen.

''I think the voters would have to abandon Ohio State, and that's never happened in the history of the BCS,'' he said Sunday.

Alabama (.8539) is fourth but the Tide would need both Florida State and Ohio State to lose to get back in the title conversation.

The BCS is in its last season. It will be replaced by a four-team playoff next year, which will use a selection committee to pick the teams.

Farther down the latest standings, the competition to become the last BCS buster is now a one-team race after Fresno State lost to San Jose State. It's all about Northern Illinois now.

The undefeated Huskies from the Mid-American Conference remained 14th in the standings this week. NIU, looking for its second straight BCS bid, plays Bowling Green in the MAC title game on Friday night.

The Huskies can earn an automatic BCS bid two ways:

- Finish in the top 12 of the final BCS standings.

- Finish in the top 16 of the final standings, ahead of an automatic qualifying conference champion.

The Huskies used the latter route to get to the BCS last season with one loss.

It could happen again this season. Central Florida, in line to win the American and earn its first automatic BCS bid, is ranked 16th in the latest standings and plays SMU on Saturday. It doesn't seem likely that the Knights (10-1) will pass the Huskies, so the only thing standing in the way of Northern Illinois and the BCS is Bowling Green. NIU would most likely play in the Fiesta Bowl.

No team will enter the final weekend of the regular season with a BCS bid locked up. Here are the possibilities:

- Oklahoma State, Baylor and Texas are all alive to earn the Big 12 title and the conference's automatic bid to the Fiesta Bowl. Oklahoma State gets the bid by beating Oklahoma. If the Cowboys lose, the winner of the Baylor-Texas game gets the bid.

- The winner of the SEC championship gets an automatic bid to the Sugar Bowl.

- If Duke wins the ACC championship it will play in the Orange Bowl.

- The winner of the Pac-12 title game between Stanford and Arizona State gets a Rose Bowl bid.

- Michigan State will earn a Rose Bowl bid by beating Ohio State in the Big Ten title game, but also stands a good chance to end up in the Rose Bowl with a loss. If Ohio State plays for the national championship, the Spartans (11-1) are likely to be picked by the Rose Bowl to replace the Buckeyes.

- If UCF loses, it could create a three-way tie for the AAC title with Cincinnati and Louisville that would be settled by the BCS standings. Louisville is 19th in the standings this week, while Cincinnati is unranked.

- Alabama is a virtual lock to get an at-large bid, most likely to the Orange Bowl.

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12/01/2013 11:23 PM

Alabama teammates rally around Foster

December 1, 2013



MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama kicker Cade Foster was inundated with support from teammates and thousands of fans on social media after missing two field goal attempts and having a third blocked in the Crimson Tide's loss to Auburn.

The initial negative backlash after Saturday's 34-28 defeat mostly turned supportive by Sunday. A fan page titled ''Bama fans supporting Cade Foster'' was started on Facebook after the game and was approaching 40,000 ''likes'' by Sunday afternoon. It included a message that negative posts would be deleted.

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron posted on Twitter that ''we win & lose as a team. If u blame this on 1 guy U aren't a true fan!''

Linebacker C.J. Mosley was even more emphatic with a tweet urging ''fake'' and ''spoiled'' fans to ''stop sending threats to my teammates.''

Auburn wound up winning on the final play on Chris Davis' 100-yard return of a missed 57-yard field goal attempt by Adam Griffith, who tried the potential game-winning kick in place of Foster.

The loss likely doomed Alabama's chances of making history with a third consecutive national title.

Foster, a senior, had been 11 of 12 on field goal attempts this season before the Iron Bowl. One of his misses came after he had to re-kick when a false start penalty negated his 28-yarder, and two others were 44-yarders.

The Tide was stopped short on a fourth-and-1 from Auburn's 13 after going for it instead of sending Foster out to try to give Alabama a 31-21 lead with about five minutes to play.

Some fans reacted angrily to Foster on his Twitter account in the game's aftermath. One tweet urged him to ''drink bleach'' and another said: ''Cade foster I'm gonna kill you and your family just FYI.''

The tone changed dramatically when calmer heads prevailed Sunday.

Blogger Kaitlin Goins, who said she is a 20-year-old Alabama student, posted a letter that included apologies to Foster for his treatment.

''I want to apologize for fans `booing' you,'' Goins wrote in a widely circulated post. ''I want to apologize for the hateful comments. I want to apologize for the death threats. I want to apologize for the future interviews. I want to apologize for the future comments.

''But mostly, I want to apologize because your fan base did not stand behind you when you needed us the most.''

Foster has rebounded from a rough game in the national spotlight before. He missed three long field goal tries in 2011 against No. 1 LSU when second-ranked Bama lost 9-6 in overtime.

Former Alabama kicker Leigh Tiffin watched the Auburn game on TV and said he's ''sure nobody feels worse today than Cade Foster.'' Tiffin said some criticism comes with the position.

''The cruelty and a lot of the things are said in the heat of the moment after the game,'' said Tiffin, an All-American on the Tide's 2009 national championship team. ''Anybody that plays the position is going to have to take flak when they don't perform up to standards. You've just got to understand that most of the people truly don't have a full appreciation for what's involved in the position.''

Missouri kicker Andrew Baggett received nasty tweets after missing a short field goal attempt in overtime against South Carolina, including one that said ''go kill yourself everyone in Missouri hates you.''

The Tigers rebounded and will face Auburn on Saturday in the SEC championship game. Foster will get only one more game in his Alabama career.

Tiffin's toughest game at Alabama might have come in an overtime loss to Arkansas. But the stakes weren't nearly so high, and he was a freshman with plenty of time to gain seasoning and redemption.

''Cade's situation is unique and it's extraordinarily tough, I'm sure,'' Tiffin said. ''I don't really know exactly what that feels like. I've certainly had a bad game in my career, but never with those sort of mistakes and not at the end of my career.''

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12/02/2013 05:39 PM

College football odds: Week 15 opening line report

If your heart has recovered from a wild weekend of college football in Week 14, well, have your defibrillator ready, because there are still some big games to come in Week 15. Leading the way are two teams that, before the season, almost no one would have projected to reach the Southeastern Conference championship game: Auburn and Missouri, in a battle of Tigers at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome.

Auburn provided a ridiculously riveting finish to Saturday’s Iron Bowl, returning a field goal for a touchdown in a 34-28 shocker over No. 1 Alabama. This is the same squad that went 3-9 SU and 4-8 ATS last year, including 0-8 SU and 2-6 ATS in the SEC. This year, Auburn is 11-1 SU and is tied for the second-best ATS record in the country at 10-2.

Missouri is also 11-1 SU and fields the No. 1 spread-covering unit in the nation at 10-1-1. The Tigers were 5-7 SU and ATS last year, but they’ve rocketed to the top of the SEC behind quarterback James Franklin and a defense that allows just 19.4 ppg (14th). Mizzou wrapped up the regular season by holding high-octane Texas A&M and QB Johnny Manziel to just 21 points in a 28-21 victory Saturday.

Peter Korner, founder of Nevada-based odds service The Sports Club, says the Crimson Tide being out of the picture makes this contest far more intriguing.

“It turns out to be a great game which will be highly competitive and a real toss-up as to who will win. I think this game is much more interesting now that Alabama is out. With that, the majority of oddsmakers all made this a pick ‘em, and that's what we sent out. Auburn has really turned on the afterburners to be where it is, and Missouri has been strong all year. We'll let the bettors decide this one.”


Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan State Spartans (+6)

The Buckeyes allowed a middling Michigan squad to put up 41 points and come a 2-point conversion away from an upset that would have rivaled Auburn’s shocker over Alabama. But even if the 42-41 win was far tighter than expected, with Ohio State laying 17 points, the Buckeyes (12-0 SU, 6-5-1 ATS) have still won 24 consecutive games SU heading into the Big Ten title game at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis.

The Spartans, meanwhile, grinded out a 14-3 home win Saturday as a 17-point chalk against Minnesota. Michigan State (11-1 SU, 7-4-1 ATS) has won eight in a row (6-2 ATS), holding opponents to 14 points or less six times in that stretch, and five of those foes scored only in single digits. The Spartans have the nation’s No. 1 total defense (273.3 ypg), No. 1 rushing defense (64.4 ypg) and No. 4 scoring defense (11.8 ppg).

“We're all wary that Ohio State has no defense and Michigan State has a top-notch defensive unit,” Korner said. “Our range went from Ohio State -4.5 to -7. We sent out Ohio State -6. Smart money will be on Michigan State, squares will be on the favorite. Hopefully it will balance out and we get good two-way action right where it's at.”


Oklahoma Sooners at Oklahoma State Cowboys (-13)

The host Cowboys are gunning for the Big 12 title and an automatic berth in a BCS bowl, but just playing the archrival Sooners in the Bedlam game is generally motivation enough. If not for a toe-stubbing loss at West Virginia back in September, Oklahoma State (10-1 SU, 8-3 ATS) would be firmly in the hunt for the national championship game. Since that setback, the Pokes have gone 7-0 SU and 6-1 ATS, scoring 38 points or more five times and winning by two TDs or more six times.

The Sooners (9-2 SU, 6-5 ATS) won their first five games, then went 4-2 down the stretch to fall out of Big 12 title contention. While Korner and his crew have Oklahoma State a double-digit chalk, he said the Sooners could surely make things interesting.

“We were all actually very close on this one, as the numbers ranged from Oklahoma State -12.5 to -14,” he said. “We sent out -13. We're sure dog players will wait and see how high this can go, but both teams are quality squads, and we don't see much movement – if any – until much later in the week.

“The way this year has ended up, I'm pretty sure that Oklahoma could win outright as the double-digit underdog, so we won't be surprised if the Sooners make this a game.”


Duke Blue Devils vs. Florida State Seminoles (-32)

Duke is yet another surprise team to be hanging around at this point of the year, coming off a 10-2 SU regular season and standing tied for second nationally with a 10-2 ATS record, as well. The Blue Devils are on an 8-0 SU run and have cashed in their last seven games, nabbing four outright wins as an underdog, including Saturday’s 27-25 win at North Carolina as a 5-point pup.

Florida State is steaming toward the BCS national championship game, despite sexual assault allegations swirling around star QB Jameis Winston, though no charges have been brought yet. The Seminoles (12-0 SU) have also been a spread-covering machine at 10-2 ATS, winning by at least 27 points in all but one game, so Korner isn’t expecting much out of the ACC championship tilt in Charlotte, N.C.

“This is a real non-game. Our range went from Florida State -30 to -33, and we sent out -32,” he said. “There’s not much to see here. We expect late-week action to be on the favorite, as usual, so we're ignoring the offshore line moves on Sunday. Moving fast and to a lower number this quickly, this early in the week is a joke. Any sports book that follows this is going to be rooting for Duke come Saturday.”

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12/03/2013 01:24 AM

Sarkisian named new USC coach, Orgeron leaving

Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - USC hired Steve Sarkisian as its new head football coach on Monday, tabbing the Washington sideline boss over interim program leader Ed Orgeron in the wake of the Trojans' 21-point loss to crosstown rival UCLA over the weekend.

Sarkisian, a top assistant under Pete Carroll at USC prior to his five-year stint with the Huskies, takes over a Trojans' team that went 6-2 under Orgeron after the latter was promoted to the top post following Lane Kiffin's dismissal in late September.

The school announced that Orgeron will not remain with the program as he pursues a head coaching opportunity elsewhere.

Sarkisian guided Washington to four consecutive winning campaigns after going 5-7 in his debut season, including an 8-4 overall mark and a 5-4 record in Pac-12 play in 2013. The Huskies went 34-29 during his tenure and 24-21 in conference games.

The 39-year-old is also well-regarded as a developer of quarterbacks. He tutored Heisman Trophy winners Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart during his two previous stops at USC, with future NFL first-round picks Mark Sanchez and Jake Locker also among Sarkisian's ex-pupils.

"He embodies many of the qualities for which we looked," USC athletic director Pat Haden said of Sarkisian. "He is an innovative coach who recruits well and develops players. He is a proven and successful leader. He connects with people. He has energy and passion. He knows how to build a program and create a culture that we value. He is committed to academic success and rules compliance. And he understands the heritage and tradition of USC."

Sarkisian, a former quarterback at BYU and with the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders, first joined the Trojans in 2001 as quarterbacks coach and spent three years in that role before serving in the same position with the Oakland Raiders in 2004. He went back to Carroll's staff the following year and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2007.

During his time as a USC assistant, Sarkisian was a part of five Pac-10 champion teams and helped the Trojans reach the BCS Championship Game for the 2005 season.

The Los Angeles-area native also began his collegiate playing career as a walk-on baseball player for the Trojans before transferring to junior college.

"I am extremely excited to be coming home to USC and for the opportunity that USC presents to win championships. I can't wait to get started."

Orgeron was under consideration to claim the Trojans' head-coaching gig on a permanent basis after leading the team to five consecutive victories, including an upset of then fifth-ranked Stanford, prior to Saturday's 35-21 defeat to the Bruins.

"Ed is one of the greatest Trojans ever and we thank him for all he has done for the program," said Haden. "He and I had a very open and frank discussion. He understandably was disappointed when I told him we were going in a different direction. We talked about the possibility of him remaining at USC, but Ed wants to be a head coach and I am supportive of that. I told him I will do whatever I can to help him in that pursuit."

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12/03/2013 01:26 AM

Arkansas State accepts third consecutive GoDaddy Bowl invitation

Mobile, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - Arkansas State has accepted an invitation to play a team from the Mid-American Conference in the 15th annual GoDaddy Bowl game on Jan. 5, 2014, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

The Red Wolves are 7-5 this season, with a 5-2 record in the Sun Belt Conference.

Arkansas State will play in the GoDaddy Bowl for a third consecutive year. In 2012, Northern Illinois of the Mid-American Conference defeated the Red Wolves 38-20. The next year, Arkansas State returned, defeating Mid-American Conference member Kent State, 17-13.

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12/03/2013 11:05 AM

Power Rankings

Conference Rankings

Now that mighty Alabama has fallen, we're going to see what the value of SEC is truly worth. The Auburn-Missouri SEC title game will produce the most worthy one-loss team to play for the national title, but it's going to be difficult for an undefeated Ohio State team, fresh off a win over the only truly impressive team in the league (Michigan State) to be denied. Cue the national debate. Auburn AD Jay Jacobs said it would be un-American for an SEC team to be denied a spot in Pasadena. Buckeye nation and for that matter, most of the country, probably disagrees.

1) SEC
2) Pac-12
3) Big 12
4) Big Ten
5) ACC
6) American Athletic Conference (AAC)
7) Mountain West
8) MAC
9) C-USA
10) Sun Belt

BCS Championship Prediction
Florida State vs. Ohio State - It's going to be unpopular in SEC country, but a Buckeyes team that has been undefeated for back-to-back regular seasons is unlikely to be denied a spot, especially if Missouri-Auburn ends up a tight game. Florida State will be favored regardless of who it lines up against in Pasadena.

Heisman Watch
1) Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
2) Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
3) Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois

Barring charges that aren't expected to be announced this week, if at all, Winston will be most deserving.

Team to Watch
Ohio State - Ohio State will face the best defense it has seen on its schedule to date, and it's ironic that the last hurdle it must clear is indeed formidable enough to trip it up. Sparty has lost only once and has improved offensively enough to make them a real threat to win the Big Ten Championship, which is exactly what the Buckeyes need them to be in the eyes of voters. It may actually benefit Ohio State if the game is close for three quarters, but no matter how it goes down, QB Braxton Miller and RB Carlos Hyde must shine brightest.

Top 25 - Week 13

Rank School Betting Notes Prev

1 Florida State (12-0 SU, 10-2 ATS)
Won at Florida 37-7 2

1 Ohio State (12-0, 6-5-1 ATS)
Won at Michigan 42-41 3

1 Auburn (11-1 SU, 9-3 ATS)
Beat Alabama 34-28 6

1 Oklahoma State (10-1 SU, 8-3 ATS)
Bye 4

1 Alabama (11-1 SU, 7-5 ATS)
Lost at Auburn 34-28 1

1 South Carolina (9-2 SU, 5-6 ATS)
Beat Clemson 31-17 7

1 Missouri (11-1 SU, 10-1-1 ATS)
Beat Texas A&M 28-21 8

1 Baylor (10-1, 8-3 ATS)
Won at TCU 41-38 10

1 Clemson (10-2, 6-6 ATS)
Lost at South Carolina 31-17 5

1 UCF (10-1, 7-4 ATS)
Beat South Florida 23-20 11

1 Louisville (10-1, 3-8 ATS)
Bye 12

1 Stanford (10-2, 6-6 ATS)
Beat Notre Dame 27-20 13

1 Oregon (10-2 SU, 7-4-1 ATS)
Beat Oregon State 36-35 14

1 Northern Illinois (12-0 SU, 8-4 ATS)
Beat Western Michigan 33-14 16

1 Michigan State (10-1, 7-4 ATS)
Beat Minnesota 14-3 17

1 Arizona State (10-2 SU, 7-5 ATS)
Beat Arizona 58-21 18

1 LSU (9-3 SU, 5-6-1 ATS)
Beat Arkansas 31-27 21

1 UCLA (9-3, 8-4 ATS)
Beat Southern Cal 35-14 23

1 Oklahoma (9-2, 6-5 ATS)
Bye 19

1 Wisconsin (9-3, 9-2-1 ATS)
Lost to Penn State 31-24 15

1 Duke (10-2 SU, 10-2 ATS)
Beat North Carolina 27-25 24

1 Fresno State (10-1, 4-7 ATS)
Lost at San Jose State 62-52 9

1 Texas (8-3 SU, 6-5 ATS)
Beat Texas Tech 41-16 NR

1 Southern California (9-4 SU, 6-7 ATS)
Lost to UCLA 35-14 20

1 Texas A&M (8-4 SU, 5-7 ATS)
Lost at Missouri 28-21 22

Dropped out: 25 - Notre Dame

On the cusp: Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Miami, Fl., Iowa, Washington

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cnotes Posts:24399 Followers:32
12/03/2013 11:06 AM

Armadillo: Tuesday's six-pack

-- Missouri won the SEC East, Auburn the SEC West; problem is, Auburn is farther east than Columbia, Missouri by a decent amount.

-- Kid who scored the winning TD for Auburn Saturday got a standing ovation when he went to his Geology class Monday morning.

-- Bishop Gorman has the best high school football team in Las Vegas; its QB is Randall Cunningham II, whose dad played at UNLV.

-- Tony Romo has a 24-5 record in November, 11-15 in December.

-- According to the Wall Street Journal, 44% of all sales this past weekend were done online; in 2006, that figure was 23%.

-- Phil Hughes got $24M for three years from the Twins. Go figure.


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Armadillo: Tuesday's List of 13: Nobody asked me, but........

13) Steve Sarkisian inherited an 0-12 Washington program in 2009; Huskies went 34-29, 24-21 in Pac-12 play under the BYU grad/former USC assistant. Apparently that was enough to impress the Trojans, who hired Sarkisian as head coach Monday. Curious move.

12) It is a tremendous kick in the teeth to leave a school for a conference rival; can only think of two times it has happened-- Tommy Tuberville, who bolted Ole Miss for Auburn, and Bruce Snyder, from Cal to Arizona State. It would be more understandable if Sarkisian was an alum, but he's not.

USC-Washington games will be very interesting the next couple of years.

11) Tweet of the Day, from Washington freshman QB Troy Williams: "Don't ever commit cus of a coach. Faker then a 3 dollar bill."

10) Related happening: USC offered Ed Orgeron a raise to stay with the Trojans as an assistant, but he wasn't happy and quit. He really did a fine job as interim coach; guess he isn't that impressed with Sarkisian.

9)) Florida State is #1 in the college football poll for the first time since 2000; they opened up as a 9.5-point favorite over Ohio State, if that matchup were to take place in the BCS title game.

8) Disappointed that there is only one Papa John’s pizza place in the Albany area south of Saratoga, and that one place doesn’t deliver to the area I live in. Dagnabbit; it’s the best pizza I’ve ever had and I can’t get any. Oy.

7) Sounds like Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon might not have left Texas A&M for Maryland if he knew the Terps were jumping to the Big Dozen. He’s making big money either way, but it’s a piece of information that might’ve changed his thought process.

6) I asked noted basketball expert Harry the Handicapper if a change from a 0:35 shot clock to a 0:30 clock would have that much of an effect on the college game, and he said it would/will not.

Sounds like its going to happen next year; they might also allow each player six fouls before fouling out, which would be a bigger change.

5) Rory McIlroy won the Australian Open, his first win of 2013, depriving Adam Scott of the Australian Triple Crown. Some of these international golfers never seem to take time off.

4) Of the thirty current head coaches in the NBA, eight of them played for the Knicks, at one time or another.

3) Browns’ WR Josh Gordon has 498 receiving yards in his last two games, with the forgettable Brandon Weeden throwing him passes; the leader for the Jets in receiving yards for the entire 12-game season is Jeremy Kerley, with 347. In 12 games.

Speaking of the Jets, they’re the first team since the 2008 Browns to score 0 or 3 points in consecutive games.

2) Its pretty cool that college football’s national Coach of the Year is going to be a guy who was a high school coach for 16 years. Gus Malzahn will find that he’s raised expectations at Auburn to ridiculous levels, but what a season his team has had. Curious to see how it translates in his recruiting this year.

1) I’m convinced Thanksgiving weekend is busiest sports weekend of the year; so much going on. Rivalry Saturday in college football, 16-game NFL slate, lot of college basketball tournaments, as well as NBA/NHL. Just lot of stuff going on, tremendous amount of action.

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cnotes Posts:24399 Followers:32
12/03/2013 11:07 AM

See spot. See spot bet: This week's best spot bet opportunities

Spot bets are classic handicapping practices that have proven profitable no matter what sport you’re betting. Whether it’s a team looking past this week’s opponent, one coming off a hard-fought victory, or a rough patch of schedule, bettors can find value picking their spots.

Letdown spot

The Villanova Wildcats had fun in the sun this past weekend, shocking No. 2 Kansas and edging Iowa in overtime to win the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. The Wildcats narrowly avoided a massive letdown against the Hawkeyes in the championship game, overcoming a sloppy first half in which they committed 12 of their 19 turnovers. If it wasn’t for James Bell catching fire from beyond the arc, Villanova would have been a one-hit wonder this weekend.

It will be a shock to the system when the Wildcats return home. Not only does the bitter cold of Philadelphia sting extra when you’ve been soaking in the tropical heat but Villanova could come crashing back to earth against two tough opponents this week. The Wildcats face off against Big 5 rivals Penn Wednesday and St. Joseph’s Saturday. Be careful of overinflated Villanova’s bubble bursting this week.

Lookahead spot

The Houston Rockets are living up to the preseason hype, jumping out to a 13-5 record and winning five straight games heading into Monday’s matchup with Utah. The Rockets peaked with a 112-106 win over the division-leading Spurs Saturday and can make another huge statement in the Western Conference with a win over Golden State Friday.

But before Houston butts heads with the Warriors, it hosts the NBA’s best bet Wednesday night. The Phoenix Suns bring their 12-4-1 ATS mark (as of Monday) to the Honda Center, coming off a game in Memphis the night before. The Suns have hung tough with the best in the West, covering on the road in Oklahoma City, Denver and San Antonio this year, and enter the week as 8-1 ATS away from home. Phoenix went 2-2 SU and 3-1 ATS in its four meetings with Houston last season.

Schedule spot

Some teams see the NFL Thanksgiving games as a burden, throwing a mid-week wrench into a team’s schedule so deep into the season. Others, like the Dallas Cowboys, have learned to cope with the Turkey Day tasks and benefit from them greatly in Week 14 of the season. Since scoring a comeback win over the Raiders last Thursday, the Cowboys will have 10 full days between games before taking the field in Chicago Monday night.

This extended break is huge for Dallas at this point in the season. Not only does the 10-day hiatus act as a mini bye week, giving the coaching staff added time to fine tune its gameplan for Monday, but it also allows the Cowboys to lick their many wounds. Dallas is expected to return top LB Sean Lee from a hamstring injury, and could get CB Morris Claiborne and return weapon Dwayne Harris back as well.

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