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12/26/2013 11:15 AM

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Pittsburgh vs. Bowling Green:
Coming off their big upset in the MAC Championship game, Bowling Green (10-3) looks to improve on their domination on both sides of the ball when they look to fly high against Pittsburgh (6-6) who dropped 4 of their final 6 in their inaugural season in the ACC. Bowling Green is 1-2 against Pittsburgh after taking the last matchup 27-17 at Heinz Field in 2008.

Interim coach Adam Scheier replaces former coach Dave Clawson, who left to take the job at Wake Forest. He previously served as special teams coordinator. Bowling Green hired Eastern Illinois' Dino Babers as coach on Dec. 18. The Falcons are fifth in the nation with 14.8 points allowed per game and are averaging 35.4 to rank 27th. It remains to be seen how much or if anything will change with Scheier at the helm. Matt Johnson (217/337 3195 23 TD 7 INT) feasted on a vulnerable Northern Illinois defense in a 47-27 clinching championship by throwing for 393 yards and 5 TD passes to as many receivers. Shaun Joplin (48-822 3 TD) was mostly doubled but Alex Bayer (34-536 3 TD) was left open in the flat and over the middle catching 7 passes for 124 yards including ample gains after the reception due to key downfield blocking. Ronnie Moore (26-535 7 TD) led Bowling Green in scoring receptions and gained a team high 145 yards receiving in the win over the Huskies. The Falcons also execute well in the running game and option offense. While Johnson has run for 5 scores of his own, Travis Greene (261-1555 6.0 11 TD) is the primary back with the speed and agility to bust loose successful runs into the open field behind a protective line. Greene ran for 126 yards and a score caught another pass for a TD giving the Falcons balance and numerous options in the passing and ground attack.

Tom Savage (230/376 2834 21 TD 9 INT) put up some good numbers in an otherwise mediocre season for Pitt, who barely qualified for a bowl game. Top target Tyler Boyd (77-1001 7 TD) caught 9 passes for 98 yards in a season ending 41-31 loss to Miami. If Devin Street (51-854 7 TD) plays he will be ending his career at Pitt as the all time leading receiver in terms of catches. Developing with a new QB for the future could mean rebuilding for the Panthers going forward. Issac Bennett (166-795 4.8 7 TD) had his second best effort of the season running for 141 yards and a score against the Hurricanes.

The Panthers however could suffer some holes to fill on defense in the future. In addition to losing Jason Hendricks and K'Waun Williams, Aaron Donald's loss could really hurt on the line. No one else really stepped up as a pass rusher this season and if the line can't get enough pressure, things could be very difficult for the secondary. Bowling Green's defense gives up only 14.8 points per contest, good for 5th in the nation and are also solid on offense averaging nearly 36 which is 29th in the country. Sporting one of the larger point differentials on both sides of the ball, the Falcons will rally behind Scheier in one of the more lopsided bowl matchups. Not good news for a Pitt offensive line that allowed 41 sacks this season. Of course having the seventh easiest schedule out of 124 FBS teams will allow your offense to run up its numbers. Still, they put up 47 points against Northern Illinois, who has proven to be a respectable MAC team. A high time of possession for Bowling Green is a must in order to stress out Pittsburgh’s already flustered offense.

The pick: Bowling Green -5 (4 gyros)
Totals lean: over 50

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12/26/2013 12:38 PM

Pointsettia Bowl
Utah St vs. (24) Northern Illinois
Speaking of the 24th ranked Huskies (12-1) , who averaged 42.8 points and 542 yards heading into last week, NIU's offense will try to get back on track when they play Utah St (8-5) out of the Mountain West conference in the Pointsettia Bowl. Making a MAC-record sixth straight bowl appearance, NIU will try for a school-record 13th win in Jordan Lynch's collegiate swan song.

Lynch (233/369 2676 23 TD 7 INT) was held to just 219 yards and a TD while throwing 2 picks barely completing 50% of his passes against Bowling Green's suffocating defense. Tommylee Lewis (80-660 3 TD) was held to just 35 yards on the ground and 37 in receiving. Da'Ron Brown (42-689 9 TD) has emerged as the team's most relied on wide-out receiver. Cameron Stingily (192-1081 5.6 9 TD) was held to just 74 yards last time out but Lynch (274-1881 6.9 22 TD) needs just 119 more yards to become the first player in NCAA history to run and throw for 2,000 in the same season. He's one of five players in NCAA history with 20 rushing and 20 passing TDs in a season. NIU operates fairly quickly in the no huddle keeping opposing defenses off balance when it comes to stopping the run up front. When Lynch is efficient in the passing game the Huskies can complete quick strike drives at a break neck pace.

Utah St is playing their third straight bowl game against as many opponents out of the MAC. Playing in the Idaho Potato Bowl each of the last two seasons,the Aggies lost 24-23 to Ohio in 2011 and beat Toledo 41-15 in 2012.USU has used the combination of Chuckie Keeton (136/196 1388 18 TD 2 INT) and Darell Garretson (109/180 1325 9 TD 5 INT) all season long. However Keeton was lost for the season due to a knee injury against BYU. Against Fresno St Garretson suffered a helmet to helmet hit which means Greg Harrison could start. Still the Aggies have a dual threat in the receiving core. Travis Reynolds (51-832 4 TD) had caught 15 passes for 280 yards before the loss to Colorado St where he was limited to just 2 catches for 14. Travis Van Leeuwen (50-638 3 TD) is used primarily for short screens and longer third down conversion attempts. Joey DeMartino (198-1078 5.4 12 TD) became Utah St's third straight 1000 yard rusher despite fairly contained against the Bulldog's run defense.

The strength of USU is their defense which yields only 17.3 points per contest good for 7th in the nation. They are especially efficient against the run giving up only 107 rushing yards per contest. Northern Illinois defense was shredded by a good (but hardly great) Bowling Green offense for 574 total yards. NIU will have to be better on that side of the ball in the bowl game. Very few teams have rolled up a big number on Utah State as the Aggies held Fresno State to 24 in the MWC title game. NIU can’t simply rely on Jordan Lynch & Co. to win this game. Utah State has had its issues on offense, but this team did score 40 points or more four times in the regular season. If Garreston is out, the Aggies may not be as efficient on offense so long as NIU's defense at the very least shows up. If Lynch has an accurate afternoon throwing the ball in addition to showing mobility calling his own number, Utah St could struggle slowing down the Huskie offense.

The pick: Northern Illinois PK (one gyro)
Totals lean: over 57



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12/26/2013 11:14 PM

Military Bowl
Marshall at Maryland
Marshall (9-4) out of Conference USA represents one of the more potent offenses ranking 7th in all of the FBS with 43 points per contest. Maryland (7-5) became bowl-eligible with a surprising win at Virginia Tech on Nov. 16, ensuring the program its first postseason appearance and winning record under coach Randy Edsall. The Thundering Herd and Terrapins meet in the 2013 Military Bowl Friday afternoon from Navy Memorial Stadium in Annapolis Maryland.

Led by quarterback Rakeem Cato (270/455 3579 36 TD 9 INT) the Thundering Herd are 12th in total offense (502.3 yards per game). Marshall averaged 53.8 points during a five-game win streak before losing 41-24 to Rice in the Conference USA championship game on December 7th. Top target Tommy Shuler (97-1097 9 TD) caught 8 passes for 78 yards in the loss, and figures to have an even bigger game against Maryland's pass defense. Gator Hoskins (44-717 13 TD) will likely emerge as Cato's second option challenging Maryland's Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart and his secondary when Shuler experiences double deep down coverage. Although Marshall is a pass first offense, they picked up some key timely gains thanks to the success of Essray Taliaferro (202-1059 5.2 9 TD) who had his best game of the season in a blowout win over East Carolina last month. That could pose a problem for a Maryland defense that allowed 150 or more rushing yards in six of the last eight games, and over 235 in four of those. A victory in this game will give Marshall its first 10-win season since Byron Leftwich led the 2002 team to an 11-2 mark.

Maryland had already solidified their bowl hopes surprising Virginia Tech 27-24 on November 16th after blowing a 21-7 lead. They are coming off a dominating performance at NC State winning 41-21 thanks to 3 rushing TD's by C J Brown (152/258 2045 11 TD 6 INT). Brown scored 12 times on the ground and ran for 538 yards on 121 carries (4.4). Stefon Diggs (34-587 3 TD) and Levern Jacobs (40-540 2 TD) make up the majority of the Terps receiving core, but along with Brown Brandon Ross (146-660 4.5 4 TD) remains the primary setback in an offense that likes to control tempo with the run. Ross has managed just 200 yards over his last 4 contests so longer successive drives are going to prove key since Maryland likes to grind out knowing they'd have not much chance with an up tempo Marshall offense in a shootout.

Maryland could utilize the pass rush to try and mitigate the damage from Marshall's air attack. However neither defense is very good and bowl games tend to accentuate that with frequent shootouts. The Terps will be hard-pressed to keep pace with the Thundering Herd's high-powered attack especially since they are 111th nationally in the red zone. That could very well be the difference in a close high scoring battle.

The pick: Marshall -2.5 (3 gyros)
Totals lean: over 62.5


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12/27/2013 12:00 AM

Texas Bowl
Syracuse vs. Minnesota:
The Golden Gophers (8-4) hoped to have learned a lot from last season's postseason collapse against Texas Tech. In 2012 the Texas Tech Red Raiders came from 7 points behind in the final minute to edge Minnesota 34-31 ending a disappointing campaign at 6-7. Get ready for a ton of yards on the ground as Minnesota takes on Syracuse (6-6) who got here thanks to a last second win over Boston College 34-31 in the regular season finale. Terrel Hunt found WR Josh Parris for the game-winning touchdown with six seconds left.

David Cobb (219-1111 5.1 7 TD) became the first Minnesota player to run for 1,000 yards since Amir Pinnix in 2006, and his six 100-yard rushing games this season are the most since Laurence Maroney did it in 2005. Philip Nelson (92/179 1288 9 TD 6 INT) was mediocre at best behind center and struggled in the team's final 2 losses against Wisconsin and Michigan St. Leading receiver Derrick Engle (25-401 5 TD) tore his ACL in a win over Penn St and is out for Friday's bowl game. That means most of Nelson's few and far between tosses will likely go Maxx Williams' way. The Golden Gophers attempted the 6th fewest passes in all of the FBS, and Nelson couldn't finish in a 14-3 loss to Michigan St due to a concussion relieved by Mitch Leidner (32/56 414 1 TD 1 INT) the rest of the way.

Syracuse finished 4th in the nation in rushing offense averaging nearly 194 yards per game on the ground. Jerome Smith (184-840 4.6 11 TD) will need to take advantage of more opportunities considering he managed just 135 total yards in his last 3 games. Hunt (148/244 1450 10 TD 8 INT) was well protected behind a line that allowed only 13 sacks and is also a legitimate threat (91-426 4.7 5 TD) in the open field. Ashton Broyld (48-411) will look to find the end zone for the first time all season. Christopher Clark (33-329 3 TD) is a shorter option out of the flat. Because the Orangemen use the run as their primary attack, it will be essential for Cuse receivers to hold on to the ball and not give away opportunities in the passing game.

One area where the Gophers can take advantage of the Orange is in punt returns. Syracuse ranks No. 88 in the FBS in opponent's punt returns and No. 123 in opponent’s long punt return plays. Minnesota must take advantage of field position exposing the Orange weakness in punt coverage. Syracuse will have to rely on its No. 28-ranked rushing defense to shut down the Gophers’ ground attack and force Nelson to win with his arm.

The pick: Minnesota -4.5 (one gyro)
Totals lean: over 47.5

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12/27/2013 12:34 AM

Fight Hunger Bowl
Washington vs. BYU
Interim coach Marques Tuiasosopo will try to lead Washington (8-4) out of the Pac 12 to a bowl victory when they face BYU (8-4) in the Fight Hunger Bowl sponsored by Kraft at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Former head coach Steve Sarkisan left to take the job at USC following a 27-17 Apple Cup win over Washington State in the regular-season finale Nov. 29. BYU lost two of three before capping the regular season with a 28-23 win at Nevada on Nov. 30.

Keith Price (216/330 2845 20 TD 5 INT) threw for 181 yards and a score while running for another in their regular season finale win over their interstate rivals. Top targets Kevin Smith (45-722 4 TD) and Jaydon Mickens (62-681 5 TD) were well contained by the WSU man coverage secondary. Price has run for 5 scores but will look for protection in the ground game from Bishop Sankey (306-1775 5.8 18 TD) who dominated the undersized Cougars front seven gaining 34 carries for 200 yards and a TD. This was a weakness further exposed in a 48-45 New Mexico Bowl loss to Colorado St.

Taysom Hill (211/390 2645 19 TD 13 INT) threw efficiently but mostly for short gains in a 28-23 season finale win over Nevada last month. Cody Hoffman (45-727 5 TD) and Skyler Ridley (35-412 2 TD) were held in check by the Wolfpack pass defense but Jamaal Williams (205-1202 5.9 7 TD) torched Nevada's front seven for 219 yards on just 15 carries (14.6) and a TD. Hill (215-1211 5.6 9 TD) in the option offense is especially dangerous keeping defenses guessing as he gained 154 yards while calling his own number 26 times (5.9) along with a TD.

BYU is fairly vulnerable to interceptions, but as with Washington's offense the real problem is sacks. The Cougars have given up 33 sacks this year, and it's even worse since the Huskies have a top pass rush led by Hai'oli Kikaha who has 10. Hill will be running a lot anyway, but some of that running will be attempting to dodge Husky defenders behind the line of scrimmage. BYU still relies pretty heavily on the running game putting up around 274 ground yards/game, but only around 220 in the air which might hobble their attempts to keep up with the Huskies. BYU’s poor pass attack may be the only edge the Huskies need over the Cougars.

The pick: Washington -2.5 (bought half, one gyro)
Totals lean: under 61


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12/28/2013 01:47 AM

Pinstripe Bowl
Rutgers vs. (25) Notre Dame:
25th ranked Notre Dame (8-4) takes to the Big Apple to face Rutgers (6-6) this afternoon from Yankee Stadium in the Pinstripe Bowl from the Bronx. The Fighting Irish were manhandled in last year's BCS Championship game losing 42-14 to a much more athletic and hungrier Alabama Crimson Tide. Rutgers defeated Iowa St 27-13 in 2011 in this very same bowl and hopes to end their controversial season on a winning note after firing their Defensive Coordinator Dave Cohen, quarterbacks coach Rob Spence and offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski.

Tommy Rees (197/367 2938 27 TD 13 INT) should have been a lot more accurate while struggling mightily over the final month of the season that ended in a 27-20 loss to Stanford. However his scoring to turnover ratio more than makes up for the consistency as the independent Fighting Irish earned some key wins over some tough competition in 2013. TJ Jones (65-1042 9 TD) is only the seventh player in Notre Dame program history to record a 1000-yard receiving season. Most opposing secondaries took Jones lightly as evident by his undersized frame but has big play ability to challenge man to man coverage downfield prospering as Rees' top target. Davaris Daniels (46-720 7 TD) also became a difference maker in some of Notre Dame's key victories and has enough speed to split corners down the field making big plays. The ground game however could face a challenge against Rutgers 4th ranked rushing defense in the country. George Atkinson (93-555 6.0 3 TD) ended the season managing just 100 yards over his final 3 games while Cam McDaniel (135-625 4.6 3 TD) didn't fare much better. The Irish like to take their time in the huddle drawing up productive schemes in the offense but could go one dimensional given the Scarlet Knights edge on the line.

When you look at Rutgers from an offensive standpoint Gary Nova (165/303 18 TD 14 INT) didn't get the job done and was replaced last month by Chas Dodd (63/105 712 2 TD 3 INT). The Scarlet Knights however became bowl eligible during the final weekend of the regular season by squashing South Florida 31-6. Dodd completed 19/24 for 179 yards and 2 TD in that contest, one to Andre Patton and another to Michael Burton. Dodd's receiving core is quite balanced led by Tyler Kroft (40-530 3 TD) and Brandon Coleman (32-478 3 TD). However, Leonte Carroo (28-479 9 TD) is listed as questionable after suffering an upper body injury absorbing a hit in the loss to UCF last month. Paul James (146-863 5.7 9 TD) notched his first 100 yard rushing performance in 5 games while running for 2 scores in the win over the Bulls.

The Rutgers secondary has been torched this season allowing 311.4 passing yards per game and have given up 3,596 yards through the air which is the most in school history, so look for Rees to take advantage of a porous Rutgers defense. While Notre Dame lacks the depth in the running game. as long as Rees is efficient throwing the ball and making plays to his receivers downfield, it will be tough for Rutgers to battle back. Dodd will endure problems finding separation for his receivers from the Irish secondary which could lead to mistakes.

The pick: Notre Dame -13.5 (bought half, 2 gyros)
Totals lean: over 53.5



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12/28/2013 02:38 AM

Belk Bowl
Cincinnati vs. North Carolina:
The Bearcats (9-3) out of the AAC will look to accomplish their 3rd straight 10 win season if they can beat the Tar Heels (6-6) out of the ACC who won 5 of their final 6 games to become bowl eligible. Cincinnati defeated Duke in the 2012 Belk Bowl 48-34 while North Carolina finds themselves back in the postseason bowl mix after last year's ban.

Things got off to a rough start for the Bearcats losing Munchie Legaux (30/51 382 2 TD 3 INT) to torn ligaments in a 45-17 week 2 loss to Illinois. However, Brendon Kay (247/360 3121 22 TD 11 INT) went 8-2 overall as a starter including sparking Cincy to a 6 game winning streak. Anthony McClung (68-908 5 TD) led the team in receiving yards but was kept out of the end zone over the final 4 games. Shaq Washington (75-747 1 TD) was tops in receptions but Kay's favorite target especially in the red zone was Chris Moore (43-600 9 TD) who complied 7 scoring receptions over the final 5 games. While the ground game is not utilized nearly as much, Tion Green (90-409 4.5 7 TD) and Ralph Abernathy (119-451 3.8 4 TD) split the touches in the backfield. From a defensive standpoint, Cincinnati enters this game ninth in the nation in total defense (313.2 ypg) and fifth against the run.

For UNC, Bryn Renner (152/231 1765 10 TD 5 INT) suffered a season ending shoulder in jury in a win over NC State and was replaced by Marquise Williams (107/184 1527 14 TD 6 INT). A true dual-threat (102-490 4.8 6 TD), Williams and TJ Logan (78-456 5.8 4 TD) North Carolina's up tempo offense brought new life to the conservative approach it took under Renner at the helm. Eric Ebron (55-895 3 TD) is a 6-5 250 TE that has the physicality and speed of a WR that makes plays with surefire hands. No wonder he's foregoing his eligibility to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. Quinshad Davis (47-724 10 TD) slowed down over the course of the final few games but must also be involved in the receiving core.

If there's any glaring statistical comparison that sticks out like a sore thumb, it would be the defense. The Bearcats only allowed 19.5 points per game, compared to 25.1 by the Tar Heels. UNC does have some sort of a home-field advantage considering this game is being played in Charlotte's Bank of Ameirca Field. The Bearcats need to do what they do best which is establish the intermediate passing game and find stability on the ground between its backfield. UNC is a threat to find the end zone from any spot on the field. Cincinnati has a top-10 defense but it’s not like it has been perfect on every down, especially on special teams.

The pick: Cincinnati +3 (bought half, 2 gyros)
Totals lean: under 57

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12/28/2013 03:29 AM

Russell Athletic Bowl
Miami vs. (18) Louisville:
The 18th ranked Cardinals (11-1) out of the AAC came into 2013 with expectations of an undefeated season that would lead Louisville perhaps to a BCS matchup or even National Championship aspirations. However a 38-35 loss to UCF under the lights on Friday night back on Oct. 18 ended the U of L’s quest at a shot at the BCS National Championship. Settling for a trip instead to Disney World,. Miami (9-3) was just thankful to go anywhere after a 2 year self-imposed bowl ban as a result of NCAA violations from the Nevin Shapiro scandal.

A once Heisman hopeful Teddy Bridgewater (268/382 3523 28 TD 4 INT) lead the nation's 18th ranked passing offense averaging nearly 303 yards through the air. The 6'3" 205 junior will likely enter the 2014 NFL draft and certainly has the size and accuracy to make a big splash on a regular basis during Sundays next season. Top target DeVante Parker (46-743 11 TD) capped off a career season by catching 9 passes for 104 yards and 2 TD in a season ending 31-24 win over Cincinnati. Damian Copeland (52-690 5 TD) has plenty of speed and agility to take on man coverage down the field and makes big plays. Dominique Brown (147-783 5.3 8 TD) is a backfield workhorse setting up Bridgewater to sustain long and successful drives. Senorise Perry (135-631 4.7 6 TD) will also receive the majority of the touches giving Bridgewater a dual threat for the ground game in the backfield.

Miami U backers flirted with the idea that running off 7 straight wins out of the gate without a loss could mean BCS Bowl aspirations like the good ole days. However 3 losses in their final 5 game combined with erratic displays on offense sent the Hurricanes and Stephen Morris (186/317 2868 21 TD 12 INT) back down to earth. Morris, who will likely join the 2014 NFL draft forced a few ill-advised throws that only increased his turnover ratiio. The experience will pay off at the next level, but Morris must take care of the ball since he is independable out of the pocket using his feet. Allen Hurns (60-1138 6 TD) caught 27 passes for 550 yards over the final month of the regular season and will look to end his 'Canes career out in style against one of the nation's most overall balanced teams. Duke Johnson (145-920 6.3 6 TD) fractured his ankle in a loss to Florida St and is out for the season. Dallas Crawford (126-523 4.2 12 TD) will have to be relied upon to keep the Miami running game modest especially if they want to stay within striking distance given all of the offensive weapons the Louisville Cardinals possess.

On defense, safety Deon Bush has been slowed due to a preseason surgery. Hopefully the extra bowl practice time helped him, because the Miami secondary will be busy keeping up with the Cards passing game. Linebacker Denzel Perryman has anchored the UM defense all year and could be playing his last game as a Cane. Perryman leads the team in total tackles with 104. Miami will have to find a way to pressure Bridgewater if it hopes to contain him. The defense can’t just sit back in zone coverage and let Bridgewater pick it apart up and down the field. Miami’s defense has been torn apart by average quarterbacks in the ACC this season, surrendering over 300 yards passing in four straight games at one stretch that included two losses. If Bridgewater has all day to throw then it’s going to be a long night for the defense. It’s crucial for Miami to come up with some blitz packages and find ways to create pressure with its front four if it hopes to win this game.


The pick: Louisville -4.5 (3 gyros)
Totals lean: under 58


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12/28/2013 10:00 AM

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
Michigan at Kansas St:
Kansas State (7-5) appeared to be headed for another Holiday Bowl trip, but got bumped up a spot to Tempe thanks to conference foes Baylor and Oklahoma both winding up in the BCS. Winning 5 of heir last 6 games, the Wildcats out of the Big 12 have a chance to take down Michigan (7-5) from the Big 10 who dropped 4 of their final 5 and will be without their starting quarterback.

Jake Waters (138/233 2198 15 TD 9 INT) beat out Daniel Sams (38/52 452 4 TD 4 INT) for the Wildcats starting QB job. Waters finished off the final month strong with 8 TD passes over the final month of the season. Top target Tyler Lockett (71-1146 8 TD) gained 444 receiving yards over the final 3 weeks including 278 in a 41-31 loss to Oklahoma last month. Kansas St though has the ground game tandem of John Hubert (182-668 5.3 9 TD) and Sams (148-784 5.3 11 TD). In a season ending win over their interstate rivals Hubert tore through the Kansas front seven behind a stout offensive line and rushed for 220 yards on 30 carries (7.3) and a score, by far his best effort of the season. Sams (38/52 452 4 TD 4 INT) and Waters personify the option threat opposing defenses endure tough to defend. Sams has considered making a position change to receiver giving Waters a second option in the passing game.

Michigan's offense features Devin Gardner (208/345 2960 21 TD 11 INT) who will miss this afternoon's bowl game after suffering a broken left foot against Ohio St on the team's second drive. Brady Hoke announced during his press conference on Thursday that true freshman Shane Morris (5/9 65 1 TD) will start for the Wolverines. The good news is he should endure some success with Jeremy Gallon (80-1284 9 TD) as his featured receiver. Gallon is a speedster who can make a big impact in the open field as evident by his 9 catch effort against the Buckeyes for 175 yards and a TD. Second option TE Devin Funchess (47-727 6 TD) slowed a bit in the final month but still has hands like a WR and the ability to make plays on deep routes and at times boosting the rushing game as an up front and downfield blocker. Gardner (165-483 2.9 11 TD) also added a dimension for the Wolverines to be extremely mobile with his feet, but now that focus falls solely on Fitzgerald Toussaint (183-646 3.5 12 TD) who will need to establish tempo in the running game in his final game donning the Michigan blue.

Keep an eye on Kansas State defensive end Ryan Mueller, who could be poised for a big day against a porous Michigan offensive line. Mueller's 11.5 sacks are tied for sixth nationally, and he'll face a Wolverines' offense that allows 2.92 sacks per game, 108th in the country. Lockett, the Big 12's leader in all-purpose yards, could also be primed for a standout performance, though he is likely to see plenty of second-team All-Big Ten cornerback Blake Countess. Michigan likely regained some confidence following its offense's performance against Ohio State, but with Gardner hobbled it won't be enough to overcome.


The pick: Kansas St -6 (one gyro)
totals lean: over 54 (two gyros)


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12/29/2013 04:07 AM

Sorry guys regarding the rough start. Still time to turn it around. Very intriguing matchups thus far. To all that have stuck with me, thanks and here's to some winners moving forward!

YTD 14-16 .467 -7.3 gyros
sides 7-8 .467 -4.4 gyros
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