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12/26/2011 06:05 PM
Sorry posted this late.....Just got home from return presents at the mall.........posted tomorrows games since i won't be home around that time.......good luck !


Date WLT Pct Net Units Record
12/24/11 1-­1-­0 50.00% -­50 Detail
12/22/11 2-­0-­0 100.00% +­1000 Detail
12/21/11 1-­1-­0 50.00% -­50 Detail
12/20/11 1-­1-­0 50.00% -­50 Detail
12/17/11 4-­2-­0 66.67% +­900 Detail
Totals 9-­5-­0 64.29% +1750

Monday, December 26

Game Score Status Pick Amount

North Carolina 7 2nd 9:16 Missouri -5 500

Missouri 17 Over 52.5 500

Tuesday, December 27

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Western Michigan - 4:30 PM ET Western Michigan +2.5 500

Purdue - Over 60 500


Louisville - 8:00 PM ET Louisville +2 500

North Carolina State - Over 44.5 500
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12/26/2011 06:07 PM
Louisville, NC State Collide In Charlotte's Belk Bowl

What happened to the Meineke Car Care Bowl? Or the Continental Tire Bowl?

Don’t worry, the game still exists here in Charlotte, but has simply gone through the sponsorship naming parade the past few years. That doesn’t explain why Meineke took its name to the Texas Bowl in Houston this year, but we won’t waste any more time on bowl-naming dynamics.

As usual, there is some college football to be played in Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium on Tuesday, December 27. The antagonists in this year’s newly named Belk Bowl are Louisville (7-5 straight up, 8-4 against the spread) and North Carolina State (7-5 SU, 5-6-1 ATS). Kickoff on Tuesday for this battle will be a 8:00 p.m. (ET), with ESPN providing the TV coverage.

A quick consultation with the Don Best odds screen notes that the Wolfpack, from nearby Raleigh (158 miles east),is priced as a narrow 1-1½ point favorite at Las Vegas wagering outlets entering the weekend, with the total between 44½ and 45.

Although we recall Louisville, coached by none other than Lee Corso, participating in the long-ago Pasadena Bowl in December of 1970 against Long Beach State at the Rose Bowl (in a rather entertaining 24-24 draw), modern Cardinals football history really began with the hiring of Howard Schnellenberger in 1985. Schnellenberger needed a few years to make U of L known for something besides Denny Crum’s hoop teams, but by 1990 had the Cards “bowling” for the first time in 20 years, walloping Alabama 34-7 in the Fiesta Bowl behind QB Browning Nagle.

Louisville has been through several coaches since Schnellenberger left after the 1994 season and one more bowl win (that one at the Liberty over Michigan State, 18-7) as the Cards have remained a frequent bowl participant in the past two decades.

Meanwhile, historical mention of NC State in bowls recalls a pair of teams in the 1960s coached by Earle Edwards, including a very good 1967 squad that beat Vince Dooley’s Georgia by a 14-7 count in the Liberty Bowl after rising as high as third in the national rankings in early November that year. The 'Pack would eventually become bowl regulars in the 1970s under none other than Lou Holtz, who parlayed four straight bowl visits into a job with the New York Jets after the 1975 season.

Yes, Holtz coached the Jets for one year in 1976, Joe Namath’s last season in New York, before moving to Arkansas in 1977!

The Cards and Wolfpack are also both making their second postseason visits in a row after each won and covered their bowl games a year ago. For Louisville, it was a 31-28 win over Southern Miss at the Beef O’Brady’s St. Pete Bowl, while NC State dismantled West Virginia in the Champs Sports Bowl at Orlando, 23-7.

Of course, the 'Pack gained more mention for much of this season due to developments elsewhere, namely Wisconsin, where former QB Russell Wilson was leading the Badgers to the Rose Bowl. Indeed, NC State coach Tom O’Brien came under much fire after demanding Wilson concentrate solely on football and not his baseball career. Wilson understandably balked, and since he had graduated academically, could move wherever would take him for his remaining year of eligibility.

What made matters more uncomfortable for O’Brien was that successor QB Mike Glennon endured some choppy efforts, especially in the first half of the season, and was hardly comparable to the exciting Wilson. Eventually, however, the big, strong-armed right-hander settled down and ended up with some very respectable stats, including 28 TD passes while effectively utilizing multiple receivers.

Like most O’Brien teams, this Wolfpack edition also picked up steam as the season progressed, winning and covering five of its last seven games to get bowl-eligible. Included was the school’s biggest-ever comeback when rallying from a 41-14 deficit in the third quarter of the regular-season finale vs. Maryland before emerging a miraculous 56-41 winner in a game NC State needed to qualify for a bowl thanks to two earlier wins vs. FCS-level opposition.

State’s late-season rally was even more impressive considering the various injuries endured by the defense, especially along the front seven. For this bowl game, the 'Pack is healthier, with seven of its top eight defensive linemen available. Moreover, NC State had a big-play bent on its stop unit with 24 picks, including a nation’s-best 11 by CB David Amerson, this year’s Jack Tatum Award winner.

Likewise, Louisville had to scramble down the stretch to get bowl-eligible, winning five of its last six after a 2-4 start. The Cards entered the season with an unsure QB situation, with pint-sized former backup Will Stein taking the snaps in the first few weeks before a shoulder injury thrust true frosh Teddy Bridgewater, a Miami-area product, into the lineup sooner than expected.

Bridgewater, a candidate for a redshirt year prior to Stein’s injury, immediately flashed his playmaking skills in a mid-September win at Kentucky and eventually smoothed out many of his rough edges. When the dust settled, Bridgewater had completed 66% of his passes and the Cardinal “O” scored 34 points or more in three of its last four games. The Cards’ infantry, however, was sporadic, and Bridgewater remains reluctant to look downfield with his throws.

Defense will likely be key in Charlotte, and second-year Louisville coach Charlie Strong, a longtime defensive coordinator before taking this assignment at the ‘Ville, makes no bones about his intentions. It’s pressure, pressure and more pressure from the Cards stop unit that registered 32 sacks and allowed only 20 ppg in 2011. How well Glennon deals with the aggressive Louisville “D” and how well NCS RBs James Washington and frosh Anthony Creecy provide an infantry diversion will be key to the Pack solving the Cards’ defensive riddle.

There are also a few interesting pointspread trends to note with these teams and coaches. Curiously, Louisville has been a pointspread phenom away from Papa John’s Stadium under Strong, covering all six road games this season and 11 of the last 12 since a year ago.

Meanwhile, NC State’s O’Brien has been the most successful bowl pointspread coach over the past decade, covering eight straight bowls spanning his Boston College and Wolfpack tenures. The patented late-season surges of O’Brien’s, as noted earlier, have also netted a sparkling 26-9 spread mark form the sixth game of the season onward since he arrived in Raleigh from BC for the 2007 campaign.
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12/26/2011 06:10 PM
Western Michigan takes on Purdue in Pizza Bowl

December 26, 2011

DETROIT (AP) - Western Michigan coach Bill Cubit was thrilled after he found out his team would be playing in a bowl close to home.

The Broncos don't even have to leave the state to play in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Tuesday against Purdue at Detroit's Ford Field.

``It's a perfect situation for us as a university,'' Cubit said. ``Our alumni can get to the game. Our student body can get to the game. Our fans will be able to travel, a lot more families can be at the game than if we went somewhere else.''

If last weekend was any indication, Cubit can expect a friendly reception. A contingent from Purdue's team was shown taking in Saturday's Lions-Chargers game at Ford Field and greeted with plenty of boos. Then a group from Western Michigan was introduced to loud cheers.

Still, the Broncos (7-5) will need more than supportive fans to beat Purdue. Western Michigan hasn't beaten a Big Ten team since 2008, although the Broncos did play Illinois tough in a 23-20 defeat in September.

Purdue is returning to a bowl for the first time since 2007, when the Boilermakers beat Central Michigan 51-48 in this same bowl. Another shootout is certainly possible. Western Michigan has scored at least 38 points seven times this season, including a 66-63 loss to Toledo last month.

``Looking at Western Michigan on film, they can score some points,'' Purdue coach Danny Hope said. ``They're obviously on the cutting edge of the spread offense. It's very similar to what we ran at Purdue when I coached there before, and we had Drew Brees. ... It's very similar in a lot of ways - the play calling, the styles, the protections. They're a high-scoring football team, so we'd better be ready to score some points.''

Hope is in his third season at the helm for the Boilermakers (6-6) and is taking them to a bowl for the first time. He was rewarded recently with a two-year contract extension through the end of 2016.

Purdue won two of its last three regular-season games, including a victory over Ohio State, to become bowl eligible.

``I think it's a great opportunity for our football team to take another step in our development,'' Hope said earlier this month. ``I hope and anticipate we'll play the best game we've played all year.''

Western Michigan is led by wide receiver Jordan White, a third-team All-American who has 127 catches for 1,646 yards and 16 touchdowns on the season. Although he's played in relative obscurity in the Mid-American Conference, this will be a chance for White to shine on a bigger stage.

``We played Michigan and we played Illinois, and we really should have won down there at Illinois. Unfortunately, we came up short down there,'' White said. ``Everybody's happy with where we're at. When we have that kind of confidence, we can take down big-time teams.''

Purdue, however, will look at this matchup as a challenge. Cornerback Ricardo Allen and the rest of the defensive backfield will try to stop White. Hope said defensive backs Taylor Richards and Landon Feichter could play more than usual because of Western Michigan's offensive style.

On offense, Caleb TerBush has handled most of the passing this season for the Boilermakers. Third on the depth chart at the beginning of the season, he earned Hope's confidence as the two players ahead of him recovered from injuries.

``He has done a fantastic job,'' Hope said. ``He's really grown and developed through the course of the season.''

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12/26/2011 06:13 PM
Glennon leads NC State vs. Louisville in Belk Bowl

December 26, 2011


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - When North Carolina State coach Tom O'Brien parted ways with quarterback Russell Wilson in the spring there were plenty of concerns about the Wolfpack's offense.

Replacement Mike Glennon has taken care of that, and then some.

Glennon has flourished as a junior this season. He threw for 2,790 yards and 28 touchdowns and led N.C. State to a berth in Tuesday night's Belk Bowl against Louisville, a game between 7-5 teams playing very well at the moment.

O'Brien, who coached Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan at Boston College, had a hunch the Wolfpack wouldn't miss a beat.

``We've all made the comparison that he's Matt Ryan reincarnated,'' O'Brien said. ``The way he throws the ball, there's a lot of similarities with Matt. It's just a question of playing and gaining experience. He learned a lot as the year went on. You would expect that. He's a kid that studies the game and works at it.''

After a 3-4 start, the Wolfpack won four of their last five games to become bowl eligible.

Glennon threw eight touchdown passes in his final two games, including five in the season finale when he brought the Wolfpack back from a 33-point deficit to beat Maryland and clinch a bowl berth.

Louisville linebacker Dexter Heyman said the Cardinals must slow Glennon if they are to win their second straight bowl game under coach Charlie Strong.

``We have to stop their pass game and make them a run-first offense and that's something people haven't been able to do, particularly late in the year,'' Heyman said.

Heyman said Glennon has a rocket for an arm, but his skills don't stop there.

``He can really put the ball in a tight window,'' Heyman said. ``And he's smart and savvy. He doesn't throw many interceptions.''

Wolfpack tight end George Bryan said the transition to Glennon was easier than most outsiders think. Even though Wilson, who later transferred to Wisconsin, put up big numbers during his three years at N.C. State, Bryan said teammates knew what to expect from Glennon and immediately rallied around him.

``Even in the spring we were with Mike because Russell was gone playing minor league baseball,'' Bryan said. ``It wasn't anything different. At that point we thought Mike was just there as an experiment. But it turned out he was there for the rest of the year - and that was a good thing.''

Glennon said replacing a team leader like Russell didn't bother him. In fact, he relished the opportunity.

``I felt like I had a lot of confidence in myself and teammates had confidence in me that I could lead us to a lot of victories and get us to a bowl game,'' Glennon said. ``My personality is kind of laid back so I didn't worry about replacing Russell. I just let things play out.''

Louisville has a good quarterback of its own in freshman Teddy Bridgewater, although he has a completely different style than Glennon. Gifted with a knack for keeping alive plays with his feet, Bridgewater is the kind of exciting quarterback who could give the Wolfpack fits.

Bridgewater took over as the team's starter the third week of the season against Kentucky. After an initial rough patch he led the Cardinals to wins in five of their final six games and a share of the Big East title. However, because of a tiebreaker West Virginia represented the conference in a BCS bowl.

``You have to contain him,'' O'Brien said. ``He's such a talented guy with his legs. He has a great arm and can throw the ball. Anytime you have a quarterback who can break the defense down by creating on his own there is the potential for problems.''

Bridgewater, one of six freshman starters on offense, finished the season with modest numbers, throwing for 1,855 yards with 12 touchdown passes with nine interceptions. But his mobility helped spark Louisville's stagnant running game.

His best game came against South Florida in the season finale when he threw for 241 yards and three touchdowns.

``I think we play fast and try to eliminate mistakes,'' Bridgewater said.

If Bridgewater hopes to do the same against N.C. State, he may want to avoid throwing to cornerback David Amerson's side of the field. Amerson led the nation with 11 interceptions in 2011 - four more than the next closest player - and anchored a defense that led the country in picks.

``He has a strong arm and he can move a little bit so you want to rattle him back there a little bit so we can make some plays in the secondary,'' Amerson said.

Amerson said Bridgewater reminds him a lot of Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros, which isn't necessarily good news for the Wolfpack. Collaros threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns in the Bearcats' 44-14 win over N.C. State on Sept. 22.

Of course, N.C. State is much healthier on defense than they were earlier in the season.

``In that game we blitzed a lot and it we weren't getting there - and we paid for it,'' Amerson said. ``So it's imperative that we get to the quarterback.''

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12/27/2011 10:35 PM
Texas Longhorns And Cal Bears In Holiday Bowl

Have we seen the college coaching carousel finally stop spinning? Or might there be a few more moves and resultant dominoes to fall?

And could Texas coach Mack Brown still perhaps be in some trouble?

Remote as the possibility seems, we wouldn’t dismiss the idea. More on all of that in a moment.

We’re mentioning ’ol Mack because his Longhorns are going to be in action. The specifics tell us that Texas (7-5 straight up, 6-6 against the spread) will be meeting California (7-5 SU and ATS) in the Holiday Bowl at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium on Wednesday night, with kickoff time at 8:00 p.m. (ET). As usual, ESPN will provide the TV coverage.

A check of the Don Best odds screen notes that the Longhorns are 3-point favorites at the majority of Las Vegas wagering outlets, with a handful of sports books rating Texas a 3½-point choice. The total hovers between 47½-48 points, depending upon the outlet.

There’s also a little bit (though not much) history between these two programs, as well as a colorful history for this bowl game which had its inception in 1978.

As for the Golden Bears and Longhorns, they don’t run into one another too often. Indeed, they haven’t squared off in over 40 years, or since the early days of Darrell Royal’s wishbone era at Texas.

The September 20, 1969 meeting at Berkeley was a nationally-televised affair – a big deal in those days, since ABC’s featured game was the only one on live TV anywhere in the nation most weekends – dominated more by the Longhorn defense than the wishbone, which nonetheless pounded out 311 yards on the ground. Touchdowns in the first half by HB Jim Bertelsen and QB James Street staked the 'Horns to a 14-0 edge at intermission, and Texas would ease to a 17-0 win.

It was only the second national TV appearance for the wishbone, which was introduced midway through the previous 1968 campaign by Texas. The masses first got a look at the ’bone in the January 1, 1969 Cotton Bowl, when Lindsey Nelson described Texas’ 36-13 romp over Tennessee on CBS.

The rematch between Cal and Texas the following September 19, 1970 at Austin was even more lopsided. The 'Horns had replaced Street with Eddie Phillips at QB, but the wishbone was at its most dominating, running roughshod through the Bears while building a 21-0 first-quarter lead on three TD runs by punishing FB Steve Worster. The score ballooned to 49-0 in the second half before Cal got on the board on a TD pass to WR Isaac Curtis, who would eventually star for the Cincinnati Bengals.

The final score that night was 56-15, and no one could blame the Bears for not wanting anything to do with Texas in the 41 years since.

As for the Holiday Bowl, it dates to 1978, when, ironically, the need to feature the winner of the old WAC prompted its creation. WAC champs had been the host team in the Fiesta Bowl from 1971-77, but once Arizona State and Arizona moved to the newly-expanded Pac-10 in ‘78, the WAC sought a new venue for its bowl game. San Diego was the perfect fit, especially since the hometown SDSU Aztecs joined the WAC (replacing the Arizona schools) in ‘78.

The Holiday Bowl featured BYU often in its early years, with some great thrillers along the way. Indeed, BYU was featured in the first seven Holiday Bowls, although the Cougs blew leads when losing the first two to George Welsh’s Navy by a 23-16 count and Lee Corso’s Indiana by a 38-37 scoreline. BYU would finally get its win the following year vs. Eric Dickerson, Craig James and SMU, but it took three TDs in the final 2:33, including a Hail Mary from QB Jim McMahon to TE Clay Brown on the final play to tie the game before Kirk Gunther’s PAT won the battle for the Cougs, 46-45.

Fast-forward 31 years, and we arrive at Wednesday night for Texas-Cal, where we still believe Mack Brown could find himself in some trouble if the 'Horns lose, and look bad doing so. Remember, Brown’s Texas was only 5-7 last year, and at a school where the baseline is 8-9 wins, a second straight subpar campaign could spell big trouble. Brown’s goodwill from the 2005 BCS title is running low, and remember that predecessors such as Fred Akers and David McWilliams had been dismissed for less than Brown’s mark the past two years. Many southwest observers believe the game Brown really needed to be safe was the Texas A&M clash on Thanksgiving, won (barely) by the Longhorns on a last-second field goal, 27-25.

Still a loss to Cal puts Texas at 7-6, on the heels of a 5-7 mark. If nothing else, Brown will be squarely on the hot seat next fall.

Of these two, the Bears were certainly playing better down the stretch, covering their last four games, losing straight up only to highly-ranked Stanford in the process as Jeff Tedford’s team became bowl-eligible after it, too, missed the postseason a year ago.

Cal finally found some traction when Buffalo transfer QB Zach Maynard began to play with more consistency in the later stages of the season. The lefty was wildly erratic the first half of the campaign but began to eliminate mistakes by November, tossing just one pick in those last four games. Maynard’s half-brother Keenan Allen was a preferred receiving target, with a whopping 89 receptions, while Marvin Jones caught another 55.

Another key for the Bears down the stretch was the emergence of RB C.J. Anderson as a physical complement to undersized slasher Isi Sofele, who gained 1266 yards on the ground. Cal’s defense was also rarely overrun this season (only in the second half of an early October loss at Oregon), mostly keeping opposing rush games in check, allowing only 3.8 ypc, and generating 32 sacks. The strength of the stop unit’s 3-4 alignment is an active LB quartet featuring redshirt frosh David Wilkerson and 6-foot-6 true frosh Chris McCain.

As for the 'Horns, Brown was hoping to upgrade the offense by importing offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin from Boise State, though results were mixed. A re-emphasis of the ground game seemed to be paying dividends the first month of the season, but inconsistent QB work eventually proved problematic. Original starter Garrett Gilbert was so ineffective that he was pulled in September and eventually decided to transfer, leaving the offense to soph Case McCoy (Cleveland Browns’ QB Colt McCoy’s younger brother) and David Ash, one of many true freshmen who became key contributors as the season progressed.

The loss of explosive HB Fozzy Whittaker to a knee injury in early November was another blow to an offense that also dealt with absences of breakout freshmen such as RB Malcolm Brown and WR Jaxon Shipley (brother of Bengals WR Jordan). All of the youth, injuries and lineup juggling created a series of uneven performances as the Longhorns dropped five of their last eight.

Of more concern to Brown was a defense that often leaked (allowing 55 to Oklahoma and 48 to Baylor) despite the presence of several former blue-chip recruits. Which is another reason why some believe Brown isn’t out of the woods if the stop unit should collapse again vs. the Bears.

Note that Brown’s Texas is 7-3 straight up in its last 10 bowls, but only 3-7 vs. the number in those games (2-6 the last eight as a bowl favorite). Meanwhile, Tedford is 5-2 straight up in bowl games with the Bears since winning his first postseason try over Virginia Tech, 52-49, in the 2003 Insight Bowl.
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12/27/2011 10:37 PM
Short-handed Oklahoma Sooners Meet Iowa Hawkeyes

The 2011 Insight Bowl is going to be another interesting battle on the NCAA football bowl betting lines, as the Iowa Hawkeyes look to pull off the upset of the Oklahoma Sooners.

The Insight Bowl kicks off from Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe at 10:00 p.m. (ET) on December 30, and the game will be covered on ESPN and ESPN3.com.

On one blush, it seems easy to take the Sooners (9-3 SU, 6-6 ATS) in this game, but we aren't all that sure that should be the case. They are going to be playing without Ryan Broyles (knee injury) for certain and Jaz Reynolds (kidney) in all likelihood, and those are two of Landry Jones' top three receivers.

That really only leaves Kenny Stills as a top target for a passing game that ranked No. 4 in the nation at 365.1 YPG. Stills had 818 yards on 58 receptions this season, but if Reynolds doesn't play, there isn't another wide receiver on the team that caught more than 25 passes on the season.

At running back, things are just as bad for OU. Dominique Whatley led the team in rushing this year with 627 yards, but he broke his ankle against the Kansas State Wildcats in late October and has been out ever since. Roy Finch had 601 yards and three scores, and he and Brennan Clay are potentially going to be the only two healthy rushers available to Bob Stoops in this game.

Iowa (7-5 SU, 5-7 ATS) had a rough go of it in the Big Ten this year, as the Hawkeyes just weren't good enough to consistently beat the elite teams in the conference. Iowa fell on the road to Penn State and Nebraska, dropped a home contest to Michigan State plus suffered an embarrassing loss at Minnesota. The one big win came at home in early November over Sugar Bowl-bound Michigan.

The Hawkeyes have their own problems right now as well, and will be playing the Insight Bowl without leading rusher Marcus Coker who has been suspended due to conduct problems. Coker accounted for 1,384 yards on the ground and another 157 as a receiver, and he found the end zone 15 times on the campaign.

Without Coker, all of the running backs combined on this team carried the ball 51 times for 215 yards, so needless to say, it's a huge loss.

The pressure is now on James Vandenberg to get the job done for the offense. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes for 2,806 yards and 23 TDs against six INTs this year, and he has a great set of receivers to throw to in Marvin McNutt and Keenan Davis. The pair combined for 123 receptions, 1,906 yards and 16 TDs, and they'll have to both have great games for a shot at the upset.

The Hawkeyes and Sooners haven't played against each other in nearly four decades, so there is literally no history to go off of between them. Iowa has played well of late in bowl games, including winning last year's Insight Bowl over the Missouri Tigers 27-24.

Oklahoma has a bad history of coming up short in bowl games, losing five times in six chances from 2003 through 2008. But since that point, the Sooners have come up with a big 31-27 win in the 2009 Sun Bowl over the Stanford Cardinal and a 48-20 win in last year's Fiesta Bowl against the Connecticut Huskies.

The Sooners opened up as 16½-point favorites on the Insight Bowl odds, but they have since dipped to -14. The total has risen from 56 to 58.

It should be a great evening for football in Tempe where the weather forecast calls for clear skies and temps in the mid-60s at the start.
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12/27/2011 10:39 PM
RG3 Leads Baylor Bears Against Washington Huskies

The Baylor Bears have not won a postseason game since 1992 and hope that having the Heisman Trophy winner on their side will help them end that drought when they meet the Washington Huskies on Thursday in the Valero Alamo Bowl.

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III may also be playing his last game for the school at the Alamodome in San Antonio and would love nothing more than to end his college career with a victory.

Griffin has led the Bears (9-3) to five straight wins during a season in which he has amassed 3,998 passing yards, 644 rushing yards and 45 total touchdowns while leading the country with a 192.3 passer rating. They will try to end the year with a victory against the Huskies (7-5), who dropped three of four overall in a weak Pac-12 to close out the regular season.

Game time is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. (ET) with television coverage provided by ESPN. Baylor opened as an 8½-point favorite according to the Don Best odds screen and has been bet up as high as -10 at some sportsbooks while the total has increased from a 76½-point opener to 79½.

There is some speculation that Griffin could declare for the NFL draft after this game with nothing left to prove following an outstanding junior campaign. He has already earned his degree, and his draft stock could not be much higher than it is right now considering everything he has accomplished this year.

Washington knows something about the risks behind an NFL-caliber QB returning to school since that’s exactly what Jake Locker did last season after he was projected as a first-round pick following his junior year. Locker suffered through a worse season statistically as a senior even though he still managed to lead the Huskies to a victory in the Holiday Bowl before getting selected by the Tennessee Titans with the eighth overall pick of the NFL draft.

Without Locker under center this season, Washington has turned to sophomore Keith Price, who threw for 2,625 yards with 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in his first year as the starter. Price completed 21 of 29 passes for 291 yards with three touchdowns and no picks in a 38-21 rout of Washington State in the annual Apple Cup game to close out the regular season, helping his team end a three-game losing streak.

The Huskies struggled defensively before that victory and will have their hands full trying to stop Griffin and the Bears. They surrendered nearly 42 points per game in their previous five prior to beating the Cougars, and Baylor has averaged more than 46 points per game during its winning streak with the ‘over’ going 4-1. In fact, the ‘under’ cashed just once for the Bears in their 11 lined games this season.
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12/27/2011 10:41 PM
Auburn Tigers Collide With Virginia In Atlanta

The Chick-Fil-A Bowl has become one of the best traditions in college football as the last game on the docket on New Year's Eve. This year, to close out 2011, NCAA football betting fans will get to watch the Virginia Cavaliers take on the Auburn Tigers.

Kickoff from the Georgia Dome is slated for 7:30 p.m. (ET) on December 31, and there will be live television coverage on ESPN and ESPN3.com. The NCAA football bowl odds opened the Chick-Fil-A Bowl at a pick 'em, but all of the action has been on the SEC West reps. Auburn is now -3, while the total sits at 49.

It goes without saying that this bowl destination isn't nearly as good for Auburn (7-5 SU, 4-8 ATS) as last year's was in the National Championship Game. However, considering the fact that many picked this team to finish at the bottom of the SEC West and not make a bowl game, Gene Chizik and company have to be quite happy with the way that things turned out this season.

The Tigers really have to stay ahead in games to be successful, as they had a real problem in playing games from behind this year thanks to a passing game that ranked No. 106 in the country at just 153.4 YPG.

Michael Dyer, who was arguably the most important player returning from last year's National Championship squad, rumbled for 1,242 yards and 10 TDs this year, but he has been suspended for the Chick-Fil-A Bowl and will be replaced by Onterio McCalebb in the lineup.

McCalebb, who rushed for over 500 yards, also tied for the team lead in receptions with 30. Philip Lutzenkirchen, who had 24 catches, seven of which went for TDs this year, is questionable with a knee injury.

When Auburn does throw the ball, it loves to go deep. Emory Blake, Travante Stallworth, Quindarius Carr and DeAngelo Benton didn't catch the most passes in the world as receivers, but they all averaged at least 16.5 YPC this year.

This has been a tremendous season for the Cavaliers (8-4 SU, 6-6 ATS) as well. They got rewarded for a great season with a Chick-Fil-A Bowl bid despite being beaten by the Virginia Tech Hokies badly in the de facto ACC Coastal Division title game back on November 26.

The Cavs started the year at just 3-2, and at that point, with two of those wins against the Indiana Hoosiers by just a field goal and the Idaho Vandals in OT. Since then, UVA took down the Miami Hurricanes, Maryland Terrapins and Florida State Seminoles, all on the road, for arguably its best stretch of games in well over a decade.

The ground game has to keep running for the Cavaliers to be successful. This unit had a hard time throwing the ball as well this year, as neither Michael Rocco nor David Watford really proved to be all that successful.

However, on the ground, the combination of Perry Jones, Kevin Parks and Clifton Richardson were great. These three had over 1,800 rushing yards this year, and they found the end zone a combined 15 times.

These two teams played a home-and-home series in 1997 and 1998, and both games were won by the road team.

If you're looking for an interesting dynamic, check out the trends towards the totals in recent bowl games for both teams. The Cavaliers have played seven of their last eight games beyond the total, while Auburn has played eight of its last nine 'under' the total.

The Tigers have won seven of their last eight bowl games, including beating the Clemson Tigers here in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl in 2007. Virginia is playing in its first bowl game since 2006, and is only 5-10 since 1989 in bowl games.
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12/27/2011 10:45 PM
Badgers Open Big Ten Play At Nebraska Cornhuskers

Bo Ryan and the Badgers begin Big Ten play at Nebraska on Tuesday.
It's difficult to imagine any team facing a more difficult schedule between now and January 21 than what the Nebraska Cornhuskers find themselves up against. The tough stretch gets underway Tuesday night in Lincoln where the Cornhuskers host the No. 11 Wisconsin Badgers.

ESPN2 will broadcast the tip from Bob Devaney Sports Center a little past 9:00 p.m. (ET). Wisconsin opened as an 8-point favorite with the total sitting at a low, low 105.

Tuesday's tussle is Nebraska's first Big Ten contest on the hardwood, and the schedule makers certainly didn't take it easy on the 'Huskers as they get their feet wet in the conference. Six of the first eight Big Ten opponents for Doc Sadler's side are ranked, and Nebraska will have to tangle with these Badgers and the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes twice in that span. The Cornhuskers will also host No. 17 Michigan State and No. 15 Indiana, plus have a road trip to face Illinois.

If there is a breather over the next four weeks, it's a home date on Jan. 11 vs. Penn State.

As if the schedule wasn't demanding enough, the Cornhuskers (8-3 straight up, 3-4 against the spread) could be without two of its top four scorers when taking the floor Tuesday night. Forward Jorge Brian Diaz (10.9 PPG, 4.9 RPG) is questionable while nursing a foot injury that has held him out of action the past two games, and guard Dylan Talley (9.1 PPG) is also questionable after missing the last two games with a bruised thigh.

Toney McCray has helped make up for some of the scoring lost without Diaz and Talley the past two games. The 6-foot-6 senior guard combined for 31 points in wins over Alcorn State and Central Michigan, hitting 13 of his 19 field goal attempts and adding 15 boards in the contests.

Bo Spencer leads Nebraska in scoring (16.0) and assists (4.3), and has been just about unflappable at the free throw line where the senior has converted 45-of-52 attempts. He and McCray will still need a lot of help to put enough offense on the board against a very stingy Wisconsin defense, and Brandon Ubel's presence inside in place of Diaz could be the key, especially on the offensive glass to give the Cornhuskers extra chances to score.

Calling the Badgers stingy on defense is actually an understatement. Wisconsin (11-2 SU, 8-2 ATS) leads the nation allowing opponents just 44.7 points per game. Just two teams have reached the 60-point mark against the Badgers, both losses at then-No. 5 North Carolina (60-57) and at home to then-No. 16 Marquette (61-54).

In addition to a suffocating defense we've come to expect from a squad coached by Bo Ryan, Wisconsin ranks third in the country in fewest turnovers with just 8.6 per outing. Nebraska's defense is forcing more than 13 miscues per game by its opponents, tied with the Badgers for tops among Big Ten teams, a stat to watch as this game unfolds.

The biggest difference in the two offenses comes in the 3-point column where Wisconsin is hitting a gaudy 40.2 percent of its long-range shots, 22nd in the country, compared to Nebraska sinking 35.3 percent (173rd). Ben Brust has been the biggest threat from outside for the Badgers, connecting on 31 of his 69 heaves from beyond the arc. Brust's 10.8 PPG is third on the team behind Jared Berggren (12.5) and Jordan Taylor (12.2).

Berggren will be a matchup problem for Nebraska's defense since the 6-foot-10 junior can take his game outside. If Berggren can keep Ubel – or Diaz, if he plays – from clogging up the middle of the lane, it should open things up for the Badgers.

It's been more than 13 years since the two schools met on a basketball court, with Nebraska leading the all-time series 10-6. Wisconsin has lost both games played at Devaney Center, but each came more than 20 years ago.

The two sides enter this one with disagreeing trends as far as totals go. The Cornhuskers sport a 5-2 mark to the 'over,' something that can be attributed to their opponents' scoring as much as theirs. Wisconsin is 7-2 'under,' and that's entirely on the defense which has held 10 of its 13 antagonists to their season-low on the scoreboard. The teeny total set for this one suggests oddsmakers expecting UW to hold NU well below its fewest points of the campaign (51).

There shouldn't be any danger of a look-ahead spot for the Badgers who return home to play Iowa this Saturday. Nebraska will remain at home for Saturday's matchup with Michigan State. The 'Huskers and Badgers will meet again on Jan. 15 in Madison.
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12/27/2011 10:47 PM
Notre Dame And Florida State Battle In Orlando

It was only two decades ago that the Florida State Seminoles and Notre Dame Fighting Irish were playing each other with National Championship implications on the line. The two aren't nearly title contenders in 2011, but should still make for a great bowl bash at the Champs Sports Bowl on December 29.

This is the second time that these two teams have met in a bowl game and the second time that they have met at the Florida Citrus Bowl. The Champs Sports Bowl odds will be on the board until Thursday at 5:30 p.m. (ET), and there will be live coverage on ESPN and ESPN3.com.

Florida State (8-4 SU, 6-6 ATS) started the year in the preseason Top 10 in the country, but fizzled out quickly with three straight losses from the middle of September through early October.

Quarterback EJ Manuel didn't play from start to finish in any of those games after getting knocked around in the first loss against the Oklahoma Sooners. Manuel came back to the lineup full-time on October 15, and the Seminoles rolled off four straight wins both straight up and against the spread.

However, Florida State has had some major offensive issues in the final three games of the season. The Seminoles just barely put aside the Miami Hurricanes 23-19 at home on November 12, lost to the Virginia Cavaliers as 17-point favorites in the team's final home game 14-13, and then had almost as many penalty yards as offensive yards against the Florida Gators in a 21-7 triumph.

The FSU offense is only averaging 375.8 YPG this year, something that really has to upset offensive-minded head coach Jimbo Fisher.

The defense has to be thrilling for him, though. In what probably amounted to be the best defensive team that the Seminoles have had since they were National Championship contenders almost a decade ago, the garnet and gold allowed just 275.6 YPG and were No. 4 in the nation in scoring at 15.2 PPG.

Needless to say, Notre Dame (8-4 SU, 5-7 ATS) is going to have its work cut out. The Irish started off the year 0-2, but had they beaten the Stanford Cardinal in their final game of the regular season, they probably would have been in the BCS.

The Golden Domers are no strangers to playing bowl teams this year. This is going to be the eighth bowl team that they have run across, and that doesn't include the USC Trojans, who were obviously one of the best teams in the country. Notre Dame went 4-3 SU but just 2-5 ATS in those seven games against bowl-bound teams (4-4 SU and 2-6 ATS if you include the game against USC).

Notre Dame's leading TD scorer, Jonas Gray, is out for the season, but there is still plenty of talent on this squad. Tommy Rees threw for 2,708 yards and 19 TDs, and he has a great crop of receivers in Michael Floyd, Tyler Eifert and Theo Riddick.

Cierre Wood rushed for 1,042 yards and nine TDs on the season, but he is really the only back left that this team uses on a regular basis now that Gray is hurt.

Florida State has a great bowl history, winning three in a row and going a whopping 22-7-1 in its last 30 bowls. Included in that is a 31-26 win in the 1995 Orange Bowl against the Fighting Irish.

The Irish are only 2-6 ATS in their last eight bowl games. The Seminoles are 6-0-1 ATS in their last seven.

After some early line movement towards the over, the Champs Sports Bowl betting lines have stayed rather consistent. FSU is favored by a field goal, and the total is currently at 46½.

Mother Nature won't be a factor, as the weather in Orlando should be picturesque for football. Temperatures should top out in the high-60s, and there is no threat for rain in the forecast.
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