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Both teams are coming off disappointing losses to their in-state rivals, with Florida State losing 37-26 to Florida and Georgia Tech falling 42-10 against Georgia. The winner of this contest advances to the Orange Bowl on New Year's Day, possibly against the Big East champion. The Seminoles boast the nation’s second-best defense, allowing 249.42 yards per game, but they’ll be without senior DE Cornellius Carradine (ACL) for the rest of the season. The prognosis for Georgia Tech’s leading rusher Orwin Smith is unclear for Saturday’s ACC title game. Smith was held out of practice again Wednesday because of his ankle injury suffered in the Duke game Nov. 17. The Seminoles are 0-2-2 ATS in their last four meetings.
UL-LAFAYETTE at FLORIDA ATLANTIC...FAU 8-1 vs. line last nine this season, although the L was in most-recent game vs. FIU. Ragin' Cajuns 3-2 vs. line away TY, but 10-3 vs. line away since LY and 16-4 since 2010. Tech edge-slight to FAU, based on recent trends.
With a Rose Bowl berth on the line Saturday, the Badgers are the only obstacle that remains in the way of the Cornhuskers winning their first Big Ten conference championship. Wisconsin is appearing in this game only because Ohio State and Penn State are ineligible for postseason play this season. The Badgers have dropped three of their last four games, but all three were in overtime. In fact, all five of Wisconsin’s losses this season have been by seven points or less and have come by a combined 19 points. The Cornhuskers have played over the total in their last eight neutral site games.
SOUTH ALABAMA at HAWAII...Road team is 9-2 vs. line in USA games this season, though 0-2 last two, and USA has failed to cover its last 2 on road or last 4 overall. Hawaii turning things around with easy covers last two this season. Tech edge-Hawaii, based on recent trends.
The South Alabama Jaguars are 0-6 on the road this season, allowing 35.2 points per game away from home. And now the Jaguars face a long and difficult road trip to Hawaii for their season finale. "We're going to lose a day in travel, so we have had to kind of tighten our belts coming straight off the last game and get the game plan in even earlier than we normally would,'' Jaguars defensive coordinator Bill Clark said Wednesday. "It's a different feeling this week. You're at the end of a long season; as a player, you just have to fight through that. From a preparation standpoint, it's a time crunch trying to get ready.” South Alabama has failed to cover in its last four games overall. Sharps and the public are on Hawaii and have driven this line up a field goal since it opened.
UCF at TULSA (Conference USA title game)...This is the third time these two have met in CUSA title game, with the teams splitting the first two. Quick rematch of Tulsa's 23-21 win and very narrow cover on Nov. 17. O'Leary 3-3 vs. line away TY after 1-5 mark in 2011. O'Leary 1-1 as dog TY but 16-9 in role since 2007. Tech edge-slight to UCF, based on O'Leary's extended dog marks.
GEORGIA vs. ALABAMA (SEC title game at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA)...Teams haven't met since 2008, when Bama won at Athens. Nick only 6-6 vs. line TY after 26-13 mark the past three seasons against number. Richt 1-0 as dog TY but was 0-6 in role the previous two seasons. Tech edge-Bama, based on team trends.