Projected BCS matchups and pointspreads: Week 12
Kansas St. Wildcats vs. Oregon Ducks
Projected line: Oregon -6
After being on the outside looking in, Kansas St. moved into the BCS Championship and it can thank Texas A&M for that. The Wildcats season is far from over however as they still have a tough test at Baylor and then close at home against Texas. Oregon let California hang around for a little bit last week before pulling away for another blowout win. The Ducks do not look like they can be stopped on offense and despite a strong Kansas St. defense, Oregon will be the favorite but not as big as everyone would presume.
Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas A&M Aggies
Projected line: Oklahoma -7
The Fiesta Bowl will grab Oklahoma, replacing Kansas St., as the Sooners will be the second highest ranked Big XII team. The Sooners are still not out of the woods with three tough games left. The second choice is a bit less clear but it would be hard not to take the Aggies which are coming off the big upset of Alabama and are playing as good as anyone right now. Texas A&M likely is not going to be in the SEC Championship so the automatic bid to the Sugar Bowl won't happen. This will be a rematch from the Big XII days and one that Oklahoma had dominated.
Louisville Cardinals vs. Florida St. Seminoles
Projected line: Florida St. -10
The Orange Bowl remains the same as Florida St. still has the inside track to the ACC Championship thanks to its come-from-behind win at Virginia Tech on Thursday. The Seminoles should have no problem taking out the ACC Coastal opponent as that division is weak. Louisville was handed its first loss of the season at Syracuse which showed its 9-0 record was in fact fraudulent. The Cardinals are still ranked higher than Rutgers and their game there on November 29th will decide the Big East Conference. No matter who the Florida St. faces, it will be a big favorite as the Big East as a whole is fragile.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers
Projected line: Notre Dame -5
With Oregon playing for the National Championship, the Rose Bowl would have first shot at grabbing an at-large team and it would no doubt take Notre Dame instead of sticking with tradition and taking a mediocre Pac 12 team. Nebraska will have to contend with Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship but the Huskers are playing well with four straight wins and two more likely wins to end the regular season. Notre Dame will get the nod at the betting window based on name and the fact that it will likely be undefeated with only USC remaining as the last obstacle.
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Clemson Tigers
Projected line: Alabama -12
Alabama's BCS Championship hopes took a major hit with its loss to Texas A&M and it will now need a lot of help to get back into the championship talks. The Crimson Tide are still considered the best team in the country by many but a loss is a loss and they are going to have to settle with the Sugar Bowl. Because the SEC cannot have the second spot, Clemson falls into place here as the next highest ranked team and the Tigers are a good draw in these parts. They have won six straight games, all by 14 or more points yet they are still going to be a big underdog against Alabama.
- U (SD at WAS)
- April 24, 2014 - 7:05 PM
- Art Aronson
- Offered at:
- bookmaker @ Under 7.5 -110
1* Free Play “under” between Padres and Nationals.
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The last time these starters faced each other it resulted in a 2-1 game. Look for more of the same here. The visiting Padres will send Eric Stults (1-2, 4.35 ERA) to the hill. Stults gave up one run on four hits in six innings of work to earn a win over San Francisco at home in his last outing. Stults went eight innings while giving up just run in getting a win for his team the last time he faced the Nats. The home side will send Jordan Zimmerman (1-1, 3.92 ERA) to the bump to oppose Stults. Zimmerman is coming off a loss to the Cardinals where he gave up four runs (one earned) over seven innings on Saturday. Zimmerman has been outstanding against the Friars despite a 1-2 record, the righty has posted a sparkling 1.95 ERA over 32 innings pitched against San Diego for his career. Keep in mind the “under” is 11-2 in Padres games when they have faced teams with winning records this season. San Diego continues to struggle at the plate and that’s not about to change in facing a quality pitcher in Zimmerman. San Diego has scored four runs just once in its last nine games and gone 11 straight without reaching double digits in hits. The Padres have totaled 16 runs while batting .205 and striking out 56 times in their past seven games. Consider taking the “under.”