Projected BCS matchups and pointspreads: Week 14
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Projected line: Alabama -10
The Crimson Tide had no problem with Auburn as they rolled 49-0 in the Iron Bowl. Only one team stands in the way of Alabama as Georgia is on deck in the SEC Championship. Should Alabama lose, Georgia will make the trip to Miami. Notre Dame was able to sneak out another win and finished its first undefeated season since 1988. Not many people will give Notre Dame a chance against Alabama but its defense alone gives it a shot. The price will be steep, as some books have already posted a line at or around double-digits, despite almost identical power rankings. A low scoring game favors the dog.
Kansas St. Wildcats vs. Oregon Ducks
Projected line: Oregon -7
Because of Stanford's win over UCLA, Oregon got shut out of the Pac 12 Championship but it is still the biggest at-large draw and the Fiesta Bowl will no doubt scoop up the Ducks. With Notre Dame winning, both Oregon and Kansas St. are out of the National Championship picture but we still catch a good matchup here. The Wildcats are not a sure thing though as they close the season at home against Texas this week and with the Longhorns off an upset loss to TCU, they could be bringing a little extra to that game. The Ducks got back on track against Oregon St. and again upped their public appeal which will make them a little overvalued.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Florida St. Seminoles
Projected line: Florida St. -10
Florida St. got into the ACC Championship with its no sweat win over Maryland and then lost to Florida in its regular season finale. The Seminoles will face Georgia Tech for the title and it will be the first matchup of the season between the two and they are heavy favorites to win. With Louisville losing again, Rutgers falls into the Orange Bowl as all it needs now is a home win on Thursday night against the Cardinals. It certainly isn't a guarantee though as the Scarlet Knights are coming off their worst game of the season in a loss at Pittsburgh. Florida St. will be a big favorite no matter who it faces.
Stanford Cardinal vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers
Projected line: Stanford -7
Stanford easily handled UCLA in the first of two straight matchups and now it faces the Bruins at home for the Pac 12 Championship. The Cardinal are arguably the best two-loss team in the nation with the defeats coming by a combined 11 points. Nebraska has to contend with Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship after struggling with Iowa in its regular season finale last week. The Huskers are slight favorites against the Badgers in Indianapolis but with the way Stanford has been playing, the Cardinal will be a pretty significant chalk in its home state in the Rose Bowl.
Florida Gators vs. Oklahoma Sooners
Projected line: Florida -3
Florida no longer has a chance to get in the BCS Championship after Georgia dominated Georgia Tech last week. The Gators were very impressive against Florida St. as they scored 24 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to turn a seven-point deficit into a 17-point lead. The Sooners survived another scare as it defeated Oklahoma St. by a field goal in overtime and that happened to be their only lead of the game. Oklahoma faces TCU on the road this week and it might be catching the Horned Frogs still celebrating their win over Texas. Based on the close calls that the Sooners have had, Florida comes in a slight favorite.
- March 12, 2014 - 10:00 PM
- Nick Parsons
- Offered at:
- pinnacle @ 8.5 -108 Cleveland
1* free play Cleveland Cavaliers.
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Both teams are stumbling right now. The Suns have gone 3-6 their last nine to fall out of the playoff picture.
Brutal defensive play is to blame. Phoenix has given up a ghastly 112.1 PPG while letting opponents shoot 52.5 percent during the slide. Eric Bledsoe returns to the line-up (off the bench according to coach Jeff Hornaceck); Bledsoe is a spark-plug that the Suns desperately need to start producing, but I think it’s safe to say that he’ll be far from 100% game shape in his first outing back.
Cleveland has some work ahead of it as well as it sits five games behind Atlanta for the final playoff spot in the East. This is a critical stretch for the Cavs, with games at Golden State and the Clippers before then returning home to play Miami, OKC and Houston.
"We need to play well, obviously, with where we're sitting," Cleveland coach Mike Brown assessed last night. "So it'll be good to get out and get on the road and try to come together and get some wins. I'm looking forward to it; I think the guys are too."
The Cavs have lost four straight, both SU and ATS. They’ve been off since Saturday and also play with the added revenge motivational factor, as the Suns won 99-90 in Cleveland on January 26th.
It was the way the Cavaliers lost that contest as well which won’t be sitting well with them; Cleveland led by as many as 20 points before crashing and burning with a six-point third quarter (note that Cleveland is 9-7 ATS in revenging a home loss vs. an opponent this year).
On the injury front, note that Phoenix will be without the services of starting foward PJ Tucker because of a one game suspension.
The Suns are coming off back-to-back SU road losses, but did manage to cover the spread in each of those contests. However, vs. a highly motivated, revenge minded, rested, focused and frankly desperate Cavs team, I feel this is simply too many points to be giving up here.
Consider a second look at Cleveland in this one.
Good luck, Nick Parsons