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.
- Power Sports
- April 30, 2016 - 7:05 PM
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- 5dimes @ -141 Baltimore
1* Baltimore (7:05 ET): The White Sox arrived at Camden Yards Thursday w/ the best record in baseball and a pitching staff that was on fire. Two days & 16 runs allowed later, they now can do no better than a split in this four-game set. Buck Showalter is the Bruce Arians of MLB in the sense that his teams always seem to overachieve. Take the O's.
Mat Latos has been an incredible story thus far for Chicago. He's 4-0 in four starts w/ a 0.74 ERA and 0.822 WHIP. That's a better ERA than teammate Chris Sale! To say this is unexpected would be a mild understatement as Latos went 4-10 last year w/ a career worst 4.95 ERA, playing for three different ballclubs. As good as he's looked to this point, I think it's fair to say that regression is coming. Thus far, Latos has yet to face a top 10 offense in runs scored. The Baltimore lineup he goes up against tonight is averaging nearly five full runs per game at home while batting almost .300. Note that Latos has been extremely fortunate to this point w/ a .969 strand rate.
Camden Yards has been quite kind to the home team so far in 2016 as the Orioles' record here is now 9-1. They are doubling up opponents in the runs scored department (4.8 to 2.4) following yday's 6-3 victory. The White Sox are just 4-12 their last 16 games played here in Baltimore. Tonight's starter for the O's is Kevin Gausman and he looked great in his first start of the season, which took place Monday, as he allowed just one run and three hits in 5 IP. Unfortunately, his team lost the game (2-0 to the Rays) as they ran into Chris Archer. I lean to the home team yet again in this early season battle of division leaders. 1* Baltimore