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Florida State 60 minutes from school record
2014-11-28

The light at the end of the tunnel is nearing with all of Florida State's goals there for the taking.

''I think right now we're at the point where it's the big push, we've just got to stick to the process and stay consistent to what got us here,'' FSU guard Josue Matias said. ''We just can't slack now.

''Sometimes you do think about it, but you've got to stay focused. You can't lose. The main thing now is to not lose track to what we're trying to do.''

Standing in the way Saturday is a rival Florida team with plenty of motivation. The Gators would like to send fired coach Will Muschamp out on a win and Florida was the last team to beat Florida State before it began its 27-game win streak.

''Yeah, it makes us want to end it,'' Florida safety Keanu Neal said. ''Every team that faces it wants to end that streak. But it's another game, we're just going to go out and play like they should.
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Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, left, congratulates Nick O'Leary on a touchdown during

''I mean, every team is beatable. No team is unbeatable.''

The Seminoles have faced heavy criticism in 2014 for not being as dominant as the 2013 title team and their late-game victories, but coach Jimbo Fisher has focused on the bottom line - wins. He understands the team is on the precipice of another school record, but won't let players think about being a part of history.
''It's funny, when you're doing it, you don't even think about it,'' Fisher said. ''That's not the concern. The concern is the next game and how you prepare.

''We always talk about, hey, that was a goal we had, now we've got to take the next step. It's like climbing a mountain. Got to keep that going one step at a time. ... We don't ever say undefeated. Ultimately (the goal) is National Championship. That's always our goal here, and then we build them down, layer them down after that.''

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Some things to watch Saturday when No. 1 Florida State hosts Florida:

QUOTABLE: These are the things said during Florida-Florida State week. ''I've always hated Florida,'' FSU linebacker Reggie Northrup said. ''They recruited me a little bit. They didn't offer me and I wasn't interested. I didn't like Florida from the get-go, so it didn't make a difference. I just don't like Florida. Like their colors, just everything.''

NO PROBLEM: Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has shined when his team has needed him most. The reigning Heisman winner has completed 65 percent of his passes for 1,275 yards and nine touchdowns while trailing. His quarterback rating is 194.26 when behind by 15-plus points this season. ''He's really good when he knows what he's getting, whether it's pressure or coverage, middle field or split safety,'' Muschamp said. ''I think you've just got to continue to change up and have creative looks that you are playing multiple things out of.''

MUSCHAMP'S FINALE: There's no doubt the Gators love Muschamp and will try to send their fired coach out on a high note in Tallahassee. It went that way in 2004, when former Florida coach Ron Zook won his finale at FSU and got carried off the field. Muschamp scoffed at questions about how things could unfold in Tallahassee, but left tackle D.J. Humphries said players already have talked about the possibility of hoisting Muschamp on their shoulders for a victory lap. ''He wouldn't have no choice. We're too strong for him,'' Humphries said.

NOTHING SPECIAL: Don't look for the underdog Gators to try anything out of the ordinary against their in-state rivals. While Florida has nothing to lose in a mostly miserable season, Muschamp believes his team is capable of pulling off the upset by sticking to the game plan and having some success. So the Gators are likely to try to run, run, run, hoping to keep Winston & Co. on the sideline, play solid defense and win a close game. ''Doing something different, that's how things kind of fall down,'' Humphries said. ''We'll play like we've been coached all season. That's how we've been winning the games that we have won, so we're going to keep doing that.''




Conference commissioners set to decide sites for inaugural four-team playoff
2013-04-22

The conference commissioners in charge Football Live Betting Lines Online Bingo Play Slots Online in US NFL Betting Lines of putting together the four-team playoff system that will start after the 2014 regular season will meet starting Tuesday in Pasadena, Calif.
At the top of their agenda: Pick three more bowls to be used in the semifinal rotation and decide on a site for the first national championship game.

It will be another big step, BCS executive director Bill Hancock said recently.

True, though all signs point toward these big steps being foregone conclusions. The Fiesta, Cotton and Chick-fil-A bowls are the overwhelming favorites to be chosen for the playoff rotation, and have been for a while. So much so that only one other bowl the Holiday Bowl in San Diego even put in a bid to be part of the system that will replace the Bowl Championship Series.

I was a little surprised we didnt get more, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said.

Hancock said there was plenty of interest even though it didnt result in bids.

I talked to 10 or 12 bowls about it, he said. I think for various reasons people decided, many of the bowls decided, theyd rather go in a different direction. Some wanted to stick with their conference contracts, others couldnt meet specs for 55,000 seat stadiums.

Were not disappointed with the numbers. We have good options and there are terrific stadiums.

Bowlsby conceded the appearance of three bowls having the inside track to the playoff rotation might have deterred others from bidding.

Even Holiday Bowl organizers acknowledge they are a big underdog.

We know its a tough competition, Holiday Bowl executive director Bruce Binkowski said. But we felt it was incumbent upon us to make a bid.

Its tough to beat out the incumbents.

As for the site of the first national championship game, which will be played Jan. 12, 2015, the front-runner is Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of not only the Dallas Cowboys but the Cotton Bowl.
Its not quite a done deal.Tampa, Fla., also put in a bid that is being considered. But itll be hard to pass up playing the first national title game of the playoff era in the Dallas Cowboys state-of-the-art football palace.
The new postseason system will also get a name this week.
It will be simple, Hancock said. It will not be cutesy. And it will be descriptive. Ive seen too many people make mistakes by trying to be cutesy.
Also on the agenda will be the selection committee that will pick the final four. The commissioners want a panel similar to the one that picks the field for the NCAA basketball tournament, composed of athletic directors and conference commissioners.
That wont be finished this week, but Hancock hopes when the commissioners leave southern California, the selection committee will be the only major part of the new postseason plan still hanging.
I know the commissioners are very interested in moving the needle on it, he said. Im sure it will get a fair amount of discussion.


2015 Kentucky Derby Odds
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LSU vs. Auburn, Unbeaten SEC powers square off
2010-10-23

Sportsbook.com’s LSU vs. Auburn Betting Odds: Auburn -6, Total: 51.5

The two remaining SEC unbeaten teams meet Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. LSU has won four of its games by seven points or less this year. Auburn has also had some close calls, winning three games by exactly three points.

LSU’s unblemished record is puzzling, considering the Tigers have 2.4 turnovers per game and have yet to reach 225 passing yards in any of the seven contests. LSU has been lucky, but it has also been very good on defense, ranking third in the nation with just 242 YPG allowed. The Tigers are sixth against the run (84 YPG) and eighth in passing defense (159 YPG).

LSU has not yet faced a player that is the caliber of Auburn QB Cameron Newton. The Heisman front-runner is averaging 305 YPG of total offense with 13 TD and five INT. Newton’s 124 rushing YPG leads an Auburn team ranked sixth in the nation in rushing offense (284 YPG) and sixth in scoring (40.7 PPG). Newton has led Auburn to a whopping 47.3 PPG average in its last four games.

LSU is 6-3 ATS in its past nine games at Auburn, but these football betting trends found at Sportsbook.com show that the odds are not in Les Miles’ favor on Saturday. Two trends backing Auburn include:

Miles is 5-16 ATS (-12.6 Units) versus good rushing teams - averaging >=4.75 rushing yards/carry as the coach of LSU. The average score was LSU 27.3, OPPONENT 24.8 - (Rating = 2*).

Miles is 6-17 ATS (-12.7 Units) after 3 or more consecutive straight up wins as the coach of LSU. The average score was LSU 28.3, OPPONENT 20.2 - (Rating = 2*).

For ‘total’ bettors, this tend points towards the ‘under’:

Play Under - Any team against the total (AUBURN) - off a blowout win by 21 points or more over a conference rival, in October games. (145-80 over the last 5 seasons.) (64.4%, +57 units. Rating = 3*).

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NCAA Football Awards Preview for 2010 Season
2010-08-17

Here are some more of the highly sought after college football awards and a preview of who the top candidates for each award are. Staying ahead of the game in the awards is important for every college football bettor.


Mackey Award (Top Tight End)- Heading into the season, there are many candidates capable of having breakout years and winning the award, including DJ Williams, Ben Guidugli, and Wesley Saunders. However, my two frontrunners are Kyle Rudolph and George Bryan, who both had very impressive seasons as sophomores last year. Rudolph was part of the high-octane offense at Notre Dame that included Golden Tate, Jimmy Clausen and, Michael Floyd. Although his 33 catches, 364 yards, and three touchdowns look rather pedestrian, he was usually the third offensive option. He has a tremendous combination of size and speed and with Tate now gone, he has the potential to vastly increase his numbers. Bryan has excellent size at 6’6” and 270 pounds and posted numbers superior to those of Rudolph. He has a nose for the end zone, scoring six touchdowns to go along with 40 receptions and 422 yards.


Thorpe Award (Best Defensive Back)- There will be a litany of playmaking defensive backs in college football this year, led by UCLA safety Rahim Moore, a reigning first team All-American whose ten interceptions led all of college football last season. DeAndre McDaniel of Clemson also has an amazing nose for the ball, as is evidenced by his eight interceptions last season. The list goes on and includes Mark Barron’s seven interceptions and Tyler Sash and his six picks. The one guy who should contend for this award but doesn’t have the interception totals of the others is Patrick Peterson. At 6’1” and 211 pounds with excellent ball skills and speed, Peterson is the epitome of a shutdown cornerback. His relatively low total of interceptions isn’t the mark of poor playmaking ability but rather an unwillingness of other teams to throw in his direction. Except for Sash, all the others play safety and have more opportunity to make their interceptions. This will be an intriguing race and the result should reflect just how much of a premium the voters place on interception totals.


Doak Walker Award (Running Back)- As the returning Heisman Trophy winner, one might expect Mark Ingram to run away with this award. However, that won’t be even remotely close to the case. It could be argued that he’s not even the overall favorite to win. Ingram’s backup, Trent Richardson, is an outstanding player who will garner more carries and perhaps cut into Ingram’s touches a little bit. Although 1,658 yards and 17 touchdowns on 271 carries is excellent by any standards, Ingram largely won the Heisman as a result of being the best player on the best team in college football. Nevertheless, Ingram is a unique talent and will undoubtedly be in the running. The list of challengers is lengthy and includes Jacquizz Rodgers, LaMichael James, Evan Royster, Ryan Williams, Dion Lewis, and Noel Devine; I think the two headliners from that cluster are Rodgers and Lewis. Although Rodgers is small, he is tough and very skilled in the red zone, scoring 21 touchdowns on the ground last season with 1,440 rushing yards. Perhaps what sets him apart is his versatility and skills as a receiver. He caught an astounding 78 passes last season, a number that would lead almost any team in college football. If Jacquizz and his brother James were able to win their respective position awards in the same year, it would be the first time that two brothers accomplished that feat. Dion Lewis is a formidable roadblock for the Rodgers’ chances, though. He absolutely dazzled as a true freshman last year, rushing for 1799 yards and 17 touchdowns. He only got better as the season went on and there’s no telling how good he could be as a sophomore. The wild-card candidate may be Noel Devine, regarded by many as the most explosive and perhaps fastest of any player in college football. He is a threat to break a long run any time he touches the ball and has a definite “wow” factor. He rushed for 1,465 yards and 13 touchdowns last season, and averaged 6.1 yards a carry, the same as Ingram. If he has a few more highlight-reel runs this year, he may stamp himself as a contender in the eyes of voters.  


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