Submitted by Kelso Sturgeon on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 12:40 PM
I fought the battle with my college football selections Saturday and at day's end I felt like it. O.K., I will admit I had my head handed to me by releasing Missouri (-2) as a 100-unit play over God's team, the relentless never-say-die Auburn Tigers, losing that one, 59-42, and feeling if the game lasted longer it would have been 79-42. There was some consolation in winning 50-unit plays on underdogs Stanford and Michigan State.
Auburn's victory sends the Tigers (12-1), the turn-around team of the year (they were 3-9 last year) into the BCS championship game against undefeated Florida State (13-0). The game will be played January 6 in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. The first betting line to appear-from the giant offshore book CRIS-had FSU a 9.5-point favorite, with a total of 65.
Personally, I thought that was a rather bold number, since Auburn has arrived at the championship game off miracle finishes-first on the strength of a desperate Hail Mary pass with just seconds to play that was tipped to give the Tigers a stunning 43-38 win over Georgia. But that was nothing. Two weeks ago, against undefeated Alabama, and with no time left on the clock, Auburn returned a missed field goal 108 yards for a touchdown to get a 34-28 win and send it into the Southeastern Conference championship game against Missouri.
No sacrilege meant, but Auburn is God's team and the almighty certainly is getting a major boost from a very talented team-fast, explosive and quite physical-that is coached by the reigning offensive genius of college football, Gus Malzahn, who is in his first year as the man in Opelika, AL.
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Best Bets Basketball 3-0 Saturday, On 8-1 Run Goes For Another 3-0 Sunday
My Best Bets Basketball Investment Club went a perfect 3-0 Saturday, including Colorado's 75-72 upset of nationally-ranked Kansas, and is shooting for a 3-0 Sunday. For the record my Best Bets Basketball Club is 8-1 over the past five days and remains one of the best buy bargains in sports. You can play for $15 per day, or get the entire college and NBA seasons for just $229, charged to your major credit card.
The 8-1 Best Bets Run
12/7...15 Units...Colorado (+1) 75, Kansas 72 (W)
12/7...10 Units...Southern Miss (-6.5) 75, Georgia State 65 (W)
12/7...10 Units...South Florida (+2) 66, Alabama 64 (W)
12/6...15 Units...Baylor (+5.5) 67, Kentucky 62 (W)
12/5...15 Units...Missouri (-6) 80, West Virginia 71 (W)
12/4...15 Units...Michigan State (-9) 65, North Carolina 79 (L)
12/4...5 Units...Nebraska (-5) 60, Miami 49 (W)
12/3...15 Units...Syracuse (-6.5) 69, Indiana 52 (W)
12/3...5 Units...Penn State (+14) 69, Pittsburgh 78 (W)
Lakers Get Big Boost Today With Return Of Bryant
Kobe Bryant makes his return from a torn Achilles' tendon when the Los Angeles Lakers host the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Bryant returns nearly eight months after his serious injury and coach Mike D'Antoni is charged with managing the 35-year-old's minutes. "He's totally well and ready to go," D'Antoni said after Saturday's practice. "I think he'll be limited by his wind and ability to take the pounding. So I would be surprised if more than in the 20s. It shouldn't be any more than that."
Toronto has lost five straight games and the contest in Los Angeles is the finale of three-game road excursion. Forward Tyler Hansbrough will likely miss the game after suffering a shoulder injury in Friday's loss to the Phoenix Suns. The Lakers have won six of their last eight games after a slow start. The hope is that the chemistry developed without Bryant will continue with the star guard back in the fold. The Lakers are 5.5-point favorites in this one.