National Championship Still a Wide Open Race

This week the first BCS ratings were released in college football. At this time, there are four main contenders and two fringe teams that remain undefeated. However, since stranger things have happened in the past, certain one loss teams like Auburn, UCLA, Stanford, Oregon State and Virginia Tech cannot be written off either.

However, the big teams in the picture are Alabama, Florida State, Oregon and Ohio State. The two on the fringe are Texas Tech and Miami.

Alabama with Oregon are the two co-favorites at +150 to win it all on sportsbooks such as topbet, betonline and Bovada. However, Alabama is a 3-point favorite over Oregon in a possible national championship meeting.

In a matchup between the Crimson Tide and Florida State, the Tide is a 6.5-point favorite and versus Ohio State, the Tide is favored by 13.5 points. All sports books, including sportsbook.com have future lines for the national championship possibilities.

Oregon is favored over FSU by 6.5 points and 17 points versus Ohio State. Florida State would be 10-point favorites in a matchup for the title against Ohio State.

For Alabama to reach the national championship game, they will have to defeat LSU, which they are favored by 11 and Auburn where they are favored by 13.5 points.

Heisman Watch

Due to his exceptional performance in prime time against the Clemson Tigers, Jameis Winston, the Florida State quarterback is now the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. After his blowout win where he had 444 yards passing and three touchdowns, Winston’s odds fell to 2 to 1 from 4 to 1.

Marcus Mariota the quarterback for Oregon went to 3 to 1 from 2 to 1 only due to Winston’s impressive game, not due to a miscue by the Oregon QB. Mariota has 19 touchdown passes and no interceptions and has rushed for nine touchdowns as well.

Moving up to third is A.J. McCarron the Alabama quarterback who has quietly put up good numbers this season. McCarron has 14 touchdown passes, 3 interceptions and a career record of 33-2 in his 35 college starts. He is currently at 9 to 1.

The three are followed by Lache Seastrunk the Baylor running back, Bryce Petty the Baylor quarterback and Johnny Manziel the Texas A&M quarterback and last year’s winner.

One to Watch

One game to look at on this week’s schedule is Tennessee at Alabama. The Tide is a 28.5-point favorite. The Volunteers came close to upsetting Georgia, defeated South Carolina and are hot coming into this game. Alabama wins straight up but take the 28.5 points on Bovada and the Volunteers.

 

 

The 109th edition of the World Series starts tonight in Boston at Fenway Park. With two teams that finished the regular season with identical 97-65 seasons.

This is the first time in 14 seasons that each league is represented by the team with the best record.

Each of these franchises is loaded with passionate, loyal and diehard fans, which will make each game a unique experience for those playing, managing and watching.

Of course, as close as these two teams are in pitching and hitting only one will win.

This season the Cardinals will take home the title.

At DH, even though Boston is accustomed to using a DH, the Cardinals will hold the advantage since Allen Craig will take that spot. Craig has been sidelined the entire postseason, but is set to play in this series. Craig had 97 runs batted in and led the majors in hitting with runners in scoring position at .454. Craig has not been activated for the Series, but rest assured he will in due time.

While Boston has David Ortiz who was a key in their Game 2 victory over Detroit with a grand slam, he was just 1 for 21 in all other at bats during the series.

St. Louis is used to playing baseball in October as they have reached the World Series four times in the past 10 years.

After facing a pitching staff of Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw in 3 of the 6 games in the NLCS, there is no way, the Cardinals will be intimidated by Boston’s pitching rotation of Jon Lester, John Lackey, Jake Peavy and Clay Buchholz.

Even though the National League has not done well in Fenway Park this season, the Cardinals need just one win out of the first two to take home field advantage.

St. Louis is 24-5 at home since August 15. In

the three Cardinals home games during the series, Boston will not have the use of the DH. This means either Ortiz will sit or Mike Napoli the starting first baseman will sit and Ortiz will play first base. Either way, a big piece of Boston’s thunderous lineup will be sitting on the bench in St. Louis.

Even though Adam Wainwright is the Cardinals ace, rookie Michael Wacha has been their ace in the hole.

The 22-year old sensation on the mound is 3-0 with an ERA of just 0.49 during the postseason. He has given up just one run on eight hits while striking out 22 in his 21 innings pitched.

First Game: Boston 3-1

Series Pick: St. Louis 4-3

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