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LOCKS for Monday January 2

Posted on: January 1, 2012 6:34 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2012 9:49 am

BigDicChaney:  Virginia  -3      WIN 57-52
NEGRIL JA:   Old Dominion  -2     WIN 67-61 (OT)
Mantle_7:   VCU  -7      WIN 80-63
wgomel:   Cal-Irvine  +13.5      LOSS  74-60
OCRamwagon:   UC Riverside  -5.5      LOSS 52-63


Detroit Nail:  Wisconsin  +5.5      LOSS  45-38
bigjimkegel:   Oregon  -4.5      WIN  45-38
:   Oklahoma St   -3.5      LOSS 38-41
StlCards2000:   Ohio St   +2       LOSS  24-17
$$$maker:   Houston  -7       WIN  30-14
drewl:   SCarolina/Nebraska  un 46       WIN  30-13
Instinct:   Oklahoma St  -3      PUSH 41-38
doodoobrn:   Michigan St  +3     WIN  33-30 (3OT)
east coast bias:  Oregon  -4      WIN  45-38


Lounger:   Chicago PL (-1.5)      LOSS  3-4


LibertySquare:  Bradford  +.5       LOSS  3-0

Category: General

Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 8:26 am

LOCKS for Monday January 2

Sarge I hope you are right my friend as you have talked me into loading up on this!!!!!!

Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: January 1, 2012 10:48 pm

LOCKS for Monday January 2

winning points  10 star play

Outback Bowl
Tampa, FL

1 pm
Georgia over Michigan State by 24
A Michigan State team that gained less than the average amount of rushing yards in college football is taking only +3 or +3.5 against a team from the SEC. Michigan State gained only 3.9 yards per carry and is facing a 3-4 defense that is riding an up-curve, as Georgia began playing that base defense only last season.

Meanwhile, Georgia is so confident that their offensive line can dominate Michigan State’s defensive line that they are starting a running back who was #6 in carries for them this season, Ken Malcome. Head coach Mark Richt expects all four tailbacks to play. Again, that’s confidence. It’s like saying, ‘We can give the ball to anyone and we know we can get big rushing yards against this defense.’ Georgia used a defensive back at running back against New Mexico State this season and the team scored 66 points. The Georgia offensive line is huge. You know the Wisconsin offensive line that helped generate 31 and 42 points in two games against Michigan State? Georgia’s offensive line is bigger. When their posse of running backs puts them in good down-and-distance situations, quarterback Aaron Murray is a very good short-to-medium range thrower who has been very comfortable spreading the ball around to a wide array of receiving targets. In short, Michigan State’s good overall defensive numbers – including allowing only 272 total yards per game -- don’t necessarily mean anything as far as this match-up is concerned.

Offensively, when Michigan State’s running game doesn’t stay on schedule against Georgia’s 3-4, quarterback Kirk Cousins is susceptible to taking a beating in bad down-and-distance situations. He isn’t the biggest, toughest guy around and could get hurt. If he does, Michigan State is instant toast. Even if he stays upright and in the game, Georgia’s defense is good enough that they have underclassmen considering leaving early for the NFL draft – on the line, at linebacker and in the secondary. Says Cousins himself, ‘They have a tremendous defense. I would say their defense is as good, if not better, than any defense we’ll play in the Big Ten.’

Michigan State has lost five straight bowls. Word is that they consider it very important to win this game. But if they have five straight bowl losses, that means that everybody on the roster, and all the coaches, have contributed to losing all the bowl games they’ve played in. They think they can snap their losing streak against Georgia just by wanting to, when they are nothing but proven bowl-game losers, especially the seniors on this senior-laden team. When you think of Michigan State, you think of a team that wins a lot of games early in the season, and doesn’t win any big games late in the season. They needed the Big Ten to split into divisions for their opportunity to play in the Championship Game, which they blew by being an undisciplined team. GEORGIA, 34-10.


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