Rakeem Cato (12) and his teammates celebrate their Bowl victory. (photo by Charles Trainor Je / Miami Herald Staff)

Fantasy Sports Daily Rounds-December 21

The big news yesterday in the sports world was the sanctions issues against Ohio State that will keep Urban Meyer’s first year at the program from resulting in any kind of a bowl. Reactions to the penalty are all over the board, but in my opinion, it seems about right. The only harsh part to me is that the people who pay this penalty aren’t the one’s who committed the infractions since they’ve all moved on. I’m glad the NCAA also did penalize Tressel, but this whole situation is just a bad one.

In much happier on-the-field news, in last night’s Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl the Marshall Thundering Herd was able to block a punt and cause a fumble, coming up with tht big plays when it needed them to defeat Florida International 20-10. Neither offense was clicking in the second half, but it was freshman Rakeem Cato that threw 2 TDs to lead his team to victory not far from Miami where he was recruited from. Receiver T.Y. Hilton whose playmaking ability will get him into the NFL Draft was limited due to QB inefficiency and good Marshall defense. Although he was able to score a rushing TD, he fumbled the ball after a key catch and gave Marshall their final possession.

Tonight’s bowl game is Louisiana Tech vs. TCU in the Poinsettia Bowl. Later today, we’ll be reviewing that pick and analysis tonight in case you missed it the first time and debuting our pick and analysis for the Military Bowl and the Holiday Bowl. Make sure to come back for those…

In college hoops, another Rakeem-Rakeem Christmas-helped the #1 Orange cruise past Bucknell. #4 Louisville didn’t have it so easy against College of Charleston, but pulled it out at the end. #2 OSU, #3 Kentucky, and #13 Pitt all won there games as well, and no ranked team lost. In less prominent college basketball Texas-Arlington kept it close with Utah State which got me back in the green with my Streak for the Cash Picks. Here’s the rest of my picks for today…


Yesterday my deal with the Devils didn’t pay off so well as they got hammered by the Rangers 4-1. Before that I had gotten an EPL win to get my streak to W2, and after that I got a college hoops win to get me back in the green. So I start today back where I started yesterday with a W1, and here’s how I plan on building it:

7:05-Texas to lose by single digits or win: UNC is a very good team; that’s why they’re ranked #6 and since this game will be at Chapel Hill they have to give 9 points to Texas in this prop. Both teams have been demolishing smaller schools in recent games with the Longhorns up to a 7 game winning streak. Texas’s 2 losses seem like a long time ago, and were both extremely close. One was in OT to Oregon State by 5 and the next game they dropped to NC State by 3. UNC has crushed the Evansville’s and the NC-Asheville’s on their schedule which warps their margin of victory average. They beat a similar-to-Texas Wisconsin team by only 3 at home and only beat Long Beach State by 6. The last thing that makes me lean Texas’ way is the fact that the ‘Horns have taken the last 4 meetings against the ‘Heels and 2 in the last 2 years. I don’t expect that streak to continue but I do think it’s too much to ask UNC to win by double digits so I’ll take Texas to keep it close with a confidence level (CL) of 3 out of 5.

9:30-St. Louis Blues-The Blues and Avs have both been defending well lately, but the Blues are 7-1-2 in their last 10 and Colorado had to play a shootout game against a tough Philadelphia team just last night. The Blues meanwhile haven’t played since a 6-4 offensive outburst on Sunday which gave them the win over the Blue Jackets. I only have a CL: 2 since the Avs have been playing well at home, but it is the best late pick and if I’m W1 or less I’ll take it.

current streak: W1

record for the month: 31-13


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