What a wild Sports night last night, Baylor and Washington put on a show as they assaulted the record books and each other’s inept defenses to score a total of over 120 points in the 67-56. Defense in this one wasn’t just optional, it was frowned upon. RG3 and his Bears from Baylor had just enough at the very end to outlast the Huskies and there dynamic breakout QB Keith Price who threw for 4 TDs and added 3 more on the ground. If you like big plays and lots of offense this was the bowl for you. If you’re more into tough hard-hitting defenses, check back for the national championship where LSU and Alabama would shock the world if combined they reached the 56 the losing team put up in this one.
Today is a full day of bowl action that starts with the Armed Forces Bowl at noon where Tulsa faces BYU, followed by the Pinstripe Bowl at 3:00 where Iowa State visits the Big Apple to take on Rutgers. At 6:00, the Mississippi State Bulldogs will face Wake Forest in the Music City Bowl, and finally, at 10:00 it’s Oklahoma taking on Iowa at the Insight Bowl. All the games can be seen on ESPN, as we basically get a full day of college bowling. Because there are so many games, I won’t repost all the breakdowns and analysis but the links above will take you to my thoughts on who will win and prospects to watch in all 4 of the games today.
Kevin Durant was the head-liner in the NBA slate last night as he stroked a game-winning 3 to beat the Mavs just moments after Vince Carter thought he had won the game. The Thunder look really, really good in the still young season. You can catch up on all the action from last night in our daily Starting 5.
As far as the NFL goes, we’ve got plenty of coverage of all the week 17 activity as part 1 of the mega-preview ran today, with part 2 coming tomorrow morning. We’ve got all the coverage you need if you’re still catching up on all the NFL Playoff scenarios for the AFC and NFC or you want to see what’s at stake in every game. There’s lots at stake to be sure as not 1 team is locked into their draft position and lots of playoff seeding still to be decided.
Also today, the Gator Bowl pick and analysis and the TicketCity Bowl pick and preview were posted as we continue to get ready for the big bowl weekend. Tomorrow we’ll have full breakdowns of the Capital One and Outback bowl. Our Bowl Mania entry barely survived losing its top pick with Baylor’s win last night and there’s still plenty of points on the board in the coming week… On top of all that, we’ve still got your daily Streak for the Cash picks.
STREAK FOR THE CASH PICKS
Yesterday I went 2-1 but could only finish with a W1. The Durant 3 made the Thunder winners but couldn’t cover my prop pick over the Mavs. Here’s how I’m planning on picking today to grow my W1 as we wrap up the month:
12:05-G.J. Kinne to have more yards in the first half: Analysis here
3:25-No TD catch for Sanu in the first half: Iowa State’s defense is good and Leonard Johnson (Learn more here) is a solid corner who should be able to limit Sanu.
7:05-Washington Capitals: The Caps have been good at home and had a nice last game; the Sabres struggle on the road and just got their goalie Ryan Miller back. I’ll take Washington at home to take this Eastern Conference matchup.
10:35-LA Clippers: The Clippers will be looking to make a statement after their loss in San Antonio and coming home and facing a Bulls team that lost to Golden State on the west coast just 2 games ago should be just what they need. The Bulls will be on the 2nd game of a back-to-back and the Clips will be bringing their high-flying show to the Staples Center for the first time this year. I think CP3 and Blake will explode since the Bulls don’t match up well with them and Chicago will drop another west coast road game to fall to 2-2.
current streak: W1
record for the month: 50-26