Dec 21, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington State Cougars forward Brock Motum (12) shoots a hook shot over Buffalo Bulls forward Will Regan (2) and center Cameron Downing (33) during the 2nd half at KeyArena. Washington State defeated Buffalo 65-54. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN Streak for the Cash Picks and Analysis, January 5

The North Carolina State Wolfpack should have plenty to cheer about as they take on Boston College in one of the best ESPN Streak for the Cash picks of the day. Find all my picks below. Photo by  Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Today’s Streak for the Cash board is well-stocked with a Saturday stacked with picks starting from 10:00 this morning and going allt he way through an 11:02 tip-off in the Pac-12. There’s plenty of college and NBA basketball joining a pair of NFL games on today’s slate and the BBVA Compass Bowl from the College Football Bowl season.

Yesterday was a solid day personally yesterday as I got four in a row sticking with my most confident picks. Here’s the picks I like the most on today’s board:

Streak Picks for 1/5

10:00- Crystal Palace Win or Draw: Palace hosts Stoke in this FA Cup match. Stoke City is 10th in the EPL while Crystal Palace sits third in the Championship which is the second-tier of English soccer. Stoke is playing well, but are primarily a defensive team and are just 1-6-4 away from home this season in the EPL. With Crystal Palace at home getting the draw, I think they’re the pick if you’re looking to go green early this Saturday. Confidence Meter: (out of 10)

Oct 27, 2012; Little Rock, AR, USA; Ole Miss Rebels quarterback Bo Wallace (14) and running back Jeff Scott (3) during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at War Memorial Stadium. Mississippi defeated Arkansas 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

1:05- Ole Miss Rebels: The Rebs and the Pittsburgh Panthers find themselves in the BBVA Compass Bowl after 6-6 seasons. The game’s in Birmingham, Alabama so there should be plenty of Rebel supporters that make the trip. Coach Hugh Freeze has turned the Ole Miss program around in his first year taking them from 2-10 last year to 6-6 this year with a 3-5 record in the SEC. Pitt lost last year’s Compass Bowl to SMU and started this year with losses to Youngstown State and Cincinnati. They pushed Notre Dame to triple overtime in a game they could and should have won and finished the year with nice wins over Rutgers and at South Florida to become bowl eligible. The Panthers finish to the year has nothing on Ole Miss though who won against Mississippi State in their rivalry game 41-24 to close out the season. They played close games this year against Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, and LSU. Overall, I expect the Rebs to be more motivated and ready to represent the SEC well against the Big East. Confidence Meter: 5

1:07- Sam Houston State: Sam Houston State isn’t ranked but is on quite a roll as they look to avenge their loss from last season’s FCS Championship game. North Dakota State won 17-6 last year in a defensive struggle with 14 unanswered points in the second half. This year their defense hasn’t been as solid but they can throw the ball more effectively. Sam Houston State has put up points at their usually alarming rate, but has won low-scoring games as well. I think they’ll learn from last year’s defeat and get the FCS championship over the Bison from North Dakota. Confidence Meter: 4

1:30- Kansas State Wildcats: K-State opens its big 12 schedule with Oklahoma State in a matchup of ranked opponents. The Wildcats are 8-0 at home as they host the Cowboys with their lonly losses coming against then-#4 Michigan and then-#14 Gonzaga on neutral courts. The Wildcats best win also came on a neutral court on December 22 as they knocked of Florida. Oklahoma also has an early-season signature win after knocking of then-#5 NC State but lost the Gonzaga on their home floor by one in their last game. OSU also lost their only true road game as they fell at Virginia Tech by 10 on December 1. It’s a good matchup ans should be a goog game, but take the home team and go with Kansas State in Manhattan. Confidence Meter: 6

2:00- Marquette Golden Eagles: The #10 ranked Georgetown Hoyas are actually the underdog as they open their Big East schedule at Marquette. The Golden Eagles opened Big East play with a win over Connecticut in overtime in part due to a 24 foot heave at the buzzer to force overtime. Georgetown has won seven in a row but hasn’t played in two weeks and could come out a bit rusty in their first true road game of the season. Marquette has won 17 in a row at home and beat the Hoyas in four of their last five meetings. Don’t go solely on rankings, go with Marquette at home. Confidence Meter: 4

2:02- Baylor wins by Double Digits: The Texas Longhorns travel to Baylor where the Bears will be looking to bounce back after losing at Gonzaga by seven in their last game snapping a four-game winning streak. Texas comes in just 8-5, but they have been playing better winning three of four including a nice win over then-#23 North Carolina. That win was in Austin though, and Texas is 0-2 in true road games and three of their five losses have come by double-digits. Texas is a defensively minded team which usually wins games with scores in the 50’s and 60’s and will have a hard time keeping up if Baylor scored like they can ranking 35th in the country averaging 77.8 points per game. Confidence Meter: 5

 4:02- NC State wins by Double Digits: The Wolfpack are 11th in the nation in scoring and lead the country in FG%. They’ve won five of their last six by double-digits and have put up 80 or more in each of those six games. BC is young and has already lost games by double-digits to Baylord, Dayton, and Harvard. The Eagles won’t be able to keep up with the Wolfpack’s pace. Confidence Meter: 7

4:40- Cincinnati Bengals: In my preview I posted yesterday (click here for full post) I picked the Bengals to pull the upset. Confidence Meter: 3

Dec 23, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) runs past Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison (92) during the first half of the game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

4:41- A.J. Green: The Texans try to establish the run early in games leaving Johnson without a ton or yards in the first half many times. The Bengals secondary is significantly better than Houston’s and the quarterbacks are pretty even. Confidence Meter: 6

7:00- Boston Celtics: Boston got back in the win column last night with a much better defensive performance in a home win over Indiana. Tonight they head to Altanta to take on the Hawks who also played last night losing by a point in Detroit. Josh Smith is banged up and Atlanta is struggling to find contributors especially coming off the bench. The C’s have taken four of six from Atlanta. Confidence Meter: 4

8:10- Packers win by Double Digits: I’ll have the full analysis posted soon but the short version is that Green Bay has too many offensive weapons and Minnesota has Christian Ponder. Confidence Meter: 5

9:30- Washington State: The Cougars host the Huskies in their Pac-12 rivalry game tonight. They’re four-point favorites at home and have won four in a row. Washington lost at UCONN their last time out at the start of a tough four game road swing. Wazzu’s only home lost came to then-#10 Gonzaga and only by two. Confidence Meter: 6

11:02- USC: Cal meets USC in this Pac-12 late game looking to bounce back from their loss to UCLA on Wednesday.  USC also played on Wednesday getting a win in their conference opener over Stanford. USC isn’t very good, but at home against the Golden Bears who have dropped five of seven after a good start I’ll take them to stay upbeaten in the Pac-12. In a matchup this even, I’d stay away if I had much of a streak though. Confidence Meter: 3

January Results

Yesterday’s picks (click here to review): 5-4

Overall Record: 17-13

Confident Picks (5+): 9-2

Longest Personal Streak: W4

Current Personal Streak: W4

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