Dec 1, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron (10) passes against the Georgia Bulldogs during the second quarter of the 2012 SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN Streak for the Cash Picks and Analysis, January 7

Which coach will hoist the Crystal football tonight? Find my pick and reasoning here with the rest of the Strek for the Cash Picks. Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly (left) shakes hands with Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban during a press conference for the 2013 BCS National Championship game at Harbor Beach Marriott Resort

It’s a slower day today on ESPN’s Streak for the Cash, but there’s a huge game tonight as all eyes turn to Miami where the NCAA College Football National Championship will be decided as defending champion Alabama takes on unbeaten Notre Dame. That pick is joined on the board by the Fighting Irish basketball team taking on Cincinnati in a good Big East matchup as well as some afternoon international soccer and props from tonight game. Here’s the picks I like the most:

Streak Picks for 1/7

12:30- Skoda Xanthi win: Skoda opened as slight underdogs but has become the favorite since OFI Crete are expected to be without some key players. Both teams are near the botton of the Super League table but Skoda is in better form as of late. Confidence Meter: (out of 10. Stay away unless you’re in the red or going all in on most wins) 

2:45- Cheltenham Town win, draw, or lose by 1: Cheltenham is fourth in League Two as they host Everton. The Toffees, as Everton is known, have played four matches in just 12 days and although they’re playing well will most likely not have their top lineup on the pitch. While an upset is hard to call straight-up, getting the goal makes Chelteham a solid pick. Keep an eye on Shaun Harrad who’s their leading goal-scorer and typically plays well on the big stage. Confidence Meter: 4

Jan 5, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Jack Cooley (45) grabs a rebound in front of Seton Hall Pirates forward Brandon Mobley (2) in the second half at the Purcell Pavilion. Notre Dame won 93-74. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

6:35- Notre Dame: The Cincinnati Bearcats will look to right the whip after dropping two of their last three with both losses coming at home by one point to New Mexico and St. John’s. Their road win sandwiched between those losses was a nice win on the road against then-#24 Pittsburgh. Tonight, they host the Irish who come in with a 13-1 record with their only loss coming in overtime to St. Joe’s back on November 16. They’ve won 11 games since then including big wins over then-#8 Kentucky, Purdue, and their Big East opener against Seton Hall on Saturday. They’ve been crushing oppenents and lead the nation in assists. Look for them to continue their torrid play and go against the rankings in this one. Take the Irish for the Green in the warmup, although I think Crimson will be the color of choice later today. Confidence Meter: 3

6:36- Cashmere Wright or tie: In this first-half prop, Wright goes head-to-head to Jack Cooley. Cooley averages 15.5 points per game while Wright is at 14.9. In his late five games, Wright has scored 23, 18, 12, 6, and 15 while Cooley has put up 19, 24, 14, 14, and 18. As you can see, their numbers are almost identical and the prop could easily go either way. I’ll take Wright and the tie since I think Cooley might have more trouble against the bigs of Cincinnati than Wright will have with the guards of the Irish. Confidence Meter: 3

8:10- Alabama Crimson Tide:  Alabama has the experience and played a tougher schedule. I think it will be close and would take the points if this was an against the spread type of prop. However, since this is straight up I’ll go with the Tide to get a win behind a seasoned A.J. McCarron who I trust much more than Irish QB Everett Golson.  Both defenses are extremely talented, but I think the Bama offense has enough to get the win. Notre Dame will make this close, but I don’t see their offense pulling it out. Confidence Meter: 8

Record for January So Far

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

Overall Record: 27-23

Confident Picks (5+): 12-6

Current Personal Streak: W3

Longest Personal Streak of January: W5

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