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Baseball Odds: Daily Notes for Tuesday, April 16th

Pedro Alvarez is poised for a BIG day against his historical punching bag, Jake Westbrook

Just like last year, I’ll be combing over box scores and scouring local beat writers’ reports each morning to help ensure  you have all the information you need in order to make the right decisions for your fantasy baseball lineup. So make sure you check back at this very spot for Hot/Cold Streaks, Injury News, Closer Updates, Daily Stats, and more so that you can stay one step ahead of the rest of your league!


5 Good Nights, 5 Bad Nights

It’s a fact of life that every baseball player goes through hot and cold streaks. It’s important not to let those streaks influence a player’s fantasy baseball value too much, but it is important to be aware of how a player is doing within a short period of time (a seven-day sorter is always a good tool to use). A player’s short-term numbers can be the difference between winning and losing in daily games, and it can also make a huge difference in year-long leagues. For instance, if you can keep finding the second basemen on hot streaks and dropping them for another streaking second basemen once they get cold, you can piece together a very useful middle infielder-by-committee for your roto team. So before we get to today’s games, let’s take a spin through last night’s box scores to identify who had a good night and who had a bad night on Monday, April 15th.
5 Good Nights

  • Joe Mauer: 4-5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI
  • Ryan Zimmerman: 2-5, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI
  • Jed Lowrie: 2-4, R, 4 RBI
  • Ryan Dempster: 7.0 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 10 Ks
  • Bronson Arroyo: 8.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 K’s, W


Honorable Mention: Brandon Moss, Allen Craig, Tyler Moore, Nate Freiman, Jon Jay, Cliff Lee, Jordan Zimmerman, Kevin Correia, Jeremy Hellickson, Tommy Milone, Mark Buehrle, Paul Clemens
5 Bad Nights

  • Erik Bedard: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, K
  • James McDonald: 1.2 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB
  • Gavin Floyd: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 Ks
  • Josh Hamilton: 0-4, 2 Ks
  • Jimmy Rollins: 0-4, K


Dishonorable Mention: Joe Blanton, John Maine, Lance Lynn
Daily Grab Bag

Check back here for daily updates on injuries, closer battles, player news, and anything else that might affect your fantasy baseball team.

  • As the closer carousel continues to spin in St. Louis, Edward Mujica looks poised to get the next save opportunity and is definitely worth grabbing if you’re chasing saves.
  • Chase Headley (thumb) has progressed well enough in his rehab to the point where he may be activated by the Padres as soon as today.
  • Brett Lawrie (ribs) has been activated by the Blue Jays and will be in Toronto’s lineup when they take on the White Sox tonight.


3 Up, 3 Down, and Throwing Darts

Starting and sitting the right pitchers on a day-to-day basis is often the linchpin of winning any fantasy baseball league – roto, head-to-head, daily, and otherwise. In order to give you some help picking your pitchers for today, I’ve gone through all of the stats that I could (pitchers’ career numbers vs. certain hitters and lineups, home/road splits, lefty/righty splits, etc) and have made nine recommendations. I’m not going to proclaim that I’ll get these 100% correct all season, but anyone that does should be sitting on an island that they own in the Pacific – not writing fantasy baseball articles. The goal here is to play the odds the entire season and slowly build your “win” percentage closer to 100% than to 50%.
Here are today’s recommendations with, 3 Up (three pitchers you shouldn’t think of sitting), 3 Down (three pitchers with some warning flags for today), and Throwing Darts (three pitchers that I’ll be taking a flier on):
3 Up

Kris Medlen vs. Kansas City Royals

Doug Fister at Seattle Mariners

Derek Holland at Chicago Cubs
3 Down

Ubaldo Jimenez vs. Boston Red Sox

Brandon McCarthy at New York Yankees

Dillon Gee at Colorado Rockies
Throwing Darts

A.J. Griffin vs. Houston Astros

Jake Westbrook at Pittsburgh Pirates

Chris Capuano vs. San Diego Padres
Swings and Misses

A hitter’s career numbers against a pitcher don’t always tell the whole story, but it can be informative if used correctly. I’m of the opinion that some information is better than none, and while there are other pieces to the puzzle of setting your daily lineup (splits, weather, etc.), I think a hitter’s career numbers against a pitcher can be very indicative of future success or failure. Some guys just own certain pitchers, and vice versa. As such, I’ve gone through today’s matchups and picked the best (and worst) matchups I could find. Anything less than 10-12 career at-bats is a relatively small sample-size (so take those with a grain of salt), but sometimes that’s all that is available.

  • Pedro Alvarez is 11-for-19 (.579) with two home runs and eight RBI in his career against today’s starter, Jake Westbrook.
  • David Wright is 6-for-14 (.462) with three home runs in his career against today’s starter, Jeff Francis.
  • Ryan Braun is 5-for-14 (.357) with three home runs and six RBI in his career against today’s starter, Barry Zito.

  • Kevin Youkilis is 1-for-14 (.071) against today’s starter, Brandon McCarthy.
  • Josh Willingham is 2-for-19 (.105) in his career against today’s starter, Jason Vargas.
  • Adam Dunn is 4-for-24 (.167) in his career against today’s starter, Josh Johnson.


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Bob Voulgaris, NBA Bettor

No question a very interesting read on ESPN about Bob Voulgaris. Though it is highly debatable that he is truly the top NBA gambler but he certainly has developed a following, much like Alan Boston in the NBA, Billy Walters in college football or Stevie Fezzik in the NFL, though the luster of the latter has waned. Boston is also a pro poker player.

Voulgaris does use many of the time-proven angles used by top betting experts in all sports. The article by Scott Eden will prove to be a good read.

Packers-49ers, Texans-Patriots NFL Playoff Odds 2013

Round 2 of the 2013 NFL playoff odds are up for the Packers-49ers, Texans-Patriots. The how to win at sports betting videos YouTube betting channel will have previews. Expert NFL playoff picks are posted at

Sat 1/12 111 Green Bay Packers +3.5 -122 Over 45 -105
05:00 PM 112 San Francisco 49ers -3.5 +113 Under 45 -105
Sun 1/13 115 Houston Texans +9.5 -108 Over 48 -110
01:30 PM 116 New England Patriots -9.5 +100 Under 48 +100

NFL Picks Week 13 From Top Ranked Sports Services

Notre Dame vs. Alabama odds are up, but of more immediate importance is NFL picks for week 13, December 2 are up on as are college basketball winners.

Professional bettors got the best update in many years from GodsTips, anchor of, which is scorching with picks.

Already in with the Atlanta Falcons Thursday as part of our 11-3 all sports run, your NFL Specialists have four winning picks led by yet another Wise Guy winner. Yes we are working on basketball too as we hit with Wyoming and the Heat as our only two basketball Wise Guy plays. We have added a college basketball winner.

Stevie Vincent has hit nine straight Perfect Plays. A Perfect Play means an angle that is 100 percent and involves a minimum of 12 games. We always unlock the angle inside the play. An all-time high of nine pro football plays. It is no gimmick. The angles are flat out specifically unlocked inside. Seven, yes seven are Perfects.

Three basketball winners including a pro basketball Perfect Play.

All twelve winners have at least one angle that is 10-0. The top football and basketball angles are a combined 48-0. Yes two angles combined to be 48-0 ATS. A universal betting alert is issued as all pro bettors must get these winners, with each angle unlocked.

The sports betting news website has the Notre Dame-Alabama point spread.

The real Matt Rivers has a big card. UConn failed me in a big time way yesterday as turnovers can be a killer and that is exactly what happened, it stunk no doubt. But Georgia though came through to minimize most of the damage and keep me well ahead of that Crookie and still 7 of 11 winning days. A ton of quality NFL plays today for sure as I release an almost unprecedented three from this juicy slate. No monster bombs but a pair of 300,000* in the Panthers-Chiefs and Cardinals-Jets along with a 200,000* Browns-Raiders. 3 plays, 3 winners, here we go baby!

Because the MasterLockLine monitors each and every one of the nation’s top sports service, handicappers, tip sheets and syndicates, you will get every Game of the Year play worth betting. Every last one in the industry is yours. That’s why you get more legitimate service Games of the Year on the MasterLockLine than anyone else.

No. 1 service for 2012-13 NFL season already in with the Game and Total of the Year winners. Now Parlay of the Year is two NFL sides

The all-time top ranked sports service in terms of units won is out of Lake Tahoe, NV. His Double-Double Best Bets are extremely rare, averaging 50-to-65 or so per year. UL Lafayette over Florida Atlantic was the Double-Double Best Bet of Year, a play he has hit eight straight in all sports (D-D Best Bets of the Year) after yesterday and the big winner. Double-Double Best Bet. Another Double-Double and it is on Panthers/Chiefs. Yes this pick was made with knowledge of the Jevon Belcher tragedy.

Now to the wunderkinds of the Canadian Crew. Nevada: +9.5 All Sports Best Bet of the Week wins. The wunderkinds are 21-9 with named plays in the NFL, the latest being Carolina destroying Philadelphia. Today it is the Interconference Best Bet of Year on Tampa/Denver. The Canadian Crew continues to prove nobody exploits situations, mismatches, intangibles, motivational factors and more with the success rate as the Crew. Get the picks now on Network.

10 Most Important Twitter Feeds For Sports Bettors

These are the 10 most important Twitter accounts for gamblers to follow:

10. @FezzikSports at one time would have been No. 1 far and away. Only back-to-back Hilton Champion, but has struggled since.

9. @WagerMinds very funny commentary relevant to sports betting

8. @chadmillman ESPN the Magazine editor and still gambling writer for Though he is perhaps too fascinated with people who have their exclusive mathematical models, still a great high profile read

7. @ESPNStatsInfo yes the four-letter evil empire puts out some great stats that the serious sports handicapper can use

6.  @DonBestSports great resource for injuries from the top live odds service in the world

5. @beyondthebets much like Wager Minds, entertaining commentary and links to useful articles

4. @Covers best free databases, useful information, pretty active account

3. @ToddFuhrman good insight from an oddsmaker’s point of view

2. @TheSBRforum the top sportsbook watchdog on the Internet. Great all-around info

1.   @offshoreinsider videos, podcasts, free picks, from the most reputable sports handicapping site in the world

Paul Nolan Picks, Ray Palmer Group NFL, Jonathan Stone? Leader of Pick Nation Football Predictions

NFL wagers for week 9 2012 has substantial bets by sports services used by pro bettors. is the one stop shop. has it all for week 9 NFL football betting, bet on NFL football, professional gamblers, professional handicappers, NFL football odds, bet lines, betting NFL football, NFL football wagering, wager on NFL football, betting NFL football, pro football odds, , pro football betting, pro football betting, bet on pro football, professional gamblers, professional handicappers, pro football odds, bet lines, betting pro football , pro football wagering, wager on pro football , betting pro football ,pro football handicappers, pro football  odds, pro football tipsters and more.

Chiefs-Chargers, Broncos-Bengals, Ravens-Browns, Lions-Jaguars, Steelers-Giants, Cowboys-Falcons Sunday Night Football tops the list.

A universal betting alert has been issued because Stevie Vincent has one of the strongest cards ever. Perfect Play means an angle that is 100 percent and involves a minimum of 12 games. We always unlock the angle inside the play. Get three Perfect Plays led by Perfect Play Sunday Night Lock of the Year. In fact, the top angle in each game is a combined 62-0. Each one is specified. Extra, extra read all about it.

The Key POD wins, wins, and wins. Is betting with the Key Play of the Day even fair to the bookmakers? Yet another great season in football with Clemson yesterday continues today. It is the early kickoff Buffalo/Houston. So much corroboration goes into this play including specific reasons Vegas whales gave us, market evaluation, utilization of artificial intelligence just the tip of the iceberg.

The Duke, Jonathan Mardukas built up a large scorephone following over the last dozen or so years.  With a database that goes back to 1980 the MasterLockLine say he is the top ranked college and pro football handicapper EVER. First NFL 2 Billion Star since Sunday, December 21, 2008 when San Diego thrashed Jacksonville. It is on a 1 ET underdog

A service out of San Diego is No. 1 in the world since making their debut in September of 2008. Their top play is a 1000-star Perfect Storm in which they have hit six straight including Virginia, Texas San Antonio, and Western Michigan yesterday. Perfect Storm Sunday Night Game of the Cowboys/Falcons

Scott Spreitzer, the top rated handicapper on a Vegas website once driven by a cable TV show has his Tapout Game of the Year

Wunderdog Sports is No. 10 all time in football based on units won. Vikings/Seahawks side

Luther Wade remains No. 1 in all sports since the turn of the century based on units won. NFL 2 Team Parlay of the Year.

From Canadian Crew The All Sports Best Bet of the Week is on Denver at Cincinnati plus the Sunday Night Football game is yours as well. Incentive, revenge, coaching, scheduling, home/road statistics, are just part of a list in which the Crew Plays analyze. It all comes into fruition today. Get this humungous winner right now.

GodsTips has dominated the NFL since the mid-1980s scorephone days more than any handicappers has in any sport. Back where we belong with a 3-1 Sunday last week led by the Sunday Night Game of the Year on Denver. Four NFL winners led by another Wise Guy play are on slate for Sunday. We are already 1-0 this week in the NFL with the Chargers. Get the picks now

Thursday Night Football and NLCS Picks

The San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks, Oregon vs. Arizona State, Houston vs. SMU, and Giants vs. Cardinals top a big betting card at

Here is who is unloading with big plays tonight on NFL Network, ESPN, TBS baseball, plus Fox Sports college football TV schedule offers great odds opportunities tonight.

The Great One Stevie Vincent has hit five straight Level 5 pro football moves. Saturday has two collegiate Level 5 and Sunday is historic day with a season high four Level 5 including two Perfect Plays. So get the four or five day pass.

Start out with Thursday Night Game of the Half Century on Houston/SMU then get the biggest bet on the Seahawks/49ers over/under.

Now to Power of 620 sports services behind every selection, the MasterLockLine. As consistent of a winner in any sports as any service in the history of betting is Sports service out of Midwest is the No. 1 all-time CFB service in units won. Their highest rated plays are Executive Plays. Executive Plays of the Month 6-0 since last year. Exec GOM on tonight’s Houston/SMU

No question who the hottest service is. The No. 1 football service this season, college and pro, regular and postseason is up by 5.6 units on the No. 2 capper. They are off a 7-0 Saturday Wyoming, Michigan, and Rice were the big plays, 3-1 Sunday led by NFL Lock of the Year Raiders. You know it’s legit, because you got it right here. Two plays tonight. One agrees with the Mark the Shark total, the other is the Pac-12 Lock of the Year on Oregon/Arizona State side

Kongpop Sukhibomrong, head of the famed Pan-Asian Syndicate has overtaken Statmaven Sports as the No. 1 all-time ranked sports service in terms of plays that were re-released on the MasterLockLine based on units won. Houston/SMU total

Mark the Shark, the top handicapper west of the Mississippi. He’s been offered nearly seven figures per year to join a famed Las Vegas sports handicapping marketing giant, but has spurned offers because they demanded marketing concessions that would negatively affect his modules. Pac-12 Total of the year

Teddy Covers it the anchor handicapper on a high-profile website and is ranked 14th in the NFL since 2011 to date based on units won. 10* NFL side San Francisco/Seattle

The Couch Potato is perhaps the top specialist in betting. Concentrating on high-profile national TV games, he has hit better than 57 percent in nine consecutive individual sports seasons (college and pro football and basketball counted separately). Counting all sports, they would give the above Hottest Handicapper a serious run for their money as the CP has nailed 14-of-18 in all sports. MLB St. Louis/San Fran side and total, plus the NFL over/under.

Get the top total in all three football games, college and NFL and the NLCS. Some super strong sides are also on the docket as bettors get $212 worth of picks if purchased separately, for just $16 on the MasterLockLine.

GodsTips is the best ever. We are 13-5 in college football. We added Oregon-Arizona State side. Despite a nice year in college football, we have not yet approached our standards in the NFL. Yet. Jump on now as we regress to mean and will without a scintilla of debate have far and away the best rest of the NFL season in the world if not history. San Francisco-Seattle side up. Get the picks now to get all the picks on the Network.

Texas vs. Oklahoma Starts Out Huge Betting Saturday

An explosive Saturday is in store for sports bettors worldwide. Texas vs. Oklahoma, West Virginia at Texas Tech, Stanford at Notre Dame, South Carolina at LSU are among the winners.

For those who prefer to bet without the advisors that pro gamblers use betting previews are up for big Saturday games.

The big Saturday college football betting card is led by the best ever GodsTips, which is also red-hot. We have yet another classic case of using the oddsmakers knowledge against them in a fairly low-profile game. But we also have some high profile winners like South Carolina-LSU. Get two nice competitor consensus picks, a sharp versus square and a powerful outlaw line winner.

Last week, Center of the Handicapping Universe beat your man Gangnam Style last week in college football at 6-3. It was led by Penn State as the College Football Game of the Year. Friday, Navy makes it 7-3 the last 10 and 2-0 with football picks this week thanks to the Titans last night.

Today, we take it to the next level and sweep. Get a Wise Guy play among seven college football winners from GodsTips, anchor of

An international betting advisory has just been issued for gamblers across the globe. Maryland vs. Virginia is a Perfect Play among three huge winners from The Great One Stevie Vincent. In fact, the top angle in each of his picks is a combined 33-0. Perfect Play means an angle that is 100 percent and involves a minimum of 12 games. We always unlock the angle inside the play. Oh, Sunday pro football is even better so getting the weekly pass is wise.

TGO nails Navy to go to 23-7 with all Level 5 plays and 17-5 with Level 4 or higher in collegiate football.

The Power of 620 sports services behind every selection, the MasterLockLine has more than $225 worth of picks for just $16. Linesmaker out of the northeast, for 12 years produced the odds that appeared in 200-plus newspapers is now the No. 1 college and pro football money winner since 1995 and No. 1 overall in that span. (Stats are out of 620 services and syndicates monitored, rankings based on total net units won based on one-unit per play). Lead Pipe Locks are his highest rated plays. Lead Pipe Lock of the Year in college football

Dr. Bob Stohl is ranked 17th in the NFL, 99th in college football and 54th overall and among top five most requested. Two 3* picks Saturday.

Bill Tanner is the top Big Ten handicapper ever, lapping Doc back in the late 1990s and never looking back. This is in both football and basketball. Two college football Platinum Plays, both from Big Ten

Kongpop Sukhibomrong, head of the famed Pan-Asian Syndicate has overtaken Statmaven Sports as the No. 1 all-time ranked sports service in terms of plays that were re-released on the MasterLockLine based on units won. Three college football totals.

Right Angle Sports is the No. 9 handicapper off all-time, No. 4 totals handicapper in all sports has seven picks Saturday, but one is cancelled out by a pick from a better handicapper. Get his six biggest bets

Kal Elner his his College Football GOY on Temple last week. College Football Game of the Week. He is the top small college handicapper in history.

With so many checks and balances, it is no wonder that the Key POD is the rage of the industry. Winning does that. Artificial and human intelligence using a methodology consistent with the scientific method. The Key POD is 10-4 the last 14 overall. Get the Vanderbilt vs. Florida winning pick with so much substantiation your mind may explode and your wallet certainly will.

What a card from the Canadian Crew. The wunderkinds have the Same Game Side and Over/Under Best Bet of the Year, plus Stanford vs. Notre Dame, and Texas vs. Oklahoma Get the picks now

East Carolina vs. Central Florida, USC vs. Utah, and Arkansas State vs. Florida International

The political world is talking about how Mitt Romney had cut the betting odds for the White House significantly after their first debate. The sports world is discussing big Thursday night betting card.

East Carolina vs. Central Florida, USC vs. Utah, and Arkansas State vs. Florida International in college gridiron betting and the Rams vs. Cardinals in NFL odds top the card.

The Great One Stevie Vincent is 20-9 with Level 5 plays. Get the Thursday Night Game of the Year in collegiate football Arkansas State vs. Florida International. Also get the pro football side. Bet at least four times your normal amount on this GOY.

Now to Power of 620 sports services behind every selection, the MasterLockLine:

Sensational handicapper out of Philadelphia is No. 3 all-time in all sports and No. 1 since Jan 1, 2010 overall. He rated picks 5, 7.5, and 10 stars. He’s had winning days 10-of-12 including 3-1 with 10*s in the NFL last week and the NCAAF Game of the Year on Washington State. You got them all here. 10* MNF total wins on Chicago OVER. 10* Thursday Night NFL Total of the Year Cardinals/Rams

The Couch Potato is perhaps the top specialist in betting. Concentrating on high-profile national TV games, he has hit better than 57 percent in nine consecutive individual sports seasons (college and pro football and basketball counted separately). He has the ESPN Game of the Year on Utah/USC.

The Canadien Crew says Kick off a huge week for football with some great action on Thursday.  On NFL odds, the Arizona Cardinals visit the St. Louis Rams.  On NCAA football odds, the Utah Utes host the No. 13 USC Trojans. It is the All Sports Best Bet of Month. They are on a 20-6 tear.

The incredibly rare slump is gone for GodsTips. The MNF sweep (rare case of picking both the side and total) started a 4-1 run, which included Oakland in MLB as a Wise Guy play. We have the ECU-UCF winner. Also get the Cardinals-Rams side continuing the run.

Matt Rivers says: I destroyed the man in September and pretty much have buried him throughout the entire year as I always seem to do. More of the same today with a 300,000* winner on the college gridiron involving USC and Utah along with a bonus NFL 200,000*, Arizona and St. Louis. Loving life and showing why one more time today!

Now to Key POD. They scientific method has produced winning NFL picks 22-of-31 on the POD. Get yet another Key Play of the Day NFL winning pick on the Thursday Night Football total. The winning pick and validated and annotated with strong bullet points. Get the picks now

College Football Betting: Pac-12 Preview And Predictions

For Matt Rivers Another sweep of the board yesterday with the 400,000* Yankees along with the 300,000* Cubs plus 175, 12-2. It’s now five straight winning days with a profit of 2.7 million stars and also 10 of the last 11 days as I approach an insane 5 million stars.

I absolutely love this slate today and am therefore releasing a rare four plays. I’m not a guy who likes to play a lot of games as that isn’t the formula for success. But today I am all in and ready to continue to completely dismantle that Crookie. The highest rated play of my life is here in a 500,000* USC-Syracuse mortal lock along with a 400,000* Purdue-Notre Dame, 300,000* Auburn-Mississippi State and 200,000* Savannah State-Florida State. Dogs, Chalk, Totals? Winners! Click now to access

Oregon: The Ducks start out with a very weak schedule this season. This is good news for their new quarterback, Marcus Mariota. Mariota, the redshirt freshman, looked very comfortable in week 1 as he led the Ducks to a 50-3 lead before he was sat for the rest of the game. By the looks of his performance, this will still be the high powered offense it has been the past few years under Head Coach Chip Kelly. I don’t see that changing much. Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas will be able to carry the load offensively.

This year, Washington and Stanford could be tough games, but they will both be held at Autzen Stadium so I’m not seeing an upset there. The only thing that has changed is that USC is now bowl eligible. USC will be coming out firing on all cylinders this season. As for the November 3 match-up between the two, this will be Oregon’s only loss – barring any key injuries to either team. USC played extremely well against the Ducks last season, beating them in a thriller at Autzen. I expect this year’s game to be very similar, so similar that USC will once again be the victor. I am taking an 11-1 record for Oregon.

Returning Starters: Offense – 5, Defense – 7

Oregon State: The Beavers missed out their tune up game against Nicholls State. They now face #13 Wisconsin. The good thing about this unfortunate occasion is that Wisconsin won’t have game film to go off of and Oregon State does. If the Beavers are going to have any chance of competing against the Badgers, then they must stop Montee Ball – who is my pick to win the Heisman Trophy.

The Beavers will have a mediocre season at best. With a few easier games at home I am giving them a 5-7 record.

Returning Starters: Offense – 8, Defense – 8

California: By the looks of week 1, the Golden Bears can’t stop the run. They will get eaten up by the mobile quarterbacks of the college game. They will have a similar season to last year’s in which they lost to the tougher teams and won and against the lower half teams. A middle of the pack team, they go 6-6.

Returning Starters: Offense – 6, Defense – 6

Stanford: The Cardinal were a very tough team a year ago. No Andrew Luck this season, obviously. So that will cost them a few losses. I almost went 8-4 here, but I’m going 7-5. I just don’t see them being the third best team in this conference. I mean, they could barely beat San Jose State in week 1. They didn’t lose a huge number of starters, but they lost the only one holding them together.

Returning Starters: Offense – 6, Defense – 7

Washington: The Huskies have a tough game in week 2 against the LSU Tigers, which they prepared for with a live tiger at their practices! I don’t think that really helps them, though. The tiger was said to be locked up in a cage by the way.

Washington will be a top team in this league, but they are definitely a notch below USC and Oregon who trump the Pac-12. After playing LSU, then playing Oregon and USC in back-to-back games, the rest of their schedule should be a breeze. I am taking 9-3 with a possible 8-4. The game against Utah should be a good one.

Returning Starters: Offense – 6, Defense – 7

Washington State: The Cougars are one of the weaker teams in this conference. I don’t see much going for them this year. No improvement from last year’s 4-8 record.

Returning Starters: Offense – 6, Defense – 7

Arizona: The Wildcats could be a team amongst the 2nd tier of Pac-12 teams along with Washington and Utah. I’m still uncertain at this point. The game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys still might not clear that up for me. OK St. looks real good. It might take Pac-12 games to convince me to where they are as a team. I am playing it safe with a 6-6 record.

Returning Starters: Offense – 6, Defense – 7

Arizona State: The Sun Devils started off hot last season, only to disappoint in the second half. They could surprise some people this year. For now, I’m putting them in a 3rd tier for this conference, which includes teams that could be surprising, could completely suck, or stay in the middle of the pack. This list is Arizona, Arizona State, and UCLA. I will again play it safe with a 6-6 record.

Returning Starters: Offense – 4, Defense – 4

Colorado: The Buffaloes are the worst team in the Pac-12. They have a whole bunch of new starters on offense, which is probably a good thing as they were 82nd in total offensive yards a year ago. Colorado lost to Colorado State in week 1 – a team that was 3-9 last season. The two squared off last season as well and the Buffaloes came out with the win. This was one of three wins last season. I am seeing the same result, minus one with this year’s loss: 2-10.

Returning starters: Offense – 3, Defense – 6

UCLA: Then there are the Bruins. They do have a solid number of returning starters and were second in the south region a season ago. There will be some improvement from the other teams in the south who are not Colorado, so it should be a little tougher for them. The Bruins run game looked good as they rolled over Rice in week 1. Still, the region should consist of some good games that could go either way. I am going with a 5-7 record.

Returning Starters: Offense – 7, Defense – 8

USC: The Trojans are returning the most starters this year, including Heisman hopeful Matt Barkley. They were ranked as the number 1 team before getting passed up by the Alabama Crimson Tide after week 1. Alabama played a much better opponent and won in a stylish fashion. USC has two games that might be tough, for them. Those games are Notre Dame and as I mentioned earlier, Oregon.

You already know my prediction for the Oregon game, so let’s talk a little about the last game of the regular season. In a match-up last season, Barkley was solid, throwing for 224 yards and 3 touchdowns. Notre Dame has some new starters in place at key offensive positions, which could make for a totally different game then the 31-17 loss for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame was able to run the ball very efficiently in week 1. If they can run the ball against USC and control the clock, this may be a BSC game buster. However, I see Barkley having another solid performance in this one and the Trojans finishing with a 12-0 record – followed by a BSC birth. (The BCS playoff won’t start until 2014)

Returning starters: Offense – 9, Defense – 8

Utah: The Utes look like they might be strong team this season. Yes, in week 1 they played Northern Colorado, but anytime you shut someone out you must give credit to team’s defense. It also helps that they do not have a scheduled game against Oregon. The Utes are only returning one less starter than the Trojans. Last year’s match-up between the two was a decent game. This year USC has something to play for so it could very well turn into a blowout.  They will have a good year and go 8-4.

Returning starters: Offense – 9, Defense – 7

*All records are based on scheduled games as of 9/6/2012. No conference title games or bowl games included.

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