BCS Championship Game

BCS Championship Game Odds Favor LSU Tigers Over Ohio State Buckeyes

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The BCS has been criticized by many fans of college football. The argument is that with the current system, the two best teams do not always play each other for the title. That argument could hold up this year after Georgia, West Virginia, and Kansas rolled their bowl opponents.

Tonight, the BCS version of the national championship will take place. The #1 team in the rankings, Ohio State, will take on the #2 team, LSU. The irony of the game is that sports books in Las Vegas have the lower team as the favorite.

Ohio State should be used to the lack of respect. They have gone the whole season with critics claiming they have not warranted their high ranking. They have responded by winning all but one of their games, and once again finding their way to the title game.

LSU, on the other hand, has been the darling of all the analysts. They have continued to play sloppy football, and have barely survived several opponents. That is all in addition to the two losses they have.

In defense of the Tigers, they have not been fully healthy since the beginning of the season, when they were destroying their opponents. Tonight, though, another upset will suggest that they were not as talented as everyone wants to believe.

Sports books and the betting public appear sold on LSU. The Tigers are favored by three and a half points in the game. The game will be played in Louisiana, which should favor LSU. Game time is 8:00, and it will be shown on FOX.

National Championship

BCS National Championship Bowl Game Features LSU, Ohio State

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After weeks of watching entertaining football games played by teams with varying degrees of aptitude, the lesser bowls are coming to an end, and the national championship game is almost upon us. On Monday night, the Ohio State Buckeyes will face the Louisiana State University Tigers.

As always with the sad system foisted upon the fans by the NCAA and their colluding bowl brethren, noise has already started that other teams are deserving of consideration for the championship. By winning their bowls in spectacular fashion, both USC and Georgia have attempted to position themselves for a grassroots campaign for the top spot. Of course, neither wants to discuss the lack of merit of the respective bowl opponents, Illinois and Hawaii.

The fact is that until college football realizes the obvious necessity of a playoff system, the only thing that can be done is to accept the product of a very flawed process, and crown Monday’s winner. After all, one must play in the championship game to be champion.

Even though there has been much talk of the SEC speed that Florida rode to its rout of Ohio State last year, LSU is still only a 3 1/2 point favorite. Some may be aware of the burden Ohio State has carried since last year’s loss; others may feel that, while the SEC overall is clearly much superior to the Big 10, Ohio State is on a level with the SEC’s best. LSU’s tendencies to play down to the competition and to play games so close there is only a razor’s width separating winner from loser may be causing some concern. LSU can be its own worst enemy, leading the SEC in penalties.

Marty Michaels, Casino Gambling Web’s red-hot sports analyst, feels that Ohio State’s best chance is to try to control the ball with long, run-oriented drives, sending running back Beanie Wells between the tackles. But defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey of LSU is healthy for the first time in months, and the prospective 1st pick in the NFL draft won’t allow consistent forays into his territory.

Michaels sees LSU using its incredible depth at the offensive skill positions to showcase an attack so versatile Ohio State won’t be able to adjust. Ohio State plays tough, but big plays establish LSU early, and the scoring deficit forces more passes than Ohio wanted. LSU is the pick, coasting by the end.

BCS Bowl Game Point

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The idea of the BCS was to get the ten best teams in the country, match them up, and create five exciting college football games. According to odds makers, these teams are not so evenly matched.

Of the five BCS bowl games, only one game has a point spread of less than four points. The Virginia Tech Hokies are favored by 3.5 points over Kansas.

The next lowest spread is the national title game. The LSU Tigers, with two losses already on the season, are favored by 5.5 points over Ohio State. The Buckeyes have been disrespected all year by critics, and it appears sportsbooks do not hold them in high regard either.

Oklahoma won the Big Twelve championship, and are 6.5 point favorites over Big East champion, West Virginia. The Mountaineers blew their chance at the title game by losing to Pittsburgh in their last game over the weekend.

Georgia, who some believe is the best team in the country, is a 9.5 point favorite over Hawaii, a team that has crashed the BCS party much like Boise State did last year.

The other BCS game has USC as almost a two touchdown favorite over Illinois. The actual line is the Trojans minus 13.5. Illinois started and ended the season strongly to gain their BCS birth.

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Baseball’s highest profile free agents have all been signed already this year, meaning that the wheels will be turning when it comes to the winter GM meetings that begin next week.

Johan Santana will be at the center of all of the big market teams wish lists, and with Minnesota unable to re sign their top star, the chances he will be traded are great. The Yankees have already inquired about the former Cy Young award winner, and they are believed to have the best package to offer the Twins in a trade.

The Mets, and Omar Minaya, are salivating over Santana, but they are unwilling to give up Jose Reyes, and as of now the Twins have not come off their demands for the young superstar shortstop.

The Red Sox are also in on the Santana sweepstakes, but they do not want to part with Jacob Ellsbury, and the Dodgers, who have young talent to trade, might want to use that talent to go after Miguel Cabrera.

No matter who ends up with Santana, that will not be the only deal made next week, with Baltimore’s Erik Bedard, and Oakland’s Dan Haren and Joe Blanton also on the market.

With all of those big names being rumored, this next week could make for one of the most explosive winter meetings in recent history, and Santana will be the trigger to get the whole thing started.