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04:51 PM ET 01.03 | LSU Tigers junior inside linebacker Kevin Minter will forgo his senior season at the university and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. Minter, ranked among this class' best linebackers, had 130 tackles (55 solo) in 13 games for the Tigers in 2012. The 6'2, 242-pound Minter also had one interception, one forced fumble, four sacks, four quarterback hurries and five passes broken up on the year.

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January 3, 2013  04:59 PM ET

Let the ship jumping begin.

January 3, 2013  05:08 PM ET

Not much of a surprise. The kid had a damn good year.

January 3, 2013  05:13 PM ET

Starting to re-think my ND vs 'Bama "blow out" double digit victory prediction for 'Bama.

Florida loses to Louisville (not close / and Gators look like butt-holes doing it BTW)
LSU loses to Clemson (Clemson underrated?)
Miss St loses to NW
South Carolina needs last second pass to beat 4th best Big Ten team (Michigan)
Georgia struggles with Nebraska (who lost by 40 to 5-loss Wisconsin)

ND just may be our next national champions folks.

SEC just may be over-rated? We'll see how A&M vs. over-rated OU plays and how 'Bama plays on Monday.

Will the SEC actually have a losing record in bowl games this year????

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January 3, 2013  05:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Starting to re-think my ND vs 'Bama "blow out" double digit victory prediction for 'Bama.Florida loses to Louisville (not close / and Gators look like butt-holes doing it BTW)LSU loses to Clemson (Clemson underrated?)Miss St loses to NWSouth Carolina needs last second pass to beat 4th best Big Ten team (Michigan)Georgia struggles with Nebraska (who lost by 40 to 5-loss Wisconsin)ND just may be our next national champions folks.SEC just may be over-rated? We'll see how A&M vs. over-rated OU plays and how 'Bama plays on Monday.Will the SEC actually have a losing record in bowl games this year????

It is exactly for the reasons that you mentioned that I thought the betting line might begin to shrink from the 10 pt margin, but that has not happened.

I think the bellwether game is OU/TAM. An OU beatdown (and by that I mean a convincing victory) should augur an ND victory. The best thing Bama has going for it is Lucifer on the sideline. Has he ever been out-coached?

January 3, 2013  05:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

It is exactly for the reasons that you mentioned that I thought the betting line might begin to shrink from the 10 pt margin, but that has not happened.I think the bellwether game is OU/TAM. An OU beatdown (and by that I mean a convincing victory) should augur an ND victory. The best thing Bama has going for it is Lucifer on the sideline. Has he ever been out-coached?

Love the "Lucifer" reference.

It may have been used before out here but this was my virgin reading.

Funny!

I thought the line might shrink too but "the devil" must be controlling it.

January 3, 2013  05:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Love the "Lucifer" reference.

Thx Yoop. Usually we go with Satan substituting the "b" with a "t". I would love to take credit but some of the SEC regulars coined it.

January 3, 2013  05:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Thx Yoop. Usually we go with Satan substituting the "b" with a "t". I would love to take credit but some of the SEC regulars coined it.

I'm no expert on this, but I believe (according to TinMan's gospel), that the proper term is "Lucifer's Vessel".

January 3, 2013  06:00 PM ET
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Stacked. Defense is not their problem.

I kind of half **** disagree. LSU lead Clemson by 11 points with 5 minutes left in the game and still lost. IMO their defense sold out!!!

January 3, 2013  06:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

It is exactly for the reasons that you mentioned that I thought the betting line might begin to shrink from the 10 pt margin, but that has not happened.I think the bellwether game is OU/TAM. An OU beatdown (and by that I mean a convincing victory) should augur an ND victory. The best thing Bama has going for it is Lucifer on the sideline. Has he ever been out-coached?

I placed by bet last week and took ND and the 10 points!!!

January 3, 2013  06:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I placed by bet last week and took ND and the 10 points!!!

Timer, has Saban ever been out-coached?

January 3, 2013  06:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Timer, has Saban ever been out-coached?

Probably, a few games come to mind, the 2007 Louisiana Monroe game, the 2009 (Sugar Bowl) Utah game and the 2011 LSU regular season game!!

January 3, 2013  07:08 PM ET
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Timer, has Saban ever been out-coached?

His whole Miami Dolphin career.

January 3, 2013  07:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Starting to re-think my ND vs 'Bama "blow out" double digit victory prediction for 'Bama.Florida loses to Louisville (not close / and Gators look like butt-holes doing it BTW)LSU loses to Clemson (Clemson underrated?)Miss St loses to NWSouth Carolina needs last second pass to beat 4th best Big Ten team (Michigan)Georgia struggles with Nebraska (who lost by 40 to 5-loss Wisconsin)ND just may be our next national champions folks.SEC just may be over-rated? We'll see how A&M vs. over-rated OU plays and how 'Bama plays on Monday.Will the SEC actually have a losing record in bowl games this year????

What about Purdue losing by 44 to Ok State, and they played ND to 20-17.

What about USC losing to a team with a losing record and they took ND down to the wire....

January 3, 2013  07:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Love the "Lucifer" reference.It may have been used before out here but this was my virgin reading.Funny!I thought the line might shrink too but "the devil" must be controlling it.

It didn't grow after ND opponents kept losing badly.

January 3, 2013  07:25 PM ET
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What about Purdue losing by 44 to Ok State, and they played ND to 20-17.What about USC losing to a team with a losing record and they took ND down to the wire....

How about Bama losing to Texas A&M at home???

January 3, 2013  07:28 PM ET
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How about Bama losing to Texas A&M at home???

I'm just asking because somehow one of our opponents losing badly should make the line move. And one of theirs loses badly, shouldn't it move also? What about USC losing 6? Should that have anything to do with it?

Hey, just asking. If A&M wins big should the line move?

January 3, 2013  07:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Probably, a few games come to mind, the 2007 Louisiana Monroe game, the 2009 (Sugar Bowl) Utah game and the 2011 LSU regular season game!!

I wonder if Brian Kelley has ever been outcoached.

January 3, 2013  07:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

I wonder if Brian Kelley has ever been outcoached.

Oh, I'm sure!!!

 
January 3, 2013  07:38 PM ET
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What about USC losing 6? Should that have anything to do with it?Hey, just asking. If A&M wins big should the line move?

No USC losing 6 has nothing to do with it, all that tells us is that USC wasn't all that good this year. IMO the point spread at game time wil lbe in the 8/9 point spead area, with Bama favorited.

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