An SEC/ACC battle is on hand tonight in Nashville Tennessee, as the Kentucky Wildcats meet the Clemson Tigers in the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl. Both teams hold five losses, but have played well down the stretch, particularly Clemson who had a chance at the Orange Bowl before falling in the conference championship game. Each team started slow, Kentucky started 2-3 before winning all dmv handicap placard but two of the final seven outings, while Clemson lost two out of it’s first four before getting hot down the stretch. Competitiveness hasn’t been a problem for either of these teams, as the Wildcats have been hardened by the rigors of the SEC, and all five of the Tigers losses coming by less than ten points. The last time these two met, it was in 2006 where the Wildcats came away with a spirited 28-20 victory. This may not be the desired destination for these two teams, but look for a spirited contest, as they look to represent their conferences ion style.

As we stated earlier, the Kentucky Wildcats really started to find their niche’ towards the end of the season, winning five of their final seven games. A 30-24 overtime loss to Tennessee ended their season, but the Wildcats have proved to be a team that shouldn’t be taken lightly. However, good things have come out of this season for Rich Brooks and company, as they have run the school’s longest winning streak against non-conference opponents to 18 games, which also happens to be the second longest in the country. Brooks hopes to have starting quarterback Michael Hartline for tonight outing, as the young passer has been out since early October with a knee injury. Hartline has been up and down this year, completing 59.4% of his passes for 802 yards, but throwing seven interceptions as opposed to just six touchdowns. If he cannot play, it will be Morgan Newton under center, who has completed 55.4% of his attempts for 608 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Whether it is Hartline or Newton throwing passes, expect the focal point of the offense to be Randall Cobb, who has been the team’s most dangerous weapon this year. Cobb has caught 37 catches for 427 yards and four scores, while picking up an additional 537 yards and ten scores on the ground. Accompanying him in the backfield is Derrick Locke, who leads the team in rushing with 843 yards and six touchdowns. These two have mad it possible for the team to average 27.2 points and 336.1 yards despite the inconsistencies at quarterback. Defense has been the Wildcats’ strong suit in 2009, as they have limited opponents to 22.8 points 362.9 yards per game. Cornerback Trevard Lindley has been a big playmaker for Brooks’ defense, which will be without starting linebacker Sam Maxwell.

After a slow start, the Clemson Tigers took the crown in the ACC”s convoluted Atlantic Division, with a 6-2 record, before falling short against Georgia Tech in the conference title game. Dabo Sweeney’s crew has been very competitive in 2009, with three of their five losses coming by five points or less to teams that were ranked in the top ten at the time. A lot of the credit must go to senior tailback C.J. Spiller, who literally ran away with the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year Award. The unbelievably fast Spiller needs just 349 total yards tonight to become the country’s all-time leader in all-purpose yardage. Whether he’s a runner, receiver, or returner, Spiller has been dynamic, and single-handedly won at least three games for the Tigers. However, Clemson is far from a one-man-band, as quarterback Kyle Parker has done his fair share of dirt for this offense. The first-year starter has set school freshman records in touchdowns passes, passing yards, and completions. All-ACC receivers Jacoby Ford and Michael Palmer are dangerous when they get the ball in their hands, especially Ford, who has sprinter-like speed. With all this talent on offense, it is no shock that the Tigers are averaging 31.9 points on 366.5 total yards, but it has been their defense that has held this team together. This unit is allowing just 21.0 points per game, on 317.2 yards, with linebacker Brandon Maye and defensive end Ricky Sapp leading the way. The duo have posted 22 tackles for loss, while the defense as a whole has come up with 21 takeaways. They have been strong against the run as well, permitting only 3.5 yards per carry.

Golf laser rangefinders allow the user to look through a viewfinder to aim at a flagstick or other target, push a button and obtain highly accurate distance information to the target.  Some devices will even adjust the distance reading based on the slope between the user and the target, the temperature, or the altitude.  Still, there are a number of questions surrounding the devices and their use.  CriticalGolf.com offers you these insights on golf laser rangefinders and how to choose one.

With the USGA’s ruling in Decision 14-3/0.5, laser rangefinders that measure distance only (as opposed to other conditions such as the slope of the ground, temperature, altitude or otherwise) may now be permitted by a Local Rule.  Most courses have adopted such a rule, but if you are competing in a tournament, you should check to see if a laser rangefinder (or for that matter, a golf GPS device) may be used.  Note that the USGA Handicap system requires players to post scores when a device (that measures distance only) has been used, regardless of whether or not a Local Rule has been permitted allowing the use of the device (Rule 14-3 and Decision 5-1f/2 of “The USGA Handicap System” manual). 

Devices that adjust for slope (or temperature or altitude) cannot be used in a tournament or in round that is posted to your handicap.  They are, however, extremely useful practice devices to learn how much the slope (uphill or downill) between the user and the target affects the distance a ball will travel. 

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