TGS COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATE...LOOKING FOR AN ANGLE?
Connecticut at PITT (Wednesday)...Underdog has won SU in 4 of last 5 in series. Year ago, Pitt led 21-20 in 4th Q before allowing 10 pts. over 49-sec. period due to fumbled KO return in 30-28 setback. Panthers glad to see Husky RB Jordan Todman leave early for the NFL after he scampered for 222 yds. in 2010.
Virginia at MIAMI-FLORIDA (Thursday)...Miami in mean mood after LY's mistake-filled (season-high 5 TOs!) 24-19 upset in Charlottesville. Hurricane QB Jacory Harris eager for another crack at UVA after leaving game in 2nd Q due to concussion. Miami backups threw combined 4 "picks!"
Rice at HOUSTON (Thursday)...Amped-up UH eager to regain possession of coveted Bayou Bucket after 34-31 upset loss vs. crosstown rival Rice LY (schools just 6 miles apart). Cougars' record-setting QB Case Keenum missed contest due to ACL injury suffered vs. UCLA. In last game at UH in '09, Cougs fried Rice 73-14 (UH led 59-0 at H).
Hawaii at IDAHO...UH has covered 6 of past 7 in series. Warrior HC Greg McMackin served as the Idaho d.c. from 1976-78.
Northwestern at INDIANA...IU is 5-1 as a home underdog since 2010 (2-1 TY), while NW only 1-7 as away favorite since 2008 (0-1 TY), including losses in Bloomington in '08 & '10.
Bowling Green at KENT STATE...New KSU mentor Darrell Hazell has been unable to reverse squad's pointspread downturn, as Golden Flashes only 4-13 last 17 on board (1-6 TY). Payback-minded BG hasn't dropped back-to-back series games since 1972-73!
Uab at MARSHALL...Since joining C-USA in 2005, MU has won 5 of 6 series meetings (4-2 vs. spread). Herd "D" limited UAB's top weapon RB Pat Shed to just 45 YR in 16 carries in 31-17 victory at Birmingham LY.
Boston College at MARYLAND...Last 4 in hotly-contested ACC clash decided by total of only 19 points. Maryland's new HC Randy Edsall served as Boston College DB coach from 1991-93.
Purdue at MICHIGAN...Both teams (5 TOs each) had trouble with rainy/windy conditions in West Lafayette LY, but UM QB Denard Robinson (accounted for 244 yds.) was least affected in 27-16 victory.
Iowa at MINNESOTA...Iowa irate going into 80th straight meeting in quest for the revered Floyd of Rosedale Trophy. Hawkeyes had won 8 of previous 9 meetings (6-3 vs. number) until stunning 27-24 upset in Iowa City LY.
Michigan State at NEBRASKA...First meeting since 2003 (Nebraska 17-3 win in Alamo Bowl), but MSU eager to beat NU for the first time after losing all 5 previous clashes.
Air Force at NEW MEXICO...Prior to LY's comfy but non-covering 48-23 home series romp (AF was 33-pt. chalk), Falcons had beaten spread in 6 straight vs. New Mexico.
Navy at NOTRE DAME...Navy has pulled off upsets in 3 of last 4 series meetings, including convincing 35-17 stunner in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford LY. ND couldn't stop the FB dive in the Middie triple option, as FB Alexander Teich blasted for 210 yds. in 22 totes.
Baylor at OKLAHOMA STATE...Baylor tired of being used as a pinata in series, suffering 5 straight lopsided losses (avg. 47-15 score!). Bears, however, must find a way to cope with OSU's NFL-ready QB Brandon Weeden, who hit 34 of 42 for 435 yds. & 3 TDs in 55-28 home win LY.
Illinois at PENN STATE...Penn State fired-up to avoid first-ever back-to-back series losses. Nittany Lions' rush attack was unproductive (only 65 YR), primarily due to seriously banged-up OL in LY's homecoming 33-13 upset loss in "Happy Valley."
West Virginia at RUTGERS...WV has owned Big East series since mid '90s, capturing 16 straight. Mountaineer QB Geno Smith hit 23 of 28 for 352 in LY's 35-14 home victory vs. RU.