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Friday’s betting tips: Big action coming in on TCU
NCAAF: BYU is 9-4 against the spread in its last 13 overall.
NHL: San Jose is 12-5 in its last 17 meetings with Detroit.
NHL: The over is 7-3 in St. Louis’ last 10 road games.
CFL: Toronto is 4-2 against the spread in its last six games against Winnipeg.
NCAAF: TCU is 0-5 against the number in its last five non-conference games.
NHL: Colorado is 6-22 in its last 28 home games.
NHL: Chicago is 2-8-1 in its last 12 games against Carolina.
CFL: The over is 0-3 in Winnipeg’s last three overall.
56- About 56 percent of the NHL’s games heading into Thursday’s action have played under their posted totals. A little more than 57 percent of the games over the last week have played under.
Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked
Andre Johnson, Houston Texans - Johnson will be a game-time decision for this weekend's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Head coach Gary Kubiak confirmed Jackson's status following Thursday's practice session. The All-Pro wideout hasn't played since suffering a strained hamstring in a Week 4 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Texans have been cautious with the 30-year-old, and ran him through a normal practice Thursday with no complications. Johnson has 25 catches for 352 yards and a pair of touchdowns this season. Houston is currently a 9.5-point favorite at home to Jacksonville Sunday.
Game of the day
Brigham Young at Texas Christian (-13.5, 56)
"I see the game going, and the rotation going, as it has been going. I like the direction of our team offensively. Again, if the team were to struggle, and if we weren’t able to move the ball and score points, Jake would come in and perform. But I like the chance for the quarterbacks to get into rhythm and to play, and until proven otherwise, we will go down the same road we have been traveling, with Riley." – BYU coach Rocco Mendenhall on junior Riley Nelson starting again Friday and likely playing the entire game. The team hasn’t had a three-and-out since Nelson took over Jake Heaps more than three games ago.
Notes and tips
As of Thursday night, almost 64 percent of Covers.com Consensus bettors were backing TCU as 13-point favorites. BYU is 4-4 against the spread this season.
Formula One drivers' champion Sebastien Vettel has hinted at the possibility of letting Red Bull teammate Mark Webber overtake him at the season-ending Indian Grand Prix. A Webber victory would give Red Bull the top two spots in the standings, which would be a fitting end to a season in which the team ran away with the constructors' title. Vettel, who has won 10 of 16 races this season, said "scenarios" could be in play that would allow him to concede the lead to Webber. Vettel has previously said he didn't like the idea of helping out his teammate in that regard, but with history on the line has apparently capitulated.
South Carolina freshman running back Brandon Wilds will start Saturday's game against Tennessee. Wilds gets the start after stud running back Marcus Lattimore was sidelined for the remainder of the season with a ligament and cartilage damage in his left knee. Lattimore suffered the injury while blocking during the fourth quarter of a 14-12 victory over Mississippi State on Oct. 15. Wilds had five carries in his last two games and 13 for the season.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford worked with the first-team offense during Thursday's practice session and is on track to start Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos. Stafford has been hobbled by an ankle injury but reportedly looked good in limited action Thursday. The 23-year-old rolled his ankle late in the Lions' 23-16 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He appeared to move well in Wednesday's practice and should be able to suit up Sunday. Stafford has completed 60.2 percent of his passes this season, throwing for 1,912 yards with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions.