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ARIZONA vs. OKLAHOMA STATE
Arizona is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games
Arizona is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Oklahoma State's last 9 games at home
Oklahoma State is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home
Friday, September 9
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL vs. LOUISVILLE
Florida International is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Florida International is 5-13 SU in its last 18 games on the road
Louisville is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Louisville's last 5 games at home
MISSOURI vs. ARIZONA STATE
Missouri is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Missouri is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games on the road
Arizona State is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Arizona State is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
Saturday, September 10
FLORIDA ATLANTIC vs. MICHIGAN STATE
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Florida Atlantic's last 12 games
Florida Atlantic is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Michigan State is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Michigan State is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games
IOWA vs. IOWA STATE
Iowa is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Iowa is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Iowa State's last 5 games when playing at home against Iowa
Iowa State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Iowa
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE vs. ILLINOIS
No trends available
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Illinois's last 6 games at home
Illinois is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
CENTRAL MICHIGAN vs. KENTUCKY
Central Michigan is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Central Michigan's last 6 games on the road
Kentucky is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
SAN DIEGO STATE vs. ARMY
San Diego State is 4-15 SU in its last 19 games on the road
San Diego State is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
Army is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Army is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
OREGON STATE vs. WISCONSIN
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oregon State's last 7 games on the road
Oregon State is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Wisconsin's last 5 games
Wisconsin is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home
TOLEDO vs. OHIO STATE
Toledo is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toledo's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Ohio State's last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Ohio State's last 12 games at home
MISSISSIPPI STATE vs. AUBURN
Mississippi State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Auburn
Mississippi State is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Auburn
Auburn is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing Mississippi State
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Auburn's last 6 games when playing Mississippi State
RUTGERS vs. NORTH CAROLINA
Rutgers is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Rutgers is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of North Carolina's last 6 games
North Carolina is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
NORFOLK ST vs. WEST VIRGINIA
Norfolk St is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
West Virginia is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
West Virginia is 15-3 SU in its last 18 games at home
ALABAMA STATE vs. EASTERN MICHIGAN
No trends available
Eastern Michigan is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Eastern Michigan is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games at home
MAINE vs. PITTSBURGH
Maine is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Maine is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
N. COLORADO vs. COLORADO STATE
N. Colorado is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Colorado State is 4-18 SU in its last 22 games
Colorado State is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games at home
CALIFORNIA vs. COLORADO
California is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
California is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Colorado is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Colorado's last 10 games at home
TCU vs. AIR FORCE
The total has gone OVER in 6 of TCU's last 9 games on the road
TCU is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games
Air Force is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Air Force is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing TCU
HAWAII vs. WASHINGTON
Hawaii is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Hawaii's last 10 games on the road
Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Washington is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
STANFORD vs. DUKE
Stanford is 6-1-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Stanford is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Duke is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Duke's last 5 games at home
NEW MEXICO STATE vs. MINNESOTA
New Mexico State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
New Mexico State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Minnesota is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games at home
CINCINNATI vs. TENNESSEE
Cincinnati is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Cincinnati is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Tennessee's last 8 games at home
Tennessee is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games at home
TULSA vs. TULANE
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tulsa's last 6 games when playing Tulane
Tulsa is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Tulane is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Tulsa
Tulane is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tulsa
WOFFORD vs. CLEMSON
Wofford is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Wofford is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Clemson's last 10 games
Clemson is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games at home
EASTERN ILLINOIS vs. NORTHWESTERN
Eastern Illinois is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Eastern Illinois is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Northwestern is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games at home
Northwestern is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
ALABAMA vs. PENN STATE
Alabama is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games on the road
Alabama is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games
Penn State is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games
Penn State is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games at home
VIRGINIA TECH vs. EAST CAROLINA
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Virginia Tech's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Virginia Tech's last 8 games
East Carolina is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of East Carolina's last 5 games
NEVADA vs. OREGON
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Nevada's last 5 games
Nevada is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Oregon is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games
Oregon is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Nevada
PURDUE vs. RICE
Purdue is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Purdue's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Rice's last 6 games
Rice is 6-19 SU in its last 25 games
NORTH CAROLINA STATE vs. WAKE FOREST
North Carolina State is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Wake Forest
North Carolina State is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Wake Forest
Wake Forest is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
Wake Forest is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against North Carolina State
SOUTHERN MISS vs. MARSHALL
Southern Miss is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Marshall
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Southern Miss's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Marshall's last 12 games at home
Marshall is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
RHODE ISLAND vs. SYRACUSE
Rhode Island is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Rhode Island is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Syracuse is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Syracuse is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
SOUTH CAROLINA vs. GEORGIA
South Carolina is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing Georgia
South Carolina is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Georgia is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing South Carolina
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Georgia's last 10 games when playing South Carolina
NORTH DAKOTA vs. IDAHO
No trends available
Idaho is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Idaho's last 5 games
UNLV vs. WASHINGTON STATE
UNLV is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
UNLV is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Washington State is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home
Washington State is 3-19 SU in its last 22 games
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS vs. MISSISSIPPI
Southern Illinois is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games
Southern Illinois is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Mississippi is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Mississippi is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
STONY BROOK vs. BUFFALO
No trends available
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Buffalo's last 5 games at home
Buffalo is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
TEXAS STATE vs. WYOMING
Texas State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Texas State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Wyoming is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
Wyoming is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
TEMPLE vs. AKRON
Temple is 18-6 SU in its last 24 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Temple's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Akron's last 5 games
Akron is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Temple
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN vs. FLORIDA STATE
Charleston Southern is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Charleston Southern is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Florida State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Florida State's last 7 games at home
NORTHERN ILLINOIS vs. KANSAS
Northern Illinois is 11-1-1 ATS in its last 13 games
Northern Illinois is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas's last 6 games
Kansas is 4-16 SU in its last 20 games
GARDNER-WEBB vs. OHIO
Gardner-Webb is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Gardner-Webb is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Ohio is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ohio's last 6 games
UAB vs. FLORIDA
UAB is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
UAB is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games
Florida is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
Florida is 20-3 SU in its last 23 games at home
BALL STATE vs. SOUTH FLORIDA
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Ball State's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Ball State's last 8 games
South Florida is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
South Florida is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
CENTRAL ARKANSAS vs. LOUISIANA TECH
Central Arkansas is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Central Arkansas is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Louisiana Tech is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games at home
Louisiana Tech is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
NICHOLLS STATE vs. WESTERN MICHIGAN
Nicholls State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Nicholls State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Western Michigan is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Western Michigan is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
MEMPHIS vs. ARKANSAS STATE
Memphis is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Memphis is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing Arkansas State
Arkansas State is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Arkansas State's last 6 games at home
GRAMBLING STATE vs. LOUISIANA-MONROE
Grambling State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Grambling State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Louisiana-Monroe is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Louisiana-Monroe is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home
FRESNO STATE vs. NEBRASKA
Fresno State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Fresno State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Nebraska is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Nebraska's last 6 games
VIRGINIA vs. INDIANA
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Virginia's last 6 games
Virginia is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Indiana is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
Indiana is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
TEXAS EL PASO vs. SOUTHERN METHODIST
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas El Paso's last 6 games
Texas El Paso is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
Southern Methodist is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Texas El Paso
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Southern Methodist's last 7 games
NAVY vs. WESTERN KENTUCKY
Navy is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Navy's last 9 games on the road
Western Kentucky is 2-23 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Western Kentucky's last 8 games at home
HOUSTON vs. NORTH TEXAS
Houston is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Houston is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
North Texas is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 12 of North Texas's last 17 games at home
LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE vs. KENT STATE
Louisiana-Lafayette is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Louisiana-Lafayette is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
Kent State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Kent State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
BYU vs. TEXAS
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of BYU's last 7 games on the road
BYU is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Texas is 4-12 ATS in its last 16 games
Texas is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
MORGAN ST vs. BOWLING GREEN
Morgan St is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Morgan St is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Bowling Green's last 5 games
Bowling Green is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games
NEW MEXICO vs. ARKANSAS
New Mexico is 1-13 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 11 of New Mexico's last 15 games
Arkansas is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Arkansas's last 9 games
CONNECTICUT vs. VANDERBILT
Connecticut is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Connecticut is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Vanderbilt is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Vanderbilt is 2-11 SU in its last 13 games at home
UTAH vs. SOUTHERN CAL
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Utah's last 5 games on the road
Utah is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Southern Cal's last 5 games
Southern Cal is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
GEORGIA TECH vs. MIDDLE TENNESSEE
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Georgia Tech's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Georgia Tech's last 8 games
Middle Tennessee is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games at home
BOSTON COLLEGE vs. CENTRAL FLORIDA
Boston College is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston College's last 5 games
Central Florida is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Central Florida's last 6 games
NORTHWESTERN STATE vs. LSU
Northwestern State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Northwestern State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of LSU's last 5 games
LSU is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games
WEBER STATE vs. UTAH STATE
Weber State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Weber State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Utah State's last 5 games at home
Utah State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
NOTRE DAME vs. MICHIGAN
Notre Dame is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Notre Dame is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Michigan
Michigan is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Michigan's last 6 games at home
SAN JOSE STATE vs. UCLA
San Jose State is 3-12-1 ATS in its last 16 games on the road
San Jose State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
UCLA is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
UCLA is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
We’ve called out Les Miles quite a bit during his seven-year tenure in Baton Rouge. And, to be clear, we weren’t in the wrong in any of those instances.
Fact: ‘The Hat’ doesn’t have a clue when it comes to making clock-management decisions. As we’ve always maintained, that’s inexcusable for a head coach at a big-time program that makes north of a million dollars per year.
With that said, there’s no question that Miles is one of the best in the business when it comes to recruiting and motivating. Make no mistake, buckling the chin strap is a requirement when the Bayou Bengals come to town.
They play hard, they play fast and they have a coach who isn’t scared to dial up a blitz or fake a punt or a field goal at any point in a 60-minute football game.
Just ask Oregon. The Ducks came to Cowboys Stadium as the inexplicable favorites this past Saturday, only to get dominated in a 40-27 shellacking that wasn’t as close as the final score indicated.
If you heard me on the radio at any point last week or throughout the summer, you knew that LSU was the play in Week 1. Back in June, I wrote that LSU should be favored by at least three and that the number would likely close at 3 ½ or four.
Then WR Russell Shepard got suspended for a compliance issue. Next, starting QB Jordan Jefferson and DT Josh Downs were suspended indefinitely for their alleged involvement in a bar fight.
Oregon was favored by one at most books before the game was taken off the board following the news about Jefferson. When the game went back up several days later, the Ducks were favored by four or 4 ½. That number would eventually go down to 3 ½ and closed at three in many betting shops.
This space encouraged bettors not to sweat the Jefferson situation. After all, my LSU recommendation was never based on Jefferson. The thinking was that the Tigers would dominate in the trenches on both sides of the ball.
We saw Auburn’s defensive line have a field day against Oregon’s offensive line back in January. And that o-line brought back just one starter.
As for the absence of Shepard, it was basically a wash since Oregon All-American cornerback Cliff Harris was also out of the lineup.
And, oh yeah, there was the head-coaching matchup. I gave the edge to Oregon’s Chip Kelly but insisted Miles would have his team ready to play despite the distractions. I was wrong about the former and correct on the latter.
On this night at Jerry World, Miles was the better head coach and it wasn’t even close.
The dude isn’t the sharpest pencil in the box. He eats grass – literally. He’s not the best speller or speaker but he knows how to do one thing – win football games.
Since taking over for Nick Saban at LSU, Miles owns an incredible 63-17 record. The Tigers have won 11 games or more in four of his six previous seasons, including the BCS title in 2007.
And guess what, LSU fans? You can count on another 11-win campaign in 2011.
While Miles has job security galore these days, the same can’t be said for Mark Richt at Georgia. And you know, sometimes it’s just time. Sometimes a voice can go stale in a locker room.
As Steve Spurrier said after announcing his resignation at Florida on Jan. 4 of 2002, “Twelve years as a head coach at an SEC school is long enough.”
Now certainly, Georgia can recover from Saturday’s 35-21 loss to Boise State at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The Dawgs haven’t even started their SEC schedule, so all of their goals remain within reach.
But South Carolina is coming between the hedges Saturday and the Gamecocks have been installed as three-point favorites. If Richt and the Dawgs fall to 0-2, wins at Tennessee and vs. Florida become imperative. And as UGA fans know, wins in Knoxville and Jacksonville have been difficult to come by in recent years (or decades in terms of The Cocktail Party).
In short, it’s not looking good for Richt if UGA goes down Saturday at home.
In the interest of fairness, though, we should be talking about the real story coming out of Atlanta in Week 1. What happened at the Ga. Dome was more about the greatness of Boise St. rather than the demise of a UGA program that’s lost eight of its last 14 games.
Greatness? Yeah, it’s a strong word that gets used in sports way too often. But it’s not a stretch in this case.
Chris Petersen’s team has won 62 of 67 games on his watch. Since 2006 when Petersen was hired to replace Dan Hawkins, BSU has won seven of its eight games against BCS foes, including wins over Oklahoma, Oregon St. (twice), Oregon (twice), Va. Tech and Georgia. Only three of those eight games were played on the smurf turf.
Since 2008, the Broncos have lost twice by four combined points. TCU beat them by one in the Poinsettia Bowl after BSU’s kicker missed a short field goal late in the fourth quarter. Boise St.’s other loss came by three at Nevada in overtime when the kicking game faltered once again at crunch time.
Boise State didn’t need the kicking game against Georgia. It didn’t need the trick plays used to beat Oklahoma in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl. It didn’t need the blue carpet either.
Kellen Moore and Co. just went about its business as usual. The Broncos went on the road for a season opener in hostile territory and dominated an SEC school playing 75 miles from its campus.
There was nothing fluky about it. Boise St. was more physical, had a better defense, had a better gameplan, had a better QB and had a better head coach. Speaking of the QB and the head coach, they are both as good as any in America.
After spotting Georgia a 7-0 lead on an 80-yeard touchdown run, Boise St. responded by scoring 28 consecutive points. By late in the third quarter, it was clear that a stirring comeback was not in the works. Not against this defense.
The anti-Boise argument has always gone something like this: If it played a BCS schedule for an entire season, it wouldn’t hold up due to a lack of depth. This premise probably has some merit and that’s fine.
All the 2011 Broncos can do is beat who they have on the schedule and who they’ll eventually face in a BCS bowl game. Whether that’s in the BCS Championship Game remains to be seen but one thing is for certain: Once again, the Broncos are legit national-title contenders.
Oklahoma is another contender, although I have them ranked third behind Alabama and LSU. The Sooners made quick work of a Tulsa team that was playing without its best player, WR Damaris Johnson. They jumped on the Golden Hurricane in a hurry and never let up en route to a 47-14 win as 25-point home favorites.
Landry Jones completed 35-of-47 passes for 375 yards and one touchdown without an interception. Ryan Broyles was his favorite target, hauling in 14 receptions for 157 yards. OU has two weeks to prep for its Week 3 showdown at FSU.
Baylor and TCU played the best game of the weekend on Friday night, as the Bears won a 50-48 thriller thanks to a brilliant performance from junior QB Robert Griffin. The darkhorse Heisman hopeful did it all with his arm, legs and his hands. His catch on a trick play in traffic on 3rd-and-10 set up the game-winning field goal.
Griffin completed 21-of-27 passes for 359 yards and five TDs without being intercepted. WR Kendall Wright had 12 receptions for 189 yards and two TDs and also threw a TD pass and the 15-yard strike to Griffin on the crucial 3rd-down conversion.
If Art Briles’ team can win at Kansas St. in Week 4, it has a chance to be 5-0 going into College Station on Oct. 15. Meanwhile, TCU will have to quickly get past what happened in Waco or it could fall prey to another tough road game Saturday at Air Force.
The toughest bad beat of Week 1 wasn’t actually a loss, but it sure as hell tasted like one if you backed Michigan at home laying 14 to Western Michigan. Just like the infamous UNLV-Wisconsin game in 2002, the Wolverines won and comfortably covered the number. However, because the game was postponed due to weather and had not yet completed 55 minutes of play, the game became a no-play (push) by Las Vegas gambling rules.
Supporters of Wisconsin and Wake Forest also suffered tough-to-swallow defeats for our purposes. The Badgers looked great all night with Russell Wilson running the show, racing to a 51-3 lead before pulling the starters. This made it easier for UNLV to score a pair of fourth-quarter TDs to post the backdoor cover as a 35-point underdog.
Wake Forest, a six-point underdog at the Carrier Dome, had a 29-14 lead on Syracuse with eight minutes remaining. But the Orange scored 15 unanswered to pull even and then had a chance for a go-ahead field goal at the two-minute mark. Fortunately for ‘Cuse backers like me, the Demon Deacons blocked the kick and overtime ensued. Doug Marrone’s team scored to go ahead 36-29 and held on for the win and cover.
It’s no longer 2010 and Cam Newton is in the NFL, but the football gods continue to smile on Auburn. Gene Chizik’s team needed a perfectly-executed onside kick to overcome a 10-point deficit with three minutes left to beat Utah St. 42-38 on The Plains. The Aggies took the cash as 23-point underdogs.
**B.E.’s Bonus Nuggets**
--Future non-conference foes for Boise St.: at Michigan St., vs. BYU and at So. Miss in 2012; at Washington, at BYU and vs. So. Miss in 2013; vs. Ole Miss (at Ga. Dome) and vs. BYU in 2014; at BYU and vs. Washington in 2015; vs. Washington St. and at Oregon St. in 2016. The Broncos also play at Washington St. in 2017, vs. Michigan St. in 2022 and at Michigan St. in 2023.
--Best Play of Week 1: TCU-Baylor ‘over’ 52 that was a casher before halftime. The number dipped from 56 to 52 in the 24 hours before kickoff.
--Texas A&M won for the seventh time in eight games when it trounced SMU 46-14 Sunday as a 15-point home favorite.
--Oregon St. lost at home to Sacramento St and Duke lost at home to Richmond. Ouch! The Beavers go to Camp Randall to face Wisconsin this week. The Wynn opened the Badgers as only 16-point favorites and I immediately noted (via twitter) that my number was 21 and 16 wouldn’t be available for long. That turned out to be true as most books opened in the 18-19 range and settled at 21 by Monday evening.
--My Top Ten:
Glancing at the scoreboard won’t tell you the whole story in many games. Here are the games that went down to the wire relative to the spread in the fourth quarter last week. Each week there are teams that cover that didn’t deserve to and teams that likely should have taken the cash.
Syracuse (-6) 36, Wake Forest 29
Sharps were treated to a bitter opening night as books surprisingly took a lot of Wake Forest action to push the Syracuse favorite line down to -6 after opening at -8. The Demon Deacons certainly looked like the right side most of the way with a 20-7 halftime lead and a 29-14 early fourth quarter lead. The Orange battled back with an impressive drive to cut the lead to eight about halfway through the final frame. The game seemed to turn with an injury to Wake Forest QB Tanner Price and after forcing a quick punt it took just one play for the Orange to get in position to tie and they converted on the 2-point try to tie the game with just over seven minutes to go. An interception gave the Orange a shot to win the game but Wake Forest backers appeared set to still cash but the Syracuse field goal attempt was blocked with less than three minutes to go. In overtime Syracuse scored first and then held on defense for a seven-point final margin and a miraculous cover on the later week and closing lines in a wild opening night game.
Ohio State (-31.5) 42, Akron 0
Akron did virtually nothing on offense in this game but the Buckeyes left the door open for an underdog cover. Ohio State was lucky to be up 21-0 at the half as an interception set up a score in the final two minutes of the half after mixed results on offense. The Buckeyes moved the ball much better under QB Todd Bauserman but he and Braxton Miller split the snaps. Ohio State led by just 28 entering the fourth quarter but quickly pushed the lead to 35-0 and without much of a challenge from Akron the Buckeyes padded the lead late to ensure the cover.
Alabama (-39) 48, Kent State 7
Alabama was in control early against Kent State with a 21-0 lead but with a massive spread the 24-0 halftime lead did not seem to be enough. Kent State scored first in the second half and one score looked like it would be enough for a Flashes cover as Alabama led just 38-7 entering the fourth quarter as Alabama was plagued with turnovers and sloppy play on offense throughout the game. The Crimson Tide added 10 fourth quarter points however including a field goal with just over five minutes to go that got Alabama just past the closing spread.
South Carolina (-21) 56, East Carolina 37
Those backing the Pirates had to feel good early as East Carolina led 17-0 as three touchdown underdogs almost halfway through the second quarter. South Carolina started to get things going on offense after Stephen Garcia was put in at QB after the first quarter but the Pirates still led by ten at halftime, looking like a sure underdog cover. The Gamecocks took advantage of turnovers for quick scores in the second half and turned the game around with four third quarter touchdowns, taking a 42-31 lead into the fourth quarter. It looked like the Gamecocks would secure a miracle cover after a punt return touchdown pushed the margin to 25 in the fourth quarter but East Carolina would get back within the numbers with a late scoring drive.
Texas (-24) 34, Rice 9
While Texas more than doubled the yardage that Rice posted the Longhorns had to settle for field goals early in the game and led by just seven at halftime. Rice actually trimmed that lead to 13-9 in the third quarter before a big pass play got Texas into the end zone. Texas moved the ball with ease on the first two fourth quarter drives, to go up 34-9 with about six minutes to go in the game, getting past the spread for the first time and Rice was not able to threaten in its final possessions.
Illinois (-19) 33, Arkansas State 15
Arkansas State played Illinois very tough in the first half, actually leading 8-7 with less than three minutes to go in the second quarter. Illinois put together a quick scoring drive and got the ball back in time for a field goal in the closing seconds to lead by nine at the half. While Arkansas State continued to post strong yardage totals, Illinois did all the scoring pushing the lead to 30-8 entering the fourth quarter and adding a field goal halfway through the final frame. Arkansas State was able to find the end zone with just over three minutes to go to get just back within a closing number that had dropped throughout the week.
Florida State (-30.5) 34, UL-Monroe 0
The Seminoles did their part on defense as Louisiana Monroe was held to less than 200 yards while never entering the red zone. The offense had to punt on its first two possessions and never seemed to get into a great rhythm. Florida State led just 17-0 at halftime and 24-0 entering the fourth quarter but a field goal and a touchdown in the fourth quarter allowed the Seminoles to sneak past the large spread.
Clemson (-14.5) 43, Troy 19
This game featured a very misleading final as Clemson actually trailed at halftime 16-13 and the Tigers only out-gained the Trojans by 45 yards. Clemson hit a few big plays to take a ten-point lead into the fourth quarter but that lead was quickly cut to just seven points. A 75-yard rush gave Clemson a 14-point lead and in desperation Troy gave Clemson great field position late and the Tigers added ten points in the final five minutes to get past the spread and create a lopsided final in game that was quite even.
Florida (-34.5) 41, Florida Atlantic 3
Florida had dominant numbers in this game but the Gators led just 24-3 at halftime. A blocked punt return gave the Gators a 31-3 lead entering the fourth quarter but it took until the fourth quarter for Florida to get past the spread. Florida Atlantic had a missed field goal and a turnover on downs in Florida territory so this game was not far from going the other way.
Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
ARIZONA at OKLAHOMA STATE...Rematch from last December's Alamo Bowl won by OSU, 36-10. Mike Stoops just 4-9 vs. line away from home since '09. OSU 10-3 vs. spread in 2010, and Mike Gundy is 13-6 vs. points last 19 laying DDs. Tech edge-OSU, based on team trends.
Friday, Sept. 9
MISSOURI at ARIZONA STATE...Erickson was 10-2 vs. line LY and has covered 6 of last 7 at Sun Devil Stadium. After UC Davis gets backdoor cover on Thursday, Erickson 4-2 vs. spread against non-conference foes since '09 and 17-10 vs. points at Tempe since arriving at ASU in 2007. Pinkel 18-12 against line last 30 on road. Tech edge-ASU, based on recent Erickson trends.
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL at LOUISVILLE…Charlie Strong only 2-6 vs. line as host since LY, and Cards only 8-16 against number at Papa John's post-Bobby Petrino (since 2007). Tech edge-FIU, based on team trends.
Saturday, Sept. 10
OREGON STATE at WISCONSIN...Beavers have a stellar 28-12 spread mark their last 40 away from Corvallis. Although OSU only 2-5 against number its last seven visiting non-conference foes. Tech edge-slight to Wiscy, based on recent trends.
IOWA at IOWA STATE...ISU had covered five straight vs. Iowa prior to the past two years, when Hawkeyes won and covered both. Last Cyclone SU win in series came in 2007, and Cyclones haven't scored a TD in the three games since, tallying only 8 points total. Last six in series also "under" as well. Tech edge-"Under," based on series "totals" trends.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN at KENTUCKY...Joker was 5-2 vs. spread at Lexington LY. Cats also 7-2 vs. line last 9 hosting non-SEC opposition. Tech edge-UK, based on team trends.
SAN DIEGO STATE at ARMY...Surprisingly, Rich Ellerson just 2-8 vs. number at West Point since 2009. SDSU 4-2 vs. line away LY and Aztecs covered all five vs. non-MWC foes in 2010. Tech edge-SDSU, based on team trends.
TOLEDO at OHIO STATE...Rockets 2-2 vs. number last 4 visiting Big Ten. Toledo also improved to 4-2 vs. spread as visitor LY after 6-16 spread mark previous 22 in role. Bucks have covered their last 10 vs. non-conference foes. Tech edge-OSU, based on extended trends.
MISSISSIPPI STATE at AUBURN...Tigers 7-2 vs. line last 9 vs. Maroon. Back to late 2008, Auburn 7-1 vs. line last 8 as SEC host If MSU gets points, note Dan Mullen only 1-4 as dog in 2010. Tech edge-Auburn, based on team and series trends.
RUTGERS at NORTH CAROLINA...UNC was 4-0 vs. line against non-ACC BCS-level foes LY. Schiano's point-spread magic disappeared LY as Rutgers fell to 2-8-1 vs. line as Scarlet Knights covered just one of six (1-4-1) away from Piscataway. Tech edge-UNC, based on Rutgers' recent spread shortcomings.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS at KANSAS...This is NIU's role, as Huskies 8-1 vs. points last nine as visitor against non-MAC opposition. NIU 11-4 vs. line since LY. Tech edge-NIU, based on extended trends.
UTEP at SMU...Revenge for June Jones after losing 28-14 at Sun Bowl LY. That was Miners' only SU win the second half of last season. Mike Price only 3-9 vs. number last 12 away from home. Tech edge- SMU, based on extended UTEP road woes.
CINCINNATI at TENNESSEE...Cincy has covered just one of last six away from Nippert, and only 2-9 vs. number last 11 vs. non-Big East foes away from home. Tech edge-UT, based on team trends.
TULSA at TULANE...Tulsa has won and covered the past six years against Tulane. Bob Toledo 3-14 vs. spread last 17 at Superdome for Green Wave. Tulane also only 7-20-1 vs. line last 28 on board. Tech edge-Tulsa, based on team and series trends.
VIRGINIA TECH at EAST CAROLINA...Note that Beamer is 25-7 vs. line as visitor since 2004 and has covered 15 of last 19 vs. number. Tech edge-VPI, based on Beamer road and overall numbers.
NEW MEXICO STATE at MINNESOTA...NMSU a surprising 8-5 vs. number away since '09, but only 1-8 vs. line outside of WAC since '09. Tech edge-slight to Minnesota, based on early season NMSU woes.
HAWAII at WASHINGTON...Leahey is 24-10 vs. number last 33 reg.-season games on board. UH 6-2 against line last 8 on mainland, Sarkisian just 2-5 against line as host since LY. Tech edge-Hawaii, based on team trends.
NEVADA at OREGON...Chris Ault just 4-9 against number as visitor in regular-season games vs. non-WAC foes since returning to Nevada sidelines in 2004. Ducks 11-3 against line last 14 at Eugene and 16-8 last 24 laying double digits at home. Tech edge-Oregon, based on team trends
CALIFORNIA at COLORADO...Cal 1-4 vs. line away LY and 10-19 last 29 away from Berkeley. Bears also just 4-13 as road chalk since '07. Tech edge-Colorado, based on Tedford road negatives.
STANFORD at DUKE...Tree ventured into ACC and lost at Wake in 2009 and is only 5-5 against line its last 10 on road. Cutcliffe 6-2 vs. line last 8 vs. BCS foes. Tech edge-slight to Duke, based on team trends.
ALABAMA at PENN STATE...Shades only 1-5 as dog LY and 9-18 last 27 as short dating to mid 2003. Nick Saban 28-14 last 41 on board and has covered last 4 against non-SEC away from Tuscaloosa. Tech edge-Bama, based on team trends.
TCU at AIR FORCE...Last time these two meet as MW foes, and note that home team has covered the last five meetings. Troy Calhoun 4-1 as home dog with Falcs since 2007. Frogs only 3-6 against spread their last 8 away from Fort Worth. Tech edge-slight to Air Force, based on team and series home trends.
NC STATE at WAKE FOREST...Grobe only 11-20-1 vs. number last 32 on board after Syracuse heartbreak in opener. Tech edge-NCS, based on recent Wake downturn.
PURDUE at RICE...Purdue 1-8 last 9 as chalk. Danny Hope 0-5-1 against number last 5 vs. non-Big Ten foes. Rice 5-2 as home dog LY. The home team covered in the last nine Owls games. Tech edge-Rice, based on team trends.
SOUTHERN MISS at MARSHALL...Herd has lost and failed to cover 4 of last 5 vs. USM. Marshall also no covers last 3 as home dog. USM 9-5 as road chalk since 2007 and 19-11 against line last 30 away from Hattiesburg. Tech edge-USM, based on team and series trends.
SOUTH CAROLINA at GEORGIA...Spurrier is winless in last three trips to Athens but Gamecocks have covered each of those games. Spurrier 3-0-1 vs. line last four years against Richt. Dawgs also just 3-10 against number last 13 between the hedges since early 2008. Tech edge-SC and "under," based on series and "totals" trends.
TEMPLE at AKRON...Owls have won and covered last four meetings and really ripped the Zips in the last three, all wins by 21 or more. Zips only 3-9 vs. line last1 2 as host, 2-8 since moving into new stadium in 2009. Owls now 31-18 vs. line since 2007 after opening romp past Villanova and 9-3 against spread as visitor since 2009. Tech edge-Temple, based on team and series trends.
FRESNO STATE at NEBRASKA...Bo Pelini only 3-6 laying DD since 2010. Huskers only 10-16 since 2007 as Lincoln chalk. Tech edge-Fresno, based on team trends.
VIRGINIA at INDIANA...Cavs romped 47-7 in 2009. Hoosiers 7-4 vs. spread at Bloomington under Bill Lynch the past two years. If dog, note IU also 3-0 at home in role dog LY and 9-2 in role since 2005. Tech edge-slight to Indiana, based on recent home marks.
BYU at TEXAS...Cougs enter having won 5 of last 6 SU. Mack 4-12 against number his last 12 at home. Tech edge-BYU, based on team trends.
UAB at FLORIDA...UF now 14-2 vs. line his last 16 hosting non-SEC teams in The Swamp. UAB just 5-9 vs. spread last 14 on road. Tech edge-Florida, based on team trends.
BALL STATE at SOUTH FLORIDA...Ball State actually 10-3 vs. line away since 2010, 18-5 last 23 away from Muncie, and 9-2 since 2006 as a visitor vs. non-MAC foes. Tech edge-Ball State, based on team trends.
NEW MEXICO at ARKANSAS (at Little Rock)...Locksley entered 2011 0-for-September (0-8) SU and vs. spread the past two years before narrow cover vs. CSU. Lobos also just 1-4 as DD road dog in 2011. Petrino has covered 10 of last 11 in reg. season LY and now 22-9 last 31 on board. Tech edge-Arkansas, based on team trends.
UNLV at WASHINGTON STATE...Rebs broke their road spread losing streak at Wisconsin but still just 2-12 vs. spread last 14 away (1-11 last 12 as road dog). UNLV only 8-22 against number away since mid 2004. Tech edge-WSU, based on extended UNLV road woes.
UCONN at VANDERBILT...Vandy just 3-13 vs. line at home in reg. season since mid 2008 and 1-8 last 9 as home dog. Tech edge-slight to UConn, based on recent Vandy home woes.
UTAH at SOUTHERN CAL...Utes 0-2 as dog LY but 22-8 in role since 2000. SC 9-18 vs. line the past two years (7-17 as chalk) and 2-10 vs. line last 11 at home. Tech edge-Utah, based on team trends.
BOSTON COLLEGE at UCF...Spaziani covered last five away from home LY and was 4-1 as dog in 2010. O'Leary 18-5 vs. line since 2009 and 15-4 as chalk that span. Tech edge-slight to UCF, based on recent spread marks.
NOTRE DAME at MICHIGAN...Michigan has now won and covered 4 of last 5 in series including both of the last two at Ann Arbor. Brian Kelly was 5-1 vs. line away from home LY and his Cincy and Irish teams are 10-2 vs. spread away the past two years. Tech edge-slight to ND, based on team trends.
SAN JOSE STATE at UCLA...Slick Rick has taken advantage of win opportunities the past three years, notching 7-2 chalk mark (a departure from past stops in his career) since taking over at UCLA in 2008. Rick also 5-0 vs. number hosting non-conference foes since 2008. San Jose was just 7-24 vs. number last 31 on board. Tech edge-UCLA, based on team trends.
BOSTON COLLEGE at UCF...Spaziani covered last five away from home LY and was 4-1 as dog in 2010. O'Leary 18-5 vs. line since 2010 and 15-4 as chalk since 2009. Tech edge-slight to UCF, based on recent spread marks.
FLORIDA ATLANTIC at MICHIGAN STATE...Howard now 4-20 vs. spread last 24 vs. non-Belt foes in reg.-season play. Tech edge-MSU, based on Howard extended non-Belt woes.
MEMPHIS at ARKANSAS STATE...Memphis now 7-18 its last 25 on board (5-8 for Porter) after opening loss vs. Miss State. Porter now 4-7 as DD dog since 2010 with Tigers. Tech edge-Ark State, based on Memphis negatives.
HOUSTON at NORTH TEXAS...New stadium opens in Denton. Hope for Mean Green in that UH just 1-7 as road chalk since 2009 and 6-17 vs. points last 23 away. UNT 7-22-1 vs. points last 30 outside of Belt, however. Tech edge-slight to UH, based on UNT's extended spread woes outside of Belt.
NAVY at WESTERN KENTUCKY...Mids have flattened out the past few years vs. number, only 26-25 vs. spread since 2007. But Mids 29-17 vs. line away from Annapolis since 2006. Tech edge-slight to Navy, based on extended road marks.
GEORGIA TECH at MIDDLE TENNESSEE...Paul Johnson 13-8 vs. line away since '08 with GT, and he's 5-2 as visiting chalk with Jackets (though 0-2 LY). Tech edge-GT, based on extended Paul Johnson marks.
UL-LAFAYETTE at KENT STATE...Ragin' Cajuns 7-1 vs. spread away since 2010, and 18-9 last 27 vs. line away. Tech edge-ULL, based on recent road marks.
Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Tommy Rees is in and Dayne Crist - benched after halftime of Notre Dame's ugly 23-20 loss to South Florida - is out.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly announced a quarterback switch Tuesday with the Irish coming off a dreadful showing in their opener and facing a Saturday night game against Michigan in the Big House.
Crist's regular-season stay lasted about as long as Notre Dame occupied a spot in the Top 25. The Irish were knocked out of the poll Tuesday following their stunning loss to USF on a wild day interrupted by dangerous weather.
Just two weeks ago, Crist was announced as the starter after beating out Rees in training camp. Kelly said at the time he expected the senior to keep the job for the rest of the season.
But Crist's uneven performance on Saturday and Rees' strong relief job in the second half prompted the change.
``A very difficult situation that I felt needed to be addressed,'' Kelly said.
``I want to win right now. I believe Tommy gives us the best chance to win against Michigan. There are so many things you do within your program that you build for the future. Recruiting is always about building for the future. But your roster has to be evaluated about how to win right now. Especially at Notre Dame.''
Kelly called Saturday's loss ``probably one of the most frustrating experiences that I've ever had as a head football coach. I mean, extremely frustrating. Everybody was frustrated.''
And Kelly, who gave Crist an earful on the sideline as the Irish fell behind 16-0 at the half, erupted in the second half after a Rees pass hit receiver TJ Jones and was intercepted as the Irish were in position to score. Notre Dame had five turnovers in the game, three interceptions.
TV cameras showed Kelly screaming at Jones and the coach's outrage prompted criticism across chat boards, websites and publications.
Asked about his demeanor Tuesday, Kelly first answered with a question to a reporter: ``Did I hit somebody? Did I strike somebody? Is that what you're referring to? I'm asking specifically what you're referring to.''
Told that there were numerous articles about his sideline outburst, Kelly acknowledged that with the cameras on him -- Notre Dame's home games are televised by NBC -- he has to be more careful.
``Yeah, I think I was extremely frustrated with the game. You know, what I have to recognize is that I'm on TV all the time,'' he said. ``You know, do a better job of understanding when that camera is on me. Seems like it's on more than I'm used to. So I'll have to do a better job of controlling my emotions.'
It will now be up to Rees to lead the team against the Wolverines (1-0).
Rees, who won four games as the starter to close last season after Crist suffered his second season-ending knee injury in as many years, looked much more comfortable and got rid of the ball quicker. He completed 24 of 34 passes for 296 yards with a pair of TD passes to Michael Floyd, who caught 10 of his 12 passes Saturday from Rees.
Rees was also good last season against Tulsa after Crist to hurt. He put up big numbers in that game - 33 of 54 for 334 yards with four TD passes - but also threw a last-second interception in a tough loss.
Going to Michigan's massive 100,00-plus seat stadium will be another stop at a marquee venue for Rees. The sophomore started games last season at Notre Dame Stadium, Yankee Stadium and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. He also started the Sun Bowl victory over Miami.
If Rees is productive, it's his job to keep.
``Nobody wants to go in and change their quarterbacks each and every week. That's just not the way you play this game,'' Kelly said.
``So we don't come to this decision thinking, `Well, he'll give us one game and then we'll go back to Dayne.' That's obviously not why we made this decision. We believe that Tommy is capable of leading this football team, just as I believed strongly that Dayne is capable.''
Crist did some good things in the first half when the Irish fell behind against USF 16-0, Kelly said. A long opening drive was stymied by Jonas Gray's fumble near the goal line, and a TD run by Cierre Wood was called back by a holding penalty just before Crist threw an interception in the end zone.
But Crist didn't make his decisions quick enough Saturday and there too many mistakes, certainly not all of his making.
``You know, it wasn't all Dayne Crist,'' Kelly said. ``Unfortunately it falls on the quarterback as the leader to be productive. That's why we went with the decision. ...I'm not here to cover Dayne's butt, OK? That's not by job. ... The difference between being good and great sometimes is being decisive. You know, not whether you can process and understand, but decisiveness.''
Rees, an early enrollee last year, hails from a football family. His dad has an extensive background in coaching and personnel in both the NFL and college ranks, and his brother was a punter and holder at UCLA.
He actually made his college debut last season against Michigan when Crist was shaken up in the first half. Rees threw two passes, one of them intercepted, and was obviously not ready for the stage at that time and was quickly yanked in favor of Nate Montana.
Now he's relaxed and able to keep cool when he's in the game or on the sideline.
``Obviously it's been a pretty up and down couple of weeks,'' Rees said. ``When I found out Dayne would be the guy, obviously I was disappointed, but at the same time excited for him. He deserved it. ... Now I'm getting my chance, he's been the same way to me. It's such a good relationship.''
Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
LSU will be a big step up in competition for NW State after opening against Delta State.
Saturday night college football presents a game from one of the best atmospheres in the sport down in the Bayou at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. At 8:00 p.m. (ET) the LSU Tigers will host the Northwestern State Demons. This game can be streamed live on ESPN3.com.
The Don Best Linemakers Poll finds the LSU Tigers tied for No. 7 with the team that they just beat by 13 points to open the season, the Oregon Ducks.
It is safe to say that Northwestern State will not be challenging for a BCS title this season, most prominently because they are an FCS (Division I-AA) school reigning from the Southland Conference.
The best news for the Demons, besides their intimidating moniker, is that they are coming off of a win in their opener and in exciting fashion at that. At home against the Delta State Statesmen, Northwestern State stopped a 2-point conversion attempt with 10 seconds remaining that would have been the deciding score. The Statesmen could not exorcise these Demons.
As for LSU, it would be a very tough challenge to find a reason for them to slip up in this game. The only plausible argument could be this is a trap game considering the Tigers head on the road to face tougher opponents in Mississippi State and West Virginia the next two weeks. Both teams are ranked in the Don Best and AP Polls.
That’s enough of the fairy tale because this is an LSU squad that held Heisman hopeful LaMichael James to 54 yards on the ground a week ago and forced the Ducks to commit four turnovers. Oregon did outgain the Tigers in total yards, but LSU kept possession of the ball for 33 minutes and amassed 80 more yards rushing.
This could be the perfect game for quarterback Jarrett Lee to get into his groove for the season. Lee wasn’t spectacular completing 10-of-22 passes for 98 yards. He did, however, throw one TD and no interceptions.
Lee, of course, took over for Jordan Jefferson who is still suspended indefinitely due to off the field issues.
LSU has a very impressive streak heading into this game winning its last 34 games against nonconference opponents. Many of those teams were undoubtedly better than Northwestern State.
There is no betting line on this contest at this time, but expect the Tigers to be a massive favorite.
Weather should not be a factor as the forecast calls for a temperature of 76 degrees and minimal cloud cover.
Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
South Carolina is favored by three points on the road this week at Georgia.
Early bragging rights in the SEC East are up for grabs Saturday when the South Carolina Gamecocks head to Athens to take on the Georgia Bulldogs.
The game kicks off at 4:30 p.m. (ET) and will be televised nationally on ESPN. South Carolina is currently listed as a 3-point road favorite on the Don Best odds screen.
Both South Carolina and Georgia cracked the top 30 on The Don Best Linemakers Poll, with South Carolina sitting 11th and Georgia 26th. Most fans and analysts agree that the SEC East will come down to these two teams and Florida this year, making this game a particularly important one that could play a huge role in crowning the division champion at season’s end.
South Carolina (1-0) got off to a rough start last Saturday against Eastern Carolina, falling down 17-0 early as starting quarterback Connor Shaw failed to get anything going on offense. Stephen Garcia relieved Shaw and led the offense to 56 points, passing for one touchdown and rushing for three.
Despite the huge output on offense, the Gamecocks still failed to cover the 21-point spread as they won by a final score of 56-37. The total easily sailed ‘over’ the posted line of 59 ½ points.
Steve Spurrier may have trouble keeping Garcia on the bench after this performance. Marcus Lattimore rushed for 112 yards and three touchdowns against East Carolina, and Alshon Jeffery had five catches for 92 yards.
Georgia (0-1) had no answer for Kellen Moore and the Boise State offense last weekend as they dropped the game 35-21 as a 3-point underdog. Moore finished 28-for-34 through the air for 261 yards and three touchdowns. The total went ‘over’ the posted line of 51 ½.
Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray passed for 236 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough to match Boise State’s offensive production. While the loss doesn’t hamper Georgia’s chances in the SEC East, it was a disappointing way to start a season with high expectations attached, especially considering it was essentially a home game at the Georgia Dome.
East Carolina and Boise State exploited South Carolina and Georgia on defense, and it will be interesting to see this week if these defensive units can bounce back or if the holes revealed in opening week turn out to be legitimate.
The total for Saturday is appropriately set at a fairly high 51½, taking last week’s defensive struggles and the powerful offenses of these two teams into account. The final score has gone ‘under’ in nine of the last 10 games played between these two rivals.
South Carolina will begin a stretch of four straight home games following this contest, the first against Navy on Sept. 17. Georgia has Coastal Carolina next week before heading back into SEC action on Sept. 24 at Ole Miss.
Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
Wisconsin and Oregon State meet for the first time in 50 years.
The Wisconsin Badgers and Oregon State Beavers had polar opposite results from Week 1. The teams meet Saturday in ‘Madtown’ in a battle of major conferences.
The football odds list Wisconsin as 21 ½-point favorites with a total of 57 points. ESPN will have the broadcast from Camp Randall Stadium at noon (ET).
The Big Ten Badgers came out snarling in their 51-17 win over UNLV last Thursday night. They scored seven touchdowns and a field goal in their first eight possessions to build a 51-3 lead, looking like a scrimmage between the varsity and junior varsity.
Coach Bret Bielema pulled the offensive starters in the third quarter and UNLV scored the final two touchdowns for the very fortunate ‘push’ as 34-point ‘dogs. The 68 combined points scored easily went ‘over’ the 56-point total. The win moved Wisconsin up from 11th to eighth in the AP, but stayed put at sixth in the Don Best Linemakers Poll. Fans are dreaming about a much higher finish, especially after the performance of transfer quarterback Russell Wilson.
The senior was all that was advertised and more, going 10-of-13 for 255 passing yards. That’s a whopping 19.6 yards per attempt He also showed his running ability (two carries, 62 yards) in addition to his rocket arm.
Wilson never had an offensive line at NC State like he does now. The unit blew UNLV off the ball giving Montee Ball and James White holes that a tractor could drive through. Wilson will still mostly be asked to just manage the offense, but he has the ability to lead a comeback if necessary, even against upper echelon teams.
The one dose of reality is the defense. There were some problems in addition to UNLV’s two touchdown drives. The Rebels rushed for 146 yards and had 292 total yards, with the pistol formation causing confusion. Bielema’s defense lost some key starters like J.J. Watt, and has a way to go to match last year’s 321.8 YPG allowed (20th nationally).
The Badgers have a 10-game home winning streak (6-4 ATS). They’ve averaged an enormous 57.7 PPG in their last six at home, with the ‘over’ going 5-0-1.
Wisconsin has won 29-straight regular season non-conference games (14-11-1 ATS) dating back to 2003.
Pac-12 Oregon State suffered an embarrassing 29-28 loss to FCS Sacramento State as huge 27 ½-point home favorites. The win was capped by a bold 2-point conversion in overtime.
Junior quarterback Ryan Katz started, but was pulled after going 11-of-22 passing for 87 yards and being on the wrong end of a 14-3 halftime score. Redshirt freshman Sean Mannion did much better (8-of-12, 143 passing yards) and true freshman Malcolm Agnew had a big day with 223 rushing yards and three TDs.
The 57 combined points scored was a ‘push’ of the college football betting total even with overtime. The ‘under’ was 5-0 in Oregon State’s final five games last year, scoring just 16.8 PPG after 29.9 PPG in the first seven.
Oregon State will play both quarterbacks this week according to coach Mike Riley. Agnew tweaked his hamstring, but is not listed on the Don Best injury report. His emergence is key with Jacquizz Rodgers (1,184 rushing yards) leaving early for the NFL last year.
Receiver James Rodgers (Jacquizz’s brother) missed the opener with a knee injury and is expected out this week as well. Junior Markus Wheaton will again be the go-to guy with 108 receiving yards last week.
The Beavers were 5-7 SU last year, including 1-5 in road and neutral site games (4-2 ATS). They are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 as a road underdog.
The Beavers defense is fast, but undersized up front. That seems to be a recipe for disaster against the huge Badgers offensive line even with defensive tackle Kevin Frahm (knee) returning.
The ‘D’ is also inexperienced overall with just three returning starters. Jeff Fleming threw for 257 yards last week against what was supposed to be a promising secondary.
This is the second meeting between the teams, the first coming in 1961. Wisconsin did struggle at home against then Pac-10 Arizona State last year, a fortunate 20-19 victory as 11 ½-point favorites.
Weather will not be an issue, clear and reaching the upper 70s. Wisconsin kicker Philip Welch (quad) is listed as doubtful after missing last week. Freshman Kyle French hit a 29-yard field goal last week in his only attempt, but missed an extra point.
Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
"A chain is only as strong as its weakest link" - Anonymous
We’ve seen the above quote many times in many places, including countless references to sport. But we have to wonder if its inverse might actually be true as the college conference landscape gets set for another round of ground shifting in the coming months.
Perhaps "a conference is as weak as its strongest link" would be more appropriate.
That would certainly seem to apply to the current doings in the Big XII, which is providing an ongoing forum in human behavior, not to mention a socio-economic lesson to proceedings in flyover country.
Whatever, the Big XII is on the ropes. And after plenty of shifting of tectonic plates in the college sports world over the past two years, the pending rupture in the Big XII will reverberate like a magnitude 9.0 earthquake.
The Big XII as we have known it was doomed over a year ago. It might be doomed completely by this time next year.
Texas A&M’s recent announcement that it is leaving the conference came as no surprise to anyone who has been following developments in the region. The Aggies have been seething forever at playing second fiddle to the University of Texas. And when the Pac-10 (now Pac-12) came calling last year, looking to annex most of the Big XII South to become the Pac-16 instead, it was A&M that initially put the brakes to the chatter. More specifically, ex-coach and Board member Gene Stallings, who not-so-gently suggested that the Aggies didn’t have to follow Texas anywhere, and that a move to the SEC would be in A&M’s better interests. That slowed down the secession talk long enough for the Big XII to plug the leaks in its dike and temporarily emerge as a 10-team league after the departures of Nebraska and Colorado, while giving the Longhorns their blessing of creating a new TV network along with ESPN.
All of that, however, was done through clenched teeth everywhere except Austin. But the seeds of the Big XII’s demise had been sewn long ago.
Political scientists would be well-served to take note of the Big XII and college athletic conference mechanics, and big-time sports in general, which provide their own test-tubes for various ideologies. That college sports, football in particular, has emerged as a massive money-maker is only part of the equation. It’s how the riches are to be divided that has set the stage for unrest and conference shifting, and will continue to do so in the future.
The NFL remains the standard to which all sports organizations, pro and college, aspire, but human nature being as it is, it’s not easy for other entities to play by similar rules. Simply, the NFL splits its collectively-negotiated revenue, via TV and its NFL Properties merchandising division, equally among its members. Credit former commissioner Pete Rozelle for hammering that idea home to the ownership group as the NFL entered the big time in the 1960s. Thus, nobody is getting richer or poorer than anyone else in the now 32-team NFL. Whatever differences in revenues have to do with stadium lease deals, luxury suites/ticket sales, and other factors. But the biggest money generators, the network TV deals, are divided equally.
Pro football differs from other sports in that the network TV deal is its biggest cash cow. Baseball has long grappled with inherent inequities in the sale of local broadcasting rights, which are fairly inconsequential in the NFL model but a very big deal in MLB, which still hasn’t figured out a way to level the playing field between the Yankees, Royals and others that generate such a disparate amount of local broadcast dollars. Unlike the NFL, the network TV deals are not the most important revenue source in baseball. The NBA and NHL have tried to mimic the NFL model as best as they could, but have been hamstrung by short-sighted Collective Bargaining Agreements that have turned franchise ownership mostly into a money-losing enterprise. Across the pond, European sport, soccer in particular, continues to struggle with the revenue inequity arguments that have forever tilted the playing fields to the advantage of the big-money clubs such as Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Barcelona.
Colleges have a similar set of circumstances, but not every conference works under the same sets of rules. Here, the Big Ten has actually set the standard, with an equal split of its TV revenues among its members, who all rake in the same amounts from deals with ESPN, ABC, and the recently-created Big Ten Network. The SEC also splits its TV revenues among member institutions. Unlike the NFL, however, colleges mostly go it alone on their merchandising deals; Minnesota doesn’t get a dime of Ohio State souvenir sales, and vice versa.
Still, TV money is hugely important in college sport, and the fair, or rather unfair, division of it can be a source of acrimony. Such as it has been in the Big XII, where conference-wide TV deals have always been slanted toward the power schools. Texas and Iowa State have never been equal partners in the Big XII TV lode. The Pac-10, in its former configuration, had a similarly imbalanced TV revenue formula.
The Pac-10, now Pac-12, saw the light, however, and its renegotiated TV contracts, spearheaded by visionary new commissioner Larry Scott, are now splitting the riches. Meanwhile, what’s left of the Big XII, though having signed lucrative new TV deals in the last year, still slants toward Texas, especially since the Longhorns have teamed with ESPN to form their own network.
We should let history decide whether that move turns out to be folly; our early thoughts are that the Longhorn Network is a case of ESPN biting off more than it can chew, and that there is no real market for the enterprise outside of the Lone Star State. Whatever the fate of the Longhorn Network, the sounds you hear from the midlands are the gnashing of teeth by other remaining Big XII members having to again play second fiddle to the Longhorns.
Simply, college sports, and sports in general, function a lot better with elements of socialism built into the revenue splits. At least those revenues that are collectively negotiated. When that basic economic tenet is altered, the foundation of the alliance is forever at risk. Which is exactly what has happened in the Big XII.
What is ironic is that none other than Texas is apparently wondering again if it ought to abandon the Big XII and hitch up with the likes of Oklahoma, and likely Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, in a belated bolt to the Pac-12, an idea first broached last year by aforementioned commissioner Scott, who wanted to annex most of the Big XII South and Colorado a year ago. Now, however, with A&M casting its eyes upon the SEC and Oklahoma apparently leaning toward alignment with the Pac-12, Texas sees the handwriting on the wall. The Big XII, in danger of losing more schools than A&M, risks becoming a watered-down regional league not too different from the Mountain West or Conference USA. Suddenly, Texas’ future, either in the Big XII or as an independent, doesn’t seem quite as appealing.
What should we expect? Don’t be surprised if A&M sits in limbo for a little while; like Noah’s Ark, such conference moves are best made in pairs, and it is doubtful the SEC will officially welcome the Aggies until a partner school can be found. It won’t be hard, as candidates will be scurrying to get into the queue. Any delay is nothing more than a formality, with the only question being if the SEC wants to add one more school along with A&M to reach 14 teams, or go whole hog and add three more to get to the magic 16 level, where many observers believe all of the big leagues are eventually to be headed anyway.
Who joins A&M in the SEC? Oklahoma would be a natural addition, but school president David Boren, a former US senator, is apparently not interested in joining such a lawless alliance. Reports are that he would much rather the Sooners look west to the Pac-12, and bring along Oklahoma State. Missouri, however, is one Big XII school itching to escape from the current alliance; the Tigers were reportedly crestfallen at being bypassed for Big Ten membership last year in favor of Nebraska. Mizzou brings a new fan base and TV markets to the SEC, so the Tigers would not apparently ruffle any existing feathers in the SEC, which needs "yay" votes from only 9 of its 12 members to expand. If the SEC is really hungry for exposure in the Lone Star State beyond A&M, it could also court TCU (which would probably unravel its deal with the Big East, pronto, to hook up with the SEC), or perhaps Texas Tech. Sources say the current SEC membership might not look favorably upon adding any more Florida schools, of which Florida State and Miami might be candidates, simply because the Gators from Gainesville would frown upon it. Virginia Tech has also been mentioned as a possibility and certainly fits the SEC football prototype. As might Clemson and Georgia Tech (once an SEC member itself), although in-state South Carolina and Georgia might object to the Tigers and Yellow Jackets, respectively.
We expect that before the 2012 football season commences, the future of the Big XII will be determined. A&M is on the way out, and we suspect Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Missouri are ready to bolt as well. We suspect the chances are about 50-50 that Texas decides to go to the Pac-12 along with the Oklahoma schools and perhaps Texas Tech, although the Longhorn Network could pose problems. The Longhorns could also do an about-face and tell the SEC that they’re interested, but we find that scenario to be very unlikely; the Horns would not want to go anywhere they might not be the big boys on the block.
Texas’ future, should it stay aligned with what is left of the Big XII, would diminish its appeal. Should Texas bolt, either for another conference or independent status, we suppose the likes of Baylor, Iowa State, and the Kansas schools could try to cobble together a "new" Big XII alliance (how about reinstating the old "Big 8" name?) with the likes of Houston, SMU, perhaps BYU, and maybe another current Conference USA school. Which is why we won’t at all be surprised to see the Kansas schools and, if anyone is interested, Iowa State and Baylor, soon look to secure their futures somewhere outside of the Big XII as well. Stay tuned for further developments, which could include a domino effect with other leagues outside of the region (Big Ten, ACC, and Big East) looking to make further moves as the college landscape realigns.
Whatever, the grand plan of the Big XII, hatched in 1996, now looks to be in shambles, thanks mainly to Texas’ hubris and greed. Ironically, all of these shenanigans, including most of the inane conference shifting of the past two decades, could have been avoided by instituting a real college football playoff, and the riches it could deliver. As we mentioned last autumn, picking up a copy of Dan Wetzel & Co.’s excellent book, Death to the BCS, will spell out things exactly.
Another subject, however, for another day.
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