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11/22/2012 10:52 AM

Florida QB Driskel will start at FSU

November 21, 2012


GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel will start Saturday's game at rival Florida State.

Coach Will Muschamp announced Driskel's status Wednesday on the Southeastern Conference coaches teleconference.

Muschamp says Driskel ``looked very good in practice'' Tuesday and will be ``ready to go'' when the sixth-ranked Gators (10-1) travel to Tallahassee to face the 10th-ranked Seminoles (10-1).

Driskel sprained his right ankle Nov. 17 against Jacksonville State. He sat out last weekend's 23-0 win over lower-division Jacksonville State. Jacoby Brissett started in his place and completed 14 of 22 passes for 154 yards.

Driskel was on the sideline during the game without a walking boot, worked out Sunday and was cleared to practice.

He has completed 65 percent of his passes for 1,324 yards, with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions.

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11/22/2012 10:55 AM

Games to Watch - Week 13

November 18, 2012

Notre Dame at Southern California (ABC, 8:00 p.m.)

Matchup Skinny

From South Bend to South Beach? Within about a thirty minute span late Saturday night this game got vaulted to the top of the list. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are officially the top-ranked team in the country for the first time since color TV was invented…or at least shortly thereafter. No more "eye ball" tests needed; a win over USC and the Irish are playing for the National Championship. That loud crash you heard on Saturday night was Rick Reilly's email server by the way. The biggest question in this game is the health of Trojans QB Matt Barkley. It appears he is out for not only this game but has thrown his last pass ever at USC due to an apparent separated shoulder he suffered at the end of the UCLA game. Truth be told, even with Barkley the Trojans weren't nearly what they were advertised this season and now it looks like they will have to go with freshman Max Wittek against the number one scoring defense in the country. Max Wittek, meet Manti Te'o…Good luck with that. This is the 83rd meeting between these two schools and Notre Dame leads the all-time series 43-35-5. While USC won last year and has claimed eight out of the past nine in the series, Notre Dame actually won the last the time they met in The Coliseum, 20-16 in 2010. If the Irish can replicate that outcome they are headed to Miami to face (insert SEC team here) for a chance at their first National Championship in 24 years. Due to the Barkley injury there is no line currently on this game but he Irish will be road favorites and if quarterback Everett Golson and running back Cierre Wood can put points on the board against a very bad USC defense, Manti Te'o and the stout Irish defense should have no trouble stopping a USC offense with Max Wittek at the helm. Then again, Irish fans may want to wait until the game is played before they start making hotel reservations in South Beach…just ask Oregon and Kansas State fans.

Oregon at Oregon State (FOX, 6:30 p.m.)

Matchup Skinny

I've said all year I thought Oregon was the best team in the country. Let's just say I'm not quite so convinced anymore. Saturday night was by far the worst Oregon has looked not only this year, but in the past 4 years. With that said I'm not completely convinced they were exposed as some are suggesting. I think it had more to do with the QB Mariota being a true freshman, playing in primetime, a national championship game in their sights and they simply choked under the pressure. They're 18/19/20 year old kids, it happens. And of course playing a very good team in Stanford didn't help. This week they play another quality team with a solid defense in Oregon State, and this one is on the road. If the Ducks offense gets shut down again then they were simply a flashy show for 10 weeks. If they roll through OSU then the Stanford game was simply a fluke. Again, it happens. Either way, this is still a big game for Oregon as they try to keep their now faint National Championship hopes alive as a 10-point road favorite against The Beavers.

South Carolina at Clemson (ESPN, 7:00 p.m.)

Matchup Skinny

The Palmetto state rivalry game has always been one of the more underrated nationally. Clemson has the all-time edge at 65-40-4; however The Gamecocks have won the last three, including 34-13 last year in Columbia and none of the games have been close as South Carolina has outscored its rival 97-37. This year they meet with a combined 19-3 record and a possible BCS at-large berth on the line. While both teams have had successful years, you talk about a clash of two different styles of football; this could be the most entertaining game of the entire weekend. Clemson throws for over 330 yards per game and averages 45 points a game, while South Carolina gives up a very stingy 17 points per game. However with the 'Ole Ball Coach on the sideline South Carolina is perfectly capable of keeping up with the Clemson offense if they need to. As a 4-point home favorite Clemson looks to regain interstate supremacy in a rivalry they owned for the better part of 20 years.

Florida at Florida State (ESPN2, 3:30 p.m.)

Matchup Skinny

I know some of you are thinking this game should be higher up on the list and the fact that these two teams are both 10-1 and have a very outside shot at the National Championship would normally make it. However the Florida offense is literally unwatchable and with quarterback Jeff Driskel questionable going up against a Seminole defense that allows 13 points per game this one could be almost unwatchable. Throw in the fact that the Florida defense allows even fewer points per game (12) and the first one to score a touchdown may automatically win. Florida leads the all-time series 33-21-2 but has dropped the last two by scores of 31-7 and 21-7 after winning six in a row. Due to the Driskell injury there is currently no line on the game.

Other Games to Watch

Matchup Skinny

TCU at Texas (Thursday) - Despite being blown out of Cotton Bowl stadium by OU earlier in the year and Texas fans calling for Mack Brown's head as little as three weeks ago, Texas still has an outside shot at finishing 10-2 and an at-large BCS bowl berth with a win Thursday night over TCU and an upset over Kansas St the following Saturday. This is a rivalry renewed from the old SWC days although TCU in Austin was just 1-28 all-time with 15 straight losses. Texas is an 8-point Thanksgiving night favorite.

Georgia Tech at Georgia - Don't look now but all of the sudden the Georgia Bulldogs are two wins away from playing for the National Championship. Granted one of those is against Alabama in the SEC championship game in two weeks but they have to get by their interstate rivals first. As a 14-point home favorite The Dawgs shouldn't have much trouble on paper, but if they sleep on the Yellow Jackets offense for one second that game against Bama may not mean quite as much. UGA leads this Peach State rivalry 62-39-5 all-time, including 10 of the last 11.

Michigan at Ohio State - Last year, Michigan, behind first-year coach Brady Hoke, snapped a seven-game losing streak in the series with a 40-34 win in Ann Arbor. This year Urban Meyer gets his first taste of "The Game" as it's known in the Midwest. Ohio State has won the last five meetings in Columbus and come into to this game with a perfect season on the line as well. With no post season allowed for the Buckeye's this is their last game of the season and beating hated Michigan would be the perfect way to cap off a 12-0 start to the Urban Meyer era. And on the flip side, nothing would give the Wolverine faithful greater pleasure than upsetting the hated Buckeyes and wrecking their perfect season. Ohio State opens as a small 6-point home favorite.

Stanford at UCLA - After pulling off an improbable road win in Eugene over the weekend, The Cardinal now travel to the Rose Bowl with a chance to win the PAC-12 North. Stanford just shut down the prominent Oregon running attack, now they face Jonathan Franklin and a UCLA offense that rushes for over 200 yards per game. This game means much more to Stanford than it does UCLA as UCLA has already wrapped up the PAC-12 South with an impressive victory over USC over the weekend but a Cardinal victory would wrap up the PAC-12 North. A Stanford victory would actually pit these two against each other 6 days later in the PAC-12 Championship with a spot in the Rose Bowl on the line. Stanford is a small 1-point favorite and would love nothing more than to face them in back to back games.

Auburn at Alabama - The winner of this game has gone on to win the BCS National Championship in each of the last three seasons, and this year that streak may extend to four in a row. Bottom line, Alabama will win this game and win this game with ease as a 31-point favorite, but after what happened last weekend to Kansas State and Oregon this year's Iron Bowl all of the sudden matters again in the big picture.

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11/22/2012 11:04 AM

Tech Trends - Week 13

November 21, 2012


Thursday, Nov. 23

Matchup Skinny Tech Trend

TCU at TEXAS...Haven't met since last SWC season in 1995. Mack 2-3 vs. line at home TY, 6-12 vs. line at Austin since 2010. But Frogs only 9-15 last 25 on board and 2-3 as dog TY. Slight to TCU, based on team trends.

Friday, Nov. 23

Matchup Skinny Tech Trend

NEBRASKA at IOWA...Ferentz 2-9 vs. line TY and 7-17 against spread since 2011, also just 2-7 last 9 as dog. Hawks also 1-6 vs. spread last 7 at home. Nebraska, based on Iowa woes.

BUFFALO vs. BOWLING GREEN (at Columbus)...BGSU 6-1 SU and vs. line last seven TY. BGSU, based on recent trends.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN at UMASS...Enos has covered 3 of last 4 TY but still just 7-24 last 31 on board since mid 2010. Slight to UMass, based on extended CMU negatives.

BALL STATE at MIAMI-OHIO...Ball has won and covered last five TY and is 9-2 vs. points in 2012. Cards 5-1 vs. line away TY and 29-12 vs. spread away since 2007! Miami only 1-3 vs. line at home in 2012. Ball, based on team and recent trends.

SYRACUSE at TEMPLE...Owls 1-4 SU and vs. line last five TY. Cuse 4-1 vs. line last five TY. Syracuse, based on recent trends.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS at EASTERN MICHIGAN...NIU on a rampage with 10 SU wins in a row and 6-1 vs. line last seven TY. Huskies have also covered last five as MAC visitor. EMU just 7-19 vs. line at Ypsilanti since 2007. NIU, based on team trends

SOUTH FLORIDA at CINCINNATI...Skip only 3-7 vs. line TY and 4-15 last 19 on board since early 2011. Skip, however, is 7-3 as road dog since arriving at USF in 2010, 16-6 since 2007 in role with ECU and Bulls, 25-8 in role since the great year of 2005 at ECU. Slight to USF, based on team trends.

MARSHALL at EAST CAROLINA...Herd no covers last 4 or 5 of last 6 TY. Pirates, however, 5-1 vs. line last six at Greenville. ECU, based on recent trends.

OHIO at KENT STATE...Solich has hit the skids, only 1-6 vs. spread last seven TY. Solich also no covers last four on road TY. Meanwhile, Kent State surging with 9-0 SU and 8-1 spread mark last nine TY. Flashes have covered last three vs. Bobcats. Kent State, based on recent trends.

LSU at ARKANSAS...Hogs usually play LSU tough, although they lost and failed to cover in LY's 41-17 defeat. Still, Ark 4-1 vs. line last five meetings. Yet Razorbacks also 1-8 (2-8 counting Ky) vs. line this season. Les 11-6 vs. line away since 2010. LSU, based on recent trends.

UTAH at COLORADO...Utah only 1-4 vs. line away TY, but CU 2-9 vs. spread overall (0-5 in Boulder) in 2012, and Embree 6-18 vs. line overall since taking over Buffs in 2011. Utah, based on CU negatives.

WEST VIRGINIA at IOWA STATE...WVU and Holgorsen just 3-7 vs. spread in 2012. ISU, based on recent WVU negatives.

WASHINGTON at WASHINGTON STATE...Apple Cup! Huskies finishing with a rush, winning and covering last three, and U-Dub has won and covered last three Apple Cups. U-Dub, based on team and recent series trends.

ARIZONA STATE at ARIZONA...Territorial Cup! Visitor team has often done well in this rivalry and has covered last two and five of last seven meetings. ASU, based on series road trend.

Saturday, Nov. 24

Matchup Skinny Tech Trend

MICHIGAN at OHIO STATE...Buckeyes have covered last four and 9 of last 11 meetings. Urban only 5-5 vs. line TY despite all of the SU wins, though Brady Hoke 0-3 as dog this season. OSU, based on series and recent trends.

VANDERBILT at WAKE FOREST...Revenge for Grobe after 41-7 loss LY. Wake had owned this series previously. Dores 16-8 vs. line for James Franklin, they've also won and covered last three on road TY. Vandy, based on team trends.

UCONN at LOUISVILLE...Cards 9-1 SU but only 4-6 vs. line TY, and Charlie Strong only 7-12 vs. line at Papa John's since 2010. Pasqualoni two straight covers TY after five spread Ls in a row. Slight to UConn, based on extended trends.

GEORGIA TECH at GEORGIA...Road team is 8-0-1 vs. spread last 9 in series and 10-1-1 last 12 meetings. Jackets 3-0-1 vs. line last four at Athens. Georgia Tech, based on series trends.
MARYLAND at NORTH CAROLINA...UNC 5-1 vs. line at home this season for Fedora. UNC, based on team trends.

VIRGINIA at VIRGINIA TECH...Beamer has owned UVa in recent years, with eight straight wins and a 7-1 spread mark in those games. Although Beamer only 2-8 vs. line TY and 6-19 last 25 on board since late 2010. VT, based on series trends.

MICHIGAN STATE at MINNESOTA...At least Spartans aren't playing at home, where they're 0-7 vs. line TY after NU loss, and 1-7 as chalk TY. They're 3-1 vs. line away, however, making road team 10-1 vs. spread in Spartan games TY. Gophers 6-2 vs. line last eight at home since mid 2011 and have covered last four in series. Slight to Minnesota, based on team and series trends.

MIAMI-FLORIDA at DUKE...Duke really backing up as season concludes, no wins or covers last three in ugly fashion. Al Golden 8-3 vs. line TY. Miami, based on recent trends.

ILLINOIS at NORTHWESTERN...NU 10-1 vs. line this season. Cats also 6-0 vs. spread at home, while Illini had dropped seven straight vs. number prior to narrow cover vs. Purdue. Illini 0-4 vs. line away TY. NU, based on recent trends.

BOSTON COLLEGE at NC STATE...BC has covered last two this season but is 0-5 vs. line away in 2012. Home team has covered last three years in series. O'Brien 31-13 vs. line after fifth games of season since 2007. NCS, based on team and series home trends.

KENTUCKY at TENNESSEE...Cols 8-4 vs. line in series since 2000. But Vols 0-6 vs. line at Knoxville in 2012. UT no covers last five as chalk. Slight to UK, based on Vol woes.

WISCONSIN at PENN STATE...O'Brien 8-2 vs. line last ten TY, while Wiscy has covered its last three on road this season. Slight to Penn State, based on recent O'Brien marks.

at RUTGERS at PITTSURGH...Road team had covered four straight in this series prior to last season. 'Gers has covered 7 of last 8 this season after Cincy win. Rutgers, based on recent trends.

INDIANA at PURDUE...Old Oaken Bucket! Boilermakers no covers last four as chalk this season. Although Hoosiers 4-1 vs. line on road this season. Road team has covered last three Bucket battles. IU, based on team and recent series road trends.

TEXAS STATE at UTSA...Coker 6-3 vs. line TY and has covered last three after Idaho win. UTSA, based on team trends.

IDAHO at UTAH STATE...USU 10-1 vs. line TY. Meanwhile, Idaho 1-8 last nine vs. number TY. USU, based on recent trends.

SAN DIEGO STATE at WYOMING...Road team has covered last three in series. Christensen 21-12 also as dog since arriving at Wyo in 2009, but Rocky has covered 5 of last 6 TY and is 3-1 vs. line away in 2012. SDSU, based on series and team trends.

TEXAS TECH vs. BAYLOR (at Arlington)...Tech skidding with four spread Ls in a row after OSU debacle, while Baylor has covered three of last four away from Waco TY. Tuberville 1-8 vs. line in last five games of season since 2011. Baylor, based on team trends.

AUBURN at ALABAMA...Iron Bowl. Auburn has covered 5 of last 7 vs. Bama, but note Tigers 9-15 vs. spread post-Cam. Nick 31-19 as home chalk since 2009. Bama, based on anti-Auburn trends.

MISSISSIPPI STATE at OLE MISS...Egg Bowl! Hugh "Pointspread Cover" freeze 18-5 vs. number at Ark State & Ole Miss since LY. Dan Mullen only 1-5 vs. line last six away from Scott Stadium, but has won and covered all three Egg Bowls vs. Rebs (all against Houston Nutt, however). Ole Miss, based on Hugh Freeze trends.

STANFORD at UCLA...Tree has won and covered last three meetings, now 10-1 vs. line away since LY, 15-3 since 2010. UCLA, however, 37-18 vs. line at Rose Bowl since early. Slight to UCLA, based on team trends.

BYU at NEW MEXICO STATE...NMSU has lost last nine SU this season and is just 2-7 vs. spread last nine in 2012. Cougs 7-2 vs. points last 9 away from Provo. BYU, based on team trends.

AIR FORCE at FRESNO STATE...Fresno 10-1 vs. line TY. Also 5-0 vs. line at Dog House for Tim DeRuyter. AFA no covers last four away from home TY. Fresno, based on team trends.

OKLAHOMA STATE at OKLAHOMA...Bedlam! Revenge for Stoops after OSU whipped Sooners 44-10 LY. OSU 0-3 vs. line away TY and has not covered last five away from Boone Pickens Stadium. Slight to OU, based on team trends.

MISSOURI at TEXAS A&M...Pinkel 9-7 as road dog since 2007. Mizzou covered last two in series vs. Mike Sherman A&M teams. Slight to Mizzou, based on team trends.

OREGON at OREGON STATE...Civil War! Ducks have won last four Civil Wars and 3-0-1 vs. line in those games. But Riley 5-1 as dog in 2012 and 25-11-1 in role since '07. OSU, based on team trends.

TULSA at SMU...Golden Hurricane 7-1 vs. line last 8 on CUSA road and has won and covered last two vs. June Jones. Tulsa, based on team and recent series trends.

FLORIDA at FLORIDA STATE...Jimbo is 2-0 SU and vs. line against Florida. Noles 4-1 vs. line at home TY. Gators no covers last four TY . FSU, based on recent trends.

LA TECH at SAN JOSE STATE...LT now no covers last four TY after tough OT loss vs. Utags. Tech also no covers last two away after covering 12 straight away from Ruston. SJSU 9-2 vs. line TY, 17-5 last 22 . Home team has covered last three meetings. Slight to SJSU, based on recent team and recent series trends.

SOUTHERN MISS at MEMPHIS...Memphis has covered last 3 and 4 of last 4 TY after UAB rout. Tigers have also covered last three at Liberty Bowl. Memphis, based on recent trends.

TULANE at HOUSTON...Wave 5-1-1 vs. line last seven TY, Houston no covers last five TY. Cougs, however, 8-0-1 vs. line last nine meetings. Slight to UH, based on series trends.

NEW MEXICO at COLORADO STATE...Home team has covered last four meetings, but Bob Davie has covered 3 of last 4 on road TY and 6 of last 9 overall. Slight to UNM, based on recent trends.

RICE at UTEP...Owls 4-1 vs. line last five TY and 4-1-1 last six as dog. Mike Price 1-3 as chalk TY and 9-18 in role since 2007, Price also 1-7 vs. line vs. Owls since arriving at UTEP in 2004. Rice, based on team and series trends.

SOUTH CAROLINA at CLEMSON...Spurrier has covered 4 of last 6 in series but he's only 5-5 vs. line away from Williams-Brice Stadium since LY. Clemson had covered seven straight TY before narrow non-cover vs. NCS. Slight to Clemson, based on recent trends.

UAB at UCF...UCF only 2-3 vs. line at home TY but O'Leary 23-13 vs. number as host at new stadium since it opened in 2007. UCF, based on extended trends.

NOTRE DAME at SOUTHERN CAL...Irish have only won one of last ten in series but that came two years ago at Coliseum. ND 3-7 vs. line last 10 in series, and 1-4 vs. points last five at Coliseum. This season, SC only 3-8 vs. line (3-2 at home) and ND 4-1 vs. line on road. ND, based on recent trends.

UNLV at HAWAII...Rebs have lost last 21 SU on road and 3-18 vs. line in those games (but 2-3 TY). Norm Chow 0-8 SU last 8 TY and just 1-7 vs. line, no covers last three at Aloha Stadium. Hawaii 4-1 vs. line in series since '06. UH, based on UNLV road mark.

Saturday, Nov. 24 - Added Games
Matchup Skinny Tech Trend

NORTH TEXAS at WESTERN KENTUCKY...Mean Green 2-6 vs. line last 8 TY. UNT had won and covered 3 straight vs. Tops (as had most foes) prior to last season. WKU 16-3-1 vs. line last 20. WKU, based on recent trends.

TROY at MIDDLE TENENSSEE...MTSU on 7-2 spread run TY. But Troy 4-1 vs. line away TY. Blakeney, however, has owned Stockstill, beating him six in a row SU, with LY with only non-cover by Trojans in that stretch. Slight to Troy, based on series trends.

SOUTH ALABAMA at UL-LAFAYETTE...Road team now 10-1 vs. line in USA games this season, with Jags 4-1 vs. points away. Slight to USA, based on TY's road-in-Jag trend.

UL-MONROE at FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL...ULM 5-1 vs. line away TY, Golden Panthers 1-4 vs. line at home TY. Warhawks 5-1 vs. points last six in series. ULM, based on team and series trends.

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11/22/2012 11:08 AM

ACC Report - Week 13

November 21, 2012

We're heading into the final week of regular season play in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and it's like the grand finale at a July 4th fireworks show. The top two games in particular will have national interest, and some of the other regional rivalries are very, very important to the on-field combatants, as well as the fans. This should be a very fun weekend.

Joe Williams's ACC Season Picks:
Period: 8/31/2012 to 11/17/2012
Pick Type: All Picks
Record: 23-13-0 ( 63.9% , +875)

PICK DETAILS
Week Record Total
Week 12 (Nov. 15-17) 1-0 Won (+ 100)
Week 11 (Nov. 8-10) 2-1 Won (+ 100)
Week 10 (Nov. 1-3) 3-1 Won (+ 200)
Week 9 (Oct. 25-27) 0-4 Lost (- 445)
Week 8 (Oct. 18-20) 2-0 Won (+ 200)
Week 7 (Oct. 11-13) 0-0 - (+/-0)
Week 6 (Oct. 4-6) 2-1 Won (+90)
Week 5 (Sept. 27-29) 3-1 Won (+190)
Week 4 (Sept. 19-22) 3-1 Won (+190)
Week 3 (Sept. 13-15) 3-2 Won (+80)
Week 2 (Sept. 6-8) 2-1 Won (+90)
Week 1 (Aug. 31-Sept. 3) 2-1 Won (+80)

Saturday - South Carolina at Clemson (ESPN, 7:00 p.m. ET)

Matchup Five-Star Game

The war of words has been going on all week, and one of my favorite quotes of the year popped up again this week. "South Carolina has mouths like Alabama, and a trophy case like Vanderbilt." - unnamed. The Palmetto State rivalry is alive and well, and will certainly be heated in the upstate Saturday night. The Gamecocks have seemed to shake off the loss of RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) surprisingly well. They finished that game with a win against Tennessee, and rattle off two straight against Arkansas and Wofford. But, what they didn't see the past two weeks is a blitzkreig offense like the Tigers employ. Clemson has a quick strike passing attack, and a very good running game, which could give South Carolina fits all evening. USC has failed to cover in three of their past four games, while Clemson has covered seven of their past eight games, barely missing the number last week by a mere one point. The Gamecocks have covered five of the past six in this series, but the home team is also 4-1 ATS in the past five meetings. Give the slight edge to Clemson, who will likely be engaged in a very close battle for most of the game until pulling away late.

Saturday - Florida at Florida State (ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET)

Matchup Four-Star Game

In most weeks, this battle of Top 10 teams would get top billing, and it still might from many others. Still, when I think ACC, I tend to think Clemson well before Florida State, and all things equal, I think both rivalry games will be fierce. Really, they're both five-star, prime matchups. The Gators are 4-1 ATS in their past five road games, but they are just 1-4 ATS in their past five non-conference tilts, and 0-4 ATS in their past four games overall. The Seminoles haven't been much better, going 2-6 ATS against the number in their past eight games, and 2-6 ATS in their past eight home contests against a team with a winning road record. In this series, the favorite is an impressive 13-3 ATS in the past 16 meetings, and the home team is 13-5 ATS in the past 18 meetings. That points to a potential FSU cover, as does the fact Florida is just 2-6 ATS in their past eight matchups with the 'Noles. The under might also be a good play. The under is 6-0 in Florida's past six non-conference games, and the under is 9-1 in Florida's past 10 against ACC opponents. The under is 13-3 in FSU's past 16 battles against SEC teams, and the under is 11-1 in FSU's past 11 non-conference games. The under is also 7-1 in the past eight meetings between the sides in Tallahassee, and 7-1 in the past eight meetings overall.

Saturday - Georgia Tech at Georgia (ESPN, 12:00 p.m. ET)

Matchup Three-Star Game

Even a month ago, Georgia Tech did not look like a bowl-bound team, but they have secured a spot in the ACC Championship Game, representing the beleaguered Coastal Division, and they are now bowl eligible with six wins. They're certainly love to keep building their resume with a signature win over their bitter rivals from Athens, though. GT is 4-1 ATS in their past five games overall, although just 1-4 ATS in their past five against non-conference foes. Georgia is 9-3-1 ATS in its past 13 matchups against ACC opponents, but just 3-7 ATS in the past 10 home games. UGA is also an uninspiring 0-4 ATS in their past four non-conference battles. Georgia Tech is 3-0-1 ATS in the past four meetings at Sanford Stadium, and the road team is 12-3-1 ATS in the past 16 meetings.

Saturday - Miami (Fla.) at Duke (ACC Network/ESPN3, 12:30 p.m. ET)

Matchup Two-Star Game

Until a couple of weeks ago, this game was shaping up as the play-in game for the ACC Championship Game berth from the Coastal Division. But Miami has banned themselves from a bowl a second consecutive season, and Duke had their doors blown off by Georgia Tech last week, giving the Yellow Jackets a ticket to postseason play. Duke is already bowl eligible, and can greatly improve their standing with a win Saturday. The Hurricanes have covered five straight games, and they are 12-2 ATS in their past 14 ACC battles, but it will be interesting to see how the kids respond after having their bowl game taken away. Miami is also 7-2 ATS in their past nine road games. Duke has been no slouch at home, either. The Blue Devils are 8-1 ATS in their past nine games at Wallace Wade Stadium, losing their last game against the number on a chilly night Nov. 3 against a high-powered Clemson offense. The Blue Devils are 1-4 ATS in their past five ACC games, and 1-6 ATS in their past six games in the month of November. As such, Miami is installed as about a one-touchdown favorite.

Saturday - Vanderbilt at Wake Forest (ESPNU, 3:30 p.m. ET)

Matchup One-Star Game

Wake Forest can still gain bowl eligibility with a win, but they have a tall order against a very talented Vanderbilt team visiting BB&T Field Saturday. The Commodores have covered four straight games, and they are 5-2 ATS in the past seven games against teams with a losing record. The 'Dores are just 2-5 ATS in their past seven games against ACC opponents, however. The Deacs haven't been great lately, but they are 5-2 ATS in their past seven matchups with SEC opponents. However, they are 0-5 ATS in their past five games against a team with a winning record. All signs point to a Vanderbilt win and cover, especially since the road team is 4-1 ATS in the past five meetings between these sides.

Saturday - Maryland at North Carolina (ESPN GamePlan/ESPN3, 3:00 p.m. ET)

Matchup Other Game to Watch

The Terrapins face a 25-point deficit in their final game of the season, and the Tar Heels also wrap up their regular season due to a postseason ban. The Terps are just 6-16 ATS in their past 22 games, and 3-10 ATS in their past 13 ACC battles. Meanwhile, the Tar Heels are 7-1 ATS in their past eight home battles. Those facts might convince you UNC will win in a blowout, but the Terps are 8-1 ATS in the past nine meetings in this series, and 4-1 ATS in the past five trips to Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill.

Saturday - North Carolina State at Boston College (ESPN3, 3:00 p.m. ET)

Matchup Other Game to Watch

Somehow, the Wolfpack is eligible for a bowl game, although the feeling around Raleigh is that head coach Tom O'Brien might have just this game, and the mid-tier bowl, before he is searching for another job. A loss to his previous employer at home this weekend would really get the natives in a tizzy. Boston College is 5-1 ATS in the past six games in November, although they are 2-5 ATS in their past seven ACC battles, and 0-5 ATS in their past five road games. N.C. State is 6-1 ATS in the past seven home games against a team with a losing record, and 8-3-1 ATS in the past 12 games overall at Carter-Finley Stadium. However, they are 8-17 ATS in their past 25 games against a team with a losing record. In this series, though, the home team is 7-0 ATS in the past seven matchups.

Saturday - Virginia at Virginia Tech (ESPNU, 12:00 p.m. ET)

Matchup Other Game to Watch

The battle of Virginia is usually a fierce game, and this year will be no different. However, it is more because each team is rather mediocre, and evenly matched. Virginia can deal their rivals a huge blow, dropping the Hokies to 5-7 and thus out of the bowl picture. Virginia, however, is just 1-4 ATS in their past five road games, and 1-7 ATS in their past eight conference games. In addition, the Cavaliers are an abysmal 1-11-1 ATS in their past 13 games overall. Virginia Tech has been equally poor against the number, going 1-7 ATS in their past eight games against a team with a losing record, and 3-7-1 ATS in their past 11 games at Lane Stadium. The Cavaliers are just 1-7 ATS in the past eight meetings in this series, and 1-4 ATS in the past five trips to Blacksburg. The favorite is also 9-1 ATS in the past 10 matchups. Looking at the total, the under is 5-0 in the past five battles at Lane Stadium, and the under is 17-8 in the past 25 for UVA, and 6-2-1 in Virginia Tech's past nine games against a team with a losing record.

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11/22/2012 11:11 AM

Pac-12 Report - Week 13

November 21, 2012

Saturday - Stanford at UCLA (FOX, 6:30 p.m. ET)

Matchup Five-Star Game

This game should be very entertaining, as it is one of two weekend matchups featuring a battle of Top 20 teams. Stanford is 7-2 ATS in their past nine games against teams with a winning record, and they are coming off a huge upset last week at Eugene, shocking Oregon on the road. UCLA thumped their cross-city rivals, USC, moving to 5-1 ATS in their past six games against teams with a winning record. The Bruins are 7-2 ATS in their past nine home games, so something has to give. In the past six matchups, the favorite is 5-1 ATS. In the past nine matchups, the home team is 7-2 ATS. Lastly, Stanford is 10-4 ATS in the past 14 meetings overall. Looking to the total, the under is 5-0 in Stanford's past five road games, and 5-1 in their past six overall. However, the over is 4-0 in UCLA's past four, and 5-1 in their past six games against a team with a winning record. You might want to shy away from a total play.

Saturday - Notre Dame at Southern California (ABC, 8:00 p.m. ET)

Matchup Four-Star Game

The new No. 1 team in the land, Notre Dame, will play for all the marbles if they can get by a wounded, yet still dangerous, USC team at the Coliseum. However, QB Matt Barkley will not play for the Trojans due to injury, so all signs point to the Irish. Notre Dame is just 1-4 ATS in its past five battles with Pac-12 teams, including a failure to cover earlier in the year in South Bend against Stanford. USC is 5-2 ATS in their past seven home games, and 7-3 ATS in the past 10 battles against Independents. Of course, all of that can be thrown out the window with Barkley sidelined. The Trojans are 1-5 ATS in their past six games against a team with a winning record. Notre Dame is 3-7 ATS in the past 10 meetings, and the Irish are 1-4 ATS in the past five meetings at the Coliseum. Still, ND looks primed and ready to buck each of those trends. They're favored by just five in a game they could potentially win by blowout with no Barkley on the other side.

Saturday - Oregon at Oregon State (Pac-12 Network, 3:00 p.m. ET)

Matchup Three-Star Game

It's time for the latest installment of the 'Civil War', and this is always an entertaining game. This had national implications until a couple of weeks ago. Oregon State had legitimate national title hopes until QB Sean Mannion (knee) went down to injury last month, and then rushed to come back too soon at Washington. That game in Seattle was disastrous, and knocked the Beavs from the ranks of the unbeaten. Since, they lost again, and now are simply fighting to hang onto a top-tier bowl invite. The Ducks also had their national championship hopes dashed by Stanford, who has beaten each of these teams. The Ducks are 4-0 ATS in their past four road games against a team with a winning home record, and 7-1 ATS in their past eight road games. In addition, UO is 5-1 ATS in their past six overall, and 5-1 ATS in their past six Pac-12 games. The Beavers are 6-1-1 ATS in their past eight battles, and 5-1 ATS in their past six at Reser Stadium. In addition, OSU is 8-3-1 ATS in the past 12 games overall. If you're looking for a trend, as the info above doesn't seem to favor one team or the other. The following trends don't offer any help, either. The road team is 5-0-1 ATS in the past six meetings, but the underdog is 4-1-1 ATS during the same span. Maybe steer clear of this one, or put a little cheddar on Oregon State to keep it close.

Friday - Arizona State at Arizona (ESPN, 10:00 p.m. ET)

Matchup Two-Star Game

In the best game of the Pac-12 undercard, we get the battle of Arizona. The Sun Devils limp in, going 1-4 ATS in their past five games (and conference games), and 0-4 ATS in their past four battles against teams with a winning record. Meanwhile, Arizona is 5-0 in their past five appearances on Friday. In this season, the dog is 7-1 ATS in the past eight meetings, while the road team is 5-2 ATS in the past seven. Lastly, the Sun Devils are 6-2 ATS in their past eight trips down Interstate 10 to Tucson. The head-to-head trends seem to favor AZ State, a slight three-point dog, although the public is on the homestanding Wildcats by nearly a two-to-one margin. Hmm.

Friday - Washington at Washington State (FOX, 3:30 p.m. ET)

Matchup One-Star Game

I've watched many an installment of the 'Apple Cup', going back to the days when Drew Bledsoe, Mark Brunell, Jason Gesser, Ryan Leaf, Warren Moon, Mark Rypien and Jack Thompson were under center for each of the sides. All, a 'Throwin' Samoan' reference. Gotta love ol' Jack Thompson. The days have brightened from U-Dub after an ugly past few years, as the Huskies are back in the Top 25 and on the come. There is still an overcast sky in Pullman, as the sun is not yet shining on the Palouse. With the hiring of Mike Leach, one figured a quick turnaround might be in order, but there are questions from a departed Marquess Wilson about player abuse, something which hastened Leach's departed at Texas Tech. We'll see what happens. This game doesn't figure to be too close. The Huskies are 4-0 ATS in their past four Pac-12 games, and 4-0 ATS against a team with a losing record. However, WaZu is 4-0 ATS in their past four games against a team with a winning record, rising to the occasion when a more talented team is on the other side. In addition, visitors with a winning road record are just 5-12 ATS in the past 17 trips to Pullman. The Huskies are 5-1 ATS in the past six installments of the Apple Cup, and 9-3 ATS in the past 12 meetings. However, the underdog is 12-5 ATS in the past 17 meetings.

Saturday - Utah at Colorado (FX, 3:00 p.m. ET)

Matchup Other Game to Watch

The two most recent additions to the Pac-12 wrap up their disappointing seasons in Boulder. The Utes are 4-0 ATS in their past four road games against a team with a losing record, but they are just 1-4 ATS in their past five road games overall. Colorado is 2-5 ATS in their past seven against teams with a losing record, and just 8-23-1 ATS in the past 32 overall. In addition, Colorado is just 7-21 ATS in their past 28 conference battles. While Colorado has been horrendous, not quite sure a four-win Utah squad is worthy of a 23-point spread on the road. Still, might be best to shy away from this one. One thing is for certain, a lot of bad football will be played Friday afternoon at Folsom Field.

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11/22/2012 11:13 AM

TCU at Texas

November 21, 2012

While the NFL takes center stage on Thanksgiving there is a meaningful Thursday night college game that will be worth checking out. The first season in the Big XII has not gone exactly as planned for TCU with some major setbacks but this is still a competitive team that can play with anyone. Texas has struggled this season with many calls for Mack Brown to be replaced but at the end of the day the Longhorns are 8-2 and still have a path to win the Big XII and advance to the Fiesta Bowl. Take a look at this week’s Thursday night matchup and the history between these teams.

Matchup: TCU Horned Frogs at Texas Longhorns
Venue: Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas (FieldTurf)
Date: Thursday, November 22, 2012
Time/TV: 7:30 PM ET – ESPN
Line: Texas -7, Over/Under 58
Last Meeting: 2007, Texas (-9) 34-13, at Texas

Thanksgiving used to be reserved to Texas vs. Texas A&M but with the Aggies making a successful but contentious move to the SEC, TCU takes over the spot, likely ending a streak of 96 straight years where the Aggies and Longhorns have faced off. That streak could actually continue however as the Cotton Bowl likely has eyes on that matchup should both teams fall short of the BCS. TCU jumped to the Mountain West and then planned to jump to the Big East before things opened up in the Big XII. Despite being one of the most successful programs in the nation in the last decade, the move has been a challenge and this trip to Austin renews an old rivalry from the past.

Texas was 5-7 in 2010 for a disastrous season following up the loss to Alabama in the 2009-10 BCS Championship game. That season ended a run of nine straight double-digit win seasons for Mack Brown and the Longhorns. A mulligan was perhaps granted by the fan base but not a lot of progress was made last season in an underwhelming 8-5 season. Expectations were high this season with a ton of talent returning and a schedule that appeared favorable. The Longhorns managed to beat Oklahoma State in the conference opener but then lost to Big XII newcomer West Virginia. In those two games Texas allowed 84 points in shootouts and then came the ugly 63-21 loss to Oklahoma, a game in which Texas was out-gained by nearly 400 yards.

Texas obviously fell off the national map at that point but the Longhorns have quietly won four straight games. The first two wins were not very impressive, wining 56-50 and giving up big yardage against Baylor at home and then narrowly squeaking by lowly Kansas on the road. Texas has since regrouped and shown improvement with a win at Texas Tech and then in its last game they played a fantastic game on both sides of the ball to crush Iowa State. Texas is sitting at 8-2 and climbing back into the middle of the Top 25 rankings and still in position to have a shot to win the Big XII and earn a spot in the Fiesta Bowl.

That scenario requires some help but it is not too far-fetched. Texas needs to beat TCU and then beat Kansas State on the road next week, finishing 7-2 in league play. They also need Oklahoma State to beat Oklahoma on Saturday and then beat Baylor next week, and have the Sooners beat TCU next week. That would leave four teams at 7-2 on top of the conference. Texas would win the tiebreaker at that point, having gone 2-1 against the three teams that they would be tied with and having defeated Kansas State head-to-head, the other team that would also be 2-1 in those games.

It is a long shot but Texas still has a lot to play for and even if that scenario does not play out they can still be lined up for an attractive bowl slot and even a possible at-large BCS spot should Kansas State or Oklahoma fall out of the picture. Texas quarterback David Ash has had back-to-back strong games to finally bring some stability to that position and while it has been a running back by committee approach this season the Longhorns are rushing for almost 200 yards per game. The Texas defense has terrible numbers for the season but they have played three solid games in a row, allowing just 46 points in those three games after allowing more than that combined total in each of the three prior games.

After going a combined 47-5 the previous four seasons, TCU will likely match or surpass that loss count in the first year for the Horned Frogs in the Big XII. The remaining schedule features Oklahoma next week it what could be a very important game for the Sooners so falling to a 6-6 finish is real possibility. TCU started the season with promise, winning the first four games of the season but junior quarterback Casey Pachall was arrested and ultimately suspended from the team at that point in the season. TCU has lost four of the last six games since Pachall left the team but it has not necessarily been the offense that has been to blame.

TCU has scored over 31 points per game in Pachall’s absence leading with redshirt freshman Trevone Boykin who has played well. TCU is also using sophomore Matt Brown as Boykin has battled injuries but he is expected to start this week. There were low output performances in losses to Oklahoma State and Kansas State but TCU has out-gained five of six foes since the quarterback change. The defense for TCU has been an elite unit nationally in last the several years under Gary Patterson but after allowing just 29 points in the first four games of the season, TCU has allowed 211 points in the past six games. The schedule certainly has played a huge role but now in the Big XII it is unlikely that the Horned Frogs will be able to replicate the great numbers they posted in the 2008, 2009, and 2010 seasons, when they allowed less than 13 points per game and less than 240 yards per game.

TCU is already bowl eligible but after being in BCS bowls two of the last three years a much less glamorous trip to the Pinstripe Bowl or the Meineke Texas Bowl will likely be in the cards this season. Getting an upset over Texas on national TV would be a season-making type of win for the program even in a difficult season however so this should be a focused team looking for the upset. Texas has played lighter competition in the recent weeks to lead the turnaround so there is a lot to prove for the Longhorns in the final two weeks of the regular season.

Line Movement: Texas opened as an eight-point favorite but the line has dropped to -7. The total has been steady at 58.

Last Meeting: These teams last met early in the season in 2007. TCU led 10-0 at halftime but the game was tied entering the 4th quarter. Texas took control in the final frame, aided by a defensive touchdown and pulled away for a 34-13 win. Texas had significant yardage edges in the game but TCU also had four turnovers in a game that featured several current NFL players with Andy Dalton and Colt McCoy as the quarterbacks as Jamal Charles posting 134 rushing yards for Texas.

Series History: These teams have a long history, meeting annually as Southwest Conference rivals for years until the formation of the Big XII brought in Texas and left TCU behind. Texas is 61-20-1 in this series since 1897 but these teams have played just once since 1995. TCU last won in this match-up with a sizable upset in 1993, winning 23-14 as an underdog of more than two touchdowns. Texas is 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings.

TCU Historical Trends: Gary Patterson has produced a phenomenal 114-34 straight up record at TCU, taking over before the bowl game for the Frogs following the 2000 season. He owns a 75-68-2 ATS record, a mark that has dissolved a bit in the last two seasons. TCU is 19-14-1 ATS as an underdog under Patterson as he has several notable big wins on his resume. His biggest win was the 2010 Rose Bowl over Wisconsin, and while it may have felt like the Frogs were underdogs, they actually failed to cover as a 3-point favorite in that game. TCU is 9-4 ATS as an underdog of seven or more under Patterson and 13-11-1 ATS as a road underdog.

Texas Historical Trends: Mack Brown is 149-41 SU at Texas, though just 95-91-2 ATS going back to 1998. Since 2009 Texas is just 20-28-1 ATS as the 3-9 ATS 2010 season weighs heavily on the recent trends. Under Brown Texas is 43-39-1 ATS as a home favorite including just 9-15 ATS in the last 24 instances. Texas has struggled in recent Thanksgiving match-ups as they are just 4-3 SU and 2-5 ATS in the last seven Thanksgiving games, all against Texas A&M, including losing SU in two of the last three home Thanksgiving games.



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11/22/2012 11:19 AM

Date WLT Pct Net Units Record

11/20/12 2-­0-­0 100.00% +­1000 Detail
11/17/12 49-­47-­2 51.04% -­1350 Detail
11/16/12 1-­3-­0 25.00% -­1150 Detail
11/15/12 0-­2-­0 0.00% -­1100 Detail
11/14/12 4-­0-­0 100.00% +­2000 Detail
11/10/12 43-­35-­1 55.13% +­2250 Detail
11/09/12 2-­0-­0 100.00% +­1000 Detail
11/08/12 2-­2-­0 50.00% -­100 Detail
11/07/12 2-­0-­0 100.00% +­1000 Detail
11/06/12 1-­1-­0 50.00% -­50 Detail
11/03/12 37-­34-­2 52.11% -­200 Detail
11/02/12 1-­1-­0 50.00% -­50 Detail
11/01/12 4-­0-­0 100.00% +­2000 Detail

Totals 148-­125-­5 54.21% +5250



NCAAF

Thursday, November 22

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Texas Christian - 7:30 PM ET Texas Christian +7 500

Texas - Under 58 500

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11/23/2012 10:13 AM

In-State Rivalries At Washington State, Arizona Friday

Washington Huskies at Washington State Cougars

College Football Betting Preview
Date: 11/23/2012 at 3:30 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: UW -10, O/U 51
Television: FOX

Washington Huskies: The Huskies (7-4 straight-up and against the spread) picked up their fourth straight win and cover with a 38-3 shellacking of the Buffaloes in Colorado last Saturday. Washington's defense, ranked 29th in the nation for fewest yards allowed, yielded just 141 yards in the win while forcing five turnovers. The Huskies have won six of their last eight treks to Pullman and covered the spread five of the last six games played at Martin Stadium.

Washington State Cougars: A tough year continued for Coach Mike Leach and Wazzu (2-9 SU, 4-7 ATS) after last week's 46-7 whipping at Arizona State. It was the eighth consecutive loss for the Cougars, who allowed 561 yards compared to just 241 yards of their own. Washington State ranks 105th in the nation allowing 34.2 points per game, and is looking to stop a three-game skid against Washington with its last win in this series coming in 2008, a 16-13 upset at home as a 7-point underdog.

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Arizona State Sun Devils at Arizona Wildcats

College Football Betting Preview
Date: 11/23/2012 at 10:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Arizona -3, O/U 68
Television: ESPN

Arizona State Sun Devils: The Sun Devils (6-5 SU, 6-4-1 ATS) snapped a four-game skid on the field and at the window with last Saturday's pasting of Washington State, easily covering the 22½-point spread in the 46-7 triumph. ASU is just 2-2-1 ATS away from Tempe, with the "under" 3-2 in those matchups. The Sun Devils have won four of their last six trips to Arizona and covered six of the last eight in Tucson.

Arizona Wildcats: Coach Rich Rodriguez's Wildcats (7-4 SU, 6-5 ATS) needed a big 17-point fourth quarter to get the win in Utah a week ago and snapped a two-game losing skid at the window with the eventual 34-24 win as 3-point underdogs. It also stopped a six-game run of "overs" with the final falling short of the 63-point mark. Six of the last seven overall in this series, and four of the last six games played in Tucson, have finished below the total.

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11/23/2012 10:13 AM

In-State Rivalries At Washington State, Arizona Friday

Washington Huskies at Washington State Cougars

College Football Betting Preview
Date: 11/23/2012 at 3:30 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: UW -10, O/U 51
Television: FOX

Washington Huskies: The Huskies (7-4 straight-up and against the spread) picked up their fourth straight win and cover with a 38-3 shellacking of the Buffaloes in Colorado last Saturday. Washington's defense, ranked 29th in the nation for fewest yards allowed, yielded just 141 yards in the win while forcing five turnovers. The Huskies have won six of their last eight treks to Pullman and covered the spread five of the last six games played at Martin Stadium.

Washington State Cougars: A tough year continued for Coach Mike Leach and Wazzu (2-9 SU, 4-7 ATS) after last week's 46-7 whipping at Arizona State. It was the eighth consecutive loss for the Cougars, who allowed 561 yards compared to just 241 yards of their own. Washington State ranks 105th in the nation allowing 34.2 points per game, and is looking to stop a three-game skid against Washington with its last win in this series coming in 2008, a 16-13 upset at home as a 7-point underdog.

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Arizona State Sun Devils at Arizona Wildcats

College Football Betting Preview
Date: 11/23/2012 at 10:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Arizona -3, O/U 68
Television: ESPN

Arizona State Sun Devils: The Sun Devils (6-5 SU, 6-4-1 ATS) snapped a four-game skid on the field and at the window with last Saturday's pasting of Washington State, easily covering the 22½-point spread in the 46-7 triumph. ASU is just 2-2-1 ATS away from Tempe, with the "under" 3-2 in those matchups. The Sun Devils have won four of their last six trips to Arizona and covered six of the last eight in Tucson.

Arizona Wildcats: Coach Rich Rodriguez's Wildcats (7-4 SU, 6-5 ATS) needed a big 17-point fourth quarter to get the win in Utah a week ago and snapped a two-game losing skid at the window with the eventual 34-24 win as 3-point underdogs. It also stopped a six-game run of "overs" with the final falling short of the 63-point mark. Six of the last seven overall in this series, and four of the last six games played in Tucson, have finished below the total.

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11/23/2012 10:18 AM

Arizona St. at Arizona

November 22, 2012


The Rich Rodriguez Era in Tucson is off to a nice start and his team will try to put an exclamation point on his first campaign by beating arch-rival Arizona St. on Friday night.

As of late Thursday afternoon, most books were listing Arizona (7-4 straight up, 6-5 against the spread) as a three-point favorite with a total of 68 ½. Gamblers can take the Sun Devils on the money line for a plus-130 return (risk $100 to win $130).

Arizona has won six of its seven home games, posting a 4-3 spread record. The Wildcats have impressive home victories over the likes of Oklahoma St. (59-38), Washington (52-17) and USC (39-36). Their lone defeat at home came in a 38-35 nail-biter versus Oregon St.

R-Rod’s squad has won four of its last five contests, including a 34-24 win at Utah as a three-point underdog last weekend. Ka’Deem Carey was the catalyst against the Utes, rushing for 204 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries.

Arizona senior quarterback Matt Scott ran for 74 yards and one TD, and he also threw for 160 yards and one score without being intercepted. For the season, Scott has connected on 61.5 percent of his passes for 3,008 yards with a 21/9 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He gets it done on the ground as well, rushing for 443 yards and five TDs, averaging 4.6 yards per carry.

Carey is the nation’s most prolific running back, leading the country with 1,585 yards rushing. Carey has 19 rushing TDs and a 6.3 YPC average. He has 32 catches for 289 yards and one TD.

Scott has a pair of outstanding WRs in Austin Hill and Dan Buckner. Hill has a team-high 68 receptions for 1,119 yards and eight TDs.

Arizona St. (6-5 SU, 6-5 ATS) snapped a four-game losing streak by dealing out woodshed treatment in the form of a 46-7 clubbing of Washington St. as a 22-point home ‘chalk’ last Saturday.

Taylor Kelly torched the Cougars by completing 20-of-23 passes for 246 yards and four TDs without being intercepted. For the year, Kelly has a 66.7 completion percentage and 2,581 passing yards with a 25/9 TD-INT ratio.

Todd Graham’s squad has a 2-3 record both SU and ATS in five road assignments. The Sun Devils are winless both SU and ATS in three games as road underdogs.

The ‘over’ has hit at a 7-3 overall clip for Arizona, going 6-1 in its home games. Meanwhile, ASU has watched the ‘under’ go 6-4 overall, 3-2 in its road contests.

When these teams met in Tempe last season, Arizona collected a 31-27 win over ASU as a 10-point road underdog. Nick Foles lit up the Sun Devils for 370 passing yards and a pair of TD tosses without an interception.

The ‘under’ is 6-1 in the last seven head-to-head meetings and the lone ‘over’ came in miraculous fashion. In the game two years ago, Arizona trailed 20-14 in the final minute when Foles found David Douglas for a five-yard touchdown pass.

If the Wildcats convert the extra point with 27 seconds remaining, they most likely win 21-20 and the total easily stays ‘under’ the 57-point total. Let’s also add that the score was 7-6 before Foles hit Juron Criner for a 52-yard scoring strike with 2:01 remaining in the third quarter. (In other words, the possibility of the ‘over’ was really never an option the entire 60 minutes.)

But with 27 ticks left, ASU’s James Brooks blocked the Arizona PAT to keep the score knotted at 20-20. In the first overtime, both teams traded field goals to make it 23-23 (46 combined, still 11 below the total) going to double OT.

In the second extra session, Cameron Marshall put ASU ahead 30-23 on a two-yard TD scamper. Therefore, when Douglas scored on a nine-yard rush off a backward pass, ‘over’ backers (like me on that night!) had a winner.

Want to know about triple OT? It never happened. Brooks, yes the same Brooks who blocked the earlier PAT, blocked a second to give ASU an improbable 30-29 triumph.

ESPN will provide television coverage at 10:00 p.m. Eastern.

**B.E.’s Bonus Nuggets**

--Cincinnati has covered the spread at an 8-1 ATS clip in its nine games against USF. The Bearcats are favored by 14 at home against the Bulls on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.

--Troy has won six in a row against Middle Tennessee, going 5-1 ATS. The Trojans are three-point underdogs Saturday against the Blue Raiders in Murfreesboro.

--Washington has four in a row both SU and ATS. Junior quarterback Keith Rivers has not duplicated his numbers from 2011, but he has six touchdown passes without an interception in the last two games. The Huskies are 14-point favorites Friday night at Washington St.

--From 2002-2009, Southern Cal was not a home underdog once. During Lane Kiffin’s three-year tenure, the Trojans are 0-3 both SU and ATS as home ‘dogs. Notre Dame will try to clinch a spot in the BCS Championship Game when it invades The Coliseum on Saturday night as a 5 ½-point road favorite.

--The ‘under’ is 7-1 in the last eight head-to-head meetings between Florida and FSU.

--La. Tech owns a 7-2 spread record as a road underdog on Sonny Dykes’s watch the last three seasons. The Bulldogs, who lost at home in overtime to Utah St. last week, are four-point ‘dogs Saturday at San Jose St.

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