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    [B][I]Friday’s six-pack[/I][/B]

    — Chargers fired Bobby Wick this week, their equipment man for the last 39 years. Classy.

    — Chris Sale has a 4.78 ERA in 118.2 IP vs Cleveland; against everyone else, his career ERA is 2.81, in 1,169.2 IP. Thanks to Christopher Kamka for that stat.

    — Boston closer Craig Kimbrel has faced 197 batters this year; he struck out 102 of them.

    — Boston Celtics are already sold out of season tickets for the 2017-18 season.

    — Dodgers won their 90th game before any other team got their 80th win.

    — Dodger pitcher Kenta Meada’s season stats this year:
    Wins: 11
    Saves: 1
    WHIP: 1.11
    IP: 111.1
    Strikeouts: 111

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    Friday’s List of 13: Random stuff with weekend here……
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    13) 6th/7th innings of New York-Detroit game Thursday took around two hours to play, thanks to a brawl, eight ejections, two hit batters and six runs scored.

    Detroit’s Michael Fulmer hit Gary Sanchez in the 5th inning; when NY reliever Tommy Kanhle threw behind Miguel Cabrera, benches emptied, Kanhle and Joe Girardi got tossed. Before play could resume, Cabrera and backup catchup Austin Romine started jawing and a fight broke out, an actual fight, not a baseball shoving match.

    Not the best job of controlling things by the umpires; New York lost its DH when Sanchez had to come in and catch, but they rallied to tie the game in the top of the 7th before the Tigers scored three times in the bottom of the 7th.

    New York used Aroldis Chapman in the 6th inning, after Kanhle got tossed.

    12) Last summer on Hard Knocks, Rams’ rookie QB Jared Goff was hardly on the show, which didn’t help the program any— they focused mostly on guys on who got cut.

    This year, Bucs’ QB Jameis Winston IS THE SHOW— he is all over it and that makes the program better. Haven’t seen much of coach Dirk Koetter yet, except when Winston threw an ill-advised pass in the red zone against Jacksonville and Koetter went bullshit on him for it.

    11) Pittsburgh beat the Dodgers Wednesday despite getting only one hit; last time the Pirates won a game when they had one hit was May 2, 1943- Vince DiMaggio got the only Pittsburgh hit.

    10) Josh Harrison’s walk-off homer to end that game was the first walk-off homer in MLB history that also ended a no-hitter. That same night, Harrison’s cousin JaVon Shelby caught a no-hitter in the Class A Midwest League.

    Hill is the 5th major leaguer and first since 1995, to lose a no-hitter in extra innings.

    9) On May 26, 1959, a Pirates pitcher named Harvey Haddix threw 12 perfect innings in a game at Milwaukee, but lost the game and no-hitter 1-0 on an unearned run in the 13th inning. It is the greatest losing performance in baseball history.

    The next year, Haddix was the winning pitcher in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series, throwing a scoreless 9th inning as the Pirates upset New York to win a world championship.

    8) Some people are going to protest until Colin Kaepernick is on an NFL team; then once he is on a team, other people will protest until he is out of the league again.

    What a world this has become.

    7) Marvin Bagley III is committed to play basketball at Duke this fall, but will be play? Will the NCAA clear him on time? Bagley went to three different high schools in two states, he took online classes, so it is going to take some time, and the NCAA can be slow in these cases.

    Expecting Bagley to be dominant in the ACC might be a bit much; don’t forget, he is supposed to be a high school senior- when he plays against older people, there will sometimes be a big age/maturity gap, not a talent gap. Plus you wonder if he isn’t already looking ahead to the NBA, which has often been an issue with probable 1-and-done guys.

    6) Cole Hamels is 9-1, 3.42 in 16 starts this year, but in the six games where Hamels didn’t get a decision, the Rangers are 1-5, and that could bite Texas coming down the stretch. In races like this, with so many teams bunched together, you have to win when your ace is pitching.

    5) I can’t even imagine working in a sportsbook and having someone hand me $100,000 to bet on a fight. Someone risked $100,000 to win $20,000 on Floyd Mayweather Saturday night. I’m trying to think of the most money I’ve ever held at one time…….$100K is a lot of cabbage.

    4) Mets’ OF Michael Conforto dislocated his left (throwing) shoulder swinging at a pitch Thursday; never saw that happen before. Conforto had been playing really well for the Mets.

    3) There was an old movie on TV the other night; Taking Care of Business, with Jim Belushi and Charles Grodin; Belushi is an escaped convict who escapes jail to go watch the Cubs play in the World Series. Filmed in 1990, one of the TV announcers was Joe Torre— this was just before he took over managing the Cardinals. His record at that point wasn’t Hall of Fame-worthy.

    Cubs beat the Angels in the fictitious movie, by the way, even though Bert Blyleven was in the movie, pitching for the Angels.

    2) In the movie Friday Night Lights, where Billy Bob Thornton coaches Permian HS to the finals of the Texas state football tournament, his team loses to Carter HS of Dallas in the state title game.

    In real life, three of those Carter HS players made the NFL, including Jesse Armstead. Hall of Famer LaDanian Tomlinson calls that Carter team “the greatest high school football team ever assembled.”

    1) This November will be the last-ever Great Alaskan Shootout; once one of the best preseason college hoop tournaments, it suffered because ESPN started running tournaments in places with way better weather than Alaska. One year, Duke-Cincinnati was the final in Alaska, back when Bob Huggins was coaching Cincinnati.

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    [B][SIZE=5]NCAAF[/SIZE]
    Dunkel

    Week 1

    Saturday, August 26[/B]

    [B]Rice @ Stanford[/B]

    Game 297-298
    August 26, 2017 @ 10:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Rice
    66.159
    Stanford
    98.204
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Stanford
    by 32
    57
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Stanford
    by 30
    51
    [B]Dunkel Pick:
    Stanford
    (-30); Over

    South Florida @ San Jose St[/B]

    Game 295-296
    August 26, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    South Florida
    97.953
    San Jose St
    68.713
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    South Florida
    by 29
    67
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    South Florida
    by 21 1/2
    69
    [B]Dunkel Pick:
    South Florida
    (-21 1/2); Under

    Hawaii @ Massachusetts[/B]

    Game 293-294
    August 26, 2017 @ 6:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Hawaii
    73.292
    Massachusetts
    68.423
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Hawaii
    by 5
    67
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Massachusetts
    by 2
    61 1/2
    [B]Dunkel Pick:
    Hawaii
    (+2); Over

    Oregon State @ Colorado State[/B]

    Game 291-292
    August 26, 2017 @ 2:30 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Oregon State
    90.082
    Colorado State
    89.775
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Oregon State
    Even
    54
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Colorado State
    by 4
    59
    [B]Dunkel Pick:
    Oregon State
    (+4); Under[/B]

    [B][SIZE=5]NCAAF[/SIZE]
    Long Sheet[/B]

    [b]Saturday, August 26[/b]

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    [B]OREGON ST (4 – 8) at COLORADO ST (7 – 6) – 8/26/2017, 2:30 PM [/B]
    Top Trends for this game.
    COLORADO ST is 10-1 ATS (+8.9 Units) when playing on a Saturday over the last 2 seasons.
    COLORADO ST is 9-2 ATS (+6.8 Units) in games played on turf over the last 2 seasons.
    OREGON ST is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in games played on turf over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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    [B]HAWAII (7 – 7) at MASSACHUSETTS (2 – 10) – 8/26/2017, 6:00 PM [/B]
    Top Trends for this game.
    HAWAII is 7-17 ATS (-11.7 Units) when playing on a Saturday over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    MASSACHUSETTS is 1-0 against the spread versus HAWAII over the last 3 seasons
    HAWAII is 1-0 straight up against MASSACHUSETTS over the last 3 seasons
    1 of 1 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    [B]S FLORIDA (11 – 2) at SAN JOSE ST (4 – 8) – 8/26/2017, 7:30 PM [/B]
    Top Trends for this game.
    S FLORIDA is 14-5 ATS (+8.5 Units) when playing on a Saturday over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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    [B]RICE (3 – 9) vs. STANFORD (10 – 3) – 8/26/2017, 10:00 PM [/B]
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    RICE is 1-0 against the spread versus STANFORD over the last 3 seasons
    STANFORD is 1-0 straight up against RICE over the last 3 seasons
    1 of 1 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    [B][SIZE=5]NCAAF[/SIZE]
    Armadillo’s Write-Up

    Saturday, August 26[/B]

    Colorado State returns 8 starters from team that lost 61-50 to Idaho in bowl game LY; Rams are 13-6-1 vs spread in non-MW games the last four years, 4-4-1 under Bobo. CSU is 13-5 vs spread as a home favorite since 2012, 5-2 under Bobo. Rams have senior QB with 21 starts; their OL has 64 returning starts. Since 2014, Oregon State is 5-11 vs spread on road; Beavers are 9-10 vs spread as an underdog under Anderson. OSU’s OL has 56 returning starts. JC transfer Luton gets first OSU start at QB; the 2nd-string QB transferred. Last two years, Pac-12 teams are 14-8-1 vs spread when facing a Mountain West squad.

    Very long road trip for Hawai’i squad that is 0-4 vs spread as a road favorite the last six years. Rainbows (-7.5) beat UMass 46-40 at home LY- total yardage was 479-459. Hawai’i has soph QB who started 10 games LY; their offensive line has 79 returning starts, so it’s a veteran group. UMass has only 29 starts back on OL; their junior QB has nine starts under his belt, Minutemen are 4-6 vs spread as a home underdog under Whipple. Since 2012, UMass is 20-28 vs spread as an underdog.

    South Florida has new coach, young OL (40 returning starts) but a senior QB with 26 starts. Since 2013, Bulls are 5-3 vs spread as a road favorite; since ’09, they’re 22-18 vs spread in non-league games. San Jose State has most experienced offensive line (125 returning starts) in country, but also has a new coach, new QB; Spartans are 8-5 vs spread in last 13 games as a home underdog. Last five years, Mountain West teams are 5-4 vs spread when facing an AAC opponent. USF went to bowl last two years, going +19 in turnovers.

    Stanford (-35) whacked Rice 41-17 at home LY, running ball for 373 yards; they outgained the Owls, 528-291. Since 2013, Cardinal is 6-9-1 vs spread in non-league games; they play USC in first game back in US, in two weeks. Stanford had 8 starters back on both sides of ball but has new QB- they’re 12-9 vs spread in last 21 games as a favorite. Rice has an experienced OL (92 returning starts) but also has new QB; since ’14, Owls are 7-11-1 vs spread as an underdog- they’re 14-6-2 vs spread in last 22 non-league games. This game is in Australia.

    [B][SIZE=”5″]NCAAF[/SIZE]

    Saturday, August 26[/B]

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    [size=”3″][I][B]Trend Report[/B][/I][/size]
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    2:30 PM
    [B]OREGON STATE vs. COLORADO STATE[/B]
    Oregon State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    Oregon State is 4-17 SU in its last 21 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Colorado State’s last 6 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Colorado State’s last 5 games at home

    3:00 PM
    [B]PORTLAND STATE vs. BYU[/B]
    Portland State is 2-14 SU in its last 16 games
    Portland State is 2-14 SU in its last 16 games on the road
    BYU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    BYU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

    6:00 PM
    [B]HAWAII vs. MASSACHUSETTS[/B]
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Hawaii’s last 5 games
    Hawaii is 8-16 SU in its last 24 games
    Massachusetts is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games at home
    Massachusetts is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games

    7:30 PM
    [B]SOUTH FLORIDA vs. SAN JOSE STATE[/B]
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of South Florida’s last 7 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of South Florida’s last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Jose State’s last 7 games
    San Jose State is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games

    10:00 PM
    [B]STANFORD vs. RICE[/B]
    Stanford is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    Rice is 4-13 SU in its last 17 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Rice’s last 6 games

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    [B]August 26 college football games

    Colorado State[/B] returns 8 starters from team that lost 61-50 to Idaho in bowl game LY; Rams are 13-6-1 vs spread in non-MW games the last four years, 4-4-1 under Bobo. CSU is 13-5 vs spread as a home favorite since 2012, 5-2 under Bobo. Rams have senior QB with 21 starts; their OL has 64 returning starts. Since 2014, Oregon State is 5-11 vs spread on road; Beavers are 9-10 vs spread as an underdog under Anderson. OSU’s OL has 56 returning starts. JC transfer Luton gets first OSU start at QB; the 2nd-string QB transferred. Last two years, Pac-12 teams are 14-8-1 vs spread when facing a Mountain West squad.

    Very long road trip for Hawai’i squad that is 0-4 vs spread as a road favorite the last six years. [B]Rainbows (-7.5[/B]) beat UMass 46-40 at home LY- total yardage was 479-459. Hawai’i has soph QB who started 10 games LY; their offensive line has 79 returning starts, so it’s a veteran group. UMass has only 29 starts back on OL; their junior QB has nine starts under his belt, Minutemen are 4-6 vs spread as a home underdog under Whipple. Since 2012, UMass is 20-28 vs spread as an underdog.
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    South Florida [/B]has new coach, young OL (40 returning starts) but a senior QB with 26 starts. Since 2013, Bulls are 5-3 vs spread as a road favorite; since ’09, they’re 22-18 vs spread in non-league games. San Jose State has most experienced offensive line (125 returning starts) in country, but also has a new coach, new QB; Spartans are 8-5 vs spread in last 13 games as a home underdog. Last five years, Mountain West teams are 5-4 vs spread when facing an AAC opponent. USF went to bowl last two years, going +19 in turnovers.
    [B]
    Stanford (-35)[/B] whacked Rice 41-17 at home LY, running ball for 373 yards; they outgained the Owls, 528-291. Since 2013, Cardinal is 6-9-1 vs spread in non-league games; they play USC in first game back in US, in two weeks. Stanford had 8 starters back on both sides of ball but has new QB- they’re 12-9 vs spread in last 21 games as a favorite. Rice has an experienced OL (92 returning starts) but also has new QB; since ’14, Owls are 7-11-1 vs spread as an underdog- they’re 14-6-2 vs spread in last 22 non-league games. This game is in Australia.

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    SATURDAY, AUGUST 26

    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS

    ORST at CSU 02:30 PM

    [B][I]CSU -4.0

    O 60.5[/I][/B]

    PRST at BYU 03:00 PM

    [B][I]BYU -33.5

    O 59.0[/I][/B]

    HAW at MASS 06:00 PM

    [B][I]HAW +3.0

    O 61.5[/I][/B]

    USF at SJSU 07:30 PM

    [B][I]USF -21.5

    O 70.5[/I][/B]

    STAN at RICE 10:00 PM

    [B][I]RICE +30.5

    O 51.5[/I][/B]

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    [B][I]Colorado St opens new stadium with rout
    August 26, 2017[/I][/B]

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) The opening of a new stadium left quarterback Nick Stevens momentarily breathless.

    A big hit to the stomach early in the game from a linebacker will do that. He quickly got his second wind to help Colorado State make quite a first impression.

    Stevens threw three touchdown passes, linebacker Tre Thomas scored on a 44-yard interception return to lead a Colorado State defense that forced five turnovers and the Rams launched their new on-campus stadium with a 58-27 win over Oregon State on a steamy Saturday.

    Colorado State moved into its new digs after nearly five decades of playing down the road at Hughes Stadium. A raucous 37,583 fans showed up to catch a glimpse of the $220-million facility.

    ”I just told the guys in there – there’s only one shot at opening a new stadium,” said Rams coach Mike Bobo , who was hoisted onto his players’ shoulders in the locker room after the game. ”There’s going to be one memory. It was a good one for Colorado State people.”

    Stevens did his part to make sure it was a successful unveiling by throwing for 334 yards – his third career 300-yard game. A hit in the first quarter, though, left him shaken up and gasping for air.

    ”It felt like I wasn’t going to be able to breathe for another couple hours,” Stevens cracked. ”Usually, a hit like that takes some of the breath out of you. But it took every ounce of breath I ever breathed. I had to focus on breathing after that. I got over it.”

    The Beavers fumbled twice and threw three interceptions on the way to losing their 14th straight road game.

    Oregon State’s Jake Luton finished 27 of 47 for 304 yards and two scores. He also threw three interceptions, including the game-changer in the third quarter. Thomas grabbed a tipped pass out of the air and raced 44 yards to make it 34-20.

    ”We got beat badly – badly,” Oregon State coach Gary Andersen said. ”There are a lot of concerns when you get beat like that. It’s unchartered waters for me.”

    For a while, all the ”firsts” in the new stadium appeared to be going the way of Oregon State:

    – Winning the inaugural coin flip.

    – Hauling in the first TD pass (Timmy Hernandez ).

    – Picking off the first pass (Kyle White ).

    But Colorado State ended up earning the biggest first of all in its new facility – a win.

    ”Everyone is going to pat us on the back now,” Bobo said. ”Everybody is going to tell us how great we are. Everybody is going to tell us how great that moment was. … We’ve got to be mature enough as a football team to understand how we got to this point to win this ball game – by doing the little things every day.”

    [B]THE TAKEAWAY[/B]

    [B]OREGON STATE:[/B] Andersen stressed the importance of the little things in winning on the road. Costly turnovers, missed receivers and allowing 48 points in the red zone added up to another road loss.

    [B]COLORADO STATE:[/B] Granted, it is very early in the season. But the Rams took a big step toward a run at a fifth straight bowl game. Their non-conference schedule also includes Colorado and top-ranked Alabama.

    [B]THIS & THAT[/B]

    Colorado State director of athletics Joe Parker said he was so eager for the stadium opener that he arrived at 6:45 a.m. … Rams RB Dalyn Dawkins caught an 18-yard TD pass and scored on a 3-yard run. … Oregon State RB Ryan Nall rushed for 115 yards, including a 75-yard TD run in the second quarter. … This was Colorado State’s first football game on campus since Nov. 25, 1967, when the Rams beat Wichita State.

    [B]DON’T DO THAT AGAIN[/B]

    Bobo wasn’t too pleased with Stevens attempting a jump pass near the goal line that was nearly picked off. The Rams ended up with a field goal.

    ”That was stupid. We’ve got points right there,” Bobo said. ”Luckily, they didn’t catch it. That’s not a smart decision. He’s not Brett Favre.”
    [B]
    QUOTABLE[/B]

    ”We didn’t expect a 10-7 game. Nor that it would be a walk in the park. We expected a dog fight.” Oregon State coach Gary Andersen.

    [B]UP NEXT

    OREGON STATE:[/B] Hosts Portland State next Saturday. The Beavers are 4-0 all-time against the Vikings.

    [B]COLORADO STATE:[/B] Faces in-state rival Colorado in Denver on Friday. The Rams lost 44-7 to the Buffaloes last season.

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    [B]Mangum, Canada lead BYU to 20-6 win over Portland State
    August 26, 2017[/B]

    PROVO, Utah (AP) Tanner Mangum completed 16 of 27 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown, and Squally Canada had 13 carries for a career-high 90 yards and a score to help BYU beat Portland State 20-6 Saturday in the season opener for both teams.

    Portland State’s offense crossed midfield just twice and went three-and-out on four of its first five possessions.

    Mangum hit Matt Bushman for a 36-yard completion to the 28. On third-and-10, Neil Pau’u’s 28-yard catch gave the Cougars a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter. Midway through the second, Mangum’s 33-yard pass to Talon Shumway set up a 1-yard scoring run by Canada.

    Jalani Eason’s 4-yard pass to Darnell Adams capped Portland State’s 17-play, 87-yard drive and, after a missed PAT attempt, it was 14-6 at halftime.

    Rhett Almond made fourth-quarter field goals of 27 and 35 yards to cap the scoring as the Vikings had three turnovers – two on downs – in their final three possessions.

    Charlie Taumoepeau had six receptions for 73 yards for Portland State.

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    [B][I]Brown’s TD pass lifts Hawaii over UMass
    August 26, 2017[/I][/B]

    AMHERST, Mass. (AP) Dru Brown threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Metuisela `Unga with 48 seconds left to lift Hawaii to a 38-35 win over Massachusetts in the season opener for both teams Saturday night.

    Brown drove the Rainbows 73 yards in eight plays, completing 3 of 5 passes, including a 52-yarder to John Ursua on third-and-10 that put the ball on the Minuteman 7 with 1:15 to play. The winning pass came on third down.

    Brown completed 25 of 38 passes for a career-high 391 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score. Ursua had 12 receptions for 272 yards, including an 85-yard touchdown late in the first half for the fifth-longest pass play in school history. The 272 yards are the fourth-most in the program.

    Hawaii, traveling more than 5,000 miles, had 503 yards of total offense.

    Andrew Ford threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns for UMass. Marquis ran for 83 yards and two scores.

    Hawaii right guard Chris Posa was ejected in the first half for throwing a punch.

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    [B][I]USF beats San Jose St. after slow start
    August 26, 2017[/I][/B]

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The start of the Charlie Strong era at South Florida didn’t quite go as scripted. Now that it’s over the coach of the 19th-ranked Bulls is actually pretty pleased that his team had to show the ability to overcome some adversity.

    Quinton Flowers threw two touchdown passes and D’Ernest Johnson had two TD runs in a dominant second quarter that helped South Florida rally from an early 16-point deficit to beat San Jose State 42-22 on Saturday.

    ”It’s good that you have a good game like this so now guys know there’s improvement to be made,” Strong said. ”We can’t get complacent. You want a game like this. It’s not as much pressure as they think it is but you have to play well to win games.”

    The Bulls were held to 22 yards in the opening quarter, the defense allowed two early TD passes by Josh Love and two ineffective punts set up two scores for the Spartans.

    But the game turned when Josh Black stuffed Malike Roberson for a 1-yard loss on fourth-and-1 from the South Florida 33 in the closing minute of the first quarter with San Jose State leading 16-0.

    ”I told the guys we can’t flinch,” Flowers said. ”We’ve been down like that before. It was time where I had to step up and tell the team, `Let’s go.”’

    It took less than nine minutes for the Bulls to turn that big early deficit into a lead with help from a pair of interceptions off deflected passes by Josh Love. Flowers started the comeback with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Darnell Salomon, Johnson followed with a TD run on fourth-and-goal from the 2 and Flowers followed with a 49-yard scoring strike to Temi Alaka.

    Johnson capped the four-touchdown, 271-yard quarter with a tight-rope act down the sideline for a 50-yard touchdown run that made it 28-16 and the rout was on in the second half.

    ”I thought we did some good stuff early and we were executing,” Love said. ”The scoring fell off it felt like we needed to answer their scores and we just didn’t.”

    Flowers added a touchdown run in the fourth quarter and finished 11 for 23 for 212 yards passing and 70 yards on 18 carries.

    Strong took over at South Florida after being fired following three losing seasons at Texas. He went 16-21 with the Longhorns after a successful stint at head coach at Louisville and now will look to have similar success with the Bulls.

    [B]THE TAKEAWAY

    SOUTH FLORIDA: [/B]The Bulls entered the season with lofty expectations after tying the 2008 squad for the highest preseason ranking in school history. The early struggles could be a sign of concern or just the normal process of finding a rhythm under a new coaching staff. One bright spot all game was a stout run defense that held San Jose State to 2.9 yards per carry.

    [B]SAN JOSE STATE:[/B] The Spartans looked far more competitive in their opener under coach Brent Brennan but still lost for the 24th time in their past 25 meetings against ranked teams. Love threw two touchdown passes to Bailey Gaither in the first quarter to open up the big lead. Gaither also blocked a punt that set up his second touchdown and the San Jose State defense held one of the nation’s most dynamic quarterbacks in check for one quarter. But the offense failed to get much going after the first quarter with Love throwing three interceptions. Backup QB Montel Aaron threw a TD pass in the fourth quarter.

    [B]BIG HIT
    [/B]
    The defensive highlight for the Bulls came on San Jose State’s first drive of the third quarter when Juwuan Brown slammed Zamore Zigler with a 5-yard loss on a crushing hit .

    [B]SPEED IT UP
    [/B]
    The Bulls are playing at a much faster tempo on offense this season and ran a school-record 101 plays in the opener. That helped wear down the Spartans and contributed to a 315-yard rushing night.

    ”This offense is really fast,” Flowers said. ”You get to the point where you get a defense very tired. That’s what you have to see in a defense. You pick them apart and just keep moving.”
    [B]
    POLL IMPLICATIONS[/B]

    With no new poll until Sept. 5, this game doesn’t figure to have much impact on the Bulls ranking.

    [B]UP NEXT

    SOUTH FLORIDA:[/B] The Bulls their home opener next Saturday against Stony Brook of the FCS.

    [B]SAN JOSE STATE:[/B] The Spartans get a bit of a breather in a grueling nonconference schedule when they host FCS-level Cal Poly next weekend before making trips to No. 23 Texas and Utah the following two weeks

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    [B][I]Love stars in Stanford’s romp over Rice
    August 26, 2017
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    SYDNEY (AP) Bryce Love proved he could fill in quite nicely as Christian McCaffrey’s replacement at Stanford, scoring a touchdown and finishing with 180 yard rushing to lead the No.14 Cardinal to a 62-7 victory over Rice on Sunday in the Sydney College Football Cup.

    Love, installed as the No. 1 player in the backfield after McCaffrey was drafted in the first round by the Carolina Panthers, had 13 carries, including a 62-yard burst through the Rice line on Stanford’s opening play from scrimmage. He didn’t play much after the middle of the third quarter.

    ”Bryce is going to be our lead dog,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. ”But it’s nice to know we’ve got some guys who can back him up. I’m excited about where Bryce is heading into this season. We don’t want to wear Bryce out in any one game, so those guys have got to come out and make plays like they did today.”

    Cameron Scarlett was one of those guys.

    Scarlett, a redshirt freshman who also moved up in the Stanford pecking order, had three touchdowns, all rushing, and finished with 68 yards on nine carries. He also had one 56-yard pass reception.

    The Cardinal were 31-point favorites. They led 38-0 at halftime and scored touchdowns on their first four possessions.

    Rice, trailing 55-0, finally broke its scoreless drought with 6 minutes remaining on running back Austin Walker’s 23-yard touchdown run.

    [B]THE TAKEAWAY[/B]

    STANFORD: Quarterback Keller Chryst, who tore the ACL in his right knee in December in the Sun Bowl, showed no sign of the injury. Chryst finished with 14 completions in 24 attempts for 253 yards and two TDs before Ryan Burns and later K.J. Costello took over with Stanford leading 45-0. Costello scored the final Stanford TD on a 25-yard run

    ”It was great to see Keller Chryst come and be completely healthy, and be able to run the show from the quarterback position,” Shaw said.

    [B]RICE:[/B] Redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Glaesmann won the starting job and had a very difficult beginning to his college career. Starting his first play from scrimmage on the Rice 10-yard line, Rice was hit for a delay of game and false start and the Owls later punted from deep in their end zone. Glaesmann was 7 for 18 for 69 yards.

    ”We’re a better team than we showed today,” Rice coach David Bailiff said. ”When you play against a team like Stanford, or any elite team, you have to be at your very best. And we made some poor decisions early.”

    [B]HURRICANE WATCH[/B]: Rice players and staff had been keeping a close and anxious eye on developments in Houston from former hurricane and now tropical storm Harvey. The players have been keeping in touch with friends and family on social media, and team staff were in contact with spouses and partners back in Houston to make sure they were aware of neighbors and friends who might have emergency equipment such as generators. The team is scheduled to leave Australia on Monday morning for Los Angeles, with a decision expected in LA whether they will attempt to fly on to Houston

    [B]KEY NUMBERS

    STANFORD:[/B] The Cardinal offense was in strong early-season form, with 656 total yards – 369 passing and 287 rushing. Also, eight touchdowns, 27 first downs and an average of 9.0 yards per play.

    [B]RICE: [/B]The Owls were 5 for 15 in third-down conversions. Five Owls receivers combined for only 95 yards, the longest 28 yards by Samuel Stewart.

    [B]BIG ROAD TRIP[/B]: It was Stanford’s second game outside the U.S., and first since 1986 when the Cardinal beat Arizona 29-24 in Tokyo. It was the second year in a row that a regular-season college game was played in Sydney. Last year, Cal beat Hawaii 51-31 at the Olympic stadium with 62,000 spectators. This year the game was moved to Allianz Stadium, closer to the downtown area. Officials said there 33,181 spectators Sunday at the 45,000-seat venue.

    [B]UP NEXT

    STANFORD[/B]: after a week off, plays at Pac-12 favorite USC on Sept. 9

    [B]RICE:[/B] The Owls also have a week off before playing at Texas-El Paso on Sept. 9.

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    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

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    [B]Thursday, August 31, 2017[/B]
    Time (ET) Away Home
    6:00 PM Florida International Golden Panthers Central Florida Knights
    6:30 PM Presbyterian Blue Hose Wake Forest Demon Deacons
    7:00 PM Austin Peay State Governors Cincinnati Bearcats
    7:00 PM Buffalo Bulls Minnesota Golden Gophers
    7:00 PM Elon Phoenix Toledo Rockets
    7:00 PM Tennessee State Tigers Georgia State Panthers
    7:00 PM Rhode Island Rams Central Michigan Chippewas
    7:30 PM Holy Cross Crusaders Connecticut Huskies
    7:30 PM North Dakota Fighting Hawks Utah Utes
    7:30 PM Tulsa Golden Hurricane Oklahoma State Cowboys
    8:00 PM Ohio State Buckeyes Indiana Hoosiers
    8:00 PM Florida A&M Rattlers Arkansas Razorbacks
    9:00 PM Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks Memphis Tigers
    9:00 PM California State-Sacramento Hornets Idaho Vandals
    10:30 PM New Mexico State Aggies Arizona State Sun Devils

    [B]Friday, September 1, 2017[/B]
    Time (ET) Away Home
    6:00 PM Fordham Rams Army Black Knights
    6:30 PM North Carolina-Charlotte 49ers Eastern Michigan Eagles
    7:00 PM Central Connecticut State Blue Devils Syracuse Orange
    8:00 PM Washington Huskies Rutgers Scarlet Knights
    8:00 PM Colorado State Rams Colorado Buffaloes
    8:00 PM Navy Midshipmen Florida Atlantic Owls
    9:00 PM Utah State Aggies Wisconsin Badgers
    9:30 PM Boston College Eagles Northern Illinois Huskies

    [B]Saturday, September 2, 2017[/B]
    Time (ET) Away Home
    12:00 PM Kent State Golden Flashes Clemson Tigers
    12:00 PM Bowling Green State Falcons Michigan State Spartans
    12:00 PM Akron Zips Penn State Nittany Lions
    12:00 PM Ball State Cardinals Illinois Fighting Illini
    12:00 PM Wyoming Cowboys Iowa Hawkeyes
    12:00 PM Missouri State Bears Missouri Tigers
    12:00 PM Maryland Terrapins Texas Longhorns
    12:00 PM Rhode Island Rams Central Michigan Chippewas
    12:20 PM California Golden Bears North Carolina Tar Heels
    12:30 PM Bethune Cookman Wildcats Miami-Florida Hurricanes
    1:00 PM Youngstown State Penguins Pittsburgh Panthers
    2:00 PM Portland State Vikings Oregon State Beavers
    2:05 PM Virginia Military Keydets Air Force Falcons
    3:00 PM South Carolina Gamecocks North Carolina State Wolfpack
    3:30 PM Temple Owls Notre Dame Fighting Irish
    3:30 PM William & Mary Tribe Virginia Cavaliers
    3:30 PM Nevada Wolf Pack Northwestern Wildcats
    3:30 PM Texas-El Paso Miners Oklahoma Sooners
    3:30 PM Alabama A&M Bulldogs Alabama-Birmingham Blazers
    3:30 PM Michigan Wolverines Florida Gators
    3:45 PM Troy Trojans Boise State Broncos
    4:00 PM Stony Brook Seawolves South Florida Bulls
    4:00 PM Charleston Southern Buccaneers Mississippi State Bulldogs
    4:00 PM Kentucky Wildcats Southern Miss Golden Eagles
    4:00 PM Eastern Washington Eagles Texas Tech Red Raiders
    5:15 PM Western Michigan Broncos Southern California Trojans
    6:00 PM North Carolina Central Eagles Duke Blue Devils
    6:00 PM James Madison Dukes East Carolina Pirates
    6:00 PM Albany Great Danes Old Dominion Monarchs
    6:15 PM Appalachian State Mountaineers Georgia Bulldogs
    6:30 PM Miami-Ohio Redhawks Marshall Thundering Herd
    7:00 PM Massachusetts Minutemen Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
    7:00 PM Liberty Flames Baylor Bears
    7:00 PM Southeast Missouri State Redhawks Kansas Jayhawks
    7:00 PM Southeastern Louisiana Lions Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns
    7:00 PM Northwestern State Demons Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
    7:00 PM Lamar Cardinals North Texas Mean Green
    7:00 PM Houston Cougars Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners
    7:00 PM Eastern Kentucky Colonels Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
    7:00 PM Stephen F. Austin State Lumberjacks Southern Methodist Mustangs
    7:00 PM Hampton Pirates Ohio Bobcats
    7:00 PM Houston Baptist Huskies Texas State Bobcats
    7:10 PM Central Arkansas Bears Kansas State Wildcats
    7:30 PM Louisville Cardinals Purdue Boilermakers
    7:30 PM Georgia Southern Eagles Auburn Tigers
    7:30 PM South Alabama Jaguars Mississippi Rebels
    7:30 PM Cal Poly-Slo Mustangs San Jose State Spartans
    8:00 PM Northern Iowa Panthers Iowa State Cyclones
    8:00 PM Vanderbilt Commodores Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders
    8:00 PM Arkansas State Red Wolves Nebraska Cornhuskers
    8:00 PM Jackson State Tigers Texas Christian Horned Frogs
    8:00 PM Abilene Christian Wildcats New Mexico Lobos
    8:00 PM Grambling State Tigers Tulane Green Wave
    8:00 PM Florida State Seminoles Alabama Crimson Tide
    8:15 PM Southern Utah Thunderbirds Oregon Ducks
    8:30 PM California-Davis Aggies San Diego State Aztecs
    9:00 PM Howard Bison UNLV Rebels
    9:30 PM Brigham Young Cougars Louisiana State Tigers
    10:00 PM Incarnate Word Cardinals Fresno State Bulldogs
    10:30 PM Montana State Bobcats Washington State Cougars
    11:00 PM Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Arizona Wildcats

    [B]Sunday, September 3, 2017[/B]
    Time (ET) Away Home
    12:00 AM Western Carolina Catamounts Hawaii Warriors
    7:30 PM Texas A&M Aggies UCLA Bruins
    7:30 PM West Virginia Mountaineers Virginia Tech Hokies

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    [B][I]Conference Title Odds Leans
    August 22, 2017[/I][/B]

    The Associated Press released its preseason Top 25 on Monday, which for the majority of the college football world, eclipsed even a rare solar event in terms of importance.

    Alabama got the nod over Ohio State and Florida State, while USC and defending champion Clemson rounded out the top five. That pecking order will change immediately since the Crimson Tide and Seminoles square off on Sept. 2.

    Conference championship odds are also out there courtesy of the Westgate Superbook, which we’ll break down here by looking at the favorites and top longshots for the nine top leagues since the Sun Belt and WAC didn’t get odds posted.

    [B]ACC:[/B] It’s debatable that this league has surpassed the SEC in terms of quality but they’ve definitely narrowed the gap and come in housing the reigning national champs and Heisman Trophy winner. Clemson (3/1) and Lamar Jackson-led Louisville (9/2) should be looking up at Florida State (10/11), who will ascend to No. 1 if it pulls off an upset against Alabama in Atlanta. The ‘Noles have to win in Death Valley this season and play their annual rivalry game against talented Florida the week before this game, so I don’t recommend riding chalk despite how talented a group Jimbo Fisher has assembled in Tallahassee. I’d take a shot with the ‘Ville or even Coastal Division favorite Miami (5/1), which returns a fierce-looking defense.
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    American:[/B] There’s no denying that South Florida (EVEN) is rightfully favored, returning QB Quinton Flowers to lead a loaded offense and Charlie Strong taking over as head coach to work with a defense that returns a lot of veterans from last year’s 11-2 squad. The Bulls are likely to host this game too, having a clear edge in the East Division where Houston (5/1), Memphis (5/1), Navy (6/1) and Tulsa (8/1) will all beat up on one another in the West.

    [B]Big 12:[/B] While I’m not knocking Lincoln Riley and think he’ll have a long, successful career as Bob Stoops’ successor, I don’t foresee immediate success and therefore want no part of Oklahoma (EVEN) despite their favored status here. Oklahoma State (5/2) and Kansas State (7/1) are more attractive options and I wouldn’t write off West Virginia (25/1) to pull off a shocker behind new transfer QB Will Grier and Dana Holgorsen giving up play-calling duties with Jake Spavital at the controls of a potentially potent offense. The expectation here is that the OSU Cowboys will prevail in the inaugural league championship game that is scheduled to be played at AT&T Stadium on Dec. 2.
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    Big Ten:[/B] This league is definitely top-heavy this season and can be carved into tiers. Ohio State (5/7), Wisconsin (5/2), Penn State (5/1) and Michigan (7/1) all have such an edge in terms of collective talent that it’s impossible to look elsewhere for a true long shot. J.T. Barrett had a dreadful Fiesta Bowl in national semifinal loss to Clemson but is a proven winner who will likely close out his career with a Big Ten title. If you’re looking for a bigger pay day, I’d ride the Nittany Lions, who beat the Buckeyes last year and are loaded on both sides of the ball, paced by the nation’s top running back, Saquon Barkley.

    [B]C-USA:[/B] Lane Kiffin is getting some immediate respect since Florida Atlantic (12/1) has gone 3-9 in three straight seasons and would normally join rival FIU (50/1) as a major longshot. Adding transfer QB De’Andre Johnson of Last Chance U. fame gives the Owls one of the top playmakers in the conference, which could be up for grabs since favored Western Kentucky (5/7) lost head coach Jeff Brohm to Purdue. Mike Sanford Jr. takes over and returns a ton of talent, but I’d chase a bigger pay day via Middle Tennessee (5/1) or the aforementioned FAU Owls. Blue Raiders QB Brent Stockstill will put up cartoonish numbers in his dad’s offense.

    [B]MAC:[/B] PJ Fleck coached Western Michigan (6/1) to an unbeaten run last season that included a win over Ohio in the championship game, but he’s now coaching at Minnesota. The Broncos should still be a threat, but the smart money is indeed on favored Toledo (10/11), which returns the conference’s top QB in senior Logan Woodside. I wouldn’t mess around and fade the Rockets, who are likely to have a similar run through league play as WMU enjoyed last year. If you’re looking for more of a gamble, go with Western or Miami of Ohio (9/2).

    [B]Mountain West:[/B] Perennial favorite Boise State (6/5) is the chalk to reclaim their spot atop the MWC after stumbling in each of the past few years following its dominant run. It’s undeniable that San Diego State (8/5) has replaced them as the class of this league, but this is a good year to take a shot at one of the two up-and-comers, Colorado State (4/1) and Wyoming (7/1). Cowboys QB Josh Allen is the best player in the conference and Craig Bohl enters his fourth year at the helm of the program and will likely be coming to a major conference near you following this season. Of course, the same could be said about Mike Bobo, who has put together a pair of 7-6 years but always has the Rams playing their best football late. My choice backs the Cowboys to make for a memorable year in Laramie.

    [B]Pac-12[/B]: Although USC (10/11) is rightfully favored, there’s tremendous value in riding with Washington (9/5) now that Chris Petersen has the ball rolling in Seattle. They cruised to last year’s conference championship with a 41-10 rout of surprising Colorado (40/1) and have a ton of talent back, avoid the Trojans on the schedule and close with a tough five-game stretch where they’ll be challenged, but get to play four of them at home. Huskies QB Jake Browning needs to take the next step in his progression but could end up having a more effective season than USC’s Sam Darnold. Utah (40/1) is enticing if you want a dramatic longshot to back.
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    SEC: [/B]Mighty Alabama (4/9) is favored to win a fourth consecutive conference championship, which is no surprise given how dominant they’ve been in beating Missouri and Florida twice, posting a cumulative scoring edge of 125-44. The only time over the past five years that Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide failed to win an SEC title came in 2013 after losing the Iron Bowl to Auburn (6/1), which has to be considered the top longshot to back since the SEC West is again the class of the conference and the Tigers get to host Georgia and ‘Bama in November, giving them a chance to control their destiny if they’re playing their best football at that time. LSU (6/1) looks more like potential spoiler than title contender to me. The Florida Gators (12/1) would be my choice for an East Division team to back since I like their depth better than Georgia (8/1).

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    [B][I]ACC Report – Week 1
    August 27, 2017[/I][/B]

    2016 ACC STANDINGS
    Team SU Conference ATS Over/Under
    Boston College 7-6 2-6 6-6-1 5-8
    Clemson 14-1 7-1 8-7 8-7
    Duke 4-8 1-7 7-5 4-8
    Florida State 10-3 5-3 8-4 6-6
    Georgia Tech 9-4 4-4 7-4-1 6-5-1
    Louisville 9-4 7-1 5-7-1 8-5
    Miami (Fla.) 9-4 5-3 9-4 6-7
    North Carolina 8-5 5-3 8-5 4-9
    North Carolina State 7-6 4-5 9-4 5-7-1
    Pittsburgh 8-5 5-3 5-8 11-2
    Syracuse 4-8 2-6 5-7 3-9
    Virginia 2-10 1-7 4-7-1 4-7-1
    Virginia Tech 10-4 6-3 8-6 8-6
    Wake Forest 7-6 3-5 8-5 6-7

    [B]Boston College at Northern Illinois (Fri. – CBS Sports Network, 9:30 p.m. ET)[/B]
    The Eagles hit the road for DeKalb, Ill. to meet the Huskies of NIU, a team looking to bounce back from a disappointing 5-7 record. It was the first losing season for Northern Illinois, normally a powerhouse in the MAC, since 2007. They also had their streak of eight streak seasons in a bowl game snapped, so they’ll be champing at the bit looking to fire out of the gate against a Power 5 representative. Boston College looks to pick up where they left off last season, as they rebounded nicely in 2016 with two wins down the stretch to go bowling, eventually beating former ACC member Maryland in the Quick Lane Bowl. redshirt freshman Anthony Brown might be the answer at quarterback, as the Eagles look for excitement. Jon Hilliman and Davon Jones will tote the mail more often than not, with true freshman A.J. Dillon a potential star-in-the-making. B.C. already has one win under its belt, as they beat out Michigan for Dillon’s services just before National Signing Day. DE Harold Landry, and his nation-leading 16 1/2 sacks, will be back to terrorize the NIU backfield.

    [B]Kent State at Clemson (ESPN, 12:00 p.m. ET)[/B]
    The defending national champion Tigers welcome Kent State to the upstate, and this could be ugly early out of the gates. Many have the Golden Flashes predicted to finish last in the MAC East, as head coach Paul Haynes’ seat is getting awfully toasty. Clemson opened as 40-point favorites, bet down slightly. That number should fluctuate even more before the opening kick. The Tigers were 3-4 ATS last season as a 20-plus-point favorite last season, although they did cover a 53 1/2-point number against South Carolina State. However, their first home game (second overall) was a sluggish 30-24 win against Troy, so might be see another stumble out of the gate before

    [B]California at North Carolina (ACC Network, 12:20 p.m. ET)[/B]
    The Tar Heels open as 12 1/2-point favorite against the visiting Bears. California hasn’t had a lot of luck, failing to cover over their past four road games. However, Cal has had some luck in their past non-conference tilts, covering five of the past seven. The Golden Bears have to replace QB Davis Webb, and that will be their biggest question mark. Will either Ross Bowers or Chase Forrest be ready, especially after a cross-country flight, playing on the road in hostile territory in their first-ever start? New O.C. Beau Baldwin, formerly head coach of high-flying FCS program Eastern Washington, will make this offense fun, but it might take time. UNC also must replace QB Mitch Trubisky, a big hole, as well as stud TBs Elijah Hood, T.J. Logan, WRs Bug Howard and Ryan Switzer, as well as three offensive linemen. The defense will be fine with six starters back, but there are a ton of question marks on offense.

    [B]North Carolina State vs. South Carolina from Charlotte, NC (ESPN, 3:00 p.m.)[/B]
    The Wolfpack and Gamecocks will do battle at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. BOA was a nice place to start in 2015, as the ‘Cocks topped UNC 17-13 before their season unraveled. With a short jaunt up Interstate 77 from Columbia, you can expect a pro-South Carolina crowd despite the game being played behind enemy lines. South Carolina has covered four straight neutral-site games, while N.C. State is equally impressive with a 7-3-1 ATS mark over their past 11 such situations. And the Wolfpack has posted a glamorous 11-2 ATS mark over their past 13 non-conference tilts, although this is a step up from the Old Dominions, Presbyterians and South Alabamas of the world. Ryan Finley is back to lead the offense, and the dynamic Jaylen Samuels has the chance to be one of the best players in the league.
    [B]
    Louisville vs. Purdue from Indianapolis, IN (FOX, 7:30 p.m.)[/B]
    The Cardinals return Heisman Trophy QB Lamar Jackson, and that already makes them a team to watch. However, they’ll have their hands full trying to supplant Clemson, and perhaps even Florida State, at the top of the ACC, although the Cards certainly handled the ‘Noles easily last season. The Cardinals ripped off 42.5 points per game (PPG) last season, but they’ll be missing key cogs with RB Brandon Radcliff, WRs James Quick and Jamari Staples, as well as TE Cole Hikutini, all having moved on. Jaylen Smith could be the player ready to step up and be the next offensive star, and a quick start against a Purdue squad picked to finish at or near the bottom of the West Division in the Big Ten. Louisville opened as 24 1/2-point favorites and that number has been on the rise. Purdue doesn’t really seem to have the guns to get into a track meet at Lucas Oil Stadium with what should be a much speedier Cardinals offense, even with some new parts.
    [B]
    Florida State vs. Alabama from Atlanta, GA (ABC, 8:00 p.m.)[/B]
    The Crimson Tide and Seminoles will be the gem of the opening weekend, doing battle in the brand spanking news Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The Tide are favored by a touchdown to roll on the Seminoles, who are looking to bounce back from a subpar season by their standards, if you can call 10 wins subpar. FSU finished strong, winning five straight and covering four in a row, but they were a dismal 5-3 SU through eight games with a blowout loss in Louisville (63-20), as well as setbacks on their home turf to Clemson and UNC. The ‘Noles would like a signature win against a high-profile Tide team, boosting their stock immediately. However, FSU will need to find a workhorse to replace Dalvin Cook, and that will not be easy. QB Jalen Hurts is back for the Tide, and he should be even better after a big season, although he occasionally would look like a freshman, too. The mistakes should be even fewer, and that’s not good for the rest of the nation. The ‘over’ might be the way to go, as it is 20-6-1 in Alabama’s past 27 neutral-site games and 4-0-1 in their past five vs. ACC foes. The over has hit in six straight neutral-site battles for FSU, while going4-1 in their past five non-conference affairs.

    [B]West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech from Landover, MD (Sun. – ABC, 7:30 p.m.)[/B]
    Unless you’re alumni, or from the Appalachia region, this game doesn’t have as much meaning. But, ahh, you’ll watch because it’s football, and, well, it’s football. The Mountaineers of the Big 12 head to suburban D.C. looking to shine their star a bit. They haven’t fared well against the number in big games in recent times, going 6-15 ATS in their past 21 against ACC foes, 1-4 ATS in their past five non-conference battles and 0-4 ATS in their past four on a neutral field. On the flip side, Virginia Tech is tabbed to contend for the Coastal Division in the ACC, and another 10-win season could easily be within reach. The ‘over’ has hit in four of the past five for West Virginia on a neutral field, whilegoing 5-1-1 in Virginia Tech’s past seven in such situations. Therefore an offensive feast might be on tap. Virginia Tech has hit the over in 13 of their past 16 outside of the ACC, too.

    [B]Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech from Atlanta, GA (Mon. – ESPN, 8:00 p.m.)[/B]
    The Volunteers will head down Interstate 75 and into enemy territory to face the Yellow Jackets. While technically not a home game, the game is in Atlanta and will be a pro-Ramblin’ Wreck crowd, although plenty of burnt orange will be on hand, too. The Vols are favored, even so slightly, in a game with a line bouncing between 3 1/2 and 6. The Vols have been great in their recent neutral-site contests, going a perfect 6-0 ATS in the past six tries. Ga. Tech has been very good, too, going 3-0-1 ATS in their past four on a neutral field, while hitting a perfect 4-for-4 in their past four outside of the conference. Tennessee will be christening a new quarterback, and Quinten Dormady and Jarrett Guarantano should both see some snaps. They will find a rather inexperienced, yet potential explosive wideout corps facing down against a decent Yellow Jackets secondary. With inexperience on the offensive side of the ball, and a strong Georgia Tech run game and questionable QB play on their end, too, a low-scoring game might be in the offing.

    [B]Other Games
    Presbyterian at Wake Forest (Thu. – 6:30 p.m., ACC Network)
    Central Conn. at Syracuse (Fri. – 7:00 p.m., ACC Network)
    Bethune-Cook. at Miami, FL (ACC Network, 12:30 p.m.)
    Youngstown St. at Pittsburgh (ACC Network, 1:00 p.m.)
    William & Mary at Virginia (ACC Network, 3:30 p.m.)
    North Carolina Central at Duke (ACC Network, 6:00 p.m.)[/B]

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    [B][I]Big 12 Report – Week 1
    August 27, 2017
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    2016 BIG 12 STANDINGS
    Team SU Conference ATS Over/Under
    Baylor 7-6 3-6 4-9 4-9
    Iowa State 3-9 2-7 7-5 8-4
    Kansas 2-10 1-8 6-6 5-7
    Kansas State 9-4 6-3 6-7 7-6
    Oklahoma 11-2 9-0 7-6 6-7
    Oklahoma State 10-3 7-2 8-5 7-6
    Texas 5-7 3-6 6-6 4-8
    Texas Christian 6-7 4-5 3-10 6-7
    Texas Tech 5-7 3-6 8-4 7-5
    West Virginia 10-3 7-2 5-8 5-8
    [B]
    Tulsa at Oklahoma State (Thurs. – FOX Sports 1, 7:30 p.m. ET)[/B]
    Originally set for Saturday, this contest will now kick off on Thursday night in Stillwater. These Sooner State universities have met frequently on the gridiron, with Oklahoma State holding a 39-28-5 all-time series lead. This will be the third-ever meeting to open a new season, however. The offense has been prolific in Tulsa for most of Philip Montgomery’s tenure, but the Golden Hurricane must replace some big guns. QB Dane Evans expired his eligibility and top WRs Keevan Lucas and Josh Atkinson are gone. QBs Chad President and Luke Skipper look to fill the void under center. For the first time in a while, the running backs spot appears to be the strength of Tulsa. For OK State, they need no reinforcements on offense, as QB Mason Rudolph is back with his cadre of high-flying receivers, led by James Washington. The difference in this game from the outset will be OK State’s defensive line pressure againt an untested QB.
    [B]
    Maryland at Texas (FOX Sports 1, 12:00 p.m.)[/B]
    If not for Rutgers, Maryland would be battling Indiana to avoid the cellar in the East Division in the Big Ten Conference. For Texas, it’s a brand new day with Tom Herman taking the reins after Charlie Strong was relieved of his duties. Big things are expected of the Longhorns in 2017, but when isn’t that the case in football-crazy Texas? In recent season the Terrapins of UMD have struggled, wrapping up their 2016 campaign 1-5 ATS over their final six games while going a dismal 0-6 ATS over the past six on the road. They’re also 1-4 ATS in their past five outings outside of the conference. For Texas, they’ve been a tough out in Austin, at least against the number lately, going 7-3 ATS over their past 10 outings. However, they’ve covered just one of their past five showings against the Big Ten. In terms of non-conference games and the total, the ‘under’ is 4-1-1 in the past six for the Terps, while the ‘over’ is 4-1 across the past six the the burnt orange.
    [B]
    Texas-El Paso at Oklahoma (FOX, 3:30 p.m. ET)[/B]
    This game isn’t terribly attractive if you want to see a good game, as Oklahoma opened as a 48-point favorite. It has been bet down into the 44-45 point range, but it is still expected to be a blood bath. Still, plenty of eyes will be on Norman as Lincoln Riley coaches his first game for Boomer Sooner. Oklahoma failed to cover last season against Louisiana-Monroe as a 46-point favorite in a cupcake matchup in mid-September, and they’re 4-1 SU/2-3 ATS over their past five season openers, too, including a straight-up loss to Houston last season. The Miners showed some improvement down the stretch, winning three of their final six games. But they have a long way to go before they’re remotely close to Oklahoma in terms of talent. Still, they might give the Sooners a better game than the likes of Kansas.
    [B]
    Eastern Washington at Texas Tech (No national TV, 4:00 p.m. ET)[/B]
    If you like offense, this could be the game for you. Eastern Washington might be an FCS team, but they’re the national champs of that level from 2010, and they have been a giant killer — or at least a giant scarer — in recent seasons. They won at Washington State, 45-42, to open their season in 2016, and put up 42 against a good Oregon squad in a loss back in 2015. They also gave Washington a run for its money, 59-52, back in 2014, while knocking off No. 25 Oregon State to open the 2013 campaign in Corvallis. So don’t expect the Eagles to be intimidated, or outscored by much. A win over Texas Tech could turn up the temperature on the hot seat of head coach Kliff Kingsbury to intense heat. Offense is never a problem in Lubbock, and QB Nic Shimonek is the next great, taking over for the departed Patrick Mahomes. But defense needs to improve quickly after allowing 43.5 points per game, or it’s going to be another disappointing season.
    [B]
    West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech from Landover, MD (Sun. – ABC, 7:30 p.m.)[/B]
    Unless you’re alumni, or from the Appalachia region, this game doesn’t have as much meaning. But, ahh, you’ll watch because it’s football, and, well, it’s football. The Mountaineers of the Big 12 head to suburban D.C. looking to shine their star a bit. They haven’t fared well against the number in big games in recent times, going 6-15 ATS in their past 21 against ACC foes, 1-4 ATS in their past five non-conference battles and 0-4 ATS in their past four on a neutral field. On the flip side, Virginia Tech is tabbed to contend for the Coastal Division in the ACC, and another 10-win season could easily be within reach. The ‘over’ has hit in four of the past five for West Virginia on a neutral field, whilegoing 5-1-1 in Virginia Tech’s past seven in such situations. Therefore an offensive feast might be on tap. Virginia Tech has hit the over in 13 of their past 16 outside of the ACC, too.

    [B]Other Games
    Liberty at Baylor (Kickoff time still TBD)
    Southeast Missouri State at Kansas (No national TV, 7:00 p.m.)
    Central Arkansas at Kansas State (No national TV, 7:10 p.m.)
    Northern Iowa at Iowa State (No national TV, 8:00 p.m.)
    Jackson State at Texas Christian (FOX, 8:00 p.m.)[/B]

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    [B][I]Pac-12 Report – Week 1
    August 27, 2017[/I][/B]

    2016 PAC-12 STANDINGS
    Team SU Conference ATS Over/Under
    Arizona 3-9 1-8 2-10 7-5
    Arizona State 5-7 2-7 6-5 7-5
    California 5-7 3-6 5-7 8-4
    Colorado 10-4 8-2 10-4 5-9
    Oregon 4-8 2-7 2-9-1 7-5
    Oregon State 4-8 3-6 9-3 5-7
    Southern California 10-3 7-2 8-5 4-9
    Stanford 10-3 6-3 7-6 5-8
    UCLA 4-8 2-7 4-8 4-7-1
    Utah 9-4 5-4 7-6 6-7
    Washington 12-2 9-1 7-7 8-5-1
    Washington State 8-5 7-2 6-7 7-5-1

    [B]Oregon State at Colorado State (Sat., Aug. 26 – CBS Sports Network, 2:30 p.m. ET)[/B]
    The Beavers hit the road for Fort Collins to clash with the Rams in the first game on the 2017 College Football regular season schedule, and first game at CSU’s brand spanking new facility. Oregon State didn’t have the greatest of seasons last year, but they did finish with seven covers across their final eight outings while winning their final two games straight up. However, they were blanked in five tries on the road in 2016, going 3-2 ATS, and they’re 0-13 SU/4-9 ATS across their past 13 trips since their last road win in Colorado on Oct. 4, 2014. Colorado State made a bowl appearance last season, losing 61-50 in a shootout. That was par for the course, as they scored 37 or more points in each of their final six games while covering the last seven games of the regular season, and 10 of 11. Oregon State will turn to QB Jake Luton, a JUCO transfer, to try and turn around one of the worst passing offenses among Power 5 Conference members. Final – Colorado State 58 Oregon State 27

    [B]Stanford at Rice from Sydney, Australia (Sat., Aug. 26 – ESPN, 10:00 p.m. ET)[/B]

    Stanford and Rice will do battle down under, and Aussies might be treated to a beatdown. The Cardinal are favored by 31 points. It was a strange season for the Cardina. They still ended up with 10 wins, but it was disappointing by their standards. That shows how high the bar has been set in Palo Alto. They were humbled 44-6 in Washington Sept. 30, 2016, and belted 42-16 by Washington State at home. On Oct. 22, they were 4-3 SU/ATS through seven games and people wondered aloud if mediocrity was back in the Bay Area. But the Cardinal ripped off six wins, including their bowl game, to get to 10 wins. They lost Christian McCaffrey to the NFL, but they should be just fine going into 2017. Stanford is just 2-3 ATS over their past five regular season openers, and they lost straight-up at Northwestern the last time they opened somewhere outside of Palo Alto. They topped the Owls 41-17 to close the regular season last year, and the Cardinal are replacing key personnel. Will it be enough for the Owls to stay within the number? Final – Stanford 62 Rice 7
    New Mexico State at Arizona State (Thurs., Aug. 31 – Pac-12 Network, 10:30 p.m. ET)
    The Sun Devils open with the Aggies, who are barely an FBS team. The Aggies have posted three or fewer wins in five consecutive seasons, and they haven’t had a winning campaign since the 2002 season. Arizona State isn’t used to losing seasons, but that’s what they experienced last year when they lost to rival Arizona in the finale to miss a bowl bid. Arizona State is favored to win by more than three touchdowns in their opener, and they’re 8-1 ATS over the past nine outings. Conversely, NMSU is 9-19 ATS over the past 28 road battles. A high-scoring game could be on tap, as the ‘over’ is 21-5-1 in the past 27 road outings for the Aggies, and the Sun Devils hit the over in four of their past five home contests.

    [B]Colorado State at Colorado from Denver, Colo. (Fri., Sept. 1 – Pac-12 Network, 8:00 p.m. ET)[/B]
    The Rams will already have a game under its belt when they invade Sports Authority Field in Denver for their rivalry game with the Buffaloes. Colorado had a great season in 2016, rising back to prominence after many awful and trying seasons since joining the Pac-12. The Rams enter the season 14-4-1 ATS over their past 19 non-conference games, but they’re 0-4-1 in their past five neutral-site battles. The Buffaloes are 1-3-1 ATS in their past five on a neutral-site field. Total bettors might be especially interested in this rivalry game, as the ‘under’ has hit in eight of the past nine games. The underdog is also 3-1-1 ATS in the past five meetings in this series.
    [B]
    Washington at Rutgers (Fri., Sept. 1 – FOX Sports 1, 8:00 p.m. ET)[/B]
    The Huskies made the four-team playoff last season, but they were bounced by a much more superior Alabama team. Washington looks to climb the mountain again, hoping to take that next step forward. They can start climbing that mountain with a convincing win against Rutgers in a cross-country trip to open the season. The Huskies waffled the Scarlet Knights by a 48-13 count to open the 2016 season, covering a 25-point number. Washington’s roster is littered with stars again, and they return 13 starters. QB Jake Browning and RB Myles Gaskin are back, as is LB Azeem Victor along with the league’s best front seven. That’s bad news for a Rutgers team that is barely competitive against bottom-tier FBS teams.
    [B]
    California at North Carolina (ACC Network, 12:20 p.m. ET)[/B]
    The Tar Heels open as 12 1/2-point favorite against the visiting Bears. California hasn’t had a lot of luck, failing to cover over their past four road games. However, Cal has had some luck in their past non-conference tilts, covering five of the past seven. The Golden Bears have to replace QB Davis Webb, and that will be their biggest question mark. Will either Ross Bowers or Chase Forrest be ready, especially after a cross-country flight, playing on the road in hostile territory in their first-ever start? New O.C. Beau Baldwin, formerly head coach of high-flying FCS program Eastern Washington, will make this offense fun, but it might take time. UNC also must replace QB Mitch Trubisky, a big hole, as well as stud TBs Elijah Hood, T.J. Logan, WRs Bug Howard and Ryan Switzer, as well as three offensive linemen. The defense will be fine with six starters back, but there are a ton of question marks on offense.
    [B]
    Western Michigan at Southern California (Sat., Sept. 2 – Pac-12 Network, 5:15 p.m. ET)[/B]
    The Trojans look for a quick start, and they have one of the most dangerous weapons in the country in QB Sam Darnold. It’s a tough opener against a Western Michigan team which posted 13 regular-season victories before playing Wisconsin tough in the Cotton Bowl, covering in a 24-16 loss. With success of a mid-level program, losses are harder to overcome. Head coach P.J. Fleck left for Minnesota and WR Corey Davis is now playing his football for the Tennessee Titans. However, they still have a strong pass rush to give Darnold a much bigger test than some other top QBs who will be opening with cupcakes. USC opened as a 24-point favorite, and bettors are now expecting them to win by nearly four touchdowns. While USC is expected to be a playoff contender, Western Michigan is coming off a New Year’s Day bowl and will not be a pushover.
    [B]
    Texas A&M at UCLA (Sun., Sept. 3 – FOX, 7:30 p.m. ET)[/B]
    In one of the final games of the opening weekend, Texas A&M invades the Rose Bowl to battle UCLA. While a lot of the national media focuses on cross-town rival USC’s QB, the Bruins have a good one of their own in Josh Rosen. He is making his way back from a shoulder injury which derailed his season early on. He is healthy, and if the team’s offensive line play is better he has a chance to lead this team to big things. The Aggies have promise at QB, but it’s uncertain if we’ll see Jake Hubenek, Kellen Mond or Nick Starkel – or all three – in the opener. Both teams have struggled in non-conference games lately, with A&M 2-6 ATS in their past eight and UCLA 0-5 ATS in their past five outside of the conferences.

    [B]Other Games
    North Dakota at Utah (Thu., Aug. 31 – Pac-12 Network, 7:30 p.m. ET)
    Portland State at Oregon State (Sat., Sept. 2 – Pac-12 Network, 2:00 p.m. ET)
    Southern Utah at Oregon (Sat., Sept. 2 – Pac-12 Network, 8:15 p.m. ET)
    Montana State at Washington State (Sat., Sept. 2, FOX Sports 1, 10:30 p.m. ET)
    Northern Arizona at Arizona (Sat., Sept. 2, Pac-12 Network, 11:00 p.m. ET)[/B]

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