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11/01/2011 07:08 PM

Purdue Big 'Dogs On Road At Wisconsin Badgers

Life on the road in college football is not supposed to be easy, but it's proven particularly rough for Bret Bielema and the Wisconsin Badgers. A pair of stunning losses to Michigan State and Ohio State the last two weeks have not only cost the Badgers a shot at a National Championship, but also put a Big Ten title nearly out of reach.

Wisconsin will try to keep its slim conference hopes alive this Saturday when the Purdue Boilermakers come to Camp Randall Stadium for a 3:30 p.m. (ET) kickoff. ABC and ESPN2 will carry the game that has the Badgers favored by 25½ after opening a point higher. The total is 57.

A week after losing at Michigan State on the game's final play, Wisconsin fell 33-29 at Ohio State on a 40-yard heave with 20 seconds left. Just like they battled from behind to seemingly force overtime in East Lansing, the Badgers clawed their way back in Columbus to take a 29-26 lead with just over a minute left.

Braxton Miller's 40-yard pass to Devin Smith decided it with 20 seconds left. Miller was just 6-of-11 through the air for 49 yards before the winning toss, but the Buckeyes hadn't really needed to open up the passing game until then. Dan Herron rushed for 160 yards on 33 carries while Miller carried the ball 19 times for 99 yards.

Bielema did a good job getting his team to put the loss to the Spartans behind them with a second straight tough foe on the road. Now he has to do it all over again before facing a Purdue squad that will be more difficult to get up for than the previous two opponents.

The good news for Bielema is the Badgers will be at home where they are 5-0 this campaign, covering four of the five victories. The 'over' is 4-1 in the contests played at Camp Randall.

Purdue is pretty much your Average Joe football team on the gridiron as well as against the college football odds. The Boilermakers are 67th in scoring offense, 76th in total offense and 52nd in total defense, stats that have translated into a 4-4 record straight up with alternating wins and losses all season. They're due for a dubya this week if that trend is to continue.

The Boilermakers are also 4-4 against the spread while their games have gone 3-3-2 in totals betting.

Danny Hope's squad looked below average in a 36-14 loss at Michigan this past week, and has played below average on the road all season, going 0-3 with additional defeats at Rice and Penn State. The Boilermakers gave a good effort at Penn State a few weeks ago when turnovers spoiled their bid for an upset. Purdue had some success that afternoon running the ball, and it will be interesting to see if the Boilers' ground game can keep them in the game here given how the Buckeyes performed last Saturday running against the Badgers defense.

It will take more than just running the ball to pull this upset off, however. Russell Wilson and the Wisconsin offense can strike from anywhere on the field quickly, or just use that big O-line to bully down the field on sustained drives.

Wisconsin still has a chance to make it to the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis on Dec. 3, but the Badgers will need the dominoes to fall just right. Bielema's bunch obviously needs to win out; the Badgers follow this contest with road games at Minnesota and Illinois before hosting Penn State in the season finale.

The Nittany Lions control their own destiny with a 5-0 mark atop the Leaders Division, trailed by Wisconsin, Ohio State and Purdue who are all 2-2. The Badgers need Penn State to lose at home against Nebraska in two weeks and then beat the Buckeyes (Nov. 19) before Joe Paterno's squad arrives in Madison on Nov. 26.

While the Badgers enter this game on a 5-0 'over' streak, the 'under' has been money in the last five meetings between Wisconsin and Purdue. The Badgers have won all five of those games, and are 7-2 SU and ATS the last nine times they've faced the Boilermakers.

Cloudy and cool is Saturday's forecast for Mad City, with temps in the low-to-mid 50s at kickoff. The Badgers will be in Minnesota next week to meet the Golden Gophers while Purdue is home against Ohio State.

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11/01/2011 07:10 PM

Gamecocks, Razorbacks In Crucial SEC Showdown

Saturday night will find NCAA football betting fans paying attention to the clash between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the LSU Tigers. However, there is another big time SEC duel this Saturday evening pitting Top 10 teams against one another.

The South Carolina Gamecocks will look to keep their tenuous hold on the SEC East lead when they travel to face the Arkansas Razorbacks. Kickoff from Razorback Stadium is set for 7:15 p.m. (ET), and there will be live television coverage on ESPN and

The Gamecocks (7-1 SU, 4-4 ATS) come into this week at No. 19 in our Don Best Linemakers Poll, but they are No. 9 in the BCS rankings. They are just a combination of two wins and/or two Georgia Bulldogs losses away from winning the SEC East, but the Dawgs probably have to be considered the favorites right now.

South Carolina has to play at Arkansas this week and home against the Florida Gators next week. Georgia only has the Auburn Tigers and Kentucky Wildcats, and both games are going to be played "Between the Hedges."

That makes this game all the more important for Steve Spurrier and company.

It has been a wild year for the Gamecocks who have a completely different backfield now from the one that started the season. Stephen Garcia was dismissed from the team last month, and one-time Heisman Trophy candidate Marcus Lattimore's season is over with an ACL injury.

The running game just doesn't look the same with Brandon Wilds in the backfield, but Connor Shaw is doing a respectable job under center. The newcomer to this offense has thrown for 582 yards and rushed for 174 more, accounting for a total of seven touchdowns.

The key for Shaw is going to be getting Alshon Jeffrey more involved with the offense. Many think that Jeffrey has just as much, if not more, talent that both Julio Jones and AJ Green who were both Top 10 picks in last year's NFL Draft. Yet Jeffrey only has 33 receptions for 468 yards and five scores on the season, numbers which pale in comparison to last year's 88 receptions, 1,517 yards and nine touchdowns.

Arkansas (7-1 SU, 4-4 ATS) has had a heck of a time over the course of these last two weeks, needing late comebacks to take down the Ole Miss Rebels and Vanderbilt Commodores on the road. The next three are at home before the trip to the Bayou against the LSU Tigers to end the regular season.

Four wins probably puts the Hogs into the BCS, and it might even be enough to get them into the National Championship Game. However, nothing is guaranteed with both LSU and Alabama firmly in front of them.

This had the potential to be a rough year for the Razorbacks after Ryan Mallett decided to forego his senior season and come into the NFL Draft instead.

Matters were only made worse when the team's top two rushers from last year, Broderick Green and Knile Davis both suffered season-ending injuries, Green after just two games and Davis before the season even started.

But Tyler Wilson has done a fantastic job quarterbacking the No. 9 ranked passing team in the country. He has thrown for 2,327 yards with 13 TDs against just three INTs.

Arkansas has gone 7-3 SU and 8-2 ATS over the course of the last 10 meetings in this series, including winning last year's 41-20 triumph in Columbia as short underdogs.

The oddsmakers have installed the hosts as 4 ½-point favorites. The total has moved up two points to 52½, something that might be a tad surprising considering the fact that South Carolina has played five of its last six games to 'under' results and has allowed just 9.7 PPG in that stretch.

It'll be a picture perfect day for football in Fayetteville. Temperatures should be in the mid-50s around kickoff time, dropping into the high-40s with little chance for rain and relatively light winds.

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11/01/2011 07:37 PM

Stanford finish costs Books

October 31, 2011

Las Vegas sports books had their best college football Saturday of the year, which was led by major upsets and bettors changing their wagering philosophies a bit. The favorites went 29-11-1 with 13 underdogs winning outright, including five double-digit dogs winning outright.
Going into the late games, the books had the ability to have perhaps the best Saturday ever. All they needed was a decision of some kind in the Stanford-USC game, any decision one way or another, just not a push. When the game went into overtime, a decision seemed to be in the bag with Stanford being an eight-point favorite.

The most a college team can win by in overtime is seven, unless it goes into triple-overtime where each team has to go for a two-point attempt after a touchdown. Wouldn’t you know it, Stanford was up by 8 in the third overtime period and forced USC into a turnover. Game over, Stanford wins by 8!.

It may not sound like a big deal. You may be thinking that it’s just a refund and it didn’t cost the books any money, but it’s the timing of the game that made it a major negative on the day.

“The Stanford game ending in 8 was the worst possible outcome for us, said Station Casinos sports book director Jason McCormick. “Any number but eight would have been good for us, but between getting middled a little bit and having so many of the live parlays on the day finishing off with either side of that game getting refunded, it wasn’t good.”

Station Casinos opened Stanford -8, but were up and down during the week with 8 not being a key number to hold strong to like 3's or 7's.

“We went down to -7 ½, back to -8, all the way up to -9 at one point before eventually settling on -8 as the closing number. I still can’t believe an overtime game, a game where the spread was 8, would actually land on 8.”

As bad as the Stanford decision was for the books, they got it over it real quick once they reflected on how well they did with every other game.

The betting public seems to react drastically to what they just saw last and bet accordingly. A perfect example happened last week with how quickly they turned on Oklahoma following their loss to Texas Tech last week, while also jumping on the Red Raider wagon.

“The public jumped off the Oklahoma train after they lost and got on board Kansas State’s after all their covers this year, despite riding the Sooners strong all season,” said South Point sports book Director Bert Osborne. “It was kind of surprising to see a majority swing like that with a power-house college team, a team they have been laying the points with all year.“

Texas Tech must have still been in a daze from upsetting Oklahoma last week as they fell at home to Iowa State 41-7 as a 15-point favorite, much to the disdain of bettor's parlays all over town.

If Kansas State and Tech weren’t enough to kill off almost everyone’s parlay, the sports books got reinforcements with Clemson (-3 ½), Wisconsin (-7), Oregon (-35), Arkansas (-9 ½) and Texas A&M (-10 ½) all either losing or not covering the spread.

After doing well in the late national TV games, the books got the added bonus of beating the last ‘get-back’ games. The 7:00 pm (PT) games are typically games the favorites are bet upon by bettors trying to expand their winnings from the day or, as was the case Saturday, get back their losses by chasing.

Arizona was still fresh on everyone’s mind from thrashing UCLA last Thursday while also witnessing Washington get bounced by Stanford. The Huskies opened as six-point favorites, but were bet down to -4. The small money followed the large money on this one and surprisingly bet the dog. Washington took control in the second half to win 42-31.

The other late ’get-back’ game was San Diego State laying -18 ½-points to Wyoming. Not many had tickets on Wyoming, nor the winning side on money-line as it became the upset on the day with Wyoming wining 30-27.

You have to think the sports books have the public right where they want them right now. Instead of going to windows full of confidence laying the big numbers and routinely cashing in big-parlays, they’ll be more apt to second guess their choices which immediately slants the edge to the books even more.

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11/01/2011 07:39 PM

Pac 12 Notebook

November 1, 2011

Week 9 Rewind

This is getting pretty old. After every game in the Pac 12 was decided by at least two touchdowns two weeks ago, five of the six games this past week were decided by double-digits.

Washington State played pretty impressively against Oregon as it outgained the Ducks 462-454 but special teams were the difference for Oregon. The Ducks first touchdown came on a blocked punt return and then after the Cougars cut the lead to nine points late in the third quarter, Oregon returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown.

Colorado got dismantled again, losing its sixth straight game and fourth straight by at least four touchdowns. The Buffaloes fell behind 24-0 to Arizona State and there was no chance of recovery as they turned the ball over five times which resulted in 177 empty yards. It was the third time in October that Colorado faced an opponent coming off a bye week.

UCLA got back into the win column to get back to .500 on the season. The Bruins spotted California a 7-0 lead before running off 17 straight points and then scoring the game's final two touchdowns to win with ease. The suspensions to the receivers was felt with just 92 passing yards but UCLA rushed for 294 yards on 52 carries (5.7 ypc).

The Utes got back to .500 and picked up their first ever Pac 12 victory as they jumped out to a 24-0 lead and never looked back. Utah only outgained the Beavers 287-263 but took advantage of their miscues. Oregon State had four turnovers, a missed field goal and two turnovers on downs. The Beavers rushed for only 32 yards on 26 carries (1.2 ypc).

Arizona could not follow up its first Pac 12 win of the year with another as it fell at Washington. The Wildcats had the lead for most of the game and outgained the Huskies 388-310 but the fourth quarter miscues did them in. They had a three-point lead early in the period but turned the ball over on their final three possessions

Game of the Year - Part 1

The best was saved for last as Stanford and USC played an instant classic.

The Cardinal outlasted USC in triple overtime 56-48 in a game that was back and forth. Stanford scored with just under a minute remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime. In the third overtime, the Cardinal scored on their possession while getting the two-point conversion and USC fumbled into the endzone to end the game.

Because the game went into three overtimes, Stanford backers were able to hold out hope and get a possible cover with their -7.5 line because two-point attempts are mandatory at that point.

As luck would have it, no pun intended, Stanford covered its eighth consecutive game to open the season.

Could that run come to an end? Stanford has failed to cover the following game after USC in each of the last four years, three resulting in outright losses, and with Oregon on deck in two weeks, it finds itself in a tough sandwich spot.

The Cardinal are 20.5-point favorites at Oregon State.

Quarterback Controversy?

We are not taking about Washington State or California (although one should be brewing in Berkley following Zach Maynard's horrible performance against UCLA). Believe it or not, it is at Oregon.

Ducks quarterback Darron Thomas returned to the lineup against Washington State, going 8-of-13 for 153 yards and a touchdown but also two picks. He was pulled at halftime and redshirt freshman Bryan Bennett led the Ducks to three touchdown drives, going 4-7 for 88 yards and two touchdowns.

Oregon head coach Chip Kelly has not indicated who will start at Washington, stating that, "We base everything on how we practice."

Thomas will likely get the nod as rumors were swirling that he was pulled as to not aggravate his leg injury. Either way, Kelly said that there is no plan for a two-quarterback rotation.

Oregon is a two-touchdown chalk at Washington.

Game of the Week

It may not be the best game on paper but Arizona State travels to UCLA for a key Pac 12 South matchup.

A win by Arizona State pretty much locks up the division but if the Bruins can get the win, they control their own destiny going forward. UCLA has winnable games against Utah and Colorado following this week and then its season finale against rival USC, which cannot go to the Pac 12 Championship.

This very well could be the make or break game for the future of Rick Neuheisel but hasn't this been the case almost every week?

The Bruins are 10-point home underdogs.

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11/01/2011 07:41 PM

Temple travels to Ohio Wednesday night


Kickoff: Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. EDT
Line: Temple -3.5, Total: 47

The Temple Owls bring the nation’s second-ranked scoring defense into Athens, Ohio to take on the Ohio Bobcats on Wednesday night.

These two MAC rivals are well-rested following their bye weeks. Despite Temple’s 13-10 loss at Bowling Green in its last game, the Owls have been a stellar road team, winning at Akron, Maryland and Ball State by a combined score of 121 to 10. Alabama is the only FBS team that has allowed fewer points than Temple (10.0 PPG) this season on defense. The Owls have given up more than 14 points just once all year (36 to Toledo), which includes a near-upset of Penn State, when they fell 14-10. Ohio has not played a difficult schedule, but is just 1-4 ATS (2-3 SU) in its past five games. Although the Bobcats have won three of four meetings in this series, the pick here is TEMPLE to run wild on Ohio with its strong ground game.

This FoxSheets trend also sides with the Bobcats:

TEMPLE is 17-6 ATS (73.9%, +10.4 Units) after 2 consecutive games where they committed 1 or less turnovers since 1992. The average score was TEMPLE 20.1, OPPONENT 26.3 - (Rating = 1*).

The Owls have played all eight of their games Under the Total, and the FoxSheets show a four-start trend expecting the UNDER to occur again on Wednesday.

Play Under - All teams where the total is between 42.5 and 49 (OHIO U) - dominant team - outgaining their opponents by 125 or more yards/game, after outgaining opponent by 225 or more total yards in their previous game. (73-28 over the last 10 seasons.) (72.3%, +42.2 units. Rating = 4*).

Temple ranks ninth in FBS in rushing offense (252 YPG) led by junior Bernard Pierce (951 rushing yards, 18 TD). Although he has been bothered by a hamstring injury, he’s still expected to play against Ohio for the first time in his career. Pierce is averaging 5.3 YPC and has rushed for 100+ yards in six of eight games this season. If Pierce can’t go, Matt Brown proved himself capable of handing the workload with 119 yards on 22 carries against Bowling Green. The Owls don’t throw the football very much, averaging a mere 16.6 pass attempts per game. Senior QB Chester Stewart is 47-for-74 for 643 yards, 2 TD and 2 INT this season, and his offense has gone three straight games without turning the ball over. On defense, Temple ranks fifth in the nation with 263 YPG allowed. The Owls place among the top-10 FBS schools in both pass defense (173 YPG, 9th) and against the run (91 YPG, 10th).

In last year’s meeting, the 10-point underdog Bobcats won 31-23 in Philadelphia. But it’s a new cast of characters this year in Ohio, led by QB Tyler Tettleton, who has 17 TD and 5 INT in his sophomore season. Tettleton has thrown at least 2 TD in seven of his eight games this year. Senior RB Donte Harden continues to improve, rushing for 297 yards with 2 total TD in the past three games. Ohio’s defense has also been pretty strong this season, ranking 18th in the nation in yardage (321 YPG) and 24th in points (20.4 PPG). The Bobcats had a run of four straight games forcing 2+ TO, but have only one takeaway in the past three weeks.

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11/01/2011 07:44 PM


Throughout our 55 seasons of publishing THE GOLD SHEET, many of our most-memorable college football games have been the infrequent No. 1 vs. No. 2 regular-season battles. Of course, the rather recent introduction of 1 vs. 2 matchups in Bowl Alliance or BCS title games has changed the overall impact of such high-profile regular-season clashes, but we can't help but get excited whenever such a contest materializes. Which is why we are looking forward to this weekend's LSU at Alabama titanic in Tuscaloosa, which has the earmarks of the sort of classic duel that could rank among the best in memory. For a detailed preview on this week's Tigers vs. Crimson Tide showdown, please consult our College Forecast.

With LSU and Bama the main topic this week, we thought it might be fun to look back on some of the best past 1 vs. 2 matchups from the regular season since TGS began to publish in 1957. Not all 1 vs. 2 battles from the past are the same; in many cases, such rumbles featured teams that were not in the eventual national title picture. Others were arguably not matchups of the two best teams from that year. Nonetheless, we've compiled a list of what we believe are the most memorable, and best, 1 vs. 2 regular-season showdowns over the past 55 seasons. We'll have to wait until next week to see where LSU-Bama, circa 2011, fits into the list.

A quick note. Some memorable regular-season showdowns from the past have been omitted from our list because they were not actually 1 vs. 2 battles. Thus, LSU's 7-3 win over Ole Miss on Halloween night, 1959, when Billy Cannon uncorked his memorable 89-yard punt return TD, is excluded since the Tigers were ranked first and the Rebs third that week. As well as the 1967 UCLA-USC classic, when O.J. Simpson's late 64-yard TD run gave the Trojans a 21-20 win over Gary Beban's Bruins; SC had actually dropped to fourth in the polls the previous week after losing at Oregon State.

Let the debate begin...

1-Notre Dame (1) at Michigan State (2), November 19, 1966...The fact this classic ended with no resolution (a 10-10 draw) has helped contribute to its enduring legacy. Unique in that neither of these powerhouses were bowl-bound in '66, with Notre Dame still in its dark ages of eschewing bowl games (a policy it would finally end three years later) and Michigan State barred from the postseason by the Big Ten's "no-repeat" rule of the day.

Anticipation began to build for this one early in the season, and the hype only accelerated as the campaign progressed. A media firestorm preceded the kickoff as draconian TV rules of the era threatened to black out much of the nation from the showdown, although a compromise was reached with ABC wherein much of the country would view the game on a 15-minute-delay basis, circumventing the "live" telecast rules.

The battle was tense throughout, with Notre Dame forced to play from behind with backup QB Coley O'Brien relieving starter Terry Hanratty, who exited early with a shoulder injury. O'Brien nonetheless rallied the Irish back to a 10-10 tie. Notre Dame had a chance to win the game late, but Joe Azzaro's 41-yard FG attempt sailed wide with 4:39 to play. Controversy erupted afterward when Irish HC Ara Parseghian opted to play it safe in the final moments, but we have always believed critics judged Parseghian too harshly, as putting the ball in the air from his own territory at that stage of the game with a shaky O'Brien was especially risky, and Ara did gamble on a 4th-down run to keep possession in the final drive. Only on the last play of the game did Parseghian play it extra careful, but Ara knew he had one more chance to impress the pollsters the next week in a season-ender at Southern Cal. Which the Irish won 51-0 to help solidify a final number one ranking.

2-Nebraska (1) at Oklahoma (2), November 25, 1971...Anticipation for this Thanksgiving classic forty years ago began to build in early October when the Sooners quickly ascended to the number two spot in the polls behind defending national champ Nebraska. OU, which had adopted the wishbone offense late the previous season, served notice in an early October 48-27 wipeout of former wishbone master Texas at the Cotton Bowl, a game in which the Sooners rushed for 435 yards, 214 of those by electric HB Greg Pruitt.

In those days, without a Big 8 commitment to any postseason event, bowl games would make their bets before the regular season would conclude. In 1971, the Orange thus invited Nebraska and the Sugar went with Oklahoma. Later that Thanksgiving weekend, Alabama (Orange-bound) and Auburn (Sugar-bound), featuring Heisman winner QB Pat Sullivan, met in an unbeaten SEC showdown at Birmingham.

Both the Huskers and Sooners trampled all opposition in the run-up to the Turkey Day classic, which didn't disappoint. The affair went back-and-forth, with several highlight-reel plays, including an amazing 72-yard punt return TD by Nebraska's Johnny Rodgers, effectively sealing the next year's Heisman Trophy in the process. OU, down 28-17 and having trouble springing Pruitt and backfield mate Joe Wylie, still had QB Jack Mildren, who almost single-handedly rallied the Sooners back to a 31-28 lead in the 4th Q before the Huskers uncorked a bone-crushing TD drive engineered by QB Jerry Tagge and capped by a short Jeff Kinney TD dive. The 35-31 Nebraska win preceded a less-dramatic 1 vs. 2 clash in the Orange Bowl vs. Bama, one in which Nebraska dominated, 38-6.

3-Texas (1) at Arkansas (2), December 6, 1969...This was looming as a Cotton Bowl decider all year in '69, but suddenly took on national-title implications when top-ranked Ohio State lost in late November at Michigan. So important became Texas-Arkansas that President Nixon even decided he had to attend the game, prompting anti-Vietnam war protestors to make the trek to Fayetteville. ABC reaped the benefits, having re-scheduled this one in the offseason as an end-of-the-season TV special.

Host Arkansas seemed in command most of the way, jumping to a 14-0 lead that stood until the 4th Q before Texas QB James Street turned into a magician. His 42-yard TD scamper and subsequent 2-point PAT run cut the deficit to 14-8 early in the 4th Q. With less than 5 minutes left and faced with a 4th-and-2 from their own 43, Horns HC Darrell Royal gambled on a deep Street pass, which TE Randy Peschel miraculously gathered in traffic for a 44-yard gain. RB Jim Bertelsen scored a TD shortly thereafter, and PK Happy Feller's PAT made it 15-14 Longhorns, although they needed to intercept a pass by Razorback QB Bill Montgomery in Texas territory to finally seal the win.

Others: 2006-(1) Ohio State 42 - (2) Michigan 39...Another showdown anticipated for almost the entire autumn, but not quite as compelling as the scoreline indicated. Both subsequently lost in bowl games. 1985- (1) Iowa 12 - (2) Michigan 10...Classic defensive duel won by Hawkeye PK Rob Haughtlin's last-second 29-yard FG. Neither ended up in national title discussion, which was eventually decided by Oklahoma's Orange Bowl win over Penn State. 1993-(2) Notre Dame 31 - (1) Florida State 24...Rousing affair in South Bend eventually diminished by the Irish losing to Boston College the next week and wrecking their chances to win the national title. 1991-(2) Miami-Fla. 17 - (1) Florida State 16...One of a succession of high-stakes Canes-Seminoles games of the era, most of which were won by Miami. Not a particularly memorable game, save for FSU PK Gerry Thomas pushing a last-minute 34-yard FG just wide right. 1963-Texas (2) 28 - (1) Oklahoma 7...Horns served notice that they were on their way to national title when holding OU to only 8 first downs at Cotton Bowl. 1986-(2) Miami-Fla. 28 - (1) Oklahoma 16...The first of an entertaining set of mid '80s battles between the Sooners and Canes. Miami and Jimmy Johnson got the best of OU's Barry Switzer both this night and in the next season's Orange Bowl to win the '87 national crown. 1988-(1) Notre Dame 27 - (2) Southern Cal 10...The highlight game of the Irish national title year, this victory came despite Lou Holtz suspending key weapons TB Tony Brooks & WR Rickey Watters. 1981-(1) Southern Cal 28 - (2) Oklahoma 24...Neither one was in the top ten by the end of the season, but this late-September showdown was a thriller, won for SC with a 7-yard John Mazur-to-Fred Cornwall TD pass with 2 seconds to play. 1987-(2) Oklahoma 17 - (1) Nebraska 7...Hardly as captivating as the '71 showdown at Norman, with the Sooners winning this defensive showdown in Lincoln before losing in the Orange Bowl vs. Miami. 1996-(2) Florida State 24 - (1) Florida 21...This one was mostly forgotten a month later when the Gators won the Bowl Alliance rematch for the national title at the Sugar Bowl.

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11/01/2011 07:45 PM


Akron at MIAMI-OHIO (Thursday)...M-O QB Zac Dysert eager for this rematch after missing LY's game due to a lacerated spleen. Backup Austin Boucher filled in admirably, completing 22 of 32 for 213 yds. in 19-14 road victory.

Florida State at BOSTON COLLEGE (Thursday)...Visitor has covered 4 of past 5 in series. FSU managed to overcome 4 TOs (one int. returned for BC TD) in 24-19 home win LY. BC's currently sidelined RB Montel Harris accounted for 191 of 266 yds. in loss.

Army at AIR FORCE...AF has taken no prisoners vs. Army, winning 13 of last 14 (12-2 vs. spread). Falcons maintain possession of Commander-in-Chief's Trophy with victory here.

Lsu at ALABAMA...Tide mentor Nick Saban (LSU HC 2000-04) had won and covered 2 straight vs. his former employer prior to LY's 24-21 upset loss in Baton Rouge. Proud, nation-leading Tide "D" out for redemption after allowing season-high 433 yds. vs. Tigers in 2010.

Syracuse at CONNECTICUT...UConn has won and covered 4 straight in this Big East series. Highly-emotional game for UConn's 1st-year HC Paul Pasqualoni, who was Orange head man for 14 seasons (1991-2004; 9 bowl appearances) before serving as NFL asst. past 7 years.

Southern Miss at EAST CAROLINA...USM fired-up to avoid being first-ever Golden Eagle team to drop 3 straight in series. USM has covered 8 of past 10 in series. Golden Eagles committed season-high 15 infractions for 153 yds. in bitter 44-43 loss in Hattiesburg LY.

Ball State at EASTERN MICHIGAN...EMU QB Alex Gillett was razor-sharp (pun intended) in LY's 35-28 upset in Muncie (Eagles snapped 18-game losing streak), accounting for 414 yds. (189 YR). Four of last 5 in series have gone "over."

Vanderbilt at FLORIDA...Vandy has dropped 5 straight vs. spread on SEC trail (0-2 TY). In 55-14 thumping by UF in Nashville LY, Gators emptied bench following intermission after exploding to 41-0 advantage at H. Gators' speedy RB Jeff Demps missed game with foot injury.

New Mexico State at GEORGIA...NMS is 6-1 as DD road dog last 7 on board. Late-season "sandwich spot" for UGA, as this non-conference tilt comes between revenge games vs. Florida and Auburn.

Utah State at HAWAII...Utah State is 9-1 as 7-pt.-or-more road dog since 2009 (2-0 TY). Favorable scheduling dynamics for refreshed Aggies (off bye week), while UH returning from road game in Moscow (Idaho, that is).

Michigan at IOWA...UM's first-year HC Brady Hoke emphasizing an error-free effort after Wolverines have committed 8 TOs (4 in each game) in dropping 2 straight vs. Iowa. UM QB Denard Robinson was injured in 3rd Q of LY's 38-28 defeat at "The Big House." Robinson had completed 13 of 18 with 105 YR in 18 totes.

Virginia at MARYLAND...UVA had covered 4 straight in series (including back-to-back SU wins at College Park) until distorted 42-23 Charlottesville setback LY. Cavs led 23-21 in 4th Q before Maryland exploded for 21 pts., aided by a couple "picks."

Duke at MIAMI-FLORIDA...Duke has covered 4 of last 5 in series. In LY's spread-covering 28-13 home loss (Devils were 18-pt. dog), Duke QB Sean Renfree threw 5 ints., one of which was returned 22 yds. for Miami TD. Homecoming for Devils' high-quality WR tandem of Conner Vernon & Donovan Varner (both Miami natives).

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11/02/2011 05:45 PM

Date WLT Pct Net Units Record
11/01/11 1-­1-­0 50.00% -­50 Detail
Totals 1-­1-­0 50.00% -­50

Wednesday, November 2

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Temple - 8:00 PM ET Temple -3.5 500

Ohio - Under 46.5 500

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11/02/2011 06:11 PM


Wednesday, November 2

Temple at Ohio: What bettors need to know

Temple Owls at Ohio Bobcats (+3.5, 45.5)

It’s the week of the MAC with the conference in action every day, including Wednesday’s showdown between the Temple Owls and Ohio Bobcats.

Ohio has won back-to-back contests against Temple and is 3-1 SU and 3-0-1 ATS in their four meetings, going back to 2007. Both teams are coming off a bye week and looking for the inside track to take the Mid-American Conference East Division crown.

Line moves

Temple opened as a 4.5-point road favorite but has been bet down to 3.5 as of Tuesday afternoon. The total opened at 46 points and has been bet up to 47.

Temple of doom

The Owls head into this weekday matchup ranked second in the nation in scoring defense, allowing only 10 points per game. Temple has outscored its opponents 230-80 and has taken the fight to teams like Penn State and Maryland, building a solid 6-2 ATS record.

However, after pitching back-to-back shutouts over Ball State and Buffalo, the Owls defense leaked 13 points to Bowling Green, and wasn’t able to play catch-up on the offensive end, losing 13-10 on Oct. 22.

A huge cog in the Temple scoring attack is running back Bernard Pierce, who leads the MAC with 951 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns. But, Pierce is nursing a tender hamstring suffered two weeks ago and has been held out of practice since October 14, with his status for Wednesday listed as questionable. Pierce hobbled for 107 yards and a touchdown in the loss to the Falcons.

Despite an injury to his star back and pressure from fans to throw the ball more, Temple first-year coach Steve Addazio wants to stick to the ground this week. He still has No. 2 back Matt Brown, who has rushed for over 100 yards in three straight games.

The Owls are third last in the MAC with only 133.3 yards passing per game. Temple has called 408 of its 541 total offensive plays – more than 75 percent - on the ground this season.

"When you get in those third and longs, they're not real manageable," Addazio told the Philadelphia Enquirer, talking about the dependency on the run. "Your percentage of conversions on third and long is terrible. It's going to be terrible."

The Cat came back

Ohio snapped a two-game skid with a 37-20 win over Akron on October 22, after falling to Ball State and Buffalo – two teams shutout by Temple. The victory over the Zips also marked the first time the Bobcats have covered in their last five games, improving to 3-5 ATS.

"We're going to have to win out I think to be in the game," Ohio coach Frank Solich told reporters after the Akron game. "So we have four more to go in order to get that done and a huge one next week with Temple coming to our place."

Ohio has perhaps one the most balanced teams in the MAC. The Bobcats are second in the MAC in offense, averaging 449.5 yards per outings – including 556 total yards against the Zips. On the other side of the ball, Ohio sits second in the conference in total defense, limiting opponents to just 117.38 rushing yards per game.

Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton will get put to the test against the Owls pass defense. He’s thrown for 1,969 yards and 17 touchdowns, but has also been picked off four times in the last three games after throwing just one interception in the Bobcats’ first five contests.

Turnovers have plagued Ohio, leading the MAC with 14 fumbles. Against Akron, the Bobcats coughed the ball up twice on fumbles.

"Three turnovers again today, that's not what we're after, but we were able to overcome that," Solich told the media. "There's a lot of times you don't overcome three turnovers."


* Owls are 0-3-1 ATS in their last four meetings.
* Owls are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 road games.
* Bobcats are 5-0-1 ATS in their last six games following a bye week.
* Under is 7-0 in Owls’ last seven games overall.
* Over is 9-4 in Bobcats’ last 13 games overall.

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11/02/2011 06:12 PM


Week 10

Temple at Ohio
The Bobcats look to build on their 7-1 ATS record in their last 8 games in November. Ohio is the pick (+3 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has the Owls favored by only 2. Dunkel Pick: Ohio (+3 1/2). Here are all of this week's lined games.


Game 303-304: Temple at Ohio (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Temple 85.403; Ohio 83.236
Dunkel Line: Temple by 2; 42
Vegas Line: Temple by 3 1/2; 47 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Ohio (+3 1/2); Under


Game 305-306: Akron at Miami (OH) (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Akron 64.651; Miami (OH) 76.904
Dunkel Line: Miami (OH) by 12 1/2; 49
Vegas Line: Miami (OH) by 14 1/2; 47 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Akron (+14 1/2); Over

Game 307-308: Florida State at Boston College (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Florida State 103.579; Boston College 85.312
Dunkel Line: Florida State by 18 1/2; 41
Vegas Line: Florida State by 14 1/2; 44 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Florida State (-14 1/2); Under

Game 309-310: Tulsa at Central Florida (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Tulsa 87.601; Central Florida 87.098
Dunkel Line: Tulsa by 1; 53
Vegas Line: Central Florida by 2; 58 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Tulsa (+2); Under


Game 311-312: Central Michigan at Kent State (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Central Michigan 68.060; Kent State 67.714
Dunkel Line: Even; 47
Vegas Line: Kent State by 1; 43
Dunkel Pick: Central Michigan (+1); Over

Game 313-314: USC at Colorado (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: USC 105.390; Colorado 78.822
Dunkel Line: USC by 26 1/2; 59
Vegas Line: USC by 21; 56 1/2
Dunkel Pick: USC (-21); Over

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