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08/28/2012 01:57 PM

Short Sheet

Week 1

Thursday, August 30, 2012

South Carolina at Vanderbilt, 7:00 ET ESPN
South Carolina: 13-5 Under as a road favorite
Vanderbilt: 7-0 ATS in home games

Central Florida at Akron, 7:00 ET
Central Florida: 7-0 Under vs. non-conference opponents
Akron: 4-1 ATS as a home underdog of 14.5+ points

Eastern Michigan at Ball State, 7:00 ET
Eastern Michigan: 7-15 ATS in the first two weeks of the season
Ball State: 8-1 Over in home games

Texas A&M at Louisiana Tech, 7:30 ET ESPNU
Texas A&M: 13-27 ATS away in the first half of the season
Louisiana Tech: 8-0 ATS as an underdog

Massachusetts at Connecticut, 7:30 ET
Massachusetts: * no trends available *
Connecticut: 4-0 ATS on Thursdays

UCLA at Rice, 7:30 ET CBSC
UCLA: 3-10 ATS in road games
Rice: 38-16 ATS as a home underdog

Washington State at BYU, 10:15 ET ESPN
Washington State: 9-4 ATS as a road underdog of 10.5 to 14 points
BYU: 12-2 Under in the first half of the season

Minnesota at UNLV, 11:00 ET CBSC
Minnesota: 19-7 Over as a favorite of 3.5 to 10 points
UNLV: 6-0 ATS on Thursdays

Added Game:

(TC) Texas San Antonio at South Alabama, 7:30 ET
Texas San Antonio: * no trends available *
South Alabama: * no trends available *

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08/28/2012 01:58 PM


Week 1

Trend Report

Thursday, August 30

7:00 PM
No trends available
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kent State's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kent State's last 5 games at home

7:00 PM
Central Florida is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Akron
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Central Florida's last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Akron's last 8 games at home
Akron is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home

7:00 PM
Southeast Missouri State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Southeast Missouri State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Central Michigan's last 9 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Central Michigan's last 10 games

7:00 PM
South Carolina is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of South Carolina's last 11 games
Vanderbilt is 6-14 SU in its last 20 games at home
Vanderbilt is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against South Carolina

7:00 PM
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Eastern Michigan's last 6 games when playing Ball State
Eastern Michigan is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Ball State
Ball State is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games at home
Ball State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Eastern Michigan

7:15 PM
N. Colorado is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
N. Colorado is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Utah is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games at home
Utah is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games at home

7:30 PM
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of UCLA's last 5 games
UCLA is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Rice's last 8 games
Rice is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games

7:30 PM
Massachusetts is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Massachusetts is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Connecticut is 4-8-1 ATS in its last 13 games
Connecticut is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games at home

7:30 PM
McNeese State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
McNeese State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Middle Tennessee's last 7 games at home
Middle Tennessee is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home

7:30 PM
Texas A&M is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 17 of Texas A&M's last 24 games on the road
Louisiana Tech is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Louisiana Tech is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Texas A&M

8:00 PM
Sacramento State is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games
Sacramento State is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of New Mexico State's last 9 games at home
New Mexico State is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games

8:00 PM
S. Utah is 1-13 SU in its last 14 games
S. Utah is 1-14 SU in its last 15 games on the road
Utah State is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home
Utah State is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games

9:00 PM
Eastern Washington is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Eastern Washington is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Idaho is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home
Idaho is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games at home

10:15 PM
Washington State is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington State's last 6 games
BYU is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
BYU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

10:30 PM
Northern Arizona is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Northern Arizona is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Arizona State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Arizona State is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games

11:00 PM
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games
UNLV is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of UNLV's last 6 games

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08/28/2012 01:59 PM

College football lines that make you go hmmm...

A new football season means a whole new crop of “Football Lines That Make You Go Hmmm…”.

Week 1 of the college football slate begins this Thursday and there are more than a few odds out there making bettors scratch their heads. Here’s a look at three games which lines are making us go “Hmmm” this week:

Navy Midshipmen vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (-16.5, 57)

This line has baffled many football bettors ever since Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees was suspended. Most markets opened the Irish around -17 and have since dropped the spread to 16.5. However, with the recent news that Notre Dame starting RB Cierre Wood was suspended for the first two games, you would expect another line move for the Irish.

That hasn’t been the case.

While the total has reflected those missing players, going from 58.5 to 57, the spread is staying put at 16.5 – a testament to the public appeal of Notre Dame.

Minnesota Golden Gophers at UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (+8.5, 50)

The Runnin’ Rebels were putrid last season, going a nauseating 3-8-1 ATS. While Bobby Hauck has some experience returning on offense, UNLV managed the fourth fewest yards in the nation in 2011 and isn’t expected to do much more in 2012.

Minnesota isn’t the cream of the crop in the Big Ten but has plenty of returning talent and a game-breaker in QB MarQueis Gray, who can manufacture touchdowns all by himself.

This spread has bounced around this summer, going as low as 7 and as high as 9.5. A big stinky middle could be in the cards for books taking action against the Vegas kids.

Iowa Hawkeyes at Northern Illinois Huskies (+10, 50)

Chandler Harnish was one of the best kept secrets in college football and carried NIU to 11 wins and a bowl victory before making the move to the pros. The Huskies, who averaged 476.1 yards (11th in the country) last season, return just three starters from that offense.

Iowa lost starting RB Marcus Coker to transfer but returns QB James Vandenberg, who was third in passing yards per game in the Big Ten and posted a 25-to-7 TD-to-INT count. New offensive coordinator Greg Davis has a few new wrinkles and the chops to soften the loss of the 1,375 yards and 12 TDs departed WR Marvin McNutt put up in 2011.

Early-bird action has walked this spread from 6.5 all the way to 10. Could game-day money push it past that the key number?

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08/30/2012 12:35 AM

2012 College Football Win Totals Picks

College football is back, and Don Best takes a last minute look at win totals for the upcoming season that kicks off Thursday night, and our experts provide their selections for top picks in the popular futures wagering.

No reason why we shouldn't start with an SEC team by looking at the Arkansas Razorbacks who are pegged at 8½ ('over' -125). Don Best analyst Brian Blessing likes 'under' 8½ due to the schedule and breaking in a new head coach. Kenny White believes it's a fair number and has no play, but believes Arkansas will be among the top teams in yet another solid year for the Southeastern Conference.

"I think the SEC has 10 of the top 27 teams in the country," White predicted, "and it should be in a completely different division by itself."

Jumping west to Boise State, the Broncos are listed at 9½ with the 'over' costing $1.50, and White believes the 'under' has great value despite the program's top-ranked winning results in the win column during the BCS era. Blessing is going to shade White's play on this one.

Oklahoma State down in the Big 12 presents an interesting wager with a true freshman at quarterback, Wes Lunt, a highly recruited star out of Rochester, IL. Lunt will get his first look in a conference that has changed in the last year with TCU and West Virginia replacing Missouri and Texas A&M.

Both Blessing and White agree that Oklahoma State is due for a down year in 2012, and like the under 8½ laying the extra juice on the Cowboys.

Here is a quick look at some of the major programs with win totals of eight or higher.

SCHOOL . . . . .WINS (O/U)
Alabama. . . . .10½ (U -125)
Arkansas . . . . 8½ (O -125)
Auburn . . . . . 7. (O -125)
Boise State. . . 9½ (O -150)
Clemson . . . . .8½ (O -125)
Florida. . . . . 8. (O -140)
Florida State. . 10 (O -140)
Georgia. . . . . 10 (U -130)
Louisville . . . 8. (O -180)
Louisiana State.10½ (U -140)
Michigan . . . . 8½ (O -140)
Michigan State . 8½ (O -120)
Nebraska . . . . 8½ (O -140)
Notre Dame . . . 8. (U -120)
Ohio State . . . 9. (O -140)
Oklahoma . . . .10. (O -125)
Oklahoma State . 8½ (O -130)
Oregon . . . . .10½ (O -120)
South Carolina . 8½ (O -130)
Southern Cal. . 10½ (O -140)
Texas. . . . . . 9. (O -140)
Texas Christian. 8. (O -120)
Virginia Tech. . 9. (O -160)
West Virginia. . 8½ (O -120)
Wisconsin. . . . 9. (O -160)

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08/30/2012 12:43 AM

August 28, 2012

Thursday, Aug. 30

Matchup Skinny Tech Trend

SOUTH CAROLINA at VANDERBILT...Vandy was a stellar 7-0 (!) vs. line at home last season (including 3-0 as a dog), although Spurrier has won and covered last two vs. Dores. Spurrier had covered four of five openers prior to failing to get number last season vs. ECU.

Slight to Vandy, based on recent home trends.

CENTRAL FLORIDA at AKRON...Terry Bowden debut at Akron! Zips were zip-lined in the Ianello years, especially as a dog when recording 7-14 spread mark past two seasons. Akron also 2-6 last 8 vs. points against non-MAC. O'Leary 0-3 as road chalk LY, however.

Slight to UCF, based on Akron negatives.

EASTERN MICHIGAN at BALL STATE...Ball won and covered at Ypslianti last season after failing to cover three straight in series. Note Pete Lembo was 6-4 as a dog last season with better luck in role on road (5-2) than at home (1-2). Cards, however, are 20-12 as dog since 2007. Rare road chalk role for EMU, which is 1-5 as a favorite (all at home) since 2007 and hasn't been favored on road since final game of 2005 season at Buffalo!

Ball State, based on team trends.

TEXAS A&M vs. LA TECH...Sumlin A&M debut! Sonny Dykes covered his last eight games in 2011 and was also 7-0 as dog a year ago and 8-0 vs. spread away from Ruston last season! Ags just 4-8 as chalk for previous Mike Sherman regime last season, though Kevin Sumlin was 11-3 vs. line with Houston LY (failed to cover with Cougs in early-season tilt vs. Tech).

Tech edge-La Tech, based on recent trends.

UMASS at UCONN...UMass now a real board team, with a handful of spread games the past few years. After a 14-8 spread mark as chalk for Edsall between 2007-10, UConn dipped to 2-4 in role for Pasqualoni LY (1-4 as Rentsch chalk). Extended DD home chalk numbers remain good for Huskies (8-3 since '07).

Slight to UConn, based on extended home DD chalk marks.

UCLA at RICE...Bruins return to city of Houston for second straight year (lost opener to UH Cougs 38-34 LY) but this is first game at Rice since an epic battle in 1966 when the Tommy Prothro Bruins needed a last-second Kurt Zimmerman FG to pull out a 27-24 win. UCLA, which entered that game ranked No. 2 in the country behind Michigan State, scored 11 points in the final 2:30 to avert a major upset, with Gary beban's 33-yard TD pass to sprinter Harold Busby and Mel Farr's 2-point PAT leveling the game at 24-24. Mora debut at UCLA, and Bruins have been favored only four times the past two seasons (1-3 vs. line). UCLA 0-4 against points vs. non-conference foes LY. David Bailiff has solid 9-3 spread mark at home since 2010 (5-2 as home dog) and 19-10 as host vs. number since 2007.

Slight to Rice, based on team trends.

WASHINGTON STATE at BYU...Leach WSU debut in the all-Coug battle! BYU variety closed with a rush LY by covering last seven on the board. Bronco Mendenhall 14-5 vs. spread last 19 on board since late 2010, also 6-2 as DD chalk past two years (5-2 at home). Leach was only 3-6 as road dog at Texas Tech between 2007-09.

Slight to BYU, based on team trends.

MINNESOTA at UNLV...As bad as Rebs have been on road in recent years, they have been thorny as a home dog (7-2 in role under Bobby Hauck since 2010, 13-6 dating back to 2007). Hauck 8-3 vs. line at Sam Boyd Stadium since 2010. Jerry Kill 1-2 as chalk LY for Gophers, and Minnesota subpar 8-14 overall as chalk since 2007 (not so bad 3-3 as road favorite that span, however).

UNLV, based on home dog mark.

Thursday, Aug. 30 - Added Games

Matchup Skinny Tech Trend

UTSA at SOUTH ALABAMA...New board teams, first-ever spread on UTSA! USA won 2-OT thriller at Alamodome LY. Jags covered their two board chances LY vs. NCS and Kent State.

Slight to USA, based on team trends.

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08/30/2012 12:47 AM

Armadillo's Write-Up

Week 1

Thursday's games

South Carolina won 10 of its last 12 games with SEC rival Vanderbilt, winning last three by average score of 19-7. Gamecocks won five of last six visits here (4-2 vs spread). This is smallest series pointspread since 2006, a Commodores have improved their program. Vandy was 3-0 as a home dog LY, after going 8-18 from '04-'10; their QB is Jordan Rodgers, brother of Packer QB Aaron- he started seven games LY. Carolina's QB is Connor Shaw, who was nine career starts. Gamecocks are 7-4-1 as a road favorite since '06.

Terry Bowden is the new coach at Akron, which is 5-31 last three years. Central Florida-Akron haven't met since 2004; Zips have eight starters back on offense, five on defense- they're 4-8 as home dogs over last three years. Akron's starting QB LY completed only 48% of his passes LY, which is awful, so not sure if he is still the starter. UCF has 8 starters back on both sides of ball; since '03, they're 7-13 as a road favorite and will have a new QB. One candidate is Tyler Gabbert, brother of Blaine.

Underdogs covered seven of last nine Eastern Michigan-Ball State games, with Ball State winning five of last six. Last three series games have been decided by three or less points. Eastern had 570 rushing yards last two meetings, but split the pair. Ball has 8 tarters back on offense; their QB has 22 career starts, so they're strong there, especially with four starters back on OL. EMU is 8-5 as a road dog last two years; they've got nine starters back on offense and a QB with 27 career starts. Ball State is 1-7 as a home favorite since Brady Hoke left town.

Texas A&M-Louisiana Tech game has been postponed because of the tropical storm. Game will be made up on October 13.

UMass is playing its first game in I-A; they lost 42-37 at Michigan two years ago, 45-17 at Boston College LY; UMass QB Pagel is son of Colts' alum Mike Pagel; he had nine TDs, nine INT LY. Minutemen have had negative turnover ratio four years in row, while going 23-22. UConn has 8 starters back on defense, 6 on offense; over last decade, they're 30-20 as a favorite, 20-15 at home. Huskies have three starters back on the OL; they're +20 in turnovers the last two seasons.

First game at UCLA for former NFL coach Mora, with 7 starters back on offense, 9 on defense. Bruins have Nebraska coming to Rose Bowl next week, better not be looking ahead here-- this is first time since '09 they're favored to win a road game (2-0 as road fave under Neuheisel). Rice is 10-26 last three years, but 13-7-1 vs spread as home underdog since 2006. Owls lost six starters on both sides of ball, but their junior QB has started ten games. They lost four starters on offensive line.

Mike Leach is new coach at Washington State, so we know Coogs will be throwing the ball; State has 7 starters back on both sides of ball, with three starters back on OL-- they were 7-4 as road dog last two seasons under Wulff, but they were 9-40 SU in his four years. Independent BYU is 19-13 as a home favorite since '06; they play archrival Utah in couple weeks, not sure they'll show everything here. BYU also has 7 starters back on both sides of ball, with a senior QB who has 17 career starts.

UNLV is starting a redshirt freshman QB, as they try to turn around a program that is 4-21 SU under Hauck, but 6-2-1 vs spread as home dog. Home side has covered 20 of their last 24 games. Rebels have 7 starters back on offense, 5 on defense, with their whole OL back. Minnesota is 7-13 as a favorite since '07, losing 11 of last 15 road games SU. Gophers have six starters back on both sides of ball, with athletic senior QB who has also played some WR- they've got three sophs, two juniors starting on OL. It'll take some onions to lay 8 points on road with Gophers.

UT-San Antonio-South Alabama game has been moved to Saturday due to the tropical storm. This is both teams' first game in I-A.

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08/30/2012 12:49 AM

What bettors need to know: Thursday's NCAAF action

The NCAA football season kicks off Thursday with 17 games on the schedule for bettors to choose from. We give you the essential tidbits on five of them to make your wagers.

Minnesota Golden Gophers at UNLV Runnin' Rebels (+8.5, 50)

Jerry Kill's first season as the head coach in Minnesota resulted in a 3-9 record. Kill, a kidney cancer survivor, suffered two seizures last year, including one on the field against New Mexico State on Sept. 10. Minnesota ranked 110th in total offense in 2011 and will rely heavily on senior quarterback MarQueis Gray to improve the offense this season.

UNLV’s passing offense ranked 118th out of 120 FBS programs with an average of just 109.6 YPG. If quarterback Caleb Herring doesn’t show he’s improved since last season, 6-foot-5 freshman Nick Sherry could get a shot at running the offense.

Washington State Cougars at Brigham Young Cougars (-13.5, 62)

Mike Leach became well known for his "Air Raid" offense while at Texas Tech and will bring similar schemes to Washington State this season. The Cougars ranked ninth in the nation in passing (322.3 YPG) last season and should only improve on that mark under the tutelage of Leach.

BYU is coming off of a 10-3 season and has a returning starter at quarterback. Senior Riley Nelson, who went 6-1 in games he started last season, is already considered a candidate for the 2012 Davey O'Brien Award.

UCLA Bruins at Rice Owls (+15.5, 56)

Jim Mora Jr's first game as a college head coach is on the road against Rice. The Bruins are 60-28-5 all-time in season openers, but are still searching for a No. 1 quarterback to lead the offense this season. Senior Richard Brehaut is the most likely candidate for the starting gig, but Kevin Prince and redshirt freshman Brett Hundley have been impressive in camp.

The Owls missed the bowl season for the third consecutive season and finished fourth in the C-USA's West Division last year. Head coach David Bailiff spent a significant amount of time reviewing Arizona State tape with his players to break down the schemes that Noel Mazzone, UCLA’s new offensive coordinator, used during his tenure with the Sun Devils.

South Carolina Gamecocks (9) at Vanderbilt Commodores (+7, 46)

South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw missed most of practice Thursday because of back spasms, just a week before the ninth-ranked Gamecocks open the season at Vanderbilt. Shaw is a junior beginning his first full season as starting quarterback. He took over last fall for Stephen Garcia, who was dismissed from the program.

Running back Warren Norman will see his first game action since Oct. 30, 2010, because of injuries. Remember, Norman broke Herschel Walker’s SEC single-season freshman all-purpose yardage record in 2009 and should be a force this season for Vandy.

Central Florida Knights at Akron Zips (+23.5, 46.5)

The Knights hold a 21-12 record in openers and have won their last six. The Knights went 5-7 in 2011 with a 3-5 mark in Conference USA. Central Florida had six selections to the C-USA All-Freshman Team, marking the most by a league school since 2008.

The Zips have six quarterbacks on their roster, five of which are either freshmen or redshirt freshmen. The only pivot with collegiate experience is senior Dalton Williams, who was the backup quarterback at Stephen F. Austin from 2008-11. The Zips are 3-0 all-time when hosting the Knights.

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08/30/2012 12:50 AM

NCAAF biggest betting mismatches: Week 1

If your handicapping method leans heavily on spotting mismatches, Week 1 of the college football season is your Christmas morning.

Heavyweight title-contending programs like to stretch their legs against much weaker foes, even locking horns with some FCS squads in an effort to boost confidence and iron out the details before the “real” games begin.

However, some teams are tested right out of the gate. And those are the contests we’ll focus on in our first NCAAF mismatches article of the year.

UMass Minutemen at UConn Huskies (-24.5)

UMass' FBS jitters vs. UConn's aggressive defense

The Minutemen meet an old foe in their first FBS game. Massachusetts goes up against an aggressive and experienced defense, with the Huskies returning eight starters including all three linebackers. Connecticut ranked at the bottom of the Big East in pass defense last year but gambled a lot, forcing 31 turnovers (13 fumbles, 18 interceptions). Expect the Huskies to take advantage of a nervous Minutemen squad.

Boise State Broncos at Michigan State Spartans (-7, 45.5)

Michigan State RB Le'Veon Bell vs. Boise State run defense

Bell finished eighth in the Big Ten in rushing as a sophomore and will get even more carries as a junior with the major turnover in talent in the Spartans’ passing game. Boise State head coach Chris Petersen knows he’s in for a long night against the 6-foot-2, 244-pound running back, losing all for starting linemen as well as the top three linebackers from 2011.

"We've taped two of our running backs together and they carry the ball at the same time to get a little feel of what it'd be like to really tackle a guy (that size), because we don't have anybody around here who looks like that," Peterson told "He is a load. And that'll be different for our guys."

Nevada Wolf Pack at California Golden Bears (-10.5, 55.5)

Nevada’s pistol offense vs. California defense

The last time these two met, Nevada’s option-heavy package rolled over the Golden Bears for a 52-31 win back in 2010. Of course, former QB Colin Kaepernick did most of the damage. The Wolf Pack have another dangerous dual-threat in sophomore QB Cody Fajardo, who rushed for 11 touchdowns last season. Cal’s defense suffered some serious losses, most notably Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year LB Mychal Kendricks.

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08/31/2012 04:13 PM

Friday, August 31

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Tennessee - 7:30 PM ET Tennessee -3.5 500
North Carolina State - Under 52.5 500

Boise State - 8:00 PM ET Boise State +7 500
Michigan State - Under 46.5 500

San Jose State - 10:00 PM ET Stanford -25.5 500
Stanford - Over 51.5 500

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09/01/2012 09:19 AM

All-Ohio Battle Pits Buckeyes Against RedHawks

Ohio State won't be going to a bowl game in Urban Meyer's first season at the helm. However, that doesn't mean the Buckeyes aren't going to do their best to have a say in who does represent the Big Ten once the regular season ends.

The Buckeyes kick off their campaign at home Saturday with a noon boot against the Miami (OH) RedHawks. Ohio State backers will have to lay 22½-23 points at most establishments monitored by Don Best, with 47½ for the total.

Suspensions left over from the Jim Tressel regime will keep the Buckeyes from competing for the conference title and a bowl appearance this year, an obvious disappointment in Columbus. But the announcement last November that Meyer would be coming aboard in 2012 provided instant relief for the program and fans who will be out in full force at Ohio Stadium for Saturday's start of what several are calling a Buckeyes "Urban renewal."

There are a lot of reasons to be excited about OSU with Meyer's return to his home state where he played for Cincinnati and served as an assistant under Earle Bruce (1987-88). Meyer brings his spread offense that helped win two BCS titles at Florida, and he inherits a very talented dual-threat at quarterback in Braxton Miller. The sophomore threw for over 1,100 yards and led the team with 715 on the ground in 2011.

Miller's supporting cast on offense will be thinned by injuries and suspensions for Saturday's game, beginning with starting back Jordan Hall who sliced a tendon in his foot during the summer and will miss OSU's first two games. Starting OT Jack Mehort and receiver Jake Stoneburner are serving 1-game suspensions for misbehaving.

Ohio State will also be without senior linebacker Storm Klein who will miss at least the first two games for what was originally a domestic violence charge pleaded down to disorderly conduct. Tressel may be gone, but this is college football and it is what it is.

The Buckeyes stop unit should be fine without Klein in the early going. The front four has the potential to be the best in the Big Ten, if not the nation. John Simon, Johnathan Hankins and Garrett Goebell could all end up on the conference's 1st-team. A couple of sophs, LB Ryan Shazier and CB Bradley Roby, are being counted on heavily.

Buckeyes defenders will be facing a very potent pass-&-catch duo in Miami's Zac Dysert and Nick Harwell. The combo connected with each other 97 times in 2011 when Dysert threw for more than 3,500 yards and 23 TDs while Harwell had over 1,400 yards receiving and nine catches that went for six points.

RedHawks head coach Don Treadwell is hoping that pair can just keep his club close Saturday in the Horseshoe. His offensive line should be put to the test in a big way against Ohio State's front wall, and that battle in the trenches will go a long way to determining how long the 'Hawks stay in this game.

Miami, an 8/1 pick to win the MAC, should have an experienced defense returning, but they're facing a more experienced offensive mastermind in Meyer who should coach this game – and the next 11 on Ohio State's schedule – like it was a bowl trip that will never come in his first year on the job at The Ohio State University.

This is the first time the intrastate rivals have met since 2005, and the fifth consecutive matchup in Columbus. The Buckeyes have won the previous four clashes and are 31-2 in their last 33 season openers.

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