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09/02/2012 01:01 PM

Armadillo: Sunday's List of 13: Wrapping up a college football Saturday........

13) Alabama was dominant in waxing Michigan 41-14 at JerryWorld, not the best game for a national TV audience. Just being a mobile QB ain't going to be enough to beat a quality SEC defense. Too much team speed. Denard Robinson is a fine player, but he's a sub-standard passer, and it showed.

12) Syracuse outgained Northwestern 596-337, but Wildcats ran a punt back for a TD and had a defensive TD in a wild 42-41 win. Northwestern scored winning TD with 0:44 left, on a drive helped greatly by a personal foul on a late hit by the Orange. Very bad loss for Syracuse.

11) Oklahoma was tied 7-7 at halftime with UTEP, before pulling away for a 24-7 win. Miners tried a fake punt in their own territory when it was 10-7, and that blew up in their face.

10) West Virginia coach Dana Holgorson has been HC/OC for 80 college games; his teams scored 40+ points in 41 of those 80 games.

9) Bad starts to season for Pitt/Middle Tennessee/Memphis, which all lost to I-AA teams Saturday. Cruddy way to start your season.

8) Savannah State got $385,000 to go to Stillwater and get pummeled 84-0 by Oklahoma State; game drew 55,784, so if the average ticket was $20, OSU took in $1,115,680. Next time, schedule a better opponent, or hold the score down. Winning a game 84-0 makes you look like a bully.

7) Texas-San Antonio won 33-31 at South Alabama, in matchup of couple teams playing their first game in I-AA. Roadrunners got a 51-yard FG with 0:16 left for the dramatic winning points.

6) Arizona's kicker wasn't as fortunate, missing on 23/25-yard attempts, but his Wildcat teammates beat Toledo 24-17 in OT, making Rich Rodriguez' debut in Tucson a happy, albeit a tense one.

5) Clemson gave up 70 points in their bowl game LY, so they went out and spent a small fortune on Brent Venables to run their defense. Tigers beat Auburn 26-19, making that money dollars well-spent, at least last night.

4) Ohio U's Tyler Tettleton was 31-41/324 passing, led three TD drives in second half as the Bobcats rallied from down 14-3 at the half to win 24-14 at Penn State, spoling the coaching debut of Bill O'Brien.

3) If you took Oregon -36 last night, my condolences; Ducks led 50-10 at halftime, then called off dogs as Arkanas State "rallied" to lose but cover the spread 57-34.

2) College football has a new rule where if a kid's helmet comes off, he has to sit out the next play; this hurt Northwestern, which had to change its QB on a 3rd-and-5 play with 5:45 left when they led 35-33.

1) Highlight of the day though, was actor Terry Kiser, age 73, throwing out the first pitch in Oakland last night, as part of the A's Weekend at Bernie's promotion. Kiser played Bernie Lomax in the classic 1989 film, which has become popular in Oakland because of the A's recent success.

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09/02/2012 01:03 PM

Armadillo's Write-Up

Week 1

Sunday's games

Kentucky won four of last five games with Louisville; five of last seven series games were decided by 7 or less points, with underdogs going 7-3 vs spread in last ten. Kentucky has 6 starters back on offense, 2 on OL, 5 back on defense; their soph QB started three games LY. Wildcats are 6-9 vs spread as underdog under Phillips, 2-6 on road. Louisville is pick to win Big East this year, after going 7-6 in each of Strong's first two years as HC, but Cardinals are 4-9 vs spread at home under Strong, 6-6 when favored (4-6 at home). Soph QB Bridgewater started 10 games LY; they have four starters back on OL, but two of them are sophomores.

Baylor begins life after RGIII, but at least Florence has 7 career starts, and he's a senior; Bears are 13-7 vs spread as home favorite last decade, 9-4 under Briles- they're 10-7 vs spread in last 17 non-league tilts. SMU lost its whole OL from LY and has only 3 starters back on offense; they are 2-6 as road underdogs last two years. Baylor DC Bennett was HC at SMU from '02-'07. Mustang QB Gilbert is Texas transfer who started 10 games for Longhorns. These former SWC rivals are meeting for first time since '05. Baylor allowed 30+ points in seven of last eight games LY.

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09/02/2012 01:05 PM


Sunday, September 2

What bettors need to know: Kentucky at Louisville

Kentucky Wildcats at Louisville Cardinals (-12.5, 42)

Louisville will try to win its second straight Governor’s Cup against Kentucky on Sunday after losing the previous four. The Cardinals tied for the Big East title last season and have a lot of talent back to make a run for a BCS bowl game. Louisville won five of its last six regular-season games as quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the Big East Rookie of the Year, came of age. Bridgewater won’t have his top receiver Michaelee Harris, lost for the season with a knee injury, but the Cardinals have depth at the position.

Kentucky will likely face a very solid defense, which has six starters returning, without Josh Clemons. The tailback had arthroscopic knee surgery last week. Still, the pressure is squarely on Louisville. Kentucky leads the series 14-10 and has won five straight season openers overall.

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN.

LINE: Louisville -13

KENTUCKY (2011: 5-7, 2-6 SEC): The Wildcats beat Ole Miss, Tennessee and gave Georgia a scare in their last four games to squeeze something out of a disappointing season. When Clemons returns, Kentucky could have a solid one-punch at running back with CoShik Williams, who had a team-leading 486 yards in 2011. Sophomore Maxwell Smith won the battle for the quarterback spot. The team’s most productive returning player - La’Rod King (40 receptions, 598 yards) - will make his job easier. The Wildcats allowed 24.7 points per contest last year and have lost some key personnel on defense. Others must step up, especially defensive back Martavius Neloms.

LOUISVILLE (2011: 7-6, 5-2 Big East): If the Cardinals can match last season’s solid efforts on defense, they are the definite frontrunner in the Big East. Louisville was second in the Big East in total defense and 10th in the nation in rushing defense in 2011. The Cardinals lost some key performers, but have talented safety Hakeem Smith, cornerback Adrian Bushell and linebacker Preston Brown to lead the way. Coach Charlie Strong is expecting Bridgewater to progress after throwing 14 touchdown passes and being intercepted 12 times. Converted quarterback Dominique Brown should be able to take some pressure off at running back as well.


*Under is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Louisville.
*Under is 9-0 in Cardinals’ last nine home games.
*Underdog is 4-1 ATS in their last five meetings.
*Road team is 4-0 ATS in their last four meetings.


1. Louisville must replace their starting punter and place kicker.

2. Kentucky was 118th in total offense last season at less than 260 yards per game.

3. The Under is 9-0 in Louisville’s last nine home games.

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09/02/2012 01:07 PM


Sunday, September 2

What bettors need to know: SMU at Baylor

Southern Methodist at Baylor (-8.5, 58.5)

With the explosive combination of Robert Griffin III and Kendall Wright in the NFL, Baylor begins anew with an old Southwest Conference rival in Southern Methodist on Sunday. While quarterback Nick Florence cannot be expected to replace Griffin’s production, it will not be the first time the senior signal-caller will be asked to fill in for the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, like he did when Griffin was lost for the year early in 2009. Wide receiver Terrance Williams returns to lead a group of three returning receivers who caught at least 42 passes last season. SMU, which will join the Big East Conference in all sports next July, begins its final season in Conference USA after closing 2011 with an impressive victory over Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl.

TV: 6:30 p.m. ET, FSN.

LINE: Baylor -10

ABOUT SMU (2011: 8-5, 5-3 C-USA): Running back Zach Line puts some bite into the ground game of coach June Jones’ run-and-shoot offense. The two-time All-Conference USA selection has led the league in rushing in each of the past two seasons, but the addition of quarterback Garrett Gilbert – a University of Texas transfer – could make this offense special. The Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2009, Gilbert threw two touchdown passes in the Longhorns’ BCS title game loss to Alabama that same year and started every game for Texas in 2010 before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury early last season.

ABOUT BAYLOR (2011: 10-3, 6-3 Big 12): Wide receiver Darryl Stonum joins the team after sitting out last season following his transfer from Michigan, where he caught 49 passes in 2010. In the running game, Oregon transfer Lache Seastrunk and Jarred Salubi form an impressive tandem that will try to replace running back Terrance Ganaway’s 1,547 rushing yards from a season ago. More will be asked of the defense this season as eight starters return on that side of the ball, although newcomer defensive end Javonte Magee may end up packing the biggest punch for this unit.


*Bears are 8-0 ATS in their last eight home games.
*Under is 4-0 in Mustangs last four games overall.
*Mustangs are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall.
*Bears are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall.


1. SMU leads the all-time series 36-35-7, but Baylor has won nine consecutive contests dating back to their last meeting in 2005.

2. Baylor enters this game on a six-game winning streak, the third-longest active run in the nation.

3. The Mustangs have not opened a season with a win on the road since 1986.

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09/02/2012 01:10 PM

Kentucky Visits Louisville In Bluegrass Rivalry

The college football battle between the Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats may not be as good as the hardwood version, but it’s always a fierce matchup.

This contest takes place Sunday at 3:30 pm (ET) from the strangely named Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville. The ratings should be pretty high on ESPN with two just Division I games that day and the NFL season still on hiatus.

The Don Best college football odds screen has Louisville between 13-13½ point home favorites. The total is sitting at 42.

The Cardinals are considered the best team in a weakened Big East that just lost West Virginia to the Big 12. Those two squads finished in a 3-way tie for the regular season crown last year (5-2 straight up), with West Virginia playing in the Orange Bowl due to a tiebreaker.

Coach Charlie Strong begins his third season at Louisville with the two previous years finishing 7-6. He is certainly encouraged by last year’s strong finish, 5-2 SU in the final seven, and bettors loved the 7-2 against the spread mark in the final nine.

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater returns for his sophomore season after being the first true frosh to start for the team since 1976. The 6-foot-3 Miami native threw for an average of 220 yards his final five games ('over' 4-1) after 181.8 YPG in his first five ('under' 5-0) after becoming the starter on October 1.

Bridgewater has three of his four top receivers back from last year, but that was before Michaelee Harris (knee) was lost for the season earlier this month. It looks like a running back by committee with the starter still not announced, although junior Dominique Brown (533 yards last year) should have the inside track.

Strong made his name as a defensive coordinator at Florida and the 'D' was 10th in the country in rushing last year (100.5 YPG) and 23rd in total yards (327.9 YPG). Six starters are back, including the whole secondary, with safety Hakeem Smith the big name there.

Kentucky went 5-7 SU and 6-6 ATS in 2011, with one of those wins and covers against FCS Jacksonville State. The record in the SEC was 2-6 SU (4-4 ATS) and an even worse conference finish is predicted by many this year.

If there is improvement, it will have to come from the offense, ranked 118th out of 120 teams in total yards (259.8 YPG). Sophomore Maxwell Smith has been named the starter for Sunday and he played in eight games last year (starting three) and should develop after throwing for 819 yards last year.

Smith will benefit from having senior receiver La’Rod King (598 yards, seven TDs) back. Senior CoShik Williams leads the running back candidates, but there are questions along the left side of the offensive line.

The defense lost six starters (including all the linebackers) from a group that was 58th nationally at 377 YPG allowed.

These in-state rivals have met every year since 1994 and it’s been streaky. Louisville won last year 24-17 as 4½-point road ‘dogs. Kentucky took the prior four games (3-1 ATS).

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09/02/2012 01:12 PM

Kentucky-Louisville clash Sunday afternoon


Kickoff: Sunday, 3:30 p.m. EDT
Line: Louisville -13, Total: 42

A fierce in-state rivalry resumes on Sunday afternoon when Kentucky visits No. 25 Louisville in the regular-season opener for both schools.

Although Louisville is the heavy favorite here, Kentucky has won four of five in this storied rivalry. Last year, the Cardinals ended a four-year drought with a 24-17 win playing on the road in Lexington. UK’s offense was simply atrocious last season, as its 15.8 PPG was the fourth-lowest total in the nation. However, sophomore QB Maxwell Smith has had a great spring and is expected to move the ball more effectively this year. The Wildcats D was mediocre last year, and their entire starting LB and CB units need replacing. Louisville has high hopes for sophomore QB Teddy Bridgewater, who just may be the Big East’s most talented player. The Cardinals’ defensive front is the key to a solid stop unit. Both teams have trends working against them, as Kentucky is 3-9 ATS in its past 12 non-home games, but Louisville is just 6-12 ATS at home over the past three seasons.

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Smith certainly struggled on the road last year, completing just 33-of-73 passes (45%) for 321 yards (4.4 YPA), 2 TD and 4 INT. His team scored just 18 points in the two road games Smith started last year. He is one of 26 sophomores or redshirt freshman for the Wildcats this season, which is why it is so imperative that senior WR La’Rod King continues to get open. King had a team-high 598 receiving yards and 7 TD last season. Kentucky lost a huge chunk of its defense last year, with the departed players accounting for 58% of its tackles, 50% of the sacks and 87% of the interceptions last season. But recently, the Wildcats have done a nice job on defense in this rivalry. Since 2008, they have allowed an average of 17.3 PPG in the four meetings.

The Cardinals are the favorites to win the Big East thanks mostly to Teddy Bridgewater, who led his team to a 5-1 record to finish the regular season, scoring 10 total TD with just four interceptions in this stretch. He has bulked up 27 pounds in the offseason to 222 pounds, and his added strength has head coach Charlie Strong excited about his prospects this year. They will miss top receiver Michaelee Harris, who tore his ACL last week, but junior RB Dominique Brown (533 rush yds, 4 TD) expects to give the Cards a nice pass/run balance. This excellent defense returns 10 starters, led by All-Big East safety Hakeem Smith. But the strength of this team is the defensive line that was integral in stopping the run (101 rush YPG allowed, 10th in nation) and generating 33 sacks.

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09/02/2012 01:25 PM

Not a good start yesterday 9 - 18 overall....Best Bets 5 - 5

Morning Best Bets go 3 - 2

Night Best Bets go 2 - 3

Today's Games:

Sunday, September 2

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Kentucky - 3:30 PM ET Louisville -13.5 500

Louisville - Over 42 500

Southern Methodist - 6:30 PM ET Southern Methodist +10.5 500

Baylor - Over 58.5 500

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09/03/2012 12:49 PM

Hokies Host Yellow Jackets In ACC Opener

Techies will be out in full force Monday night when ACC rivals Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech get their seasons underway in a nationally televised contest that some predict will decide the Coastal Division title of the ACC.

ESPN's broadcast from Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, VA begins at 8:00 p.m. (ET). Virginia Tech opened as a touchdown favorite with the spread now -7½ on the Hokies at most shops monitored by the Don Best Pro Odds. Monday's scoreboard hurdle is in the 48½-49 point range.

History is behind the notion that this game will determine the Coastal Division representative for the ACC Championship Game to be played in Charlotte on Dec. 1. Since splitting into two divisions for the 2005 season, the Hokies and Yellow Jackets have won every Coastal title, five times for Va Tech and twice by Georgia Tech, each time decided by the victor in this rivalry.

The Hokies have claimed the past two division crowns, beating Florida State in the 2010 ACC title tilt and losing last year to Clemson.

If Monday's winner does indeed go on to the conference championship, it will likely be resolved when Georgia Tech's potent option offense is on the field against a Virginia Tech defense that is picked to be among the best in the country.

Georgia Tech, a 12/1 pick to win the ACC title, has seven starters returning on an offense that finished in the top 20 last year averaging nearly 460 yards per game, more than 300 of that coming on the ground to rank second in that column. Senior QB Tevin Washington is among those seven returning starters, and four more are along the front wall that will be tested Monday night.

Washington paced the Ramblin' Wreck's ground attack with 987 yards rushing, also adding 1,652 yards through the air. However, he failed to complete 50 percent of his passes and had an 11:8 TD-to-interception rate. Washington will be breaking in new receivers with last year's top downfield threat, Stephen Hill, a second-round pick by the New York Jets this past April.

David Sims and Orwin Smith, who finished behind Washington with over 600 yards rushing each a year ago, are back in the fold to complement Paul Johnson's triple option. Both are listed as probable for Monday's contest as Sims works his way back from offseason surgery for a stress fracture in a shin and Smith from a late-season toe injury.

There are also seven defensive starters returning from a unit that surrendered over 160 yards per game on the ground and ranked a middling 60th in the country allowing over 26 points per contest. Virginia Tech, then No. 10 in the country, ran roughshod over the Yellow Jackets in a 37-26 win in Atlanta last November, amassing nearly 270 yards on the ground, all but about 100 of that from ACC Offensive Player of the Year David Wilson.

Georgia Tech won't have to worry about Wilson on Monday after the former Hokie was the 32nd-overall selection in the NFL Draft by the New York Giants. The Ramblin' Wreck will still have to worry about Va Tech junior QB Logan Thomas, however, who was part of all five TDs the Hokies scored in that win, three through the air and two more on the ground.

Michael Holmes, a redshirt freshman from Harrisonburg, VA, is listed at the top of the list to succeed Wilson as the feature back with true freshman JC Coleman waiting in the wings, though he could be red-shirted with junior Martin Scales beginning the season as Holmes' primary backup.

Head coach Frank Beamer may not need much offense considering the potential of his stop unit. Eight starters are back after the Hokies ranked seventh in the country in points allowed (17.6 ppg) and 10th in total defense (304.6 ypg). A very disruptive front wall returns intact, led by end James Gayle (7 sacks in 2011) and tackle Luther Maddy, and they will be complemented by both corners back in the mix, Kyle Fuller and Anton Exum.

Virginia Tech is not listing any significant injuries for the season opener.

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09/03/2012 12:51 PM

Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech

September 1, 2012

For the most part, season openers for BCS schools are at home come against teams from the MAC, WAC and Sun Belt conferences. Of course, there are the high-profile matchups at the Ga. Dome and Cowboys Stadium, but you rarely see a crucial conference game to start the year.

That will certainly be the case Monday night in Blacksburg, where Virginia Tech will take on Georgia Tech in an ACC Coastal showdown

As of Saturday afternoon, most books were listing Virginia Tech as a seven-point favorite with a total of 48 ½. Gamblers can take the Yellow Jackets to win outright for a plus-250 return (risk $100 to win $250).

Frank Beamer’s team went 11-3 last season after losing 23-20 to Michigan in overtime at the Sugar Bowl. The Hokies won the Coastal division, only to get pounded 38-10 by Clemson in the ACC Championship Game.

Va. Tech returns just three starters on offense, but one of those is junior quarterback Logan Thomas, who is a beast. Thomas, a tight end coming out of high school, rushed for 627 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2011. He also connected on 59.8 percent of his passes for 3,013 yards with a 19/10 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

The Hokies must replace running back David Wilson, who garnered ACC Player of the Year honors by rushing for 1,709 yards and nine TDs last year. Redshirt freshman RB Michael Holmes is expected to get the starting nod and he’ll run behind an offensive line with four new starters.

Va. Tech is inexperienced on offense, but the defense is a veteran-laden unit with nine returning starters. The Hokies gave up 17.6 points per game last year. They are led by Antone Exum, who is moving from safety to cornerback. In 2011, Exum had a team-high 89 tackles, 10 passes broken up, 3.5 tackles for losses, 1.5 sacks, one interception and two QB hurries.

Va. Tech tied for first in the ACC with 41 sacks last season. James Gayle and JR Collins combined for 13 of those sacks.

Bud Foster’s defense will face Ga. Tech’s unique flexbone attack commanded by senior QB Tevin Washington, who had 1,125 rushing yards and 14 TDs in his first full year as the starter. Washington posted an 11/8 TD-INT ratio.

Paul Johnson’s team returns seven starters on offense and six on defense. David Sims and Orwin Smith provide experience in the backfield. Sims had 698 rushing yards and seven TDs last year, averaging 5.2 yards per carry. Smith rushed for 615 yards and 11 scores, averaging 10.1 YPC. He also had 13 receptions for 306 yards and one TD.

Ga. Tech finished the 2011 campaign with an 8-5 record, losing 30-27 to Utah at the Sun Bowl. The Yellow Jackets lost 24-7 at Miami in their lone road underdog situation.

During Johnson’s four-year tenure (he’s going into fifth year), Ga. Tech owns an 8-4 spread record in 12 games as a road ‘dog. Meanwhile, Va. Tech limped to an atrocious 1-5 ATS mark in six games as a home ‘chalk’ last season.

When these teams met on The Flats in Midtown Atlanta last year, Va. Tech captured a 37-26 win as a one-point road ‘chalk.’ The 63 combined points sailed ‘over’ the 49 ½-point total.

Thomas completed 7-of-13 throws for 209 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. He also ran for 70 yards and a pair of scores on 18 carries.

Washington had 77 rushing yards and three TDs, including a one-yard plunge to give the Yellow Jackets a 26-21 lead late in the third quarter. However, the Hokies responded with 16 unanswered points.

According to the weather forecast, there’s a 60-percent chance of rain.

Kick-off is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.

**B.E.’s Bonus Nuggets**

--The Va. Tech-Ga Tech winner has won the ACC Coastal seven consecutive years.

--Ga. Tech starting LB Daniel Drummond will not play due to a one-game suspension. Drummond finished last season with 44 tackles.

--Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray looked dynamite in Friday’s 35-21 win over North Carolina St. as a three-point favorite at the Ga. Dome in Atlanta. Bray completed 27-of-41 throws for 332 yards and two TDs without being intercepted.

--Sick stat line from West Virginia QB Geno Smith in his team’s 69-34 win over Marshall: 33-of-37 for 340 yards, four TDs and zero interceptions, eight carries for 65 rushing yards and one TD. Not bad.

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09/03/2012 12:52 PM

Monday's betting tips: Rain expected in Blacksburg

Weather to watch

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Virginia Tech Hokies: Forecasts are calling for an 80 percent chance of thunderstorms throughout the evening hours at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field.

Who’s hot?

Oakland Athletics. There’s no team hotter than the Athletics right now. Oakland picked up its ninth straight victory with a 6-2 win over the Red Sox on Sunday and is closing in on Texas for the AL West lead. This is the club's longest winning streak since 10 in a row from June 8-18, 2006, the last year the A's reached the playoffs.

Who’s not?

Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox have lost six straight to leave them a season-worst 11 games below .500 and on pace to drop 87 games, their highest total since 1992.

Key stat

Maurice Jones-Drew accounted for 47.7 percent of his team's offense in 2011, the highest percentage of any player in the last 10 years.

Game of the day

Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech (-7.5, 48.5)

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Rafael Nadal has a partially torn patella tendon in his left knee and will be sidelined for at least the next two months, including Spain's upcoming Davis Cup semifinal against the United States. Doctors originally told the Spaniard he had tendinitis and needed to rest only 15 days.

Notable quotable

“It’s worn on me. I was born a winner and going through something like this I never wish upon anyone… It’s tough to hear boos from your own fans. It’s tough to see your teammates — they’re going out there to battle every day — it’s been tough, it’s been stressful, but at the same time you’ve just got to come ready to work.” – Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero after taking his 12th consecutive loss Sunday.

Betting news and notes

-The Cubs have the second-worst road record in the majors at 17-48 and have lost four straight and 13 of their past 14 away from Wrigley Field.

-Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto may be activated from the disabled list Monday if he deems himself ready. Votto has been sidelined since July 16 with a knee injury that required surgery.

-Angels Left fielder Mark Trumbo struck out three times Sunday and is hitting .198 with three home runs since Aug. 1.

-The Padres activated right-hander Andrew Cashner from the disabled list Saturday, and are considering making him part of a six-man starting rotation down the stretch.

-The Jacksonville Jaguars will start running back Rashad Jennings in Week 1 against the Vikings even though Maurice Jones-Drew reported to the club Sunday, according to a report on

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