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09/20/2011 01:33 PM

News & Notes - Week 4

September 20, 2011

Week 4

It was a strange game between Iowa State and Connecticut on Friday night. After the first 9 poss of the game, Conn had a 131-(-7) yd edge. ISU QB Steele Jantz's first 4 passes resulted in 0-4 with 3 int, but the problem with UC was that they didn't take advantage of the opportunities. They were int'd at the ISU40 and then K Teggart who had hit 13 straight FG's, missed a 41 yarder and with 12:58 left in the 2Q, missed a 43 yarder. ISU got a key play when on 3&19, a jump ball which was caught by Reynolds for a 48 yd pass and ISU would continue on for a TD. QB Jantz was inj'd at the end of the half and looked doubtful to return but played the entire 2H. UC led 10-7 at the half, but ISU ran a double reverse pass for a 40 yd TD to make it 14-10. UC went ahead with 12:51 left, 20-17 but ISU answered with a TD with 9:08 left. UC punted with 6:57 left, was SOD on 4&2 at the ISU38 with 1:48 left then from the ISU44 their Hail Mary was knocked down on the last play...

Boise State's Kellen Moore must be considered one of the Heisman frontrunners. He had an impressive Friday night outing at Toledo, the same team that took Ohio St to the wire the previous week. Moore hit 32-42-455 yds as BSU rolled up 32 FD's in their 40-15 win. Both teams blew opportunities late with UT fmbl'g at the BSU9, BSU going on a 62/12pl drive and being SOD at the UT29 but BSU passed yet another test and will be a double digit favorite in the rest of their games...

Purdue was coming off a loss to Rice where Rice blocked a FG at the end of the game and PU took out their frustration on SE Missouri. PU actually fmbl'd on its 2nd poss and settled for a 19 yard FG on its 3rd but their next 5 poss all went for TD's and Robert Marve saw his first action since coming back from an ACL and QB'd 2 series with the team scoring on both poss as he hit 7-8-91. PU had a 38-0 lead at the half with a 396-57 yd edge. In the 2H PU only had 3 series but they were 68/8, 83/11 and 80/8pl all with TerBush back at QB all resulting in TD's in the 59-0 win...

Auburn had its 17-game win streak snapped and they also had a 14 game win streak in the series vs Clemson snapped. AU actually led 21-7 with 8:54 left 2Q but CU scored 2 TD's incl one with 1:11 left to tie it at 21. CU scored a TD on a 65 yd pass on their first drive of the 3Q and never trailed again. At the end of the game, CU got a 38 yd FG with 11:48 left to lead 38-24. It appeared AU was ready for another one of its patented comebacks and got to the CU8 but they were int'd at the 5 with 9:34 left and CU went on an amazing 73/18pl drive running out the clock and taking a knee at the AU18...

Georgia Tech was playing with revenge for the previous year's loss to Kansas in which they came in ranked and finished with a losing season. Their game was competitive at the half as GT only led 24-17 with a 337-246 yd edge but it turned into a record breaking day for GT. They opened the game with a school record 95 yd TD run by Orwin Smith to make it 7-0. They opened the 3Q on the first play with a 63 yd TD run by Peeples and would score TD's on their first 6 poss of the 2H to blow it open, 66-17 with 5:13 left before Kansas moved 63 yds for a TD. GT set a school record for rushing yards with 604 (previous high 558 vs VMI in 1975) and total yards with 768 (previous high 706 vs The Citadel, 1948)...

Penn State had 308-197 yd and 18-13 FD edges vs Temple but missed a 45 yd FG, had a 49 yd FG blk'd and then had a 36 yd FG bounce off the goal post. PSU led 14-10 and TU did get the ball down the field with a pers foul to the PSU34 and on 4&10 was sacked and fmbl'd and PSU just fell on it at the 41 with 1:01 left and ran out the clock...

Pittsburgh appeared to have this game locked up leading 27-10 with 12:00 left but Iowa made a miracle comeback. Pitt actually led by as much as 24-3 with 3:11 left in the 3Q. UI finished with a 475-422 yd edge. UI would go 73/7pl, 64/7pl (after Pitt was SOD on 4&3 at UI36) and 64/7pl for the last for a TD with 2:51 left to take the lead and Pitt's final poss ended on an int at the UI43...

Bowling Green did finish with 28-18 FD and 514-396 yd edges, but gained 212 yards on their final 3 poss when they trailed 28-14. BG had a 6-1 TO deficit. Trailing 28-14 BG was int'd at the Wyoming 47 but WY was SOD at the BG36. BG was SOD at the WY8 with 8:11 left. BG went 67/8pl scoring a TD with 4:16 left and WY punted with 1:18 left and BG had no time-outs. They went 89/10pl getting a 10 yd TD pass with :03 left by WY blk'd the xp and held on for the upset...

Western Michigan had lost 5 straight to Central Michigan and HC Cubit said it was like an elephant in the room, they needed to beat CM. They simply dominated. They led 24-0 at the half and opened it up to 41-7 in the 4Q. CM gained 173 yds on their final 3 poss making it a misleading final statistically as WM gained just 16 yards in that span. Those 3 drives incl a TD when trailing 41-7 in the 44-14 rout...

Louisiana-Monroe played even better than the final score vs TCU as they led 17-14 mid-2Q. TCU got a TD with 5:16 left 1H to lead 21-17 and ULM missed a 43 yd FG on the final play of the half. TCU used 2 key plays at the start of the 3Q to break it open. They got a 94 yd KR TD to open the 3Q then after a fmbl, drove 28 yds for a TD and led 35-17. TCU's final score came when ULM was SOD on 4&12 at the 50 with 3:40 left. TCU added a 28 yd FG with :28 left. TCU only had a 23-19 FD edge...

Duke vs Boston College was an interesting game. BC led 19-7 with a TD with 1:21 left in the half but Duke went 63/4pl getting a 21 yd TD pass with :30 left to get back in it, 19-14. The 2H was dominated by Duke. Duke went 73/10pl but was int'd at the BC6. Duke went 46/9pl but missed a 33 yd FG, they went 70/14pl for a TD and missed the 2 pt conv then went 51/10pl and they were SOD on 4&5 at the BC30 with 4:15 left, up by 1. BC had earlier missed an xp and took over at their 21 with 2:24 left. They had a FD at the Duke14. On 3&1 they ran into the line for no gain and lined up for the chipshot game winning FG from 23 yards out and it bounced off the upright with :43 left and Duke pulled the upset...

It was a story of 2H's in the West Virginia-Maryland game. After 1 series in the 3Q where WV opened going 78/7pl for a TD, WV had a 380-176 yd edge and led 34-10. MD then went 71/11pl but was SOD on 4&gl at the 6, went 61/5pl for a TD, 44/7pl (after int) for a TD with 1:20 left in the 3Q then 66/12pl for a TD to pull within 34-31. WV had 2 FD's in that span. WV then went 65/14pl settling for a 21 yd FG with 4:42 left in the game to go up by 6. MD got to the WV35 but on 3&8 were int'd at the 13 and WV held on. WV had a 480-477 yd edge in the shootout with both teams using no huddle offenses...

Florida International ret'd a fmbl 51 yds for a TD and won despite losing TY Hilton to a hamstring injury in the 1Q. Central Florida led 7-0 and was going in for another score in the final seconds of the half. They got to the FIU28 when on 2&16 with :16 left Godfrey was sk'd and fmbl'd and FIU ret'd it 51 yds for a TD. Early 3Q UCF fmbl'd a punt at its own 8 and FIU rec'd. Offsides set up FIU at the 4 and they got a TD run and totaled 4 yds offense for 2 TD's and a 14-7 lead. They did go 85/9pl for a 27 yd FG, 17-7. Late in the game UCF settled for a 31 yd FG with 1:52 left but FIU rec'd the onside kick and won despite being outgained 300-238...

Arkansas State had been avg 481 ypg but Virginia Tech, after allowing a 51 yd pass on ASU's first play which set up a TD 2pl later and put ASU up 7-0, allowed just 210 yards the rest of the game while VT finished with 427. Logan Thomas hit 21-33-292. VT missed a 40 yd FG and in the 2H was int'd and ret'd to the ASU42, int'd at the ASU4 and SOD at the ASU27 on their final 3 poss...

Tulane was actually a 13-point underdog to UAB and TU dominated. They had 28-10 FD and a 540-193 yd edges. UAB even got a 92 yd KR TD to only be down 28-7 at half with TU having a 305-122 yd edge. TU got 39 and 55 yd IR TD's the latter when they were safely up 42-10 and TU even ended the game taking over with 7:40 left driving 73/8pl and were at the UAB8 at the end...

North Carolina had not won an ACC opener since winning at Wake Forest in 2000 and Virginia had a 468-401 yd edge. UVA actually had a 228-173 yd edge in the 1H but trailed 14-3 as they missed a 45 yd FG, settled for a 38 yd FG, were SOD at the NC36 and fmbl'd at the NC37. The Tar Heels opened it to 28-10 and they fmbl'd at the UVA5 with 13:05 left. UVA got a TD with 5:09 left to pull within 11 and then got to the NC36 and were int'd at the 14 with 2:53 to go...

QB Dan Persa missed another game for Northwestern. Kain Colter hit 12-23-89 and Army dominated with 24-14 FD and 40:19 to 19:41 TOP edges. Army went on 18 and 10pl drives for a TD and a missed 47 yd FG. NW went 51/11pl to tie it with 5:23 left in the half but missed a 26 yd FG on the final play of the half. Army, up 14-7 went on a 14pl drive but missed a 25 yd FG and NW got a 62 yd TD pass with 6:03 left but Army went 75/9pl for a TD with 2:49 left and NW was SOD at the Army33 on their last drive...

San Jose State opted to sit Matt Faulkner and start Dasmen Stewart and Nevada was more impressive than the score would indicate with Stewart in the lineup. At the half NV had a 270-52 yd edge but only led 14-7 because they fmbl'd at their own 34 and SJS got a 2pl TD "drive" and at the end of the half NV was SOD on 4&gl at the 1 with :44 left. It was 17-7 when Faulkner came off the bench. His 4 drives ended on a fmbl at the NV38, a 10pl drive with a missed 37 yd FG, 72/9pl drive for a TD to pull SJS within 17-14 with 7:59 left and then a 69/13pl drive to the 15 where he was int'd in the EZ...

Alabama was even more dominant than the final as at the half they had a 282-25 yd edge but settled for 37 and 26 yd FG's and missed a 36 yd FG and only led 20-0. Trent Richardson rushed for 167 yds on 11 carries and Eddie Lacy for 161 on 9 as Bama rolled up a 586-169 yd edge. North Texas did have 2 chances to avoid the shutout but had a 42 yd FG blk'd at the start of the 3Q and went for it on 4&gl from the 3 with 3:28 left and fired incomplete...

USC got a big win over Syracuse, at one point leading 38-10 in the 4Q. Up 38-17, USC took over at their 17 with 5:32 left and worked it down to a 1st & gl at the 5 where they ran out the clock. Matt Barkley hit 26-39-324 yds...

While Marshall turned it over six times vs Ohio, the Bobcats were pretty much dominant. The Bobcats settled for 20 and 21 yard FG's in the 1H and led 34-7 and opened it up to 44-7 early in the 4Q. Marshall gained 92 of their yards on their final 2 drives as OU reeled off 559 yards...

Kansas State rolled to a 34-0 halftime lead vs Kent State. The Cats did have a 45 yd IR TD but also had drives of 95/6pl and 98/17pl. The closest the Flashes got to scoring was taking over at their 21 late 3Q and drove 76/19pl and had a 1st & gl at the 3 but were SOD after a pen at the 9 with 5:53 left...

Buffalo led 7-0 after 1Q but Ball State led 21-7 at the half. Buffalo battled back but did have an extra point blocked and also had a 2 pt conversion fail. Buffalo got a TD with 6:28 left to lead 25-21 when BSU went on a 75/18pl drive. The drive included improbable conversions on 4&13 and 4&7 and their TD with :22 left allowed BSU to escape with a 28-25 win...

Nebraska started 3 walk-ons on the O-line for the first time since 1998 due to injuries. NU scored at least 40 pts in each of the first 3 games for the first time since their 1995 National Title season. While they were not dominant, they still went from a 20-7 halftime lead to a 44-17 lead. They got a TD then Washington fmbl'd the KO and they added another TD :09 later to go up 34-17 then added a 29 yd FG and an 86/9pl TD drive and with just 12:18 left were up by 27. UW got a pair of TD's on a 32 yd drive (after 64 yd KR) and 53 yd drive but then NU rec'd the onside kick and got ahead ATS again, 51-31 with 4:50 left. UW got a 52/1pl TD pass with 4:27 left to get back in the backdoor. NU rec'd the onside kick and got to the UW21 but was SOD. UW got 1 FD & was int'd on a deep pass at the NU23...

Even though Northern Illinois HC Dave Doeren had been an asst on the Wisconsin staff the previous 5 years, they were outgained by the Badgers 621-237 and outFD'd 34-11. They actually made a game of it in the 1H tying it at 7 with 1:59 left in the 1Q with UW missing a 50 yd FG. UW went 51, 97 and 77 yards on their next 3 drives for TD's to lead 28-7 and NI missed a 42 yd FG with :02 left in the 1H. At the half UW only had a 298-178 yd edge but went 77 and 79 yd for TD's to opened the 3Q and didn't punt until the last play of the 3Q up 42-7. UW was int'd at the 12 and then added a TD with 3:34 left in the 49-7 win...

Teddy Bridgewater had been unimpressive so far for Louisville at QB but was forced into the lineup when Will Stein was inj'd. Kentucky did take their first drive 58/7pl settling for a 20 yd FG then fmbl'd at the UL23. Stein hit a 38 yd TD pass to give UL a 7-3 lead. Bridgewater's first series was a 49/6pl drive with his 25 yd TD pass putting UL up 14-3. UK got an 80/9pl TD drive to pull within 14-10 at the half. Bridgewater led a 69/12pl drive for a 20 yd FG to open the 3Q and later a 46/7pl drive for a 25 yd TD pass for a 24-10 lead with 11:15 left. UK went 77/17pl getting a TD with 4:56 left to pull within 7. After a K/C interference pen UK started at the UL48 with 2:27 left. They had a FD at the 22 but on 4&6 fired incomplete with :51 left...

Navy's option almost got the upset of South Carolina. Navy had leads of 7-0, 14-7 and 21-17. SC took the lead with 12:45 left on a 79/16pl drive. Navy's last drive converted on 4&15 but on 4&7 they were int'd at the SC45 with 13:33 left and SC got 1 FD & took a knee. Spurrier rode Marcus Lattimore 37 times for a career high 246 yards...

Chris Rainey had a huge game for Florida with 233 total yards including an 82 yd TD rec and also blocked a punt. Surprisingly Tennessee had a 23-17 FD edge and UF only had a 347-279 yd edge but the Gators did lead this one 30-7. UT missed a 37 yd FG on the first poss then had a punt blk'd on the 2nd setting up a UF FG. UF led 16-7 at the half but only with a 167-134 yd edge. UT was int'd on the first play of the 3Q and UF converted on 4&1 for a TD capping a 42 yd drive then UF got an 83 yd TD pass by Rainey to lead 30-7. UT settled for a 20 yd FG to pull within 30-16 with 13:13 left and made it 33-23 with a TD with 4:46 left but their final drive ended on an int at the UF17...


Colorado State opened with an 80/9pl drive for a TD and led 7-0. It was 7-0 when Colorado took over with 7:55 left 1H and went 75/9pl for a TD. CU took over with 2:16 left in the half and converted on 3&18 with a crucial run then on 3&10, got a 24 yd TD pass with :12 left in the half to make it 14-7. The game was 21-14 when CU took over with 11:25 left and they went 85/16pl and got a 2 yd Hansen TD run with 1:15 left to get ahead ATS. CSU was SOD on 4&4 from the CU42 when they were sacked for a 9 yd loss.


Washington State led San Diego State 17-14 at the half with a 260-221 yd edge. WSU appeared in complete control of the game as they got a 76 yd TD pass in the 3Q to lead 24-14 and then forced the Aztecs to go 3 & out. The game turned on a roughing the P penalty which gave the Aztecs a FD and 3pl later SDSt got a TD to pull within 24-21. SDSt didn't take the lead until 10:31 was left on a TD to go up 28-24 and then WSU was at the Aztec25 when Lobbestael had the ball slip out of his hands on a sack which SDSt rec'd at the 36. After a WSU offsides, Hillman ran 59 yds for a TD and stunningly it was 35-24. WSU was int'd at the SDSt13 and with 3:59 left was int'd and ret'd all the way to their 20. On 3&11 the Aztecs got a 21 yd TD pass and it looked like an easy win but that was misleading...

Turnovers were clearly the key in the BYU-Utah game. On the 3rd play of the game, a bad snap went over Cougar QB Heaps' head and he tried to pick it up and throw it incomplete but the ball slipped out of his hands and Utah fell on it for a TD. BYU fmbl'd on their next drive at midfield. BYU's next drive went 74/8pl. They had a 1st & gl at the 6 but Di Luigi fmbl'd at the 3. BYU went 37/6pl and settled for a 45 yd FG and at this point had a 130-48 yd edge but trailed 7-3. BYU went 66/4pl for a TD in the 2Q to lead 10-7. Utah would get a 30 yd TD pass with :32 left in the half to lead 14-10 but BYU had a 227-187 yd edge. The Cougars would have 7 TO's in the game. Four times on 3&long Utah had a pass interference give them a FD and that happened at the start of the 3Q. Three plays later Utah got a TD on a 59 yd pass, 21-10. After a 29 yd PR Utah had a 19 yd "drive" for a 39 yd FG to go up 24-10. BYU fmbl'd the KO on their own 3 setting up another Utah TD. Two poss later BYU was sk'd & fmbl'd on their 6. Utah got a 20 yd FG. BYU was SOD after a 60/12pl drive at the Utah 18 and a beleaguered BYU D gave up a 62 yd TD run. After a 20 yd IR set up Utah at the BYU35, White ripped off another 35 yd TD run and naturally Utah's last score came with BYU at the Utah36 when they were sk'd & fmbl'd and it was ret'd 57 yds for a TD. Each team had 20 FD's.

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miners26 Posts:103 Followers:0
09/20/2011 04:28 PM

nice write up on CF/BYU, should be an interesting game since both are coming off bad losses

151rum Posts:908 Followers:13
09/20/2011 06:02 PM

hey owz? actually write this up? or find it? just asking 151

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09/20/2011 07:54 PM

Arkansas Razorbacks At Alabama In SEC Showdown

Alabama is just 27-46 ATS vs. SEC opponents since 1992.
There were more than 101,000 fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium this past week to watch the Alabama Crimson Tide take on North Texas. A few in attendance showed up to watch Cody Mandell, Alabama's sophomore punter.

His lone boot traveled 35 yards before skipping out of bounds at the Mean Green 4-yard line.

A larger crowd is expected this Saturday afternoon in Tuscaloosa where red, or a slight variation of it, will be a very popular color when the Razorbacks from Arkansas come a callin' on 'Bama. Most will be rooting for Mandell to again only be called on once.

Alabama opened as a two touchdown favorite to beat the Hogs. That's just a little higher than the 9.4 gap between the Crimson Tide and Razorbacks in the Don Best Linemakers Poll. 'Bama has been No. 1 for three weeks running while Arkansas is 12th according to Kenny White.

Coincidentally – or perhaps not – the college football spread was quickly bet down to 11½ and even an 11 here and there. Saturday's total is up a point from opening to 50½.

It's the first of two very big road dates for Arkansas. The next is the day after Thanksgiving in Baton Rouge. It's a bit of a shame the Razorbacks have both of those contests on the road; having just one of them at home could really throw a wrinkle into the Southeastern Conference, and thus, the BCS.

The Hogs know they will have to beat either the Tide or the Tigers on the road to have even a small chance of playing in the SEC Championship.

Arkansas (3-0 straight up, 2-1 against the spread) started just outside the top 10 in most polls simply because the Razorbacks do have the Crimson Tide and Tigers on the road in SEC play. Bobby Petrino's team could easily wind up being third-best in the SEC West Division and yet a top-10 finalist in the nation.

Petrino's lads strolled to wins over Missouri State and New Mexico to begin the season, then were possibly caught looking ahead to this game in last week's 38-28 triumph over Troy. Arkansas shot to a 24-0 lead before getting a little sloppy and letting the Trojans make the score closer than it should've been.

Arkansas failed to cover the 23-point line, but Troy's 21-point second half did delight those who bet 'over' 62.

Petrino was particularly peeved with his quarterback, junior Tyler Wilson. If Wilson isn't spot on this week, Petrino won't hesitate to send in soph Brandon Mitchell. Whoever is under center, they could be without the services of wideout Jarius Wright who is questionable with a knee injury. Wright leads the team with three touchdown receptions.

Whoever is at QB will also have to deal with an incredibly tough Alabama defense. The Crimson Tide (3-0 SU, 2-1 ATS) have surrendered just 170 yards per game, third fewest in the nation, and just 18 points over the first three contests. The unit pitched a shutout last week against North Texas, and shined in the Tide's 27-11 triumph on the road at Penn State two weeks ago.

A strong running game to date – 242 YPG, 14th in the country – has relieved some of the pressure on sophomore QB AJ McCarron. He's been efficient, though unspectacular, the past two games after having a few hiccups in the season opener. Head coach Nick Saban is no doubt cool with the efficient/unspectacular showing for McCarron, and Alabama should give the Hogs a steady dose of Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy on the ground.

Alabama rallied for a 24-20 road win last season, the fourth-straight victory in this series for the Tide who were favored by seven. Arkansas' last win here in Tuscaloosa was a 34-31, double-overtime thriller in 2003.

CBS will broadcast this one starting at 3:30 p.m. (ET). The Razorbacks will head to Cowboys Stadium next week for a date with Texas A&M; 'Bama will be in Gainesville to meet the Florida Gators

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09/20/2011 08:15 PM

Games to Watch - Week 4

September 20, 2011

Saturday - Oklahoma State at Texas A&M (ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET)
Matchup Skinny
As of Tuesday, most sports books had the Aggies favored by 3 ½ or four with the total at 68 1/2. Mike Gundy's team has won three in a row over Texas A&M and owns a 3-0-1 spread record in the last four meetings. The Cowboys have won their first three games vs. Louisiana (61-34), vs. Arizona (37-14) and at Tulsa (59-33). Meanwhile, Mike Sherman's team has routed SMU (46-14) and Idaho (37-7) at Kyle Field. This game was a shoot-out last year with OSU rallying from a 21-7 halftime deficit to capture a 38-35 win as a 2 ½-point home 'chalk.' Cowboys' QB Brandon Weeden has one of the best WRs in the country in Justin Blackmon, but he needs to cut down his mistakes with six interceptions in only three games. Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill has four touchdowns passes compared to just one pick. The 'over' has cashed in six of the last seven games in this Big 12 rivalry.

Saturday - Florida State at Clemson (ESPN, 3:30 p.m. ET)
Matchup Skinny
Most books opened Florida St. as a three-point favorite even though QB E.J. Manuel's status was 'questionable.' On Monday, the line was reduced to two and then on Tuesday the number moved rapidly between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. Eastern when Clemson became the favorite by one or 1 ½ points. The total opened at 50 ½. Clemson has won four in a row over FSU in Death Valley by an average of 15 points per game. The Tigers ended Auburn's 17-game winning streak last week by riding the hot hand of QB Tajh Boyd, who now has a 10/1 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Also, freshman sensation Sammy Watkins enjoyed a breakout performance against AU, catching 10 balls for 155 yards and two TDs while also rushing seven times for 44 yards. Will FSU be hung over from its heartbreaking loss to Oklahoma? It's a fair question for sure. If Manuel can't play, the start at QB will go to Clint Trickett, who completed 7-of-15 passes for 134 yards with one TD pass and one interception in the loss to the Sooners. When these ACC adversaries met in Tallahassee last season, FSU won a 16-13 decision as a 6 ½-point home favorite. The Tigers covered the number for the fifth time in the last six games against the 'Noles. The home team is 11-2 against the spread in the last 13 Clemson-FSU tilts. Gamblers should check the injury status of several other key players for FSU, including WRs Willie Haulstead and Bert Reed.

Saturday - Missouri at Oklahoma (FX, 8:00 p.m. ET)
Matchup Skinny

Most spots opened Oklahoma as a 21-point home favorite, but the number was up to 22 by late Tuesday afternoon. The total opened in the 56-57 range. Might OU be in a letdown situation after winning a key road game at FSU? Possibly, but it is the Sooners' Big 12 opener and it's also a revenge situation after they lost 36-27 at Missouri last season. OU had won previously won seven in a row against the Tigers. Gary Pinkel's squad lost a nail-biter at Arizona St. in Week 2, dropping a 37-30 decision in overtime. However, Mizzou has to feel good about the play of its young QB James Franklin, who has a 6/1 TD-INT ratio and can make plays with his legs as well. RB Henry Josey is getting it done for the Tigers on the ground, rushing for 400 yards and three touchdowns on just 29 carries to date. Mizzou is 12-11 ATS as a road 'dog on Pinkel's watch, while OU is 21-8-1 ATS as a home favorite since 2006.

Other Games to Watch
Matchup Skinny

North Carolina at Georgia Tech - Paul Johnson's team has been producing explosive offensive numbers this year, albeit against cupcake competition. Nevertheless, we should note scoring outputs of 63, 49 and 66. The Yellow Jackets rushed for an incredible 604 yards in last week's 66-24 demolition of Kansas in a revenge game. They had 12 runs of 20 yards or more against the Jayhawks. Ga. Tech will face a tougher defense this week when unbeaten North Carolina comes to The Flats. But UNC hasn't exactly faced a murderer's row of foes yet this year, either. The Tar Heels have wins over James Madison (42-10), Rutgers (24-22) and Virginia (28-17). Ga. Tech QB Tevin Washington has seven TD passes and zero interceptions. He's also rushed for 72 yards and a pair of scores. GT has won eight of the last 10 head-to-head meetings against UNC, but the Tar Heels are 5-2 ATS in the last seven encounters.

Vanderbilt at South Carolina - Most books opened South Carolina as a 15-point favorite, but the number was at 16 as of late Tuesday afternoon. The total opened at 53. The Gamecocks are 3-0 but just 1-2 ATS after playing three tough games vs. ECU (56-37 in Charlotte), at UGA (45-42) and vs. Navy (24-21). RB Marcus Lattimore is a leading Heisman candidate after rushing 37 times for 246 yards and three TDs against the Midshipmen. For the year, Lattimore has 534 rushing yards and seven TDs, averaging 6.1 yards per carry. Vandy is the feel-good story of September thanks to a 3-0 start both SU and ATS under new coach James Franklin. The Commodores posted their biggest SEC win (in terms of margin of victory) since 1971 when they trashed Ole Miss by a 30-7 count last week. They own a 3-0-1 spread record in their last four trips to Columbia.

USC at Arizona State - This is the last-call late-night game for gamblers in Week 4, as this Pac-12 showdown is slated for a 10:15 p.m. Eastern on ESPN. Most spots had the Sun Devils as 2 ½-point favorites with a total of 54 early in the week. ASU is looking to bounce back from its first loss, a 17-14 setback at unbeaten Illinois. Meanwhile, USC comes to Tempe undefeated with home wins over Minnesota, Utah and Syracuse. Matt Barkley has been lighting up opponents with a 9/1 TD-INT ratio. Dating back to last year, the 'under' is on a 6-1 run in USC games. ASU hasn't beaten USC outright in more than a decade, but it is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings.

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09/20/2011 08:19 PM

3-0 Illinois emerging threat in Big Ten

September 20, 2011

Illinois is 3-0 for the first time since 2001 and looks like a team to be taken seriously in the Big Ten.

The No. 24 Illini entered the Top 25 this week for the first time in three years after their 17-14 victory over then-No. 22 Arizona State.

A win over Western Michigan this week would give Illinois its first 4-0 start since the 1951 national championship season, and the Illini have a chance to be 6-0 when Ohio State comes calling Oct. 15.

``They've caught my attention,'' Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said Tuesday on the Big Ten coaches' call.

Wins over Arkansas State and South Dakota State to start the season didn't raise any eyebrows. The win over Arizona State was impressive because the defense, a major question mark entering the season, carried the day while Illinois' offense generated just 240 yards.

``There's no question, you play a Pac-12 opponent and beat them, it was great for our program,'' Illini coach Ron Zook said. ``Our guys went into that game knowing they could win if they did the things the coaches asked them to do.''

Illinois beat a ranked nonconference team for the first time in 10 tries and is on a four-game win streak that started with a 38-14 victory over Baylor in the Texas Bowl.

Bielema said the win over Arizona State, a team the Badgers beat 20-19 in Madison last year, showed Illinois is a legitimate Big Ten contender.

``We beat (ASU) on a blocked extra point, and I think they had a good team a year ago,'' Bielema said. ``It speaks volumes about how good Illinois is at this point.''

An Illinois defense that lost three players to the NFL draft sacked Sun Devils quarterback Brock Osweiler six times and intercepted two of his passes. Sophomore linebacker Jonathan Brown was named Big Ten defensive player of the week after making seven tackles and 1.5 sacks. He also had an interception and forced another.

Glenn Foster has made a smooth move from end to tackle to help compensate for the loss of first-round pick Corey Liuget.

The defense, allowing under 11 points a game, hasn't been scored on after any of Illinois' four turnovers and has forced eight takeaways that have led to 24 points.

``I knew defensively we'd be a lot better than people would give us credit for,'' said Zook, who is 54-59 in seven seasons at Illinois and has spent some years fending off speculation about his future with the Illinois. ``We lost guys who were good players, but we knew we had some pretty good players replacing them. The biggest question I had was how soon the defense would come around.''

Sophomore quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase has improved as a passer. He's completed 33 of 46 passes (72 percent) for 504 yards. He's thrown 16 touchdown passes against two interceptions the last 10 games.

``The defense lost good players, but they're big-play oriented,'' Bielema said. ``And their quarterback makes special things happen.''

A.J. Jenkins, who caught Scheelhaase's game-winning 16-yard touchdown pass against Arizona State in the fourth quarter, is second in the Big Ten with 7.3 catches and 107 yards a game.

Jason Ford and Scheelhaase lead a rushing attack averaging 223 yards a game.

Illinois has a favorable conference schedule, with home games against Northwestern, Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin at home and Indiana, Purdue, Penn State and Minnesota on the road.

``Of the eight Big Ten games, four at home, you probably would pick the four that we have at home if you have your druthers,'' Zook said. ``I'm not going to apologize for our schedule after the one we played the last five or six years.''

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09/21/2011 12:42 AM

Ear to the gridiron: Big Ten betting news and notes

September 20, 2011 4:35PM ET

A familiar opponent for Brady Hoke

Michigan’s new coach faces the worst nightmare for coaches this week - facing the team he just left - when San Diego State travels to Michigan Saturday. The Aztecs are a very solid team featuring a strong QB in Ryan Lindley and the No. 2 rusher in the country.

For Hoke, there is no upside here. If he wins, he should because his team is a 9-point favorite at home. If he loses, it’s humiliating. He’ll have the advantage of more knowledge of his opponent than almost any coach all year, but his former team will also be highly motivated to beat him.

Hoke has seemed clearly uncomfortable with the idea of this game every time he has been asked about it in the last week, and could certainly be tense and on edge as the game starts. That won’t matter as much as it would for some teams. Hoke doesn’t call plays on either side of the ball, and often doesn’t even wear a headset.

Hoke should be more concerned with his offense than his opponent in this one. Denard Robinson still runs like no one else, but his passing is regressing badly. That will become an increasing issue as the season progresses if they can’t get him back on track.

Youth in a line in Indiana

New Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson is building a bright future at Indiana (as the stunning recruitment coup of landing top QB Gunner Kiel in next year’s class showed), but he clearly has some work to do in the short term. It looks like he will be starting three freshmen on the offensive line this week.

Those freshmen played a lot last week and were whistled for 11 false start penalties. A trip to North Texas shouldn’t be a challenge, even for a team as underwhelming as Indiana has been for years. But you can expect more issues offensively from the Hoosiers than you otherwise might because of this inexperience. Indiana is favored by 6.5 points.

Nebraska due for a secondary boost

Current Giant and former Husker Prince Amukamara got all the attention in the Nebraska secondary last year, but a big portion of his success was due to the fact that fellow corner Alfonzo Dennard was every bit the player that he was.

Dennard, now a senior, has been out with a leg injury, but he is reportedly ready to go this week. That’s good news for the Huskers because their secondary hasn’t been nearly as sharp as it needs to be if they want to go all the way in the Big Ten.

Dennard shouldn’t be needed this week as the Huskers are 24-point favorites at Wyoming. This game is a perfect chance for him to get back into the swing of things, before facing QB Russell Wilson and the Wisconsin Badgers next week.

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09/21/2011 12:45 AM

College football betting: Buy or sell 3-0 ATS teams

Nine teams are off to 3-0 starts against the spread. History shows less than half of them will make it to 4-0.

Since 2000, 103 teams have started the season 3-0 against the spread. Those teams combined to go 42-51-3 ATS in their fourth game.

Let’s embrace our inner-Jim Cramer and play a little “Buy or Sell” with this year’s 3-0 ATS teams.

Florida International

Saturday’s win over a respected Central Florida team is an eye-opener, but savvy bettors have been making money off Mario Cristobal’s team for quite some time. The Panthers have covered in seven of their last eight, dating back to November.

But the news wasn’t all good coming out of the big win over in-state rival UCF. Golden Panthers’ star wideout T.Y. Hilton tweaked a hammy in the second quarter and sat out for most of the rest of the game. Hilton, an NFL talent, is a huge loss for the Panthers’ offense and special teams.

Luckily, they’ve got a defense that is second in the nation in sacks, averaging a whopping five per game. FIU got to UCF quarterback Jeff Godfrey six times Saturday. Godfrey had not been sacked previously this season.

The Panthers are 17-point home favorites over a Louisiana-Lafayette team they hammered by 21 on the road last year.

Stock – Buy.

Georgia Tech

The Yellow Jackets put up a ridiculous 768 yards of offense in a 66-24 pummeling of Kansas. But those types of numbers have a tendency to over-inflate the market value of a team.

Georgia Tech has gotten fat against Western Carolina, Middle Tennessee and a Kansas team that looks like the worst of the Big 12. Now, the Jackets head into conference play against teams with better athletes who have become accustomed to Paul Johnson’s pesky option attack over the last three years.

Johnson is a wicked-smart coach and it’s always a good bet to back the Jackets coming off a loss. He is 22-13 in that situation at Navy and Tech. But the ACC seemed to catch on to the Jackets’ game last season, when Tech went 3-5 ATS in ACC play.

Stock –Sell.

South Florida

It’s hard not to like what we’ve seen from the Bulls in Skip Holtz’s second season.

They’re ranked in the Top 15 in passing offense, total offense and scoring offense, behind a vastly under-rated quarterback in B.J. Daniels.

The Bulls also have a blossoming star in junior running back Darrell Scott, who had a 56-yard touchdown run and an 84-yard touchdown reception in Saturday’s 70-17 rout of Florida A&M.

USF struggled in Big East play last season, going 2-5 ATS. But Holtz was a master at getting his teams to exceed expectations in conference play at East Carolina, where the Pirates went 26-16 ATS against Conference USA foes under Holtz.

Stock – Buy.


The Cardinal have been pummeling opponents and sportsboooks. Todd Fuhrman of Caesars sportsbook tweeted that he had never seen such one-sided public action when Stanford took on Duke as 21.5-point favorites. The Cardinal, of course, went onto paste Duke, 44-14.

The MGM Mirage reported similar losses on the Cardinal, and according to’s Public Money stats, more money has been bet on Stanford than another team this season.

Surely, oddmakers aren’t going to let this continue. You can expect the Cardinal to be laying some big numbers the rest of the way. And they’ll be forced to cover those inflated spreads without their leading tackler, junior linebacker Shayne Skov, who was lost for the season with a leg injury this week.

Stock – Sell.


The most experienced team in the SEC got no respect entering the season. First-year coach James Franklin inherited a team with an SEC-high 19 returning starters, included all 11 on offense. Yet, the Commodores were picked to finish last in the SEC East.

Vandy looked nothing like a last-place team in demolishing Ole Miss on Saturday. Yet, oddsmakers have set the Commodores as 15 ½-point road dogs at South Carolina, which barely outlasted Navy.

No respect.

Stock – Buy.


Speaking of the Midshipmen … Navy lost a lot from last year, but it’s not like it had to replace a lot of NFL talent.

Instead, coach Ken Niumatalolo simply plugs in the next gritty overachiever who’s already been schooled on the option.

The result is another undervalued Navy team that is very similar to the ones that went 30-16-1 ATS as an underdog since 2001.

Stock – Buy.


Clearly, Al Golden left the cupboard full for new Owls coach Steve Addazio. Temple is fourth in the nation in scoring defense.

Of course, it helps to have played Villanova, Akron and Penn State.

The problem has been the offense, and it’s a concern that now includes a quarterback controversy.

Addazio says he’s not sure who will get the start this week against Maryland. Junior Mike Gerardi has started the first three games, but threw two picks in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s loss to Penn State.

But even with a shaky QB situation, the Owls possess more talent than most of the MAC.

Stock – Buy.

Arkansas State

The Red Wolves are the second Sun Belt dynamo to make the list. They’ve done it by sticking with Illinois and Virginia Tech and by blowing out lowly Memphis.
First-year coach Huge Freeze is relying on a veteran defense and an underrated dual-threat quarterback in Ryan Aplin. But this program hasn’t put up much of a fight in conference play. The Red Wolves are just 10-20 ATS against Sun Belt play since 2007.

Stock – Sell.


The Bulls were the worst bet in football last season, going 2-10 ATS. So they’ve already eclipsed last year’s ATS mark. But it’s hard to expect much more from this talent-depleted program.

Two of their three wins under second-year coach Jeff Quinn have come against Rhode Island and Stony Brook.

Stock -- Sell.

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09/21/2011 12:48 AM

Wiz of Odds: Why super conferences are good for bettors

The college football landscape was rocked by another shockwave over the weekend when Pittsburgh and Syracuse, pillars of the Big East Conference, jumped to the rival Atlantic Coast Conference.

The move followed Texas A&M's stunning announcement in July that it intends to leave the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference when legal issues are resolved.

The radical reshaping of conferences is only beginning, but the bottom line is that we're headed for four 16-team super conferences. This madness is being driven by college football's lust for more TV dollars, and any such money grab has critics galore. But we're not about to tackle the question whether this is good for bad for the sport. Frankly, all we care about at Covers is how super conferences will impact you, the bettor.

First, let's grasp what a 16-team conference would look like by using the Pacific 16 as an example. It's actually a likely scenario given that Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State are making moves in a westerly direction.

One scenario has a Pac-16 divided into two eight-team divisions. Division A would include USC, UCLA, Stanford, California, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State. Old-timers will remember this as the original Pac-8.

Division B would include the new kids on the block: Arizona, Arizona State, Utah, Colorado, Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

This works because traditional rivalries such as USC-UCLA, Oregon-Oregon State, Texas-Oklahoma, etc., are kept intact.

A 12-game schedule would break down like this: seven games against opponents from your division, two games against teams from the other division and three nonconference games. The winners of each division would advance to the league title game.

The downside is that a team like Texas might play USC only once every four years. Ditto for other sexy matchups outside a team's division.

Another scenario has the Pac-16 breaking into four divisions, or pods. Pod A: USC, UCLA, Stanford and California. Pod B: Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State. Pod C: Arizona, Arizona State, Utah and Colorado. Pod D: Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

Each team would play nine conference games per year — three against teams from their pod and two against teams from each of the other pods. Again, this structure would keep traditional rivalries intact.

The pod system’s shortfall is determining which teams deserve a spot in the league title game. One so-called “solution” is to have the two finalists determined on conference record, regardless of the pod. Another is to group the four pods into two divisions, with the division winners playing for the league championship. But either formula would require a detailed and likely controversial tiebreaker system.

There is a windfall for bettors in all of this. Super conferences will make the sport more competitive because one nonconference game — usually a matchup against a creampuff opponent — will be eliminated. In reality, those games are nothing more than a glorified scrimmage, and connoisseurs of the sport will embrace the addition of competitive matchups.

So relax if you're fretting about changes to the college football landscape because in the end, it’s going to work out for the bettor.


Auburn’s problems on defense grow by the week. The Tigers now rank 116th in rushing defense, 100th in pass efficiency defense, 107th in scoring defense and 117th in total defense. And the meat of the SEC schedule is about to begin.
The good news is that Auburn plays Florida Atlantic on Saturday. The Owls might get our vote as worst team in college football if not for Akron.
Athletic directors at UCLA, Mississippi, New Mexico and Boston College should have already formed coaching search committees.
Terrific yet undervalued teams: Boise State and Stanford. The Cardinal did lose leading tackler Shayne Skov for the season because of a knee injury at Arizona, but it still has Andrew Luck.
If you had Vanderbilt and Iowa State going 3-0 to start the season, please move to the front of the line.
Hunch play of the week: Kansas State and the points at Miami. Do the Hurricanes have anything left in the tank after the beating Ohio State?

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09/21/2011 12:50 AM

Exposing the Top 25: Where the NCAAF polls went wrong

Most overrated Top-25 team: No. 7 Oklahoma State Cowboys

While the Cowboys offense operates like a well-oiled machine, the defense leaves a lot to be desired.

Bettors have already seen two of Oklahoma State's first three opponents top 30 points. And UL-Lafayette, Arizona, and Tulsa have averaged over 413 total yards per game on roughly 5.4 yards per play. The secondary can be had, no doubt. Oklahoma State’s first two opponents were pass-first teams and the Cowboys picked off just one pass in 88 attempts.

This week finally offers a true test when the Cowboys travel to College Station to battle the Texas A&M Aggies. Last season, Oklahoma State allowed Texas A&M to throw for 409 yards and five TDs, while piling up 535 total yards in a 38-35 Cowboy win. This is a tough spot on the schedule and there's a good chance, after this weekend, that the Cowboys will be overrated no more.

Most underrated Top-25 team: No. 17 Baylor Bears

The Baylor Bears are off to a terrific start hanging 98 points on the scoreboard in two games, including 50 on the normally rugged TCU Horned Frogs.

Quarterback Robert Griffin III is a legitimate Heisman candidate. If you haven't been paying attention to the boys from Waco, you should take note that the Baylor signal caller has connected on 41 of 49 passes (83 percent completion rate) for 624 yards with eight TD passes and no interceptions. Griffin owns a 12.7 yards passing per attempt average and he has also run for 5.9 yards per carry.

One of the most underrated players in college football, wide receiver Kendell Wright, has hauled in no less than 20 passes in two games for 312 yards. Six receivers have at least three receptions in the two games and all six average 10.7 or more yards per catch. The offense is loaded and is perhaps one of the best in college football.

The next six games will go along way in telling us just how strong this Baylor team is. But, as of right now, they're about five spots too low in the polls.

Unranked team that should be in the Top 25: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

I'm usually not one to sing the praises of the Fighting Irish. For many years, the gang from South Bend received favorable rankings at the start of seasons and had to be pretty bad to get knocked from the polls. But this season, I believe the Irish, although they're 1-2 SU, should be ranked.

Notre Dame has faced a tough schedule and it’s just a couple of key turnovers away from having beaten South Florida, Michigan, and Michigan State. All three opponents are or have been ranked in the Top 25 this season.

Quarterback Tommy Rees is completing 70 percent of his pass attempts, RB Cierre Wood is averaging over 90 yards rushing per game with four TDs, and WR Michael Floyd already has 31 receptions - leading a group of five players who all have at least nine receptions through three games.

The Irish defense was out of position and blew a couple of coverages down the stretch against Michigan. But they held South Florida and Michigan State to an average of 306 total yards per game on just 4.11 yards per play.

This is a balanced team with a solid head coach. Stay away from the turnovers and it won't be long before the Irish are back in the polls, where they belong.

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