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    Saturday’s six-pack


    — I’m not a big fan of 9:30 Sunday morning NFL games from London.


    — Former Tennessee coach Butch Jones is now an assistant at Alabama.


    — Raptors 113, Celtics 101— Really good game, better with Hubie Brown as analyst.


    — Nets 107, Knicks 105— Caris LeVert with GW hoop; Knicks had only 3 turnovers (+19).


    — Warriors 124, Jazz 123— Utah led this game 81-68 at halftime.


    — NBA’s salary floor is $91.6M; the salary cap is $101.8M.


    Quote of the Day
    “Um, not as fast as you guys think it’s going to happen. I always kind of compare it to like instant oatmeal. It is not that fast. It takes a while to get to where you can close your eyes and know exactly where your guys are.”
    Lebron James, on how long it will take for the Lakers’ chemistry to develop


    Saturday’s quiz
    Which four NBA teams came over from the ABA when the ABA folded in 1976?


    Friday’s quiz
    Olympia is the state capital of Washington.


    Thursday’s quiz
    Five current major league managers have won a World Series as a manager; Bochy, Hinch, Francona, Maddon, Yost.


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    Saturday’s List of 13: Clearing out a cluttered mind…..


    13) G-League President Malcolm Turner announced that the league is implementing a “professional path” for would-be one and done college basketball players. The G-League will be offering $125,000 contracts, as well as access to NBA infrastructure and development tools.


    Curious how many kids take this route, instead of playing college ball for a year?


    12) Random movie trivia; remember when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was a co-pilot with Peter Graves in the classic comedy Airplane!?


    Kareem was on The Rich Eisen Show Wednesday; he said when the writers of Airplane! were casting the movie, they wanted Pete Rose to be the co-pilot, but they were filming during the summer and obviously, Rose was unavailable since that is also baseball season, so they chose Kareem to play the role.


    11) More trivia from the past; New Orleans Saints had the first pick in the 1981 Draft; Dallas Cowboys called the Saints and offered them a ton for the #1 pick, but the Saints kept the pick and took South Carolina RB George Rogers.


    Turns out the Cowboys wanted the guy who got picked #2; a linebacker named Lawrence Taylor. Wonder whatever happened to him?


    10) There are players from 43 countries in the NBA; for the 5th year in a row, every NBA team had at least one international player.


    9) NFL stuff:
    — QB Brock Osweiler will start again for the Dolphins this week.
    — Buffalo will start QB Derek Anderson at Indianapolis. Anderson has started only four times (2-2) since 2010- his career W-L record is 20-27.
    — Arizona Cardinals fired OC Mike McCoy Friday.
    — Browns traded RB Carlos Hyde to Jacksonville for a 5th-round draft pick.


    8) Tremendous catch by Andrew Benitendi to end Game 4 of the Red Sox-Astros series late Wednesday night; he misses that ball, and Houston ties the game, maybe wins it right there.


    It is also an example of how a ballpark with a very short LF fence occasionally takes hits away from the batter. No way is Benitendi that shallow if he’s playing in a ballpark other than Houston or Fenway.


    7) Wednesday, Milwaukee’s Brandon Woodruff became 8th reliever in postseason history to strike out 8+ batters in a game. Before him, Pedro Martinez, was the last to do that, in the ’99 ALDS, Game 5 at Cleveland.


    Of course, Woodruff wasn’t really a reliever, but Wade Miley walked the first hitter, a lefty, and was then lifted, so technically Woodruff relieved.


    6) Falcons’ WR Julio Jones has the 2nd-most receiving yards (707) in the NFL this season but hasn’t scored a touchdown yet; he’s now gone 11 straight regular-season games without a TD catch, which is really odd for someone with his ability.


    5) My Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook came in the mail yesterday; time to get serious studying college basketball.


    In the last seven years, seven different teams have won the Big West conference tournament.


    4) Speaking of the Big West, Mark Gottfried is the new basketball coach at Cal State-Northridge; one of his assistants is 80-year old Jim Harrick, who won a national title with UCLA in 1995.


    3) Jaguars’ owner Shad Khan dropped his attempt to buy Wembley Stadium in London, which means the Jaguars won’t be playing half their home games there anytime soon.


    2) Thru six games, Kansas City Chiefs have allowed 2,042 passing yards, the most PY any team has allowed thru six games, since 1940.


    1) Here’s the thing about stealing signs: if you steal signals in football/baseball with the naked eye, more power to you; if you steal signals via technology, then you’re a cheater. Those are the rules.
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    Oregon at Washington State
    October 19, 2018
    By Brian Edwards



    Matchup: No. 12 Oregon at No. 25 Washington State
    Venue: Martin Stadium, Pullman, Washington
    TV/Time: FOX, 7:30 p.m. ET



    If the Pac-12 is going to be represented in the College Football Playoff, it will be the winner of Saturday night’s game in Pullman between Washington State and Oregon. Either team will have to win out and get some help in front of it, but the latter tends to happen in November.


    The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas issued Washington State a team total of six (‘over’ -125, ‘under’ +105) this past summer. Expectations were low following the loss of Luke Falk, the school’s all-time leading passer with 14,481 career yards.


    Not only that, but Falk’s heir apparent Tyler Hilinski, who helped the Cougars rally to an overtime win over Boise State last season, tragically passed away when he committed suicide shortly after the 2017 campaign ended.


    Therefore, Mike Leach’s team only brought back a total of 10 starters (four on offense and six on defense) from a 9-4 team. However, Leach shrewdly landed East Carolina grad transfer QB Gardner Minshew, who has been nothing short of sensational. He’s led an offense that’s ranked No. 1 in the nation in passing yards, 14th in total yards and 15th in scoring with 41.8 points-per-game average.


    Minshew has led Washington State to a 5-1 straight-up record and a 6-0 against-the-spread mark. Four of the team's five wins have come by margins of 19 points or more. The Cougars are 3-0 both SU and ATS at home.


    Minshew has completed 68.7 percent of his passes for 2,422 yards with a 19/4 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Sophomore WR Tay Martin has been his favorite target, bringing down 40 receptions for 440 yards and six TDs. Easop Winston has 29 catches for 426 yards and five TDs, while Dezmon Patmon has 25 receptions for 370 yards and two TDs.


    Junior RB James Williams has rushed for a team-best 260 yards and five TDs with a 4.1 yards-per-carry average. Williams is a serious threat in the passing game out of the backfield, too, as he has caught 32 balls for 283 yards and three TDs.


    Leach’s team has home victories over San Jose State (31-0), Eastern Washington (59-24) and Utah (28-24). The Cougars won 41-19 at Wyoming and 56-37 at Oregon State, but they allowed a second-half lead to get away in a controversial 39-36 loss at Southern Cal as 4.5-point underdogs.


    Washington State has had two weeks to prepare for the Ducks, who fall into a bit of a letdown scenario after capturing a huge overtime win at home over Washington last week. The Cougars took the cash by one-half point as 18.5-point road ‘chalk’ in their win at OSU two weeks ago.


    The Beavers had two different leads, including a 30-28 advantage midway through the third quarter. But Minshew threw two of his five TD passes in the fourth quarter. He finished with 430 passing yards and five TDs without an interception in Corvaillis. Minshew connected on 30-of-40 throws, while Williams ran for 56 yards ono 10 carries and had four receptions for 78 yards and one TD.


    Martin had eight catches for 119 yards and two TDs against the Beavers. Winston brought down seven balls for 99 yards.


    Oregon (5-1 SU, 2-4 ATS) and WSU are both 2-1 in league play. After Stanford won 20-13 at ASU last night, the Ducks and Cougars are looking for a win to pull into a first-place tie in the Pac-12 North with both the Cardinal and UW, who are both 3-1 in conference action. However, both Stanford and Washington have two overall losses and barring 2007-like chaos at the top of the rankings, neither has a shot at the CFP.


    Mario Cristobal’s team has bounced back nicely from an unfathomable home loss to Stanford back on Sept. 22. The Ducks had a 24-7 lead late in the third quarter and appeared to score a TD to extend their lead, but the score was reversed by replay officials. A couple of plays later, a fumble was scooped up by Stanford’s Joey Alfieri and turned into an 80-yard TD the other way.


    Then Oregon fumbled with less than 90 seconds remaining while trying to ice the game with a seven-point lead. Stanford then forced overtime with a field goal on the final play of regulation and eventually won 38-31 in the extra session.


    Since then, Oregon has won back-to-back games both SU and ATS, including a 42-24 win at California as a two-point road ‘chalk’ and last week’s 30-27 triumph over Washington as a 3.5-point home underdog. There were four ties in regulation and no team led by more than seven points.


    Oregon forced UW to settle for a 22-yard field goal from Peyton Henry on the first possession of OT. Then RB C.J. Verdell found paydirt on a six-yard TD run to lift his team to victory. It was sweet vindication for Verdell, whose attempt to stretch the ball out to the first-down marker late in the fourth quarter against Stanford resulted in the fumble that gave the Cardinal new life.


    QB Justin Herbert completed 18-of-32 passes for 202 yards and two TDs without an interception against the Huskies. Verdell rushed 29 times for 111 yards and two TDs, while Dillon Mitchell had eight catches for 119 yards and one TD.


    Oregon played a cupcake non-conference slate, which certainly won’t help its cause if it gets into the CFP picture come late November. The Ducks beat up on Bowling Green (58-24), Portland State (62-14) and San Jose State (35-22) in non-covering home wins that preceded the defeat vs. Stanford.


    Herbert has completed 63.1 percent of his throws for 1,613 yards with a 17/5 TD-INT ratio. He’s also run for 106 yards and one TD. Mitchell is his go-to guy, hauling in 35 receptions for 561 yards and three TDs.


    Verdell has rushed for a team-best 531 yards and four TDs, averaging 5.5 YPC. He also has nine catches for 112 yards. Travis Dye has run for 320 yards and a pair of scores with a 5.2 YPC average, while Tony Brooks-James has 200 rushing yards, three TDs and a 4.8 YPC average.


    The ‘over’ is 5-1 overall for the Cougars, 2-1 in their home games. They’ve watched their games average combined scores of 65.7 PPG. This is the highest total WSU has seen all season.


    Totals have been an overall wash for the Ducks (3-3), and the ‘over’ hit in their lone road assignments in Berkeley when the 66 combined points jumped above the 58-point number. They've seen their games average combined scores of 67.8 PPG.


    Oregon won seven in a row in this rivalry from 2008-2014, but Washington State has won three in a row over the Ducks. In fact, the Cougars have covered the spread in eight consecutive head-to-head meetings with Oregon. The ‘over’ is on a 7-3 run in this rivalry.


    Washington State went to Autzen Stadium last year and collected a 33-10 win as a 1.5-point road favorite. The 43 combined points dropped ‘under’ the 60.5-point total. Herbert was injured and didn’t play, while Falk there's for 282 yards and three TDs without an interception. Williams rushed for 48 yards on 11 carries.


    In its last visit to Martin Stadium in Pullman, Oregon lost 51-33 as a 2.5-point road ‘chalk’ and the 84 combined points soared ‘over’ the 74.5-point tally. Williams rushed for 91 yards and two TDs on 11 carries, while Martin had five receptions for 45 yards.


    Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Eastern on FOX proper.


    **B.E.’s Bonus Nuggets**


    -- 5Dimes.eu updated its lines for upcoming Games of the Year. Some of those include Texas -3 vs. West Virginia, Michigan -7 vs. Penn State, Penn State -6 vs. Wisconsin, Memphis -3 vs. Houston, Oklahoma -4 at WVU, Ohio State -6.5 vs. Michigan and Notre Dame -4.5 at Southern Cal.


    -- I backed the ‘under’ (closed at 57.5) on Thursday for an easy winner in Stanford’s 20-13 win at Arizona State as a two-point road favorite. ASU was threatening to score a game-trying TD in the final seconds, but a second-down play came up short of the first-down marker just inside the red zone and time ran out on the Sun Devils. With the game knotted at 6-6 midway through the third quarter, Stanford sophomore QB K.J. Costello found J.J. Arcega-Whiteside for a 28-yard scoring strike to put the Cardinal ahead for good. Cameron Scarlett’s one-yard TD run with 3:05 left in the third extended the lead to 20-6. ASU got a 10-yard TD run from Manny Wilkins with 7:50 remaining to make it interesting, but the Sun Devils came up short nonetheless. Costello threw for 231 yards and one TD without an interception, while Arcega-Whiteside finished with seven receptions for 91 yards and one TD. Bryce Love returned from a one-game absence due to an ankle injury, but he gained merely 21 rushing yards on 11 attempts.


    -- Arkansas State captured a 51-35 win over Georgia State as a 13-point home favorite last night in Jonesboro. The 86 combined points easily jumped ‘over’ the 56.5-point total with more than a minute remaining in the third quarter. Senior QB Justice Hansen stole the show for the Red Wolves, throwing for 257 yards and three TDs without an interception. Hansen also ran for 76 yards and two TDs on 11 carries.


    -- Temple RB Ryquell Armstead (ankle) has been upgraded to ‘probable for Saturday’s key AAC showdown vs. Cincinnati at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Armstead has rushed for 626 yards and six TDs. The unbeaten Bearcats have had two weeks to prepare for the Owls, who are 4-1 SU and 5-0 ATS since starting the season with home losses to Villanova and Buffalo.


    -- UCLA will be without a pair of former 5-star recruits – RB Soso Jamabo and LB Jaelan Phillips -- for the rest of the season due to concussion issues.


    -- East Carolina has named true freshman QB Holton Ahlers as its starter for Satureday’s home game vs. undefeated UCF. Speaking of the Knights, they got a Herculean effort from their defense that held Memphis scoreless in the second half of last week’s 31-30 come-from-behind win at the Liberty Bowl.


    -- Two of the nation’s premier defensive players are done for the season: USC’s Porter Gustin (ankle) and Ohio State’s Nick Bosa (core). Bosa is actually leaving school and starting to prepare for the NFL Draft despite Ohio State’s unbeaten status.
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    SEC Notebook - Week 8
    October 19, 2018
    By Brian Edwards



    **Auburn at Ole Miss**


    -- When Gus Malzahn beat previously-unbeaten Georgia and Alabama, the eventual participants in the College Football Playoff finals, at home in a three-week span last year, he saved his job at Auburn. Then when Arkansas came calling with a lucrative contract offer, the school had to step up to retain its coach or lose him to an inferior program within its division. Therefore, AU committed to Malzahn and paid the man to the tune of a seven-year, $49 million contract. Even with what’s believed to be a $38 million buyout according to multiple reports, there are whispers that Malzahn’s seat is rapidly warming after a shocking 30-24 loss to Tennessee as a 14.5-point home favorite last week.


    -- Malzahn was originally hired by Houston Nutt to become his new offensive coordinator at Arkansas more than a decade ago. At the time, Malzahn was a high school coach with Arkansas recruiting targets Mitch Mustain, Damian Williams and Ben Cleveland on his roster. After falling out with Houston and spending a year calling plays for Tulsa, Malzahn was hired as Auburn’s OC and was given loads of credit for tutoring Cam Newton and helping Auburn to its first national championship since the 1950s. After a one-year head-coaching stint at Arkansas State, Malzahn was chosen to replace Gene Chizik in 2013. He promptly led AU to unforgettable and fortunate home wins over Georgia and Alabama on its way to winning the SEC Championship Game and facing FSU in the BCS Championship Game. The Tigers led the Seminoles nearly the entire game but let a big lead get away in a soul-crushing 34-31 loss. After that spectacular debut campaign, Malzahn went 8-5, 7-6 and 8-5 before going 10-4 last season. Now his offense is stuck in the mud, ranked 93rd in the nation in total yards, 80th in passing yards and 83rd in rushing. AU is averaging only 28.0 points per game to rank 74th in the country.


    -- Long-time Auburn beat writer Brandon Marcello appeared on the Paul Finebaum Show earlier this week. He told Finebaum, “I’m not ruling out a change at the end of the season…from what I’ve been told, there’s not much concern there when it comes to the money.”


    -- As of Friday, Auburn (4-3 straight up, 2-5 against the spread) was installed as a 3.5-point road favorite at Ole Miss. The total was 63 and the Rebels were +155 on the money line (risk $100 to win $155).


    -- Auburn has compiled a 7-5-1 spread record in 13 games as road favorite during Malzahn’s six-year tenure.


    -- Auburn started the season 2-0 with a win over Washington in Atlanta and a blowout victory over FCS foe, Alabama State. However, it allowed a late fourth quarter lead to get away in a gut-wrenching 22-21 loss to LSU as a 10-point home favorite on Sept. 15. The Tigers responded with back-to-back wins over Arkansas and Southern Miss, but they failed to cover the 27-point spread in the 24-13 triumph over the Golden Eagles. Then AU lost 23-9 at Mississippi State, which avoided a three-game losing streak with the win. Then last week happened.


    -- In the loss to UT, Auburn junior signal caller Jarrett Stidham threw for 322 yards and two TDs, but he was intercepted twice. Stidham remains the starter even though he threw four picks in losses vs. UT and LSU. He completed only 50 percent of his passes at MSU and overthrew a wide-open WR for what would’ve been an easy TD. For the season, Stidham has connected on 60.6 percent of his throws for 1,499 yards with a 7/4 TD-INT ratio.


    -- Ole Miss (5-2 SU, 3-4 ATS) is 3-1 SU and 2-2 ATS at home this season The Rebels are off a 37-33 come-from-behind victory over Arkansas in Little Rock. The Razorbacks took the cash, though, as 6.5-point home underdogs. Jordan Ta’amu was the catalyst for the winners, orchestrating a pair of TD drives late in the fourth quarter. The senior signal caller completed 26-of-35 passes for 387 yards and two TDs with one interception. He rushed for a team-best 141 yards and one TD on 17 attempts. Scottie Phillips ran for 86 yards and one TD on 18 carries, including the game-winning dash into the end zone from five yards out with 42 ticks left. DeMarkus Lodge had 10 catches for 80 yards and one TD.


    -- Ole Miss took a huge hit earlier this week when Matt Luke announced that star third-year sophomore WR D.K. Metcalf would miss the rest of the season due to a neck injury. Metcalf had 26 receptions for 569 yards and five TDs this year. With a bright future on Sundays, you wonder if Metcalf has played his last down for the Rebels.


    -- Phillips is second in the SEC in rushing yards (798) and tied for first in rushing touchdowns with nine. The juco transfer is averaging 6.7 yards per carry.


    -- Ole Miss WR A.J. Brown is sixth in the nation and paces the SEC in receptions (50). Brown in second in the league in receiving yards with 650 and has four TD grabs.


    -- Ta’amu has completed 65.8 percent of his passes for an SEC-best 2,298 yards. He has a 15/5 TD-INT ratio and has run for 253 yards and four TDs with a 4.8 YPC average. Ta’amu has the SEC’s second-best QB rating (170.52).


    -- The ‘under’ is 5-2 overall for AU, 3-2 in its home games. The Tigers have seen their games average combined scores of 44.6 PPG.


    -- The ‘over’ is 5-2 overall for the Rebels, 2-2 in their home games. They've seen their games average combined scores of 76.7 PPG.


    -- ESPN will have the broadcast at noon Eastern.


    **Alabama at Tennessee**


    -- As of Friday afternoon, most betting shops had Alabama (7-0 SU, 5-2 ATS) listed as a 28.5-point road favorite with a total of 57. The Volunteers had 20/1 odds to win outright at William Hill properties.


    -- Alabama is off a 39-10 win over Missouri as a 28-point home favorite. The 49 combined points was the lowest-scoring game of the season for the Crimson Tide, and the ‘under’ (72.5) was an easy winner. Going into the game vs. Mizzou, Nick Saban’s bunch had produced a 29-0-1 spread record for bettors who backed this sequence of five wagers on the Tide each game – ‘Bama in the first quarter and first half, in addition to its team total ‘over’ in the first quarter, first half and for the game. Those bets are now 31-3-1 after the first quarter turned into a disaster for gamblers on the Tide for the spread and its team total ‘over’ in the opening stanza. Alabama went up 10-0 on a short field goal less than two minutes into the game, but a long TD pass was called back due to a shaky holding call midway through the quarter. Missouri got on the board with a 43-yard FG from Tucker McCann. With Alabama favored by seven (with heavy juice in the -155 range) or as much as 10 (at around even money) for first-quarter bets at some books, it went ahead by 10 when it was forced to settle for another short FG with 2:13 remaining. Missouri was around midfield with about 30 seconds left when it got a nice first-down run and the Tide was flagged for a horse-collar tackle. The Tigers had time to get one more play off before the first quarter ended. In a rare situation when Alabama only brought three rushers, Drew Lock had all day (and night!) to survey the field and hit a streaking Jalen Knox in the corner of the end zone for a 20-yard scoring strike. This crushed bettors on Alabama for the first quarter and its team total (14) for the opening quarter also dipped ‘under’ due to the TD being called back and settling for two short FGs.


    -- Nevertheless, Alabama did cover first-half bets (-18 early Saturday, -19.5 or -20 in the hour before kickoff) by outscoring the Tigers 17-0 in the second quarter. Tua Tagovailoa aggravated a sprained knee late in the first half and didn’t play in the final 30 minutes. He threw for 265 yards and three TDs without an interception before exiting. Jalen Hurts connected on 7-of-8 throws for 115 yards and had a seven-yard catch for first-down yardage when he lined up at WR in the first half. Jerry Jeudy had three receptions for 147 yards and one TD, while DeVonta Smith had four catches for 100 yards and one TD. The Tide’s team total in the 51-52 range fell ‘under’ for the first time all season.


    -- Tagovailoa is listed as ‘probable’ at UT due to the knee injury. Saban hasn’t given any indication that he’ll rest Tagovailoa this week despite many pundits insisting he should do so. Smith is listed as ‘questionable’ after leaving the win over Missouri with a hamstring issue. Smith has 21 receptions for 409 yards and three TDs.


    -- Tagovailoa has connected on 71.5 percent of his passes for 1,760 yards and 21 TDs without an interception. The sophomore signal caller has run for 117 yards and two TDs with a 4.7 YPC average. Jeudy has 26 receptions for 705 yards and nine TDs. Henry Ruggs has 21 grabs for 379 yards and six TDs.


    -- Alabama is four-deep in the backfield with senior Damien Harris and Najee Harris splitting the role as featured RB. Najee Harris has rushed for 439 yards and four TDs with a 6.4 YPC average, while Damien Harris has 423 rushing yards, four rushing scores and a 6.5 YPC average. Josh Jacobs has a team-high six rushing TDs.


    -- Alabama is ranked No. 1 in the nation in both total offense and scoring with its 53.6 PPG average.


    -- Alabama owns a 26-19 spread record in 45 games as a road favorite during Saban’s 12-year tenure, going 1-1 ATS in a pair of such spots this season.


    -- Tennessee (3-3 SU, 3-3 ATS) avoided a three-game losing streak and snapped an 11-game losing streak in SEC play with last week’s 30-24 win at Auburn as a 14.5-point road underdog. Jarrett Guarantano completed 21-of-32 passes for 328 yards and two TDs without an interception. Josh Palmer had three catches for 84 yards, while Jauan Jennings had five receptions for 71 yards and one TD. Ty Chandler rushed for 50 yards on 16 attempts and had five catches for 62 yards and one TD.


    -- Since 2008, UT has been a home underdog 19 times. The Vols have limped to an abysmal 5-14 spread record in those spots.


    -- UT is 2-1 SU and 1-2 ATS at home this season, beating East Tennessee State (59-3) and UTEP (24-0) before getting smashed 47-21 vs. Florida on Sept. 22.


    -- Tennessee senior LB Jonathan Kongbo saw his collegiate career end when he tore his ACL at Auburn. Kongbo, who started 10 games last season and five of six this year, had recorded 11 tackles, four QB hurries and one interception.


    -- UT first-year HC Jeremy Pruitt was Alabama’s DC the past two seasons and served in the same post under Saban earlier his tenure. After beating Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M last month, Sabah improved to 13-0 in games against former assistants of his.


    -- Alabama has won 11 games in a row in this rivalry, going 7-1 ATS in the past 10 encounters at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville. The ‘over’ is on a 5-1 run in the past six head-to-head meetings.


    -- The ‘over’ is 5-2 overall for ‘Bama, 1-1 in its road assignments. This is the lowest total of the season for the Crimson Tide, who have seen its games average combined scores of 68.7 PPG.


    -- Totals have been an overall wash (3-3) for the Vols, with the ‘over’ going 2-1 in their home outings.


    -- Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Eastern on CBS.


    **Mississippi State at LSU**


    -- As of Friday, most books had LSU (6-1 SU, 4-3 ATS) listed as a 6.5-point favorite with a total of 45. The Bulldogs were +210 on the money line (risk $100 to win $210).


    -- Ed Orgeron’s club is 4-0 SU and 2-2 ATS at home this year. LSU improve to 3-1 in SEC play with last week’s 36-16 win over Georgia as a seven-point home underdog. Joe Burrow led the way with 200 passing yards and 66 rushing yards for TDs on 13 attempts. Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran 19 times for 145 yards, while Nick Brossette had 64 rushing yards and one TD on 16 carries. Justin Jefferson had six catches for 108 yards.


    -- Burrow has been the key to LSU’s surprising start. His stats aren’t that pretty, but he was money at crunch time in a game-winning drive at Auburn. He didn’t throw his first interception for lose for the first time until falling 27-19 at Florida on Oct. 6. Burrow has completed 53.3 percent of his passes for 1,415 yards with a 6/2 TD-INT ratio. He makes plays with his legs too, evidenced by 242 rushing yards and four TDs.


    -- Brossette has rushed for a team-high 640 yards and nine TDs while averaging 4.8 YPC. Edwards-Helaire has run for 475 yards and five TDs with a 5.3 YPC average. Jefferson has 27 receptions for 453 yards and two TDs.


    -- When these SEC West adversaries collided at Scott Field in Starkville last year, Mississippi State rolled to an easy 37-7 win as a 7.5-point home underdog. Nick Fitzgerald threw for 180 yards and two TDs without an interception, in addition to rushing for 88 yards and two scores on 14 attempts. RB Aeris Williams rushed 23 times for 146 yards. The Bulldogs covered the spread for the fourth straight time in this series, while the ‘under’ connected for a third straight time in this rivalry.


    -- Since losing at MSU last season, Oregon has led LSU to a 10-1 spread record in 11 SEC games. Since taking over for Les Miles, Oregon is 14-4 ATS against SEC competition. The Tigers are 6-6 ATS as home favorites on Orgeron’s watch.


    -- Mississippi State (4-2 SU, 4-2 ATS) has had two weeks to prepare for LSU after capturing a 23-9 win over Auburn as a 3.5-point home underdog. Fitzgerald rushed for 195 yards and two TDs on 28 workmanlike carries. Kylin Hill had 126 rushing yards on 23 attempts for the Bulldogs, who didn’t have a turnover and committed only one penalty. They had a 22-15 edge over AU in first downs and a 418-304 advantage in total offense.


    -- Joe Moorhead’s squad leads the nation in scoring defense (12.7 PPG) and is eighth in total defense, 14th versus the pass and 18th in run defense.


    -- MSU is 1-1 both SU and ATS on the road. The Bulldogs won 31-10 at Kansas State but took a 28-7 loss at Kentucky.


    -- The ‘under’ is 4-1 overall for Mississippi State, 2-0 in its road assignments. The Bulldogs have watched the ‘under’ cash in three straight games. They’ve seen their games average combined scores of 43.7 PPG.


    -- After hitting in four consecutive contests, the ‘over’ is 5-2 overall for LSU and 3-1 in its home games. The Tigers have seen their games average combined scores of 48.9 PPG.


    -- ESPN will have the broadcast at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.


    **Vanderbilt at Kentucky**


    -- As of Friday, most spots had Kentucky (5-1 SU, 3-3 ATS) favored by 12.5 points with a total of 47. The Commodores were +400 on the money line (risk $100 to win $400).


    -- Mark Stoops’s team started the season 5-0 before dropping a 20-14 decision at Texas A&M in overtime. The Wildcats failed to cover the number as 4.5-point road underdogs. UK struck first in College Station when Terry Wilson found Lynn Bowden for 54-yard scoring strike. The Aggies didn’t get on the board until Kellen Mond’s three-yard TD pass to Quartney Davis with 1:14 left in the second quarter. The game remained knotted at 7-7 until Mond hit Jace Sternberger for a 46-yard TD pass with 10:13 remaining. The ‘Cats got fortunate when they forced a fumble and Darius West turned it into a 40-yard scoop-and-score TD to tie the game with 4:17 left. The Aggies won in the extra session on a 10-yard TD run by Traveon Williams.


    -- UK is led by senior RB Benny Snell, who was somehow only given 13 carries that he turned into 60 rushing yards at Texas A&M. For the season, Snell has run for 724 yards and eight TDs with a 5.7 YPC average. Wilson, the juco transfer QB who was originally signed out of HS by Oregon, has run for 304 yards and three TDs while averaging 4.6 YPC.


    -- Wilson has completed 66.4 percent of his throws for 703 yards with a 3/5 TD-INT ratio. Bowden has 27 receptions for 273 yards and two TDs.


    -- UK is ranked fourth in the nation in scoring defense, limiting opponents to 13.8 PPG. The ‘Cats are 11th in the country in total defense and 23rd in both pass and run ‘D.’ This unit is led by senior DE Josh Allen, who has produced 37 tackles, six sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss, five QB hurries, three passes broken up and two forced fumbles. West, LB Jordan Jones and safety Mike Edwards are other standouts on this unit.


    -- UK is undefeated in four home games with a 2-2 spread record.


    -- Vanderbilt (3-4 SU, 3-4 ATS) started the season with home wins over Middle Tennessee (35-7) and Nevada (41-10), but it has lost three of its past four games while going 0-4 ATS. The Commodores raced out to a 21-3 lead over Florida in the first half of last week’s home game as seven-point underdogs. However, leading rusher Ke’Shawn Vaughn was forced out of the game in the first half with an undisclosed injury and the offense wasn’t the same without him. Before exiting, Vaughn had a 75-yard TD catch and ran for 56 yards on only seven totes. The Gators narrowed the deficit to 21-13 at halftime thanks to a Lamical Perine seven-yard TD run with 2:30 left in the second quarter. They also got a 25-yard FG from freshman kicker Evan McPherson with one tick left until intermission. UF took its first lead on the opening play of the final stanza when Jordan Scarlett ripped off a 48-yard TD run. Vandy would answer with a 42-yard FG with 12:10 remaining. The Gators went ahead of the number for the first time all day on an 11-yard TD pass from QB Feleipe Franks to Freddie Swain. Vandy got a 53-yard FG to make it a one-possession game and make it a push for our purposes with 3:55 remaining. Then with 37 seconds left, UF’s Dan Mullen took the risk of having a FG blocked but it worked with McPherson burying a 43-yarder for the spread cover.


    -- Vaughn has been upgraded to ‘probable’ at UK. The Nashville native sat out last season after transferring back home from Illinois. Vaughn has rushed for a team-high 495 yards and five TDs with a 6.9 YPC average. He has seven catches for 131 yards and one TD.


    -- Vandy senior QB Kyle Shurmur is playing outstanding football, much better than his stats suggest due to lots of drops from his young wideouts. The son of the New York Giants head coach has a 58.7 completion percentage and has thrown for 1,629 yards with an 11/5 TD-INT ratio. Kalija Lipscomb has 49 receptions for 560 yards and six TDs, while TE Jared Pinkney has 22 catches for 348 yards and three TDs.


    -- Vandy is 0-2 SU and 1-1 ATS on the road. During Derek Mason’s five-year tenure, the Commodores are 11-11 ATS as road underdogs. They’re 1-1 ATS in a pair of such spots this year, covering at Notre Dame as 14-point ‘dogs in a 22-17.


    -- UK has won back-to-back games over Vandy both SU and ATS, including last year’s 44-21 win in Nashville as a 2.5-point road underdog. Snell ran for 116 yards and three TDs on 17 attempts, while Bowden had three receptions for 79 yards. Shurmur completed 30-of-43 passes for 308 yards and one TD, but he was intercepted four times.


    -- Vandy is 5-2 ATS in the past seven games of this rivalry. The ‘under’ is on a 5-1 run in the last six encounters.


    -- Vandy might be without a pair of senior starters. OG E.J. DellaRippa and DT Louis Vecchio are both listed as ‘questionable’ with undisclosed injuries.


    -- The ‘under’ is 4-2 overall for UK, 2-2 in its home games. The ‘Cats have seen the ‘under’ cash in three consecutive games and their games are averaging combined scores of 43.2 PPG.


    -- The ‘under’ is 5-2 for Vandy, 2-0 in its road assignments. The ‘Dores have watched their games average combined scores of 51.3 PPG.


    -- Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. Eastern on the SEC Network.


    **B.E.’s Bonus Nuggets**


    -- Missouri (3-3 SU, 3-3 ATS) will play host to Memphis at 4:00 p.m. Eastern on the SEC Network. As of Friday, most spots had Mizzou listed as a 9.5-point favorite with a total of 73. Mike Norvell’s team is winless both SU and ATS in a pair of road assignments. Memphis raced out to a 30-17 halftime lead at home vs. unbeaten UCF last weekend, only to go scoreless in the second half and lose a 31-30 decision. Nevertheless, Memphis covered the spread as a five-point underdog. Norvell’s team brings the nation’s leading rusher to town in Darrell Henderson, who has rushed for 1,133 yards and 13 TDs while averaging 10.3 YPC. Lock will be without his favorite target Emanuel Hall for a fourth straight game. Hall, a first-team All-SEC selection last year, had 18 receptions for 430 yards and three TDs in his teams’ first three games. Lock has struggled mightily in three SEC games in which his team is 0-3 SU and 1-2 ATS. The senior QB who is predicted to be a first-round pick by most draftniks has only 1 TD pass compared to five interceptions in SEC play. For the season, Lock has completed 58.7 percent of his throws for 1,629 yards with a 12/6 TD-INT ratio.


    -- Arkansas (1-6 SU, 3-3-1 ATS) is hoping to get its second win of the season at noon Eastern vs. Tulsa on the SEC Network. The Razorbacks have ripped off three straight spread covers and they’re 2-1-1 ATS in four home games this year. The Golden Hurricane lost a lead in the final minute of play last week just like Arkansas did vs. Ole Miss. Tulsa allowed South Florida to rally for a 27-25 win on a walk-off FG. As of Friday, most books had the Hogs listed as seven-point ‘chalk’ with a total of 55.5.


    -- Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Texas A&M are off this week. The Gators, who have won five in a row both SU and ATS, will take on Georgia next week in Jacksonville. The look-ahead line at 5Dimes is UGA -7.5. The same book had the Bulldogs favored by 11 at this time last week.


    -- Sportsbook.ag has Alabama as the -200 ‘chalk’ to win the CFP. UGA has 10/1 odds, LSU is at 40/1, UF is 100/1, Mississippi State is 500/1 and UK is 1,000/1.


    -- Tagovailoa is the -150 favorite to win the Heisman Trophy at the offshore book.


    -- 5Dimes.eu has Alabama as the -350 favorite to win the SEC Championship Game. The next-shortest odds belong to UGA (+275), UK (15/1), UF (15/1), LSU (15/1), MSU (100/1), Texas A&M (100/1), South Carolina (500/1) and Tennessee (1,000/1).
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    College Football Best Bets For October


    Date w-l-t % units record (ALL PLAYS BEST BETS AND OPINIONS )


    10/19/2018 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50
    10/18/2018 0-4-0 0.00% -22.00
    10/13/2018 23-39-1 37.10% -99.50
    10/12/2018 5-1-0 83.33% +19.50
    10/11/2018 1-3-0 25.00% -11.50
    10/09/2018 0-2-0 0.00% -11.00
    10/06/2018 32-39-0 45.07% -54.50
    10/05/2018 1-5-0 16.66% -22.50
    10/04/2018 4-0-0 100.00% +20.00


    Totals............69-94-0........42.33%.....-172.00


    best bets................. ats ...............units................ o/u...............units...............days total


    10/19/2018............1 - 1...............-0.50..............2 - 0...............+10.00.............+9.50
    10/18/2018............0 - 2..............-11.00..............0 - 2...............-11.00..............-22.00
    10/13/2018...........12 - 15............-22.50..............5 - 9...............-24.50..............-47.00
    10/12/2018............3 -0................+15.00............2 - 1...............+5.50...............+20.50
    10/11/2018............0 - 2................-11.00............1 - 1................-0.50................-11.50
    10/09/2018............0 - 1................-5.50..............0 - 1................-5.50................-11.00
    10/06/2018............6 - 18..............-49.50.............8 - 6...............+7.00...............-42.50
    10/05/2018............0 - 3...............-16.50..............1 - 2..............-6.00.................-22.50
    10/04/2018............2 - 0...............+10.00.............2 - 0..............+10.00..............+20.00


    Totals....................24 - 42.............-91.50............21 - 22............-15.00.................-106.50
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    The Triple Option: College football Week 8 picks, predictions
    Andrew Caley


    Can you believe the college football season is already halfway done? Me either. And while a lot of things have changed through the first two months of the season, much is still the same. Alabama, Ohio State and Clemson are the top 3 teams in the country, the SEC has seven teams in the top 25, and UCF hasn’t lost a football game in almost two years.


    So, with that in mind, it’s time for our mid-season betting awards.


    Mid-Season Best Bet: Utah State Aggies (6-0 ATS)


    Utah State opened their season by surprising everyone (including Michigan State) when they nearly upset the Spartans in East Lansing as 23.5-point road underdogs and they haven’t let their backers down since. The Aggies have an unblemished record against the spread this season, covering the number by just over 14 points per game and they’ll be a contender all season in the Mountain West. This week they are 14-point road favorites against Wyoming.


    Honorable Mention: Washington State (6-0 ATS), Appalachian State (5-0 ATS) & Florida (6-1 ATS)


    Mid-Season Best Fade: Connecticut Huskies (0-5-1 ATS)


    Boy. Connecticut is bad. I mean really bad. Not only have the Huskies not covered a spread so far this season, but they rank 97th in total yards, 122nd in points per game and dead last in yards and points allowed. Plus, their -33.3-point differential isn’t just dead last in the country, it is 13-points worse than the next closest team. Connecticut is a 32.5-point underdog this week at USF.


    Honorable Mention: Wyoming (1-6 ATS), Louisville (1-6 ATS) & USTA (1-5-1 ATS)


    Mid-Season Best Over: Massachusetts Minutemen (6-1 O/U)


    The Minutemen of UMass are an Over bettors dream. They have more holes on defense than a block of swiss cheese allowing nearly 45 points per game, but at the same time can hold their own on the offensive side of the ball, scoring over 36 per contest. That’s 81 combined points per game! 81! But have oddsmakers caught on to this Over Train? UMass faces their biggest total of the season when they host Coastal Carolina at 72.


    Honorable Mention: Utah State (6-0 O/U), Bowling Green (6-1 O/U) & Oklahoma (5-1 O/U)


    Mid-Season Best Under: Mississippi State Bulldogs (1-4 O/U)


    Mississippi State’s defense is one of the stoutest in the country. They limit opponents to just 12.7 points per contest, the best in the nation and are top 10 in total yards allowed. But what makes them a great Under bet is that the offense and more specifically Nick Fitzgerald have just never really gotten on track this season. Fitzgerald is completing just 49.6 percent of his passes this season. Mississippi State is seeing an NFL total this week at just 45.4 going up against another stout defense in LSU.


    Honorable Mention: North Texas (0-7 O/U), UAB (1-5 O/U & Northern Illinois (1-6 O/U)


    And on to the picks!


    North Carolina State Wolfpack at Clemson Tigers (-17.5, 57.5)


    Is it just me, or does Clemson look like one of the worst 6-0 Power 5 teams in recent memory? With the Kelly Bryant saga and their struggles against decent teams, the Tigers just don’t look right. Things won’t get any easier this week when they welcome the Wolfpack to Death Valley.


    North Carolina State is also undefeated at 5-0 thanks in large part to the play of quarterback Ryan Finley. The senior signal caller leads a Wolfpack offense that ranks 22nd in the nation in total yards and sixth in passing. Finley is completing nearly 70 percent of his passes for 1,621 yards and 8.7 yards per attempt. If the Wolfpack o-line can keep Finely upright lone enough, they’ll be able to succeed on offense.


    The other key here, will be if NC State can contain Clemson stud running back Travis Etienne. The sophomore back has been running extremely well, but the Wolfpack defense ranks 13th against the run and 16th in points allowed.

    If NC State is able to do these things, they won’t just cover, they’ll put Clemson on upset alert once again.

    Pick:
    North Carolina State +17.5


    Alabama Crimson Tide at Tennessee Volunteers (+28.5, 57)


    This one is pretty simple. We all know Alabama could win most games by a score of 70-14 if it left its starters in for a whole game. But Nick Saban won’t do that. He doesn’t do that. Especially when going up against those who used to work for him.


    As we mentioned a few weeks ago, he just doesn’t like embarrassing former assistants. Alabama is 0-2 ATS vs former Saban assistants this season, and Tennessee’s head coach? Jeremy Pruitt, who spent a decade working for Saban, including the previous two seasons as his defensive coordinator. Additionally, Bama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa still may be nursing a bit of a knee injury.


    Meanwhile, the Vols have shown some fight lately, going 2-0 ATS in their last two contests, covering as 30.5-point underdogs at Georgia and winning outright as 14.5-point pups at Auburn. The play of quarterback Jarrett Guarantano has stood out over those games. Throwing for 471 yards on nearly 64 percent passing with four touchdowns and no interceptions.


    Lastly this is also a bit of a lookahead spot for Bama, who was a date with LSU next week.

    Pick:
    Tennessee +28.5


    UCF Knights at East Carolina Pirates (+21.5, 65)


    Guess who’s back? The National Champs in this column, that’s who!


    Another simple rationale here. We’re just 10 days away from the first College Football Playoff rankings being released and while it is certainly unlikely, if UCF has any hope of making it, it’s going to have to start really running up the score on its opponents. That could be bad new for East Carolina.


    The Pirates have struggled against good quarterbacks this season, ranking 80th in passing defense and 100th in points allowed. On the other side of the ball they rank 109th in points scored. So, they don’t score much and allow a lot of points. That won’t work against McKenzie Milton and Co.


    UCF won this matchup last year 63-21, where Milton threw for 324 yards on 21-27 passing and two touchdowns, in just a half of action.


    The Knights were lucky to escape Memphis with a win last week, but that scare should motivate them to come out firing this week.

    Pick:
    UCF -21.5


    Last week: 2-1
    Season to date: 12-9
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    TCU'S TURNOVER TROUBLES


    The TCU Horned Frogs are steeling for their biggest game of the season Saturday against visiting Oklahoma – but in order to win, or even cover, they'll need to take much better care of the football. Despite boasting a top-15 defense in terms of total yards allowed, the Horned Frogs have had all sorts of problems hanging onto the ball, coming into the weekend with 15 turnovers and an overall turnover margin of minus-9 – third-worst in the nation. Oklahoma's turnover differential isn't that great either at minus-1, but the Sooners have been much better at retaining possession, having turned it over just six times all season.


    The Sooners are favored by 7.5 points at Amon G. Carter Stadium, but that huge turnover edge makes them a good bet to cover. If TCU can't take better care of the ball, the over on its team total of 26.5 (-120) could prove to be a fool's play; it might also be worth considering the defensive touchdown prop, valued at +120.




    NICE DAY FOR A RUN


    Wild weather is expected at Camp Randall Stadium for Saturday's encounter between the host Wisconsin Badgers and the Illinois Fighting Illini. Reports suggest the wind will be blowing between 15 to 25 miles per hour, with gusts of up to 40 miles per hour expected during the game. Add in the fact that the temperature will be hovering in the low-40s, and you have terrible conditions for passing and kicking. Fortunately, both teams are well-prepared: The Badgers own the sixth-best rush attack in the nation at 269.7 yards per game on the ground, while the Illini rank 22nd at 229.7.


    With both teams expected to forego the pass and torch the respective defenses on the ground, the over on the total of 57 is well within reach. And with the kicking games likely to go by the wayside, look for both teams to open with TDs; a Wisconsin TD to open the game scoring is listed at -115, while an Illinois TD as the first scoring play is +350.




    RED ZONE REJECTION


    The New Mexico Lobos have been a decent red-zone team through the first six games of the season – but they'll face their toughest test of the season Saturday as they entertain the Fresno State Bulldogs. New Mexico has made 28 red-zone trips in 2018 and has produced 21 touchdowns and three field goals on those possessions. But the Bulldogs' defensive tenacity has it leading the nation in red-zone defense, surrendering just five touchdowns and one field goal on 11 opponent trips inside the 20-yard line. Fresno State has also snagged 17 turnovers so far this season, tied for the third-most in the nation.


    New Mexico's team total is 20.5 – but between Fresno State's relentless red-zone defense and its incredible ball-hawking prowess, we recommend taking the under with confidence. The Bulldogs are favored by 13.5, and are a strong cover play here.




    A SAD STOREY


    The Arkansas Razorbacks will be without starting quarterback Ty Storey for Saturday's home encounter with Tulsa. Storey sustained a head injury in last weekend's loss to Ole Miss, and while head coach Chad Morris said he had progressed enough to return to practice earlier this week, he wasn't considered healthy enough to return to action against the Golden Hurricane. Storey has had an up-and-down season for the 1-6 Razorbacks, having thrown for 983 yards with seven touchdowns and five interceptions. One of Cole Kelley or Connor Noland will get the start in Storey's place.


    With Kelley more of a pocket passer than Storey, and Noland having thrown just seven collegiate passes, Arkansas might be in tough to cover at -7 vs. Tulsa – though it's worth noting that the Golden Hurricane have just seven sacks in six games.




    SDSU'S JASMIN IN DOUBT


    San Diego State might be without both of its leading rushers for Saturday's encounter with San Jose State. Chase Jasmin is in the concussion protocol after getting hit in last weekend's 21-17 victory over Air Force, and will need to be cleared in order to play. Head coach Rocky Long said earlier this week he was hopeful the sophomore would get the go-ahead to hit the field, but there is no update on his status as of Friday. Jasmin ranks second on the team in carries (87), yards (381) and scores (three); the guy who leads all three categories, Juwan Washington, is out indefinitely with a fractured clavicle.


    Jasmin's absence would leave the Aztecs without the two players responsible for 86.7 percent of their total rushing yards on the season. For a team that runs the ball twice as much as it passes it, that's bad news – and would make the under on their team total of 35 a great play against a Spartans team much better at defending the run than the pass.




    SPARTY IN BIG TROUBLE?


    The Michigan State Spartans could be significantly short-handed for Saturday's marquee matchup with visiting Michigan. In addition to running back LJ Scott remaining questionable with a leg injury – he hasn't played since Week 2 – the Spartans might have to do without senior wideout Felton Davis III, who is dealing with a hip injury. While Davis played through the injury to record the game-winning 25-yard TD pass in last week's 21-17 win over Penn State, his appearance on the injury report is concerning for a Michigan State team tasked with facing the No. 1 defense in the country.


    The Spartans' team total sits at 15.5 points; even if Davis returns, he won't be at 100 percent. The under on the Michigan State total (-120) is in play regardless of Davis' status – but if he sits out, bettors might consider an alternate under-14 play (+160).
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    College Essentials - Week 8
    October 20, 2018
    By Tony Mejia



    It looks unlikely that the Pac-12 will be able to secure a spot in college football's national semifinals, which means this will be one of their final chances to truly captivate the nation's attention since they've got a number of attractive matchups on tap to strengthen Satruday's card. The following are the best games on the slate.


    Oregon at Washington State (-3/68), 7:30 p.m. ET, FOX: Both Washington schools, Stanford and Oregon have each lost only once in Pac-12 play and harbor realistic hopes of reaching the conference title game. The Cougs have had dream seasons before, but this would be an unlikely one given the graduation of Luke Falk, the most prolific quarterback in conference history. ECU transfer Gardner Hinshew has stepped in and made the Cougs his team, making the most of a tremendous receiving corps that the Ducks will have to stay in front of. Tay Martin, Dezmon Patmon and Easop Winston will have to win individual battles against a Ducks secondary to help the Cougs hold serve as a home favorite in order to maintain a perfect record against the spread.


    Dillon Mitchell is the main cog in the Ducks’ receiving corps and should draw extra attention to make life easier for Justin Herbert, who is picking up steam as the likely first QB taken in the next NFL draft so long as he stays healthy. Weather in Pullman should be perfect, so don’t rule out a shootout here. Washington State has won three straight meetings against Oregon for the first time since the early 1980s, rising up after years of mostly being the conference doormat. The Cougs are hoping that hosting College Gameday won’t be the lone highlight of a potentially special weekend.


    Michigan (-7.5/40.5) at Michigan State, 12 p.m. ET, FOX: If you long for the days of old school Big Ten football, the kind with the three yards and a cloud of dust, the universe has your back with this one. Although last year’s game was over the top in that regard due to monsoon-like conditions, this year’s edition should feature milder rain and challenging winds. Mix in the heated rivalry as the Spartans now seek out this upset to highlight a disappointing season and you should see why this isn’t expected to be a cakewalk for the Wolverines. A victory for Michigan would ensure that the most promising run of the Jim Harbaugh era since it would take them into its bye with a single loss and a seven-game win streak entering Ohio State week.


    Defensive end Rashan Gary, one of the top players in the country, will be a game-time decision for the Wolverines. Rumors had him following Ohio State’s Nick Bosa lead in hanging up the college jersey early to prepare for the pros, but he’s now likely to play in this one after sitting out the Wisconsin win with a shoulder injury. WR Tarik Black has been out all season but is expected to be one of QB Shea Patterson’s top targets. The Ole Miss transfer is also a go despite a hand injury. Counterpart Brian Lewerke comes off throwing two touchdowns in a 21-17 upset of Penn State and has experience in this rivalry game, running for a score and remaining turnover-free in last year’s 14-10 upset as a 10-point underdog. In order to win their first game over the Wolverines in East Lansing since 2014, the Spartans have to overcome injuries to guards David Beedle and Kevin Jarvis, both of whom are out. Corner Josiah Scott won’t play, RB L.J. Scott is a huge question mark and WRs Darrell Stewart, Jalen Nailor and Cam Chambers will likely be game-time decisions.


    USC at Utah (-6.5/48), 8 p.m. ET, Pac-12: The Trojans failed to cover the number in any of their first four games but have cashed in holding serve against Arizona and Colorado in their last two contests. USC is 0-2 in an underdog role, being outscored 54-17 by Stanford and Texas in September. It went 0-2 when catching points last season, falling to Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl and at Notre Dame by a combined margin of 73-21, so the last time it came through with a genuine upset came back at Washington in Nov. 2016. The Trojans have lost in their last two trips to Salt Lake City, last winning in 2014. They’re 7-16 on the road against the number under Clay Helton and are 1-10 SU/ATS getting points on the road. USC must overcome the absence of top pass rusher Porter Gustin, who was disruptive before suffering an ankle injury against the Buffs.


    The Utes own the nation’s fourth-ranked run defense, so they’ll force true freshman J.T. Daniels to grow up in his fourth true road game, having finally won his last one in Tucson. He again demonstrated maturity in overcoming two early picks, throwing three touchdowns to drop Colorado and connecting with deep threat Michael Pittman, Jr., whose emergence makes him one to watch here. Utah won last season’s game 29-27 on a TD run in the final minute and have seen QB Tyler Huntley come into his own of late, becoming the first player since 2000 to throw for over 200 yards while running and receiving for over 50 yards each. Keep an eye out for trick plays. The Utes threw to the quarterback in last years’s win in L.A. too, so expect to see a full playbook as they seek out a huge win on Homecoming.


    Oklahoma (7.5/62) at TCU, 12 p.m. ET, ABC: The Sooners had a scheduled week off after the Red River Showdown, so they’ve hit the reset button following a disappointing upset loss to the Longhorns in a shootout at the Cotton Bowl. OU is back in the DFW area for the first of three challenging road games they must now play in order to try and get another crack at Texas in the Big 12 Championship. Kyler Murray is playing out his final football season before reporting to the Oakland A’s to begin his baseball career, so it’s vital to keep him engaged. With veteran defensive coordinator Mike Stoops replaced by Ruffin McNeill, changes are expected on that side of the ball that the Horned Frogs will have identify in-game. Oklahoma hasn’t lost consecutive regular-season games since 1999 and owns a national-best 17-game road winning streak.


    TCU had a few extra days off itself after losing 17-14 to Texas Tech on Nov. 11. QB Shawn Robinson and RB Darius Anderson each were banged up, so they’re expected to be healthier here as they seek out their first upset of Oklahoma since 2015 in order to improve to 2-6 against the Sooners since joining the Big 12. Free safety Niko Small is a game-time decision while the offensive line continues to be shuffled around, so the Frogs will have their hands full as they look to avoid falling under .500 for the season. Their defensive front will have to get to the elusive Murray, who ranks second in the country in passing efficiency and fourth in total offense. OU has won 27 of its last 29 conference games but must still play at Texas Tech and West Virginia as it looks to recover and not waste a promising season.


    Colorado at Washington (-17.5/50), 3:30 p.m. ET, FOX: The Buffs lost standout WR Laviska Shenault to a toe injury last week, falling from the ranks of the undefeated in demoralizing fashion at the hands of USC at the Coliseum. With WR Juwann Winfree unable to go and another key wideout, Jay McIntyre, sidelined by a head injury, QB Steven Montez ran out of quality targets. Shenault leads the country in receptions and receiving yards per game, so if he’s unable to play against Washington, Colorado is likely to lose to the Huskies for the 10th straight time. Washington has won all six Pac-12 matchups by 15 or more points. RB Travon McMillan will play despite nursing a thigh injury. No rain is expected in Seattle, so if Colorado does get its key personnel back, it should have a chance to move the football against U-Dub’s stingy defense, giving them a fighting chance at snapping a 28-game road losing streak against ranked opponents.


    Washington is hoping both of its running backs, Myles Gaskin (shoulder) and Salvon Ahmed (knee) will be healthy enough to play, but a number of top defensive players may not be so lucky. Linebacker DJ Beavers is expected to be out, while NT Shane Bowman (foot) remains out. Senior DT Jaylen Johnson is out for the first half due to targeting and pass-rusher Amandre Williams elected to transfer this week, so the Huskies will probably look to keep the defense off the field wherever possible.


    N.C. State at Clemson (-17/58), 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN: Freshman QB Trevor Lawrence had his first bye week to help prepare for a challenging second half of the season that begins with the only other unbeaten team in the ACC’s Atlantic Division coming through town. Visits to Florida State and Boston College are also on the schedule over the next month, so the work Dabo Swinney got accomplished with Lawrence and the offense while they were on the mend should be invaluable. Clemson is as healthy as it has been all season but didn’t get the services of former starter Kelly Bryant back as a safety net for Wallace. He’s visiting Arkansas this weekend.


    The Wolfpack must find a way to protect QB Ryan Finley, who can beat you with downfield passes if he gets the time to throw and has receivers like Kelvin Harmon and Jacobi Meyers who are capable of making inroads against the Tigers secondary. RB Reggie Gallaspy has proven to be quite the find and calls himself the “Bus,” so you can imagine what his running style is like if you haven’t seen him. There’s no doubt N.C. State feels it can pull off this upset, having come within a touchdown of Clemson in each of the past two seasons after scoring 41 points in the 2015 matchup. If they can get speedy freshman Ricky Person, Jr. to find some room in complementing Gallaspy to anchor the ground game, N.C. State can possess the ball and keep its defense fresh and off the field. The Pack has covered three of the last five meetings between the schools.


    Mississippi State at LSU (-6/46), 7 p.m. ET, ESPN: Rain is likely to stay away in Baton Rouge, so at least the Bulldogs aren’t expected to have to deal with the elements in addition to a fierce Tigers defense on the road in Death Valley. Mississippi State comes off a revitalizing 23-9 upset of Auburn on the heels of scoring a combined 13 points over back-to-back weeks in losses to Kentucky and Florida. Nick Fitzgerald beat LSU 37-7 last season and nearly led a comeback from a 23-3 deficit last time MSU came to town, falling a field goal short. Coming off a bye week following its win over Auburn’s Tigers, Mississippi State’s group will be playing only its second road game since early September and will need the defense to lead the charge again by keeping the LSU offense at bay behind DT Jeffery Simmons and edge rusher Montez Sweat up front. Sophomore RB Kylin Hill will try and help Fitzgerald play keep-away in addition to limiting opportunities for miscues since the Bulldogs aren’t likely to put the ball in the air much.


    LSU will happily ride its run game and sturdy defense as well, so points may be difficult to come by. MSU’s desire to do its damage on the ground may limit the impact standout Tigers corner Greedy Williams can have, but linebacker Devin White should be a force. Coming off a 20-point blowout home win over Georgia to get over an upset loss at Florida, the Tigers will be counting on a lubed up Homecoming crowd to provide an advantage as they look to bounce back from last year’s blowout loss that saw them outgained 465-270 in a complete annihilation. LSU converted all four of its fourth-down conversion attempts last week, so look for that trend to continue in a game where maintaining possession should play a huge role.


    Ohio State (-13/69) at Purdue, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC: The Buckeyes have only been favored by fewer points than they are tonight in West Lafayette against Penn State, so keep that in mind as you look to wager on this one. Add in the fact that Purdue senior QB David Blough has had a tremendous season, demostrating tremendous growth, and the potential for an upset is certainly there if he continues to make plays in order to take advantage of an injury-filled secondary. True freshman Rondale Moore has the speed to easily get away from the Ohio State defense, so count on him commanding extra attention. That could really benefit WR Issac Zico, who has stood out in taking advantage of the attention Moore receives over the past few wins. Ohio State has surrendered 22 plays of 30 yards or more, sixth-most in FBS, so it is certainly susceptible to giving up big plays.


    The Buckeyes can score in the blink of an eye themselves and knows it likely needs to score points to get awya unscathed, so count on aggressive playcalling. QB Dwayne Haskins has a number of fantastic receiving options who all block for each other well, contributing to him leading the Big Ten in passing yards per game (333) completion percentage (72.3, third in nation) and a national-best 28 touchdown tosses. Wind gusts of over 30 miles per hour could be a factor here, so don't dismiss an upset despite the fact they fell 56-0 the last time the Buckeyes visited.


    Others to watch:Memphis at Missouri, Houston at Navy, Penn State at Indiana, Auburn at Ole Miss, Alabama at Tennessee, Cincinnati at Temple, Virginia at Duke, North Carolina at Syracuse, Minnesota at Nebraska, Maryland at Iowa, Buffalo at Toledo, Wake Forest at Florida State, Arizona at UCLA, Nevada at Hawai'i
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    College Football Best Bets For October




    Date w-l-t % units record (ALL PLAYS BEST BETS AND OPINIONS )




    10/19/2018 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50
    10/18/2018 0-4-0 0.00% -22.00
    10/13/2018 23-39-1 37.10% -99.50
    10/12/2018 5-1-0 83.33% +19.50
    10/11/2018 1-3-0 25.00% -11.50
    10/09/2018 0-2-0 0.00% -11.00
    10/06/2018 32-39-0 45.07% -54.50
    10/05/2018 1-5-0 16.66% -22.50
    10/04/2018 4-0-0 100.00% +20.00




    Totals............69-94-0........42.33%.....-172.00




    best bets................. ats ...............units................ o/u...............units...............days total




    10/19/2018............1 - 1...............-0.50..............2 - 0...............+10.00.............+9.50
    10/18/2018............0 - 2..............-11.00..............0 - 2...............-11.00..............-22.00
    10/13/2018...........12 - 15............-22.50..............5 - 9...............-24.50..............-47.00
    10/12/2018............3 -0................+15.00............2 - 1...............+5.50...............+20.50
    10/11/2018............0 - 2................-11.00............1 - 1................-0.50................-11.50
    10/09/2018............0 - 1................-5.50..............0 - 1................-5.50................-11.00
    10/06/2018............6 - 18..............-49.50.............8 - 6...............+7.00...............-42.50
    10/05/2018............0 - 3...............-16.50..............1 - 2..............-6.00.................-22.50
    10/04/2018............2 - 0...............+10.00.............2 - 0..............+10.00..............+20.00




    Totals....................24 - 42.............-91.50............21 - 22............-15.00.................-106.50
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    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS



    CIN at TEM 12:00 PM
    CIN +3.5


    NW at RUTG 12:00 PM
    U 48.5


    TLSA at ARK 12:00 PM
    TLSA +7.0
    O 51.5


    OKLA at TCU 12:00 PM
    OKLA -7.5


    ILL at WIS 12:00 PM
    WIS -24.0


    MICH at MSU 12:00 PM
    MSU +7.5


    MD at IOWA 12:00 PM
    U 43.5


    AUB at MISS 12:00 PM
    U 63.0


    M-OH at ARMY 12:00 PM
    ARMY -7.5


    BUFF at TOL 12:00 PM
    O 60.0


    UNC at SYR 12:20 PM
    UNC +10.0




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    UVA at DUKE 12:30 PM
    UVA +6.5


    BGSU at OHIO 02:00 PM
    BGSU +16.5


    USU at WYO 02:30 PM
    USU -14.5


    FAU at MRSH 02:30 PM
    O 61.0


    CHAR at MTU 03:00 PM
    MTU -16.5
    O 48.5


    EMU at BALL 03:00 PM
    EMU -3.0


    WMU at CMU 03:00 PM
    O 54.0


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    UTEP at LT 03:30 PM
    UTEP +23.0


    SMU at TULN 03:30 PM
    TULN -7.0
    O 57.0



    HOU at NAVY 03:30 PM
    HOU -11.5


    PSU at IND 03:30 PM
    PSU -13.5


    MINN at NEB 03:30 PM
    MINN +5.0


    COLO at WASH 03:30 PM
    COLO +17.0


    ALA at TENN 03:30 PM
    ALA -29.5


    ULL at APP 03:30 PM
    APP -24.5


    KU at TTU 03:30 PM
    O 59.0


    AKR at KENT 03:30 PM
    AKR -4.5


    NCST at CLEM 03:30 PM
    NCST +17.5


    WAKE at FSU 03:30 PM
    WAKE +9.0


    CC at MASS 03:30 PM
    O 73.5


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    MEM at MIZZ 04:00 PM
    MEM +10.0
    O 69.5


    CAL at ORST 04:00 PM
    ORST +7.5


    GASO at NMSU 06:00 PM
    O 54.0
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    CFB EVENING BEST BETS:


    CONN at USF 07:00 PM
    CONN +31.5
    O 68.0


    UCF at ECU 07:00 PM
    UCF -21.5
    O 65.0


    UTSA at SOMIS 07:00 PM
    SOMIS -16.0


    MSST at LSU 07:00 PM
    U 45.5

    TXST at ULM 07:00 PM
    ULM -10.5


    FRES at UNM 07:30 PM
    O 52.5


    RICE at FIU 07:30 PM
    FIU -24.0


    UNT at UAB 07:30 PM
    UAB -1.5
    U 53.5



    OSU at PUR 07:30 PM
    PUR +12.0


    ORE at WSU 07:30 PM
    ORE +3.0
    O 69.5


    VAN at UK 07:30 PM
    UK -10.5


    ODU at WKU 07:30 PM
    ODU +4.0
    O 56.0




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    USC at UTAH 08:00 PM
    UTAH -6.5
    U 48.0


    SJSU at SDSU 10:30 PM
    O 44.0


    ARIZ at UCLA 10:30 PM
    UCLA -10.0


    NEV at HAW 11:59 PM
    HAW -3.0
    U 67.0
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    Saturday's best
    October 20, 2018
    By The Associated Press



    STARS


    -Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama, threw for 306 yards and had TD passes to four receivers in little over a half, leading the top-ranked Crimson Tide to a 58-21 victory over Tennessee.


    -Alan Bowman, Texas Tech, threw for 408 yards and three TDs in his first game since suffering a partially collapsed lung three weeks ago, helping the Red Raiders beat Kansas 48-16.


    -Drew Lock, Missouri, threw for 350 yards and four TDs on 23-for-29 passing to help the Tigers defeat Memphis 65-33.


    -Johnny Ford, South Florida, rushed for 164 yards and three TDs to help the Bulls remain unbeaten with a 38-30 victory over Connecticut.


    -Benny Snell Jr., Kentucky, rushed for 169 yards, including the go-ahead 7-yard run with 8:04 remaining, helping the No. 14 Wildcats beat Vanderbilt 14-7.


    -Tyler Huntley, Utah, threw for 341 yards and four TDs to lead the Utes to a 41-28 victory over Southern Cal


    -D'Eriq King, Houston. threw for 413 yards and accounted for four TDs in a 49-36 victory over Navy.


    -Jake Maier, UC Davis, threw for five TDs in a 52-10 win over Cal Poly.


    -Austin Day, Marist, threw for a school-record 440 yards and five TDs in a 48-41 win over Davidson.


    -Patrick Laird, California, ran for 193 yards and two TDs, and also caught a scoring pass in the Bears' 49-7 victory at Oregon State.


    -Lawson Page, Morehead State, passed for a season-high 352 yards and accounted for three TDs in a 31-24 win over Valparaiso.


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    BUCKEYES BOILED


    D.J. Knox rushed for 128 yards and three touchdowns, David Blough threw for three more scores and Purdue shook up the College Football Playoff chase with a 49-20 blowout of No. 2 Ohio State.


    The Boilermakers won their fourth straight overall, their second in a row over a ranked team and pulled off their biggest upset since taking down then-No. 2 Ohio State 28-23 on Oct. 6, 1984. Purdue also set a school record for points scored against the Buckeyes, besting the previous mark of 41 in 1967.


    Mistake-prone Ohio State had its 12-game winning streak snapped, fell out of the Big Ten East lead behind rival Michigan and now must fight away its way back into playoff position.


    Blough outplayed Heisman Trophy candidate Dwayne Haskins Jr. on a night the Buckeyes didn't reach the end zone until early in the fourth quarter.


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    RIVALRY HEATS UP


    Michigan had plenty of reasons to be motivated to beat Michigan State, barely defeating its in-state rival over the last decade and losing to every ranked team on the road for a dozen years.


    The Wolverines, though, were even more fired up to win after a pregame spat with the Spartans.


    Shea Patterson threw two touchdown passes and No. 6 Michigan earned a desperately needed 21-7 win over No. 24 Michigan State, snapping a streak of 17 consecutive losses to ranked teams on the road.


    The Wolverines had lost eight of 10 against coach Mark Dantonio's Spartans and those setbacks have led to them not winning a Big Ten title since 2004.


    The matchup is always highly charged and kicked up a notch well before kickoff, when Michigan State's team walked from one end zone to the other with their arms locked and made contact with Wolverines players stretching.


    Michigan linebacker Devin Bush later scraped his cleats across the Spartans' white logo at midfield.


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    ANOTHER TIDE ROUT


    Alabama continued its season-long penchant for fast starts and quickly finished off Tennessee.


    Tua Tagovailoa threw touchdown passes to four receivers and the top-ranked Crimson Tide reached the end zone on their first four possessions, trouncing the Volunteers 58-21 for their 12th straight victory in this annual series.


    Alabama outscored Tennessee 28-0 and outgained the Volunteers 217-6 in the opening period. Alabama has outscored opponents 165-31, and Tennessee has been outscored 69-16 in first quarters this season.


    Alabama posted the highest point total by a visiting team in the history of Neyland Stadium, which opened in 1921. Alabama is scoring 54.1 points per game and entered the weekend leading all Football Bowl Subdivision teams in that category.


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    RECORD LOSING STREAK


    Earlham of Indiana set a Division III record for consecutive losses with 51 with a 64-20 loss to Franklin. Earlham broke the 38-year record set by Macalester College of Minnesota. Earlham (0-8) has a week off before hosting winless Defiance (0-7), losers of 10 straight, on Nov. 3. Earlham is far from the NCAA record held by Prairie View with 80 straight Division I-AA losses from 1989-98.


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    NUMBERS


    7-Straight games Houston has scored at least 40 points, matching the school record set in 2011.


    43-Straight losses in true Big 12 road games by Kansas, dating to a 35-33 win at Iowa State on Oct. 4, 2008.
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    Sunday’s List of 13: Wrapping up a college football Saturday


    13) Purdue 49, Ohio State 20— Boilermakers led this game 14-3 at halftime; Ohio State threw 73 passes, ran ball only 25 times in an ugly loss.


    Chances are there is lot going on behind the scenes in Columbus:
    — Urban Meyer didn’t coach the first three games (suspended) this season.
    — Star DE Joey Rosa bolted school this week to get ready for the NFL Draft
    — Buckeyes have a freshman QB from Las Vegas who is more of a runner; could it be they’re going to use him in packages, to balance out their offense?


    12) Michigan 21, Michigan State 7— Spartans ran 51 plays in this game, for only 94 yards- they were 0-12 on third down, completed only 7-28 passes, ran ball 23 times for 15 yards. Just total domination by Michigan’s defense.


    There was a 65-minute lightning delay in the first quarter; don’t think it had an effect on the outcome.


    11) Washington State 34, Oregon 20— ESPN’s Game Day was in Pullman Saturday morning; the crowd was estimated at “over 40,000 people” and the show started before the sun came out in the western time zone. These are the glory days for Wazzu football, and they had Drew Bledsoe play there in the 90’s.


    Mike Leach makes $2.95M a year; he went 84-43 at Texas Tech, is 43-39 at Washington State; ain’t easy to win at the big-time level in Lubbock and/or Pullman. Wazzu was 9-40 the four years before Leach arrived— keep that in mind.


    10) LSU 19, Mississippi State 3— Bayou Bengals have a kicker named Cole Tracy who is a grad transfer from Assumption, a small school in Worcester, MA. He may be the only person in the history of man to transfer from Assumption to LSU, especially to play football.


    9) Old Dominion 37, Western Kentucky 34— You won’t see a stranger end to a game.


    Hilltoppers scored a TD run to go ahead 34-27 with 1:37 left.


    Old Dominion came back and tied the game 34-34 on a TD pass with 0:10 left.


    WKU missed a long FG at the gun, but the Monarchs had 12 men on the field, so Hilltoppers got another try to win the game.


    WKU misses the next kick short; Old Dominion runs the ball all the way back to the Hilltopper 15-yard line, and there is a facemark penalty on the play against WKU, so they get to kick the game-winning FG.


    Damn, thats a brutal way to lose.


    8) Marshall 31, Florida Atlantic 7— Yardage was about even here, but Owls were -5 in turnovers; Marshall’s first three TD drives were only 43-27-13 yards.


    You go minus-5 in turnovers, you’re going to lose.


    7) Upsets of the Week:
    — Purdue (+13.5) 49, Ohio State 20— Fun night in West Lafayette, ya think?
    — Virginia (+7) 28, Duke 14
    — SMU (+7) 27, Tulane 23
    — Old Dominion (+5) 37, Western Kentucky 34


    6) Syracuse 40, North Carolina 37 OT— Orangemen tied game on a 42-yard TD pass with 1:39 left in regulation, then won the game in OT to improve their record to 5-2. UNC is 1-5, losing its last two games by three points each.


    5) Army 31, Miami OH 30 OT— Miami scored TD in OT to make scored 31-30, then went for two points and the win instead of the tying PAT- they didn’t get it, so they lose.


    Not a fan of going for two there, especially since Miami was playing a service academy, so chances are Miami has a better kicker than Army.


    Akron 24, Kent State 23 OT— Golden Flashes did same damn thing, and they lost, too.


    4) Penn State 33, Indiana 28— Hoosiers passed up an easy FG with about 2:00 left in first half, but got ball back, then screwed up their clock management and never got a FG attempt off. They will be sick thinking about the chances they squandered in this game.


    Indiana had 32 first downs; they outgained Penn State 554-417. But they lost, turning ball over three times and going 9-21 on third down.


    3) Alabama 58, Tennessee 21— Why are Alabama games always on TV? They’re boring as hell; Alabama is so much better than everyone else, their games suck to watch. Total yardage in the first quarter of this game was 217-6.


    Crimson Tide’s first TD came 4:02 into the game; that was the longest Alabama has gone all season before scoring their first TD of a game.


    That Alabama-Citadel game on November 17 should be awesome.


    2) Houston 49, Navy 36— Middies led this game 24-21 at halftime; didn’t even cover the 12.5-point spread. This is Navy’s worst team maybe since a 2-10 team in 2002.


    1) Dodgers-Red Sox World Series; the TV moguls have to be pleased.
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    College Football Best Bets For October


    Date w-l-t % units record (ALL PLAYS BEST BETS AND OPINIONS )


    10/20/2018 25-35-1 41.67% -67.50
    10/19/2018 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50
    10/18/2018 0-4-0 0.00% -22.00
    10/13/2018 23-39-1 37.10% -99.50
    10/12/2018 5-1-0 83.33% +19.50
    10/11/2018 1-3-0 25.00% -11.50
    10/09/2018 0-2-0 0.00% -11.00
    10/06/2018 32-39-0 45.07% -54.50
    10/05/2018 1-5-0 16.66% -22.50
    10/04/2018 4-0-0 100.00% +20.00


    Totals............94-129-0........42.15%.....-239.50


    best bets................. ats ...............units................ o/u...............units...............days total


    10/20/2018............8 - 9...............-9.50...............6 - 5................-2.50...............-12.00
    10/19/2018............1 - 1...............-0.50..............2 - 0...............+10.00.............+9.50
    10/18/2018............0 - 2..............-11.00..............0 - 2...............-11.00..............-22.00
    10/13/2018...........12 - 15............-22.50..............5 - 9...............-24.50..............-47.00
    10/12/2018............3 -0................+15.00............2 - 1...............+5.50...............+20.50
    10/11/2018............0 - 2................-11.00............1 - 1................-0.50................-11.50
    10/09/2018............0 - 1................-5.50..............0 - 1................-5.50................-11.00
    10/06/2018............6 - 18..............-49.50.............8 - 6...............+7.00...............-42.50
    10/05/2018............0 - 3...............-16.50..............1 - 2..............-6.00.................-22.50
    10/04/2018............2 - 0...............+10.00.............2 - 0..............+10.00..............+20.00


    Totals..................32 - 51.............-101.50............27 - 27............-17.50...............-119.00
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    Top 6 picks in Week 7 of Westgate SuperBook NFL handicapping contest (3,123 entries)


    1) Vikings, -3 (1,192)- W


    2) Patriots, -3 (966)- W


    3) Chiefs, -6 (886)-W


    4) Lions, -2.5 (841)- W


    5) Ravens, -3.5 (837)- L


    6) Buccaneers, -3 (743)- T


    Season record: 18-20-3


    Quote of the Day
    “Coach Gase is incompetent — period — and not telling the truth when it comes to DeVante, who is totally healthy and was needed big-time today. This is the third game he has done this to DeVante this year. It’s sickening and a grossly unfair characterization of my client.”
    DeVante Parker’s agent Jimmy Gould


    Monday’s quiz
    What is the only NFL team to play in a Super Bowl the same year they played a regular season game in England?


    Sunday’s quiz
    James Harden played his college basketball at Arizona State.


    Saturday’s quiz
    Nets-Spurs-Pacers-Nuggets are the four NBA teams came over from the ABA when the ABA folded in 1976.




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    Monday’s List of 13: Wrapping up an NFL Sunday


    13) Saints 24, Ravens 23— Justin Tucker was only NFL kicker who hadn’t missed a PAT since they moved it back 15 yards- he had made something like 222 in a row, but he missed a PAT with 0:24 left here that would’ve tied the game.


    Drew Brees threw his 500th career TD pass in this game; Saints are 5-1, and lead Carolina by a game in the NFC South.


    12) Panthers 21, Eagles 17— Carolina trailed this game 17-0 in fourth quarter:


    Carolina’s first five drives: 29 plays, 106 yards, five punts, zero points.
    Carolina’s last three drives: 28 plays, 236 yards, three TD’s, 21 points.


    Cam Newton looked like freakin’ John Elway in the 4th quarter.


    I’m guessing you’ll hear the word “finish” a lot around Philly the next few days; they blew a 17-3 lead in an earlier loss to Tennessee.


    11) Chargers 20, Titans 19— Fans in England haven’t had many chances to see a real tight NFL game, so this was good for them, and good for the league.


    We went thru this with a MAC game yesterday, but Tennessee scored a TD with 0:31 left, then went for two points and the win- they didn’t get either. Titans did run the ball for 164 yards in this game and converted 9-15 third down plays, so i understand their confidence in being able to make it, but just kick the PAT and play overtime.


    Chargers’ two TD’s in this game were on plays of 75, 55 yards.


    10) Patriots 38, Bears 31— Chicago completed a Hail Mary to the 1-yard line on the last play of the game, but the WR couldn’t get in the end zone.


    New England’s special teams dominated this game; they scored TD’s on a kick return and a blocked punt- that doesn’t happen much, two special teams TD’s in the same game.


    9) Buccaneers 26, Browns 23 OT: Lot of interesting stuff about this game:
    — Chandler Catanzaro won this game with a 59-yard FG with with 1:55 left in OT; he had missed a PAT and a 40-yard FG earlier in the game.
    — Cleveland is 2-4-1; four of their seven games went to overtime.
    — Tampa Bay led this game 16-2 at halftime.
    — Bucs turned ball over four times (-3); Cleveland had a 17-yard advantage in field position.
    — Browns’ TD drives were 26-75-16 yards.
    — Cleveland has now lost 24 consecutive road games.


    8) Lions 32, Dolphins 21— Detroit evens its record at 3-3 after an 0-2 start; they ran ball for 248 yards. Defensive-oriented coaches like to run the ball more, to keep their defense off the field, and it seems like Matt Patricia did that very well in this game. When they did throw the ball, Detroit averaged 9.1 yards/attempt.


    7) Texans 20, Jaguars 7— QB Deshaun Watson couldn’t fly with the Texans to Jacksonville on Friday night because of concerns about his partially collapsed lung; instead, he took a 12-hour bus ride to Jacksonville.


    Bus? Really? Hopefully they at least rented him a limo or something he could sleep in, and he wasn’t riding on a Greyhound, wth stops all over the gulf coast.


    As for this game, Blake Bortles was benched in the 3rd quarter in favor of Cody Kessler, and the Jaguars head to England next week with some serious problems.


    6) Vikings 37, Jets 17— Turnovers were a big story this week; Jets were -4 here (0-4), which is a big part of why Minnesota had a 14-yard edge in field position. Total yardage was only 316-263; three of the Vikings’ four TD’s came on plays longer than 30 yards.


    5) Colts 37, Bills 5— Read something this week that this was the first time EVER that a 1-6 NFL team was favored by 7+ points over a team with a better record.


    Colts were +5 in turnovers, ran ball for 220 yards. In their last four games, Buffalo has scored two offensive TD’s on 42 drives, with 12 turnovers.


    4) Rams 39, 49ers 10— Rams are first NFL team to win three consecutive weeks on road since the 2014 Bengals; things get tougher the next two weeks- LA hosts the Packers next week, and visit New Orleans the week after that.


    3) Redskins 20, Cowboys 17— Dallas’ 52-yard FG try hit the left upright as time expired to give Redskins their 4th win (4-2) of the year. Cowboys are 0-3 on road, 3-0 at home. Washington has a two-game lead in the loss column in the NFC East.


    2) Broncos 45, Cardinals 10— Arizona fired its offensive coordinator less than 12 hours after this game ended Thursday night; former NFL QB Byron Leftwich takes over- it’ll be his first stint as OC in the NFL. He is 38 years; he started 50 NFL games as a quarterback for four teams.
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    Betting Recap - Week 8
    October 21, 2018
    By Joe Williams



    Overall Notes


    COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 8 RESULTS


    WAGER Favorites-Underdogs

    Straight Up 47-8
    Against the Spread 29-25-1


    WAGER Home-Away
    Straight Up 32-23
    Against the Spread 23-31-1

    WAGER Totals (O/U)

    Over-Under 20-34-1


    The largest underdogs to win straight up
    Purdue (+12.5, ML +350) vs. Ohio State, 49-20
    SMU (+7.5, ML +265) at Tulane, 27-23
    Virginia (+6.5, ML +220) at Duke, 28-14


    The largest favorites to cover
    Alabama (-29.5) at Tennessee, 58-21
    Wisconsin (-24) vs. Illinois, 49-20
    Boise State (-23.5) vs. Colorado State, 56-28
    UCF (-22.5) at East Carolina, 37-10


    Top 25 Notes


    -- There weren't a lot of upsets on the Saturday slate, as just eight underdogs won outright. However, there was one huge upset which sent shockwaves through the college football world, as Ohio State was pummeled by Purdue by a 49-20 score. The Buckeyes just couldn't stop the rushing attack of the Boilermakers, who suddenly have ripped off four victories in a row after three straight defeats to open the season. As far as the Buckeyes are concerned, they were held to a season-low 20 points and they're now 0-4 ATS over the past four games, and their defense has yielded 26 or more points in five of their eight outings.


    -- Colorado played without Laviska Shenault Jr. (foot) in their game at Washington, and the Buffaloes got rolled 27-13. After opening the season 5-0 SU, Colorado has now dropped two in a row. The Huskies rebounded nicely after their loss last week in Oregon. While the chances of a playoff appearance are likely kaput, Washington still has a good chance at a conference title, especially if they play like they did Saturday.


    -- LSU did not have any hangover after their huge win over Georgia last week. The Tigers rattled Mississippi State all afternoon in an impressive 19-3 win and defensive performance. They'll need this kind of defensive effort if they wish to slow down top-ranked Alabama, who covered a 29 1/2-point spread on the road at Tennessee, covering with plenty of room to spare. The Tide also took care of the 'over' (57.5) themselves in the 58-21 road rout.


    Big Five Conference Report (ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC)


    -- N.C. State has been a thorn in the side of Clemson for the past few years, and many expected a fight in Death Valley in this battle of the last two unbeatens in the ACC. However, the Tigers were all over them like flies on a rib roast, firing out to a 14-0 lead after the first quarter, a 24-0 lead at halftime and a 31-0 lead after three quarters. The Tigers have covered back-to-back games for the first time this season. ... North Carolina-Syracuse was a barn burner, and a very entertaining game unless you were holding an 'under' (67). See bad beats below. The Orange held on for the 40-37 victory in double-overtime, although the Heels are now 3-1 ATS over their past four games. The 'over' is also 4-1 in UNC's past five.


    -- Michigan-Michigan State was a contentious affair like usual, and it probably have been much worse for QB Brian Lewerke. He was just awful in this one, but the Spartans still had a chance late. The Wolverines defense wasn't having any of that, though, and locked it down for a 21-7 win and cover. Michigan has covered a season-high three in a row. ... After disapppintment, close calls and many mistakes, Nebraska finally cracked into the win column after an historic 0-6 SU start. The Cornhuskers pounded Minnesota 53-28 to improve to 2-0-1 ATS over the past three. The 'over' is also a perfect 5-0 over the past five for NU.


    -- TCU was no match for Oklahoma in the early kick window. There were just two games in the Big 12 on this day, and both games were decided by 25 or more points. Both favorites won and covered, and the 'over' hit in each game. ... Texas Tech routed Kansas 48-16 to improve to 5-1 SU/ATS over the past six outings.


    -- UCLA picked up a second consecutive victory after an 0-5 SU start, but Arizona earned the cover in a surprisingly entertaining 31-30 battle. The Bruins lost starting QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson to an undisclosed injury. The Wildcats know all about that, as they were without QB Khalil Tate (ankle). ... California got rolled last week by UCLA, but they turned the tables on conference punching bag Oregon State this week. The Bears routed the Beavs 49-7 for their first cover since Sept. 8. Overall Cal is still just 2-4-1 ATS. The 'under' has cashed in three in a row. ... Utah roughed up USC by a 41-28 count, as the Trojans just can't seem to get out of their own way on the road. USC is 3-0 SU/2-1 ATS in three home outings, while going 1-3 SU/ATS in four road contests.


    -- Vanderbilt-Kentucky was a defensive slog, as the Wildcats grinded out a 14-7 victory. The 'under' is now a perfect 4-0 across the past four outings for Kentucky. ... Missouri stepped out of conference and spanked Memphis by a 65-33 count, nearly taking care of the 'over' (70.5) by themselves. The 'over' is now 5-1-1 for the Mizzou Tigers this season.


    Bad Beats


    -- If you had the 'under' (65.5) in the Ohio State-Purdue battle, you were likely feeling pretty good with just 27 points on the board heading into the fourth quarter. That's when the floodgates opened, however, as the teams combined for 42 points in the fourth quarter, including a pick-six with 2:08 to go to push the total over. There were 31 points in the final 4:40 of the game, too.


    -- In the Miami (Ohio)-Army (47) battle, there were 21 points on the board until Army extended its lead to 21-7 with :08 to go in the third quarter. Miami scored a touchdown with 4:23 to go in regulation to cut it to 21-14, and then scored the game-tying TD with :17 left to force OT. That's when the teams combined for 19 total points and 'under' bettors were tearing up their tickets.


    -- There were 44 points on the board in the UNC-Syracuse (67) game heading into the fourth quarter. UNC led 27-20 until the Orange tied it up 27-27 with 1:39 to go in regulation, forcing OT. Overtime is never what an 'under' bettors wanted to see, but it could have still ended well. It didn't. The teams exchanged touchdowns in the first OT, and UNC kicked a FG in the second OT before Syracuse ended it with a touchdown for 77 total points.


    -- There probably aren't a lot of people who bet Idaho State-Liberty, but it was a raw beat if you were on the Flames -7. The Flames scored with 1:27 to play, taking a 48-34 lead, and seemingly a cover. However, the Bengals struck for a touchdown with :24 left to end the game as a push at most shops.
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    4th Quarter Covers - Week 8
    October 22, 2018
    By Joe Nelson



    Glancing at the scoreboard won’t tell you the whole story in most games. Here are some of the games that went down to the wire relative to the spread in the fourth quarter last week in the eighth big college football weekend in late October.


    Each week there are several teams that cover despite not necessarily deserving it, as well as other teams that played much better than the final score shows.


    Air Force (-9) 41, UNLV 35: UNLV led 21-20 at halftime but Air Force took over in the third quarter with three touchdown drives in the span of just over five minutes of game clock. The Rebels scored late in the third quarter to get back within 13 facing an underdog spread that fell from +11 down to +9. Air Force fumbled on its first two possessions of the fourth quarter and while UNLV missed a field goal after the first turnover, the Rebels added seven halfway through the fourth quarter to close to within six points. The Rebels were a threat for the upset but failed on 4th down after reaching the Air Force 28-yard-line late in the game. Air Force reached the UNLV 24-yard-line in the final seconds but didn’t add points as the underdog Rebels covered Friday night.

    Temple (-2) 24, Cincinnati 17:
    Temple got off to a fast start vs. undefeated Cincinnati with a 10-0 edge only six minutes into the game. The Bearcats took over from there taking a 17-10 edge into the fourth quarter. Following back-to-back interceptions, Temple got one last shot getting the ball back with just over two minutes remaining and made the most of it as Anthony Russo delivered a touchdown drive, tying the game with 49 seconds remaining. The Owls kept the momentum going first in overtime and needing only three plays to get seven. Cincinnati picked up 11 yards on first down looking to extend the game but went backwards from there with a fumble and a penalty. Facing 3rd-and-long, Desmond Ridder was intercepted as the Owls stole the win and got a very fortunate cover on a line that was -3 most of the week.


    Army (-6) 31, Miami, OH 30: Army led 21-7 through three quarters but Miami managed to tie the game with two touchdown drives in the final five minutes, scoring the second tying touchdown with just 17 seconds remaining. In the first overtime field goals were exchanged. Army gave favorite backers a glimmer of hope to re-gain the cover with a quick touchdown leading off the second overtime going up by seven. Army had Miami down to 4th-and-15 but the Redhawks hit for an 18-yard touchdown. Miami opted to go for two and came up short but it was enough for the underdog to cover the spread. It was a tough luck result for those on the ‘under’ closing at 47 with just 28 points combined 55 minutes into the game and the ‘under’ still holding on at the end of regulation.


    Michigan (-7) 21, Michigan State 7: A lengthy early weather delay robbed Michigan State of some early momentum but they got a big turnover in the third quarter to knot the game at 7-7. Late in the third Michigan hit the only big offensive play of the game with a 79-yard score for Donovan Peoples-Jones but Michigan led just 14-7 well into the fourth quarter laying -7 or -7 in East Lansing. The Wolverines converted a big 4th down just across midfield and eventually added another touchdown with about 10 minutes to go. Michigan State was soundly out-gained but still had a good shot to get back within seven, reaching the Michigan 24-yard-line with just under two minutes remaining. Back-to-back sacks ended the threat as the Wolverines ended their decade-long ATS skid in this series.


    Buffalo (+3) 31, Toledo 17: Initially dogged and then moving to a favorite role, Buffalo closed back as the slight underdog in this key MAC battle. Buffalo had a massive production edge but trailed 17-7 at halftime. The Bulls tied the game by the start of the third quarter and added two fourth quarter touchdowns to pull away, moving to 4-0 as the leader in the MAC East.


    Wisconsin (-24) 49, Illinois 20: With October snow in Madison this was a sloppy Big Ten contest with seven combined turnovers. Illinois scored first in the second half to trail by only 11 but the Badgers pushed the advantage to 25 points by the end of the third quarter. An Illinois field goal put the underdog briefly in position to cash but the Badgers finished an 86-yard drive later in the quarter to create the 29-point final margin.


    Utah State (-13) 24, Wyoming 16: On contrasting six-game ATS streaks, Utah State appeared to be in line to keep its perfect spread season alive as a 99-yard kickoff return touchdown put the Aggies up 24-6 late in the third quarter. Nico Evans broke a long run for Wyoming to close to within 11 however and the Cowboys got within a single-score with a fourth quarter field goal. Utah State was not a threat to add late points in a game they finished with only 194 total yards, as Wyoming did enough for the home underdog cover.


    Houston (-11) 49, Navy 36: The Cougars were as high as a 13-point favorite early in the week and an upset looked possible as Navy led 24-14 late in the second quarter. A quick touchdown put Houston within three by halftime and the Cougars wound up with a pair of late third quarter scores to lead by 11 entering the fourth, even with the closing number. Houston would pull away in the middle of the fourth with two more scores, the second coming on an interception return touchdown to lead by 25 with only six minutes remaining. Navy would wind up with two touchdowns in the final two minutes but both times they went for two and failed, leaving points off the board as Houston escaped with a narrow road favorite cover for most.


    Washington (-18) 27, Colorado 13: The Huskies led only 14-13 at the half but Colorado wouldn’t score again in this rematch of the 2016 Pac-12 title game. Washington settled for a field goal in the third quarter to lead by four and appeared set to add seven more but fumbled through the end zone for a touchback early in the fourth. Washington kept favorite cover hopes alive on a spread that grew from -15 to -18 by getting a 4th down touchdown with four minutes to go to lead by 11. An interception gave the Huskies the ball right back in the red zone but Washington had to settle for a short field goal. After Colorado failed on downs on its own 12-yard-line the Huskies ended the game on the door step but was able to take a knee as the Buffaloes held the underdog cover.


    Akron (-5) 24, Kent State 23: This MAC rivalry was knotted at 17-17 through three quarters and neither team wound up scoring in the fourth as regulation ended with nine consecutive punts. Akron went first in overtime and got a roughing the passer penalty on first down. Two plays later the Zips were up by seven, just past the road favorite spread. Kent State connected for a 29-yard touchdown on 2nd down and went for the win, coming up just short but getting the underdog cover.


    Penn State (-14) 33, Indiana 28: This was a tight game with Indiana posting significantly more yardage. Penn State broke through with consecutive touchdowns in the third quarter to lead by 12 with an extra-point blocked. The Hoosiers fumbled to give Penn State the ball back but the drive stalled just outside of field goal range. Indiana had an interception on its next drive but the Lions couldn’t add points to get past the favorite spread. Indiana wound up in position to be a late upset threat scoring in the final minute and then recovering the on-side kick but didn’t get close enough for a shot at the end zone in the final seconds.


    UL-Monroe (-11) 20, Texas State 14: The Warhawks led 20-7 heading into the fourth quarter and had the ball back after Texas State missed a field goal. Near midfield UL-Monroe fumbled and set-up Texas State for a short field drive, where they scored a touchdown to trim the margin to six points with seven minutes to go.


    UCF (-21) 37, East Carolina 10: The hefty underdog Pirates moved the ball with ease, soundly out-gaining highly ranked UCF with nearly 500 yards of offense. East Carolina lost the turnover battle 5-0 however to wind up losing by 27. Into the fourth quarter East Carolina trailed by just 13 and was set to make it a one-score game with about 10 minutes remaining, reaching the 1-yard-line. Holton Ahlers fumbled and it was returned all the way for a Knights touchdown for a 14-point swing putting UCF up by 20. East Carolina went 69 yards in five plays before fumbling again inside the 10, setting up another Knights touchdown to push the margin past the road favorite spread. In the final minutes East Carolina had 1st-and-goal at the 3-yard-line before ultimately failing on four tries to get in the end zone as UCF somehow won and covered the massive spread without McKenzie Milton in a game with a box score that didn’t fit the outcome as the hefty underdog had big production advantages.

    Southern Miss (-16) 27, Texas-San Antonio 17:
    Southern Miss led 27-3 at one point int his game, a contest they compiled a 487-174 yardage advantage. Turnovers kept points off the board however and in the fourth quarter Texas San Antonio delivered a defensive touchdown to cut the margin to 10 points.


    UAB (-2) 29, North Texas 21: The Mean Green led 21-10 at the half but UAB chipped away and trailed by just two heading into the fourth quarter. In the first minute of the final frame the Blazers completed a touchdown drive to lead by five and then later caught a big break with a North Texas fumble inside the 10-yard line. UAB would put together a long drive to add a field goal with two minutes remaining and held off a late threat from North Texas.


    SMU (+9) 27, Tulane 23: The spread on this game climbed dramatically on Saturday as Tulane was just -7 much of the week. They were past the early week numbers with a 23-14 lead early in the fourth quarter but SMU answered with a quick touchdown drive to climb within two. SMU wasn’t able to take advantage of a fourth quarter fumble for the Wave but had one big play left with a 67-yard touchdown pass with just over a minute remaining for the win. Tulane reached midfield before fumbling on its final possession.


    Old Dominion (+3) 37, Western Kentucky 34: The Hilltoppers led 27-19 heading into the fourth quarter to sit past the small favorite spread. There was no scoring in the first nine minutes of the fourth before a wild finish. Old Dominion scored a touchdown and got the two-point conversion to tie the game with just over five minutes remaining but Western Kentucky eventually went back in front by seven with just over a minute left on the clock. Old Dominion managed to go 69 yards in just over a minute to tie the game with nine seconds remaining, presumably forcing overtime. After the kickoff, Western Kentucky got 15 yards on first down and with two seconds remaining near midfield they didn’t settle for overtime, attempting a hook & ladder play that fell incomplete. Roughing the passer was called on the play however, leading to an untimed down. The Hilltoppers opted for a long field goal try of around 57 yards which fell short but Old Dominion was hit with too many men on the field. Five yards closer Western Kentucky tried the kick again and again fell short with the Monarchs having a returner in place fielding the kick this time around and Isaiah Harper nearly went the distance for a miraculous win but was knocked out of bounds near the 15-yard-line. On that tackle from a desperate offensive lineman, a facemask penalty gave the Monarchs an untimed down and they hit the short 26-yard field goal for one of the more incredible finishes to a game, ultimately getting 10 points in nine seconds of game clock. Old Dominion may be just 2-6 this season but they have two of the most memorable wins of the season.
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    TROY (5 - 2) at S ALABAMA (2 - 5) - 10/23/2018, 8:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    S ALABAMA is 17-32 ATS (-18.2 Units) against conference opponents since 1992.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    S ALABAMA is 2-0 against the spread versus TROY over the last 3 seasons
    S ALABAMA is 1-1 straight up against TROY over the last 3 seasons
    1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    Thursday, October 25


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    TOLEDO (3 - 4) at W MICHIGAN (6 - 2) - 10/25/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    W MICHIGAN is 13-26 ATS (-15.6 Units) in home games in October games since 1992.
    W MICHIGAN is 15-29 ATS (-16.9 Units) in home games in weeks 5 through 9 since 1992.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    W MICHIGAN is 1-1 against the spread versus TOLEDO over the last 3 seasons
    W MICHIGAN is 1-1 straight up against TOLEDO over the last 3 seasons
    1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    BALL ST (3 - 5) at OHIO U (4 - 3) - 10/25/2018, 7:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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    APPALACHIAN ST (5 - 1) at GA SOUTHERN (6 - 1) - 10/25/2018, 7:30 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    APPALACHIAN ST is 2-0 against the spread versus GA SOUTHERN over the last 3 seasons
    APPALACHIAN ST is 2-0 straight up against GA SOUTHERN over the last 3 seasons
    2 of 2 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    GEORGIA TECH (3 - 4) at VIRGINIA TECH (4 - 2) - 10/25/2018, 7:30 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    GEORGIA TECH is 2-0 against the spread versus VIRGINIA TECH over the last 3 seasons
    GEORGIA TECH is 2-0 straight up against VIRGINIA TECH over the last 3 seasons
    1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    BAYLOR (4 - 3) at W VIRGINIA (5 - 1) - 10/25/2018, 7:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    BAYLOR is 2-0 against the spread versus W VIRGINIA over the last 3 seasons
    W VIRGINIA is 2-0 straight up against BAYLOR over the last 3 seasons
    1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    Friday, October 26


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    MIAMI (5 - 2) at BOSTON COLLEGE (5 - 2) - 10/26/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    BOSTON COLLEGE is 9-1 ATS (+7.9 Units) against conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    BOSTON COLLEGE is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in October games over the last 2 seasons.
    BOSTON COLLEGE is 80-56 ATS (+18.4 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record since 1992.

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

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    INDIANA (4 - 4) at MINNESOTA (3 - 4) - 10/26/2018, 8:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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    UTAH (5 - 2) at UCLA (2 - 5) - 10/26/2018, 10:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    UTAH is 14-4 ATS (+9.6 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest over the last 3 seasons.
    UTAH is 120-87 ATS (+24.3 Units) in games played on a grass field since 1992.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    UTAH is 2-0 against the spread versus UCLA over the last 3 seasons
    UTAH is 2-0 straight up against UCLA over the last 3 seasons
    2 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    WYOMING (2 - 6) at COLORADO ST (3 - 5) - 10/26/2018, 10:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    COLORADO ST is 2-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) after playing a conference game over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    WYOMING is 2-0 against the spread versus COLORADO ST over the last 3 seasons
    WYOMING is 2-0 straight up against COLORADO ST over the last 3 seasons
    1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    LOUISIANA TECH (5 - 2) at FLA ATLANTIC (3 - 4) - 10/26/2018, 6:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    FLA ATLANTIC is 27-44 ATS (-21.4 Units) in home games since 1992.
    FLA ATLANTIC is 27-44 ATS (-21.4 Units) in home lined games since 1992.

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

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    Saturday, October 27


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    MIDDLE TENN ST (4 - 3) at OLD DOMINION (2 - 6) - 10/27/2018, 3:30 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    MIDDLE TENN ST is 1-0 against the spread versus OLD DOMINION over the last 3 seasons
    MIDDLE TENN ST is 1-0 straight up against OLD DOMINION over the last 3 seasons
    1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    NC STATE (5 - 1) at SYRACUSE (5 - 2) - 10/27/2018, 7:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    SYRACUSE is 1-1 against the spread versus NC STATE over the last 3 seasons
    NC STATE is 2-0 straight up against SYRACUSE over the last 3 seasons
    2 of 2 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    N CAROLINA (1 - 5) at VIRGINIA (5 - 2) - 10/27/2018, 12:20 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    N CAROLINA is 38-22 ATS (+13.8 Units) after 2 or more consecutive straight up losses since 1992.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    VIRGINIA is 1-1 against the spread versus N CAROLINA over the last 3 seasons
    VIRGINIA is 1-1 straight up against N CAROLINA over the last 3 seasons
    2 of 2 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    C MICHIGAN (1 - 7) at AKRON (3 - 3) - 10/27/2018, 12:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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    DUKE (5 - 2) at PITTSBURGH (3 - 4) - 10/27/2018, 3:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    DUKE is 26-13 ATS (+11.7 Units) when the line is +3 to -3 since 1992.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    PITTSBURGH is 2-0 against the spread versus DUKE over the last 3 seasons
    PITTSBURGH is 2-0 straight up against DUKE over the last 3 seasons
    1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    ILLINOIS (3 - 4) at MARYLAND (4 - 3) - 10/27/2018, 3:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    ILLINOIS is 130-170 ATS (-57.0 Units) in all games since 1992.
    ILLINOIS is 130-170 ATS (-57.0 Units) in all lined games since 1992.
    ILLINOIS is 88-131 ATS (-56.1 Units) in games played on turf since 1992.
    MARYLAND is 5-15 ATS (-11.5 Units) after playing a conference game over the last 3 seasons.

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

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    WAKE FOREST (3 - 4) at LOUISVILLE (2 - 5) - 10/27/2018, 12:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    LOUISVILLE is 27-45 ATS (-22.5 Units) in home games in games played on turf since 1992.
    LOUISVILLE is 18-33 ATS (-18.3 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a losing record since 1992.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    WAKE FOREST is 2-0 against the spread versus LOUISVILLE over the last 3 seasons
    LOUISVILLE is 1-1 straight up against WAKE FOREST over the last 3 seasons
    1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    WISCONSIN (5 - 2) at NORTHWESTERN (4 - 3) - 10/27/2018, 12:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    NORTHWESTERN is 48-30 ATS (+15.0 Units) as an underdog of 3.5 to 10 points since 1992.
    NORTHWESTERN is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) against conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    WISCONSIN is 9-1 ATS (+7.9 Units) as a road favorite over the last 3 seasons.
    WISCONSIN is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) in road games over the last 3 seasons.
    WISCONSIN is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) in road lined games over the last 3 seasons.
    WISCONSIN is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in games played on a grass field over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    NORTHWESTERN is 1-1 against the spread versus WISCONSIN over the last 3 seasons
    WISCONSIN is 2-0 straight up against NORTHWESTERN over the last 3 seasons
    1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    ARMY (5 - 2) at E MICHIGAN (4 - 4) - 10/27/2018, 12:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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    SOUTHERN MISS (3 - 3) at CHARLOTTE (3 - 4) - 10/27/2018, 2:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    CHARLOTTE is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in home games against conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    CHARLOTTE is 1-1 against the spread versus SOUTHERN MISS over the last 3 seasons
    CHARLOTTE is 1-1 straight up against SOUTHERN MISS over the last 3 seasons
    2 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    TCU (3 - 4) at KANSAS (2 - 5) - 10/27/2018, 3:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    TCU is 10-23 ATS (-15.3 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
    TCU is 10-22 ATS (-14.2 Units) in all lined games over the last 3 seasons.
    TCU is 7-18 ATS (-12.8 Units) as a favorite over the last 3 seasons.
    TCU is 7-19 ATS (-13.9 Units) when playing on a Saturday over the last 3 seasons.
    KANSAS is 128-166 ATS (-54.6 Units) in all games since 1992.
    KANSAS is 128-166 ATS (-54.6 Units) in all lined games since 1992.
    KANSAS is 79-117 ATS (-49.7 Units) as an underdog since 1992.
    KANSAS is 90-123 ATS (-45.3 Units) against conference opponents since 1992.
    KANSAS is 120-157 ATS (-52.7 Units) when playing on a Saturday since 1992.
    KANSAS is 99-132 ATS (-46.2 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest since 1992.
    KANSAS is 82-119 ATS (-48.9 Units) after playing a conference game since 1992.
    KANSAS is 55-89 ATS (-42.9 Units) off a loss against a conference rival since 1992.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    KANSAS is 1-1 against the spread versus TCU over the last 3 seasons
    TCU is 2-0 straight up against KANSAS over the last 3 seasons
    2 of 2 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    MASSACHUSETTS (2 - 6) at CONNECTICUT (1 - 6) - 10/27/2018, 12:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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    COASTAL CAROLINA (4 - 3) at GEORGIA ST (2 - 5) - 10/27/2018, 2:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    GEORGIA ST is 1-0 against the spread versus COASTAL CAROLINA over the last 3 seasons
    GEORGIA ST is 1-0 straight up against COASTAL CAROLINA over the last 3 seasons
    1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    NEW MEXICO (3 - 4) at UTAH ST (6 - 1) - 10/27/2018, 4:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    UTAH ST is 1-1 against the spread versus NEW MEXICO over the last 3 seasons
    UTAH ST is 1-1 straight up against NEW MEXICO over the last 3 seasons
    2 of 2 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    OREGON ST (1 - 6) at COLORADO (5 - 2) - 10/27/2018, 3:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    OREGON ST is 5-14 ATS (-10.4 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    OREGON ST is 5-14 ATS (-10.4 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
    OREGON ST is 4-12 ATS (-9.2 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
    OREGON ST is 4-14 ATS (-11.4 Units) when playing on a Saturday over the last 2 seasons.
    OREGON ST is 61-39 ATS (+18.1 Units) in October games since 1992.
    OREGON ST is 37-19 ATS (+16.1 Units) in road games in weeks 5 through 9 since 1992.
    COLORADO is 39-69 ATS (-36.9 Units) in October games since 1992.
    COLORADO is 45-75 ATS (-37.5 Units) in weeks 5 through 9 since 1992.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    COLORADO is 1-1 against the spread versus OREGON ST over the last 3 seasons
    COLORADO is 2-0 straight up against OREGON ST over the last 3 seasons
    1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    UAB (6 - 1) at UTEP (0 - 7) - 10/27/2018, 7:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    UAB is 10-22 ATS (-14.2 Units) in road games off a win against a conference rival since 1992.
    UAB is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) against conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    UAB is 13-5 ATS (+7.5 Units) when playing on a Saturday over the last 2 seasons.
    UAB is 14-4 ATS (+9.6 Units) in games played on turf over the last 2 seasons.
    UTEP is 19-34 ATS (-18.4 Units) in home games after 2 or more consecutive straight up losses since 1992.

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

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    N ILLINOIS (4 - 3) at BYU (4 - 3) - 10/27/2018, 3:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    N ILLINOIS is 74-46 ATS (+23.4 Units) in road games since 1992.
    N ILLINOIS is 74-46 ATS (+23.4 Units) in road lined games since 1992.
    N ILLINOIS is 57-37 ATS (+16.3 Units) in weeks 5 through 9 since 1992.
    BYU is 5-15 ATS (-11.5 Units) as a home favorite of 7.5 to 10 points since 1992.

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

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    SAN DIEGO ST (6 - 1) at NEVADA (4 - 4) - 10/27/2018, 10:30 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    SAN DIEGO ST is 2-0 against the spread versus NEVADA over the last 3 seasons
    SAN DIEGO ST is 2-0 straight up against NEVADA over the last 3 seasons
    2 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    WASHINGTON ST (6 - 1) at STANFORD (5 - 2) - 10/27/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    WASHINGTON ST is 7-0 ATS (+7.0 Units) in all games this season.
    WASHINGTON ST is 7-0 ATS (+7.0 Units) in all lined games this season.
    WASHINGTON ST is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) when playing on a Saturday this season.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    WASHINGTON ST is 2-0 against the spread versus STANFORD over the last 3 seasons
    WASHINGTON ST is 2-0 straight up against STANFORD over the last 3 seasons
    1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    ARIZONA ST (3 - 4) at USC (4 - 3) - 10/27/2018, 3:30 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    USC is 2-0 against the spread versus ARIZONA ST over the last 3 seasons
    USC is 2-0 straight up against ARIZONA ST over the last 3 seasons
    1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    WASHINGTON (6 - 2) at CALIFORNIA (4 - 3) - 10/27/2018, 6:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    WASHINGTON is 42-63 ATS (-27.3 Units) in October games since 1992.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    WASHINGTON is 2-0 against the spread versus CALIFORNIA over the last 3 seasons
    WASHINGTON is 2-0 straight up against CALIFORNIA over the last 3 seasons
    1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    GEORGIA (6 - 1) at FLORIDA (6 - 1) - 10/27/2018, 3:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    GEORGIA is 68-43 ATS (+20.7 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record since 1992.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    FLORIDA is 1-1 against the spread versus GEORGIA over the last 3 seasons
    FLORIDA is 1-1 straight up against GEORGIA over the last 3 seasons
    1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    UNLV (2 - 5) at SAN JOSE ST (0 - 7) - 10/27/2018, 6:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    UNLV is 26-45 ATS (-23.5 Units) as a favorite since 1992.
    UNLV is 89-126 ATS (-49.6 Units) when playing on a Saturday since 1992.
    UNLV is 58-85 ATS (-35.5 Units) after playing a conference game since 1992.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    SAN JOSE ST is 1-1 against the spread versus UNLV over the last 3 seasons
    SAN JOSE ST is 1-1 straight up against UNLV over the last 3 seasons
    2 of 2 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    TULANE (2 - 5) at TULSA (1 - 6) - 10/27/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    TULANE is 96-127 ATS (-43.7 Units) as an underdog since 1992.
    TULSA is 36-56 ATS (-25.6 Units) after 2 or more consecutive straight up losses since 1992.
    TULSA is 1-8 ATS (-7.8 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    TULSA is 1-1 against the spread versus TULANE over the last 3 seasons
    TULSA is 1-1 straight up against TULANE over the last 3 seasons
    2 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    TEXAS A&M (5 - 2) at MISSISSIPPI ST (4 - 3) - 10/27/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    TEXAS A&M is 21-37 ATS (-19.7 Units) after a bye week since 1992.
    TEXAS A&M is 67-93 ATS (-35.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record since 1992.
    TEXAS A&M is 50-72 ATS (-29.2 Units) in weeks 5 through 9 since 1992.
    TEXAS A&M is 13-5 ATS (+7.5 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    TEXAS A&M is 13-5 ATS (+7.5 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    MISSISSIPPI ST is 2-0 against the spread versus TEXAS A&M over the last 3 seasons
    MISSISSIPPI ST is 2-0 straight up against TEXAS A&M over the last 3 seasons
    1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    KENTUCKY (6 - 1) at MISSOURI (4 - 3) - 10/27/2018, 4:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    MISSOURI is 1-1 against the spread versus KENTUCKY over the last 3 seasons
    KENTUCKY is 2-0 straight up against MISSOURI over the last 3 seasons
    1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    TENNESSEE (3 - 4) at S CAROLINA (3 - 3) - 10/27/2018, 7:30 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    S CAROLINA is 2-0 against the spread versus TENNESSEE over the last 3 seasons
    S CAROLINA is 2-0 straight up against TENNESSEE over the last 3 seasons
    2 of 2 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    TEXAS (6 - 1) at OKLAHOMA ST (4 - 3) - 10/27/2018, 8:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    OKLAHOMA ST is 1-1 against the spread versus TEXAS over the last 3 seasons
    OKLAHOMA ST is 2-0 straight up against TEXAS over the last 3 seasons
    1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    RICE (1 - 7) at NORTH TEXAS (6 - 2) - 10/27/2018, 4:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    NORTH TEXAS is 2-0 against the spread versus RICE over the last 3 seasons
    NORTH TEXAS is 2-0 straight up against RICE over the last 3 seasons
    1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    S FLORIDA (7 - 0) at HOUSTON (6 - 1) - 10/27/2018, 3:30 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    HOUSTON is 1-0 against the spread versus S FLORIDA over the last 3 seasons
    HOUSTON is 1-0 straight up against S FLORIDA over the last 3 seasons
    1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    IOWA (6 - 1) at PENN ST (5 - 2) - 10/27/2018, 3:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    PENN ST is 22-11 ATS (+9.9 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
    PENN ST is 22-11 ATS (+9.9 Units) in all lined games over the last 3 seasons.
    PENN ST is 16-6 ATS (+9.4 Units) after playing a conference game over the last 3 seasons.
    PENN ST is 16-1 ATS (+14.9 Units) off a win against a conference rival over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    PENN ST is 1-1 against the spread versus IOWA over the last 3 seasons
    PENN ST is 2-0 straight up against IOWA over the last 3 seasons
    1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    PURDUE (4 - 3) at MICHIGAN ST (4 - 3) - 10/27/2018, 12:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    MICHIGAN ST is 35-58 ATS (-28.8 Units) off a loss against a conference rival since 1992.

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

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    FLA INTERNATIONAL (5 - 2) at W KENTUCKY (1 - 6) - 10/27/2018, 7:30 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    FLA INTERNATIONAL is 2-0 against the spread versus W KENTUCKY over the last 3 seasons
    W KENTUCKY is 1-1 straight up against FLA INTERNATIONAL over the last 3 seasons
    2 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    CINCINNATI (6 - 1) at SMU (3 - 4) - 10/27/2018, 3:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    SMU is 96-129 ATS (-45.9 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest since 1992.

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

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    VANDERBILT (3 - 5) at ARKANSAS (2 - 6) - 10/27/2018, 12:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    VANDERBILT is 2-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) against conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    VANDERBILT is 39-59 ATS (-25.9 Units) in October games since 1992.
    VANDERBILT is 44-65 ATS (-27.5 Units) in weeks 5 through 9 since 1992.
    VANDERBILT is 31-15 ATS (+14.5 Units) in road games after 2 or more consecutive straight up losses since 1992.

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

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    KANSAS ST (3 - 4) at OKLAHOMA (6 - 1) - 10/27/2018, 3:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    OKLAHOMA is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in home games against conference opponents over the last 3 seasons.
    KANSAS ST is 124-90 ATS (+25.0 Units) against conference opponents since 1992.
    KANSAS ST is 154-119 ATS (+23.1 Units) when playing on a Saturday since 1992.
    KANSAS ST is 122-88 ATS (+25.2 Units) after playing a conference game since 1992.
    KANSAS ST is 67-41 ATS (+21.9 Units) in October games since 1992.
    KANSAS ST is 72-44 ATS (+23.6 Units) in weeks 5 through 9 since 1992.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    OKLAHOMA is 1-1 against the spread versus KANSAS ST over the last 3 seasons
    OKLAHOMA is 2-0 straight up against KANSAS ST over the last 3 seasons
    1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    ARKANSAS ST (4 - 3) at LA LAFAYETTE (3 - 4) - 10/27/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    ARKANSAS ST is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in October games over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    LA LAFAYETTE is 1-1 against the spread versus ARKANSAS ST over the last 3 seasons
    LA LAFAYETTE is 1-1 straight up against ARKANSAS ST over the last 3 seasons
    2 of 2 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    NEW MEXICO ST (2 - 6) at TEXAS ST (1 - 6) - 10/27/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    NEW MEXICO ST is 93-128 ATS (-47.8 Units) when playing on a Saturday since 1992.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    NEW MEXICO ST is 1-0 against the spread versus TEXAS ST over the last 3 seasons
    NEW MEXICO ST is 2-0 straight up against TEXAS ST over the last 3 seasons
    1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    TEXAS TECH (5 - 2) at IOWA ST (3 - 3) - 10/27/2018, 12:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    TEXAS TECH is 5-17 ATS (-13.7 Units) as a road underdog of 3.5 to 7 points since 1992.
    IOWA ST is 15-4 ATS (+10.6 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    IOWA ST is 15-4 ATS (+10.6 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
    IOWA ST is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) against conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    IOWA ST is 15-3 ATS (+11.7 Units) when playing on a Saturday over the last 2 seasons.
    IOWA ST is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) after playing a conference game over the last 2 seasons.
    IOWA ST is 9-2 ATS (+6.8 Units) in games played on a grass field over the last 2 seasons.
    IOWA ST is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in October games over the last 2 seasons.
    IOWA ST is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
    IOWA ST is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) in weeks 5 through 9 over the last 3 seasons.
    TEXAS TECH is 72-50 ATS (+17.0 Units) in weeks 5 through 9 since 1992.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    IOWA ST is 2-0 against the spread versus TEXAS TECH over the last 3 seasons
    IOWA ST is 2-0 straight up against TEXAS TECH over the last 3 seasons
    2 of 2 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    BOISE ST (5 - 2) at AIR FORCE (3 - 4) - 10/27/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    BOISE ST is 144-105 ATS (+28.5 Units) in all games since 1992.
    BOISE ST is 144-105 ATS (+28.5 Units) in all lined games since 1992.
    BOISE ST is 69-46 ATS (+18.4 Units) in road games since 1992.
    BOISE ST is 69-46 ATS (+18.4 Units) in road lined games since 1992.
    BOISE ST is 90-61 ATS (+22.9 Units) after playing a conference game since 1992.
    BOISE ST is 81-50 ATS (+26.0 Units) off a win against a conference rival since 1992.
    BOISE ST is 57-33 ATS (+20.7 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record since 1992.
    AIR FORCE is 5-15 ATS (-11.5 Units) against conference opponents over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    AIR FORCE is 1-1 against the spread versus BOISE ST over the last 3 seasons
    AIR FORCE is 1-1 straight up against BOISE ST over the last 3 seasons
    1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    CLEMSON (7 - 0) at FLORIDA ST (4 - 3) - 10/27/2018, 12:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    FLORIDA ST is 2-10 ATS (-9.0 Units) against conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    FLORIDA ST is 1-1 against the spread versus CLEMSON over the last 3 seasons
    CLEMSON is 2-0 straight up against FLORIDA ST over the last 3 seasons
    1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    NAVY (2 - 5) at NOTRE DAME (7 - 0) - 10/27/2018, 8:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    NOTRE DAME is 59-37 ATS (+18.3 Units) in October games since 1992.
    NOTRE DAME is 65-43 ATS (+17.7 Units) in weeks 5 through 9 since 1992.
    NAVY is 168-130 ATS (+25.0 Units) in all games since 1992.
    NAVY is 168-130 ATS (+25.0 Units) in all lined games since 1992.
    NAVY is 95-59 ATS (+30.1 Units) as an underdog since 1992.
    NAVY is 16-4 ATS (+11.6 Units) as a road underdog of 21.5 or more points since 1992.
    NAVY is 81-44 ATS (+32.6 Units) in road games since 1992.
    NAVY is 81-44 ATS (+32.6 Units) in road lined games since 1992.
    NAVY is 152-117 ATS (+23.3 Units) when playing on a Saturday since 1992.
    NAVY is 107-75 ATS (+24.5 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest since 1992.
    NAVY is 79-45 ATS (+29.5 Units) in road games in non-conference games since 1992.
    NAVY is 37-21 ATS (+13.9 Units) in road games in weeks 5 through 9 since 1992.
    NOTRE DAME is 9-22 ATS (-15.2 Units) as a favorite of 21.5 to 31 points since 1992.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    NAVY is 2-0 against the spread versus NOTRE DAME over the last 3 seasons
    NOTRE DAME is 1-1 straight up against NAVY over the last 3 seasons
    2 of 2 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    OREGON (5 - 2) at ARIZONA (3 - 5) - 10/27/2018, 10:30 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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    HAWAII (6 - 3) at FRESNO ST (6 - 1) - 10/27/2018, 10:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    HAWAII is 5-14 ATS (-10.4 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    HAWAII is 5-14 ATS (-10.4 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
    HAWAII is 2-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) against conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    HAWAII is 5-14 ATS (-10.4 Units) when playing on a Saturday over the last 2 seasons.
    HAWAII is 3-12 ATS (-10.2 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest over the last 2 seasons.
    HAWAII is 4-14 ATS (-11.4 Units) after playing a conference game over the last 3 seasons.
    HAWAII is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) off a loss against a conference rival over the last 2 seasons.
    HAWAII is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) after 2 or more consecutive straight up losses over the last 2 seasons.
    FRESNO ST is 17-3 ATS (+13.7 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    FRESNO ST is 17-3 ATS (+13.7 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
    FRESNO ST is 12-2 ATS (+9.8 Units) in home games over the last 3 seasons.
    FRESNO ST is 12-2 ATS (+9.8 Units) in home lined games over the last 3 seasons.
    FRESNO ST is 10-1 ATS (+8.9 Units) against conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
    FRESNO ST is 16-3 ATS (+12.7 Units) when playing on a Saturday over the last 2 seasons.
    FRESNO ST is 12-3 ATS (+8.7 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest over the last 2 seasons.
    FRESNO ST is 14-3 ATS (+10.7 Units) after playing a conference game over the last 3 seasons.
    FRESNO ST is 14-3 ATS (+10.7 Units) in games played on turf over the last 2 seasons.
    FRESNO ST is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) after 2 or more consecutive straight up wins over the last 2 seasons.
    FRESNO ST is 8-0 ATS (+8.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
    FRESNO ST is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) in weeks 5 through 9 over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    FRESNO ST is 2-0 against the spread versus HAWAII over the last 3 seasons
    FRESNO ST is 1-1 straight up against HAWAII over the last 3 seasons
    1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
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    Tuesday, October 23


    Troy @ South Alabama
    Troy
    Troy is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games on the road
    Troy is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road


    South Alabama
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of South Alabama's last 7 games
    South Alabama is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Troy






    Thursday, October 25


    Baylor @ West Virginia
    Baylor
    Baylor is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing West Virginia
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Baylor's last 6 games on the road


    West Virginia
    West Virginia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of West Virginia's last 6 games at home


    Ball State @ Ohio
    Ball State
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Ball State's last 7 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Ball State's last 6 games on the road


    Ohio
    Ohio is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    Ohio is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home


    Toledo @ Western Michigan
    Toledo
    Toledo is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Western Michigan
    Toledo is 16-7 ATS in its last 23 games on the road


    Western Michigan
    Western Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    Western Michigan is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games at home


    Georgia Tech @ Virginia Tech
    Georgia Tech
    Georgia Tech is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Virginia Tech
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Georgia Tech's last 5 games when playing on the road against Virginia Tech


    Virginia Tech
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Virginia Tech's last 5 games when playing at home against Georgia Tech
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Virginia Tech's last 6 games when playing Georgia Tech


    Appalachian State @ Georgia Southern
    Appalachian State
    Appalachian State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    Appalachian State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road


    Georgia Southern
    Georgia Southern is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    Georgia Southern is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home






    Friday, October 26


    Louisiana Tech @ Florida Atlantic
    Louisiana Tech
    Louisiana Tech is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
    Louisiana Tech is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road


    Florida Atlantic
    Florida Atlantic is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    Florida Atlantic is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games


    Miami-FL @ Boston College
    Miami-FL
    Miami-FL is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Boston College
    Miami-FL is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games when playing Boston College


    Boston College
    Boston College is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston College's last 5 games when playing Miami-FL


    Indiana @ Minnesota
    Indiana
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Indiana's last 15 games on the road


    Minnesota
    Minnesota is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Indiana
    Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Indiana


    Wyoming @ Colorado State
    Wyoming
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Wyoming's last 7 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Wyoming's last 5 games


    Colorado State
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Colorado State's last 5 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Colorado State's last 7 games


    Utah @ California-Los Angeles
    Utah
    Utah is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
    Utah is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games on the road


    California-Los Angeles
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of California-Los Angeles's last 7 games when playing Utah
    California-Los Angeles is 7-15 ATS in its last 22 games






    Saturday, October 27


    Vanderbilt @ Arkansas
    Vanderbilt
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Vanderbilt's last 8 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Vanderbilt's last 22 games on the road


    Arkansas
    Arkansas is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    Arkansas is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games


    Texas Tech @ Iowa State
    Texas Tech
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas Tech's last 6 games on the road
    Texas Tech is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games


    Iowa State
    Iowa State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Iowa State's last 14 games


    Clemson @ Florida State
    Clemson
    Clemson is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    Clemson is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games


    Florida State
    Florida State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
    Florida State is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Clemson


    Wake Forest @ Louisville
    Wake Forest
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Wake Forest's last 6 games
    Wake Forest is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Louisville


    Louisville
    Louisville is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Wake Forest
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Louisville's last 5 games when playing Wake Forest


    Army @ Eastern Michigan
    Army
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Army's last 5 games when playing Eastern Michigan
    Army is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Eastern Michigan


    Eastern Michigan
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Eastern Michigan's last 5 games when playing Army
    Eastern Michigan is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games


    Massachusetts @ Connecticut
    Massachusetts
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Massachusetts's last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Massachusetts's last 5 games


    Connecticut
    The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Connecticut's last 23 games at home
    Connecticut is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games


    Purdue @ Michigan State
    Purdue
    Purdue is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Purdue's last 8 games on the road


    Michigan State
    Michigan State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Purdue
    Michigan State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Purdue


    Wisconsin @ Northwestern
    Wisconsin
    Wisconsin is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
    Wisconsin is 19-3 SU in its last 22 games


    Northwestern
    Northwestern is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing at home against Wisconsin
    Northwestern is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Wisconsin


    Central Michigan @ Akron
    Central Michigan
    Central Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Akron
    Central Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Akron


    Akron
    Akron is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Akron's last 18 games


    Bethune-Cookman @ Nebraska
    Bethune-Cookman
    Bethune-Cookman is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
    Bethune-Cookman is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road


    Nebraska
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Nebraska's last 5 games
    Nebraska is 7-14 ATS in its last 21 games


    North Carolina @ Virginia
    North Carolina
    North Carolina is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Virginia
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of North Carolina's last 7 games when playing Virginia


    Virginia
    Virginia is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Virginia's last 7 games when playing North Carolina


    Southern Miss @ Charlotte
    Southern Miss
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Southern Miss's last 5 games
    Southern Miss is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road


    Charlotte
    Charlotte is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games at home
    Charlotte is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games


    Coastal Carolina @ Georgia State
    Coastal Carolina
    Coastal Carolina is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Coastal Carolina's last 10 games on the road


    Georgia State
    Georgia State is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games
    Georgia State is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games


    Oregon State @ Colorado
    Oregon State
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oregon State's last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 9 of Oregon State's last 11 games


    Colorado
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Colorado's last 9 games
    Colorado is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home


    Texas Christian @ Kansas
    Texas Christian
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas Christian's last 5 games on the road
    Texas Christian is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kansas


    Kansas
    Kansas is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Texas Christian
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas's last 6 games when playing Texas Christian


    Florida @ Georgia
    Florida
    Florida is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    Florida is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games


    Georgia
    Georgia is 20-3 SU in its last 23 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Georgia's last 7 games when playing Florida


    Arizona State @ Southern California
    Arizona State
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Arizona State's last 8 games when playing on the road against Southern Californ
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Arizona State's last 6 games


    Southern California
    Southern California is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    Southern California is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Arizona State


    Kansas State @ Oklahoma
    Kansas State
    Kansas State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas State's last 5 games when playing Oklahoma


    Oklahoma
    Oklahoma is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
    Oklahoma is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games


    Duke @ Pittsburgh
    Duke
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Duke's last 8 games on the road
    Duke is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road


    Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Duke
    Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home


    Northern Illinois @ Brigham Young
    Northern Illinois
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Northern Illinois's last 7 games
    Northern Illinois is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games


    Brigham Young
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Brigham Young's last 7 games
    Brigham Young is 17-7 SU in its last 24 games at home


    Illinois @ Maryland
    Illinois
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Illinois's last 9 games on the road
    Illinois is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games on the road


    Maryland
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Maryland's last 6 games
    Maryland is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games


    Iowa @ Penn State
    Iowa
    Iowa is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games
    Iowa is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games


    Penn State
    Penn State is 18-3 SU in its last 21 games at home
    Penn State is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games


    Middle Tennessee @ Old Dominion
    Middle Tennessee
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Middle Tennessee's last 5 games
    Middle Tennessee is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games


    Old Dominion
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Old Dominion's last 5 games
    Old Dominion is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games at home


    Cincinnati @ Southern Methodist
    Cincinnati
    Cincinnati is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cincinnati's last 7 games on the road


    Southern Methodist
    Southern Methodist is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games at home
    Southern Methodist is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games


    South Florida @ Houston
    South Florida
    South Florida is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    South Florida is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games on the road


    Houston
    Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    Houston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games


    Kentucky @ Missouri
    Kentucky
    Kentucky is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kentucky's last 6 games


    Missouri
    Missouri is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Missouri's last 6 games


    Rice @ North Texas
    Rice
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Rice's last 7 games when playing North Texas
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Rice's last 6 games on the road


    North Texas
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of North Texas's last 5 games
    North Texas is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home


    New Mexico @ Utah State
    New Mexico
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Mexico's last 6 games when playing Utah State
    New Mexico is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Utah State


    Utah State
    Utah State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    Utah State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home


    Washington @ California
    Washington
    Washington is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing California
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Washington's last 9 games when playing California


    California
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of California's last 9 games when playing Washington
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of California's last 9 games


    Nevada-Las Vegas @ San Jose State
    Nevada-Las Vegas
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Nevada-Las Vegas's last 5 games when playing San Jose State
    Nevada-Las Vegas is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games on the road


    San Jose State
    San Jose State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Nevada-Las Vegas
    San Jose State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Nevada-Las Vegas


    Texas A&M @ Mississippi State
    Texas A&M
    Texas A&M is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
    Texas A&M is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games


    Mississippi State
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Mississippi State's last 6 games
    Mississippi State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Texas A&M


    Washington State @ Stanford
    Washington State
    Washington State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington State's last 5 games on the road


    Stanford
    Stanford is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home
    Stanford is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing Washington State


    North Carolina State @ Syracuse
    North Carolina State
    North Carolina State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
    North Carolina State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Syracuse


    Syracuse
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Syracuse's last 6 games when playing North Carolina State
    Syracuse is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home


    New Mexico State @ Texas State
    New Mexico State
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of New Mexico State's last 9 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of New Mexico State's last 7 games


    Texas State
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Texas State's last 7 games at home
    Texas State is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home


    Tulane @ Tulsa
    Tulane
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tulane's last 5 games when playing Tulsa
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tulane's last 5 games


    Tulsa
    Tulsa is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Tulane
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tulsa's last 5 games


    Arkansas State @ Louisiana-Lafayette
    Arkansas State
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Arkansas State's last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Arkansas State's last 14 games on the road


    Louisiana-Lafayette
    Louisiana-Lafayette is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Arkansas State
    Louisiana-Lafayette is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Arkansas State


    Boise State @ Air Force
    Boise State
    Boise State is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games
    Boise State is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games on the road


    Air Force
    Air Force is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Boise State
    Air Force is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games at home


    Tennessee @ South Carolina
    Tennessee
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tennessee's last 5 games when playing South Carolina
    Tennessee is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games when playing on the road against South Carolina


    South Carolina
    South Carolina is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Tennessee
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of South Carolina's last 5 games when playing Tennessee


    Florida International @ Western Kentucky
    Florida International
    Florida International is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Florida International's last 6 games


    Western Kentucky
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Western Kentucky's last 7 games at home
    Western Kentucky is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Florida International


    Alabama-Birmingham @ Texas El Paso
    Alabama-Birmingham
    Alabama-Birmingham is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    Alabama-Birmingham is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games


    Texas El Paso
    Texas El Paso is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    Texas El Paso is 4-8-1 ATS in its last 13 games


    Texas @ Oklahoma State
    Texas
    Texas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Texas's last 11 games on the road


    Oklahoma State
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Oklahoma State's last 7 games when playing at home against Texas
    Oklahoma State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Texas


    Notre Dame @ Navy
    Notre Dame
    Notre Dame is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    Notre Dame is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Navy


    Navy
    Navy is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Notre Dame
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Navy's last 8 games when playing Notre Dame


    Oregon @ Arizona
    Oregon
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oregon's last 5 games when playing Arizona
    The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Oregon's last 11 games on the road


    Arizona
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Arizona's last 5 games when playing Oregon
    Arizona is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Oregon


    Hawaii @ Fresno State
    Hawaii
    Hawaii is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Hawaii's last 7 games when playing Fresno State


    Fresno State
    Fresno State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    Fresno State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home


    San Diego State @ Nevada
    San Diego State
    San Diego State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    San Diego State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Nevada


    Nevada
    Nevada is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Nevada's last 6 games when playing San Diego State
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    Tuesday’s six-pack


    Someone took a survey; here are the most popular Halloween candies:


    1) Reese’s peanut butter cups 84.2%


    2) Reese’s miniatures 81.9%


    3) Twix 81.8%


    4) Kit Kat 78.8%


    5) Snickers 76.7%


    6) Reese’s Pieces 73.4%


    Tweet of the Day
    “The fact that you don’t have the confidence to run the ball when you have Saquon on the goal line in a critical 4th down situation tells you all you need to know.”
    ESPN’s Louis Riddick, after the Giants failed on a 4th-down play Monday


    Tuesday’s quiz
    When Jon Gruden won his Super Bowl for the Bucs against Oakland, who was the head coach for the Raiders?


    Monday’s quiz
    2007 Giants are the only NFL team to play in a Super Bowl the same year they played a regular season game in England- they beat Miami 13-10 in London.


    Sunday’s quiz
    James Harden played his college basketball at Arizona State.




    Tuesday’s List of 13: Nobody asked me, but……


    13) Oakland Raiders traded Khahil Mack to the Bears for two #1 picks before the season, then started season 1-5; Monday they traded WR Omari Cooper to Dallas, for another #1 pick, as they continue to plot for the future, when they’ll be playing home games in Las Vegas.


    Raiders now have three #1 picks in the 2019 Draft, which will be held in Nashville; too bad it isn’t in Las Vegas, because Raiders are going to be the center of attention. Raiders also have two #1 picks in the 2020 Draft.


    12) One of the values of Twitter is getting lot of diverse opinions; almost everyone said that the Raiders did very well getting a #1 pick for Cooper, but then on Monday Night Football, those guys are all saying the Cowboys made out on the deal. What gives?


    Ed Werder, who has covered the Cowboys for decades, pointed out that this is the third time Jerry Jones has traded draft picks for a star WR— the other two WR’s he got were Joey Galloway and Roy Williams. When your owner/GM is in his 70’s, draft picks tend to mean less.


    11) This from the legendary Gil Brandt on Twitter:
    lowest %age of players still on team that picked them (in last six NFL Drafts):


    16.0% Oakland Raiders
    16.3% Buffalo Bills
    20.5% New Jersey Giants
    20.7% Cleveland Browns
    24.6% San Francisco 49ers


    10) Denver Broncos haven’t had consecutive losing seasons since 1971 (4-9-1) and ’72 (5-9); they were 5-11 LY, are 3-4 this year. I’m guessing they’ll be a coaching change if they don’t finish at least .500 this season.


    9) Only three NFL teams haven’t played a regular season game outside this country; the Eagles, Packers, and Panthers. Philly plays Jacksonville in London this week.


    8) Would Auburn really cough up $32M to tell football coach Gus Malzahn to take a hike? Malzahn is 28-19 in conference games; the guy was a high school coach not that long ago, but do people at Auburn really have $32M lying around to get rid of a fairly successful coach? Wow.


    7) Oklahoma Sooners haven’t lost consecutive regular season games since 1999; they’re 39-0 SU in the games following their last 39 regular season losses.


    6) According to Astros beat reporter Brian McTaggart, Houston 2B Jose Altuve had surgery Friday to repair a patella (kneecap) avulsion fracture in his right knee. According to the Mayo Clinic website, an avulsion fracture occurs when a small chunk of bone attached to a tendon or ligament gets pulled away from the main part of the bone.


    Altuve played thru that injury since August 21, hitting .276; he is one tough dude.


    5) Cincinnati Reds showed very little imagination and hired David Bell as their new manager. Bell is a Cincinnati native and the son of current Reds executive Buddy Bell, and grandson of Gus Bell, both of whom played for Cincinnati.


    David Bell played for seven big league teams, but never for the Reds.


    Weird thing is that Bell doesn’t get to pick his own coaches; he will make recommendations, but the front office has the final say. Being a manager isn’t as big a deal as it used to be.


    4) If you read this space a lot, you know I love basketball, and I have the NBA package on DirecTV- its fun to watch the games, but it is becoming more difficult to actually follow the league.


    Everyone who plays/coaches in the league is pretty rich or really rich, but so few of them appear to be remotely happy— so much anger, and the season is a week old.


    I mean, Rondo/Paul got into a scuffle in their game Saturday night , and then Rondo’s girlfriend shoves Paul’s wife afterwards; seriously? Time for everyone to grow up some.


    Chris Paul got a two-game suspension for the fracas, that’ll cost him $491,962; the others, much less. Lakers’ Brandon Ingram ran into the scuffle and threw a punch; he got a longer suspension than either Paul or Rondo, but he doesn’t make as much $$$ as they do.


    3) College basketball has these “closed/secret” scrimmages between teams; I don’t understand why they’re kept secret, when there is money to be made showing them on TV.


    This weekend, North Carolina/Villanova scrimmaged, as did Minnesota/Creighton. Teams all over the country do it, but it is information being hidden and that hurts the sport.


    2) Weird doings at the U of Arizona; back in January, the Wildcats fired football coach Rich Rodriguez after six years after a sexual harassment allegation against the coach.


    Kevin Sumlin is the new coach; Arizona is 3-5 after a 31-30 loss at UCLA Saturday, when they used their backup QB in place of injured starter Khalil Tate- that backup is Rhett Rodriguez, son of the former coach.


    The kid played alright; 15-34 for 231 yards, with two TD’s, two INT’s, but it had to be so odd, a kid playing for the coach who replaced his fired father.


    1) Before Rodriguez got the Arizona job, he worked a season in the CBS Sports studio doing college football Saturdays; as soon as the Wildcats hired him, he was off recruiting; the first day CBS Sports had a show after Rodriguez quit, the crew had RichRod on as a guest via remote from Tucson.


    Here’s the thing; the whole one-hour show, they left the chair Rodriguez had sat in all season empty, thats the regard they held him in. After that I always rooted for his teams. Saturday night, I was rooting for his son.
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