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    NFL Previews 30th October 2018 by Gracenote
    Raiders vs. 49ers Preview and Predictions

    by Gracenote on 10/30/2018

    The Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers each harbored lofty aspirations of franchise-changing seasons entering 2018, but the Bay Area rivals are mired in downward spirals in what has become a battle of attrition for both teams. When the Raiders visit the 49ers on Thursday night, the most noteworthy similarity is the number of wins by each club: one.

    "This is going to fun for the fans and fun for both teams," said Oakland coach Jon Gruden, who was lured back to the Raiders' sideline with the hope of bringing back the team's glory days. Instead, the Raiders traded away both their best player (Khalil Mack) and arguably their top offensive talent (Amari Cooper), and have been increasingly non-competitive during a three-game slide, losing by an average of 18 points. Injuries have victimized the 49ers, who lost their starting quarterback (Jimmy Garoppolo) and top running back (Jerick McKinnon) to season-ending torn ACLs and have dropped an NFL-worst six games in a row -- with the last three on the road coming by a combined eight points. "We're fighting," San Francisco cornerback Richard Sherman said. "Unfortunately we're not getting the results. These have been some of the toughest losses I've seen."

    TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, FOX, NFL Network. LINE: 49ers -3. O/U: 46

    ABOUT THE RAIDERS (1-6): Despite rumors of more moves at Tuesday's trade deadline, Oakland opted to stand pat, although cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie announced his retirement on Instagram. Derek Carr registered a season-high 136.6 passer rating in last week's 42-28 loss to Indianapolis, throwing for three touchdown passes before the Raiders were torched for 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. Doug Martin rushed for 72 yards in place of an injured Marshawn Lynch and tight end Jared Cook continued his stellar season with four catches for 74 yards and a score. Mack's loss has killed the pass rush, which has an NFL-low 7.0 sacks.

    ABOUT THE 49ERS (1-7): Its losing streak aside, San Francisco has a major injury concern as quarterback C.J. Beathard was unable to practice Tuesday due to a sore right wrist. "We feel C.J. would be good if we were playing on Sunday but it's going to be a test for Thursday and we probably won't know until then," said 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, who would go with undrafted free agent Nick Mullens if Beathard can't go. The one reliable offensive option for San Francisco is tight end George Kittle, who has a team-high 37 receptions and at least five in six of eight games. The 49ers are surrendering 262.5 yards passing and have posted only two interceptions.

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    1. The 49ers rank 28th and Raiders 31st in points allowed with 29.5 and 31.1, respectively.

    2. Kittle and Cook are third and fourth, respectively, among tight ends in yardage with 584 and 474.

    3. Carr has thrown for 901 yards in his last three road games.

    PREDICTION: 49ers 23, Raiders 20
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    NCAAF Previews 31st October 2018 By Charles Jay for Scores And Stats
    by Charles Jay Scores & Stats on 10/31/2018

    The Northern Illinois Huskies might be sky-high right now, after coming up with a superb defensive performance on the road at BYU. Then again, maybe they are in danger of having a letdown after such an effort.

    The Akron Zips are sitting with a winning record, although it's pretty hard to attribute that to anything in the way of offense on their part.

    These teams have not confronted each other since 2013, but they will meet up in a key Mid-American Conference battle on Thursday night at InfoCision Stadium in Akron.

    TV: CBS Sports Network, 7 PM ET. LINE: Northern Illinois -6.5

    ABOUT NORTHERN ILLINOIS: NIU has now won four games in a row, and this last game was especially impressive, particularly on the defensive end, as they went to Provo and held Brigham Young to just two field goals in a 7-6 win. It was the first time they've won a game scoring only seven points in 20 years. And for those people who have followed the Huskies (5-3 SU, 4-4 ATS), this isn't very surprising. After all, this is a team that is ranked highly in a lot of different defensive categories, including rushing defense (19th), sacks (six), Tackles for Loss (20th) and turnover margin (17th). And BYU had only 93 rushing yards on 37 attempts, as Northern Illinois prevented freshman quarterback Zach Wilson from getting a lot of support. Marcus Childers (1064 passing yards, eight touchdown passes) is potentially more dangerous with his feet, as he has the high game rushing this season for this squad, with 169 yards against Ohio. The defensive standouts include linebacker Antonio Jones-Davis, who ranks in the top 20 in solo tackles, and of course All-American defensive end Sutton Smith, who can seemingly disrupt an opposing offense all on his own. When you look at the Northern Illinois schedule, their losses have come against Florida State and two nationally-ranked teams – Iowa and Utah. So they have been more severely tested in the non-conference schedule than most other MAC squads have been.

    ABOUT AKRON: If Akron can win two of its last four games, it will actually finish over the .500 mark and qualify for a bowl. Remember that the season opener against Nebraska was canceled due to bad weather. But they have road games at Eastern Michigan and Ohio, so this home contest takes on a lot of importance. The Zips (4-3 SU, 3-4 ATS) pounded their way to a 17-10 victory over Central Michigan last time out, but they had the benefit of five CMU turnovers in the process. The positives included 112 rushing yards by Van Edwards, but Kato Nelson did not show good stuff, completing just 10 of his 27 passes for 149 yards. For the season, Nelson is barely 50%, with 1348 yards, so clearly, Akron is not going to win a lot of scoring tools with people. Linebacker John Lako is really running up some incredible defensive numbers; against Central Michigan, he had 23 tackles and a fumble recovery. On the season, he ranks #8 in the nation in solo tackles, averaging 6.3 per game. There's not a good history for them here, as Northern Illinois has won six of the last seven meetings in this series, even though the last encounter took place in 2013 – a 27-20 loss to a Huskies team that was nationally-ranked at the time.

    EXTRA POINTS

    1. Northern Illinois has been deadly on the road against opponents from its own conference. In fact, they have covered 23 of their last 28 as a MAC visitor.

    2. Akron is currently second in the nation in defensive touchdowns, with four.

    3. Since the year 2010, Northern Illinois is 19-3 in games that have been played on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays, a significant factoid considering that the MAC has now gone in that direction for its television opportunities.

    PREDICTION: Northern Illinois 26, Akron 14
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    NCAAF Previews 31st October 2018 By Charles Jay for Scores And Stats
    by Charles Jay Scores & Stats on 10/31/2018

    The Ohio Bobcats have one of the best quarterbacks in the Mid-American Conference in Nathan Rourke, and they have made a habit of coming back from deficits, although there are only so many times a team can continue to come from behind.

    The Western Michigan Broncos had one of the best MAC quarterbacks as well, but they lost him for the season and now have to go with a freshman who is very talented but still very raw.

    These MAC contenders will do battle on Thursday night at Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo, before a national television audience.

    TV: ESPNU, 7 PM ET. LINE: Ohio -1.5

    ABOUT WESTERN MICHIGAN: The Broncos got beaten from pillar to post in their last outing against Toledo. Of course, they were behind the eight-ball very early (in fact, four minutes into the game), as quarterback Jon Wassink, who had completed 61.6% of his passes with a nice 16-6 ratio of touchdowns to interceptions, suffered a foot injury that will likely keep him out for the rest of the season. So they had to turn to freshman Kaleb Eleby, who promptly came in and completed his first eight passes and 23 of 28 overall, for 293 yards and two touchdowns. This didn't make a difference in the outcome of the game itself, as Toledo gashed the WMU defense for 515 yards in a 51-24 rout. It was head coach Tim Lester's intention to redshirt Eleby, who is the highest-rated QB recruit ever to sign with the program (ranked the #19 dual-threat QB by one service), and that meant holding him out until the last four games of the season. Well, WMU (6-3 SU, 3-6 ATS) was in its ninth game, so it's unlikely that redshirt will be possible unless there is no MAC title game or bowl game to play in. Eleby is mobile and, by all accounts, has a "cannon" for an arm, and Lester acknowledges that he has the stronger arm between him and Wassink. Needless to say, there is a lot of confidence in him around the program. All he needs is seasoning.

    ABOUT OHIO: Frank Solich's team (5-3 SU & ATS) has won two games in a row, but they came against a Bowling Green squad that had just fired its head coach and a Ball State team that lost its quarterback during the game. Nonetheless, they have outscored these last two foes by a 101-28 margin. Against Ball State last time out, they had a whopping 414 yards on the ground and scored six rushing touchdowns for the first time in 21 seasons. They also produced the best defensive effort of the season, from a statistical standpoint, as they held the Cardinals to 242 yards. Nathan Rourke didn't have very imposing numbers (127 passing yards, 77 on the ground), But everybody in the league knows what he is capable of, and he is still third in the nation in yards per completion (15.4). He has been on the watch lists for the Manning, Maxwell and O'Brien awards for quarterbacks. In each of their five victories, the Bobcats have been behind at some point in the ballgame. If they chalk up one more victory, they will become bowl-eligible for the tenth year in a row.

    EXTRA POINTS

    1. Jon Wassink also got injured last season, missing the last four games of the season with a shoulder injury. His replacement, Reese Goddard, completed just 45.8% of his passes and then decided to transfer.

    2. Ohio head coach Frank Solich is one of only three coaches for the Bobcats to have registered at least 100 wins. One of the others is Don Peden, for whom their home field is named.

    3. Ohio has covered eleven of its last 14 games where it has been an underdog.

    PREDICTION: Ohio 35, Western Michigan 30
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    NCAAF Previews 30th October 2018 by Gracenote
    by Gracenote on 10/30/2018

    Heisman Trophy candidate McKenzie Milton's status is still day-to-day as ninth-ranked Central Florida goes after its 21st straight victory when Temple visits for an American Athletic Conference showdown Thursday night. The junior quarterback, who has accounted for 22 touchdowns this season, missed the 37-10 victory at East Carolina on Oct. 20 and coach Josh Heupel told reporters it will be a game-time decision whether Milton is under center for the Knights.

    Freshman Darriel Mack Jr. was outstanding in MIlton's place versus the Pirates, totaling 189 yards of offense with a touchdown, as UCF's offense still churned out 427 yards and should be primed to show off its weapons against a strong defense. "It'll be a lot of fun," Heupel told reporters. "Thursday night, national TV, great opponent, opportunity to come back at home in front of our crowd. It's been a while. Hopefully we have a packed house." Temple boasts a three-game winning streak and has matched UCF with a 4-0 record in the American East Division, leaning on a defense that is 22nd nationally in yards per game against (330.5) and fourth in passing yards allowed per contest (147.5). The Owls, who dropped a 45-19 decision to the Knights in Philadelphia last year, have their own injury issues as defensive tackle Freddie Booth-Lloyd (undisclosed) and running back Ryquell Armstead (ankle) will be game-time decision.

    TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: UCF -10.5

    ABOUT TEMPLE (5-3, 4-0 AAC): The Owls have scored five touchdowns on defense and that unit is led by junior linebacker Shaun Bradley (team-best 53 tackles, two interceptions) along with senior tackle Michael Dogbe (six sacks). Armstead (626 yards rushing) has missed the last two games and junior Jager Gardner gained 108 yards on 26 carries in his place the past two contests. Sophomore quarterback Anthony Russo has completed 56.5 percent of his passes with nine touchdowns along with 10 interceptions and senior Ventrell Bryant (28 catches, 395 yards in 2018) is his top target with at least one reception in 43 straight games.

    ABOUT UCF (7-0, 4-0): The Knights totaled 316 yards on the ground against East Carolina with Mack rushing for a season-best 120 and sophomore Greg McCrae totaling a career-high 99 with a touchdown. If Milton is able to play, that gives the Knights' talented receiving trio of sophomores Gabriel Davis (33 catches, 493 yards, five TDs) and Tre Nixon (27, 364, three), along with junior Dredrick Snelson (24, 310, two), more of a chance to shine. UCF has forced 18 turnovers this season and ranks third in the nation in turnover margin (plus-1.86), led by sophomore defensive back Richie Grant (team-best 58 tackles, three interceptions).

    EXTRA POINTS

    1. Bryant needs 124 receiving yards to pass Willie Marshall (2,272) for first on Temple's all-time list.

    2. UCF K Matthew Wright owns 51 career field goals and needs two to tie Shawn Moffitt for the school record.

    3. The Owls beat then-No. 22 Cincinnati on Oct. 20 and faces No. 17 Houston (7-1), followed by South Florida (7-1), the next two weeks.

    PREDICTION: UCF 34, Temple 21
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