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  • Auburn offense struggles to score against good team - again
    September 12, 2017


    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Gus Malzahn gets why Auburn fans are so frustrated with the offense, which once again looked overmatched against top competition.

    New quarterback, new offensive coordinator, same poor results.

    The 15th-ranked Tigers (1-1) generated just 117 yards and two field goals in a loss to No. 3 Clemson Saturday night, the fewest yards of Malzahn's college career as an offensive coordinator or head coach. It was also the fewest by an Auburn offense listed in on line records dating back to 1996.

    ''From a fan standpoint, the frustration that they have that I fully understand is, the way that we finished the season last year and the frustration and then Saturday night looked the same,'' Malzahn said. ''So, I get that from that standpoint. I will say this, we are going to improve. We're going to be a good offense, that is for sure.''

    The Tigers' initial optimism centered on the new pairing of first-year offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey and transfer quarterback Jarrett Stidham . Then Stidham was sacked 11 times against Clemson and the offense went nowhere after a promising opening drive.

    It continued a recent trend of struggles against Top 10 opponents. The Tigers have averaged 12.6 points and 232 yards in their last five such games, all losses.

    Now, Lindsey is moving from the sideline to the press box for games, which is where he presided over the offense at Arizona State. ''That's really where his comfort zone is,'' Malzahn said.

    Offensive line coach Herb Hand is coming down to the field starting Saturday against Mercer.

    Auburn's backfield hasn't been full strength in either game. Kamryn Pettway was suspended against Georgia Southern and Kerryon Johnson missed the last six quarters with a right hamstring injury.

    Stidham and the passing game haven't gotten going either. The Tigers don't have a pass play longer than 23 yards and young receivers like Nate Craig-Myers and Kyle Davis haven't produced much yet.

    Malzahn said growing pains are a factor.

    ''I think the fact we've got a new coordinator, we've got a new quarterback, we've got a couple of new guys up front, it's just going to take a little time,'' he said. ''Those guys do understand the areas they need to improve on. Like I said after the game, we are going to be a good offense. You'll see that group improve each week.''

    Malzahn said he didn't expect any changes to the offensive line. Left tackle Prince Tega Wanogho and left guard Mike Horton are new starters.

    Darius James moved from left tackle to right tackle.

    Then there's Stidham, who hadn't played in nearly two years before the opener against Georgia Southern .

    He has passed for 264 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Auburn has also allowed 14 sacks, tied for most nationally.

    ''He was put in some tough spots,'' Malzahn said of Stidham. ''He was hit quite a bit. Obviously he was harassed in the passing game, but I thought he played with courage. I thought he fought, and I thought he played extremely hard.''

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    • Penn State, Franklin offer a little payback
      September 12, 2017

      STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- In a way, this game is a thank you, from Penn State to Georgia State's 8-year-old football program.

      The Panthers (0-1) first became intertwined with the Nittany Lions when they brought Penn State coach James Franklin and members of his staff in for a satellite camp shortly after Franklin arrived in 2014.

      It gave Franklin a chance to check out some of the local talent, and riled up a few SEC coaches in the process.

      The schools will meet again when the Panthers make a trip to Happy Valley to play in one of college football's most iconic stadiums, under the lights, a setting usually reserved for tilts between the Nittany Lions and other college football bluebloods.

      Lately, those lights have shined on the explosive Nittany Lions, who look primed to chase another Big Ten championship.

      The Panthers, who finished ninth in the Sun Belt Conference last season, are just the final stepping stone to that path that starts next week at Iowa.

      For Georgia State, this is a big step.

      This will mark the ninth time the Panthers will have played a Power Five team. Although they're 0-8 in previous games, the Panthers scared then No. 9-Wisconsin last season, taking a 17-13 in the fourth quarter before the Badgers scored 10 unanswered points.

      This Penn State team believes it can put opponents away long before that, however.

      "As long as we're winning the game, the game's on us," linebacker Jason Cabinda said. "That's kind of the mindset that we took."

      When asked about scheduling non-Power Five teams on Tuesday, Franklin said opponents have to offer a unique mix.

      --RB Saquon Barkley has carried the ball 28 times for 260 yards with three touchdowns through two games. He's also the team's No. 2 receiver by volume with seven catches for 99 yards and a score.

      --TE Mike Gesicki is enjoying the best run of his career and might be the hottest tight end in the nation. The senior has 16 catches for 230 yards and seven touchdowns in his last five games.

      --LB Jason Cabinda had eight tackles, four of the solos, against Pitt.

      --S Marcus Allen was all over the field against the Panthers. Allen was Penn State's leading tackler with 12, including nine solo.

      --CB Amani Oruwariye left last week's game with an undisclosed injury. He is questionable this week.

      --WR DaeSean Hamilton needs 12 catches to surpass Deon Butler's 179 career receptions and become Penn State's all-time leader in that category.

      --T Andrew Nelson returned from a knee injury that cost him the last nine games.

      "I have strong feelings about scheduling," Franklin said. It's something that me and (athletic director) Sandy (Barbour) spend a lot of time talking about and discussing.

      "We're kind of looking at how the playoff system kind of played out last year. You kind of got a bunch of different scenarios to factor in."

      One, they need to have enough in the tank to test Penn State's players. Two, they need to be an opponent the Nittany Lions can theoretically finish off quickly in order to get key players rest before the grind of Big Ten play begins.

      Penn State will look to do just that and continue to play its three- and four-deep players with a big cushion on Saturday.

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      • Can Illini run with the Bulls?
        September 12, 2017


        CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The Fighting Illini of Illinois admitted they were insulted before last week's game because they were 6½-point underdogs against Conference USA opponent Western Kentucky.

        Illinois went out and whipped the Hilltoppers on both sides of the line to earn a 20-7 win.

        On Friday night, when Illinois visits No. 22 South Florida in Tampa, they will be underdogs by more than two touchdowns. There is no need for it to be insulted by this line.

        The Bulls are deeper, more experienced and boast more playmakers.

        This is also the first road game for the Illinois, which has only nine seniors and 25 upperclassmen on the roster.

        It's unrealistic to expect them to play like a seasoned team in this game, but there's no question they gained confidence and a touch of swagger from last week's outcome.

        "One of our goals for our season was to start 3-0, and now we have a chance to do that," Illinois coach Lovie Smith said. "We're in a pretty good position, exactly where we wanted to be. It was good getting that win."

        If the Illini are to pull off what would be a major upset, they could do a lot worse than replicating the formula that worked so well against Western Kentucky.

        Illinois ran the ball and stopped the run, allowing only six yards on the ground while getting 111 yards from freshman running back Mike Epstein.

        Special teams play was solid.

        Chase McLaughlin kicked two field goals and punter Blake Hayes compensated for a lack of distance by preventing the Hilltoppers from breaking any big returns.

        The passing game could have been better, and nine penalties for 95 yards runs counter to Smith's philosophy of few flags, but the final result was nothing about which to quibble.

        This was the kind of feel-good win the program hasn't had many of since coach Ron Zook was canned following the 2011 season. There will be rough patches this year, but there is at least a reference point, and for Illinois, that's a real starting point.

        "One of the things we've talked about is being consistently good throughout, and we need to be able to show that more often," Smith said.

        --QB Chayce Crouch again impressed few with his passing skills, hitting 14 of 25 throws for only 107 yards against a Western Kentucky team which allowed more than 300 yards to an FCS foe in its opener. Crouch will have to make more throws this week against South Florida, which figures to be tougher to run against than the Hilltoppers. Averaging less than eight yards per completion won't cut it.

        --RB Mike Epstein has needed less than two full games to become this team's focal point offensively. Epstein showed all the attributes a good back needs against Western Kentucky, going for 111 yards on 21 carries. He ran with patience when it was needed, displayed burst when required and constantly ran north-to-south.

        --DE Bobby Roundtree offered the kind of pass rush that will really help the Illini's version of the Tampa 2 thrive, sacking the quarterback twice and forcing a fumble in the win over Western Kentucky. At 6-5 and 245 pounds, the freshman from Largo, Fla., was a reason why the Hilltoppers' highly-touted passing game never managed any traction. Corraling South Florida QB Quinton Flowers might be a tougher task.

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        • Rhoda named full-time QB, Croft disciplined for Minnesota
          September 12, 2017

          MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck spent all offseason and the first two weeks of the season waiting for one of his two quarterbacks to take charge, show some leadership and win the starting job.

          Conor Rhoda took a big step forward with a poised and efficient performance in a convincing win over Oregon State last weekend. And Demry Croft may have put the uncertainty to rest completely with his conduct off the field.

          Fleck named Rhoda the full-time starter on Tuesday, the same day he announced Croft would not be with the team on Saturday against Middle Tennessee State because of disciplinary reasons. Fleck declined to say specifically what Croft had done to merit the discipline, but the first-year Golden Gophers coach did not mince words when expressing his disappointment in Croft's actions.

          ''If you do not do the right things academically, athletically, socially, spiritually, if you do not uphold the high, high expectations of our culture on and off the field, you will not play,'' Fleck said. ''And it does not matter who you are.''

          Rhoda was one week away from starting the job hunt for a position in medical sales when Fleck was hired to replace Tracy Claeys. Fleck called Rhoda the morning after his hiring and convinced the quarterback to return for his fifth year and compete with Croft for the job.

          Rhoda and Croft did little to distinguish themselves during spring practice or fall camp, so Fleck decided to platoon them at the start of the season. They shared the duties during wins over Buffalo and Oregon State, a game in which Rhoda completed 7 of 8 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown.

          Croft did not play for much of the second half against the Beavers after losing a fumble in the first half. He entered late in the 48-14 blowout and rushed for a 64-yard touchdown late in the game, but Fleck pulled the plug on him three days later. Croft has not been dismissed from the team, but it remains unclear just how long he will be away.

          ''We have our own team rules, but the biggest rule we have is do the right thing,'' Fleck said. ''If you do the right thing, you never have to worry about anything.''

          Seth Green will be Rhoda's backup on Saturday with Croft away.

          Fleck made it clear that Rhoda won the job more than Croft lost it, saying he was pleased with the senior's steady leadership and ability to bounce back from mistakes.

          ''He's an incredible story and he's finally separated himself leadership-wise,'' Fleck said. ''He did that the first week.''

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          • NCAAF opening line report: Defending champs take on Heisman favorite in Week 3

            "After opening Clemson -3, the number quickly moved to -4 before settling back to Louisville plus a field goal."

            College football heads into Week 3 trying to deal with the effects of Hurricane Irma. The Miami-Florida State showdown has already been postponed until Oct. 7, and the Tennessee-Florida clash could be affected as well.

            We check in on the opening lines with Dave Mason, brand manager for offshore sportsbook BetOnline.ag.

            No. 2 Clemson Tigers at No. 14 Louisville Cardinals (+3)

            Defending national champion Clemson (2-0 SU and ATS) held off Auburn on Saturday with a 14-6 victory as a 6-point home chalk. That came after a 56-3 Week 1 bashing of Kent State as a 38-point favorite at home.

            Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson has helped the Cardinals’ offense put up a lot of points the first two weeks. Louisville edged Purdue 35-28 laying a hefty 25.5 points in Week 1 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, then topped North Carolina 47-35 Saturday to narrowly cover as an 11.5-point fave.

            “We are expecting this to be the biggest bet game of the weekend,” Mason said. “After opening Clemson -3, the number quickly moved to -4 before settling back to Louisville plus a field goal. Jackson’s high-powered offense will be put to the test against a Clemson defense that has yet to give up a touchdown.”

            No. 23 Tennessee Volunteers at No. 25 Florida Gators (-7)

            This SEC contest, set for 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday, is still in play, but could end up moving from Gainesville, depending on how the hurricane plays out over the next couple of days. Or it could join Miami-Florida State in getting postponed.

            Tennessee is out of the gate at 2-0 SU, but has failed to cash in either game. The Vols opened with a 42-41 double-overtime victory against Georgia Tech as a 4-point favorite at a quasi-neutral site, the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. On Saturday, Tennessee dumped Indiana State 42-7, but fell short of covering the 37.5-point spread at home.

            Florida’s Week 2 game at home against Northern Colorado was canceled due to Irma. The Gators (0-1 SU and ATS) opened the season at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, losing to Michigan 33-17 as a 4.5-point underdog.

            “Early bettors hit Tennessee right from the get-go, quickly moving Florida from 7-point favorites to -5,” Mason said. “Even though they are coming off a bye (due to the cancellation), the Gators’ disappointing Week 1 loss to Michigan is still fresh on the bettors’ minds.”

            Texas Longhorns at Southern California Trojans (-16.5)

            Southern Cal had much less trouble with Stanford in Week 2 than it had with Western Michigan in Week 1, yet won both games by 18 points. The Trojans (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS) rolled past Stanford 42-24 Saturday giving 3.5 points at home.

            Texas suffered a stunning 51-41 home loss to Maryland as an 18-point chalk in Week 1. The Longhorns (1-1 SU and ATS) found the perfect remedy in Mountain West foe San Jose State, rumbling to a 56-0 win as a 25.5-point home favorite behind backup QB Sam Ehlinger. Starter Shane Buechele is still recovering from a bruised throwing shoulder suffered in the loss to the Terrapins.

            “USC was one of the biggest Week 2 winners for the house,” Mason said, while noting the elephant in the room for this 8:30 p.m. ET Week 3 matchup. “Though there are still questions on who will be under center for the Longhorns, just 30 percent of the early bettors are on the Trojans.”

            No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers at Brigham Young Cougars (+13.5)

            Wisconsin (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS) wasn’t exactly impressive in Week 2 against Florida Atlantic, but it was enough to get the job done. The Badgers won 31-14, falling miles short as a 34.5-point chalk, and now they’ll face a team from Utah for the second time in three weeks, albeit this time on the road. Wisconsin drubbed Utah State in Week 1.

            Brigham Young (1-2 SU) hasn’t cashed this season, even in its opener against Portland State – an unimpressive 20-6 victory laying 35 points at home. The Cougars followed with a 27-0 loss to LSU as a 15-point pup in New Orleans and a 19-13 home setback to Utah getting 4.5 points Saturday.

            “Top-10 Wisconsin opened as 13.5-point road favorites against a BYU team scoring just 11 points per game,” Mason said. “I’m very surprised that 77 percent of the early bettors took BYU and the points, especially considering the Cougars’ 0-3 ATS record. I expect that to change and am confident we will be BYU fans come kickoff.”

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            • NCAAF
              Long Sheet


              Thursday, September 14

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              NEW MEXICO (1 - 1) at BOISE ST (1 - 1) - 9/14/2017, 8:00 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              BOISE ST is 133-97 ATS (+26.3 Units) in all games since 1992.
              BOISE ST is 133-97 ATS (+26.3 Units) in all lined games since 1992.
              BOISE ST is 81-57 ATS (+18.3 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest since 1992.
              BOISE ST is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
              BOISE ST is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) in home lined games over the last 2 seasons.
              BOISE ST is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) in home games in games played on turf over the last 2 seasons.

              Head-to-Head Series History
              BOISE ST is 1-1 against the spread versus NEW MEXICO over the last 3 seasons
              BOISE ST is 1-1 straight up against NEW MEXICO 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, September 15

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              MASSACHUSETTS (0 - 3) at TEMPLE (1 - 1) - 9/15/2017, 7:00 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              TEMPLE is 12-4 ATS (+7.6 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
              TEMPLE is 12-4 ATS (+7.6 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
              TEMPLE is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) in home games over the last 3 seasons.
              TEMPLE is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) in home lined games over the last 3 seasons.
              TEMPLE is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest over the last 2 seasons.
              TEMPLE is 9-2 ATS (+6.8 Units) in games played on a grass field over the last 2 seasons.

              Head-to-Head Series History
              MASSACHUSETTS is 1-0 against the spread versus TEMPLE over the last 3 seasons
              TEMPLE is 1-0 straight up against MASSACHUSETTS 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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              ILLINOIS (2 - 0) at S FLORIDA (2 - 0) - 9/15/2017, 7:00 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              ILLINOIS is 123-160 ATS (-53.0 Units) in all games since 1992.
              ILLINOIS is 123-160 ATS (-53.0 Units) in all lined games since 1992.
              S FLORIDA is 14-5 ATS (+8.5 Units) in games played on a grass field 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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              ARIZONA (1 - 1) at UTEP (0 - 2) - 9/15/2017, 10:15 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              ARIZONA is 11-26 ATS (-17.6 Units) as a favorite of 10.5 to 21 points since 1992.
              ARIZONA is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
              ARIZONA is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
              ARIZONA is 54-87 ATS (-41.7 Units) as a favorite since 1992.
              ARIZONA is 2-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest over the last 2 seasons.
              UTEP is 1-8 ATS (-7.8 Units) in September games 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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              Saturday, September 16

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              KENTUCKY (2 - 0) at S CAROLINA (2 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 7:30 PM
              There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

              Head-to-Head Series History
              KENTUCKY is 2-0 against the spread versus S CAROLINA over the last 3 seasons
              KENTUCKY is 2-0 straight up against S 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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              KENT ST (1 - 1) at MARSHALL (1 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 6:30 PM
              There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

              Head-to-Head Series History
              MARSHALL is 0-0 against the spread versus KENT ST over the last 3 seasons
              MARSHALL is 1-0 straight up against KENT ST 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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              NOTRE DAME (1 - 1) at BOSTON COLLEGE (1 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 12:00 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              NOTRE DAME is 14-28 ATS (-16.8 Units) in road games in September games since 1992.
              BOSTON COLLEGE is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in home games over the last 3 seasons.
              BOSTON COLLEGE is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in home lined games over the last 3 seasons.
              BOSTON COLLEGE is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in home games in games played on turf over the last 3 seasons.

              Head-to-Head Series History
              BOSTON COLLEGE is 1-0 against the spread versus NOTRE DAME over the last 3 seasons
              NOTRE DAME is 1-0 straight up against BOSTON COLLEGE 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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              CONNECTICUT (1 - 0) at VIRGINIA (1 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 12:00 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              CONNECTICUT is 2-11 ATS (-10.1 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
              CONNECTICUT is 2-11 ATS (-10.1 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
              CONNECTICUT is 5-14 ATS (-10.4 Units) when playing on a Saturday over the last 3 seasons.

              Head-to-Head Series History
              VIRGINIA is 1-0 against the spread versus CONNECTICUT over the last 3 seasons
              CONNECTICUT is 1-0 straight up against VIRGINIA 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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              AIR FORCE (1 - 0) at MICHIGAN (2 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 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 (1 - 0) at UAB (1 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 1:00 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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              CINCINNATI (1 - 1) at MIAMI OHIO (1 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 8:00 PM
              There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

              Head-to-Head Series History
              MIAMI OHIO is 2-0 against the spread versus CINCINNATI over the last 3 seasons
              CINCINNATI is 2-0 straight up against MIAMI OHIO 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 ST (0 - 1) at PENN ST (2 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 7:30 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              PENN ST is 8-0 ATS (+8.0 Units) after 2 or more consecutive straight up wins over the last 2 seasons.
              GEORGIA ST is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) in road games over the last 3 seasons.
              GEORGIA ST is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) in road lined games over the last 3 seasons.
              GEORGIA ST is 19-7 ATS (+11.3 Units) in road games when playing on a Saturday since 1992.

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

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              IOWA ST (1 - 1) at AKRON (1 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 12:00 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              IOWA ST is 29-50 ATS (-26.0 Units) in road games in games played on turf since 1992.

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

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              N CAROLINA (0 - 2) at OLD DOMINION (2 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 3:30 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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              OKLAHOMA ST (2 - 0) at PITTSBURGH (1 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 12:00 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              OKLAHOMA ST is 84-55 ATS (+23.5 Units) as a favorite since 1992.
              OKLAHOMA ST is 53-34 ATS (+15.6 Units) after 2 or more consecutive straight up wins since 1992.
              PITTSBURGH is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.

              Head-to-Head Series History
              OKLAHOMA ST is 1-0 against the spread versus PITTSBURGH over the last 3 seasons
              OKLAHOMA ST is 1-0 straight up against PITTSBURGH 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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              MIDDLE TENN ST (1 - 1) at MINNESOTA (2 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 3:30 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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              FLA INTERNATIONAL (1 - 1) at INDIANA (1 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 3:30 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              FLA INTERNATIONAL is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.

              Head-to-Head Series History
              INDIANA is 2-0 against the spread versus FLA INTERNATIONAL over the last 3 seasons
              INDIANA is 2-0 straight up against FLA INTERNATIONAL 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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              UCLA (2 - 0) at MEMPHIS (1 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 12:00 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              UCLA is 13-27 ATS (-16.7 Units) in road games after 2 or more consecutive straight up wins since 1992.

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

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              N ILLINOIS (1 - 1) at NEBRASKA (1 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 12:00 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              N ILLINOIS is 69-41 ATS (+23.9 Units) in road games since 1992.
              N ILLINOIS is 69-41 ATS (+23.9 Units) in road lined games since 1992.
              N ILLINOIS is 94-68 ATS (+19.2 Units) when playing on a Saturday since 1992.

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

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              BAYLOR (0 - 2) at DUKE (2 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 12:30 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              BAYLOR is 0-7 ATS (-7.7 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest over the last 2 seasons.

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

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              KANSAS (1 - 1) at OHIO U (1 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 2:00 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              KANSAS is 121-156 ATS (-50.6 Units) in all games since 1992.
              KANSAS is 121-156 ATS (-50.6 Units) in all lined games since 1992.
              KANSAS is 72-108 ATS (-46.8 Units) as an underdog since 1992.
              KANSAS is 45-77 ATS (-39.7 Units) in road games since 1992.
              KANSAS is 45-77 ATS (-39.7 Units) in road lined games since 1992.
              KANSAS is 113-147 ATS (-48.7 Units) when playing on a Saturday since 1992.
              KANSAS is 92-125 ATS (-45.5 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest since 1992.
              KANSAS is 26-43 ATS (-21.3 Units) in road games in games played on turf since 1992.

              Head-to-Head Series History
              OHIO U is 1-0 against the spread versus KANSAS over the last 3 seasons
              OHIO U is 1-0 straight up against KANSAS 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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              UTAH ST (1 - 1) at WAKE FOREST (2 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 3:00 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              UTAH ST is 1-8 ATS (-7.8 Units) when playing on a Saturday over the last 2 seasons.
              WAKE FOREST is 3-13 ATS (-11.3 Units) as a favorite of 10.5 to 21 points since 1992.

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

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              CLEMSON (2 - 0) at LOUISVILLE (2 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 8:00 PM
              There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

              Head-to-Head Series History
              LOUISVILLE is 1-1 against the spread versus CLEMSON over the last 3 seasons
              CLEMSON is 2-0 straight up against LOUISVILLE 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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              C MICHIGAN (2 - 0) at SYRACUSE (1 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 3:30 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              SYRACUSE is 14-3 ATS (+10.7 Units) against MAC opponents since 1992.
              C MICHIGAN is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in September games over the last 3 seasons.

              Head-to-Head Series History
              C MICHIGAN is 1-0 against the spread versus SYRACUSE over the last 3 seasons
              SYRACUSE is 1-0 straight up against C 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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              VIRGINIA TECH (2 - 0) at E CAROLINA (0 - 2) - 9/16/2017, 3:30 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              E CAROLINA is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
              E CAROLINA is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
              E CAROLINA is 1-8 ATS (-7.8 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
              E CAROLINA is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) when playing on a Saturday over the last 2 seasons.
              E CAROLINA is 2-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest over the last 2 seasons.

              Head-to-Head Series History
              E CAROLINA is 1-1 against the spread versus VIRGINIA TECH over the last 3 seasons
              E CAROLINA is 1-1 straight up against VIRGINIA TECH 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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              WISCONSIN (2 - 0) at BYU (1 - 2) - 9/16/2017, 3:30 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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              PURDUE (1 - 1) at MISSOURI (1 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 4:00 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              PURDUE is 9-1 ATS (+7.9 Units) in road games when playing on a Saturday over the last 3 seasons.
              MISSOURI is 8-18 ATS (-11.8 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
              MISSOURI is 8-18 ATS (-11.8 Units) in all lined games 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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              NORTH TEXAS (1 - 1) at IOWA (2 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 3:30 PM
              There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

              Head-to-Head Series History
              IOWA is 1-0 against the spread versus NORTH TEXAS over the last 3 seasons
              IOWA is 1-0 straight up against NORTH TEXAS 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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              LA LAFAYETTE (1 - 1) at TEXAS A&M (1 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 12:00 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              TEXAS A&M is 6-16 ATS (-11.6 Units) in games played on a grass field 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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              BOWLING GREEN (0 - 2) at NORTHWESTERN (1 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 7:30 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              BOWLING GREEN is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) in September games over the last 2 seasons.
              BOWLING GREEN is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.
              NORTHWESTERN is 2-13 ATS (-12.3 Units) in home games against MAC opponents since 1992.

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

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              TULANE (1 - 1) at OKLAHOMA (2 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 6:00 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              TULANE is 91-123 ATS (-44.3 Units) as an underdog since 1992.

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

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              TENNESSEE (2 - 0) at FLORIDA (0 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 3:30 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              FLORIDA is 41-23 ATS (+15.7 Units) when playing with 2 weeks or more of rest since 1992.
              FLORIDA is 36-20 ATS (+14.0 Units) after a bye week since 1992.

              Head-to-Head Series History
              TENNESSEE is 1-0 against the spread versus FLORIDA over the last 3 seasons
              FLORIDA is 1-1 straight up against TENNESSEE 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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              SMU (2 - 0) at TCU (2 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 3:30 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              TCU is 35-19 ATS (+14.1 Units) in home games after 2 or more consecutive straight up wins since 1992.
              TCU is 2-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
              TCU is 0-8 ATS (-8.8 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
              TCU is 0-7 ATS (-7.7 Units) in home lined games over the last 2 seasons.
              TCU is 2-10 ATS (-9.0 Units) when playing on a Saturday over the last 2 seasons.
              TCU is 0-8 ATS (-8.8 Units) in games played on a grass field over the last 2 seasons.

              Head-to-Head Series History
              TCU is 1-1 against the spread versus SMU over the last 3 seasons
              TCU is 2-0 straight up against SMU 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 (1 - 1) at W KENTUCKY (1 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 7:00 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              W KENTUCKY is 13-4 ATS (+8.6 Units) against conference opponents over the last 3 seasons.

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

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              ARMY (2 - 0) at OHIO ST (1 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 4:30 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              OHIO ST is 178-134 ATS (+30.6 Units) in all games since 1992.
              OHIO ST is 178-134 ATS (+30.6 Units) in all lined games since 1992.
              OHIO ST is 148-115 ATS (+21.5 Units) as a favorite since 1992.
              OHIO ST is 161-120 ATS (+29.0 Units) when playing on a Saturday since 1992.
              OHIO ST is 53-34 ATS (+15.6 Units) in September games since 1992.

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

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              OREGON ST (1 - 2) at WASHINGTON ST (2 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 5:30 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              OREGON ST is 12-27 ATS (-17.7 Units) in road games in September games since 1992.

              Head-to-Head Series History
              WASHINGTON ST is 1-1 against the spread versus OREGON ST over the last 3 seasons
              WASHINGTON ST is 2-0 straight up against OREGON ST 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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              APPALACHIAN ST (1 - 1) at TEXAS ST (1 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 7:00 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              APPALACHIAN ST is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) as a road favorite over the last 3 seasons.

              Head-to-Head Series History
              TEXAS ST is 1-0 against the spread versus APPALACHIAN ST over the last 3 seasons
              APPALACHIAN ST is 1-0 straight up against TEXAS ST 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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              COLORADO ST (2 - 1) at ALABAMA (2 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 7:00 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              COLORADO ST is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) when playing on a Saturday over the last 2 seasons.
              ALABAMA is 55-78 ATS (-30.8 Units) in home games when playing with 6 or less days rest since 1992.

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

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              TULSA (1 - 1) at TOLEDO (2 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 7:00 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              TOLEDO is 29-15 ATS (+12.5 Units) as a favorite of 3.5 to 10 points since 1992.
              TOLEDO is 77-53 ATS (+18.7 Units) as a favorite since 1992.
              TOLEDO is 48-26 ATS (+19.4 Units) in home games when playing on a Saturday since 1992.
              TOLEDO is 43-26 ATS (+14.4 Units) in home games when playing with 6 or less days rest since 1992.
              TOLEDO is 7-0 ATS (+7.0 Units) in September games over the last 3 seasons.
              TULSA is 9-2 ATS (+6.8 Units) when playing on a Saturday over the last 2 seasons.

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

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              IDAHO (1 - 1) at W MICHIGAN (0 - 2) - 9/16/2017, 7:00 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              W MICHIGAN is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) in non-conference games 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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              SOUTHERN MISS (1 - 1) at LA MONROE (0 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 7:00 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              LA MONROE is 5-16 ATS (-12.6 Units) when playing with 2 weeks or more of rest since 1992.
              LA MONROE is 6-16 ATS (-11.6 Units) after a bye week since 1992.

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

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              OREGON (2 - 0) at WYOMING (1 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 7:00 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              OREGON is 1-8 ATS (-7.8 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest over the last 2 seasons.
              OREGON is 6-15 ATS (-10.5 Units) in games played on turf over the last 3 seasons.
              OREGON is 72-50 ATS (+17.0 Units) in road games since 1992.
              OREGON is 72-50 ATS (+17.0 Units) in road lined games since 1992.
              OREGON is 85-60 ATS (+19.0 Units) after 2 or more consecutive straight up wins since 1992.

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

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              LSU (2 - 0) at MISSISSIPPI ST (2 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 7:00 PM
              There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

              Head-to-Head Series History
              MISSISSIPPI ST is 2-0 against the spread versus LSU over the last 3 seasons
              LSU is 2-0 straight up against MISSISSIPPI 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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              GEORGIA TECH (1 - 1) at UCF (1 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 7:30 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              GEORGIA TECH is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.

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

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              KANSAS ST (2 - 0) at VANDERBILT (2 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 7:30 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              KANSAS ST is 147-109 ATS (+27.1 Units) when playing on a Saturday since 1992.
              KANSAS ST is 120-90 ATS (+21.0 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest since 1992.

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

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              RICE (1 - 1) at HOUSTON (1 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 8:00 PM

              Top Trends for this game.
              RICE is 117-87 ATS (+21.3 Units) in games played on turf since 1992.
              RICE is 55-34 ATS (+17.6 Units) off a win 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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              TROY (1 - 1) at NEW MEXICO ST (1 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 8:00 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              NEW MEXICO ST is 87-118 ATS (-42.8 Units) when playing on a Saturday since 1992.

              Head-to-Head Series History
              TROY is 2-0 against the spread versus NEW MEXICO ST over the last 3 seasons
              TROY is 2-0 straight up against NEW MEXICO ST 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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              ARIZONA ST (1 - 1) at TEXAS TECH (1 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 8:00 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              TEXAS TECH is 12-3 ATS (+8.7 Units) as a home favorite of 3.5 to 7 points since 1992.
              TEXAS TECH is 81-52 ATS (+23.8 Units) in home games since 1992.
              TEXAS TECH is 81-52 ATS (+23.8 Units) in home lined games since 1992.
              TEXAS TECH is 78-50 ATS (+23.0 Units) in home games when playing on a Saturday since 1992.
              TEXAS TECH is 15-5 ATS (+9.5 Units) in games played on turf over the last 3 seasons.
              TEXAS TECH is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in home games in September games over the last 3 seasons.

              Head-to-Head Series History
              ARIZONA ST is 1-0 against the spread versus TEXAS TECH over the last 3 seasons
              ARIZONA ST is 1-0 straight up against TEXAS 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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              TEXAS (1 - 1) at USC (2 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 8:30 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              USC is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) as a favorite of 10.5 to 21 points over the last 2 seasons.

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

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              SAN JOSE ST (1 - 2) at UTAH (2 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 10:00 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              UTAH is 60-35 ATS (+21.5 Units) in non-conference games since 1992.

              Head-to-Head Series History
              UTAH is 1-0 against the spread versus SAN JOSE ST over the last 3 seasons
              UTAH is 1-0 straight up against SAN JOSE ST 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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              FRESNO ST (1 - 1) at WASHINGTON (2 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 9:30 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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              OLE MISS (2 - 0) at CALIFORNIA (2 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 10:30 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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              STANFORD (1 - 1) at SAN DIEGO ST (2 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 10:30 PM
              Top Trends for this game.
              SAN DIEGO ST is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) after 2 or more consecutive straight up wins over the last 3 seasons.
              STANFORD is 66-43 ATS (+18.7 Units) in road games when playing with 6 or less days rest since 1992.

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

              Comment


              • NCAAF
                Armadillo's Write-Up

                Week 3


                Thursday’s game
                Quick turnaround for Boise State squad whose OT loss at Washington State didn’t end until 2:40am Saturday night. Broncos won seven of last eight games with New Mexico, but covered only one of last six; Lobos won their last visit here, as a 31-point underdog. New Mexico was upset at home by New Mexico State LW; Lobos have a senior QB (27 starts)- since 2013, they are 12-7 vs spread as a road underdog. Boise is 2-10-1 in last 13 games as a home favorite.

                Friday’s games
                Temple was outgunned 402-353 in narrow 16-13 win on I-AA Villanova last week, after they lost 49-16 at Notre Dame the week before. Owls had only 79 rushing yards LW; they’re 7-2 as home favorites the last two years, but this team has far less experience than in recent years. UMass is 0-3 already, losing 38-28 at I-A newcomer Coastal Carolina in their only road game. Minutemen are 8-8 as road underdogs under Whipple. Temple (-13) edged UMass 25-23 at home in last meeting, two years ago.

                Former Bucs’ assistant Lovie Smith returns to Tampa with his Illinois team that is 2-0 with home wins over Ball State/Western Kentucky. Since 2012, Illini is 6-15 as a road underdog; they were 2-2 LY, in Smith’s first year as coach. South Florida’s routines have obviously been disrupted by Hurricane Irma; Bulls are 2-0, with a 42-22 road win at San Jose State after they fell behind 16-0 early. USF has 16 returning starters, a senior QB (28 starts). Bulls are 7-1-1 vs spread in last nine games as a home favorite.

                Arizona lost at home to Houston LW, their first I-A game. Wildcats are 4-4 as road favorites under RichRod. Arizona’s OL has 89 returning starts, which makes last week’s loss more disappointing. UTEP gave up 306 rushing yards in a 31-14 home loss to Rice LW, after they got crushed by Oklahoma before that. Miners are 12-11-1 vs spread at home under Kugler. UTEP’s qb Metz has 14 career starts. Wildcats have 7 starters back on both sides of the ball; their junior QB has 11 starts.

                Saturday’s top 13 games
                Notre Dame was held to 55 rushing yards in 20-19 home loss to Georgia LW. ND won its last five games with Boston College (1-4 vs spread), with three of five wins by 4 or less points. Irish won 21-6/31-13 in last two visits here. ND is 5-10 vs spread as a road favorite under Kelly. BC lost 34-10 at home to Wake Forest last week, completing just 18-31 passes with a -4 turnover ratio. Eagles are 3-11 vs spread in last 14 home games. This is first road start for ND’s soph QB Wimbush. ACC teams are 6-8 vs spread in non-conference games this season.

                UCLA allowed 563 yards in its first two games, wins over Texas A&M (45-44), Hawai’i (56-23); Bruins come east with 15 returning starters (9 on offense) and a junior QB (21 starts) who engineered huge comeback vs A&M (trailed 44-10).Memphis had its game at UCF postponed last week; Tigers ran for 319 yards in a quagmire in 37-29 opening win over ULM. Since 2012, Memphis is 7-4 as a home underdog. Pac-12 non-conference road favorites are 4-1 vs spread this season; AAC teams are 6-5 vs spread out of conference, 1-3 as an underdog.

                Clemson beat Louisville last three years, by 6-3-6 points, with underdogs covering all three; Cardinals ran ball for 273 yards in LY’s game- Clemson threw for 306 yards, but Watson is in NFL now- this is first road start for junior QB Bryant. Tigers held Auburn to 117 total yards in 14-6 home win LW; Clemson had only 284 TY. Louisville is 2-1 as a home underdog under Petrino. Last three years, Clemson is 3-9 vs spread as a road favorite. Cardinals scored 82 points in winning first two games over Purdue/UNC, throwing for 771 yards.

                Florida’s team had its routines disrupted this week by the hurricane- their game last week was cancelled. Gators lost their opener 33-17 to Michigan; Wolverines outgained them, 433-192. Florida had 10 guys suspended; unclear how many they get back here. Tennessee ended an 11-year skid with the Gators LY with 38-28 win; Vols lost last six visits to Gainesville (2-4 vs spread). Tennessee won its opener 42-41 in OT in Atlanta vs Ga Tech, then waxed a I-AA opponent LW. This is first true road start for Tennessee’s junior QB Dormady.

                Purdue seems to be much-improved after hanging in with Louisville, then whacking Ohio U 44-21 last week. Last 5+ years, Boilermakers are 16-6-1 vs spread in true road games. Missouri gained 423 yards in loss to South Carolina LW but scored only 13 points; they were -3 in turnovers. Tigers allowed 43 points in opening 72-43 win over a I-AA opponent. Since 2011, SEC teams are 16-12-1 vs spread when facing a Big 14 opponent. This season, Big 14 underdogs are 6-0 vs spread out of conference.

                Washington State won its last three games with Oregon State by 4-21-7 points; underdogs are 5-1 vs spread in last six series games. Beavers won four of last five visits to Pullman. Coogs rallied back from down 31-10 to nip Boise State in OT last week; Falk missed 2nd half with a concussion- backup Hilinski was 25-33 for 240 yards and three TD’s. Since 2013, Wazzu is 10-7 vs spread as a home favorite. Beavers are 5-7 vs spread as a road underdog under Andersen. OSU gave up 544 rushing yards in last two games, one of which was against a I-AA team.

                Home team won last four Louisiana Tech-Western Kentucky games, with average total of 89.5 in the four games. Tech lost 58-44/41-38 in last two visits here. WKU was held to 244 yards in 20-7 loss at Illinois last week; Hilltoppers are 9-4 vs spread in last 13 home games. Bulldogs gave up 327 rushing yards in 57-21 home loss to Miss State LW; Tech actually lost 87 yards on one especially bad play involving a fumble and a ball that wouldn’t stop rolling. Bulldogs are 14-8 vs spread in last 22 road games; they’re 9-6 as a road underdog under Holtz.

                LSU is 16-1 in its last 17 games with Mississippi State, winning last two meetings 23-20/21-19; Tigers won last eight visits to Starkville (6-2 vs spread). LSU didn’t allow BYU to move the ball over midfield in its only I-A game this season; Tigers are 6-12 vs spread in last 18 true road games, they’re 5-8 in last 13 games as a road favorite. Miss State ran ball for 327 yards LW at La Tech; since 2013, Bulldogs are 12-7 vs spread as an underdog- they’re 10-10 as a home dog under Mullen.

                Not often Wyoming gets a Pac-12 opponent to visit Laramie. Oregon was up 42-14 at the half vs Nebraska last week, wound up hanging on for 42-35 win; Ducks gained total of 566 yards, running for 201. Since 2011, Oregon is 14-5 vs spread as a road favorite- they were 0-2 LY. Wyoming was held to 233 yards in opening 24-3 loss at Iowa- they ran for only 65 yards in a 27-0 win over a I-AA team LW. Cowboys are 8-5 as a home underdog under Bohl. Last 2+ years, Pac-12 teams are 15-10-1 vs spread when facing a Mountain West opponent.

                Georgia Tech-Central Florida game was postponed.

                Kentucky won its last three games with South Carolina; underdogs are 3-1-1 vs spread in last five series games. Wildcats lost seven of last eight visits to Columbia, but covered three of last four. Gamecocks scored 66 points in winning first two games, neither of which were at home; Since ’11, South Carolina is 18-17 vs spread as a home favorite; they’re 2-2 under Muschamp. Kentucky won its opener 24-17 at Southern Miss, then beat a I-AA team 27-16 team LW. Since ’11, Wildcats are 11-19 vs spread as a road underdog- they’re 9-9 under Stoops.

                Arizona State (-1) beat Texas Tech 68-55 LY in a ridiculous game where TY was 652-612; Tech threw ball for 540 yards but was -2 in turnovers. ASU gave up 279 rushing yards in 30-20 home loss to San Diego State LW; Sun Devils are 5-10 vs spread as road underdogs under Graham. Tech is 8-4 vs spread at home the last two years, 6-1 vs spread as a home favorite; they’re breaking in a new QB and haven’t played a I-A team yet- they hammered a I-AA team 56-10 two weeks ago. Since 2011, Big X teams are 13-8 vs spread when facing a Pac-12 opponent.

                USC had huge 42-24 Pac-12 win over Stanford LW; will it be tough to get back up this week, for a non-league game? Teams haven’t met since 41-38 Texas win in national title game 12 years ago. Texas gave up 263 rushing yards in ugly 51-41 home loss to Maryland in its opener- they crushed San Jose State 56-0 last week. Last three years, Longhorns are 1-5 as a road underdog. Since 2011, Trojans are 24-13 vs spread as a home favorite. Since ’11, Big X teams are 13-8 vs spread when facing a Pac-12 opponent.

                Comment


                • Sharps are closely monitoring these Week 3 college football games
                  Steve Merril

                  Wisconsin's defense has eight returning starters and won't be intimidated by their first road atmosphere of the season.

                  Sharps have flagged these games as lines to keep an eye on for Week 3.

                  Spread to bet now:

                  UConn (+10.5) at Virginia

                  UConn got an unexpected week off after their game against South Florida was postponed due to the weather. The Huskies beat Holy Cross the previous week 27-20 and showed some offensive balance with 160 rushing yards and 278 passing yards. Last year they won this game at home 13-10 against UVA in a contest that saw them hold the Cavaliers scoreless in the second half. The extra time will help the offense continue to get fine tuned as they go to a different style this season.

                  Virginia is 0-2 ATS this season after losing 34-17 at home to Indiana last week. The Cavaliers rushed for just 55 yards and resorted to throwing it 66 times with Kurt Benkert. They have not been able to get much going on the ground and a one-dimensional attack will not succeed against UConn's defense. UVA qualifies as a weak favorite in this game, considering they are just 3-11 SU in all games the past two years.

                  Spread to wait on:

                  Akron (+9.5) vs. Iowa State

                  This line has already risen from +7.5 to +9.5 and recreational bettors will likely push it higher to the key number +10. This is Iowa State's first road game and they are coming off a draining 44-41 overtime loss to hated rival Iowa. There is a good chance for a hangover for the Cyclones who now have to hit the road to play Akron in a lesser atmosphere. Iowa State also has a look-ahead game on deck when conference play begins at home versus Texas. Iowa State has won just one road game the last three years straight-up.

                  Akron doesn't get these home games very often and will be highly motivated on Saturday. They are coming off a 52-3 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff in which they held their opponent to under 200 yards of total offense. Terry Bowden will have these guys ready for this big game, and Thomas Woodson should have a nice game under center with Warren Ball at running back.

                  Total to watch:

                  Wisconsin at BYU (41)

                  Wisconsin hits the road for the first time after demolishing Utah State and Florida Atlantic. The Badgers racked up a ton of yards against two lesser opponents. Their defense was fantastic holding the two teams to 24 points combined. Wisconsin's defense has eight returning starters and won't be intimidated by their first road atmosphere of the season. They've also gone Under in 17 of their last 29 contests.

                  BYU's offense continues to look anemic. The Cougars have rushed for just 229 yards in three games with 171 yards coming against an FCS opponent. The team has not cracked the 200 yard passing mark and has seen the Under hit in all three games. The defense has done their part, despite being on the field for long periods of time.

                  Comment


                  • College football's biggest betting mismatches: Week 3
                    Monty Andrews

                    The Volunteers' starting defensive linemen could have a field day against a Florida offensive line that was a major letdown in all areas in its opening-week showdown with Michigan.

                    Tennessee Volunteers at Florida Gators (-5.5, 49.5)

                    Tennessee's improved D line vs. Florida's beleaguered O-line

                    The 2-0 Volunteers look to improve their standing in the competitive SEC East race as they face a Gators team that was thoroughly handled by Michigan before seeing last week’s game against Colorado State washed out due to Hurricane Irma. If this game gets played, Florida will need to find a way to improve upon a dreadful offensive showing versus the Wolverines - and that won't be easy against a Tennessee defense that enjoyed a much-needed bounceback following a gruelling season opener.

                    The Volunteers opened their campaign with a 42-41 double-overtime triumph over Georgia Tech - a game that resulted in 96 snaps played by the defense, with the starters absorbing most of the action. Last week's 42-7 rout of Indiana State provided some welcome relief, as head coach Butch Jones was able to rotate in the majority of his second-unit linemen and give the starters some rest. The Volunteers held the Sycamores to 3.2 YPC after surrendering a school-record 515 rushing yards in the opener.

                    Those starting linemen could have a field day against a Florida offensive line that was a major letdown in all areas in its opening-week showdown with Michigan. Stacking the box with regularity and throwing a variety of different secondary looks at Florida, the Wolverines limited the Gators to 11 rushing yards while racking up 11 tackles for loss, six sacks and five QB hurries. It's nothing new for Florida, which surrendered a whopping 73 sacks in 2015-16 - easily the most of any team in the conference.

                    Clemson Tigers at Louisville Cardinals (+3, 56)

                    Clemson's vaunted rush attack vs. Louisville's leaky D

                    All eyes will be on Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, who has already combined for more than 1,000 passing and rushing yards with eight touchdowns through his first two games of the season. But there's a decent two-way quarterback on the other side of the field in Clemson junior Kelly Bryant - and if the Cardinals can't find a way to slow him and the rest of the Clemson offense down, it might not matter what Jackson does against the Tigers' defense on Saturday.

                    Bryant has led an impressive Clemson run game that has laid waste to the Tigers' first two opponents, racking up a whopping 452 yards on just 79 carries - a 5.7 YPC that's good for third in the ACC behind Miami (9.5) and Louisville (5.9). Bryant leads the team in rushing yards (136) and touchdowns (three), and has also completed better than 68 percent of his passes through two games. The Tigers were held to 284 yards against Auburn, but had a whopping 665 the week before against Kent State.

                    As impressive as Jackson and the Louisville offense has been, the defense has left much to be desired. The Cardinals allowed 63 points and nearly 750 total yards to Purdue and North Carolina, two programs hardly considered Division I powers. New defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon has his work cut out for him after the Boilermakers and Tar Heels combined to complete more than 65 percent of their passes - a troubling trend that could negate Jackson's sensational skill set this weekend.

                    Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Boston College Eagles (+13.5, 49.5)

                    Notre Dame's late-down stinginess vs. Boston College's third-down woes

                    Both Notre Dame and Boston College are coming off disappointing performances, with the Fighting Irish blowing a late lead in a 20-19 loss to Georgia and the Eagles getting thumped 34-10 at Wake Forest. But with both teams looking to bounce back, look for the Fighting Irish to have the upper hand in several areas - including their ability to force teams into punting downs, something the Eagles have struggled with so far this season.

                    A Notre Dame team with Top 25 aspirations did what it had to do in its opener against Temple, limiting the Owls to a 5-for-17 success rate on third-down conversions en route to a 49-16 home drubbing. And while No. 15 Georgia escaped with a narrow victory last week, the Fighting Irish held the Bulldogs to a 4-of-18 conversion rate on third downs. Notre Dame's 25.7-percent third-down conversion rate allowed ranks in the top 25 nationally, and is well ahead of last year's 39-percent mark.

                    The Eagles, by comparison, have been subpar at extending drives on third down - and they've had an awful lot of chances to do so through two games. Boston College made good on just 9-of-24 chances in a narrow road win over Northern Illinois in its season opener, then went 6-of-17 in the loss to the Demon Deacons. The 36.6-percent success rate through two games ranks outside the top 60 in Division I, and might shrink even lower against a tough weekend opponent.

                    Texas Longhorns at USC Trojans (-15, 67)

                    Longhorns' vaunted ground attack vs. Trojans' run D issues

                    Expect a parade to the end zone this weekend as the high-powered Longhorns travel to L.A. Memorial Coliseum for a date with the powerhouse Trojans. Both teams are capable of hanging 40-plus points on the scoreboard but, while USC is a heavy favorite in this one, the Longhorns have a decided edge on the ground - and if the Trojans don't find a way to slow down the Texas ground attack, this game could be a lot closer than expected.

                    Texas atoned for an embarrassing 51-41 loss to Maryland in its opener, taking out all of its frustrations in a 56-0 whitewash of San Jose State. The Longhorns rank just outside the top 20 nationally in rushing yards per game (252), with seven of their 10 offensive touchdowns coming via the ground. Chris Warren III has been the lifeblood of the offense to date, rushing for 197 yards and two TDs on just 22 carries. The Longhorns average 5.6 YPC as a team, and its 504 total yards lead the Big 12.

                    It's hard to pick on a team that has racked up 91 points through its first two games, including a stunning rout of rival Stanford last week. But USC knew going in that it would face a steady diet of solid run offenses in the early going - and while it hasn't failed the test, it's hard to give the Trojans a grade higher than a C-. USC has surrendered more than 216 rushing yards per game - fourth-most in the Pac-12 - and its 5.9 YPC against is the second-highest mark in the conference.

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                    • Pac-12 Report - Week 3
                      September 13, 2017


                      2017 PAC-12 STANDINGS

                      Team SU Conference ATS Over/Under

                      Arizona 1-1 0-0 1-1 1-1

                      Arizona State 1-1 0-0 0-2 0-2

                      California 2-0 0-0 1-1 1-1

                      Colorado 2-0 0-0 1-1 0-2

                      Oregon 2-0 0-0 1-1 2-0

                      Oregon State 1-2 0-0 0-3 3-0

                      Southern California 2-0 1-0 1-1 2-0

                      Stanford 1-1 0-1 1-1 2-0

                      UCLA 2-0 0-0 1-1 2-0

                      Utah 2-0 0-0 2-0 0-2

                      Washington 2-0 0-0 1-1 1-1

                      Washington State 2-0 0-0 0-2 1-1


                      Arizona at Texas-El Paso (Fri. - ESPN, 10:15 p.m. ET)
                      The Wildcats roll into El Paso looking to rebound after a 19-16 setback in front of the home fans against Houston last time out. UTEP was routed in their opener against Oklahoma, and manhandled by Rice 31-14 in their home opener, going 0-2 ATS in the process. The Wildcats opened as 20-point favorites, and that quickly was bet up over three touchdowns. That's despite the fact Arizona is just 3-13 ATS over their past 16 games and 1-5 ATS in their past six out of conference. In addition, they have followed up a straight-up loss by going 1-9 ATS in their next 10 games while failing to cover in seven consecutive road contests. UTEP isn't much better, going 3-8 ATS over their past 11 non-conference tilts and 2-9 ATS in their past 11 following a double-digit loss at home in the previous week.

                      UCLA at Memphis (ABC, 12:00 p.m. ET)

                      UCLA takes the cross-country flight to Memphis for an early start on the banks of the Mississippi River. A lot of people are finding the line in this game to be very favorable, as the Bruins opened as 2 1/2-point favorites and currently sit as a field-goal favorite as of this posting. Memphis opened with an uninspiring win over Louisiana-Monroe, 37-29, never coming close to covering a 27 1/2-point line. UCLA has already had a memorable season, recovering from 34 down to stun Texas A&M in the opener, and then waffling Hawaii by a 56-23 count last weekend. Their defense is a bit suspect, which could keep the Tigers in the game, but eventually talent on offense, led by Josh Rosen, will win the day.

                      Oregon State at Washington State (Pac-12 Network, 5:30 p.m. ET)

                      The brutal schedule for the Beavers continues, although this is a game they'd normally play since it's the conference opener. Oregon State suits up for the fourth time in four weeks, and they are licking their wounds after being pounded by Minnesota 48-14 in Corvallis last week. This game opened at 16, and quickly has moved to 21, as bettors try to take advantage of an Oregon State side that is 0-3 ATS so far. Total bettors have also found the Beavers to be a solid play, as the 'over' has cashed in each of their first three outings. QB Luke Falk (head) is expected to be ready for this one after being knocked out of the last game with a head injury. Oregon State is 7-1 ATS over their past eight conference games, while the Cougs are 2-5 ATS in their past seven in the Pac-12. And Oregon State has covered seven of their past eight trips to Pullman, and 12 of the past 17 overall in this series.

                      Oregon at Wyoming (CBS Sports Network, 7:00 p.m. ET)

                      The Ducks hit the road for Laramie, and they look to build on an impressive 42-35 win against Nebraska. Well, impressive on paper, but not if you were holding a -14 ticket last week. Oregon built a 42-14 haltime lead, but failed to score in the second half and allowed the Cornhuskers to rally before falling by seven. It was a bad beat for some, a surprising cover for others. The Ducks will have their hands full containing NFL prospect QB Josh Allen, potentially the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft. But despite Allen, the Cowboys are still just 1-1 SU and 0-2 ATS, with the under going 0-2 so far. The offense hasn't been clicking, averaging just 15.0 PPG, while the defense has a respectable 12.0 PPG allowed. However, the total for this game is hovering around 60 and there is a lot of offensive firepower on both sides of the ball.

                      Arizona State at Texas Tech (No National TV, 8:00 p.m. ET)

                      The Sun Devils head to Lubbock to tangle with the high-octane Red Raiders. After a close shave against New Mexico State in their opener, AZ State was tripped up 30-20 by San Diego State at home. They enter the game 0-2 ATS with the 'under' 2-0 so far. Defense has been an issue, allowing 30.5 PPG, and that's never good when preparing for Texas Tech. Remember, the last time these teams played on Sept. 10, 2016, it was a 68-55 shootout in favor of the Sun Devils. Tech will be gunning for revenge. They humped up on FCS Eastern Washington back on Sept. 2, winning by a 56-10 score as 12-point favorites. Tech is favored by seven to 7 1/2 points, depending on the shop.

                      Texas at Southern California (FOX, 8:30 p.m. ET)
                      Will we get the good Longhorns or bad Longhorns in Saturday's rematch with USC? Texas was shocked 51-41 by Maryland in their opener, but took out their aggressions on San Jose State last week by a 56-0 score. What we know about Texas is that they can score, but which defense will show up? Defense did well enough to USC last week, as they topped Stanford 42-24 for a win in the conference opener. The Trojans have seen the over cash in each of their first two, as they're averaging 45.5 PPG while yielding 27.5 PPG. These teams last met in a memorable National Championship game in 2016, with Texas coming out on top 41-38. One of these teams is championship caliber (USC), and the other would like to spoil their title dreams again (Texas).

                      Fresno State at Washington (Pac-12 Network, 9:30 p.m. ET)

                      Poor Fresno State. They just played on the road at Alabama and were walloped 41-10, now they face another playoff team from 2016 in Seattle. The Bulldogs did a good job containing Jalen Hurts and the Crimson Tide offense, allowing just 41 points while scoring 10 to gain the cover. Fresno is 2-0 ATS so far on the young season. Washington was a bit slugging in their opening cross-country road trip to Rutgers, winning 30-14 as 28-point favorites, and they came back home to throttle FCS Montana 63-7. They're a good squad, but are they 33 points better than Fresno? Bettors do not seem to think so, driving the line down 1 1/2 points from an opening line of 34 1/2. Fresno is 4-0 ATS in their past four against winning teams, and 7-1 ATS in their past eight on a fieldturf surface. Washington is 7-3 ATS across their past 10 non-conference tilts.

                      San Jose State at Utah (ESPN2, 10:00 p.m. ET)

                      The brutal early-season schedule continues to the Spartans of San Jose State, as they were topped by South Florida 42-22 in the opener, and waylaid 56-0 in Texas last weekend. They have tasted success once, topping FCS Cal Poly on Sept. 2. Total bettors have liked San Jose so far this season, as the 'under' is a perfect 3-0. Utah is up to a 26-point favorite for this one, as of Wednesday afternoon, but might they have a hangover after their emotional 19-13 win in the Holy War against rival BYU last weekend? The Utes are 2-0 SU/ATS, and the 'under' is also perfect for them so far through two games.

                      Stanford at San Diego State (CBS Sports Network, 10:30 p.m. ET)

                      San Diego State comes home after an impressive win at Arizona State last week to find an angry Stanford team champing at the bit. The Cardinal were stung 42-24 at USC, so they'll be eager to get back on track. The Aztecs are 2-0 SU/1-1 ATS after a 21-point win against FCS UC Davis in the opener. Stanford usually comes back strong after a setback, going 11-2 ATS in their past 13 following a straight-up loss, while going 9-3 ATS across their past 12 on the road. San Diego State is 4-10-1 ATS in their past 15 non-conference tilts, and 5-13 ATS in their past 18 against the Pac-12. They bucked both of those trends last weekend, but can they do it again as single-digit underdogs at home? Most shops have them catching nine or 9 1/2 as of Wednesday evening.

                      Mississippi at California (ESPN, 10:30 p.m. ET)

                      Ole Miss invades Berkeley in a rare SEC-Pac 12 tilt in the Golden State. The Rebels are 2-0 SU, but 0-2 ATS after a backdoor cover against South Alabama to hit in the opener, and FCS Tennessee-Martin did enough to hang on for a cover last weekend. The 'over' is 2-0 for Mississippi since their offense is averaging 46.0 PPG, with the defense yielding 25.0 PPG. They'll likely be in another track meet this week, as California likes to play up tempo. The Bears stunned North Carolina on the road on Sept. 2, and they handled FCS Weber State last week. They're averaging 34.0 PPG while giving up 25.0 PPG, so expect fireworks. Vegas expects a lot of points, with a total set at 72, but is that enough?

                      Other Game
                      Northern Colorado at Colorado (Pac-12 Network, 2:00 p.m. ET)


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                      • Rodriguez: No QB controversy for Arizona
                        September 12, 2017


                        TUCSON, Ariz. -- Before the season started Rich Rodriguez emphatically poked fun at the old adage that if a team has two quarterbacks it has none. He likened quarterbacks to slices of pizza, mentioning that two slices of pizza is always going to be better than one.

                        Well, now the Arizona head coach finds himself in an interesting position after playing Brandon Dawkins and Khalil Tate in a 19-16 loss to Houston last weekend. It was the second consecutive game in which Arizona used more than one quarterback, but in Saturday's game against Houston it was out of necessity rather than preserving health in a blowout win.

                        Dawkins was "a little nicked up" as Rodriguez put it after the game so he went to Tate, who himself was battling a shoulder injury suffered in the season opener against Northern Arizona. Tate was intercepted late in the game, and Dawkins came back in to finish off the game on Arizona's unsuccessful last drive.

                        Rodriguez wanted to nip any notion that he has a quarterback controversy on his hands.

                        "Before anybody asks about a controversy, that's always kind of nice water cooler talk," Rodriguez said.

                        "We try to get everybody ready to play, and whoever I feel gives us the best chance to win or succeed on that particular drive or series or half or game that's what I go with. So, it's nothing really controversial it's just having a feel for getting guys in the game."

                        Dawkins, who finished the loss to Houston with 17 completions on 29 attempts for 179 yards, is expected to remain the starter heading into Friday night's game at UTEP. Dawkins will get his chance to rebound after having one of his poorest games running the ball. Prior to Saturday's loss to Houston, the redshirt junior never rushed for less than 44 yards in a start. Dawkins ended his night with 26 rushing yards on 13 carries.

                        Rodriguez wants to see Tate, an 18-year-old sophomore, make improvements this week.

                        "The challenge for him and everyone else is to get better every week," Rodriguez said. "I feel really confident that he has the mindset, as do all of our guys, to take that to heart."

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                        • ACC Report - Week 3
                          September 14, 2017


                          2017 ACC STANDINGS

                          Team SU Conference ATS Over/Under


                          Boston College 1-1 0-1 0-2 0-2

                          Clemson 2-0 0-0 2-0 1-1

                          Duke 2-0 0-0 2-0 2-0

                          Florida State 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-1

                          Georgia Tech 1-1 0-0 2-0 1-1

                          Louisville 2-0 1-0 1-1 1-1

                          Miami (Fla.) 1-0 0-0 0-1 0-1

                          North Carolina 0-2 0-1 0-2 2-0

                          North Carolina State 1-1 0-0 0-2 2-0

                          Pittsburgh 1-1 0-0 0-1-1 0-2

                          Syracuse 1-1 0-0 0-2 0-2

                          Virginia 1-1 0-0 0-2 0-2

                          Virginia Tech 2-0 0-0 1-1 0-1-1

                          Wake Forest 2-0 1-0 2-0 1-1

                          Oklahoma State at Pittsburgh (ESPN, 12:00 p.m. ET)

                          The Cowboys head east to battle the Panthers in an ACC-Big 12 matchup. OK State is 4-0 ATS over their past four non-conference battles, and 5-1 ATS in their past six trips away from home. The No. 8 team in the nation has looked very good, including a dominating 44-7 win at South Alabama last week. The Cowboys are a perfect 2-0 ATS so far. The Panthers haven't covered in two tries so far this season, and they're 0-3-1 ATS over their past four outings. They're also a dismal 5-15-1 ATS over their past 21 non-conference tilts, and 7-19 ATS in their past 26 games at home.

                          Connecticut at Virginia (ESPN2, 12:00 p.m. ET)

                          Connecticut is back on the field for the first time since Aug. 31, which has to seem like an eternity to the Huskies. Their game last week against South Florida was wiped out as the Bulls prepared for Hurricane Irma, and that game will not be made up. They're rested and ready to go against a Virginia team that was hammered last week by visiting Indiana. The Cavaliers enter as 10-point favorites, a role they haven't been terribly successful in the recent past. They failed to cover a double-digit spread against William & Mary in their opener, and they're 0-3 ATS over their past three instances as a favorite of 10 or more points dating back to 2014. Unfortunately for UConn, they're 1-5 ATS over their past six as an underdog of 10 or more points. The Huskies are also 5-20-2 ATS across their past 27 non-conference battles, and 6-20-1 ATS in their past 27 on the road.

                          Baylor at Duke (ACC Network, 12:30 p.m. ET)

                          It has been a nightmare start for the Bears, dropping their opener to FCS Liberty and then providing Texas-San Antonio with its first-ever victory against a Power 5 club. Baylor has failed to cover seven of their past nine overall, and they're 1-5 ATS in their past six non-conference battles. On the flip side, Duke stomped FCS North Carolina Central in their opener and then they manhandled Northwestern last week by a 41-14 count to move to 2-0 SU/ATS. They're 5-0 ATS in their past five home games, and 21-6-1 ATS in the past 28 non-conference tilts. Total bettors might be interested to know the Bears have seen the 'under' cash in five of the past six non-conference games while going 5-2 in their past seven on the road. The 'over' is 2-0 this season for Duke, and 4-0 in their past four overall, although the under has hit in six of their past eight at home.

                          Utah State at Wake Forest (ACC Network, 3:00 p.m.)

                          The Aggies head to Winston-Salem to battle the Demon Deacons, looking to improve after getting pounded in Madison in their first road trip. Utah State bounced back to spank Idaho State by a 51-13 count last weekend as the 'over' cashed for the second game in as many outings. Wake Forest has opened 2-0 SU/ATS, including a victory at Boston College in their conference opener. The Deacs are averaging 42.5 PPG through two games while allowing just 8.5 PPG on defense. As such, they opened as a favorite of 15 points, bet down to 13 1/2 as of Wednesday evening. Since Sept. 2015, the Deacs are 0-4 ATS over their past four as favorites of six or more points.

                          Virginia Tech at East Carolina (CBS Sports Network, 3:30 p.m.)
                          The Hokies roll into Greenville, N.C. looking to add to the woes of the Pirates. Virginia Tech took care of West Virginia in a neutral-site game earlier this season, covering a five-point number, but last week they took a step back. The defense was stout, pitching a shutout against FCS Delaware, but they won 27-0 and didn't come close to covering the 41-point number. Of course, they were working on a short week after playing a rare Sunday game, and there was also the hangover after playing a high-profile game the previous week. East Carolina was pounded by FCS James Madison, 34-14, and they were rolled by West Virginia, a common opponent, by a 56-20 score in Morgantown. As such, the Hokies are more than a three-touchdown favorite. The Pirates were paddled 54-17 by the Hokies last season in Blacksburg, and similar results likely can be expected this year.

                          North Carolina at Old Dominion (No National TV, 3:30 p.m.)

                          The Tar Heels head to the Tidewater looking for their first win after a pair of home losses to kick off their season. On the flip side, Old Dominion has picked up wins against UAlbany and at Massachusetts. Their offense has been a little inconsistent, averaging just 24.0 PPG, but their defense has been solid, allowing just 12.0 PPG. The 'under' has hit in each of their games to date. On the flip side, the 'over' has hit in each of UNC's games, as they're averaging 32.5 PPG and they have allowed 41.0 PPG so far. North Carolina is 0-2 ATS to date. The Monarchs are 3-10 ATS in their past 13 non-conference battles and 1-8 ATS in their past nine on field turf. However, they are an impressive 7-2-2 ATS in their past 11 games in Norfolk.

                          Central Michigan at Syracuse (ACC Network, 3:30 p.m.)
                          The Chippewas struggled in their opener against FCS Rhode Island, but they righted the ship with an emphatic victory on the road in Kansas. The last time these two schools player, it was Syracuse coming away with a 30-27 win in overtime at CMU on Sept. 19, 2015. Syracuse looked good in their opener against an FCS school, Central Connecticut State, but they were surprised at the Carrier Dome by Middle Tennesse last week by a 30-23 score. So far, the 'Cuse is 2-0 ATS through two games with the 'under' also going 2-0. The Chips are 9-4-1 ATS over their past 14 non-conference battles, although they're still just 1-7 ATS over their past eight against ACC teams. The Orange have failed to cover four in a row at home, and they're 1-4 ATS in their past five non-conference games, but an impressive 14-3-1 ATS in their past 18 against MAC foes.

                          Notre Dame at Boston College (ESPN, 3:30 p.m.)

                          The Irish hook up with the Eagles in Chestnut Hill, a school that has been a major thorn in the side of Notre Dame over the years. Notre Dame should be mighty angry after a 20-19 setback on their home turf against Georgia last week, but will B.C. add to their woes? Notre Dame managed just 1.5 yards per rush last week and will need to do better. They barely topped Boston College in a game at Fenway Park on Nov. 21, 2015, the last time these teams hooked up. The Irish have won the past five 'Holy Wars', but three of the five games have been decided by four points or less. Before that was a six-game Eagles run. The underdog is 9-2 ATS in the past 11 in this series, with the road team cashing in four of the past five. The Fighting Irish are 1-5 ATS across the past six meetings. Total bettors will like the fact the 'under' is 7-0 in the past seven in this series, with the under 4-1 in the past five at Alumni Stadium.

                          Clemson at Louisville (ABC, 8:00 p.m.)

                          In a marquee matchup, the Tigers and Cardinals hook up on the banks of the Ohio River in Louisville. The Tigers look to stay hot against the number, as they're 4-0 ATS in their past four, and 4-1 ATS in their past five against teams with a winning overall record. However, they're a dismal 1-5 ATS over their past six inside the conference. The Cards struggled against Purdue earlier in the season, barely winning a neutral-site game, but they rebounded nicely with a win and cover in North Carolina in their conference opener. They are still just 1-4 ATS over their past five home outings, and they're 1-5 ATS in the past six overall and 0-4 ATS in their past four against a team with a winning overall mark. The over has hit in five in a row with Clemson on the road, while going 4-1 in the past five ACC games. Louisville has hit the over in nine of the past 12 confernce tilts. Louisville looks to avenge a 42-36 loss at Death Valley last season.

                          Other Games
                          Furman at North Carolina State (ACC Network, 12:20 p.m.)
                          Miami, Florida at Florida State (CANCELED)
                          Georgia Tech at UCF (CANCELED)

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                          • Big 12 Report - Week 3
                            September 14, 2017


                            2017 BIG 12 STANDINGS

                            Team SU Conference ATS Over/Under


                            Baylor 0-2 0-0 0-2 1-1

                            Iowa State 1-1 0-0 2-0 2-0

                            Kansas 1-1 0-0 0-2 2-0

                            Kansas State 2-0 0-0 2-0 2-0

                            Oklahoma 2-0 0-0 2-0 1-1

                            Oklahoma State 2-0 0-0 2-0 1-1

                            Texas 1-1 0-0 1-1 1-1

                            Texas Christian 2-0 0-0 1-1 0-2

                            Texas Tech 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-1

                            West Virginia 1-1 0-0 1-1 1-0-1

                            Oklahoma State at Pittsburgh (ESPN, 12:00 p.m. ET)
                            The Cowboys head east to battle the Panthers in an ACC-Big 12 matchup. OK State is 4-0 ATS over their past four non-conference battles, and 5-1 ATS in their past six trips away from home. The No. 8 team in the nation has looked very good, including a dominating 44-7 win at South Alabama last week. The Cowboys are a perfect 2-0 ATS so far. The Panthers haven't covered in two tries so far this season, and they're 0-3-1 ATS over their past four outings. They're also a dismal 5-15-1 ATS over their past 21 non-conference tilts, and 7-19 ATS in their past 26 games at home.

                            Kansas at Ohio (ESPNU, 12:00 p.m.)
                            The Jayhawks hit the road for Athens looking to rebound after their first loss of the season. Kansas was favored last week against another MAC team, Central Michigan, but the Chippewas routed them. The Jayhawks were searching for back-to-back victories for the first time since 2011, but it wasn't meant to be. Kansas enters just 9-19 ATS over their past 28 games and 11-30-1 ATS over their past 42 games on the road. Kansas is also 5-15-1 ATS acros their past 21 games outside of the conference, too. Ohio has handled themselves much better, going 11-3 ATS in their past 14 non-conference games. The Bobcats went to Lawrence and picked up a 37-21 victory. Meanwhile, Kansas hasn't won on the road since 2009, dropping 39 true road outings in a row.

                            Iowa State at Akron (CBS Sports Network, 12:00 p.m. ET)
                            Akron opened with a 52-0 thumping from Penn State before rebounding at home with a 52-3 victory against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. It's likely the results are somewhere in the middle of both of those outings with Iowa State coming to town. And they'll be very angry, too, after suffering a 44-41 overtime setback against rival Iowa last week. Iowa State has averaged 41.5 PPG while allowing 34.0 PPG. As such, the over has hit in each of their two games while going 2-0 ATS. I-State opened as a 9 1/2-point favorite and it has been bet up to 10 1/2 as of Thursday morning.

                            Baylor at Duke (ACC Network, 12:30 p.m. ET)
                            It has been a nightmare start for the Bears, dropping their opener to FCS Liberty and then providing Texas-San Antonio with its first-ever victory against a Power 5 club. Baylor has failed to cover seven of their past nine overall, and they're 1-5 ATS in their past six non-conference battles. On the flip side, Duke stomped FCS North Carolina Central in their opener and then they manhandled Northwestern last week by a 41-14 count to move to 2-0 SU/ATS. They're 5-0 ATS in their past five home games, and 21-6-1 ATS in the past 28 non-conference tilts. Total bettors might be interested to know the Bears have seen the 'under' cash in five of the past six non-conference games while going 5-2 in their past seven on the road. The 'over' is 2-0 this season for Duke, and 4-0 in their past four overall, although the under has hit in six of their past eight at home.

                            Southern Methodist at Texas Christian (ESPNU, 3:30 p.m.)
                            The Mustangs head across the Metroplex to Fort Worth looking to take care of the Horned Frogs. Both teams have opened 2-0 SU, but they have taken different routes to get there. TCU romped against FCS Jackson State in the opener, winning 63-0. They then hit the road and had a convincing 28-7 win at Arkansas, hitting the 'under' for the second straight game. SMU routed Stephen F. Austin by a 58-14 score, covering a 30-point number, before pounding North Texas in a 54-32 score. The Mustangs are 2-0 ATS, averaging 56.0 PPG in Chad Morris' offense. The 'over' has hit in their two outings. Last season they dropped a 33-3 game at home to TCU. The Mustangs enter 5-1 ATS in their past six road outings, while the Frogs are 0-9 ATS across their past nine home outings.

                            Tulane at Oklahoma (No National TV, 6:00 p.m.)
                            The Green Wave had a near miss at Navy last week, falling 23-21. The Sooners picked up an impressive road win at Ohio State, jumping up to No. 2 in the rankings. Will there be a hangover this weekend? Vegas believes that won't be the case, as the Sooners are favored by five touchdowns. The Green Wave are an impressive 6-1 ATS over their past seven non-conference games, while cashing in eight of the past 11 road outings. The Sooners have cashed in six straight home games. The 'over' is 4-0 in Tulane's past four non-conference tilts, while the under is 8-2 over their past 10 against teams with a winning record. The under is 5-1 in Oklahoma's past six home games and 6-2 in their past eight overall.

                            Kansas State at Vanderbilt (ESPNU, 7:30 p.m.)

                            K-State rolls into Nashville in a Big 12-SEC showdown. They have scored 55 points in each of their first two games, and that will be a big test for the Commodores and their defense. Vandy allowed just six points in their opener at Middle Tennesse, and they blanked FCS Alabama A&M last weekend. The 'under' has hit in each of their first two outings. The 'over' has hit in the first two for K-State, as the Wildcats have yielded 13.0 PPG. The over is 7-1 in Kansas State's past eight games overall, and 4-1 in their past five non-conference battles. The over is 4-1 in Vandy's past five home games and 6-1 in their past seven at home against a team with a winning road mark.

                            Arizona State at Texas Tech (No National TV, 8:00 p.m. ET)

                            The Sun Devils head to Lubbock to tangle with the high-octane Red Raiders. After a close shave against New Mexico State in their opener, AZ State was tripped up 30-20 by San Diego State at home. They enter the game 0-2 ATS with the 'under' 2-0 so far. Defense has been an issue, allowing 30.5 PPG, and that's never good when preparing for Texas Tech. Remember, the last time these teams played on Sept. 10, 2016, it was a 68-55 shootout in favor of the Sun Devils. Tech will be gunning for revenge. They humped up on FCS Eastern Washington back on Sept. 2, winning by a 56-10 score as 12-point favorites. Tech is favored by seven to 7 1/2 points, depending on the shop.

                            Texas at Southern California (FOX, 8:30 p.m. ET)
                            Will we get the good Longhorns or bad Longhorns in Saturday's rematch with USC? Texas was shocked 51-41 by Maryland in their opener, but took out their aggressions on San Jose State last week by a 56-0 score. What we know about Texas is that they can score, but which defense will show up? Defense did well enough to USC last week, as they topped Stanford 42-24 for a win in the conference opener. The Trojans have seen the over cash in each of their first two, as they're averaging 45.5 PPG while yielding 27.5 PPG. These teams last met in a memorable National Championship game in 2016, with Texas coming out on top 41-38. One of these teams is championship caliber (USC), and the other would like to spoil their title dreams again (Texas).

                            Other Game
                            Delaware State at West Virginia (No National TV, 12:00 p.m.)

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                            • New Mexico at Boise State
                              September 12, 2017


                              The Mountain West has the Thursday Night spotlight this week in a matchup of two of the three teams that finished tied on top of the Mountain division last season. New Mexico and Boise State both enter Thursday night coming off disappointing losses last Saturday with this being a critical game to keep the season’s goals on track.

                              Match-up: New Mexico Lobos at Boise State Broncos
                              Venue: At Albertson’s Stadium in Boise, Idaho
                              Time/TV: Thursday, Sep. 14, 7:00 PM ET ESPN
                              Line: Boise State -15, Over/Under 58½
                              Last Meeting: 2016, at New Mexico, Boise State (-18) 49, New Mexico 21


                              Productive veteran quarterbacks entered the 2017 season leading Boise State and New Mexico with both teams hoping to build on successful 2016-17 seasons though with two of the least experienced teams in the conference. Wyoming went to the MWC title game last season, but Boise State and New Mexico finished with respectable 10 and 9 win seasons going 6-2 in league play for a three-way tie on top of the division. After opening week wins, both teams lost last week in tight games and there are questions at the quarterback position this week on both sides.

                              2016 Mountain West first team quarterback Brett Rypien played sparingly in last week’s loss to Washington State. Commentators speculated he was benched but later it was announced he suffered an undisclosed injury after taking a sack. Senior backup Montell Cozart provided a spark for the Broncos with a rushing and passing presence and the Broncos would take a 31-10 lead early in the fourth quarter vs. the nationally ranked Cougars. The lead melted away with a Cozart interception returned for a touchdown with about six minutes to go being a critical play. Rypien’s status will likely be unclear until game day and it could change the Broncos offensive look and game plan.

                              While Rypien will be the starter if healthy, the situation for New Mexico under center might be less firm. Senior Lamar Jordan started four games last season and rushed for over 800 yards while passing for nearly 700 yards for the Lobos. With the team falling behind last week against New Mexico State, freshman Tevaka Tuioti was given a chance and he led the Lobos to 23 fourth quarter points with the team failing on a two-point conversion that would have tied the game late in a 30-28 home loss to rival New Mexico State. Bob Davie has announced that Jordan will continue to start, but the temptation to give Tuioti another opportunity could be there if there are more struggles with difficult games ahead the next three weeks.

                              New Mexico rushed for 350 yards per game last season on 6.6 yards per carry, but this season the numbers are down significantly through two weeks despite what should have been two of the easier games on the schedule, averaging 217 yards on 5.6 yards per carry vs. FCS Abilene Christian and New Mexico State. With road games still remaining after this game at Tulsa, at Wyoming, at Texas A&M, and at San Diego State, it looks very unlikely that the Lobos will be able to improve in wins for a fourth straight season and the opportunity to get to a third straight bowl game will be in the balance the next few weeks.

                              In eight of the last 10 seasons, Boise State has won at least 10 games and the program has often been in the conversation about being a top team outside of the power 5 conferences. The Broncos have been surpassed by San Diego State as the Mountain West leaders the past two years and the opportunity for a New Year’s Day bowl game looks slim with difficult games remaining with Virginia, at BYU, at San Diego State, and at Colorado State. Bryan Harsin figures to be mentioned as a candidate for potential openings with a strong track record in three seasons in Boise State as well as a strong season at Arkansas State in 2013, but the program is not in as strong of a position as it was a few years ago.

                              While it didn’t matter last season, New Mexico figures to have a strong rushing edge in this matchup again. Even with Cozart adding over 100 yards on the ground from the quarterback position, the Broncos have gained just 3.5 yards per rush this season. An offensive line with three new starters appears likely to have a second straight disappointing season as the rushing averages for the Broncos have dropped each of the last two years. Senior Cedrick Wilson is on pace to be one of the top receivers in the conference with 13 catches and 212 yards this season as a big play threat for the Broncos.

                              Ultimately this game could come down to which team can handle the emotions of a difficult defeat on a short week. The Broncos always are a threat for an undefeated season and taking an early September loss could be a challenge though the Broncos have actually lost one of their first two games in now five of the last six seasons. For a New Mexico squad with a lot of key players missing from the best team the program has had in a nearly decade, losing twice in a row to a rival will sting. This could be a critical juncture in the season as the Lobos figure to be dogged in each of the next three games as a 1-4 start might become a reality for a program that has made great positive strides the last two years.

                              Last Season: A 4-0 nationally ranked Broncos squad that many pegged for a possible undefeated season went to Albuquerque on an early October Friday night and won with ease. After trading scores in the first quarter, the Broncos scored five consecutive touchdowns to take a 42-7 halftime lead. New Mexico added two scores in the final eight minutes to make the final score a bit more respectable and make for a bit of a deceptive box score with the Broncos only posting a 456-421 yardage edge, but with about half of that total for the Lobos coming on their final three possessions with the game out of reach. Brett Rypien had a huge game with nearly 400 yards passing and five touchdowns as the Broncos won and covered easily despite a 382-65 rushing edge for New Mexico with the only turnover of the game not leading to any points on a Hail Mary interception just before halftime.

                              Historical Trends:


                              -- These teams have met eight times since 1999 and in each of the last six seasons with Boise State winning seven of eight meetings but going just 3-5 ATS.

                              -- The last game in Boise featured a monumental upset for the Lobos, winning 31-24 as a +30½-point underdog and the Lobos had covered in every Mountain West meeting going back to 2011 until last season.

                              -- Boise State owns a 137-27 S/U mark at home since 1999 but a once amazing ATS record has deteriorated in recent years with the Broncos 13-29-1 ATS at home since 2010, including entering this game on a 0-9-1 ATS run the past 10 home games.

                              -- Since 2011, Boise State is on a 7-24-1 ATS run as a double-digit home favorite despite only losing S/U in four of those games.

                              -- Since Bob Davie took over in 2012, New Mexico is 28-37 S/U and 31-31-2 ATS heading into this game. In that span the Lobos are 16-11-2 ATS on the road and 21-18-2 ATS as an underdog, including 14-8-1 ATS as a double-digit underdog.

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                              • CFB Aug/Sept Best Bets: ( All Best Bets Based On 5 Units Per Play )

                                DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

                                09/14/2017 0-0-0 0.00% +0

                                09/09/2017 19-21-3 47.50% -20.50

                                09/08/2017 4-0-0 100.00% +20.00

                                09/07/2017 0-1-0 0.00% -5.50

                                09/04/2017 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50

                                09/03/2017 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50

                                09/02/2017 11-21-0 34.38% -60.50

                                09/01/2017 6-3-0 66.67% +13.50

                                08/31/2017 9-4-0 69.23% +23.00

                                08/26/2017 5-5-0 50.00% -2.50

                                Totals:..........58 - 57 - 3........50.43%....-23.50

                                BEST BETS WILL HAVE **********




                                THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

                                GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS

                                UNM at BSU 08:00 PM

                                BSU -14.5

                                U 58.5

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