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CFB Aug/Sept Best Bets: ( All Best Bets Based On 5 Units Per Play )
BEST BETS & OPINIONS

Aug/SeptTotals:.......154 - 145 - 9.....51.50%....-27.50

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Best Bets :........................ATS............TOTALS.... .............O/U................TOTALS

Aug/Sept Totals:...........41 -33 - 2...........+30.50...............13 - 18.............- 25.50

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DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

10/11/2017 0-2-0 0.00% -11.00
10/07/2017 19-32-1 36.73% -80.50
10/06/2017 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50
10/05/2017 2-0-0 100.00% +1000
10/04/2017 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50

Total..............25 - 36........40.98%.....- 72.50


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Best Bets :........................ATS............TOTALS.... .............O/U................TOTALS

10/11/2017......................0 - 1..............-5.50...................0 - 1.................-5.50
10/07/2017.....................11 - 15..........- 27.50..................0 - 3................-16.50
10/06/2017......................2 - 1.............+1.75...................3 - 1................+9.50
10/05/2017......................1 - 0.............+5.00...................1 - 0................+5.00
10/04/2017......................0 - 1..............-5.50...................1 - 0................+5.00

Totals..............................14 - 18...........-31.75.................5 - 5.................-2.50



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Nunez leads Louisiana by Texas State 24-7 in 1st start
October 12, 2017


LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) Andre Nunez threw for 232 yards and a touchdown in his first start for Louisiana, and the Ragin' Cajuns beat Texas State 24-7 on Thursday night.

Nunez, a junior walk-on from Iowa Western Community College, threw a lofted pass to Keenan Barnes in the corner of the end zone for an 8-yard score to cap the scoring with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Freshman Trey Ragas rushed for 73 yards and two touchdowns for Louisiana (3-3, 2-1 Sun Belt).

Ragas opened the scoring on Louisiana's first possession of the game by breaking two tackles on an 11-yard run up the middle. Two plays later, LaLaf Damar'ren Mitchell recovered a Texas State fumble near midfield and Ragas powered it in from the 2 for a 14-0 lead.

Chaiziere Malbrue's strip-sack and recovery led to Stevie Artigue's short field goal late in the third for a 17-7 lead.

Texas State (1-6, 0-3) backup quarterback Willie Jones III threw for 197 yards and added 58 yards on the ground.

The Bobcats' scoring drive in the third was setup by Jones' pass to Thurman Morbley for a 49-yard gain. Anthony D. Taylor capped it with a 1-yard run.
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Best Bets :........................ATS............TOTALS.... .............O/U................TOTALS

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10/12/2017 2-0-0 100.00% +10.00
10/11/2017 0-2-0 0.00% -11.00
10/07/2017 19-32-1 36.73% -80.50
10/06/2017 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50
10/05/2017 2-0-0 100.00% +1000
10/04/2017 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50

Total..............27 - 36........42.85%.....- 62.50


Best Bets:*****
Best Bets :........................ATS............TOTALS.... .............O/U................TOTALS

10/11/2017......................0 - 1..............-5.50...................0 - 1.................-5.50
10/07/2017.....................11 - 15..........- 27.50..................0 - 3................-16.50
10/06/2017......................2 - 1.............+1.75...................3 - 1................+9.50
10/05/2017......................1 - 0.............+5.00...................1 - 0................+5.00
10/04/2017......................0 - 1..............-5.50...................1 - 0................+5.00

Totals..............................14 - 18...........-31.75.................5 - 5.................-2.50
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NFL trends for this weekend:

— Cleveland is 3-12 vs spread in its last fifteen games.

— Chiefs covered 10 of their last 11 games.

— Denver is 6-1 vs spread in game after its last seven byes.

— Falcons are 10-20 vs spread in last 30 games as a favorite.

— Arizona is 3-13 vs spread in its last 16 games.

— Houston is 8-1 in last nine games as a non-divisional home favorite.

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Friday’s List of 13: Things I’m looking for this weekend……

Things I’m looking for this weekend……
13) 49ers are playing on road for third week in row; since 1997, underdogs are 23-34-1 vs spread if they’re on road for the 3rd week in a row.

12) LSU is honoring the 2007 national champs Saturday night, which means Les Miles will be in the house. Maybe if they ask him really nice, he’ll come back and coach the Bayou Bengals, who already have a 37-7 loss at Miss State and a home loss to Troy this season.

11) Dolphins are 2-2, despite scoring three offensive TD’s in four games; their OL coach being fired for alleged drug use, and their having played one home game so far. Miami visits Atlanta this week, a Falcon team coming off a bye— Falcons are 6-2 after their last eight byes.

10) TCU is the last unbeaten team in the Big X; Kansas State covered 9 of its last 11 tries as a home underdog, but they’re coming off an OT loss to Texas.

9) Giants lost 3 of their top 4 WR’s to injury last week, then suspended one of their best DB’s for four weeks after a sideline confrontation with the coach LW. Giants are a double digit underdog in Denver this week; an 0-6 start would have people calling for more heads to roll.

8) Coming off of wins over USC/Oregon, Washington State has a trap game in Berkeley, where the Golden Bears are 8-16 vs spread in last 24 games as a home underdog.

7) Chiefs are rolling at 5-0, but they lost twice to Pittsburgh LY. Roethlisberger is coming off one of the worst games of his career (5 INT’s vs Jaguars). Can Steelers bounce back here?

6) Last three Oklahoma-Texas games were all decided by 7 or less points, with Longhorns 4-0 vs spread in last four series games. Texas State Fair is the backdrop for this historic rivalry, with Sooners coming off a loss to Iowa State. when they were favored by 31 points.

5) It is Week 6 and Bills-Patriots-Jets are all tied atop AFC East, at 3-2. Buffalo has the week off, so winning of Patriot-Jet game is atop AFC East by himself. Jets won their last three games, but can their offense put up points against a struggling New England defense?

4) San Diego State is 6-0 and Boise State is in the rare situation of being a road underdog in a Mountain West game. Broncos are 37-18 vs spread in last 55 road games, but they were favored in vast majority of those games. Aztecs are 29-13-1 vs spread in their last 43 conference games.

3) Cleveland Browns passed on Deshaun Watson not once, but twice in LY’s draft; you think he remembers (undoubtedly, he does)? Texans scored 124 points in their last three games. Browns were held to 18 or less points in four of their five games.

2) Florida State is 1-6 for the first time since 1976, when I was a senior in HS and Bobby Bowden was in his first year as the Seminoles’ coach. FSU lost to Miami last week for the first time in eight years— can they win here and get their season jumpstarted?

1) Minnesota is 14-5 vs spread in its last 19 home games they beat Packers in Green Bay’s first visits to the Vikings’ new dome LY. Packers are playing their third dome game in six weeks to start the season; they’re 8-3 vs spread in their last 11 games.
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The Dozen: Pac-12's South Show
October 12, 2017


The second Saturday in October delivered a pair of upsets few saw coming. Iowa State took down Oklahoma despite starting a quarterback that has been a backup all season, sprinkling in a backup who had previously switched to linebacker. Michigan falling to Michigan State wasn't as big a shocker given the rivalry factor, but the Wolverines saw their national title hopes go up in smoke against a young Spartans team nowhere near as polished as others Mark Dantonio has assembled in East Lansing. This week's top matchups feature dangerous games for national contenders.

1. Utah at USC:
Both of these schools suffered their first loss last week, which means the Pac-12's only undefeated teams reside in the state of Washington and play in the North Division. These two remain the favorites to claim the South and ultimately get back to a conference championship game. Potentially, a spot in the four-team playoff remains possible for the Trojans despite their Friday night loss to Washington State two weeks ago.

Sam Darnold rebounded from a rough outing by throwing for 328 yards and three scores in a 38-10 rout of Oregon State where they were up double-digits for the final 53:11. The Utes squandered opportunities to really capture national attention by taking down Stanford to come into this one undefeated. Although Utah's defense did a nice job against Heisman hopeful Bryce Love, holding him to "just" 152 yards, its offense couldn't punch it in the end zone on an 11-play drive and a 15-play drive, paying for settling for field goals by losing 23-20. They now have to respond in the Los Angelses Coliseum as Utah plays its first game of the season outside its home state. Kyle Whittingham has defeated the Trojans in two of the last three seasons and will definitely have a great game plan in store for Darnold, who is under pressure to demonstrate he can continue to put up prolific numbers while taking better care of the football.

Utah QB Tyler Huntley will start if he's able to, but Whittingham called him a "maybe" on Wednesday and had senior Troy Williams and Alabama transfer Cooper Bateman vying to start in splitting practice reps. Huntley will likely be a game-time decision after leaving the Sept. 22 road game at Arizona and returning with is arm in a sling. Williams squandered a lot of chances last week, while Bateman has yet to play. USC should have right tackle Chuma Edoga back in the lineup.

2. Auburn at LSU:
One of the projected games of the year isn't quite what it was expected to be due to the early losses LSU suffered and the fact Auburn was so soundly beaten soundly at Clemson. Both do come off victories and feature talented defenses filled with players who are going to proceed to the next level. This battle of Tigers also features at least one national title contender since Auburn gets to host Georgia and Alabama in November, which means it essentially controls its own destiny if it can avoid a second loss. After an uninspiring start that included a 24-10 home win against FCS lightweight Mercer, Gus Malzahn's team has beaten Mizzou, Mississippi State and Ole Miss by a combined margin of 144-47.

Head coach Ed Orgeron's seat in Baton Rouge grew scalding hot following a Homecoming loss to Troy, but his Tigers went on the road last week and pulled out a victory over Florida. This is definitely a crossroads game for his staff and young roster, who will now put their goods on display against the most talented opponent they've seen to date. The home team has won 15 of 17 in the series, so Auburn is going to have to overcome a rough history at Tiger Stadium to keep its championship dreams alive. It hasn't won there since 1999, but is favored in Baton Rouge for the first time this century. QB Jarrett Stidham has thrown five TD passes since throwing his last interception on Sept. 16. He threw for just 79 yards in the loss at Clemson, so getting him off to a strong start on the road should be a major focus. Kerryon Johnson, who has scored 11 TDs over the past three weeks, will remain Auburn's top RB ahead of the injured Kammryn Pettway, who has carried only once since injuring his ankle on Sept. 16.

3. Georgia Tech at Miami (FL): Malik Rosier found fellow junior Darrell Langham on the final pass he was going to throw in regulation against Florida State in Tallahassee. If it was incomplete, the plan was to send one of the nation's most effective kickers out for the game-tying field goal. Instead, Langham caught it, reached for the goal line and was ruled to have crossed it before his knee hit. Replays proved too inconclusive to overturn the ruling on the field, which rightfully prevailed and the touchdown was deemed good. Miami won and covered as a road favorite, snapping a seven-game losing streak in the rivalry as FSU's disastrous season continued.

This matchup was originally expected to be played on Thursday night, but the ACC moved it back to Saturday because the 'Canes would've been put at too great a disadvantage playing just days after what was originally scheduled to be a day off but instead wound up being the date for the matchup with the Seminoles to be rescheduled for following the Sept. 16 cancellation due to Hurricane Irma. The Yellow Jackets will still be the more rested team since they haven't played since dominating North Carolina on Sept. 30, but at least Miami won't have to turn around and play a mid-week game. Considering UM has to replace top rusher Mark Walton, who is now out for the season after ankle surgery, this is going to be a huge challenge given the lack of preparation time for the fairly unique offense Georgia Tech runs. Sophomore Travis Homer is expected to get the first crack at replacing Walton. Three other starters, OL Navaugh Donaldson, S Sheldrick Redwine and CB Dee Delaney will all miss this game for Miami, testing its depth.

Both teams top the ACC's Coastal Division at 2-0, so the winner here moves into the driver's seat to secure a spot opposite Clemson or N.C. State in December's conference championship game. Miami has won seven of eight meetings in the series, losing in Atlanta in 2014. This will be Georgia Tech's first true road game. It is 1-6 in these over the last two seasons. The 'Canes are beginning a stretch where they'll play five of six games at Hard Rock Stadium, with Virginia Tech, Notre Dame and Virginia all coming to town next month.

4. Oklahoma vs. Texas: This year's installment of the Red River Rivalry would've topped this list if not for what transpired in Norman last Saturday. Iowa State had lost 18 consecutive games against the Sooners and was a 31-point underdog considering its starting QB had walked away from the team abruptly, citing medical reasons, before what promised to be their toughest road game of the season. There's no way to deny that Oklahoma was caught looking ahead to this annual showdown in Dallas, which is where they've grown most accustomed to blowing undefeated seasons, having dropped games to the unranked Longhorns in two of the last four years.

Texas has lost to Maryland and USC already and narrowly avoided coming into this one under .500 by rallying to hold off Kansas State in double-OT on Saturday night. This matchup will feature coaches tasting this rivalry game for the first time in the head seat with Tom Herman and Lincoln Riley squaring off. Two first-year head coaches haven't squared off in this series since 1947. Oklahoma dropped from third to No. 12 in the AP poll and has its work cut out for it to try and get back in the college football playoff mix. Former Heisman favorite Baker Mayfield had a rough second half against the Cyclones, contributing to OU's demise by leading only one drive that ended in a touchdown over the game's final 30 minutes. He's thrown 15 touchdown passes and has yet to be picked off this season, but failed to generate a play longer than 30 yards against Iowa State. The Austin native has only defeated the Longhorns once in three tries, losing as a true freshman at Texas Tech and splitting a pair of matchups while at OU. He accounted for four TDs in last season's 45-40 win.

Texas true freshman QB Sam Ehlinger passed for over 300 yards and ran for over 100 to spark the comeback win over K-State, continuing to separate himself in the race for snaps between the many talented options Texas has at the position. Although Shane Buechele was listed as a potential starter, look for Ehlinger to get the nod. A head-to-head matchup against Mayfield offers him an opportunity to remove all doubt, not to mention moving to 3-0 in Big 12 play before Oklahoma State arrives in Austin for another showdown.

5 TCU at Kansas State: With the Sooners favored over the Longhorns, there's a good chance that the Horned Frogs will be the only undefeated team in Big 12 play when Saturday's action is in the books. To make it happen, they'll need to find a way to survive this trip to Manhattan, something they managed to do in 2015 on a 55-yard score with 1:10 remaining to win 52-45. The Wildcats won in Fort Worth 30-6 in last year's regular-season finale and have prevailed in three of five games in the series since TCU joined the conference. Gary Patterson is a K-State alum who gets mentioned as a potential successor to the legendary Bill Snyder, but that doesn't seem likely given the success he's managed at TCU, especially since he survived a lull and appears headed for a third season with double-digit wins in four years.

K-State senior starter Jesse Ertz is dealing a knee issue that has lingered all season, so sophomore backup QB Alex Delton is expected to get the start. Ertz is tough and a solid field general, but the speedy Delton is a dynamic runner, coming off a two-touchdown game against Texas. He's not the passer Ertz is, so we'll see if the Horned Frogs can capitalize and force Kansas State to be one-dimensional. The Wildcats are hoping to take out a Top-10 team for the first time since '06. TCU senior QB Kenny Hill became the fourth player in Big 12 history to score TDs via pass, catch and run in Saturday's 31-24 win over West Virginia.

6. Oregon at Stanford:
Love legitimately has a chance to win the Heisman trophy despite his Cardinal already having suffered a pair of losses. He's already run for 1,240 yards, but it's key that he performs well to help Stanford take care of business against the banged up Ducks here since a bye week is up next and immense games against Washington State, Washington and Notre Dame will keep him in the national spotlight in November. Stanford still controls its destiny in the North Division and can drop Oregon to 1-3. The Pac-12 is monitoring potential air quality issues due to the awful wildfires that have spread in the area.

If the game isn't affected, the Cardinal will have to overcome the absence of DT Harrison Phillips and LB Peter Kalambayi, who were each tossed in the final few minutes of the win at Utah. First-year Ducks head coach Willie Taggart, who came up as a Stanford assistant before leaving the conference for head coaching stints at WKU and USF, returns to the Farm with a true freshman starting quarterback making his road debut. With Justin Herbert out a few more weeks with a broken collarbone, Braxton Burmeister will get the call as he looks to improve from a rough first outing in a 33-10 home loss to Washington State. Getting top WR Charles Nelson back from an ankle injury should help his chances of finding a rhythm. Stanford won last season's game 52-27, snapping a two-game losing streak in the series.

7. Navy at Memphis:
The Midshipmen avoided what would've been a devastating loss to Air Force, scoring on a Zach Abey TD pass to Tyler Carmona with 16 seconds left. Navy had led most of the afternoon before a stunning Falcons comeback in front of the largest crowd at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. There may be a hangover here given the emotion expended in the win, and it doesn't help that this will be the Academy's toughest road game to date.

Abey ranks second in the country in rushing yards per game (174) behind Stanford's Love (206.7), racking up 870 yards, by far the most among quarterbacks. His ability to dominate running the triple option has been the driving force behind the 5-0 start, but the Middies are about to be tested through the air by Memphis' Riley Ferguson here and UCF's McKenzie Milton next week as they get the two most prolific passing attacks on their schedule back-to-back. Navy has won consecutive games in this series the past two years, scoring over 40 each time. The Middies spoiled the Tigers' 8-0 start on their last visit in '15 and have rushed for over 900 yards combined in the two wins.

Despite being winless against Navy since it joined the American, Memphis is favored. They've got a number of key defensive players out but hope to have LB Curtis Akins and DT O'Bryan Goodson available to help slow down the triple option.

8. Boise State at San Diego State: If the Aztecs win this one, an undefeated regular-season would be a near certainty if they stay healthy. Their remaining road games will come in Honolulu and San Jose, while the toughest team to come through town based on what we've seen so far will be New Mexico, which rolls in for the regular-season finale post-Thanksgiving. With wins over Arizona State, Stanford, Air Force and NIU already in their pocket, they could end up as the highest-ranked "Group of Five" team if the USF-UCF winner doesn't wind up undefeated.

These teams haven't played since 2014, and in that time San Diego State has won consecutive Mountain West Championship games, replacing the Broncos as the conference power. Boise State suffered only their second loss on the blue turf in a 43-game span back in 2012 and is just 2-2 against SDSU all-time. Center Mason Hampton missed the team's last game, adding to a lack of cohesion up front since the offensive line has had to juggle pieces all season. The defense will have to key on containing Aztecs star RB Rashaad Penny, who ranks second behind Love with 993 rushing yards, scoring nine touchdowns.

9. Texas Tech at West Virginia:
These teams are each enjoying strong seasons and have played at an extremely high level. The Red Raiders are 4-0-1 against the number, while the Mountaineers have lost 31-24 decisions against Virginia Tech and TCU and scored 56 or more points in blowout wins against overmatched East Carolina, Delaware State and Kansas. The winner of this avoids a second Big 12 loss and gets to hang around in what looks like a wide open Big 12 race.

Kliff Kingsbury defeated West Virginia in Morgantown in his first season on the Red Raiders' first trip into town but hasn't beaten his old coach Dana Holgorsen's team since, dropping three straight. Holgorsen was on the offensive staff at Texas Tech when Kingsbury was the school's quarterback nearly two decades ago. It's Homecoming week for the Mountaineers, who will wear throwback gold uniforms as they aim to bounce back from their loss in Fort Worth. The Red Raiders are nationally-ranked for the first time since '13 but are a slight underdog on the road. Both offenses are capable of putting up big numbers, so look for the play of QBs Nic Shimonek and Will Grier to decide things.

10. Ohio State at Nebraska:
For the second straight week, the 'Huskers are a dobule-digit home underdog, which is going over as well as you might expect around that proud program in Lincoln. The 24 points the Buckeyes are laying makes them the heaviest road favorite ever to take the field at Memorial Stadium. Whether that speaks more of what the books think of Nebraska's current team or their respect for the Buckeyes as a bully is a worthy debate topic but the facts are that NU is 0-4 against the spread at home this season, while Ohio State has defeated each of its five victims by 28 more points, dropping its last two, Rutgers and Maryland, by a combined margin of 118-14.

Nebraska lost 38-17 against Wisconsin, surrendering the final 21 points after wearing down on the defensive front. The Buckeyes won last season's game in Columbus 62-3 as a 17-point favorite, but this is only their second-ever trip to Lincoln, where the 'Huskers hadn't lost a home night game since 2008 prior to last week. Urban Meyer's Ohio State teams have averaged 62.5 points in their two victories over NU, which won 34-27 in 2011 the only time it hosted a game in this series.

11. Washington at Arizona State:
The Huskies are right there with Penn State, Alabama, Georgia and Clemson among the country's top ranked scoring defenses, surrendering 10.2 points per game. They have won road games at Rutgers, Colorado and Oregon State, who are a combined 5-12 and have yet to win in conference play in its respective leagues. As a result, we won't really know how seriously to take this team until after their bye week.

This will be Washington's final game before it settles in for a season-defining stretch against the Pac-12's most talented teams not named USC. This also happens to be their next-to-last true road game, played against a Sun Devils team that had won 10 straight in the series before last season's 44-18 defeat. The Huskies haven't won in Tempe since 2001 and will count on their defense to hold down a speedy ASU offense that helped take down Oregon in its last home game on Sept. 23.

12. Clemson at Syracuse:
Junior QB Kelly Bryant rolled his ankle in last Saturday's win over Wake Forest, and although there had been no update on his availability for Friday night's road game at the Carrier Dome until late in the week, he's finally been cleared to start. Bryant is the team's leading rusher and has accounted for 11 touchdowns.

Backups Zerrick Cooper and Hunter Johnson each played against the Demon Deacons, with Johnson completing all five of his passes and throwing for a touchdown, but Dabo Swinney hopes to be able to rely on his veteran presence on the road. The Orange have already danced with a few big boys in losing on the road at LSU and NC State, covering each time by hanging within single-digits as a double-figure underdog. Coming off a 27-24 home win over Pitt, Syracuse is attempting to win consecutive games for only the second time under Dino Babers. It did upset nationally-ranked Virginia Tech at home last season as a 20-point 'dog.

Others: Purdue at Wisconsin, Washington State at Cal, NC State at Pittsburgh, Texas A&M at Florida, UCLA at Arizona, Michigan State at Minnesota, Florida State at Duke, Vanderbilt at Ole Miss, BYU at Mississippi State, Baylor at Oklahoma State, Arkansas at Alabama, Missouri at Georgia.
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Friday's Tip Sheet
October 12, 2017


**Clemson at Syracuse**

-- As of late Thursday night, most betting shops had Clemson (6-0 straight up, 4-2 against the spread) installed as a 23-point favorite with a total of 57.5. The ‘Cuse was available on the money line for a 10/1 return (risk $100 to win $1,000).

-- With Oklahoma falling at home last week to 31-point underdog Iowa State, Clemson now owns the nation’s longest winning streak at 11 games. Dabo Swinney’s squad owns wins vs. Kent State (56-3), vs. Auburn (14-6), at Louisville (47-21), vs. Boston College (34-7), at Virginia Tech (31-17) and vs. Wake Forest (28-14).

-- Clemson failed to cover the number in last week’s 28-14 over Wake Forest at Death Valley. The Demon Deacons took the cash as 21-point road underdogs, while the 42 combined points stayed ‘under’ the 50.5-point total. The Tigers actually moved ahead of the number early in the fourth quarter on Hunter Johnson’s 13-yard scoring strike to Canon Smith for a 28-0 advantage. However, Wake Forest responded with a 16-yard TD throw from Kendall Hinton to Scotty Washington to trim the deficit – and pull even on the spread – to 21 with 8:32 remaining. Then with 2:28 left, Hinton found Cam Serigne for an 11-yard TD pass to give the Deacs the backdoor cover.

-- Clemson junior QB Kelly Bryant exited the Wake game with an ankle injury in the third quarter. Nevertheless, he’s been upgraded to ‘probable’ and will get the starting nod at the Carrier Dome. Bryant completed 21-of-29 passes vs. Wake for 200 yards with one TD and one interception. He ran for 39 yards on 12 attempts. Johnson, the true freshman who was a five-star recruit, completed all five of his throws for 42 yards and one TD without a pick. Another true freshman, RB Travis Etienne, rushed for 67 yards and one TD on 15 carries, while Hunter Renfrow had six catches for 61 yards.

-- For the season, Bryant has connected on 67.3 percent of his passes for 1,259 yards with a 4/4 TD-INT ratio. He has rushed for a team-high 401 yards and seven TDs with a 4.1 yards-per-carry average. Etienne is the team’s second-leading rusher with 378 yards, five TDs and an 8.2 YPC average. Ray-Ray McCloud has 26 receptions for 291 yards and one TD, while Renfrow has 29 grabs for 282 yards.

-- Clemson’s defense is ranked eighth in the nation in total defense, fifth in scoring defense (11.3 PPG), 15th against the pass and 13th versus the run.

-- Clemson is 2-0 ATS as a road ‘chalk’ this season, 14-16 in its last 30 such spots going back to the start of the 2009 campaign.

-- Syracuse (3-3 SU, 3-2-1 ATS) has won three of four home games while going 1-2-1 ATS. This is the Orange’s first game as a home underdog this season. They are 1-4 ATS in five games as home ‘dogs since Dino Babers took over.

-- Syracuse has covered the spread at a 3-0-1 ATS clip in its last four outings. The Orange pushed its way past Pittsburgh last week in a 27-24 triumph as a three-point home ‘chalk.’ The 51 combined points stayed ‘under’ the 63-point tally. Junior QB Eric Dungey was the catalyst, completing 33-of-49 passes for 365 yards and two TDs without an interception. He also rushed 12 times for 48 yards and one TD. True freshman TE Ravian Pierce hauled in nine receptions for 99 yards, while Steve Ishmael had five catches for 97 yards and one TD.

-- Dungey has completed 64.1 percent of his throws for 1,802 yards with a 9/4 TD-INT ratio. He has seven TD passes compared to two interceptions in the ‘Cuse’s four home outings. Dungey has legs as well, evidenced by his team-best 325 rushing yards for eight TDs with a 4.1 YPC average. Dungey has a pair of elite wideouts in Ishmael and Ervin Philips. Ishmael has 56 catches for 729 yards and three TDs, while Philips has 52 receptions for 475 yards and two TDs.

-- Babers’s squad is 1-1 in ACC play, defeating Pitt and dropping a 33-25 decision at N.C. State the previous week. The Orange did rally for a backdoor cover as a 14-point underdog at N.C. State, though. The week before, the ‘Cuse gave LSU all it wanted – just as it did at the Carrier Dome two seasons ago – in a 35-26 setback as a 21.5-point puppy.

-- Syracuse’s results in its first three games looked like this: 50-7 home win over Central Connecticut, 30-23 home loss to Middle Tennessee (before Brent Stockstill and Richie James went down with injuries) and a 41-17 home win over Central Michigan.

-- The ‘under’ is 5-1 overall for the ‘Cuse, 4-0 in its home contests. The Orange have seen its game average combined scores of 56.3 PPG.

-- The ‘under’ is 4-2 overall for the Tigers, 1-1 in their road assignments. They’ve seen their games average combined scores of 46.3 PPG.

-- Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Eastern at the Carrier Dome on ESPN.

**Washington State at California**

-- As of Thursday night, most books had Washington State (6-0 SU, 4-2 ATS) listed as a 15-point road favorite with a total of 54. The Golden Bears were +475 on the money line (risk $100 to win $475).

-- Washington State won its first five games at home vs. Montana State (31-0), vs. Boise State (44-41 in triple OT), vs. Nevada (45-7), vs. Oregon State (52-23) and vs. USC (30-27). The Cougars went on the road for the first time last week to collect a 33-10 win at Oregon as 1.5-point road faves for their third straight triumph over the Ducks. As usual, senior QB Luke Falk was money, completing 24-of-42 passes for 282 yards and three TDs without an interception. Gerard Wicks rushed seven times for a team-best 58 yards, while Kyle Sweet had seven catches for 86 yards.

-- Falk has completed 71.8 percent of his passes for 2,000 yards with a 19/2 TD-INT ratio. Taveres Martin Jr. has 34 receptions for 464 yards and seven TDs. Four other WRs have at least 283 receiving yards. Jamal Morrow has run for a team-high 288 yards and two TDs while averaging 7.8 YPC. He also has 23 catches for 179 yards and five TDs. James Williams has run for 230 yards and one TD, in addition to catching 41 balls for 290 yards and three TDs.

-- Washington State owns a 2-4 spread record in six games as a road favorite during Mike Leach’s six-year tenure.

-- California (3-3 SU, 3-3 ATS) has the advantage in this game from a situational standpoint. What I mean by that is WSU – just like USC when it came to Pullman (and lost as a favorite) two Fridays ago – is on the road on a short week and getting on an airplane for a second straight week.

-- Justin Wilcox’s first team in Berkeley raced out to a 3-0 record with wins at North Carolina (35-30), vs. Weber State (33-20) and vs. Ole Miss (27-16). Since then, however, Cal has dropped three in a row and has failed to cover the spread its last two times out. In the first defeat, the Golden Bears committed six turnovers in a 30-20 home loss to USC. They led for a good chunk of the game and were defeated due to their own miscues. Nevertheless, they covered the number as 16.5-point ‘dogs thanks to a late score for the backdoor cover. (To be clear, however, Cal was ahead of the number almost the entire game, so the backdoor is a bit misleading)

-- After losing to USC, Cal went to Eugene and took a 45-24 loss at Oregon as a 17-point road underdog. The 69 points elevated ‘over’ the 66-point total. Then last week at Washington, the Huskies put it on Cal by a 38-7 count as 28.5-point home ‘chalk.’ Cal’s defense put up a fight, but the offense was abysmal in generating merely 93 yards of offense. The ground game produced…..minus 40 yards on 26 attempts!

-- Cal has compiled a 2-0 spread record with one outright victory in a pair of home ‘dog spots since Wilcox took over (this year, obviously).

-- Mike Leach teams have always been known for its offense and this squad is no different – ranking 23rd in the nation in total offense, third in passing, and 20th in scoring (39.7 PPG). What’s different about this Leach-coached club is a shockingly stout defense, one that’s ranked 11th in the country in total defense, sixth in pass defense and 23rd in scoring ‘D’ (18.5 PPG).

-- The ‘under’ is 4-2 overall for the Golden Bears, 3-0 in their home games. They’ve seen their games average combined scores of 54.2 PPG.

-- The ‘under’ is 4-2 overall for the Cougars, 1-0 in their lone road outing. They’ve seen their games average combined scores of 58.2 PPG.

-- I’ve said that BYU is the nation’s most disappointing team for several weeks now. In terms of individual players, how disappointed must Cal fans be in its sophomore WRs, Marquise Stovall and Demetris Robertson? Both enjoyed stellar freshman campaigns after headlining Sonny Dykes’s final recruiting class at the school. Robertson was a 5-star recruit out of Savannah, Georgia, while Stovall was a four-star get for Dykes. Robertson had 50 receptions for 767 yards and seven TDs in 2016, while Stovall produced 42 catches for 415 yards and three TDs. This year, however, Robertson hasn’t touched the field and has been ruled out for the season. Ditto for Stovall, who had merely seven catches for 70 yards in limited action.

-- When these teams met last season, Washington St. captured a 56-21 win as a 17-point home ‘chalk.’ The 77 combined points slithered ‘under’ the 78-point total. Falk completed 36-of-50 passes for 373 yards and five TD with one interception. Wicks rushed for 128 yards and one TD on nine attempts, while Williams ran for 80 yards and one TD on 12 carries.

-- ESPN will provide the telecast at 10:30 p.m. Eastern from Berkeley.

**B.E.’s Bonus Nuggets**

-- Kansas State QB Jesse Ertz is ‘out’ vs. TCU due to a knee injury. Ertz has completed 55.0 percent of his passes for 930 passing yards with a 7/3 TD-INT ratio. He has also run for 336 yards and three TDs with a 5.2 YPC average.

-- Pittsburgh QB Max Browne went down with a shoulder injury last week that required season-ending surgery to end his collegiate career. The 2013 five-star recruit to USC had a disappointing career, although he was playing decent for a bad team under Pat Narduzzi.

-- Miami (OH) star QB Gus Ragland (12/4 TD-INT) is listed as ‘doubtful’ at Kent State this week. The Golden Flashes lost starting QB Nick Holley in Week 2 and since then, their offense has been absolutely atrocious. They’ve scored 19 points in the last four games to – obviously!!! – result in four straight thunder ‘unders.’ The total is 41.5 for this MAC showdown.

-- Southern Cal continues to deal with injuries galore ahead of this week’s showdown vs. Utah at the Coliseum. Most important, star WR Deontay Burnett is a question mark with turf toe. Burnett has 41 receptions for 577 yards and six TDs this season.

-- The ‘under’ is a perfect 6-0 for Akron, which has won back-to-back games and covered the number in three consecutive outings.
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October 12, 2017


SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey was helpless last October as he watched Clemson dismantle the Orange in convincing fashion, a 54-0 beatdown just another step on the way to a national championship.

Dungey was knocked out of that game in the first quarter after a hit to the helmet and missed the rest of the season. Healthy again, he's anxious to show what he and the Orange offense can do when the second-ranked Tigers (6-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) visit the Carrier Dome on Friday night.

''I'm looking forward to having Clemson come into the dome,'' Dungey said. ''It's not much fun watching from the sidelines. I'm happy with the team and the confidence the team has been getting.''

Syracuse (3-3, 1-1) is coming off a home win over Pittsburgh . That was a big step toward gaining bowl eligibility and boosted confidence that had sagged after an unexpected home setback to Middle Tennessee and consecutive road losses to LSU and North Carolina State.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has taken note as he ponders a Friday the 13th matchup.

''They're very capable of beating us, no question about it,'' Swinney said. ''They're a much improved football team from last year. We just jumped on them last year and got up. Their quarterback got hurt, and the game got away pretty quickly, but we expect a hard-fought, four-quarter battle going up there.

''They'll be excited for this matchup, at night, at home versus Clemson.''

Syracuse has relied heavily on Dungey and his receivers to move the ball, and they'll have to continue to excel if the Orange hope to pull off an upset. Steve Ishmael has 56 catches for 729 yards to lead the nation in both categories, sidekick Ervin Philips has 52 receptions for 475 yards, and Dungey has thrown for nine touchdowns and rushed for eight more.

''He's a playmaker, man,'' Clemson linebacker Kendall Joseph said of Dungey. ''When he has space he can really make something happen.''

The game will mark the ninth time since the inception of the Associated Press poll in 1936 that the Orange have played the defending national champion, and they've only won twice - Penn State in 1987 and Michigan in 1998.

Clemson is on an 11-game winning streak, the longest active streak in the nation, has won a school-record 12 straight on an opponent's home field, and is 4-0 against the Orange since Syracuse joined the ACC.

''The odds are against us, but we'll be there Friday night,'' Orange coach Dino Babers said. ''We'll see what happens.''

Other things to know when No. 2 Clemson plays at Syracuse on Friday night:

BRYANT'S BACK:
Clemson QB Kelly Bryant sprained his left ankle last week against Wake Forest, left the game in the third quarter, and was limited in practice early this week. Swinney said Bryant likely will start, but backups Zerrick Cooper, a redshirt freshman, and freshman Hunter Johnson are ready if needed.

THIRD DOWN SHUTDOWN: The Orange defense ranks sixth nationally and third in the ACC in third-down conversion percentage defense (24.7), and it's tied for third nationally in defensive three-and-outs, averaging 6.5 per game.

Against these Tigers, it might not matter.

''When you play a team like that, you can stop them on third down but they can go explosive on you on first and second down,'' Babers said. ''These guys are faster than us. If they get out there, we're not going to catch them. We can't let them get out there.''

CLUTCH RECEIVERS:
When Clemson needs to pick up a first down on third down, it looks to receiver Hunter Renfrow. The junior wideout has a team-high 29 catches this season, 10 on third-down plays that went for first downs. That's the fourth-best total in the country, with the national leader lining up against Clemson this week in Syracuse's Philips. Philips has 16 third-down catches, 11 going for first downs.

DEFENSE RULES:
Clemson is ranked eighth nationally in total defense, limiting opponents to an average of 264.3 yards per game. More significantly, the Tigers have given up just eight touchdowns all season and no team has scored more than seven points against them through three periods.

COME ONE, COME SOMEBODY: Since the heady days of Donovan McNabb and Dwight Freeney two decades ago, Syracuse has struggled at the gate at home. After Syracuse joined the ACC in 2013, Clemson was the first league foe to visit the Carrier Dome and the game drew 48,961 fans, just shy of a sellout. That's the second-best turnout of this century at the Orange's indoor home, eclipsed only by the 49,033 that turned out for Virginia Tech in 2000. Clemson won its second visit to the dome two years ago, 37-27, and only 36,736 showed up to see the top-ranked team in the nation.
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October 12, 2017


BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) The fast start to the season under first-year California coach Justin Wilcox is a distant memory.

Three straight losses against some stiffer competition after a perfect nonconference slate made sure of that. The task only gets harder this week when the Golden Bears (3-3, 0-3 Pac-12) try to snap their skid Friday night while hosting No. 8 Washington State (6-0, 3-0) in their third game against a top 10 team in four weeks.

''We're just trying to come back,'' quarterback Ross Bowers said. ''Whatever bad habits we formed these past three weeks, we're trying to get out of them and get back to our goals. We're trying to get back to the win column and do all the little things right during the week.''

The Bears opened the season with wins over North Carolina, Weber State and Mississippi before dropping games to No. 5 Southern California, Oregon and No. 6 Washington in a grueling stretch of the schedule that continues this week.

''We appreciate the hard work and the effort they're giving,'' Wilcox said. ''Unfortunately that doesn't win games. You need it. You can't win without it. We have to go out and perform better. There's a lot to go into that. Everyone has a role in it.''

The Cougars have performed quite well so far this season and are off to their best start since winning their first seven games in 2001. Led by prolific quarterback Luke Falk and an improved defense, coach Mike Leach's squad has the school holding its highest ranking in 14 years.

But Washington State still has much loftier goals in its sights.

''As happy as we are with six wins, it's only six wins and it really gets us nowhere,'' linebacker Dylan Hanser said. ''It will be a lot better when we get the next six.''

Here are some other things to watch:

FABULOUS FALK:
After arriving at Washington State as a walk-on, Cougars QB Luke Falk will leave as one of the most productive passers in Pac-12 history. He has thrown for 12,893 yards with 108 touchdowns for his college career, setting school records for career TD passes, passing yardage and total offense. He is eight TD passes behind conference record-holder Matt Barkley of USC and this week can break the school record for wins by a QB (24) held by Jason Gesser.

''It's pretty cool to tie a guy who did such great things for our program here,'' Falk said.

BOWERS BOOST: Bowers has struggled against top competition so far this season, throwing four INTs in a loss to Southern California and throwing for just 80 yards last week at Washington. He has completed 55.9 percent of his passes this season and has already thrown eight INTs. But Wilcox is sticking by his QB for at least one more week.

''Ross did some good things. He's just got to be more consistent in his play,'' Wilcox said. ''That goes for everybody.''

LEACH ABOVE .500:
Last weekend's victory at Oregon gave Washington State's Leach a record of 35-34 in his sixth year in Pullman. Leach has also taken the Cougars to three bowl games.

LATE KICKOFFS: Leach doesn't have a problem with late kickoffs like this week's 7:30 p.m. start. A night owl, Leach is more upset by morning kickoffs. He also disputes the notion that night games hurt West Coast teams that are hoping to get into the College Football Playoff or get their players national exposure when it comes to the biggest awards.

''I've been to the East Coast. The bars there don't close till 4 a.m. because they're planning to stay up late,'' Leach said.
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Clemson QB Bryant (ankle) will probably play here, but Tigers have bye next week, so they’re not going to put him in harm’s way here, if they can help it. Clemson is 4-0 vs Syracuse in ACC play after LY’s 54-0 beatdown (565-277 TY); they’ve won 37-27 (-30.5), 49-14 (-14) in two trips to central NY. Tigers have road wins at Louisville/Va Tech by 47-21/31-17 scores; they’re 6-9 in last 15 games as a road favorite (2-0 this year). Under Babers, Syracuse is 1-4 vs spread as a home underdog; their losses this year are by 7-9-8 points (2-0 vs spread as an underdog).

Washington State is off wins over USC/Oregon, has to guard against letdown here; Coogs hammered Cal 56-21 (-16.5) LY, after losing 10 of previous 11 meetings with the Golden Bears. Wazzu lost five of last six visits to Berkeley (dogs 4-2 vs spread). WSU is 6-0, winning 33-10 at Oregon in only road game; they’re 2-4 as road favorites under Leach. Cal lost 45-24 to Oregon two weeks ago; they lost last three games, allowed 83 points in last two. Golden Bears covered their last three games as a home underdog- under is 3-1 in their last four games.
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Friday, October 13


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Friday's NCAAF Game of the Day: Clemson at Syracuse
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Clemson Tigers at Syracuse Orange (+22.5, 56.5)

With quarterback Kelly Bryant wearing a walking boot following Clemson’s win over Wake Forest last week and a short week looming, the Tigers had reason for concern. Bryant returned to practice Monday, though, and coach Dabo Swinney expects him to start when the No. 2 Tigers travel to Syracuse for an ACC matchup Friday night.

Bryant injured his ankle during the third quarter of Clemson’s 28-14 home win over Wake Forest last Saturday - the Tigers’ 11th straight win and 37th in 39 games. Clemson has an open date next week before a tough stretch in which they’ll face Georgia Tech and Florida State at home with a trip to North Carolina State sandwiched between. "We've had a tough little stretch here through the first six games and got another one this week,” Swinney told reporters. “We're looking forward to the open date afterward, but our focus is really on trying to empty our tank this week and sprint into this open date and play our best game Friday night.” Clemson has won all four meetings since Syracuse joined the ACC, including a 54-0 rout last season, but the Orange have made a huge turnaround from a year ago - especially on defense - and are coming off a 27-24 win over Pittsburgh.

TV:
7 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Clemson -22.5

LINE HISTORY:
Clemson opened as 21-point road favorites and they have been bet up to 22.5-point faves as of Thursday afternoon. The total hit betting boards at 56 and has been bumped up slightly to 56.5.

INJURY REPORT:


Clemson - QB K. Bryant (Probable, Ankle), CB M. Edmond (Out, Foot), LB J. Williams (Out, Shoulder), LB L. Rudolph (Out For Season, Shoulder), PK G. Huegel (Out For Season, Knee), QB T. Israel (Out Indefinitely, Illness), TE G. Williams (Out For Season, Knee), DE R. Yeargin (Out For Season, Neck).

Syracuse - CB C. Hudson (Questionable, Undisclosed), DE J. Pickard (Questionable, Knee), WR J. Custis (Questionable, Shoulder), OL S. Clausman (Questionable, Undisclosed), DL K. Coleman (Questionable, Ankle), DL J. Black (Questionable, Leg), WR S. Avant (Questionable, Undisclosed), LB S. Cullen (Questionable, Undisclosed), CB A. Cordy (Out Indefinitely, Leg), DB D. Clarke (Out For Season, Eligibility), WR A. Enoicy (Out Indefinitely, Undisclosed), OL A. Roberts (Out For Season, Knee).

ABOUT CLEMSON (6-0 SU, 4-2 ATS, 2-4 O/U):
The Tigers have been remarkably balanced on offense, averaging 237.3 rushing yards and 233.7 passing yards per game. Bryant is the catalyst, as he leads the team with 401 rushing yards and seven touchdowns while completing 67.3 percent of his passes for 1,259 yards and four scores. Clemson’s defense has been even better, ranking fifth in the nation in scoring defense (11.3 points per game) and eighth in total defense (264.3 yards per game).

ABOUT SYRACUSE (3-3 SU, 3-2-1 ATS, 1-5 O/U):
The Orange have returned to respectability on defense, allowing 24.3 points per game after giving up 38.6 per contest a year ago. That improvement, combined with a potent offense that ranks 32nd in the nation in total yards (466.8 per game), makes Syracuse a dangerous opponent. Quarterback Eric Dungey ranks in the top five nationally in total offense (354.5 yards per game) and has a pair of experienced and accomplished receivers in Steve Ishmael and Ervin Phillips, who have combined for 356 receptions in their careers.

TRENDS:


* Tigers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
* Orange are 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
* Over is 6-1 in Tigers last 7 road games.
* Under is 10-1 in Orange last 11 home games.

CONSENSUS:
The road favorite Tigers are getting 59 percent of the support from users while the Over is receiving 64 percent of the picks.
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October 13, 2017


Before perusing the SEC slate in Week 7, here are my rankings for the conference:

1-Alabama
2-Georgia
3-Auburn
4-Texas A&M
5-LSU
6-South Carolina
7-Florida
8-Mississippi State
9-Kentucky
10-Vanderbilt
11-Tennessee
12-Arkansas
13-Ole Miss
14-Missouri

South Carolina (4-2 straight up, 3-2-1 against the spread) will travel to Knoxville to take on Tennessee at noon Eastern on ESPN. As of late Friday afternoon, most books had the Volunteers installed as 3.5-point favorites with a total of 47.5. The Gamecocks were +145 on the money line (risk $100 to win $145).

Will Muschamp has beaten Butch Jones in all three head-to-head matchups between the two head coaches, including last year’s 24-21 win as a 13.5-point home underdog at Williams-Brice Stadium. Jake Bentley, a true freshman at the time making his second career start, completed 15-of-20 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. Rico Dowdle, another true freshman, rushed for 127 yards and one TD on 27 attempts. The win for USC snapped a three-game losing streak in the rivalry.

South Carolina is 2-2 in SEC play after capturing a 48-22 win over Arkansas last week as a three-point home underdog. The 70 combined points soared ‘over’ the 45.5-point total. The Gamecocks scored three defensive TDs in the second half, including a 34-yard pick-six by fifth-year senior LB Skai Moore that extended USC’s lead to 27-10 midway through the third quarter.

Bentley connected on 16-of-31 throws for 199 yards and three TDs without a pick. Dowdle rushed for a team-best 61 yards on 11 carries. Hayden Hurst had two receptions for 76 yards, including a 62-yard TD catch. Bryan Edwards had two grabs for 20 yards, including an 18-yard TD reception with four seconds left in the first half.

For the season, Bentley has completed 60.6 percent of his passes for 1,456 yards with a 12/4 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The sophomore has a 21/8 TD-INT ratio in 13 career starts. Ty’Son Williams, a transfer from North Carolina who sat out the 2016 campaign, has run for a team-best 281 yards and one TD while averaging 5.7 yards per carry.

Star junior WR Deebo Samuel was playing like a first-team All-American in USC’s first three games. He had scored six TDs before breaking his leg in the second half of a 23-13 home loss to Kentucky. With Samuel sidelined, Edwards and Hurst are Bentley’s main targets. Edwards, yet another true sophomore, has 27 receptions for 357 yards and one TD, while Hurst has 19 catches for 297 yards and two TDs.

South Carolina defeated Arkansas without three starting offensive linemen in uniform. Junior OT Malik Young is ‘out’ again this week, but Muschamp is optimistic that junior OT Zack Bailey and senior OG Cory Helms will play. Both are ‘questionable’ and will likely be game-time decisions.

USC is 1-0-1 ATS as a road underdog this year, 3-0-1 with three outright wins in four games as a ‘dog this season (regardless of the venue). Meanwhile, Tennessee has compiled a 10-14 spread record in 24 games as a home favorite during Butch Jones’s five-year tenure.

Tennessee (3-2 SU, 1-4 ATS) has had two weeks to prepare for USC, but it lost another player during the open date. Sophomore DE Darrell Taylor was suspended indefinitely after reportedly kicking a teammate in the face at practice. In UT’s first five games, Taylor had 20 tackles, one sack, one TFL, one QB hurry, one forced fumble and one PBU. The defense is already without its three projected starting LBs and one of the nation’s best safeties in Todd Kelly. Also, 2015 SEC Special Teams Player of the Year Evan Berry is listed as ‘doubtful’ with a leg injury that’s had him sidelined for the last month.

UT started the season 2-0 with wins over Ga. Tech (42-41 in overtime) and Indiana State (42-7), but it has lost two of its last three contest. Butch Jones’s squad was run out of its own house at Neyland Stadium by Georgia two weeks ago. UGA dealt out cream-cheese treatment on the Vols in a dominant 41-0 win. UT had not been shut out since a 31-0 loss vs. Florida in 1994.

Jones has benched junior QB Quinten Dormady, who started the team’s first five games. He’ll turn to redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano, who will make his first career start. Guarantano has hit on 12-of-24 passes for 54 yards and one TD without an interception in three games. Dormady has completed 55.5 percent of his throws for 925 yards with a mediocre 6/6 TD-INT ratio.

UT’s stud on offense is workhorse RB John Kelly, who has rushed 97 times for 494 yards and six TDs. The junior is averaging 5.1 YPC. The Vols have won two of their three home games, but they’re 0-3 versus the number at Neyland.

The ‘under’ is 4-2 overall for USC, 2-0 in its road outings. The Gamecocks have seen their games average combined scores of 47.8 points per game. The ‘under’ is 4-1 overall for UT, 3-0 in its home games. The Vols’ games have average combined scores of 49.8 PPG.

Ole Miss (2-3 SU, 0-4-1 ATS)
returns home to face Vanderbilt in a 3:30 p.m. Eastern kick on the SEC Network. Since starting 2-0 with wins vs. South Alabama (47-28) and UT-Martin (45-23), the Rebels have dropped three consecutive games by double-digit margins. They’re 0-2 in SEC play following losses at Alabama (66-3) and at Auburn (43-22).

However, Ole Miss did manage to hook up its backers in backdoor fashion as a 22-point underdog on The Plains. Auburn led 38-3 early in the third quarter and 44-17 late in the fourth, but Jordan Wilkins’s one-yard TD plunge with 2:57 remaining gave the Rebels the spread cover. Shea Patterson threw for 346 yards and two TDs without an interception. A.J. Brown had 10 receptions for 109 yards, while Van Jefferson hauled in eight catches for 89 yards.

For the season, Patterson has completed 66.3 percent of his passes for 1,792 yards with a 13/6 TD-INT ratio. Brown has 27 catches for 504 yards and four TDs, while D.K. Metcalf has 23 receptions for 320 yards and four TDs.

Ole Miss has issues galore on defense, ranking No. 111 out of 130 FBS teams in total defense. The Rebels are No. 124 at defending the run and No. 118 in scoring defense (37.4 PPG).

Vandy has lost three consecutive games since its first 3-0 start since 2011. The Commodores have lost all three games by double-digit margins, failing to cover in all three outings. They weren’t even competitive in home games vs. Alabama (59-0) and Georgia (45-14).

Although it’s been a tough three-week stretch, on that also included a 38-24 loss at Florida in a game that was closer than the final score indicated, junior QB Kyle Shurmur continues to play outstanding football. He has a 12/1 TD-INT ratio for the season.

As of late Friday afternoon, most spots had Ole Miss favored by 3.5 points with a total of 55. The Commodores were +145 to win outright.

The ‘over’ is 4-1 for the Rebels, 2-0 in their home games. They’ve seen their games average combined scores of 64.2 PPG. As for Vandy, its totals have been a wash overall (3-3) and in its road assignments (1-1).

The marquee SEC game on the docket is Auburn at LSU. This is a 3:30 p.m. Eastern kick on CBS. As of late Friday afternoon, most betting shops had Gus Malzahn’s club listed as a seven-point ‘chalk’ with a total of 44. LSU was +230 on the money line (risk $100 to win $230).

Ed Orgeron’s team bounced back from a disastrous home loss to Troy by a 24-21 count two weeks ago last weekend at The Swamp. LSU (4-2 SU, 1-4-1 ATS) went to Gainesville and won a 17-16 decision over Florida as a 1.5-point road favorite. Bettors who took LSU early in the week cashed tickets as short underdog, but the line moved from UF as a six-point favorite on Sunday night, down to 3.5 by Monday afternoon, down to 2.5 on Thursday and then to LSU as the slim favorite by late Friday. But in terms of the closing line, LSU failed to cover for the fourth consecutive game.

Derrius Guice returned to the field after missing most of the two previous games. He ran for only 50 yards on 17 attempts, however. For the season, Guice has rushed for 364 yards and five TDs while averaging 4.4 YPC. QB Danny Etling doesn’t strike fear into many DC’s, but he’s not making mistakes. The former Purdue signal caller has completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 1,046 yards with a 6/1 TD-INT ratio.

As noted earlier, Auburn (5-1 SU, 3-1-1 ATS) allowed a backdoor cover at home to Ole Miss last week, but it dominated the game. RB Kerryon Johnson stole the show by rushing 28 times for 204 yards and three TDs. Johnson missed a pair of games with injuries last month, but he has 11 rushing TDs in the last three games to bring his total to 12, which is tops in the nation.

Jarrett Stidham completed 14-of-21 passes vs. the Rebels for 235 yards and two TDs without an interception. The transfer from Baylor has five TD passes without an interception in the last three contests. For the season, Stidham has connected on 71.2 percent of his throws for 1,345 yards with a 7/2 TD-INT ratio. Johnson has rushed for 504 yards with a 5.9 YPC average. WR Ryan Davis has 31 receptions for 251 yards and three TDs.

As a road ‘chalk’ since Malzahn took over in 2013, Auburn has compiled a 6-3 spread record in nine such spots. On the flip side, LSU is 0-1 ATS in its lone home ‘dog situation since Orgeron took over, losing 10-0 to Alabama as a seven-point puppy.

Auburn is ranked 13th in the nation in total defense, 20th against the pass, 22nd versus the run and sixth in scoring defense (13.0 PPG). Totals have been a wash for AU both overall (3-3) and on the road (1-1). AU’s games have averaged combined scores of 48.8 PPG.

The ‘under’ is 4-2 overall for LSU, but the ‘over’ is 2-1 in its three home games at Tiger Stadium. LSU has seen its games average combined scores of 44.2 PPG.

Moving into the night games, Florida will host Texas A&M for the first time since the Aggies joined the league. In that first year (2012) of SEC play for A&M, it lost to Florida by a 20-17 score as a one-point home favorite in the collegiate debut of Johnny Manziel. These schools meet again at 7:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2.

Both coaches need a win in the worst way. As of late Friday afternoon, most books had Florida listed as a three-point ‘chalk’ with a total of 50.5. The Aggies were +130 or 135 on the money line.

UF has just been downright atrocious on offense all season. In fact, this unit has been stuck in the mud since Jim McElwain arrived from Colorado State. Remember, Florida averaged 30.3 PPG in Muschamp’s last season at the helm. Since then, the Gators have averaged 23.2 and 23.9 PPG.

Through five games, Florida (3-2 SU, 2-3 ATS) is currently ranked No. 103 in the nation in total offense and No. 93 in scoring with a 25.0 PPG average. But if you take away the three defensive TDs scored by UF on pick-sixes, it would only be averaging 20.8 PPG. That’s deplorable!

Making matters worse, Florida might not have its two best WR’s in uniform. Tryrie Cleveland (ankle) and Kadarius Toney (shoulder) were downgraded to ‘doubtful’ on Thursday and neither player has practiced all week. However, Cleveland was upgraded to ‘questionable’ on Friday and OG Brett Heggie, who was the SEC O-Lineman of the Week in a win over Vandy two weeks ago, was upgraded to ‘probable’ (concussion).

Also, UF’s best pass rusher Jabari Zuniga is ‘questionable’ after injuring his ankle at practice this week. Starting sophomore safety Chauncey Gardner is listed as ‘questionable,’ but he sent out a tweet Thursday night saying he was good to go. The other starting safety, Nick Washington, is ‘out’ with a shoulder injury.

UF has wins vs. Tennessee (26-20), at Kentucky (28-27) and vs. Vandy (38-24). Luke Del Rio was lost to a season-ending shoulder injury vs. the Commodores, so redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks was back in the starting lineup vs. LSU. For the season, Franks has connected on 63.3 percent of his passes for 665 yards with a 3/1 TD-INT ratio.

The major bright spot on an otherwise pedestrian offensive unit has been true freshman RB Malik Davis, who has run for 409 yards and two TDs with a 7.2 YPC average. RB Lamical Perine has rushed for 218 yards and five TD with a 4.4 YPC average.

Texas A&M (4-2 SU, 4-1-1 ATS) saw its four-game winning streak snapped in last week’s 27-19 loss to Alabama as a 25-point home underdog. Kevin Sumlin’s squad easily took the cash and became the first foe to play the Crimson Tide to a one-possession game. The Aggies committed three turnovers to finish minus two in turnover margin, essentially ending any upset hopes.

Kellen Mond threw for 237 yards and one TD with one pick. The true freshman QB also had a rushing score. For the season, Mond has thrown for 1,045 yards with a 7/3 TD-INT ratio. He’s also run for 266 yards and two TDs.

Sophomore RB Trayveon Williams has rushed for a team-high 422 yards and five TDs with a 5.2 YPC average. Keith Ford has run for 321 yards and seven TDs, averaging 4.7 YPC. A&M’s best playmaker is two-time All-American Christian Kirk, a junior WR who also thrives on special teams. Kirk has a team-best 27 receptions for 316 yards and five TDs. Kirk also has a 100-yard kickoff return for a TD this year, brining his career TD total on special teams to six.

During Sumlin’s tenure, Texas A&M owns a 5-7 spread record in 12 games as a road underdog. UF is 6-5 ATS as a home ‘chalk’ on McElwain’s watch.

Totals have been an overall wash (3-3) for the Aggies, but they’ve seen the ‘over’ cash in both of their road assignments (one was actually a neutral-field game at Jerry World). Their games have averaged combined scores of 62.2 PPG. Meanwhile, UF has seen the ‘over’ go 3-2 overall, but the ‘under’ is 2-1 in its three home contests. The Gators have watched their games average combined scores of 49.2 PPG.

Alabama (6-0 SU, 3-3 ATS)
will play host to Arkansas at 7:15 p.m. Eastern on ESPN. As of late Friday afternoon, the Tide was installed as a 31.5-point home ‘chlak’ with a total of 54.5. This is the biggest underdog situation for the Razorbacks during Bret Bielema’s five-year tenure. In the richest previous ‘dog spot, Alabama rolled past Arkansas 52-0 as a 29.5-opint home favorite in 2013.

Arkansas (2-3 SU, 0-5 ATS)
has cashed tickets at a 7-1 ATS clip in its last eight games as a road underdog. On the flip side, Nick Saban’s team is 9-15-1 ATS in its last 25 contests as a favorite of 25.5 points or more. The ‘over’ is 2-1 in Alabama’s three home games, but totals have been an overall wash (3-3) for the Tide. They’ve seen their games average combined scores of 53.3 PPG. The ‘over’ is 3-2 overall for the Hogs, 1-0 in their only road assignment. Their game have played to an average combined score of 64.0 PPG.

Austin Allen inured his shoulder in last week’s aforementioned loss at South Carolina. Nevertheless, the senior QB has been upgraded to ‘probable’ and will get the starting nod. Allen has completed 56.4 percent of his passes for 850 yards with an 8/4 TD-INT ratio, but he’s constantly been under heavy pressure due to poor play from his o-line up front.

Arkansas uses a trio of RBs – Chase Hayden, Devwah Whaley and David Williams – that have each run for at least 235 yards. Williams has a team-best five rushing TDs, while Hayden has four and Whaley has two. With top wideout Jared Cornelius sustaining a season-ending Achilles tear vs. Texas A&M, Allen has been throwing to WRs with inexperience galore. Jonathan Nance has emerged as his favorite target by catching 23 balls for 374 yards and five TDs.

Before sneaking past A&M in College Station last week, Alabama destroyed Vanderbilt 59-0 in Nashville before smashing Ole Miss, 66-3.

Along with Alabama and Auburn, Georgia (6-0 SU, 5-1 ATS) is a third SEC school in the hunt for a CFP berth. Kirby Smart’s second team is a monster favorite of 29.5 or 30 points for its 7:30 p.m. Eastern kick at home vs. Missouri. The total was 56.5 early Friday night.

UGA is 3-0 in SEC play and also has quality non-conference wins at Notre Dame and vs. Appalachian State, which is probably the best team in the Sun Belt Conference. The Bulldogs blasted Vandy 45-14 last week as 17-point road favorites. Jake Fromm threw for 102 yards and two TDs without an interception, in addition to rushing for 36 yards on four attempts.

Sony Michel ran for 150 yards and one TD on 12 carries, while Nick Chubb produced 138 rushing yards and two TDs on 16 attempts. For the season, Chubb has rushed for a team-high 618 yards and eight TDs while averaging 6.8 YPC. Fromm, the true freshman who took over at QB when Jacob Eason was injured in the first quarter of the season opener, has thrown for 836 yards with a 10/2 TD-INT ratio. He’s also run for a pair of scores.

Eason has taken snaps in mop-up duty the last two weeks, so he’s ready to go if Fromm falters or gets injured. Three UGA defensive starters are injured this week. DT Trenton Thompson and LB Natrez Patrick are ‘doubtful’ vs. Missouri, while LB Lorenzo Carter is ‘out.’

Missouri (1-4 SU, 1-4 ATS) has lost four in a row but did pull out a backdoor cover in last week’s 40-34 loss at Kentucky as a nine-point underdog. The Tigers had previously taken three straight beatdowns (at home!) vs. South Carolina (31-13), vs. Purdue (35-3) and vs. Auburn (51-14).

The ‘under’ is 5-1 overall for UGA, 3-0 in its home games. The Bulldogs have seen their games average combined scores of 45.0 PPG. UGA is ranked second in the nation in scoring defense (10.0 PPG), fifth at defending the run, third in total defense and 10th against the pass.

The ‘over’ is 3-2 overall for Missouri, 1-0 in its lone road contest.

**B.E.’s Bonus Nuggets**

-- Current Iron Bowl spread at 5dimes.eu: Alabama -9.5 at Auburn.

-- Other Games of the Year number of note include Georgia -12.5 vs. Florida (Jacksonville), Alabama -22 vs. LSU, Auburn -4 vs. UGA and LSU -7 at Tennessee.

-- Butch Jones, the not-for-much-longer ‘caretaker’ of the Tennessee football program, produced another stellar Butch-ism at Monday’s presser in Knoxville. “You don’t have to get a physical rep to get a rep – you can get a ‘leadership rep.’ Gotcha!

-- One of Vandy’s best defensive linemen, Nifae Lealao, is ‘questionable’ at Ole Miss.

-- SEC Hot Seats (from least safe to safest)

1-Butch Jones
2-Bret Bielema
3-Barry Odom
4-Kevin Sumlin
5-Jim McElwain
6-Ed Orgeron
7-Gus Malzahn
8-Derek Mason
9-Mark Stoops
10-Will Muschamp
11-Kirby Smart
12-Dan Mullen
13-Nick Saban

-- I obviously left Ole Miss interim head coach Matt Luke off the list. He has zero shot of keeping that gig for the long haul.

-- Candidates for the jobs that will open: Mullen, Louisville’s Bobby Petrino, Purdue’s Jeff Brohm, Washington State’s Mike Leach, Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables, Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy, Penn State’s James Franklin, USF’s Charlie Strong and Va. Tech’s Justin Fuente.

-- If Peyton Manning becomes the point man on UT’s coaching search, Duke’s David Cutcliffe could be in play. Knoxville sports radio titan Tony Basilio suggested on my Games Galore podcast two weeks ago that Manning wants to be involved in the next hire.

-- To be clear, I don’t think PSU’s Franklin is going anywhere. As for Mullen, I think he would jump but he’s already making nearly $5 million per season, so it’s going to costs a lot of cash to yank him out of Starkville. Bo Bounds of the Out of Bounds Show in Jackson, MS., has stated on twitter, on his radio show and as a guest on other shows that Florida AD and former Mississippi State AD will not hire Mullen to come to Florida. I haven’t heard Bo gets into many details on that matter, but he knows everything that goes on at MSU and Ole Miss, so I’ll take him at his word.

-- I believe it’s an absolute given that Petrino will be in the SEC next season. A clause in his contract stipulates that his buyout is reduced in half if AD Tom Jurich fired. Although that isn’t completely official yet, it will be soon. At that point, Petrino’s buyout will “only” be $4 million.
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Syracuse stuns No. 2 Clemson, 27-24
October 13, 2017


SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Eric Dungey threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns, Cole Murphy kicked a tiebreaking field goal in the fourth quarter, and Syracuse stunned No. 2 Clemson 27-24 on Friday night to put a damper on the Tigers' chances to repeat as national champions.

Clemson (6-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) had won 12 consecutive games on the opponent's home field, the longest streak in Clemson history and tied for the second longest active streak in the nation. Clemson also had won 11 consecutive games overall, the longest active winning streak in the nation, and 12 straight away from home against ACC teams. Clemson lost its last road game of 2014 at Georgia Tech.

''We had opportunities. We didn't take advantage of opportunities,'' Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. ''They did. This is going to hurt, but you move forward.''

The Orange (4-3, 2-1) are 3-6 against the previous year's national champion, also beating Penn State in 1987 and Michigan in 1998.

Clemson won the title last year despite a loss to Pittsburgh. That was not lost on the Tigers.

''Every goal is there for this team,'' Swinney said. ''We've got to get better from this, have the type of season we want to have.''

The Tigers took a big blow when quarterback Kelly Bryant suffered an apparent concussion in the final minute of the first half. He was knocked down hard by defensive tackle Chris Slayton and lay on the turf for a couple of minutes before being helped to the locker room. Slowed after spraining his left ankle last week against Wake Forest, Bryant passed for 116 yards and ran for minus-8 yards.

Clemson has a bye week to heal and correct its mistakes.

''I'm sure they'll still have an opportunity to play for the national championship,'' Syracuse coach Dino Babers said. ''They're a national championship team. They're going to be fine.''

Bryant, who watched the second half from the sideline, entered the game averaging 277 yards of total offense, but noticeably favored an injured ankle as Syracuse gained a surprising 17-14 halftime lead.

Zerrick Cooper replaced Bryant to start the second half and guided the Tigers to a tying field goal.

The Tigers tried a trick play with time winding down, but Will Spiers threw an incompletion on a fake punt.

Dungey hit Dontae Strickland for a 23-yard score to open the game and also hit Ervin Philips for 66 yards in the first quarter and Steve Ishmael for 30 in the third to break a 17-17 tie.

Syracuse used big plays to stun the Tigers, hitting six of 20 yards or more as the Orange outgained Clemson 440-317. And the Orange defense limited the Tigers to 2 of 11 on third down, none more critical than Cooper's overthrow on third down before the fake.

The Orange responded quickly as the Carrier Dome crowd rocked the building with raucous cheers of `Let's Go Orange!' Dungey raced 45 yards down the left side and hit Ishmael on the next play for a 30-yard scoring pass.

Not to be outdone, the Tigers scored in 56 seconds on Travis Etienne's 52-yard run to tie it at 24.

The Orange defense took a page out of Clemson's playbook. The Tigers were among just three teams in the nation averaging at least 230 yards rushing and 230 yards passing (Ohio State and Oregon are the others). The Tigers managed just 39 yards rushing in the first half and 113 total.

''They came ready to play,'' Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell said. ''They came out, they saw blood, they saw they had a definite chance to win the game and we just didn't capitalize on the opportunities we had to make a comeback.''

The Tigers scored in just 67 seconds on their first possession, with Tavien Feaster capping a three-play drive with a 37-yard run untouched up the middle of the Orange defense. But the Orange defense arose to the occasion from that point on.

In Clemson's first six games, no team had scored more than seven points against the Tigers through three periods. Opponents were averaging 4.3 points, 9.7 first downs, 71 yards rushing, 105 passing yards and 176 yards in total offense through three quarters. Syracuse had eight first downs and 152 yards in the first quarter alone, 100 through the air and outgained the Tigers 270-155 in the first half.

The Clemson defense finally asserted itself midway through the second quarter, forcing a fumble by Strickland that Tanner Muse scooped up and raced 63 yards untouched down the right side to tie it at 14-14.

THE TAKEAWAY

Clemson: If the Tigers hope to keep in the hunt for the playoffs, either Cooper or freshman Hunter Johnson will have to assume the load at quarterback if Bryant has to sit. Clemson also needs to find some consistency in the kicking game. Alex Spence missed a 35-yard field goal in the first quarter and a 38-yarder in the third and is 2 of 6 since taking over for injured Greg Huegel.

Syracuse: The Orange once again proved that they can play with the big boys. Syracuse upset No. 17 Virginia Tech last October. Dungey needs to stay healthy, though. He had to sit out a play in the second quarter after a hard hit near the goal line and the Orange had to settle for a 22-yard field goal by Murphy.

ESCAPE ARTISTS

Syracuse was twice pinned inside its own 10 by punts in the first half. The Orange escaped the first time when Christian Wilkins was called for roughing the passer on a third-down play and Dungey rescued them the second with consecutive completions of 20 yards to tight end Ravian Pierce and 15 yards to Jamal Custis.

UP NEXT

Clemson: The Tigers have a bye before facing Georgia Tech at home.

Syracuse: The Orange travel to face No. 11 Miami.I]Syracuse stuns No. 2 Clemson, 27-24
October 13, 2017[/I][/B]

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Eric Dungey threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns, Cole Murphy kicked a tiebreaking field goal in the fourth quarter, and Syracuse stunned No. 2 Clemson 27-24 on Friday night to put a damper on the Tigers' chances to repeat as national champions.

Clemson (6-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) had won 12 consecutive games on the opponent's home field, the longest streak in Clemson history and tied for the second longest active streak in the nation. Clemson also had won 11 consecutive games overall, the longest active winning streak in the nation, and 12 straight away from home against ACC teams. Clemson lost its last road game of 2014 at Georgia Tech.

''We had opportunities. We didn't take advantage of opportunities,'' Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. ''They did. This is going to hurt, but you move forward.''

The Orange (4-3, 2-1) are 3-6 against the previous year's national champion, also beating Penn State in 1987 and Michigan in 1998.

Clemson won the title last year despite a loss to Pittsburgh. That was not lost on the Tigers.

''Every goal is there for this team,'' Swinney said. ''We've got to get better from this, have the type of season we want to have.''

The Tigers took a big blow when quarterback Kelly Bryant suffered an apparent concussion in the final minute of the first half. He was knocked down hard by defensive tackle Chris Slayton and lay on the turf for a couple of minutes before being helped to the locker room. Slowed after spraining his left ankle last week against Wake Forest, Bryant passed for 116 yards and ran for minus-8 yards.

Clemson has a bye week to heal and correct its mistakes.

''I'm sure they'll still have an opportunity to play for the national championship,'' Syracuse coach Dino Babers said. ''They're a national championship team. They're going to be fine.''

Bryant, who watched the second half from the sideline, entered the game averaging 277 yards of total offense, but noticeably favored an injured ankle as Syracuse gained a surprising 17-14 halftime lead.

Zerrick Cooper replaced Bryant to start the second half and guided the Tigers to a tying field goal.

The Tigers tried a trick play with time winding down, but Will Spiers threw an incompletion on a fake punt.

Dungey hit Dontae Strickland for a 23-yard score to open the game and also hit Ervin Philips for 66 yards in the first quarter and Steve Ishmael for 30 in the third to break a 17-17 tie.

Syracuse used big plays to stun the Tigers, hitting six of 20 yards or more as the Orange outgained Clemson 440-317. And the Orange defense limited the Tigers to 2 of 11 on third down, none more critical than Cooper's overthrow on third down before the fake.

The Orange responded quickly as the Carrier Dome crowd rocked the building with raucous cheers of `Let's Go Orange!' Dungey raced 45 yards down the left side and hit Ishmael on the next play for a 30-yard scoring pass.

Not to be outdone, the Tigers scored in 56 seconds on Travis Etienne's 52-yard run to tie it at 24.

The Orange defense took a page out of Clemson's playbook. The Tigers were among just three teams in the nation averaging at least 230 yards rushing and 230 yards passing (Ohio State and Oregon are the others). The Tigers managed just 39 yards rushing in the first half and 113 total.

''They came ready to play,'' Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell said. ''They came out, they saw blood, they saw they had a definite chance to win the game and we just didn't capitalize on the opportunities we had to make a comeback.''

The Tigers scored in just 67 seconds on their first possession, with Tavien Feaster capping a three-play drive with a 37-yard run untouched up the middle of the Orange defense. But the Orange defense arose to the occasion from that point on.

In Clemson's first six games, no team had scored more than seven points against the Tigers through three periods. Opponents were averaging 4.3 points, 9.7 first downs, 71 yards rushing, 105 passing yards and 176 yards in total offense through three quarters. Syracuse had eight first downs and 152 yards in the first quarter alone, 100 through the air and outgained the Tigers 270-155 in the first half.

The Clemson defense finally asserted itself midway through the second quarter, forcing a fumble by Strickland that Tanner Muse scooped up and raced 63 yards untouched down the right side to tie it at 14-14.

THE TAKEAWAY


Clemson: If the Tigers hope to keep in the hunt for the playoffs, either Cooper or freshman Hunter Johnson will have to assume the load at quarterback if Bryant has to sit. Clemson also needs to find some consistency in the kicking game. Alex Spence missed a 35-yard field goal in the first quarter and a 38-yarder in the third and is 2 of 6 since taking over for injured Greg Huegel.

Syracuse: The Orange once again proved that they can play with the big boys. Syracuse upset No. 17 Virginia Tech last October. Dungey needs to stay healthy, though. He had to sit out a play in the second quarter after a hard hit near the goal line and the Orange had to settle for a 22-yard field goal by Murphy.

ESCAPE ARTISTS

Syracuse was twice pinned inside its own 10 by punts in the first half. The Orange escaped the first time when Christian Wilkins was called for roughing the passer on a third-down play and Dungey rescued them the second with consecutive completions of 20 yards to tight end Ravian Pierce and 15 yards to Jamal Custis.

UP NEXT

Clemson: The Tigers have a bye before facing Georgia Tech at home.

Syracuse: The Orange travel to face No. 11 Miami.
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CALIFORNIA 37, No. 8 WASHINGTON 3

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Ross Bowers did an acrobatic flip into the end zone to cap a touchdown run for California and the Golden Bears used a dominant defensive performance to stun No. 8 Washington State for their first win in 14 years against a top 10 team.

Camryn Bynum had two of California's five interceptions against Luke Falk, and the Bears (4-3, 1-3 Pac-12) used seven turnovers and nine sacks to top the Cougars (6-1, 3-1) for a signature win under first-year coach Justin Wilcox.

Cal was just 1-52-1 against top 10 teams since 1978 with the only win coming over No. 3 Southern California in 2003 before breaking through against mistake-prone Washington State.

The Bears used short fields on their first four scoring drives before Bowers delivered the highlight of the night with his touchdown run early in the fourth that left the crowd gasping in amazement.
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Aug/SeptTotals:.......154 - 145 - 9.....51.50%....-27.50

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10/11/2017 0-2-0 0.00% -11.00
10/07/2017 19-32-1 36.73% -80.50
10/06/2017 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50
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10/07/2017.....................11 - 15..........- 27.50..................0 - 3................-16.50
10/06/2017......................2 - 1.............+1.75...................3 - 1................+9.50
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Saturday's Week 7 NCAA football Top 25 betting cheat sheet and odds

Stanford running back Bryce Love has 150 rushing yards and a touchdown in every game this season, and leads Division I by nearly 250 rushing yards.

(16) Michigan Wolverines at Indiana Hoosiers (+7.5, 46.5)

* The Wolverines have converted 14-of-15 red zone trips in 2017, but only five of those scores have been touchdowns. Michigan leads the nation in yards against per game (213.0) and opponent third-down conversion rate (18.3 percent).

* The Hoosiers run an average of 81 plays per game, tops in the Big Ten and 10th in the nation. The Indiana defense has one interception through five games, making it just one of eight teams in Division I with one or fewer picks this season.

LINE: Michigan opened as a 6.5-point road favorite with that spread bet up to -7.5. The total opened 47 and is down to 46.5.

TRENDS:

* Home team is 4-1 ATS in their last five meetings.
* Wolverines are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a loss.
* Hoosiers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 conference games.

(20) North Carolina State Wolfpack at Pittsburgh Panthers (+11, 54)

* The Wolfpack rank tied for third in the nation in fewest turnovers (three) and are one of only four teams that have yet to throw an interception. The NC State defense is allowing 296.3 yards per game, 121st out of 129 Division I teams.

* Panthers starting QB Max Browne will likely miss a couple of weeks with a right arm injury, while No. 1 RB Chawntez Moss has been suspended indefinitely. Pittsburgh allows 280.3 passing yards per contest, tied for 115th in the nation.

LINE: NC State opened -10 and has been raised to -11. The total has dropped from 56.5 to 54.

TRENDS:

* Wolfpack are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games.
* Panthers are 1-5-2 ATS in their last eight games overall.
* Over is 7-1-1 in Panthers last nine home games.

(7) TCU Horned Frogs at Kansas State Wildcats (+6.5, 49.5)

* The Horned Frogs TCU have converted 58.3 percent of third downs in 2017 (42-of-72), the top mark in Division I. Running back Darius Anderson averages 123 rushing yards with five touchdowns in his previous three road games.

* The Wildcats are tied for 11th in the nation in turnover margin (plus-6) and have lost just one fumble in 2017. Kansas State has outscored opponents 120-54 in the first half of games.

LINE: Texas Christian opened as a 4.5-point road favorite and has jumped to -6.5. The total dropped from 53.5 to 49.5 with action on the Under.

TRENDS:

* Horned Frogs are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games overall.
* Wildcats are 15-7 ATS in their last 22 games following a loss.
* Over is 8-3 in Wildcats' last 11 games overall.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at (10) Miami Hurricanes (-6.5, 51.5)

* The Yellow Jackets are one of only four Division I teams to rank in the Top 20 in total offense (479.3 yards per game) and total defense (260.0). Georgia Tech has forced a three-and-out on 53.1 percent of defensive series, the nation's second-best rate.

* The Hurricanes rank inside the Top 40 in rushing yards per game (198.3) while racking up 6.4 yards per carry. Miami has converted 16 of its 17 red-zone trips into points, the 12th-best rate in Division I.

LINE: Miami has moved from -6 to -6.5 while the total dropped from 52.5 to 51.5.

TRENDS:

* Yellow Jackets are 1-7 ATS in their last eight meetings.
* Over is 4-1 in the last five meetings.
* Favorite is 7-2 ATS in their last nine meetings.

(12) Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Longhorns (+9, 64.5)

* Sooners QB Baker Mayfield has thrown for 280 or more yards and multiple touchdowns in each of his first five games this season. Oklahoma averages 6.8 passing plays of 20-plus yards per game - the best rate in the nation.

* The Longhorns have limited opponents to a 25 percent third-down conversion rate, good for ninth in the nation. Texas also ranks in the Top 10 in time of possession, averaging better than 33 minutes per game.

LINE: Oklahoma opened -7.5 for the Red River Rivalry and money on the Sooners pumped this line to -9. The total moved from 62.5 to 64.5.

TRENDS:

* Sooners are 0-4 ATS in their last four meetings.
* Over is 5-2 in the last seven meetings.
* Sooners are 1-6 ATS in their last seven neutral-site games.

Baylor Bears at (14) Oklahoma State Cowboys (-26, 68.5)

* The Bears have 37 tackles for loss so far in 2017, tops in the Big 12 and 35th in Division I. Baylor has converted just 21 of 71 third-down opportunities, ranking 122nd in the nation.

* Only UCLA has been more prolific through the air than the Cowboys, who average 399.2 passing yards per game. But Oklahoma State ranks outside the Top 100 nationally in opponent third-down conversion rate (46.3 percent).

LINE: Oklahoma State opened -23.5 and has been bet up to 26, while the total moved from 72 to 68.5.

TRENDS:

* Favorite is 14-4 ATS in their last 18 meetings.
* Home team is 11-4 ATS in their last 15 meetings.
* Over is 5-2-1 in the last eight meetings in Oklahoma State.

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Purdue Boilermakers at (6) Wisconsin Badgers (-17, 50)

* The Boilermakers have scored on 19 of their 20 trips to the red zone, tied for the eighth-best rate in the country. Purdue completes a pass to an average of 8.8 receivers per game, fifth-most in Division I.

* Badgers RB Jonathan Taylor has scored a rushing touchdown in all five games this season, and he leads the Big Ten in yards per game on the ground (153.4). Wisconsin ranks fourth in rushing defense (81.4 ypg).

LINE: Wisconsin opened -17 and has remained steady at that spead. The total has dipped from 51.5 to 50.

TRENDS:

* Favorite is 9-1 ATS in their last 10 meetings.
* Road team is 4-1 ATS in their last five meetings.
* Boilermakers are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 meetings.

(11) Auburn Tigers at LSU Tigers (+7, 43.5)

* The Tigers have won three straight SEC games by 20 or more points for the first time in 30 years. Auburn is a perfect 14-for-14 in the red zone in conference play, with touchdowns accounting for 12 of those scores.

* LSU LB Devin White averages 10.2 tackles per game in 2017, the best rate in the SEC. The Tigers' defense has held foes to five touchdowns in the first half of its previous 11 games dating back to last season.

LINE: Auburn opened as a 6-point road favorite and is now giving a touchdown at LSU. The total opened at 47 and has moved to 43.5.

TRENDS:

* Home team is 7-1 ATS in their last eight meetings.
* Auburn is 4-1 ATS in their last five meetings.
* Under is 12-5 in the last 17 meetings.

(24) Navy Midshipmen at Memphis Tigers (-3, 71)

* The Midshipmen trail only Army in rush attempts (317) and yards (2,071) and lead the nation in yards per game (414.2). QB Zach Abey has accounted for 10 touchdowns (three passing, seven rushing) over the past three games.

* The Tigers have 12 takeaways through five games, good for 21st in the nation. But Memphis ranks 93rd in run defense (187.2 yards per game) while allowing opponents to gain 4.6 yards per carry.

LINE: Memphis opened -2.5 and is now at a field-goal favorite while the total plummeted from 76.5 to 71 points.

TRENDS:

* Midshipmen are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games.
* Tigers are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 vs. a team with a winning record.
* Over is 12-4 in Midshipmen last 16 conference games.

East Carolina Pirates at (21) Central Florida Golden Knights (-36, 70)

* East Carolina ranks 124th out of 129 Division I teams in rushing yards per game (94.0), while only four teams average fewer than the Pirates' 2.85 YPC. Receiver Davon Grayson has 16 catches for 299 yards and three scores in two road games.

* The Knights are one of only two teams to average better than six touchdowns per game, and one of just three schools to boast a yards-per-pass average in double digits. Central Florida ranks second in the nation in turnover margin per game (plus-2).

LINE: This spread has moved an entire touchdown from UCF -29 to -36. The total has also moved from 74 to 69.5.

TRENDS:

* Over is 5-1 in the last six meetings.
* Pirates are 2-6 ATS in their last eight meetings.
* Pirates are 10-29 ATS in their last 39 games overall.

Arkansas Razorbacks at (1) Alabama Crimson Tide (-31.5, 54)

* Redshirt freshman QB Austin Allen is optimistic he'll play this week after suffering a shoulder injury last week vs. South Carolina. Arkansas is allowing teams to convert nearly 42 percent of third downs, ranking just inside the Top 100 nationally.

* The Crimson Tide are allowing an NCAA-low 73.3 rushing yards per game and have limited foes to just two rushing scores through six games. Alabama has rushed for 140 or more yards in all six games this season, and 29 times in its last 36 contests.

LINE: Alabama opened at -29.5 and has been bet up to -31.5. The total has gone from 55 to 54 points.

TRENDS:

* Razorbacks are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games.
* Crimson Tide are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 conference games.
* Under is 27-13 in Crimson Tide last 40 vs. a team with a losing record.

Missouri Tigers at (5) Georgia Bulldogs (-29.5, 56.5)

* The Tigers average 15.97 yards per completion in 2017, the best mark in the SEC and good for eighth nationally. Missouri also sits fifth in Division I in average tackles for loss allowed (3.20).

* Georgia outgained Vanderbilt and Tennessee 717-126 on the ground over the previous two weeks and averages 268.3 rushing yards for the season, ranking 11th in the nation. The Bulldogs are a perfect 23-for-23 in the red zone through six games.

LINE: Georgia has moved from -28 to -29.5 while the total has stayed steady at 56.5 points.

TRENDS:

* Road team is 4-1 ATS in their last five meetings.
* Tigers are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 conference games.
* Bulldogs are 2-6 ATS in last eight vs. a team with a losing record.

Cincinnati Bearcats at (15) South Florida Bulls (-23.5, 65)

* The Bearcats have been outscored 62-24 in the first quarter of games. Cincinnati has led for only 53:57 so far in 2017, while trailing or sitting tied for 344:57 of total game time.

* The Bulls are allowing just 74.4 rushing yards per game - second-fewest in Division I - and lead the nation with 14 interceptions. RBs Darius Tice and D'Ernest Johnson and QB Quinton Flowers have accounted for 16 of USF's 17 rushing scores.

LINE: The Bulls opened -24.5 but action on the underdog has slimmed this spread to -23.5. The total dropped from 70.5 to 65 points.

TRENDS:

* Over is 4-1 in the last five meetings in South Florida.
* Home team is 4-1 ATS in their last five meetings.
* Bearcats are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 meetings.

(8) Ohio State Buckeyes at Nebraska Cornhuskers (+24.5, 58)

* The Buckeyes have allowed fewer than 100 passing yards in four consecutive games and rank first nationally with 57 tackles for loss. Quarterback J.T. Barrett's 16:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio is second-best in Division I.

* Nebraska has five individual 100-yard rushing games in 2017, one more than it had all of last season. Receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. leads the Big Ten in receiving yards (510) and receiving touchdowns (five).

LINE: The Buckeyes opened as 24.5-point road favorites and have stayed steady entering the weekend. The total has moved from 54.5 to 58 points.

TRENDS:

* Buckeyes are 44-20-1 ATS in their last 65 road games.
* Cornhuskers are 0-4 ATS in their last four home games.
* Under is 11-3 in Cornhuskers last 14 conference games.

(22) Michigan State Spartans at Minnesota Golden Gophers (+4, 40)

* The Spartans have a plus-7 turnover differential in their last two games (seven for, zero against) after a minus-6 showing in their first three contests. Michigan State is one of 14 Division I teams allowing fewer than 100 rushing yards per game (97.2).

* The Golden Gophers have picked up just 21 penalties through five games, with its 4.2 penalties-per-game average good for 11th nationally. Quarterback Conor Rhoda ranks second in the Big Ten in yards per completion (14.56).

LINE: Michigan State has stayed as a 4-point road favorite at Minnesota while the total has moved just half a point from 40.5 to 40.

TRENDS:

* Underdog is 11-2 ATS in their last 13 meetings.
* Under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings.
* Spartans are 1-6 ATS in their last seven meetings.

(23) Utah Utes at (13) USC Trojans (-13, 52.5)

* Utes QB Tyler Huntley is questionable after he suffered a shoulder injury Oct. 2 in Arizona. Utah is also one of 10 teams with at least 14 turnovers so far this season, racking up nine interceptions and five fumbles recovered.

* The Trojans average 13.2 points in the fourth quarter, easily its highest-scoring period. Southern Cal has limited opponents to a 68-percent red zone conversation rate, best in the Pac-12 and 12th in the nation.

LINE: Southern California has stayed steady at -13 since opening while the total has dropped from 53.5 to 52.5.

TRENDS:

* Home team is 6-0 ATS in their last six meetings.
* Utes are 14-3 ATS in last 17 road games vs. team with winning home record.
* Under is 7-3 in Trojans last 10 home games.

Boise State Broncos at (18) San Diego State Aztecs (-6.5, 46)

* The Broncos rank 18th in the nation in run defense (105.8 yards per game) while limiting foes to a 3.1 YPC average. But Boise State is drawing just four penalties per contest, the fifth-fewest in all of Division I.

* The Aztecs' plus-8 turnover margin is tied for fifth-best nationally, and they lead Division I with a plus-44 margin since the beginning of the 2015 season. Running back Rashaad Penny has at least 139 all-purpose yards and a score in all six games this season.

LINE: San Diego State opened as a 7.5-point home favorite but money on the road team has this spread at SDSU -6.5. The total slimmed one point from 47 to 46.

TRENDS:

* Broncos are 0-4 ATS in their last four meetings.
* Broncos are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games overall.
* Aztecs are 18-6-2 ATS in their last 26 conference games.

(4) Washington Huskies at Arizona State Sun Devils (+17.5, 56)

* The Huskies rank third in the nation in touchdowns (35), with QB Jake Browning responsible for nearly half of those (17). Running back Myles Gaskin is heating up, rushing for 406 yards and six scores over his last three games.

* Defensive end Alani Latu, who has 5.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in five games, will be moved into a pass-rush position; the Sun Devils have struggled in that area since losing top pass-rusher Koron Crump in Week 3. Arizona State has forced just five turnovers.

LINE: The Huskies opened as 17.5-point road chalk and have remained there entering the weekend. The total opened at 60 points and is down to 54.

TRENDS:

* Under is 5-1 in the last six meetings.
* Favorite is 9-2 ATS in their last 11 meetings.
* Huskies are 2-14-2 ATS in their last 18 meetings.

Oregon Ducks at (25) Stanford Cardinal (-10, 55.5)

* The Ducks are one of only two teams to rank in the Top 20 nationally in rushing yards (239.3) on fewer than 5.0 YPC. Oregon's 24 sacks lead Division I and are just one shy of the Ducks' entire 2016 tally.

* The Cardinal offensive line hasn't surrendered a sack in three straight games, all Stanford victories. Running back Bryce Love has 150 rushing yards and a touchdown in every game this season, and leads Division I by nearly 250 rushing yards.

LINE: The Cardinal opened as 12-point home favorites and have been bet down to -10 with action on the Ducks. The total moved from 57.5 to 55.5.

TRENDS:

* Over is 5-1 in the last six meetings in Stanford.
* Over is 10-2 in the last 12 meetings.
* Ducks are 5-2 ATS in their last seven meetings in Stanford.
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Saturday's NCAAF Game of the Day: Utah at USC
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Utah Utes at Southern California Trojans (-13, 52.5)

Five of the six teams in the Pac-12 South Division have one loss and two will meet up Saturday when No. 13 USC hosts No. 23 Utah at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Stanford moved to No. 25 in the coaches' poll after handing the Utes their first loss of the season last weekend, while the Trojans bounced back from their only defeat two weeks ago against No. 9 Washington State by defeating Oregon State on Saturday.

Troy Williams led Utah to nine wins last season, including a 31-27 victory against visiting USC, but the Los Angeles-area native lost the starting quarterback job this season to sophomore Tyler Huntley, who hasn't played since suffering a shoulder injury against Arizona on Sept. 22. Williams was back in the starting lineup last weekend against Stanford, but was intercepted twice late in the game to spoil the comeback, and coach Kyle Whittingham wasn't ready to commit to a starter against the Trojans earlier this week.

USC has also been dinged by injuries, particularly at wide receiver and the offensive line, but starters are beginning to filter back and the Trojans still have their best two offensive weapons in quarterback Sam Darnold and running back Ronald Jones II. Darnold, who made his first career start against the Utes last season, has been steady but not as spectacular as many envisioned heading into this season.

TV:
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LINE HISTORY:
The Trojans opened as 12.5 point chalk and have been bet up half a point to 13-point favorites. The total was as high as 54 earlier this week but is sitting at 52.5 heading into Saturday.

INJURY REPORT:


Utah - QB Tyler Huntley (Doubtful, Arm), DL Kylie Fitts (Questionable, Leg).

USC - LB Hunter Echols (Out, Hip), RB Stephen Carr (Out, Foot), T Nathan Smith (Out, Knee), DT Marlon Tuipulotu (Out for season, Back), LS Damon Johnson (Questionable, Concussion), DL Jacob LIchtenstein (Questionable, Back), DL Jay Tufele (Questionable, Back).

ABOUT UTAH (4-1 SU, 4-0-1 ATS, 1-4 O/U):
The Utes have a difference maker on defense in linebacker Sunia Tauteoli, who recorded 11 tackles in last week's loss to Stanford, including 3 1/2 for losses. He's not only big, fast and athletic, but the 26-year-old is more mature physically and mentally than most of his opponents. Stanford running back Bryce Love rushed for 152 yards against Utah last week, averaging 7.6 yards a carry, but even those were seasons lows, and Love told reporters after the game, “No. 10 was flying around from sideline to sideline,” in reference to Tauteoli.

ABOUT USC (5-1 SU, 1-5 ATS, 2-4 O/U):
Leading receiver Deontay Burnett is among the injured Trojans they hope to get back on the field this week. He practiced lightly on Tuesday after leaving the game Saturday with a toe injury, the second time this season he has been slowed by injury. Second-leading receiver Stephen Mitchell Jr. returned Saturday after missing two games with a groin injury, but Jalen Greene has remained sidelined the past two games with a concussion, another reason USC burned the redshirt year of freshmen wide receiver Randal Grimes against Oregon State.

TRENDS:


*Utes are 5-0 ATS in their last five road games.
*Utes are 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven conference games.
*The Under is 7-1 in the Utes' last eight games overall.
*The Trojans are 0-4 ATS in their last four games.
*The home team is 6-0 ATS in the last six meetings between these two teams.

CONSENSUS:
The road underdog Utah is getting 64 percent support among the Covers Consensus users and 56 percent of people like the Over to cash in this contest.
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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14

GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS

TTU at WVU 12:00 PM

U 75.5

RUTG at ILL 12:00 PM

RUTG +2.5

CONN at TEM 12:00 PM

TEM -10.5 *****

NCST at PITT 12:00 PM

NCST -10.5

TCU at KSU 12:00 PM

TCU -7.0 *****

U 49.5 *****


BYU at MSST 12:00 PM

MSST -23.5

MICH at IND 12:00 PM

U 45.5 *****

SOCAR at TENN 12:00 PM

SOCAR +3.0

EMU at ARMY 12:00 PM

EMU +5.0 *****

KU at ISU 12:00 PM

ISU -22.5

FSU at DUKE 12:00 PM

U 45.5

BC at LOU 12:20 PM

BC +20.5 *****

UNLV at AFA 02:00 PM

UNLV +7.5

ODU at MRSH 02:30 PM

ODU +13.5 *****
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NW at MD 03:30 PM

O 48.5

PUR at WIS 03:30 PM

O 50.0

VAN at MISS 03:30 PM

VAN +3.0

AUB at LSU 03:30 PM

AUB -7.0 *****

OKLA at TEX 03:30 PM

TEX +9.0 *****


BAY at OKST 03:30 PM

OKST -26.0

O 66.5 *****

TOL at CMU 03:30 PM

TOL -7.5

NIU at BUFF 03:30 PM

BUFF +6.5 *****


AKR at WMU 03:30 PM

AKR +14.0 *****

M-OH at KENT 03:30 PM

M-OH -8.5

OHIO at BGSU 03:30 PM

U 62.5

UVA at UNC 03:30 PM

UVA -3.0

GT at MIA 03:30 PM

MIA -6.5 *****

NAVY at MEM 03:45 PM

NAVY +3.5 *****
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Late Afternoon Games:

HOU at TLSA 04:00 PM

HOU -13.5 *****

O 62.5

COLO at ORST 04:00 PM

ORST +10.0

WYO at USU 04:30 PM

USU -2.5 *****

CHAR at WKU 04:30 PM

CHAR +17.0

APP at IDHO 05:00 PM

APP -12.5

GSU at ULM 05:00 PM

ULM -6.5

NMSU at GASO 06:00 PM

NMSU -6.5 *****

MTU at UAB 06:30 PM

UAB +4.5 *****


U 54.5
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UTEP at SOMIS 07:00 PM

SOMIS -23.0 *****

U 52.5

TULN at FIU 07:00 PM

TULN -13.0

ECU at UCF 07:00 PM

UCF -35.0 *****

U 69.5

TAM at FLA 07:00 PM

TAM +3.0

UTSA at UNT 07:00 PM

UTSA -2.5 *****


O 59.5

CCAR at ARST 07:00 PM

U 65.0

ARK at ALA 07:15 PM

ARK +36.0

CIN at USF 07:30 PM

USF -24.0 *****

OSU at NEB 07:30 PM

OSU -24.5 *****

MIZZ at UGA 07:30 PM

UGA -28.5 *****
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UTAH +13.0 *****

MSU at MINN 08:00 PM

MINN +4.5

UCLA at ARIZ 09:00 PM

ARIZ +2.5 *****

UNM at FRES 10:00 PM

FRES -0.5 *****

NEV at CSU 10:15 PM

CSU -24.5 *****


BSU at SDSU 10:30 PM

SDSU -5.5 *****

WASH at ASU 10:45 PM

ASU +18.0 *****

ORE at STAN 11:00 PM

STAN -9.5 *****

SJSU at HAW 11:59 PM

HAW -17.0

U 63.5
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October 14, 2017


STARS

-J.T. Barrett, Ohio State, accounted for seven TDs and 373 yards to help the ninth-ranked Buckeyes roll to a 56-14 victory over Nebraska.

-Khalil Tate, Arizona, ran for 230 yards and two touchdowns to lead Arizona over UCLA 47-30, a week after breaking the FBS record for a quarterback with 327 yards.

-Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State, passed for 459 yards and three TDs, and ran for another score to help the No. 14 Cowboys beat Baylor 59-16.

-Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin, ran for 219 yards , including a 67-yard touchdown, helping the No. 7 Badgers beat Purdue 17-9.

-Lamar Jackson, Louisville, accounted for 512 yards and five TDs in the Cardinals' 45-42 loss to Boston College.

-L.J. Scott, Michigan State, returned from an injury to rush for a career-high 194 yards and two TDs, helping the 21st-ranked Spartans hang on for a 30-27 victory over Minnesota.

-Troy Pelletier, Lehigh, set a school and Patriot League record with 16 receptions for 197 yards and four TDs in a 54-35 win against Georgetown.

-Arion Worthman, Air Force, ran for five TDs , including a 1-yard dive with 2:14 remaining, helping the Falcons rally from a 27-point deficit to beat UNLV 34-30.

-Will Grier, West Virginia, threw for 352 yards and had four of his five TD passes in the second half to help the Mountaineers overcome an 18-point deficit to beat No. 24 Texas Tech 46-35.

-Charlie Volker, Princeton, ran for 163 yards and four TDs, including a school-record 96-yard score, in a 53-0 win over Brown.

-Shea Patterson, Mississippi, threw for 351 yards and four TDs in a 57-35 win over Vanderbilt.

-Mike White, Western Kentucky, tied a career high with five passing TDs and ran for another score in a 45-14 win over Charlotte.

-Gresch Jensen, Montana, threw for a career-best 423 yards and three TDs in a 41-17 win against North Dakota.

-Sam Straub, Southern Illinois, threw for 368 yards and four TDs to help the Salukis surprise FCS nationally-ranked Illinois State 42-7.

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SYRACUSE STUNNER

Syracuse coach Dino Babers paused at midfield in the Carrier Dome after the most important victory of his coaching career. He had no choice because he was surrounded by ecstatic fans stunned by the Orange's upset of No. 2 Clemson.

A Syracuse stunner and a signature win.

The Tigers were outplayed in a chippy game that featured 23 penalties for 219 yards that were evenly divided. Led by quarterback Eric Dungey's three touchdown passes and back-breaking runs, Syracuse ran 26 more plays than Clemson and outgained the Tigers 440-317.

The Tigers won the national championship last year despite a loss during the season to Pittsburgh. The road ahead this time likely will be more difficult.

Quarterback Kelly Bryant, already nursing an injured ankle, was knocked out of the game just before halftime with a concussion after a big hit by Syracuse defensive tackle Chris Slayton. Bryant lay on the turf for a couple of minutes before being helped to the locker room and watched the rest of the game from the sideline.

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MIAMI MIRACLE, PART 2

Darrell Langham was going down, and so was No. 11 Miami.

Until they weren't.

A Miami Miracle happened again - and the Hurricanes are still perfect this season. Langham's 28-yard catch on a tipped ball that just happened to fall into his arms as he fell down on a fourth-or-else play helped set up Michael Badgley's 24-yard field goal with 4 seconds left, and Miami somehow beat Georgia Tech 25-24.

A week ago at Florida State, Langham had the winning touchdown catch with 6 seconds left as Miami (5-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) rallied to beat their archrival. This time, his catch with 35 seconds left, again down the right sideline just like the one in Tallahassee, was no less dramatic - hauling in a throw from Malik Rosier that kept the Hurricanes' chances alive.

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NUMBERS

670-Total yards by Georgia State in its 47-37 win over Louisiana Monroe to break the school record.

747-Total yards by No. 14 Oklahoma State in its 59-16 win over Baylor, breaking the school record.

4,639-Career yards rushing by Northwestern's Justin Jackson , moving him past Damien Anderson (4,485) for most in school history.

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LSU TOPS AUBURN

LSU coach Ed Orgeron didn't want the game ball, turning down a chance to stick it in the faces of so many critics who think he is in over his head.

Auburn fans clustered in the stands near the visitor's locker room voiced their displeasure with coach Gus Malzahn, some yelling audibly that he's ''got to go.''

Such is life in the Southeastern Conference, where a young LSU team might be changing minds - and winning back disillusioned fans - thanks to a pair of gritty victories.

D.J. Chark returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown, Connor Culp kicked field goals of 42 and 36 yards inside the final three minutes, and LSU erased a 20-point deficit on its way to a 27-23 victory over No. 10 Auburn.

LSU's defense improved dramatically in the second half, when it allowed no points and just 64 yards. That enabled LSU to win with special teams play.
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Top 25 roundup: No. 12 Oklahoma holds off Texas
October 14, 2017


DALLAS -- A series that has produced so many tight games produced another Saturday as No. 12 Oklahoma built a big lead early and then hung on for a 29-24 win over Texas in the Red River Showdown at the Cotton Bowl.

Oklahoma's defense, a problem in the loss to Iowa State a week earlier and a liability for much of a win over Baylor before that, came up big when the game tightened up.

The Sooners stopped Texas on four of the Longhorns' last five possessions, and one huge Baker Mayfield touchdown pass led Oklahoma (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) to its second consecutive win in the series and its fourth in the last five years.

With just less than seven minutes remaining, Mayfield found a wide-open Mark Andrews open along the sidelines for a 59-yard touchdown to put the Sooners back in front. Mayfield finished 17 of 27 with 302 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

No. 1 Alabama 41, Arkansas 9


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Top-ranked Alabama extended its streak to 11 straight victories over Arkansas with a lopsided victory.

A stingy defense and running back Damien Harris, who had 125 yards and two touchdowns, powered the Crimson Tide (7-0, 4-0 SEC). Quarterback Jalen Hurts finished 12 of 19 for 155 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Alabama flexed its muscle early, taking a 24-0 lead into halftime in Bryant-Denny Stadium. It took all of 15 seconds for the Crimson Tide to get on the scoreboard. On the first play from scrimmage, Harris broke free for a 75-yard touchdown down the left sideline.

No. 4 Georgia 53, Missouri 28

ATHENS, Ga. -- No. 4 Georgia rolled up 696 total yards to rout Missouri in a victory that will likely push the Bulldogs into the third spot in the poll.

It was certainly a good night to pad the stats for the Bulldogs (7-0, 4-0 SEC), who found themselves tied with Missouri at 21 before scoring the next 26 points. Freshman quarterback Jake Fromm enjoyed a stellar day, completing 18 of 26 passes for a career-high 326 yards and one touchdown. Georgia rushed for 372 yards.

Sony Michel recorded 86 yards and two scores, freshman D'Andre Swift totaled 94 and Nick Chubb added 70. Wide receiver Mecole Hardman scored twice -- on a 35-yard run and a 59-yard pass. Drew Lock accounted for all the points for Missouri (1-5, 0-4), completing 15 of 25 passes for 253 yards and four touchdowns. Emanuel Hall caught a pair of 63-yard TD passes for the Tigers.

No. 6 TCU 26, Kansas State 6


MANHATTAN, Kan. -- No. 6 TCU overcame a day of weather interruptions and offensive inconsistencies to defeat Kansas State in a game that was delayed at the start for three hours by severe weather.

TCU (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) scored on its first possession of the second half to open up a 20-3 lead and was never threatened. The Horned Frogs hold sole possession of first place in the Big 12, after Texas' loss to Oklahoma. Quarterback Kenny Hill was 27 of 37 for 297 yards. He also had a 10-yard touchdown run to open the scoring.

Kansas State (3-3, 1-2) provided little resistance. The Wildcats mustered just 216 yards of total offense and averaged 2.4 yards per carry. There was another delay of one hour in the fourth quarter.

No. 7 Wisconsin 17, Purdue 9

MADISON, Wis. -- Freshman running back Jonathan Taylor had 30 carries for 219 yards and a touchdown as No. 7 Wisconsin beat Purdue for the 12th straight time.

Taylor, a true freshman, has accumulated 986 rushing yards in six games for the Badgers. Wisconsin (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) had three turnovers and eight penalties for 65 yards, but its defense kept the Boilermakers (3-3, 1-2) from scoring a touchdown. And senior linebacker Leon Jacobs came up big with a late save for the Badgers.

With Purdue posing a red-zone challenge on the 7-yard line, Jacobs picked off Elijah Sindelar with 8:14 left in the game. The pass was intended for freshman wide receiver Jackson Anthrop. Wisconsin held Purdue to 221 yards, including 155 passing.

No. 9 Ohio State 56, Nebraska 14

LINCOLN, Neb. -- JT Barrett tied a school record by accounting for seven touchdowns in Ohio State's romp over Nebraska.

Barrett set the mark last September in a win against Bowling Green. Barrett had five touchdowns passing, two rushing and 325 passing yards in a game that was over early. Ohio State (6-1, 4-0 Big Ten) scored on its first eight possessions and finished with 633 total yards, dispiriting a Nebraska fan base that expressed itself initially with anger, then absence.

Nebraska (3-4, 2-2) finished with 44 rushing yards on 16 carries in what was its third home loss of the season. The loss continued an angst-riddled season for the Cornhuskers. Athletic director Shawn Eichorst was fired last month days after a loss to Northern Illinois. Speculation has swirled much of the year that coach Mike Riley, now 18-15 in three seasons in Lincoln, could be next.

LSU 27, No. 10 Auburn 23


BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU erased a 20-point first-half deficit and freshman kicker Connor Culp kicked two field goals in the final 2:36 to lift the Tigers to an upset victory against No. 10 Auburn.

LSU (5-2, 2-1 SEC) trailed by 20 midway through the second quarter, but the Tigers rallied by holding Auburn (5-2, 3-1), which had averaged 48 points in its last three games, scoreless over the final 32 minutes to beat a ranked team for the second consecutive week.

Trailing 23-21, LSU moved the ball to the Auburn 25, where on fourth-and-1, Culp came in and split the uprights on the go-ahead 42-yard kick. After stopping Auburn on its next possession, Culp hit a 36-yard field goal with 38 seconds left to make it 27-23.

No. 11 Miami 25, Georgia Tech 24

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Quarterback Malik Rosier found wide receiver Darrell Langham for a crucial 28-yard fourth-down completion to help set up kicker Michael Badgley's 24-yard field goal as No. 11 Miami rallied for a victory over Georgia Tech.

Just a week after throwing the decisive touchdown pass to Langham in a 24-20 victory over Florida State, Rosier again found Langham down the right side. Langham appeared to catch the ball off his facemask as he tumbled to Georgia Tech's 15-yard line with just 33 seconds remaining.

Three plays later, Badgley kicked the decisive field goal with just four seconds remaining

The win kept the Hurricanes (5-0, 3-0 ACC) unbeaten while the Yellow Jackets (3-2, 2-1) lost for the first time since their overtime defeat to Tennessee in the opener. Rosier finished the game 23 of 37 for 297 yards. Sophomore Travis Homer, subbing for an injured Mark Walton, rushed for 170 yards, scoring on a 27-yard run and a 17-yard reception.

No. 13 USC 28, Utah 27

LOS ANGELES -- No. 13 USC rallied from a two-touchdown halftime deficit to defeat Utah.

The Trojans (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12) trailed the Utes (4-2, 1-2) 21-7 at intermission, the result of three first-half fumbles. Quarterback Sam Darnold threw two of his three touchdown passes, running back Ronald Jones II scored on a front-flip into the end zone to give USC the lead, and defensive back Ajene Harris stopped Utah quarterback Troy Williams on a game-deciding two-point conversion attempt with an open-field tackle to preserve the win.

Darnold finished 27 of 50 for 358 yards. Jones rushed 17 times for 111 yards. Williams finished 16 of 27 for 262 yards for Utah (4-2, 1-2).

No. 14 Oklahoma State 59, Baylor 16

STILLWATER, Okla. -- No. 14 Oklahoma State piled up a school-record 747 yards of offense and seven players scored touchdowns in a rout of Baylor.

After a fast start and a 7-0 lead by the Bears, it was all Oklahoma State (5-1, 2-1 Big 12). Quarterback Mason Rudolph tied a school record with his seventh career 400-yard passing game, finishing with 459 yards and three touchdowns. Wideout James Washington tied another school mark with his third career 200-yard receiving game, going for 235 and a touchdown.

Marcell Ateman posted a 119-yard receiving day, with a score. And running back Justice Hill ran for 117 yards and a touchdown, giving the Cowboys a 400-yard passer, two 100-yard receivers and a 100-yard rusher for just the fourth time in program history.

Baylor fell to 0-6 for the first time since 1969, when it finished 0-10. The Bears are 0-3 in league play.

No. 17 Michigan 27, Indiana 20 (OT)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Karan Higdon rushed for 200 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner, to lead No. 17 Michigan to an overtime victory against Indiana on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Indiana's Griffin Oakes hit a 46-yard field goal as time expired in regulation to tie the game 20-20. On the first play in overtime, Higdon ran 25 yards for the touchdown, breaking around the left corner after Indiana appeared to have him bottled up as Michigan improved to 5-1 and 2-1 in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers fell to 3-3, 0-3.

Leading 13-10 in the fourth quarter, Higdon broke loose for a 59-yard touchdown run to give the Wolverines a 20-10 lead with 10:25 to go. Hoosiers quarterback Peyton Ramsey completed 20 of 41 passes for 178 yards with two interceptions.

No. 18 South Florida 33, Cincinnati 3

TAMPA, Fla. -- Quarterback Quinton Flowers totaled more than 260 yards of offense as South Florida lengthened the nation's longest streak with a rout of the University of Cincinnati.

Flowers had game highs in rushing (80 yards) and passing (178 yards) for the No. 18 Bulls (6-0, 3-0 AAC East), who have won 11 straight games and are 6-0 for the first time since 2007. Despite recording their lowest point total since Sept. 2 against Stony Brook, the Bulls reached the 30-point plateau for the 23rd straight game, tying the University of Oregon (2011-12) for the longest streak all-time.

Darius Tice rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown for South Florida, which remained perfect under head coach Charlie Strong despite being flagged for 137 yards of penalties. The Bearcats (2-5, 0-3) were limited to 95 rushing yards in losing for the fourth straight time.

No. 20 North Carolina State 35, Pittsburgh 17


PITTSBURGH -- Nyheim Hines was the difference-maker with two electric touchdowns as No. 20 North Carolina State overcame a slow start to beat Pittsburgh.

The Wolfpack (6-1, 4-0 ACC) failed to score on the opening drive of the game for just the second time this season and went into halftime tied at 14 with the Panthers (2-5, 0-3). After Pittsburgh started the scoring on a 33-yard pass from Ben DiNucci to receiver Jester Weah, Hines broke free two plays later for an 83-yard touchdown run to tie the game.

After a defensive stop by N.C. State, Hines then returned a Ryan Winslow punt 92 yards straight up the middle to give N.C. State the lead. Hines finished with 249 all-purpose yards.

No. 21 Michigan State 30, Minnesota 27

MINNEAPOLIS -- Junior running back LJ Scott rushed for 194 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries to help No. 21 Michigan State squeak by Minnesota a week after taking down then-No. 7 Michigan on the road.

The Spartans built a 23-6 lead after three quarters but Minnesota quarterback Demry Croft threw a trio of fourth-quarter touchdown passes to wide receiver Tyler Johnson to make things interesting. The Spartans extended the lead to 23-6 heading into the fourth quarter on a pair of Matt Coghlin field goals. Minnesota closed the gap to 10 when Scott fumbled at the Michigan State 27 with 12:45 left and Croft hit Johnson for a 28-yard touchdown two plays later.

The Spartans responded immediately, however, when Connor Heyward received the ensuing kickoff at the goal line and returned it 55 yards to the Minnesota 45-yard line. Just four plays later, Scott carried in from 6 yards for his second touchdown of the game to restore Michigan State's 17-point cushion.

No. 22 Central Florida 63, East Carolina 21

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Central Florida scored in every phase of the game, nine players found the end zone and the impressive Golden Knights cruised past East Carolina.

McKenzie Milton completed 21 of 27 passes for 324 yards with two touchdowns in just three quarters. Mike Hughes returned a punt 66 yards for a touchdown and defensive back Tre Neal scored on an interception return as the Knights improved to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the American Athletic Conference.

It's the first 5-0 start for UCF since 1988, when the Golden Knights were playing in Division II. The Pirates (1-6, 1-3) have dropped three in a row and 10 of 11 dating to last season under second-year coach Scottie Montgomery.

West Virginia 46, No. 24 Texas Tech 35

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Will Grier threw five touchdown passes, including four unanswered during the second half when West Virginia climbed out of an 18-point hole to defeat No. 24 Texas Tech.

After suffering close losses to Virginia Tech and TCU, the Mountaineers (4-2, 2-1 Big 12) snapped a nine-game skid against Top 25 teams that dated back to 2014. Grier finished 32 of 41 passing for 352 yards, salvaging an offense that rushed for only 44 yards. The Big 12's leading rusher, Justin Crawford, finish with 47 yards on 14 attempts.

David Sills caught three touchdowns, adding to his FBS lead, now at 12. Ka'Raun White scored twice in the fourth quarter, one on a leaping 32-yarder and again on a 17-yarder that gave West Virginia its first lead at 39-35. Nic Shimonek tossed four scores for Texas Tech (4-2, 1-2), which led 35-17 midway through the third quarter.

Memphis 30, No. 25 Navy 27

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis used five Navy turnovers to propel it to victory over the No. 25 Midshipmen.

The Tigers (5-1, 2-1 American Athletic Conference) got two interceptions from safety Austin Hall, the second of which clinched the win for Memphis with 1:42 to play.

The anticipated offensive show was dulled by an opportune Tiger defense, which gave up 314 rushing yards to Navy (5-1, 3-1), but that was an improvement over Memphis' last two games against the Mids, both losses.

Riley Ferguson threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns for Memphis.
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