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Opening Line Report - Week 2
September 5, 2017


Ohio State was a 2-point favorite when the Buckeyes went into Oklahoma early last season and manhandled the Sooners, 45-21. Since many college football observers believe Urban Meyer’s squad is better this year than it was last year, the number on this year’s game (7:30 p.m. ET, ABC) may seem light. Sure enough, bettors immediately laid the points, pushing the spread from OSU -7 to -7.5 on Sunday at the Wynn, and to as high as -8 at other betting locales Tuesday.

“I personally made this game 8.5,” said Jason Simbal, vice president of risk at CG Technology, whose shop opened 7.5 and stayed put through the first two days of wagering. “I would only bet one thing on this game. I would only bet the favorite on this one at the number it’s at now.”

But Ed Salmons, oddsmaker at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, isn’t so sure. He cautions bettors not to discount the revenge factor and also to consider Ohio State’s season-opening game at Indiana. “They were life-and-death to win that game through three quarters,” Salmons said of Ohio State’s 49-21 victory over the Hoosiers. “The final score was very misleading. Indiana was moving the ball up and down the field.

I’m not exactly sure what happened to them, they just started making silly turnovers.

“But if Indiana can move the ball like that, you’d think Oklahoma can, too. I can see Oklahoma making this a game. I wouldn’t be surprised if they kept this game close or even won this game.”

Salmons added, “All the motivation is toward Oklahoma because they’re the ones that got crushed (last year) and they have something to prove.”

All that said, Salmons added, “I think the line is about where it should be. I think it’s just a notch above a touchdown.”

Early two-way action at CG on this primetime tilt supports that notion.

Here are Simbal’s and Salmons’ thoughts on some other key games on Saturday’s college football card.

Auburn at Clemson (-5.5), 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

Clemson opened -7 at the Wynn on Sunday, but underdog money influenced the line down to 5.5, where it sits at most Las Vegas sports books as of this Tuesday writing.

Both Bookmakers we spoke to this week understand why the number moved in Auburn’s direction. Salmons said Clemson was given too much respect by being installed as the touchdown favorite.

“I had this game 4.5 (based on his personal ratings) and was scratching my head saying, ‘What am I missing here’ (about the opening number)?,” Salmons said. “Clemson beat up on Kent State (56-3), who threw a grand total of five passes the whole game; they were just playing to get out of town.

“Auburn is supposed to be dramatically improved on the offensive side of the ball, so this will be their real chance here,” he added.

Said Simbal, “The opening line indicates Clemson is a field goal better than Auburn (on neutral site), which I’m not sure I agree with. So seeing the number move from 6.5 to 5.5 isn’t surprising, and I wouldn’t be shocked if it went down a little bit more.”

Clemson, as a 7.5-point road favorite, won last year’s meeting with Auburn, 19-13, outgaining the Tigers 399 yards to 262. But Auburn had the ball with a chance to take the lead on the game’s last drive.

Of course, there are also numerous key pieces missing from that Clemson team, which went on to win the national championship, including first-round NFL draft picks Deshaun Watson and Mike Williams.

“That Clemson team was better than this one, considering how many people they lost, and this Auburn team is better than that one,” Simbal said.

“If Auburn had any offense in that game last year, they would have won,” Salmons added. “Their offense was so anemic last year, but their defense has been top notch. If Clemson wins, I think it will be by a field goal, but I kind of think Auburn’s going to win the game.”

Georgia at Notre Dame (-5), 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC

There seems to be a disagreement among the betting market about the drop in value for Georgia between quarterback Jacob Eason, who is out with a sprained ligament in his left knee, and freshman Jake Fromm, who’ll be starting for the Bulldogs on Saturday. On Tuesday, the spread of UGA’s game at South Bend ranged from Notre Dame -4.5 to -6.5.

CG opened ND -6.5, but brought the line down to -5 in one flash Tuesday, and Simbal acknowledged his shop made an initial over-adjustment to the Georgia quarterback switch.

Salmons is bullish on both clubs this season, but doesn’t know what to expect from the freshman.

“It’s a game I’m interested in watching but have zero interest in wagering on because Georgia’s got a new quarterback and I could make a case for each team,” Salmons said. “I can’t even attempt to handicap this game.”

Stanford at USC (-6.5), 8:30 p.m. ET, Fox

While the line on this marquee Pac-12 showdown bounced between USC -7.5 and -6 through the first two days of wagering, even the high end of that range is too short, Salmons believes.

Stanford has owned USC in recent seasons, winning three meetings in a row and seven of the last nine. Still, according to Salmons, Stanford is being overrated in this spot. Had this been the first game of the season for both teams, the Trojans would be at least 10-point favorites, he said.

“(The line has been) dropped 3.5 points because USC played an atrocious game last week a 49-31 win vs Western Michigan). I mean, they were awful on both sides of the ball. They were just terrible last week, and Stanford beat Rice (62-7 two weeks ago), which is one of the worst 10 teams in the country.

“I think anything less than 7 is a good bet on USC,” Salmons proclaimed.

Simbal, meanwhile, is wary of USC.

“USC did struggle last week,” he said. “It was 35-31 with (3:49) left and then USC busted a (52-yard) touchdown run and a pick-6 to make it seem like they won a lot easier and more comfortably than they did, and Stanford looked really good in their opener.”

Stanford also has the aforementioned history on its side.

“USC always has aspirations of really great things, and they tend to lose to Stanford even in years when you think Stanford is down,” Simbal said.

Florida Atlantic at Wisconsin, 12 p.m. ET, BTN

Florida Atlantic is a hard group to figure. Yes, the Lane Kiffin era got off to a rough start with a 42-19 loss to Navy, but the Midshipmen’s unique offense isn’t necessarily an accurate measuring stick for a defense.

“You can practice forever against (the wishbone), but until you see it, it’s just so different, and teams that run it so well like Navy are really difficult to play with,” Salmons said.

So what are Bookmakers to do with FAU?

“We’re kind of shrugging our shoulders. It’s a confusing one,” said Simbal.

Simbal said the line on the Owls’ game at Wisconsin from CG’s team of oddsmakers ranged from 26.5 to 37, so the shop landed near the middle when it hung its opening number of 31. Wisconsin -31 drew a limit-bet ($2,000 this early in the week) from a respected bettor, prompting an adjustment to -32.

Simbal, though, sees a quality in Kiffin that would make him hesitant to lay a big number against FAU.

“He’s not going to mail it in at all,” Simbal said. “It’s hard to lay this big a number. You saw it in the first game (vs. Navy) when he refused to give up the game during the rain delay even though they had no chance. That leads me as a bettor to think if Wisconsin is winning 42-0, Florida Atlantic is still going to be playing their A guys trying to score. They’re not going to give up.”

Fresno State at Alabama (-43), 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

You’ve heard this hear before and you’ll probably hear it again: Bookmakers have a hard time hanging a spread big enough on Alabama. This week, for instance, even wiseguys are laying the wood.

CG took sharp bets on Alabama -43 and Alabama -44, putting the book in a unenviable spot

“It’s never fun when the sharps bet Alabama, because that means we’re going against every customer,” Simbal said.

To be clear, laying this many points – even with Alabama – is not a typical wiseguy bet.

“They usually don’t bet (lines that) are that big, so it’s probably just bad opener,” Simbal said. “Maybe the number should have been higher.”

Early line moves

Here are Week 2 lines that saw at least a 2-point swing in the favorite’s direction in the first 48 hours of wagering at the Wynn.

Oklahoma State at South Alabama
Opening line: Ok State -25
Tuesday line: Ok State -28

Central Michigan at Kansas
Opening line: Kansas -2.5
Tuesday line: Kansas -5

Nebraska at Oregon
Opening line: Oregon -6.5
Tuesday line: Oregon -13.5

Eastern Michigan at Rutgers
Opening line: Rutgers -2
Tuesday line: Rutgers -4.5

Western Michigan at Michigan State
Opening line: Michigan State -5.5
Tuesday line: Michigan State -7.5

Cincinnati at Michigan
Opening line: Michigan -32
Tuesday line: Michigan -35

Louisville at North Carolina
Opening line: Louisville -5
Tuesday line: Louisville -10

UAB at Ball State
Opening line: Ball State -10.5
Tuesday line: Ball State -14

Pitt at Penn State
Opening line: Penn State -17.5
Tuesday line: Penn State -20.5

Mississippi State at Louisiana Tech
Opening line: Miss State -4
Tuesday line: Miss State -7.5

San Diego State at Arizona State
Opening line: Arizona State -1
Tuesday line: Arizona State -4.5

Boise State at Washington State
Opening line: Wash State -7.5
Tuesday line: Wash State -10

Here are Week 2 lines that saw at least a 2-point swing in the underdog’s direction in the first 48 hours of wagering at the Wynn.

New Mexico State vs. New Mexico
Opening line: New Mexico State +11.5
Tuesday line: New Mexico State +7.5

Miami (Fla.) at Arkansas State
Opening line: Arkansas State +16
Tuesday line: Arkansas State +14

TCU at Arkansas
Opening line: TCU +1
Tuesday line: TCU -3

Toledo vs. Nevada
Opening line: Nevada +11.5
Tuesday line: Nevada +9.5

Louisiana-Monroe at Florida State
Opening line: UL-Monroe +35
Tuesday line: UL-Monroe +32.5

UNLV vs. Idaho
Opening line: UNLV +9.5
Tuesday line: UNLV +6.5

Minnesota vs. Oregon State
Opening line: Oregon State +2.5
Tuesday line: Oregon State -2

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CFB notebook: Texas A&M's Sumlin responds to criticism
September 5, 2017


Embattled Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin sidestepped criticism by a board of regents member and said he doesn't pay attention to outside analysis.

Sumlin's Aggies blew a 34-point lead during Sunday's 45-44 loss to UCLA and that prompted regent Tony Buzbee to deliver harsh criticism that included calling for Sumlin to be fired.

Sumlin took the high road Tuesday when he met with the media while allowing that the loss was highly disappointing.

"People are frustrated. I'm frustrated about a lot of things," Sumlin said. "I'm not real happy. I'm sure there are a lot of things being said about this program.

"Our focus is on us. That never changes. I'm not in the business of really paying attention to anything outside this program, or comments good or bad. My focus is on what we can do to be better. I don't really have time to get involved in things that are said about the program or about me."

--Tennessee wide receiver Jauan Jennings is expected to be sidelined as many as 12 weeks with a dislocated wrist, VolQuest.com reported.

Jennings is scheduled to undergo surgery on Tuesday, one day after he was injured in the first half of a 42-41 double-overtime victory over Georgia Tech.

The junior had three catches for 17 yards before sustaining the injury. Jennings led the Volunteers with 580 yards receiving and seven touchdowns last season.

--Maryland's biggest victory in several seasons came with a high cost.

Terrapins coach D.J. Durkin announced at his Tuesday press conference that starting quarterback Tyrell Pigrome will miss the rest of the season because of a torn ACL.

Pigrome sustained the injury at the end of the third quarter in Maryland's wild 51-41 victory at then-No. 23 Texas on Saturday. The Terrapins had lost 17 consecutive games to ranked teams.

--Texas A&M quarterback Nick Starkel and senior free safety Donovan Wilson each underwent surgery and are expected to be sidelined for an extended period of time, coach Kevin Sumlin announced on his weekly radio show.

Starkel underwent surgery on a fractured ankle Monday morning and Wilson had a screw inserted into his injured left foot, Sumlin said.

"I don't know if those guys will be back or not (by the end of the season)," Sumlin said. "Those two guys are out for a long time. We'll see where they are at the end of the year."
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The Dozen: Sooners seek upset
September 6, 2017


College football started serving up gourmet matchups immediately and apparently has no chill since it's coming right back with seconds to snack on. Here are the top six candidates for next week's top game, looking to follow in the footsteps of UCLA's epic comeback win over Texas A&M and Alabama's impressive first showing in a 24-7 vanquishing of Florida State.

1. Oklahoma at Ohio State: The Lincoln Riley era in Norman debuted as most expected it would. Even though he admitted it took him a while to realize that he had to handle some of the small in-game details like accepting a penalty, the Sooners looked like they did under Bob Stoops, overwhelming overmatched UTEP 56-7. Mark Andrews looks like the real deal at receiver and Baker Mayfield dominated as expected, but he'll quickly find out that what he saw defensively from the Miners isn't in the same universe as what Ohio State will throw at him. The Buckeyes are loaded on both sides of the ball and will be the top opponent the Sooners will see this season since no one in their conference is as sound on the defensive end or is blessed with quality depth. The nation's longest winning streak (11) will be on the line in Columbus, where the Buckeyes also have something to prove given how overwhelmed they were by Clemson in last season's national semifinal. Win or lose, this will be a measuring stick of J.T. Barrett's ability to lead Ohio State against elite competition. Is he a game manager or more? The Buckeyes won by 21 in Norman last season as a one-point road favorite and will be looking for their 38th win in a home opener in 39 tries.

2. Auburn at Clemson: This battle of Tigers might go a long way in determining who ends up in the college football playoff, but it could also mean absolutely nothing. The winner of this game still has to get through conference play against some of the best teams in the country, not to mention a championship game. Emerging victorious does indeed put them in a great position given how both of these teams are currently perceived, especially after winning their openers by a combined score of 97-10. Baylor transfer Jarrett Stidham looked rusty in his debut, so expecting him to rally his troops on the road in Death Valley will be a major challenge. Desean Watson's replacement, Kelly Bryant, will have to prove he can beat a physical, fast defense after compiling a school-record 313 all-purpose yards against Kent State. Last year's meeting, a 19-13 Clemson win on the plains, was scoreless into the second quarter. Auburn has dropped three straight in this series.

3. Stanford at USC:
One of two conference games on this list, this showdown is going to tell us a lot about the Trojans, who found themselves involved in a tight game against a Western Michigan squad that lost its head coach to a larger program and many of last year's leaders to graduation. A late pick-six made the final score appear more lopsided than the game actually was, but anyone who watched USC struggle has to be left wondering whether the hype over Sam Darnold and his star-studded supporting cast will ultimately lack substance. The Cardinal destroyed Rice and unveiled a downfield passing attack behind fifth-year senior Kellen Chryst and a Bryce Love-led rushing offense that isn't going to miss first-round pick Christian McCaffrey the way most thought they would. Although the Trojans are favored at home, they have dropped three straight games against Stanford, including the 2015 Pac-12 championship game. USC has won 10 consecutive contests and will be looking for its first win over the Cardinal in the Coliseum since late 2013. Stanford ran for over 300 yards in last season's 27-10 win.

4. Georgia at Notre Dame: Brandon Wimbush had a fantastic debut as the Irish's starting quarterback, running for over 100 yards and displaying speed and elusiveness that should serve him well against a Dawgs defense that looks like the strength of the team with so many returning starters back under the tutelage of Kirby Smart. Georgia will test Notre Dame in a way that undermanned Temple couldn't, which should set this up to be a low-scoring affair where both teams play it close to the vest, waiting out the other's first mistake. UGA starting QB Jacob Eason injured his knee against Appalachian State, so true freshman Jake Fromm, one of the country's most heralded recruits, will make his first start in South Bend. After going 2-3 against ACC competition and 0-4 against other power-five schools last season, this is a statement game for Brian Kelly, who last beat an SEC foe in the 2014 Music City Bowl. These schools have only met once, back in the 1981 Sugar Bowl.

5. TCU at Arkansas: These former Southwestern Conference rivals renewed acquaintances for the first time since 1991 last season in a fantastic double-OT game that the Razorbacks won in Fort Worth, improving to 31-3 over the last 34 meetings. The Horned Frogs are no longer the pushover they used to be and dominated Jackson State 63-0 last week as Kenny "Trill" Hill looks to finish his college career on a high note. While former Hogs star Brandon Allen failed to stick on the Jaguars' 53-man roster, younger brother Austin looks for a better fate in his senior season and has last season's success against TCU to build on since he led the game-winning comeback. With six of last year's top seven receiving leaders gone from the program, the Hogs are going to need new weapons to step up and can identify some here prior to SEC play.

6. Louisville at North Carolina:
The Tar Heels stumbled at home against Cal, unable to get stops when they needed to and failing to adequately replace top draft pick Mitch Trubisky under center. Although LSU transfer Brandon Harris and redshirt freshman Chazz Surratt showed promise and each have great wheels, they're going to be hard-pressed to match the production of reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, whose exploits against Purdue prevented an upset in a game that could've gone either way. These teams haven't seen each other since '11, so UNC will be getting its first look at Jackson in what becomes the first ACC meeting between the schools. With Clemson coming to town next week, the Cards have to improve on last week's showing in Indianapolis that saw them down at the break as they narrowly held on despite being a 25-point favorite.

7. Nebraska at Oregon:
It didn't take long for new Huskers defensive coordinator Bob Diaco to endear himself to Huskers fans who watched in horror as Arkansas State racked up 289 first-half yards and 26 points in Lincoln on Saturday night. Nebraska survived 43-36 and Diaco caught grief for not speaking to the media, which he's since chalked up to a miscommunication. His defense must now go on the road to face a Ducks attack that scored 77 points against Southern Utah, finding the end zone three times in each of the first three quarters. Oregon ran back the opening kickoff and finished with the highest single-game output of anyone so far. The RedWolves racked up nearly 5.6 yards per play against Nebraska, so there's reason for concern that the visitors will be unable to shore up its defense given the added variables that come with a road environment . The Huskers won last year's meeting 35-32 at home, marking only the fifth time in 15 tries that head coach Mike Riley has gotten better of the Ducks. This will be the first big test for new Oregon boss Willie Taggart, who looks like he has a gem in sophomore QB Justin Herbert. We'll see how the Ducks fare here, but after last season's collapse, the swagger appears to be back.

8. Pittsburgh at Penn State:
The Nittany Lions took a few drives to get going against Akron but looked unstoppable once they got revved up, showing off on both sides of the ball. They'll now look to avoid a repeat of last year against Pittsburgh, which tripped them up 42-39 in the second game of the season. At that point, James Franklin's Penn State tenure looked like a failure since the team had barely hovered over .500 since his arrival, but they've won 11 of 13 games since and look like a national title contender. The Panthers won't have Nathan Peterman to rely upon, but have a talented quarterback in USC transfer Max Browne. He didn't look sharp in a disappointing opener that saw Pitt blow a second-half lead to Youngstown State before surviving in overtime. The Panthers haven't played in Happy Valley since 1999 and face Oklahoma State next week, so they'll have to dramatically improve on Saturday's effort to avoid disappointment.

9. Utah at BYU: Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham has won the last six Holy Wars and is 16-0 in non-conference play over the past four seasons, so it's no surprise to see the visitors favored slightly here. BYU hasn't looked formidable in barely beating Portland State and being dominated on both sides of the ball in a shutout loss against LSU. Cougs head coach Kalani Sitake served as a defensive assistant under Whittingham from '05-'14, so it was no surprise to see that last year's first meeting as rival head coaches produced a 20-19 defensive battle featuring nine turnovers and a failed two-point conversion at game's end as Sitake went for the win in Salt Lake City. The Utes are facing some inner turmoil since sophomore Tyler Huntley has replaced senior team captain Troy Williams as the starting quarterback. Huntley will get to prove he deserves the gig in a tough road environment after a nice first effort in his first college start in a 37-16 win over North Dakota.

10. South Carolina at Missouri: Despite an impressive win in Charlotte over N.C. State, the Gamecocks find themselves in an underdog role as they take the field for their SEC opener on the road in the other Columbia. Mizzou was carved up by Missouri State to the tune of 35 first-half points before pulling away to win 72-43, displaying an alarming ineptitude against the only FCS opponent on their schedule. Given that second-year head coach Barry Odom's background is in defense, the panic button has already been pressed since the Gamecocks won't be as forgiving as the Bears were, allowing Mizzou to showcase its offensive weapons and eventually being lapped in a track meet. Will Muschamp won the first meeting against Odom's Tigers last season 31-21, but won only one of five road games. South Carolina is just 2-10 in it's last 12 conference road games, last winning at Missouri in 2013. Last year's win produced the most points (52) of any game in the series since the Tigers joined the conference.

11. Boise State at Washington State:
Both of these schools enter the season with their offensive arsenal getting the most hype thanks to the return of quarterbacks Luke Falk and Brett Rypien, but it was their defenses that did the heavy lifting in their respective openers. The Broncos survived Troy by coming up with big stops and limiting the visitors to just three second-half points, while the Cougs shut out Montana State in dominant fashion. Falk completed his first 20 passes, but he'll face a much stiffer challenge here. Even though Boise State lost six of its top seven tacklers, its defense looked tremendous against a Trojans offense that returned several key pieces and helped make up for a rough outing from its offense. Boise won last year's game by just three points despite being a double-digit favorite and has won four straight against Pac-12 opponents, a perfect run under head coach Bryan Harsin. Mike Leach comes off his first win in a season opener at Washington State after losing his first five. He's got a group talented enough to notch double-digit wins for the first time since 2003 but probably needs this one to make it happen given their grueling schedule.

12. Northwestern at Duke: Blue Devils head coach David Cutcliffe sees this as the best Wildcats team he's come across, and this will be the third straight season he's got them on the schedule. Duke saw a streak of four consecutive bowl appearances end last season, so this will be a great test to see where they really stand after they hung 60 points on overmatched NC Central. Northwestern struggled against Nevada before taking control and will be relying on Clayton Thorson to lead the way on the road. The third-year starter is 6-3 in true road games and returns to the site of his first college road win, having beaten Duke in Durham 19-10 in 2015. He'll lean on senior RB Justin Jackson, who picked up 109 yards on 30 carries and figures to be the focal point. The Wildcats are 17-4 when he cracks the century mark as he chases his fourth straight 1,000-yard season.

Others: Iowa at Iowa State, Indiana at Virginia, Houston at Arizona, Cincinnati at Michigan, Western Michigan at Michigan State, Memphis at UCF, Minnesota at Oregon State, Florida Atlantic at Wisconsin, San Diego State at Arizona State, Toledo at Nevada.
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College football picks: Big games on campus highlight week 2
September 6, 2017


The college football season opened with marquee matchups in NFL stadiums, giving a bowl-game feel to regular-season games.

In week two, it's back to campus, where traditional venues make the games feel even bigger and crowds are anything but neutral.

Four games involving eight ranked teams, with each Power Five conference and Notre Dame represented, have the potential to set an early season course for the College Football Playoff race.

Oklahoma and Ohio State
will play for the fourth time, and the first at the Horseshoe since the Sooners' only visit in 1977. That game, like this one between the second-ranked Buckeyes and fifth-ranked Sooners, was a top-five matchup. Barry Switzer's Sooners beat Woody Hayes' Buckeyes on a last-second field goal by Uwe von Schamann, remembered simply as ''The Kick.'' The two storied programs are 1-2 in the AP's Top 100 .

For No. 15 Georgia and No. 24 Notre Dame
meet in South Bend for the first time in the regular season. The only other time the Fighting Irish and Bulldogs played goes down as the greatest game in Georgia football history: Herschel Walker and the `Dawgs beat the Irish in the Sugar Bowl to win the 1980 national championship.

No. 13 Auburn and No. 3 Clemson are longtime nonconference rivals in the South. The two have played 50 times, dating back 1899. Clemson has won the last three, including last season on The Plains of Auburn. The defending national champions will try to make it four straight against Southeastern Conference Tigers in the ACC's Death Valley.

The first pivotal Pac-12 game is a rivalry that has been dominated lately by the longtime underdog. No. 14 Stanford plays No. 6 Southern California at the Los Angeles Coliseum, looking to extend a three-game winning streak against the Trojans. The Cardinal have won seven of nine against USC, which owns a 61-32-3 lead in the series.

The picks:

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS


No. 11 Oklahoma State (minus 28) at South Alabama

As long as the Cowboys don't get caught wondering, ''Why are we stuck inside of Mobile on a Friday night?'' they should be fine ... OKLAHOMA STATE 42-20.

MAIN EVENTS

No. 5 Oklahoma (plus 7+) at No. 2 Ohio State


Since losing in Norman to the Buckeyes last season, the Sooners have won 11 straight, the nation's current longest streak ... OHIO STATE 35-24.

No. 13 Auburn (plus 4+) at No. 3 Clemson


Clemson won a tight defensive game last season. Expect a repeat ... CLEMSON 20-16.

No. 14 Stanford (plus 6+) at No. 6 Southern California

Cardinal have been able to overpower the Trojans while turning around this rivalry. Time for USC push back ... USC 31-27.

No. 15 Georgia (plus 4) at No. 24 Notre Dame

The Bulldogs' defensive front against the Irish offensive line is the sexy matchup. But units that struggled last year - Georgia's o-line and Notre Dame's defensive front - will determine the winner ... GEORGIA 28-24, UPSET SPECIAL.

GRUDGE MATCHES


Pittsburgh (plus 20+) at No. 4 Penn State

Losing to the Panthers probably kept the Nittany Lions out of the College Football Playoff last year ... PENN STATE 45-21.

No. 23 TCU (minus 3) at Arkansas

Razorbacks won in overtime last season ... TCU 31-30, OT

UPSET ALERTS

Boise State (plus 10+) at No. 20 Washington State

Cougars have not started a season 2-0 since 2010 ... WASHINGTON STATE 33-27.

No. 17 Louisville (minus 9+) at North Carolina


Tar Heels are still trying to figure out who is playing quarterback, but this feels like a tricky trip for the Cardinals ... LOUISVILLE 31-27.

No. 21 South Florida (minus 17+) at UConn

Last week, USF struggled against Stony Brook; the Huskies rallied to beat Holy Cross ... USF 45-17, BEST BET.

MISMATCHES


Fresno State (plus 44) at No. 1 Alabama ... ALABAMA 56-10.

Cincinnati (plus 34) at No. 8 Michigan ... MICHIGAN 48-9.

FAU (plus 31+) at No. 9 Wisconsin ... WISCONSIN 48-13.

Louisiana-Monroe (plus 32+) at No. 10 Florida State ... FLORIDA STATE 48-3.


Charlotte (plus 36) at No. 19 Kansas State ... KANSAS STATE 47-10.


TWITTER REQUESTS

Houston (minus 1) at Arizona - (at)jefe172

Stat from Michael Lev of the Arizona Daily star: Cougars All-America DT Ed Oliver had more tackles for loss (22) and passes broken up (nine) last season than all Wildcats defensive linemen combined (21.5 and seven) ... HOUSTON 35-33.

Nebraska (plus 14) at Oregon - (at)bkbeban

The Huskers' new 3-4 defense allowed 22 plays of at least 10 yards to Arkansas State last week ... OREGON 38-28.

Iowa (minus 3) at Iowa State - (at)DanaBecker

Cy-Hawk Trophy game is 3-3 in last six ... IOWA STATE 23-20.

Utah (minus 1+) at BYU - (at)paulcherrington

Cougars enter Holy War having lost six straight meetings and with an offense ranked 99th in the country in yards per play (4.62). Maybe BYU is just due? ... BYU 20-17.

South Carolina (plus 2+) at Missouri - (at)BZSEC


Gamecocks can start the (hash)Deebo4Heisman after star receiver Deebo Samuel gets a crack at the porous Mizzou defense ... SOUTH CAROLINA 38-31.

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Record last week: 19-5 straight up; 9-13-1 against the spread.

Upset special 0-1.

Best bet 0-1.
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ACC Report - Week 2
September 6, 2017


2017 ACC STANDINGS

Team SU Conference ATS Over/Under


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

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

Duke 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Louisiana-Monroe at Florida State (ACC Network, 12:00 p.m. ET)


The Warhawks of ULM saunter into Tallahassee as decisive underdogs after dropping a 37-29 decision in Memphis last weekend. They'll meet an angry Florida State side which had its tail kicked by Alabama in the opener by a 24-7 count, and they lost starting QB Deondre Francois to a season-ending knee injury. Even with FSU down their top signall caller, Vegas has the 'Noles installed as a 33 1/2-point favorite as of Wednesday afternoon. While the Warhawks are 6-2-1 ATS over their past nine games against non-conference foes, they are a dismal 1-5 ATS following a straight-up loss. The Seminoles tend to be much better, going 4-1 ATS over their past five following an L in the previous week, while posting a 4-1 ATS mark over their past five non-conference tilts.

Louisville at North Carolina (ESPN, 12:00 p.m. ET)


Louisville and defending Heisman Trophy winner QB Lamar Jackson received all they could handle from Purdue in Indianapolis last weekend, sneaking away with a 35-28 victory. Meanwhile, North Carolina was tripped up in its opener against California, and they'll try to avoid an 0-2 start at Kenan. These teams haven't met since Sept. 15, 2012, hooking up this week for the first time as ACC foes. Louisville won the most recent meeting 39-34 in Kentucky, but that can mostly be discounted considering none of the players on the field Saturday were actually on the field in the most recent meeting. The line opened at six, quickly getting bet up into double digits. That's interesting considering the Cardinals are 0-5 ATS over their past five, and 1-4-1 ATS in their past six trips away from home. Meanwhile, UNC is 4-0 ATS in their past four following a straight-up loss and 5-0 ATS in their past five following a non-cover.

Northwestern at Duke (ESPNU, 12:00 p.m. ET)

In a 'Brain Bowl', the Wildcats and Blue Devils do battle trying to each get to 2-0 on the season. The Wildcats topped Nevada 31-20 last week, failing to cover a 24-point number, while Duke smashed fellow Durham resident and FCS opponent North Carolina Central by a 60-7 count. The Wildcats came away with a 24-13 win last season in Evanston, and they won 19-10 in their last trip to Wallace Wade on a steamy day in 2015. Northwestern has covered the previous two meetings, too, and they're a perfect 6-0 ATS in their past six against ACC opponents. However, Duke is an impressive 20-6-1 ATS in their past 27 outside of the conference.

Wake Forest at Boston College (ACC Network, 1:00 p.m.)

Both the Deacons and Eagles have a chance to get out to a hot start, not only moving to 2-0 overall, but 1-0 in the conference. Wake Forest is 6-1 ATS over their past seven road outings and 5-1 ATS in their past six against ACC foes. It's the complete opposite for BC, who failed to cover last week in a win over Northern Illinois. The Eagles are 2-8-1 ATS in their past 11 inside the conference, 1-4-2 ATS in their past seven in September and 3-8-2 ATS in their past 13 played in Chestnut Hill. Total bettors will be interested to know the 'under' has connected in seven straight meetings in this series.

Pittsburgh at Penn State (ABC, 3:30 p.m.)


Pitt eased past FCS opponent Youngstown State last week by a 28-21 score, needing overtime to survive. Meanwhile, Penn State mauled visiting Akron by a 52-0 count, proving their Top 5 ranking is certainly no fluke. These clubs met last Sept. 10 in an entertaining 42-39 track meet in the Steel City, and the Panthers piled up 341 rushing yards. On the other side, Heisman hopeful Saquon Barkley found the end zone four times in the victory. The line opened at 18 1/2 and is quickly up to the three-touchdown neighborhood. That's likely because the Panthers are 3-13 ATS in their past 16 non-conference tilts and 1-5 ATS across the past six vs. Big Ten foes. Penn State is an impressive 8-0 ATS following a cover, 6-0-1 ATS in their past seven against winning teams and 6-0-1 ATS over the past seven in Happy Valley. Keep in mind that the underdog is a perfect 5-0 ATS across the past five in this series.

Indiana at Virginia (ESPNU, 3:30 p.m.)


The Hoosiers of IU might not have topped Ohio State last Thursday, but they received plenty of good words following their tough showing for the first three quarters. Indiana moved the ball well through the air and actually held a 14-13 lead midway through the third before talent took over. Meanwhile, UVA churned out a 28-10 win over FCS William & Mary, a solid mid-level opponent. The Hoosiers missed the cover last week with a late second half run by Ohio State. They're 2-6 ATS in their past eight against the ACC, and 3-9 ATS in their past 12 on grass. Something's got to give, as the Hoos are 0-5 ATS in their past five and 1-4 ATS in their past five in Charlottesville.

Marshall at North Carolina State (ACC Network, 6:00 p.m.)

Marshall found themselves as rare home underdogs against Miami (Ohio) last week, but they opened the game with a 99-yard kickoff return for touchdown and finished with a 31-26 victory. One thing to note, however, is that despite scoring 31 points, the Herd had two long kickoff returns for score and one pick-six. The offense was actually outgained 429-267 in total yardage and Marshall accounted for just 15 first downs. N.C. State is going to be an ornery bunch after falling short against South Carolina in Charlotte in an entertaining affair. The Wolfpack is an impressive 11-3 ATS in their past 14 non-conference battles, 9-2 ATS across the past 11 in September and 7-3 ATS in their past 10 on a grass surface. The Herd has covered just twice over their past seven road trips while going 0-7 ATS in their past seven following a cover in the previous outing.

Auburn at Clemson (ESPN, 7:00 p.m.)

It's a battle of Tigers in the upstate, as Auburn invades Clemson looking to hand the defending champs their first L since the 2016 National Championship game. Clemson is installed as a five-point favorite as of Wednesday afternoon, so Vegas expects a tight affair similar to their previous meeting. Clemson won a hard-fought 19-13 battle on the Plains last season, outperforming Auburn 399-262 in total yardage. Auburn is 10-4-1 ATS in their past 15 games overall, and 5-1-1 ATS in the past seven outside of the conference, while going 6-2-1 ATS in their past nine on a grass surface. Meanwhile, Clemson is 4-1 ATS in their past five at Death Valley, while going 11-5 ATS in their past 16 following a straight-up victory. They're also 5-0 ATS in their past five outside of the conference, including two playoff games last season and a decisive 56-3 victory over Kent State in the opener last Saturday in front of the home faithful.

Other Games

Jacksonville State at Georgia Tech (ACC Network, 12:30 p.m.)

Delaware at Virginia Tech (ACC Network, 3:30 p.m.)

Middle Tennessee at Syracuse (ACC Network, 3:30 p.m.)

Miami, Florida at Arkansas State (CANCELED)
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UCLA seeks run game to match Rosen
September 6, 2017


LOS ANGELES (AP) UCLA adheres to the 24-hour rule, moving past its previous game no matter the outcome after one day of reflection and corrections.

The offense would like to make one alteration to that approach after a historic comeback victory over Texas A&M on Sunday night.

''Hopefully, this next game we can basically just play a fifth quarter of what we were at last week and keep going from where we left off,'' quarterback Josh Rosen said.

UCLA delivered a game's worth of production in the fourth quarter against the Aggies, scoring 28 points and amassing 308 yards. They averaged 10.6 yards per play and ran 29 plays despite only having the ball for 6:31.

Rosen was 19 of 26 for 292 yards and four touchdown passes, including the winning score with 43 seconds remaining.

''You saw a lot from our team, but I do believe we don't have to dig that deep very often,'' Rosen said.

But as tempting as it might seem to spread the field and let Rosen throw on every play, offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch cautioned that the junior's unbelievable finish was a result of circumstances that won't manifest in the first quarter against Hawaii on Saturday. Texas A&M was in a prevent defense for much of the second half, trying to protect a 34-point lead. Rosen had to take some risks that could have backfired, and nearly did.

''We got into a two-minute mode cause we had to, not necessarily because we want to,'' Fisch said. ''But we know what he does well and we'll not forget about that either.''

The more immediate priority for Fisch is to get the rushing offense on track. Excluding sacks and the final kneel down to end the game, UCLA actually produced 4.42 yards per carry, a robust improvement over last season's meager 2.93 average. However, running backs Soso Jamabo and Bolu Olorunfunmi combined for 17 carries, and just one in the fourth quarter.

The flow of the game dictated as much, trying to overcome a 44-10 deficit with 4:08 left in the third quarter. Fisch said the score is the first factor that has to be considered in evaluating the success of the run game, and holding the lead makes it easier to be productive.

''The best way to run the football is in the fourth quarter when you've worn them down, when you've run the ball for 25 carries going into the fourth quarter,'' Fisch said.

Yet, it was the inability to establish the run that helped force UCLA to play from behind. After opening the game with a field goal drive, UCLA lost two fumbles and had four three-and-outs on their next six possessions. The inability to stay on the field left the defense vulnerable to a powerful one-two punch of Texas A&M tailbacks, essentially creating a repeat of last season's most glaring issues.

As great as Rosen was in the fourth quarter, Fisch understands that making him the entire offense is not a sustainable plan.

''We got to run the ball better regardless,'' Fisch said. ''We have to run the ball more. We have to not put ourselves in positions where we don't convert on third down, and if we did convert on third down then we would be able to run the ball better and then we'd really be able to see if we could get that run game going.''
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Big Ten Report - Week 2
September 6, 2017


Ohio at Purdue (-3.5) - (Friday, FS1, 8:00 p.m. ET)

Ohio – The Bobcats picked up an easy 59-0 win last week at home vs Hampton. They rushed for 248 yards and 7 TD’s in the game. The defense walled off Hampton for just 108 total yards on a paltry 1.9 yards per play. Hampton trailed 20-0 at half and was able to muster only 15 total yards in 7 second half possessions. The Bobcats have covered 6 of their last 7 road games dating back to last season.

Purdue – The Boilers fared much better than many thought in their opener under new head coach Jeff Brohm. They were 26.5 point underdogs to the Louisville Cardinals and actually had the lead into the 4th quarter. Louisville scored the final 10 points of the game, in the final 9:00 minutes, and won 35-28. The final 7-point margin was the Cards largest lead of the game. Despite the tight contest throughout, neither team ever led by more than 8 points, Louisville dominated the statistics. The Birds rolled up 524 yards on 6.6 yards per play. Heisman trophy returning QB Lamar Jackson accounted for a whopping 485 of Louisville’s 524 yards. Purdue had 344 total yards on 4.4 yards per play. The Boilers will probably try and establish a running game in this one as 293 of their 344 yards vs Louisville came through the air. They did so with 2 QB’s with Elijah Sindelar getting the first start of his career (118 yards & 2 TD’s) with last year’s starter David Blough (175 yards & 2 TD’s) entering in the 2nd quarter. Blough played through the 3rd quarter and Sindelar came back in the 4th and finished the game. Can Purdue bounce back after the disappointing loss with a game at Missouri on deck? That will play a key role in this one. If you subtract their games vs FCS opponents, Purdue has been a favorite just 4 times in the last 4 seasons (2-2 both SU and ATS).

Saturday Florida Atlantic at Wisconsin (-31.5) - (Big Ten, 12:00 p.m. ET)

FAU – Lane Kiffin’s lid lifter as the FAU head coach didn’t go well. In a game that lasted nearly 6 hours due to 3 lightning delays, the Owls were trounced by Navy 42-19. Kiffin’s debut saw his team get outrushed to the tune of 416 yards to 40! Navy held the ball for 40 minutes to just 20 for FAU. Those are all bad signs for this weekend as the Owls travel to Wisconsin to face the Badgers who will obviously look to run the ball a lot on Saturday. With a defense that was worn down last Saturday facing 68 Navy rushing attempts, Wisconsin is not the ideal opponent to have to enter the ring against just a week later. FAU comes into this game having lost 24 of their last 30 games dating back to the 2014 season.

Wisconsin – The Badgers started more than slowly last Saturday as they trailed Utah State 10-0 with just over 1:00 minute remaining the first half. Wisconsin’s offense was out of synch putting up only 40 total yards (0 points) on their first four drives of the game. After the slow start, UW’s offense rolled up 59 points in 31 minutes on 438 yards. They scored points on 8 of their final 9 drives with their only non-scoring possession ending in a Wisconsin fumble. Sophomore QB Alex Hornibrook was solid and it looks like the Badgers will have a 3 headed monster at RB with Bradrick Shaw, Chris James, and true freshman Jonathan Taylor, who averaged nearly 10 YPC last Friday. Taylor very well may get more work this weekend (9 carries last week) as starter Shaw injured his leg and is listed as questionable. Update – Shaw has been getting some work in practice and may play on Saturday. We’re guessing with a blowout expected, the coaches will be careful with him.

Northwestern (-3.5) at Duke - (ESPNU, 12:00 p.m. ET)

Duke – There wasn’t much to be gained on our end from Duke’s 60-7 win over NC Central last weekend. The Devils looked great on both sides of the ball outgaining NCC by 364 yards in a game they led 40-0 midway through the 2nd quarter. However, the competition was obviously poor so we won’t get a solid gauge on Duke until after this week’s game. Remember, the Devils basically did the same last year routing NC Central to open the season winning 49-6 but went on to lose 8 of their next 11 games. Between November of 2004 and September of 2013, Duke was a home dog 38 times. The pulled off an upset a grand total of TWICE in those 38 games (2-36 SU record). However, from September of 2013 through last season, they were a home dog just 5 times but won 3 of those games outright (3-2 SU record).

Northwestern - This will be the 3rd consecutive years these high level academic schools have met on the gridiron. Northwestern has taken the first two meetings 19-10 in 2015 and 24-13 last year. The spread in this year’s contest is an interesting number. The Cats are currently favored by -3.5 on the road. For comparison’s sake, last year NW was favored by 4 at home which is basically the same number as we are seeing this year except the game is at Duke. Two years ago the Devils were a -3.5 point favorite at home so this spread is definitely not in line with those previous odds. Despite NW winning both of those games, the combined stat sheet of those two games were almost identical (Northwestern 37 first downs & 677 total yards / Duke 39 first downs & 721 total yards). The Wildcats were shaky at best in their opener vs Nevada. They came into the game at 24 point favorites and never came close to that number. Their biggest lead of the game was the final score of 31-20 and NW grabbed that margin with only 52 seconds remaining in the game. They did outgain the Wolfpack 508 to 341 but the Wildcats also ran 88 offensive plays to just 63 for Nevada. With that the yards per play average was very close with Northwestern at 5.7 and Nevada 5.4. Since 1980, the Wildcats have been a road favorite 34 times covering the spread in 20 of those games (59%).

Cincinnati at Michigan (-34) - (ABC, 12:00 p.m. ET)


Cincinnati – The new head coach at Cincinnati is Luke Fickell who was an assistant at Ohio State since 2002. He should have a good feel for Michigan to say the least. The Bearcats were less than impressive in their season opener. They topped Austin Peay 26-14 but were outplayed from beginning to end. Cincinnati had 5 fewer first downs, 65 fewer total yards and they were -15:00 minutes in time of possession. They were also outrushed 224 to 97 by the FCS team. The Governors fumbled at the Cincy 34 yard line, threw an interception at the Bearcat 2 yard line, and were shut out on downs at the Cincinnati 3 yard line. If not for those three crucial mistakes deep into Cincinnati territory resulting in no points, we could have been talking about an upset here. The Bearcats have not been a dog of more than 30 points since the 1999 season and only twice since 1991.

Michigan – The Wolverines dominated Florida more than the 33-17 score would indicate. The Gator offense did next to nothing the entire day. They had just 192 total yards and just 11 on the ground. The Florida offense didn’t score a single TD in the game as their two trips to the endzone came on interception returns. Not bad for a defense that lost 10 of their 11 starters from last season. With the score Florida 17, Michigan 13 at halftime, the Wolverines came out and scored a TD and two FG’s in the first 6:00 minutes of the 2nd half. Florida’s offense had only 3 first downs the entire 2nd half before their meaningless final possession which started with 1:37 left in the game. Offensively Michigan played well with the exception of starting QB Wilton Speight. He had only 11 completions in 25 attempts and threw two pick 6’s on back to back plays in the 2nd quarter to give Florida their only TD’s of the game as we mentioned earlier. Harbaugh has given Speight a vote of confidence and he will start again this week vs Cincinnati. On a sidenote, it was Florida’s first season opening loss since 1990, a run of 27 straight wins! Michigan is just 12-21 ATS (36%) as a home favorite of -28 or more dating back to 1980.

Iowa (-2.5) at Iowa State - (ESPN2, 12:00 p.m. ET)


Iowa State – The Cyclones play their second of back to back in-state teams this Saturday. After beating Northern Iowa 42-24 last Saturday ISU hosts Iowa this week. The Cyclones have been waiting for this one after getting embarrassed last year in Iowa City 42-3. The Hawkeyes dominated that game outgaining ISU 435 to 291. Surprisingly it was the first time since 2011 that the home team actually took home the CyHawk Trophy which goes to the winner of this intense rivalry. The road team had won 4 straight entering last season. The Clones relatively easy win over UNI last week was a solid start. Northern Iowa is one of the top programs in FCS and actually beat Iowa State last season. The stats were fairly close however Iowa State had two interceptions returned for TD’s which gave them 14 of their 42 points in the win.

Iowa – The Hawkeyes thwarted a solid Wyoming offense and QB Josh Allen last week. Allen is rated by some NFL scouts as the top QB in college this season. Iowa held Allen to only 173 yards passing on just 4.4 yards per pass attempt. The Hawkeyes defensive goal coming into the game was to take away the big play. They did just that as Allen completed a grand total of ONE pass for more than 14 yards the entire game. The Cowboys rushing attack did next to nothing to help him out (59 yards rushing). That was an impressive performance by the Iowa defense. The concern? The offense looked pedestrian at best. New QB Nate Stanley was “OK” completing 8 of his 15 pass attempts. The running game wasn’t great either as they put up 138 yards on just 3.8 YPC. Iowa running backs Akrum Wadley and James Butler had a grand total of TWO runs of more than 10 yards the entire game. That was against a defense that allowed nearly 470 total yards per game last season. It’s obvious Iowa’s defense will carry them this year but they’ll need some help from the offense when they start facing better competition. After dominating this series from 1983 – 1997 with a perfect 15-0 record, Iowa has a record of just 9-10 vs Iowa State from 1998 – current.

Western Michigan at Michigan State (-7) - (Big Ten, 3:30 p.m. ET)


WMU – After losing head coach PJ Fleck, starting QB Zach Terrell, and WR Corey Davis, there were some questions for the Broncos heading into this season after a near perfect 12-1 year in 2016. They answered those questions with a fantastic effort at USC. The Trojans (-29) won 48-31 but the game was much closer than the final score might indicate. In nearly 100 degree heat, USC led just 35-31 with under 4:00 minutes remaining in the game. The Trojans final two scores were on a 52 yard run and a 37 yard pick six just 36 seconds apart. While the Broncos passing game struggled with new QB Jon Wassink at the helm (just 67 yards passing) their rushing attack was dominant with 263 yards facing a talented USC front seven. We’ll find out more about this team on Saturday when they face an MSU defense that allowed only 67 rushing vs Bowling Green last Saturday. Can they put in another top notch performance on the road after last week’s disappointment? Will the physical toll of playing USC in brutal heat play a factor this week? These two met in 2015 with Sparty tabbed as a 16.5 point favorite. MSU won 37-24.

Michigan State – Sparty bounced back nicely in their season opener after last year’s disappointing 3-9 season. Just a season removed from their appearance in College Football’s Final 4, MSU won only 1 Big Ten game in 2016. Last week they rolled over Bowling Green 35-10 holding the Falcons to just 9 first downs. It could have been much worse as BG’s only TD came on a MSU fumble in the endzone and the Spartans also coughed it up at the Falcon 1-yard line going in to score. QB was a major issue for Michigan State last season. If last week is any indication they should be in much better hands this season. Starter Brian Lewerke threw for 250 yards and 3 TD’s last week to go along with his 69 yards rushing. Despite rushing for 215 yards last week, the MSU running game is still a bit of a concern. It took them 46 attempts to get to that 215 number (4.7 YPC) and their leading rusher for the game was their QB. That was against a defense that allowed 191 YPG a year ago. Their starting tailback, LJ Scott, had only 39 yards on 15 carries. This week they face a potentially tired WMU defense that allowed 232 yards rushing at USC last Saturday. Our database shows that MSU has played a team from the MAC 21 times since 1997. The oddsmakers starting setting lines for MAC teams in 1998 and since then this is the lowest number for MSU vs the MAC. In fact, this is the only time they’ve been a single digit favorite vs the MAC.

Eastern Michigan at Rutgers (-4) - (Big Ten, 3:30 p.m. ET)

EMU – The Eagles kicked off the season with a 24-7 home win over Charlotte last weekend. Senior QB Brogan Roback, who’s thrown for 6,000 yards in his EMU career, completed 71% of his passes for 267 yards in last week’s win. The defense also did their part holding Charlotte to one TD on only 4.3 yards per play. It was the 2nd straight year the Eagles topped Charlotte after winning 37-19 on the road. The Eagles seem to be headed in the right direction under Chris Creighton. They had a winning record last season and went to a bowl game. Not bad after finishing with a record of just 7-41 from 2012 through 2015

Rutgers - Emotionally it will be interesting to see where Rutgers stands in this game. There was much build up heading into last weekend’s home opener vs Washington. It was a revenger from last year’s embarrassing blowout at Husky Stadium. The Scarlet Knights showed very well last week easily covering the 28 point spread in their 30-14 loss to one of the top teams in the country. A 61 yard punt return for TD late in the 1st half turned the game around for the Huskies. It was their 3rd punt/kick return for a TD vs Rutgers in the last 2 years. Similar to last season, Rutgers more than held their own in the stat sheet getting outgained by just 59 yards. It was the Knights 10th consecutive loss under head coach Chris Ash and we’ll see how they respond this Saturday as a favorite. Rutgers has covered just 5 of the last 18 times they’ve been tabbed a favorite dating back to the 2012 season.

Indiana (-3) at Virginia - (ESPNU, 3:30 p.m. ET)

Virginia – The Cavaliers kicked off head coach Bronco Mendenhall’s 2nd season at the helm with a 28-10 win over William & Mary last Saturday. While that win may seem like a given, let’s remember that this UVA team lost at home to Richmond in Mendenhall’s debut last year on their way to a 2-10 season. Returning starting QB Kurt Benkert had a great game completing 27 of 39 for 262 yards and 3 TD’s. The running game will have to be much better this week however as they averaged only 2.9 YPC vs the FCS foe. Since November 21st of 2015, Virginia has won a grand total of two home games (William & Mary and Central Michigan).

Indiana – The Hoosiers head to Virginia off probably their biggest home opener ever. IU played host to Ohio State last Thursday to open not only the season but the conference season. The Hoosiers had the Buckeyes on their heals in the first half and went into the break leading by a point. They still led 21-20 late in the 3rd quarter before the Buckeyes took over. Through the first 38 minutes of game time, OSU scored just 13 points. They went on to score 36 points over the last 22 minutes as IU started to turn the ball over on offense. Defensively, IU played very well in the 1st half but was obviously worn down heading into the fourth quarter. That was fairly evident looking at the OSU offensive drive chart. After the Buckeyes 13 play drive that ended in a TD getting them to 20 points, their remaining scoring drives were 1, 5, 5, 1, and 13 plays. The high paced game featured a whopping 181 offensive plays. The Hoosiers attempted a ridiculous 68 passes in the game. Since 2000, IU has been a road favorite just 13 times (9-4 SU, 6-6-1 ATS).

Pittsburgh at Penn State (-21) - (ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET)

Pittsburgh – Just a huge swing in the line here from just one year ago. These two met in Pittsburgh last season and the Panthers were favored by 3.5. Now they are 21 point dogs so a massive 24 point swing in the line in just 365 days. The Panthers jumped out to a big 28-7 lead in the 2nd quarter in that game and then hung on for dear life winning 42-39. PSU actually had the ball down to the Pitt 30 yard line going in for the winning score or tying FG late in the game but threw an interception which ended the huge comeback attempt. Speaking of hanging on for dear life, Pitt played host to FCS power Youngstown State last weekend (coached by former Nebraska head man Bo Pelini) and jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead. While the Panthers then looked to go into cruise control mode, YSU made a furious comeback outgaining Pitt by more than 200 yards in the 2nd stanza and sending the game into OT tied at 21. Pittsburgh won 28-21 on overtime. Head coach Pat Naduzzi admitted he had a “vanilla” gameplan and wanted to simply get out of the YSU game with a win without showing very much to Penn State. Max Browne (140 yards passing) made his first start at QB for Pitt after transferring from USC. Since the start of the 2001 season, Pitt has been a dog or 20 or more just 5 times (4-1 ATS).

Penn State – The Nittany Lions opened as huge 31 point favorites last week at home vs Akron. The line dropped throughout the week and went off at -29. The line move was definitely wrong at the Lions absolutely dominated an Akron team that should be fairly solid in the MAC this year. Penn State led 35-0 at half in route to a 52-0 shutout. This offense returns nearly everyone from last year’s Big Ten Championship team and it showed as they racked up 569 total yards. The Lions were balanced in doing so with RB Saquan Barkley rushing for 172 yards on just 14 carries and QB Trace McSorely passing for 280 yards. Defensively they completely shut down the Zips to only 2.5 yards per play (159 total yards). The closest Akron got to paydirt was the PSU 33 yard line and that was on the final play of the game. They crossed into Penn State territory only two times the entire game. Penn State has been a favorite of 20 or more in this state series just 4 times since 1980 (1-3 ATS).

Nebraska at Oregon (-14) - (FOX, 4:30 p.m. ET)


Oregon – This is a rematch from last year when Nebraska squeaked by Oregon 35-32 in Lincoln. Neither team could stop the run in that game with Nebraska rushing for 228 yards and Oregon 336. The Huskers were -3 on that game and now are full 2 TD underdog in Eugene this year. The Ducks opened last week at home vs Southern Utah and it could not have gone any better offensively. They returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a TD and didn’t stop after that. They scored 11 TD’s on over 700 yards of total offense in their 77-21 win. Not a bad showing for Oregon in new head coach Willie Taggart’s debut. Defensively Oregon wasn’t great allowing 365 yards and 21 points to the FCS team. The Thunderbirds could have put up a bigger number as they were stopped 3 times on downs in Oregon territory and missed a FG. The Ducks also need to shape up their discipline as they had well over 100 yards in penalties. There is a chance this game may get postponed due to air quality problems from the wildfires currently burning in Oregon. Over the last 2 seasons the Ducks have covered just 3 of their 13 home games.

Nebraska – The Huskers got a bit of a scare in their home opener last week. Nebraska almost blew a 15 point second half lead when Arkansas State pushed the ball to the Husker 11 yard line with under 30 seconds left and had a few chances at the game tying TD. Nebraska won 43-36 but their new 3/4 defense under coordinator Bob Diaco (former Notre Dame DC) did not play as planned. Arkie State ripped the Big Red defense for nearly 500 yards. Red Wolf QB Justice Hansen shredded the Nebraska secondary for 415 yards and 3 TD’s. Unlike the defense, the Husker offense played very well averaging 6.6 yards per play. The much anticipate debut of QB Tanner Lee also went well as he threw for 238 yards and 2 TD’s. The Huskers have been an underdog of 14 or more only 10 times since the start of the 1980 season (6-4 ATS).

Oklahoma at Ohio State (-7.5) - (ABC, 7:30 p.m. ET)

Oklahoma – While both teams are very talented on both sides of the ball, one might consider this a potential coaching mismatch. The Sooners Lincoln Riley is the youngest head coach in the FBS and will be on the sidelines for just the 2nd time in his career as a head coach. Last week was this first game as a head coach and it was a great debut to say the least. OU overwhelmed UTEP in a 56-7 win. Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield threw for 329 yards and 3 TD’s with ONE incompletion. That’s right, Mayfield had one incomplete pass the entire game. As good as the offense was, UTEP head coach Sean Kugler admitted that OU’s defense wore his team down. The Miners had a great opening drive going 78 yards in 8 plays to tie the game at 7-7. However, after their opening drive, UTEP had 11 more offensive possessions and gained a total of 89 yards. Five of the last eight times that Oklahoma has been an underdog of a TD or more, they have won the game outright.

Ohio State – While Oklahoma has an inexperienced head coach, Ohio State does not. Urban Meyer comes into this one with 165 career wins as a head coach. As mentioned above, Riley has 1. Ohio State started extremely slow last week and trailed Indiana 14-13 at half. They went on to roll up 46 second half points in the 28 point blowout. Despite playing without starting tailback Mike Weber, the Bucks were able to roll over IU for 292 yards on the ground. It looks like Weber will be back in the line up this Saturday. OSU ran the ball 51 times to just 27 rushing attempts for Indiana. There is some concern that the Ohio State defense might have some holes after Indiana ripped off 437 total yards. The Buckeyes face a much more potent offense this weekend in Oklahoma so that side of the ball better shore up quickly. These two met last year at Oklahoma and Ohio State won easily 45-24 as a 3.5 point favorite. Big plays from Ohio State were the difference in that game as the offense scored TD’s on plays of 37 & 36 yards, the defense added a 68 yard pick six, and the special teams chipped in for a 97 yard kickoff return. Ohio State has won 31 of their last 36 home games by at least 7 points.

Western Kentucky (-7.5) at Illinois - (Big Ten, 8:00 p.m. ET)

Western Kentucky – These two last met 3 years ago here in Champaign. The Illini were 3.5 points favorites in that game and won 42-34. Western Kentucky comes in with a 1-0 mark after topping Eastern Kentucky 31-17 last week. It was Mike Sanford’s debut as head coach after last year’s head man Jeff Brohm moved on to Purdue. Sanford was the offensive coordinator at Notre Dame last year. While WKU was quite vanilla offensively compared to past editions of the Hilltopper offense, Sanford made it clear the play calling and formations will change “drastically” from one week to the next. Western led the nation in scoring last year at 45 PPG and averaged 7.6 yards per play. In last Saturday’s win, they averaged just over 5 yards per play. The Hilltoppers have NEVER been favored vs a Big Ten team on the road, until this game that is.

Illinois – The Illini had all kinds of trouble with Ball State last Saturday. While they did win 24-21, they were shaky at best in doing so. They needed a blocked Ball State FG as time expired to preserve the 3 point win. Despite the win for Illinois, Ball State simply looked like the better team. The outgained the Illini by 160 yards and had 7 more first downs. Illinois led 16-7 at half but two long TD drives from the Cardinals to open the 2nd half gave them a 21-16 led. BSU held onto that 5 point margin until just 2:00 minutes remaining in the game when Illinois scored a TD and completed a 2-point conversion to grab the 24-21 lead. The Illinois offense looks again like it lacks big play ability and the numbers in week one showed just that with only 4 plays the entire game gaining more than 15 yards. Ball State ran 85 offensive plays in the game to just 49 for Illinois. This is just the 2nd time since 1998 the Illini have been a home underdog of 7 or more vs a non-conference opponent. The only other was in 2013 when they destroyed Cincinnati 45-17 as a 9.5 point underdog.

Minnesota at Oregon State (-2) - (FS1, 10:00 p.m. ET)


Oregon State – The Beavers are one of the few teams that already have two games under their belt. They were blown out two weeks ago at Colorado State 58-27. The game wasn’t nearly as lopsided as the final score would indicate. The yardage wasn’t all that lopsided with CSU outgaining Oregon State by 69 yards. The key was five OSU turnovers that led to 27 Colorado State points. Last week they played host to FCS foe Portland State. The Beavs were outgained by 126 yards in the game and needed a TD pass with just 1:08 remaining to secure the 35-32 win. PSU ran 82 offensive plays in the game to just 57 for the Beavers. Oregon State coach Gary Andersen, former coach at Wisconsin, has been rotating two QB’s, Jake Luton & Darrell Garrettson, many times during the same drive. Like Oregon, the Oregon State brass are monitoring the wildfires in the area and the option to postpone the game remains open due to potential air quality problems. The Beavs are just 7-14 ATS the last 21 times they’ve been a home favorite.

Minnesota – The PJ Fleck era is underway in Minnesota. There was massive build up to his opening game as coach last week vs Buffalo and while they did get the 17-7 win, it didn’t live up to the hype. Fleck’s high flying, high scoring offense at Western Michigan (39 PPG last year) didn’t transfer over to the Gophs, at least in game one. Minnesota was very conservative offensively running the ball 51 times. The Gophers are inexperienced and neither Conor Rhoda or Demry Croft separated themselves during spring ball or in camp leading up to this game. Thus, Fleck played both. Croft is more of a threat to run (32 yards rushing) while Rhoda is the more consistent passer (176 yards through the air). Minny scored TD’s on 2 of their first 4 drives and ended the first quarter with 14 points. They then struggled offensively for much of the final 3 quarters. It looks like this team may have to lean on their defense as they have in recent seasons. They played well at the point of attack and held the Bulls to only 51 yards rushing on 22 attempts. Minny is 13-4-1 ATS their last 18 road games.

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Big 12 Report - Week 2
September 6, 2017


2017 BIG 12 STANDINGS

Team SU Conference ATS Over/Under


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

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

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

Kansas State 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0

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

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

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

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

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

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


Oklahoma State at South Alabama (Fri. - ESPN2, 8:00 p.m. ET)


The Cowboys of OSU routed Tulsa by a 59-24 count, easily covering a 19 1/2-point spread. South Alabama was more adventurous in their cover, going through the backdoor to stun Mississippi side bettors in a 47-27 loss. A rushing touchdown with 4:04 gave the Jaguars a cover, and they more than held their own with 374 total yards against an SEC team while winning the time of possession battle 31:51-28:09. OK State has covered in six of their past eight overall, and they're 4-1 ATS in their past five outside of the conference. USA has covered just five of their past 19 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., posting a dismal 3-10 ATS mark over the past 13 against a club with a winning overall mark.

Charlotte at Kansas State (No national TV, 12:00 p.m.)


The 49ers head west, but they'll be unlikely to find gold at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan. The Wildcats are favored by 36 1/2 points as of early Thursday morning. Charlotte was tripped up 24-7 at Eastern Michigan last week, while K-State powered past FCS Central Arkansas by a 55-19 count, covering a 24 1/2-point spread. The 49ers are 1-6 ATS over their past seven non-conference tilts, while the Wildcats are just 1-4 ATS over their past five against teams with a losing record. However, K-State has covered four of their past five overall. The 'over' is also an impressive 4-0 at home for the Wildcats, and 5-2 across their past seven out of conference.

Iowa at Iowa State (ESPN2, 12:00 p.m. ET)

It's time for the latest installment of the Battle for the Hawkeye State, and lately it has been a low-scoring rivalry. The 'under' is 9-2-1 over the past 12 meetings in this series. The under is also 4-1-1 in Iowa's past six against Big 12 foes, while going 10-2 across their past 12 following a straight-up victory by more than 20 points. However, they're just 6-13 ATS in the past 19 meetings against the Cyclones. I-State exorcised some demons with 42-24 revenge beating of FCS Northern Iowa, a team that stung them in the opener last season. Can they do the same to Iowa? The Hawkeyes won 42-3 in last season's battle.

East Carolina at West Virginia (FOX Sports 2, 12:00 p.m. ET)

The Pirates of ECU hit the road for Morgantown, and they'll find an angry West Virginia team awaiting them. And really, East Carolina doesn't need any additional challenges after getting waylaid at home by FCS James Madison last weekend. The Pirates didn't just lose, they were flattened by 20 points. The Pirates are just 9-25 ATS over the past 34 games, 5-16 ATS in the past 21 following a straight-up loss and 0-6 ATS in their past six road outings. West Virginia hasn't been much better lately, covering just one of the past six at home and none of their past four non-conference tilts.

Texas Christian at Arkansas (CBS, 3:30 p.m.)


Arkansas opened as a 1 1/2-point favored, but the public has quickly flipped that to TCU now being favored by a field goal. The money is on TCU despite the fact they're 2-8 ATS over their past 10 overall, 1-4ATS in their past five non-conference battles and 2-5 ATS in their past seven against the SEC. Arkansas isn't much better, however, going 3-7 ATS across the past 10 outside of the SEC, while going 1-4 ATS in the past five against a winning team and 0-6 ATS in the past six following a straight-up win. Total bettors might like the 'under', which is 5-1 over the past six road games for the Horned Frogs and 4-1 across the past five overall. The under is also 4-0 in Arkansas' past four outside of the SEC, 6-2 over their past eight at home and 9-4 in their past 13 following a cover.

San Jose State at Texas (Longhorn Network, 3:30 p.m.)


The Spartans head down to Austin looking to add to the woes of the Longhorns. San Jose State has split their first two games, losing to South Florida while topping FCS Cal Poly SLO. However, they have covered both outings and the 'under' is a perfect 2-0 so far. Texas enters as a 26 1/2-point favorite despite the fact they were dumped by a mediocre Maryland club at home by a 51-41 count. It's not exactly the start 'Horns fans envisioned to kick off the Tom Herman era. The Spartans are 5-1 ATS over their past six overall while the Longhorns have failed to cover in four straight. The 'under' is 7-2 over the past nine for San Jose, including 6-2 over their past eight out of conference. The under is 5-1 in the past six at home for Texas, 7-1 in their past eight overall and 4-0 over their past four against Mountain West foes.

Central Michigan at Kansas (No national TV, 4:00 p.m.)

Central Michigan barely scraped by FCS Rhode Island, as they needed overtime to push past the Rams. Kansas also squared off against an FCS foe, topping Southeast Missouri State. As such, the Jayhawks are favored by six points to win on Saturday, but do you know when the last time KU won back-to-back games? The last time Kansas won two straight was when they kicked off the 2011 season, beating McNeese State and Northern Illinois. It's been a while, so moneyline bettors might find the Chips to be a solid value on Saturday despite the road trip.

Oklahoma at Ohio State (ABC, 7:30 p.m.)


The marquee matchup of the weekend kicks off in Columbus, as Baker Mayfield and the Sooners look to exact a little revenge against the Buckeyes. The Sooners passed their opening test against Texas-El Paso with flying colors, while the Buckeyes picked themselves up off the mat after a difficult first half in Indiana to throttle the Hoosiers by a 49-21 score. Oklahoma has covered six in a row against teams with a winning overall record while cashing in fivein a row overall. However, they're just 2-5 ATS over their past seven out of conference. Ohio State is an impressive 6-1 ATS in their past seven against Big 12 foes, although they're just 3-7 ATS in the past 10 overall. The Buckeyes won 45-24 in Norman as a two-point favorite. Can the Sooners return the favor?

Texas-San Antonio at Baylor (No national TV, 8:00 p.m.)


The Roadrunners were scheduled to face Houston last week, but that game was canceled due to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. So now UTSA will kick off their 2017 season against the Bears. Baylor was stunned at home by FCS Liberty, allowing 48 points to the Flames. The Bears head into Saturday's game looking for a bounce back, favored by 16 1/2 points. The Bears are just 1-4 ATS across their past five non-conference tilts, while going just 2-6 ATS over the past eight overall. They're also 1-4 ATS in their past five after a non-cover. UTSA has managed a dismal 2-6-1 ATS mark over their past nine outings. The 'under' is 4-1 over the past five non-conference games for both schools.
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Friday, September 8

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OHIO U (1 - 0) at PURDUE (0 - 1) - 9/8/2017, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
OHIO U is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in road games in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.
PURDUE is 1-10 ATS (-10.0 Units) in home games when playing with 6 or less days rest over the last 3 seasons.

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

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OKLAHOMA ST (1 - 0) at S ALABAMA (0 - 1) - 9/8/2017, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
OKLAHOMA ST is 83-55 ATS (+22.5 Units) as a favorite since 1992.
S ALABAMA is 2-10 ATS (-9.0 Units) in games played on turf over the last 2 seasons.

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

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MEMPHIS (1 - 0) at UCF (1 - 0) - 9/8/2017, 6:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
MEMPHIS is 75-103 ATS (-38.3 Units) in games played on a grass field since 1992.

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

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Saturday, September 9

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FLA ATLANTIC (0 - 1) at WISCONSIN (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 12:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
FLA ATLANTIC is 2-11 ATS (-10.1 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
FLA ATLANTIC is 2-11 ATS (-10.1 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
FLA ATLANTIC is 2-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) when playing on a Saturday over the last 2 seasons.

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

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BUFFALO (0 - 1) at ARMY (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 12:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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W MICHIGAN (0 - 1) at MICHIGAN ST (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 3:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
W MICHIGAN is 19-9 ATS (+9.1 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
W MICHIGAN is 19-9 ATS (+9.1 Units) in all lined games over the last 3 seasons.
W MICHIGAN is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in September games over the last 3 seasons.
W MICHIGAN is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.
MICHIGAN ST is 5-14 ATS (-10.4 Units) as a favorite over the last 3 seasons.

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

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E MICHIGAN (1 - 0) at RUTGERS (0 - 1) - 9/9/2017, 3:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
E MICHIGAN is 23-40 ATS (-21.0 Units) in non-conference games since 1992.
E MICHIGAN is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
E MICHIGAN is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.

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

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OLD DOMINION (1 - 0) at MASSACHUSETTS (0 - 2) - 9/9/2017, 3:30 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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NORTHWESTERN (1 - 0) at DUKE (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 12:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
NORTHWESTERN is 77-54 ATS (+17.6 Units) in road games since 1992.
NORTHWESTERN is 77-54 ATS (+17.6 Units) in road lined games since 1992.

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

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S FLORIDA (2 - 0) at CONNECTICUT (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 12:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
S FLORIDA is 14-5 ATS (+8.5 Units) in games played on a grass field over the last 3 seasons.
CONNECTICUT is 2-11 ATS (-10.1 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
CONNECTICUT is 2-11 ATS (-10.1 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
CONNECTICUT is 5-14 ATS (-10.4 Units) when playing on a Saturday over the last 3 seasons.

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

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E CAROLINA (0 - 1) at W VIRGINIA (0 - 1) - 9/9/2017, 12:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
E CAROLINA is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
E CAROLINA is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) in road lined games over the last 2 seasons.
E CAROLINA is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) in road games when playing on a Saturday over the last 2 seasons.

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

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CINCINNATI (1 - 0) at MICHIGAN (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 12:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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LOUISVILLE (1 - 0) at N CAROLINA (0 - 1) - 9/9/2017, 12:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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CHARLOTTE (0 - 1) at KANSAS ST (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 12:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
KANSAS ST is 86-60 ATS (+20.0 Units) in home games since 1992.
KANSAS ST is 86-60 ATS (+20.0 Units) in home lined games since 1992.
KANSAS ST is 146-109 ATS (+26.1 Units) when playing on a Saturday since 1992.
KANSAS ST is 119-90 ATS (+20.0 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest since 1992.
KANSAS ST is 86-60 ATS (+20.0 Units) in home games in games played on turf since 1992.

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

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IOWA (1 - 0) at IOWA ST (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 12:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
IOWA is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in road games when playing with 6 or less days rest over the last 3 seasons.

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

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WAKE FOREST (1 - 0) at BOSTON COLLEGE (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 1:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
BOSTON COLLEGE is 0-7 ATS (-7.7 Units) in home games against conference opponents over the last 3 seasons.

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

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NEW MEXICO ST (0 - 1) at NEW MEXICO (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
NEW MEXICO ST is 86-118 ATS (-43.8 Units) when playing on a Saturday since 1992.

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

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RICE (0 - 1) at UTEP (0 - 1) - 9/9/2017, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
RICE is 36-20 ATS (+14.0 Units) when the line is +3 to -3 since 1992.
RICE is 116-87 ATS (+20.3 Units) in games played on turf since 1992.
UTEP is 30-48 ATS (-22.8 Units) in September games since 1992.

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

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TEXAS ST (1 - 0) at COLORADO (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 2:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
COLORADO is 9-1 ATS (+7.9 Units) when playing on a Saturday over the last 2 seasons.

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

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UAB (1 - 0) at BALL ST (0 - 1) - 9/9/2017, 3:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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MIDDLE TENN ST (0 - 1) at SYRACUSE (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 3:30 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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INDIANA (0 - 1) at VIRGINIA (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 3:30 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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PITTSBURGH (1 - 0) at PENN ST (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 3:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
PENN ST is 37-20 ATS (+15.0 Units) as a favorite of 10.5 to 21 points since 1992.

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

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FRESNO ST (1 - 0) at ALABAMA (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 3:30 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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TULANE (1 - 0) at NAVY (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 3:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
TULANE is 90-123 ATS (-45.3 Units) as an underdog since 1992.
NAVY is 161-119 ATS (+30.1 Units) in all games since 1992.
NAVY is 161-119 ATS (+30.1 Units) in all lined games since 1992.
NAVY is 41-22 ATS (+16.8 Units) against conference opponents since 1992.
NAVY is 146-108 ATS (+27.2 Units) when playing on a Saturday since 1992.
NAVY is 52-31 ATS (+17.9 Units) in games played on turf since 1992.
NAVY is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in September games over the last 3 seasons.

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

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W KENTUCKY (1 - 0) at ILLINOIS (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
ILLINOIS is 122-160 ATS (-54.0 Units) in all games since 1992.
ILLINOIS is 122-160 ATS (-54.0 Units) in all lined games since 1992.
ILLINOIS is 60-89 ATS (-37.9 Units) in home games since 1992.
ILLINOIS is 60-89 ATS (-37.9 Units) in home lined games since 1992.
ILLINOIS is 60-87 ATS (-35.7 Units) in home games when playing on a Saturday since 1992.
ILLINOIS is 80-123 ATS (-55.3 Units) in games played on turf since 1992.

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

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UTSA (0-0) at BAYLOR (0 - 1) - 9/9/2017, 3:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
BAYLOR is 2-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
BAYLOR is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest over the last 2 seasons.

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

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HAWAII (2 - 0) at UCLA (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 5:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
HAWAII is 5-16 ATS (-12.6 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest over the last 3 seasons.
UCLA is 4-15 ATS (-12.5 Units) in games played on a grass field over the last 3 seasons.

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

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C MICHIGAN (1 - 0) at KANSAS (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 4:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
KANSAS is 121-155 ATS (-49.5 Units) in all games since 1992.
KANSAS is 121-155 ATS (-49.5 Units) in all lined games since 1992.
KANSAS is 113-146 ATS (-47.6 Units) when playing on a Saturday since 1992.
KANSAS is 92-124 ATS (-44.4 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest since 1992.

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

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NEBRASKA (1 - 0) at OREGON (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 4:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
OREGON is 1-8 ATS (-7.8 Units) in home games when playing with 6 or less days rest over the last 3 seasons.

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

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SAN JOSE ST (1 - 1) at TEXAS (0 - 1) - 9/9/2017, 3:30 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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TCU (1 - 0) at ARKANSAS (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 3:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
TCU is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
TCU is 1-9 ATS (-8.9 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
TCU is 1-10 ATS (-10.0 Units) when playing on a Saturday over the last 2 seasons.
ARKANSAS is 13-3 ATS (+9.7 Units) against Big 12 conference opponents since 1992.

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

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LA LAFAYETTE (1 - 0) at TULSA (0 - 1) - 9/9/2017, 4:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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MARSHALL (1 - 0) at NC STATE (0 - 1) - 9/9/2017, 6:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
MARSHALL is 40-67 ATS (-33.7 Units) in road games since 1992.
MARSHALL is 40-67 ATS (-33.7 Units) in road lined games since 1992.
MARSHALL is 10-22 ATS (-14.2 Units) in road games in September games since 1992.

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

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TOLEDO (1 - 0) at NEVADA (0 - 1) - 9/9/2017, 7:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
TOLEDO is 29-15 ATS (+12.5 Units) as a favorite of 3.5 to 10 points since 1992.
TOLEDO is 76-53 ATS (+17.7 Units) as a favorite since 1992.
TOLEDO is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in September games over the last 3 seasons.

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

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LA MONROE (0 - 1) at FLORIDA ST (0 - 1) - 9/9/2017, 7:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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S CAROLINA (1 - 0) at MISSOURI (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 7:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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NORTH TEXAS (1 - 0) at SMU (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 7:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
SMU is 91-121 ATS (-42.1 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest since 1992.

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

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AUBURN (1 - 0) at CLEMSON (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 7:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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GEORGIA (1 - 0) at NOTRE DAME (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 7:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
GEORGIA is 20-6 ATS (+13.4 Units) in a road game where the total is between 49.5 and 56 since 1992.
GEORGIA is 14-4 ATS (+9.6 Units) in a road game where the total is between 52.5 and 56 since 1992.
GEORGIA is 30-12 ATS (+16.8 Units) in road games in non-conference games since 1992.

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

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MISSISSIPPI ST (1 - 0) at LOUISIANA TECH (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 7:30 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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OKLAHOMA (1 - 0) at OHIO ST (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 7:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
OHIO ST is 178-133 ATS (+31.7 Units) in all games since 1992.
OHIO ST is 178-133 ATS (+31.7 Units) in all lined games since 1992.
OHIO ST is 148-114 ATS (+22.6 Units) as a favorite since 1992.
OHIO ST is 161-119 ATS (+30.1 Units) when playing on a Saturday since 1992.
OHIO ST is 53-33 ATS (+16.7 Units) in September games since 1992.

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

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STANFORD (1 - 0) at USC (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 8:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
STANFORD is 62-41 ATS (+16.9 Units) in road games against conference opponents since 1992.
STANFORD is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in road games when playing on a Saturday over the last 2 seasons.
STANFORD is 53-34 ATS (+15.6 Units) in road games in games played on a grass field since 1992.

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

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UNLV (0 - 1) at IDAHO (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 7:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
UNLV is 81-120 ATS (-51.0 Units) when playing on a Saturday since 1992.
IDAHO is 31-53 ATS (-27.3 Units) in home games since 1992.
IDAHO is 31-53 ATS (-27.3 Units) in home lined games since 1992.
IDAHO is 29-47 ATS (-22.7 Units) in home games when playing on a Saturday since 1992.
IDAHO is 31-53 ATS (-27.3 Units) in home games in games played on turf since 1992.

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

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MINNESOTA (1 - 0) at OREGON ST (1 - 1) - 9/9/2017, 10:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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SAN DIEGO ST (1 - 0) at ARIZONA ST (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 11:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
ARIZONA ST is 78-47 ATS (+26.3 Units) in home games when playing on a Saturday since 1992.

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

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UTAH (1 - 0) at BYU (1 - 1) - 9/9/2017, 10:15 PM
Top Trends for this game.
UTAH is 63-35 ATS (+24.5 Units) as an underdog since 1992.
UTAH is 116-87 ATS (+20.3 Units) in games played on a grass field since 1992.
UTAH is 59-35 ATS (+20.5 Units) in non-conference games since 1992.

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

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HOUSTON (0-0) at ARIZONA (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 10:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
ARIZONA is 2-10 ATS (-9.0 Units) when playing on a Saturday over the last 2 seasons.
ARIZONA is 79-121 ATS (-54.1 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest since 1992.

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

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BOISE ST (1 - 0) at WASHINGTON ST (1 - 0) - 9/9/2017, 10:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
BOISE ST is 132-97 ATS (+25.3 Units) in all games since 1992.
BOISE ST is 132-97 ATS (+25.3 Units) in all lined games since 1992.
BOISE ST is 46-22 ATS (+21.8 Units) in road games when playing with 6 or less days rest since 1992.

Head-to-Head Series History
WASHINGTON ST is 1-0 against the spread versus BOISE ST over the last 3 seasons
BOISE ST is 1-0 straight up against WASHINGTON ST over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
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Thursday, September 7

8:00 PM
IDAHO STATE vs. UTAH STATE
Idaho State is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Utah State
Idaho State is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Utah State
Utah State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Utah State is 18-5 SU in its last 23 games at home


Friday, September 8

6:30 PM
MEMPHIS vs. CENTRAL FLORIDA
Memphis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Memphis is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Central Florida is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Memphis
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Central Florida's last 9 games

8:00 PM
OHIO vs. PURDUE
Ohio is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Ohio's last 11 games
Purdue is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Purdue is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games

8:00 PM
OKLAHOMA STATE vs. SOUTH ALABAMA
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Oklahoma State's last 21 games
Oklahoma State is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
South Alabama is 5-14 ATS in its last 19 games at home
South Alabama is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games


Saturday, September 9

12:00 PM
FLORIDA ATLANTIC vs. WISCONSIN
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Florida Atlantic's last 5 games
Florida Atlantic is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Wisconsin's last 6 games
Wisconsin is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

12:00 PM
TOWSON vs. MARYLAND
Towson is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games
Towson is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Maryland's last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Maryland's last 19 games at home

12:00 PM
TENNESSEE-MARTIN vs. MISSISSIPPI
Tennessee-Martin is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Tennessee-Martin is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Mississippi's last 6 games
Mississippi is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

12:00 PM
EAST CAROLINA vs. WEST VIRGINIA
East Carolina is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing West Virginia
East Carolina is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
West Virginia is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of West Virginia's last 19 games at home

12:00 PM
CHARLOTTE vs. KANSAS STATE
Charlotte is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Charlotte is 4-19 SU in its last 23 games
Kansas State is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas State's last 6 games at home

12:00 PM
LOUISVILLE vs. NORTH CAROLINA
Louisville is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Louisville's last 5 games
North Carolina is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Louisville
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of North Carolina's last 5 games

12:00 PM
NORTHWESTERN vs. DUKE
Northwestern is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Northwestern's last 8 games
Duke is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Northwestern
Duke is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing Northwestern

12:00 PM
CINCINNATI vs. MICHIGAN
Cincinnati is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Michigan's last 12 games at home
Michigan is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games

12:00 PM
EASTERN KENTUCKY vs. KENTUCKY
Eastern Kentucky is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Eastern Kentucky's last 6 games
Kentucky is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Kentucky is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games

12:00 PM
SOUTH FLORIDA vs. CONNECTICUT
South Florida is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 11 of South Florida's last 16 games
Connecticut is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against South Florida
Connecticut is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing South Florida

12:00 PM
IOWA vs. IOWA STATE
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Iowa's last 6 games when playing on the road against Iowa State
Iowa is 6-13 ATS in its last 19 games when playing Iowa State
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Iowa State's last 6 games at home
Iowa State is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games at home

12:00 PM
BUFFALO vs. ARMY
Buffalo is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Buffalo's last 5 games
Army is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Army's last 5 games at home

12:30 PM
JACKSONVILLE STATE vs. GEORGIA TECH
Jacksonville State is 2-15 SU in its last 17 games
Jacksonville State is 2-15 SU in its last 17 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Georgia Tech's last 5 games at home
Georgia Tech is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

1:00 PM
WAKE FOREST vs. BOSTON COLLEGE
Wake Forest is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing Boston College
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Wake Forest's last 5 games when playing Boston College
Boston College is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games at home
Boston College is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

2:00 PM
TEXAS STATE vs. COLORADO
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas State's last 5 games
Texas State is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games
Colorado is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Colorado's last 11 games

3:00 PM
UAB vs. BALL STATE
UAB is 6-19 SU in its last 25 games on the road
UAB is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
Ball State is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Ball State's last 10 games at home

3:30 PM
SAN JOSE STATE vs. TEXAS
San Jose State is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of San Jose State's last 9 games
Texas is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas's last 5 games at home

3:30 PM
EASTERN MICHIGAN vs. RUTGERS
Eastern Michigan is 8-16 SU in its last 24 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Eastern Michigan's last 6 games
Rutgers is 6-13 ATS in its last 19 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Rutgers's last 6 games at home

3:30 PM
HOWARD vs. KENT STATE
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Howard's last 6 games
Howard is 1-13 SU in its last 14 games
Kent State is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Kent State is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games at home

3:30 PM
MIDDLE TENNESSEE vs. SYRACUSE
Middle Tennessee is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Middle Tennessee is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Syracuse's last 6 games at home
Syracuse is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games

3:30 PM
WESTERN MICHIGAN vs. MICHIGAN STATE
Western Michigan is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Michigan State
Western Michigan is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Michigan State
Michigan State is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games at home
Michigan State is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games

3:30 PM
AUSTIN PEAY vs. MIAMI (OHIO)
Austin Peay is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Austin Peay's last 6 games
Miami (Ohio) is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Miami (Ohio) is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games

3:30 PM
ABILENE CHRISTIAN vs. COLORADO STATE
Abilene Christian is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Abilene Christian is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Colorado State's last 6 games
Colorado State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

3:30 PM
INDIANA vs. VIRGINIA
Indiana is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Indiana is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Virginia is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Virginia's last 5 games at home

3:30 PM
OLD DOMINION vs. MASSACHUSETTS
Old Dominion is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Old Dominion's last 5 games on the road
Massachusetts is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Massachusetts's last 5 games at home

3:30 PM
DELAWARE vs. VIRGINIA TECH
Delaware is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Delaware is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Virginia Tech is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Virginia Tech is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games at home

3:30 PM
TCU vs. ARKANSAS
TCU is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games
TCU is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Arkansas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Arkansas's last 6 games

3:30 PM
FRESNO STATE vs. ALABAMA
Fresno State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Fresno State's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Alabama's last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Alabama's last 6 games

3:30 PM
MIAMI vs. ARKANSAS STATE
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Arkansas State's last 5 games
Arkansas State is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games

3:30 PM
PITTSBURGH vs. PENN STATE
Pittsburgh is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games on the road
Penn State is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
Penn State is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home

3:30 PM
EASTERN ILLINOIS vs. NORTHERN ILLINOIS
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Eastern Illinois's last 6 games
Eastern Illinois is 3-22 SU in its last 25 games
Northern Illinois is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Northern Illinois's last 6 games

3:30 PM
SAVANNAH ST vs. APPALACHIAN STATE
Savannah St is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
Savannah St is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Appalachian State's last 7 games
Appalachian State is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games

3:30 PM
VILLANOVA vs. TEMPLE
Villanova is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Villanova is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Temple's last 7 games
Temple is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games

3:30 PM
TULANE vs. NAVY
Tulane is 4-17 SU in its last 21 games on the road
Tulane is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Navy's last 5 games when playing Tulane
Navy is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tulane

4:00 PM
INDIANA STATE vs. TENNESSEE
Indiana State is 2-20 SU in its last 22 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana State's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tennessee's last 5 games
Tennessee is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games

4:00 PM
LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE vs. TULSA
Louisiana-Lafayette is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Louisiana-Lafayette's last 9 games
Tulsa is 8-16-1 ATS in its last 25 games at home
Tulsa is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games

4:00 PM
ALABAMA A&M vs. VANDERBILT
Alabama A&M is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Alabama A&M's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Vanderbilt's last 6 games at home
Vanderbilt is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home

4:00 PM
GARDNER-WEBB vs. WYOMING
Gardner-Webb is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Gardner-Webb is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Wyoming is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home
Wyoming is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games

4:00 PM
CENTRAL MICHIGAN vs. KANSAS
Central Michigan is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
Central Michigan is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas's last 6 games at home
Kansas is 3-12 SU in its last 15 games at home

4:30 PM
NEBRASKA vs. OREGON
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Nebraska's last 15 games on the road
Nebraska is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Oregon is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Oregon's last 17 games

5:00 PM
WEBER STATE vs. CALIFORNIA
Weber State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Weber State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of California's last 8 games at home
California is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home

5:00 PM
HAWAII vs. UCLA
Hawaii is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Hawaii is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
UCLA is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games
UCLA is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games

6:00 PM
NEW HAMPSHIRE vs. GA SOUTHERN
New Hampshire is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
New Hampshire is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Ga Southern is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Ga Southern is 2-8-1 ATS in its last 11 games

6:00 PM
MARSHALL vs. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Marshall is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games
Marshall is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
North Carolina State is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
North Carolina State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home

6:00 PM
SOUTH DAKOTA vs. BOWLING GREEN
South Dakota is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
South Dakota is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Bowling Green is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Bowling Green's last 5 games

6:00 PM
ALABAMA STATE vs. TROY
Alabama State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Alabama State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Troy is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
Troy is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

6:30 PM
ARK.-PINE BLUFF vs. AKRON
No trends available
Akron is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Akron's last 5 games at home

7:00 PM
UNLV vs. IDAHO
UNLV is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
UNLV is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Idaho's last 6 games at home
Idaho is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home

7:00 PM
LOUISIANA-MONROE vs. FLORIDA STATE
Louisiana-Monroe is 5-19 SU in its last 24 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Louisiana-Monroe's last 10 games
Florida State is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games at home
Florida State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

7:00 PM
SOUTH CAROLINA vs. MISSOURI
South Carolina is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
South Carolina is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Missouri is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Missouri's last 25 games

7:00 PM
NICHOLLS STATE vs. TEXAS A&M
Nicholls State is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
Nicholls State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Texas A&M is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games
Texas A&M is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home

7:00 PM
SOUTHERN U vs. SOUTHERN MISS
Southern U is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Southern U is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Southern Miss is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Southern Miss's last 5 games

7:00 PM
NORTH TEXAS vs. SOUTHERN METHODIST
North Texas is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of North Texas's last 6 games
Southern Methodist is 5-16 SU in its last 21 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Southern Methodist's last 7 games at home

7:00 PM
AUBURN vs. CLEMSON
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Auburn's last 5 games
Auburn is 10-4-1 ATS in its last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Clemson's last 6 games when playing Auburn
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Clemson's last 7 games

7:00 PM
TOLEDO vs. NEVADA
Toledo is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Toledo is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Nevada is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Nevada's last 6 games

7:30 PM
GEORGIA vs. NOTRE DAME
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Georgia's last 21 games
Georgia is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Notre Dame is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games at home
Notre Dame is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games

7:30 PM
N. COLORADO vs. FLORIDA
N. Colorado is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
N. Colorado is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Florida's last 8 games
Florida is 15-4 SU in its last 19 games at home

7:30 PM
CHATTANOOGA vs. LSU
Chattanooga is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Chattanooga is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of LSU's last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of LSU's last 10 games at home

7:30 PM
OKLAHOMA vs. OHIO STATE
Oklahoma is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oklahoma's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ohio State's last 6 games
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

7:30 PM
ALCORN STATE vs. FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL
Alcorn State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Alcorn State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Florida International's last 5 games at home
Florida International is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games at home

7:30 PM
MISSISSIPPI STATE vs. LOUISIANA TECH
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Mississippi State's last 8 games
Mississippi State is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Louisiana Tech's last 9 games at home
Louisiana Tech is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

8:00 PM
WESTERN KENTUCKY vs. ILLINOIS
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Western Kentucky's last 10 games
Western Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Illinois is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Illinois is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games at home

8:00 PM
UTSA vs. BAYLOR
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of UTSA's last 6 games
UTSA is 4-14 SU in its last 18 games on the road
Baylor is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games at home
Baylor is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games at home

8:00 PM
RICE vs. TEXAS EL PASO
Rice is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Rice is 4-14 SU in its last 18 games
Texas El Paso is 2-12 ATS in its last 14 games when playing Rice
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas El Paso's last 6 games when playing at home against Rice

8:00 PM
NEW MEXICO STATE vs. NEW MEXICO
The total has gone OVER in 19 of New Mexico State's last 25 games on the road
New Mexico State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
New Mexico is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing New Mexico State
New Mexico is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against New Mexico State

8:00 PM
MONTANA vs. WASHINGTON
Montana is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Montana is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 5 games
Washington is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

8:30 PM
STANFORD vs. SOUTHERN CAL
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Stanford's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Stanford's last 24 games on the road
Southern Cal is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games when playing Stanford
Southern Cal is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing Stanford

10:00 PM
MINNESOTA vs. OREGON STATE
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games
Minnesota is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
Oregon State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Oregon State is 8-16 ATS in its last 24 games at home

10:15 PM
UTAH vs. BYU
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Utah's last 5 games
Utah is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of BYU's last 9 games when playing at home against Utah
BYU is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Utah

10:30 PM
HOUSTON vs. ARIZONA
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games on the road
Houston is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games on the road
Arizona is 7-15 ATS in its last 22 games at home
Arizona is 3-12 ATS in its last 15 games

10:30 PM
BOISE STATE vs. WASHINGTON STATE
Boise State is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
Boise State is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games
Washington State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Boise State
Washington State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

11:00 PM
SAN DIEGO STATE vs. ARIZONA STATE
San Diego State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
San Diego State is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games
Arizona State is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games at home
Arizona State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
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Week 2


Thursday, September 7

Idaho State @ Utah State

Game 401-402
September 7, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Idaho State
47.350
Utah State
78.893
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Utah State
by 31 1/2
67
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Utah State
by 27 1/2
64
Dunkel Pick:
Utah State
(-27 1/2); Over

Sam Houston St @ Prairie View

Game 503-504
September 7, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Sam Houston St
74.759
Prairie View
52.550
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Sam Houston St
by 22
88
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Sam Houston St
by 32 1/2
81
Dunkel Pick:
Prairie View
(+32 1/2); Over

Houston Baptist @ Texas Southern

Game 505-506
September 7, 2017 @ 8:30 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Houston Baptist
42.964
Texas Southern
35.850
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Houston Baptist
by 7
49
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Houston Baptist
by 10
43
Dunkel Pick:
Texas Southern
(+10); Over


Friday, September 8

Ohio @ Purdue

Game 301-302
September 8, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Ohio
81.489
Purdue
82.470
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Purdue
by 1
49
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Purdue
by 4
57
Dunkel Pick:
Ohio
(+4); Under

Oklahoma State @ South Alabama


Game 303-304
September 8, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Oklahoma State
103.273
South Alabama
79.186
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Oklahoma State
by 24
58
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Oklahoma State
by 28 1/2
66 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
South Alabama
(+28 1/2); Under

Memphis @ Central Florida


Game 483-484
September 8, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Memphis
89.257
Central Florida
89.580
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Memphis
Even
61
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Central Florida
by 3
68
Dunkel Pick:
Memphis
(+3); Under


Delaware St @ Hampton

Game 507-508
September 8, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Delaware St
31.691
Hampton
41.764
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Hampton
by 10
42
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Hampton
by 13 1/2
45
Dunkel Pick:
Delaware St
(+13 1/2); Under
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Week 2


Friday’s games
Last 2+ years, MAC teams are 17-7-1 vs spread when facing a Big 14 team (2-2 this year). Purdue (+26) led Louisville 14-10 at half LW, but turned ball over four times (-1), were outgained 524-344 in 35-28 loss to the Cardinals Saturday. Last two years, Ohio U was 5-1 vs spread as a road underdog; since ’11, Bobcats are 20-11 vs spread in non-MAC games. Ohio has 13 returning starters; their OL has 69 returning starts. Favorites are 13-1 vs spread in Purdue’s last 14 home games; they’re 10-6 vs spread in last 16 games as a home favorite.

Oklahoma State ran for 332 yards, threw for 308 in a 59-24 win over Tulsa LW, but Tulsa was 16-26 on 3rd down, ran 96 plays, so OSU’s defense needs some work. Since 2012, Cowboys are 3-8-2 vs spread as a road favorite. South Alabama was outgained 531-374 by Ole Miss LW in their 47-27 (+22) loss. Jaguars are 5-8 vs spread in last 13 games as a home underdog. USA has 11 starters back; its OL has only 39 returning starts. Sun Belt teams were 5-1 vs spread LW; since 2011, Sun Belt teams are 7-6 vs spread when facing Big X squads.

Saturday’s top 13 games
Oregon players went toward Pacific coast to practice this week after air in Eugene was affected by wildfires in that area. Ducks (+3) lost 35-32 in Lincoln LY, despite rushing for 336 yards- since 2015, they are 3-10 vs spread at home. Since ’13, Nebraska is 12-6-1 vs spread in road games; Cornhuskers allowed 415 passing yards in surprisingly tough 43-36 home win over Arkansas St. last week. ASU outgained Nebraska 497-463. Last 4+ years, Big 14 teams are 15-10-1 vs spread when playing a Pac-12 opponent, but only 4-6 when favored- underdogs were 17-8-1 vs spread in those games.

Louisville/North Carolina are meeting for first time as ACC rivals; Cardinals won three of last four meetings (last one was in ’12). Louisville outgained Purdue 524-344 LW but struggled to a 35-28 (-26) win in Hoosier Dome. Cardinals are 10-7 vs spread on road under Petrino, 7-5 as a road favorite; they’ve got a great QB (Jackson) but only three other returning starters on offense. North Carolina lost 35-30 (-12.5) at home to Cal last week; Tar Heels allowed 363 passing yards. UNC is 19-12 vs spread at home under Fedora.

Iowa won three of last four games with Iowa State, winning 31-17/27-21 in last two visits to Ames. Iowa averaged 34.5 pts/game in their last four games at ISU. Hawkeyes shut down Wyoming 24-3 LW but gained only 263 yards themselves- they are 16-4 vs spread in last 20 road games, covering 11 of last 12 tries as a road favorite. Cyclones beat a I-AA team last week; State was 4-1 as a home dog LY, in Campbell’s 1st year as ISU’s coach. Iowa’s OL has 99 returning starts, State only 35. Since 2011, Big X teams are 10-9 vs spread when facing a Big 14 opponent.

Pittsburgh (-5) beat Penn State 42-39 last year; Pitt ran the ball for 341 yards in former rivals’ first meeting since 2000. Panthers needed OT to beat I-AA Youngstown 28-21 LW, after blowing a 21-0 halftime lead. Nittany Lions crushed Akron 52-0 LW, running ball for 247 yards- since ’14 they’re 10-6 vs spread as a home favorite. Since ’15, Pitt is 6-3 vs spread as a road underdog; they’re 3-12 vs spread in last 15 non-league games. ACC teams won 8 of last 10 games vs Big 14 foes (6-4 vs spread). Both teams have experienced offensive lines.

Arkansas (+7.5) won 41-38 at TCU LY, teams’ first meeting in 20+ years. Frogs outgained the Hogs 572-403 but were -2 in turnovers in game Arkansas led 13-0 at the half. Since 2014, TCU is 7-5 vs spread in non-league games; since 2011, they’re 5-13 as a road favorite. 9 of Horned Frogs’ top 10 OL guys are back from LY. Arkansas is 6-8 vs spread in last 14 home games; they’re 6-6 as a home dog under Bielema. Razorbacks have 70 starts back on OL. both teams have senior QB’s. Last three years, Big X teams are 9-7 vs spread when facing an SEC squad.

South Carolina was outgained 504-246 last week but they beat NC State 35-28; Gamecocks ran kick back for a TD- since 2013, Carolina is 7-13 vs spread in true road games- they’ve got 98 starts back on OL and have an impressive sophomore QB in Bentley. Problem is, NC State threw for 415 yards against them LW. Missouri gained 815 TY LW in 72-43 win over a I-AA team- game was 48-35 at half. Mizzou covered five of last seven home games. Teams split last four meetings. Both teams have 10 returning starters on offense.

Clemson (-9) held off Auburn 19-13 LY, outgaining War Eagles 399-262, holding Auburn to 87 rushing yards. Since 2014, Auburn is 4-8 vs spread on road; Baylor transfer Stidham gets his first big test as Auburn’s QB- his OL has 106 returning starts. Clemson has a new QB; they thrashed Kent State LW, but Kent threw only 5 passes the whole game, so Clemson’s pass defense is an unknown. Since 2013, Clemson is 15-12-1 vs spread at home. Since 2015, ACC teams are 15-11 vs spread won facing an SEC opponent.

Georgia’s starting QB Eason sprained his knee last week; true freshman Fromm gets his first college start here— he was 10-15/143 against Appalachian State LW. Since 2014, Dawgs are 7-5 vs spread on road; their OL has only 45 returning starts, but they’ve got 10 returning starters on defense. Since 2013, Notre Dame is 8-10 vs spread as a home favorite; Irish have 15 starters back- their OL has 76 returning starts. ND beat rebuilding Temple 49-16 LW, running ball for 422 yards- their QB and two RB’s all had 100+ yards on the ground.

Ohio State (-1) went to Norman LY and beat Oklahoma 45-24, running ball for 291 yards; they were +2 in turnovers. Buckeyes were down in 3rd quarter at Indiana LW but won going away, 49-21; they’re 17-19 vs spread as home favorites under Meyer. OSU has a senior QB and 15 returning starters. Since 2012, Oklahoma is 15-10 vs spread on road; they’re 4-2 as a road underdog the last 10 years. Sooners have a new coach, but a senior QB and 97 retiring starts on their OL. Indiana threw for 420 yards LW; can Mayfield pull the road upset?

Memphis/Central Florida both have offensive lines with 100+ returning starts; Tigers won opener 37-29 in quagmire LW, so stats are misleading. Memphis is 5-2-1 in last eight games as a road underdog. Since 2010, Knights are 24-14 vs spread as a home favorite; they passed for 439 yards LW in easy win over FIU. UCF won its last nine games with Memphis, but covered only one of last four; teams haven’t met since 2013— Memphis has gotten good since then, but they’re still 0-4 in last four trips to UCF (0-4 vs spread).

Stanford won its last three games with USC, by 19-10-17 points; underdogs are 6-3 vs spread in last nine series games. Cardinal won four of last five games in the Coliseum. Stanford is 8-3 vs spread in last 11 true road games; they were in Australia two weeks ago, crushing Rice 62-7- they’ve got 8 starters back on both sides of the ball. USC was tied with Western Michigan in 4th quarter LW, pulled away late for 49-31 win. Since 2011, Trojans are 23-11 as home favorites; since ’14, they’re 13-6 vs spread at home.

Utah won its last six games with BYU; they were underdog in three of those games- their last four series wins were all by 7 or less points. Utes are 12-5 vs spread in last 17 true road games. BYU is 13-11-1 vs spread at home; they didn’t cross the 50-yard line in ugly 27-0 loss to LSU in New Orleans last week. Utes won last two visits to Provo, 20-13/34-10. This is intense rivalry that had a 2-year gap in it- this is Utes’ first visit to BYU since 2013- underdogs covered six of last seven series games. BYU is 6-2-1 vs spread in last nine games as an underdog.

Boise State (-11) beat Washington State 31-28 LY, despite Coogs passing for 480 yards; Boise is 11-6 vs spread on road under Harsin- they’re 9-6 vs spread in last 15 non-league games. Wazzu is 8-5 vs spread in its last 13 home games; they’ve got 16 starters back and Falk is a really good senior QB (29 starts). Boise State (-11) got past Troy State 24-13 LW; Coogs drilled an inferior I-AA opponent. Last 2+ years, Pac-12 schools are 15-9-1 vs spread when playing a Mountain West opponent.
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Tech Trends - Week 2
September 5, 2017


FRIDAY, SEPT. 8
Matchup Skinny Edge


OHIO at PURDUE...If Solich a dog note 8-2 mark in role past two seasons. Solich 2-0 vs. line against Big Ten since 2012. Purdue 4-10 vs. line at Ross-Ade in role since 2015 but that was all pre-Brohm, who was 11-6-1 vs. line as host at WKU.
Slight to Purdue, based on Brohm marks.

OKLAHOMA STATE at SOUTH ALABAMA...After just 5-9-1 as DD chalk the past three years, Gundy won first in role for 2017 vs. Tulsa. But Cowboys haven’t covered last 3 as non-Big 12 visitor. USA, however, on 6-15 spread skid since mid 2015, even as 2-1 as Mobile dog LY.
Slight to Oklahoma State, based on USA negatives.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 9

Matchup Skinny Edge


FAU at WISCONSIN...Kiffin now on 4-15 spread skid since 2013 at SC. FAU also on 8-19-2 spread slump, 1-4 as DD dog LY. Chryst 4-1 laying 20 or more since LY, Wiscy 13-6 vs. spread last 19 non-Big Ten.
Wisconsin, based on recent FAU negatives.

BUFFALO at ARMY
... Revenge for Army after being upset at UB LY. Bulls entered 2017 on 4-13 spread skid but did cover opener at Minny. Still, UB just 2-7 last nine as road dog. Army 9-6 last 15 on board.
Slight to Army, based on recent UB negatives.

WESTERN MICHIGAN at MICHIGAN STATE...WMU was 13-4 vs. line since 2013 as visiting dog and on 27-14 spread uptick, mostly with P.J. Fleck. Broncos also 5-2 vs. line last seven at Big Ten. Dantonio 10-17 vs. line since 2015 and was 1-7 as chalk LY.
Slight to Western Michigan, based on MSU negatives.

EASTERN MICHIGAN at RUTGERS...Will EMU be favored on road? EMU 9-2 last 11 as dog dating to late 2015. Eagles also 7-1 vs. line away from Ypsilanti LY. ‘Gers 9-16 vs. line since 2015.
Eastern Michigan, based on team trends.

OLD DOMINION at UMASS...ODU a revelation last season, 8-4-1 vs. line, now 11-6-1 vs. spread since late 2015. If UMass a dog note Minutemen 1-4 vs. line last five in role as host (Amherst & Foxborough).
Old Dominion, based on recent trends.

NORTHWESTERN at DUKE...NU 10-4 vs. spread as visitor since 2014. Pat Fitz has won and covered last two years vs. Cutcliffe, both games “under” as have Cats 18-9 since 2015. Duke 5-1 as home dog since 2013, 17-8 overall as dog since 2013.
Slight to Duke, based on team trends.

USF at UCONN...Edsall 1-3 his last 14 as dog at UConn prior to departure following 2010. Huskies on 3-11-1 spread skid since late 2015, 1-6 vs. line at home since LY (1-5 for Diaco). Bulls were 7-3-1 as DD chalk the past two years for Taggart, and Charlie Strong was 5-2-1 as DD chalk with Horns past three years.
South Florida, based on team trends.

EAST CAROLINA at WEST VIRGINIA...Holgorsen only 11-19 as Morgantown chalk since 2011, and WVU 1-3 as DD chalk LY. But Pirates now on 4-14-1 spread skid.
Slight to West Virginia, based on recent ECU negatives.

CINCINNATI at MICHIGAN
...Fickell was 3-1 as visiting dog back in 2011 when he was interim HC for Buckeyes. But after APSU game, Bearcats now on 3-11 slide, and are 1-7 last 8 as dog. Harbaugh was only 5-6 laying DD in 2016, but Wolverines are 7-1 vs. line in last 8 home openers.
Michigan, based on team trends.

LOUISVILLE at NORTH CAROLINA...Cards 2-8 vs. line last 10 since mid 2016, 1-4 last five as road chalk. Fedora only 7-12-1 as dog with Heels, but entered 2017 on 15-10-1 spread run.
Slight to North Carolina, based on team trends.

CHARLOTTE at KANSAS STATE...Bill Snyder only 1-6 as home chalk past two years, though was 14-6 in role the three years prior, and did cover vs. UCA last week. 49ers only 3-10-2 as DD dog since 2015.
Kansas State, based on Charlotte marks.

IOWA at IOWA STATE...Ferentz has had some problems in past vs. ISU though Hawkeyes have won and covered last 2 and 3 of last 4 in Cy-Hawk series. Cyclones, however, were 4-1 as home dog for Matt Campbell LY, and Campbell teams 18-9 last 27 as dog (Toledo & ISU). Ferentz 11-1 as road chalk past four years, though just 22-22 overall as chalk since 2012.
Slight to Iowa State, based on Campbell dog marks.

WAKE FOREST at BOSTON COLLEGE...Desultory games past two years with a total of 34 points scored. Addazio 3-10 vs. line as host past two years. If Wake a dog, note 7-3 mark as visitor in role since 2015.
Wake Forest, especially if dog, based on team trends.

NEW MEXICO STATE at NEW MEXICO
...Lobos no covers last three in series (0-2-1 vs. line), and Davie only 3-7 as home chalk the past two seasons. Ags on 8-4 spread run after opener and 8-4 last 12 getting DDs.
New Mexico State, based on team and series trends.

RICE at UTEP...If UTEP favored, note Miners 8-3-1 vs. line in somewhat rare chalk roles since 2013, though Rice has won and covered 5 of last 6 in series. If Owls getting points, note Bailiff 5-3 in role last season.
Slight to Rice, based on series trends.

TEXAS STATE at COLORADO...Bobcats on 8-17 spread skid. TSU 3-7 last ten as DD dog (though just 3-4 in role LY). MacIntyre was 4-1 as DD chalk in 2016 and Buffs 15-5 vs. spread last 20 at Folsom Field.
Colorado, based on team trends.

UAB at BALL STATE...UAB was 4-2 as dog for Bill Clark in most recent season of 2014. Ball 4-10 as chalk since 2014.
UAB, based on team trends.

MTSU at SYRACUSE...MTSU 5-2 vs. line last seven as non-Belt visitor. Babers just 1-5 vs. line at Carrier Dome in Cuse debut LY.
Middle Tenn, based on team trends.

INDIANA at VIRGINIA...Ugh! Hoosiers vs. ‘Hoos! IU 6-2 vs. line against non-Big Ten away from Bloomington since 2012. Mendenhall dropped last 4 and 6 of last 7 vs. spread last season for UVa.
Indiana, based on team trends.

PITT at PENN STATE...Revenge for James Franklin after 42-39 loss LY. Nittany Lions have covered their last 11 in a row including last six at Beaver Stadium. Panthers 6-3 as visiting dog past two years for Narduzzi, though Pitt just 11-16 overall vs. spread since 2015.
Penn State, based on team trends.

FRESNO STATE at ALABAMA...Interestingly, Saban has covered just 1 of last 5 and 3 of last 10 in second games on line since arriving at Bama in 2007. Also just 2-5-1 vs. line at Tuscaloosa last eight vs. non-SEC. Tedford was a good dog early in career at Cal and FSU has covered 7 of last 10 on board.
Fresno State, based on team trends.

TULANE at NAVY...Ugh! Mids 12-3 vs. spread last 15 at Annapolis, 4-2 laying DD since 2015. Wave 3-3 as DD dog for Fritz LY.
Navy, based on team trends.

WESTERN KENTUCKY at ILLINOIS
...Ugh! Illini just 3-7 vs. spread last 10 at home, 4-8 vs. spread last 12 vs. non-Big Ten. Tops entered 2017 on 12-5-1 spread uptick.
Western Kentucky, based on team trends.

UTSA at BAYLOR...Roadrunners covered 5 of last 6 in 2016 and were 4-2 as road dog. Also 5-2 vs. line last 7 vs. non-CUSA BCS-level foes. Rhule was 7-2 as chalk LY for Temple, but just 7-8 in role prior. Baylor only 9-9 as Waco chalk past three seasons.
Slight to UTSA, based on team trends.

HAWAII at UCLA...Mora 5-13 as home chalk since 2014, 2-10 last 12 laying DD. Also 2-11-1 last 14 vs. non-Pac 12. Rainbow Warriors 5-2 as away dog since last season.
Hawaii, based on team trends.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN at KANSAS...After scare in opener, CMU now on 2-9 spread skid since early 2016. Also 1-5 vs. line last six away from Mt. Pleasant. If KU a home dog note 3-0-1 mark in role for Beaty LY.
Kansas, based on team trends.

NEBRASKA at OREGON
...Riley faced Ducks many times at Eugene while at OSU. Riley 10-7-1 vs. line since late 2015 after slow early start with Huskers. Ducks only 3-10 vs. spread at Eugene past two years with Helfrich, though Taggart teams now 8-1-1 as host since 2015, and Taggart was also 18-8-1 overall vs line that span.
Slight to Oregon, based on Taggart marks.

MIAMI-FL. at ARKANSAS STATE
...Richt 5-1 as chalk away from home with Canes LY. Miami also 15-7 last 22 on board dating to early 2015. Ark State just 3-6 against number last nine vs. “Power 5" conference foes.
Miami, based on team trends.

SAN JOSE STATE at TEXAS...Note that Tom Herman teams just 1-7-1 vs. spread last nine on board, and 3-9-1 as home chalk. SJSU on 3-13 slump as road dog since 2014 but covered first two TY.
Slight to San Jose State, based on recent Herman woes.

TCU at ARKANSAS...Frogs 3-10 vs. line LY, Kenny Hill now on 4-14 spread skid in last 18 games he started dating to 2014 with A&M. Bielema 23-15-1 vs. line 2014-16.
Arkansas, based on recent TCU woes.

UL-LAFAYETTE at TULSA...Golden Hurricane 4-2 vs. line at home LY. Tulsa also 3-0 vs. line at home under Montgomery vs. non-AAC foes. Cajuns were 3-0 as visiting dog LY but had slipped to 3-6 in role previous two years.
Tulsa, based on team trends.

MARSHALL at NC STATE...Doeren has been a pretty good bully the past two seasons, with a 7-2 mark as DD chalk. Pack now 13-5 last 18 as chalk overall. Herd slipped to 4-8 spread mark LY.
N.C. State, based on team trends.

TOLEDO at NEVADA...Jay Norvell home debut! If getting double digits, note Wolf Pack 10-3 vs. number its last 13 in that role. Aside from 3-0 mark in 2015 in Campbell’s LY, Rockets 3-6 as visiting chalk since 2012. Rockets also covered just 2 of last 9 in 2016.
Nevada, based on team trends.

ULM at FLORIDA STATE... With Jimbo off of a SU loss, note 4-1 spread mark last five in role. But Jimbo only 5-5 laying DD the past two seasons. Matt Viator now 6-3 as DD dog for ULM after cover in opener.
Slight to ULM, based on team trends.

SOUTH CAROLINA at MISSOURI...Muschamp 2-4 vs. line as visitor LY, Cocks just 5-10 in role dating to 2014. Barry Odom covered 4 of 6 at Columbia in Mizzou debut LY (compared to 0-5 on road).
Slight to Mizzou, based on team trends.

NORTH TEXAS at SMU
...SMU has won and covered the last two years since the UNT 43-6 rout in 2014 that ended June Jones’ Mustang era. Littrell 3-2 as road dog in Mean Geen debut LY, though dropped last three vs. line as visitor after covering first three. Chad Morris 5-1 as chalk with SMU since 2015.
SMU, based on recent series trends.

AUBURN at CLEMSON...Malzahn has dropped last six vs. line LY and is 2-5 as visiting dog the past three seasons. Auburn now on 12-26 spread downturn (though 7-6 LY). Malzahn 4-8 last 12 as dog. Dabo only 15-13-1 vs. line since 2015 but has covered last eight vs. BCS-level non-ACC foes.
Clemson, based on team trends.

GEORGIA at NOTRE DAME...Brian Kelly just 3-5 last eight vs. spread at South Bend. Also 2-5 vs. spread last seven in second game of season. Though Kirby Smart only 6-7 vs. spread in Dawg debut LY.
Slight to Georgia, based on team trends.

MISSISSIPPI STATE at LA TECH...La Tech 9-3 last 12 as dog for Skip Holtz, while Dan Mullen just 4-8 last 12 as chalk.
Louisiana Tech, based on team trends.

OKLAHOMA at OHIO STATE...Sooners only 4-4 in rare road dog role since 2011, including a beating absorbed at home as short dog LY vs. Buckeyes. Though OU 11-4 vs. spread last 15 as visitor (all Stoops). Urban Meyer just 5-9 as Big Horseshoe chalk past two seasons.
Slight to Oklahoma, based on team trends.

MEMPHIS at UCF
...Memphis on 3-8 spread tumble since early LY. Mike Norvell 1-3 as dog in 2016, and Tigers 2-6 vs. spread last 8 away from Liberty Bowl. UCF now 4-1 vs. line as home chalk since LY.
UCF, based on team trends.

STANFORD at SOUTHERN CAL...Tree has won and covered last three meetings and is 7-2 SU last 9, 11-3 last 14 vs. line against SC. David Shaw 8-2-1 as dog with Tree. Stanford 14-2-1 vs. spread last 17 away from Farm.
Stanford, based on series trends.

UNLV at IDAHO...Rebs 13-6 as road dog the past four seasons, turning around what were some bad numbers. Though Sanchez just 5-13 vs. line last 18 on board. Vandals covered last eight in 2016.
Idaho, based on team trends.

MINNESOTA at OREGON STATE...Fleck now 0-1 vs. line with Gophers, though he did enter season on 27-14 spread uptick. Minn just 2-6 vs. line last 8 in reg. season vs. non-Big Ten. Beavs 4-1 as home dog for Andersen LY.
Oregon State, based on team trends.

SAN DIEGO STATE at ARIZONA STATE...Todd Graham still 7-2 vs. line last 9 at Tempe even after non-cover vs. NMSU. Rocky Long just 2-6 vs. number last 8 as non-MW visitor.
Arizona State, based on team trends.

UTAH at BYU
...Utes entered this season 12-4 vs. spread as visitor since 2014. Utes have now beaten BYU SU last six meetings dating to 2010. Cougs only 7-10 as home chalk since 2014.
Utah, based on series trends.

HOUSTON at ARIZONA...Now the Cougs’ opener. UH was just 1-7-1 vs. line last nine a year ago, though UA was only 2-10 vs. spread in an injury-plagued fiasco of 2016. Rich-Rod spread numbers have never been spectacular at Arizona though he was 5-1 as Tucson dog prior to last season.
Slight to Arizona, based on team trends.

BOISE STATE at WASHINGTON STATE...Harsin only 1-1 in rare dog role since 2014, though he is 11-6 vs. spread as visitor that span. Visiting team is 19-6 vs. spread in last 25 Boise non-bowl games. Leach only 6-7 vs. line LY though Cougs 11-7 as Pullman chalk since 2013.
Slight to Boise State, based on team trends.
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Oklahoma State at South Alabama

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GAME SNAPSHOT

KICKOFF: Friday, 8 p.m. ET

GAMEDATE: 9/8/17

SITE: Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Ala.

TV: ESPN2

SERIES: First meeting

RANKINGS: Oklahoma State No. 11

KEYS TO THE GAME


The last time Oklahoma State played in the state of Alabama as a decided favorite, in 2007, the Cowboys stumbled, putting in motion Mike Gundy's famous, "I'm a man, I'm 40" rant.

The last time South Alabama faced a ranked opponent at home, the Jaguars upset San Diego State, one of their many highlights of 2016.

Friday, the Cowboys (1-0) play in Mobile as about a four-touchdown favorite against a South Alabama squad that could use a jolt to this season after losing its opener to Ole Miss.

No. 11 Oklahoma State will lean on its veteran leadership.

"I think any game, no matter the ranking or who you're playing or where you're playing, if you've got veteran leaders, experienced guys who have been through all types of game situations, it's great," said Cowboys senior quarterback Mason Rudolph.

"You know how to kind of approach each and every game, each and every environment you're going to play in, whether it's in front of 100,000 in Austin or 30,000 or 40,000 down in Mobile. It's definitely a plus."

The Jaguars won't be awed by facing a Power 5 foe.

Last year, South Alabama went on the road to stun Mississippi State and knocked off No. 19 San Diego State at home, 42-24, on its way to a bowl game.

Already this season, the Jaguars have played at Ole Miss, losing 47-27, so taking on heavyweights has become the norm.

"There's still a long season in front of us and we can still be a great team," said South Alabama safety Malcolm Buggs.

Oklahoma State routed Tulsa in its opener, 59-24, behind a balanced offense that feasted on big plays. The Cowboys averaged a first down per snap (10.2 yards) against the Golden Hurricane and produced seven plays of 32 yards or longer, including touchdown passes from Rudolph covering 77 and 40 yards to James Washington and 44 to Tyron Johnson.

The Jaguars surrendered too many big plays to Ole Miss wideouts, including two of 70-yards-plus for scores. Overall, Rebels quarterback Shea Patterson completed 28 of 35 passes for 429 yards and four touchdowns.

"We saw some really good receivers, and I know that (Oklahoma State) has some really good ones as well," South Alabama coach Joey Jones said. "They also have the No. 1 quarterback in the country. They are going to throw it and run a hurry-up offense every snap.

"I know they are very good."

Jaguars quarterback Cole Garvin made his career debut a year ago against San Diego State, orchestrating that win. Against Ole Miss, he passed for a touchdown and ran for two scores.

South Alabama entered the season committed to improving its running game. The Jaguars ran for 170 yards against the Rebels, with junior college transfer Tra Minter going for 83, averaging 6.9 per carry.

"I think we've got two really good running backs and our offensive line is better," Jones said.

Oklahoma State is 15-1 all-time against teams from the Sun Belt. The loss, at Troy, remains attached to Gundy and the program still, especially with the 10-year anniversary of "The Rant" coming up on Sept. 22.

The Cowboys lost that night with Zac Robinson replacing Bobby Reid, the school's biggest-name recruit, at quarterback. When an Oklahoma columnist explained the benching of Reid, and the difficult reasons behind the move, Gundy went off the following week in a postgame tirade that remains relevant through repeated references to this day.

This Oklahoma State team, projected as a College Football Playoff contender, is far removed from that 2007 squad. Gundy carried a losing record through that Troy game, but now stands as the school's winningest coach, with three 10-win seasons over the last four years.

"I think we're a better team now," Gundy said, pointing to growth in the program since 2007, when Oklahoma State lost at Troy, 41-23. "I think our organization and our program is more mature now than it was in years past.

"We're still vulnerable at all times, and it's never as comforting to play on the road as it is to play at home. Our players understand that and we've had those discussions. We're holding them responsible for preparation and playing like we're playing at home."

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Cowboys


--RB Justice Hill, as expected, asserted himself as Oklahoma State's primary rusher by gaining 132 yards on 15 carries for an 8.8-yard average in the season-opening win over Tulsa. Hill was part of a ground attack that generated 332 yards as the Cowboys achieved the balance coach Mike Gundy desires from his offense. Hill emerged as the lead back, something OSU lacked in previous seasons, as a freshman last year.

--LB Kenneth Edison-McGruder provided some playmaking ability on defense. The junior recorded the Cowboys' only sack in the opener. He also returned a fumble 82 yards for a third-quarter touchdown. Edison-McGruder began his career as a safety, but at 6-0, 220, provides the bulk and range needed to defend spread tendencies as a linebacker. He was in on five stops, four unassisted.

--PK Matt Ammendola made his debut as a sophomore and provided 11 points with a 24-yard field goal and eight PATs. Tulsa's average starting field position after kickoffs by Ammendola was its 21.8-yard line. Six kickoffs sailed for touchbacks, but the three kicks that Tulsa fielded resulted in drive starts at its 7-, 17- and 22-yard lines. Ammendola replaced long-time starter Ben Grogan, a senior last season.

--WR Marcell Ateman, who missed last season with a foot injury, caught four passes for 75 yards against Tulsa.

Jaguars

--FS Jeremy Reaves tied for game-high honors in the season-opening game at Ole Miss, posting eight total stops while also breaking up a pass. The senior was credited with a personal-best two tackles for loss, including the first sack of his collegiate career. With the effort, Reaves became the fifth player in school history to surpass 200 career tackles. He was chosen a first-team preseason All-Sun Belt player by many publications.

--QB Cole Garvin accounted for 222 yards of total offense and a career-high-tying three scores against Ole Miss, guiding an offense that recorded 25 first downs and did not turn the ball over. He completed 19 of 31 passes for 204 yards and rushed for two touchdowns.

--LB Riley Cole, a redshirt freshman, made his starting debut last week. He shared game-high honors with eight tackles. Cole actually made three appearances last season -- with four tackles -- before suffering a season-ending injury and regaining the year of eligibility.

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Fresno State at Alabama

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GAME SNAPSHOT

KICKOFF: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET

GAMEDATE: 9/9/2017

SITE: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

TV: ESPN2

SERIES: First meeting

RANKINGS: Alabama No. 1

KEYS TO THE GAME


Top-ranked Alabama lost two outside linebackers -- Christian Miller (biceps) and Terrell Lewis (elbow) -- for the season -- in its season-opening victory against then-No. 3 Florida State.

Two other linebackers -- Rashaan Evans (groin) and Anfernee Jennings (ankle) -- are dealing with serious injuries.

Lewis started and Miller was his backup. Jennings and Evans are starters in Alabama's 3-4 scheme.

Junior Jamey Mosley led the outside linebackers through drills as the Crimson Tide (1-0) began preparations for Saturday's home opener against Fresno State. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. ET at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa with ESPN2 handling the telecast.

Sophomore Mekhi Brown and freshmen VanDarius Cowan and Chris Allen spent time in practice backing up Mosley. That's a lot of youth and inexperience.

"We hate it that we lost these players," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "They're both good players. They both made significant improvement. They both played well in the game.

"But this is an opportunity for somebody else to step up and be able to play at a high level as well. And we're going to work very hard as a coaching staff to help those guys get in position to do that."

On paper and in Las Vegas, this is a lopsided matchup. Alabama is favored by about 44 points over Fresno State, which finished 1-11 last season. But Saban sees a different Bulldogs team under first-year coach Jeff Tedford.

The Bulldogs opened last week with a 66-0 rout of Incarnate Word with sophomore quarterback Chason Virgil passing for 246 yards and receivers KeeSean Johnson and Jamire Jordan combing for 184 yards and a touchdown on nine receptions.

"This is a much, much improved team," Saban said. "They played really, really well in their opening game, where they scored 66 points and shut the other team out. Got a good quarterback. They've got a couple of good receivers. They've got some good players on defense.

"This is going to be a different kind of challenge for us, something that our players have to respond to because this is a much, much improved team."

Despite its big victory over the Seminoles, Alabama does have some questions.

Offensively, running back Damien Harris rushed for 73 yards and a touchdown while averaging 8.1 yards per carry. Calvin Ridley was Alabama's other top offensive weapon, catching seven passes for 82 yards and one touchdown.

The Tide continues to look for progress from quarterback Jalen Hurts in the downfield passing attack. Hurts (10-of-18) passed for only 96 yards, with 53 coming on one play.

But Fresno State's Tedford touted the Bama sophomore's ability to extend plays with his feet and make big plays.

"He can pull it down and really hurt you," Tedford said. "He's a strong runner. He's very fast. He's not going down -- he's not that guy to run and slide. He's like another running back."

Saban said he has a lot of respect for Tedford, a Fresno State alum who has been a noted quarterback guru in his coaching career. Tedford went 82-57 in 11 seasons at Cal, his last season there coming in 2012.

"Jeff Tedford is one of the best coaches, I think, offensively in the country," Saban said.

After holding Incarnate Word scoreless, Fresno State's defense has Alabama's attention. Alabama tight end Hale Hentges went as far as to compare Fresno State's defense to Florida State's.

"They fly around to the ball. They're fast, physical, They're long," Hentges said.

"Obviously, they shut out the team they played this last weekend. Anytime you can do that, you're a great defense. We're looking forward to the challenges we're going to have with them because they're definitely no slouch."

Alabama has been dealing with tragedy this week. The son of co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Mike Locksley was killed over the weekend. Locksley missed practice on Monday, but was back with the team on Tuesday.

"I just want everybody to understand that our thoughts and prayers go out to Mike, Kia and the entire Locksley family over this tragedy," Saban said. "We'll do everything we can to support Mike and his family in this time of tragedy."

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Crimson Tide


--RB Damien Harris was Alabama's top rusher against Florida State with 73 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. Bo Scarbrough rushed 15 times.

--WR Calvin Ridley is an electric receiver with game-changing ability. He caught seven passes for 82 yards and a touchdown in the opener.

--LB Jamey Mosley should see an increased role on Saturday with three players going down at his outside linebacker position. He contributed in Alabama's opener against Florida State once the injuries started to pile up.

--LB Keith Holcombe should get his first career start on Saturday with Rashaan Evans suffering from a groin injury. The junior made 24 tackles last season, including 12 on special teams.

Bulldogs


--RB Ronnie Rivers, a true freshman, rushed for a game-high 60 yards on just nine carries in his collegiate debut. Half his total came on a 30-yard scoring run.

--WR KeeSean Johnson led all receivers with seven receptions for 120 yards. He led the team in receptions with 66 last year.

--DL Emeka Ndoh was credited with three tackles for loss, including two sacks, a safety, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He is a transfer from De Anza College.

--CB Sherman Coleman Jr. came up with the Bulldogs' lone interception of the night. He also blocked a field goal, Fresno's first since 2013.

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Oklahoma at Ohio State

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GAME SNAPSHOT

KICKOFF: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET

GAMEDATE: 9/9/17

SITE: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

TV: ABC

SERIES: Ohio State leads 2-1, winning last season 45-24 in Norman, Okla.

RANKINGS: Ohio State No. 2, Oklahoma No. 5

KEYS TO THE GAME

The tendency ahead of the big nonconference matchup Saturday night between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 5 Oklahoma is to look at last year's outcome to draw conclusions.

A relatively young and inexperienced Ohio State team went into Norman, Okla., and manhandled the Sooners in a 45-24 victory.

So, it stands to reason that with this year's hyped rematch at Ohio Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET, ABC) the Buckeyes are favored to win.

Neither side is buying into the narrative, though, that just because the Buckeyes rolled last year at Oklahoma they are a shoo-in to win this one in the Horseshoe.

The Sooners haven't forgotten that game and the feeling of being humbled at home.

And they haven't lost since then.

Oklahoma carries the nation's longest winning streak of 11 games into the game between storied programs in one of college football's biggest venues.

"Everybody who was here for last year's huge loss definitely remembers that," Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield said. "And that's something we talked about during camp. We've never been here for a team to sing their fight song on our field. Quite frankly, it's just embarrassing."

Mayfield threw two interceptions in that game, including one returned for a touchdown by linebacker Jerome Baker that gave the Buckeyes a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.

"Regardless of who would have won that game last year, I think both teams will be very motivated and excited to play this game," said 34-year-old Lincoln Riley, in his first year as Oklahoma's head coach after Bob Stoops stepped down in the summer. "I don't honestly believe that will be a huge factor in this one. We have to go out and try to play a lot better than last year and play more up to our capabilities. That will be our main focus."

The Buckeyes scored 35 points in the first half and put the Sooners in too deep of a hole to escape. Ohio State rolled up 443 yards of offense in that game, with 291 of those yards on the ground.

"No one is thinking about last year," Ohio State wide receiver Parris Campbell said. "It's all about right now."

But Campbell, whose six catches in Ohio State's opening win at Indiana included a 74-yard touchdown, also acknowledges that players know when the stage is bigger. This game is likely to have College Football Playoff implications.

"Our approach to this game is it's the biggest game of the year," he said. "It's a big-time opponent, a top-10 matchup. We have to prepare that way. These guys are probably going to come in here with a chip on their shoulder from last year's game."

Oklahoma comes in after pounding UTEP 56-7 in its opener at home last Saturday. Mayfield completed his first 16 passes and finished 19 of 20 for 329 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in one half. Tight end Mark Andrews caught seven passes for 134 yards and a touchdown, and the Sooners rushed for 196 yards.

Abdul Adams started at running back for the Sooners and had the best performance, with 87 yards of total offense. But how Oklahoma will divide carries in closer games remains to be seen. Either way, though, the Sooners have one of the best offensive lines in college football. They get their toughest challenge of the season in this one, though, as the Buckeyes' defensive line is one of the best around, loaded up front and at linebacker with potential first-round NFL draft picks.

The Buckeyes' area of vulnerability could be the secondary. Indiana threw for 420 yards in Ohio State's 49-21 victory last Thursday, but most of the yards came in the first 2 1/2 quarters before the secondary began to play better.

"We started slow. I was pleased how we rebounded in the second half," Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said. "Thirty-eight plays of no gain or lost yardage. The defensive line played outstanding."

Ohio State's offense also started slowly at Indiana but picked up steam behind the running of true freshman J.K. Dobbins, who gained 181 yards in his college debut, and J.T. Barrett's 304 passing yards and three touchdowns.

Add Mike Weber, last year's starter, into the mix at running back this week and the offense could be that much more lethal. Weber sat out the opener with a hamstring issue.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer plans to use both backs but hasn't decided on a rotation. Running the ball against Oklahoma's defense most likely will be more difficult that at Indiana.

"They're big, very athletic and they're talented up front," Ohio State center Billy Price said. "I think with those guys you have to give them a lot of respect. They're big dudes. Looking forward to a great matchup with them."

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Sooners


--WR Marquise Brown might be the fastest player on Oklahoma's roster and his ability to get behind defenses could be important against a team like the Buckeyes.

--LB/DE Ogbonnia Okoronkwo had the Sooners' only sack a week ago and led the Sooners with four tackles. He's key to not only slowing down the running game but also to pressuring the quarterback.

--LB Caleb Kelly, a sophomore, figures to play a bigger role in this game due to his ability to move from the inside to the outside depending on what Ohio State is doing offensively.

--TE Grant Calcaterra, a true freshman, showed that he could be a viable second option at tight end to complement Mark Andrews, coming up with a strong performance in the opener.

--DBs Tre Brown and Tre Norwood, both freshmen, are expected to see bigger roles on defense and special teams as the Sooners try to develop depth in the secondary with CB Jordan Parker suffering a season-ending knee injury in the opener.

Buckeyes

--QB J.T. Barrett began the season with a solid performance in the win at Indiana. The senior completed 20 of 35 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 61 yards on 13 carries. He accounted for 365 total yards in the game, bringing his career total to 9,211 yards, a school record. Last year in Ohio State's win at Oklahoma, Barrett threw four touchdown passes and passed for 152 yards and ran for 74 as the Buckeyes dominated the Sooners.

--RB J.K. Dobbins became just the sixth true freshman to start the first game of the season for Ohio State. With returning starter Mike Weber sidelined because of a hamstring issue, Dobbins made a head-turning debut with 181 rushing yards on 29 carries, a record rushing total for an Ohio State back in his debut. Even when Weber returns at 100 percent this week, expect to see plenty of Dobbins throughout the season.

--DE Tyquan Lewis opened the season with two sacks at Indiana. The fifth-year senior moved into the top 10 in school history in sacks with 18.5 for his career. The 2016 Big Ten defensive lineman of the year played in his 42nd career game and started for the 27th time.

--WR Parris Campbell had career highs in receptions (six) and yards (136) in Ohio State's win at Indiana to open the season. His 74-yard touchdown catch and run in the third quarter put Ohio State ahead for good. Campbell also returned two kickoffs for a 25-yard average.

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Auburn at Clemson

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GAME SNAPSHOT

KICKOFF: Saturday, 7 p.m. ET

GAMEDATE: 9/9/2017

SITE: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, S.C.

TV: ESPN

SERIES: Auburn leads 34-14-2. Clemson has won the last three meetings, including in 2016 season opener 19-13.

RANKINGS: Clemson No. 3, Auburn No. 13

KEYS TO THE GAME


The recent history of the Clemson-Auburn series -- as well as the program's high national ranking this season -- suggests that clash at Clemson will be another close one.

The two teams of Tigers kick off at 7 p.m. ET at Clemson's Memorial Stadium with an ESPN audience looking on.

"It was a very competitive game last year," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said, reflecting on his team's 19-13 win at Auburn, "and we expect the same thing this time."

Though his team would go on to a 14-1 record and national title while Auburn finished an 8-5 year with a 35-19 loss in the Sugar Bowl to Oklahoma, Swinney had high praise for the SEC team.

"They were a complete football team," Swinney said, "and one of the toughest teams we played all year."

That game was typical of the recent series. In five meetings over the last 10 years, two went to overtime and all but one was decided by touchdown or less. Each of the games has been filled with drama and intensity, and with No. 3 Clemson meeting No. 13 Auburn, this one should prove no different.

"This shapes up as a really good battle and matchup for us early in the year," Swinney said. "We like playing these type games, we like seeing where we are. Win or lose, you're going to find out a little more about your team."

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, who has come under some fire the last couple of years, sees the game much the same way.

"It will really be a good measuring stick of where we are at from a team standpoint, and that's my message to the team," Malzahn said.

The game promises to stand in stark contrast to both teams' openers. Clemson enjoyed what Swinney termed a "clean" performance in a 56-3 romp against Kent State. Auburn thrashed Georgia Southern 41-7.

Both teams showed an intent to run, run and run some more, and both did so effectively. Clemson amassed 353 yards on the ground -- its highest total in 23 games -- against Kent State. Auburn rushed for 351.

Although Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson is questionable after suffering a hamstring injury after rushing for 136 yards last week, starter Kamryn Pettway will return after serving a one-game suspension.

Malzahn suspended Pettway, who led the Southeastern Conference in rushing yards per game last season (122.4), along with wide receiver Kyle Davis and backup quarterback Sean White.

Both teams started new quarterbacks in their respective openers and had impressive debuts.

Clemson's Kelly Bryant accounted for 313 yards of offense and two touchdowns in the first start of his career after replacing two-time Heisman Trophy finalist Deshaun Watson.

Auburn's Jarrett Stidham, making his first start after transferring from Baylor, connected on 14 of 24 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns while running for a third.

"We need to build around his strengths and what he feels comfortable with," Malzahn said. "That's a big part of the game plan. There is nothing like going out there. You've just got to do it. He's been on the road, I believe, a couple of games he played in, and this will be one of the best environments there is, so it will be good for the future."

The key may be how each team's defense fares. Clemson held Kent State to 120 yards last week. Auburn gave up only 78 to Georgia Southern and thwarted the Eagles on all 15 third-down attempts.

"They played extremely hard, which is what stood out to me -- outstanding effort," Malzahn said. "That's what we will have to do this week. We are playing one of the best offenses in college football right now. We are going to have to be very physical, and we are going to have to play our guts out."

Clemson boasts one of the top defensive fronts in the nation, anchored by a couple of All-America candidates at defensive tackle in Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence.

"Their defensive front, I believe it's one of the top in the country, and when you turn on the film, it doesn't take long to figure that out," Malzahn said. "It'll be a big test for our guys up front. We're not only going to have to run the football, but we'll have to protect the quarterback, so that'll be a big key to the game."

PLAYERS TO WATCH

AUBURN


--QB Jarrett Stidham and an up-and-down performance in his first game for the Tigers. The Baylor transfer threw an interception and lost a fumble while being sacked in the first quarter but finished the night 14-of-24 passing for 185 yards and three scores.

--RB Kam Martin saw more playing time than he probably expected. With starter Kamryn Pettway suspended and Kerryon Johnson hurt in the second quarter, the sophomore tied Johnson for game honors in rushing with 136 yards on 14 carries, two fewer than Johnson's 16. He had a 61-yard run and scored on a 36-yard dash.

--DE Marlon Davidson put his knee problems behind him and had a dominating performance in the opener. The sophomore had two sacks among his career-high four tackles in the win over Georgia Southern.

--FS Tray Matthews had a quiet night with only one tackle, mostly because Auburn's front seven was in complete control and Georgia Southern hardly threw the ball. That will change at Clemson.

CLEMSON


--QB Kelly Bryant gets the second start of his career after shining in his debut -- a 56-3 romp against Kent State. Bryant put up big numbers, passing for 326 yards and a touchdown and running for 77 more and a second touchdown.

--RB C.J. Fuller was workmanlike in his first start last week with 51 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries, but his backups produced even bigger numbers, with Tavien Feaster and Travis Etienne averaging 11.5 and 10.1 yards per carry, respectively. It will be interesting to see how Fuller, a junior, fares against Auburn's stout defense.

--WR Deon Cain, a junior, showed why he was a preseason first-team All-ACC pick in Clemson's opener, hauling in a 61-yard touchdown pass to jump-start the Tigers' offense. Cain now has 15 touchdown receptions on only 74 career catches -- that's one score for every 4.93 receptions.

--DT Christian Wilkins is an All-America candidate at defensive tackle after playing all of last season at defensive end. He'll get plenty of chances to make an early statement against an Auburn rushing attack that posted 351 yards in the opener against Georgia Southern.

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Pittsburgh at Penn State

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GAME SNAPSHOT

KICKOFF: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET

GAMEDATE: 9/9/2017

SITE: Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pa.

TV: ABC

SERIES: Penn State leads 50-43-4. Pitt won the last meeting 42-39 in 2016.

RANKINGS: Penn State No. 4

KEYS TO THE GAME


Pittsburgh's Darrin Hall has what may be a slightly different view of the Panthers' first trip to Penn State since 1999.

"I think it's going to be fun," the junior running back said.

Hall may want to take heed of the old adage "be careful what you wish for" because the No. 4 Nittany Lions look to be quite a handful for the unranked Panthers on Saturday. The teams kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET at Beaver Stadium in University Park.

"It's going to be a fun atmosphere," Hall continued. "I've been there before as a recruit. I'm looking forward to it. I'm really excited."

The two coaches are taking slightly opposite approaches to the second meeting between the two instate teams since the long-time rivalry was halted after the 2000 season. Pitt's Pat Narduzzi puts added emphasis on the game.

"I think I said that last year, it's just not another weekend," Narduzzi said. "It's a big game, it really is, and I want our guys locked in. It's an in-state rivalry, at least for us, and we're going to prepare for it that way."

But Penn State's James Franklin looks at it like just another weekend on the schedule. Or so he says.

"I understand the significance of this game," Franklin said. "And I understand the importance of this game, but I'm also a huge believer that this is the most important game on our schedule because it's the one this week.

"Last week the Akron game was the most important game in the universe for us. This week, the Pitt game is the most important game in the universe. It's the only thing that exists for us."

Pitt will go into the game somewhat hamstrung on defense with standout safety Jerome Whitehead and senior linebacker Quintin Wirginis, a key reserve, both out. Both were serving a three-game suspension before last week's opener, and it was revealed this week that Wirginis will miss the season due to a non-football injury.

Without them last week, the Panthers gave up 418 yards in a 28-21 victory over Youngstown State. Meanwhile, Penn State was rushing for 247 yards in its 52-0 thrashing of Akron with running back Saquon Barkley going for 174. He rushed for 130 yards in Penn State's 42-39 loss to Pitt last year.

"You'd better be sound," Narduzzi said of defending Barkley."You'd better be in the right gaps. He'll jump out of a gap. You'll think he's going there, he'll go there. Everybody has got to be gap sound.

"You've got to get penetration in the backfield, and you load the box and then they've got the other things. They've got players outside, too."

The Nittany Lions have more than just Barkley on offense.

Quarterback Trace McSorley is another Heisman candidate. He spread the ball around last week, passing for 248 yards and rushing for another 48 in the opener.

Barkley didn't touch the ball on Penn State's first series but a few designed quarterback draws with McSorley steered the offense into early scoring position. From that point, the quarterback spread the ball around to eight receivers and completed 72 percent of his passes with two touchdowns to tight end Mike Gesicki.

"I think (it was) really just taking what the defense gave us early and not trying to force things early on," McSorley said.

With Nate Peterman gone, Pitt is breaking in a new starter at quarterback. USC graduate transfer Max Browne completed 17 of 24 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown in overtime for the win. Wide receiver Jester Weah made the leaping grab over a Youngstown State defender in the end zone.

"I'd like to see him make a few more plays," Narduzzi said of Browne. "He had a great run, and we encouraged him to run. There was another third down where he could have run just to make sure he didn't make a negative. ... There's a lot of little things, just fundamentals. Again, first time he's been under fire for over a year really."

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Panthers


--QB Max Browne got the job done when he needed to in his Pitt debut. His 11-yard touchdown pass to WR Jester Weah in overtime was perfectly placed. He made some other nice throws, as well.

--WR/KR Quadree Henderson -- Henderson had a slow day against Youngstown State. He wasn't a factor in the return game and caught just one pass. He did have nine carries for 77 yards, mostly on jet sweeps.

--FS Bricen Garner was playing in his first career game against Youngstown State, but that didn't stop him from hauling down a game-winning interception in overtime. Pitt won against Penn State in similar fashion last year, when it was a Ryan Lewis pick that sealed the deal.

--PK Alex Kessman went 0-for-2 on field goal attempts, including one that could have won the game for Pitt against Youngstown State as time expired in regulation. Coach Pat Narduzzi took the blame for not getting the ball onto Kessman's preferred left hash when he had the time to do so.

Nittany Lions

--RB Saquon Barkley has one game under his belt and it was a Heisman-level performance with 226 rushing yards and two touchdowns. His ability to shake tackles and shed defenders in the open field is nearly unmatched right now. Barkley scored four times against the Panthers last season.

--WR DaeSean Hamilton had a rough start to the season with three drops in the first half against Akron. He recovered to post three catches for 74 yards. Penn State's most experienced receiver won't soon forget a costly drop of what would've been the go-ahead touchdown late against the Panthers last season.

--DE Torrence Brown won nearly every individual battle against Akron, often overwhelming the Zips' young left tackle Trevor Brown. He might be Penn State's most explosive pass-rusher and will be counted on more if fellow end Shareef Miller can't play on Saturday.

--CB Amani Oruwariye quickly ascended to a top cornerback spot alongside Grant Haley. Oruwariye, who came off the bench, turned in a memorable game with a handful of tackles and an athletic interception deep down the field. He's flown under the radar in a talented secondary but is beginning to emerge as a ball hawk.

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Stanford at Southern California

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GAME SNAPSHOT

KICKOFF: Saturday, 8:30 p.m. ET

GAMEDATE: 9/9/17

SITE: Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles

TV: FOX

SERIES: USC leads 60-32-3 (the Trojans' 2005 victory was vacated due to NCAA penalty)

RANKINGS: USC No. 6, Stanford No. 14

KEYS TO THE GAME


A possible early preview of the 2017 Pac-12 title game will unfold Saturday at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where No. 6 USC hosts No. 14 Stanford.

Stanford (1-0) returns to action from a one-week layoff after opening the season Aug. 26 in Sydney, Australia, with a rout of Rice. The Cardinal seeks to win a fourth straight against the Trojans (1-0) and to reassert its place in the conference championship race.

The run games, as they have in the past, figure to take center stage.

USC junior Ronald Jones II went for 159 yards and three touchdowns on just 18 carries in a 49-31 victory against Western Michigan.

"He reminds you of (former NFL All-Pro) Jamaal Charles," Stanford coach David Shaw said. "More physical than people will give him credit for, he'll run through tackles. He's gotten bigger since last year. He's explosive, catches the ball out of the backfield; just a dangerous football player."

USC adds another element of danger to its ground attack with freshman Stephen Carr. Carr made a splash in his collegiate debut, rushing for a pair of touchdowns.

The Cardinal counters with its own two-man look.

Stanford's Bryce Love, taking over for All-American Christian McCaffrey, rushed for 180 yards. Cameron Scarlett rushed just eight times against Rice, but scored three touchdowns.

Further underscoring the importance of the run game: In nine of 10 meetings since 2008 -- and each of the last four -- the team with the rushing advantage won. USC seeks a dramatic improvement from its Week 1 performance, when it surrendered 263 yards to Western Michigan -- the most the Trojans allowed since Stanford went for 302 last September.

Run-stoppers will play central roles in Saturday's affair, and both Stanford and USC feature some of the Pac-12's best. The Trojans will have preseason All-American inside linebacker Cameron Smith available for a full 60 minutes for the first time on the season.

Smith missed the first half of last week's game while serving a one-half suspension due to a targeting penalty in the Rose Bowl. USC's performance against the run improved upon his return.

Few teams in the Pac-12 can match USC's experience in the front seven, between Smith and Uchenna Nwosu at linebacker, with Porter Gustin and Rasheem Green on the line, but Stanford's such an exception. Defensive lineman Harrison Phillips sets the tone up front, with upperclassmen Peter Kalambayi, Sean Barton, Joey Alferi and Bobby Okereke at linebacker.

This marquee matchup falls in September for a fourth straight season and for the fifth time in six years. Such a high-profile date this early provides an interesting measuring stick for the remainder of the season.

"I enjoy it," Stanford's Phillips said of drawing the Trojans early into the campaign. "It's very important to have a test that early in the season that proves every suspicion and proves our ambitions of what can come true."

Phillips noted winning or losing this one doesn't mean everything, though. He cited USC rallying from a 27-10 loss to Stanford last September to reach the Rose Bowl, while the Cardinal finished 6-3 in Pac-12 play.

Nevertheless, this matchup has taken on a rivalry feel.

"It's one of those dates you mark on your calendar, because you know it's going to impact your season," USC head coach Clay Helton said.

"David (Shaw) has done a tremendous job there ... building that program to what it is today. The consistency that he brings to the table with his program, year in and year out, is very impressive."

That consistency is evident in three conference championships from 2012 to 2015. Last year marked Stanford's sixth season with 10-plus victories since 2010.

USC-Stanford began to become competitive a decade ago. Shaw credits a Cardinal win in 2007 -- until this year, the largest upset in college football history -- for providing the launching point to Stanford becoming a nationally relevant program.

"I mark (2007) as the beginning of the program, where we started to be taken more seriously here at Stanford," Shaw said. "We hadn't arrived yet ... but the makings were there of a tough, physical football team that could go on the road and win a tough game."

Winning on the road has remained a theme for Stanford football in the past decade.

Dating to 2007, the Cardinal has won four of five games at the Coliseum. In contrast, USC's victory over Western Michigan marked the Trojans' 11th consecutive win at home.

USC is undefeated at the Coliseum since Helton took over as head coach midway through the 2015 season -- but also winless against Stanford at 0-2.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Trojans


--LB Cameron Smith, whom coach Clay Helton called "the rock of our defense," missed the first half of Week 1, serving a half-game suspension as the result of a targeting penalty in January's Rose Bowl Game. When he returned, the Trojans defense allowed only one touchdown to Western Michigan, and that came on a trick play fullback pass to quarterback Jon Wassink.

--QB Sam Darnold makes his first career start against the Cardinal, having debuted atop the depth chart one week after the Trojans faced Stanford a season ago. Darnold had a low-key debut against Western Michigan with 289 yards passing. His statistical output was hindered in part due to dropped balls.

--WR Deontay Burnett's starring performance in the Rose Bowl set the stage for Burnett to take over as USC's No. 1 receiving option, and he didn't disappoint against Western Michigan. Burnett finished with seven receptions for 142 yards. Darnold having that reliable option while new faces get established is a must for the Trojans offense.

--TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe was used sparingly in Week 1 as he recovers from a hip flexor. Tyler Petite started in his place. Imatorbhebhe should be back atop the depth chart against Stanford.

Cardinal

--CB Quenton Meeks has a chance to continue in the vein of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, a former All-Pro selection and Super Bowl champion who played at Stanford. This will be one of Meeks' best times to show what he can, having to defend tough receivers and an NFL caliber quarterback on a national stage against USC.

--QB Keller Chryst looked sharp in the opener, but the USC game will be a better gauge to see if he has lingering effects from his ACL injury, suffered in the Sun Bowl. When Chryst is accurate, confident, and can use his feet to turn a couple of broken plays into first downs, the Cardinal is one of the toughest outs in the nation.

--TE Kaden Smith is one of four tight ends for Stanford who can make an impact. Smith, while he's not the featured tight end -- senior Dalton Schultz is -- had a strong outing against Rice with four catches for 55 yards and a touchdown. It was true freshman Colby Parkinson who stole the show, though, against Rice with two touchdown catches, including one of his first collegiate snap. He was the nation's top TE recruit in the 2017 class.

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Montana at Washington

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GAME SNAPSHOT

KICKOFF: Saturday, 8 p.m. ET

GAMEDATE: 9/9/17

SITE: Husky Stadium, Seattle, Wash.

TV: Pac-12 Network

SERIES: Washington leads Montana 16-1-1. This will be the first meeting between the programs since 1951.

RANKINGS: Washington No. 7

KEYS TO THE GAME


Washington coach Chris Petersen knows his team's season-opening victory over Rutgers wasn't aesthetically pleasing.

While it is clear improvement is needed when the No. 7 Huskies host Montana on Saturday, Petersen is proud of one important thing.

"We won. That is what we are here for," Petersen said Monday. "We got that done, but I do think that it was a little bit of a wake-up call."

Junior quarterback Jake Browning can hear the alarm ringing. The player that finished sixth in last season's Heisman Trophy balloting wasn't the least bit impressed with the offensive performance despite passing for 284 yards and two touchdowns.

"We've got a standard we try to play to, and that's not the standard at all," Browning said.

Washington possessed the ball less than 22 minutes during the 30-14 victory over Rutgers. The Huskies didn't take the lead until the game was more than 26 minutes old -- on senior Dante Pettis' sixth career punt-return touchdown to tie the Pac-12 record set by California's DeSean Jackson (2005-07).

That leaves Petersen looking for a faster start from his team against the Grizzlies, an FCS team receiving a reported $625,000 to visit Seattle. Montana posted a 45-23 win over Valparaiso in its opener.

"I think they're a really well-coached team," Petersen said of the Grizzlies. "They've got their style. Who knows how they will play against us. They're more of an up-tempo (attack) trying to run a lot of plays."

Grizzlies senior quarterback Reese Phillips passed for 381 yards and four touchdowns against Valparaiso. The fifth-year senior, who began his career at Kentucky, thrived in his first career start.

Montana coach Bob Stitt said Phillips -- who is in his second year in the program -- received high grades in every area.

"He had a great day," Stitt said at a press conference. "He can really throw the ball and everybody saw that. We've been saying this since he got here that he can throw the ball as well as anybody. ... He probably had three or four throws that he'd like to have back but the rest of them were pretty darn good."

The Grizzlies feature a playmaker in sophomore receiver Jerry Louie-McGee, who caught nine passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns against Valparaiso. In one game last season, Louie-McGee set a school record with 21 receptions.

Junior Jeremy Calhoun, who rushed for 77 yards and two touchdowns in the opener, is the top running back.

Meanwhile, the Washington defense gets senior All-American inside linebacker Azeem Victor back after he missed the opener due to a suspension for a violation of team rules. Having Victor back should help Washington get off the field quicker.

Washington has much larger defenders than Montana typically sees, and the Grizzlies will certainly find it challenging to block 6-foot-5, 340-pound standout defensive tackle Vita Vea.

The Huskies have a revamped secondary, and one of the highlights of the win over Rutgers was the play of redshirt freshman cornerback Byron Murphy.

Murphy made covering receivers look easy by intercepting two passes in his first college game.

"If the ball is around him, the guy can catch," Petersen said. "He's an instinctual player."

Offensively, while Browning is aiming to improve on his shaky 17-of-30 accuracy, the Huskies also see the need to get the ball into the hands of junior running back Myles Gaskins.

The speedster topped 1,300 rushing yards in each of his first two college seasons but had just seven carries against Rutgers. He had 59 yards for a gaudy 8.4 average and played a pivotal role in the passing game by catching five passes for 79 yards and one touchdown.

"Myles Gaskin was up to his old tricks," said Petersen, "and we've got to get him the ball as much as we can."

Dealing with Washington's offense will be a stern task for the Grizzlies, who allowed 450 yards in their opener.

Senior linebacker James Banks (12 tackles) had a solid opener for Montana, while safeties Evan Epperly (a junior) and Josh Sandry (a sophomore) each nabbed interceptions.

Montana is playing an FBS program for the first time since losing 17-12 at Wyoming in 2014. The Grizzlies were routed at Tennessee 42-16 in 2011 in their most-recent contest against a Power 5 conference school.

The Huskies hold a 16-1-1 edge in the series but Saturday's meeting is the first since 1951.

"This is going to be a great challenge for our football team mentally to be able to go in, focus on their job and when adversity does strike, that they just keep coming, keep your head down," Stitt said. "The scoreboard's going to take care of itself. Just keep working and doing your job and we'll look at it at the end."

Washington sophomore cornerback Austin Joyner will miss the contest to complete his two-game suspension for violation of team rules.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Huskies


--QB Jake Browning will be seeking a swift rebound from an opener in which he underwhelmed for more than half the game. Browning finished with 284 yards and two touchdowns but his accuracy (17-of-30) wasn't up to last year's form. Browning's 61 career touchdown passes are 14 behind school record-holder Keith Price (2010-13).

--WR Dante Pettis returned his sixth career punt for touchdown against Rutgers to match the Pac-12 record held by California's DeSean Jackson. The pivotal touchdown came after Washington was unable to score a touchdown in the game's first 26 minutes as he continues to show a knack for providing the team with a much-needed spark. It was the third straight year in which Pettis returned a punt for a score in the season opener and he figures to make a big impact as either a returner or a receiver against Montana.

--CB Byron Murphy, a redshirt freshman, made it look easy by intercepting two passes in his first college games. The Huskies are looking for more performances like his debut after losing both starting corners off last year's squad and coach Chris Petersen is mighty impressed with Murphy. "If the ball is around him, the guy can catch," Petersen said. "He's an instinctual player."

--DT Vita Vea had a relatively quiet season opener with just three stops against Rutgers. He figures to get untracked against the FCS Grizzlies, who don't often see players the size of the 6-foot-5, 340-pound junior. Vea posted five sacks last season and his athleticism allows him to be more than just an interior pass rusher.

Grizzlies


--S Justin Strong, a senior who has returned to the top of this week's depth chart, is one four Grizzlies with experience in Pac-12 games. Strong played against Washington in Seattle for Oregon State in 2014, logging six tackles, including 1.5 for loss. He finished last season at Montana as the team's third-leading tackler with 68 and led the team in interceptions with three, one of which he returned for an 86-yard touchdown.

--RB Jeremy Calhoun rushed for two touchdowns against Valparaiso last week, giving him 20 career TDs in his 21-game career. Somewhat surprisingly, last week's game was the junior's first career start.

--LB James Banks, a senior who began his career at UAB, posted a game-high 12 tackles against Valparaiso last week to set a career high.

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Florida Atlantic at Wisconsin

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GAME SNAPSHOT

KICKOFF: Saturday, noon ET

GAMEDATE: 9/9/17

SITE: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wis.

TV: Big Ten Network

SERIES: First meeting

RANKINGS: Wisconsin No. 9

KEYS TO THE GAME


Florida Atlantic had difficulty stopping Navy's option attack in its opener. Now, the Owls face Wisconsin's power running game.

The No. 9 Badgers (1-0) will be looking to build on their big second half against Utah State, when they ran for 234 yards en route to a 59-10 victory.

Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst was pleased with efforts from a handful of his young playmakers, particularly at running back and receiver. True freshman running back Jonathan Taylor had nine carries for a team-high 87 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore RB Bradrick Shaw added 18 carries for 86 yards as the Badgers roared to a 49-0 advantage after halftime.

"I thought (Taylor) had a pretty good tempo to him," Chryst said. "I was impressed with that. 'Brad,' one of the things we certainly like about him is when he takes it north and south, he can hit a hole. Each guy had his moments."

Shaw, who has been hampered by a right leg injury, was listed as questionable on the team's injury report released Monday.

Sophomore wide receivers A.J. Taylor and Quitez Cephus combined for six receptions for 71 yards and one touchdown against the Aggies. Chryst said their biggest area of improvement is confidence.

"I think part of that comes from knowledge of what they're doing," he said. "I think they know better what to expect. ... I think they both have kind of earned that confidence by working. So I think they're more relaxed."

First-year FAU coach Lane Kiffin dropped his debut, 41-19 to Navy on Friday night, when the Owls gave up 426 rushing yards. The game was delayed twice by lightning and lasted 4 hours and 50 minutes.

"I know you are going to look at the score and think that we didn't play very well defensively, but we did some really good things defensively and then fell apart at times," Kiffin said. "That is one of the best scoring offenses in all of football."

Chryst said he was impressed with FAU's effort.

"I think there's certainly energy," Chryst said.

"I think in watching their game, I know the score probably wasn't what they wanted, but they flew around and you saw a lot of good football players and things that he's brought in there. But that's from the outside looking in and watching tape."

Kiffin, trying to improve a program that finished with a 3-9 record in each of the past three seasons, hasn't settled on a starting quarterback.

Sophomore quarterback Daniel Parr got his first career start against Navy, completing 19 of 30 passes for 281 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception. Sophomore DeAndre Johnson, a junior college transfer with more mobility, is also in the mix.

Kiffin said he'd like to play both Parr and Johnson. Johnson had four rushes for 31 yards against the Midshipmen.

"(Parr) did do some good things," Kiffin said. "His numbers weren't bad. We were not playing against the greatest defense in football, so we would have liked to have been more productive."

One disappointing development for Florida Atlantic was the right knee injury suffered by junior defensive tackle Ray Ellis late in the second quarter against Navy. Kiffin said Ellis, who was sidelined last year with a knee injury that required surgery, likely will undergo surgery again on the same knee.

"He really battled his way back," Kiffin said. "(The knee) really started to look really good as he got healthier and healthier. Tough deal on him and the loss of a really good player."

Wisconsin sophomore quarterback Alex Hornibrook recovered from a dismal first quarter last week, and then receivers dropped three passes in the second quarter. Hornibrook completed 7 of 13 passes for 63 yards and one interception in the first half. He was sacked three times.

He finished 15 of 23 for 244 yards and three touchdowns.

"There are some plays he can be better on, so overall, I liked the way that he saw the game, he made plays and gave guys a chance to make play," Chryst said. "I think there's still enough to work on that he's got to focus on and get a lot better."

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Badgers


--QB Alex Hornibrook overcame a rough first quarter to throw a career-high three touchdowns for 244 yards in his 10th career start. Wisconsin's success on offense will depend largely on consistent play at quarterback, thus making Hornibrook's bounce-back effort in the final three quarters a good sign heading into Week 2.

--TE Troy Fumagalli is considered one of the best at his position in the country. It's a good sign for the Wisconsin offense that Hornibrook and Fumagalli established a good connection in the opener, with Fumagalli finishing with a career-high 105 receiving yards.

--CB Nick Nelson, a junior who replaces four-year starter Sojourn Shelton at cornerback, made his Badgers debut vs. Utah State after sitting out 2016 following his transfer from Hawaii. Nelson started 21 games for the Rainbow Warriors, recording 21 pass breakups. He made two tackles in the opener and is also returning punts.

Owls


--LB Azeez Al-Shaair led the team in tackles in each of the past two seasons, including 113 stops, with 12 for loss, in 2016. He opened this season with 14 tackles, once again leading the Owls. He'll be busy against Wisconsin's ground attack.

--RB Devin Singletary rushed for 1,021 yards as a true freshman last season, averaging 6.7 yards per game. He had only six carries in the opener against Navy, rushing for 26 yards.

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Cincinnati at Michigan

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GAME SNAPSHOT

KICKOFF: Saturday, noon ET

GAMEDATE: 9/9/17

SITE: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Mich.

TV: ABC

SERIES: First meeting

RANKINGS: Michigan No. 8

KEYS TO THE GAME


Michigan's core of predominantly new starters showed last week it could handle the pressure of facing a ranked opponent in front of more than 100,000 fans at a neutral site.

This week, the task for the Wolverines will be demonstrating if they can handle prosperity against what appears to be an overmatched opponent at home.

Following an impressive 33-17 win over Florida last Saturday in Arlington, Texas, No. 8 Michigan opens the home portion of its schedule at noon ET on Saturday as a 33-point favorite over Cincinnati.

The Bearcats opened their season with a 26-14 win over Austin Peay on Aug. 31.

Despite having to replace 10 starters on defense from last year's unit that was one of the best in the nation, Michigan's defense has been getting accolades from around the country ever since beating Florida.

The Wolverines' defense gave up only three points, held the Gators to 11 yards rushing and 192 total yards, and recorded six sacks. Sophomore middle linebacker Devin Bush has two sacks in his first career start.

An article in the Detroit Free Press already suggested that this year's defense could be just as good as the defense Michigan had in 1997 when it won its last national championship, one that was led by Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson.

Always one to promote his players, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh certainly couldn't hold back about how good his defense looked against Florida.

"It was the best since I have been here coaching that I've seen our defense run to the football," Harbaugh said. "Holes opened up and they closed. Pursuit, nobody on the ground and everybody getting up off of the ground and running."

Harbaugh was equally pleased with his team's offensive line, which allowed senior running back Ty Isaac to rush for 114 yards on 11 carries and sophomore Chris Evans to run for 78 yards on 22 carries.

But there was a noticeable negative for Michigan against Florida, one that will no doubt be monitored throughout the season.

Junior quarterback Wilton Speight threw two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns, and he might find himself on a short leash if he continues to turn the ball over. Speight passed for 2,538 yards, 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions last season. But he was pushed in fall camp by John O'Korn and it only became clear he was retaining the job during the week of the season opener.

For now, Speight is the man for Harbaugh.

"If you can't handle that type of position when something goes bad, it's the wrong position to be playing," Harbaugh said.

"I thought he did very well. Sometimes that breaks a guy. Sometimes they can bounce back it from the next game, sometimes they can bounce back in the same game and sometimes they can't. If you can't, and it affects you to the point where you can't go execute and you are unwilling to take any chances or risk, that's the sign you can't handle it really well. He kept firing."

First-year Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell is very familiar with Michigan Stadium and the Michigan program, given that he was on Ohio State's coaching staff for 14 years before being hired as the Bearcats' head coach last December.

However, Fickell has done his best to downplay any familiarity.

"This is about our team and our program," Fickell said.

"It's not about me or the history I've had with the University of Michigan, but really truly try to focus on our team and our opportunities and the things we are doing. Just like me, just like every coach and every one of our players, we are extremely excited for this opportunity this week."

In the win over an Austin Peay team that now has lost 28 straight games, the Bearcats actually were outgained in total yardage, 313-248, and had only 22 minutes of possession.

But behind two forced turnovers and 100 yards on 19 carries from senior running back Mike Boone, the Bearcats managed to survive and give Fickell a victory in his first game with the program.

Now, the Bearcats will prepare for an ultimate measuring stick game against the Wolverines.

"We take incredible pride in the way we work, the way we train and the way we prepare," Fickell said. "There's no better way to do that than to have an opportunity on national television to go play against a top-5 team in the country. Everyone is excited."

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Wolverines


--QB Wilton Speight is under pressure to step up his performance after completing just 44 percent of his passes and being intercepted twice in the opener. Coach Jim Harbaugh indicated he won't be shy about pulling Speight from games even though senior backup John O'Korn was ineffective in relief. Speight was efficient and avoided mistakes most of last season so the mediocre debut was disappointing.

--RB Ty Isaac showed that he can be counted on with his strong performance in which he gained 114 yards on 11 carries. It was his best showing for the senior since rolling up 115 yards on eight carries against UNLV in 2015 and a sign he might be primed to have a big season. Isaac, who began his career at USC before transferring, has never lived up to his billing amid issues with consistency.

--DE Rashan Gary had just two tackles in his first college start amid heavy expectations. This is the season the sophomore is expected to dominate up front and live up to the hype that saw him named a second-team preseason All-American. He will look to make some impact plays against Cincinnati and get his season rolling.

--MLB Devin Bush displayed he is ready to make an impact with two sacks and an additional tackle for loss among his seven stops. The sophomore seldom saw action on defense last season but he made it clear he is ready to play with the performance against the Gators. He nearly got ejected for targeting on Florida's first play but kept his composure and put together a solid game.

Bearcats

--RB Mike Boone rushed for 100 yards in the season opener against Austin Peay, his sixth career 100-yard game and the first for UC since Boone tallied 137 yards on the ground against Tulsa on Nov. 14, 2015. Boone had gains of 26 and 25 yards in the opener.

--QB Hayden Moore threw for three touchdowns against Austin Peay to three different targets. He found Thomas Geddins on 16-yard scored in the first quarter, hit a 6-yard out to Kahlil Lewis who fought his way to the pylon, and delivered a 6-yard strike to Tyler Cogswell through a tight window.

--LB Tyrell Gilbert forced his third career fumble late in the first quarter against Austin Peay. Gilbert had four tackles, including one for loss, in the opener.

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Louisiana-Monroe at Florida State

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GAME SNAPSHOT

KICKOFF: Saturday, noon ET

GAMEDATE: 9/9/2017

SITE: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Fla.

TV: ACC Network

SERIES: Florida State leads 1-0. FSU won the only meeting 34-0 in 2011.

RANKINGS: Florida State No. 10

KEYS TO THE GAME


With sophomore and potential Heisman candidate Deondre Francois out for the season with a knee injury sustained in the opener against Alabama, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher will be looking at breaking in a true freshman at quarterback when the 10th-ranked Seminoles host Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday.

Kickoff at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee was moved up to noon because of the impending threat of Hurricane Irma over the weekend.

James Blackmon from Belle Glade, Fla., will move into the spot Francois vacated.

"He is very easy, very strong-willed, very independent and confident -- not arrogant, but confident," Fisher said. "Has a great presence to him."

Blackman was the No. 7-rated pro-style quarterback in the nation in last year's high school class and apparently has the confidence of his teammates.

"He's going up against the best

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Big Sky/MVFC Challenge Series kicking off
September 7, 2017


(STATS) - It's home, sweet home for the Big Sky in the new Big Sky/MVFC Challenge Series. The far-western conference of the FCS could use the advantage.

The series was created to publicize current matchups and promote future nonconference scheduling between the Big Sky and Missouri Valley Football Conference, although the two premier leagues have a strong history of facing each other. The MVFC holds a 50-33 edge in all-time meetings, including 25-10 over the last four seasons.

Six of this year's eight games will be played at Big Sky schools, including four of the five on Saturday. They are: No. 2 North Dakota State at No. 7 Eastern Washington; No. 4 South Dakota State at Montana State; No. 22 Western Illinois at Northern Arizona; and Missouri State at No. 11 North Dakota. The exception is No. 21 Northern Iowa hosting Cal Poly.

Upcoming games are North Dakota at South Dakota (MVFC) and Northern Iowa at Southern Utah (Big Sky) on Sept. 16, and No. 18 Illinois State (MVFC) at Northern Arizona on Oct. 7.

All eight games involve at least one team currently ranked in the STATS FCS Top 25.

The conferences have produced 13 FCS champions.
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Utah State 51, Idaho State 13

One week after suffering a 59-10 loss at No. 9 Wisconsin, Utah State got to turn the tables on visiting Idaho State, a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) school. The Aggies (1-1) led 38-6 at halftime and rolled up 596 total yards against the Bengals (1-1).

Player of the game
Aggies quarterback Kent Myers was almost flawless, completing 24-of-26 pass attempts for 323 yards and two touchdowns. While the senior did throw an interception, he ran eight times for 85 yards and two touchdowns to more than make up for it. Myers gave way to freshman backup Jordan Love midway through the third quarter.

Key stats

Thirteen Aggies caught at least one pass, with Ron’quavion Tarver posting game-highs in receptions (seven) and receiving yards (75) while finding the end zone once.

Ty Flanagan had a workmanlike night running the ball for the Bengals, finishing with game-highs in carries (25) and rushing yards (106) while scoring a touchdown.

Utah State’s Eltoro Allen ran for a team-high 103 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.
The Aggies doubled up the Bengals in first downs, 30-15.
Each team committed a pair of turnovers.

Since 2000, Utah State is 11-0 against FCS foes while Idaho State is 0-27 against FBS teams.
Utah State is 16-2 all-time against Idaho State, including 13-1 at home.

Key play
Midway through the second quarter and with the Aggies leading 24-6, Jalen Davis jumped a route to return an interception 25 yards untouched for a touchdown.

Up next

Utah State vs. Wake Forest (9/16)
Idaho State vs. Nevada (9/16)
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Long Sheet

Friday, September 8

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OHIO U (1 - 0) at PURDUE (0 - 1) - 9/8/2017, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
OHIO U is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in road games in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.
PURDUE is 1-10 ATS (-10.0 Units) in home games when playing with 6 or less days rest over the last 3 seasons.

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

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OKLAHOMA ST (1 - 0) at S ALABAMA (0 - 1) - 9/8/2017, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
OKLAHOMA ST is 83-55 ATS (+22.5 Units) as a favorite since 1992.
S ALABAMA is 2-10 ATS (-9.0 Units) in games played on turf over the last 2 seasons.

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

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MEMPHIS (1 - 0) at UCF (1 - 0) - 9/8/2017, 6:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
MEMPHIS is 75-103 ATS (-38.3 Units) in games played on a grass field since 1992.

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

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Trend Report
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Friday, September 8

6:30 PM
MEMPHIS vs. CENTRAL FLORIDA
Memphis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Memphis is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Central Florida is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Memphis
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Central Florida's last 9 games

8:00 PM
OHIO vs. PURDUE
Ohio is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Ohio's last 11 games
Purdue is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Purdue is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games

8:00 PM
OKLAHOMA STATE vs. SOUTH ALABAMA
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Oklahoma State's last 21 games
Oklahoma State is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
South Alabama is 5-14 ATS in its last 19 games at home
South Alabama is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games

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NCAAF
Dunkel

Week 2


Friday, September 8

Ohio @ Purdue

Game 301-302
September 8, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Ohio
81.489
Purdue
82.470
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Purdue
by 1
49
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Purdue
by 4
57
Dunkel Pick:
Ohio
(+4); Under

Oklahoma State @ South Alabama


Game 303-304
September 8, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Oklahoma State
103.273
South Alabama
79.186
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Oklahoma State
by 24
58
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Oklahoma State
by 28 1/2
66 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
South Alabama
(+28 1/2); Under

Memphis @ Central Florida


Game 483-484
September 8, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Memphis
89.257
Central Florida
89.580
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Memphis
Even
61
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Central Florida
by 3
68
Dunkel Pick:
Memphis
(+3); Under


Delaware St @ Hampton


Game 507-508
September 8, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Delaware St
31.691
Hampton
41.764
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Hampton
by 10
42
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Hampton
by 13 1/2
45
Dunkel Pick:
Delaware St
(+13 1/2); Under


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NCAAF
Armadillo's Write-Up

Week 2

Friday’s games

Last 2+ years, MAC teams are 17-7-1 vs spread when facing a Big 14 team (2-2 this year). Purdue (+26) led Louisville 14-10 at half LW, but turned ball over four times (-1), were outgained 524-344 in 35-28 loss to the Cardinals Saturday. Last two years, Ohio U was 5-1 vs spread as a road underdog; since ’11, Bobcats are 20-11 vs spread in non-MAC games. Ohio has 13 returning starters; their OL has 69 returning starts. Favorites are 13-1 vs spread in Purdue’s last 14 home games; they’re 10-6 vs spread in last 16 games as a home favorite.

Oklahoma State ran for 332 yards, threw for 308 in a 59-24 win over Tulsa LW, but Tulsa was 16-26 on 3rd down, ran 96 plays, so OSU’s defense needs some work. Since 2012, Cowboys are 3-8-2 vs spread as a road favorite. South Alabama was outgained 531-374 by Ole Miss LW in their 47-27 (+22) loss. Jaguars are 5-8 vs spread in last 13 games as a home underdog. USA has 11 starters back; its OL has only 39 returning starts. Sun Belt teams were 5-1 vs spread LW; since 2011, Sun Belt teams are 7-6 vs spread when facing Big X squads.

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DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday's NCAAF Game of the Day: Oklahoma State at South Alabama
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Oklahoma State Cowboys at South Alabama Jaguars (+28, 67)

With a Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback and a strong running game, No. 11 Oklahoma State tries to flaunt its newfound balanced attack when it visits South Alabama on Friday night. The Cowboys were 66th nationally in rushing last season at 170.8 yards per game, but gained nearly double that amount (332) in their season-opening 59-24 victory over Tulsa.

Oklahoma State senior quarterback Mason Rudolph, who was 20-for-24 for 303 yards and three touchdowns against the Golden Hurricane after directing the country's No. 8 passing attack in 2016, watched his club pile up 332 yards rushing. Sophomore running back Justice Hill led the way with 132 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries as Cowboys coach Mike Gundy already sees a strong cohesiveness in his offensive unit. "I'm confident that we have good leadership and that there's enough, for lack of a better term, peer pressure to want to perform at a higher level,'' coach Mike Gundy told reporters. "These guys care about each other and we have some great team chemistry early in the season." The Jaguars, picked to finish fourth in the Sun Belt Conference, recorded a turnover-free performance and trailed by only three at halftime before succumbing to Ole Miss 47-27 in their opener.

TV:
8 p.m. ET, ESPN2.

LINE HISTORY:
The Cowboys opened as 26.5-point road chalk but that wasn’t large enough for bettors and OSU money pushed that line up to 28. The total hit the betting boards at 66 and has since risen to 67.

INJURY REPORT:


Oklahoma State - No Injuries to Report.

South Alabama - LB Bull Barge (Probable, Knee), DL Tyree Turner (Probable, Ankle), OL Nelson Santiago (Doubtful, Leg), S Neiko Robinson (Out, Leg), WR Jalen Tolbert (Out For Season, Knee), CB Jalen Thompson (Out For Season, Academics).

ABOUT OKLAHOMA STATE (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS, 1-0 O/U):
The Cowboys will attack South Alabama with three running backs that gained at least 92 yards last week, including freshmen J.D. King (six carries, 95 yards, one touchdown) and La'Darren Brown (five, 92, one). “It’s been great,” Rudolph told reporters. “I kind of wanted to see the freshman guys come out and play, and J.D. answered the bell, as well as L.D. getting the first few snaps of his career." Senior wide receiver James Washington, who eclipsed 1,000 yards the last two seasons, should have little trouble getting there in 2017 after recording 145 yards and two touchdowns on six catches last week.

ABOUT SOUTH ALABAMA (0-1 SU, 1-0 ATS, 1-0 O/U):
The Jaguars need another strong performance from senior safety Jeremy Reaves, who became the fifth player in school history to record 200 career tackles after registering eight but was part of a defense that yielded more than 400 passing yards (429). Sophomore running back Tra Minter gained 83 yards on 12 carries in his South Alabama debut, spearheading a ground attack that totaled 170 yards. Junior quarterback Cole Garvin threw for one touchdown and rushed for two versus the Rebels.

TRENDS:


* Cowboys are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.

* Jaguars are 0-8 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win.

* Over is 6-0 in Cowboys last 6 vs. S-Belt.

* Over is 13-3 in Cowboys last 16 games on fieldturf.

* Over is 10-2 in Jaguars last 12 non-conference games.

CONSENSUS:
The Cowboys are picking up 79 percent of the action from users and the Over is picking up 77 percent of the totals wagers.
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September 7, 2017


We already had a pair of televised games lined up for Friday night of Week 2. With Hurricane Irma taunting the Sunshine State, a third Friday game was added when UCF’s home game vs. Memphis was moved up a day. Let’s hit on the first two and we’ll break down Memphis at UCF in Bonus Nuggets.

**Oklahoma State at South Alabama**


-- As of early Thursday morning, most betting shops had Oklahoma State (1-0 straight up, 1-0 against the spread) installed as a 28-point favorite with a total of 67 for ‘over/under’ wagers. SBG Global and 5dimes.eu were offering the Jaguars to win outright for a 30/1 payout (risk $100 to win $3,000).

-- Oklahoma State raced out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead and coasted to a 59-24 win over Tulsa as a 19.5-point home ‘chalk’ in last Thursday’s season opener. The 83 combined points went ‘over’ the 71-point total. Mason Rudolph connected on 20-of-24 passes for 303 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. The senior signal caller also ran for a TD. Justice Hill rushed for a team-best 132 yards and one TD on 15 carries, while true freshman J.D. King had 95 rushing yards and one TD on just six attempts. La’Darren Brown, a redshirt freshman, ran for 92 yards and one TD on five totes. James Washington brought down six catches for 145 yards and two TDs, while senior WR Marcell Ateman finished with four receptions for 75 yards.

-- Oklahoma State’s defense was led by senior safety Tre Flowers vs. Tulsa. Flowers was in on a team-high eight tackles with one pass broken up. Although the Pokies gave up 424 yards of total offense to Tulsa, they forced a pair of turnovers, got one fourth-down stop and allowed only 17 points since one of the Golden Hurricane’s TDs came via special teams. Senior LB Chad Whitener added seven tackles and one QB hurry, while junior LB Kenneth Edison-McGruder produced five tackles, one sack, one pass broken up and one fumble return for an 82-yard TD.

-- Oklahoma State owns an 18-12-2 spread record in 32 games as a road favorite during Mike Gundy’s 13-year tenure. If the line holds at -28, it will be the richest road ‘chalk’ spot for the Cowboys on Gundy’s watch. They’ve been favored by 27.5 at Kansas (20-14 non-covering ‘W’) in 2011, by 27 at UTSA (56-35 non-covering ‘W’) in ’12 and, of course, the -26.5 spot at Iowa State in ’11 (a 37-31 loss) that kept them out of the BCS Championship Game.

-- Keep in mind that Oklahoma State beat Tulsa on Thursday night, while South Alabama played Saturday in Oxford and didn’t get back to Mobile until late Saturday night, if not early Sunday morning.

-- South Alabama (0-1 SU, 1-0 ATS) lost a 47-27 decision at Ole Miss this past Saturday, but it scored back-to-back TDs in the fourth quarter to post a backdoor cover for its backers (like me!) as a 22-point road underdog. The 74 combined points went ‘over’ the 59.5-point total when the Rebels scored early in the fourth quarter. Cole Garvin threw a 30-yard TD pass with 5:09 left in the second quarter to knot the score at 10-10. Ole Miss made a short field goal with 32 ticks remaining to give it a three-point advantage at intermission. The Rebels went on a 34-3 run to start the second half before the Jaguars answered with the final 14 points.

-- Garvin, a junior who began his career at Marshall and started three games for USA as a redshirt sophomore in 2016, completed 19-of-31 passes for 204 yards and one TD without an interception in Oxford. He also ran for a pair of scores, including a 14-yard run to paydirt and a one-yard TD plunge to secure the backdoor cover. Garvin has a 5/1 TD-INT ratio for his career. Jamarius Way had two catches for 42 yards and one TD, while Sa’Mory Collier hauled in four receptions for 43 yards. Juco transfer RB Tra Minter rushed 12 times for 83 yards and had one catch for 12 yards. Xavier Johnson, a second-team All Sun-Belt selection last year, was limited to 33 rushing yards on 11 attempts.

-- Joey Jones’s squad gave up a kickoff return for a TD to Ole Miss after cutting the deficit to 26-13 in the third quarter. However, other than that, USA played a clean game with zero turnovers and only three penalties. The Jaguars couldn’t close a pair of red-zone opportunities, setting for two 20-yard field goals from Gavin Patterson.

-- South Alabama’s secondary took a big hit in August when junior CB Jalen Thompson was ruled academically ineligible for the season. Thompson had 31 tackles, four interceptions and six passes broken up last year. Now senior safety Neiko Robinson is ‘out’ on Friday due to a leg injury. Robinson recorded 64 tackles and one interception in ’16. The USA secondary still has senior safety Jeremy Reaves, a first-team All Sun-Belt pick last season. Reaves tallied eight tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss and one PBU at Ole Miss.

-- South Alabama has compiled a 5-8 spread record in 13 games as a home underdog during Jones’s nine-year tenure. The Jaguars went 2-1 ATS in three such spots last season, beating then-unbeaten and 19th-ranked San Diego State by a 42-24 count as 19-point home ‘dogs.

-- This is the first meeting between these schools.

-- Kickoff is slated for 8:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2.

**Ohio at Purdue**

-- As of early Thursday morning, most books had Purdue (0-1 SU, 1-0 ATS) listed as a 3.5-point favorite with a total of 57. The Bobcats were +150 on the money line (risk $100 to win $165).

-- Purdue nearly started the Jeff Brohm Era with a major upset over his alma mater, but the sixth lead change of the game put Louisville in front with 9:01 left in the fourth quarter and the Cardinals held on for a 35-28 win. Nevertheless, the Boilermakers easily covered the number as 25.5-point underdogs at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The 63 combined points slipped ‘under’ the 66-point total.

-- Purdue led U of L 14-10 at halftime thanks to David Blough’s eight-yard TD pass to Richie Worship with 51 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Blough threw his second TD of the game to Brycen Hopkins for two yards midway through the third quarter to put his team in front by a 21-13 count. But U of L’s Reggie Bonnafon would answer with a 10-yard TD run and then Blough was intercepted by Stacy Thomas, who turned it into a 61-yard pick-six to put Bobby Petrino’s bunch ahead, 25-21. The Boilermakers kept fighting, though, and went back in front 28-25 on Elijah Sindelar’s 14-yard scoring strike to Jackson Anthrop. U of L quickly responded with a 20-yard TD pass from Lamar Jackson to Dez Fitzpatrick with 9:01 left in the final stanza. The Cardinals would punch in a field goal and the defense did the reState

-- Blough finished with 18 completions on 26 attempts, but he matched his two TD passes with a pair of interceptions. Sindelar connected on 15-of-31 throws for 118 yards and two TDs with one interception. Anthrop had a team-best seven receptions for 82 yards and two TDs.

-- Purdue junior RB Markell Jones, who led the Boilermakers with a team-high 616 rushing yards and four TDs last season (4.0 YPC), remains out indefinitely with a knee injury. Sophomore DT Lorenzo Neal is suspended for the first half after being flagged for targeting vs. U of L. Neal had 11 tackles, one sack and two TFL’s in ’16. Senior safety C.J. Parker is out for the season with an ACL tear. Parker started five games last year, recording 35 tackles, three TFL’s and one interception. And finally, starting junior CB Tim Cason is listed as ‘questionable’ due to eligibility issues. Cason had 17 tackles and one PBU as a sophomore in ’16.

-- Ohio opened the year with a 59-0 win over Hampton as a 36-point home ‘chalk.’ The 59 combined points sailed ‘over’ the 47-point total. The Bobcats enjoyed a 420-108 advantage in total offense. Sophomore QB Quinton Maxwell completed 7-of-9 passes for 100 yards and one TD with one interception. Nathan Rourke connected on 6-of-10 throws for 72 yards, but he made his biggest impact with his legs. Rourke rushed six times for 50 yards and three TDs. Junior RB A.J. Ouellette ran for 63 yards on 12 attempts, while Dorian Brown ran for 49 yards and one TD on 10 carries. True freshman RB Julian Ross ran for a pair of scores and 27 yards on 11 totes. Junior WR Papi White made three catches for 35 yards and one TD.

-- Ohio will be without three starters due to injury at Purdue. Sophomore WR Elijah Ball, who had 16 catches for 212 yards and two TDs as a freshman in ’16, is out for the year with a knee injury. Senior starting right guard Durrell Wood remains out indefinitely with a back ailment. Wood has 26 career starts for the Bobcats to his credit. Also, sophomore CB Mayne Williams is out indefinitely with a neck injury. Williams started eight games last season, producing 22 tackles, one interception and one PBU. Finally, junior RB Maleek Irons is suspended for the entire ’17 campaign. Irons rushed for 439 yards and five TDs while averaging 4.6 YPC last season. Irons also had 14 catches for 96 yards.

-- Ohio finished last season with an 8-6 SU record and a 7-7 ATS mark, dropping a 28-23 decision to Troy as a 4.5-point underdog at the Dollar General Bowl. The Bobcats brought back seven starters on offense and six on defense but as noted, three of those starters won’t be in uniform Friday night at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette.

-- Ohio owns a 19-22-1 spread record in 42 games as a road underdog during Frank Solich’s 13-year tenure, but we’ll note that the Bobcats are 5-1 ATS in their last six such spots. They’re 3-0 ATS in their last three outings against Power Five foes, winning outright at Kansas last year and covering the spread in a 28-19 loss at Tennessee.

-- Purdue is 3-0 ATS in its last three games as a home favorite over the last two seasons.

-- Purdue has been victorious in 13 consecutive home openers, but eight of those opponents were FCS schools. The Boilermakers have won all seven head-to-head meetings with Ohio, but these schools haven’t met since 1988.

-- FS1 will have the broadcast at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

**B.E.’s Bonus Nuggets**

-- UCF will take on Memphis in Orlando on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. Eastern. As of early Thursday morning, most spots had the Knights listed as a three (with extra juice) or 3.5-point home favorite with a total of 69. Bettors could take the Tigers to win outright for a +140 return (risk $100 to win $140). UCF has won nine in a row over Memphis since losing the first meeting in this rivalry in 1990. Scott Frost’s team trounced FIU by a 61-17 count as a 17.5-point home ‘chalk’ in Week 1. The 78 combined points went ‘over’ the 56.5-point tally. Meanwhile, Memphis defeated ULM 37-29 in a game played while heavy rain and wind smothered the Liberty Bowl. The Tigers failed to cover the number as a 28-point home fave.

-- Memphis is 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 games as a road ‘dog.

-- Alabama has limped to a 3-13 spread record in its last 16 games as a favorite of 35 points or more. The Crimson Tide is favored by 43-44 points for Saturday’s home game vs. Fresno State

-- Due to Hurricane Irma, Florida and FSU have moved their games vs. Northern Colorado and ULM to noon Eastern, respectively.

-- Miami’s game at Arkansas State has been postponed. Since these schools don't share an open date, this game won't be made up and season win total wagers on both teams will be 'no action.'
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MEM at UCF 06:30 PM

UCF -3.5

O 68.0


OHIO at PUR 08:00 PM

PUR -3.0

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OKST at USA 08:00 PM

OKST -28.0

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Blough leads Purdue past Ohio for Brohm's 1st program win
September 8, 2017


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) David Blough led Purdue on a 24-0 first-half run and the Boilermakers pulled away for a 44-21 victory over Ohio on Friday night for coach Jeff Brohm's first program victory.

Sophomore Elijah Sindelar started at quarterback and helped Purdue (1-1) take a 10-7 lead. But Blough took over with 11:07 remaining in the second quarter and produced 24 points in four possessions, including a 62-yard touchdown pass to Cole Herdman and a 31-yarder to Anthony Mahoungou.

Blough had six completions in seven attempts for 172 yards in the first half. He added a 5-yard TD pass to Jackson Anthrop in the third and finished 11-for-13 passing for 235 yards and three scores.

Tario Fuller led Purdue with 16 rushes for 142 yards and his first career touchdown. He had just eight carries for 29 yards last week against No. 17 Louisville.

The Bobcats (1-1), who opened the season with a 59-0 victory against Hampton, closed to within 10-7 on A.J. Ouellette's 4-yard run with 27 seconds left in the first quarter, but the second quarter was all Purdue. The Boilermakers ran 35 first-half plays for 360 yards.

A crowd of 45,633 attended Purdue's first night game with the new permanent lights.

TAKEAWAYS


Ohio: Like Purdue, the Bobcats play two quarterbacks, although Nathan Rourke and Quinton Maxwell struggled against a Boilermaker defense that forced two first-half turnovers, leading to 10 Purdue points.

Purdue: Blough appears to have the upper hand to make the start on Sept. 16 at Missouri. Sidelined for two weeks in August with a right shoulder sprain, Blough was precise and in a rhythm.


UP NEXT

Ohio hosts Kansas on Sept. 16.

Purdue plays at Missouri on Sept. 16.


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Rudolph, No. 11 Oklahoma State rout South Alabama 44-7
September 8, 2017


MOBILE, Ala. (AP) Mason Rudolph passed for 335 yards and three touchdowns, ran for a score and broke Oklahoma State's career passing park in the No. 11 Cowboys' 44-7 victory over South Alabama on Friday night.

Rudolph broke Brandon Weeden's mark of 9,260 yards it late in the second quarter, and finished the night with 9,352. He completed 25 of 38 passes for the Cowboys (2-0) before heading to the sideline late in the third quarter. The 6-foot-5 senior has accounted for eight touchdowns in two games.

Oklahoma State's defense also throttled the Sun Belt Conference's Jaguars (0-2), who lost starting quarterback Cole Garvin to a right ankle injury after one series.

The Cowboys outgained South Alabama 505-175 in total yards and carried a shutout into the final five minutes.

Rudolph completed a 66-yard touchdown pass on a short slant pass-and-run to James Washington and connected on scoring strikes of 4 and 20 yards to Marcell Ateman.

Justin Phillips scored on a 25-yard interception return off a deflection by lineman Darrion Daniels.

THE TAKEAWAY

OKLAHOMA STATE: The Cowboys' offense didn't quite match its 640-yard, 59-point performance against Tulsa, but the defense handled South Alabama most of the way. It didn't matter much that leading rusher Justice Hill had a quiet night with 27 yards on 11 carries. Held South Alabama to 1-of-10 on third down conversions.

SOUTH ALABAMA: Has allowed nearly 800 passing yards against Mississippi and Oklahoma State. Backup quarterback Dallas Davis, a 10-game starter last season, completed 13 of 23 passes for 126 yards. He hit Maaseiah Francis for a late 17-yard touchdown.


TARGETING

Oklahoma State linebacker Calvin Bundage was ejected for targeting on the initial play of the third quarter. He'll miss the first half at Pittsburgh.

SEE YOU LATER

The Cowboys will get two home games against South Alabama in exchange for playing in front of a crowd of 26,487 with a number of empty seats at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The Jaguars visit Stillwater next season and in 2023.

UP NEXT

Oklahoma State visits Pittsburgh on Saturday, Sept. 16, before opening Big 12 play against TCU.

South Alabama gets a break from Power 5 opponents, facing FCS Alabama A&M.
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Saturday’s six-pack

— 85-year old Vince Dooley, the former Georgia football coach, threw out the first pitch before the Brewers-Cubs game. Dawgs play Notre Dame Saturday night, so lot of their fans were in Chicago last night to see the Cubs play.

— Indians 5, Orioles 0— Sixteen wins in a row for Cleveland.

— As of 9:30 Friday night, there were 2,649 entries in the Westgate Super Contest, at $1,500 a pop. First place will be over a million bucks.

— Pablo Sandoval homered last night, ending an 0-for-39 slump that was longest hitless streak EVER by a Giants’ position player.

— Miami Dolphins will practice in Los Angeles next week; Jaguars will stay in Houston Sunday nite until they can determine if it is safe to return to Jacksonville.

— New York-Tampa Bay 3-game series scheduled for the Trop next week has been moved to Citi Field in NYC because of Hurricane Irma.

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

13) Ohio State went to Norman and whacked Oklahoma 45-24 LY; now the teams meet in the Horseshoe, with two senior QB’s and two experienced offensive lines.

12) Ezekiel Elliott will play; unsure if Odell Beckham (ankle) will, but Giant-Cowboy games are usually fun, which is why they’re always in primetime games together.

11) Louisville plays Clemson next week, but first they visit a North Carolina squad that lost as a double digit home favorite to Cal last week. Trap game for the Cardinals.

10) Browns cut CB Joe Haden couple weeks ago; Steelers gave him $27M for three years about a half hour later. Haden meets up with his old teammates Sunday when Pittsburgh visits Cleveland.

9) Iowa’s offense didn’t look like much last week in a win over Wyoming. Hawkeyes usually beat rival Iowa State, but the Cyclones were 4-1 as a home underdog last year.

8) Super Bowl losers usually struggle the next year, especially in season openers (2-12 vs spread the last 14 years). Falcons are favored in Chicago after their 0-4 preseason. Mike Glennon makes his debut at QB for the Bears.

7) Pittsburgh beat Penn State last year, but the Panthers needed OT to beat I-AA Youngstown last week. Penn State crushed Akron last week. Revenge could be in the cards in Happy Valley.

6) Raiders/Texans both improved a lot last year; then both lost their QB late in the season. Oakland re-tooled its defense a lot in the offseason; this will be a good test for them.

5) Stanford has had the upper hand over USC for the last decade now; Trojans need to win this game to stake their claim to the top of the Pac-12. If you’re a Jet fan, watching this game might be more interesting than the game in Buffalo Sunday, seeing how USC’s QB Sam Darnold figures to be the first QB taken in next spring’s draft.

4) Jacksonville is going to try and play old school football, running ball more to protect its defense and its suspect QB. Houston Texans have obviously had tremendous distractions the last few weeks; for three hours, the Texans and their fans can block all that out, maybe.

3) Mike Riley used to be Oregon State’s coach; he didn’t do that well vs rival Oregon, but now he brings his Nebraska Cornhuskers to Eugene. There have been wildfires in Oregon this week that messed with the air quality in Eugene; the Ducks moved their practices closer to the ocean.

2) Can’t wait to see how Jared Goff looks after being coached this summer; Rams-Colts game is a little weird. LA doesn’t have Aaron Donald, its best defensive player. Indy doesn’t have its QB Andrew Luck, or its center.

1) Kansas hasn’t been 2-0 in football since 2011; they host a Central Michigan squad here that needed OT last week to beat a I-AA team. Jayhawks are favored to get to that 2-0 mark.
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Auburn at Clemson
September 8, 2017


In a dandy Week 2 showdown between SEC and ACC powers, Clemson (1-0 straight up, 1-0 against the spread) will welcome Auburn to Death Valley on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.. As of early Friday afternoon, most betting shops had Dabo Swinney’s club installed as a 5.5-point home favorite with a total of 55 or 55.5. Gamblers could take Auburn on the money line for a +180 return (risk $100 to win $180).

Clemson cruised to a 56-3 win over Kent State as a 38-point home favorite in its opener, looking every bit the part of a legit national title contender again. My only question about Clemson coming into the season was its quarterback play and inexperience at the position. But junior Kelly Bryant was outstanding in his first career start, completing 16-of-22 passes for 236 yards and one touchdown with one interception. Bryant rushed seven times for 77 yards and one TD.

After watching Bryant and coming to the conclusion that Clemson is going to get solid (perhaps elite) QB play, I bumped it up from sixth in my preseason Power Rankings to No. 2.

The 59 combined points went ‘over’ the 52-point total. Clemson enjoyed a 678-120 advantage over Kent State in total offense. True freshman running back Travis Etienne rushed for a game-high 81 yards and one TD on eight attempts. Tavien Feaster ran six times for 69 yards and one TD, while C.J. Fuller finished with 51 rushing yards and two TDs on seven carries. Junior wide receiver Deon Cain had a pair of receptions for 70 yards and one TD.

The win improved Clemson’s record to 32-2 in its last 34 games, and 21 of those victories have come by double-digit margins. During Swinney’s 10-year tenure, CU owns a 31-22-1 spread record in 54 games as a home favorite. It hasn’t been a single-digit home ‘chalk’ since beating Ga. Tech by a 43-24 count as a 7.5-point favorite early in the 2015 campaign. Clemson has covered the number in three straight games as a single-digit home favorite.

I’ve often said that the best move of Swinney’s career was hiring away defensive coordinator Brent Venables from Oklahoma after Geno Smith and West Virginia put up a 70-spot on CU at the 2012 Orange Bowl. In the years since then, Clemson’s defense from 2012-16 has given up 24.8. 22.2, 16.7, 21.7 and 18.0 points per game. In other words, this unit has been extremely salty and was one of the best in the country in ’14 and ’16.

This year’s version brought back seven starters, including sophomore DT Dexter Lawrence, a second-team All-ACC pick as a true freshman when he recorded 78 tackles, seven sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss, six QB hurries and one pass broken up. Junior LB Kendall Joseph was a third-team All-ACC selection in ’16 as he racked up 124 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 10 TFL’s, one interception and five hurries. Also, there’s junior safety Van Smith, who had 114 tackles, two interceptions, two PBU and 5.5 TFL’s last year. Unfortunately for CU, Smith is listed as ‘questionable’ vs. AU with a knee injury.

Auburn (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS) opened Gus Malzahn’s fifth season as head coach with a 41-7 win over Ga. Southern as a 34.5-point home favorite. The line closed at 34.5 at most spots, but it was at -35 for a good chunk of the summer. However, for late Thursday and most of Friday, the number dipped south of 34 and actually spent some time at 33, but it was back up to at least 34 for nearly all of Saturday and was 34.5 or 35 in the last hour or two of wagering. Therefore, bettors either won our lost for our purposes based on when they made a bet. The 48 combined points dipped ‘under’ the 59-point tally.

Auburn enjoyed a 535-78 advantage in total offense over Ga. Southern. The Eagles got a scoop-and-score fumble return for their lone TD.

Malzahn did a good of keeping secret three suspensions for Week 1. Kamryn Pettway, a first-team All-SEC RB last year, didn’t dress along with former starter and current back-up QB Sean White. Also, WR Kyle Davis served a one-game suspension. Davis and Pettway will play Saturday at Clemson, but White’s suspension will last at least one more game.

Kerryon Johnson, who along with UGA’s Sony Michel and multiple Alabama players is one of the SEC’s premier back-up RBs, rushed for 136 yards and one TD on 16 carries. But Johnson left the game early with a hamstring issue that has him listed as ‘doubtful’ this week. Sophomore RB Kam Martin stepped up in his absence, running for 136 yards and one TD on two fewer attempts.

In his Auburn debut, Baylor transfer QB Jarrett Stidham hit on 14-of-24 passes for 185 yards and two TDs with one interception. Junior WR Will Hasting brought down four catches for 68 yards and one TD.

Although this will only be Stidham’s fifth career start, gamblers shouldn’t think that this stage is going to overwhelm him. That’s because as a true freshman in his first career start two years ago on an unbeaten and second-ranked Baylor team, Stidham led the Bears to a 31-24 win at Kansas State by throwing for 419 yards and three TDs without an interception. Two weeks later, he led the Bears to a 44-34 win at then-unbeaten (in November!) and fourth-ranked Oklahoma State.

Clemson is vying for its fourth consecutive win over Auburn in this rivalry that dates back to 1899 and has featured 50 all-time meetings. CU has never won four in a row over AU.

When these schools met at Jordan-Hare Stadium in last season’s opener on The Plains, Clemson collected a 19-13 win over Auburn. Malzahn’s team couldn’t hit on two Hail Mary passes from CU’s 40 in the final seconds, but AU covered the spread as an eight-point home underdog. The 32 combined points went ‘under’ the 62.5-point total.

Pettway didn’t play in that game, nor did Stidham while sitting out his transfer year. Johnson rushed for 94 yards and one TD on 23 totes. His nine-yard run to paydirt with 3:22 remaining made it a one-possession game.

As a road underdog since Malzahn took over as HC in ’13, Auburn has compiled a 4-5 spread record in nine such spots.

ESPN will provide the broadcast.

**B.E.’s Bonus Nuggets**


-- Games cancelled due to Hurricane Irma include Memphis at UCF, Miami at Arkansas State, No. Colorado at Florida, ULM at FSU and South Florida at UConn.

-- Louisville junior CB Jaire Alexander is listed as ‘doubtful’ at North Carolina due to a leg injury. Alexander garnered fourth-team All-American honors in ’16 when he recorded 38 tackles, five interceptions, nine PBU, three QB hurries and one TFL. The Cardinals were favored by 9.5 points late Friday afternoon. They won a 35-28 decision vs. Purdue in Indianapolis last week, while UNC dropped a 35-30 decision to California as a double-digit home favorite.

-- Northwestern fifth-year senior Keith Watkins is 'out' for the season for a second straight year. This is a devastating blow for the Wildcats and especially Watkins, who was a fourth-team preseason All Big Ten selection in Phil Steele’s magazine. Pat Fitzgerald’s team will be missing two other defensive starters in Durham as well, senior DE Xavier Washington and DB Trae Williams. Washington, who had 48 tackles, 4.5 sacks, three TFL’s and four QB hurries last year, is suspended indefinitely. Williams is out indefinitely with an Achilles injury. Williams produced 42 tackles, one interception, seven PBU and one TFL.

-- Northwestern is a short favorite (2.5 or 3 as of early Friday afternoon) Saturday at Duke, which will be looking to avenge a 24-13 loss in Evanston last season. The Blue Devils will likely be without starting redshirt freshman WR Scott Bracey, who is ‘doubtful’ with a lower-body injury. Bracey was the prize of David Cutcliffe’s 2016 recruiting haul, as he was rated as a four-star athlete and the No. 2 overall player in the state of Virginia. He made his debut in last week’s 60-7 home win over NC Central, catching two balls for 27 yards receiving.

-- Ohio State coach Urban Meyer verbally attacked both Texas HC Tom Herman and South Carolina HC Will Muschamp during an interview this week, saying he is “driven insane” when first-year coaches make excuses. The part about Muschamp involved the former UF coach’s quote at his final presser after a gut-wrenching loss at FSU. When Muschamp asked the media boys if they had any more questions, one responded with, “How would like to be remembered at Florida?” Muschamp replied, “we were asked to clean up the program and change the culture. We did that.” Meyer is obviously bitter about that remark, but he has a very convenient memory. Clearly he forgets that any bad blood between Meyer and Muschamp was started by Meyer, who turned Muschamp and Florida into the NCAA for alleged violations stemming from a player that both the Gators and Buckeyes were hotly pursuing. As it turned out, the NCAA launched an investigation and found ZERO wrongdoing. In other words, Meyer falsely accused his former school that he quit on (twice!) and attacked the integrity and character of Muschamp. I could go on a rant and write a novel about how many integrity and character issues Meyer has, but we’ll just allow him to keep making an ass of himself on his own.
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