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Kansas tries not to get smacked by MAC
September 12, 2017


LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Kansas looked lifeless in allowing 24 consecutive first-half points, mounted two quick touchdown drives to begin the second half and then looked spent.

In a nutshell, that was how the Jayhawks looked as they dropped the first game against a Bowl Subdivision opponent, falling 45-27 to MAC visitor Central Michigan on Sept. 9.

The potential bad news is Kansas (1-1) must continue playing MAC opponents by traveling to Ohio (1-1) last Saturday.

But then, virtually anything can be considered bad, especially when the Jayhawks will not be taking any momentum on the road, where they have lost 41 straight and 44 straight counting games at neutral sites.

Afterward, players on both the offensive and defensive units shared blame after the Jayhawks were shredded for 590 total yards, including 467 passing.

That left Kansas to respond to a 24-6 halftime deficit with a one-dimensional attack. Junior quarterback Peyton Bender, in his second start, threw a school-record 62 passes.

Although the Air Raid system is designed to get the most from distributing the ball to multiple targets, more balance is needed to keep opposing defenders honest.

Two interceptions Bender threw contributed to touchdowns. The last blunted any comeback bid.

"It's a shame because I can't tell you how many things we do when it comes to ball security," Kansas coach David Beaty said. "I mean, it's about half our practice.

"So we've got to do a better job of taking care of it. We can't throw it to 'em, we've got to take care of it and we've got to do a better job of creating turnovers."

Again, fallout on both sides of the ball led to a defeat against Central Michigan, which needed three overtimes to tip an FCS team, Rhode Island, in its opener.

Kansas happened to club Rhode Island by 49 points in its 2016 opener.

Bender, who was not told he won the starting quarterback job until the day of the season opener, vowed to improve.

His experience with the Air Raid system began at Washington State under Mike Leach before he played at the junior-college level last year and transferred to Kansas in time for spring practice.

"We just sputtered," Bender said. "We weren't consistent. It's disappointing. We thought we were prepared, and I think we were prepared.

"We just didn't execute for some reason. But we're going to improve on this. We're not going to dwell on it. We're going to be better next week."

There is some hope. Ohio dug a 34-point halftime deficit last week before tumbling 44-21 at Purdue. The Bobcats struggled against the rush and also applied little quarterback pressure.

Their own quarterback, sophomore Nathan Rourke, passed for 224 yards. Junior wide receiver Papi White caught Rourke's only touchdown pass and finished with 98 yards on six receptions.

--TE Ben Johnson caught a career-best five receptions for 57 yards in the loss to Central Michigan and continues to assert himself as a key target in the Air Raid system. The 6-5 Johnson also was used at fullback for blocking purposes.

--LB Joe Dineen, who missed all but the nonconference portion of last year's schedule with an injury, led Kansas in tackles for the second straight game by getting in on 12 stops against Central Michigan. Dineen provides a veteran presence with his range and football smarts.

--DE Dorance Armstrong, who was named the Big 12 preseason defensive player of the year, has yet to make a sack after being neutralized by Southeast Missouri State and Central Michigan. The Jayhawks brought little pressure against the Chippewas and surrendered 467 yards passing.
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Wisconsin limping along despite 2-0 start
September 12, 2017


MADISON, Wis. -- Heading into a key road showdown against BYU, the Wisconsin Badgers' injury report is quite extensive for this early in the season.

Wisconsin (2-0) might be without starting guards Beau Benzschawel and Jon Dietzen, both dealing with right leg injuries.

Safety Patrick Johnson is slowed by a left arm injury, while running backs Taiwan Deal and Bradrick Shaw both have right leg injuries. Deal will not play against BYU, but Shaw is questionable.

With four players already out for the season, including linebacker Jack Cichy, the Badgers will be without several key players in a potential pitfall game.

"It'll be probably this way at different position groups at different times," Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said. "We'll see how Beau and Jon progress this week, and certainly you've got to keep working with and developing, whether it's (Jason Erdmann) or whoever it may be that has to go, make sure they're ready and confident in what we're doing and in themselves to help our team."

The onslaught of injuries will force some shuffling along the offensive line if Benzschawel and Dietzen are unable to man their guard spots.

Jason Erdmann is a player to watch, as he might slide into Dietzen's spot. Junior Micah Kapoi replaced Benzschawel in the second quarter of last week's win over Florida Atlantic. He can play both right and left guard.

There is some good news on the injury front.

Freshman wide receiver Kendric Pryor is cleared to play after sustaining facial injuries from a moped accident early in fall camp. Pryor is a dynamic threat, capable of producing a big play with his speed and athleticism.

"I thought KP was having a really good camp," Chryst said. "Last week, he was really able to start going non-contact, but at the receiver position was able to get a lot of routes in. The conditioning was as much as any part of it that he had to get back, so I'm anxious to see how much more he can do this week than last.

"It'll be good to get him going because I thought he was playing with confidence. I thought he was in a position to help us, not just on offense but certain areas on special teams. With him fully cleared now, don't know how fast it'll come, but I'm looking forward to it. I know he's anxious to get going, too."

--RB Jonathan Taylor was named the Big Ten's Co-Offensive Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week after rushing for 223 yards and three touchdowns in Wisconsin's 31-14 win over Florida Atlantic. Taylor leads the conference in rushing yards at 310 yards.

--QB Alex Hornibrook will be watched closely to see how he responds to Wisconsin's first road game of the season. BYU is a tough place to play, and how the sophomore leads the Badgers in an hostile environment against a team with countless big wins over the years could set the tone for the conference season.

--TE Troy Fumagalli will be Alex Hornibrook's main target with possible injuries on the offensive line hampering the offense. Look for Wisconsin's staff to emphasize short passes due to two starters questionable for the game.
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With Pumphrey gone, Penny starts cashing in with Aztecs
September 12, 2017


SAN DIEGO (AP) Rashaad Penny returned to San Diego State for his senior season because he saw how much fun D.J. Pumphrey had during his final season.

Although Penny won't get anywhere near Pumphrey's NCAA career rushing record of 6,405 yards, he won't have any problem in making a name for himself thanks to a rollicking start to the season.

After running for 197 yards and two touchdowns in a season-opening victory against FCS UC Davis, Penny went off for 353 all-purpose yards in a 30-20 win at Arizona State .

He scored on a 95-yard run, a 99-yard kickoff return and a 33-yard reception.

Penny leads FBS in rushing yards per game, 206.5, and all-purpose yards per game, 284.

''You only get these chances once,'' Penny said. ''I knew my chance was coming later, so that's why I stayed around. Knowing D.J., he had fun, and I had fun just being behind him, because I was still the second back, I still got carries, I still played. So it was fun and exciting.

''Coming back and being the featured guy is what I wanted, just to show the city of San Diego that I can probably do the same things as D.J. did, and maybe even do them better, because that's something he wanted, me doing it better.''

San Diego, of course, lost the NFL's Chargers to Los Angeles. Penny and the Aztecs (2-0) hope to fill the gap. They host No. 19 Stanford (1-1) on Saturday night.

Penny's 413 yards rushing through two games are the most to open an SDSU season since Marshall Faulk had 519 in his sophomore season of 1992. Penny is 34 yards ahead of Pumphrey's school-record pace set last season, when he finished with 2,133.

''I thought he showed everybody the kind of ability he has,'' coach Rocky Long said. ''Last year he was the backup so nobody got to see that much of him and now they're getting to see that much of him and they're seeing how good he is.''

SDSU snapped a 19-game losing streak against Pac-12/10 teams, and ended a 28-game road losing streak to Pac-12/10 squads.

''He was the difference in the game,'' Long said. ''I think the two teams were evenly matched except we had him and they didn't have Rashaad Penny.''

While Pumphrey was garnering all the attention last year, Penny still had a nice season. He rushed for 1,018 yards and 11 touchdowns, helping SDSU become the first team in FBS history to have a 2,000-yard and 1,000-yard rusher in the same season. He also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and was named the Mountain West Conference Special Teams Player of the Year for the second straight season.

On Monday, Penny became the first Aztecs player to be named the Walter Camp National FBS Offensive Player of the Week. He also became the first player in the MWC's 19-year history to win two of the three weekly awards, for offense and special teams.

''I think my teammates are more excited than I am in getting national recognition,'' said Penny, who's from the Los Angeles suburb of Norwalk. ''I'm taking it slowly. I've never been in this situation before so I don't know what to do or expect. These guys are more excited for me. I'm just thankful to have these guys along the way because these are guys that push me and get me better.''

Penny is 5-foot-11 and 220. Pumphrey, now with the Philadelphia Eagles, is 5-9, 170.

''There's a big difference in their styles,'' Long said. ''D.J. is a darter; Rashaad is a slasher.''

Long said NFL scouts told him last year that had Penny declared for the draft after his junior season, he would have gone higher than any other Aztecs. Guard Nico Siragusa went to Baltimore with the 16th pick in the fourth round and Pumphrey was taken 10 picks later.

What's it like for Penny when he breaks those long runs?

''You just always think about running past the guy with a different color jersey,'' he said. ''And when you're running, I look at the Megatron all the time just to see whoever's up there following me. And when I don't see anybody behind me I start to let it down a little bit.''

He probably meant Jumbotron, but the point is well-taken.

''It's fun,'' he said. ''You've got to thank the guys who are blocking for you. You can't thank them enough because that's who springs you open. I always tell them it's a race to the end zone. If it's a race and you want to win, you're going to win. That's how I see it.''
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Minnesota felt at home on road against Oregon State
September 12, 2017

After a lackluster 17-7 win over Buffalo at home in the season opener, Minnesota roared back with an impressive and memorable 48-14 triumph at Oregon State.

Before moving forward, it's good to look at one of the best road victories, particularly by margin, in recent years for a program headed by first-year coach P.J. Fleck.

The Gophers manhandled Oregon State on its home turf with an unrelenting running game. Minnesota threw only eight passes, compared to 58 rushing plays.

Quarterback Conor Rhoda impressed Fleck with his leadership and performance. He completed seven of his eight passes for 158 yards, while quarterback Demry Croft did not throw a pass, but he broke loose for a 64-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

"(Saturday) was the first time I watched Conor Rhoda control a football team," Fleck said. "(Rhoda) was going to his offensive line and communicating really well, running the game efficiently. At the end, draining the clock, milking the clock properly, keeping everybody calm."

Besides the big win, Fleck emphasized to his players before, during and after the Oregon State game to be more enthusiastic after a subdued showing on the sidelines against Buffalo.

Rhoda, in particular, was a big part of the cheering section, greeting players on the sidelines numerous times.

"The one thing about our culture: We ignore nothing," Fleck said. "Everything is coached, and nothing is ever slid by, like, 'It's OK,' because that will just fester."

The Gophers (2-0) return home to battle Middle Tennessee State (1-1). The Blue Raiders are coming off a 30-23 win over Syracuse after losing to Vanderbilt in their opener.

Rhoda, a fifth-year senior, was named the starting quarterback for Middle Tennessee State.

"We didn't ask him to do a ton in the pass game, but we needed to run the football," Fleck said of Rhoda. "He executed well. He led better than he ever has."

--QB Conor Rhoda played well for the second game in a row and was named the starter for the Middle Tennessee State game. Rhoda is the clear-cut leader in the two-quarterback battle, but nothing is set in stone right now.

--LB Jon Celestin had a team-high 10 tackles at Oregon State. His leadership and production is essential for a defense looking for an identity in the back seven.

--WR Tyler Johnson, who had a breakout season as a freshman, hauled in six receptions in the opener, and should be a bigger part of the offense as the quarterback situation becomes more settled.

--C Jared Weyler left last Saturday's game because of a lower leg injury. His status is unknown for Saturday's game.
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Pac-12 Beat: Conference test appears to be shortening games
September 12, 2017

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) The Pac-12's test program to shorten games appears to be doing just that.

All non-conference games airing on the Pac-12 Network this season have reduced quarter breaks, while a few have fewer commercial breaks, too. Some games feature 15-minute halftimes.

In the 12 games so far that have been part of the pilot program, game time is down to 3:16, according to the league. Washington's 63-7 win over Montana last weekend lasted just 2:54. Last season, the Pac-12 averaged 3:26 per game.

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said that on the league's opening week, the test allowed fans watching at home to see all the game between Southern Utah and Oregon and the first play of Western Michigan at USC in a tight broadcasting window.

''My programming folks explained to us that wouldn't have happened if we hadn't implemented some of the initiatives. We would have missed the first series,'' Scott said. ''There are some things we're doing around the edges that we can control, around halftime, around commercial breaks, and speeding things up, both in terms of the mechanics and our policies.''

The Pac-12 is not alone. The SEC introduced a few similar new policies this season. The National Football Foundation highlighted game length as a ''point of emphasis'' this season, pointing out that average length at the FBS level rose from 3:08 in 2008 to 3:24 last season.

It is worth noting that the trend toward speedier offenses - which results in additional plays and touchdowns - has helped lengthen games. But a sneaky source of those added minutes is halftimes, where the 20-minute limit is sometimes stretched by things like on-field coach interviews. A new rule change allowed for coaches to shorten - but not lengthen - halftime by mutual agreement.

Television is a driving force. Scott noted that Week One included four back-to-back-to-back-to-back games on the Pac-12 Network.

''It's one of the reasons we like the idea of initiatives that speed up the game,'' Scott said.

In addition to making sure games fit into TV windows, the format is also designed to give viewers in the stadium a better experience, reducing those pesky ''TV timeouts'' for commercials - which will no doubt please Pacific Northwest fans sitting in the pouring rain this fall for the Pac-12 After Dark games.

Oregon State coach Gary Andersen likes the idea.

''Ultimately for me I'd like to see a football game be at three hours,'' Andersen said. ''I think that's plenty long for the kids that are involved.''

New Cal coach Justin Wilcox also supports the initiative: ''I'm for it. I think it's probably better for everybody to be more efficient during the game. ... I know for us the biggest impact will be at halftime. We've just got to be really organized and efficient in how we operate during that time.''

But Washington State coach Mike Leach disagreed.

''I've never had a problem with game length - games vary a little bit as far as how long they are and that's fine with me,'' he said. ''If it were up to me we'd leave the games alone and not mess with them.''

As for the details, the test is being implemented for 15 non-conference games involving league teams this season broadcast on the Pac-12 Network. The Pac-12's test shortens halftimes from 20 to 15 minutes for seven games. All games have quicker breaks at the quarters, and three games have fewer commercial breaks. Eight games will adhere to a '':01 kickoff time'' which seeks to keep opening kickoffs closer to the scheduled broadcast start.

The conference will collect feedback from fans and consult with its coaches, administrators and broadcast partners to evaluate the pilot program after the 2017 season.

Scott acknowledges the league is limited by the rules in what it can do.

''Some of the things are going to be done nationally, so we're working with representatives we've got on the competition committee and the NCAA football oversight committee, to examine the rules - clock management, keeping the clock running (and) not stopping so much,'' Scott said. ''But we'll see. It's a work in progress. But we're trying to be leaders.''
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K-State takes its act on the road
September 12, 2017

Even after the Big 12 passed a resolution requiring its members to schedule at least one Power-5 opponent each season in nonconference play, Bill Snyder exercised caution.

The Wildcats are dipping their toes into the SEC, but in Vanderbilt, the Wildcats (2-0) will be facing an opponent generally predicted to finish last in the East Division.

Nonetheless, the game will be the first trip for Kansas State and is important to determine whether the No. 18 Wildcats have the goods to become an outside contender for the Big 12 crown.

The Wildcats are coming off two easy tune-ups, barely breaking a sweat in a 55-7 rout of Charlotte last Saturday. Free safety Kendall Adams became the first Wildcat since 1999 to score on both an interception and fumble return in the same game.

By the second half, Kansas State looked uninspired. Or, at least ready to face a stiffer challenge by taking on Vandy, which also stands 2-0 with wins against mediocre opposition.

Yet the Wildcats know what the SEC stands for.

"They have a lot of experience playing some of the top teams in the country," said sophomore running back Alex Barnes. "We want to be one of the top teams so we want to give them what they're used to."

That opportunity exists. Kansas State has looked flawless offensively through two games.

Quarterback Jesse Ertz has exploited openings in the passing game without having to rely constantly on his arm. The running game, although so-so in the opener, is capable of carrying the load after netting 304 yards against Charlotte.

"It's not a matter of wanting to establish the run as much as it is trying to find out what (opponents are) doing," Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said. "I was pleased with our ability to run the ball against schemes that are stacked against the run, and I thought we were reasonably productive with that."

While Barnes starts and was the main threat against Charlotte, gaining 99 yards on 16 rushes, the Wildcats' depth in the backfield includes Ertz, who added 76 yards on keepers.

A freshman, Mike McCoy, is essentially a fourth-stringer, yet had the most impressive carry when he leveled a Charlotte defender who got in his path on a 15-yard touchdown burst.

Vanderbilt held each of its first two opponents scoreless in the first half. Quarterback Kyle Shurmer completed 15 of 18 passes last week for 202 yards and four touchdowns against Alabama A&M.

The 42-0 victory marked the Commodores' first shutout since 2012 against Kentucky.

--FS Kendall Adams scored for the first time since high school by returning an interception 30 yards and a fumble 46 yards in the win over Charlotte. It marked the first time since 1999 that a Kansas State defender scored on two such returns in the same game. Beginning with that 1999 season, the Wildcats have 109 non-offensive touchdowns, tops in the country over that stretch.

--WR Isaiah Zuber represents some of the depth at receiver the Kansas State coaches raved about during the preseason. The sophomore was not listed on the depth chart for the Charlotte game, but led the Wildcats in receptions (seven) and yards (73). Both were career bests. So far, Cal transfer Carlos Strickland has not had the kind of impact some expected, contributing to Zuber's emergence.

--K Matthew McCrane is quietly moving up the Jayhawks' all-time chart. He booted two field goals against Charlotte to boost his career total to 40, which moved him into second place all-time at Kansas State behind Martin Gramatica (54). McCrane ranks first in Kansas State history with a .889 field goal percentage (40 of 45), which also ranks high nationally among active FBS kickers.
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No. 18 K-State matchup legitimate test for unbeaten Vandy
September 12, 2017


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Derek Mason has the Vanderbilt Commodores off to their first 2-0 start in his tenure, a perfect beginning that is about to be tested.

And how.

The Commodores host 18th-ranked Kansas State on Saturday night, and that's the first of four straight games against teams ranked in the Top 25 . After the Wildcats, Vanderbilt plays No. 1 Alabama on Sept. 23, then at No. 24 Florida before hosting 13th-ranked Georgia.

Mason insisted Tuesday he's only focused on Kansas State, a team he expects to finish in the Top 10 before this season ends.

''This is the main event,'' Mason said. ''I'll find out who my football team is when we line up on Saturday. ... For me, OK it's about focusing my attention. I mean Kansas State's got my full attention, they've got this team's attention. Now what we've got to make sure we prepare to play, and this team will be ready to go on Saturday.''

Vanderbilt beat the last ranked team that came into its stadium, ruining then-No. 24 Tennessee's bid for the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division title and a berth in the league title game. A victory Saturday night would make the Commodores, who received two points in voting for this week's Top 25, 3-0 for the first time since 2011 with their fifth straight home win.

Mason said he is between 65 percent and 70 percent in understanding where his Commodores are right now. He noted he had to push them through practices the past two seasons, but not this year.

''It's one thing to be a football team and it's learning how to win,'' Mason said. ''It's another thing to be a football team that's learning how to handle success, and what does that look like? So I mean we're trying to do both at the same time. So I'm gauging it week to week. I can't gauge it like any more than that.''

The Commodores bring in the nation's best defense when backed up inside their own 20 and are second nationally holding opponents to just three points a game after a 42-0 shutout of Alabama A&M . That will be tested by the Wildcats of the Big 12 who have scored 55 points in each of their first two wins, including last week's 55-7 win over Charlotte .

Safety Ryan White compared Kansas State's physical style running the ball to Georgia and Florida. Asked if the Commodores relish a chance against a ranked, nonconference opponent, White made it clear they are used to that level of competition.

''We play in the SEC, so we play the best each and every week,'' White said.

Quarterback Kyle Shurmur has the Commodores ranked third in the SEC and 45th through two games averaging 261.5 yards. He already has seven touchdown passes after having nine in 13 games last season. Shurmur says the Commodores have talked about respectability and having success this season.

''We started off 2-0, and now it's time to see if we can continue it,'' Shurmur said. ''As he (Mason) talked, the repeatability is the biggest thing just to try and go 1-0 this week.''
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Auburn offense struggles to score against good team - again
September 12, 2017


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

New quarterback, new offensive coordinator, same poor results.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Malzahn said growing pains are a factor.

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

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

Darius James moved from left tackle to right tackle.

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

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

''He was put in some tough spots,'' Malzahn said of Stidham. ''He was hit quite a bit. Obviously he was harassed in the passing game, but I thought he played with courage. I thought he fought, and I thought he played extremely hard.''
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Penn State, Franklin offer a little payback
September 12, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

For Georgia State, this is a big step.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Penn State will look to do just that and continue to play its three- and four-deep players with a big cushion on Saturday.
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Can Illini run with the Bulls?
September 12, 2017


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Special teams play was solid.

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

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

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

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

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

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

--DE Bobby Roundtree offered the kind of pass rush that will really help the Illini's version of the Tampa 2 thrive, sacking the quarterback twice and forcing a fumble in the win over Western Kentucky. At 6-5 and 245 pounds, the freshman from Largo, Fla., was a reason why the Hilltoppers' highly-touted passing game never managed any traction. Corraling South Florida QB Quinton Flowers might be a tougher task.
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Rhoda named full-time QB, Croft disciplined for Minnesota
September 12, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

''He's an incredible story and he's finally separated himself leadership-wise,'' Fleck said. ''He did that the first week.''
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NCAAF opening line report: Defending champs take on Heisman favorite in Week 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Texas Longhorns at Southern California Trojans (-16.5)

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Top-10 Wisconsin opened as 13.5-point road favorites against a BYU team scoring just 11 points per game,” Mason said. “I’m very surprised that 77 percent of the early bettors took BYU and the points, especially considering the Cougars’ 0-3 ATS record. I expect that to change and am confident we will be BYU fans come kickoff.”
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Thursday, September 14

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

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

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Friday, September 15

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

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

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ILLINOIS (2 - 0) at S FLORIDA (2 - 0) - 9/15/2017, 7:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
ILLINOIS is 123-160 ATS (-53.0 Units) in all games since 1992.
ILLINOIS is 123-160 ATS (-53.0 Units) in all lined games since 1992.
S FLORIDA is 14-5 ATS (+8.5 Units) in games played on a grass field over the last 3 seasons.

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

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ARIZONA (1 - 1) at UTEP (0 - 2) - 9/15/2017, 10:15 PM
Top Trends for this game.
ARIZONA is 11-26 ATS (-17.6 Units) as a favorite of 10.5 to 21 points since 1992.
ARIZONA is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
ARIZONA is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
ARIZONA is 54-87 ATS (-41.7 Units) as a favorite since 1992.
ARIZONA is 2-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest over the last 2 seasons.
UTEP is 1-8 ATS (-7.8 Units) in September games over the last 3 seasons.

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

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Saturday, September 16

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

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

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KENT ST (1 - 1) at MARSHALL (1 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 6:30 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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NOTRE DAME (1 - 1) at BOSTON COLLEGE (1 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 12:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
NOTRE DAME is 14-28 ATS (-16.8 Units) in road games in September games since 1992.
BOSTON COLLEGE is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in home games over the last 3 seasons.
BOSTON COLLEGE is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in home lined games over the last 3 seasons.
BOSTON COLLEGE is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in home games in games played on turf over the last 3 seasons.

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

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CONNECTICUT (1 - 0) at VIRGINIA (1 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 12:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
CONNECTICUT is 2-11 ATS (-10.1 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
CONNECTICUT is 2-11 ATS (-10.1 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
CONNECTICUT is 5-14 ATS (-10.4 Units) when playing on a Saturday over the last 3 seasons.

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

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AIR FORCE (1 - 0) at MICHIGAN (2 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 12:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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COASTAL CAROLINA (1 - 0) at UAB (1 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 1:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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CINCINNATI (1 - 1) at MIAMI OHIO (1 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 8:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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

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

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

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

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N CAROLINA (0 - 2) at OLD DOMINION (2 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 3:30 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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

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

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MIDDLE TENN ST (1 - 1) at MINNESOTA (2 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 3:30 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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FLA INTERNATIONAL (1 - 1) at INDIANA (1 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 3:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
FLA INTERNATIONAL is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.

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

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UCLA (2 - 0) at MEMPHIS (1 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 12:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
UCLA is 13-27 ATS (-16.7 Units) in road games after 2 or more consecutive straight up wins since 1992.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WISCONSIN (2 - 0) at BYU (1 - 2) - 9/16/2017, 3:30 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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PURDUE (1 - 1) at MISSOURI (1 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 4:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
PURDUE is 9-1 ATS (+7.9 Units) in road games when playing on a Saturday over the last 3 seasons.
MISSOURI is 8-18 ATS (-11.8 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
MISSOURI is 8-18 ATS (-11.8 Units) in all lined games over the last 3 seasons.

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

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NORTH TEXAS (1 - 1) at IOWA (2 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 3:30 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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LA LAFAYETTE (1 - 1) at TEXAS A&M (1 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 12:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
TEXAS A&M is 6-16 ATS (-11.6 Units) in games played on a grass field over the last 3 seasons.

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

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BOWLING GREEN (0 - 2) at NORTHWESTERN (1 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 7:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
BOWLING GREEN is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) in September games over the last 2 seasons.
BOWLING GREEN is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.
NORTHWESTERN is 2-13 ATS (-12.3 Units) in home games against MAC opponents since 1992.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LOUISIANA TECH (1 - 1) at W KENTUCKY (1 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 7:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
W KENTUCKY is 13-4 ATS (+8.6 Units) against conference opponents over the last 3 seasons.

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

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

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

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

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

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APPALACHIAN ST (1 - 1) at TEXAS ST (1 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 7:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
APPALACHIAN ST is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) as a road favorite over the last 3 seasons.

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

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

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

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

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

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IDAHO (1 - 1) at W MICHIGAN (0 - 2) - 9/16/2017, 7:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
W MICHIGAN is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GEORGIA TECH (1 - 1) at UCF (1 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 7:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
GEORGIA TECH is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.

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

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

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

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

Top Trends for this game.
RICE is 117-87 ATS (+21.3 Units) in games played on turf since 1992.
RICE is 55-34 ATS (+17.6 Units) off a win against a conference rival since 1992.

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

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TROY (1 - 1) at NEW MEXICO ST (1 - 1) - 9/16/2017, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
NEW MEXICO ST is 87-118 ATS (-42.8 Units) when playing on a Saturday since 1992.

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

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

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

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TEXAS (1 - 1) at USC (2 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 8:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
USC is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) as a favorite of 10.5 to 21 points over the last 2 seasons.

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

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

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

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FRESNO ST (1 - 1) at WASHINGTON (2 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 9:30 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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OLE MISS (2 - 0) at CALIFORNIA (2 - 0) - 9/16/2017, 10:30 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.
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Thursday, September 14

8:00 PM
NEW MEXICO vs. BOISE STATE
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Mexico's last 6 games
New Mexico is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Boise State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing New Mexico
Boise State is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing New Mexico


Friday, September 15

7:00 PM
ILLINOIS vs. SOUTH FLORIDA
Illinois is 8-17 ATS in its last 25 games on the road
Illinois is 4-21 SU in its last 25 games on the road
South Florida is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
South Florida is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games

7:00 PM
MASSACHUSETTS vs. TEMPLE
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Massachusetts's last 6 games
Massachusetts is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Temple is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
Temple is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

10:00 PM
ARIZONA vs. TEXAS EL PASO
Arizona is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Arizona's last 6 games on the road
Texas El Paso is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Texas El Paso is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home


Saturday, September 16

12:00 PM
LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE vs. TEXAS A&M
Louisiana-Lafayette is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games on the road
Texas A&M is 1-10 ATS in its last 11 games
Texas A&M is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home

12:00 PM
KANSAS vs. OHIO
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Kansas's last 23 games on the road
Kansas is 5-14 ATS in its last 19 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Ohio's last 6 games at home
Ohio is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home

12:00 PM
IOWA STATE vs. AKRON
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Iowa State's last 6 games on the road
Iowa State is 4-14 SU in its last 18 games
Akron is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Akron is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home

12:00 PM
UCLA vs. MEMPHIS
UCLA is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of UCLA's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Memphis's last 5 games
Memphis is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games

12:00 PM
CONNECTICUT vs. VIRGINIA
Connecticut is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Connecticut is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Virginia is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Virginia's last 5 games

12:00 PM
OKLAHOMA STATE vs. PITTSBURGH
Oklahoma State is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
Oklahoma State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Pittsburgh's last 14 games
Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games

12:00 PM
AIR FORCE vs. MICHIGAN
Air Force is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Air Force's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Michigan's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Michigan's last 13 games at home

12:00 PM
NORTHERN ILLINOIS vs. NEBRASKA
Northern Illinois is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Northern Illinois's last 7 games on the road
Nebraska is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Nebraska's last 5 games

12:00 PM
DELAWARE ST vs. WEST VIRGINIA
Delaware St is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Delaware St is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
West Virginia is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games at home
West Virginia is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games

12:20 PM
FURMAN vs. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Furman is 1-16 SU in its last 17 games
Furman is 1-16 SU in its last 17 games on the road
North Carolina State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
North Carolina State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home

12:30 PM
BAYLOR vs. DUKE
Baylor is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
Baylor is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Duke's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Duke's last 8 games at home

1:00 PM
COASTAL CAROLINA vs. UAB
Coastal Carolina is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
Coastal Carolina is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of UAB's last 7 games
UAB is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games

2:00 PM
N. COLORADO vs. COLORADO
N. Colorado is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
N. Colorado is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Colorado is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Colorado is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games

3:00 PM
UTAH STATE vs. WAKE FOREST
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Utah State's last 5 games on the road
Utah State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Wake Forest is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Wake Forest's last 5 games at home

3:00 PM
TENNESSEE TECH vs. BALL STATE
Tennessee Tech is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Tennessee Tech is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ball State's last 6 games at home
Ball State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home

3:30 PM
WISCONSIN vs. BYU
Wisconsin is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
Wisconsin is 1-2-2 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of BYU's last 5 games
BYU is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home

3:30 PM
VIRGINIA TECH vs. EAST CAROLINA
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Virginia Tech's last 17 games on the road
Virginia Tech is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
East Carolina is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games when playing Virginia Tech
East Carolina is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Virginia Tech

3:30 PM
CENTRAL MICHIGAN vs. SYRACUSE
Central Michigan is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
Central Michigan is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Syracuse's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Syracuse's last 9 games

3:30 PM
NORTH CAROLINA vs. OLD DOMINION
North Carolina is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of North Carolina's last 5 games on the road
Old Dominion is 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 games at home
Old Dominion is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

3:30 PM
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL vs. INDIANA
Florida International is 5-11-2 ATS in its last 18 games
Florida International is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Indiana is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Indiana is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games at home

3:30 PM
MORGAN ST vs. RUTGERS
Morgan St is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Morgan St is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Rutgers is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Rutgers is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games

3:30 PM
NORTH TEXAS vs. IOWA
The total has gone OVER in 4 of North Texas's last 6 games on the road
North Texas is 2-18 SU in its last 20 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Iowa's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Iowa's last 6 games

3:30 PM
NOTRE DAME vs. BOSTON COLLEGE
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Notre Dame's last 9 games
Notre Dame is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Boston College is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Notre Dame
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston College's last 5 games when playing Notre Dame

3:30 PM
MIDDLE TENNESSEE vs. MINNESOTA
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Middle Tennessee's last 10 games
Middle Tennessee is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

3:30 PM
SOUTHERN METHODIST vs. TCU
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Southern Methodist's last 7 games when playing TCU
Southern Methodist is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against TCU
TCU is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home
TCU is 18-6 SU in its last 24 games at home

3:30 PM
TENNESSEE vs. FLORIDA
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tennessee's last 5 games when playing on the road against Florida
Tennessee is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Florida
Florida is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games at home
Florida is 15-4 SU in its last 19 games at home

4:00 PM
PURDUE vs. MISSOURI

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Purdue's last 6 games on the road
Purdue is 1-12 SU in its last 13 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Missouri's last 7 games
Missouri is 6-15 SU in its last 21 games

4:00 PM
MERCER vs. AUBURN
No trends available
Auburn is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
Auburn is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home

4:30 PM
ARMY vs. OHIO STATE
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Army's last 23 games
Army is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Ohio State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Ohio State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games

5:30 PM
OREGON STATE vs. WASHINGTON STATE
Oregon State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oregon State's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington State's last 6 games when playing Oregon State
Washington State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Oregon State

6:00 PM
COLGATE vs. BUFFALO
Colgate is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Colgate is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Buffalo is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Buffalo's last 6 games

6:00 PM
NORTH CAROLINA A&T vs. CHARLOTTE
North Carolina A&T is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
North Carolina A&T is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Charlotte is 2-7-2 ATS in its last 11 games at home
Charlotte is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home

6:00 PM
TULANE vs. OKLAHOMA
Tulane is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
Tulane is 4-18 SU in its last 22 games on the road
Oklahoma is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Oklahoma's last 8 games

6:30 PM
KENT STATE vs. MARSHALL
Kent State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Kent State is 3-15 SU in its last 18 games on the road
Marshall is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Marshall's last 10 games

6:30 PM
BETHUNE-COOKMAN vs. FLORIDA ATLANTIC
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Bethune-Cookman's last 5 games
Bethune-Cookman is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Florida Atlantic is 2-11 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Florida Atlantic's last 6 games

7:00 PM
ARK.-PINE BLUFF vs. ARKANSAS STATE
Ark.-Pine Bluff is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Ark.-Pine Bluff is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Arkansas State is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Arkansas State's last 7 games at home

7:00 PM
LOUISIANA TECH vs. WESTERN KENTUCKY
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Louisiana Tech's last 8 games on the road
Louisiana Tech is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
Western Kentucky is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
Western Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

7:00 PM
SOUTHERN U vs. UTSA
Southern U is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Southern U is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of UTSA's last 5 games
UTSA is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home

7:00 PM
ALABAMA A&M vs. SOUTH ALABAMA
Alabama A&M is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Alabama A&M is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of South Alabama's last 5 games
South Alabama is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

7:00 PM
SOUTHERN MISS vs. LOUISIANA-MONROE
Southern Miss is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Southern Miss is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Louisiana-Monroe's last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Louisiana-Monroe's last 9 games at home

7:00 PM
APPALACHIAN STATE vs. TEXAS STATE
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Appalachian State's last 5 games on the road
Appalachian State is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas State's last 5 games at home
Texas State is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home

7:00 PM
TULSA vs. TOLEDO
Tulsa is 11-3-1 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
Tulsa is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Toledo is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
Toledo is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home

7:00 PM
IDAHO vs. WESTERN MICHIGAN
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Idaho's last 20 games on the road
Idaho is 6-19 SU in its last 25 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Western Michigan's last 6 games
Western Michigan is 12-5-1 ATS in its last 18 games

7:00 PM
COLORADO STATE vs. ALABAMA
Colorado State is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Colorado State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Alabama is 23-2 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Alabama's last 7 games

7:00 PM
IDAHO STATE vs. NEVADA
Idaho State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Idaho State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Nevada is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Nevada is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games at home

7:00 PM
OREGON vs. WYOMING
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oregon's last 6 games on the road
Oregon is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Wyoming is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games at home
Wyoming is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games

7:00 PM
LSU vs. MISSISSIPPI STATE
LSU is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
LSU is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Mississippi State's last 6 games when playing at home against LSU
Mississippi State is 6-14 ATS in its last 20 games when playing LSU

7:30 PM
BOWLING GREEN vs. NORTHWESTERN
Bowling Green is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games
Bowling Green is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games
Northwestern is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Northwestern's last 19 games

7:30 PM
SAMFORD vs. GEORGIA
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Samford's last 6 games on the road
Samford is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Georgia's last 12 games at home
Georgia is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games at home

7:30 PM
GEORGIA TECH vs. CENTRAL FLORIDA
Georgia Tech is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Georgia Tech is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Central Florida's last 9 games at home
Central Florida is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games at home

7:30 PM
KENTUCKY vs. SOUTH CAROLINA
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Kentucky's last 10 games on the road
Kentucky is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
South Carolina is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Kentucky
The total has gone OVER in 8 of South Carolina's last 10 games when playing Kentucky

7:30 PM
KANSAS STATE vs. VANDERBILT
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Kansas State's last 8 games
Kansas State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Vanderbilt is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Vanderbilt is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

7:30 PM
GEORGIA STATE vs. PENN STATE
Georgia State is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Georgia State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Penn State is 10-0-1 ATS in its last 11 games
Penn State is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games

8:00 PM
ARIZONA STATE vs. TEXAS TECH
Arizona State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Arizona State is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Texas Tech's last 18 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas Tech's last 6 games at home

8:00 PM
CINCINNATI vs. MIAMI (OHIO)
Cincinnati is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Miami (Ohio)
Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Miami (Ohio)
Miami (Ohio) is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
Miami (Ohio) is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games at home

8:00 PM
CLEMSON vs. LOUISVILLE
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Clemson's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Clemson's last 8 games
Louisville is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Louisville is 17-5 SU in its last 22 games

8:00 PM
MIAMI vs. FLORIDA STATE
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Miami's last 8 games when playing on the road against Florida State
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 5 games when playing Florida State
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Florida State's last 10 games
Florida State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

8:00 PM
TROY vs. NEW MEXICO STATE
Troy is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games
Troy is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
New Mexico State is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games at home
New Mexico State is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games

8:00 PM
RICE vs. HOUSTON
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Rice's last 6 games when playing on the road against Houston
Rice is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
Houston is 17-1 SU in its last 18 games at home
Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

8:30 PM
TEXAS vs. SOUTHERN CAL
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Texas's last 14 games on the road
Texas is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Southern Cal's last 5 games
Southern Cal is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

9:30 PM
FRESNO STATE vs. WASHINGTON
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Fresno State's last 5 games
Fresno State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Washington is 17-2 SU in its last 19 games
Washington is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home

10:00 PM
SAN JOSE STATE vs. UTAH
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Jose State's last 5 games
San Jose State is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Utah is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Utah's last 17 games at home

10:30 PM
MISSISSIPPI vs. CALIFORNIA
Mississippi is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games
Mississippi is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
California is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
California is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home

10:30 PM
STANFORD vs. SAN DIEGO STATE
Stanford is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Stanford's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of San Diego State's last 20 games at home
San Diego State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
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Week 3


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Georgia Tech-Central Florida game was postponed.

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

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

USC had huge 42-24 Pac-12 win over Stanford LW; will it be tough to get back up this week, for a non-league game? Teams haven’t met since 41-38 Texas win in national title game 12 years ago. Texas gave up 263 rushing yards in ugly 51-41 home loss to Maryland in its opener- they crushed San Jose State 56-0 last week. Last three years, Longhorns are 1-5 as a road underdog. Since 2011, Trojans are 24-13 vs spread as a home favorite. Since ’11, Big X teams are 13-8 vs spread when facing a Pac-12 opponent.
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Sharps are closely monitoring these Week 3 college football games
Steve Merril

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

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

Spread to bet now:

UConn (+10.5) at Virginia

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

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

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Akron (+9.5) vs. Iowa State

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

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

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Wisconsin at BYU (41)

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

BYU's offense continues to look anemic. The Cougars have rushed for just 229 yards in three games with 171 yards coming against an FCS opponent. The team has not cracked the 200 yard passing mark and has seen the Under hit in all three games. The defense has done their part, despite being on the field for long periods of time.
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College football's biggest betting mismatches: Week 3
Monty Andrews

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

Tennessee Volunteers at Florida Gators (-5.5, 49.5)

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

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

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

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

Clemson Tigers at Louisville Cardinals (+3, 56)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Texas Longhorns at USC Trojans (-15, 67)

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

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

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

It's hard to pick on a team that has racked up 91 points through its first two games, including a stunning rout of rival Stanford last week. But USC knew going in that it would face a steady diet of solid run offenses in the early going - and while it hasn't failed the test, it's hard to give the Trojans a grade higher than a C-. USC has surrendered more than 216 rushing yards per game - fourth-most in the Pac-12 - and its 5.9 YPC against is the second-highest mark in the conference.
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Pac-12 Report - Week 3
September 13, 2017


2017 PAC-12 STANDINGS

Team SU Conference ATS Over/Under

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other Game
Northern Colorado at Colorado (Pac-12 Network, 2:00 p.m. ET)
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Rodriguez: No QB controversy for Arizona
September 12, 2017


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"The challenge for him and everyone else is to get better every week," Rodriguez said. "I feel really confident that he has the mindset, as do all of our guys, to take that to heart."
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ACC Report - Week 3
September 14, 2017


2017 ACC STANDINGS

Team SU Conference ATS Over/Under


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other Games
Furman at North Carolina State (ACC Network, 12:20 p.m.)
Miami, Florida at Florida State (CANCELED)
Georgia Tech at UCF (CANCELED)
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Big 12 Report - Week 3
September 14, 2017


2017 BIG 12 STANDINGS

Team SU Conference ATS Over/Under


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other Game
Delaware State at West Virginia (No National TV, 12:00 p.m.)
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New Mexico at Boise State
September 12, 2017


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

Match-up: New Mexico Lobos at Boise State Broncos
Venue: At Albertson’s Stadium in Boise, Idaho
Time/TV: Thursday, Sep. 14, 7:00 PM ET ESPN
Line: Boise State -15, Over/Under 58
Last Meeting: 2016, at New Mexico, Boise State (-18) 49, New Mexico 21


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Historical Trends:


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

-- The last game in Boise featured a monumental upset for the Lobos, winning 31-24 as a +30-point underdog and the Lobos had covered in every Mountain West meeting going back to 2011 until last season.

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

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

-- Since Bob Davie took over in 2012, New Mexico is 28-37 S/U and 31-31-2 ATS heading into this game. In that span the Lobos are 16-11-2 ATS on the road and 21-18-2 ATS as an underdog, including 14-8-1 ATS as a double-digit underdog.
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Boise State wins, but New Mexico cashes
September 14, 2017


BOISE, Idaho (AP) Jake Roh caught two touchdown passes and took a direct snap for a 6-yard TD run, and Boise State pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat New Mexico 28-14 on Thursday night in the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams.

Playing five days after losing a triple-overtime heartbreaker at Washington State, the Broncos (2-1) used two big special teams plays early in the fourth quarter to setup Roh's touchdown run that finally gave Boise State some cushion. Joel Velazquez had a 63-yard punt downed at the New Mexico 1. After the Lobos went three-and-out and punted from their end zone, Avery Williams returned a short punt 29 yards to the New Mexico 17. Three plays later, Boise State's versatile tight end rumbled into the end zone for a two-touchdown lead.

Montrell Cozart was 15 of 19 for 137 yards passing, and added 71 yards rushing including a 28-yard TD run in the first quarter. He threw a 5-yard TD to Roh in the first half and flipped a 15-yard TD pass to Roh in the fourth when it appeared Cozart was going to run. Cozart got the start with Brett Rypien out due to injury. Rypien went through some throwing work pregame but did not suit up. Rypien appeared to suffer a concussion in the loss to Washington State.

New Mexico (1-2) was forced to use third string quarterback Coltin Gerhart after starter Lamar Jordan was knocked out late in the first half with a concussion. Jordan was hit by Boise State's Chase Hatada after throwing the ball away. Hatada was flagged for targeting and ejected.

Gerhart was 7-of-13 passing for 67 yards and threw a 14-yard touchdown to Anselem Umeh late in the fourth. Gerhart added 49 yards rushing. Jordan rushed for 20 yards and completed one pass before being injured. New Mexico was without backup Tevaka Tuioti, who did not make the trip due to injury.

Tyrone Owens added 46 yards rushing and a 5-yard touchdown for the Lobos.

THE TAKEAWAY

New Mexico: The Lobos were held to 198 yards rushing as the triple-option offense had its inconsistencies. It was the second straight week the Lobos run game was held under 200 yards after rushing for 176 in last week's loss to New Mexico State.

Boise State: While the Broncos got the victory, it was an offensive struggle for much of the night. Boise State finished with 264 total yards and had just two plays of more than 20 yards. The short week likely played a part in the problems, but the offense will be worth watching the next few weeks.

UP NEXT

New Mexico: The Lobos travel to Tulsa on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Boise State: The Broncos host Virginia next Friday.
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SEC Notebook - Week 3
September 14, 2017


Let’s start this week’s SEC Notebook with a look at our Power Rankings for the conference going into Week 3:

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

Florida hasn’t started 0-2 since 1971. In fact, the Gators are 0-1 for the first time since 1989 when Ole Miss won a 24-19 decision at The Swamp. They saw their Week 2 game vs. No. Colorado postponed due to Hurricane Irma, so UF will attempt to win its first game of 2017 against Tennessee. These bitter SEC East rivals will collide in Gainesville at 3:30 p.m. Eastern on CBS.

As of Thursday morning, most betting shops had Florida (0-1 straight up, 0-1 against the spread) listed as a 4.5 or five-point favorite with a total of 49.5. The Volunteers were +170 to win outright at The Swamp for the first time since 2003 when Casey Clausen led UT to victory over Ron Zook’s squad.

UF will be without its nine previously suspended players, including its best running back (Jordan Scarlett) and wide receiver (Antonio Callaway). Also, starting LB Kylan Johnson is ‘out’ with a leg injury. On the bright side, TE DeAndre Goolsby has been upgraded to ‘probable’ after Jim McElwain implied he was out for an indefinite period of time last week. Goolsby is a key piece in UF’s offense after hauling in 38 receptions for 342 yards and three TDs last season.

Tennessee is dealing with a number of injuries. Starting OT Chance Hall and LB Darrin Kirkland were lost to season-enders in August. Now starting WR Jauan Jennings is out for the year with a wrist injury. Jennings had 40 catches for 580 yards and seven TDs in ’16. Evan Berry, a reserve DB and two-time first-team All-SEC kick returner who was the SEC Special Teams Player of the Year in 2015, is listed as ‘questionable’ with an undisclosed injury. Also, starting senior CB Justin Martin is ‘questionable’ with a stinger.

Florida has compiled a 4-5 spread record in nine games as a home favorite during McElwain’s three-year tenure. The Volunteers own a 4-5-1 spread record in 10 games as road underdogs on Butch Jones’s watch. The Gators raced out to a 21-0 lead in last year’s encounter at Neyland Stadium, only to see Tennessee score 38 unanswered points. The Vols eventually captured a 38-28 win as 4.5-point home ‘chalk’ to snap an 11-game losing streak to UF.

In Its last visit to Gainesville, UT took a 26-14 lead with 10:19 remaining in the fourth quarter. With a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter, every head coach on this planet not named Zook, Les Miles or Butch Jones knows you have to go for two because there’s no difference between a 12 and 13-point lead when the opponent almost certainly doesn’t have enough time to get three more offensive possessions. Of course, Jones chose to go for one and, rightfully so, it came back to haunt him.

Florida responded with a 16-play, 86-yard TD drive to pull within 27-21. Then with less than a minute remaining on a 4th-and-14 play, Will Grier found Callaway for a first down, but Callaway made a slick move toward the sideline, picked up a great block from Brandon Powell and went the distance to give UF the lead. UT’s 55-yard field goal to win it on the game’s final play looked to be good initially before sailing wide right.

Not only did Jones think the kick was good and start to celebrate like a clown, he then defended his decision to go for one by perplexingly and cowardly pointing out that his “standard two-point chart” told him to go for one. Okay, then!

South Carolina and Vanderbilt have been a surprise to some. Not to this space, though, as we’ve been touting the 2017 Gamecocks since late in the 2016 campaign. Our thoughts on this squad were delivered in great detail way back in July.

Will Muschamp’s team won a 35-28 decision over North Carolina St. as a seven-point underdog in Week 1. Then in Week 2, USC went to Missouri and fell behind 10-0 early, only to respond with a 31-3 run en route to a 31-13 victory as a three-point ‘dog.

Trailing 10-0, junior Deebo Samuel returned his second kickoff of the season for a touchdown (the other came on the first play of the season against the Wolfpack). On the first play of Missouri’s next drive, the prize of Muschamp’s 2017 recruiting class, true freshman cornerback Jamyest Williams, picked off Drew Lock for the first interception of his career. On the very next play, Samuel took a jet sweep 25 yards to the house. In other words, a four-play stretch netted two TDs from Samuel and a double-digit road deficit was erased, as South Carolina took the lead for good.

USC played turnover-free football, with sophomore quarterback Jake Bentley throwing one TD to improve his touchdown-to-interception ratio to 4/1 for the year. Junior TE Hayden Hurst got involved against the Tigers, scoring a pair of TDs on a 39-yard pass from Bentley and on a two-yard run on a third-and-goal play. Hurst showed his speed on the TD catch, while it was his size and power on display when he slipped multiple tackles to find the end zone on his running score.

The South Carolina defense held a Missouri offense that scored 72 points in Week 1 to merely 13. Now the Gamecocks bring a 2-0 record into their home opener Saturday night vs. Kentucky.

As of early Thursday morning, South Carolina was installed as a 6.5-point favorite with a total of 51 at most books. The Wildcats were +210 on the money line (risk $100 to win $210).

South Carolina has dropped three in a row to UK, including last year’s 17-10 setback in Lexington. These teams have played four consecutive one-possession games dating back to USC’s 35-28 win in 2013.

Kentucky (2-0 SU, 0-2 ATS) has now won nine of its last 12 regular-season games. The Wildcats didn’t wow anyone with a win at So. Miss (24-17) or vs. Eastern Ky. (27-16), but they nonetheless enter their SEC lid-lifter undefeated.

Jordan Jones, UK’s top defensive player, is dealing with a shoulder injury and is listed as ‘questionable.’ Jones was a second-team All-SEC selection as a sophomore last year when he recorded 109 tackles, four sacks, 11.5 tackles for loss, nine QB hurries and four passes broken up. WR Dorian Baker remains sidelined indefinitely for the ‘Cats.

Mark Stoops’s team has covered the spread in each of its last four games as a road underdog, but UK is just 9-9 ATS as a road ‘dog during his five-year tenure. Meanwhile, Muschamp went 2-2 ATS in four games as a home favorite during his first year in Columbia.

The SEC Network will have the UK-USC telecast at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.

Vanderbilt, No. 25 in my Power Rankings this week, will take on Kansas State on ESPNU at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. The Commodores have looked extremely impressive in wins at Middle Tennessee and vs. Alabama A&M, thumping those foes by a combined score of 70-6.

Junior Kyle Shurmur came of age last November and is on fire through two games, completing 35-of-46 passes for 498 yards and seven TDs without an interception. He’s also rushed for a score. The ‘Dores scored TDs on their first three drives in their opener and on their first four drives last week. They have one of the nation’s top RBs in Ralph Webb, who is already the school’s all-time leading rusher.

Vanderbilt owns an 8-3 spread record in 11 games as a home underdog during Derek Mason’s four-year tenure. The Commodores have won outright in four consecutive home games dating back to last year, and each victory has come by a margin of at least 11 points.

As of Thursday morning, most spots had Kansas State listed as a 3.5 or four-point favorite. The money-line return on Vandy was in the +155 neighborhood (risk $100 to win $155).

LSU (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS) has won outright an eye-opening 16 times in its last 17 games against Mississippi State. The lone defeat came when Dak Prescott shredded the Tigers in Baton Rouge in 2014. When these SEC West adversaries squared off at Tiger Stadium last season, the Bulldogs trimmed a 23-3 deficit in the four quarter to 23-20 and had the ball in LSU territory in the closing minute. The rally fell short, but LSU backers were left furious by the backdoor cover for MSU as a 13.5-point road underdog.

LSU’s defense didn’t allow BYU to cross midfield in a dominant 27-0 win in its opener at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans two weeks ago. The Tigers took the cash as 14.5-point favorites, while the 27 combined points fell ‘under’ the 47.5-point total. They followed up that win with a 45-10 non-covering triumph over Chattanooga as 36.5-point home ‘chalk’ in Week 2.

Mississippi State (2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS) has captured wins vs. Charleston Southern (49-0) and at Louisiana Tech (52-21). Led by new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, the Bulldogs limited Charleston Southern to merely two first downs. Then they went to Ruston and avenged a 2008 loss in Sylvester Croom’s final season as HC in Starkville.

Through two games, junior QB Nick Fitzgerald has thrown for 363 yards with a 5/1 TD-INT ratio. He has also rushed for 152 yards and three TDs on just 17 attempts (8.9 yards per carry!). Meanwhile, LSU’s Derrius Guice has run for 224 yards and four TDs while averaging 5.3 YPC.

LSU will get star pass rusher Arden Key back from a shoulder injury to make his season debut. Key was a second-team All-SEC selection last year when he produced 56 tackles, 12 sacks, 11 QB hurries and three forced fumbles.

As of early Thursday morning, most spots had LSU favored by 7.5 with a total of 51 points. The Bulldogs were available on the money line for a +250 payout.

Dan Mullen owns a 10-10 spread record in 20 games as a home underdog during his nine-year tenure. LSU went 2-0 ATS as a road favorite after Ed Orgeron took over for Les Miles last year.

Kickoff in Starkville at Davis-Wade Stadium is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.

Ole Miss (2-0 SU, 0-2 ATS)
has won a pair of home games over South Alabama (47-27) and UT-Martin (45-23). The Rebels allowed a 47-13 fourth-quarter lead to get away against the Jaguars, who posted a backdoor cover as 22-point road ‘dogs. They failed to take the cash vs. UT-Martin as a 32.5-point home fave.

Sophomore QB Shea Patterson has been nothing short of sensational, completing 60-of-78 passes (76.9%) for 918 yards and nine TDs compared to only one interception. WR A.J. Brown, another true sophomore, has brought down 16 catches for 389 yards and four TDs.

As of Thursday morning, most books had Ole Miss favored by 3.5 points for its road game at California. The total was 72, while the Golden Bears were +155 to win outright.

The Justin Wilcox Era is off to a nice start in Berkeley. Wilcox, who did a fantastic job as Wisconsin’s defensive coordinator last year after Dave Aranda left the Badgers to take the DC post at LSU, led Cal to a 35-30 win at North Carolina (in a noon Eastern game) as a 13-point road ‘dog in Week 1. Cal won a 33-20 decision over Weber State at home last week.

ESPN will provide the broadcast at 10:30 p.m. Eastern.
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