Here’s the quick take rundown from selected Saturday college games:
Kansas State outlasted Oklahoma thanks to three unexpected gaffes by the Sooners kicker. A brutal loss for Oklahoma, as they won the stats by a pretty good margin and really should have won the game.
Maryland earned its first ever Big Ten home win as they rallied from an early 14-0 deficit to kayo Iowa. The big play was a William Likely pick six early in the fourth quarter that stretched the Terrapins lead to ten and they never looked back.
Minnesota is now 3-0 in league play as the Gophers won a thriller against improving Purdue. David Cobb had a big game on the ground for Minnesota and Ryan Santoso was the hero with his 52-yard FG serving as the game winner.
West Virginia dealt Baylor’s playoff hopes a critical blow with a 41-127 upset. Mountaineers QB Clit Trickett outplayed Bears signal caller Bryce Petty and was tremendous at crunch time in what is a very big win for the WVU program.
Big comeback by Florida Atlantic. The Owls were down to Western Kentucky 31-14 at halftime, but QB Jaquez Johnson had a great second half and hit a 61-yard TD pass with less than two minutes remaining for the win.
South Florida was trailing Tulsa 30-14 midway through the third quarter but Bulls QB Mike White got hot and the Golden Hurricane defense collapsed yet again.
Virginia won the stats against Duke, but the Blue Devils made the more important plays on both sides of the ball and eked out a 20-13 win over the Cavaliers.
Clemson played great defense and got just enough production from its banged up offense to get past Boston College. Tigers QB Cole Stoudt hung tough in spite of hurting his shoulder in a gritty win.
Central Michigan flattened out off a very big win at Northern Illinois and the Chippewas got knocked off by Ball State. Clear case of a team not used to winning much recently bouncing off a significant road victory.
California has been in one crazy game after another and the Bears were on the wrong side of the latest one as they dropped a 36-34 duel with UCLA. Brett Hundley had a monster game for the Bruins, who ended a long streak of futility at Berkley.
Alabama was awesome in a complete demolition of Texas A&M. This was the slaughter of the say, with the stats every bit as dominating as the 59-0 tally might indicate. No one played better than the Tide on this Saturday.
San Jose State manaaged to overcome some ill-time blunders and survived regulation when Wyoming missed a fairly long FG at the finish. The Spartans then got it together on OT and got a nice road win at Laramie.
No Gurley, no problem for Georgia. Nick Chubb exploded for 204 yards on the ground as the bulldogs won 45-32. The final was misleading as this clash was never in any doubt.
There didn’t figure to be much defense between Georgia Tech and North Carolina, and the game lived up to billing. Last team with the ball wins type of shootout and the Tar Heels got the deciding TD with just 20 seconds remaining.
Florida bottomed out in a disastrous outing against Missouri. The Tigers had 42 points despite only 119 yards of total offense, a ratio I’m quite sure I’ve never seen. The Gators had six turnovers in what can only be described as a total humiliation.
Colorado State kicked two long FG’s inside the last two minutes to come from behind against Utah State. This was a huge win for the Rams, who had their first sellout since 2004 and the crowd rushed the field after Jared Roberts kicked the game winner.
Those expecting an Ole Miss letdown got surprised as the Rebels bombed Tennessee. The Volunteers were -4 in turnovers and that eliminated any chance they could compete here.
Nebraska at Northwestern was a tossup at the half, but the Cornhuskers romped down the stretch. Ameer Abdullah did his usual damage on the ground and Tommy Armstrong Jr. did a good job managing the game for Nebraska.
LSU put together its strongest game of there season as they crushed Kentucky. The Tigers probably could have won this even bigger than the 4-13 final, but this game could well be the buy signal for the Bayou Bengals.
Iowa State always competes hard and the Cyclones took Texas to the wire in a shootout. The Longhorns escaped with the 48-45 win on a late drive and short FG by Nick Rose.
BYU put up some big offensive numbers, but they killed themselves with turnovers and Nevada’s Cody Fajardo took full advantage. The Wolf Pack are now 3-3 off the 42-35 upset and are continuing to show some nice improvement from last year’s squad.
Arizona State was very impressive in a rather one-sided win over Stanford. Mike Bercovici had another good game under center for the Sun Devils and the Stanford offense malfunctioned moist of the night.
Finally, an absolute corker between Notre Dame and Florida State. The Seminoles were extremely fortunate to win when a late Notre Dame TD was wiped out on an offensive pass interference penalty. I thought the Irish deserved to win this game, but credit the ‘Noles for finding a way to preserve their perfect record.
My big run continued with a 9-3 Saturday. 7-3 on the college gridiron and two more winners in the NHL. I’m sitting at 21-4 for the week and the calendar year bottom line is starting to look very attractive. I’ll be on three NFL games on Sunday plus one more play on the ice. There’s always the possibility of late adds based on breaking info, but I’d say it’s unlikely here.
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Good results on the free plays yesterday with Boston College and the Tampa Bay Lightning both getting there. I’ve already posted a free NFL play, so today’s comp will be a lookahead to Game One of the World Series.
10/21 5:05 PM MLB (901) SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS at (902) KANSAS CITY ROYALS
Take: (901) SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS -107
Regardless of which side I’m on in this World Series opener, I’m going to be fading an entry that has massive positive momentum. That’s pretty much the case in every Fall Classic, and the way these two teams have been winning their games, it’s definitely a major factor here. But determining which team is hotter is pretty tough. The Royals are perfect, eight wins in eight tries. The Giants have a ridiculous October record when factoring in the championships in both 2010 and 2012.
So this is a tough choice, no doubt about it. Depending on what each bettor focuses on the most in making a decision, there’s no bad choice here, at least not before the game gate played. I decided to opt for the starting pitching as my ultimate choice, as there’s one big aspect of what these teams like to do that comes into play based on this matchup.
Madison Bumgarner is obviously a stud. But in breaking down what opponents have done against him, one set of numbers really stood out to me. Bumgarner has become extremely difficult to run on. For the season, opposing base stealers were able to swipe a base just seven times in 17 tries against MadBum. Perhaps even more importantly, he’s been getting even better in preventing SB’s as the campaign has progressed.
In Bumgarner’s last 29 starts, including the four in the current playoffs, the opposition has been successful on just two of ten steal attempts. That’s what I feel is a very big stat as far as this game is concerned, as swiping bases is a big part of what the Royals want to do in order to make their small ball philosophy work. If Bumgarner is able to take away that aspect of the Kansas City game, it’s going to certainly lessen the likelihood of much damage being done.
I give Bumgarner an edge over James Shields, and while the Royals bullpen is absolutely second to none, I’d still rather have the edge for six innings rather than three, and I feel I’ve got that with the Giants ace.
The home field advantage is definitely in play. But I don’t think it’s as significant here as it was in the two Royals series we just witnessed. In each instance, the Royals were already in great shape following road sweeps against the Angels and Orioles. The Giants won’t be bothered by the big dimensions at KC, and this is a veteran playoff team with a great track record of success in these games.
It’s clearly not a snap decision, and I certainly can respect any case that’s made for the Royals in Game One and/or in the Series. But I see the potential negating of the Royals speed game being of substantial importance and with that as my key, I’m backing the Giants to win Game One.