3 Best Sporting Events To Watch This Week

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The coming week in the world of sports will involve some college football and college basketball, while the NFL still commands center stage on the larger scene.

NCAA Basketball: Duke Blue Devils vs. UCLA Bruins (In New York – Thursday)

This is a game in Madison Square Garden, and it’s one in which UCLA will be asked to prove itself. The Bruins, under new head coach Steve Alford, are trying to regain the aura and consistency they possessed from 2006 through 2008, when they made three straight Final Fours. UCLA will have its hands full with one of the more athletic Duke teams Mike Krzyzewski has fielded in quite some time. The Blue Devils play an above-the-rim game, and UCLA will have to be very active on defense in the paint if it wants to contain Duke’s offense. NCAA Football: New Orleans Bowl Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns vs. Tulane Green Wave

This is an all-Louisiana affair, played in Tulane’s home stadium. There should be a big crowd in the Superdome for this game, which involves two teams that, a few years ago, had no momentum at all. Now, ULL is making its third straight bowl appearance, while Tulane is making its first appearance since 2002. This will be a special game for every player involved, especially on the Tulane side. Players will need to channel their emotions and not get caught up in the moment.

NFL Football: Chicago Bears @ Philadelphia Eagles

This is one of the more attractive games of the week in the NFL. The Eagles hope that Dallas loses to Washington. If that happens, Philadelphia could clinch the NFC East with a win here. Chicago is involved in a three-team race with Detroit and Green Bay in the NFC North. The Bears would suffer a huge blow if they lost here.

Nick Foles rolling as the Eagles QB starter

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Nick Foles, the 10 game ‘veteran’, finds himself in another QB state of affairs this year. Not that there is a profound controversy about the starter in Philly, because we all know that Michael Vick is the fan favorite apparently all the time, in spite of game play. This is unusual for Philly fans, which tend to be pretty nasty and honest with how they feel, viciously honest at times. The 24 year old Foles can help the Eagles in quite a few different ways than Vick doesn’t do necessarily well.

Nick has proven time and again, that he can move the team up and down the field with accuracy. He picked apart the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.  But what next for the Eagles, and their 2 QB issues, that they have been seemingly finding themselves in this challenge for the last several years, going back to McNabb and Vick in 2009.

Foles literally had to just sit and wait his time before Vick got hurt. Because if you haven’t noticed, it’s kind what Mike does. Only playing 16 games once in his 11 year career, he has never been the sturdiest of players for any team. Now, once more, it’s Foles’ turn to show that he could be the guy to lead the Eagles in the vacant NFC East, (where every team seems to be substandard)

The interesting part to me is watching both QBs play, the offense hasn’t changed with either one, in the exciting Chip Kelly test as an NFL head coach. And his high octane offensive minded system. Vick of course, has some exciting things about him that not only keep fans wound up, but he can freelance more frequently, and make a play on the run when everything breaks down.

Given his natural athletic ability, Michael Vick has the skills to revive a play that has broken down and is dead in the water. So with that, yes, Vick does have unusual athletic ability when need be. And he has been able to make some great use of those scrawny and beaten down 33 year old legs when needed. But let’s be real here, the days of the Vick’s jaw-dropping plays on any given snap, are long over. He’s not a kid, and his delicate frame isn’t as sturdy and strong as it used to be, and that isn’t saying much with his injury record.

He has always been exciting, but his lack of a solid thrown ball has constantly led me to believe he is more of a circus act than a real playoff winning QB that I would ever want leading my team. He has always been mistake prone, with interceptions, and fumbles as well.

Truth.

In addition, Vick has a slow release; Nick chucks it out fast, finding his guys earlier, whether it’s hitting the check down to McCoy, flicking it out along the sidelines. He doesn’t hesitate, and throws a really nice ball downfield. He can take control of a game, with accuracy, 61%, and he’s not afraid to chuck it downfield either, and is very good on 3rd downs on top.

Is it possible Foles could become the QB1 in Philly? Why not, stranger things have happened. Last year Alex Smith was playing great ball for the Niners, and lost his starting job to Kaepernick. I’m not comparing Foles to Kaepernick, but you understand the contrast. I have always believed, unless you have a top tiered player at a position, who is without a doubt your man, IE; Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees. Then an injury is always a threat to alter a career. If a player is playing better than the normal starter, and the team is winning games, isn’t that what it essentially all boils down to?

Foles may be a career backup, or he could potentially be a future starter for a team and end up being really good, or middling, and another Kevin Kolb. (Yea, umm, remember him?) For myself, I like Foles, and I think he can be a legit QB in the NFL. And I think we will all see this sooner than later.

Written by TonyK of VegasTopDogs.com

Turkeys, Rivalries and Upsets!

Thanksgiving week, which means the middle of the NFL campaign while winding down
the college football regular season. Late season college football means heated
races for conference titles and bowl berths, plus rivalries that span decades.
These games can have far more importance for players than September/October
clashes.

Oklahoma/Ok-State, USC/UCLA, Florida/Florida State, Georgia/Georgia
Tech, Michigan/Ohio State and Auburn/Alabama bring out extra intensity and
emotion. Alabama is in dynasty mode under Nick Saban, eyeing another national
title. With all these titles, you might not remember that they had to battle
rival Auburn to stay unbeaten during their run four years ago and barely won,
26-21, as 10-point chalk. Then they upset rival Florida for a chance to advance
to the national title game. Three years ago it was Auburn turning the tables on
Alabama with a sensational comeback on the way to the national title. Late
season football and rivalry games can mean intensity that can transcend some
betting numbers, especially large ones.

A few years ago Texas Tech was a 29-point dog and won at Oklahoma, 41-38, and Iowa State was a 27-point dog late in the year against unbeaten Oklahoma State, but pulled a 37-31 OT shocker on
national TV. Remember all the upsets late in 2007? Pitt got fired up to play
West Virginia in the Backyard Brawl and won as a +28 dog, while Missouri knocked
off unbeaten Kansas. Athletes might not always admit it, but playing on national
television can help raise their games a notch, such as Thanksgiving week and
conference title tilts in December. There have been many memorable upsets, too.
One holiday season there were 12 college and pro football games played Thursday
and Friday of Thanksgiving weekend, and the underdog was 11-1 against the
spread. Five dogs won straight up, including Colorado as a 10-point dog smashing
Nebraska 62-36, the No. 2 ranked team in the nation. 2007 was the Year of Upsets
in college football: Michigan losing to Appalachian State, Louisville losing to
Syracuse, No. 1 LSU losing in three overtimes to Kentucky, USC losing to
Stanford as 42-point chalk and No. 1 Ohio State losing at home as a 15-point
favorite to Illinois all shocked and muddled the BCS picture. Here is a list of
the biggest college football upsets of all time: 2007 Stanford (+42) tops USC,
24-23 2007 Syracuse (+39) at Louisville, 38-35 1985 Oregon State (+36) tops
Washington, 21-20 1985 UTEP (+36) over BYU, 23-16
1998 Temple (+35½) beats
Virginia Tech, 28-24 2007 Appalachian St (+35) at Michigan, 34-32 1972 Missouri
(+35) beat Notre Dame, 30-26 1974 Purdue (+34) at Notre Dame, 31-20 2011 Texas
Tech (+29) at Oklahoma, 41-38 1992 Iowa State (+29) over Nebraska, 19-10 1969
San Jose State (+29) at Oregon, 36-34 1995 Northwestern (+28) over Notre Dame,
17-15 2007 Pitt (+28) tops West Virginia, 13-9 1942 Holy Cross (+28) beats
Boston College, 55-12 2007 was a historic year, nearly monopolizing the list,
with four of the biggest upsets ever, including the top two. One thing that
stands out is the number of “public teams” like Notre Dame, Nebraska and
Michigan that got upset.

This is an example of how oddsmakers have to add points
to public teams, as well as how smaller schools can get fired up to face
big-name schools, such as Toledo winning at Michigan this season. It doesn’t
always help to be one of the top teams in the polls as opponents can be gunning
for you. Many will recall No. 1 Ohio State going down in 2007 as Illinois
surprised them, 28-21. Few recall that a year earlier Ohio State was also No. 1
in the nation and as a 25-point favorite at Illinois, the Buckeyes had to hang
on for dear life in a 17-10 win. The Illini was gunning for No. 1 for a
signature win. In a sense, it was Illinois’ bowl game in 2006 with their season
winding down, so they played all out. That same day, No. 2 Michigan had to hold
on as a 32-point favorite against Ball State, a 34-26 win, two games that nearly
disrupted their No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown. Not only can the opponent be fired up,
but the big favorite might not be taking the game seriously. After the Ball
State game, Michigan quarterback Chad Henne said, “I think that is a lot of the
reason why we weren’t focused. Coming into the game, people were reading too
many press clippings.” Six years ago Boston College got to No. 2 in the polls at
one point, their highest ranking since 1942

. You’ll notice on the upset list
that the BC Eagles are on there. In late November of ’42, BC was unbeaten and
ranked No. 1 in the nation, closing in on the school’s first national
championship. In the final tune-up before the bowls, BC played a 4-4-1 Holy
Cross team and was a 4-TD favorite. Yet, it was a rivalry game and fired-up Holy
Cross flattened the No. 1 ranked Eagles 55-12 in one of the biggest upsets ever.
Pitt did something similar three years ago when they stunned rival West
Virginia, 13-9. Those are good example of how rivalries can force bettors to
discount point spreads, or take a closer look at the dog, not to mention
high-profile games this time of the year.

Written by Jim Feist for VegasTopDogs.com

Football Matchups From The NFL And NCAA

 

Things are really getting interesting in the world of football. The final unbeaten team in the NFL will face a tough trip against a division rival while a number of top-ten teams are in action in the college ranks.

NFL

San Francisco 49ers @ New Orleans Saints – The Saints and 49ers have been the class of the NFC over the past couple of seasons, but San Francisco has won their last two against New Orleans, including last season at the Superdome. The Saints are a three-point NFL betting favorite at home.

Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos – The 9-0 Chiefs head to Denver, where they have lost three of their last five trips, but head coach Andy Reid was 13-1 in Philadelphia after a bye week. This AFC West showdown will light up Sunday night, when the Broncos will be 8.5-point favorites in the sportsbook.

New England Patriots @ Carolina Panthers – The Panthers have won five in a row, but they have lost three of their last five against the Patriots, including the Super Bowl in 2004. Carolina should be a slight home favorite on Monday night.

NCAA Football

Georgia @ Auburn – The No. 7 Tigers have lost four of their last five against the No. 25 Bulldogs, who will be 3.5-point underdogs on the road in this contest from the hard-hitting SEC.

Oklahoma State @ Texas – In this Big 12 encounter, the No. 12 Cowboys are favored by a field goal when they visit the No. 24 Longhorns, and Oklahoma State has won their last two trips to Austin.

Stanford @ USC – The No. 4 Cardinal are coming off a massive win over Oregon, and they’re favored by 3.5 on the road against the Trojans, who have won three in a row overall and would like to end a three-game home losing skid against Stanford.

 

Football Betting Matchups From The NFL And NCAAF

The action is starting to heat up on the gridiron in both the NFL and NCAA, and this week is loaded with matchups in the sportsbook that will keep you busy on Saturday and Sunday.

NFL

Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions – A pair of 4-3 teams from the NFC meet in the Motor City, and the Lions are 3-point favorites at home. However, the Cowboys have won two in a row while playing some very good football.

New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals – The Jets got a hand to shock New England to go to 4-3, but they’ll be 6-point underdogs on the road against the Bengals, who lead the AFC North at 5-2 and have yet to lose in three home games this season.

Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals – The 2-4 Falcons have fallen from Super Bowl contenders to being 1-point underdogs on the road at 3-4 Arizona. Of course, Atlanta has had to battle through some important injuries.

NCAA Football

UCLA at Oregon – #12 UCLA has lost five of their last six at #3 Oregon, who are favored by 22.5 points in Eugene on Saturday. The 7-0 Ducks are trying to keep their BCS title hopes alive, while the 5-1 Bruins are looking to keep pace in the Pac-12 South.

South Carolina at Missouri – The #21 Gamecocks dropped to 5-2 after being upset at Tennessee, and there is a good chance they’ll be the underdogs at Missouri against the #5 Tigers, who are 7-0. However, watch the betting line as both teams could be without their starting quarterbacks.

Texas Tech at Oklahoma – In the Big 12, 7-0 Texas Tech has quietly snuck up to 10th in the BCS rankings, but they’ll be underdogs by a touchdown at #15 Oklahoma, who are 6-1. The Red Raiders have won just twice in their last nine trips to Norman.

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Football Motivating Factors

Motivation is such an enormous part of athletic competition, particularly in
college sports where young players aren’t always as self-motivated as pros, who
are playing for a paycheck. This is where coaches play such a huge roll, in
harnessing situational spots for opportunities to get their football team
supremely focused.

When Ohio State had its first Big 10 showdown last
month against Wisconsin, Buckeye coach Urban Meyer made it a point at a press
conference of referring to the Badgers as “King of the Big Ten.” That was a
reference to last season when Ohio State was banned from postseason play at
12-0, so Wisconsin represented the Big 10 in the Rose Bowl again.

Last
year Wisconsin gave the Buckeyes all they could handle in Madison before falling
21-14 in overtime, and Ohio State won again last month, 31-24 (leading 31-7
after three). Even though Wisconsin has represented the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl
for the past three seasons as the conference champion, the Badgers are 0-2
against Buckeye QB Braxton Miller. Meyer saw an opportunity to provide some
extra motivation to his team against the Badgers.

Iowa State has been
involved with two huge motivational situations against Texas the last two years.
Two weeks ago the Cyclones, an 8-point dog, should have beaten the Longhorns,
but made several key errors and had an official’s call go against them late.
Coach Paul Rhoads blasted Big 12 officiating after a Texas fumble at the goal
line ended up being ruled down by contact.

“I’ve got the
privilege as the head coach of this football program to face my players, win or
lose, and look them in the eye and tell them how proud I am of the work they put
forth, the effort they gave,” Rhoads said. “And to make a play on the 1-yard
line, with their backs against the wall — clear to everybody — and have it
taken away from them … that’s hard to express. You don’t just put an arm around
a guy and tell him it’s OK when that happens to him. I’m so proud of the effort
my kids gave to win this football game tonight.”

It was as an emotional
speech as you could find in the best Hollywood sports movie. It also sent a
message to his players that he was behind them – an ‘us against the world’
moment that could pay dividends down the road when he asks them to give it their
all against another opponent, perhaps in a rivalry or revenge game.

Iowa
State and Texas were involved in another emotional game in 2012. The Cyclones
visited the Longhorns the week Texas legend Darrell Royal past away. Coach Mack
Brown told the team in the middle of the week they would open the game in the
Wishbone as a tribute. The crowd went wild, especially when the play went for a
47-yard TD! It was an emotional Cyclone that Iowa State had no chance against
and Texas went on to win, 33-7, as 10-point chalk.

Sports handicappers
long to find information or situational spots where a team is more motivated
than usual, such as rivalry and revenge games. The rematch between Iowa State
and Texas certainly looked like a revenge spot, as Iowa State should have won
the game as a +8 home dog.

Notre Dame stuck it to Oklahoma a year ago,
winning at the Sooners in impressive fashion, 30-13, in a national TV showdown.
It was the seventh straight loss to the Irish, a fact that didn’t elude Bob
Stoops when they played in the rematch last month. Oklahoma won in South Bend,
35-21, and Stoops was well aware of the long history: “Now that it’s happened
this way, I’m pleased and I sure am glad for those older Oklahomans that have
been through all those games Notre Dame had beaten us. We get some level of
satisfaction winning this one.”

College football features countless
examples each season, homecoming games, revenge spots, conference showdowns,
angry coaches, teams that are holding grudges, all of which can show up on the
gridiron in a super-human team effort for a big win. Matchups, home field and
betting trends are all important to examine, but motivation can also be a huge
edge on game day, one that successful sports bettors are eager to find and
exploit at the betting window.

Written by Jim Feist for VegasTopDogs.com

Bigger shocker in New York, the Giants or the Jets?

The 2 biggest markets in football cities both come from the big city, infamous New York. Where when you’re on top, you are on top of the world, and when you’re down, you are stomped on by every section of the city that is possible to be stomped from.

The New York Jets have had a surprising beginning to the season, playing acceptable ball, which is more than what was expected. At the beginning of the 2013 season, just about every prediction across the board had the lowly Jets looking up from the bottom of not only their division, but possibly top 3 draft potential next year.

Last season the Jets were 6-10, going nowhere and struggling with scoring and overall offensive productivity as their biggest concerns. Sanchez was terrible, and I would think most of football fans would have to say, they end was dawning for the former USC standout.

The Jets have had some QB issues, clearly, and now they have upstart Geno Smith leading their squad. They have struggled with scoring still, but as a rookie led team there will be troubles. But Geno can also be very good. That’s the primary difference between him and Sanchez. Sanchez would make a bonehead mistake and you knew the team was done. Geno is young and can rectify his bad decision making.

Young 22 year old Stephen Hill is a natural, and has great potential, especially as a big play receiver. And of course, with Santonio Holmes back, they may not be superstar wide outs, but there is talent there. On top of that, their D-line is young and capable as well, especially with big Damon Harrison and Demario Davis at LB.

But do we jump too fast, on the Jets being “so far improved?” Perhaps. With wins over the Bucs, who are certainly not a great team, and they squeaked by a young Bills team, 27-20. So their wins have lacked quality.

But, they have wins, something the typically stable New York Giants have struggled with in 2013.

Eli has been horrid, but he also has had opponents defense in his face the second the ball is placed into his hands. He is continually running around behind the line, without any protection from his front. The Giants have not given Eli anytime to find a receiver, so Eli does, what Eli sometimes does. He turns into the evil twin, “bad Eli.” The main concern for Giants’ fans to me would be that line. Until they get their line cleaned up, they’re going to stay put at the bottom of the league, because you cannot allow your QB to constantly be scrambling to make a play.

They have also struggled with their inept running game this season. Only getting about 58 yards on the ground/ game, David Wilson has been nothing short of playing as if he were un-draftable, this season; with his pathetic 3.4 carry avg. after what many felt was supposed to be his breakout season.

The Giants are in free fall, and it seems they have no grip holds to latch onto to try and recoup what they can. If someone told me this season, the NY Giants would be scoring 15 a game, and giving up 36. I would never have believed it. Expectations are higher, and disappointment is bigger when you have a talented club and you fall apart at the seams like a worn out pillow. The Jets are still the Jets, and won’t make the playoffs, as anticipated, what wasn’t expected of course, was the fact they are scoring more than the Giants, with less talent, on paper. Geno Smith is a rookie and is making rookie mistakes, but Eli is having a “bad Eli” year, after a good season in 2012. The NY Giants are the bigger surprise in the New York area.

Written by TonyK of VegasTopDogs.com 

Best NFL Matchups this Week

The NFL season is moving into October, which means September’s rough edges are supposed to begin to fall away… but will they? Teams have a lot to prove across the board.

New Orleans Saints @ Chicago Bears

This is a matchup in the sportsbook that will be particularly fascinating because the Saints’ defense is radically improved compared to last season, while Chicago’s offense is so volatile. New Orleans is a much better team because its defense – which was a mess in 2012 – has been patched up and repaired this season. New Orleans is not hemorrhaging in its back line of defense, dramatically transforming the way the team is able to adjust on a number of levels. The Saints don’t have to throw the ball as much or take as many chances on offense. Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler is the kind of quarterback who can be brilliant or awful on any day. How New Orleans’ defense fares against Chicago’s offense will likely decide this game.

New England Patriots @ Cincinnati Bengals

This is a game in which New England has to be seen as the clear favorite. The key matchup will be between the Patriots’ defense and the Bengals’ offense. New England will be missing run-stuffing defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, while Cincinnati and erratic quarterback Andy Dalton will try to recover from an abysmal outing against the Cleveland Browns. The Bengals are so unreliable at this point in time, but Cincinnati has the talent and speed to score big against the New England defense. This game is a PICK on the NFL betting odds.

Baltimore Ravens @ Miami Dolphins

This is a very intriguing confrontation between the Dolphins’ offense and the Ravens’ defense. Baltimore’s offense is struggling, but its defense has still performed well in 2013. Will young Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill be able to avoid committing turnovers against the Ravens? The answer to that question will probably decide the outcome in South Florida.

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Saturday Preview: Alabama at Texas A&M

It’s the most anticipated game of the season and one Alabama has been looking forward to since last November as the Tide visit Texas A&M on Saturday. It’s likely to be the toughest game on Alabama’s regular-season schedule as it looks to win a third straight national title. ESPN GameDay will be on hand and the game is also the most expensive regular season college football game ever per ticket prices. Bama is a 7.5-point favorite on WagerWeb [1]. Johnny Manziel essentially won the Heisman Trophy on Nov. 10, 2012, when the Aggies went into Tuscaloosa and stunned No. 1 Alabama 29-24. Manziel staked the 15th-ranked Aggies to a three-touchdown lead in the first quarter, and Texas A&M held on. Manziel passed for 253 yards and rushed for 92, confounding the Tide defense with his ability to keep plays alive as the Aggies scored the game’s first 20 points. AJ McCarron nearly pulled off a scintillating comeback. He threw one touchdown pass and motored the ball downfield before Deshazor Everett stepped in front of his fourth-down pass at the goal line with 1:36 left. It was one of three Tide turnovers.

The Aggies had been 1-10 against top-ranked teams with the only previous win coming 30-26 over Oklahoma in 2002. Some people have explained the loss as one of three reasons: The Crimson Tide had just come off an emotionally draining comeback victory at rival LSU. Perhaps they weren’t completely ready for the offensive pace of Texas A&M. Maybe they took the Southeastern Conference newcomers a bit lightly. Texas A&M enters this game with a 2-0 record, having beaten Rice and Sam Houston State by an average of 58.5 points. Last time out, the Aggies accumulated 714 yards of total offense, which tied for the fourth-most in program history. Manziel has thrown for 520 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for another 55 and one touchdown this season. He missed the first half of the Rice game. Alabama recorded three non-offensive touchdowns in its season opener against Virginia Tech, marking the first time the Crimson Tide has done so in a game since Sept. 30, 1995, against Georgia. Christian Jones got the Tide on the board first with a 72-yard punt return for a touchdown and then went 94 yards on a kickoff return in the second quarter. Vinnie Sunseri scored the first touchdown of his career with a 38-yard interception return. The Tide were off last week.

Alabama has proven tough to beat when winning the turnover battle since the start of the 2008 season. The Crimson Tide is 41-0 in that time when the Tide has fewer turnovers than its opponents. WagerWeb trends: Aggies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 conference games. Aggies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in September. Aggies are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game. Aggies are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win. Crimson Tide are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games in September. Crimson Tide are 2-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.

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Exposing the Top 25: Where the polls went wrong

By JESSE SCHULE for VegasTopDogs.com Each week throughout the college football season, Vegas Expert Jesse Schule will dissect the new Top 25 rankings, looking for betting value. He’ll showcase the most overrated team, along with the most underrated ranked team, and an unranked squad that he feels should be in the Top 25.

Most underrated Top 25 team: Washington Huskies (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) The Huskies showed signs of greatness last season, with upset wins over Top 25 teams Stanford and Oregon State. The season ended with a disappointing loss to Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl. Washington avenged that loss in emphatic fashion in Week 1, blowing out the No. 19 ranked Broncos at Husky Stadium. Bishop Sankey ran for 161 yards and a pair of scores on 25 carries and Keith Price completed 23 of 31 passes for 324 yards and a pair of touchdowns. If the Huskies continue to play like this, they are going to be tough to beat.

Most overrated Top 25 team: Ohio State Buckeyes (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS) The Buckeyes won big over Buffalo in Week 1, but coach Urban Meyer wasn’t happy with the way his team played in the second half. With OSU clinging to a 10-point lead in the third quarter, Braxton Miller fumbled on his own 1-yard line but fortunately for Ohio State, it was nullified by a penalty. The Buckeyes are going to have to be better against tougher opponents and Urban Meyer knows it. “And then we rough a punter, and we have a fourth down (play) we don’t make and then we throw a screen and it goes the other way,” he told the media. “In a tight game, you’re going to lose.”

Unranked team that should be ranked: Baylor Bears (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) The Bears had the top offense in the country in 2012 (total yards) and they scored 69 points in a Week 1 blowout over Wofford. What’s even more impressive is that their defense, which couldn’t stop anyone a season ago, limited the Terriers to just three points. The Bears have a light schedule through the next two months, with six straight games against unranked teams.