Sunday’s Den: Conference USA football knowledge

Alabama-Birmingham
— 6 starters back on offense, 8 on defense
— 74 starts back on offensive line; junior QB has 14 starts
— UAB coach Clark abruptly retired in June (has back issues)
— OC Bryant Vincent will be the interim head coach
— Since 2017, they’re 14-6-2 ATS as a home favorite.
— 13-8 ATS in last 21 games as an underdog.
— 2-2 in bowls last five years (3-1 ATS)

Charlotte
— 8 starters back on offense, 6 on defense
— 46 starts back on offensive line; senior QB has 35 starts
— Have one winning season out of nine as a I-A team
— Since 2019, they’re 4-2 ATS as a home dog, 4-8 as a road dog.
— Last year, they gave up 49 ppg in losing their last three games. 
— lost their only bowl game 31-9 in 2019. 

Florida Atlantic
— 8 starters back on offense, 6 on defense
— 125 starts back on offensive line; senior QB has 21 starts
— 10-11 SU in two years since Lane Kiffin left.
— In his career, Taggart is 37-25 ATS in road games.
— FAU is 4-1 SU in last five bowls (underdog in 3 of 5 games)
— Since 2015, FAU is 2-9 ATS as a home underdog. 

Florida International
— 5 starters back on offense, 5 on defense
— 25 starts back on offensive line; senior QB had 11 starts at Duke
— Should have 3 sophs, one freshman starting on OL
— New coach MacIntyre is 36-29 ATS in road games.
— FIU is 3-13-1 ATS last 17 games as an underdog.
— Last three years, they’re 2-16-1 ATS in conference games.
— Lost three of last four bowls; last one was in 2019

Louisiana Tech
— 6 starters back on offense, 8 on defense
— 85 starts back on offensive line
— went 8-14 last two years, after going 10-3 in 2019
— New coach Cumbie was an OC at TCU, Texas Tech
— have new QB’s; two of them played for Cumbie at TCU, Texas Tech
— Since 2017, Tech is 8-13 ATS as a home favorite.
— Last two years, they’re 2-8 ATS as a favorite.
— won four of last five bowls; were underdog in 4 of the 5. 

Middle Tennessee State
— 5 starters back on offense, 6 on defense
— 31 starts back on offensive line
— brought in five junior college linemen this year
— senior QB has 5 starts; soph QB also has 5 starts
— since 2016, they’re 26-9-1 ATS coming off a loss.
— Coach Stockstill is 21-13 ATS as a road favorite.
— 2-3 in bowls since 2015 (average total: 68.2)

North Texas
— 8 starters back on offense, 5 on defense
— 106 starts back on offensive line; junior QB has 12 starts
— Last two years, UNT is 5-2 ATS as a favorite.
— since 2017, they’re 9-14 ATS coming off a loss.
— under Littrell, they’re 19-29 ATS in C-USA games
— they’re 2-10 all-time in bowls (0-4 ATS last four)
— 0-5 SU/1-4 ATS last five bowls, allowing 44.6 ppg. 

Rice
— 7 starters back on offense, 7 on defense
— 92 starts back on offensive line; 3 backups QB’s from LY return
— Last four years, Owls are 11-31 SU
— Last four years, they’re 1-7 ATS as favorites, 18-15 as an underdog
— last three years, they’re 7-12 ATS coming off a loss
— won 3 of last 4 bowls, but their last bowl was in 2014. 

Texas- El Paso
— 7 starters back on offense, 8 on defense
— 94 starts back on offensive line; junior QB has 19 starts
— 7-6 LY, their second winning season in last 10 years
— Coach Dimel is 14-29 ATS as a favorite.
— Since 2004, Miners are 0-5 SU/1-4 ATS in bowls.
— Last year was their first bowl since 2014. 

Texas-San Antonio
— 8 starters back on offense, 5 on defense
— have 121 starts back on offensive line; senior QB has 28 starts.
— went 12-2 SU last season
— Under Traylor, UTSA is 8-2 ATS as an underdog.
— Since 2018, they’re 9-3 ATS coming off a loss.
— Last two seasons, Roadrunners are +20 in turnovers
— 0-3 SU/2-1 ATS in bowls; were underdog in all three.

Western Kentucky
— 4 starters back on offense, 7 on defense
— 39 starts back on offensive line; junior QB had 25 starts at a D2 school
— Under Helton, they’re 11-5 ATS as an underdog.
— Helton is their 6th head coach in last ten years.
— 15-8-1 ATS in last 24 conference games
— 3-2 SU in bowls the last six years

Friday’s Den: ACC football knowledge

Boston College
— 6 starters back on offense, 8 on defense
— 29 starts back on offensive line; junior QB has 16 starts
— Last six years, they’re 38-35 SU
— Since 2014, they’re 18-8-1 ATS as a road underdog.
— Last five years, they’re 27-14-1 ATS in ACC games.
— lost last two bowls; their last bowl win was in 2016. 

Clemson
— 9 starters back on offense, 6 on defense
— 75 starts back on offensive line; soph QB has 15 starts
— Lost both coordinators from LY; replaced from within.
— Last ten years, they’re 121-17 SU
— Since 2017, they’re 14-8-1 ATS as a road favorite.
— Since 2017, they’re 7-1 ATS as a road underdog.
— Last four years, they’re 4-2 SU in bowl/playoff games. 

Duke
— 6 starters back on offense, 5 on defense
— 124 starts back on offensive line; 4th year in row they’ll have new QB
— New coach was defensive coordinator at Texas A&M
— Last three years, they’re 10-19 SU, with minus-27 turnover ratio.
— Last two years, Rams are 4-12 ATS as an underdog.
— Won last three bowls, but last one was in 2018
— Average total in last five bowls: 77. 

Florida State
— 8 starters back on offense, 8 on defense
— 101 starts back on offensive line; junior QB has 13 starts
— Last four years, they’re 19-27 SU
— Since 2016, they’re 11-17 ATS as a home favorite.
— Last two years, they’re 3-9 ATS coming off a loss.
— 2-3 SU in last five bowls, with last bowl win in 2017

Georgia Tech
— 5 starters back on offense, 3 on defense
— 37 starts back on offensive line; soph QB has 16 starts
— Since 2016, Tech is 5-12 ATS as a home underdog.
— Since 2019, they’re 5-7 ATS as a road underdog.
— Collins is 15-19 ATS as an underdog, 4-11-1 as home favorite.
— Last bowl was in 2018; last bowl win 2016. 

Louisville
— 7 starters back on offense, 7 on defense
— 116 starts back on offensive line; senior QB has 38 starts
— since 2017, they’re 3-7-1 ATS as a home favorite.
— were +2 in turnovers LY (from 2018-20, were minus-25)
— Over last decade, they’re 29-42-1 ATS coming off a win.
— Lost three of last four bowls (average total on last three: 61)

Miami
— 7 starters back on offense, 7 on defense
— 137 starts back on offensive line; soph QB started 9 games
— Cristobal is 13-22-1 ATS as a home favorite.
— since 2016, Miami is 1-7 ATS on neutral fields.
— Since 2019, they’re 5-1 ATS as an underdog.
— Since 2012, they’re 7-3 ATS as a home underdog.
— 0-4 SU/ATS last four bowls, allowing 30 ppg. 

North Carolina
— 5 starters back on offense, 8 on defense
— 104 starts back on offensive line; new QB 
— Lost last nine times they scored less than 34 points.
— Last two years, they’re 8-4 ATS as home favorites, 1-5 as road favorites.
— lost four of last five bowls, giving up 33.2 ppg; they were favored in 3 of 5 games.
— average total in last three bowls: 65.0

NC State
— 7 starters back on offense, 10 on defense
— 95 starts back on offensive line; junior QB has 20 starts
— 17-7 SU last two years
— Under Doeren, they’re 14-24 ATS as a favorite.
— Last six years, they’re 6-9 ATS as a road favorite.
— Last five years, they’re 3-8-1 ATS as a road dog.
— Last bowl win was in 2017- their bowl LY was cancelled. 

Pittsburgh
— 8 starters back on offense, 7 on defense
— have 145 starts back on offensive line.
— junior QB started 26 games at USC; his OC in high school was Kurt Warner.
— Since 2019, they’re 8-1 ATS as a road favorite.
— Since 2015, they’re 27-11 ATS on the road.
— Since 2015, they’re 22-15 ATS as an underdog.
— 1-4 SU/ATS in last five bowl games.

Syracuse
— 9 starters back on offense, 8 on defense
— 120 starts back on offensive line; junior QB has 13 starts
— 10-4 ATS in last 14 games as a favorite.
— since 2016, they’re 15-11 ATS as an underdog.
— were minus-6 in turnovers LY (+25 from 2018-20)
— won their last four bowls SU (were favored in only one of the four)

Virginia
— 4 starters back on offense, 6 on defense
— 22 starts back on offensive line; brought in OL from Harvard/Georgetown
— junior QB has started 20 games.
— covered 8 of last 11 games as a home favorite.
— Last four years, they’re 12-7 ATS as an underdog.
— Last two years, they’re 8-3 ATS coming off a win.
— 10-5 ATS in last 15 non-conference games.
— lost three of last four bowls; their last bowl win was 2018.

Virginia Tech
— 4 starters back on offense, 7 on defense
— 62 starts back on offensive line; soph QB started 23 games at Marshall
— Last four years, they’re 25-25 SU, which is why there is a new coach.
— Since 2016, Hokies are 5-13 ATS as a road favorite.
— Last two years, they’re 1-9 ATS coming off a win.
— lost last four bowls SU, giving up 39 ppg (lost 54-10 in bowl LY)

Wake Forest
— 7 starters back on offense, 6 on defense
— 104 starts back on offensive line; junior QB has 33 starts
— 23-13 SU last three years (+27 turnover ratio)
— under Clawson, Deacons are 18-13 ATS as a road underdog.
— since 2015, they’re 4-7 ATS as a road favorite.
— played in a bowl the last six years, unusual for Wake. 

Wednesday’s Den: Mountain West football knowledge……

Air Force
— 8 starters back on offense, 7 on defense
— 44 starts back on offensive line; senior QB has 18 starts
— Last three years, they’re 24-8 SU.
— Under Calhoun, they’re 35-26-2 ATS as an underdog.
— Since 2015, Air Force is 12-4-1 ATS as a road underdog.
— won four of last five bowls, scoring 36.2 ppg.

Boise State
— 8 starters back on offense, 9 on defense
— 86 starts back on offensive line; junior QB has 25 starts
— 7-5 SU last year, after going 88-26 the previous nine years.
— Since 2012, they’re 28-16 ATS as a road favorite.
— Since 2017, they’re 7-1 ATS as a road underdog.
— Last two years, they’re 3-8 ATS coming off a win.

Colorado State
— 6 starters back on offense, 6 on defense
— 70 starts back on offensive line; they’ll have a new QB this year
— Last four years, they’re 16-29 SU.
— Last five years, Rams are 4-9 ATS as a home favorite.
— Lost last four bowls; were favored in three of them.
— New head coach comes from MW rival Nevada.

Fresno State
— 8 starters back on offense, 7 on defense
— 80 starts back on offensive line; senior QB has 19 starts
— Jeff Tedford returns as coach (Aaron Rodgers’ college coach)
— Last five years, they’re 7-2 ATS as a road underdog.
— Last five years, they’re 13-5-1 ATS out of conference.
— won last three bowls, scoring 31.7 ppg.

Hawai’i
— 4 starters back on offense, 2 on defense
— 110 starts back on offensive line; unsure who QB is
— Since 2014, Hawai’i is 6-22-1 ATS as a home favorite.
— Last five years, they’re 7-14 ATS as a road underdog.
— won three of last four bowls (underdogs 4-0 SU)
— New coach is Hawai’i alum Chang, a former Rainbow QB

Nevada
— 2 starters back on offense, 4 on defense
— 44 starts back on offensive line; soph QB had 3 starts at Oklahoma State
— 30-18 SU last four years- their coach bolted to a conference rival
— were +16 in turnovers LY, but were only 8-5.
— Since 2013, they’re 11-7 as a home underdog.
— Nevada covered five of last seven games as a home favorite.
— 45 players from last year have departed. 

UNLV
— 6 starters back on offense, 6 on defense
— 69 starts back on offensive line; QB started 3 games at Tennessee
— Last nine years, Rebels are 24-67 SU
— Since 2012, they’re 11-19 ATS as a favorite.
— Since 2012, they’re 32-18 ATS as a road underdog.
— Last bowl was in 2013; last bowl win was in 2000.

New Mexico
— 5 starters back on offense, 7 on defense
— 22 starts back on offensive line; unsure who QB will be
— Last five years, they’re 13-42 SU
— Since 2017, Lobos are 0-11 ATS as a home favorite.
— Since 2017, Lobos are 15-39 ATS overall
— underdogs covered four of last five bowls (last one was in 2016)

San Diego State
— 5 starters back on offense, 7 on defense
— 36 starts back on offensive line; senior QB had 16 starts at Virginia Tech
— won 10+ games five of last seven seasons
— Last five years, they’re 8-16 ATS as a home favorite, 5-2 as a home dog.
— Last four years, they’re 6-2-1 ATS as a road underdog.
— In his career, Hoke is 46-35-1 ATS at home.
— Aztecs start playing in brand-new Snap Dragon Stadium this year.

San Jose State
— 6 starters back on offense, 8 on defense
— have 59 starts back on offensive line.
— one junior QB started 23 games at Hawai’i; other junior QB started six games here LY
— Under Brennan, Spartans are 15-9-1 ATS at home.
— finished under .500 seven of last eight years.
— won four of last five bowl games.

Utah State
— 7 starters back on offense, 5 on defense
— 102 starts back on offensive line; senior QB has 29 starts
— 15-4-1 ATS in last 20 games as a home favorite.
— 3-11 ATS in last 14 games as a home underdog.
— In his career, Anderson is 38-25 ATS in conference games.
— underdog won four of their last five bowls SU

Wyoming
— 4 starters back on offense, 4 on defense
— 66 starts back on offensive line; new QB started twice at Utah State
— Last four years, they’re 5-8 ATS as a road underdog.
— covered seven of last ten non-conference games.
— covered last four games on a neutral field.
— won last three bowls, scoring 42.3 ppg. 

Monday’s Den: AAC college football knowledge……..

Central Florida
— 9 starters back on offense; 8 on defense
— 132 starts back on OL
— soph QB has 10 starts; junior QB started nine games at Ole Miss
— Last two years, Knights are 2-7 ATS as a home favorite.
— Malzahn is 9-5 as a home underdog, 8-13 as a road dog.
— Last three years, UCF is 2-8 ATS coming off a loss.
— 3-2 in last five bowls (underdog in 4 of 5 games)

Cincinnati
— 8 starters back on offense; 5 on defense
— 107 starts back on OL
— junior QB started 11 games at Eastern Michigan LY; he was backup here in ’19/’20.
— Last four years, Bearcats are 49-7 SU
— Last four years, they’re 16-8-1 ATS as a home favorite.
— Fickell is 14-6 ATS as an underdog
— Last four years, Cincy is 12-6 ATS out of conference.

East Carolina
— 7 starters back on offense; 8 on defense
— 63 starts back on OL; senior QB has 37 starts
— Under coach Houston, ECU is 9-3 ATS as a road underdog.
— Since 2013, Pirates are 4-11 ATS as a road underdog.
— Last year was their first winning season since 2014; their bowl was cancelled.
— ECU lost three of last four bowls; their last bowl win was 2013.

Houston
— 7 starters back on offense; 6 on defense
— 65 starts back on OL; senior QB has 31 starts
— Last five years, they’re 12-7 ATS as a home favorite.
— Last six years, they’re 9-13 ATS as a road favorite.
— Holgorseb is 5-11-1 as a home underdog, 15-11 as a road dog.
— Cougars scored 17 or less points in four of last five bowls (2-3 SU)

Memphis
— 7 starters back on offense; 6 on defense
— 61 starts back on OL; soph QB has 11 starts
— were 6-6 SU last year, after seven straight winning seasons
— Under Silverfield, Tigers are 3-11 ATS as a favorite.
— Under Silverfield, Tigers are 0-8 ATS on the road.
— Lost three of last four bowls (favored in three of four)

Navy
— 5 starters back on offense; 6 on defense
— 31 starts back on OL; junior QB has 10 starts.
— Last three years, Navy is 8-2 ATS as a favorite.
— were underdog in last 10 home games (6-4 ATS)
— Last three years, they’re 16-8-1 ATS coming off a loss.
— won four of last five bowls (scored 44+ points in three of last four)

South Florida
— 10 starters back on offense; 9 on defense
— 154 starts back on OL; junior QB had 12 starts at Baylor
— Last three years, USF is 7-26 SU
— Last four years, they’re 4-10 ATS coming off a win.
— Last bowl game was in 2018
— Split last four bowls SU, despite giving up 39 ppg.

SMU
— 6 starters back on offense; 7 on defense
— 74 starts back on OL; junior QB has 12 starts
— went 25-10 SU last three years: new coach was OC at Miami.
— 11-4 ATS in last 15 games as a home favorite.
— 3-11 ATS in last 14 games as a road favorite.
— last two bowls, lost 56-10/52-28
— last bowl win was in 2013.

Temple
— 7 starters back on offense; 7 on defense
— 66 starts back on OL; soph QB has 8 starts
— last two years, Owls are 4-15 SU
— Temple was 1-9 ATS as an underdog LY.
— Last three years, they’re 16-8-1 ATS coming off a loss.
— lost last two bowls 56-27/55-13.
— last bowl win was in 2017.

Tulane
— 9 starters back on offense; 9 on defense
— 108 starts back on OL; soph QB has 18 starts
— 10-2 ATS last 12 games as home favorite; 7-2 last nine as home dog.
— Last three years, Green Wave is 14-6 ATS coming off a loss.
— Fritz is 30-17 ATS as a favorite.
— Last four years, Tulane is 6-9-1 ATS as a road underdog.

Tulsa
— 6 starters back on offense; 6 on defense
— 51 starts back on OL; junior QB has 13 starts.
— since 2015, Tulsa is 21-8 ATS as a road underdog.
— last three years, Tulsa is 3-7-1 ATS as a home favorite.
— last three years, Tulsa is 11-5 ATS coming off a loss.
— 3-2 SU last five bowls (losses by 3-2 points)

Friday’s Den: Big 14 football knowledge

Illinois
— 7 starters back on offense, 6 on defense
— 74 starts return on offensive line; QB started 18 games at Syracuse.
— Last three years, they’re 9-5 ATS as a road underdog.
— Last 10 years, they’re 39-79 SU
— Last bowl win was in 2011.

Indiana
— 5 starters back on offense, 7 on defense
— 61 starts return on offensive line; QB 20 starts at Missouri
— Since 2016, they’re 5-13 ATS as a road underdog.
— Allen is 11-2 ATS as a home favorite; 4-11 as home underdog.
— Lost last five bowls, last four by total of 12 points.

Iowa
— 7 starters back on offense, 7 on defense
— 44 starts return on offensive line; junior QB has 19 starts
— Last four years, they’re 21-13 ATS as a favorite.
— Since 2015, Iowa is +63 in turnovers (88 games)
— won three of last four bowls (4-0 ATS)

Maryland
— 9 starters back on offense, 7 on defense
— 94 starts return on offensive line; junior QB has 17 starts
— Locksley is 19-30 ATS as an underdog.
— Last year was their first bowl since 2016; they beat Va Tech 54-10.
— Average total in their last five bowls: 63.6.

Michigan
— 9 starters back on offense, 4 on defense
— 85 starts return on offensive line; soph QB has 15 starts
— Last four years, they’re 13-7 ATS as a home favorite.
— Last 10 years, they’re 15-23-1 ATS in non-conference games.
— lost last five bowls; allowed 36.7 ppg in last three

Michigan State
— 5 starters back on offense, 9 on defense
— 90 starts return on offensive line; soph QB has 14 starts
— 11-2 SU LY (16-17 SU previous three years)
— Tucker is 7-2 ATS as a home underdog.
— won three of last four bowls (4-0 ATS)

Minnesota
— 6 starters back on offense, 6 on defense
— 64 starts return on offensive line; senior QB has 39 starts
— since 2014, they’re 11-6-1 ATS as a home underdog.
— since 2013, they’re 9-4-1 ATS as a road favorite.
— won last five bowls (were underdog in 3 of 5 games)

Nebraska
— 7 starters back on offense, 5 on defense
— 78 starts return on offensive line; junior QB started 10 games at Texas
— Last five years, they’re 19-37 SU.
— Under Frost, they’re 8-15 ATS when favored, 13-7-1 as an underdog.
— Nebraska’s last bowl was in 2016

Northwestern
— 9 starters back on offense, 5 on defense
— 110 starts return on offensive line; junior QB has 16 starts
— Under Fitzgerald: 32-48-2 ATS as favorite, 37-21 as road underdog.
— Since 2014, they’re 10-16-2 ATS out of conference
— won last four bowls (were underdog in 2 of 4 bowls)

Ohio State
— 6 starters back on offense, 8 on defense
— 45 starts return on offensive line; soph QB has 12 starts
— Day is 20-10-1 ATS as a favorite.
— Last 10 years, Ohio State is 117-13 SU.
— average total in their last three bowls: 82.0.

Penn State
— 7 starters back on offense, 4 on defense
— 36 starts return on offensive line; senior QB has 33 starts
— Under Franklin, they’re 9-12 ATS as an underdog.
— Since 2016, they’re 12-8 ATS as a road favorite.
— Since 2014, they’re 8-23 ATS coming off a loss.

Purdue
— 7 starters back on offense, 7 on defense
— 77 starts return on offensive line; senior QB has 15 starts
— Since 2018: 3-9 ATS as home favorite, 8-4 as home underdog.
— Last year was their second winning season in last decade.
— 3-2 SU last five bowls, despite giving up 46.6 ppg.

Rutgers
— 6 starters back on offense, 6 on defense
— 73 starts return on offensive line; senior QB has 20 starts; another QB is freshman who threw 5 passes LY.
— Last two years: 1-7 ATS as home underdog, 6-1 as road underdog.
— Last two years, they’re +8 in turnovers (previous two years, they were minus-27)
— lost 3 of last 4 bowls (were double digit underdog in 2 of last 3). Last bowl win: 2014

Wisconsin
— 5 starters back on offense, 3 on defense
— 57 starts return on offensive line; soph QB has 20 starts
— 17-24 ATS last 41 games as HF; 19-7 last 26 as road favorite.
— since 2013, they’re 23-13 ATS out of conference
— won four of last five bowl games. 

Tuesday’s Den: Notes, trends for AFC teams…….

Baltimore Ravens
— Won Super Bowl in 2012; since then, they’re 2-4 SU in playoffs.
— Last three years, they’re 9-0-1 ATS as an underdog.
— Harbaugh is 13-9-1 ATS as a road favorite in division games, 24-29-1 out of division.
— 5-1 ATS in last six series openers.

Buffalo Bills
— Last two years, they’re 3-2 in playoffs; previous 18 years, they were 0-2.
— Last four years, they’re 9-0-1 ATS as an underdog of 3 or less points.
— Under McDermott, Bills are 24-14-2 ATS on the road.
— Last two years, over is 10-4-2 in their road games.

Cincinnati Bengals
— Last year was first time they won a playoff game on the road. Ever.
— Bengals were even in turnovers LY; previous two years, they were minus-21.
— Last two years, they’re 6-3-2 ATS as a home underdog.
— Last seven years, they’re 13-7-1 ATS in AFC North road games (2-0 as road favorite)

Cleveland Browns
— Last 20 years, they’re 1-2 in playoff games; Baker Mayfield was QB for the win.
— Under Stefanski, they’re 7-12-4 ATS as a favorite.
— Last three years, they’re 7-14-2 ATS coming off a loss.
— Last ten years, Browns are 10-19-1 ATS in AFC North home games.

Denver Broncos
— Denver hasn’t been in the playoffs since 2015.
— In his 10-year career, Russell Wilson is 9-7 in playoff games.
— Last five years, Broncos are 6-12-2 ATS as a home favorite.
— Last five years, Denver is 4-10-1 ATS in AFC West road games.

Houston Texans
— Last two years, they’re 8-25 SU; Smith is their third HC in three years.
— Last three years, Texans are 2-8 ATS as a home favorite.
— Since 2016, they’re 1-5-2 ATS as a road favorite.
— Smith went 89-87 as head coach of the Bears (3-3 in playoff games)

Indianapolis Colts
— Ryan will be the Colts’ 6th different starting QB the last six years.
— Last seven years, they’re 1-2 in playoff games.
— Last two years, Colts are +24 in turnovers; they were 9-8 LY with a +14 ratio.
— Last five years, they’re 14-3-1 ATS as a favorite of 3 or less points.

Jacksonville Jaguars
— Last four years, Jags are 15-50 SU; Pederson is their 3rd coach in three years.
— Last three years, they’re 8-15 ATS in Jacksonville.
— Last four years, they’re 3-7-2 ATS in AFC South road games.
— Pederson went 42-37-1 coaching the Eagles, and won a Super Bowl.

Kansas City Chiefs
— Mahomes is 50-13 SU in regular season, 8-3 in playoffs.
— In the 16 years before Mahomes, KC was 1-7 in playoff games.
— Last six years, they’re 13-5 ATS as an underdog.
— Under Reid, Chiefs are 43-26-1 ATS on the road.

Las Vegas Raiders
— Since losing Super Bowl in 2002, Raiders are 0-2 in playoff games.
— Last two years, Raiders are 18-15 SU, despite minus-20 turnover ratio.
— Last five years, they’re 2-7-1 ATS as a road favorite.
— In two years in Las Vegas, over is 11-5-1 in Raider home games.

Los Angeles Chargers
— Chargers made playoffs twice in the last 12 years.
— Last seven years, they’re 12-8-1 ATS in AFC West road games.
— Last 10 years, they’re 22-34-5 ATS in games with spread of 3 or less.
— Last 20 years, their starting QB’s: Brees-Rivers-Herbert. Pretty good QB’s (5-7 in playoffs)

Miami Dolphins
— Last 20 years, Miami is 0-1 in playoff games (game was in 2008)
— Last two years, Dolphins are 19-14 SU, missed playoffs both times.
— Last three years, they’re 20-14 ATS as an underdog.
— Last four years, they’re 11-6-1 ATS as a favorite.
— Week 17 last two years: lost 56-26 at Buffalo/lost 34-3 at Tennessee.

New England Patriots
— 17-16 SU in two years since Brady left town.
— Last seven years, they’re 31-17-3 ATS as a home favorite.
— Last 10 years, they’re 34-16-1 ATS in non-divisional home games.
— Last eight years, under is 35-19-1 in their road games.

New Jersey Jets
— Haven’t made playoffs since 2010, when Rex Ryan was coach.
— Last six years, they’re 27-70 SU (39-54-4 ATS)
— Last five years, Jets are 0-4 ATS as a road favorite.
— Last four years, they’re 2-10 ATS in AFC East home games. 

Pittsburgh Steelers
— Last four years, Steelers are 0-2 in playoff games (previous 16 years- 15-8).
— Last four years, they’re 4-0 ATS as a home underdog.
— Last six years, they’re 20-13 ATS in games with spread of 3 or fewer points.
— Last three years, they’re 7-2 ATS in AFC North home games.

Tennessee Titans
— Last two years went 23-10 SU, but were 0-2 in playoffs, both at home.
— Last five years, they’re 9-3 ATS as a home underdog.
— Last three years, over is 17-7 in their road games.
— Last five years, they’re 18-12 ATS in AFC South games. 

Monday’s Den: Baseball thoughts at the All-Star break

13) I’m still amazed that the pitching coach of the Minnesota Twins was making $350,000, so he quit and became the pitching coach at LSU, where he now makes $750,000.

13 pitchers on a team that has 26 players on it; pithing coach is basically the manager for half the team, and he makes half what the minimum wage is for a player ($700,000)? Wow. 

12) Can we just give Baltimore skipper Brandon Hyde Manager of the Year right now? Last year, Orioles were 52-110, a dreadful team. This year, they head to the All-Star break 46-46.

Part of the improvement goes to management, which made left/left-center in Camden Yards way bigger, which has to have helped their pitchers’ confidence.

11) Further evidence of the excellent job Hyde is doing:

Baltimore’s total payroll for 2022: $32,918,626
Max Scherzer’s salary for 2022: $43,333,333

10) All five teams in the American League East are .500 or better; last time a division had all of its teams at .500 or better on July 17? Back in 2005, the National League East. 

9) Freddie Freeman heads into the All-Star break 16 for his last 24; he is probably sad not to play again until Thursday.

8) Red Sox P Chris Sale has been on the injured list seven times since 2018; he is headed for trip #8. A line drive broke the pinky on Sale’s pitching hand Sunday- it didn’t look good. 

7) Apparently the business of baseball is doing well:
— Aaron Judge turned down a contract $31M a year.
— Juan Soto turned down a 15-year, $440M deal

Agents for both players obviously think their client will wind up making more $$$. 

6) Since June 28, Los Angeles Angels are 3-0 when Shohei Ohtani pitches, 0-13 when anyone else is the starting pitcher. 

5) Texas Rangers’ SS Corey Seager has a .976 OPS in his home games, which is really good; his OPS on the road is .634, which is terrible. Weird thing is that Texas has a pitchers’ ballpark, so you figure he would hit better on the road.

OPS is on-base %age plus slugging %age. 

4) Boston Red Sox are 12-26 against their division rivals, 36-19 against everyone else. Boston has fallen out of the playoff picture; they’re still really close, but they need to pick it up against their AL East rivals.

3) Philadelphia Phillies are 27-14 since they changed managers, 11-8 since Bryce Harper broke his hand. 

2) Colorado is 28-22 at home, 15-27 on the road; do opposing teams struggle playing in Denver, and if so, why? Rockies haven’t gotten much from newly-signed Kris Bryant until recently; will they be a better team after the All-Star break?  

1) Trade deadline is August 2nd; with 12 teams making the playoffs now, will be interesting to see which teams sell off players for prospects and which teams try to fortify their roster. 

Saturday’s Den: Pac-12 football notes…….

Arizona:
— 7 starters back on offense, 8 on defense
— 57 starts back on offensive line; soph QB 15 starts at Washington State
— Last three years, 8-6 ATS as a favorite.
— Last two years, they’re minus-26 in turnovers, going 1-16 SU.
— won four of last five bowls, but their last one was in 2017

Arizona State:
— 3 starters back on offense, 4 on defense
— 62 starts back on offensive line; senior QB 12 starts at Florida
— 9-16 ATS as favorite, 10-4 as underdog under Edwards
— under Edwards, they’re 9-14 ATS coming off a win
— were even in turnovers LY (+32 previous three years)

California:
— 3 starters back on offense, 5 on defense
— 51 starts back on offensive line; senior QB 13 starts at Purdue
— under Wilcox:5-16-1 ATS as favorite, 22-7 as underdog.
— Last four years, Cal is 11-1 ATS as a road underdog.
— under Wilcox: 22-17-1 ATS in Pac-12 tilts; 6-8 non-conference.

Colorado:
— 7 starters back on offense, 5 on defense
— 49 starts back on offensive line; soph QB has 12 starts
— Last five years, are 23-31 SU
— In his career, Dorrell is 10-2 ATS as a home underdog.
— Lost last four bowls; last bowl win was in 2004.

Oregon:
— 8 starters back on offense, 7 on defense
— 86 starts back on offensive line; senior QB had 34 starts at Auburn
— Last four years, Ducks are 7-12-2 ATS as a home favorite.
— Lanning is Ducks’ 4th coach in seven years; they’re 35-13 SU last four years
— 2-3 SU in last five bowl games (1-4 ATS), with both wins by one point.

Oregon State:
— 6 starters back on offense, 9 on defense
— 76 starts back on offensive line; junior QB 15 starts
— Last year was Beavers’ first bowl since 2013.
— Smith is 6-1 ATS as home favorite, 0-4 as road favorite.
— Last three years, OSU is 11-4 AATS coming off a loss.

USC:
— 8 starters back on offense, 3 on defense
— 109 starts back on offensive line; soph QB started 7 games at Oklahoma
— Last four years, Trojans are 22-21 SU
— USC is 0-5 ATS in last five bowls (1-3 last four SU)
— Riley is 6-11-1 ATS as a road favorite, 3-0 as road underdog.

Stanford:
— 10 starters back on offense, 7 on defense
— 104 starts back on offensive line (5 starters); soph QB has 9 starts
— 11-19 SU last three years (71-24 the seven years before that)
— 4-12-1 ATS in last 17 games coming off a loss.
— Won four of last five bowls; their last three bowls were decided by total of 5 points.

UCLA:
— 6 starters back on offense, 2 on defense
— 84 starts back on offensive line; senior QB 35 starts
— Under Kelly, 4-9 ATS as home favorite, 10-6 as road underdog.
— Last three years, are 9-5 ATS coming off a win.
— Last bowl was 2017; last bowl win 2014- they made a bowl LY, but it was cancelled.

Utah:
— 8 starters back on offense, 6 on defense
— 73 starts back on offensive line; junior QB started 12 games
— since 2017, , they’re 16-8 ATS as a home favorite.
— under Whittingham, they’re 25-15 ATS as a road underdog.
— Lost last three bowls, giving up 39 ppg.

Washington:
— 8 starters back on offense, 5 on defense
— 82 starts back on offensive line; junior QB started 17 games at Indiana
— Last two years, they’re 3-8 ATS at home
— Last four years, they’re 10-22 ATS in conference games.
— Favorite covered four of their last five bowls.

Washington State:
— 4 starters back on offense, 6 on defense
— 31 starts back on offensive line; new QB was I-AA All-American at Incarnate Word.
— since 2015, they’re 7-3 ATS as a home underdog
— 7-1-1 ATS in Pac-12 games LY; were +11 in turnovers
— Lost last five bowl games (1-4 ATS)

Thursday’s Den: Notes on NFC teams

Arizona Cardinals
— Last three years, they’re 18-8 ATS as an underdog.
— Last three years, they’re 18-7 ATS on the road.
— Last two years, they’re 5-11 ATS at home.
— #1 in $$ spent on their offensive; #17 at QB. When will they pay Murray?

Atlanta Falcons
— 7-2 LY in games decided by 8 or less points; 0-8 in games decided by 9+ points.
— Last three years, they’re 5-10 ATS as a favorite.
— Averaged 2.2 yards/rush on 3rd down LY; NFL average was 4.5.
— 31st in NFL in $$$ spent on QB’s salary.

Carolina Panthers
— Averaged 4.9 yards/pass attempt on 3rd down LY; NFL average was 7.2.
— 2-6 last year in games decided by 8 or less points.
— Last two years, they’re 4-8 ATS as a favorite.
— Since 2019, they’re 6-18 at home; 4-9 as favorite, 2-9 as underdog.

Chicago Bears
— Favorites covered all eight of their home games LY.
— Last three years, under is 17-7 in their home games.
— Last three years, Bears are 9-15 ATS at home.
— Chicago is 31st in NFL in $$ paid to players on offense.

Dallas Cowboys
— Went 12-5 LY with +14 turnover ratio, but lost first playoff game at home.
— Over is 17-7 in last 24 home games; under 11-6 in last 17 road tilts.
— #2 in $$$ spent on offense, #31 on defense.
— Covered eight of their nine road games last year.

Detroit Lions
— Last three years, Lions are 11-37-1 SU
— 0-9 SU in last nine playoff games; last playoff win was in 1991.
— Over is 17-6 in their last 23 home games.
— Were underdog in all 17 games last year (11-6 ATS).

Green Bay Packers
— Went 13-4 LY with +13 turnover ratio, but lost first playoff game at home.
— 5-1 last year in games decided by 3 or fewer points.
— Last three years, Packers are 8-2 ATS as a road underdog.
— Last three years, Packers are 31-17-1 ATS in regular season.

Los Angeles Rams
— averaged 9.8 yards/pass attempt on 3rd down LY (NFL average 7.2)
— 11-2 last year in games decided by 8 or less points.
— Rams covered five of last seven games as an underdog.
— Cooper Kupp had 46 red zone targets LY (next highest Ram: Higbee, 20)

Minnesota Vikings:
— Last two years, over is 21-12 in Viking games.
— Minnesota was 8-9 LY despite a +11 turnover ratio.
— 14 of their 17 games LY were decided by 8 or less points (6-8)
— 30th in $$ spent on cornerbacks; does that mean more zone defense?

New Orleans Saints
— 9-8 LY with +7 turnover ratio, after going 25-7 previous two seasons.
— 2-3 last season in games decided by 8 or less points.
— Last three years, they’re 11-5 ATS as an underdog.
— Last three years, they’re 7-2 ATS as a road dog, 11-5 as road favorite.

New Jersey Giants
— Last five years, they’re 22-59 SU.
— Giants led at halftime in only 21 of those 81 games.
— Last two years, under is 23-9-1 in their games.
— Last three years, they’re 2-5 ATS as favorite, 8-16 ATS at home.

Philadelphia Eagles
— 9-8 last year; 2-4 in games decided by 8 or less points.
— Last three years, they’re 10-15 ATS as an underdog.
— Favorites covered seven of their eight home games LY.
— Have four road games this year where they’re on a short week.

San Francisco 49ers
— 10-7 LY, 5-5 in games decided by 8 or less points.
— averaged 8.7 yards/pass attempt on 3rd down LY (NFL average 7.2)
— Last three years, they’re 10-4 ATS as an underdog.
— 16-9 ATS in their last 25 road games. 

Seattle Seahawks
— 7-10 LY, 0-5 in games decided by 3 or fewer points.
— Seahawks went 7-10 despite a +5 turnover ratio.
— Last three years, Seattle is 7-5 ATS as an underdog.
— Moving on from Russell Wilson at QB presents a BIG downgrade.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
— 24-9 SU with Brady at QB; how does coaching change affect things?
— +10 in turnovers LY, +24 in sacks.
— Last two years, were 11-4 ATS at home (0-6-1 in 2019)
— were favored in all 17 games last season.

Washington Commanders
— 7-10 last year, even with 3-0 record in games decided by 3 or less points.
— Last two years, under is 20-13 in Washington games.
— Last three years, Commanders are 8-15-1 ATS at home.
— covered three of last four games as a road favorite. 

Tuesday’s Den: Our SEC football preview…….

Alabama:
— 5 starters back on offense, 7 on defense
— 104 starts back on offensive line; soph QB 15 starts
— Last two years, 9-3 ATS as home favorite.
— 9-3 ATS last 12 non-conference games.
— Since 2016, 1-1 ATS as an underdog (2 games vs Georgia LY)

Arkansas:
— 7 starters back on offense, 4 on defense
— 101 starts back on offensive line; soph QB 15 starts
— 10-4 ATS as underdog under Pittman
— +11 in turnovers last two years; previous five years, were minus-13
— Since 2014, are 31-18-4 ATS coming off a loss.

Auburn:
— 7 starters back on offense, 6 on defense
— 120 starts back on offensive line (4 starters); soph QB has 3 starts
— are on 4th offensive coordinator the last four years.
— Harsin is 30-19 ATS on the road.
— Auburn lost 4 of last 5 bowls; they were favored in four of the five games.

Florida:
— 6 starters back on offense, 7 on defense
— 98 starts back on offensive line (4 starters); soph QB has 1 start
— Last two years, are 1-8 ATS as a road favorite.
— 3-10-1 ATS in last 14 games following a win
— Napier was 11-3-1 ATS as an underdog at Louisiana.

Georgia:
— 7 starters back on offense, 3 on defense
— 62 starts back on offensive line; senior QB has 17 starts
— Smart is 17-6 ATS as a road favorite.
— Since 2015, Dawgs are 5-3 ATS as an underdog.
— covered five of last seven bowl games.

Kentucky:
— 6 starters back on offense, 5 on defense
— 45 starts back on offensive line; junior QB 13 starts
— Last three years, are 10-5 ATS as home favorites
— Last four years, are 19-9 ATS coming off a win.
— won last four bowls; underdogs covered last five bowls.

LSU:
— 6 starters back on offense, 5 on defense
— 41 starts back on offensive line; QB started 29 games at Arizona State
— In his career, Kelly is 32-16-2 ATS as an underdog.
— Since 2017, LSU is 8-2 ATS as a road underdog.
— Minus-3 in turnovers LY; previous four years, they were +41.

Ole Miss:
— 5 starters back on offense, 7 on defense
— 111 starts back on offensive line; two soph QB’s- one started 3 games at USC, other guy threw 37 passes as Rebels’ backup LY.
— Kiffin is 2-8 ATS as a home underdog, 14-7-1 ATS as a road dog.
— 10-4 ATS in last 14 games coming off a loss.
— Since 2018, Rebels are 10-6 ATS as a home favorite.

Mississippi State:
— 8 starters back on offense, 9 on defense
— 82 starts back on offensive line; soph QB 19 starts
— Under Leach, 2-8 ATS at home (6-6 SU)
— In his career, Leach is 39-27 ATS as a road dog.
— Since 2017, Bulldogs are 13-8 ATS out of conference.

Missouri:
— 6 starters back on offense, 8 on defense
— 83 starts back on offensive line (4 starters); senior QB started 27 games at Southern Miss
— Under Drinkwitz, they’re 2-7 ATS as a favorite.
— Last three years, they’re 5-11 ATS coming off a loss.
— Lost last three bowls; their last bowl win was in 2014.

South Carolina:
— 9 starters back on offense, 5 on defense
— 129 starts back on offensive line (all 5 starters back); soph QB started 17 games at Oklahoma
— Last three years, they’re 13-22 SU
— Last four years, favorites are 13-6 ATS in their home games.
— Last three years, Gamecocks are 7-15-1 ATS as an underdog.

Tennessee:
— 8 starters back on offense, 7 on defense
— 91 starts back on offensive line (4 starters); sr QB has 11 starts
— Since 2017, Vols are 8-18 ATS coming off a win
— were +3 in turnovers LY (were minus each of previous five seasons)
— In his career, Heupel is 2-5 ATS as an underdog.

Texas A&M:
— 6 starters back on offense, 5 on defense
— 37 starts back on offensive line; soph QB started 14 games at LSU
— Under Fisher, Aggies are 7-2 ATS as a road favorite.
— scored 42.3 ppg in last four bowls (3-1)
— Since 2017, A&M is 15-4-1 ATS out of conference.

Vanderbilt:
— 7 starters back on offense, 7 on defense
— 81 starts back on offensive line; they have 2 soph QBs who both played some LY.
— 5-28 SU the last three years.
— Last played in a bowl in 2018; last bowl win, 2013.
— Last two years, Vandy is 7-2 ATS as a road underdog.

Sunday’s Den: Notes for AFC teams…….

Baltimore Ravens
— Lost last six games LY, with five losses by 3 or less points.
— Minus-11 in turnovers for season.
— Their AFC North road games are in Weeks 14-15-18
— Were #1 in rushing defense, #32 in pass defense. 

Buffalo Bills
— Were 0-6 last year in games decided by 7 or less points.
— Have 11 Sunday games, 3 Thursday games, including Thanksgiving in Detroit
— Have a new OC this season; Brian Daboll coaches the Giants now.
— scored 83 points in splitting two playoff games LY.

Cincinnati Bengals
— Brought in three new starters on offensive line this year.
— Have five night games, three others at 4:25.
— 6-6 last year in games decided by 5 or less points.
— McPherson made 12 field goals of 50+ yards.

Denver Broncos
— Week 1, Russell Wilson visits his old team in Seattle.
— Four of their first six games are night games,
— 0-4 last year in games decided by 5 or less points.
— Their games with Kansas City are in Weeks 14/17.

Houston Texans
— Lovie Smith was 89-87 as head coach of the Bears.
— play 11 games in domes, only six games outside.
— Had 5 draft picks in top 75; took four SEC players.
— Only one nite game; have three 4:00 games.

Kansas City Chiefs
— Three of their first five games are at night.
— 6-4 LY in games decided by 6 or less points.
— converted 52.2% on 3rd down LY, best in NFL
— How do they replace Tyreek Hill’s production? (1,524 yards, 15 TD’s)

Las Vegas Raiders
— Chiefs pounded them twice LY, 41-14/48-9
— won last four games LY, all by 4 or less points.
— were 7-1 in games decided by 6 or less points, 3-7 in other games
— McDaniels was 11-17 as Denver’s HC, in 2009-10.
— Made playoffs LY, despite minus-9 turnover ratio

Los Angeles Chargers
— 1-5 last year if they scored less than 27 points.
— averaged 39 yards/drive (#2), were #5 in scoring
— were 30th LY in rush defense.
— brought in new special teams coach, punter, long snapper

Miami Dolphins
— won 8 of last 9 games, after a 1-7 start.
— figure to use Tyreek Hill the way 49ers used Deebo Samuel
— are on road three weeks in row (weeks 13-15), then go to Foxboro Week 17
— ranked 30th in yards rushing last year.

New England Patriots
— 10-2 LY allowing less than 27 points; 0-6 giving up 27+
— 2nd-year QB will have a new voice in his ear when he is in huddle.
— weeks 12-15; all night games, three of them on road.
— Belichick’s career record without Brady at QB: 72-81

New Jersey Jets
— Were 0-8 last year in games decided by more than 7 points.
— allowed 37.4 yards/drive (31st)
— minus-13 in turnovers; how much has young QB Wilson improved?
— 13 of their first 16 games are at 1:00; not lot of hope from schedule makers

Pittsburgh Steelers
— Who is the QB? Trubisky? When does rookie QB Pickett get first start?
— Week 7: Steelers at Miami. Brian Flores is a Pittsburgh assistant.
— allowed 36+ points in their last five losses LY.
— two games against Ravens are weeks 14/17.
— 32nd-ranked rush defense last year.

Tennessee Titans
— were #1-seed in AFC, lost first playoff game at home; that leaves a scar.
— 6-3 last year in games decided by 6 or less points.
— Is Derrick Henry healthy? New WR Woods blocks well in run game.
— drafted Malik Willis; what does that say about Tannehill’s status? 

Thursday’s Den: NFL knowledge on a summer day

13) Cleveland Browns traded QB Baker Mayfield to Carolina Wednesday, for either a 4th or 5th-round draft pick in 2024, depending on how he does.

Panthers will pay $4.85M of Mayfield’s salary this year, while the Browns will pay $10.5M; Mayfield agreed to convert the remainder of his $18.8M salary into incentives to facilitate the trade.

Mayfield was 30-31 starting games for Cleveland, winning a playoff game two years ago, Browns’ only playoff win since re-joining the NFL in 1999 (the old Cleveland Browns are the Baltimore Ravens now).

Sam Darnold (17-32 as an NFL starter), PJ Walker (2-0 as a starter) and rookie Matt Corral are Carolina’s other quarterbacks. 

12) Where does this leave Cleveland? Deshaun Watson doesn’t figure to play much, if at all, this season; Browns’ other QB’s are Jacoby Brissett (14-23 as a starter), Joshua Dobbs. 

11) One of my favorite things is when the NFL releases its schedule in the spring; it tells you stuff, if you read between the lines.

Week 1, this fall: Cleveland at Carolina. We should have known.

There are no coincidences. Someone in New York knew something. 

10) Brian Griese worked on TV for ESPN the last 12 years; this season he’s going to be the QB coach for the 49ers, one of four new assistant coaches on the offensive side of the ball for San Francisco, which lost OC Mike McDaniel to the Dolphins.

9) Miami fired coach Brian Flores, even though his team was 19-14 the last two years; here’s the thing- Dolphins flopped badly in Week 17 both of those years, which cost them a playoff spot.

2021- lost 34-3 in Tennessee
2020- lost 56-26 in Buffalo

8) Last six years, Denver Broncos are 39-58; during that time, they’ve started 10 different QB’s. Now they’ve got Russell Wilson, who is 113-60-1 as an NFL starter, a huge upgrade. 

7) Kliff Kingsbury has been a head coach for nine years, counting college/NFL; here is how his teams break down:

first seven games: 42-20-1
from Game 8 on: 17-45

6) 20 years ago,  Oakland Raiders lost the Super Bowl to Tampa Bay; since then, they’ve moved to Las Vegas, but they haven’t won a playoff game.

2016— lost 27-14 at Houston
2021— lost 26-19 at Cincinnati. 

5) Cincinnati QB Joe Burrow was sacked 70 times last year, 19 times in four playoff games; if the Bengals are going to get back to the playoffs this year, they need to keep Burrow upright.

By the way, Jacksonville’s new offensive coordinator is Press Taylor, younger brother of Bengals’ coach Zac Taylor.

4) When Matt Ryan starts for the Colts in Week 1, he’ll be the sixth different QB to start for Indy the last six years.

2017- Scott Tolzien
2018- Andrew Luck
2019- Jacoby Brissett
2020- Philip Rivers
2021- Carson Wentz
2022- Matt Ryan

3) Big X hasn’t had a player drafted in the first round of the last two NFL Drafts; they had 25 players drafted this past spring, but none in Round 1. 

2) WR Stefan Diggs is going to miss OC Brian Daboll, who is now head coach of the Giants; in his two seasons with Buffalo, with Daboll as OC, here are Diggs’ numbers:

2020- 127 catches, 1,535 yards, 8 TD’s.
2021- 103 catches, 1,225 yards, 10 TD’s.

1) Players taken after the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft:
47th pick (2nd round) Bobby Wagner, by Seattle
75th pick (3rd round) Russell Wilson, also by Seattle
102nd pick (4th round) Kirk Cousins, Washington

Saturday’s Den: College football knowledge

I’m having trouble processing this whole USC/UCLA to the Big 14 thing; my entire life, the Rose Bowl has been Pac-12/Big 14. Now? Not so much. Rutgers/USC are in the same league; one school is in New Jersey, one in Los Angeles. It makes very little sense.

Anyway, here is some college football info for you. Have a good Saturday.

13) Arkansas
— ran ball for 227.8 yards/game LY (#7)
— Hogs have 4 of 5 starters back on offensive line.
— They only have four starters back on defense.
— scored 30+ points in eight games; they won five of last six games. 

12) Auburn
— Lost last five games LY, last three by 4-2-4 points
— ranked 96th of 131 teams in starting field position
— scored 3.3 points/drive that got inside 40-yard line (#121)
— Have 2 new coordinators this year, both promoted from within. 

11) Florida
— 1-4 LY in games decided by 7 or less points.
— Gators had played in January 1 bowl three years in row before LY.
— Florida was minus-8 in turnovers last year.
— New coach Napier was 40-12 at Louisiana; he was an assistant at Clemson/Alabama. 

10) Georgia
— Defending national champs have only 3 starters back on defense.
— QB Bennett is playing his 7th year of college football, six of them at Georgia.
— Dawgs had a 6.8-yard advantage in average field position LY.
— Kirby Smart is 66-15 at Georgia; he has a new defensive coordinator TY.

9) Kentucky
— 10-3 LY; they scored 40.5 ppg in winning their last four games.
— LY’s OC Liam Coen now works for the LA Rams in the NFL.
— Wildcats were 10-3 despite a minus-11 turnover ratio.
— Kentucky added WR transfers from Alabama, Virginia Tech. 

8) LSU
— New coach Brian Kelly has only three starters back on offense.
— Tigers are 11-12 the last two years, since winning a national title.
— Tigers were 114th in country in rushing yardage LY.
— LSU allowed 60 plays of 20+ yards (116th)

7) Mississippi
— Rebels were 10-0 LY when they scored 27+ points.
— They were held to 21-20-7 points in their losses.
— Ole Miss went for it on 4th down 40 times (24-40) LY, most times in country.
— Rebels were +8 in turnovers; they were 105th in rushing defense. 

6) Missouri
— Last two years, are 9-1 vs teams with losing records, 2-11 vs everyone else.
— Tigers have their third defensive coordinator in three years.
— Mizzou was 124th in rushing defense LY.
— 8 of their 11 I-A opponents this year played in bowls LY. 

5) Oregon
— Auburn transfer Bo Nix figures to be their new QB.
— New OC Dillingham coached Nix at Auburn.
— All five starters are back on the offensive line.
— Ducks were 10-4 LY, but lost last two games, giving up 38-47 points. 

4) Oregon State
— Played in bowl LY, their first bowl in eight years.
— Ran ball for 212.4 yards/game LY, #19 in country.
— Scored 4.9 points/drive inside 40, #8 in country.
— Have 4 of top 5 rushers back, 3 of top 4 receivers back

3) Texas A&M
— Who is the QB? Biggest question they have this summer.
— Allowed only 2.9 points/drive that got inside 40 (#10)
— Beat Alabama LY, then lost road games at Ole Miss, LSU
— Played only three true road games LY; they play four this year. 

2) UCLA
— Were 8-4 LY, are 18-25 in four years under Kelly, who was 41-7 at Oregon.
— were penalized 69.5 yards/game LY (#109)
— Dorian Thompson-Robinson is in his 5th year as UCLA’s quarterback.
— Bruins ranked 14th in country in rushing yardage LY. 

1) Washington
— Brought new coach in from Fresno State
— Brought in new QB from Indiana (12-5 there)— he is a mobile QB
— Ranked 125th in rushing offense, 108th in rushing defense.
— Huskies have only three starters back on defense.