Saturday’s List of 13: Wrapping up Opening Night in college basketball

13) Indiana State 90, Indiana 69— Sycamores made 17-26 (17-26!!!) behind the arc, getting the Archie Miller era off to a very rough start in Bloomington. Shooting is marketable; if you’re a kid who wants to play ball in college, work your butt off on becoming a great shooter.

12) Texas A&M 88, West Virginia 65— Aggies had their PG and their best player sitting out this game, they trailed by 13 early, but West Virginia struggles to score in half-court offense, and they’re not as deep as the past couple years, so they can’t press as much as they have.

Takeaway from this game; Texas A&M is a top 10 team.

11) Upsets of the Night:
Indiana State (+14.5) 90, Indiana 69
Cal-Riverside (+13.5) 74, California 66
Long Beach State (+13) 83, San Francisco 71
Delaware (+10) 76, Richmond 63
Georgia Southern (+9.5) 85, Wake Forest 83
Niagara (+9) 77, St Bonaventure 75
Miami, OH (+9) 55, Fordham 54

10) Missouri 74, Iowa State 59— Tigers got a huge influx of talent, are an NCAA-caliber team, which has invigorated fan support on campus- this was their first home sellout in four years. Iowa State is in rebuilding mode; they got spanked pretty good here.

Missouri’s highly-touted freshman Michael Porter Jr played only 2 minutes after tweaking a hip injury— he is a kid who is in college a year early, so he can get to the NBA and start earning the big bucks a year earlier than otherwise. Missouri hired his dad as an assistant coach- his brother is a player on the team, too.

9) Charleston 68, Siena 60 OT— Cougars have all five starters back, are expected to win CAA; Saints are in a near total rebuild, so closeness of this game was a surprise.

8) Lamar 74, Tulsa 67— Score one for the Southland Conference; Lamar played only 8 guys, but had 14 offensive boards. AAC is improved with addition of Wichita State; could be a long year for the Golden Hurricane.

7) Kentucky 73, Utah Valley 63— Utah Valley led this game by 9 at the half, but Wildcats didn’t shoot 7-32 in the 2nd half, the way they did in the first half.

WAC’s Wolverines play Duke Saturday afternoon, so a rough 24 hours on the basketball court, an excellent 24 hours for the school’s accountants.

Utah Valley is picked to finish 3rd in an improving WAC- they could be a Cinderella team in March- they’re also the first team in at least 68 years to begin a season with road games at a pair of opponents ranked in the top 5 nationally.

6) Off-court news: BYU’s Nick Emery has withdrawn from school; he will not play for this season, which is VERY bad news for the Cougars.

5) VCU 94, Grambling 65— VCU is a prime mid-major job; this game was the Rams’ 100th home sellout in a row. Coaches still jump from VCU to the bigger money jobs, though not sure its a wise move. Wonder if Shaka Smart regrets leaving VCU to go to Texas?

4) South Carolina 73, Wofford 52— Credit to Frank Martin- he went to Wofford for this game, and Terriers sold their gym out. Not lot of Power 5 teams would take on a true road game like this one, against an in-state upstart.

3) Washington 86, Belmont 82— OVC’s Bruins were up 8 at the half, but Huskies’ freshman Nowell scored 32 points to bail the home team out.

2) Bad Beat of the Night: Marshall 102, Tenn-Martin (+8.5) 91, in OT— Skyhawks were up 15 at halftime, and still didn’t cover- ouch.

Runner-up was Omaha (+8.5) losing 89-80 in OT at Montana State.

1) UCLA 63, Georgia Tech 60— Bruins never scored fewer than 74 points in a game LY, when Lonzo Ball was their point guard. I’m guessing Steve Alford will be just as happy to get back to this country and resume normal life.

Friday’s List of 13: Random stuff with weekend here…….

13) I’m tired of writing about lawyers; Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension finally kicks in this week- he is out for the Cowboys’ next six games, which are against:

Atlanta-Eagles-Chargers-Redskins-Giants-Raiders.

Dallas is 5-3, currently tied for the second Wild Card spot in the NFC.

12) Interesting article on CBSSports.com Thursday about North Carolina’s Theo Pinson, a senior who is the only top 15 recruit from the Class of 2014 who is still in college.

12 of the other 14 went to the NBA one year after graduating high school; one other played two years of college, another played three years of college.

11) Baseball’s offseason will be fascinating, but what I don’t want to read are articles where the author guesses what will happen. Let us know when real news occurs.

10) 149 ballplayers became free agents this week; they don’t have to file for free agency anymore. Players can start negotiating with other teams next week; they can negotiate with the current team from now until Tuesday.

9) Jeff Van Gundy was saying on ESPN the other night that NBA games are being officiated much better this season than in previous years. Interesting comment- the flow of games is a lot better, this I know from watching games on League Pass every night.

8) Free agent OF Jay Bruce will be asking for a 5-year deal in the $80-90M range; sounds like agent Scott Boras might ask for a $200M deal for free agent OF JD Martinez.

7) Lonzo Ball is struggling with his shooting; he is 11-47 outside the arc (23.4%), 24-70 inside the arc (34.3%), 7-13 on the foul line. Not good.

Ball shot 41.2% behind the (college) arc last year at UCLA, he shot 67.3% on the foul line. Still think he’s going to be a very good NBA player, but the shooting does need to improve.

6) Duke’s pre-conference schedule is a little shaky; they play Michigan State in Chicago, and they go to Indiana in the ACC/Big 14 Challenge, but other than that, here is who they play:

Elon-Utah Valley-Michigan State-Southern-Furman-Portland St-Indiana-South Dakota, St Francis, not exactly a murderer’s row of a pre-conference schedule.

5) The night Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in 1962, former Golden State coach Al Attles scored 17 points, the next-highest amount for the Warriors. Attles is 81 years old now and was at the Minnesota-Golden State game in Oakland Wednesday.

4) Sounds like the Bulls will likely choose Bobby Portis over Nikola Mirotic when it comes to getting rid of one of the two players who got into a fight in practice, which resulted in Mirotic breaking his cheekbone. Problem is, Bulls can’t trade Mirotic until Jan 15, and he is expected to be ready to play before then, so much like Eric Bledsoe with the Suns, Mirotic is likely to sit idle for a while after he is healthy, until he can be traded.

3) Wisconsin’s leading WR, Quintez Cephus is done for the season with a right leg injury. Cephus has caught 30 passes for 501 yards and six touchdowns this season.

2) Seahawks 22, Cardinals 16– Arizona scored TD in last 2:00 but PAT was blocked, so spread pushed. Seattle is now 6-3 and half-game behind Rams in NFC West. Cardinals are 4-5 and in deep trouble with an aging roster- they have 11 players who are older than Rams’ coach Sean McVay.

1) RIP to the great actor John Hillerman 84, who passed away Thursday in Houston. The son of a gas station owner, Hillerman appeared in movies like Chinatown and Blazing Saddles, but is best known for playing Jonathan Higgins, major domo of the estate in Magnum, PI. He was nominated for four Emmy awards for playing Higgins— he won one in 1987.

RIP, sir.

Thursday’s List of 13: Doing some thinking out loud……

13) Funny/not funny story of the day:

A Qatar Airways pilot was forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger found out her husband was cheating on her, leading to a violent reaction in midair; the woman reportedly used her sleeping husband’s finger to unlock his phone and discovered his cheating ways.

Officials say she started fighting with her husband, and also fought with crew members who tried to calm her down.

The flight was forced to land in India on the way to Bali; the woman and her family members were escorted off the plane there.

Morals of this story:
a) Don’t cheat on your spouse.
b) Don’t leave your cellphone within reach of your spouse, especially if you’re cheating.

12) Here is a breakdown of where major league ballplayers come from; players used here are from 2017 Opening Day rosters:
4-year colleges: 43.8%
International: 26.5%
High school: 23.9%
2-year colleges: 5.8%

11) Coming into this year, in five NBA seasons, Detroit’s Andre Drummond was 683-1,793 (38.1%) on the foul line— really bad.

So far this year, Drummond is 30-47 (63.8%) on the charity stripe.  I applaud his hard work in the offseason to strengthen his game, but after I added this, he went 0-7 on the line Wednesday against the Pacers, so it is an ongoing struggle.

10) Sounds like Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl is on the way out; one of his assistants (Chuck Person) just got fired because of SneakerGate, and Pearl isn’t cooperating with the school’s internal investigation. That not good.

9) I’m wondering how much Dak Prescott’s success in the NFL helps Mississippi State when they recruit young quarterbacks?

8) DeShaun Watson’s injury figures to help the Cleveland Browns, since they have the Texans’ first-round draft pick in April. Now all Cleveland needs is someone in charge who has a clue on how to draft productive players.

7) Vikings activated QB Teddy Bridgewater and put Sam Bradford on IR; both those guys’ contracts are up after the season, so Minnesota has some decisions to make, especially since they’re 6-2 and Case Keenum has been playing well for them.

6) Our country does a census every ten years; so, you know, everyone knows how many people live here. Apparently the 2020 census will cost $15.6B, which seems a little excessive, but that is just me.

5) Royals manager Ned Yost, 63, broke his pelvis recently when he fell while trying to fix a tree stand on his property in Georgia.

4) Joe Buck has a good interview show called Undeniable, on the Audience Network (channel 500 on DirecTV); he has had an interesting cross-section of guests, but why in God’s name would he have Robert M Knight on as a guest? Knight is a bully, a creep; he was a really good coach at one time, but that time has passed. Now he adds nothing but negative energy.

3) Minnesota’s Taj Gibson is the first NBA player EVER to wear number 67; turns out he went to PS 67 in Brooklyn. Used to be in high school, no digits above 5 could be on a uniform, to make it easier for refs to signal fouls to the scorer’s table.

2) How many college basketball coaches spent time at Wednesday preaching to their teams about how they represent their families, their friends, their school whenever they go on a road trip?

Three UCLA kids are stuck in China now after they got caught shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store. There is no “easy out” for athletes there— this is a foreign country that isn’t real fond of America- they have their own laws, and they’re tougher laws than we have here.

1) Never thought I’d spend an hour in the middle of the night reading up on Chinese law, but that was me at 3am Tuesday night, trying to learn more about the situation the UCLA kids are in. I’m pretty sure Bill Walton is on the mike for UCLA-Georgia Tech game Friday night from China; he is pretty much unfiltered all the time, and he is obviously a UCLA alum, so this broadcast could be interesting, to say the least.

Wednesday’s List of 13: Mid-week musings……

13) UCLA plays Georgia Tech in basketball Friday night in China. Tuesday, three freshman on UCLA’s team were busted for shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store in Shanghai.

Was reading some stuff on the Interweb about this; the Chinese system is different from ours- these three nitwits could get 3-10 years in prison for shoplifting. There is no guarantee they’ll be back in the United States anytime soon- the Chinese justice system is slower, they don’t offer bail the way we do.

Donald Trump is going to be in China later this week; now there are worlds colliding, Trump and LaVar Ball in China at the same time, with Ball’s son in dire need of some legal aid.

Put that on your reality show.

12) The Andrew Luck situation in Indianapolis is becoming a huge mess, as Colts owner Jim Irsay is apparently questioning Luck in private conversations, saying Luck’s injury is “in his head.” Terrific.

Luck first hurt his shoulder in 2015; now he won’t play until next summer, at the earliest.

11) Suns traded Eric Bledsoe to Milwaukee, for Greg Monroe and protected 2018 1st/2nd-round picks. Monroe’s contract is up after this season, so that becomes valuable salary cap space.

10) Detroit Lions didn’t punt in Monday night’s win in Green Bay, the first time Detroit didn’t punt in a game since……..1971.

9) Interesting bit of knowledge from Aaron Rodgers Monday night; he says if you get a broken bone x-rayed a lot to check on progress of healing, the radiation actually slows down the bone’s healing, so Green Bay doctors will not be doing that with Rodgers’ clavicle this time around.

8) Green Bay lost RT Bryan Bulaga with a torn ACL in Monday’s loss, as their season crumbles even further……..if I coached the Packers, we’d go no-huddle with Brett Hundley. He looked a lot more comfortable playing at a faster pace.

7) Omri Casspi has played in 507 career NBA games, scoring 8.2 ppg thanks largely to a 36.8% mark from 3-point range; this is his 9th season, but he has never been on a team that made the playoffs. That changes soon; Casspi is on the Warriors this season.

6) Houston Texans signed QB Josh Johnson to be their #3 QB, and waived Matt McGloin.

5) Former Mets’ pitching coach Dan Warthen has moved on to the same job with the Texas Rangers.

4) Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf broke his cheekbone, will be out for a couple of months. He got hit in the face with a puck and broke his cheekbone- it hurts me just to type that.

3) Alabama had one basketball player declared ineligible this week; another one had his knee scoped. Going to take some time in November to get a handle on who is and isn’t eligible, with all the off-court nonsense going on.

One of the non-basketball people scheduled to be indicted in SneakerGate won’t be indicted this week, meaning he could be cooperating with authorities, which means more heads could roll, and more players could be declared ineligible.

2) Charlotte’s Malik Monk is 19 years old; he scored 8.8 ppg in 21.3 mpg in his first 10 NBA games. Tuesday night in New York, he scored 21 points in 27 minutes in the Hornets’ highly entertaining 118-113 loss to the Knicks. Monk looks like he will be an elite scorer.

1) RIP to the great big league pitcher Roy Halladay 40, who passed away Tuesday in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico. Halladay will likely get elected to the Hall of Fame in 2019. He was 203-105, 3.38 in 16 big league seasons, with the Blue Jays/Phillies.

Halladay and Don Larsen threw the only two postseason no-hitters.

Tuesday’s List of 13: Nobody asked me, but…….

13) Lions 30, Packers 17— Detroit wins for just 2nd time in last 26 visits to Wisconsin; Green Bay’s season is in the ashcan. Stafford threw for 361 yards, and scored TD’s in red zone.

12) Eagles are 8-1 heading into their bye week; in the last 20 years, out of 45 teams to start a season 7-1, only the ’12 Bears, ’96 Redskins started 7-1, and then missed the playoffs.

11) Seattle Seahawks penalties the last three games: 41 penalties for 358 yards. They need to knock those numbers down- 120 yards a game is tough to overcome.

10) Bulls’ Zach LaVine signed a 4-year, $35M deal with adidas; he is making $3,202,217 from the Bulls this season. Why is a sneaker company paying him 273% what the Bulls pay him?

9) Only players ever to hit a home run on Opening Day, and then in Game 7 of the World Series that same year: George Springer this year, and Yogi Berra, in 1956. Thats it.

8) Atlanta Falcons are getting killed by bad field position; in their last four games, they lost field position by 9-7-11-16 yards.

7) Tampa Bay’s star WR Mike Evans gets suspended for this week’s games with the Jets after his cheap shot at a Saints defender Sunday. The suspension costs Evans $290,967.37.

Bucs also shut QB Jameis Winston down because of his sore shoulder; Tampa Bay’s season is a mess- they had very high expectations this summer.

6) Eastern Illinois beat Illinois in one of this exhibition games for charity; surprising result, but the game doesn’t count, so Illinois may not have taken it as seriously as it should have. You know Eastern Illinois took it very seriously.

5) Clippers/Lakers both played at home Sunday, in the Staples Center; would be curious to know how many people paid to watch both games.

4) Miami Marlins dumped 44-year OF Ichiro Suzuki last week, possibly ending a career that will undoubtedly end with a Hall of Fame induction. He is still good enough to come off of someone’s bench; we’ll see if this is the end for Ichiro.

3) SI.com points out that the Cincinnati Bengals have made 106 trades in their 50 years, but none of them were with the Browns or Steelers, their two biggest rivals. The AJ McCarron trade last week that the Browns butchered with their incompetence would’ve been the first one.

2) They had four refs working a G-League basketball game on ESPNU last night; good Lord, just what we need, more refs. As an old coach once said when they went from two to three refs: “Just one more to yell at.” Now they have two more to yell at.

1) College basketball starts Friday night, with a ton of games; more suspensions than usual early on this fall, so it is a good time to sit back, study and start to get a handle on this season. There will a lot of information to process late Friday night.

Auburn already has two kids suspended, Texas A&M two, USC one and Southern Illinois has two kids hurt- Rhode Island had a kid arrested over the weekend- no word yet on his status. The recruiting scandal that is ongoing will probably result in more players being held out of the lineup.

Monday’s List of 13: Wrapping up an NFL Sunday

13) Before we go over this week’s games, some thoughts about today’s shooting in Texas.

If you can’t go to church and feel safe, something is bleeping wrong. 24 people died in a mass shooting in a Texas church Sunday. Do churches need metal detectors? Is this what our country is coming to? Seriously?

I’m tired of offering thoughts/prayers to victims; you go to church to pray, but right now, there are little kids in surgery because a crazy person shot up a church. Enough already.

Jets 34, Bills 21— Buffalo came in to this game +14 in turnovers for season, left +11. Jets ran ball for 194 yards, ended a 3-game losing skid. Jets are only 4-5, but they haven’t trailed at halftime since Week 2. By the way, I vote for the NFL to eliminate Thursday night games and switch to Monday night doubleheaders. Think it would be better for the league.

Eagles 51, Broncos 23— Tough scheduling spot for Broncos, who played in Kansas City Monday night, then had 3rd straight road game here. Denver has now lost four games in a row, scoring 10-0-3-23 points; they’re also 0-4 on the road, losing by 10-21-10-28 points. Eagles won their last seven games, would be #1 seed in NFC if the playoffs started today.

Rams 51, Giants 17— Performances like this get coaches/GM’s fired. Rams scored eight of the first nine times they had the ball- they’re 4-0 in true road games this season. Giants have a lot of interesting decisions to make this fall/winter.

It takes a whole roster for a team to be good; reserve LB Cory Littleton has blocked a punt in two of the Rams’ last three games. Rams’ special teams coach John Fassel is the son of Jim Fassel, who led the Giants to Super Bowl XXXV.

Saints 30, Buccaneers 10— New Orleans won its last six games (5-1 vs spread); their defense is the story. Saints allowed 8 TD’s on 65 drives during their winning streak. Buccaneers have now lost five games in a row, as teams that were on HBO’s Hard Knocks in the summer continue to struggle that season.

Bucs are 0-4 on road, losing by 7-5-3-20 points. Jon Gruden’s name will be mentioned a lot in Tampa this week. Jameis Winston sat out the 2nd half (shoulder), which could be really bad news for the Bucs, who didn’t have a play longer than 15 yards in this game.

Jaguars 23, Bengals 7— Cincinnati ran 37 plays for 148 yards for the whole game- they were 1-8 on 3rd down, Jaguars were 12-18. Total yardage was 407-148.

Jags de-activated Leonard Fournette for this game because he is lapsing with his off-field responsibilities, like getting his treatments for his ankle, and missing the team picture. Jax’ville hasn’t allowed a second half TD in their last four games, outscoring teams 43-6.

Panthers 20, Falcons 17— Atlanta/Denver both played their 3rd straight week on the road, neither team won or covered. Panthers allowed only two offensive TD’s in their last three games- they’re 6-3 with a bye week coming up in two weeks. Saints lead NFC South with a 6-2 mark, while the Falcons’ Super Bowl hangover continues— Atlanta is 4-5.

Colts 20, Texans 14— Loss of star rookie QB Watson was obvious here; Texans’ first TD was scored by their defense. Houston had scored 33+ points in its last five games, but with Watson out, not so much.

Tom Savage led Texans down field on last drive, getting to the Colts’ 10-yard line, but Savage got sacked/fumbled as time ran out. Indy is now 1-4 on the road.

Titans 23, Ravens 20— Tennessee allowed only three TD’s on 30 drives in winning their last three games- they’re 3-1 at home. Teams coming off a Thursday night game are now 10-4-1 vs spread; the Thursday winner is 5-2-1 vs spread in their next game, the loser 5-2, with Miami’s result pending Sunday night.

Redskins 17, Seahawks 14— Seattle ran ball better (148 yards) with new OT Brown in lineup, but they missed three FGs, and lost despite outgaining Washington 437-244. Seahawks also had 16 penalties for 138 yards. Big win for the Redskins, whose OL has been almost totally rebuilt in last couple of weeks. Right now, Seahawks are tied with Dallas for second Wild Card slot.

Cowboys 28, Chiefs 17— Both teams that played on Monday night last week lost road games this week; tough scheduling spot. Dallas converted 7-12 on 3rd down, ran ball for 131 yards as Elliott keeps skirting the NFL’s suspension during the week and opposing tacklers on Sunday. I’m not a big Alex Smith fan; I know his career won-loss record is 86-68-1, which is very good, just don’t think he takes enough chances to ever be a great QB.

Raiders 27, Dolphins 24— Oakland won for only second time in last seven games overall, second time in last 10 meetings with Miami; they’ve scored 26+ points in their wins this season, 17 or less in their five losses. Teams that played on Thursday are 10-5-1 vs spread in their next game, when they have three extra days to rest. Dolphins pushed the spread with a late touchdown. Favorites are 8-3-1 vs spread this weekend; over is 5-7.

Sunday’s List of 13: Wrapping up a college football Saturday

13) Northwestern 31, Nebraska 24 OT— Wildcats are first I-A team EVER to win three consecutive games in overtime. Someday they’re going to put a statue of Pat Fitzgerald outside the stadium in Evanston. As for Nebraska, they’ll be looking for a new coach soon.

12) Oklahoma 62, Oklahoma State 52— Do the kids in Oklahoma’s band ever get sick of playing Boomer Sooner? They must hear it in their sleep. Baker Mayfield threw for 598 yards in an Arena Football game played outdoors. Neither one of these teams plays much defense.

11) Iowa 55, Ohio State 24— This score isn’t a misprint; this doesn’t happen much, but when you’re -4 in turnovers, you lose. Buckeyes beat Penn State 39-38 LW, so they’ve allowed 93 points in their last two games- no bueno.

10) Wyoming 16, Colorado State 13— It poured rain in second quarter of this game, then it snowed most of the second half. Must be great fun living in Wyoming.

I think Wyoming QB Josh Allen will be the best NFL QB of guys playing in college right now; he doesn’t have lot of NFL talent around him, like the USC or Ohio State QB’s do.

9) Miami 28, Virginia Tech 10— Unbeaten Hurricanes were a home underdog early in week, but by Saturday, they were a small favorite. Lot of times, “hot teams” like that get hammered and sportsbooks clean up, but not this week. Miami-Notre Dame is a big game next week.

8) Bad Beat of the Decade Nominee: Florida Atlantic (-6.5) 30, Marshall 25— If you bet FAU -6.5 Friday night, skip to the next item. Owls led 30-23, had the ball on their own 43-yard line with 2:30 left and Marshall was out of timeouts. After taking a knee with losses of 5-9-5 yards, on 4th down from their own 24-yard line with 0:15 left, FAU took a safety, and didn’t cover the spread. The punter ran 11 yards back into the end zone for the safety.

To make matters worse, FAU coach Lane Kiffin made a snarky joke about it after the game. There has been lot of debate on Twitter on whether this was sound strategy or not- FAU won, so Kiffin did his job, but to me, punting the ball out of bounds would’ve been just as safe a play.

7) Ole Miss 37, Kentucky 34— Receiver on Ole Miss made a great catch in back left corner of the end zone with 0:05 left for the game-winning TD, after a replay reversal on a possible Ole Miss fumble kept the drive alive.

6) Michigan State 27, Penn State 24— Nittany Lions were headed to the national playoff, then lost the last two weeks, by a combined total of four points. The game started at noon and ended a little after 7— there was a 3.5-hour weather delay. Cruddy day in the midwest Saturday.

Michigan State is 11-4 in its last 15 games that were decided by 5 or less points.

5) Virginia 40, Georgia Tech 36— Tech is now 4-4; all four of their wins are by 14+ points- three of their four losses are by a total of six points. Yellow Jackets completed only 6-22 passes, which isn’t acceptable.

4) Army 21, Air Force 0— Then there is Army, which won this game without throwing one pass. Zero. Bupkus. But no incompletions, compared to 16 empty plays for Ga Tech.  Imagine Army playing East Carolina? ECU threw 74 passes Saturday.

3) Upsets of the Week:
Iowa 55 (+17.5), Ohio State 24
Virginia (+9.5) 40, Georgia Tech 36
UL-Monroe (+9.5) 52, Appalachian State 45
Michigan State (+9) 27, Penn State 24
Temple (+8) 34, Navy 26
Army (+6.5) 21, Air Force 0

2) Notre Dame 48, Wake Forest 37— Total yardage was 710-587; Demon Deacons covered via the back door with 0:51 left. Notre Dame plays lot of ACC teams as the price for their basketball team being allowed to play in the ACC. Fighting Irish visit Miami next week; big game.

1) Arkansas 39, Coastal Carolina 38— Chanticleers are 1-8 in their first year of I-A football; they led this game 38-25 with 11:00 left to play. No way the natives in Arkansas are happy with this result, even though the home team won. Hogs need to win 2 of 3 to finish season to make a bowl at 6-6- they play LSU, Miss State, Missouri. Bret Bielema’s job could depend on it.

Saturday’s List of 13: Things I’m looking for this weekend

13) Drew Stanton-CJ Beathard is the QB match-up for Cardinals-49ers Sunday; I’m guessing 49ers will start Jimmy Garoppolo after their bye week.

Arizona is 3-4, with wins by 3-3-5 points; they lost two of their three true road games. Cardinals are 1-4 when they allow 28+ points, 2-0 when they allow less.

12) Oklahoma-Oklahoma State should be a fun game; Sooners are 12-2 in last 14 series games, 5-1 in last six visits to Stillwater, but Cowboys may have the better team this time around.

11) Way back in 1960, the Chiefs franchise started out as the Dallas Texans; now Tony Romo and the Chiefs make their return to Dallas, Romo  in the CBS broadcast booth. Ezekiel Elliott is back in the lineup now; did they plan for him to play this week, or do they need to make last-minute changes?

10) Florida State is 2-5; they’re favored by only 4.5 points at home against Syracuse. Seminoles looked that they quit a little bit in Boston last week- they just need a win for their own mental health. Syracuse is 4-4 and fighting to get into a bowl.

9) Brock Osweiler starts at QB for the Broncos, who are on the road for the third week in a row. Denver drafted Paxton Lynch last year, but he just got healthy enough to play and obviously they don’t think that much of him right now.

8) How is 0-8 Baylor an 8-point road favorite? Is Kansas that bad? Neither team has beaten a I-A opponent this season— Baylor lost at home to I-AA Liberty.

7) Sports are fun because unusual things happen; who would’ve thought that Kyle Kuzma would be the Lakers’ best rookie so far this young season? (No one). The Utah alum is scoring 14 ppg through Lakers’ first eight games.

6) TCU has pounded on Texas the last three years, winning by a combined score of 129-26. Texas is 4-4, but only one of the Longhorns’ four losses was by more than five points.

5) Buccaneers are struggling at 2-5; New Orleans won its last five games. Bucs got their first-ever win in the Superdome, 39 years ago, after starting out their franchise history 0-26.

4) Unbeaten Miami is a pick ’em at home with Virginia Tech; favorites covered last three series games– even spread says Tech is the better team here. Hokies are 4-3 SU in their last seven visits to Miami.

3) Lions are 1-22 in their last 23 visits to Green Bay, plus three more losses in Milwaukee before that; they’re a road favorite in Lambeau, but with Brett Hundley at QB for the Packers. Green Bay was outscored 28-3 in second half  of the two games since Rodgers got hurt.

2) Arizona covered five of its last six visits to USC; Wildcats lost their last four games with USC, but 3 of those 4 losses were by 8 or less points.

1) There was great joy in Houston Wednesday night, when the Astros won the World Series, then Deshaun Watson tore his ACL in practice Thursday, which effectively ended the Texans’ season. Expectations are low for Tom Savage’s return to the lineup; the line for this game dropped from 14 to 7 within hours of Watson’s injury becoming public.

Friday’s 2nd List of 13: college football trends for this week

Additional college football trends to consider this week…….
13) Florida fired its coach this week, heads to Missouri with interim coach Randy Shannon in charge. Gators split their two visits to Columbia.

12) Alabama won its last five games with LSU, covering the last four. Tigers lost 30-16/38-17 in their last two visits to Tuscaloosa.

11) Favorites covered the last six Penn State-Michigan State games. Spartans won three of last four series games; teams split the last four played here.

10) Favorites are 12-1 vs spread in last 13 Oregon-Washington games.

9) Road team won last five Illinois-Purdue games; Illini won 48-14/20-16 in their last two visits to Ross-Ade Stadium.

8) San Diego State won its last four games with San Jose State, the last three by a combined score of 110-17.

7) Road teams won the last five Auburn-Texas A&M games; underdogs won last four SU. Auburn ran ball for 322 yards/game in last four meetings.

6) Home favorites won/covered last five Louisiana-South Alabama games; ULL lost 30-8/32-25 in their last two visits to Mobile.

5) Underdogs covered five of last six Hawai’i-UNLV games; Rainbow Warriors lost their last four visits to Las Vegas, by 20-2-1-20 points.

4) Favorites are 5-1-1 vs spread in last seven South Carolina-Georgia games; Gamecocks lost 41-30/52-20 in their last two games between the hedges.

3) Western Kentucky/Vanderbilt split couple of games last two years; games were decided by total of 3 points, with road team winning both of them.

2) Wisconsin won its last nine games with Indiana, last four by an average score of 64-11. Badgers covered three of last four visits to Indiana

1) Air Force is 18-2 in its last 20 games with Army; they’re 8-2-1 vs spread in last 11 series games.

Friday’s List of 13: Random stuff with weekend here……

13) Terrible news for the Houston Texans: Deshaun Watson tore his ACL Thursday, and is done for the season- the injury sounds similar to what happened to Teddy Bridgewater last summer in Minnesota, a non-contact injury.

Tom Savage starts for Houston Sunday; Texans will sign QB Matt McGloin as a backup— he played for Bill O’Brien at Penn State.

12) Patrick Ewing is the new basketball coach at Georgetown; his son Patrick Jr was an assistant for the Hoyas last year, but because of the school’s nepotism laws, Ewing Jr cannot keep his assistant’s job with his father as head coach, which seems like a rule that lacks common sense.

If Ewing Jr was an assistant under John Thompson III, why can’t he keep that job under the next coach, no matter who it is?

11) Colts put Andrew Luck on IR; he is done for the year. Over the last three seasons, Luck will have played in only 22 of 48 Indy games— his career record is 43-27, plus 3-3 in playoff games.

10) Lance McCullers is the first pitcher EVER to hit four batters in a game, but not allow a run in that game.

9) Good news for Philly 76ers’ fans: Joel Embiid played 30 minutes against the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday, first time he has played that many minutes in an NBA game.

8) Phoenix Suns lost their first three games, then they fired their coach and told one of their best players to stay home until they could trade him, which hasn’t happened yet.

Suns are 3-1 since then, with wins over Portland/Utah. Go figure.

7) Of all the major league players with 3,000+ career hits, Cal Ripken Jr (.276) has the lowest career batting average.

6) Former UCLA/Washington/Colorado coach Rick Neuheisel is apparently interested in the vacant Oregon State job. Neuheisel is 87-59 as a head coach, 55-44 in conference games- these days he works on CBS Sports Network.

5) Why did the Buffalo Bills trade for Kelvin Benjamin? Their WR’s have 45 receptions this season, their RB’s 47- they’re only NFL team whose RB’s have caught more balls than the WR’s.

4) Mets signed Ruben Amaro Jr as their new first base coach; he was GM of the Phillies from 2008-15, then was first base coach for the Red Sox the last two seasons. Has to be a tremendous change, going from running a franchise to being the first base coach.

3) NBA is holding its 2018 draft lottery May 15 in Chicago; the draft combine is then May 16-20, also in Chicago.

2) Texans were -14 over the Indianapolis Colts before Watson’s injury; now Houston is -7.

1) Not only a dismal day for the Colts, but what about all the fantasy league owners across America; teams that added Deshaun Watson had to he happier than hell, but now this, prize rookie Watson out for the season, after getting hurt in practice.

Lot of fantasy league money goes down the drain with both Luck/Watson now out for the season, plus the Aaron Rodgers teams are also probably sunk.

Also a really bad day for the NFL, which needs new stars, and Watson is most definitely a star.

Thursday’s List of 13: Doing some thinking out loud……..

13) This is what it looks like when an NBA player works at his game:

In the first eight years of his career, Brook Lopez shot a combined 3-31 shooting behind the arc; he is a 7-foot tall center, so that makes perfect sense. You don’t want 7-footers shooting 3’s, you want them closer to the basket.

Then last year, out of nowhere, Lopez was 134-487 (34.6%) behind the arc. Good for him— he worked on his game, and developed a 3-point shot. Still not sure why you would want him that far from the basket, but it makes pick/pops an option.

Lopez is also a career 79.4% shooter from the foul line, so good for him- he works at his job.

12) Greg Anthony/Steve Smith were doing analysis on the Pistons/Lakers game Tuesday, from the NBA TV studios; they were killing Detroit PG Reggie Jackson for not passing the ball enough, then praising his backup Ish Smith when he came in the game.

Don’t hear a lot of criticism like that; Pistons had just beaten Golden State Sunday, but losing to the Lakers wasn’t good. Detroit looked flat.

11) I was very surprised to learn that Toronto PG Kyle Lowry makes $30M a year; hope he buys his agent a Ferrari or a Maserati every Christmas. Toronto has never been in the NBA Finals and Lowry makes $30M a year? Good for him. The NBA is very, very profitable.

10) Brock Osweiler is starting at QB for the Broncos Sunday in Philadelphia.

9) Patriots signed former 49ers QB Brian Hoyer to be Tom Brady’s back-up. Green Bay also tried to sign Hoyer.

8) Cornerback Jeremy Lane failed his physical with the Houston Texans, so he gets sent back to the Seahawks, and the 5th-round draft pick Seattle sent to Houston in the Duane Brown trade becomes a 3rd-round pick.

7) Georgetown’s pre-conference basketball schedule doesn’t have one team on it ranked in the preseason top 25; their pre-conference schedule last year had four top 25 teams on it.

6) wish.com has a patch on the Lakers’ uniforms this year; they’re an on-line shopping site. They said on Pistons-Lakers telecast that wish.com is paying $15M for the patch to be worn this year.

5) Interesting Fact of the Day: Cleveland Browns were going to give Cincinnati more for AJ McCarron that what the Patriots got for Jimmy Garoppolo.

4) Tuesday night’s World Series Game 6 got the highest TV rating of any World Series game since 2009, so thats good for baseball.

3) This was first time since 2001-2 that consecutive World Series went to a 7th game.

2) There are rumors swirling that if the Buccaneers fire Dirk Koetter, they might bring Jon Gruden back to coach in Tampa Bay, which would be more than a little weird.

1- Astros 5, Dodgers 1— In June of 2014, Sports Illustrated had an issue with a cover that said “2017 World Champions” with a picture of George Springer batting in the Astros’ throwback rainbow jersey.

From 2011-13, Houston went 162-324; they were incredibly bad, but they parlayed all that losing into players like Altuve-Correa-Springer-Bregman; now they’re World Champs, winning one of the most interesting World Series in recent memory.

Wednesday’s List of 13: Mid-week musings…….

13) First of all, our thoughts/prayers to the people who lost friends/family in New York City Tuesday afternoon, in another act of senseless violence.

Not sure what to say really, other than appreciate every day and hug the people you love and tell them you love them.

12) I’m not usually fond of beating a dead horse, but five minutes before the trade deadline Tuesday, Bengals/Browns agreed on a trade, with Cleveland sending 2nd/3rd round draft picks to Cincinnati for Cincy’s backup QB, AJ McCarron. Cleveland desperately needs a better QB

Cincinnati sent approval of the trade into the NFL office, but for whatever reason, the Browns sent their approval in late, and alas, the NFL wouldn’t approve the trade. There were murmurs on Twitter that the geniuses in Cleveland’s front office were celebrating the trade and simply neglected to do their job and send their approval into the NFL before 4pm, as the league’s rules require them to. Oy.

11) Like I said the other day, they should just fire all of them, the whole Browns’ front office. Their coaching staff and players deserve some help, don’t you think?

10) Miami Dolphins are 4-3 and are a playoff contender- they’re tied with Jacksonville for the second AFC Wild Card right now, but they traded their best RB Jay Ajayi to the Eagles Tuesday for a 4th-round draft pick.

9) Carolina Panthers sent WR Kelvin Benjamin to the Bills for 3rd and 7th-round picks.

8) Georgia-Alabama-Notre Dame-Clemson are the top four college football teams right now, as the countdown to the end of the regular season begins. Oklahoma/Ohio State are #5 and #6.

7) Denver Broncos turned the ball over 11 times in their last three games; you cannot win that way. Turnovers are a variable that makes picking NFL games so tough; Buffalo isn’t that good a team, but they’re +14 in turnovers, so they’re 5-2. Denver is -9 in its last three games, so they lost all three games.

Sometimes a QB is called “a game manager” and it sounds like an insult, but what it really means is that he doesn’t screw the game up by turning the ball over, and that is important.

6) The average lifespan of a $10 bill? 4.5 years, according to the TV show Pawn Stars.

5) It is interesting to watch TV and listen to political historians talk about current events and what will happen going forward, as far as investigations, witnesses flipping and then maybe charges being brought upon other people targeted by the prosecution.

If you watch Billions on Showtime, lot of the stuff that happened this week sounds familiar.

Hollywood scriptwriters must be smiling, as their future scripts get written for them.

4) If you’re ever having trouble sleeping late at night, NBA TV usually replays one of the better games of the night at 3am, a good way to kill some time while you’re heating up some milk or counting sheep until you can go back to sleep.

3) Phoenix Suns lost their first three games in embarrassing fashion, so they fired their coach and told Eric Bledsoe to go away until they could trade him- Bledsoe is/was one of their best players. A week later, and Bledsoe still hasn’t been traded- Suns are 3-1 since they changed coaches, but Bledsoe is still sitting there, collecting his $14,500,000 salary while working out, waiting to find out who his next employer will be.

2) Dodgers 3, Astros 1– I read this week where 15,000 Dodger season tickets are held by ticket brokers; this Game 7 means a possible total of $20M in income from selling those 15,000 tickets for tonight’s Game 7. Big business.

Game 7 will last a long time if it close, since managers will be panic mongers and there will be tons of pitching changes. Unusual World Series, entertaining, good for the sport.

1) Antonio Cromartie played cornerback for 11 years in the NFL, for four teams, mostly the Jets and Chargers. He has six children with his wife; he has also fathered eight other children, by seven different women. He has fathered three children since having a vasectomy and re-defines the term “productive player”.

So of course, in this day and age, Cromartie and family will soon star in a reality TV show that begins on the USA Network November 9. Back when I was a kid, the Brady Bunch was a big TV show, husband/wife remarrying— she had three daughters, he had three sons. This is the 2017 version of that. Wonder who will reprise Ann B Davis’ role as the maid.

Cromartie pays $330,000 a year in child support, so maybe he needs the money. I guess it’ll be interesting to see how many of the seven other women get included in the show.

Tuesday’s List of 13: Nobody asked me, but……

13) New England traded backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers last night for a 2nd-round pick next April, but the 49ers’ 2nd-round pick figures to be the 33rd pick, pretty much a first round pick. Patriots don’t have a backup QB on their roster right now; would they be the team that signs Colin Kaepernick?

12) Following Twitter during the baseball game Sunday night was funny; people are so fickle, they overreact quickly and in a 13-12, 10-inning game, there is a lot to comment on.

11) One thing the great baseball game obscured was a pretty good football game in Detroit; Lions were putrid in red zone, scoring 9 points on five drives. Steelers’ JoJo Schuster-Smith caught a 97-yard touchdown pass, right after the Lions were stuffed on a goal-line stand by Pittsburgh.

10) Astros’ payroll this year is $124,343,900, broken down this way:
— Justin Verlander makes $28M a year, but he was only in Houston for a month, so his money isn’t included in the $124M figure you see up above.
— Other four starting pitchers made a combined $17,239,500 this season.
— Catcher Brian McCann makes $17M, DH Carlos Beltran makes $16M
— Yuli Gurriel, Josh Reddick made a combined $27.4M this season.
— Altuve/Springer/Correa/Bregman earned a combined $9.661,900 this season.

At some point, Astros have to shed some of these hitters and add pitching, or else we’re in for an endless stream of 13-12 playoff games. Gurriel/Reddick’s contracts seem excessive, Altuve is going to break the bank when he hits free agency (his agent is Scott Boras)

Seems logical that out of Correa/Springer/Bregman, two of them will wind up elsewhere.

Verlander is on the books for 2018 and 2019, both at $28M a season.

9) Detroit Lions gained 482 yards Sunday night but didn’t score a TD; only 1994 Bengals (496 yards vs Seattle) and ’86 49ers (501 yards vs Washington) gained more yards without scoring a touchdown.

8) Washington Nationals named Dave Martinez manager; he has been Joe Maddon’s right-hand man for several years……….Phillies named Gabe Kapler skipper- both guys are first-time major leaguer managers.

7) ESPN’s Mike Breen also does play-by-play for the Knicks on MSG Network; he is the best at what he does because he is fair and smart.

Monday night, Knicks’ Doug McDermott took a 3-pointer in transition with 0:06.9 left in first quarter; he made it, but Denver came down an hit a 3-pointer of their own at the buzzer to end the quarter. Breen simply said: “That is why coaches like to hold the ball to take the last shot of a quarter, so the other team can’t score.”

6) Boston Celtics got an $8.4M salary cap exemption because of Gordon Hayward’s injury; they have to use it by March 10.

5) College basketball starts next week; Missouri Valley Conference is going downhill, with both Creighton/Wichita State jumping ship in recent years. Missouri State/Illinois State are expected to be the Valley’s frontrunners this winter.

4) Houston Texans traded disgruntled LT Duane Brown to Seattle, for CB Jerome Lane, a 5th round pick next year and a 2nd round draft pick in 2019.

3) You wonder why baseball teams coddle pitchers? Because they only last so long— look at the career of Fernando Valenzuela— from age 19-25, Valenzuela was 99-68, with an ERA of 2.94- he threw 257+ innings five years in a row. He was box office gold, for sure.

From age 26-36, he went 74-85, with an ERA of 4.55, bouncing around between five teams. You only have so many pitches in your arm. Valenzuela threw 149 pitches in a playoff game when he was 20. If that happened today (it wouldn’t), heads would roll.

2) Ticket brokers apparently own 15,000 tickets to both Games 6-7 of the World Series; should Houston win Game 6, those brokers would lose out of a potential $20M in profits with no Game 7 to benefit from.

1) RIP Lewis D’Antoni, 103, who passed away this weekend; the father of Rockets coach Mike and Marshall coach Dan D’Antoni, Lewis D’Antoni was a coach himself— I saw him interviewed in the stands at a Marshall game a couple years ago, when he was 101. Lot of energy even then; he lived a full life. RIP, sir.

Monday’s List of 13: Wrapping up a sports Sunday……

13) Seahawks 41, Texans 38— Both teams averaged over 10 yards/pass attempt, Watson threw for 402 yards and four TD’s- he ran for 63 yards, but it wasn’t enough. Wilson threw for 451 yards in a wild game where four WR’s caught 100+ yards worth of passes.

Seattle scored the winning TD with 0:21 left. Houston threw at Richard Sherman and scored 38 points; curious to see if other teams try that more- other teams don’t have DeAndre Hopkins.

12) Steelers 20, Lions 15— Detroit gained 482 yards but lost- that is the 3rd-highest yardage total in NFL history without scoring a touchdown in that game. Lions had the ball five times in the red zone- they kicked three FG’s, lost ball on downs twice.

Matthew Stafford is really good, but now he is 54-62 in his 9th NFL season- he hasn’t missed a start since 2010, but has played in only three playoff games (0-3)- his head coaches have been Jim Schwartz and Jim Caldwell. Safe to say that Detroit is wasting his prime.

11) Vikings 33, Browns 16— USC-Arizona State game ended at 2:20am here in the east. Just when I was going to bed, discovered live golf on TV from…..I don’t know where the hell it was but it was live so I watched it, eliminating any chance of me getting out of bed at 9:30 to watch the Cleveland Browns play.

If I owned the Browns, I’d demand to know why we didn’t draft Deshaun Watson, then when I got my answer, I’d fire the person/people who decided not to draft him.

10) Patriots 21, Chargers 13— Bolts’ WR Travis Benjamin caught a TD pass, but he also had one of the worst punt returns in NFL history, losing 11 yards on a return that resulted in a safety for New England that put the Patriots up 9-7 early n the 2nd quarter.

New England scored only one TD, but they kicked four FG’s and won their 4th straight game.

9) Cowboys 33, Redskins 19— Washington’s offensive line is decimated by injuries; they had three new starters on the line in this game and were playing on a short week, after losing to the Eagles Monday night.

Dallas ran the ball for 169 yards on a miserable, rainy night- they were +2 (3-1) in turnovers.

8) Arizona 59, Washington State 38— Stats for Wazzu’s two QB’s in their upset loss Saturday:

Luke Falk 13-23, 93 yards, one TD
Tyler Hilinski 45-61, 509 yards, 2 TD’s, 4 INT

A kid who DIDN’T START the game threw 61 passes. Meanwhile, Arizona ran 51 plays the whole game, but for 584 yards.

7) Saints 20, Bears 12— Chicago TE Zach Miller caught what appeared to be a TD pass and then tore up his leg— he was writhing in pain in the end zone, but replay review overturned the call— FOX analyst Dean Blandino was surprised to say the least that it wasn’t a TD.

Who knew that eight weeks into the season, the New Orleans defense would be a strength?

6) Falcons 25, Jets 20— Jets are 3-5, lost close games the last three weeks; they haven’t trailed at halftime since Week 2.

Much of this game was played in a driving rainstorm; Falcons are a dome team that relies on speed/passing, but they overcame an 11-yard deficit in field position to snap its 3-game losing skid. Atlanta outgained the Jets by 107 yards; Gang Green led 17-13 at halftime.

5) Bills 34, Raiders 14— Buffalo was +4 in turnovers, had a 14-yard edge in field position- thru seven games, they are now +14 for the season in turnovers. Week 2 in Carolina was the only game this season where the Bills didn’t win the turnover battle (0-0). Say what you want about Tyrod Taylor, but he doesn’t screw games up by turning the ball over.

Oakland lost five of its last six games, including its last three on the road.

4) Bengals 24, Colts 23— Indy scored a TD, kicked three FG’s on four red zone drives; they had the ball with 7:00 left and a 23-17 lead, but Carlos Dunlap picked off a swing pass foe the winning pick-6, as the Colts lost their third game in a row.

Indianapolis is 2-6; their offense has had 91 drives this season, scoring 13 TD’s- they’ve given up five TD’s to opposing defenses.

3) Eagles 33, 49ers 10— Someone explain to me why the 49ers fired Jim Harbaugh- they lost last two games by a combined score of 73-20, are playing a kid at QB who wasn’t even good at Iowa. Niners are 7-32 since they let Harbaugh walk.

2) Panthers 17, Buccaneers 3— Tampa Bay turned ball over three times (-2), averaged 4.7 yards/pass attempt— this is a team with Mike Evans/DeSean Jackson at WR, they should never score 3 points in a game. Ever. Bucs have now lost four games in a row— not sure if QB Winston is the problem, but if you watched Hard Knocks this summer, you know the coach/GM expected to be a hell of a lot better than 2-5.

1) Astros 13, Dodgers 12 (10)— Possibly the strangest major league game ever played, no doubt the craziest postseason game ever. Took over five hours to play; Alex Bregman got the winning hit.

When the Dodgers were up 4-0 with Kershaw on the mound, if you wanted to bet on LA via in-game wagering at that point, you needed to lay $1,500 to win $100. Dodgers took Kershaw out after 4.2 innings with a 7-4 lead and two men on, and it cost them.

Astros led 12-9 in ninth inning, blew that lead; crazy game with lot of bad pitching. Series heads to LA with Houston leading 3-2 and Justin Verlander pitching Game 6 Tuesday.

Sunday’s List of 13: Wrapping up a sports Saturday…….

13) Ohio State 39, Penn State 38— Nittany Lions led 35-20 with 12:00 left, 38-27 with 5:00 left, but Buckeyes drove 76-58 yards on their last two drives to win the game. Barrett was 33-39/328 with four TD passes for Ohio State— he was 13-13 with three TD’s in the 4th quarter.

12) Georgia 42, Florida 7— Further proof the world is going crazy: Gators went 19-8 the last two years; they’re 3-4 this year and now they want to fire the coach? Why? One bad year and they show you the door?

Our society is getting so incredibly soft now; people can’t deal with their teams losing, which may be part of why the NFL’s popularity slips in areas during a bad year. Fewer people stick with their teams thru thick and thin. We’re becoming a nation of front-runners.

“We’re with you win or tie, and we’re not that crazy about tie.”

11) Iowa State 14, TCU 7— Cyclones have had one winning season since 2006; the last seven years, Iowa State was 28-58— they’re 6-2 now, after their starting QB left the team for unstated “medical” reasons. Their starting QB the last two years is now their starting middle linebacker. Your 2017 National Coach of the Year? Iowa State’s Matt Campbell.

10) Boston College 35, Florida State 3— Seminoles are 2-5 and appear to have packed it in for the season. Must be fun to be a Miami Hurricanes fan right now, with Gators/Seminoles having such dreadful seasons.

9) Wake Forest 42, Louisville 32— Demon Deacons scored 40+ in an ACC game for first time since 2010. QB John Wolford was 28-34/461 passing against a struggling Louisville defense.

8) Arkansas 38, Ole Miss 37— Razorbacks trailed 31-7 with 3:00 left in first half. Two bad teams playing an exciting game. Arkansas scored a defensive TD with 6:01 left when they were down 35-27, not the best Ole Miss moment of the day.

7) Harvard 25, Dartmouth 22— When Harvard recovered a fumbled punt, a Dartmouth  assistant coach punched the window of the press box so hard that he shattered it— security removed him from the stadium.

Dartmouth led 14-0 when they fumbled the punt, which turned out to be a costly play.

6) MLB suspended Yuli Gurriel for the first five games of 2018 for his actions during Game 2 of the World Series, instead of for the rest of the World Series. Some people complained that some immediate action should’ve been taken, because in today’s world, somebody is always complaining about something. Oy

Gurriel loses $382,716 with the 5-game suspension, which isn’t nothing; if he gets fined for his 2017 salary instead (doubtful) it would’ve been $444,444.44. His base salary for next year is $2M less than this year.

5) Upsets of the Week:
UNLV (+21) 26, Fresno State 16
Florida International (+16) 41, Marshall 30
Houston (+10.5) 28, South Florida 24
Air Force (+10) 45, Colorado State 28
Texas State (+8) 27, Coastal Carolina 7
Iowa State (+6.5) 14, TCU 7

4) Northwestern 39, Michigan State 31 (OT)— Game was 17-all after regulation; Wildcats win in OT for second week in row, are now 5-3, and on their way to being pummeled by a better team in some obscure bowl game that I’ll watch because I’m an idiot.

Northwestern is 3-10 all-time in bowl games, but they have won two of their last three bowls.

3) Kentucky 29, Tennessee 26— Vols caught a Hail Mary on last play of the game, but the guy got tackled on the 3-yard line— this is Wildcats 2nd win in their last 33 games with Tennessee, the other win coming in 2011. It was also the 2nd time in last 21 meetings that Kentucky was the favorite— Vols covered the 5-point spread.

2) Nebraska 25, Purdue 24— Cornhuskers drove 70 yards in 8 plays in 1:08, scoring winning TD on a 13-yard pass with 0:14 left. Purdue led 25-12 with 12:00 left in the game.

1) USC 48, Arizona State 17– Trojans bounce back from last week’s loss at Notre Dame with a big conference win here. USC plays Arizona next week, and can pretty much clinch the Pac-12 South then.