Friday’s Den: Random stuff with the weekend here…….

Panthers 25, Falcons 15
— Carolina led 13-3 at halftime on a rainy night in Charlotte.
— Piniero kicked four FG’s, two of them 46-49 yards.
— Foreman ran ball 31 times for 130 yards and a TD.
— Four of last five Panther home games stayed under the total.

— Falcons have now lost four of five road games SU.
— Atlanta averaged only 4.4 yards/pass attempt.
— Koo missed two PAT’s; he had made 71 in a row before that.
— Underdogs covered eight of their first ten games.

Some college football trends that were posted by ESPN’s Chris Fallica:
— 6-3 Texas is favored by 7 points over 9-0 TCU this week; since 1979, there have been six games where a team with 3+ losses was favored over a team 9-0 or better in the regular season. None of the six favorites were favored by more than a FG, so in the last 42 years, Texas is the biggest favorite a 3+ loss team has been over a 9-0 team.

Not a lot of respect for TCU there.

— Last four years, LSU is 0-3-1 ATS the week after playing Alabama.

— Since 2004, Oregon is 13-0 ATS when they’re favored against Washington.

— UConn Huskies are 8-2 ATS this season, Jim Mora Jr’s first season as HC.

— Since 2016, in games with a spread of 3.5 or fewer points, either favored/underdog:
Iowa State’s Matt Campbell 5-16 ATS
Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy 14-5 ATS

Elsewhere in the world……..
— There are 30 quarterbacks in the NFL right now who were first round draft picks; the 12 guys who were drafted since 2019 are still on the team that drafted them.

Of the other 18 QB’s who were first round picks, only four are on the team that drafted them.

— Las Vegas Raiders are having a tough season:
They led Arizona 20-0, lost in overtime.
They led Kansas City 17-0, lost 30-29.
They led Jacksonville 17-0, lost 27-20.

Raiders put TE Darren Waller, WR Hunter Renfrow on the IL this week.

— Pittsburgh Steelers are first team in the last 20 years that doesn’t have a touchdown play of 15+ yards in its first nine games.

— Bengals’ RB Joe Mixon scored four TD’s in the first half last week, first time since 2013 that an NFL player scored four TD’s in a half (Jamaal Charles).

— Geno Smith is having a great season; Seahawks are 6-3, Smith has completed 73% of his passes, with 15 TD passes, only four INT’s.

This is Smith’s 9th year in the NFL (he didn’t play at all in 2019). Seattle is his 4th NFL team. 

Jets went 8-8 in Smith’s rookie year, 2013; from 2014-21, Smith was 5-13 in NFL starts, as he changed from prospect to suspect. Letting Russell Wilson walk last spring seemed like an odd decision for Seattle, but Smith has bounced back and is a lock for Comeback Player of the Year.

— Falcons’ loss Thursday night puts 4-5 Tampa Bay into first place in the NFC South; 5-4 New England is in last place in the AFC East.

— Florida QB Anthony Richardson has signed more than $1M worth of NIL deals this college football season. Gators are 5-4 heading into this week’s game vs South Carolina. 

— The slot machines at the airport in Las Vegas earn an average of $39.8M a year, or $11,000 a day, if you’re scoring at home. 86.5% of that $$$ is retained by the airport; the rest ($5.4M or so) goes to an operating company owned by Michael Gaughan, who owns South Point Casino.

— Justin Verlander turned down his $25M option for next season, is now a free agent; the 39-year old Verlander (he’ll turn 40 in February) was 18-4, 1.75 in 28 starts for the Astros this season, winning another World Series ring.

— Dodgers turned down Justin Turner’s $16M option for next year; he is also a free agent. Turner hit .278 with 81 RBI this year, playing in only 128 games.

— Mets picked up P Carlos Carrasco’s $14M option for next year; he was 15-7, 3.97 in 29 starts this year. Carrasco will turn 36 next March.

— Conference USA agreed to a 5-year deal with ESPN and CBS; all their October football games will be played mid-week, much like the MAC does with its November games now.

— Southern Illinois 61, Oklahoma State 60— Salukis trailed by 12 with 9:26 left in game. SIU starts four seniors; is that going to be a good indicator for early season success?

— Marquette 97, Central Michigan 73— Marquette made 13-38 on the arc, only 14-27 on foul line; they don’t have any seniors in their rotation.

— Notre Dame 79, Radford 76— Radford led 57-48 with 10:23 left in game. Notre Dame scored the last four points of the game.

— Michigan State-Gonzaga play Friday night on a battleship in San Diego, on Veterans’ Day; there are finally some good college basketball games Friday, so tonight is going to be fun.

Author: Armadillo Sports

I've been involved in sports my whole life, now just write about them. I like to travel, mostly to Las Vegas- they have gambling there.