Saturday’s Den: Wrapping up a fall Friday…….

— Tulane 31, Memphis 21
Memphis led 21-10 with 5:00 left in third quarter.
Tulane is 17-3 SU in its last 20 games. 
Memphis ran ball 19 times for only 45 yards.
Under Fritz, Green Wave is 36-23-1 ATS in conference games.

Tulane’s nickname is Green Wave; why do they have light blue uniforms?

— Fresno State 37, Utah State 32
Fresno led 28-17 after three quarters.
Utah State went ahead 32-31 on a TD with 4:42 left.
Fresno drove 72 yards, scored game-winning TD with 2:11 left.
Bulldogs were 11-18 on third down, Utah State 3-13

— Stanford 46, Colorado 43 OT
Colorado led 29-0 at halftime.
Stanford forced OT with a 46-yard FG at the gun.
Stanford WR Ayomanor caught 13 passes for 294 yards, three TD’s.
Colorado WR Hunter caught 13 passes for 140 yards, two TD’s.
Game ended at 2:11am, here in New York. 

— QB’s Daniel Jones (Giants), Deshaun Watson (Browns) have already been declared out of their games this weekend. Jones has a neck injury, Watson has a bruised shoulder.

Tyrod Taylor will start at QB for the Giants, PJ Walker for Cleveland.

— Patriots are 0-10 ATS in their last ten games as an underdog, when Mac Jones was QB.

— Dallas Cowboys have had 26 second-half drives in their five games; they’ve scored only three touchdowns on those 26 drives. Cowboys have six first half TD’s on 20 drives.

— In the NHL, Vegas Golden Knights are 21-2-5 in their last 28 games against San Jose Sharks, 11-0-3 in their last fourteen visits to San Jose.

— Word of the Day: prodigy— a person, usually a young one, gifted with exceptional qualities or abilities.

— Baseball playoffs so far:
first round— no game 3’s
second round— no game 5’s

The big TV ratings come in those winner-take-all games; hasn’t been one of those yet. With two Texas teams and Arizona in this year’s Final Four, not sure the powers-that-be are going to like the TV ratings for this year’s playoffs.

It’ll still be real good baseball, that’s for sure, but lot of the marquis names have already been eliminated. 

— Three starting pitchers are already out for 2024, after having arm surgery:
Sandy Alcantara, Marlins
Brandon Woodruff, Brewers
Kyle Wright, Braves

— I watched a few innings of the Arizona Fall League on Friday afternoon; there was a guy playing I’m interested in adding for my fantasy team, wanted to see him throw a couple innings.

Weird TV coverage: only one camera, with a high angle behind home plate. The announcer was actually pretty good. Found out what I needed to know, plus it is always fun to watch baseball.

— There is a pitcher in Japan, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, who is apparently going to be a free agent in the major leagues this winter: he’s won three straight Triple Crowns in Japan. He had a 1.21 ERA this past year, a 0.74 WHIP and won 16 games. He’s about to become really rich.

— Odds to win the World Series:
Astros +190
Phillies +200
Rangers +275
Diamondbacks +450

— Most touchdown plays of 30+ yards this season:
7— Dolphins
5— Vikings
4— Lions
3— Eagles, Colts, Steelers

— December 2 in Las Vegas, there is a good basketball doubleheader at the MGM Garden Arena: USC-Fresno State, Washington-Colorado State.

— Doing prep work for the coming college hoop season, turns out that Davidson has one thing that really works against them in the Transfer Portal era; Davidson doesn’t have a graduate school, so they can’t take graduate transfers. Therefore, they’re always going to be younger than most of their opponents.

Davidson recruits lot of foreign players; they have one very big thing in their favor, Davidson is where Steph Curry played his college ball. 

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.