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Where did the football season go? This Thursday will be Thanksgiving and all of us at GamingToday want to thank our readers for their loyalty over the years.

We give thanks to our men and women in the military for their service as well as all those in law enforcement who face many difficulties every day doing their jobs to protect everyone. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

My dear ol’ mom once told me to never wish I was aging as the older you get time goes by faster and faster. Where did it go? The good thing is college hoops are in full swing and we will be looking for some plays as the season progresses.

The big college football game this weekend that could really shake up the BCS will be the Alabama Crimson Tide as a 4.5 point favorite traveling to Auburn. We will take a look at that game in this column, and also Wisconsin, who is looking to stay unbeaten traveling to Minneapolis to take on the Golden Gophers. Minnesota was just shut out by surging Northwestern last weekend, 39-0. We doubt they can score many vs. the Badger defense.

There are several teams surging late and those are the ones we like to bet on when it comes to the bowl and league championship games, which we will cover in next week’s column. So let’s get some winners.

College football

Friday

Missouri -11 at Arkansas (CBS, 11:30 a.m. PT): Who would have thought at the beginning of the season Missouri would be -11 in Fayetteville? Not this bettor. The Tigers opened the season with a win vs. Missouri State but then lost five straight games and now have put together a five-game win streak covering all five, averaging 52 ppg. A win here gives Mizzou 7 and a decent bowl. The Razorbacks have scored a total of 27 points in their last two games and have no shot at a bowl. Lay the points. MISSOURI

Texas Tech +10 at Texas (FOX, 5 p.m. PT FOX): The Longhorns got a much needed road win in Morgantown last weekend, 28-14 over West Virginia. Texas has been improving all season as they look to have gotten in sync with new head coach Tom Herman. With a win here they will have a 7 and a nice bowl game. The Horns have covered 8 of their 11 games. The Red Raiders from Lubbock have one win in their last six, which came vs. lowly Baylor. Horns could go 9-2 ATS this season. TEXAS

Saturday

Boise State -7 at Fresno State (CBS Sports Channel, 12:30 p.m.): Surging is the word here as the Broncos from Boise have won seven in a row, covering six. They look to go 10-2 straight up with a win and gain a nice bowl bid. BOISE STATE

Alabama -4.5 at Auburn (CBS, 2 p.m.): Last weekend Mercer took Alabama to the limit, losing by just 56 points while the Tigers were beating UL-Monroe, 42-14. Do we lay the points or take the points in this game? One thing for sure is Auburn will need to use their stout defense if they are going to get the win and have a shot getting in the Final Four. Auburn has not beaten the Tide since 2013, losing by 11, 16, and 18 last year. We cannot bet against Nick Saban at this price. ALABAMA

College basketball

Wednesday

Miami, Fla. vs. La Salle (at Reading, Pa.): The deep and talent-rich Hurricanes with several players who will be in the NBA next year go to this sort of neutral site around 60 miles from the La Salle Explorers campus in Philadelphia. We will lay the double digits here with a team that towers over La Salle. MIAMI

Last week: 3-1

Season: 38-31-2

Horsing Around

For our horse play this week we will play on Thanksgiving Day, going to the last race, the eighth, on this Turkey Day card, and remember the early post. We have a runner exiting our horses to watch list, No. 9 Achira, who had a troubled trip first out of the box when going a mile on the Santa Anita turf course

This 3yo filly gets Gary Stevens on board Thursday and we love seeing Gary riding in the last race. Also, this filly has worked three times at Del Mar and is 7/2 on the morning line. With a deep field we should get the price.

You could be walking around lucky and not even know it.

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