Just a note concerning racing in Southern California, before we turn to college football.
With the opening of Hollywood Park last Tuesday, I was saddened to again see the short fields. And, things could get a lot worse. Big time owner Michael Gill continued his claiming rampage until the last day of the Santa Anita meet. If he takes these horses back East we could see even smaller fields at Hollywood.
It truly hurts as horse racing lover, but at least I have football to heal the wound.
Thursday, Nov. 20
TCU (+2) at So. Miss: USM, hammered 37-7 last year by the Horned Frogs, look to get revenge at home and put a big damper on the TCU season. The Golden Eagles defense has played well all year and the offense has started to roll of late. SO. MISS.
Friday, Nov. 21
Boise St (—8) at Fresno St: The host Bulldogs have had this game circled for a year as Boise poured it on last year on the blue carpet. Boise could have knelt on the last play, but elected to throw for another score in a 67-21 win. Fresno will be in a frenzy for this big time revenge game. FRESNO ST.
Saturday, Nov. 22
W. Virginia (+2) at Syracuse:The favorite is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 matchups. WVU coming off high intensity game against hated rival Pitt. Look to be a perfect setup for the Orangemen. SYRACUSE.
Vanderbilt (+21) at Tennessee: Young Vandy plays its heart out each and every week and this will be no different. VANDY.
Miami, Ohio (—25) at Ohio U: After blowing my hard-earned dough two weeks in a row I am finally convinced. The Big Red is for real, will go 11-1, and take their Top 20 ranking to a nice bowl. MIAMI, O.
LSU (—7) at Mississippi: Ole Miss catching LSU off Alabama and has a week off to get ready for this critical game. Mississippi is 5-1 ATS in the last six and, with their QB Manning at the top of his game, the points look great. OLE MISS.
Oklahoma St (—27) at Baylor: Okie State scored 63 last year and could exceed the point total here. Last game, thankfully, for Baylor. The visiting Cowboys end their regular season looking for a bowl invitation to come their way. OKIE ST.
Utah (—8) at BYU: Utah’s defense should have little trouble in containing the BYU offense. The visitor is a whopping 10-0 ATS since ”˜93. UTAH.
Oregon St (+1) at Oregon: The Ducks haven’t done much quacking in this rivalry. The visiting Beavers are 12-4 ATS in the last 16 meetings. OREGON ST.
UCLA (+23) at USC: This is the highest pointspread I can remember for this rivalry. In the past 10 years, the highest spread was in ”˜97 when UCLA was an 8 point favorite and didn’t cover. I look for the Bruins defense to stand strong. UCLA.
Army (+27) at Hawaii: The Army gets a little vacation time before the Navy game in two weeks. Hawaii figures to blow out the Cadets in gearing up for the final two home games against Alabama and Boise State. HAWAII.
Last week: 7-6. Season: 80-79
Sunday, Nov. 23
Saints (+6) at Eagles: These two have met just three times since ”˜93 with the Eagles covering all three. This looks like more of the same here. PHILLY.
49ers (+ 7) at Packers: The pack have lost back to back games at home and that no good but things will change here. Green Bay has had some great success in the past VS the 49ers going 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings. GREEN BAY.
Titans (—7) at Falcons: Titans have owned the Falcons and will continue that mastery here. Lay the points with the road favorite. TENNESSEE.
Bengals (-3) at Chargers: San Diego gets second home win of the year. SAN DIEGO.
Redskins (+6) at Dolphins: Doesn’t look like their will be much scoring in this game as the Dolphins have been an under play all year. UNDER 35.
Monday, Nov. 24
Giants +6 at Buccaneers: These two team have met 4 times since 93’ with all games going way under. Tampa will be fired up for this game and will put a win and a cover on the board in a boring low scoring game. Bucs and under.
Last week: 2-6. Season: 23-25