Bowling Green dumps Ohio, Florida State at Virginia Tech tonight
The Bowling Green Falcons took advantage of four Ohio University special teams miscues to defeat the Bobcats 24-16 in Athens. Anthon Samuel rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns as the Falcons cruised to their sixth straight win. It was a tough loss on senior night for the 8-2 Bobcats who were unable to overcome two blocked punts and two punts that never got airborne thanks to bad snaps. The BGs have now seen all nine of their games under the total.
Tonight, Florida State travels to disappointing Virginia Tech in the ESPN feature. The Seminoles are 14-point road favorites at Blacksburg with the total down a full point to 51 1/2 in perfect football weather. UL Monroe visits the Red Wolves of Arkansas State in a Sunbelt game. ASU is favored by -7 with the high/low rocking 59. Monroe will be without the services of Kolton Browning. Weather is also expected to be perfect in Jonesboro with the temperature at kickoff 54.
Longhorn’s coaching icon Darrell Royal dead at 88
Iconic former Texas head football coach Darrell Royal died Wednesday in Austin. He was 88. In recent years, Royal has been battling Alzheimer’s disease and living in an assisted care facility. Royal took a down-and-out UT program and transformed it into the college power it is today. He’ll be remembered for two national championships, virtually creating the wishbone offense, commissioning the famous Longhorn helmet logo, and changing the Texas uniforms from bright orange to the current burnt orange.
The Longhorn network tribute to Darrell Royal
RIP Hall of Fame Boxer Carmen Basilio
Hall of Fame boxer Carmen Basilio has passed away at the age of 85 from complications of pneumonia. Basilio was the middleweight and lightweight champion of the world but will most likely be remembered as one of the few that beat Sugar Ray Robinson.
ESPN remembers former middleweight and welterweight champion Carmen Basilio
Colts/Jags kick off Week 10 in the NFL
The Colts are playing inspired football right now, going 4-1 since HC Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with a treatable form of leukemia. All four of those wins have come by three points or less or in overtime and Indy would actually be 6-2 if not for a 22-17 Week 3 loss to these same Jags on an improbable 88-yard TD pass in the final minute. The teams have split the season series in five of the last six years. Last year was the first time ever that the Jags swept the Colts. Jacksonville has lost five straight since the win in Indy and is 0-4 SU and ATS in their four games losing by an average score of 32-6. The Colts are -3.5 point favorites with the total locked in at 42 1/2. Weather will be clear with a projected game time temperature of 55 degrees.
Hoops News and Notes
It was a mixed bag of results for Wed’s 13-game NBA card. The highlight might have been the Heat going to 4-0 at home for the first time in franchise history, blowing out the Nets 103-73. The lowlight was definitely the 139 total points (77-62) scored in the 76ers/Hornets game. Favorites went 7-6, the Under 7-5-1 (push Wolves/Bucks), and home teams went 9-4 straight up but just 5-8 ATS. Just two games in The Association tonight as the Thunder meet the Bulls and the Clippers take on the Trailblazers in a TNT early/late double-header.
* Teams that are currently 100/1 or less
North Carolina State 12/1
North Carolina 14/1
Michigan State 20/1
Ohio State 20/1
Florida State 35/1
San Diego State 50/1
St. John’s 65/1
Kansas State 75/1
Miami FL 75/1
Notre Dame 75/1
Texas A&M 75/1
Seton Hall 100/1
St. Joe’s 100/1
St. Louis 100/1
West Virginia 100/1
Wichita State 100/1
NHL and NHLPA resume talks Thursday, no deal imminent
The league and the union met for a second straight day and will resume talks again on Thursday. The meetings held on Tuesday and Wednesday went for a combined 13 hours so there is dialogue going on between the two parties. While the meetings have been held in an undisclosed New York location with neither party commenting on the discussions, it appears that revenue sharing and the league’s “Make-Whole” provision to honor players’ existing contracts are the two sticking points needed to be resolved and end the lockout.
Will the NHL cancel the 2012-2013 season
Yes -200 (1-2)
No +150 (3-2)
It’s been 53 years since Jacques Plante first wore a goalie mask in a game
Cabrera and Trout lead AL MVP finalists
Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera and rookie phenom Mike Trout were among the five finalists that will vy for MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year in each league. The awards are voted on by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
AL MVP: Adrian Beltre, Rangers; Miguel Cabrera, Tigers; Robinson Cano, Yankees; Josh Hamilton, Rangers; Mike Trout, Angels
NL MVP: Ryan Braun, Brewers; Chase Headley, Padres; Andrew McCutchen, Pirates; Yadier Molina, Cardinals; Buster Posey, Giants
AL Cy Young: David Price, Rays; Justin Verlander, Tigers; Jered Weaver, Angels
NL Cy Young: R.A. Dickey, Mets; Gio Gonzalez, Nationals; Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
AL Rookie of the Year: Yoenis Cespedes, A’s; Yu Darvish, Rangers; Mike Trout, Angels
NL Rookie of the Year: Todd Frazier, Reds; Bryce Harper, Nationals; Wade Miley, Diamondbacks
AL Manager of the Year: Bob Melvin, A’s; Buck Showalter, Orioles; Robin Ventura, White Sox
NL Manager of the Year: Dusty Baker, Reds; Bruce Bochy, Giants; Davey Johnson, Nationals
FWIW, SP3’s choices are pretty much in line with the media consensus with Miguel Cabrera, Buster Posey, Dave Price, RA Dickey, Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Buck Showalter, and Davy Johnson taking home the hardware.
(NBA) Portland +1.5 over the Clippers (Thursday, November 8, 10:35 PM EST)