Saints and Packers fall, New College Football AP Poll, MLB, Rory wins again, Serena wins again + Free Plays for Monday, September 10, 2012

Week I recap of Sunday in the NFL

It was a mixed bag of upsets and blowout in Week I of the NFL. On Sunday, the dogs were 7-6 and the over 8-5. Including the Giants/Cowboys Wednesday night opener, the dog and over are 8-6.

RGIII made his debut a memorable one throwing for 320 yards and two touchdowns in the Redskins 40-32 win at New Orleans. Alex Smith was an economical 20-26 for 211 and two scores including Randy Moss’ 154th career touchdown. It wasn’t a good day for the other four rookie quarterback who went 0-4. Andrew Luck, Brandon Weeden, and Ryan Tannehill combined for 1o interceptions in the Colts, Browns, and Dolphins losses. Russell Wilson was ineffective in the Seahawks 20-16 loss at Arizona.

Michael Vick was shaky throwing four picks of his own in the Eagles 17-16 win at Cleveland. Matt Ryan threw for three TDs and ran for one in the Falcons 40-24 win over the Chiefs. Tony Gonzalez got a score in his return to Kansas City. The supposedly improved Buffalo defense was just the cure for anemic Jets offense as the Flyboys pounded the Bills 48-28. Matt Schaub celebrated his four-year $62 million dollar extension by leading the Texans to a 30-10 win over the Dolphins. Peyton Manning won his Bronco debut with a 19-26, 262, 2-0 night as Denver extended late on Pittsburg 31-19.

Two games on today’s Monday schedule, one early and one late as Cincinnati travels to Baltimore for a 7:00 PM EST kickoff. San Diego takes on the Raiders in Oakland in the 10:15 PM EST nightcap. The Ravens are giving seven and the hook to the Bengals, the total is 41 or 41.5 across the board. Oakland has held firm as a one-point home favorite for most of the week, the high/low is steady at 47. Weather is not expected to be a factor in either game.

Big moves in the college football AP Top 25 poll

If you have any aspiration of winning the college football National Championship or even getting into a BCS Bowl, you better be ready to play early and you better not lose because it’s a long way back. The AP Top 25 poll was unforgiving in Week III with Arkansas, Wisconson, Nebraska, and Oklahoma State all losing and all dropping out of the Top 25. Arkansas took the second biggest drop in poll history falling off the board after getting beat 34-31 in overtime by UL Monroe. To be fair, the Razorbacks did lose first-round draft prospect Tyler Wilson to a head injury in the fits half but things don’t figure to get better this week when Alabama comes calling. UCLA, Tennesee, Arizona, and BYU join the party this week. Here’s what the AP Top 25 looks like this week.

2012 NCAA Football Rankings – AP Top 25 Week 3

1 Alabama (48) 2-0 1486 1
2 USC (8) 2-0 1414 2
3 LSU (4) 2-0 1404 3
4 Oregon 2-0 1299 4
5 Oklahoma 2-0 1160 5
5 Florida State 2-0 1160 6
7 Georgia 2-0 1155 7
8 South Carolina 2-0 1025 9
9 West Virginia 1-0 1017 9
10 Michigan State 2-0 995 11
11 Clemson 2-0 868 12
12 Ohio State 2-0 772 14
13 Virginia Tech 2-0 734 15
14 Texas 2-0 716 17
15 Kansas State 2-0 714 21
16 TCU 1-0 542 20
17 Michigan 1-1 429 19
18 Florida 2-0 427 24
19 Louisville 2-0 316 23
20 Notre Dame 2-0 310 22
21 Stanford 2-0 260 25
22 UCLA 2-0 250 NR
23 Tennessee 2-0 177 NR
24 Arizona 2-0 149 NR
25 Brigham Young 2-0 110 NR

Dropped from rankings: Arkansas 8, Wisconsin 13, Nebraska 16, Oklahoma State 18

Others receiving votes: Boise State 106, Arkansas 79, Nebraska 79, OREGON ST 77, Mississippi State 70, Baylor 54, Wisconsin 44, UL MONROE 23, Ohio 17, Georgia Tech 15, Oklahoma State 13, South Florida 12, ARIZONA ST 10, IOWA ST 5, NORTHWESTRN 5, UTAH ST 1, North Carolina 1

MLB Diamond Dust

MLB baseball betting nuggets for Monday ….. Philadelphia’s Kyle Kendrick is 4-1 with a 1.53 ERA over his L5 starts. Washington’s Gio Gonzalez is 5-1 with a 1.87 ERA in his L6 starts. the Angel’s Dan Haren is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his L3 starts.
Houston’s Dallas Keuchel is 0-7 with an 8.79 ERA over his L9 starts. The ChiSox Jose Quintana has allowed 12 earned runs in just five innings in losing his last two starts. Cleveland’s Justin Masterson rocks a 6.18 ERA over his L7 starts.

Milwaukee is 15-5 over their L20 games. San Francisco is 8-1 in their L9 road games. Oakland is 12-3 in their L15 games. The Mets are 1-5 in their L6. Colorado is just 1-6 in their L7 games. Detroit is just 5-14 in their L19 road games.

the Over is 6-0-1 in Miami’s L7 games. the Over is 10-1 in Milwaukee’s L11 games. The Over is 8-2-1 in Oakland’s L11 games.
The Under is 6-0-2 in Cincinnati’s L8 games. the Under is 16-6 in Colorado’s L21 games. the Under is 15-2-1 in Detroit’s L18 games.

Rory wins BMW

Rory McIlroy shot a five-under 67 Sunday to capture his second tournament in six days winning the BMW Championship. Monday, McIlroy captured the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC-Boston and has a commanding lead to win the Fed Ex Cup at the Tour Championship in two weeks at East Lake in Atlanta. McIlroy’s overll 20-under 268 was two shot better than Kee Westwood and Phil Mickelson. Tiger Woods and Robert Garrigus were three shots back.

Serena takes 4th US Open Championship, men today

Just two points from defeat, Serena Williams regrouped to win the final four games of her US Open finals match with No. 1-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 and claim her fourth US Open Championship. Azarenka made things as interesting she was 1-9 lifetime against Williams who hadn’t dropped a set in the tournament, losing only 19 games through six matches before Sunday. There hadn’t been a three-set women’s final in New York since 1995, and Williams came through with a late charge to become the first woman to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in the same season since a decade ago – when she did it. Serena, who turns 31 on Sept. 26, is also the first 30-year-old woman to win the U.S. Open since Martina Navratilova in 1987.

Free Plays

(MLB) Philadelphia (Kendrick) -144 over Miami (Leblanc) 7:05 PM EST

(MLB) Washington (Gonzalez) -141 over NY Mets (McHugh) 7:10 PM EST

(MLB) Pittsburg (Rodriguez)/Cincinnati (Latos) Under 7.5 7:10 PM EST

(MLB) Minnesota (Deduno) -122 over Cleveland (Masterson) 8:10 PM EST