Tonight is the greatest college football Thursday in history, Skins/Vikes preview, Pacers punk Bulls, the return of Kevin Ware, Rick Renteria gets Cubs gig + Wednesday Recap: Thursday, November 7, 2013

Oklahoma at Baylor/Oregon at Stanford highlight Thursday card

On what is unquestionably the greatest Thursday night card of college football ever, we have two matchups featuring Top 10 teams as No.6 Baylor hosts No.10 Oklahoma and No.3 Oregon visits No.5 Stanford. Lost in the mix is a matchup of two of the better Sunbelt teams as 5-4 Troy visits 6-2 UL Lafayette.

Baylor is a -16.5 point favorite over Oklahoma with the over/under set at 73 1/2. That’s a whopping 37 point difference in favor of the Bears who caught 21 in Norman last year. Oregon is -11 over the Tree with the high/low 61 1/2. The Ducks last road loss was at Stanford in 2009. Lafayette is -13.5 over Troy with the total 66 1/2. Lafayette controls its destiny in the SBC. Weather will not be a factor in any of these three games.

Skins/Vikes kick off NFL Week 10

Week 10 of the NFL kicks off with the Washington Redskins traveling to Minnesota to face the Vikings. The Redskins opened as -2.5 point favorites but a surge of Viking money early this morning has sent the number to -1. The total opened at 47.5, was bet up to as high to 50 early in the week and has seemed to settle at 48 1/2. The Vikings have lost four straight by an average of 17 points since beating the Steelers in England. The Skins have allowed 35+ ppg in splitting their last four games. The game will be played indoors so weather will not be an issue.

Pacers close out Bulls with 30-11 run

The Indiana Pacers remained the league’s only unbeaten team improving to 5-0 after their 97-80 win over the Chicago Bulls Wednesday night. Indiana outscored Chicago by 19 points in the final seven minutes to seal the deal. David West had 17 points and 1 boards for the winners. Roy Hibbert chipped in with 10 boards and 5 blocks in keeping Chicago out of the lane. Derrick Rose had 17 points but was invisible after hitting his first three shots. Rose has more turnovers than assists in every game he’s played since returning from a knee injury to the 1-3 Bulls.

Louisville’s Kevin Ware returns early

The last time we saw Kevin Ware playing basketball, he was sustaining a horrific compound fracture of his leg in Louisville’s Great Eight win over Duke during March Madness. Ware returned to the court in competition last night in Louisville’s exhibition win over Pike. Ware scored six points and grabbed four rebounds in 10 minutes of play and in a somewhat storybook moment, buried his first shot. Check it out.

Padre coach Rick Renteria is new Cubs manager

Unable to land Joe Girardi as their new manager, the Chicago Cubs have named Padre’s bench coach Rick Renteria as their new skipper. Renteria inherits a lovable loser outfit that hasn’t won a World Series since 1908. The Cubs have lots of talent in their farm system but Reneteria won’t likely be around when that talent starts to produce in the bigs. Renteria coached Mexico in the last World Baseball Classic.

Free Play

(NFL) Washington -1 over Minnesota (Thursday, November 7, 2013 8:25 PM EST)