West Virginia 70-63, Giants/Eagles highlights NFL Week IV, MLB Diamond Dust, US big at Medinah, Nascar, + Free Plays for Sunday, September 30, 2012

70-63, 51-44, 56-49, 48-45 …. is this football ???

Saturday’s college football’s results looked more like video game stats than football as very few teams came to play defense. If you had the Under 132.5 in the Baylor/West Virginia game, you lost as the Mounties came away with a 70-63 win over the Bears as Heisman frontrunner Geno Smith threw for 656 yards and 8 touchdowns. You read that right, Smith’s stat line in a Division I game played between two Top 25 ranked opponent was 45-51, 656, 8-0. In other action between ranked opponents, Ohio State improved to 5-0 with a 17-16 win at Michigan State. SP3 will have a complete college football recap on Tuesday with the new AP Top 25 and a breakdown of this weekends betting.

Giants/Eagles late show highlights NFL Week IV

Sunday’s Week IV NFL card features 13 games highlighted by the Giants/Eagles NBC late show. Philadelphia opened as a one-point favorite over the G-Men with the high/low 47. As of 9:00 AM EST, the Eagles are a consensus -2 and the total is up a half tick to 47 1/2. Weather is expected to be fair, with a 30% chance of showers. Temperature at game time is expected to be around 66.

The league’s last three unbeatens are all strong home favorites. Atlanta is a touchdown favorite over Cam Newton and the Panthers, the total dropping from 50 to 48 1/2. The Houston Texans are a whopping 12 in their division matchup with the Tennessee Titans, the total holding steady at 44 and 1/2. Arizona opened up a touchdown favorite over Miami but money on the Fish has sent this one down to Cards -5 1/2. The over/under opened at 40.5, was bet down to 39 mid-week, but is back to 40 1/2 this morning.

MLB Diamond Dust

The Yankees lost to Toronto 3-2 while Baltimore was beating Boston 4-3 leaving the Bombers and the O’s in a dead-heat atop the AL East with four games to play. Both teams are in good shape to reach the post-season, both teams having a magic number of two. Tampa Bay spanked the WSox 10-4 to keep pace with Oakland for the final wildcard berth, the A’s were 7-4 winners over Seattle. Chicago fell two games behind Detroit in the AL Central and are on the outside looking in after going 2-8 in their L10.

US rolling at the Ryder Cup

Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson/Bubba Watson continued their strong play leading the US to a 10-6 lead over Europe in the Ryder Cup. Ian Poulter birdied the final five holes to gain a critical point in the final Saturday foursome to give Europe a breath of life. The US needs just 4.5 points out of the Sunday singles matches to win the event. Some of the feature matchups in the singles include Luke Donald (-120) vs Bubba Watson (Even), Justin Rose (+110) vs Phil Mickelson (-130), and Sergio Garcia (-105) vs Jim Furyk (-115). Tiger Woods (-170) , 0-3 in the event so far, faces Francesco Molinari (+140) in the final pairing.

Hamlin grabs the pole at Dover

Denny Hamlin won the pole for Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway and will leave first in the third event of the ten race Nascar Chase. Clint Bowyer was second and will leave from the outside of the first row. Martin Truex Jr, Sam Harnish Jr, Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne, and Brad Kesowski round out the first five rows. Jimmie Johnson leads the Chase by a point over Keselowski and seven points over Hamlin. Johnson is +290 (Bookmaker) to win the race with Kyle Busch (+500) and Keselowski (+600) te second and third choices. Johnson is still the prohibitive 7/4 favorite to win the Sprint Car Championship over Hamlin (7/2) and Keselowski (9/2).

Stuve KOs Miocic in UFC on fuel main event

In Saturday night’s UFC on Fuel card, Stefan Struve put on a striking clinic to KO previously unbeaten Stipe Miocic at 1:50 of the second round in their heavyweight main event. It was the 6’11” “Skyscarpers” fourth straight win and puts him in the mix for a fight with a bigger name heavy in the future. In other results from the main card, Dan Hardy worked out a unanimous decision over Amir Sadollah. Brad Pickett scored a first-round KO over Yves Jobuin. Matt Wiman submitted Paul Sass via an armbar in 3:48. John Hathaway pitched a shutout over UD over John McGuire. Che Mills defeated Duane Ludwing by TKO when Ludwig blew out his knee in the second round.

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