TGS COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATE... LOOKING FOR AN ANGLE?
by Gary Olshan, Senior Analyst
Hawaii at AIR FORCE (Friday)...AF is 11-4 vs. spread in home finales since 1994. UH only 2-13 vs. spread last 15 vs. FBS opponents.
Florida International at FLORIDA ATLANTIC (Friday)...Fired-up FAU had its 5-game win streak snapped in LY's 41-7 bashing vs. I-95 rival FIU in the "Shula Bowl." It's called Shula Bowl because each school's first head coach (Panthers Don Strock & Owls' Howard Schnellenberger) had ties to former Miami Dolphin HC Don Shula.
Ohio State at WISCONSIN...OSU controlled "the pits" in LY's 33-29 series triumph in "The Horseshoe," outrushing Wiscy 2678-89. But Buckeyes still needed QB Braxton Miller's 40-yd TD pass with :20 left to pull it out.
Minnesota at NEBRASKA...Only second meeting in 21 years, but NU has taken 15 straight, including dominating 41-14 mashing in Minneapolis LY (Huskers led 34-0 at H).
Nevada at NEW MEXICO,...Rejuvnated NM (under 1st-year HC Bob Davie) out to avenge LY's 49-7 torching in Reno. Lobos are 3-2 vs. spread in revenge games so far in 2012.
Wake Forest at NOTRE DAME...WF led 17-10 at H, but was skunked after intermission in 24-17 loss in Winston-Salem year ago. Deacs blew 2 opportunities inside ND 11-yd. line, fumbling once at 9-yd. line & later missing 42-yd. FG attempt after losing 15 yds. on 3 plays from 10-yd. line.
Texas Tech at OKLAHOMA STATE...TT seeking some redemption following LY's mortifying 66-6 debacle in Lubbock. Red Raiders will surely be reminded it was the most lopsided loss ever and most pts. allowed in program history.
Stanford at OREGON...National title contender OU geeked for this payback game following LY's 53-30 setback on "The Farm" (Ducks' worst loss since 2008). Stanford 1-4 vs. spread last 5 trips to Eugene.
Cal at OREGON STATE...OSU in ornery mood after its 4-game series win streak was halted in LY's ugly 23-6 setback at S.F. Giants' AT&T Park.
Smu at RICE...Owls wise investment in old SWC rivalry, posting 9-1 spread mark last 10 vs. SMU.
Southern Cal at UCLA...Resurgent Bruins itching to end USC's series domination. Trojans 12-1 last 13 (9-4 vs. spread), including LY's mortifying 50-0 whitewash in Coliseum. USC QB Barkley tossed 6 TDP. Last 6 in series have gone "under," with avg. combined score of only 36 points.
North Texas at UL-MONROE...Warhawks in warlike mood after LY's 38-21 upset loss at North Texas. ULM trailed just 24-21 midway 4th-Q when it gave up 16-yd. fumble return TD and threw pick on next drive, leading to Mean Green TD, all within a span of 2:16.
Oklahoma at WEST VIRGINIA...Delayed payback for WV, which suffered 48-28 upset loss vs. OU in 2007 Fiesta Bowl.
Eastern Michigan at WESTERN MICHIGAN...WMU in series revenge mode following LY's s 14-10 upset loss in Ypsalanti. EMU's departed RB Javonti Green score both TDs on 50-yd. run & 50-yd. catch.
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