Date: November 5, 2015

 

Separation Saturday is here in College Football

 

It's a big weekend for college football as there are a multitude of top tier matchups that will directly impact the national championship landscape.

 

On Saturday, Clemson will host Florida State and the Seminoles will enter the game as an underdog. Not just an underdog, but possibly a double-digit dog. Currently, FSU is instilled a 12-point underdog according to several sports books here in Las Vegas. This is an unfamiliar spot for the Noles, who are used to dominating the ACC.

 

Undefeated TCU will travel to take on undefeated Oklahoma State. While TCU is instilled as a 5-point favorite, this game looms huge for both teams. For TCU, they'll need to win out for a spot in the playoffs. For OSU, this is their first true opportunity to make a leap in the standings. Beating TCU would put OSU into the national championship discussion and make their upcoming matchup with Baylor a virtual playoff play-in type game.

 

Notre Dame will travel to take on Pitt and is currently an 8.5-point favorite here in Las Vegas. The Irish still have a legitimate shot to make the playoffs as they currently sit at 7-1 on the season. Their lone loss came at current #1 Clemson in nasty weather by 2 points. A road win over a solid Pitt squad will begin to build the stage for their pending showdown with Stanford in a few weeks. With other teams knocking each other off, the Irish are in a good position if they can win out impressively.

 

Undefeated LSU will travel to take on Alabama in what is being billed as a knockout type game for one of these teams. LSU will enter this game as an underdog as both teams are coming off bye weeks. Credit the coaches for scheduling a bye week before what is basically the biggest games of their respective seasons. This month will prove to be the toughest for the Tigers as they'll face both Bama and Ole Miss on the road. However, LSU has proven thus far that they have a championship caliber team. This should be another classic battle between these SEC heavyweights!

 

Who are you with this weekend? What teams are currently being overlooked?

 

Regards,

 

Duane

 

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Date: November 13, 2015

 

Modern Media and the Modern Athlete

 

It seems like most days we are either reading, seeing, or hearing about an athlete that is upset due to something posted by the media. In fairness to both the modern media and the modern athlete, each has their own area of concern.

 

Competition in modern media has increased tremendously. It's a race to break stories on the internet so as to attract viewers and readers to remain competitive. With our modern technology, things can go from video to viral in a short amount of time.

 

Given that, the modern-day athletes are dealing with a much increased level of scrutiny. However, what the athletes may be overlooking is that all these media outlets and the continuous coverage has helped to make them and their sports more popular. With more popularity comes more money. Modern "pro" athletes are making higher salaries than their past colleagues due to increased money coming in from a variety of sources. As for the best college athletes, their power and status is increasing long before they ever reach the professional ranks.

 

Yet, where is the line in the sand between the mainstream media, social media outlets and athletes? For both professional and college athletes, the multiple social media platforms that we have in our society can make everyone a critic. It seems that it is becoming increasingly harder for modern-day athletes to ignore the "hate" they receive on sites such as twitter and networks such as ESPN.

 

Does the modern media have additional responsibilities in regards to the limit they can go on reporting of athletes in our current society? Or is it fair game for us to now know more than we ever have about athletes?

 

Regards,

 

Duane

 

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Date: November 25, 2015

 

Get Full on Sports this Thanksgiving

 

It's a great year to sit on the couch and absorb some turkey, stuffing, Black Friday deals, and of course, sports.

 

The NFL leads the way with three match-ups on Turkey Day beginning with Philadelphia traveling to take on Detroit (-2). Next up, undefeated Carolina will travel to take on Dallas (Pick) in what's being touted as the premiere game of the day. In the nightcap, Chicago travels to Green Bay (-9) to renew their NFC North rivalry.

 

Of those three games, the one that jumps out is the Carolina-Dallas matchup. Vegas has this game as a Pick in many of the sports books. Some books have the Cowboys favored by a point. While we aren't advocating one side or the other, this is without a doubt, the "fishy" line of the day. It won't be a surprise to see the books with a majority of the bets on Carolina (the money may be a different story). At that price, many people are taking a shot on this one.

 

In college football, it's a huge rivalry weekend and many of these games will have a direct impact on both the playoffs and other bowls. The list of critical games this weekend includes:

 

Notre Dame at Stanford (-4)

 

Oklahoma (-6.5) at Oklahoma State

 

Ohio State at Michigan (Pick)

 

Alabama (-14) at Auburn

 

Clemson (-17) at South Carolina

 

Iowa (-1) at Nebraska

 

Penn State at Michigan State (-10.5)

 

Florida State (-2) at Florida

 

Baylor (-1.5) at TCU

 

UNC (-6) at NC State

 

That's quite a list of critical games for one weekend.

 

Not to be outdone, college hoops has a multitude of tournaments going strong throughout the week. It's a great time to see some of the early season match-ups. Make no mistake about it though, even though it's early in the season, each of these games matter as teams are building their season long "bodies of work" for tournament time in March.

 

Which games are you looking forward to this holiday weekend?

 

Who should be on upset alert this holiday weekend?

 

Happy Holidays!

 

Duane

 

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