Upset Alerts In South Bend & Charlotte

Redskins two-point underdog at PanthersUSC travels to South Bend as a nine-point underdog against the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. The 5-1 Trojans figure to keep it close in a shootout and perhaps spring a big surprise. Notre Dame has won four straight games, but USC is 6-2 against the spread in their last eight road games.  USC had won eight straight games in the series before last year's 20-16 Irish upset.

USC Trojans Football

Upset Failures Only Upset Fans In Waco & Minnesota

Bears defeat Vikings 39-10Our upset picks went belly up last weekend, upsetting only the stomachs of their fans. 

Baylor, a nine-point underdog, got blitzkrieged at Texas A&M 55-28, as QB Ryan Tannehill threw for 415 yards and a career-high six touchdowns.

Minnesota was a three-point underdog at Chicago in another homecoming for Donovan McNabb and was pummeled by the Bears 39-10. 

Season record: 6-6.

Minnesota Vikings

Random Thoughts From The Sports Weekend That Was

Brady and Belichick tie Marino and ShulaMichigan State continued its recent hex by defeating instate rival Michigan for the fourth straight season, the first time this has happened since the 1959-1962 seasons. 

Undefeated Stanford has the nation's longest winning streak at 14 games.

Ohio State went Stone Age in topping Illinois on the road 17-7, completing only one pass in four attempts for 17 yards. 

New England Patriots

Manure Or Fish Bait In Lubbock??

manure on Texas A&M busTexas Tech hosted Texas A&M last Saturday and the Aggies came up with a 45-40 victory. But, all the talk after the game was about what exactly happened to the Aggies' team bus. 

Texas A&M

Upset Alerts In College Station & Chicago

Bears three-point favorite vs VikingsBaylor has a 43-80 record over the past ten years, but are much improved on offense this year with QB Robert Griffin III at the controls. Texas A&M is a nine-point home favorite, but look for the Bears to stay close in a shootout as they expose the A&M defense.

Minnesota Vikings

Bengals Roar While Hawkeyes Struggle In Upset Alert Recap

Bengals cover as one-point underdog vs Jaguars  The Iowa Hawkeyes flew into State College as a four-point underdog and got slammed by the Penn State defense 13-3.  Iowa had been averaging 38 points per game and had not been held out of the end zone in four seasons. 

The Bengals were a one-point dog at Jacksonville and came away with a 30-20 road upset win. Rookie QB Andy Dalton threw two more touchdown passes for surprising Cincinnati. 

Cincinnati Bengals

Random Thoughts From The Weekend That Was

Kellen Moore 43-2 recordLooking back, it was not so surprising that league winners New York and Philadelphia were eliminated in the first round of the baseball playoffs. In the past 21 seasons, the team with the most victories in the regular season has won the World Series only three times. 

Quarterback Kellen Moore has a 43-2 record as the Boise State starter. The Broncos are now 114-13 in the past ten years. 

Kellen Moore

Oklahoma Looking To Keep It Going Versus Texas

Oklahoma Sooners Football

Upset Alerts in State College & Jacksonville

Cincinnati Bengals one-point underdog vs Jacksonville JaguarsIn college football, the 3-1 Iowa Hawkeyes fly into State College to battle 4-1 Penn State. The Hawkeyes are a four-point underdog. Iowa can move the ball while the Nittany Lions, though good on defense, are simply anemic offensively. Look for Iowa to score the upset on the road.

Cincinnati Bengals

Underdogs Rule In Salt Lake & Dallas

defeat Cowboys 34-30We had a snazzy 2-0 record this weekend in Upset Alerts, not only covering the point spread, but also scoring the upsets. 

In Salt Lake City, the Washington Huskies, an eight-point underdog, routed Utah 31-14. The Huskies led only 10-7 at halftime, but Utah committed five turnovers as Washington won in a romp, ruining Utah's first Pac-12 home game.

Detroit Lions

Some Random Thoughts From The Football Weekend That Was

Robert Griffin IIII will settle it now---Alabama has the best defense and the best team in college football.  Who wants to play them? 

Wisconsin made a real statement versus Nebraska, as the Huskers are now 2-16 in their last 18 games against teams in the top 10. 

Ohio State barely avoided a home shutout against Michigan State, who defeated the Buckeyes for the first time since 1999 on Saturday. 

Robert Griffin III

Who Is The Most Hated College Football Coach?

Lane Kiffin most hated coachA college sports website called Lost Lettermen just wrote an interesting article on the ten most hated coaches in college football, a group who will not win a popularity contest among fans, media or the coaching community anytime soon. 

Lane Kiffin

Les Miles Is Red Hot With NFL Executives

Les Miles and NFLNumber one ranked LSU is unbeaten and a 30-point favorite over visiting Kentucky.  Not coincidentally , LSU head coach Les Miles is just as hot.

For many years, NFL owners and general managers have been interested in interviewing Miles for head coaching gigs. Only problem was that many observers thought the "Mad Hatter" was a nut, not to be confused with Houston Nutt. 

Now, that image has changed.

Les Miles

Jim Boeheim On American History

Jim Boeheim quote conference commissionersLongtime Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim on conference commissioners, “If conference commissioners were the founding fathers of this country, we would have Guatemala, Uruguay and Argentina in the United States.”

Jim Boeheim

Upset Alerts In Salt Lake City & Dallas

Detroit Lions 1.5-point underdog vs CowboysWashington Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian has revved up the offense this season and QB Keith Price has proved to be a good replacement for the departed Jake Locker. Washington, an eight-point underdog, will cover at Utah and could outscore the Utes for the upset. 

Detroit Lions

49ers Get It Done In Upset Alert

49ers defeat Bengals 13-8Last week, this column predicted an upset win by the 49ers on the road at the Bengals. San Francisco (a three-point underdog) came through with a 13-8 victory over Cincinnati in an utterly unwatchable game. The two teams combined for 454 total net yards and Cincy was 1-10 in third down inefficiency. 

San Francisco 49ers

Upset Alerts In Ann Arbor & Cincinnati

San Diego State 10.5-point underdog vs MichiganSan Diego State travels to Ann Arbor for a battle between the Wolverines of Brady Hoke and the players he recruited to San Diego, where be coached prior to this season. The Aztecs are a 10.5-point underdog in a point spread that seems too high. Look for the Aztecs to play the Wolverines close and perhaps upset Michigan in the Big House. 

San Diego St. Football

Bucs Comeback Quells College Setbacks In Upset Alert

Tampa Bay Buccaneers three-point underdog vs. Minnesota VikingsWe experienced a poor college weekend of picks as our two Upset Alert selections both imploded in the second half. 

Washington State, a seven-point underdog, led 24-21 in the third quarter and then came from ahead to lose at San Diego State 42-24. 

Michigan State, a 5.5-point dog, held Notre Dame to 276 total net yards, but still lost 31-13. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jerry Kill Returns To The Minnesota Sidelines After Seizure

Jerry Kill suffers seizureAfter spending most of last week in the hospital, University of Minnesota first year coach Jerry Kill returned to the sidelines for the Gophers 29-23 win over Miami (Ohio).

Jerry Kill

Hurricanes Still Top One Very Important List

Miami Hurricanes most players in the NFLSaturday, in what this column deemed as the Probation Bowl, the Miami Hurricanes defeated the Ohio Buckeyes 24-6. Despite the impressive victory, everyone around the Miami program is dealing with the prospect of almost certain and significant NCAA punishment.

Miami Hurricanes

No. 1 Ranked Visitors Are Strangers To Tallahassee

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Florida State SeminolesSaturday, the No.1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners take on the No. 5 ranked Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, in one of the biggest games of the college football season.

FSU Seminoles Football

Visiting Fans Guide To Attending A UCLA Game At The Rose Bowl

Visiting Fans Guide To Attending A UCLA Game At The Rose BowlThe UCLA Bruins football program and the University of Miami (FL) football program share a very unique distinction, both schools play home football games more than 20 miles away from their campuses. The Bruin's Westwood campus sits a whopping 29 miles from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

A Less Exciting Trip To Pasadena For Texas

Texas Longhorns at Rose BowlSaturday, Texas takes on UCLA at the Rose Bowl. This will be the fourth time since 2005 that the Longhorns have made the trip west to Pasadena. However, this upcoming battle will have a far different feel than the previous games, mainly because this contest will have nothing to do with a BCS Bowl.

In 2005, Vince Young led Texas to victory over Michigan in the Rose Bowl presented by Citi.

Texas Longhorns Football