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THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL RUNDOWN

WHO SAYS THERE AREN’T ANY GREAT GAMES
ON THIS WEEKEND’S MENU? …
PLUS, OUR NFL WEEK 2 NEWS & NOTES
SEGMENT EXAMINES KEY DIVISIONAL DUELS
ON TAP INCLUDING THURSDAY’S
BENGALS VS. BROWNS BASH AT THE DAWG POUND

Let’s get something straight: This here-and-now 2020 NCAA Football Season is far from a “lost cause”.

LATE BREAKING NEWS as of Wednesday morning, Sept 16. The Big 10 will “opt in” to the college football season beginning the weekend of October 23, 2020 and the rumor mill suggests the Pac-12 will have a change of heart and get back onto the gridiron soon too.

And, while we wait for those Power 5 leagues to pull it all together during these Covid-19 times, keep in mind that nearly half of the current Associated Press Top 25 – okay, so 11 teams in all — are in action this coming weekend and you can be dang sure we’ll be pumping out loads of winners at VegasSportsMaster.pro or when you call our toll-free telephone # of 1-888-777-4155.

Here’s some of what’s on Saturday’s menu that includes – all told – 22 on-the-board affairs from the College Football world …

TULSA at #11 OKLAHOMA STATE — 12 noon ET, ESPN
Ride ‘em, Cowboys?

Well, host Oklahoma State’s rarin’ to go after last weekend’s season-opening tilt against in-state rival Tulsa was temporarily PPD’d by coronavirus junk. The ‘Boys have a legit Heisman Trophy candidate on hand in RB Chuba Hubbard – his 2,094 yards rushing led the nation a year ago – and now looks to cover a three-TD plus pointspread here.

Note that Tulsa was a 40-21 loser against two-TD fav Oklahoma State last Sept. 14th but the Golden Hurricane played it close for much of that affair.

Spread Stats – The Okie State Cowboys banged out a 10-3 ATS (against the spread) record last year and that featured a perfect 4-and-oh spread log whenever laying a double-digit price tag.

THE CITADEL (0-1) at #1 CLEMSON (1-0) – 4 p.m. ET, ACC Network

The all-knowing Las Vegas oddsmakers have top-ranked Clemson favored by 45 and ½ points here – in the last five years Dabo Swinney’s club has been a larger fav just once and the Tigers didn’t cover the 47.5-point price against Wofford last November … we looked it up, alright!

Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence didn’t get the cover in last weekend’s 37-13 triumph at 34.5-point underdog Wake Forest despite 351 passing yards and two ground scores and the “over / under” on how long Lawrence plays here is five minutes into the third quarter. Stay tuned.

Spread Stats – Did you know that the Clemson Tigers are a collective 23-9-1 vig-wise since dating back to late in the 2017 campaign (and that’s a dandy .719 winning rate)?

#17 MIAMI (1-0) at #18 LOUISVILLE (1-0) – 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC

Under-the-lights special in ACC-land where major revenge is on Louisville’s mind following last year’s 52-27 loss in South Beach. Ouch, that one hurt!

If transfer QB D’Eriq King (just 144 passing yards in last week’s 31-14 win /cover against UAB) starts to get a better feel for this U of M offensive attack then smallish pup Miami could vault over the ‘Ville one mo’ time.

Spread Stats – Louisville’s covered five of its first seven home games under second-year head coach Scott Satterfield while Miami is just 10-15 versus the vig in conference games the past three seasons.

NFL WEEK 2 DIVISIONAL DUELS

In case you didn’t keep track of such things, there were nine divisional matchups in NFL Week 1 play – the Favorites covered 5, the Underdogs covered 4 … and now there’s a healthy half-dozen same-division tilts on this NFL Week 2 card and it all gets started Thursday Night.

Here’s the skinny on Bengals at Browns:

CINCINNATI (0-1) at CLEVELAND (0-1) – 8:20 p.m. ET, NFL Network

Let’s see …

The Cincy Bengals are trotting out a new field-goal kicker after PK Randy Bullock’s crampy calf muscle didn’t allow ‘em to connect on a gimme 31-yard try at the end of last Sunday’s 16-13 home loss to the Los Angeles Chargers; the Cleveland Browns hope to be trotting out a whole new attitude following last week’s ugly 38-6 loss at 7-point fav Baltimore. Don’t know what was worse for the Brownies in that rubout loss: QB Baker Mayfield (just 11 fantasy points) or a defense that never did solve Ravens’ QB Lamar Jackson.

If you want an X-factor here in this prime-time bash, then keep a close eye on Browns’ WR Odell Beckham, Jr. who was targeted 10 times last Sunday and wound up with just three catches worth 22 yards … ugh.

Meanwhile, Heisman Trophy winner and numero uno draft pick QB Joe Burrow (193 yards passing, 46 yards rushing with one ground score last week) of the Bengals played with some major moxie in Week 1 – and watch him as a runner on third-down plays here.

Spread Stats – Cleveland has failed to cover nine of its last 11 head-to-head matchups with archrival Cincinnati. P.S., the Bengals are a decent 10-7-1 spreadwise in all AFC North games since the start of 2017.

Here are some other pointspread nuggets as it relates to the NFL Week 2 divisional duels …

Buffalo at Miami – The Bills are a solid 9-5 against the odds in their last 14 tilts against the Fish.

Detroit at Green Bay – The Packers have notched spread wins in five of their last seven NFC North games and that includes last week’s 43-34 triumph at Minnesota (a Vegas Sports Master winner!!!).

Kansas City at Los Angeles Chargers – Betcha didn’t know the Chiefs have covered eight of their last 11 away games against the Bolts; on the flip side, LA’s coming off a rotten 0-5-1 ATS mark when playing divisional opponents from the AFC West last year.

Editor’s Note …  There’s plenty of NFL Week 2, NCAA Football and lots more goodies straight ahead in our next web piece, so don’t miss out and remember get all the winners from Football, Major-League Baseball and the NBA Playoffs at VegasSportsMaster.pro … make sure your 2020 profits keep rollin’ in.