By Marc Lawrence — The Big 12 has released its schedule for the 2021 college football season, so now it’s time to start breaking down each team’s slate and projecting wins and losses. What’s in store for the upcoming season? Here’s a sneak peek: Each of the 10 teams in the oxymoronic Big 12 will be playing with only one bye week this year, with Oklahoma and Texas Tech each coming the latest on November 13 at Baylor, and vs. Iowa State, respectively while TCU catches the fewest winks of rest when the Frogs host SMU on September 25 … Iowa State and Kansas will play consecutive road games two times while Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma and TCU have no back-to-back road games … Furthermore, every Big 12 contest is slated to play on a Saturday this season. To read more click here.
The sonic boom you heard hovering over Houston yesterday was the announcement that the Texans had agreed to release J.J. Watt, at his request. Watt was drafted by Houston in 2011 with the No. 11 pick and became the face of the franchise, winning three NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards from 2012 to ’15. Watt is one of three players to win that award three times. “I came here 10 years ago as a kid from Wisconsin who’d never really been to Texas before. And now I can’t imagine my life without Texas in it,” Watt said. He is coming off just his second 16-game season since 2015, as he has dealt with several season-ending injuries since then. Watt is by far the most productive pass-rusher in Texans history, with 101 career sacks. “He’s one of the best defensive players in history,” owner Cal McNair. Next up… Dehaun Watson. The Steelers are favored to secure J.J.’s services and pair him with his Pro Bowl brother, T.J. Watt.
Grinding Out The Profits
From the Playbook Basketball Newsletter: Kentucky head coach John Calipari is 24-9 SU and 21-11-1 ATS in his career at home in lined conference games when not favored by more than 8 points, including 11-0 SU and 9-2 ATS versus sub .695 opponents. Kentucky also owes Auburn payback for a road loss to the Tigers a month ago, a 66-59 defeat that saw the Wildcats match their season-low in points scored. And speaking of low, Auburn ranks 2nd last in the land in Most Turnovers per game (16.4) of all major conferences. And when it comes to series history, it’s all Kentucky, owners of a 46-2 SU all-time mark at home against the Tigers, including 18-0 since 1990. A win today moves the Cats to .500 versus SEC foes at Rupp Arena since the beginning of the new-year. Look for them to get it.