By Marc Lawrence — From the Playbook Basketball Newsletter: It’s time to open another can of Pop ‘O Top as we prepare to ride on the broad shoulders of Spurs head coach Greg Popovich yet another week. That’s because his squad was beat up by 22 points in a previous road gathering against Golden State three weeks ago. Thus, San Antonio takes the court knowing they are 10-4 ATS as home in games when seeking same-season loss revenge, as well as 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS the last five times they’ve hosted the Warriors. Toss in the fact that the Warriors arrive off a pair of back-to-back revengers against Dallas – while standing just 7-16-2 ATS after Mavericks meetings – and we’re more than ready to pop the top with Popovich tonight.
Big Ten Schedule Announced
Can Ohio State reach the College Football Playoff again? And, after extending coach Jim Harbaugh’s contract, what’s Michigan going to be up against this season? ESPN posed the questions. The answers will likely be contained inside each team’s schedule. For openers, last season’s pandemic-shortened itinerary if gone. The Big Ten shortened its 2020 season to eight games because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and six games were played at the same location as the previous year. The changes to the 2021 schedule avoid having the same home team three years in a row for those games. The Big Ten shortened its 2020 season to eight games because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and six games were played at the same location as the previous year. The changes to the 2021 schedule avoid having the same home team three years in a row for those games. Every team is tentatively scheduled to play 12 games, with two of them 12 having one bye week, while Illinois and Nebraska will play with two by weeks. The Cornhuskers will face Iowa on November 26, the 11th straight year the two teams will meet on Black Friday. Perhaps most important of all, the annual Michigan-Ohio State rivalry game is back and, unlike last season, is slated as the season finale for both teams. To view each team’s schedule click here.
As warned in the Playbook Super Bowl Report: You don’t mess with the GOAT on his turf! Kudos to Tom Brady on beating The Kid and winning his 7th Super Bowl ring while improving to 11-0 at home during the playoffs versus .705 or greater foes. As Tina Turner would say, “Simply the best.”
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