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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


By Marc Lawrence — College Football Week 8 is in the books. After every week fans can take away things from what happened on the field. Included among the things we learned was there was a big AAC matchup between Cincinnati and SMU. While it was expected to be a good game, Cincinnati pulled away from SMU in the second half to win the game 42-13. It was a dominant performance that showcased the Bearcats defense, which held SMU to just 216 passing yards. With the win, Cincinnati should be favored to win the AAC. This also puts them in the driver’s seat for a New Year s Six Bowl appearance. With how crazy 2020 has been, the Bearcats could even sneak into the College Football Playoff (don’t laugh). They will have some more tough games in the AAC, but that defense isn’t one that anyone will want to see … For a take on four other things we’ve learned this 2020 college football season click here.

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Little did Todd Gurley realize that when he signed with the Falcons in the off season that he would fall prey to Atlanta’s self destructive ways. Gurley was reputed to be “mad as hell” when he scored on a 10-yard run late in the game against Detroit. He knew he should have gotten down. He should have stopped. He wanted to. He planned to. But he just couldn’t stop short of the goal line. If he didn’t score, the Falcons could have run out the clock and kicked a short field goal to beat the Detroit Lions. Instead, he barely fell into the end zone. It gave Detroit a chance, and the Lions ended up beating the Falcons 23-22 on the final play of the game. It was yet another way to lose a game – Atlanta-style. Strangely, the Falcons are only three plays away from being 4-3 this season.

Grinding Out The Profits

From this week’s PLAYBOOK FOOTBALL NEWSLETTER: When the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs host the hapless NY Jets this week they will become only the 14th team in the league to be installed as favorite of -20 or more points since 1980. The previous 13 went 4-9 ATS, including 0-6 ATS after scoring 34-plus points in its previous game. For what it’s worth, the largest favorite was the Denver Broncos in 2013 when they -23.5-points against Jacksonville. The Jaguars lost, 35-19.

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