By Marc Lawrence — Conference title races are heating up and Week 12 is the last week before the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season are unveiled. Week 11 of the college football season was a little lacking, both because there were no marquee games and because so many were canceled or postponed due to COVID-19 issues. The number of Week 12 games a significant upgrade, featuring three ranked vs. ranked teams, including Oklahoma State invading Oklahoma in the battle of Bedlam. The Sooners and Cowboys have a lop-sided rivalry, with Oklahoma leading the all-time series 89-18-7. That typically hasn’t stopped the wackiness of Bedlam before. The opening line for the game opened up as Oklahoma as 9.5-point favorites. In less than 24 hours, that line was down to 6.5-points and has since settled in at -7. Oklahoma is 4-1 ATS in its last five against Oklahoma State and 12-5 ATS in its last 17 games … To read more on four other top tier games in Saturday’s card click here.
There were plenty of surprises, as expected, in the NBA draft Wednesday night. After the dust settled it’s my opinion the Charlotte Hornets fared the best. PG LaMelo Ball could have gone No. 1 but the Hornets gladly scooped him up at No. 3. The Hornets got a legit playmaker whose ceiling could be special. They followed up by adding some size in Duke C Vernon Carey Jr. and C Nick Richards from Kentucky before closing it out another scorer in G Grant Riller from Charleston. Job well done, Charlotte.
Grinding Out The Profits
From this week’s PLAYBOOK Football Newsletter: Yikes. UMass has only 18 wins over the last seven seasons and went 1-11 SU and 2-9 ATS last year under first year head coach Walt Bell. With 22 true and redshirt freshmen dotting this year’s roster, the Minutemen have been outscored 92-10 and outgained 931-281 in total yards in 2020. There is a reason Florida Atlantic is installed as a whopping 33.5-point favorite tonight.