From this week’s PLAYBOOK Totals Tipsheet Football Newsletter: The Ravens have sailed OVER the total in 6 of their last 7 Monday night games. The Browns are 5-1 OVER at home after coming off a SU underdog win as well as 10-2-1 OVER in division games when coming off a SU underdog win. Over and out.
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In one of the biggest upsets of the season, LSU was able to take down Florida, ending their hopes of making the College Football Playoff. LSU won 37-34 after making a field goal with 23 seconds left in the game. Florida had a shot to tie it with a field goal of their own, but the 51-yard attempt missed wide left. What set up LSU’s chance for a field goal was a penalty on Florida defensive back Marco Wilson. The penalty happened after Florida had stopped LSU on a third down to force a punt. Wilson, excited that Florida had stopped LSU, picked up and threw one of the Tigers’ shoes, which had fallen off as a result of the tackle. The personal foul, allowed LSU’s drive to continue and ultimately for them to win the game. Go stand in the corner, Marco … North Carolina’s offense has been one of the best in the country this season. This is because they can beat teams in a number of ways – they rush the ball for 250 YPG and pass it for 308 YPG. Against Miami on Saturday, RB Michael Carter rushed for 308 yards and two touchdowns, while WR Javonte Williams rushed for 236 yards and three touchdowns. Their two losses this season, to Florida State and Virginia, are head scratching, but North Carolina will be a lot of fun to watch in a bowl game … To read more on what we learned last week click here.
Talk about a high standard of living. Gus Malzahn’s 68-34 record with Auburn wasn’t enough to cut the mustard, despite the fact he handed Alabama’s Nick Saban 3 of the Tide’s six conference losses. ESPN points out Malzahn’s struggles against top teams in the SEC had a lot to do with it, as Auburn went a combined 8-17 against Alabama, Georgia and LSU. What’s more, Auburn was 20-24 against teams that entered the game with a winning record. Don’t feel too sorry for Malzahn, though. He is owed $21.7 million, 50% of which is due in the first 30 days.