Posted 09/28/2007 at 06:58 PM
--Southern Miss has lost six in a row against the spread as a road underdog.
--Since 2004, Boise St. owns a 14-5 spread record as a home favorite.
--Auburn has only been a double-digit underdog twice since 2001. The Tigers have won outright in both of those spots. In 2001 on a night when Rex Grossman threw four interceptions before that was his standard performance, Damon Duval’s right leg lifted Auburn to a 23-20 win over unbeaten Florida as a 23-point underdog. In 2002, the Tigers went into Bryant-Denny Stadium as 10 ½-point underdogs and emerged with a 17-7 win thanks to a career game from RB Tre Smith. Tommy Tuberville’s team visits the Swamp as an 18-point ‘dog at most spots.
--Idaho freshman RB Deonte Jackson is “doubtful” for Saturday’s home game against Hawaii. Colt Brennan (ankle) is expected to play after missing the Warriors’ win over No. Colorado last week.
--Purdue QB Curtis Painter has an outstanding 16/1 TD-INT ratio. Something tells me that gets even better after playing Notre Dame.
--Don’t get me wrong, I love this Alabama-FSU matchup in Jacksonville. I wish they’d start doing it every 4-5 years, rotating the game between Jax and Birmingham. But still, don’t you feel like this game would’ve been soooooooo much more appealing in 1992, or just any year before the Seminoles fell off the map (after Chris Winke graduated)?
--The Gators are 4-13-1 ATS as favorites in SEC games under Urban Meyer.
--Notre Dame has allowed 30 points or more in six straight games.
--Florida WR Andre Caldwell is “out” against Auburn, but he is expected to practice and play next week at LSU. Percy Harvin (hip pointer) hasn’t practiced at full speed this week, but is expected to give it a go against the Tigers.
--According to LVSC’s Kenny White, LSU will be a six-point ‘chalk’ against Florida next week. Assuming, that is, that there are no significant injuries for either team this weekend.
--For what it's worth (nothing?!): Tallahassee Democrat Sports Editor Jim Lamar likes the Alabama-FSU game to go 'over' the total.
--Vanderbilt has only been a double-digit favorite seven times in the last 10 years. The Commodores are 2-5 ATS in those spots. They play host to Eastern Michigan on Saturday as 22-point 'chalk.'