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Bradley exhibition, college football for the week..

Bradley Men’s Basketball exhibition: Bradley defeated Edgewood College (D-3) 78-42; of note that the halftime score was 35-18, with all of Edgewood’s first half points coming from 3 point shots.

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Basically, the young Bradley team (almost all freshmen) was simply too big and too fast. But the deal here is that the team actually made its lay ups. That is a big change from last year.

I’ll miss the next women’s exhibition game this Saturday but be able to make the subsequent games.

College Football
Illinois at Purdue: yes, the Illini are FAVORED (by 1.5 to 2.5 points) even though Purdue hammered Nebraska last week. Illinois holds an edge in the Sagarin ratings as well. Nevertheless…well, Illinois won there in 2013, in part due to two missed field goals by Purdue. Let’s just say that this isn’t a “ESPN GAMEDAY” type game.

Though Illinois gets its chief running back back, I’d have to pick Purdue to win.

Kansas at Texas The spread is on the order of 28-29 points or so. Yes, Kansas is terrible, but should Texas be such a large favorite against ANYONE? I note that it appears as if the home fans have given up:

emptytexasdkrstadium

This is 15 minutes prior to kickoff against Oklahoma State this year.

It looked a bit better at the end of the first quarter, but still lots of empties:

Texas to win; Kansas to cover.

Navy at Memphis
Yes, Memphis is a better team; they are undefeated and whipped Mississippi at home. Navy’s lone blemish is a loss to Notre Dame. The spread is 7.5-8.5. I think that Navy’s ball control keeps the game close. How close? Ugh..7-10 points sounds about right. I might call it 31-24 Memphis and take Navy to (barely) beat the spread.

Notre Dame at Pittsburgh Notre Dame is a 7.5-9 points favorite (8 seems typical) and, though Pitt lost last weekend, they usually give ND fits. I am calling a straight out upset here; I hope that I am wrong.

So my calls:
Winning: Purdue, Texas, Memphis, Pitt.
Spread: Purdue, Kansas, Navy, Pitt.

November 5, 2015 - Posted by | basketball, college football, football | ,

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