Bosox 2-0 in World Series - TNF Preview
The Boston Red Sox are halfway home to winning a fourth World Series crown in the past 15 years - last night's 4-2 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers really has the Bosox in the proverbial drivers' seat and, hey, the formula has worked wonders so far in the first two games of this year's Fall Classic:
There's been key two-out hits, stellar defense and terrific bullpen work - remember the last 16 Dodgers that came to bat last night were retired and so now home field better be an "advantage" for LA beginning with Friday's Game 3 or else this is gonna be short and sweet.
The Red Sox know all about staying away from Game 7's in recent World Series past as they swept St. Louis (2004) and Colorado (2007) and needed six games to beat St. Louis again in 2013 ... what a difference from the old days when Boston lost Game 7's in 1967, 1975 and, egads, 1986.
One thing about this here-and-now post-season run is that the Red Sox have piled up the cash for their backers. Based on $100 per-play and per-series wagers, the Sawx cashed as - 145 favorites in the American League Division Series versus the New York Yankees and also won $285 in the game-by-game bets in that series;
In the AL Championship Series, remember the Red Sox were a +120 underdog against the Houston Astros plus Boston won $420 in Games 1 thru 5 in that set;
Toss in the $100 in Game 1 of this World Series (at -175) and the $100 in Game 2 (as 135 favs) and the grand total thus far this autumn is plus $1,125 ... amazing stuff from a team that won 108 regular-season games.
See y'all in LA!
NFL WEEK 8
MIAMI (4-3) at HOUSTON (4-3) - 8:20 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Now, what were the odds that the Houston Texans would be sitting atop the AFC South Division after that ugly 0-and-3 start? Strange but true, the Texans have won their last four in a row and check out the defensive showings the past three weeks as Bill O'Brien's crew has allowed 16, 13 and 7 points in its October outings. Here, the J. J Watt-led Houston defense takes its shots at one-time teammate Brock Osweiler who didn't exactly get along swimmingly with the aforementioned O'Brien. Osweiler's thrown for 600-plus yards altogether the past two weeks while subbing for an injured Ryan Tannehill but it's the injuries to WRs Albert Wilson and Kenny Stills (both out here) that's a major bummer for the visiting Fish.
Spread Stats - Houston is a rotten 2-10 ATS (against the spread) since the latter portion of the 2017 season; Miami, meanwhile, is 6-13-1 versus the vig as underdog sides since late in the '16 campaign.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL QUICK HITTERS
Here's some of what's on our mind as we inch towards a busy, busy College Football weekend ...
Tonight's tilts include a Big 12 biggie between Baylor (4-3) at #13 West Virginia - and take note the nationally-ranked Mountaineers come off a season-low 14-point outing two weeks ago (WVU had a bye last weekend) that just about disintegrated QB Will Grier's slight Heisman Trophy hopes. Grier (1,919 yards passing with 22 TDs and 7 INTs) could "go off" here. Let's see how the 'Neers respond after overly-negative head coach Dana Holgorsen lit into his team two weeks ago - worth mentioning that West Virginia's 42-47 ATS in the Holgorsen Era ...
On Friday night, all eyes will be on #23 Utah (- 10.5) at one-win UCLA: The visiting Utes (5-2, 3-2 Pac-12) have strung together back-to-back-to-back 40-plus point games while notching wins/covers against Stanford / Arizona / USC and don't look now but Utah slinger Tyler Huntley has accounted for 11 scoring strikes and 4 rushing TDs. P.S., believe it or not, UCLA now leads the Pac-12 in turnover margin at a plus 6 ... really!
On Saturday, the best under-the-radar game on the docket is #21 USF (7-0) at Houston (6-1). The visiting Bulls are a full TD underdog but Charlie Strong's club is counting on RB Jordan Cronkite (860 yards rushing and 6 TDs) puttin' up another 100-plus rushing yard game and here the resistance comes from a Cougars' stop unit that likely will be without preseason Heisman hopeful DL Ed Oliver (knee). Note that the UH Coogs rank third in the nation in total offense with better-than-you-think QB D'Eriq King (23 passing TDs / 9 rushing TDs). First team to 40 wins?