Saturday Primer — Week 8
Published on Saturday, 10/18/14, at 12:59 p.m. Eastern.
We’ve got everything you need for today, including scores, odds, previews and more. Wishing everyone lots of bets, ballgames, winners and Budweisers on the eighth Saturday of the 2014 college football season…
—My breakdown of this week’s SEC games at SaturdayDownSouth.com with Christopher Smith of SDS.
—My weekly SEC piece at VegasInsider.com has previews of Missouri at Florida and Kentucky LSU, in addition to updated SEC odds, the end of last week’s LSU-Florida game (wonder what Gary Andersen though about that?) and more.
—My weekly Read-Option column over at The Linemakers can be found here.
—Keep track of today’s scores at VegasInsider.com.
–You can also keep track of the updated lines at VI.
–Kevin Duffey from SDS reveals that Paul Finebaum used to have lots of hair and more in this column.
–The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas updates its Games of the Year lines every week. The line for the Egg Bowl this week was Ole Miss -3 vs. Mississippi St. The Iron Bowl line was Alabama -5.5 vs. Auburn.
–As dire as it seemed in Gainesville following last week’s gut-wrenching loss to LSU, the Gators might control their own destiny to win the SEC East by the end of the day. If UF beats Missouri and LSU tops Kentucky, Will Muscahmp’s team will have an open date to get ready for Georgia and can get to Atlanta by winning out in its SEC games.
–During his call of the Maryland-Iowa game, ESPN analyst Joey Galloway dropped down this gem after a long run by the Terps was called back for a holding call by a wide receiver. Galloway: “That’s why I never did any blocking down the field — always worried about a holding penalty.” Really, Joey?
–Maryland back-up QB Caleb Rowe is out for the season. Better stay healthy, C.J. Brown.
-West Va. WR Kevin White is nasty! And hey, Clint Trickett ain’t bad either.
—South Carolina RB Mike Davis likes to deal out stiff arms en route to the end zone.
–Regardless of today’s outcomes, Mike London and Dana Holgorsen have saved their respective jobs at Virginia and West Va. Will Muschamp? No-doubt-about-it-MUST win tonight against Mizzou at The Swamp.
–On the NFL front today, Percy Harvin passed his physical to complete his trade from the Seahawks to the Jets. The ‘Hawks will get back a conditional mid-round pick that at best will be a fourth-rounder. The acquisition of Harvin prompted the Jets to release fellow Gator and national-title winner David Nelson.
–When the trade went down yesterday, it was clear that Harvin’s attitude had once again become too much for an organization to handle. You knew things would come out today and they have. According to a report from Albert Breer of NFL Media, Harvin body slammed Golden Tate during Super Bowl week and left him with a dotted eye (see picture). Also, he punched teammate Doug Baldwin in August. The last straw apparently came last week when he refused to go back in the game in the fourth quarter of a home loss to Dallas.
–I have an 18-10 record (64%) in the NFL and the best winning percentage out of 28 NFL handicappers on VI. I’ve got two picks posted for Sunday with at least 1-2 more to follow in the next few hours.