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AROUND THE AREA

Americans split with the champs

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Terry, Butler launch Mavs' Coat and Blanket Drive

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

AMERICANS SPLIT WITH CHAMPS

MOSS SPLITS WITH VIKES, BECOMES A TITAN

FISHER NBA INSIDERS OPINIONS OF THE MAVERICKS

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE AL CHAMPS?

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COVER STORY

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10 GOOD MINUTES

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SPORTS FODDER

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THE TICKET WINDOW

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NASCAR RACE AT TMS

NASCAR DRIVER CLINT BOWYER

NBA PLAYERS PROVIDING BANG FOR THE BUCK

JON DANIELS WITH NORM HITZGES

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Special to TH E S P O RTS PAG E WE E K LY The Rapid City Rush outlasted the Allen Americans Saturday night, winning 3-2. The two teams split the weekend series, which was a rematch of the 2010 Ray Miron Cup Finals. Rapid City began Saturday night's affair much like they did Fridays, by scoring two quick goals to go up 2-0. This time it was Colt King notching a power play goal just two minutes in to get the Rush on the board first. Less than forty seconds later, the Rush went up 2-0 with Vladimir Hartinger scoring a power play goal from Derek LeBlanc and Dave Grimson. Nino Musitelli pulled the Americans back to within one, scoring an unassisted goal 13:46 into the first. Rapid City peppered Allen goaltender Adrien Lemay with 19 shots in the second period, but only registered one goal, a Les Reaney strike just over a minute into the period. Lemay stopped 35 of 38 Rush shots for the night. Colton Yellow Horn buried a Tobias Whelan feed 15 minutes into the second to once again close the gap for the Americans, making the score 3-2. Allen took the play to Rapid City in the third in an attempt to tie the game, outshooting the Rush 13-8 in the final stanza, but could not get on the scoreboard to tie the contest. With the loss, Allen still ends October with a sparkling record of 6-2, including 41 away from the Allen Event Center. Allen returns home Friday, November 5 to host the Texas Brahmas at the Allen Event Center. The game will feature Military Appreciation Night, including special camouflage jerseys to be auctioned off after the game. US Congressman Sam Johnson will be in attendance as a special guest, and will perform the ceremonial puck drop. TERRY, BUTLER LAUNCH FOURTH ANNUAL COAT AND BLANKET DRIVE The Dallas Mavericks, Jason Terry and Caron Butler have partnered with Dave & Buster's, Telemundo and World Vision to host Jason Terry and Caron Butler's Coat and Blanket Drive, benefiting Metroplex homeless shelters. Mavs fans will have the opportunity to contribute through November 30 at Metroplex Dave & Buster's and Telemundo locations. Anyone who donates a new or gently used coat or blanket will receive a $5 Dave & Buster's Power Card and a buy one, get one free

ticket voucher to select Dallas Mavericks home games. Donations can also be dropped off at American Airlines Center on Saturday, November 6 when the Mavs host the Denver Nuggets. Additionally, the Mavs are challenging local middle and high schools to host their own coat and blanket drive throughout the month of November. The school that collects the most articles will receive an appearance by Caron Butler. For more information, visit mavs.com.

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Quick Hits

Obama said he enjoyed watching Monday night's game and mentioned that he wanted to find out if there really was magic in the beard of closer Brian Wilson. - Writer Vance Gonzales on Barack Obama's belated congratulatory call to the San Francisco Giants.

Vikes/Moss split, Obama makes call

Randy Moss is now a Tennessee Titan.

though owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday he would not claim Moss. The Titans reportedly made a claim on Moss Wednesday afternoon. If nobody had picked Moss up, he would have been free to sign a new deal with any team and the Vikings would be on for the remaining $3.388 million on his contract. He'd then be available for around $450,000 and Moss could choose the team he would like to join.

GIANTS CURIOUS WHY PRESIDENT OBAMA HADN'T CALLED YET After winning the World Series on Monday night, the San Francisco Giants thought they'd have heard from the White House by now; thought that they'd have received the traditional phone call from President Obama. “We gave [Obama's] people the private line into Bruce Bochy's office and the numbers to contact us,” said Giants spokeswoman Staci Slaughter on Monday. “But we have yet to hear from

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4 11:00A BIG 12 NO-HUDDLE - KANSAS AT IOWA STATE (HDTV) 1:00P BIG 12 NO-HUDDLE - TEXAS TECH AT TEXAS A&M (HDTV) 4:00P SOONER FOOTBALL 5:00P COLLEGE FOOTBALL SATURDAY PREVIEW (HDTV) 10:00P COLLEGE FOOTBALL SATURDAY PREVIEW (HDTV) 1:30A BIG 12 INSTANT REPLAY (HDTV) FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5 11:00A BIG 12 NO-HUDDLE - BAYLOR AT TEXAS (HDTV) 2:30P BIG 12 INSTANT REPLAY (HDTV) 3:00P COLLEGE FOOTBALL SATURDAY PREVIEW (HDTV) 4:30P BIG 12 SHOWCASE 11:00P GAMEDAY RIVALS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6 10:00A BIG 12 INSTANT REPLAY 10:30A BIG 12 SHOWCASE 11:00A BIG 12 KICKOFF SHOW 11:30A COLLEGE FOOTBALL: BAYLOR AT OKLAHOMA STATE (LIVE - HDTV) 3:00P BIG 12 POSTGAME SHOW 5:00P BIG 12 FOOTBALL SATURDAY 6:00P COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OKLAHOMA AT TEXAS A&M (LIVE - HDTV) 1:00A BIG 12 LIVE 2:00A COLLEGE FOOTBALL: BAYLOR AT OKLAHOMA STATE (REPLAY - HDTV) SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7 7:00A BIG 12 LIVE 9:00A BIG 12 NO-HUDDLE - BAYLOR AT OKLAHOMA STATE (HDTV) 12:00P BIG 12 WOMEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP (LIVE) 4:00P COLLEGE FOOTBALL FINAL SCORE 11:30P COLLEGE FOOTBALL FINAL SCORE 2:00A COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OKLAHOMA AT TEXAS A&M (REPLAY - HDTV) MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8 12:00P BIG 12 NO-HUDDLE - OKLAHOMA AT TEXAS A&M (HDTV) 4:00P COWBOY FOOTBALL ROUND-UP WITH MIKE GUNDY 5:00P LONGHORN SPORTS CENTER WEEKLY (HDTV) 11:00P BIG 12 INSTANT REPLAY (HDTV) TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 12:00P BIG 12 NO-HUDDLE - COLORADO AT KANSAS (HDTV) 10:30P RAIDER POWER WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10 11:00A BIG 12 NO-HUDDLE - OKLAHOMA AT TEXAS A&M (HDTV) 12:00P BIG 12 NO-HUDDLE - BAYLOR AT OKLAHOMA STATE (HDTV) 1:00P BIG 12 INSTANT REPLAY (HDTV) 3:00P RED RAIDER WEEKLY 3:30P LONGHORN SPORTS CENTER WITH MACK BROWN (HDTV) 4:00P INSIDE BAYLOR SPORTS 4:30P THE AGGIE FOOTBALL SHOW (HDTV) 6:00P BIG 12 SHOWCASE 11:00P COLLEGE FOOTBALL SATURDAY PREVIEW (HDTV) THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11 12:00P BIG 12 NO-HUDDLE - OKLAHOMA AT TEXAS A&M (HDTV) 4:00P SOONER FOOTBALL 1:30A COLLEGE FOOTBALL SATURDAY PREVIEW (HDTV) Visit Big12sports.com for all the news from the Big 12 Conference and your favorite schools.

HIGH SCHOOL Ranger fans probably shouldn’t worry about Wash.

him. Maybe on Tuesday? Apparently, other more important matters have clogged up the President's agenda. Yet the call finally came on Tuesday and President Obama told the team that he was looking forward to congratulating the team in person at the White House for winning their first World Series in more than half a century. Obama said he enjoyed watching Monday night's game and mentioned that he wanted to find out if there really was magic in the beard of closer Brian Wilson.

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COURTESY:YAHOO!

RANGERS RETAINING RON WASHINGTON A TOP OFF-SEASON PRIORITY Texas Rangers manager Jon Daniels confirmed Wednesday that his first off-season priority is to extend manager Ron Washington. In fact, Daniels said he has spoken often with Washington over the last few months about keeping him in Texas long term. “First things first, we'll address our own free agents as most clubs will, first priority being Wash,” Daniels said. “I don't think that'll be an issue whatsoever. I would imagine once it's all said and done, we will sit down and resolve that pretty quickly. There's no doubt in anybody's mind that he'll be the skipper here for some time to come.” Washington's teams have increased their win totals in each of his four years as manager. Texas won 87 games in 2009 and then 90 in the regular season in 2010. He's the first manager to win a playoff series for the Rangers. Washington received a two-year deal with two options before he was hired in 2006.

Various league sources told ESPN that the Redskins, Bears, Rams, Dolphins, Raiders, Chiefs, Seahawks, New York Jets and even the Patriots ere among the teams possibly interested in claiming Moss. However, ESPN also reported that the Jets did not submit a claim for Moss. When asked if he would welcome Moss back to New England, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said: “You can ask Coach Belichick. I don't make decisions around here. If I did, Lawyer Milloy would still be here and Deion [Branch] never would have left. Whatever I want doesn't happen anyway, so I just try and keep my mouth shut.” Moss' agent, Joel Segal said in an ESPN Radio appearance Tuesday that he was not in talks with any potential suitors and would not do so until a claim is made. “Obviously, there's a number of clubs who could use Randy,” Segal said. “We're going to let the waiver process play itself out, see who claims Randy and then hopefully it will be a good situation.”

COURTESY:TEXAS RANGERS

VIKINGS, MOSS SPLIT AFTER FOUR WEEKS On Wednesday, Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress said the team's trade for wide receiver Randy Moss was, “a poor decision.” Childress decided to cut Moss after less than a month into his second stint in Minnesota. However, Childress was ambiguous on specific details surrounding his decision to put Moss on the waiver wire. He declined to answer repeated questions about the decision, including the motive behind it and whether he and other team personnel discussed it at length. Moss hit the waiver wire Tuesday after catching 13 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns in four games with the Vikings. They lost three of those four games. Moving forward, Childress didn't say much beyond, “When it's not right, you need to make it right,” as his 2-5 team heads into Sunday's game against Arizona. Teams had until 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday to place a claim on Moss. Buffalo had the first shot at him, followed by Carolina and your Dallas Cowboys,

COURTESY:MINNESOTA VIKINGS

By Vance Gonzales/Correspondent

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THE FISH

SPORTS TALK WITH MIKE FISHER

Two NBA insiders share Mavs thoughts A little bit of insight from guys who know

By Mike Fisher FISH fish@dallasbasketball.com One prominent NBA assistant coach. One long-time NBA scout. The granting of anonymity. (Because I have the power!) And 10 quick personnel takes on your Dallas Mavericks. What do our NBA staffers think of the Mavs' moves, their talents, their chances? In terms of how Dallas is viewed, this guides you inside: ON JASON KIDD'S DEFENSE The scout says: “I don't think he can stick with the point guards at all anymore. They have a problem there, no matter which way they go at the 2. “Kidd's got to end up guarding the other teams' wings, and he can do OK there - but only in short spurts. If they ask him to try to guard Kobe for 38 minutes, it won't work.''

“If they start Haywood but then finish games with (Tyson) Chandler, is Haywood going to feel slighted? Chandler won't have a problem with whatever his role is; he gets it. Haywood, though, needs to be managed.'' ON PROSPECT ALEXIS AJINCA The assistant says: “They've got something there. Donnie (Nelson) knew what he was doing there. He can't play with his back to the basket; they shouldn't even bother with that. But he can face up and shoot, he can pass, he can run, and he's one of the longest players in the league. I don't know what the plans are, but I think they need to keep him around and in a couple of years, they will have themselves a player.'' ON RODDY BEAUBOIS AS A “BLUR'' The assistant says: “Trying to get him to manage a game (as a point guard) at this point in his career is probably a mistake. It's not instinctive to him. “When he's back (from injury), he will be the freshest player on the floor and he will be the fastest player on the floor. They shouldn't ask him to think. Put him at the 2, let him play with Kidd, and he will be a blur.''

ON CARON BUTLER'S STAR QUALITY The assistant says: “I bet Dallas wishes Butler would learn from (Shawn Marion) and develop some ways to get the ball in ways besides just camping in his pet spots and calling for the ball. “Butler used to cut to the basket without the ball. They need to get him back to that. He's not going to be a star if he's just shooting jumpers.''

ON DESHAWN STEVENSON The scout says: “He can be a stopper, but they can't afford to give him those minutes. He's got nothing on offense, and they can't afford that. “But he is a bull on defense. Go back and look at their games against teams like the Lakers and you see that the guy who did the best job on Kobe was Stevenson. He just doesn't do enough other things to be on the floor much.''

ON THE TWO-HEADED CENTER The assistant says: “They are loaded there. The only problem is managing (Brendan) Haywood's ego, if you want to call it that.

ON SHAWN MARION OFF THE BENCH The assistant says: “He can be a real matchup force coming off the bench, that's the biggest selling point.

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“But he's not the player he was when he was (a four-time) All-Star. He's got to keep reinventing himself.'' ON DALLAS' FAST BREAK The scout says: “They still run the break to precision, and it's not just Kidd. Terry and Dirk, they know exactly where to be. And this year, because of the talents of their centers and the way they like to use their centers, their secondary break will be very productive. “It's Kidd running things within the flow of the game and the flow of the play, but assigned spots for (Chandler or Haywood). It's difficult to stop.'' ON DALLAS' PICK-AND-ROLL OFFENSE The scout says: “It's not as strong as they'd like it to be, mostly because Dirk likes to end up taking jumpers out of it, and so does Terry. Somebody needs to give (the team) the option of taking the ball to the basket. It'd be more effective for them if Kidd would do that, or could do that. But Kidd doesn't finish there, and he doesn't really shoot the jumper (out of the pick-androll), either.'' ON DIRK NOWITZKI'S SKILL SET The assistant coach: “It's bad news for the rest of us because the things he does well, the skills he has, they will not deteriorate. You can't lose the skills you never had, so Dirk was never a greater leaper, for instance, but it doesn't matter. “Dirk as a shooter, Dirk's IQ, the way he sets an example, those things will be present in his game until he's 40, or longer… as long as he wants to play.'' Catch the Fish on DallasBasketball.com, on FOX Sports Southwest and at twitter.com/fishsports.

San Francisco, they get Tony 10 In Bennett. But when the Rangers are in the seventh-inning stretch of Game 3 in Arlington, the featured singer is the semi-obscure Martha Plimpton? 9 You know things are rough for the Cowboys when the play of Jon Kitna is a singular highlight.

Mavs have exercised the 8 The option on Roddy B's contract. Nice, but I'd rather hear that Roddy B's booted foot is ready to be exercised. 7 The Cowboys are not just 0-4 this season at Cowboys Stadium; they are just 6-6 overall in the new building. Any way they can just pick up and move back to Irving? 6 TCU as a national champ? The Horned Frogs' defense has given up 78 points all season. Contenders Auburn and Oregon combined to give up 63 last weekend alone.

did Halloween turn from 5 When a chance for kids to dress up in fantasy costumes to adult women dressing up like whores? Not complaining… just wondering. 4 Second worst news for Tony Romo and his broken clavicle? He can't play golf, either.

4 of the World Series 3 Game lost in the TV ratings to “Sunday Night Football'' featuring Steelers and Saints. And That's The Way Baseball Go. 2 LeBron has a 90-second TV commercial asking “What Should I Do?'' Um… shorter TV commercials? 1 R.I.P., Maurice Lucas, a talent and an enforcer and one of the faces of the classic 1977 NBA Champion Portland Trail Blazers.


RANGERS

WHERE THEY GO FROM HERE

So, what's next for your Texas Rangers? A load of other questions besides Lee By Dic Humphrey C O R R E S P O N D E NT dic.Humphrey@yahoo.com The dream season came to an end, as the Giants behind Tim Lincecum beat the Rangers 3-1 last Monday to wrap up the World Series in five games. The baseball axiom says good pitching usually beats good hitting, and the Giants proved it to be true this time. The Giants scored 29 runs in the series, about the six a game the Rangers averaged in the first two playoff series, while their pitchers held the highly regarded Ranger offense to 29 hits. The Rangers now turn their attention to next year in an off-season that is a month shorter than any in Ranger history. The decision that will garner the most attention is Cliff Lee, who has been sending mixed signals as to where he wants to pitch next year. It's clear that he likes this team and the direction it's heading. Some comments, though, seem to indicate that manager Ron Washington could be a negative as far his returning, and Lee certainly doesn't want to say anything that will discourage other teams from bidding for his services. INTERESTING QUESTION The Ranger playoff run certainly increased the odds of his returning, but realistically they are less than 50-50. In actuality, it may not be in the best interests of the Rangers to bring him back. Media speculation has Lee landing at least a five-year deal with guaranteed money in the nine-digit neighborhood. That's a nice neighborhood for the Lee family, but it's noteworthy that the people speculating on his salary are not the ones that write the checks. The Ranger payroll will certainly increase, most likely to a figure around $100 million. Committing more than 20 percent of their payroll to

one player is questionable. The Rangers would have made the playoffs without Lee this season, and with the bevy of arms in the system, their best course of action may be to continue to develop their young pitchers. The most glaring positional need is catcher. They tacked together 2010 with journeyman Matt Treanor, Taylor Teagarden, Max Ramirez and later Bengie Molina; but none of them are the long-term solution. Molina is hinting at retiring. Either Teagarden or Treanor could be a reasonable backup, but the Rangers will be going outside the organization to find an answer to their catching situation. A month ago, another position that perhaps needed to be addressed was first base. That may not be true now. Mitch Moreland continued in the playoffs to stake a claim to be next year's starter. He's never been regarded as a prospect to be in the same class as Justin Smoak, or even Chris Davis. All he has done, though, is continue to improve and impress at the Major League level. His .389 batting average led all hitters in the LCS, and he followed that performance with .462 in the World Series. In 15 postseason games, he hit .348 with a home run and seven

RBI. The middle infield is set with Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus. However, Michael Young is a head-scratcher at third. He regressed defensively, committing 19 errors in 2010 - more than double his 2009 total. He'll definitely return in some capacity as he has a significant contract and is still a productive hitter. Texas made a decision to make on Vladimir Guerrero, who had a marvelous season at designated hitter, batting .300 with 29 home runs and 115 RBI. However, much of that production occurred early, with just nine home runs and 32 RBI on a .278 batting average after the All-Star break. He was terrible in the playoffs - .220 with no home runs and six RBI. He'll be 36 next Opening Day. The Rangers held a $9 million option for next season, which they declined to exercise. He could possibly be back, through a negotiated contract at a lesser price. There will also be good DH options on the free agent market at less than $9 million, and the Rangers may choose to go with a revolving DH, utilizing the slot to keep often injured players such as Nelson Cruz and Josh Hamilton off the field more while keeping their bats in the lineup. ANOTHER DILEMMA In the outfield, Hamilton, Cruz, Julio Borbon and David Murphy are expected to return. Jeff Francoeur was a nice lateseason addition, and with the Rangers' struggle against left-handed pitching, his bat could be a benefit. Also on the subject of Hamilton and Cruz, the Rangers will be dealing with the dilemma of signing the pair to a long-term contract. C. J. Wilson falls in this category, too. Finally, with or without Lee, there are pitching questions to be answered.

Starters Wilson, Colby Lewis and Tommy Hunter are expected to be in the rotation. There are a host of other candidates to fill out the rotation, including Scott Feldman, Derrick Holland, Michael Kirkman, Matt Harrison, Mark Pryor and Eric Hurley. Neftali Feliz could also be moved from the closer's role. In the pen, Alexi Ogando likely moves into the right-handed power arm set-up role manned by Frank Francisco this year. Francisco is a free agent who will likely be moving elsewhere for the opportunity to close. The Rangers have a decision on Darren Oliver, as they hold a $3.2 million option for next season. That's a close call as his production tailed off dramatically in the second half of the season. One other potential significant loss is hitting instructor Clint Hurdle. He is a candidate to manage Pittsburgh. The offensive evolution this year of Andrus, Kinsler, Hamilton and Cruz, to name four, is remarkable; and Hurdle was greatly responsible. His contributions transcend his duties as hitting instructor, and he would be difficult to replace. Texas will most surely be the favorite to win the American League West next season. In the past six years, 11 teams have participated in the World Series, with only the Phillies playing in two. The Rangers could - and should - be an even better team next season, but there is no assurance of returning to the World Series. That should make Ranger fans realize what a special season they have just witnessed.

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COLLEGE FB

BIG 12 GAMES OF NOTE

Baylor/OSU, Nebraska/OSU get top billing Bears, Cowboys both ranked By Bo Carter C O R R E S P O N D E NT Scarter5@twu.edu BAYLOR AT OKLAHOMA STATE No. 18 nationally Oklahoma State vs. No. 22 Baylor… No, it's not a typo. The Big 12 South Division-leading Bears (7-2, 4-1) and contending Cowboys (7-1, 3-1) are headed for a showdown in Stillwater, Okla. Saturday at 11:30 a.m. on FSN. Even more intriguing about this contest, which sometimes has been the final piece in a play-out-the-season puzzle for one or both contestants, is the scenario where these two squads are No. 2 (OSU) and No. 8 (BU) nationally in NCAA FBS team total offense. They have combined for 1,017.7 yards each outing (527.3 average for the Cowboys and 490.4 average by the Bears). Both have young, energetic coaches who have been beating some of the “big boys”

in their respective states behind head coaches Mike Gundy and Baylor's Art Briles. Cases in recruiting points are OSU's minor league baseball standout turned quarterback Brandon Weeden (fifth nationally in total offense with 309.1 yards of total offense each contest) and the Bears' elusive QB Robert Griffin III (third nationally while accumulating 332.6 total offense yards per clash for the No. 3 individual post in NCAA FBS). Many look for a typical Oklahoma StateMissouri or OSU-Texas Tech game of recent years with scores such as 62-31, 5238, 51-50, or 41-38 - expect at least that much scoreboard changing when these two scoring machines face off Saturday. There also is no lack of confidence on either sideline. Baylor has exorcised some of its recent Big 12 demons with already the most conference wins in a single campaign. BU's first 11 teams in Big 12 (1996-2006) were 8-80 in league play. Oklahoma State is long over its late-season woes on offense in 2009 when the Cowboys were blanked by rival Oklahoma

and then fell 21-7 to Ole Miss in the AT&T Cotton Bowl. Gundy has his steeds mounted, and the 'Boys poised to make a run at their first Big 12 South Division crown with a good bounce here or there. NEBRASKA AT IOWA STATE In past years, Iowa State-Nebraska football outcomes were almost comical. This was even as recent as the late 1990s when the Huskers '97 national championship clobbered the Cyclones, 69-14, on an icy afternoon in Lincoln, Neb. As the scene shifts to Ames, Iowa, Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in an ABC regional telecast, the mood has changed considerably among observers of this now-vital encounter. ISU is coming off its first-ever win over Texas in Austin, 28-21, and a 28-16 verdict over Kansas in Ames to jump to 5-4 overall and 3-2 in the Big 12. The Cyclones also are one win away from achieving bowl eligibility in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2004 and '05.

Before fans start going to the Internet to order Dr Pepper Big 12 Football Championship tickets, though, the Huskers of coach Bo Pelini pose a formidable challenge. NU is 7-1 overall, 3-1 in the Big 12 North Division and in control of its own destiny after downing Missouri in Lincoln last week. Iowa State must find some way to slow down school-record-setting rusher Roy Helu, Jr. (game-best 307 yards vs. Mizzou a week ago), and Huskers' running and gunning freshman QB Taylor Martinez hopes to be 100 percent after a leg injury against the Tigers. The Cyclones counter with a scrappy defense tutored by 69-year-old coaching sage Wally Burnham, and the key is holding the Huskers to 24 points or less. ISU is 11-0 under Rhoads when limiting opponents to that magic number. The win-win situation in this game means one step closer to the '10 Big 12 title game repeat bid for the Huskers ad hard-earned bowl eligibility for the Cyclones, whose opponents have won 65 of their first 96 games this year.

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THE SPORTS PAGE WEEKLY’S PIGSKIN PROGNOSTICATORS Each week, we’ll ask some area media members to put their forecasting skills to the test. This season, TSPW publisher Dan McVicker, Scott Boyter, editor of TSPW, Pugs of the Pugs and Company radio show, FOX SPORTS NET personality John Rhadigan and Roger Emrich, KRLD-AM Sports, will all go up against “George,” the offical TSPW quarter.

GAMES - 11/4 - 11/8 Ar i z o n a a t S t a n f o r d ( - 9 . 5 ) N e b r a s ka ( - 1 9 ) a t I o w a S t a t e Oregon State (-5.5) at UCLA Baylor at Oklahoma State (-7) TC U ( - 4 . 5 ) a t U t a h Ar ka n s a s a t S o u t h C a r o l i n a ( - 3 ) Al a b a m a ( - 6 ) a t L S U Te x a s ( - 4 ) a t K a n s a s S t a t e Ar i z o n a a t M i n n e s o t a ( - 9 ) Ta m p a B a y a t At l a n t a ( - 8 . 5 ) San Diego (-2) at Houston Miami at Baltimore (-5.5) N e w Yo r k G i a n t s ( - 6 ) a t S e a t t l e Indianapolis at Philadelphia (-3) Dallas at Green Bay (-8) Pittsburgh (-4.5) at Cincinnati

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COVER STORY

NASCAR CHASE AT TMS

The Championship Chase rolls into Texas Johnson looking for fifth straight title

EVENTS OVERVIEW THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Dallas Morning News Qualifying Day NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 7 p.m.

By Bruce Cameron S P E C IAL C O NTR I B UTO R Texas Motor Speedway, with a crowd capacity in excess of 190,000, hopes to fill the track again for this week's AAA 500. TMS President Eddie Gossage, and staff have created a new campaign to attract NASCAR fans to see, smell and feel an over-hauled racing experience. The “No Limits” campaign was unveiled during Texas Motor Speedway's 2011 schedule announcement on August 17 at The House of Blues in Dallas. It will be the most comprehensive advertising and marketing campaign designed to help promote its three marquee race weekend: The AAA Texas 500 NASCAR triple-header weekend in November. From advertising to merchandise, and more, Texas Motor Speedway will bring a “No Limits” attitude to reach the broadest spectrum of fans while also rewarding its most loyal customers: Preferred Seat License and season-ticket holders. The speedway, along with its entities, is undergoing a major re-branding with the “No Limits” theme, which also included the addition of “The Great American Sweethearts!” That's right, Daisy Duke (ish) girls with racing stuff on their shirts. Here's what some of the major drivers are up to: JIMMIE JOHNSON After a slow start to the Chase for the Sprint Cup, finishing 25th in the opening race at New Hampshire, Johnson has regained his championship form thanks in large part to four consecutive top-five finishes. A win at Dover, followed by a runner-up finish at Kansas and third-place finish at Fontana, vaulted Johnson atop the standings. Leading by only 14 points, Johnson will attempt to secure his fifth consecutive Sprint Cup Series title when he returns to Texas Motor Speedway for the AAA Texas 500 on Sunday, November 7. Texas Motor Speedway has proven to be a pivotal stop for Johnson. JEFF GORDON Gordon hasn't had a victory since April 2009 here at Texas. A freakish finish could have him loving Texas even more. However, being Johnson's owner and teammate somehow lessens the blow if he does not win here at Texas.

Danica - 1 p.m. Go Daddy and NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver Danica Patrick will appear at the Fort Worth Stockyards for DRIVE4COPD's Great American Screen Off, a nationwide push this fall to screen Americans for their risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The event is FREE and open to the public. Tony Stewart @ Office Depot on 114, Grapevine, TX in line by 4 p.m. signing at 5 p.m. DENNY HAMLIN Hamlin has won seven races this year, more than any other NASCAR driver. Hamlin's first victory of the season was in April, where he won the Samsung 500 at TMS. Less than two weeks before the race at TMS, Hamlin had surgery on his left knee. He trails Jimmy Johnson by only 14 points for the Sprint Cup. Honestly, I hope Hamlin beats Johnson; it would do wonders for owner Joe Gibbs and most of NASCAR's fan base. KASEY KAHNE Kahne has been released from Richard Petty Motorsports for “being incensed over brake issues.” Red Bull has been in an interesting situation this season, thanks to a blood clot problem that sidelined driver Brian Vickers early in the year. Vickers is expected to return to start the 2011 season, but No. 83 has been a rotating door of drivers. Kahne left a seemingly unfixable situation at RPM to run a few races at Red Bull. Let's see how he runs in the 83 this weekend. He'll exceed the performance of Aric Almirola. JOE NEMECHEK Nemechek is probably the leader of “Who's Not Hot” of 2010. Joe's start-andpark strategy will likely be seen this week at TMS. The question is: Will the Pace Car make more laps than Nemechek? BOBBY LABONTE Sadly, this Texan is behind Joe Nemechek. Enough said.

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Busch has won the last four series races at Texas Motor Speedway, sweeping the last two years. He's tied with two-time series champion Kevin Harvick for the series lead of most wins at TMS, with four each. We'll see if Carl Edwards can close the gap on this year's leader, Brad Keselowski. DANICA PATRICK Danica jumps into her first season as a NASCAR Nationwide Series driver. Signed by Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s, JR Motorsports, Danica and Dale get much media attention. Since Jr. is not winning races, he may prove to be a better businessman than a driver. Time will tell. Patrick has yet to finish on the lead lap of any race. At Texas, Danica will drive more under control. She's getting somewhat of a grasp of what she needs from the car to perform well in the race. She has a long way to go; we'll see if she can feel some of those indicators inside the cockpit. Danica has three more races this year: Texas Motor Speedway (November 6), Phoenix International Raceway (November 13), and Homestead-Miami Speedway (November 20). BRAD KESELOWSKI Brad Keselowski Keselowski, with three races left of the season, boasts a large points lead in the standings over second place driver Carl Edwards. Keselowski has a genuine shot to clinch the championship at Texas Motor Speedway if he finishes with a 391-point lead. It will be the first championship for team owner Roger Penske in NASCAR competition.

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NASCAR DRIVER CLINT BOWYER

Too little, too late for the No. 33 Bowyer wins twice during Chase, but is out of hunt for title

Special to TH E S P O RTS PAG E WE E K LY Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 33 Cheerios Chevrolet, is currently 12th in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup points standings but has won two races, most recently at Talladega Superspeedway. Bowyer has also accumulated seven top-five and 17 top-10 finishes this season. Heading to Texas, he has two top 5s and five top 10s in nine trips to the Speedway. COMING OFF YOUR WIN LAST WEEKEND AT TALLADEGA, TALK ABOUT YOUR OUTLOOK HEADING TO TEXAS. Yeah, I'm looking forward to Texas. It's always a lot of fun, the fans, everything that surrounds the racetrack. The stockyards down there, I always look forward to going down there. Just a really neat atmosphere to be able to race. But the track itself, very fast. Always puts on a good show for the fans. We got a brand-new racecar built for this. The engine boys said it's the best horsepower we've had all year. Looking forward to having a great run and, who knows, maybe winning another race. YOU'RE THE ONLY GUY WITH TWO WINS IN THIS CHASE. DOES IT START TO MAKE YOU WONDER WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN, SHOULD HAVE BEEN? Oh, yeah. I mean, I've thought that ever since the penalty, to be honest with you. To win the Chase opener at New Hampshire, then have the penalty, ever since then it's just kind of been a pretty rocky road, truthfully not much to look forward to. You lose your crew chief, mojo, pit crew, everything is tumbling down. To win a race got things back in the right direction, where they needed to

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be. We almost won California, too. We would have won three races. The greedy side of me wants to think of that. We almost won three out of the seven Chase races, and were pretty darn close to doing that.

WHAT CAN YOU SALVAGE, OTHER THAN WINNING SOME MORE RACES? CAN YOU GET OUT OF 12TH AND GET TO FIFTH OR SIXTH? Well, I mean, the goals from here, obviously getting my crew chief back this weekend, Shane Wilson, and getting things headed in the right direction for next year is huge. I think we can win another race by the end of the year, I really do. We're running good. I think, you know, being able to walk across the stage and thank your sponsors at the banquet is very important. There's 12 Chase drivers in the Chase, but only 10 of them get recognized and get on stage at the championship banquet. To get on there, thank your sponsors, all your team members that have gotten you that far in the season is very important to me. I got to get within the top 10 to do that. That's goal number one right now. CLINT, OF THE THREE RACES STILL COMING UP, WHAT DO YOU THINK IS YOUR BEST CHANCE TO GET TO VICTORY LANE AND WHY? Well, two of the three, and that's why I've always had success in this Chase and like the Chase so much, is they're good racetracks for me. Texas, we've gotten close before. If we can improve on what we've had in the past there, which I think we can, and we have a brand-new racecar, and more importantly more horsepower, the engine boys are very excited about the engine that we're running. It's the next step. It's what Jamie McMurray won with in Charlotte. I'm looking forward to checking it out and

seeing what it's got, hopefully landing ourselves in Victory Lane. Again, we have a great car for Phoenix, a great game plan. We ran awesome there in the spring race. I'm looking forward to getting out there. We won in the Nationwide Series there, haven't in the Cup Series. I think that's a track where I can win in the future.

HOW ABOUT HAVING SHANE WILSON BACK? GOT TO KNOCK ANY RUST OFF OF HIM OR HAVE THE WEEKENDS OFF BEEN GOOD FOR HIM? Truth be told, I think it's been good for all of us. It's opened our eyes to a couple things that we've been missing, you know. Communication side of it on race day is one I think. Scott Miller did a great job. Things are intense. When they get heated up, things can get out of control, spiral downhill pretty quick. Scott did a great job of managing that situation, keeping things pointed in the right direction. I think it helped me having to pick my end of it up a little bit, take the reins myself, be a little bit more of a quarterback instead of just having Shane do it all. It's been a good situation. Shane has been able to sit outside looking in, evaluate things, kind of open up a different opinion and evaluate where we're at. I think we can be better coming out of the box here at Texas. I look to be strong. WHAT IS BEHIND THE RESURGENCE OF THE RCR TEAM THIS YEAR? A lot of things. The engineering program has really picked up, simulation. All the things that we didn't have. We had to build those things, had to purchase some of them, acquire people, good people. You can't just put somebody in there that has no experience in that, no background in those things. We had to research and find good people and put them in the right places. Richard shuffled other people around, just get all the pieces of the puzzle put together correct-

ly. At the end of the day, it's all about people. I think we finally got a good chemistry and a good lineup of people in the right positions to get the job done on Sunday. CLINT, WITH THE TOP THREE BEING SO CLOSE IN THE CHASE, IS IT SOMETHING YOU REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO, THESE LAST THREE RACES, JUST TO BE PART OF THIS? Well, certainly the race, it's building for this championship Chase, is awesome right now. I think it speaks volumes to the competition and the quality of racing on the racetrack. There's been a lot of talk, and probably going to change up the Chase in the future. My personal opinion is, I think it's good. I think the reason it hasn't been very good in years past is from the sheer dominance of one race team. Certainly the Hendrick organization was far and above pretty well dominant over any other team the last two or three years. I think the competition's caught up to them. The quality of racing on the racetrack is as even, as close, as good as it's ever been since I've been in this sport. I think that's why you're seeing this championship battle come down to the end. YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT HOW THE COMPETITION IS SO EVEN. WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS? I think the Hendrick organization just beat everybody to the punch. It's taken almost two years, if not longer, for everybody to get the missing link figured out. I think they were years in advance of the simulation programs that we're all using now, all the tools that it takes to be competitive, without the testing. When they banned testing, it really forced us to learn. I think it takes time to get that put in place. That's where we filled the void, I think.


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Greg Neal Spurs 21.73 $525,000.00 41.39 Derrick Brown Bobcats 23.49 $762,195.00 30.82 Marcus Thornton Hornets 22.97 $762,195.00 30.14 Cartier Martin Wizards 23.69 $854,389.00 27.74 Eric Maynor Thunder 22.79 $1,417,800.00 16.05 Roy Hibbert Pacers 25.3 $1,685,280.00 15.01 J.J. Hickson Cavaliers 22.34 $1,528,000.00 14.69 Darren Collison Pacers 17.85 $1,361,040.00 13.13 Goran Dragic Suns 25.51 $1,972,000.00 12.94 Obviously, the most bang for your buck comes when players are still in their initial rookie contracts; once players start earning multiple millions of dollars per year, the ratio of PER to salary plummets. Savvy organizations like the Spurs and Rockets consistently fill out their rosters with this kind of player; Mavs fans surely remember the damage that George Hill did in the playoffs last year, and even after that showing, he is still a highly-favorable PER-to-salary ratio guy. PLUS/MINUS APPLIES TO HOOPS, TOO Another stat that recently jumped off the page to me when I was looking at players' performance across the league so far is Plus/Minus. For decades, hockey has used plus/minus as a way to gauge player performance, going as far as handing out a trophy at the end of each season for the player with the highest plus/minus. It's no surprise that Wayne Gretzky, with three titles, has won the award more than any other player. Basketball began publishing plus/minus in its box scores a few years back and it has become a valuable tool for assessing individuals as well as revealing which combinations of players on the court generate the biggest point differentials. The Mavericks currently have two of the top eight +/- fivesomes in the league: Kidd-Nowitzki-Terry-Butler-Chandler +35 Kidd-Nowitzki-Terry-Butler-Haywood +21 After three games, Mavericks guard Jason Terry was leading the league with a stellar +52. The Jet is off to a fantastic start, averaging 18 ppg on 52.4 percent FG and 36.4 percent from three. Nowitzki (+44) and Kidd (+43) were also near the top of the league.

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Miami/Balt., Indy/Philly highlight action Vikes seek to stop the bleeding Compiled by Jay Betsill (with info from NFL.com) C O R R E S P O N D E NT thefamousjay@yahoo.com MIAMI DOLPHINS (4-3) AT BALTIMORE RAVENS (5-2) M&T BANK STADIUM NOON, CBS The Baltimore Ravens are one of the league's dominant home teams under head coach John Harbaugh and are fresh off a bye week. In fact, the Ravens have won six consecutive home games. The Miami Dolphins have been the league's best road team this season, as they are undefeated away from South Florida. A win would take Baltimore to 3-1 in its tour of the AFC East, providing key tiebreakers. Before landing receiver Anquan Boldin, the Ravens were among the teams to consider a Brandon Marshall trade with the Denver Broncos, but the Dolphins were the ones who landed him. The Dolphins

play their third straight game against the AFC North. Miami's Dan Carpenter has made five field goals in consecutive games, so he may need to come up big if this stays tight near the end. Baltimore's Willis McGahee (from the University of Miami) has scored a touchdown in three straight games. Expect the Ravens to hold off a tough Miami team. ARIZONA CARDINALS (3-4) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (2-5) MALL OF AMERICA FIELD NOON, FOX This looked like a glamour game when the schedule came out - two teams that made nice playoff marches getting together as the weather turns colder. Then Kurt Warner retired. Then Brett Favre probably wishes he had retired. And the Cardinals released Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Matt Leinart. And the Vikings acquired and subsequently released diva receiver Randy Moss. So what questions remain for this game? The Vikings technically still have a chance to battle back

because they have so much talent and a soft schedule in the NFC. Cardinal wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has the most receiving touchdowns in the NFL since 2008 (38, including the playoffs). Arizona's Joey Porter has a sack in each of the last two weeks. Favre has won 10 of 11 home starts since joining Minnesota last season. Minnesota's Chad Greenway has 10-plus sacks in four consecutive games. While it may not happen this week, look for Favre to be giving Vikings coach Brad Childress a ride to the airport, as he deserves to be fired for this mess in the Twin Cities. Arizona pulls out a close one on the road and buries Childress' future as an NFL coach. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (5-2) @ PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (4-3) LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD 3:15 P.M., CBS The Philadelphia Eagles return from the bye to get Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson (possibly) and Jason Peters back from injury. The Indianapolis Colts just try to

get through another week without losing a key offensive cog. Lest anyone has forgotten how well Vick played the opening month of the season prior to his rib injury, now we get to see for ourselves against a defense that is not particularly fearsome. Peyton Manning, meantime, continues to prove the theory he can take three average Joes from the corner bar and make them 100-yard receivers. The Colts are undefeated against NFC opponents in the regular season under Jim Caldwell (6-0). Indianapolis' Dwight Freeney has two or more sacks in 20 regular-season games. Eagles running back LeSean McCoy is tied for first among NFL running backs with 38 receptions. Philadelphia's Trent Cole is third in the league with 48 sacks since 2006. Indianapolis will leave the “City of Brotherly Love� with a victory. Information from NFL.com was used in this article. Follow Jay on Twitter@TheFamousJay.

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MMA

REAR NAKED REPORT

A primer on the greatness that is MMA MMA's legit, whether or not mainstream media says so

Welcome to the first of what I hope to be many Rear Naked Reports, a weekly column focusing on the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. MMA is probably best known as “UFC” or, to a lesser degree, “cage fighting.” The most important thing to remember is the sport is called Mixed Martial Arts and its most popular league is the UFC. Other top promotions include Strike Force, home to Fedor Emelianenko, who many believe to be the greatest fighter of all time, and Gilbert Melendez, the top 155-pound fighter in the world today. Bellator Fighting Championships is another exciting promotion, featuring top lightweight Eddie Alvarez and middleweight Hector Lombard. These are just two examples of how rapidly the sport is expanding and how it has become the fastest growing sport in the world. For per-

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Fedor Emelianenko

spective, I like to compare MMA of 2010 to where the NFL was in 1955. By all accounts, Mixed Martial Arts appears to be the first truly global sport of this new millennial world. A SPORT WORTH EXPLORING Appreciation is owed to the folks here at The Sports Page for being the first in D/FW to recognize the legitimacy and relevance of MMA. In an age when print is gasping its last, labored breaths, I find it

shocking how little attention this sport receives from the mainstream sports world. From an economic standpoint, MMA would seem to be a goldmine with the advertiser-sexy 18-34 Male demo. Pay per view's set new records monthly and televised events routinely dominate cable ratings. I am left to assume the reason traditional sports writers don't cover MMA is laziness. Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon of ESPN's otherwise fantastic PTI are prime examples of an MMA bias. They begrudgingly offer coverage while simultaneously suggesting they are being forced by management to do so. MMA does offer an easy target for the critic. The sport can be pretty damn violent. There will be blood - often times, there is lots of it. I will admit it looks bad, but rarely do cuts in fights turn out to be any worse than what a hockey player might experience in a typical game. There will be knockouts, but unlike the revered sport of boxing, when an MMA fighter is KO'd the fight is over immediately. It seems barbaric to me the way boxing

waits for a count of 10 to determine if a downed man is hurt sufficiently. Bones will be broken. But nowhere near as frequently as in other sports. Every Sunday we watch multiple NFL players carted or carried of the field with any number of horrific breaks and tears, yet we rarely even wince. Examples of sports writer hypocrisy are endless - I don't wish to waste any more of this precious column complaining about others' ignorance. I will simply say I have seen a man die in a NASCAR race on network television and NASCAR is marketed as fun for the whole family. I hope the Rear Naked Report serves as your one-stop shop for all things MMA here in DFW. I will strive to provide you on a weekly basis a concise but thorough account of the Mixed Martial Arts world. It is my hope that hardcore fans will enjoy this rare platform afforded our sport and that newcomers will find the information entertaining and easily understandable. Please feel free to check out www.RearNakedRadio.com for more MMA coverage.


TICKET WINDOW Jon Daniels talks with The Musers Already hard at work for next season Dunham & Miller Weekdays, 5:30-10 a.m.

Ranger GM Jon Daniels was on Wednesday morning with The Musers. Here's some of how it went. George: Earlier in the show we talked about how we didn't know what to with ourselves last night. There was no game on and no game to get ready for. Did you find yourself in that kind of position last night? JD: Yeah, we've got some of our scouts in town and started meetings right away. We're already about a month into

off-season and we haven't had a chance to get into our planning sessions in earnest yet. Craig: Did you allow yourself a moment or two during the madness during the World Series to let it all sink in? JD: There were a couple moments. Look at the out of town scoreboard and nobody else is playing. It was more having family and friends in town and getting their reactions to everything. I've been able to get some cool memorabilia, but it hasn't really sunk in yet. George: When you look back at it, did you gain a little more appreciation of how hard it is to get there? JD: There's no doubt. That definitely jumps right out at you. How many things that have to go right; both things that you plan for and things that just kind of happen. Now that we've been there, we had our first postseason staff meeting yesterday. We all want to get back very badly. I know it just ended two days ago. The

meetings didn't have a celebratory mood. It was kind of like, 'hey, we got close, we didn't get it done, we need to get better. Let's figure some things out.' There are a lot of hungry people that work for the Rangers that want to get back and want to win it all. Craig: How do you feel about the odds of keeping Cliff Lee? JD: Tough for me to say. I know we'd like to have him. I think on some level he'd like to be here so we have those two things and that's a pretty good start. It's still early in the process. We've basically known Cliff for about three or four months, so we'll see. We'll sit down with him and his family and his agent at some point and we'll talk it over. First things first, we have to game plan internally and we are headed down that path. He's worked his whole career to get to this point. If you were him or if I were him you'd want to see what's out there, too. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity and I

don't begrudge him for that. I think it's smart to see what the other alternatives are. I don't think anything will happen quickly, but I'm hoping it ends well and I'm hoping he's a Ranger. George: Do you almost want to take a couple days and take a step back before you start putting together your plan or is it a great thing to do so fresh after your first game? JD: Well, we've been talking about it for a long time. Dating back to the middle of the season you're already looking at options about how things fit beyond this season. It's not like we're starting from scratch, but at the same point you try to take a half step back and get some perspective at how things fit together and who might be getting better. We'll meet with our scouts in the next couple of days and talk more about players out there who are available through free agents and trades. There really isn't a whole lot of time to take a step back.

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THE SPREAD

COLLEGE GAMES OCTOBER- 21-24

OPEN CLOSE SCORE

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4 COLLEGE FOOTBALL 305 BUFFALO 6:30PM 306 OHIO 307 GEORGIA TECH 6:45PM 308 VIRGINIA TECH FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5 COLLEGE FOOTBALL 309 WESTERN MICHIGAN 5:00PM 310 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 311 CENTRAL FLORIDA 7:00PM 312 HOUSTON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6 COLLEGE FOOTBALL 313 AIR FORCE 11:00AM 314 ARMY 315 MARYLAND 11:00AM 316 MIAMI FLORIDA 317 NC STATE 11:00AM 318 CLEMSON

333 MINNESOTA 11:00AM 334 MICHIGAN STATE -15

-13

-3.5 -2.5

-7

-9

-3

319 VIRGINIA 11:00AM 320 DUKE

-1

321 LOUISVILLE 11:00AM 322 SYRACUSE

-6

323 IOWA 11:00AM 324 INDIANA

OPEN CLOSE SCORE

335 NORTH CAROLINA 2:30PM 336 FLORIDA STATE 337 BAYLOR 11:30AM 338 OKLAHOMA STATE 339 ARKANSAS 6:00PM 340 SOUTH CAROLINA

-24

-4.5

-7

-14.5

-3

379 CALIFORNIA 3:00PM 380 WASHINGTON STATE

409 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS -7 12:00PM 42.5 410 CAROLINA PANTHERS

381 WYOMING 5:00PM 382 NEW MEXICO

-9

411 ARIZONA CARDINALS 12:00PM 40.5 412 MINNESOTA VIKINGS -9

383 OREGON STATE 6:00PM 384 UCLA

-5.5

413 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 12:00PM 44.5 414 ATLANTA FALCONS -8.5

-4.5

415 NEW YORK JETS 12:00PM 416 DETROIT LIONS

385 MISSOURI 7:00PM 386 TEXAS TECH

-9.5

-6

-18

387 ALABAMA 2:30PM 388 LSU

-7

-18

391 SMU 8:00PM 392 UTEP

419 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS -4.5 12:00PM 44 420 CLEVELAND BROWNS 421 NEW YORK GIANTS 3:05PM 422 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

-21

393 COLORADO STATE 9:00PM 394 SAN DIEGO STATE

-18

395 ARIZONA STATE 9:30PM 396 USC

-3

327 BOSTON COLLEGE 2:30PM 328 WAKE FOREST 329 NORTHWESTERN 2:30PM 330 PENN STATE 331 WISCONSIN 11:00AM 332 PURDUE

-3

359 WASHINGTON 2:30PM 360 OREGON

-35

401 UL - MONROE 6:30PM 402 FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL -9.5

363 NEBRASKA 2:30PM 364 IOWA STATE

-19

365 OKLAHOMA 6:00PM 366 TEXAS A&M

-3.5

-6 -20

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403 TROY 6:00PM 404 NORTH TEXAS

-6 42

-17.5

423 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 3:15PM 40.5 424 OAKLAND RAIDERS -2.5

-6

425 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS -3 3:15PM 47 426 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

-17

325 ILLINOIS 11:00AM 326 MICHIGAN

-4 42

417 MIAMI DOLPHINS 12:00PM 40.5 418 BALTIMORE RAVENS -5.5

-13.5

355 NEW MEXICO STATE 2:00PM 356 UTAH STATE

-3.5 40.5

371 TCU 2:30PM 372 UTAH

-8.5

351 HAWAII 2:30PM 352 BOISE STATE

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7 NFL FOOTBALL 405 CHICAGO BEARS 12:00PM 406 BUFFALO BILLS

407 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS -2.5 12:00PM 50 408 HOUSTON TEXANS

343 COLORADO 1:00PM 344 KANSAS

349 RICE 1:00PM 350 TULSA

-4

-10

-14

347 UNLV 1:00PM 348 BYU

367 TEXAS 7:00PM 368 KANSAS STATE

OPEN CLOSE SCORE

369 ARIZONA 7:00PM 370 STANFORD

341 FLORIDA 11:20AM 342 VANDERBILT

345 AKRON 12:00PM 346 BALL STATE

OPEN CLOSE SCORE

427 DALLAS COWBOYS 7:25PM 45 428 GREEN BAY PACKERS -8

-12.5

Lines as of Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 5 p.m.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8 NFL FOOTBALL 429 PITTSBURGH STEELERS -4.5 7:35PM 41.5 430 CINCINNATI BENGALS

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