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Leafs Aim to End Losing Ways Vs Pens

The Toronto Maple Leafs come into Halloween night losing their past five contests and will need to buck the historical trend to win Saturday when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Leafs have lost their past six games against the Pens dating back to November 27, 2013.

Toronto has struggled to score this season with the team scoring the second fewest goals in the league so far while scoring one or fewer goals in five of their nine game. The Leafs six-game skid when facing of Penguins has seen them average just over two goals per game.

Phil Kessel will make his return to Toronto after being traded this offseason. During his six seasons with the Leafs Kessel scored 181 goals, which has led to the often-criticized winger having the highest goals per game average at the Air Canada Centre in history. 

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Warriors Continue to be Under Machine

Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry

The Golden State Warriors offense over the past couple seasons has caused some overinflated totals and the Warriors have gone UNDER in 15 of their past 20 including both games this season. The Warriors will visit the New Orleans Pelicans Saturday night; the second meeting between the two teams this season.

The Warriors and Pelicans season opener may as well have been called the Stephen Curry show as he scored 40 points including 24 in the first quarter alone. Curry has enjoyed playing the Pelicans as he has scored 39 or more points in each of the Warriors past three games against New Orleans.

Saturday night will be the Pelicans home opener, which is needed as the team has dropped their first two games on the road this season. Anthony Davis has been as good as we have expected this season with the big man averaging 21.5 points and eight rebounds per game.

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Michigan Perfect When Visiting Minnesota

The Michigan Wolverines look to continue their quick rebuild under head coach Jim Harbaugh when they visit the Minnesota Golden Gophers Saturday. Michigan has enjoyed visiting the Land of 1,000 Lakes, with the Wolverines going 5-0 ATS in their past five games at Minnesota. 

A bye week is exactly what Michigan needed after their late game blunder caused the Wolverines to lose to rival Michigan State. Michigan has sported one of the stingiest defenses in the country and have held their opponents to seven points or less in five of their seven games this season. 

Minnesota has benefitted from some easy games early in their schedule, with three of their four wins coming against teams with sub-.500 records so far on the season. The Gophers do a lot of things okay, but nothing really spectacular and with dates against Michigan, Ohio State, and Iowa remaining, a bowl game seems unlikely without a turnaround.

Golden Gophers head coach Jerry Kill retired on Wednesday morning due to health reasons. Kill, who has been coaching Minnesota since 2011, has been dealing with epilepsy and has suffered multiple seizures on the sidelines. Minnesoat has named defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys as the interim head coach.

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USC Perfect SU Against Cal in Last 11

USC is rebounding back into shape after they went through some struggles this season, and a game against the California Golden Bears this Saturday may help the Trojans make a serious statement. USC has won 11 consecutive contests against Cal, with their last loss coming on September 27, 2003 in overtime. 

Well, not many saw that coming—Unranked USC, who was coming off two losses with an interim coach at the helm, trounced the No.3 Utah 42-24 last week. Utah quarterback Travis Wilson is going to have nightmares about Cameron Smith who picked off the signal caller three times with one going for a pick-six for USC. 

Cal had dreams of catching Stanford and claiming the Pac-12 North crown before a devastating loss to UCLA last week that likely keeps that dream from becoming a reality. After the worst performance of his career against Utah, Cal quarterback Jared Goff rebounded with a 295 yards, three-touchdown performance against UCLA last week.

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SuperContest: Cardinals The Top Pick

For the third time this season, the Arizona Cardinals (5-2) are the top consensus NFL pick in the 2015 SuperContest at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.


Maryland Becoming a Solid Over Play

In the past nine games featuring the Maryland Terrapins the OVER has gone 7-2. Largely it has been Maryland’s defense that has been the culprit with opposing teams averaging nearly 37 points per game in that span. The Terps will visit the Iowa Hawkeyes this Saturday. 

Maryland certainly looked a lot better under interim head coach Mike Locksley than they did under Randy Edsall. The Terrapins only lost by one point against Penn State and scored 30 points, almost totalling the same amount they did in their previous three games. 

Iowa remains the only undefeated team in the Big Ten West after a 40-10 beatdown of Northwestern last week. The Hawkeyes have only allowed 15.3 points per game this season, good for tenth in the nation, and only one team has managed to score 20-plus points against Iowa. 

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Oklahoma State vs Texas Tech Outlook

Oklahoma State has never really gotten used to travelling to Lubbock, Texas, with the Cowboys going 3-7 SU and ATS in their past 10 games visiting the Texas Tech Red Raiders. 

Oklahoma State is coming off a massive 58-10 victory over Kansas to remain unbeaten on the season. Backup quarterback J.W. Walsh caused most of the damage to the Jayhawks, with the senior throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for three. This game will be remembered for the incident outside of the stadium, however, as an individual ran over dozens and killed four as he drove through a crowd of people. 

Texas Tech could have made their mark with a win over Oklahoma last week, but instead the Raiders folded and got trounced 63-27. Against ranked opponents this season, Texas Tech is 0-3 while allowing 60.3 points per game.

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Clemson Has Beaten Up On NC State

Clemson is coming off of a ridiculous 58-0 beatdown vs Miami, which is the third biggest domination in ACC history. The 416 rushing yards Clemson tallied were the most in a game since 2000. It has looked easy for Clemson with the team sporting an average scoring margin of plus-18.5.

After scoring a ridiculous 28 points in the first quarter last week, NC State cruised to a 35-17 victory. The first quarter saw the Wolfpack score more points than their previous two games combined. Running back Matthew Dayes had a massive day rushing for 205 yards on 16 carries, an average of 12.8 yards per rush, and two touchdowns. 

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American Pharoah Odds: Breeders Cup

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will break from the four post in a field of 10 in Saturday’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) and remains the solid wagering choice at Bovada at betting odds of 5/4.

The Bob Baffert trainee will be making his first start since running second in the Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga behind Keen Ice, who is at early Classic betting odds of 12/1 at Bovada.


College Football Week 9 Expert Picks

The USC Trojans are 11-0 straight up and 8-3 against the spread in their last 11 games against the California Bears. The Trojans can extend that winning streak to 12 games this Saturday afternoon in Berkeley.

USC is a 6-point road favorite this Saturday according to online sportsbook TopBet. The Trojans have played well under interim coach Clay Helton, playing a tough road game against Notre Dame two weeks ago and dominating Utah 42-24 at home last week.



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