Bet Jamaica Daily Sports Roundup: October 17

by Dirty on October 17, 2009

Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: Oklahoma takes on Texas, USC meets Notre Dame, and the Yankees host the Angels in the second game of the ALCS.

Colliding on the gridiron . . .

No. 20 Oklahoma will take on No. 3 Texas at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday for the annual Red River Rivalry. The Sooners (3-2 SU, 1-3 ATS) are coming off an easy 33-7 win over Baylor last time out, with Sam Bradford throwing for 389 yards and a TD in his return to action. The Longhorns (5-0 SU, 1-4 ATS) had no trouble with Colorado last game, winning 38-14 behind 265 yards and a score from Colt McCoy. Texas is pegged as the 3-point favorite for Saturday’s matchup.

Meanwhile, No. 6 USC will be at Notre Dame on Saturday to take on the No. 25 Fighting Irish. The Trojans (4-1 SU, 2-3 ATS) thumped California 30-3 in their last contest, as Joe McKnight ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns. The Irish (4-1 SU, 1-4 ATS) got past Washington 37-30 in their last game, as Jimmy Clausen continued his Heisman campaign with 422 yards passing and two TDs. The oddsmakers have sided with the Trojans for Saturday, favoring them by 10 points.

There are two other ranked matchups on the Saturday college football slate, with No. 4 Virginia Tech (-3) at No. 19 Georgia Tech, and No. 22 South Carolina at No. 2 Alabama (-17.5). As well, it’ll be No. 7 Ohio State (-13.5) at Purdue, No. 9 Miami (-14) at UCF, and Arkansas at No. 1 Florida (-24.5). The top-ranked Gators (5-0 SU, 2-2 ATS) slipped past LSU 13-3 last week. Tim Tebow went 11-of-16 for 134 yards passing and a TD, while rushing for 38 yards in that victory.

As well, there is one Canadian Football League game on the Saturday schedule, with Saskatchewan at Calgary. The Stampeders are a 3.5-point home favorite.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

It’s Game 2 of the American League Championship Series  between the Angels and Yankees in New York on Saturday night, with Joe Saunders taking on A.J. Burnett. Lefthander Saunders has yet to pitch in the playoffs this year, but he picked up the win in seven of his final eight regular-season outings. Righthander Burnett took a no-decision in his start against the Twins in the ALDS, surrendering just one run on three hits over his six innings of work in that outing.

Taking a trip around the rink . . .

A busy night around the National Hockey League on Saturday has 13 games on tap, including Tampa Bay at the defending-champion Penguins. The Lightning will be looking to bounce back from an embarrassing loss to the Senators on Thursday night, as they fell 7-1 on the road. Mike Smith allowed all seven goals on 35 shots. The Penguins improved their record to 6-1-0 on the season by beating the Hurricanes 3-2 last game in a shootout. Evgeni Malkin had two points.

Also on the ice on Saturday: Atlanta at Buffalo, Nashville at Washington, Los Angeles at Columbus, San Jose at the Islanders, Carolina at New Jersey, Ottawa at Montreal, Colorado at Detroit, Dallas at Chicago, Boston at Phoenix, Minnesota at Vancouver, St. Louis at Anaheim, and the Rangers at Toronto. New York beat up on the winless Maple Leafs 7-2 on Monday night, with Sean Avery and Daniel Girardi each scoring twice. Henrik Lundqvist saved 27 Toronto shots.

Roaring around the track . . .

Finally, the Sprint Cup Series takes the track at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on Saturday night for the NASCAR Banking 500. Pole sitter and points leader Jimmie Johnson is listed as the 4/1 Vegas favorite to visit victory lane on Saturday night, with Jeff Gordon (11/2), Juan Montoya (8/1), and Mark Martin (8/1) following him on that odds list. Tony Stewart is next at 11/1 while David Reutimann, who won a rain-shortened race at Lowe’s in May, is set at 28/1 odds.

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