Bet Jamaica Daily Sports Roundup: October 3

by Dirty on October 3, 2009

Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: Pac-10 rivals California and USC do battle, and the National Hockey League offers up its first Saturday slate of the season.

Colliding on the gridiron . . .

No. 24 California hosts No. 7 USC on Saturday night as they try to recover from a shocking defeat in their last contest. The Golden Bears were pounded 42-3 at Oregon last weekend, as quarterback Kevin Riley went just 12-of-31 for 123 yards passing with no TDs. The Trojans got past Washington State in their last game, but didn’t cover the big spread in the 27-6 victory. The oddsmakers have USC as the 4.5-point road favorite for Saturday’s matchup, with the total at 47.5.

No. 3 Alabama (-16) is at Kentucky on Saturday, with No. 4 LSU at No. 18 Georgia (-3), UC Davis at No. 5 Boise State (no line), No. 6 Virginia Tech (-16.5) at Duke, No. 8 Oklahoma (-8) at No. 17 Miami, No. 9 Ohio State (-18) at Indiana, and No. 10 Cincinnati (-29) at Miami-Ohio. The Bearcats boosted their record to a perfect 4-0 by beating Fresno State 28-20 last week. The RedHawks, meanwhile, remain winless at 0-4 after they lost to Kent State 29-19 last time out.

Both No. 1 Florida and No. 2 Texas are idle this week; the Gators return next week against LSU, while the Longhorns have Colorado next up on their schedule.

As well, there are a pair of Canadian Football League games on tap for Saturday, with Montreal at Toronto and Hamilton at Calgary. The Alouettes are 10-favorites against the Argos, and the Stamps are favored by 6.5 points over the Tiger-Cats.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

Royals ace Zack Greinke (16-8, 2.06 ERA) will try to add to his Cy Young credentials on Saturday as his team continues their series in Minnesota. Also on the American League slate: the Angels at Oakland, Toronto at Baltimore, the Yankees at Tampa Bay, Cleveland at Boston, Texas at Seattle, and the White Sox at Detroit. Alfredo Figaro (2-1, 5.74 ERA) is penciled in as the Tigers’ starter.

Over in the National League on Saturday it’s Arizona at the Cubs, Milwaukee at St. Louis, Houston at the Mets, Washington at Atlanta, Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, San Francisco at San Diego, Florida at Philadelphia, and Colorado at the Dodgers. Jorge De La Rosa (16-9, 4.45 ERA) is expected to take on Clayton Kershaw (8-8, 2.89 ERA) in that contest between playoff-bound NL West teams.

Taking a trip around the rink . . .

All 30 teams will be in action around the National Hockey League on Saturday, starting with the two matchups over in Europe – Chicago at Florida, and St. Louis at Detroit. The rest of the busy slate: Vancouver at Colorado, Carolina at Boston, Tampa Bay at Atlanta, Toronto at Washington, Ottawa at the Rangers, Pittsburgh at the Islanders, Philadelphia at New Jersey, Montreal at Buffalo, Minnesota at Columbus, Nashville at Dallas, San Jose at Anaheim, Calgary at Edmonton, and Phoenix at Los Angeles, with Wayne Gretzky no longer the Coyotes’ bench boss.

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