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Ness Notes

   by Larry Ness - 11/02/2004

Fall out from Saturday's CFB upsets in the latest BCS standings has Miami at No. 10 and FSU at No. 13! Big winners were Cal (up to No. 4) and Texas (up to No. 7). Utah is still No. 6 but watch out Utes! Texas and Tennessee (No. 8) could move past the Utes even if they win-out!...

Riddle me this! Arizona State loses at USC 45-7 and then at Cal 27-0 but the computers still have the Sun Devils ranked EIGHTH? I guess if they lose to Stanford this week REALLY BIG, the Sun Devils could crack the computer top-five?....

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The Dolphins-Jets game on Monday night completed the highest-scoring week of the NFL season-to-date, as the 14 games averaged 48.6 PPG. Home teams continued their current surge, as they followed Week 7's mark of 9-5 SU and 8-5-1 ATS (did not have a winning ATS week the first six weeks!) by going 11-3 SU and 9-5 ATS in Week 8!...

For the first time this year, not a single game was decided by three points or less and a season-low of just three games were decided by seven points or less. The 11 games decided by eight points or more were of course, a season-high!...

The "no-chuck" rule may actually be working as through eight weeks, NFL teams are completing 60.8 percent of their passes. If that mark holds, it would be a new single-season record! That being said, don't ignore these stats....

Teams that have produced a 300-yard passer in a game are just 16-21 SU and a pathetic 12-24-1 ATS! That includes Week's 8's two 400-yard efforts by Jake Plummer (499) and Peyton Manning (472). BOTH came in losing efforts both SU and ATS!...

Monday night saw the Jets produce TWO 100-yard rushers and teams that have had 100-yard rushers this year are an amazing 61-14 SU and 57-16-2 ATS!

Tuesday night continues TV's 19-day ASSAULT on the airwaves as the MAC brings us Toledo at Miami-Ohio. Toledo allowed 63 points in EACH of its first two games but has won six straight since. Can you EVER remember a team doing that? As for Miami, the Red Hawks entered the 2004 season with the nation's longest current winning streak (13 straight) but "Big Ben" had left for the NFL and Pittsburgh. Miami lost at Michigan and Cincinnati earlier this year but has won four of its last five, including three straight!...

Tuesday night also features the opening of the NBA season as six playoff teams from last year square off in three games. The defending champs (Detroit) host Houston, a team that thinks it may just have a re-incarnation of LA's Shaq-Kobe combination with Yao and Tracy?....

As for the old Shaq-Kobe combo, Shaq's in Miami (Heat open in New Jersey Weds night) and Kobe leads his 'new" team against appropriately, Denver. Tuesday's other game features an opening round rematch from last year, as the Mavs host the Kings!....

If you missed my latest Heisman Top-10 yesterday, go to the archives.


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