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The Royal Post has Your Weekend Covered
This weekend, bettors will be treated to great action across the board with NCAA football, NFL and of course the World Series. This edition of The Royal Post again covers it all, as we continue to provide sports betting enthusiasts with stellar gaming information in efforts of putting our clients at the ticket window to cash.
Offense vs. Defense
The Big 12's hottest offense takes on its toughest defense when No. 5 Texas (6-1 SU & 4-2 ATS) travels to 17th-ranked Nebraska (6-1 SU & 4-2 ATS) on Saturday.
Texas is averaging 42.7 ppg and leads the South Division by one game over 23rd-ranked Texas A&M. Nebraska, meanwhile, has allowed just 13.4 ppg and has a one-game lead over No. 24 Missouri in the North.
Texas leads the series 5-1 SU since the creation of the Big 12 in 1996, but hasn't played Nebraska since Cedric Benson scored three times in 31-7 win in 2003. The Longhorns won the 1996 Big 12 Championship over Nebraska 37-27, but the Cornhuskers avenged that loss with a 22-6 win in the conference title game three years later.
Notable Game Trends:
- Longhorns are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games in October.
- Longhorns are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 conference games.
- Longhorns are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games as a favorite.
- Longhorns are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games overall.
- Longhorns are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
- Cornhuskers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in October.
- Cornhuskers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Prediction - Texas 31 Nebraska 23
Note: With a cover win on Thursday Central Michigan remains the only team in the NCAA to have not dropped the cash all year at 8-0 ATS.
NFL Week 7
Panthers' Steve Smith is the Difference Maker
The Panthers (4-2 SU & 2-4 ATS ) look to improve to 5-0 since WR Steve Smith returned from a hamstring injury when they visit the Cincinnati Bengals (3-2 SU & ATS) on Sunday.
With Smith sidelined during the first two weeks, Carolina managed 19 total points in dropping both games. The All-Pro receiver returned for Week 3, and his impact was immediate, catching seven passes for 112 yards as the Panthers defeated Tampa Bay 26-24.
Since Smith's return, Carolina has reached the 20-point mark in all four games. He has 31 receptions for 450 yards and two touchdowns. Smith's 112.5-yard average is tops in the NFL.
Carolina's top receiving target was instrumental last week in helping Delhomme throw for a career-high 365 yards and two TDs as the Panthers topped Baltimore 23-21. Smith had 189 yards receiving and a 72-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter as the Panthers stayed one game behind New Orleans for first place in the NFC South.
The Panthers have a good chance to put the ineffective rushing performance behind them against the Bengals, who are allowing 140.4 yards per game on the ground. Cincinnati struggled to defend the run again last week, giving up 140 yards in a 14-13 loss to Tampa Bay, the team's second straight.
Cincinnati is also struggling to run the ball, ranking 22nd in the league with 97.4 yards per game. Rudi Johnson has accounted for 405 of Cincinnati's 487 rushing yards, but was held to 52 on 17 carries against the Buccaneers.
The teams haven't met since Dec. 8, 2002, when the Panthers won 52-31.
Prediction - Panthers 23 Bengals 17
For the first time in 22 years Mo' Town is treated to World Series play. The Cardinals and Tigers, two of the most traditional franchises in baseball history, split a pair of seven-game classics decades ago. St. Louis' Gas House Gang got the best of Detroit in 1934, and Mickey Lolich pitched the Tigers to a comeback victory against Bob Gibson in '68.
This time, Albert Pujols, Chris Carpenter, Kenny Rogers and Ivan Rodriguez will be some of the big names involved when the 2006 World Series begins Saturday night at Comerica Park in Detroit.
And the two intense managers, Tony La Russa of St. Louis and Detroit's Jim Leyland, are old friends. Leyland spent five years scouting and working for La Russa and the Cardinals before returning to the bench this season.
The AL champions and their stable of power arms will be coming off a week of rest when the World Series starts. The Cardinals, on the other hand, needed the full seven games to beat the New York Mets in the NL championship series.
Back in June, the Tigers swept three games from St. Louis in Detroit during interleague play, part of an eight-game losing streak for the Cardinals.
Notable Game Trends:
- Cardinals are 5-2 in their last 7 playoff road games.
- Cardinals are 11-26 in their last 37 road games.
- Cardinals are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Detroit.
- Tigers are 4-0 in their last 4 playoff home games.
- Tigers are 7-0 in their last 7 overall.
- Tigers are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
Prediction - Cardinals become champions in a hard fought 7 Game beauty as the barking dogs.
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