The world's most popular soccer club, Manchester United, takes the field early Saturday morning at 7:45 a.m. Man U is at Liverpool, who has a great squad of their own and plays well in front of their home fans. At noon, Navy (1-1) takes on Duke (1-1) in Durham and surprisingly, Duke is favored by two. Duke could be above .500 for the first time after three weeks of the season with a win, but I can't see that happening. Also at noon, we have matchups on both ESPN and ESPN2: Cal is on the road at Maryland and Michigan State hosts Florida Atlantic. Both Cal and MSU are favored, -15 and -17, respectively. The can't miss matchup is at 3:43 p.m. (weird time, no?) on NBC when Michigan (1-1) takes on Notre Dame (1-0) in South Bend. Michigan is favored by 2.5 and I see this game being a 10-7 win in favor of the Wolverines. Lastly, there is a great "higher total" prop at 7:45 p.m. The Washington Huskies try to bounce back from their 0-2 start (due to a horrific call by the way) when they host No. 3 Oklahoma on ESPN. Washington's total points scored are matched up against the winning margin of the Sooners, who are favored by 21 points.
Ohio State at Southern Cal
Of course it has to be the Clash at the Coliseum! USC is (and should be) favored by 10 points against Ohio State. The game's outcome undoubtedly depends on if "Beanie" Wells will play. If he doesn't play, I don't think the Buckeyes stand a chance. It should be a highly entertaining game when these two talented teams take the field, but I give the edge to USC, even if Wells is in action.
Yesterday's Notes: Friday ends with a overall winning PCT of a decent 54.1%. We also have a new leader, JRStrong who sits at 16, and is now only 9 away from the million dollar grand prize.