SMU vs Memphis

SMU vs Memphis : The resurgent SMU Mustangs hope to keep their ACC title-game hopes alive when they host the high-powered Memphis Tigers on Friday night at 9 p.m. ET. SMU can stay in first place in the West Division with an upset, while Memphis can keep its slim division hopes alive with a win. These are two of the top offensive units in the conference, so expect plenty of fireworks.

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The Tigers rank No. 6 nationally in scoring (44.6 points), while the Mustangs have posted 107 total points their last two games. The Tigers opened as 8.5-point favorites, but that number is down to 7.5 in the current Memphis vs. SMU odds. The over-under for total points scored has held steady at 73.5. Before you lock in your Memphis vs. SMU picks, check out what SportsLine expert Emory Hunt has to say.

Hunt is the founder and CEO of Football Gameplan, which has been supplying analysis of all levels of football since 2007. The former college football running back joined SportsLine in 2016 and has provided his followers with winning seasons ever since. Hunt is having another solid season for SportsLine members. What’s more, he has had a keen eye for the tendencies of AAC programs and boasts an impressive 9-4 record on picks involving Memphis or SMU over the past two seasons.

In Week 3, Hunt told SportsLine members that Memphis’ high-powered offense would overwhelm Georgia State and recommended backing the Tigers as four-touchdown favorites. The result: They rolled to a 59-22 victory, and anyone who followed Hunt’s advice picked up an easy winner.

Now, Hunt has studied Southern Methodist vs. Memphis from every possible angle and released a strong point-spread pick that’s only available at SportsLine.

Hunt knows the Tigers have had a down year by their recent standards, which includes at least eight wins each of the last four seasons and two campaigns with double-digit victories. However, they are just a couple plays away from having another standout season. Memphis blew a 13-point halftime lead in its 31-30 loss to undefeated Central Florida and also squandered a 12-point lead in the second half of a 22-21 loss at Navy.

Memphis is favored primarily because it could have an edge in the trenches. The Tigers have the fifth-ranked rushing attack in the country (270.2 yards per game) going against an SMU defense that allows 202.5 on the ground. The Mustangs’ defense also allows an average of 36.8 points per game.

But the Tigers’ strong form doesn’t guarantee a cover against a Southern Methodist team that has emerged as an unlikely contender under first-year coach Sonny Dykes.

The Mustangs lost their first three games against a tough nonconference slate by an average of 26 points, but they have won five of seven since. The signature win came in a 45-31 upset of front-runner Houston two weeks ago as two-touchdown home underdogs. They racked up 514 yards of total offense and forced two turnovers in dismantling the Cougars.

We can tell you Hunt is leaning toward the over, but his much stronger play is on the spread. Hunt has scoured every aspect of this matchup and unearthed the critical x-factor that causes one side of the spread to hit hard. He’s only sharing at SportsLine.

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New Mexico vs Boise State

New Mexico vs Boise State : Boise State needs just one more victory to set up a showdown against Utah State for the Mountain Division of the MWC in the final week of the season. Plus, a victory keeps Boise State in the top 25 in the Associated Press and College Football Playoff rankings. However, to get to that point they’ll have to get past New Mexico on the road on Friday night.

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That action will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network with kickoff coming at 9 p.m. ET. The Broncos are 20-point favorites and the over-under for total points scored is 62.5 in the latest Boise State vs. New Mexico odds. Before you make any Boise State vs. New Mexico picks and predictions, you’ll want to see what the advanced computer model at SportsLine has to say.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. Over the past three years, this proprietary computer model has generated a jaw-dropping $4,210 profit for $100 bettors on its top-rated point-spread picks.

The model was red-hot on top-rated picks last week. It nailed Ohio State (-3.5) over Michigan State in a game where the Buckeyes covered with plenty of room to spare in a 26-6 rout. Picks like that helped it go an impressive 23-10 overall on all top-rated plays, and anyone who followed it finished way, way up.

Now, the model has simulated every possible play for Boise State vs. New Mexico 10,000 times. We can tell you it’s leaning under, but it has also locked in an against the spread pick that’s hitting nearly 60 percent of the time. You can only see that one at SportsLine.

The model knows one big reason why the Broncos are favored by almost three touchdowns on Friday night is the versatility of their passing attack. Boise State has four wide receivers with at least 30 receptions and 400 yards receiving, while New Mexico doesn’t have the secondary depth to combat that level of skill on the outside.

In any given week, any Bronco receiver is a threat to take over a game. Additionally, New Mexico has given up 100 yards to two receivers in the same game on two occasions this season. And quarterback Brett Rypien has largely been lights-out. He has seven games with multiple touchdown passes and threw for five scores in a 399-yard gem against Air Force three weeks ago.

However, don’t assume that makes covering a given for Boise State.

The Lobos were incredibly stingy in their last home game against San Diego State. They were 12-point underdogs in that contest and wound up covering in a 31-23 loss.

The Lobos actually led 23-14 in the fourth quarter before a late charge from the Aztecs. In that game, the Lobos were able to hang around because of their ability to create turnovers, which has been a strength of their defense all season. They’ve taken the ball away 21 times this season and if they can force Boise State into critical mistakes, they’ll have a strong chance to cover.

When it comes to covering, both teams are nearly equal. Boise State is 5-4 against the spread this season versus FBS teams, while New Mexico is 4-5.

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Memphis vs SMU

Memphis vs SMU : The resurgent SMU Mustangs hope to keep their ACC title-game hopes alive when they host the high-powered Memphis Tigers on Friday night at 9 p.m. ET. SMU can stay in first place in the West Division with an upset, while Memphis can keep its slim division hopes alive with a win.

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These are two of the top offensive units in the conference, so expect plenty of fireworks. The Tigers rank No. 6 nationally in scoring (44.6 points), while the Mustangs have posted 107 total points their last two games. The Tigers opened as 8.5-point favorites, but that number is down to 7.5 in the current Memphis vs. SMU odds. The over-under for total points scored has held steady at 73.5. Before you lock in your Memphis vs. SMU picks, check out what SportsLine expert Emory Hunt has to say.

Hunt is the founder and CEO of Football Gameplan, which has been supplying analysis of all levels of football since 2007. The former college football running back joined SportsLine in 2016 and has provided his followers with winning seasons ever since. Hunt is having another solid season for SportsLine members. What’s more, he has had a keen eye for the tendencies of AAC programs and boasts an impressive 9-4 record on picks involving Memphis or SMU over the past two seasons.

In Week 3, Hunt told SportsLine members that Memphis’ high-powered offense would overwhelm Georgia State and recommended backing the Tigers as four-touchdown favorites. The result: They rolled to a 59-22 victory, and anyone who followed Hunt’s advice picked up an easy winner.

Now, Hunt has studied Southern Methodist vs. Memphis from every possible angle and released a strong point-spread pick that’s only available at SportsLine.

Hunt knows the Tigers have had a down year by their recent standards, which includes at least eight wins each of the last four seasons and two campaigns with double-digit victories. However, they are just a couple plays away from having another standout season. Memphis blew a 13-point halftime lead in its 31-30 loss to undefeated Central Florida and also squandered a 12-point lead in the second half of a 22-21 loss at Navy.

Memphis is favored primarily because it could have an edge in the trenches. The Tigers have the fifth-ranked rushing attack in the country (270.2 yards per game) going against an SMU defense that allows 202.5 on the ground. The Mustangs’ defense also allows an average of 36.8 points per game.

But the Tigers’ strong form doesn’t guarantee a cover against a Southern Methodist team that has emerged as an unlikely contender under first-year coach Sonny Dykes.

The Mustangs lost their first three games against a tough nonconference slate by an average of 26 points, but they have won five of seven since. The signature win came in a 45-31 upset of front-runner Houston two weeks ago as two-touchdown home underdogs. They racked up 514 yards of total offense and forced two turnovers in dismantling the Cougars.

We can tell you Hunt is leaning toward the over, but his much stronger play is on the spread. Hunt has scoured every aspect of this matchup and unearthed the critical x-factor that causes one side of the spread to hit hard. He’s only sharing at SportsLine.

Who covers Memphis vs. SMU? And what critical x-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to jump on Friday, from an accomplished handicapper who’s hitting nearly 70 percent of his picks involving these teams.

Boise State vs New Mexico

Boise State vs New Mexico : Boise State needs just one more victory to set up a showdown against Utah State for the Mountain Division of the MWC in the final week of the season. Plus, a victory keeps Boise State in the top 25 in the Associated Press and College Football Playoff rankings. However, to get to that point they’ll have to get past New Mexico on the road on Friday night.

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That action will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network with kickoff coming at 9 p.m. ET. The Broncos are 20-point favorites and the over-under for total points scored is 62.5 in the latest Boise State vs. New Mexico odds. Before you make any Boise State vs. New Mexico picks and predictions, you’ll want to see what the advanced computer model at SportsLine has to say.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. Over the past three years, this proprietary computer model has generated a jaw-dropping $4,210 profit for $100 bettors on its top-rated point-spread picks.

The model was red-hot on top-rated picks last week. It nailed Ohio State (-3.5) over Michigan State in a game where the Buckeyes covered with plenty of room to spare in a 26-6 rout. Picks like that helped it go an impressive 23-10 overall on all top-rated plays, and anyone who followed it finished way, way up.

Now, the model has simulated every possible play for Boise State vs. New Mexico 10,000 times. We can tell you it’s leaning under, but it has also locked in an against the spread pick that’s hitting nearly 60 percent of the time. You can only see that one at SportsLine.

The model knows one big reason why the Broncos are favored by almost three touchdowns on Friday night is the versatility of their passing attack. Boise State has four wide receivers with at least 30 receptions and 400 yards receiving, while New Mexico doesn’t have the secondary depth to combat that level of skill on the outside.

In any given week, any Bronco receiver is a threat to take over a game. Additionally, New Mexico has given up 100 yards to two receivers in the same game on two occasions this season. And quarterback Brett Rypien has largely been lights-out. He has seven games with multiple touchdown passes and threw for five scores in a 399-yard gem against Air Force three weeks ago.

However, don’t assume that makes covering a given for Boise State.

The Lobos were incredibly stingy in their last home game against San Diego State. They were 12-point underdogs in that contest and wound up covering in a 31-23 loss.

The Lobos actually led 23-14 in the fourth quarter before a late charge from the Aztecs. In that game, the Lobos were able to hang around because of their ability to create turnovers, which has been a strength of their defense all season. They’ve taken the ball away 21 times this season and if they can force Boise State into critical mistakes, they’ll have a strong chance to cover.

When it comes to covering, both teams are nearly equal. Boise State is 5-4 against the spread this season versus FBS teams, while New Mexico is 4-5.

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Argentina vs Mexico

Argentina vs Mexico : Caretaker manager Lionel Scaloni will be hoping his side can bounce back having suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to South American rivals Brazil during the last international break.

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Likewise Mexico also lost by a single goal margin having fired a blank against Chile during their last outing, and manager Ricardo Ferretti will be looking to put that result behind him when his side travel south of the border.

Argentina host the first friendly this weekend before Scaloni and his side travel to Mexico where the second match will take place on Wednesday.

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When is Argentina vs Mexico?

Competition: International friendly

Venue: Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, Argentina

Date: Saturday, 16 November

Kick-Off: 12:00 AM BST

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International friendlies are often overlooked by fans as there is not much to play for other than pride, but they are largely used by national coaches to test formations, tinker with tactics and try out new players.

This match is no exception to the rule in that regard, and while it will certainly offer great insight for both Scaloni and Ferretti, it will also offer plenty of entertainment with both sides boasting a plethora of attacking talent in their ranks despite some noticeable absentees.

La Albiceleste are one of the great attacking football nations while El Tri proved a very formidable attacking force during the World Cup in Russia, so expect a high intensity game.

There will also be a chance for fringe players to stake a claim in starting XIs with only eight of Argentina’s 27-man squad capped for the national side at double digits, while Ferretti has largely avoided calling on big names from Europe.

With another game between these two taking place in less than a week, both teams would love to lay down a marker and win this one, in the hope of completing the double when they meet again.

We all remember the struggles Argentina faced in the World Cup during the summer, and over the next few months they are going to be an intriguing team to watch. Can they bounce back and become a force once more?

If they are going to do that, they will have to do it without Lionel Messi, who is closing in on retirement from international football after a great career. The significant issues in Russia seemed to be in regards to mentality as they lacked concentration as well as confidence in the tournament.

There are, however, no such issues in terms of quality as the nation boast some of the finest players in world football, and they could yet assert authority on the global stage, though that will be dependent on whether they appoint the right coach.

Both Argentina and Mexico come into this game with an interim manager in charge, but are these roles really necessary in international football? The gaps between games and tournaments would suggest not, as the uncertainty surrounding the managerial vacancy would make preparations for these matches seem almost redundant.

There is no reason why these two shouldn’t have made an official, full-time appointment before now. They are both unlikely to move forward until the situation is rectified, so it isn’t doing the team any good either. There appears to be no reason for it.

If Scaloni is trying to impress the Argentine Football Association as he hopes to become the next permanent manager of the nation, then he will have to do it without Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel Di Maria.

All four players are absent for this match, and so La Albiceleste have called upon five forwards who have just three international goals between them, but can they inject fresh impetus and carry the South American nation forward?

On first glance the answer is yes. Mauro Icardi and Paulo Dybala offer world-class attacking talent, while Giovanni Simeone demonstrated his prowess for Fiorentina last season – Lautaro Martinez and Angel Correa are also very potent forwards and offer a substantial threat for Scaloni.

These two teams have met 31 times before, with Argentina currently holding the advantage with 13 wins.

Lionel Messi will not play a part in this game due to his recent injury for Barcelona, leaving others the chance to grab the limelight and make a case that they are capable of leading this team forward when the marvel retires.

Maradona recently called Argentina’s predicament a “pickle” without the involvement of Messi who has ruled himself out of selection for a number of friendly matches since the World Cup ended, while he was also forced to deny claims that he criticised the star after stating that he was not a leader because he “goes to the bathroom 20 times before a game.”

Maradona hit back saying “Leo is a friend of mine and I’d never speak ill of a friend. All I said was that Leo is a phenomenon. And that there were players who go to the toilet 20 times, but I never made any reference to Leo.”

Nicolas Otamendi pulled out of the squad through injury while Spurs duo Paulo Gazzaniga and Juan Foyth could make their debuts after receiving call ups from Scaloni.

Mexico will be without Hirving Lozano who sustained a knee injury, while star forwards Javier Hernandez and Carlos Vela were omitted from the squad.

These two appear to be in a transition period right now, though the lack of a full-time manager is certainly stunting any development at present.

Argentina have life without Messi to look forward to in the coming years, and with him unavailable here, other players have the chance to show what they are capable of achieving.

Since coming in as interim coach, Lionel Scaloni has helped Argentina become far more stable at the back with the nation keeping three clean sheets in their last four matches, and just one goal conceded, which came against Brazil.

Argentina should have enough firepower to see off Mexico. 2-0.

The big issue during the summer with Argentina was not a lack of talent, but a lack of confidence. Scaloni appears to have re-installed some of that, especially defensively and with a solid platform to build on, they can take this game here.

Key Stat: Argentina have won three out of four games since the World Cup

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Argentina were at their most disappointing from a defensive point of view at the World Cup but it seems that new boss Scaloni has really focused on this. They have conceded just one goal in four games recently and they can keep another clean sheet here against a Mexico team without their usual attacking threat.

Key Stat: In the four matches post-World Cup, Argentina have kept three clean sheets and conceded just one goal

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With a number of notable attacking absentees from the Mexico squad, Ferretti’s side may struggle to break down a recently resilient Argentina side, who have netted seven goals in their previous four matches.

Key Stat: Argentina have netted seven goals in four matches since the World Cup.

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Brazil vs Uruguay

Brazil vs Uruguay : Two of the most successful nations in footballing history will go head to head in friendly action in London on Friday when Brazil face Uruguay.

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This will be the 76th time in history that the Selecao have faced their South American counterparts, boasting 35 victories and having suffered a mere 20 defeats.

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However, Uruguay claimed victory in the nations’ biggest meeting, the 1954 World Cup final, which left an indelible scar upon football in Brazil and, at least until the 7-1 World Cup semi-final loss to Germany in 2014, was regarded as the most chastening day in the country’s sporting history.

Brazil vs Uruguay
Date Friday, November 15
Time 8:00pm GMT / 3:00pm ET
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Position Brazil squad

Goalkeepers Alisson, Brazao, Ederson

Defenders Danilo, Miranda, Marquinhos, Filipe Luis, Alex Sandro, Dede, Fabinho, Pablo

Midfielders Arthur, Allan, Renato Augusto, Rafinha, Paulinho, Willian

Forwards Douglas Costa, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar, Firmino, Richarlison

Brazil coach Tite has made numerous changes to his side since the World Cup, handing out as many as nine debuts in the four friendlies that have been played since their exit in Russia at the quarter-final stage against Belgium.

Napoli midfielder Allan is the most high-profile of the new arrivals in the squad for these fixtures, with Cruzeiro goalkeeper Gabriel Brazao the other uncapped presence.

Marcelo and Philippe Coutinho have dropped out due to injury, while Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro has also been forced to withdraw.

Possible Brazil starting XI: Alisson, Danilo, Marquinhos, Miranda, Filipe Luis; Walace, Arthur, Renato Augusto; Douglas Costa, Neymar, Firmino

Position Uruguay squad

Goalkeepers Silva, Campana

Defenders Caceres, Laxalt, Lemos, Velazquez, Cabaco, Mendez, M. Suarez

Midfielders Lodeiro, Sanchez, Vecino, De Arrascaeta, Bentancur, Torreira, Valverde

Forwards Cavani, L. Suarez, Rodriguez, Gomez, Pereiro

Uruguay approach this fixture missing a number of experienced players, including captain Diego Godin. Fellow defenders Jose Gimenez, Sebastian Coates and Marcelo Saracchi are also injured, as is Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.

The defensive line is set to be extremely inexperienced. Aside from Martin Caceres, who has 84 international appearances, the combined total of caps for goalkeepers and defenders is 27 shared among eight players.

The uncapped Erick Cabaco will not play against Brazil but may be fit to face France.

Cristhian Stuani, who has been in prolific form with Girona in Spain, is their other casualty.

Possible Uruguay starting XI: Campana; M. Suarez, Caceres, Velazquez, Laxalt; Bentancur, Torreira, Vecino, De Arrascaeta; Suarez, Cavani.

Betting & Match Odds

Brazil are priced at 8/15 favourites by Bet365. The draw is available at 3/1 while Uruguay are rated a 5/1 shot.

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The 2019 Copa America is now less than a year away and preparations from Brazil and Uruguay are well under way.

Selecao boss Tite is approaching the task by assessing as many options open to him as possible. He has used the post-World Cup friendlies to test a number of untried players, and yet despite the inexperienced nature of some of his teams, success has inevitably followed.

Under his guidance, Brazil have been incredibly successful. He has overseen 28 matches, of which 24 have ended in victory and only two in defeat. One of those came in the World Cup quarter-finals against Belgium, where a late Renato Augusto strike was mere consolation in a 2-1 defeat.

But in Russia, the Selecao had only a half-fit Neymar. When they take to the field on home soil in next summer’s Copa America, they hope to have their star man back firing again as they seek to win an eighth South American crown.

Uruguay, meanwhile, continue to be led by the redoubtable Oscar Tabarez.

The veteran coach has led the nation to sixth in the FIFA Ranking, which given they boast a population of around 3.5 million is a quite staggering achievement.

He is not generally noted for his willingness to experiment, favouring a pragmatic approach to the game, and as such has tended to be reliant on a number of stalwart players over the years.

The likes of Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez, Fernando Muslera and Diego Godin have, therefore, all won over 100 caps for their nation.

For these fixtures against Brazil and France, though, the hand of the manager has been forced. Injuries, particularly those in the defence, have stripped him of vital players and will force him to experiment.

Uruguay will be taken out of their comfort zone for these matches – but it may do them long-term good with the Copa America in mind.

Netherlands vs France

Netherlands vs France : The Netherlands must beat France at De Kuip in Rotterdam on Friday if they’re to stand any chance of finishing first in UEFA Nations League Group A1, with Les Bleus on the brink of securing their spot in the finals in June.

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France sit four points ahead of the Dutch and will play their final group game on Friday, while Ronald Koeman’s hosts must win before defeating Germany away in Gelsenkirchen on Monday to finish top. France were 2-1 victors over the Netherlands in September and would advance if it went to a tiebreaker.

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One point on Friday would also be sufficient to keep France four points outside the Netherlands’ reach and thus see Didier Deschamps’ men into the finals.

Both teams have beaten Germany—who have been sub-par of late—in their recent outings. De Oranje defeated Die Mannschaft 3-0 on October 13, and Les Bleus came from behind to defeat Joachim Low’s side 2-1 three days later thanks to an Antoine Griezmann brace.

The Netherlands have shown signs of a revival under Koeman, but France can put a premature end to their Nations League hopes in Rotterdam.

Defending world champions France have shown few signs of letting up in form following their triumph in Russia this past summer. They are unbeaten in four matches, although one was a 2-2 draw against Iceland in a friendly.

Deschamps’ men won the World Cup due to the depth in the quality of their squad, but the manager will be tested by a string of recent injury concerns that have affected them in almost all areas:

The squad at least still includes Paris Saint-Germain prodigy Kylian Mbappe and Chelsea frontman Olivier Giroud, who supplied their goals in the 2-1 victory over the Netherlands two months ago.

Giroud’s volleyed winner from a Benjamin Mendy cross was the highlight of the clash, with France scoring either side of Ryan Babel’s leveller to notch their first Nations League victory, via Sky Sports:

The Netherlands have kept only two clean sheets in their eight matches since Koeman took charge, holding off Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal for a 3-0 win in March and repeating that result against the Germans last month.

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk will lead De Oranje out on Friday, and the national-team captain responded to his manager’s recent suggestions he can be lazy:

He can’t afford to show such signs against the likes of Mbappe, Griezmann or N’Golo Kante, three of France’s stars who have been key to their success in recent times.

France are unbeaten in 15 matches and have a place in the Nations League finals to fight for on Friday, though the Netherlands will treat this as their own final at the risk of falling out of the race for first.

Hooker vs Saucedo

Hooker vs Saucedo : The hope would be that while the WBA and IBF titles are unified in the final of the WBSS, the WBO and WBC titles also end up belonging to one fighter, setting a potential post-WBSS unification clash.

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But while Jose Ramirez awaits his next challenge of the WBC strap, Maurice Hooker must retain his WBO portion of the Super Lightweight pie against an unbeaten, and highly rated young challenger.

Mexican born Alex Saucedo is 24-years old, and makes his maiden world title challenge in front of his adopted home faithful in Oklahoma City.

Saucedo 28-0(18KO’s) has been fed the right diet up until this point, all of which culminated in a streak of knockout wins over the last 12 months. Gustavo David Vittori lasted just 3 rounds, while Abner Lopez and Leonardo Zappavigna were both stopped in the 7th.

Saucedo has a well-sized frame for a 140lbs fighter, but even his 5’10” height is no match to the naturally gifted Hooker. The champion is registered at 5’11”, but he stands more like 6’1” with an astonishing 80” reach.

However the Dallas born and bred fighter has not always been blessed with keeping his opponents at such a distance.

In fact his long arms may in fact be more of a hindrance, as it forces Hooker 24-0-3(16KO’s) to throw more punches than he otherwise would like to, and it makes him a sucker for counter punches, as opponents know that once Hooker has let his hands go, they can burst inside with the knowledge that Hooker’s guard won’t be up in time to protect his chin.

That is a large reason for the three draws on his record, albeit the first two were down in part to a lack in experience, while the most recent, against Darleys Perez, was a case of getting a helping hand from two judges.

Victory over unbeaten Terry Flanagan for the vacant title, last time out, was the best win of ‘Mighty Mo’s’ career thus far, and signs that he was beginning to put valuable lessons to good practice in the ring.

Although the cynic in us all would allude to Flanagan moving up from Lightweight, and his lack of power being the reason that when the Mancunian got on the inside, he was unable to take advantage like other fights could.

The split decision win may have also been blighted slightly when Flanagan fought gamely, only to be outclassed over 12 rounds by Regis Prograis in the opening round of the WBSS.

For Saucedo, the route to victory will be in perfectly balancing patience and desperation in the boxing ring. Finding himself in too much of a rush could result in Hooker allowing him to waste much of his energy early on, or even giving Hooker a great opportunity to score a damaging knockout.

On the other hand, a patient approach could allow Hooker to establish a rhythm, and once in front, Hooker’s long arms make it tricky to win enough rounds convincingly to sway the judges at the end.

Hooker was never fazed to head into Flanagan’s backyard to take the title, and will not be overwhelmed on Friday night when he stands up to Saucedo’s Oklahoma/Mexican fan base.

Both these men come in to the ring in the form of their careers thus far, but while one may have hit the peak of his powers, the other is still improving. That is why the younger Saucedo will need the judges to favour his aggressive style in a tantalisingly close contest.

The feeling is that Hooker has been overlooked by many coming into his first world title defence, and there is a significant chance that the champion will spoil the challenger’s crowing night and prove many doubters wrong.

Saucedo will race to a good start, using up that nervous energy in the opening exchanges.

As the challenger waits for his second wind, Hooker will close the gap as he establishes the jab, while also connecting with a host of eye-watering uppercuts to the lowered head of Saucedo.

Once Saucedo bites down on his gum shield, the action will really begin to hot up.

Hooker’s corner will try their best to get their man back on the outside, but with so many opportunities to fire away on his opponent, it will prove an impossible task to convince Hooker to box smart in those latter stages.

Down the stretch, Hooker will land the better quality while Saucedo lands the higher quantity. It will be down to the three judges to decide which they prefer.

At the end of 12 rounds at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, home of NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, the crowd will celebrate the result like they do a Russell Westbrook fast break dunk, as their man, Alex Saucedo is crowned the new WBO Super Lightweight champion of the world, by way of split decision.

Thursday Night Football

Green Bay Packers vs Seattle Seahawks

Green Bay Packers vs Seattle Seahawks : The Green Bay Packers will travel to the Pacific Northwest to play their bitter rival, the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday Night Football. The Seahawks are clawing their way back towards the postseason with a new found running game. The key to victory for Green Bay will be the run defense.

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The Seattle Seahawks in the Pete Carroll-era were known for two things: a shutdown defense and an old school, smash-mouth running game. Over the past few years, injuries and retirement forced Carroll and General Manager John Schneider to adapt. It took two years, but they have formed a formidable running back by committee that will give Green Bay’s run defense a lot of trouble on Thursday Night Football.

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Seattle is second in the league in rushing attempts (288) and yards (1,370), and first in rushing yards per game (152.2). The commitment to their newly formed running game is paying dividends on the gridiron as they play with more attitudes, which resembles the team that once ruled the NFL. The scariest part about Seattle’s running game is that it is only getting better.

They started the season with two running backs Mike Davis and ChrisCarson; however, last week the Seahawks enjoyed their best rushing performance of the season. The player who turned heads on Sunday was rookie running back Rashaad Penny as he gained 108 yards on 12 carries against the Los Angeles Rams.

After the game, Carroll raved about the young running back when he met with the media.

The good news for Green Bay is that thus far Seattle has only scored six rushing touchdowns, which is tied for 19thin the league.

In Green Bay, the defense, which has plagued the team from postseason success for many years, has improved drastically. The hiring of new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has been the best move the Packers made in the offseason. However, the run defense needs to improve fast.

In the opener, the Chicago Bears ran for 139 yards. Two weeks later, Adrian Peterson ran for 120. And then it was the Detroit Lions’ Kerryon Johnson’s 70 yards. The next week, the San Francisco 49ers ran for 174 yards. Todd Gurley ran for 114 on 25 carries, and then kick-returner Cordarelle Patterson ran for 61 yards on just 11 carries.

Green Bay ranks 20thin the league in yards allowed (1,088) and 22ndin yards per game (120.9). They are tied with the Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and New Orleans Saints for 21stin the NFL in rushing touchdowns allowed with nine.

This season, Packers’ opponents have run the ball 242 times, which ranks 15thin the NFL. However, the 242 carries against are closer to the league’s worst (Miami Dolphins’ 293) than the best (Philadelphia Eagles’ 178).

Green Bay’s front-seven needs to take advantage of a weak offensive line and force Russell Wilson to beat them through the air. The Seahawks are at their best when they run with authority, and use the play-action to open up passing lanes. The Packers pass defense is good enough to limit the Seahawks passing offense. Shutting down the running game will go a long way in winning this tilt.