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Clearly the most important, and probably the most exciting matchup in college football today will be #6 Oklahoma visiting #9 West Virginia (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET). The winner gets a berth in the Big 12 championship game. This could be the first of two consecutive meetings between these powers if #15 Texas is upset earlier in the day as a two-touchdown favorite at Kansas (FS1, noon ET).
Jeff Fogle has more here.
From earlier in the week: college football handicapper Paul Stone offers an excellent preview of Oklahoma-West Virginia.
Dave Tuley’s ATS View From Vegas report . . .
Bears beat Lions 23-16 to kick off NFL Thanksgiving tripleheader: View From Vegas is they covered as 3-point road favorites thanks to pick six by CB Eddie Jackson (stayed under betting total of 43 points).
Cowboys beat Redskins 31-23; Dallas also covered as 7-point home favorite (went over betting total of 40.5).
Saints rout Falcons 31-17 in nightcap; New Orleans also covered as 12.5-point home favorite (game stayed under the betting total of 61.5); faves went 3-0 ATS today (not good for books, plus all side teasers covered), unders 2-1.
The SuperContest consensus picks are off to a tough start:
SC Gold: Bears 15 Lions 17
SC: Bears 325 Lions 478
SC Gold: Redskins 27 Cowboys 12
SC: Redskins 503 Cowboys 320
SC Gold: Falcons 27 Saints 17
SC: Falcons 510, Saints 273
The full consensus picks will be announced, as usual, at 2:45 p.m. ET Saturday.
In case you missed it on Wednesday: Brent and Mad Dog made their picks a little early because of the holiday.
Golf . . .
Not a lot of action reported yet on the today’s pay-per-view Phil-Tiger match play event. According to Patrick Everson of Covers: A high 5-figure bet on Phil Mickelson at +180 flipped the needed outcome for MGM. Previously needed Lefty, now needs Tiger.
Ron Flatter on horse racing
The Thanksgiving week edition of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod previews a pair of traditional, late-November races on opposite sides of the world. Trainer Dallas Stewart talks about Seeking The Soul’s bid to win a second straight Clark Handicap on Friday at Churchill Downs. The Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes – a prep for the Kentucky Derby – also gets a preview. Japan racing ambassador Kate Hunter, who grew up in Nashville, discusses this weekend’s Japan Cup. The “Racehorses by the Letters” feature continues with the best horse starting with the letter “C” – and feedback on our selection of Bold Ruler as the best of the letter “B.” Ron also offers a comment on the retirement of Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens. Listen here.
Ron’s column: It’s like horse racing’s version of a college basketball program that has capitalized on "one and done." Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has cornered the market on 2-year-olds that will be heavily bet this weekend in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.