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Cal takes its show on the road

September 08, 2007|Lonnie White | Times Staff Writer

California began the college football season with a bang last Saturday, defeating Tennessee at home by two touchdowns and covering the spread as a six-point favorite.

The Bears are favored again today by 14 points at Colorado State, which lost by a field goal in overtime last week to rival Colorado.

The good news for Cal supporters is that the Rams have lost eight games in a row and are 1-7 against the spread in their last eight games after playing Colorado.

The bad news for the Bears is that the game will be played on grass, where they have a 2-8 record against the spread in their last 10 games.

Also, in the only previous meeting between the teams, Colorado State won at Cal, 23-21, in 2003.

Another game to keep an eye on will be San Jose State at Kansas State. The Wildcats are 19-point favorites.

Both teams lost on the road last week, but Kansas State was impressive in a tough game at Auburn.

The Wildcats lost, 23-13.

The Spartans were crushed at Arizona State, 45-3.

But Kansas State is 2-11 against the spread versus nonconference opponents.


Mixed martial arts

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, the Ultimate Fighting Championship light-heavyweight champion, will take on the role as favorite when he faces Dan Henderson in UFC 75 at the O2 Arena in London.

At, if Jackson wins, a $14 bet would win $10 and return $24, and a $10 bet on Henderson would return $21. Henderson, who holds titles in two weight categories, has a 22-5-0 MMA record; Jackson is 27-6-0.

Note that since UFC purchased PRIDE Fighting Championships this year, underdog fighters have dominated UFC main events, including Jackson's upset victory over Chuck Liddell.



According to, Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and San Jose's Joe Thornton are the favorites to win the NHL scoring title this season.

A $100 wager on Crosby, who signed a five-year contract extension worth $43.5 million in July, to take home the Art Ross Trophy -- given to the league's leading scorer -- will pay $200. The same bet on Thornton will pay $400.

Among local players, Ducks winger Teemu Selanne has the best odds of winning the scoring title, with a $2,000 payoff, if he even decides to play.

He's followed by teammate Andy McDonald at $5,000.

For the Kings, forward Michael Cammalleri is the only player to make the list with a $6,600 payoff.


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