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Football Stats Check – Week #16

Today’s list of football stats and factoids for the weekend is dedicated to legendary QB Sammy Baugh, who passed away Wednesday at the age of 94. Baugh led TCU to victory at the 1936 Sugar Bowl and the 1937 Cotton Bowl, and won two NFL titles with the Redskins in 1937 and 1942 – playing both ways and punting. His No. 33 is the only uniform Washington has ever retired. Without Baugh’s contributions, the NFL might not exist today.  

College

Navy vs. Wake Forest: Temperatures will hover around 40 degrees at RFK on Saturday with a 10-percent chance of rain. Running will be on full display; Navy’s triple-option is well known, but Wake will be starting third-string fullback Kevin Harris at tailback; he had seven carries for 36 yards and a major against Vanderbilt.

Fresno State vs. Colorado State: Cornerback Damion Owens (broken finger) will reportedly miss the New Mexico Bowl. Owens snagged one of just four Fresno State interceptions on the season, a 68-yard TD return against Boise State.

Memphis vs. South Florida: Tropicana Field will be converted from its usual baseball configuration to host the St. Petersburg Bowl. The clay infield will have turf sewn over the top. Except for the danger of hitting a seam, the Trop’s FieldTurf is a fast surface that should play to Memphis’ strength on offense.

Brigham Young vs. Arizona: The Wildcats have won their last two bowl games – in 1997 (the Insight.com Bowl) and 1998 (the Holiday Bowl). BYU has been to five bowls in the interim, taking the last two Las Vegas Bowls.

Troy vs. Southern Mississippi: Troy DB Jorrick Calvin, a JUCO transfer from East Central CC in Decatur, Miss., has a team-high six passes broken up this year. Calvin has taken over for the departed Leodis McKelvin, who led the team last year with eight. Troy is 8-4 SU and 7-4 ATS this season.

College bowl betting in the Bodog Sportsbook.

NFL

Baltimore at Dallas: The over is 12-4-1 in Baltimore’s last 17 games as the underdog. The over is also 12-5-3 in the Cowboys’ last 20 after allowing fewer than 15 points in their previous contest. The total for Saturday night’s game is 39.5 points.

Cincinnati at Cleveland: Bengals punter Kyle Larson’s longest effort of the season was 57 yards, in Week 5 against the Cowboys. That’s the “shortest longest” punt for any of the NFL’s 32 teams this year. Cleveland’s Dave Zastudil has cranked out punts of at least 60 yards in three of the Browns’ last five games.

New Orleans at Detroit: The last time the Detroit Lions went winless throughout an entire season was 1942. They went 0-11 in a 10-team league and were outscored 263-38. This year’s Lions are 0-14 (6-8 ATS) and have been outscored 444-240.

Atlanta at Minnesota: Vikings safety Madieu Williams is one of only three players in NFL history to hail from West Africa. The Sierra Leone native and former Bengal came back from a quad injury in Week 9; Minnesota is 6-1 SU and 4-3 ATS since then.

N.Y. Jets at Seattle: 20-17 is the most common final score in NFL history with 219 occurrences; second best is 17-14 at 177. The last 20-17 game was in Week 11 when Washington beat the Seahawks in Seattle. Sunday’s total is 44 points.

NFL odds in the Bodog Sportsbook.

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