BEST BET MEM­PHIS over Ucla by 11

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

We hope the rem­nants of Hur­ri­cane Irma don’t rain this one out as it has the mak­ings of an in­trigu­ing in­ter­sec­tional matchup. The whole world should be on the Bru­ins here since the pub­lic sud­denly feels they’ve re­turned to elite sta­tus in the Pac-12 fol­low­ing a dra­matic 2-0 start to the 2017 sea­son. It be­gan with a 34-point Josh Rosen­led come­back for the ages in a 45-44 win over Texas A&M, and con­tin­ued with a 33-point romp over Hawaii last week. Mean­while, the Tigers strug­gled to a sea­son-open­ing win over UL-Mon­roe (won by 9 as 29-point chalk), then sat out last week when their game against UCF was first moved to Thurs­day, then fi­nally can­celled. Sec­ond year HC Mike Norvell can lean on his team’s 16-4 SU suc­cess in their last 20 home games and their 15-6 ATS mark as home dogs ver­sus foe off con­sec­u­tive wins – when grab­bing 3 or more points, in­clud­ing in non-con­fer­ence scrapes. A closer look at UCLA’s quick start shows that coach Jim Mora has not fixed last year’s de­fen­sive prob­lems as the stop-unit has al­lowed 494 YPG in its two out­ings. A 12 Noon ET kick­off (10:00 AM PT body clock start) time doesn’t bode well, ei­ther, not with a con­fer­ence opener ver­sus Stan­ford loom­ing on deck (Bru­ins as road fa­vorites be­fore the Car­di­nal). All of which leads us straight to

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