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Week 7 NFL Best Bets: Patriots stay hot against Bears and more of Jason La Canfora's picks

Well, last week wasn’t horrible: Two wins and one loss. I suppose we can live with that. I am a fool for falling into that Ravens/Titans trap. Should’ve stuck with two games. Anyway, we are now 7-5-1 on the season. And it’s time to get on a roll.

Saints (+2.5) at Ravens

I am certifiable for picking another game involving the Ravens. Seriously. But maybe if I stick with it my luck will turn. Saints coming off a bye, rested, against the league’s best defense thus far. In this high-scoring era give me the points and the offense. 

Baltimore played three straight on the road and a bunch of vital AFC games and I expect this defense to get a very different test than anything it’s seen thus far. You can’t blitz Drew Brees and get set away with

College football schedule, games 2018: What to watch in Week 8, TV channels, kickoff times

Week 7 of the college football season was defined by upsets and near misses. So what does Week 8 have in store for an encore? The answer: a lot. 

It starts right at noon with a top-25 matchup between Michigan and Michigan State. The Wolverines have their highest ranking in the polls yet and are knocking on the door to be a top-four team. However, standing in their way are the Spartans in East Lansing. There are also key showdowns later in the day between NC State and Clemson, and Mississippi State and LSU. Then, at night, the Pac-12 takes over with a top-25 game featuring Oregon and Washington State before closing out the night with USC-Utah. Both games have major divisional implications. 

Here are all the big games to watch for on a busy Saturday. 

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Alabama vs. Tennessee: Prediction, pick, odds, line, TV channel, live stream, watch online

No. 1 Alabama kept on cruising last week against Missouri, but had quite a scare in the process when star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa left in the third quarter with a sprained knee. The sophomore sensation should be back and ready to go this week as the Crimson Tide looks to keep their dream season going.

Tennessee is fresh off an emphatic 30-24 win over Auburn inside a hostile atmosphere at Jordan-Hare Stadium. First-year coach Jeremy Pruitt will be taking on his former boss — Alabama coach Nick Saban — in the hopes of becoming the first Saban assistant to knock off the legendary coach.

Let’s preview the rivalry known as “The Third Saturday in October.”

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Date: Saturday, Oct. 20 | Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Neyland Stadium — Knoxville, Tennessee
TV: CBS | Live stream: CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App, fuboTV (try for free)

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NC State at Clemson: Prediction, pick, odds, line, TV channel, live stream, watch online

The ACC Atlantic Division is on the line as NC State travels to Death Valley to take on Clemson in a battle of the last two unbeaten teams in the ACC. The matchup features two gifted quarterbacks on opposite ends of the experience spectrum: a 2018 NFL Draft prospect in Ryan Finley and Clemson’s still-budding freshman Trevor Lawrence, who was not even in high school yet when Finley started his college career at Boise State.

The duel of these two quarterbacks and these two offenses has set the stage for an impressive showdown that will award a head-to-head advantage likely to decide who represents the Atlantic in the ACC Championship Game. For Clemson, the three-time division champs, getting past NC State has not been easy. Each of the last two games has been decided by a touchdown and the

NFL odds, picks for Week 7: Proven computer model loving Rams and Eagles

The Week 7 NFL odds have been on the move all week as teams release injury news about star players. Vegas waited to reveal a line for Lions vs. Dolphins, but now that Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill (shoulder) has been ruled out, the Lions have been installed as 3-point road favorites. With the Bills signing quarterback Derek Anderson off the street to replace Josh Allen (elbow), the Colts are 7.5-point favorites over Buffalo after opening at -6.5. And the Patriots have moved from -2.5 to -3 against the Bears, who could be without star linebacker Khalil Mack (ankle). With so many injuries to keep up with and NFL odds reacting accordingly, be sure to check out the top Week 7 NFL picks and predictions from SportsLine’s Projection Model. 

SportsLine’s proprietary computer model went 176-80 last season and beat over

PREVIEW: Long Beach native Westbrook questionable when LA Clippers host Thunder (7p, Prime Ticket)

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If Russell Westbrook‘s season debut for the Oklahoma City Thunder comes Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center, it could be because of the elixir his own court provided.

Westbrook, who missed Tuesday’s season-opening defeat at Golden State as he continues to recover from a minor knee procedure and is a native of Long Beach, has been a participant in Thunder practices this week at UCLA. The court the Thunder is using for those practices bears Westbrook’s name, after the UCLA product made a sizeable donation to his alma mater.

Westbrook’s status for Friday’s game remained unknown as of Thursday afternoon.

It means that a Clippers team that has admitted to being in something of a transition mode will have its hands full. The Clippers themselves are touting a defensive backcourt with Patrick Beverley and Avery Bradley, but the issue Friday could be finding enough offense, especially down

Preview: Bucks vs. Pacers

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks ushered in the Mike Budenholzer era on a high note, edging the Hornets by one point in their first game of the season.

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Now, they’ll try to do the same for their new home Friday night when they christen the Fiserv Forum against the Indiana Pacers in the Bucks’ home opener.

The Bucks’ victory left plenty of room for improvement. Milwaukee committed 21 turnovers and watched as a 20-point lead disappeared down the stretch and turned into a nail-biting final possession.

“We were a little bit sloppy with the ball,” said Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had eight of Milwaukee’s 21 turnovers. “When we’re up we tend to play bad basketball, so we’ve got to stay within our principles. We gave them a chance to believe they could come back. … Got to do a better job taking care of the ball,

Preview: Wolves vs. Cavaliers

MINNEAPOLIS — Jimmy Butler may get his desire to be traded fulfilled at some point this season and the awkwardness of the situation has created some uncomfortable moments for a team he helped reached the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

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In the meantime, Butler and the Minnesota Timberwolves will try to get a win in their home opener Friday night with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are playing their second game following the departure of LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The saga with Butler began cropping up in July when he rejected a four-year contract extension that would have prevented him from reaching free agency next summer. On Sept. 19, he met with coach Tom Thibodeau and formally requested a trade and last week reports surfaced of a practice so heated the Butler was yelling at coaches and cursing at GM Scott Layden.