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BOZICH | Kentucky favored against Louisville but not Auburn

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Rick Bozich writes about UK and U of L football and some crazy coaching rumors. Rick Bozich writes about UK and U of L football and some crazy coaching rumors.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Mid-week local sports notes, although unlike Steve Spurrier I will not resign midway through the sixth paragraph:

*Kentucky is likely to be a 2-point underdog when the Wildcats play host to Auburn Thursday at 7 p.m. in Commonwealth Stadium. If Louisville is the team you track, the Cardinals are getting 7 points in Tallahassee Saturday when the Cardinals face Florida State.

Turn back the clock to Sept. 1. The wise guys who study the lines in Las Vegas say there was a different take on those two games. I asked Chris Andrews at AgainstTheNumber.com. Andrews is a former bookmaker who analyzes sports.

This is what he wrote: “Going into Week 1 in early September at The Westgate SuperBook, Auburn was -11.5 at Kentucky & FSU was -9.5 vs. Louisville.”

In other words, the Wildcats have knocked 9 1/2 points off the number and the Cards are perceived to have a better shot at the Seminoles, despite U of L's 2-3 start.

There’s more. There’s always more when Kentucky and Louisville are involved, correct?

Andrews also provided the current point spread for the Louisville-Kentucky game, which will be played in Lexington Nov. 28:

Kentucky is currently favored by 1 1/2 points. Andrews said that in late August, The Westgate SuperBook had Louisville favored by 2.

*Look for Auburn to pound the ball between the tackles. The Tigers have a solid running game, fourth best in the Southeastern Conference.

But despite Gus Malzahn’s reputation as a passing game rainmaker, the Tigers rank 13th in the league throwing the ball, averaging only 154 yards per game. Auburn is one of two SEC teams with more interceptions (7) than passing TDs (5).

The other is Vanderbilt.

*Crazy Coaching Rumors: No, not Mark Dantonio from Michigan State to South Carolina, where he once played football. No, not Chip Kelly from the Philadelphia Eagles, to Southern Cal, where he once burned the Los Angeles area recruiting trail talking kids into attending Oregon.

This is the most intriguing Internet chatter that I’ve read this week: Charlie Strong to Miami.

Wouldn’t that be fun to see Strong return to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium as the head coach of the Hurricanes?

Strong, of course, has a job. He’s less than two full seasons into the assignment of building a national championship contender at Texas. Miami has a coach, Al Golden.

But …

Strong is 2-4. ESPN’s power ratings are predicting a 5-win season for the Longhorns. The athletic director who hired Strong has already been dismissed. Florida, especially Miami, is his recruiting sweet spot.

Golden is 3-2. ESPN’s power ratings are predicting a 6-win season for the Hurricanes. Former Miami players have been howling about Golden since he arrived from Temple. They don’t believe that he’s the guy who can get Miami back to the business of winning national titles.

Did I mention that Florida, especially Miami, is Charlie Strong’s recruiting sweet spot?

*I’ll keep my thoughts on Steve Spurrier brief. He had a great time when he was clubbing opposing teams 65-6 and 57-3. He wasn’t quite as joyous when he lost to Kentucky in back-to-back seasons and then lost to Georgia by 32 and Louisiana State by three touchdowns.

So he quit.

*Kyle Schwarber won’t be the last former Indiana University baseball player to pound his way into the national baseball discussion.

Do not forget Schwarber’s former IU bash brother, Sam Travis. When IU played its way into the 2013 College World Series in Omaha, Schwarber hit second and caught and Travis batted third while playing first base.

Schwarber has become a forceful piece of the lineup that manager Joe Maddon will employ as the Chicago Cubs try to win the National League Championship Series.

Where’s Travis?

Not far behind.

Travis was named the Best Offensive Player in the Boston Red Sox minor league system last month. He earned a promotion from High A Salem to Portland, the Red Sox Double-A affiliate.

Travis hit .307 with 47 extra-base hits and 78 runs batted for the Red Sox two minor-league clubs. His projected arrival time at Fenway Park is 2017.

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