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Matt Youmans

Odds stacked against Charlie Strong surviving at Texas

Texas is a 3-point favorite over Texas Christian on Friday. Even if the Longhorns win an emotional game, their coach is likely to get fired.

Dallas Cowboys, rookie Dak Prescott paying off bettors

The Cowboys, riding a nine-game winning roll and 9-0-1 against the spread, are 7-point favorites over the Washington Redskins in the second of Thursday’s three games.

Las Vegas books go down with Cleveland Browns

Pittsburgh covered in Cleveland, and three other popular favorites — Dallas, New England and Seattle — led a winning Sunday for bettors as favorites finished 9-3 against the spread.

Tom Herman, Houston kiss Louisville goodbye

The Cougars, who closed as 17½-point underdogs, knocked the Cardinals out of College Football Playoff contention in a 36-10 blowout that got ugly early.

Tom Brady, Patriots fall short on big day for ‘dogs

Underdogs finished the day 9-3 ATS with eight straight-up wins. In the nightcap, Seattle stunned New England in a down-to-the-wire thriller.

Follow Big Ben in big game for Pittsburgh Steelers

If the Steelers’ three-game losing streak becomes four, there will be panic in Pittsburgh. That’s why Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys is more important for the home favorite.

Coach K set to unleash dominant Duke superteam

The Blue Devils, featuring five players who are potential first-round NBA draft picks after this season, are 7-2 favorites to win the national championship in April.

Denver defense will test Derek Carr, Raiders

Oakland coach Jack Del Rio is 5-0 on the road this season, but 2-9 ATS at home in his two seasons. The Raiders’ home-road dichotomy is a reason to back the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Alabama offers opportunity for LSU’s Ed Orgeron

In a duel that could determine LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron’s future and throw the College Football Playoff picture into chaos, the Tigers are 7½-point underdogs to top-ranked Alabama.

Road-warrior Raiders tailed in two cities

In a popular result in Las Vegas, Derek Carr propelled the Oakland Raiders to 5-0 on the road with a dramatic 30-24 overtime win at Tampa Bay.

Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys running into tough spot

The Eagles are live underdogs at Dallas in a prime-time showdown featuring two surprise teams and three of the NFL’s top rookies.

Kyle Hendricks, Cubs in control of World Series

The Chicago Cubs are minus-250 favorites to win the series, and Kyle Hendricks is a 2-1 favorite in Game 3. Cleveland needs two more strong starts from Corey Kluber.