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rst half France have played at the Stade Velo

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork. Anthony Tucker Jersey .com) - A pair of Top 25 teams square off at the Rose Bowl on Saturday when UCLA hosts Arizona. The host Bruins have beaten the Wildcats the last two years, but can they make it three in a row? Despite its 6-2 record, UCLA arguably has been the most disappointing team in the country. The Bruins, ranked seventh in the preseason AP poll, currently are 25th after losing two of their last four games. Coach Jim Moras squad dropped a pair of home games to Utah and Oregon before prevailing on the road over California by two points and Colorado by three in overtime. Dont forget, the Golden Bears and Buffaloes are a combined 2-9 in Pac-12 play this season. Outside the 35-point victory over Arizona State, UCLAs other five wins have come by a combined 23 points, and not one of those five opponents is in the same class as Arizona. The 6-1 Wildcats have been perfect on the road this season with victories over UTSA, Washington State and Oregon. Their one loss (home against USC) came in the game following the huge upset of Oregon, so a slight letdown was possible. Last year, Arizona hosted the Bruins a week after back-to-back road wins over Colorado and California - the same situation UCLA is in now. The Wildcats lost at home to the Bruins by five points as slight 1.5-point favorites. Look for Arizona to gain revenge, especially since UCLAs pass defense has been incredibly weak compared to last year while Arizona is eighth nationally in passing with 348 yards per game. Take Arizona plus seven points in the first of three five-star plays. Oregon State returns home after what might have been its most lethargic performance in years. The Beavers were thoroughly outplayed by Stanford in the 38-14 loss, their third defeat in the last four games. One has to expect a bounce-back effort at home against California, particularly because their secondary is ranked second in the league behind the Cardinal, and Cals strength is its aerial attack. The Golden Bears have played two hard-fought contests the last two weeks, losing a heartbreaker to UCLA and then keeping pace with Oregon for 15 minutes before falling by 18 points. They have not been on the road in almost a month and have not beaten Oregon State in Corvallis since 2006. In fact, the Beavers have won 12 of the last 15 meetings and have covered six of the last seven. They also have outscored Cal, 111-31, over the last two games. It is true this Beavers squad is not in the same class as previous years, but if Mike Rileys team can take Utah to double overtime at home, it should easily defeat California by more than a field goal in the same stadium. Take Oregon State minus three points. Pittsburgh hosts Duke in a key ACC Coastal Division matchup. The Blue Devils are on top at 2-1, including a win over Georgia Tech, which is 3-2. Four other squads are right behind at 2-2. Duke followed up its road victory over Georgia Tech with a seven-point home win over Virginia. The Blue Devils had a week off to get ready for the Panthers, who have lost four of their last five games. Pittsburghs lone win came over Virginia Tech, the worst team in the Coastal Division. The Panthers had zero chance to defeat Georgia Tech last week after fumbling four times on their first four possessions, leading to four Yellow Jackets touchdowns. Pittsburgh trailed 28-0 with only about five minutes off the clock! The Panthers now are 1-5 ATS in their last six home games. They also are 0-5 ATS in their last five as home favorites, and outside of their 2013 win and cover over a 2-10 Virginia team, they have failed to cover an ACC game as home favorites. Since losing by three points (and covering) at home against Pittsburgh early last season, the Blue Devils are 14-3 with the three losses coming to Florida State, Texas A&M and Miami (Florida). They should be favored in this game by about a touchdown. Instead, Pittsburgh is giving 3.5 points. Take Duke plus the 3.5 points. THREE-STAR CHOICES For some strange reason, North Carolina was a 17-point underdog against Miami (Florida) earlier in the week. The line has since dropped to 14.5, still a very high number considering how well the Tar Heels have been playing of late. Moreover, they are 9-4 in their last 13 games when getting nine points or more, and Miami is 4-11 in its last 15 games when giving a touchdown or more. The Hurricanes have looked outstanding the last two games, blowing out both Cincinnati and Virginia Tech, but they still have three defeats on the season, including two in ACC play. In addition, they have their biggest game of the year coming up next against Florida State. Last season, the Hurricanes barely defeated Wake Forest, 24-21, as 26-point home favorites in the game leading up to Florida State, while two years ago, they lost to the Tar Heels prior to taking on the Seminoles. North Carolina has the same conference record (2-2) as Miami and the Heels are playing much better than they did earlier in the season. They almost defeated Notre Dame, losing by a touchdown on the road. Then they beat Georgia Tech by five points at home, and last week, they were getting seven points at Virginia and won outright, 28-27. Take North Carolina plus 14.5 points. San Diego State is at Nevada in a crucial Mountain West Conference battle. The Aztecs lead the West Division with a 3-1 record, but Nevada is one game back at 2-2. The Wolf Pack are riding a two-game winning streak with road victories over BYU and Hawaii. Even though this contest is a home game, they have done a good bit of traveling of late, first going to Provo, Utah, and then out to Honolulu. Now they take on the Aztecs, who were off last week after hosting Hawaii on Oct. 18. San Diego State is one of the better rushing teams in the country with Donnel Pumphrey leading the charge. The sophomore already has 989 yards and 12 touchdowns after just seven games. Meanwhile, Nevada is allowing 4.7 yards per carry this season. San Diego State has won and covered the last three meetings. Another one will be on its way this Saturday night. Take San Diego State plus three points. TWO-STAR SELECTIONS Take Cincinnati -4 (Tulane), Missouri -7 (Kentucky) and Ole Miss -2.5 (Auburn). ONE-STAR PLAYS Take Maryland +3.5 (Penn State), Colorado +4 (Washington), Purdue +23.5 (Nebraska) and San Jose State +7 (Colorado State) THIS YEARS RECORD My overall record stands at 69-63-4 after a 4-5-1 mark in Week 9. There were no five-star selections, so they remain at 5-5. The three-star plays went 0-2-1 and are 10-7-1 overall. The two-star choices went 2-0 for a nine-week total of 25-25. The one-star plays went 2-3 for a 29-26-3 mark. THIS WEEKS JEFF FRANK DIRTY DOZEN 1) Ole Miss, 103.5; 2) Alabama, 102.5; 3) TCU, 102; 4) Georgia, 101.5; 5) Ohio State, 101; 6-T) Florida State, Oregon and Michigan State, 100; 9) Mississippi State, 99; 10) Auburn, 98.5; 11-T) LSU and Baylor, 97 (The Dirty Dozen is not a reflection of a given teams won-loss record. It is based on power ratings used to predict spreads for the upcoming week. At the beginning of the season, all FBS teams are assigned a power number, which changes on a week-to-week basis depending on the results of the previous week.) Michael Adams Jersey . Infante hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning and had an RBI single in a four-run fifth against former teammate Justin Verlander, helping the Kansas City Royals beat the Tigers 11-8 Monday night. Cheap Wizards Jerseys .ca has you covered for whos in, whos out and what to expect from all 30 teams. https://www.cheapwizardsonline.com/429k-dave-bing-jersey-wizards.html . Hazard lasted just 18 minutes in Tuesdays contest before being substituted with the calf problem, and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes he will be without his star winger for at least the next two weeks.France will be expected to reaffirm their status as pre-tournament favourites when they come up against debutants Albania in Marseille on Wednesday. After their narrow but merited 2-1 win over Romania on Friday, Didier Deschamps men could clinch a place in the last 16 depending on the earlier result between the Romanians and Switzerland.There is cause for concern, however, as they lost 1-0 to Albania when they met 12 months ago through an Ergys Kace free kick. Indeed, the French also had to come from behind to draw another friendly 1-1 in Rennes in November 2014, with Antoine Greizmann denying Albania their first win on French soil.Even with those recent results in mind, Deschamps will have confidence his team can succeed at the imposing Stade Velodrome. Dimitri Payets late goal gave France a winning start to Euro 2016 The hosts have lost just once in their last 11 matches at the venue - against Argentina in 2009 - and have won each of their last seven home internationals.Albania, on the other hand, will be bidding to avoid three consecutive defeats for the first time since October 2013.Team newsFrance are likely to keep the same starting line-up that beat Romania 2-1 in the Group A opener last Friday. Moussa Sissoko could be called into central midfield should any changes be made.Albania will be without captain Lorik Cana after he was sent off in their opening match against Switzerland after receiving two yellow cards, meaning Arlind Ajeti or Frederic Veseli could replace him in defence.Opta statsFrance have won four of the six matches played against Albania but have failed to win either of the last two meetings (D1 L1).Albania have never scored more than once in a game against France (three goals scored inn six matches). C. J. Miles Jersey. Albania have never beaten Les Bleus in France, conceding nine goals across three games and scoring only once in return (D1 L2). Albania lost their opening match against Switzerland and had Lorik Cana sent off in the first half France have played at the Stade Velodrome twice in the European Championships, losing to Czechoslovakia in 1960 (0-2) but beating Portugal in 1984 (3-2). Both games saw them concede twice.France have won their last six games on home soil in the European Championships (5 in 1984, 1 in 2016).France have only kept two clean sheets in their last 17 games at the European Championships (against Romania in 2008 and Ukraine in 2012).Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud - who scored 24 club goals last season - has eight goals in his last six starts for France.Mersons predictionI was quite impressed with Albania in their opening defeat to Switzerland. Even with 10 men they had a right go but just could not stick the ball in the back of the net. However, France got better as their first match went on. The nerves started to disappear and they relaxed a lot more which will help them as the tournament goes on.PAUL PREDICTS: 3-0BettingWednesday nights clash represents the most one-sided clash of Euro 2016 according to Sky Bet, with Albania 14/1 outsiders for the victory. France are just 2/9 for another win and 3/1 favourites to win the competition, with their opponents given the second longest outright price of those in the competition at 250/1.Olivier Giroud heads the first goalscorer market at 100/30 and is being tipped up to do so in a 2-0 France win at 10/1 as Jamie Redknapps tip.Follow France v Albania - and every Euro 2016 game - with our live blog on skysports.com and the Sky Sports apps. ' ' '



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