Sports Betting By The Numbers: November 3rd, 2010

November 3rd, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

400- Penn State head coach Joe Paterno is on the verge of reaching a milestone that no coach in Division I history has.  If he and the Nittany Lions can get a win on Saturday against Northwestern, it would be Paterno’s 400th career win as a coach.  Paterno is already the all-time wins lead at the FBS level, but win No.400 would only add to his legacy as arguably the best to ever do it.  Paterno has spent 45 years at Penn State as the head coach, and 16 years prior to that serving as an assistant coach for the program.  The Nittany Lions are 5-3 this season and 2-2 in the Big 10, but get a chance to get their third win in the conference this week against Northwestern.  Last week, Penn State notched a big victory over Michigan and are currently riding a two-game win streak after they sat at 3-3 following two Big 10 losses back-to-back losses to Iowa and Illinois.

281- The number of consecutive weeks that Tiger Woods spent in the No.1 ranking in golf.  That streak was broken this past week however by Lee Westwood.  Westwood vaults into the top position for the first time in his career.  The switch came as no surprise to Woods, who has failed to win on the PGA Tour in 2010 since returning back in April for the Masters.  Woods re-took the No.1 position the week prior to the 2005 U.S Open, after losing it for a brief period to Vijay Singh.  In total, Woods has spent 623 weeks atop the golfing world in the No.1 position.  That number can be equated to just under 12 years.  Few have dominated an era like Woods has, but the former No.1 player in the world must begin to win again.  He could regain the No.1 ranking very soon, beginning the with HSBC event this week, where he, along with Westwood, Phil Mickelson and Martin Kaymer, will all have a chance at being No.1 in the world.

.270–  The batting average of New York Yankee short-stop Derek Jeter.  It was the lowest batting averages in Jeter’s 16-year career in New York.  It does not come at the best time either for the five-time World Series champion, who’s contract was up at the conclusion of the 2010 MLB season.  Still, the Yankees insist that they really want to have him back, but at the same time it needs to be a smart business decision.  Closer Mariano Rivera is also up for a new contract, as arguably the greatest closer in the history of baseball.  Hank Steinbrenner says that the two players are at the top of list as far as priorities for the Yankees in the uncoming season in 2011.  The Yankees lost in the ALCS this season to the Texas Rangers, after winning the World Series in 2009.

6-1-  The record of the New England Patriots, who now can lay claim to the best record in the NFL after both the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers lost.  Entering into the season, New England was not on most people’s radar as being the top team in football, but through eight weeks of the NFL season, no one has been more efficient at winning.  Quarterback Tom Brady and the offense are also doing it without Randy Moss, who was traded to the Minnesota Vikings, only to be released by the Vikings this past week.  The Patriots have been getting it done with a variety of players, with Brady at the center of it all.  New England will face Cleveland, before a tough two-game stretch at Pittsburgh, and then home against Indianapolis.

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