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MIAMI, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 19: Cam’Ron Harris #23 of the Miami Hurricanes runs with the ball against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium on October 19, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

College football betting results against the spread week 2 2020

There was a little more action in week 2 with the ACC and Big 12(10) joining the fold.

How are my college football betting results this week? I know they aren’t as good as I had hoped for, but I hope they aren’t as bad as I fear. Let’s get going so you can all make fun of me….

Here we will recap week 2 of the 2020 college football betting season. The winner against the spread will be in BOLD. My result will follow. Let’s get to it!

In case you want to follow along:
Week 2

UAB at Miami(FL)(-14.5): HIT! D’Eriq King wasn’t the show in his Miami debut. Cam’Ron Harris made a bigger splash. This just highlights how good Miami can be with a good QB. King is at least that.

Syracuse at North Carolina(-23.5): MISS! Uh…..Syracuse has NO good weapons and the damn Tarheels piled it on in garbage time. It was 10-6 at the end of three quarters…..

Louisiana at (23)Iowa State(-11.5): MISS! This was a great job by the Louisiana defense. This was also the first time the Cajuns have beaten a top-25 team on the road and only the second win over a top-25 team in school history. The first was also against a Big 12 team. The Cajuns were then known as Southwest Louisiana State when they beat Texas A&M under some guy named Jake Delhomme back in 1996.

Charlotte at Appalachian State(-17.5): MISS! It’s not that I don’t think the Mountaineers played a good game. Quite the contrary. I just think Charlotte is MUCH better than last year. App State pulled away late, but Charlotte is still going to have a pretty good year.

Arkansas State at Kansas State(-10.5): HIT! I was sitting in a hotel room in Scottsbluff, NE going over my final bets when I decided to flip on this one. We’ve seen this movie from Kansas State before. I don’t really care for the QB rotation for the Red Wolves, but it has worked for them so far. With a guy like Jonathan Adams on the receiving end, how can it not? He dominated the Mildcats secondary for three of the five Red Wolves touchdowns.

Louisiana-Monroe at Army(-20.5): HIT! It wasn’t all fun and games for the Fun Belt this week. The Warhawks got ground into the Blair Field turf.

Next: How did the rest of Saturday go?

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Houston Sampling Wastewater to Track Spread of COVID-19

By JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) — Results from a program that’s testing Houston’s wastewater to monitor the local spread of the coronavirus have shown that it could be a faster way of detecting outbreaks in the nation’s fourth-largest city, officials said Thursday.

Since May, the city and scientists from Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine have tested wastewater from the city’s 39 treatment plants. Studies indicate genetic material from the virus can be recovered from the stools of about half of patients with the COVID-19 virus. Wastewater analysis looks for that genetic material.

“The goal is to help develop an early warning system, allowing the health department to identify the city’s COVID-19 hot spots sooner and put measures in place to slow the spread of this disease,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner.

During the summer, Houston had a surge in coronavirus cases as the area’s intensive care units were filled with patients. Since then, hospitalizations have decreased and the city’s positivity rate for the virus has gone from a high of nearly 26% in July to 6.1% as of last week.

Turner has said that while the numbers are better, the city is still reporting positive cases and deaths at levels higher than the spring. Houston has reported 72,196 cases and 1,069 deaths as of Thursday.

Houston is among communities around the world that have implemented wastewater testing programs to help deal with the virus' spread. Colleges across the U.S. are also testing wastewater to detect outbreaks.

The wastewater data can show which parts of Houston have a higher virus load, prompting the health department to sent teams to those areas that can go door to door and inform residents and encourage people to get tested, said Dr. David Persse, Houston’s health authority.

“This will give us that early warning that we may have otherwise missed so we empower people to take care of themselves,” Persse said.

The wastewater testing can also provide a more current view of what’s going on with the virus in the city. The testing is done weekly and the results come back that same week. By comparison, 40% or more of testing data from nasal swabs are more than 2 weeks old, Persse said.

The wastewater data can be used to look at specific locations.

After COVID-19 cases were found at a homeless shelter earlier this year, the city monitored the facility’s wastewater and was able to detect when the virus came back a second time, Persse said.

This isn’t the first time wastewater surveillance has been used in Houston to detect a viral outbreak. In 1962, Joseph Melnick, who worked at Baylor College of Medicine and was a pioneer in polio research, realized polio could be detected in wastewater and started sampling it.

That research prompted Melnick to push for a quicker use of the then-new oral polio vaccine, which helped stop outbreaks of the disease, said Anthony Maresso, an associate professor of molecular virology and microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine.

“So, we can learn from this lesson of history of the importance of doing such measures for public health interventions,” Maresso said.

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