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No. 2 Alabama has its sights set on clinching another SEC West championship and a trip to the SEC Championship Game with a win in one of its games over the final two weeks of the regular season, and accomplishing that mission sooner than later against No. 21 Arkansas on Saturday would take a ton of pressure off of first-year starting quarterback Bryce Young prior to the Iron Bowl vs. Auburn. Can the Crimson Tide do that, though? We’ll find out when they square off with the Razorbacks in the SEC on CBS Game of the Week.
The Razorbacks have been one of the pleasant surprises of the 2021 season. Coach Sam Pittman has developed a hard-nosed, old-school program that, even if they don’t beat their opponent, will simply beat them up with their physicality. Arkansas will look to use that physicality to keep Alabama’s SEC West celebration on ice for at least another week.
What should you expect Saturday afternoon in Tuscaloosa? Let’s break down the matchup and make picks straight up and against the spread.
LIVE updates: Follow along with the SEC on CBS action between the Tide and Razorbacks on Saturday at this link here.
Date: Saturday, Nov. 20 | Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Bryant-Denny Stadium — Tuscaloosa, Alabama
TV: CBS | Live stream: CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App (Free)
Get the ground game going: The Crimson Tide ran for 6 total yards against LSU two weeks ago in its most recent SEC game. That has been a trend this season. They rank 10th in the SEC in rushing yards per attempt at 4.33 and 12th in tackles for loss allowed with 66. That seems crazy considering the physicality of the Crimson Tide has been their calling card under coach Nick Saban. Simply put, time is running out. Alabama has to figure out a way to consistently move the football on the ground if it wants to put up a fight against Georgia in the SEC Championship Game in two weeks.
A unique challenge: There aren’t many ways to simulate what Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson brings to the table. Offensive coordinator Kendal Briles uses the 6-foot-3, 240-pound monster as a power rusher between the tackles and complement to star running back Trelon Smith. As soon as teams figure out how to shut that element of the Razorbacks defense down, Jefferson pops one over the top to stud wide receiver Treylon Burks. The Crimson Tide linebackers better maintain eye discipline, especially when Briles cranks up the tempo. They haven’t seen anything like this all year, which makes this a scary game for coach Saban and Co.
Heisman spotlight: Alabama QB Young is the Heisman Trophy favorite at +180, according to Caesars Sportsbook, and the spotlight that the SEC on CBS Game of the Week provides will allow voters to get another close look at the stud sophomore signal-caller. There aren’t many true contenders for the Heisman, which is generally given to one of the top offensive skill players on one of the best teams. Outside of Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud and Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III, who else fits the bill? Not many players. Saban doesn’t really care about individual awards other than the benefit they provide on the recruiting trail, but Young will likely have to put up a Heisman-caliber performance if the Crimson Tide cover the spread.
Arkansas’ offense will have enough success against Alabama to at least keep this one in doubt heading into the fourth quarter. Will Jefferson and the rest of the offense get the job done? No. A late mistake or two will cost the Hogs in this one, but they’ll keep it within three touchdowns. Prediction: Arkansas (+20.5)
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EA Guzman and Shaira Diaz are already celebrating their anniv and Valentines Day – GMA News Online
EA Guzman and Shaira Diaz are celebrating Valentines Day and their 9th anniversary early — as in January early.
On his Instagram Stories, EA posted a couple photo of the two of them inside a parked car and greeted his girlfriend a Happy Valentines Day as well as an advanced happy 9th anniversary because "same kami ng schedule ng lock-in taping," EA said.
"Happy Valentine's Day! Happy 9th anniversary! Advance ko na Baba," he continued.
"Mami-miss kita. See you in 2 months," EA said as he tagged Shaira.
Shaira, who has gone into quarantine for "Lolong" taping, reposted EA's IG Stories and said she was also "gonna miss you baba."
"See you soon!" Shaira wrote after three crying face emojis.
"Advance HVD and happy anniv, too!" She greeted EA.
The two are each working on a project that will have both of them in locked-in taping through February. — LA, GMA News
Argentina: Codere Introduces Zitro’s LOTBA-Approved Online Games – GamblingNews.com
Global gaming industry provider, Zitro, announced on Thursday that its online subsidiary Zitro Digital expanded its presence in the Latin American region.
Zitro Digital revealed that its portfolio of digital games is available for the first time within the jurisdiction of the City of Buenos Aires, thanks to a deal with Codere Group. As a result, players can enjoy the highly-popular Video Bingo games, as well as the famous progressive multigame Pick & Win.
To complete the deal, Zitro received approval from the gaming regulator of the autonomous city of Buenos Aires called Loteria de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Sociedad del Estado (LOTBA). As a result, the company’s digital games were approved for casinos licensed within the jurisdiction. The company’s games have been highly successful for years throughout land-based casinos. However, now, players in the autonomous city of Buenos Aires can enjoy those games via desktop PC, tablet, or mobile devices.
The latest move complements Zitro’s ongoing expansion in Argentina. Besides the autonomous city of Buenos Aires, back in December, the company increased its presence in the country by completing three casino installations. As a result, Zitro’s highly popular games and cabinets were introduced to three venues in the Mendoza region.
Besides Latin America, Zitro’s games are also popular in Europe. In fact, last month, Zitro’s most popular games were introduced to more Barrière Group venues in France. Consequently, the top-performing Link Me and Link King games were introduced to more Barrière Group venues.
Zitro’s Regional Director for Latin America, Alejandra Burato, deemed the company’s steady growth as an outstanding achievement. Moreover, she acknowledged that the growth helps pave the way for Zitro to enter new jurisdictions in Argentina and around the globe. Burato revealed that creating a “product that is as successful and profitable to operators as our land-based games” is the main goal for Zitro. She explained that after the team’s hard work the company is proud to see this goal become reality.
“It is an outstanding achievement to watch Zitro Digital growing steadily and opening the way to new online casino markets not only in Argentina but across all continents.”
Moreover, Burato said that receiving approval by the LOTBA is an important step for the expansion of Zitro Digital. She added that Zitro is grateful for Codere Group’s trust. In conclusion, Burato said that the company is “excited about adding new game titles soon.”
“We are convinced that players will enjoy the same success in the online channel and that it will support our omnichannel growth strategy.”
Codere online’s regional director, Salo Leder, added that bringing world-class entertainment for its clients in Argentina is a key priority for the company. He acknowledged that this partnership brings a “broad portfolio of online video bingo and Zitro video slots games,” which have already proved to be successful at brick-and-mortar casinos. In conclusion, Leder predicted that the same success will be observed within the online channel, which will further help Codere grow.
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So how does he justify a practice that’s widely reviled by the gaming community? In addition to noting that video game consoles are a luxury that nobody actually needs, he explains: “What they’re doing is they’re being entrepreneurs, they’re going out, creating a side income, and they’re doing something that 90% of the population can’t be bothered to do.” Gee, I wonder why most people aren’t going out of their way to increase the average cost of a next-generation console on the marketplace.
According to Bayliss: “Look at every single step in the supply chain. Someone is adding value somewhere. It’s not being sold at cost price. It’s capitalism.” While it’s true that we all live in a capitalist hellscape, labor-added value is usually supposed to add value for… you know, the consumer. Scalpers are making it harder for you to buy consoles, and you get zero added benefit out of it. In the case of console scalping, only one side is benefitting from this lopsided transaction: the scalper.
When asked about whether or not he was concerned about how he was affecting console availability for other people, Bayliss told Kotaku: “It does not concern me because we aren’t decreasing the overall supply. Every console is still in circulation. The exact same number of people can play next generation games. Our subscribers are able to sell these rapidly so they filter back into circulation quickly for gamers to use, the fact that average marketplace cost of consoles is increasing doesn’t stop people purchasing.” So there you have it: console prices will likely remain high because people can’t stop buying from scalpers.”
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