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ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt picks Louisiana vs. Texas Longhorns football

During Thursday night’s “SportsCenter,” ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt did a “Winner$” segment focused on college football. 

One of the games he picked is the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns, ranked No. 23 in the USA Today Sports AFCA Coaches Poll, against the No. 19-ranked Texas Longhorns. The teams are scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. CT on Saturday in Austin, Texas. 

Texas is coming off a 2020 season that the Longhorns went 7-3 overall. The UL Ragin’ Cajuns finished the 2020 season at 10-1 overall. 

As of Friday morning, the Texas Longhorns are a 9.5-point favorite against the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns, according to Tipico Sportsbook.

Scott Van Pelt prediction for Louisiana, Texas Longhorns football

Scott Van Pelt witnessed it as a first-time Gala attendee at the 16th Annual Dick Vitale Gala held at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, Friday evening May 7, 2021.

ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt picks the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns to cover the spread against the Texas Longhorns. 

“Louisiana is plenty capable,” Van Pelt said. “They’re ranked. A lot of pressure on the Longhorns to start fast,

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Viewing Picks for August 8, 2021



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All Times Eastern

Boxing

PBC Countdown: Manny Pacquiao vs. Errol Spence, Jr. — Fox, 4 p.m.

College Football

The Huddle — ACC Network, 5 p.m.

Cornhole

ACL World Championships

Day 3, Rock Hill Sports & Event Center, Rock Hill, SC

Pro Doubles and Women’s Doubles — ESPN2, 1 p.m.

Golf

PGA Tour

World Golf Championships: St. Jude Invitational, TPC Southwind, Memphis, TN

Final Round — Golf Channel, noon

Final Round — CBS, 2 p.m.

PGA Tour Originals: Justin Thomas Unlocked — CBS, 1:30 p.m.

USGA

U.S. Women’s Amateur, Westchester Country Club, Rye, NY

Championship Match — Golf Channel, 2 p.m.

PGA Tour

Barracuda Championship, Tahoe Mountain Club, Truckee, CA

Final Round — Golf Channel, 6 p.m.

Korn Ferry Tour

Utah Championship, Oakridge Country Club, Farmington, UT

Final Round — Golf Channel, 10 p.m. (same day coverage)

U.S. Open Epics: 1998 U.S. Women’s Open-Two Winners at

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Bucks or Suns? Our writers share their picks

<span>Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images</span>

Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

What the Suns need to do to win

Limit the Bucks’ second and third options. Giannis Antetokounmpo, who remains day-to-​day with left knee injury, will find a way to hit baskets when he gets on the floor. It might be in transition. It might be in the half-court. But over the course of the series, he will have one or two Giannis Games. Limiting Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday and Antetokounmpo’s supporting cast will be the key. As the Suns’ rim-protector, much of the defensive responsibilities will fall on Deandre Ayton. The former No 1 overall draft pick has undergone a metamorphosis during this year’s playoffs, and he will need to bring every bit of his defensive savvy to bottle up the Bucks. Oliver Connolly

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Keep doing what they’ve been

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Wichita State Shockers softball picks up historic win

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Wichita State’s Sydney McKinney has been a key part to the Shockers’ 17-4 start to the season. WSU recently beat No. 6 Oklahoma State this past week for the program’s highest-ranked win ever.

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Complete with a “SportsCenter” Top 10 catch in the outfield, the Wichita State softball team registered its highest-ranked win in program history this past week with a 9-2 win over No. 6 Oklahoma State on Thursday in Stillwater.

It was the highlight of a 4-1 finish at the Mizuno Classic, as the Shockers collected their second ranked win of the season and improved to 17-4 this season.

“We know that if we play our game, then we’ve got an opportunity to give the best teams in the country a good game,” WSU coach Kristi Bredbenner said. “Now the challenge is doing that every single day, whether you’re playing the No. 6 team in

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