OPEN FOOTBALL THREAD….For those with a moneymaking bent, I note that the point spread on the USC-UCLA game seems to have been narrowing over the past few days, with at least a couple of sites now quoting a spread of only 11? points. Sadly, I’m not a betting man, because that seems like a steal to me. Take USC and the points and you should be a few dollars richer this evening.

HALFTIME UPDATE: Hmmm. Maybe it’s a good thing I’m not a betting man. But I think I’ll still take the points.

FINAL UPDATE: It’s really a good thing I’m not a betting man. That sucked. But all props to UCLA’s defense, which was terrific.