Northwestern Wildcats vs. Penn State Nittany Lions Trends and Free Pick

Northwestern Wildcats
(6-2, 2-6 ATS)

Penn State Nittany Lions
(5-3, 3-5 ATS)

Neither the Northwestern Wildcats nor the Penn State Nittany Lions are challenging for a berth in the Rose Bowl this year, but these two should create an interesting NCAA football betting matchup on Saturday afternoon in Happy Valley.

The Wildcats are very quietly putting together another great season this year, and they are probably going to be rewarded with a trip to a similar bowl game to last year when they were in the Outback Bowl. QB Dan Persa isn’t quite putting up numbers now like he was at the outset of the season, but his body of work is still incredibly impressive. Just like his predecessor QB Mike Kafka, Persa isn’t afraid to handle the ball 50 times per game between passing and rushing. He has 2,062 yards and 12 scores against just three picks through the air and has 360 yards and six TDs to lead the way on the ground as well. Persa is averaging a whopping 44.4 plays per game between runs and passes. RB Mike Trumpy has sort of come out of nowhere, but the frosh is now the team’s leading running back after recording the first 100 yard rushing game for a Northwestern back in over two years last week in a 20-17 win against the Indiana Hoosiers. The Cats are reeling right now from an ATS standpoint, failing to beat the college football odds in five straight.

HC Joe Paterno knows that the win last week over the Michigan Wolverines was a huge one to keep his team on track for going to a bowl game. The Nittany Lions exploded for their best performance of the year against an FBS foe, dropping 41 on the Michigan Wolverines in a ten point victory. Now, though the schedule is very tough, just one more win will send Joe Pa and company bowling. QB Robert Bolden missed last week’s game against Big Blue, but he will be back in the fold looking for his first really solid game in quite some time. The frosh still has decent numbers for the year, having thrown for 1,307 yards and five scores this year. Penn State’s defense really hasn’t played that well in recent weeks, allowing its last four foes to score an average of 27.3 points per game, but we’re still talking about one of the more feared units in the Big Ten. Watch out for RB Evan Royster as well, as this is his second to last home game after an illustrious collegiate career. His senior season has been a bust though, as he only has 600 yards and four TDs on the year.

The home team might be 8-3 ATS in the L/11 in this series, but we tend to think that that is changing on Saturday. Northwestern has a knack of playing the Nittany Lions tough, and that might not be an exception this week. The Cats should be able to at least keep this one entertaining, as these are two fantastic Big Ten squads.

College Football Free Pick: Northwestern Wildcats +6

Cinema experience changes in UAE, but not love for Indian movies

Hindustan Times (New Delhi, India) October 18, 2010 Abu Dhabi, Oct. 18 — Time was when a garage would be turned into a movie hall and people would sit on sand to watch on. But the movie experience has seen a sea change in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – today some cinema companies operate more than 300 screens equipped with world-class technology and release hundreds of Indian films every year. website indian movies online

Phars Film, a pioneering film industry firm in the Middle East, which distributes Asian – Bollywood, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam – and American independent titles, usually releases 250 Indian movies as well as popular English titles.

“There are more than 300 cinema screens and more are coming up all the time. We are releasing movies simultaneously here. Not only Indian movies, we even release English movies – sometimes even a day before the world premier opening,” Ahmad Golchin, founder and CEO of Phars Film, told IANS.

“Arabs love Indian movies,” he said. “India makes about 1,000 films a year and among them we release about 250 movies.

“We release them every Thursday and give it a week to pick up. If the film is good we run it for five weeks and sometimes 10 weeks as well. ‘Dabangg’ ran for six weeks and it is still running in theatres,” he added.

Golchin, also founder and managing partner of Gulf Film which distributes Hollywood and Arab films, says he has been in the business for 46 years.

Remembering the old times, he said: “In the 1960s, they opened two cinema halls. In Doha, there used to be a garage and they used to turn it into a theatre at night. People used to sit on the sand and those who could shell out some extra money, they used to get to sit on Pepsi Cola boxes and watch the movies. In old times there was no TV. People used to enjoy going to movies.” English movies entered the Gulf region in the 1970s. this web site indian movies online

“But at that time we used to have late releases. In the 1990s, we started releasing English movies simultaneously and Arabs loved it. For them English movies became number one. But Asians still like watching Indian movies.” The UAE has the second highest Indian diaspora in the Gulf region after Saudi Arabia.

“There is a demand for Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu movies. We buy the distribution rights for three to seven years. For Indian movies we get minimum five prints and maximum 45 prints. Usually we take five prints for non-commercial movies. We buy about two to five prints of Malayalam movies.” Golchin says the Rajnikanth and Aishwarya Rai sci-fi thriller “Endhiran” has been the biggest Tamil release here. “We bought 10 prints for the Tamil version and 10 for the Hindi version of the film.” Golchin’s company Phars Film distributes Hindi Bollywood films in the region with partner company, Al Nisr.

About the ongoing Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Golchin feels it provides an opportunity to watch class movies. “The films shown here are not always commercial films. Festivals are good for class movies,” he said.

Bilal Sabouni, the newly appointed Phars Film Group general manager, said the company is gearing up to make a mark on the world map by building the world’s single largest cinema complex.

He said the number of screens is significantly larger than any other complex anywhere in the world.

“We are looking to take our established industry strength and branch out into other entertainment-related industries such as gaming, production and even events management to name a few,” Sabouni told IANS.

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