Submitted by Jim Hurley on Friday, October 30, 2015 at 12:00 AM
NFL WEEK 8 BEGINS
WITH – WHAT ELSE! – ANOTHER PATRIOTS WIN …
PLUS MORE NFL POST-BYE GOODIES …
THE NCAA FOOTBALL REPORT:
MORE TOP 25 QUICK-HITTER PREVIEWS
Hey, CBS voices Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, you’re right:
It’s more than just “whispers” these days when it comes to yakking about whether or not the New England Patriots can be a 16-and-oh squad this year.
Last night’s man-against-boys 36-7 win by the Pats over the 8-point underdog Miami Dolphins pushed the defending Super Bowl champs to a 7-0 SU (straight-up) mark this year – the second time in franchise history that New England’s started 7-0 (see 2007, of course) – and you could barely find a single fault in the Patriots’ play as the rush defense stifled RB Lamar Miller and friends (see 15 yards rushing!) one week after he tore it up with a 175-yard first half against Houston while Pats QB Tom Brady was close to perfect with 356 yards passing, four TDs and no INTs.
Brady was yukking it up with all his teammates in the waning seconds of this game – and wouldn’t you be doing the same as New England’s next game is home to Washington on Nov. 8th and that one will get ‘em halfway home to 16-0.
In case you’re wondering, the Patriots are a collective 7-1-1 versus the vig since failing to cover that AFC Divisional Playoff game against Baltimore last year – go ahead and try to stick a pin into that!
Extra, extra …
We wanted to update you on the NFL post-bye teams – remember we said last week that NFL teams were off to a quick start spreadwise in the game after their bye and now here’s the official update as we head into Sunday/Monday action or Week 8:
NFL post-bye teams are a collective 8-2 ATS (against the spread) this year with last week’s post-bye winners including the Oakland Raiders (+ 3.5) who clocked San Diego from 37-29; the St. Louis Rams (- 6.5) who buried Cleveland 24-6; and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+ 3) who snagged the greenbacks in that 31-30 loss-but-cover at Washington. Note the only post-bye loser last week was the Dallas Cowboys (+ 3) in their 27-20 rage-filled loss at the New York Giants.
NFL Week 8 teams in action this week following their byes include the Chicago Bears (+ 1) against Minnesota and Cincinnati (+ 1) at Pittsburgh – take note that both Denver and Green Bay (playing one another in the Sunday Night game) are coming off their byes.
And now hear this …
My handicappers and bloggers have everything all scoped out and you can get all the NCAA Football, NFL Week 8, World Series and NBA daily winners when you check with us here at the blazing-hot Jim Hurley’s Network and then keep rollin’ in the green all weekend long!
There’s College Football this evening too with a quartet of games on the docket including East Carolina at Connecticut (7 p.m. ET on ESPNU) and Louisiana Tech at Rice (8 p.m. ET on Fox 1).
And on Saturday/Sunday there are full slates of key gridiron games and so make sure you check in with us on game days either here online or at our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 – put a capper on this merry month of October and start November off with a big bang too!
THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT
Just a reminder …
We began this new College Football week with Betting Favorites at 170-180-8 spreadwise this year – that’s a slightly below-average .486 winning percentage for the chalk sides – and that comes off a week where Favs and Dogs split right down the middle with 28 ATS wins apiece with no pushes, no pick ‘ems.
Now, let’s get you more NCAA Top 25 Previews – remember earlier in the week we brought you #3 Clemson at N.C. State and Maryland at #10 Iowa in Wednesday’s Jim Sez; we brought you Georgia vs. #11 Florida and #9 Notre Dame at #21 Temple in Thursday’s Jim Sez edition … so here’s three more Top 25 tilts to chew on come Saturday:
#12 OKLAHOMA STATE (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) at TEXAS TECH (5-3, 2-3 Big 12) – 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
It’s been an extremely sad week for Oklahoma State University following last week’s Homecoming Day parade tragedy and so flipping the switch to think football won’t necessarily be easy for Mike Gundy’s club which has covered four of its first seven wins this year behind a dual-quarterback system that is working quite well.
If QBs J.W. Walsh and Mason Rudolph – who spearhead an attack averaging 40.3 points per game – can spot open receivers here against a suspect Texas Tech pass defense, than it could be the Cowboys’ seventh straight game in which they score 30+ points.
Still, doesn’t the Las Vegas price appear a tad short with Okie State listed as a 2.5-point road fav? Hmmm.
Head-to-Head Spread Note – Since 2005, Okie State’s a potent 7-2-1 vig-wise in 10 showdowns against rival Texas Tech and that includes last year’s TT Red Raiders’ cover at plus 14 points in a 45-35 Oklahoma State SU (straight-up) win.
#15 MICHIGAN (5-2, 2-1 Big 10) at MINNESOTA (4-3, 1-2 Big 10) – 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Everyone in/around Ann Arbor – or Ann Harbaugh, if you prefer – wants to know if the Michigan Wolverines have “recovered” from that devastating 27-23 last-second loss to Michigan State two weeks ago?
Gonna find out in this outdoors bash in Minneapolis where rain/wind could be major factors – does that mean maize-and-blue boss Jim Harbaugh plays ground-and-pound for the majority of this contest?
On the flip side, lots of emotion spilling out from the Minnesota sidelines where popular head coach Jerry Kill abruptly retired this week after continued seizure problems and so interim boss Tracy Claeys will call the shots – let’s see if hot-and-cold QB Mitch Leidner (see season-best 301 yards passing in recent 48-25 loss to Nebraska) can rattle a Michigan defense that ranks a spiffy 4th nationally in pass defense.
Head-to-Head Spread Note – Michigan owns a rock-solid 6-1 ATS mark in its last seven tilts against Minnesota while dating back to 2006 (teams did not play one another in 2009 and 2010 – don’t ask why!) and that includes last year’s shocker when the then-10-point underdog Golden Gophers went into the “Big House” and blasted Michigan 30-14.
#8 STANFORD (6-1, 5-0 Pac-12) at WASHINGTON STATE (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) – 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
How hot are the Stanford Cardinal?
Well, David Shaw’s gang has won/covered six in a row ever since the Palo Alto crew flopped facemask first at Northwestern way back on Labor Day weekend and all the talk has been about RB Christian McCaffrey who has launched himself right smack into the Heisman Trophy race but what about some “love” for Wazzau QB Luke Falk who leads the nation in completions (282) and completion percentage (72.9) and has these Cougars thinking they could be the Pac-12 North champs with a win here.
Head-to-Head Spread Note – Stanford’s covered four of its last five games at Wash State and note last year the Cardinal snagged a 34-17 home win/cover as 16.5-point betting favorites against the W-State Cougars.
NOTE: NFL Week 8 Previews in tomorrow’s Jim Sez including that big Sunday Nighter between the 6-0 Green Bay Packers at the 6-0 Denver Broncos!