Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 12:51 PM
COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S BLOCKBUSTER HOLIDAY WEEKEND ROLLS ON WITH A KEY SUNDAY NITE SHOWDOWN: IT'S #10 NOTRE DAME VS. TEXAS ON ABC
OUR NFL REPORT: TRACKING THOSE WEEK 1 LAS VEGAS LINES
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Folks have taken to calling this "College Football's Greatest Ever Kickoff Weekend" and who the heck are we to argue!!!
The fact of the matter is there's been lots of juicy stuff happening already and we have not even gotten to the pair of "stand-alone" games on Sunday/Monday nights but we'll be glad to tackle #10 Notre Dame at Texas in a Jim Sez quick-hitter preview shortly but first this key reminder:
Jim Hurley is ready to bang out another big-time College Football and NFL Season - and, of course, we want you to come along for the ride! The College Football 2016 campaign stays in high gear all Labor Day Weekend long with a busy Saturday card that includes 26 on-the-board tilts featuring #1 Alabama vs. #20 USC and #3 Oklahoma vs. #15 Houston plus it's the aforementioned #10 Notre Dame at Texas bash on Sunday night and then on Monday it's #4 Florida State vs. #11 Ole Miss (kickoff at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN).
Remember the NFL 2016 season busts out of the starting gate with Thursday's Super Bowl 50 rematch as the Carolina Panthers are the Denver Broncos and then next Sunday it's a full card of NFL Week 1 winners ... make sure you're all aboard!
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL SUNDAY NIGHT PREVIEW
#10 NOTRE DAME at TEXAS - 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Guess we're heading back to those Joe Montana QB controversy days of the 1970s 'cause it sure looks like this year's ND Fighting Irish team could have quarterback issues dogging 'em all year long.
Lefty Malik Zaire and last year's star DeShone Kizer are expected to share snaps here against a Texas defense that last year ranked 104th versus the rush, 70th against the pass - now let's see who's better in key third-and-long plays here.
Meanwhile, Texas is expected to go with true freshman QB Shane Buechele over oft-ineffective veteran Tyrone Swoopes. The 'Horns have revenge after getting ripped 38-3 in South Bend in last year's season opener for both squads.
Spread Notes - Notre Dame is just 20-21 ATS (against the spread) away in the Brian Kelly Era that began back in 2010 and did you know the Fighting Irish is 24-36-4 spreadwise as betting favorites while dating back to the 2009 campaign? On the flip side, Texas is just 12-12-1 versus the vig under third-year head coach Charlie Strong and the Longhorns are a composite 10-14-1 ATS as hosts since late 2011.
NFL WEEK 1 NEWS
The NFL '16 season is right around the bend and here's some Week 1 line Las Vegas line news:
No shock that Minnesota dropped from a 3.5-point road favorite to just minus 1 at Tennessee following the season-ending knee injury to QB Teddy Bridgewater and don't be surprised if Minny's the game-time underdog if the Vikes can't upgrade its quarterback spot in the next couple of days;
Meanwhile, the other NFC North road favorite for Week 1 - that's the Green Bay Packers - are listed as a 4.5-point choice in Jacksonville and let us remind you the Jags have failed to cover their last three consecutive season-opening games. Is this price "too low" - you might see G-Bay up to 6 points or so in the coming days providing we hear WR Jordy Nelson will play;
And, finally, what about next Sunday Night's game between the Tom Brady-less New England Patriots at the Arizona Cardinals? The Las Vegas price tag here says the Redbirds are 5.5-point favorites - it's bounced back and forth from 5.5 to 6 points for the past week or so - but does anyone really know how good (or maybe not good) QB Jimmy Garoppolo is for the Pats? Just for a little pointspread history, New England registered a solid 9-6 ATS mark after Brady was hurt and done for the year in a Game 1 non-cover win against Kansas City in 2008 and so that Pats team fared A-OK spreadwise without the future Hall of Fame signal-caller. Just sayin'.
NOTE: Catch our #4 Florida State vs. #11 Ole Miss game preview in the next edition of Jim Sez.