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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 3:33 PM




Gotta admit to y'all that we were starting to think all about "Super Bowl 52" when the Philadelphia Eagles were en route to their 34-24 win/cover versus the 5-point underdog Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football.

Heck, the Eagles exited the game at 6-1 SU (straight-up) with a commanding lead in the rough-and-tumble NFC East - Dallas and Washington currently are tied for second place at 3-3 - and it sure seems that second-year QB Carson Wentz (see 268 yards passing with four TDs against the 'Skins, not to mention his Houdini-like scramble out of a jumbled pocket that was the signature play of the evening!) is one of the real stars in this league but the right knee injury suffered by nine-time Pro Bowl LT Jason Peters could wind up being what keeps the Eagles out of Super Bowl 52 in Minnesota this winter.

Okay, so backup LT Halapoulivaati Vaitai has some experience there although the initial thought process is the Eagles likely will move RT Lane Johnson to the other side but the bottom line is the Peters injury is a killer, especially because the Eagles love to run behind him plus he's the terrific blind-side blocker for Wentz.

Let's face it, it was a rough Week 7 for NFL left tackles as Cleveland's stud Joe Thomas tore his triceps and had his streak of more than 10,000 consecutive snaps stopped and the injury to Peters pretty much signals the end of the season for two of the league's top five left tackles. A cryin' shame.

Meanwhile, what helps these here-and-now Eagles is a fluff schedule that includes the following: Home games these next two Sundays against winless San Francisco and suddenly nose-diving Denver, then a bye week before a big date in Dallas and then home to Chicago. If Philly could sweep this quartet of games, it would be 10-1 and - more-than-likely - headed to that numero uno seed in the NFC.

Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers are gonna pound out another big winning week on the gridiron and don't forget we'll be winning this year's game-by-game plays in the World Series ... just check in with us here online or 1-800-323-4453 and we'll steer you straight to the winner's circle.


Has the Notre Dame Fighting Irish injected itself right into this year's playoff race?

Now sitting there at #9 in the current polls (including ours below), Brian Kelly's squad is a sizzling 6-1 SU and also 6-1 ATS (against the spread) following last weekend's rollicking 49-14 triumph against 3.5-point pup USC.

Take your pick as to what your favorite Notre Dame moment was from that win - the 84-yard touchdown run by Josh Adams that helped to salt the game away late in the third quarter or perhaps the pair of QB Brandon Wimbush TD flings in the first quarter.

Just note that the Irish has five games left on this sked:

Home to N.C. State and Wake Forest to round out October, then a bye the first weekend in November followed by a road game to Miami, a home game against Navy and a season-ending road tilt at Stanford.

Folks, if Notre Dame runs the table and is 11-1 SU, it's gonna be part of the four-team dance at year's end ... no ifs, ands or buts about it.

Consider the following: The Big 10's only gonna get one team into the playoffs - likely Ohio State, Penn State or Wisconsin - and the SEC is only gonna get one in (either Alabama or Georgia, one would surmise) and so climbing up the charts may happen late, but it will happen should Notre Dame keep winning.

You think the powers-that-be in college football wouldn't sign for a "Final Four" consisting of Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Oklahoma ... wow!

Two other quick-hitter notes from College Football ...

Folks, keep in mind the 10-team Big 12 will indeed be having a conference championship game on the first Saturday in December  -- it's gonna be the top two teams in the league squaring off for the championship and right now there are four teams sitting there at 3-1 in league play behind 4-and-oh TCU: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Iowa State and West Virginia all are right behind the TCU Horned Frogs and, believe it or not, the team that's played the best among this quartet is Iowa State which has covered six of its first seven games this year and the Cyclones haven't missed a beat since QB Jacob Park ("personal medical issues") took leave a few weeks back. New starting QB Kyle Kempt (7 TDs, 1 INT) has been a real revelation for the 'Clones who need one win to secure the school's first bowl berth since 2012.

And what about the "hot seats" in/around college football?

Better believe following last weekend's 52-20 loss against visiting Auburn, the temp has been turned up on Arkansas' Brett Bielema. Did you know the Hogs are 4-12 versus the vig dating all the way back to the early part of the 2016 season? Yuck!

And Colorado's Mike MacIntyre is catching some heck from his school following last Saturday's 28-0 loss at rainy Washington Satte. MacIntyre ranted on for several series regarding a foul that was not called and, truth be told, looked like a crazy man out of control. The Buffaloes have dropped four of their last five games and there's some officials thinking MacIntyre's not the right fit here. Stay tuned.

Now, here's this week's version of the JIM SEZ TOP 10

1 - Alabama
2 - Georgia
3 - Penn State
4 - TCU
5 - Wisconsin
6 - Ohio State
7 - Miami
8 - Clemson
9 - Notre Dame
10 - Oklahoma State


The Las Vegas oddsmakers have spoken: The Los Angeles Dodgers are listed at a - 165 to $100 price in this year's Fall Classic that begins tonight in LA. Folks, the Dodgers were priced at - 270 in their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks and won that set in three straight games; then the Dodgers were prohibitive favorites (- 185) in the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs and they only lost one game in that series.

The X-factor for Game 1 - and likely Game 2 - will be the intense heat that the Los Angeles area will suffer through ... it could be as high as 102 degrees on the field. Does that shorten the stay on the mound for any/all of the starting pitchers - and does that actually hurt the Astros more should LHP Dallas Keuchel and/or RHP Justin Verlander have to come out early in Game 1 / Game 2?

The Dodgers' bullpen has been lights out this post-season while not even allowing a run; the 'Stros have had their pen issues save for that four-inning stint by Lance McCullers, Jr. in Game 7 of the ALCS against the New York Yankees.

We may be seeing relief help come the fifth/sixth innings here if the heat's an issue - advantage Dodgers, right?

NOTE: Catch our first Heisman Trophy Watch List plus lots more in the next edition of Jim Sez.

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