Submitted by Jim Hurley on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 11:53 AM
NFL WEEK 8 IS HERE - DOLPHINS-RAVENS GET THE PRIME-TIME TREATMENT ...
COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT: OUR DEBUT EDITION OF THE JIM SEZ HEISMAN TROPHY WATCH LIST ...AND IT'S WHO'S HOT SPREADWISE IN THE COLLEGES
Let's be honest ...It's not often that you'll see an NFL totals price at/around 37 points unless it's a bad weather game ... but when the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens collide on Thursday Night Football the good folks in Las Vegas don't expect to see a whole lot of fireworks.
Sure, the Dolphins are expected to start long-time backup QB Matt Moore who actually rescued this AFC East team last Sunday in that 31-28 come-from-way-behind win against the New York Jets - Moore's in for the injured Jay Cutler (cracked ribs/bruised chest) - while injuries and downright rotten play has the Ravens reeling while coming into this prime-time affair. Baltimore's lost four of its last five games SU (straight-up) and is averaging slightly less than 20 ppg the past four weeks with QB Joe Flacco sporting a putrid QB Rating of 70.0 - and that ranks 31st in the NFL.
If you're interested in such factoids, the totals price in last week's Ravens game - a 24-16 loss in Minnesota - was 37.5 points and that was the lowest totals price on the board. P.S., it went "over" on the last play from scrimmage on a Flacco TD pass.
Finally, take note that Baltimore is a collective 6-12-3 ATS (against the spread) as betting favorites since the start of the 2015 season while Miami enters this bash at 10-6 against the odds when grabbing points the past year-plus.
Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers are gonna pound out another big Thursday Night Football game with the winner between the Miami Dolphins at the Baltimore Ravens plus remember there's lots more Football all week long including Four (4) College Games on this Thursday Night plus Three (3) more on Friday evening before we get to a jam-packed Saturday menu ... and there's World Series Game 3 action on Friday night as the Los Angeles Dodgers visit the Houston Astros with the Fall Classic now all knotted up at a game apiece after last night's wild-wild-wild 7-6 extra-inning win by the 'Stros. Make sure you check in with us online or 1-800-323-4453 and get all the Football and World Series winning plays.
THE JIM SEZ HEISMAN TROPHY WATCH LIST
The Jim Sez Heisman Trophy Watch List is back for an umpteenth season (yes, we've lost count) as we track the weekly updates of the top candidates. The 83rd Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Presentation is set for Saturday, Dec. 9th in New York City. Now, here's how we see this year's Heisman Trophy race as we head towards late October:
BRYCE LOVE, RB, Stanford - No "East Coast bias" here as this Cardinal megastar deserves the top spot thanks to his glitzy stats: Love's rushed for 1,387 yards (a sizzling 10.3 yards-per-carry average, mind you) and 11 TDs so far through his team's 5-2 SU start. Love and Co. heads into weakling Oregon State for a game tonight after Stanford drew a bye last weekend. Go ahead and see if you've witnessed another hit the hole quite like Love - he's our frontrunner right now.
SAQUON BARKLEY, RB, Penn State - Most of the "experts" weighing in on this year's Heisman Trophy race have this Nittany Lions superstar in the lead: After all, Penn State's the #2 team in the country (#3 in our top 10 behind Alabama and Georgia) and Barkley's run for 757 yards (a sporty 6.5 ypc average) and he's nabbed 32 passes worth 448 yards while scoring 11 TDs in all. Last week's 69-yard scoring run moments into Penn State's muscle-flexing 42-13 win against Michigan had that "Heisman Trophy moment" feel to it, right? Let's see what Barkley does this Saturday at Ohio State - a big game could push into our numero uno slot.
BAKER MAYFIELD, QB, Oklahoma - The Sooners are averaging a hefty 42 points per game this season and that ain't bad considering Oklahoma had to replace a slew of skilled players off last year's 11-win team as Mayfield's been the front-and-center star with his 2,347 passing yards with 19 TDs and 2 INTs. Okay, so maybe he regrets "planting the flag" in the turf at Columbus following the 31-16 stunner win back in early September but otherwise it's tough to criticize this two-time Heisman Trophy celebrant (yes, he figures to be part of the NYC mix for a third straight season). Last week Mayfield threw for 410 yards and two TDs in a gritty 42-35 non-cover win at Kansas State and this week his OU Sooners host wobbly Texas Tech.
LAMAR JACKSON, QB, Louisville - True, the U of L Cardinals are just 5-3 SU this season but don't blame that on last year's Heisman Trophy winner. Jackson has thrown for 2,478 yards with 17 TDs and just 5 INTs to go along with his 868 yards rushing (6.4 ypc average) and 11 scores and his uber-dynamic game at Florida State last weekend was a true eye-opener as he rushed for 178 yards in a 31-28 upset win. Next up is a date at Wake Forest and - believe us or not - Jackson's still in the hunt for the hardware should he finish with a flourish and the frontrunners just sag a bit.
MINKAH FITZPATRICK, S, Alabama - Hey, let's get the best defensive player on the best team in the land right here on our debut Heisman Trophy Watch List. Fitzpatrick - who has been praised widely by the usually critical /Bama head coach Nick Saban - only has one INT this year and 35 total tackles but he's the "quarterback of the defense" and let it be known the Crimson Tide's surrendered just 78 points en route to this 8-and-oh start.
In other College Football Notes ...
Okay, so let's check out the hottest pointspread sides in the land as we head into the final weekend in October:
Arizona State has covered its last four consecutive games
Boston College has notched five consecutive spread wins since Sept. 23
Georgia Tech is a bawdy 6-0 ATS this year
Notre Dame's crushed it with five consecutive spread wins since Sept. 16
Texas has reeled off six straight spread wins since a season-opening setback vs. Maryland
UCF is a brilliant 6-and-oh spreadwise in 2017
Wyoming has banged out four straight covers since Sept. 23.
NOTE: Catch our College Football and NFL Week 8 quick-hitter game previews in the coming editions of Jim Sez