Submitted by Jim Hurley on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 5:07 PM
THE NFL WEEK 11 UPDATE - STEELERS SMASH TITANS 40-17 IN THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL AS GAME FLIES "OVER" THE TOTALS PRICE ...
JIM HURLEY CASHES THE STEELERS & THE OVER!
THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEKEND MENU - GETTING THE LOWDOWN ON A TRIO OF KEY CLASHES FROM COAST-TO-COAST
Say this about the "Killer B's" on the Pittsburgh Steelers:
One - or more than one of 'em - will have you singing their praises following most games and following last night's 40-17 slam-bang win/cover against the 7-point underdog Tennessee Titans it was all-world WR Antonio Brown that had everyone spilling superlatives all over the place.
There was the "helmet catch" for one touchdown, there was the 10-catch, 144-yard, 3-TD overall performance that had viewers convinced this was the best playmaker in the league where they play for pay and - just to know a little secret about this raging-hot Steelers squad (won five in a row now) - they didn't even need a monster game from RB Le'Veon Bell who was on the quiet side despite his overall stat line of 103 yards from scrimmage (46 yards rushing / 57 yards receiving). And QB Ben Roethlisberger (299 yards passing and 4 TDs) was very good but we've seen 'em be better.
If you keep thinking this won't be another Super Bowl crown season for the New England Patriots, then you might insert the Steelers as the "next likely" team to cash in the chips come early February ... just sayin'.
Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers have Football Winners (both the Sides & Totals) all week long in an uber-busy week on the gridiron. The College kids have plenty of good stuff going on as there's Two (2) games tonight (including UNLV at New Mexico at espn2 at 9:30 p.m. ET) even before we get to a super-sized Saturday menu and don't forget that NFL Week 11 features a batch of swings into action on Thursday with a key AFC clash between the Tennessee Titans at the Pittsburgh Steelers. And there's lots of NBA and College Basketball winners too, so just check in with us here online or at 1-800-323-4453.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF UPDATE
On Saturday, it's ...
VIRGINIA (6-4, 3-3 ACC) at #3 MIAMI (9-0, 6-0 ACC) - 12 p.m. ET, ABC
Maybe we're guilty of being the "masters of the obvious" but is this a letdown spot for the Miami Hurricanes? After all, back-to-back prime-time wins over Virginia Tech and Notre Dame (by a combined 51 points, no less!) has put "The U" back in the front-and-center stage in the college football world and now here they're laying nearly three TDs against a Cavs club that sports a rock-solid passer in Kurt Benkert (2,492 yards passing with 21 TDs and 7 INTs) who won't be afraid to challenge this "chain" gang on defense.
Miami is a + 15 in the all-important turnover margin category while heading into this conference affair in Coral Gables and kid QB Malik Rosier (2,410 yards passing with 20 TDs and 7 INTs) is showing one and all that's he's maturing on a weekly basis - betcha didn't realize that the 'Canes don't rank in the top 25 in any offensive/defensive key category and yet here they are just a couple of wins away from snagging a post-season berth.
#24 MICHIGAN (8-2, 5-2 Big 10) at #5 WISCONSIN (10-0, 7-0 Big 10) - 12 p.m. ET, Fox
For all the doubters - and mostly we're directing this to you, College Football Playoff committee folks! - here's a shot for the Wisky Badgers to "prove" they can beat a high-quality team. Okay, so Wisconsin's sked has not been a proverbial who's who of super-powered teams but Paul Chryst's crew has an opportunity here to strut its stuff behind Heisman Trophy candidate RB Jonathan Taylor (1,525 yards rushing and 12 TDs) and a defense that has surrendered more than 20 points just once all year long (see 24 points yielded against Northwestern back on Sept. 30th). If "Big Blue" has any realistic shot to steal this game in Madison (and Michigan's a 7.5-point underdog after the Las Vegas price tag opened with Wisky minus 10) than kid QB Brandon Peters must stretch the field with some long throws while attempting to keep the heat off a rather battered ground game.
UCLA (5-5, 3-4 Pac-12) at #11 USC (9-2, 7-1 ABC) - 8 p.m. ET, ABC
This year's "Battle of Los Angeles" has more national implications than you may have been led to believe: After all, the Men of Troy must be considered one of those two-loss teams that still has an outside shot to get into the four-team playoff mix - just imagine USC wins here, cops the Pac-12 title game against Washington/ Washington State and has a fistful of teams ahead of 'em in the rankings stumble between now and December 2nd. Yes, Los Angeles, you could have a case for a team in the college playoffs to possibly go along with a pro team (that nobody seems to care about in La-La land) to make it into the post-season. Bust out the champagne!
USC is a bloated 16-point betting favorite for this intra-city clash and the Trojans - who've scored 38, 49 and 48 points in their last three outings since that 35-point loss at Notre Dame - could hang a "40" spot here providing QB Sam Darnold (3,198 yards passing with 24 TDs) can heat up against a UCLA defense that ranks 34th in the land in pass defense and dead last in the FBS in rush defense (allowing 302.3 ypg on the ground).
NOTE: Get NFL Week 11 quick-hitter previews and more in the next edition of Jim Sez.