Submitted by Jim Hurley on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 4:27 PM
HERE'S OUR POINTSPREAD BLITZ ON THE POWER 5 CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES THIS FRIDAY/SATURDAY ...
NFL NEWS & NOTES: RAVENS BEAT TEXANS ON MNF, NOW EYEBALL POSSIBLE 10-WIN YEAR
No need for us to tell y'all that there's a whole lot on the line this Friday/Saturday when College Football's Power 5 conferences/leagues play their championship games. Now, let's set the table for what's ahead as we clue you in on a batch of key pointspread info:
On Friday, it's ...
PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME -- Santa Clara, CA
#21 STANFORD (9-3, 7-2) vs. #11 USC (10-2, 8-1) - 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
The USC Trojans are just 4-7-1 ATS (against the spread) in their last dozen head-to-head matchups against Stanford but that includes Southern Cal's 42-24 win/cover as 4.5-point home favorites back on Sept. 9th. Overall, the Stanford Cardinal - currently a 3.5-point underdog for this clash - are an electric 11-3 vig-wise as point-grabbers while dating back to the 2011 season.
On Saturday, it's ...
BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME -- Arlington, TX
#4 OKLAHOMA (11-1, 8-1) vs. #12 TCU (10-2, 7-2) - 12:30 p.m. ET, Fox
Oklahoma's 38-20 win/cover against 6-point pup TCU back on Nov. 11th was part of the Sooners' late-season spread surge while covering four of their last five games and note OU's a solid 20-14 ATS mark as chalk sides since the start of the 2015 season. On the other hand, TCU enters this Big 12 title tilt having covered eight of its last 11 games when gobbling up points and right here the Horned Frogs are listed as a 7-point dog.
SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - at Atlanta, GA
#7 GEORGIA (11-1, 7-1) vs. #6 AUBURN (10-2, 7-1) - 4 p.m. ET, CBS
The Auburn Tigers are currently listed as 2.5-point betting favorites for this game in Hot-lanta and note War Eagle is a rotten 3-5-1 spreadwise as favorites this year. Meanwhile, Georgia has covered 8-of-12 games in this born-again season and the Dawgs are a collective 6-3 ATS in their last nine games against Auburn and that includes the Tigers' resounding 40-17 win as 2.5-point pups back on Nov. 11th.
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ACC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - at Charlotte, NC
#3 CLEMSON (11-1, 7-1) vs. #2 MIAMI (10-1, 7-1) - 8 p.m. ET, ABC
The defending champion Clemson Tigers have reeled off three consecutive spread wins while heading into this gigantic championship clash and overall Dabo Swinney's crew is a hearty 7-4-1 versus the vig this year. Miami - currently a 9.5-point dog for this game - actually sports a losing spread mark this year at 5-6 ATS and did you know the Hurricanes last played Clemson in 2015 and lost 58-0 (a game that got then-head coach Al Golden fired)?
BIG 10 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - at Indianapolis, IN
#9 OHIO STATE (10-2, 8-1) vs. #5 WISCONSIN (12-0, 9-0) - 8 p.m. ET, Fox
The unbeaten Wisky Badgers steamroll into this bash on a four-game spread winning streak and this year's bunch from Madison is 8-4 ATS including four-of-five away covers. P.S., Wisconsin has not been an underdog side since last year's 30-23 loss-but-cover against Ohio State in a mid-season showdown. Conversely, the OSU Buckeyes are 5-7 against the odds this year and - believe it or not - just 39-38-1 ATS under sixth-year boss Urban Meyer. Hmmm.
NFL NEWS & NOTES
If the Baltimore Ravens (6-5) proved anything in Monday Night's 23-16 grind-out/ non-cover win against 8.5-point underdog Houston proved anything, it's that NFL teams still can win without an effective deep passing game - providing your opponent cooperates by turning the ball over at key times. True, Ravens' QB Joe Flacco - who averaged a mere 4.4 yards a pass play while throwing for 141 yards - never could make connections with speedy WR Mike Wallace or his other wide outs but a pair of late-game turnovers by a sloppy Texans team plus more wonderful kicking from PK Justin Tucker (three FGs including a 53-yard that was split right down the middle) keyed the win for a Ravens' crew that's now sitting back in that second wild card spot in the AFC.
Now, the $64,000 question is can Baltimore secure a playoff berth by playing this way - short passing game, smash-mouth/boring ground game and defense/special teams that often saves the day? Next up for John Harbaugh's gang is Sunday's home game against well-rested Detroit, then back-to-back divisional road games in Pittsburgh and Cleveland followed by season-ending home games against Indianapolis and Cincinnati.
Don't know, but it looks like a 10-win year for the Ravens and a likely playoff berth even if the aforementioned Tucker might have to rescue 'em a couple more times.
NOTE: Catch our NFL Week 13 Thursday Night Preview - that's Washington at Dallas - plus more College Football goodies in the next edition of Jim Sez.