Submitted by Jim Hurley on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 5:06 PM
Always fun to take a step back and re-discover the Super Bowl LII "Odds to Win It All" when posted just prior to the 2017 NFL season ... now here are what the odds were for the four remaining teams in action this Sunday afternoon/evening followed by the current "Win it All" odds (all based on $100 per play wagers):
TEAM PRE-2017 ODDS CURRENT ODDS
Jacksonville + 6200 + 650
Minnesota + 2100 Even
New England + 200 - 200
Philadelphia + 3600 + 550
It's interesting to see that an NFL team laying a price to win it all even before we get to the conference championship games - a little Golden State Warriors-like, if you remember back to last June - but the defending champion New England Patriots will be favored if/when they make it to Super Bowl 52 even if the Minnesota Vikings are there as the host team. The question here are the oddsmakers giving pro-Vikings bettors a "fair shake" here - they're even money to win it all and have to win at Philadelphia and then likely beat the Patriots. Hmm.
In other AFC & NFC Championship Game pointspread-related news ...
AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME -
JACKSONVILLE at NEW ENGLAND - The Patriots roar into Sunday's title tilt in Foxboro with a sizzling 10-1 ATS (against the spread) log including four consecutive spread wins. Overall, this here-and-now New England squad is 12-5 versus the vig (a .706 winning percentage) and note the Patriots are 6-and-oh spreadwise as home betting favorites since mid-October. On the flip side, Jacksonville is 10-8 ATS overall this season (a .556 winning rate) and the Jaguars are a solid 4-2 vig-wise as underdog sides including four outright underdog wins (against Houston, Baltimore and Pittsburgh twice). Did you know the Jags are just 25-45-2 ATS when playing non-divisional foes the past seven years?
NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME -
MINNESOTA at PHILADELPHIA - The Philly Eagles are an electric 11-6 against the odds overall this year (a .647 winning rate) and that includes a 6-3 spread mark at home. The NFC East champs and top overall conference seed is loving this underdog role but take note Philadelphia is 3-2 ATS as a pup this year and just 17-21 ATS as underdog sides since the start of the 2012 season. Conversely, Minnesota is 11-5-1 spreadwise this year and - you knew this stat was coming - 44-21-1 ATS in the head coach Mike Zimmer Era that started in 2014. Finally, the Vikes have covered four of their last five games when placed in the role of away favorite.
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THE COLLEGE ROUNDBALL REPORT
Here's what we'll be watching on this wintry "hump day" ...
#1 VILLANOVA (16-1, 4-1 Big East) at GEORGETOWN (12-5, 2-4 Big East) - 6:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1
These are not your big brother's Villanova Wildcats! Once upon a time this Philly gang would take great delight in slam-banging its way to a physical, defense-oriented win inside the Big East but these days Jay Wright's club loves to run - they're ranked sixth in the country in scoring at 88.3 points per game - and here G Jalen Brunson (team-best 18.8 ppg) will look to beat the Hoyas back down the floor and make this an uber- transition game. How can G-town hang tough here? Get Marcus Derrickson - who is shooting treys at 44.2 percent - heated up from downtown and make this more a half-court, score-in-the-low-70s type tilt.
#8 TEXAS TECH (15-2, 4-1 Big 12) at TEXAS (11-6, 2-3 Big 12) - 8 p.m. ET
No doubt that the Texas Tech Red Raiders have "snuck up" on everyone with this top 10 ranking and here Chris Beard's bunch takes its show on the road against a defensively-sound Texas team. Note that the Techsters - fresh off a 72-71 non-cover home win against gritty West Virginia - is banking on the tandem of Keenan Evans (20 points versus WVU) and Brandone Francis (17 points off the bench against the Mountaineers) to steer the ship straight ahead against the 'Horns.
ST. JOHN'S (10-8, 0-6 Big East) at #11 XAVIER (16-3, 4-2 Big East) - 8:30 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network
The X-men are back on track: The Musketeers dropped recent back-to-back games but last Saturday's 92-70 win/cover against Georgetown was a major bounce-back game from Trevon Bluiett (24 points and 5 rebounds) and now Xavier looks to stick Chris Mullin's club with a seventh straight conference loss ... getting the feeling this old icon isn't working out in Queens?
NOTE: More NFL Championship Game News/Notes in the next Jim Sez.