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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 12:00 AM

THE NFL PRESEASON NOTEBOOK: GOING 'ROUND THE LEAGUE AFTER "DRESS REHEARSAL" WEEK ...

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT: TIME TO TACKLE THE SEC AND THE AAC WITH A FULL SLATE OF NCAA GAMES AHEAD!

Okay, so you've probably heard those TV/radio commercials regarding investment houses that like to claim "past performances are not always an indication of future results" but just thought we'd let you know that NFL Preseason Betting Favorites exited the Week 3 games at 18-27-2 ATS (against the spread) with a pair of Pick 'Em games.

Folks, that means NFL Preseason Underdogs have been winning at a nifty .600 clip ... now we don't expect pro pups to bang out spread winners at a 60 percent rate come the regular season but just thought we'd clue you in on just how well dogs have been doing this summer and may we remind you that included outright upsets this past weekend by the New York Giants (+ 2.5), the Denver Broncos (+ 3), the Carolina Panthers (+ 1.5), the Detroit Lions (+ 2.5), the Chicago Bears (+ 6.5), the Los Angeles Rams (+ 3.5), the Baltimore Ravens (+ 2.5) and the Cincinnati Bengals (+ 2).

No question the most interesting of those outright winners was the Bears: The Las Vegas price tag on that tilt last Saturday afternoon went from Chicago minus 2 points to visiting Kansas City minus the 6.5-point price because brand-new Bears' head coach Matt Nagy decided to sit all of his starters - right, unheard of stuff when it comes to the so-called "dress rehearsal" games but his logic was he wanted to see his backups go against another team's starters plus Nagy believes he has a "good pulse" on his team and so didn't feel the first-team reps were important.

We'll see how that shakes out come the evening of Sept. 9th when the Bears play at Green Bay in the Week 1 Sunday Night Game.

Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers just keep on bashing the books this NFL Preseason with lots more winners straight ahead as this week's card wraps up the summer season with a full card of 16 games on the Thursday night and remember the College Football Season is off and runnin' with a monster card this holiday weekend including Four (4) games on Thursday, Six (6) games on Friday and then it's a gridiron party on Labor Day Weekend featuring Saturday tilts such as Washington vs. Auburn, West Virginia vs. Tennessee, Louisville vs. Alabama and Michigan at Notre Dame. Plus there's Sunday night action too (see Miami vs LSU) and don't forget that Jim keeps piling up lots of profits with Major-League Baseball winners - so go ahead and get all the NFL Preseason / NCAA Football / MLB winners here online or 1-800-323-4453.

Editor's Note: The College Football season continues Thursday night with Four (4) on-the-board games including Northwestern at Purdue in a key Big 10 tilt along with Wake Forest at Tulane and then Friday it's another Six (6) games featuring 0-and-1 Colorado State vs. Colorado plus Army at Duke.

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL CONFERENCE REPORTS - THE SEC & THE AAC
Gonna finish up this week getting you quick-hitter comments from 'round the NCAA Football universe and our conference-by-conference updates continue here with the SEC and then the AAC:

SEC ...

THE CONTENDERS - Who else? Alabama - five-time champions under 12th-year head coach Nick Saban - is the clear favorite to win the SEC (although the Crimson Tide didn't even play in the SEC Championship Game last year!) while Georgia and Auburn are getting lots of love these days. If Saban's crew thrives at the quarterback position with two-headed monster Tua Tagovailos and Jalen Hurts, then the Tide could well roll to its first undefeated season since 2009.

THE DARK HORSE - LSU. Not usually the case to call the Bayou Bengals a "dark horse" but most folks believe they are the fifth- or sixth-best team in the SEC this year and no doubt this club must jump-start an offense that scored just 34 total points in 2017 losses versus the triumvirate of Miss State, Alabama and Notre Dame.

BEST PLAYER - Montez Sweat, DE, Miss State. All you need to know about the Bulldogs' best defender is that last year he registered 10.5 sacks and now M-State says they'll really "turn 'em loose".

CIRCLE THE DATE - Nov. 10, Auburn at Georgia. College football's oldest southern rivalry will be for the SEC East crown and possibly a shot at this year's national championship. Remember Georgia smoked Auburn 28-7 in last year's SEC Championship Game after getting crushed in the regular-season game 40-17 ... what turnaround!

 

AAC ...
THE CONTENDERS
- UCF is the reigning king of the American Athletic Conference after pounding out a perfect 13-and-oh SU (straight-up) record last year to go along with a spiffy 8-4-1 ATS (against the spread) mark but new boss-man Jose Heupel must fend off the likes of USF, Memphis and Navy. P.S., don't look now but the UCF Knights could be back in the New Year's Six bowl mix and could be unbeaten when they get there if QB McKenzie Milton produces another 4,000-plus yard passing season.

THE DARK HORSE - Cincinnati. True, the Bearcats have been a shoddy 4-8 SU in each of the past two seasons but second-year coach Luke Fickell figures to bone up his defense and QB Hayden Moore (20 TDs / 9 INTs in 2017) has designs on a really big year.

BEST PLAYER - Ed Oliver, DL, Houston. Most NFL scouts believe he'll be a top three pick come the next draft and this former AAC Defensive Player of the Year comes off swiping last year's Outland Trophy.

CIRCLE THE DATE - Nov. 23, UCF at USF was one of the best games in the '17 season as the Knights won but didn't cover the 10-point price in a wildly entertaining 49-42 victory and more fireworks will be forthcoming here.

NOTE: More NFL Preseason goodies plus a whole lot of College Football reports / previews all this week right here at Jim Sez.

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