Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 12:00 AM
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THE SHOW THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND
It’s truly a slam-bang first weekend of this College Football Season when you stop to consider the following:
There are a dozen head coaches making their debuts at new Power Conference schools and we ain’t expecting long “honeymoon” periods for the likes of UCLA’s Chip Kelly, Arizona’s Kevin Sumlin and Nebraska’s Scott Frost … in other words, you’re all twin-figure betting favorites for your weekend games here and the alumni (wink, wink) really would like to see some lopsided scores put up on the board.
There’s also some national powers away from home this very first full weekend of NCAA Football action – see #8 Miami at #25 LSU come Sunday night along with Saturday’s king-sized clash between #6 Washington vs. #9 Auburn (in Atlanta where the War Eagle fans will dominate the Georgia Dome scene) – and so those high-profile games are biggies right out of the starting gate.
Finally, what about an early-season look at the Heisman Trophy? Gotta say that UCF slinger McKenzie Milton (346 yards passing and five TD tosses in a 56-17 win at UConn on Thursday night) surely got some voters on his side to start things and we’ll be paying really close attention to the weekend exploits of Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham, Arizona QB Khalil Tate and West Virginia QB Will Grier – to name just a few. Hey, we found out Friday night that Stanford may have two Heisman Trophy candidates – and neither of them is named RB Bryce Love! There was Cardinal wide-out JJ Arcega-Whiteside piling up six catches for 226 yards and 3 TDs while QB K.J. Costello threw for 332 yards and 4 scores … all while Love was bottled up (see 18 rushes for 29 yards) in a 31-10 win/cover against two-TD pup San Diego State.
Now hear this …
Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will bash the books this College Football weekend as this menu features 32 big games on this Saturday and then it’s the Sunday night tilt between #8 Miami at #25 LSU followed by the Labor Day evening game in Tallahassee between #20 Virginia Tech at #19 Florida State … and don’t forget that Jim keeps piling up lots of profits every day with Major-League Baseball winners too. So, go ahead and get all the NCAA Football / MLB winners right here at www.jimhurley.com or at our exclusive toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453. P.S., the 2018 NFL season swings into high gear on Thursday night as the Atlanta Falcons are at the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles and we plan on having loads of Week 1 winners Thursday-through-Monday Night (that’s Sept. 6-10).
Here’s some NCAA Football notes …
Always fun to check out some of the “over” wins totals for college teams and here’s a sampling as we weigh in on “The Bet”:
BOISE STATE – 10 over 115
True, the Broncos have won 10-or-more games in eight of the past 10 years but a road game at Oklahoma State on Sept. 15th and the possibility that B-State could get picked off in conference play by the likes of Wyoming and/or San Diego State makes this one tricky. Gotta admit we’re not a big fan of 4th-year head coach Bryan Harsin who is a bit too conservative for us.
The Bet: Under 10 wins for the season
FLORIDA STATE – 8 over 130
Keep in mind the Seminoles are coming off a 7-6 SU (straightup) season and there’s a new sheriff in town as Willie Taggart replaces Jimbo Fisher … could danger be looming right out of the gate with Monday night’s home tilt against ACC rival Virginia Tech? Plus there’s a pair of back-to-back road game scenarios – at Louisville and at Miami on Sept. 29-Oct. 6 and later at N.C. State and at Notre Dame on Nov. 3 and Nov. 10. Yikes.
The Bet: Under 8 wins for the season
OREGON – 8.5 over 155
Best thing about the here-and-now Ducks is there really isn’t much “pressure” on ‘em as most prognosticators feel they’re a third or fourth place team in the Pac-12 North but new boss Mario Cristobal is preaching positive vibes and it certainly helps that Oregon’s first four games are at home: Bowling Green, Portland State, San Jose State and Stanford.
The Bet: Over 8.5 wins for the season
NOTE: Catch our NCAA Football recaps plus a Monday Night preview of Virginia Tech at Florida State in the next Jim Sez.