Submitted by Jim Hurley on Friday, September 28, 2018 at 12:00 AM
NFL WEEK 4 –
RAMS GO TO 4-AND-OH
BUT IT’S “PUSH CITY” SPREADWISE …
THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL RUNDOWN:
SATURDAY QUICK-HITTER PREVIEWS
Okay, so we asked you the question in the last Jim Sez … would the Los Angeles Rams stay “absolutely perfect” with last night’s home game against the Minnesota Vikings?
The answer was both yes … and no.
The Rams’ high-octane offense was purring big-time behind smooth-as-silk third-year QB Jared Goff (see 465 yards passing with 5 TDs) in the highly-entertaining 38-31 win but the NFC West squad “pushed” as 7-point betting favs and so that leaves the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins as the only NFL squads to be “absolutely perfect” both SU (straight-up) and ATS (against the spread) so far.
And it leads us to wonder whether or not there’s an NFL team out there that does indeed “check all the boxes” when it comes to team strengths:
Heck, even Rams’ D-lineman Ndamukung Suh said on ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt Show that the defense needed to tighten up and clean up some areas following this showing that included 422 passing yards and three TDs from Minny slinger Kirk Cousins.
Memo to the Chiefs (they’re at Denver on Monday Night) and the Dolphins (they’re at New England on Sunday afternoon) … go ahead and try to stay “absolutely perfect” here in Week 4.
Extra, extra …
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEKEND QUICK-HITTERS
Let’s zip around the College Football landscape and get you some Saturday preview goodies:
SYRACUSE (4-0) at #3 CLEMSON (4-0)—12 p.m. ET, ABC
They say that revenge is best served cold – and so these Clemson Tigers figure to be pretty icy after last year’s stunning 27-24 ‘Cuse win (as 24-point home underdogs). The Tigers have had to chill some in-house issues this week as one-time starter QB Kelly Bryant has flown the coop after the naming of frosh Trevor Lawrence as the numero uno slinger. Hey, did you know that Clemson is a wobbly 4-8-1 ATS as double-digit betting favorites the past couple of seasons?
#4 OHIO STATE (4-0) at #9 PENN STATE (4-0) – 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC
No doubt there’s lots of folks salivating over the opportunity to grab Penn State plus the points (now + 3) at Happy Valley on this final Saturday night in September but be aware that Ohio State’s been a betting favorite of 3.5 points or more on 18 consecutive occasions and sizzling-hot QB Dwayne Haskins (16 TDs and 1 INT) could be licking his chops over the prospect of going against this P-State defense that allowed 38 points versus Appalachian State and 24 points in the first three quarters against Illinois.
#7 STANFORD (4-0) at #8 NOTRE DAME (4-0) – 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC
The Stanford Cardinal have snagged the last three consecutive head-to-head “Legends Trophy” games against Notre Dame – if the Pac-12 guys can pull a mild stunner here as (and they are 5.5-point underdogs) then David Shaw’s squad becomes a real player when it comes to national title talk. Stanford RB Bryce Love (89 yards rushing against Oregon in last week’s comeback win in OT) seems to be getting healthier by the week.
#12 WEST VIRGINIA (3-0) at #25 TEXAS TECH (3-1) – 12 p.m. ET, espn2
There’s plenty of folks wondering if the WVU Mountaineers are “for real” even after the season-starting wins/covers against Tennessee, Youngstown State and N.C. State – QB Will Grier (1,117 yards passing with 14 TDs) is off-and-flyin’ with Heisman Trophy hopes but the $64,000 question here is can West Virginia’s 18th-ranked defense slow down Tech slinger Alan Bowman who is second in the land in passing (1,557 yards)? Pointspread fact: Texas Tech’s covered 11 of its last 17 homes games dating back to the start of the 2015 campaign.
#14 MICHIGAN (3-1) at NORTHWESTERN (1-2) – 4:30 p.m. ET, Fox
For all the Jim Harbaugh “haters” out there, now hear this: This Michigan man has steered his club back into meaningful convo when you’re talking national title as the maize-and-blue could easily swing into the top 10 if it can string together three more wins before the Wolverines get to that Oct. 20th game at Michigan State. Spread stat to keep in mind: Northwestern is an electric 15-4 versus the vig in its last 19 Big 10 games.
NOTE: Catch our key NFL Week 4 previews plus lots more in the next edition of Jim Sez.