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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Friday, October 12, 2018 at 12:00 AM



The doom-and-gloom crowd was out following last night's never-in-doubt 34-13 win/cover by the Philadelphia Eagles over the 2-point underdog New York Giants.

We were reminded that since 1990 - when the current NFL playoff format went into place - only one team (see the 2015 Kansas City Chiefs) started off a season at 1-5 SU (straight-up) and wound up making it to the post-season. The NY Giants are now 1-5 SU ... and they ain't getting to the playoffs anytime soon!

There was a major lack of effort - and execution - by "Big Blue" last night even though head coach Pat Shurmur didn't question the team's effort ... Fox analyst Troy Aikman did and we saw for ourselves how Giants' defensive backs failed to cover, failed to tackle and failed to care plus that Giants' offensive line is a big mess and that's without one-time first-round draft pick Ereck Flowers even in the building (he was cut earlier this week). 'Nuff said.

The Eagles' lopsided win starred a razor-sharp QB Carson Wentz (278 yards passing, 3 TDs) who was simply magical on third-down plays and "hats off" to a Philadelphia defense that physically crushed Giants' QB Eli Manning every opportunity it got. Manning was sacked four times and hit 13 other times - no wonder he looked so shell-shocked in the post-game presser - and save for superstar rookie RB Saquon Barkley (130 yards rushing / 99 yards receiving) this NYG team was downright awful. Say bye-bye to the '18 season, fellas!

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Just to remind y'all that last weekend we witnessed three different Top 10 teams go down to defeat - LSU, Auburn and Oklahoma all were stung by diccult losses - and so the "upset alert" is being sounded here with a batch of Top 10 teams

#2 GEORGIA (6-0, 4-0) at #13 LSU (5-1, 2-1) - 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS
Count us among the folks that are a tad surprised that the Georgia Dawgs are a 7.5-point betting favorite for this matinee clash in the Bayou ... Doesn't that seem a bit high? True, Georgia is averaging a haughty 42.8 points per game - and that includes 41, 43, 38 and 41 points scored in those four Southeastern Conference wins - and now there's two Georgia quarterbacks that are in starring roles with starter Jake Fromm (1,200 yards passing with 12 TDs and 2 INTs) and backup Justin Fields (3 rushing TDs and 2 passing scores in limited duty) getting snaps but LSU's gonna play this game with a nothing-to-lose attitude after last week's 27-19 loss at Florida. Just keep QB Joe Burrow in the upright position and we could see outright upset here in this high-profile SEC tilt.

PITTSBURGH (3-3) at #5 NOTRE DAME (6-0) - 2:30 p.m. ET, NBC
Sure, the ND Fighting Irish is a whopping three-TD betting favorites for this showdown in South Bend but fact of matter is Brian Kelly's crew can't afford to take its foot off the pedal and so there is some "pressure" on QB Ian Book (887 yards passing with 9 TDs and 1 INT) and speedy RB Dexter Williams (career-best 178 yards rushing last week against Virginia Tech) to pour on the points ... hey, Pitt RB Qadree Ollison has five TDs this year and could scoot for a monster game if Irish are asleep at the wheel. Note Notre Dame has failed to cover four of its last five games when in a twin-figure favorite role.

#7 WASHINGTON (5-1, 3-0) at #17 OREGON (4-1, 1-1) - 3:30p.m. ET, espn2
Take a second and consider that in the past two years the UW Huskies have slugged the Oregon Ducks by a combined score of 108-24 - think the kids from Eugene wouldn't like to knock Washington from the ranks of the Pac-12 undefeated right here? Hey, Oregon's a FG underdog for this bash but Mario Cristobal's gang will pull off the mild upset if - and only if - lean QB Justin Herbert (15 TDs, 5 INTs) steers clear of making the costly red-zone mistake here. Did you realize that Washington's failed to cover seven of its last 10 away games?

#10 UCF (5-0, 2-0) at MEMPHIS (4-2, 1-2) - 3:30 p.m. ET, espn2
The SU (straight-up) winning streak for the UCF Knights is up to 17 in a row - take note that Central Florida's 13-4 against the odds during this streak - but this is no rollover game considering Memphis sports double-revenge from a year ago including that wild 62-55 double-overtime triumph in last year's American Athletic Conference Championship Game. The UCF gang is averaging 575 yards a game - that's third-best in FBS play - and QB McKenzie Milton has thrown for 1,501 yards with 15 TDs and only 4 INTs. If the Tigers - a 4.5-point pup here - wish to keep the ball away from Milton, then RB Darrell Henderson (156 rushing yards per game) must motor his way to a big game. Spread goody: UCF is 13-6 ATS in conference games the past two-plus seasons.

#15 WISCONSIN (4-1, 2-0) at #12 MICHIGAN (5-1, 3-0) - 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Perhaps you've seen that the Michigan Wolverines have taken all the cash this week - the price tag's risen from -6.5 to - 9 points and gotta admit we didn't think the Wisky Badgers would be entering this Big 10 tilt as nearly double-digit favorites ... but Michigan's defense has awoken as the unit ranks first nationally in total "D" and RB Karan Higdon (averaging 5.8 yards a pop with 5 TDs) has emerged as a super-back. Spread Stat: Wisconsin is 1-4 against the juice so far this year.

#16 MIAMI (5-1, 2-0) at VIRGINIA (3-2, 1-1) - 7 p.m. ET, espn2
Here's an ACC affair that shouldn't get swept under the rug just 'cause "The U" is a solid road TD betting favorite: Miami is fresh off a major domo comeback win against archrival Florida State en route to a 28-27 non-cover triumph and so what's left in the old gas tank here? We will tell you that Virginia's covered six of the last nine games in this series.

NOTE: Catch our key NFL Week 6 game previews in the next edition of Jim Sez.

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