Submitted by Jim Hurley on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 12:00 AM
THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATE:
ARE THE UNBEATENS OUT THERE
ALSO CASHING YOUR BETS? …
OUR JIM SEZ COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOP 10 …
THE NBA IS BACK – AND HERE’S THE WIN-IT-ALL ODDS …
NFL NEWS /NOTES:
RODGERS AND THE PACK
In case you’re wondering, there are still eight (8) remaining undefeated teams out there in College Football-land – that’s Alabama, Cincinnati, Clemson, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, UCF and USF – and there’s still a shot that four of ‘em will stay perfect right into the next edition of the College Football Playoffs.
But that’s not our numero uno concern right here and right now:
No, we want to zoom through these teams that are still unbeaten SU (straight-up) and find out how they all stand here halfway through this 2018 season from a pointspread point of view … so, here’s the skinny:
ALABAMA – The top-ranked Crimson Tide is 7-0 SU but just 4-3 ATS (against the spread) but, hey, Nick Saban’s crew has been laying between 23-to-48.5 points in these seven games so far and note one of the non-covers was a 65-31 win against 35-point pup Arkansas. No doubt the Las Vegas folks have made ‘Bama games almost impossible to bet – on either side – as evidenced by the fact the Tide is a 29.5-point fav AT Tennessee this Saturday. P.S., we’ve seen the projections straight ahead and they say Alabama will be a double-digit betting favorite against any/all comers this playoff season … wow!
CINCINNATI – Three cheers for the Cincy Bearcats who are 6-0 SU and a very profitable 5-1 against the odds so far and that includes the outright upset at 14.5-point fav UCLA back on opening week (one of the many Jim Hurley Network Winners this college campaign!). Look down the road and you’ll see Cincinnati will host USF and then visit UCF on back-to-back weekends next month, so something’s gotta give.
CLEMSON – Let’s face it: This year’s Tigers have been far from what we’d call dominant despite the 6-0 SU mark while heading into Saturday’s game against fellow unbeaten N.C. State. Dabo Swinney’s crew is a money-losing 2-4 versus the vig so far though it’s worth noting that Clemson’s covered two of its three ACC games (covers against Georgia Tech and Wake Forest).
N.C. STATE – The ‘Pack is back! This Wolfpack edition’s started off things at 5-0 SU and they’ve also cranked out a smallish profit with the 3-2 spread start that includes a solid two-TD win in conference against rival Virginia. Hey, this week’s game against Clemson sees State grabbing 17.5 points and that’ll be the first time the Raleigh gang is an underdog in 2018.
NOTRE DAME – The ND Fighting Irish has churned out a small profit en route to this 7-0 SU / 4-3 ATS start but keep in mind Brian Kelly’s squad has covered both of its road games (at Wake Forest and at Virginia Tech, both as 6.5-point favorites) and there’s away games ahead versus Navy (in San Diego), at Northwestern, versus Syracuse (at Yankee Stadium) and at USC. Note that Notre Dame is a collective 53-53-4 against the odds in the Kelly Era.
OHIO STATE – The 7-0 SU start has been grand; the pointspread results have been mixed at best with the Buckeyes having failed to cover their last three in a row en route to a very shaky 3-4 ATS start. True, the ‘Eyes have been forced to lay four-TD-or-larger price tags in five of these games but the bottom line is this Big 10 team has surrendered a glut of big plays and that’s a major issue.
UCF – Gotta hand it to the UCF Knights who are 4-2 vig-wise and 6-0 SU: They finished last year with a perfect 13-0 straight-up mark (we see all those “National Championships” banners hanging around the sidelines/stands during their games!) and they’re a collective 13-5 against the prices since the start of last season. Last week UCF failed to cover the 5.5-point road price in that wild 31-30 win at Memphis (yes, another Jim Hurley Network winner plus the points) but take note the Knights have covered six of their last eight away games.
USF – Boo hoo! The Bulls may be 6-0 SU but they’ve underperformed versus the vig with a shoddy 2-4 ATS mark that includes TD-or-less wins against heavy-duty dog squads Illinois, East Carolina and Tulsa.
Add ‘em all up and the eight unbeaten teams in the land are a cumulative 27-23 ATS for a modest .540 winning rate … hey, $100 per-play wagers would have you up $170. Okay but not as good as one might think, right?
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JIM SEZ COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOP 10
1 – Alabama
2 – Clemson
3 -- Ohio State
4 – Notre Dame
5 – UCF
6 – Michigan
7 – LSU
8 – Georgia
9 – Florida
10 – Texas
THE NBA IS BACK
Is there going to be any real drama in this 2018-19 NBA season? The Las Vegas / offshore folks have the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors listed as the 2-to-1 betting favorite to win it all but here’s the rundown of the other “top contenders” as we head into a brand-new NBA campaign:
NBA ODDS TO WIN IT ALL
Golden State - 200
Boston + 650
Houston + 800
LA Lakers +1800
Philadelphia + 1800
Toronto + 2000
Oklahoma City + 4000
NFL NEWS & NOTES
Now that Green Bay Packers’ icon Aaron Rodgers has “done it again” with a masterful 33-30 comeback win against the gritty/gutty San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football, you wonder if this will indeed be a “special season” for the Pack: After all, Rodgers led ‘em to a monstrous come-from-way-behind 24-23 win against Chicago in Week 1 and now this latest classic victory has G-Bay at 3-2-1 and bunched in there with Chicago (3-2), Minnesota (3-2-1) and Detroit (2-3) scrambling inside the rough-and-tumble NFC North.
Green Bay’s got a much-needed bye here in NFL Week 7 play and then the sked’s really rough: At the undefeated Los Angeles Rams and at New England right out of the bye, then a home game against Miami followed by roadies at Seattle and Minnesota.
Can we let you know if this is gonna be a “special season” for Rodgers and Company ‘round Week 12?
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