Submitted by Jim Hurley on Friday, November 23, 2018 at 12:00 AM
IT'S THE ANNUAL JIM HURLEY THANKSGIVING TURKEY SHOOT - HERE WE'RE GETTIN' YOU UP TO DATE WITH SATURDAY'S BIG COLLEGE GAMES PLUS AN NFL WEEK 12 GOODY TOO
The beat rolls on with great holiday football action all weekend long ...Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers keep banging out lots of Football winners this holiday weekend with our latest Annual Jim Hurley Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot - there are four more days of winning gridiron selections from this day-after-Thanksgiving right thru Monday Night Football (that's Tennessee Titans at scorching-hot Houston Texans) - and you can really make your holiday a blast. Just call us at the toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 or get 'em online right here as we crush the books on one of the great football weekends of the year! Hey, there's loads of College Basketball and NBA winners too, so what are you waiting for?
Here's the key College Football action for Saturday ...
AUBURN (7-4, 3-4) at #1 ALABAMA (11-0, 7-0) - 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS
Here's something spreadwise you might not have known about the 'Bama Crimson Tide: They have been a 20-or-more point betting favorite some 18 times in their last 25 games dating back to the start of last season ... and they're a dead-even and vig-losing 9-9 ATS (against the spread) in these bloated price games. So there!
Now, Alabama is a 24-point fav for this edition of the Iron Bowl - the largest price tag since 2012 when the Tide was a 34-point favorite against Auburn and 'Bama throttled 'em 49-0. If Nick Saban's crew is gonna get its real revenge from last year's 26-14 loss to War Eagle, then expect QB Tua Tagovailoa (2,865 yards passing with 31 TDs) to come out chuckin' against an Auburn defense that's allowed 30-or-more points just once this year (see 30-24 loss to Tennessee).
Spread Note - Alabama is 41-28 against the odds in all SEC games since the start of the 2011 campaign.
#3 NOTRE DAME (11-0) at USC (5-6) - 8 p.m. ET, ABC
Hey, if this here-and-now Notre Dame team isn't the new version of "America's College Team" then we know nothin'! Brian Kelly's club played on the west coast versus Navy back on Nov. 27th, trekked to the East Coast for last weekend's 36-3 wipeout win against Syracuse and now returns to the left coast for this all-or-nothing prime-time showdown against a USC team that's on bowl life support. The frequent flyer miles keep piling up for the ND Fighting Irish and you do wonder if there will be some jet lag at work - hey, the good folks in Las Vegas don't think so 'cause Notre Dame opened as an 8-point betting favorite and it's steadily risen to - 11 points. Notre Dame QB Ian Book (17 TDs / 5 INTs) has some general body soreness these days but he knows how to spread the wealth (see four pass-catchers with 33-or-more grabs this year) and so game plan for SC should be get RB Aca'Cedric Ware (757 yards rushing / 6.8 ypc average) cooking and keep Book and friends on the sidelines.
Spread Note - Notre Dame is 6-3-2 vig-wise overall this year and 6-3 ATS in head-to-head showdowns with the Trojans the past nine matchups.
#4 MICHIGAN (10-1, 8-0) at #10 OHIO STATE (10-1, 7-1) - 12 p.m. ET, Fox
Okay, so what possibly could go wrong for the road-favored Michigan Wolverines? They bring the country's top-ranked defense into this Big 10 tilt - winner gets the East Division title and a date with Northwestern in next week's Big 10 Championship Game - and the maize-and-blue have stormed its way to a 10-game SU (straight up) winning streak following that season-opening loss at Notre Dame. Ahh, but now everyone "expects" Michigan to win here and so the stage is set for another heartbreaker for fourth-year boss-man Jim Harbaugh - hey, if Michigan's defense can get in the grill of young Buckeyes' QB Dwayne Haskins early, he could get rattled but expect a so-called X factor here to be the Ohio State P Drue Chrisman who is a flip-the-field specialist.
Spread Note - Michigan's covered four of its last five pointspread verdicts versus Ohio State.
NFL WEEK 12
On Sunday, it's ... SEATTLE (5-5) at CAROLINA (6-4) - 1 p.m. ET, Fox
Wondering if the "extra prep days" is gonna help this Seahawks team that's fresh off 27-24 win/push against Green Bay back last Thursday night ... now Pete Carroll's crew must keep the stay-alive theme going against a Carolina club that ranks 20th in the NFL against the pass. Something tells us Seattle QB Russell Wilson will be airing it out against this Panthers' secondary and hoping for the best and no doubt born-again WR Tyler Lockett (team-best 38 catches) is key against Ron Rivera's gang.
Spread Note - Carolina is 26-14-1 spreadwise when playing non-divisional foes the past three-plus seasons.
NOTE: Lots more NFL Week 12 game previews in tomorrow's edition of Jim Sez.