Submitted by Jim Hurley on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 12:00 AM
IT'S TIME TO WRAP UP THE ANNUAL THANKSGIVING TURKEY SHOOT
CATCH THE SIDE & TOTALS WINNERS OF TONIGHT'S TITANS-TEXANS
PLUS, OUR TAKE ON NFL WEEK 12 AND THIS WEEKEND'S COLLEGE FOOTBALL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
Shoot ... it's time to put the finishing touches on this year's Annual Jim Hurley Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot and whatta holiday weekend ride it's been: There's been monstrous NCAA Football winners with the likes of Washington (+3) over Washington State winning outright, 28-15; Baylor (+6.5) over Texas Tech outright, 35-24; and BYU (+10.5) snagging the all-important pointspread cover against long-time rival Utah in a 35-27 verdict. Plus, there's been a slew of NFL Week 12 winners too such as the Cleveland Browns (PK) who buried the Cincinnati Bengals 35-20 and the Denver Broncos (+3) who came up very big in a 24-17 home win against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will pound out more Football winners tonight in the latest Annual Jim Hurley Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot with the Side & Totals in this evening's tilt between the Tennessee Titans at the scorching-hot Houston Texans. Just call us at 1-800-323-4453 or click here and get 'em online as we crush the books one more time! Hey, there's loads of College Basketball and NBA winners too, so finish off this year's Turkey Shoot with a bang!
Tonight, it's ...TENNESSEE (5-5) at HOUSTON (7-3) - 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN
The host Texans will saunter into tonight's AFC South tilt with a seven-game SU (straight up) winning streak but with some very heavy hearts too - owner Bob McNair passed away during the holiday weekend. Despite some ill-advised "asylum" comments made a while back, McNair was a beloved team owner and gotta believe his Texans will roar right out of the starting gate for this prime-time clash and so the first order of business for Tennessee is to hang on early and ride out the emotional storm.
The bottom line is Houston has not lost a game since a Week 3 setback against the New York Giants - okay, so the Texans are just a modest 4-3 ATS (against the spread) during this seven-game SU win streak - and can't ignore the fact this defense has held opponents to a 16.2 points-per-game scoring average the past six games and here will deal with a slightly dinged QB Marcus Mariota (stinger) who did not play in the Titans' 20-17 win against Houston back in Week 2.
It's quite likely Mariota's legs will either win or lose this game for prodigal son head coach Mike Vrabel's side: If Mariota can move the sticks with some nice runs/scrambles, then advantage Tennessee. If JJ Watt, Jadeveon Clowney, Whitney Mercilus and mates can bottle up Mariota and keep 'em in the pocket, then advantage Texans.
Spread Notes - Houston is just 3-6 versus the vig in divisional games since the start of last season; Tennessee is a nifty 12-6 spreadwise overall since late in the 2017 campaign.
In other NFL Week 12-related News & Notes ...
Love the fact that Cleveland Browns' rookie QB Baker Mayfield was so miffed about former head coach Hue Jackson taking up a job with the rival Cincinnati Bengals so soon after - finally - getting fired back on Oct. 29th. Mayfield threw for 258 yards and four TDs in the Browns' wire-to-wire win in Cincy on Sunday and later gave Jackson a cold handshake and expounded on his feelings in the post-game interview. Think Mayfield was ticked off that Jackson didn't start him right at the beginning of this 2018 season (wo do!)? Meanwhile, note the Browns are now 7-4 against the odds this year and better believe the team's general dislike for Jackson played into our Jim Hurley Network pro-Browns play here in Week 12 ...
Notice the price on that aforementioned Browns-Bengals game went from Cincy minus 3 points down to Pick 'Em by game time - you might even have taken up to a 1.5 points with the Bengals in some locales - but, as far as Week 12 dogs that covered went, note that Buffalo "shut up" Jacksonville CB Jalen Ramsey with that 24-21 triumph as 3-point home dogs, Seattle (+3) roared back to beat slumping Carolina 30-27 and Denver (+3) bested Pittsburgh as Steelers' slinger Ben Roethlisberger tossed what might have been his worst all-time pick in the end zone when NT Shelby Harris "dropped in coverage" and intercepted "Big Ben" with 1:03 left in the Broncos' TD win.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK
Okay, so aside from two-TD underdog Georgia stunning Alabama in this Saturday's SEC Championship Game - and thus getting both the Bulldogs and Crimson Tide in the "Final Four" - what could possibly happen this weekend to shake up the College Football Playoff landscape?
Well, heading into Tuesday night's announcement on ESPN - the penultimate CFP rankings - gotta believe the top six teams will read Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State ... but what happens if, let's say, Oklahoma beats 7.5-point pup Texas by two TDs and 12.5-point fav Ohio State beats Northwestern by 25 points in the Big 12 and Big 10 Championship Games, respectively?
Advantage Oklahoma: The Sooners would have beaten/covered a Texas team that rates higher than N'western plus remember the Sooners' lone loss this year was a 48-45 setback against Texas back in early October while the Buckeyes'49-20 loss to Purdue on Oct. 20th was much more damaging. Remember last year's 55-24 loss to Iowa had similar wide-ranging negative effects on Urban Meyer's club.
Folks, now that UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton has been lost for the year, any/all hope that the Knights could maneuver its way into the top four is out the window ... but is it? What happens if 'Bama beats Georgia big (by 20- points, let's say) and both Oklahoma and Ohio State LOSE their conference championship games ... then what? No way should any two-loss team get into the discussion, so maybe UCF still has a pulse.
One final note ... College Football Betting Favorites will enter this week's action sitting at 337-356-15 ATS overall (a .486 winning rate for the chalk sides) with 10 Pick 'Em games tossed into the mix. Can't remember a time when dogs had a nearly + 20 advantage at this late stage of the season as it's usually right at/near break-even for both sides.
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