Submitted by Jim Hurley on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 12:00 AM
IT'S THE SUPER BOWL 53 AFTERMATH COLUMN - WE TIE UP ALL THE LOOSE ENDS OF THIS FOOTBALL SEASON WITH THE COMPLETE NFL POINTSPREAD STANDINGS CHART PLUS THERE'S THE ODDS TO WIN IT ALL LIST FOR 2019 (AND MORE!) ... PLUS COLLEGE HOOP NOTEBOOK
When the curtain finally came all the way down on this just-completed 2018 NFL Season it was - to borrow a phrase - same old / same old as the New England Patriots snagged the franchise's sixth Super Bowl title since 2001.
The Pats have now won every other Super Bowl the past five years - in 2014, 2016 and 2018 - so maybe for you New England haters out there the hope's that the Pats won't win it all next winter.
Actually, it's amazing that New England has been so darn consistent when it comes to the all-important pointspread records:
Take note that Bill Belichick's team is 12-7, 11-7-1, 15-3-1, 8-8-2 and 11-8 these past five years while winning those latest three Super Bowl crowns. Add 'em all up and that comes to a 57-33-4 ATS (against the spread) record ... a scintillating .633 winning rate these past five football seasons. Va-va-va voom!
Okay, so that leads us to our annual end-of-the-season NFL Pointspread Standings so check out our accompanying chart below with the pointspread records of all 32 NFL teams ... here goes:
2018 NFL POINTSPREAD STANDINGS
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ODDS TO WIN SUPER BOWL LIV
Here's our first-thing-in-our-minds when it comes to next year's Super Bowl "Win it All" odds ... the best "bargains" are Chicago at 14-to-1, Houston at 25-to-1 and Baltimore at 33-to-1.
Biggest overlay? That's the Super Bowl LIII-losing Los Angeles Rams at 10-to-1. Hey, go back and look at the history of teams that come off Super Bowl losses as they don't always play big the next time around (save, of course, for these NE Patriots who became the third NFL team in Super Bowl history that won a Super Bowl one year after losing one). Don't plunk anything down on the Rams who will be taking one step backwards in '19.
COLLEGE HOOP NOTEBOOK
Let's go 'round the land and examine some of the "blueblood teams" and how they've fared against the spread:
DUKE (13-8) - Gotta hand it to the Blue Devils who are laying crazy-high prices night-in and night-out and still have delivered a 62 percent winning rate (note that Duke's been a betting favorite of 12-or-more points in its last four games and the ACC gang's covered three of the four tilts).
GONZAGA (16-7) - Better believe that the 'Zags are among the sport's "blueblood" squads and the West Coast Conference crew actually has failed to cover three of its last five games and still is 9-3 ATS overall while dating back to mid-December.
KANSAS (8-13-1) - It's safe to say this has been a rather choppy season for the Jayhawks who have been bogged down by injuries, suspensions and sloppy play. So, no major surprise that this Big 12 team has been a pointspread bust while covering just 38 percent of its games so far.
KENTUCKY (12-9) - Don't look now but John Calipari's club has covered its last six in a row while heading into the Tuesday night home game against 16-point pup South Carolina. The 'Cats have jelled plus the defense has been brilliant while holding six of their last foes to 37 percent (or less) shooting from the floor.
MICHIGAN STATE (16-6) - Go Sparty! The Big 10 team is actually in a slight slump with back-to-back spread losses lately after running off 12-of-13 pointspread "W's between Nov. 30th and Jan. 24th. Gotta go back eight games to find the last time M-State allowed a club to shoot 40 percent or better from the field.
NORTH CAROLINA (12-7-1) - Let's face it, the Tar Heels have been a bit under the radar this year and yet Roy Williams' team has covered eight of its last 10 games since late December and the three-point shooting has been superb.
VIRGINIA (16-5) - How about cashing at a 76 percent success rate when you've been a double-digit betting favorite some 14 times this year? The Cavs have covered 13 of their last 16 games even though they're comin' off back-to-back spread setbacks
NOTE: Catch our College Hoop updates plus lots more in the next edition of Jim Sez.