Submitted by Jim Hurley on Friday, August 30, 2019 at 12:00 AM
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NFL NEWS & NOTES: NOW THAT THE 2019 PRESEASON'S IN THE BOOKS, WE TAKE A SNEAK PEEK AT WHAT'S AHEAD
Ready or not, here comes the College Football Season!
Sure, all the talk is about defending national champion Clemson and last year's runner-up Alabama - we get it - but better be sure there's gonna be some shocking results throughout the course of this 2019 season and there's a handful of teams that should be on "upset alert" right here on this Labor Day weekend:
It could be that road favorite Purdue - an 11-point choice at Nevada tonight - along with #25 Stanford (a TD fav against Northwestern on Saturday) could have their hands full and you just know that there will be a twin-figure dog or two that'll pull a first-weekend upset and have the college football universe in a hoot. Trust us!
After a 15-6 NFL Preseason of 71% winners, Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will bash the books this College Football season and the time to jump in is now as this weekend's card features a bunch of high-profile affairs including "stand-alone" prime-time tilts on Sunday (Houston at #4 Oklahoma) and Monday (#9 Notre Dame at Louisville) ... and don't forget that Jim will be piling up lots of profits this NFL 2019 season plus there's daily Major-League Baseball winners on tap too. So, go ahead and get all the NFL Regular Season / NCAA Football / MLB winners right here at www.jimhurley.com or at our exclusive toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453. In fact, sign up today and get the special discounted prices from America's #1 Handicapper ... you'll be glad that you did!
Now, here's some of what we'll be watching from the College Football world on this Friday / Saturday ...
Tonight, it's ...
#19 WISCONSIN at USF - 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Interesting non-conference bash to start off the '19 season for the Wisky Badgers who were major money-burners a year ago - the Big 10 team wound up going 4-9 ATS (against the spread) and actually started off the 2018 campaign losing five of their first six to the vig. Maybe Heisman Trophy candidate RB Jonathan Taylor (2,194 yards rushing last year) can get Wisconsin off to a quick start against a USF club that went from 7-0 SU (straight-up) to 7-6 SU by year's end a year ago. The host Bulls are 10.5-point underdogs here (it opened at Wisky - 9.5 and moved up to 13 before settling back down).
Spread Note - Wisconsin was 1-6 ATS as double-digit betting favorites a year ago.
On Saturday, it's ...
DUKE at #2 ALABAMA (at Atlanta) - 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Let's do a little history lesson: The 'Bama Crimson Tide has been a part of all five of the sport's playoff seasons since 2014 - winning it all in the 2015 and '17 campaigns - and they are heavy-duty favorites to return to the CFP this year. But first things first and that's snuffing out nearly five-touchdown underdog Duke here with Alabama playing without star / leader LB Dylan Moses and with junior RBs Najee Harris and Brian Robinson both suspended for the first half of this game after missing a recent team function ... but will it even matter?
Spread Note - Alabama has failed to cover five of its last seven non-conference games.
BOISE STATE at FLORIDA STATE - 12 p.m. ET, ESPN
First off, note this game was just moved from Jacksonville to Tallahassee because of Hurricane Dorian and it'll kick off at high noon and not at 7 p.m. Eastern. Just think about it ... last year the Florida State Seminoles failed to make an appearance in a post-season bowl game for the first time since 1981 and, safe to say, the heat's really on second-year 'Noles boss Willie Taggart right from the proverbial get-go here. Taggart's team better shape up offensively where last season the Seminoles (now a 6.5-point betting fav here) scored 14 points or less on five different occasions and now QB James Blackman - who beat out Wisconsin transfer Alex Hornibrook for the top spot - must kick this "O" into gear against a Boise State squad that will start true freshman Hank Bachmeier at quarterback.
Spread Note - Boise State is 6-0 vig-wise as underdog sides the past four-plus seasons.
#11 OREGON vs. #16 AUBURN (at Arlington) - 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC
As you can see, the season-opening Associated Press Top 25 rankings lists the Oregon Ducks five spots ahead of the Auburn Tigers ... but the Las Vegas price tag for this neutral field bash has the SEC guys favored by 4 points (up from an opening price of - 2.5 points). It's truly a get-some-respect game for the Pac-12 gang that enters this clash with a wobbly 12-23-1 spread mark the past three years. Auburn - which has suffered through sub-.500 pointspread seasons in four of the last five years - starts frosh Bo Nix at quarterback here and he's the first true freshman QB to start for War Eagle since 1946.
Spread Note - Auburn's failed to cover seven of its last 10 games against non-SEC competition.
NFL NEWS & NOTES
It's time to turn the page ... and get ready for the NFL 100th season as we finally waved bye-bye to the preseason.
Last night we cashed with the Miami Dolphins in their 16-13 victory at 4-point fav New Orleans and the Ravens (-6) over the Redskins 20-9, and there's gonna be a whole lot of NFL winners this year right here with the Jim Hurley Network. Okay, so we're not handing out any "freebies" here but be aware that we believe there's a few teams that will be cash cows in 2019 ... while it's often a safe bet to go against last year's Super Bowl participants early in the ensuing season.
Be afraid New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams, be very afraid!
In NFL Week 1 games next week / weekend, keep in mind that New York Jets' head coach Adam Gase and Cleveland Browns' boss Freddie Kitchens will be laying points in their debuts while the likes of the Indianapolis Colts - now minus retired QB Andrew Luck - along with the Washington Redskins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos all will start new quarterbacks in their respective season openers. Hmmm.
NOTE: There's NCAA Game Previews all weekend long right here at Jim Sez.