Submitted by Jim Hurley on Friday, September 27, 2019 at 12:00 AM
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S ELITES ARE ON CENTER STAGE
THIS WEEKEND AS #1 CLEMSON AND #5 OHIO STATE
ARE HEAVY-DUTY BETTING FAVORITES (SO WHAT ELSE IS NEW!) …
PLUS, NFL WEEK 4 NEWS / NOTES:
EAGLES WIN “S.O.S.” GAME OVER PACKERS 34-27
AS THE JIM HURLEY NETWORK WINS AGAIN!
In yesterday’s edition of Jim Sez, we talked about how this was an early-in-the-year S.O.S. (Save Our Season) game for the Philadelphia Eagles in Green Bay … mission accomplished!
The Eagles rescued this here-and-now season with a gritty 34-27 win against 3.5-point home favorite Green Bay as Philly QB Carson Wentz aired three scoring strikes and the oft-overmatched Birds’ defense made a bevy of red zone stops against Aaron Rodgers and Company.
Rodgers wound up throwing for 422 yards with two TDs but it was his move-the-chain runs (see team-leading 46 yards rushing on five carries) that had Philly’s defense dazed and confused. Still, with an uber-tough sked straight ahead, Doug Pederson’s club needed this prime-timer badly and they got it.
In other NFL Week 4-related News / Notes …
The Eagles were one of just three NFL teams to have entered Week 4 without a pointspread win – see the Los Angeles Chargers and the Miami Dolphins for Exhibit B and Exhibit C – but a Philadelphia team that’s now covered 13 of its last 21 away games maybe gives hope to the Bolts and Fish this Sunday …
Did you know that we exited last night’s aforementioned game with NFL Home Teams a rotten 16-33-0 ATS so far this year? Believe it or not, Home Teams are 5-11-0, 5-11-0, 6-10-0 and now 0-1-0 spreadwise in the NFL as we dig into Sunday’s sked …
Finally, here’s an update on the NFL’s first-year head coach this year: Arizona’s Kliff Kingsbury, Cincinnati’s Zac Taylor, Cleveland’s Freddie Kitchens, Denver’s Vic Fangio, Green Bay’s Matt LaFleur, Miami’s Brian Flores, the New York Jets’ Adam Gase and Tampa Bay’s Bruce Arians are a composite 11-14 against the odds so far (that’s a .440 winning rate) with the Packers’ LaFleur now 3-1 against the number.
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEKEND QUICK-HITTERS
Let’s zip around the College Football landscape and get you some Saturday preview goodies involving ranked teams:
#1 CLEMSON (4-0) at NORTH CAROLINA (2-2) – 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
How high will this Las Vegas line go? The top-ranked / defending national champion Clemson Tigers opened as 24.5-point favs for this ACC tilt and it’s been bet up to 27 points in most locales … and no need to wonder why: Dabo Swinney’s squad ranks 14th on offense and 7th on defense nationally and the Tigers already have scored 40+ points three different times even though QB Trevor Lawrence (925 yards passing with 7 TDs and 5 INTs) has been average at best.
Spread Note – Clemson’s a delicious 15-6-1 ATS (against the spread) overall while dating back to the mid-to-late part of the 2017 season.
#5 OHIO STATE (4-0) at NEBRASKA (3-1) – 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Buckeye Nation is havin’ a good ole time of it so far here in 2019: The Big 10 brutes are averaging a whopping 53.5 points per game behind transfer QB Justin Fields (see 69.5 percent completions with 880 passing yards and 13 TDs / 0 INTs) and now they’re a hefty 17-point road fav in Lincoln (price opened at – 14 points). If Fields has Ohio State backers tickled pink, then what about a defense that currently ranks second in the land and has yielded only one touchdown the past three weeks? Maybe Big Red QB Adrian Martinez – he’s accounted for 10 total TDs thus far – will make the roadsters sweat a bit here. Stay tuned.
Spread Note – The O-State Buckeyes are seeking their first four-game-or-longer pointspread winning streak since the very start of the 2016 season. Overall, the ‘Eyes are 9-5-1 spreadwise the past two-plus seasons.
#18 VIRGINIA (4-0) at #10 NOTRE DAME (2-1) – 3:30 p.m. ET, NBC
Gotta admit we’re scratching our head as to whether or not Notre Dame looked like a Top 10 team in last week’s 23-17 loss-but-cover at 15.5-point favorite Georgia … QB Ian Book was picked off twice and made some silly throws but he did find a go-to pass-catcher in TE Cole Kmet who snagged nine receptions for 108 yards and a score. If 12.5-point pup Virginia (the line opened at ND – 11.5 points) believes in momentum, then the Cavs could keep it close after they roared back from a 17-0 deficit against Old Dominion last weekend and no doubt do-it-all QB Bryce Perkins didn’t enjoy his finest game.
Spread Note – In its last dozen games as double-digit betting favorites, Notre Dame is an ugly 3-8-1 versus the vig.
#21 USC (3-1) at #17 WASHINGTON (3-1)— 3:30 p.m. ET, Fox
Here’s the lowdown on USC’s quarterbacks: They’re already on to a third-stringer these days named Matt Fink who rescued the Trojans’ teetering season with last week’s 30-23 win against 3.5-point fav Utah (see 21-of-30 passing for 351 yards and 3 TDs) but now SC must venture to the great northwest where Washington’s starting to hit its stride following back-to-back wins / covers versus Hawaii and BYU. The number’s gone up a single point – from Huskies minus 9.5 points to 10.5 points – and keep in mind USC sports the 90th-ranked “D” in the land (ugh!) and must go against hot-hot-hot transfer QB Jacob Eason (1,063 yards passing with 10 TDs / 2 INTs).
Spread Note – Washington has covered just three of its last 11 conference games and that includes the 20-19 loss as two-TD betting favs versus Cal back on Sept. 7th.
NOTE: Catch our key NFL Week 4 previews plus lots more in the next edition of Jim Sez.