Submitted by Jim Hurley on Friday, October 25, 2019 at 12:00 AM
THIS WEEKEND’S COLLEGE FOOTBALL
MENU IS CHOCK FULL O’GOODIES
AND HERE’S OUR SATURDAY SIX-PACK …
NFL WEEK 8 BEGINS –
VIKES DON’T COVER BLOATED 16.5-POINT
PRICE TAG IN 19-9 SLUGFEST WIN VS. THE ‘SKINS
There’s a whole bunch of meaningful games on this weekend’s College Football card -- we’ve listed our Saturday “Six-Pack” games just below but remember it all gets jump-started tonight with a Pac-12 clash in Colorado between 4-and-3 USC at the 3-4 CU Buffaloes – and some of Saturday’s other high-quality tilts includes #5 Oklahoma at Kansas State, Arkansas at #1 Alabama and Boston College at #4 Clemson.
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL SATURDAY SIX-PACK
#9 AUBURN (6-1, 3-1) at #2 LSU (7-0, 3-0) – 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS
Gotta give the SEC a whole lotta love: Each / every week the best conference in the good ole U.S.A. gives us at least one major marquee matchup and here’s the best humdinger on the card but the $64,000 question is can anyone – even Auburn’s stout defense – slow down LSU signal-caller Joe Burrow (see 2,484 yards passing with a school-record 29 touchdown strikes)?
Consider this War Eagle defense averages 2.86 sacks per game –only Florida is better in the SEC – and so maybe the only way Auburn hangs tough here against the dwindling 10.5-point price is by having frosh QB Bo Nix (three scoring passes in last week’s 41-point win at Arkansas) wing it deep more than usual.
Spread Note – The home teams have covered eight of the last 10 games in this SEC rivalry and note LSU’s 7-1-1 ATS (against the spread) overall while dating back to late in the 2018 campaign.
#13 WISCONSIN (6-1, 3-1) at #3 OHIO STATE (7-0, 4-0) — 12 p.m. ET, Fox
Sure, the balloon burst last week for these Wisky Badgers who now have zero wiggle room the rest of the way – but, let’s face it, this one’s now all about the 14.5-point home favored O-State Buckeyes who are the first Big 10 team since 1973 to start off a season with seven consecutive wins by 20-or-more points.
If QB Justin Fields (22 TDs / 1 INT) – our current second-place Heisman Trophy candidate behind Mr. Burrow – can get an extra second in the pocket here then Bucky Badger is in a world of trouble.
Spread Note – Believe it or not, Ohio State’s been a double-digit betting favorite in all seven of its games this year and the ‘Eyes are 6-1 ATS in these tilts.
#6 PENN STATE (7-0, 4-0) at MICHIGAN STATE (4-3, 2-2) – 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
The kids from Penn State – who’ve already won games this year by 72, 32, 59 and 28 points along the way – don’t wish to hear about “ancient history” as our pointspread researchers tell us the Nittany Lions have failed to cover five of their last six games against Sparty.
Keep in mind Michigan State’s won the last two games in this series (in 2017 and ’18) in the waning seconds.
Spread Note – Penn State is a profitable 20-10 vig-wise when playing fellow Big 10 foes the past three-plus seasons.
#8 NOTRE DAME (5-1) at #19 MICHIGAN (5-2) —7:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Here’s the facts, Jack: Notre Dame has lost seven of its last eight games at “The Big House” though the last time these rivals played Ann Arbor was back in 2013.
Now, if this Michigan team doesn’t get “mission accomplished” here then more calls for head coach Jim Harbaugh’s head will follow. One key: Michigan QB Shea Patterson (9 TDs / 4 INTs) better not have “happy feet” or his off-target throws will lead to short fields for the Irish.
Spread Note – Notre Dame’s just 3-6-2 versus the vig when playing Big 10 opponents since early 2014.
WASHINGTON STATE (4-3, 1-3) at #11 OREGON (6-1, 4-0) – 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Here’s something you may not realize: The Oregon Ducks have not covered three consecutive conference games since 2015 (when they covered five straight Pac-12 affairs) but maybe QB Justin Herbert (21 TDs / 1 INT) is “living right” because last week he was terribly erratic early and then heated up in the second half of that come-from-two-TDs-behind 35-31 win against Washington.
Spread Note – Oregon is an uber-horrid 0-9 against the odds when playing Washington State since 2010 … really!
#15 TEXAS (5-2, 3-1) at TCU (3-3, 1-2) – 3:30 p.m. ET, Fox
Wanna know one reason why the visiting Longhorns are only a 1.5-point betting fav here in Fort Worth? It’s because Texas ranks 119th out of 130 FBS teams in total defense (allowing 470 yards per game) and a second reason would be mucho injuries to this aforementioned defense.
Maybe TCU slinger Max Duggan (874 yards passing with 9 TDs / 0 INTs) can get the Horned Frogs on the right path after Gary Patterson’s squad failed to cover four of its first six games this year while going 5-11-1 spreadwise overall since early in 2018.
Spread Note – Texas enters this Big 12 bash with a snazzy 12-6 spread log away under third-year head coach Tom Herman.
NFL WEEK 8
Go ahead and add another pointspread “W” for the NFL’s road dogs: Following Minnesota’s 19-9 non-cover win against 16.6-point pup Washington last night, the road dog sides went to 46-23-1 ATS overall … we kid you not!
Hey, the ‘Skins deserved the cover last night in Minny even though the battering ram duo of RBs Dalvin Cook (23 carries for 98 yards and 1 TD) and general unknown Alexander Mattison (13 carries for 61 yards) dished out more punishment than they took!
THE WORLD SERIES
It’s starting to remind us of the 1990 Fall Classic when the heavy-duty underdog Cincinnati Reds swept the Oakland A’s four straight and took prices in each and every game. Right now it’s the up-two-games-to-love Washington Nationals looking to stun the baseball world – the Houston Astros were laying – 200 and – 172 in the first two games of this series and lost ‘em 5-4 and 12-3, respectively. Now, the Nats are back home for tonight’s Game 3 and – surprise, surprise—the NL champs are dogs again (‘Stros are – 135 at last check).
Could this be a little bit of World Series history repeating itself here in 2019?
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