Submitted by Jim Hurley on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 12:00 AM
HERE’S THE FINAL WORLD SERIES REPORT –
ALL HAIL THE NATIONALS FOR
THEIR GAME 7 WIN (IN YET ANOTHER COME-BACK JOB!) …
LISTEN UP ON THIS HALLOWEEN DAY / NITE –
NFL WEEK 9 KICKS OFF
WITH 49ERS-CARDINALS TILT
IN THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
PLUS, WE DISSECT LIFE IN THE NFC WEST …
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK
INCLUDES OUR LATEST TOP 10
PLUS, THIS WEEK’S HEISMAN TROPHY WATCH LIST
Now, wasn’t that month-long journey a whole lot of fun, Washington Nationals’ fans?
It all started on the first night of October with Washington’s comeback 4-3 win against the Milwaukee Brewers and it ended – gloriously enough – with the 6-2 win against the Houston Astros in a World Series Game 7 on the next-to-last night of the month.
The Nats avoided a whole lot of Game 7 potholes – the ‘Stros left another small village on the bases again – and won a World Series that’ll go down in history ‘cause road teams won all seven games … but did you know this:
It’s true, the Nationals went a rollicking 10-and-oh in the post-season games started by the dynamic duo of RHP Stephen Strasburg and fellow right Max Scherzer (Washington registered a 12-5 won / loss mark in this year’s post-season overall) and twice in this post-season the Nats cashed monster series betting prices – Washington was + 180 in its National League Division Series against the two-time defending NL champ Los Angeles Dodgers and then the Nats were + 205 in this ’19 World Series.
And one last thing: For anyone out there that played $100 a play on these Nationals throughout this post-season, they won to the tune of $1,004.
No wonder everyone’s dancing up a storm in D.C.
Okay, so on this Halloween there’s already been talk about “ghosts” (see New York Jets’ QB Sam Darnold a couple of weeks back against New England) and there’s been plenty of spooky stuff surrounding still-winless Cincinnati and Miami.
But if you’re into the “trick-or-treat” stuff, then welcome to the NFC West:
Among the “treats” are the fact that the division-leading San Francisco 49ers – who kick off this NFL Week 9 with a Thursday Night Football bash in Arizona – are an electric 7-and-oh SU (straight-up) while overall this division is a composite 21-9-1 SU (a sizzling .700 winning percentage) and 19-12-0 ATS (against the spread) for a .613 winning rate. That’s a whole lot better than getting a couple of candy apples in your Trick-or-Treat bag, right?
As far as the “tricks” here, well, consider that there’s truly some tough sledding straight ahead on this 49ers’ schedule:
Following this prime-timer versus the Redbirds, there’s road games in Baltimore, New Orleans and Seattle remaining on the docket plus home tilts versus the Seahawks, Green Bay and the defending NFC champion Los Angeles Rams. Just sayin’!
Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers are hot-hot-hot after slamming the books last weekend and we’ll have all this week’s College Football Winners plus get all the NFL Week 9 games and the NBA too – just call us at our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 or else get the winners right here online at www.jimhurley.com and keep on piling up the profits. It promises to be a monster weekend ‘round here as the college kids give us such goodies as Oregon vs. USC, Georgia vs. Florida and Utah at Washington while NFL Week 9 features Minnesota at Kansas City and the Sunday Night Game between New England at Baltimore.
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
SAN FRANCISCO (7-0) at ARIZONA (3-4-1) – 8:20 p.m. ET, NFL Network
The SF 49ers have themselves one hellacious defense – and to suddenly make matters worse for the black-clad Arizona Cardinals note that RBs David Johnson (ankle) and Chase Edmonds (hamstring) are listed as questionable for tonight’s tilt in the desert: Also, be aware San Fran DE Nick Bosa is fresh off a three-sack / one-INT game in last week’s blowout win against Carolina. And you’ve been wondering why the Las Vegas price tag has been going up, up and away the past few days?
Spread Notes – San Francisco is a rock-solid 5-2 ATS so far in this superb 2019 season but note the Niners are a collective 3-10 spreadwise as betting favorites since the start of the 2016 season; Arizona’s 5-3 versus the vig this year and the Cardinals have covered six of their last eight games when in the underdog role.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK
It’s our latest installment of the Jim Sez 2019 Heisman Trophy Watch List as we bring you the top candidates for College Football’s most coveted individual award … so, here goes:
JOE BURROW, QB, LSU – Following the Bayou Bengals’ eight straight season-opening wins this year, it’s time for the Heisman frontrunner to catch his breath before the Nov. 9th tilt at Alabama. Burrow’s thrown for 2,805 yards with 30 TDs and only 4 INTS this season and how about a 78.8 completion percentage to boot? P.S., LSU is 5-2-1 versus the vig this year behind Burrow’s magic touch.
Current Las Vegas Odds … + 125
JUSTIN FIELDS, QB, Ohio State – In last weekend’s 38-7 win /cover against two-TD pup Wisconsin, this Georgia transfer put up the modest stats of 167 yards rushing / 2 TD passes / 1 TD run and so some Heisman voters dropped ‘em a peg or two … not us. Fields is the clear runner-up at this moment behind Burrow and note the stat line for this Buckeyes’ star: That’s 24 TD passes, 1 INT and 1,659 yards passing for a team that’s covered seven in a row following the season-starting spread “L” against Florida Atlantic.
Current Las Vegas Odds … + 750
JALEN HURTS, QB, Oklahoma – The Boomer Sooner wagon fell over one week and then the wheels really fell off last Saturday when Oklahoma lost 48-41 to 23.5-point dog Kansas State. Sure, Hurts put up big numbers again – 395 yards passing, 96 yards rushing and four total TDs but he’s staying put at third place in this Heisman race even with the 2,469 yards passing with 21 TDs.
Current Las Vegas Odds … + 175
CHASE YOUNG, DE, Ohio State – Let’s hear it for dee-fense, dee-fense! The Buckeyes’ second legit Heisman Trophy candidate registered four sacks and two forced fumbles in last weekend’s aforementioned 31-point win against Wisky and he’s collected 13.5 sacks so far this season.
Current Las Vegas Odds … + 1000 (part of The Field)
TUA TAGOVAILOA, QB, Alabama – We’ve knocked down the ‘Bama slinger one spot in our Heisman Trophy Watch List just based on general lack of playing time lately as he rehabs a recent ankle injury. Still, the numbers are sparkling at 2,166 yards passing with 27 TDs and 2 INTs.
Current Las Vegas Odds … + 300
THE JIM SEZ COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOP 10
1 – LSU
2 – Alabama
3 -- Ohio State
4 – Clemson
5 – Penn State
6 – Florida
7 – Baylor
8 – Oregon
9 – Utah
10 – Georgia
NOTE: More College Football and NFL Week 9 Previews are straight ahead in the next Jim Sez.