Submitted by Jim Hurley on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 12:00 AM
NFL WEEK 9 GETS HUMMIN’
WITH 49ERS HANGING ON FOR 28-25 NON-COVER
WIN AGAINST THOSE UP-AND-COMIN’ CARDINALS …
OUR JIM SEZ COLLEGE
FOOTBALL SATURDAY PREVIEWS
This just in:
You better believe the best division in the NFL this year is the NFC West … we thought that prior to last night’s San Francisco 49ers’ 28-25 non-cover win at Arizona and we think it even more so now.
The Niners – yes, one of just two unbeatens in the league where they play for pay (we think you know the other team!) – needed every fiber of their team strength to convert three late-game plays into critical first downs as they won the game but not the cash in a highly entertaining tilt.
Think Niners’ QB Jimmy Garappolo (317 yards passing with 4 TDs against ‘Zona) didn’t look thrilled at the end of that bash?
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.
COLLEGE FOOTNALL PREVIEWS
On Saturday, it’s …
#8 GEORGIA (6-1, 3-1) vs. #6 FLORIDA (7-1, 4-1) – (at Jacksonville), 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS
Let’s face it: If you’re either Georgia or Florida, the one-and-only way to get into this year’s College Football Playoffs is win here and then beat the SEC West champ next month in Atlanta … it’s as simple as that.
Obviously, the betting public at large believes the Georgia Dawgs – who opened as a 3.5-point betting favorite and has hop-scotched their way to being a 6-or 6.5-point fav – have the greater opportunity to land up in the Dome in early December playing either Alabama or LSU and here you can expect veteran QB Jake Fromm (1,406 yards passing with 9 TDs and 3 INTs) to get the ball out quick against the Gators’ snappy pass rushers.
Want an X-factor at work here? If Florida can run some effective razzle-dazzle, some reverses and catch Georgia’s cat-quick rush defense leaning one way or the other, then we could get an upset at this year’s “Cocktail Party”.
Spread Notes – Georgia is a solid 19-12 ATS (against the spread) as betting favorites since the start of the 2017 season; Florida’s 4-2-2 spreadwise overall this year and 11-6-2 ATS under second-year boss-man Dan Mullen.
#7 OREGON (7-1, 5-0) at USC (5-3, 4-1) -- 8 p.m. ET, Fox
Wow, can you imagine what folks would be saying had Oregon not blown that 27-21 season-opening loss to Auburn way back on August 31st?
Okay, so cryin’ over split milk here but keep in mind the mighty Ducks have been masters of the close call these past two weeks – 35-31 at 3-point pup Washington followed by 37-35 come-from-behind non-cover win against 14.5-point dog Washington State. It was PK Camden Lewis’ 26-yard game-winning FG late last Saturday night that lifted the Ducks to that Pac-12 win as QB Justin Herbert (2,104 yards passing with 21 TDs and 1 INT this year) stays hot.
Spread Notes – Oregon is 6-14-1 versus the vig away the past two-plus seasons while USC enters this prime-time affair at an ugly 4-12 ATS as underdog sides since the start of 2015.
#9 UTAH (7-1, 4-1) at WASHINGTON (5-3, 2-3) – 4 p.m. ET, Fox
Not often you’ll see perennial power Washington taking home points (+ 3.5 at press time) but maybe this UW Huskies crew isn’t a power … and Utah is.
The road favorites have allowed just 10 total points in their recent back-to-back-to-back wins / covers and overall Utah’s allowing just 26 percent of enemy third-down plays to succeed. If Utah RB Zack Moss (see 6.6 yards per carry and 10 TDs this year) gets his personal engine revved up, watch out!
Spread Notes – Did you know that the Utah Utes are 21-11-1 ATS in Pac-12 tilts the past three-plus seasons? Meanwhile, Washington’s 5-10 spreadwise in conference games since the very start of last year.
#15 SMU (8-0, 4-0) at #24 MEMPHIS (7-1, 3-1) – 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Welcome to the national spotlight, Conference USA kiddies!
Just note that if unbeaten SMU – granted, a 6-point (and growing) underdog here – than the Mustangs could run the proverbial table and wind up in the Cotton Bowl against the likes of Oklahoma, Penn State or even the Georgia vs. Florida loser mentioned above in this column.
First things first and that’s SMU slinger Shane Buechele (2,325 yards passing with 20 TDs and 7 INTs) must get ground game support from underrated RB Xavier Jones (884 yards rushing) while Memphis RB Kenneth Gainwell (six straight 100-yard rushing games) looks to slice-and-dice a SMU defense that ranks a rugged 25th in rush defense.
Spread Notes – SMU’s covered six of its first eight games this year but the Ponies have failed to cover their last five in a row against Memphis. One last thing on the host Tigers here: They’re a collective 18-10 vig-wise as chalk sides the past two-plus seasons.
NOTE: Catch our NFL Week 9 key previews in the next edition of Jim Sez and make sure you’re cashin’ (and not trashin’) all weekend long right here at 1-800-323-4453 or online at 1-800-323-4453.