Submitted by Jim Hurley on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 12:00 AM
THE NFL WEEK 10 REPORT:
WE KICK THINGS OFF WITH
CHARGERS VS. RAIDERS ON
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL …
PLUS, COLLEGE GRIDIRON GOODIES
INCLUDES – WHAT ELSE — MORE
LSU VS. ‘BAMA STUFF, THE LATEST
HEISMAN TROPHY WATCH LIST AND
OUR TAKE ON THE FIRST COLLEGE
FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RANKINGS THIS YEAR
Okay, so don’t know if you’ve eyeballed the latest Super Bowl Win-It-All Odds, so here goes as we head into NFL Week 10 action:
No surprise that the New England Patriots remain the heavy-duty betting favorites at + 150 – please note the Pats opened this 2019 season at + 550 – but other teams out there at shorter than 10-to-1 odds are as follows:
The New Orleans Saints are + 450 (or 4.5-to-1 odds);
The San Francisco 49ers are + 525;
The Kansas City Chiefs are +725;
The Baltimore Ravens are + 800;
And the Green Bay Packers are + 900.
Just a side note: The 49ers and the Ravens both entered this season at + 2800; the Packers at + 1600. Maybe you’re holding one of those “Win-It-All” laundry tickets. Good luck!
Just in case you’re wondering the playoff-hopeful Buffalo Bills are currently priced at + 3300 (they were + 8000 at season’s start) and the Cleveland Browns are currently priced at + 8000 (they were + 1200 at season’s start).
Kinda funny that they’re playing one another in Cleveland this Sunday … talk about your over- and under-achievers, eh?
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On Thursday Night Football, it’s …
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (4-5) at OAKLAND (4-4) – 8:20 p.m. ET, NFL Network
The London Chargers, err, we mean the LA Chargers venture into the “Black Hole” and this has playoff elimination game implications:
The visiting Bolts are taking all the cash – they’re 1.5-point betting favs here after the Raiders opened as 2.5-point favs – as Anthony Lynn’s club continues to get healthier but the real key may well be whether or not RB Melvin Gordon (just 192 total rushing yards since ending his contract holdout) can chew clock / yards and thus keep Raiders QB Derek Carr (fresh off his 289-yard / 2-TD showing against Detroit last week) off the field.
Spread Notes – Oakland has covered four of its last five games this season while dating back to Week 4 play but note the Raiders are an ugly 1-6 ATS (against the spread) when playing the Chargers the past four years.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK
So, Saturday’s hyped-to-the-max showdown between LSU at Alabama won’t – as it turns out – be a battle between #1 versus #2. The College Football Playoff Rankings folks had their little say about that (and more CFP stuff shortly).
Meanwhile, when #2 LSU and #3 Alabama square off shortly after 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday from scenic Tuscaloosa, there will be a couple of pointspread-related items that’ll be interesting to us here at the Jim Hurley Network:
First off, LSU is 18-8-1 ATS in all SEC games since midway of the 2016 season (that’s a sizzling .692 winning rate) but take note that the Tigers have failed to cover two of their last three games against Alabama during this recent time span;
Secondly, Alabama is actually 9-11-1 versus the vig in SEC affairs the past two-plus seasons. In all, ‘Bama is a vig-burning 17-17-1 ATS overall since the start of the 2017 season;
Lastly, note that LSU’s 7-2 spreadwise when it the underdog role under head coach Ed Orgeron while in the Tide’s last 42 games – the amount of games Orgeron has been in charge in the Bayou – Alabama is just 20-21-1 spreadwise as chalk sides. Hmmm.
HEISMAN TROPHY WATCH LIST
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 … here goes:
JOE BURROW, QB, LSU – Our Heisman Trophy frontrunner is geeked to play Alabama on the national stage this weekend and he takes in the following glossy stats: Burrow has 2,805 passing yards with 30 TDs and 4 INTS this year plus his 78.8 completion percentage is a wow.
Current Las Vegas Odds … - 125
JUSTIN FIELDS, QB, Ohio State – This dual-threat star rates higher on our list than in most others but it’s hard to pooh-pooh his numbers: 24 TD passes, 1 INT and 1,659 yards passing and he could really run it up this weekend against a wobbly Maryland squad.
Current Las Vegas Odds … + 700
JALEN HURTS, QB, Oklahoma – We’re keeping this former Alabama signal-caller right there in third place with his 2,469 yards passing and 21 TD strikes. A big-time Big 12 game against Iowa State this Saturday could elevate his status if Hurts is a hit.
Current Las Vegas Odds … + 200
CHASE YOUNG, DE, Ohio State – Strictly by the numbers, this 6-foot-5 junior has collected 13.5 sacks so far this season plus he’s also forced five fumbles.
Current Las Vegas Odds … + 150 (part of “The Field”)
TUA TAGOVAILOA, QB, Alabama – Will he or won’t he play in this weekend’s bash against LSU? Let’s just say if Tagovailoa doesn’t play here or doesn’t enjoy a big numbers game, then he’ll be falling out of our Heisman list by this time next week. Right now, he sports 2,166 yards passing with 27 TDs and 2 INTs.
Current Las Vegas Odds … + 300
No problem with the fact that The Ohio State Buckeyes debuted at #1 in the first College Football Playoff Rankings this week – it doesn’t hearten the ‘Eyes that in the five prior years of the CFP there’s been zero teams that won it all that opened at numero uno.
We still would have had LSU at #1, Alabama at #2, Ohio State at #3 and Clemson at #4 but y’all know the deal:
If “disrespected” Clemson runs the table, it’ll be part of the “final four” as LSU-Alabama, Penn State-Ohio State will produce a pair of losers and thus open one at least one slot for the defending national champion Clemson Tigers but, as we see it, here’s the real hitch:
Unless #7 Oregon or #8 Utah can run the table and get three of those teams above ‘em in the CFP rankings to lose, the Pac-12 is gonna be shut out of the party again.
Who to watch? Hmmm, two teams in mind here:
#6 Georgia should make it to the SEC Championship Game (and if the Dawgs do so with their just one loss) and then win the SEC Championship Game – remember they must win at Auburn on Nov.14th – then right then and there we say there’s two SEC teams in the “final four” plus Clemson.
And #9 Oklahoma is alive and well – providing the Boomer Sooners win out and deliver some major KO blows along the way – as a one-loss OU team could generate enough momentum along the way and bypass some other one-loss teams.
NOTE: Get College Football and NFL Week 10 previews all this week right here at Jim Sez.