Submitted by Jim Hurley on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 12:00 AM
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RANKINGS –
THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME
(JUST AS WE TOLD YOU IT WOULD!)
WITH TOP SIX SQUADS RUNNIN’ IN PLACE
AS WE EXAMINE WHAT’S AHEAD THIS WEEKEND …
OUR JIM SEZ HEISMAN TROPHY WATCH LIST …
NFL WEEK 12 GREETS US WITH A COLTS-TEXANS
PRIME-TIME TILT ON THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Here’s what is straight ahead this coming weekend-before-Thanksgiving for the country’s top-ranked squads:
ARKANSAS (2-8, 0-6) at #1 LSU (10-0, 6-0) —7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Here’s a glorious factoid regarding the top-ranked (for the second week in a row) LSU Tigers:
They’ve scored 42-or-more points in eight of their first 10 games this year and that snazzy 6-3-1 ATS (against the spread) mark has come even though they’ve been double-digit betting favorites on 10 separate occasions. Our Heisman Trophy runaway leader QB Joe Burrow of LSU fame operates the country’s second-best aerial game and we have the over / under for when he is removed as the first series of the second half. The Bayou guys are 44-point betting favs right now but don’t be shocked if they hang 50 on the Hogs by halftime!
#8 PENN STATE (9-1, 6-1) at #2 OHIO STATE (10-0, 7-0) – 12 p.m.ET, Fox
Gotta admit we were a bit stunned to see that opening-line Las Vegas price tag of Buckeyes minus 18 points (and it’s moved up to – 18.5) but there’s plenty of in-the-know football folks who believe when the dust settles on this ’19 season “The” Ohio State will go down as one of the great college teams of all time. We’re sure you’ve noticed the Buckeyes have beaten their opponents by a mind-boggling per-game average of 41.7 points per game … yowie! Another blowout here – no matter what LSU does this weekend – should catapult the ‘Eyes back into the top slot.
#3 CLEMSON (11-0, 8-0) is idle -- at South Carolina on Nov. 30th
TEXAS A&M (7-3, 4-2) at #4 GEORGIA (9-1, 6-1) – 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS
Let’s remember that the Georgia Bulldogs have no margin for error these days … zero! The Dawgs lost that twin-OT game against South Carolina back on Oct. 12th and so any “L” the rest of the way (here, at Georgia Tech and in the SEC Championship Game likely vs. LSU) kills off any hopes of making the playoffs for the second time in three years and there is some concern that this ultra-conservative passing game – currently ranked 80th in the land among FBS teams – may have to rise up and win one of these late-year affairs. Stay tuned.
WESTERN CAROLINA (3-8) at #5 ALABAMA (9-1) – 12 p.m. ET, ESPN
No doubt all the air came out of Alabama’s balloon with that gruesome hip injury suffered by uber-popular QB Tua Tagovailoa last weekend in that 38-7 win /cover at 19.5-point pup Miss State but Crimson Tide backers know the “real truth” and that’s ’Bama ain’t dead yet when it comes to grabbing one of those four playoff berths. Het, the Tide’s gone down this road before where it didn’t make it to the SEC Championship Game and still snagged a playoff berth. Right now, the focus is on getting QB Mac Jones plenty of reps in practice / snaps in this game. P.S., we’d steer clear of laying the billion points here!
#6 OREGON (9-1, 7-0) at ARIZONA STATE (5-5, 2-5) – 7:30p.m. ET, ABC
Here’s what you may not know about these Oregon Ducks: They’ve won their last nine games in a row SU (straight-up) while snagging six of these nine games for pointspread wins … and, oh yeah, this Pac-12 squad has the 14th-ranked defense in the land while holding six foes to single-digit scores. Okay, so all Oregon (and #7 Utah) can do this weekend is win / cover and just hang around the fringes of this playoff chase till one of the other power conference powerhouses stubs their toe. We apologize to Oregon QB Justin Herbert (28 TDs, 3 INTs) for not putting ‘em in our Heisman Trophy Watch List till this week but we’re sure he understands.
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THE 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 – It’s a runaway as we head into these late November games as Burrow’s thrown for 3,687 yards with 38 TDs and 6 INTs with a 78.6 accuracy rate for the #1-ranked Bayou Bengals. His 489 passing yards with 5 TDs against Ole Miss last weekend in that 58-37 win was Burrow’s latest stat-sheet stuffing outing.
JUSTIN FIELDS, QB, Ohio State – The Buckeyes’ super-hero has been running in second place for this trophy ever since we started out 2019 Heisman Watch but he could pick up some votes here this weekend against #8 Penn State: The stat line for the year for Fields includes 2,164 yards passing with 31 TDs and 1 INT plus he has completed 69.1 percent of his chucks.
JALEN HURTS, QB, Oklahoma – For the fifth straight week we’ve got it Burrow / Fields / Hurts in the #1-2-3 spots for this year’s Heisman award. No doubt the former ‘Bama star was ready to be chucked from this list after being down 20+ at Baylor last Saturday night but the Sooners surged to the year’s best comeback. Hurts has thrown for 3,039 yards with 28 TDs and 5 INTs for #9 Oklahoma.
JONATHAN TAYLOR, RB, Wisconsin – No reason to kick this star runner from the Heisman Trophy ranks, not with his 1,463 yards rushing, 17 TDs and nifty 6.3 yards-per-carry average. Go, Badger, go!
JUSTIN HERBERT, QB, Oregon – As we said, this Duck slinger gets welcomed (better late than never!) to our Jim Sez Heisman Trophy Watch List and one last stat line: Herbert’s thrown for 2,662 yards while completing nearly 70 percent of his throws.
NFL WEEK 12
On Thursday Night Football, it’s…
INDIANAPOLIS (6-4) at HOUSTON (6-4) – 8:20 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Get a load of this:
The Indy Colts have played nine different one-score games this year while going 5-4 SU and 5-4 ATS in those tilts.
The Houston Texans have played seven different one-score games this season while going 4-3 SU and 3-4 in those games.
So, what’s the story here in this Week 12 lid-lifter? Well, gotta believe the odds favor another “one-score game” but will Texans’ under-siege QB Deshaun Watson – whacked around pretty good in last Sunday’s 41-7 loss in Baltimore – have the final answer here or will a Colts’ crew that ranks a lowly 28th in the NFL in passing offense make enough downfield plays with QB Jacoby Brissett to make this a season sweep within the division?
Spread Note – Indianapolis is 9-3-2 ATS in head-to-head games against Houston since midway of the 2012 campaign.