Submitted by Jim Hurley on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 12:00 AM
Jim Hurley 5-1 In Football This Week, Won Thursday with Colts (+4) over Texans 17-20 and UNDER 45! Won Monday with Chiefs/Chargers UNDER, Tuesday with Eastern Michigan, and Wednesday with Buffalo!
THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT - THERE'S MORE KEY GAMES BESIDES THE TOP SIX TEAMS IN THE LAND
NFL WEEK 12 QUICK-HITTERS: HERE'S SOME OF THE "EARLY" GAMES ON THE SUNDAY SKED WITH SPREAD STATS TOO
Hope you caught yesterday's edition of Jim Sez when we dissected the Saturday games being played by the country's top six teams in the current College Football Playoff rankings ... but you'd be cuckoo to think those are the only key games on this late November docket that matter!
Yes, ladies and gents, there's more meaningful tilts besides Arkansas at #1 LSU, #8 Penn State at #2 Ohio State, Texas A&M at #4 Georgia, Western Carolina at #5 Alabama and #6 Oregon at Arizona State and in just a moment we'll expound on 'em. But first this key reminder:
Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers banged out plenty of winners last weekend and we've stayed hot this week: We cashed with the Indianapolis Colts (+ 3.5) and "under" 46.5 points in Thursday Night Football, bagged an easy winner in College Football on Wednesday night with Buffalo (- 10) in a 49-30 triumph and romped with Eastern Michigan (+ 3) in a 45-17 win on Tuesday night -- and now we're ready to roar with lots more gridiron goodies: There's lots of College Football winners on this busy weekend card plus make sure you get NFL Week 12 winners and all the NBA / College Basketball too - call us at 1-800-323-4453 or get the winners right here online and just pile up the profits.
On Saturday, it's ...
#10 MINNESOTA (9-1, 6-1) at NORTHWESTERN (2-8, 0-7) -- 12 p.m. ET, ABC
Trust us when we tell you the Minny Golden Gophers still have a pulse when it comes to the 2019 College Football Playoffs - win out (and that means beating mighty Ohio State in the Big 10 Championship Game) and then have enough dominoes fall and P.J. Fleck's club could leap into the final four. For the here and now, Minnesota is a two-TD road favorite against a banged-up N'western crew but remember Gopher QB Tanner Morgan (concussion) is iffy at this point.
Spread Stat - Minnesota has covered six of its last seven games since late September and the Golden Gophers are 7-2-1 vig-wise in regular-season road finales the past 10 years.
TEXAS (6-4, 4-3) at #14 BAYLOR (9-1, 6-1) - 3:30 p.m. ET, FS1
If you listen to all the TV talking heads - many of whom we've never / ever heard of! - then you're led to believe Baylor's playoff balloon popped with last weekend's 34-31 meltdown loss-but-cover versus Oklahoma. However, just as is the case with above-mentioned Minnesota, a run-the-table approach with a batch of elite team losses could elevate the Bears ... and elevate is the key word here 'cause Baylor opened this Big 12 game as a 3.5-point fav and it's shot up to - 6 points with the QB Charlie Brewer-to-WR Denzel Mims tandem uber-dangerous.
Spread Stat - Texas has notched pointspread wins in four of its five away games this year but overall the Longhorns are a dead-even / vig-losing 13-13 ATS (against the spread) in Big 12 games under third-year head coach Tom Herman.
TCU (5-5, 3-4) at #9 OKLAHOMA (9-1, 6-1) - 8 p.m. ET, Fox
Okay, so what's in the emotional tank here for the OU Sooners following last weekend's monumental comeback win at Baylor? We do know that Oklahoma's gonna be a wagering world question mark (laying 19 points here) after allowing 31, 41 and 48 points in their last three games and remember star WR CeeDee Lamb - who missed last week - may wind up missing this prime-time tilt too.
Spread Stat - Believe it or not, Oklahoma's now suffered through a three-game (or longer) losing streak against the odds in each of the past three years. Note the Sooners are just 19-19 against the odds overall under third-year boss-man Lincoln Riley.
NFL WEEK 12
Last night deep in the heart o'Texas the host Houston Texans vaunted into sole possession of first place in the AFC South with a 20-17 non-cover win against 3.5-point pup Indianapolis (and a cover for us on the Colts and UNDER!). You know the details - two TD grabs by Houston's all-world WR DeAndre Hopkins and 298 passing yards by QB Deshaun Watson but know this - the Colts now have covered six of their last eight games when in the underdog role while the Texans are 2-6 ATS at home dating back to last year. Hmmm.
Let's get you geared up for more NFL Week 12 action - here's some of the "early" game (as in 1 p.m. ET) quick-hitter previews on Sunday:
OAKLAND (6-4) at NEW YORK JETS (3-7) - 1 p.m. ET, CBS
There's always handicapping talk about a West Coast team travelling East and playing in this 1 p.m. ET slot but keep in mind the Raiders were successful in this regard back in Week 4 with an outright upset in Indianapolis ... so there! Rainy/crummy weather conditions expected in the tri-state area for this clash, so let's see if QBs Derek Carr (Oakland) and California kid Sam Darnold (NY Jets) have trouble handling the pigskin here.
Spread Stat - Oakland is 7-15-1 against the odds away since the start of the 2017 campaign.
SEATTLE (8-2) at PHILADELPHIA (5-5) - 1 p.m. ET, Fox
The Sunday Night Football crowd at NBC "flexed out" of this game ... and you wonder if the hard-to-please Eagles fans will mentally "flex out" if Philly loses here and drops below .500. No doubt Philadelphia QB Carson Wentz was out of sorts in last weekend's 17-10 home loss versus New England - he completed 20-of-40 passes for only 214 yards - and now he faces a Seahawks' pass rush that must shine 'cause Seattle ranks a lowly 28th in the NFL in pass defense (285.3 yards per game).
Spread Stat - Since 2011, the Seahawks have covered all four of their head-to-head showdowns versus the Eagles.
CAROLINA (5-5) at NEW ORLEANS (8-2) - 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Saints alive! Sean Payton's crew bounced back from an embarrassing home loss to Atlanta last week with a double-your-pleasure 34-17 win / cover in Tampa Bay as QB Drew Brees continues to work his way back into mid-season form. Don't look now but the Saints have covered seven of their last eight games dating back to Week 3.
Spread Stat - Get this: The N'Orleans Saints are 18-9 spreadwise when playing fellow NFC South foes since the start of the 2015 season.
NOTE: Catch more NFL Week 12 game previews - including Dallas at New England and the Sunday Nighter between Green Bay at San Francisco - in the next edition of Jim Sez.