Submitted by Jim Hurley on Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 12:00 AM
HAPPY THANKSGIVING, ONE AND ALL!!!
JIM HURLEY’S TURKEY SHOOT IS
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The 34th Annual Jim Hurley Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot is back and we’re serving up Five (5) full days /nights of NFL, College Football, NBA and College Basketball winners and all you have to do is sign up right now at our toll-free # of 1-800-323-4453 or go online right here at www.jimhurley.com and we’ll make your holiday a whole lotta fun with a whole lotta profits!
Last year Jim won big on this Turkey Shoot weekend -- Washington, BYU, Arizona and Baylor were among the College Football winners while Cleveland and Denver snagged NFL wins plus, we also cashed in with “under” in Atlanta-New Orleans to cap off Thanksgiving Day ‘18.
So, go right ahead and “gobble” up lots more winners all this week!
Editor’s Note: We posted all the Thanksgiving Day / Night gridiron game previews in yesterday’s edition of Jim Sez and so we move forward with a sampling of some of Friday’s College Football action. There’s Saturday previews in the next column along with NFL Week 13 goodies too.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL FRIDAY GAME PREVIEWS
VIRGINIA TECH (8-3, 5-2) at VIRGINIA (8-3, 5-2) – 12 p.m. ET, ABC
How ‘bout it? The winner of this commonwealth clash gets to face Clemson in the ACC Championship Game next Saturday … what a reward!
No doubt the V-Tech Hokies are peaking (see pointspread info below) with back-to-back shutouts for soon-to-be-retired defensive coordinator Bud Foster. P.S., the Tech defense has held opponents scoreless on their last 32 possessions. If Virginia – now a 2.5-point home dog – is gonna pull the mild upset then Wahoo QB Bryce Perkins (2,630 passing yards / 523 yards rushing) has to be Superman for a Virginia team that ranks 118th in the land in rushing … ugh!
Spread Note – Virginia Tech’s covered seven of the last 10 games in this in-state rivalry tussle.
#17 IOWA (8-3, 5-3) at NEBRASKA (5-6, 3-5) – 2:30 p.m. ET, Big 10 Network
It’s been tough sledding – for a second straight year – for Nebraska head ball coach Scott Frost who nonetheless just inked a hearty contract extension, but if Frost wants to make Big Red Nation happy this holiday weekend then getting a “W” here (and a bowl invite) would be advised. On the flip side, Iowa – a 5.5-point betting fav for this Big 10 battle -- is shooting for its third season of nine-or-more wins since 2015 and the country’s 13th-ranked defense should be swarming all over Nebraska QB Adrian Martinez if the “D” has its way here.
Spread Note – Iowa has covered nine of its last 12 away games including Big 10 road covers this year at Northwestern and Wisconsin.
#19 CINCINNATI (10-1, 7-0) at #18 MEMPHIS (10-1, 6-1) – 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Here’s the $64,000 question as we head towards this key American Athletic Conference clash: Is the 11-point favorite price tag “too rich” here?
Sure, the Memphis Tigers have been a pointspread demon this year with a snazzy 7-3-1 ATS (against the spread) mark thus far and a win in this game gives Mike Norvell’s squad a second consecutive berth in the AAC Championship Game (a Cincy win gets the Bearcats home field for the AAC title game) but Memphis QB Brady White (3,074 yards passing with 30 TDs) knows his own team’s defense has allowed 30-or-more points four times this year. Cincinnati QB Desmond Ridder (shoulder) has been hurtin’ lately.
Spread Note – Memphis is 13-6-1 ATS while dating back to the middle of last year while Cincy’s only 11-19-1 spreadwise in conference play the past three-plus years.
Here’s the “who’s hot” and “who’s not” pointspread list as we head into Thanksgiving Day weekend (naturally, all figures below are against the spread) …
Arizona has lost six consecutive pointspread verdicts
Buffalo has covered five of its last six games
Central Michigan is 7-1-1 spreadwise since mid-September
Clemson is 5-1 since early October
Duke is 0-5-2 following its 3-1 start
Florida is a robust 6-1-1 in its last 8 games
Illinois has amazingly covered six in a row
Kansas State’s covered five of its last six
Maryland has failed to cover its last four in a row
Michigan is on a five-game spread run
N.C. State has dropped its last five in a row
Oklahoma has lost four straight games to Mr. Vig
Oklahoma State has won four in a row
Purdue’s covered six of its last 7 tilts
Syracuse is a rotten 1-6 vig-wise since late September
Tennessee has covered six in a row
Utah has chopped it up with 7 consecutive spread wins and
Virginia Tech’s covered its last five in a row.
NOTE: More College Football and NFL Week 13 Previews comin’ your way in the next edition of Jim Sez.