Submitted by Jim Hurley on Monday, December 9, 2019 at 12:00 AM
THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS ARE SET –
AND WE DIVE IN FOR SOME KEY ANALYSES …
PLUS, NFL WEEK 14:
THE RAVENS, NINERS & CHIEFS ALL WIN
KEY ROAD GAMES AND A QUICK-HITTER
GAME PREVIEW OF TONIGHT’S GIANTS-EAGLES CLASH
Go ahead and debate it till the proverbial “cows come home” but the College Football Playoff committee got it right -- #1 LSU, #2 Ohio State, #3 Clemson and #4 Oklahoma are slotted right where they should be no matter what Buckeye Nation says and perhaps you didn’t see the “Win It All” odds just yet … so here goes:
TEAM ODDS TO WIN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
LSU - 110
Clemson + 200
Ohio State + 225
Oklahoma + 1300
And, in the interest of College Football bettors ‘round the land, take note of the following:
LSU is 13-0 SU (straight-up) and 8-4-1 ATS (against the spread) this season
Clemson is 13-0 SU and 10-3 ATS
Ohio State is 13-0 SU and 9-4 ATS
And Oklahoma is 12-1 SU and 5-8 ATS
So, when we come upon the Peach Bowl (see LSU vs. Oklahoma) followed by the Fiesta Bowl (see Ohio State vs. Clemson) on Saturday, Dec. 28th please keep in mind that back in the preseason the #1-thru-4 teams in the opening Associated Press Top 25 were Clemson, Alabama, Georgia and Oklahoma – so half of that “field” made it here while Ohio State was ranked 5th and LSU ranked 6th. In other words, there’s no Cinderella in this playoff pool!
Finally, let’s examine the early-bird price tags of these two tilts that will be played later this month:
LSU is a bloated 12.5-point betting favorite against Oklahoma with a totals price of 76.5 points – note that LSU scored 42-or-more points in 10 of its 13 games played this year while Oklahoma scored 42-or-more points on seven different occasions;
Clemson is a 2-point fav against Ohio State (it opened at Pick ‘Em) and the totals price right now is 63 points. Take note that Clemson scored 41-or-more points in 10 different games this season while O-State registered 42-plus points in nine different games.
Now hear this …
Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will release the Side & Totals Winners of tonight’s MNF showdown between the New York Giants at the Philadelphia Eagles when you check in with us at our toll-free # of 1-800-323-4453 or go online right here at www.jimhurley.com … let’s wrap up NFL Week 14 with a bang after a slam-bang weekend! We’ll also be pounding out NBA and College B-Ball winners too, so climb aboard.
Tonight, it’s …
NEW YORK GIANTS (2-10) at PHILADELPHIA (5-7) -- 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN
Gotta go all the way back to November 3rd to find the last time the Philly Eagles won a football game (that’s a bye week followed by three losses in a row!) and the shocker here is Doug Pederson’s club will be tied with the 6-and-7 Dallas Cowboys atop the putrid NFC East with a “W” in this clash.
The Eagles have found all sorts of ways to lose games this year and now face the “challenge” of going against Giants QB Eli Manning who has not played in a game since Sept. 15th … and the Jints have their own little problems with starting QB David Jones (ankle) out and an eight-game SU losing skid heading into this prime-timer. Ugh!
Spread Note – Philadelphia is 12-7-1 vig-wise in its last 20 tilts against the NY Giants.
In NFL Week 14 action, it was …
Yes, as our Jim Sez headline says theme of this NFL Week 14 was key road wins / covers by the Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs but let’s throw you a “bone” on each game here:
BALTIMORE 24, BUFFALO 17 – The 6-point favorite Ravens punted seven times and were held to a season-low 257 offensive yards but dee-fense, dee-fense was the key as Bills’ QB Josh Allen averaged a paltry 3.7 yards per pass attempt. Next Up for Baltimore is a Thursday Night home tilt against the New York Jets.
SAN FRANCISCO 48, NEW ORLEANS 46 – This pinball-type score (remember the totals price was 45!) was made possible by the 1.5-point underdog Niners picking on Saints’ CB Eli Apple (is he dreadful or what?) and then getting that wild gallop / facemask play by TE George Kittle to set up the game-winning field goal. P.S., is DE Nick Bosa the next great superstar player in this league?
KANSAS CITY 23, NEW ENGLAND 16 – Gee, when was the last time the Patriots were royally “screwed” at home by the officials? No doubt Bill Belichick’s club didn’t catch a break in this marquee matchup but, then again, QB Tom Brady (169 yards passing with one TD) didn’t exactly get a lot of help from his receiving corps that dropped or outright missed at least a half-dozen throws. The 3-point underdog KC Chiefs are now 11-3 ATS as pups the past three-plus seasons.
NOTE: There’s plenty of College Football Bowl Game news plus the NFL too in the next edition of Jim Sez.