Submitted by Jim Hurley on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 12:00 AM
OUR COLLEGE BOWL BONANZA
ROCKS ON THIS BUSY HOLIDAY WEEK –
WE PREVIEW THE TEXAS BOWL,
THE HOLIDAY BOWL AND THE CHEEZ-IT BOWL TOO! …
THERE’S MORE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF CHATTER …
PLUS, WE’RE CLOSIN’ IN ON NFL WEEK 17
AND HERE’S SOME KEY SPREAD STATS TO CHEW ON
We’re countin’ down to the College Football Playoff games this Saturday – it’s #4 Oklahoma vs. 13.5-point favorite #1 LSU in the Peach Bowl at 4 p.m. Eastern time followed by #2 Ohio State against 2.5-point fav #3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl – with the national championship game set for Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 from the Superdome in New Orleans and you might be interested in knowing the following:
Clemson enters the playoffs having covered four in a row and seven of its last eight games since Oct.12 …
LSU is just 4-3-1 ATS (against the spread) in its last eight games following its 4-1 spread start …
Ohio State has failed to cover three of its last four games following its 8-1 spread start
And Oklahoma is just 2-7 vig-wise after starting off the season having covered three of its first four tilts
Now hear this …
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COLLEGE BOWL BLITZ
Here’s Three (3) more Bowl Games to be played Friday, Dec. 27th:
TEXAS BOWL – at Houston, TX
#25 OKLAHOMA STATE (8-4) vs. TEXAS A&M (7-5) – 6:45 p.m. ET, ESPN
There’s no doubt that Okie State RB Chuba Hubbard (nation-leading 1,936 yards rushing with 21 TDs) failed to garner the national attention that he truly deserved this year and so maybe here the soon-to-be-NFL draftee will get to show the bowl world what he’s all about: But be aware that this is a Texas A&M defense that ranks 29th nationally against the rush and Jimbo Fisher’s Aggies did play three different teams that were ranked No. 1 at the time. An X-factor for the TD-favored SEC squad … A&M wide-out Jhamon Ausbon (862 receiving yards this year) could be a real “home-run” threat here.
Spread Notes – Oklahoma State is a rock-solid 9-3 ATS this year and note the Cowpokes have covered 11 of their last 14 games when placed in the underdog role; Texas A&M is a modest 6-5-1 against the odds this year but go back to the start of the 2017 season and you’ll see the Aggies are an electric 10-1-1 ATS when playing non-SEC foes.
HOLIDAY BOWL – at San Diego, CA
#22 USC (8-4) vs. # 16 IOWA (9-3) – 8 p.m. ET, Fox 1
Hats off to the Hawkeyes for closing fast this year with five SU (straight-up) victories in their final six regular-season games but did you know that this Big 10 team sports the country’s fifth-ranked scoring defense and Kirk Ferentz’s club has held nine different opponents to below 20 points? Now, if USC is gonna keep up its good vibes late-year run (see back-to-back-to-back wins / covers against Arizona State, California and UCLA) then kid QB Kedon Slovis must power up a Trojans’ passing game that averages nearly 295 yards a game. P.S., USC has covered just two of its last 10 non-conference games.
Spread Notes – Iowa is 5-7 against the odds overall this year but the Hawkeyes are 9-4 ATS away since late in the 2017 campaign; USC is 7-5 ATS this season including back-to-back-to-back spread covers the final three weeks of regular-season play but note the Men of Troy have failed to cover their last four bowl tilts.
CHEEZ-IT BOWL – at Phoenix, AZ
WASHINGTON STATE (6-6) vs. AIR FORCE (10-2) – 10:15 p.m. ET, ESPN
So, who’s gonna play with a “salty” disposition in this year’s edition of the Cheez-It Bowl? On one hand, run-run Air Force zooms into this clash on a seven-game SU winning streak that includes triumphs over fellow bowl squads Hawaii, Utah State and Wyoming while Washington State’s Air Raid passing game starring QB Anthony Gordon (5,228 yards passing with 45 TDs /16 INTs) won’t be shy about testing a slower / smaller Fly Boys secondary. Hey, notice this totals price is 68.5 points and only half of WSU’s games featured more than that many points in a game.
It’s a great contrast in styles here … maybe more so than in any other bowl game this holiday season.
Spread Notes – Washington State’s 4-8 against the odds overall this year and a collective 1-6 ATS away since late last season; Air Force has covered five of its last seven bowls dating back the past 10 years and the Fly Boys enter this late-night clash at 7-5 ATS this year with away covers at Colorado, Hawaii and Colorado State.
NFL WEEK 17 –
Buckle up that chinstrap and let’s get it on:
We’ve approached the final regular-season weekend in the league where they play for pay and so let’s dish on some of the more important Week 17 matchups:
WASHINGTON at DALLAS – The Cowboys need to win here and have Philly lose at the NY Giants or else Jerry’s guys will be kept out of the post-season for the seventh time in the past decade (hard to believe, right?). The ‘Boys actually own a winning spread mark this year – they’re 8-6 ATS – but keep in mind Dallas has failed to cover seven of its last 10 home games against the ‘Skins.
PHILADELPHIA at NEW YORK GIANTS – Get this about the road-favored Eagles: They’re actually 14-18-1 ATS ever since winning Super Bowl 52 and that includes the 23-17 non-cover overtime win against the G-men back in Week 14.
SAN FRANCISCO at SEATTLE – Betcha didn’t realize that the host Seahawks are 2-5 ATS at home this year and 5-2-1 ATS away … hmmm. On the flip side, San Fran is 3-12-1 vig-wise against the Seahawks while dating all the way back to the 2011 campaign.
NOTE: Get your College Football Playoff Game Previews in the next edition of Jim Sez!