Submitted by Jim Hurley on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 12:00 AM
NFL WILD CARD WEEKEND –
ANALYZING SOME KEY
POINTSPREAD STATS …
COLLEGE BOWL BLITZ ROLLS ON –
HERE’S THE THURSDAY / FRIDAY ACTION
The National Football League takes center stage – again – this post-New Year’s weekend with Four (4) big Wild Card Games from Houston, Foxboro, New Orleans and Philadelphia and let’s set the stage with some key spread stats when it comes to those home teams … we’ll explain:
HOUSTON – The Texans help to kick off the playoffs with Saturday’s 4:35 p.m. ET tilt against Buffalo and take note that Houston’s 2-6 ATS (against the spread) as hosts this year and just 9-15-1 vig-wise at home the past three years.
NEW ENGLAND – The Patriots were humbled last week with that 27-24 loss to 17-point pup Miami but note overall New England’s 24-12-1 ATS as hosts since the start of the 2016 campaign (just 4-4 spreadwise at home this year).
NEW ORLEANS – Nothing special in 2019 when it came to the Saints playing at home (see 4-4 ATS) and go the extra yard and you’ll see that this NFC South squad is a rather less-than-ordinary 9-12 against the numbers as hosts since late 2017.
PHILADELPHIA – Hard to believe this Eagles club is just 5-10-1 against the odds in their own backyard the past two years and that includes the 17-9 home loss to 1.5-point fav Seattle way back in Week 12 play.
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COLLEGE BOWL POINTSPREAD STANDINGS
(thru Jan. 1, 2020)
CONF WON LOSS TIE PCT
Mid-Eastern Athletic 1 0 0 1.000
Mid-American 3 1 1 .750
Mountain West 4 2 0 .667
Independents 2 1 0 .667
Pac-12 4 3 0 .571
Big 10 4 4 0 .500
SEC 4 4 0 .500
Conference USA 3 3 1 .500
ACC 4 5 0 .444
American Athletic 2 3 0 .400
Big 12 2 4 0 .333
Sun Belt 1 3 0 .250
SWAC 0 1 0 .000
On Thursday, Jan. 2, it’s …
BIRMINGHAM BOWL – at Birmingham, AL
BOSTON COLLEGE (6-6) vs. CINCINNATI (10-3) – 3 p.m., ESPN
Last year the poor BC kids didn’t even get to play their First Responders Bowl game against Boise State (weather related) and now they’re going here without NFL-bound RB A.J. Dillon (1,685 yards rushing and 14 TDs). Let’s see if 7.5-point fav Cincinnati can get RB Michael Warren II rollin’ after his 1,160 yards rushing in ’19.
Spread Note – Cincinnati is a sharp 12-7-1 ATS (against the spread) in away games dating to late 2016.
GATOR BOWL – at Jacksonville, FL
TENNESSEE (7-5) vs. INDIANA (8-4) – 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Maybe no major-college team in the land resuscitated its 2019 season quite like these Tennessee Volunteers as this SEC crew went from potentially firing head coach Jeremy Pruitt to practically making ‘em a Coach of the Year candidate. If Indiana is gonna pull the mild upset here then WR Whop Philyor (1,001 receiving yards) will have to shine.
Spread Note – Tenness rock-n-rolled to six pointspread wins in its final seven regular-season games.
On Friday, Jan. 3, it’s …
POTATO BOWL – at Boise, ID
OHIO (6-6) vs. NEVADA (7-5) – 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Here’s some matinee action for you folks that are extending the holiday week – and take note Nevada has a slew of defensive absences /question marks and that ain’t good while facing veteran QB Nathan Rourke who is 23-13 SU (straight-up) in his college career.
Spread Note – Get this: Ohio’s covered six of its last seven bowl games.
NOTE: NFL Wild Card Round Previews in the next couple of Jim Sez columns.