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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 12:00 AM

 

 

THE NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS –

ALL THE NEWS THAT’S FIT TO PRINT …

PLUS, A COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL WRAP-UP

WITH THE GAME-BY-GAME RESULTS AND MORE

 

We interrupt your sports week to let you know the following as we head towards this weekend’s NFL Divisional Playoffs:

Only one of the eight teams involved in the Saturday / Sunday games – and that would be the Kansas City Chiefs – won a playoff game last year (a convincing 31-13 triumph over 4-point underdog Indianapolis in the 2018 AFC Divisional Playoff round) and only Baltimore, Houston, Seattle and the aforementioned Chiefs even made it to the post-season last year and is back this year.

In other words, the NFL Playoffs times are a changin’!

Three of last year’s four conference championship teams – New Orleans and the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC; New England in the AFC – already are out of the proverbial picture as we head into the second weekend in January and so this “new blood” theme could get nutty as in what do you think about AFC #4 seed Houston possibly hosting the conference championship game on Jan. 19th or perhaps NFC #5 seed Seattle could win Sunday at Lambeau Field in Green Bay – thus winning back-to-back playoff road games — and then get to host the NFC Championship Game on the 19th.

Could happen.

In the meantime, digest these up-to-date pointspread figures compiled from the regular season and the just-completed NFL Wild Card Round:

NFL Betting Favorites are 116-133-8 ATS (against the spread) with 3 Pick ‘Em games in the mix (a .466 winning rate for chalk sides)

NFL Home Teams are 108-144-8 ATS this year (and that’s a lowly .429 winning percentage)

Finally, NFL “Over” sides are 128-130-2 against the odds (a .496 winning rate)

 

Lots more NFL Divisional Playoff News /Notes / Previews in the coming editions of Jim Sez this week, don’t miss out!

   

Jim Hurley’s Network of Handicappers and Bloggers have this weekend’s NFL Divisional Playoff winners (that’s both Sides & Totals) on Saturday/Sunday – just call us on game days at the toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 or go online right here at www.jimhurley.com and also cash in big with the NBA / NCAA Basketball / Monday’s College Football National Championship Game between #1 LSU vs. #3 Clemson.

 

 

SUPER BOWL LIV ODDS TO WIN IT ALL

Here’s the up-to-the-minute Super Bowl LIV Odds (all based on $100 per-play wagers):

 

TEAM                     ODDS

Baltimore              + 175

San Francisco        + 275

Kansas City            + 300

Green Bay             + 700

Seattle                    + 1100

Minnesota             + 1200

Houston                 + 2500

Tennessee             + 3000

 

 

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL REPORT

What a long, strange bowl trip it’s been … and in today’s Jim Sez we’ll post the game-by-game bowl results for all 40 games played between Dec. 20th – thru – Jan. 6th:

 

DATE      BOWL                     WINNER                 SPREAD                  LOSER                     SCORE            O/U

Dec. 20  Bahamas               Buffalo                           - 7                   Charlotte               31-9                51.5 U

Dec. 20  Frisco                      Kent State                     + 7                   Utah State             51-41             70.5 O

Dec. 21  Celebration           North Carolina A&T     - 3                   Alcorn State          64-44             51.5 O

Dec. 21  New Mexico          San Diego State            - 3.5                Cent. Michigan     48-11             41.0 O

Dec. 21  Cure                        Liberty                            + 5                   Geo. Southern      23-16             58.0 U

Dec. 21  Boca Raton           Fla. Atlantic                   + 7                   SMU                       52-28             63.0 O

Dec. 21  Camellia                 Arkansas State              + 1                   FIU                          34-26             59.5 O

Dec. 21  Las Vegas               Washington                  - 3.5                Boise State            38-7                48.0 U

Dec. 21  New Orleans         Appalachian State        - 17                 UAB                        31-17             47.5 O

Dec.23   Gasparilla              UCF                                 - 15                 Marshall                48-25             59.5 O

Dec. 24  Hawaii                    Hawaii                            + 2.5               BYU                         38-34             65.5 O

Dec. 26  Independence      Louisiana Tech              + 6.5               Miami                    14-0                50.0 U

Dec. 26  Quick Lane            Pittsburgh                     - 12.5              East. Michigan      34-30             51.5 O

Dec. 27  Military                  North Carolina              - 6                   Temple                   55-13             57.0 O

Dec. 27  Pinstripe                Michigan State             - 4                   Wake Forest         27-21             52.0 U

Dec. 27  Texas                      Texas A&M                   - 4.5                Oklahoma State   24-21             56.0 U

Dec. 27  Holiday                  Iowa                               + 1                   USC                         49-24             54.5 O

Dec. 27  Cheez-It                 Air Force                        - 2.5                Washington St.     31-21             71.5 U

Dec. 28  Camp World          Notre Dame                  - 3.5                Iowa State             33-9                55.0 U

Dec. 28  Cotton                    Penn State                     - 7                   Memphis               53-39             60.5 O

Dec. 28  Peach                     LSU                                 - 12.5              Oklahoma             63-28             75.0 O

Dec. 28  Fiesta                     Clemson                        - 2.5                Ohio State             29-23             62.5 U

Dec.30   1st Responders     West. Kentucky            -3                    West. Michigan    23-20             56.0 U

Dec. 30  Music City             Louisville                        + 4.5               Miss State             38-28             63.0 O

Dec. 30  Redbox                  California                       - 6.5                Illinois                    35-20             48.0 O

Dec. 30  Orange                   Florida                            - 16                 Virginia                  36-28             55.0 O

Dec. 31  Belk                        Kentucky                        + 1.5               Virginia Tech         37-30             46.0 O

Dec. 31  Sun                         Arizona State                - 3                   Florida State         20-14             52.0 U

Dec. 31  Liberty                    Navy                               - 2.5                Kansas State         20-17             53.5 U

Dec. 31  Arizona                  Wyoming                       - 7                   Georgia State        38-17             50.0 O

Dec. 31  Alamo                    Texas                              + 7                   Utah                       38-10             57.0 U

Jan. 1      Citrus                      Alabama                        - 7.5                Michigan               35-16             60.0 U

Jan.1       Outback                 Minnesota                     + 7                   Auburn                   31-24             53.0 O

Jan. 1      Rose                       Oregon                           + 3                   Wisconsin              28-27             52.5 O

Jan. 1      Sugar                      Georgia                          - 4                   Baylor                     26-14             44.0 U

Jan. 2      Birmingham          Cincinnati                      - 7.5                Boston College     38-6                54.0 U

Jan. 2      Gator                      Tennessee                     - 3.5                Indiana                   23-22             55.0 U

Jan. 3      Potato                    Ohio                               - 10                 Nevada                  30-21             62.0 U

Jan. 4      Armed Forces       Tulane                            - 7                   Southern Miss      30-13             57.5 U

Jan. 6      Lending Tree         Louisiana                       - 15                 Miami-Ohio          27-17             55.5 U

 

As you can see, Bowl Betting Favorites finished 20-19-1 ATS (against the spread) and totals players know that “Overs” registered a dead-even but vig-losing 20-20-0 ATS mark for the 40 bowl games played right up through Monday, Jan. 6th.

In case you were wondering, here are the underdog sides that won bowl games in outright upset fashion:

Kent State, Liberty, Florida Atlantic, Arkansas State, Hawaii, Louisiana Tech, Iowa, Louisville, Kentucky, Texas, Minnesota and Oregon.

 

 

COLLEGE BOWL POINTSPREAD STANDINGS

(thru Jan. 6, 2020)

 

CONF                              WON      LOSS       TIE           PCT

Mid-Eastern Athletic   1              0              0              1.000

Mountain West            5              2              0              .714

Independents               2              1              0              .667                     

Mid-American              4              2              1              .667

American Athletic        4              3              0              .571

Pac-12                            4              3              0              .571

Big 10                             5              4              0              .556

SEC                                  4              5              0              .444

Conference USA           3              4              1              .429

ACC                                 4              6              0              .400

Big 12                             2              4              0              .333

Sun Belt                         1              4              0              .200

SWAC                             0              1              0              .000

 

 

NOTE: There’s more NFL Divisional Playoff News & Notes in the next edition of Jim Sez.

 

 

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