College Football Notebook and Top Ten

Giants (-3½) may have gotten their first win Monday, but THE NETWORK has been winning all season long!  Despite losing Monday's total (OVER 47), Jim Hurley moves to 6-1 on MNF sides for the season!    



By Jim Hurley:

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So much for there being any real drama at Death Valley this past Saturday night: Not only did the 3 ½-point favored Florida State Seminoles go into Clemson and chop up the overrated Tigers to pieces but they dispatched Tigers QB Tahj Boyd right out of our Jim Sez Heisman Trophy Top 5 Watch List ...yes, when we post our Heisman leaders in the next edition of Jim Sez you'll see that Boyd went from the top of the charts to right out of the top five entirely and that's what he gets for melting down at his team's most important game in years.

Okay, so Boyd's final stats -that's 17-of-37 passing for 156 yards with two interceptions and a lost fumble returned 37 yards for a Florida State touchdown -really killed any/all hopes that Clemson (6-1, 4-1 ACC) had of staying right near the top of the BCS charts but this was all about showing "who's the boss" as the Seminoles started the game with a methodical drive and never did let their foot off the gas pedal behind their Heisman Trophy leader QB Jameis Winston (444 yards passing and 3 scoring strikes).

And gotta say we applaud the first-of-the-year BCS Standings that were released Sunday night -they have Alabama at #1 and Florida State (not Oregon) at #2 by .003 percentage points.

Okay, so we've all got a long way to go with these BCS Standings but our rankings would have 'Bama at #1 and FSU at #2 -and it's been so darn seldom that we've ever agreed with BC-related stuff, you know!

Jim Hurley’s College Football Top 10 –

  1. ALABAMA (7-0, 4-0 SEC) – Have you noticed the Tide’s allowed just 16 total points in their last five games? Throw into the mix the fact ‘Bama has three of next four games at home and tough to believe coach Saban’s team will dip anytime soon … right?

  2. FLORIDA STATE (6-0, 4-0 ACC) – We agree with BCS gang that catapulted Sems past Oregon and note FSU’s tidy 5-1 spreadwise this season after demolition of Clemson.

  3. OREGON (7-0, 4-0 Pac-12) – True, the Ducks have won their seven games by a per-game average margin of 40.3 ppg but we’re wondering if Pac-12 is now “overrated”.

  4. OHIO STATE (7-0, 3-0 Big 10) – Buckeyes still haven’t lost a game in the Meyer Era and does anyone really want a piece of ‘em in a BCS Championship Game?

  5. BAYLOR (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) – Seems like the prognosticators were correct after all with Bears bunch that is the class of the conference with country’s top-ranked offense having fun, fun, fun.

  6. MISSOURI (7-0, 3-0 SEC) – Hard to believe that last year’s five-win season almost had boss-man Pinkel out the door as these Tigers have covered six-of-seven games so far and beaten Georgia and Florida the past two weeks.

  7. MIAMI (6-0, 2-0 ACC) – Forget the constant off-the-field sanctions/penalties as this Hurricanes’ club is for real with a top 20 ranking on offense (16th) and defense (17th) at the current time. Hey, a win at Florida State on Nov. 2nd could jolt the ‘Canes into the top 3 in the BCS. Really!

  8. STANFORD (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12) – The best of the one-loss teams in the land but Cardinal must pick up the beat on offense (just 45 total points last two games) … or else!

  9. TEXAS TECH (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) – If the Red Raiders and Baylor Bears meet up with perfect records come Nov. 16th then we’re declaring it a state holiday in Texas!

  10. AUBURN (6-1, 3-1 SEC) – Just didn’t see this one comin’ as the Tigers (the seventh-best rushing team in the land with 300.1 ypg) already own wins against Ole Miss and Texas A&M … could they threaten archrival Alabama on the final weekend in November?


Here’s a look at some NCAA Football Betting Trends as they pertain to the games of Oct. 24-25-26 (all figures below are against the spread):

NCAA Football –

Boise State is 25-10-1 away

Georgia Tech is 3-6-1 vs. Virginia

Houston is 8-0 since late 2012

Kansas State is 27-9-1 in Big 12 play

Michigan State is 11-3-1 away

Northwestern is 0-5 since mid-September

South Carolina is 4-8 overall since late ’12

Tulane has covered 11 of last 15 overall

Washington is 6-1 vs. Cal

NFL Week 8 –

Buffalo is 5-2 this season

Dallas is 6-1 this year

Minnesota is 4-8 vs. Green Bay

New England is just 20-21 as favs past 2+ seasons

Oakland is 4-1 vs. Pittsburgh

Philadelphia is 7-2-1 vs. NY Giants

Seattle is 9-3 vs. St. Louis

NOTE: Catch our Mid-Week Report in the next edition of Jim Sez including our World Series Preview plus the aforementioned Heisman Trophy Watch List ...and more!


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