Hurley Sez - Friday Edition - College & NFL Previews
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PLUS NFL WEEK 4 GOODIES TOO!
No time to waste…
This first-weekend-in-October College Football and NFL Week 4 menu is absolutely delicious and so let’s check out some of Saturday’s action first:
If you missed those great pair of Top 10 games (that’s #8 Wisconsin at #4 Michigan; #3 Louisville at #5 Clemson) then simply check out yesterday’s Jim Sez!
On Saturday, it’s…
#11 TENNESSEE (4-0, 1-0 SEC) at #25 GEORGIA (3-1, 1-1 SEC) – 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS
Here’s something nobody’s said in almost a dozen years… how is Tennessee gonna react following a win versus archrival Florida? The Vols – fresh off last weekend’s wild/wacky 38-28 come-from-way-behind victory over the Gators – are chock full o’confidence right now and laying 3½-points "between the hedges" and right now Tennessee QB Joshua Dobbs (805 yards passing with 10 TD strikes) is starting to inch his way onto those Heisman Trophy lists.
Spread Notes – Tennessee is a rather ordinary 20-18-1 ATS (against the spread) under fourth-year head coach Butch Jones but the Vols have covered their last four in a row against the Georgia Dawgs.
OKLAHOMA (1-2, 0-0 Big 12) at #21 TCU (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) – 5 p.m. ET, Fox
Wanna see one way that you know a college football team has underachieved?
The Oklahoma Sooners are laying 3½ points in Fort Worth against a ranked team… so what does that tell you about the crummy job OU head coach Bob Stoops has done this year? Double-digit losses to Houston and Ohio State have sabotaged this ’16 season for the Sooners and you wonder if they can steer their way into the winner’s circle against a TCU bunch starring transfer QB Kenny Hill (via Texas A&M) who has thrown for 1,487 yards and six TDs so far.
Spread Notes – TCU is an electric 13-6 versus the vig in Big 12 games while dating back to the start of the 2014 campaign. Oklahoma is 0-3 spreadwise out of the starting gate and just 13-14 ATS as favorites the past two-plus seasons.
Jim Hurley’s Handicappers and Bloggers are ready to rock-n-roll with more gridiron winners – there’s great Saturday/Sunday/Monday action including NFL Week 4 beauties such as the Sunday Night game between the Kansas City Chiefs at the Pittsburgh Steelers (see our game preview in tomorrow’s Jim Sez).
And remember to check with the Jim Hurley Network right here online at www.jimhurley.com or via our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 after 1 p.m. ET on week days and any time after 10 a.m. ET on Saturday and Sunday for what’s gonna be a jam-packed/winning weekend ahead.
Get all the Major-League Baseball winners this final weekend of regular-season play and remember it’s the American League Wild Card Game next Tuesday and the National League Wild Card Game next Wednesday before we get full-blown into the Baseball Playoffs.
NFL WEEK 4 PREVIEWS
On Sunday, it’s…
OAKLAND (2-1) at BALTIMORE (3-0) – 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Let’s not hear any of this gobblygook regarding how “easy” Baltimore’s current schedule has been (see wins/covers against Buffalo, Cleveland and Jacksonville)… at least John Harbaugh’s guys have delivered the goods against this group of nobodies! Now, pass-rushing phenom LB Elvis Dumervil returns against an Oakland team that’s scored 80 points so far (that’s nearly 27 ppg) and we’ll see if Raiders’ QB David Carr feels the heat after throwing for 351 yards and three TDs in a 37-33 home win against the Ravens last September.
Spread Notes – Baltimore is off to its first 3-and-oh pointspread start since 2009 and did you know the Ravens are 3-0 ATS as favorites this year after going 0-6-2 vig-wise as chalk sides a year ago? Oakland has covered eight of its last 10 away games since the start of last year.
DALLAS (2-1) at SAN FRANCISCO (1-2) – 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox
Shucks, we know this ain’t the "good old days" when it comes to this Cowboys-49ers “rivalry” but this should be fun stuff in a near toss-up affair (’Boys favored by just 2 points at press time) and we’ll feed you a couple of key numbers here:
The Cowboys handed the ball to rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott 30 times (for 140 yards) last Sunday night in that 31-17 win/cover versus Chicago and we say he needs another 25-to-30 touches overall here;
The Niners, on the other hand, need RB Carlos Hyde (21 carries for 103 yards rushing in last Sunday’s 37-18 loss in Seattle) to shine and we say he must be fed 25-plus times in an attempt to “shorten” this game for the Niners.
Don’t expect WR Dez Bryant to suit up for Dallas here – hairline fracture is right knee likely to KO him for three weeks or more.Spread Notes – Dallas is a tasty 13-6 against the odds in all road games dating back to the start of 2014 while San Francisco’s a composite 37-20-3 ATS in non-NFC West games the past five-plus seasons.
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