College Football’s Must-Win Weekend

COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S “GOTTA-HAVE-IT” GAMES

FOR THIS SECOND SATURDAY IN OCTOBER …

NFL WEEK 5 GETS STARTED AS

CARDS HOLD OFF NINERS, 33-21

 

Ladies and gents, we’ve gotten to that point in this season where many teams seeking a berth in the College Football Playoffs are in the “gotta-have-it” mode.

Or maybe you prefer win-or-else, eh?

In any event, you get the idea and so let’s check on some of this year’s playoff hopefuls and see what’s on their Saturday menu:

 

#9 TENNESSEE (5-0, 2-0 SEC) at #8 TEXAS A&M (5-0, 3-0 SEC) – 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS

You are correct … both of these Southeastern Conference clubs are in a “gotta-have-it” way here simply because they need to win and hopefully hop, skip and jump their way into the poll’s top five in the next couple of weeks.

Tennessee’s magical season thus far has featured some major comebacks including last week’s dramatic Hail Mary fling against Georgia – but lost amidst all the hysteria for the Rocky Top gang has been the fact the Volunteers’ offense has not always clicked while ranking 87th nationally in passing offense and just 63rd nationally in rushing offense. Maybe QB Joshua Dobbs (13 TD passes) can take advantage of a Texas A&M defense that may be without pass rushing whiz DE Myles Garrett (check his game-day status).

The Aggies, meanwhile, already own wins against UCLA, Auburn and Arkansas so far and the Las Vegas hot-shots have Kevin Sumlin’s crew a hefty 6.5-point betting favorite but a monster road game at Alabama awaits (Oct. 22nd) and so no time for any slippage here for the gig ‘em crowd.

Spread Note – Texas A&M is an ugly 9-18 ATS (against the spread) in SEC games since the start of the 2013 season.

 

Jim Hurley’s Handicappers and Bloggers will continue to torch Las Vegas and the off-shore books with gobs of Football Winners … get your NFL Week 5 rollin’ with Sunday/Monday action and make sure you’re all aboard for another great College Football Weekend that swings into high gear this evening with #3 Clemson at Boston College (among other games) and then there’s a slew of other great Saturday games including the Saturday, October 8th clashes between #9 Tennessee at #8 Texas A&M, #1 Alabama at #16 Arkansas and – course -- #23 Florida State at #10 Miami.

And don’t forget there’s wall-to-wall Major-League Baseball Playoff winners this week with the American League and National League Divisional Series getting all revved.

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. Get all the weekday afternoon Baseball Winners at 12 noon ET.

 

#5 WASHINGTON (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) at OREGON (2-3, 0-2 Pac-12) – 7:30 p.m. ET, Fox

Want to know what the Washington Huskies really face as they attempt to gun for one of those four FBS playoff berths this year?

The perception out there in College Football-land is that the Pac-12 has taken a giant step back – the Huskies’ 44-6 win against Stanford last Friday night showed the Cardinal ain’t what it used to be while USC and UCLA have been terribly inconsistent and this Oregon team is a mess – and so Chris Petersen’s squad can’t afford a single loss right now and drop out of the top 10. Hey, if this Husky defense keeps playing a slam-the-lid-down style (only 64 points allowed in the first games with four teams held to 14 points or less) than anyone Washington faces is in deep trouble and so check out S Budda Baker and CB Sidney Jones against this lost Ducks’ attack.

Spread Notes – Washington has failed to cover nine of its last 10 hoedowns versus Oregon but the Ducks are a dreadful 0-4-1 ATS overall this season.

 

WASHINGTON STATE (2-2, 1-0 Pac-12) at #15 STANFORD (3-1, 2-1 Pac-12) – 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Let’s give the Pac-12 a bit more “love” here and remind one-and-all that the Stanford Cardinal – though “not what they used to be” as we stated above – still have national title hopes providing they can run the table from this point forward. Hey, it would be nice if supposed Heisman Trophy candidate RB Christian McCaffery (49 yards rushing against Washington last Friday night) got a wake-up call for this under-the-lights clash that won’t be easy against 7.5-point underdog Wazzau – if State QB Luke Falk (averaging 374 yards per game passing, that’s fourth-best in the country) gets a hot hand here, than Stanford’s dreams of going to the playoffs will go up in a puff of smoke.

Spread Notes – Stanford is 44-26-1 ATS overall in the David Shaw Era while Washington State zooms into this one on a three-game spread winning streak with covers against Boise State, Idaho and Oregon … so there!

  

NFL WEEK 5

The good news for the Arizona Cardinals is that they got their sinking ship righted last night even without the services of veteran QB Carson Palmer (concussion) who missed the 33-21 win/cover at 3.5-point pup San Francisco … yes, it helps that RB David Johnson (157 yards rushing with two TDs) is the proverbial bull in a china shop and no doubt the Cards (2-3) needed this “W” in the very worst way as they scored 17 points off 49er turnovers. Odds are Palmer could miss another game – the Redbirds host the New York Jets on Monday, Oct. 17th – and Drew Stanton (two TDs, just 124 yards passing but no picks against SF) earned a bit more trust from the coaching staff.

P.S., in case you’re keeping track of such things, NFL home teams on Thursday Night are 3-2 ATS while “Over” players have covered three-of-five games on Thursdays.

 

NOTE: Catch our Sunday Night Preview – that’s the New York Giants at Green Bay – plus more in tomorrow’s weekend edition of Jim Sez.

 

 

 COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S “GOTTA-HAVE-IT” GAMES

FOR THIS SECOND SATURDAY IN OCTOBER …

NFL WEEK 5 GETS STARTED AS

CARDS HOLD OFF NINERS, 33-21

 

Ladies and gents, we’ve gotten to that point in this season where many teams seeking a berth in the College Football Playoffs are in the “gotta-have-it” mode.

Or maybe you prefer win-or-else, eh?

In any event, you get the idea and so let’s check on some of this year’s playoff hopefuls and see what’s on their Saturday menu:

 

#9 TENNESSEE (5-0, 2-0 SEC) at #8 TEXAS A&M (5-0, 3-0 SEC) – 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS

You are correct … both of these Southeastern Conference clubs are in a “gotta-have-it” way here simply because they need to win and hopefully hop, skip and jump their way into the poll’s top five in the next couple of weeks.

Tennessee’s magical season thus far has featured some major comebacks including last week’s dramatic Hail Mary fling against Georgia – but lost amidst all the hysteria for the Rocky Top gang has been the fact the Volunteers’ offense has not always clicked while ranking 87th nationally in passing offense and just 63rd nationally in rushing offense. Maybe QB Joshua Dobbs (13 TD passes) can take advantage of a Texas A&M defense that may be without pass rushing whiz DE Myles Garrett (check his game-day status).

The Aggies, meanwhile, already own wins against UCLA, Auburn and Arkansas so far and the Las Vegas hot-shots have Kevin Sumlin’s crew a hefty 6.5-point betting favorite but a monster road game at Alabama awaits (Oct. 22nd) and so no time for any slippage here for the gig ‘em crowd.

Spread Note – Texas A&M is an ugly 9-18 ATS (against the spread) in SEC games since the start of the 2013 season.

 

Jim Hurley’s Handicappers and Bloggers will continue to torch Las Vegas and the off-shore books with gobs of Football Winners … get your NFL Week 5 rollin’ with Sunday/Monday action and make sure you’re all aboard for another great College Football Weekend that swings into high gear this evening with #3 Clemson at Boston College (among other games) and then there’s a slew of other great Saturday games including the Saturday, October 8th clashes between #9 Tennessee at #8 Texas A&M, #1 Alabama at #16 Arkansas and – course -- #23 Florida State at #10 Miami.

And don’t forget there’s wall-to-wall Major-League Baseball Playoff winners this week with the American League and National League Divisional Series getting all revved.

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. Get all the weekday afternoon Baseball Winners at 12 noon ET.

 

#5 WASHINGTON (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) at OREGON (2-3, 0-2 Pac-12) – 7:30 p.m. ET, Fox

Want to know what the Washington Huskies really face as they attempt to gun for one of those four FBS playoff berths this year?

The perception out there in College Football-land is that the Pac-12 has taken a giant step back – the Huskies’ 44-6 win against Stanford last Friday night showed the Cardinal ain’t what it used to be while USC and UCLA have been terribly inconsistent and this Oregon team is a mess – and so Chris Petersen’s squad can’t afford a single loss right now and drop out of the top 10. Hey, if this Husky defense keeps playing a slam-the-lid-down style (only 64 points allowed in the first games with four teams held to 14 points or less) than anyone Washington faces is in deep trouble and so check out S Budda Baker and CB Sidney Jones against this lost Ducks’ attack.

Spread Notes – Washington has failed to cover nine of its last 10 hoedowns versus Oregon but the Ducks are a dreadful 0-4-1 ATS overall this season.

 

WASHINGTON STATE (2-2, 1-0 Pac-12) at #15 STANFORD (3-1, 2-1 Pac-12) – 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Let’s give the Pac-12 a bit more “love” here and remind one-and-all that the Stanford Cardinal – though “not what they used to be” as we stated above – still have national title hopes providing they can run the table from this point forward. Hey, it would be nice if supposed Heisman Trophy candidate RB Christian McCaffery (49 yards rushing against Washington last Friday night) got a wake-up call for this under-the-lights clash that won’t be easy against 7.5-point underdog Wazzau – if State QB Luke Falk (averaging 374 yards per game passing, that’s fourth-best in the country) gets a hot hand here, than Stanford’s dreams of going to the playoffs will go up in a puff of smoke.

Spread Notes – Stanford is 44-26-1 ATS overall in the David Shaw Era while Washington State zooms into this one on a three-game spread winning streak with covers against Boise State, Idaho and Oregon … so there!

  

NFL WEEK 5

The good news for the Arizona Cardinals is that they got their sinking ship righted last night even without the services of veteran QB Carson Palmer (concussion) who missed the 33-21 win/cover at 3.5-point pup San Francisco … yes, it helps that RB David Johnson (157 yards rushing with two TDs) is the proverbial bull in a china shop and no doubt the Cards (2-3) needed this “W” in the very worst way as they scored 17 points off 49er turnovers. Odds are Palmer could miss another game – the Redbirds host the New York Jets on Monday, Oct. 17th – and Drew Stanton (two TDs, just 124 yards passing but no picks against SF) earned a bit more trust from the coaching staff.

P.S., in case you’re keeping track of such things, NFL home teams on Thursday Night are 3-2 ATS while “Over” players have covered three-of-five games on Thursdays.

 

NOTE: Catch our Sunday Night Preview – that’s the New York Giants at Green Bay – plus more in tomorrow’s weekend edition of Jim Sez.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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