More College Football Action on Tap -- It’s Duke-Louisville Tonite
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEKEND REPORT …
NFL WEEK 6 KEY GAME PREVIEWS …
THE BASEBALL UPDATE:
OKAY, SO WHO DOES WIN THE BLUE JAYS-TRIBE
AL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES THAT BEGINS TONIGHT?
Folks, we’ve already dished out a batch of College Football Game Previews the past couple of days right here at Jim Sez but let’s scoot ‘round the Top 25 and get you a couple of quick-hitter comments on a pair of important games:
Tonight, it’s …
DUKE (3-3, 0-2 ACC) at #7 LOUISVILLE (4-1, 2-1 ACC) – 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
The all-knowing Las Vegas oddsmakers have posted a 35-point price tag on this under-the-lights bash at the ‘Ville but you wonder what’s the Cardinals’ focus after that high-profile loss to Clemson two weeks back and then a bye … Louisville QB Lamar Jackson has 688 yards rushing to go along with 1,625 passing yards and he’s still the Heisman Trophy leader (we’ll begin our official Heisman Trophy countdown in next week’s Jim Sez!).
On Saturday, it’s …
TULSA (4-1, 1-0 AAC) at #13 HOUSTON (5-1, 2-1 AAC) – 7 p.m. ET, espn2
No question the bubble officially burst on Houston’s hope to be part of this year’s four-team FBS playoffs – now the $64,000 question is will Tom Herman’s team pick itself up by its bootstraps (gotta cover a 21-point price here, folks) or will the Coogs wilt? Quarterback Greg Ward, Jr. (1,684 yards passing with 11 TDs) remains one of the sport’s true dynamic stars but, hey, don’t sleep on Tulsa QB Dane Evans (1,235 yards passing but 7 INTs) as he can get hot at a moment’s notice.
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And remember to get all the Major-League Baseball American League and National League Championship Series winners beginning with tonight’s Toronto Blue Jays-Cleveland Indians best-of-seven set and then Saturday it’s the NLCS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs.
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NFL WEEK 6 PREVIEWS
On Sunday, it’s …
PHILADELPHIA (3-1) at WASHINGTON (3-2) – 1 p.m. ET, Fox
Wow, this is a monster game inside the NFC East where it’s worth noting the Eagles will play the other two divisional foes on the road back-to-back in Weeks 8 and 9 and everyone wants to see how rookie QB Carson Wentz handles a hostile crowd here – the kid’s thrown just one pick and that was on his ill-fated final pass in Detroit last weekend in the 24-23 loss but can Washington’s battered/bruised secondary handle ‘em here?
Spread Notes – The ‘Skins have covered the last four consecutive showdowns versus the Eagles (including three straight-up wins) while Philly’s just 18-24-1 ATS as betting favorites since the start of 2012.
DALLAS (4-1) at GREEN BAY (3-1) – 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox
Maybe you heard:
Green Bay Packers’ 11th-year head coach Mike McCarthy has been a tad miffed when it comes to all this public (see media) criticism of his team’s clunky offense – no doubt that QB Aaron Rodgers was not sharp in last Sunday’s 23-16 win/push versus the NY Giants but gotta believe he and WRs Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb will be more on the “same page” here.
Still, will that be enough against a born-again Cowboys franchise that continues to ride the league’s most dominant O-line (you might have three Pro Bowlers on this unit when all’s said and done) with rookies QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott stealing most of the NFL headlines these days.
Want an X-factor here?
Let’s see if Green Bay’s LBs/DBs can sack Prescott a few times – watch out for DE/OLB Julius Peppers to be a central character here!
Spread Notes – Dallas enters this Week 6 clash riding a four-game pointspread winning streak and note the last time the Cowboys covered five in a row was way back in 2010 (yes, the very start of the Jason Garrett Era!). Meanwhile, Green Bay’s 27-16-3 ATS at Lambeau Field dating back to the start of the 2011 gridiron campaign.
Let’s hit y’all with a little NFL Pointspread Note here after we delved deeply in that department with the College kids in yesterday’s Jim Sez:
NFL Betting Favorites exited last night’s game -- San Diego (+ 3) bested Denver 21-13 despite nearly giving it away late (again) -- with a 35-37-1 ATS mark with 5 Pick ‘Em games.
THE BASEBALL UPDATE
The American League Championship Series gets rollin’ this evening and here’s some observations/predictions:
TORONTO vs. CLEVELAND – The Blue Jays have been installed as – 145 betting favorites for this showdown series even though the Indians own the home-field advantage … hmmm.
Gut feeling is that Blue Jays – who scored 22 runs last week en route to its ALDS series sweep against Texas – need to beat ace RHP Corey Kluber (tonight’s Game 1 starter) at least once and probably need to scratch out some runs against key reliever LHP Andrew Miller who could wind up pitching as many as 12-to-15 innings should this series go the distance.
Toronto is back in the ALCS for a second straight year – remember Kansas City bested ‘em in a contentious six-game set last October – but if John Gibbons’ crew is gonna win then RHP Marco Estrada must have that dazzling changeup working here in Game 1 and likely again in Game 4.
Something off the radar to watch here? Let’s see if Cleveland can “power up” – remember the Tribe whacked three homers in one inning off 22-game winner RHP Rick Porcello of the Boston Red Sox last week – because if the likes of Mike Napoli and Jason Kipnis “go yard” a few times than the underdog Indians could well steal another series it’s not supposed to win.
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