It’s a Monster Early November Weekend!
IT’S TIME TO ROCK-N-ROLL WITH COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S SHOWDOWN SATURDAY PLUS A KEY NFL 9 WEEK GAME PREVIEW TOO
Let’s cut right to the chase:
It’s November and, folks, that’s put-up or shut-up time in the world of College Football and this weekend most of the sport’s big-wigs are in action … let’s feed you Four (4) of the biggest/best games involving a bevy of teams with playoff hopes:
THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT
On Saturday, it’s …
#1 ALABAMA (8-0, 5-0 SEC) at #13 LSU (5-2, 3-1 SEC) – 8 p.m. ET, CBS
Don’t quite know why some players on LSU are “trash-talking” this week – one comment from an unnamed Tigers player said they were gonna “dominate” the country’s top-ranked team, hmmm – but fact of the matter is this cat-quick ‘Bama defense has held five foes to 10 points or less this year and the non-offensive TD total is up to 12! Freshman QB Jalen Hurts (1,549 yards passing with 11 TDs to go along with 521 rushing yards and 9 ground scores) remains on our “top five” Heisman Trophy list but he could be challenged here by LSU’s frisky defense. If LSU – a 7.5-point underdog at press time – is gonna deliver the upset than oft-hobbled RB Leonard Fournette (just 31 yards rushing on 16 carries versus ‘Bama last year) better show up!
Spread Notes – Alabama is 7-3-1 ATS (against the spread) the past decade against LSU and note that includes the Crimson Tide’s 21-0 BCS Championship Game win/cover in 2011 while the Bayou Bengals are 11-6-1 vig-wise as hosts the past two-plus seasons.
SYRACUSE (4-4, 2-2 ACC) at #2 CLEMSON (8-0, 5-0 ACC) – 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/espn2
No doubt that Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was pleasantly surprised that the “all-knowing” College Football Playoff committee folks put his club in the #2 slot with the opening rankings – but might this be a tricky spot here (even as 4-TD betting favorites) coming off last week’s bruising/emotional 37-34 non-cover win at Florida State? Let’s see if Clemson QB Deshaun Watson has his club on the uptick from the get-go against a Syracuse team that’s already stunned a 22.5-point favored Virginia Tech squad.
Spread Notes – Clemson is a collective 27-19-1 against the odds in all conference games the past five-plus seasons while the ‘Cuse enters this tilt having covered eight of its last dozen ACC games.
Extra, extra …
Lots of fantastic matchups on this early November card including tonight’s College Football bash between San Jose State at #24 Boise State (10:15 p.m. ET on CBSC) – and don’t forget there’s two other College games on tonight’s docket and then we get into a jam-packed Saturday menu plus a Sunday card in the NFL that features the night tilt between Denver at Oakland.
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MARYLAND (5-3, ACC) at #3 MICHIGAN (8-0, 5-0 Big 10) – 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
In case you’re wondering, the Michigan men do have remaining road games at Iowa (Nov. 12) and at Ohio State (Nov. 26) so let’s not be too quick to pencil in the Wolverines into the playoff just yet – but gotta believe do-it-all S/RB/WR Jabrill Peppers will get moments to shine here and maybe he’ll even return another PAT for two points!
Spread Notes – You might be surprised to discover that Michigan is a rather ordinary 11-10 spreadwise under second-year head coach/Cubs’ fan Jim Harbaugh while Maryland has failed to cover five of its last seven games when in the role of double-digit dog.
#10 NEBRASKA (7-1, 4-1 Big 10) at #6 OHIO STATE (7-1, 4-1 Big 10) – 8 p.m. ET, ABC
Good one under the lights in “The Horseshoe” even if the Las Vegas numbers-posters have the host O-State Buckeyes a heady 17-point betting favorite here: If Nebraska can dent an Ohio State defense that surrendered in excess of 400 yards to Northwestern last week, than this will be closer than the “experts” say but what we’ll be watching closely is how Buckeyes’ QB J.T. Barrett (17 TD passes and 4 INTs) fares in the red zone against a Big Red defense that’s held five foes to 17 points or less this season.
Spread Notes – Ohio State’s been super-streaky spreadwise this year with the Buckeyes snagging four covers out of the starting gate and then failing to cover their last four in a row. On the flip side, Nebraska is 11-3-1 ATS as underdog sides since the start of the 2013 campaign.
NFL WEEK 9
On Sunday, it’s …
PHILADELPHIA (4-3) at NEW YORK GIANTS (4-3) – 1 p.m. ET, Fox
Hey, the Eagles this week have not hidden the fact they’ve won the last four games in a row against the rival Giants – including a 20-point win and a 5-point triumph a year ago – but we’re wondering if rookie head coach Doug Pederson is playing it a little too close to the vest with his first-year QB Carson Wentz … we’re still smoking mad that the Birds lost last Sunday night’s game at Dallas in overtime! Wentz must challenge the Jints with some long balls here and we’ll see if NYG cornerback Janoris Jenkins (having a great year after signing on as a free agent) is the best player on the MetLife field here.
Spread Notes – Philadelphia has covered its last four consecutive head-to-head games against the NY Giants and note “Big Blue” is just 1-3-2 ATS as hosts since late 2015.
NOTE: Catch NFL Week 9 previews in tomorrow’s Jim Sez – that’s Dallas at Cleveland and the Sunday Nighter between Denver at Oakland!
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