College Football’s Unbeaten Squads
THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL MID-WEEK REPORT: HERE’S TO THE UNBEATENS AS WE CHECK OUT ALABAMA, CLEMSON, MICHIGAN, WASHINGTON AND (YES) WESTERN MICHIGAN TOO …
NFL WEEK 10 ACTION GETS STARTED WITH THURSDAY’S BROWNS-RAVENS AFFAIR
Call us guilty as charged …
Hey, we didn’t think there would be five unbeaten major-college teams out there by Election Day but there are and now it’s time to check out both the immediate games on the schedules and what’s down the road for Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, Washington and Western Michigan:
In fact, we get this College Football week started this evening (in case you’ve had enough of Trump v. Clinton) with some TV action.
Tonight, it’s …
#23 WESTERN MICHIGAN (9-0, 5-0 MAC) at KENT STATE (3-6, 2-3 MAC) – 7:30 p.m. ET, espn2
No doubt that this Western Michigan squad has been one of the most explosive teams in the land – hey, the Broncos have scored 40-plus points in seven games this year and this evening superstar WR Corey Davis will look to steal some spotlight away from “the candidates” and don’t be surprised if he gets 150-to-200 receiving yards for the three-TD road favorites.
Spread Note – Western Michigan is 7-2 ATS (against the spread) overall this season and the Broncos are a collective 27-17 spreadwise under 4th-year head coach P.J. Fleck.
What’s Ahead – Western Michigan hosts Buffalo and Toledo in its final two regular-season games.
On Saturday, it’s …
MISS STATE (4-5, 2-3 SEC) at #1 ALABAMA (9-0, 6-0 SEC) – 12 p.m. ET, ESPN
The Las Vegas price tag on this tilt has zoomed up to 30 points (and it’ll likely go even higher) but what’s the odds Nick Saban’s crew will throw another shutout? The stingy Tide defense already has two of ‘em this year (versus Kent State and then last week at LSU) and this should be a game where ‘Bama QB Jalen Hurts gets re-acquainted with his downfield targets.
Spread Note – Alabama’s covered seven of its first nine games this year but did you know the Crimson Tide’s failed to cover four of its last post “post-LSU” games?
What’s Ahead – Do we really need to remind y’all that the Iron Bowl versus Auburn is on Nov. 26th?
PITTSBURGH (5-4, 2-3 ACC) at #2 CLEMSON (9-0, 6-0 ACC) – 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/espn2
For those folks out there who continue to doubt this Clemson club, hear this:
The Tigers own wins against Auburn and Louisville and they both might be part of the College Football Playoff if things fall their way – so Dabo Swinney’s orange gang better start to get more national R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Let’s see if QB Deshaun Watson is okay after getting dinged up in last weekend’s 54-0 walkover win against Syracuse.
Spread Note – Clemson is 5-4 versus the vig this year but these Tigers are a sub-par 8-10-1 ATS as betting favorites since early 2015.
What’s Ahead – Clemson is at Wake Forest next weekend and then wraps up regular-season play with a home game against archrival South Carolina before playing in the ACC Championship Game in Orlando.
#3 MICHIGAN (9-0, 6-0 Big 10) at IOWA (5-4, 3-3 Big 10) – 8 p.m. ET, ABC
Geez, do you think Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh was given any coaching tips the other day when President Obama visited Ann Arbor? If the Prez had any sage advice, it’s probably to turn loose this fierce defense (held five of its last six foes to 10 points or less) against a slowish Iowa team that remains one of the nation’s big disappointments.
Spread Note – Michigan is only 12-10 against the odds under second-year boss Harbaugh (you thought they were better too, right?) and the maize-and-blue is a dead-even and vig-losing 6-6 ATS in Big 10 play since the start of 2015.
What’s Ahead – The Wolverines will wrap up their regular season with a home game versus Indiana and then, drum roll please, the road game at Ohio State on Thanksgiving weekend.
USC (6-3, 5-2 Pac-12) at #5 WASHINGTON (9-0, 6-0 Pac-12) – 7:30 p.m. ET, Fox
If you’re into stats, than take note the Washington Huskies ranks 19th nationally in offense, 18th nationally in defense – solid stuff from a solid team that didn’t get a whole lot of love in that first CFP “poll” but last week’s 66-27 demolition of California likely pushed this week’s price against USC upwards as the Dawgs are an 8-point fav – is that higher than you thought it would be? Washington QB Jake Browning has an eye-popping 34 TDs and just 3 INTs – he’ll be New York City-bound for the Heisman Trophy ceremony next month even though he’ll have to settle for “parting gifts”.
Spread Note – Washington is 5-4 against the odds overall this year and the Huskies have covered six of their last eight games against USC.
What’s Ahead – Washington gets a home game against Arizona State next week before that monstrous Apple Cup game at Washington State on Nov. 25th.
We’ll dig into the Thursday Night Football game as the Cleveland Browns are at the Baltimore Ravens in NFL Week 10 play while there’s key Thursday/Friday College Football tilts including the games we listed up above in this Jim Sez column when you check with us here at Jim Hurley’s Network at the toll-free # of 1-800-323-4453 or right here online at www.jimhurley.com.
Get all the NCAA Football – and remember there’s games every night this week continuing with a pair of Mid-American Conference tonight and Wednesday night plus there’s NFL Week 10 and NBA/NCAA Basketball winners too as we plan on dashing right through the month of November with another major hot streak.
NFL WEEK 10
On Thursday night, it’s …
CLEVELAND (0-9) at BALTIMORE (4-4) – 8:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Let’s keep this one short-and-sweet:
The Ravens got back on the right track with last Sunday’s 21-14 win against Pittsburgh but the ground game still went nowhere (see 50 yards on 29 carries) and save for that 95-yard scoring strike from QB Joe Flacco to WR Mike Wallace this Baltimore “O” didn’t do a heckuva lot.
Still, it may not take more than 17 points to best the bad Brownies here – take note that Cleveland’s been outscored by 105 points already so far this season. Who’s the quarterback here … Brian Sipe or Otto Graham?
Spread Notes – Road teams have covered 14 of the last 20 head-to-head matchups between these AFC North rivals and the host Ravens are 3-11-1 ATS at home dating back to late in the 2014 season.
NOTE: We’ll get you our Heisman Trophy Watch List (gee, guess who’s in the lead!) plus lots more in the next edition of Jim Sez, so don’t miss out.