Checkin’ Out College Football Action from Big 10 and ACC



Okay, so the second installment of the College Football Playoff rankings were announced earlier this week and everybody offered up a sarcastic round of applause for the committee folks for including unbeaten Washington into the #4 spot behind Alabama, Clemson and Michigan … but can we remind y’all that last year both Oklahoma and Michigan State were outside the top 10 at this particular point in time and yet both of ‘em made it to the post-season party on New Year’s Eve.

In today’s Jim Sez we’ll bring you a couple of our “under-the-radar” games involving two teams – that’s #10 Penn State and then #14 Virginia Tech – that are hoping everything falls their way in the coming weeks and maybe they’ll be a part of the four-team playoff picture.

Stay tuned!

Jim Hurley’s Handicappers and Bloggers have everything all scoped out and you can get the NCAA Football, NFL Week 10, NBA and now NCAA Basketball winners all weekend long.

There’s College Football this evening with Boston College at Florida State plus remember there’s loads of season-opening College Basketball action on tap tonight including the Armed Forces Classic … that’s Michigan State vs. Arizona and Indiana vs. Kansas in Honolulu at Pearl Harbor.

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On Saturday, it’s …

#10 PENN STATE (7-2, 5-1 Big 10) at INDIANA (5-4, 3-3 Big 10) – 12 p.m. ET, ABC

It’s happy days again for the gang from Happy Valley and do-everything RB Saquon Barkley (1,055 yards rushing with 11 TDs) remains the most impactful player on the field here – can Penn State win its sixth straight game and stay in the playoff conversation?

Spread Note – Penn State rides a four-game pointspread winning streak into this tilt at Indiana but note the Nittanies Lions are just 3-5-1 ATS (against the spread) versus the Hoosiers since 2007.

GEORGIA TECH (5-4, 2-4 ACC) at #14 VIRGINIA TECH (7-2, 5-1 ACC) – 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU

Year One of the post-Frank Beamer Era has had its share of ups and downs (though that double-digit loss at 22.5-point dog Syracuse weeks ago will stick with the Hokies forever!) and in this clash the home folks bring the country’s 17th-ranked defense against a G-Tech squad that has injury woes with QB Justin Thomas a potential casualty after getting hurt last week. One note on Virginia Tech … it has won its home games by 23, 49, 37 and 21 points this year.

Spread Note – Virginia Tech’s covered three of its four home games this year after having gone 8-17-1 ATS as hosts from 2011-thru-2015.


On Sunday, it’s …

MINNESOTA (5-3) at WASHINGTON (4-3-1) – 1 p.m. ET, Fox

The Minny Vikings’ freefall has included three consecutive SU (straight-up) and spread losses and now they trek into the nation’s capital to face a well-rested Washington team (bye last week off the wacky 27-27 tie against Cincinnati in London two weeks back) and we believe the key here is whether this Vikes’ defense can get in the face of ‘Skins QB Kirk Cousins. Minnesota has 21 QB sacks and 10 INTs this year – we say they need at least six combined sacks/INTs to win here as road dogs.

Spread Note – Minnesota stormed out of the ’16 starting gate with five successive pointspread “W’s” but now the Vikes come into Landover on a three-game ATS losing skid but note Minny’s covered four of its last five against the ‘Skins since 2010.

DALLAS (7-1) at PITTSBURGH (4-4) – 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox

Best game on the “day-time” board will be doozy and you can bet your bottom dollar that the Steelers need to start better here following last week’s late-to-the-party 21-14 loss in Baltimore. One way QB Ben Roethlisberger will look to attack this Dallas defense that’s allowed 17 points or less in five of the team’s last six games is to spread the field and pick/choose some other receivers not named WR Antonio Brown. If Roethlisberger throws for close to “3 bills” than the Steelers win. If not, this Dallas juggernaut will roll on and QB Tony Romo sits by and stays the happy backup.

Spread Note – The Cowboys scoot into the Steel City on a seven-game pointspread winning streak but did you know Pittsburgh’s covered five of its last seven games against NFC foes?


Sorry, we didn’t give you Villanova as the NCAA Basketball champion last year when we offered up our Final Four at the very start of the hoops season … instead, we gave you UConn, Virginia, Wichita State and West Virginia and none of the above will be on our list this time around!

Okay, without further ado here’s our Final Four forecast just for fun (note current rankings listed below):

#1 DUKE – Everyone’s preseason numero uno squad is loaded and veteran G Grayson Allen may be the best clutch player in the land.

#3 KANSAS – We’re generally no big fan of Jayhawks’ head coach Bill Self but this club has grit, experience and nobody will play better halfcourt “D”.

#10 ARIZONA – Everyone’s waiting and waiting for head coach Sean Miller to get his crown … maybe it’s their year but we sure wish the ‘Cats played a tougher non-league sked (see for yourself).

COLORADO – No, you won’t find the Buffaloes in the preseason Top 25 (they’re in the “also receiving votes” section) but we’re confident coach Tad Boyle will finally put it all together, so get ready for a pair of Pac-12 teams in this next Final Four:

Our Jim Sez NCAA National Championship Game Prediction – Arizona over Kansas

NOTE: Get our NFL Week 10 Sunday Night Game Preview – that’s the monster showdown between the Seattle Seahawks at the New England Patriots – in the next Jim Sez.


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