Louisville-Houston Gets Red-Hot College Weekend in Gear



So, the College Football Playoff (CFP) committee folks have spoken and truth is both #3 Michigan and #4 Clemson really were not hurt in the standings despite their respective losses last weekend – heck, the Wolverines were 14-13 losers at 24-point underdog Iowa and didn’t even drop a single spot … go figure, eh?

In any event, we’ve arrived at that weekend-before-Thanksgiving when the Southeastern Conference plays all those out-of-league stiffs save for the “make-up” game between Florida at LSU – wait, you say, you’re looking forward to Chattanooga at #1 Alabama! – but best beware there still could be plenty of shockers in store as was the case last week.

We’ll get to Three (3) College Football Previews in a moment (and beginning with tonight’s big game in “H-Town”) but first this key reminder …

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Last weekend we knocked ‘em dead with a bunch of football winners – there was the Best Bet 3-Star Winner with USC (+ 8.5) outright over nationally-ranked Washington 26-13 along with 2-Star College winners on Penn State (- 7) over Indiana and Colorado State (+ 6) over Air Force.

Note that our NFL Week 10 weekend featured such winners as our 3-Star winner on the Philadelphia Eagles (-1) over the Atlanta Falcons, 24-15, to go along with 2-Star Jim Hurley Network Winners on Tennessee (+ 3) over Green Bay and Kansas City (+ 3) over Carolina. Take note that last week’s College and NFL games produced a slick 18-7-1 mark (that’s 72 percent winners) with a profitable 4-1 mark in “totals” plays.

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Tonight, it’s…

#5 LOUISVILLE (9-1) at HOUSTON (8-2) – 8 p.m. ET, ESPN

Get the popcorn and soda pop ready ‘cause Heisman Trophy runaway leader QB Lamar Jackson of the U of L Cardinals is “on the air” here – but we’re wondering if the price tag’s not a bit too high for this prime-timer especially when you consider there were “experts” at the start of the season that believed Houston was head-and-shoulders better than the ‘Ville. In fact, we looked it up and did you know Houston started the year ranked #15 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll while Louisville was ranked at #19?

The Cards are two-TD betting favorites for this one and just so you know Bobby Petrino’s squad is 4-3-1 against the odds as twin-figure betting favs this year.

Spread Note – Louisville is a spiffy 29-14-1 ATS (against the spread) away since the start of the 2010 season.

On Saturday, it’s…

#2 OHIO STATE (9-1, 6-1 Big 10) at MICHIGAN STATE (3-7, 1-6 Big 10) – 12 p.m. ET, ESPN

No need for anyone to remind Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer about last year’s game versus Sparty: Not only did the Buckeyes (a whopping 16.5-point betting favorite back then) take a tumble en route to a 17-14 home loss but the aftermath included major second-guessing by now-Dallas Cowboys great RB Ezekiel Elliott … remember? Now, the ‘Eyes seek out revenge sans Elliott and needing to cover the hefty 22.5-point price or else somebody below ‘em could leapfrog Ohio State in next week’s poll. One major key for OSU here is making sure RB Curtis Samuel gets his hands on the pigskin 25-or-so times – ‘ya hear us, Coach Meyer?

Spread Note – Did you know that the home teams are 8-and-oh versus the vig in the last eight Ohio State vs. Michigan State games?

INDIANA (5-5, 3-4 Big 10) at #3 MICHIGAN (9-1, 6-1 Big 10) – 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Let’s be up front and tell you we didn’t care for the post-game attitude of Michigan boss-man Jim Harbaugh last week – the loss in Iowa City was his fault as Michigan never did open up that offense and now the maize-and-blue must make a go of it here and the rest of the way without QB Wilton Speight (2,156 yards passing and 15 TDs). If the Wolverines – a 23.5-point favorite here – want to get their act together than QBs John O’Korn and/or Shane Morris better get a quick handle on the “tempo offense” or the Hoosiers could be pesky in this one.

Spread Note – Despite the media hype, Michigan is an ordinary 12-11 against the odds under second-year head coach Harbaugh and that includes last year’s 48-41 non-cover victory at two-TD pup Indiana.


On Sunday, it’s …

BALTIMORE (5-4) at DALLAS (8-1) – 1 p.m. ET, CBS

Say it again, Cowboys fans: America’s Team has not lost a game since Sept. 11th – no wonder the squad that wears the star has been so giddy even if this QB Tony Romo Saga continues to play out. Memo to Tony: Sit tight and enjoy this ride engineered by rookie QB Dak Prescott (14 TDs and 2 INTs) and the aforementioned RB Elliott (1,005 yards rushing, 9 TDs) and let’s see if Dallas’ haughty eight-game SU (straight-up) and eight-game ATS winning streak can get extended here against a Baltimore bunch that has received a no-better-than-average year from QB Joe Flacco (9 TDs and 9 INTs).

Spread Note – Dallas not only famously rolls into this tilt on an eight-game ATS winning streak but overall the Cowboys are 6-0 vig-wise when playing non-NFC East foes.

MIAMI (5-4) at LOS ANGELES (4-5) – 4:05 p.m. ET, Fox

The big news comin’ out of the City of Angels is the quarterback news that the Rams will sit journeyman Case Keenum (the definition of average, if you must know) and play #1 draft pick Jared Goff and thus the instant Las Vegas line shift from LA minus a point to Dolphins minus 1.5 points. Still, the player-to-watch here figures to be Miami RB Jay Ajayi (725 yards rushing this year and he didn’t play the first two games this year) against this Rams’ defense that has held its last three foes to a grand total of 36 points.

Spread Note – Miami is 3-0-1 spreadwise since mid-October including covers against Pittsburgh, Buffalo and San Diego.

NOTE: More College Football Key Previews and NFL Week 11 goodies in the next Jim Sez.


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