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Let’s get right to more College Football Previews as we check out the country’s #4 and #6 squads (that’s Clemson and Washington, folks) plus Saturday night’s monstrous Big 12 game between #9 Oklahoma at #14 West Virginia but first this reminder …

 

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 NCAA FOOTBALL

On Saturday, it’s …

#4 CLEMSON (9-1, 6-1 ACC) at WAKE FOREST (6-4, 3-3 ACC) – 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

Talk about getting a mulligan!

Last week’s bitter 43-42 last-minute home loss to three-TD underdog Pittsburgh might normally have kayoed Clemson’s national title dreams but instead all it did was shove down the Tigers two spots in the College Football Playoff rankings (thanks to the glut of one-loss teams out there) and so talk about a born-again team! Now, let’s see if QB Deshaun Watson can avoid making any more goal-line area picks!

Spread Note – Clemson is a less-than-scintillating 15-16-1 ATS (against the spread) when playing fellow ACC foes since the start of the 2013 campaign.

 

ARIZONA STATE (5-5, 2-5 Pac-12) at #6 WASHINGTON (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12) – 7:30 p.m. ET, Fox

Nobody can feel sorry for the fact the UW Huskies – at this minute – are on the outside-looking-in at the playoffs following last week’s 26-13 home loss against USC but Chris Petersen’s squad better not hang its heads as QB Jake Browning (not good against the Troy Boys last Saturday night) should pile up big stats against an injury-riddled Arizona State squad here.

Spread Note – Believe it or not, Washington is 0-9 versus the vig in head-to-head games against Arizona State since 2006.

 

#9 OKLAHOMA (8-2, 7-0 Big 12) at #14 WEST VIRGINIA (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) – 8 p.m. ET, ABC

Okay, so we don’t have to be a West Virginia “apologist” but how come this one-loss Mountaineers team has been generally ignored in the current CFP “poll”? The fact of the matter is the ‘Neers – a 3.5-point home underdog here – already have beaten fellow Big 12 foes Kansas State, Texas Tech, TCU and Texas and now a “W” against the surging Sooners would (or should) put WVU into the top seven and eventually a shot to make the four-team playoff party. If QB Skyler Howard steers clear of red-zone picks, then this will be mild upset city and they’ll be burning mattresses in Moragantown!

Spread Note – Oklahoma has won/covered the last two showdowns versus West Virginia as 6- and 8-point betting favorites, respectively.

 

 

NFL WEEK 11

On Sunday, it’s …

CHICAGO (2-7) at NEW YORK GIANTS (6-3) – 1 p.m. ET, Fox

Can we give the NY Giants a little piece of advice … let’s cool it with all this “Super Bowl talk” as this NFC East team – starting with rookie head coach Ben McAdoo – has been yapping all week long about getting to Houston for SB 51.

No doubt the Giants’ current four-game winning streak has been impressive (although we could do without all those WR Odell Beckham, Jr. end-zone dances!) and if DE Jason Pierre-Paul and friends can sack/smother QB Jay Cutler here, than this could well be a comfy win/cover for “Big Blue”.

Spread Note – The New York Giants are 3-0-2 against the odds in their last five games this year but did you know the Jints are 9-5-4 ATS in non-NFC East games the past year-plus?

 

PHILADELPHIA (5-4) at SEATTLE (6-2-1) – 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

It’s always fun to see what a rookie quarterback can do against a veteran defense – so this QB Carson Wentz versus Seahawks’ stop unit is the numero uno story line for this important tilt but two questions to ask of Pete Carroll’s club:

Number one, what’s left in the emotional tank following the back-to-back prime-time wins against Buffalo and New England the past two weeks and, number two, what kind of issues might we see in the Seattle backfield now that RB Christine Michael has been waived (hello Green Bay!) and RB Thomas Rawls (fibula) has been welcomed back to the fold. Remember that Seattle QB Russell Wilson still is not running much with his season-long ankle/knee woes.

Spread Note – Seattle has covered five of its last seven games following that sluggish 0-2 spread start.

 

Note that last night’s 23-20 non-cover home win by the 3.5-point favorite Carolina Panthers versus gritty/gutty New Orleans meant another “W” for NFL Underdogs this year and in case you had lost track, NFL “pups” now are 70-64-7 (with 7 Pick ‘Em games) spreadwise this 2016 season.

 

NOTE: Catch our NFL Week 11 Sunday Night Preview – that’s Green Bay at Washington – in the next edition of Jim Sez.

 

 

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