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THE THANKSGIVING DAY/WEEKEND FOOTBALL FEAST ROLLS ON WITH A BATCH OF KEY COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEWS HERE PLUS CATCH OUR UP-TO-DATE HEISMAN TROPHY LIST
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We’re gonna celebrate our 31st Annual Jim Hurley’s Turkey Shoot in a really big way this week/weekend with an abundance of NFL Week 12 and NCAA Football winners … plus there’s plenty of NBA and NCAA Basketball winners on tap too!
Just plan on cashing in big for the next several days while we take you right up till the NFL Week 12 Monday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers at the Philadelphia Eagles, so come along for the ride!
Our veteran Handicappers and Bloggers have everything all mapped out for this year’s Thanksgiving Day games as part of Jim Hurley’s Annual Turkey Shoot when you check with us here at Jim Hurley’s Network on Wednesday afternoon for the Thanksgiving Day game at the toll-free # of 1-800-323-4453 or right here online at www.jimhurley.com for all other game-day selections.
THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT
Here’s some of what is on the College Football menu for this holiday weekend:
On Friday, it’s …
WASHINGTON (10-1, 7-1 Pac-12) at WASHINGTON STATE (8-3, 7-1 Pac-12) – 3:30 p.m. ET, Fox
This year’s Apple Cup is overflowing with drama – the winner snags the Pac-12 North and there are UW Husky fans out there that insist wins here and in the Pac-12 Championship Game gets the purple gang into the College Football Playoffs … we’ll see about that! Washington QB Jake Browning (2,870 yards passing with 37 TDs and 7 INTs) and State slinger Luke Falk (3,935 passing yards with 36 TDs and 7 INTs) go mano-to-mano here … may the best man win this day-after-Thanksgiving bash!
Spread Notes – Washington is just 3-4-1 ATS (against the spread) in Pac-12 play this year and only 17-17-1 spreadwise versus conference foes the past three-plus seasons. Washington State’s a tasty 8-3 versus the vig at home since the start of 2015.
On Saturday, it’s …
MICHIGAN (10-1, 7-1 Big 10) at OHIO STATE (10-1, 7-1 Big 10) – 12 p.m. ET, ABC
Gotta go all the way back to the 2006 season to find the last time these two archrivals were ranked so high while playing one another (they were #1 and #2 in that game 10 years ago) and folks know this is a playoff elimination game of sorts … but does that mean Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh and Ohio State boss-man Urban Meyer play it “close to the vest” here? Not likely as would expect the Wolves to try some gimmick plays with backup QB John O’Korn in the saddle while Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett (2,304 yards passing with 24 TDs and 4 INTs) will zing a few deep balls, weather permitting. The Buckeyes’ oft-overlooked defense ranks fourth nationally while Michigan’s “D” is numero uno (and first nationally against the pass). Could 17-to-20 points win it here even with some gadget plays being used?
Spread Notes – Michigan is a rotten 2-6-1 versus the vig in its last nine showdowns against Ohio State but did you know the Buckeyes are just 5-10 spreadwise in their last 15 games at “The Shoe”?
AUBURN (8-3, 5-2 SEC) at ALABAMA (11-0, 7-0 SEC) – 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS
There’s no debating who’s #1 in the land as the ‘Bama Crimson Tide has stayed picture perfect throughout (and kudos to Alabama for going 8-3 against the Las Vegas prices to this point in time!). If you happen to believe that Nick Saban’s guys will be “tight” here than consider that defense is a “constant” and this Tide stop unit has held eight foes to 10 points or less this year and LBs Reuben Foster and Tim Williams figure to be ultra-active here.
Spread Notes – Alabama has covered four of its last five head-to-head duels against Auburn and the Crimson Tide is a collective 12-5 ATS since the middle of last year. Auburn’s covered both of its games when in the underdog role this year but overall War Eagles is a sickly 4-7-1 ATS as pups the past two-plus seasons.
NOTRE DAME (4-7) at USC (8-3) – 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Loved the fact that we knew someone – and it happened to be ESPN analyst Lee Corso – was gonna call USC “the best three-loss team in the country” but the key question here is can the white-hot Trojans cover this bloated 17-point price tag against a sad-sack Notre Dame team that’s lost five games by seven points or less? If you happen to be looking for a frontrunner for the 2017 Heisman Trophy, look no further than Southern Cal QB Sam Darnold who extends plays a la Ben Roethlisberger and has a rifle arm – or hasn’t you noticed his stats that feature 2,428 yards passing with 24 TDs and remember he began the year as second-string.
Spread Notes – USC rides a nifty five-game pointspread winning streak into this tile with covers against Oregon, Washington and UCLA the past three weeks while Notre Dame does boast a 5-2 ATS mark in its last seven games against the Troy Boys.
MICHIGAN STATE (3-8, 1-7 Big 10) at PENN STATE (9-2, 7-1 Big 10) -- 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Don’t forget that the Penn State Nittany Lions actually have the best shot to win the East Division – a win here and an Ohio State win and the Happy Valley kids play in the Big 10 Championship Game next weekend – so for all the hype surrounding Michigan-Ohio State it’s James Franklin’s squad that could be shooting off the confetti this holiday weekend. Expect a steady dose of RB Saquon Barkley – 30 carries or so – against a Sparty defense that has allowed five foes to score 30-or-more points.
Spread Notes – Penn State rock-n-rolls into this tilt on a snazzy six-game pointspread winning streak but overall the Nittany Lions are just 2-5 ATS whenever playing Michigan State. Hey, Sparty is an ugly 4-7 against the odds this year but Mark Dantonio’s club is 12-2-1 ATS as dogs the past four-plus years.
FLORIDA (8-2) at FLORIDA STATE (8-3) – 8 p.m. ET, ABC
No national championship bid on the line here but there’s still major significance – remember that Florida State will go a composite 8-0 SU (straight-up) the past four years against Sunshine State rivals Miami and Florida with a “W” here while the visiting Gators will greatly enhance its playoff hopes with a victory in Tallahassee.
Spread Notes – Florida State and Florida has split their last 10 head-to-head pointspread verdicts but keep in mind the FSU Seminoles are just 4-8 vig-wise when playing non-ACC opponents the past couple of years.
THE JIM SEZ HEISMAN TROPHY WATCH LIST
We’re back with the latest Installment of the 2016 Heisman Trophy Watch List where we offer up our top five weekly contenders for college football’s most coveted individual award … now here’s how we see things shaping up as we get set to head into another big-time gridiron week/weekend.
LAMAR JACKSON, QB, Louisville – Holding down the top spot but things are getting a bit scarier for the versatile sophomore who accounted for only 244 offensive yards (211 yards passing/33 yards rushing) in last week’s stunning 26-point loss at Houston.
DESHAUN WATSON, QB, Clemson – No question we have this Tigers’ star ranked higher than most in the Heisman Trophy Watch Lists … he comes off a solid 202-yard passing game in the non-cover win against Wake Forest and for the year Watson has 28 passing TDs and 4 rushing scores.
JALEN HURTS, QB, Alabama – We’ve bumped up the Tide’s kid quarterback one spot in our rankings following his 3-TD passing performance in the scrimmage-like win last Saturday versus Chattanooga.
BAKER MAYFIELD, QB, Oklahoma – Ahh, here’s the first time we’ve inserted the Sooners’ slinger into our top five and he gets a round of applause for “managing” the bad weather last week in the rollicking 56-28 win at West Virginia. For the year, Mayfield’s thrown for 3,381 yards with 35 TDs and just 8 INTs.
DONNELL PUMPHREY, RB, San Diego State – Knocked ‘em down two pegs following the Aztecs’ 34-33 loss at 9.5-point pup Wyoming as Pumphrey rushed for only 76 yards. On the year, he’s scooted free for 1,855 yards rushing (a 6.5 ypc average).
NOTE: Catch our NFL Week 12 Key Previews in the next edition of Jim Sez!
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