College Football Bowl Bonanza Begins For Jim Hurley’s Network

IT’S OUR JIM HURLEY BOWL BONANZA – AND IT ALL GETS STARTED SATURDAY WITH FIVE (5) FUN BOWL GAMES …

THE NFL WEEK 15 REPORT: WE CHECK OUT THURSDAY’S RAMS-SEAHAWKS GAME AND ASK – CAN LA’S NEW COACH/NEW QB EVEN KEEP IT CLOSE?

AND WE PUT A WRAP ON WEEK 14 WITH PATRIOTS’ MNF WIN

Welcome to the 2016 College Football Bowl Season… you’ve come to the right place!

The Jim Hurley Network will be pounding out lots and lots of Bowl Winners this holiday season – and that’s a really good thing because there’s lots and lots of Bowl Games …

There’s 41 in all should you count the National Championship Game from Tampa on the evening of Monday, Jan. 9th and we remind you that last year we busted the bookies big time with a slew of winners including Clemson’s upset over Oklahoma in the playoff semifinals along with a big “under” winner on Alabama vs. Michigan State in the other semifinal playoff tilt. Might as well win a bunch of Bowl Games even before we get to the New Year’s Eve playoffs, right?

As a matter of fact, my handicappers and bloggers have everything all mapped out and you can get the upcoming College Football Bowl Games beginning with Saturday’s Five (5) games including Houston versus San Diego State in the Las Vegas Bowl plus all the NFL Week 15 games too when you check with us here at Jim Hurley’s Network – make sure you’re all aboard for the week/weekend action online here at www.JimHurley.com or at our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453. You can sign up right now for our Bowl and NFL Playoff Package and you’ll be getting a major discounted price!

Plus don’t forget all the daily/nightly action on the hardwood as there’s NBA and NCAA Hoops action all winter long right here with Jim Hurley’s Network! Don’t miss a single day of Basketball Action with Jim Hurley’s Network’s Cashline and Blue Ribbon Basketball Clubs for NBA and College Hoops Winners all week long!

COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWLS

Okay, let us remind you that we’ll have quick-hitter previews on all the Bowl Games this year right here at Jim Sez and we’ll kick things off by previewing the first three games on Saturday – that’s the New Mexico Bowl, the Las Vegas Bowl and the Cure Bowl – and then we’ll get you the other two Saturday Bowl Previews in tomorrow’s column (that’s the Camellia Bowl and the New Orleans Bowl). We will always be a couple/few days ahead so you can map out your bowl/viewing schedule:

On Saturday, it’s…

NEW MEXICO BOWL –
University Stadium – Albuquerque, NM

UTSA (6-6) at NEW MEXICO (8-4) – 2pm ET, ESPN

The folks at the University of New Mexico lobbied hard to get this “home game” and their wishes were granted – now we’ll see if 1,000-yard runners Teriyon Gipson and/or Tyrone Owens can batter a UTSA defense that ranked a lowly 91st nationally (of 128 FBS teams) in rushing defense.

Spread Notes – Host New Mexico is 30-29-1 ATS (against the spread) overall under fifth-year boss Bob Davie and that includes this year’s dead-even/vig-losing 6-6 spread log. Meanwhile, UTSA covered four of its final games this year but is just 2-4 against the odds away in 2016.

LAS VEGAS BOWL –
Sam Boyd Stadium – Las Vegas, NV

HOUSTON (9-3) vs. SAN DIEGO STATE (10-3) – 3:30pm ET, ABC

All the hullabaloo here regards since-gonzo Houston head coach Tom Herman who took the high road to Texas and so it’s brand-new boss/former offensive coordinator Major Applewhite who makes his debut here against a run-crazy San Diego State squad that ranked seventh nationally in rushing yardage (273.3 ypg) starring RB Donnell Pumphrey who cranked out 2,018 yards and 16 TDs. Remember that Houston’s beaten both Oklahoma and Louisville this year in shocking upsets – will QB Greg Ward Jr. and friends now be on the “wrong end” of a mild upset in Sin City?

Spread Notes – Houston finished the regular season going 1-6-1 ATS in its last eight games but the Coogs have covered back-to-back bowl games against Florida State (a 38-24 upset win as 7.5-point pups last year) and versus Pittsburgh two years ago (a 35-34 come-from-way-behind win as 5.5-point dogs). San Diego State’s been a betting favorite in its last 19 consecutive games – the Aztecs are a respectable 16-12 ATS as pups since the start of 2010.

CURE BOWL –
Citrus Bowl – Orlando, FL

ARKANSAS STATE (7-5) at UCF (6-6) – 5:30pm ET, CBSC

Here’s another “home team” in a bowl game as the UCF Knights have come a long way in a short period of time after posting that ugly 0-12 mark last year – now they’re a six-point fav for this post-season clash and all eyes will be on the combo of QB McKenzie Milton (1,808 yards passing) and WR Tre-Quan Smith (team-high 54 receptions, 5 TDs). Note that Arkansas State is in a bowl game for the sixth straight year.

Spread Notes – UCF churned out a rock-solid 8-4 ATS mark this year under rookie head coach Scott Frost while Arkansas State’s failed to cover seven of its last eight non-Sun Belt Conference games.

NFL WEEK 15

On Thursday, it’s…

LOS ANGELES (4-9) at SEATTLE (8-4-1) – 8:30pm ET, NBC/NFL Network

Bye, bye Jeff Fisher… no one here is gonna “take your side” when it comes to this week’s firing as his Rams completely fell apart in recent weeks and last Sunday’s 42-14 home loss to Atlanta was the proverbial last straw.

The $64,000 question is whether interim head coach John Fassel – the team’s special teams guru – can create a spark on this short week and what about lost-in-space rookie QB Jaref Goff was committed three turnovers in that aforementioned loss to the Falcons.

Hey, the Seahawks are not feeling sorry for y’all – after all, Seattle QB Russell Wilson aired five INTs last weekend in Green Bay (yes, a couple were off deflections) and it is revenge for Pete Carroll’s club following that 9-3 loss in Los Angeles back in Week 2.

Spread Notes – Seattle is 14-5-1 ATS versus fellow NFC West squads the past three-plus seasons; the LA Rams are 1-6-2 ATS in their past nine games this year.

Finally, we put a bow on NFL Week 14 with a comment (or two) regarding New England’s hang-on-for-dear-life 30-23 win/cover against Baltimore:

The Patriots nearly blew the game – and the cover – because of back-to-back special teams gaffes and you gotta figure New England head coach Bill Belichick will be burning the midnight oil trying to come up with the right guy to field punts/kickoffs;

And for you prop players, nothing like New England WR Julian Edelman getting targeted 15 times (with only seven receptions) and needing his very last catch to go “over” 72.5 receiving yards, thanks to that eight-yard pass from QB Tom Brady just on the north side of the two-minute warning. Egads!

NOTE: There’s College Bowl Previews for the Saturday games in the next edition of Jim Sez.

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