The Bowls Are Done, but We’re Far From Finished This Football Season

HEY FOLKS, THE COLLEGE BOWLS ARE FINALLY OVER AND SO TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND NOW START GEARING UP FOR MONDAY’S NATIONAL TITLE TILT BETWEEN #1 ALABAMA AND #2 CLEMSON…

PLUS OUR COLLEGE BOWL – CONFERENCE-BY-CONFERENCE POINTSPREAD CHART …

NFL WILD CARD WEEKEND NEWS/NOTES TOO

For real… was that just 41 College Football Bowl Games played in the last 17 days?

Yup!

In case you didn’t track it for yourself, we’ll let you know that College Football Bowl Betting Favorites registered a rather shoddy 15-25-1 ATS (against the spread) mark for a .375 winning rate – yes, the underdogs ruled the roost but will that be the case Monday Night in Tampa when the 6½ point pup Clemson Tigers shoot for revenge in the National Championship Game against Alabama?

We’ll have lots to say about that Tigers vs. Tide game in the next handful of days, so don’t miss out on all our Jim Sez columns.

Right now, let’s get you squared away with our College Bowl Conference-By-Conference Pointspread Chart:

BOWL CHART –

Config / LG Won Loss Tie Pct.
         
MEAC 1 0 0 1.00
ACC 9 2 0 .818
Big 12 4 2 0 .667
Sun Belt 3 2 0 .600
Mid-American 3 2 1 .600
Mountain West 4 3 0 .571
SEC 6 6 0 .500
Conference USA 3 3 0 .500
Big 10 4 5 1 .444
American 2 4 0 .333
SWAC 0 1 0 .000
Independents 0 2 0 .000
Pac-12 0 6 0 .000

So, “hats off” to the seemingly-always underrated Atlantic Coast Conference that cashed 9-of-11 bowl bets during this holiday season – the winners included Boston College (Quick Lane), N.C. State (Independence), Wake Forest (Military), Miami (Russell Athletic), Virginia Tech (Belk), North Carolina (Sun), Florida State (Orange), Georgia Tech (Taxslayer) and Clemson (Fiesta/playoff game).

Meanwhile, the Pac-12 really torched folks with that 0-and-6 spread mark in bowl play – the conference’s bowl game pointspread losers were Washington State (Holiday), Utah (Foster Farms), Colorado (Alamo), Stanford (Sun), Washington (Peach) and USC (Rose).

Extra, extra…

Get the Side & Totals of this weekend’s NFL Wild Card Round games when you check with us here on game-day mornings at Jim Hurley’s Network.

And, of course, make sure you’re all aboard for the NBA and NCAA Basketball daily/nightly winners all this week either online here at www.jimhurley.com or at our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453.

Plus, the College Football National Championship Game is set – #2 Clemson versus #1 Alabama on Monday from Tampa … and we’re ready to put a capper on what’s been a great post-season with Side & Totals winners here!

NFL WILD CARD WEEKEND

Let’s zip around the NFL and get you some quick-hitter pointspread goodies from the eight teams playing this Saturday/Sunday. It’s Oakland-Houston and Detroit-Seattle on Saturday; Miami-Pittsburgh and the New York Giants-Green Bay on Sunday:

AFC

#3 PITTSBURGH (11-5) – The Steelers have been only mildly successful at home in recent years as since the last time they made it to a Super Bowl (see the 2010 season) this NFC North crew is just 26-21-2 ATS (against the spread) as hosts and that includes a playoff loss to Baltimore back in 2014.

#4 HOUSTON (9-7) – Here’s the good news for the Texans who may or may not know at this very moment who their starting quarterback’s gonna be come Saturday at 4:35pm ET: Houston is a modestly successful 13-11-1 ATS at home under third-year head coach Bill O’Brien. The bad news: The NFC South champs failed to cover six of their final seven regular-season games leading up to this tilt.

#5 OAKLAND (12-4) – The Raiders have notched spread wins in seven of their last 10 games this year and overall the silver-and-black is 13-4 ATS away the past two years. Note that Oakland’s a solid 10-6 ATS this year (10-5 ATS when QB Derek Carr was in the lineup).

#6 MIAMI (10-6) – Is this gonna be a “fish fry” in the Steel City come Sunday afternoon? We ask that because Miami has failed to cover three-of-four games this year against AFC North opponents (yes, the lone win/cover did come against Pittsburgh back in Week 6). The last time Miami made it to the playoffs? A 27-9 home loss versus 4-point fav Baltimore back in 2008.

NFC

#3 SEATTLE (10-5-1) – Recent post-season history shows us that the Seahawks are a dead-even and vig-losing 5-5 against the odds since 2012 and that includes a current four-game spread losing skein. The ‘Hawks are 16-20-1 ATS when facing non-divisional foes the past two years.

#4 GREEN BAY (10-6) – Strange but true, the GB Packers are 9-5-1 ATS in all post-season games under 11th year head coach Mike McCartney but they’ve lost five of these games straight-up either on the last play or in overtime.

#5 NEW YORK GIANTS (11-5) – The G-men haven’t been to the post-season since 2011 but they are a brilliant 8-1 ATS in playoffs/Super Bowls the past nine years. Take note that NYG’s 4-0-1 spreadwise in head-to-head games with Green Bay the past five years and that includes the stunning 37-20 win as 9-point road pups back in 2011.

#6 DETROIT (9-7) – The Lions have staggered badly in the past month with an 0-4 ATS mark since Week 14 play and overall the Motowners are just 19-31 against the odds away since the start of the 2011 campaign.

NOTE: Catch the start of our AFC Wild Card Game Previews in tomorrow’s Jim Sez.

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