NFL Preseason Off and Rollin Tonight -- Cowboys-Cards Collide
NFL NEWS & NOTES: 'BOYS-CARDS IN ACTION TONIGHT IN THE ANNUAL HALL OF FAME GAME TILT
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S CONFERENCE SNAPSHOTS: IT'S THE BIG 12'S TURN TODAY
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The calendar reads early August and that means it's time for the annual NFL Hall of Fame Game to kick off the preseason slate and this evening's showdown between the Dallas Cowboys versus the Arizona Cardinals is one of those rare NFC vs. NFC (or AFC vs. AFC) games when it comes to the H.O.F. Game which usually pits an NFC team versus an AFC squad.
Matter of fact the last time the NFL staged a same conference-versus-one-another Hall of Fame Game it was back in 2012 (see New Orleans 17, Arizona 10) and just twice in the past 44 Hall of Fame Games have we seen same conference clubs clash ... just thought you'd like to know that factoid.
If we missed our Cowboys-Cardinals preview then check out the Jim Sez archives (we popped it up onto this site on Tuesday night) but right now we're gonna get you some other NFL-related tidbits like the fact Dallas will be without DL David Irving (ankle) for tonight's exhibition game and so he's added to an ever-growing list of players not playing here that also includes rookie return specialist Ryan Switzer (hamstring), DL Maliek Collins (hip), LB Justin Durant (undisclosed ailment) and rookie CB Jourdan Lewis (hamstring) and so the ranks have been greatly thinned for this game for Jason Garrett's club.
On the flip side, late-second news from the Cardinals includes word that head coach Bruce Arians is sitting out QB Carson Palmer, RB David Johnson, WR Larry Fitzgerald, CB Patrick Peterson, FS Tyrann Mathiieu and OLB Chandler Jones but it's nice of the Las Vegas oddsmakers to bang out a price here and the latest is Cowboys (-1) with a totals number of 34.5 points - and take note this line opened at Arizona (-1) with an O/U figure of 37 points.
The 2017 NFL Preseason swings into action this evening with the annual Hall of Fame Game from Canton (OH) as the Dallas Cowboys playing the Arizona Cardinals and the College Football kids get serious beginning on Saturday, August 26th -- so know that Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers are gearing up for loads of NFL and College Football winners!
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In other NFL News & Notes ...
Believe what you want to believe but every NFL owner out there is scared stiff to sign anthem-sitter QB Colin Kaepernick because the backlash figures to be enormous. Word out of Baltimore is the Ravens are really divided on possibly inking Kaepernick with head coach John Harbaugh and GM Ozzie Newsome "on board" to get 'em into camp while team owner Steve Bisciotti ain't crazy about the idea and is petrified that he's gonna lose tons of money if Kaepernick does sign with this AFC North crew.
If we had to venture a guess, Kaepernick will either eventually sign with the Ravens or some other NFL team will sign him when they get "desperate" later this month - if there's an injury to a starter or second-stringer in Seattle or Minnesota or with either of the league's LA teams (the Chargers or the Rams) - then Kaepernick could be scooped up by them but he figures to sit on the sidelines a while if the Ravens don't ink 'em real soon ...
Finally, it's never too early to examine team schedules for the upcoming 2017 regular-season campaign and how about the Green Bay Packers? The Pack's gonna be on the road for three of its final four regular-season games (that's at Cleveland, Carolina and Detroit) and that hurts the team that counts on the "frozen tundra" giving them a home-field edge plus Green Bay has three "short weeks" to deal with including a home game on Thursday, Sept. 28th versus the rival Chicago Bears but GB does get 10 days to prep for the Oct. 8th game at Dallas.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL CONFERENCE REPORTS
When it comes to the score-points-a-plenty Big 12 Conference, note the league's championship game is back - but the conference's far-and-away highest-profile head coach is not.
The shocking Bob Stoops retirement announcement a few weeks back came out of nowhere and so - instantly - former offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley has the spotlight shining on him as the Sooners' boss-man but some things in Norman (and all throughout Big 12 land) won't change and that means lots of passing, lots of touchdowns but the $64,000 question is what two teams will finish the regular season at #1 and #2 in the league standings 'cause they'll be the ones squaring off in Arlington (and maybe battling for one of those precious four College Football Playoff berths).
BEST TEAM - Oklahoma State
Ahh, we fooled you! No doubt you were expecting to see the OU Sooners in this spot but the Okie State Cowboys have the goods to win this Big 12 crown as QB Mason Rudolph (4,091 yards passing with 28 TDs last year) might be the country's biggest unsung star and WR James Washington comes off a 10-TD campaign where he averaged nearly 20 yards a grab.
BEST PLAYER - Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
Early reports claim this junior stud could be a high first-round draft pick next spring and the hiring of head coach Tom Herman could be the kick-in-the-backside he needs to show all his wares.
BEST GAME OF THE YEAR - Texas vs. Oklahoma, Oct. 14
The greatest rivalry in these parts will be a major barnburner with the winner likely snagging a spot in the aforementioned Big 12 Championship Game. The Texas State Fair is always fun - but this '17 showdown between Sooners vs. Longhorns could be epic stuff.
HIDDEN STORY - Texas Tech's production line of standout quarterbacks in a proven offensive system rolls on with fifth-year slinger Nic Shimonek and if this 6-foot-3 senior can wing it in the games against Oklahoma, Texas and Oklahoma than the Red Raiders could be better than everyone thinks (projected to finish eighth in the 10-team league).
BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREDICTION - Texas beats Oklahoma State
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