Get Ready for a Monster College Weekend/NFL Week 4 Ahead
KEY QUICKIE PREVIEWS AND OUR TOP 10 …
THE NFL WEEK 4 NEWS/NOTES:
PACKERS BANG OUT 35-14 WIN AGAINST THE BEARS
There’s a fair share of real rivalry games on this weekend’s college football docket – tonight’s #5 USC at #16 Washington State bash (10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN) is just one of ‘em on the big board – but some of the dogs in these rivalry games likely need to play a “perfect game” in order to steel away a win … we’re thinking about you, Tennessee (a 7.5-point home pup against surging Georgia) and Mississippi State (a 9-point underdog at Auburn).
Here’s a couple of college football games on the Saturday menu that could be fun-fun-fun …
FLORIDA STATE (0-2) at WAKE FOREST (4-0) – 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Yes, the FSU Seminoles are one of just two Power-5 teams without a win so far this year (the other is Baylor) but consider the 21-day break between games because of Hurricane Irma and, well, it’s already been a really rough year for Jimbo Fisher’s team that now asks frosh QB James Blackman (278 yards passing, 0 INT this year) to rescue this quick-sinking 2017 campaign.
Wake Forest’s underrated QB John Wolford (8 TDs and 0 INTs) may be the best field general that you have not heard of but he could put the Demon Deacons in position for the school’s biggest home win in years.
Spread Stat – Florida State has covered seven of its last 11 away games.
#15 OKLAHOMA STATE (3-1) at TEXAS TECH (3-0) – 8 p.m. ET, Fox
Don’t kayo the Okie State Cowboys if/when you’re thinking about the college football playoffs this winter … if Mike Gundy’s crew runs the table and gets some outside help than QB Mason Rudolph (1,533 yards passing with 13 TDs and 3 INTs) and Company could be a noisemaker this New Year’s Eve. The key here for the 9.5-point favored Cowpokes: Get a grip on Tech slinger Nic Shimonek (averaging 416 yards passing; third-best in FBS) or else take a second straight loss in Big 12 play.
Spread Stat – Oklahoma State’s covered seven of its last 10 showdowns against the TT Red Raiders.
Take note …
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JIM SEZ TOP 10
1 – Alabama
2 – Clemson
3 – Oklahoma
4 – Penn State
5 – USC
6 – Georgia
7 – TCU
8 – Washington
9 – Wisconsin
10 – Michigan
NFL WEEK 4
Three games at historic Lambeau Field for the beloved Green Bay Packers … and three big wins.
The only problem is the Pack will now play just one game in the next four weeks at Lambeau (see Oct. 22nd versus New Orleans) and sometime in the coming days Green Bay will be forced to address its ever-troubling running back situation now that WR-turned-RB Ty Montgomery fractured some ribs en route to his brief 5-carry, 28-yard outing in last night’s weather-battered/interrupted 35-14 win against the 7.5-point underdog Chicago Bears.
Hey, there’s nothing wrong with QB Aaron Rodgers who aired four scoring strikes and was worth 31 “fantasy points” to his backers with a 58-yard non-scoring toss to WR Jordy Nelson the real highlight of a seemingly never-ending game (see 12:20 a.m. ET).
In other NFL Week 4 Notes …
There’s just two unbeaten teams left in the league – the Atlanta Falcons and the Kansas City each enter Week 4 games at 3-0 SU (straight-up) -- but we’ll have to wait till Monday Night to see if KC stays perfect (the Chiefs host Washington).
Meanwhile, the Falcons are a solid 8-point betting fav for their home game against the Buffalo Bills – but it’s not as if 2016 league MVP Matt Ryan is having another MVP-like season with 4 TDs and 3 INTs for a passing attack that’s taken a step or two backwards this year (ranked 7th in the NFL in passing).
NOTE: Get our NFL Week 4 game previews in the next edition of Jim Sez.
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