Seattle Wins in Desert; Loses CB Sherman For the Year Plus College Previews Ahead
NFL WEEK 10 ZOOMS INTO ACTION --
SEAHAWKS CLIP CARDS 22-16 IN NFC WEST WAR …
COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S “NOTRE DAME-MIAMI WEEKEND”
HAS MORE TO OFFER THAN JUST THAT MONSTER
MATCHUP FROM SOUTH BEACH!
Just call ‘em the Legion of Doom … and Gloom!
Sure, the Seattle Seahawks snagged an important 22-16 win in Arizona last night but the lasting images from that game were the on-field injury to superstar CB Richard Sherman and the many shots of S Earl Thomas (hamstring) who wore his eye black but didn’t suit up.
Sherman mouthed the words “out for the year” after telling teammates he tore his Achilles while Thomas is hoping to hop back into the fray in a week or two but this is disaster time for a unit that’s getting old and getting more and more brittle.
Seattle is now 6-3 SU (straight-up) and still among the NFC’s cream-of-the-crop teams but – if you happen to be holding a ticket with the Seahawks at 8-to-1 to win it all – don’t go out and buy some fancy sound system for your car … it’s getting less and less likely that the Seahawks will be playing for all the marbles come the first weekend in February.
Jim Hurley’s Network of Handicappers and Bloggers have Football Winners all week/weekend long in what’s a very busy time on the gridiron.
Note that the College kids have plenty of good stuff going on as there’s Three (3) game here on this Friday night and then a slew of important tilts on Saturday and don’t forget that NFL Week 10 continues to roll on Sunday with such showdowns as red-hot New Orleans at Buffalo, Dallas at Atlanta and the Sunday Night Game between New England at Denver.
And there’s lots of NBA winners too plus remember the College Basketball guys start up here on Friday, so just check in with us here at www.jimhurley.com or via our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453.
THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT
There’s no ifs, ands or buts about it …
The Saturday Night Showdown between #3 Notre Dame at #7 Miami is “must-see TV” for any college football fan out there – we’ll get you a preview in tomorrow’s Jim Sez – but don’t sleep on all the other great/important matchups on this second-weekend-in-November docket:
Tonight it’s …
#9 WASHINGTON (8-1, 5-1 Pac-12) at STANFORD (6-3, 5-2 Pac-12) – 10:30 p.m. ET, FS1
The UW Huskies – remember – were part of last year’s CFP mix and could be again … but that means the Dawgs have to win here at “The Farm” where RB Bryce Love (ankle) is expected to play and keep in mind Love’s rushed for 1,456 yards and a dozen TDs even though he’s missed a game-and-change. Can Washington QB Jake Browning (16 TDs/ 5 INTs) finally have an explosive game here?
On Saturday, it’s …
#12 MICHIGAN STATE (7-2, 5-1 Big 10) at #13 OHIO STATE (7-2, 5-1 Big 10) – 12 p.m. ET, Fox
Let’s face it: We don’t expect any two-loss team to get into the playoff picture at year’s end but surging Sparty (five wins in its last six outings) could be a “team to watch” as Mark D’Antonio’s unit already has knocked off “name teams” Michigan and Penn State – and QB Brian Lewerke (400 yards passing in last week’s 27-24/ 7-hour game against Penn State) has his mojo back on!
#1 GEORGIA (9-0, 6-0 SEC) at #10 AUBURN (7-2, 5-1 SEC) – 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS
“The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry” has been going on since – get this – 1892.
But, in truth, there’s been few games between these bitter rivals that have had as much meaning as this clash at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Consider that in one fell swoop, the Auburn Tigers – with a win – could become the two-loss team out there that generates some playoff talk while potentially helping to sack Georgia from the chase. The Dawgs have clinched the SEC East and thus a future date with Alabama (or Auburn again) in the SEC Championship Game on December 2nd but a loss here and a loss there by Kirby Smart’s crew and the Bulldogs would be out of the playoff mix.
One X-factor here is Georgia’s defense getting pressure on born-again QB Jarrett Stidham (1,996 yards passing with 11 TDs and 3 INTs) who is showing major confidence these days after just getting a feel for the offense the season’s first few weeks. Hey, last year Georgia won this rivalry game 13-7 and the Dawgs’ lone TD came via a “pick six”.
#20 IOWA (6-3, 3-3 Big 10) at #8 WISCONSIN (9-0, 6-0 Big 10) – 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Okay, so we’ve blabbered on this week regarding Wisky’s omission from the “top four” in the College Football Playoff rankings but no sense in the Badgers bellyaching … just keep on winnin’ and things will sort itself out, right? The Badgers are thought to be a team that “doesn’t beat itself” but lefty QB Alex Hornibrook has been intercepted in six consecutive games and so gut feeling is TB Jonathan Taylor (1,368 yards rushing and a haughty 7.2 yards-per-carry average) could be a very busy Badger here … 30-or-more carries means Wisky wins/covers the 12.5-point price. Got it?
#6 TCU (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) at #5 OKLAHOMA (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) – 8 p.m. ET, Fox
It’s funny that Notre Dame versus Miami is getting all the media attention, all the hype this week and yet here’s a #5 vs. #6 showdown inside the Big 12 where the loser is definitely out of the playoff mix … and yet Horned Frogs vs. Sooners could be just the first of a “two-part act” as this league’s championship game will pit the first two teams in the standings against one another. Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield (3,226 yards passing) comes off that silly 598-yard passing game and he’s everyone’s #1 choice for the Heisman right now but keep in mind that TCU slinger Kenny Hill is a 2,000-yard passer (actually 2,009 yards passing with 15 TDs / 5 INTs) and avoiding blitzes will be a key for Hill here if he wants to stay step-for-step with the 6.5-point favored Boomer Sooners.
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