Network Bulletin Sept 12-16
Volume 29, Issue 1 - Thursday, Sept 12 thru Monday, September 16
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#1 ALABAMA (1-0) at #6 TEXAS A&M (2-0) - 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS
Still, 'Bama knows things could have turned out much differently last year after losing 29-24 as two-TD home favorites against QB Johnny Manziel and the Aggies - a game in which "Johnny Football" threw for 253 yards and ran for another 92 yards and 'Bama trailed 20-0 before Nick Saban's crew even knew what hit 'em.
So, with that little history lesson in mind, betting Alabama in the first half minus 4 or 5 points is probably a sound play here and keep in mind we'll have either/both the Side & Totals play on this monster marquee matchup when you check in with us at 1-800-323-4453 or click here to purchase online,
TENNESSEE (2-0) at #2 OREGON (2-0) - 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN
Mariota already has accounted for 433 yards passing and 235 yards rushing with six total TDs through these first two games and not sure that even the new-and-improved Tennessee Vols can keep him in check here - even while grabbing hold of a four-TD price from the good folks in Las Vegas!
Note that Oregon is a collective 13-7-2 ATS (against the spread) whenever laying twin-figure prices while dating back to late in the 2010 season - that's a swift .650 winning rate - and did you realize the Ducks actually have held 10 of their last 13 foes to 21 points or less? You can look it up, Jack!
#16 UCLA (1-0) at #23 NEBRASKA (2-0) - 12 p.m. ET, ABC
No doubt Jim L. Mora's club is well-rested following its 58-20 win against Nevada two weekends ago when QB Brett Hundley threw for two TDs and rushed for another pair of scores but there remains a question here regarding the overall focus of the Pac-12 team after the tragic auto accident death of walk-on WR Nick Pasquale last Sunday. Mora has not allowed any of his players to talk with the media as the Bruins continue to grieve and not till Saturday will we know if UCLA's hearts-and-minds are in this game or not.
Note: The 'Huskers, meanwhile, have been playing up the revenge angle after UCLA scored a 36-30 win last year in Pasadena.
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#20 WISCONSIN (2-0) at ARIZONA STATE (1-0) - 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
If Wisconsin's ground game - currently ranked #3 in the land while averaging 390 rushing yards a game - can keep hold of the ball for close to 40 minutes here then there won't be so many opportunities for Sun Devils' slinger Taylor Kelly who fired five TD passes in last week's 52-0 win against Sacramento State. Gotta say the points look inviting in a 27-24 type final ... one way or the other!
#25 OLE MISS (2-0) at TEXAS (1-1) - 8 p.m. ET, Longhorn Network
It could be that Rebels WRs Evan Engram (the freshman has 7 catches for 131 yards) and veteran Dante Moncrief (7 catches for 130 yards) will burn a secondary that really hasn't been very good for the past few years ... stay tuned.
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NFL WEEK 2 - TOP SUNDAY SHOWDOWNS
SAN FRANCISCO (1-0) at SEATTLE -- 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC
No doubt Jim Harbaugh's club has a long memory and last year's 42-13 loss in Seattle on the next-to-last regular-season weekend still stings the defending NFC champs and gotta believe QB Colin Kaepernick - fresh off a brilliant 412-yard, 3-TD passing show in that 34-28 win/cover against Green Bay - will be aces here while getting downfield help from WR Anquan Boldin (an amazing 13 receptions for 208 yards last Sunday at Candlestick Park) and friends.
Hey, if Carolina RB DeAngelo Williams didn't lose a fumble inside the Seahawks' 10-yard line last weekend, then Seattle - a 12-7 winner against the Panthers - might right now be looking up at both San Fran and St. Louis as early-season division leaders. We know which side we're on but we'll have a firmed up rating for this game on Sunday morning, It's our NFC Sunday Night Game of the Year.
WASHINGTON (0-1) at GREEN BAY (0-1) - 1 p.m. ET, Fox
Washington is travelling off the short work week following Monday Night's 33-27 loss to Philadelphia and there's loads of rust on QB Robert Griffin III's game even though he scraped some off en route to a 329-yard, two-TD performance against the Birds. Throw into the mix the fact that now Green Bay LB Clay Matthews has had his "manhood" questioned by a certain Harbaugh brother and you get the sense the Packers will be revved-up and quite angry for this important NFC tilt.
If Washington's so-so secondary can't keep up with WR Jordy Nelson here (see 7 catches for 130 yards and one score last week in SF) than it could be curtains early here for the 'Skins. Did anyone say something about Green Bay and the "over"?
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DENVER (1-0) at NEW YORK GIANTS (0-1) - 4:25 p.m. ET
Now that Giants RB David Wilson has tweeted his feelings out - he called NY Giants fans "irrelevant" - it'll be interesting to see just how many touches G-men head coach Tom Coughlin/offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride gives Wilson here after he lost a pair of fumbles against the Cowboys with one of 'em returned for a score.
Note the extra prep time here for the visiting Broncos who battered Baltimore 49-27 behind P. Manning's seven touchdown passes but what was really intriguing there was the fact three pass-catchers - that's WRs Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker and TE Julius Thomas - combined for 334 receiving yards and all six of the scores.
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