Network Bulletin October 10-14
Volume 29, Issue 5 - Thursday, Oct 10 thru Monday, October 14
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OKLAHOMA vs. TEXAS (at Dallas): Annual Red River Rivalry Game could help sink Longhorns boss Brown once-and-for-all and need we remind y'all the Sooners have won the last two meetings 63-21 and 55-17?
USF at CONNECTICUT: First game in the saddle for UConn interim boss Weist and he finds self as near-TD favorite even though Huskies are 0-4 SU (straight-up) and 1-3 ATS (against the spread). Maybe switch to new QB Boyle from turnover machine Whitmer will help the Connecticut cause ... do stay tuned!
TEXAS A&M at OLE MISS: The all-too-mouthy Ole Miss Rebels are sinking fast in the SEC West standings (see back-to-back losses to Alabama and Auburn) and now Aggies QB Manziel will wing it here in TD-plus road triumph. Gotta say that Texas A&M wide-out Evans (averaging 24.7 ypc on his 28 receptions) might be the most dangerous non-QB in college football right now. It's Texas A&M 35, Ole Miss 26.
FLORIDA at LSU: These aren't your big brother's Bayou Bengals as this year's crew is averaging 45.5 ppg with QB Mettenberger a real/live stat-sheet stuffer (see 1,738 yards passing with 15 TDs and 2 INTs) but pointspread mavens know the Gators covered all three of their underdog games a year ago. Is 6 ½ points "too tall" here? Give Jim Hurley a game-day call and we'll send you straight to the winner's circle.
OREGON at WASHINGTON: The average pointspread lay for the Oregon Ducks this year is a whopping 39 points and so now giving up 10 ½ points or so doesn't seem like a big deal, right? Host Huskies really need another dynamic game from QB Price (350 yards passing and two TDs in last week's loss-but-cover at Stanford) just to hang 'round here!
MICHIGAN at PENN STATE: Erratic play of maize-and-blue QB Gardner had Wolverines turn conservative in his last game - a 42-13 eventual blowout of distracted Minnesota - with no attempted passes till midway of second quarter. Hmmm. Maybe laying short road price at Happy Valley is not in your best interests here.
BOISE STATE at UTAH STATE: No doubt you're well aware Utah State slinger Keeton is gone for the year (knee) and that's too bad 'cause his 18 TDs and 2 INTs had been all the talk in the Mountain West Conference. Note Boise State's 24-10-1 spreadwise away since the start of 2008 season.
THIS WEEKEND WE HARVEST ALL THE CASH!
The Midpoint of the season is when the information trove is PURE GOLD. Jim Hurley's Network is Harvesting the Data from all games played up to this point. History shows, this is the time of the year when all our connections, information & back data are at their strongest... Just look at this lineup:
Thursday, October 10: Thursday Night Gold Game of the Year Plus Bonus NFL Giants at Bears
Friday, October 11: Mid-America Mauling
Saturday, October 12: Golden Crown Triple College Parlay
Having already lost to the Bengals and the Niners, the Pack cannot afford another loss this early. The Ravens offense has struggled and will have to keep up with Aaron Rodgers and company. Can they? And the late night showdown between the Cowboys and the Redskins has taken on more urgency for both teams with the Giants almost comatose and the Eagles grounded. Dallas had hoped to run away with the division, but a loss in San Diego put them back into a dog fight. Other key games include the Saints at the Patriots and the new and more confident Lions against the even more shocking Browns. Two of these games are absolutely golden for us. Cash both and the parlay too.
Monday, October 14 Gold Side/Total Parlay - Colts at Chargers
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NCAA FOOTBALL TIDBITS
Speaking of quarterbacks, the Ohio State Buckeyes made a huge decision a couple of weeks ago to re-install once-injured QB Braxton Miller back into the starting lineup and he promptly powered the 'Eyes to wins against Wisconsin and Northwestern - maybe Miller (49-of-75 passing for 609 yards with 6 TDs and 2 INTs so far this season) won't be mentioned among this year's leaders for the Heisman Trophy but his rifle right arm, improved decision-making and overall leadership skills might just make him the most important QB in the land this side of Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel.
In fact, if you wished to spend a moment or two deciding on the most important signal-callers in the land, this is the way we'd see it at the almost midway point of this College Football Season:
1 - Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Finally, we've already witnessed a pair of College Football head coaches "walk the plank" this year with USC's Lane Kiffin and Connecticut's Paul Pasqualoni getting pink-slipped and - while we hate talking any kind of "coach-killer" stuff here, if there's any more in-season casualties than Texas' Mack Brown, North Carolina's Larry Fedora and/or Hawaii's Norm Chow could be KO'ed sooner rather than later.
From the fearless prediction department: If Brown loses this weekend's Red River Rivalry game to Oklahoma by another lopsided score (lost by 42 and 38 points the past two meetings) than look for him to go while Fedora (1-4 SU/ATS so far) could be gonesville if he loses two of his next three and one of 'em versus down-the-block rival N.C. State.
JIM HURLEY'S COLLEGE TOP 10
1 - ALABAMA (5-0) ... Tide's not allowed a TD in last three games and even boss-man Nick Saban knows this group is jelling.
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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13
GREEN BAY at BALTIMORE: Possibly lost amidst all the hoopla of last weekend's 22-9 win/cover against short-handed Detroit was the fact the GB Packers scored only one offensive touchdown as PK Crosby booted a handful of FGs. So, if Packers' slinger Rodgers (274 yards passing and no picks last week) wants his NFC North crew to climb above the .500 mark for the first time this year then throwing deep to WRs Jones, Nelson and Cobb is key - hey, did you know the Ravens last week held Miami to just 3-of-16 on third-down plays and still needed a late FG to win it?
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PITTSBURGH at NY JETS: Maybe you've noticed the J-E-T-S have alternated wins/losses this year but hang a little gold star next to the 30-28 MNF triumph in Atlanta as rookie QB Smith (3 TDs and 0 INTs) was superb and underrated ground game averaged healthy 5.4 yards a pop. Short week, however, could be a detriment here and especially when you consider Pittsburgh comes off its bye week. The 0-4 Steelers returned to the states following recent loss in London ranked 31st in the NFL in rushing and with QB Roethlisberger having been sacked 15 times but gotta believe they get their act together here - finally! Pittsburgh 24, NY Jets 17.
ARIZONA at SAN FRANCISCO: Maybe the SF 49ers are about ready to go on a prolonged run (that's what NBC analyst Collinsworth predicted in last week's 34-3 win against Houston) but we'd still like to have everyone back (see LB Willis, pass-rusher Smith, WR Crabtree and others) before we lay thick double-digit price in a divisional home game.
On Sunday Night, it's ...
MONDAY, OCTOBER 14
NFL ODDS & ENDS
Here's a question we gotta pose to you: Is it a "fire-able offense" that Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith opted not to have his team attempt a chip-shot field goal at the end of the first half this past Monday Night in that eventual 30-28 loss to the 9 ½-point underdog New York Jets?
Heck, right after Smith had his club's offense stay on the field and then come up short on a dive play into the line we thought that if the Falcons lost, Smith should indeed get fired.
The chippie field goal was a no-brainer but - then again - Smith's been a glutton for red-zone punishment all year long with close-and-late losses to New Orleans, Miami, New England and the aforementioned Jets and that's one way a team allegedly destined to be a Super Bowl favorite instead goes to 1-4 to start the campaign.
The failed try for a touchdown energized the Jets - to us that was Coaching 101 stuff and Smith failed miserably.
One other NFL-related note ...The return of QB Josh Freeman to the NFL's Minnesota Vikings was an intriguing hire the other day - yes, we know Vikes head coach Leslie Frazier is giving himself some "insurance" in case starting QB Christian Ponder can't come back close to full strength after a recent rib injury - but sometimes there is magic in the air when a quarterback gets a change of scenery.
Don't be shocked if Freeman gives Minnesota a little boost come the second half of this here-and-now season and we wonder aloud whether or not newly-cut QB Matt Flynn (the Oakland Raiders just waved bye-bye) could be an improvement for a team such as the winless Jacksonville Jaguars or perhaps the Buffalo Bills or maybe even the Houston Texans.
Flynn might well have been a "one-game wonder" for the Green Bay Packers a couple of years ago but he's gotta be better than some of the rotten quarterback play we've seen the first five weeks of this NFL season.
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