Submitted by Jim Hurley on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 12:00 PM
IT'S THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL COUNTDOWN TO #1 LSU AT #2 ALABAMA - HERE'S A HANDFUL OF SPREAD STATS PLUS, WHAT ELSE IS LOOMING THIS WEEKEND
THE NFL REPORT - COWBOYS LASSO THE GIANTS 37-18 AS A ROAD TEAM FINALLY WINS IN WEEK 9 PLAY …
COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREVIEW - HERE'S OUR SHOOT-FROM-THE-HIP FINAL FOUR
C'mon, it's always great when the College Football world gets us a #1 versus #2 matchup but this Saturday's LSU (#1) at Alabama (#2) showdown in the SEC should be really saucy stuff (and did you notice that we had LSU ranked numero uno long before the "experts" out there?):
Consider that 'Bama has won the last eight consecutive head-to-head matchups between these old rivals and - truth be told - the Crimson Tide's covered six of these eight tilts including the not-so-memorable 21-0 national championship bash back in 2011 (Alabama was a 2.5-point betting favorite back then on the heels of LSU's sleepy 9-6 regular-season win).
And what about the fact that Alabama here is a single-digit betting favorite in this upcoming game?
That's newsworthy stuff when you consider the Tide's been a double-digit betting fav in 21 of its last 22 games overall. The lone exception was Clemson's 44-16 rout over 'Bama in last year's National Championship Game when Nick Saban's squad was installed as the 5-point betting favorite.
Dig a little deeper spreadwise and this is what else you come up with:
LSU is 5-2-1 ATS (against the spread) so far this year and the Bayou Bengals are an electric 26-13-1 spreadwise under head coach Ed Orgeron (folks, that's a dizzying .667 winning rate).
Meanwhile, this year Alabama is 4-4 against the juice and overall the Tide's a healthy / wealthy 90-72-2 ATS under Mr. Saban (that's a nifty .556 winning percentage).
One last thing: LSU is 18-6-1 ATS under Orgeron is SEC games these past three-plus years while Alabama is 17-12-1 ATS in conference action during this exact same time span (that's since mid-2016). So there!
Okay, so we'll post our LSU-Alabama preview later this week and keep in mind there's a whole lot of goodies on this upcoming college gridiron sked - and that includes #5 Penn State at our #10 Minnesota, our #6 Baylor at TCU and Iowa State at Oklahoma.
THE JIM SEZ COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOP 10
1 - LSU
2 - Alabama
3 - Ohio State
4 - Clemson
5 - Penn State
6 - Baylor
7 - Georgia
8 - Oregon
9 - Utah
10 - Minnesota
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NFL WEEK 9 WRAPUP
What do you know? Following this past Sunday's NFL Week 9 action - where all 11 home teams won SU (straight-up) and cashed too, there finally was a road warrior winner as the Dallas Cowboys (- 6.5) topped the New York Giants 37-18.
Okay, there were more turnover problems for Giants' rookie QB Daniel Jones (a pair of fumbles and one interception) in that Monday Night Football game but let's concentrate for a moment here on the 'Boys (5-3) who sported four different pass-catchers with six-or-more receptions as QB Dak Prescott threw for 257 yards and three TDs. No doubt Prescott and Company were aided and abetted by some awful pass interference calls against the G-men - let them play! - but the bottom line is Dallas is 4-and-oh in divisional play so far and that sets 'em nicely when / if there might be any tiebreakers in terms of winning the NFC East. If the season ended today, Dallas would be the #4 playoff seed in the NFC - that's the good news - but check out this sked that includes road games in Detroit, New England, Chicago and Philadelphia.
Could be that even a 6-0 record inside the NFC East won't be good enough to cop the divisional crown. Stay tuned.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL IS BACK!
Okay, so we didn't predict the winner of last year's national championship — we had Virginia Tech besting Duke and give the Hokies credit for making it to the Sweet 16. So, let's give it a whirl again here in this 2019-2020 college b-ball campaign that tips off tonight with a billion games … with the marquee matchups this evening at Madison Square Garden where #3 Kansas battles #4 Duke, #1 Michigan State takes on #2 Kentucky.
Funny thing is we don't have any of these preseason top four teams making it to next spring's Final Four. Here's our shoot-from-the-hip Jim Sez Finals Four prediction:
It'll be Seton Hall vs. Washington in one national semifinal game; North Carolina vs. Gonzaga in the other tilt.
And it'll be North Carolina over Washington for the national title. Get out those scissors, Tar Heels!
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