THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEKEND AHEAD – ARE WE HEADED TOWARDS YET ANOTHER “SHAKEUP SATURDAY”? …
NFL WEEK 4 REPORT – WE EXAMINE PACKERS, SEAHAWKS AS THEY SHOOT FOR 4-AND-OH STRAIGHT-UP AND SPREAD STARTS …
NBA FINALS NOTEBOOK: LAKERS-HEAT COLLIDE FOR ALL THE MARBLES
Maybe we should preface anything we say inside – or outside – the sports world these days by simply claiming it’s 2020, after all!
So maybe the College Football world should not have been all that surprised last weekend that than-third-ranked Oklahoma lost at home versus four-touchdown underdog Kansas State or that then-eighth-ranked Texas needed to score 15 points in the game’s final three-plus minutes to force OT en route to an uber-wild 63-56 win at Texas Tech or that defending national LSU – which sported an overall SU (straight-up) winning streak of 19 games in a row – was walloped 44-34 at home by 16.5-point pup Miss State.
In some places, we heard it all referred to as “Shakeup Saturday”.
Might we be bracing for another such weekend ahead?
Consider that top 10 teams such as #2 Alabama – a 17-point favorite versus Texas A&M – have been known to stub its toe against these College Station kids; #3 Florida – a hefty 18.5-point betting favorite right here / right now – could have their proverbial hands filled against gritty South Carolina; and that fourth-ranked Georgia (a 6.5-point fav) is surely no “gimme” against old rival Auburn.
Keep in mind with fewer games this season there are obviously fewer opportunities to make up for lost ground – heck, LSU dropped to #20 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll and Oklahoma plummeted to #18 in the AP and that’s significant, especially if the College Football kingpins stick with their four-team national championship setup. Simply put, one more loss by either LSU or Oklahoma puts ‘em in a heap of trouble and so the likes of Alabama, Florida and Georgia already have been forewarned but then, again, it is 2020!
Anyone else out there on “upset alert”?
#12 North Carolina goes on the ACC road for a tilt at two-TD dog Boston College, off to a 2-0 SU start under rookie head coach Jeff Hafley.
And unranked Navy is laying a road “touch” at Air Force. Keep in mind the Fly Boys have yet to play a game, but they’ve been prepping for the rival Middies for weeks.
Hey, we told y’all in our most recent Jim Sez column that College Football Betting Favorites are off to a sluggish start at 34-47-1 but let’s take a moment or two to zoom in on a couple of the really big losers spreadwise when in that chalk role:
Appalachian State – The cuddly App State Mountaineers are a rotten 0-3 ATS (against the spread) as chalk sides so far in this ’20 campaign with pointspread setbacks as 17-, 5.5- and 32.5-point betting favorites. P.S., Appalachian State have failed to cover seven of its last 10 games as favs since the middle of last season.
Iowa State – The Cyclones host reelin’ Oklahoma this Saturday night and so Matt Campbell’s crew is back in that comfy underdog role (see 20-8 ATS as dogs) and that’s a good thing ‘cause I-State’s failed to cover 12- and 4-point favorite price tags out of the 2020 starting gate.
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THE NFL WEEK 4 REPORT
That’s the sound of the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks are making plenty this year … both squads are 3-and-oh SU and 3-0 versus the vig while we head into Week 4 action and so let’s look at what both teams have straight ahead come Sunday / Monday:
GREEN BAY – Second-year boss-man Matt LaFleur’s in heady company these days as he’s 17-4 SU and 14-7 spreadwise ever since starting his head coaching career back in September of 2019. Now, the Pack gets and extra prep day prior to the Week 4 Monday Night Football clash against fast-fading Atlanta. Okay, so the Pack’s laying a full touchdown here (for now) after winning outright twice as underdogs at Minnesota (Week 1) and at New Orleans (Week 3) with a 42-21 triumph over 6.5-point pup Detroit sandwiched in between. One note: Green Bay’s 9-5 ATS as chalk sides under LaFleur and 7-3 spreadwise at Lambeau Field the past year-plus.
SEATTLE – Hats off to the surging Seahawks who’ve banged out back-to-back-to-back pointspread “W’s” against Atlanta, New England and Dallas … now Pete Carroll’s crew is laying 6.5 points to host Miami and may we remind you that the ‘Hawks are a tasty 16-6-4 vig-wise when playing non-NFC West foes while dating back to the start of 2018. In case you’re wondering about Seattle QB Russell Wilson (925 yards passing with 14 TDs and just 1 INT this year), his MVP-like start is a gas but remember Seattle’s not started off a season 4-0 ATS since 2013.
THE NBA FINALS
The storylines are set:
The Los Angeles Lakers’ mega-star LeBron James going up against his former team – the Miami Heat – in this year’s bubble-setting NBA Finals and it’s duly noted that the Lakers are listed as the – 300 betting favorite (take back + 260 with the Heat).
For you pointspread-meisters, this year’s playoffs have produced the following pointspread records:
The Lakers are 10-4-1 against the odds while beating Portland, Houston and Denver in five games apiece;
The Heat is 12-3 vig-wise in this post-season while disposing for Indiana (in four games), Milwaukee (in five games) and Boston (in six games).