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THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS –

IT’S FINALLY TIME TO ROCK-N’-ROLL

FOR ‘BAMA-CINCY, GEORGIA-MICHIGAN …

OUR NFL WEEK 17 QUICK-HITTERS

It’s time to wheel out the heavy-hitters:

Hey, this College Football Bowl Season has been an absolute blast – and not to mention very profitable! – but it’s time to relinquish center stage to the two playoff tilts … that’s #1 Alabama vs. #4 Cincinnati followed by #2 Michigan vs. #3 Georgia.

And before we getcha our quick-strike game previews, consider this – the team-by-team 2021 ATS (against the spread) breakdown of the four clubs vying for this year’s crown along with the current Odds to Win it All:

TEAM                     ATS                 PCT.                ODDS TO WIN IT ALL

Michigan               11-2-0            .846                        + 575

Cincinnati              8-5-0              .615                        + 1100

Georgia                  8-5-0              .615                        + 110

Alabama                7-6-0              .538                        + 110

Okay, so there’s no question that the Big 10 champion Michigan Wolverines were the best-of-the-best spreadwise this year – a $100 per-play wager on “Big Blue” would have netted y’all $880 – and it’s worth noting that this final foursome banged out a collective 34-18-0 ATS mark, a tasty .654 winning rate thanks in large part to Jim Harbaugh’s squad.

Your attention, please …

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THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS

On Friday, Dec. 31, it’s …

COTTON BOWL – at Arlington, TX

#4 CINCINNATI (13-0) vs. #1 ALABAMA (12-1) – 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
The uber-steep price tag on this clash – ‘Bama opened as 13-point betting favorites and it ticked up to minus 13.5 and has stayed right there – rightfully has pro-Cincinnati folks a bit squeamish as the Bearcats go up against college football royalty (this is the Crimson Tide’s seventh appearance in eight years of this four-team playoff system). If you’ve been hearing out all the “experts” then anyone liking Cincy plus the near two-TD price believes that air-tight secondary starring CB Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner is key but better believe that the real key is whether the ‘Cats can own the clock with their ground game starring ex-Alabama product RB Jerome Ford (1,242 yards rushing with 19 TDs) and QB Desmond Ridder (see 6 rushing scores).

Hey, it’s a given that Heisman Trophy-winning QB Bryce Young (4,322 yards passing with 43 TDs and only 4 INTs) is gonna “get his” but limit his minutes / opportunities and the ‘Cats could be more than a little frisky here.

ORANGE BOWL – at Miami Gardens, FL

#3 GEORGIA (12-1) vs. #2 MICHIGAN (12-1) – 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

It’s not a stretch to claim this battle royal is the most heavily anticipated semifinal playoff showdown in years … and why not?

On one side is a Georgia team that absolutely demolished any / all comers – the Dawgs won six games by 35+ points and copped 11 double-digit wins – before getting humbled 41-24 by Alabama in the latest SEC Championship Game and the flip side stars a Michigan crew that’s covered its last five games in a row while outscoring those five teams by a per-game margin of 39-to-14 … yowie!

Throw in all the drama surrounding the above-mentioned Harbaugh (yes, he did take a pay cut prior to this 2021 season, his seventh year on the job) and the fact Michigan finally slayed old foe Ohio State and you have an epic story with a Heisman Trophy runner-up in DE Aidan Hutchinson spearheading a stingy defense.

Yet the real storyline here is that Georgia “D” that threw three shutouts and held nine opponents to 10 points or less – if that unit shows up and shows out here, than Michigan QB Cade McNamara (15 TDs, 4 INTs) may be crying uncle!

NFL WEEK 17

Gonna rumble ‘round the NFL’s 16-game Sunday sked in just a moment but first we wanted to catch you up on some numbers:

Thru the first 16 weeks of play, NFL Betting Favorites are 111-121-3 ATS (a .478 winning rate) while NFL Home Teams are a lowly 106-131-3 vig-wise (a .447 winning percentage) and NFL “Overs” are just 108-129-3 ATS (a .456 winning rate) … got it?

And in case you’re wondering, the hottest spread side in the league where they play for pay is the Kansas City Chiefs who have covered six in a row while entering Week 17 play … remember when KC was a great “go-against” side from mid-2020 thru early ’21 when this AFC West club staggered badly at 3-16-1 ATS.

Hmm, those money-burning days appear to be in the rear-view mirror!

On Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, it’s …

KANSAS CITY (11-4) at CINCINNATI (9-6) – 1 p.m. ET, CBS

Okay, so we’ve documented how the Chiefs have been hot, hot, hot in recent weeks but now wondering if KC minus the 5-point price here in “The Jungle” is maybe a bit rich. After all, the Bengals have covered four of their last six games and superstar soph QB Joe Burrow (525 passing yards last week in 41-21 rocking chair win against Baltimore) may wind up being the best passer on this field here.

LOS ANGELES RAMS (11-4) at BALTIMORE (8-7) – 1 p.m. ET, Fox

Talk about a season spinning out of control! The Ravens were 5-1 SU (straight-up) once upon a time but injuries, massive COVID-19 issues and some silly two-point conversion tries by boss-man John Harbaugh has this AFC North crew in need of a major pick-me-up. Waiting word on QB Lamar Jackson’s status (ankle) – again – while the Rams rather quietly have covered four in a row even though QB Matthew Stafford’s been INT-prone.

MINNESOTA (7-8) at GREEN BAY (12-3) – 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC

Major scheduling/emotional advantages here for the 6.5-point favored Pack:

They played at home last Saturday – the hang-on-for-dear-life 24-22 non-cover win against Cleveland on Christmas Day – while Minny’s travelling off last Sunday’s 30-23 home loss against the LA Rams plus it’s major revenge for G-Bay (see the Vikings’ 34-31 back in Week 11).

Pointspread mavens know all too well that the Packers are a collective 11-4 against the odds this year and real-life football fans know this Minny secondary is wobbly … will QB Aaron Rodgers make this a prime-time special all about himself?