As Arte Johnson used to say while wearing a World War II German soldier’s uniform on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In (remember that?), this matchup between the Hurricanes and Rockets looks to be “Verrry interesting.




TOLEDO over Miami by 6

” Even though the MAC is off to a 9-12 SU start versus non-conference foes in 2018, the truth is SEVEN of those wins came at the expense of FCS opponents. And with league standard-bearers like Northern Illinois and Western Michigan off to miserable 0-2 starts, it’s a necessity that someone step forward to restore the conference’s dwindling reputation. We’ll hand that job to Toledo, 20-7 SU in two seasons under HC Jason Candle, and probably the only MAC squad currently capable of going toe-to-toe with a big-time Miami team. Although we do have to say ‘shame’ on the Hurricanes for scheduling hapless Savannah State last week, a team blanked 52-0 in a season-opening loss at UAB two weeks ago before being flattened by Miami last Saturday, 77-0. And if that blowout of SSU isn’t enough to put the Canes back in good graces with the pollsters despite Miami’s lopsided loss to LSU to kick off the year, then the new 7-pound turnover chain they unveiled drew enough attention to confirm the fact that, at the very least, the bling is back. UM shows up at the Glass Bowl with a solid 7-1 ATS mark as non-conference road chalk but current head coach Mark Richt has accounted for only one of those spread wins. Toledo counters with a 4-1 SU and 5-0 ATS log in non-MAC games when coming off a win of 21 or more points, plus the Rocketeers are an intriguing 5-1 SUATS of late as home dogs when they own a winning record. We’ll light this candle with THE CLINCHER: See this week’s AWESOME ANGLE on page 2.


NFL

JACKSONVILLE over New England by 8

Verrry interesting, indeed.The Jaguars enter this game carrying a huge revenge chip on their shoulder from last year’s loss at New England in the AFC title game. Yes, we realize the Patriots have won 21 games in a row against the AFC South, and that Pats QB Tom Brady holds a huge edge over Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles, but our well-oiled machine comes to the Jags’ rescue noting that home dogs in season openers that were in the playoffs the previous season are 4-1 SUATS when
coming off a win, as well as 10-4 ATS against foes arriving off a win. FYI: Bortles is 14-6-2 ATS as a dog in his NFL career against foes coming off a win including 7-0 ATS the last seven. Besides, New England’s 0-7 ATS mark away off a win of less than 8 points when facing an avenging foe looms large for the hosts. Biggest concern for the Jags this week is the injury status of star RB Leonard Fournette’s whose hamstring injury lists him as day-to-day at the moment. Nonetheless, the Patriots take the field in the worst of roles for defending Super Bowl losers and we’re ready to pounce on it with these revenge-minded cats as we turn it over to THE
CLINCHER:Defending Super Bowl losers are 1-7 SU and 0-8 ATS as a non-division road pick or favorite in games with a win percentage of greater than .666 if they were favored by 4 or more points in their previous game and are facing a greater than .500 opponent.