By Marc Lawrence — With College football entering Week 15 (or Week 4 for some teams) here are some of the things we’ve come to know this season compliments of CBS Sports … WR Devonta Smith is Alabama’s bet Heisman candidate: Quarterback Mac Jones is going to get the invite. He may even win the thing, and congratulations to him in advance if he does because he’ll have earned it. But Smith is the more valuable player for the Tide. Consider No. 1 Alabama’s 55-17 win over LSU. Jones went 20-of-28 passing for 385 yards and four touchdowns. But Smith had eight catches on 10 targets for 231 yards and three touchdowns. That’s 40% of Jones’ completions, 60% of his passing yards and 75% of his touchdowns thrown. Pound for pound, Smith dominates the game as much as any player at any position … Texas in a pickle with Tom Herman: Texas put the finishing touches on wiping the floor with Kansas State 69-31 in Manhattan, but where has this team been? The Longhorns were the sharpest they’ve been all season and granted, K-State is a shell of the team that upset Oklahoma early in the year, but this was total domination. That throws a wrench in things. The Urban Meyer rumors aren’t going away, either. For an expanded take on what we’ve learned this 2020 college football season click here.
You knew it had to happen. With Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz sporting a 72.8 QB Rating – ahead of only Sam Darnold and Drew Lock among this year’s starters – the Eagles announced they are starting Jalen Hurts this week against the New Orleans Saints. Hurts’s 9 yards Per Play in relief at Green Bay last week was a number that Wentz hasn’t sniffed in any of his last 33 starts. A recent 4-game losing slide coincides with the fact the Philadelphia has failed to score more than 17 points in any of the losses as they have now played in six straight UNDER games.
Grinding Out The Profits
This coach chokes like a dog chewing chicken bones when laying points coming off a SU underdog win, going 3-13 ATS – including 0-12 ATS when favored by more than 3 points. Who looks as if they will be in need of a Heimlich Maneuver this week? Find out who it is in this week’s PLAYBOOK Football Newsletter.