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Submitted by Jim Hurley’s Network on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 12:00 AM

It’s “Moment of Truth” Weekend for a Couple of College Football Squads (We’re Talking to You, Tennessee & Wisconsin)…

NFL Week 6 Swings Into Action with Thursday’s Broncos-Chargers Clash

In case you were wondering, the first official FBS Rankings won’t be made public until November 1<sup>st</sup> and – while the College Football world at large expects some combination of Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Michigan to round out most/all of the “top four” – there’s plenty of reason to think things will be shaken up a bit between now and then.

Consider this a “moment of truth” weekend for a couple of high-profile College Football teams that have designs on getting into the upper echelon of the debut rankings:

#1 ALABAMA (6-0, 3-0 SEC) at #9 TENNESSEE (5-1, 2-1 SEC) – 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS
Excuse us for repeating ourselves here in these Jim Sez web pages but…

Nobody is gonna be part of this year’s playoff picture with two losses no matter what the not-so-brilliant TV talking heads keep spewing, got it?

The Tennessee Volunteers know this better than anyone and so they head into this “Third Saturday in October” showdown with archrival Alabama fully aware that an “L” crushes any/all national title hopes and it’s not as if the Vols are 100 percent healthy as head coach Butch Jones is keeping fingers crossed that key soph LB Darrin Kirkland Jr. can be a factor while keep in mind this ’Bama bunch has won nine in a row in this rivalry game.

Hey, hope soon-to-be-retired CBS voice Verne Lundquist is enjoying his season with the Vols – this is the fourth straight weekend the great one will be covering a Tennessee game!

Spread Notes – Tennessee has alternated pointspread losses/wins for the first six games of its season and the Vols are 7-3-1 ATS (against the spread) in SEC games dating back to the start of last year.

#2 OHIO STATE (5-0, 2-0 Big 10) at #8 WISCONSIN (4-1, 1-1 Big 10) – 8 p.m. ET, ABC
Make no mistake about it:

The Ohio State Buckeyes – a whopping 10½-point road betting favorite for this Saturday’s under-the-lights game in Madison – have designs on a second perfect season in five years under brilliant head coach Urban Meyer (see 12-and-oh back in 2012) but if the Wisky Badgers hold out any hope whatsoever of being part of this season’s playoff picture then Paul Chryst’s club needs a win here and maybe even some late-year help.

In any event, Wisconsin does come in here off a bye week and so freshman Alex Hornibrook (5 INTs in 68 pass attempts) must avoid the silly throws and that Badgers’ defense must get a major lift from the Camp Randall crowd that does the "Jump Around" thing after every third quarter – fun stuff, eh?

The truth is Wisconsin’s allowed 14, 10, 17, 6 and 14 points in its first five games this season but now buck heads with an O-State team that averages 53.2 ppg and features Heisman Trophy hopeful QB J.T. Barrett who has already thrown 15 TD passes and rushed for a co-team high 4 scores.

Spread Notes – Wisconsin has covered four of its first five games out of the chute this year but did you realize the Badgers are a collective 1-6-1 versus the vig in its last eight hoedowns against Ohio State?

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Folks, we’re already looking ahead to some key college games this Saturday such as aforementioned Alabama at Tennessee and Ohio State at Wisconsin plus don’t forget Ole Miss at Arkansas, N.C. State at Clemson and UCLA at Washington State.

Note the college kids kick it into high gear this week on this Wednesday night with an espn2 tilt between Appalachian State at UL-Lafayette and then Thursday night it’s giant-killer Navy at East Carolina on ESPN!

The NFL Week 6 kicks off Thursday with the Denver Broncos at the San Diego Chargers (see preview below) – get the Side/Totals winners on game-day afternoon right here with Jim Hurley’s Network 1-800-323-4453 or online right here.


On Thursday night, it’s…
DENVER (4-1) at SAN DIEGO (1-4) – 8:25 p.m. ET, CBS
Here’s the real definition of “snake-bit”:

The SD Chargers are the NFL’s only 1-4 team that is plus in the points differential category (that’s plus 10 with 152 points scored, 142 points allowed) and now they have to deal with a Broncos bunch that’s expected to have starting QB Trevor Siemian (shoulder) back in the saddle here after he missed last week’s 23-16 home loss to 4-point pup Atlanta.

If you’re looking for a true “X Factor” here, than consider second-year Chargers’ RB Melvin Gordon who has coughed up fumbles in each of his team’s last two losses (to New Orleans and Oakland). Hey, Gordon leads the league with seven rushing scores and he’s shown a real burst at the line of scrimmage but just one lost fumble here against OLB Von Miller and mates could doom the 3-point home dogs.

Spread Notes – Denver has banged out four pointspread wins in its first five games this year and the Broncos overall are 16-8-1 ATS in divisional games since the start of 2012. San Diego enters this prime-time affair at 6-12 against the odds in all home games the past two-plus seasons.

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