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Mike Handzelek's Week 2 CFB Analysis/Review/Notes

By: Point Shaver Handzelek
Date: Sep 12, 2017
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Saturday, September 09, 2017 Georgia vs. Notre Dame (NCAAF) - 7:30 PM EDT Premium Pick Pick: Point Spread: 5.0/-110 Georgia Pick Title: 9 Star Saturday Night Bailout Play (WIN)

If those of you missed our earlier plays, get down on this one. It's tough to prepare for a QB without much film to go on. That's clearly NOT the case here as defensive mastermind & HC Kirby Smart (DC @ Alabama for 8 years) & NFL DC fixture now Georgia DC Mel Tucker (2nd year @ GA but was with Smart @ Bama') will have needed film to properly align their 3-4 defensive scheme to contain new Fighting Irish QB Brandon Wimbush. I love the fact that the Bulldogs return 10 of 11 defensive starters to already strong SEC "D". On the flip side of the ball, OC Jim Chaney must start back-up Freshman QB Jake Fromm (subbing for the injured Jacob Eason) who looked very good versus a decent Appalachian State "D" last week. I feel pushing this number to a TD area is key since the Bulldogs have lost only 1 of their last 17 SEC road games by more than 7. If they can do this versus stiff competition, then they can come up BIG here. I also feel that ND's win over weaker Temple is over-rated. When you look @ their past 13 tries versus Top 20 competition, you'll find they've won only 2 of them SU. This game will be won in the trenches. I trust the power running of Nick Chubb & Sony Michel to wear down the ND defense keeping this one close. As Georgia makes their 1st appearance since 1965 north of the Mason-Dixon count, our Saturday Night Bailout Play says to take the GEORGIA BULLDOGS (buying to + 7 1/2 -180) @ Notre Dame Stadium!

Houston vs. Arizona (NCAAF) - 10:30 PM EDT Premium Pick Pick: Point Spread: 1.0/-110 Arizona Pick Title: 9 Star Saturday Night Look What I Found Play (LOSS)

This one almost sneaked past us! HC Rich Rodriguez is not accustomed to losing @ home. His 23-11 overall home record in Tucson speaks for itself. But here's the true tightener. In 11 home games since taking over the reins of the Wildcats, Rodriguez is a perfect 11-0 SU! Rodriguez also knows who he can insert after last weeks' 62-24 thumping over Northern Arizona. Their opponent tonight, the Houston Cougars, will have to adapt to life without QB Greg Ward, Jr. (amassed over 4,300 yards combined last year) as well as last season HC Tom Herman (left to coach Texas). The Cougars new HC Major Applewhite (ex-Texas QB fron 1998-2001)coached his 1st game in their bowl last season, a 34-10 blow out loss to San Diego State. Besides playing his 1st true road game, Houston laid idle last week after their game @ UTSA was postponed. With 1,000-yard rusher QB Brandon Dawkins back, look for Arizona to shine @ home. Let's jump to Arizona Stadium in Tucson to play the ARIZONA WILDCATS as my 9 Star Saturday look What I Found Play!

Northwestern vs. Duke (NCAAF) - 12:00 PM EDT Premium Pick Pick: Point Spread: 2.5/105 Duke Pick Title: 9 Star Double Revenger (WIN)

The thing that's really motivating the Dukies is the fact that Northwestern beat them 24 to 13 in Evanston last season as well as 19 to 10 right here in Durham 2 years back. HC David Cutcliffe & his troops broke a 4-year consecutive span of getting to a bowl last year when the Blue Devils dipped to a dismal 4-8. This season hold much more promise as Duke returns 7 key starters on offense including dual threat QB Daniel Jones who finished last season with 16/9 TD/INT ratio, 2,836 passing yards & 683 rushing yards. My bottom says Pat Fitzgerald's bunch (7-6 last year) is still performing average after last week's win @ home versus Nevada. Forget past series' contests here as we back the DUKE BLUE DEVILS @ Wallace Wade Stadium as my 9 Star Double Revenger (buy to a key + 3 1/2 @ -135)!

Louisville vs. North Carolina (NCAAF) - 12:00 PM EDT Premium Pick Pick: Point Spread: 10.0/-103 North Carolina Pick Title: 9 Star Points Are Golden Play (WIN)

Even though Louisville did go 9-4 under Bobby Petrino last year, their offense took a hit coming into this season with 4 offensive starters back. This was clearly evident in last week's game versus Purdue in Indianapolis. They now head to the road as well as to an off-surface (grass) that they only play on a few games each year (NC St/Fla St). I also feel the odds-makers are giving them way too much rope since Heisman hopeful QB Lamar Jackson returns. Will there be a bunch of points scored here? Absolutely! But not before Larry Fedora & his Tar Heels create a track meet that should keep them within a score. Let's make way to Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill to grab (buy to + 10 1/2 @ -123) as my 9 Star Points Are Golden Play!

Charlotte U vs. Kansas State (NCAAF) - 12:00 PM EDT Premium Pick Pick: Point Spread: 35.0/-110 Charlotte U Pick Title: 8 Star Ugly Pig Play Of The Week (LOSS)

Not too many people back a team that's green to the Big Leagues (5th season). But what many people don't know is how bland HC Brad Lambert's game plan was last week @ Eastern Michigan. Why is that? Let's begin with Lambert playing 4 years as a DB @ Kansas State. Don't look for the 49ers to lay down quickly & play the role of sacrificial lambs here. Their Conference USA opener is a far 3 weeks away so I'm looking for Lambert to put a few new wrinkles into their 3-4 defensive scheme with DC Matt Wallerstedt. Look for this one to land within 4 scores by games end. Let's fly to Bill Snyder Family Stadium to buck Bill Snyder & KSU as we generously take the CHARLOTTE 49ERS (buying to + 35 1/2 @ -130) as my 8 Star Ugly Pig Play Of The Week!

Iowa vs. Iowa State (NCAAF) - 12:00 PM EDT Premium Pick Pick: Money Line: -148 Iowa Pick Title: 9 STAR Headliner Moneyliner (WIN)

There's not much more to be said than MAJOR COACHING ADVANTAGE here that was clearly evident in last season's 42-3 rout in Iowa City by the Iowa Hawkeyes. HC Matt Campbell is starting his 2nd season @ Iowa State after coming over from MAC-Daddy Toledo. The Cyclones experienced major growing pains in his initial season losing by a TD or more in 6 contests. There's 1 thing that I know & that is HC Kirk Ferentz has shined in the road chalk role. He's gone a near-perfect 11-1 ATS spanning the last 4 years with his lone loss last year @ Big 10 Rutgers by a score. The Hawkeyes have 8 starters back & should give their intra-state rival fits for most of the day. This one should be closer but not before the Black N' Gold leave with the "W". Let's go to Jack Trice Stadium in Ames to mark the IOWA HAWKEYES as our 9 Star Headliner Moneyliner!

Wake Forest vs. Boston College (NCAAF) - 1:00 PM EDT Premium Pick Pick: Point Spread: 1.5/-119 Boston College Pick Title: 9 Star ACC Nailbiter (LOSS)

These 2 teams are pretty equal in talent. However, Wake Forest isn't playing Presbyterian this week. The BC offense (8 starters back) controlled the clock last week (92 snaps) @ Northern Illinois as QB Darius Wade utilized his returning backfield to its fullest. This game is a circled MUST WIN to get back to bowl eligibility again for HC Steve Addazio (5th season with the Eagles) who should again edge Wake Forest's Dave Clawson whose only 4-13 SU on the road since coming to Winston-Salem. With more than half of Clawson's defense gone via graduation, I love our chances today grabbing more than a FG since the last 2 in this series was decided by just that. Let's go to Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill to play the BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES (buying to a key + 3 1/2 @ -179) as my 9 Star ACC Nailbiter!

NOTES: A very disappointing week that saw Charlotte U give up 2 defensive TD's along with being -3 in turnover differential. Bill Snyder didn't run up the score but the early turnovers gave KSU just enough to cover the number. Equally disappointing was North Carolina which led outright after 3 quarters. Heisman hopeful Lamar Jackson wasn't looking ahead to the BIG one this week versus National Champ Clemson as he & the Cardinals' offense amassed 705 total yards. Still befuddled how HC Rich Rodriguez couldn't muster 3 or more TD's @ home versus a Houston team in coaching transition with Major Applewhite? On the good side, we saw Duke dominate Northwestern for 3 quarters as they out--stated the favored Wildcats 539-191 in a blowout win. The marque game of the week saw us get another "W" as the dynamic Georgia backs out-rushed ND by a 185-55 count on the road. A uncharacteristic slow start for us in CFB but look for that to change after teams settle in for conference games. It's still a long season to January. 2017-18 CFB Overall Record: 3-6-----33%?

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