OKAY, SO SUPER BOWL LIV MAY STILL BE MORE THAN A WEEK AWAY BUT WE’VE GOT PLENTY TO SAY ABOUT NINERS, CHIEFS …
OUR COLLEGE ROUND-BALL NOTEBOOK FEATURES MID-MAJOR TALK: IT’S MORE THAN JUST GONZAGA, SAN DIEGO STATE & DAYTON, YOU KNOW!
Super Bowl LIV really will be here before you know it!
P.S., did you know that the Kansas City Chiefs entered this here-and-now season priced at + 650 to “win it all” while the San Francisco 49ers were priced at + 2800?
Bless ‘ya if you happen to be holding tickets on either / both of them.
In the meantime, there’s plenty to say about both the 49ers and the Chiefs and we’ll spend a few moments here in today’s Jim Sez discussing the two head coaches and their respective records ATS (against the spread):
KYLE SHANAHAN, San Francisco 49ers … Here’s the pointspread lowdown on this third-year head coach:
Shanahan’s squad has cranked out a 12-6-1 spread mark this season and note overall he’s 26-24-1 against the odds as an NFL head coach (a .520 winning percentage).
Under Shanahan, the Niners are a collective 7-6 spreadwise this year as betting favorites and 4-0 ATS as underdogs (and 1-0 ATS in a Pick ‘Em game against Cincinnati in Week 2) and so that makes Mike Shanahan’s son a composite 8-11 spreadwise as a favorite and 17-13 ATS as a dog in his brief career.
Finally, San Francisco is 9-3 versus the vig in games this year outside the NFC West – that includes these back-to-back playoff wins / covers against Minnesota and Green Bay – and overall the Niners are 18-14 ATS (a .563 winning rate) in non-division games during Shanahan’s three-year reign.
ANDY REID, Kansas City Chiefs … The best NFL head coach “not to win a Super Bowl” has his shot here in SB 54.
And you shouldn’t necessarily be surprised that Reid is a collective 69-50-2 ATS (a .580 wining rate) overall as the seventh-year boss-man of the Chiefs and that includes a snazzy 12-5-1 against-the-odds mark this year. Note that Reid’s KC club is 10-4-1 spreadwise as a betting favorite this year and the AFC champs are 48-38-1 vig-wise as chalk sides since the start of the 2013 campaign. The Chiefs are 7-5 ATS in non-divisional games this season and a combined 15-9 ATS the past two years when going outside the AFC West.
Dig a bit deeper and you’ll see that the Chiefs are sub-.500 in post-season play under Reid – they’re 4-5 ATS and that does include this year’s playoff wins / covers against Houston and Tennessee – but whatta way to enter Supe 54 as Kansas City’s a rollicking 7-0-1 against the odds ever since losing that Week 10 game in Tennessee.
Jim Hurley’s Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will finish off this NFL Season with a real bang come Super Bowl LIV on Sunday, Feb. 2nd as we get you the Side & Totals winners of the San Francisco 49ers versus the Kansas City Chiefs. No doubt you know that Jim’s had a monster playoff season in the NFL this year and so go ahead and keep on piling up the profits when we get to Super Bowl 54 … and all this week with NBA and NCAA Basketball action. Just call us on game days at the toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 or go online right here
COLLEGE BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK
Why, of course, we’ve all noticed!
Right this minute there are three non-power conference teams residing in the Associated Press’ top seven squads – that’s #2 Gonzaga, #4 San Diego State and #7 Dayton and then scan down a bit and there’s #20 Memphis and #25 Houston … and wouldn’t it be an absolute pip if one or two of these squads crashed the Final Four party this year?
Gotta say we – and the rest of the hoops world – don’t really look at either Gonzaga nor San Diego State as so-called “mid-majors” anymore as they’ve long since found themselves at the “adult’s table” when it comes to NCAA Tournaments past and naturally Dayton, Memphis and Houston all have enjoyed shiny pasts in the big tourney at one time or another over the years.
No, the mid-majors we’ve looking at right here / right now includes a couple of teams that should make it to this year’s “Big Dance” and could thrive when they get there:
WRIGHT STATE (17-4,7-1 Horizon League) – Say this for the Raiders: They can “score the ball” as the Horizon League leaders average 80.9 points per game (that’s 17th-best in Division 1 ball) while heading into Friday night’s game versus Northern Kentucky. True, there may be no “signature wins” outside the conference but Wright State losses thus far have come by 1, 2, 7 (in OT) and 4 points and so this club has been a model of consistency.
The NCAA Tournament Forecast: We say Wright State’s a #14 seed and could give some #3 seed out there a major run for the money.
NORTHERN IOWA (16-3, 5-2 Missouri Valley Conference) – The NIU Panthers exited Wednesday night’s 68-66 loss at Southern Illinois having won 10 of their last 12 games and note the five-game winning streak heading into the SIU game came by an average of 12.2 ppg. In other words, Northern Iowa’s hitting its proverbial stride (and don’t forget that NIU defeated power conference South Carolina earlier this season).
The NCAA Tournament Forecast: Gotta say Northern Iowa’s either a #10 or #11 seed right now and wouldn’t it be a blast if we got a first-round tourney game between, let’s say, a #7 Virginia vs. a #10 Northern Iowa. Hmmm.
NOTE: Folks, there’s more Super Bowl LIV News / Notes in the next edition of Jim Sez.