NFL and College Football Notebook

Home field advantage, my foot!

The National Football League's put two weeks away into the history books and - among all the many, many storylines is the fact that home teams now have gone 5-11-0 ATS (against the spread) in back-to-back weekends.

That's right, NFL home teams are a collective 10-22-0 versus the vig so far - that's a sickly .313 winning rate, folks - and take note that the following NFL squads are each 0-and-2 against the odds at home already: The Carolina Panthers, the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets.

Conversely, the following NFL teams each are 2-0 ATS away here in the early stages of 2019: The Buffalo Bills (yes, the kings of MetLife Stadium in New Jersey), the Indianapolis Colts, the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers.

Okay, so that makes you wonder whether home field will be "devalued" a bit in the wagering lines these next couple of weeks - we will stay tuned for the NFL Week 3 home results.

Next up on our NFL agenda is the whole quarterback mess:

You all heard the news on Monday that Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) is gone for the year while New Orleans QB Drew Brees (thumb) figures to miss anywhere between six-to-eight weeks. And what about a hurting Cam Newton (shoulder) in Carolina, a banged-about Deshaun Watson in Houston, a very sore Carson Wentz (ribs) in Philadelphia and the mono-struck Sam Darnold with the New York Jets - and, then, there's his NYJ backup Trevor Siemian (ankle) who was kayoed from the Monday Night Football debacle 23-3 home loss to Cleveland.
P.S., we didn't even mention the recently retired Andrew Luck with Indianapolis.

The NFL teams may not always treat it this way, but second-string quarterbacks in this league where they play for pay are among the top 10 most important players on every roster out there. Got it?
  

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Let's check in on some of the high-profile teams that have staggered out of the starting gate with putrid 0-3 ATS records thus far:

GEORGIA TECH - Sure, first-year Yellow Jackets head coach Geoff Collins is telling anyone who's willing to listen that there's no reason to panic in Hot-lanta but back-to-back-to-back season-opening pointspread failures versus Clemson, USF and The Citadel tell a whole different story. The Jackets rank 126th nationally in total offense (that's out of 130 FBS teams) and 128th nationally in rushing defense. When you lose outright as four-TD betting favorites to The Citadel, it signals a very loooong year ahead. Next Up: A bye this weekend then at Temple on Sept. 28th.

UCLA - The Chip Kelly Error, umm, Era has been an utter disaster so far with the Bruins a composite 3-12 SU (straight-up) and 5-9-1 ATS after a year-and-change in Tinseltown and this year's club has flubbed spreadwise already against Cincinnati, San Diego State and Oklahoma. Kelly's play-calling "skills" have come into question as the Uclans have scored 14 points in each of the three setbacks this year but dig a bit deeper and you'll see this Pac-12 team has cruddy ranks just like Georgia Tech: The Bruins are 129th nationally in total offense; 115th in total defense after getting walloped 48-14 as 23.5-point home dogs against mighty Oklahoma last Saturday night. Next Up: At Washington State this Saturday.

VIRGINIA TECH - The post-Frank Beamer Era has been underwhelming all the way around: Fourth-year head coach Justin Fuente has been to three minor bowls while compiling an overall ATS mark of 18-21-1 … ugh. The Hokies have started off the '19 campaign with pointspread "L's" against Boston College, Old Dominion and Furman and note this V-Tech team barely slips inside the nation's top 50 defenses statistically (they rank 48th overall while allowing nearly 330 yards per game). Next Up: A bye this week and then home to Duke on Sept.27th.