Archive for September, 2012

Okay, time to right the ship now. A dissapointing 2-3 mark a week ago as Florida State defeated Clemson soundly, but failed to cover and Bowling Green had 4 trips into Va Tech territory but failed to score while only being outgained by 100 total yards. For today’s games I’m going with:

UCF -2 over Missouri

Oregon State +3 over Arizona

Virginia Tech -6.5 over Cincy

Duke +2 over Wake Forest

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It’s that time of the week again. A quick recap on how I finished last week. While the Eagles defeated the Ravens, they failed to cover the 2.5 line. Meanwhile the Jets laid an egg against the Steelers. That left me with my first weekend under .500 on the season, as I went 2-3. Overall on the season I am 7-7-1. A great day to bounce back as there are a ton of games that made my list. I’ve narrowed it down to five games for today!!!

Without further adieu:

Florida State -14 over Clemson

Oklahoma -16 over Kansas State

Georgia -15 over Vanderbilt

Bowling Green +16.5 over Va Tech

Penn State -7 over Temple

 

1. One of the games I charted two weeks ago was the Tulsa vs Tulane matchup. While the game went entirely Tulsa’s way, Devon Walker, a DB from from Tulane suffered a broken neck on the last play of the first half. It was reported that he actually stopped breathing before being revived. I ask that you all pray for Devon, a former walk-on, who worked his tail off to become a scholarship athlete. Tulane has also set up a Devon Walker fund at: http://www.tulane.edu/devonwalker

2. That leads me to a game that I charted last week between Nebraska and Arkansas State. After having his pulse checked during the first half, Bo Pelini was taken to the hospital during halftime as a precaution. While he checked out fine, it served as a reminder of the grind these coaches go through. I know most of them make a TON of money, but still, it shouldn’t be at the benefit of your health. Money can buy a lot of things, but it can’t buy health.

3. The Texas Longhorns may be ranked #12 in the latest AP poll, but in no way are they the 12th best team in the country. Yes, they defeated an overmatched Ole Miss squad by the score of 66-31, but their defense gave up way too many big plays, coupled with a 100 yd kickoff return on special teams.

4. The most underrated coach in College Football is WKU’s Willie Taggert. And it’s not even close. He’s turned the Hilltoppers completely around and he doesn’t need to use the gimmicky uptempo, spread offenses that so many college coaches use these days. He is doing it with a smashmouth, westcoast, run orientated brand of football taught to him first by Jack Harbaugh, and then by Jim Harbaugh. After his playing days were over at WKU, Taggert was an assistant under Jack at his alma mater, then an assistant under Jim at Stanford. And i’m not saying it because of his win over Kentucky. I was more impressed with his ability to hang with LSU last year and Bama this year. The 35-0 loss to Bama was completely misleading. WKU was only outgained by 100 total yards. The score was so lopsided due to Bama forcing 4 turnovers. Oh yeah, and then there’s this. WKU had 6 sacks on the so called “greatest OL in college football!” I can see Taggert taking over for Derek Dooley at Tennessee in the very near future.

5. The Cleveland Browns are heading in the right direction. I know they are 0-2, but they have had a legitimate chance to win each game. This is a team that was considered by many as one of the 5 worst in the league this year. While many were upset after the opening loss to the Eagles, I wasn’t. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I don’t like the fact that they lost, but come on and be realistic. Did you even think they were going to make it a game leading into the season? The fact that they hung with one of the upper echelon teams in the NFL shows that they aren’t the pushovers they have been. They then answered that with a game on the road against the Bengals where they were an onside recovery from a final drive to tie the ball game.

6. The Cleveland Indians must have new ownership if they are ever going to compete for a World Series Championship. I really don’t need to expand on that point at all.

7. My beloved Ohio State Buckeyes will finish with the best record in the Legends division of the B10 this year. I know they didn’t look so hot versus Cal last week, but Urb will right the ship and their real only competition, Wisconsin, is not the Wisconsin team that you are used to seeing. If you think the Buckeyes have struggled, look at the Badgers barely escaping with wins at home against Northern Iowa & Utah State, and losing at a not so talented Oregon State squad.

Before I get to my selections for today, a quick recap on how I did yesterday.

I’m happy to say my top selection, Florida State, covered by 24.5 points as they dominated Wake Forest 52-0. Florida not only covered as 3 point dogs, but they were an outright upset winner covering by 20 pts in their 37-20 win over Tennessee! While Ohio State did get the win over Cal, they failed to cover the 17 point spread. Still a positive 2-1 day.

Which leads me to my pro picks for today:

Eagles -2.5 over the Ravens

Jets +5.5 over the Steelers

My best bets for Saturday, Sept 15

Posted: September 15, 2012 in Football
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Before I get to my picks for today, a quick recap on how I finished last week. The Buccaneers gave me a outright upset winner over the Panthers, but I did unfortunately drop my other pick as the Packers lost to the Niners. That left me with an overall weekend record of 2-2-1 and on the season I am 5-4-1 ATS.

Here are my picks for today:

Florida State -27.5 over Wake Forest

Ohio State -17 over Cal

Florida +3 over Tennessee

A quick review from yesterday shows I went 1-1-1 on my college plays. Arizona State crushed Illinois as my top play for an easy cover. Uconn rallied to get a 4th quarter TD to get the push (although some may have had 3.5 (my dad, lol) which means Uconn was a winner). Michigan State thoroughly dominated Central Michigan so that was a clear loss.

Which leads me to today:

Packers -4.5 over 49ers

Buccaneers +2.5 over Panthers

My best bets for today (9/8/12)

Posted: September 8, 2012 in Football
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After going 3-2 last week, i’ve decided to share my picks with the world. Here is who I like today.

Arizona State -4 over Illinois

Central Michigan +20 over Michigan St

Connecticut +3 over NC State

I’ll have two NFL picks tomorrow.