Tuesday, September 27, 2005

USC Battles Arizona State while Tide Hosts Gators

Tues., Sept. 27

Fresno State 42, Toledo 31 – The Bulldogs’ Paul Pinegar and the Rockets’ Bruce Gradkowski duel in one of the top QB matchups of the season.

Wed., Sept. 28 –

Miami (OH) 34, Cincinnati 17 – The Bearcats would be a bottom feeder in the MAC also.

Thurs., Sept. 29 –

Air Force 27, Colorado State 23 – A win in Fort Collins throws the Falcons into the middle of the MWC title quest.

Fri., Sept. 30 -

Rutgers 24, Pitt 20 – Rutgers’ QB Ryan Hart, RB Brian Leonard, and WR Shawn Tucker will keep the Knights in most of their games; Pitt still trying to gain confidence in what has been a disappointing season.

Sat., Oct. 1 -

#2 Texas 27, Missouri 21 – Brad Smith and the Tigers can pull the upset if the Longhorns lack focus.

#3 Virginia Tech 34, West Virginia 7 – This is generally a close rivalry, but the overall skills of VT and WVU’s lack of a consistent passing game behind new QB Adam Bednarik settle this one by halftime.

#11 Michigan State 34, Michigan 27 – Drew Stanton and the MSU offense are putting up numbers that would make hoops coach Tom Izzo proud.

#17 Wisconsin 30, Indiana 8 – Badgers continue to fly under the big 10 radar with their lack of a passing game.

#19 Virginia 23, Maryland 17 – Cavs need to continue the balanced offensive attack on the road against an improving Terps defense.

#24 Louisville 56, Florida Atlantic 14 – Howard Schnellenberger returns home; moreover, whatever figure U of L tattoos the Owls with will not wipe away the bitter taste of last week’s 45-14 debacle at South Florida .

Connecticut 27, Army 20 – Black Knights took Iowa State to the wire and if UConn once again turns the ball over, an upset is in the making.

Iowa 23, Illinois 13 – Hawks need a confidence builder to repair their offense after being routed by Iowa State and Ohio State.

#10 Tennessee 30, Ole Miss 10 – Vols saved their season rising from a 21-point deficit to defeat LSU in OT.

Texas A&M 42, Baylor 10 – Aggies’ Reggie McNeal and Courtney Lewis could have career days.

#21 BC 41, Ball State 14 – A good chance for the Eagles to rest front line players and develop depth before matchup with UVa next week.

Navy 26, Duke 13 – Duke stops no one on defense!

North Carolina 34, Utah 27 – Utes struggled with rush oriented TCU and Air Force and will also struggle against UNC RB Barrington Edwards.

Colorado 17, Oklahoma State 10 – Both teams are filled with offensive woes.

#4 LSU 31, Mississippi State 13 - Tigers should have blown Tennessee out while they had a chance – too conservative after building a 21-0 lead.

Wyoming 35, UNLV 10 – Pokes WR Jovon Bouknight averages 16.3 yards per catch and could have a monster game against a rebs defense that lost to Utah state and gave up 31 points.

#1 USC 41, #14 Arizona State 23 – Too many weapons on BOTH sides of the ball for Pete Carroll.

#15 Alabama 24, #5 Florida 20 – Bama’s physicality and the Gators’ lack of depth equate to a 5-0 Tide ledger.

#6 Florida State 38, Syracuse 14 – Swapping the climate-controlled Carrier Dome for a balmy early autumn afternoon in Florida is hardly a bargain for the Orange.

#18 Minnesota 26, Penn State 17 – I have to personally see someone stop Laurence Maroney.

#23 Iowa State 24, Nebraska 19 – A win in Lincoln would be a giant step toward the Big 12 title game for the Cyclones.

Wake Forest 23, Clemson 19 – The Deacons always give the Tigers trouble; It will be interesting to see CU’s psyche after two consecutive OT losses.

Oregon State 26, Washington State 23 – Coogs’ first test likely to be a tough assignment in Corvalis.

Marshall 21, SMU 14 – Loser could be in for a long season.

Oregon 44, Stanford 19 – Ducks return to flying high after second half blitz by USC.

So. Miss 26, East Carolina 10 – Golden Eagles are dieing to play after once again being postponed due to hurricane warnings.

#12 Cal 30, Arizona 17 – The Cal offensive arsenal is a good measuring stick of how far Mike Stoops’ defense has come along.

#16 Texas Tech 45, Kansas 14 – Red Raiders actually are back in Division-I wars this week.

Auburn 27, South Carolina 16 – Carolina’s third consecutive opponent from Alabama; Brandon Cox should be back at QB for Tigers after Blake Field’s impressive debut.

UAB 33, Rice 6 – Darrell Hackney could carve Owls’ defense which has given up 57 ppg. in losses to UCLA and Texas.

Nevada 30, San Jose State 21 – Spartans’ defense is a shambles.

Oklahoma 24, Kansas State 17 – Did Sooners freshman QB Rhett Bomar find himself in the second half of the loss to UCLA?

Houston 34, Tulsa 31 – Entertaining aerial show.

Vandy 34, MTSU 10 – With a win, Jay Cutler has directed the Commodores to a 5-0 start and one win from bowl eligibility.

TCU 30, New Mexico 28 – Frogs are hopping in new MWC digs.

#22 Purdue 34, #13 Notre Dame 28 – Boilers rebound at home after tough OT loss to Minnesota.

#9 Miami 28, South Florida 17 – This could be a tougher game than most thought as USF is beaming with confidence after their 45-14 pounding of Louisville.

UTEP 34, Memphis 23 – Miners remain undefeated as Memphis just doesn’t have the passing game to match UTEP’s Jordan Palmer-to-Johnnie Lee Higgins combination.

San Diego State 20, BYU 17 – Both teams found their offenses last week, although BYU lost a 51-50 OT decision to TCU.

#20 UCLA 38, Washington 20 – The undefeated Bruins are one of the country’s best kept secrets.

Boise State 42, Hawaii 30 – BSU QB Jared Zabransky vs. Jerry Glanville’s blitzing Warrior defense is worth the price of admission.

Overall - 114-42 - 74% Week 4 - 29-10 74.8%

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Week 4: High-Powered Trojans Travel to Undefeated Oregon

Wed., Sept. 21 –

Boise State 38, Bowling Green 31 – The 0-2 Broncos return to the blue field against a more than formidable opponent in the high-powered Falcons.

Thurs., Sept. 22 –

Utah 27, Air Force 26 – The Utes gave up 228 yards rushing in last week’s loss to TCU; the Air Force triple option beckons after a tough 29-28 defeat at the hands of Wyoming.

Fri., Sept. 23 –

#22 Iowa State 34, Army 12 – Cyclones QB Bret Meyer should pick apart the Cadets as he is completing 67.7% of his passes in the Storm’s 2-0 start.

#13 Cal 55, New Mexico State 14 – Jeff Tedford’s transitioning Bears haven’t missed a beat and will roll against an Aggies squad that is trying to run Hal Mumme’s pass offense with players recruited for the triple option.

Sat., Sept. 24 –

#1 Southern Cal 42, #24 Oregon 24 –Matt Leinart and Kellen Clemens are two of the top QBs in the nation, but Trojans have more weaponry and stingier defense.

#3 LSU 24, #10 Tennessee 13 – Vols need to figure out ways to put ball in the end zone against diversified Tigers offense.

#8 Ohio State 26, #22 Iowa 16 – Hawkeyes are short-handed without QB Drew Tate although their rushing game has improved over last season, yielding 5.5 yards per carry.

Minnesota 28, #11 Purdue 26 – The Gophers’ first test as the Boilers; physicality on defense will be tested by Minnesota RB Laurence Maroney, who averages 7.2 yards per carry.

#12 Miami 33, Colorado 14 – Hurricanes step out of conference with easier matchup that anticipated.

#17 Michigan State 34, Illinois 17 – Spartans need to mentally rebuild after grueling OT win at Notre Dame; Illini seem improved after playing Cal tough for three quarters.

#23 Virginia 38, Duke 7 – Confidence building win for UVa at Syracuse comes on last second FG.

South Carolina 30, Troy 10 – Trojans are the panacea USC needs after being ravaged for over 300 yards by Alabama’s rush offense.

Northwestern 28, Penn State 24 - NU QB Brett Basanez and PSU’s Michael Robinson could pull off an intriguing aerial show.

NC State 20, North Carolina 9 – Struggling Tar Heels offense finds no sympathy from Wolfpack defense.

Boston College 24, Clemson 20 – Eagles miscues handed Florida State a 28-17 victory last week; BC’s rushing defense should make Clemson one-dimensional.

West Virginia 34, East Carolina 14 – Mounties rushed for 301 in win over Maryland while ECU gave up 407 yards rushing in loss at Wake Forest.

Ole Miss 30, Wyoming 27 – Rebels overcame a 21-point deficit at Vandy only to lose; Wyoming could be in the MWC driver’s seat.

Kansas State 37, North Texas 20 – The Purple Cats get a reprieve against a UNT team many thought would be stronger on the ground than they have shown.

#4 Virginia Tech 31, Georgia Tech 14 – GT QB Reggie Ball should be ready to go, but the Jackets will get a huge dose of reality against balanced Hokies.

Auburn 49, Western Kentucky 7 – Tigers are still getting ablutions for the loss to GT with their second inferior opponent in a row.

TCU 34, BYU 19 – Cougars have no answer for TCU’s rush offense.

#5 Florida 37, Kentucky 14 – Gators hit the road after impressive defensive showing in 16-7 win vs. Tennessee.

#16 Notre Dame 31, Washington 17 – Ironically, UW coach Tyrone Willingham faces his former suitor and in time, he will have the Dawgs in position to compete in these types of matchups.

#20 Alabama 34, Arkansas 16 – The Tide should control the line of scrimmage again this week.

Wake Forest 28, Maryland 17 – What would Ralph Friedgen give to have Chris Barclay or Micah Andrews as his feature back?

#14 Michigan 24, Wisconsin 14 – The Badgers need to come up with another weapon on offense that Brian Calhoun to have a shot vs. balanced Wolverines.

Marshall 26, Central Florida 17 – The Herd needs to find a rushing attack to go with WRs Wilbur Hargrove and Hiram Moore.

#9 Louisville 45, South Florida 20 – Brian Brohm and Michael Bush of the Cards are too much for a Bulls offense that must ride RB Andre Hall to whatever opportunities they can muster.

#19 Texas Tech 70, Indiana State 14 – Red Raiders rung up 80 on inferior Sam Houston State; their second I-AA opponent in as many weeks tests the patience of those wanting to respect this high-powered squad.

Tulsa 33, Memphis 30 – Tulsa’s Brandon Diles and Memphis RB DeAngelo Williams make up one of the better backfield matchups of the week.

Vandy 35, Richmond 10 – QB Jay Cutler is pushing the ‘Dores toward a bowl bid.

Houston 30, So. Miss 26 – UH has enough firepower at home to edge Jeff Bower’s defense.

#7 Georgia 24, Mississippi State 6 – Georgia RBs Thomas Brown and Danny Ware are each averaging over 6 yards per carry.

San Diego State 31, San Jose State 28 – Aztecs RB Lynell Hamilton should provide enough of a boost; otherwise, SDSU is looking at a long season.

Navy 41, Rice 17 – What is the over/under on the number of forward passes thrown in this game?

UNLV 30, Utah State 17 – Rebs’ passing attack only accounted for 58 yards vs. Nevada; there should be no follow up problems as the Aggies gave up 510 total yards in week 2 loss at Utah.

Tulane 37, SMU 17 – Wave QB Lester Richard should have a field day.

New Mexico 35, UTEP 28 – Lobos RB Dontrell Moore could have a field day against a Miners defense that gave up 183 yards on the ground in OT win over Houston.

Arizona State 40, Oregon State 21 – Sun Devils QB Sam Keller could pick up where
U of L’s Brian Brohm left off in torching the Beavers’ secondary.

Hawaii 44, Idaho 17 – Warriors pick up first win against rebuilding Vandals.

Week 3 - 29-8 - 78.4%
Overall - 85-32 - 73%

Thursday, September 15, 2005

The Swamp Takes Center Stage in Welcoming Vols

Thursday, Sept. 15 –

Utah 33, TCU 17 – Frogs were brought down to earth by SMU; Utes are not the team to try to rebound against in the inaugural MWC game.

Friday, Sept. 16 –

UTEP 42, Houston 35 – Aerial show between QBs Jordan Palmer and Kevin Kolb is expected.

Saturday, Sept. 17

#6 Florida 27, #5 Tennessee 24 – Gators need to make sure that UT does not establish ground attack behind Gerald Riggs. Blocking Tennessee’s front seven also a prime key for QB Chris Leak.

#13 Miami 27, #10 Clemson 17 – Hurricanes look to correct special teams and offensive line problems that haunted them in loss to Florida State. Running game will be a key for Tigers who could have problems matching up their DBs with Miami’s receivers.

#17 Boston College 20, #8 Florida State 13 – Eagles’ offensive line vs. physical FSU defensive front is the game’s most interesting matchup.

#11 Louisville 34, Oregon State 23 – The Beavers, who are gaining confidence after win over Boise State, will have to neutralize Brian Brohm and the Cards’ pass offense.

#14 Michigan 45, Eastern Michigan 10 – Wolverines still licking wounds after last week’s loss to Notre Dame.

#25 Virginia 24, Syracuse 17 – The Cavaliers could be ripe for an upset in they cannot handle Damien Rhodes’ power ground game.

West Virginia 20, Maryland 17 – Maryland still may not have enough offense to match WVU.

Vandy 19, Ole Miss 17 – A Commodores win gives them a real shot to start the season at 5-0.

Texas A&M 44, SMU 14 – Aggies need something positive after last second loss at Clemson.

Georgia 55, UL Monroe 6 – Dog Day Afternoon for the Indians.

Duke 24, VMI 14 – The Blue Devils need anything to build confidence after only 35 total yards in last week’s 45-0 loss to Virginia Tech.

Missouri 24, Troy 7 – Payback for last year’s win by the Trojans.

Wyoming 34, Air Force 27 – The Cowboys have designs on the MWC title and will be in for a fight from the underrated Falcons.

#10 Notre Dame 21, Michigan State 14 – Irish must not get overconfident after wins over Pitt and Michigan.
Army 24, Baylor 21 – Intriguing matchup of teams seeking improvement.

#4 Virginia Tech 41, Ohio University 13 – Hokies face confident Bobcats after their
16-10 OT win against Pitt.

#9 Ohio State 30, San Diego State 14 – Aztecs gave the Buckeyes a run two years ago at The Horseshoe.

UCLA 28, #21 Oklahoma 24 – Why aren’t the high-powered Bruins ranked?

Nebraska 17, Pitt 13 – The Panthers desperately need a win while Huskers desperately need offensive consistency.

South Carolina 23, Alabama 16 – Kicking game miscues cost USC against Georgia; Stopping Bama QB Brodie Croyle and executing on special teams are the keys for Steve Spurrier’s team.

#15 Cal 38, Illinois 14 – Ayoob and Longshore are quite a QB tandem and those are the Bear facts!

Wake Forest 27, ECU 23 – Deacons rush to win behind RBs Chris Barclay and Micah Andrews.

#16 Georgia Tech 28, Connecticut 21 – Huskies could be a hand full for surprising Jackets.

Kentucky 30, Indiana 27 – Toss up between bottom feeders in SEC and Big Ten

#2 Texas 56, Rice 13 – Vince Young proves he is a passer vs. Ohio State; Owls don’t need verification.

#19 Texas Tech 70, Sam Houston State 7 – Outmanned Red Raiders’ opponents always feel the wrath of Mike Leach’s potent offense.

#23 Fresno State 28, Oregon 20 – WAC favorite asserts itself in Pac 10 country.

Wisconsin 30, North Carolina 17 – Carolina needs to find a running game and stop Wisconsin’s rush offense.

North Texas 28, Tulsa 17 – Mean Green are SBC favorite after eclipsing MTSU.

Mississippi State 24, Tulane 22 – Misplaced Green Wave play for pride in Shreveport.

New Mexico 34, New Mexico State 16 – Lobos’ DonTrell Moore should have a big day on the ground.

#12 Purdue 31, Arizona 17 – Boilers should score the win, but had better not underestimate Mike Stoops’ Cats in the desert.

#18 Arizona State 48, Northwestern 21 – Sun Devils rebound in a big way after tough loss to LSU.

Nevada 30, UNLV 28 – Bragging rights in the Silver State belong to the Pack if they rebound mentally off the pounding against Washington State.

#1 USC 38, Arkansas 8 – Trojans are piggish on points.

Week 2 – 28-13 – 69%
Overall – 56-24 – 70%

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Texas-Ohio State, Irish-Wolverines Capture Docket

Going 28-11 last week was terrible to a certain extent. However my only really bad pick was Boise State to beat Georgia. The heat, humidity, and Georgia’s team speed ended this one before it started.

Thursday, Sept. 8 –

Oklahoma State 21, Florida Atlantic 13 – Owls kept it close at Kansas; could keep it closer at home vs. offensively challenged Pokes.

Friday, Sept. 9 –

Pitt 35, Ohio U. 12 – The margin of the Panthers’ loss to Notre Dame was surprising and could foster early doubt in the Steel City.

Nevada 34, Washington State 31 – The nation will know about Wolf Pack wide receiver Nichiren Flowers after this one.

Saturday, Sept. 10 –

Kansas State 27, Marshall 21 – Rebuilding Herd visited by a Big 12 foe that they knocked off two years ago in Manhattan.

Michigan 34, Notre Dame 20 – The Irish see a new breed of opponent this week.

Virginia Tech 48, Duke 7 – Yawn! One of the season’s classic mismatches.

Maryland 20, Clemson 17 – Both offenses need to find ways to put the ball into the end zone.

Penn State 28, Cincinnati 10 – Lions tame their second Big East for in two weeks.

Wisconsin 55, Temple 13 – Badgers RB Brian Calhoun could surpass 200 yards again this week.

Oklahoma 27, Tulsa 9 – Sooners rebound from TCU loss behind newly inserted QB Rhett Bomar.

Auburn 24, Miss. State 10 – Tigers need to cut out mistakes and find a running game.

BC 38, Army 7 – Eagles’ eyes are set on Sept. 17 match up vs. Florida State at Chestnut Hill.

Purdue 45, Akron 14 – Boilermakers coach Joe Tiller introduces QB Brandon Kirsch, the latest in a long line of effective Purdue QBs.

Minnesota 27, Colorado State 23 – Laurence Maroney powers Gophers, coming off a 200-plus outing in last week’s win over Tulsa.

Illinois 30, San Jose State 17 – Improving Spartans could provide a test for Ron Zook in week two.

Air Force 23, San Diego State 14 – Young Falcons build on week one win at Washington.

Navy 31, Stanford 21 – Mids rebound after heartbreaking last minute defeat vs. Maryland.

BYU 41, E. Illinois 10 – John Beck threw for 330 in last week’s loss to BC; he should find the EIU secondary easy picking.

Wyoming 40, UL Monroe 17 – Jarvis Bouknight is one of the nation’s best kept secrets at WR for Joe Glenn and the Pokes.

Iowa 24, Iowa State 20 – The Hawks will run into a buzz saw after last week’s rout of Ball State.

Cal 31, Washington 20 – It’s Joseph Ayoob this week at QB for Jeff Tedford.

Georgia Tech 34, North Carolina 21 – Jackets need not nap after last week’s upset of Auburn.

Michigan State 34, Hawaii 24 – Spartans rushed for 354 yards last week while QB Drew Stanton threw for 297.

No. Illinois 31, Northwestern 28 – Huskies get it right this week against a lesser Big 10 opponent.

Georgia 24, South Carolina 16 – The Gamecocks always play this game close.

Florida 47, Louisiana Tech 14 – Start printing the "Chris Leak for Heisman" memorabilia.

Kentucky 37, Idaho State 17 – Andre Woodson showed well in opener with 275 yards in the air vs. Louisville.

Boise State 38, Oregon State 31 – Broncos and Jared Zabransky rebound from embarrassing loss at Georgia.

Florida State 62, Citadel 6 – Why even schedule this game, let alone telecast it on ESPNU?

Texas Tech 51, Fla. Int. 21 – Cody Hodges opens in Mike Leach’s offense against the Panthers, who played K-Sate tougher than expected.

Arkansas 20, Vandy 17 – Hogs cannot afford the six turnovers they had in rout of Missouri State.

Missouri 34, New Mexico 17 – Brad Smith looking for a comeback season after a disappointing 2004.

Nebraska 23, Wake Forest 17 – Huskers could be pushed to the brink as QB Zac Taylor starts against his old team.

Alabama 24, So. Miss. 17 – The Golden Eagles always play Bama tough.

Ohio State 23, Texas 14 – Longhorns need a passing game to compete in this one.

Utah 42, Utah State 10 – Utes escaped Arizona and now tune up on state rival.

Arizona State 28, LSU 24 – The Tigers switch this game to Tempe based on hurricane issues. ASU is a legitimate threat with freshman RB Keegan Herring and dynamic QB Sam Keller.

TCU 34, SMU 3 – Gary Patterson will not let Frogs get away from reality after last week’s upset of Oklahoma.

UCLA 45, Rice 10 – Maurice Drew thrusts his name into Heisman race.

Colorado 40, New Mexico State 21 – High powered Aggies fall upon hard times in Big 12 country.

UNLV 33, Idaho 10 – Improved Rebels were a tough out for New Mexico.