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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Exciting Conference Action Starts Now!


This is a big weekend in College football as conference play gets underway. Up until this point, most teams treated the first few weekends as a tune-up. I’ve enjoyed the action and the few quality matchups, but the real college football season begins THIS WEEKEND! A few games to note:

NC State vs. Virginia Tech: These two teams have undergone a role reversal. Ever since joining the conference Virginia Tech has flexed its muscles over the rest of the ACC. And down in Raleigh, NC State fans are still trying to hold onto the days of Phillip Rivers; when he and TA McLendon took the team to a 10 win season.  Now, Virginia Tech doesn’t appear to be so dominant and NC State’s better days might actually lie ahead. If the Wolfpack win this game, dare I say it, they will be frontrunners in the ACC. As a former military man, Tom O’Brien preaches discipline and his squad appears to be following his command. Virginia Tech is still an offensive threat, however after that disappointing James Madison loss in Week 2 this team’s no longer intimidating as it once was.



Wisconsin vs. Michigan State: I like Wisconsin and I like Brett Bielema; however each season this team loses one or two games where you’re just left scratching your head. The Badgers fall victim to the preseason hype each year. Brett Bielema is a good coach and typically lands some of the best talent in the Big 10. However, you’d think that for a team ranked as high as this one, some of its wins would be a little more convincing. For real, take a look at last season’s schedule and show me more than two games where the Badgers were dominant…I’ll wait.



Penn State vs. Iowa: I was sitting behind the endzone two years ago when Iowa pulled off the 1-point upset against a then, undefeated #3 ranked Nittany Lion squad. Now, Penn State heads into Iowa City looking to upset the Hawkeyes. I think this will be a tough, hard-fought matchup but Iowa pulls it out.



Texas vs. Oklahoma: This is Texas vs. Oklahoma, this matchup doesn’t need any hyping. I’m interested to see how these two teams perform against each other this weekend. I was really high on Oklahoma in the preseason but this team has not looked too impressive. The same can be said for Texas, getting spanked at home to UCLA. Regardless, if history tells us anything it’s that whoever wins this game usually goes on to win the conference. So who do you like? I’m picking Oklahoma.



Monday, September 27, 2010

Week 5 ACC Predictions (In BOLD)

Saturday, October 2nd:

Notre Dame
Boston College

Duke
Maryland

Virginia Tech
NC State

East Carolina
UNC

Georgia Tech
Wake Forest

Miami
Clemson

Florida State
Virginia











Italicized teams indicate a change from my original preseason prediction. 

Week 5 Big 10 Predictions (In BOLD)



Saturday, October 2nd:

Michigan
Indiana

Wisconsin
Michigan State

Ohio State
Illinois

Northwestern
Minnesota

Penn State
Iowa







Notre Dame
Boston College 







Italicized teams indicate a change from my original preseason prediction. 

Week 5 Big 12 Predictions (In BOLD)

Thursday, September 30th:

Texas A&M
Oklahoma State

Saturday, October 2nd:

Texas Tech
Iowa State

Texas
Oklahoma

Kansas
Baylor

Georgia
Colorado

Week 5 SEC Predictions (In BOLD)

Saturday, October 2nd:

LA-Monroe
Auburn

Vanderbilt
Connecticut

Kentucky
Mississippi

Florida
Alabama

Alcorn St
Miss St.

Georgia
Colorado

Tennessee
LSU







Italicized teams indicate a change from my original preseason prediction. 

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Stats from the First 4 Weeks

Week 1: 39/44 (87%)


Week 2: 30/36 (83%)


Week 3: 29/35 (83%)


Week 4: 24/33 (73%)


*Total: 122/148 (82% of games picked correctly)








*Only counting inter-conference match-ups once.  

Week 4 Results

Big Ten: 8/10 = 80%
Big 12: 6/8 = 75%
SEC: 5/7 = 71%
ACC: 5/8 = 63%
Notre Dame: 0

Monday, September 20, 2010

Week 4 ACC Predictions (In BOLD)

2010 ACC Schedule: Week 4

Thursday, September 23rd:

Miami
Pittsburgh

Saturday, September 25th:

Wake Forest
Florida State

NC State
Georgia Tech

Virginia Tech
Boston College

FIU
Maryland

Army
Duke

UNC
Rutgers

VMI
Virginia

Week 4 Big Ten Predictions (In BOLD)

2010 Big Schedule: Week 4

Saturday, September 25th:

Central Michigan
Northwestern

N Colorado
Michigan State

Bowling Green
Michigan

E Michigan
Ohio State

Temple
Penn State

Austin Peay
Wisconsin

Ball State
Iowa

Toledo
Purdue

Akon
Indiana

N Illinois
Minnesota

Stanford
Notre Dame 

Week 4 Big 12 Predictions (In BOLD)

2010 Big 12 Schedule: Week 4

Saturday, September 25th:

Miami (OH)
Missouri

S Dakota State
Nebraska

UCLA
Texas

Oklahoma
Cincinnati

UCF
Kansas State

Northern Iowa
Iowa State

New Mexico State
Kansas

Baylor
Rice

Week 4 SEC Predictions (In BOLD)

2010 SEC Schedule: Week 4

Saturday, September 25th:

South Carolina
Auburn

Alabama
Arkansas

Kentucky
Florida

Fresno State
Mississippi

Georgia
Miss St.

UAB
Tennessee

West Virginia
LSU






Sunday, September 19, 2010

Monday, September 13, 2010

Week 3 ACC Predictions (In BOLD)

2010 ACC Schedule: Week 3

Thursday, September 16th:

NC State
Cincinnati

Saturday, September 18th:

GT
UNC

Maryland
West Virginia

East Carolina
VT

BYU
Florida State

Alabama
Duke

Clemson
Auburn

Wake Forest
Stanford

Week 3 Big 10 Predictions (In BOLD)

2010 Big 10 Schedule: Week 3

Saturday, September 18th:

Indiana
W Kentucky

Northwestern
Rice

Massachusetts
Michigan

Ohio
Ohio State

Kent State
Penn State

N Illinois
Illinois

Ball State
Purdue

USC
Minnesota

Arizona State
Wisconsin

Notre Dame
Michigan State

Iowa
Arizona





Michigan State
Notre Dame

Week 3 Big 12 Predictions (In BOLD)

2010 Big 12 Schedule: Week 3

Friday, September 17th:

Kansas
Southern Miss

Saturday, September 18th:

San Diego State
Missouri

Tulsa
Oklahoma State

Iowa State
Kansas State

Hawaii
Colorado

Air Force
Oklahoma

Nebraska
Washington

Baylor
TCU

FIU
Texas A&M

Texas
Texas Tech

Week 3 SEC Predictions (In BOLD)

2010 SEC Schedule: Week 3

Saturday, September 18th:

Akron
Kentucky

Vanderbilt
Mississippi

Furman
South Carolina

Arkansas
Georgia

Alabama
Duke

Florida
Tennessee

Clemson
Auburn

Miss St.
LSU









Sunday, September 12, 2010

Week 2 Notes

Christmas came early this past weekend with so many BIG games being played. I pretty much posted up in bed most of the day and watched the action unfold on TV. The only bummer about the day was that all of the good games were on at the same time. My thumb definitely got a workout pressing the PREV button on my remote control back and forth between the games.  


I was very disappointed with the performances from the ACC’s top dogs: Georgia Tech and VT. Georgia Tech lost a close one against Kansas on the road, which in my opinion shouldn’t have even been a contest in the first place. No doubt it was a great win for Coach Turner Gill, who came under some fire last week for his Jayhawks’ disappointing 6-3 loss to North Dakota State. Georgia Tech is a team that should threaten for the ACC crown this season. It’s not a pretty reflection of the conference when one of the better teams in the ACC loses to a lower-tier team from the Big 12. The same can be said of Virginia Tech this past weekend too. Granted, they did have a short week to prepare but how are you going to lose James Madison, at home?! 

Florida State suffered a tough beating but I didn’t expect the Seminoles to just march into Norman and steal a victory. Oklahoma has won 32 straight games at home, which is an NCAA Record. That’s very impressive!

It’s going to be a long season up in Minnesota. I was never high on the Golden Gophers this season to begin with, but after barely getting a win against Middle Tennessee last weekend and then losing to South Dakota yesterday, I’m starting to think Minnesota might not even win another game this season…OUCH.

I was hoping Miami vs. Ohio State would be the best game of the day.  The Canes were playing well in the first quarter but then things quickly got out of hand as Jacory Harris threw pick after pick after pick after pick to the Buckeye defense. Harris’ fourth interception is what really put the nail in coffin for the Canes though. Miami was threatening inside the redzone when defensive lineman Cameron Heyward picked his pass and returned it back 80 yards to Miami’s 15-yard line. Two plays later, Pryor waltzes 13 yards for the TD which made the score 32-17. This game started with a lot of hype but ended in a letdown.

The Michigan vs. Notre Dame matchup was the best game of the day, in my opinion. Denard Robison has played like a man amongst boys in his first two starts for the Wolverines.  The guy is exciting to watch and he’s putting Michigan on his back. What impressed me the most about this game was that Michigan’s O-line gave Robinson all the time he needed to make plays. The guy accounted for 502 yards of total offense for Michigan! His stat line after the first two weeks reads something like this: 403 yards passing, 2 TDs, 455 yards rushing with 3 TDs. Notre Dame was in this game the entire time though; even despite Dayne Crist being sidelined for most of the action. The Irish ended up having the last possession of the game with about 25 seconds left. They were driving down in Michigan territory and it appeared as if Crist might pull off the come-from-behind victory. However his pass to the back of the endzone ended up sailing too deep, sealing the win for Michigan. This is Coach Kelly’s first loss in over a year. 

Week 2 Results

Notre Dame: 100% 
Big 12: 11/12 = .916%
SEC: 8/9 = .88%
Big Ten: 8/10 = .80%
ACC: 6/10 = .60%

Thursday, September 9, 2010

2-0 doesn't mean a thing...

With the big Michigan vs. Notre Dame game only a few days away I just want to remind people that a 2-0 start is important but it doesn’t necessarily equal a winner at the end of the season. Rich Rodriguez appears to have won the Michigan fans over, for right now. His boys played well, dominating UCONN in all facets of the game. I’ve even come across a twitter account hyping Denard Robinson for the Heisman Trophy, already! Arguably he had one of the best single performances of the weekend but Michigan fans, isn’t it a little premature? 



Notre Dame is pumped; they finally got their guy. Kelly’s Irish looked good at moments against Purdue. Notre Dame held the lead over the Boilermakers for much of the game. The playmakers on offense performed really well. I can’t really even front on these guys, this time. I think Kelly is a perfect fit for ND.





All I say though is have some patience, because how you start is not as important as how you finish. People were high on Michigan early on last season as Big Blue strung together a 4-2 record through the first six games. How’d they finish off? 1-5 and they blew a golden opportunity to go to a bowl game.  Michigan hasn’t been to a bowl in the past two seasons. Before that mark they’d been to 33 straight. Last season, Notre Dame came into the Michigan game ranked 18th thinking maybe 2009 could be their year. The offense was loaded with playmakers and the defense was deep enough. They too went 4-2 through the first six but ended up dropping the last four games and Weiss ended up getting the boot. I think it’s great that these teams have its fans “believing” again but just wait until after the halfway point in the season to make an assessment. 

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Week 2 ACC Predictions (In Bold)

2010 ACC Schedule: Week 2

Saturday, September 11th:

Duke
Wake Forest

Georgia Tech
Kansas

James Madison
Virginia Tech

Kent State
Boston College

Florida State
Oklahoma

Presbyterian
Clemson

Miami
Ohio State

Morgan State
Maryland

NC State
UCF

Virginia
USC