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Friday, October 1, 2010

Finally Friday

Happy Friday to all, it has been a long and eventful week. So with our eye on the weekend let's get into some picks for college football and some hilarious things I found on the web.

College Football Picks 

Alabama vs. Florida - It really doesn't get any bigger than this in SEC country. The last two national champs square off for supremacy in the best conference in the country. The way Florida played in the first two weeks of the season with their misdirected and mishandled snaps; they looked more the part of a high school junior varsity squad. Alabama meanwhile was steamrolling opponents to the tune of 134-19 over its first three games. A funny thing happened in the Gators last game, they found a playmaker in Trey Burton. The 6"2 225 pound freshmen is Mr. do everything for the Gators. He is listed as the teams backup QB, Tight end, and receiver. He will be the X- factor in this game. Mark Ingram got the ball and delivered against Arkansas last week but he will need a consistent Greg McElroy as well. Trent Richardson chose Alabama over Florida and is a Florida native. He should perform well in front of his home crowd. Florida leads the nation with 12 interceptions and three returned for a touchdown. As for injuries, both teams will have two of their best players not at their best. Jeffrey Demps of Florida and Marcel Dareus of the Crimson Tide are nursing injuries. As much as both coaches would like to down play the importance of this game they can't. Both coaches have announced to their teams at various time this is Florida week and this Alabama week. The intensity will be at a fever pitch. Nobody does it better than the SEC and this game will prove it. The Pick : Alabama 24 - 20 in a thriller



Stanford vs. Oregon - In watching the thrashing Oregon put on the Tennessee Vols earlier this year, I noticed a few things about Oregon. They have one of, if not the best run games in the nation behind a good offensive line and Lamicheal James and Kenjon Barner in the backfield. The Ducks defense is stout and underrated. In watching Stanford's demolishing of Notre Dame this past weekend, I observed a very well coached Cardinal team. Andrew Luck for those who don't know is pretty damn good. He can make all the throws and has a very good deep ball pass. The Cardinal’s have actually averaged more yards this year without NFL draft pick Toby Gerhart, going from 218 last year to 223 this year. Their defense is second in the nation with 9 interceptions to date. I'm interested to see how Luck responds to a better level of competition. The winner of this game has the inside track to the Pac-10 crown and Rose bowl. Coaches Chip Kelly and Jim Harbaugh know the stakes of this game and will hold nothing back. This is the game of the week for the west coast. The Pick: Stanford 35 – 30


Oklahoma vs. Texas - Man, did this game ever lose its luster after that epic beat down UCLA put on the Longhorns and Oklahoma's less than stellar effort against Cincy. Texas got exposed against a power run team. The Longhorns came into that game being ranked as the 2nd best defense in the land and word was coming from Austin that this was the best defense they have had in the Mack Brown era. Can we all say epic fail on that account? Those stats were inflated after facing spread happy soft offenses that use more finesse than power. UCLA just bum rushed and over powered Texas and that is just not supposed to happen to the Longhorns. As for Oklahoma they seem to play down to their opponents. One week they are spanking the hide off of
Florida St
and the next week they can barely pull out a win vs Cincy. And I don't buy either one of the schools looking ahead to this match up last week, Texas got taken to school and that was no fluke. This will not be the best Red River shootout ever but these two schools hate each other and should come out flying to the ball. The Pick: Oklahoma 27 - 17
Wisconsin vs. Michigan St - The Spartans come into the game ranked 4-0 but if you take a closer look at their opponents it might change your view on their record. Racking up wins against the Murderer's row of opponents that included  Western Michigan, Florida Atlantic, Notre Dame and Northern Colorado. Those teams are a combined 5-9. They have a solid rushing attack with Edwin Baker and Le'veon Bell. I look for them to come out inspired due to the return of head coach Mark Dantoni from his heart attack. Wisconsin is just a big smash mouth team. If you like old school football than Bret Bielama's bunch should be a joy to watch, they play the kind of football that would make your daddy proud. They have a big hulking and experinced offensive line and talented running back John Clay in the backfield. This will be the premier game in the Big Ten this weekend. The Pick : Wisconsin 20 - 17

Game of the week - Florida vs. Alabama. Doesn't get any better than this
Most Intriguing game - Virginia Tech vs. N.C. State. Va tech is trying to salvage the season and Russell Wilson could care less
Rivarlry Game - Washington vs. USC. In the Pete Carroll bowl, is this the week Jake Locker flashed the skills that made him a projected number pick in the draft?
Under the Radar game - Penn State vs. Iowa. Can Joe Pa's boys pull out the upset over an Iowa team upset with last weeks lost?
Coach better get it right game - Georgia vs. Colorado. Will Mark Richt get the Phil Fulmer treatment and lose his job? Dan Hawkins seems like he has been on the hotseat from the time he landed in Boulder

Funny but true stories:

Interview Jim Mora at your own risk, just ask Doug Gottlieb Jim Mora Doesn’t Like Doug Gottlieb’s Line of Questioning: “Is This Your First Interview?”

Ryder Cup rain gear malfunction: http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20101001/SPORTS/101001060/U-S-team-buys-new-rain-gear-at-Ryder-Cup-due-to-wardrobe-malfunction

Really is this what you think of yourself Roy Williams : http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/morning-jolt/10/01/morning.jolt/index.html?eref=sihp

Is this coach wrong for taking in a homeless player? http://www.myfoxorlando.com/dpp/sports/092710coach-took-in-homeless-player

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