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  posted on 10/31/2006 at 06:59 PM
Thursday 11/2
West Virginia at Louisville (-1) - 7:30 ESPN
BCS #3 vs BCS #5. Both teams off bye week. Not surprised public likes West Va (LV only -1 at home, LV was -7 LY at W Va). Louisville had not played its A game since September. Louisville defense has picked it up however. West Virginia gets so many big plays on offense, and has a tendancy to allow deep pass completions on D. Brohm and company will have to be clicking.

Friday 11/3
Air Force (-7) at Army - 8:00 ESPN 2
I list this game here because night games at West Point are rare. I know of only 2 or 3. One was when they beat Louisville in John L Smith's 2nd year as a 14 pt home dog. I love service academy football and am looking forward to this almost as much as W Va - LV. Air Force on 2 game losing streak and has already lost to Navy this year. Army also struggling losing its last 3.

Saturday 11/4

Penn St at Wisconsin (-7) - 12:00 ABC regional
6-3 vs 8-1. Wisconsin and Penn St both nearly lost to Illinois at home. Super Wisky RB PJ Hill is questionable. Penn St D still strong, offense only as good as Tony Hunt is.

Missouri at Nebraska (-6) - 12:00 ABC regional
7-2 vs 6-3 - both teams have 2 conference losses and both lost last week. Nebraska lost its last 2 and Missouri lost 2 of last 3. Regardless, the winner here will likely win the B12 North. Nebraska can dominate through air or gound at times. Missouri struggling to stop run. TOs killed Tigers last week. Nebraska started strong, but cooled off and finished poorly at Ok St last week. Tough game to call between good teams desperate for a quality win.

Maryland at Clemson (-16) - 12:00 ESPN 2
6-2 vs 7-2. Clemson needs to keep winning in order to hope for ACC Title game birth (Atlantic teams BC, Wake and Maryland all only one conference loss). Last week in Blacksburg showed a Clemson team that started well after going up 7-0 and played well on D until Virginia Tech decided to turn it on. Mary playing well in ACC with only loss coming in a close one to GT.

Florida (-16) at Vanderbilt - 12:30 Lincoln Fin sports / Gameplan
Florida is #4 in BCS, for their sake they should not take Vandy lightly. After barely escaping last year's game, Florida will likely have full focus, which probably eliminates Vandy's chances of pulling the upset. Vandy QB Chris Nickson helping fans forget about Cutler.

Mississippi St at Alabama (-14) - 12:30 Lincoln Fin sports / Gameplan
This is Bama alum, former player and now Miss St HC Croom's 3rd crack at the Tide. Some other story lines present here. I believe last year's 17-0 Bama win was very close as Bama got 2 defensive TDs. Miss St could very well win this game.

UNC at Notre Dame (-28) - 2:30 NBC
yawn

LSU (-3) at Tennessee - 3:30 CBS
Well, sure surprised to see Vegas post LSU the road favorite here. Tennessee has been a HD twice the last 5 years, both losses, one to #8 Georgia in 2003 and one to #2 Miami in 2002. The only highlight from last year's Tennessee season was the rescheduled Monday night game at LSU where they were down like 24-0 at halftime (won 30-27 in OT). Before that, LSU and Tenn have not played since the 2001 SEC Title game where a 10-1 Tenn team would have been in the National Title game if they had beat LSU, but they did not and they crushed Michigan in the Citrus instead. LSU went onto a big win over Illinois in the Sugar (Illinois in the Sugar, wow seems like forever ago).

Tulsa (-4) at Houston - 3:30 CSTV
This game will likely decide the C USA West rep for conference title game. Houston offense is explosive at times. Tulsa relies more on D and balanced offense. Tulsa needed INT return for TD last week to come back vs an overrated UTEP team. The way the Houston defense plays, this game could be a shoot out.

Boston College (-4) at Wake Forest - 7:00 ESPN 2
7-1 vs 7-1. Wake Forest returns to its prefered underdog role (0-3 ATS as fav, 4-0 ATS as dog - consistant with previous Grobe years). BC QB Ryan likely to return here as they coasted past Buffalo last week. As stated earlier, each team only has one conference loss. The winner here will control their own destiny for the ACC Champ game. This is a battle of great, yet nationally under appreciated head coaches.

Georgia Tech (-6) at North Carolina St - 7:00 ESPNU
6-2 vs 3-5. GT rebounded nicely off Clemson loss by taking care of Miami at home last week. NC St's 2-0 ACC start is a distant memory now as they have lost 3 straight and a bowl birth is fading (GT, Clemson, UNC, ECU remain). GT could let down in this game and NC St could surprise.

USC (-28.5) at Stanford - 7:00 Fox Sports
USC lost it's first conference game since 2003 and have only lost 3 PAC 10 games since 2002. Stanford is as bad as they come this year.

Oklahoma St at Texas (-16.5) - 7:00 TBS
Texas off 2 very close road games. Oklahoma St is 5-3 on the year and has played Texas very tough the last 2 years (well, atleast for half the game). Ok St is respectable, off a nice win vs Nebraska, but Texas should clearly dominate them, but games aren't played on paper.

Arkansas (-2) at South Carolina 7:45 ESPN
3 down, 2 to go for South Carolina in the "teams they aren't supposed to beat" department. This is the second straight week that ESPN has chose to put South Carolina on it's primetime spot. I feel very strongly that South Carolina will win this game. In the last 3 years where South Carolina is bowl eligible these games have been decided by 3, 3, and 4. Arkansas has gone 3-0 since its defeat of Auburn (SE Mizz St, Miss, UL Monroe) and I'm looking for them to prove themselves to me. Sidenote - The BCS computers liked Arky almost as much as USC, Mich and Ohio St after the Auburn win, but they have fallen greatly in the computers the last 3 weeks.

Virginia Tech (-2.5) at Miami - 8:00 ABC regional
VT is reborn, while they do need to likely win out and GT has to stumble in order for them to reach the ACC title game. Not sure if VT can keep playing like it did for 3-1/2 quarters last week at home vs Clemson. Miami is in trouble and the situation this game compares to the Clemson - VT game last week (road team favored, home team being disrespected, night game). This should be an interesting game.

UCLA at Cal (-17) - 8:00 ABC regional
not a whole lot needing said here

Oklahoma (-2.5) at Texas A&M - 8:00 ABC regional
One of my favorite games to watch this week. Allen Patrick has steps up nicely for injured star Peterson. Patrick is a different runner, but hits the hole full speed and runs downhill nicely. A&M defense still needs to prove to me that they are "back". Oklahoma defense played very well vs a strong Missouri offense last week (TOs and goal line stand), but I still remember the UAB, Washington and Orgon games even though it was so long ago. A&M relies on running game from multiple RBs and QB Stephen McGee. A&M controls their own destiny in the B12 South.


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  posted on 10/31/2006 at 07:13 PM
Oklahoma St at Texas (-16.5) - 7:00 TBS
Texas off 2 very close road games. Oklahoma St is 5-3 on the year and has played Texas very tough the last 2 years (well, atleast for half the game). Ok St is respectable, off a nice win vs Nebraska, but Texas should clearly dominate them, but games aren't played on paper.

http://www.dawgsports.com/story/2006/10/31/72424/386

An SEC fan w/too much time on their hands. And a UGA fan at that. Didn't our bottom feeder Colorado almost beat them in Athens???

 

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  posted on 10/31/2006 at 08:34 PM
That article seems to be written by a very narrow minded person trying to be funny. Taking only the TV games one could form a much more reasonable argument on games not to watch (this is hard for me because I'd watch any game):

Virginia - Florida St
Northwestern - Iowa
TCU - UNLV
Kansas St - Colorado
UL Laf - Troy St

People who need college football games to be close to hold their interest are clearly not fans of the game. I can understand turning it off in the 4th quarter when the game is in hand and the 2nd stringers are in the game. But even the so called mismatches hold some unknowns that make it interesting to see how player A handles player B and if team A can efficiently do something against team B, etc.

jahpaul, thanks for the link, but your comments jabbing the SEC and/or Georgia.....do you dislike them? I'm glad that you are back, but I did not see you around here talking college football for quite a while after you talked alot of trash about Ohio St and they beat you guys.

Let me try one. Your bottom feeder, Colorado, beat Texas Tech by 24. Your team needed a comeback and beat Texas Tech by 4. What am I to take away from that?

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  posted on 11/1/2006 at 12:23 AM
Other games of note:

Wednesday 11/1
Fresno St at Boise St (-23.5) - 8:00 ESPN 2
This game could possibly be somewhat close, but it is hard to see Fresno pulling the upset as Fresno is not your ordinary Fresno team.

Non TV games:

Georgia (-7) at Kentucky - 1:00
A few folks here will be interested in this game. I know Bill will be there and maybe Chris will make the trip too. Should be a good game - these are 2 of the best Special Team Units perhaps in the country, definately in the SEC. These games haven't been all that close since 2000. UK thin on OL players.

Arkansas St at Auburn (-31) - 2:30
Media people looking for "style points" out of Auburn. Tuberville may just want a cushy win for his own reasons, but not because he is former ASU assistant. Arkansas St is not a complete pushover, but is weaker than Tulane and Auburn should cover the number. Auburn D probably scores atleast once.

 

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  posted on 11/1/2006 at 12:00 PM
take away that college ball is a wacky thing

didn't really mean for it to be a stab at the SEC. but there's no doubt that UGA is down this year. and I just find it funny that this UGA fan spent so much time and effort on this game of 'disinterest'

and sorry for the hiatus; got a little caught up in moving across the country (ATL>SanAntonio) and starting/learning a new job. I'll try to be more consistent w/my sh*t talking from here on out

 

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  posted on 11/1/2006 at 03:10 PM
I kinda like Lousyville (everyone is on WV), Tennessee, OU and Air Force.

Leaning toward Nebraska at home, they have to play four great quarters, not 1 1/2. Last week's game is another reason that i'll never warm to Bill Callahan totally dominating an opponent for 20 minutes and then just disappearing. At one stretch, outscored 41-7. You can't convince me that that's showing "progress" almost three years into your program. Perhaps if it was a #1 or #2 type team, but Okla State is definitely not that.

 

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  posted on 11/1/2006 at 04:42 PM
Well, my AU Tigers SHOULD whack Arkansas State but we've been playing too much to the level of competition. DOMINATE SOMEBODY !!!!!!!! Georgia could be in for an upset with Kentucky this week but I think somehow they'll find a way. Sorry fast43. I'm with nebish on South Carolina & Arkansas. The Gamecocks are really due against somebody they're not supposed to beat. Miss State COULD upset UAT too. Not many folks are thinking that will happen but I've got a feeling about it (but that just might be my Auburn fervor speaking out of turn.) LSU & Tennessee will be a classic I imagine. I think the Tigers will go to Knoxville and win that one. Florida could get a scare at Vandy but they will win. Outside the SEC, the Wets Virginia & Louisville game will be a great game ! I'm taking the Cardinals in this one. More later y'all...

 

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  posted on 11/1/2006 at 05:45 PM
jahpaul, what do you think about Texas A&M? I'm sure you probably think UT will win when they play. I thought A&M would start 9-0, they are 8-1, but don't play quite as good as I thought they would be. Oklahoma will probably beat them this week, but that will be a good one to watch.

I did not do well betting last week (4-8 winners were Toledo, Mid Tenn, T Tech, GT).

I feel pretty lucky for the SMU win last night. I will probably take Fresno, Louisville this week, but don't feel too good about them.

This Saturday I'm still trying to decide who I like, but will almost certainly take Miss St, South Carolina, Idaho, Rice and maybe Auburn. Other than that, I'm not too crazy about the games/lines from a betting perspective.

Callahan does have a long way to go to win the trust and love of Husker fans. Probably the only thing that will make that happen is a run of Big 12 Titles and a few National Title appearances. I still wish they would have hired Houston Nutt even though his resume wasn't great.

Nebraska is better than Missouri and at home, but I still would not want to take them.

I have lost alot of money in the past going with the "due factor", but have yet to take SC this year in one of these situations, so I'm ready to bet on SC being due. There are actually some solid reasons to back up SC in this one. Arkansas backers could do the same for their cause though.

A few of my primary betting philosophies apply here. I absolutely love the fact that SC was on ESPN primetime last week and came just one quarter short of beating Tennessee (even after overcoming the early TOs). So the fact that SC can redeem themselves in the same situation they were in last week I love. Being that they are again at home in front of all their fans, makes me feel even stronger about it. Another one is to take a good team after a very poor performance the previous week. I think SC is a good team, just not a great team. The 4th quarter vs Tennessee certainly qualifies as a poor performance.

I watched a little of the Monroe - Ark game and while I am being careful to not take too much out of it...ULM actually didn't play that bad. Take away the turnovers (6, a few in the EZ or red zone) and they could have easily scored 3 more TDs and could have atleast made it harder on Arkansas rather than setting up the short field for them (ULM fumbled punt snaps twice). ULM QB Kinsmon Lancaster was able to run pretty well, as was RB Calvin Dawson. Arkansas' Mississippi perfomance was impressive though, but Miss is the toughest team to figure out in all of IA.

I think that SC will do respectable against the run and will leave Mustain pretty confused. Mustain has not been asked to do a whole lot this year. He was actually benched for back up Dick last week due to poor performance, but did come back in later.

Arkansas pass defense can be beat by a quality attack. A quality attack would more be like what they will see next week vs Tennessee, but SC has a good pass game, better than Auburn's. Bama had good success against Ark's D and I don't think they are better passing team than SC. Ark D won't shut down SC's average rush game, so they will be able to be balanced.

Arkansas has had a lot of luck on their side this season. Take that luck away and I think they get beat this week.

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  posted on 11/1/2006 at 06:40 PM
First, my takes on the SEC....


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Florida (-16) at Vanderbilt - 12:30 Lincoln Fin sports / Gameplan
Florida is #4 in BCS, for their sake they should not take Vandy lightly. After barely escaping last year's game, Florida will likely have full focus, which probably eliminates Vandy's chances of pulling the upset. Vandy QB Chris Nickson helping fans forget about Cutler.
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If FU doesn't have enough focus it's because Urban Meyer didn't put it there. If they struggle against Vandy - they can forget playing for the national championship.

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Mississippi St at Alabama (-14) - 12:30 Lincoln Fin sports / Gameplan
This is Bama alum, former player and now Miss St HC Croom's 3rd crack at the Tide. Some other story lines present here. I believe last year's 17-0 Bama win was very close as Bama got 2 defensive TDs. Miss St could very well win this game.
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There are 2 types of losing teams in the SEC, in my opinion. Ones like Vandy who don't win because they are just over-matched talent wise. Then there's the one's that lose because their coaching staff puts them in the position to lose - that's Mississippi State. As much as everyone is rooting for Croom to succeed, he isn't winning and you can't blame the talent level all the time anymore.



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  posted on 11/1/2006 at 06:42 PM
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LSU (-3) at Tennessee - 3:30 CBS
Well, sure surprised to see Vegas post LSU the road favorite here. Tennessee has been a HD twice the last 5 years, both losses, one to #8 Georgia in 2003 and one to #2 Miami in 2002. The only highlight from last year's Tennessee season was the rescheduled Monday night game at LSU where they were down like 24-0 at halftime (won 30-27 in OT). Before that, LSU and Tenn have not played since the 2001 SEC Title game where a 10-1 Tenn team would have been in the National Title game if they had beat LSU, but they did not and they crushed Michigan in the Citrus instead. LSU went onto a big win over Illinois in the Sugar (Illinois in the Sugar, wow seems like forever ago).
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This game should be pick 'em in my opinion. I'm sure LSU hasn't forgotten what happened last year (it was 21-0 at the half BTW). UT is arguably playing the best ball in the SEC, certainly in the SEC east right now. If Ainge doesn't play (bad ankle from last week) UT can't run against LSU and the Bayou kitties will win. if Ainge can perform, I think UT will win.


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Arkansas (-2) at South Carolina 7:45 ESPN
3 down, 2 to go for South Carolina in the "teams they aren't supposed to beat" department. This is the second straight week that ESPN has chose to put South Carolina on it's primetime spot. I feel very strongly that South Carolina will win this game. In the last 3 years where South Carolina is bowl eligible these games have been decided by 3, 3, and 4. Arkansas has gone 3-0 since its defeat of Auburn (SE Mizz St, Miss, UL Monroe) and I'm looking for them to prove themselves to me. Sidenote - The BCS computers liked Arky almost as much as USC, Mich and Ohio St after the Auburn win, but they have fallen greatly in the computers the last 3 weeks.
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People still do loooooove the old ball coach and think he's got sumpin' up his sleeve and his boys are gonna put a whumpin' on someone who ain't expectin' it! OK, listen up - IT'S SOUTH CAROLINA - Spurrier ain't workin' no magic this year. They will fold in the 4th quarter like they've done all year to decent teams. When football games get scaled back to 3 quarters, then come and talk to me about an SC upset.


 

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  posted on 11/1/2006 at 08:48 PM
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Thursday 11/2
West Virginia at Louisville (-1) - 7:30 ESPN
BCS #3 vs BCS #5. Both teams off bye week. Not surprised public likes West Va (LV only -1 at home, LV was -7 LY at W Va). Louisville had not played its A game since September. Louisville defense has picked it up however. West Virginia gets so many big plays on offense, and has a tendancy to allow deep pass completions on D. Brohm and company will have to be clicking.



I hope this game turns out to be as good as advertised. If so, it will be something to watch. Why then pick a winner? Won't it just be fun to watch 2 good football teams go at each other? I do like WVU in this game though...they've been consistent all year long while Louisville has had a couple of hiccups.

IMHO, All of the 1A undefeated's should occupy slots 1-5 their schedules will ferret them out. I really liked what I saw from Rutgers the other night and in the Pitt game. Like them or Arkansas it would really be a shame to see one of those guys get screwed out of competing for the National Championship if they run the table.



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Georgia (-7) at Kentucky - 1:00
A few folks here will be interested in this game. I know Bill will be there and maybe Chris will make the trip too. Should be a good game - these are 2 of the best Special Team Units perhaps in the country, definately in the SEC. These games haven't been all that close since 2000. UK thin on OL players.



I've read all my usual mags, papers & websites this week and Georgia fans are so puckered about this game you couldn't pull a need out of our you know what's with a semi. When was the last time UK was a must win game for UGA (that didn't have the division or SEC championship on the line?). This game scares Georgia folks. I don't the think the Dawgs can win a shootout....so, if you think there'll be lots of scoring in this one then I think you know who I think will win. BTW, Richt kicked off an OL this week UGA's OL has 3 scholarship players on it now.

 

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Georgia (-7) at Kentucky - 1:00
A few folks here will be interested in this game. I know Bill will be there and maybe Chris will make the trip too. Should be a good game - these are 2 of the best Special Team Units perhaps in the country, definately in the SEC. These games haven't been all that close since 2000. UK thin on OL players.



I've read all my usual mags, papers & websites this week and Georgia fans are so puckered about this game you couldn't pull a need out of our you know what's with a semi. When was the last time UK was a must win game for UGA? (that didn't have the division or SEC championship on the line). This game scares Georgia folks. I don't the think the Dawgs can win a shootout....so, if you think there'll be lots of scoring in this one then I think you know who I think will win. BTW, Richt kicked off an OL this week UGA's OL has 3 scholarship players on it now.

 

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  posted on 11/1/2006 at 09:04 PM
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Oklahoma St at Texas (-16.5) - 7:00 TBS
Texas off 2 very close road games. Oklahoma St is 5-3 on the year and has played Texas very tough the last 2 years (well, atleast for half the game). Ok St is respectable, off a nice win vs Nebraska, but Texas should clearly dominate them, but games aren't played on paper.

http://www.dawgsports.com/story/2006/10/31/72424/386

An SEC fan w/too much time on their hands. And a UGA fan at that. Didn't our bottom feeder Colorado almost beat them in Athens???


Just so you know the whole website is a spoof website...when you open it up the first thing is this quote "If you can't take a joke, it's too . . . bad.
Mick Jagger, 1978" Of course, the UK/UGA isn't even on TV and I'm not going to the game, because I couldn't get anyone to go with me, so I didn't get a ticket. I'm thinking about taking a drive in Southern Kentucky to look at the leaves and listen to a UK station for the game...how sad is that!

Or I could pay $6.95 and listen to Munson on the internet.

 

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  posted on 11/1/2006 at 09:26 PM
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Or I could pay $6.95 and listen to Munson on the internet.


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  posted on 11/1/2006 at 09:39 PM
Well let me say now that if Ohio State loses somewhere between now and Nov. 18 (they play Illinois and Northwestern both games away) when they host Michigan at home .............. it is totally my fault for posting my allegiance in this thread at such a time.

Go BUCKEYES !

I lived in Columbus, Ohio from 6/81 through 3/84 and if you've ever lived in a college town you know what I mean, you sorta are indoctrinated in fan allegiance. And therewithto I am a BUCKEYE fan.

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  posted on 11/2/2006 at 01:15 AM
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Oklahoma St at Texas (-16.5) - 7:00 TBS
Texas off 2 very close road games. Oklahoma St is 5-3 on the year and has played Texas very tough the last 2 years (well, atleast for half the game). Ok St is respectable, off a nice win vs Nebraska, but Texas should clearly dominate them, but games aren't played on paper.

http://www.dawgsports.com/story/2006/10/31/72424/386

An SEC fan w/too much time on their hands. And a UGA fan at that. Didn't our bottom feeder Colorado almost beat them in Athens???


Just so you know the whole website is a spoof website...when you open it up the first thing is this quote "If you can't take a joke, it's too . . . bad.
Mick Jagger, 1978" Of course, the UK/UGA isn't even on TV and I'm not going to the game, because I couldn't get anyone to go with me, so I didn't get a ticket. I'm thinking about taking a drive in Southern Kentucky to look at the leaves and listen to a UK station for the game...how sad is that!

Or I could pay $6.95 and listen to Munson on the internet.


Chris, I just got rid of my extra ticket. But I'd have to hope you'd go home unhappy

 

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  posted on 11/2/2006 at 01:20 AM
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Georgia (-7) at Kentucky - 1:00
A few folks here will be interested in this game. I know Bill will be there and maybe Chris will make the trip too. Should be a good game - these are 2 of the best Special Team Units perhaps in the country, definately in the SEC. These games haven't been all that close since 2000. UK thin on OL players.




But we didn't have much of an OL to start with. Most of our injured DLs will be back this week. Hopefully we can continue to force turnovers and take advantage of GAs frosh QB. And maybe Alphonso Smith can have a repeat of the game he had last week.

I still haven't figured out what's on the menu Saturday.

 

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  posted on 11/2/2006 at 10:39 PM
West Virginia - Louisville 1st half analysis:

Loved the opening drive by LV. An illegal motion penalty negated a run inside the 10 and backed them up. The sack on that drive was huge. Brohm did not look comfortable on 2 throws after it. FG.

West Va fumble on 3rd and short. Instead of LV ball on 30, a personal foul penalty moved it back to the 47. LV punt.

It is amazing the number of big plays the West Va offense has produced this year. Slaton scores on 40+ yard run with nobody around him. Before this White got lucky and fell on fumble which resulted in first down. On 3rd and long, White makes good throw, Reynaud makes great catch for FD.

LV drives for 1st short FG.

LV has gone deep on WVa twice, both result in big plays. Big pass play to Douglas (tackled by turf monster) - drive results in TD - 13-7 LV.

West Va answers in very impressive fashion. Fantastic move by Reynaud at the line of scrimmage to get free for big gain. Pat White runs for nice gains. West Virginia looks unstoppable on this drive. 14-13 WVa.

Second deep pass for LV, drive leads down to 5 yard line. Great D by WVa (stubborn play calling by LV? - 4 straight runs up middle by LV for total of 2 yards gained) forces 2nd short FG (18 yards) for LV. 16-14 Half.

Penalties and red zone problems have LV only up by 2 when they seem like they should be up by more. West Virginia can play better, will they in 2nd half?


 

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  posted on 11/3/2006 at 12:37 AM
West Virginia - Louisville Conclusion:

It should go without saying the 2 early 3rd Qrt Slaton fumbles were huge. Just when you thought WVa dodged a bullet (LV fumbled 1st TO back), Slaton fumbled again, this one returned for TD.

LV's returned punt for TD created 16 point margin halfway through 3rd. I don't think anyone thought the game was over however.

With Slaton on sideline, WVa produced nice TD drive, cutting deficit to 9. Teams traded TDs in 4th. LV stayed aggresive on offense throwing often up by 2 scores.

West Virginia showed that their offense can not be stopped. Defenses can only try and limit their big plays and force them into bad situations.

West Va's defense was certainly exposed and seems weak against a quality offense. They should be ok vs Rutgers, but might have trouble with the Pitt offense.

Minus the strong ground attack, LV offense worked like it did in early September.

I had stated that a good defense and consistant offense could beat West Virginia. Not sure if anybody else on their schedule fits that mold (maybe Pitt), I think W Va beats Rutgers. By the stats (WVa 500+ yards) LV's defense was not strong, but they were able to force TOs and some long 1st down conversions. The biggest thing is LV did not do anything to hurt themselves offensively outside of the blown early red zone chances and penalties.

Not sure if LV can run the table, but I would not count them out in any game the rest of the year, including any potential bowl match-up. Chris Folwer said Ohio St would be -14 vs LV. By the way Chris Folwer is terrible at play-by-play.


 

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  posted on 11/5/2006 at 03:06 AM
Hokies win.!

very fortunate. Just as last year the Miami defensive front manhandled the Hokie offensive line.
Too much size and athleticism for the hokies to handle.

Hokie Defence making some plays was the difference in the game. 2 TDs scored on a short field.
Hokies One long drive only got 3 points.

Still anytime we beat Miami is good day.

 

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  posted on 11/5/2006 at 12:19 PM
Had a good day yesterday. Decided two weeks ago to get on the Hawaii bandwagon and they have absolutely destroyed two mediocre teams. Good Ol' June Jones, throws it a ton no matter what the score is.

Congrats to John's Hokies and Bill's Cats for their nice wins yesterday.

Got a mild case of the stupids and took Ohio State and Cal let a cover slip away in the 4th, but still a nice day.

Better start going over the pros.....

 

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  posted on 11/5/2006 at 12:40 PM
Big win yesterday, not worthy of taking down the goalposts, maybe if it was a typical Georgia team.

The Rich Brooks bashers are quiet today, we made big plays . Injured Tony Dixon was called on to play in 4th qtr and answered gaining 47 yds and scoring the winning TD. DT Myron Pryor laid a wicked hit on a GA receiver that knocked hit out and caused a 10 minute delay to get him off the field.

I'm starting to look at some holiday travelling.

 

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  posted on 11/5/2006 at 02:20 PM
Exciting win for Kentucky for sure. I ike it when the goalpost come down as long as it is called for. I'd say it is ok considering where the program has been lately. Saw some good goalpost pictures online. Hope nobody got hurt. Perhaps I jinxed Georgia's special teams. I know they had missed a kick or two here and there this year, but it really hurt them Saturday (miss xp, 2 miss FGs). Bill did you go down on the field?

No doubt the key for Virginia Tech was when Miami inserted Kirby Freeman and he threw that pick, then with the score 10-10, late in the game the batted ball from Wright, Adibi got a diving (lucky?) pick to set up game winner. That game went mostly like I thought it would, but I didn't think that Wright would play as bad as he did. VT at Wake in 2 weeks - Oh Boy!!

Congratulations also go out to:
Northwestern - 1st Big 10 win of year, back to back wins vs Iowa. Wow Iowa, Drew Tate had terrible game after missing last week.

Maryland - Frieg is back, 7-2, Exciting low scoring game yesterday. Mary gets safety with 7:00 left, puts them up by 3, but no replay overturns it. Clemson ball on 1, Mary leads 10-9. Clemson hits 70+ pass, wow. Clemson gets FG for 12-10 lead with 2:00 left. Mary goes down field for gamewinning FG. 11/18 at BC will determine ACC Atlantic winner. Clemson FGs were 27, 32, 25, 22 following 3 70+ yard drives and one 30 yard drive. Clemson went from potential ACC champ to maybe the Champ Sport Bowl!! They are better that Maryland. Can they recover?

Buffalo - I don't know how they did it, trailed 14-0, but won like 41-14 for 1st conference win of the year. Kent St used to be good, virtually had MAC East locked up, before their bye week. Bye weeks have caused teams trouble this year.

Mississippi St - Had a big smile watching Croom avoid the water cooler dunking as he tried to stay composed. He was probably doing cartwheels inside.

Kansas St - Can you believe this team is bowl eligible and has potential to win 8 games this year, probably finish with 7 wins at best though (Texas, Kansas left). Good job Ron Prince

Houston - All but clinched CUSA West beating what many thought was CUSA's best team (Tulsa).

Nebraska - Barring a disaster, they go to Big 12 Title game. Nebraska made Missouri look like some 3 win team. Nebraska isn't a world beater, but Missouri has some big questions to answer.

Marshall - They are only 4-5, but control their destiny for the CUSA East. Marshall was 1-4 3 weeks ago. ECU, S Miss also fighting for conference title birth.

Rice - A new era for Rice has begun. 3-2 in conference play with potential for bowl birth this year. Good job Todd Graham and Major Applewhite (OC).

So what else happend yesterday -

You walked into my house yesterday about 2:45 you would have swore I was a Ball St fan. Michigan gave them thier 9-0 lead, but Ball earned everything after that. Michigan D let down unexpectedly. Michigan had already been unimpressive of late, now this!

You walked into my house yesterday about 6:00 you would have swore I was a Illinois fan. There is just something about seeing top teams struggle against teams that shouldn't even come close to beating them that I love. If there would have been just one more minute in that game, what if.......

Michigan St isn't worth discussing here any longer. Purdue still struggling, but get 6th win (they need 7 for bowl eligibility).

Kansas is 5-5 after destroying Iowa St (3-7 wow).

Pitt (off a bye) looked absolutely aweful, especially on offense. What happened to that great September Pitt offense. Oh wait that was against Virginia, Cinncy, Michigan St (ha Pitt lost big), Citadel and Toledo. South Florida used 2 first half fake punts to keep eventual scoring drives alive.

Not sure whether to ask Indiana what happened or to ask Minnesota how did they do that. Are you kidding me 63-26 - are you kidding me. Minny led 35-0 halfway through 2nd quarter! Consider this, after teams play Ohio St this happens -
Penn St 33-7 Win
Iowa 47-17 Win
Bowling Green 24-21 Win
Michigan St 41-38 Win (biggest comeback ever)
Indiana 46-21 Win
Minnesota 63-26 Win

That means Illinois will kill Purdue next week.

Vanderbilt not bad, pretty good game. Might not have been that close had Chris Leak not thrown so many Ints.

How about Texas A&M kicking the FG for a 16-17 deficit with like 3:00 left. They did hold Okla to a tough 4th and short call, but did they really think they would get the ball back or did they just want to cover the spread(ha joking I guess). Nebraska at A&M next week - good game.

Notre Dame - Nice Defense you go there. You made Joe Dailey look like an All American. UNC has the worst quarterbacks in DIA.

USC did what everyone thought they would. Look at there Novermber schedule - Oregon, Cal, Notre Dame at UCLA - should be entertaining to see what happens.

LSU - Tennessee. Exiciting game. Ainge gets knocked out, Crompton steps in nicely. Made 1 great deep TD throw and another real good one (not sure how Landry didn't knock it down). To start this game Tennesse had three 3 and outs on offense. How many turnovers were there in the 4th quarter, like 5. Maybe there was just 4, but there should maybe have been five with the JaMarcuss Russell fumble that was or wasn't?

Anyhow, pretty good game it was. Tennessee has nice challege this week going to Arky. Last time they met was a 6 overtime affair.

Arkansas really dominated South Carolina. They did get lucky with the 50 yard TD with :02 in the first half to Monk, but also threw an INT at the goal line. Blake Mitchell replaced Newton and led a real nice 2nd half comeback. That is until he made a terrible throw into triple zone coverage resulting in INT. That was with 5:00 left and SC never touched the ball again despite a few chances to force Arky into 4th down. Early on in the game, the SC fan's didn't seem into it, the players didn't seem into it and actually the play calling for SC was awful. Every pass was a tough fade or jump ball. Was that actually their plan?

Florida St 33-0, so much for Virginia getting better (good call Herbstriet).

Texas took care of business vs Oklahoma St. Colt McCoy is really turning into a good QB. Ok St's only TD was on a KO return. Lee Corso picked Ok St to upset Texas. Yeah nice call.

How good is Wisconsin? Would they be the best team in the Big East? Their defense is pretty good. PJ HIll showed no effects of last week's injury with 30+ carries and the normal 140+ rush yards. Not sure yet on Joe Paterno's injury. Hope it isn't too bad, but it may be.

Cal still looking impressive, but what about UCLA RB Chris Markey? Cal let him have a real big day and UCLA hasn't been able to run the ball well since their soft September schedule.

Oregon State's expected let down faced Arizona State's mess they call a team. What would happen? No let down. Oregon St really has things rolling of late (4-0 run after 2-3 start). The key is Matt Moore, who usually throws about 5 INTs a game has only thrown 1 in the last 3. Fans really wanted Moore benched earlier this year, now he is playing the best he ever has.

Auburn, 27-0 is nice and all, but not too many people are going to be impressed. I mean Florida Atlantic scored more points on Arkansas St than you did (29-0). Cox had a couple ints, not sure where they occured at on the field. Irons rested, but back ups Lester, Tate and company should have been able to do more damage. I know Georgia just lost at Kentucky, but I'm not so sure about that one.

Too bad the season is winding down, but the best is yet to come.

I love college football.

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  posted on 11/5/2006 at 03:05 PM
Congratulations again fast43 ! Getting to be a habit. I know you're excited. Auburn was dominant on defense but had 3 interceptions and a fumble to kill drives and had 2 TD's called back on penalties and wound up with field goals. Coach Tubs said, "This will be a different team, top to bottom, the next two games." I hope he's right. It wouldn't surprise me if we came out and laid pipe the next two games. I certainly hope that's the case. If so, look out Dawgs and UAT. I'll take wins anyway we can get 'em though.

 

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