Friday, September 22, 2006

It Can't Get Worse

I hope I've posted these picks with enough time for my readers to go opposite my choices and win a bundle. Had readers done an 'opposite day' last Saturday, they would have gone undefeated. Good luck.

UCLA -3 at Washington. The Bruins have won 5 in a row against Washington and 8 of their last 9. UCLA running backs have really enjoyed playing against the Huskies lately. In 2001, DeShaun Foster ran for 301 yards setting the all-time UCLA single-game rushing mark. That record lasted for three years. When the Bruins visited the Huskies in 2004, Maurice Drew bested Foster's mark by rushing for 322 yards and 5 TDs. However this season through 3 games, the Huskies are giving up a respectable 129 rushing yards per game and 3.84 yards per carry, so don't expect Chris Markey to surpass the triple century mark for the Bruins this time around. Nonetheless, the Bruins have a very balanced attack on offense and have also been experimenting with actually playing defense this year. They lead the conference in rushing defense early in the season. Granted it was against Utah and Rice, but that wouldn't have mattered too much in the past. I expect UCLA to do a fair job containing the Huskies rushing attack, and the game should be relatively low scoring. That being said, I also like the UNDER (52). UCLA 24, Washington 17.

Michigan St +2.5 vs Notre Dame. Ok, Irish. You got me. After the route of Penn State two weeks ago, I actually believed you were for real. I don't know how I got sucked in by the hype, but I definitely paid for it against Michigan. Teams have realized that you can beat the Irish by repeatedly going deep on them. (Why did Ga. Tech stop doing that with Calvin Johnson? Oh right, Chan Gailey is the coach.) Michigan State should attack the Irish early and often; and this game could actually propel Drew Stanton ahead of Brady Quinn on draft boards. Spartans win this one going away. Charlie Weis will get his revenge tho by eating two East Lansing buffets out of business. Michigan State 38, Notre Dame 17.

Ohio State -17 vs Penn State. The message I should have learned when ND routed Penn State is that the Lions aren't any good without Michael Robinson. Penn State has never won in Columbus since joining the Big 10 in 1993. Combine that with the fact that Ohio State wants to avenge last year's 17-10 loss in Happy Valley, and the Buckeyes will really be looking to pile on the points. It doesn't hurt matters that The Ohio State University has the best team in the land. If Jim Tressel is willing to run up the score against his old coach at Cincinnati, imagine what he'll do against the team that deprived him of an outright conference title last year. Ohio State 42, Penn State 13.

Army +11.5 at Baylor. Baylor is only averaging 11 points per game against division 1-A competition. Bobby Ross will have Army's defense ready for this game. Baylor 10, Army 9.

(I went w/ a smaller pic here to try to keep anyone from getting fired. But if you're at home, feel free to click the pic for a larger image. Or here for another one. The Army really might want to look into these kinds of images to increase recruitment.)

YTD: 12-17-1


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