College Football Picks - Week One
It's here! The college football season starts with an admittedly "blah" weekend, but hey, it is football and it counts. That's good enough for me. Here we go!
Washington St. at #7 Wisconsin: The Badgers are of the few highly ranked teams playing anyone even half decent this weekend. Former Badger basketball coach Dick Bennett will be on the Cougars sideline (his son Tony is the hoops coach there now), but he'll still be beloved by sixysomething Wisconsin men everywhere. I don't get it. Anyway---Washington State's senior QB Alex Brink passed for nearly 3,000 yards last year. He's set to go against a Wisconsin defense that lost both of its starting safeties. But, Jack Ikegwuonu is one of the best corners in the country and he's still there. Wisconsin can run with the best of them and has one of the nation's best tight ends in Travis Beckum. That's a recipe for success with an inexperienced QB. The pick: Wisconsin.
Missouri at Illinois: The Illini, with the nicely named QB Juice Williams, are my sleeper pick in the Big Ten. As for Missouri. They're in the Big 12 North and they're not Nebraska. I suspect that they won't be very good. The pick: Illinois.
Georgia Tech at Notre Dame: All of the cool kids are lining up to pick against Notre Dame. I'd rather be right than cool. So, with the Fighting Irish at home the pick is: Notre Dame.
Oklahoma St. at #13 Georgia: Obnoxious SEC fans will use this game to "prove" that their conference is the nation's best. The pick: Georgia.
#15 Tennessee at #12 California: Of course, those same SEC fans will conveniently forget all about this game. Cal got spanked in Knoxville last year, but Berkeley is no Rocky Top. In fact it's probably the exact opposite of Rocky Top. The pick: California.
#19 Florida State at Clemson: I have a soft spot in my heart for Clemson since my sister's favorite former Packer, David Whitehurst's, son Charlie went to school there. Charlie Whitehurst graduated a couple of years ago, but even without him Clemson continued their up and down ways. I think they're due for an up. The pick: Clemson.
Posted by at August 30, 2007 09:17 PM
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|# September 1st, 2007 4:56 PM kris|
|I hope themandownthehall is okay. |
|# September 1st, 2007 6:34 PM themandownthehall|
|Thank you for thinking of me and my mental state. Yeah, this most certainly sucks badly. Let's see, where to start. I guess, I need you to allow me to adjust my prediction. Based on the fact that we just gave the AA league it's first win against a ranked team in the 125 plus years of football existance... The Big 10 will be decided when Wisconsin plays Ohio State. They do play don't they? UM will wind up 6th, at 6-7 and will be home on New Years day... Good Grief. How freaking embarrassing. I have stood in the fire over and over for coach Carr. I cannot do so today. To be so unprepared is a complete disgrace. He should be removed from his post or save face and resign. There is no excuse for todays game. None whatsoever. No matter how people may think UM was overrated, no matter how talentless people may have thought they were, they still have to beat a AA team.
For me it's worse, I thought they were loaded to the hilt. And they were. Come on, Henne, Manningham, Hart? You can't outscore App State with them? Not to mention the defense should have made adjustements. They just had no prep and no motivation. That falls entirely on Carr and co.
I am trying and failing to find any team in div I that we could have beaten today. I don't think saying Duke would have ended their losing streak is out of the question. The only solace I have is that every team we beat, will have been beaten by the only (formerly) ranked team to lose to a AA team... Very small consolation...
I hope your teams do better than mine did. Anyone who gives UM a top 25 vote needs mental help.
Take care and God Bless everyone, I'm off to the bar...
|# September 2nd, 2007 9:30 AM kris|
|I think Carr should be fired just because he didn't just go ahead and kick the frickin' extra points.
|# September 2nd, 2007 12:49 PM BVBigBro|
|The poll question is the most interesting. There shouldn't be a poll in the first six weeks of the season anyways, and given that the preseason poll is based on absolutely nothing what is the rationale for voting Michigan into the top 25? |
|# September 3rd, 2007 7:43 PM themandownthehall|
|BVBigBro, like I said, anyone who gives them a vote, needs mental help. I thought they were overrated, but I did have them in my top 20. Somewhere between 15-18. I don't think they are a cruddy team, although this kind of loss can kill a team completely, but they should not get a single top 25 vote until they beat a ranked team.
I know App State isn't eligible for the top 25, but if I could vote, I'd give them a 25th place vote as a showing of respect.
What Wisconsin and OSU and the rest of the conference need to worry about is the danger that UM gets hot and wins the conference. We already have that overrated conference taunt thrown at us thanks to UM/OSU last year. UM wins the conference and those laughs at us, go to everyone else as well. Right now, the argument ender for UM is "You lost to App State". There is no defense for that argument. UM wins the conference and the conference gets that. "Dude, your conference was won by a team that could not beat App State. You don't deserve...". Argument over. I, of course, hope it happens. Probably not though. Teams that can't beat App State won't walk into Wisconsin and win.
Kris, I can't fault Carr for the 2 point convesions. Our kicking game was very suspect coming in and had shown nothing to dispel that. Much bigger beefs are: 1) that Hart missed half the game. He said at the half, he was ok, but for some reason Carr kept him out. When he got back in, he dominated. If he had been in all game, the outcome is probably different since App could not stop him. 2) that they were so unprepared as to be in that position. 3) that the defense could not stop them all game, but especially when it counted when the game had less than 2 minutes to go.
Right now, the season is bleak, but if we start winning it will get better. Beat the irish and they become the team that lost to the only (formerly) ranked team to lose to a AA team and so on. Plus there is always tOSU and MSU. Win those and the season is better still.