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  • College Football Picks - Week Four

       September 21, 2007

    Wisconsin gets a rare night game this weekend. Crazy things happen when you give Badgers ten hours to tailgate. God help Iowa.

    East Carolina at #5 West Virginia: I'm not foolish enough to pick the upset, but I would point out that East Carolina gave Virginia Tech all it wanted and then some. This could be scary. The pick: West Virginia in an unexpectedly close one.

    #10 Penn State at Michigan: On one hand, Michigan kind of stinks and yeah, they beat Notre Dame, but they're absolutely horrible. On the other hand, Penn State simply doesn't go into the Big House and win. I'm torn. My gut says that a win over Notre Dame means next to nothing this year so the pick is Penn State.

    #12 South Carolina at #2 LSU: I'd like nothing better than a Gamecocks victory and if this game were in South Carolina I'd pick them. But, I just don't see them strolling into Baton Rouge and emerging victorious. LSU is too tough to lose at home right now. The pick: LSU.

    #22 Georgia at #16 Alabama: Under Nick Saban, Alabama is back. I'm picturing them playing in the Capitol One Bowl on New Year's Day. They already have a big win over Arkansas and a conference road win (over Vandy, but still...) under their belts, while this is Georgia's first venture away from home. I think Alabama pounds the Dawgs. The pick: Alabama.

    Iowa at #9 Wisconsin: In addition to being the worst team to ever play in the Rose Bowl, Wisconsin now apparently has the distinction of being the worst ranked team in the worst conference in history. Methinks the sports media have gone overboard. Wisconsin has looked bad against a bunch of teams running the spread offense. Wisconsin is not built for that. Wisconsin is built to win the Big Ten. That said, they could still stink up the field against Iowa, but I think not. This team has talent and now they're fired up. The pick: Wisconsin.


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    #  September 21st, 2007 10:42 PM      themandownthehall
    Cool! Another weekend!

    E. Carolina vs WVU - Kris nailed this one exactly. Pick ECU to cover the spread, although they just might pull it off. They do like knocking off decent teams now and then.

    UM - PSU
    Michigan owns PSU. But all good things come to an end. Yes, we beat ND, the worst team in the land (look at the numbers, they are close to the worst in all categories). I don't think we win this, although I won't be shocked if we do. PSU by a TD.

    LSU - SC. Again, Kris says it all. LSU huge. 17 at least. Probably 24 or more.

    GA - Bama
    Bama had their "we're still here" win last week. I don't think they can make it 2 in a row. GA by a FG.

    Wisc - Iowa
    I have been on the Badger bandwagon all year. I thought they could be the best of the B10. Still do. Iowa lost to ISU. Not as bad as an App State loss, but pretty close. Badgers by 10.

    ND - MSU
    ND goes 0 for the season against MSU. Spartans by 20.

    On Wisconsin: they may not win impressively, but 3-0 is 3-0. Run the table and you will have a claim to the title game. I am reminded of a Penn State team back in the day that won every game by making the opponent look better than the opponent was. But they won every game, went to the title game against Miami, a team that blew everyone out that season, and won by a touchdown in a boring sloppy game. Winning ugly beats losing pretty every time.

    Have a good weekend everyone. Hope your teams do well.  
     
    #  September 21st, 2007 11:46 PM      james
    i'm gonna go out on a limb here.

    1) WVU

    2) i hate to say it, but MICHIGAN wins by 14.

    3) only an idiot would pick the cocks over LSU. guess what? i'm an idiot. print it now, boys, GAMECOCKS pull the upset.

    4) crimson tide rolls

    5) this one is going to be too close for comfort. i want the badgers to win, of course, but am pretty sure that they're overrated. i hope that the ranking doesn't go to their heads. i have UW by 1 in OT.

    6) f*ck notre dame. MSU by 70  
     
    #  September 22nd, 2007 3:10 PM      themandownthehall
    James,

    Calling a Spurrier team to upset someone is not idiocy. Spurrier owns LSU. He has a great record against them. I don't think that SC has the horses to run with them this time, but bigger upsets have happened and if anyone in the SEC can pull it off, SC is that team.  
     
    #  September 22nd, 2007 7:39 PM      themandownthehall
    Wow, Wisconsin is bound and determined to shoot themselves in the foot every time. That fumble by the QB killed a drive that they were really rolling on.

    Still, I stand by my prediction. UW by 10.  
     
    #  September 22nd, 2007 8:56 PM      themandownthehall
    Holy Cr*p! That fumble play was a mess. How the heck did Iowa not get that? Then the refs blow it twice. Once with the whistle that initially cost UW the touchdown, then not letting the teams get set before blowing the play in, costing Iowa the TO. Hope your fate doesn't rely on the refs to do their job tonight.

    Of course, the whole thing could have been avoided if the UW player would have had 2 hands on the ball.  
     
    #  September 22nd, 2007 9:01 PM      themandownthehall
    Wow, the whole field in 40 seconds. Incredible. That catch will be on the highlight reels for a while.  
     
    #  September 22nd, 2007 10:40 PM      themandownthehall
    4-0. Again, not pretty, but effective. Congrats UW fans. Have a good rest of the weekend.  
     
    #  September 23rd, 2007 12:43 AM      james
    thanks themandownthehall, but it's an uneasy victory. i wanted to believe that the badgers were playing down to their opponents in the college preseason, that they were getting the kinks ironed out. i can't think that anymore.

    tyler donovan is a flawed quarterback. he goes through the motions of doing check downs, but doesn't actually do them. he looks for maybe one option, and if it isn't there, he runs it. all the time. it seemed like he took off running 50-f*cking-percent of the time tonight. listen, dipsh*t, you're not brett favre, you're not michael vick. just pass the f*cking ball or take the sack. it's laziness, or bravado, or selfishness. something.

    if wisconsin is going to have any chance this year, donovan has to go.
     
     
    #  September 23rd, 2007 8:48 AM      BVBigBro
    The check downs were obvious. We all saw it at the game throughout the first half. He could easily have hit Hill several times for 5+ yard gains in the first half and instead tried to force the ball elsewhere and a couple of those were on important third downs.

    I thought Donovan played really well in a couple games earlier this year, though.

    The offensive line sucks. And PJ Hill joins them in sucking. The tackles were getting beat outside, and that's a big problem. They were also unable to ever adjust to late changes in the defense. Hill quits running when he knows he's going to be hit, and he has no speed. If Lance wasn't suspended for road games his starting job would be in jeopardy.

    The defense looked good except for two dropped interceptions and the deep pass at the end of the game where 4 defensive backs let the receiver get past them.  
     
    #  September 23rd, 2007 11:56 AM      kris
    In the Badgers' defense, Iowa did have the nations #3 defense and Wisconsin was the first team all year to score a touchdown on them.  
     

     

     


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