I'm away from the home base this weekend, but I have lots of picks. I guess the TiVo will be working overtime for the next few days.
We still owe them. I have that feeling just like the rest of the seniors. We still hold a grudge. It was embarrassing to us the way they came up here and beat us that way. We still have a grudge and that's why even with all the other stuff going on we're only concentrating on South Florida because we still owe them some payback -- Pittsburgh safety Tyrone Gilliard, who was a freshman when South Florida defeated Pittsburgh 35-26 in 2001.The Panthers' attack through the air, and that's where USF's defense is most vulnerable. I was more than surprised to see this line as low as it is. Preview
They [Army] are tougher and more physical. I think they really play hard. Fundamentally they do things better and I think what they are trying to do gives them a better chance to win. They are trying to run the ball. Their defense isn't on the field all the time.The last two games of this series have not been close, 58-12 and 34-6. This one probably will be so I'm staying away from the -13 and looking instead to tease this game with the Pitt game from above. Preview
Still to come... Auburn vs Tennessee, and MSU at Hawaii.
UPDATE: So I never got a chance to finish this list before I left, and it's 1:00pm on Saturday now, so I'll just past on the Auburn - Tennessee game. I do like Hawaii though, just from looking at the line. No research done, so it's not official. Still plan to have some more pro games later today or tomorrow morning.
Since then, we’ve learned how to make those plays (that lost us that game). We’ve been able to better recognize the situations where, as an offense, we need to go down and get points or we need to create some momentum here or take care of the football. A lot of things have happened since then. I think our defense has also grown. Then the fact that we have them coming to our house now—obviously, you have that mindset when somebody comes into your own home stadium.They also have Keenan McCardell to go along with their increased confidence.
A move like this could affect how the Patriots prepare for this weekend’s game, but Davis’ successor for the rest of the year will be offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie and since he’s already part of the system, don’t expect the Browns to add anything significant to the game plan that will surprise the Patriots on Sunday.The whole article is filled with solid analysis.
The following is a daily log of the NHL lockout, which began September 16:At least people are talking about what they thinking. That's more than we had a month ago. The Hockey News story mentioned I believe is this one.
TOTAL DAYS: 73
GAMES ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR TODAY: 2
GAMES CANCELED TO DATE: 638
LAST WORK STOPPAGE: 1994 (103 days)
NEWS OF THE DAY: As the number of canceled games continues to pile up, the two sides of the NHL labor dispute appear no closer to coming to an agreement.
After a feature in The Hockey News suggested that the league may be willing to agree to a luxury tax, NHL vice president told TSN in Canada that it was not true.
"We have said repeatedly that a proposal will not work for us," Daly said to the network. "A tax-based system is too unpredictable and the league's problems too severe for us to take chances on the future of the game."
In other off-the-ice news, Atlanta Thrashers star Dany Heatley, who is charged with vehicular homicide in the death of teammate Daniel Snyder, appeared in a pretrial hearing Monday, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that a plea bargain is not imminent in the case.
"I believe this case, at this point, appears to be heading to a trial," Heatley's lawyer Ed Garland said.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: New Jersey Devils center John Madden became the 287th player to sign with a European team Monday, when he agreed to play with HIFK Helsinki of the Finnish League.
Three other players, Washington center Jeff Halpern, Los Angeles center Sean avery and Chicago center Tyler Arnason, all left their European clubs Monday.
Arizona coach Dennis Green is suffering a fair punishment for pulling a quarterback at the worst possible moment. I'm talking, of course, of his decision to lift Josh McCown after the Cards won three of four and climbed into the NFC West race. I don't care what McCown's numbers were; you don't mess with something that's going well, and maybe Green recognizes it now. The Cards are 0-2 since Green made the move, scoring one touchdown in two games.Judge also spends a little time on the Seahawks. He thinks that the disastrous loss to the Rams in Week 5 is what has ruined their season.
Seattle hasn't been right since that Oct. 10 loss, and these last three games prove it. The club hemorrhages yards and can't stop crucial third downs, with opponents a combined 20-for-43 the past three weeks -- and, remember, that includes a Miami team that couldn't find the end zone with a Sherpa.I couldn't disagree more. At what point this season was this team ever good enough to consider their current failures as a fall from grace? Judge says Seattle was in 'playoff shape' during the first three weeks. Wins against New Orleans, Tampa Bay, and San Francisco - no matter the margain of difference - are not indicators of a playoff bound team. I mentioned this briefly back in late September mostly because Seattle had a similar start to 2003 and struggled down the stretch. But what appears to be happening with the Seahawks now is a combination of injuries, loss of confidence, and some really very horribly bad execution. Those are the key ingridients to a disappointing season. Just ask the 04 Panthers and the 03 Bucs. (ESPN's John Clayton's take on Seattle here.)
And the first three weeks? Ah, that's when Seattle was in playoff shape. Opponents were a combined 9-for-42 on third downs, with nobody producing more than 281 yards. All I know is the Seahawks opened the year with three straight wins. Then they were on the verge of putting away St. Louis, and, poooof, just like that, the season disappeared.
During the Colts' four wins in 18 days in November, Peyton Manning was at the helm of the offense for 36 drives; 19 of those possessions ended in touchdown passes.I like that King has also called out that Ben Burger has 'looked pretty mortal' in recent weeks. He has. Another interesting note from King is in the Jets' last 34 offensive drives, they have gotten two TDs and 22 punts. I add that somehow the Jets have pulled out a couple of wins in games they probably shouldn't have won.
At least I quit before all the fantasy drafts. Let's face it: If I'd quit after the drafts, the fans would all hate me.
The Vikings’ coaching staff fully expects Onterrio Smith to retain the starting RB job. Feeling they owed Michael Bennett an opportunity to take hold of the position at which he’s held rank for three seasons, Minnesota was disappointed Bennett didn’t make the best of his chances as the starter. Smith started in Week 12 and, barring any health-related issues, should stay there.
Forgot to make my picks in time to get the details in. So just for the record, Bucs to win, Texans -1, and a 6 point teast with the Broncos -6 and Pats -1.
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