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Posted on 09/28/2006 4:04:16 PM PDT by MikefromOhio
Week Five College Football
wasnt supposed to be a weekend that gave us great games, yet it gave as many as Separation Saturday did. Between the instant classic that was Notre Dame vs. Michigan State(or an epic choke job if you listen to this clip, to the shocking upset of Boston College by NC State, to the near heart attack that Georgia gave its fans against Colorado, the weekend was absolutely spectacular. This week features one real marquee matchup. #1 Ohio State visits Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City to play #13 Iowa. This should be an excellent game. Other notable games are #24 Georgia Tech at #11 Virginia Tech and Alabama at #5 Florida.
As always, all rankings are from the ESPN.com Scoreboard page. The betting lines (used sorely for the basis of predictions) are from Yahoo.com. I will list any games of interest (FReepmail me if you want your team included and I will include them from here on out) and any other games listed in my Yahoo league. I have a new feature this week. In each game that I do not have any confidence, or any game that I think a team could have an unexpected struggle, I will post a picture of a landmine for illustration.
GAME of the WEEK
Saturday, September 30th, 2006 8:00 PM on ABC
(1) Ohio State (-6.5) at (13) Iowa
Ohio State faces easily its biggest in conference challenge until the Michigan game in November. This is a tough game with an Iowa team that dominated Ohio State the last time they played (33-7 in 2004) in Iowa City. That was then and these are both very different teams. Iowa, having escaped Syracuse and played two consecutive uninspired games against Iowa State and Illinois, have a chance to make a lot of noise in the Big Ten and nationally. Ohio State has a chance to keep the dream season going. The key of this game comes down to the battle of the Quarterbacks. If Troy Smith throws 2 interceptions like he did against Penn State, Ohio State will struggle to win this game. Same goes for Iowa and QB Drew Tate. If he struggles or gets rattled like what happened last year against Ohio State, then Iowa will struggle to win this game. In the end I think Ohio States defense will continue to play well enough to put this team in position to win the game. Iowa will keep it close, but this Ohio State team went into Austin and won. Iowa can win this game, but I think Ohio State will win this game.
Ohio State 29 Iowa 17
Thursday September 28th, 2006 (ESPN Thursday Night Game)
(2) Auburn (-14) at South Carolina
Carolina as a 2TD underdog at home on a Thursday night ESPN game (when crazy things tend to happen)? No way. Auburn wins, but it will be closer than expected.
Auburn 23 South Carolina 16
Saturday September 30th 2006 (in ranking order)
(3) USC (-17) at Washington State
USC 28 Washington St. 17
(4) West Virginia BYE
Alabama at (5) Florida (-16)
Florida 32 Alabama 10
(6) Michigan (-9.5) at Minnesota
Michigan 35 Minnesota 18
Sam Houston St. at (7) Texas (NL)
Texas 56 Sam Houston St 6
(8) Louisville (-14) BYE
Mississippi St. at (9) LSU (-33)
LSU 48 Tulane 7
(10) UGA (-18) at Mississippi
UGA 20 Mississippi 10
(24) Georgia Tech at (11) Virginia Tech (-10.5)
Virginia Tech 26 GT 18
Purdue at (12) Notre Dame (-14)
Purdue 43 Notre Dame 33
(14) Oregon at Arizona St (-1.5)
Oregon 33 Arizona St. 24
(15) Tennessee (-13) at Memphis
Tennessee 35 Memphis 21
(16) Oklahoma BYE
BYU at (17) TCU (-6.5)
No pick The game started before I got to this point. Judging from the score so far, I dont think TCU has gotten to the game yet either.
LA Tech at (18) Clemson (-33.5)
Clemson 52 LA Tech 13
(19) Florida State BYE
(20) Cal (-9.5) at Oregon St
Cal 42 Oregon St. 16
Kansas at (21) Nebraska (-23)
Nebraska 38 Kansas 12
(22) Boise State at Utah (-5.5)
Boise St. 28 Utah 17
(23) Rutgers (-4) at South Florida
Rutgers 24 South Florida 19
Colorado at (25) Missouri (-16)
Mizzou 32 Colorado 15
New Mexico at Air Force (-13.5)
Air Force is a good enough team to take Tennessee to the limit. Although New Mexico surprised me last week and kicked UTEP off of the field, I dont think they will do that to this Air Force team.
Air Force 32 - UNM 17
71-12 Straight UP
48-33-2 Against the Spread
My straight up picks are doing ok, but I got annihilated by the spread last week.
Is there a version without flashing landmine images?
I think I'm allowed to waste my time however I wish....especially since I'm making the threads...
just a thought....
Mike your wrong about Air Force/New Mexico. This game has traditionaly been a battle since both teams were in the old WAC. There is also no love lost between Fisher Deberry and Rocky Long, and that feeling generaly applies to the players. This will be a good hard fought game, and it will be closer than the spread you give. I think New Mexico will come out on top in this one. No one gave the Lobos a chance last week, but they sent "Table Dance" Mike Price back to El Paso with his stupid pick axe buried in his backside!
No appreciation for the work that you do....
No Ping List complainers
yeah that didn't make much sense to me.
it's partially my fault because I hadn't up to last week actually watched what New Mexico brought to the table.
Air Force is a different team than UTEP and Fisher DeBerry could outcoach Mike Price with half his brain tied behind his back....
I could be wrong :) It wouldn't be the first time.
the blinking landmine will be back next week :)
The land mines are a nice touch by the way. Don't change it!
Thanks for posting MIke.
Florida is out to avenge their first loss last year, when they were also 4-0, to Alabama---a 31-3 pasting.
Those 'Bammers are talking some serious trash on their message boards.
Go Get 'em GATORS!!!
what I should do is edit it and make it explode somehow.....
I'll leave the solid ones up for this week, but the blinkers come back next week :)
Florida has the offense going well and Alabama hasn't shown much spark recently.
Rivalry games are notoriously tricky in picking, but I think Florida has the momentum going into this game.
The thread has been up for something like 30 minutes and we already have an upset alert
At the half:
TCU has the nation's longest winning streak.
TCU better get their act together, they need to stay undefeated so the Mountain West will remain the only conference to bust the damn BCS!
Not only am I a New Mexico homer, I'm also a Mountain West homer!!!!
Never know, if TCU chokes it away, that would put the winner of UTAH - Boise St into the driver's seat...
The fat lady isn't singing yet, but she's warming up
With about 10 minutes left...
Guns Up Red Raiders! ;^)
TCU must have let that top 25 ranking get to there head. I dont see them coming back, they just have a defense this year not a really impressive O.
did you just see that play by Auburn and Carolina?
just seein if you are awake :)
At the 4th Quarter
Mizzou is in a nice spot to challenge Nebraska for the Big XII North
The curtains are opening and that fat lady is stepping up to the center of the stage
12 minutes to go in the 4th Quarter.
I'm a Ute fan, but I live in Boise. I bought season tickets this year, so I have a five hour drive in one direction to go to Ute games. I finally got my season tickets sent to me the last week of August--after I had ordered them in June--and I'm all stoked about this.
...Until I sat in my seat for the first home game against Northern Arizona. My giddyness turns to bitterness like *that*. Why you ask?
Take a look of this pic of the north endzone of Rice Eccles Stadium, where my seat is located:
That black "box" you see in the foreground is the play clock. Guess where my season ticket is? Yep, N25, Row 2, Seat 9 DIRECTLY BEHIND THE FRICKIN' PLAY CLOCK!! Thank God it only set me back $75 for the whole season.
The female byU student asks for seconds--sorry that was too easy.
Isn't anyone watching the Gamecocks giving Auburn what for?
$75 for the entire season?
Oh I'm watching it....
South Carolina is competitive, but I don't think they have the horses to get it done.
The longest winning streak in the nation is done.
About 6 minutes left in the 4th Quarter.
Now West Virginia and Ohio State own the longest winning streaks at 11 games.
Oh man, no wonder those season tickets became available.
Least they could to is put a TV monitor on the backside.
If SC can figure away to get a TD they may be able to hange for awhile.
This game could be quirky for several reasons...
Spurrier is there
It's the ESPN Thursday Night game and we haven't had a weird one yet
There is something about South Carolina games in general
Yep, it's a general admission season ticket with about a dozen or so friends because we all wanted to sit together and also have it be cost effective. The red seats in the pic require a donation to the Crimson Club--the U of U's athletic booster club--on top of the price of the season ticket.
Does seem kind of crummy that I am driving five hours one way to sit in an obstructed view seat like this, but I suppose you get what you pay for.
Ohio Stadium has that problem on the A deck underneath the C deck. Sometimes there is a support beam in your view.
Nice TD throw...
I m ready for a top 5 upset, maybe I can watch one tonight.
yeah that was a good drive
we have a top 20 upset already
That would be a nice idea. I went to the Spring Game in March where the seating was wherever the hell you wanted and sat on the west side in the chairbacked red seats. I said to myself "Damn, these are great seats." Then I found out how much I'd have to pay for them and decided to sit in general admission. Oh, well.
I just heard that my Mets lost Pedro Martinez due to a calf injury for the entire post season. Yikes--this was supposed to be our year...
yeah that's not good.
Pedro was going to be your 3rd starter in the postseason...now you have to put in a guy like Maine or someone who hasn't exactly been there before.
S. Carolina is looking good, but the "pundits" keep harping about how tired their defense is. They don't look too tired to me..:)
Wonder if after the game, if Auburn wins (and I'm sure they will), they'll get trashed by the post game commentators, like Ohio State did last week, for not blowing out the competition.
I doubt it...
Having watched the OSU game 3 or 4 times (TIVO is wonderful), I'm glad I missed that first half because of the wedding.
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