Archive for year 2010

Week 1 Pick Results

Gerry Ahern and Tom Dienhart got a quick start on the season and took a 3-pick lead over the rest of the pack.     
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CG365 Sweet Sixteen – Week 1

Oregon jumped 16 spots on the strength of their 72-0 dismantling of New Mexico. Admittedly, the Ducks were vastly underrated in my preseason poll. Florida, Oklahoma, and Texas all dropped slightly after anemic performances in their season openers. Boise State moved up to #2 after outlasting fellow Super 16 member Virginia Tech, 33-30. The Broncos have  a red carpet stroll to an undefeated season with nothing but Western Athletic Conference foes and a jittery Oregon State squad (0-1) remaining on their schedule.
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Week 2 Game Picks

There are only five games this week where there isn’t a consensus pick for the winner.

Looks like I’m really going out on a limb with my Florida St. pick.
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4th and inches … Week of Sept 6 – 11

Can this kid get some pocket protection? UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel is lucky Kevin Prince is quick and shifty—and durable. The speedy sophomore signal caller is relying on an offensive line that’s a far cry from what the Bruins expected to field back in spring practice. It’s pretty amazing Prince was sacked only twice by Kansas State last weekend.

UCLA QB, Kevin Prince. (click to enlarge - courtesy

UCLA’s offensive line casualty list:

  • Xavier Su’a-Filo started every game at tackle as a freshman in 2009. He is now serving a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Jeff Baca started every game at guard last year. He was declared academically ineligible and is sitting out the entire 2010 season.
  • Kai Maiava is out for the entire season following surgery on his fractured left ankle. Maiava started 12 games at center last year.
  • Nik Abele was a redshirt freshman that was expected to replace Su’a-Filo at tackle. He was forced to end his football career because of neck injuries.
  • Stanley Hasiak was a sophomore who saw action in three games last season. He was expected to be a part of the OL rotation this year but he was ruled academically ineligible.
  • Mike Harris is a junior tackle that played in the previous 18 games. He sat out last week vs. K-State for violating team rules. He should be back on the gridiron this week vs. Stanford. For Prince’s sake, we hope so.

You’ve heard plenty about Terrelle Pryor, Ryan Mallett, Andrew Luck and Jake Locker, but here are three game-changing signal callers that you need to know about:

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Week 2 Pick Results

Well, I was right. I did go out on a limb with my Florida St. pick.

I also overlooked the fact that Air Force’s record against BYU in September is 5-6, but 2-18 in all other months.

Besides, it was 9/11 Remembrance Day.  Should’ve went with the Falcons.
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CG365 Sweet Sixteen – Week 2

Michigan and Stanford cracked into the Super 16 while Florida State and Virginia Tech took the humble tumble, leaving Miami as the lone ACC entry. The conference roll call finds the Big Ten leading the pack – whether or not you include Nebraska – which already has one foot out the Big 12 door and looking forward to their new conference next August. The Pac-10 boasts three slots; and the Big 12 and SEC have two, including Alabama in the pole position.

#1 You can’t ask for a more impressive performance  early in the season, than a  24-3 win against previously ranked  Penn State. Trent Richardson is evidence of the Tide’s abundant depth at the skill positions. Next game: at Duke.
#2 The Buckeyes handled a very good Miami team with kid gloves last weekend. I got the impression that this Ohio State squad is going to be a monster to contend with at the end of the season. Next foe: Ohio University.
#3 Boise State had a bye but Virginia Tech’s loss at home to Division 1-AA James Madison University took the shine off the Broncos’ Labor Day evening win over the Hokies. Next opponent: at Wyoming, Sept 18.
#4 TCU has a solid win over Oregon State in their 2010 portfolio and last week they added a real masher (yawn) 62-7 over Tennessee Tech. Next up: Baylor.
#5 The Ducks shook off a slow start and wet feathers last week in Knoxville to down Tennessee, 48-13. They are an amazing sight when they get into their flight mode. Next game: Portland State.
#6 Nebraska dispatched another overmatched opponent at home (Idaho, 38-17) and will venture out west to Seattle to try and contain Jake Locker and the Washington Huskies this weekend.
#7 The Hawkeyes registered a solid 35-7 victory over instate rival and Big 12 punching bag Iowa State. Now a potential Rose Bowl Game preview looms this Saturday as Iowa’s defense faces a stiff road test vs. Arizona & QB Nick Foles.
#8 The Longhorns of Texas corralled the Cowboys of Wyoming last weekend, 34-7. The ‘Pokes are actually a pretty solid team with a scrappy signal caller in Austyn Carta-Samuels. Next:To Lubbock for the Big 12 season opener vs. Texas Tech.
#9 The Gators got their offense clicking last week in a 38-14 domination of South Florida. The defense also looked stalwart for the second game of the season. Next up is Southeastern Conference foe Tennessee in Knoxville.
#10 Wooey Pig Sooey! Arkansas took the Ryan Mallett show on the road to Louisiana- Monroe last week and marched out with a 31-7 win. Mallett is averaging over 550 yards passing after the first two games. Next game: at Georgia.
#11 The Sooners looked like a completely different team in last week’s 47-17 shellacking of Florida State. This Saturday they’ll host the Air Force Academy – the top rushing team in the nation with 423 yards per game.
#12 The Badgers have logged blue collar victories the first two weeks over teams they should be steamrolling. It happens every year. They’ll get a stiff test at home this weekend when Arizona State visits Madison.
#13 Arizona toyed around with Citadel last week, 52-6. They aim to prove to the college football world that they are not posers when they entertain the #7 Iowa Hawkeyes Saturday night in Tucson.
#14 Suddenly Michigan is relevant to the college football scene again, thanks to Heisman frontrunner Denard Robinson. Their road win at Notre Dame had its stumbles, but it was still an impressive win. Nextup: D-1AA Massachusetts.
#15 The ‘Canes fought Ohio State valiantly, but couldn’t overcome the four picks Jacory Harris tossed. Still, Miami is the best of the ACC for the time being.  They’ll gladly enjoy a bye weekend to get ready for a road trip to Pittsburgh on Sept 23.
#16 Stanford handed UCLA a humiliating shutout (35-0 in Pasadena) and it looks like they’ll challenge Oregon and Arizona as the class of the Pac-10 this year. The Cardinal welcome Wake Forest to Palo Alto this weekend.