Pac-12 Football: Week 9 Predictions

28 10 2010

Arizona at UCLA: The UCLA defense should have more success against Arizona’s spread than they did with the Ducks, but they’ll have trouble scoring points against Brooks Reed and Ricky Elmore. Wildcats 27 – Bruins 17

Cal at Oregon State: Tedford has the schizophrenic Bears playing with confidence after the beat down they handed Arizona State. They haven’t played well on the road, but have had some success in Corvaillis. The Bears stop the run and Katz fails to deliver. Bears 27 – Beavers 24

Washington State at Arizona State: Vontaze Burfict had two personal fouls last week, the over under this week is 1.5. Devils 33 – Cougars 20

Stanford at Washington: Like I’ve said before, every other game is a must win for the Huskies. Stanford’s secondary is weak enough to keep an inconsistent Jake Locker offense running. Dawgs 33 – Cardinal 31

Colorado at Oklahoma: The Sooners were caught looking ahead to the Colorado game and slipped up against Missouri. Stoops is now working for style points to get back into the championship picture. OU 41 – CU 20

Utah at Air Force: This is a tough road test for the Utes with the triple option Air Force offense. I’m guessing our flying military comes out strong, but fizzles in the second half. Utes 30 – Pilots 24

Oregon at USC:
The Trojans have had two weeks to prepare for this game and when you compare coaches this is really no contest, but the Trojans are better at quarterback. The Trojans offensive line doesn’t give up too many sacks and the over-aggressive Ducks secondary will pay in this game. Trojans in a shootout 37 – 34

2010 Prediction Record 50-10

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Around the NCAA Nation

12 09 2010

I don’t typically venture too far from the Pac-12 tree, but there are some intriguing matchups and the Boise State story line that won’t be considered banal until they lose a game.

Boise State in the National Championship?

The Broncos had to travel across the country to play in a hostile environment, but let’s not kid ourselves into thinking that the Hokies are a champion caliber team in any of the BCS conferences. (Update 9/11 Virginia Tech loses to James Monroe at home) They have a solid running game, an inconsistent quarterback whose name sounds like a sex toy, and a an athletic yet undisciplined defense.

My qualms are not with Boise State, I typically root for the underdog in all sports and their jerseys on Monday night were awesome! But I hope they lose a game this year unless Boise making it to the championship game will take us closer to a playoff system. The blue-chip players in the BCS conferences are bigger, run faster, and hit harder, which leads to more injuries. Additionally, having to get prepared emotionally every week is one of the most difficult tasks in college football and Boise State has the luxury of avoiding it most of the season. Winning a big game is doable, but doing it back-to-back is exponentially onerous.

ACC still a BCS conference?

Virginia Tech lost at home to an FCS team, Miami lost their swagger in their showdown against Ohio State, and Florida State got blasted by Oklahoma. Is anyone in this conference going to step up and win a big game this season? They’re lucky that I still love the FSU girls.

Michigan vs Notre Dame

Rich Rod was able to get his job at the winningest college football program of all time because he was the king of the Big East Conference while he coached at West Virginia. It’s no surprise that he won his first battle against Brian Kelly who only had success in the Big East after Rodriguez took the Michigan job. Denard “Shoelace” Robinson looks like the second coming of Pat White running that spread-option offense. I guess Jesus is a Michigan fan?

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