Thursday, October 11, 2007

Notes and Runway Challenge Week 7

A few notes from Edsall's Thursday call before a few observations and the picks.

-- Lawrence Green could see action on Saturday. Edsall said he won't start, but he's ready to go if needed.

-- All other UConn players are fine. UVA, on the other hand, is hurting a bit. Cedric Peerman, one of the leading rushers in the ACC, is doubtful according to Al Groh. Starting cornerback Chris Cook could be out, too.

-- Mike Hicks will start over Dan Ryan at right tackle.

-- Virginia's Scott Stadium is sold out for Saturday. That's 61,500, first sellout of the season for the Cavs. Edsall has been pumping in crowd noise to simulate the atmosphere this week.

-- We all know UConn's top four receivers. Five through seven would be Ellis Gaulden, Marcus Easley and Kevin Poles, Edsall says. Rob Theoudele, whose been on the field a bit this year (and dropped a couple of passes), is still there. But he's been passed by the others.

For the randomness...
  • Gotten a lot of feedback from my Wednesday story (and blog blurb) about the Huskies set to crack the AP top 25 should they beat Virginia. Some agreed. Most thought I was nuts. But it will happen.

  • Relax Greg Robinson and Steve Kragthorpe. Last night may have clinched it for Dave Wannestedt as the worst coach in the Big East. I didn't watch the Navy debacle live, but the replays told it all. I can perhaps see the logic of passing up a chippy field goal to send the game to another OT and going for the win (well, if you really, really had a persuasive argument)...but putting it all on the line for a fade pattern? Why? Unless you have Randy Moss or Yao Ming, that's awful. You're taking the entire team out of the equation and resting the game on a jump ball (into double coverage, no less). Not hard to see how the Wannstache was run out of the NFL.

  • Can't get on the Pitt defense too much for its struggle against the Navy triple option. After all, UConn had no clue how to defend it either last season.

  • Navy's quarterback is Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada.

  • Not only was Joe Paterno in a road rage incident, he was the instigator. Let's see. He's 80, wears coke bottle lenses borrowed from Mr. Magoo and has a reputation for being an old crank. I'm going out on a limb and guessing it was probably his fault.

  • I couldn't get tickets to the David Lee Roth/Van Halen show at Mohegan Sun over the weekend. It sold out in less than 30 minutes, and I wasn't about to pay $300 a ticket on stubhub.com after paying $100 to see Eddie, drunk out of his skull, butcher every tune at the Hartford Civic Center back in 2004. But all reports are that Eddie was unreal, Dave was subdued but sounded OK (he's not much of a live vocalist) and 16-year old Wolfgang Van Halen held up just fine in replacing Michael Anthony on bass. It'll never capture the same magic as this clip from the glory days, but it's nice to know the guys still have it.

  • Had enough of the Frank TV promos during the baseball playoffs on TBS? I love impressionists as much as the next guy, but this show is destined to fail. That's because the joke is in the impression, not the material of the impressionist. Don't see how this show can go 30 minutes without bombing like Dane Cook's stand-up routine (bad example. People in the audience laugh at Dane Cook for some reason. Maybe they feel obligated.) But I'll watch anyway. Incidentally, UConn football sports info man Leigh Torbin does a spot-on impression of Yankee radio broadcasters Suzyn Waldman and John Sterling doing the out-of-town scoreboard. Also heard a couple UConn football players do a pretty good Randy Edsall, too, though I'll withhold names to protect the innocent. But here's one of my favorite impressions...comedian Pablo Francisco doing the movie voice-over guy. Great stuff.

On to the weekly picks....

Game 1: Rutgers (-17.5) over SYRACUSE - Lost any faith I had in Orange covering after miserable games against Miami-OH and West Virginia. Also, odds on Greg Robinson returning to coach in 2008 are now 300-1.

Game 2: SOUTH FLORIDA (-12) over Central Florida: This is why spreads are tough. UCF nearly knocked off Texas last month, hammers two C-USA opponents, then gets drilled by East Carolina last week. Meanwhile, USF couldn't cover against Florida Atlantic. Good thing gambling is illegal.

Game 3: Illinois (-4) over IOWA: Leigh Torbin correctly warned me I was making a mistake picking Wisconsin over the Illini last week. I'm pretty sure Jeff George is back at QB, playing incognito (although it could be Kurt Kittner. Maybe Tony Eason). Either way, we'll go with Illinois.

Game 4: MICHIGAN (-6) over Purdue: Looking forward to seeing how Bloomfield's Kory Sheets stacks up against Mike Hart of Michigan. Saw Kory run for 403 yards in less than three quarters (in a state high school playoff game, no less) a couple years ago. He's pretty good.

Game 5: Connecticut (+3) over VIRGINIA: Huskies healthy. Cavs not. Could be the difference.

Game 6: Boston College (-14.5) over NOTRE DAME: If Notre Dame isn't pitiful enough, they've exhumed the remains of the Gipper (George Gip, not Ronald Reagan), presumably to play quarterback for the Irish in this game.

Game 7: Louisiana State (-10) over KENTUCKY: Did you see the piece on political commentator/Michael Stipe lookalike James Carville in Sports Illustrated this week? Well, it's not much of a piece. It's a page of Carville spouting off about how great LSU football is. Stick to pumping the Democratic party, James.

Game 8: Missouri (+10.5) over OKLAHOMA: I'm not a Mizzou believer just yet, but this line is too much to pass up.

Game 9: CINCINNATI (-10) over Louisville: If someone told you in August this would be the spread for this game, how much would you have laid down? A paycheck? A mortgage payment? Your kid's college fund? Now, I have little doubt Cincinnati will score close to 50 and cover.

Game 10: CALIFORNIA (-14) over Oregon State: A great Cal team against a Beavers squad that was lit up by UCLA.

Game 11: Auburn (+3) over ARKANSAS: Since I have nothing else to add...Red Sox over Indians in 5; D-Backs over Rockies in 7. Red Sox sweep the World Series. Get your vomit bags ready.

Last week's results (great for SeanO, lousy for almost everyone else)

1. SeanO's ghost: 9-2

2. caleb 8-3

3. Dan 7-4

4. Sam 6-5

6. Will 5-6

7. ian 4-7

tigershater 4-7

sturge-rock 4-7

pete 4-7

kooch 4-7

12. chip 3-8

mitch 3-8

Overall standings

1. SeanO's Ghost 41

2. Kooch 40

3. Ian 38

4. Chip 37

5. Sammy 36

6. Vinny from East Haven 35

7. DetroitTigersHater 32

8. Pete 28

Will L 28

10. Caleb Mandrake 27

11. Dan 26

12. Kevin 24

13. sturge-rock 22

14. Alex 16

15. Steve P 8

16. Mitch Kumpstein 3

See you in Charlottesville. Anyone can still enter, so get your picks in. Just click the "comments" key below, then cut and past the template.

12 Comments:

Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Game 1: Rutgers (-17.5) over SYRACUSE
Game 2: SOUTH FLORIDA (-12) over Central Florida
Game 3: Illinois (-4) over IOWA
Game 4: MICHIGAN (-6) over Purdue
Game 5: Connecticut (+3) over VIRGINIA
Game 6: Boston College (-14.5) over NOTRE DAME
Game 7: Louisiana State (-10) over KENTUCKY
Game 8: Missouri (+10.5) over OKLAHOMA
Game 9: CINCINNATI (-10) over Louisville
Game 10: CALIFORNIA (-14) over Oregon State
Game 11: Auburn (+3) over ARKANSAS

October 11, 2007 5:02 PM 
Anonymous Sammy said...

Sammy's picks
Game 1: Rutgers
Game 2: SOUTH FLORIDA
Game 3: Illinois
Game 4: MICHIGAN
Game 5: VIRGINIA
Game 6: Boston College
Game 7: Louisiana State
Game 8: OKLAHOMA
Game 9: Louisville
Game 10: Oregon State
Game 11: ARKANSAS

October 11, 2007 8:28 PM 
Anonymous caleb mandrake said...

Game 1: Rutgers
Game 2: SOUTH FLORIDA
Game 3: IOWA
Game 4: Purdue
Game 5: VIRGINIA
Game 6: NOTRE DAME
Game 7: KENTUCKY
Game 8: OKLAHOMA
Game 9: Louisville
Game 10: CALIFORNIA
Game 11: Auburn

October 11, 2007 10:04 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kooch
Game 1: SYRACUSE
Game 2: SOUTH FLORIDA
Game 3: IOWA
Game 4: Purdue
Game 5: Connecticut
Game 6: NOTRE DAME
Game 7: Louisiana State
Game 8: Missouri
Game 9: Louisville
Game 10: CALIFORNIA
Game 11: Auburn

October 11, 2007 11:54 PM 
Blogger Dan said...

Dan's Picks...

SYRACUSE
SOUTH FLORIDA
IOWA
MICHIGAN
Connecticut
NOTRE DAME
Louisiana State
OKLAHOMA
Louisville
Oregon State
ARKANSAS

October 12, 2007 8:05 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Game 1: SYRACUSE
Game 2: Central Florida
Game 3: IOWA
Game 4: Purdue
Game 5: VIRGINIA
Game 6: NOTRE DAME
Game 7: KENTUCKY
Game 8: OKLAHOMA
Game 9: Louisville
Game 10: Oregon State
Game 11: ARKANSAS
- mitch

October 12, 2007 8:49 AM 
Anonymous SeanO's Ghost said...

SeanO's Ghost

Game 1: SYRACUSE
Game 2: SOUTH FLORIDA
Game 3: Illinois
Game 4: MICHIGAN
Game 5: VIRGINIA
Game 6: NOTRE DAME
Game 7: KENTUCKY
Game 8: OKLAHOMA
Game 9: CINCINNATI
Game 10: CALIFORNIA
Game 11: Auburn

October 12, 2007 10:21 AM 
Blogger DetroitTigersHater said...

Is it just me or does anyone else notice that no matter how perfectly you type the word verification the first time you always get an error and need to do it again. Argh!!!!

Game 1: Rutgers - Based on the performance of the last two weeks, 'Cuse is as bad as we all thought they were, L'ville is just worse.
Game 2: SOUTH FLORIDA
Game 3: Iowa - I knew someone in Vegas must have known something last week that led to that spread against Wisconsin. This one however has letdown and over-rated written all over it. Favored on the road now?
Game 4: Purdue - Michigan still sucks. They have won 4 in a row against garbage opponents. Even Penn St is now an over-rated win. Granted, same can be said of Purdue but I ain't buying Michigan.
Game 5: Virginia - UConn seems to do better when I have no faith in them so hopefully I will be proven wrong.
Game 6: BC - Reverse psychology in action on both game 5 and 6 this week.
Game 7: Louisiana State
Game 8: OKLAHOMA
Game 9: CINCINNATI - Louisville can't get to Rentschler field fast enough.
Game 10: CALIFORNIA
Game 11: ARKANSAS

October 12, 2007 11:16 AM 
Blogger ian said...

Game 1: Rutgers
Game 2: SOUTH FLORIDA
Game 3: Illinois
Game 4: Purdue
Game 5: Connecticut
Game 6: NOTRE DAME
Game 7: KENTUCKY
Game 8: Missouri
Game 9: Louisville
Game 10: Oregon State
Game 11: Auburn

October 12, 2007 9:14 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rutgers

SOUTH FLORIDA

Illinois

MICHIGAN

Connecticut

NOTRE DAME

Louisiana State

OKLAHOMA

CINCINNATI

CALIFORNIA

Auburn

Will L

October 12, 2007 11:10 PM 
Anonymous Kevin said...

Covers in CAPS

Rutgers 31, SYRACUSE 14
SOUTH FLORIDA 28, Central Florida 14
ILLINOIS 34, Iowa 24
PURDUE 45, Michigan 35
VIRGINIA 27, UConn 17
BOSTON COLLEGE 45, Notre Dame 17
Lsu 35, KENTUCKY 27
Oklahoma 30, MISSOURI 24
LOUISVILLE 41, Cincinnati 38
CAL 49, Oregon State 30
ARKANSAS 21, Auburn 17

October 12, 2007 11:53 PM 
Anonymous Vinny from East Haven said...

Vinny's picks:
1. Rutgers
2. South Florida
3. Iowa
4. Michigan
5. Virginia (of course)
6. BC
7. LSU
8. Oklahoma
9. Louisville
10. Cal
11. Arkansas

October 13, 2007 12:48 PM 

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