Thursday, November 20, 2008

Main course: notes and Runway Challenge picks

Thursday updates:
  • Steve Brouse won't play Sunday. He's practiced, but isn't ready to play in a game, Edsall said.
  • Mike Cox will make the trip. He's been practicing about two weeks, but will only be used in an emergency in nickle packages.
  • A third bye week has one advantage. The players will be able to spend Thanksgiving at home for the first time in several years. Edsall is giving his guys three days to see their families for the holiday.
  • Matt Grothe hasn't practiced this week, but all indications are he'll be on the field Sunday. "This is a copycat league," Edsall joked. "Jim (Leavitt) is trying to pull the same thing on me." Well, not quite. Edsall says he expects Grothe, a fierce competitor, to play. So do we.
On to the picks:

Game 1: RUTGERS (-19.5) over Army - I poked fun at a New Jersey writer who asked every coach on the Big East conference call last month if they felt a sleeping giant had been awoken after Rutgers' rather unimpressive 12-10 win over UConn. In hindsight, about all those condescending jokes I made at your expense...in the words of Rosanne RosannaDanna, "umm, never mind."

Game 2: Pittsburgh (+5) over CINCINNATI - UConn's slim BCS hopes hinge on Dave Wannestadt. Pack the parka and hunting socks. Toronto is a little chilly in January.

Game 3: Boston College (+2) over WAKE FOREST - Eagles need to win final two games to reach ACC championship game.

Game 4: OHIO STATE (-20.5) over Michigan - Rich Rodriguez says some Michigan fans need 'to get a life', citing bigger problems in this country, like the economy. This coming from a guy who cost the school $5 million this year to deliver the worst record in the 130-year history of the winningest college football program ever -- not to mention 106,000 paying customers who watch the Wolverines get buried every home game. Rich, either donate part of your salary back for the lousy job this year, or shut your yapper regarding the fans.

Game 5: Florida State (-1.5) over MARYLAND - Terps have home field advantage and control their own destiny in race to ACC title game. But the Brawlin' Seminoles are a little too good.

Game 6: NOTRE DAME (-20) over Syracuse - Syracuse athletic director Dr. Daryl Gross has narrowed his list of potential coaches to 450, with reasons why they'd be perfect for the Orange. It includes Lane Kiffin (transition from worst NFL organization to worst BCS program makes him a natural), Matthew McConaughey (did a nice job leading Marshall back after that tragic plane crash) and Ara Parseghian (he may be 85 and retired from coaching 34 years ago, but he's still only three years older than Joe Paterno...plus, he can tell the inspirational story of that Rudy kid. Brings tears to the good doc's eyes every time.).

Game 7: Texas Tech (+6.5) over OKLAHOMA - Tech coach Mike Leach almost smiled after knocking off Texas a few weeks back. He may have to make another attempt Saturday.

Game 8: Michigan State (+14.5) over PENN STATE - Since I already made my weekly crack about JoePa, a few random thoughts. I was thoroughly disappointed in "That Metal Show" on VH1 Classic, although it's nice to know Lita Ford is still alive. She hasn't aged nearly as bad as I would have expected, either. Also, here's an addictive web page provided by our good friend Leigh Torbin. For all you rock fans out there, try it and let me know how you did. Leigh claims he scored an 85, which, for anyone but Leigh (who has a Rain Man-like knowledge of all things) is impossible. I got 59, and my brain nearly exploded in the process.

Game 9: Brigham Young (+7.5) over UTAH - Sugar Bowl has an interesting choice to make if the Utes win this one: pick the Big East champs or take Utah as an at-large. In any other year, the choice is easy. But Big East parity puts Utes in Sugar.

Game 10: Iowa (-6) over MINNESOTA - Three straight losses and they're back to watchin' Gopher hockey on Lake Wabasha.

Game 11: West Virginia (-7) over LOUISVILLE - The song that best sums up the Steve Kragthorpe era so far: Tom Petty's "Free Falling." We still think he can turn it around, however.

Game 12: Connecticut (+3) over SOUTH FLORIDA - Jim Leavitt on quarterback Matt Grothe, who's been in a protective boot the past couple of days, "Warrior. Competitor. Matt. One leg. Play. Sunday. Good."

Game 13: HARVARD (-5) over Yale - Think the BCS system leaves a lot to be desired? "The Game", as usual, has serious implications in the Ivy League standings as a four-way tie at the top looms. Of course, the league doesn't allow member schools to compete in the post-season.

Last week's results
1. JZ 12-3
2. Chip 11-4
ian 11-4
4. caleb 10-5
5. rich 9-6
sean o 9-6
dougo 9-6
8. uconnhuskies86 8-7
big donny b 8-7
dano 8-7
pete 8-7
12. gary 7-8
wil 7-8
kevin 7-8
15. vinny from east haven 6-9
16. sammy 5-10

standings
1. Dougo 75
2. Caleb Mandrake 74
3. JZ 72
4. Vinny from East Haven 70
Pete 70
6. chip 69
ian 69
8. Rich 68
9. kevin 65
10. Sean O 59
11. Den of Stupidity 56
Sammy 56
DanO 56
14. Wil 54
15. Gary 49
uconnhuskies 86 49
17. Big Donny Bertolotti 29
18. Stretch 21
19. HuskyBarker 5

Get your picks in by clicking "comments" below.

21 Comments:

Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Chip's pix
Game 1: RUTGERS (-19.5) over Army
Game 2: Pittsburgh (+5) over CINCINNATI
Game 3: Boston College (+2) over WAKE FOREST
Game 4: OHIO STATE (-20.5) over Michigan -
Game 5: Florida State (-1.5) over MARYLAND
Game 6: NOTRE DAME (-20) over Syracuse -
Game 7: Texas Tech (+6.5) over OKLAHOMA
Game 8: Michigan State (+14.5) over PENN STATE -
Game 9: Brigham Young (+7.5) over UTAH -
Game 10: Iowa (-6) over MINNESOTA
Game 11: West Virginia (-7) over LOUISVILLE -
Game 12: Connecticut (+3) over SOUTH FLORIDA
Game 13: Harvard (-5) over YALE.

November 20, 2008 1:34 PM 
Anonymous Pete said...

Game 1: RUTGERS
Game 2: Pittsburgh
Game 3: WAKE FOREST
Game 4: Michigan
Game 5: Florida State
Game 6: NOTRE DAME
Game 7: Texas Tech
Game 8: Michigan State
Game 9: Brigham Young
Game 10: MINNESOTA
Game 11: West Virginia
Game 12: Connecticut
Game 13: Harvard

November 20, 2008 1:57 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JZ's picks:

Rutgers
Pitt
BC
Ohio State
Florida State
Notre Dame
Texas Tech
Mich St
BYU
Minnesota
WVU
UConn
Yale

November 20, 2008 2:05 PM 
Anonymous Sean O said...

Sean O's picks

Chip's pix
Game 1: RUTGERS
Game 2: Pittsburgh (Pitt vs. UConn for the Big East title, you heard it here first. Pitt is winning out til Dec. 6th0
Game 3: WAKE FOREST
Game 4: OHIO STATE
Game 5: Florida State
Game 6: NOTRE DAME
Game 7: OKLAHOMA
Game 8: PENN STATE -
Game 9: Brigham Young
Game 10: MINNESOTA
Game 11: LOUISVILLE -
Game 12: Connecticut
Game 13: YALE.

November 20, 2008 2:05 PM 
Anonymous Gary said...

Overall a great week for everyone last week, well, except Vinny.

Game 1: Rutgers. Six weeks ago this game would have been a pick-em.
Game 2: Pittsburgh. Looking for chaos. Pitt needs to win two and lose one.
Game 3: Wake Forest. I think there's a rule in the ACC that you can't win or lose two games in a row.
Game 4: Ohio State. I doubt the Buckeyes will take it easy on the Maize and Blue.
Game 5: Florida State. Having 5 WRs back might help.
Game 6: Notre Dame. Charlie Weis loves beating up on the hapless.
Game 7: Oklahoma. The BCS can't go this smoothly, OU will win, just because it screws everything up.
Game 8: Michigan State. Wow, I said it a couple of weeks ago, but somehow Ohio State is going to weasel its way back into the BCS.
Game 9: Utah. Is there a chance for snow in the Holy War? It seems like the kind of game that deserves snow.
Game 10: Minnesota. Fear the Baggy-dome.
Game 11: WVU. Cant-play-well will turn the ball over 3 or 4 times, and WV will win by 20.
Game 12: UConn. Huskies need to take care of business in Tampa and then hope and pray that when they are off stuffing themselves with turkey everything falls into place.
Game 13: Harvard. I don't think Yale's offense has enough fire power to outscore the Crimson.

November 20, 2008 2:22 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Game 1: RUTGERS
Game 2: CINCINNATI
Game 3: WAKE FOREST
Game 4: OHIO STATE
Game 5: Florida State
Game 6: NOTRE DAME
Game 7: OKLAHOMA
Game 8: PENN STATE -
Game 9: UTAH -
Game 10: Iowa
Game 11: West Virginia
Game 12: SOUTH FLORIDA
Game 13: Harvard
Sammy

November 20, 2008 8:10 PM 
Anonymous Den said...

Chip, a little homework for you first. I'm reading conflicting info. I know in a 2 way tie, the BCS bid goes to the head to head winner. But what happens in a 3 way tie, 4 way tie, or God forbid a 5 way tie? I'm getting a bit ahead of myself, I know, but it makes for some good fodder. Then again, the way this year has gone in the league, Cuse, Lville, and USF may run the table themselves. Onto the picks. Missed last week's games. Was out of town and forgot the laptop at home. The dream is over.

Rutgers - Who saw this coming? To think, if Teggart was put in there 1 game earlier, the Huskies may be right in the mix right now.

Pittsburgh - Gotta root for the Panthers to have any hopes for a Husky trip to Miami. Should be a close game.

Wake Forest - Wanted to take BC here, just couldn't.

Ohio St. - This is the first year you can't use the joke: What kind of car does Jim Tressel own? Lloyd Carr. Bada bing.

FSU - ACC has been just as wacky and just as bad as the Big East this year.

Cuse - Notre Dame is everything that is wrong with college sports today.

Oklahoma - Over/Under = 127. I'll take the Sooners and the Over.

Michigan St. - Penn St. will win, but by more than 2 TD's? Not so sure.

Utah - As Vinny would say, "Back in Staven, ya see....we got dis guy, he runs with da numbers. One day, the fuzz come a callin and I tell em hey, it wasn't me..it was dose 2 utes." I'm here all week folks. Try the veal.

Minnesota - I hate picking a team that just got blown by Michigan. At home.

WVU - I hate to use that "Q" word when it comes to teams....but the Cardinals seem to have done just that. Stop worrying about people stepping on that stupid bird logo and go out and play football.

UConn - I could easily see the Huskies losing this game. It worries me that Chip picked them.

Yale - This game was a ritual as a kid. I'll take the hometown boys in a close one.

November 20, 2008 8:38 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Football Fans,

It's that time of year again!

Time to mark your Calendars for 2009 -

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Asian Pacific Heritage Month - May

Native American Heritage Month - November

National Hispanic Heritage Month - Sept. 15 to Oct. 15

Happy Holidays!

November 20, 2008 9:33 PM 
Blogger strike it Rich! said...

Rich's picks
Game 1: RUTGERS
Game 2: Pittsburgh
Game 3: Boston College
Game 4: OHIO STATE
Game 5: Florida State
Game 6: NOTRE DAME
Game 7: Texas Tech
Game 8: Michigan State
Game 9: Brigham Young
Game 10: MINNESOTA
Game 11: West Virginia
Game 12: Connecticut
Game 13: YALE

November 20, 2008 9:50 PM 
Anonymous Ian said...

Game 1: Army
Game 2: Pittsburgh
Game 3: WAKE FOREST
Game 4: OHIO STATE
Game 5: MARYLAND
Game 6: Syracuse -
Game 7: Texas Tech
Game 8: PENN STATE -
Game 9: Brigham Young
Game 10: Iowa
Game 11: West Virginia
Game 12: Connecticut
Game 13: Harvard

To let you know, The Game is being played at Harvard this year not Yale Bowl.

November 20, 2008 10:03 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Yale is at Harvard.

November 20, 2008 10:19 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure it was a Freudian slip, and if we had 4" on either of Tony C.'s kicks you would have had the score right, but we lost to Rutgers 12-10, not 13-12.

November 20, 2008 10:24 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Yep. That's two errors on me. Anyone for a third?

November 20, 2008 10:28 PM 
Blogger Dougo said...

Game 1: RU over Army
Game 2: Pitt over Cincy
Game 3: BC over Wake
Game 4: OSU over Michigan
Game 5: Maryland over FSU
Game 6: Notre Dame over Syracuse
Game 7: Oklahoma over Texas Tech
Game 8: MSU over PSU
Game 9: Utah over BYU
Game 10: Iowa over Minnesota
Game 11: WVU over L'ville
Game 12: UConn over USF
Game 13: Yale over Harvard

November 21, 2008 5:50 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Caleb Mandrake
Game 1: RUTGERS
Game 2: Pittsburgh
Game 3: WAKE FOREST
Game 4: OHIO STATE
Game 5: Florida State
Game 6: Syracuse -
Game 7: Texas Tech
Game 8: Michigan State
Game 9: UTAH -
Game 10: Iowa
Game 11: West Virginia
Game 12: SOUTH FLORIDA
Game 13: YALE

November 21, 2008 2:00 PM 
Anonymous Wil's picks said...

Game 1: RUTGERS
Game 2: CINCINNATI
Game 3: WAKE FOREST
Game 4: Michigan
Game 5: Florida State
Game 6: NOTRE DAME
Game 7: Texas Tech
Game 8: Michigan State
Game 9: Brigham Young
Game 10: Iowa
Game 11: West Virginia
Game 12: Connecticut
Game 13: HARVARD

November 21, 2008 3:47 PM 
Anonymous vinny from east haven said...

Game 1: RUTGERS
Game 2: Pittsburgh
Game 3: BC
Game 4: OHIO STATE
Game 5: Florida State
Game 6: NOTRE DAME
Game 7: OKLAHOMA
Game 8: PENN STATE -
Game 9: UTAH -
Game 10: Iowa
Game 11: West Virginia
Game 12: SOUTH FLORIDA
Game 13: Harvard

November 21, 2008 9:21 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

UConnHuskies86 Picks

Game 1: RUTGERS
Game 2: Pittsburgh
Game 3: Wake Forest
Game 4: OHIO STATE
Game 5: Florida State
Game 6: Syracuse
Game 7: Texas Tech
Game 8: Michigan State
Game 9: UTAH
Game 10: MINNESOTA
Game 11: West Virginia
Game 12: Connecticut
Game 13: Yale

November 21, 2008 10:19 PM 
Anonymous Kevin said...

Game 1: Rutgers (-19.5) over Army
Game 2: Cincinnati (-5) over Pitt
Game 3: Wake Forest (-2) over BC
Game 4: Ohio State (-20.5) over Michigan
Game 5: Maryland (+1.5) over FSU
Game 6: Syracuse (+20) over Notre Dame
Game 7: Oklahoma (-6.5) over Texas Tech - And I'd take OU if you gave me another TD or so.
Game 8: Penn State (-14.5) over Michigan State
Game 9: BYU (+7.5) over Utah
Game 10: Iowa (-6) over Minnesota
Game 11: WVU (-7) over Louisville
Game 12: USF (-3) over UConn
Game 13: Harvard (-5) over Yale

November 22, 2008 2:24 AM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

results
1. vinny from east haven 11-2
sammy 11-2
3. kevin 10-3
4. caleb 8-5
5. chip 7-6
gary 7-6
den 7-6
dougo 7-6
9. ian 6-7
wil 6-7
uconnhuskies86 6-7
12. JZ 5-8
sean o 5-8
rich 5-8
15. pete 4-9

November 24, 2008 10:41 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

standings
1. Dougo 82
Caleb Mandrake 82
3. Vinny from East Haven 81
4. Chip 77
JZ 77
6. Ian 75
Kevin 75
8. Pete 74
9. Rich 73
10. Sammy 68
11. Sean O 64
12. Den of Stupidity 63
13. Wil 60
14. DanO 56
Gary 56
16. uconnhuskies 86 55
17. Big Donny Bertolotti 29
18. Stretch 21
19. HuskyBarker 5

November 24, 2008 10:46 PM 

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