Thursday, September 10, 2009

The picks, week 2

Scott Lutrus is listed as questionable for Saturday, the only bit of news to come out of today. Edsall spent most of the call explaining his policy on injuries, which I won't bore you all with. We know Lutrus has practiced this week, and he declared himself ready to play on Tuesday. Unless he had a setback, expect to see him in there.

Don't forget the live chat at 2 at http://www.nhregister.com/.

On to the picks.

Game 1: BUFFALO (+10.5) over Pittsburgh - Do you realize a Google search on "Dave Wannstedt mustache" draws 23,500 results? Next up is a Broadway play.

Game 2: North Carolina (-4.5) over UCONN - Ironically, this is also the over/under on blocked punts by Bruce Carter (who had another last weekend).

Game 3: Syracuse (+28.5) over PENN STATE - "Games almost won" will count as an official stat at Syracuse this season. The season goal is 7. Last week was number one in the GAW column.

Game 4: Notre Dame (-3.5) over MICHIGAN - A pair of up-and-coming coaches with bright, bright futures in college football.

Game 5: WEST VIRGINIA (-6.5) over East Carolina - At least Skip Holtz took a pass on the spray-on tan that turned papa Lou's skin a lovely shade of orange.

Game 6: RUTGERS (-45) over Howard - Howard is coming off a 1-10 season, but maybe I'm not giving it enough respect. The Fighting Cunninghams pumped Savannah State last year.

Game 7: Ucla (+10) over TENNESSEE - Chow/Kiffin. The most anticipated teacher vs. student matchup since Daniel LaRusso stuck it to Terry Silver by beating bad boy Mike Barnes to defend his All-Valley Karate Tournament title in Karate Kid III.

Game 8: Southeast Missouri State (+48) over CINCINNATI - SE Mo. St. U pummelled some school named Quincy 72-3 in its opener last weekend. Cincinnati shows some mercy. Tony Pike will be on the bench by mid-third quarter.

Game 9: SOUTH FLORIDA (-37) over Western Kentucky - Enjoying the Big East spreads this week?

Game 10: Southern California (-7) over OHIO STATE - "Not everybody is a perfect person in this world. I mean, everyone does ... kills people, murders people, steals from you, steals from me," Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor defending Michael Vick after last week's Navy game. Pryor wore black eye strips that said "Mike" and "Vick" during the game. I don't know about you, Terrelle, but I gave up killing people. It was my New Year's resolution.

Game 11: New Haven (+7) over ASSUMPTION - Didn't think I'd go another week without including a local game, did you? I have great memories of New Haven football, one of the best Division II programs in the nation in the 1990s, and am excited they brought the program back after dropping it earlier in the decade. Here's a blog entry from three years ago I wrote about the Chargers.

Last week's results
1. Gov.Phalen: 7-3
UConn Bob 7-3
Sean O 7-3
sammy 7-3
JZ 7-3
6. Chip 6-4
Rich 6-4
salami 6-4
wil L 6-4
Mike B 6-4
11. Rick C 5-5
Pete 5-5
Gary 5-5
Caleb 5-5
ian 5-5
16. Vinny 3-7

Enter your picks by clicking the "comments" link below.

Also, a hearty congrats to Neill Ostrout from the Connecticut Post on the birth of his son Wednesday. His boy and mine now share the same birthday (albeit two years apart).

18 Comments:

Blogger governorphalen said...

Buffalo
UConn
Cuse
Michigan
WVU
Rutgers
Tenn
Cincy
USF
USC
NH

September 10, 2009 1:53 PM 
Blogger Gary said...

Goodness gracious there are some heavy favorites here this week.

Here goes nothing.

Game 1: Pittsburgh. Turner Gil(l?) should have gotten out of Buffalo while he had the chance, he may "Schiano" himself if he doesn't string together a couple of good seasons

Game 2: UConn. I have about 4% confidence in this pick. Let's move on.

Game 3: Penn State. I think this Penn State team will continue to run it up for as long as they can, this is Joe Pa's last chance to make a BCS Title game.

Game 4: Michigan. At least they are willing to give UConn a game in the Rent.

Game 5: West Virginia. This is going to be the sexy upset pick of the week. "Oh, look out for Skippy Holtz, upset alert" I say phooey, WVU by 21.

Game 6: Howard. This is like Kevin from the office "IF someone offers you 500:1 odds you take it"

Game 7: Tennessee. Rocky Top, Rocky Top!

Game 8: SEMS. See game 6 reasoning.

Game 9: South Florida. Ok, so 37 just seems more manageable than 45 and 48 point spreads.

Game 10: Ohio State. Do you think kids who got turned down from Ohio state (excuse me, THE Ohio State) hear Terrelle Pyror's comments and cry themselves to sleep at night? I know I would.

Game 11: New Haven. The Assumption Presumptions vs. the New Haven Ravens TONIGHT on NBC!

September 10, 2009 2:07 PM 
Anonymous Vinny from East Haven said...

Chip, thanks for hosting the live webchat this week – I hope I wasn’t the Artie Lang to your Joe Buck (believe me, you are much funnier than Joe Buck, while I am possibly as boorish and crude as Artie Lang). Some good questions and great insight, but I still fear that the UConn fans are getting a little ahead of themselves. One win against a MAC doormat means nothing. If they win this week, even I will give them props.
Vincenzo’s picks:
1. Buffalo. It it's at all possible, Pittsburgh has been more overrated than UConn in the last three years
2. North Carolina. Of course.
3. Syracuse. Damn Joe Pa, he just won't run up the score and cover the spread. Bobby Bowden would.
4. Notre Dame. Hopefully Rich Rodriguez is filing unemployment papers on monday morning.
5. West Virginia.
6. Howard. What the heck. 45 points is a lot.
7. Tennessee.
8. SE Missouri State.
9. Western Kentucky.
10. USC.
11. New Haven.

Assumption has a football team?

September 10, 2009 3:22 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Please tell me I'm nothing like Joe Buck. Please.

September 10, 2009 3:29 PM 
Blogger strike it Rich! said...

Game 1: Pittsburgh
Game 2: UCONN
Game 3: PENN STATE
Game 4: Notre Dame
Game 5: WEST VIRGINIA
Game 6: RUTGERS
Game 7: TENNESSEE
Game 8: Southeast Missouri State
Game 9: SOUTH FLORIDA
Game 10: Southern California
Game 11: New Haven

September 10, 2009 4:52 PM 
Anonymous pete said...

Game 1: Pittsburgh
Game 2: North Carolina

Game 3: PENN STATE

Game 4: Notre Dame

Game 5: WEST VIRGINIA

Game 6: Howard

Game 7: TENNESSEE

Game 8: Southeast Missouri State

Game 9: Western Kentucky

Game 10: OHIO STATE

Game 11: ASSUMPTION

September 10, 2009 7:39 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Chip's picks
Game 1: BUFFALO (+10.5) over Pittsburgh
Game 2: North Carolina (-4.5) over UCONN
Game 3: Syracuse (+28.5) over PENN STATE -
Game 4: Notre Dame (-3.5) over MICHIGAN
Game 5: WEST VIRGINIA (-6.5) over East Carolina
Game 6: RUTGERS (-45) over Howard - last year.
Game 7: Ucla (+10) over TENNESSEE
Game 8: Southeast Missouri State (+48) over CINCINNATI -
Game 9: SOUTH FLORIDA (-37) over Western Kentucky -
Game 10: Southern California (-7) over OHIO STATE -
Game 11: New Haven (+7) over ASSUMPTION

September 10, 2009 7:50 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JZ's picks:

Pitt
UNC
Penn State
Michigan
WVU
Rutgers
Tenn
Cincy
South Florida
Ohio State
New Haven

September 10, 2009 9:15 PM 
Anonymous Sean O said...

Sean O's picks

Chip's picks
Game 1: Pittsburgh
Game 2: UCONN
Game 3: PENN STATE -
Game 4: Notre Dame
Game 5: WEST VIRGINIA
Game 6: RUTGERS
Game 7: TENNESSEE
Game 8: CINCINNATI -
Game 9: SOUTH FLORIDA
Game 10: OHIO STATE -
Game 11: New Haven

September 11, 2009 12:29 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

UconnBob's picks -
Game 1: Pittsburgh (-10.5) over BUFFALO
Game 2: UCONN (+4.5) over North Carolina
Game 3: Syracuse (+28.5) over PENN STATE
Game 4: MICHIGAN (+3.5) over Notre Dame
Game 5: WEST VIRGINIA (-6.5) over East Carolina
Game 6: Howard (+45) over RUTGERS (-45)
Game 7: TENN (-10) over Ucla
Game 8: Southeast Missouri State (+48) over CINCINNATI
Game 9: SOUTH FLORIDA (-37) over Western Kentucky
Game 10: Southern California (-7) over OHIO STATE
Game 11: New Haven (+7) over ASSUMPTION

September 11, 2009 1:37 AM 
Anonymous Sammy said...

Game 1: Pittsburgh
Game 2: North Carolina
Game 3: Syracuse
Game 4: Notre Dame
Game 5: WEST VIRGINIA
Game 6: Howard
Game 7: TENNESSEE
Game 8: Southeast Missouri State
Game 9: Western Kentucky -
Game 10: USC
Game 11: New Haven

September 11, 2009 9:08 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Game 1: Pittsburgh
Game 2: UNC
Game 3: PENN STATE
Game 4: Notre Dame
Game 5: WEST VIRGINIA
Game 6: RUTGERS
Game 7: TENNESSEE
Game 8: Southeast Missouri State
Game 9: SOUTH FLORIDA
Game 10: Southern California
Game 11: New Haven
Caleb Mandrake

September 11, 2009 10:23 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rick C

Pitt
Uconn
Penn St
Mich
West Virginia
Rutgers
Tenn
SE Miss
USF
USC
Assumption

September 11, 2009 2:39 PM 
Anonymous Wil's picks said...

Wil's picks

Pittsburgh
UCONN
Syracuse
Notre Dame
WEST VIRGINIA
RUTGERS
UCLA
Southeast Missouri State
Western Kentucky
USC
New Haven

September 11, 2009 6:30 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

UConnHUskies86 Picks:

Game 1: Pittsburgh -
Game 2: UCONN
Game 3: Syracuse (+28.5)
Game 4: MICHIGAN +3.5
Game 5: WEST VIRGINIA (-6.5)
Game 6: Howard +45
Game 7: Ucla (+10)
Game 8: Southeast Missouri State (+48)
Game 9: SOUTH FLORIDA (-37)
Game 10: Southern California (-7)
Game 11: New Haven (+7)

September 11, 2009 11:36 PM 
Anonymous Ian said...

Game 1: Pittsburgh
Game 2: North Carolina
Game 3: PENN STATE -
Game 4: Notre Dame
Game 5: WEST VIRGINIA
Game 6: Howard
Game 7: UCLA
Game 8: Southeast Missouri State
Game 9: SOUTH FLORIDA
Game 10: Southern California
Game 11: New Haven

September 12, 2009 9:27 AM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

results:
1. uconnhuskies86: 7-4
2. Gary 6-5
pete 6-5
uconnbob 6-5
will 6-5
6. govphelan 5-6
JZ 5-6
sean O 5-6
sammy 5-6
rick c 5-6
11. vinny 4-7
ian 4-7
13. chip 3-8
rich 3-8
15. caleb 2-9

September 13, 2009 9:29 AM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

standings 2 weeks
1. UConnBob 13
2. Gov.Phalen: 12
Sean O 12
sammy 12
wil L 12
JZ 12
7. Pete 11
Gary 11
9. Rick C 10
10. Chip 9
Rich 9
ian 9
13. Caleb 7
Vinny 7
15. salami 6
Mike B 6

September 13, 2009 9:33 AM 

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