Thursday, September 17, 2009

The picks, week 3

Some notes from Randy Edsall's conference today: Cody Endres and Lindsey Witten practiced Wednesday and are fine. A few others got hit with the bug Tuesday, but it seems to have passed. Wide receiver Michael Smith is out with a knee injury. He was hurt last week in practice, but played through it for the UNC game. He doesn't need surgery, but will have to rest. Scott Lutrus is questionable still. He did a few things in practice, but it will be another game-time decision.
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Pretty crazy morning here in the Register newsroom with an arrest being made in the murder of a Yale graduate student. There's a bulldog edition of the paper that just hit the press and should be hitting the streets soon.
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As unimportant as these things seem, especially on days like this, the live chat is still on for 2 p.m. through http://www.nhregister.com/. You just won't see my face plastered across the top of the website for the chat promo like the last two weeks (a good thing, for sure).
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On to the picks.
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Game 1: NORTH CAROLINA (-7.5) over East Carolina - Tar Heels tight end Zach Pianalto may never want to sniff the end zone again. He's the guy who was carted off the Runway last Saturday with a dislocated foot after celebrating (mildly) catching the tying TD late in the fourth quarter. During the only other touchdown of his career, last November against Georgia Tech, Pianalto, in his zest to get to the end zone, caught a helmet that dislocated his fibula and ended his season. That's two touchdowns, two major injuries.
Game 2: KENTUCKY (-14) over Louisville - Louisville knocked off Indiana State by 20 points in their opener. That would be encouraging for the Cardinal fan base if that was basketball. And it was 1979.

Game 3: VIRGINIA TECH (-5.5) over Nebraska - Tyrod Taylor is the difference.

Game 4: Navy (+7) over PITTSBURGH - Pitt's Adam Gunn has five sacks in two games after missing last season with a broken neck. He was named Big East defensive player of the week following a three sack effort against Buffalo. Congrats. (Kanye West grabs microphone). "Yo, I'm really happy for you, Adam Gunn. But Lindsey Witten had one of the best defensive games of all time. One of the best games of all time!"
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Game 5: SYRACUSE (+4.5) over Northwestern - Syracuse has a killer communications program. Ditto Northwestern with journalism. So while players on both sides may be stuck on bottom-feeders, at least the can one day look forward to covering good college football programs.

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Game 6: AUBURN (-7.5) over West Virginia - Expect lots of offense.

Game 7: Connecticut (+7) over BAYLOR - Husky faithful making the trip to Waco, Texas can plan to celebrate at the Double Deuce over on Highway 17. The cooler there is the best in the business. Goes by the name of Dalton. Likes his coffee leaded, cigs unfiltered and does shirtless Tai chi in the meadow behind Brad Wesley's place.

Right boot.

Game 8: OREGON STATE (+1) over Cincinnati - Beavers. Bearcats. Next on Animal Planet.

Game 9: RUTGERS (-16) over Florida International - Just to continue with the "Roadhouse" theme, how could the owner of the Double Deuce afford to pay Dalton $5000 up front, $500 a night and all medical expenses? It would have taken a month, bare minimum, to clean up the seedy clientele at the place and at least another month to shake the unfavorable reputation. Dalton would have bankrupted the place quicker than Brad Wesley.

Game 10: California (-14) over MINNESOTA - No mentions of annoying human turnover machine Brett Favre more than enough reason for Vikings fans to switch allegiances to the Gophers this fall.

Game 11: Yale (-3.5) over GEORGETOWN - A new era at Yale. Tom Williams takes over as only the third coach the Bulldogs have had since the early 60s.

Last week's 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

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

See you on the chat. Enter your picks by clicking the comments link below.

21 Comments:

Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Chips picks
Game 1: NORTH CAROLINA (-7.5) over East Carolina -
Game 2: KENTUCKY (-14) over Louisville -
Game 3: VIRGINIA TECH (-5.5) over Nebraska -
Game 4: Navy (+7) over PITTSBURGH -Game 5: SYRACUSE (+4.5) over Northwestern -
Game 6: AUBURN (-7.5) over West Virginia -
Game 7: Connecticut (+7) over BAYLOR -
Game 8: OREGON STATE (+1) over Cincinnati -
Game 9: RUTGERS (-16) over Florida International -
Game 10: California (-14) over MINNESOTA -
Game 11: Yale (-3.5) over GEORGETOWN -

September 17, 2009 1:26 PM 
Anonymous Pete said...

Game 1: NORTH CAROLINA
Game 2: KENTUCKY
Game 3: VIRGINIA TECH
Game 4: PITTSBURGH
Game 5: Northwestern
Game 6: AUBURN
Game 7: Connecticut
Game 8: Cincinnati
Game 9: RUTGERS
Game 10: MINNESOTA
Game 11: Yale

September 17, 2009 2:35 PM 
Anonymous Sean O said...

Sean O's picks
Chips picks
Game 1: East Carolina
Game 2: KENTUCKY
Game 3: VIRGINIA TECH
Game 4: PITTSBURGH
Game 5: SYRACUSE
Game 6: West Virginia
Game 7: Connecticut
Game 8: Cincinnati
Game 9: RUTGERS
Game 10: MINNESOTA
Game 11: Yale

Where did you get that UConn line from? I was checking online yesterday and it was up to -10.5 for Baylor. And how about the respect from Vegas for Cincinnati?

September 17, 2009 2:51 PM 
Anonymous Vinny from East Haven said...

Vinny's picks:

1. East Carolina. Any team that struggles to beat UConn isn't much of a team. Take the Pirates.

2. Louisville.

3. Virginia Tech. Especially at home.

4. Navy. I guess.

5. Northwestern, even thought they barely beat a D-IA team last week.

6. Auburn.

7. Baylor. Easy.

8. Oregon St. Cincy is another Big East disaster.

9. FIU. I'm picking agains all the Big East teams this week. i can't lose!

10. California.

11. Yale.

September 17, 2009 3:01 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

You're right, Sean. My bad. But...going to have to leave it, now. Others are making their picks with the low spread.

September 17, 2009 3:02 PM 
Blogger governorphalen said...

ECU
UK
VT
Navy
Cuse
UConn
Cincy
RU
Cal
Yale

September 17, 2009 3:42 PM 
Anonymous sammy said...

Game 1: NORTH CAROLINA
Game 2: Louisville -
Game 3: VIRGINIA TECH
Game 4: Navy
Game 5: SYRACUSE
Game 6: AUBURN
Game 7: BAYLOR -
Game 8: OREGON STATE
Game 9: Florida International -
Game 10: California
Game 11: Yale

September 17, 2009 7:13 PM 
Blogger Dan said...

Danoooo's picks
Game 1: NORTH CAROLINA
Game 2: Louisville -
Game 3: VIRGINIA TECH
Game 4: Navy
Game 5: SYRACUSE
Game 6: AUBURN
Game 7: Connecticut
Game 8: Cincinnati -
Game 9: Florida International -
Game 10:MINNESOTA -
Game 11: Yale

September 17, 2009 7:57 PM 
Blogger strike it Rich! said...

Rich's picks
Game 1: NORTH CAROLINA
Game 2: KENTUCKY
Game 3: VIRGINIA TECH
Game 4: PITTSBURGH
Game 5: Northwestern -
Game 6: Virginia -
Game 7: Connecticut
Game 8: Cincinnati -
Game 9: RUTGERS
Game 10: California
Game 11: Yale

September 17, 2009 10:43 PM 
Anonymous Mike B said...

NORTH CAROLINA (-7.5) over East Carolina
Louisville over KENTUCKY (-14)
VIRGINIA TECH (-5.5) over Nebraska
PITTSBURGH over Navy (+7)
Northwestern over SYRACUSE (+4.5)
AUBURN (-7.5) over West Virginia
Connecticut (+7) over BAYLOR
Cincinnati over OREGON STATE (+1)
RUTGERS (-16) over Florida International
California (-14) over MINNESOTA
Yale (-3.5) over GEORGETOWN

September 18, 2009 3:30 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rick C
UNC
Kentucky
V Tech
Navy
Northwestern
UVW
UCONN
Cincinnati
Rutgers
California
Georgetown

September 18, 2009 5:28 AM 
Blogger Gary said...

Chip, sorry I missed your chat yesterday, I was knocked out with a 24-hour bug. For once I'm glad UConn isn't on TV, I wouldn't be able to watch tomorrow anyway, so at least I won't be tempted.

Game 1: UNC. Gotta root for the heels the rest of the season.
Game 2: Louisville. 24-14 = cover.
Game 3: Virginia Tech. Beamer Ball!
Game 4: Pitt. Pitt wins by 21 and joins Cincy (and WVU) in the polls next week.
Game 5: Northwestern. Tough start for the big 10 season for the Cuse. What do you mean Syracuse doesn't play in the big 10?
Game 6: WVU. This is a must have win for the Big East.
Game 7: Baylor. It's going to get ugly for the Huskies on Saturday. 31-10.
Game 8: Cincy. I think this is the Bearcats year (again)
Game 9: Rutgers. 16 points doesn't seem like enough, I see a 28-35 point win for the Knights.
Game 10: Cal. One of the best teams no one is talking about.
Game 11: Yale. Why not?

September 18, 2009 7:28 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JZ's Picks:

UNC
Kentucky
VA Tech
Pitt
Northwestern
West Virginia
Baylor
Cincy
Rutgers
Cal
Yale

September 18, 2009 10:33 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Game 1: NORTH CAROLINA
Game 2: KENTUCKY
Game 3: VIRGINIA TECH
Game 4: PITTSBURGH
Game 5: SYRACUSE
Game 6: West Virginia -
Game 7: BAYLOR -
Game 8: Cincinnati -
Game 9: Florida International -
Game 10: California
ame 11: Yale

Caleb Mandrake

September 18, 2009 11:19 AM 
Anonymous Sean O said...

Chip -- I wasn't complaining about the UConn line, I was actually wondering where you saw it. If the line started at 7 and got bet up to 10.5, that means absolutely no one is giving UConn even a prayer tomorrow of keeping it close.

September 18, 2009 2:01 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Sean,

I think I just got it wrong. After I read your message, I went back to the website I get my lines from and it said Baylor -10.5. Whether I mistakenly looked at the wrong game or just had -7 on the brain, something got mixed up in the translation.

September 18, 2009 2:37 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

UconnBob's picks -------
Game 1: UNC (-7.5) over East Carolina

Game 2: KENTUCKY (-14) over Louisville

Game 3: Nebraska (+5.5) over VIRGINIA TECH

Game 4: PITT (-7) over Navy

Game 5: SYRACUSE (+4.5) over Northwestern

Game 6: West Virginia (+7.5) over AUBURN

Game 7: BAYLOR (-7) over Connecticut (+7) - I'm a big Uconn fan, but I just do not see the huskies scoring 7 with their prolific passing attack and blitzing defense. The better bet is the over/under on how many bad shotgun snaps we have this week.

Game 8: Cincinnati (-1) over OREGON STATE

Game 9: RUTGERS (-16) over Florida International -

Game 10: California (-14) over MINNESOTA

Game 11: Yale (-3.5) over GEORGETOWN

September 18, 2009 6:26 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

UConnHuskies86
Game 1: NORTH CAROLINA
Game 2: Louisville -
Game 3: Nebraska -
Game 4: PITTSBURGH -
Game 6: West Virginia -
Game 7: Connecticut
Game 8: Cincinnati -
Game 9: RUTGERS
Game 10: MINNESOTA -
Game 11: Yale (-3.5)

September 19, 2009 12:04 AM 
Anonymous Wil said...

Wil's picks

NORTH CAROLINA
Louisville
Nebraska
Navy
SYRACUSE
West Virginia
Connecticut the line is +10
Cincinnati
RUTGERS
California
Yale

September 19, 2009 12:29 AM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

results
1. Dano: 8-2-1
2. uconnhuskies86 7-3-1
Mike B 7-3-1
wil 7-3-1
5. Uconnbob 6-4-1
caleb 6-4-1
sammy 6-4-1
pete 6-4-1
9. chip 5-5-1
sean o 5-5-1
rich 5-5-1
gary 5-5-1
13. vinny 4-6-1
governorphelan 4-6-1
JZ 4-6-1
16. rick c 3-7-1

September 20, 2009 9:34 AM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

standings
1. UConnBob 19
Wil 19
3. Sammy 18
4. Sean O 17
Pete 17
6. Gov.Phalen: 16
JZ 16
Gary 16
9. Chip 14
Rich 14
11. Rick C 13
caleb 13
Mike B 13
14. vinny 11
15. ian 9
16. salami 6

September 20, 2009 9:37 AM 

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