Thursday, September 09, 2010

The picks, week 2

Don't expect much news to come out of the Thursday conference calls with the new UConn injury policy. We'll get the updated injury list later this afternoon. But aside from the scout team players of the week (Tebucky Jones on offense, Chris Lopes on defense, Mike Osiecki on special teams), there's little to report.

Edsall said the intensity in practice was better on Tuesday and Wednesday then they were last week. That's odd considering last week the team was prepping for Michigan and this week it's a tiny Division I-AA school, but that's what a disappointing performance will do.

The situation will dictate who gets carries as the backup tailback to Jordan Todman, but D.J. Shoemate is doing just fine after his crucial fumble last week, according to Edsall. We also found out that Taylor Mack was the only other true freshman that played (Leon Kinnard the other) last week. He is on kickoff return coverage, though his name didn't appear on the official "participated" list.

On to the weekly picks...

Game 1: SOUTH CAROLINA (-3) over Georgia (+3) - Georgia's A.J. Green suspended by NCAA four games for selling one of his old jerseys. Yet the Georgia bookstore's website has 23 different versions of Green's No. 8 jersey for sale, some as high as $150. Everyone is making money off A.J. Green except A.J. Green.

Game 2: FLORIDA (-16) over South Florida - Bulls go from playing Stony Brook last week to a trip to the Swamp this week. Sort of like going from playing the local county fair to Carnegie Hall.
Game 3: Louisiana State (-10) over VANDERBILT

Game 4: Florida State (+7.5) over OKLAHOMA

Game 5: Michigan (+4) over NOTRE DAME - Is this the year Michigan and Notre Dame return to top 20 mainstays?

Game 6: WASHINGTON (-13.5) over Syracuse - An all-ugly uniform battle. Orange won't get second straight win. But they will get some good Seattle coffee.

Game 7: Penn State (+12) over ALABAMA - Hard to ignore the Joe Paterno-Bear Bryant parallels, and not necessarily in a morbid way. Yes, Paterno is still coaching at 83 1/2 because he thinks he's going to die a few weeks after he retires like Bryant. But the series with some terrific moments is being renewed after a 20-year hiatus. Bryant was 4-0 against Paterno, and the two first met in 1959 when Paterno was an assistant for the Nittany Lions.

Game 8: FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL (+19) over Rutgers - Norfolk State. FIU. Tulane in two weeks. Army after that. Another blistering non-conference schedule for Rutgers.

Game 9: CONNECTICUT (-35) over Texas Southern - Expect lots of work from the Huskies' second string against the visiting Armadillos. I mean Tigers.

Game 10: New Hampshire (+21) over PITTSBURGH - I always love the I-AA vs. I-A games (well, at least the good I-AA teams) as I maintain there's not much difference aside from depth. A high percentage of I-AA starters could easily be playing up a level, and many could be starting. Since UNH is traditionally one of the better I-AA programs in the country, they could have the firepower to pull an upset. Probably won't happen, but it could be a very close game.

Game 11: University of New Haven (-7) over LINCOLN (PA.) - Two UNH's in one week? And I'm taking both? Ryan Osiecki, older brother of UConn freshman linebacker Mike Osiecki, thriving as the Chargers quarterback.

Last week's results/standings
1. B-Stew 7-3-1
2. Chip 6-4-1
caleb 6-4-1
4. Ian 5-5-1
Gabe 5-5-1
sammy 5-5-1
vinny 5-5-1
gary 5-5-1
9. pete 4-6-1
seanO 4-6-1
Uconnbob 4-6-1
12. BostonDan 3-7-1
govphalen 3-7-1

13 Comments:

Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Chip's picks
Game 1: SOUTH CAROLINA (-3) over Georgia (+3)
Game 2: FLORIDA (-16) over South Florida
Game 3: Louisiana State (-10) over VANDERBILT
Game 4: Florida State (+7.5) over OKLAHOMA
Game 5: Michigan (+4) over NOTRE DAME
Game 6: WASHINGTON (-13.5) over Syracuse
Game 7: Penn State (+12) over ALABAMA
Game 8: FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL (+19) over Rutgers
Game 9: CONNECTICUT (-35) over Texas Southern -
Game 10: New Hampshire (+21) over PITTSBURGH -
Game 11: University of New Haven (-7) over LINCOLN (PA.)

September 09, 2010 1:24 PM 
Blogger governorphalen said...

Alright enough picking with my heart, this is just going to be 100% gut from now on.

SC
Florida
LSU
OK
ND
Washington
UA
RU
UConn
Pitt
UNH

September 09, 2010 1:38 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete's picks:
Game 1: Georgia
Game 2: FLORIDA
Game 3: Louisiana State
Game 4: OKLAHOMA
Game 5: Michigan
Game 6: WASHINGTON
Game 7: ALABAMA
Game 8: Rutgers
Game 9: CONNECTICUT
Game 10: PITTSBURGH
Game 11: University of New Haven

September 09, 2010 2:21 PM 
Anonymous sammy said...

Game 1: Georgia (+3)
Game 2: FLORIDA
Game 3: Louisiana State
Game 4: OKLAHOMA
Game 5: NOTRE DAME
Game 6: WASHINGTON
Game 7: ALABAMA
Game 8: Rutgers
Game 9: CONNECTICUT
Game 10: PITTSBURGH -
Game 11: University of New Haven

September 09, 2010 5:11 PM 
Anonymous Gabe said...

Game 1: Georgia
Game 2: FLORIDA
Game 3: Louisiana State
Game 4: OKLAHOMA
Game 5: Michigan
Game 6: WASHINGTON
Game 7: ALABAMA
Game 8: Rutgers
Game 9: CONNECTICUT
Game 10: PITTSBURGH
Game 11: University of New Haven

September 09, 2010 9:50 PM 
Anonymous Ian said...

Game 1: SOUTH CAROLINA
Game 2: FLORIDA
Game 3: Louisiana State
Game 4: KLAHOMA
Game 5: Michigan
Game 6: Syracuse
Game 7: Penn State
Game 8: Rutgers
Game 9: CONNECTICUT
Game 10: New Hampshire
Game 11: University of New Haven

September 09, 2010 10:57 PM 
Anonymous caleb mandrake said...

Game 1: Georgia (+3)
Game 2: South Florida
Game 3: VANDERBILT
Game 4: OKLAHOMA
Game 5: NOTRE DAME
Game 6: WASHINGTON
Game 7: ALABAMA
Game 8: FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL
Game 9: Texas Southern -
Game 10: New Hampshire
Game 11: LINCOLN (PA.)

September 09, 2010 11:29 PM 
Blogger Gary said...

Rough showing in week 1. Gotta rebound fast, or I'll be out of the running before the weather ever drops below 70!

Game 1: Georgia (+3)
Game 2: Florida (-16)
Game 3: LSU (-10)
Game 4: Oklahoma (-7.5)
Game 5: Notre Dame (-4)
Game 6: Syracuse (+13.5)
Game 7: Alabama (-12)
Game 8: Rutgers (-19)
Game 9: Texas Southern (+35)
Game 10: Pittsburgh (-21)
Game 11: New Haven (-7)

September 10, 2010 7:04 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Game 1: Georgia (+3)
Game 2: South Florida
Game 3: VANDERBILT
Game 4: Florida State
Game 5: NOTRE DAME
Game 6: Syracuse
Game 7: ALABAMA
Game 8: Rutgers
Game 9: Texas Southern -
Game 10: New Hampshire
Game 11: University of New Haven

BSTEW

September 10, 2010 5:27 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

UconnBOB's picks

Game 1: SOUTH CAROLINA (-3) over Georgia
Game 2: FLORIDA (-16) over South Florida
Game 3: VANDERBILT (+10) over Louisiana State
Game 4: Florida State (+7.5) over OKLAHOMA
Game 5: Michigan (+4) over NOTRE DAME
Game 6: Syracuse (+13.5) over WASHINGTON
Game 7: Alabama (-12) over Penn State
Game 8: FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL (+19) over Rutgers
Game 9: CONNECTICUT (-35) over Texas Southern
Game 10: PITTSBURG (-21) over New Hampshire -
Game 11: University of New Haven (-7) over LINCOLN (PA.)

September 11, 2010 12:40 AM 
Anonymous Vinny from East Haven said...

Vinny says:
1. Georgia. 2. South Florida. 3. LSU. 4. Florida State. 5. ND. 6. Washington. 7. Alabama. 8. Rutgers. 9. Texas southern (of course). 10. Pitt. 11. New Haven

September 11, 2010 8:53 AM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Results
1. Governorphalen: 9-2
Pete 9-2
Gabe 9-2
4. Chip 8-3
sammy 8-3
Uconnbob 8-3
7. ian 7-4
8. gary 6-5
9. vinny 5-6
10. caleb 4-7
11. Bstew 2-9

September 12, 2010 8:19 AM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Standings 2 weeks
1. Chip 14-7-1
Gabe 14-7-1
3. sammy 13-8-1
Pete 13-8-1
5. Ian 12-9-1
Uconnbob 12-9-1
governorphalen 12-9-1
8. Gary 11-10-1
9. vinny 10-11-1
caleb mandrake 10-11-1
11. B-Stew 9-12-1
12. seanO 4-6-1
13. BostonDan 3-7-1

September 12, 2010 8:31 AM 

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