Thursday, September 16, 2010

The picks, week 3

The Thursday conference call is over. No word on injuries, we'll have that around 6 p.m. Edsall said the scout team players of the week were Gus Cruz (offense), Tim Wilman (defense) and Malik Generett (special teams). UConn is 15-1 against the MAC since elevating to Division I-A full-time in 2002, which is impressive (bonus to anyone who can name that loss without looking it up)...Edsall said it's nothing more than what he preaches to the team daily -- being consistent in everything they do. I guess beating the tar out of the MAC is born out of that philosophy. Also, Edsall said he hopes to re-issue Jasper Howard's No. 6 to a defensive back next season, but only one who "is worthy of that and I feel can be the kind of player Jazz was."

On to the picks. Be warned. The vending machine here in the office just spit out two packages of M&Ms for the price of one. So I'm feeling kinda lucky...

Game 1: Maryland (+10) over WEST VIRGINIA - The league's lone ranked team needs furious rally to beat Marshall (are they still coached by Matthew McConaughey?) 'Eers didn't do much to disprove cause for national Big East bashing the past two weeks. Need to cover here to save a little face.

Game 2: Arkansas (+2.5) over GEORGIA - Razorbacks kickoff returner needed emergency surgery after suffering a perforated colon. Just typing that made me shudder. Apparently, it was caused by the ball after a big initial hit into the player's abdomen. At least the ball didn't cause the damage the hard way (think the Seinfeld episode with Fusilli Jerry and the proctologist known as the Assman). Tough visuals. Let's just move on...

Game 3: Connecticut (-6) over TEMPLE - Owls were robbed of a victory in 2007 at UConn, then saw the Huskies escape in a monsoon the next season. Al Golden says it's ancient history. Sort of like how Cubs fans have moved on from the Bartman incident.

Game 4: Nebraska (-3) over WASHINGTON - Not buying the Jake Locker/Heisman talk.

Game 5: OREGON STATE (-19.5) over Louisville - James and Jacquizz Rodgers are the difference. Think James is angry his parents didn't give him a cool name, too?

Game 6: AUBURN (+7) over Clemson

Game 7: Texas (-3) over TEXAS TECH - Texas Tech running back Baron Batch (not a stage name. I checked) writes a weekly column for the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. This week, he gave fans 10 rules for proper trash talking. They include:

3. Don't use a barrage of obscenities — it shows lack of intelligence.
Are you listening, every football coach in America?

4. Trash talk is part of college football so have fun with it.
It's true. Back in the 1870s, Walter Camp wrote trash-talking into his original rules for American football.

6. Be annoying but not an idiot.
Unless you're a born idiot

8. Don't throw things (unless it's hundred dollar bills — OK, I'm joking).
Save those for the strip club after the game

10. Be confident when you talk trash or it makes you look sheepish and cowardly.
So speak up, nerds!
Game 8: Notre Dame (+3) over MICHIGAN STATE - This week, Joe Montana goes to a preschool to debunk the myths of Santa Claus and Dora the Explorer. So Rudy wasn't completely factual. No kidding. Hey Joe, they occasionally take a few liberties in the movies. Ever see Miracle, the story of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team? Like a bunch of college kids could really beat the Soviets. Only in Hollywood!

Game 9: ARIZONA (+1.5) over Iowa - The Wildcats get me pumped up for big things every year, only to letdown. Not this time.

Game 10: Houston (-3) over UCLA - Two constants in college football. 1) Houston running up scores and stats in a blatant attempt to steal a Heisman for an undeserving quarterback; and 2) UCLA will be stunningly mediocre and nondescript.

Game 11: SYRACUSE (-22) over Maine - Not sure if I'm more surprised that Vegas actually has a line for this game, or that's it's just 22 points. (I didn't have to make that spread up, like I usually do for I-AA games).

Game 12: YALE (-10) over Georgetown - Another season of Eli football gets underway at the Yale Bowl. Can you feel the static?

Last week's 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

And the updated standings
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

17 Comments:

Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Game 1: Maryland (+10) over WEST VIRGINIA
Game 2: Arkansas (+2.5) over GEORGIA
Game 3: Connecticut (-6) over TEMPLE
Game 4: Nebraska (-3) over WASHINGTON
Game 5: OREGON STATE (-19.5) over Louisville
Game 6: AUBURN (+7) over Clemson
Game 7: Texas (-3) over TEXAS TECH
Game 8: Notre Dame (+3) over MICHIGAN STATE
Game 9: ARIZONA (+1.5) over Iowa -
Game 10: Houston (-3) over UCLA -
Game 11: SYRACUSE (-22) over Maine
Game 12: Yale (-10) over GEORGETOWN

September 16, 2010 1:48 PM 
Anonymous Ian said...

Game 1: Maryland
Game 2: Arkansas
Game 3: Connecticut
Game 4: Nebraska
Game 5: Louisville
Game 6: AUBURN
Game 7: Texas
Game 8: Notre Dame
Game 9: ARIZONA
Game 10:UCLA -
Game 11: SYRACUSE
Game 12: GEORGETOWN

September 16, 2010 1:59 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete's picks:

Game 1: WEST VIRGINIA
Game 2: GEORGIA
Game 3: Connecticut
Game 4: Nebraska
Game 5: OREGON STATE
Game 6: AUBURN
Game 7: Texas
Game 8: MICHIGAN STATE
Game 9: Iowa
Game 10: UCLA
Game 11: SYRACUSE
Game 12: Yale

September 16, 2010 2:31 PM 
Anonymous Gabe said...

Game 1: WEST VIRGINIA
Game 2: GEORGIA
Game 3: Connecticut
Game 4: Nebraska
Game 5: OREGON STATE
Game 6: AUBURN
Game 7: Texas
Game 8: Notre Dame
Game 9: Iowa
Game 10: Houston
Game 11: SYRACUSE
Game 12: Yale

September 16, 2010 9:05 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Game 1: WEST VIRGINIA
Game 2: Arkansas
Game 3: TEMPLE
Game 4: WASHINGTON
Game 5: Louisville
Game 6: AUBURN
Game 7: Texas
Game 8: Notre Dame
Game 9: Iowa -
Game 10: UCLA -
Game 11: SYRACUSE
Game 12: Yale

B-Stew

September 16, 2010 9:08 PM 
Blogger governorphalen said...

Is our loss against UB? I figure we've played them so many times and they actually used to be good at one point.

Picks-
MD
Georgia
UConn
Nebraska
OSU
Clemson
Texas Tech
MSU
Arizona
Houston
Syracuse
Yale

September 16, 2010 10:05 PM 
Anonymous Vinny from East Haven said...

Vinny says:
1. West Virginia
2. Georgia
3. Temple (of course)
4. Nebraska
5. Oregon State
6. Clemson
7. Texas
8. Michigan State
9. Iowa
10. UCLA
11. Syracuse
12. Yale

September 16, 2010 10:05 PM 
Blogger Gary said...

Didn't UConn lose to Akron in '02 during Memorial Stadium's last season? That's my best guess without looking it up.

On to the picks.

Game 1: West Virginia (-10)
Game 2: Arkansas (+2.5)
Game 3: Temple (+6)
Game 4: Nebraska (-3)
Game 5: Louisville (+19.5)
Game 6: Auburn (+7)
Game 7: Texas (-3)
Game 8: Michigan State (-3)
Game 9: Iowa (-1.5)
Game 10: Houston (-3)
Game 11: Syracuse (-22)
Game 12: Georgetown (+10)

September 17, 2010 7:09 AM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

One mistake. Yale is at home this week, not on the road. Don't think that changes much since just about everyone is picking Yale. Ian and Gary, if you're reading, make your changes now, if so inclined.

Also, the answer to a question I left hanging in the blog...Ball State beat UConn in OT in 2002, the Huskies lone loss to the MAC.

September 17, 2010 7:39 AM 
Blogger Gary said...

Ah, Ball State, I was at that game, not sure why I thought Akron, I think UConn beat Akron in the final game ever at Memorial Stadium, and that may have been why I was confused. I believe Matt Nuzie played a prominent role in the Ball State loss.

Oh and I'll keep my Georgetown pick because I know if I change it, Georgetown will cover and then I'll be angry at myself, this way, if Yale covers, I can be angry at you Chip!

September 17, 2010 9:08 AM 
Anonymous sammy said...

Game 1: Maryland
Game 2: Arkansas
Game 3: Connecticut
Game 4: WASHINGTON
Game 5: Louisville
Game 6: Clemson
Game 7: Texas
Game 8: Notre Dame
Game 9: Iowa -
Game 10: Houston
Game 11: SYRACUSE
Game 12: Yale

September 17, 2010 9:20 AM 
Anonymous rollo v. said...

Game 1: WEST VIRGINIA
Game 2: GEORGIA
Game 3: TEMPLE
Game 4: WASHINGTON
Game 5: Louisville
Game 6: Clemson
Game 7: TEXAS TECH
Game 8: MICHIGAN STATE
Game 9: Iowa -
Game 10: UCLA -
Game 11: Maine
Game 12: GEORGETOWN

September 17, 2010 2:49 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Game 1: WEST VIRGINIA
Game 2: Arkansas
Game 3: Connecticut
Game 4: Nebraska
Game 5: OREGON STATE
Game 6: AUBURN
Game 7: TEXAS TECH
Game 8: MICHIGAN STATE
Game 9: Iowa -
Game 10: UCLA -
Game 11: SYRACUSE
Game 12: Yale

Caleb mandrake

September 17, 2010 3:20 PM 
Anonymous walt said...

Game 1: WEST VIRGINIA
Game 2: Arkansas
Game 3: Connecticut
Game 4: WASHINGTON
Game 5: OREGON STATE
Game 6: AUBURN
Game 7: Texas
Game 8: Notre Dame
Game 9: ARIZONA
Game 10: UCLA -
Game 11: SYRACUSE
Game 12: Yale

September 17, 2010 7:12 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

results
1. Ian 9-2-1
Gary 9-2-1
3. B-Stew 8-3-1
4. Walt 7-4-1
5. Chip 6-5-1
Pete 6-5-1
Vinny 6-5-1
Caleb 6-5-1
9. Gabe 5-6-1
Rollo 5-6-1
11. Sammy 4-7-1
12. GovPhalen 3-8-1

September 19, 2010 1:12 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

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September 19, 2010 1:16 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

1. Ian 21-11-2
2. Chip 20-12-2
Gary 20-12-2
4. Gabe 19-13-2
Pete 19-13-2
6. sammy 17-15-2
B-Stew 17-15-2
8. Vinny from East Haven 16-16-2
Caleb Mandrake 16-16-2
10. GovernorPhalen 15-17-2
11. Uconnbob 12-9-1
12. Walt 7-4-1
13. Rollo V. 5-6-1
14. seanO 4-6-1
15. BostonDan 3-7-1

September 19, 2010 1:18 PM 

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