Saturday, October 15, 2011

Week 6 Preview

ACC:  #19 Virginia Tech @ Wake Forest
Virginia Tech is coming off a very emotional win against rival Miami, and when i say emotional I mean for every person who calls them self a Hokie. Logan Thomas finally showed us what he has to off. 23-25 for 310 yards. The question is can we expect this more often from Thomas? Wake Forest’s defense presents a challenge as they forced 5 turnovers last week in their 35-30 win over Florida State. The key to this game is which running back can be more successful. David Wilson looks like the better back, but Virginia Tech remembers Wake Forest’s Josh Harris all to well. Last year, as a freshman, Harris put up 241 yards on 20 carries and had 2 scores. Virginia Tech has some key injuries on their D-line. Harris is questionable for Saturday’s matchup. But if he does play, look for another shoot-out in which the Hokies come out on top 41-31.

Big 12: #20 Baylor @ #21 Texas A&M
The over under on this game is 75. If you like shootouts, this is the game to watch this weekend. Robert Griffen and the high powered Baylor, offense are coming a loss to Kansas State. They will go up against Ryan Tanehill and The Aggies. Defensively, The Aggies are last in the country in yards allowed through the air. Unfortunately for them, the only thing baylor does is throw the football. I know Cyrus Gray is a fantastic back, Tanehill is a solid QB, Jeff Fuller is a terrific wideout, and A&M is at home, but I still think RG3 and Baylor will roll. 45-23.

Big 10: #11 Michigan @ #23 Michigan State:
This game might as well be called the Legends division championship game. I know its early in the season, but whoever gets this one today has a huge edge in the division. Michigan travels to East Lancing for this Big 10 showdown. Michigan possesses the 7th best rushing offense in the country spearheaded by Denard Robinson. The wolverines averages 257 yards per game on the ground. But, today they will face The tough Spartan defense that only allows 10.2 points per game which ranks 3rd best in the country. Teams are averaging 64 yards per game against MSU. Something has to give. I think Michigan State has a huge advantage in this game. If the Spartans can make Denard Robinson uncomfortable, he will make mistakes. He has struggled to settle in when it comes to passing and as a result of this he has thrown 9 interceptions. Michigan State has a running attack of their own, the two-headed monster in Le’veon Bell and Edwin Baker. Kirk Cousins has struggled at times, but I think he will be able to get the Spartans past the Wolverines 31-21.

PAC 12: #19 Arizona State @ #9 Oregon
Gameday is in Eugene this week for a very interesting match up. The Oregon Ducks are without LaMichael James. They face a defense that has a lot of swagger and at the center of it is #7 Vontaze Burfict. The Junior linebacker has 29 tackles, 4 sacks, and 1 interception this season. Unfortunately for the defense they have to go up against the most dynamic offense in the country with Oregon. Darron Thomas and Kenjon Barner will be handling the ball carrying duties. The key in this game will be DeAnthony Thomas. The freshmen has the ability to line up in the backfield or in the slot. He leads the team in receiving with 4 touchdowns. On offense for ASU Brock Osweiler has been very solid this year. 1750 yards, 14 touchdown with 6 interceptions. Oregon’s defense is not as solid as it was last year. Once again, we will see some points in this game. i like the Ducks in a tight one. 35-32.

SEC: Florida @ #24 Auburn
A third straight loss for Florida would be heartbreaking. This week they travel to Jordan Aire Stadium to face the surprise Auburn team. If Auburn can win this game they will be in very good position in their division. Michael Dyer and Ontario McCalebb will be the keys to this game. If they can break off solid runs against this tough Gator defense, things will open up for Barret Trotter. I like Auburn 24-21.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Picks Week 5

#16 South Florida @ Pittsburgh             USF:Connor/NW/TB/Josh           Pitt:

#14 Texas A&M @ #18 Arkansas      TAMU:NW/TB/JN            Ark:Connor

Mississippi State @ Georgia        MSU:          UGA:Connor/NW/TB/JN

Air Force @ Navy        AFA:TB/JN         NA:Connor/NW

Nevada @ #4 Boise State       Nev:       BSU:Connor/NW/TB/JN

Auburn @ #10 South Carolina     AU:            USC:Connor/NW/TB/JN

#15 Baylor @ Kansas State        Bay:Connor/NW/TB/JN        KSU:

Arizona @ USC              AZ:           USC:Connor/TB/NW/JN

Michigan State @ Ohio State       MSU:Connor/TB/JN         OSU:NW

#13 Clemson @ #11 Virginia Tech         Clem:       VT:Connor/TB/NW/JN

#17 Texas @ Iowa State           UT:Connor/NW/TB       ISU:JN

Washington @ Utah        Wash:JN         Utah:Connor/TB/NW

#3 Alabama @ #12 Florida      Bama:Connor/TB/NW/JN           Fla:

#8 Nebraska @ #7 Wisconsin       Neb:          Wisc:Connor/TB/NW/JN

North Carolina @ East Carolina        UNC:Connor/TB/NW/JN           ECU:

Notre Dame @ Purdue       ND:Connor/TB/NW/JN       PU:

UCLA @ #6 Stanford         UCLA:       Stan:Connor/TB/NW/JN

Oregon State @ #25 Arizona State        OSU:           ASUConnor/TB/NW/JN

Detroit @ Dallas      DT:Connor/TB/JN        DA:NW

New England @ Oakland      NE:Connor/TB/NW/JN     Oak:

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Picks week 4

NC State @ Cincinnati                         NCSU:            Cinci:NW/AR/TB/JN/CJ
San Diego State @ #22 Michigan         SDSU:JN             Mich:NW/AR/TB/CJ
UNC @ #25 Georgia Tech             UNC: AR        GT:NW/TB/JN/CJ
Notre Dame @ Pittsburgh        ND:NW/TB/JN/CJ       Pitt: AR
Georgia @ Ole Miss          UGA:AR/TB/JN/CJ      Miss:NW
#14 Arkansas @ #3 Alabama       Ark:      Bama:NW/AR/TB/JN/CJ
#7 Oklahoma State @ #8 Texas A&M      OK ST:AR/JN           A&M:NW/TB/CJ
#11 Florida State @ #21 Clemson         FSU:NW/AR/TB/JN       Clem:CJ
Colorado @ Ohio State         CU:TB     OSU:NW/AR/JN/CJ
UCLA @ Oregon State        UCLA:TB/JN/CJ       OSU:NW/AR
California @ Washington     Cal:AR/TB/JN/CJ      Wash:NW
Vanderbilt @ #12 South Carolina           Vandy:        USC:NW/AR/TB/JN/CJ
#15 Florida @ Kentucky          Fla:NW/AR/TB/JN/CJ        UK:
Missouri @ #1 Oklahoma      Miss:       Okla:NW/AR/TB/JN/CJ
#10 Oregon @ Arizona       Ore:NW/AR/TB/JN/CJ      Zona:
#23 Southern Cal @ Arizona State       USC:AR        ASU:NW/TB/JN/CJ
#2 LSU @ #16 West Virginia         LSU:NW/AR/TB/JN         WVU:CJ
New England @ Buffalo       NE:NW/AR/TB/JN/CJ       Bills:
Green Bay @ Chicago     GB: AR/TB/JN     Chi:NW/CJ
Washington @ Dallas       Wash:NW/TB/JN/CJ    Dal:AR

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Picks week 3

#3 LSU @ #25 Mississippi State            LSU:NW/CJ/JN/TB            MSU:AR/RK

#4 Boise State @ Toledo                BSU:NW/CJ/JN/TB /AR/RK          TU:

Connecticut @ Iowa State       UConn:NWAR           ISU:CJ/JN/TB/RK

#18 West Virginia @ Maryland        WVU: CJ/TB/RK            Mary:NW/JN/AR

#21 Auburn @ Clemson            AU:NW/CJ/JN/TB/AR/RK        Clem:

Pittsburgh @ Iowa     Pitt:TB               Iowa:NW/CJ/JN/AR/RK

Kansas @ Georgia Tech          KU:       GT:NW/CJ/JN/TB/AR/RK

Washington @ #10 Nebraska       Wash:       Neb:NW/CJ/JN/TB/AR/RK

#15 Michigan State @ Notre Dame         MSU:NW/JN/AR/RK       ND:CJ/TB

Tennessee @ #16 Florida            Tenn:AR/RK           Fla:NW/CJ/JN/TB

#23 Texas @ UCLA           UT:NW/CJ/JN/TB/RK         UCLA:AR

Virginia @ UNC            VA:RK         UNC:NW/CJ/JN/TB/AR

Navy @ #10 South Carolina        NA:           USC:NW/CJ/JN/TB/AR/RK

#17 Ohio State @ Miami          OSU:NW/AR         U:CJ/JN/TB/RK

Syracuse @ USC        Cuse:TB/AR        USC:NW/CJ/JN/RK

Utah @ BYU        Utah:JN/TB/AR/RK         BYU:CJ

#6 Standford @ Arizona         Stan:CJ/JN/TB/RK       Zona:AR

#1 Oklahoma @ #5 Florida State        Okla:CJ/AR/RK           FSU:JN/TB

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Week 2 Results

Week 2 was much better then week one, but a majority of the games were easier. Things will start to pick up this week.

Nash Wiley: This week (18-2) Overall (24-6)
Andrew Reed: This week (17-3) Overall (24-6)
Josh Neighbors: This week (14-6) Overall (20-10)
Taylor Bostic: This week (15-5) Overall (20-10)
Connor Jones: This week (15-5) Overall (19-11)
Ranny Kennon: This week (13-7) Overall (17-13)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Picks Week 2

Hopefully this week will be better...... 20 games, and a lot of them are gimme's I think. Come on guys

Arizona @ #9 Oklahoma State             AU:                     OKST:NW/AR/TB/JN/CJ/RK

Oregon State @ #8 Wisconsin              O ST:                Wisc:NW/AR/TB/JN/CJ/RK

Iowa State @ Iowa                        ISU:               Iowa:NW/AR/TB/CJ/RK

#16 Mississippi State @ Auburn              MSU:AR/TB/JN               AU Tigers: NW/CJ/RK

Rutgers @ UNC                   Rut:                UNC:NW/AR/TB/JN/CJ

#3 Alabama @ #23 Penn State            Bama: NW/AR/TB/CJ           PSU:RK/JN

#6 Stanford @ Duke                  Stan:   NW/AR/TB/JN/CJ/RK               Duke:

#11 Virginia Tech @ ECU            VT:   NW/AR/TB/JN/CJ/RK              ECU:

#25 TCU @ Air Force              TCU: NW/AR/TB/CJ/RK               AFA:JN

California @ Colorado           Cal: AR/TB/JN/CJ/RK                   CU:NW

NC State @ Wake Forest          NCSU:TB/JN/CJ            Wake:NW/AR/RK

Cincinnati @ Tennessee            Cinci:TB/RK              Tenn:NW/AR/JN/CJ

#12 South Carolina vs Georgia          USC:NW/TB/JN              UGA:AR/CJ/RK

Fresno State @ #10 Nebraska           FSU:               Neb:NW/AR/TB/JN/CJ/RK

BYU @ #24 Texas                  BYU:                  UT:NW/AR/TB/JN/CJ/RK

Virginia @ Indiana            UVA:NW/AR/TB/JN/CJ/RK             IU:

Utah @ USC            Utah:TB/RK                  USC:NW/AR/JN/CJ

UConn @ Vanderbilt          Conn:TB/JN/CJ/RK          Vandy:NW/AR

Notre Dame @ Michigan         ND:RK        Mich:NW/AR/TB/JN/CJ

Nevada @ #13 Oregon         Nev:           Ducks:NW/AR/TB/JN/CJ/RK

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Results Week 1

Week one of picks is over and our guys left a lot to be desired. We only did 10 picks, and our winner is currently sitting at (7-3).

Andrew Reed (7-3)

Nash Wiley (6-4)

Josh Neighbors (6-4)

Taylor Bostic (5-5)

Ranny Kennon (4-6)

Connor Jones (4-6)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Picks Week 1 2011

Picks are back, a little late. But, they are back. Here we go!

UNLV at Wisconsin: UNLV:           Wisconsin:NW/Josh/Connor/AR/ Taylor
TCU at Baylor: TCU:NW/Josh/Connor/AR/Taylor         Baylor:
Northwestern at Boston College: Northwestern: NW/Josh        Boston College:Connor/AR
South Florida at Notre Dame:  South Florida:          Notre Dame:NW/Josh/Connor/AR/Taylor
Minnesota at USC:     Minnesota:         USC: NW/Josh/Connor/AR/Taylor
BYU at Ole Miss:       BYU:Josh/Connor/AR Ole Miss:NW/Taylor
Oregon vs LSU:        Oregon:Josh/Connor      LSU:NW/AR/Taylor
Boise State vs Georgia:    Boise State:NW/AR/Taylor     Georgia:Josh/Connor
Marshall at West Virginia:  Marshall:         WVU:NW/Josh/Connor/AR/Taylor
Miami at Maryland:      Miami:NW/Taylor          Maryland:Josh/Connor/AR

Saturday Scare

College football is back. That means a brand new season of picks, analysis, and the weekly saturday scare. My upset watch. This college football season we will also have a weekly radio show on blogger Search sports spin on the bar at the top. Its time to get started.
The year's first saturday scare comes from the primetime game this week. #3 Oregon vs #4 LSU. Things look really bad for Les Miles and the Tigers. Jordan Jefferson is not exactly what you would call an offensive monster, but at the same time he is a senior leader. Jarret Lee will take Jefferson's place. Lee is a 5th year senior, and I think is a better option for LSU against Oregon. The Tiger's #1 concern has to be the loss of wide out Russell Shepperd. The explosiveness at receiver and on special teams. You look at this match up now, and it appears LSU does not have a chance. But, since when was winning games with offense been the way things have been done at LSU? This is a loaded veteran defense, especially at linebacker. They start 2 seniors as the MIKE and SAM. This defense has the potential to really slow down the Ducks high powered offense. As we saw last year, the Ducks struggle when they are held to a low number of point. Spencer Ware at running back has the potential to have a huge game. This Ducks D has a lot of holes. LSU will have to make the most of every opportunity they get, because no matter what defense goes up against Oregon, it only becomes a matter of time before the points start raining from the Ducks.-Josh Neighbors

Sunday, August 14, 2011

NFC West Predictions

The NFC West had one team in the playoffs last year, the 7-9 Seahawks. Once again this division is up for grabs. Here are our predictions for the truley wild west.
Josh Neighbors 4th: Seattle Seahawks: Pete Carrol’s crew has taken multiple steps back this off-season. They have lost Matt Hassleback and have signed Tavaris Jackson. This offense is better suited running the option with Lynch at tailback. Jackson struggled majorly against The Chargers the other night. They added Sydeny Rice at a very expensive price. He is a good vertical threat, but this young offensive line will not give Jackson enough time or him to effectively throw the longball.  Aaron Curry must grow into the defensive leader after the loss of Lofa Tutupu. This team has some serious work to be done.
Connor Jones 4th, Seattle Seahawks: Where should I begin? Seattle made multiple head scratching moves during this years free-agency period. It started with the signing of Tavaris Jackson. Personally, I have seen enough of this guy and I do not believe he can be a starting quarterback in the NFL. Now I could be wrong, this division is up for grabs and could go anyone teams way. The second surprising move was the signing of Sydney Rice, Rice is a good receiver but he was WAY overpaid but Seattle. Five years and 43 million dollars!!?? Oh yea, also they lost the best thing that has ever happened to their franchise in Matt Hasslebeck.
Josh Neighbors 3rd: San Fransisco 49ers: Last year was supposed to be the year. And I do think the 49ers could easily win this division when I look at the talent on the roster. But, Alex Smith has not showed me enough. Coach Harbaugh travels 45 minutes from Palo Alto to San Fransisco to take over the 49ers, so his comfort level could be boosted. But, anytime a coach comes from college and goes to a professional team it usually takes time for the team to find success. The receiving core has some very good personal, Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree, and new addition Braylin Edwards. The always steady Frank Gore is in the backfield. With San Fransisco’s quarterback situation, more pressure is placed on Frank Gore to succeed. This could be an issue with his ailing hip. On defense, well its Patrick Willis. The new acquisition of Carlos Rogers will help this secondary. This team has potential to win the division, but the QB position is their downfall.
Connor Jones 3rd, San Francisco 49ers: I believe 3rd place will go to the San Francisco 49ers. This would be a disapointing finish for a team that has a new head coach in Jim Harbaugh and is still sticking with Alex Smith at quarterback. They will rely on another big year from Frank Gore. Teams they face will consistently put eight guys in the box to force Alex Smith to throw the ball. Smith should have enough weapons on the outside to have an open man, they have Michael Crabtree, Josh Morgan and newly added Braylon Edwards. Patrick Willis is a great defensive leader who will have another big season. If Alex Smith has an average season leading this team they will win the division, I do not trust him to do it.
Josh Neighbors 2nd: St Louis Rams: Sam Bradford is on the right track in St. Louis. In his first two seasons Bradford has shown steady improvement, game by game. Let’s not forget that his #1 receiver Donnie Avery was out for the entire 2010-2011 season. Stephen Jackson is in the backfield once again for the Rams, which opens up the passing game nicely. Chris Long is developing into a good D lineman and had 8.5 sacks last season. This line also adds Robert Quinn from North Carolina. Seeing Quinn play several times, I can tell you he brings a lot to the table and has potential to be one of the most dominant D-lineman in the league. St. Louis has a tough schedule, but I think they will be able to weather the storm... Weather but not fully succeed. Games against Philly, at NYG, Baltimore, at Green Bay and Pittsburgh. Bradford is going to be a great quarterback, but this is not St. Louis’s year. Look for the to be around .500.
Connor Jones 2nd: St. Louis Rams: St. Louis was one road win at Seattle from making the playoffs last year and once again believe they can make them this year. St. Louis has young quarterback Sam Bradford who is developing into a top 8 quarterback in this league. They have top 5 power runner back in Stephen Jackson so they should be able to run and throw the football again this year. St. Louis should be about equal to what they were last year but with tough road games at the Giants, Green Bay, Dallas, Arizona and Pittsburgh St. Louis will have a 7-9 season.
Josh Neighbors 1st: Arizona Cardinals: Jones has done all of his predictions before me, and I think this is the first time we have agreed top to bottom. Now looking back on it, i can tell you the Giants will not win the NFC East. That prediction was made in June before they made all these moves. Mike Missanelli from ESPN radio Philly told me they were going to make a bunch of moves because Andy Reid’s job is on the line this year... I guess I should have listened to him. I am getting sidetracked though. The Arizona Cardinals will once again be in the playoffs. I have never been a Kevin Kolb fan, and I did not believe he would rise and become one of the elite QB’s in the NFL. But, in Arizona, under Ken Wizenhunt, he has a fresh start and talent all over the place.  At Tight end he has season veteran Tod Heap, and that is also good news for running back Beanie Wells. Heap is known as a great blocker on the end. Larry Fitzgerald is at wide out as usual. Kolb will make sure he takes full advantage of him on the outside. Early Doucet is the #2 receiver, he is 6,0 but he brings ridiculous speed. He is a very explosive target as well. On defense they have a solid player in each tier. Up front it is Darnell Docket. At line backers, its 13 year veteran Joey Porter. And in the secondary, it is rookie Patrick Peterson who I am incredibly high on. Look for him to be returning some kicks as well. Arizona has a very solid team this year.
Connor Jones 1st: Arizona Cardinals: Now, here are some true upgrades. Arizona has a starting quarterback in Kevin Kolb something they did not have all of last season. Someone who can get the ball to star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. They drafted corner back Patrick Peterson and with Adrian Wilson he should boost their secondary. Arizona also drafted running back Ryan Williams and along with Beanie Wells they should be able to run the ball as well as pass. The signing of veteran Todd Heap the pressure will be off Larry Fitzgerald and they will have another leader. With these brilliant signings, Arizona will be back in the playoffs.