Sunday, September 9, 2007

Prediction Outcomes, Week 2

West Virginia (-24.5) @ Marshall: West Virginia 48-23 I'm usually pretty leery of giving so many points to a backyard rival, but West Virginia can put points on the board. This is their D's chance to get off to a better start against a team that only scored 3 points last week.
West Virginia by 31 = Whoever is going to win the Big East between West Virginia, Rutgers, and Louisville is the team whose D can actually slow down the opposing offense. Right now, both all three of their D's need some work.

Miami (FL) (+10.5) @ Oklahoma: Oklahoma 51-13 Both these teams looked solid in their first games, so this should be a good matchup. Oklahoma gets the edge because they're at home and have a more proven coach.
Oklahoma by 13 = Or more. That's fine. The Sooners are looking great so far this season.

Alabama (-3.5) @ Vanderbilt: Alabama 24-10 Nick Saban may well turn things around at Alabama, but at some point they're going to lose and the Tide faithful will come crashing back to reality. Vandy is working their way up and got a taste for upsets last year at UGA. They'll come close, but Alabama will pull away at the end.
Alabama by 7 = Yup.

Duke (+17) @ Virginia: Virginia 24-13 We know Duke's bad, but Virginia is looking pretty shabby themselves. I dont' even know if they can put up 17 points, much less cover the spread.
Virginia wins, but Duke covers the spread = Yup.

Oregon (+8) @ Michigan: Oregon 53-14 This is the most intriguing matchup of the week. Oregon's Dennis Dixon is a mobile quarterback, and you can bet Mike Bellotti will be studying App State's victory. It could be a close game, but I'm betting that one way or another it'll be over by the end of the third quarter.
Michigan by 17 = Well, I was on the mark calling a blowout, but I went the wrong way with the pick. App State and Oregon have provided a blueprint for how to beat the Wolverines - could they finish the year under .500?

Boise State (-3) @ Washington: Washington 24-10 Definitely an intriguing matchup after Washington's win last week. Can the Huskies D stop the Broncos? They should be solid enough, but Boise State's D is good too - they'll hold Washington in check.
Boise State by 10 = I guess Washington's D can corral the Broncos. The Huskies are looking good, and I wouldn't put it past them to give an iffy Ohio State a run for their money next week.

TCU (+9) @ Texas: Texas 34-13 People have been looking at this one as an upset in the making for weeks now, butI'm not biting. (Look where it got me last week with Oklahoma State.) Yeah, the Longhorns running game has issues, so look for McCoy to just start slinging it.
Texas by 14 = Yup.

Kent State (+13) @ Kentucky: Kentucky 56-20 Last week was a good win for the Golden Flashes. But Iowa State with a new coach is a few steps below the Wildcats who are looking solid this year.
Kentucky wins, but Kent State covers the spread = Iowa State is apparently whole floors below the Wildcats, as they lose to a D1-AA team. Kentucky is looking solid though, and they might throw a scare into some SEC teams.

Colorado (+15) @ Arizona State: Arizona State 33-14 Arizona State is looking solid, but I'm still not sold on them. At least not for 15 points.
Arizona State wins, but Colorado covers the spread = Nice comback by the Sun Devils who looked sluggish at first. The Big 12 North is looking awfully shaky... as usual.

South Carolina (+5) @ Georgia: South Carolina 16-12 Georgia was looking good last week, South Carolina not so much. Any chance the Dawgs get to beat up on Spurrier they'll take.
Georgia by 17 = Ah, jeez. Georgia, you're just too moody. You've always been. I never know what I'm gonna get with you.

South Florida (+7) @ Auburn: South Florida 26-23 Another upset people have been talking about. I can't simply dismiss this one though - the Bulls gets the nod on offense, and though the Tigers D should hold them back a bit, I don't know if their own offense can keep them in it.
South Florida by 10 = Auburn was lucky they even got to OT, with all the sloppy turnovers they had. The Bulls hung in there with their kicking troubles though and got a great win in a tough road game. Another notch in the Big East's belt.

Virginia Tech (+13) @ LSU: LSU 48-7 The Hokies had a bit of a rough time with ECU, though understandably so. They're gonna be really pumped to play this one. But LSU's D is just too ferocious, especially at home.
LSU by 17 = Not to take anything away from the Tigers, who looked every bit their #2 ranking, but I have a feeling Virginia Tech is going to struggle this year. They're lucky they're in the ACC.

Almost the same as last week.
Straight wins I was 9-12 again for 75%
Against the Spread I was 7-12 for 58.33%
Season Totals: Straight Wins 18 for 24 (75%), Against the Spread 15 for 24 (62.5%)

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