Watching all the NFL games on Sunday was really a chore! If there wasn’t a penalty, there was a review of a play. In fact, I think there were more reviews than penalties.
There may have even been more reviews than plays run. It almost got to the ridiculous state. Some of the Sunday NFL games may still be going on for all I know, because I just couldn’t take it anymore.
If you like college football, you just could not have asked for a more exciting game than USC/Notre Dame. Now, this was football at its best! It’s too bad both teams couldn’t come away a winner. In a huge game like this, you would think there would be replays on close calls. ND head coach Charlie Weis was for replays, but Southern Cal HC Pete Carroll said no. The rule is that both sides must agree and, as it turned out, Carroll looks to have made the correct decision.
But that’s last week. Let’s get to this week’s picks.
Thursday, Oct. 20
Va Tech -11 at Maryland: Both teams off a bye in what shapes up as a real battle. Until Virginia Tech beats a real good team, I will have to hold off on a No. 1, 2 or 3 ranking. This game will shine some light on how good VT really is. Maryland has played every game tough and waiting all year for a little revenge in this game after being crushed 55-6 last year at Tech. Look for an all out effort in a game that should be close all the way. MARYLAND.
Saturday, Oct. 22
Syracuse +13 at Pitt: What can I say about the not so orange crush? They just have no offense and now their defense has gone south. In their last two games, they scored 7 and 9 respectively against UConn and Rutgers. Their only win this year came against poor Buffalo. The Panthers burned me early in the year. Now they appear on the up tick as their offense is averaging almost 35 points in their last four games. Pitt looks to be heading toward a winning season after a horrible start. PITT.
Vandy +7Â½ at S.Carolina: After winning and covering their first four games, the "Dores" have gone backwards going 0-3 SU/ATS in their last three. If the Gamecocks aren’t looking ahead next week to Tennessee, they should be able to shut down Vandy and get the cover. S. CAROLINA.
Tenn +3Â½ at Alabama: At first look, I was willing to lay the points with the "Tide." It looked like Bama was looking a little ahead last week in a late desperate 13-10 win against Ole Miss. But, as I dug a little deeper, I just couldn’t buck the visitor trend (12-1 ATS) in this SEC game. TENNESSEE.
N. Mexico PK at S.Diego St.: I know it was early in the year, but the Lobos did win 45-35 as a 9-point dog at Missouri. Lobos played UTEP, TCU and BYU all tough and this game will be no different. UNLV even owns a win over SD State. If you are stuck going into this game, I think its get even time. NEW MEXICO.
Last week: 4-2
Now for Week 7
in the NFL
Sunday, Oct. 23
Packers +3 at Vikings: The over the hill Packers are coming off a bye — a stat that has been very good this season. With these old guys, the week off could have done GB a world of good. Pack still has a lot of try in them and Brett Favre never gives in. On the other hand, I have no respect for the Vikings especially after a listless effort last week in Chicago. PACKERS.
Ravens +1 at Bears (32): This should be a great game to watch if you don’t want to see many points on the board. Both defenses will show up here, but I can’t place much stock in Chicago’s win last week against the Vikes. Should be low scoring, which favors visitors. RAVENS.
Bills +6 at Raiders: The Buffalo offense has started to put it together and I can’t say the same for the Raider "O." Oakland has played five straight "unders" with Randy Moss playing in four of those. With or without their top receiver, this looks to be a must take. BILLS.
Last week: 1-1