‘Jesus’ fallingfrom TD to FG

September 18, 2007 5:43 AM
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Let’s not belabor the point about how dismal the Irish are. Just consider God’s gift to the winless and wiseguy betters has Michigan State, Purdue and UCLA in the next three weeks.

Will 0-3 become 0-6? If so, the next two opponents are Boston College and USC. Yes, both are in South Bend. So what? Touchdown Jesus has been reduced to a field goal at best.

Last week we saw devastating performances from USC, Florida, Oklahoma and LSU. We also saw teams with promise like Kentucky and Cincinnati live up to fan expectations. And then there were the shockers, like Troy stunning Oklahoma State by 18 as a 10-point home dog and 15½-point home dog Utah whipping UCLA by 37!

To me, the most impressive spread cover was LSU. The Tigers had every reason to call in the score against Middle Tennessee State after pounding Virginia Tech the previous week at Baton Rouge 48-7 in the long-awaited matchup of elite schools. Instead, LSU blanks an MTSU team that scored 42 at Louisville. The final: LSU 44-0 as a 40½-point favorite.

Our scoreboard had favorites and dogs at a basic standoff. My count was 25-24-1 ATS for the faves, giving them a +17 edge through three weeks.

The less said about our results, the better. But, we did chop off two from the deficit.

Thursday, Sept. 20

Texas A&M +3 at Miami: The U managed to avoid another riot with Fla International last week and fell way short (23-9) of covering a 33½ point spread. A&M shouldn’t have to worry about the anemic Canes offense. A&M.

Saturday, Sept. 22

Penn State -3 at Michigan: Wolverine fans probably think all is well after humiliating Notre Dame. Well, do that to Joe Pa! The Nittany Lions have a QB, a defense and the memory of eight straight losses to Big Blue since 1997. PENN ST.

Georgia +3½ at Bama: Second straight home game for the Tide off emotional win vs Arkansas. Dawgs can smell a low Tide. GEORGIA.

Mich St +13½ at Notre Dame: Here’s the gut-check on Spartans. No sympathy here, expecially from Irish fans. But this spread is way out of whack. NOTRE DAME.

Washington +6 at UCLA: The Huskies led Ohio State at halftime, then went in the tank. The Bruins just tanked it period against a Utah team they should have killed. Beware of an angry Bruin. UCLA.

Arizona +16½ at Cal: The Golden Bears gain some BCS style points here. CAL.

Utah -8½ at UNLV: The Utes will enjoy their reward for stunning UCLA — a trip to Sin City against a pathetic offense. Not even Sanford could help UNLV by stealing a few plays from his old team. UTAH.

Ball St +21½ at Nebraska: The Huskers will need more than a week to get over the USC blowout loss in their own yard. Ball State comes off a nice 3-point upset of Navy. BALL ST.

Miami, O +14 at Colorado: The Buffaloes can’t score, so how can they possibly cover the 14. Miami should be able to hang around the whole game. MIAMI, O.

Arkansas St +18½ at Tenn: We had this one circled two weeks ago and love it even more now considering last week’s events. State will look like Arkansas by the time the reeling Vols realize what hit them. ARKANSAS ST.

SMU +20 at TCU: The Frogs take out their frustration on some wild Mustangs. TCU.