Conference battles thrive on emotion

Nov 13, 2007 5:14 AM
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Since the "Boob of the Week" is so easy, I will give my thoughts on it first.

It was the last home game ever to be played by the Hurricanes at the storied Orange Bowl in front of a sold out crowd. Randy Shannon’s Canes were never in the game, getting crushed 48-0 by Virginia. The sold out Orange Bowl crowd, who had been in a frenzy at kickoff time, were booing loud before departing for the last time. What a sorry effort by Shannon and a team with no heart.

There have been many ups and downs in college football. How did UNLV ever beat Utah 27-0? Since then, the Utes have gone 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS. Illinois loses to Michigan at home 27-17, beats Wisconsin (a team that beat Michigan ) and then defeats Ohio State, which hammered Wisconsin!

The Big Ten is great football and all about emotion. Maybe the Canes could get a little hint. The Pac-10 is very similar. How does UCLA lose to Notre Dame at home, then the very next week beats California. The Oregon Ducks would love to play that game with California again after losing to the Bears 31-24.

A Big Red update: Another win last week, this one over Canton 44-29. Now it is on to the biggest high school game in Ohio this Saturday against state powerhouse Youngstown Cardinal Mooney. Two great teams with great coaches. The winner will most likely win the state championship. The game will be played at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium. I can’t wait to get a tape of the game from someone back in Steubenville.

Colleges

Thursday, Nov. 15

Oregon -12 at Arizona: No. 2 Oregon looks to win out and have a shot at the BCS title game with UCLA and Oregon St next up. Arizona has been a great dog at home and will play big. Take the points. ARIZONA.

Saturday, Nov. 17

Penn St -2½ at Mich St: The Nittany Lions are looking to end the season with three straight wins to finish 9-3 and gain a good Bowl bid. They catch Michigan State in a good spot. The Spartans are 0-6 ATS the last six times after playing Purdue. PENN ST.

W.Virginia -7 at Cincy: The final road game for WVU and last big hurdle in its quest for a 11-1 season. The Mounties could be entering a hornets nest. Cincy could end 10-2 with win here and in their final game at Syracuse. The Bearcats defeated South Florida, the only team to beat WVU. Cincy looking for revenge from last year. CINCY.

Tulsa -14 at Army: The Golden Hurricane has been scoring in globs the last two games. A win here and against Rice will secure a 9-3 season. The Cadets are banged up and have averaged 8.6 points in their last three games. TULSA.

BYU -11 at Wyoming: The Cowboys must have been in Vegas last weekend for the rodeo, getting lassoed by Utah 50-0. BYU has been on a roll and had whipped Wyoming last year 55-7. BYU.

SD St +11 at Air Force: The Falcons have won and covered six straight. AF is playing great, headed to a 10-2 season and a Bowl game. AIR FORCE.

Iowa St +26 at Kansas: Much improved Cyclones are 2-1 SU and 3-0 ATS the last three games, including wins over Kansas St and Colorado. The problem is facing Kansas, which has won and covered all their games. The Jayhawks have the big game with Missouri next week, but I don’t see them looking ahead. KANSAS.

Idaho +34 at Boise St: The Broncos are firing on all cylinders and fresh off 52-0 blanking of Utah St. More of the same on the blue carpet. BOISE ST.

LSU -17½ at Miss: The Tigers storm into town with their No. 1 ranking to face the Rebels. I don’t believe LSU will be looking ahead to Arkansas. Ole Miss lost to LSU in overtime last year 23-20. You won’t see the Tigers overlooking the Rebs. LSU.

Miami FL +17 at Va Tech: Big shot for VT to pull of the Florida sweep with a win here against the "Boob of the Week." I just find it hard to believe that a program like Miami would get blown out in back to back weeks. Nebraska showed some pride last week. Maybe the Hurricanes can. MIAMI.

N’western +13 at Illinois: Big letdown here as the Fighting Illini were partying all week long after their biggest win in school history over No. 1 Ohio State in Columbus. N’WESTERN.

NFL

Sunday, Nov. 18

Chargers +1 at Jaguars: Since I am red hot in the NFL I will stretch it and make several picks starting with the Jags. After watching the Chargers get the lucky win last week I am convinced they are not a real good team. Jags tough at home. JAGS.

Chiefs +14½ at Colts: KC has no offense and faces an angry Indy team on the road. Looks like blowout time. COLTS.

Browns -2½ at Ravens (43½): Ravens just can’t score. Total looks very high, but the Browns have scored at will. Every Cleveland game this season has exceeded the posted total. OVER.