Ohio braces for ‘war’ of the prep schools!

Oct 6, 2009 4:58 PM
Getting Rich with Saber by Richard Saber |

You asked for it and here it is. This is what movies are made of as the legendary Massillon Tigers roar into "Death Valley" and face the undefeated Steubenville Big Red, who are riding a 66 regular season win streak.

The last time these storied programs met was in 1978 at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium with Massillon winning 27-0. Paul Brown started his legendary career at Massillon before heading to Ohio State and then to the Cleveland Browns.

While at Massillon, Brown posted a 80-8-2 record that included a 35-game winning streak, and he won six straight Ohio high school football championships from 1935 through 1940.

Brown achieved his great success by implementing a system at Massillon based on techniques developed by Dr. John B. "Jock" Sutherland, head coach at the University of Pittsburgh. Brown installed his entire system in Massillon’s junior high schools so that players would already know his system when they reached high school.

And this is what has made the Big Red system great as head coach Reno Saccoccia uses the same system. Massillon has won 22 state championships and nine National titles. This one will be worth jumping on a jet and heading to Reno Saccoccia field to be among the 10,000 strong that will be on hand for the game.

Or you may be able to get it online as it will be shown live in Ohio. I will post the results here in next week’s column.

It is baseball playoff time and it really looks like anyone can win in the American League. The Yanks look best, but those Red Sox and Angels can be a pesky bunch. In the National League I don’t think so!

College football continued to amaze with some real good games and then there were some stinky ones, like UNLV doing a complete fold in the second half.

In the NFL the good teams seem to win every week and the bad ones stay bad but the Browns showed some spark and the Skins continue to be overrated. The Saints continued their roll with a big win over the Jets. Let’s see if we can get some winners.

Thursday, Oct. 8

Nebraska -1½ at Missouri: When I made this line I had Missouri a 2 point favorite so you know who my money will be on. Mizzu has hammered the Huskers the last two years and I don’t see anything changing as the Tigers stay undefeated. MISSOURI +1½

Boston College +13 at Virginia Tech: BC has played well at home but did not play well in their only road games this year losing at Clemson 25-7; on the other hand VT is a great home team and want very much to run the table. VIRGINIA TECH -13

Wisconsin +16 at Ohio State: This looks like a big number to lay but the Buckeye defense is just playing super and this will be the Badgers second straight tough road game, must string along with the "eyes" as they go for their fifth straight cover. OHIO STATE -16

Oregon -6 at UCLA: Ducks on major roll as they have won four straight covering the spread in their last three games, in that four game win streak they are averaging over 40 points a game. The Bruins do have some defense but have averaged only 19 points a game in their last three games. Oregon looks to have the superior fire power and will get the road win and cover. OREGON -6

Auburn -2 at Arkansas: I really like this game. The Tigers from Auburn have really been on a mission this year as they have now won five straight covering four. They only failed to cover the spread when they were -33 vs Ball State. They proved they could go into a hostile environment and get the win as they beat Tennessee last week. They are also looking for some big time revenge as they lost at home last year to the Razorbacks 25-22 as a -16 point favorite. AUBURN -2

Florida -11½ at LSU: This one will be the game of the week with big time BCS championship on the line. It will be no walk over for the Gators as LSU is one tough customer and this is a very hostile place to play, the noise will be overwhelming. Tigers get the cover and a possible win. LSU +11½


I do better with my quick picks in the NFL and here they are:

Panthers -3½

49ers -2½

Dolphins +1½

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