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Here’s the kicker,
there are none

Sep 21, 2004 9:12 AM

Aspiring field goal kickers, please contact your neighborhood university. Walk-ons will definitely be accepted at Wisconsin, Connecticut, Oregon, West Virginia and Auburn.

In the case of Auburn, a stupid personal foul penalty by LSU nullified a missed extra point. The second PAT attempt was barely in and Auburn held on for a 10-9 win over last year’s co-national champions.

Both UConn and Oregon wasted eight-minute drives with short FG miscues in winding up on the short end against Boston College and Oklahoma respectively.

West Virginia missed twice from short range on the same possession against Maryland that would have won the game in regulation time. Wisconsin missed an extra point early in the fourth quarter that would have tied the game at Arizona. Fortunately for the Badgers, they escaped with a two-point win, but well short of a cover.

And, we didn’t forget what happened two weeks ago with Florida State when block was added to "Wide Right and Left" against Miami.

Under the radar

Auburn gave Sylvester Croom a not too appreciated welcome to the Southeastern Conference with a lopsided 43-14 victory in Starkville. But, losing to Maine! Any more of those clunkers and Croom may soon meet his doom.

And how about sweetheart team Florida Atlantic? FAU behind famed program-builder Howard Schnellenberger has gone 3-0 the from Atlantic to Pacific. Last week’s victim was Middle Tennessee State. Maybe we can lure Howie to UNLV.

Scorecard

Sadly, no edge either way, which is just what the house wants. The underdogs held a scant 24-23 advantage with three games landing on the spread. As for the NFL, a late afternoon rally by the favorites (4-0-1) gave them an 8-6-1 margin heading to Monday night’s Minny-Philly clash.

It could have been 5-0-1 had Cincinnati not sat on its lead against Miami the entire game, which naturally set up the back door for the visiting Fins.

Now on to this week.

Vandy (+7) at Navy: Game opened 6½. Tough preparation week for Vandy, which blew a potential SEC win last week at Ole Miss. Navy comes off a nice 29-0 road win at Tulsa. Momentum continues. NAVY.

Louisville (-7½) at N. Carolina: Host Tar Heels came up with a stunning 34-13 upset win over enigmatic (aka: crazy) Georgia Tech. Louisville has no trouble scoring. No total yet but this should exceed 70. OVER.

Syracuse (-24) at Virginia: This jumped way up from opening 21. Orange has been terrible on the road recently, which is bad news heading to Charlottesville. Virginia is a steamroller. The public knows. VIRGINIA.