NFL Week Three in Review

09/29/2009 § Leave a comment

Week Three played out like a mirror image of Week Two, with 10 of this weekend’s 16 games decided by multiple-possession margins, and six by at least 20 points.  Cleveland got thrashed at Baltimore, losing 34-3 and switching QBs at halftime.

Continuing with the bizarro-week theme, Drew Brees threw no touchdown passes this week after throwing nine in his first two outings, and Adrian Peterson only managed 85 yards against the 49ers, knocking 17 yards off his per-game average.

Oh yeah, and Detroit won.  A football game.  Really.

Unfortunately, the Freaky Weekend craziness didn’t trickle down, and our bottom of the barrel quarterbacking trio of Russell, Delhomme, and Stafford added 2 TDs and 4 INTs to their collective resume, putting them at 5 TDs and 16 INTs through three games.

The Cleveland Browns have given up a league-high 95 points while scoring just 29 (#31).  The Saints have scored 120 points while the Broncos have given up just 16. « Read the rest of this entry »

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The Preseason Poll – Put it Out of its Misery

09/28/2009 § Leave a comment

Week four of the 2009 college football season just wrapped up, and even though it’s been a little crazy, there are still 17 undefeated FBS teams.  Of those 17, just 7 appeared in the preseason edition of the USA Today/Coaches’ Poll Top 25, the one that actually counts for something.  Even now, there are still 5 undefeated teams who somehow aren’t good enough to appear in the top 25, simply because they weren’t there to begin with.

Florida and Texas opened the season at #1 and #2, respectively.  They are still there, and they’re the only two teams with first-place votes in the current coaches’ poll.  In 8 games between them, they’ve beaten three teams from BCS conferences (two of those by just 10 points each).  Their 8 opponents are a combined 14-17, and none of them were ranked when they played the Gators or the Longhorns.

South Florida has a few blowout wins over some pretty weak teams.  They also have a nice ten-point road upset of Florida State, who was ranked 18th going into the game.  However, they have the misfortune of playing in the Big East, which saw none of its teams ranked to begin the season.  Why aren’t they in the Top 25 anyway? « Read the rest of this entry »

NFL Games to Watch: Week Three

09/25/2009 § Leave a comment

Washington @ Detroit (Sunday, 1:00 ET, Fox)

Last week, Washington looked unimpressive in a 9-7 win over the Rams.  Fans are fuming over the lack of offensive production.  Meanwhile, Lions fans would be happy with a 0-0 tie at the end of overtime.  Will Skins backers get their karmic comeuppance in the form of a loss to Detroit?  Watch for about ten minutes until it becomes clear that the answer is “no.”

Tennessee @ New York Jets (Sunday, 1:00 ET, CBS)

The Jets shocked the Patriots last week, and QB Mark Sanchez looks like the real deal.  Handing the pre-season darling Titans their third consecutive loss would add to the youngster’s impressive start.

Kansas City @ Philadelphia (Sunday, 1:00 ET, CBS)

Michael Vick is officially reinstated, and just in time as the Eagles may need him to fill in for Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook, and DeSean Jackson, all of whom could miss this game with injuries.  Meanwhile, Matt Cassel continues his contract-justification quest. « Read the rest of this entry »

Early Season Reports – Big East

09/25/2009 § Leave a comment

Cincinnati

Recap:  After blowing out Rutgers and Southeast Missouri State and, Cincinnati posted a huge road win over Oregon State.

Stats so far:  Cincy ranks 40th with 4.76 yards per rush attempt and 14th with 9 yards per passing attempt.  Overall, they have averaged 48.3 points and 516.7 yards on offense per game.  Defensively, they are 10th with 2.06 yards allowed per rush attempt and 27th with 5.5 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have allowed 12 points and 271 yards per game.

Coming up:  Cincinnati will try stay unbeaten against dangerous Fresno State, followed by road trips to Miami (OH) and South Florida, both of which the Bearcats should handle easily.

Connecticut

Recap:  A 2-point loss to North Carolina is the only blemish with wins over Ohio and Baylor.

Stats so far: UConn is 64th with 3.99 yards per rush attempt and 105th with 5.5 yards per passing attempt.  Overall, they have scored 21 points and gained 321.3 yards on offense per game.   « Read the rest of this entry »

Early Season Reports – WAC

09/25/2009 § Leave a comment

Boise State

Recap:  Boise State is in good position for another undefeated season, with a 3-0 start that includes wins over Oregon, Miami (OH) and Fresno State.

Stats so far:  Boise ranks 29th with 5.04 yards per rush attempt and 34th with 8 yards per passing attempt.  Overall, they have averaged 39.3 points and 427.3 yards on offense per game.  Defensively, they are 101st with 4.74 yards allowed per rush attempt and 11th with 4.8 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have allowed 14 points and 284.3 yards per game.

Coming up:  With a couple of tough games behind them, the Broncos look to continue winning and rising in games against Bowling Green, California-Davis and Tulsa.

Fresno State

Recap:  After blowing out California-Davis, Fresno nearly pulled off an overtime upset of Wisconsin then got blasted by Boise State.

Stats so far: FSU is 6th with 6.22 yards per rush attempt and 25th with 8.4 yards per passing attempt.  Overall, they have scored 38.7 points and gained 495.3 yards on offense per game.   « Read the rest of this entry »

Early Season Reports – Big 12

09/24/2009 § Leave a comment

Colorado

Recap:  Colorado is hurting with losses to Colorado State and Toledo.  Last week’s 24-0 win over Wyoming helps a little.

Stats so far:  Colorado ranks 103rd with 3.09 yards per rush attempt and 104th with 5.6 yards per passing attempt.  Overall, they have averaged 26.3 points and 342.7 yards on offense per game.  Defensively, they are 93rd with 4.46 yards allowed per rush attempt and 110th with 9 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have allowed 25.7 points and 410 yards per game.

Coming up:  Buckle up, Buffaloes.  Three more losses seem imminent with trips to West Virginia and Texas and a home game against Kansas.  One win here would be beyond noteworthy.

Iowa State

Recap:  Wins over North Dakota State and Kent State are fine, but the blowout loss to Iowa should cause major concern.

Stats so far: ISU is 19th with 5.41 yards per rush attempt and 99th with 5.8 yards per passing attempt.  Overall, they have scored 23.7 points and gained 383 yards on offense per game.   « Read the rest of this entry »

Week Four Picks

09/24/2009 § Leave a comment

My goal last week was to get over .500 and I almost did it (Thanks for nothing, Nebraska and Michigan State!)  I went 6-6 in Week 3 and am now 11-12 overall.  My frustrating evenness got me thinking that I might be better off just flipping a coin.  So here to challenge me in a pick-off this week is a handful of change I dug out of the car!

How the coins pick:  First flip will determine the winner, with heads representing the home team.  The coins will then be flipped again until the opposite side comes up.  The number of flips it takes to get to the other side will determine the margin of victory (1 flip = 3, 2 flips = 7, 3 flips = 10, etc.)

Tonight’s game pits #4 Ole Miss against South Carolina.  I don’t feel like I really know who Mississippi is yet, as they haven’t really played anyone challenging.  South Carolina, on the other hand, has been in all kinds of situations, including a game that featured 10 total points and one that nearly broke 80.  The game’s at South Carolina and something inside is telling me take the Gamecocks by 10.

Quarter:  Ole Miss by 3.  Dime:  Ole Miss by 7.  Nickel:  Ole Miss by 7.  Penny:  South Carolina by 3. « Read the rest of this entry »

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