Thursday, September 13, 2012

Weekly Game Guide

Tonight's feature game is Rutgers v. South Florida.  So much for features.  Oooh, there are reruns of The Big Bang Theory!

Let's look ahead to this weekend's games, when real football is played.

Penn State takes on the Midshipman of Navy.  Now normally I do my best (and sometimes my best isn't good enough) to make fun of an upcoming opponent.  But this is NAVY.  These men are part of our armed forces.  I can't make fun of them.

But Army can.

Penn State is about a 6.5 point favorite at home against the Middies.  Navy's only game was a 50-10 drubbing by the Irish in Ireland.  Where else would the Irish be?

In that game, Navy was out-rushed by Notre Dame 293 yards to 149 yards.  The Irish almost doubled the yards per carry average of Navy.  While known for it's triple option running attack which can grind even quality opponents down, the Midshipmen passed for 192 yards, nearly matching Notre Dame's 197 yards in the game.  Of course, that stat may be skewed by the fact that Navy was so far behind and had to move the ball quickly to have any chance of staying in the game.

Can Goats even swim???
 Penn State is coming off an emotional loss to Virginia, and is still searching for it's first NCAA sanctioned win since 1999, not to mention Coach O'Brien's first victory.

I think PSU gets win #1 for the O'Brien.

In other games:

Can Arkansas recover from an embarrassing loss to La.-Monroe to match up with Alabama?  The Magic Eight Ball says doubtful.

Can La.-Monroe continue their winning ways against Auburn?  Ask again later.

Can Pitt beat Virginia Tech?  If they didn't look so bad in their first two game, we might give them a chance, but let's face it, this has woodshed beating written all over it.

Tennessee and Florida?  Odds makers have this a pick.  Game is at Tennessee, so I guess we gotta give the edge to the Volunteers.

Denard Robinson is favored over UMass by 45.  Don't expect UMass to go all App State over the wolverines. 

The Spartans are favored by 4 at home against the Irish.  GO SPARTY!

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