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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Gift Guide 2014

This is so us.
Get him what he wants this year.  Here is the first annual SKOHRboard gift guide to be used by anyone looking to get the perfect gift for a Man who deserves one, or five.

Less expensive gifts Under $100



  • Gym Bag Deodorizers $9
  • Better Socks: Crew $13, Low $17, No Show $14
  • "Meat" book by Pat LaFrieda $26-$15
  • Wrist Wraps $24
  • New Boxer Briefs: Ex Officio $26 or Saxx $30
  • Cast Iron Skillet by Lodge $26
  • External Battery Pack $27
  • Survival Flashlight $28
  • Survival Fire Starter $29
  • Brass Key Ring $30
  • Guiness 1759 $35
  • Massage Rumble Balls $35
  • Smart Money Clip $35
  • Original Retro Brand Team T-Shirt $38
  • Slippers by LLBean $40
  • Cards Against Humanity plus Expansion Packs 1 & 2 $45
  • 50 Qt Coleman Cooler $55
  • T-Bolt Hat by Tackma $65 (Everyone needs one)
  • Glass Beer Boot $67
  • Herschel Duffle $80
  • Mr. Beer Homebrew Kit $80
  • Winter Gloves: North Face $90 or Under Armour $70
Moderate gifts around $100-$200



  • Tickets to the Game!  Let them choose the game and then buy the tix.
  • Brooks Brothers Non-Iron Shirts $92 (often on sale though)
  • Amazon Echo $100
  • Soma Water Carafe and Filter $100
  • Insulated Shirt Jacket: Brixton $100 or Jeremiah $125
  • Reebok CrossFit Nanos $100
  • Roku3 $100
  • AppleTV $100
  • Spotify Premium for a Year $120
  • Kindle Unlimited Subscription for a Year $120 
  • Mitchell & Ness NFL Team Hoody $125
  • Handmade Leatherhead Football $130
  • WiFi HD Dropcam $150
  • Next Issue Subscription (145 Digital Magazines) for a Year $150
  • Classic Raw Denim Jeans: APC $185 or Gustin $100

More expensive gifts $200+

  • Soundbar by Sony $350
  • GoPro Hero4 Silver $400
  • Bluetooth Speaker: Gramovox $400 or Marshall $400
  • AppleWatch $500 (releasing in Q1)
  • Grill: Weber $500 or Napoleon $655
  • Kegerator $530
  • Season Tickets! $535 each
  • Full Home Wireless Speaker Sonos System $600+
  • Wine Club Annual Subscription: InVino $600, Lot18 $700, le Metro $1,000

What's on your Gift List this year?


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

College Football Weekly Digest 14.13

BC gave FSU all it could handle.  Frosh RB Hilliman #32 would have looked great in Rutgers' Scarlet.
There weren't a ton of crazy games this weekend but we can safely say that Florida State is a very risky bet if they make the playoffs.  These guys find a way to put themselves in a hole every single week and continue to manage to pull themselves out but they do not play four good quarters and the teams that make the SKOHRboard Top 4 certainly do.

Heisman Watch
  1. Mariota - Almost a lock at this point
  2. Gordon
  3. Cooper
  4. Prescott
Vines of the Week: (Two Record Breakers this week)



SKOHRboard Top 25
  1. Alabama
  2. Oregon
  3. Baylor +3
  4. Ohio State 
  5. Georgia +3
  6. Mississippi State -1
  7. TCU 
  8. Florida State -5
  9. Michigan State +2
  10. Kansas State +5
  11. Arizona State +3
  12. Arizona +6
  13. Wisconsin -3
  14. Auburn -2
  15. UCLA +8
  16. Missouri +6
  17. Minnesota -4
  18. Louisville (NR)
  19. Oklahoma +6
  20. Arkansas (NR)
  21. Georgia Tech
  22. Ole Miss -13
  23. LSU -8
  24. USC (NR)
  25. Stanford (NR)

Dropouts: Notre Dame, Miami, Utah, Nebraska
In consideration: Nebraska, Miami, Utah, Clemson, Texas A&M, Florida, UNC, Colorado St, Boise St

Picks from last week
  • P: Nebraska 38 - Minnesota 20 A: Minny 28 - Nebraska 24
  • P: MSU 28 - Rutgers 24 A: MSU 45 - Rutgers 3
  • P: Yale 30 - Harvard 24 A: Harvard 31 - Yale 24
  • P: Arizona 48 - Utah 28 A: Arizona 42 - Utah10
  • P: Ole Miss 31 - Ark 17 A: Ark 30 - Ole Miss 0
  • P: Louisville 41 - Notre Dame 33 A: Louisville 31 - ND 28
  • P: USC 23 - UCLA 17 A: UCLA 38 - USC 20
  • P: Browns 23 - Falcons 20 A: Browns 26 - Falcons 24
  • P: Eagles 41 - Titans 26 A: Eagles 43 - Titans 24
  • P: Pats 32 - Lions 24 A: Pats 34 - Lions 9
  • P: Seahawks 24 - Cards 20 A: Seahawks 19 - Cards 3
  • P: Broncos 28 - Dolphins 17 A: Broncos 39 - Dolphins 36
  • P: Cowboys 32 - Giants 23 A: Cowboys 31 - Giants 28
This Week: 9-4
Season: 37-26


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Friday, November 21, 2014

Games to Watch this Weekend 14.12


Hey it's Friday!  Let's think about all the football we can watch this weekend.

Saturday
Noon
  • #25 Minnesota at #23 Nebraska - (ESPN)  My gut tells me that this is the week Minnesota comes crashing back to reality.  They are a tougher team than I thought but after Nebraska got embarrassed by Melvin Gordon and Wisconsin they are going to come out at home with something to prove and the Gophers are standing in the way.  Nebraska wins 38-20
  • Rutgers at #13 Michigan State - (BTN) Michigan State didn't play that poorly but they must be crushed coming off of that loss to Ohio's State School.  Realistically they are playing for a New Year's Day bowl but are out of the playoffs at this point.  It's not what they had been hoping for and I wouldn't be surprised if they came out flat against Rutgers.  The Scarlet Knights on the other hand have to be feeling better about themselves coming off of a nice win which made them bowl eligible last week and should really be playing loose as they have absolutely nothing but upside in this game.  Michigan State wins 28-24
Harvard fans.  Notice all the Cantab players turned around looking up into the stands to read the encouragement.
12:30pm
  • Yale at Harvard - (NBCSports) Yale travels to Harvard for The Game this year with a sterling 8-1 record, the only blemish came without their star RB.  Harvard on the other hand comes squeeking in on a weak schedule at a lucky 9-0.  The Bulldogs will surely vanquish the Cantabs (Seriously, that's their nickname.  Good one Harvard.) with all their forces marshaled for Saturday's contest.  Lux et Veritas is the real winner here 30-24
3:30pm
  • #15 Arizona at #17 Utah - (ESPN)  Both teams are still in the hunt for the PAC12 South bid and if Arizona is the winner here as a clear path to that game most likely against the Ducks.  Utah has proven a very tough team this year with maybe one of the best DLine's in the game.  Unfortunately Arizona's offense tries to get guys in space specifically to avoid DLine's.  I think if they limit turnovers they can win big here.  Arizona 48-Utah 28
  • #8 Ole Miss at Arkansas - (CBS)  Is it just me or does it seem like Ole Miss has been on a bye since they had the most heartbreaking loss of the season three weeks ago?  This is their chance to show that despite the loss and the loss of Treadwell, they are still a team to be feared.  Arkansas's record is not good but they aren't a terrible team.  Ole Miss still has more talent at every position and should win this game.  Rebels win 31-17
  • #24 Louisville at Notre Dame - (NBC)  Raise your hand if after the Domers beat Stanford 17-14 and sat at 5-0 you thought that it was realistic that they might be in a position to lose the last 6 games of the season.  That's where we are at right now.  They lost to Florida State, nearly lost to Navy, lost to Arizona State, and they lost to Northeastern.  Now they face a Louisville team that looks very tough and close out their season against a talented USC team that hasn't gotten a whif of credibility after their flummoxing loss to BC.  After that Stanford game I really thought the Domers were a Top 10 if not Top 5 team but I was way off.  At this point it looks like they lose the final two for a 7-5 record.  Louisville wins 41-33
8pm
  • #19 USC at #9 UCLA - (ABC)  UCLA continues to evade dropping in the rankings.  Let's all keep in mind that they haven't beaten anyone yet this year.  Beating the state of Arizona is nice but I really don't think Arizona State had figured out how to play with their backup QB when UCLA came to town and they just couldn't stop the momentum after a certain point.  Arizona is a nice win but that's really it and I don't think a win over Arizona as your key win makes a team Top Ten worthy especially after all of the other close games.  I think USC comes to play and beats up a UCLA team that just hasn't really clicked this season outside of that ASU game.  USC wins 23-17
Sunday
1pm
  • Browns at Falcons - (CBS) This game is significant because it marks the return of Josh Gordon, who was one of the most exciting players to watch last year but has been held out for the past 10 weeks after testing positive for Marijuana.  Hopefully he's been more focused on route running and catching than rolling doobies over the past three months but his return is worth tuning in for.  Browns win 23-20
  • Titans at Eagles - (CBS) The Eagles were straight up dominated last week and I hope to see them return with a vengence against a Tennessee team who really should be able to hang.  I'll be looking for Sanchez to get back on track and the Eagle Secondary to remember they need to actively stop the other team from scoring touchdowns if not first downs when the Center snaps the ball.  It's all in the details.  Eagles win 41-26
  • Lions at Patriots - (FOX)  The Lions visit a chilly New England after playing in the Desert of Arizona last weekend in a tough loss.  The Patriots are playing some of the best football in the League right now and while I think this game has a chance to be a bit of a trap for the Pats, I just can't bring myself to predict it.  The Lions have a good record but I never really get the impression that they are a very serious Super Bowl contender and the Pats definitely are.  Pats win 32-24
4pm
  • Cardinals at Seahawks - (FOX)  This has to be the GAME OF THE WEEK.  The Cardinals are up there with the Pats and Packers as the hottest teams in the NFL right now and the Seahawks are reeling.  Look for the Seahawks to get back to who they were last year in a return to their home base and a QB they feel they can exploit.  This is a must win game for the defending Super Bowl champs.  Seahawks win 24-20
  • Dolphins at Broncos - (CBS)  The Phins might be the biggest surprise team of the year if you aren't including the Cardinals as candidates for the award.  They look spunky and give teams fits with their fast and aggressive defense.  I think Peyton Manning returns to form this week at home with more time devoted to the backups replacing his injured offensive playmakers.  Broncos win 28-17
8:30pm
  • Cowboys at Giants - (NBC) Tony Romo appears to be ok after a back scare a few weeks ago.  They travel to NY after a bye week and a trip to London the past two weeks.  I wonder if his back will tighten up after that schedule and playing outside in the cold NJ weather this weekend?  I doubt it will tighten up enough that they'll lose though.  The Giants just aren't playing good football right now and I think Dallas will beat them on both sides of the ball.  Cowboys win 32-23
Enjoy the games!


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

College Football Weekly Digest 14.12

Amari Cooper is the best player on the best team in College Football
This weekend was hugely important for defining the top echelon of players in our Heisman race.  It also caused a shakeup in our Top 4 as the #1 team lost fairly decisively despite a closer final score.  With Mississippi State losing, TCU and Florida state squeaking out wins against unranked opponents there is a resulting shift in our Top 25.  We'll get to that in a bit but the big news of the weekend is really a tragedy for College Football fans and will likely have a very large impact on the NFL draft.  It's the story of Todd Gurley's ACL tear coming on the same weekend as Melvin Gordon abliterrating the Nebraska defense on his way to setting an all time NCAA rushing record of 408 yards.  408!  It should be noted that we hate to see Todd Gurley get hurt and in the worst way possible, he was so much fun to watch run and I really hope he is able to make a full recovery.

Vine's of the weekend.


SKOHRboard's Heisman Race
  1. Marcus Mariota, QB - Oregon
  2. Melvin Gordon, RB - Wisconsin
  3. Dak Presscot, QB - Mississippi State
  4. Amari Cooper, WR - Alabama
  5. JT Barrett, QB - Ohio State

SKOHRboard's Top 25
  1. Alabama +5
  2. Oregon -1
  3. Florida State  +1
  4. Ohio State +1
  5. Mississippi State -3
  6. Baylor +4
  7. TCU -4
  8. Georgia +7
  9. Ole Miss
  10. Wisconsin +7
  11. Michigan State +1
  12. Auburn -5
  13. Minnesota (NR)
  14. Arizona State -6
  15. Kansas State -1
  16. LSU -5
  17. Nebraska -4
  18. Arizona 
  19. Utah
  20. Miami +3
  21. Georgia Tech (NR)
  22. Missouri (NR)
  23. UCLA -3
  24. Notre Dame -8
  25. Oklahoma (NR)
Dropouts: USC, Clemson, Texas A&M, Florida
Consideration: Texas A&M, USC, Duke, Colorado State

Picks from last week
  • P: Ohio State 52 - Minnesota 16 A: Ohio State 31 - Minny 24
  • P: Alabama 23 - Mississippi State 17 A: Alabama 25 - MSU 20
  • P: Wisconsin 31 - Nebraska 27 A: Wisco 59 - Nebraska 24
  • P: Rutgers 28 - Indiana 16 A: Rutgers 45 - Indy 23
  • P: Auburn 38 - Georgia 24 A: Georgia 34 - Auburn 7
  • P: Miami 24 - Florida State 20 A: Florida State 30 - Miami 26
  • P: Seattle 31 - KC 16 A: KC 24 - Seattle 20
  • P: Chicago 20 - Minnesota 16 A: Chicago 21 - Minny 13
  • P: NYG 20 - SF 13 A: SF 16 - NYG 10
  • P: Philadelphia 31 - Green Bay 28 A: Green Bay 53 - Philly 20
  • P: Detroit 24 - Arizona 13 A: Arizona 14 - Detroit 6
  • P: Indy 32 - New England 30 A: New England 42 - Indy 20
This Week: 5-7
On the Season: 28-22


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Friday, November 14, 2014

Games to Watch this Weekend 14.11

Florida State officials have given Winston diplomatic immunity off the field.  Now it's his OLine's turn on the field.
There are a few big games this weekend with College and NFL Season implications.  In college the games of the week are the Miss State and Alabama game for a lead in the SEC West, the Wisconsin and Nebraska game for a lead in the Big10 West, then the Florida State and Miami game has upset written all over it.

What to watch

Saturday
Noon
  • #8 Ohio State at #25 Minnesota - (ABC) Ohio State is going to destroy Minnesota.  The Gophers have not played anyone this season somehow and it appears that they will lose their final three games giving a not good team a generous 7-5 record to finish the season.  Ohio State is on the upswing, playing very good football right now and needs to make every statement they can to the Playoff Comittee that they belong in the Top 4.  I would not be surprised if they try to hang 70 on the Gophers.  OSU wins 52-16
3:30pm
  • #1 Mississippi State at #5 Alabama - (CBS)  The Bulldogs travel to Alabama in what will definitely be their toughest road game this season.  Look for Presscott and the MSU offense to try to set the tone here and speed things up faster than what Alabama can deal with defensively.  Alabama has lots of talent but they'll need to execute much better than they did against LSU last weekend.  My general feeling is that Alabama will score quickly in this one and jump to a lead, then put pressure on Presscott to win the game with his arm.  Alabama wins 23-17
  • #16 Nebraska at #20 Wisconsin - (ABC) This will be a matchup of the two best Running Backs in college football this season.  Neither team has shown much ability to pass the ball down the field either so we could end up seeing something like 90 total rushes by both teams unless the clock never stops and there are only like 80 total plays in the game.  Nebraska's Randy Gregory is a terror off the edge in both the run and the pass so look for him to force Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon to one side of the field which could bottle him up.  This game could go either way but Wisconsin feels like the better team to me, their defense is awfully under-rated for a very good unit.  Wisco wins 31-27
Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo ripping it up as he is wont to do against Washington State earlier this season
  • Indiana at Rutgers - (BTN) Rutgers looks to get back on track after a brutal stretch of Ohio State, Nebraska, and Wisconsin in consecutive games.  They still have a winning record at 5-4 which is just one win away from bowl eligibility which would probably also safely secure Coach Flood's job for at least next year.  8-4 was my realistic best season for them which if they'd scored more points than PSU rather than just outplaying them and finish the season with wins over Indiana and Maryland isn't that outrageous.  Realistically they are looking at 7-5 now if they beat Indy, lose at Michigan State, and win the season finale in the innaugural Ocean City Bowl at Maryland.  Indy is on their 5th Starting QB this season and he looks not very good.  Hopefully Rutgers' pass rush can remember what it was in the first half of the season and make his day terrible.  The Indy RB, Tevin Coleman is right up there with Gordon and Abdullah as far as being in that group of guys competing for most talented RB in the country.  If Rutgers D Line can stay active and the LBs make sounds tackles Rutgers could win going away on Saturday.  Rutgers wins 28-16
7:15pm
  • #9 Auburn at #15 Georgia - (ESPN) The return of Todd Gurley.  Gurley is probably the best Running Back in the country and he will play in his first game back after sitting out for four games for selling autographed sports things (who buys that anyway)(something Florida State regards as totally cool and not a big deal when their QB Jameis Winston does the same thing).  Auburn has looked very very good this year but faces another rough test in a Georgia team looking to prove itself against all the SEC West hype.  Auburn probably has had the most difficult schedule of any team this year and will need to win out if they hope to get a shot at the Playoff.  Their QB Nick Marshall is very good and their fast paced offense has stars at just about every position in WR Sammie Coates and RB Cameron Artis-Payne.  The Bulldogs are going to have a tough time slowing them down and despite Gurley giving them a jump start I don't think they can get enough passing threat going to keep the defense honest.  With probably 9 guys focused on Gurley every play I just don't see Georgia pulling this one out.  Auburn wins 38-24
8pm
  • #3 Florida State at Miami - (ABC) Miami has really turned things around over the past few weeks and put together some great games on both sides of the field.  Their passing game hasn't been stellar by any means but it's really picked up and that has given their fantastic RB Duke Johnson some room to run.  Their defense has never lacked for talent but they'll really need to bring it against a stacked FSU offense whose only weak spot appears to be it's OLine despite a potential 1st Rd OT being a part of it.   If Miami's defense can get pressure on Winston and force him to make short throws into smaller windows than just bombs to wide open targets streaking down the field I think they can beat the 'Noles in Miami on Saturday.  Miami wins 24-20
Sunday
1pm
  • Seattle at Kansas City - (FOX)  Is Kansas City really 6-3?  Is KC actually favored here? Is Dwayne Bowe really still their leading receiver?  How good is Andy Reid?!  I am a huge Andy fan but I think their luck runs out this week.  Seattle seems to be moving in the right direction this week and there is no way that the Chiefs passing game does anything against Seattle which means they can basically play Man on the outside then focus the rest of the personel on KC's RB Jamal Charles.  He'll have 75 yards on the ground, 60 in the air and one TD.  Seattle wins 31-16
  • Minnesota at Chicago - (CBS)  If Chicago gets beaten here will the fans erupt and oust their coach themselves?  I think Jay Cutler's days are numbered which is almost a shame because they have such talent at WR.  Jimmy Clausen is the backup here by the way.  The Bears are joining a quickly growing list of teams interested in 2015 QBs that we didn't think would be in the market just a few weeks ago.  (For the record that list now includes the Jets, Rams, Bears, Bills, Titans, Buccaneers, Bengals, and Texans.  Additionally, I only had two teams take QBs in my Mid Season 2015 NFL Draft writeup from last week the Jets took Winston and the Titans took Mariota.  What of these teams will take which other Top QBs in the 1st Rd this year?) Chicago wins 20-16
  • San Francisco at NYG - (FOX) The 49ers are favored in this game but they won a very tight game at New Orleans last week then had to fly home only to pack up and travel all the way back across the country to play a very cold and very early 1pm game.  The Giants are also getting their starting RB back as Rashad Jennings returns from an injury after missing the last month.  With Jennings and OBJ  (I just made that up for Odell Beckham Jr.) playing I think the Giants have a punchers chance although the 49ers will get Aldon Smith on the field for the first time this season.  I really feel like this is lining up in favor of the Giants despite that the 49ers are the better team.  Giants win 20-13
4:25pm
  • Philly at Green Bay - (FOX) A classic Sanchez vs. Rogers battle.  This has to be the NFL GAME OF THE WEEK.  The Eagles are getting back to form now with more Sanchez at them helm while Rogers has the Packers playing just as well as anyone after a thorough demolishing of the Bears last week.  Everyone is playing well for both teams right now and it's almost not worth getting into detail on these guys as it should hopefully be just a fun game to watch the whole time.  Can't wait!  Eagles win! 31-28

What a QB Duel!
  • Detroit at Arizona - (FOX) These teams only have three loses between them!  This game is notable as it will be the first start of the official Drew Stanton era in Arizona after newly re-upped QB Carson Palmer went down with an ACL tear last week.  Stanton looked just ok in the three games he started earlier this year while Palmer was out with shoulder issues.  Additionally, Calvin Johnson will make his return after a three game absence over lingering injuries and should provide an additional spark to the Lions offense who has looked pretty solid recently despite the revolving door at RB.  Look for the Lions DLine to give Stanton just about no time to get the ball off.  Cardinals RB Andre Ellington who is having a very nice season for a rather unheralded players will need to shoulder a bigger load moving forward.  Lions win 24-13
8:30pm
  • New England at Indianapolis - (NBC) Remember 10 years ago in 2004 when Tom Brady and Peyton Manning were two of the best QBs in the game and this was already a classic duel?  How lucky have these two franchises been to have Prime Time players at the most important position on the field for such a long time?  Good for them.  The New York Jets are not jealous at all. AT ALL! (Since Peyton was drafted in 1998 here is a list of all the QBs who have started for the NYJ - Vinny Testaverde, Glenn Foley, Ray Lucas, Rick Mirer, Chad Pennington, Quincy Carter, Brooks Bollinger, Kellen Clemens, Brett Favre, Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy, Geno Smith, and Mike Vick and here is the list for the Colts, Peyton Manning, Curtis Painter, Dan Orlovsky, Kerry Collins, and Andrew Luck.  Outside of the Three Headed QB Monster in 2011, they have had just Manning and Luck start at QB since 1998.)  About this game though, it all comes down to Indy stopping Gronk in my opinion.  Indy will get some big plays from Hilton but if Gronk can consistently beat the Colts LBs and Safeties the Pats win.  I think the Colts can do it though.  Indy wins 32-30



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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

College Football Weekly Digest 14.11

TCU beat up Kansas State
We are now in the final stretches of the season and a loss at this point can totally derail a team's season.  The LSU and Alabama game was a great example of that.  If LSU had won, I don't think Alabama would have had a chance to really get back in the playoffs considering they most likely would not have been in the SEC West Championship spot.  

Ohio State totally destroying Michigan State was also a clear indicator that the "other" polls have Ohio State pegged wrong.  That is a legit team who can beat anyone and if they win out, I think deserve a shot at the playoff.

Heisman Race:
  1. Mariota - QB, Oregon
  2. Prescott - QB, Mississippi St
  3. Abdullah - RB, Nebraska
  4. Gordon - RB, Wisconsin
  5. Cooper - WR, Alabama
  6. Marshall - QB, Auburn
  7. Barrett - QB, Ohio State
SKOHRboard's Top 25:
  1. Oregon +3
  2. Mississippi State
  3. TCU +7
  4. Florida State -1
  5. Ohio State +3
  6. Alabama
  7. Auburn -6
  8. Arizona State +4
  9. Ole Miss -4
  10. Baylor +13
  11. LSU +4
  12. Michigan State -5
  13. Nebraska
  14. Kansas State -5
  15. Georgia +1
  16. Notre Dame -5
  17. Wisconsin +2
  18. Arizona +4
  19. Utah +1
  20. UCLA (NR)
  21. USC +3
  22. Clemson -1
  23. Miami (NR)
  24. Texas A&M (NR)
  25. Florida (NR)
Dropouts: West Virginia, Louisville, Oklahoma, Marshall
Consideration: West Virginia, Iowa, Duke, Marshall, Louisville

Picks from last week
  • P: Cincinnati 20 - Cleveland 17 A: Cleveland 24 - Cincinnati 3
  • P: Baylor 48 - Oklahoma 44 A: Baylor 48 - Oklahoma 14
  • P: Auburn 37 - Texas A&M 26 A: Texas A&M 41 - Auburn 38
  • P: Notre Dame 34 - Arizona State 24 A: Arizona State 55 - Notre Dame 31
  • P: Washington 24 - UCLA 22 A: UCLA 44 - Washington 30
  • P: Kansas State 37 - TCU 33 A: TCU 41 - Kansas State 20
  • P: Ohio State 32 - Michigan State 24 A: Ohio State 49 - Michigan State 37
  • P: LSU 15 - Alabama 13 A: Alabama 20 - LSU 13
  • P: Oregon 48 - Utah 27 A: Oregon 51 - Utah 27
  • P: Detroit 32 - Miami 20 A: Detroit 20 - Miami 16
  • P: New Orleans 30 - SF 27 A: SF 27 - New Orleans 24
  • P: Philadelphia 35 - Carolina 20 A: Philly 45 - Carolina 21
This Week: 5-7
On the Season: 23-15


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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Games to Watch this Weekend 14.10

It's the Big10 East Championship this weekend!
It's a weekend of marquee matchups in just about every conference.  Except for the ACC because they are all terrible except for Florida State.  Let's get to it!

Thursday
8:25pm
  • Cleveland at Cincinnati - (NFL) It's the battle of Ohio.  Can Mo Sanu save the Bengals by himself this season or will anyone else make a play for them?  I hear AJ Green is coming back but Sanu is still the main man there.  On the flip side of the ball, I have the say, the play of the Browns Wide Receivers has been remarkable for a group that now 8 weeks into the season I still can't name a single one of them.  Cincy wins 20-17
Saturday
Noon
  • #12 Baylor at #15 Oklahoma - (FS1) Baylor appears here in probably their best chance at redemption this season.  While Baylor still has a shot to win the Big12 I think the conference as a whole has to be rooting against them this season.  Their best shot at making the playoffs is clearly the winner of TCU and KSU this weekend.  While this should be a fun game to watch I don't think it will really impact the outcome of the Big12 or the conference's chances at fielding a team in the Final Four.  Baylor wins 48-44
3:30pm
  • Texas A&M at #3 Auburn - (CBS) I fondly look back on the time in early September when the Aggies looked like world beaters and Auburn was still the luckiest team on the planet from just a season ago.  Things have changed mightily in terms of perception but I still feel that Texas A&M has the talent to play this one to the wire.  Auburn has an absolutely brutal schedule this year and when you run the risk of overlooking Texas A&M I think your program is in a great place generally but it's still a risk.  Both offenses are capable of putting up gobs of points and both defenses have talent all over the field.  Auburn wins 37-26
  • #10 Notre Dame at #9 Arizona State - (NBC) Both teams sit at 7-1 with this season defining matchup approaching.  The winner here will set themselves apart and capitalize on realistically their last remaining chance to prove themselves worthy of Playoff contention.  My feeling is that Notre Dame's defense is vastly superior to ASU's but then again the Sun Devils have played right with everyone they've faced all year (how Pac12 of them).  Notre Dame wins 34-24
7pm
  • #18 UCLA at Washington - (FS1)  Having just written my Mid Year 2015 Draft look ahead article I couldn't help but notice just how many prospects Washington has that could be taken in the first few rounds.  If first year head coach Chris Peterson has started to move this team in the right direction I think this game could continue our Pac12 trend of the year that will result in all teams beating one another until everyone finishes 4-4 in the conference.  I've heard a lot about Shaq Thompson and look forward to watching him take on UCLA's one time Heisman hopeful QB Brett Hundley.  Washington wins 24-22
7:30pm
  • #7 Kansas State at #6 TCU - (Fox) For a conference without a championship game the Big12 championship is basically going to be decided on Saturday unless the winner here drops a game to an under-qualified opponent later on.  Both QBs here are a ton of fun to watch, TCU's Trevone Boykin was a WR until this year and KSU's Jake Waters is maybe the most under rated QB in college football this year, he almost engineered a win over Auburn a few weeks ago.  Kansas State wins 37-33
8pm
  • #15 Ohio State at #8 Michigan State - (ESPN)  This is the Big10 East championship and it's not really close.  After these two it's a four way tie of mediocrity between Rutgers, Maryland, Michigan, and Penn State for third with Indiana a distant last.  Lots of punditry has been saying that Michigan State has to win this game and win out for the Big10 to get an entry into the Playoff.  I agree that Ohio State's loss to Virginia Tech is far worse than MSU's to Oregon or Wisconsin's to LSU but we have to remember that it was their QB's second start ever and first against a Power 5 Opponent and the team has played better every single week since then.  The Buckeyes that show up in Michigan on Saturday are a very different team than the one that lost to the Hokies.  (Personally, I was really hoping the Hokie losing version showed up when they played Rutgers but apparently that wasn't in the cards).  There has also been a lot of hype surrounding the Spartans draft eligible talent including QB Connor Cook, RB Langford, WR Lippett, and DE Calhoun but I think having seen a few more Ohio State games that despite the names not being as well known the Buckeyes can absolutely matchup with everything that MSU is going to throw at them.  I'll be most interested to see how the most heralded Defensive Coordinator in the game Pat Narduzzi matches up against one of the greatest Offensive innovators of the past decade in Urban Meyer.  Ohio State wins 32-24
Alabama is back in Death Valley on Saturday
  • #5 Alabama at #16 LSU - (CBS)  Alabama might still be the best team in college football but they just aren't playing like it lately.  Not that they are losing but their wins just seem so unspectacular like we'd expect from a team with as much collected talent as Alabama.  I did some recruiting analysis last week and looked at each team's four year recruiting rank average every year going back to 2002 when Rivals.com started doing a signing final ranking.   Alabama's average class over the past four years, was #1.  Not that LSU has been slacking off, their average class for the past four years is the 5th best with an average finish of 8th.  To put Alabama's average of #1 into perspective, the 2nd best in the game was Ohio State and their average finish is 5th.  For a team that can recruit like they do and has NFL players at almost every position, their QB has been so underwhelming.  McEvoy and McCarron both won a lot of games but neither was stellar like we've seen elsewhere.  I realize it's hard to find, recruit, sign and develop Hall of Fame Quarterbacks or even game changing QBs but I get the feeling that Nick Saban does not want that.  Maybe he just likes the predictability of a Pro Style offense but it would seem with the way he can recruit special players that a Spread Style game would exploit the playmaking ability of those special players by getting them in mismatches and in space.  Talking about this game specifically though we get to see another top ranked team going to LSU to play at night.  It's never a place that a team can feel confident and with LSU's defensive speed and Offensive Line strength against Alabama's non-prolific offense and relative rebuilding defensive line that we are set to see another upset.  Speaking of underwhelming QB play, has LSU had a QB to write home about since Jamarcus Russel?  Seriously.  He was probably the best QB that Les Miles ever had down there.  He made plays in College but it was clear pretty quickly how much those players around him made up for his lack of anything but arm strength.  LSU wins 15-13 (Classic SEC score)
10pm
  • #4 Oregon at #17 Utah - (ESPN)  Utah has been a great story this year and definitely plays a tough brand of football but they will not slow down Oregon.  Utah's defensive line is it's strong suit and they'll give the Ducks some trouble but over the course of the entire game Oregon will just be too much for them to handle.  They will find their playmakers in space and Utah will not be able to match up with them on the outside where we'll see some long Touchdowns.  Mariota has a chance here to further define himself as the best QB in College Football and it's worth watching just for that.  Oregon wins 48-27
Sunday
1pm
  • Miami at Detroit - (CBS)  The Dolphins are 5-3 right now and might be the most unheralded team in the league with a winning record, even the Browns are getting some street cred.  The problem is that nobody knows who is on the Dolphins.  Rumor has it that Ryan Tannehill, Lamar Miller, and Mike Wallace are playing well.  Detroit's defense has been decent this year but they'll be without Nick Fairley this week and because of that the Dolphins could give them a run.  Unfortunately it sounds like Calvin Johnson is fully healthy again and will be playing this weekend which means to me that the Lions will definitely win here.  Detroit wins 32-20
  • San Francisco at New Orleans - (Fox)  Both teams are 4-4 and need to win every game they can as we head into the second half of the season.  These teams both have to be incredibly disappointed with the way the first half of the season has gone and I wouldn't have been particularly surprised if at the beginning of the season if you'd told me that these teams would both finish with 4 losses each.  The Saints offense seemed to get back on track last week and while they are at home again the 49ers have to realize that their backs are up against the wall as the Cardinals are running away with the NFC West and Seattle isn't going anywhere so if they want to make the playoffs, each game matters from here on out for them.  Saints win 30-27
Monday
8:30
Sanchez and Foles, ready for anything.  Thanks to @_Happy_Gilmore for the awesome photo
  • Carolina at Philadelphia - (ESPN)  Carolina got off to a hot start this season but have come back to earth lately as the serious lack of playmakers around Cam Newton has apparently caught up with them.  Kelvin Benjamin, the rookie WR is far and away their best threat but he is a rookie with questionable hands.  Their half dozen Runningbacks tend to get injured for three weeks at a time after every ten touches or so and have proven largely ineffective.  The Panthers defense has also not lived up to their standard of last year as one of the best in the league.  Unfortunately for the Panthers this is the beginning of the Sanchez Era in Philadelphia and there is no stopping the Eagles now.  He looked confident and accurate last week when he stepped in for an injured Nick Foles.  The Eagles are also slowly getting their OLine back together which means that McCoy should start to be more effective.  The biggest weakness for the Eagles right now is the back half of their defense.  That's right, the entire back half is now a weakness that Demeco Ryans is out with a torn achilles.  In my Mid Year 2015 NFL Draft look ahead article from yesterday I drafted UDub's  (Washington) outstanding LB Shaq Thompson to the Eagles and the Ryans injury is no small part of that.  Philadelphia wins 35-20
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