|Extended Pigskin Picks|
|Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:36 AM|
Everybody — all five of us — was at or above .500 last week.
Regular Bob Weber was 10-2 (5-1 college, 5-1 pros) to soar to 42-18 (23-7 and 19-11).
I and Guest Picker 1 Mike Wulfhorst went 9-3: I was 4-2 and 5-1 — moving my marks to 35-25 (19-11, 16-14) — and he was 6-0 and 3-3.
Regular Dave Boninsegna was 8-4 (4-2 and 4-2) to better his record to 34-26 (18-12, 16-14).
Second GP Erin Cox made her debut at 6-6 (3-3, 3-3).
The GPs overall are 60-47 (31-22, 29-25).
They both return this week.
Here are the Games:
Missouri at Georgia; South Carolina at Arkansas; Florida at LSU; Oregon at Washington; Oklahoma vs. Texas at Dallas; Northwestern at Wisconsin.
Washington at Dallas; Indianapolis at San Diego (Monday); New Orleans at New England; Detroit at Cleveland; Green Bay at Baltimore; Carolina at Minnesota.
GEORGIA: The Dawgs simply keep finding ways to win despite injuries. I get that the Tigers are starting to adjust to SEC football but they aren’t quite there yet.
SOUTH CAROLINA: I almost picked the Hogs but methinks Clowney is going to be mad as a hornet, no matter what he claims. Arkansas will give them a tough go but the Gamecocks have become close to elite status in college football. They are also more that Clowney.
LSU: Florida has a backup quarterback; Bayeaux Bengals have a potential All-American in Mettenberger. A Saturday night clash in Death Valley isn’t conducive to maintaining your sanity, let alone win a football game, against a fast-improving young and talented team.
OREGON: Could be the best game of the week and likely the highest-scoring. Quackers not missing a beat without Mr. Kelly. The Huskies seem to be heading in the right direction but they just can’t match the speed Oregon has all over the field.
OKLAHOMA: Fool me once, shame on you; twice, shame on you. No more, Mack and the Longhorns. This is supposed to be one of your most intense rivalries and yet you regularly get blown out by Sooners. Longhorns are horrible on defense and the offense is, well, somewhat offensive.
WISCONSIN: Two words - OSU hangover. OK, OSU may not be a “word” but you get my drift. Playing an emotional home game in a loss, then going to Camp Randall; not an easy task.
DALLAS: RGIII may be ready to explode but hasn’t yet. One wonders if its him or Shanahan. At the same time, you can’t fix horrible defense in two weeks, though the Cowboys’ defense is nothing to write home about. Last week is explainable; we’ll see this week.
INDIANAPOLIS: Rivers returned to “normal” last week against the hated Raiders. Did I mention how the Chargers abhor the Raiders and they still stunk it up? They don’t hate the Colts. Andrew Luck makes his MNF debut a winning one.
NEW ORLEANS: Patriots defensive line beat up and Gronk becoming a soap opera. Brady can only do so much as the players seemingly drop at will. Not good when facing a rejuvenated Saints.
DETROIT: The Lions defensive line will make things rough for Brandon Weeden. Though the Lions might not have some major weapons, this is the type of game they must win if they want to be taken seriously as contenders. My thinking is that Schwartz might be on the hot seat.
BALTIMORE: Two more words for you — Clay Matthews. He isn’t there for a Packers’ defense that isn’t a snarling unit with him. Aaron Rodgers seems to be in a bit of a funk right now.
CAROLINA: Cassell starting for Six Rulers. Enough written. This is not your mom’s Vikings, especially on defense.
Georgia: This will be a real test for Georgia as they go into a seemingly easy game against Missouri injury ridden. Georgia won’t have Keith Marshall after he suffered a season-ending knee injury last week against Tennessee; Todd Gurley had to miss that game because of a sprained left ankle and is doubtful for this week. Despite that, I think the Bulldogs still get the victory.
South Carolina: The Jadeveon Clowney watch continues. Clowney may or may not play this week due to injury; South Carolina has enough to beat Arkansas with or without Mr. Clowney.
LSU: With a relatively tame schedule, the Tigers have mostly cruised behind the offense, with the only blemish a 44-41 loss at Georgia on Sept. 28. They come off last Saturday’s 59-26 win at Mississippi State in which they tallied 563 total yards and 28 fourth-quarter points. Florida will give them a test but the Tigers still get the win.
Oregon: This should prove to be Oregon’s biggest test to date. The Ducks have opened the year scoring 50-plus points in their first five games. The Huskies dropped their first game of the year at Stanford. The Ducks are looking for their 10th straight win over Washington, the longest stretch in the history of the rivalry; they should continue the streak Saturday.
Oklahoma: Oklahoma has averaged 54 points against the Longhorns in their last two meetings, including a 63-21 rout last year, and have put the game out of reach by halftime. Texas has struggled this season so much that the Texas defense has been bad. A fire-the-coordinator-after-two-games kind of bad. Oklahoma wins big again.
Northwestern: The Wildcats likely will need another strong performance this week after a tough loss to Ohio State. Wisconsin lost to the Buckeyes two weeks ago. The ‘Cats have lost three straight at Wisconsin nd they’ve lost the two meetings at Camp Randall by a combined 79 points. Should be a close one but I will take Northwestern.
Washington: Dallas tries to avoid a third consecutive loss and third in a row to the visiting Redskins, who are hoping to see RG3 return to form following their bye. Tony Romo threw for 506 yards last week but an interception with under two minutes left set Denver up for a game-ending field goal and a 51-48 victory. No defense, no win; Dallas drops their 4th in a row.
Indianapolis: The Colts looked very impressive after their 34-28 win over previously-unbeaten Seattle. The Chargers lost to a weak Oakland Raiders squad; should be another win for the Colts to send them to 5-1.
New Orleans: Who Dey...how ‘bout those Bengals in the driving rain last week holding the Pats to no touchdowns and ending Tom Brady’s touchdown streak. The Saints’ Drew Brees remains the leader in the consecutive TD category. He continues that as the Saints knock off the Pats this week.
Detroit: The Cleveland Browns are expected to look to quarterback Brandon Weeden to lead them the rest of the way after Brian Hoyer’s season-ending injury. The Detroit Lions will be without Calvin Johnson for a second straight week. But the Lions should still prevail over the Browns, who’s luck may be running out.
Green Bay: Joe Flacco won’t have to worry about Clay Matthews. Aaron Rodgers, on the other hand, will get no such break against Terrell Suggs on Sunday. Despite the loss to the Packers, I am picking the Ravens to get the loss in the game.
Minnesota: Their Week 6 matchup Sunday in Minnesota could mark the final game before Josh Freeman takes over for the Vikings, while Carolina is counting on Cam Newton to turn things around. The Vikings lost Christian Ponder to injury but that shouldn’t matter as the home team gets the win.
GEORGIA - The Bulldogs have a rash of injuries that worry me in key positions but I feel the Tigers still don’t stack up with traditional powers in the SEC like Georgia.
SOUTH CAROLINA - Hey, Coach Bret Bielema; how’s that move from the Big Ten to SEC working out for you? Razorbacks have been outscored by an average of 22 points per game against Top 25 teams.
LSU - Gators have a great defense; however, the Tigers have a high-powered offense with weapons all over the field.
OREGON - Going with the Ducks and look forward to see Lee Corso dancing with the Ducks on Game Day Saturday morning.
OKLAHOMA - Sooners offense powerful - Longhorns defense bad.
WISCONSIN - Hats off to the Wildcats last week against the Buckeyes. If they think Carlos Hyde was a handful last week, just wait for the Badgers backfield and stud wide receiver Jared Abbrederis.
DALLAS - The Cowboys are simply the better team and they are 17-4 against Washington at home since 1992.
INDIANAPOLIS - We could be watching the next Peyton in ANDREW LUCK.
NEW ORLEANS - BY FAR ON PAPER THE BEST GAME OF THE WEEKEND, I’M GOING WITH DREW BREES.
CLEVELAND - THE LIONS ARE THE BETTER TEAM ON OFFENSE. INJURIES TO CALVIN JOHNSON AND REGGIE BUSH AND STAFFORD BEING SACKED A LOT LAST WEEK MAKE ME GO WITH A REALLY GOOD DEFENSE THAT THE BROWNS HAVE.
BALTIMORE - I’M GOING WITH THE RAVENS IN AN UPSET. THE LOSS OF CLAY MATTHEWS IS HUGE FOR THE PACKERS.
MINNESOTA - REGARDLESS OF WHO PLAYS QB FOR THE VIKINGS - THEY STILL HAVE ADRIAN PETERSON.
Georgia: I think and, more importantly, my dad thinks that Georgia will have enough to stay on top of Missouri this week.
South Carolina: Clowney has people talking this week and it’s going to get him playing, I think.
LSU: LSU’s offense will prove enough to beat the Gators this week.
Oregon: I like ducks, so I’m going with the Ducks.
Oklahoma: I really don’t watch much college football but ESPN’s Top 25 overview says that Oklahoma is the clear winner here. I hope they don’t let me down.
Wisconsin: Wisconsin is coming off a bye, Northwestern off a loss to the Luckeyes, so I like Wisconsin here.
Dallas: I’m always faithful to my Cowboys and I really think they should win this game, if the defense shows up that is... Romo proved that he can give us the points needed to win against the best quarterback in the league. The Redskins are coming off a bye but I don’t think the rest they have will compare to the wave Romo will be riding after his huge numbers last week. It’s embarrassing that the Dallas defense never made the Broncos punt. I’m putting my faith in the ‘Boys again and I think they’ll pull out enough defense to win against the Redskins at least.
Indianapolis: Indy got a big win against the Seahawks last week while San Diego lost to a team they shouldn’t have. I think Luck is looking good and he’ll lead his team for another big win in his Monday night debut.
New England: I still don’t like the Patriots but I think Tom Brady is embarrassed by his performance against the Bengals and has such a big head that he’s going to need to make up for the loss in a big way. I think it’s time to end the undefeated streak for the Saints. This should be a close game, so I’m excited to watch it.
Detroit: After a good start for Cleveland this season, the loss of Hoyer last week is going to put that to an end real quick. Detroit might have lost to Green Bay on Sunday but it won’t hurt them as much as Hoyer getting hurt will throw off Cleveland’s game.
Green Bay: Green Bay got an easy win last week, so maybe that will boost their confidence this week. I would like to see the Ravens win on this one but I don’t think it’ll happen.
Minnesota: The Panthers didn’t have a good showing last week and the Vikings are coming fresh off a bye. The Vikings will take the win on this one.
Georgia: After the dominating performance I put on last week with my picks I am surprised that Jim let me come back and do it again (Bob won and we tied!). He must be a glutton for punishment. Georgia is ripe for the upset in this game with all the key injuries they are suffering from, also with Missouri being one of the hottest teams in the SEC this year so far with an explosive offense leading the way to a 5-0 start of the season. But no so fast; the Georgia Bulldogs will show they are still a class above the Missouri Tigers in this one with an impressive 34 to 21 victory.
South Carolina: The Arkansas Razorbacks opened the season with three wins but since then it has been three losses as the Hogs make the turn and begin the second half of their season. The South Carolina Gamecocks have bounced back from their loss in week two to Georgia by winning their next three games and they look to make it four on Saturday at Arkansas. Neither teams defense has proven capable of shutting someone down, so I am going to predict a high-scoring affair for this game. I feel Connor Shaw and the South Carolina offense is going to roll in this one and make Arkansas coach Brett Bielema wish he was back in the Big Ten with a 37 to 24 victory.
LSU: Gator Quarterback Tyler Murphy faces his first stiff SEC test on the road when they invade Tiger country. It will be interesting to see how he handles a hostile crowd. While LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger faces a challenging test with arguably going against the best defensive backfield in college football. This game will come down to whoever can run the better. Both teams have top 10 rushing defensives, so it will be a challenge for the big uglies in the trenches to get the ground game going. I am taking LSU in a close one, 20 to 17.
Oregon: Great PAC 12 Match-up in week 7 as Oregon Ducks travel to Husky Stadium in Seattle, WA, to face the Washington Huskies. Head to head, Oregon has won 9 straight in this series, including 52-21 blowout win in Oregon last season. The Ducks are flying high right now. The Ducks are rocking an undefeated record of 5-0. In Week 6, the Oregon Ducks walked all over Colorado to pick up the win. The Washington Huskies will be playing the host for this gridiron battle in the Great Northwest. The Huskies have collected a 1-1 conference record after a loss to #5 Stanford on October the 5th that ended with a narrow final score of 28-31. Senior QB Kieth Price has had great season and would like nothing more than getting his first win over PAC 12 superpower Oregon. I look for the Ducks to continue to roll in this one with a 42 to 24 victory over the mighty huskies.
Oklahoma: The Red River Shootout; probably the biggest Rivalry in all of football. Well, a one-sided rivalry lately and that trend will continue in this matchup. We can call this Texas coach Mack Brown’s retirement tour as he will not be back after this year. This is the game that will put the nail in the coffin for him. Oklahoma will roll in this one by a score of 62 to 20.
Wisconsin: Another Big 10 snoozefest in this one. I look for Northwestern to have a letdown after their heart-breaking loss to the Luckeyes last week and for Wisconsin to ground and pound them into submission. The Badgers will take this one with a score of 3 to 2.
Dallas: Owner and defacto Head coach Jerry Jones leads Dallas into this matchup with the Washington Redskins hoping Tony Romo can rebound by his embarrassing and all to common interception at the end of the Denver game. Washington had a bye last week to prepare Dallas but I don’t think it will help. Dallas is still plenty mad about letting last week slip away and they will take it out on the helpless Redskins. Tony Romo will shred their below average secondary for 400 yards and 4 TDs in a 38-10 victory.
San Diego: The Colts make the long trip to the west coast to face the Chargers. San Diego is a team that you really don’t know what you are going to get from week to week. The Colts meanwhile are coming off a huge win against Seattle. The Colts should probably win but I think the jet lag will get to them. The Chargers win in a close game, 24-21.
New Orleans: Possible Super Bowl preview in this one. The Saints come rolling into New England with a 5-0 record and hope to maintain that while the Patriots are looking to rebound from the epic beatdown the Bengals put on them last week. The Saints defense is not the Steel Curtain (Bengals’ defense) that the Patriots faced last week, so New England should find success in moving the ball in this one. While no defense has slowed Drew Brees and the Saints this year, this game appears to be a huge offensive shootout. I am going with the Saints and Tight End Jimmy Graham in this one with a score of 42 to 31 to raise their record to 6-0 and to threaten the 1972 Dolphins undefeated record.
Detroit: Cleveland fans can always say wait till next year and this will continue after the huge defeat the Lions will hand out to you. Cleveland’s dream season ends this year and the call for a new coach once again will begin. Detroit wins big in this one with a 49 to 3 victory in this one. Matthew Stafford abuses the overrated Browns’ defense in this one with 6 touchdown passes. Browns’ fans only dream of the days of Bernie Kosar after this beatdown. Good thing for them is they can always look on ebay for some old Bernie bars to drown their sorrows in.
Green Bay: The Packers travel to Baltimore to take on the on again, off again Ravens. The Ravens have not looked like the defending Super Bowl champions. Maybe they switched back teams with Cleveland without telling anyone? This would explain why the Browns are doing so well. The Packers will take this game 21-10.
Carolina: Matt Cassell gets his 2nd start of the year for Minnesota this year against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Carolina, despite their poor record, has played tough this year. They have just had trouble holding onto the lead late in games this young season. That trend will come to a halt this week as Cam Newton finally gets its going against the depleted Minnesota secondary with a 28 to 20 victory.