Friday, October 07, 2011

College Football Picks: Week 6*

I seriously do not recommend using my picks. In fact, I'd recommend picking against my picks. You'll get rich. I was 4-7 last week, and am now 14-24-1 on the season. That's a -37.2% return on investment. Here are my picks for Week 6.

Texas +10.5 vs. Oklahoma (Dallas, TX)
This is usually a hard fought contest. I just don't see OU covering, and there's a chance they may lose.

Boston College +21 @ Clemson
I do not think BC will win. But this is one of those games that they're supposed to get killed yet they'll turn it into an interesting affair.

NC State -10.5 vs. Central Michigan
Why not?

Virginia Tech -7.5 vs. Miami
VT will not lose back-to-back home games

Penn State -3.5 vs. Iowa
PSU at home, small spread, Iowa stinks.

LSU -13 vs. Florida
I don't think LSU will dominate, but these SEC games have a tendency to get ridiculous in the 4th quarter with the winning team pulling away by multiple TDs.

Northwestern +8 vs. Michigan
First road game for Michigan, and Northwestern has their QB back.

Georgia -1.5 @ Tennessee
UGA is actually good this year.

Auburn +10 @ Arkansas
This game should be closer than that.

Baylor -15 vs. Iowa State
Baylor has RG3, ISU has an awful defense.

Texas Tech +9.5 vs. Texas A&M
The Aggies have not impressed me in their big games. This is a road game against a 4-0 team with the 4th ranked offense in the country. Even if A&M wins, it won't be by much.

Nebraska -11 vs. Ohio State
NU needs to recover from last week with a big win at home. OSU will be their victim in Lincoln.

Bruins Raise a Banner, Drop a Game

Before discussing the game, I just want to say that the pre-game ceremony was quite cool. Having armed forces, police, and firefighters lining the Cup's path into the building, then the video of all the ups and downs of the playoffs, then unveiling the banner itself, that was pretty neat.

I'm glad the speeches were short and sweat. And it was very classy to have players from the 1972 team, along with Milt Schmidt help carry the banner to its raising point. And the poignant tribute to Mark Recchi was the icing on the cake. Very well done.

The game was not so well done. It was the type of game that one year ago would have sent me into a frenzy. Not making plays out of the zone, allowing easy entry, not dumping and chasing. These were some of the problems the Bruins had last night.

Marchand and Seguin were the only two Bruins who had truly good offensive games. The Bruins had 23 shots on goal in this game, only 6 in both the 1st and 2nd periods. Give credit to Bryzgalov for stopping 22 shots. He was very impressive, and it's safe to say that goaltending is no longer a liability for the Flyers.

The Bruins allowed their first goal thanks to surrendering the blue-line too easily. Four Bruins around one Flyer, and he manages to get through. Then the second goal came after Seidenberg had the puck on his own blue line and just tapped it toward the red line. He didn't carry it, or attempt to pass it to a teammate. He just tapped it forward, Philly recaptured it, and a few seconds later they made it a 2-1 game.

I really wish the announcers had mentioned Jaromir Jagr at least once. I certainly did not get my fill on hearing about how amazing Jaromir Jagr has been for the Flyers.

There are 81 games left and I'm not going to flip out as badly as I did last year after just one frustrating loss. These are fixable problems. And on the bright side, Marchand looks great and Seguin looks good.

Bruins host the Lightning Saturday night.

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