Football Weekend: Saturday thru Monday (Upsets)

September 10, 2008 at 5:24 am Leave a comment

Week Starting Saturday September 13th

College FB

Navy @ Duke (-2)

Take Navy in the upset. Navy’s starting quarterback, Kaipo!, returns and he can run the option like no one else in the country. Navy doesn’t throw a lot, but their ground attack is always top-five in the nation. Not to mention that we’re talking about Duke football, 87% of the country didn’t even know Duke had a football program. I’m kidding about that but I’m probably not too far off. Just take Navy and keep your eyes open for Kaipo and a slot back named Shun White (he broke the school’s single-game rushing record in week one with 348 yards on just 19 carries, you do the math).

Michigan @ Notre Dame (+1)

I’m going with Notre Dame here. Michigan just can’t seem to get the offense going, most likely due to the incorporation of a new offense, and I don’t think they have a true answer at quarterback (which is not changing right now). Notre Dame is at home and they’re supposed to have had great recruiting classes recently, this week is when those “athletes” step up. Still not convinced? Listen, it’s Notre Dame. Take ’em.

Georgia Tech @ Virginia Tech (-7)

VT overrated? Probably. If Glennon plays at quaterback for the Hokies, he probably will get a majority of the snaps in the first half, then the Hokies lose to the better Georgia Tech squad. However, the Hokies removed the red shirt from Tarod Taylor because Glennon was that bad, which could lead to the outright starting job for Taylor in no time. Either way, VT’s defense ia going to have their hands full Georgia Tech’s new ground game (Coach Paul Johnson) that could end up being the best in the ACC. VT didn’t beat Furman last week until after the half when Taylor came in, Georgia Tech beat Boston College. For me, this game is a money maker.

Pro Football

Chicago @ Carolina (-3)

I don’t know which team had the fluke, maybe neither, but this game should be a “pick ’em”. Carolina seems like they would have momentum and an effective run game. But Chicago showed some incredible D against Indy and Matt Forte ran down people’s throats last Sunday. Even without the faith in Kyle Orton, I would go with Chicago in a situation where I was feeling edgey and somewhat desperate.

New England @ New York Jets (-2.5)

To me this is a no-brainer. The Pats lost the best QB in the league, I realize this, but the other 52 guys didn’t jump off the face of the Earth. The Pats still have a solid defense (Alert: Brady didn’t play defense too), a really good receiving group, and Laurence Maroney. What do the Jets have? They barely beat Miami last week.

Philadelphia @ Dallas (-6.5)

It’s a stretch. Philly is missing Reggie Brown and Dallas’ Terrance Newman may not play. Even trade-off? I’m not too sure, but Philly was impressive on both sides of the ball in Week 1 (I know it was St. Louis). Dallas looked good as well, I’m just looking for upsets! Don’t take the Eagles outright, but don’t expect for them to lose by more than six points. Remeber, this is iffy.

Buffalo @ Jacksonville (-5.5)

I loved Buffalo last year, they made me a few bucks. But even without picking favorites, Buffalo is a team that needs to get the attention they deserve. Their defense is solid and they are blitzing against a Jags’ line that is missing both starting guards. On top of the defense, their offense seems to be clicking. The Jags on the other hand, they only had 10 points last week and Garrard threw almost as many picks, in that single game, as he did all of last season. I really really like Buffalo here.

Good Luck Everybody!

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