Back for week 4 of the Locks. Still licking my wounds from the debacle in the Swamp, but the “obscure pick” ( Kansas -24) hit giving me a 2-2 week (6-4 overall). I have now learned my lesson and will never tout the Vols as a Lock again. Ton of good games this weekend, and narrowing it down to 3 was somewhat difficult. I wanted to take Penn. St. -2.5 this week as one my picks, but Granny Holtz gave his “pep talk” last night to PSU and they are now doomed. BTW, the “Holtz Fade” is 3-0 this year. Take Michigan and the points.
Before I get to the Locks, I wanted to talk about ESPN Gameday. Since the boys are only 45 miles up the road in T-town, it got me to thinking about a couple of things. Is ESPN Gameday still an essential part of CFB viewing? Ten years ago I rarely missed ESPN Gameday on Saturday mornings and felt it was a huge part of getting ready for the games. Now it just does not seem the same. Granted, it could be that a wife and 2 children, as well as other priorities, have lessened its importance. However, Gameday just does not seem to have the same “pop” now. Going from a one hour show to a two hour show has hurt it, IMO. There are too many “puff pieces” and feel good stories now. Give me the nuts and bolts, your picks and move on. Also, Desmond Howard adds nothing. Seeing him acting like he is typing away on his computer and trying to comprehend what he is saying is comic relief at best. Finally, the recent rumble between Corso and South Carolina is the height of hypocrisy. When Spurrier was hired by So. Car., Corso stated on the set that he would never win the SEC at So. Car. The Gamecocks then started a athletic fund-raising effort with “Prove Corso Wrong” as its theme. They even have a web site where you can throw footballs at Corso’s head. Now the boys at Gameday are pissed, even threatening (Fowler) to not come to Colombia. Now that is strange to me. ESPN puts Corso out there as a comic villain to stir the fans up. Now when somebody wants to poke fun back, they get their feelings hurt !?!?! Gameday is not only less relevant in CFB, they have also gotten a little too big for their britches.
1. GA TECH -3.5 @ UVA Look for the Jackets to rebound after running into a BC buzz saw last week. The Cavs have slipped by cellar dwellers Duke and UNC, but were embarrassed in week one by Wyoming. UVA has a great RB in Perriman but no passing game to speak of. BC had success by throwing the ball last week, something UVA will not be able to exploit. Tech RB T. Choice is not 100%, but Tech has 2-3 capable replacements. I expect the Jacket D to come out and play like their hair is on fire and carry this team. GA TECH 24 UVA 10
2. KY. +7 @ ARK Going back to the SEC road dog theory on this one. The Cats looked really good against L’ville last week, so you have to worry about a little let down this week. But if you watched the Bama/Ark game, then you know that Ark. has trouble defending the pass. This week it gets even harder as they face QB A. Woodson who many are saying is the #2 QB in next year’s draft. Woodson has weapons galore including WR. K. Burton and RB R. Little to help him out. It also helps that Ark.’s best pass rushing DE is suspended this week for fighting last week in the Bama game. Expect McFadden and Jones to run wild on a depleted Ky front four, but Kentucky will be able to match the Hogs score for score (TAKE THE OVER). This will come down to the end, and in that situation I like the 7 points.
KY. 38 ARK. 35
3. PURDUE -13.5 @ MINN. What is wrong with the Golden Gophers? Losing to Fla. Atlantic? In their 3 games thus far Minn. could not stop my old law school IM team. Granted we were pretty damn good, but you get the idea. Minny has given up these numbers passing alone: 412 to Bowling Green, 418 to Mia. (O) and 463 to Fla. Atlantic. Meanwhile, Purdue has been cranking out points like a Taiwanese assembly line cranks out Nike shoes. The Boilermakers are averaging almost 50 points a game, and QB C. Painter has been on fire completing 69% of his passes for 952 yds. and 13 TDs in only 3 games. Add to the mix that Minny has a -9 TO margin through three games, and you get blow out. PURDUE 50 MINN. 28
OBSCURE PICK OF THE WEEK Take Navy -13.5 at home against Duke. The line started at Navy -10 and is a big mover. Duke just ended the nations longest losing streak last week by beating NW, but they played awful. Expect a let down from Duke and the Midshipmen to be ready to play as usual. NAVY 38 DUKE 17
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