That being said, they
will receive stiff competition from their rivals
up North, as Michigan laid a good, old-fashioned
ass kicking on the Fighting Irish last weekend.
The public was on the side of the Wolverines from
the start, moving the line three points, but nobody
could have expected such a one-sided result.
The following will recap some of the highlights
from last week and preview the opening week of
- I had the pleasure of attending the Wisconsin/San
Diego State game in person and was able to cheer
for our Top Game of the Week. I felt this was
the right situation to go against the Badgers
and if someone would've told me Wisconsin would
score just 14 points I would've already spent
The Aztecs defense held Wisconsin in check for
most of the day but they just could not move the
ball at all on offense. SDSU amassed just 124
yards and it has become evident that they really
miss starting QB Kevin O'Connell. That being said,
we were still in position for the cover until
Wisconsin's Paul Hubbard caught a 6-yard touchdown
on third down. He nearly dropped the ball despite
being wide open in the corner of the endzone.
This gave Wisconsin a 14-point led and that was
all she wrote for the game.
A key aspect of this game that may not have been
widely acknowledged is the poor coaching decisions
made by rookie Badgers Coach Bret Bielema. He
used no creativity at all on offense and went
for it on 4th-and-3 at SDSU's 7-yard line in a
tie game. Any coach will tell you that that hardest
points to score are the first points and Bielema
clearly needed to kick the field goal there. These
poor decisions will catch up with him soon and
he will have his hands full designing a gameplan
for Michigan next weekend.
The early line has the Wolverines a 14.5-point
favorite and it will be interesting to see if
they can follow-up their impressive win in South
Bend with another dominating performance. For
Wisconsin to have a chance, they must keep the
score in the teens.
- Michigan State notched the second most impressive
victory of the day by going into Pennsylvania
and coming out with a 15-point victory over Pittsburgh.
They trailed early by a score of 10-0 before running
off 38 unanswered points to put this game away
in the third quarter. State did most of its damage
on the ground, running for an astonishing 334
The loss was embarrassing for the Panthers and
they must be longing the day when they let coach
Walt Harris go to take a job in Palo Alto. This
again reaffirms that Dave Wannstedt is not a good
head coach at any level. Once he gets fired from
this post and winds up taking a high school job
he will probably suck doing that as well. Wanny
coached great players when he was with the Dallas
Cowboys and has made a coaching career out of
that one achievement. Everywhere else he has been,
he has certainly underachieved. Tyler Palko is
too good of a quarterback for performances like
That being said, the Spartans are riding a high
note after this performance and will finish their
non-conference portion of the season with their
annual meeting with Notre Dame. I had felt all
season that this would be a stumbling block for
the Irish because of the veteran leadership the
Spartans have at the skill positions. QB Drew
Stanton is the real deal and can beat you with
his arm or his legs. He will be able to move the
ball against Notre Dame and I expect them to win
this game straight up. The oddsmakers must have
felt last week's game with Michigan was a fluke
and have installed ND as a 4-point favorite. For
wagering I would only consider the Green-and-White
The Panthers have a week to regroup as they will
host the Citadel this week and do not play another
conference game until Oct. 7, when they head to
east New York. Look for us to be going against
Pittsburgh as the season progresses.
- The Game of the Week turned out to be a dud,
as Michigan pounded Notre Dame by a score of 47-21.
This was Michigan's first victory in a road opener
in seven tries and this is exactly what Lloyd
Carr needed to get critics off of his back. The
Wolverines forced five turnovers, two of which
were converted into defensive touchdowns. The
Irish abandoned the run early in this game and
their one-dimensional style of offense played
right into the hands of the Wolverines. Notre
Dame finished with just 4 yards rushing on 17
attempts and that 0.2 average will not get it
I felt this was a perfect spot to play the Wolverines
and many of the experts had bought into Notre
Dame as a National Title contender. Penn State
is that bad, and that win one week ago did not
mean much to me. Michigan still has the best 1-2
punch in the conference at the quarterback and
running back positions, and if Mike Hart can stay
healthy they have a chance to enter Columbus with
an undefeated record. However, I just do not see
them beating the Buckeyes this year. Then, in
order to represent the conference in the Rose
Bowl, Ohio State would have to sufferer two conference
Next up for the Wolverines is a date with the
Badgers. After this game, their next challenge
awaits them in the Twin Cities. Minnesota is off
to another good start this season and always plays
them tough in the dome. Notre Dame has to regroup
quickly and head to East Lansing to face a team
that has beaten them seven of the last nine years.
If the Irish continue to throw the ball every
play, one must start to look toward the over in
In other action, Indiana followed the lead of
Northwestern by losing to a I-AA opponent in Bloomington.
These games count toward the six wins needed to
secure a bowl opportunity and the Hoosiers gave
up their only chance. With the way their schedule
sets up, I can see them going 0-8 in the conference.
Iowa also welcomed back its best player in QB
Drew Tate and got revenge from last season with
a 10-point victory over Iowa State. This team
will only go as far as Drew Tate takes them and
look for a showdown in two weeks when the Buckeyes
head to Iowa City. I have said all along, if OSU
were to stumble in conference play it would be
in this game. Iowa has experience and, unlike
Texas, will be able to move the ball against this
young defense. The home team has dominated this
game going 7-2 ATS since 1995.
Final Thoughts from Around College
1) How bad was it to watch the Clemson kicking
game. They have a kicker that was second team
all-conference last season and now their coach
has no confidence in his entire unit. They've
had three blocked kicks over the last two games
and this cost us a top totals selection when Tommy
Bowden would not settle for a field goal to end
the game. Hey coach, if you cannot make an extra
point, you do not deserve to win.
2) Florida scored the most impressive victory
of the weekend, going into Knoxville and coming
away victorious. Chris Leak is still a dark horse
to win the Heisman and Florida should be set up
to earn a spot in the SEC Championship.
3) Most of us have heard the story about the
Northern Colorado kicker who stabbed the first
string kicker in the hopes of getting his spot.
To show how dumb this guy is, the getaway car
he had featured a license plate that read, "8Kicker."
At least everyone knew he was behind this plot
and hopefully he will spend some time in jail.
This is an exciting week for us and we will be
going with our, "College Game of the Year"
this Saturday. This play has traditionally been
a big moneymaker for us and the game is just too
good of an opportunity to pass up. We will get
the money and would like to have you onboard.
Free Pick - Take Under 48 in Rice @ Florida State.
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