|Ummm…No Butters I said chaotic, not chaos.|
|I didn’t want to see this, not at all; photo credit Karen Billmyer|
|Husky Defensive Coordinator Justin Wilcox ladies and gentlemen|
The Husky Defense continued to show an aggressive style of defensiveness that Justin Wilcox has brought over from Tennessee. That defensive aggressiveness paid huge dividends tonight as the Huskies shut down the Stepfan Taylor, holding him to 75 yards on 21 carries (good for an average of 3.6 yards per carry). Not only did the front seven slow down Taylor, they also brought an impressive amount on pressure on Josh Nunes forcing him to make bad throws and kill Stanford’s offensive drives. As a result the Cardinal looked inefficient and out of sorts on the offensive side of the ball. That defensive effort was a complete 180 degree performance from the Nick Holt era.
Well I got above .500 last week (barely) and there still were a whole bunch of upsets. There should be a few easy wins this week, but in the NFL you never know. Let’s start the week’s action by looking at tonight’s game.
Well you win some and you lose some, and a lot of match ups in college football last week changed the overall landscape. Who would have thought that Kansas State would have gotten that big victory over Oklahoma and that Notre Dame would be a top 10 team right now. Change is abundant as the season goes on, and pretty soon we’ll find out if those schools (and others such as Oregon State and Stanford) can keep the gravy train rolling. Let’s look at next week.
Stanford versus Washington
(3-0, 1-0 Pac-12)
My Pick: Stanford
Sorry Huskies you’re not there yet.
Baylor versus West Virginia
(3-0, 1-0 away)
(9) West Virginia
(14) Ohio St
(4-0, 0-0 away)
(20) Michigan St
(3-1, 2-1 home)
(3-1, 0-1 away)
(3-1, 3-0 home)
This probably has to be the underrated game of the week. Wisconsin is trying to get a big win after a humiliating loss to Oregon State, while Nebraska is looking for a win after a loss a few weeks ago to UCLA. Taylor Martinez is average at best when it comes to being a quarterback in big games, but Wisconsin’s quarterback play has been more than questionable. Also with Montee Ball potentially being out, I have questions about this team.
My Pick: Nebraska
My record: 10-7
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|Force-10, the Ownership Group of your Seattle Storm|
“It’s complicated. KeyArena is an aging facility with a backlog of maintenance and infrastructure issues. While KeyArena’s operating revenues are in the black, the City of Seattle does not have enough funds in reserve to pay for needed capital improvements. Keeping the “Key” a competitive venue will take additional resources – whether a new arena is built in SoDo or not. The City has justifiable concerns that KeyArena as currently configured and utilized would not be able to compete with the new arena. The City may need to repurpose the KeyArena for other uses that don’t include basketball.”-Seattle Storm Official Statement on the SODO Arena
While the Storm can’t cure the WNBA’s ills, they can definitely fix some of their own financial problems. By moving into the SODO Arena the Storm will open up new revenue streams. The new arena will have more luxury seating options, more concession stands, and more shops than the Key Arena; it will also have restaurants with the Key does not have. Basically the Storm would be able to take in more cash at the new building in a game than they ever could at Key Arena; that could help limit, or even completely stop, their monetary losses. It would make fiscal sense for them to move into the new arena; even though their departure would pretty much condemn Key Arena to its death.
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|This was flagged for defensive pass interference. Get it yet?|
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|These Two Gentlemen Are in for a Rough Ride|
Oregon: Continued to show that they are the class of the conference. They looked dominating in their 49-0 victory over the Wildcats over Arizona.
Stanford: Hard to drop them when they had a bye.
USC: They ran all over California and showed dominance on the lines. After being beat in the trenches in Palo Alto, their dominate performance against California made it clearer that USC still has some pretty talented linemen still playing on their squad.
Oregon State: You saw that right, OSU made a massive jump in the standings and that’s because both of their victories were over opponents who were ranked in the Top 25 at the time. And now they themselves are in the Top 25, sitting at #18.
Washington: I didn’t feel comfortable making the Dawgs rise too high after a bye week with the teams ahead of them losing. They face their first real test on Thursday against Stanford at the Clink.
UCLA: The Bruins still look improved and aggressive, but they are still breaking in a new coaching staff and system. It takes time, but they definitely get between seven and nine wins this year in my book.
Arizona State: They absolutely crushed the Utes and the topsy tervy world of Pac-12 sports continues.
Arizona: They didn’t even look that bad against the Ducks, they just got torched by superior speed and depth. They should still contend for the South as the Trojans face depth problems brought on by sanctions.
California: California’s awesome performance against Ohio State and then it’ crap fest against USC makes me wonder about the strength of Ohio State and the Big 10.
Utah: Blew out an FCS school, got upset by Utah State, knocked off BYU, and then gets demolished by Arizona State. Who knows what to think about this team? Only time will tell.
Colorado: An impressive come from behind win in Pullman during homecoming was interesting to see. Down 17 points in entering the fourth quarter, the Buffs scored 21 unanswered points, including a TD run on a quarterback draw.
This is what WSU fans were like.Washington State: They took their foot off the gas and a team that they should have (in fact they were beating them) beat. Now the question is, who else on their schedule can these guys beat? I do not know.
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Well there were a lot of upsets to be had last week. That’s why you play the game. We aren’t perfect, and we make mistakes (but boy did I make a lot of those last week). Anyways without further ado let’s preview the rest of these matchups.
Giants versus Panthers
This could be a monster upset. Cam Newton is leading a strong Carolina team coming off an upset of the Saints. While the Giants just barely beat the Bucs at home. Carolina has a lot of good pieces but they aren’t just playoff material just yet. Don’t write them off though
The Bucs are looking like a strong team especially if Vincent Jackson decides to show up like this every game. Dallas on the other hand didn’t show up against the Seahawks and Tony Romo got harrassed all game. The Bucs almost beat the Giants, but there’s a part of me that doesn’t think they can show up at Cowboys Stadium.
My Pick: Cowboys
Hopefully I’m wrong.
When you have two teams that suck but one sucks less than the other…you usually pick that team.
My Pick: Colts
Sometimes it’s just that easy.
Do I really have to pick a winner here?! Well these two franchises have been the butt of every NFL memes joke ever since either of these teams last made the playoffs (which by the way was when I was in 6th grade), and it’s hard to pick a winner. Buffalo showed some promise with a blowout win over the Chiefs, and the Browns…well they played dead like they always do. Brandon Weeden is definitely their guy, but he needs better players if he’s gonna start competing.
My Pick: Bills
Jets versus Dolphins
Who would have thought the Cardinals would be 2-0. That was a great win against New England, and Philly also had a great win against the Ravens too. I think when push comes to shove though, the Eagles show just how much better talent wise they are than the Cardinals. That is of course unless Michael Vick turns over the ball six times.
I really thought the Raiders were going to be special this season, but they blew it against what I thought was one of the worst teams in the NFL. Now the Steelers are coming to town after dismantling the Jets. Forget it, there’s no way Oakland can win this one.
Well I’ll be, two offensive juggernauts going against each other. Peyton Manning had three interceptions against a decent Falcons secondary, and unless he takes better care of the football more of those are to come against a tough Houston defense. The Broncos are a great team, don’t get me wrong, but I think Houston gets into the end zone way too many times for Manning to catch up.
My Pick: Texans
That’s what good offense AND defense does for you.
This is it. A rematch of last year’s AFC Title game. Is it payback time in Baltimore? Will New England stop from reeling? We’ll only know once kickoff starts. Due to shoddy replacement officiating Baltimore left Philly with a loss. New England is also trying to bounce back from a tough loss to the Cardinals. The Pats will get the loss to Arizona out of their mouth, but Baltimore’s D is too good. I think the Ravens are for real. New England loses a close one.
Well lookie here. Two teams are coming off of strong wins against great competition (though I wouldn’t use that adjective for Jay Cutler.) This could be a shootout, but Seattle’s D is definitely going to be out in full force bothering Aaron Rodgers. Definitely going to depend on how each team’s defense performs. It’s also going to be loud at Qwest Field so expect for the 12th Man to be out in full force and for Russell Wilson to throw all over the Packers D. Forget the experts I’m going for the upset.
My Pick: Seahawks
My record: 16-16
Hopefully I’m above .500 after this week.
Well would you look at last weekend. We had quite a few big upsets there. Who would of thought that Stepfan Taylor would ruin USC’s bid for a national title so quickly. Notre Dame might actually be for real too, and if they can beat Michigan the Fighting Irish should easily cement themselves in the top 10. Without further ado let’s look at the rest of the slate this week.
BYU versus Boise State
(2-1, 0-1 away)
(24) Boise St
(1-1, 1-0 home)
Boise State has climbed back into the rankings after a week 1 loss to Michigan State, while BYU took a tumble after a last-second field goal was shanked against Utah. Boise has a huge home-field advantage at the Smurf Turf. Even though BYU has a strong run defense I expect for Broncos quarterback Joe Southwick, and running back D.J. Harper to have big performances in this game. TCU was able to solve the mystique of the Smurf Turf last year, but I have questions about BYU.
(2-1, 0-1 away)
(11) Notre Dame
(3-0, 1-0 home)
I seriously wasn’t expecting Notre Dame to put up the performance they did against Michigan State. They are really coming on (see that’s what happens when you don’t have a fat a$$ named Charlie Weis eating donuts on the sidelines.) The question is how is Denard going to do? The Fighting Irish have a decent defense but it really looks like they might be throttled around like they were the last two times they played Denard. Looks like that nightmare is going to happen again.
My Pick: Michigan
Kansas State versus Oklahoma
(15) Kansas St
(3-0, 0-0 away)
(2-0, 1-0 home)
I really like Kansas State, I really do. It’s just…they’re playing Oklahoma and it’s AT OKLAHOMA. The Wildcats are definitely going to need to pull some rabbits out of this hat.
My Pick: Oklahoma
Clemson versus Florida State
(3-0, 1-0 away)
(4) Florida St
(3-0, 1-0 ACC)
What a game. This second top-10 affair of the season should definitely be closer than Michigan-Alabama…and Alabama-Arkansas if Arkansas hadn’t of lost to your fifth grade class. Florida State has outscored their opponents 176-3 this season (http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/preview?gameId=322660052). The Seminoles have a strong defense, as well as a strong passing game led by EJ Manuel. Sammy Watkins, Tajh Boyd, and Andre Ellington lead a potent Clemson offense. This game might be a shootout, but either way FSU finds a way to win. It also helps that it’s in Tallahassee.
My Pick: Florida State
My Record: 8-5
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