Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Week Four...
San Diego State at Michigan (Game of the Week)
Gamm - On one hand, SDSU has to travel across the country for a noon game. On the other, don't you think the players might have the least bit of desire to beat former coach Hoke, even if he left on good terms?  If this game is in Cali, I go with the Aztecs.  It will be close but M will pull it out.  Michigan 31 - SDSU 30

Mayo - I was stunned to see this as the Game Of The Week, but after looking over the rest of the slate, it belongs here. Hoke prepares his team to take on his former team. Michigan will have to shore up the pass defense to pull away in this one and I think they’ll do just enough to get past this before the B1G season starts. Michigan 38 – SDSU 34

Central Michigan at Michigan State
Gamm - MSU has two sets of revenge on tap here.  One for the 2009 upset on the second shot at a field goal after a freshman named Jerel Worthy jumped offsides on the first attempt (a miss).  Two for the way the Spartans played last week.  News came down today that in addition to the loss of starting right tackle Skylar Burkland, MSU is without center Blake Treadwell and backup tackle Jared McGaha.  Still, MSU pounds the rock, Rock gets 200 yards rushing and MSU rolls.  MSU 48 - CMU 13.

Mayo - Wrong week to be a Chippewa. Dan Enos will take his squad into East Lansing having endured a whipping at the hands of archrival Western last week. Dantonio will likely be able to get some backups in for valuable time and not run up the score too bad in this one. Michigan State 47 – Central Michigan 10

Eastern Michigan at Penn State
Gamm - Eastern was all up in Michigan's face early but never got the scores to scare the maize and blue. Penn State's offense is almost as bad as Ohio State's - and that is bad. Until PSU settles on a QB, I don't think they'll do a thing to impress. And even then, it might be tough. Penn State 20 - Eastern 7.

Mayo - Easy pick of the week. Paterno lets the kids get some quality play time in the Romper Room. Penn State 51 – Eastern Michigan 13

Louisiana-Monroe at Iowa
Gamm - ULM had TCU in a dog fight for a couple of quarters last week and isn't afraid to tussle. Iowa is confident after that stirring comeback. Will they look past ULM (am I the only one who thinks the movie Waterboy when we talk ULM?) or take care of business? I see a sluggish start but a solid win. Iowa 33 - ULM 10.

Mayo - Iowa will be able to shore up some of the issues they’ve had recently by putting the smackdown on whatever the mascot is for Louisiana – Monroe. I’ll admit that I know nothing about this program, but I do know that if “State” doesn’t follow Louisiana, they aren’t any good. Iowa 38 – Louisiana-Monroe 6

Colorado at Ohio State
Gamm - remember when Colorado was good? Wow that seems like so long ago. It even feels like an eternity since OSU was good and that was just last season! The Bucks are a mess on offense and still down several key players. The Buffs knocked off rival Colorado State but don't have the horses to get it done here. OSU will be lackluster but still get a W. Ohio State 24 - Colorado 14.

Mayo - Possibly just what the doctor ordered for OSU? Pac-12 vs. B1G in a matchup of Great Whites vs. Seals. OSU takes out two weekends of frustration on CU. Ohio State 44 – Colorado 24

Western Michigan at Illinois
Gamm - My upset game of the week. Illinois is riding high after a nice win, but the QB is dinged and he's the key to the Illini's success. Western was a 14 point swing on a pick 6 from making Michigan really sweat in the opener and is equipped to win. Granted, Michigan did not have an ounce of the defense that Illinois does but a bit of big win hangover mixed with taking the wrong opponent lightly means the MAC scores win two of the season over the Big Ten. WMU 27 - Illinois 23.

Mayo - This could be an intriguing matchup if Western can get things going. Illinois looks to be in the upper-middle class of the B1G this year and should be able to put this one away by the middle of the third quarter. Illinois 31 – Western Michigan 13

South Dakota at Wisconsin
Gamm - Can we stop annointing Wisconsin as the Big One and the rest the little eleven? I'll give you that UW has looked strong. But um, who have they played? No one and this week they play the fifth cousin of no one - FCS foe South Dakota. We won't know what the Badgers have until NU comes calling next week. Meantime, ho hum another blowout win! UW 56 - SD 6

Mayo - Where are all these South Dakota schools coming from? This “game” doesn’t warrant much of a preview. Wiconsin 61 – South Dakota 6

North Dakota State at Minnesota
Gamm - Minnesota can take nothing for granted. The Bison have given the Gophers fits more than once. Minnesota is getting better but will still struggle. Gophers 30 - NDSU 23

Mayo - If I remember correctly, Tim Brewster’s Minnesota squad fell apart and let this North Dakota State team into TCF Stadium and ruin an otherwise beautiful day for the Gophers. Jerry Kill will have a different result. Minnesota 28 – North Dakota State 16

Indiana at North Texas
Gamm - Not even IU can screw this up. Even with 30 penalties! IU 31 - NT 10

Mayo - Well, I had to look up North Texas to see what they are all about. Apparently U-G-L-Y is the definition of this program right now. Indiana 34 – North Texas 13

Nebraska at Wyoming
Gamm - a good battle between cowboys and farmers. Wyoming is unbeaten but not for long. NU preps for next week's trip to Madison with a beat down and a tighter D. Nebraska 44 - Wyoming 14

Mayo - Nebraska continues its three week “W” tour (Washington, Wyoming, Wisconsin) with a fourth “W”. Taylor Martinez has another ho-hum huge day for the Big Red. Nebraska 56 – Wyoming 17


Dan Meyer said...

Now onto Round 3 (for me, 4 for the others):

*San Diego State 20 at MICHIGAN 24--Know very little about the Aztecs and Wolverines are hard to predict, thus a basic home-field pick here.

Central Michigan 10 at MICHIGAN STATE 28--Chippewas long for days of Dan L.

Eastern Michigan 7 at PENN STATE 30--Congrats to Nittanies on last week's win; no applause for this scheduling ploy.

Louisiana Monroe 17 at IOWA 23--Think the Hawkeyes survive a scare here.

Colorado 10 at OHIO STATE 31--Buckeyes need to and get to get their offense untracked.

Western Michigan 14 at ILLINOIS 21--Bronchoes put a scare in the Illini, but like Iowa the Big Ten entry prevails.

South Dakota 3 at WISCONSIN 48--Seriously??! In what way does this matchup prepare the Badgers for Nebraska?

North Dakota State 9 at MINNESOTA 17--Now that Kill has the hang of winning, he likes it enough to do it again.

INDIANA 24 at North Texas 21--Not a bad upset pick but Hoosiers hang on for what could be their last win of the season--at least until the Bucket debacle.

NEBRASKA 42 at Wyoming 14--Slightly better matchup to prepare for next week than WI, at least WY has some history in football.

Dan Meyer said...

I "forgot"...

Bye 21 at PURDUE 23--In spite of the Boilers permitting 320 yards of passing, Carson Wiggs kicks a 65yard field goal as time runs out after a senior reminds Coach Hope that you can attempt a free kick after a fair catch of a punt.