Friday, September 16, 2011

Week Three...
Eastern Michigan at Michigan
- Mike Hart comes back to M... as an EMU coach.  The Eagles, nee Hurons, are 2-0 but against FCS programs.  EMU may stay close early on M's ND hangover, but this won't be close long.  Michigan 41 - Eastern 10

Phats: Michigan 41 eastern michigan 17- What a game last week for Michigan an exciting last second TD. This one might start slow still recovering from that excitement, but won't take long for the Wolverines to roll

Penn State at Temple - I'm not sold that the Nits will go to Philly and win this one.  Al Golden is gone but he left the cupboard nicely stocked.  I'm going upset here.  Temple 20 - PSU 17
Phats: Penn State 31 temple 10- PSU didn't do bad against Bama, but just didn't have enough fire power to keep up with the Tide, this week should be a different story.

Pittsburgh at Iowa - Another good week three game.  Iowa is stinging from that loss to rival Iowa State. Pitt is 2-0.  I think Iowa rebounds and recovers with a good win.  Iowa 23 - Pitt 16
Phats: Pitt 24 Iowa 21- Tough loss for Iowa last week, and this week doesn't get any easier. I think the Panthers steal a road win here

SE Missouri State at Purdue - Purdue Pete wins without a blocked FG.  Purdue 34 - SEMO 13

Phats: Purdue 28 SEMO 10- OUCH the rice game was a nightmare, and some awful time management in the 4th, but this "should" be a win, and it's sad to even have to say should. Good news sounds like Marve will play some in this one as well. Boiler Up!

Miami (OH) at Minnesota - Will Minnesota play fired up for coach or be a little flat?  Hard to be much flatter than last week.  Coach Treadwell will have the Red Hawks, nee Redmen, ready to play but the Gophers squeak one out.  Minnesota 20 - Miami 17

Minnesota 21 Miami 17- Thoughts and prayers go out to Minnesota coach, hopefully he is good enough to return to the field, and that emotion will be enough to propel the gophers to the win

Michigan State at Notre Dame - I'be making the trip to South Bend and hoping to see MSU win 7 of 8 in Irish territory.  ND is better than their record, MSU is improving week to week.  Michigan State pulls out another in an epic battle.  State 38 - ND 35 in 2OTs.

Phats: Michigan State 28 Notre Dame 24- Here's to hoping the Spartans keep ND winless!!

Northwestern at Army - Love that the Wildcats are going to West Point - the most gorgeous campus in the US.  Army is getting better and will be competitive but NU is off to a great start.  It will be close but the 'cats get it done.  Northwestern 27 - Army 21.

Phats: Northwestern 28 army 14- Northwestern quietly flying under the radar, should stay undefeated but might be a tricky game.

South Carolina State at Indiana - IU blew a great chance to make a statement last week and will come out sluggish this weekend.  However, even the Hoosiers can't blow this one.  IU 38 - SCS 14

Phats: Indiana 38 south carolina state 23- IU really had a nice come back vs UVA, then the old IU showed up and blew it. They should win this one, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's close football in our state of IN right now just isn't good.

Washington at Nebraska - The rubber match after last year's blow out in Seattle and shocker in San Diego.  Nebraska has yet to roll like we thought they would but they get it done in Lincoln.  N 30 - W 13.

Phats: Nebraska 31 Washington 17- Nebraska struggled a bit with Fresno, but I haven't been impressed with anybody in the PAC12 yet, and this one is at home Huskers pull away late.

Wisconsin vs. Northern Illinois - MAC v B10 III.  UW looks really good.  Northern Illinois isn't bad but even having a former Badger coach at the helm won't change the result.  Wisconsin 42 - Northern 7

Phats: Wisconsin 41 Northern Illinois 7- Nice to see Wisky traveling to a MAC school, but it shouldn't change the result.

Arizona State at Illinois - Other than the Ineligi-bowl, this is the game of the week.  Both teams are off to good starts and look at this as a statement game.  ASU has the burden of travel though, so edge to Illinois.  Fighting Zookers 24 - Sun Devils 20.

Phats: Arizona State 31 Illinois 21- Fighting Illini finally play someone, and we'll know just how good they are, and even though I said I am not impressed with Pac12 I think they get the win here.

Ohio State at Miami - Ah the Ineligibowl.  What Miami is accused of doing makes OSU's transgressions look like child's play.  Miami gets some key players back and has a great coach but Ohio State is hungry to show last week was an aberration.  Buckeyes 27 - The U 17

Phats: Ohio State 24 Miami 21- I have no clue why I am picking OSU here, they didn't look great against Toledo, but they might have been looking ahead. I am hoping for the Big Ten's sake the Buckeyes can pull this one off.

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