Thursday, November 1, 2007

Week 10 Spotlight

Week 9 was a second consecutive poor showing by the Stomach Staples. They fell by a score of 154-135. Dropping behind Joe Pa's Stadium Cleaning Crew 53 points. The Stomach Staples are running out of time to make their comeback, so this week looms large. On to the picks for Joe Pa....

Arizona State continues to keep winning, and it's behind the play of Rudy Carpenter that is getting it done. Despite an injured thumb on his throwing hand he will be ready to go this weekend against #5 Oregon. While it is two top teams, it is still a Pac-10 game, so we'll be sure to see some points. In other action, Penn State takes on Purdue, and Penn State's defense has been shreaded in consecutive weeks. Look for the pass happy Boilermakers to try and take advantage, and for Curtis Painter to have a big day.

Don't expect Jamaal Charles to have another week like he did against Nebraska, no defense is that bad. But Charles has appeared to regain his confidence, and it's just in time, as the Longhons travel to Stillwater to face a defense that can give up a lot of points, in Oklahoma State. With all the injuries Oregon has faced this season, the stars have had to pick up the slack. Jonathan Stewart already has 1,000 yards on the season and will look to add to that total against Arizona State.

Wide Recievers
Rutgers is traveling north this weekend to take on the newest Big East cinderella, Connecticut. While UConn is a solid team, they don't have the talent to match up with Rutgers superstars. Win or lose, Tiquan Underwood should have a big day. South Carolina has been on a slide over the last few weeks and will look to rebound against Arkansas. Arkansas' defense has been suspect, and Kenny Mckinney should have a big day outside.

When Texas and Oklahoma State get together it is pretty much a certainty that both teams will score in the 40s. Who will score more, I think Texas, so I have their offense. As for defenses, Ohio State has a great one, though it helps that their competition isn't amazing. Wisconsin is a pretty one dimensional team, so look for the Buckeyes to stop PJ Hill and stop Wisconsin.

Picks (Home team in BOLD)
#11 Virginia Tech (6-2) over Georgia Tech (5-3)
#1 Ohio State (9-0) over #21 Wisconsin (7-2)
Penn State (6-3) over Purdue (7-2)
#24 Wake Forest (6-2) over #23 Virginia (7-2)
Cincinnati (6-2) over #18 South Florida (6-2)
#15 Texas (7-2) over Oklahoma State (5-3)
#3 LSU (7-1) over #17 Alabama (6-2)
#5 Oregon (7-1) over #4 Arizona State (8-0)
Rutgers (5-3) over #13 Connecticut (7-1)
Arkansas (5-3) over South Carolina (6-3)

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