|Extended Pigskin Picks|
|Saturday, October 26, 2013 12:00 AM|
It was once again a mixed bag of success amongst the five pickers last week.
Regular Bob Weber set the pace with an 8-4 mark — 3-3 college, 5-1 pros. He is now 55-29 — 30-12 and 25-17.
Regular Dave of the Boninsegna clan was 6-6 (1-5, 5-1) to make his record 45-39 (22-20, 23-19).
I and Guest Picker Marc Smith went an illustrious (aka ugly) 5-7 (2-4, 3-3 both). I stand at a miserable, rotten, horrible, terrible — some might even say mediocre! — 47-37 (25-17, 22-20).
With the other GP Jay Spencer going 4-8 (1-5, 3-3), that makes the aggregate of the GPs 86-69 (42-35, 44-34).
Coach Smith and Nancy Spencer — who probably did pick them last week — return as GPs.
Here are the Games:
College: Texas Tech at Oklahoma; UCLA at Oregon; South Carolina at Missouri; Stanford at Oregon State; Clemson at Maryland; Vanderbilt at Texas A & M.
NFL: NY Giants at Philadelphia; Dallas at Detroit; NY Jets at Cincinnati; Atlanta at Arizona; Pittsburgh at Oakland; Miami at New England.
OKLAHOMA: Tech is up and coming but the Sooners never really left. They quietly have had a solid season and I like them in Norman — but not by much. Their defense is much improved — enough to at least slow down Tech — and the offense is explosive to outscore their foe.
OREGON: UCLA has entered a gauntlet of strong teams, starting last week in Palo Alto. They are another up-and-coming team with a lot of talent and athleticism but Quackers are already there; speed, speed and more speed win in Eugene.
MISSOURI: South Carolina let us ALL down last week. Mizzou surprised me with a backup QB in Maty Mauk, who apparently wasn’t rusty at all after not playing much since he graduated from Kenton. I won’t make that mistake again, especially in Columbia.
OREGON STATE: Beavers have quietly come along. Any time a California team goes to the Pacific Northwest, it’s never easy; they tend to struggle with colder and windier weather. Cardinal may be looking ahead to Oregon next week, opening the door for Beavers to get BIG win in Corvallis.
CLEMSON: Tempted to pick against the pretending Tigers — once again! — after horrible outing last week. Will resist that temptation this week as Clemson wins on the road in College Park; just too much talent and still a lot to play for.
VANDERBILT: Aggies may not have Johnny Football due to injuries; “First Take” talked about that a lot this morning. Even with him, they can’t stop anybody; without him, can they even be remotely as explosive? Methinks not.
NEW YORK GIANTS: G-Men on a streak! Stop the presses. Iggles are a mess at QB: will it be Vick, Foles, Barkley, Roman Gabriel, Randall Cunningham or Jaws? Home team usually wins in this series; it’s at Philly, so the Philly fanatics get out the boos.
DETROIT: Megatron against struggling secondary in Dallas — does this surprise us with Jerry Jones focusing his drafting on the secondary? Megatron and company MUST be salivating. Pity poor Romo against fierce “Silver Rush” defensive line.
CINCINNATI: Which Bengals will show up? My guess is that finally, the contenders will. These are the type of games they must win to be considered real contenders. They will make Geno Smith and the J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets one-dimensional.
ARIZONA: Falcons’ weapons are severely reduced without JULIO Jones and Roddy White — even with Steven Jackson coming back — and defense isn’t good enough to compensate.
PITTSBURGH: Former hated rivals meet up before Raider Nation. Both teams will beat each other to molecules — methinks Raider Nation won’t let them forget about how much they despise each other — but Steelers will win.
NEW ENGLAND: Not sold on Tannehill as Miami QB — yet. They need to get some more talent around him. I am sold on Mr. Brady starting to find his stride, especially with Gronk settling back in, and young receivers that should start to “get it” — in Foxborough.
Oklahoma; Big 12 showdown that could go either way; both teams are evenly matched but I will go with the home team — just because.
Oregon: Oregon continues to be dominant on both sides of the ball, scoring 57.6 points per game and while its defense is allowing 17.3 points per game. UCLA’s young offensive line got younger with more injuries across the front. The Ducks trying to hold on to that number 3 spot. I’m liking Oregon to do so.
Missouri; A win by the Tigers and they essentially win the SEC East Division in their second year in the league. Maty Mauk led the Tigers last week; he does it again on Saturday.
Stanford: The teams may have like records but Stanford is near the top of the top 25, while Oregon State is right at the bottom; I like Stanford to knock the Beavers out of the top 25.
Clemson; Tajh Boyd and Clemson had both Heisman and national title hopes ruined by FSU but there is still much to play for. The No. 9 Tigers hope to put last Saturday’s misery behind them when they invade College Park and face Maryland. They do that by getting a win over the Terps.
Texas A & M; The Aggies are coming off their second loss of the season, a 45-41 home defeat to Auburn. But despite Johnny Manziel being injured, the Aggies still take care of Vandy.
NY Giants; The Giants got their first win last week; that could get them in a groove. Look for them to get their second this week in Philly.
Detroit; The Lions lost on that last second field goal last week to Cincy; I think the Lions bounce back this week.
Cincinnati; “Who Dey” on a roll; let’s just hope this week they hold off on the drama and take it early.
Arizona; With their longest losing streak in six seasons behind them, the Atlanta Falcons appear ready to move forward with confidence. Hoping to avoid their first 0-3 road start since 2007, the Falcons look to win consecutive games for the first time this season while trying to hand the Arizona Cardinals a third straight defeat Sunday. Atlanta is so banged up, I am taking the Cards.
Pittsburgh; The Steelers have won two in a row now and their defense is getting better; the Steelers take number three in a row.
New England; The Pats look to get back on track after their stunning loss to the Jets; Miami took one on the chin as well. New England comes back and wins this week.
Oklahoma - The Red Raiders high-powered offense will be shut down by the nation’s leading pass defense in the Sooners.
Oregon - Two of the best QB’s (Marcus Mariota and Brett Hundley) will light up the scoreboard. Going with the Ducks and their great uniforms.
Missouri - I’m going again with Maty Mauk and the Tigers’ defense that leads the SEC with 23 sacks on the year.
Stanford - The Cardinals - but hoping they’re not looking past this game for next week against the Ducks.
Clemson - Tajh Boyd and the Tigers will rebound after their thumping to the Seminoles last weekend.
Texas A@M - The Aggies will score enough points to make up for their woeful defense.
Philadelphia - Neither one of these teams impress me but I’m thinking Michael Vick will outscore Eli in this one.
Dallas - Going with the visitors in this one, hoping that the return of Demarcus Ware on the defense and Demarco Murray in the backfield will allow the Cowboys to prevail.
Cincinnati - The Bengals’ defense is going to make things real tough on a very talented Geno Smith and I hope the Bengals’ field goal unit doesn’t push anyone in the back during the game. Note: NFL watch games - it happens all the time!!!
Atlanta - The Falcons are getting healthier and after a bye week, I look for them to have a big day against the Cardinals.
Pittsburgh - Two in a row and Momma is happy!! Been impressed with Terrell Pryor this year but I’m worried its going to be a long day for him with his offensive line giving up already 27 sacks this year. Big Ben will probably throw two interceptions but Le’Veon Bell will bail him out and they will score just enough to beat the Raiders.
New England - Tom Brady will not lose two games in a row and Gronk is just a beast on the field.
Oklahoma - I believe they are the more well-rounded team.
Oregon - Having seen the Ducks live this season, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen better team speed for a college team. Will probably play for the National Championship.
South Carolina - Coming of a huge loss to Tennessee, I think the Gamecocks will bounce back in the SEC to knock off a Tiger team that’s due to lose.
Stanford - Very fundamental and complete football team.
Clemson - I’m gonna go with talent here. Will Clemson still have a hangover from last week’s debacle? Probably, but they’ll recover in time to pull out the win.
Texas A&M - You gotta put up points to beat the Aggies - I don’t think the Vandy offense is explosive enough.
Giants - Does Philadelphia know who their QB is?
Detroit - The Lions bounce back at home.
Cincinnati - It appears that the Bengals are starting to find their stride.
Arizona - I like the home team; Falcons injuries are going to catch up to them.
Pittsburgh - The Steelers are starting to play better football.
New England - Look for the Pats to bounce back at home.
South Carolina - I’m going to go with my head and pick the Gamecocks. I think they have found their stride after the soap opera of “Clowney” has continued for most of the season. Two weeks ago, I would have taken the Vols and I would not be surprised at an upset here.
Florida - QB making his 1st start (although I wish Mauk well) against a stout defense. Coming off a high with their victory over Georgia, I think that Mizzou gets knocked off at home.
Texas A & M - I’m not a believer in Auburn as I think they have had a very fortunate schedule to date.
Stanford - I just don’t see the Cardinal losing 2 in a row in the Pac 12; they’re too good.
Florida St. - Every time I here the national pundits sing the praises of Clemson, they seem to stumble. Florida State has the better defense and knocks off the Tigers.
Washington - Same reasoning as my Stanford pick above. If the long trip doesn’t get to them, I like the Huskies.
Atlanta - Tampa Bay continues to struggle and this could be considered a must-win game for a good Falcon team.
Philadelphia - I like the Eagles at home. Philly needs a good controversy as Foles wins his 3rd straight game and Vick looks to return soon.
Detroit - Detroit’s offense creates match-up problems all over the field. Cincinnati is very inconsistent.
Baltimore - Even though the Steelers got their first victory last week, I think the Ravens ultimately win this division.
NY Giants - Someone has to win, so I’ll go with the home team.
Carolina - The Rams are playing better recently. I think Newton will shine at home.
Texas Tech - Texas Tech's passing game will come up against the Sooner's tough pass defense. one of the best in the nation so the winner of this matchup will have the best running game and that is Texas Tech.
Oregon - Oregon's playing well on both sides of the ball and its "D" is tough. UCLA's offensive line keeps getting younger with injuries across the front.
Missouri - Missouri is coming off win and is at home.
Stanford - Stanford will give the Beavers all they can chuck and more.
Clemson - Even though Clemson's national title opes are gone, the Tigers still have a lot to play for. Maryland has also been down lately and just lost its two leading receivers for the rest of the season.
Vanderbilt - The Aggies defense is struggling and Vanderbilt is fresh off the upset of Georgia last week.
Philadelphia - Even though Michael Vick will start this game a little banged up, he can lean on his big-play receiver DeSean Jackson for some downfield help and should be able to pound the ball with one of the league's top running backs "Shady" McCoy.
Detroit - This game will feature two of the NFL's top wide receivers in Dez Bryant and Calvin Johnson. Both quarterbacks are capable of putting up big numbers. Look for the Lions to squeak this out at home in? a high-scoring shootout.
Atlanta - Although the offensively-depleted Falcons haven't had much go their way this season, they are getting healthier in a few key areas and should be strong enough to beat the lackluster Cardinals.
Pittsburgh - Look for the Steelers to run the ball with rookie running back Leveon Bell. He's a bruising back that will wear down Oakland's "D."
New England - The Patriots are making a mid-season push to get healthy. With Gronk back in the lineup, it gives Tom Brady one of his favorite targets in the red zone. The league should take note over the next three weeks. They will also be getting back Danny Almendola and running back Shane Vereen, making the Patriots quite formidable late in the? season.
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