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|Saturday, November 09, 2013 12:00 AM|
It was a generally mediocre week.
The best was Guest Picker Larry Heiing, who went 8-4 overall (5-1 college, 3-3 in the National Football League).
Since he was the only GP last week, the accumulated total for that personage is 110-80 (56-39, 54-41)
I was next-best — if I write so! — at 7-5 (5-1 and 2-4) to trek on to a total mark of 62-46 (33-21, 29-25); regular Bob Weber was also 7-5 (4-2, 3-3) for a record of 69-39 — 39-15 and 30-24.
The third regular of this motley crew, Dave Boninsegna, was 4-7 (he didn’t pick one, the coward!) — 3-2, 1-5 — and he now stands at 59-48 (30-23, 29-25).
Larry returns as a GP, while Mike Wrasman, a one-time correspondent/sports editor at The Herald, the Times Bulletin and the Fostoria Review Times, is the second GP.
Here are the Games:
College: LSU at Alabama; Texas at West Virginia; Notre Dame at Pittsburgh; UCLA at Arizona; Vanderbilt at Florida; Penn State at Minnesota.
NFL: Carolina at San Francisco; Cincinnati at Baltimore; Houston at Arizona; Miami at Tampa Bay; Detroit at Chicago; St. Louis at Indianapolis.
ALABAMA: As an OSU fan, my heart says LSU. Bayeaux Bengals’ QB Mettenberger and his wideouts can hurt the Tide secondary. The head says Alabama is too good. The Tigers’ defense is very talented but very young, while the Crimson Tide has tons of players who have been there, done that. My cranium wins.
TEXAS: Mack Brown’s obituary hasn’t been finalized yet. He has turned it around and maybe has saved his job in Austin, especially if he can win out in November and December. Longhorns win in Morgantown. This ain’t the Big Least (in football, at least), is it?
NOTRE DAME: Irish should have blown out Navy last week; of course, I lost a bet because the Midshipmen played an almost perfect game (really?) and ND did not. Methinks they won’t give Panthers the same chance this week as Irish stay in BCS search if they keep winning.
ARIZONA: UCLA starting three true freshmen in their offensive line against a decent Wildcat defense. Enough written for that as Brett Hundley will be running for his life. The desert also has a way of making you “see” things. Wildcats mess up PAC 12 a little more.
FLORIDA: This game is in The Swamp. Even though the Gators have had their share of miseries on both sides of the ball and the Commodores are a vastly-improved team, that will be the difference. Gators are still athletic as all get out and go.
PENN STATE: Nittany Lions are better than they should be, OSU beatdown notwithstanding. They have nothing to play for but pride; that should be enough, even at Target Field.
SAN FRANCISCO: A great matchup. The Panthers’ offense has gelled and the defense is much better than advertised. However, the same can be written about the 49ers offense and the defense, especially the front 7, may be the best in the NFL. Give the home team the edge in Candlestick Point/Park/Promontory/whatever.
CINCINNATI: Bengals beat up but have had long week to rest up. They are having injury woes but Ravens think Flacco can carry them on offense. Joe has his millions but not his weapons. Good luck.
ARIZONA: Houston defense still good; it’s the offense that has let the Texans down. Cardinals just have the desert edge; they are a different team in Glendale.
TAMPA BAY: Buccaneers should have beat Seattle — in Seattle. They are not that bad, quite frankly. They get their first win against the distracted — to say the least — Dolphins; they have had to focus on everything but football this week. Darrell Revis and Company make them pay in the New Sombrero.
DETROIT: Jay Cutler will be back for Bears. Too bad the defense remains beat up.
INDIANAPOLIS: Andrew Luck and Colts seem to get it done, especially at home. Rams are like much of the rest of the NFL: up and down. They are used to playing inside but Colts will get the slim win.
Alabama: This is a real chance for the Buckeyes to move up if LSU can pull it off but Bama is just too balanced.
Texas: Texas is rolling on a 5-game winning streak, while the Mountaineers squeaked by TCU last week to avoid their 4th straight loss. The Texas D is very good and should be able to contain WV.
Notre Dame: Notre Dame has won four straight games; Pitt has lost two straight. The Irish are banged up on their defensive line; the Panthers on their offensive line. Notre Dame has eked out 3-point wins in each of the last two seasons against Pitt and should continue the streak again this week.
UCLA: Both teams have identical records in overall and in the league; UCLA got back on track following back-to-back losses against highly-touted conference foes. Now it will turn its attention to slowing slow down the nation’s leading rusher as it aims to keep moving in the right direction. The Bruins stay on track with a win over Arizona.
Florida: Despite losing three in a row, the Gators should be able to take out Vandy at home on Saturday.
Minnesota: Penn State got an OT win last week after being bludgeoned by Ohio State; Minnesota has won three in a row. I like the Gophers to keep the streak alive.
San Francisco: The Carolina Panthers have picked up their play after a rough start, bringing themselves into the playoff picture. The 49ers are 3-1 at home; I think that gives them the edge on Sunday.
Cincinnati: The Bengals took a tough loss in OT last week and this week doesn’t get any better but I am going with my heart and my Bengals.
Arizona: It has been a tough week for the Texans; as if trying to avoid the longest losing streak in team history isn’t tough enough, the Houston Texans must attempt to do so without their coach and perhaps their star running back as well. With ailing Gary Kubiak out indefinitely and the status of Arian Foster uncertain, the visiting Texans look to avoid a seventh straight defeat Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. I am taking the Cards to keep the Texans’ woes alive.
Miami: The battle of Florida not going to be much of a battle; the Buccs are just bad. Miami keeps TB winless despite the turmoil in Miami.
Chicago: Chicago can take control of the division; they can and will get that done at home.
Indianapolis: The Indianapolis Colts maintained their cushion in the AFC South thanks to a stunning comeback in their most recent game. They might not need such an effort against struggling St. Louis, as they’ll try to earn a third consecutive win Sunday by sending the visiting Rams to a season-high fourth straight loss. Indy in a easy win.
ALABAMA – I hope that LSU can give the Buckeyes an early Christmas present; however, the Crimson Tide and Nick Saban will push forward towards another SEC championship and their third consecutive national championship game.
TEXAS – The Longhorns seem to have saved Mack Brown’s job for a while and the Longhorns’ defense — led by Jackson Jeffcoat and Cedric Reed — will make it a long day for the mountaineers.
NOTRE DAME – The Panthers, the Steelers – no football team in Pittsburgh will win this weekend.
UCLA – The Bruins will need to slow down the very talented Ka’Deem Carey of the Wildcats but Brett Hundley and the Bruins will get the job done.
FLORIDA – Even though I think the Gators have more injured players then healthy ones – going with the home team in this one.
PENN STATE – Two teams that have been very hard to figure out all year. Nittany Lions’ defense will stop the Gophers’ heavy reliance in the running game.
SAN FRANCISCO - The Panthers have been impressive the last couple of weeks but this game is against the 49ers and the Panthers’ winning streak will come to an end.
CINCINNATI – The Bengals just simply have more talent on the offensive side of the ball.
ARIZONA – Houston is just too banged up, still dealing with the loss of their head coach on the sidelines for a couple of weeks and has a QB named Case Keenum (wasn’t he the one on radio that played the top 100 songs each week?) LOL (Editor’s Note: That’s funny, Casey Kasem!!!).
TAMPA BAY – Going for the huge upset here. Not sure how the Dolphins will play after this past week’s “festivities” in and outside the locker room.
CHICAGO – The Bears get back Cutler this week and with Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte, I’m going with the home team in this one.
INDIANAPOLIS – Andrew Luck and the Colts prevail easily.
Alabama: Nick Saban has his club playing above everyone else in college football. Tide rolls again in his “big game.”
Texas: Texas is rolling is rolling, winning 5 straight games. West Virginia has a physical running game but will be no match for Texas. Longhorns win.
Notre Dame: Pittsburgh’s offense ranks 103rd in the nation and won’t be able to outscore the Irish. Notre Dame does have problems when heavily favored. Irish remain
lucky and win.
Arizona: UCLA has been outscored on the road this year. The game is at Arizona. Arizona wins.
Florida: Vanderbilt’s pass defense this year has been boom or bust, allowing 3 TDs in 3 games and 0 TDs in 3. Vandy has a losing streak of over a decade to the
Gators. Florida win.
Minnesota: The Gophers are headed to their best season in over a decade. Penn State has shown improvement this year but will fall short to Minnesota.
Carolina: San Francisco has won 5 in a row while the Panthers have won 4 in a row, both against teams with losing records. Cam Newton’s recent improvement is the main reason for the win streak for Carolina. Panthers win.
Bengals: The Browns beat the defending Super Bowl champs last week. The Bengals will do the same.
Arizona: Houston has been dreadful this season and even worse after coach Gary Kubiak suffered a mild stroke. Arizona wins this game.
Miami: The Dolphins try to move on after a week internal harassment talk. Miami will play inspired football and keep the Bucs winless.
Bears: Jay Cutler returns behind an improved offensive line that is helping score 30 points per game, which is 2nd in the NFL. Da Bears rule this battle.
Indy: The struggling Rams are trying to avoid a 4th straight loss. Andrew Luck will have a great game at home to earn their 3rd straight win after their dramatic win over Houston last week.
Alabama: Tide will roll over Bayeaux Bengals.
Texas: Hook ’em, Horns.
Notre Dame: Irish will pummel Pitt’s Panthers. Unfortunately, ND barely sunk the Navy last week.
Arizona: Arizona will bounce Bruins.
Florida: Gordon Gee’s former school will get grilled by Gators.
Penn State: Nittany Lions will gobble up Golden Gophers. Unfortunately, it’s not my Vikings.
Carolina: Cam and the boys will strike gold against 49ers.
Cincinnati: Bengals will batter ex-Browns.
Arizona: Cards will clump Kubiak-less Texans. Hope Gary gets well soon (Editor’s Note: As do I!).
Miami: Scandal-ridden Fish will blast winless Bucs.
Detroit: Lions will maul Monsters of the Midway.
Indianapolis: Colts will rout Rams.
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