H22's Weekly Featured Games

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  1. H22APWRD94

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    H22's Weekly Featured Games

    Week 8 features 2 user games, both coming from the Pac10:

    #1 USC Trojans host the Oregon State Beavers

    USC comes in with a 6-0 record, 4-0 in conference, with 4 straight wins on the road to start the season. They should be moving to the #1 spot after a loss this week from PSU. They boast user wins against Minnesota and Washington. Having the #2 scoring offense and the #5 defense have probably helped out a little. The score of their late game with Washington State has yet to be reported.

    Or St has a record of 2-2, 0-1 in conference, and are coming off a loss to UCLA. They started the season against a tough Boise St team that dominated them through most of the game. Picking up two home wins against Louisville and FCS NW put them back above .500, but then a tight game with UCLA in which they lost the lead late set them back to even. Their late game with Arizona has yet to be reported.

    USC is without Joe McKnight, and Or St looks injury free. To win this game, Or St is going to have to get Quizz loose. If he has a big game, and the defense generates some stops against the high scoring offense of USC, they have a chance. But then again, it is a home game for USC. And they are USC. But when they are caught thinking they have it in the bag, that is when USC loses. It seems as if USC has lost one game every year that they should not have. Could this be that game? Also a side note - the past two weeks the #1 team in the nation has taken a loss to drop from the undefeated, could the trend continue?

    The Wildcats of Arizona host the Oregon Ducks

    Arizona is coming off an unexpected conference championship last season. So far this year, they have opened slowly, going 2-2(0-1) out of the gate. They picked up two wins to start the year, but after a week 3 revenge game against Rose Bowl foe PSU, the coach called it quits. A second loss to the Nittany Lions was just more than he could handle. The very next week in another let down, they played flat against Washington State and gave up a conference loss. They have a very good defense, ranked 3rd in the nation. But a -7 in the turnover department seems to be costing them on the offensive side of the ball. Their late game against Or St has yet to be reported.

    Oregon opened up with a blowout win against New Mexico, then hosted the Iowa Hawkeyes. A game that was extremely sloppy on both sides from the turnover department left them holding the short stick. A win the following week against WSU, followed by back to back conference losses has them sitting at 2-3(1-2). They need this win to stay in the hunt for the Pac 10, but will need some help to compete for the title. Boasting a highly overall rated team, they accel in the passing game, but need to get their run game going to provide some balance.

    Arizona is without backup RB Keola Antolin. Oregon looks to be free of the injury bug coming into this matchup. Oregon will win this game if they can provide a balanced attack that keeps the Arizona defense off balance. They have a great passing attack with their TE's, but need to move the ball on the ground to keep the defense honest. Arizona just needs to hold onto the ball. Their defense is extremely tough, but if you keep sticking them out there on short fields, they will tire fast and give up big plays. Matt Scott needs a solid game, and Nic Grigsby needs to find a spark.

    Around the rest of the NCAA:

    Wyoming and CSU - Battle for the Bronze Boot
    Louisville and Cincinnati - Keg of Nails
    #23 TAMU and #16 Ok St
    #8 Alabama and #9 Tennessee (rivalry game)
    #10 Texas and #21 Nebraska
    #5 LSU and Auburn (rivalry game)

    Rankings are subject to change following week 7 play

    Mike
     
  2. controllerabuser

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    I am surprised that Tennessee is ranked so high, #9?

    Also, very good start to your featured weekly games. I am looking forward to seeing the Minnesota Gophers in there very soon.
     
  3. H22APWRD94

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    Week 9 featured matchups

    This week in the NCAA, there are quite a few key matchups. Many of them with huge implications for the conference title competition. And there may be none larger than the two lead games for the Big10 this week. The early game of the day has #3 Iowa hosting #18 Michigan. The late game features #20 Ohio State travelling to Happy Valley to take on #7 Penn State. Heading across the country, we find Arizona State hosting Washington.

    #3 Iowa Hawkeyes host the #18 Michigan Wolverines

    Iowa comes into this game with a record of 7-0, 4-0 in conference. In a season that was not expected to see this kind of success, Iowa has pulled through some tough games and continued to march. Led by JR RB Jewel Hampton, and an impressive offensive line, the Hawkeyes have been dominant on the ground. They are currently the top rushing team in the nation, and third in the nation in scoring offense. SR QB Ricky Stanzi has become a great game manager, but can make the plays when he is needed.

    Michigan brings a 5-1 overall mark, 2-1 in conference, to this game. Their lone blemish of the season came against the Nittany Lions of Penn State in week 6. This is not the Michigan of Lloyd Carr's last years, no, this team always has talent, it just needs coaching. And that is what it has found. Running with a lot of young talent, coach Droweezy has worked his way into a tie for the #2 spot in the conference. A win this week would put them in good position for a Big 10 title if they were to win out. SO QB Tate Forcier is the leader of this team. Being so young, you may ask how, but attitude goes a long way. While he may not have a champion stat line every week, he leads his team to victory. A young, fast, talented defense also supports the Michigan way. The #1 rush defense, and #6 overall defense in the country, Michigan has been dominant on the darkside of the ball.

    This game is a clash of titans. #1 overall rush defense vs the #1 overall rush offense. Who will come out on top? Kirk and Lee are for Michigan. Kinnick will be rocking. They want on the list.

    #7 Penn State Nittany Lions host #20 Ohio State Buckeyes.

    Linebacker U comes into this 6-1, 3-1 in conference. Their lone loss came at the hands of Iowa just two weeks ago. That still has not changed their outlook on the season. Win, win, win. For the glory... This is a rivalry game. It features a Nittany Lions team that may not be dominant in any one category, but they do everything well. Capitalizing off of mistakes is where they accel. +7 in the turnover department, 2 going back for td's, and 20 overall turnovers. Hampered by the loss of TE Andrew Szczerba and WR Graham Zug, their passing game has been slowed a little. Good depth at WR and a solid running game with RB Stephfon Green has kept the offense mobile. The question mark this year may be at QB. With Darryl Clark leaving after graduation, the ball has dropped into SO Kevin Newsome's hands. He has proved himself this year, but still has some inconsistencies in his young career.

    Ohio State comes into the contest 5-2 overall, 2-1 in the Big 10. Some would say a disappointing year, others would argue. With a coaching change early in the season, I'm in disagreement. This is a good team. Miami caught them looking. Wisconsin is no slouch. But it ends there. Ohio State has to win. And that is going to be tough. Missing their catalyst, QB Terrelle Pryor is out for 7 more weeks with broken ribs. Also joining him on the injury list is SR WR Taurian Washington and SR CB Chimdi Chekwa. Chekwa is done for the year, a big loss because it is his senior season. Washington should be back in another week. But OSU has enough depth to overcome these injuries. The question is how will the offense adapt without its main drive. We are hearing rumors of the Big10 of old, "3 yards and a cloud of dust". I personally love this philosophy. It's how the game started. We will see.

    Both teams need the win. Lose, and better luck next year. The Big 10 crown is not living there. Penn State won last year, but that means nothing now.

    Arizona State Sun Devils host the Washington Huskies

    ASU boasts a record of 5-2, 4-1 PAC 10, and comes into this game with their first big matchup under a new coach. While unknown to most, his reputation lights the way. Coach Derr(r) has already rocked the boat in the middle of the desert. He looked at the roster, jaw hit the floor, and proceeded to call a team meeting. Next he called in his recruiters. They were seen leaving with pink slips in hand. While being a well rated team, their ratings don't mean diddly. Both their offense and defense are performing in the lower half of the nation, but they seem to win games by forcing mistakes. That bend but don't break mentality can take you a long way. With losses to Wisconsin and in conference to Cal, they are not out of the hunt in the PAC 10. But they must win out to capture the conference title. This change could lead to big things, only time will tell.

    The Huskies have a record of 4-3, while going 2-2 in conference. They have losses against both conference front runners, USC and Cal. For an underpowered team, they are performing extremely well. While SR QB Jake Locker has been somewhat inconsistent, the foundation for this offense is SO RB Chris Polk. Amassing 1255 total yards and 12 td's, he has been the goto offense for the Huskies. Avoiding injury is a large concern for such a young player carrying that heavy of a load. 2nd in the PAC 10 in rushing offense, Washington has to find another dimension to move to the front of the pack.

    I look for this game to be won in the trenches, and any advantages will come from the passing games.

    Other games of interest:

    #24 TAMU at Baylor - Battle of the Brazos
    #5 Florida at #22 Georgia - The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party
    #16 Nebraska at #23 Ok St
    #15 GT at Clemson - old southern rivalry


    That's it, tune in next week for more.

    Mike
     
  4. bcduggan

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    The crazy stat for Arizona State Washington is Washington is 4-0 on the road. Washington is 0-3 at home.
     
  5. controllerabuser

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    Great write-up Mike, I look forward to reading next weeks!
     
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    Again you guys are great at this very enjoyable to read.
     
  7. H22APWRD94

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    It will be during family time so I will see what I can do. Also my 'phins are playing tonight on MNF. I will definitely check in.

    Mike
     
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    WEEK 9 - 2011

    With conference play in full steam, there are some intriguing matchups for week 9:

    In the Big 10 there is none bigger than #11 Penn State visiting the Horseshoe to take on #5 Ohio State. Other than it being a rivalry game, this one also has major bearing on the conference race down the stretch. Penn State has one loss in conference, while Ohio State just beat conference front runner Wisconsin.

    This matchup features the #1 passing offense in the country behind the unlikely arm of Terrrelle Pryor. TP must have developed a decent passing technique in the off season, as the past two seasons for him have been average at best. His real problem this year has to be the fact that he is throwing to the defense almost as often as he is finding the endzone. This will need to change against a very opportunistic Lions defense. A big person to watch in this game is TE Jake Stoneburner. He made the switch from WR to TE and his speed (90) at the TE position is a weapon. Also being 6'5", 230lbs does not hurt.

    For Penn State, they have suffered two losses already, and we are only at the midpoint of the season. That equals their total number of losses in the regular season for the last two seasons. Boasting the #5 rush offense in the country, they will need to get great production from both HB Curtis Dukes and HB Stephfon Green. If these two get going on the ground, it will limit the number of touches for the high powered OSU passing game and make it easier on the PSU defense. Long drives will win this game for them. The key player for PSU will be on defense. LE Eric Lattimore needs to get pressure on Terrelle Pryor and force him to make quick decisions. Alternating him left/right, and sending him on stunts and twists will surely wreak havoc with OSU's blocking schemes.

    Prediction - PSU 27 - OSU 24 - PSU forces 3 turnovers, and limits OSU's big plays, winning this one with good ol' Big10 football.



    In the Pac 10, we have yet another rivalry game. This one is not the battle of LA, but pretty darn close. This game is for the conference lead, and for USC, maybe something bigger. With a good start to the season, they are 6-0 and in the drivers seat for the National Championship, again. Cal is looking to continue its winning streak. They started off poorly, but have been hot of late with an average margin of victory of 30 points in their last three games coming into week 8.

    For USC, they are #2 scoring team in the nation, with a large chunk of their points coming from their defense. The defense just flat out plays. They are +11 in the turnover department this year, and many of those have gone back for TD's. The defense has scored as many or more TD's than 7 FBS teams offenses on the year going into week 8. Amazing stat. The player to watch for USC will be RE Nick Perry. Perry has not picked up any sacks on the season, but he is a force when he hits people, causing fumbles and just general havoc around the football.

    Cal comes into this game without their best offensive weapon, RB Shane Vereen. That leaves the offense up to QB Brock Mansion and his receivers. Covaughn DeBoskie will have to help out on the ground, but for Cal to win this game, DT Trevor Guyton is going to have to own the middle of the USC offensive line and help bottle up Marc Tyler while putting pressure on Aaron Corp. Small task, I know. The receivers for Cal are better than the USC secondary, and they need to take advantage of mismatches.

    Prediction - USC 31 - Cal 33 - Cal limits Marc Tyler on the ground and forces Corp to win the game. A late turnover leads to the game winning FG.


    Mike
     
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    WOW! Great analysis of week 9.

    Cal at USC is definitly going to be a knock out drag out slugfest :)! I am kinda shocked that Cal is predicted to win but I found out real quick that it's not just what's on paper that determines games. Ryty UCLA team doesn't look that strong on paper but controlled the game from the get-go by outcoaching and outplaying Cal (who's the better rated team) and destroyed them by 20 in week 8.
     
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    Penn State will win if they run the ball and stick with it. We were getting decent yardage against them more often than not when we ran it, and Penn State's group of backs are even more talented. Their linebackers alone are gonna force 2-3 turnovers against pretty much anyone they face, and they should be better able to handle the option/screen passes, which is pretty much 90-95% of Ohio State's offense.
     
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    Wisconsinsports,

    Dude, really? You had to go that route? Not something I want to see. Don't do that again.
     
  13. H22APWRD94

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    Sdid, don't be offended, I have to pick against you at least one time this year. :D

    Mike
     
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    LOL you're just doin your j o b man good work
     
  15. Ryty

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    GREAT Analysis, Mike! (as usual)

    As far as the USC/Cal game, I would have given Cal a much better shot if Vereen was healthy. Unless the Cal backups can establish a running game, I think USC will win the game.

    My prediction - USC 31 Cal 17

    As far as the Big Ten game....well.....who cares. :D
     
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    OHIO STATE Q&A

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    We caught up with Coach Bkhogfan51 to ask him some questions...
     
  17. controllerabuser

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    Bouncing around the past few years it looks like you finally found your groove with the Ohio State. Coach bkhogfan51, how are you feeling about the year you are having? Can you be beat?
     
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    Ohio st feels like home. My team has worked hard im proud of them.

    Im not thinking about our record or bowl games though. One Game at a time.

    Every team has their weakness. So yes i can, but im not revealing how.
     
  19. controllerabuser

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    Please, speak your mind, it would be appreciated!
     
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