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College Football Predictions 11/2/02

As the season gets into crunch time, every week we wonder which unbeaten team will blink. This week’s leading contenders are #2 Oklahoma and #4 Ohio State, who both host teams in the top 20. #5 Georgia has to go on the road against a ranked team as well. If any other unbeaten falls this week it would be a major surprise.

For the season I am 77-22 in my picks, and went 12-5 last week.

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NFL Power Rankings 10/29/02

Last week was made for road warriors, as 8 of 13 teams that stayed in a hotel the night before won on Sunday. In one of the bigger road kill games, Pittsburgh went to Baltimore and came away with a 31-18 win to move into sole possession of first place atop the AFC North. Tampa Bay also has a share of their division lead, moving into a tie for the NFC South lead with an ugly 12-9 win at Carolina. New Orleans slid back into that tie with the Bucs because Atlanta came to their house and beat them 37-35. Seattle ruined Emmitt Smith’s record breaking day with a 17-14 win at Dallas, and Denver put the defending champs in a bad spot with a 24-16 win at New England. The big upset was Houston winning at Jacksonville 21-19 for their second victory in franchise history.
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BCS Picture is as clear as mud - College Football needs a playoff

Every year I think to myself that there are going to be half dozen teams that finish without a loss, and they will implement a playoff system. Currently there are 8 major teams with a 0 in the loss column, including non-factor Bowling Green and BCS unfriendly N.C. State. Below I’ve detailed the scenarios that would put the major contending teams into one of the coveted top two spots for a national title game. At this point, it is hardly a stretch to imagine Oklahoma and Notre Dame both finishing without a loss, and almost certainly the winner of the Miami vs. Virginia Tech game will also be undefeated. The odds of Georgia, Ohio State and N.C. State to me are far less because they play several teams who “could” beat them. For my money, if even 3 teams finish without a loss, this will be the last year without a final four that determines the national championship.
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New Top 20: College Football Recap 10/26/02

SportI was right about something last week, there were going to be some upsets involving ranked teams. There were 4 that happened, and I was right about 2 of the 5 that I picked, most notably tagging Alabama to beat #15 Tennessee (my pick 24-20, actual 34-14). I also had #16 USC putting away #12 Oregon (my pick 28-27, actual 44-33). I was surprised that #13 Florida State did not come to play and lost 34-24 to #6 Notre Dame, and also at Washington falling so far so fast, losing again with a 27-16 defeat at #25 Arizona State.

The other upsets were Auburn smoking #10 LSU 31-7 and Wyoming winning for only the second time in eighteen games with a 34-26 victory over #19 Air Force. Elsewhere, I had an off week in terms of being close on the score, with my big hits being #1 Miami smacking West Virginia (my pick 40-16, actual 40-23) Bowling Green rolling Ball State (my pick 42-22, 38-20 actual) and Kansas State whipping Baylor (my pick 42-7, actual 44-10). I do go 12-5 overall to push my season record to 77-22 (78%).

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College Football Predictions 10/26/02

Following two weeks where I went a combined 32-4 I’m feeling pretty good about the picks this week. Five games pit ranked teams against each other, none more critical than #6 Notre Dame visiting #13 Florida State.
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NFL Predictions 2002: Week 8

Well last week I went with the ‘dogs and this week I’ll be sleeping with them after going 5-8-1 against the spread in a desperate move to climb back to .500 on the year (now I’m 46-53-3). I broke even picking winners at 7-7 to move my seson record to 58-44. I did have a stellar week picking the over/under, which has saved my season. I went 10-4 to run my mark to 56-46 on the year. The oddsmakers did a little catching up, going 9-4-1 against the spread (41-57-3 on the year) and 11-3 picking winners (59-42-1). On the week, 5 games went under and 9 went over leaving them tied at 52 on the season.

There are several intriguing games this week, starting with Pittsburgh traveling to Baltimore with the AFC North lead on the line. The Steelers might be without feature back Bettis and center Hartings. Atlanta tries to build on their momentum and slow down New Orleans. Oakland’s depleted secondary will be tested early and often in Kansas City. Cincinnati will try to get in the win column with a home game against Tennessee. Denver visits New England and will attempt to put a serious damper on the Pats’ AFC East title hopes. Arizona travels to San Francisco in a game that surprisingly will be for the outright NFC West lead. The Giants visit Philly on Monday night, hoping to claw back into the NFC East race. All in all, every division other than the NFC North could have a new leader or co-leader by the end of the week.

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NFL Power Rankings 10/22/02

Quick, who has the best record in the AFC? Would you believe the San Diego Chargers, who at 6-1 appear to have gotten over the hump after fading following recent hot starts. They took advantage of several Raider breakdowns, and a depleted Oakland secondary for a 27-21 OT win. With Miami looking like a hospital ward on offense, Indianapolis getting thumped this past week, and the AFC North led by the 3-3 Ravens and Steelers, they are suddenly the favorites for home field in the playoffs. After a bye and a game with the Jets, however, they get 7 straight tough opponents which is sure to break them.

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New Top 20: BCS UPDATE and College Football Recap 10/19/02

I followed up a 17-2 week with a 15-2 outing, moving my season record to 65-17 (79%) which inches me closer to where I should be. I had 6 picks dead to rites where the final score was concerned, and tabbed 2 of 34 team’s final point totals on the nose. I also got my upset, although Alabama smoked #22 Mississippi 42-7 while I thought they would squeak by (my pick 20-14).

My misses were #6 Oregon being stunned by Arizona State 45-42, and #8 Texas handling #19 Kansas State 17-14 courtesy of a last second blocked field goal. In other games of consequence, #2 Oklahoma steamrolled #13 Iowa State 49-3 and picked up some ground on #1 Miami, but the Hurricanes still own 86% of the combined #1 votes in the coaches and AP polls. #7 Notre Dame notched another big win, taking down #15 Air Force 21-14 on the road. #20 USC unloaded on reeling #17 Washington 41-21 to put themselves in position for a run at the Pac-10 title.

Oklahoma is #1 in the BCS rankings, comfortably ahead of #2 Miami. Surprisingly, Notre Dame is #3 with Virginia Tech, Georgia and Ohio State ranked 4-5-6 in a very tight bunch.

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NFL Predictions 2002: Week 7

A surprising start to the season has teams like San Diego, Baltimore, and Indianapolis occupying playoff position in the AFC, while Arizona and New Orleans are holding spots in the NFC with Dallas and the NY Giants tied for what would be the final NFC wild card. That would leave 5 of 12 teams from the 2001 playoffs home for the holidays, including the defending champion Patriots along with the team they beat in the Super Bowl and AFC title game (Rams and Steelers if you’ve been on a desert island). All four NFC divisions are led by 2001 playoff teams, and the only other team not currently in position to repeat is Chicago. The NY Jets are the other AFC playoff team that looks unlikely to repeat.

It shouldn’t be a week with many surprises, as 9 of the 14 games are between teams either currently in the same division, or that were last season. Six games match teams with .500 or better records, and six of the eight divisions could have new leaders or co-leaders after this weekend.

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College Football Predictions 10/19/02

After last week’s group of royal rumbles, this week’s list of 4 games pitting top-25 teams against each other seems tame. The only ones pitting teams in the top 15 are #13 Iowa State visiting #2 Oklahoma and #7 Notre Dame paying a visit to #15 Air Force. Both could affect the national title picture if an upset takes place.

I’m now 50-15 on the season following a big time 17-2 week.