Saturday, September 15, 2007

After nearly a week of mourning

StatueLeft gazes into the future, into Week 3's predictions.

The mighty Blue and Orange suffered a disappointing defeat last week at the hands of a stout d-line and the UDUB Huskies capitalized on the mistakes ( costly turnovers and timely penalties).

Moving on, this week they face the Brokeback Mountain Cowpokes from Wyoming. This should be a lot tougher than the point spread might infer. The defense for the Pokes is tough as they held the Broncos to one one touchdown on offense a year ago. After viewing what the UDUB Huskies did to the BSU run game last week, the Broncos should see some more 7-8 man fronts. Up to Coach Pete to gameplan to make the Cowpokes suffer, launching deep balls to Childs and Young. The Cowpokes offense has somewhat of a hurry up no huddle offense but it relies on the defense not making the any quick subs, with the Cowpokes hurrying to the line to simulate a play out of the no huddle, but if the play is not there, then they look to the sideline from the spread formation and see what play they might run. I am forecasting a 21-20 Broncos victory. I should be in attendance and will hopefully be able to enjoy the last 85 degree football game of the year, here on the blue turf.

Cripe's selections are on the left, Statueleft's pick in the blue on the right (not playing the spread)

Murphy's picks are the same as mine, but in green

Oklahoma 74 (-46), Utah State 7 OU
Oregon 27, Fresno State 21 (+16.5) U of O
California 44, Louisiana Tech 21 (+33.5) CAL
Washington State 48 (-25.5), Idaho 20 WAZZU
UTEP 44 (+5), New Mexico State 41 NMSU
Hawaii 52 (-17), UNLV 14 HAWAII
Stanford 3, San Jose State 0 (+7.5) SJSU Stanford
Nevada 38, Nicholls State 21 (no line) NEVADA
National/local interest:
Florida 31 (-7.5), Tennessee 17 FLORIDA, easily
Michigan 20 (-7.5), Notre Dame 6 ND, finally Michigan
Ohio State 16, Washington 13 (+4) OSU, tough game to call
UCLA 31 (-15.5), Utah 10 UCLA
Southern Miss 20 (-1), East Carolina 17 USM, who cares
Louisville 59 (-6), Kentucky 49 U of L, closer than one might think-KU qb is a gamer
Arkansas 16 (+3), Alabama 13 ARK walks away
Georgia Tech 27, Boston College 24 (+6.5) GT survives
USC 38 (-9.5), Nebraska 21 USC whitewashes the huskers
Florida State 19 (-4.5), Colorado 13 FSU maybe