August 30, 2006

Week 1 Preview

Week #1 Preview:

After what appears to be the longest off-season in the history of sports...the greatest 5 month spectacle on earth is about ot kickoff tomorrow night. (Go Chips) Before we get into the mighty Huskers and however they spin an upcoming win over La Tech on Saturday, let's look at some of the other notable games around the country, and around the Big 12...as I see it.

Remember kids...this is for entertainment purposes only...no gambling. (unless I get a cut)


TCU (+7 1/2) @ Baylor
I hear Baylor has picked up an actual decent recruiting class or two and have looked pretty good in the off-season. With that being said, they're still Baylor, and TCU is pretty damn good. I think the winner of this game should get entrance into the Big 12...and if you've been to Ft. Worth or Waco...you would know too which school should win that contest. (Baylor is a dry campus by the way) Baylor may be improved...but not enough to beat TCU
Huskerh8er Pick - TCU 31 Baylor 13

Montana State @ Colorado (NL)
The Hawkins era has a nice fat appetizer to start the season off with. It's strange to see the Buffs playing an actual dog on opening day. That doesn't last long though as a killer three game stretch awaits. No brainier here.
Huskerh8er Pick - Montana State 10 Colorado 51

Murray State @ Missouri (NL)
I've been a Missouri fan my whole life, and one thing that life has taught me is NEVER EVER expect anything out of Missouri. This line of thinking poisons the soul and affects every single Mizzou fan from here to Cape Girardeau. There's no reason Mizzou can't be a damn good team..and this year is no different. Look for Mizzou to struggle early but pull away..headed into tailgate 2006.
Huskerh8er Pick - Murray State 7 Missouri 41

Louisiana Tech @ Nebraska (+21 1/2)
How can Nebraska be a "National Title Contender" and only be favored over La Tech by 21? No offense to my La Tech friends, but if the Huskers are as good as they say they are...they should be favored by much more than 21...especially in Lincoln on opening day..where they never lose. Again, look for Tech to scare the piss out of the Hicks early..and then something stupid happen like a fumbled punt or something like that. Hicks will pull away late...but not till they scare the hell out of every farmer in the house.
Huskerh8er Pick - Louisiana Tech 13 Nebraska 24

North Texas @ Texas (+41)
The defending National Champs take on a pretty underrated team in the Mean Green. Actually...they suck, but they're not AS bad as people think. With that being said, no way in hell should this be close. Despite the loss of Vince Young et al...they're still loaded.
Huskerh8er Pick - North Texas 0 Texas 63

Toledo @ Iowa State (+8)
This should actually be a great game. Toledo is one of the most underrated programs in the country, and has had a pretty long line of successful seasons over the past decade or so. Iowa State is loaded on offense, and on paper (to me at least) has the best starting 11 in the North. With that being said...something...not sure what....says Iowa State may lose this game. Perhaps it's gas.
Huskerh8er Pick - Toledo 31 Iowa State 33

UAB @ Oklahoma (+21 1/2)
Who would have thought a few weeks ago that OU would only be a 21 point favorite over UAB? UAB...much like Toledo has had some success in recent years...but has no business hanging with OU. The Paul Thompson era begins for the Sooners...no word yet on what his salary starts off as.
Huskerh8er Pick - UAB 14 Oklahoma 41

SMU @ Texas Tech (+26 1/2)
Lubbock. Night Game. SMU. Next pick please...
Huskerh8er Pick - SMU 16 Texas Tech 49

Citadel @ Texas A&M (NL)
The Citadel has a football team? Since when?
Huskerh8er Pick - Citadel 0 Texas A&M 56

Southwest MO State (I refuse to call them Missouri State) @ Oklahoma State (NL)
Okie State is bad and Gundy has made no indication that he can coach a lick...but losing to the 6th best team in Missouri (Behind Mizzou, Northwest, Central Mo, Truman State, the SLU intramural champs) is unacceptable. Pokes better roll.
Huskerh8er Pick - SMS 7 Okie State 31

Illinois State @ Kansas State (NL)
There are some...several people I know in fact..who are thinking Ill State and their 9 D1 transfers are going to hang with K-State. Although I think there is certainly opportunity to scare the bujesus out of KSU, there is still enough talent there at least to beat Illinois State at home. If not..this is going to be a long long long off-season for the Cat nation.
Huskerh8er Pick - Illinois State 17 Kansas State 35

Northwestern State @ Kansas (NL)
Kansas sucks. Northwestern State sucks more.
Huskerh8er Pick - Northwestern State 6 Kansas 35

Other picks because I feel like it:

Cal 21 - Tennessee 27
Notre Dame 31
- Ga Tech 17
USC 38 - Arkansas 10
Florida State 33 - Miami 21
Vandy 13 - Michigan 24
Utah 31
- UCLA 21
Wisconsin 23 - Bowling Green 24
Kentucky 17 - Louisville 48

13 Comments:

Blogger Husker Mike said...

If the end of the momentum was real, the Huskers shouldn't have much of a problem. Huskers 42, LaTech 10.

The last mention of The Citadel with respect to football that I remember was from Bill Fleming during ABC's College Football Scoreboard in the 1970's. Yikes...I'm getting olllllllld...

11:01 AM  
Blogger AJ said...

I guess we'll see Mike. :) You going down to the game?

Wait til you see what we have planned next week for the Mizzou game. Oh the audioblogs should be good.....trust me.

11:02 AM  
Blogger Husker Mike said...

Of course. I haven't missed a home game since 1998, and only 2 since 1992. That streak is in a little danger for the Mizzou game. (We're expecting our first child in November, and yes, that takes priority... :-)

11:54 AM  
Blogger AJ said...

Booooooooooo! Where are your priorities man? Your fellow fans are going to string you up if they see you slacking like that. ;)

Congrats though. Hope all goes well for you and your family.

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

North Texas @ Texas (+41)

WOW....lock of the year. The national champs getting 41 points at home over North Texas. This is a no-brainer.

If you are gonna make picks, please learn how to display the lines correctly.

North Texas at Texas (-41)

12:39 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

If you're going to use ANYTHING I say and put it toward your gambling choices...you have far bigger problems than I can fix.

Thanks for the lesson Mr. Sheridan. Much appreciated.

1:29 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

Toledo will be a good test for the Cyclones. Could dictate how the rest of the season will go. I think it's the Game of the Week in my book.

1:49 PM  
Blogger Hugh Akston said...

What about a Chips prediction?

3:39 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

I'll be rooting for the Chips with all I have. (On TiVo....pitching in a playoff game tomorrow)

But I don't think they have enough to beat BC.

BC 31 - Chips 10

Sorry. :(

3:48 PM  
Anonymous johnnylightnin said...

I'd take that prediction AJ. Hopefully my dawgs will put up quite a fight. Thanks for dropping by the board. Comeback anytime.

7:38 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Wow, I called that Iowa State game pretty tight now didn't I?

:)

10:46 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

I love watching the MAC play football... I don't think they get enough credit.

No shame in losing to a MAC team-- unless your the Huskers.

Props to Toledo... bigger props to Iowa State for scheduling a tough gmae and winning.

1:57 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

I missed Colorado (who didnt)...Bowling Green and Utah. Other than that..had a nice week of picks. Nearly NAILED the Mizzou score.

Yay me.

9:30 PM  

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