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Predictions 101 — Week 6

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The first month of the season is in the books and now it’s time to really get after it. We’ve got Top-10 matchups and season-defining showdowns.

Yep, no more games involving Towson, rookie mistakes, extracurricular activities and bad predictions.

Last week, we went 4-3 straight and 3-4 versus “the number.” We had thoughts about this sort of thing after officials in Stillwater didn’t catch that fumble in the final seconds, but it’ll generally even out.

We’re not conceding this to be a rebuilding year at P101. It’s been rough with the smaller sampling of games, but we’re gonna turn this around right now.

TOP 5 GAMES OF THE WEEK (Thurs., Oct. 4, thru Sat., Oct. 6)

1) No. 5 Georgia at No. 6 South Carolina
Sat., Oct. 6 — 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

There’s a lot to like on each side, much of it nearly identical, making it quite hard to make the call.

When you think of Georgia’s one-two punch of freshman tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, memories of how South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore similarly burst upon the SEC scene two years ago (against the Bulldogs, no less) come to mind.

Yeah, Lattimore is still around. The veteran has been through a bunch of stuff, paid his dues and isn’t one to let these young bulls take center stage in his house … but, of course, that’s not entirely up to him.

Both defenses will have their hands full, but they each also have amazing playmakers. Gamecock defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is an absolute wrecking crew. Meanwhile, Bulldog linebacker Jarvis Jones seems to be everywhere, causing havoc for opposition offenses just the same.

Georgia’s balanced attack (285.6 yards passing, 250.4 rushing), which has scored 41 or more points in all five games this season, is equipped to neutralize some of South Carolina’s pass rush from the edge. Accounting for that hard charging ground game will be the Cocks’ No. 1 priority. Play action will give Bulldog quarterback Aaron Murray those extra half-seconds in the pocket to do some damage downfield.

Again, the same can be said when you reverse the roles, but in our opinion, to a lesser degree. We like Mark Richt’s offensive line better.

The way Georgia handled itself on the road at Missouri on Sept. 8, scoring 32 second-half points to post a 41-20 come-from-behind victory, is another factor in this decision.

The Bulldogs, who have dropped the last two in this series that began in 1894 and have never lost three in a row, didn’t need to beat the Gamecocks last year to take the SEC East. This season looks a lot different in the East and it seems to be a requirement.

Opening point spread: South Carolina by 2 1/2

The pick: Georgia 28-27

2) No. 4 LSU at No. 10 Florida
Sat., Oct. 6 — 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS

The battles to control the line of scrimmage in this showdown are going to be fascinating.

Florida’s improved offensive line will test itself against one of the best fronts in the land. On the flipside, LSU’s sledgehammer attack will provide a gauge on how far Will Muschamp’s defense has come in his second year at The Swamp.

Both quarterbacks will find themselves under siege. In Jeff Driskel’s case that’s primarily because the LSU defensive line is all-world. Although the Gator pass rush is a notch below what the Tigers have to offer, Zach Mettenberg’s lack of mobility evens that out.

Scoring opportunities don’t figure to be plentiful, so which ever offense can manage to stay in rhythm for decent stretches of plays will end up with the edge.

We’re giving Florida a long look. Home field advantage and an extra week to prepare are always huge factors. However, there was a huge gap between the teams when LSU showed its dominance in last season’s 41-11 victory in Death Valley. We know both squads are considerably different than last year’s editions, but how much?

Consistency is king, but when your next five opponents are Florida, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Alabama and Mississippi State, and you just got done slugging it out with Auburn, not using your top-gear versus Towson is somewhat understandable.

We expect most people to be scared off by the Tigers’ recent sloppiness — turnovers, penalties, red-zone ineffectiveness — but we’re banking on Les Miles using that to bring focus to his troops. Remember, he still has the horses and they all hear what you’ve been saying about them.

Opening point spread: LSU by 2 1/2

The pick: LSU 17-13

3) No. 8 West Virginia at No. 11 Texas
Sat., Oct. 6 — 7 p.m. ET, FOX

No disrespect to Baylor, but announcing yourselves as a contender in the Big 12 will never be about beating the Bears at home. Going to Austin and taking something away from the Longhorns is an entirely different story. After all, Texas is why the league is still around in the first place … and joinable by West Virginia.

So have at it, Mountaineers. Just understand that giving up 63 points to Baylor does not bode well for your chances.

West Virginia wideouts Stedman Bailey (13 catches, 303 yards and five touchdowns vs. Baylor) and Tavon Austin (only 14 receptions for 215 yards and two scores) will help Geno Smith post a set of nice numbers, Heisman worthy, but nothing approaching the 45-for-51, 656-yard, eight-touchdown day he had versus the Bears.

The Mountaineers will be facing the best defense they’ve faced in nearly a year (since getting roughed up by LSU, 47-21) and they can’t really counter with much in that regard. West Virginia currently ranks 94th in scoring defense, 106th in total defense and 118th in pass defense.

Opening point spread: Texas by 6 1/2

The pick: Texas 41-38

4) No. 21 Nebraska at No. 12 Ohio State
Sat., Oct. 6 — 8 p.m. ET, ABC

Last year against Ohio State, the Cornhuskers were able to dig themselves out of a 21-point hole at home … not too different from the 27-10 deficit they erased last Saturday in their victory over Wisconsin.

But, when Nebraska falls behind in the Horseshoe, there will be no such rally. The Buckeye defense will turn up the heat and quarterback Braxton Miller, who was sidelined during last season’s Husker comeback, will bleed time of the clock in bunches.

With Taylor Martinez at the controls, the Nebraska offense has the ability to be similarly effective, but the warning signs of turnovers, penalties and mental mistakes in their own stadium last week don’t bode well for a contest in Columbus.

Ohio State has really been impressive at the line of scrimmage … you know … “old man football” stuff. With that to rely on, Urban Meyer bags another big one.

Opening point spread: Ohio State by 4 1/2

The pick: Ohio State 27-20

5) No. 23 Washington at No. 2 Oregon
Sat., Oct. 6 — 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

This prediction comes courtesy of Shane Hedani from the P101 satellite office in Maunawili, Hawai‘i.

The Huskies stunned then-No. 8 Stanford last Thursday night, holding the powerful Cardinal running game to just 65 yards. Forcing Tree QB Josh Nunes to try and win his first road game with his arm by stacking the box was a good game plan.

The Ducks, however, are a different animal. They ain’t no tree and are nearly impossible to make one-dimensional.

Let’s not get too caught up in Washington’s new defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox. Yes, we saw him beat Oregon in 2009, when he was at Boise State. But we also saw Chip Kelly’s Ducks torch Tennessee’s defense a year later after Wilcox moved to Knoxville.

San Diego State and LSU ran for 199 and 242 yards, respectively, on Washington. Expect more of that at Autzen Stadium, where the Ducks have won 27 of their last 28. And when you add 200-plus yards via Marcus Mariota’s arm and that speedy receiving corps, this game is going to get ugly.

On the other side of the ball, Oregon’s active defensive front seven will keep Husky tailback Bishop Sankey in check and pester quarterback Keith Price all night.

Opening point spread: Oregon by 24

The pick: Oregon 56-21

UPSET SPECIAL OF THE WEEK

No. 17 Oklahoma at Texas Tech
Sat., Oct. 6 — 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2/ABC

Once again, the USOTW prediction comes courtesy of Marc Doche (@MDoche) from the P101 satellite office in Burbank, Calif.

It would appear that the wrong team is the favorite in this Big 12 matchup. After all, it’s Texas Tech that enters with an unblemished record, elite quarterbacking and a top-ranked defense.

Yes, you read that right, the 167.5 yards per game the Red Raiders are allowing is tops in the nation and the 10.8 points they allow ranks fifth. The numbers are admittedly built at the expense of second-rate opposition, but this sort of thing isn’t what we’ve come to expect from this bunch and is worth noting.

What hasn’t changed in Lubbock is a prolific aerial attack led by senior quarterback Seth Doege, who has tossed 15 touchdowns against just three interceptions for the nation’s seventh-ranked passing offense. He should feel comfortable against a Sooner defense that has forced just one turnover all season.

Bob Stoops’ squads have won 18 consecutive regular-season games following a defeat, a position they find themselves in after losing at home to Kansas State two weeks ago. But, the Red Raiders know all about halting Sooner streaks.

Harken back to last year when Texas Tech snapped Oklahoma’s streak of 39 victories at home. Add to that three consecutive Sooner losses in Lubbock and we get the impression Stoops would have preferred Tommy Tuberville’s squad relocated to the SEC.

Opening point spread: Oklahoma by 8

The pick: Texas Tech 34-24

RIVALRY GAME OF THE WEEK

Miami at No. 9 Notre Dame at Chicago
Sat., Oct. 6 — 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC

Yeah, it isn’t entirely natural to call this a rivalry game since they haven’t played in the regular season since 1990, but it seems just like yesterday that “Catholics vs. Convicts” t-shirts were top sellers and the Hurricanes and Fighting Irish were busy denying each other national championships.

Prior to the epic showdowns in 1988, 1989 and 1990, the series was best known for merely being Notre Dame’s warm-weather season-ender in years that didn’t call for them to play USC at the L.A. Coliseum during Thanksgiving weekend.

With the Fighting Irish’s new scheduling arrangement with the ACC, this rivalry could be on its way to re-ignition.

The two teams did meet in the 2010 Sun Bowl. The Hurricanes gave that one away, 33-17.

Miami isn’t the best team on the first half of Notre Dame’s schedule, but it could be the one that’s hardest for the Irish to handle. This U isn’t THE U, but it is the fastest squad the Irish will have played to this point.

Stephen Morris won’t throw for 566 yards and five scores like he did in last week’s Hurricane victory over North Carolina State. This Notre Dame defense, which has allowed only 36 points this season, is legit. But it will be interesting until the final moments.

Opening point spread: Notre Dame by 9 1/2

The pick: Notre Dame 26-20

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41 Responses to “Predictions 101 — Week 6”
  1. southernpatriots says: Oct 3, 2012 6:40 PM

    John:

    Thank you again for your feature. I need it more each week as I seem to get busier rather than less.

    Thank for for giving LSU the edge over Florida. My heart agrees with you, my head does not. Florida is loaded and LSU has been sputtering. I know the rookies and freshmen have received most of the play during the first games as Miles said he was preparing them game experience in case they needed to step in for the veterans during the SEC schedule.

    I know that LSU was working kinks out in the offense, even in the last game against Towson. Even considering all this, I did see the Gators at work several times already this season and they look like they look really good with the defense getting back its championship form and the offense getting more on fire each week with QB Driskell seeming to improve with each snap and throw.

    I will be watching Texas v. WVU. There some real matchups in this game. If Texas is able to get its running game going, they may be able to limit Geno and his receivers’ time on the field. If Geno is able to have the time to throw, it may be a long evening for the Longhorns. Should be a great game.

    Truly my best and prayers for the players. There have been far too many concussions and even spinal injuries which are devastating. May the players be safe, and play safe.

  2. mydixienormus says: Oct 3, 2012 8:17 PM

    Texas is going down, compliments of the Troglodytes!!!!

  3. marjax says: Oct 3, 2012 8:38 PM

    Miami at Notre Dame in Chicago? Are they playing half court rules in Wrigley Field again?

  4. askbri says: Oct 3, 2012 9:24 PM

    Honestly, the fact that you’re backing Georgia when South Carlolina has played the most consistent ball thus far under Spurrier tells me you’re off this week again.

    Your statement about Missouri – a joke of an SEC team – holds no significance here. They almost lost to Tennessee lasy week (at home!)

    South Carolina has beaten better Georgia teams with worse players.

    Another loser.

  5. imforbigblue says: Oct 3, 2012 9:43 PM

    I wouldn’t say USC is all that great They almost lost to UK last week lol

  6. irishdodger says: Oct 3, 2012 9:45 PM

    Marjax: no, it’s being played in Soldier Field.

  7. gotampabay52 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:59 PM

    Go Canes The U is bUilding its way back to the powerhouse

  8. gfj7000 says: Oct 3, 2012 10:24 PM

    John-
    I agre with southerpatriots above. The LSU/Florida game on Florida’s home field will truly go with Florida as victor at least 21-14. LSU has been playing like a High School team with DEFENSE only against a weak Auburn team and a Div. I-AA weak Towson team. As for the So. Carolina / Georgia game – once again on S.Carolina’s home turf – I also give the nod to the Gamecocks by at least 7 to 10 points. Then Texas vs. Texas vs. WVU – there again even though WVU’s defense allowed Baylor to rack-up 63 points, Geno will come with his firepower again and will wear out the Texas defense – I give WVU the win by 14 points.
    Being that your predictions went 4-3 last week, I believe you’ll go 4-3 or 3-4 this week. Better get more help next week with your predictions.

  9. askbri says: Oct 3, 2012 11:15 PM

    imforbigblue says:
    Oct 3, 2012 9:43 PM
    I wouldn’t say USC is all that great They almost lost to UK last week lol

    —————————————

    Yeah, they only beat KY by 21. I would say that’s almost a loss.

    Knucklehead.

  10. steeler1nation says: Oct 4, 2012 12:17 AM

    any other bettors out there?
    if so — what do you think is the best team to take this week? (I need a winner)
    thanks !

  11. pricecube says: Oct 4, 2012 3:30 AM

    Just to be fair.. Justin Wilcox’s defense did quite well against Oregon while he was at Boise State. Boise State defeated the ducks soundly at home. I think Oregon will probably win but you never until they play.

    I was not impressed with Georgia against Tennessee. In fact I do not see either South Carolina or Georgia as worthy of their current rankings. They are both top 25 teams … neither are in my top 5 or 6.

  12. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Oct 4, 2012 3:30 AM

    I’m a bettor, it’s in my blood, I’m the black sheep in my, wonderful Christian, family. So before I start and tell you who I like this week, know that nothing in life is guarantee, except for death and taxes. All the picks I’m about to give you are my opinions and mine alone; there is no science mythology or any time tested data used in my selections. Please don’t come in here next week and accused me of you losing your house, your family, or any other jazz for that matter, because like I’ve stated earlier , “nothing in life is guarantee.”
    I will start with: South Carolina vs Georgia(pk)…South Carolina will win by at least 9 points (that’s one winner for you) There’s one thing I’ve learned from my many years of wagering with or against a Steve Spurrier coached team, he loves to cover. This team he has here, offensively speaking, is nothing but a shell compared to some of Spurrier’s great teams Mr. FUN n GUN with Danny Wuffel was my bread and butter for a long long time. Amazingly, the Ole Boy Coach has evolved nicely with today’s football. Spurrier flipped his style and system to fit the Athletics of today and not vice versa. This game is the first time I feel confident the Marcus Lattimore will be the Marcus Lattimore I saw during his Freshmen year. And Connor Shaw looks like a slower version of Eric Crouch and Tommt Frazier, but just as deadly. In the days when Nebraska was dominate, they would tell you what they were running and dare you to stop them. Shaw is not afraid of taking a hit and loves the blue collar mentality of his team. Line them up and let see who’s the bigger man. And their defense is absolutely intimidating, I believed they are more physical on both sides of the ball than GA is. Just the simple fact that Georgia will depend on their two freshman stud RBs to be game changers scares me a little bit. They are good but lack experience, and a game this big, this hyped, with this much pressure to perform, they will more than likely be a bit limpy with their performance. The added pressure will be tough on Murray too, bc he will have play without his top receiver.

    2nd LSU (-2.5) vs Florida… Take LSU and give the points.. Why? I could be here all day.., short version this time: Muschamp is still quite not ready to take his team over the hump, he will, but not this year. Les Miles has proven he can win in big games, he knows how to pull off miracles and make good high risk decisions during big games ( if he doesn’t have cater to you know who so that his younger brother and two classmate would commit to LSU, that’s a whole other matter altogether). Ill leave it at that and take LSU and your future winnings to the bank!!!

    3rd West Virginia vs Texas(-6.5) .. Take Texas and give away the points… Defense wins!!! You know it’s bad that the higher ranked team is getting points from their lower rank opponent in their own home, Vegas knows!!! In this day and age, everybody has at least played some form of Madden Football or the old buzz board football figurine bouncing off each other, and there is nothing more satisfying than throwing a TD pass against your buddy and rack up tons of bragging rights. Unfortunately that is only fun on Video games, plus does anyone really thinks that Texas, the big bully of the BIGXII, will just allow some new kid on the block to just play pitch and catch on their expense, I think not.

    I’m not that guy that tells people to bet this, or bet that, and not take actions myself. I will never give out a pick and not play em myself.., when I meet up with a financial advisor I always ask what is in their personal portfolio, and if he or she doesn’t have what they are selling, then I won’t buy it (it’s just one small rule of thumb I live by).
    Before I make my wagers, I consider a lot of factors to help with my final decisions, for example: how often does this or that team cover, how much experience does the QB has in major games, are these team, that team overrated? How and why?
    What’s the weather, who’s the coach? Grass or turf? Open or domes? Are the cheerleaders hot (the women cheerleaders)? Coward noise, etc etc etc….even after all that, I usually (99% of the time) I go with my gut instinct.
    I don’t mind so much when I go with my gut instinct and lose, it’s when I follow “Mr. Joe Know it All’s” advice and loses. OMG!!! The Hulk’s got nothing on me when that happens.

  13. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Oct 4, 2012 3:35 AM

    @pricecube
    Who’s your top ten teams? If you think South Carolina and UGA are overrated ..

  14. pricecube says: Oct 4, 2012 3:37 AM

    Hey crazyasian…

    Like your picks … but do not discount WV… If Geno Smith is in the zone the guy is almost indefensible. Expect to see him on Sundays next year… I am not saying Texas cannot win… just saying that I don’t know… and he looked phenomenal last week.

  15. pricecube says: Oct 4, 2012 3:40 AM

    @crazy…

    First what kind of asian are you? Lots of Vietnamese down in LSU country… big pho fan here. Just curious.

    I think by the end of the season Ga and USCe will not be in top six. I could be wrong. :)

  16. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Oct 4, 2012 4:15 AM

    @pricecube…
    I’m the Crazy kind, the Asian American, definitely not Vietnamese, even though one of my sibling owns a Pho restaurant.
    Was born in Laos raised in Houma, Louisiana, or as folks would say it down south, Terrebonne Parish. But have lived up and down all of Louisiana, including Baton Rouge, and I especially enjoy golfing the Audubon Golf Trail, of which I am a proud member of for sometime now. I’ll let your figure it out what course I’m a member of because I already revealed way too much of myself already and eventually families and friends are going to put two and two together and say, “I knew it, that sorry SOB!”
    Then I will no longer be anonimous and then I would have to start behaving like gentleman, and that my friend won’t do.

  17. floridacock says: Oct 4, 2012 8:34 AM

    @pricecube
    “I think by the end of the season Ga and USCe will not be in top six. I could be wrong. ”

    Pretty safe bet as one is sure to lose this weekend

  18. florida727 says: Oct 4, 2012 8:41 AM

    I wish I had the confidence in my Gators that “southernpatriots” does! I think we’re a year away, but it should be a competitive game. With both defenses being as talented as they are, I think turnovers and special teams play will determine a lot in this game… maybe more than in most games even.

    Next year the Gators add a truly stud lineman (Tyler Moore, 6′ 3″, 305, ranked the 2nd best overall HS player in the state his senior year, transferred from Nebraska) that’ll be Driskell new best friend. Another year of ‘seasoning’ and I’d give Florida the edge.

    Regardless, it’ll be a great game to watch, then flip over to the UGA-USC game. Wow. What a day to be an SEC fan. Lots of other ranked team matchups. This will be the best weekend of college football yet this season. Enjoy, everyone!

  19. southernpatriots says: Oct 4, 2012 8:55 AM

    florida727:

    Did you receive the email from JT? If not, get him your current info, if so, contact us.

    I don’t know that I would call it “confidence” maybe “resigning oneself to reality” on my part…ha. If Miles was not planning this all along and if he really does not have a plan, we are in bad trouble. I have hope but a huge amount of concern.

    You may be right about the year away, certainly next year the pre-season rankings will be much higher and the team will be much better all along, it may be a genuine run at the NC for the Florida Gators. This year is no slouch though. Defense and an offense that seems to get hotter each week. Driskel has enough friends already! Adding this Cornfed great one to his gang…ugh. Would not seem to be fair. ha.

    Some colleagues from LSU Medical in New Orleans came out to eat a lunch we prepared for the evacuees yesterday and wanted me to come to the cafeteria at the hospital and prepare meals there….ha. Several are from the Big 12 and were bragging about the SOS their teams face. I used Florida as an example of the games the Gators will be playing over the next weeks and the rankings of their opponents. These docs were shocked. They won’t be bragging about Big 12 SOS any longer. smile.

  20. chicagoirish23 says: Oct 4, 2012 10:13 AM

    @marjax – Actually, there is this stadium in Chicago called Soldier Field. I’m not sure if you heard of it. The Chicago Bears play there, they are an NFL team. Well, that’s where Miami/ND will be playing on Saturday. The Wrigley Field contest was Illinois vs. Northwestern.

  21. whyalwaysthehate says: Oct 4, 2012 11:31 AM

    The Gators would have to beat the current top six ranked schools to win a NC this year. Five are on the schedule. More than a hump, brutal.

  22. gamustangdude says: Oct 4, 2012 12:36 PM

    I like it that very few are picking UGA. Too many people are reading into the Tenn game. Pricecube you’re one of many I’ve argueed on this same topic. Unlike in the past UGA has counted on it’s defense to keep games close. There’s no doubt UGA defense hasn’t been the same dominating unit they were last year. The Tenn Game is a rivalry game. South Carolina game, is another Rivalry game. I’m picking UGA to win for two simnple reasons. 1. Murray will have a big game against South Carolina’s Secondary. Murray IS fast enough to scramble if need be to find the open reciever. 2 South Carolina doesn’t have the offense to keep up with UGA’s. Lot’s of people like to interject the South Carolina defense argument bringking up the Tenn Game, but forget how UGA was dominate against Vandy, and other teams mostly in the second half of games. If you basis for analysis is simply focused on 1 game. WVU gave up 600+ yards of offense to Baylor, BAYLOR!! but everyone forgets that and focuses on the 700+ yards of offense they had. Why can’t they do the same for UGA? Everyone loves to hate UGA I guess

  23. blitz4848 says: Oct 4, 2012 2:17 PM

    Great TV this weekend. Keep extra batteries handy for the remote—lol.

    Florida 23 LSU 17 (Gators R my LOCK)
    Georgia 38 South Carolina 35
    Miami 31 Notre Dame 17
    West Virginia 41 Texas 35
    Purdue 20 Michigan 17
    Ohio St 24 Nebraska 17

    This is why we play the games and have our fun espousing our opinions!!!!!
    Everyone has their own opinions…..just play nice and be respectful!

  24. blitz4848 says: Oct 4, 2012 2:20 PM

    @Florida727—Florida also has a starting left tackle transferred from Maryland eligible next yr.
    Max Garcia -to go with Humphries their 5 star tackle. OL will b their strength NEXT yr.

  25. tigersgeaux says: Oct 4, 2012 2:29 PM

    blitz4848:

    Gave you thumbs up on both your posts, but think you will lose about half your predictions. Don’t bet on them!

    Your “LOCK” will lose. Miles will figure out a way, he usually does in the regular season big games, ask just about every good team.

    LSU 27 – Florida 17

    USC over Georgia 34 – 28

    Texas 45 – WVU 41

    This will be an interesting Saturday of football. I am going to have to make sure I have enough DVDs because I have a busy weekend otherwise.

    Geaux Tigers, Tigers Geaux!

  26. blitz4848 says: Oct 4, 2012 2:40 PM

    @Tigersgeaux
    Thank you….
    That’s what we all get on these boards for—to express an opinion–right & wrong….lol.

    I always just hope that all the games are decided on the field, by the play, and not bad calls as well as noone getting seriously hurt.

  27. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Oct 4, 2012 2:47 PM

    @tigersgeaux:

    If either LSU or Florida win by more than a TD, I’d be shocked. I also don’t see any way in the world a team that has allowed as many sacks as it’s vaunted D-Line has garnered will score 27. I expect both QB’s to be under siege most of the game, and think Driskell has a better shot of making the critical big play that will be necessary than Mettenberger, especially in the Swamp. I’m honestly expecting something in the 16-13 range.

  28. tigersgeaux says: Oct 4, 2012 3:07 PM

    You could be right. If Miles has it planned correctly and has been resting his veterans for this occasion. And if he is willing to take a gamble in the game as he did when Spurrier was coach there to win at The Swamp, he will prevail. If Mett has listened and practiced getting rid of the ball quickly, screens, slants, check offs, or even throwaways, he will not try to extend the plays, where Miles says gets him in trouble usually. You better believe I am apprehensive though. Its Florida and its at The Swamp.

    I think these predictions are fun, though when one’s heart is involved the game can be problematic.

    Now it’s fall and I need my usually dormant DVD recorder and it doesn’t work. I am going out and getting another one to be prepared because as many games are at one time, I will miss one or more.

  29. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Oct 4, 2012 11:54 PM

    @tigersgeaux….
    Hey !?! Have you been reading my picks? No, then there’s no doubt that you are truly an LSU fan, why? Bc you’re logical, informative, and exhibit the ability to perform sensible deduction and concluded with the best possible solution from all reliable resources and data, all the while, maintaining a standard of dignity by not allowing yourself to mingle with the trivial and bias few that has heart, heart, heart , and not enough gray matter to carry out the simplest of human task, “think”.

  30. tigersgeaux says: Oct 5, 2012 2:56 AM

    thecrazyasianinseccountry:

    Not only have I been reading your picks with interest, but have been reading your posts with interest and amusement.

    I, also, have golfed the Audubon Golf Trail. I love the course on the bluffs in St. Francisville.

    We certainly have the same geography in Louisiana in common. I helped southernpatriots family form the first Neighborhood Watch in Lafourche Parish after the horror which happened to two young boys there about a year ago.

    I love traveling to Houma and the surrounding areas. And, of course, I am an LSU fan from a family of LSU and Nortre Dame fans.

  31. dkhhuey says: Oct 5, 2012 10:11 AM

    Going to be a great Saturday of college football! A night game at the Horseshoe with Nebraska – I’m guessing it will be a bit crazy there! Looking forward to the SEC games as well!

    On a personal note – I am moving to Toronto next week and could use a couple of suggestions on where pick up some college football games!

  32. southernpatriots says: Oct 5, 2012 11:20 AM

    dkhhuey:

    Is it a short stay or a more permanent move? If more permanent, there are satellite providers up there which may be necessary to receive ESPN, 1, U, etc. Some cable companies in Toronto offer ESPN channel (s?) on their cable. Back when I was there some years back they offered ESPN only because it was the only U.S. sports channel and at that time ESPN offered curling and such obscure sports the Canucks like.

    There are sports bars. However, the sports they like do not have American college football at the forefront, but there may be one sports bar that caters to that clientele. If you have an opportunity, travel over to Quebec Province and City. Both have such history and alot of quaint small but excellent restaurants and enclaves. You’ll love the ambiance at many places, just steel yourself for the arrogance you may experience. Some Quebecois think they are better than anyone else. But you do have some experience with those attitudes already from some fan bases, don’t you?

    Toronto was a very clean city then, but I understand now, it depends on which part you are in.

    Please continue to communicate and post whenever you can. Our best to you in your travel, move, and relocation there.

  33. florida727 says: Oct 5, 2012 4:21 PM

    “southerpatriots”, I have not gotten an email from JT, nor do I know how to contact him. Let me know, and I’ll gladly forward my info on to him. Thanks…

  34. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Oct 5, 2012 5:29 PM

    @tigersgeaux..
    I have lived and many places and have searched for greener pasture; through the cold canyons of Moab, Ut, walked the warm beach of The Santa Monica Pier in La, Ca, rode the rides of Bush Garden in Clearwater, Fl, and have partied in the exotic land of a thousand elephants and danced at the roof of Banyan Tree Hotel in the mysterious city of Bangkok, Th, and swam the emerald green Ocean of the beautiful and exotic Island of Phuket, and walked with amazement on The Great Walls of China, and slept the sun away in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to only be awaken with an aching desire to smell the humid air of a special place that is dear and near my heart. No matter how far or wide I’ve moved away to, Like a super giganic magnet, the lore of Louisiana has a spell over me that I can not shake or waiver. (I can talk about it’s magic forever)… The next time my wife and I makes a plan to Tee off again in St Francisville I will let you know. God Bless! Geaux Tigers!!

  35. southernpatriots says: Oct 5, 2012 5:30 PM

    florida727:

    I am sorry to hear that. I am a loss to know what to do now. We have emailed JT again moments ago to let him know.

    Do you need to update your email address, perhaps he has an older one registered with CFT that you no longer use or have access to? If so, it may take updating that information first?

  36. southernpatriots says: Oct 5, 2012 5:42 PM

    thecrazyasian:

    You sound like global traveler! Most of my travels and that of my family have been to areas of the world where so many are suffering…Bangladesh, India, central Africa, eastern Europe during the turmoil, Cuba, Central America, and to those most hurting in this country during and after natural disasters, etc. No matter how much I (and we) travel, no matter how far, no matter where we relocated over many years, we also are drawn back to south Louisiana where the people, the food, the culture, and land, and the water all call us to return.

    I have laughed with then Governor Foster that one can take the Cajun from south Louisiana but he will eventually return. Maybe that is true for the Louisiana Asian as well? ha. There is something here that keeps us tied to the area, that is for sure. Let me know about the Pho restaurant in Houma, is it the Saigon 1?

    I am sure tigersgeaux will reply later. I think tigersgeaux has a double shift today and a PTO meeting tonight.

  37. southernpatriots says: Oct 5, 2012 6:02 PM

    florida727:

    Go to the top of this page. Click on send feedback under site tools. You will know what to do from there.

  38. tigersgeaux says: Oct 5, 2012 11:40 PM

    crazyasian:

    Great. I always look forward to going north of Baton Rouge to St. Francisville. I used to cross the river there to cross over to New Roads to visit relatives. I like the ride on Old Hwy. 61, especially since many they expanded it when they put in the nuclear power plant.

    I was able to get a new DVD recorder today during my break between shifts. I am connecting it now. I do not want to miss any games tomorrow.

  39. glowplugv says: Oct 7, 2012 9:06 PM

    I wish you guys doing the predictions would DVR the ND games and really look at the team. This is not the “slow” ND teams of the last 10 years. Didn’t you see our 300lb plus lineman outrun the whole Navy team (yeah it was just Navy, but he is a 300lb LINEMAN). There is track speed at the offense skilled positions and very mobile and hard hitting linebackers besides a strong and mobile DLs. After the first two long bombs against Miami, where the safety didn’t finish the play, there were no equivalent throws completed. Perhaps these reviews should be saying that the other team will have difficulty dealing with ND’s speed?!

  40. clemsonstillsucks says: Oct 7, 2012 9:39 PM

    @ JT and everyone else who picked UGA

    LOL

  41. savocabol1 says: Oct 8, 2012 10:04 AM

    Stellar outing predictors. Good job, good game.

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