43-17, Runnin' Out of "O.P." Power

By Amsinger - September 24, 2007


I personally hold "Off Prompter" to a high standard. You do as well. So 17 incorrect predictions simply isn't good enough. Sure, I had two fewer miscues than last week - but there was also six more games in week three. I've been consistent over the past two weeks and if you know me - I HATE CONSISTENCY!

First off, I need to apologize to the teams that made me look like an idiot last week.

#1. Auburn. Sorry Tommy, had you guys losing to New Mexico State. Auburn was only up one at the half, but they eventually blew out the Aggies, 55-20. My bad.

#2. Miami (FL). Randy Shannon has every right to make fun of me after picking the 'Canes to lose to another group of Aggies. I gotta stay away from picking Aggies I guess.

#3. BYU. The Mountain West is brutal to predict this season and the Cougars made me look silly by smoking Air Force 31-6.

#4. UNLV. I had no idea Utah was this mental. For some reason I thought the Utes would continue their momentum from week three when they blew out UCLA. Boy was I wrong.

#5. Louisville. You guys made me look like an idiot because I said you would win!

As for the games I pegged:

#1. UConn over Pitt. I was all alone on this pick. Many expected Pitt to smash the Huskies after being competitive on the road against a good Michigan State team one week prior. Instead, my "Big East Preseason Sleeper" continues to make me look like a genius.

#2. Toledo over Iowa State. Hahahahahaha! This one point win made me smile! Toledo was WINLESS and ISU was fresh off an upset victory over IOWA!!!! - I was the only sucker smart enough to call this.

#3. Kentucky over Arkansas. I don't care if Kentucky was ranked - this was still an upset! Also, from this point forward, no matter if Kentucky is ranked higher than its opponent - I will always brag about the 'Cats winning because I was the ONLY human being on the planet that said Kentucky would win the SEC in the Preseason!

#4. Michigan over Penn State. This game played out exactly how I predicted. Mike Hart took over the offense and the Wolverines made me look bright.

#5. UCLA over Washington. When EVERYONE was writing off the Bruins following a horrible game against Utah, I stuck with Cally Kids against a program many believe to be on the up-and-up.

Okay, enough about last week. Let's get begin to thrive in week FIVE!!!!!

In case you're counting, here's a statistical breakdown of my picking prowess so far:

Week #1: 53-17
Week #2: 54-8
Week #3: 47-19
Week #4: 43-17

Overall Record for 2007-08 season: 197-61.

Like I do each and every week, I predict all Division 1A games (otherwise known as the College Football Bowl Subdivision). This blog will carry scores from the ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten and MAC. On Wednesday, you'll get your full of CUSA, Mountain West, Pac-Ten, SEC, Sun Belt and WAC.

It's time to do the unthinkable and go UNDEFEATED in week five!!!!!


ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE: 5-3 last week, 30-8 overall in this league.

North Carolina - 13
VIRGINIA TECH - 41


My favorite seat in the house! (maxwellfootballclub.org)

*Give Frank Beamer a TON of credit. He made a quarterback change when he needed to and the move energized his offense. Defensively, the Hokies remain a power - but now they can score! QB Tyrod Taylor is going to push for ACC Freshman of the Year by the end of the season. North Carolina on the other hand is reeling after opening up with a win. Butch Davis knew it was going take time to turn things around, but he didn't expect this. QB T.J. Yates starts his final game in Blacksburg as Butch skips sophomore Cameron Sexton and turns to true freshman Mike Paulus.

Taylor: 15-24, 217 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT; 7 carries, 66 yds, 1 TD
Ore: 16 carries, 91 yds, 1 TD
Morgan: 5 catches, 108 yds, 2 TD

Yates: 6-16, 46 yds, 0 TD, 2 INT
Paulus: 7-12, 85 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT

Duke - 14
MIAMI (FL) - 27


Are the 80's back at the U? (deadspin.com)

*The Dukies won't get blow out! HC Ted Roof can't take many more of these "moral victories." The Blue Devils want results - now. Losing to Navy the way they did was awful. Giving up 14 unanswered points to lose by three has fans in Durham heated after playing so well defensively last week and beating Northwestern. As for the Hurricanes, expect QB Kyle Wright to solidify his spot as the starter for HC Randy Shannon. I don't want to say it yet - but I'm going to...MIAMI IS BACK!!!

Wright: 23-35, 240 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
James: 15 carries, 74 yds, 1 TD
Cooper: 14 carries, 102 yds, 1 TD
Shields: 7 catches, 119 yds, 1 TD

Lewis: 17-32, 228 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT; 10 carries, 61 yds

UMASS - 31
Boston Coll - 30

UPSET SPECIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Oh yeah! Greg believes too! (pitchrightpodcast.blogspot.com)

Oh no I didn't!!!! Can you believe I'm sitting here typing these words to you? It's true, the Minutemen are going to win this game AT Chestnut Hill. Before you freak and turn off your computer, keep in mind how good UMass is on the Football Championship Subdivision level. They're 4-0, almost won a national championship last year (lost to Appalachain State), lost AT Navy by one point - accounting for their only regular season loss in '06 and many believe they're better this season!!! Boston College is getting a lot of hype and some of it is deserved. BUT...they played Wake Forest (who's down this year), N.C. State (who's bad this year), Georgia Tech (who's obviously not as good as many believed after losing to Virginia) and had a tough time with Army at home! You'll run and hide on Sunday when I'm right with this immense upset special.

Coen: 13-22, 155 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Lawrence: 32 carries, 148 yds, 3 TD
Moore: 6 catches, 97 yds, 1 TD

Ryan: 30-43, 311 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT
Whitworth: 18 carries, 51 yds
Challenger: 7 catches, 105 yds, 1 TD

CLEMSON - 37
Georgia Tech - 21


I...am...NOT losing my job anymore! (cantstopthebleeding.com)

*I'm officially off of the Georgia Tech bandwagon. Clemson is the new front-runner to win the ACC and the two-headed monster of James Davis and C.J. Spiller make their presence felt once again. With RB Tashard Choice dealing with an injury right now, there's no way in hell I'm going with the Jackets.

Harper: 22-34, 277 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Davis: 21 carries, 94 yds
Spiller: 18 carries, 151 yds, 2 TD

Bennett: 21-40, 241 yds, 2 TD, 3 INT

LOUISVILLE - 44
N.C. State - 27


Yeah, this is a basketball school. (louisville.scout.com)

*It's obvious the Cardinals won't lose three in a row. The program has reached new lows following last week's Syracuse nightmare. N.C. State however, is in even lower of lows. HC Tom O'Brien will feel better when he hears of the news that his old squad (BC) lost to a 1AA'er. Expect QB Harrison Beck to start in this one despite coming out early in last week's game due to a knee injury. It's not as bad as people think and he'll be ready to go...and...lose.

Brohm: 38-51, 404 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Douglas: 9 catches, 173 yds, 2 TD
Allen: 21 carries, 102 yds, 2 TD

Beck: 20-37, 225 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Brown: 27 carries, 99 yds, 2 TD

Maryland - 17
RUTGERS - 31


WHAT!? They did NOT gain two yards! (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)

*One of the easier games to pick this week. Rutgers hasn't played anyone so far this season. Maryland screwed up a shot at 3-1 by handing Wake Forest a victory. The Scarlet Knights will have a crazy home field advantage in this one and the final score will not indicate how much of a blowout this game will really be in Piscataway. Don't worry Terp fans, you still have four wins left on the schedule...you'll go bowling.

Teel: 20-28, 294 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rice: 24 carries, 186 yds, 2 TD
Underwood: 7 catches, 147 yds, 1 TD

Lattimore: 25 carries, 94 yds, 1 TD

ALABAMA - 17
Florida State - 14


It's good to be King! (www.locustfork.net)

*U-G-L-Y!!! Florida State can't score, while Alabama will be faced with adversity in bouncing back from a heart-breaking home loss go Georgia. Mix the two together and you have a drawn-out, smash-mouth football game. It won't be pretty, but Saban improves to 4-1 and gets ready for two easy wins over Houston and Ole Miss. FSU meanwhile, is still on pace for a six-win season and possible bowl berth. Oh wait, that's TERRIBLE for Florida State!!!!

Wilson: 20-32, 225 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Grant: 32 carries, 152 yds, 1 TD

Weatherford: 15-39, 183 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Smith: 24 carries, 81 yds, 1 TD

Pittsburgh - 20
VIRGINIA - 24


Oh, NOW you want my autograph?(www.post-gazette.com)

*Hahahahahahahahahaha....oh man, let me catch my breath. Al Groh is 4-1 - HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Sewell: 12-22, 120 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Lalich: 7-12, 88 yds, 1 TD, 0 INT
Peerman: 33 carries, 142 yds, 1 TD

Bostick: 22-40, 233 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
McCoy: 17 carries, 95 yds, 1 TD

BIG 12 CONFERENCE: 7-3 last week, 34-12 overall in this league.

Baylor - 23
TEXAS A&M - 48


We are SOOOO not losing two in a row! (davidbcummings.com)

*Sorry Baylor, if A&M would have won at Miami the Aggies may have overlooked ya'll. Instead, McGee, Lane and Goodson lay the smackdown in College Station.

McGee: 18-27, 227 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT; 12 carries, 52 yds, 1 TD
Lane: 13 carries, 76 yds, 1 TD
Goodson: 18 carries, 148 yds, 2 TD

OKLAHOMA - 28
Colorado - 17


We're saving the "Real" party for the national championship! (sportsnetwork.com)

*Oh yes! This will be closer than many expect. The Buffs may lead at the half! Colorado is slowly, but surely improving and Oklahoma will realize that when they scrap their way to a win in Boulder. Keep in mind, this is the game BEFORE Texas...so the Sooners may be sleeping in this one.

Bradford: 20-33, 240 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Murray: 12 carries, 72 yds, 1 TD
Patrick: 19 carries, 108 yds, 1 TD
Inglesias: 6 catches, 120 yds, 2 TD

Hawkins: 21-45, 230 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Sumler: 16 carries, 78 yds
Charles: 14 carries, 80 yds

Iowa State - 24
NEBRASKA - 34


Yes, we DID beat Ball State! (msnbc.msn.com)

*Another "blah" win for HC Bill Callahan. When will the Huskers wake up and play like the best team in the Big 12 North? As it stands now, Missouri has that title. Iowa State is in a world of trouble. HC Gene Chizik is the right guy for the job, but I don't think he even knew it would be this bad. Keep in mind, ISU QB Bret Meyer was preseason Heisman contender two years ago! Things sure have changed in Ames.

Keller: 30-47, 325 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT
Lucky: 24 carries, 123 yds, 1 TD; 6 catches, 91 yds, 1 TD
Purify: 7 catches, 174 yds, 2 TD

Meyer: 21-32, 192 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT; 14 carries, 70 yds, 1 TD
Bass: 27 carries, 101 yds, 1 TD

KANSAS STATE - 38
Texas - 35

UPSET SPECIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Greg's out to get us! (usatoday.com)

*Mark my words, senior RB James Johnson will be the difference in Austin! The Wildcats barely used him in their week one loss to Auburn (7 carries, 14 yds). Since then, he's been the go-to-back for HC Ron Prince. QB Josh Freeman is becoming one of the top QB's in this league and this win will be his official statement game to support my theory. I picked Texas to lose to UCF two weeks ago and the Horns almost did. If they beat KSU, I'll apologize to Mack Brown for constantly expecting UT to crumble.

Freeman: 25-41, 262 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Johnson: 34 carries, 152 yds, 2 TD
Nelson: 10 catches, 181 yds, 2 TD

McCoy: 27-42, 294 yds, 3 TD, 3 INT; 8 carries, 41 yds
Charles: 21 carries, 88 yds, 1 TD
Sweed: 7 catches, 108 yds, 1 TD

N'Western St. - 10
TEXAS TECH - 65


Can we leave yet Coach? (johnclay.typepad.com)

*The defensive coordinator steps down following last week's nightmarish second half against Oklahoma State and the tacklers respond under the interim DC. Northwestern State picked the wrong time to face Mike "let's run up the score" Leach.

Harrell: 43-61, 518 yds, 5 TD, 1 INT
Woods: 12 carries, 83 yds, 2 TD; 6 catches, 73 yds, 2 TD
Crabtree: 10 catches, 182 yds, 2 TD

SAM HOUSTON ST. - 45
Oklahoma State - 41

UPSET SPECIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Remember me? Rhett Bomar is back on the lot! (sportspickle.com)

*Remember former Oklahoma QB Rhett Bomar????? He's BAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!! Sam Houston State is a dangerous team and Bomar is their whole offense! This is the game Rhett has been waiting for and he gets revenge on the Big 12 by leading a dramatic last minute touchdown drive against the shaken Cowboys.

Bomar: 33-52, 322 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT; 20 carries, 166 yds, 3 TD

Robinson: 18-35, 211 yds, 2 TD, 3 INT; 13 carries, 82 yds, 1 TD
Savage: 21 carries, 137 yds, 2 TD
Bowman: 6 catches, 109 yds, 1 TD

BIG EAST CONFERENCE: 4-1 last week, 25-3 overall in this league.

W. VIRGINIA - 38
South Florida - 35


Off Prompter knows how to pick'em! (msnbc.msn.com)

*Another week five classic! The sexy pick this week is USF at home, on a Friday night. Despite the Bulls impressive defense, there isn't a team in America that can stop the Mountaineers offense. QB Matt Grothe has the game of his life, but it isn't enough as West Virginia vaults into the "top four" conversation with USC, LSU, Florida and Oklahoma after this crucial road victory.

White: 18-25, 207 yds, 1 TD, 0 INT; 21 carries, 132 yds, 1 TD
Slaton: 28 carries, 201 yds, 2 TD
Devine: 7 carries, 65 yds, 1 TD

Grothe: 24-37, 248 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT; 15 carries, 103 yds, 1 TD
Ford: 13 carries, 85 yds, 1 TD

Akron - 10
UCONN - 24


Um...yeah, Greg said we'd start 5-1 in the preseason (uconnmagazine.uconn.edu)

*The Huskies are 5-0 after this victory!!!! After correctly predicting a UConn upset special over Pitt on the road, the Huskies make me sound like Einstein once again! Think about it, with a road game against Virginia (winnable) next week, the Huskies could become bowl eligible half way through the season! The star of this UConn team is without a doubt - it's defense. Last week, caused 6 Pitt turnovers and held the Panthers to just 72 yards total rushing. If UConn wins next week, I predict they will finish 8-4. Louisville, USF, Rutgers, Syracuse and West Virginia are left. They will beat the 'Cuse and one of the big boys.

Lorenzen: 17-27, 195 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT; 12 carries, 63 yds, 1 TD
Brown: 22 carries, 112 yds, 1 TD

Jackson: 10-23, 109 yds, 0 TD, 3 INT; 13 carries, 55 yds, 1 TD
Williams: 12 carries, 44 yds,
Kennedy: 14 carries, 67 yds

SYRACUSE - 38
Miami (OH) - 17


We won? Go Oranges! (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)

*Greg Robinson is like, "What's up now!?" His job is still on the line though.

Robinson: 28-43, 290 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Brinkley: 25 carries, 81 yds, 2 TD
Williams: 7 catches, 143 yds, 2 TD

LOUISVILLE - 44
N.C. State - 27


Not the way I wanted to walk away (brianbrohmonline.com)

*It's obvious the Cardinals won't lose three in a row. The program has reached new lows following last week's Syracuse nightmare. N.C. State however, is in even lower of lows. HC Tom O'Brien will feel better when he hears of the news that his old squad (BC) lost to a 1AA'er. Expect QB Harrison Beck to start in this one despite coming out early in last week's game due to a knee injury. It's not as bad as people think and he'll be ready to go...and...lose.

Brohm: 38-51, 404 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Douglas: 9 catches, 173 yds, 2 TD
Allen: 21 carries, 102 yds, 2 TD

Beck: 20-37, 225 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Brown: 27 carries, 99 yds, 2 TD

Maryland - 17
RUTGERS - 31


Rutgers is so good, it's like they're not real! (gamespot.com)

*One of the easier games to pick this week. Rutgers hasn't played anyone so far this season. Maryland screwed up a shot at 3-1 by handing Wake Forest a victory. The Scarlet Knights will have a crazy home field advantage in this one and the final score will not indicate how much of a blowout this game will really be in Piscataway. Don't worry Terp fans, you still have four wins left on the schedule...you'll go bowling.

Teel: 20-28, 294 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rice: 24 carries, 186 yds, 2 TD
Underwood: 7 catches, 147 yds, 1 TD

Lattimore: 25 carries, 94 yds, 1 TD

Pittsburgh - 20
VIRGINIA - 24


Ummm...Yeah.... (maximonline.com)

*Hahahahahahahahahaha....oh man, let me catch my breath. Al Groh is 4-1 - HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Sewell: 12-22, 120 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Lalich: 7-12, 88 yds, 1 TD, 0 INT
Peerman: 33 carries, 142 yds, 1 TD

Bostick: 22-40, 233 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
McCoy: 17 carries, 95 yds, 1 TD

CINCINNATI - 23
San Diego St. - 7


We're the best in the Big East baaaaaby! (msnbc.com)

*The Cincinnati defense is legit and HC Brian Kelly is getting an A+ in year one with the Bearcats. HC Chuck Long is still waiting to find any kind of chemistry with this Aztecs. Expect QB Ben Mauk to reclaim his starting spot after Dustin Grutza did a fantastic job filling in.

Mauk: 16-28, 227 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Benton: 20 carries, 91 yds, 1 TD
Barwin: 6 catches, 77 yds, 1 TD

BIG TEN CONFERENCE: 5-1 last week, 31-8 overall in this league.

MICHIGAN - 34
N'Western - 13


Come on App. State! We want a rematch! (hsmichigan.scout.com)

*Oh no! The Wolverines are hot! As I predicted last week when I said Penn State would lose in Ann Arbor, Michigan has a new game plan - MIKE HART. HC Lloyd Carr is saying to himself, "if I'm going down, it's going to be because someone out there can figure out how to stop this kid." Why not let #20 do his thing? He's the best player on the team, he's the most passionate of the bunch and he seems to be having more fun carrying the rock 30-40 times a game than his norm (which was 15-25 carries). Michigan went from a joke - to scary...in a hurry.

Hart: 43 carries, 237 yds, 4 TD

Penn State - 23
ILLINOIS - 24

UPSET SPECIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Benn it like Arrelius (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)

*Yes sir! Joe PA is down and out after this upset special in Champaign. I said last week the Nittany Lions are very overrated considering their first three wins were against FIU, Notre Dame and Buffalo! The offense can't click enough to beat an Illini team that is starting to come together for HC Ron Zook. Keep in mind, Illinois was one touchdown away from beating Missouri and being 5-0 after this PSU victory. Expect true freshman Arrellius Benn to shine in this Big Ten nailbiter.

Williams: 15-32, 147 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT; 10 carries, 61 yds
Mendenhall: 30 carries, 149 yds, 2 TD
Benn: 8 catches, 97 yds, 1 TD; 6 carries, 52 yds

Morelli: 17-31, 194 yds, 2 TD, 3 INT
Scott: 12 carries, 59 yds
Williams: 5 catches, 90 yds, 2 TD

Notre Dame - 14
PURDUE - 49


He's safe! Whoops, wrong offense (utvols.com)

*Picking against Notre Dame isn't even fun anymore.

Painter: 31-53, 367 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT; 11 carries, 53 yds, 1 TD
Sheets: 21 carries, 117 yds, 2 TD; 9 catches, 122 yds, 1 TD
Bryant: 10 catches, 159 yds, 2 TD

Notre Dame still doesn't have an offense. Therefore, no stats can be provided.

INDIANA - 16
Iowa - 14


They're playing for THAT GUY (hoopscoach.wordpress.com)

*Defensive struggle...in a way. IU doesn't really have an "awesome" defense. What they do have is the Iowa offense to play against. Man, the Hawkeyes are having a rough season! HC Kirk Ferentz is grossly overpaid for the product he's putting on the field and this loss to the Hoosiers will get whispers of a hot seat started in Iowa City.

Lewis: 30-45, 264 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT; 15 carries, 61 yds
Thigpen: 15 carries, 95 yds

Christensen: 19-35, 192 yds, 0 TD, 2 INT
Sims: 11 carries, 89 yds, 1 TD
Young: 23 carries, 100 yds

Michigan State - 20
WISCONSIN - 21


Who's The Man!? (jsonline.com)

*How much longer can the Badgers keep doing this? Poor play against teams like UNLV, The Citadel and Iowa has some critics saying this is the week HC Bret Bielema picks up a loss. I don't think so. Michigan State is impressive, no doubt. But Wisconsin is about to WAKE UP! I think the Badgers could stand to learn a few things from the Michigan Wolverines. After two straight losses the offense was turned over to superstar tailback Mike Hart. The same thing would happen in Madison! P.J. Hill should carry the football at least 35 times - if that happens, this game won't be as close as I have predicted. So I guess I'm predicting the Badgers coaching staff will wait until next week to implement my offensive suggestion.

Donovan: 13-23, 148 yds, 0 TD, 1 INT; 12 carries, 72 yds, 1 TD
Hill: 28 carries, 135 yds, 2 TD

Ringer: 18 carries, 102 yds, 2 TD
Caulcrick: 15 carries, 55 yds

OHIO STATE - 28
Minnesota - 20


Y-M-C-A! (neppy.net)

*Closer than many expect! The Buckeye defense is really impressive and the offense is coming around as the younger players get more experience. It's hard to determine who is the best in the Big Ten right now...with OSU, Wisconsin and Purdue all neck-in-neck in my opinion. Expect Maurice Wells to get more carries than starter Chris Wells for Ohio State this weekend. Chris has a sore ankle, while his normal backup Brandon Saine will miss this game after having minor knee surgery this past week. The injuries to their crucial ground game is why I have Minnesota close in this one.

Boeckman: 15-24, 161 yds, 1 TD, 0 INT
M. Wells: 21 carries, 113 yds, 2 TD
C. Wells: 12 carries, 48 yds, 1 TD

Weber: 21-40, 228 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT; 10, 33 yds
Pinnix: 25 carries, 96 yds, 1 TD
Decker: 7 catches, 106 yds

MAC CONFERENCE: 8-3 last week, 30-14 overall in this league.

Temple - 17
ARMY - 20


Almost Temple, Almost. (templefootballforever.blogspot.com)

*Tough game to predict. The Owls are improving, but so are the Black Knights. HC Stan Brock did a great job of getting his team ready for Boston College last week and the Knights actually hung tough for most of the game! If you go back to the beginning of the season, Army has played REALLY well! Losing at Akron (22-14), beating URI (14-7),
losing at Wake Forest (21-14) and Boston College (37-17). The Black Knights may be at the beginning of a three game winning streak.

C. Williams: 17-27, 206 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
McMahand: 12 carries, 62 yds, 1 TD
Trimble: 6 catches, 88 yds, 1 TD

Buffalo - 20
BALL STATE - 41


Here are the Top Ten reasons my Ball State Cardinals will beat Buffalo... (mavromatic.com)

*BSU bounces back after handing away the biggest upset victory in program history. Poor Cardinals, if it makes them feel any better - they may have enough to win the MAC.

Davis: 17-35, 208 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Lewis: 25 carries, 109 yds, 1 TD

Willy: 20-40, 248 yds, 2 TD, 3 INT
Roosevelt: 8 catches, 115 yds, 2 TD

N. ILLINOIS - 24
C. Michigan - 20


When can I play over there at NIU? (blueandgold.com)

*I picked against NIU vs. Idaho last week and was burned. That won't happen this week. Sophomore RB Justin Anderson is the Huskies next Garrett Wolfe...watch this kid, he's awesome!

Anderson: 34 carries, 183 yds, 2 TD

Akron - 10
UCONN - 24


The Huskies are so good, fans are starting to go to games! (hesa.uconn.edu)

*The Huskies are 5-0 after this victory!!!! After correctly predicting a UConn upset special over Pitt on the road, the Huskies make me sound like Einstein once again! Think about it, with a road game against Virginia (winnable) next week, the Huskies could become bowl eligible half way through the season! The star of this UConn team is without a doubt - it's defense. Last week, caused 6 Pitt turnovers and held the Panthers to just 72 yards total rushing. If UConn wins next week, I predict they will finish 8-4. Louisville, USF, Rutgers, Syracuse and West Virginia are left. They will beat the 'Cuse and one of the big boys.

Lorenzen: 17-27, 195 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT; 12 carries, 63 yds, 1 TD
Brown: 22 carries, 112 yds, 1 TD

Jackson: 10-23, 109 yds, 0 TD, 3 INT; 13 carries, 55 yds, 1 TD
Williams: 12 carries, 44 yds,
Kennedy: 14 carries, 67 yds

SYRACUSE - 38
Miami (OH) - 17


We beat Louisville! I deserve a contract extension!!!! (sundaymorningqb.com)

*Greg Robinson is like, "What's up now!?" His job is still on the line though.

KENT ST. - 31
Ohio - 27


Have you seen Eugene? (msnbc.com)

*Why am I picking Kent State on the road? The answer = Eugene Jarvis. The sophomore running back for Kent State is one of the most consistent players in the nation. His rock-solid offensive production is lock. While Ohio has been a bit wishy-washy. Jarvis eclipses the 200 yard mark for the first time this season.

Jarvis: 31 carries, 218 yds, 3 TD

W. Kentucky - 38
BOWLING GREEN - 44


Worst media guide cover...ever. (bgsufalcons.cstv.com)

*The Falcons are a quiet 3-1 after this win. 19-year-old sophomore QB Tyler Sheehan is a sleeper for MAC Player of the Year. Western Kentucky made me look like a bum after they beat Middle Tennessee, but here I am - still picking against them. The Falcons offense is simply too much and will win in a shootout.

Sheehan: 37-53, 404 yds, 5 TD, 1 TD

Barnes: 8 catches, 116 yds, 2 TD

E. Michigan -10
VANDERBILT - 34


My name is Earl. (vanderbilt.rivals.com)

*Vandy is a well coached team. HC Bobby Johnson will have the Commodores ready to pick up their 3rd win. I really like this team in large part to their developing offensive talent. QB Chris Nickson is healthy and playing well. WR Earl Bennett is a hidden gem in this conference. When Vandy throws - it's almost ALWAYS going to him! RB Cassen Jackson-Garrison could be the answer Bobby Johnson has been looking for at the tailback position. I think Vandy will reach 6 wins and get to a bowl game with a grueling schedule.

Nickson: 17-30, 220 yds, 2 TD, 0 INT; 14 carries, 93 yds, 1 TD
Jackson-Garrison: 22 carries, 111 yds, 1 TD
Bennett: 12 catches, 164 yds, 2 TD

W. Michigan - 41
TOLEDO - 45


Greg called this one! (iowastatedaily.com)

*No defense in this one. BUT...Toledo wins two in a row after knocking off Iowa State at home last week. The schedule gets easier for the Rockets, they may end up with 7 wins this season!

Opelt: 22-33, 198 yds, 3 TD, 1 TD
Parmele: 26 carries, 156 yds, 2 TD

Posted by Amsinger at 12:08 PM on September 24, 2007
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