The King is Back!

By Amsinger - September 10, 2007


It's hard to admit this, so I'll do it for you - OFF PROMPTER is the only place to go for picks.

Any questions?

Didn't think so.

Before I move on to week three I want to reiterate how amazing last week was for me. First off, I was HAMMERED during local radio interviews for picking USF to beat Auburn on the road. In my opinion, Auburn should be proud it was so close! USF is a much better team. So was WASHINGTON when it beat Boise State, or Oregon when it gave Michigan two home losses to open the season. My most proud pick? Southern Illinois (1AA) over Northern Illinois in DeKalb, Ill.!!!! Picking a 1AA program over a 1A takes guts...and intelligence.

I'm done patting myself on the back.

I did miss 8 games and I should apologize to a few teams (like I do every week). First apology? PITT. I called for 1AA Grambling State to beat Pittsburgh at home!!!! The Panthers blew out GSU...sorry guys. Second biggest miss? Picking Cincinnati to lose at home to Oregon State. Brian Kelly is Big East Coach of the Year after the first two weeks (Yes, even beating out USF's Jim Leavitt). My final apology goes to HC Turner Gill and Buffalo. I know the Bulls are bad, but I picked them to lose on the road to TEMPLE!!!! They won 42-7...bad call.

Now - week #3!!!!!!!

As I do every week, Tuesday I bring you picks from the ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten and MAC. On Wednesday, you get the CUSA, Independents, MWC, Pac-Ten, SEC, Sun Belt and WAC.

Here's gunning for a max of 5 losses this week on OFF PROMPTER!!!!!

ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE: 10-0 last week, 18-2 overall in this league.

W. VIRGINIA - 34
Maryland - 23


Heisman Contender? (pointedmagazine.com)

*I sure hope fans in College Park aren't getting too excited for this game considering MARSHALL gave the Mountaineers fits. Rich Rodriguez is as good as they come and he'll fix whatever mistakes took place in Huntington to ensure a positive week three performance. Pat White continues to distance himself from teammate/roommate Steve Slaton as WVU's leading contender for the Heisman race after another sparkling display against the Terps. Expect RB Keon Lattimore to shine once again as Maryland reminds us why they are a legitimate ACC contender.

White: 17-26, 270 yds, 2 TD, 0 INT; 17 carries, 153 yds, 1 TD
Slaton: 21 carries, 94 yds, 1 TD

Steffy: 18-34, 228 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Lattimore: 26 carries, 127 yds, 2 TD

Virginia - 9
N. CAROLINA - 14

*An ugly game on Chapel Hill. Give HC Butch Davis credit for getting his defense to forget last week's heartbreaker to ECU. Against the Cavs, DL Kentwan Balmer and the rest of the Tar Heel D will play like some of Butch's Miami defensive powerhouses. The head coaching vacancy list is already forming with Michigan being the ultimate job in '08. Virginia won't be a bad gig for somebody like...say...Skip Holtz next year either.

Yates: 20-35, 237 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
White: 19 carries, 91 yds, 1 TD

Furman - 6
CLEMSON - 55


ACC's Best QB? (CUTigers.com)

*Is Clemson the best team in the ACC? Could be, if they stick to their game plan. RUN THE FOOTBALL!!!! If Tommy Bowden starts to consider throwing more in pressure moments because QB Cullen Harper is off to such a hot start - the Tigers will get burned. Harper has a 7-0 touchdown to interception ratio so far because OC Rob Spence has done a good job of playing everything off the run. With two backs like James Davis and CJ Spiller, Clemson "could" take this league. As for the Furman game...eh, just look at the score.

Harper: 25-31, 305 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT
Davis: 18 carries, 102 yds, 2 TD
Spiller: 16 carries, 122 yds, 1 TD

Army - 0
WAKE FOREST - 17

*SNOOZER!!!! Army picked up its' first win under new HC Stan Brock (as I predicted) but still cannot find a way to score. The Demon Deacons ALMOST beat a very good Nebraska team with its' second string QB. The Decon offense stumbles again this week - even with QB Riley Skinner rushed back, but they do get their fist win of the season.

Skinner: 10-21, 130 yds, 0 TD, 1 INT
Andrews: 20 carries, 83 yds, 1 TD
Moore: 10 carries, 71 yds, 1 TD; 6 catches, 90 yds

Florida Int. - 14
MIAMI - 24

*OH NO!!! FIU brings the heat to HC Randy Shannon who's honeymoon is officially over. The Hurricanes were exposed in Norman and this week they remind us how hard it is to rebound after a shallaking like the one OU handed out. The 'Canes offense is so bad right now, after two games they STILL don't have a QB that's passed for at least 100 yards this season!!!! Miami better wake up because next week Texas A&M is coming to town!!!!

Freeman: 12-18, 165 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
James: 15 carries, 102 yds, 1 TD

Ohio - 10
VA. TECH - 31


Taylor Time! (techsideline.com)

*FINALLY!!! Fans get to cheer for their Hokies because they played well!!! The QB change is a smart move. True freshman Tyrod Taylor is a star and will begin - what I predict, a long string of starts for HC Frank Beamer. Taylor will be an even closer match to Michael Vick on the football field than even his brother Marcus was. Ohio may be 2-0 coming in, but the Hokies are ready to prove they belong on the national scene in college football.

Taylor: 13-22, 168 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT; 12 carries, 78 yds, 1 TD
Ore: 23 carries, 130 yds, 2 TD

Wofford - 20
N.C. STATE - 24

*Barely!!!! N.C. State isn't very good this year. Wofford is very good this year on the 1AA level. I thought long and hard about this one and I couldn't pull the trigger on the upset special. I think Tom O'Brien understands how horrible it would be to lose three straight to open the year. Expect the Pack to be up 14 in the 4th quarter when an exciting Wofford offense makes a game out of it. Long season in Raleigh.

Beck: 24-43, 270 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Brown: 21 carries, 77 yds, 1 TD
Blackman: 8 catches, 140 yds, 1 TD

Boston College - 21
GEORGIA TECH - 23


Tough Choice (athlonsports.com)

*Best game of the weekend!!! Georgia Tech's phenominal defense gives QB Matt Ryan headaches in this ACC classic. RB Tashard Choice lines up in the Wildcat formation six times in the second half to ensure critical first downs as HC Chan Gailey passes yet another early season test. Tech is my pick to win the division and with FSU looking so bad early on, they may be my new favorite to win the league.

Bennett: 12-19, 148 yds, 0 TD, 1 INT
Choice: 32 carries, 190 yds, 2 TD
Ryan: 28-50, 242 yds, 2 TD, 3 INT
Callender: 24 carries, 104 yds, 1 TD

Duke - 13
NORTHWESTERN - 27

*Give HC Pat Fitzgerald some credit. Beating Nevada last week was impressive...for Northwestern. Here comes a much bigger WAC team with more speed at the skill positions and somehow the Wildcats pull off the comeback victory. Northwestern can run the ball and with a few lucky bounces can win 8 games this year. Go ahead, look at their schedule! No, not Duke's...that would be mean.

Bacher: 20-32, 213 yds, 2 TD, 0 INT; 7 carries, 45 yds, 1 TD
Roberson: 17 carries, 85 yds
Sutton: 14 carries, 120 yds, 1 TD

FLORIDA ST. - 17
Colorado - 16

*An ugly barn-burner in Boulder. The Buffs don't have enough offensively to score more than 16 points against the Seminoles defense. Meanwhile, Florida State can't stop holding itself back from scoring a ton of points. Therefore, Drew Weatherford manages to lead the O to just 17 and a slim victory over an improving Colorado program.

Weatherford: 15-35, 174 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Smith: 21 carries, 114 yds, 1 TD
Fagg: 5 catches, 73 yds, 1 TD

Hawkins: 16-39, 194 yds, 1 TD, 4 INT
Sumler: 18 carries, 88 yds

BIG 12 CONFERENCE: 11-1 last week, 19-5 overall in this league.

OKIE ST. - 42
Troy - 17


Oklahoma State's CowMAN? (scout.com)

*The Cowboys are bouncing back nicely from their opening day loss in Athens. Losing QB Bobby Reid to injury in the first quarter against FAU had fans in Stillwater holding their breath. Backup Zac Robinson was stellar filling in for Reid. Now, there are rumors Robinson may have taken the gig away from Reid. That's not the case. Reid won't play against Troy because...well, it's Troy. Let his knee and ankle heal and Bobby will be back.

Robinson: 24-35, 285 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Bowman: 7 catches, 145 yds, 2 TD

IOWA - 27
Iowa St. - 10

*Another loss for HC Gene Chizik. This one won't be as bad as last week's 24-13 blunder against 1AA Northern Iowa!!!! Things are bad in Ames and it may not get better. Don't be shocked if this team wins ONE game this year. As for the Hawkeyes, a quiet 3-0 record. The defense has only given up three points in its' first two games. HC Kirk Ferentz may have a silent sleeper in a down Big Ten.

Christenson: 22-31, 244 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Young: 25 carries, 133 yds, 1 TD
Sims: 15 carries, 62 yds

Meyer: 14-27, 158 yds, 0 TD, 3 INT; 13 carries, 67 yds, 1 TD

W. Michigan - 21
MISSOURI - 45


Chase This! (showmenews.com)

*The Chase Daniel Heisman stock goes through the roof after this halftime laugher. Mizzou is on fire right now, so much so - I'm beginning to worry my Nebraska pick to win the North won't hold water. RB Tony Temple got back on track last week against Ole Miss and he carries his momentum through the winless Broncos.

Daniel: 35-49, 408 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT; 12 carries, 89 yds, 1 TD
Temple: 22 carries, 90 yds, 1 TD
Coffman: 8 catches, 173 yds, 2 TD

Utah State - 0
OKLAHOMA - 62

*We may be looking at the best team in America.

Bradford: 15-20, 270 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT
Murray: 18 carries, 157 yds, 3 TD
Gresham: 4 catches, 85 yds, 1 TD

Texas St. - 20
BAYLOR - 31

*I said last week the Bears would begin a three-game winning streak and here's win #2. The major concern in Waco is without question the ground game. Senior TB Brandon Whitaker leads the team in carries (20) and yards (61) and that's not saying a lot. HC Guy Morriss needs to address his offensive needs immediately if Baylor wants this projected three-game winning streak to extend into the Big 12 schedule.

Szymanski: 28-43, 314 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT
Whitaker: 14 carries, 70 yds, 1 TD

Texas - 27
UCF - 28

UPSET SPECIAL #1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ready For A Bad Knight? (ucfathletics.com)


*Oh my goodness! How in the hell can I have ANY credibility and pick a game like this!!?? Texas is stumbling, out of sync and ready to lose on the road! This isn't just any road game either. It's the first game inside the brank spanking new Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando. The crowd of 45,000 will go wild as the improved Knights look to go 7-1 in home openers all time. Mack Brown can only watch and admire a real running game as UCF's Kevin Smith steam-rolls the Longhorns.

Smith: 35 carries, 203 yds, 3 TD

McCoy: 26-43, 247 yds, 2 TD, 3 INT; 10 carries, 77 yds, 1 TD
Charles: 23 carries, 90 yds, 1 TD
Cosby: 6 catches, 100 yds, 1 TD


La. Monroe - 27
TEXAS A&M - 49

*No more overtime suspense for HC Dennis Franchione. Last week's home win over Fresno State was vital for the Aggies. This is a fragile bunch in my opinion. Depth is a concern and any early season stumble will completely change the complection of A&M's season. QB Stephen McGee is LOVING his two-headed monster in the backfield in Javorskie Lane and Michael Goodson. This duo will expose any defensive front and Louisiana Monroe's is prime for the pickin'.

Toledo - 14
KANSAS - 48

*114-3. The combined score of Kansas' first two games! The Jayhawks are extremely impressive so far and Mark Mangino is the Big 12 Coach of the Year after week two. Keep in mind, Toledo beat Kansas at home last year - this season the game is in Lawrence. Give KU credit for an amazing schedule - four games in a row at HOME to start the season!!! This team could go 9-3...look at their schedule.

Reesing: 22-29, 226 yds, 3 TD, 0 INTMcAnderson: 18 carries, 102 yds, 1 TD
Henry: 7 catches, 112 yds, 2 TD

Missouri St. - 20
KANSAS ST. - 52

*Missouri State's defense is putrid - plain and simple. Kansas State is one of the most improving programs in the nation - and QB Josh Freeman helped start the movement. The Wildcats are on the up-and-up which means the Big 12 is only getting better.

Freeman: 30-48, 362 yds, 5 TD, 2 INT
Johnson: 15 carries, 93 yds, 1 TD
Nelson: 11 catches, 145 yds, 2 TD

USC - 20
NEBRASKA - 23

UPSET SPECIAL #2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gimme Five! I'm Feeling Lucky! (omaha.com)

*Defense reigns supreme in Bill Callahan's marquee victory at Nebraska. The Huskers RB Marlon Lucky will be the workhorse in this contest. Callahan refers back to the game plan in week one against Nevada - he's running the ball all day. QB Sam Keller threw 5 picks the last time he faced USC as the starting QB for Arizona State. Callahan doesn't want to put too much pressure on Sam this week and the smaller role helps Keller shine. USC's John David Booty is NOT a Heisman contender after this crucial blow to HC Pete Carroll.

Keller: 17-23, 184 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Lucky: 33 carries, 190 yds, 1 TD

Booty: 23-43, 263 yds, 2 TD, 3 INT
Gable: 14 carries, 74 yds
Johnson: 12 carries, 35 yds

FLORIDA ST. - 17
Colorado - 16

*An ugly barn-burner in Boulder. The Buffs don't have enough offensively to score more than 16 points against the Seminoles defense. Meanwhile, Florida State can't stop holding itself back from scoring a ton of points. Therefore, Drew Weatherford manages to lead the O to just 17 and a slim victory over an improving Colorado program.

Weatherford: 15-35, 174 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Smith: 21 carries, 114 yds, 1 TD
Fagg: 5 catches, 73 yds, 1 TD

Hawkins: 16-39, 194 yds, 1 TD, 4 INT
Sumler: 18 carries, 88 yds

TEXAS TECH - 58
Rice - 9


Michigan LEACHerines? (nytimes.com)

*HC Mike Leach should be mentioned for the Michigan job when Lloyd Carr steps down at the end of the year. After this blowout win, the Red Raiders HC will be 59-33 in 8 seasons in Lubbock. He's turned this program into a consistent conference power. WR Michael Crabtree is a contender for national freshman of the year.

Harrell: 40-56, 469 yds, 6 TD, 1 INT
Crabtree: 12 catches, 183 yds, 3 TD


BIG EAST CONFERENCE: 6-2 last week, 14-2 overall in this league.

W. VIRGINIA - 34
Maryland - 23

*I sure hope fans in College Park aren't getting too excited for this game considering MARSHALL gave the Mountaineers fits. Rich Rodriguez is as good as they come and he'll fix whatever mistakes took place in Huntington to ensure a positive week three performance. Pat White continues to distance himself from teammate/roommate Steve Slaton as WVU's leading contender for the Heisman race after another sparkling display against the Terps. Expect RB Keon Lattimore to shine once again as Maryland reminds us why they are a legitimate ACC contender.

White: 17-26, 270 yds, 2 TD, 0 INT; 17 carries, 153 yds, 1 TD
Slaton: 21 carries, 94 yds, 1 TD

Steffy: 18-34, 228 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Lattimore: 26 carries, 127 yds, 2 TD

Temple - 3
UCONN - 45

*Before the season, I said on Crystal Ball the Huskies would begin the year 5-0 before an October 13th trip to Virginia. After watching the Cavs for the first two weeks, I think HC Randy Edsall's group can get that win and be undefeated heading into Louisville, USF, Rutgers and Cincinnati. Those four will be a tall order, but a bowl game is coming to Storrs.

Lorenzen: 15-23, 258 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT; 5 carries, 56 yds, 1 TD
Brown: 25 carries, 183 yds, 2 TD

Pittsburgh - 16
MICHIGAN ST. - 27


Where's the Ringer? (msuspartans.com)

*Tough game to pick. After picking Pitt to lose to Grambling State at home last week I felt a little guilty when looking at this week's matchup. Regardless, the Spartans have new life since Mark Dantonio took over as head coach. Last year MSU beat up Pittsburgh 38-23 on Heinz Field. RB Javon Ringer rushed for a season high 156 yards...expect more of the same this weekend.

Hoyer: 24-34, 231 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Ringer: 25 carries, 138 yds, 1 TD
Caulcrick: 16 carries, 73 yds

Smith: 13-27, 128 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
McCoy: 28 carries, 110 yds

ILLINOIS - 28
Syracuse - 24

*OH NO!!! Heartbreak City! The Orange is up 21-7 at the half, then...my goodness. Here's the list of best coaching jobs for '08; 1. Michigan 2. Virginia 3. SYRACUSE!!! It's going to happen. Things aren't looking good for HC Greg Robinson.

Williams: 20-38, 217 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT; 16 carries, 102 yds, 1 TD
Mendenhall: 23 carries, 140 yds, 1 TD
Benn: 7 catches, 104 yds, 2 TD

Norfolk St. - 10
RUTGERS - 41

*The Scarlet Knights will play their 2nd teamers to begin the second half.

Teel: 15-18, 262 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT
Rice: 14 carries, 133 yds, 2 TD

CINCINNATI - 37
Miami (OH) - 13

*As I already mentioned in this blog, HC Brian Kelly is the Big East Coach of the Year after week two. Kelly's Bearcats have so much depth at every position, and with 16 starters back this club should be 5-0 heading into their October 6th matchup with Rutgers.

Mauk: 22-34, 236 yds, 2 TD, 0 INT
Benton: 21 carries, 95 yds, 1 TD
Ramsey: 12 carries, 50 yds

Louisville - 45
KENTUCKY - 55

UPSET SPECIAL #3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Blue-Grass Great (amnews.com)

*Come on, you would be upset if I didn't do this. The Wildcats are my pick to win the SEC!!!! Partner that statement with Louisville's near LOSS to MIDDLE TENNESSEE and my upset pick isn't so special. Kentucky's defense will always be suspect, but no team in America has an offensive trio like QB Andre Woodson, RB Rafael Little and WR Keenan Burton. Expect an absolute classic that will reinvent the way fans view college football in the blue-grass state.

Woodson: 40-54, 428 yds, 5 TD, 2 INT
Little: 19 carries, 104 yds, 2 TD; 5 catches, 77 yds
Burton: 10 catches, 210 yds, 2 TD

Brohm: 37-58, 365 yds, 4 TD, 3 INT
Douglas: 14 catches, 206 yds, 2 TD

BIG TEN CONFERENCE: 11-0 last week, 19-3 overall in this league.

Akron - 10
INDIANA - 24


Kellen's Club (sundaymorningqb.com)

*An ugly win in Bloomington for HC Bill Lynch who's off to a quiet 3-0 start. QB Kellen Lewis is reminding IU fans of Antwan Randle-El - who electrified the Big Ten for years. WR James Hardy finally gets in the offensive act as the Hoosiers get set for Illinois, at home in week four.

Lewis: 14-25, 205 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT; 15 carries, 93 yds, 2 TD
Hardy: 6 catches, 101 yds, 1 TD

Pittsburgh - 16
MICHIGAN ST. - 27

*Tough game to pick. After picking Pitt to lose to Grambling State at home last week I felt a little guilty when looking at this week's matchup. Regardless, the Spartans have new life since Mark Dantonio took over as head coach. Last year MSU beat up Pittsburgh 38-23 on Heinz Field. RB Javon Ringer rushed for a season high 156 yards...expect more of the same this weekend.

Hoyer: 24-34, 231 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Ringer: 25 carries, 138 yds, 1 TD
Caulcrick: 16 carries, 73 yds

Smith: 13-27, 128 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
McCoy: 28 carries, 110 yds

ILLINOIS - 28
Syracuse - 24

*OH NO!!! Heartbreak City! The Orange is up 21-7 at the half, then...my goodness. Here's the list of best coaching jobs for '08; 1. Michigan 2. Virginia 3. SYRACUSE!!! It's going to happen. Things aren't looking good for HC Greg Robinson.

Williams: 20-38, 217 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT; 16 carries, 102 yds, 1 TD
Mendenhall: 23 carries, 140 yds, 1 TD
Benn: 7 catches, 104 yds, 2 TD

Buffalo - 10
PENN ST. - 35


YAY FOR BUFFALO!!! (msnbc.com)

*I apologized for picking Buffalo to lose to Temple last week, but this week? No chance boys.

Morelli: 20-24, 230 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT
Scott: 21 carries, 138 yds, 1 TD
Williams: 5 catches, 127 yds, 2 TD

Citadel - 0
WISCONSIN - 51

*After a horrible outing against a below average UNLV squad, the Badgers do NOT call off the dogs when pounding the Citadel. Can't blame them really, hopes for a national title are still alive and present so poll position is everything.

Donovan: 24-32, 278 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT; 8 carries, 50 yds, 1 TD
Hill: 30 carries, 195 yds, 2 TD
Beckum: 7 catches, 104 yds, 1 TD

C. Michigan - 14
PURDUE - 48


Feels Like A Brees? (purduesports.com)

*Watch out, Purdue could win a bad Big Ten this year! QB Curtis Painter is the best in this conference. Remember the last time HC Joe Tiller had the Big Ten's best QB? Yeah, things are looking up for the Boilermakers.

Painter: 37-51, 388 yds, 4 TD, 2 INT; 6 carries, 63 yds, 1 TD
Taylor: 17 carries, 91 yds, 1 TD
Bryant: 13 catches, 177 yds, 2 TD

MINNESOTA - 20
Florida Atlantic - 14

*Ugly road win for the Gophers. But at this point, a win is a win. Last week's OT barn-burner against Miami (OH) was too close for comfort for new HC Tim Brewster, but it was a thrilling way to energize the hometown crowd. This week, the offense struggles against an FAU defense that's looking to repeat its' week one performance against a Middle Tennessee squad that scored 42 against Louisville.

Weber: 20-37, 225 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Pinnix: 26 carries, 129 yds, 1 TD

Notre Dame - 10
MICHIGAN - 27


I Miss High School (dawgsports.com)

*I'm calling this one the "BLAH BOWL." Thankfully RB Mike Hart gave us a reason to care about this game by saying "We WILL beat Notre Dame." At least we'll tune in to see if he's right or not. Seriously though, both programs will be better next year and so will their true freshman quarterbacks. In many ways, this game could be historic considering it's the first of possibly FOUR meetings betwen QB Jimmy Clausen and QB Ryan Mallett.

Mallett: 20-30, 237 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Hart: 34 carries, 175 yds, 1 TD

Clausen: 17-42, 162 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT

IOWA - 27
Iowa St. - 10

*Another loss for HC Gene Chizik. This one won't be as bad as last week's 24-13 blunder against 1AA Northern Iowa!!!! Things are bad in Ames and it may not get better. Don't be shocked if this team wins ONE game this year. As for the Hawkeyes, a quiet 3-0 record. The defense has only given up three points in its' first two games. HC Kirk Ferentz may have a silent sleeper in a down Big Ten.

Christenson: 22-31, 244 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Young: 25 carries, 133 yds, 1 TD
Sims: 15 carries, 62 yds

Meyer: 14-27, 158 yds, 0 TD, 3 INT; 13 carries, 67 yds, 1 TD

Ohio State - 24
WASHINGTON - 27

UPSET SPECIAL #4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Am I Glad I Took This Job! (susports.com)

*Tyrone Willingham is the Pac-Ten Coach of the Year after week three! First, he hands Boise State it's first loss since '05. THEN, it beats THEEEE Ohio State University! QB Jake Locker is the real deal. He's a dual-threat talent who's emerged as the immediate leader of the Huskies. Meanwhile, OSU doesn't have a star at the QB position. Todd Boeckman was pulled late last week against Akron for big 6'6, 245 lbs Rob Schoenhoft and the sophomore looked better. I predict HC Jim Tressel sticks with Boeckman for the last time. The Huskies are back!

Locker: 17-31, 174 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT; 15 carries, 80 yds, 1 TD
Rankin: 20 carries, 108 yds

Boeckman: 13-29, 133 yds, 0 TD, 3 INT
Wells: 28 carries, 125 yds, 2 TD
Saine: 9 carries, 53 yds, 1 TD

Duke - 13
NORTHWESTERN - 27

*Give HC Pat Fitzgerald some credit. Beating Nevada last week was impressive...for Northwestern. Here comes a much bigger WAC team with more speed at the skill positions and somehow the Wildcats pull off the comeback victory. Northwestern can run the ball and with a few lucky bounces can win 8 games this year. Go ahead, look at their schedule! No, not Duke's...that would be mean.

Bacher: 20-32, 213 yds, 2 TD, 0 INT; 7 carries, 45 yds, 1 TD
Roberson: 17 carries, 85 yds
Sutton: 14 carries, 120 yds, 1 TD


MAC CONFERENCE: 7-3 last week, 13-9 overall in this league.

Temple - 3
UCONN - 45

*Before the season, I said on Crystal Ball the Huskies would begin the year 5-0 before an October 13th trip to Virginia. After watching the Cavs for the first two weeks, I think HC Randy Edsall's group can get that win and be undefeated heading into Louisville, USF, Rutgers and Cincinnati. Those four will be a tall order, but a bowl game is coming to Storrs.

Lorenzen: 15-23, 258 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT; 5 carries, 56 yds, 1 TD
Brown: 25 carries, 183 yds, 2 TD

Akron - 10
INDIANA - 24

*An ugly win in Bloomington for HC Bill Lynch who's off to a quiet 3-0 start. QB Kellen Lewis is reminding IU fans of Antwan Randle-El - who electrified the Big Ten for years. WR James Hardy finally gets in the offensive act as the Hoosiers get set for Illinois, at home in week four.

Lewis: 14-25, 205 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT; 15 carries, 93 yds, 2 TD
Hardy: 6 catches, 101 yds, 1 TD

CINCINNATI - 37
Miami (OH) - 13

*As I already mentioned in this blog, HC Brian Kelly is the Big East Coach of the Year after week two. Kelly's Bearcats have so much depth at every position, and with 16 starters back this club should be 5-0 heading into their October 6th matchup with Rutgers.

Mauk: 22-34, 236 yds, 2 TD, 0 INT
Benton: 21 carries, 95 yds, 1 TD
Ramsey: 12 carries, 50 yds

Buffalo - 10
PENN ST. - 35


YAY! Buffalo! (msnbc.com)

*I apologized for picking Buffalo to lose to Temple last week, but this week? No chance boys.

Morelli: 20-24, 230 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT
Scott: 21 carries, 138 yds, 1 TD
Williams: 5 catches, 127 yds, 2 TD

E. Michigan - 10
N. ILLINOIS - 16

*It's hard to pick NIU after correctly picking them to lose to 1AA Southern Illinois at HOME!!!! Here's why I'll take the Huskies anyway. #1 Eastern Michigan isn't very good. #2 HC Joe Novak ran the hell out of those guys this week for giving away last week's game.

No player deserves projected stats in this contest.

C. Michigan - 14
PURDUE - 48

*Watch out, Purdue could win a bad Big Ten this year! QB Curtis Painter is the best in this conference. Remember the last time HC Joe Tiller had the Big Ten's best QB? Yeah, things are looking up for the Boilermakers.

Painter: 37-51, 388 yds, 4 TD, 2 INT; 6 carries, 63 yds, 1 TD
Taylor: 17 carries, 91 yds, 1 TD
Bryant: 13 catches, 177 yds, 2 TD

Ohio - 10
VA. TECH - 31

*FINALLY!!! Fans get to cheer for their Hokies because they played well!!! The QB change is a smart move. True freshman Tyrod Taylor is a star and will begin - what I predict, a long string of starts for HC Frank Beamer. Taylor will be an even closer match to Michael Vick on the football field than even his brother Marcus was. Ohio may be 2-0 coming in, but the Hokies are ready to prove they belong on the national scene in college football.

Taylor: 13-22, 168 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT; 12 carries, 78 yds, 1 TD
Ore: 23 carries, 130 yds, 2 TD

W. Michigan - 21
MISSOURI - 45

*The Chase Daniel Heisman stock goes through the roof after this halftime laugher. Mizzou is on fire right now, so much so - I'm beginning to worry my Nebraska pick to win the North won't hold water. RB Tony Temple got back on track last week against Ole Miss and he carries his momentum through the winless Broncos.

Daniel: 35-49, 408 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT; 12 carries, 89 yds, 1 TD
Temple: 22 carries, 90 yds, 1 TD
Coffman: 8 catches, 173 yds, 2 TD

Delaware St. - 3
KENT STATE - 24

*Fantastic ground game for the Golden Flashes continues against DSU. Gotta give Kent State credit, they hung tough with Kentucky for a half. I thought for a moment KSU was going to make look bad two weeks in a row. Remember, they upset Iowa State in Ames to open the season.

Jarvis: 24 carries, 184 yds, 2 TD

Ball St. - 17
NAVY - 41

*After losing to Rutgers, HC Paul Johnson will have the Mids ready to make a statement on CSTV. Navy is on the verge of becoming almost too good to keep Johnson in Annapolis. Watch out, he could be considered for the Syracuse job.

Ballard: 21 carries, 128 yds, 2 TD
White: 25 carries, 102 yds, 2 TD

Toledo - 14
KANSAS - 48

*114-3. The combined score of Kansas' first two games! The Jayhawks are extremely impressive so far and Mark Mangino is the Big 12 Coach of the Year after week two. Keep in mind, Toledo beat Kansas at home last year - this season the game is in Lawrence. Give KU credit for an amazing schedule - four games in a row at HOME to start the season!!! This team could go 9-3...look at their schedule.

Reesing: 22-29, 226 yds, 3 TD, 0 INTMcAnderson: 18 carries, 102 yds, 1 TD
Henry: 7 catches, 112 yds, 2 TD


Posted by Amsinger at 01:52 PM on September 10, 2007
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