White Running Right

By Adam Caparell - October 20, 2006

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - The Huskies may be keeping Steve Slaton in relative check, but that's not the case with Pat White who's running right over UConn on what's shaping up to be a big West Virginia win. On only 13 carries, White had 102 yards and a TD, includiing runs of 45 and 30 yards to set up Mountaineer scores. West Virginia has a comfotable 20-3 lead right now and it seems only inevitable that they'll add to it with regularity in the second half.

UConn doesn't stand much of chance in the second half if Matt Bonislawski continues to play as poorly as he did in the first half. West Virginia just hit him play after play and he didn't complete his first pass of the game until around the eight minute mark of the second quarter.

Predictions (From Earlier In The Day

West Virginia (-22) over UConn
One simple stat should sum up this game. The Huskies are 105th against the run in the country. West Virginia, with Pat White and Steve Slaton, is going to run all over UConn, especially since the weather in East Hartford is going to be less than ideal. Mountaineers by four scores.

Rutgers (+6) over Pittsburgh
Can’t quite put my finger on why I think Rutgers is going to pull this one off, but maybe its just momentum. I think the Scarlet Knights will win if they can get solid, consistent pressure against Tyler Palko, the Big East’s leading passer. He’s in some kind of rhythm right and he needs to be disrupted. The real key to this game: if Pitt can establish its run then its going to open up the field for Palko. I’ll say they don’t and go with Rutgers by a field goal.

Michigan (-13) over Iowa
Drew Tate can be dangerous, but the times I’ve seen him in a big spot so far this season he hasn’t come through when the Hawkeyes have needed him. Not every mistake has been his complete fault, but – whether it’s warranted or not – QBs are almost always going to take the blame. And the chances of Iowa establishing its running game against Michigan are not good, even with Albert Young back in the lineup. Therefore, it’s going to be on Tate and I don’t think he has nearly the supporting cast that Chad Henne has. Plus, could that Indiana loss still be lingering on the minds of the Hawkeyes? Michigan by two scores.

Texas (-5) over Nebraska
Another measuring stick game for Nebraska. Can the Cornhuskers slow down Colt McCoy and the Texas passing attack? Short answer: no. Nebraska is not a good defensive team, especially against the pass. Texas has the defensive line to keep the Cornhuskers running game under wraps and the offensive line to give McCoy the time he needs to make plays. If Nebraska wins this, Zac Taylor is going to have to have a big day in the air. I just don’t see it. Texas by 10.

Clemson (-7.5) over Georgia Tech
Tough one to pick because Georgia Tech really surprised against Virginia Tech – although in retrospect, the Hokies aren’t as good as we all thought, apparently – and they’re on the road against the top team in the ACC. Calvin Johnson has hurt Clemson in the past, but the Tigers should look to limit his touches as much as possible and make Reggie Ball beat them without relying on the top receiver in college football. Georgia Tech’s defense has shown that it’s capable of making stops. But I think with James Davis and the efficient Will Proctor – as long he stays out of third and long situations – will get it done at home. Tigers by a touchdown.

Last Week: 4-1
Season: 25-11

Posted by Adam Caparell at 10:00 PM on October 20, 2006

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