First he breaks the single game rushing season in his rookie year. Second, it looks like his team is headed to the playoffs. Third, he’s the leading rusher in the NFC, third in the NFL after missing 2 games because of a sore knee. And finally fourth, he’s named starting running back for the NFC and their pro-bowl roster. What a year. You think the teams that passed up on him feel stupid? Well if they haven’t yet, now would be a good time. The Minnesota Vikings control their own playoff destiny and have to beat Washington at home and then head to Denver for the finale. Their quarterback is peaking at the right time and their coach has wised up to the fact that he has the best running back in the league. I’m not saying their gonna beat the Patriots, but with a two headed monster of Peterson and Chester Taylor, don’t be surprised if this team is representing the NFC in the Superbowl. By the way, add a fifth as this guy is a shoe-in to win the rookie of the year award.
Let me start off by saying I am not a New England Patriots fan. But what they have done so far this year is remarkable! Whether you love em or hate em, we are witnessing something that may not be duplicated for as long as we live, and for that they get my respect. With that said, however, today I rooted for the Pats like I have never rooted before… why? Because of that idiot Anthony Smith on the other side of the football. In case you were stuck in a cave for the last couple of days and didn’t hear, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Smith guaranteed a victory over the Patriots today. What happened? Oh nothing… he only got slapped like the bitch that he is by the “Brady Bunch”. After throwing his first TD to Randy Moss, the usually mild mannered Brady ran toward Smith in the endzone and had a few choice words for him. They jawed back and forth, and after a 3 and out for Pitt, the very next offensive play for New England was a play action bomb to Moss for another TD! Smith was left in the dust as he bit thinking it was a run play, only to look over his shoulder to see Moss tiptoeing into the endzone. Game over! Tom Brady ended the day with 399 yards and 4 TD’s, and the streak continues. Moral of the story? I hate shit talkers… Especially from unestablished no names! Hey Steeler fans, you can thank your no named safety for this 34-13 blowout… Nice guarantee!
The Baltimore Ravens made it look respectable, at least. I said it in our NFL Week 13 Preview video, take the Ravens and the points, as there’s no way Ray Lewis gets embarrassed by ANYBODY on Monday, at home. The Ravens hung in there, until the Patriots decided to play and well, beat the Ravens with a late touchdown, 27-24. That’s two weeks in a row and two 3-point victories, but hey, a win is a win. The funny thing is, the 12-0 Patriots believe that they still need improvement. That’s the mark of a champion. They better start focusing on their defense and wondering why the Eagles and Ravens combined put up a 52 points on them. I guess they can just outscore everyone they face, it’s worked for the past 13 weeks.
My condolences to my fellow colleague Ara, but a bad Kansas City Chiefs team is about to get worse. After hurting a previously injured neck, four time pro bowl tailback Priest Holmes might be calling it quits. Holmes, 34, has spent the past few days counseling with family members and friends and speaking with medical experts, regarding his injury and future in the NFL. He is expected to reach a decision soon. If you ask me, I’ve made the decision for him. He’s had a solid NFL career, but unfortunately has passed his prime. Re-joining a terrible Chiefs team will not change anything. Quit while you have all your limbs and wits about you buddy. You have done well…
By the way Ara, now is your chance to jump on the Saint’s bandwagon. There’s plenty of room if you hurry!
No Colt Brennan, no problem. The University of Hawaii Warriors marched down the field with under 2 minutes left and kicked a 45 yard field goal TWICE (of course only 1 of them counted) as they continued their quest for a perfect season. They are now 10-0. I’ll admit, I didn’t watch most of the game, just the final drive. But I did see some bushleague moves and bad clock management on the Nevada side of the ball. With Hawaii coming out to kick the potential go-ahead field goal on 4th down and 50 seconds left, Nevada coach Chris Ault chose note to stop the clock with one of his two timeouts (and give his team extra time to come should the kick go through). Instead, Ault waited until the clock wound down to 15 seconds and called 1 of his 2 timeouts, y’know to ice the kicker. After the 1st timeout, out came Hawaii kicker Daniel Kelly and sunk the 45 yarder to put them up, but HOLD ON, Ault called his 2nd timeout. See the difference between NFL and NCAA is that in the pros, one team can’t call 2 timeouts in a row. After the 2nd timeout, Kelly came out again, cool as the other side of the pillow and BLASTED it through the uprights. It would’ve been good from 80. Unfortunately for Nevada, bad clock management left them with only 11 seconds after the ensuing kickoff, and off go the Warriors to a 10-0 season. As for Ault, the timeout move is cool only when it works, but when it doesn’t, you look like a poor sport and a loser… Fitting huh???
1- Wisconsin at (1) Ohio State – Over rated, over shmated. These guys keep on winning every week no matter who they play. They cover again. 38-17 Ohio State… nailed it!
2- Florida State at (8) Boston College -Alright. Screw the Eagles. Two weeks in a row they screwed me. Should have lost to VaTech and they squeak it out at the end. Should have blown out the Seminoles and they lose. 27-17 Florida State… got it wrong.
3- (2) LSU at (21) Alabama – Saban almost pulled it out, but it was another come from behind victory for the Tigers. Les Miles and company barely win, but I was right in Alabama keeping it close. 41-34 LSU… nailed it!
4- (9) Arizona State at (3) Oregon – Let there be no doubt, Oregon is the better team. I said they would beat State with ease and that’s exactly what they did. 35-23 Oregon… nailed it!
5- Texas A & M at (4) Oklahoma – Aggies were no match for the Sooners. A blowout victory for Stoops and the gang, but will anyone ahead of them in the rankings lose a game the rest of the way? 42-14 Oklahoma… nailed it!
6- Vanderbilt at (17) Florida – They had to impress and that’s exactly what they did. Solid performance against a not so solid team. Gators take care of business. 49-22 Florida… nailed it!
7- Oregon State at (12) USC – SC’s defense manhandles the Beavers! Completely shutting them down, SC didn’t even have to score in the second half. State looked worse than I thought they would. 24-3 USC… got it wrong.
8- San Jose State at (22) Boise State – A good old fashion ass whoopin’ by Boise State. Take care of business at home winning big. 42-7 Boise State… nailed it!
9- (13) Michigan at Michigan State -Good news and bad news for Michigan fans. Wolverines keep on winning-good news. Lloyd Carr keeps on winning-bad news. Funny how we don’t see ‘fire Carr’ signs anymore. 28-24 Michigan… nailed it!
10-Troy State at (10) Georgia -Good performance but not good enough. Should have pounded a weak Troy State team. They won but didn’t cover. 44-34 Georgia… got it wrong.
Recap: I’m back baby! I am the Ohio State of picking games. Everyone says that I haven’t done anything impressive, but how’s 7-3 sound baby! Jump on this wagon! There’s plenty of room…
1- Wisconsin at (1) Ohio State – You guys call them overrated, I’ll call them the number one team in the nation. The Buckeyes keep on rollin’. Take Ohio State -16.
2- Florida State at (2) Boston College -After a sub par performance last week, look for Matt Ryan and the crew to impress this week. My lock of the week! Take the Eagles -7.
3- (3) LSU at (17) Alabama – Can’t wait for this game. The Tigers are going to have their hands full. You know Saban isn’t going to hold anything back. He’ll pull all the stops in this one. I like Alabama +7.
4- (4) Arizona State at (5) Oregon – Oregon’s defense was held down a little last week by USC. Not this week! State’s got their hands full. Oregon wins and wins hands down. Take Oregon -8.5.
5- Texas A & M at (6) Oklahoma – Another easy game for the Sooners. They win but by how much? I like Oklahoma -21.
6- Vanderbilt at (20) Florida – No doubt who wins this one. The Gators must impress this week and win big. They rout this week. I like Florida -14.5.
7- Oregon State at (19) USC – An up and down season continues for SC. What will happen this week? SC favored big, but not sure why? Booty playing for the first time in a month. Look for some rust. Take Oregon State +15.5.
8- San Jose State at (22) Boise State – You know how I feel about spreads like this. Too much, but at home for Boise State. They need to impress this week. I like Boise State -25.5.
9- (12) Michigan at Michigan State -They haven’t failed me for a while. Rivalry games are always close, but these are two teams going in different directions. Wolverines continue their win streak. Take Michigan -3.
10-Troy State at (10) Georgia – Solid performance last week, the Bulldogs continue to roll. Close early, but Troy State has no chance in this win. I like Georgia -14.
1- (6) West Virginia at (25) Rutgers – Obvious Rutgers is not as good as last year. This week’s performance by Rutgers makes South Florida look even worse. 31-3 W. Virginia… got it wrong.
2- (9) USC at (5) Oregon – As good as advertised, both teams played well, but USC was out coached. Worse coaching job ever during the Pete Carrol era. Assistants should be ashamed on the way they coached this game. 24-17 Oregon… got it wrong.
3- (9) Florida vs (20) Georgia – Georgia’s offense was unstoppable. They exposed Florida’s defense and scored at will. Solid performance by the Bulldogs. 42-30 Georgia… got it wrong.
4- Minnesota at (19) Michigan – Just barely covering the spread, Michigan again wins at home. Gophers were no match for the Maze and Blue. 34-10 Michigan… got it wrong.
5- Mississippi at (23) Auburn – I guess it’s true when they say you play up to the level of your opponents. Auburn not very impressive, but did enough to win. 17-3 Auburn… got it wrong.
6- (18) Cal at (7) Arizona State – Cal was looking good early until Longshore decided to throw the ball to the other team. It helps when Arizona State has two quarterbacks throwing to them. 31-20 ASU… got it wrong.
7- (1) Ohio State at (24) Penn State – Easy one to call. Penn State not that good. Buckeyes not getting enough credit. I said it would be easy and it was. 37-17 Ohio State… nailed it!
8- (15) South Carolina at Tennessee – Looks like the Cocks were just a tease! Losing for the second week in a row, they should have beat a Tennessee team that’s not that good. 27-24 Tennessee… nailed it!
9- New Mexico State at (16) Hawaii – Hawaii looking good at home. They beat down a New Mexico State team that, well lets face it, couldn’t beat too many high school teams. 50-13 Hawaii… nailed it!
10-Nebraska at (17) Texas -Can’t believe Texas actually ended up winning this game. Looked extremely ugly for a while, but I knew Nebraska was due for a solid game. Almost pulled it off. 28-25 Texas… nailed it!
Recap: Got off to a slow start but made up for it at the end. Just barely missed a couple of games. I should have been above .500! 4-6.
1- (6) West Virginia at (25) Rutgers – Solid win last week, Rutgers isn’t looking to leave the top 25 after just one week. I like Rutgers +6.
2- (9) USC at (5) Oregon – First time in a long time SC is not a favorite against another Pac-10 team. SC will make a statement this game. National Championship on the line? Take USC +3.
3- (9) Florida vs (20) Georgia – My lock of the week! Game is being played in Jacksonville, so I guess it’s sort of a home game for the Gators. I like Florida in a rout. Gators -7.5.
4- Minnesota at (19) Michigan – The Worlverines continue their comeback. Gophers shouldn’t be a problem at home, but look for a bit of a letdown after a couple of solid victories. Take Minnesota +23.
5- Mississippi at (23) Auburn – Should have won last week, but came up short. Nice performance though considering they were on the road against one of the best teams in the country. They should handle business this week. Take the Tigers -18.
6- (18) Cal at (7) Arizona State – I can see it now! Another undefeated team goes down! Call me crazy, but I think Cal wins this game. They can not afford another loss or their season will go down the drain. I like the Bears +3.
7- (1) Ohio State at (24) Penn State – Everyone says that the Buckeyes are overrated, but I don’t see it. Sure they haven’t beaten anyone great, but they keep on rolling every week. Penn State is not good at all. Should be an easy victory after a close start. Take Ohio State -3.5.
8- (15) South Carolina at Tennessee – Coming off a terrible performance last week, the Cocks will continue to sputter. On the road at Tennessee, not going to be easy. I like the Vols -3.
9- New Mexico State at (16) Hawaii – Well, we know it will be a blowout, but by how much is the question. I like that the Warriors are playing at home. Look for a massive game by Colt Brennan. Take Hawaii -29.5.
10-Nebraska at (17) Texas – You may think I am crazy, but I have a weird feeling about this one. Even though the Longhorns win, Big Red will keep this one close. They are due for a good game. I like Nebraska +20.
1- Michigan State at (1) Ohio State – Well, I was right. It was a test for the Buckeyes. Not looking like a number 1 team, they hold off State and barely squeak one out. 24-17 Ohio State… got it wrong.
2- (4) Oklahoma at Iowa State – I told you! 29 points on the road is ridiculous! What I also told you was go ahead and take the Sooners to cover. Sorry. 17-7 Oklahoma… got it wrong.
3- Texas Tech at (13) Missouri – I know… I know… I am a genius. Bye, bye top 25 for Tech. Hello blow out for Missouri. Lock of the week coming through again! This is getting too easy. 41-10 Missouri… nailed it!
4- (9) USC at Notre Dame – Dare I say look out! Sanchez looking Dirtier than ever and the Trojans looking like their old selves. I know it was the Irish, but when you lose to Stanford, any blow out win is impressive. I must admit, didn’t think it would be that easy. 38-0 USC… got it wrong.
5- (5) Oregon at Washington – Close for a while, but too bad the Huskies defense was pathetic! Oregon ran at will and Washington couldn’t stop them with 15 guys on defense. 55-34 Oregon… got it wrong.
6- (23) Auburn at (3) LSU – Once again the Tigers let me down. I knew they would win, but they didn’t quite win by enough. 30-24 LSU… got it wrong.
7- (9) Florida at (14) Kentucky – Gators coming through with another tough SEC game. Tebow and the gang looking good. 45-37 Florida… nailed it!
8- (19) Michigan at Illinois – Don’t call it a comeback! How much do you think Carr and the gang would pay to play Appalachian State again? Looking good on the road. 27-17 Michigan… nailed it!
9- Vanderbilt at (15) South Carolina – Are you kidding me. At home and you only score 6 points!? What was I thinking? They were up against that CRAZY Vanderbilt defense! 17-6 Vanderbilt… got it wrong.
10-Mississippi State at (6) West Virginia – Just barely covered. I knew it would be close, but not close enough. 38-13 West Virginia… got it wrong.
Recap: Hold on, hold on… Before you guys go and call me a genius and a guru for nailing my lock of the week again, let me just say I need to do better than 30%. A man of my caliber should go better than 3-7. Next week is the week baby!!!!!