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College Football Wrap Week 3

Where do we start? It was not a very interesting week on paper, but it ended up pretty exciting and that is all that matters. Iowa managed to sufficiently shoot themselves in the foot, Sparty went tricky, Arkansas managed to win a road game in-conference, and numerous other favorites struggled. All in a day’s work.

Biggest Disappointment

Pick City. Population: You.

When you think of Iowa Football, you think of it being steady, not especially exciting, but likable and winning. Well, they went out to Tucson and laid a big egg against a team they should have beaten, but did not deserve to given their mistakes. Stanzi’s INT problem continued, the offense kept putting the defense behind the 8-ball, and they still almost pulled it out. However, credit goes to Arizona for cleaning up Iowa’s messes can cashing them in for scores because as we see every week, it is not about the better team as much as it is about which team takes advantage of their chances. Arizona certianly did that and deserved the W. I am not sure if they should be ranked so highly, but that remains to be seen. Call me a Pac-10 skeptic.

Best Play

Sparty’s fake FG in overtime clearly takes the cake here. Granted, the two defenders got pushed to the ground on the play and Notre Dame should have seen it coming, but my hat still goes off to Mark Dantonio for calling it. Should their last TD have been taken off the board because the receiver went out of bounds and came back in? Yes, but ti was still a good play call. As a Notre Dame fan, you can imagine how little I am enjoying talking about the play, but it was a good play. The rest of the game was alright, but really nothing special. Just your typical college game full of subpar clock management, somewhat poor execution (apart from the fake FG), and mistakes being the norm rather than the exception.

Joke-lahoma

So Utah State and Air Force walk into Norman, and lose by a combined 10 points? And Florida State comes in and loses by 30. Schizo much, Sooners? Inconsistency at home is a sure-fire way to kill a team’s chances of doing anything big this season. Which brings us to…

The Pretenders

Well, I was talking about football teams, but yeah, I guess they fit too.

I am looking at you, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Auburn, USC, Florida, and Michigan. Without serious changes, none of these teams is going anywhere. Conference road games are one of the toughest things to deal with, but when you get teams at home, you had better clean them up. We already went over Oklahoma. Wisconsin beat Arizona State by 1 in Madison. Auburn needed some luck to beat Clemson at home. USC just sucks generally, but struggled with a Minnesota team that is truly awful. Florida cannot figure it out, and Michigan is just crazy overhyped. Why the boring, choppy sentence structure? Because these are choppy teams in need of serious work if they want to earn their ranking.

The Sneaky Teams

We are all sort of still in the feeling-out process with college teams, but I already have a few teams I will be keeping my eye on to make big moves.

(8) Nebraska

Love their chances in the Big 12 (Now available in 10!) North this year without much serious competition, and I love Taylor Martinez at QB. He is a runner first, but really flashed the arm against a Washington team many thought would give them trouble. The defense is good too, holding projected #1 pick (not for long) Jake Locker to 4-20 passing. If not for how solid the top 4 look to only lose 1 or 2 games between them, I would pick Nebraska to be a title contender, but as it is, just a BCS Bowl team.

(18) Stanford/ (25) Oregon State

Either/or here. Get back to me in a week after Oregon State plays Boise (yes, they played TCU as well) and Stanford takes on Notre Dame. Those should both be good games to watch and should teach us a great deal about these teams, both of which have a lot to like in a weakened Pac-10. Yes, I like these teams to beat Oregon in the Pac-10. Oregon does the same thing every year: Put up outrageous scores on crappy teams at the beginning of the season and then systematically lose composure and road games at about the 3/4 point of the season. Expect it again.

What To Look Forward To

The site of one of next week's big games.

Oregon State vs Boise State. It is on the blue turf, so expect a double-digit Boise win, but play this one in Corvallis, and it gets close. South Carolina vs. Auburn should also be a good watch. Time to see if Spurrier’s boys actually have what it takes.

We are going to cut it short here since we have so much NFL material to cover and, frankly, because this week was somewhat forgettable. Next week will be much better.

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College Football Week 1 Wrap

Yes sir! The college football season is under way. Last year we looked at specific games and would inevitably shortchange some, so we are going to try a new format this year to start out.

Best Game

"Fight em til hell freezes over... then fight em on the ice"

Many would probably go with Boise State vs Virginia Tech here, but I am going TCU vs. Oregon State. The Boise game was full of bad penalties, some shaky tackling throughout a good stretch of the game, and while the skill level was very high, I was less impressed by it than the TCU game. Both teams executed extremely well for much of the game, and if not for that bad snap that effectively ended the game, we may have had a game winning drive put together by Oregon State’s newcomer QB Ryan Katz. TCU looked like a legitimate title contender, and Oregon State was right there with them thanks to some outstanding defense and timely offense.

The Rodgers Brothers had a hard time getting things going for big stretches of the game, but that had much more to do with the quality of TCU’s 4-2-5 defense than anything else. Quizz, a player I think will be like Jahvid Best this year, ended with a very respectable 18 rushes for 75 yards, but they needed a lot more if they were going to upset the Horned Frogs, who really shut the Oregon State offense down for good stretches of the 4th quarter.

Ultimately, the best team won, and the team with the best uniforms won. Couldn’t have been a bigger fan of the “Til Hell Freezes” unis. The only downside of TCU is Andy Dalton’s hidden ginger mane. However, Boise had better look out when the Beavers roll into town because that is a very good football team that has got to be one of the dark horse favorites to win the Pac 10.

Player of the Week

Week 1's winner

I could go a lot of places here statistically. I could go with QB Denard Robinson of Michigan running for 197 yards and throwing for 186. I could go with TJ Yates’ 410 passing yards to nearly lead an undermanned UNC squad past LSU, or Jheranie Boyd for having 221 yards as Yates’ main target. No, I am going with Austin Pettis of Boise State. Yup, the guy with 6 catches for 73 yards and 2 TDs. Why does he deserve it over the amazing statistical games listed above? How about for being clutch. See, those 2 TDs were huge, and one of them was on the game winning TD, but he also blocked the kick that got Boise their first touchdown. He is certainly not alone as far as big performers in that game, but he was incredibly clutch, and came up with big plays when Boise needed them.

Austin Pettis is the first winner of the OTC Player of the Week.

Clown of the Week (Team)

This one is all about Ole Miss, though Kansas deserves some mention as well. Ole Miss invited a patsy to Oxford so they could open the season in style by letting Jeremiah Masoli and the Rebels walk all over some school called Jacksonville State of the FC. Oops. Jacksonville State was down, but not out and came back to stun Houston Nutt’s Rebels in overtime. That’s right. Ole Miss lost to Jacksonville State. I dare you to tell me where Jacksonville State is. No, you can’t google it. No, it isn’t in Jacksonville, FL.

Ok, you can google it..

Coming in a close second is Kansas, who lost 6-3 to FCS team North Dakota State. Yes, 6-3. Sometimes the comedy just writes itself.

Clown of the Week (Player)

There was no obvious winner here from what I have seen, so we are going with Mike Pouncey for repeatedly failing to snap the ball correctly. More on Florida later, so Mike gets a little bit of a break this week.

Three Things That Impressed Me

Off to a good start.

  1. Notre Dame looked like a well-coached team. Purdue is not nearly as bad as they looked this weekend, and Notre Dame was able to run the ball win an efficiency Irish fans haven’t seen in a long time. The Count of Monte Crist-o (pending approval, my nickname for Dayne Crist. The Count for short) also impressed with his arm strength in executing Kelly’s offense pretty damn well for a first-time starter. Lots of reason for optimism in South Bend, albeit in moderation.
  2. North Carolina‘s ability to fight back despite being undermanned was very impressive. Without a doubt, some blame goes on LSU for not playing well enough, but tons of credit go out to UNC, who was missing 8 starters and almost beat a very talented team with 2nd teamers. Lots of teams would have just rolled over after going down while undermanned, but I think that UNC has a lot to work with going forward. We all know they are talented, but now it looks like they have heart on their side too.
  3. Mark Herzlich was back on a football field this weekend, and it was great to see. The one-time ACC Defensive Player of theYear and Cancer survivor made his triumphant return to BC this weekend. There is really not even room for comedy here as it is really just a great story. No word on if Al Skinner’s mustache was in attendance to welcome him back.

Three Disappointments

  1. Analysts assumed Pitt would roll into Utah and take care of them. There is no such thing as an easy road game in college football against a FBS team. None. Kyle Whittingham has a pretty good team up there and assuming that a good, but overhyped Pitt team will roll up and roll out with a win in the stadium with the longest home winning streak in the country is crazy. Deon Lewis is still really good, but come on analysts.
  2. Oklahoma looked pretty bad in the 2nd half against Utah State in continuing their tradition of sucking in week 1 every year. This is a team that people are somewhat unsure of coming into the year and now we know that they are just like every other Oklahoma team without elite talent and will probably disappoint.

    It is days like those that make Urban wonder why he ever left his one week retirement.

  3. Florida looked very bad. They couldn’t get the center-QB exchange right, and even when they did, the offense looked anemic at best. The defense and special teams set up most of their points, and John Brantley did not make the splash many were expecting of him to. I took a while deciding how to sum up how Florida looked this week. Do I go with some witty reference to an ugly sports star like Ronaldinho? Do I open up the can of worms that is the Oakland Raiders? Do I go with an awful movie, like any movie with Nicholas Cage, to explain it? Or do I make a list of rhetorical questions so I can make an excuse for using them all? Sorry, went a little high brow there.

Water Cooler Game

Maybe a little nitpicky, but definitely different from “Best Game” and this one goes to the Boise State vs. Virginia Tech game. It was not at all the Boise State team we expected to see (not many mistakes, trick plays, and just generally solid play), but we got something potentially scarier. True, the defense gave up 30 points and was far less stout than we were expecting, but this Boise State team was just pushing Virginia Tech off the ball in the first quarter, and had all the athletes and then some that VT did. This was not some overachieving team made up of unknown guys; this was an athletic, talented, well-coached group of guys. They lost the Uniform War to VT, but Boise should no longer be considered a Cinderella. However, the rest of the schedule would imply that they are just that, and I do not think this team is good enough to play for a national title. They might end up in the National Title game, and they might not, but this particular Boise State squad, although they are the grind-it-out type of team you need to be to win as a smaller school, is not deserving of a national title shot. If they had come out and shut down VT and won 20-7 or something, I may be singing a different tune, but they missed many key tackles and were not as crisp as they would have needed to be to get the OTC stamp of approval. It might be unfair that we are judging them in week 1 about deserving to play for a title, but they play no one else after Oregon State next week.

However, you would think that Boise was the only team participating in the game from reading the above paragraph. VT played pretty well, although they got out-Beamerballed early in the game and missed too many tackles at bad times to deserve to really win. Ryan Williams was a beast yet again and could help that team go a long way in the rejuvenated ACC, and Tyrod Taylor, while not always pretty with his arm, was pretty effective for the last 3 quarters. I was not expecting VT to put up 30 points, and that has got to be considered a success for them, even though the defense did not quite do its job for long enough stretches. Not a bad showing by VT, especially considering that very few thought they would win this game, so while they cannot be happy with a loss, they showed some promise.

Pretty good start to the year, so get ready for next week. Ohio St. vs Miami should be one hell of a clash, so stay tuned.

Ross Geiger’s NBA Mock Draft 3.0

1. Washington Wizards- John Wall, Kentucky

Oh how a year changes things.

2. Philadelphia 76ers- Evan Turner, Ohio State

3. New Jersey Nets- Wesley Johnson, Syracuse

4. Minnesota Timberwolves- Derrick Favors, Georgia Tech

5. Sacramento Kings- DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky

6. Golden State Warriors- Ekpe Udoh, Baylor

7. Detroit Pistons- Ed Davis, North Carolina

8. Los Angeles Clippers- Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest

9. Utah Jazz- Luke Babbit, Nevada

10. Indiana Pacers- Greg Monroe, Georgetown

11. New Orleans Hornets- Gordon Hayward, Butler

12. Memphis Grizzlies- Paul George, Fresno State

13. Toronto Raptors- Cole Aldrich, Kansas

14. Houston Rockets- Patrick Patterson, Kentucky

15. Milwaukee Bucks- Xavier Henry, Kansas

16. Minnesota Timberwolves- Lance Stephenson, Cincinnati

17. Chicago Bulls- Avery Bradley, Texas

18. Oklahoma City Thunder- Damian James, Texas

19. Boston Celtics- James Anderson, Oklahoma State

20. San Antonio Spurs- Craig Brackens, Iowa State

21. Oklahoma City Thunder- Kevin Seraphin, France

22. Portland Trail Blazers- Hassan Whiteside, Marshall

23. Minnesota Timberwolves- Larry Sanders, VCU

24. Atlanta Hawks- Solomon Alabi, Florida State

Kentucky is well represented in the 1st round.

25. Memphis Grizzlies- Daniel Orton, Kentucky

26. Oklahoma City Thunder- Elliot Williams, Memphis

27. New Jersey Nets- Jordan Crawford, Xavier

28. Memphis Grizzlies- Dominique Jones, South Florida

29. Orlando Magic- Devin Ebanks, West Virginia

30. Washington Wizards- Quincy Pondexter, Washington

31. New Jersey Nets- Keith “Tiny” Gallon, Oklahoma

32. Miami Heat- Gani Lawal, Georgia Tech

33. Sacramento Kings- Ryan Richards, England

34. Portland Trail Blazers- Stanley Robinson, UConn

35. Washington Wizards- Willie Warren, Oklahoma

36. Detroit Pistons- Eric Bledsoe, Kentucky

37. Milwaukee Bucks- Jarvis Varnado, Mississppi State

38. New York Knicks- Terrico White, Mississppi

39. New York Knicks- Trevor Booker, Clemson

40. Indiana Pacers- Da’Sean Butler, West Virginia

Butler was the heart of WVU, and he now goes to the city where Butler University plays ball. Coincidence??? Yes.

41. Miami Heat- Armon Johnson, Nevada

42. Miami Heat- Dexter Pittman, Texas

43. Los Angeles Lakers- Greivis Vasquez, Maryland

44. Milwaukee Bucks- Samardo Samuels, Louisville

45. Minnesota Timberwolves- Nemanja Bjelica, Serbia

46. Phoenix Suns- Thomas Heurtel- France

47. Milwaukee Bucks- Dwyane Collins, Miami

48. Miami Heat- Tibor Pleiss, Germany

Radford is also represented...

49. San Antonio Spurs- Art Parakhouski, Radford

50. Dallas Mavericks- Latavious Williams, USA (D-League)

51. Oklahoma City Thunder- Derrick Caracter, UTEP

52. Boston Celtics- Manny Harris, Michigan

53. Atlanta Hawks- Sylven Landesberg, Virginia

54. Los Angeles Clippers- Sherron Collins, Kansas

55. Utah Jazz- Jon Scheyer, Duke

56. Minnesota Timberwolves- Artem Zabelin, Russia

Looks like Kahn is going to steal Zabelin from Prokorhov

57. Indiana Pacers- Ben Uzoh, Tulsa

58. Los Angeles Lakers- Alexey Shved, Russia

59. Orlando Magic- Mikhail Torrance, Alabama

60. Phoenix Suns- Lazar Hayward, Marquette

Hey, Phoenix! DRAFT ME!!!!!!!!

Ross Geiger’s NBA Mock Draft 2.0

With the 2010 NBA Draft  just 2 weeks away, I give you my updated NBA Mock Draft 2.0. A lot has changed since my first mock draft: NBA Draft Combine was held, team scheduled workouts are underway, and player evaluations have improved. For the past two weeks, I’ve been staying up on my research of the top prospects: from their completed workouts, interested teams, to all the rumors. From everything I’ve compiled through the web, daily newspapers, magazines, and of course my own sources here’s how I feel this year’s NBA Draft will shakedown if the draft were to be held tomorrow. Enjoy!

1. Wizards- This pick is going nowhere, John Wall will be a Washington Wizard next season, I can assure you that.

Selection: John Wall, Kentucky

2. 76ers- As I mentioned in my mock draft, the 76ers aren’t 100% certain they’ll hold onto this pick. There’s definitely a possibility that the #2 pick could be sent away if I the trading partner is willing to take on Elton Brand and his long-term contract. Unless Brand is included in a deal, I see Philly keeping the pick, don’t see them involving Iguodala unless they’ll receive a high 1st round pick in return.

Selection: Evan Turner, Ohio State

3. Nets- There has been some outside interest from around the league regarding their 3rd pick in this year’s draft but as of now don’t expect any deals involving the pick to happen.

Selection:  Derrick Favors, Georgia Tech

That's Right DeMarcus, you're draft stock is rising

4. Minnesota Timberwolves- Minnesota is all but satisfied with this pick and are exploring their options on moving up as well as out of the draft with their fourth pick. With two other first round picks in this year’s draft, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them get rid of the 4th pick if the right deal was on the table. The fourth pick is definitely available to all teams, if the price is right. If they don’t move the pick, I now see the Timberwolves selecting DeMarcus Cousins here at #3. Many would scratch their head to where exactly he fits in, but let’s not forget the Wolves kept surprising us last year, stocking up with point guards in each of their three first-round picks. They shipped off one of them in Ty Lawson and I see the selection of Cousins allowing them to ship off either Kevin Love or Al Jefferson (the more likely to be moved).

Selection: DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky

5. Sacramento Kings- Each year it seems like nobody has a clue what the Kings organization has up their sleeve on draft night and once again the NBA world is kept pondering their options here. What I can tell you is that the Sacramento Kings have no interest in trading this pick. The question that remains unknown is whether or not they’d select Greg Monroe over DeMarcus Cousins. While Cousins is regarded as the player with most potential, Monroe is the safe pick who reminds Sac-Town of a young Chris Webber. I see Sacramento not rolling any dice and taking the safe pick with Monroe.

Selection: Greg Monroe, Georgetown

A sign & trade deal could point Wesley Johnson in a different direction come July

6. Golden State Warriors- If Wesley Johnson falls to the Warriors here at #6, there’s no chance they’ll pass him up. But I’m going to throw you a Oakland-like Zito curve ball to ponder, could the Phoenix Suns do a sign-and-trade Amare Stoudemire to Golden State in exchange for Wesley Johnson. No truth behind this happening, but I like the proposition. Amare gets his max contract with a good fit in Golden State, while the Suns get a nice piece to move towards the future with, just saying.

Selection: Wesley Johnson, Syracuse

7. Detroit Pistons- While the Pistons have been reportedly aggressively trying to move up into the 4-5 range, I just don’t see it happening unless they strike a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. I wouldn’t have the slightest idea what the Pistons would be willing to offer and what the Timberwolves would be willing to accept but I’d say Rodney Stuckey and/or Tayshaun Prince would be included in any deal. If Detroit doesn’t deal, expect them to take Al-Farouq Aminu. He’s a young, up and coming small forward that allows them to continue to shop Tayshaun Prince who they’re more than willing to get off their hands.

Selection: Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest

8. Los Angeles Clippers-Lots of hype around the Web say the Clippers are hot on Gordon Haywood and that isn’t a surprise to me. He’s versatile, he’s a winner, and could pan out to be a great pick, even here as high as eight. I find their interest in Hayward comical because I see a lot of Mike Dunleavy in Gordon Hayward as an NBA prospect. Hayward will definitely be mentioned inside the Clippers draft room when on the clock but in the end I see them passing on him and going with Xavier Henry instead.

Selection: Xavier Henry, Kansas

9. Utah Jazz- ESPN’s Chad Ford wrote that the Utah Jazz have been high on Luke Babbit longer than most and they’ve continue to remain high on his potential. But do I really see them using their 9th pick on Babbit? Absolutely not, maybe this is just my own bias here, being that I’m not high on Babbitt as a top ten pick, but I see the Jazz going power forward. They know they’re losing Carlos Boozer this summer so why not go with a power forward with high potential to back-up the new starting power forward in Utah, Paul Millsap? I see Jerry Sloan and the Utah Jazz taking none other than Ed Davis as big with a high potential and basketball intellect.

Selection: Ed Davis, North Carolina

10. Indiana Pacers- Maybe the scenario is too perfect but if Gordon Hayward is still on the board, we all know the talk will be how in the world could Indiana pass up on him? I see them buying into the idea of selecting him for a variety of reasons. Not only will he help sell seats and be a great fit building toward the future, but it gives the Pacers the ability to unload Danny Granger. I remain high on the idea that the Timberwolves will strike out in snagging restricted free agent Rudy Gay and will elect to trade for Danny Granger. Pacers then get either Kevin Love or Al Jefferson in return which replaces departing free agent Troy Murphy (after next year) and they’re future finally gets on the right track.

Selection: Gordon Hayward, Butler

N.O. could be a perfect fit especially as Whiteside draws the Tyson Chandler comparisons

11. New Orleans Hornets- The Hornets could go any direction outside of drafting a point guard at the eleventh position. But of all their immediate needs, I see them selecting a center with this pick. With Okafor everything but impressive in his first season with the Hornets, it’d be wise that they take the opportunity to draft a big man to develop. If there was a time to do it, the time is now. This year’s draft at pick #11 offers a variety of attractive centers that could potentially blossom into stars. The three top candidates for this pick if they decide to look inside would be Cole Aldrich, Hassan Whiteside, and Daniel Orton. Though it’s pretty clear that Aldrich is the most NBA-ready center to step right in to contribute I see the Hornets drafting on overall potential and athleticism. With that being said, I see New Orleans taking Hassan Whiteside, a prospect often compared to Tyson Chandler type player around the basket. Last time I checked, Chris Paul played pretty well with the real Tyson Chandler, maybe Whiteside can tandem to do much of the same down the road. But there is some definite concern, it has been reported that Hassan Whiteside and Daniel Orton both got schooled recently by Rockets center (& former Hornet draftee) Hilton Armstrong, take it for what it’s worth. I know that hearing that kind of concerns me, but I’m still a buyer on Whiteside’s potential.

Selection: Hassan Whiteside, Marshall

12. Memphis Grizzlies- I don’t hear much drift out of the Memphis Grizzlies camp but credible sources around the league have said that the Grizzlies are set on selecting Luke Babbitt if he happens to fall into their hands at twelve. Personally, I don’t like the pick nor Babbitt as an NBA prospect, but this is the same team that drafted Hasheem Thabeet 2nd overall last year.

Selection: Luke Babbitt, Nevada

How is he not a perfect fit in Toronto if he falls to them at #13? Can he play for the Maple Leafs too?

13. Toronto Raptors- With Chris Bosh departing, drafting a power forward is a must for the Toronto Raptors this year.  Or do they? Last year Toronto signed their former first pick Andrea Bargnani to a 5 year, $50 million dollar extension. If Cole Aldrich is still on the board, I see them picking him in a heartbeat; they’d not only select the most NBA-ready talent, but add toughness at the center position. This selection is also key in allowing Bargnani to move over to the starting power forward position. Obviously losing Bosh will be a huge loss, but having the ability to take Aldrich with the 13th pick should help Raptor fans restore some sort of optimism looking towards the future.

Selection: Cole Aldrich, Kansas

14. Houston Rockets- Even after acquiring Jordan Hill near the deadline last season, the Rockets need to invest in drafting another power forward to turn too next year. I see their man being Ekpe Udoh at #14. Udoh bring the long, defensive minded power forward they’d love to have down low. Never underestimate Rockets GM Darryl Morey and his “numbers” system, Udoh might solve his math problem with what to do at the 14th pick.

Selection: Ekpe Udoh, Baylor

15. Milwaukee Bucks- If all goes as planned in this mock draft, the Bucks are left scratching their heads on what to do here with this pick. All of their favorite prospects have been taken, not one of them has slid down to them at the midway point of the draft. Even I, as someone who covers the Milwaukee Bucks am left confused on what to do here with Ed Davis, Hassan Whiteside, and Xavier Henry off the board. So I see them taking the best available player which at this point is easily Paul George. While George is labeled a small forward, I think the Bucks would experiment with placing George at the shooting guard position since it’s such a slight change as far as the Milwaukee Bucks offense is concerned. George could very well end up being a blessing in disguise for the Brew City, could it be two straight years of successful draft picks for the Milwaukee Bucks?! We’ll have to wait and see….

Selection: Paul George, Fresno State

Ross Geiger’s 2010 NBA Mock Draft

2010 NBA Mock Draft (1 Month before Draft Day)

Wall definitely holds all the "Wizardry" that's needed to become a star in the NBA

1. Washington Wizards- John Wall

One of the most hyped up draft picks in recent history, John Wall has a lot challenges awaiting him in D.C., but behind the luck of Mr. Abe Polin’s championship ring Wall is everything the Wizards organization could ever ask for. Skills aside, his marketability alone will help change the face and image of the Wizards’ franchise as it moves forward from their past nightmare of a season. While I feel as though, Wall maybe a little overhyped, my only concern with his development are those influences around him. Being so young is great, but the Wizards must keep a close eye out on Wall, keeping him on his steady path towards being successful. Wall in Washington offers a variety of challenges on and off the basketball court, hopefully he can keep a level head, stay smart, and can continually grow as a professional. With Gilbert Arenas and Josh Howard on board, the smartest thing the Wizards could do is go grab a long-time veteran point guard that can lead Wall by example. A great example of this can be seen with the Chicago Bulls going out and grabbing Lindsay Hunter when the Bulls drafted Derrick Rose, a player Wall is often compared too.

This Year's National Player of the Year

2. Philadelphia 76ers- Evan Turner

It’ll be interesting to see what shakes down next season in Philly. Turner very well could be the key to the 76ers being able to make some trades. Many are already pondering whether or not Turner and Andre Iguodala can coexist together. While I think they can definitely work together I wouldn’t be surprised to see Philly keeping Iguodala out on the trading block. One team that really stands out as a possible trading partner would be the Memphis Grizzlies. If the Grizzlies are unable to resign Rudy Gay, they may be interested in acquiring Iguodala, a player so similar to Gay that it wouldn’t be a completely change in offensive strategies next year in Memphis. The 76ers can’t go wrong with drafting Turner, from his overall potential to the decisions he immediately allows the franchise to make, this great situation for both Turner and the 76ers.

3. New Jersey Nets- Derrick Favors

So what if the New Jersey Nets weren’t rewarded with the first overall pick for their horrendous play last season, this very well could be a blessing in disguise. Drafting Derrick Favors is the best fit for New Jersey anyways. Drafting Wall would’ve led to having to make a tough decision on Devin Harris’s future with the franchise, Favors on the other hand, helps them avoid the unneeded headache. He’ll compliment Brook Lopez very well and gives them a drastic improvement at the power forward position. For Favors there’s not a better situation available, if all goes as planned he should be a starter from jump. He’ll be given plenty of minutes and will have the chance to gain valuable exposure and experience; Nets fans should be looking forward to the progression he’ll make immediately. Looking down the road, I like Yi Jianlian being my sixth man off the bench, a foreigner whose not always consistent but should be much better off not having to deal with as much expectations. Derrick will do both the Nets and Yi a big Favor (pun intended) even as a rookie.

4. Minnesota Timberwolves- Wesley Johnson

With the Timberwolves under the leadership of General Manager David Kahn, you never quite know what to expect on draft night as we all found out this past year. Despite what many mock drafts around the Web suggest, I’m not so sure the Timberwolves take Johnson here. Even before NBA draft workouts, my gut tells me not to count out the Timberwolves selecting DeMarcus Cousins. Whether or not Kahn decides to pull the trigger on Cousins depends on how patient he’s willing to be. Earlier this past season, the Timberwolves and Pacers came extremely close on deal that would’ve sent Al Jefferson to Indiana in exchange for Danny Granger. Cousins is often compared to Al Jefferson in terms of size and abilities. It’s not out of the question that Kahn selects Cousins, then attempts to pull the deal for Granger offering up Al Jefferson and Corey Brewer. This trade would immediately improve both teams, the only road block that may stand in the way is Pacers forward Troy Murphy. But for the Timberwolves, adding Cousins and Granger instantaneously makes them no laughing matter next season. Don’t forget that the sooner the Timberwolves become successful, the sooner Ricky Rubio may decide it’s time make the move over to the join the team. But that’s a lot of speculation on my part and until the draft talk continues to heat up I’ll stand pat with the majority of mock drafts and take Wesley Johnson here at number four.

Whichever team takes Cousins must monitor the amount of times he calls to order pizza

5. Sacramento Kings- DeMarcus Cousins

The last thing the Sacramento Kings need is another young big man, but unfortunately for them, the best players availiable are in face big men. Sac-Town will choose between taking DeMarcus Cousins or Greg Monroe here at five. With the Maloof brothers all to familiar with gambling owning their luxurious Palms hotel in Las Vegas, I got to say they’ll go with Cousins. His definitely the risky selection but I see his overall potential too hard to pass up. As Jason Thompson continues to develop, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to take Greg Monroe here, even when he’s by far the safest pick. You cannot have Thompson coming off your bench, especially now that they have sixth man of the year candidate Carl Landry after the trade with Houston. If Cousins can live up to his potential, stay in shape, and improve his game the it’s scary to envision what Sacramento’s future may have in store with the combination of Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins.

6. Golden State Warriors- Greg Monroe

Monroe has arguably has the highest basketball IQ out of all the projected lottery picks. After snagging the very intelligent basketball player in Stephen Curry in last year’s draft, it makes perfect sense to put Monroe alongside their future point guard. The two would work very well together, having too very young and wise talents inside and outside. If Anthony Randolph can bounce back from injury, the Warriors future big three can consist of Curry, Randolph, and Monroe.

7. Detroit Pistons- Cole Aldrich

The Pistons desperately need a big man and Cole Adrich is the next best option left on the board once Cousins and Monroe are off the board. A good shot blocker, Aldrich can continue to help Detroit basketball have a strong defensive presence down low. This year the Pistons went with Ben Wallace as their starting center and Big Ben has just never been the same since deciding to leave Detroit to sign with Chicago a few years back. Aldrich is Mo-Town’s new future at the center position.

8. Los Angeles Clippers- Al-Farouq Aminu

Considering that the Clippers traded away Al Thornton, it makes me feel much better predicting them to take Aminu here at number seven. I realize they have Travis Outlaw and I’d fully expect him to fulfill the team’s starting role, but Aminu will be their work in progress. I see Aminu being a instant energy guy coming off the Clipper bench next season and a guy you can count on taking over in the next couple years to go along with Blake Griffin

9. Utah Jazz- Patrick Patterson

With the likely departure of Carlos Boozer, Patterson would be a nice addition to the Jazz young core group of guys. The Jazz main concern will be his ability to knock down the open mid-range jump shots that are very important in the two-man game with Deron Williams. But Patterson’s lack of a NBA ready jumpshot should be the least of Utah’s concerns, he posses a lot of intangibles you just can’t teach. He has soft hands and even more importantly a high basketball IQ, something that will go a long way with Head Coach Jerry Sloan.

The Pacers most likely regret trading away Jerryd Bayles, their 2008 draft pick, Bradley has the same type of game as Bayless

10. Indiana Pacers- Avery Bradley

While Xavier Henry most likely is the best player availiable on the board, they Pacers don’t need another shooting guard, they need somebody to fill the void at the point guard position. Bradley isn’t close to ready to handle the starting duties, but can be immediate spark plug the Pacers are missing. One of the worst defensive teams in the NBA, Avery won’t help them improve in that department but in the NBA if you cannot play defense, you can always try to out score opponents. Avery has a knack for putting the ball in the basket and can contribute some points off the bench.

11. New Orleans Hornets- Xavier Henry

The New Orleans Hornets had a very successful draft night last year, adding Darren Collison and Marcus Thornton both whom raised eyebrows throughout the league with their rookie season performances. Henry is a deadly shooter who can do all the things Morris Peterson isn’t able to do anymore. This young prospect has the size and strength to play both the shooting guard and the small forward position which is extremely valuable to the Hornets. Next season they’ll look to play point guards Paul and Collison at the same time and being able to place Henry in that small forward can help both of the Hornets’ penetrating point guards tally up some assists with his perimeter game.

12. Memphis Grizzlies- Paul George

The issue isn’t whether or not Rudy Gay decides to stay because George will be a work in progress throughout his entire rookie season. But his upside is worthy of being selected at number 12. He’s long, athletic, and has a quick release on his shot. If selected by the Grizzlies, he may find a few spots minutes to prove his rookie worth but don’t expect to see him out on the floor much more than Suns fans saw Earl Clark this season.

13. Toronto Raptors- Donatas Motiejunas

With Chris Bosh leaving soon, the Raptors definitely need to add a big man here. Though Ed Davis and Ekpe Udoh remain on the board, I see Bryan Colangelo intrigued by the Motiejunas who has all the potential to make him a steal at pick 13. Always the biggest concern with young international players is whether or not they’ll be able to fully transition their games to the NBA style of play. In Toronto, Motiejunas has best chance to transition his game moderately fast with a team consisting of many international sensations with the likes of Jose Calderon, Hedo Turkoglu, Marco Belinelli, and Andrea Bargnani (the player Motiejunas is often compared to).

Whiteside's Size & Length is Unmatched

14. Houston Rockets- Hassan Whiteside

Unfortunately it looks as though my favorite draft prospect won’t be available when it comes time for the Milwaukee Bucks to be on the clock. The Houston Rockets would get a steal here if Whiteside happens to fall into their laps at 14. I start salivating just hearing the comparisons of Whiteside being a young, raw talent that is comparable to Marcus Camby. He would be a good fit in Houston due in large part that he won’t be expected to contribute much his rookie season. So if you’re an NBA fan looking to catch a glimpse of Whiteside, get to the game when the gates open up one and half hours before game time, you can be sure he’ll be putting in a lot of work in pregame workouts. If Whiteside pans out to be just 70% of the player he has the potential to become, this selection will be well worth it.

15. Milwaukee Bucks- Ed Davis

While I’d love to see Bucks General Manager John Hammond and the Bucks attempt to trade up for the rights to Hassan Whiteside, I see them ultimately sticking with their pick here at 15. That pick is looking like it’ll be Ed Davis, the power forward out of North Carolina. My favorite description of Davis can be seen on NBADraft.net where these words fall under his strengths section: “live” legs, high motor, excellent touch, and tremendous footwork for his age. Then one last description on Davis drops louder than a bomb in the eyes of anybody who understand the Milwaukee Bucks team mentality: He “does not have a superstar attitude, he has a workman’s approach to the game that is refreshing to see.” The Bucks will love every bit of that characteristic, the thought of developing two gym rats in Brandon Jennings at point and Ed Davis down low could definitely be something to look forward to in the future.

16. Minnesota Timberwolves- Ekpe Udoh

Udoh can help add to the Timberwolves strength down low. He’s a tremendous shot blocker and should end being more of a defensive minded player in the NBA. Udoh could learn a lot practicing with Kevin Love and Al Jefferson on a daily basis.

Anderson's Stroke is a Thing of Beauty from the Outside

17. Chicago Bulls- James Anderson

Could end up being of the better steals in the draft if he does slide past the lottery picks. Anderson brings the outside shooting presence that the Bulls lacked all season long from the perimeter. Don’t sleep on the Big 12 player of the year who averaged 22.3 points last season, he offers a lot of upside, and would fit in nicely in Chicago.

18. Miami Heat- Damion James

Considering that Heat only have five players under contract next season, the possibilities at this pick are endless. The Heat’s hope is to sign a big name PF/C and hope to also persuade Dwyane Wade to remain with them as well. So I’d see the Heat looking to add a small forward with high energy. Big 12 Conference’s all time leading rebounder fits the profile and is one of the more athletically gifted talents available in this draft. The Heat wouldn’t go wrong with taking James here at 18, even when many NBA analysts may find this a little too high for James.

19. Boston Celtics- Larry Sanders

Who knows how many more seasons Kevin Garnett’s knees can handle. Sanders is a very late bloomer who never played organized basketball until the 10th grade. A very strong defensive player, Sanders could learn a lot from of the best defensive power forwards in the business in Garnett. He has a lot of room for growth and could end becoming a very solid player in this league.

Hayward may rock a very similar black and silver jersey soon in San Antonio

20. San Antonio Spurs- Gordon Hayward

Though I must say it’s hard picturing Hayward in a Spurs uniform, I think he’d be a nice pick here at 20 for the Spurs. He provide a little bit of everything and could potentially be a huge boost of the Spurs bench. With Richard Jefferson, all but impressive after his first year with the Spurs, Hayward might find a fair amount of time to play. If I’m Gregg Popovich, I love having to young talents in Hayward and DeJuan Blair to turn too off the bench.

21. Oklahoma City Thunder- Luke Babbitt

We’ll just have to wait and see how Babbitt’s future pans out in the NBA but if it’s anything like it’s projected to be, the Thunder have find another great piece that fits with their future. Babbitt at 6’9 is a lethal shooter with the ability to play both the small forward and power forward positions. For his own sake, he better prepare to play the power forward position with Kevin Durant occupying the majoring of the small forward minutes. Realistically, if Babbit lands in Oklahoma City I see him being a bonafide sixth man that could potentially be a sixth man award candidate down the road.

22. Portland Trail Blazers- Kevin Seraphin

It’d be silly for Portland to even consider any prospect outside of the power forward and center positions. With their luck with injuries, they could always improve their support system down in the paint. The popular options here are Solomon Alabi and Daniel Orton, but I see Blazers General Manager Kevin Pritchard taking his chances on Kevin Seraphin, the young product out of France. Already having Nicolas Batum on board, Seraphin would have French companion to help aid his adjustment to the NBA if the Blazers decide to bring him over to play next season. Seraphin’s upside is worth the gamble as the first round gets into it’s later selections.

There's No Debate: Stephenson Definitely Has the Size

23. Minnesota Timberwolves- Lance Stephenson

Once again you must pop the question, do you go best player available or do you go immediate needs? I see the Timberwolves opting against taking the best player available (either Orton or Alabi) and rather choosing a shooting guard. Heading into the NBA Draft Combine I would’ve put Elliot Williams ahead of Lance Stephenson in my rankings, but after missing the NBA Draft Combine due to injury, Stephenson jumps him in my book. It was very costly time to get injured and allowing teams to get a look at you in the pivotal pre-draft camp is so important for anyone’s draft stock. But in the long term, Stephenson is the more promising player of the two shooting guards, he’s got an NBA ready body who’s a guy that needed one more year of college to fully blossom. Depending on what happens during free agency, Stephenson may have a outside chance of starting next season for the Timberwolves if they’re willing to endure another long losing season.

24. Atlanta Hawks- Willie Warren

The Hawks have so many questions left unanswered at the shooting guard position, what will all pan out with Joe Johnson? Nobody has the slightest idea but the chances of Atlanta holding onto him looks all but promising. With that being said, they need to look at drafting a shooting guard with this pick. I see Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford becoming the Hawks starting shooting guard next season so he’ll need a backup. Warren has an NBA ready body and has the offensive skills to be a highly productive scorer in the future. He’s a very interesting prospect who was listed as a lottery pick in many mock drafts before last season.

25. Memphis Grizzlies- Daniel Orton

Both Orton and his agent will finally be relieved to know he’ll be coming off the board in the first round after being a guy who fell way past where he’s currently projected to be drafted (in the high teens). This is a great pickup by the Grizzlies here with the 25th pick and Orton hopefully can develop his game having to defend Zach Randolph each day in practice.

26. Oklahoma City Thunder- Armon Johnson

Not very well known, Johnson could very well be a big sleeper in this year’s draft class. He’s quick and crafty which could be the perfect player to back up Russell Westbrook. While Eric Maynor will still find his own opportunities to find minutes at the backup point guard slot, Johnson will give him a run for his money next season.

27. New Jersey Nets- Solomon Alabi

His size alone is very intriguing, but he’s a work in progress. If the Nets are willing to gamble, stay patient then this is a wise pick with Alabi being one of the best available here at 27. If not, expect the Nets to go get a better-known college player like Devin Ebanks.

Wait is that John Wall? No folks, that's the 6'1 Eric Bledsoe

28. Memphis Grizzlies- Eric Bledsoe

He was very much hidden behind the play of John Wall last season with Kentucky and I definitely feel Bledsoe may be one the this year’s best keep late first round secrets. He’s very athletic and has the strength that allows him to absorb contact while finishing around the rim. Nice backup to Mike Conley next season and he could potentially take over Conley’s starting job in the coming years.

29. Orlando Magic- Elliot Williams

This highly explosive young shooting guard needs to improve his perimeter shooting, but has the leaping ability you just can’t teach. A year under the wing of Vince Carter could really benefit Williams during his rookie season and it’s worth the Magic taking him here this late in the first round.

30. Washington Wizards- Gani Lawal

Much like Eric Bledsoe, Lawal was hidden behind Derrick Favors this past year at Georgia Tech. While still raw, Lawal has a lot of potential to become solid down the road. Wizards need some help in the frontcourt and Lawal is the best available.

College Football Week 7

The Red River Shootout

Landry Jones lost this game. I understand that he was not slated to start and that the game would have ended a bit more like I expected had Bradford stayed healthy, but he didn’t and Jones faded down the stretch. I will give Landry Jones all the credit in the world for keeping the Sooners in the game and really playing pretty well up until about 8 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter. I was to make this very clear. I do not care what string QB you are, you cannot throw 2 picks on potential game-winning drives. Colt McCoy even bailed him out by throwing a red zone pick right after Jones’ first pick, but the second pick cut even deeper. You cannot do that if you expect to win games, especially against competition as good as Texas.

Texas proved it was not on the same level as Alabama and Florida, floundering against a stout Oklahoma defense and just struggling generally to move the ball. They probably should have lost this game, but they didn’t and will march on to meet their demise another week.

Buckeyes Bucked

Terrelle Pryor did his best Rex Grossman impression fumbling twice and throwing two picks in a somewhat embarrassing loss to the Boilermakers. Of course, this upset came on the road in conference as most upsets do but it is still no excuse for a team vying to be nationally viable. Pryor played so badly that even ESPN was asking if he should be starting elsewhere on the field. Even some die-hard Buckeyes fans think Pryor would be better off as an elite TE than a QB. I will not go as far as to say there is serious trouble in Columbus, but there are probably not too many happy campers on campus tonight.

Conference Upsets

Georgia Tech bested the Hokies at home, Florida almost dropped a conference game at home, Colorado rocked the Jayhawks and Texas Tech made losers out of Nebraska in Nebraska. All of this was very exciting, but honestly, not unpredictable. Once again, the conference road game strikes and all it leaves in its wake are wondering where it went so terribly wrong. The only truly shocking result of the bunch is that Florida almost dropped a game at home, again, to a dangerous Razorbacks team. Some weeks, Florida looks untouchable (like last week at LSU), but then looks extremely vulnerable at home. I am not sold on them as Championship contenders though there are not a ton of teams that can fit that billing. Alabama is putting together a pretty compelling case, but they will meet Florida in Atlanta for the SEC Championship. This is shaping up to be an extremely exciting year and yet another year when multiple teams will be able to lay claim to BCS bids and potentially get denied. Boise State and TCU are putting together solid bids, Virginia Tech lost, and Texas has looked extremely shaky all year. Alabama has been the most impressive, but it will be a lot of fun to see the BCS squirm as they try to defend who makes what bowl game.

It pains me to talk about this next one but it has to happen

Irish fall to Trojans………… Again.

Some thought this would be the year. Those some were wrong. USC went up big in the 3rd quarter, but the Irish showed a ton of heart and fought back, eventually leading to 3 plays from the 4 yard line with 9 seconds left. For a second, it looked like Kyle Rudolph hauled in a tipped ball in the end zone, but it looked like his knee was down out of bounds as he caught it. The next two passes were incomplete, including a slight slip on the final play by Duval Kamara, making Clausen’s errant pass irrelevant. So close, yet so far away. As an admitted Notre Dame fan, I was not expecting good things to come from this game without Michael Floyd and with a suspect defense. I would not say that the Irish played extremely well, but they were advantageous in cashing in on the opportunities given to them by USC. It was a valiant fight back, but it should not have been as close as it was. Maybe the Irish will be able to beat them when they get a defense capable of stopping teams not named Nevada. Until then, my Notre Dame fan-hood will be without reward. At least I have a Heisman candidate I can believe in Jimmy Clausen. If only he had a real defense behind him, maybe they would be 7-0 right now. If only… if only…

On the other hand, I know it gives Notre Dame Haters everywhere reason to rejoice so I guess it is whatever is best for the greater good, right? Although USC might be the only program more reviled, Notre Dame remains number one for most. Get ’em next year Irish.

The only other big game worth talking about was the Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech game, but I will let you reference my previous thoughts on it (as shown here) as they have not changed on the matter. A win for VT would make them a legitimate contender; a loss would confirm they are just another team that is good but not elite.

Good week of football, only one more week until we get to do it again.

CLOWN OF THE WEEK: This one is a little Marquette-centric, but I need to call out MUTV’s coverage of Marquette Madness (our version of Midnight Madness). I understand it is done by students, but I am not sure if it could have got more amateur. Tons of technical difficulties, weak reporting, and commentary completely unrelated to what was going on on the court. In the words of Lou Williams of the 76ers, “C’mon Son”!

Picks for the Weekend

Alright, a little belated, but we are back and ready to take a look at this week’s college and NFL action. Last week I did alright but like any team, I am looking to build on that and get better. Without further ado:

Baltimore (+2) @ New England

So last week, I may have prematurely jumped off the Patriots bandwagon, but I think this is the week that makes or breaks their title hopes. It may seem a little bit brash to call a week 4 matchup a make or break for any team, but if they beat the Ravens, a team that is widely regarded, myself included, as one of the top teams in football, the swagger will be back. For all the publicity the offense has been getting for its explosiveness, and rightfully so, I seem to remember them giving up 436 yards to Philip Rivers through the air. I think their secondary is extremely suspect when they do not get pressure on the QB, and the game will be decided on if the Pats can protect Brady well enough to shred the Ravens secondary. If Wes Welker plays, which is still a bit up in the air, I like New England to pull it out, but if he is out, Moss will not have the time to get open downfield and the shaky New England D will fail to contain the Ravens. I like the Ravens in a close game, but that is going on the assumption that Welker cannot go.  Let’s call it 30-28, Ravens.

Jets (+7) @ Saints

I am still not sure what to think about the Jets. On the one hand I am impressed by their defense having held the Houston offense scoreless (only score on defense) and holding the Patriots to single digits. Their offense is reliable with the running game and line. The good line and good running game are more than enough to cover for their rookie QB. What will happen when he needs to drive them down the field for a game winning drive and the defense waiting for the pass? I don’t think Jets fans want to know quite yet.

The Saints, on the other hand, have that high-flying offense with an improved, though still suspect defense. They shredded Philly’s D in week 2, but I think that soon enough people will realize how much the Eagles miss both Stewart Bradley and the deceased Jim Johnson. I am much surer that the Saints are a quality team than I am about the Jets, but I think this line is way too high. I like the Saints to hold onto the win at home, but not by a whole touchdown. 20-17, Saints.

Dallas @ Denver (+3)

Why does everyone like Dallas? They looked absolutely sick (and not in the good way) at home against Carolina, Tony Romo has yet to show chemistry with his receiving corps and the D keeps giving up big plays. If Marion the Barbarian sits out and Jason Garrett decides to air it out, they will be in serious trouble. It is really a wonder to me that the Cowboys did not devote themselves to the running game sooner seeing as how they have a gargantuan offensive line and a talented stable of running backs. If Dallas keeps it on the ground they have a shot, if not they will fall to 2-2.

I really do not know what to make of Denver, but they are 3-0 with victories over the Bengals, Browns, and Raiders. These 3 organizations represent 3 of the 4 saddest organizations in football with only the Lions being left off the list. However, which the Browns, and Silver and Black have showed no vital signs, Cincinnati looks like a very quality team. So what if Denver got their win on a miracle play against them, they were in that game the entire time with them. People watching thought it was simply two awful teams, but both have shown well. This pick honestly comes down to the fact that Denver still has one of the few home-field advantages left in football. The altitude will wear on the Cowboys and do just enough to keep the Broncos in the lead. It won’t be pretty, but the Broncos will move to 4-0, 17-13.

Ok, so I am not making this next pick a full pick, but I am obliged to talk about Favre vs. the Packers. I do not know what your views on the man are, but for me, it is going to be phenomenally weird seeing Brett Favre on the field with the Pack and not wearing the green and gold. I think Minnesota will win the game, just as they will the division, but this is going to be a weird game to watch.

Let’s get the college games worth watching. There are not a ton of great matchups on paper, but there are two that stick out.

(8) Oklahoma @ (17) Miami

Obviously, this game swings on if reigning Heisman trophy candidate plays and is up to speed. If he is, this should be an outstanding watch with athletes all over the field. If he misses the game though, it will simply be athletes all over the field as Miami, encouraged by not having to face Bradford, bounces back from its Virginia Tech debacle. However, Oklahoma’s defense is vastly underrated and has about a 50-50 shot of stopping Jacory Harris dead in his tracks. I am not sure what to do with this game, but I am going to pick the Sooners 27-14 if Bradford plays and the Canes 20-17 if Bradford does not play.

(4) LSU @ (18) Georgia

Did you read the College Football column last week? What did I say about in conference road games? Not only do they separate the great from the good, but they show how mentally tough a team is. The hardest thing to do in college football, other than figure out the BCS, is win a road game in conference, specifically in the SEC. LSU really did not show up against Mississippi State last weekend on the road, so you have to think they will be wary of traveling between the hedges, Will concern be enough? Will the superior talent of LSU get the better of the reloading Bulldogs? Personally, I think this game has been too hyped to be an upset alert. LSU will not sleep on Georgia, and if they do, watch out because it will be a blowout something to the tune of 31-10 Georgia. However, Les Miles should have the boys up n’ ready for this one. It greatly pains me to go against my number one rule exactly one week after setting that rule, but I am going to go with LSU, narrowly, 24-21. I would not be at all surprised, though to see Georgia come out and just embarrass the Bayou Bengals, because that is the way of college football.

Don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to a great slate of NFL and college action. Hope you are too.