Last week was my first attempt at a blog. Got some decent feedback and went 2-0 on my picks. Auburn-Ole Miss over was not even a question and USC played with Oregon for 3 quarters, but the Ducks just kept coming at them for a decisive victory.
This week, I am going to start with the Big 12 matchup Oklahoma -3 @ Texas AM. Oklahoma has a ton of talent on the offensive side of the ball in WR Ryan Broyles and RB DeMarco Murray. QB Landry Jones has shown flashes of a good player but is still inconsistent at times. Oklahoma also has a lot of team speed with several players that are able to take it the distance on any play. As for the Texas AM defense, they are a reasonably talented group, but they tackle like it's flag football. Head Coach Mike Sherman, who most will remember his stint with the Packers, has had just putrid tackling teams since he has become HC. As an NFL guy, you would think this wouldn't be the case, but by in large they are just hot garbage.
The Texas AM offense, however, is very capable of putting up big points. QB Jerrod Johnson is spectacular at times and very average at others. WR Jeff Fuller is the primary target for Johnson is and leads the team in TDs. He is the #1 playmaker for the Aggies. Although not a superstar, RB Christine Michael will be out with a foot injury. Michael is the leading rusher although a few other backs do have significant carries. The Oklahoma defense is littered with 5 star talent but they just have not played up to their capabilities. LB Travis Lewis is responsible for keeping the defense in line and they have gotten much better as the season has progressed. Oklahoma is not great at creating turnovers, but Johnson is known to throw a pick or two.
Even though the game is at College Station, Oklahoma just has too much talent to not beat the Aggies by at least the 3 points.
On to the second game of the week, Oregon St -5 @ UCLA. Oregon State has an unbelievable player in RB Jacquizz Rodgers. The guy is lighting fast and has a knack for the football so to speak. Although the other Rodgers brother, James, who was the #1 receiver, willl not be playing (knee injury), QB Katz does a pretty good job at spreading his TDs around to several receivers (7). As for the UCLA defense, pretty simple, they need to stop the run. Not an easy task considering the are giving up over 200 a game. That's absolutely terrible for any defense, let alone one that is facing the beast that is Jacquizz Rodgers.
The UCLA offense is very run heavy due to the lack of consistent QB play. They are rushing for almost 200 yards a game. Oregon State is not overly stout against the run, but should be able to slow UCLA down by loading up the box and making an inexperienced back up QB beat them in the air. Oregon States defense is usually good for a turnover or two a game as well.. UCLA is not shy giving up the ball at least 2 times a game in Pac-10 play. This could be the deciding factor in being competitive and an ass whipping.
The game is at UCLA which does count for something but not much. Oregon State under Head Coach Mike Riley has generally turned it on the later part of the season. Riley always gets his team on the right page heading into the end of the season and into the bowl game. Overall, I think Oregon State should cover the 5 points no problem, perhaps even winning by 2 TD's or more. But what do I know.
Please let me know what you think, and if I have time I will try to post about Ill @ Mich and NC State @ Clemson.