* Greggy G’s MLB Picks: 107–76 ATS
Watching Da Bears play their 1st & 2nd teams only a series each last night, I struggled to understand how the Solider Field faithful could enjoy the game without a little coin riding on it. With Brady Quinn taking the majority of the snaps, the Browns made sure their prized investment was protected with NFL regulars and made an otherwise boring game watchable knowing Sizzler was going to be paid by my book. As for opening night in the collegiate game, the big-boys rolled (as I told ya) and my Cyclones lost at home to a team that couldn’t even convince Antonio Gates to play football there (Kent St.). But as you know, my loyalties are with the number and I get dizzy just looking at all the options this weekend. Throw-in some baseball games and my guy opening-up Women’s Volleyball lines and I don’t think they have enough St. Ides Special Brews in stock for me this weekend. Finally, before I get to my picks, after the game we rolled to a local watering hole and I was amazed how many fans were ready to build a wing in Canton for former Gator Chris “I’m smaller than Grossman” Leak. Considering he was playing against NFL Europe has-beens and “Little Giants” extras, I’m suggesting you hold off selecting him in your next fantasy league. With that, it’s almost Game Day so let’s put the women and dancers to bed and go looking for frickin’ filet mignon!
FRIDAY NIGHT ACTION
NAVY MIDSHIPMEN (-20) @ TEMPLE OWLS
While Iowa St. and Flavor Flav’s girls are pretty awful, they’re nuttin’ compared to possibly the worst team in all of Div. I…Temple. The Owls (1-11) lost by an average of 34 points a game last season, and actually played Navy in their ‘06 finale and lost 42-6. Tonight the game’s at Temple, so I’m guessing oddsmakers are giving 16 points for home-field nowadays. While there may be few more students in red, I don’t thing that’ll stop last year’s #1 rushing offense in the nation...especially since the Midshipmen are returning their top-6 RBs from last year. I know Navy graduated the majority of their defense from ‘06, but is that really a concern when the Owls scored 10 points thru the 1st four games last year...I think not!
PREDICTION: NAVY 42 OWLS 10
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IOWA HAWKEYES (-12) @ N. ILLINOIS HUSKIES (@ CHICAGO)
This is how you know it’s all about SHOWIN’ ME THE MULA. I hate the Hawkeyes more than I hate Rex Grossman’s small hands, but that won’t stop me from doubling-up grandma’s $20 birthday check. Especially with Kirk Ferentz coming-off a disappointing season, I have a feeling the Hawkeyes are going to open ‘07 more fired-up than Jeremy Shockey after a 6-yard catch. In Ferentz’s 8-years he’s done a remarkable job of adding depth, size, and discipline to the program, and my have the best QB in his tenure ready to start his reign (soph. Jake Christensen). Surprisingly, Christensen’s only start last year came against Northern Illinois in 24-14 victory (19-30 256 yards 2 TDs 1 Int). While the final score doesn’t seem overwhelming, the fact that the Hawkeyes held the Huskies to under 200 yards on the day was amazing. With phenom RB Garrett Wolfe and QB Phil Horvath both gone, I expect an even more dominating performance by the D and the offense to run at will against the undersized Huskies. Also, with the game at Soldier Field this will be more of an advantage for the Hawkeyes with all their fanatical fans making the trip…shiznit, what else is there to do in Iowa? BTW, if you do make the trip, make sure to ask the bartender for some Templeton Rye Whiskey…it’s brand new in Chi-Town, born in Iowa, and tastes sweeter than top-shelf Malt Liquor. I could go on, but writing about the Hawks makes my balls hurt.
PREDICTION: IOWA 31 N. ILLINOIS 13
WAKE FOREST D. DEACONS @ BOSTON COLLEGE (-6)
In my humble, but correct opinion, even with new headmaster Jeff Jagodzinski (Green Bay Packers O-Coordinator) the Golden Eagles will win the ACC. With the conservative Tom O’Brien gone, 6’5” Sr. QB Matt Ryan will finally be allowed to throw the pigskin like an NFL signal-caller, which will also open-up the field for the most underrated RB duo in the nation (Sr.’s L.V. Whitworth & Andre Callender). Throw-in the fact that Wake Forest is replacing most of their secondary and only have five starters on defense overall, and this could be easy pickins for Mr. Ryan. While the Demon Deacons were a feel-good story in ‘06, nobody will overlook them this year and I’d be surprised if they were much better than .500. I know it’s tough to invest on team under a new regime, but trust me…the Golden Eagles are Jessica Alba good
FINAL SCORE: WAKE FOREST 13 BOSTON COLLEGE 27
VIRGINIA CAVALIERS (-3) @ WYOMING COWBOYS
I know the Cavs are traveling to the other end of the world for this one and needed OT to beat the Cowboys at home last year, but this is a Virginia squad returning 19 starters and a sophomore QB (Jemeel Sewell) who reminds me of the great Seneca Wallace. Sewell is legit dual threat and should look even quicker against a smallish defense that only returns five starters from '06. Speaking of returning five, the Cavs gigantic O-Line has everybody back and should be able to march up-and-down the field on Saturday. On the other side, while the Cowboys have a solid signal-caller (so. Karsten Sween) and most of their skill-positions returning, they have to replace three O-linemen and should struggle against the size and speed of the Cavs…led by the Chris Long, the son of former Oakland Raider Howie Long...like your azz knew dat!
PREDICTION: CAVALIERS 27 WYOMING 17
MISSOURI TIGERS (-5) @ ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI (in St Louis)
I don’t understand why this is so low…I’m so baffled I can’t come-up with a good write-up. The Juice (Williams) is good, but the Juice ain’t that good!
PREDICTION: MISSOURI 34 ILLINOIS 20
Before I get to a quick baseball pick for tonight, make sure to check back tomorrow for some more college football picks. GAME DAY BABY, GAME DAY!!!
CHICAGO WHITE SUX @ CLEVELAND INDIANS (-1.5 RUNS) (+120)
Besides the fact that the Sux have completely imploded, they have a terrible team that can’t field, hit, run, or manage. I mean Kevin Millwood and his 5.31 ERA baffled them last night, so how do you think one of the best young arms in baseball will look (Fausto Carmona 14-6, 3.16). The best thing about his game is that Burls is pitching for the Sux and will keep the ATS somewhat down. While I luv Buehrle, he seems to have put too much pressure on himself lately (last 3 starts: 0-2 4.91 ERA) and should struggle with the surging Tribe…Indians by 3-7 runs