No time for chi-chat (except for the fact I’ve won 4 in-a-row ATS) with College Football and NBA both on the docket. What a great time of year…it’s a like throwing a party and instead of the normal crew and random dudes showing-up, your living room is full of NBA All-Star weekend groupies and drunk Sorority Sisters looking for a place to put their sleepin-bag! And finally, stop shooting me emails that my grammer sucks…I’m hung-over, my hands are greasy, and I don’t believe in proofreading. Have a weekend that would make Michael Irvin proud Homeboys and make sure to tell your ladies I luv them…Holla!
IOWA HAWKEYES (4-5) @ NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS (-1) (5-4)
The Hawkeyes (…or as I call them, U lost to the Frickin’ Cyclones!) has actually done a solid job of stopping the run lately. While they’ve only won 2 of their last 7, those two victories have come against the one-dimensional attacks of the Illini and Spartans. In contrast, against the spread offenses in the Big ‘Average’ 10 (Purdue & Illinois), Kirkfairypant’s squad has been dominated like a white girl in Colorado when a certain Laker is in town. The Hoosiers won 38-20 throwing for 322 yards/3 TDs at Kinnick, while the Boilermakers won 31-6 throwing for 316/ 2 TDs just two weeks ago. Not a good sign when traveling to the High School sandlot field in Evanston to face a Wildcat squad that has won 3 of 4, with Jr. QB C.J. Bacher averaging almost 400 ypg and 11 TDs and 4 INTs over that span. Also, star duel-threat RB Tyrell Sutton returned from injury last week and managed 91 yards on only 13 touches, and should look even sharper this week. While I know Iowa will run all over the smart-undersized NW defense, their passing came has been more atrocious than Tonya Harding’s sex-tape and I can’t see how they manage to score enough points to keep pace. Especially with the line at -1 its a gamblers dream…they don’t have to cover, they just have to win baby!
Final Score: WILDCATS 37 U LOST to the FRICKIN’ CYCLONES 31
BIG TEN TEASER
BALL ST CARDINALS (5-4) @ INDIANA HOOSIERS (5-4) (teased to -1)
ILLINOIS F. ILLINI (6-3) (teased to -6) @ MINNESOTA G. GOHPERS (1-8)
After an awesome start, the Hoosiers have struggled the last few weeks on the road against some of the better Big ‘Average’ Ten teams. But Saturday, they return home to face a Cardinal squad that struggled to stop the run last week at Illinois and are a little too beat-up to be facing another major-conference squad. The Hoosiers almost pulled off the upset against the Nittany Lions in Bloomington two weeks ago (36-31), and I can’t see how they don’t bounce back against an average MAC squad at home. Especially with the line teased to -1…all they have to do is win baby!
Similar to the Hoosiers, the Illini came out of the box smokin’ more than Jeff Smoker on a Friday Night, only to struggle against the stout run defenses of the Hawkeyes and Wolverines. Zook’s boys reestablished the ground game last week against Ball St. with 324 yards, which doesn’t bode well for a Gopher squad that’s ranked #93 in nation in rushing defense and gave-up 263 at home to some dude from North Dakota St in 27-21 loss. I know Illinois has the Buckeyes on the docket new week, but I can’t see how they overlook a conference game having lost 2 of their last 3.
Final Score: HOOSIERS 34 CARDINALS 27
Final Score: ILLINI 38 GOLDEN GARBAGE 24
PAC TEN/BIG TWELVE TEASER
#4 ARIZONA ST. SUN DEVILS & #5 OREGON DUCKS (teased to -1)
NEBRASKA CORNSUCKERS (4-5) @ #8 KANSAS JAYHAWKS (teased to -14)
The Ducks are the real frickin’ deal havin’ scored 39 or more in 6 of 8 contests using both the run and pass, while last week, also displayed a devastating power ground attack that helped them beat USC. As for the Sun Devils, they’ve been awesome under 1st year coach Dennis “I’ve been at 36 schools” Erickson, but have only played 2 games on the road (Washington St. & Stanford) and have a banged-up starting QB. Things will be crazy at Autzen Stadium as they always are and ASU may be in for a shock at the speed and duel-threat ability of QB Dennis Dixon.
Trust me, this will be a royal ass-kicking that will officially put an end to the Bill Callahan era. While Texas didn’t seem interested until the 4th quarter in lazily beating Nebraska, they still managed 364 rushing yards and knocked-out Sr. QB Sam Keller for the year. On the Jayhawk side, after two huge road victories to keep their slim National Title hopes alive (Texas A&M, Colorado), look for Lawrence to be rockin’ and Mark Mangino to make sure the pollers notice what’s happening in basketball country. The Cornsuckers have a green QB who will be absolutely devoured if he drops back, while the running attack will go nowhere against a defense that made Texas A&M look like mid-major last week.
Final Score: DUCKS 37 SUN DEVILS 27
Final Score: JAYHAWKS 45 CORNSUCKERS 20
DETROIT PISTONS @ ORLANDO MAGIC (-2.5)
Dwight Howard will absolutely dominate the inside from tip-off to final buzzer against the less than stout Piston frontcourt (I’ll say 23 points, 20 rebounds, 4 blocks from the beast). Especially without RIP in the line-up, Detroit’s offensive game-plan completely changes and Chauncey is forced to run everything off the pick-n-roll. This early in the year, and coming off a game last night, I expect the deep backcourt of the Magic to make Mr. Big Shot look a little older tonight. While the so-called expects spent all their time telling you how badly the Magic overpaid for Rashard Lewis, he’s an absolute perfect fit for spreading the floor with Hedo Turkoglu and giving Howard all kinds of room to roam (both 6-10 and deadly from behind the arc!)…Magic by 7-11 points
NBA TEASER SPECIAL
DENVER NUGGETS (teased to -5) @ MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
The young Timberwolves will look like a bunch of freshman chicks at a frat party trying to stop the run-n-gun offense of the Nuggets (over-excited at the start, can’t find their friends almost immediately, and embarrassed at the end after puking up jungle-juice). The Nuggets are another team looking to prove their better than people think and have a sleeper MVP candidate in Carmelo Anthony. As for tonight, I’m predicting at least 30 points of uncontested lay-ups for the Nugg, at least 4 illegal defense technicals on the Wolves, and for Denver to win by 10-14 points.
MIAMI HEAT @ INDIANA PACERS (teased to-3)
Did you see Coach L.A. Looks and the Heat yesterday…absolutely horrendous! If Jason Williams is playing more than 40 min a game and The artist formerly known as The Diesel can only manage 9 pts & 7 reb against old/small frontcourt like the Pistons…it’s time for Riley to head up-stairs and wait for D-Wade to comeback. As for Indiana, in their huddles rumor has it they say: “One, Two, Three, Thank God Rick Carlisle’s gone!” New coach Jim O’Brien has let these guys run and have some fun, and the result has been an 6-2 preseason and an opening night victory against the Wizards without JO and Troy Murphy. Tonight, O’Neal is back in the line-up and will pair with Danny Granger to become one of the most lethal forward combos in the league. Not to mention, Cyclone Jamal Tinsley will abuse J-Will’s knees all night and I can’t see how Shaq & Alonzo look good after a back-to-backs and a long plane ride…Pacers by 9-14 points