I couldn't have asked for a better week after going 2-0 on Sunday Funday and then having the preseason college rankings come out. My only disappointment was seeing that the Big Ten is poised for another lack luster year among the other powerhouse conferences. Ohio State is the lone team in the top ten, followed by Wisconsin and Illinois. The Orange Crush? C'mon people, it can never be a good year for the Big Ten when a Ron Zook led team is in the upper half of the conference.
Is this really going to be all that the Hawks can bring to the table this year?
And where exactly are Penn State, Michigan, and Iowa? Can all 3 really be trying to rebuild so much that they can't be in the upper portion of the conference. I will make an early prediction about the depleted Big Ten....by the end of the year there will be 2 teams in the top 10, simply because whoever rises to the top with Ohio State will get some easier than expected wins throughout conference play, and while the other conferences will be beating up on each other, these 2 teams will continue to creep up the rankings.
On to the SEC, much to the surprise of many arm chair fans, Georgia will come out of the gate as the preseason #1. And let me tell you, if they can work through their road schedule without any losses, they should get the friggin' trophy before the bowl game. They play #16 Arizona State, #6 LSU, #11 Auburn, and South Carolina all on the road this year, add on the fact that they play #5 Florida at a neutral site and it all stacks up to a hell of a lot of moxy on the road to escape with victories. While I'm still on the SEC, lets not forget that Houston Nutt is at Ole Miss now, and he is sure to surprise a couple teams throughout the year. One thing I do know is that I am going to absolutely love watching the SEC again this year, and this is coming from a guy that has only lived in the Midwest, but they continue to gain strength year after year and simply have this Midwestern guys attention.
Let me leave you by saying that we only have 26 days until the CFB season kicks off, and if that doesn't get you excited, then hopefully the 6 point teasers that football brings to the table will.
Read on for my MLB picks.....
NY Mets +125(-1.5runs) @ Houston Astros
The 'Stros grabbed one from grandpa Pedro last night, but you can be all but guaranteed that Johan won't let that happen today. The reason I love throwing down on Johan(other than the fact that he rolls deep w/ a 2.93ERA), is that he goes deep into the game and doesn't give the bullpen many outs to mess up his lead. On the Houston side, they brin Oswalt, who has been slumping a little more than usual, and as a team they have won 4 of 5, which is an unlikely trend that is simply a fluke. Mets roll big 9-3.
Pittsburgh Pirates @ Chicago Cubs -190
I can't find a run line on this one yet, but when I do, I will simply take a calculated deep breath and give Sharky yet another call. Lilly is solid in Wrigley, and after the Cubbies almost got swept at home last weekend, you can bet that Pinella is making his voice heard once again after last nights no run performance. Just bet it and grab a damn drink, don't think about it too much....