GREG GAMBLE’S 2008 PIGSKIN PICKS - 19-10 ATS...66%
NCAA: 9-0 - NFL: 4-7 - Teasers: 6-3 - Hotties: 77-0
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GREG GAMBLE'S THURSDAY NIGHT TEASER MAGIC
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#1 USC TROJANS (teased -20) @ OREGON ST. TOE OF CAMELS
I know the backfield in Corvallis has as bright a future as Vanessa Hudgens w/ true-Fr. Jacquizz Rodgers (5-6, 180), possibly the most decorated recruit ever to land in Moose Knuckle Country, & the perfect compliment in RS-Fr Ryan McCants (6-1, 240). In addition, after one-year of JUCO & splitting time under center last year for Coach Mike Riley, QB Lyle Moevao (5-11, 230) has defied the odds and become the feisty leader of this exciting bunch (2008- 922 yards, 61 comp%, 6 TD, 4 INT) with plenty of veteran weapons on the outside.
That being said, I have a feeling the young backfield & undersized QB might have some trouble with a vicious Trojan D having two weeks to prepare. While their OL has some experience and performed admirable thus far, USC treated the Buckeyes line like amateurs and should cause twice as many problems for the lil guy under center. And considering their one of the few teams to have only played two games thus far, look for Carroll’s boys to be chomping at the bit.
On the offensive side of the ball for the Trojans, after two years of mediocrity (for USC standards), they look flawlessly precise, are deep at every position, and have more speed/size than anybody. The ridiculous collection of superstars in the backfield finally seem to understand their roles, the tall NFL-caliber WRs have matured, and JR. QB Mark Sanchez (6-3, 225) has a confident smile to go along with a perfect release to make them virtually unbeatable (68 comp%, 7 TDs, 2 INT) in my years.
And tonight...(READ ON FOR MORE INFO & CAMEL TOES!)
And tonight, they face a defense that lost over 75% of their starters from last year and have already been carved-up by Stanford (L 36-28) and trounced by the Nittany Lions this season (454 yards allowed in a 45-14 loss). Considering JoPa has nowhere near the passing game of Pete Carroll, I’m guessing the legendary home-field advantage for the House of Camel Toe will be a little overmatched.
Now feel free to call me a BEEATCH for teasing this game, but as I’ve told you before, I have a problem and there are two NCAA games on tonight! I gave you my straight-up winners earlier this week (NFL and NCAA, so let me enjoy my teaser in some peace damn-it!
Final Score: TROJANS 48 MOOSE KNUCKLES 17
SMU MUSTANGS @ TULANE GREEN WAVE (teased -12)
The Green Wave finally appears to be on the upswing as Bob Toledo enters his 2nd season as headmaster and much of the praise should be given to former Waver & current Bear Matt Forte for his workmanlike leadership (2,127 rush yrds 23 TDs). Tulane continues to pound the ball on the ground w/ discipline this season while also opening things up in the passing game w/ the development of 6-5 So. Kevin Moore under center. Considering they opened the season at #8 Bama & played the Tide better than anybody thus far (20-6 L), and followed that up with an impressive outing against then #14 East Carolina (28-24 L), the solid showing against Louisiana-Monroe last week (W 24-10) has the squad ready 2 makes some waves...damn I’m clever!
JR. RB Andre Anderson is following in Forte’s footsteps by utilizing the solid blocking up-front & attacking the hole (last week: 38 carries, 157 yrds, TD), while Jr. WR Jeremy Williams has become a legit go-to threat (18 catches, 2 TDs) alongside a bevy of veterans w/ solid hands. As for facing the Mustangs D, let’s just say former Hawaii headmaster June Jones didn’t inherit much, not to mention, he’s more concerned w/ trying to develop his spread offense. In their 3 losses this season (Rice, Texas Tech, & TCU) SMU has allowed an average of 49 pts & over 550 yards per game! As for their only win (Texas State), the allowed a team that only beat Angelo State 21-14 and resides in the Southland Conference to out-gain them at home in a 47-36 squeaker!
Especially considering Coach “why the hell did u leave the island” Jones only has a few pieces that fit his new scheme, and most of those are underclassmen, I have a feeling his biggest motivation this season is player development…not wins. On the opposite end, Tulane looks focused to capitalize on the momentum carried ova from last year, as well as, an upcoming schedule looking much nicer having already tussled w/ Nick Satan & the dangerous kids from East Carolina.
Final Score: MUSTANGS 17 GREEN WAVE 37