GREG GAMBLE’S 2008 PIGSKIN PICKS - 26-18 ATS...59%
NCAA: 10-4 - NFL: 8-8 - Teasers: 8-6 - Hotties: 691-0
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For all the clamoring Jerry Jones grabbed another head-case, gave-up too many draft picks, and immediately overpaid for the former Longhorn, nobody can dispute that the 6-3 playmaker makes Dallas a whole lot better. And after 5 years of listening to Matt Millen, Marty Mornhinweg, Rod BOOBinelli, and John Kinta, do you blame the 26 year-old for wanting out of the NFL embarrassment known as the Lions that sported a 30% win-percentage ova his 5 year career?
Brad Johnson has more options for his old arm than Hefner did when these three were still roaming the Mansion!
(Check back tomorrow to see what his new twins look like Homeboys...now that's what we call a teaser baby!)
In only his 3rd season in Motown, Williams snagged 82 balls, scored 7 TDs, ranked 3rd in receiving yards 1310 yards (16.0 ypc) and made the Pro Bowl…don’t you think that’s a lil better than Patrick Crayton?
While his on & off-field antics have been extremely juvenile, my guess is we’ll see a new & improved Williams on his best behavior (at least for awhile) and help Dallas make the playoffs. With the explosive Marion Barber/Felix Jones backfield, a solid line, and three legit playmakers in the passing game with Witten, TO, & Roy (not to mention Barber & Jones in the flat), my guess is a savvy veteran like Brad Johnson might actually force O-Coordinator Jason Garrett to simplify the offense…something they should have done long ago.
Call me crazy, but while Jessica Simpson’s Box ‘O Stardom and fans of flag-football heroics might be pissed about Romo’s broken digit, don’t be surprised to see the Cowboys play more consistently ova the next few weeks with the elbow-padded vet under center.
I'm totally shocked Adam Jones was suspended again…never saw this one coming Homeboys! Seriously, forcing a cat to Make It Rain at his house while sippin on a Fresca is like my girl asking me to stop calling Sharky on Gamedays and soaking my Cheerios with a White Russian! He’ll be back…and he’ll still be good!
Onto the ATS action, and not to anyone’s surprise, but once Vegas got a hold of my Houston Texas prediction yesterday they jacked the spread up to -9. While I’m still a fan of the play, look for my final NFL ATS picks on Thursday to see if I can't find something better for ya. Worse case scenario, Andre Johnson & Co. will be teased down to -3 for a couple plays. With that, let’s take a peak at some College ATS action upcoming and make our reservations for Sizzler…
OHIO STATE BUCKEYES (-3) @ MICHIGAN ST SPARTANS
I know freshman phenom Terrelle Pryor has been up-n-down since taking over the reigns for the Buckeyes, but the 6-6 speedster is overdue for a monster coming-out party & should combine with the improving health of Beanie Wells to handle the one-dimensional Spartans. Especially having just played a similar offensive style on the road against the Badgers, look for the Buckeyes to contain the overused & beat-up RB Javon Ringer (35 carries/gm with a 4.5 average) and to give QB Brian Hoyer more pressure than he’s seen all season as the Spartans are in 3rd-n-long more than they’d like.
While some will say the Buckeyes offense can be one-dimensional, considering Terrelle has a completely different style and will freeze the defense w/ the option handoff to Beanie, look for plenty of big runs as the sweater-vested douchebag jumps for joy. Throw-in a better than advertised arm for Mr. Pryor, and I expect the Buckeyes to finally look like the dominate team of recent years.
Final Score: BUCKEYES 27 SPARTANS 16
MEMPHIS TIGERS (+9) @ EAST CAROLINA PIRATES
While yours truly bet against Memphis last Thursday and won (Louisville 35-28), I have to admit I was more than a little lucky. The Tigers out-gained the vaunted Cardinal attack 481-299, and if not for a fumble & kickoff returned for TDs the Tigers would have beaten Louisville. 6-3 Jr. QB Arkelon Hall has looked smoother and smoother under center for the Pirates (last week: 33-55, 350 yrds, 2 TD, 1 INT) and has the luxury of throwing to some gigantic WRs (6-8 Carlos Singleton 38 catches & 6-4 Duke Calhoun 26 catcghes). Throw-in a solid RB in Curtis Steele (658 yrds, 6.2 avg) and couple extra days to prepare, and the Pirates offense should continue to look sharp.
As for Skip Holtz, after a fantastic start to the season E. Carolina's lost three straight, including a 17 point home-loss to Houston and roughed-up last weekend at Virginia. While the Pirates will be desperate to bounce back, the Tigers have too many weapons for the extremely average 6-0 QB Patrick Pinkney & Co. to pull away. Tigers in an upset!
Final Score: TIGERS 30 PIRATES 27