GREG GAMBLE’S 2008 PIGSKIN PICKS - 24-14 ATS...63%
NCAA: 10-2 - NFL: 7-8 - Teasers: 7-4 - Hotties: 448-0
GREG GAMBLE'S SATURDAY PIGSKIN PICKS
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W. MICHIGAN BRONCOS @ BUFFALO BULLS (-1)
After traveling to #3 Missouri (L 42-21) and missing a FG as time expired at MAC favorite C. Michigan (L 27-25), Coach Turner Gill and the (2-3) Bulls received a much needed weekend off to regroup. In only his 2nd season at Buffalo, Gill shocked the league as the perennial doormat finished with a 5-3 conference record last season and was named MAC Coach of the Year. This season, Gill returned 18 starters, including Sr. leader Drew Willy (’08: 1299 yards, 64%, 12 TD, 3 INT), arguable the best back in the MAC James Starks (6-2, 215 lbs), and home run threat WR Naaman Roosevelt (34 catches, 15.2 avg, 4 TDs).
While their record hasn’t excited Vegas (which is a good thing), the Bulls haven’t lost at home this season and only lost once last year at home during conference play. And at Missouri three weeks ago playing without RB James Starks (who’s played since then and is healthy this week), Gill’s squad only trailed the Tigers by 6 late in the 3rd before their defense simply wore down...and that won't happen this week!
As for the (5-1) Broncos who look extremely formable on paper, considering their wins have come at the hands of N. Illinois, Idaho, Tennessee Tech, Temple, & Ohio, let’s not start sucking their Willy just yet (how clever is my azz with “Willy” leading the way for Buffalo…I’m frickin gifted!) Led by gunslinger Tim Hiller (19 TD & 4 INT) and RB Brandon West (574 yards, 5.6 avg), W. Michigan hasn’t had a weekend off since their season opener and the last time they hit the road only managed 7 points against Temple. While Hiller has been great this season, he’s one-dimensional, which bodes well for a Bulls squad that looked great vs. the pass against conference MVP Dan LeFevour…but struggled to contain his legs in a 2-point road loss. Look for the trip to Buffalo to cause some sloppiest early for the beat-up Broncos as the rested and disciplined Bulls treat this game as season changer.
And finally, and possibly most importantly, the Buffalo Bulls starting small forward on their basketball squad is named Greg MFin Gamble…no joke. And while yours truly spent his collegiate days telling sorority girls he had three balls in his undercarriage & brought a roulette wheel to keg parties, I have a feeling the Bulls Mr. Gamble will make sure the crowd is riled-up for a victory on Saturday…Game on BEEATCHES!
Final Score: BRONCOS 23 BULLS 30
GREG GAMBLE'S SATURDAY PIGSKIN TEASER
TENNESSEE VOLS @ GEORGIA BULLDOGS (teased -7)
With a week-off to prepare after the tough loss to the Crimson Tide, look for the preseason #1 Dawgs to have some fire in-front of the home-crowd from the get go. As for the suddenly sorry-azz Vols, after squeaking past a rebuilding N. Illinois squad 13-9 last week, you think the 2nd career start for QB Nick Stephens will be a lil harder against the Dawgs…yeah, I’m thinking harder than the package of a recently divorced dude visiting Amsterdam with a pocketful of Viagra!
To sum it up a little more, the Vols lost to UCLA to open the season…who in turn followed-up the victory with a 59-0 loss at BYU. As for some extra motivation for Georgia, Phillip “Elmer Fudd” Fulmer’s squad has beaten Georgia the last two years, as well as, they last two times they’ve played in Athens…revenge will be sweet Homeboys!
Final Score: VOLS 13 DAWGS 30
TEMPLE OWLS @ C. MICHIGAN CHIPPEWAS (teased -2)
This is pretty simple Homeboys…The Owls offense struggled before they lost their Sr. signal-caller to a separated shoulder 3 weeks ago and are now starting a freshman. While they picked-up a win at god-awful Miami (OH) last week, they somehow completed the task while gaining a total of 11 first downs. As for the Chippewas, led by the best QB in country in my bloodshot eyes (’07 stats for Dan LeFevour – 3652 passing yards & 27 TDs – 1122 rushing yards & 19 TDs), it seems unfathomable for Temple to keep up on the scoreboard…especially on the road with a youngster under center!
While LeFevour’s numbers are nowhere near as gaudy this year, considering he’s played at Georgia & Purdue thus far look for the 6-3 Illinois native to start lighting-up the box-score now that conference play has begun. And finally, the Chippewas are coming-off a bye week and should look sharp early against the banged-up Owls…Chips role like smoking paper on Snoop Dogg's Airplane!
Final Score: OWLS 17 CHIPPEWAS 31