GREG GAMBLE’S 2008 PIGSKIN PICKS: 60-40 ATS...60%
NFL 23-18 - NCAA 18-12 - Teasers 19-10 - Lovely Ladies 69-0
GREG GAMBLE’S 2008 HARDWOOD PICKS: 17-12 ATS…59%
NBA 11-8 - NCAA 3-4 - Teasers 3-0 - Church League 69-0
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My Homeboy Colin Kaepernick runs like a Gisele!
Humanitarian Bowl – Boise, ID
MARYLAND TERRAPINS @ NEVADA WOLFPACK (-2)
In similar fashion to what I told you yesterday about Missouri having no desire to play in the Alamo Bowl, Maryland probably isn’t too excited about hanging in cold-azz Boise, Idaho for the holidays. While I’m sure we’ll see a few red turtles in the stands, tonight’s crowd will be dominated by Wolfpack & WAC fanatics riled-up to beat a team from the so-called power conferences. Especially with the unique Smurf Turf in Bronco Stadium where Nevada played one of the most exciting games in history last year (L to Boise St. 69-67), I expect the Terrapins to look shell-shocked for at least a quarter and to struggle all-night with the WACky nighttime atmosphere.
On the football side, if you haven’t met the 6-6 duel threat gazelle, say hello to QB Colin MFin Kaepernick! The sophomore from Cali was spectacular again this season throwing 19 Tuddies, only five picks, and rushing for 1115 yards, 16 TD, and a redonkulous 7.3 average! While he’ll be dealing with a little more speed when facing the Terrapin LBs, the Wolfpack averaged almost 40 ppg this season and actually looked more cohesive as the season progressed. Overall, Nevada has won three of their last four with their only loss coming at the hands of previously undefeated Boise St. 41-34.
And while Kaepernick, the WAC’s 2nd leading rusher, steals the headlines, let’s not forgot who took home the rushing crown in the conference…his tailback and battling-ram Vai Taua (1420 yards, 6.7 avg, 14 TD). Also a sophomore, Taua surprised everybody as his fame came once last year’s superstar RB Luke Lippincott when down with a season-ending injury in Week Two. Also, while Taua wasn’t much of factor in the passing game early in the year, Kaepernick has started to trust his 225-lb partner in crime (last 2 games: 9 rec, 79 yards) opening things up even more on the outside. Throw-in three solid targets at WR, including Sr. playmaker Marko Mitchell (1011 yards, 18.1 avg, 9 TD), and Nevada won’t have any problems putting some points on the board against a slightly above-average Terrapin defense.
On the flipside of the wild excitement from the WAC darling, Maryland has lost three of four and been the definition of inconsistency in the pigskin world this season. Jr. QB Chris Turner was supposed to turn the corner this year, but his production actually dropped in some areas and he’s only thrown one more TD (11) than pick (10). As for the running game, So. Da’Rel Scott (959 yards, 4.9 avg, 6 TD) has shown glimpses of being a premier back, but seems to be looking of his shoulder aware Fr. Davin Meggett (son of NFL scatback David Meggett) will soon be taking the reigns. While the 5-8 Meggett (422 yards, 5.3 avg, 4 TD) is dangerous every time he touches the pill, the Terrapins have struggled all year to find ways to utilize his abilities.
In closing, usually with a WAC squad facing an SEC squad, the biggest difference is seen in the trenches…and surprisingly, most experts actually feel the Wolfpack is more dominate in both those areas. Nevada is holding teams to under 75 rushing yards per game, which means Maryland’s inconsistent QB will have to pull off some magic in the crazy nighttime WAC atmosphere on the legendary Smurf Turf. And in my humble, correct opinion that ain’t gonna happen Homeboys!
Final Score: TERRAPINS 24 WOLFPACK 37
ATLANTA HAWKS @ INDIANA PACERS (-1)
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ATLANTA HAWKS @ INDIANA PACERS (-1)
After an emotional victory against the Nuggets in Hot-Lanta and a huge write-up on the Eastern Seaboard Programming Network today on their early season success, I have feeling we’ll see some over confidence and mental laziness from this young squad playing a back-to-back. And traveling to Indiana…that’s not what most would call an exciting place for most NBA Ballers to visit. On the flipside, following a brutal opening schedule and a strange team-wide virus that knocked out half the squad for a week, the Pacers are desperate to get back on track and should come out the gates fast tonight. While some will panic because T.J. Ford is out, the brick-house known as Jarrett Jack might be the nicest back-up point in the league and should look even sharper against Mike “No D” Bibby…PACERS BY 5-10 POINTS
#16 CLEMSON TIGERS (-2.5) @ S. CAROLINA GAMECOCKS
The undefeated Tigers (12-0) have quietly emerged as a legitimate contender for the ACC title. While those in Chapel Hill and Dukieland will scoff at those remarks and claim they haven’t played anybody, I’ll argue they have the most balanced starting-five in the conference and proved their road abilities in a 19-point thrashing of Miami (FL) & an impressive victory at Illinois. Speaking of not playing anybody, the (9-1) Gamecocks most impressive opponent this season has been College of Charleston…and they lost! While South Carolina will have a decent season, the veteran Tigers are on the verge of something special and I can’t see their first hiccup coming at the hands of team that was 13-17 last year…CLEMSON BY 6 TO 11 POINTS