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Sunday, October 28, 2012

New Haven football notebook (Sights & Sounds/Extra Charge)

New Haven notebook
Senior Circuit: It was Senior Day for the University of New Haven Saturday. Star players, Kayo Boyz and key contributors all were honored prior to UNH’s 48-9 romp of Southern Connecticut State University. The players were announced in numerical order as the Chargers’ 32 seniors came out, met their families and headed to the sidelines.
WATCH: Sights and Sounds to see how Senior Day played out.

LIVE: #Chargernation set a Ralph DellaCamera attendance record as 5,407 came out to watch rivals UNH and SCSU do battle. The bleachers were full, people stood along the railings on the sidelines and as the game progressed people continued to file into the stadium.
The parking lots were completely full and the game’s atmosphere resembled that of a playoff game. If the Northeast-10 Title Game is at DellaCamera, that record might be broke again.
WATCH: Extra Charge to see how the tough Chargers are ready for anything.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Ryan Osiecki, 222 passing yards and three touchdowns.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Richard Long, game-high nine tackles.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

College football picks for Week 9; 5-1 on best bets

After spottting Temple a 10-0 lead at the half, Rutgers rolled to a 35-10 victory to secure last week's best bet.
That puts us at 5-1 for best bets on the season, with our only loss coming when UCLA won 21-14 against Utah while giving 9.
That still smarts but we're on a roll.

This week we're going with USC as the best bet. If you look at the Pac-12 there have been very few upsets especially with the late games being one-sided. USC has the defense to shut down Matt Scott and KaDeem Carey and that will be enough. You know they'll score

I also thought about Northwestern. The Wildcats are coming off a heart-breaking 29-28 loss to Nebraska. While that may have dampened their spirits it really showed how talented NU is and they should post a double-digit win this weekend. My problem is if they fall behind 7-0 it's tough for them to cover a TD spread.

Best bet: USC
Preferred: Boise State, Texas

Here are picks for every game. The selection is in bold

NCAA Football

Expect NU to be triumphant today


at Louisville 3½ (53) Cincinnati

Nevada 3 (66) at Air Force


at East Carolina 4 (50½) Navy

at Vanderbilt 32½ (48½) UMass

Ohio 7 (60) at Miami (Ohio)

Ball St. 4½ (67½) at Army

at Cent. Michigan  6½ (66½) Akron

at Bowling Green 14½ (51½) E. Michigan

N. Illinois 7 (58) at W. Michigan

at Pittsburgh  6½ (49½) Temple

at Illinois 2 (58½) Indiana

Purdue 3½ (50½) at Minnesota

at Northwestern  6 (49) Iowa

at Florida St.  27½ (56½) Duke

at Boston College  1½ (47) Maryland

at Alabama  24 (47½) Mississippi St.

Utah St.  23 (50½) at UTSA

at Colorado St.  7 (52) Hawaii

at Iowa St. 2½ (70½) Baylor

Texas A&M  15 (52½) at Auburn

at Utah  1 (44) California

Texas 21 (60) at Kansas

at Wisconsin  6½ (41) Michigan St.

at Oregon  45½ (68) Colorado

at North Carolina  7½ (56) NC State

Boise St. 15 16½ (51½) at Wyoming

at Houston 13 (60½) UTEP

at Georgia Tech 2½ (50½) BYU

Florida-x  6½ (48) Georgia

at Missouri 13½ (48½) Kentucky

at Arizona St.  6½ (57½) UCLA

Southern Cal 6½ (65) at Arizona

at Rutgers 13½ (45) Kent St.

at San Jose St. 20 (56) Texas St.

at Stanford 24½ (51) Washington St.

at Penn St.  Pk (50) Ohio St.

Oregon St.  4½ (48) at Washington

at Kansas St. 7 (60) Texas Tech

at South Florida  2½ (52½) Syracuse

at Oklahoma St.  7½ (63) TCU

UCF  2½ (68½) at Marshall

Toledo  7½ (58½) at Buffalo

at South Carolina 14 (56) Tennessee

at Arkansas-y  6 (64) Mississippi

Louisiana Tech  30½ (77½) at New Mexico St.

at Oklahoma  10 (48) Notre Dame

UAB  3 (61) at Tulane

at SMU  20½ (49½) Memphis

at Rice  2½ (58) Southern Miss.

at Nebraska  2½ (57½) Michigan

at San Diego St. 18 (57) UNLV

Fresno St.  13½ (55½) at New Mexico

at Louisiana-Monroe 24 (55½) South Alabama

W. Kentucky  7 (53½) at FIU

at Middle Tenn. 3 (56½) North Texas

Troy  7½ (52) at FAU

x-at Jacksonville, Fla.

y-at Little Rock, Ark.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

College football picks for Week 8; Best bets are 4-1

Last week UCLA failed to cover the 9-point spread in a 21-14 win over Utah. That broke our 4-game winning streak on best bets.
So, we're 4-1 on best bets heading into Week 7.
This week were going with Rutgers as the best bet. Greg Schiano certainly didn't leave the cupboard bare when he took of for Tampa Bay. Temple should have lost at a bad UConn team last week but the Huskies' kicker missed four field goals and they gave up a late tying touchdown.

Best bet: Rutgers

Preferred: Purdue, Texas game over, NC State

Here are the picks for entire board. Picks are in bold.
NCAA Football




at Syracuse 4½ (43½) UConn


Nebraska 6½ (62) at Northwestern

at Wisconsin 18½ (45) Minnesota

Army 2½ (61) at E. Michigan

Ball St. 3 (65½) at Cent. Michigan

Bowling Green 17½ (51) at UMass

N. Illinois 15 (65½) at Akron

Georgia 27½ (58½) at Kentucky

at Virginia 3½ (52½) Wake Forest

North Carolina 10½ (63) at Duke

NC State 3 (45) at Maryland

Cincinnati 6½ (64½) at Toledo

at Georgia Tech 14 (62½) Boston College

Rutgers 5½ (41½) at Temple

at Air Force 10½ (56½) New Mexico

San Jose St. 11 (53½) at UTSA

at Utah St. 30 (56½) New Mexico St.

at Clemson 8½ (61½) Virginia Tech

at Boise St. 28 (53½) UNLV

at Notre Dame 13½ (40½) BYU

Alabama 20½ (55½) at Tennessee

Stanford 2½ (48) at California

at Arizona 7½ (61) Washington

at Ohio St. 19 (62½) Purdue

at Michigan 10 (42½) Michigan St.

at Navy 2½ (60½) Indiana

Texas Tech 2 (55) at TCU

at Southern Cal 40½ (57½) Colorado

Florida St.  20½ (56½) at Miami

at Oregon St. 10½ (47) Utah

at West Virginia 2½ (73) Kansas St.

LSU 3½ (52) at Texas A&M

at Florida 3 (41½) South Carolina

at Vanderbilt 7 (43½) Auburn

at Kent St. 3½ (54) W. Michigan

at Southern Miss. 2½ (66) Marshall

UCF 21½ (50) at Memphis

at Louisville 6½ (52½) South Florida

at Louisiana Tech 30½ (74) Idaho

at Oklahoma St. 14½ (60½) Iowa St.

at Oklahoma 35 (57½) Kansas

at Texas 11 (80½) Baylor

Pittsburgh 10½ (55) at Buffalo

East Carolina 3 (54½) at UAB

at Iowa  3 (42) Penn St.

at Tulsa  20½ (64) Rice

at UTEP 14½ (50) Tulane

at Fresno St. 15 (64) Wyoming

at Nevada 7 (66) San Diego St.

at W. Kentucky 3½ (53½) Louisiana-Monroe

at Mississippi St. 9½ (56) Middle Tenn.

at Troy  7 (55½) FIU

at South Alabama 3½ (45) FAU

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

New Haven football notebook

NO DÉJÀ VU: The University of New Haven and Bentley University combined for 83 points last season. On Saturday, the two only put 30 on the board as UNH won a defensive battle 17-13 in Waltham, Mass. Senior defensive lineman Brent MacLeod led the defense with three sacks, Mike Gomes had a team-high seven tackles and the Raheem Stanley has six tackles.
The Chargers’ (6-0, 5-0 Northeast-10) defense only allowed Falcons (5-1, 4-1)  six rushing yards as the defensive line controlled the line of scrimmage. With New Haven playing defense the way it is, it is difficult to envision anyone else playing on Championship Saturday.
WATCH: Charger Postgame to see how the defense led the way in New Haven’s victory over Bentley.

NOT READY YET: Senior starting quarterback Ryan Osiecki still did not see field action for UNH. Coach Pete Rossomando said Osiecki is healthy, but the senior will not play until he gets more reps in practice. Osiecki got the minimum amount of reps in practice as senior backup Ronnie Nelson got the bulk of the reps. Osiecki was tossing a football around on the Chargers’ sideline for most of the game.
Rossomando said Osiecki will get more reps in practice this week and should be out there Thursday at Stonehill.
CLUTCH: New Haven is 5-1 in games decided by seven points or less in the last two seasons. The Chargers’ last loss in a close game came at Week 3 last season in a 13-10 loss to William and Mary. The last time UNH lost a game decided by seven points or less to a NE-10 team was in Week 3 of the 2009 season in a 25-18 loss to Bentley.
WATCH: Extra Charge to see how the defense got it done when it mattered most.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: RB Victor Jones: rushing touchdown, 66 rushing yards.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: DL Brent MacLeod: three sacks and four tackles.

Friday, October 12, 2012

New Haven at Bentley preview

According to coach Pete Rossomando, starting quarterback Ryan Osiecki will play, but will not start, on Saturday at Bentley University at 1 p.m. Back up senior quarterback Ronnie Nelson will get start again. Osiecki will be seeing his first game action since straining a muscle in his back and shoulder in Week 2.
CAN ANYONE KEEP IT CLOSE?: The Chargers are winning games by an average of 22.8 points per game. Last season Assumption kept it close, losing 21-7. Last week, Assumption lost 65-7 with virtually the same team back from last year. Bentley kept it close with New Haven in 2011, losing a 45-38 shootout. Will the 5-0 Falcons suffer the same fate as the Greyhounds, or will Bentley make Saturday’s scuffle with UNH....
THE GAME OF THE YEAR?: It isn’t often two undefeated teams meet this late in the season and one is favored to blow the other one out. Then again, it isn’t often a team is as loaded as UNH. However, that is where we stand Saturday. The Chargers will have to deal with an undefeated Falcons’ defense that is only giving up 13 points per game, good for second in the conference. New Haven is No. 1, only surrendering 11 a contest. Bentley’s recovered five fumbles, same as New Haven, and intercepted four passes.
Offensively, Bentley brings in quarterback Danny Guadagnoli, who is third in the conference in overall passing touchdowns with nine. Nelson is first with 15. Guadagnoli has receiver Jeff Hill, who is first in the conference in overall yards per catch (24.5) and has six touchdowns.

New Haven Sr. QBs Ronnie Nelson/Ryan Osiecki: Double the trouble for the Falcons secondary.
New Haven Sr. WR Jason Thompson: The senior has caught  21 receptions and six touchdowns this season.
Bentley WR Jeff Hill: The receiver has 22 receptions for 539 yards and six touchdowns this season.

Oct. 18 at Stonehill College, 7 p.m.
Oct. 27 vs. Southern Connecticut State-Homecoming, 1 p.m.
Nov. 3 at American International College, 1 p.m.

College football picks for Week 7, looking to go 5-0 on best bets

Arizona took Stanford into overtime last week giving us our fourth straight best bet to start the season. The Wildcats led by 14 points late and were getting 9.5 points so we never sweated on this one.

This week our best bet is UCLA. We've had a great deal of success in the Pac-12 this season and we're sticking with it here. UCLA turned the ball over six times last week and freshman QB Brett Hundley threw four picks. That's because the Bruins had to abandon their running game leaving Hundley in the line of fire. That won't happen this week. UCLA will run wild here and Hundley will only have to make the safe throws.

UCLA and QB Brett Hundley
should roll against Utah

Here are the picks for every game on the board. Remember, the picks are in bold
Best bet: UCLA
Preferred: LSU, USC, and Kentucky



at Cent. Michigan +2½ 2 (59½) Navy


Oklahoma-x 3 (60½) Texas

at Michigan St. 10 (40) Iowa

North Carolina 7 (69) at Miami

at Bowling Green 7½ (54½) Miami (Ohio)

Kent St. 2 (58½) at Army

at Ohio 20½ (67) Akron

Toledo 13½ (58) at E. Michigan

at Virginia 2 (45) Maryland

at Virginia Tech 10 (55½) Duke

at Purdue 2½ (51) Wisconsin

Northwestern 3½ (51) at Minnesota

at Rutgers 7 (45½) Syracuse

at Florida St. 28 (53½) Boston College

at UConn 5 (41½) Temple

Louisville 3 (49) at Pittsburgh

at East Carolina 17½ (51½) Memphis

Florida 8 (40) at Vanderbilt

Air Force 2½ (60) at Wyoming

at Ball St. 3 (66½) W. Michigan

at N. Illinois 12½ (56) Buffalo

at Texas St. 2½ (52½) Idaho

Kansas St. 6½ (49) at Iowa St.

at Mississippi 6 (49) Auburn

at Houston  14 (67) UAB

at Michigan 23½ (49½) Illinois

at Boise St. 7 (57) Fresno St.

Southern Cal 12 (55½) at Washington

at BYU 6 (38) Oregon St.

Alabama 21½ (43) at Missouri

at Notre Dame 8 (44½) Stanford

at San Jose St. 3 (46½) Utah St.

at Arkansas 17 (51) Kentucky

at Mississippi St. 3 (57) Tennessee

at LSU 2½ (39) South Carolina

California 7½ (54½) at Washington St.

West Virginia 3½ (77½) at Texas Tech

at Baylor  8 (68) TCU

at UCF 17 (50) Southern Miss.

Oklahoma St. 23½ (74) at Kansas

Ohio St. 17 (60½) at Indiana

SMU 15½ (48) at Tulane

at Rice 3 (56½) UTSA

at UNLV OFF Nevada

at San Diego St. 20½ (55½) Colorado St.

at UCLA 8 (52) Utah

New Mexico 3½ (53½) at Hawaii

at Louisiana-Monroe 24 (54) FAU

at Arkansas St. 21 (52½) South Alabama

Middle Tenn. 3 (57) at FIU

Texas A&M-y 8½ (80) Louisiana Tech

x-at Dallas

y-at Shreveport, La.

Off Key

Nevada QB questionable

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SCSU hosts AIC in Homecoming Football Game

College football gameday

AIC at Southern Connecticut State

When: Today, 1 p.m.

Where: Jess Dow Field, New Haven

Records: AIC 4-1 (4-0 Northeast-10); SCSU 2-4 (2-2)


Series history: SCSU leads series 31-23-3

Last meeting: SCSU rallied for a 48-47 victory last year.

What to look for: Southern has won two straight to snap a four-game slide. QB Jacob Jablonski threw for

a career-high 337 yards and three scores last week. Willie Epps had 180 yards receiving. The Owls’ defense will be tested by the Yellow Jackets which ranks first in the conference rushing for nearly 300 ypg. AIC QB Kevin Arduino has thrown 9 TD passes on the season and has rushed for 342 yards. RB Terrell Williams leads the NE-10 averaging 150 yards a game. SCSU’s Vaughn Magee is second (140.5 ypg). This is the time of the year SCSU typically gets things rolling. SCSU has posted a 37-6 mark in its last 43 regular season games that take place on or after Oct. 1.

Prediction: AIC 35, SCSU 32.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Yale basketball games with Florida and Harvard to be televised natiionally

Yale fans all across the country will have two opportunities to catch the Bulldogs this season thanks to the Ivy League television package. Yale’s home game with Florida on Sunday, Jan. 6 will be televised live on the NBC Sports Network at 5:30 p.m. A little more than a month later, on Saturday, Feb. 23, the CBS Sports Network will come to the historic John J. Lee Amphitheater for the Yale-Harvard game at 8 p.m.

Yale and Florida are playing for the second straight year. Last December in Gainesville, the Bulldogs scored the first nine points of the game, before the Gators, ranked No. 10 in the nation at the time, rallied for a 90-70 victory. Both teams put on a shooting display from three-point range. Yale finished 11-of-21 from beyond the arc, while Florida was 12-of-21. The Gators return three starters from a squad that went 26-11 and fell one game shy of the Final Four last year.

Last year’s Yale-Harvard game at Lee Amphitheater was one of the most anticipated Ivy games in recent Yale history. It was sold out well in advance, and the 2,532 fans that packed the Amphitheater saw Harvard escape with a 65-35 victory. The Crimson went on to capture the Ivy League title.

The two games are part of an 11-game television package that includes 10 games on the NBC Sports Network and one on the CBS Sports Network and features all eight schools.

The 11-game package comes on the heels of the Ivy League and the NBC Sports Group announcing a two-year renewal of their national television rights agreement for football, men's basketball and men's lacrosse games last June.

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

New Haven football notebook

WHO’S NO. 1?: University of New Haven coach Pete Rossomando has a problem every coach in the country would love to have: who do I start my All-American quarterback or my quarterback who has the potential to be an All-American? Senior backup Ronnie Nelson was one touchdown pass shy of tying a school record, posting six TD tosses in a 65-7 rout of Assumption College on Saturday.
With senior All-American Ryan Osiecki out with a strained muscle in his shoulder and back, Nelson has taken off. This season he has passed for over 800 yards and 15 touchdowns.
When Osiecki gets back, if he is hot, the Chargers could have two quarterbacks that throw for 1,000 or more yards in one 10-game season.
Coach likes to call Osiecki No. 1 and Nelson No. 1A. Rossomando said Osiecki will start when he is healthy and Nelson has not taken the All-American’s job. However, the coach said anything can happen once the starter is back on the field.
“We’ll make a decision after (Osiecki’s) first start on who’s going to start the next game,” the coach said. “Then it’s a competition, but I can’t put Ryan on the bench just because Ronnie’s playing excellent.”
WATCH: Ronnie Nelson was in the zone Saturday, so much so that he didn’t know what he almost did.

NON SOCIABLE: Some Assumption players went on Twitter talking about defeating New Haven. The Chargers caught wind of it, routed the Greyhounds 65-7 and as the players departed from their postgame huddle on the field, one UNH player shouted, “Talk is cheap.”
Merrimack College also had something to say about New Haven on Twitter in Week 1 before the Chargers routed the Warriors 45-18.
Maybe next time opposing teams will stay off Twitter. Try Google Plus, nobody really uses that.
BOARD GAMES: The big screen that rests in the back of the endzone at Ralph DellaCamera Stadium made its final appearance Saturday. The video board, which can only show graphics, will be replaced with a board that can show real time on the field action. The new video board will be installed for UNH’s homecoming game against rival Southern Connecticut State University on Oct. 27.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: QB Ronnie Nelson, six passing touchdowns, 255 passing yards.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: S Bernard Risco, one interception and two tackles.
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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Cunningham embraces leadership role with SCSU

NEW HAVEN — Jerome Cunningham stepped on to his rocky crossroad a day after his sophomore season on the Southern Connecticut State football team had ended.

Entering SCSU as an all-stater from Crosby High School in Waterbury, Cunningham dreamed of posting numbers among the nation’s best, numbers that would catch professional scouts’ eyes.
Jerome Cunningham, center, runs a pattern

At 6-4, 240 pounds, his size, speed and strength were unmatched in high school.

He helped Crosby end Ansonia’s 35-game winning streak in 2008, and his future on the gridiron looked limitless. But after two seasons at SCSU, the pass-catching tight end had just 22 total catches for 238 yards.

“Everyone dreams of playing in the NFL when they start college football,” Cunningham said. “They all want to play in the pros.

“After my sophomore season I stepped back and looked at my numbers. I wasn’t happy. I was just in a low self-esteem. I was feeling opposite feelings towards the team.”

Cunningham didn’t know what to do. He thought about transferring or taking a year off from football.

“I was thinking about going to UConn (or another Division I school), but I didn’t know anyone up there,” he said.

“I did when I was in high school. I thought about taking a year off, but in the end I thought about my little brothers.

“I didn’t want them to look at me and see that quitting on your team is OK. Once you quit on your team, it’s like you’ve quit on life.”

Cunningham said that if he did step away, he most likely would have never come back.

Then he thought about his brothers, the ones at home who now play at Crosby, and the ones on the SCSU sidelines.

He came back with a purpose.

Cunningham currently leads the Owls (1-4) in receptions (19) and yards (205). He has also developed into one of the top blocking tight ends in the conference.

“Every game he’s been consistent,” SCSU coach Rich Cavanaugh said. “There’s a lot of things you don’t see him do as a tight end. You see him running his patterns and catching balls and running after the catch, but for the things that we do offensively, you have to have a good blocking tight end who’s athletic.

“He’s an awesome blocker.”

And he’s accepted that role.

“Since I been at Southern we’ve always had a great back,” Cunningham said. “I knew I was going to have to block first. I blocked for Jarom Freeman, John Wiechman, Rashaad Slowley. Now we have Vaughn Magee.”

Magee rushed for 297 yards and four touchdowns in the Owls’ first win of the season last week, a 45-34 decision over Saint Anselm.

Cunningham still says he’ll pursue a professional career after his final year at Southern has ended. He just has perspective now.

“I’m just a team player. I don’t care if I have zero catches and zero yards,” he said. “As long as we win I’m happy. When I first came here I thought about (the NFL). I still do. I think about it all the time. I’ll pursue it, but I’m working on getting my degree. I’ve got to focus on that.”

But what Cunningham relishes most is his role as a leader.

He walked onto the field with linebacker Jack Cooper as team captain for the pre-game handshake.

“It was weird,” Cunningham said. “We were running patterns against Yale in the summer, and I realized that everyone was following me. I looked back and realized that I was a leader and I had to do this for my teammates.

“(Serving as a captain) is really special.”

Cunningham entered Southern with Crosby quarterback Dave Gondek, who has since left the sport. The pair connected on a scoring pass in Crosby’s memorable 18-14 win over Ansonia in 2008. But Cunningham realized soon after arriving at SCSU how strong the level of competition truly is there.

“Every year we have a compliance meeting and they tell us how strong the Northeast-10 is,” he said. “It’s a different atmosphere. You’re playing against great athletes who also study the game. They watch film. This is a great league.”

The Owls visit Pace on Saturday for an NE-10 game at 1 p.m.

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SCSU routs Pace for second straight win

The Southern Connecticut State University football team scored the first 27 points of the game and never looked back in a 47-26 victory at Pace on Saturday afternoon.

The Owls won their second straight game to improve to 2-4 overall and 2-2 in Northeast-10 Conference play. Pace is now 0-6 overall and 0-5 in league action.

Quarterback Jacob Jablonski threw for a career-high 337 yards while completing 17 passes, three of which were touchdowns, on 23 attempts. Wide receiver Willie Epps tallied six catches for 180 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Junior running back Vaughn Magee hit the 100-yard mark for the fourth time in the past five games with 168 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns.

With his 180 yards and two touchdown receptions, Epps moved into second place all-time at SCSU in receiving yards (2,680) and is now third in touchdown receptions with 25.

In all, the Owls totaled 618 yards of total offense and 30 first downs in an impressive offensive showing.

John Moscatel scored on a 1-yard run and Jerome Cunningham had a 5-yard touchdown pass. Jack Mallis scored his first touchdown in the fourth quarter as the Owls went on to a 21-point victory.

Mike Dunkley led the defense with eight tackles, while Jack Cooper had six stops and an interception.

The Owls return to action for the annual Homecoming game on Oct. 13

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College football picks, Week 6

Ok, we've got three straight best bets that have rolled home on the season. Last week our preferred picks went 3-1.
So where do we venture to keep the streak rolling?
This week we're headed back to the Pac-12 where we've had a great deal of success.
I like Arizona to at least keep things close against Stanford and I can see them winning this one on the field. Stanford seemed to be a bit exposed last week and Arizona, although it's defense is suspect, should be able to score with the Cardinal

Best Bet: Arizona
Preferred: UMass, Northwestern, Iowa State and UCLA

Remember, the picks for every game on the listed in bold.
Home teams are in caps.

Here's the slate.
Arizona is the top choice today, getting 9.5 from Stanford

Sat Oct 6

Lsu 2 1/2 42 FLORIDA

NEW MEXICO 3 50 Texas State

OHIO STATE   3 56½ Nebraska

RUTGERS 7 40 Connecticut

Fresno State 17 1/2 60½ COLORADO STATE

CINCINNATI U 20 58 Miami Ohio

UTEP 2½ 51½ Smu

UL LAFAYETTE 27 1/2    54½ Tulane

WESTERN MICHIGAN 16½ 55 Massachusetts

HOUSTON U 11 58½ North Texas

MISSOURI 6 ½ 44½ Vanderbilt

Texas A&m 13½ 65 MISSISSIPPI

NO Illinois 2½ 66½ BALL STATE

Boston College 7 56½ ARMY

Bowling Green    4½ 63½ AKRON

Michigan 3 58 PURDUE

CLEMSON 10½ 72½ Georgia Tech

DUKE 1 55½ Virginia

South Florida 3½ 47 TEMPLE

PENN STATE 2½ 47 Northwestern


Tulsa 4 69½ MARSHALL

Florida State 16½ 54 NC STATE

SAN DIEGO STATE 2½ 59½ Hawaii

AIR FORCE 8 54 Navy

NORTH CAROLINA 5½ 50 Virginia Tech

SE Louisiana no line UAB

OREGON 24½ 63 Washington U

SOUTH CAROLINA 1 53½ Georgia

TEXAS    7    73½ West Virginia

TCU   7    41 Iowa State

WISCONSIN 14½ 45 Illinois'

KANSAS STATE 24½ 53½ Kansas


AUBURN 7½ 56 Arkansas

Michigan State 15½ 48 INDIANA

NEVADA 18 68½ Wyoming

IDAHO 9½ 56½ New Mexico State

STANFORD 9½ 54 Arizona U

Oklahoma 4 57 TEXAS TECH

TOLEDO 11 68 Central Michigan

Boise State 10 47½ SO MISSISSIPPI

Rice 6 61 MEMPHIS

MARYLAND    7 47½ Wake Forest

Mississippi St 10 46 KENTUCKY

OREGON STATE 15 58½ Washington State



NOTRE DAME 13½ 53½ Miami Florida

OHIO 14 57 Buffalo U

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Friday, October 5, 2012

New Haven football midseason review

With second half of the season beginning tomorrow, let’s take a look at where we stand with some of the preseason questions and storylines.
Five storylines

TOO BIG TO FAIL?: The Chargers are the talk of the Northeast-10. New Haven won the conference last season and enters this season ranked No. 1 in the preseason poll. Starting senior quarterback Ryan Osiecki won Offensive Player of the Year in the conference last season and just about everyone is back from last season’s team. All signs point to another successful season for the Bolts. Can they live up to the hype?
WHERE WE STAND: With a 4-0 record and 3-0 conference record the Chargers have lived up to the hype. New Haven has outscored opponents 158-49. The Chargers have also done it without senior starting quarterback Ryan Osiecki, who injured his shoulder in Week 2. Senior back up Ronnie Nelson has passed for 552 yards and nine touchdowns this season. New Haven’s run defense has only allowed 151 rushing yards and just 57 in the last three weeks.
AIR CHARGERS: Last season New Haven’s offense outscored opponents 523-307. The Chargers averaged 40.2 points per game last season and scored 69 touchdowns as well. Osiecki, who passed for UNH single season records of 3,336 yards and 36 touchdowns, is back and has senior receivers Josh Smart, Demetrius Washington-Ellison and Jason Thompson. The Chargers could have the most potent passing attack in the Northeast.
WHERE WE STAND: The air show is still on as the Chargers pass offense has amassed 880 yards. Thompson has 279 yards on 16 receptions and four touchdowns. Washington-Ellison has 248 yards on 12 receptions and three touchdowns. Osiecki has passed for 319 in just five quarters.
POW POW D END: During training camp coach Pete Rossomando said senior defensive end Tom Herd has a legit shot at winning NE-10 Defensive Player of the Year this season. The coach has a good point. Herd looked good in camp, he was active and was able to use his athleticism to get in the backfield consistently. Last season Herd collected 68 tackles, 36 solo and a team-high 12 sacks. Herd also recovered three fumbles.
WHERE WE STAND: Herd has recorded a team-high four sacks and eight tackles. He has an interception he returned 27 yards for a touchdown in Week 1, forced two fumbles and recovered one. Good pick coach.
CENTER OF ATTENTION: Center may not be the most glorified position in football. However, if a team has strong play at center it is noticeable. The Chargers welcome in Zach Guy at the center spot. All signs in camp pointed to Guy being ready and able to control the line of scrimmage and keep Osiecki protected in the pocket.
WHERE WE STAND: Guy did a fine job at center, but after senior offensive lineman Lance Chapman broke his foot, Guy was moved over to his spot.
LAST MAN STANDING: For the first time in the NE-10’s history, there will be a conference championship game. The Big Game will involve the top two teams in the conference and take place at the higher seed’s stadium. The game will be the week preceding the start of the NCAA Division II tournament on Saturday, Nov. 10. Also, the third place team will play host to the sixth place squad, the fourth place team will host the seventh place team and the fifth place team will play the eighth place team. The ninth place team will not play on Championship Saturday.
WHERE WE STAND: New Haven is the top team in the conference with Stonehill right behind them at 3-1, 3-0. The Chargers meet the Skyhawks on Oct. 18 at W.B. Mason Stadium in Easton, Mass. The game will be live on the CBS Sports Network.