ON CAMPUS A look at the area college sports scene

Friday, November 16, 2012

College football picks for Week 12; 7-3 on best bets

Let's face it, betting against Temple has proven to be quite profittable this season. I'm going against the Owls again this week with Army, to ground one out for the cover.

Here's the picks for every game on the board, the selections are in bold.

Best bet: Army

Preferred: California, Stanford

NCAA Football


at Georgia Tech 13½ (67½) Duke

at Army 3½ (57) Temple

at Bowling Green 2½ (46½) Kent St.

Virginia Tech  10 (50½) at Boston College

at Nebraska  20 (53) Minnesota

at Mississippi St. 6 (55½) Arkansas

at Miami  6½ (56½) South Florida

Purdue  6 (50) at Illinois

Iowa St. 5 (48) at Kansas

at Marshall  3½ (75) Houston

Florida St. 31 (45½) at Maryland

Buffalo 11 (49½) at UMass

at Michigan St. 7 (45) Northwestern

at Clemson 17 (64½) NC State

at Cincinnati  6 (47½) Rutgers

at Penn St.  17½ (56) Indiana

at Vanderbilt 3½ (60) Tennessee

at Cent. Michigan  4 (63½) Miami (Ohio)

at UAB  10 (58) Memphis

at W. Michigan  13½ (62½) E. Michigan

Oklahoma  11 (74) at West Virginia

Southern Cal 3½ (66) at UCLA

at Boise St.  28 (49½) Colorado St.

at Navy  13½ (57) Texas St.

Kansas St. 12½ (75) at Baylor

Nevada 10 (65) at New Mexico

at Notre Dame  24 (42½) Wake Forest

at Oregon  20½ (65½) Stanford

at Oregon St.  14½ (48) California

SMU  3½ (56½) at Rice

East Carolina  10 (61) at Tulane

at Tulsa 1½ (56) UCF

at Michigan  17 (46½) Iowa

Washington 20½ (54½) at Colorado

BYU  3 (47½) at San Jose St.

Wyoming  1 (53½) at UNLV

UTSA  6 (57) at Idaho

at Utah  1 (61½) Arizona

at Missouri 5½ (54½) Syracuse

at Oklahoma St.  10 (73) Texas Tech

Utah St.  3 (73) at Louisiana Tech

at Wisconsin 2½ (52½) Ohio St.

at LSU  19 (49½) Mississippi

UTEP 3½ (49½) at Southern Miss.

at Arizona St. 22 (61½) Washington St.

Arkansas St.  3 (68) at Troy

at Louisiana-Monroe  10 (57½) North Texas

Middle Tenn.  7½ (56) at South Alabama

at La.-Lafayette 4 (57) W. Kentucky

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

College football picks for Week 11

Here are this week's college football picks. Best bets are 5-3 on the season after getting snake bit a couple of times in the past two weeks.
Remember the picks are in bold

Best bet: Cincinnati

Preferred: Alabama, Mississippi State and Boise State


at Michigan  9½ (52½) Northwestern
at Clemson 31½ (55½) Maryland
at NC State 8 (50½) Wake Forest
at Rutgers  17 (51½) Army
Louisville 2 (58) at Syracuse
at Virginia  1 (53½) Miami
Minnesota 3 (47) at Illinois
Wisconsin 7 (55) at Indiana
at Iowa 4½ (50½) Purdue
at Mississippi 3 (50) Vanderbilt
at North Carolina 8½ (66½) Georgia Tech
Cincy should hammer outmanned Temple
Cent. Michigan 2½ (63) at E. Michigan
Kent St.  6½ (55½) at Miami (Ohio)
at BYU  38½ (49) Idaho
at Akron  16½ (58½) UMass
W. Michigan 3 (55½) at Buffalo
at Alabama 13½ (56½) Texas A&M
Georgia  15½ (51½) at Auburn
at Nebraska  7½ (52½) Penn St.
Notre Dame  19 (47½) at Boston College
at Southern Cal 9 (65½) Arizona St.
Utah  1½ (47) at Washington
Wyoming  1 (56) at New Mexico
San Jose St. 22 (56) at New Mexico St.
Oregon  28 (67½) at California
at Oklahoma St. 8½ (79) West Virginia
Kansas St. 7 (60) at TCU
Cincinnati  10 (53½) at Temple
at Tennessee  3 (59) Missouri
at Texas  10 (57) Iowa St.
at San Diego St. 8 (59) Air Force
at SMU  14½ (53) Southern Miss.
Marshall 3 (74½) at UAB
Tulsa  3 (68½) at Houston
UNLV 2 (54) at Colorado St.
Boise St. 29½ (52) at Hawaii
UCLA  15½ (60½) at Washington St.
UCF  13½ (51½) at UTEP
at Arizona  30½ (66) Colorado
at South Carolina  13½ (52½) Arkansas
at Texas Tech  25½ (59) Kansas
Louisiana Tech 20 (71) at Texas St.
at Oklahoma  21½ (77½) Baylor
Tulane  1 (56½) at Memphis
at Stanford 4 (44½) Oregon St.
at LSU  14½ (44) Mississippi St.
Fresno St. 3½ (69½) at Nevada
at W. Kentucky 16½ (49½) FAU
Navy  1 (59) at Troy
at North Texas  8½ (50) South Alabama
at Florida 26½ (50½) La.-Lafayette

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

New Haven football notebook

BLOWOUT: Nobody expected the 36-7 New Haven rout of American International on Saturday. However, we also didn’t think Stonehill would give New Haven a tight game, either. The Chargers certainly have the upper hand going into Saturday’s Northeast-10 Championship game at DellaCamera at noon. The Chargers looked quicker, more athletic as the Yellow Jackets looked out of sync and undisciplined with nine penalties for 70 yards.
WATCH: Extra Charge to see how the Chargers don’t like all the trash the Yellow Jackets talked. 
HOME SWEET HOME: The win for New Haven puts them in the inaugural NE-10 title game against American International at Saturday at noon. The Chargers have looked strong, as expected, all season and look to close out the NE-10.
THE BIG DANCE: The Chargers are also fighting for home field advantage in the NCAA tournament. UNH is currently ranked No. 3 in Super Region One, which would give it home field against the No. 6 seed. After thrashing AIC, another win over the same team Saturday might not elevate UNH any higher than three. The Chargers are poised to earn home field, but the first round bye, which is awarded to the top two teams, might not be in UNH’s future.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Ryan Osiecki, 259 passing yards, passing TD, 60 rushing yards, russing TD.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Alex Dyer, sack, recovered blocked field goal.

Friday, November 2, 2012

College football picks for Week 10, Best bets are 5-2

The last-second change from Northwestern to USC sent my best bet record to 5-2 for the season.
The write-up was mostly about NU so I hope everyone stuck with them.
This week I'm going with West Virginia over TCU. A couple of week ago Geno Smith was the Heisman favorite. He's fallen from grace lately but the Mountaineers are still a win away from being bowl eligible and have two tough games on the horizon. After scoring jut 28 points in the past 2 weeks Smith will erupt today.
Elsewhere, I can't see LSU beating Alabama and believe that 'Bama will get the late cover. The Oregon-USC game should be a war.

As usual, my picks for every game are in bold.

Best bet: West Virginia
Preferred: Michigan, South Florida, Over on UCLA game

Geno Smith will light it up again on Saturday.
NCAA Football

Penn St. 3½ (51) at Purdue

Air Force 7½ (61½) at Army

at Kent St. 19 (58½) Akron

Vanderbilt 7 (46) at Kentucky

at N. Illinois 35 (56½) UMass

at Louisville 16 (51½) Temple

at Wake Forest 3½ (51½) Boston College

Houston 3½ (67) at East Carolina

at Indiana 2 (56) Iowa

Georgia Tech 8 (46½) at Maryland

Clemson 12½ (65½) at Duke

at Arkansas 8 (64½) Tulsa

at Auburn  22½ (50½) New Mexico St.

Stanford  28 (51) at Colorado

at Utah St. 25½ (51½) Texas St.

Alabama 9 (41) at LSU

at Wyoming 7½ (52) Colorado St.

at NC State 10 (49½) Virginia

at Oregon St. 4 (54½) Arizona St.

at Florida 17 (41½) Missouri

Nebraska 1½ (44½) at Michigan St.

at West Virginia 6½ (68) TCU

at Ohio St. 27½ (51½) Illinois

at Notre Dame 17 (45½) Pittsburgh

at Louisiana Tech 32 (73) UTSA

San Jose St. 19 (53) at Idaho

at UCF 11½ (51) SMU

at South Florida 8 (46) UConn

W. Michigan 2½ (61½) at Cent. Michigan

at Buffalo 3½ (55½) Miami (Ohio)

at Georgia 14 (62) Mississippi

at Cincinnati 4 (56) Syracuse

at Utah 11½ (49) Washington St.

at Southern Miss. 3 (63) UAB

at Marshall 20 (66) Memphis

Michigan 12 (46½) at Minnesota

at Kansas St. 9 (66½) Oklahoma St.

at Texas Tech 7 (67) Texas

Texas A&M 7 (60) at Mississippi St.

at Baylor 17 (71) Kansas

Oklahoma 12 (52½) at Iowa St.

Oregon 8½ (70) at Southern Cal

Rice 5½ (63) at Tulane

at Fresno St. 33½ (60½) Hawaii

at UCLA 3½ (71) Arizona

at UNLV 4 (53) New Mexico

at Boise St. 14½ (49½) San Diego St.

at Navy 16½ (51) FAU

FIU 3½ (52) at South Alabama

at Tennessee 18½ (69) Troy

Arkansas St. 5½ (59½) at North Texas

at Louisiana-Monroe 10½ (62) La.-Lafayette

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New Haven football at AIC preview

Three storylines

WHAT’S THE GAMEPLAN?: The University of New Haven will play American International College in the Northeast-10 Championship game on Nov. 10. So since that is out of the way, the big question is how much should the Chargers (8-0, 7-0 NE-10) show the Yellow Jackets (7-1, 7-0) on Saturday at AIC? Home field for the title game is riding on the game at Springfield, Mass., so this is an important game for both teams. However, do you want to show your opponent all you’ve got when you’re going to play them again in seven days?
RUN, RUN, RUN: The Yellow Jackets boast two running backs in Terrell Williams (821 rushing yards) and Mike Arduino (495 rushing yards) who will test the Chargers’ run defense. Last week, UNH gave up over 100 yards on the ground for the first time all season. AIC likes to pound the ball like Southern Connecticut State University, giving New Haven’s defense ample opportunities to flex its muscle on the line of scrimmage.
NOT-SO-FRIENDLY CONFINES: The Chargers have been dominant this season at home, winning games by an average of 37.2. However, on the road that average drops to 11.2 with two wins by four points and one by just three.

Three players to watch

Sr. quarterback Ryan Osiecki, New Haven: He said he’s feeling good after two weeks back on the field. Not good news for the Yellow Jackets
The New Haven defensive line: Yes, the whole line. It is going to take a team effort from Raheem Stanley, Alex Dyer, Brent MacLeod, Tom Herd and Sean Berglund to stop the two AIC backs.
Jr. RB Terrell Williams, American International College: He has 821 rushing yards, seven rushing touchdowns and is averaging 136 rushing yards per game.

Next up

The Northeast-10 Championship, vs. or at  AIC  on Nov. 10, time and site TBA
 The NCAA tournament
— @NHRHenryC