We start with Bill from BILL'S BIG 10 CORNER with his game day predictions...
losing.Let’s take a look at some close games on Saturday:
Iowa St at Iowa – This is going to be a tight game again this year.Question is will Kinnick be enough of an edge for the Hawks .I don’t think so, Iowa starts out 1-1.
Wisconsin at Oregon St – Oregon St loses first game to Hurricane Isaac, second to Badgers.
Nebraska at UCLA – UCLA lost to Illinois in Hunger Bowl, Nebraska prevails.
Vanderbilt at Northwestern – SEC over Big 10.
Illinois at Arizona St – Arizona St. wins a close game at home.
Penn St at Virginia – Virginia wins at home sending Penn St to 0-2.
Now Ace with MINNESOTA checks in....
Let's see the Goophs play The New Hampshire Wildcats? Didn't know they played
football, just lacrosse and field hockey. I see they beat up on Holy Cross last
week which also plays lacrosse and field hockey. The Wildcats also play Ice
Hockey as do the Gophers so I'm predicting a pretty easy win as long as they can
handle the wickets, hard balls, and sticks. Really won't know much about the
Goophs until they head to Iowa in 3 weeks.
A'maize'n Blue shares his thoughts on the MICHIGAN game this weekend:
I think it’s safe to say that
all of the Wolverine Nation is still reeling from the blowout last week, we at
least wanted to make it a game, right? Injuries and turnovers killed Michigan
last week (as well as Robinson’s strange attempted impersonation of a pocket
passer, what’s wrong with you Al Borges???) some injuries haven’t healed but
hopefully Michigan can correct its turnover issues this time around. Time for
the team to take out its frustrations on the next team, and here come the Air
First off it’s worth noting
that Air Force may be one of the hardest teams to prepare for defensively with
their small, very, very quick offense who live and die by the option run. In
week 1 the Falcons amassed the most rushing yards across all of college football
with 484 yards led by the elusive senior RB Cody Getz. Getz goes 5’7 and
175 which equals one fast, very hard to find RB. The Wolverines must do a
better job this week of stopping the run and should key in on forcing everything
back inside (which they failed to do last week) for their larger defenders to
take care of. Contain, contain, contain! I believe this is the key to the
game. Air Force QB Connor Dietz did have a statistically good game last
week, but he didn’t face a Big 10 defense like the Wolverines have. He
definitely didn’t face blitzing specialist strong safety Jordan Kovacs. If
Michigan can contain the run and force Dietz to attempt more than last weeks
(11) passing attempts, Kovacs and the D should be able to hold up their end of
the bargain and make it easier on the offense.
Speaking of the offense [insert
drawn out empty silence] let’s hope week 2 brings a bit more production. Due to
their military standards, the Air Force will be presenting a smaller, lighter
defense, let’s hope that bodes well for the O-Line. Suspended last week for
a code of conduct violation, last year’s 1,000 yard rusher Fitzgerald Toussaint
should get the start, or at least the lion’s share of the carries. The
Wolverines should easily be able to open up large holes, and Fitz should have a
great day. Hopefully Borges will give Denard a little more freedom this week,
or at least call some designed runs!! Last week saw only 3 called run plays
for Robinson, definitely, definitely not playing to his strengths.
Wolverine Nation would love to see Fitz and Robinson out rush the Getz/Dietz duo
of Air Force, we do that and we win! Don’t forget about Devon Gardner, though,
the former QB turned WR this year. He ripped off 44 yard reception for a TD
last week, and the season should only see him improve. With Roundtree still
recovering from his surgery, Gardner should be the top target for Robinson this
week, and definitely owns big play ability which will show this weekend.
Now for the predictions:
Prediction: This week
my “what I would like to see” and “what will happen” align—Michigan and Airforce
will start out trading big plays and a few scores, but in the end the bigger
line(s) of the Wolverines will start to tire the Falcons, holes will open up and
Michigan starts to pull away at the end of the third. Toussaint and Robinson
both top 100 yards rushing and Denard passes for another 200, hooking up with
Gardner for two TD strikes, both over 25 yards. Final score Michigan 48, Air
And Packer Steve from WISCONSIN checks in....
that scored 44 points a game, Ball got into the end zone 39 times. Ball
impressed so many people in Madison that there have been whispers of putting his
name on the Camp Randall Stadium facade - but only if he can get the 1,237 yards
still needed to overtake Anthony Davis for second on the Badgers'a all time
rushing list. Ball should put up multiple touchdowns against Big Ten foes
Minnesota, Indiana and Penn State which will be more than enough for him to get
to 79. I think the Badgers are gonna have another exciting year and last
weeks game was full of surprises. Happy football weekend my friends...signing
out Packer Steve
Turnkey Tim checks in with IOWA
Will the real Hawkeyes please stand up!
I get tired week after week not seeing some explosiveness on offense. Maybe I expected too much but I/m hoping with Greg Davis we can get our passing game to kick in. The one bright spot is Damon Bullock at trunning back rushing for 150 yards. Seemed like the quietest 150 yards I've ever witnessed. Defensively, we won't keep Iowa State below scoring 24 points as they have a good offense. The Hawkeyes better come out fired up and ready to play. Because if the momentum goes towards Iowa State way, we're in deep trouble. I'm not even gonna give a score out of my loyalty to the Hawkeyes. This game could come down to how well Iowa does offensively on their first drive.
Let's jump over to the *Pac 12* now where Red 5 Standing By has some thoughts on the UTAH game...
41-0 victory – was against a FCS cupcake that hasn’t won a game in a long time
(Northern Colorado), it’s difficult to get a read on just how good (or bad) the
2012 Utes really are. This week’s game should prove to be a tougher test. Utah
plays its oldest rival, Utah State, on the road in a Friday night game that will
be televised nationally on ESPN2. Utah State isn’t the doormat it used to be
either. They nearly upset Auburn at Auburn last year in the season opener, and
are now making the move to the Mountain West Conference. In short, Utah should
not be looking ahead beyond this weekend. Nevertheless, expect a still-dominant
Utah defense to make it very tough for the Aggies to score points, even if Utah
has its own struggles on offense. My prediction is a 21-10 victory for the
Utes, with a whole lot of punts by both teams.
BEVO jr shares his prediction on the TEXAS game over in the *Big 12*
Horns play New Mexico Saturday nite. The Lobos opened some eyes with their scoring under new coach Bob Davies; remember him?
No surprises this week – Longhorns still polishing the running game; Texas – 45; N. Mex – 28
The Texas A&M Aggies moved to the *SEC*....we have our SEC guy Hullabaloo reporting in...
Hurricane Isaac pushed us back a week but it’s finally here! Texas A&M
football is back! This has to be the most anticipated opener that I can ever
remember. The key word is N-E-W: a new coach (Kevin Sumlin); a new quarterback
(Johnny Manziel aka “Johnny Football”); and the really big one, a new conference
(SEC). How will the Aggies stack up against the supposed biggest and baddest
football teams in the country? We get to find out right away because the
Florida Gators are coming to town. A&M has a good chance to make a big
splash against one of the “premier” SEC teams because Florida football is down
right now. It’s crucial to shake off any early jitters and the veteran
offensive players need to pick up Johnny Football until he gets his feet wet.
It should be a very tight game mostly because Florida already has a game under
its belt but the Ags are going to squeak one out to get the SEC/Sumlin/Manziel
era off to a great start.
Aggies: 23 – Gators: 20. Gig ’Em!!
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