Friday, November 20, 2009
Babe of the Week and Week 11 Picks
We turn to the Big Game for this week's BOTW and at the same time, turn again to the iconic G4 network for the lovely Morgan Webb, host of X-Play. She was a graduate of Cal-Berkeley, who will look to ruin the Rose Bowl hopes for Stanford Saturday. This is only one piece of Rivalry Saturday and a Sunday in the NFL where you'll have teams make moves to set up for the playoffs, like the Dolphins did Thursday night and by the way, the next time I give points with Jake Delhomme against anyone other than Detroit, Cleveland, St. Louis and Tampa Bay, it will be because I'm gagged and tied up like Ving Rhames in Pulp Fiction. As always, home team in CAPS.
DETROIT (-3) over Cleveland- The "If You Gamble On This Game, You Have a Gambling Problem" Game of the year, until Cleveland-Oakland likely. At least the Lions have the one national game, unlike Cleveland's two.
JACKSONVILLE (-8.5) over Buffalo- At least the Dick Jauron Era is over for Bills. Unfortunately, the Mike Shanahan Era will never happen once Daniel Snyder gets a hold of him.
Pittsburgh (-10) over KANSAS CITY- It's going to be tough for the Steelers to play without Troy Polamalu. Not this week against the Chiefs, but in general.
Indianapolis (-1.5) over BALTIMORE- After the way the Colts won last week, I can't pick them to lose at all until they do. They don't cover every week, but taking the Ravens means the Ravens will win, I can't do that.
GIANTS (-7) over Falcons- It's time for the Giants to stop fooling around. They lost Pierce, not going to be devastating as long as the defense makes Matt Ryan uncomfortable. An early lead will get the Falcons out of it.
GREEN BAY (-6.5) over San Francisco- The Packers are rejuvenated after the win over Dallas and see the Niners and Lions in their way of getting to 7-4. Part I will be taken care off.
MINNESOTA (-10.5) over Seattle- Nothing much to say here, so I'll use this game to complain again on how Ireland was robbed against France Wednesday. I knew they wouldn't replay the match.
DALLAS (-11) over Washington- The Cowboys need to bounce back against the Redskins and I don't think the rivalry, at least in Cowboys Stadium, will matter Sunday.
TAMPA BAY (+11) over New Orleans- Okay Saints, I'm tired of you barely winning games. Show me you can cover double digits and I'll take you after the Pats game on Monday.
Arizona (-9.5) over ST. LOUIS- The Cardinals go back to their last home city against the awful Rams, as well as Kurt Warner. Expect a huge game from him and another Cards win.
NEW ENGLAND (-10.5) over Jets- Grab the Kleenex Rex Ryan because you'll be weeping after the upcoming massacre at the Razor Blade. Kudos to Rex for making fun of himself this week.
San Diego (-3) over DENVER- Hard spread to find because of the injury to Kyle Orton. Seems like he won't play so the Chargers will eat Chris Simms alive.
Cincinnati (-9.5) over OAKLAND- The best team to player after beating the Ravens and Steelers back-to-back, where you can half-ass a victory.
CHICAGO (+3) over Philadelphia- I must be a glutton of punishment for picking the Bears, but I don't trust the Eagles. Plus, Jay Cutler is due for a great game, right? Right?
HOUSTON (-4.5) over Tennessee- The dream for the Titans of finishing the season 10-0 will end as the Texans will take care of Vince Young and Chris Johnson. Andre Johnson will cancel out Chris Johnson.
NFL Record: 78-66-1
Ohio State (-11.5) over MICHIGAN- Probably the least important game in this rivalry in my life.
BOSTON COLLEGE (-3) over North Carolina
Oklahoma (-6.5) over TEXAS TECH
UConn (+6.5) over NOTRE DAME- The Irish win barely, and Weis would need to beat Stanford.
BYU (-9.5) over Air Force
Penn State (-3) over MICHIGAN STATE
LSU (+4.5) over MISSISSIPPI
STANFORD (-7) over California
GEORGIA (-9.5) over Kentucky
ARIZONA (+6) over Oregon
College Record: 44-60-1