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Sep
06

Week 5 Lineup

What a terrible week for three potential wildcards….

  • KU (+21.5) at Nebraska
  • Tech (+2.5) at TAMU
  • Louisville – off (Middle Tenn St requires two weeks prep time)
  • Texas vs. Sam Houston St (???)

Wildcards (~3)

  • Ohio St.(-7) vs. Iowa
  • Georgia Tech (-9.5) vs. Virginia Tech
  • Colorado (+14.5) vs mizzou — pending we can’t find a Sam Houston St. line
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9 Responses to “Week 5 Lineup”


  1. 1 RObert
    September 28, 2006 at 1:05 pm

    The line is UT (-41.5)… BTW, does Texas play all their games at home…???

  2. 2 RObert
    September 29, 2006 at 9:52 am

    KU (+21.5) at Nebraska
    Let’s see… KU loses to MAC also ran, barely squeaks by Big East cellar dweller South Florida at home and now they go on the road to face the Huskers… KU may not win another game all year… And the question isn’t will they beat the Huskers (that ain’t happ’nin’). The question is can they cover getting over 3 TD’s… My intuition says take the Huskers… No way KU can parlay 4 pretty uninspired performances this year against four scrub teams into a decent road showing in Lincoln… My heart goes with the Chokehawks because of my long standing disdain of all things Nebraska… I’ll go against all reasoning and pick the Storks to keep it relatively close vs the Huskers, maybe a score like Neb 34, KU14…

    Tech (+2.5) at TAMU
    Tech plays as well on the road as KU does in MAC country (not well at all in other words)… I don’t know much about TAMU this year, but the spread is so small that I can’t pick against them at home… Give me the Aggies to cover.

    Texas vs. Sam Houston St (+41.5)
    I know UT played Ohio State, but Texas fans have to be livid with the home schedule… I mean do alums really like paying $50-$100 a ticket to eat cheese and drink wine while the Horns are mopping up North Texas and Sam Houston… One I can see to get some reps but not both and with Rice also on the schedule… Glad the Horns caught lightning in a bottle last year, because without V Young it looks like its back to mediocrity for the wine and cheesers in the stands in Austin…. Can’t wait ’til next week when UT actually plays a team away from home that is formidible (and that is in October)… Shame it took over a month… Horns cover the 41.5… Yawn.

  3. 3 RObert
    September 29, 2006 at 10:00 am

    Wildcards

    Ohio St.(-7) vs. Iowa
    All I hear about is how great Kirk Ferentz is… It’s about time he starts to prove it… I’ll take the home team and the 7 points… Iowa gets the cover and may get the win over an overrated OSU team that struggled to beat pitiful Penn State last week at home. The only team more overrated than OSU is Auburn (I offer last nights game vs So Car as evidence)…

    Georgia Tech (-9.5) vs. Virginia Tech
    This should be Ga Tech (+9.5) and I’ll take Ga Tech and the points… The Hokies are still struggling at QB and 9.5 is a big number to lay to a good Ga Tech team with the best WR in the nation… Give me the Ramblin’ Wreck to wreck the Hokies…

    Colorado (+14.5) vs mizzou
    Bonus… Colorado shot their wad last week at Georgia and all in vain… They get waxed here… I’ll take Mizzou to cover.

  4. September 30, 2006 at 1:11 am

    I’ve got a lot to say about the Tech vs. A&M rivalry. Therefore, I’ll be quick with my first picks.!
    KU (+21.5) at Nebraska
    Angry Red, Nuff Said. The Corn Huskers should, at home, pity the yard birds. I’m going with the flying Manginos to crash and burn just to make up ground on RObert. Huskers cover.
    Texas vs. Sam Houston St (???)
    Poor me another spot of tea. Whorns cover no matter the spread.
    Ohio St.(-7) vs. Iowa
    The Buckeyes could have a let down against Hawkeyes. But, the bird theme was weeks ago. I’ll go with the Ohio St. to cover.
    Georgia Tech (-9.5) vs. Virginia Tech
    Gotta luv dem Technical Schools. I’ll take G-Tech to stay consistent with my gangsta roots. What up G?
    Tech (+2.5) at TAMU
    The facts of the case are these:
    Texas A&M is undefeated and have outscored their first 4 opponents by 111 points. Texas Tech escaped UTEP in overtime followed by a loss to TCU (3-12). In the following weeks, UTEP lost New Mexico 26-13 and TCU lost to BYU 31-17.
    These are they facts of the case, and they are undisputed.
    The question is: Is Texas A&M poised to return to the Aggie stature of old or have recent achievements of Texas Tech propelled them to be a program where Air Raid opponents have sited them pre-season as a team to uncharacteristically prepare for?
    The answer is YES – on both accounts.
    YES. It is safe to conclude, Mike Price this year’s home sell-out opener had UTEP more than ready to face an unenthusiastic Raider foe. In addition, Gary Patterson openly admitted that TCU was preparing for Texas Tech all summer.
    But, is A&M positioning their ’06 schedule to perhaps overcome a recent Raider Power foe and regain their stature of past years? Many are of the opinion that Texas A&M has set up their ‘06 season to undeniably address their latest “unrivaled” Texas Tech foe since Tech has won the last 8-11 contests. This season, A&M scheduled non-conference games with Citadel, Louisiana-Lafayette, Army and Louisiana-Lafayette (none of which were a planned match up concern minus the unforeseen struggle against the real military gridiron contestants of West Point). Follow these preseason juggernauts with A&M’s first conference game against Tech and some might conclude that the Air Raid might be on the corp’s radar. The aforementioned supported by a member of the Aggie secondary:
    The DFW Star Telegram writes: Texas A&M coaches and players attempted to color Saturday’s Big 12 opener against Texas Tech as important because it’s the “next game” rather than a pivotal tone setter, but sophomore cornerback Danny Gorrer wasn’t treading those waters. “A lot of people might not say it, but the preseason is over with now,” he said. “Those games, we were probably expected to win them, but Texas Tech, they were in the back of everybody’s mind. I’ll say it….”Just grinding like we were, knowing that Texas Tech will be our first Big 12 challenge, that was on everybody’s mind.”
    I could go on….. but I’ll let the A&M contingent make my point:
    The Houston Chronicle:”The Aggies set aside practice time throughout the past month to scheme against the spread attack. On Monday, they watched film of TCU’s 12-3 victory, in which Tech had 204 passing yards. TCU coach Gary Patterson, a former defensive coordinator under Franchione when he coached the Horned Frogs, developed an exquisite game plan two weeks ago.
    “Let’s just say we watched that tape,” said Franchione, who said he has talked about Patterson’s game plan against Tech with his former protégé. Gary did a great job with his scheme.” ….A&M defensive coordinator Gary Darnell said, pointing at the noticeable bags under his peepers “You see these eyes? You see these black marks. I’ve watched them all.”
    Hey Mark and Juj: does the name Gary Darnell ring a bell?
    As to the second part of the first question; have ‘06 teams uncharacteristically prepared for Tech, I’ll have to answer maybe….but should that matter? I don’t have quotations to support the following guestimate, but I’m somewhat confident that Texas, Ohio State, and many other top programs are victims of the unfortunate dismissal of the ole age concept of “we play ‘em one game at a time”. The fact is that if Tech ever deems to be a program comparable to the aforementioned or majority of the ACC teams, they’re going to have to learn how to win without being “up” for a game.
    I digress….Hence the hour.
    The outcome of this game, in my opinion, stands firmly on the play (decision making capability/accuracy) of soph, blue chip Tech QB, Graham Harrell. Either, he learned what not do against TCU or A&M learned what to do from TCU. My hope and my emotions lean on (pun intended) the Captain of our ship, Mike Leach, to tenure this talent to a victory. Tech wins in a nail biter (in part because of an unexpected run stopping Red Raider Defense) in Pyle field.
    However, in case the Aggies do not have enough incentive to be focused on this game, I’d like to reminisce a quotation in NY magazine by Captain Leach referring to the Aggie corps of cadets:
    “How come they pretend to be soldiers?” Leach asked in the article. “The thing is, they aren’t in the military. I ought to have Mike’s Pirate School. The freshmen, all they get is the bandana. When you’re a senior, you get the sword and skull and crossbones. For homework, we’ll work pirate maneuvers and stuff like that”

    In addition, RObert, the present and undeniable leader of FBB (in both categories), who referred to Red Raiders as the “Reddest of Necks” will take head in the fact that the biggest presence of the Air Raid Receiving Crew is back – and his last name, like a fictional character whose presence in an untold story will foreshadow its outcome, is HICKS!

    RAIDER……..POWER

    Out!

  5. 5 Brent
    September 30, 2006 at 6:01 am

    This has been my week from hell and need to make it quick….

    KU goes into Lincoln and covers…
    Tech wallops the Ags and Butch Davis polishes his resume
    Texas plays it conservative and still covers
    Iowa covers over Ohio St.
    The Rambling Wreck covers

  6. 6 Julie Baker
    September 30, 2006 at 6:03 am

    Coming off a big Rocky III week with a wimper….

    KU (+21.5) at Nebraska: Nebraska covers
    Tech (+2.5) at TAMU: A&M Covers
    Texas vs. Sam Houston St (+41.5): Horns Cover
    Ohio St. (-7) vs. Iowa: OSU Covers
    Georgia Tech (-9.5) vs. Virginia Tech: Georgia Tech covers

  7. 7 brentbaker
    September 30, 2006 at 6:19 am

    I think Blaine had a beverage sometime around the time of his post….

  8. 8 markscholz
    September 30, 2006 at 6:23 am

    Just back from Italy, late last night, and making some quick picks. That was the very first trip I have ever been on and NOT taken my PC – and for 2 weeks. Sorry I missed out on last week’s picks.

    Just an observation – does getting married mean you have a LOT more time for FBB banter? Blaine is on fire – look at that rhetoric on A$M and Tech – whoa!

    KU (+21.5) at Nebraska
    KU “nuts it up” and slightly covers. Will say I agree with Robert, that KU has greatly under-achieved this year.

    Texas vs. Sam Houston St (???)
    Why not schedule the Texas School of the Blind? We are taking Parker and Marin to their first UT game this evening and will be Home and in bed by Halftime. Horns cover.

    Ohio St.(-7) vs. Iowa
    Going with the Home squad to cover. OSU wins, but Iowa covers.

    Georgia Tech (-9.5) vs. Virginia Tech
    Rambin’ Wreck covers and maybe wins.

    Colorado (+14.5) vs mizzou
    Dan Hawkins can coach – I’ll go with the Buffs.

    Tech (+2.5) at TAMU
    Man, I hate the Aggies. You should have seen their celebration when they got past Army 2 weeks ago – you would have thought they won the Conference. Going with my heart – Tech covers and wins.

  9. 9 Blaine
    September 30, 2006 at 7:18 am

    Feeling a little slower this morning than normal. Can’t imagine why. No matter. It’s game day , baby- time to get your game face on!


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