NFL TOP 10 for WEEK #12

NFL TOP 10 for WEEK #12

by WAYNE ALLYN ROOT
It seems that all anybody talks about when discussing the top NFL Football teams are New England, Denver and Green Bay. What about those desert rats from Phoenix? The team with the best record and the best defense. The only team that has been within 7 points or less entering the 4th quarter in every game this season. The Phoenix Cardinals- the only team that has also won 3 of 4 games this year with their backup quarterback under center. So let’s be fair and add Arizona into the conversation!
1) NEW ENGLAND—The Pats have the Chiefs to thank for their wake up call 6 weeks ago. That are playing at the highest level and are poised to continue with a healthy Gronk and Jonas Gray. Tom Brady looks like he’s reinventing his last Super Bowl run. They have the Lions this week coming in off a loss at Arizona. Not to worry, if you play like you did against the Colts, the contest won’t be close. Nice job Brady, game ball to you!
2) ARIZONA—Do you remember Harry Truman or the old Chicago Cardinals? That was the last time the Cardinals were 9-1. The Cardinals held Detroit to 6 points with their great defense and won their 6th game in a row. They can go all the way; but next up will tell the real story at they travel to play Seattle. Drew Stanton may make us forget about Carson Palmer.
3) GREEN BAY—What a great combo in the making: Aaron Rodgers produces a 30+ point lead…and over-paid career backup QB Matt Flynn performs mop up duty. This may be just the rest that Rodgers needs. Pile up the points and then sit for the rest of the game saving the body on wear and tear. Green Bay out played, out performed and embarrassed Philadelphia last week and now is on the road at poor, pathetic Minnesota.
4) DENVER—How can the Rams defeat Seattle, San Francisco and now Denver? How could Denver not have been ready, prepared and set to NOT over-look this team. A good win for St Louis, but a stunning and embarrassing loss for Peyton Manning and his entire team. This week it’s back home to play Miami. Another team with a better defense than offense. Let’s hope it’s not too frigid for those Manning thumbs, or the Broncos could be in for more trouble. Hint to Peyton: you might have to score more than 7 points this week to win.
5) KANSAS CITY—Let’s review: The Chiefs’ total number of touchdowns by wide receivers this season is zero. The Chiefs have not had a completed pass go for more than 38 yards this season (we’re talking catch and run combined). All the defensive safeties for the opposing teams need to do is move closer to the line of scrimmage. Jamaal Charles had his FIRST 100 yard rushing game this past Sunday. This team should be 4-6, not 7-3. With those stats in mind, who did they knock off last Sunday? The world champion Seattle Seahawks! This week they are in Oakland on Thursday so I’ll be shooting for my 5th Primetime winner in a row. That’s why they call me “The King of Primetime.”
6) DALLAS—This could be a great 3-week run for the Cowboys. A win against putrid Jacksonville; followed by a bye-week; and now a chance to pick off 2 or 3 passes from Eli Manning as they “cowboy up” in the Big Apple (or a little south of it in New Jersey). Jerry Jones stated “there was no curfew” in London. Let’s hope he smartens up with one in New York City. Southern cowboys can get in a lot of trouble in New York City! Dallas and the Giants play in the Sunday Night Game.
7) SAN FRANCISCO—The 49ers have posted back to back road wins and looked impressive in both games. Yes they had some help but that is part of the game. Thanks to Eli Manning, the 49ers swallowed up 5 of his passes and now head home to play the disgruntled Washington Redskins team. You’re on a roll, so don’t screw it up with a goal line fumble like the one on the 1 foot line against St Louis on the final play of the game.
8) DETROIT—The Lions defense has been the talk of the NFC North while Reggie Bush and Calvin Johnson were out with injuries. So what do they do with both of them back? They allowed Drew Stanton to throw a career high 306 yards and 2 TD’s. That same effort this week will result in another “2nd half of the season doom” for the Lions as they get Tom Brady in New England.
9) INDIANAPOLIS—Andrew Luck can only do so much. His defense has never been “top notch”. His rushing attack has never been “high enough quality” to offer Luck any balance. And millions of fans are pulling for him every week. With Dwayne Allen and Ahmad Bradshaw out, the only player left to help Andrew Luck is Coby Fleener? Well Stanford boys stick together! Someone needs to step up and help, as the Colts remain at home against Jacksonville in a must-win game.
10) PITTSBURGH—The Steelers won the game in Nashville (but lost the cover- as Wayne Root clients know, because WE WON- but they also gained a locker room nightmare as RB LeGarrette Blount packed it in. It’s now the Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell show. Bell’s 196 rushing yards clearly bailed out Ben, who never looked like he was ready to play. Now they get a bye week to celebrate beating Tennessee and Blount moving on.
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11) PHILADELPHIA—Bad game at Green Bay, but that’s not uncommon, so beat Tennessee this week and you’re back in the Top 10.
12) SEATTLE—We’ll see what you’re made of this week: Champs or Chumps as you play the NFL’s surprise team Arizona.
13) CINCINNATI—Nice win where few prevail- at the Superdome. Houston will not be a push-over Sunday
14) MIAMI—You’ve had 10 days to get ready. If you want to be great, win on the road against Denver.
15) SAN DIEGO—Rivers and his wide receivers need to re-introduce themselves, or it’s “lights-out”.

HEISMAN WATCH….WEEK 12

 

HEISMAN WATCH….WEEK 12
“The outstanding college football player whose
performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence.”
by Wayne Allyn Root
The 2014 Heisman went into over-load Saturday with some incredible performances resulting in a smorgasbord of choices as the season winds down. It seems that Marcus Mariota had things all locked up but then Saturday happened. Anyone can have an opinion but it’s usually about the money behind the votes and Bovada says it’s still Mariota by a wide margin. But there are a few games left and if last Saturday scrambled things up, let’s not give the Trophy out just yet. Bovada’s odd are Mariota at 1/5. Melvin Gordon is 6/1. Bovada also thinks that the off the field news concerning famous Jameis Winston and his upcoming hearing have dropped him to 40/1.
1) MARCUS MARIOTA–OREGON, QB—Oregon was off this past week. He has 2780 passing yards completing 67% of his passes and throwing 29 touchdowns. If that’s not enough, he’s the Ducks #2 rushing man with 524 yards and 8 more touchdowns. He goes against Colorado this week knowing the race is back on.
2) MELVIN GORDON—WISCONSIN, RB—How does rushing 25 times resulting in 408 yards and 4 touchdowns sound? It gets better. He never saw the playing field in the 4th quarter. His performance was the “game of the year” if not the performance of all-time. He averages 8.6 yards per carry for 1909 yards on the year. That certainly should be a wake-up call that the race is not over!
3) TREVONE BOYKIN—TCU, QB—He’s the Star of the Show. Last year, TCU ended the season 4-8 and this year they are in the Top 4. He’s the sole reason for this transformation. His 2nd half rally against Kansas was needed for stay on pace. He threw for 330 yards.
4) JT BARRETT—OHIO ST,QB—Who says freshman can’t perform? JT (off a huge game vs Michigan St) out played and out performed everyone in Ohio St’s win at Minnesota. He completed 15 of 25 passes with 3 TD’s and rushed 17 times for 189 yards. Can’t wait to see him next year.
5) AMARI COOPER—ALABAMA, WR—Cooper has made Bama QB Blake Sims look good and defenses look bad as he continues to burn up yardage and secondaries. He had 8 receptions and a touchdown to help defeat #1 Mississippi State. And all of that came against a very stout and physical Bulldog defense.
6) JAMEIS WINSTON–FLORIDA ST, QB—He’s impressive on the field and in the second half of most of his games as they have been forced to rally week after week. But his number are not as impressive as in 2013. I’m not sure if the Downtown Club wants to see him in The Big Apple in December.

 

NCAA TOP 10 REPORT, WEEK 12

NCAA TOP 10 REPORT, WEEK 12

by Wayne Allyn Root
This is what College football is all about. The highs and lows. The ebb and tide. The fumble by Utah turning a 14-0 game into a 7-7 momentum changer. Then rewarded as the Committee moves them into the Top 4. Incredible. To top it off, they even jumped Florida St. Alabama goes where few have returned with a W into Cajun Country just to see TCU jump them. Now that’s a high for the Horned Frogs but a low-blow for the Crimson. Notre Dame had no Irish Luck in the desert as the Sun set on ASU. They couldn’t give points away fast enough. For weeks it was said that Ohio St was going nowhere even if they defeated Michigan St. It’s not only Ohio St with all it’s history and alma mater but it’s URBAN MEYER’S Ohio St team (we know about juice in Vegas). They jumped 9 spots. This week we see Bama vs Miss St and Florida St playing old foe, Miami. Trust me when I say the following, before it’s Dec 7th, there may be 4 more different teams that we’ll be betting on in January.
1) MISSISSIPPI ST–The Bulldogs had the week off last week so they went to Tennessee and had a light workout with UT Martin. How did UT Martin score 16 points is the question? This week it’s THE BIG GAME. It’s time to travel to visit the Legend of Bear Bryant. There are no tickets for this game unless you have $5000 and don’t mind the end zone. Bama opened up a TD chalk. This will be a great game…..a high for one and a low for another.
2) OREGON—The Ducks ducked out of a 14-0 deficit with one of the strangest happenings in college football in a long time by grabbing a fumble and running 100 yards for a TD. It was a momentum changer and left Utah in total shock and disbelief. They turned it into a 51-27 win and a jump to number 2 in the polls. Now they get to bask in their glory and hang out on a bye week. Next up is Colorado on the road.
3) FLORIDA ST.—If they keep pushing back Jameis Winston’s hearing back any more, he’ll be in the NFL. Last week it was more of the same as FSU overcame a Virginia team and won 34-20. Other than The Citadel and Wake Forest, there have been no blow-outs and many games played from behind. No half-time lead is safe when playing the Noles. This week it’s Miami’s turn to outscore them in the first half and see what happens the 2nd half. The Seminoles opened up a small field goal favorite.
4) TCU—The Horned Frogs kicked the Wildcat’s butt last week. They sent them home no longer in the hunt for January consideration with a 41-20 huge win. TCU played a difficult well coached squad and played to their averages of 47 points scored and 22 points allowed. This week is a week to throw in some eye-candy for the Selection Committee as they are a 28 point favorite against Kansas…on the road.
5) ALABAMA—I thought for sure that Bama would move up if they grabbed a win at LSU. As it stands today, they would be left out of the party of the year. One would think that beating #21 A&M, # 11 Ole Miss and #16 LSU, would be enough. Well that’s OK says Nick Saban. They control their own destiny as they hosts Mississippi St. Wouldn’t that be funny if they get the win this week and forget to show up in the Iron Bowl vs Auburn?
6) ARIZONA ST—I was very proud of the boys from the desert just south of us. The Sun Devils kick Notre Dame where the Sun don’t shine. ND QB Golson gave it all he had including a ton of turnovers which the Devils turned into 21 points right from the start. After getting it close in the 2nd half, 34-31, ASU pulled away and won 55-31. This week they are a 10 point chalk on the road at Oregon St.
7) BAYLOR—Talking about highs and lows. When did it reverse course and have Baylor go to Oklahoma in Boomer Sooner Country and walk out of there with a 48-14 victory? Does Barry Switzer have to come back and return football royalty back to them? Total embarrassment unless you’re Baylor. This Baylor team is the same team that gave TCU it’s only loss. This week they’re on a bye week and then they host Oklahoma St.
8) OHIO STATE—When QB Barrett played his first game against Virginia Tech and lost 35-21 it was said that OSU was finished. But the Selection Committee in not as harsh. They take that into consideration along with the 3 offensive linemen that were out for the same game. Now let’s fast forward to a game that WAR saw coming for weeks. Wayne Root is a study and fan of Coach Urban Meyer. Hat’s off to a solid performance last week on the road defeating Michigan St 49-37. This week will not be the time for a letdown as much improved Minnesota, now ranked 25th, would love to kick your celebrating butt. OSU is a double digit road favorite.
9) AUBURN—The Tigers never saw it coming. Texas A&M quarterback, Allen, had an incredible afternoon as they upset Auburn 41-38. This is the same A&M team that big brother Alabama defeated 59-0. It won’t get any easier as they get to play between the hedges at Georgia. The Bulldogs opened up 2.5 favorite. It seems that there is more prep and attention given to the upcoming auction of Auburn’s Coach Gus Malzahn’s last years Iron Bowl Sweater vest up for sale. Do they know that Bulldogs can bite?
10) MISSISSIPPI—The Ole Miss Rebels got back in the win column after losses to LSU and Auburn. They defeated powerhouse Presbyterian 48-0. At least it was a shutout. Now they get to take a week off and rest after last weeks contest. (why would anyone schedule a week off after that game last week?). In two weeks, they play Arkansas. Their last meaningful win was October 4th against Alabama. Maybe the only thing left is the Egg Bowl.

 

Rocketman – Handicapping The NBA Injury Report! Friday 11-7-14

Every day I look at the NBA injury report. I start off with the first team and see who is listed on the report. These are the average number of points these teams will be without tonight.
HERE IS MY TABLE FOR CALCULATING INJURIES:
OUT: Take players average points per game and multiply by 1 DOUBTFUL: Take players average points per game and multiply by .75 QUESTIONABLE: Take players average points per game and multiply by .50 PROBABLE: Take players average points per game and multiply by .25
Here are the results for today’s NBA matchups for Friday 11-7-14!
Atlanta – 0
Charlotte – 2.8
Minnesota – 0
Orlando – 3
Chicago – 5.4
Philadelphia – 7.2
Indiana – 8.8
Boston – 4.3
New York – 4.7
Brooklyn – 0
Milwaukee – 0
Detroit – 0
Washington – 0
Toronto – 6.7
Memphis 3.9
Oklahoma City – 40.7
Sacramento – 0
Phoenix – 0
Dallas – 0
Utah – 0
Cleveland – 2.7
Denver – 0

Hope this helps out some. This system hits big percentages when we have a differential of 20 or more and the trends add up to leaning to that same team. It takes a little time to do this every day but it pays off in the end!   No plays for Friday fit the 20 point differential and the trend analysis I use.

PLAY ON: None
FAVORITE PLAY WITH THIS SYSTEM TONIGHT:  None

Thanks and good luck today!
Rocky Atkinson
Rocketman Sports

NFL TOP 10 REPORT; WEEK 10

NFL TOP 10 REPORT; WEEK 10

by Wayne Allyn Root
Thru the first 9 weeks, no team has held the top spot for more than three weeks and this week is no different as Denver must gracefully exit the mantle and move down to Number 3. But who is really Number 1? The 7-1 Cardinals that beat a Romo-less Dallas team and plays in the toughest division in the NFL, or New England Patriots who woke up 4 weeks ago embarrassed by Kansas City and has come back to destroy all opponents? The biggest surprise is the erratic play of the 49ers. I love the back to back games Ben and the Steelers have put together and that we will be able to see a “new and different” Mark Sanchez without the Rex Ryan team behind him. Many teams are coming off a bye week and we get to see if Green Bay and Chicago are ready for each other as they meet. The biggest news of the bye week is saved for Detroit as Reggie Bush and Megatron, Calvin Johnson, both are back for the 6-2 Lions.
1) NEW ENGLAND—It must be great to be a Patroit fan. Just when Kansas City sent you reeling into retro game film highlights, Tom Brady abandons girlfriend to concentrate more on the field and the results were unbelievable. In his 4 game climax, Brady lead the Pats to a decisive win and had it wrapped up by the first half as they scored more points (27) than the Broncos have allowed all year in a single game. Now that’s a statement. Maybe the AFC Championship game was in the back of his mind from a year ago. This week it’s back to the girlfriend as his team gets a bye-week.
2) ARIZONA—It’s great to be leading their division as it is the most difficult playing in the NFC West. But had the Cardinals still completed in the NFC East, with the Dallas win last week, that would have them at 4-0 in that division also. Carson Palmer is in desert heaven with his team. Great receivers and an even better defense. You better win the Super Bowl this year as next year, the Super Bowl will not be played in your hometown as it is this year, and your defensive coordinator will probably be a head coach somewhere. They host the Rams; fresh off a road win miracle at San Francisco.
3) DENVER—When you’re the Broncos and have Peyton Manning, you never fall very far after a loss. And a loss it was. Before he could finish lacing up his cleats, the Brady-led Pats had 27 points on the scoreboard at halftime. He may not have watch game film all the flight home leaving New England as is his history. Now it’s off to play against a bitter rival and get re-started in Oakland.
4) PHILADELPHIA—The injury to Nick Foles was alarming as he is out for 4 to 6 weeks. But it’s not the end of the Chip Kelly Eagles season as Mark Sanchez is as good a passer and much more mobile than Foles. I’d be more alarmed about safety Nate Allan out with a hamstring this time of year. Last week the Eagles scored a 10 point on the road win against Houston. This week, it’s MNF against Carolina at home as a touchdown chalk.
5) DETROIT—The Lions are coming off a much needed bye week. They are 6-2 and had to do so with 2 huge key injuries as mentioned above. They had to do it with defense as in their last 3 games, they scored 24 points or less in all three. This week the Lions better be prepared as a meaningful Dolphin team comes to play as a 2.5 underdog. It’s anybody’s game.
6) INDIANAPOLIS—The Colts got the win last week against the New York Giants but Andrew Luck got beat up. It looked like he was touched, tackled, hit or dropped on his back with every throw. But he still managed a 25-for-46 for 354 yards night and a win. But he is exposing himself more each week and as the future great quarterback of the NFL, something needs to be changed. This week is a much needed bye week scheduled at the perfect time.
7) PITTSBURGH—I love to see the Steelers playing great and in the Top 10. Ben Roethlisberger is a beast. His prior week it was 506 yards with 6 TD’s and he followed that performance up with 6 more TD’s to become the first person to have back to back 6 touchdown games. It was against Indianapolis and Baltimore so that made it that much more incredible. This week it’s time to fly to New York and see if he can make it a 3-peat vs the J=E=T=S.
8) GREEN BAY—The pack was back. Then a loss at New Orleans and a bye week made some forget about whether they’re playing, winning or losing. This week they play the team they always beat; the Chicago Bears. Five straight at Lambeau before last years 27-20 loss. And Jay Cutler didn’t play in that game. He’s 0-3 on the road vs Green Bay and has the worst QB rating collectively in all 3 games of 13.2 and lower.
9) DALLAS—Let’s not get too excited and lose the love for our Cowboys. They lost last week without Romo. Back to back home losses are horrific but not the end when you play Jacksonville this week and have a bye week following. My back hurts when I fly for 1 hour so why Romo is flying for 7 hours to sit around in London is all about Jerry Jones and his bottom line. He has Romo scheduled for some speeches so it’s not about the field. I doubt he will play. Let him rest for two more weeks believing that any 11 players you put on the offensive side of the ball should be able to defeat the Jags if you really are a quality team.
10) SEATTLE—It would be easy to leave the defending Champions out of the Top 10 with 3 losses but we’ll let the bad performance with the Raiders and the Panthers pass as they both got the win. They are the NFL’s worst at rushing the passer and Derek Carr had all day to set up and throw. If, and a big if, they make the playoffs, better QB’s will expose their defensive line and knock them out early. They better get things patched up. They play the Giants this week. Lastly, Pete Carroll is a fine coach. But he may be a better “front-runner” coach. It’s really hard visualizing him grabbing the face masks of a 350 lb defensive tackle during practice and explaining the importance of an effective pass rush.
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11) CINCINNATI—At 5-2-1 they are ok but in-state Cleveland rival is up next on Thursday Night.
12) KANSAS CITY—Alex Smith in his last 7 games has 10 TD’s and only 1 INT but none by a wide receiver.
13) MIAMI—Statement game of the year. Mia 37- SD 0. It was the Fish first shutout in 123 games.
14) NEW ORLEANS—The defeated the Packers at home, now really impress us with a huge 49er’s win.
15) SAN FRANCISCO—No more QB sneaks. Did they know that Frank Gore is their main running back?

NCAA TOP 10 REPORT; WEEK 11

 

NCAA TOP 10 REPORT; WEEK 11
by Wayne Allyn Root
There was not much shake up at the top after reveling the second week of rankings by the Bowl Selection Committee. Mississippi State, Florida St and Auburn lead the top 3 while Oregon moved ahead of Alabama after their win over Stanford and Bama’s bye week. The SEC West looks like it will dismantle itself this month as it beats itself up with Ole Miss, LSU and Arkansas playing the spoiler role. The Big 10 has one shot in that Michigan St has to beat Ohio St and then beat Nebraska for the Title. The Big 12 deserves representation by TCU if they can get by Kansas St this week and run out. In the PAC 12, Oregon is in the drivers seat but must get by a dangerous Utah team this week in Salt Lake City. I like this years format of 4 teams so that teams 5-8 have to play and win in addition to having cases where the top 4 can tumble and fall. Just look where Ole Miss was 2 weeks ago. If it was a playoff of 8 teams, our enjoyment would not come until the end of the season and would be short lived for that one week of 4 extra games. For now, let see what’s ahead.
1) MISSISSIPPI ST—The Bulldogs look tired and beat up. Maybe it’s the pressure of playing at a level they’ve never had to play. After-all, this is the first team ever to go from unranked to the Number 1 in the nation position. Last week, Arkansas gave them all they’d ever want and Miss St won 17-10. Dak Prescott continued to look good with 331 yards thrown downfield. They’ll remain undefeated this week as they are gifted with a schedule that has them playing UT Martin. The following week is a calendar event at Alabama. This would be a nice week for rest and a pre-Bama walk thru.
2) FLORIDA ST—On the field, Jameis Winston is great. Trailing 21-0, at Louisville, he brought them back in an incredible comeback. He threw for 401 yards but the most impressive observation was seeing him go after the defensive back after an interception and tackle him. That was inspirational to his team; thus the 42-31 win. This week may be the week they fall as they’re at Virginia but as an 18 point favorite. OK, maybe they won’t fall. They still have Miami, Boston College and Florida this month so one never knows.
3) AUBURN—The Tigers played well and got out of town with a 35-31 win over the Ole Miss Rebels. With the passing and running of QB Wallace and the rushing of Artis-Payne, these Tiger are for real. They average 277 rushing yards per game but it is a fast and bruising style of play that makes them so effective. They are scoring 39 ppg in the difficult SEC West and look for the Tigers to run it up this week as they play A&M on the road. They need eye-test points for the selection Committee.
4) OREGON—The Ducks finally got the Cardinal off their wings. They not only won, they did it smashmouth style as they destroyed Stanford 45-16 and moved into the much cherished Top 4. Mariota looked graceful putting it all together with 258 yards and was the Ducks leading rusher with 85 yards. Now it’s off to the Beehive State to take on Utah at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Utah leads the nation with a 5 sacks per game average so Mariota will have to be up to high Duckie speed or they could tumble, waddle and fall.
5) ALABAMA—The Crimson Tide is exactly where they want to be. They are the best “one-loss” team in the Country and will get a chance to prove it on the field in the upcoming month as they play LSU, Miss St and Auburn. So it doesn’t matter this week that they are ranked just outside of the top 4. Saturday night, where Les Mills teams have dropped just 3 night games under him, Bama will go into Baton Rouge a 6 point favorite with both teams running the ball against each others great defense. I wish I was at the game. On a side note: Bama QB Sims leads the Country on 3rd down completions so that may be a difference maker.
6) TCU—The Horned Frogs did what many others have failed to do; get out of West Virginia with a win. And it was a “barely” as both teams fought till the bitter end with TCU hanging on to a 31-30 W. TCU QB Boykin had a terrible passing day as the Horned Frog average of 335 yards per game saw only 166 yards completed. TCU gets their biggest test this week as Kansas St comes to Ft. Worth to make the Big 12 relevant to the Selection Committee in a must win game for both teams. TCU opened as a 5.5 betting chalk. The fans in Amon G. Carter Stadium will be treated to two fine teams, two great veteran coaches and two superb college quarterbacks.
7) KANSAS STATE—Kansas St chose not to look ahead to this weeks match-up with TCU and instead went and buried Oklahoma St 48-14 last Saturday. This week it’s off to Texas to play TCU as two one loss teams (7-1) meet and control their own destiny. Coach Bill Snyder has his offense perfectly balanced as Lockett and Sexton both have 49 receptions apiece. As for rushing, Jones and Waters have rushed 92 and 95 times each. This makes it hard for defenses to key on any one player and gives QB Waters many choices in executing the game plan. Should be a great game this week.
8) MICHIGAN STATE— The lone consideration for the Committee from the Big 10 may be Michigan St. If Ohio St or Nebraska runs the table, there’s still no chance a Big 10 team will be in the playoffs. The only representative posssible is Michigan St but they have to win every game. It begins this week at home as Ohio St comes calling them out for a key battle. Ohio St has all it need to defeat Michigan St so Sparty better be ready. This is their biggest meaningful football game in some time. It will erase the loss from earlier this year at Oregon. It will negate years and years of playing in the Ohio St and U Michigan shadows. It is Huge!!
9) ARIZONA ST—The Sun Devils got the scare of their season last week as they had to go to overtime to walk away with a win over Utah, 19-16. The Devils met their match on the defensive side of the ball as that is what Utah is all about. They have been looking to improve in that area as they are ranked 50th allowing 24 ppg. This week is a big game. I’m not sure who it is bigger for though. Notre dame hits the desert and needs this win. This is their last chance as USC upcoming game means less this year and ASU is higher ranked. Both team have one goal to get to the next level and the Oddsmakers think it may be the best game of the week as the Sun Devils were installed as a tiny 2 point favorite.
10) NOTRE DAME—The Fighting Irish continue to fight. But last week Navy almost sunk them. They played horribly but managed to win 49-39. Their defense was exposed by a military team and the Committee will not miss that. Their play erased out the bitterness of the Florida St ending. QB Golson and RB Folston did their jobs. The question was all on the defensive side of the ball. Maybe Navy’s 3-headed pitchout offense got to them this one week. Maybe they were looking ahead to the match in the desert this week. Whatever it was, they better be ready to play the biggest game of their lives this week as they take on Arizona St.