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.

 

NFL TOP 10: WEEK #9

NFL TOP 10: WEEK #9

by Wayne Allyn Root

We have reached the halfway mark and need to analyze some things that we missed earlier or never saw coming. Most figured entering the NFL season that Seattle would be on top. At 5-3, they are struggling somewhat not only on the field but in the clubhouse. This writer/handicapper has warned everyone since week 2 that this was not last years Championship team. The 49er’s are not even in the Top 10 and who saw that coming. A very popular team by the betting public was Cincinnati and they won just 1 game in October. Let’s group the following together and take a look after week 8: Dallas (predicted to have break out season by WAR), Philadelphia, Arizona, Detroit have a combined record of 23-7. This is what makes handicapping the NFL by the public so difficult. Who would have seen that coming? The following teams are still on last years mode and their reputation of their past. Seattle, San Francisco, Green Bay, Cincinnati and New England have combined for a 23-13-1 mark. Remember group 1 was 23-7. Not bad but in terms of handicapping but these 5 teams play as favorites most of their games while the 23-7 group’s value is there in terms of easy winners. Wayne Root is ranked #6 handicapper in USA in NFL which surprised very few. If you saw the first 8 weeks coming as I did, then my hat is off to you and a huge congratulations is in order. Job well done. If you are looking for consistency, consider this: That’s after last year (2013) where Wayne Root finished #7 in USA in NFL handicapping. The second half of the season will be just as remarkable and profitable.
1) DENVER—The Broncos handed it to San Diego last Thursday as they scored 35 points in a game that was all Manning. Now with the added 3 days of rest for his 39 year old body, it’s off to play New England where Tom Brady hung a 51 spot on the Bears. This is advertised as the game of the season as both QB’s are peaking at the same time. A year ago, Denver blew a 24-0 lead and lost in OT during the regular season. They paid them back in the AFC Championship game.
2) NEW ENGLAND—Tom Brady connected on four TD passes last week against the troubled Bears. He finished the day by throwing 20 straight completed passes. Maybe Kansas City woke a sleeping Bear as the Pats were 4-0 in October. We’ll see how November falls as they play Denver; a team they lost to in the AFC Championship game last year.
3) ARIZONA—The Carson Palmer game plan is working to perfection. He throws short accurate passes and then the wide receivers run like hell. Last week it was incredible as the Cardinals had 193 yards after the catch. Their second most since 2006. Add their defense into the mix and they’ll be hard to catch in the NFC West. Speaking of catching, they may get to catch Dallas at the right time this week with Romo hurting.
4) DALLAS—We have to say in a rivalry game like the Cowboys and Skins play, anything can happen so with that in mind and Romo going down( even though Brandon Weaton played well), the punishment must fit the crime and their drop off is not so severe. But as we move forward, how much pounding can Tony Romo and DeMarco Murray take? Jerry Jones needs to quit being a quack doctor and realize there is a major difference between playing with pain and playing injured. He’s being an ass! They host the Cardinals this week so no easy task beating this team if injured.
5) DETROIT—The Lions went to London and almost got thrown off a bridge. Trailing 21-0, who would have given them a chance other than luck and destiny and the Atlanta Falcons? They even got 2 field goal tries with :02 sec left in the game after missing FG #1 on a delay of game penalty and then sent #2 thru the uprights. The get a bye week and should come out fighting with Calvin “Megathron” Johnson back so these wins without him were huge.
6) PHILADELPHIA—The Eagles missed an opportunity last week as they came up on the short end against the Arizona Cardinals. In their 2 losses, if was left on the 1 yard line in San Francisco and a last minute score for the Cardinals and then their own penalty to wipe out a TD pass. They travel to Houston where defense prevails and will put Nick Foles to the ultimate test. They are a small favorite.
7) GREEN BAY—The Packers marched into New Orleans and the Saints boxed them up and sent them marching out with plenty of yardage but not enough points scored to win. It was all Eddy Lacy as he had a career-high 182 yards rushing and 123 receiving yards. They need to find other “outs” on their offense as Aaron Rodgers can get the ball to anybody so why is Lacy doing all the work? They can work on that this week during their bye.
8) SAN DIEGO—This is a dangerous under-the-radar team. They get little respect but on the other hand, little criticism. Their defense is awesome in a secondary that compliments their pass rush. Only Carson Palmer has throw for more than 300 yards so far this season against them which includes the likes of Russell Wilson and Peyton Manning. And if you’re not into their defense, they have Philip Rivers with a career year at QB. They will need everything clicking as they make that cross country trip to play Miami.
9) INDIANAPOLIS—Did the Colts have an off night and were exposed or did Ben Roethlisberger have the best game of his career? Ben was 40-of-49 for 522 yards with 6 TD’s. That was history in the making as he is the first QB to throw for 500 yards in a game twice. The Colts just could not hang with that. They entered with the best third down defense in the NFL. They left scratching their helmets and now head to New York on Monday to play the Giants.
10) SEATTLE—It was all Russell Wilson on the last drive while playing Carolina. He was 4-of-4 for 53 yards and a TD. The Seahawks just don’t play well at the Carolina venue. This was the leadership needed to quiet the off the field troubles that found Percy Harvin leaving and the locker room in disagreement. But winning a game like that has a way of replacing problems with enthusiasm. Now it’s back home to play Oakland to put those troubles away forever as a bad memory. There are new and exciting days ahead….well maybe….they still have a disgruntled running back that won’t be getting a new contract from the Seahawks in the name of Marshawn Lynch. He’s 28 and running backs are a dime a dozen and he’s not having a season to remember.
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TEAMS #11 THRU #15 ARE THE MOST AWESOME GROUP I CAN REMEMBER
11) SAN FRANCISCO—Kaepernick is the weak link. Defense is good. WR’s are great. Gore is perfect.
12) CINCINNATI—Easy schedule ahead. They should win 4 of their next 5 games.
13) BALTIMORE—This team is balanced and the defense is stronger than most thought.
14) PITTSBURGH—Never count out a veteran QB with a winners attitude. It spreads to all teammates.
15) BUFFALO BILLS–This team never quit in the past and will not quit with their new Owner now.

HEISMAN TROPHY WATCH FOR WEEK 10

HEISMAN TROPHY WATCH FOR WEEK 10

 by Wayne Allyn Root
The Heisman Trophy is awarded annually to the most outstanding player in college football in the United States whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. The following have met that requirement so far in the 2014 College Football season. There are others, but these are the most likely candidates to be invited to the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City.
1) DAK PRESCOTT–Mississippi State; (QB). Miss St is number 1 because of their defensive play this season. They are ranked 29th in points allowed but only 49th in passing yards. So why is Dak so important? He offers balance. He has thrown for 15 TD’s and rushed for 10 TD’s. Last week the pressure may have gotten to him somewhat as he threw an INT and had 2 fumbles. But to make up for it, he threw 3 touchdowns. His next game is Saturday vs Arkansas.
2) MARCUS MARIOTA–Oregon; (QB). Marcus’ TD to INT ratio is second to none as he has 24 touchdowns and just 1 interception. Amazing! Throw in 5 rushing TD’s and he’s wire to wire with Dak Prescott of Miss State. Last week he had a 5 TD afternoon against Cal in an 59-41 win. This week, his nemesis, Stanford will be all over him so it will be a key game as he marches to New York trying to collect a very important Trophy.
3) AMEER ABDULLAH–Nebraska; (RB). The man is fast. Make that very fast. Last week in the wink of an eye, on just 19 carries, Ameer rushed for 225 yards. That’s over a first down every time you touch to ball average at 11.8 YPC. He leads the Nation in rushing at 1249 rushing yards with 17 TD’s. If that’s not enough, he’s caught passes for an average of 13 YPR. The man is all-everything and the reason that Nebraska is sneaking up the polls. Wait until you see what he does this week against Purdue.
4) AMARI COOPER–Alabama; (WR). Amari is averaging almost 16 yards per reception for a total of 1132 yards this season. He’s scored touchdowns on 9 of the 71 catches he’s made. He may be the deciding factor this year on Bama winning the title game more than their vaulted defense if they make it that far. Last week vs Tennessee he caught 9 passes for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns. He’s a game changer.
5) MELVIN GORDON–Wisconsin; (RB). Melvin is a beast. He’s scored with 16 touchdowns on a 7.6 YRC for the season. Last week, he had 3 TD’s against Maryland, in the first half. This week will be a chance to compare Melvin to his counterpart from Nebraska, Ameer Abdullah. Ameer rushed for 225 yards last week vs Rutgers and this week, Melvin plays Rutgers. Good luck as we all know what you are aiming for.

COLLEGE TOP 10; WEEK #9

COLLEGE TOP 10; WEEK #9

by Wayne Allyn Root
One has to love how the Top teams are grouped so tightly together in the won/loss column as we approach next weeks first look from the Bowl Selection Committee. There are 15 teams that have one loss right behind the 3 undefeated’s. And if you make a case for Marshall there are 4 teams without an “L”. Add the results of the down the road “Egg Bowl” that will send a Mississippi team to the 1 loss column, the Committee will have a very difficult job. In reality, most teams control their own destiny but the bottom line is that expanding the NCAA Playoffs to an 8 team event will not dilute the product and eliminate teams that should not be in the mix anyway.
1) MISSISSIPPI STATE—The Bulldogs enjoyed a much needed rest from all the hoopla of beating LSU, Texas A&M and Auburn in 3 straight weeks. Now it’s off to Kentucky to play what some say are an improved Wildcat team. (Maybe they were speaking of basketball). The Bulldogs opened up an 13.5 chalk and plenty are curious to see if the Bulldog momentum will continue after this past week off. State’s offense, led by QB Prescott, is very impressive.
 
2) MISSISSIPPI—The Ole Miss Rebels played solid last week and defeated Tennessee 34-3. They have the most awesome defense in the Nation, ranked #1 and allowing just 10 points per game. (UPCOMING: Can’t wait for the Egg Bowl to see which come first and I’m not talking about the chicken or the egg. I am enamored with the offense of State vs the defense of Ole Miss). This week it’s off to play a very confused LSU team. Is an upset in store or will the Rebels D get the job done?
3) ALABAMA—In my opinion, this is the best “1-loss” team in the country…and maybe the best team- PERIOD. A week after Coach Sabin scolded the Crimson faithful for ranting at him for an 1 point win against Arkansas, he must have turned to some boosters and said to pay attention to the game against A&M. Bama blew the Aggie’s thru Mississippi and Louisiana before the first half was over and sent them thru Texas by the end of the game beating them 59-0. At one point in the Vegas Casinos “in-line gaming” where wagers are constantly made after every play, Bama was a 53 point favorite and still covered. Now we see Alabama is back on the road at Tennessee and is laying 17 point on the early line. Will this be an Arkansas repeat or an A&M blow-out?
 
4) FLORIDA ST—Yes, 4th. But I do include them in NCAA Playoff- so Seminole fans be thankful for little things! This team plays nobody week in and week out. Their one tough opponent Notre Dame was “jobbed” by the referees. Fl;orida State should be out of it right now. I have to admit, Jameis Winston looked great in the 2nd half against Notre Dame. For his sake, I hope he stays “under-the-radar” the rest of the season. It’s even affecting the behavior of Jimbo Fisher, so it has to be taking a toll on the rest of the team. Remember that this is a team sport no matter how much Winston is in the news. Winston is in line for many NCAA Awards and Trophies if he continues to play smart both on and off the field. Florida St gets a bye week and then the followingThursdaythey play in Louisville. With a week and a half of idle time, QB Winston needs to stay indoors and study or stay focused on the practice field. His NFL “stock” is crashing.
5) OREGON—The Ducks have rebounded well from their Oct 2nd loss to Arizona by defeating UCLA and Washington in back to back weeks. This week may be a surprise. It remains to be seen how focused they will be on Cal with the Stanford game following this week. And if that’s not enough, they play at Utah after the Stanford game on the road. So where does Oregon line up their Ducks? Laying 18 points on the road may be difficult but the Oddsmakers won’t give away free money with an easy pointspread so we’ll have to wait and see how practices go this week and what they are willing to show as far as this week’s game plan is concerned. Stay tuned and come backFriday. But…if they “win out” I predict they’ll land in the Playoffs (hopefully replacing Florida State).
 
6) AUBURN—The Tigers are still very much into the season ending race as they have just 1 loss at the hands Mississippi State and on the road. They need to run out and also beat Bama in the Iron Bowl. They play South Carolinathis Saturdayafter having their bye week last week. It seems everyone has lost all respect for the South Carolina and Steve Spurrier program as the Tigers are favored by 17.5 points a week before having to play Ole Miss. Will they or can they “rev” it up after the bye week is the most asked question?
7) NOTRE DAME—Nobody with a clear head could have been disappointed last Saturday night with the game Notre Dame played in their first road game of the year at Florida St. I for one am furious that the officials put the results in the flagged penalty away from the ball and didn’t leave on the field. It had nothing to do with the receiver being open for the TD catch. Congrats to both teams in a well played contest. The Fighting Irish get the week off and return in 2 weeks to play their nemesis; Navy.
8) GEORGIA—It seems as if they replaced Todd Gurley at running back (with Nick Chubb as Chubb rushed for 202 yards on the road at Arkansas). Not an easy thing to do as the Bulldogs won easily 45-32. Georgia is ready to represent the SEC East and has a shot to run the table to get to the title game. They have a bye week and then get to destroy Florida on Nov 1st.
9) MICHIGAN ST—Old Sparty hooked up 56 points on Indiana U last Saturday. IU fans must be screaming for the basketball season to start after that blowout. It could be another blowout this week as State host Michigan. Or not. At least throw out the stats for this year. This is a state rivalry game; especially for MSU. Anyway, the Vegas Oddsmakers have listed the Spartans a 17 point favorite. I understand that Michigan has improved the past few weeks. But look who they played- Rutgers and Penn State. The Spartans are real competition.
10) TCU—Is QB Boykin any good? He threw for 410 yards last week as they crushed Oklahoma State 42-9. That was a “statement” game for the Horned Frogs a week after blowing a huge late game lead to Baylor and losing 61-58. This was a nice bounce back game for TCU. Now they turn their attention to Texas Tech as an 3 touchdown chalk. It’s a lot of points but it can be done playing at home. But the Red Raiders may have some rage of their own to reveal having played 2 decent games the past 2 weeks.
 
Honorable mention: Kansas State. These well mannered boys from Kansas are silent, but deadly.
Wayne Allyn Root

 

THE NFL TOP 10 REPORT: WEEK # 8

THE NFL TOP 10 REPORT: WEEK # 8

by Wayne Allyn Root
It was said here first throughout these Top 10 writings that Seattle was not last years team. Now with “Give Percy no Mercy” gone to the Jets and the Seahawks 0-2 the past 2 weeks, it’s anyone’s game. But, Seattle is still a great team and a dangerous team so they just need to get the chemistry back and rush the QB. Denver is playing just awesome and has a huge game Thursday against San Diego ( fresh off a “look-ahead” loss to the Chiefs.) The defense is helping Andrew Luck in Indianapolis and the Eagles are flying high. Meanwhile, Dallas is the surprise (except to WAR) team of the NFL and continue to win. There’s a lot of football left but for Week #8, it’s Denver at the top.
1) DENVER—Is Von Miller more important to the Broncos team than Peyton. No, but he’s tearing up the offenses and has an NFL leading 8 sacks. The Bronco defense is more improved than the Broncos offense. Congrats to Peyton Manning for breaking Brett Farve’s record of TD passes. The Broncos have a task ahead this week as they entertain the Chargers and are more than a TD favorite.
2) DALLAS—Another record is broken. In 1958, Jim Brown opened the season with 6 straight 100 yards+ of rushing and now that record belongs to Demarco Murray with 7 in a row. The Cowboys play hated division rival this week as the Redskins come into the Jerry Jones house with a 3rd string Colt McCoy QB and some missing defensive pieces. Cowboys need to stay injured free.
3) PHILADELPHIA—It is said that looking back to Championship teams, TO’s and special teams were a major part of their success. Of the 21 TD’s the Eagles have this season, 7 have come from that route. This week off a bye, Philly is heading to the desert to play Arizona and should be a “live” underdog getting 2.5 points. But Carson palmer may have other thoughts. It will be a good game.
4) INDIANAPOLIS—Andrew Luck has the offense on fire. In the past, it had to be Luck outscoring the other team to win in high scoring affairs. But when and where did this defense come from. In the past 5 weeks, the Colts defense has stopped the opposition on 3rd down 43 of 51 attempts. Both sides of the ball are crushing the opponents. They travel to play the Steelers this week and see if Ben R can complete a 3rd down play.
5) ARIZONA—They sit at the top of the NFC West. Who would have thought they’d be ahead of Seattle and San Francisco? Carson Palmer is back and for those not scoring; he’s 10-2 in his past 12 starts to go with a fantastic defense. With his wide outs, they could go a long way so don’t count these guys out. They may be the real deal.
6) GREEN BAY—The Pack seems to never leave so it’s hard to say, “The Pack is Back” (as long as Aaron Rodgers is there). With four straight games with 3 touchdowns and no INT’s, he gets to break that record this week in New Orleans. It shouldn’t be that hard as the Saints defense is ranked 29th in defensive efficiency.
7) BALTIMORE—The Ravens destroyed the Falcons last week by 22 points. Their margin of victory is the NFL’s highest at 12.7. This week they may have revenge on their mind from week 1 as they play a team that has a chance to go winless in October in Cincinnati. Something has to give in terms of streaks.
8) NEW ENGLAND—The Patriots beat the Jets last Thursday and have had a much needed 10 day break. They play Chicago this week. Brady is 3-0 against them and Chicago couldn’t wait to leave town after a 0-3 home start in home games. What will give as the Pats are 7 point favorite? The word from the locker room is the Bears players “detest” Jay Cutler. After reviewing Cutler sacks etc. it is noticed that his teammates will not offer a hand to pick him off the ground. Maybe the locker room gossip is true. For now, bad chemistry.
9) SAN DIEGO—Check out the Thursday Night Headline: Philip Rivers No. 2-ranked QBR and 5-2 record vs. Peyton Manning No. 1 QBR and a 5-1 record. What a game if all goes to the headlines. Too bad the Chargers are off a loss, or maybe that’s how to defeat a great Bronco team. We’ll see as the Oddsmakers are offering +7.5 points.
10) DETROIT—The Lions are doing things right with their defense. Last week’s 4th quarter against Drew Brees and his Saints were one for the Brees record books. The stopped him and, after it was over, Brees was 0-10 in passing with 1 INT and blew a 2 TD lead and takes another road loss.
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THESE TEAMS WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE
11) SEATTLE—They are 3-3 but not for long. All they need is a pass rush where they rank last in the NFL.
12) SAN FRANCISCO—Another 3-loss team that needs some in house chemistry. Less injuries on the defense will also help.
13) CINCINNATI—Not winning a game in October? The pressure is on this week vs Baltimore this week.
14) KANSAS CITY—They should go from 3-3 to 5-3 with the Rams and Jets up next.
15) PITTSBURGH—Thanks for those last 3 minutes Monday night in the first half.