Saturday, October 17, 2009

Broken Leg

In case you missed it on Twitter, I have been in the hospital all week with a broken leg in 3 spots. I had a rod put in and haven't been able to do much. So thats why I haven't had any updated.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Week 6 Pick 6

And my dabbles in picking games with little success continued for another were here at Towers on the Heights. I have however, had my second consecutive winning record in picking ACC games, but it was still very ugly going 5-5 on the week. I will give myself some credit though, as I actually keep track of my picks and my mediocrity, unlike some of the folks at the Worldwide Leader. Here are my results from last week:

Anyway here are my results from last week:
ACC: 3-2
National: 2-3

Here are my overall records:
ACC: 9-16-0
National: 8-15-2

So once again, here are my picks for this upcoming week ATS, lets see if I can actually have some success, its highly unlikely, but atleast I'm trying.

All Odds taken from USA Today's NCAA Football Odds:
ACC Games (my picks in Bold)
Boston College vs Virginia Tech -13.5
Indiana vs. Virginia -6.5
Duke vs. NC State -14.5
Maryland vs. Wake Forest -10
Georgia Tech vs. Florida State -2.5

National Games (my picks in Bold)
Wisconsin at Ohio State -14.5
Alabama -6.5 at Mississippi
Connecticut at Pittsburgh -9.5
Michigan at Iowa -7.5
Florida -9.5 at LSU

Come back later for an explaination of my BC vs. VT prediction and check out Blog Nation for my BC vs. VT game preview.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Eagle Links - Week of 10/4

Here are some of the links from the papers, articles and blogosphere from the past few:

October 8th:
Herald - Luke Kuechly Defying Odds
Herald - Eagles Show Up Critics
Herald - FSU President: Bowden's Job Safe For Now
Globe - BC Making Experts Look Foolish
WEEI - VTech Preview
Roanoke Times - Tranquill Unretires to Coach Offense - Game Preview - What to Watch vs BC
MetroWest Daily News - Kuechly a Freshman Sensation

October 7th:
Globe - No. 5 Hokies Need to Focus with BC Ahead
Washington Post - Anyone's Guess in ACC Atlantic
Washington Post - Hokies Will Need Balance Against Eagles
Roanoke Times - VTech Defense Looks to Cut Down on Big Plays

October 6th:
ACC Sports Journal - ACC Power Rankings
ESPN - BC's Shinskie Just Getting Warmed Up
ESPNBoston - Herzlich Love Being Around Team
Herald - Virginia Breathes a Little Easier
Herald - Trustee:Bobby Bowden Must Go

October 5th:
Globe - BC Finding Ways to Win
Herald - BC Flying into True Test
BC Receiving Votes in both Polls

HUGE PROPS to CSOM_97 from the site EagleAction's Message Boards, for compiling these links! Thanks.

Come back late for my predictions!

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly - FSU Game

Hey here we are, the Monday heading into the Virginia Tech game, sitting at 4-1 overall and 2-1 in conference. There aren't many fans out there who predicted BC would be this good thus far. I was really skeptical about this team but I have been proven wrong. The Eagles are going to continue to win as long as they continue to recruit the BC type of player that they have been recruiting for years. Now to look back at the FSU game:

The Good:

  • David Shinskie has put his best foot forward and has claimed that Starting QB spot.
  • Montel Harris looked as good as ever
  • The Offensive line dominated the game, they way we expected from the start of the season
  • Colin Larmond is a diamond in the ruff. Wow, we got ourselves a good one here.
  • Luke Kuechly is showing us that he is a top linebacker who should be on the field at all times
  • The end of the 1st half downpour, right when FSU was driving. Couldn't have happened at a better time.
  • Gary Tranquill's 1st half play calling. Great job at switching it up and keeping the 'Noles on their heels. No just do it for the whole game.
  • ESPN's Mark Herzlich Tribute. Not a dry eye on the gameday site!
The Bad:
  • The second half. Blew another big lead. Can't do that against a team like Virginia Tech.
  • Zone Blitz. We did this the whole second half and it didn't work. Need to work on it.
  • Fumbles. Very troublesome. The last thing we can afford to do it give free posessions to the other team.
  • The Defensive Backs. They get a partial pass because the defensive line is anemic at rushing the passer and they can't cover all day, but they got to pick it up a little.
  • The crowd at kickoff. Mark Herzlich addressed the crowd prior to the game but the stadium was half empty. Very embarassing for such a big game.
The Ugly:
  • The 3rd quarter. Only 2 pass players for Dave Shinskie after he had such a great 1st half? Enough "playing not to lose."
  • The Pass rush. Any half decent QB will tear this defense apart with that much time in the pocket. Got to get a little pressure.
  • Kickoffs. Kick the ball deep, I don't care if god is returning kicks. Giving them the ball at the 40+ yardline for free every drive is pointless. Atleast make them earn it.
  • Kickoff returns. Jeff Smith had a good offensive touchdown but his time returning kicks should come to a close. He is afraid of any human contact and should just be used as a speed guy on offense.
All in all, there is plenty to improve on as a team, but you can't complain about the effort. The team leaves it all on the field every game and that is a great quality. The Eagles have a lot of positives to build on and they will have a MAJOR test next weekend at Lane Stadium vs. the Hokies. Go Eagles!!

Friday, October 2, 2009

BC vs. FSU - My Pick

This week, I have decided that I am going to give you guys a deeper look at my pick for the BC game. This weeks game, at home vs. FSU is a really confusing one to me, specifically because FSU has been so unpredictable this year. They played very well in a loss against a much improved Miami team, they then looked TERRIBLE while barely winning vs. a weak Jacksonville State team, then they proceeded to make one of the best BYU teams ever look like a FCS team and finally look brutal against South Florida. Who knows what is going to happen.

I personally, think it is going to be a very close game, especially now that the forecast calls for a 60%-80% chance of rain. The run games will be showcased and the team that can stop the run will probably win the game. That is one reason why I am kind of worried. BC's run defense has been alright, but it has been nothing special. However,I think the improvement we will see in Mike McLaughlin will really help out the Eagles.

All the hype around Gameday coming to Boston, and Mark Herzlich could help the Eagles come out flying and not let up all game or it could be a distraction, pump FSU and they Eagles could get blown out. There are too many variables for me in this game which is why I am not confident about this game at all.

Prediction: FSU 24, BC 21

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Week 5 Pick 5

Once again yours truely, was truely bad with his picks last week. But to my credit, I did pick BC right and was their really anyone outside of the USF fans who thought that they would beat an FSU team that just blew out a good BYU team.

Anyway here are my results from last week:
ACC: 3-2
National: 1-4

Here are my overall records:
ACC: 6-14
National: 6-12-2

So here we go again, if you are actually betting on a game, all you need to do is pick the opposite of what I pick and you got a sure thing!

All Odds taken from USA Today's NCAA Football Odds:
ACC Games (my picks in Bold)
Clemson -13 at Maryland
Virginia Tech -15.5 at Duke
Florida State -5 at Boston College
NC State at Wake Forest Pick 'em
Oklahoma -7 at Miami (Fl.)

National Games (my picks in Bold)
Southern Cal -6 at California
Auburn at Tennessee -2
Air Force at Navy -3.5
Penn State -6 at Illinois
UCLA at Stanford -5

Come back tomorrow for my game preview and links!! Go Eagles!

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