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Saturday, September 08, 2007

The real question to be asked this beautiful September morning is whether or not Notre Dame, let alone anyone, can win with a quarterback named Jimmy. Somebody please remind Jimmy Clausen that he does not race for NASCAR. The NASCAR "Jimmy" ratio is off the charts. I cite, for example: Jimmy Smith, Jimmy Johnson and Jimmy Spencer as just a few examples. The Jimmy-ratio gets even better when you drop down a few circuits.

Grown men with last names ending in 'Y' has always been hard for me to understand. The name has been the subject of sitcom ridicule and even adopted as an American colloquial term for 'rigging' something. And rigging is exactly what Notre Dame has been forced to do in week 2. Friends, save Penn State and Wisconsin, this is going to be a tough year for the rust belt. Indiana is a pick-em against Western Michigan. Western Michigan, folks.

Michigan vs Oregon OVER 64 200 Points
The game is the return of a 2003 matchup, when the Ducks (1-0) pulled off two coups: They got a home game with Michigan and then upset the Wolverines. So we know that Oregon can beat Michigan even when Michigan does not evidence the potential of being a really crappy team. Conventional wisdom is that a team that got its comeuppance like the Wolverines did against Appalachian State rebounds in a big way. This is a classic Pac-10 spread-offense vs. Big-10 grinder-ball match-up that only Keith Jackson can frame with his eloquant words. It's Jonathan Stewart vs. Mike Hart in this matchup. Michigan's passing game had only 233 yards (just 187 before the Hail Mary to Mario Manningham) and one touchdown last week, but this is not the team against whom the Wolverines should start throwing the ball. Junior rover/safety Patrick Chung was a Pac-10 honorable mention pick last year as were sophomores Jairus Byrd and Walter Thurmond III. Oregon's defense allowed 545 yards last week to Houston and there's little reason Michigan can't move the ball...but they need to do that in quarters 2-4 ON THE GROUND with Hart. Look for Oregon to keep things close using the spread option with two dynamic running backs in Jonathan Stewart and Jeremiah Johnson that they can platoon and still have energy as the game wears on. Michigan wins 38-35 and you cover.

California -14 vs Colorado State 200 Points: California has a well diversified offense with outstanding special teams. Getty-up

Penn State -17.5 vs Notre Dame 100 Points: "Jimmy goes down. Jimmy don't feel good. Jimmy feels small."

Northwestern -10 vs Nevada 100 Points: The pistol won't work against the Big 10 or Big 12. Nebraska proved this last week.

Washington +3 vs Boise State 200 Points: Washingon is a better team than everyone things. Boise State hit their apex last year. Watch U-dub's Jake Locker grab another 300+ yard in total offense today.

Washington State vs San Diego State OVER 49.5 500 Points Two teams that take to the air with no defenses and no returning starters in either of their secondaries. Ummmm...1+1 = 49.5.

UCLA -7.5 vs BYU 200 Points
BYU visits UCLA, on the heels of its 38-8 Las Vegas Bowl lashing of Oregon in 2006, and last week's 20-7 flummoxing of Arizona. But I still like UCLA at home. They put 45 points on the board against Stanford last week and they are the number 13 team in the nation at home. Olsen will put the BYU win streak to an end.

Lastly, Roberto-Gato is getting into amateur photography of late. I would like to present to you my first piece de resistance. I call it: "Blues-poop".


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