JackSmack: Issue #53

I won't even talk about Thursday's game against North Carolina State. Everyone needs a week to digest what happened in Death Valley. Nationally in college football last week, there was a good bit of important games. Oklahoma destroyed Iowa State in the rain, and Ohio State survived at Wisconsin.

Notre Dame handled Air Force, and Texas (whose still under the ‘big game' microscope) got a close win at Kansas State. Iowa won easy @ Indiana, and So. Cal won big at home against Washington. N.C. State won by 2 over Duke, and Alabama routed Ole Miss.

Oklahoma State beat Nebraska for the 1st time since either my editor or myself have been alive. Michigan squeaked out a 2 pt. win @ Purdue, and Minnesota destroyed Michigan State in East Lansing. Also, Cal beat UCLA, Kentucky won @ Arkansas, and Arizona State handed Oregon its 1st loss.

Before I go over this week's games to watch, here are some injury updates.

--LSU QB Matt Mauck is out for 2 months.

--UNC QB Darius Durant is out for the season.

--Georgia RB Musa Smith and WR Fred Gibson are out this Saturday.


Miami (-18 ½) @ West Virginia
(17) Penn State @ (4) Ohio State (-4 ½)
(5) UGA (-5) @ Kentucky
(6) Notre Dame @ (13) FSU (-10)
(18) Iowa State @ (7) Texas (-13)
(14) Iowa @ (8) Michigan (-3 ½)
(10) LSU (-3 ½) @ Auburn
(16) So. Cal (-1 ½) @ (12) Oregon
(19-AP) Alabama @ (15) Tennessee (-2)
Texas Tech @ (20) Colorado (-6)
Washington @ (25) Arizona State (-3 ½)

Last week's picks were decent. I nailed the pick of the week with West Virginia covering easy. Colorado also covered, but Iowa State was a bad take, and Florida blows a big lead for me. Overall, I am (14-11) and (5-1) on picks of the week. This week, I like VT (-28 ½) vs. Temple and Texas A&M (-5) vs. Nebraska. My pick of the week is FSU (-10) over Notre Dame.

On to the NFL, where I believe things are starting to shape up. Let's take a look at the divisions:

East: Buffalo is within one game of Miami after winning @ Miami.

North: Pittsburgh and Baltimore are tied at (3-3) with a ½ game lead over Cleveland.

South: Indy holds a one game lead over Jacksonville as both lost last week.

West: San Diego (6-1), Denver (5-2), Oakland (4-2)

East: Philly moved their lead up to one game over the idle Giants.

North: Green Bay still has a huge lead.

South: NO took a one game lead over Tampa Bay who is switching QB's this week.

West: San Fran and Arizona are tied at (4-2).

Some notes:
--Carolina has lost 4 in a row after a (3-0) start.

--St. Louis has won 2 in a row after an (0-5) start.

--Oakland has lost 2 in a row after a (4-0) start.

--And again, 8 of the top 9 rusher's teams won last week.

This week's games to watch:
Pittsburgh (-2) @ Baltimore
Tampa Bay (-7) @ Carolina
Seattle @ Dallas (-2 ½)
Oakland (-2 ½) @ KC
Atlanta @ NO (-4)
Arizona @ SF (-8)
Denver @ NE (-3)
Indy (-1) @ Washington
NYG @ Philly (-7)

Last week's picks were pretty solid. I hit my 1st NFL pick of the week with the Jets covering easy over the Vikings. St. Louis was an easy cover over Seattle, and although you could have gotten (+3) for KC, I'll take it as a loss. Overall, I am (6-9) and (1-4) on picks of the week. This week, my pick of the week is the Eagles on Monday Night (-7) over the Giants. I also like Tennessee (-5 ½) @ Cincinnatti, and Denver (+3) @ NE.

By the way, what a great World Series. Bonds homers in each of the 1st 3 games while Glaus is tied with Bonds with the most homeruns hit in one postseason at 7. It's (3-3), and Game 7 will tell us how the season will end. Agree? Disagree? Feel free to e-mail Jack at: jacksmackcu01@yahoo.com.

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