JackSmack: Issue #54

Well Tiger fans, that was about as embarrassing and humiliating as it gets. A (38-6) loss at home against the Wolfpack on national TV not only hurts the fans, but it hurts our program all around, especially recruiting. We were actually down by 3 touchdowns before I finished my first cigarette.

Now, we are (4-4) and (2-3) in the not so strong ACC. We need to win out and it starts this weekend with a game @ Duke. This game scares me, and it's is no gimme, especially considering the way we've been playing lately.

On to the rest of college football, where nationally, there were some interesting games last week. Miami was tested by West Virginia, but got by with a nice 2nd half surge. Ohio State slipped by Penn State behind some very nice defense, and UGA won big @ Kentucky with an impeccable 3rd quarter. Notre Dame won big @ FSU and looked nice on both sides of the ball silencing all the critics including me. Iowa won easily @ Michigan and is eyeing the Rose Bowl. Auburn won big over the Matt Mauck-less LSU Tigers.

Also, Colorado won easy over Texas Tech, and So. Cal won big @ Oregon which gives the once undefeated Ducks 2 losses in a row. Alabama won easy @ Tennessee and moved up in the AP poll to # 12. They look like the best in the West and it looks like they may send a 3 loss conference team to play UGA in the SEC Championship. That's not going to help the Dawgs.

If you take a look at the BCS, Oklahoma is in if they win out. They probably get Colorado twice and they have to play @ A&M, so it's definitely not a done deal. But with Notre Dame only percentage points behind Miami, it looks like if they both win out, the defending champion ‘Canes could get left out of the mix. This is considering that a win @ So. Cal is going to cross out a Miami win over VT. One thing that could help Miami would ironically be a Florida victory. That would be this weekend over Georgia. And how about Iowa going to the Rose Bowl, with a possibly undefeated Ohio State team going to another BCS Bowl. I guess we'll just have to see what happens.

Games to keep an eye on this week:

(12) Colorado @ (2) OU (-12 ½)
Pitt @ (3) VT (-13)
(19) Minnesota @ (4) Ohio State (-14)
(5) UGA (-2) vs. (22) Florida (in Jacksonville)
(7) Texas (-3 ½) @ Nebraska
(17) Arizona State @ (9) Wash. State (-7 ½)
(20) FSU (-10) @ WF
Mizzou @ (23) Iowa State (-9 ½)
(24) Colo. St. (-1) @ Air Force (Thurs. Nt.)

I fell apart on my college picks last week going (0-3) with FSU, A&M, and VT. Overall, I'm (14-14) and (5-2) on my picks of the week. I really like my games this week, though. I got West Virginia (-6 ½) @ Temple, Minnesota (+14) @ Ohio State, and my pick of the week is Kentucky (-4) @ Mississippi State.

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

East: Buffalo pulled within a ½ game of idle Miami.

North: Pittsburgh moved into 1st after winning @ Baltimore, but Cleveland remained only a ½ game back.

South: Indy loses 2 in a row and holds a 1 game lead over Tennessee and Jacksonville (losers of 3 straight).

West: SD (6-1), Denver (6-2), Oakland (4-3), and KC (4-4). Best division in football hands down.

East: Philly moved 2 games up after whipping the Giants.

North: Idle Green Bay has a 4 game lead already.

South: NO and TB are tied with Atlanta lurking and playing well. As much as I respect Favre and Bledsoe, the 2 best QB's right now are McNabb and Vick, and I don't think it's going to be too long before Vick is the best. Realize that he doesn't even have any receivers.

West: San Fran took a one game lead after beating Arizona.

-- The Bengals are (0-7) after a tough call where they almost beat the Titans who are suddenly playing for 1st place.

-- Carolina has lost 5 straight after starting (3-0).

-- Oakland has lost 3 straight after starting (4-0).

-- NE has lost 4 straight after starting (3-0).

-- Chicago has lost 5 straight after starting (2-0).

This week's games to keep an eye on:

NE @ Buffalo (-2)
Baltimore @ Atlanta (-7)
Pittsburgh (-3) @ Cleveland
Tennessee @ Indy (-3 ½)
NYJ @ SD (-7 ½)
SF @ Oakland (-3)
St. Louis (-3) @ Arizona
Jax @ NYG (-3)
Miami @ GB (-4)

Well, I finally came through in my pro picks, going (3-0) with an easy pick of the week. Overall, I'm (9-9) and (2-4) on picks of the week. This week, I like Cinci (+3) @ Houston and the Giants (-3) vs. Jax on Sunday Night. My pick of the week is the Eagles again (-6 ½) @ Chicago.

The World Series was good even without marquee names. I thought Bonds should have won the MVP, but Glaus had good enough numbers on the winning team. Game 6 was it, as the Giants were tasting champagne before the Angels made an unbelievable comeback.

Agree? Disagree? Feel free to e-mail me at: jacksmackcu01@yahoo.com.

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