The CN Staff picks their five winners and losers of the weekend. A running total will be kept all season long and the last place winner gets a congratulatory case of Natty Lite.
Deace - Publisher
at Iowa State...This
is going to be a close, hard fought game, regardless of what a certain segment
of bumblebees believe. However, I keep going back to wondering if ISU can
really eliminate all those mental errors in just one week before playing the No.
8 team in the country. Right now, I'm not so sure. As much as I'd
love to hammer Hawkeye Nation on the radio Monday because of a Cyclone win, I
think Iowa gets it done, 24-20.
at Ohio State...For
the life of me I don't why players at Ohio State just can't keep their mouths
shut. Why would you run smack at Vince Young for goodness sakes?
Makes no sense. Still, the Buckeyes have never lost at the Horseshoe at
night, and I think that streak continues because those linebackers will back up
the smack by laying the smack down on the Texas running game.
a close, low-scoring game, 16-10.
Notre Dame at Michigan...The
Irish looked darned impressive in that rout of Pittsburgh, and when Bo
Schembechler is on national television telling the audience that the Michigan
offense is "atrocious" that speaks volumes. Notre Dame gets its first win
in The Big House since 1993, 28-24.
at Arizona State...Hurricane
Katrina has wrought havoc on thousands of lives and left nearly 1 million people
homeless. That has to impact the mental state and preparation of the
Tigers, who had to move this game to Tempe. The tragic distractions, not
to mention playing a top 25 team on the road to open the season, will lead to a
24-14 win for the Sun Devils.
tempting to with the Thundering Herd here, but we'll give the coach everyone
loves to hate the benefit of the doubt and say the Wildcats escape with a 38-31
Hersom – CN Staff Writer
Iowa State…Ok, so the Cyclones didn't look
all that great last week that doesn't mean that they are bad. Look at
Iowa's performance last year at
St. You hate to have a wake up call
but bringing the Clones back to earth may have been the best medicine. At least
they didn't loose. Can Stevie Hicks find the holes and avoid
Iowa's linebackers and can ISU's front
D-line put pressure on Tate? That will be the keys for the Cyclones to bring
back the Cy-Hawk trophy to Ames with the Clones winning, 27-23.
Ohio State..This could have been played in the
Rose Bowl but instead we see this as the best game of the week.
Texas's defensive line is tough and
will force Ohio State to throw. Vince Young is better
on the fly than Troy Smith and avoids the Hawk (AJ) & co, the linebacker for
the Buckeyes. TE David Thomas has a huge game and
Texas pulls out the victory at the
"Shoe", 14-10 in a defensive showdown.
Notre Dame at
Michigan…Is Notre Dame that good or
Pittsburg over rated? This week will find
out if the Irish have any luck on their side. The Wolverines are very tough at
home but the Irish do not fear the big house. This one is close but
Michigan's running game wears out Notre
Dame's defensive and holds on, 23-17 Michigan.
Arizona State…What a tough game for LSU. Is the
entire nation going to be pulling for them on this one? Emotion plays a big
factor and will carry them so far but because of the headache Katrina caused I
see the Sun Devils take advantage of a marquee team much like last year against
Iowa and pull out a squeaker, 24-23
Kansas State at
Marshall…The Wildcats need to make a
statement in this game to show that they can shrug off last years season. Last
week didn't prove much except that the defensive may be better than anticipated.
Look for the Wildcats to pull one out for the Big 12 in a Saturday that may not
be a good one for the conference, 20-17 KSU.
Amanda Ouverson – Website Coordinator
Iowa at Iowa State…It will be
close, it will be physical and it will be hard fought and in the end Iowa State
will take back the Cy-Hawk trophy with a 24-21. Tony Yelk will put the Cyclones
ahead with a long field goal and Jason Berryman will sack Drew Tate to secure
Ohio State…This is a tough one and I'm
divided on who to choose, but in the end I think I'll take
Ohio State 24-14.
Notre Dame at
Michigan…Hail to the Victors,
Michigan will win
Arizona State…With the game being at
Arizona State, I'll have to go with the Sun
Devils, 31-28, even though I'm pulling for LSU.
gonna go with Marshall,
35-28. Just because Oklahoma
threw me off last week.
Winterboer – CN Chief Operating Officer
Iowa at Iowa
State…If you have
listened to any sports talk radio or if you have seen any Hawkeye message board
posts you would swear Iowa will win this game by at least two if not three
touchdowns. Lou Holtz's comments
played right into Mac's hands and provided the exact kind of message material
Mac uses so well. Forget the above
mentioned Big 10 sarcasm, Iowa State will correct last week's mistakes
and launch an aerial assault on Iowa resulting in a 24-21
victory. Hawkeye Nation will go
into a state of shock and Sound Off will be the most entertaining show of the
Ohio State…Texas has tons of talent but how many
times have we seen them lose the big game?
Until Texas wins a Championship I will always
have a hard time picking them in a big game. Ohio State has won 36 straight
non-conference games at home and that streak will continue with
Ohio State winning in an ugly fashion. Of course the main reason
Ohio State will win is once again the fact
that a Big 12 team certainly couldn't beat any team from the most dominant
conference in the world, right?
Notre Dame at
Michigan…All I have heard all week long is
how great the Big 10 is this year and how bad the Big 12 will be. With that in mind, how could I dare pick
against the mighty Big 10 (note heavy sarcasm)? Michigan will beat Notre Dame in a closely
matched game but the dominance of the Big 10 will be the
Arizona State…This game will mean much more to
LSU than just getting a notch in the win column. Each victory will help hurricane victims
forget their problems for at least a few hours so look for LSU to bring a little
extra passion into this game. LSU
is 10-3 all time against current members of the PAC 10. Even thought
Arizona State has a very good team this year I
just don't see LSU losing this game.
Kansas State at
Marshall…Didn't Kansas State know
Marshall is a Division I-A team? What happened to playing the sisters of
the poor? This game must have been
scheduled prior to last season because I can't imagine
Kansas State would go on the road to a good
team like Marshall after the year
Kansas State just had. This would seem like an upset special
just waiting to happen but I'm not going to take the bait. For some reason my gut tells me
Kansas State will find a way to pull this one
out but don't expect it to be pretty.
Kansas State over
Marshall in a
Deace – 2-3
Hersom – 3-2