The turning of the leaves, the smell of fresh grilled dogs, the crack of a cold beer, and the blinding of the college football fans’ eyes by the uniforms so beloved by the players of one of the best sports in the world. Florescent shoes, designs within designs, and 4 different helmets per team. College Football is here! Week one is now officially on the books, and we are here to help you out by determining the picks for the weak (Friday – Monday) to start the season. This year, we’re doing things with a twist, as every week a national writer will join me in an audio sucker punch of information to help garner stronger picks out of you every week! Our guest will analyze the top five games and make his or her picks in our top ten games every week. In week one, we will just break down nine, in memory of when week 1 had some meaning.
Not to be forgotten, the good ole boys here at tBBC will add our picks, and the daunting and daring What If Sports computer will be along for the ride. You know, the game predictin’ machine that makes the BCS system look like a prehistoric 3.5″ floppy. Screw a New Year’s Resolution. My goal this season is to beat the machine. Can I do it? Hell no. But you have a chance to brag all freakin’ fall and winter. Join us for all the fun by joining our Yahoo! Sports Pick’em pool. All you got to do is click join group, and type in these as your Group ID and Password:
The Expert Analysis:
David Fox of Yahoo! Sports and Rivals.com joins us this week to break down Boise/Georgia, LSU/Oregon and Notre Dame/USF. We break down the chances of the favorites, the evolution of the Notre Dame and USF programs as they both head into year two of their respected coach’s regime. We also breakdown the quarterback battle in Atlanta on Saturday night, as Sophomore Aaron Murphy is pitted up against touted senior Kellen Moore. And the battle of NCAA Violations gets underway on Saturday as well at Jerry Jones’ Place. David and I break down that game in regards to suspension and allegations as well.
Another bowl preview, this one gives a shout out to the men and women of our military-
The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl is a college football postseason game played at Ford Stadium in University Park, Texas. Previously known as the Fort Worth Bowl and first contested in 2003, the Armed Forces Bowl now matches up teams from the Mountain West Conference and Conference-USA. As part of the bowl’s 2010 arrangement, Army (U.S. Military Academy) is offered a bid to the game if either affiliated conference is unable to fill its slot with a bowl-eligible team.
Army Black Knights
Army will be led by their three headed monster in the backfield: Hassin, Maples, and Mealey lead the triple option attack that tries to grind it out. Look for Maples to have a big game if Army has a chance to pull the upset in this one.
Their Defense is led by star defensive end Josh McNary, the all-time leader in sacks at Army. Look for Army to move him around and try and get pressure and throw off the timing of SMU’s quick pass game.
June Jones leads an SMU team putting together one of their best seasons probably since Craig James and Eric Dickerson. The Mustangs already faced a military academy earlier in the season when they loss to Navy 28-21. And maybe in one of their best performances of the year they held a second half lead against TCU before TCU took over and won the game.
SMU is led by QB Kyle Padron in a version of the run and shoot, a quick paced offense where they will attempt to put the ball in the air alot. They also have their tailback Line who is 39 yds away from the second best rushing season in school history behind only Dickerson.
On defense the Mustangs are led by Sophomore LB Taylor Reed who had a team high 133 tackles include 20 against Navy! Senior LB Pete Fleps added 116 stops on the season- That is a combined 249 tackles between two guys!
Who Are We Picking?
Obviously I picked SMU so we know who is going to win! SMU opened as a 7 point favorite in ths game, but Army should have pride to play for being in their own bowl, and the fact that no one likes Craig James could sway things in their favor as well. Not much scientific thought went into this pick for many of us, because I can’t say I sat down and watched either of these teams plays ths year, other than SMU against TCU. So do with this as you will.