Bulletin Newsletter Volume 28 Issue 3
Volume 28, Issue 3 ~ Saturday, Sept 15 thru Monday, September 17
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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
VIRGINIA TECH at PITTSBURGH (12 p.m. ET): No doubt that the wheels already have come off regarding these 2012 Pitt Panthers who have been beaten by Youngstown State and Cincinnati right out of the proverbial chute but can first-year boss Chryst turn the beat around here against the 10-point fav VT Hokies? Note that HC Beamer’s guys have not always looked sharp so far on offense despite the 31 ppg average and QB Thomas (442 yards passing with 4 TDs and 0 INTs) still hasn’t gotten into a real nice rhythm despite those numbers. Gotta believe Thomas hands the ball off plenty here against moribund Pittsburgh defense that ranks – get this – 95th among FBS schools while allowing 231.5 yards a game. Ouch!
USC at STANFORD (7:30 p.m. ET): Major hype fest for this Pac-12 bash at “The Farm” and second-ranked Men of Troy really has the offense perking with QB Barkley fresh off a six-TD game against game Syracuse at the Jersey Meadowlands last week but it’s WR Woods (200 all-purpose yards in that clash including a nifty 76-run on a reverse) that has demonized the Cardinal in the past as he has 21 catches for 313 yards and 4 TDs in two prior games versus Stanford … wow! If Stanford’s gonna steal this one than RB Taylor must shine and note he’s rushed for 99 and 104 yards in past two duels with Troy Boys and should be ready to tote the mail 25-or-so times here.
BYU at UTAH (10 p.m. ET): Annual Bee Hive State battle has some major storylines here as Utes QB Wynn has quit the sport after another shoulder injury last week at Utah State plus there’s this little revenge factor going here as BYU champing at the bit after getting walloped 54-10 at home last year. Now, 2-and-oh BYU Coogs looking to make amends in the role of road favorite and note last year’s team committed a season-high seven turnovers in that ugly loss and so expect energetic QB Nelson to remind everyone to “hold on tight”. Did you know that BYU has lost four of its last five games in Salt Lake City and that includes a 17-16 loss two years ago and a 52-21 setback in 2004?
FLORIDA at TENNESSEE (6 p.m. ET): In case you had lost count, Florida’s won seven in a row SU (straight-up) in this rivalry game and you gotta go back to 2004 and the infamous Zook Era to find the last Tennessee won in this series (see 30-28 Vols). Now, Neyland Stadium will be rockin’ big-time but will the gang dressed in orange give Rocky Top fans something to shout about? Keep in mind that Tennessee WR Hunter – who tore up his knee in this game last year and missed most of the 2011 season – enters this SEC bash with 17 catches and three TDs already in early-season romps over N.C. State and Georgia State. If Hunter makes hay on a couple of those bubble screen pass plays, than the Gators may pay!
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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
TAMPA BAY at NY GIANTS (1 p.m. ET): The defending Super Bowl champs are “on the ropes” already following that season-opening 24-17 home loss to 3 ½-point pup Dallas and it’s tough to say what galled Giants HC Coughlin the most: Was it the shabby play of his secondary, all those drops by WR Cruz or the fact NYG’s offensive line caved in at all the wrong times? Here in this gotta-have-it home tilt against a Tampa Bay bunch that completely stifled Carolina QB Newton last week, the Jints need a true pick-me-up in the ground game and so the RB Bradshaw/Wilson combo must crack the century mark between ‘em … or else!
OAKLAND at MIAMI (1 p.m. ET): Sure hope the Raiders fine-tuned that long-snapping part of their game following the mess in last Monday’s 22-14 loss to San Diego. Okay, so not that the Oakland offense did enough to win that game anyway with RB McFadden rushing for mere 32 yards on 15 pops (yes, we know he had 15 receptions too!) and so the game plan for the visiting side here is to get McFadden more running room on the perimeter and keep QB Palmer mistake-free (see zero INTs against the Bolts). Hey, Miami fans, sit tight and hope wet-behind-the-ears QB Tannehill learns to throw the ball over oncoming linemen as last week’s ugly 30-10 loss in Houston featured a batch of battered balls with two of ‘em getting picked off by the aggressive Texans defense
DETROIT at SAN FRANCISCO (8:25 p.m. ET):Now that the Niners flexed their muscles and showed who was king of Lambeau Field with last week’s 30-22 win at 6-point favorite Green Bay, HC Harbaugh’s gang must “play it again” and that means LBs Willis and Bowman must be prime-time studs against active Lions QB Stafford who was cool as ice in leading game-winning touchdown against St. Loo last Sunday at Ford Field. Stafford – who threw for 355 yards in that 27-23 come-from-behind win – did chuck three first-half picks in that game and opportunistic SF defense quite capable of field-flipping plays here in this NBC nationally-televised tilt. Key for the host Niners here: Keep QB Smith on his two feet ‘cause the guy is more than just a “game manager” as evidenced by sharp 20-of-26, 211-yard, two-TD game showing a week ago.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
DENVER at ATLANTA (8:40 p.m. ET): No question that Broncos’ born-again QB Manning was all the rage in NFL Week 1 action but how about some applause for Falcons slinger Ryan? The much-maligned and still-young signal-caller threw for 299 yards and he teamed up neatly with WR Jones (6 catches for 108 yards and two TDs) in that rollicking 40-24 win at 2 ½-point dog Kansas City. Looks like everyone is expecting a shootout here as “totals” price rose from an opening line of 49 points to 51 ½ but extra day for both teams might have helped the defenses as much (or more) than the offenses. Think about it! One major key for Mr. Manning (253 yards passing and two TDs in the 31-19 win/cover against Pittsburgh last Sunday night) is the Broncos do need to chew up some ground yards and last week’s 94-yard rushing performance ain’t gonna be good enough here … trust us!
Alabama is 35-18 overall since early ‘08
Arizona is 6-14-1 away
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