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Unbiased Picks: Clemson @ Miami

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Daron: Miami vs. Clemson
Justin: probably the last chance to beat Miami without it being a massive upset
Daron: you know, Mr. Harris and his line has yet to see a pass rush like that of Messrs Bowers and Sapp
Justin: true story
Daron: they are impressive, and their DTs are good too
Justin: there aren’t many teams that sport a duo like that. But i don’t trust Clemson to complete shut em down
Daron: no. hell no.
Justin: and I don’t know if they can score enough
Daron: consistent play for a whole game?
Justin: despite what happened last week
Daron: silly talk. You know, I think they CAN. They have the weapons
Justin: Korn and Parker have combined to go an awesome 6 TDs and 6 Ints
Daron: yeah. Blows my mind
Justin: Parker’s actually completely less than 50%!!
Daron: establish the ground game, run at Sean Spence and Eric Moncur and Co?
Justin: because clemson is so good at using Spiller, do you know how many carries he has?
Daron: we’ve been over this…we went over it earlier. don’t make my head explode
Justin: 94. In 6 games and he’s only averaging 5 per carry
Daron: he is fifth in the conference in rushing yards
Justin: and if i steal his 66 yard carry, he’s got 93 carries for 400 yards. How is that possible
Daron: 466… a little over half of the first place guy \
Justin: yes sir
Daron: Clemson, fifth in the league in rushing yards
Justin: despite Spiller and Recruiting hero Ellington, who despite being a recruiting hero, checks in 4 spots below DAVIN MEGGETT in yards…
Daron: 145.2 per game. number 4 in conf, my b
Justin: they have shut teams down, but one of those was in the BC no offense fest, so stats are a bit skewed
Daron: INTERESTING thing to note: league leader in Ints: McDaniel, from Clemson with five
Justin: dang, and they have 10 as a team
Daron: sooo, be careful throwing
Justin: indeed. Scoreboard?
Daron: my problem is I WANT Clemson to win, but I think Miami has it. 31-27? 31-20? Somwhere round there
Justin: Going with Miami as Florida 2 years ago, I’m gonna say they drop this one in an ugly game
Daron: I can see that
Justin: 24-13
Daron: HELL, I’d LOVE to see that

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Unbiased Picks: Penn State @ Michigan

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Justin: Penn State! Michigan! Referees at Michigan! It’s a death match!
Daron: Honestly, I think PSU’s defense will be probelmatic for M. But, I think we all knew that M was going to have more problems once they got into the meat of their schedule
Justin: Michigan has not accelled against the big 10 defenses, save indiana
Daron: excelled?
Justin: same thing
Daron: or is that short for accelerated?
Justin: i had that. i don’t know, Fuck english
Daron: hahahaha indeed
Justin: they did OK about Iowa
Daron: However, Penn State has yet to have their offense, you know, show up
Justin: 20 points against minnesota is less than impressive. Sadly, michigan’s defense may be just the recipe needed to fix that
Daron: granted, it was 19 points more than they needed
Justin: indeed. Plus, rushing game woke up a bit with 137 from Royster. And Michigan can’t afford the “Make Daryll Clark beat us” approach, so there should be room to run
Daron: he’s capable, and so is who ever is in the slot because it’s either brown on the slot receiver, or Mike
Justin: The Mike, AKA the touchdown maker
Daron: yeah Angry Michigan Safety Hating God continues his reign
Justin: It’ll be interesting to see what PSU does with their O-Line here, because, amazingly, Michigan’s D-line is probably the second best they’ve seen and is turning into a good-very good line
Daron: yeah, you think they double graham?
Justin: I think you have to, so it comes down to the other side and gotta get pressure from Mike Martin. UFRs have been increasingly kind to Van Bergen
Daron: or Roh…
Justin: It’ll be interesting to see if Roh can tackle Clark.
Daron: Not sure he can, but yeah
Justin: He’s never tackled a man that size, so could be a shock
Daron: hahaha, so very true. A welcome to the Big Televen moment?
Justin: Yeah I could totally see that. So I think the D-line’s gotta completely stone them and hope Clark forgets where Warren plays
Daron: hahaha
Justin: and that Woolfolk can continue to play okay
Daron: true
Justin: I think Michigan’s probably still gotta score somewhere north of 24 points to win this game and I don’t know that I see that
Daron: yeah, not sure I do either
Justin: Forcier’s gotta play sharp…not the Big 10 forcier. ND Forcier.
Daron: truth
Justin: Molk coming back could be big though…if the line improves, it’s not out of the question
Daron: well, the line is gonna be rough, too. Well, these DTs are better than any they’ve played yet
Justin: also true
Daron: which’ll produce a different sorta pressure
Justin: So Molk coming back, obviously key
Daron: yeah
Justin: Penn State leads the big 10 in just about all defense
Daron: and the LBs, if they produce any pressure
Justin: though they haven’t so much played any offenses
Daron: that Defense is rough, regardless of whom they’ve played
Justin: definitely. you can’t play any better about the competition than they have. I’m thinking that this will be a close game. I think Forcier has a rebound game at home, but ultimately comes up short … 31-21, visitors
Daron: hmmm, I think it’s low scoring
Justin: 6-4?
Daron: because M’s D isn’t gonna be enough to really jump the PSU offense much. 21-17?
I see a few more mistakes from the QB spot coming
Justin: No freshman quarterback has ever made a terrible turnover mistake against Penn State
Daron: true, nor will they! But anyways, something in the 21-17, 24-21 range. If PSU can’t murder Illinois by more than 18, then, you know, it could be close.
Justin: Obviously it’s clear PSU is no Indiana

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Unbiased Picks: Iowa @ Wisconsin

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Justin: Iowa?
Daron: sure thing, hot pants
Justin: First, F Iowa. Second, god what an ugly team
Daron: said, of course, for the people of this website and, well, everyone with a soul
Justin: yeah
Daron: it represents the Azerbaijan of the Midwest
Justin: exactly
Daron: you thought they were gonna be pretty?
Justin: well no, this is brad banksless Kirk Ferentz team
Daron: the problem here, in my opinion, and I’m not sure Iowa fans (who are more informed, I’ll grant you) will agree…is Ricky Stanzi, is he an upgrade over Christiansen? Seems that way, but WHERE THE HELL IS HE THROWING? Honestly? I mean, sometimes he looks ridiculously good, but still
Justin: this shit is just…uneven
Daron: exactly
Justin: without a run game to speak of
Daron: there’s no predicting the STANZIBALL
Justin: whatever happens, you know iowa is playin a close ass game
Daron: it’s on-again, off-again, as well…I thought their O-line would be better than it is. Could just be working Bulaga back into the rotation, I suppose, and switching out their guards (Vandervelde being moved for Reiff, I think?)
Justin: not a clue sir
Daron: anyway, they’re playing Wisconsin
Justin: who has ish of their own
Daron: who statistically dominated Ohio State, only to be blown out?!
Justin: This is true
Daron: Now, Iowa doesn’t blow out people not named Lolphers, if i remember correctly. For that beautiful porcine figurine…so, say they keep this close
Justin: IT HAPPENED
Daron: Is it then a battle of Tolzien vs. Stanzi, who can be more efficient? Because, let’s be honest
Tolzien handed 14 points to tOSU.
Justin: As an aside we need to cover a minnesota game, just to point to PLAY FOR BREW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Daron: and Stanzi did half that with M
Justin: I don’t trust this Iowa team to win out. But i dont’ think it’s comin here
Daron: so I guess you say Stanzi wins, even without Paul Chaney? I mean, they still have DJK, McNutt, and Stross. Plus Moeaki
Justin: yeah i have to believe they have enough weapons. If Fresno has enough weapons
Daron: Unless Clay imposes his will on their D and my heart. I mean on Iowa…
Justin: No you dont.
Daron: no, I don’t. i think this one is of the 24-13 variety
Daron: yeah, I was thinking 17-24
Justin: so, anyway, yeah, 24-13 Iowa. And to end it, i will include a picture of beautiful Kinnick Stadium, because, well i love it

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Unbiased Picks: Virginia Tech @ Georgia Tech

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Daron: VT-GT
Justin: okay, this is an interesting one
Daron: yes
Justin: i forgotted about the Techs
Daron: one team with a helluva offense (occasionally), but no evidence of D anywhere, despite saying they have one. think of one of those old movies where a woman masquerades as a man because that’s georgia tech. hoping no one peeps under its cap and sees it is wearing makeup
Justin: its true…and dont look now, but Tyrod Taylor can sorta throw! errr maybe I should say “Taylor can throw! Against Duke!”
Justin: Also, holy shit balls…Ryan Williams is the proud owner of 734 rushing yards in 6 games
Daron: yeah. he’s good. very good
Justin: this team’s gonna be able to run over everyone next year
Daron: Taylor can throw
Justin: ish
Daron: yes
Justin: no now that i look at this, Taylor still can’t throw. he has 150 more yards than Nesbitt, who REALLY can’t throw
Daron: efficiency of 159.6
Justin: hasn’t thrown picks, sure, but does get sacked a lot
Daron: I’m just saying
Justin: And Morgan burnett is opportunistic at safety, so he can’t f around too much
Daron: you know how many td’s taylor threw last year? 2. yards? 1036. So this year is a MASSIVE improvement for him.
Justin: true story, i didn’t realize it was the bad
Daron: (granted, he was yanked for Glennon last year, so he split time)
Justin: a terrible thing in itself
Daron: yeah, that says it all…YANKED. FOR. GLENNON.
Daron: VT can score now, GT can’t stop them. GT can score, VT can stop them some
Justin: yeah. i’m excited for this random 6:00 game
Daron: well, who wouldn’t be? I think VT by 12
Justin: okay
Daron: I think VT 30-28, so I revise my statement to “I think VT by 2 SHUT THE HELL UP”
Justin: I’m torn
Daron: Am I a little late?
Justin: But, I will say VT by 13
Daron: and you’re lying on the bathroom floor?
Justin: i like it
Daron: Right?

Torn Video (Mike’s Note: Can you believe Sony BMG disabled embedding for this video? Would that cost them a lot of Natalie Imbruglia sales?)

Justin: People doubted we could work Natalie Imbruglia into this conversation…BUT WEVE DONE IT
Daron: Well, they can go to hell
Justin: 31-17

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Unbiased Picks: Oklahoma vs Texas

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Daron: Red River Gun Violence
Justin: Texas sure doesn’t like to start games
Daron: no they don’t
Justin: they finish em
Daron: and OU doesn’t like to block in theirs.
Justin: that’s bad when Sergio Kindle’s hanging about
Daron: yeah, however…OU has a defense
Justin: They always do. They had one last year, and Texas lit it up
Daron: it’s one thing to recover from your slow start against Wyoming or Colorado…it’s entirely another against these guys, particularly without the top two rbs, which I believe Texas is missing
Justin: Yea it’s gonna be Fozzy and Cody Johnson. But lets face it: This is Colt’s team
Daron: clearly, and he’ll be throwing to shipley
Justin: a lot
Daron: and we’ll hear about they are damned roommates. A lot.
Justin: dude Shipley has 47 catches in 5 games
Daron: and their dads were roommates. That storyline will not die. Ugh. Yeah but he’s having a great year
Justin: colts been sacked…6 times. that’s unreal
Daron: yeah…but he ain’t played anyone, either
Justin: also has a nice 73 completion % (which is in fact down 3 points from last year). He was last years leading rusher on this team. So I think that basically, Oklahoma’s gotta score.
Daron: I do not trust this Texas team. I do not trust it one bit: it has played no one, and it still played like shit (for three quarters. Also, Dr. Seuss FTW)
Justin: i’ll give you the sloppiness and the Seuss, obvi
Daron: yeah, I’m just leery of a team this untested so far into the season against a team that, yeah, has lost, but at least it has had battles
Justin: maybe it’s not that I like Texas as much as i think Oklahoma just flat out isn’t as good as it has been
Daron: and this is true
Justin: this is the difference
Daron: Their scoring average is buoyed by KO’s of lesser competition as well. As is their defensive PPG
Justin: OU has been mighty impressive in its three wins…how about 142-7 (!!!)
Daron: which is nice, yes
Justin: but notched just 33 points in it’s losses.
Daron: true true, all good points
Justin: they got to Jacory Harris and forced picks early. They gotta do that
Daron: But, you know the one way to toughen up a young O-line? Throw those big goons in the fire
Justin: As much shit as that line gets, theyve only given up 5 sacks. IF murray and brown can run they have a chance. If not, well, i don’t think i’s all that close
Daron: the run game is key. however I’m still saying Boomer Sooner
Justin: only Oklahoma’s run game. Texas can and has won without it
Daron: According to Tim Griffin at ESPN’s Big XII blog “The key to success in the Texas-Oklahoma game Saturday — as it almost always seems to be — will be running the ball. Since the Big 12 was formed in 1996, the team that rushed for the most yardage has won 11 of the 13 games, including every game but once since 1997. Both teams will struggle against fearsome run defenses, but the team that is the most patient should have the most success.”
I give you: Vindication, via source!
Justin: this may be true, but i still say no
Daron: I don’t think Texas wins without running either, unless their D is playing otherworldly. And it might, hell if I know…but still
Justin: score
Daron: I’m going battletested angry sooners, 38-35
Justin: ill go 35-21 Texas
Daron: Mack Brown will NOT get another big XII title. And it will be hilarious. I will giggle inanely like a small child hearing a dirty word

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Unbiased Picks: USC @ Notre Dame

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Justin: USC-ND
Daron: We have SC’s defense, allowing 8 pts a game, going against ND’s offense, which is scoring about 32. That said, if there is a year when ND makes this happen, it’s this one.
Justin: this is true
Daron: (now that I’ve genuflected in the direction of conventional wisdom)
Justin: im interested to see what gives here
Daron: I think SC’s defense puts it on ND’s offense
Justin: Now, starting with the O-line of ND: they don’t give up sacks. Less than 2 per game.
Daron: and SC is a bunch of sack-a-holics: 21 on the season. Here’s the key, from what I can tell: ND’s ground game will be the difference
Justin: yeah, see if shows up
Daron: As they need to convince Taylor Mays to NOT play deep centerfield
Justin: true
Daron: you put him and a corner on tate, and those lovely bombs will go nowhere
Justin: yeah that’s the big problem without Floyd. Get this: Floyd is still second on the team in receiving by nearly 100 yards. Kyle Rudolph is behind him.
Daron: yeah, that’s crazy
Justin: and over the next wideout by nearly 300 yards. Floyd has more yards in his 3 games than all of the wrs on ND not named Tate combined
Daron: hahahaha hilarious. As an aside, him getting back in November could be crucial to an ND BCS berth
Justin: It’ll be interesting to see if SC can run the ball. Michigan was able to…
Daron: and Nevada was not
Justin: MSU was so so, they sorta abandoned it but were okay.
Daron: Purdon’t was subpar. And USC struggled to run against tOSU
Justin: tOSU also still features one of the best D’s in the country
Daron: but that’s an entirely different defence than the very generous one that gives up 23 a game in South Bend.
Justin: So whatcha got
Daron: I got SC 27, ND 14. I think ND struggles to move the ball and SC does as well. And one of their TD’s is a Defensive…scratch that, 27-21. That’s better. I doubt they hold ND to 14
Justin: i liked the first one a bit better
Daron: you would
Justin: this is the first defense theyve played, which i think that alone is good for a shock. 31-14

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Unbiased Picks: Justin Goes Solo

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So Daron couldn’t make this week, as he decided that going on a date on Thursday was more important than doing our picks. Needless to say, there are priorities that need to be realigned. So I’m on my own for picks and what to watch for this week. Here are the four games that I am most anxiously awaiting.

Michigan at Iowa. So Tate Forcier single-handedly carried Michigan through into overtime before throwing an ill-advised throw thanks to some tough pressure (an ongoing theme for the Michigan offense…more on that later). Obviously Tate loves these pressure situations, which is what he’ll find himself in Kinnick on Saturday night. Meanwhile, Iowa completely dominated Sun Belt powerhouse Arkansas State, the perfect way of following up the win in Happy Valley. I’m sensing a trend for Iowa against bad teams…Good thing this is the Big 10 and there are no bad teams? Going back to the very questionable offensive line of the Wolverines, I think that Iowa’s hellacious front seven full of NFL prospects gets the best of Michigan, as David Molk’s loss is really gotta hurt Michigan’s chances. Iowa 24, Michigan 14

GT at Florida State. This game is incredibly interesting for two reasons. One, I love Paul Johnson’s offense. Despite GT’s struggles, this offense actually has better numbers (I know right? How?), even with a couple tough losses. Meanwhile, on the other side, Florida State is in the midst of the biggest crisis in recent college football history. The Florida State fans are trying to organize a blackout of Doak Campbell. And not the good kind. More like the “wear black to celebrate the death of Bobby Bowden’s legacy” kind of blackout. If Florida State doesn’t win this game, I fully expect Bobby Bowden to have to resort to hiding, the use of body doubles, and some flaming couches (again, not the good kind). Both Boston College and South Florida were able to run the ball successfully against the ‘Noles, though it may not be useful to compare those teams to GT given the different styles of running. Because I will perennially root for chaos and destruction, I see Georgia Tech 27 Florida State 21 .

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A Black Out to Remember

Alabama at Ole Miss. Alabama has been perhaps the most impressive team in the country thus far in the young 2009 season. The blog poll from MgoBlog at CBS Sports has them ranked above both Florida and Texas (not least because of the resume rankers, who refuse to use any preseason poll to rank teams in the season). McElroy has proven to be an extremely confident replacement for the much under-appreciated (but nonetheless sexy?) John Parker Wilson. Plus, they have one of the best sets of running backs in the country in Upchurch, Grant, Ingram and Trent Richardson. Meanwhile, Ole Miss has fallen hard from #4 after their loss to the OBC. I think it’s safe to say that nobody really thought they were the 4th best team in the country, but they are really getting drilled for that loss. I think Ole Miss keeps it close in Oxford, but Alabama manages to pull away a bit in the end…Alabama 31, Ole Miss 17

Florida at LSU Will Tebow play? I would bet that he plays on Saturday night. That said, I bet Brantley sees time. Urban Meyer said today on CFB Live on ESPN that the noise in Tiger Stadium (where LSU fans have been drinking in preparation for this game since roughly 1998) could worsen Tebow’s symptoms and cause him pain. Though I don’t envy Brantley going into Tiger Stadium, I think Florida can win without Tebow. It’s likely that you’ll see more creative ways of getting the ball in the hands of Rainey and Brandon James (Probably lots of Percy-ball to these two). I think the real question is whether LSU can score. Their offense has been just good enough in just about every game thus far this season; And they may have needed a bit of help from the refs last week. And Florida is undoubtedly the best defense that they have play thus far this season. But…I’m gonna go with the upset on this one: LSU just doesn’t lose at home at night (They haven’t lost since 2002 at night at home). Upset special: LSU 17, Florida 13.

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Unbiased Picks: LSU @ Georgia

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Justin: LSU-Georgai
Daron: that makes Georgia sound like a tribe conquered by Rome. I like it, but that aside
Justin: indeed
Daron: LSU has lived by producing turnovers. UGA has lived in spite of their absurd amount of turnovers… soooooooooooo Is this a tailor made sitch for ol’ Les Miles?
Justin: yea i think the Ginger ninja’s really gonna have to do something
Daron: or, is UGa gonna quit screwing around and finally hold on to the ball
Justin: what? 5 Picks in 4 games isn’t good enough???
Daron: yeah, and the fumbling…don’t forget the fumbling
Justin: 7 fumbles in 4 games. 12 turnovers in 4 games…that ain’t gonna fly
Daron: Messrs King and Samuels are not fans of ball control. And LSU is nothing if not opportunistic
Justin: yeah
Daron: frankly, to this point, that’s really ALL it’s been…they can’t run the ball
for reasons passing understanding
Justin: yeah, because Charles Scott is an animal. They are winning by the fact that they have 7 picks. Wich is not good for Cox. Though, Cox has AJ Green, which is not good for LSU
Daron: Charles Scott is an inefficienct and thus far uneffective animal
Justin: true tory
Daron: I have to believe LSU’s secondary is the best UGa has played yet. SC’s isn’t bad,
but purely based on physical talent, I’m not sure it’s equal to LSU’s…as few teams have anywhere near the talent LSU has
Justin: true
Daron: anyways, I think LSU catches UGA up. LSU will save their big mess up till later. I think LSU 30, UGa 26.666666666
Justin: I will say that the top 5 teams falling trend continues: Georgia wins, 31-17

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Unbiased Picks: USC @ California

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Justin: USC-Cal?
Daron: REDEMPTION GAME!!!!!! USC sucked against Wazzou. See Doc Saturday for the best breakdown of that: needless turnovers, horrible third down conversion percentage, completely ruined the fact that they averaged 8 YARDS PER SNAP! Not run! Not pass! SNAP. What.The.HELL
Justin: wow, putting up only 28 with that is piss poor
Daron: yes, seriously, this season…are you ready for this? this blew my mind. THIS SEASON THEY ARE CONVERTING 25% OF THEIR THIRD DOWNS! 25?!?!?!?! 114th in the nation
Justin: wow, that’s just terrible. Barkley continues to be freshmantastic
Daron: with all of that talent and all of those other stats. it boggles the mind! the team is just plain sloppy
Justin: you want mind boggling? how about this: Cal surrendered 524 yards, including 236 on the ground and 288 in the air against Oregon.
Daron: well, USC has a chance to break 30% on third then, huh?
Justin: Conversely, Cal netted only 207 yards
Daron: yes, that was mindblowing, and a good example of why the season isn’t over when you lose one game. Really, for either team
Justin: Cal, despite grabbing 3 fumbles, only scored 3 points. a team with Javhid Best
Daron: that, sir, is capitalizing
Justin: 1 point per TO! Huzzah!
Daron: I imagine they feel the same.
Justin: So who walks outta this one with P10 title hopes?
Daron: welllllllllll, here’s the funny thing
Justin: both, probably
Daron: I think Cal can lose this and still win a title. yeah. I think USC has less margin for error if they lose this because, hell, that’s two losses already and one is to U-Dub; No game is off the table at that point
Justin: True, with Oregon still on teh schedule
Daron: And I don’t trust Oregon to not lose two more. Really, I think we say a nasty bout of mediocrity up top
Justin: true story
Daron: but that aside, this game. This magic game of who wants redemption a little more/who somehow finds a way to be less of a screw-up
Justin: yeah
Daron: I want to say Cal. but that’s just it: I WANT to say Cal…after last week, though? really?
Justin: Yeah Kevin riley’s performance will not allow me to do it.
Daron: is that how they’ll play against actual defenses?
Justin: USC, 27-13
Daron: yeah
Justin: ehhhhhhh 21-13
Daron: better…I was thinking 24-17. A little drama
Justin: too much stupid from behind the center
Daron: a little accidental scoring. I am still appalled at USC’s stats…watch those bastards beat both Cal and Oregon, but come in second or third because they drop games to OSU and Arizona
Justin: so possible.
Daron: blech

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Unbiased Picks: Michigan @ Michigan State

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Justin: So Michigan Vs.Michigan State
Daron: A surprisingly effective offense vs. a surprisingly effective offense. And a suspect defense vs. a shockingly suspect defense
Justin: and two defenses that seemingly can’t stop ANYBODY
Daron: yeah, MSU can stop the run, but not the pass. UM is moderately accomplished against the pass, less so against the run.
Justin: First MSU
Daron: 1-3, desperate for a win
Justin: they let Wiscy throw for 243 and 4 (!!) Tds
Daron: well, Mr. Tolzien is a hero, a veritable god among QB
Justin: and throw in 142 yards and a TD to John Clay
Daron: who will get his! he’s too big and sexy to be denied
Justin: and you get yourself 436 Net Offense to a team taht only scored 28 points against N. Illinois
Daron: (disclaimer: I want John Clay on all my football teams always forever)
Justin: it’s a good thing to want, he’s a freakin’ animal. He’s TJ Duckett, but with above average speed!
Daron: I know. I want the raiders to draft him, and enact the Tyrone Wheatley payment clause
Justin: PAYMENT IN SEX
Daron: YES
Justin: Michigan’s Defense, is equally suspect.
Daron: yes, particularly if you run or throw at anyone not named Donovan Warren
Justin: after holding the vaunted EMU offense to 17 points, the Indiana Pistol broke through for only a paltry 36. Michigan’s Defense features 2 great players, 2 players that will probably be great in the future (Martin and Roh), a couple serviceable guys (Brown, Van Bergen…ish) and a lot of crap behind that
Daron: yes, they are one or two injuries away from utter catastrophe
Justin: oh god yes. frankly, they might not need any
Daron: true
Justin: they could get a catastrophe anyway
Daron: Apparently Cissoko and Floyd are engaged in a good ol’ fashioned who can suck more competition. always good
Justin: thats always what you want to be going on in the 5th game for a 4-0 team. always good for the future
Daron: oh yes. uncertainty at a corner + much certainty at the other corner = I hope you roll your coverage and no one makes you pay for it
Justin: Indeed. So bottom line, Michigan absolutely needs to win this game. The schedule to come includes only delaware state that’s a gimme. If they lose here, they could very conceivably be looking at 5-6 heading into tOSU, which is not a position this team wants to be in.
Daron: no, not at all. they lose this one, there’s all sorts of potential for problems. now, same goes from MSU. who, frankly has even less margin for error at this point
Justin: That said, if they win this game, and get out of october with 2 losses, they could be sitting pretty for new years.
Daron: mmmm, Outback steakhouse
Justin: Michigan state does have jNW, Minnesota, and WMU still on teh schedule. But agreed. So do you think Uncle Mark pulls this one out?
Daron: because any of those is a gimme?
Justin: no
Daron: I dunno. I picked against M before, and felt foolish
Justin: but, i’d rather have those than at illinois, purdue, and at wisc
Daron: true. hmmmm I think M stubs its toe. I think Forcier, who has started to look MORE like a freshman as the season has progressed (only natural with an increased sample size) will do something silly, throw while parallel to the ground or some such
Justin: always the risk. Score?
Daron: 37-31
Justin: Such a low scoring, classic big 10 matchup. I’m gonna flip it, call it 34-27 for Michigan.
Daron: yeah, defense is taking a hiatus this year
Justin: Defense is tired after all this time

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Unbiased Picks: TCU @ Clemson

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Daron: So, fun facts about TCU: Leading rusher has 23 touches for 195 yards and 4 tds
Justin: so i think you throw out the performance against bc. for clemson at least, because it was a monsoon
Daron: that’s fair, but before you do that, check this: spill-spill’s stats?
Justin: he had a nasty PR
Daron: 41 carries for 176 and none. 41?!?!?!
Justin: NONE?
Daron: We’ve been hoisted by our own meme! and yes, none. Neither he nor ellington
Justin: hoisted to the tune of 6 field goals
Daron: Spiller has twice as many carries as turner, but rushing offense comparison? TCU – 244.5 a game, Clemson – 159.3
Daron: despite MORE touches
Justin: So yes. TCU has its historically nasty defense i suppose?
Daron: it’s been pretty good. against UVa and a 1-AA team…so, two 1-AA teams, which is, well, not hard. They do have Jerry Hughes, whom will eat you and declare you an appetizer to the rhino he intends to consume after killing it with a blindside sack. Clemson is holding teams to 17 ppg, though, so there’s a chance this one stays low
Justin: there ya go. Prediction
Daron: hmmmm…Clemson 17, TCU 14
Justin: I think the pair of Bowers and Sapp collapse the line
Daron: it’ll be TCU, 10-7 at the half
Justin: and clemson wins 27-10
Daron: yeah. I think Clemson’s d-line is the difference. It’ll make the TCU offense’s day worse than Clemson’s offense will have
Justin: yeah, indeed, shit is gangsta