Matt’s Mind: College Football Week 3 Reactions

 

by Matt Fischer

This season’s “Game of the Century” went down Saturday in College Station, Texas as defending National Champs Alabama went to Texas A&M and defeated Johnny Football and crew.  A.J. McCarron put on an impressive performance leading Alabama to the 49-42 win.  Vinnie Sunseri had a great interception return and looked like he should be getting some snaps on the offensive side of the ball.  HaHa Clinton-Dix had a terrible penalty called on him and was temporarily ejected but luckily replay cleared him to stay in the game but Bama still suffered a 15 penalty for the incorrect call.

The ending in Tempe as Saturday’s action wrapped up was bizarre.  Wisconsin’s QB Joel Stave tried downing the ball deep in Arizona State territory to setup a game winning field goal but he never took a knee.  Some people blame this Wisconsin loss on the officials or ASU for lying on the ball.  Neither are to blame, this one is on Stave.  He never took a knew and by simply setting the ball down, that’s a fumble.  That ball was live and free for the taking.  It shouldn’t have much of an impact on the Badgers season.  Gives them a loss but it’s not in the conference and they’re not expected to be in BCS contention.

I was stunned Saturday afternoon to see Michigan struggling to put away lowly Akron.  I give it to Terry Bowden’s team for nearly winning in the Big House but failing to convert just yards away from a huge upset.  This was a letdown for the Wolverines who won a big game against Notre Dame last week.

The Wolverines near upset was only part of a horrible weekend for the Big Ten.  The Pac-12 took 3 of 4 against the Big Ten this weekend with the Big Ten only winning the most lopsided matchup as Ohio State played a non-bowl team Cal.  Nebraska was destroyed by UCLA.  The Huskers were completely obliterated by the Bruins in the second half.  These wins push the Pac-12 solidly into the second best conference in the nation behind the all-powerful SEC.

Texas is in total disarray.  Things can’t be going well this week in Austin.  They fired Manny Diaz last week but the defense still gave up 44 against Ole Miss.  The Rebels were our top play of the week because of Texas’ pourous defense.  The Longhorns have talent on that side of the ball but simply don’t have a scheme that works.  There is going to be a major overhaul at UT this offseason.

Here are my weekly awards:

Team of the Week:  UCLA Bruins – The Bruins lost a teammate just a week ago and went out and had a slow start as they fell behind 21-3 at Nebraska on Saturday.  It’d have been easy for them to pack it in but they came roaring back to smash Nebraska 41-21.

Player of the Week:  Mike Evans (WR – Texas A&M) – Despite the loss to Alabama, Evans had a monster game.  He caught seven passes for 279 yards and 1 touchdown.  He looked like a man among boys out there as simply dominated the Alabama defense.

Game of the Week:  Alabama at Texas A&M – This was a much hyped game but it lived up to it.  Tremendous offensive performances from both sides as the Tide rolled to a 49-42 win.  It was a game that saw teams make runs.  A&M jumped out to an early 14-0 game before Bama came charging back.

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MLB Predictions for September 16, 2013

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Yesterday: 9-6 SU (60%)
In 2013: 1234-994 SU (55%)


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MLB Predictions for September 16, 2013:

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
Marlins 34% 2 +190
Phillies 66% 4 -210
Braves 49% 3 -105
Nationals 51% 4 -105
Padres 43% 3 +158
Pirates 57% 4 -168
Cubs 41% 3 +112
Brewers 59% 4 -122
Cardinals 48% 4
Rockies 52% 5
Dodgers 47% 3 +100
Diamondbacks 53% 4 -110
Mariners 31% 3 +190
Tigers 69% 6 -210
Rangers 49% 4 +130
Rays 51% 5 -140
Indians 45% 3 +145
Royals 55% 4 -155
Twins 51% 5
White Sox 49% 4
Angels 37% 3 +130
A’s 63% 5 -140
Reds 59% 5
Astros 41% 3

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-Detroit Tigers over Seattle Mariners

-Philadelphia Phillies over Miami Marlins

-Oakland A’s over Los Angeles Angels

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MLB Predictions for September 15, 2013

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MLB Predictions for September 15, 2013:

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
Marlins 39% 3 +145
Mets 61% 5 -155
Phillies 34% 2 +185
Nationals 66% 4 -200
Cubs 37% 2 +172
Pirates 63% 4 -182
Padres 40% 3 +185
Braves 60% 4 -200
Reds 56% 5 -123
Brewers 44% 4 +113
Rockies 51% 4 +115
Diamondbacks 49% 3 -125
Giants 42% 3 +127
Dodgers 58% 4 -137
Royals 31% 2 +190
Tigers 69% 4 -205
Orioles 51% 5 -113
Blue Jays 49% 4 +103
Rays 56% 4 -215
Twins 44% 3 +200
Indians 48% 2 +107
White Sox 52% 3 -117
Angels 52% 6 -145
Astros 48% 5 +135
A’s 52% 5 -105
Rangers 48% 4 -105
Yankees 45% 4 +150
Red Sox 55% 5 -160
Mariners 35% 3 +190
Cardinals 65% 5 -205

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-Detroit Tigers over Kansas City Royals

-Washington Nationals over Philadelphia Phillies

-St. Louis Cardinals over Seattle Mariners

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MLB Predictions for September 14, 2013

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MLB Predictions for September 14, 2013:

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
Reds 58% 4 -173
Brewers 42% 3 +163
Marlins (Game 1) 54% 4 -105
Mets 46% 3 -105
Marlins (Game 2) 44% 3 +105
Mets 56% 4 -115
Phillies 47% 2 +131
Nationals 53% 3 -141
Cubs 35% 2 +182
Pirates 65% 4 -192
Padres 32% 3 +185
Braves 68% 5 -200
Rockies 39% 4 +155
Diamondbacks 61% 5 -165
Giants 40% 3 +154
Dodgers 60% 4 -164
Orioles 53% 5 -137
Blue Jays 47% 4 +127
Yankees 45% 4 +153
Red Sox 55% 5 -163
A’s 48% 3 +138
Rangers 52% 4 -148
Royals 46% 3 +150
Tigers 54% 4 -160
Indians 52% 4 -135
White Sox 48% 3 +125
Angels 56% 4 -148
Astros 44% 3 +138
Rays 55% 4 -158
Twins 45% 3 +148
Mariners 36% 3 +195
Cardinals 64% 5 -210

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-St. Louis Cardinals over Seattle Mariners

-Pittsburgh Pirates over Chicago Cubs

-Atlanta Braves over San Diego Padres

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Model v. Machine – NFL Week 2

 

So Nicolette Shea really showed us up last week as she went 6-0!  Impressive start to the season.  Will she do it again this week?  Or will we have a new queen of Model v. Machine as new models join the competition?

Here’s how the models measure up after week 1:

Nicolette Shea 6-0
Kaylia Cassandra 4-2
Jenni Burns 3-3
Berlin Scott 3-3
Sarah Clayton 3-3
Amanda Craven 3-3

SportsFormulator was a dismal 2-4 on those six games.  Like college football though we will bounce back with a very strong week 2 performance so watch out.  Let’s see who the ladies pick this week:

NFL Week 2 Predictions from Nicolette Shea (reigning MvM Champion)

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Cowboys at Chiefs
The Pick: Cowboys

Redskins at Packers
The Pick: Packers

Dolphins at Colts
The Pick: Colts

Broncos at Giants
The Pick: Giants

Saints at Buccaneers
The Pick: Saints

49ers at Seahawks
The Pick: 49ers

NFL Week 2 Predictions from Jenni Burns

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Cowboys at Chiefs
The Pick: COWBOYS

Redskins at Packers
The Pick: PACKERS

Dolphins at Colts
The Pick: COLTS

Broncos at Giants
The Pick: GIANTS

Saints at Buccaneers
The Pick: SAINTS

49ers at Seahawks
The Pick: 49ers

NFL Week 2 Predictions from Jessica Storie (and commentary)

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Cowboys at Chiefs
The Pick: Cowboys. They didn’t do too bad against last game lol.

Redskins at Packers
The Pick: praying for the Redskins! RG3 was just a little rusty, but I think he’s got it in him.

Dolphins at Colts
The Pick: Colts

Broncos at Giants
The Pick: Broncos. Peyton’s been kicking some serious @ass lol

Saints at Buccaneers
The Pick: Saints

49ers at Seahawks
The Pick: 49ers

NFL Week 2 Predictions from Sarah Clayton

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Cowboys at Chiefs
The Pick: Chiefs

Redskins at Packers
The Pick: Packers

Dolphins at Colts
The Pick: Colts

Broncos at Giants
The Pick: Broncos

Saints at Buccaneers
The Pick: Saints

49ers at Seahawks
The Pick: Seahawks

NFL Week 2 Predictions from Berlin Scott

Photo by @FotobyDre (Instagram)
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Cowboys at Chiefs
The Pick: Chiefs

Redskins at Packers
The Pick:  Go pack go

Dolphins at Colts
The Pick: Colts

Broncos at Giants
The Pick: Broncos

Saints at Buccaneers
The Pick: Who Dat (Saints)

49ers at Seahawks
The Pick: 49ers

NFL Week 2 Predictions from Amanda Craven

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Cowboys at Chiefs
The Pick: Cowboys

Redskins at Packers
The Pick: Packers

Dolphins at Colts
The Pick: Colts

Broncos at Giants
The Pick: Broncos

Saints at Buccaneers
The Pick: Saints

49ers at Seahawks
The Pick: 49ers

NFL Week 2 Predictions from Kaylia Cassandra

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Cowboys at Chiefs
The Pick: Cowboys

Redskins at Packers
The Pick: Packers

Dolphins at Colts
The Pick: Dolphins

Broncos at Giants
The Pick: Giants

Saints at Buccaneers
The Pick: Saints

49ers at Seahawks
The Pick: Seahawks

NFL Week 2 Predictions from Kimberley Jade

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Cowboys at Chiefs
The Pick: COWBOYS

Redskins at Packers
The Pick: PACKERS

Dolphins at Colts
The Pick: COLTS

Broncos at Giants
The Pick: BRONCOS

Saints at Buccaneers
The Pick: BUCCANEERS

49ers at Seahawks
The Pick: 49ERS

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20-Game Dash – Breaking down the MLB’s wild run to the finish line

 

by Derek Franks

With most teams having just 20 games left to play, it isn’t exactly clear who’s the real deal, who will fall short and who will mess everything up even if they don’t make it to the postseason.

We love the darlings of the NL Central, the Pittsburgh Pirates, this year’s Cinderella Story. They just secured their first winning season in over 20 years. And they’re definitely a contender this season. While a division title will be tougher to reach, a playoff spot looks almost certain. Who they’re chasing? The good ole Red Birds in St. Louis, right where they usually are this time of year. The Cincinnati Reds—my pick to win the NL this season—are still right there making things interesting.

The rest of the NL’s divisions are pretty much a lock. Atlanta is arguably the best team in baseball. And everyone’s pick for a pennant this year, Washington, is still technically alive but have a lot of ground to cover. This season’s hottest team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, clearly front runners in the West, it will be up to the other surviving teams to duke it out with those Central teams for wild card contention.

The AL is less clear. Defending AL champion Detroit remains atop the central, with Cleveland trying to be the wildest of wildcards this year. And The Red Sox are surprising everybody. They hold tightly onto the league’s best record with the Rays, Yankees and Orioles chasing and all still very much alive. Texas and Oakland are fighting a very tough battle for the AL west, a race everyone should keep their eye on.

Only 5 teams from each league will have a shot at the Fall Classic once it’s all said and done, meaning that these teams will be putting everything on the table as this wild season comes to a close.

And wild it has been. We’ve seen teams stumble, slide and flat out collapse. We’ve seen clubs go on impressive runs and heroic winning streaks. And through it all, we have one of the tightest races in recent memory. Now as teams turn toward the finish line in this epic free for all dash for the post season, let’s break down all the possibilities.

How the break down goes:

We’ve divided them into three categories: Real Deal’s (basically a shoe in for the playoffs), Contenders (teams that will either make the playoffs or keep others from getting there) and Pretenders (teams that are likely too late to the party)

Real Deals:

Boston Red Sox – Pencil in Boston to be playoff bound. They surprised many this year, pulling to the league’s best record currently and while teams are chasing, they have the buffer of two wild cards and are getting A-games from the rotation and the batting order. It would take a monumental collapse—one even worse than their 2011 self-destruction.

St. Louis Cardinals – The Cards are always going to be there at this time of year. Despite being ice cold not to long ago, it appears they will playing in October. If you talked to me a few weeks ago, I would have said, “This time they might finally be doing themselves in.” And yet here they are. And can we really ever count them out? Adam Wainright appears to be back in form and Michael Wacha will be an added bonus in the rotation. At this point, I put the Cardinals over the other two competing teams in this division to for sure be there, whether it’s a division title or a wildcard.

Atlanta Braves – Atlanta’s play as of late has been lackluster and may be a show of their true colors when they play in the post season. But don’t forget how impressive they were during that record run of wins earlier this summer. They’re potent at bat and the rotation is as good as any in the league. It’s hard to predict how they will do in the playoffs. But we can be sure they will be there.

Detroit Tigers – Detroit hasn’t had the stellar season I expected from them and they certainly aren’t making me feel very confident about picking them to win it all. But we know how they perform in the post season and, with Matt Scherzer just owning it on the mound this year, the Tigers could very well see a World Series once more. And having the likely Cy Young winner benefits you exponentially once it comes to playoff time.

Pittsburgh Pirates – For a team used to collapses, it would take a miracle for them not to make the post season. So I’m putting them as a virtual lock. The Pirates remind me a lot of the 2010 Texas Rangers, one that is very stable in both the rotation and the batting order and that has what it takes to play for the World Series following years of turmoil.

The Contenders:

Texas Rangers – This team is just back and forth. They’re hot—just when they need it most. And then they’re cold—just when they don’t need it. They aren’t playing bad baseball, but Oakland is red hot. So, mediocre play isn’t helping their cause. While both teams seem to be playoff bound, the Rangers would like to avoid the fiasco they had last year, folding the division title and then missing out on the main wild card, thus forcing them into that dreaded “play-in” game. With the Rays and Royals ahead, their schedule is only slightly tougher than Oakland’s, finishing the year with the Astros and Angles.

Oakland Athletics – If Oakland keeps playing the way they are now, they will win the division, regardless of what Texas does. They couldn’t ask for an easier schedule, with cupcakes like Houston and Seattle making up their entire remaining games.

Cincinnati Reds – My pick to win the NL is still in good shape, but this is not the time to stumble. Catching the division title isn’t out of the question, but a wildcard is more likely.  Still, I’m about 99% certain they will be in the playoffs. They’d have to probably drop all of their remaining games to miss out.

Tampa Bay Rays – Catching Boston for the division is almost out of the question. But I think this team has the best chance at locking down a Wildcard. Once the hottest team in the league, they’ve sort of been in purgatory since late July. It will take winning some games to lock it down for sure.

Baltimore Orioles – Still very much alive, Orioles need to win a mass majority of its remaining games to catch the Wildcards. It’s still in the realm of possibility, but the odds are not in their favor. But with division games left, Baltimore can certainly cause chaos in this race as the season closes down.

Cleveland Indians – Only Baltimore has worse chance of the contenders to make the playoffs. They will have to win most of its games and hope that Texas, Oakland or Tampa have disastrous collapses to close the year—and those teams’ schedules don’t favor that possibility.

The Pretenders:

New York Yankees —I’m calling the Yankees at about a 5% chance at making the playoffs. It’s just not their season.

Kansas City Royals – KC’s efforts this year have certainly been valiant. Keep this team on your radar for years to come. Even though they are likely out of it—I’d give them a 2-3% chance to make the post season— a winning season will likely happen and give them a lot to look forward to in the near future.

Washington Nationals – Everyone picked them to win the division and almost everyone picked them to win the NL. And they have spent the whole season proving everyone wrong. It’s just too far out of reach. Better luck next year.

Arizona Diamondbacks – If Arizona can win 18 of its final 20 games and make it to the playoffs, I’m going to pick them to win the World Series. It’s not going to happen.

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MLB Predictions for September 13, 2013

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Yesterday: 7-4 SU (64%)
In 2013: 1208-975 SU (55%)


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MLB Predictions for September 13, 2013:

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
Cubs 35% 3 +155
Pirates 65% 5 -175
Phillies 32% 2 +210
Nationals 68% 4 -250
Marlins 41% 3 +148
Mets 59% 4 -158
Padres 44% 3 +135
Braves 56% 4 -145
Reds 57% 4 -150
Brewers 43% 3 +130
Rockies 45% 3 +140
Diamondbacks 55% 4 -150
Giants 40% 2 +180
Dodgers 60% 3 -200
Indians 55% 4 -140
White Sox 45% 3 +120
Royals 56% 5 +155
Tigers 44% 4 -175
Orioles 53% 5 -125
Blue Jays 47% 4 +105
Yankees 46% 4 +131
Red Sox 54% 5 -141
A’s 49% 4 +125
Rangers 51% 5 -135
Angels 47% 4 -140
Astros 53% 5 +130
Rays 59% 4 -170
Twins 41% 3 +150
Mariners 40% 3 +165
Cardinals 60% 4 -180

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-Washington Nationals over Philadelphia Phillies

-Pittsburgh Pirates over Chicago Cubs

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MLB Predictions for September 12, 2013

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MLB Predictions for September 12, 2013:

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
Braves 58% 4 -145
Marlins 42% 3 +135
Nationals 57% 4 -137
Mets 43% 3 +127
Cubs 36% 3 +156
Pirates 64% 5 -166
Padres 46% 3 +102
Phillies 54% 4 -112
Brewers 41% 3 +150
Cardinals 59% 4 -170
Giants 36% 2 +155
Dodgers 64% 4 -165
A’s 55% 5 -157
Twins 45% 4 +147
Angels 48% 4 -108
Blue Jays 52% 5 -102
Yankees 34% 4 +155
Orioles 66% 6 -165
Red Sox 60% 5 -120
Rays 40% 3 +110
Indians 51% 4 -130
White Sox 49% 3 +120

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-Boston Red Sox over Tampa Bay Rays

-Baltimore Orioles over New York Yankees

-Los Angeles Dodgers over San Francisco Giants

-Pittsburgh Pirates over Chicago Cubs

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