Wisconsin Badgers +6 vs Oregon Ducks
Bro, its Space Mountain…not Tower of Terror. Relax. It’s not supposed to be scary, take a cue from the kid in the 3rd row. He is like 8 years old and bored out of his mind. I already think LaMichael James is kind of a pussy because of that Barry Bonds style elbow pad he wears. Now he is pissing himself on ride you only have to be 40 inches to ride. Take Wisconsin on the moneyline and the spread. Guarantee you Montee Ball isn’t scared of a Disneyland ride.
PS: The scariest ride at Disney is without out a doubt the tea cups. Vomit is disgusting and there is a 95% chance either me or somebody else on that ride is going to puke. Count me out.
If there was ever a Lock of the Century that I would bet my house on it would be this game. I know Michigan State just cheap shotted their way to a win at home against Michigan, but there is no way in hell they are keeping this game within single digits. All Wisconsin has done this season is kick people’s teeth in. Then the BCS standings come out and they are ranked 6th! Not first…but 6th. That’s a god damn atrocity. Wisconsin is probably just as pissed off as I am about that slap in the face. Wisconsin is for sure hanging 40 points on the Spartans and Michigan State’s offense sucks. I think this game will be a blow out. Wisconsin 47 MSU 17
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Second installment of the weekly Heisman rankings as we see it here at Windy Citizen Sports. Rankings are full of bias and prejudice.
1. Denard Robinson QB Michigan
After getting my heart ripped out as a Notre Dame fan for the second year in a row I have come to realize that there two undeniable truths about Denard Robinson. 1) He sucks. Robinson is a terrible quarterback. He routinely misses wide open receivers. He can’t sling it at all and he no future at the position. 2) Robinson is incredible. Despite the fact that he is a terrible quarterback, Michigan is truly never out of a game when he is under center. The guy is a magician back there. Fuck you Denard. Current Vegas Odds to Win Heisman: 7-2
2. Andrew Luck QB Stanford
It’s still Luck’s award to lose. The Heisman is almost always a quarterback award and if Luck can lead Stanford to double-digit wins and another BCS game then the award should be his. Still the front-runner as Robinson’s chances to win will fade as Michigan racks up Big Ten losses. Current Odds: 7-2
3. Kellen Moore QB Boise State
Similar to Luck, Kellen Moore could win the Heisman as a lifetime achievement award of sorts. Moore has put up PlayStation style numbers for his entire career and will more than likely finish his career as the FBS all-time wins leader. Moore has to lead the Broncos to an undefeated season to give himself a real chance at winning the Heisman. Moore already has a signature win under his belt as the Broncos won big against Georgia in Atlanta. Current Odds: 10-1
4. Robert Griffin III QB Baylor
RGIII didn’t play week two as the Baylor Bears had a bye week, but he should explode back into the College Football world’s field of vision again this week. Griffin III is a long shot to win the award because his team simply isn’t good enough, but that doesn’t mean that RGIII can’t be a finalist. The Heisman finalists often include a player who is deemed to be the most talented or most exciting player in the country. People forget that Randy Moss was a Heisman finalist the year Charles Woodson won it. Robert Griffin could certainly be that guy this year. Current Odds: 22-1
5. Montee Ball RB Wisconsin
Montee Ball continues to put up stupid numbers while splitting time with the other elite Wisconsin running back, James White. Ball went for 118 yards and two TDs while averaging 6.6 yards per carry against a solid Oregon State team. Wisconsin better not sleep on NIU at Soldier Field this weekend, because that’s a solid football team who knows the Badgers inside and out. If Ball continues to put up big numbers and Wisconsin continues to steamroll everyone they face, Ball will be a Heisman finalist. Current Odds: 25-1
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All season long I will be posting my rankings of Heisman candidates. I am no “expert”, but this is something to read to get you through your Wednesday so enjoy.
1. Kellen Moore QB Boise State– The Heisman Trophy is often a lifetime achievement award, and Kellen Moore has had arguably the best career of any active college football player. Moore is approaching the career wins record currently held by Colt McCoy. In addition to that record, Moore has consistently put up outstanding numbers. Perhaps the biggest piece to the Heisman equation is getting signature wins. Boise State’s convincing win against Georgia in Atlanta is the biggest reason why Kellen Moore tops the initial Heisman Hump Day rankings. Current Vegas Odds: 15-1
2. Robert Griffin III Quarterback Baylor– RGIII has no real shot to win the Heisman because I can’t see Baylor winning more than 8 games. I don’t think anybody has ever won the Heisman playing for an average football team, but Robert Griffin III is off to as good of a start as anybody in 2011. Baylor’s exciting win against the reigning Rose Bowl Champs TCU put RGIII on the Heisman radar and in the minds of Americans. Griffen III is the closest thing to Michael Vick and is must watch TV. If he can somehow get Baylor to 9 or 10 wins he could be a finalist. Current Odds: 20-1
3. Andrew Luck Quarterback Stanford– Andrew Luck is still the Vegas pick to win the Heisman. Luck is the most gifted pocket quarterback in the country and his team should contend for a conference championship. Luck didn’t do anything wrong in week one to drop in the Hump Day Heisman Rankings, but he didn’t have the signature moments that the two QBs above him had. Luck will be at or near the top of Heisman rankings all year barring an injury or Stanford going in the shitter. Current Odds: 9-2
4. Montee Ball Running Back Wisconsin– Montee Ball lost some weight in the summer and it has made all the difference. The guy looked quick, explosive, and powerful against UNLV in the season opener. Wisconsin could be national championship contender and the presence of new QB Russell Wilson should prevent teams from stacking 9 guys in the box. Perhaps Ball’s biggest obstacle will be his teammate James White. White getting touches could prevent Ball from putting up the numbers he needs to be a Heisman finalist. Montee Ball got the majority of the burn against UNLV. If that ratio of touches stays consistent through the year Ball could be the second Badger to win the Heisman. Current Odds: 80-1
5. Michael Floyd Wide Receiver Notre Dame– One of the few positive aspects of Notre Dame’s loss to USF was the play of Michael Floyd. Floyd had a career high 12 catches and also brought in two TDs. The Irish were not overhyped, they just had a game where everything went wrong. Floyd will be the focus of Tommy Rees going forward for the Irish, and the Senior could put up record numbers. If Notre Dame rebounds, and Floyd keeps racking up numbers like he did on Saturday, then he could very well be a Heisman finalist. Current Odds: 40-1
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The most memorable things from the first weekend of college football
1. Hey Erin Andrews…you’ve got company. Samantha Steele explodes on to the hot ESPN sideline reporter scene.
Just blue Steele all over the place. Samantha Steele so hot right now, Samantha Steele.
2. What the hell was going on with those Maryland uniforms? Those are by far the ugliest things I have ever seen. They looked like they should have been playing at Midevil Times in Rosemont.
3. To all of the people who disagreed with me about Dayne Crist…you were right, I was wrong. You’re smart, I am stupid. You’re good looking, I am…not attractive.
Rees needs to be the starter going forward with some Everett Golson sprinkled in.
4. Who knew games could be called for lightning?
I still can’t believe that not finishing games is an option in football. The West Virginia and Michigan games being called cost me money as both games were deemed a push because they didn’t play a full 60 minutes. Notre Dame did it right. Delay the game for as long as needed, then head back out and finish the game. This was something lacrosse or soccer would do…not football.
5. Russell Wilson makes Wisconsin really effing good
Be afraid BigTen, be very afraid. Wilson didn’t even look all that sharp, but he is clearly the best QB the Badgers have ever had. Wisconsin could very well be a National Title Contender if they can get their run defense tightened up.
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Defending Big Ten Champs, Wisconsin are definitely one of the favorites to go back to the Rose Bowl. The Badgers only have 12 returning starters, yet somehow Wisconsin appears to be even stronger heading into 2011. Russell Wilson is arguably the most talented QB in Wisconsin history. How fast Wilson adapts to the new system and his new team will determine whether the Badgers are able to make another run for the Roses. Wisconsin is becoming a national power that reloads rather than rebuilds, so a lack of returning starters doesn’t mean a lack of returning talent.
Best Bar To Watch Wisconsin Badgers in Chicago:
As always, what’s a Chicago college football preview without letting people know the best spot to party? For Badger games in 2011, the place to be is Will’s Northwoods Inn. This place is as Wisconsin as it gets. Badgers and Packers sports bar heaven. Good food, great drink specials, and they even have a Wisconsin girl “beauty pageant”. Its definitely the place to get your jump around on this fall.
RB Montee Ball. Even though Russell Wilson received all the headlines this offseason, its the running game that still makes the Badgers offensive go. If Wisconsin is going to be a dominant force again this year, it’ll be because Montee Ball is one of the nation’s premier running backs. Both Ball and sophomore James White will receive a ton of carries, but Ball is more of the bruising back that Wisconsin historically loves to deploy. Look for Ball to go over 1000 yards for the first time in his career and he should also be a Doak Walker finalist.
LB Mike Taylor. Mike Taylor has started all each of the 19 games he has been in uniform for as a Badger. The Redshirt junior seemed to get better every week in 2010. Taylor’s 2009 season was cut short after suffering a season ending injury in week 7. Taylor should be back to full health and full speed in 2011. Look for Taylor to be the leader of the Badger defense from his Will LB position.
Offensive New Name-To-Know:
OT Rob Havenstein. The easy play here would have been Russell Wilson, but everyone already knows his name. Wisconsin is becoming “Offensive Tackle U”. Joe Thomas graduates…no big deal, the Badgers just replaced him with another NFL First round pick in Gabe Carimi. Havenstein certainly looks the part of the next great Wisconsin tackle. After red-shirting in 2010, the 6’8″ 345-pound freshman is currently number two on the depth chart, but will definitely see time as a part of the tackle rotation. Havenstein is athletic for his size and will soon be paving the way for Ball and White.
Defensive New Name-To-Know:
LB Chris Borland. Chris Borland isn’t necessarily a new name, but is perhaps a forgotten one in many Big Ten circles. Borland was Big Ten freshman of the year in 2009, but has disappeared after a series of shoulder injuries forced him out of action. Borland’s health and play-making ability are two huge keys to the Badger’s defense in 2011. If Borland can stay healthy, his versatility and leadership will go a long way to help Wisconsin morph into more than just an average defense.
Schedule and Predictions:
Oregon St– W
N. Illinois– W
S. Dakota– W
@ Mich St– W
@ Ohio St– L
@ Minnesota– W
@ Illinois– W
Penn State– W
Total: 11-1. I think the Badgers will end up having one of their best offensive seasons in school history. Russell Wilson and Nick Toon will prevent opposing defenses from stacking the box with 8 or 9 guys. The powerful Wisconsin running game combined with a dynamic Quarterback should give the Badgers the most explosive offense in the B1G. Wisconsin’s month of October is brutal though. They will play the three most talented teams in the conference including back to back road games against Michigan State and Ohio State. I don’t think Wisconsin’s defense is good enough to make it through that month unblemished. However, a trip to the Big Ten Championship and a BCS game still seem likely.
Bowl Prediction: Rose Bowl.
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I am calling it now, the National Champ in 2011 will come from a school outside of the SEC. I watched some of the SEC Media Day coverage on ESPNU and I am so tired of everyone kissing the SEC’s ass. Yeah, yeah, yeah you guys won the last five national championships…whatever. That streak ends now. They are still the best conference, but there isn’t a dominant team among them. Auburn lost 99.6 percent of their offense when Newton bolted for the NFL. LSU can’t go undefeated with Jordan Jefferson at QB, and Les Miles easily could have had some of those crazy plays go against him and he would be out of a job. Alabama has QB issues too. Florida is in transition with Will Muschamp and Charlie Weis taking over in Gainseville. South Carolina is good, but Stephen Garcia is basically a functioning derelict at quarterback. Those teams will all beat each other up, paving the way for a new Conference to take home that Glass football(side note: I am a little clumsy and would be scared to death to touch that thing. Good thing I never won a national title…or got a scholarship). Mark my words, the National Championship will be won by one of the following schools”
Wisconsin Badgers: +2500
The Badgers have a tricky game early against Oregon State and then open up their Big10 slate with newcomer, Nebraska. The Badgers also face back-to-back tough road night games in October when they meet Michigan State and Ohio State respectively. Schedule makers didn’t do the defending Big10 Champs any favors, but Russell Wilson gives the Badgers talent at QB like they have never had. If he can acclimate himself to the system quickly, and Wisconsin makes it through October undefeated they will be in great shape to go to the BCS Title Game.
Oklahoma Sooners: +350
The Sooners are the favorite according to most odds makers at +350 to win the National Championship and with good reason. Oklahoma returns both Landry Jones and his favorite target, Ryan Broyles. The Sooners’ biggest challenge will come in week 2 against Florida State. If Oklahoma survives their trip to Tallahassee they won’t have too many more challenges the rest of the way. Oklahoma will battle Texas in Dallas, but the Longhorns are in the midst of rebuilding phase and the Sooners should take care of business. Oklahoma also gets Big12 challenger, Texas A&M at home. If the Sooners are undefeated after week 2, you can pretty much punch their BCS ticket.
Oregon Ducks: +1000
Full disclosure I wouldn’t make this bet in a million years. The Pac-12 is just goofy. I never know quite what is going on over there on the West Coast. The only sure-fire bet in the conference is that if everyone is saying Cal is good, it means they really suck. Oregon’s schedule is sneaky tough. Starting the year off against LSU. Then they end it with @Stanford, USC, and rival Oregon State. Then would have to win the Pac-12 title game. Having said all of that…the Ducks could very well make it back to the title game. Kicking off the year in SEC territory against LSU will be their most difficult challenge. A win against the Tigers and all of our retinas could be burned by those highlighter yellow unis the Ducks rock in the National Title game again.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish: +3000
Ok, hear me out on this one. Notre Dame has tremendous momentum from the end of last season as they head into year 2 of Brian Kelly’s system. Notre Dame has two of their most difficult games at home(Michigan State and USC) and should be favored in every other game with the exception of Stanford in the season finale. The Irish could very well be undefeated when they head to Palo Alto on November 26th. The Irish have depth and experience coming back on both sides of the ball and have a few blue chip recruits who will bolster the pass rush. Floyd will be catching bombs and Te’o will be crushing skulls and breaking wills. Wake up the echoes and watch out for the Irish.
Dark horse Pick…West Virginia+2500…you heard it here first.
PS: On second thought…Alabama is totally winning the National Championship.
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