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TO's Sharpie
Utah - 7 -110....Maybe I'm nuts but I think the Utes could pull off another undefeated season (I remember this time last year I was laughed at for predicting they would go unbeaten in 2004). When your toughest games are @ TCU and @UNC your schedule really isn't that bad. Anyway for this game, the Utes have a lot to prove, after losing their coach and many of their stars from last years BCS team. Much of the flash is gone, with the skill positions all being replaced, but the core of both lines is in tact and will be as strong as last year. Brian Johnson at QB has a live arm and great mobility, and while he's obviously a downgrade from Alex Smith he's not a terrible replacement. At RB they are solid, with Ganther starting (he started 5 games last year) and two super talented but injury prone backups.
Arizona returns the second worst offense in division I in scoring last year, and a defensive unit that will scheme well but ultimatley is not very talented. The personel is just not there yet for Zona to make that big jump.

Home opener for Utah, the players and coaching staff want to prove they haven't missed a beat since Urban Meyer left, and I think they'll start the season off with a big win. They won by 17 @ Arizona last year, and I don't see the Wildcats putting up much of a better fight to start this season. Look for a comfortable double digit win here.

Georgia -7 -110......when was the last time Boise State played a road game vs an SEC team? 2002 -- and they lost by 27. Now you can argue this is a better Boise State squad, but this team has no big game road experience, and last year played some poor games defensively on the road (remember when Tulsa scored 41 vs the Broncs and SJSU scored 49 in 2OT?)
This line would make a lot of sense to me if this game was being played on the smurf turf, but this is the SEC, and it's the home opener for a team with it's sights set on the SEC east title. If Boise can keep this close and get a cover I will be impressed, but as of right now, I'm not convinced. They've had some very flashy home wins over the past four years, but not a single road victory that knocks my socks off.

BC -3 -120
.....this game has been beaten to death on the board so I won't go nuts. The word to describe this Boston College is solid. No real superstars, but no glaring weaknesses in any part of their game. I see the O line being the real advantage here, against a BYU defense that lost some players and weren't all that great last year to begin with. BYU hasn't beaten a ranked opponent in over 5 years and BC isn't the team that will snap that streak.
J_Cuz
QUOTE (TO's Sharpie @ Aug 31 2005, 11:18 PM)
This line would make a lot of sense to me if this game was being played on the smurf turf, but this is the SEC, and it's the home opener for a team with it's sights set on the SEC east title.

Yeah, swing that six points to twelve and the spread is more competitive.

Solid play, should be a whoopin'

What about taking UConn -17 1/2 v. Buffalo today?

I just think Buffalo (2-7LY) is not ready to compete with a team like UConn (8-4LY) on the road.

TO's Sharpie
QUOTE (J_Cuz @ Sep 1 2005, 01:20 PM)
QUOTE (TO's Sharpie @ Aug 31 2005, 11:18 PM)
This line would make a lot of sense to me if this game was being played on the smurf turf, but this is the SEC, and it's the home opener for a team with it's sights set on the SEC east title.

Yeah, swing that six points to twelve and the spread is more competitive.

Solid play, should be a whoopin'

What about taking UConn -17 1/2 v. Buffalo today?

I just think Buffalo (2-7LY) is not ready to compete with a team like UConn (8-4LY) on the road.

Hope you took UConn -- it was an ass whooping.

My buddy loved UConn tonight, but I was concerned about their QB situation. Looked like it didn't matter because Buffalo is worse than most high school squads.

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