Saturday, September 15, 2012

Pigskin Pickin' Machine

The PPM returns with more action this weekend and some interesting games.

Ohio State (2-0) host Pac 12 opponent Cal (1-1) at Ohio Stadium.
Cal is not expected to be one of the better teams in the Pac 12 and might not be of the same caliber as last weeks opponent Central Florida,who hung around the Buckeyes for a while.
Ohio State now is down to their third string running back after injuries,but a Cal defense that allowed 31 points to Southern Utah should not prove to be too much of a problem...

Bowling Green (1-1) battles bitter rival Toledo (1-1) at the Glass Bowl for the Peace Pipe in each teams MAC opener.
The Falcons defeated Idaho last week,but did not look sharp doing it.
Toledo dropped an overtime decision to Arizona in Tucson (same Arizona that dumped Oklahoma State last week) two weeks ago before a 34-31 win in Wyoming last week against the Cowboys.
Toledo will score lots of points with a balanced attack and this game might go a long towards seeing if Bowling Green is a true contender in the MAC.

Texas Tech (2-0) returns to Lubbock after their crushing of Texas State last week and the waiting New Mexico Lobos (1-1).
The Lobos were crushed in Austin by Texas 45-0 last week and this one might be similar.
Name the score in this one....

The game of the week is in the Pac 12 as number 2 USC (2-0) travels to 21st ranked Stanford (2-0).
Stanford has won the last three meetings between these teams,but Andrew Luck is not a Cardinal anymore.
Stanford's first two opponents were softies and the first quarter is very important to keep themselves in the game.
I think Stanford hangs around for a half and then things move forward for USC...

In the pros,the Browns (0-1) come off their near miss against the Eagles to travel to Southern Ohio against an angry bunch of Bengals (0-1) who were whipped by Baltimore on Monday night.
I would like to think that the offense could not get much worse than last week and that gives some hope.
But the Browns will still have to show a sliver of a passing game to try to loosen things up for Trent Richardson and without Joe Haden to cover A.J. Green,the Bengals will be able to throw deep and often.....

The 0-1 Saints hit Carolina after a disappointing home loss to Washington and Robert Griffin.
Their reward? Cam Newton.
Drew Brees was less than accurate last week and maybe the off season issues caught up a bit.
That loss makes this one a must win against a Panthers team that might be missing Steve Smith...

The game of the week is on Monday as the Broncos and Peyton Manning travel to Atlanta for the Falcons.
Atlanta showed a high powered passing game last week in Kansas City and I think being on their home track could make for a terrific game next Monday night!

Last Week 5-2
Season 9-2

Ohio State over Cal 45-21
Toledo over Bowling Green 35-26
Texas Tech over New Mexico 40-10
USC over Stanford 34-23
Bengals over Browns 24-9
Saints over Panthers 28-17
Falcons over Broncos 32-24

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