week 14 , pick 3

 

MAC West  battle for first. I’ll go with W. Mich Terrell/Franklin QB /RB combo to edge the NIU Hare Stingly combo.

Sunbelt: Ga Southern will rebound from Navy thumping  and beat ULM. Breida will have a big rushing day against ULM

CUSA: Can the improving Marshall D stop the high flying Doughty train of WKU? Very tough call but I’ll say MU 35 WKU 34

 

Nov 27: still time to vote in the poll. NIU/WMU kicks off 11AM  Friday

week 13 pick 3

MAC Tuesday but I’ll go with a Saturday game. Shootout time : WMU steals won on the road

W Michigan Leaders

Passing: Terrell – 193-277, 2668 yds, 19 tds

Cent Michigan Leaders

Passing: Rush – 191-293, 2416 yds, 18 tds

Sunbelt

I’ll roll the dice and go with App St over ULL .  Lamb /Cox outduels Broadway/McGuire

CUSA

UAB  keeps it close  but the Cato/DJ show  ekes out a close win.

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Nov 23 review:

3 for 3. Winner’s stud players in bold

App St 35  ULL 16: Cox 152 yds , 2 tds rushing
WM 32  CM 20: Terrell 222yds, 2 tds passing
Marshall  23  UAB 18: MU scores a DTD

ODU upset of LT makes the LT/Rice game next week decisive for the  CUSAW

week 12 another 3

 

Early MAC week

I’m going with an old standby. Hare in the air and Stingly on the ground will earn NIU the home winagainst a solid rushing Toledo squad.

Sunbelt

I’ll go with the App St  Lamb/Cox show  in a road win at Ark St, but Knighten will toss enough TDs to keep it close

CUSA

The Rice Owls need a road win badly at Marshall, but Cato’s Kids are too potent even w/o Devan Johnson

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11/12/14

NIU 27 Tol 24 : Stingly  2 TDs, Hare 1Td – got this one right.

11/16/14

Devan J returns and MU rolls over Rice-got this one

Nailed the App St game:  APP 327 Ark st 32

Passing: T. Lamb (APP) – 255 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: M. Cox (APP) – 40 CAR, 229 YDS, 2 TD

3-0 for the week

Week 11, pick 3

 

Tuesday & wednesday MAC games

Knapke’s arm will lead Bowling Green in a road win over Akron

Sunbelt- I’ll go with Texas St upsetting the league leader Georgia Southern. Brieda has rushed for 1100 yards for GS, but I’ll go with Bobcats backfield combo, Franks & Lowe.

CUSA- Sokol  has tossed for 2300 yards and Louisiana Tech is on a four game winning streak, but I’ll go with UAB  at home. Jordan Howard has been a stellar RB for the Blazers.

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11/5/14

Knapke was just ok (170 YDS, 1 TD) but BG won easily 27 -10

11/9/14

GAS got a 100yd pick 6 late in the 3Q which provided the cushion to syrvive a 15-0 TXST 4Q. Close but no cigar

 

Jordan Howard (UAB) was a beast again 148 yds, 1TD for UAB. but Ltech was too much  in the end. LT 40 UAB 24.

The MAC game saved me from an 0fer

MAC & Sunbelt one ticket each

Ok, I’m behind the curve on these two conferences but I’ll offer  some snippets for later criticism

Western Michigan will return to the Dance  tled by David Brown 19 PPG. Akron & toldeo are my dark horses.
MAC
EAST
Akron
Bowling Green
Buffalo
Kent State
Miami (Oh)
Ohio
WEST
Western Michigan
Toledo
Northern Illinois
Ball State
Central Michigan
Eastern Michigan

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I’m looking at Harrow & Hunter to lead Ga St back to the top but this time they’ll win SunBelt T and go dancing. Also WKY is now in the CUSA.

SUNBELT

Georgia St
Arkansas St
Arkansas-Little Rock
South Alabama
Texas State
Troy
UL Lafayette
UL Monroe
Appalachian St
UT-Arlington
Georgia Southern

week 10, pick 3

Sunbelt: My vote went for this game-USA @ULL-Two teams nipping at Ga Southern’s heels. McGure /Harris RB  Cajuns’combo will edge  the balanced South Alabama squad.

MAC:  Western Michigan@Miami(Ohio)-  Miami O behind Hendrix ‘s arm will survive the Broncos’ rushing attack led by Jarvion Franklin

CUSA: USM @UTEP- Golden Eagles are looking better but the Miners are the hot squad. UTEP by a FG.

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Nov 2  review

ULL 19 USA 9 – got this one right

WMU 41 MIAMI O 10- SO WRONG

UTEP 35 USM 14- right kinda – thought USM was better than that

2 of 3 for the week.

CUSA 2014/15 hoops preview (in progress)

Some CUSA fans thought that the addition of Old Dominion last season would help them get more than one NCAA dance ticket. It didn’t as USM &  Louisiana Tech became just the third and fourth teams in NCAA Basketball history to miss the NCAA Tournament with 27 wins. Tulsa won the CUSAT and took the lone Dance ticket. IMO, the CUSA  rarely gets judged more on it’s weak history than on  it’s improving  quality of teams

1. UTEP Miners : Lew Stallworth, the point guard recruit, from Los Angeles is getting a lot of hype| and could  bolster  big man Vince Huter

2. UAB Blazers | Big time recruit William Lee will be make the Blazers even tougher under the boards.

3. Old Dominion Monarchs | Jeff Jones is a decent coach and has brought in some JC transfers to bolster the Bacate & Batten show.

4. Charlotte 49ers | Pierre Henry & the Niners  could surprise some teams.

5. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs | Appelby and Hamnilton are a strong backcourt but  not enough to prevent a small descent.

6. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers | Brandon Price and crew will be in the middle of the pack in their first CUSA season

7.Southern Miss Golden Eagles- Eagles lost some starters and new Coach Sadler will be be re-building

8. Marshall Thundering Herd : Is Nikolic from Serbia part of a successful Dantoni plan?

9. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders | Raiders lost their biggest contributors from last season.

10. Florida Atlantic Owls | They’ll miss  Bertone, last season’s leading scorer.

11North Texas Mean Green |

12. Florida International Golden Panthers |

13. UTSA Roadrunners |

14. Rice Owls

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New- Western Kentucky

Departed – Tulsa, Tulane and East Carolina

Four new head coaches Dan D’Antoni (Marshall) and Michael Curry (FAU) — joining veteran Doc Sadler (Southern Miss) replacing Tyndall who went to Tennessee,  and rookie Mike Rhoades (Rice) in the league.