jimmythegreek Posts:12598 Followers:392
On 11/05/2011 09:58 AM in NCAA Football


2 more picks for Saturday:

Houston -27.5 over UAB:
Case Keenum became the FBS career leader in total offense two weeks ago, and last week he set the record for most touchdown passes in NCAA history. With an upcoming matchup against one of the worst defensive teams in the nation, it might not take long for Keenum to move atop two more FBS lists. The No. 14 Cougars look to set a school record Saturday night by opening 9-0 as they visit a UAB team trying to rebound from its most lopsided loss of the year. Keenum became the all-time leader in total offense in a 63-28 victory over Marshall on Oct. 22, eclipsing the mark of 16,910 yards set by Hawaii's Timmy Chang with a 392-yard effort. On Thursday, needing five TD throws to break the NCAA record of 134 set by Texas Tech's Graham Harrell, he tossed a career-high nine in a 73-34 win over Rice.

At 4-0 in Conference USA, Houston is tied atop the West Division with Tulsa. The Cougars are 8-0 for the third time, joining the 1990 and 1979 teams. Keenum needs 267 passing yards to surpass Chang's FBS-record total of 17,072, and he's tied with BYU's Ty Detmer for the most 300-yard passing games with 34. He seems to have a very good chance to break both records against UAB (1-7, 1-4), which returns home following a 59-14 loss to Marshall last Saturday. The Blazers, who committed a season-high five turnovers, are allowing 284.9 passing yards, 481.3 total yards and 35.1 points per contest - all ranking near the bottom of the FBS. They'll be facing the nation's No. 1 offense that's putting up 612.4 yards and 52.3 points a game.

Houston receivers Patrick Edwards and Tyron Carrier are also in the midst of record-setting performances. Edwards - among the FBS leaders with 1,069 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns - tied Vincent Marshall's school mark of 15 100-yard receiving games last week, catching seven passes for a career-best 318 yards with a program record-tying five scores. Edwards is also one TD shy of matching Elmo Wright for the most in Houston history with 35. Carrier, who has caught a pass in 47 straight games - the longest such streak in the nation - had seven receptions against Rice to set a Cougars record with 277. He also matched C.J. Spiller's NCAA mark for career kickoff returns with seven after running back the opening kickoff 100 yards.

Despite the intimidating numbers, UAB appears eager for the challenge against Houston. For that to happen, the Blazers must do a better job of protecting the ball in order to keep the powerful Houston offense off the field. UAB has committed 11 of its 19 turnovers in the last four games, and the Blazers' Jonathan Perry has been intercepted twice in each of the last two contests. Speaking of contests, this one will not suffice. I know what you're going to say. JTG taking the same play three consecutive weeks? Sure it's not something I'm proud of, but because I have another pick equally as strong and given the misfortune of the mismatch on paper, I'm looking to maintain success on a week by week basis. Houston dominates the yardage battle and most importantly has a field day going away on the scoreboard en route to it's 9th victory unblemished this season in convincing fashion. Back up with another best bet later on.

YTD: 7-3

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finance Posts:9343 Followers:230
11/05/2011 10:14 AM

Good luck JTG...they've been a scoring machine

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jimmythegreek Posts:12598 Followers:392
11/05/2011 05:10 PM

Oklahoma St -20.5 over Kansas St (bought half):
Oklahoma State can match the best start in school history Saturday night, but it's likely focused on another accomplishment that could come from a win. The third-ranked Cowboys have a chance to move into the top two in the BCS rankings for the first time if they can get past No. 17 Kansas State. Oklahoma State is in sole possession of first place in the Big 12 following its 59-24 rout of Baylor and the Wildcats' loss last Saturday. The Cowboys (8-0, 5-0 Big 12) have been 9-0 one other time, in 1945 when they wrapped up an unbeaten season with a victory in the Sugar Bowl.

More importantly, tying that record might also put them on track toward the BCS title game with No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama - also first and second, respectively, in the BCS rankings - meeting Saturday. The Crimson Tide hold a slim lead over No. 3 Oklahoma State. Running back Joseph Randle will try to lead his team to a 10th consecutive win by continuing his spectacular run of scoring. The sophomore has recorded four touchdowns in each of the last two games and set a career high for rushing yards for the second time in as many weeks with 152 against Baylor.

Brandon Weeden passed for three TDs in that game with two to All-American Justin Blackmon, who tied a career high with 13 receptions and had a season-best 172 yards. Oklahoma State didn't have Blackmon available for its Oct. 30, 2010 matchup with Kansas State after he was suspended following an arrest for a DUI complaint. The Cowboys, though, still outgained the Wildcats 511-289 en route to a 24-14 victory. Weeden threw for 298 yards and a pair of TDs, and Randle added 123 total yards. Oklahoma State has taken three of the last four matchups since dropping nine in a row in the series. The Cowboys have won the last two home meetings, both against ranked Wildcats squads. This time, the Cowboys will face a team that saw its unbeaten start come to a miserable end. Kansas State held a 17-14 lead over then-No. 11 Oklahoma early in the second quarter last Saturday, but ended up losing 58-17 at home.

The Wildcats (7-1, 4-1) gave up a season-high 690 yards and allowed the Sooners' Landry Jones to pass for a school-record 505 and five touchdowns. That doesn't bode well heading into a matchup with another high-powered offense. Oklahoma State ranks in the top five in the FBS with 49.9 points, 555.1 yards and 373.3 passing yards per game. Kansas State's pass defense ranks 103rd out of 120 FBS teams with 278.0 yards allowed per game. Primarily a rushing squad, the Wildcats are 113th in the nation with 130.5 passing yards per game - a lack of proficiency that was on display last week when Collin Klein was sacked a career-high seven times. If they can pressure their way to a victory, the Cowboys would have nine or more wins in four straight seasons for the first time and the second double-digit win streak in school history. They won 13 in a row from 1944-46. Oklahoma State has won 18 of 26 all-time matchups with Kansas State in Stillwater and leads the series 35-22.

The wildcard in this game will be the improved play of the Oklahoma State defense. Last week against Baylor the defense allowed 622 total yards, but they forced five turnovers. If the Cowboys’ defense can slow one of the nation’s top quarterbacks in Robert Griffin III, they should have no problem with Klein and the Wildcats. In fact, the Cowboys should win big in this one. Best of luck however you play!

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bobalou Posts:5399 Followers:148
11/05/2011 05:58 PM

Love the picks JTG... GL today

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kbhirsch Posts:51 Followers:0
11/05/2011 10:40 PM

Houston was a great pick ... thanks!