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College Football Predictions (Week 4)

LSU vs AUburn

LSU vs Auburn

Hi All! I’m back again with my 3 game college football predictions. Last week I went 3 out of four but my upset special of UCLA beating BYU didn’t turn out so well. That is in the past and this week I’ll definitely go undefeated!


The sure pick this week:

Wyoming at #15 BYU

Maybe this pick is to make up to BYU fans for my choice of UCLA last week. Maybe I’m finally convinced that BYU is a good team. Maybe Wyoming is just that bad. The only sure thing is that BYU will win big!

Final Score: BYU 45 Wyoming 10


The Upset of the Week:

#20 Utah at Air Force

Sorry college football fans in the state of Utah I don’t mean to pick on you. Two weeks in a row that I have a Utah team on the wrong end of the Upset Special. I see Air Force controlling the clock and winning a squeaker. Air Force is always a tough game.

Final Score: Air Force 20  Utah 17


The Game of the Week:

#6 LSU at #9 Auburn

Do I need to say why this is the game of the week? With 2 SEC teams in the top ten going at it for sixty minutes with an undefeated season at stake this is going to be great. I predict another upset here but not as big. I actually think that Auburn has the better team but LSU is and should be ranked higher. This will change this weekend. I just hope LSU doesn’t fall too far out of the top ten because they are a great team.

Final Score: Auburn 33  LSU 24


My PS pick of the week:

This week is my homer pick.

#22 West Virginia at Colorado

Tonight in the Blacked out Folsom Field. I think that ECU exposed a lot of West Virginia’s flaws. Have those flaws been fixed in the last ten days?

Also if the rumors are true, Dan Hawkins has only be using a small amount of his playbook for the first two games of the season. The rumor states that he didn’t want to show anything to WVU, FSU or Texas. I don’t know if I believe those rumors but I kind of hope that it is true. I really want to see Darrell Scott in the I formation instead of the Spread.

My prediction (I’m a CU homer) is that the Buffs will play solid defense and control the clock. The Mountaineers will look better than they did against ECU but they still just are not the same team as last year.

Look for me in the stands I’ll be the one wearing black.

Final Score: CU 35 WVU 21


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No Mas FCS teams Por Favor!

Really Buffaloes? Really? Eastern Washington? After Montana State two years ago?

Okay now that I got that out of my system. The game wasn’t really as bad as the score shows. Don’t get me wrong I was looking for a good place to jump off the stadium at half time. But looking back on the game after a day I’ve realized that it was actually a pretty good game.

Eastern Washington has shown the last two weeks they are not afraid of the “Big Boys.” Their QB looks like he will get some looks from NFL teams. Our whole section applauded the Eagles off the field after the game.

Eagles Pregame
Eagles Pregame

First up the offense:

Cody Hawkins had a decent game. Expect the pick six he threw at the 7:30 mark in the second to put the Eagles up 21-7. He did complete 28 of his 38 passes for 261 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Running game. I am not a fan of running out of the shotgun. We are bigger than the Eagles and needed to show that by pushing the line. Sorry to all those that missed Darrell Scott’s huge run where he hurdled the Eagles player to pick up a first down.

Overall the running game contributed only 90 yards on 33 carries. This to me is unacceptable considering our wealth at the running back position. At least one CU freshman runner got over a hundred yards rushing. Just too bad that it was our new mascot Ralphie.

Ralphie V
Ralphie V

The receivers had a much better game led by Scotty McKnight’s 90 yards on 6 receptions.

Eastern Washington’s QB, Matt Nichols, had an amazing day. I think we all saw that coming after last weeks Texas Tech game and considering we are weak when it comes to our DBs. He completed 32 of his 51 passes for 303 yards. His two interceptions at the end of the game sealed up the CU victory but if he wasn’t their QB the Eagles would have stood no chance.

Now for the optimism. The Buffs really could have played a much better game. Josh Smith had another fumble on a punt return that game EWU a short field. Cody gave them a free touchdown and the team kept committing penalties on EWU third downs that gave them extra shots.

The game was really a tale of two halves. The first half with all the stupid mistakes gave EWU a 21-7 point lead with the Buffs leaving the field to a chorus of boos. The second half the Buffs out scored EWU 24 to 3 with one of the loudest crowds I’ve heard at Folsom for a non-conference game.

The defense stepped up and took the running game out of the equation for the Eagles. So what they are a passing team right? Well it forced them to pass the ball at the end of the game and gave us the victory.

Late TD by the Buffs
Late TD by the Buffs

Because of these things I am still very optimistic looking forward to this season. As of right now we are undefeated and still have lots to look forward to.  I can’t wait till next Thursday when West Virginia comes to town. Who knows what to expect in that game.

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Colorado is the best!

Wow! Freakin’ Wow!

I’ve just had two amazing weeks in this great state.

Last weekend I hit up Glenwood Springs. I went to Hanging Lake. One of the most beautiful places in the world. It is quite a hike to get up there but well worth the trip. After this we stayed at the Glenwood Springs Lodge and Pool. It was the perfect ending to be in that nice warm pool after such a long hike. I have to thank my mom for the great birthday present sending Kelsey and I up there.

Hanging Lake

Hanging Lake

So why am I talking about my vacation on a football blog? Am I that much of a narcissist?

Nope! Well at least I don’t think I am. I’ll put up a picture of myself to prove I’m not:

Me behind Hanging Lake Waterfall

Me behind Hanging Lake Waterfall

While I was in the beauty that is Colorado I became perplexed on how we are not constantly in the top 5 for recruiting. I won’t put us as number 1 because I understand what schools such as Miami and USC bring to the table but how is it that we are out recruited on a regular basis by schools such as Ohio State and Nebraska. I do understand the tradition of those schools brings a lot to the table but when you are looking for a mate do you choose the girl who has been “around” for a while or would you rather have the best looking girl at the party?

If anyone reading this has not had the experience of visiting Boulder I would highly recommend seeing what a wonderful campus we have here. Make sure you travel just a few miles south and see Eldorado Springs. Its is one of my favorite places to visit and only a 20 minute drive from my house.  I cannot imagine a recruit visiting and not being wowed when they leave.

Picture of Eldorado Springs from my balcony

Picture of Eldorado Springs from my balcony

Oh and thanks for the huge B-day win Buffs. If we could only play every year on the birthday.

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Hello, my name is Dale and I’m a Homer.

It is hard for me to say those words. I like to think that I am unbiased and reasonable but in reality I believe the Buffs will win the National Championship. The Broncos will dominate the NFL and bring the Lombardi trophy back to Denver. The Rockies will pull off another great end of year run to make the playoffs. The Nuggets will….well….ummm….okay the Avs can still win the Stanley Cup.

Well guess what? There is absolutely nothing wrong with thinking this way. Maybe if I was getting paid for my opinions I would tone it down a bit. But those thoughts would still be in the back of my head.

Isn’t that the point of sports, to fill us with hope and joy? I won’t be angry or mad if West Virgina beats the Buffs on Sept 18th but I believe that the Buffs will pull out a huge upset in the John Denver Bowl.

Being a homer gets you ridiculed a lot. Most of the people who make fun or rip on your ideas are either homers themselves just for another team or people who don’t truly enjoy sports. I know a guy who says he is a huge Nuggets fan but he spends the whole game yelling and screaming at the players on the television. The words he says cannot be repeated in case any young ones are reading this. At the end of the game if the Nuggets are the victors he is giving out high fives and saying how great of a job they did. If they just lost he continues his yelling for about a half hour. Can this really be giving him more joy than stress? The kid probably takes a month off his life every time he watches a game.

I will never questions any person’s “fanhood” because i don’t really know if he is a better or worse fan than me because of the way that he acts. I can see arguments for both sides. What upsets me is that these types question my “fanhood” by calling me a homer. That I don’t think the home team can do any wrong.

 Of course my teams do not always play well. The Buffs and Iowa State last year is a great example. But I would prefer not to rip on the teams I love for every little thing they do wrong. I love watching the game and having hope that everything will turn out right.

Maybe it is because I was raised by Disney and everything always comes out right. Darrell Scott, I mean, Prince Charming will find me one day.

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Darrell Scott to win the Ray Guy Award?

Just got back from practice. It was supposed to be in the 90’s but the clouds came in and made it nice and cool.

It wasn’t the best practice for offensive players. In Coach Hawkin’s words “Today was the defenses day.” There were some miscues on offense but overall I thought it was a pretty good day to see what this team can do.

Cody looked pretty good. I don’t think he looks much bigger than last year but he looks like a leader.

Darrell Scott had a better day as a punter than a running back. He was kicking the heck out of the ball. The crowd was ooohing and ahhhing on every punt. Him punting on the occasional play is going to be a great advantage for the Buffs. If you were a Defensive Coordinator and saw Scott in the backfield on fourth and short what would you do? Scott had a great play where he ran over a safety and kept going. He fumbled on one play and Coach Hagan was not pleased. But wow he is a big kid. I felt like a small child next to him and I’m 9 years his senior.

Sumler and Polk had okay an okay practice. Nothing spectacular but nothing bad either.

Max Tuioti-Mariner had ice on his knee and didn’t practice. That bummed me out. I am really looking forward to seeing him play this year.

Nate Solder is huge. He looks like that guy on Troy that Brad Pitt fights at the beginning. I can see that Coach Hawkins has some plans for him. Maybe a little goal line tackle eligible type play.

I thought the best player on the offense today was Riar Geer. He had a great catch and bowled a guy over all while carrying two more players on his back.

Josh Smith also had a circus catch the drew applause from the pretty decent sized crowd.

The defensive line got some good pressure on the QB. They had 3 turnovers I believe. Hypolite looked like he got a little banged up but he looked fine by the end of practice.

I am so glad its August. Only 22 more days till my birthday and the Rocky Mountain Showdown. I can’t wait!


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We Talking About Practice?

So today I’m heading up to Boulder to see the Buffs practice.

I’m really excited about seeing the new Cody Hawkins with his loaded guns. I saw him in the Del Ward a few days ago but I only got a quick glance. He put on some muscle weight and it has been reported that he has more zip on the ball.

The Rabid Goldfish (George Hypolite) and Ryan Walters will be the leaders on a defense that will need some help this year.

They lost one of my favorite players at linebacker in Jordan Dizon. They also lost the guy who shutdown Michael Crabtree last year, Terrence Wheatley. It will be interesting to see which one of the corners steps up.

I’m also interested in seeing some of the newcomers. Max Tuioti-Mariner is a beast and I can’t wait to see him put defenders on their backside. Ray Polk looks like he will be a great player for years here. Have you seen this kid? He is bound to break a lot of the coed’s hearts. If he equals the number of hearts he breaks with the amount of touchdowns he scores, he is sure to be a Heisman winner.

Oh and then there are these two:

Lynn Katoa, Me, and Darrell Scott

I’m am Excited to see how Mr. Scott will do at altitude. We will see if he has gotten used to it yet.

Unfortunately, Katoa will probably red shirt this year due to some unfortunate events. The good thing is that we will have him for another year. Woot!

We seem to be loaded at the linebacker position with Major, Rippy, Sipili and Mohler so it might not be the worst thing for Katoa to red shirt.

Anyways I’m off to practice.

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