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01 Sep 11 23:50
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Heres a thread for all the College Football fans and punters where we can share our thoughts on all things College Football.

This is my favourite time of the year, the kids are back tonight and this time next week it will be the pros.

Some great games coming up this weekend with the highlight being LSU and Oregan Saturday night. Gambling on the outright market is suicide because of the way the BCS system is set up but i fancy the Oregan Ducks to go one step better this year. Loved watching them last year with Chip Kellys hurry up offence and i dont think teams will stop them this year.  They are returning players in key positions and LaMichael James is as good a running back as there is this year.

Gone for a small treble tonight as there is no point getting heavily involved in the first few weeks.

Syracuse -6
Wisconsin -34.5
Western Kentucky +17 (Line opened +22)


Heres to the start of an enjoyable and profitable season Happy

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By:
History Maker
When: 02 Sep 11 10:55
Ducks are my pre-season #1. Annoyingly I suspect that any unbeaten SEC team will go to the national championship automatically, so I'm hoping they slit each others throats so we can see an Oregon - Oklahoma final.

My conference picks (with some deliberately speculative choices):

ACC: Virginia Tech
Big East: West Virginia
Big 10: Michigan State
Big 12: Oklahoma
Pac 12: Oregon
SEC: Arkansas

C-USA: Tulsa
MAC: Northern Illinois
Mountain West: TCU
Sun Belt: Troy
WAC: Nevada
By:
claimingseven
When: 02 Sep 11 12:16
Cry Treble let down by half a point in the Wisconsin game.

Wisconsin are going to beat up a lot of teams at home this year like they did last night but lets face it UNLV were no great shakes. Wilson (this years Cam Newton anyone?) wasnt touched last night and had all the time in the world to pull the strings. The worrying thing for Wisconsin was defence. There was times when UNLV did play action and the defence hadnt a clue what was going on and they looked really vunerable to speed on the outside.

Syracuse were brutal in the first half by all accounts and in the end were lucky to get the win. Even luckier to cover the spread as they had a fieldgoal blocked from 33 yards with 2 minutes left.

Western Kentucky are going to be a team to keep onside this year. They are all about defence and they should hopefully be covering a lot of handicaps this season.
By:
tenpins
When: 02 Sep 11 19:52
Would agree about the prospects for the Ducks but the decision to start at LSU could blow up in their faces. The SEC remains a strong division and the national champions may emerge from their divisions again.
By:
tenpins
When: 02 Sep 11 20:09
Just realised the LSU - Oregon game is played at a neutral venue (Arlington Texas)...would not put anyone off backing Oregon in a high scoring game.
By:
claimingseven
When: 02 Sep 11 23:45
Tenpins, tomorrow nights game is being played at Cowboy Stadium.

Two LSU players including the QB got into a barroom brawl last week and are suspended for the game heres the link.

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/6898211/lsu-players-turn-arrest-warrants-issued

When the line opened originally Oregon were +3 but after the LSU players got suspended it has since moved to Oregon -3.5. I just cant see them losing tomorrow night and i can see them covering at least 7 points.
By:
History Maker
When: 03 Sep 11 02:04
Would agree about the prospects for the Ducks but the decision to start at LSU could blow up in their faces.

Think I'm right in saying that the game was scheduled back when Oregon were just a pretty good Pac-10 team. It might be more accurate to say that it's blown up in LSU's face.
By:
2smiggy
When: 03 Sep 11 03:15
great game tonight, from 47-23 to 47-39 , baylor still in the lead , tcu looking on top though. 2 2 point conversions. baylor qb 20-17 5 tds so far. love college football
By:
2smiggy
When: 03 Sep 11 03:18
agree history maker, fancy the ducks myself. tough start for LSU
By:
Fightin Irish
When: 03 Sep 11 12:02
any recommendations for paid college football streams?
Want to see ND game tonight?
By:
tenpins
When: 03 Sep 11 12:29
Cheers claimingseven, didn`t realise the LSU QB was suspended.
By:
claimingseven
When: 03 Sep 11 12:55
What a game last night between TCU and Baylor. I think its fair to say that TCU defence is a shadow of last years one. Griffin III and Kendall Wright were very impressive for Baylor possible Heisman contenders?

Todays TV schedule:ESPN America
2pm College Gameday Live from Cowboy Stadium with the very beautiful Erin Andrews Love
5pm Akron @ Ohio State
8.30pm Minnesota @ USC
1am Oregon vs LSU @ Jerry's fun house (Cowboy Stadium)
4.30am Colorado @ Hawaii

ESPN
1am Boise State @ Georgia

FightinIrish ND games are on NBC in America so you should be able to pick up a decent stream for free.
By:
ND47
When: 03 Sep 11 13:10
Liquidty looks absolutly dire for all the matches save the televised ones.
By:
Cosmo Kramer
When: 03 Sep 11 13:24
Erin and Michelle Beadle Love

Love College football, the atmosphere is incredible!
By:
2smiggy
When: 03 Sep 11 15:46
eurosport showed notre dames home games last season, but does not look like they are doing so this year.

agree re. eirn and michelle , especially michelle Love , plus she has a pug named 'leroy jenkins' (lookup the name on youtube) !!
By:
2smiggy
When: 03 Sep 11 15:52
also anyone anything interesting on the 5 o'clock games. i might just wait till the later ones as not much time to go researching. it has been and even spread of teams covering and not covering the points so far, from PP. nothing really stands out for me.
By:
hotch1234
When: 03 Sep 11 18:11
any good streams showing the NCAA this evening?
By:
claimingseven
When: 03 Sep 11 18:21
Small treble on tonights games.

Boise State -3
Oregon -3.5
Oklahoma -24.5


Tough opener for Boise in Atlanta against Georgia.3 Boise starters are sitting this one out due to question marks over their eligibility. Kellen Moore remains at QB for Boise and even though he lost his two favourite target men to the NFL i think they will have too much on offence for Georgia. Add to the mix that Boise are returning 7 starters on a defence that was very good last year and i think this one is there for Boise.

The case for Oregon has already been made and i reckon they will cover by at least 7 tonight.

Number one ranked team Oklahoma entertain a Tulsa team returning 10 starters on offence tonight and 8 on defence. I can see Tulsa putting up a good offensive fight but i just cant see them stopping Oklahomas high octane offence led by a Heisman favourite Landry Jones. I think the Sooners will put up at least 50 points tonight and cover the spread. If the Sooners defence can get on top early this could be a real blowout.
By:
Daryl Revok
When: 04 Sep 11 18:52
Anyone seen the preview for the Blag Bowl tonight? LaughLaugh

http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/preview?gameId=312470277

'An intoxicated Holgorsen was escorted out of a casino in May'LaughLaugh

We've all been there.
By:
History Maker
When: 06 Sep 11 08:20
agree re. eirn and michelle , especially michelle  , plus she has a pug named 'leroy jenkins' (lookup the name on youtube) !!

Least I got chicken!

Totally agree about Michelle - get the feeling that she'd be wicked fun on a night out. Snog Erin, Marry Michelle, Avoid Lou.
By:
Proud to be a Northener
When: 06 Sep 11 18:30
She is fun,ask Clay Matthews.
By:
claimingseven
When: 10 Sep 11 13:29
Week 2 games on TV.

ESPN America
2pm College Gameday
5pm Oregon State @ Wisconsin
8.30pm Alabama @ Penn State
12am BYU @ Texas

ESPN
1am Notre Dame @ Michigan
By:
Cosmo Kramer
When: 10 Sep 11 13:41
ErinLove
By:
ND47
When: 10 Sep 11 14:48
Better looking TV line up this weekend with Oregon State @ Wisconsin the only nailed on blowout.
By:
tenpins
When: 11 Sep 11 10:43
What a game between Michigan and Notre Dame...how did the Irish managed to lose that one?
Fantastic entertainment though
By:
rdb
When: 11 Sep 11 13:49
Yep, tonight's games are gonna have to go some way to come close to the drama at Michigan last night! Amazing game.
By:
Cosmo Kramer
When: 11 Sep 11 15:17
What a game the Michigan Vs. Notre Dame was, the crowd and atmosphere was incredible!
By:
ND47
When: 15 Sep 11 10:51
Anyone have any thoughts on LSU @ Mississippi State???

1.60 about LSU looks decent to me, but then the SEC is pretty crazy.
By:
claimingseven
When: 15 Sep 11 13:34
Well we know what LSU bring to the table in terms of defence and especially against the run. They did a great job in restricting and forcing turnovers against the high powered Oregon offence and thats a better offence than the one they will face tonight. Miss. State have a good running game and have put up big numbers on the ground but they have been against two bad defences and i just cant see them having success tonight against the fierce LSU defence.

On offence for LSU they are still without their No. one QB who is suspended indefinitely and their star wide reciever who is serving the last game of a three game suspension. Jarrett Lee has done well coming in at QB and has protected the ball well. He only played the first half of last weeks blowout win so he will be fresh for tonights game.

Its a short week for both teams having both played on Saturday. LSU were at home in a blowout win where they were able to give some of their starters a rest in the second half whereas Miss State were in Auburn in a tough loss to an Auburn team that is a shadow of last years team. Its Miss States first home game of the season and the stadium will be rocking tonight. Although LSU played Oregon in Cowboy Stadium it was practically a home game for them with the amount of support they had.

If Jarrett Lee can continue to protect the ball on the LSU offence and keep turnovers to none or a minimum then i think the LSU defence will be strong enough to come out on top and give him good field position to work with. 1.60 is a good price i make this 1.40 to LSU and i can see them covering the 3.5 point spread.

Good Luck.
By:
ND47
When: 16 Sep 11 12:15
^^^ Good call^^^

Haven't watched the game yet, but the stats seem to suggest the LSU Defense was dominant and that their Offense did enough.

It's worth knowing that Michigan State @ Notre Dame will be on Euro Sport 2 this weekend according to Oddschecker.

I think Michigan State at 2.8 is quite appealing I was expecting ND to be slight favourites maybe around the 1.80/1.90 mark.

ND can win this if they can keep a hold of the ball as been the turnovers that have cost them this year, I see they got 500+ yards each game but then USF & Michigan aren't the same standard as MSU.
By:
claimingseven
When: 16 Sep 11 22:40
Cheers ND47. The LSU defence was excellent last night and if it wasnt for some silly penalties in the 3rd quarter they would  have restricted Miss State to 3 points. For fans of defensive football, pencil in 5th of November when LSU travel to Alabama in what could be a winner goes to the Championship game.

Tonights action is Boise State @ Toledo on ESPN at 1am.

Toledo came really close last week to upsetting ranked Ohio State and in the end only lost by 5 points in Ohio State. They are coming off 6 days rest after a tough away game whereas Boise has had 13 days rest after a very impressive win against Georgia in a hostile Atlanta, so playing in Tolede will pose no problems to them.

In Kellen Moore Boise have one of the best QB's in College Football at the moment. Excellent arm and runs the offence excellantly. The Boise defence is very good and returns 7 starters from last year. Boise play with a chip on their shoulder as they are always classed as the little team. They have changed conference this year to try and give themselves a better chance of playing in the National Championship game if they run the table.

Boise went to town last year on Toledo beating them 57-14. It is a better Toledo team they are facing this year but Boise hold all the aces in all the positions. The spread opened up at 17.5 it has moved all week and now stands at 20.5. This Boise team is well rested, well coached and full of talent and should cover 3 touchdowns tonight.

Hopefully the ESPN cameras will pick out Mrs. Kellen Moore in the stands tonight Silly

Good Luck.
By:
claimingseven
When: 17 Sep 11 12:38
Week 3 games on TV.

ESPN America
2pm College Gameday Live From Talahassee
5pm Auburn @ Clemson
8.30pm Tennessee @ Florida
1am Oklahoma @ Florida State
4.30am Stanford @ Arizona
By:
claimingseven
When: 17 Sep 11 12:42
Week 3 games on TV.

ESPN America
2pm College Gameday Live From Talahassee
5pm Auburn @ Clemson
8.30pm Tennessee @ Florida
1am Oklahoma @ Florida State
4.30am Stanford @ Arizona
By:
claimingseven
When: 17 Sep 11 14:37
A few games to look at today.

Wisconsin -17

Wisconsin take on Northern Illinois today at a neutral venue and i cant believe they are only giving up 17 points. Wisconsin have been on fire in two games so far putting up 86 points on offence and a defense who is coming off the back of a shutout against Oregon State. They play a Northern Illinois team today who gave up 534 yards and 42 points against Kentucky and 409 yards and 24 points to Army. Russell Wilson Wisconsins QB will be licking his lips looking at them numbers and i cant see Northern Illinois stopping him at all. Wisconsin play tough defensive football and they should be able to restrict what has been a high scoring Northern Illinois offence so far this year. If Wisconsin get an early lead this could be a real blowout.


Alabama -47

47 points is a hell of a lot of points to be giving up to anybody but its fair to say this is a complete mismatch. Alabama have one of the best defences in college football and North Texas have shown nothing at all in their first two games offensively. The fact the spread is 47 but the points total is only 56 says it all, this one could and probably should be a shutout for the Crimson Tide defence. North Texas defence has given up 401 yards and 41 points to Florida Athletic and 690 yards and 48 points to Houston and neither of them teams would be anywhere near Alabamas standard. Nick Saban WILL pull some of his starters when they have a big lead but the guys coming in will be no mugs. There is fierce competition for places in Alabama and the guys coming in will be wanting to prove themselves to the coach.
By:
ND47
When: 17 Sep 11 15:09
Not a fan of backing big spreads... So often teams will put 28 points or so up by H/T only to take the foot off in the 2nd half.

North Texas are pony though.
By:
claimingseven
When: 24 Sep 11 19:20
Alabama -12.5 and South Dakota +45.5

Alabama should be up to covering two TD's at home to Arkansas and with Wisconsin playing a big game next weekend against Nebraska they should take the foot off the peddle tonight and South Dakota should cover.

More later.

Good Luck
By:
d13phe
When: 24 Sep 11 19:27
Fancy Arkansas to cover myself buy should be a good game
By:
Dr.Cypionate
When: 24 Sep 11 19:44
where the **** the bama game??
By:
claimingseven
When: 24 Sep 11 23:51
Two for the late games.

Oregon -15.5

Oregon have been racking up the points since the opening day loss to LSU and tonight they come up against an Arizona team who gave up 37 points and 567 yards to Andrew Luck and Stanford and 594 yards and 37 points to Oklahoma State in the last two weeks. Arizona are a very poor running team but very good through the air. Oregon should be able to put a high score up on offence and hopefully have a few interceptions on defence.

Boise State -27.5

The line in this has moved down from 33.5 to 27.5. Boise State have absolute zero confidence in their field goal kicker so they will be going for it on 4th down anytime they are at the 20-35 yard line. If Kellen Moore has a good night and they convert some of those then they will hammer Tulsa. Kellen Moore had a great game last week against Toledo and picked them apart at will. I thought the Boise defence would have benefited from the extended rest between games but they looked very slow starting off last week and hopefully that game has taken the rust off.

Good Luck.
By:
claimingseven
When: 01 Oct 11 14:16
Baseball playoffs playing havoc with the TV schedule today.

LSU -30.

I think the line is about 10 points too low here. LSU should be hammering a poor Kentucky team in their first home game of the season at Batton Rouge.
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