Well. Last week was a shocker for the MBOC staff. We sat back and watched Oregon take USC behind the woodshed for the slaughter. No one here on staff expected a 47-20 shellacking! But true to the information we had in our blog prediction, "USC's defense looks sloppy right now. USC's defense allowed Oregon State to score 36 points, and put together almost 500 yards of turf-tearing offense." Our research showed that USC was going to have a hard time stopping Oregon's recently explosive offense. One particularly funny commenter noted in our blog comments "Meat Balls Over Chocolate (MBOC).....yes, this phrase makes no sense, and neither does this pick, Dave". Hilarious. I appreciate any comments, whether they are positive, negative, or downright nasty. Hell, they don't even have to be related to football. AS ALWAYS, don't forget to vote in the upper right hand corner!
If you missed out last week, fear not....there is ocean's of money out there, sloshing around. All you need to do is stick your cup in and get your fill. And here at the MBOC, we're handing out 20 gallon cups to make sure that your checking account can keep at least 4 zeroes in the balance. That's what we're all about....
There were a lot of good picks this week to choose from. It made it difficult. I really like Boise State to own Louisiana Tech. Boise State knows they have to win big ( and get a little bit lucky) these days to make it into the Championship Game. You can expect them to be dropping the hammer, weekly. I was also tempted by a girl from Omaha to make the game Oklahoma vs. Nebraska (also a good option). Not having Bradford will make this game interesting.
Nevertheless, the pick of the week goes not to the Big Ten....not to the Pac 10.....but to the Independent conference! This week will be big for these 3 schools, with Army playing against Air Force in Colorado Springs. (GameDay, look for the Coug Flag waving in the background). Notre Dame plays Navy.
Notre Dame has looked solid the last couple weeks with wins against Boston College and Washington State (still love ya Cougs). Without the stumble against USC (at USC), Notre Dame is 4 points away from a perfect season (losing to Michigan). Best news about Notre Dame this week? They are getting back Michael Floyd. In case anyone forget about him, he was a receiver that broke his collar bone against Michigan State. In the first three games of the year, he was a key target: 358 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns. He has been sorely missed, and Golden Tate has produced while getting extra attention from defensive backs. Casey Claussen will have dual threats as receivers this week, and that's going to create some great opportunities for RB Robert Hughes ( filling in for Armando Allen who might also play, but is day to day). All in all, the return of Floyd is going to allow Notre Dame to open up a wider field. It could be a serious problem for the Midshipmen.
Make no mistake about it, Navy is a strong team (figuratively and literally). They've only dropped three games this year; one to Ohio State, and one to Pittsburgh. Then last week, they shock everyone with a loss to Temple?!?!? Rebounding off of that disappointment, they'll be playing tough in Notre Dame. One note of caution I have for the readers is Navy's wins. When they win, they don't win very big. In the last three games, we've seen a trend of some very close games (Temple, Wake Forest, and SMU). C'mon Navy.....that puts you in the same boat as Washington State!! Navy doesn't pass the ball a lot, so you can look for a lot of ground work on there part. You can look for a considerable amount of ball handling by Fullback Vince Murray and Navy's QB, Ricky Dobbs. If Notre Dame's defense has been studying their game tape, they should be setup to bend, but not break to Navy's triple-threat offense.
Notre Dame is an 11 point favorite, and they have Jesus on their side. Midshipmen will find themselves unable to outscore Notre Dame's rejuvenated offense playing at home.
Irish by 17!!