Archive for November, 2009

Treat for NCAAF Fans as Boise State and Nevada Square Off

November 25, 2009

Two of the best offenses in the nation meet as the Boise State Broncos face the Nevada Wolf Pack on Friday while the Backyard Brawl resumes between the Pittsburgh Panthers and the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Nevada Wolf Pack at Boise State Broncos

The Boise State Broncos host the Nevada Wolf Pack in a game that features the best offense in the nation trying to out-gun the hottest offense.

The Broncos are 14 point college football favorites largely because they have a big edge on defense.

The Wolf Pack are averaging 445.6 yards per game over their last eight games led by a deep stable of rushers including three with at least 1,000 yards.

If Boise State is going to cover the spread, they’re going to have to find a way to limit the damage on the ground. Boise State gives up 115.0 yards per game and if they can hold Nevada to something closer to this number than to the 574 rushing yards Nevada picked up in their last game they should win.

The Broncos offense hasn’t had any 574 yard rushing games, but it averages a nation-high 44.4 points per game.

Quarterback Kellen Moore and the receiving corps get most of the credit, but they diversified their game a bit against Utah State last week when they rushed for 323 yards.

Moore did struggle a bit in the game against Utah State completing fewer than 60 percent of his passes for the first time this season.

If Moore needs a little bit of confidence to get his passing game back, Nevada provides the perfect opportunity do get it. Nevada gives up an average of 286.3 passing yards per game which is second worst in the nation.

If Moore plays like he’s capable of and the Broncos defense is able to slow down the Wolf Pack’s running game, Boise State will easily cover the spread.

Pittsburgh Panthers at West Virginia Mountaineers

The Backyard Brawl resumes with the eight-ranked Pittsburgh Panthers visiting the West Virginia Mountaineers.

On paper these teams are very evenly matched and this game is a pick ’em with the over/under at 49.

The Panthers also have the advantage of coming off of their bye week, so they should be well prepared.

Running back Dion Lewis leads the Pittsburgh offense with 1291 yards and is coming off of a 152 yard performance against the Fighting Irish. But West Virginia is getting similar offensive numbers from Jarrett Brown.

Their passing attacks rank 61st and 68th and their defenses are also putting up similar numbers.

The biggest difference is that Pittsburgh is scoring more when they get their chances. They’re more focused and mentally tough and it shows in their respective road records. Pittsburgh is 3-1, West Virginia 1-3.

West Virginia is a perfect 6-0 at home, but Pittsburgh is just the sort of team that can spoil that and coming off of a bye week they should be very well prepared.

Survivor Betting Odds: Is Russell Evil?

November 17, 2009

I am a huge Survivor fan, have been since day 1. There have not been very many episodes that I have not seen over the 19 seasons of this Reality/Game show. Some of the seasons have been pretty boring at times with really boring groups of people playing the game. In spite of this I have been pretty faithful to the show and powered through regardless.

When Survivor Samoa started I thought to myself this looks like another pretty lame group of people, no clear Rupert type in the group. As the show went on we get introduced to this no neck brawler looking dude named Russell who looks more like an MMA fighter than an oil millionaire.

Turns out that this Russell cat is an even bigger cad than Rupert. Back in Season 7, Pearl Islands, Rupert stole the other team’s shoes and sold them, which I thought was brilliant but as it turns out Russell out did himself when he burned personal items and emptied the water bottles of his own tribe mates. The man is an evil genius as far as I am concerned and is the breathe of fresh air this show needed.

Not only is this guy playing a really great strategic game but he is also playing a smart game by using his head to find not one but two hidden immunity idols without the benefit of a single clue. What can a fan like myself say other than, “Dude!

Given his skill at manipulation I would like to think that Russell Hantz should be the hands down favourite to win Survivor Samoa but one never knows how these things are going to turn out. If you are a fan of betting on reality shows you can place a bet for the winner of season 19 Survivor over at your local sportsbook. I have posted their betting odds below going in to episode 10.

Russell Hantz +325
Mick Trimming +250
Shannon Waters +700
Dave Ball +550
John Fincher +900
Laura Morett +800
Jaison Robinson +450
Brett Clouser +750
Monica Padilla +700
Natalie White +450

Here is a great resource for everything Survivor.

E. Zack Lee