So we finally get a week where the Thursday/Friday games fall on a holiday weekend (and most of you can see these picks - which are utterly "system" based)... If you've been drilling for oil on Saturns moon Titan (because you'd heard that dinosaurs roamed that planet many years ago), then you'll realize that CV's "system" for NCAA is basically.
- Take live home dogs (regardless of what you think)
- Start fading "BCS #1" ranked teams as soon as the rankings come out
- Take Boise State & TCU regardless
- "Go the other way" (in which CV handicaps the Penn State game)
- I had Virginia Tech working for awhile as well, but that's more or less run its course now that they're in the ACC Championship game
Here is how that system works out this week...
Auburn at ALABAMA (-4.5) - 1 unit (Friday Afternoon)
ARIZONA (+20.5) at Oregon - 1 unit (Friday Evening)
BOISE STATE (-14) at Nevada - 0 units (Friday Evening)
TCU (-43.5) at New Mexico - 1 unit (Saturday)
TCU 66 - New Mexico 17 - (+100) - Correct
MICHIGAN STATE (-1.5) at Penn State - 1 unit (Saturday)
Michigan State 26 - Penn St. 22 - (+100) - Correct
Gameday thoughts here...
Frankly, I don't like the idea of "fading" what I think is a pretty good Texas A&M squad, but I'll put emotions aside and go with the system... These "Texas" rivalries are often hard fought (this might be a game like the "Nebraska" game for Texas as a way to salvage its season)... Auburn has been under intense scrutiny for quite awhile now due to the Cam Newton scandal... I gotta think things might finally catch up to them here... Boise State, TCU, & Michigan State (vs. Penn State) all work into the same pie this week... Why?... Because Ohio State President Gordon Gee made some asinine comments regarding the BCS (calling the SEC & Big 10 "superior" conferences, and the opponents of Boise State & TCU "the little sisters of the poor"... Guess what dickhead?... You just insulted Oregon State, Utah, ranked Nevada, and Virginia Tech... You might as well have insulted #1 ranked Oregon as well (because Boise State defeated Oregon last year with a team that has returned a large portion of its starters)...
The ironic thing is that in the Big 10... Ohio State, Wisconsin, & Michigan State are all tied atop the standings... Winner of the conference gets an automatic Rose Bowl bid... Here how it stands... All 3 have identical records... Michigan State holds a tiebreak over Wisconsin (who they defeated)... & Wisconsin holds a tiebreak over Ohio State (who they defeated)... Michigan State & Ohio State do not play, so if all 3 win this weekend, Michigan State goes to the Rose Bowl... Happy Capital Fucking One Bowl Ohio State!... Although it probably won't happen that way... Top #10 BCS ranking puts them as an "at large" bid in either Miami, New Orleans, Pasadena, or Tempe... I'm going to laugh my ass off if they wind up in Tempe having to either face Boise State or TCU, and watch those Buckeye "choke artists" do what they do best...
Who said college football wasn't fun? :-)
Jimmy Clausen, Panthers
11/27: Will start Sunday.
11/26: Practiced Thursday and is expected to start.
11/25: Jimmy Clausen practiced Wednesday and is expected to start.
11/24: Has a chance to play off a Week 10 concussion. We'll know more details Wednesday.
Chad Henne, Dolphins
11/27: Chad Henne was limited in practice Friday. He'll probably start.
11/26: Chad Henne practiced Thursday and reportedly looked good.
11/24: Chad Henne was on the practice field for the Dolphins on Monday. His status is up in the air.
Colt McCoy, Browns
11/25: Colt McCoy has a high ankle sprain and will be out 4-6 weeks. Jake Delhomme will start Sunday.
11/24: Colt McCoy may have suffered a high ankle sprain. We'll know more Wednesday.
Fantasy Football Week 12 Injury Reports: Running Backs
Joseph Addai, Colts
11/27: Expected to miss Sunday's game.
11/25: Joseph Addai was limited in practice Wednesday.
11/24: Joseph Addai is likely out for Week 12.
Jahvid Best, Lions
11/25: Jahvid Best was limited in practice Wednesday.
11/24: Jahvid Best had a very limited practice Tuesday, and did not look at all. He'll probably be out.
Reggie Bush, Saints
11/26: Pro Football Talk reports that Reggie Bush will play.
11/25: Reggie Bush is listed as questionable.
11/24: Sean Payton said Reggie Bush is likely to play on Thanksgiving.
Mike Hart, Colts
11/27: Missed practice Friday. It'll be shocking if he plays.
11/25: Mike Hart is likely out for Week 12.
Felix Jones, Cowboys
11/26: Felix Jones is expected to play.
11/25: Felix Jones is listed as questionable.
11/24: Felix Jones missed practice Tuesday with a hip injury.
Ryan Mathews, Chargers
11/26: Ruled out for Sunday's game.
11/25: Ryan Mathews missed practice Wednesday.
11/24: Norv Turner told the media that Ryan Mathews is likely to miss Sunday's game.
Clinton Portis, Redskins
11/25: Placed on injured reserve.
Jonathan Stewart, Panthers
11/27: Practiced fully Friday and will start against the Browns.
11/25: Jonathan Stewart practiced Wednesday and is expected to start.
Pierre Thomas, Saints
11/25: Ruled out for Thursday's game.
11/24: Pierre Thomas missed Tuesday's practice. It doesn't appear as though he'll play.
Ryan Torain, Redskins
11/26: Ryan Torain has been ruled out for Sunday's game.
Fantasy Football Week 12 Injury Reports: Wide Receivers
Kenny Britt, Titans
11/24: Kenny Britt is out for Sunday's game.
Austin Collie, Colts
11/24: Austin Collie has been ruled out for Sunday's game.
Jerricho Cotchery, Jets
11/25: Ruled out for Thursday's game.
11/24: Jerricho Cotchery is likely out for Thursday's game.
Patrick Crayton, Chargers
11/24: Patrick Crayton will be out a couple of weeks with a wrist injury.
Malcom Floyd, Chargers
11/27: Malcom Floyd had a limited practice Friday. He may play, but don't use him; his hamstring could really cause problems.
11/25: Malcom Floyd missed practice Wednesday.
11/24: Malcom Floyd injured his hamstring on Monday night. He could play, but won't see much practice time.
Brandon Marshall, Dolphins
11/27: Missed practice yet again Friday. Listed as doubtful.
11/26: Brandon Marshall missed practice again Thursday.
11/25: Brandon Marshall missed practice Wednesday with a hamstring injury. He's not expected to play.
Santana Moss, Redskins
11/27: Santana Moss is a surprise game-time decision with a hamstring injury.
Hakeem Nicks, Giants
11/24: Hakeem Nicks is out for three weeks.
Sidney Rice, Vikings
11/27: Sidney Rice practiced Friday and will likely play Sunday.
11/26: Sidney Rice missed practice Thursday. If he can't practice Friday, put him on your bench.
Mike Sims-Walker, Jaguars
11/27: Was limited in practice Friday. He'll be a game-time decision.
11/26: Had a limited practice Thursday. Still not expected to play.
11/25: Missed practice Wednesday. Unlikely to play.
11/24: Mike Sims-Walker is likely out for Sunday's game.
Steve Smith, Giants
11/24: Steve Smith is out Sunday.
Mike Williams, Seahawks
11/27: Missed practice again Friday.
11/25: Mike Williams missed practice Wednesday.
11/24: Mike Williams could miss Sunday's game with a foot injury.
Fantasy Football Week 12 Injury Reports: Tight Ends, Key Defensive Players
Owen Daniels, Texans
11/27: Owen Daniels has been ruled out for Sunday's game.
11/25: Hope you're sitting down for this: Owen Daniels missed practice Wednesday.
Antonio Gates, Chargers
11/27: Missed practice Friday and will likely be out for Sunday's game.
11/26: Antonio Gates practiced Thursday. He's still likely to be a game-time decision.
11/25: Antonio Gates missed practice Wednesday.
11/24: The San Diego Union-Tribune says Antonio Gates is "no guarantee" to play at Indianapolis this Sunday night.
Tony Moeaki, Chiefs
11/27: Practiced fully on Thursday and Friday.
11/25: Tony Moeaki had a limited practice Wednesday.
Jeremy Shockey, Saints
11/25: Jeremy Shockey is out.
11/24: Jeremy Shockey was limited in practice Tuesday.
Ben Watson, Browns
11/27: Ben Watson had a limited practice Thursday.
11/25: Ben Watson missed practice Wednesday. He's unlikely to play.
Fantasy Football Week 12 Injury Reports: DST, Key Defensive Players
Houston Texans Defense
11/27: Houston Texans defense out for the season PUP list (physically unable to perform)
NFL Preview: Game write-ups to be posted before time slot kickoffs on each game throughout weekend)
Minnesota Vikings (3-7) at Washington Redskins (5-5) (1:00 EST)
Line: Redskins by 1
Line: Steelers by 6.5
Line: Texans by 6.5
Line: Giants by 7
Carolina Panthers (1-9) at Cleveland Browns (3-7) (1:00 EST)
Line: Browns by 10
Line: Falcons by 2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3) at Baltimore Ravens (7-3) (4:15 EST)
Line: Ravens by 7.5
Line: Dog Killers by 3
Line: Raiders by 3
Kansas City Chiefs (6-4) at Seattle Seahawks (5-5) (4:05 EST)
Line: Chiefs by 2
Line: Broncos by 3.5
San Diego Chargers (5-5) at Indianapolis Colts (6-4) (8:25 EST)
Line: Colts by 2.5
CV is leaning to high unit play on Chargers
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
San Francisco 49ers (3-7) at Arizona Cardinals (3-7) (8:35 EST)
Line: 49ers by 1
CV is leaning to zero unit play on Cardinals