Remember ECU?

 

The team that started the year 3-0 with wins over Virginia Tech and West Virginia that everybody said could be the next team to blow up the BCS system? Remember Skip Holtz was going to be the undisputed coach of the year, who would surely bolt for a big time school as soon as ECU was finished mopping up the C-USA?

 

That seems like three seasons ago now.

 

The last thing anybody is doing is talking about East Carolina this week. Not with Bama-Florida on the slate and a whole mess of BCS implications waiting to be sorted out. That’s where our friend Mr. Value walks in. Everybody likes that guy.

 

He’s always welcome at my place on Saturdays and this week he’s got my eyes fixed on Tulsa, where the Golden Hurricane are laying a pile of points against the Pirates.

 

Tulsa has home-field - an advantage enjoyed by no other team in a championship game Saturday. The Hurricane also have a shiny offense that ranks No. 1 in the country in total yards and can rack up points like a pinball machine.

 

But the Pirates have the top defense in the conference and a senior quarterback in Patrick Pinkney, who goes up against a defense that allows almost 30 points per game. The Hurricane also let Houston treat them like the mantle at Christmas time, letting everything get hung on them in a 70-30 loss.

 

Take the Pirates in an easy cover here, if for no other reason than to give you a reason to care for the hour you’ll watch this game before the ACC championship comes on.

 

Note: I finally snapped the horrible streak of 1-3 weeks with a beautifully mediocre 2-2 effort last week. I’m now 26-24-2 on the season.

 

Pick: ECU

 

USC vs. UCLA (+32, 47)

 

Pete Carroll picks up the phone and dials the NCAA office to discuss jersey colors with president Myles Brand.

 

PC: Hello, Myles? Pete here. Say, listen - we’re playing UCLA this weekend and we want to get the old tradition going again where we wear Crimson and they wear their Baby Blues. Whatcha think?

 

MB: I dunno Pete. Sounds pretty risky. We have strict policies for this stuff.

 

PC: So what will happen if we wear our Crimsons?

 

MB: You’ll lose one timeout for the game.

 

PC: Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!! You kill me, Myles. Seriously, what will happen?

 

Pick: USC -32

 

Boston College vs. Virginia Tech (0, 38)

 

Last year, when BC started the season 8-0, ESPN walked the streets of Boston to ask people if they knew how the Eagles were doing this year and if they could name the coach. When they got nothing but blank stares, they’d then ask how the Red Sox were doing and they couldn’t seem to find anyone who didn’t know the batting order.

 

This year, things have changed. One guy has heard of Jeff Jagodzinski and several thousand others now know who their quarterback was last year because of his NFL success this year.

 

Still, I’m taking BC on Saturday. Va. Tech played all its best football at home this season and this is essentially a road game in Tampa.

 

Pick: Boston College

 

Alabama vs. Florida (-10, 51.5)


Normally, I’d be all over Florida. But Percy Harvin has a high ankle sprain.

 

If you were asking for sprains on your Christmas list, this one is at the bottom and you’d make an extra note to Santa that you only want it if every single other one was sold out.

 

The Gators just aren’t as good without Harvin. They’ll still win, but the job for the Tide defense just got a whole lot easier.

 

Pick: Bama

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Posted by cubboy
5 years ago

put my play in on florida . now they say harvin is not playing . wow really thought he would play.
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Posted by 1StupidHaole
5 years ago

Boston College is getting worked.
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Posted by NR_78
5 years ago

you should find something else to do. you cant pick winners that well
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Posted by SNOOPDEVILLE
5 years ago

jeremyr says: 12/06/08 12:46AM bama usc ecu vatech, to the bank, trust me Why do people say these things
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Posted by Riverboy
5 years ago

BC QB is a redshirt frosh, but IMHO he looks better than 5th year senior Crane. I go to the BC games and Crane was always good for a few picks. If you are playing BC in this one, do it because of the front 7 on D. They are awsome. Secondary is not quite as good as last year but front 7 is putting on so much pressure this has been hidden. I do not know enough about VT passing game to predict if they could take advantage of DB's. Hope this helps.
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Posted by christian1
5 years ago

braydon58 u r the only one that talks with some sence they r my favorite picks trust me florida is giving up 10 for a reason and oklahoma will destroy miss and my alumni vtech luck will run out
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Posted by braydon58
5 years ago

SoCalHusker good call, sometimes it feels good to thump yer chest but yeah I saw what you posted. And yer right, even though I am a huge Skers fan T Gill is one helluva coach and screw schools like tennessee and auburn for not even giving this guy a sniff. I'm not gonna get into my reasons why for that but the guy seriously deserves coach of the year honors and for anyone that would like to debate that then they don't know how effing bad Buffalo has been. And he did it in 3 yrs! For today, i'm likin BC as well, FLorida rolls in the dome, and OU rolls Mizzou.
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Posted by LuDawg
5 years ago

ECU covers 13 EASY. Tulsa is going to get beat today by the Pirates.
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Posted by pantherfan-90
5 years ago

ECU's defense is ripe wth injuries..........not sure they can keep up with Tulsa offense.
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Posted by SoCalHusker
5 years ago

Boston College QB is young and will throw some picks today
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Posted by SoCalHusker
5 years ago

UCONN -2.5 VA TECH +1 ALABAMA +10 great nite last night with Buffalo's big victory
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Posted by SoCalHusker
5 years ago

How bout Buffalo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I called it Turner Gill deserves the Washington job more then Skarkesian who is he
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Posted by jeremyr
5 years ago

bama usc ecu vatech, to the bank, trust me
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Posted by bleekersq01
5 years ago

and as far as defense goes, UCF got blown out by 30 @ tulsa and they r a lot better defense team than ECU.
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Posted by bleekersq01
5 years ago

this is a fool and u r a fool if u listen to him. tulsa 60 pts @ home avg / ecu 17 on the rd avg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! no brainer here lay th pts w/tulsa!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted by drsweet
5 years ago

BOSTON C LOOK GOOD
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Posted by drsweet
5 years ago

USC COVER. I DON'T THINK SO. AS WELL AS BAMA
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Posted by jeremyr
5 years ago

doesnt b.c. have a change at qb
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Posted by braydon58
5 years ago

"SoCalHusker good call, sometimes it feels good to thump yer chest but yeah I saw what you posted. And yer right, even though I am a huge Skers fan T Gill is one helluva coach and screw schools like tennessee and auburn for not even giving this guy a..."