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While the 2000’s marked the critic proclaimed “Golden Age of Television” with the likes of The Sopranos, The Wire, Mad Men, LOST, Friday Night Lights, Breaking Bad, etc., comedy also carved out its own corner of the small screen zeitgeist. 90’s powerhouses like Seinfeld and Friends were quintessential laugh-track, ha-ha shows that made a concerted effort not to venture far from the cushy, jokey middle. But the more cynical, dealing with harsh reality mood of the post-9/11 culture allowed comedy to step into emotional dimensions far from humor.
There are a lot of great games throughout college football this weekend, as most teams are getting into the meat of their schedule with conference play. With only one more week of games after this one before the first BCS rankings come out (during week 8 of the season), teams in the top 15 will be jockeying for position in that first ranking. It has already started with #13 USC withstanding an early surge from Utah last night before eventually falling to the Trojans 28 to 18. USC’s offensive line struggled in the first quarter with two bad snaps leading to fumbles deep in their own territory that resulted in 14 relatively easy points. I’ll spotlight some of Saturday’s big games with my weekly picks. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention an absolutely pivotal game in the Pac-12 North with #23Washington squaring off at #2 Oregon. However, since Washington is my team, I will not be making a pick in this game for the blog. I will say that this is the first real test for Oregon who played a Pillsbury non-conference schedule and rolled Arizona 42 to zero, and their chance to prove they are indeed deserving of that #2 overall ranking. Now for my picks:
My picks: I went 1-3 last week and 2 and 1 this week for a season total of 3-4. I was in my upset special for a second week in a row. Michigan Quarterback Denard Robinson looked absolutely atrocious, accounting for five turnovers (4 of them coming in the first half). To round out my picks, I was correct in predicting Florida State to beat Clemson and Oregon to beat Arizona.
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Since we have already posted the Grantland Week 4 preview, I’ll pass on doing a lengthy preview of the weekend in college football. Here is a quick link to a week 4 college football watching guide put together by SB Nation. Now for my picks:
(ACC) The College GameDay game of the week: #10 Clemson at #4 Florida State (Line- Florida State -14.5): Herbie, Corso and the gang will be in Tallahassee for about as good match-up as you’re going to get in the ACC this year. Two quarterbacks form Virginia’s Tidewater area go head to head with E.J. Manuel squaring off against Tajh Boyd. The ‘Noles look like the complete package this year. Calling it…’Noles 27 to 14 over the Tigers.
(Pac-12) # 22 Arizona at #3 Oregon (Line: Oregon -21.5): The first real test for the Ducks after a Betty Crocker non-conference schedule. The wildcats will hang around for 2.5-3 quarters but the no-huddle spread offense of Oregon wears Arizona down in the later stages of the game. Calling it….Ducks 45 to 27.
UPSET SPECIAL (Big 10/Independent) #18 Michigan at #11 Notre Dame (Line: Notre Dame -6): The Irish upset #10 Michigan State last week, but I see them open for a letdown this week. Quarterback Denard “Shoelace” Robinson and the Wolverines won in a miraculous overtime game last year. I see Michigan with just enough magic left to make it two years in a row. Calling it…. Michigan over the Irish 28 to 24.
While we’re in the calm before the proverbial college football storm, so to speak, I thought it would be a good time to spotlight some of the c/o 2013’s top quarterback prospects. Many of the nation’s top quarterback prospects were in Southern California to compete in the final round of the final round of the Elite 11 camp this weekend. After several regional competitions, 24 rising senior qb’s were picked to compete in the 5-day final round. Former Super Bowl champion signal caller, Trent Dilfer headed up the coaching staff that put the participants through a gauntlet of drills, tests, evaluations and competitions. Though it is still somewhat early in the 2013 recruiting process, much of the participants have already verbally committed to a school (though, they cannot sign until the first week of February, 2013).