Across the Commonwealth 9/16

09/16/2011 09:14 AM

We’re one day away from the Governor’s Cup. And while the excitement level for the game may be down from a fan perspective, there’s still plenty of pre-game buzz floating around in the media.

-Read my game prediction that I made earlier this week here. weighs in with its ‘Fearless Prediction.’ on U of L-UK.

-See how two different bloggers from picked the game.

-Bleed Blue Kentucky and Kentuckysportsradio’s Aaron Cordero also has a game preview.

-Louisville will keep trying to ignite its non-existent running game.

-The Herald-Leader’s Mark Story examines what effect the Governor’s Cup has had on the quality of football in Kentucky.

-UK tackle Luke McDermott talks about his journey from walk-on to key cog on the Wildcat defensive line.

-Saturday’s game is not a sellout. The C-J’s Eric Crawford examines.

-It didn’t take true freshman Darrian Miller long to climb up the depth chart on the UK offensive line.

- Crawford revisits the UK/U of L Bluegrass poll.

-Trinity, ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation, will travel north to play Cincinnati St. Xavier, ranked 16th in the nation, on Friday night. Watch a preview from CN|2 Sports here.

-The Courier-Journal’s Jason Frakes talks with Cincinnati St. X coach Steve Specht in his preview.

-The Cincinnati Enquirer re-visits Cincy St. X’s 17-10 win over Trinity last year.

-The Herald-Leader’s Mike Fields and his Friday high school notebook is always a good read.

-Here’s a list of all of the high school football games in Kentucky this weekend.


Louisville (+5.5) at Kentucky-See above for link.

West Virginia (+1) at Maryland-This is the kind of game that Bill Stewart would lose. And that’s why Bill Stewart is no longer at West Virginia. Holgorsen and the Mountaineer offense will find a way to get it done.
West Virginia 35, Maryland 28

Pittsburgh (+3) at Iowa-I think Todd Graham will do just fine at Pitt, but asking the Panthers to win in Iowa City three games into his regime is too much.
Iowa 24, Pitt 17

Ole Miss (-2.5) at Vanderbilt-I know its the SEC vs. the Big East, but Vandy’s win over UConn last week was a big one for new coach James Franklin. This has Houston Nutt gag job special written all over it.
*Vanderbilt 17, Ole Miss 13

Tennessee (+9.5) at Florida-Remember when I picked UK to upset Florida? What I actually meant was that I thought the Vols would knock off the Gators. Seriously, UT showed me something in its rout of Cincinnati last week. I think they have the firepower to hang with the Gators. And not only do I think they’ll cover the spread, they have a good chance to win the game outright.
Tennessee 42, Florida 38

Michigan State (+4.5) at Notre Dame-We’ll get to hear all the apologists talk about how the Irish are the best 0-3 team in the history of America after they choke away another one.
Michigan State 28, Notre Dame 27

Navy (-17) at South Carolina-The Midshipmen and its triple-option offense could be tricky for the Gamecocks, but Carolina has too much depth and firepower and will pull away late.
South Carolina 42, Navy 20

Ohio State (+3) at Miami-I’ve spent so much of the offseason reading about the scandals that I haven’t had time to really study up on the teams. A hunch tells me the Buckeyes pull out a close one.
Ohio State 23, Miami 20

Oklahoma (-3.5) at Florida State-I’ve been calling this one for weeks. The Seminoles are back and make it official with a huge win Saturday night.
Florida State 38, Oklahoma 31

Stanford (-10) at Arizona-Aside from last year’s 42-17 blowout, ‘Zona usually gives Stanford problems. They beat the Cardinal in 2006 and 2009 and lost a pair of one-point decisions in 2007 and 2008. Stanford will survive, but I like the Wildcats to cover.
Stanford 44, Arizona 41

Auburn (+3.5) at Clemson-Auburn always finds a way to win close games. Clemson seems to always find a way to lose close games. Guess I’ll go with Auburn.
Auburn 35, Clemson 34

Last week: 6-2 overall, 6-2 against the spread
Season: 9-6 overall, 10-5 against the spread


Chicago (+7) at New Orleans-The Bears seem like they have their mojo back after smashing the Falcons. Saints win at home in a barnburner. SAINTS 24, BEARS 23

Kansas City (+8.5) at Detroit-Not only do the Lions make the playoffs, but they could make some noise when they get there. LIONS 35, CHIEFS 14

Jacksonville (+9) at NY Jets-Jets don’t always win pretty, but they certainly win tough. JETS 20, JAGS 13

Oakland (+3) at Buffalo-I’m a Raider believer this year, and I think the Bills come back down to earth after ripping the Chiefs last week.

Arizona (+4) at Washington-Just like Buffalo, I think the Redskins’ big performance last week was more of an abberation. I’m going with the Cardinals.

Baltimore (-6.5) at Tennessee-With Chrls Johnson still trying to round into form, the Titans don’t have the firepower to deal with B-more. RAVENS 27, TITANS 13

Seattle (+14.5) at Pittsburgh-The Steelers are still licking their wounds from their beat-down in Baltimore. The Seahawks are the perfect remedy. STEELERS 31, SEAHAWKS 14

Green Bay (-10) at Carolina-Cam will make things interesting, but the defending champs just have too much. PACKERS 41, PANTHERS 24

Tampa Bay (+3) at Minnesota-I think the Bucs are a playoff team. Minnesota is not. BUCS 27, VIKINGS 17

Cleveland (-3) at Indianapolis-Colts have too much pride in their organization not to bounce back this week. But the Browns will make them work. COLTS 24, BROWNS 10

Dallas (3) at San Francisco*Tony Romo will do just enough to take his neck off the chopping for at least a week. *COWBOYS 30, 49ERS 21

Houston (-3) at Miami-I know it was the Peyton-less Colts, but with Andre Johnson and that bruising running game, the Texans might really be ready to make some noise this year. TEXANS 26, DOLPHINS 14

San Diego (+7) at New England-Brady-Rivers shootout should be fun. The Patriot D looked shaky against Miami. I’m going with the Chargers in my upset special of the week. CHARGERS 37, PATS 34 (OT)

Cincinnati (+3.5) at Denver-Bengals 2-0? Believe it, baby.

Philadelphia (-3) at Atlanta-Falcons need a bounceback game in a big way after last week’s egg at Chicago. Vick plays well in his return, but the Falcons win a close one. FALCONS 30, EAGLES 28

St. Louis (NL) at New York Giants-Don’t think Rams can pull this one off without Steven Jackson. GIANTS 16, RAMS 13

Last week-Straight up 9-6. Against the spread 5-10.


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