Across The Commonwealth 9/23

09/23/2011 09:11 AM

It’s come to this in college athletics: On a weekend where the focus should be on the games, the media discussion has been dominated by the talk of conference re-alignment and expansion (i.e. more money).
With that said, let’s take a look at what the scribes and talking heads have to say about all of the above:

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
-Collegefootballnews.com has its Florida-UK prediction.

-Some former UK lettermen are upset that the Ring of Honor with former players’ names and numbers were removed for the new ribbon boards at Commonwealth Stadium.

-The H-L’s Mark Story breaks down the UK-Florida matchups.

-Florida is the one team that UK linebacker Danny Trevathan hasn’t been able to conquer.

-Larry Vaught has a Q & A with UK receivers coach Tee Martin.

-The Wildcats have been struggling with http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20110922/SPORTS03/309220090/1029/SPORTS/Kentucky-Wildcats-football-team-still-struggling-game-plan?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Sports|p during its 2-1 start.

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
-Lexington Catholic QB commits to the Cards.

-The Courier-Journal’s C.L. Brown writes about the coming of age of the Louisville defensive line

-The C-J’s Rick Bozich discusses U of L’s challenge to stay relevant in the conference re-alignment shuffle

-There are reports that the Big 12
is interested in Louisville.

-U of L President James Ramsey believes his school will come of the conference expansion avalanche in good shape.

WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
-A season-ending knee injury to Brandon Doughty has put Kawaun Jakes back as Western Kentucky’s starting QB

-Western AD gives Coach Willie Taggart a vote of confidence. Jakes back as Western Kentucky’s starting QB”:http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2011/09/22/sports/sports2.txt

-As of now, WKU plans on staying put in the Sun Belt Conference.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
-The weekend schedule for Kentucky high school games

-Check out the Herald-Leader’s Mike Fields’ Friday high school notebook.

COLLEGE PICKS

Florida (-20) at Kentucky-I actually picked the Cats to upset the Florida in the preseason. What was I smoking? I can’t see any way UK even keeps this close.
Florida 49, Kentucky 7

Vanderbilt (+15) at South Carolina-Statement game for new Vandy coach James Franklin, who has ‘em rockin’ and rollin’ in Nashville thanks to a surprising 3-0 start. The ‘Dores have had some recent success against Spurrier, but I can’t see them scoring enough points to pull the upset.
South Carolina 24, Vanderbilt 10

LSU (-6.5) at West Virginia-The atmosphere will be electric in Morgantown, but the Tigers have already pushed around Oregon and Mississippi State. They’ll push around Dana Holgorsen’s squad, too.
LSU 31, West Virginia 13

Georgia (-10) at Ole Miss-The heat is on both coaches on this one. The Bulldogs are 1-2 but still have a chance to turn things around. The Rebels, on the other hand, awful. Houston Nutt might as well start packing his bags.
Georgia 34, Ole Miss 10

Notre Dame (-7) at Pittsburgh-I’m still not on the Irish bandwagon, but they’ve got too much firepower for a Pitt team that choked one away at Iowa last week.
Notre Dame 35, Pittsburgh 20

Florida State (+3) at Clemson-FSU wasn’t ready for prime time last week against Oklahoma, but they’re still the class of the ACC. Clemson had a nice win against Auburn last week, but when has Clemson ever shown any consistency?
Florida State 24, Clemson 21

Arkansas (+11) at Alabama-The Tide hasn’t been humming on all cylinders, and Bobby Petrino has enough firepower to keep this one close.
Alabama 31, Arkansas 24

Oklahoma State (+4) at Texas A & M-This figures to be the most entertaining game of the weekend. In what will be a statement to its SEC future, I like the Aggies to end its three-game losing streak to the Cowboys
Texas A & M 49, Oklahoma State 42

Last week-5-6 overall, 4-7 against spread.
Season: 14-12 overall, 14-12 against spread.

NFL PICKS
San Francisco (+3) at Cincinnati-The Bengals have played some pretty good football so far. But they’re young. And not only are young teams inconsistent, they often lay eggs an inopportune times.
49ers 24, BENGALS 14

New England (-9) at Buffalo-Bills have been entertaining in a 2-0 start, but theyr’e not quite ready for the big boys just yet.
PATRIOTS 38, BILLS 17

Houston (+4) at New Orleans-With the Colts pretty much done, Texans look like the new kings of the AFC South. But it’s hard to go against the Saints at home.
SAINTS 35, TEXANS 31

NY Giants (+7.5) at Philadelphia-Eagles win, but Giants physicality and running game keeps it close.
EAGLES 23, GIANTS 20

Miami (+2.5) at Cleveland-Battle of two teams who hope to finish at .500.
DOLPHINS 27, BROWNS 21

Denver (+6.5) at Tennessee-Chris Johnson is still rounding into form, but Matt Hasselback to Kenny Britt has become a big hit in Music City.
TITANS 24, BRONCOS 16

Detroit (-3.5) at Minnesota-I’m a Lions’ believer.
LIONS 37, VIKINGS 13

Jacksonville (+2.5) at Carolina-Cam gets his first NFL win.
PANTHERS 28, JAGS 17

Kansas City (+13) at San Diego-The Chiefs are looking bad enough to possibly put in an 0-fer this season. Phillip Rivers is my fantasy QB; I’m expecting big things.
CHARGERS 45, CHIEFS 14

N.Y. Jets (-3.5) at Oakland-Raiders rebound from tough loss at Buffalo by winning a slobber-knocker against the Jets.
RAIDERS 17, JETS 16

Baltimore (-4) at St. Louis-Ravens are off to a Jekyll and Hyde start, but Rams are too banged up to take advantage.
RAVENS 23, RAMS 17

Atlanta (+1) at Tampa Bay-Toughest game of the week to call. I think Falcons build on big win against Eagles.
FALCONS 24, BUCS 23

Arizona (-1.5) at Seattle-The Cardinals’ new QB, Kevin Kolb, has settled in nicely. The Seahawks new QB, Tarvaris Jackson, not so much.
CARDS 31, SEAHAWKS 14

Green Bay (-3.5) at Chicago-Cutler’s revenge? I don’t think so.
PACKERS 35, BEARS 24

Pittsburgh (-10) at Indianapolis-No miracles here. Stick a fork in the Colts.
STEELERS 34, COLTS 14

Washington (+6.5) at Dallas-Romo’s performance at SF last week helped his choker reputation.
COWBOYS 27, REDSKINS 14

Last week: 11-5 overall, 9-7 against spread
Season: 20-11 overall, 14-17 against spread

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