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Top 5 Questions facing AFC West Teams

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DV    5 How fast can Elway get QB Paxton Lynch ready?
4 Can Run game be top 5 this year? It will have to be.
3 Can DV D Overcome D losses of DT Williams, olb Watson & cb Watson?
2 Can the additions on O line of Leary & Watson solve the problem?
1 Can DV win games with Siemian at QB or will Lynch start for DV?
KC     5 Was OT Okung addition by subtraction?
4 Can RB Kareem Hunt replace Charles as the all-around back?
3 Can Smith find anyone to catch the ball since Maclin is gone?
2 Did KC do enough to replace FA DT Dontari Poe?
1 Did the move up to get Mahomes indicate KC are not happy with Smith?
OK     5 When will S Reggie Nelson and Karl Joseph return to work?
4 Who will carry the ball for OK? Lynch is 96 and the others are small.
3 Did OK do enough at REC getting WR Patterson & TE Cook?
2 Can OLB Irvin give OK Pass rush opposite DE Mack?
1 When will QB Derek Carr be ready to start and will he be as effective as last year?
LC     5 Did Chargers do enough getting Tre Boston to replace Weddle?
4 Can anyone on the other side help Joey Bosa with the pass rush?
3 Will Melvin Gordon be as good as he was last year?
2 Can reshuffled LC O line with LT Okung protect QB Philip Rivers?
1 How will the move to LA affect the Charger season?

That is what I think.  Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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Interview with CB Prince Amukamara Nebraska

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Prince Amukamara Nebraska

My thanks to Prince, Brian Leonardi of the France AllPro Athlete Management, Inc. and Mr. Moohead of Mooheadradio.com for allowing me the opportunity to talk to the future star of the NFL.

Amukamara is my top rated CB and gets the nod over Patrick Peterson of LSU because of his better tackling and run defense. Both will be very good CBs in the NFL but I prefer Amukamara.

Here is the audio of the interview.

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Week 8 College football results — What did we learn?

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This week I went 5-1 in top game calls losing only the Texas/Baylor debacle. That puts the total to 22-10 for a 69% correct.

In the pros I went 3-2 which puts the against the spread at 14-8 which is 64% correct.

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College Football

#1 Auburn 51 Mississippi 31 – The Auburn D struggled to control the Rebel O and that is going to be a problem. They will be safe with all but the Iron Bowl where Alabama looks like the winner at this point.

#2 Oregon 53 USC 32 – This was the biggest threat that the Ducks had faced all season. They have two more tough games against #15 Arizona and at Oregon State to close the regular season. They should win both and be in the BcS Championship game.

#18 Iowa 37 #5 Michigan State 6 – After a home loss against Wisconsin, the Iowa D was back in a big way and stuffed the Spartan O completely. Ohio State had better watch out when they visit the Hawkeyes.

#14 Nebraska 31 #6 Missouri 17 – The Tiger O could not match the speed of the Nebraska D. Nebraska is the best team in the 10-15 range and will give the Big 12 South winner nightmares in the league title game.

#8 Utah 28 Air Force 23 – The Utah D struggled to control the running game of the Air Force but few teams run the ball as well as they do. This was a tough game and next week Utah gets a visit from #3 TCU an easy win over UNLV. One of those non-BCS teams will be eliminated from the race. They also have to play @ Notre Dame and finish the season against BYU.

#9 Oklahoma, #11 Ohio State, and #13 Stanford all had easy wins against inferior competition. But all three face some tough games coming up. A big game in the Big 10+1 will be the OSU Iowa game on Nov. 13th. But they face an up and down Penn State team next week that could be a trap game.

#15 Arizona 29 UCLA 21 – The Arizona D was pushed around a little by a very inconsistent UCLA O. The Wildcats have a tough finishing schedule including @ Stanford next week followed by a home game vs. USC, a visit to #1 Oregon and a home game against rival Arizona State. They will not survive that gauntlet and will lose 2 of the 4.

The NFL

Colts 30 Texans 17 – The Colts now have the O running on 5 of 6 cylinders and were able to control the game against the upstart Texans. This team is starting to look like a playoff tough out.

Pats 28 Vikings 18 – The Pats looked good and the Vikes are dead man walking. Farve is not the only Vike that will not make it to 2011. Check out my comments on both the release of WR Moss and the Vike situation on my News, Notes and Rumors page on NFLDraftDog.com.

Packers 9 Jets 0 – The loss caused the Jets to fall out of my Top spot. The problem is the O that could not run when the passing game failed to produce. A loss to the NFC is not as costly as one to another AFC team in positioning for the playoffs. Still, the Jets need to get their O back on track. The Pack stays alive in a very winnable NFC North. All the other teams in that division are imploding.

Jaguars 35 Cowgirls 17 – The Girls looked pathetic against one of the weakest teams in the league. The Girls are in serious trouble. One draft guru has them picking 8th and selecting a QB with that pick. The Jags are struggling in every aspect of the game including selling tickets. This will help but Vince Lombardi couldn’t win regularly with this roster.

Dolphins 22 Bengals 14 – While everything fell the Bengals way in 09 it is falling apart in 2010. The O has been a major disappointment. The passing game has not produced anything close to what was expected. The Dolphins survived in a game where they did not play particularly well.

The Raiders, Lions and Rams all won and are getting much better.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits http://fryingpansports.com. His first non-fiction work is at the publisher now and he has also published several novels on

and edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org.

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Will this week be full of upsets in football?

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College games:

Louisiana Tech 20 @ #3 Boise St 49 – Boise looked just OK against a very out manned LTk team. The play of LTk did not do Boise any good convincing the pollsters or the computers they deserve to be higher.

#1 Auburn @ Mississippi – The Tigers shouldn’t have any trouble with Ole Miss but they probably will struggle early. Auburn plays great against really good teams but tends to play down to the level of the lesser SEC opponents. Auburn wins.

#2 Oregon @ USC – The Ducks looked really good against an up and down UCLA team. But this is USC and it is the closest thing the Trojans will get to a bowl game this year. The key will be how does USC handle a fast and nasty Duck D? The Oregon D holds its own but the USC D is not nearly what it has been in previous years. Oregon passes the test and wins.

#5 Michigan State @ #18 Iowa – The Hawkeyes looked like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football after the 1 point loss home against Wisconsin. The loss took them to the back of the Big 10 1 loss teams because they have 2 now. This is their chance to knock off the only undefeated B10 team. Several B10 teams are suddenly fans of the Hawks. I think the MSU O line will struggle with the D line of the Hawks and Hawks win a close one.

#6 Missouri @ #14 Nebraska – In the Huskers only loss, it was turnovers that hurt them most. Missu has played very good D but has only faced 1 quality team, Oklahoma at home last week. Missu is good but not an elite team. Nebraska wins at home in a really good game.

#25 Baylor @ Texas – For the first time in this century, Baylor is bowl qualified. This has been a good season for a team that is most often the choice for a Homecoming opponent. Their stay in the top 25 will end Saturday and Texas wins.

NFL

Jaguars (3-4) @ Cowboys (1-5) -11 – Two coaches are desperately trying to hang on to their jobs. Cowboy HC Phillips just got a reprieve with the injury to QB Romo. Jag HC Del Rio has never had an NFL quality QB to lose. The Boys probably win but I don’t think it will be by 11.

Packers (4-3) @ Jets (5-1) -6 – The Pack WRs have publicly said that the failings of the passing O has been more on them than QB Rogers. That ignores the Pack’s real problem–the O line. The line has been unable to keep Rogers upright and can’t open holes for the running game. The Jet D is the real deal. Jets win and cover.

Vikings (2-4) @ Pats (5-1) -4 – The Pats tend to do just as much as they need to in order to get the W. The Vikes have an injured Farve and a D that has been leaking badly. The very young Pats D has come around faster than anyone thought it would. Pats win and cover (I think).

Steelers (5-1) @ Saints (4-2) E – Steeler QB Roethlisberger threw for 302 yards last week against a good Dolphin D. He has shaken the rust off. The Saints lost to a 1-5 Browns team that exposed weaknesses in the Saint D and special teams. The Steelers are great at taking advantage of those kinds of weaknesses and will win.

Colts (4-2) -5.5 @ Texans (4-2) – The Texans can move into 1st place (winning a tiebreaker) over the Titans with a win. The Colts are 0-2 in the division giving both teams above them with the tiebreaker advantage. The Texans won at Indy and could cover this time but I think the Colts win.

MLB

Just as I predicted, the Rangers and the Giants are in the World Series. Last night game 1 was critical. The Giants got past SP Lee and won game 1. They should have the pitching advantage from this point on and they will win in 6 games.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits http://fryingpansports.com. His first non-fiction work is at the publisher now and he has also published several novels on

and edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org.

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What to look for in this weekends college and NFL games

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UCLA @ #2 Oregon (Thursday) – The question here is which UCLA team will show up. If its the one that went to Texas and thumped them 34-12, this could be a real game. If it is the one that folded like a cheap suit at home against Stanford and lost 35-0, then you can be in bed by 10 PM. UCLA is better but they have not seen a RB with the speed of James. Some strange things happen on ESPN on a night game. This could be a Gotcha game with the always tough visit to USC coming up next week. But I think the Ducks win but it could be close.

#7 Michigan State @ Northwestern – NW may be 5-1 but they are a fraud. MSU wins easily.

Purdue @ #10 Ohio StatePurdue is a fraud at 4-2 despite being 2-0 in the league. OSU remembers a loss last year against the Boilers and will take out their frustrations on the improved but still not effective Purdue D.

Iowa State @ #18 Texas – Texas has two weeks to get their team ready for the tough games against #22 Kansas State and #14 Oklahoma State back to back. Texas has no problem with IS.

The Biggest games of the week

#1 Oklahoma @ #11 Missouri – The key to this game is the O of Missouri being able to run the ball. Their running game has been almost non-existent but they will need offensive balance against the Sooners. If they can not run the Sooner D line will be playing toss with Tiger QB Gabbert. Missu can’t run and the Sooners win.

#6 LSU @ #4 Auburn – Most people are looking at the running game of Auburn (6th overall) vs the D of LSU (11th in points allowed) but that is not the key. To win LSU has to be able to pass the ball. QB Jefferson threw for only 104 yards at home last week against McNeese State. He will have to do better because Auburn will do their best to keep control of Jefferson and keep him in the pocket. Auburn has played by far the tougher schedule and should win this game.

#13 Wisconsin @ #15 Iowa – After beating Ohio State last week, the Badgers have to go on the road to play a very solid Iowa team. The Badgers play much better at home. Iowa wins this game is a real slug-fest.

#16 Nebraska @ 14 Oklahoma State – The Husker O had been averaging almost 500 yards per game. Last week drops by WRs cost them the win and led to pulling Freshman QB Martinez. While the Husker O depends primarily on rushing (4th) they need to be more balanced to beat Ok St. The Huskers need to score often to keep up with an outstanding OK St. O which is 3rd in passing and 2nd in scoring. Ok St. has run up those numbers against some pretty weak competition. Even so, the pass D of the Huskers will be challenged. I predict Nebraska will win in a mild upset.

NFL Key games:

Steelers (4-1) -3 @ Dolphins (3-2) – The top ranked Steeler D (1 in scoring and rushing) will clamp down on the running game of the Fish. That will put pressure on QB Henne to throw against the only weakness of the Steelers (24th against the pass). Henne is steadily improving but the Dolphin O line is beat up a bit and that is not good against the Steelers front 7. The Dolphins are getting better but the Steelers are for real. Pittsburgh wins and covers.

Eagles (4-2) @ Titans (4-2) -3 – It looks like Titan QB Young will be able to play but Eagle QB Vick is still out. The Eagles looked very good in beating a solid Falcon team last week while the Titans blew out the Jags. The key is the Eagle D stopping the running game of the Titans. Young is going to have to run because the Eagle D did very well stopping the powerful running game of the Falcons. I don’t bet on Monday night winners so for the sake of argument I’ll take the points.

Cowboys (1-4) -3.5 @ Giants (4-2) – The Cowboys are playing like Cowgirls. This team is a loss or 2 away from imploding. Vegas thinks the desperation of the Boys is worth a TD. I don’t. The Giant D line is beginning to get back to their form and are really putting pressure on QBs. Boys QB Romo doesn’t handle pressure well. I’ll take the points and say thanks.

Best Bet: Pats +3 @ Chargers

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits http://fryingpansports.com. His first non-fiction work is at the publisher now and he has also published several novels on

and edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org.

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The BcS Rankings get spun again.

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Last week I was 2-2 in college picks which puts the total at 12-6.

In the pro picks I went 1-2 bringing the total to 9-5.

The BcS ratings – The Sooners are on top of the heap this week. But next week they go to #11 Missouri who is also undefeated. Beyond that they have one other top 25 team on the schedule in #14 Oklahoma St. Oregon is 2nd and faces a tricky game at home against UCLA (just ask Texas how tricky) then goes to USC. They end the season against #18 Arizona before going to play formerly ranked Oregon State.

#1 Ohio State @ #18 Wisconsin – The Bucks were not ready to play the game at the kickoff. It is the responsibility of the coaching staff to get them ready. Each of their losses in the Big 10 regular season over the last couple of years have come on the road when the Bucks looked disinterested in the game. By the second half they decided that it was time to play but by then it was too late.

The Badgers exposed something I had been griping at the OSU coaching staff about for years – the O line sucks as does the blocking scheme it uses. The OTs got run around more than a traffic circle. They are not quick enough to protect QB Pryor. Pryor was under pressure all evening.

The O finally got going and brought the score to 21-18. At that point, the D allowed the Badgers to drive the ball right down the field and put the game out of reach. It also let the team down big time. There are supposed to be several very high draft pick in the front 7 of the Bucks. Wasn’t DE Vernon Gholston an All-American and high pick? Yes, he was.

Texas @ #5 Nebraska – The Horns gave the Huskers a Big 12 parting gift – a big fat loss to take them effectively out of the National Championship picture. All it took for the Horns to look like a top 10 team was to play their long time rival Huskers. The Horn D shut down Husker QB Taylor Martinez and the Huskers had no other answer.

#12 Arkansas @ #7 Auburn – The Tigers scored 28 points in the 4th quarter to pull off a 65-43 win. It was not exactly a defensive struggle. The Auburn D got to Hog QB Mallett and he left the game injured. Mallett’s replacement QB Wilson threw 4 TDs but 2 picks and could not respond to the Auburn scores in the 4th quarter. Auburn QB Newton proved he belongs in the Heisman discussion running for 188 and passing 10 for 14 and another 140 yards and a TD.

The NFL

Browns @ Steelers – The story of this game was the return of Steeler QB Roethlisberger and the first start of Browns QB McCoy. For the full story about this game check out the Browns page on NFLDraftDog.com.

Ravens @ Patriots – In what should be a preview of a playoff game, the Pats held QB Flacco and the Raven O to 20 points. The Pats O is still not operating at top efficiency but the addition of WR Branch helped. He caught 9 balls for 98 yards and 1 TD. Branch is a MUST pickup for your fantasy football team if he is available.

The Desperation Bowl – Cowboys @ Vikings – Boys QB Romo threw a critical pick that handed the Vikes the winning field-goal opportunity. After the game Boys Owner Jerry Jones told ESPNDallas.com’s Richard Durrett. “I believe we can turn things around. While the odds are against us, we can make all the things happen that we wanted to do this year.” Don’t bet on it.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits http://fryingpansports.com. His first non-fiction work is at the publisher now and he has also published several novels on

and edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org.

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