In college games I went 8-1 bringing the season total to 31-15.
In pro games against the spread I went 1-4 bringing the total to 20-12.
#1 Oregon 15 California 13 – The Ducks ducked a close call to continue on the road to the BcS game. They survived to play #22 Arizona at home this week and at Oregon State next.
#2 Auburn 49 Georgia 31 – Tiger QB Newton played very well accounting for 4 scores. The Auburn D is a problem particularly in a possible game against a O like Oregon’s. Auburn will play #11 Alabama next week and #17 South Carolina in the SEC Championship game.
#3 TCU 40 San Diego St. 35 – TCU lost some ground against Boise with a close game against a good SDS team. They have no chance to recover that ground with only the 1 win New Mexico State team left on the schedule.
#4 Boise St. 52 Idaho 14 – Boise is in the best shape to sneak into the Big game if one of the top 2 fall. They have 6-3 Fresno State, #18 Nevada, and 4-6 Utah State.
#5 LSU 51 La. Monroe 0 – LSU has Mississippi and #13 Arkansas on the schedule.
#6 Stanford 17 Arizona St. 13 – Stanford will face Cal and Oregon St. If they play the way they did against a 2-6 Arizona St. team they will lose at Cal next week.
Vick looked great against the Redskins Monday night. They will move up in the FPS Top team list.
Stick a fork in the turkey known as the Vikings. They are done. This team is self-destructing and will be totally reworked next year.
The Browns have found their QB of the present and maybe of the future in McCoy. Check out what I had to say about him in the NFLDraftDog.com Browns team page.
The Colts are banged up and not blowing out anyone. Even so, they have climbed back on top of the AFC South and will be a tough playoff out because they still have Manning.
The Dolphins have lost both QB Henne and Pennington. This team is done for the year but has gotten younger. They will be a force next year.
The 49ers have found their QB for the present and it is Smith–Troy Smith the FA from Baltimore not Alex Smith the 1st round pick a couple of years ago. Troy threw for 356 yards and a TD without a pick last week against the Rams.
The Redskins signed QB McNabb to a 5 year extension. This is more about keeping control of his services in 2011 than anything else. He got 10M guaranteed and 78-88M over the contract with incentives which he probably won’t be able to meet. The Redskins want to keep him because he would get a big offer in free agency next season because so many teams need QBs.
1. Patriots – The win over the Steelers was a statement game and got them the top spot despite a loss last week against the Browns.
2. Jets – They got lucky against the Browns to win in overtime. But I still don’t think this team is as good as the Pats.
3. Steelers – The AFC North is a tough division. The Steelers lost to the Pats this week but this is still a good team. They need to shore up the O line and DBs.
4. Falcons – The Birds beat the Ravens with a great comeback. This team is on the rise and QB Ryan is outstanding.
5. Ravens – This team is still very solid and will move up soon.
Dropped out: Giants – They got crushed by the Eagles and QB Vick.
Just out of the top 5: Eagles – If Vick stays healthy and the D continues to play this well, they could make the NFC Championship game.
28. Cowgirls – One win with a new coach is nice but you have to prove it over the rest of the season.
29. Broncos – The win over the Chiefs was one fraud beating another.
30. Cardinals – “QB? QB? We don’t need no stinking QB!”
31. Panthers – That is what you get for drafting a QB out of Notre Dame.
32. Bills – They finally won a game but it could be the last one for a while.
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 https://fryingpansports.com. His first non-fiction work is at the publisher now and he has also published several novels on
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