College football: mixed for me

Workout notes: 5K run on the hotel treadmill. about 11 minutes for mile 1, followed by 5 minutes at 6.7, 5 at 6.8, 2.5 at 6.9, 7 to 2.5 miles and 7.1 to mile 3, then 6.9 to 3.1 (29:40, I think).

It was enough to get sweaty and take the edge off.

Rams vs. 49’ers in a couple of hours! We are literally across the street from the Jones Dome.

College Football

Illinois vs. Penn State: 39-0 loss.


Illinois: I am afraid that the team was what I thought they were. I warned people that the Illini got too much credit for blowing out a sleep deprived MAC team and an FCS squad…as I have said (and someone else says here)

Illinois’ early season performance with Bill Cubit at the helm was a nice story — it was. I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult it’d be to fight through a coaching change one week before a season starts. But fast forward a few months and the reality is that Illinois is a missed Middle Tennessee field goal and a stunning mental gaffe by Mike Riley away from being 2-6.

My call: Penn State 28-17. So my straight up pick and “against the spread” was right.

Note: I had commented on how bad Illinois has been on the road recently. But when I looked at it further and ignored the non-conference games: 2011: 1-3 home, 1-3 road. 2012: 0-4 home, 0-4 road. 2013: 0-4 home, 1-3 road. 2014: 2-2 home, 1-3 road. That is 3-9 home, 3-9 road, exactly the same. The weak non-conference home opponents skew the home/road record a bit.

Texas vs. Iowa State: 24-0 loss

Texas stunk, again. Here there is a difference between the home/road performances: Texas beat Rice and Kansas State at home, had narrow losses to good California and Oklahoma State teams at home, and beat Oklahoma on a neutral site (still puzzled). But the road games: 38-3 to Notre Dame, 50-7 to TCU, 24-0 to Iowa State. That is 112-10. WTF?

Stupidly, I picked Texas to win AND cover.

Navy vs. South Florida: 29-17 win.

Navy went to 6-1 by rallying for a 29-17 win against a decent South Florida team. It started rough when the Bulls returned a kickoff for a touchdown, but Navy played well, especially in the second half.


I got this one right: both straight up and against the spread.

Note: Navy will play in the Military Bowl unless Navy somehow wins out and makes a “big bowl”: that would require being Houston and Memphis on the road and probably beating Temple in the championship game…and beating Army. That is too tough of a task, I think.

To me, 8-4 to 9-3 looks about right.

Notre Dame vs. Temple
Notre Dame won 24-20 in an excellent game between two good teams.


ND scored the winning touchdown with 2:09 to go and then made a key interception. This one wasn’t easy. Though ND had a good edge in total yardage (467-295), Temple played good red zone defense to keep themselves in the game.

I got this one right too: picked ND to win, and Temple to cover.

Predictions this past week: 3-1 straight up, 3-1 vs. the spread.

Now to watch some NFL ball. πŸ™‚


November 1, 2015 - Posted by | college football, running, Uncategorized |

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