Thursday, December 23, 2010
The Caps finally broke their streak earlier this week, and currently they have won consecutive games and appear to be back on the right track heading into their big Winter Classic showdown with the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 1. As part of the preparation for the Winter Classic HBO is filming one of their 24/7 series and it features the Caps and the Pens.
One of the best parts of the 24/7 is the fans get to catch some great behind the scenes footage of their favorite athletes. In the most recent episode that meant watching the Watching Capitals celebrate their second consecutive win by getting down Jersey Shore style. That's right the Caps are fist pumping to the hits spun by Jersey Shore's Pauly D.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Tonight in the WEC we saw something that we thought was only possible in the Street Fighter II video game when using Vega. During his match Anthony Pettis uses the cage to catapult himself at his opponent and connects with an amazing kick. Now most of us thought using the cage for any advantage was illegal but perhaps even the rule makers within the WEC never envisioned a guy leaping off the cage ala a WWE wrestler using the top rope.
Without a doubt this is one of the sickest moves ever executed within the cage. Anthony Pettis has to be given credit for being that creative and that daring. There is plenty of risk involved when pouncing off of the side of a metal cage.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
One guy who could use a lesson in staying calm is this young man who plays for an unknown high school. After obviously getting into an altercation with one of the players on the other team, he decides to argue with the ref who called the foul on him. While this is just silly (perhaps he was channelling his inner Dennis Rodman) he then proceeds to bump the ref. This is never a good idea, and is a sure fire way to find your way to the locker room early. However, just to get his full money's worth the young man in question then takes the ref down to the floor, and we soon see why the guy is playing basketball and not wrestling in the winter.
This is some unbelieveable footage right here.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
One thing the Jets have not been up to this point in time is a cheater, but all of that changed on Sunday afternoon. In the late moments of a close game against the Miami Dolphins cameras caught a Jets employee tripping one of the Miami Dolphin players as he ran down the field to cover a punt.
While it was just a subtle movement, it is very obvious that one of the Jets employees went out of his way to get a piece of Miami corner back Nolan Carroll.
The guilty party was strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi. There is no doubt the NFL will deal with situation and Alosi and possibly the Jets organization will dealt a severe punishment. Everyone knows there are plenty of gray areas in football and teams will do anything they can to gain an advantage, but there is such a thing as crossing the line, and that's exatly what Sal Alosi did. He should be banned from the sidelines and NFL forever.
According to multiple reports close to the school an offer has been made to Temple football coach Al Golden from to fill the vacancy with the Miami Hurricanes.
Golden has spent the past five seasons calling the shots at Temple University where he turned the around the 1-11 program and made them bowl eligible each of the last two seasons. The Owls won 19 games over the last two seasons and went 8-4 this year, but were excluded from bowl play due to poor traveling numbers.
Before Golden arrived at Temple the Owls had been kicked out of the Big East due to poor performances on the field. Under Golden's guidance the school has worked their way back into the conference and are currently in the midst of one of their best era's in school history.
Golden met twice in person with Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt, once in New York and then in Philadelphia, during the interview process. Marc Trestman, the coach of the two-time defending CFL Grey Cup champion Montreal Alouettes, also received strong consideration for the job, as did UConn coach Randy Edsall and Houston coach Kevin Sumlin. Jon Gruden was also considered but the Hurricanes were unable to lure him out of the booth.
Many readers of this blog will remember Al Golden from his time roaming the sidelines at the University of Virginia where he was a defensive coordinator under Al Groh.
While the official details on this deal have not been finalized, it appears to a be a locked deal. The official announcement will be coming later this week with more details on the contract.
It did not take long for the Florida Gators to find their replacement for Urban Meyers who stepped down from his position earlier this week. The Florida Gators are turning to Will Muschamp to lead the Gators as the 23rd head coach in Florida Gators history.
Many will know Will Muschamp as the defensive coordinator for the Texas Longhorns where he has roamed the sidelines for the past few seasons. In 2008 Muschamp was tagged to be the coach-in-waiting to replace current Longhorns coach Mack Brown whenever he chooses to step down.
Instead of choosing to wait his time, Will Muschamp is taking the opportunity to return to his onetime hometown of Gainsville Florida.
“I have great memories watching SEC football with my father on Saturdays and playing football in the back yard with my two brothers right here in Gainesville.” Will Muschamp
At 39 years old Muschamp is the second youngest coach in the SEC. The Gators went 7-5 this season which is a disappointment for a program that won two national titles in the last six years. The Gators are in the midst of a rebuilding process but there is no doubt they are in a better position than the Texas Longhorns are currently experiencing.
Current Florida head coach will end his tenure with the Gators after their bowl game in January. Meyer stepped down after six seasons in Gainsville citing health and family issues.
Obviously today's Vikings game against the New York Giants is postponed and will be played on Monday evening in Detroit in the Superdome.
The Vikings owner Ziggy Wolfe has been lobbying the state for a new stadium and with the collapse of the dome, it's pretty obvious they are now in desperate need of a new home.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
In regards to his retirement, Meyer's had the following to say;
“I have been a Division I football coach for the last 25 years and, during that time, my primary focus has been helping my teams win titles,” said Meyer, who spent six years at Florida. “I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, and I am a fierce competitor to my core. At this time in my life, however, I appreciate the sacrifices my 24/7 profession has demanded of me, and I know it is time to put my focus on my family and life away from the field. The decision to step down was a difficult one.
“But after spending more than two decades motivating and celebrating the young men I’ve been so proud to coach, I relish the opportunity to cheer for my three terrific kids as they compete in their own respective sports. I know how fortunate I am to be in a position to make this choice and to have a family that is as loving and supportive as my amazing wife and children have always been.”
In an interesting twist Urban Meyer has already been linked to the now vacant coaching seat with the Denver Broncos.
Monday, December 06, 2010
Albert Haynesworth first butted heads with new Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan in April when the new Redskins coach announced he was switching the team to a 3-4 defensive scheme. This irked the big man and subsequently he chose to skip all OTA's. Mike Shanahan did what any head coach would do to punish his $100 million player, he embarrassed Haynesworth and forced him to run repeated shuttle runs as part of a fitness test before he was allowed to join the team in pre-season practice. Of course this warranted a response from Haynesworth and the two sides have been feuding ever since.
On Sunday the Redskins deactivated Hayneswoth without giving an explanation. The rumor was Albert was out drinking on Thursday night and had a horrible practice on Friday as a result. Haynesworth denies his being hungover but who knows.
On Monday night Albert Haynesworth reached out to my good friend Rocky Parrish of the Kevin and Rock Show on 106.7 the fan and said he was ready to tell his side of the story. What came next was one of the best and most candid player interviews you will ever hear.
I'd like to give a huge shout out to Kevin and Rock for getting this amazing interview, believe me you want to hear this.
Stanton is a third string quaterback, and he made the most of the moment, by rushing for a touchdown against the Bears. Once in the endzone Drew Stanton had a celebration ready and he had his dancing shoes ready to go. While a lot of NFL purest would say, "Act like you've been there before." For Drew Stanton there's a good chance he'll never be there again, and because of that I like his attitude and make the most of the moment.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Erik Spoelstra reached out to Mike Brown over the summer and searched for insight into both basketball’s blessing and curse: Coaching the two-time MVP LeBron James(notes).
Over and over, Brown uprooted his offensive system to appease James only to have it never work. Brown praised James’ character publicly when he would’ve preferred to have been truthful about James’ narcissism. James defied Brown in public and private, disregarded his play calls to freelance his offense, and belittled him without consequence within the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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Erik Spoelstra's efforts to hold LeBron James accountable have been met with resistance.
Meticulous in his preparation, Spoelstra spoke with several past coaches, and league sources said a clear and unequivocal picture appeared on how to proceed: End the cycle of enabling with James and hold him accountable.
And surprise, surprise: LeBron James has responded with a test of his own organizational strength, pushing to see how far the Heat will bend to his will. This season, James is hearing a word seldom uttered to him in Cleveland: “No.” And it keeps coming out of the coach’s mouth, keeps getting between the King and what he wants.
Can I stay overnight to party in New Orleans after a preseason game?
Can I play the clown in practice?
Can I get out of playing point guard?
No. No. No.
Even within a month of the season’s sideways 9-8 start, the NBA witnessed a predictable play out of the James-Maverick Carter playbook on Monday morning. They planted a story and exposed themselves again as jokers of the highest order. They care so little about anyone but themselves. Still, no one’s surprised that they’d stoop so low, so fast into this supposed historic 73-victory season and NBA Finals sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers. They want Spoelstra – and Pat Riley – to bend to them, to bow to the King the way everyone has before them.
Nevertheless, here’s what was surprising – even troubling – when the Heat talked on Monday before a victory over the Washington Wizards: In the blink of an eye, Dwyane Wade(notes) signed up with Team LeBron to scapegoat and sell out Spoelstra.
“I’m not going to say he’s ‘my guy,’ but he’s my coach,” Wade said.
Wade’s always been loyal, and that’s why it was so surprising to witness him bail this fast on Spoelstra, whom Wade knows too well. Spoelstra is a good NBA coach. Everyone knows that Wade isn’t a star who plays hard all the time, knows that he takes plays off on defense. They know that Spoelstra did a terrific job coaching 90 victories out of that flawed Miami roster the previous two seasons.
As much as ever, the Heat need Wade to influence James. Only now, it’s clear James is influencing Wade. With Udonis Haslem(notes) out for the regular season, the locker room misses one of its vital voices. Now, Wade is struggling on the floor and James is the devil on his shoulder, whispering that he doesn’t need to be accountable, that there’s an easy fall guy for everyone: Spoelstra.
Those who know Wade well, who care about him, were disappointed Monday. When Spoelstra needed Wade to stand up for him, Wade never shrunk so small. Spoelstra was Wade’s guy, but Wade’s finding it much easier to align himself with James’ coward act than do the right thing. This was something that you’d expect out of Chris Bosh(notes), who’s never been a leader, never a winner, but Wade?
“He knows better than this,” one of Wade’s former assistant coaches said. “I’m not saying he hasn’t changed some, but he knows right from wrong. And this is wrong.”
The fundamental problem for Spoelstra isn’t that James doesn’t respect coaches – he doesn’t respect people. Give LeBron this, though: He’s learned to live one way with the television light on, and another with it off. He treats everyone like a servant, because that’s what the system taught him as a teenage prodigy. To James, the coach isn’t there to mold him into the team dynamic. He’s there to serve him.
Wade was one of the Team USA players who’d watch incredulously as James would throw a bowl of fries back at a renowned chef and bark, “They’re cold!” Or throw his sweaty practice jersey across the court and command a team administrator to go pick it up. Everyone wants James to grow out of it, but he’s never showed much of an inclination for self-examination and improvement. And he’s never surrounded himself with people who’d push him to do so.
What’s more, the timing of this leak was no accident, because James and his business manager had to like the idea of someone else going on trial this week. When the public wanted to talk about James’ return to Cleveland, about the callous way with which he left, about the disjointed start in Miami, they thrust everything onto Spoelstra.
Part of them believed they could deflect Hell Week at home in Ohio, and part of them probably believed they could indeed align the public with them against Spoelstra.
After all, the coach had it coming to him. Of this, LeBron James was sure. Spoelstra had the audacity to do something that Mike Brown never had ownership’s backing to do in Cleveland: To push James, call him out, coach him.
The funniest part had to be how they leaked the idea that Erik Spoelstra was panicking now, behaving like he feared for his job. Truth be told, he’s been behaving in the opposite way. Spoelstra isn’t running from LeBron, but running at him.
Someone’s scared here, but it isn’t the coach.
It was a few years ago on a Monday night that Arizona head coach Dennis Green gave us the memorable "They are who we thought they were." quote that has lived on in every montage of coaching meltdowns.
On Monday night it was Derek Anderson's turn to take the mic and give us a few memorable quotes. Needless to say, this season has not progressed in the fashion the Cardinals or Anderson would have liked. Hell Anderson was sitting at home just a few months ago, and now he is getting his doors blown off by the 49'ers. No wonder the guy is ready to blow off some steam.
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Monday, November 29, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
However, every now and then you get a good shake up between a few of the skill position players. On Sunday, fans witnessed a fight for the ages when Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans got into it with corner back Cortland Finnegan from the Tennessee Titans. These two guys simply went at it unlike anything I have seen in years.
Usually fights on the football field are limited to some pushing and shoving, maybe someone will get hit in the head. Andre Johnson went full hockey style on Cortland and made sure get Finnegan's helmet off before he went for the ground n pound.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
One other person LeBron took a shot at in his new commercial was Michael Jordan. The man who LeBron has attempted to model his entire career after (both on and off the court). For those of us who grew up watching and studying Michael Jordan, we all know that at the core of it all Jordan is a fierce competitor. He hates to lose, and he will hold a grudge till the bitter end. If you don't believe me just give a listen to Jordan's Hall of Fame acceptance speech where he took shots at everyone, and that was 10 years after he left to game.
With LeBron's latest commercial he has officially pulled on Superman's cape, and finally Superman is ready to respond. Despite the fact that both men are inked to Nike deals Jordan was able to use his influence to create his own response to LeBron James. What Jordan and the creative team came up with was pure gold, and a commercial that will surely have plenty of people talking in the upcoming days.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
It's a holiday here in the States. In sports terms, Thanksgiving means lots of football both college and of NFL. And of course we love football here in the United States. That being said, Thanksgiving is also about family, friends and loved ones. So in between servings of turkey and games, take a moment to think and say what you are thankful for.
Here at Walker Sports we are thankful for all the loyal readers, and fans. Four years is a long time to be around on the Internet, and it would not be possible without you.
From Walker Sports to all of you, we say thank you!
Monday, November 22, 2010
On Sunday night Blake Griffen and the LA Clippers took on the New York Knicks who are now led by Amare Stoudemire one of the most athletic bigmen in the league. While both men put up monster numbers, Griffen had 44 points, 15 boards and seven assist, Stoudemire had 39 points and 11 boards, it was Griffen who stole the show with another jaw dropping dunk. This time the victem was Knicks rookie Timofey Mozgov.
The dunk was so impressive that Amare took a second to acknowledge Blake Griffen while standing at the free throw line. While it's not uncommon to see players from opposing teams acknowledge each other, it is interesting to see these two in particular. Before the injuries of the past few seasons Amare was a high flying big man who competed in the slam dunk contest and with Steve Nash by his side terrorized opposing teams. Now Blake has exploded onto the scene, and is showing no affects from the knee injury that sidelined him for all of last season.
The brief acknowledgement between the two was almost like the passing of the torch. Now the question is can Blake Griffen impress reigning athletic big man king Dwhight Howard?
Wow it's hard to believe we have have been at this five years, but some how we made it. Through the ups and downs Walker-Sports has survived and grown stronger than ever thanks to some of our new partnerships and friends.
Today is a joyous day as we have worked hard to get to this point and there is a lot to be proud of. Most of all, we want to thank you the reader for coming back and making it all possible. If it was not for the readers, we would have closed our doors a long time ago.
Late in Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins, Titans quarterback Vince Young injured his thumb while completing a pass down the field. The injury was enough to take Young out of the game, and replace him with rookie quarterback Rusty Smith. The rookie quarterback came in for Young during the third quarter and led the Titans to overtime where they would eventually fall to the Redskins by a field goal. While Rusty Smith was getting his first reps as an NFL quarterback on the field, Vince Young was doing all he could to get back in game on the sidelines.
After the injury occurred Young went to the locker room for X-Rays and treatment, Upon returning to the sideline, Vince Young had his thumb taped and re-taped in an effort to get it ready so he could return to the game. Despite all of his efforts and pleading with Tennessee head coach Jeff Fisher, Young was not allowed to return to the game, and Rusty Smith was handed the reigns to the Tennessee Titans offense.
After the game, a displeased Vince Young paused at the entrance way to the tunnel and threw his shoulder pads and jersey into the stands in frustration. Once in the locker room, Vince Young blew by reporters after getting dressed and exited the stadium. When head coach Jeff Fisher was asked about this, he did little to show his disappointment in his young star.
"He threw half his uniform in the stands. I think clearly that is no way to respond, and so we have some things that we have to sort out with him," Fisher said of Young.
Fisher would go on to announce the Titans will start Rusty Smith next week, and Young has lost his starting job for the foreseeable future. This move is also being driven by the fact that Vince Young may need surgery to repair the damaged flexor tendon in his thumb.
Vince Young finally opened up to the media on Sunday night where he addressed a few of the issues he is now facing. When asked about throwing his jersey into the stands the Titans quarterback responded by saying he was giving his jersey to the daughter of Titans executive Don MacLachlan who is a huge Texas Longhorns fan.
"She's been very supportive of me and I wanted to give it to her as a sign of thanks because she knows what I'm going through," Young said.
As far as tossing his jersey and other items into the stands Young had this to say about the incident.
"I throw my shoes into the stands after every game, my hat into the stands after every game, my wrist bands into the stands after every game," Young said. "If it's a problem, I'll pay for my jersey."
While Vince Young is denying, or putting spin as to why some of his equipment ended up in the stands, and downplaying the post game confrontation he had with head man Jeff Fisher, it is obvious that there is a rift between QB and coach. Fisher went to bat for Vince Young two year's ago and gave him a second chance by letting him earn his starting job back from Kerry Collins last season. Now Young is throwing Fisher under the bus by saying his coach does not support him.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Okay so this commercial surfaced a few weeks ago, and to be honest I didn't think much of it at the time, but of course the hand wringers got a hold of it and all of that changed. Kobe Bryant made a guest appearance in a commercial for the video game Call of Duty Black Ops, and now many are up in arms over the spot citing the games violent material.
During the few seconds Bryant is in the commercial he can be seen firing a massive assault rifle and taking out an armored car. For what it's worth Kobe is also rocking a Nike shirt so maybe they are proponents of violence as well.
For what it's worth, this whole thing is the biggest joke going today. Call of Duty is a long running video game series that is rated MA Mature. This means the game is meant for adults, not the small impressionable children who watch violent television shows and then go crazy. Oh wait, that's not how it works. A video game does not turn a kid into a killing machine. Kobe Bryant appearing in a commercial definitely doesn't add to that.
This entire thing is absurd.
Another week, and we are making picks once again. The college football season is nearing it's conclusion and that's a shame because it's been a great year for us here at Walker Sports.
North Carolina -3 v. NC State: UNC has put together an impressive year despite the off the field issues and suspensions. For NC State this has been a great year. The boys are primed for their first trip to the ACC Championship if they can get over the final few hurdles.
Winner: NC State wins in a slug fest and picks up the win and covers the three.
Arkansas -3 v. Mississippi St.: The year has not gone as the Razorbacks would have liked it. The same can be said for Ryan Mallet who has watched his draft stock slip due to his lack of performance in big games.
Winner: Expect Arkansas to come up with a big win, and the closest thing to marque win for the Razorbacks on the season.
Florida State -4 vs. Maryland: The Terps are in the midst of a magical season. The Fridge has saved his job (for another year) and things finally seem to be moving in the right direction in College Park. Winner: Florida State wins the game in a close one, while Maryland covers the spread.
Nebraska -3 v. Texas A&M: Nebraska is the class of the Big 12 North, and while A&M is showing some life as of late, they simply do not have enough to stand toe to toe with the Cornhuskers.
Winner: Nebraska comes up with the big win to cover.
The Northwestern Wildcats and Illinois are set to play each other in a Big 10 battle on Saturday. While the two schools are located relatively near each other, school officials decided to spice this rivalry game up by bringing it back to the heart of The Windy City at Wrigley Field. Most readers of this blog know Wrigley as home to the Chicago Cubs, but before Solider Field was built it was also home to the Chicago Bears.
On Saturday football will make its return to Wrigley after a near 40 year absence. Upon it's return we realizing there was a good reason why football is not played at Wrigley. It's not safe. The storied Ivy of Wrigley field and the outfield wall make for incredibly shallow endzones, and tight sidelines. The east end zone is only a few feet away from the right-field wall, and while Wrigley officials installed padding, there still were concerns that players could be injured there. There was enough concern that both team's coaching staffs came together to find away to make things safer for their players.
The final decision became both teams would only attack the West Endzone because it offers more space. Confused on how this will work? Here are some guidelines for you.
All offensive plays will head toward the west end zone, including all extra points and all overtime possessions.
• All kickoffs will be kicked toward the east end zone.
• After every change of possession, the ball will be repositioned for the offense to head toward the west end zone.
• As a result of a coin toss held by the conference office Friday morning, Illinois will occupy the west team bench in the first half and Northwestern will occupy the west team bench in the second half and for all overtime periods.
Sound weird? It should, this game has the possibility to resemble more of a backyard pick up game than an actual NCAA football game.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
1) Boise State Broncos:
2) Oregon Ducks:
3) TCU Horned Frogs:
4) Stanford Cardinals:
5) Wisconsin Badgers:
6) LSU Tigers
7) Ohio State Buckeyes:
8) Nebraska Cornhuskers:
9)Oklahoma State Cowboys:
10) Michigan State Spartans:
11) Arkansas Razorbacks:
12) Alabama Crimson Tide
13) Missori Tigers:
14) Virginia Tech Hokies
15) South Carolina Gamecocks
17) USC Trojans
18) Iowa Hawkeyes
19) Mississippi State Bulldogs
20)North Carolina State
21) Texas A&M
24) Miami Hurricanes
25) Utah Utes:
Michael Phelps made his big splash into the national spotlight back in 2008 with his triumphs in the the pool at the Summer Olympics. Since that time the record breaking Olympian has made his more headlines with his out of the pool actions than he has in the water. Yesterday Michael Phelps made headlines yet again when it became public news who he is now dating. Phelps has been connected with Brittny Gastineau. If that names sounds familiar, it is because she is the daughter of NFL great Mark Gastineau.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Bloomer: Lock, Oklahoma State gets 6 TDs vs. Texas and give me the over 56. RFD Game: RFD's first game day win. Money line, UVA straight up.
RC: Gimme Texas A&M to win and cover, (-3) against Baylor. A&M's new quarterback and a balanced running game have the Aggies playing with new life as they look for their first Big 12 title in over a decade.
For the UVa - Md , gimme the under (50.5). Both teams coming off heartbreaking losses will them to come out and try to play conservatively.
Black Dragon: None of the lines are that appealing this week, but that's not enough to scare me away from laying some cash on a lock pick of the week. This week, it's Utah coming up big in South Bend and covering the 5.5 points against. Utah is simply too good, and after an embarrassing loss at home last week they will be out for blood against a woeful Notre Dame squad that is limping through their first year under Brian Kelly. Don't shy away from the over (54) either.
For the RFD game, despite a disappointing loss last weekend in South Beach the Terps are in the midst of an amazing season. They are also currently in the midst of a three game losing streak to Virginia. Look for all that to change on Saturday when the Terps travel down 29 south and pick up the win and cover the -1.5 points.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I'd like to give a shout out to our boys over at Play Rugby for providing this video.
Monday, November 08, 2010
For the first time in four years the Eagles made the trip across the pond to Europe will they will take part in a four game tour that includes two ranking test matches, another rarity for the USA Rugby program. The first stop for the Eagles found them in England, where they will take on the Saracens.
Now part of what makes rugby such a special sport is the comrodery and the sportsmenship between athletes both on and off the field. Since the Saracens are the hosting team, their club took it upon themselves to host the traveling Eagles for a team dinner, and give everyone a chance to relax and enjoy some social time before the take the field against one another. What resulted was some of the American athletes letting their hair down, and having a good time.
In many ways this video shows what is great about rugby. Could you imagine the Cowboys and the Redskins sitting down for a respectable team meal before a game? It's nearly unheard of here in the United States. While the Eagles will have their hands full on the pitch come Tuesday evening, they will always remember the time the spent around the dinner table breaking bread with their brothers in sport, and enjoy what rugby is all about.
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Okay it's November and that means we are down to the good stuff when it comes to college football. I know we are a bit late getting this post up, but there is still time to get those bets to the window. With that being said, we will keep it short and simple. Enjoy this week's Walker Sports Lock Picks of the Week.
Virginia -1.5 v. Duke: UVA has struggled all season under first year coach Mike London. Last week they made a strong home stand and knocked off Miami. That's the type of win the Cavaliers can build on for the future. This weekend down at Duke the Hoos keep the ball rolling and pickup the win.
Winner: UVA wins and covers the 1.5
Oregon -36 v. Washington: The Ducks are on a roll this season, and their high powered offense appears to be unstoppable. One thing is for sure, the depleted Washington Huskies will not stop the Ducks. However, it's not the line I am so interested in, as I am interested in the over, set at 68 points. Oregon averages 56 points a game, and they know they need to win with style points to keep their spot atop the poll.
Winner Oregon wins the game, but the play is taking the over 68 points.
TCU -5 v. Utah: This is a battle of unbeaten teams and could prove to be the best game on the weekend that nobody watches. TCU is scary good and may be the best overall team in the country. Currently they are giving up just 8 points a game. Utah has some offensive firepower and will likely break that streak.
Winner: TCU wins the game and covers the 5. Take the under (51) to pad your bet.
Stanford -8 v. Arizona: The Wildcats have flown largely under the radar this season and in the process they have shot up to a top 10 ranking. The Stanford Cardinals have possibly the No. 1 NFL Draft pick in quarterback Andrew Luck. One thing is for sure both these teams can get at it and score points. That's what's most important when picking this game.
Winner: Stanford edges Arizona in a close one but the play is taking the over at 56 points.