Friday, September 26, 2008

Week Two Picks

So far, the crystal ball has been clear

Last Week: 7-0

Season Overall: 7-0

I had a great week to start the season, but the games were easier to pick. Throw in some very wet weather predicted across the board tomorrow, and you have some tough choices this time.

Harvard over Brown

Harvard looked a little rusty in the win over Holy Cross last week, but the Crimson still held the Crusaders to 70 yards rushing and QB Chris Pizzotti seems to have a new weapon in wide receiver Marco Iannuzzi. Brown is excited about their defense leading the way to a win over Stony Brook last week, but I would be concerned about QB Michael Dougherty's problems hooking up with his wide outs. The rainy weather should also eliminate much of Brown's home field advantage.

Yale over Cornell

Now that Yale has established a passing threat, I don't see how the Big Red hold up against that and Mike McLeod on the ground. At least Cornell's new FieldTurf will keep the players from hyrdoplaning all over the place.

UNH over Dartmouth

The really rough weather will make this a closer game than expected because the Big Green can go to trusty rusher Milan Williams in a pinch. I expect him to approach 30-35 carries tomorrow. But New Hampshire is really a BCS-level time through and through and they will pull it out in the end.

Lafayette over Penn

The Leopards are kind of underrated, and there's a lot of criticism of their weak schedule so far. But I'm not sold on Penn's recovery simply because the Quakers played a close game against Villanova.

Princeton over Lehigh

This Lehigh team looks weaker than what we're used to and Princeton has shown early season strength in recent years. I think the Tigers new QB Brian Anderson is their best weapon and the defense will perform better than it did against the Citadel.


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