Friday, October 17, 2008

Week 5 Picks

Last Week: 5-0

Overall: 16-6

I got back on track last week after two rough go-rounds in week 2 and 3.

There are some interesting games the slate this week, starting with:

Princeton over Brown

If you measure Columbia's abilities solely by the effort against Princeton, you have to optimistic. Jordan Culbreath, who the Lions basically shut down in week 3, had a monster game last week and almost led the underdog Tigers to a win at Colgate. Now Princeton returns home but without steady kicker Connor Louden, who is out with a groin injury. That could hurt the Tigers in a close contest. I expect a high scoring game, but the difference will come down to Brown's continued lack of a running game.

Harvard over Lehigh

The Crimson seem to be shaking off the early season cobwebs and while Lehigh has improved, Harvard is ready to roll.

Colgate over Cornell

Colgate's super rushing attack will flatten the Big Red. Cornell's loss to Harvard last week revealed some of the weaknesses on this team that the Raiders will surely exploit.

Yale over Fordham

Fordham's defense is not playing as well as expected and that's good news for Mike McLeod.

Holy Cross over Dartmouth

The Crusaders were on a high after beating Brown last week, and then one player was charged with stabbing a teammate. Both the victim and suspect deny there was a stabbing, but that's just weird. Dartmouth is still suffering with injuries suffered on the field, and that makes a win for the Big Green a tall order no matter how mentally battered the Crusaders might be tomorrow.


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