Friday, September 16, 2011

Week 1 Picks

Once again, I do not condone nor do I like sports gambling.

But I DO like measuring my skills against the bookies.

Last year I was 32-12 picking straight up winners and losers and 31-13 against the spread.

Let's get right to week 1, (Note: I am using the LATEST LINES, not the opening lines I posted Wednesday night)

Georgetown +14 1/2 at Yale

I'm just not as high on Yale and QB Patrick Witt as everyone else seems to be. The Elis will win this game, but I don't think by more than 10 or 11 points. Georgetown is improving and darn near beat what may have been a BETTER Yale team at the Bowl last season. Take the Hoyas and the points.

Harvard +2 1/2 over Holy Cross

Holy Cross looked great beating Colgate last week, 37-7. But maybe the Raiders were overrated. I like Harvard to win this game outright, so take the Crimson and the points.

Dartmouth -3 1/2 vs. Colgate

Am I really convinced that Dartmouth will be one of the Ivy's elite teams this fall?

Sort of.

The Big Green are making a huge push this year and if there ever was a Dartmouth team that needs to beat Colgate at home in the season opener to justify the hype, it's this one.

Either way, I like their chances at home tomorrow.

Princeton +21 1/2 vs. Lehigh

The Tigers will lose this game, but Princeton has a knack of looking pretty strong in the first few weeks of the season and they play Lehigh pretty well most years. I think Lehigh will win by maybe 17 or 18, but not by more than three TD's.

Cornell over Bucknell (Pick 'em game)

This is Cornell's homecoming against an improved Bucknell team. It may be the game the Big Red has the best chance to win all year.

So they better win.

Lafayette +21 1/2 at Penn

Penn often starts the season looking a little slow and that's why I just don't see the Quakers pouring it on the Leopards right out of the gate.

Still, Penn wins this games by more than two scores for sure.

Stony Brook -2 1/2 over Brown

The line in this game opened less than two days ago with Brown as a two point favorite, but now it's totally moved over to making Stony Brook the favorite.

That's more like it as the Sea Wolves are a talent heavy team filled with FBS transfers.

Brown is a very good team, and the Bears actually beat Stony Brook last season.

But this game is at Stony Brook and Chuck Priore's team wants revenge.

Top 100 Moments of 2010

#1: Brackett to Kennedy, one last time

One of the most productive QB-Receiver combos in Columbia history took its final bow late in the third quarter at Brown Stadium.

Trailing 31-7, Sean Brackett capped off a 58 yard TD drive with two straight completions to his favorite tight end for two yards and the seven yard touchdown score, respectively.

Brackett and Andrew Kennedy would hook up one more time for a short gain later in the game, but this was the final time it would be for a score.

During their brief 14 games together, Brackett hit Kennedy for a total of 10 TD passes. That included the first collegiate TD pass of Brackett's career against Yale in 2009 and this final score of Kennedy's career at Brown.


At Fri Sep 16, 11:44:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only game that matters to me is Columbia-Fordham and the Lions are going to win the Liberty Bowl!

At Fri Sep 16, 11:51:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm very impressed with
the new Dean of Columbia College, James Valentini. Super smart with a great sense of humor. And he graduated as valedictorian of a pretty good football school--the University of Pittsburgh.

At Sat Sep 17, 06:17:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, maybe you wrote on this before, but please tell us how specifically Dartmouth turned things around so quickly. What was the "formula" ? Was it coaches, players, both? Can Columbia learn anything from what the did? Only two years ago they had a 17 game losing streak for heaven's sake--now you have them vying for the title! Any insights would be appreciated.

At Sat Sep 17, 11:32:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Gym Ratt said...

Thanks Jake for the in-depth analysis. Taking everything into consideration here are my picks for week one:

GT + 14 1/2 over Yale

Harvard + 2 1/2 over HC

Lions +5 over Fordham

Lehigh - 21 1/2 over Princeton

Bucknell even over Cornell

Penn -21 1/2 over Lafayette

Stoney Brook - 2 1/2 over Brown

Colgate - 3 1/2 over DC



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