Week Six Picks
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Who's the QB?
Confirming what Big Green Alert had been reporting, Dartmouth Head Coach Buddy Teevens now says that Connor Kempe will be the starting quarterback for the Green this Saturday.
This comes after Teevens tried two other QB's in the starting slot the last two games to no avail.
I'm not sure how much of a vote of confidence that puts in Kempe, but it sure helps the Lions prepare for the game knowing who they will be facing.
I'm sure the Columbia coaches are reminding the returning veterans how well Kempe played against them last season when the Lions got virtually no pressure on him all day.
Right now, the forecast for Saturday in Hanover is pretty good: 56 degrees and some clouds.
Let's review how I did in Week Five:
For Princeton +21 1/2 at Brown I wrote:
"The Tigers will play the Bears close enough to beat the spread, but that's about it."
Actual Final Score: Brown 34 Princeton 0
1-0 Straight Up, 0-1 Against the Spread
For Holy Cross -14 1/2 vs. Dartmouth I wrote:
"Take the Crusaders and lay the points."
Actual Final Score: Holy Cross 25 Dartmouth 17
2-0 Straight Up, 0-2 Against the Spread
For Harvard -15 vs. Bucknell I wrote:
"Pick Harvard and give the points."
Actual Final Score: Harvard 34 Bucknell 3
3-0 Straight Up, 1-2 Against the Spread
For Colgate -7 1/2 vs. Cornell I wrote:
"Colgate is at home and starting to look more like itself after a spotty start."
Actual Final Score: Colgate 28 Cornell 21 (OT)
4-0 Straight Up, 1-3 Against the Spread
For Lafayette +3 1/2 vs. Yale< I wrote:
"Yale is not the best road team and Lafayette seems to be righting its ship in Easton. Go with the Leopards and take the points."
Actual Final Score: Lafayette 28 Yale 19
5-0 Straight UP, 2-3 Against the Spread
OVERALL 2011 RECORD: 20-7 SU, 14-13 ATS.
Here are my picks for this week as I am teetering on the edge of .500 against the spread:
Penn (pick 'em) vs. Yale
Penn seems ripe for a fall after a not-so-great performance against Columbia. If this game were at the Yale Bowl, I'd have no trouble choosing the Elis. But back at Franklin Field, I think Coach Bagnoli will have his Quakers ready to play and beat Yale.
Brown -11 1/2 at Cornell
Brown's weakness is run defense. Luckily for the Bears, Cornell can't run the ball too well. Watch the Brown offense score in bunches on the fast Schoelkopf field turf. Take the Bears and lay the points.
Princeton +30 1/2 at Harvard
The Tigers looked very bad last week at Brown, but Princeton usually gets very motivated against the Crimson. Harvard will win big, but not by 30 points or more.