It’s amazing what a couple of wins will do for your popularity, especially if one of those wins is against the defending Fiesta Bowl champs. Jake Locker, the Washington QB who I’ve been touting as the “next big thing” for over the past week has helped me immensely in breaking the century mark for the number of viewers in one day (114 on Thursday).
In case you haven’t noticed yet, Jake Locker is kind of a big deal.
Through yesterday and today, I’ve had a total of 73 Jake Locker-related searches lead to people finding my site. I dunno how you all found this page because I just did a google search for “jake locker” myself and my website doesn’t seem to appear within the first 12 pages, you guys obviously must have a lot of free time on your hands. Nonetheless, I hope you’re enjoying the site, and feel free to leave a comment if you feel there’s something else about college football’s latest rising star that needs mentioning.
I really feel a win over Ohio State (-4) this weekend will catapult Locker to a Keanu Reeves savior-like status amongst the Husky faithful. Not to mention “Locker Nation” would multiply in size and become large enough to overpower the KISS Army, and that’s exactly what I’m predicting: UW will win 21-17 in a classic Big10-visits-Pac10 trap game.
Now, let’s move on to my Friday predictions of other relevant contests:
Notre Dame (-7.5) at Michigan – In what should end up being the “Cripple Fight Of The Year” Two freshman QB’s in battled-tested Jimmy Clausen and Ryan Mallett will square off in a game that will be played on ESPN Classic for years to come. The thing to look for in this game is how many people walk out of the Michigan locker room alive when Mike Hart goes Latrell Sprewell on his teammates should Michigan lose this one. Look for ND to end its offensive TD-less streak when Jimmy Clausen throws a couple of TD strikes but it won’t be enough because Mike Hart is going to run all over the “Little Giants” caliber Irish defense. Michigan wins this one 28-17.
That’s ONE…ONE offensive touchdown! TWO…TWO offensive touchdowns! HA HA HA HA
Tennessee (+7.5) at Florida – Tennessee’s apparently banged up and so is Florida. However, Tennessee’s already shown it can’t defend worth a lick against teams with a solid offense (see: Tenn-Cal game) and Florida’s shown no signs of slowing down offensively despite losing Andrew Caldwell at wideout. This game will likely be a shootout with the Gators coming out on top: 41-31.
Texas (-18) at UCF – This is a rare sight: A BCS conference team agreeing to play a game on the home field of a non-BCS team. In my “College Pick ‘Em” league on Yahoo, I have UCF beating the spread, the Knights appeared to have some problems shutting down the pass but against the run, they’ve been okay. Albeit, UCF’s only played one game and that was their 25-23 “upset” over NC State. I just have the feeling though that this game will be closer than the oddsmakers have it. I’m not calling for another UCF upset by any means though, Colt McCoy at QB and Jamaal Charles running the ball will be too much for UCF to handle in the end. Did I mention how good Texas’ defense is? Longhorns 27, Golden Knights 17
USC (-9.5) at Nebraska – Make no mistake about it, Nebraska will keep this one close. Memorial Stadium will be the loudest its been since the glory days of Nebraska football and the “Sea of Red” will no doubt make TV viewers’ eyes bleed. USC is also coming off a 2-week layoff from a game against Idaho in which they looked far from impressive so there’s definitely a chance they could start off rusty which in a game like this could give Nebraska some early opportunities to score first and build a lead, forcing USC to rally in a raucous environment. Meanwhile, Nebraska’s defense has been solid against the pass thus far this season but they’re gonna have to kick it up a notch in order to give John David Booty and company a difficult night. Nebraska’s QB Sam Keller also needs to play the best game of his career, not necessarily in the stats department but simply in terms of making smart decisions and keeping mistakes/turnovers to an absolute minimum and their RB Marlon Lucky needs to be able to run until his legs pump battery acid…and then run some more. I’m extremely tempted to take Nebraska in the upset here but my gut feeling tells me they’re gonna come up just a tad short. USC escapes with a 24-21 victory.
On a side note: here’s to hoping that ABC/ESPN gets smart and decides to have Brent Musberger blow into a breathalyzer before every game and during every TV timeout, and then flashing the results on-screen much like those “decibel meters” they sometimes show on sports broadcasts to measure crowd noise. That way, when he starts going on one of his off-topic conversations with Kirk Herbstreit, we can all confirm the ambiguous.
You gotta ask yourself one question: “Do I feel Lucky?”
Last but not least: I am still sticking with my 45-3 prediction for PSU over Buffalo tomorrow (that’s right, we’re beating that 34-point spread). The offense will put up a performance similar to the FIU game and the defense will continue to keep our opponents’ rushing totals in the negatives. This game will be over by halftime. End of discussion. Enjoy the games, everybody…Viva La Jake!