Thursday, September 9, 2010

Week 1: Wrap-up

Week 1 is officially in the books.  It was an exciting weekend with amazing last-minute victories by Boise State, East Carolina, and Jacksonville State.  It's time to take a look back and see how we did with limited information.

Accuracy:  33-6 (85%)
Eddie is so smart because:  Boise State beat Virginia Tech by exactly three points, although it was slightly higher scoring than predicted.  Speaking of which, RBA went 65% against the spread last week.
Eddie is a moron because:  Fresno State whipped Cincinnati 28-14.  Although the Bearcats jumped out to a 14 point lead, their offensive line had no answer for a Bulldog defense that sacked Cincinnati QB Zach Collaros eight times.  After a slow start, Fresno State beat Cincinnati in all phases in a game that wasn't as close as the score indicates.
Eddie wants a mulligan on:  Maryland over Navy.  The Middies missed a field goal, fumbled twice at the Maryland one-yard-line, displayed LSU-like clock management before halftime, and were stopped no more than six inches from the goal line on the final play of the game when they could have kicked the field goal to send the game into overtime.
Eddie got lucky on:  East Carolina over Tulsa.  ECU needed a Hail Mary to beat Tulsa.  Enough said.

Accuracy:  33-6 (85%)
Justin is so smart because:  My computer expected to get 33.037 games correct this week, and had to settle for 33 on the nose. The ones I got wrong were either expected to be close games (BSU/VT, East. Mich./Army) or had such weird stuff happen that no one can or will be able to explain it (Navy gets all butterfingers inside the 3 around Maryland, Fresno State managed to trick Cincy into replacing their defense with the local Girl Scout troop at halftime). I can live with getting those wrong.
Justin is a moron because:  Maybe picking Middle Tennessee over Minnesota wasn't the best idea in the world. I'm having a word with my talent scouts now to see what the hell they were thinking.
Justin wants a mulligan on:  Maryland over Navy. See Eddie's section for a good summary. At least in the football stadium you can't hear the Terps chanting "[eff] you, [opponent] ::clap clap clap-clap-clap::" like you can during basketball season.
Justin got lucky on:  ECU over Tulsa. For those who didn't see it, you should really check out the drive log to see what it was like in the second half. It's like both teams watched the Cincy/Fresno State game and said, "Now Cincinnati ... there's a defense! We can be just like them!"