Friday, November 25, 2011

Twas the Night Before The Game

Twas the Night Before THE Game, and all through the house
All of the creatures were stirring, including a mouse

Why start with this poem? It seems like the Ohio State Buckeyes have had distraction after distraction in the last twelve months. This time a year ago, it seemed like the Buckeyes were invincible after a convincing 37-7 romp over Michigan at Ohio Stadium, a record seventh consecutive win (which the Bucks later vacated of course, along with their 12 other games), one that spelled doom for then-Michigan Head Coach Rich Rodriguez, and guaranteed that then-Buckeye Head Coach Jim Tressel would coach the Buckeyes either for life, or until he got sick and tired of it.

Then a few weeks later, the rug came from underneath the Buckeye football program as reports of high-profile Buckeye football players selling gold pants, jerseys, and other memorabilia in exchange for things such as cars, cash, and tattoos. Five Ohio State football players (Terrelle Pryor, Daniel "Boom" Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams, and Solomon Thomas) were suspended for five games, along with Tressel subsequently.

Think that this was the end of it? Hardly. Apparently, Terrelle Pryor's mentor, a man by the name of Ted Sarniak e-mailed the Tressel camp, and then Tressel got word that the aforementioned players were selling aforementioned items in exchange for aforementioned tattoos and cash. Tressel's reputation as an upstanding pillar in the NCAA community was tarnished, and as the spring progressed, it seemed that Tressel was not long for the Buckeyes. On May 30, Tressel was forced to resign, and Luke Fickell became the interim head coach for the season (more on Fickell later). Eight days later, it was announced that Pryor would not return for his senior season.

Still with us? Posey's suspension was doubled, and Pryor was taken in the supplemental draft by the Oakland Raiders, only to have to serve the five game suspension, and then be expendable (by the acquisition for Carson Palmer- another song for another dance). Tressel took a consulting job for the Indianapolis Colts, where he served a six-game suspension. The Buckeyes vacated all of their wins from last season, and are still awaiting word on the NCAA, in terms of sanctions.

Meanwhile, news is heating up that ex-Florida Head Coach Urban Meyer will be announced as the new Head Coach at next Tuesday's OSU-Duke Men's Basketball Game. This is not what the current crop of Buckeyes need as they head up north to play their biggest rival right now, another distraction. When asked about the Meyer situation on Wednesday, Fickell responded, "All I know is that there is a game at Noon on Saturday, and my ass will be there."

On the other side of the ball, Michigan fired trainwreck Rich Rodriguez after a 15-22 mark at Michigan, and hired San Diego State coach and former Michigan assistant Brady Hoke, whom from Day One, has only referred to Ohio State as "OHIO", and implemented a whole new attitude and look.

This year, there was a countdown clock, counting down the days and minutes until kickoff for the Ohio State and Michigan State games, as well as a clock counting the number of days it has been since Michigan beat the aforementioned schools in football. Never in the 133 years of Wolverine football has a senior class gone 0-8 against the top two rivals (sorry Notre Dame, you don't count, ditto for Minnesota). Can these Michigan seniors knock off the Scarlet and Gray? The answer is...find out at about Noon tomorrow in the Big House.

Last week, Michigan put out a show against a really good Nebraska team, capitalizing on turnovers and special teams mistakes (which a couple of them were also turnovers) to put away the Cornhuskers 45-17. In Columbus, an emotional Penn State team held off the Buckeyes 20-14 in the Horseshoe, as DeVier Posey made his 2011 debut. The Buckeyes made some big plays, but not enough big plays (like against Wisconsin).

Tomorrow, expect the Buckeyes to make some big plays on offense, and a couple of big plays will keep them in the game for a while, but the Buckeyes did not finish last week against Penn State. This Ohio State team is better than their 6-5 record.

Michigan, an eight and a half point favorite, they will be ready. They are starving for a win against a Buckeye team in a recession. They are wanting to end the Tressel-era of domination. They are wanting to usher in the Brady Hoke era with a "W" over their hated rivals.

1929 was the last time that both Ohio State and Michigan entered "THE Game" with first-year head coached. The Buckeyes won that game. Hoke is Michigan's own Woody Hayes. Hoke only likes to refer to the Buckeyes as "OHIO", and the hungry Michigan players are looking to feast on the Buckeyes tomorrow in the Big House. Look for Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson to be let loose on the field, like Desmond Howard, Tshimanga "Tim" Biakabutuka, Charles Woodson, and Chris Perry before him against the Buckeyes. Look for Robinson to have a BIG day, as the Michigan receivers will try to outsmart the strong Buckeye defense.

The outcome will be closer than you think. Michigan has only beaten Ohio State by more than 20 points only twice in the last 30 years (1991- 31-3 and 1993- 28-0, both in the Big House). The Buckeyes will show up, but not when the going gets tough, and the Maize and Blue tough get going.

Prediction: Michigan 38, Ohio State 34

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

College Football 2011: Week 13

Stakes are high this weekend in the Pac-12, Big Ten, and SEC, as big games will help shape up the BCS landscape in Palo Alto, Eugene, Ann Arbor, Madison, Baton Rouge, and Auburn among cities.

Texas Longhorns (6-4, 3-4) at Texas A&M Aggies (6-5, 4-4)
Tomorrow night in College Station, Texas is one of the biggest rivalries in all of college sports as the Aggies of Texas A&M (6-5, 4-4) play the Texas Longhorns (6-4, 3-4) in what is the final scheduled game between these two schools, one of the longest rivals in college football history, having played 117 times since 1894. The Aggies move to the Southeastern Conference next year, thus ending one of the historic rivalries in all of college football.
Pick: Texas 17, Texas A&M 13

Ohio State Buckeyes (6-5, 3-4) at # 17 Michigan Wolverines (9-2, 5-2)
Pick: In the "Ohio"-Michigan Post

# 3 Arkansas Razorbacks (10-1, 6-1) at # 1 LSU Tigers (11-0, 7-0)
For the first time in 40 years, and only the second time in NCAA FBS history, an athletic conference has the top three teams in the country, and the # 1 and # 3 teams square off in Baton Rouge. Nothing can stop the Tigers, not even Alabama, and it is possible that LSU and Alabama meet again in the National Championship. Until then, the winner of this game will play Georgia in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta next weekend.
Pick: LSU 27, Arkansas 7

Iowa Hawkeyes (7-4, 4-3) at # 22 Nebraska Cornhuskers [8-3, 4-3)
Pick: Nebraska 31, Iowa 13

Boston College Golden Eagles (3-8, 2-5) at Miami Hurricanes (6-5, 3-4)
Last week, Miami announced that it was not going to a Bowl game (given the Nevin Shapiro scandal), so this is the Hurricanes' bowl game. Ditto for BC, whom 27 years ago this weekend shocked the Canes with a "Hail Mary" from a quarterback named Douglas Richard Flutie- Doug for short, who would have a long, successful career in both the Canadian Football League and the National Football League.
Pick: Miami 24, BC 7

# 13 Georgia Bulldogs (9-2) at # 25 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets [8-3)
Pick: Georgia 27, Georgia Tech 20

Florida State Seminoles (7-4) at Florida Gators (6-5)
Pick: Florida State 31, Florida 20

# 18 Clemson Tigers at # 14 South Carolina Gamecocks (both 9-2)
Pick: Clemson 21, South Carolina 14

Washington State Cougars (4-7) at Washington Huskies (6-5)
Pick: Washington 28, Wazzu 17

# 22 Notre Dame Fighting Irish [8-3) at # 4 Stanford Cardinal (10-1)
Pick: Stanford 41, Notre Dame 14

UCLA Bruins (6-5) at USC Trojans (9-2)This is USC's Bowl Game for the second straight year, due to their two-year bowl ban. This could also be the final game for Matt Barkley at quarterback for the Trojans as well.
Pick: USC 35, UCLA 10

# 6 Virginia Tech Hokies (10-1, 6-1) at # 24 Virginia Cavaliers [8-3, 5-2)
Pick: Virginia Tech 38, Virginia 24

Purdue Boilermakers (5-6, 3-4) at Indiana Hoosiers (1-10, 0-7)
Why am I picking this game? Because, Purdue upset both Illinois and Ohio State, that's why.
Pick: Purdue 37, Indiana 27

(38th Annual State Farm Bayou Classic)- Grambling Tigers (6-4, 5-3) vs. Southern Jaguars (4-6, 4-4)- at the Superdome
Pick: Grambling 30, Southern 21

(The Civil War)- Oregon State Beavers (3-8, 3-5) at # 9 Oregon Ducks (9-2, 7-1)
Pick: Oregon 55, Oregon State 6

# 20 Penn State Nittany Lions (9-2, 6-1) at # 15 Wisconsin Badgers (9-2, 5-2)
This is probably the most important game of this weekend (not OSU-Michigan, LSU-Arkansas, or the Iron Bowl), because this is the first-ever Big Ten Leaders Championship game, as the winner of this game will play Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium next weekend.
Pick: Wisconsin 42, Penn State 14

Vanderbilt Commodores (5-6) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-5)
This is Vanderbilt's bowl game, because the Commodores need a win to be bowl eligible. Only problem is they are 0-4 outside of Nashville this year.
Pick: Wake 35, Vandy 13

Iowa State Cyclones (6-4, 3-4) at # 12 Oklahoma Sooners [8-2, 5-2)
Last week, the Cyclones knocked off the then-# 2 Oklahoma State Cowboys in a thriller, and this week, the Cyclones travel to Norman to face an Oklahoma team that was upset by Baylor.
Pick: Oklahoma 41, Iowa State 13

# 11 Michigan State Spartans (9-2, 6-1) at Northwestern Wildcats (6-5, 3-4)
Pick: Michigan State 52, Northwestern 14

Pitt Panthers (5-5, 3-2) at Syracuse Orangemen (7-3, 3-2)
Pick: Syracuse 31, Pitt 24

Colorado Buffaloes (2-10, 1-7) at Utah Utes (7-4, 4-4)
Pick: Utah 48, Colorado 6

# 8 Houston Cougars (11-0, 7-0) at Tulsa Golden Hurricane [8-3, 7-0)
Pick: Houston 65, Tulsa 21

Wyoming Cowboys (7-3, 4-1) at # 9 Boise State Broncos (9-1, 4-1)
Pick: Boise State 49, Wyoming 7

Division I- Pickerington Central Tigers (10-2) vs. Cincinnati St. Xavier Blue Bombers (11-2)- at University of Dayton Welcome Stadium
Division II- Columbus Marion-Franklin Red Devils vs. Trotwood-Madison Rams (both 13-0)- at Clayton Northmont H.S.
Division IV- Johnstown-Monroe Johnnies (13-0) vs. Creston Norwayne Bobcats (12-1)- at New Philadelphia H.S.

Picks: St. X, Trotwood-Madison, and Norwayne

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

NFL 2011- Thanksgiving Week 12 Picks

Gobble...gobble...gobble...Week 12 of the NFL season kicks off on Thanksgiving Day with not one, not two, but three games on Thursday. The Detroit Lions have hosted a game on Thanksgiving Day every year (with the exception of World War II) since 1934, and the Dallas Cowboys since 1966. The Lions are a surprising 7-3 as they host the undefeated defending Super Bowl champs Green Bay in the early game. The Cowboys, at 6-4 are tied for first place in the NFC East with the New York Giants, and the Cowboys host the Miami Dolphins, winners of three straight after an 0-7 start, in the late afternoon/early evening game. The Thanksgiving Night game is an NFL first, as the first-ever game featuring two brothers as Head Coaches (Jim and John Harbaugh- or Harbaugh Bowl I) takes place at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, as the 9-1 San Francisco 49ers, winners of eight straight visit the Baltimore Ravens, tied for first in the AFC North at 7-3.


San Francisco 49ers (9-1) at Baltimore Ravens (7-3)
The Ravens put on a show against the Bengals, as the Ravens made big plays to stay afloat in the AFC North division. The 49ers, at 9-1, have all-but won the NFC West, as they are six games ahead of anyone else in the NFC West, and if the 49ers win, they could be the first team to clinch a playoff spot as early as Sunday.
Pick: Baltimore 24, San Francisco 17

Green Bay Packers (10-0) at Detroit Lions (7-3)
Miami Dolphins (3-7) at Dallas Cowboys (6-4)

**Do I need to repeat myself?**
Can anybody stop the Green Bay Packers? Can anybody beat the Green Bay Packers? The Detroit Lions would love to answer that question. The Lions, after a slow start, overcame Carolina with big play after big play on Sunday, and are looking to give the defending Super Bowl Champs their first loss of the 2011 season.

In the later game, the Dolphins, winners of three straight, head into Big D to play America's Team, and the Cowboys find themselves tied for first in the NFC East, after a sluggish start, due to big wins and the Giants Sunday night loss to the Eagles. This game is probably a mismatch, because Miami's wins were against Kansas City, Washington, and Buffalo.

Picks: Green Bay (45-7) and Dallas (35-10)

Cleveland Browns (4-6) at Cincinnati Bengals (6-4)
Can I say "trap game"? No matter the records, these games tend to be close, but the Bengals cannot afford a close game, if they want to keep up with Baltimore and Pittsburgh in the AFC North, whilst the Browns still have to play the aforementioned Ravens and Steelers not once, but twice.
Pick: Cincinnati 31, Cleveland 17

Carolina Panthers (2-8] at Indianapolis Colts (0-10)
Can the Colts finally win one? Can the Panthers finally win one? Find out...
Pick: Carolina 17, Indianapolis 10

Arizona Cardinals (3-7) at St. Louis Rams (2-8]
The Rams would like to avenge an early overtime loss to the Cardinals.
Pick: St. Louis 21, Arizona 16

Houston Texans (7-3) at Jacksonville Jaguars (3-7)
Pick: Houston 34, Jacksonville 7

Buffalo Bills (5-5) at New York Jets (6-4)
Pick: NY Jets 35, Buffalo 0

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-6) at Tennessee Titans (5-5)
Pick: Tampa Bay 20, Tennessee 17 (OT)

Minnesota Vikings (2-8] at Atlanta Falcons (6-4)
Pick: Atlanta 33, Minnesota 13

Washington Redskins at Seattle Seahawks (both 3-7)
Pick: Seattle 27, Washington 13

Chicago Bears (7-3) at Oakland Raiders (6-4)
Pick: Chicago 24, Oakland 21

New England Patriots (7-3) at Philadelphia Eagles (4-6)
Pick: New England 42, Philadelphia 21

Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers (both 4-6)
Pick: San Diego 28, Denver 24

Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3) at Kansas City Chiefs (5-5)
Pick: Pittsburgh 38, Kansas City 0

New York Giants (6-4) at New Orleans Saints (7-3)
Pick: New Orleans 31, NY Giants 20

Friday, November 18, 2011

College Football: Week 12 of 2011

Where has this season gone? Next week is Thanksgiving, and there will be a lot of exciting rivalry matchups in New Orleans (Southern-Grambling), College Station (Texas-Texas A&M), Baton Rouge (Arkansas-LSU), Lincoln (Iowa-Nebraska), South Beach (BC-Miami), Atlanta (Georgia-Georgia Tech), Eugene (The Civil War- Oregon State-Oregon), Auburn (The Iron Bowl- Alabama-Auburn), Columbia (Clemson-South Carolina), Gainesville (Florida State-Florida), Palo Alto (Notre Dame-Stanford), Pasadena (UCLA-Southern Cal), and Ann Arbor (THE Game- Ohio State-Michigan). This week, there are a lot of big games in the Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC, Big 12, and of course, THE Game, in New Haven, Connecticut between Harvard and Yale.

Ohio 29, Bowling Green 28
Western Michigan 24, Miami of Ohio 21
# 8 Virginia Tech 24, North Carolina 21
UAB 34, # 20 Southern Mississippi 31
Marshall 23, Memphis 22

Harvard Crimson (8-1, 6-0) at Yale Bulldogs (5-4, 4-2)
This is Harvard's playoff game, because it is against the Ivy League's "religion" to compete in the I-FCS football tournament.
Pick: Harvard 23, Yale 19

California Golden Bears (6-4, 3-4) at # 9 Stanford Cardinal (9-1, 7-1)
Pick: Stanford 48, Cal 18

# 16 Nebraska Cornhuskers at # 18 Michigan Wolverines (both 8-2, 4-2)
1962 was the last time that these two met in the regular season, but the Huskers topped Michigan in the 2005 Alamo Bowl 32-28. Michigan needs a win because they have another Red storm coming to the Big House next week.
Pick: Nebraska 31, Michigan 17

# 21 Penn State Nittany Lions [8-2, 5-1) at Ohio State Buckeyes (6-4, 3-3)- UPSET PICK
The Buckeyes sent out a Public Service Announcement this week that will be played during the game tomorrow telling their fans to show some respect to the Penn State fans, given the shaky situation in State College.
Pick: Ohio State 35, Penn State 10

# 17 Wisconsin Badgers [8-2, 4-2) at Illinois Fighting Illini (6-4, 2-4)
Pick: Wisconsin 56, Illinois 13

Indiana Hoosiers (1-9, 0-6) at # 15 Michigan State Spartans [8-2, 5-1)
Pick: Michigan State 52, Indiana 14

# 1 LSU Tigers (10-0, 6-0) at Ole Miss Rebels (2-8, 0-6)
Pick: LSU 49, Ole Miss 0

# 5 Oklahoma Sooners [8-1, 5-1) at # 22 Baylor Bears (6-3, 3-3)
Pick: Oklahoma 48, Baylor 12

USC Trojans [8-2, 4-2) at # 4 Oregon Ducks (9-1, 7-0)
Pick: Oregon 44, USC 21

# 10 Boise State Broncos [8-1, 3-1) at San Diego State Aztecs (6-3, 3-2)
Pick: Boise State 54, San Diego State 19

# 13 Kansas State Wildcats [8-2, 5-2) at # 23 Texas Longhorns (6-3, 3-3)
Pick: Texas 41, Kansas State 20

Kentucky Wildcats (4-6, 1-5) at # 14 Georgia Bulldogs [8-2, 6-1)
Pick: Georgia 41, Kentucky 6

Mississippi State Bulldogs (5-5, 1-5) at # 6 Arkansas Razorbacks (9-1, 5-1)
Pick: Arkansas 34, Mississippi State 7

Southern Methodist Mustangs (6-4, 4-2) at # 11 Houston Cougars (10-0, 6-0)
Pick: Houston 76, SMU 28

(Catholics vs. Jesuits)

Boston College Golden Eagles (3-7) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-3)
I hate to see this rivalry go, don't you?
Pick: Notre Dame 41, BC 14

Vanderbilt Commodores (5-5, 2-5) at Tennessee Volunteers (4-6, 0-6)
Pick: Vanderbilt 28, Tennessee 27

Arizona Wildcats (2-8, 1-7) at Arizona State Sun Devils (6-4, 4-3)
Pick: Arizona State 31, Arizona 3

Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-5, 2-5) at Missouri Tigers (5-5, 3-4)
Pick: Missouri 38, Texas Tech 24

Colorado State Rams (3-6, 1-3) at # 19 TCU Horned Frogs [8-2, 5-0)
Pick: TCU 47, Colorado State 0

Iowa Hawkeyes (6-4, 3-3) at Purdue Boilermakers (5-5, 3-3)
Pick: Iowa 30, Purdue 20

Miami Hurricanes (5-5) at South Florida Bulls (5-4)
Pick: Miami 27, South Florida 21

Cincinnati Bearcats (7-2, 3-1) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (7-3, 3-2)
The Cats lost on a blocked field goal try last week at Paul Brown Stadium. They travel to Piscataway to play Rutgers in a tight Big East matchup.
Pick: Rutgers 31, Cincinnati 24

# 2 Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-0, 7-0) at Iowa State Cyclones (5-4, 2-4)
Pick: OSU 63, Iowa State 3

2011 Central Ohio High School Football: Week 13

Only eight Central Ohio teams remain (out of 48 statewide). Tonight and tomorrow night, these eight, plus the forty other schools will fight to be among the 24 teams that make it to the State Semi-Finals next weekend. Only two of last year's State Champions- Bishop Hartley (in Division IV) and Delphos St. John (in Division VI) remain.

(Division I, Region 3)
# 2 Pickerington Central Tigers (9-2) vs. # 1 Hilliard Davidson Wildcats (11-0)- at Ohio Wesleyan University Selby Field
(Division IV, Region 14)
# 3 Columbus Bishop Hartley Hawks (11-0) vs. # 1 Kenton Wildcats (12-0)- at Mansfield Senior Arlin Field

The Clash of the Titans. Tomorrow night in Delaware and in Mansfield, it won't get any better as three of Central Ohio's best teams in 2011 fight for the right to compete in the State Semi-Finals next weekend. At least one of those three (the winner of the Davidson-Pick Central game) will.

In Division IV, the Hawks have soared over the competition all season long. Last week, against Pemberville Eastwood, the Hawks ran out the final 7:27 of the game to set themselves up with a date with perhaps the best quarterback in Ohio- Maty Mauk and the Kenton Wildcats. Mauk's older brother Ben was Mr. Ohio Football in 2001 and 2002, when Kenton won State Titles in both years. The Hawks have won 18 straight games, dating back to last season's Championship run. Despite losing some key players, the Hawks did not miss a beat, capping off the school's first-ever undefeated regular season.

In Division I, this will be the fourth consecutive year that these two have met in the playoffs. Davidson bested Pick Central the last two years, to go on to State, having won the State Title again in 2009. Pickerington Central, was written off after an 0-2 start (they lost to Cincinnati catholic powerhouses Moeller and St. X, who will square off in the Region 4 final tomorrow night at the University of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium), but has won nine straight. The two best teams in Division I in Central Ohio will meet again for a date, more than likely with the winner of the Moeller-St. X game. Pick Central is hoping to win tomorrow night for a rematch with the winner of that game.

Picks: Hilliard Davidson and Kenton

(Division II, Region 7)
# 2 Dresden Tri-Valley Scotties (11-1) vs. # 1 Columbus Marion-Franklin Red Devils (12-0)- at Gahanna Lincoln H.S. Stadium
Pick: Tri-Valley

(Division III, Region 10)
# 5 Elida Bulldogs (9-3) vs. # 3 Columbus Eastmoor Academy Warriors (10-2)- at Wapakoneta H.S. Harmon Field
Pick: Elida

(Division III, Region 12)
# 3 Plain City Jonathan Alder Pioneers vs. # 1 Springfield Shawnee Braves (both 12-0)- at Hilliard Bradley H.S. Athletic Complex
Pick: Jonathan Alder

(Division IV, Region 15)
# 5 Coshocton Redskins (10-2) vs. # 2 Johnstown-Monroe Johnnies (12-0)- at Zanesville H.S. Sulsberger Stadium
Pick: Coshocton

(Division IV, Region 16)
# 5 Dayton Chaminade-Julienne Eagles (9-3) vs. # 3 Clarksville Clinton-Massie Falcons (10-2)- at Mason H.S. Dwire Field at Atrium Stadium
Pick: C-J

(Division V, Region 20)
# 6 West Jefferson Roughriders (10-2) vs. # 5 Coldwater Cavaliers (9-3)- at Piqua H.S. Alexander Stadium
Pick: Coldwater

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

NFL 2011: Week 11 Picks

Tonight, Week 11 of the NFL football season commences at Sports Authority Field at Mile High as the Broncos host the New York Jets. This is one of 14 games this weekend, capping off with Matt Cassel's return to Foxboro on Monday night as the Kansas City Chiefs visit the New England Patriots. The 4 teams that are off this week are a combined 21-19 (21-9 if you don't count the Peyton-less Colts), and three of them (New Orleans, Houston, and Pittsburgh) lead their divisions heading into the Thanksgiving weekend.

New York Jets (5-4) at Denver Broncos (4-5)
Pick: Denver 31, NY Jets 14

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens (both 6-3, and tied for 2nd in AFC North)
This game is probably the most important game of the week, having big playoff implications, as well as chasing idle Pittsburgh in the AFC North.
Pick: Baltimore 35, Cincinnati 21

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-5) at Green Bay Packers (9-0)
Pick: Green Bay 42, Tampa Bay 3

Jacksonville Jaguars at Cleveland Browns (both 3-6)
Pick: Jacksonville 17, Cleveland 10

Oakland Raiders (5-4) at Minnesota Vikings (2-7)
Pick: Oakland 24, Minnesota 14

Dallas Cowboys (5-4) at Washington Redskins (3-6)
Pick: Dallas 35, Washington 13

Buffalo Bills (5-4) at Miami Dolphins (2-7)
I remember when the Bills were 3-0 and as hot as they were in the 1990s. Since then, they've lost four of six, including last Sunday's shipwreck in Big D. Miami has reeled off back-to-back wins after an 0-7 start.
Pick: Miami 27, Buffalo 10

Carolina Panthers (2-7) at Detroit Lions (6-3)
The Lions need this win to get back on track before hosting the Green Bay Packers for their annual Thanksgiving date.
Pick: Detroit 31, Carolina 27

Arizona Cardinals (2-7) at San Francisco 49ers [8-1)
Pick: San Francisco 34, Arizona 0

Seattle Seahawks (3-6) at St. Louis Rams (2-7)
Pick: Seattle 14, St. Louis 12

Tennessee Titans (5-4) at Atlanta Falcons (6-3)
Pick: Atlanta 31, Tennessee 17

San Diego Chargers (4-5) at Chicago Bears (5-4)
Pick: San Diego 38, Chicago 33

Philadelphia Eagles (3-6) at New York Giants (7-2)
Pick: NY Giants 31, Philadelphia 20

Kansas City Chiefs (4-5) at New England Patriots (6-3)
These two know each other well. Chiefs QB Matt Cassel was the starter in 2008 after Tom Brady was lost to a knee injury at Arrowhead Stadium. Chiefs GM Scott Pioli and Defensive Coordinator Romeo Crennel both used to work for the Patriots. Familiarity breeds contempt.
Pick: New England 38, Kansas City 10

Friday, November 11, 2011

2011 College Football- Week 11 Picks

This past week, the whole college football nation grativated towards State College, PA and the firing of legendary Penn State coach Joe Paterno. In Happy Valley, the Nittany Lions are adjusting to life without their leader for the first time in decades.

# 19 Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-2, 3-2) at # 12 Penn State Nittany Lions [8-1, 5-0)
The last time that Joseph Vincent Paterno was not on the sidelines of Beaver Stadium was 1949. Harry S. Truman was President, there were 48 U.S. States, and All the Kings Men was the Best Picture of the year...oh yeah, television was in its infancy. But, tomorrow, the Tom Bradley era begins in what was once Happy Valley, but only a university campus rocked by a sexual abuse scandal. The last time that there was a home game at Beaver Stadium without Paterno as coach was December 1965. The long-time defensive coordinator for Penn State begins his run as the interim head coach as the Nittany Lions, fresh off a bye last week (when the scandal escalated), host the Cornhuskers. The Nittany Lions are very distracted by the events of the past week, and Nebraska, after getting upset by Northwestern, can take their frustration out on a very distracted Penn State team.
Pick: Nebraska 35, Penn State 0

# 7 Oregon Ducks at # 4 Stanford Cardinal (9-0, 6-0)
This will be the Pac-12 game of the year, and the winner will more than likely win the Pac-12 North Division and play in the Pac-12 Championship Game.
Pick: Stanford 47, Oregon 34

# 24 Michigan Wolverines (7-2, 3-2) at Illinois Fighting Illini (6-3, 2-3)
"That's basketball."- Michigan Head Football Coach Brady Hoke about last year's 67-65 triple overtime win over Illinois last year
Last year, the Wolverines won a wild one in triple overtime over Illinois, in what seemed like a basketball score. This year, both schools and their respective quarterbacks- Denard Robinson (Michigan) and Nathan Scheelhaase (Illinois) need to have big games to help their teams stay afloat in their respective divisions.
The Wolverines need a win to stay afloat the Big Ten Legends Division, while the host Illini need a win to snap their three-game slide after their first 6-0 start in 60 years. Michigan needs to step off offensively against this Illinois team, a complete 180 from their loss last week at Iowa.
Pick: Michigan 27, Illinois 24

Ohio State Buckeyes (6-3, 3-2) at Purdue Boilermakers (4-5, 2-3)
The last time the Bucks were in West Lafayette, Purdue upset the Bucks 26-18, so the Buckeyes are preparing not to be upset by the Boilermakers this go around, in what is a crucial game for OSU.
Pick: Ohio State 38, Purdue 17

Maryland Terrapins (2-7) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-3)- at FedEx Field
Pick: Notre Dame 31, Maryland 13

West Virginia Mountaineers (6-3, 2-2) at Cincinnati Bearcats (7-1, 3-0)- at Paul Brown Stadium
Pick: Cincinnati 31, West Virginia 27

# 18 Wisconsin Badgers [8-2, 3-2) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (2-7)
The Gophers upset Iowa two weeks ago, and almost upset Michigan State last week. Tomorrow, Wisconsin will show them who's the cream of the Big Ten crop.
Pick: Wisconsin 48, Minnesota 10

# 20 Auburn Tigers at # 15 Georgia Bulldogs
Pick: Georgia 27, Auburn 16

Miami Hurricanes at Florida State Seminoles
Pick: Florida State 34, Miami 7

Texas A&M Aggies at # 14 Kansas State Wildcats
Pick: Kansas State 26, Texas A&M 10

TCU Horned Frogs at # 5 Boise State Broncos
Pick: Boise State 42, TCU 9

# 25 Baylor Bears at Kansas Jayhawks
Pick: Baylor 31, Kansas 0

# 17 Michigan State Spartans (7-2, 4-1) at Iowa Hawkeyes (6-3, 3-2)
Pick: Michigan State 30, Iowa 27 (OT)

# 16 Texas Longhorns at Missouri Tigers
Pick: Texas 51, Missouri 6

Wake Forest Demon Deacons at # 9 Clemson Tigers [8-1, 5-1)
Pick: Clemson 42, Wake 17

Florida Gators (5-4, 3-4) at # 13 South Carolina Gamecocks
Pick: South Carolina 27, Florida 10

# 2 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-0, 6-0) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-4, 2-4)
For the first time ever, OSU has a big bullseye on their back, watch out, here come the Cowboys.
Pick: OSU 41, Texas Tech 20

Thursday, November 10, 2011

2011 Central Ohio H.S. Football: Week 12

The second week of the Ohio High School Playoffs take place tonight and tomorrow night, as the 96 surviving playoff teams square off in 48 exciting matchups played at neutral sites all across the Buckeye State.

Here are the 10 games against area teams this weekend.
DIVISION I (Saturday @ 7PM)
(Region 3)- both rematches of OCC division games
# 4 Upper Arlington Golden Bears (9-2) vs. # 1 Hilliard Davidson Wildcats (10-0)- at St. Francis DeSales H.S.
# 6 Gahanna Lincoln Golden Lions (9-2) vs. # 2 Pickerington Central Tigers [8-2)- at Ohio Wesleyan University's Selby Field

The # 1 and # 2 teams won the regular season matchups against their Saturday opponents pretty handily, and are expected to do so again.

Picks: Hilliard Davidson and Pick Central, to set up that exciting rematch next Saturday

DIVISION II (Friday @ 7:30PM)
(Region 7)
# 4 Big Walnut Golden Eagles (9-2) vs. # 1 Marion-Franklin Red Devils (11-0)- at Ohio Wesleyan University's Selby Field
# 3 Dresden Tri-Valley Scotties vs. # 2 New Albany Eagles (both 9-2)- at Gahanna Lincoln H.S.

Marion-Franklin is at a disadvantage against Big Walnut, having learned that first-hand last year in this round. Marion-Franklin barely beat Brookhaven (twice), Canal Winchester, and Dublin Scioto; while Big Walnut played Olentangy Orange, New Albany, Westerville Central, and Hilliard Bradley- all good quality teams in 2011.
Picks: Big Walnut and Tri-Valley

DIVISION III (Friday @ 7:30PM)
(Region 10)
Elida Bulldogs (8-3) vs. # 1 St. Francis DeSales Stallions (7-3)- at Clayton Northmont H.S.
# 3 Eastmoor Academy Warriors vs. # 2 Clyde Fliers (both 9-2)- at Mansfield Senior H.S.

Picks: DeSales and Clyde

(Region 12)
# 7 Jackson Ironmen vs. # 3 Jonathan Alder Pioneers (both 11-0)- at Logan H.S.
This will be as good as it gets, and probably Alder's toughest test (in a year where they beat Clinton-Massie and Watterson, you can only get tougher, right?) this year in an unbeaten Jackson team that will never give up.

Pick: Jonathan Alder

DIVISION IV (Saturday at 7PM)
(Region 14)
# 3 Bishop Hartley Hawks (10-0) vs. # 2 Pemberville Eastwood Eagles (11-0)- at Ashland H.S.
The defending D-IV State Champs Hawks take their offensive and defensive attack on the road to Ashland to play against unbeaten Eastwood, from the Toledo area, in what could be the Hawks' toughest test since Kettering Alter in the D-IV State Semifinals last year. The winner of this game may face off against the explosive offensive attack of Kenton.
Pick: Eastwood

(Region 15)
# 6 Ironton Tigers (7-4) vs. # 2 Johnstown-Monroe Johnnies (11-0)- at Hamilton Township H.S.
This could have upset pick all over it, as the Tigers could claw their way to the Regional Finals.
Pick: Ironton

DIVISION V (Friday @ 7:30PM)
(Region 20)
# 6 West Jefferson Roughriders (9-2) vs. # 2 Marion Pleasant Trojans (11-0)- at Hilliard Bradley H.S.
The Trojans hung almost 80 on Cincinnati Summit Country Day last week, things will get tough for them in what is practically a home game for West Jeff, which is only minutes away from where the game will be played.
Pick: West Jefferson

For a complete listing of matchups and for results from last week, go to

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

NFL 2011- Week 10 Predictions

Tomorrow night, Week 10 begins pretty early as the first Thursday night game since the Kickoff Classic takes place as the Oakland Raiders travel down the California coast to play AFC West Rival San Diego in a battle for first-place in the AFC West, which for the second week in a row is a three-way tie for first place, as both the Raiders and Chargers, along with the Kansas City Chiefs all lost on Sunday. The winner will be guaranteed sole possession of first in the AFC West. There are 14 games on Sunday, capped off with the Minnesota Vikings visiting chilly Lambeau Field and the unbeaten Packers on Monday night.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals (both 6-2)
The bad news is that this is not the National Game on CBS. Can the Bengals actually beat a top-notch team? They failed to do so in Week 3 against San Francisco, but this will be Andy Dalton's biggest test to date as a young rookie as the Red Rifle goes to action against a Pittsburgh defense that LOVES to play the Bengals. Ben Roethlisberger has only lost twice in his home state of Ohio. On a sidebar, the rematch on December 4 at Heinz Field could be flexed into the Sunday Night slot, now that the Colts-Patriots game previously scheduled as the Sunday night game, has since been flexed out of it.
Pick: Pittsburgh 35, Cincinnati 13

St. Louis Rams (1-7) at Cleveland Browns (3-5)
Pick: Cleveland 14, St. Louis 6

Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers (both 4-4)
"Pick-Six" Palmer will be struck again...and again...and again...
Pick: San Diego 41, Oakland 3

Minnesota Vikings (2-6) at Green Bay Packers [8-0)
Pick: Green Bay 37, Minnesota 12

Denver Broncos (3-5) at Kansas City Chiefs (4-4)
Pick: Denver 28, Kansas City 6

Tennessee Titans (4-4) at Carolina Panthers (2-6)
Pick: Carolina 17, Tennessee 10

Buffalo Bills (5-3) at Dallas Cowboys (4-4)
Pick: Dallas 27, Buffalo 13

New Orleans Saints (6-2) at Atlanta Falcons (5-3)
Pick: New Orleans 31, Atlanta 26

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6) at Indianapolis Colts (0-9)
One man's golden arm impacts the lives of others.- Clarence, the probationary angel
Pick: Jacksonville 20, Indianapolis 14

Washington Redskins (3-5) at Miami Dolphins (1-7)
Pick: Miami 26, Washington 7

Arizona Cardinals (2-6) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-5)
Patrick Peterson's 99-yard punt return for the go-ahead score in OT was the first of its kind in 16 years, and only the second in NFL history. This week, the Cards travel out to Philly for an early game. Can the Cards step up their game, since the Eagles are a 3-quarter team?
Pick: Philadelphia 27, Arizona 3

Houston Texans (6-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-3)
The Texans are three games above .500 for the first time in their ten-year history, and they travel to Tampa to keep their streak going.
Pick: Houston 17, Tampa Bay 13

Baltimore Ravens (6-2) at Seattle Seahawks (2-6)
Pick: Baltimore 35, Seattle 7

Detroit Lions (6-2) at Chicago Bears (5-3)
Pick: Detroit 31, Chicago 27

New York Giants (6-2) at San Francisco 49ers (7-1)
The 49ers have won seven straight for the first time since the Spanish-American War, and seem to be on a streak. The Giants ended the Patriots' long home-winning streak last week with a 24-20 win in a rematch of Super Bowl XLII. Can the Giants snap another streak on the road this week?
Pick: San Francisco 24, NY Giants 17

New England Patriots at New York Jets (both 5-3)
Pick: NY Jets 28, New England 24

Notes: The Titans-Falcons game will be at 4:15PM next Sunday, and the Week 13 Colts-Patriots game has been flexed out of the Sunday Night slot and moved to 1PM. The Week 13 game will be either the Bengals-Steelers or Lions-Saints game. The Week 13 Packers-Giants game will remain on Fox.


The Penn State University Trustees fired both Penn State University President Graham Spanier and legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, effective immediately tonight. All of this is in the wake of a scandal that is rocking the Big Ten school.

In a year of scandals that rocked the Ohio State University, University of Miami, and University of North Carolina football programs and led to the departures of OSU and UNC coaches Jim Tressel and Butch Davis, respectively, all of the scandals in college football now pale in comparison to the sex abuse cover-up that is currently rocking the campus of quaint little Pennsylvania State University in College Station, Pennsylvania.

It was just reported that the trustees of Penn State have fired both the school's president Graham Spanier and all-time winningest Division I football coach Joe Paterno in the wake of this scandal which has already led to the resignations of other top officials at Penn State, in a cover-up that has lasted for years.

Who is to blame? Joe Pa? Penn State Administration? All of the above? While it is an unfortunate end to a long, illustrious career for Paterno, but first things come first. It is the responsibility for a person in a TRUSTED position to REPORT any wrongdoings, including things that can be considered serious crimes.

What went wrong is that Paterno and the now-receivers coach, Mike McCreary did not do enough. Paterno should have called the police and put this sick, perverted man (Jerry Sandusky, a once heir-apparent to Paterno) away for life. He didn't. That action has now forever tarnished the rich legacy that Paterno has had at State College, a reputation that will never be the same, and that will bury the Penn State football program for years to come.

But one thing is for certain, it is the end of an era in Happy Valley, but Joe Paterno's coaching career will not go gentle into that good night. Eddie Robinson, Lloyd Carr, Woody Hayes, Jim Tressel, and (in Indiana) Bob Knight were all forced out in one way or another, and now the all-time winningest college football coach will not be allowed to go out on his own terms. There will be no grand finale for Joseph Vincent Paterno. We will never see a college coach lead the same sideline for 46 seasons ever again.

Tom Bradley has been named the interim head football coach, and the Tom Bradley era, as short as it probably will be, begins on Senior Day on Saturday as Penn State hosts Nebraska.

Tomorrow, DJBC Sports Corner will release its weekly predictions.

Friday, November 4, 2011

2011 NFL- Week 9

Coming Later

Big Game of the Week:
Baltimore Ravens (5-2) at Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2)
Pick: Pittsburgh 17, Baltimore 10

Early Games this Week:
Miami Dolphins (0-7) at Kansas City Chiefs (4-3)
Pick: Kansas City 35, Miami 10

Atlanta Falcons at Indianapolis Colts (soon to be 0-9)
Pick: Atlanta 31, Indianapolis 14

Tampa Bay Bucs at New Orleans Saints
Pick: New Orleans 28, Tampa Bay 24

New York Jets at Buffalo Bills
Pick: Buffalo 34, NY Jets 20

Cleveland Browns (3-4) at Houston Texans (5-3)
Pick: Houston 35, Cleveland 7

San Francisco 49ers (6-1) at Washington Redskins (3-4)
Pick: San Francisco 28, Washington 0

Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys
Pick: Dallas 33, Seattle 15

Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) at Tennessee Titans (4-3)
The Bengals are turning heads. 5-2 for the fourth time in 22 years, the previous three times the Bengals won their division and made the AFC Playoffs. The Bengals put the Seattle Seahawks away in the fourth quarter, courtesy of a 56-yard punt return by Brandon Tate and a 75-yard interception return by Reggie Nelson, both for touchdowns. This week, the Bengals head down to Music City for their fifth straight win, before they get snowballed with four straight AFC North matchups. Can the Bengals knock off the Titans, or will Chris Johnson have a productive game against the Tiger Stripes?
Pick: Tennessee 20, Cincinnati 17 (OT)

Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders
A tale of two quarterbacks. Tim Tebow was pummeled, embarrassed, and criticized after last week's blowout loss to Detroit, while two weeks ago, Carson Palmer laid an egg (plus three picks) in a 28-0 shutout loss to Kansas City. Who will win this one is the most important question?
Pick: Oakland 13, Denver 9

New York Giants at New England Patriots (5-2)
Pick: New England 31, NY Giants 27

St. Louis Rams at Arizona Cardinals (both 1-6)
Pick: St. Louis 17, Arizona 14

Green Bay Packers (7-0) at San Diego Chargers (4-3)
Pick: Green Bay 38, San Diego 27

Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles
Pick: Philadelphia 37, Chicago 13

BYE WEEKS: Detroit Lions (6-2), Minnesota Vikings (2-6), Carolina Panthers (2-6), Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6)

2011 College Football- Week 10

The 10th week of the 2011 College Football Season is underway...


1 LSU Tigers at # 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (Not on ESPN, but on CBS)
Coming later
In the meantime...
Pick: Alabama 37, LSU 24 (Alabama becomes the new # 1 on Sunday- Roll Tide!)

USC Trojans at Colorado Buffaloes (Tonight)
Tonight, the Trojans will pound Colorado after losing a heartbreaker to Stanford.
Pick: USC 41, Colorado 5

Indiana Hoosiers at Ohio State Buckeyes
Why am I even picking this game? We already will know that the game will be over after the opening kickoff. Expect Braxton Miller to rip the weak Indiana defense to shreds.
Pick: Ohio State 76, Indiana 0

# 15 Michigan Wolverines at Iowa Hawkeyes
Last year (or the last two years), Michigan's downward spiral continued in November. This year will be different, as the Michigan defense will put Iowa away early. Iowa is on its downward spiral, after losing to Minnesota last week.
Pick: Michigan 31, Iowa 24

Minnesota Golden Gophers at # 17 Michigan State Spartans
Last week, Minnesota upset Iowa, while Michigan State got thumped in Lincoln. This week, the Gophers will be seeing GanGreen as Sparty buries the Gophers.
Pick: Michigan State 43, Minnesota 13

Vanderbilt Commodores at Florida Gators
Vanderbilt was a missed field goal away from almost upsetting Arkansas last week, after blowing a big lead in that game. This week, they travel down to Gainesville, where the Gators are in a rebuilding year of their own.
Pick: Florida 16, Vanderbilt 14

Duke Blue Devils at Miami Hurricanes
Duke has lost some close games (to Wake Forest and Virginia Tech). They are better than their record suggests.
Pick: Miami 33, Duke 13

# 4 Stanford Cardinal at Oregon State Beavers
Pick: Stanford 68, OSU 10

Purdue Boilermakers at # 20 Wisconsin Badgers
Wisconsin tries to get back on track after back-to-back heartbreaking losses to Michigan State and Ohio State.
Pick: Wisconsin 63, Purdue 6

Texas A&M Aggies at # 6 Oklahoma Sooners
Pick: Oklahoma 42, Texas A&M 10

# 13 Houston Cougars at UAB Blazers
If Andrew Luck had elected to go pro after last season, Case Keenum would definitely have a clear shot at the Heisman. Most touchdown passes of all-time for the Cougars.
Pick: Houston 73, UAB 13

# 9 South Carolina Gamecocks at # 7 Arkansas Razorbacks
If it weren't for a certain # 1 vs. # 2 matchup, this would be the SEC's biggest game of the week.
Pick: Arkansas 24, South Carolina 21

# 19 Arizona State Sun Devils at UCLA Bruins
Pick: Arizona State 27, UCLA 16

# 14 Kansas State Wildcats at # 3 Oklahoma State Cowboys
How long can OSU stay unbeaten? The Cowboys still have a huge target on their backs, even if they pull it out against K State, because dates with Oklahoma and Texas loom.
Pick: OSU 38, K State 31

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Pick: Notre Dame 35, Wake 20

# 8 Oregon Ducks at Washington Huskies
Pick: Oregon 52, Washington 24

Marietta Pioneers at Otterbein Cardinals
Two year ago, the then 7th-ranked (and 7-0) Cardinals traveled down I-70 (and 77) to Marietta, where they got bit by the injury bug, and got upset by the 1-6 Pioneers, costing the Cardinals a shot of a return to the playoffs. The Cards, expected to place 4th in the OAC back in August, fell way short of expectations, losing six of their first seven OAC games.
Pick: Marietta 28, Otterbein 20

Thursday, November 3, 2011

2011 Central Ohio High School Football: Week 11- The Second Season

After ten weeks of football, the dust cleared last weekend, as 192 Ohio football teams were left standing.

Tomorrow night, the playoffs begin statewide, as 96 teams will play at their home field for the final time this year.

There will be a lot of great matchups statewide, but DJBC Sports Corner is going to focus on the ones in the Columbus area.

UPSET SPECIAL: Gahanna Lincoln over Westerville Central
BIG GAME OF THE WEEK: Beechcroft Cougars at Big Walnut Eagles (Friday) and Dublin Coffman Shamrocks at Pickerington Central Tigers (Saturday)

DIVISION I (all games Saturday)
# 8 Olentangy Orange Pioneers [8-2) at # 1 Hilliard Davidson Wildcats (9-0)
The Pioneers are making their second appearance to the playoffs in the last three years, and in their fourth year of school history. Unfortunately, the Orangemen have to travel from their Polaris confines down the outerbelt to play a Davidson team that has allowed only 28 points through nine regular season games.
Pick: They are blue and white, and have the letter "H" on their helmets

# 7 Dublin Coffman Shamrocks [8-2) at # 2 Pickerington Central Tigers (7-2)
Pick: Pickerington Central

# 6 Gahanna Lincoln Golden Lions at # 3 Westerville Central Warhawks (both 8-2)
The Warhawks are making their maiden voyage into the playoffs, and the only Central Ohio team to do so this year. Westerville Central turned a lot of heads this season. But, so did Gahanna.
Pick: Gahanna

# 5 Troy Trojans at # 4 Upper Arlington Golden Bears (both 8-2)
Pick: Upper Arlington

DIVISION II (all games on Friday)
# 8 Brookhaven Bearcats (7-3) at # 1 Marion-Franklin Red Devils (10-0)
This was a rematch of a Week 1 game, which saw the Red Devils nip the Cats 28-27. The Bearcats had an emotional rout of Mifflin last week, and jumped to the eighth and final seed for the playoffs. Brookhaven High School is on the short list of schools to close in the Columbus City School district, and the Bearcats don't want their season to end, because Brookhaven won't be guaranteed a next year.
Pick: Brookhaven

# 6 Ashland Arrows (6-4) at # 3 New Albany Eagles [8-2)
Pick: New Albany

# 5 Beechcroft Cougars (9-1) at # 4 Big Walnut Golden Eagles [8-2)
The Cougars are making their 14th postseason appearance in many years, but have only won three postseason games out of sixteen. The Eagles are making their seventh trip, and have a .700 postseason record (and a State Title in 2007) to prove it.
Pick: Big Walnut

DIVISION III (all games on Friday):
All we know is this- there will be a new State Champion as last year's champs, the Eagles of Watterson limped to a 3-7 record this year.
# 8 River Valley Vikings (7-3) at # 1 St. Francis DeSales Stallions (6-3)
Pick: DeSales

# 6 Urbana Hillclimbers at # 3 Eastmoor Academy Warriors (both 8-2)
Pick: Urbana

# 6 Logan Elm Braves (9-1) at # 3 Jonathan Alder Pioneers (10-0)
Logan Elm dropped their finale to Amanda-Clearcreek last week, and now they have to travel to Plain City? Eeek.
Pick: Jonathan Alder

DIVISION IV (all games on Saturday):
# 6 North Union Wildcats (9-1) at # 3 Bishop Hartley Hawks (9-0)
Pick: Hartley

# 7 Gnadenhutten Indian Valley Braves (7-3) at # 2 Johnstown Monroe Johnnies (10-0)
Nobody knows much about Gnadenhutten Indian Valley High School, except that it is the alma mater of the University of West Virginia hoops coach Bob Huggins. The football Braves are making their maiden playoff voyage.
Pick: Johnstown

# 6 Ironton Tigers (6-4) at # 3 Amanda-Clearcreek Aces (8-2)
Pick: Amanda-Clearcreek

DIVISION V (all games on Friday):
# 6 Ashland Crestview Cougars at # 3 Grandview Heights Bobcats (both 10-0)
If the Bobcats want to go to 11-0 after their emotional win over Liberty Union and the school's first 10-0 season, they may have to do it without their star running back.
Pick: Crestview

# 5 Portsmouth West Senators at # 4 Nelsonville-York Buckeyes (both 9-1)
Pick: Nelsonville-York

DIVISION VI (all games on Saturday):
# 6 Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans Bishops (6-4) at # 3 Danville Blue Devils (7-3)
Pick: Danville

Other Big Matches Around Ohio:
(Division I, Region 1 on Saturday)- # 6 Lakewood St. Edward Eagles (7-3) at # 3 Cleveland Heights (9-0)
This will probably be the classic trap game, because St. Ed's is better than their 7-3 record, and really has the upper hand, not only because they won the Division I State Title last year, but because Cleveland Heights, at 9-0, is making their first-ever playoff appearance.

(Division I, Region 4 on Saturday)- # 6 Mason Comets at # 3 Cincinnati St. Xavier Musketeers (both 7-3)

(Division III, Region 11 on Friday)- # 7 Thornville Sheridan Generals at # 2 Dover Tornadoes (both 9-1)

(Division III, Region 12 on Friday)- # 7 Jackson Ironmen at # 2 The Plains Athens Bulldogs (both 10-0)

(Division III, Region 12 on Friday)- # 5 Kettering Archbishop Alter Knights (10-0) at # 4 Dayton Thurgood Marshall Cougars (9-1)

For a complete listing of pairings, go to