Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pre Week 4 Polls
Week 4 Opponents



Because of some of the upsets in week 3, there are quite a few changes in the polls this week. Not in the top five, but, with former #6 Georgia losing, there are changes from there on down. (I do not understand the CBSSports.com rankings, however. How could Georgia go UP in the poll after losing to South Carolina?

You can expect some movement in next week’s polls too. There are two games pitting ranked teams against one another (#1 Florida State vs #22 Clemson, #5 Auburn vs #19 Kansas State). Several teams begin their conference game schedule while there are also a lot of teams that have this weekend off as they prep for conference games. 

(Ranks on the left are those of the AP/Coaches Top 25/CBSSPORTS.COM 128 Polls as reported by CBSSports.com. NR = Not Ranked)

1/1/3 Florida State (2-0) The Seminoles will host the #22 Clemson Tigers (1-1). FSU at home will win this one.

2/3/1 Oregon (3-0) The Ducks will hit the road to face the Washington State Cougars (1-2). Ducks will over power the Cougars.

3/2/4 Alabama (3-0) The Crimson Tide plays host to the Florida Gators (2-0). Tide continues to roll.

4/4/6 Oklahoma (3-0) The Sooners head east to face the West Virginia Mountaineers (2-1). Sooners will win on the road but it might be tougher than expected.

5/5/5 Auburn (2-0) The Tigers will head west to face the #19 Kansas State Wildcats (2-0) on Thursday night. Tigers are primed for an upset…if the Wildcats can avoid mistakes.

6/7/7 Texas A&M (3-0) The Aggies are on the road to face the SMU Mustangs (0-2). Aggies and it won’t be close.

7/6/9 Baylor (3-0) The Bears have the weekend off.

8/8/11 LSU (3-0) The Tigers will host the Mississippi State Bulldogs (3-0). Tough game but the Tigers win a close one.

9/9/10 Notre Dame (3-0) The Fighting Irish are idle this weekend.

10/12/16 Ole Miss (3-0) The Rebels take the weekend off.

11/11/14 Michigan State (1-1) The Spartans will host the Eagles of Eastern Michigan (1-2). Michigan State will ground the Eagles.

12/10/13 UCLA (3-0) The Bruins are idle this weekend.

13/14/2 Georgia (1-1) The Bulldogs will host the Troy Trojans (0-3). Run, run, and run some more. That’s Georgia’s plan and you might add score, score, and score.

14/16/22 South Carolina (2-1) The Gamecocks hit the road to face the Vanderbilt Commodores (1-2).Gamecocks win big.

15/13/18 Arizona State (3-0) The Sun Devils will be idle this week.

16/15/15 Stanford (2-1) The Cardinal will not be playing this weekend.

17/21/8 Southern California (2-1) The Trojans are also idle this weekend.

18/19/NR Missouri (3-0) The Tigers will host the Indiana Hoosiers (1-1). Missouri wins.

19/17/NR Wisconsin (1-1) The Badgers will host the Bowling Green Falcons (2-1). Badgers will romp.

20/20/17 Kansas State (2-0) The Wildcats will be hosting the #5 Auburn Tigers (2-0) on Thursday night. The Wildcats could pull off an upset at home, but they need to make no mistakes.

21/23/20 Brigham Young (3-0) The Cougars will host the Virginia Cavaliers (2-1). Cougars will win at home.

22/24/21 Clemson (1-1) The Tigers will head south to face the #1 Florida State Seminoles (2-0). Seminoles will beat the Tigers.

23/18/23 Ohio State (2-1) The Buckeyes have this weekend off.

24/22/24 Nebraska (2-0) The Cornhuskers will host the Miami Hurricanes (2-1). Nebraska has had a close call and a rout. Miami is still undefined. Close game but go with the Cornhuskers.

25/NR/NR Oklahoma State (2-1) The Cowboys will have the weekend off.

NR/25/NR North Carolina (2-0) The Tar Heels are on the road to face the East Carolina Pirates (2-1). The Tar Heels may get surprised by the feisty Pirates.

NR/NR/12 Virginia Tech (2-1) The Hokies will host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-0). Which Hokie team will show up? That’s the question. If it’s the one that beat Ohio State. They might pull this one out. If the other team shows up….Yellow Jackets win.

NR/NR/19 Louisville (2-1) The Cardinals head to Florida to face the Florida International University Golden Panthers (1-2). Louisville lost last week. They won’t lose this week.

NR/NR/25 Marshall (3-0) The Thundering Herd are on the road to play the Akron Zips (1-1). Stampede!


My Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-1) will head down to Annapolis to face the Navy Midshipmen (2-1). Navy can run the ball so the question in this one is can Rutgers stop the run? And can RU avoid making mistakes? I’m rooting for Rutgers.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

College Football: Week 3 Results



There were several upsets this week. Even the one game that pitted ranked teams (#6 Georgia vs #24 South Carolina) resulted in an upset of sorts. As a result there’s likely to be a good deal of shuffling going on with next week’s polls. The time of non-conference games is coming to a close so those conferences that have had a number of teams in the rankings are bound to see things change in the weeks ahead.

(Ranks on the left are those of the AP/Coaches Top 25/CBSSPORTS.COM 128 Polls as reported by CBSSports.com. NR = Not Ranked)

1/1/1 Florida State (2-0) The Seminoles had this weekend off.

2/4/2 Oregon (3-0) The Ducks broke the Wyoming Cowboys (2-1) 48-14. The Cowboys jumped out to a 7-0 lead which they held at the end of the first quarter. Then the Ducks came alive scoring 42 unanswered points; 27 of them in the second quarter. Marcus Mariota tossed two TD passes and ran for two others.

3/2/3 Alabama (3-0) The Tide rolled over the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (1-2) 52-12. Blake Sims passed for two TDs and ran for a third as he led the Tide over the Golden Eagles. Kenyan Drake ran for three TDs on just 9 carries for 59 yards for Alabama.

4/3/7 Oklahoma (3-0) The Sooners downed the Tennessee Vols (2-1) 34-10. Trevor Knight completed 20 of 33 passes for 308 yards and one TD. He also rushed for a score. Julian Wilson returned an interception 100 yards for another Sooner score.

5/5/5 Auburn (2-0) The Tigers were idle this week.

6/6/4 Georgia (1-1) The Bulldogs headed to South Carolina to face the #24 Gamecocks (2-1) and, while having better success than they have had at any time in the recent past. It just wasn’t enough as South Carolina won 38-35. Todd Gurley did run for 131 yards for Georgia but scored only once and was defensed well the end. Dylan Thompson completed 21 of 30 for 271 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Gamecocks.

7/8/9 Texas A&M (3-0) The Aggies trounced the Rice Owls (0-2) 38-10. Kenny Hill tossed four touchdown passes as he completed 20 of 31 attempts for 300 yards.

8/7/8 Baylor (3-0) The Bears routed the Buffalo Bulls (1-2) 63-21 on Friday night behind the play of Bryce Petty who returned after cracking some vertebrae in week one. Petty completed 23 of 34 passes for 416 yards and four touchdowns before taking a seat and having Seth Russell take over. All Russell did was complete 2 of 3 passes for 64 yards and a TD while also rushing three times for 18 yards and another TD. On a negative side, Baylor needs a place kicker and they yielded their first touchdowns of the season as Buffalo scored three times in the second half.

9/10/14 Southern California (2-1) The Trojans were upset by the Boston College Eagles (2-1) 37-31. The Trojans led 17-6 in the second quarter when the Eagles reeled off 24 unanswered points to give them a 30-17 lead. Jon Hillman scored on two short runs for the Eagles in that stretch sandwiched around a 54-yard TD run by Sherman Alston. Tyler Murphy ran 13 times for 191 yards including a 66-yard TD to make it 37-24. Cody Kessler completed 31 of 41 passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns for the Trojans. BC had 452 yards rushing on 54 carries; the Trojans just 20 yards on 29 carries.

10/9/13 LSU (3-0) The Tigers shut out the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (2-1) 31-0. LSU held the Warhawks to just 93 net yards while netting 372 of their own—219 yards on the ground.

11/11/17 Notre Dame (3-0) The Fighting Irish beat the Purdue Boilermakers (1-2) 30-14. This was a close one…for a half. Purdue trailed just 17-14 at the break but couldn’t muster anything on offense in the second half.  Everett Golson completed 25 of 40 attempts for 259 yards and two TDs. He was matched by Danny Eting (27 of 40 for 234 yards and two TDs) of the Boilermakers. But Golson also ran for a TD and Kyle Brinda hit on field goals of 19, 48 and 39 yards.

12/12/12 UCLA (3-0) The Bruins came from behind to edge the Texas Longhorns (1-2) 20-17. Bruins’ Brett Hundley went 4-for-4 before he got hurt hand was replaced by Jerry Neuheisel. Neuheisel went 23 of 30 for 178 yards and two TDs. The last came with the Bruins trailing 17-13. That was a 33-yard pass to Jordan Payton with three minutes remaining. Tyron Swoopes went 24 of 34 for 196 yards and two TDs for the Longhorns.

13/13/6 Michigan State (1-1) The Spartans were home this weekend licking their wounds.

14/15/18 Ole Miss (3-0) The Rebels of Ole Miss routed the Ragin’ Cajuns of UL-Lafayette (1-2) 56-25. Bo Wallace completed 23 of 28 attempts (starting 14-14) for 316 yards and four TDs.

15/16/10 Stanford (2-1) The Cardinal shut out the Black Knights of Army (1-1) 35-0. Kevin Hogan went 20 of 28 for 216 yards and four touchdowns while Barry Sanders added 9 rushes for 92 yards.

16/14/19 Arizona State (3-0) The Sun Devils managed to beat the Colorado Buffaloes (1-3) 38-24, but may have lost their QB. Taylor Kelly injured his right foot late in the third quarter and it’s not sure when he may return.  Kelly had completed 13 of 21 for 195 yards and three TDs. He also had a 50-yard TD run. Sefo Liufau completed 31 of 46 attempts for 278 yards and three TDs for the Buffaloes.

17/19/NR Virginia Tech (2-1) The Hokies fell to the East Carolina Pirates (2-1) 28-21. After last week’s upset of Ohio State, Tech got surprised in the first quarter, fought back to tie the game and then lost with seconds left. Shane Carden (23 of 47 for 427 yards) tossed three TDs in the first quarter for the Pirates before the Hokies’ defense stiffened. Then it was Michael Brewer’s turn to toss three TDs to tie the game. Carden then succeeded in leading the Pirates down the field and then scored on a 1 yard run off left tackle with 16 ticks left on the clock.

18/17/20 Wisconsin (2-0) The Badgers were relaxing at home this weekend.

19/20/16 Kansas State (2-0) The Wildcats were off this week.

20/22/NR Missouri (3-0) The Tigers bested the Knights of UCF (0-2) 38-10. Maty Mauk tossed four TD passes for the Tigers and Duron Singleton returned a fumble 60 yards for a Tiger TD.

21/NR/NR Louisville (2-1) The Cardinals were upset by the Virginia Cavaliers (2-1) 23-21. Louisville scored first but then fell behind. A lot. Virginia led 20-7 in the fourth quarter. Then penalties helped Louisville on two long drives that ended in touchdowns giving the Cardinals a 21-20 lead with 6:59 to play. Then a muffed punt recovered by the Cavaliers resulted in a 42-yard field goal which proved to be the winning score.

22/18/11 Ohio State (2-1) The Buckeyes shutout the Kent State Golden Flashes (0-3) 66-0. The Buckeyes rebounded nicely from their surprise loss to VaTech last week. J.T. Barrett tossed six TD passes while completing 23 of 30 attempts for 312 yards.

23/24/23 Clemson (1-1) The Tigers had this weekend off.

24/23/24 South Carolina (2-1) The Gamecocks upset the #6 Georgia Bulldogs (1-1) 38-35. See above for more.
25/NR/NR Brigham Young (3-0) The Cougars bested the Houston Cougars (1-2) 33-25 on Thursday night. BYU pulled out to an early 23-0 lead then held off a stubborn Houston team. Taysom Hill ran for 160 yards and threw for another 200 getting one TD on the ground and a second through the air. Teammate Jamaal Williams rushed for 139 yards and two TDs.  John O’Korn completed 30 of 52 pass attempts for 307 yards and three TDs for Houston.

NR/21/15 Nebraska (2-0) The Cornhuskers head west to play the Fresno State Bulldogs (0-2). If they hadn’t gotten a big scare in their close win last week, I’d caution the Huskers not to take this game lightly. BUT, they had the bejeesus scared out of them last week so this week should be a rout –in the Huskers’ favor.

NR/25/NR North Carolina (2-0) The Tar Heels had this weekend off.

NR/NR/21 Iowa (2-1) The Hawkeyes fell to the Iowa State Cyclones (1-2) 20-17. The Hawkeyes jumped out to 14-3 halftime lead only to have the Cyclones claw their way back to take a 17-14 lead with 7:33 left in the fourth quarter. Iowa tied it at 17 all with 4:08 remaining only to have Cole Netton nail the winning 42-yard field goal with 2 seconds left. Netton appeared to miss the winning kick as it sailed just outside the left upright—but Iowa had called a timeout in an attempt to “ice” the kicker. Netton’s second kick was right down the middle.

NR/NR/22 Marshall (3-0) The Thundering Herd trampled the Ohio Bobcats (1-2) 44-14. Rakeem Cato tossed four TDs—including a 77-yard bomb to Angelo Jean-Louis—as he completed 17 of 29 for 425 yards.

NR/NR/25 Florida (2-0) The Gators edged the Kentucky Wildcats (2-1) 36-30 in 3 overtimes. Patrick Towles completed 24 of 45 attempts for 369 yards and three TDs but also tossed three INTs. Jeff Driskel completed 25 of 43 for 295 yards and three TDs—with one INT—for the Gators. Mistakes—some by the refs—and penalties hurt the Wildcats during the OT periods. (The clock may have run out on Florida in the first OT period—a play on which the Gators scored.)


The Scarlet Knights of Rutgers (2-1) fell to the Penn State Nittany Lions (3-0) 13-10 in their inaugural Big Ten contest. I said last week; “Should be a good, close game that may be decided by which team forces the most mistakes.” RU’s Gary Nova made too many of them. Nova went 15 of 30 for 192 yards and scored RU’s only TD with a nifty 14-yard run up the middle. But he also tossed 5 (!) interceptions. Not all were his fault and only one lead to any points. Rutgers special teams blocked on field goal and one punt. The defense swarmed all over the field in the first half knocking down passes and sacking Christian Hackenberg often and RU wet into the locker with a 10-0 lead. But the offense could muster nothing in the second half.  Hackenberg’s line made some corrections in the second half and allowed Hackenberg to lead the Lions down the field 80 yards for the winning score—a Bill Belton 5-yard run with 1:13 remaining. Hackenberg finished the day 25 of 44 for 309 yards and one INT.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Bolt Hole Report

This is my last night at the Bolt Hole for the foreseeable future. I'll be packing up and heading home tomorrow (Thursday). I managed to get quite a bit of stuff cleaned up on the west end of the property. Left a couple of stacks of birch, cherry and red maple cut to firebox lengths to be picked up either later this fall or during next summer. Just didn[t have the energy to do so today after I finished reducing several piles of slash into much smaller piles filling holes in the landscape. Now you can see/walk though some of the area. Still a lot to do there and eleswhere but that will have to wait.

After three days in the woods wielding the chainsaw for 5-6 hours a day I've suffered two maladies.
  1. My left thumb seems to lock in place every so often. It's been responsible for gripping the chainsaw almost nonstop and can't seem to understand that there's no need to clamp onto...well...nothing while I'm typing on the laptop. Not as bad a Peter Sellers doing his Nazi salute in Dr. Strangelove, but similar. Muscle memories over riding the brain.
  2. I woke up last night to a bout of cramps in my let hammy. Had BOTH hammies cramp up on me this afternoon when I took a rest on the couch and tried to stand. Very painful those cramps! All that bending, lifting and chucking of log sections and branches, I guess. I've been drinking two liters of water a day while working and a beer or two when I'm finished but I guess my potassium levels are lower than they should be. I used to get calf cramps back in high school after two-a-days in late August/early September that would have me screaming in the night.
 As you can see, neither has anything to do with knees or lower back pain. Which is GOOD! The back does pain me when I stop working and try to relax in the recliner or when I go to bed, but NOT while I'm working in the woods tossing logs around. Go figure!

It was nice to be awakened this morning by the chattering of the red squirrels and the snort of a doe in the backyard (with two youngsters)  instead of the howls of Shadow and Chester at the door. That same deer (or another doe at any rate) has snorted outside the front door two of the four evenings I've been here. Lots of droppings in the woods, too, but I haven't seen any deer out there and wouldn't expect to with the noise form the ATV and chainsaw. (In the past I have had deer show up while using the chainsaw and/or lawn mower. They are curious critters sometimes. Skitish as hell at other times.)

My work in the woods is done...for now. It's supposed to start raining tonight and continue during the AM hours on Thursday. I'll be cleaning up and winterizing the cabin and then loading the ATV onto the trailer to haul it home. (I'll try to do that inside the barn so as not to get too wet.)

Terry leaves for points south on Saturday and will be gone for about two weeks.


Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Pre Week 3 Polls
and Week 3 Opponents



Lots of movement in the rankings this week, thanks in no small part to some big losses by Big Ten teams. This week sees lots of bye time for ranked teams and only one match-up between ranked teams. (#6 Georgia vs #24 South Carolina.) So don’t expect much in the way of movement next week unless there’s a huge upset somewhere along the way.

(Ranks on the left are those of the AP/Coaches Top 25/CBSSPORTS.COM 128 Polls as reported by CBSSports.com. NR = Not Ranked)

1/1/1 Florida State (2-0) The Seminoles will have this weekend off.

2/4/2 Oregon (2-0) The Ducks will host the Wyoming Cowboys (2-0). No contest as the Ducks run (and pass) away with this one.

3/2/3 Alabama (2-0) The Tide will host the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (1-1). Another “W” for the Crimson Tide.

4/3/7 Oklahoma (2-0) The Sooners will host the Tennessee Vols (2-0). Tennessee has shown some improvement this year, but the Sooners will be too much to handle.

5/5/5 Auburn (2-0) The Tigers will be idle this week.

6/6/4 Georgia (1-0) The Bulldogs head to South Carolina to face the #24 Gamecocks (1-1). Sure it’s on the road, but that running attack!?! Bulldogs put the hurt on the Gamecocks.

7/8/9 Texas A&M (2-0) The Aggies host the Rice Owls (0-1). Another big win for what’s-his-name and company.

8/7/8 Baylor (2-0) The Bears head northeast to play the Buffalo Bulls (1-1) on Friday night. Hoo-boy! Talk about big numbers! Bears should be stopped by a mercy rule.

9/10/14 Southern California (2-0) The Trojans travel east to take on the Boston College Eagles (1-1). Should be easier than the Cardinal.

10/9/13 LSU (2-0) The Tigers host the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (2-0) in an intrastate contest. Tigers prevail.

11/11/17 Notre Dame (2-0) The Fighting Irish host the Purdue Boilermakers (1-1). Two things the Irish are known for? Fighting and drinking. The guys from Notre Dame should enjoy this one.

12/12/12 UCLA (2-0) The Bruins head down to Texas to face the Longhorns (1-1). Bruins win big on the road.

13/13/6 Michigan State (1-1) The Spartans will have this weekend to lick their wounds.

14/15/18 Ole Miss (2-0) The Rebels of Ole Miss host the Ragin’ Cajuns of UL-Lafayette (1-1). Rebels all the way, I’m afraid.

15/16/10 Stanford (1-1) The Cardinal host the Black Knights of Army (1-0). Stanford should rebound nicely…if they can keep from shooting themselves in the foot.

16/14/19 Arizona State (2-0) The Sun Devils head north to face the Colorado Buffaloes (1-1). And come home with a win.

17/19/NR Virginia Tech (2-0) The Hokies host the East Carolina Pirates (1-1). Va Tech continues to rise.

18/17/20 Wisconsin (2-0) The Badgers are staying home this weekend.

19/20/16 Kansas State (2-0) The Wildcats are also off this week.

20/22/NR Missouri (2-0) The Tigers host the Knights of UCF (0-1). Tigers should prevail, but the Knights just might give them a royal tussle.

21/NR/NR Louisville (2-0) The Cardinals head east to face the Virginia Cavaliers (1-1). Louisville wins.

22/18/11 Ohio State (1-1) The Buckeyes host the Kent State Golden Flashes (0-2). Man, I would NOT want to be a Golden Flash this week.  

23/24/23 Clemson (1-1) The Tigers have this weekend off.

24/23/24 South Carolina (1-1) The Gamecocks host the #6 Georgia Bulldogs (1-0). They get run over.

25/NR/NR Brigham Young (2-0) The Cougars host the Houston…well, Cougars (1-1) on Thursday night. BYU will prevail in this intraspecies contest.

NR/21/15 Nebraska (2-0) The Cornhuskers head west to play the Fresno State Bulldogs (0-2). If they hadn’t gotten a big scare in their close win last week, I’d caution the Huskers not to take this game lightly. BUT, they had the bejeesus scared out of them last week so this week should be a rout –in the Huskers’ favor.

NR/25/NR North Carolina (2-0) The Tar Heels have this weekend off.

NR/NR/21 Iowa (2-0) The Hawkeyes will host the Iowa State Cyclones (0-2) in another intrastate rivalry. Hawkeyes wear the state crown after this one.

NR/NR/22 Marshall (2-0) The Thundering Herd host the Ohio Bobcats (1-1). Another pelt for the Herd.

NR/NR/25 Florida (1-0) The Gators will host the Kentucky Wildcats (2-0) this week. Chomp!


The Scarlet Knights of Rutgers (2-0) will be hosting the Penn State Nittany Lions (2-0) on Saturday night. Neither team looked particularly sharp in one or more aspects of their game last week. RU still needs to improve in the defensive secondary although they do seem to have found a pass rush which may help. They showed a balanced offensive attack for the second straight week and unveiled Paul James as a receiver as well as a runner. (A 63-yard screen pass? Seriously?) RU blocked a punt and a field goal as special teams proved to be special once again. Penn State’s offense sputtered last week but they put enough on the board to win thanks to a strong defense. RU will have to crack that PSU run defense to help Gary Nova’s passing attack. Should be a good, close game that may be decided by which team forces the most mistakes.