Hey guys and gals, happy weekend to all of you!

I’d like to first thank all of you who have sent me emails and/or comments over the past few days regarding the new look.

But you guys are really sending your compliments to the wrong person as all of the credit belongs to my good friend Ms. Whitney Angelique who does all of the Web design for our site and who (as you can see) does a fabulous job!

With her help, we have gone from a 35-50 hit a day site to a now 200-300 hit a day site, so the thanks goes to her and not me! 🙂

If you guys like the banner and what-not, feel free to visit her personal site http://www.foreverangelique.com to see some more of her work.

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Anywho,

LSU’s much anticipated matchup with Appalachian State is now just a week away. Yesterday, I gave a tale of the tape of the two schools. Today, I will give you a breakdown of each team’s quarterbacks and tailbacks.

QB:

LSU – The Tigers have a revolving door at quarterback with as many as three guys in position to vie for major snaps in Saturday’s game — sophomore Andrew Hatch and freshmen Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson. But the trio have just a combined two career pass attempts and have been very hit-or-miss in summer practices, so we’ll have to wait and see how the QB situation plays out in Baton Rouge.

ASU – There is no revolving door in North Carolina as the Mountaineers have one of the nation’s best, Armanti Edwards who ran for nearly 1,600 yards and threw for nearly 2,000 more. Outside of Tim Tebow, Edwards may be the best QB LSU sees all season.

ADV: Appalachian State

RB:

LSU – The Tigers have a combination of lightening and thunder with their stable of speedsters Richard Murphy and Keiland Williams with bruisers Charles Scott and Steven Ridley. With what projects to be a 100+ degree day in Baton Rouge on Saturday, LSU’s tailback depth could pay huge dividends come the second half when internal fluids are at a premium.

ASU – The Apps are no slouch on the ground, either with their biggest weapon being the dual threat of Edwards. But the Mountaineers also have a few speedy backs like Devon Moore who if they are given space can take the ball to the house in a hurry. Appalachian State’s main worry will be in red zone situations and
3rd and 1-2 situations where they will not have the brute to punch LSU in the mouth with a power attack.

ADV: LSU

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There will be much more on the LSU game in the coming days. But today, let’s break down two more SEC games that will also be taking place next weekend.

Florida vs. Hawaii 11:30 CDT Saturday

Gators’ keys to victory:

1. Ball control – Hawaii should pose little-to-no resistance to Florida’s powerful spread attack. The Gators need to just not be their own worst enemy with penalties and turnovers.

2. Pass defense – The Gators were brutal. Just God-awful brutal in the secondary last year. Playing a pass-oriented offense like Hawaii will help get that fixed before the teeth of an SEC schedule.

Warriors’ keys to victory:

1. Avoid jet-lag blues – The Warriors are traveling across the world — literally for this game and that will be a major challenge to a young team. The first five minutes will say a lot.

2. Forget Georgia – The last taste Hawaii has in its mouth is a beating from SEC powerhouse Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. But this is a different team and a different game. Having the “here we go again” mindset does nothing but ensure that the same outcome will happen.

Vegas thinks: Florida by 34.5

I think: It’s a pretty safe cover. Georgia beat Hawaii by that spread WITH June Jones and Colt Brennan and a neutral field, etc… I can see Florida dropping 56-60 points and holding Hawaii in the teens.

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Georgia vs. Ga-Southern 11:30 CDT Saturday

Keys for UGA:

1. No Bad Habits – The Dawgs will win this game — by a large margin, so just stay healthy, play clean football and don’t develop any bad habits.

2. Don’t show your hand – In the same breath, Georgia does not want to show it’s entire list of tricks against Georgia Southern. Keep a lid on the playbook for a later day.

Keys for Ga-Southern:

1. Earn Respect – Anything can happen ala App St – Michigan. But assuming the unthinkable does not happen, Georgia-Southern is playing for respect. Probably only 1-2 of their guys were even recruiting by Georgia, so they have a chance to prove they belong.

2. Learn your roster – This is a great chance for a team like Georgia Southern to get their entire roster experience in a game they will never forget. That can pay dividends later in the season.

Vegas thinks: Georgia big (no line)

I think: Georgia will win by however much they decide to win by — and it will probably be a very wide margin, because they will be hungry to prove they are worthy of the #1 ranking.

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Daily Dime:

Alas, I have conquered the demons. After going 1-1 day after day after day, I finally got my sweep yesterday with the Indians trumping the Rangers and the Giants shutting out the Padres.

Here is how I am standing so far:

Total: 8-8

Sure things: 5-3

Upsets: 3-5

Here is my picks for today.

Sure thing of the day:

Boston – 150 vs. Toronto – The Jays are playing good baseball, but Jon Lester has become a monster. I don’t see the Sox dropping this one.

Upset of the day:

Tampa +125 vs. White Sox – The Rays should not be dawgs against anyone when they have Kazmir on the hill. This was an easy pick.

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Top 10:

Four guys remain in our Top 10 list and none of the final four need any introduction. So without wasting anymore time, here is our #4 player.

#4 NBA Player: Dwight Howard

For months and months it seemed as though the Orlando Magic would take Bobcats’ center Emeka Okafor with the first pick of the NBA Draft. But the Magic rolled the dice on Howard and I think it’s safe to say they have no regrets as he has become a 20+ point and 15 rebound per game machine.

What is so scary about Howard is he has so much room to grow. He has virtually no low-post game and still hits just 50% of his free throws. With just a little seasoning, he can literally become a 30 point and 17 rebound per game guy.

Number three comes tomorrow.

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Headlines:

Redeem Team slams Argentina, moves to gold medal game – Next up, Spain for beating number II for Ga-Soft and Co.

Baldelli homers and Rays beat ChiSox Wow. Is that kid really still alive? Talk about a sophomore jinx. Baldelli has been going through a junior, senior and master’s degree jinx, too the past 3-4 years.

Hornets sign G Brown – Brown had a cup of tea with the Bees a few seasons ago and did pretty well. Depth has become an issue for the Hornets. You do the math. They lost Bonzi Wells, Pargo, Birdman and gained Posey and now Brown. So for a team that already had a pretty poor bench, then lost its two best bench players, have they done enough to solidify that?

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It’s about that time, folks!

That’s all for me!

God Bless!

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