Friday, October 15, 2010

Week 6: NWC Pick 'em!

Old School 'Catdome Scoreboard in the house!
Wildcat11 was 4 out of 6 last week and my overall record is 31 correct picks out 41 games (75.6%). It boggles my mind but WC11 is still leading on top of the NWC pick 'em page but it's only a razor thin lead. I should have know better in putting any faith in Whitworth's offense as PLU just housed them but the big surprise to me was how Lewis and Clark got over on Menlo. I was convinced the Oaks would be much more physical than L&C but the Pioneers have legitimate offensive firepower and some pretty good defenders. Have to give them props for their season up to this point and it should be an interesting season finale for Linfield up on Palentine Hill. On to the picks!

Northwest Conference:

#25 Pacific Lutheran (4-0) over Menlo (3-3) (at Menlo): Man, Menlo has fallen off a cliff after their 3-1 start that launched them into the NAIA top 25. I've picked the Oaks to win the past two weeks and they haven't come through for Wildcat11 so the Oaks are dead to me. Besides, the hot handed 'Lutes are headed to the Bay and I look for them to continue their great start and set up a major showdown with the 'Cats next week.

Willamette (3-2) over Puget Sound (1-4) (at WU): I expect Willamette to fully slap the Loggers around this Saturday in Salem. The Bearcats soft shell defensive backfield will be nightmare for the Logger passing attack and the Bearcats are going to rush for major yards on the UPS defense. Expect another spanking for UPS.

West Region Game of the Week:

#6 Coe (5-0) over Wartburg (5-0) (at Coe): HUGE game in the IIAC on a lot of levels. With Central having one loss it's a bottle neck at the top of the IIAC and this game is going to go a long way in determining who gets the conference auto-bid and how will be praying for one of those allusive Pool C bids. The Knights defense has been lights out so far this season but their offense hasn't been great against a bunch of dogs. I think Coe's offense will win the day in this national impact game.

National Games of the Week:

#13 Ohio Northern (4-1) over Baldwin-Wallace (5-0) (at ONU): Another large playoff impacting game because the 2nd place team in the OAC is pretty much an autobid thanks to Mount Union. ONU's lone loss was against the Death Star (Mount Union) but has had more decisive wins against common opponettes (Capital & Otterbein). I'll take the Polar Bears

#23 Cortland State (5-0) over Rowan (4-1) (at Rowan): We don't get too many East "National Games of the Week" because the East Region is a waste land of tomato cans compared to the other 3 regions but they do have some solid programs. The Red Dragons (Cortland State) looks like a winner to me and I love picking against Rowan whenever I can.

Bonus Game:

Linfield Alumni Over Linfield Junior Varsity (at the Catdome):  While its disappointing to say that Wildcat11 will not be playing this season for the Alumni Team this might just be the more entertaining game played on Saturday at the 'Catdome.  The Linfield Alumni team will feature some Wildcat greats such as Brett Elliott, Casey Allen, Brandon Hazenberg, Phil Marr, Brandon Olsen, etc, etc, as the 'Cats JV team is LOADED with young guns.  It should make for an entertaining duel as the Alumni team has feasted on the young bucks the past two years but I'm expecting a slobberknocker Saturday night under the 'Catdome lights.  Game starts at 7pm and admission is free.  Come see the past greats for the 'Catdome take on the future greats.

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