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College GameDay Picks Column: Here's Hoping Florida State & Auburn Can Pull Off Upsets

Executive Sports Editor Brad Carroll takes a look at the top games of the day
Last Week
: 4-3 (spread); 5-2 (overall); 0-1 (upset picks)
Craig
's Week: 3-4 (spread)
This Season
: 43-40-1 (spread); 65-19 (overall); 6-5 (upset picks)
Craig's Season
: 38-45-1 (spread)

Florida State at No. 1 Florida 3:30 p.m. CBS
The Skinny
: Do I dare take the result that I desperately hope for Saturday afternoon in The Swamp? It would be great if Florida State could somehow reverse its recent horrible past against the Gators and pull off an upset that would shake up the BCS once and for all. But can it happen? Probably not. Florida has won the last two meetings 45-12 and 45-15, so it would take a monumental effort from the Seminoles. Still, I believe FSU will put up a fight. The Pick: Florida (-24.5) wins it 31-21.

No. 2 Alabama at Auburn 2:30 p.m. CBS
The Skinny
: This Friday battle is another game that could shake up the BCS. If Auburn can pull off the upset in the Iron Bowl against its bitter rival, TCU could sneak into the national title game if Alabama then bounces back and beats an undefeated Florida in the SEC championship. It’s asking for a lot, I know, but I can dream. Alabama won 36-0 last year, but the rest of the recent history says the game will be close. And I’m sticking with history. The Pick: Alabama (-10.5) wins it 27-23.

Illinois at No. 5 Cincinnati 3:30 p.m. CBS
The Skinny
: I realize that Cincinnati is ranked fifth in the country, but I still believe that if the Big East wants some true credibility, than the Bearcats are going to have to put a whooping on the Big 10’s Illinois Friday afternoon. The Big East needs a big win in the worst way, and with starting quarterback Tony Pike back for the Bearcats, they should be able to get it. The Pick: Cincinnati (-21) wins it 42-14.

Georgia at No. 7 Georgia Tech 8 p.m. ESPN2
The Skinny
: With ABC sticking with the Notre Dame-Stanford game in primetime Saturday, I’m going to give you a very special GameDay DoublePlay. So, not only will I pick Tech-Georgia on ESPN2, I’ll throw in the Irish-Cardinal game as a bonus. You can thank me later if they both win. If they don’t, well, you know where to send the hate mail. The Picks: Georgia Tech (-7.5) wins it 33-20. Stanford (-10) wins it 38-24.

No. 8 Pittsburgh at West Virginia 7 p.m. ESPN2
The Skinny
: If I haven’t mentioned it already, it is Rivalry Week in college football, and this one, while it may not get the same hype as others, is as fierce as it gets. The last time these two met in Morgantown the Panthers, at 4-7, upset second-ranked West Virginia to cost the Mountaineers a shot at playing for a national championship. Look for some payback Friday night. The Pick: West Virginia (Pk) wins it 24-23.

No. 19 Miami at South Florida 3:30 p.m. ABC
The Skinny
: Miami is saying all the right things heading into this new rivalry game with South Florida that will end each other’s regular season for the next five years. The Hurricanes are focused on reaching the 10-win plateau for the first time since 2003 and, later on, winning a bowl game for the first time since 2006. Hopefully, the Canes aren’t looking past USF. The Pick: Miami (-6.5) wins it 31-24.

Nebraska at Colorado 3:30 p.m. ABC
The Skinny
: Nebraska will hope for a nice tuneup Friday for its Big 12 title game with Texas. The Pick: Nebraska (-10.5) wins it 24-3. Here are Craig Carroll’s picks for the week: Florida State, Auburn, Illinois, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Miami, Nebraska. Check out College GameDay Rewind at bradcarrollgameday.blogspot.com.

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GameDay Live: Thanksgiving Football Week Area Results

Local Results
Wednesday

New Britain 27, Berlin 13

ThursdayBristol Eastern 46, Bristol Central 13
St. Paul 25, Rocky Hill 7
Cheshire 24, Southington 11
Newington 20, Wethersfield 10
Northwest Catholic 41, Plainville 7

GameDay Live: Rocky Hill At St. Paul

ST. PAUL 25, ROCKY HILL 7
FINAL

NOTE: With the St. Paul victory, and New Canaan's 14-7 victory over Darien, the Falcons have qualified for the Class MM state playoffs. It will be the school's first playoff game since 1976.

Check out tomorrow's Bristol Press for full coverage

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter
RH-Bryan MacDonald 4 run (Joey Cavallaro kick), 2:51
Second Quarter
SP-Chris Bachand 5 run (kick failed), 4:50
SP-Bobby Romano 1 run (conversion failed), 0:05
Third Quarter
SP-Tanner Bachand 51 run (conversion failed), 6:31
Fourth Quarter
SP-Byron Jones 11 pass from Tanner Bachand (Guin Park kick), 5:28

GameDay Live: NWC At Plainville

NORTHWEST CATHOLIC 41, PLAINVILLE 7
FINAL

Check out tomorrow's New Britain Herald for full coverage

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter
NW-Ross Morgan 36 run (kick failed), 8:07
NW-Ted Terion 30 pass from Jack Murphy (pass failed), 4:49
NW-Justin Strid 2 run (pass good), 2:04
Second Quarter
NW-Anthony Carter 6 run (kick good), 9:37
NW-Carter 1 run (kick good), 7:20
NW-Alex Lorenzo 26 interception return (kick good), 0:03
Third Quarter
P-Kevin Waite 1 run (Wells kick), 5:34
Fourth Quarter
None

GameDay Live: Indians At Eagles

NEWINGTON 20, WETHERSFIELD 10
FINAL
Check out tomorrow's New Britain Herald for full coverage

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter
N-Jeremy Rodriguez 79 run (kick failed), 11:36.
N-Anthony Szwez 28 pass from Jonathan Snyder (kick failed), 0:41
Second Quarter
W-Jon Karanian 22 field goal, 2:28
Third Quarter

None
Fourth Quarter

N-Snyder 17 run (Malik Golden pass from Snyder), 5:44
W-Robert Charbonnea 34 pass from Tyler Murphy (kick good), 3:52

College GameDay Rewind: Les Miles Is Still Trying To Figure Out Coaching

It’s been a very busy few days for me at both the Bristol Press and New Britain Herald, with tons and tons of Thanksgiving week football preview and game coverage. And it continues tomorrow as well – oh, yes, I’m working on Thanksgiving. Hopefully everyone enjoyed the papers and thank you to those who have complimented the sports sections in recent days – it definitely lets us know all the hard work is not being done for nothing. Anyway, we’re going to have a quick turnaround here at College GameDay. Today (which is actually Thanksgiving already) it’s College GameDay Rewind and then later Thursday, I’ll get my College GameDay picks column up a day early in anticipation of Friday’s games. The paper version of the column will be published on Friday as well, one day earlier than usual.

For the Carroll Showdown this year, I increased my season-long lead over Craig to 5 games. The money is not what either of us wanted or hoped for at the beginning of the season, so hopefully that changes in the near future. Luckily, I had a winning week to knock off some of the deficit. Craig wasn’t as lucky, as he took another hit.

Now, on to College GameDay Rewind:

My Weekend: 4-3 (spread); 5-2 (overall); 0-1 (upset picks)
My Season: 43-40-1 (spread); 65-19 (overall); 6-5 (upset picks)
My Money: DOWN $100 (season)
Craig's Weekend: 3-4 (spread)
Craig's Season: 38-45-1 (spread)
Craig's Money: DOWN $1,150 (season)

No. 9 Ohio State -12 at Michigan
My Pick
: Ohio State 28, Michigan 12
Actual Score: Ohio State 21, Michigan 10
I should have known that the one time Michigan actually sticks around in a game is when I pick against the Wolverines. I’m not surprised at all by the result, just the fact that for the first time in several years I went against Michigan and I get burned. Oh well, Craig and I both start 0-1.

Minnesota +10.5 at No. 15 Iowa
My Pick
: Iowa 28, Minnesota 10
Actual Score: Iowa 12, Minnesota 0
Iowa has been a frustrating team for GameDay this year, but finally came through with a victory against Minnesota. The Gophers had the ball deep in Iowa territory late, but the Hawkeyes defense came up big to secure the shutout and the victory for us. I even out my record at 1-1, while Craig is still cursing that last drive and his 0-2 record.

Connecticut +6 at Notre Dame
My Pick
: Notre Dame 35, Connecticut 24
Actual Score: Connecticut 33, Notre Dame 20 (2 OT)
While this was the biggest win in the history of UConn football, which is great, it was also probably the worst loss in Notre Dame history. That says a lot about both programs. After this loss, Charlie Weis has to be a goner, especially after I trusted him and the Irish to win by just a touchdown against an inferior opponent. But they couldn’t do it and a major shakeup should happen in the offseason. UConn coach Randy Edsall gets off the hook for some horrible time management at the end of regulation when he settled for a 40-plus yard field goal that was missed by Dave Teggert. UConn had plenty of time to run the ball to get closer for the shaky kicker. I fall to 1-2 with the loss, while Craig gets on the board with a victory to move to 1-2.

No. 13 Penn State -3 at Michigan State
My Pick
: Penn State 31, Michigan State 24
Actual Score: Penn State 42, Michigan State 14
I was sweating this pick out from the time I wrote it down to the halftime buzzer, as the score was tied at seven. But Penn State put a whooping on Michigan State after the break and rolled to an easy win. Craig and I both get wins and both improve to 2-2.

Virginia +21 at No. 18 Clemson
My Pick
: Clemson 41, Virginia 14
Actual Score: Clemson 34, Virginia 21
Clemson really disappointed me in this game, as they never could pull away from a bad Virginia team. The Clemson defense didn’t allow a point after halftime, but three first-half scores did the pick in. Craig and I both get losses this time and both drop to 2-3.

No. 10 LSU +4.5 at Mississippi
My Pick
: LSU 23, Mississippi 21
Actual Score: Mississippi 25, LSU 23
What a frustrating ending for LSU and its fans, huh? Les Miles should still be kicking himself for not preparing his team for the likelihood that the Tigers could have gotten one more play during the final moments against Ole Miss. If you don’t know what happened, LSU first wasted 17 seconds before calling timeout on a 4th-and-26 play at the Ole Miss 26. Finally, the team got a timeout with nine seconds left. Then, LSU completed a desperation heave to the six with one second left to give the team a final chance. But nobody on the LSU team was prepared, as the quarterback looked lost while looking to the sideline, while the referee was about to start the clock. Miles had no idea what to do either and the ref blew the whistle and the Tigers never even got a real play off. It was a horrible end to an otherwise tremendous finish. Again, it comes down to players and coaches not knowing the simple things, and things that probably every fan at home was screaming about. Still, we both get victories, and both of us improve to 3-3 with one game to play. I did lose my upset pick, but I’ll take the more important spread pick any day.

Kansas +27.5 at No. 3 Texas
My Pick
: Texas 55, Kansas 14
Actual Score: Texas 51, Kansas 20
Texas came through with a big victory to give me a winning week at 4-3. Craig went with underdog Kansas and dropped another game in the Carroll race; he finished at 3-4. I was just getting updates on this game as the Oregon-Arizona matchup was far more interesting and one I should have put up instead of Texas-Kansas. But, alas, it’s that darn East Coast bias.

(AP photo)

GameDay Live: Berlin At New Britain

THE WISHBONE BOWL
NEW BRITAIN 27, BERLIN 13

FINAL

LOOK FOR FULL COVERAGE IN THE HERALD TOMORROW

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter

NB-Chris Linares 29 pass from Rafal Garcarz (Garcarz kick), 11:07
NB-Garcarz 2 run (kick failed), 5:36
Second Quarter
None
Third Quarter
NB-Kaiuway Boima 5 run (pass failed), 6:18
B-Mason Powers 16 pass from Dan Hackett (pass failed), 1:24
Fourth Quarter
NB-Boima 68 run (Tebucky Jones pass from Garcarz), 8:58
B-Brian Malloy 17 pass from Hackett (Devin Silverman kick), 0:01

College GameDay Picks Column: Yes Ireland Got Screwed, Plus College Football Selections

Executive Sports Editor Brad Carroll takes a look at the top games of the day
Last Week
: 3-4 (spread); 6-1 (overall); 0-0 (upset picks)
Craig's Last Week
: 4-3 (spread)
This Season
: 39-37-1 (spread); 60-17 (overall); 6-4 (upset picks)
Craig's Season
: 35-41-1 (spread)

Kansas at No. 3 Texas 8 p.m. ABC
The Skinny
: While Texas continues to roll all the way to the Big 12 title game, Kansas is dealing with controversy — and it has little to do with its five game losing streak. Former Jayhawks players have claimed that coach Mark Mangino mainly mentally abused them and other players while at Kansas, using their backgrounds against them when things would go wrong. With or without the in-fighting, Texas rolls to a blowout victory. The Pick: Texas (-27.5) wins it 55-14.

No. 9 Ohio State at Michigan 12 p.m. ABC
The Skinny
: There is little on the line in this matchup, other than the bragging rights that come with beating each’s main rival. But with how Michigan is playing, losing four in a row and seven of its last eight, it would be hard for the Buckeyes to even get up for sticking it to the hapless Wolverines. Ohio State has already clinched its spot in the Rose Bowl, but would like to win an outright Big 10 championship, which should be enough to rally for an easy win. The Pick: Ohio State (-12) wins it 28-12.

No. 10 LSU at Mississippi 3:30 p.m. CBS
The Skinny
: It’s been a long while since I’ve picked an upset, so this seems like the perfect time to do it. LSU has beaten Ole Miss four straight times on the road and while it has no shot at a national title or even SEC championship, the Tigers are still hoping for a strong finish. The major question here is if LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson can play, but it looks like he will. The Pick: LSU (+4.5) wins it 23-21.

No. 13 Penn State at Michigan St 3:30 p.m. ABC
The Skinny
: Switching gears, I know a lot of readers out there have no care about the controversy surrounding the Ireland-France World Cup qualifier, but for this Irishman, the depression that followed after the game and the anger that has grown later was greater than anything I’ve felt in a long time. There is no “wait till next year” refrain in national soccer. There is no next year. The Pick: Penn State (-3) wins it 31-24.

Minnesota at No. 15 Iowa 12 p.m. ESPN
The Skinny
: Ireland and its fans will have to wait four years to even get the opportunity to play in a game of this magnitude again. And to lose in the fashion that Ireland did only makes things worse. Which brings me to Thierry Henry, the cheat from France. Henry has tried his best to save face from his disgraceful performance in the game, where he committed two handballs. The Pick: Iowa (-10.5) wins it 28-10.

Virginia at No. 18 Clemson 3:30 p.m. ABC
The Skinny
: Henry said that he told the ref that he cheated — after the game. Yesterday he said that the game should be replayed — after FIFA ruled that their would be no rematch between Ireland and France. He still claims that his handballs were instinctive and not on purpose. I hope everyone sees right through this fraud and treats him like the cheat he is. The Pick: Clemson (-21) wins it 41-14.

Connecticut at Notre Dame 2:30 p.m. NBC
The Skinny
: And, yes, the entire French side should be ashamed of making it to the World Cup. The Pick: Notre Dame (-6) wins it 35-24. Here are Craig Carroll’s picks for the week: Kansas, Ohio State, LSU, Penn State, Minnesota, Clemson, UConn. Check out College GameDay Rewind at bradcarrollgameday.blogspot.com.

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FIFA Rejects Ireland's Appeal For Rematch, But Henry Now Says To Replay Game

FIFA today rejected Ireland's request for a replay of its World Cup qualifying game with France, saying that it cannot reverse a decision because of a judgment call by the referee. "The result of the match cannot be changed and the match cannot be replayed," FIFA said in a statement. "As is clearly mentioned in the Laws of the Game, during matches, decisions are taken by the referee and these decisions are final."

French cheat Thierry Henry, however, says now that he believes the game should be replayed. "Of course the fairest solution would be to replay the game, but it is not in my control," he said in a statement. "Naturally, I fell embarrassed at the way that we won and feel extremely sorry for the Irish, who definitely deserve to be in South Africa. There is little more I can do apart from admit that the ball had contact with my hand leading up to our equalizing goal and I feel very sorry for the Irish."

That statement keeps the door slightly ajar as the French could now request the game be replayed, although FIFA most likely still would not act on it. Irish captain Robbie Keane still hopes that it will. "To make such a statement took courage and honor, and all of us recognize that," Keane said of Henry. "I would also be happy for a replay to happen in the interest of fair play so that whichever team qualifies, can do so with their heads held high."

Many in France have called for a replay of the match, but FIFA apparently doesn't want to hear it as they have what they want - France in the World Cup.

Ireland Appeals To FIFA And The French To Replay Last Night's World Cup Qualifier

If the French thought the controversy surrounding France advancing to the World Cup by cheating would go away the day after, well, they would be wrong. The Irish soccer association has filed an official complaint with FIFA and wants the game against France to be replayed. While there is probably less than one percent chance that would happen, the outrage over the result just might sway FIFA and even the French side to consider replaying the game. Again, though, that could be a pipe dream at best for the Irish.

"If that result remains, it reinforces the view that if you cheat you will win," Irish Justice Minister Dermot Ahern said. "Millions of people worldwide saw it was a blatant double handball, not to mention a double offside. We should put the powers that be in the cozy world of FIFA on the spot and demand a replay."

With two French players offsides on the play as well, the officials missed a total of four fouls by France in a matter of seconds.

Irish coach Giovanni Trapattoni says that the possibility the game would be replayed is impossible, but there is precedent. In 2005, FIFA declared the result of a World Cup qualification match between Uzbekistan and Bahrain invalid after a referee's critical error. Also, Irish lawmaker Joe McHugh said France should follow the 1999 precedent set by Arsenal's French manager, Arsene Wenger, who volunteered to replay a match in England's FA Cup after Arsenal won on an unfair goal.

"If the game's going to survive, it's got to be an equal playing field," Ireland assistant manager Liam Brady said. "If we're going to have integrity and dignity in the world game, the game should be replayed. And we'll go to Paris to play it."

The heat is on FIFA, which was already under fire by fans for the notion that it wanted France and Portugal to advance to the World Cup at all costs. Last night's game does nothing to dispute that fact. "They probably won't grant it as we are minnows in world football," Ahern said, "but let's put them on the spot anyway."

Irish left back Kevin Kilbane said replays showed conclusively that Thierry Henry "handballed it once and it's still going out of play, so he's handled it again to make sure it doesn't go out of play. ... I asked him on the pitch, 'Did you handball it?' And he said, 'Yes - but I didn't mean it.'"

Kilbane, who also said he did not believe Henry, said he also asked Swedish referee Martin Hansson after the final whistle if he had seen it. "He said: 'I can 100 percent say it wasn't handball.' When he said that to me, I knew full well that he was just lying to me because he hadn't even seen it."

The only way the game will be replayed is if the French feel so much embarassment over cheating that they must replay the game in order to save face and make it the World Cup in a fair manner. Will that happen? Probably not. But at least the soccer world - outside of FIFA and France - are putting the pressure on in, at the least, exposing a grave injustice. Remember, the Irish will have to wait another four years to play in a game of this magnitude again. There isn't the typical "wait till next year" resolve.

Ireland Feels Robbed Over Missed Handballs In Controversial Loss To France

Quotes from the aftermath of France's controversial draw/aggregate victory over Ireland Wednesday night.

''It was a handball, but I'm not the ref,'' Thierry Henry admitted on BBC Radio Five Live. ''The ball hit my arm, fell in front of me and I played it. The ref allowed it. That's a question you should ask him.''

France coach Raymond Domenech: "I did not see a hand. It's you people who are speaking about this. Sometimes we feel unlucky like we were against Serbia, sometimes we feel lucky. I just want to congratulate the Irish team. I am disappointed for the public and the fans. In a way, I regret that they did not qualify. I very happy for the players and the staff and the people here. The only word we need to say tonight is that we are very happy at the qualification."

Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni: "I am not only disappointed, I am also sad. It is a bitter evening. It's a bitter situation. I would prefer to have gone out on penalties. I am sad because the referee had time to ask the linesman. I am sure he should have, and he could have confirmed it was handball. I am upset. We speak many times about fair play. I go to schools and speak about fair play. I speak with the young kids about sport. Its important in life. Everybody saw the game. You know what happened."

Ireland defender Sean St Ledger told Sky Sports News: "We got robbed, you can tell by the boys' reaction it hit his hand blatantly. We feel cheated - we were the better team over the two legs, every football fan in the stadium will say we were the better team tonight. It's cost a lot of us our dreams - as a boy I used to dream of playing in the World Cup, and now I'm not.

"I don't understand why we haven't got replays in this day and age. You can get replays within 10, 30 seconds and it would have helped today.''

St. Ledger on Henry's part in the handball: "He's said it hit his hand accidentally but if you look at it you can clearly see it hits his hand twice. I'm not sure (his reputation) has been tarnished - it doesn't look great but he's got his team to the World Cup finals. If it had been one of our team we'd have probably done the same. The blame doesn't necessarily fall on him but he's handled it, everyone can see it around the world."

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Depression, Anger Sets In As Irish Are Eliminated By Controversial Goal

Ireland started quick, scoring in the 33rd minute to gain a 1-0 advantage and completely take control of the game. But missed chance after missed chance allowed the French to stay in the game and go to extra time with an aggregate score at 1-1 after two full games. But France struck in the first overtime in controversial fashion, as not one, but two handball fouls were committed in the box and both were ignored or missed by the officials. So, France tied the game, but took the lead 2-1 on combined goals scored.

Ireland, needing just one goal to advance to the World Cup, as the tiebreak is judged by away goals, just ran out of gas and couldn't get a solid chance. Even though the Irish outplayed the French for most of the game, France advances, while Ireland will have to wait another four years for the chance to qualify again. Robbie Keane scored the Irish goal but also had a couple of chance go awry.

This was not the ending Irish fans were hoping for, especially after scoring an early goal to shock the French and put the game in their hands. Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be as agony now takes hold of the once exuberant feeling that was felt after Keane struck first blood for the Irish. My face still burns with anger and depression as another World Cup will go on without the Irish.

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Irish Need Some Luck, And A Pair Of Goals, Today Against France

Today is just about as big as it gets if you happen to be Irish, as Ireland takes on France on the road needing a miracle goal or two to advance to the World Cup. After losing to France in the first leg of the playoff round 1-0 at home, Ireland needs to at least beat France today 1-0 to force extra time, or win and score two goals to automatically advance to the World Cup. It's not going to be easy but the great striker Robbie Keane and his club are ready.

"As a team, we know exactly what we have to do - we have to go out and perform and make sure we have got no regrets. Overall, in the campaign itself, we haven't lost away from home and that has given us a lot of confidence. The manager has instilled that into us because the performances away from home have certainly been good and that's something we can take into [the game] also. It has been a decent campaign for us - but it will mean nothing if we don't produce. We are in this campaign to be at the World Cup and tonight will decide it."

So, needing to score tonight, here are some of the past great goals by the Irish side. Let's Go Ireland!



College GameDay Rewind: Bill Belichick Saves The Jets Season And Derek Jeter Is A Bum

Patriots coach Bill Belichick hasn’t done a whole lot to ever help the Jets over his career. But his decision to go for the first down instead of punting on fourth-and-two against the Colts Sunday night has completely changed the Jets season and the complexion of the AFC East. If Belicheat, I mean Belichick, punts the ball away and his defense stops Peyton Manning and the Colts from scoring a touchdown, not only are the Patriots in the driver’s seat for home field advantage, but New England all but clinches the division. Now, with the loss, home field advantage is gone and, best yet for Jets fans, the division race is once again up in the air. Of course, it could all be over a week from now, but due to Belichick’s decision, that is one week more than the Jets had earlier that afternoon. After losing to the Jaguars, the Jets’ season was simply over. But if the Jets can somehow beat the Patriots on Sunday – which is entirely possible – they will be just one game back and, on top of that, would own the tiebreaker. With the Patriots playing at the Saints and Dolphins the following two weeks and the Jets playing the Panthers and Bills, the Jets could actually find themselves all alone in first place. Shocking, I know. This all depends on the Jets actually winning some games, which has proven to be almost impossible since starting 3-0. And, as most Jets fans realize, if they do beat the Patriots this week, a devastating loss to the Panthers and/or Bills could easily follow and ruin everything once again. But, thanks to Belichick, that is a chance any Jets fan would take.

The picture above is of Yankees captain Derek Jeter, who is playing a bum in the new movie “The Other Guys.” Apparently, according to the New York Post, Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg play cops who are taken off the streets after Wahlberg’s character wrongly shoots Jeter in the leg after seeing him walk around with a bat. Jeter’s career obviously spins out of control afterward. Sounds like it could have some potential.

Vote now on all of the Thanksgiving week football matchups on the right side of the blog. Post your comments here as well to let us know who you think will win and why.

For the college picks, I didn’t have the bounce-back performance that I hoped for – thanks Miami and Notre Dame – but I’ll take the two-game improvement from last week. Craig finally bounced back from two straight 2-5 weeks to post a winning mark. The lead in the season race for yours truly is four games.

Now, on to College GameDay Rewind:

My Weekend: 3-4 (spread); 6-1 (overall); 0-0 (upset picks)
My Season: 39-37-1 (spread); 60-17 (overall); 6-4 (upset picks)
My Money: DOWN $170 (season)
Craig's Weekend: 4-3 (spread)
Craig's Season: 35-41-1 (spread)
Craig's Money: DOWN $1,010 (season)

No. 7 Georgia Tech -12.5 at Duke
My Pick
: Georgia Tech 38, Duke 20
Actual Score: Georgia Tech 49, Duke 10
Sometimes there are those so-called lucky moments when a game like this comes around and you could almost bet the farm on the game and be completely confident you’d have somewhere to live afterward. That was the case here as I thought Georgia Tech was the easiest pick of the week and, perhaps, the entire season. Why the Yellowjackets were giving so little is still a question, but hey, I’ll take it. After Duke took an early 10-7 lead, Georgia Tech rolled off 42 straight points to make it a great start to the day. Both Craig and I start off 1-0.

No. 15 Iowa -16.5 at No. 10 Ohio State
My Pick
: Ohio State 41, Iowa 17
Actual Score: Ohio State 27, Iowa 24
Well, I thought Ohio State would use the momentum of its upset victory over Penn State to roll to an easy win over an Iowa team led by a backup quarterback. Of course, I was wrong. Looking back, 17 points is a lot to ask for from a Big 10 team, so I probably should have gone in the opposite direction. With that said, however, the Buckeyes still led by 14 with 11 minutes to go. But the Hawkeyes answered an OSU score with a kickoff return for a touchdown that sunk my hopes rather quickly. Ohio State won the game in overtime. So, I even my record at 1-1, while Craig improves to 2-0.

No. 1 Florida -17.5 at South Carolina
My Pick
: Florida 28, South Carolina 20
Actual Score: Florida 24, South Carolina 14
As everyone knows, I’m rooting hard for Florida to get upset before the SEC Championship game against Alabama, and this one came really close. South Carolina played great on defense, but just didn’t have the offense to complete the deal. The game changed completely when the Gamecocks had the ball at the Gators’ 22-yard-line down by just a field goal in the fourth quarter. But a tipped-pass interception by Florida ruined the South Carolina momentum and the game was quickly lost when the Gators went downfield and scored the put-away touchdown. Still, even though there was no upset, I improve my record to 2-1. Craig is bouncing back in a big way from two straight 2-5 weeks, moving to 3-0 on the day.

No. 12 Miami -3 at North Carolina
My Pick
: Miami 23, North Carolina 14
Actual Score: North Carolina 33, Miami 24
Not much to say about this game, as North Carolina was never really in trouble. Miami is quickly becoming one of the teams on my “hate list,” the ones that always seem to give me a loss no matter the circumstances. At least I got to bask in the glory of watching Craig’s Hurricanes lose again. My record evens at 2-2 while Craig drops his first game of the day, 3-1.

No. 3 Alabama -12.5 at Mississippi State
My Pick
: Alabama 27, Mississippi State 10
Actual Score: Alabama 31, Mississippi State 3
Just like the Georgia Tech game, I thought this matchup was very close to a so-called lock pick. Luckily, Alabama came through in a big way, rolling to an easy win over Mississippi State. While it’s unfortunate that Florida and Alabama will make it to the SEC title game undefeated – as I really want TCU to make it to the BCS championship – at least I won’t have to see Florida in the title game, as the overrated Gators should get stomped by the Tide. The real Top 25 rankings should have Alabama at No. 1, Texas at No. 2, TCU at No. 3, Florida at No. 4 and Cincinnati at No. 5. Craig and I both get the win with Alabama, so I improve to 3-2 and Craig moves to 4-1.

No. 16 Utah +20 at No. 7 TCU
My Pick
: TCU 35, Utah 28
Actual Score: TCU 55, Utah 28
Even though I want TCU to slip into the national championship game, I just didn’t think the Horned Frogs would be able to roll over a very good Utah team at home. But they did. Utah still had plenty of chances to keep the score within 20 points, but TCU just never stopped coming and ended up beating the spread by a touchdown. The Frogs proved in this game how good they are and, as I said earlier, should be ranked ahead of Florida. Craig and I both take another loss and he drops to 4-2 and I fall o 3-3.

Notre Dame +6.5 at No. 8 Pittsburgh
My Pick
: Pittsburgh 30, Notre Dame 23
Actual Score: Pittsburgh 27, Notre Dame 22
I thought this game was going to be the closest of the day – and the tightest pick against the spread – so I was thrilled when Pittsburgh controlled play for more than three quarters and led 27-9 with less than 10 minutes to go. I marked this one down as a victory and didn’t even check in on the score until after it went final. So, imagine my surprise when the final score read Pittsburgh 27, Notre Dame 22. What happened? Apparently the Irish made a huge comeback and actually had the ball in their hands with a chance to win the game outright, but Jimmy Clausen through an interception to end it. Not good for Notre Dame, Charlie Weis or my Panthers pick. What should have been a great win to close out the day for both Craig and I actually ends with a loss. Craig finishes with a 4-3 mark, while I finish 3-4 for the day.

GameDay Live: Canes At Manchester

Manchester 19, New Britain 6
FINAL

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter

M-Seth DeValve 29 run (kick failed), 6:46.
M-DeValve 1 run (Matt Cassidy kick), 10:11.
Second Quarter
None
Third Quarter
None
Fourth Quarter
M-Josiah Phelphs 2 run (kick failed), 3:58.
NB-Kyree Largent fumble recovery (pass failed), 0:49.

GameDay Live: Conard At Knights

Conard 40, Southington 20
FINAL

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter

C-Jonathan Esposito 33 run (kick failed), 6:26.
Second Quarter
S-Tyler Dube 17 pass from Connor Butkiewicz (pass failed), 8:54.
C-Esposito 15 run (run failed), 4:05.
C-Brady Collins 28 interception return (kick failed), 3:48.
Third Quarter
C-Esposito 69 run (kick good), 11:00.
S-Dube 19 pass from Butkiewicz (run failed), 3:55.
Fourth Quarter
C-Jerry Rivera 60 interception return (run good), 11:42.
C-Esposito 33 run (kick good), 8:27.
S-Dube 15 pass from Butkiewicz (conversion good), 7:24.

GameDay Live: St. Paul At Torrington

St. Paul 26, Torrington 20
FINAL

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter

S-Chris Bachand 17 run (kick failed), 8:36.
T-Chris DeBerry 53 run (Brendon Lytten kick), 8:14.
Second Quarter
T-Jarred Williams 76 run (Lytten kick), 9:22.
Third Quarter
None
Fourth Quarter
S-Chris Bachand 16 run (Devin Zeller reception), 8:44.
S-Chris Bachand 16 run (kick failed), 4:45.
T-DeBerry 11 run (kick failed), 0:38.
S-Travis Thomas 5 pass from Tanner Bachand (kick failed), 0:03.

GameDay Live: Fermi At Berlin

Berlin 48, Fermi 0
FINAL

MAX DELORENZO IS THE NEW ALL-TIME LEADING RUSHER IN BERLIN HIGH SCHOOL HISTORY.

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter
B-Max DeLorenzo 17 run (Devin Silverman kick), 8:54.
B-Taylor Tavarozzi 23 run (Silverman kick), 6:42.
B-David Campagna 12 run (Silverman kick), 4:06.
B-DeLorenzo 59 run (Mason Powers pass from Tom Undercuffler), 1:06.
Second Quarter
B-Tavarozzi 35 run (Silverman kick), 11:43.
B-Campagna 30 run (run failed), 9:50.
Third Quarter
None
Fourth Quarter
B-Shawn Sylvester 13 run (run failed), 4:35.

GameDay Live: Public At Newington

Newington 20, Hartford Public 0
FINAL

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter

N-Anthony Szewz 33 pass from Jonathan Snyder (kick good), 1:41.
Second Quarter
N-Freddy Ortiz 3 run (kick failed), 11:20.
Third Quarter
None
Fourth Quarter
N-Anthony Ortiz 4 run (kick good), 11:06.

College GameDay Picks Column: Urban Meyer Continues To Whine, While Notre Dame Gets Exposed

Executive Sports Editor Brad Carroll takes a look at the top games of the day
Last Week
: 1-6 (spread); 4-3 (overall); 0-0 (upset picks)
Craig's Week: 2-5 (spread)
This Season: 36-33-1 (spread); 54-16 (overall); 6-4 (upset picks)
Craig's Season: 31-38-1 (spread)

No. 1 Florida at South Carolina; 3:30 p.m.; CBS
The Skinny
: The way coach Urban Meyer is defending his Florida Gators, you would never think they were the No. 1 team in the nation. To listen to him, and his whining, you would think the pollsters and media weren’t giving the team respect. How that is possible with a number 1 by your team name is beyond me. Maybe Meyer knows something we don’t and he’s trying to hide his team’s weaknesses behind tough talk and reputation. I’m going to go with the latter. The Pick: Florida (-17.5) wins it 28-20.

No. 3 Alabama at Mississippi State; 7 p.m.; ESPN
The Skinny
: Mississippi State has actually given Alabama fits over the past few years, winning two of the last three games, including the last time these two teams played on this field. The Bulldogs have also played well against ranked opponents this season as they were tied with Florida in the fourth quarter before losing by 10. Still, Alabama has one of the best defenses in the nation and Mississippi State is going to have tough going trying to dent the scoreboard. The Pick: Alabama (-12.5) wins it 27-10.

No. 7 Georgia Tech at Duke; 12 p.m.; ESPN2
The Skinny
: Georgia Tech clinches a berth in the ACC Championship game with a victory at Duke today, something that shouldn’t be a problem. The Yellowjackets have won six straight against the Blue Devils, who are more focused on 3-pointers and pull-up jumpers right about now. Tech should be able to control the game on offense (34.7 points per game) and roll to the win. The Pick: Georgia Tech (-12.5) wins it 38-20.

Notre Dame at No. 8 Pittsburgh; 8 p.m., ABC
The Skinny
: Everyone, including myself, should know better than getting sucked into the hype machine known as Notre Dame football. Once again, the Irish proved that they are nothing more than posers with last week’s loss to Navy. I guess it’s a good thing they were exposed now and not during an undeserved BCS game. Pittsburgh needs a big win, as West Virginia and Cincinnati are on deck. The Pick: Pittsburgh (-6.5) wins it 30-23.

No. 16 Utah at No. 4 TCU; 7:30 p.m.; CBSCS
The Skinny
: TCU needs to keep putting together impressive wins in order to climb the BCS ladder and make its way into the national championship game – something that I think everyone outside of Florida, Alabama and Texas are rooting hard for. The Horned Frogs did jump Cincinnati last week, so anything is possible. Utah and TCU could put some big numbers tonight. The Pick: TCU (-20) wins it 35-28.

No. 15 Iowa at No. 10 Ohio State; 3:30 p.m.; ABC
The Skinny
: Believe it or not, with a win today at Iowa, Ohio State will clinch a spot in the Rose Bowl. Again. Of course, if Iowa can somehow pull out a victory, it would go to the Rose Bowl instead. But without starting quarterback Ricky Stanzi, that likely won’t happen for the Hawkeyes, which lost their first game of the season last week. OSU is coming off a win over Penn State. The Pick: Ohio State (-16.5) wins it 41-17.

No. 12 Miami at North Carolina; 3:30 p.m.; ABC
The Skinny: Miami has an outside shot at playing in the ACC championship, but needs a lot of help. The Pick: Miami (-3) wins it 23-14.

Here are Craig Carroll’s picks for the week: South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, Utah, Iowa, Miami. Check out College GameDay Rewind at bradcarrollgameday.blogspot.com.

College GameDay Rewind: The Huskies Almost Won! The Huskies Almost Won!

There is nothing like picking games against the spread to make someone hate themselves at the end of the day. After putting together a 1-6 record on Saturday, I had plenty of that running through my head. Throw in the fact that I lost four of my five fantasy football games this weekend, and this was just about as bad as it gets for a football weekend – and the Jets didn’t even play. Luckily, I did win in my fantasy league to stay in first place, but with losses I pretty much was eliminated in two of the leagues. It was just a terrible, terrible weekend. Craig didn’t do much better on his Saturday picks, clocking in with a 2-5 mark. That horrible day actually was good enough to gain ground on me in the season race. That should tell you all you need to know about how bad this weekend was. The worst part about it all is that I knew this was going to be a bad day for my college selections. I hated my picks of Iowa, Notre Dame and LSU. But I stuck with my original thought and ended up taking three hard losses. So, for the first time all season, I have a “red” number next to my money for the season. While I’m not feeling too good at the moment, everything can change in a matter of days with a big comeback this coming Saturday. I can’t wait.

Switching gears a bit, while watching the ending of the UConn-Cincinnati game on ABC Saturday night, the sideline reporter said that coach Randy Edsall came up to her when the Huskies were a two-point conversion away from tying the game and said he couldn’t believe this was happening to his team. What? Here is a Division I head coach of a team that likes to think it’s on its way to becoming a team to be reckoned with saying that it is basically a miracle that his team has the chance to tie the best team in the Big East – the Big East! If you’re a UConn fan watching or listening to that, you should have thrown the remote threw the television screen. How in the world are the Huskies ever going to get anyone’s respect when their head coach truly can’t believe his team has the chance to tie Cincinnati? Remember, this is Cincinnati, not Florida, not Alabama, not Texas … not even Notre Dame. That could be the most pathetic statement I’ve ever heard from a head coach. And the fact that instead of worrying about the two-point play, he actually is hunting down a sideline reporter to tell her that it’s a miracle his team has the chance to tie a team from his own conference, makes things even worse. But, hey, everything is rosy in UConn land. Huskies fans, try this chant at your next home game: The Huskies almost won! The Huskies almost won! The Huskies almost won! Awesome.

Now, on to College GameDay Rewind:

My Weekend: 1-6 (spread); 4-3 (overall); 0-0 (upset picks)
My Season: 36-33-1 (spread); 54-16 (overall); 6-4 (upset picks)
My Money: DOWN $30 (season)
Craig's Weekend: 2-5 (spread)
Craig's Season: 31-38-1 (spread)
Craig's Money: DOWN $1,080 (season)

Northwestern +15.5 at No. 8 Iowa
My Pick
: Iowa 34, Northwestern 17
Actual Score: Northwestern 17, Iowa 10
When Iowa raced out to a 10-0 lead, I put this one in the bag. Then Iowa soon lost its quarterback, lost the game and its national championship hopes as well. Not to mention that I have to start the day in a 0-1 hole on a pick that probably shouldn’t have been made. The Hawkeyes have made a living barely winning game after game – except for last week when I actually picked them too, of course – so I should have stuck with the underdog. But I didn’t and it’s a 0-1 start for both Craig and I.

Central Florida +34.5 at No. 2 Texas
My Pick
: Texas 45, Central Florida 7
Actual Score: Texas 35, Central Florida 3
Texas led by 32 with over seven minutes to go, so I thought the Longhorns could pull off the miracle and cover the spread. But, of course, they didn’t. The game was lost in the first half, as Texas led just 14-3 at the break. Craig and I both went with the big-time favorite and both take another loss.

Navy +12.5 at No. 19 Notre Dame
My Pick
: Notre Dame 35, Navy 21
Actual Score: Navy 23, Notre Dame 21
When games go like they did here, you really start questioning everything. I always go with Navy – always. But I bit into the Notre Dame hype and thought the Irish and Jimmy Clausen would have plenty of offense to win the game. Of course, I was wrong – again. I’m almost at a loss for words at the moment as I drop to 0-3 on the day. Craig falls to 0-3 as well. Not good.

No. 15 Ohio State +5 at No. 11 Penn State
My Pick
: Penn State 20, Ohio State 17
Actual Score: Ohio State 24, Penn State 7
Even when I win, I lose, as I get the victory with Ohio State and the points, but fail to get the outright choice of Penn State correct. But the latter doesn’t really matter as I finally get to celebrate a victory to improve to 1-3. Craig takes the loss to fall to 0-4. Ohio State was never really challenged in the game and rolled to a surprisingly easy win.

No. 9 LSU +7.5 at No. 3 Alabama
My Pick
: Alabama 17, LSU 13
Actual Score: Alabama 24, LSU 15
This game was actually looking good for me, as LSU led 7-3 at the half and 15-10 at the end of three quarters. But Alabama had to know that I went against the Tide and scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to knock off LSU and knock me to 1-4. Again, on a day that I went against pretty much anything that I’ve learned over the years and this season, I lost on a game where I picked an LSU team that I never would have in the past. I knew this had the making of a bad week and with a 1-4 record with two to play, I was at least right on that. Craig jumps into the win column with the Alabama pick, coming in at 1-4.

No. 20 Oklahoma -4 at Nebraska
My Pick
: Oklahoma 34, Nebraska 27
Actual Score: Nebraska 10, Oklahoma 3
Thank God I didn’t have to watch this game, as Oklahoma threw five interceptions and couldn’t even score a touchdown. At least Oklahoma takes the title of most pathetic team of the day away from Brad GameDay. Craig and I both go to the final game of the night with 1-5 records.

Connecticut +17 at No. 4 Cincinnati
My Pick
: Cincinnati 38, Connecticut 14
Actual Score: Cincinnati 47, Connecticut 45
This was a surprisingly exciting game as UConn actually came back from a 20-point halftime deficit and a 16-point fourth quarter Cincy lead to have a chance to tie. But UConn coach Randy Edsall forgot that he actually should concentrate on calling a play or at least discussing it with his coaches instead of finding a sideline reporter to tell her that he can’t believe his Division I college football team has a chance to tie the best the Big East – the Big East, mind you – has to offer. Nice job, coach. But, hey, at least you made a fool of yourself and your program on national television. If you’re going to embarrass yourself on television, you might as well do it on ABC in primetime. Go UConn! Craig gets the win to move to 2-5. I end the day with a 1-6 record. Bring on next week already.

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College GameDay Picks Column: Yankee Fans Need To Kick Jay-Z To The Curb Right Now

Executive Sports Editor Brad Carroll takes a look at the top games of the day
Last Week
: 4-3 (spread); 6-1 (overall); 1-1 (upset picks)
Craig's Week: 2-5 (spread)
This Season: 35-27-1 (spread); 50-13 (overall); 6-4 (upset picks)
Craig's Season: 29-33-1 (spread)

No. 9 LSU at No. 3 Alabama; 3:30 p.m.; CBS
The Skinny
: While a matchup featuring two of the Top 9 teams in the nation should be enough to get anyone exciting, the fact remains that this could be one very boring game. Both teams sport impressive defenses, as Alabama is fifth and LSU seventh in scoring defense, and both offenses are nothing special, so this could come down to the kickers. I’m hoping for an LSU upset, as it would shake up the BCS picture, but the Tide should have enough to hold off the Tigers at the end. The Pick: Alabama (-7.5) wins it 17-13.

Connecticut at No. 4 Cincinnati; 8 p.m.; ABC
The Skinny
: UConn has found new ways to lose games in the final moments this season, but Huskies fans should be happy because that won’t be the case tonight. Seeing as though the Bearcats average almost 40 points per game and outscore their opponents by nearly four touchdowns, this one should be over quickly, saving UConn from imploding again. The worst thing about the game, however, will be that ABC probably will stick with the broadcast until the very end. The Pick: Cincinnati (-17) wins it 38-14.

Northwestern at No. 8 Iowa; 12 p.m.; ESPN
The Skinny
: Switching gears, after watching the end of the Yankees parade Friday afternoon, I think it’s finally time for New Yorkers to tell Jay-Z to take a hike. First, there is absolutely no reason for the guy to be on one of the parade floats. What the heck did he do anyway? And second, the line in his song that he performed at the Stadium and at City Hall is an embarrassment to Yankees Universe. The Pick: Iowa (-15.5) wins it 34-17.

No. 15 Ohio State at No. 11 Penn State; 3:30 p.m.; ABC
The Skinny
: The line in the Jay-Z song says “I made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can.” Are you serious? That is the most absurd and embarrassing pieces of garbage that I’ve ever heard. And he has the gall to get on one of the floats at the Yankees’ parade? And I blame the Yankees too for caving into the guy. This bum isn’t a Yankees fan and shouldn’t be treated as such. The Pick: Penn State (-5) wins it 20-17.

Navy at No. 19 Notre Dame; 2:30 p.m., NBC
The Skinny
: QB Jimmy Clausen is making his case for the Heisman, and seeing as though favorites Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy have all had their struggles, it could be his to lose. Today, he continues his quest against a Navy team that sports one of the most interesting offenses in the country. The Mids average less than 100 passing yards per game. The Pick: Notre Dame (-12.5) wins it 35-21.

No. 20 Oklahoma at Nebraska; 8 p.m.; ABC
The Skinny
: Oklahoma has won 4 straight games against a Nebraska team that used to pose one of the biggest challenges for the Sooners in years past. Of course, that past seems like a lifetime ago, as the Cornhusers are a shell of their former self. Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford is done for the year, and backup Landry Jones should play well enough to win the game. The Pick: Oklahoma (-4) wins it 34-27.

Central Florida at No. 2 Texas; 12 p.m.; FSN
The Skinny
: Texas will continue its roll into the national championship game with a big win today. The Pick: Texas (-34.5) wins it 45-7. Here are Craig Carroll’s picks for the week: Alabama, UConn, Iowa, Penn State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas. Check out College GameDay Rewind at bradcarrollgameday.blogspot.com.

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GameDay Live: Glastonbury At Canes

No. 2 Glastonbury 35, New Britain 28
FINAL

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter

G-Sean McQuillan 1 run, 5:27. (Robert Solecki kick).
G-Malcolm Crosson 8 run, 2:03. (Robert Solecki kick).
Second Quarter
NB-Kaiuway Boima 1 run, 6:58. (Rafal Garcarz kick).
G-Dylan Malara 26 run, 2:38. (Robert Solecki kick).
G-McCarthy 24 pass from McQuillan, :51. (Robert Solecki kick).
Third Quarter
NB-Boima 1 run, 3:36. (Garcarz kick).
G-McQuillan 1 run, 2:23. (Solecki kick).
Fourth Quarter
NB-Tebucky Jones Jr. 19 pass from Garcarz, 10:54. (Garcarz kick).
NB-Jones 35 pass from Garcarz, 2:35. (Garcarz kick).

GameDay Live: Platt At Berlin

Berlin 38, Platt 14
FINAL

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter

B-Max DeLorenzo 9 run, 2:19. (Devin Silverman kick).
P-Justin Potts 16 pass from Kyle Laurendeau, 1:12. (Joshua Budwitz kick).
Second Quarter
B-Dave Campagna 1 run, 9:09. (Silverman kick failed).
B-Max DeLorenzo 4 run, 1:19. (Mason Powers from Dan Hackett).
Third Quarter
B-Max DeLorenzo 32 run, 9:40. (Silverman kick).
B-Max DeLorenzo 29 run, 1:05. (Silverman kick).
Fourth Quarter
B-Silverman 23 field goal, 8:22.
P-Jamir James 2 run, 3:52. (Potts kick).

GameDay Live: Knights At Indians

Southington 32, Newington 21
FINAL

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter
N-Jeremy Rodriguez 44 run, 8:03. (Kick failed).
S-Kyle Lentini 4 pass from Connor Butkiewicz, 6:08. (Kick failed).
S-Anthony Florian 46 pass from Butkiewicz, 3:10. (Conversion good).
Second Quarter
N-Jeremy Rodriguez 74 run, 11:03. (Conversion good).
S-K.J. Gemmell 11 pass from Butkiewicz, 6:47. (Run failed).
Third Quarter
N-Freddy Ortiz 45 run, 9:35. (Kick good).
S-Tyler Dube 6 pass from Butkiewicz, 3:57. (Conversion failed).
Fourth Quarter
S-Dube 10 pass from Butkiewicz, 3:23. (Pass failed).

GameDay Live: St. Paul At Ansonia

Ansonia 45, St. Paul 29
FINAL

SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter
A-Rob Kinnebrew 12 run, 4:51. (Mike Palmquist kick).
A-Tim Troy 17 pass from Nick O'Conner, 2:25. (Mike Palmquist kick).
Second Quarter
A-Rob Kinnebrew 1 run, 9:03. (Mike Palmquist kick).
SP-Byron Jones 25 pass from Tanner Bachand, 2:23. (Glen kick).
A-Mike Palmquist 29 field goal, :00.
Third Quarter
A-Rob Kinnebrew 25 run, 11:33. (Mike Palmquist kick).
A-Chris Sobin 85 run, 8:11. (Mike Palmquist kick).
SP-Tanner Bachand 10 run, 3:41. (Bobby Romano run).
Fourth Quarter
SP-Chris Bachand 4 run, 10:31. (Conversion failed).
SP-Travis Thomas 88 pass from Tanner Bachand, 6:15. (Jones from Bachand).
A-Montrell Dobbs 84 kick return, 5:55. (Palmquist kick).

College GameDay Rewind: Yankees World Series Victory Saves New York From Worst Sports Day Ever

It had all the makings for one of the worst sports days in New York history. The Giants and Jets had already lost in the afternoon and the Yankees were completely out of momentum heading into the ninth inning in Game 4 of the World Series Sunday night. The depression that was still lingering from the afternoon was back in full effect. With the Giants getting completely destroyed by the Eagles and the Jets somehow, someway losing to the Dolphins, it would only be fitting if the Yankees lost in devastating fashion as well.

But these Yankees are the closest thing to the teams of the late 90s that would never accept losing, and barely did. These Yankees battled back from a crowd that was sent into a frenzy when the Phillies tied the game with a home run with two outs in the eighth inning and even more so when Philadelphia closer Brad Lidge got two easy outs in the top of the ninth. But Johnny Damon worked and worked and worked until he singled and then stole two bases on one pitch. It was an unbelievable play that was typical of these Yankees. Even in the ninth inning with the game tied, Damon was on top of his game. After a hit-by-pitch, Alex Rodriguez doubled to give the Yankees the lead. Then Jorge Posada finished things off with a two-run single. Enter Rivera, and exit Phillies.

The Yankees saved the New York sports world last night and, more so, took full control of the World Series as they lead 3-1 heading into Game 5 tonight. Thanks to the Yankees, I’m sure the losses by the Giants and Jets hurt a little less today by their respective fan base. It doesn’t erase everything, but the Yankees saved New York sports for at least one day. And if you’re a Mets fan, well, you and depression go hand in hand, so good luck with that.

Now, on to College GameDay Rewind:

My Weekend: 4-3 (spread); 6-1 (overall); 1-1 (upset picks)
My Season: 35-27-1 (spread); 50-13 (overall); 6-4 (upset picks)
My Money: UP $530 (season)
Craig's Weekend: 2-5 (spread)
Craig's Season: 29-33-1 (spread)
Craig's Money: DOWN $730 (season)

Indiana +17.5 at No. 7 Iowa
My Pick
: Iowa 27, Indiana 12
Actual Score: Iowa 42, Indiana 24
What the heck happened here? Indiana led by 10 in the fourth quarter and the Iowa offense was dreadful all game long … so, with the spread being 17.5, I was already thinking about going 7-0 on the day. Of course, I didn’t believe for a second that Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi would go 3-for-3 for 177 yards and two scores in the final period. The final stab through the heart came with 1:12 to go in the game when the Hawkeyes added a 27-yard touchdown run. Nice defense, Indiana. By the way, I’m watching the final seconds of UConn-Rutgers and the fans are cheering like it’s a basketball game. “Let’s Go Huskies … clap, clap, clap, clap, clap.” That’s not how you cheer at a football game, guys. Whatever … it’s UConn. Craig and I both get burned by the Hoosiers in a half-point loss to fall to 0-1. Before I move on, UConn took the lead in the final minute, but then just allowed Rutgers to complete an 81-yard touchdown bomb to Tim Brown to fall behind 28-24. What an embarrassing, ugly, humiliating loss for the Huskies. Again, when will coach Randy Edsall feel the heat? Well, never … because it’s UConn.

Georgia +14.5 at No. 1 Florida
My Pick
: Florida 31, Georgia 14
Actual Score: Florida 41, Georgia 17
Even though the score would say otherwise, I had to sweat this one out as well, as Florida turned a losing 14-point lead into a winning 17-point advantage with a 44-yard field goal with under eight minutes to play. Soon after, the Gators put the game away with an interception return for a touchdown. During the game, Craig sent me a text message that said, “Georgia blows.” To that, I simply replied, “You blow for taking Georgia.” We all know Georgia can’t cover when facing a big-time opponent. And even though I thought for a long while about taking the Bulldogs in this game, luckily, I remembered that GameDay fact. So, I move to 1-1 on the day, while Craig falls to 0-2.

UNLV +35 at No. 8 TCU
My Pick
: TCU 49, UNLV 7
Actual Score: TCU 41, UNLV 0
While watching Miami take the lead on Wake Forest in the final moments, I didn’t see the final few minutes of TCU’s victory over UNLV. When I finally got the chance to turn back to that game, it was over, and I thought for sure TCU had only won by 34 – giving me a one-point loss. After writing up the Florida-Georgia summary, I hesitantly went to ESPN.com for the score and got a minor shock – TCU 41, UNLV 0. Yes! Believe me, that doesn’t happen very often. TCU scored with 1:39 to play to give me the victory. I move to 2-1 on the day, while Craig went with the big-points and got the loss, 0-3.

No. 18 Miami -7 at Wake Forest
My Pick
: Miami 28, Wake Forest 13
Actual Score: Miami 28, Wake Forest 27
Miami came from behind to beat Wake Forest in a game Craig probably enjoyed, but the Hurricanes didn’t do either of us a favor with the spread. Not much else to say, as this one never really had a chance to produce a positive result. I drop to 2-2, while Craig continues his march into the abyss with a 0-4 mark.

No. 12 Penn State -17 at Northwestern
My Pick
: Penn State 33, Northwestern 10
Actual Score: Penn State 34, Northwestern 13
The Miami-Wake Forest game didn’t hurt as much as it should have, though. Why? Because it seemed every time I switched channels from Miami-Wake to Penn State-Northwestern, the Nittany Lions would score. I saw the Lions take a 20-13 lead with 12:27 to go in the fourth. Then, again, switched the channel in time to see quarterback Daryll Clark roll out and hit on a 53-yard score with 10:16 to go. The next time I switched, I got to see the best thing of all – a score that was covering the 17-point spread, with Penn State in front 34-13. But things are never that easy. Northwestern drove down to the 10-yard line with two minutes to go. The Lions defense came up big, however, causing a fumble and the offense sealed the game from there. That ends the early games with me clocking in with a 3-2 record. Craig finally breaks through with a win, improving to 1-4 with two late games to play. Of course, the Yankees take priority from here.

No. 3 Texas -9.5 at No. 13 Oklahoma State
My Pick
: Oklahoma State 37, Texas 34
Actual Score: Texas 41, Oklahoma State 14
And … we pick up where we left off from the special Halloween College GameDay Rewind write-up. In my limited viewing of this game, it looked like an early turnover completely took Oklahoma State out of the game and the Cowboys never recovered. Texas went on to destroy Oak State and ruin my two-part upset special. Oh well. I drop to 3-3 while Craig improves to 2-4.

No. 4 Southern Cal -3 at No. 10 Oregon
My Pick
: Oregon 28, Southern Cal 27
Actual Score: Oregon 47, Southern Cal 20
Oregon took complete control in the third quarter and bullied USC in the upset victory. This was a tough pick to make, believe it or not, because the Trojans never lose these type games. But the Ducks were up for the challenge and all but ended USC’s dominance in the Pac 10 – at least for this year. So, I was right on one of two upset picks, and end the day with a 4-3 record. Craig failed to capitalize on last week’s momentum, and ends Saturday with a 2-5 record.

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