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College Football Weekly Update for August 16th 2012

| August 16, 2012

College Football Weekly Update

Who’s ready for some football? Both the college football and NFL are set to start within the next few weeks.

Before that though there’s been a ton of movement and shakeups over the offseason, especially in college football. Coaching changes are normally the talk of the town, but they were extremely low on the totem pole this year due to the Penn State scandal and other stories.

We start with the Nittany Lions though, who are still dealing with the fallout from the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Silas Redd, the number one running back last season for Penn State, has already transferred to USC, and now others have followed suit. Backup quarterback Rob Bolden is gone to LSU, while defensive tackle Jamil Pollard has moved on to Rutgers.

There’s also Justin Brown who’s transferred and he was a reliable option for the Nittany Lions in the passing game last season.

Big news also came out of the TCU camp, with the school deciding not to suspend starting QB Casey Pachall for his failed drug test. Pachall owned up to his mistake and completed a counseling program and it appears that was enough to fend off a legitimate punishment.

Pachall is integral to the Horned Frogs’ chances of competing at the top in the Big 12 so TCU fans will be praying he manages to stay out of any further trouble.

The final news we saw was the release of the USA Today Coaches Poll. Lane Kiffin may have given up his vote, but that’s not stopping the Trojans from being an early favorite in the eyes of many.

It’s no surprise which three teams are at the top in both the polls and the college football odds: Alabama, LSU and USC. Those are the three front-runners in pretty much everyone’s book. To wrap up the top five, Oklahoma and Oregon are there looking to spoil the party.

New York Mets vs. Cincinnati Reds Betting Pick & Odds: August 16th 2012

| August 16, 2012

New York Mets vs. Cincinnati Reds
Betting Pick: Cincinnati Reds -145 odds (August 16th 2012)

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It has certainly been a run of streaks recently for the Reds as they went on a 15-1 run only to follow that up with five straight losses but they have responded to win their last five games. They have taken control of the National League Central as they have a seven-game lead over the Pirates and the Cardinals so barring any sort of complete meltdown, they are looking pretty good. The pitching has been outstanding of late as Cincinnati has allowed a total of three runs over its last four games and it could use some more of that tonight with Homer Bailey on the mound. He has struggled over his last three starts as he has allowed 14 runs in 14 innings but this is a good spot to come out of that funk. He tossed five straight quality outings prior to this so the potential is there for a rebound. The Reds have won seven of his last eight starts. New York has seen a once promising season go up in flames as they have lost 23 of their last 32 games to fall totally out of the playoff picture. The Mets offense has really struggled as they have scored three runs or fewer in seven of their last nine games so that only helps Bailey’s cause. They send Matt Harvey to the hill and this is just his fifth start of the season. Three of his first four have been good and he is coming off a quality outing in his last game. The issue is that he following up his first quality start by allowing five runs in five innings at San Diego and now he faces one of the hottest teams in baseball. (956) Cincinnati Reds

Week 2 NFL Preseason Picks: Cleveland Browns vs. Green Bay Packers: August 16th 2012

| August 15, 2012

Week 2 NFL Preseason Picks: August 16th 2012
Cleveland Browns vs. Green Bay Packers
Current line: Green Bay (-3/40)

Cleveland is at Green Bay at 8pmET from Lambeau Field on Thursday night. The Browns are coming off beating Detroit, 19-17, getting 3. Green Bay is is coming a 21-13 loss at San Diego getting 2. Cleveland defeated Green Bay in the first game of the 2011 preseason, 27-24 getting 3.

Weather: 65 degrees, partly cloudy

The Browns are coming off another disappointing 5-11 SU season, they were 7-7-2 ATS and 5-11 Under. Last year, they went 1-3 ATS in the preseason. Pat Shurmur is in his second season as head coach and went 1-3 ATS, 1-3 SU and 3-1 Over his first year. Green Bay is coming off a 15-1 season that ended against the New York Giants in the playoffs (37-20) at home. They also went 11-5 ATS and were 11-5 Over. Last year, they went 1-2-1 ATS in the preseason and Mike McCarthy is 12-12 SU, 12-11-1 ATS and 19-5 Over in preseason.

The game is in a dome.

Outlook: The Cleveland Browns drafted Trent Richardson out of Alabama to be their franchise back. Unfortunately, Richardson has already had two “scopes” and will miss most of preseason. QB Brandon Weeden was a later first-round pick and will play more than he did last week. He has a big arm and turns 29 in October. CB Joe Haden is one of the top corners in the AFC but might miss the first four games due to a suspension.

Green Bay will be without many key starters in this game including Greg Jennings (head) and CB Charles Woodson. The Packers allowed 299.8ypg in the air last year, which was last in the NFL. They didn’t do much in free agency and drafted CB Casey Hayward (Vanderbilt) and SS Jerron McMillan (Maine) to help the secondary

The Packers averaged a league-best 35 points per game and ranked third overall in both total offense and passing yards during last year’s banner 15-1 regular season, with Rodgers the runaway winner of the NFL’s Most Valuable Player Award after throwing for 4,643 yards and a franchise-record 45 touchdowns. He and the unit were mostly out of sync in last week’s 21-13 loss at San Diego, however, with the first team turning the ball over twice in its three possessions and going three-and-out on the other.

Rodgers completed just 2-of-8 passes for 16 yards and was intercepted once while also losing a fumble. As a team, Green Bay had four giveaways for the game.

The Packers were able to bolster the running back corps by signing three-time 1,000-yard rusher Cedric Benson on Sunday, though the seven-year veteran probably won’t be ready to contribute this week.

Graham Harrell, elevated to the primary backup quarterback role following Matt Flynn’s free-agent departure in the offseason, had a decent performance in relief of Rodgers, hitting on 15-of-27 throws for 135 yards and hooking up with Randall Cobb for a three-yard touchdown pass late in the first half.

Green Bay has been mentioned as a potential suitor for Colt McCoy, now the No. 2 signal-caller in Cleveland after the Browns’ first-round selection of Brandon Weeden in April’s draft. The possible trade candidate was a sharp 6- of-8 for 88 yards while adding a 20-yard scramble after following Weeden in Friday’s 19-17 victory at Detroit.

Seneca Wallace threw a 12-yard touchdown strike to rookie fullback Brad Smelley midway through the third quarter to help Cleveland rally from a 14-3 deficit, while fourth-stringer Thaddeus Lewis directed a pair of late scoring drives that accounted for the game’s last 10 points.

Weeden completed only 3-of-9 passes for 62 yards with an interception and a lost fumble while operating the first three possessions. Weeden is expected to play the entire half on Thursday.

Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi may not suit up on Thursday after being concussed against the Lions, with 2012 second-round supplemental choice Josh Gordon moving into the starting lineup if he can’t go.

Key Injuries: Cleveland: RB T.Richardson (knee) is out. WR Mohammed Massquoi (concus) is dbtful. LB D’Qwell Jackson (shldr) is ? LB Chris Gocong (Achilles) is out for the season. DT Phil Taylor (pec) is expected to miss the first two months. Green Bay: ILB Desmond Bishop (torn hamstring, sprained knee) and CB Davon House (dislocated shoulder) are out indef. WR Greg Jennings (concussion) is out indef. TE Jermichael Finley (quad), RB James Starks (turf toe) are dbtful.