Looking ahead to this weekend's football action
What's up, hip hop? It's your best man on sports "Word" Thomas ready to crack you upside your head with more games with that hip hop twist. But "Word" is going to do you differently this week by making some bold predictions, instead of reporting what happened last week in sports. Why you might ask? Well, because I've been so good at making predictions… So let's go!
03:00PM ET September 28, 2009
Contributor: Larry "Word" Thomas
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Leading the way is college football. It already has been a season of upsets. Teams in the top 10 have been falling off every week. Schools like USC, Penn State and Oklahoma have felt the wrath of the upset juggernaut. Well, one of those teams may just feel it again! The No. 8 Oklahoma Sooners must go into Florida to battle the No. 17 Miami Hurricanes. The "U" has had its share of ups and downs, but "Word" predicts the team that ran Florida State ragged a few weeks ago will show up and pimp slap the Sooners all the way back to Oklahoma.
Think that was an easy prediction? Try this one: No. 25 Georgia Tech has to travel into hostile Mississippi to face the unranked Mississippi State Bulldogs, who have been known to shock a crowd. Tech better be careful because they are officially on "Word's" upset alert.
In the NFL, "Word" talked about some surprise 3-0 teams last week, but this week we go to the 0-3 teams that will either win to take some heat off or lose and sink a little deeper into playoff oblivion. As of right now, there are six teams sitting at 0-3: the Dolphins, Chiefs, Browns, Titans, Rams and Bucs. The Dolphins and Titans were playoff teams last year. The Titans lost three games all last year, but both should get a win as the Dolphins get the Bills at home and the Titans go to Jacksonville.
As for the rest, they will be staring at 0-4 because the Chiefs will lose to the Giants, the Rams will get smacked by the 49ers and the Bucs don't have a chance with the Redskins. The Cleveland Browns may be in the worst shape as many are calling them the Lions of last year (You remember, the team that lost all 16 games?!). The Browns get the Bengals at home but these aren't your momma’s Bengals; they are fresh off a win over the Steelers and no longer look like an easy W. As a matter of fact, the Browns may not win until Week 11 when they play the 1-2 Lions. They also play the Chiefs and Raiders, so there is some hope for a victory this season for the Browns.
And finally, in baseball, the playoff picture is shaping up as the New York Yankees look to have their swagger back as they clinched home field advantage throughout the postseason. The Boston Red Sox and the Anaheim Angels look locked in too. There is a big series coming up between the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins that will settle the Central division. I see the Twins taking over very soon.
In the National League, the Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies look official for the playoffs. The wild card will come down to the wire as the Atlanta Braves are "wahoo chopping" their way into the playoff picture and making the Colorado Rockies sweat a little bit. "Word" predicts the Rockies will hold them off, but all that effort and emotion spent this week will make their playoff time very short.
That's the way "Word" sees it.
That's the way it will be.