And The Season is Under Way ….

I don’t think yesterday’s opening to the NCAA 2011 season brought many surprises.  Russell Wilson look spectacular with the Wisconsin Badgers.  I was surprised how Kentucky and Syracuse struggled and I thought Idaho might have fared better against Bowling Green.

However, I do think some bigger surprises may be in store for the rest of the weekend.  Robert Griffin Jr. has proved that he is one of the nations elite quarterbacks and the staff at Baylor may have finally started to put together a supporting cast.  It’s time for Griffin to shine and that all starts tonight with the upset over TCU.

It could be a rough week for the Mountain West.  I am also picking the Georgia Bulldogs to topple Mountain West favorite Boise State.  The Dawgs return more starters than any other SEC team.  Despite lasts years 6-7 campaign, they have the talent to topple some of the nation’s top teams.

I believe Persa will be able to lead Northwestern to a victory over the Eagles of Boston College.  I look for Jerry Kill and Marquise Gray to have monumental impact on Minnesota’s future, although, I do not believe they will have enough to get past USC this week (but I’ll be rooting for them).  I’ll also take BYU over Ole Miss, Hawaii over Colorado, Army to upset Northern Illinois, Maryland over Mimi, FL (although both will end with disappointing seasons), and without Jordan Jefferson, the Oregon Ducks over LSU.  The rest of the Top 25 (and most of the rest of the BCS schools) should easily prevail over Week 1 patsies (no offense ECU, Appalachian State or Youngstown State).

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About Jesse Alber

Jesse Alber attained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communications with an Athletic Coaching Endorsement from Hastings College in May, 1993. From 1994 - 2000, Alber served in leadership roles in human resources, retail, and production. Alber enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2000. He served as a Armored Cavalry Scout and Troop Training Manager with A 3/7 CAV 3d ID until 2004. Alber deployed to Bosnia in 2001 and Kwait / Iraq in 2003. Alber served in the Army Reserves from 2005 - 2008. From 2004 - 2010 Alber served as the Adult Education Coordinator for Central Community College and Executive Director for the Hastings Literacy Program. Alber returned to Hastings College in 2010 to study Computer Science and Web Design. He is currently emploed as a Programming and Web Development Intern with Servi-Tech Industries. Alber will complete his program of study in the summer of 2012.
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One Response to And The Season is Under Way ….

  1. Jesse Alber says:

    Baylor topples TCU, Northwestern over BC (even without Persa), Minnesota looses a heartbreaker to USC, BYU over Ole Miss, Hawaii over Colorado, and Maryland (in those awful uniforms) over Miami, FL. I missed on Georgia – Boise St, Army – N. Illinois, and Oregon – LSU. I guess you can count South Florida – Notre Dame as a miss also. On to next week.

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