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DT's Picks Of The Week: Sept12

Doubting ThomasContributor INovember 8, 2016

Always know where you've been
One year ago, Ohio State was preparing to play at Washington in dangerous game for week 3 of the 2007 season. The Buckeyes played extremely poorly in their first two games against Youngstown State and Akron, were replacing tons of talent that had gone to the NFL (including Heisman winning QB Troy Smith and WRs Ted Ginn Jr & Anthony Gonzalez), and had already lost a rising star in DE Lawrence Wilson for the season with a broken leg. A duo of co-workers and college football fans (one a Clemson die-hard, the other an Ohio State fan) asked another OSU fan in their office for his thoughts/prediction on the outcome of the Washington game. The Buckeye responded, "OSU played horribly their first two games. They showed no ability to run the ball, and the offensive line was porous. Their defense did not play up to their ability. If they play like that at Washington, with the Huskies mobile QB Jake Locker, they'll lose. I hate to say it, but my pick is: OSU 20, Washington 24."

Who knew then what would be sparked by that simple conversation? As we all know, that game was closely contested at half-time and OSU pulled away easily in the 2nd half. Those co-workers nicknamed that Buckeye fan "DT" (Doubting Thomas, a la the Biblical reference) for not trusting in his team. The next weekend, they asked for his thoughts on a few college football match-ups, and DT's Picks of the Week© was born. It's hard to believe we've been doing this for an entire year, spilling over into other sports once the college football ended. We thank you all immensely for your interest in this silly endeavor, and we hope to continue this well into the future. It has been a pleasure to write for you all, and serves as an outlet for DT's insatiable thirst to talk his favorite sport. So, thank you once again!!

Week 2 Upsets
East Carolina handed #8 West Virginia their first loss, Vanderbilt beat #24 South Carolina

Injury Report
- Chris "Beanie" Wells, Ohio State's bruising RB, will not play this week against #1 Southern Cal (foot).
- USC has a couple of their own minor injuries, to high profile LBs Rey Maualuga (hand) and Brian Cushing (wrist and hip). Both are expected to play tomorrow night. 
- Minnesota has lost starting RB Duane Bennett for the remainder of the season with an injured knee.
- Maryland QB Jordan Steffy will miss at least three weeks with ligament damage to his thumb.
- NFL report: Tom Brady, the starting QB for New England Patriots and professional model/actress companion, tore the ACL * MCL in his knee during the opening game for the Pats against the Kansas City Chiefs this past weekend. He will have surgery and miss the rest of the 2008 season. While this is certainly a blow to New England's chances in the improved AFC East, we doubt this will impact his aforementioned off-field identity...

Quick Hits
- We all may have differing opinions on former coach Lou Holtz as an analyst. But one undeniable fact is that sweet ol' Lou was a fabulous motivator, recruiter, and coach. Where or how did he obtain such successful prowess?? Sure, he learned under legendary figures like Woody Hayes. But is there more to it than that? One possibility that may have been overlooked is genetic disposition. For proof, we may have to look no further than Lou's son, Skip Holtz. In four short years, Skip has taken an East Carolina team that was completely off the radar and turned the Pirates a team that has knocked off 17 Virginia Tech and 8 West Virginia in back-to-back weeks. We'll have to see where this achievement ranks as this season progresses. But at this point, we should take a moment to give the younger Holtz his due...

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