Gant “Expert” Challenge – Week 1
|9/7-9/11 games||Dave Glass||Jay Siegel||Rusty McCracken||Dustin Parks||Chris Morelli|
|Bald Eagle-PO||Bald Eagle||Bald Eagle||P-O||Bald Eagle||Bald Eagle|
|West Branch – Claysburg-Kimmel||Claysburg||WB||Claysburg||WB||Claysburg|
The Last Word
Chris: Clearfield will have an easy time with Penns Valley, a program in decline. As for the Nittany Lions, no game is going to be easy this season. They lack a true leader on defense. The fact that Ohio gouged them for three long touchdown drives in the second half is not a good sign.
Dustin: I’ve been looking forward to the Steelers-Broncos game ever since the schedule was released knowing Peyton is back on the field. I have long said that he is the best quarterback in the NFL today, despite the ESPN countdown that was done in the off-season (they put him in the top-five, but it was Aaron Rodgers as their No. 1). The Steelers are still stinging from the first-play, overtime loss in the playoffs last year, but it will be more challenging this time considering it is No. 18 under center versus Tebow (who by the way I agree with is the lowest-ranked QB in the league). Aside from the opening game between the Giants and Cowboys, it will be the best game of the week, bar none.
Dave: Curwensville needs to avoid a letdown after an emotional win on the road – but I think they get the job done in their home opener. Penn State is not good, but Pitt is worse – losing at home to a 1-AA team?? Terrible. I’m down on the Bengals AND Ravens this season – we will learn a lot more about both squads this Sunday. With apologies to Dustin, I believe Niners-Packers is the best game of the week – can Alex Smith continue to manage the ball well? Can the Packers stop anyone this year?
Jay: Even though I still bleed blue and white, I just can’t pick a 10-point dog on the road – not after watching last week’s second half, thus Virginia is my pick. I look for the black and gold to gain some measure of revenge against the Broncos, but wouldn’t be surprised if Manning pulls this one out – I mean Tebow did, why not Manning? Could be the NFC championship game preview in GB this weekend – I’ll take the home team.
Rusty: How far behind can I really get in the first week of picking – right. Maybe we should choose volleyball instead, I see more of those teams. Ok, enough crying. The local teams should fare well this week for the most part….PSU is going to have to prove they can play a whole game before I find confidence in them again…Peyton Manning has never been a solid player in the NFL outdoors, and after a year off, I think the only problem for the Steelers will be the altitude.