Nevada Union’s last good chance to win a football game this season comes tonight when the Miners visit Granite Bay, but it remains to be seen how motivated they are in the wake of coach Dennis Houlihan’s remarks after last week’s loss.
“It’s just a reminder of why we shouldn’t be in this league,” Houlihan told The Union after the team was thrashed by Folsom, 54-7. “We just got outmatched athletically and there’s nothing you can do.”
It’s no secret that NU is itching to get out of the Sierra Foothill League, where it have not been competitive with the other schools in the league. Among other dreary statistics, the Miners have lost 21 straight SFL games.
But even in the worst of times, coaches traditionally put up a brave front, trying to find something positive that provides the hope of better times. Houlihan appears to have given up; I won’t be surprised if he resigns at the end of the season.
Certainly Granite Bay is a beatable team. It’s the only team in the league with a worse season record that NU’s, has been shut out in its last two games, and gives up more than 34 points a game. But you have to wonder how motivated the Miners will be after Houlihan’s remarks.
In the Sierra Foothill League, my projections show:
–Granite Bay over Nevada Union by 1.5 points;
–Del Oro over Oak Ridge by 5.5 points.
–Rocklin at Woodcreek, pick.
PIONEER VALLEY LEAGUE
Bear River’s coaches figure the school needs to win two of its last three games to make it into the post-season tournament and–not coincidentally–extend its record to 29 non-losing seasons.
“Non-losing” may be the best they can hope for. The Bruins have been inconsistent this year–the essence of a .500 team. After winning its first league game last week, it stands at 3-4 for the season as it visits Colfax tonight. Each team is missing a key player for the game, but my numbers show Colfax the better of the two teams.
In the Pioneer Valley League, my projections show:
–Colfax over Bear River by 6 points;
–Center over Lincoln by 18.5 points;
–Placer over Foothill by 7 points.
We have found three picks that hopefully will get us out of the hole we dug last week. (Two of our three picks were winners, but none of them covered the point spread.) None of these are marquee national games, but Roadkill is always searching for value, not glamour. We like the following games:
–Louisiana Tech (-16.5) over Florida International;
–Ohio U (-3.5) over Kent State;
–Memphis (-2.5) over Navy.
Two of our selections last week blew fourth quarter leads to turn what could have been a 4-0 week into a 2-1-1 week. We still like the underdogs this week, although these games are basically toss ups:
–Eagles (+3) Vikings;
–Redskins (+1.5) Lions;
–Raiders (+1) Jaguars;
–Ravens (+2) Jets;
–Niners (P) Buccaneers.
High school: We went 5-1 last week to bring the season total to 13-4, 76 percent. We should do that well where money’s involved!
College: We went 0-3 against the point spread last week. It’s only up from here–we hope.
Pros: A 2-1-1 week is respectable, but not great. Hopefully, this week’s picks can hold a fourth quarter lead.
NOTE: The point spreads for the college and pro games are the consensus numbers from VegasInsider.com at 9 a.m. this morning. The high school numbers are my projection of the margin of victory.