"Roughing the Passer - A PK Frazier Novel"

My new book, "Offsetting Penalties - A PK Frazier Novel" is the follow-up to "Illegal Procedure" and "Roughing the Passer" and is now available in print and in e-formats at amazon.com, smashwords.com and iBooks. Follow me on twitter @kevinkrest.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT NFL AND COLLEGE PICKS

College:

Thursday Night:

(22) Temple (6 - 0) 20 @ East Carolina (4 - 3) 23: Don't look now, but three American Athletic Conference teams are ranked in the top 25. One of them heads to Greenville, North Carolina to take on an improving East Carolina squad. This game poses an interesting challenge for the undefeated Owls, as their strength on defense is against the run, but the Pirates can throw the ball effectively, primarily due to a talented receiver corps. I'll be watching this one with an ECU alum, so it should be fun.

(20) California (5 - 1) 30 @ UCLA (4 - 2) 34: This isn't a particularly good match-up for the Bears, as UCLA has a pretty good pass defense and a balanced attack on offense. Cal relies primarily on the passing game, so there's a good chance UCLA can hang in there and perhaps pull out an upset at home after getting bludgeoned by a powerful Stanford rushing attack.

Friday Night:

(18) Memphis (6 - 0) 41 @ Tulsa (3 - 3) 37: Memphis needs to refocus quickly after stunning Ole Miss Saturday afternoon. Both of these teams can gain a lot of yardage and give up a lot too. The one certainty is that there will be a lot of points scored. It might be one of those "last team with the ball" wins kind of scenarios. If the Tigers can overcome the hangover from the big win last week, they should be able to outscore Tulsa, but this one could end up close.


NFL:

Seattle (2 - 4) 23 @ San Francisco (2 - 4) 24: It's desperation time for the defending NFC champs. blown 4th quarter leads and late defensive breakdowns are not indicative of what we've come to expect from the Seahawks, particularly at home. Conversely, the Forty-Niners seem to be making a little progress under new coach Jim Tomsula. San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick is a paltry 1 - 5 against Seattle, but this may be the best shot he has at a victory over their division rival, playing at home on a short week after the Seahawks were beaten by the Panthers. I'm hesitant to do this, but I'm going to go with the home team, expecting the 'Niners' defense to continue to get better.

Don't forget to check out my new book, "Roughing the Passer - A PK Frazier Novel" and my first, "Illegal Procedure - A PK Frazier Novel", available in print and e-formats at Amazon.com, iBooks and Smashwords. The third installment, "Offsetting Penalties" is due out in the fall.