Friday, 15 February 2013

Week Ten BUCS University Predictions pt 2


Cardiff Cobras (1-3) vs. Worcester Royals (0-5)
Cardiff are yet to play in 2013, but start with a gentle introduction in the form of a midweek fixture against a dismal Royals side.

Whilst these two sides are close in record, I can see Cardiff running away with this as they make their late season charge for a winning record. Worcester looked like they were improving, but conceding 118 points without reply in their last two games suggests that this one could get ugly.
Cardiff by 35

Aberystwyth Tarannau (3-1) vs. Gloucestershire Gladiators (3-2)
Aberystwyth continued their strong run of form with a win over Bath Spa last week, and now sit with a handsome 3-1 record. Gloucestershire slipped back to 3-2 with a narrow, but not entirely unexpected loss to Exeter.

A couple of Aberystwyth players used some choice words to describe our predictions last week – well, when we pick you to lose you tend to win, so don’t complain too much. We would however like to point out that other teams who have criticised predictions in the past have gone on to lose, so be careful!

All this aside, we feel that Gloucestershire are the superior side here, and will take the edge in a well-fought contest.
Gloucestershire by one score (here we go...)

Week Ten BUCS University Predictions pt 1

Saltire Conference

Edinburgh Napier Knights (0-4) vs. #16 Glasgow Tigers (5-1)
Glasgow is already into the playoffs courtesy of last week’s 39-7 win over the Predators which followed a low scoring 6-0 stramash over UWS in the previous week. Which Glasgow team will show up this weekend?
It probably doesn’t matter as they face one of the country’s lowest scoring offenses in the Knights.
The Knights lost season has been a bit of a head scratcher to Saltire observers and it may be that confidence has taken a hit as the losses continue to mount.
Technically the Tigers could still top the division but they’d probably have to average 100 points a game from here on in, or take advantage of Stirling’s backlog of fixtures.
Tigers by 18

Know your Options: Zone Bluff

Read our opening article on the read plays starting to permeate through the NFL

Last season it was all about Tim Tebow and the Zone Read and QB Power plays, where St Timothy would bludgeon his way through a couple of DB's before rumbling out of bounds or over the goal line.

We looked at the Zone Read last week, but it is not a play without it's issues. First of all, as shown in the Denver game vs the Patriots, the Zone Read scheme when run alone can be manipulated using the "scrape exchange."

Scrape exchange

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