Another 2-3 W/L last week has me teetering on the cusp of falling below .500 on the year. Not a good thing. But I stand 8-7 on the annum and I may be reelin’ and rockin’, but I’m also rollin’ to the break of dawn. With new enthusiasm.
So here go five more picks sure to bolster my steadily declining membership qualifications for the Beano Cook Pigskin Prognostication Society.
Southern Miss @ Kansas. What kind of pigskinners is rotund Mark Mangino recruiting there in Lawrence? Can’t even whoop up on the school’s hoopsters. Those footballers who suffered defeat in the dorm smackdown best be careful. Mangino will march ‘em off the practice field and onto his bbq smoker. The Jayhawks have fared better on the field than on campus, bashing three rummies so far. The guys from Hattiesburg are also 3-0, but at a somewhat higher level of competition. The Golden Eagles are a 14 point dog. Well, woof woof, Southern Miss not only will cover, they’ll win straight up.
Arkansas @ Alabama. Hard to watch the Razorbacks, isn’t it Card fans? It’s a thing of beauty, ain’t it? It coulda, woulda, shoulda still be playing out at Papa John’s. Sigh. But, hey, you gotta move on, right? Okay, maybe not. Problem is Bobby P’s D isn’t quite up to SEC champeenship level yet. Arkansas is gonna have to outscore teams until they get some studs on the other side of the ball. It is not going to happen this weekend in Tuscaloosa. Bama wins in a battle that will be disappoining if there are less than triple digits combined on the scoreboard.
California @ Oregon. Okay, so I didn’t get an email from Phil Knight chastising me for picking against his Ducks last week. But I could feel his scorn. Oregon’s unis were sublime yet again. Gray numerals, outlined in bright yellow on green jerseys. Not only did Oregon make a statement sartorially, but also on the field, ending the Utes winning skein. Now that Ole Miss has shown its true colors, Cal is the aesthete’s choice as sleeper of the year. If the Golden Bears win this one, they host Southern Cal next week and the Rose Bowl will be more than a gleam in their eyes. But . . . as much as I think I’m gonna regret it, I love me some Quack.
Louisville @ Utah. The Utes are not the same team as a year ago. There has been an obvious decline from the undefeated, Sugar Bowl champ squad. They lost a winnable game in Eugene last week. But it wasn’t as winnable as the contest U of L gave away in Lexington. The Cards played their hearts out. But, when it was revealed during the week that, on a couple of important game-changing plays, receivers started in the wrong position and ran the wrong routes, it was ever more evidence that the O Coordinator is less than stellar. What a pity. A game Cardinal squad falls short again.
Texas Tech @ Houston. This is certainly the most intriguing game of the week. I’m thinking it may be more back and forth than that classic Trinity/ Male game with Michael Bush and Brian Brohm trading TDs until exhaustion. There will be minimal defense. There will be lots of passes. Game time is 10:15 on the Deuce. Have some No Doz handy, you don’t want to miss the action. Both teams played tough last week. The Cougs upended Okie State. The Red Raiders played big but fell to the Hook ‘Em Horns. The game’s on Robertson Field’s real grass. (Which means little, but just wanted you to know that I actually do some research, before blogging this foolishness. God bless Phil Steele.) Home team wins.
Not official selections, but so you Cats and Hoosiers fans won’t feel cheated, I believe Florida and Michigan shall both prevail, the latter with more ease than the former.
– Seedy K