Two weeks ago, I picked the Cards and they lost. Last week, I picked them to lose and they won. Hmmmm. So as to avoid any perception that my prognostications might in any way affect the future of U of L’s current head coach, I shall refrain from addressing their games henceforth.
Now, on to glory.
Texas vs. Oklahoma. I know the Cotton Bowl is moving from the Cotton Bowl, which is, as any die hard college pigskin knows, on the Texas state fairgrounds, which sits almost exactly equidistant from Austin and Norman. That new Cowboy Stadium seems to be getting all the big acts these days. I assume this Red River Rivalry shall also be transplanted soon. This year it’s a must win for the Boomer Sooners, since they’ve already got a couple marks on the right hand side. Texas, knowing that both Alabama and Florida can’t make the BCS “Championship” game weeks after they play for the SEC title, is laying in wait. Hook Em Horns want an unblemished record. Burnt Orange rules under the Ferris Wheel.
Southern Cal @ Notre Dame. I gotta admit, Humpty Dumpty’s got his Irish playing better than in years past. Then again, they haven’t battled a team where 330 lb. lineman run 4.6s. And the linebackers are Compton-hardened. Then again, the Trojans fell on the banks of the Olentangy to a team less fast. Oh me, oh my, what’s a seer to do when no strong vision appears. Flip a coin. Nah. Bet that Humpty’s gonna have a great fall. SoCali rules in South Bend.
Iowa @ Wisconsin. A win in Madison and the Hawkeyes jump to the top of the Teams Most Surprising 2009 list. Not that the Badgers haven’t turned a few heads with their stellar play so far. The corn staters won in Happy Valley. Which is no mean feat. Even if the head Nittany Lion can’t walk or see. Meanwhile Wisconsin fell — with a thump — last weekend at Ohio State. I say the Black & Gold continue their unblemished run for at least another week.
Wake Forest @ Clemson. Not that anybody around here really cares, right? The Orange lost to Maryland. Ouch. The Demon Deacons took care of biz against the Terps last week. So the Tigers got that goin’ against them. Plus they fired their coach last year . . . in the middle of the season. Bad Karma indeed. (And remember that, Card fans.) Wasn’t WF’s coach — can’t remember his name, too late to waste time looking it up — was the next great thing, wasn’t he? Back when Bobby P’s Cardinals knocked ‘em out in the Orange Bowl. Enough drab gab, I’m picking the home team.
Which brings us to . . . Da Schnell.
Florida Atlantic @ North Texas. It is well known that Our Favorite Coach has never lost a bowl game. True. What’s less well known — even among the acolytes — is that The Pipe’s Fighting Owls have never lost to the Mean Green. True. If ever Florida Atlantic needed a W, it’s this week. They’re sitting on the schneid for the season. A league win — it would be a good thing. Coming off a bye week, I say My Man — and his charges — are up to the task. There will be smiles on the journey back to Boca Raton.
– Seedy K