Saturday’s Pick Five, 8th Edition

Funny, I didn’t hear from any of the braying naysayers this week. Oh yeah, I went a perfect 5-0 last weekend. Thanks Schnell, Danke Dabo. Pete, you so Cali. Hook ‘Em Horns. All hail the Hawkeyes.

Which brings the tally to 21 up and only 14 down for the year. Not bad, not bad at all.

But, hey, that’s all so . . . last week. Let’s move on.

South Florida @ Pittsburgh. Has there ever been a league that’s generated such negativiitude as this season’s Big East? Uh, frankly, no. Is it well deserved? I dunno. This battle in SteelTown matches two of the more traditionally schizophrenic squads. And two coaches — Dave Wannstedt and Jim Leavitt — still looking for some signature Ws so their team’s fans will get off their backs. The Panthers only blemish is a dumbfounding, head scratching come from aheader L to NC State. The Bulls were thrashed at home last week by the Bearcats. Leavitt’s teams tend to fold. Wannstedt’s never seem to reach their potential. This year’s looks like it might. Pitt squeaks by.

Arkansas @ Ole Miss. The Razorbacks are coached, as we all know, by U of L’s favorite former mentor, Bad Boy Bobby Petrino. Who, by the by, this week received a slap on the wrist from league commish Mike Slive that makes what his former boss Tommy J says about him seem like a hug and a kiss. The Rebels are, simply stated, this year’s premier Not Ready For Prime Time Team. But the Hogs rarely play D. I say those Oxford syrupy voiced coeds in their cocktail dresses will be happy sorority sisters after their faves notch the W on their belts.

Oregon @ Washington. If you’ve been paying any attention at all, you know I love me some quack. Always a sucker for wackamundo unis, Phil Knight U’s Ducks have become my not so secret second favorite team. If they’d invent a new bowl, 21st Century Schizoid Bowl, Wash U would meet those Ole Miss Rebels. At 3-4, the Huskies obviously bought a season ticket to ride the roller coaster. And, after losing at Boise, the Ducks have had a serious hum goin’. But, I got a feelin’ about this one. Great jerseys don’t always carry the day. Closing my eyes and picking Washington.

Colorado @ Kansas State. Remember when Dan Hawkins was “The Next Great Coach” while leading Boise St to blue turfed prominence? Well, he got caught in the trap of believing too much in his own son under center for the Buffaloes. Last week, he sat him down and upset Kansas. Meanwhile, Messiah Bill Snyder is back in charge of the Purple Pride, a bunch that he turned into a perennial contenda after being the worst program in football for decades. K State sits atop its Big 12 division right now. But hasn’t played any of the heavies. Colorado certainly isn’t one of them, but it will win in Manhattan anyway, completing a sweep of the state.

Penn State @ Michigan. Ah, JoPa in the Big House on a gray October Saturday. Somewhere Bennie Oosterbahn, with his leather helmet still on, is smiling down from maize and blue heaven. To coin a phrase, “This is what college football is all about.” The Nittany Lions lost the only game they played against a real team, at home no less to Iowa. The Greatest Helmets in Sports haven’t beaten anybody of note, unless you consider Humpty Dumpty’s Irish formidable. This is one that will define the teams’ seasons. I’m gong for new but not so fresh Rich Rod over Old and In The Way JoPa.

– Seedy K

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