The Tally: Uh, not such an auspicious beginning for the kid. I figured Middle Tennessee was a lock. Then again I didn’t do my homework. I failed to realize super duper QB Dwight Dasher was sidelined due to some off the field improprieties involving the alleged appropriation of the bank account of some octogenarian.
Then I picked with my heart not my head and thus whiffed when the better Cats bested the Cards.
Utah, Northwestern and Fresno State came to my rescue as predicted. Which tallies 3-2 on the week and the season.
But, to prove I’m a stand up guy, I’m calling my record 3-3. Several times in the lead up to opening weekend, I mentioned as how Virginia Tech was going to give those Broncos from Boise their comeuppance.
So 3-3 it is. Time to move on.
Michigan @ Notre Dame. Of all the glossy matchups this weekend — and they are a plenty, a veritable plethora of pigskin prosperity on the line — the Wolverines trip to South Bend is the most intriguing. Rich Rod’s W over a legit UConn team in the opener indicates he might have gotten the systemic bugs worked out in Version 3.0 at Ann Arbor. That Go Blue football fans have joined joined Go Big Blue hoops fans in nervously looking over their shoulders for the NCAA brown shirts to close things down won’t change matters on the field Saturday. Brian Kelly appears to be legitimately turning things around under the knowing gaze of Touchdown Jesus. Though there have been first year wunderkinds at the helm of the Irish before. My gut tells me inveterate maize & bluer Doug James will be a happy camper come dinner time Saturday. Michigan’s the pick.
Georgia @ South Carolina. Here’s a border war where there’s serious southern animosity. Both teams were quick out of the gate. But the Gamecocks thrashing of Southern Miss — where Brett YouKnowWho no longer walks through the locker room door — bested the Bulldogs smackdown of LaLa. That would be Louisiana Lafayette. If not exactly hot, last year’s 8-5 record has two time SEC coach of the year Mark Richt on a heated seat. Meanwhile The Visor has a QB with experience under his system. Gamecocks prevail.
Miami @ Ohio State. In another of this weekend’s marquis matchups, the resurgent Canes travel to the banks of the Olentangy to play the perennial BCS runner up Buckeyes. The last time Ohio State was the last man standing was against this very same U. I love me some Jacory Harris. His pocket presence is eerie. But Terrelle Pryor is starting to show why he was such a major recruit. Of course, The Vest is finally letting him play a bit to his strengths. Script Ohio is favorite. And, once again, they get the spelling right.
Oregon @ Tennessee. Rocky Top is a 13 point dog at home. That hasn’t happened a lot in recent years, despite the Fulmer meltdown and Kiffin Effect. Derek Dooley’s 18-20 career head coaching record doesn’t exactly have Smokey smilin’. Meanwhile the Ducks have a personality crisis of their own to deal with, not to mention a cross country flight. Known for their unis, the Quack was trumped Monday by that splendid Hokie garb. However, adhering to Pigskin Prognostication Adage #4 — Speed Kills — I, no surprise here, love me some Quack.
Florida State @ Oklahoma. People often forget how Bobby Bowden built that franchise in Tallahassee. He took the Seminoles on the road to play any power anywhere. Soon enough he didn’t have to do it so much. So how symmetric that successor/ former on deck coach Jimbo Fisher, now playing lead, has to journey to Norman in his second game. Boomer Sooner is a stealth national contender, aiming to prove worthy of the Phil Steele ink. It’s looking like a Stoops kind o’ day from here.
– Seedy K