Florida State is on the verge of coming back on N.C. State in the last minute for the second straight year. They’re chewing up yardage like my new beloved Abbey the Circus Dog at the dinner bowl. Then Christian Ponder — he’d be the Seminole QB — mishandles a handoff, which is recovered by the Wolfpack.
Thus The Kid started the week with an L.
It wasn’t the only boneheaded play at the end of the game with victory within grasp. The latest Notre Dame savior — that would be Brian Kelly — called the only play which could cost his team a W over Tulsa. The frosh QB’s totally unnecessary pass into the endzone was picked. Need I mention that Notre Dame was well withing field goal range, with the BEST kicker in the storied history of the program warming up on the sideline. Chalk up a W for the Golden Hurricane. And another needless L for those of us stupid enough to bet on the Formerly Fighting Irish.
Western Ky also lost. Badly. Penn State beat the Wolverines in the Irrelevant Bowl. And, of course, my Quack continued to roll. Two up, three down, and I’m 30-15 on the year, but looking for more Ws this week.
Virginia @ Duke. Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, Jeff Lampe and Ralph Sampson won’t be suiting up. Meanwhile the Blue Devils have Nolan “He Shoulda Been A Cardinal” Smith and Kyle Singler back from last year’s national championship squad. Oops. Wrong sport. Those guys play basketball, an NCAA sanctioned sport where they really do have a national champion. My bad. I gotta ask. How long have Duke and Virginia been playing football? Oh yeah, that guy Spurrier coached in Durham once upon a time. Anyway, I know nothing at all about these two teams. And I’m too lazy to do any research. So I’ll go with UVa to upset Coach K, er, the Blue Devils, at Cameron Outdoor.
TCU @ Utah. First, a public service announcement. Local cable customers will be able to see this game. On your TVs, no computer necessary. It’s on CBS College. It won’t be in HD, but, hey you can’t have everything. As for the game, well, it’s only one of the most intriguing of the season. The Utes and Horned Frogs are both lossless. And really good. Does The Purple play D? Well, I guess. They’re giving up less than 9 points/ game, best in the land. Do the Utes play O? Well, I guess. They’re scoring at 43+/ game, third best in the land. Because I’ve seen TCU, and consider them as good as anybody I’ve observed this side of The Quack, I say TCU.
Alabama @ LSU. As somebody who would like to see a couple of schools from leagues other than the SEC or Big 12 or Big Ten play for the “national title,” I have a great fear. The Crimson Tide wins out, and with one loss leapfrogs Boise or Utah or Oregon or TCU — three of whom could still be undefeated — to make it that final bowl. Less Miles and his Bayou Bengals could end the possibility of that nightmare this Saturday in Baton Rouge. Unfortunately LSU has been doing it with mirrors and lots of mighty good luck. The nightmare remains an option. Tide rolls.
Temple @ Kent State. Why on earth did the Big East kick Temple out of the league? Good hoops. A rising football power under the tutelage of underrated Al Golden. Formerly the laughing stock of the land, losers of about a hundred in a row, the Owls have shown some mettle within the context of their station in the FBS hierarchy. A W over UConn and close loss to JoPa shows me they have way too much for the mediocre Golden Flashes in this Mid American Conference encounter.
Louisville @ Syracuse. I mean, do I really need to write something? You know and I know and I know that you know and you know that I know that you know I would never pick against the Cardinals. The question is whether I can exposit in a manner pithy enough to keep your attention until I write: Cards have a happy flight home from the Carrier Dome? Probably not. Despite the absence of Bilal Powell, despite the stunning resurgence of Jim Brown’s and Ernie Davis’s alma mammy, I believe the Cards have a happy flight home from the Carrier Dome.
– Seedy K