Even I could care less what I think at this point. In fact, I was able to hold off Joey the Vig and his thugs this year, and have managed to stay away, life and limb intact, from his monthly prediction exercise.
Then I got the memo from AFBAA (Amalgamated Football Bloggers Association of America). Which missive not so delicately admonished me that to remain a member in good standing, I must predict the season records of the schools I primarily cover. Because membership in that august body is of importance to me, allows me to keep my pigskin swagger, adds panache to my weekly Seedy K’s Pithy Pigskin Prognostications (Coming Soon!) and generally keeps the arthritis in my keyboarding fingers at bay, I shall now comply with the AFBAA directive.
Louisville Cardinals. Much to the delight of the Cardinal faithful, Charlie Strong’s charges will start strong. The Cards will best Murray State, escape an upset against Sun Belt favorite Florida International, then eke out a long overdue W over the Cats. After besting Marshall to go a glossy 4-0, the Cards will fall in Chapel Hill and Cincy. A win over Rutgers and tough loss to Syracuse at home will leave them 5-3. Losses to West Virginia and Pitt bring the Cards down to .500. But a W at UConn secures Louisville an even record despite a regular season ending L at South Florida.
Whether that will “earn” a bowl bid remains to be seen, but will be another major accomplishment during the Strong era.
Kentucky Wildcats. Cats will batter the Hilltoppers, then better Central Michigan. After a disappointing upset L to arch rival Louisville, UK will take their usual whipping at the hands of the Gators. Losses at LSU and South Carolina are a given. A homecoming W over Jacksonville State ups UK’s record to 3-4. They’ll split with the guys from the Magnolia State, beating Ole Miss after losing to rising Mississippi State. A win at Vandy, and a loss to Georgia, and the Cats will stand 5-6. After which the Wildcats shall become bowl eligible and end decades of defeat with a narrow W in Commonwealth over the Vols.
UK will play in some bowl or another against another team of equal quality.
Oregon Ducks. This is the other team I follow because of, well, because of those funky ever changing, ever shocking uniforms. Bright green. Gray. Iridescent yellow. White. Black. The costume dept at Phil Knight U never lacks for creativity.
The Quack are BCS bound with Ws over LSU, Nevada, Missouri State, Arizona, Cal, Arizona State, Colorado, and Washington State. The Ducks end the season at Washington, at Stanford, Southern Cal and Civil War rival Oregon State. One of those four will keep the Quack from the BCS “championship” game.11-1.
– Seedy K