Okay, maybe I should calm down a bit. Yes, as you might imagine, I went 5-0 last weekend, making me 21-9 on the season. Alas, two of my picks were the Carolinas, North and South, each of whom beat a separate but equally inept squad from home. But Rutgers came through over Pitt, an upset special, along with Ooooooooooooooklahoma and Bad Boy Bobby P’s Razorbacks.
(By the by, did you see the NFL.com special on the Worst College to Pro Coaching Hires? The former U of L Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons mentor topped the list, over Spurrier, Lou Holtz, all of ‘em.)
Clemson @ Maryland. When hoops iconoclast arrived at Maryland from Davidson, he wanted to turn the Terps into the “UCLA of the East.” Randy Edsell has started his regime in College Park, by turning the Terps into the “Oregon of the East.” Wacky unis in an ever changing panoply of color combos. Unfortunately his charges don’t look as good on the field as they do in front of the mirror. 2-3 on the season, including a 7-38 L to those fearsome Temple Owls. Hoot, hoot. Meanwhile the Orange Paws are one of 48 undefeated teams left, with Ws over Auburn, Florida State and at Virginia Tech. Prospective mothers in the area are wondering whether Dabo is an appropriate name for baby girl? All the Tigers Ws have been at home, except over the Hokies. If they can win in Blacksburg, they surely can — and will — at Maryland.
Michigan @ Michigan State. In a Detroit Free Press article this morning — about the Tigers win last night in the ALCS — the writer mentioned how the Spartans, Wolverines and Lions are a collective 15-1 on the football season. Next thing you know, Ford, GM and Chrysler — the other Big Three — will actually start making a profit. This one’s in East Lansing with that traditional noon kickoff the Big Ten Gods decreed eons ago. If Brady Hoke starts 7-0 with a win over Blue’s instate rival, alums will carry him back to Ann Arbor on their shoulders. Not gonna happen. The Spartans, especially on home turf, remain the better squad.
Western Kentucky @ Florida Atlantic. FAU will be playing its first home game of the season. None too soon. The well-traveled Fighting Owls are 0-5. And it will be the inaugural game in the House That Schnell Built. Not that College Pigskin’s Poet Laureate is making a big deal out of it or anything: “It will be the most meaningful thing that has happened in my coaching career.” Western Ky got off the schneid with a double OT W last week over Middle Tennessee. But, here’s what we know about The Schnell. He never loses a bowl game. Ever. Saturday. 1st home game in HIS new stadium = Bowl Game. FAU shall not lose, so commandeth The Schnell.
Ohio State @ Illinois. Talk about a couple of guys who should already be one step off the plank beyond Dead Man Walking (to mix a couple of metaphors), I am distraught to report that E. Gordon Gee remains president of THE Ohio State University, and Gene Smith remains Buckeye athletics director. Talk about dodging some bullets. The depleted, but gorgeously inked Buckeyes are a seriously mediocre 3-3. While the Illinois Fighting Zooksters are another team dressed in orange among the nation’s 74 remaining undefeated squads. Looking at those records, one has to wonder if it isn’t some sort of experiment in Gestalt Therapy. Every once in awhile Ron Zook actually indicates he might actually have some coaching acumen. I may regret it, but I think Saturday will be one of those days.
Louisville @ Cincinnati. If real football aficionados wouldn’t laugh me out of the blogosphere, I’d say this match up is an unstoppable force vs. unmovable object. Cincy’s 45 ppg is 9th best in the land. Louisville giving up 16.2 ppg is 13th best in the land. Except the Bearcats are right there too, giving up only 16.6. While this Ohio River rivalry is hardly Alabama/ Auburn, there have been some inexplicable, incomprehensible results through the years. One favorite or the other will be way cockier than it deserves to be. Why do I think that’s going to happen to Cincy this week? How can I fathom that U of L will score enough points to win? I dunno. I dunno. It’s going to be a happy trip home for the small contingent of diehards that travel to Paul Brown for the game.
Open @ Kentucky. Okay, even I’m not that cruel.
– Seedy K