I picked Bama, but am oh so glad that Nick Saban went down.
I picked Ole Miss, but am oh so glad the Cats won. (I have no thoughts one way or the other on Houston Nutt’s “resignation,” except to say that it’s not often that UK football is a catalyst for a coaching change at another school.) Oh yeah, better Houston than Joker.
I picked West Virginia but am of so glad that the Mountaineers and their smug Fletcher Christian of a coach, Dana Holgorsen, were slobberknocked by my Louisville Cardinals.
Plus Willie Taggert’s surging Western Kentucky Hilltoppers won again to make it 5 in a row, and Cincy won, which means the Big East might actually have a school competing in the BCS that’s legit.
And, now for this weekend’s sure fire selections for victory.
Nebraska @ Penn State. It’s the Cornhuskers vs. the Cornholers in what is sure to be the most watched game of the weekend. Will Pontiff JoPa still be roaming the Nittany Lion sidelines in Not So Happy Valley? Will Tom Ridge be the new Penn State prexy by then? Will Jerry Sandusky be spotted in the locker room? Stay tuned. It could be most very interesting. Bo Pelini’s got some tsouris himself. Nebraska lost at home last weekend to Northwestern. I trust there were a few bar fights in Lincoln last Saturday night. Meanwhile Penn State’s 3d ranked scoring defense has led the offensively bereft Paternos to the most lackluster 8-1 record in the land. It’s hard to fathom that irascible sweatshirt-wearing Bo Pelini might be more lovable now than the formerly venerated Pontiff JoePa. But . . . well . . . he is. Good Karma — read: Nebraska — beats Bad Bad Bad Karma.
Navy @ SMU. Though somewhat under the radar, this Big East battle intrigues. Mustang mentor June Jones — not be confused with my jayvee coach at J.M. Atherton, Junie Jones — has Southern Methodist back on track. The Dallas school spent decades in pigskin purgatory after receiving the death penalty for egregious recruiting practices. SMU has been to two straight bowl games, and has already reached the holy grail standard of college football for this season, i.e. “bowl eligibility.” Unless Ken Niumatalolo’s Middies win out, they’ll miss their first post season game in years. They won’t. Won’t win out, that is. That streak ends this weekend in Big D Little A Double L A S. Next year, this one could be for a berth in the Orange Bowl.
Oregon @ Stanford. The Quack has won 8 in a row since the opening game L to LSU. Which ain’t looking so bad in retrospect. This in spirt of the fact that Oregon has been wearing some unusually sedate unis. (As if Phil Knight has ceded the Cockamamie Uni crown to his Under Armour counterpart who is Maryland’s haberdasher.) The question for Stanford is whether we hold it against Heisman lock/ first draft pick lock Andrew Luck that his dad is AD at West Virginia? Okay, it’s not a question for me. I hold it against him. While Stanford, with its student athletes is everything that is right about college football — And where have we heard that before? — I love my duck. Be it Hong Kong style. Or Beijing style. Or Oregon Quack style. Plus I can’t see the Quack taking the field for this prime tussle in anything but the most outré unis in the history of sports. Quack.
Kentucky @ Vanderbilt. Welcome to the Houston Nutt Bowl. UK has one SEC W. Against Ole Miss. Vandy has one SEC W. Against Ole Miss. No wonder Archie/Eli Manning University is in the market for another football coach. The Commodores have been playing league foes a lot tighter than usual. With the exception of Bama, who toyed with Vandy in Tuscaloosa. Kentucky has had some trouble with the NashVegans though the years. Not a good thing. The Cats have had trouble with just about every foe this season. Not a good thing. It continues Saturday. Home team wins.
Pittsburgh @ Louisville. Louisville will win. I need to say it from the get go, rather than tooling you along with bon mots and saving the revelation of my pick until the precious end. I need to say it because Charlie Strong is telling that to his players this week. They must learn to play well as the favorite. What an unusual situation. The Panthers are not Dave Wannstedt awful. They’d be contending in the easier ACC I believe. But 4-5 is not what fans were hoping for in the Todd Graham era. The Cardinals week to week improvement is stunning to say the least, confirming that Charlie Strong indeed deserved that new contract for mo’ money. The Cards learn to win as a favorite, making them — all together now — “bowl eligible.”
– Seedy K