I was 9-1 after the first two weeks of the season. I thought it would last. Silly me.
I ended up 1-4 weekend before last, but turned the tables around a bit this weekend past, correctly picking Notre Dame, Florida (Yes, I will take credit, thank you very much.) and U of L.
I rolled the dice on John L., who, even more than Roger Goodell, is having the worst season of anybody in football. His QB is down. His Razorbacks suck. He lost his brother. He filed bankruptcy. Not to mention that he left the relative security of Weber State to return to Fayetteville, where his current home will soon be for sale . . . if not taken first by the Bankruptcy Court.
And Willie Taggert’s Hilltoppers continue to amaze. I shoulda had more faith. My bad. Wonder who the coach in Bowling Green will be next year?
I’m 13-7 for the season.
I’m feeling especially clairvoyant today, so there is no time to be wasted. The five sure fire winners this coming week are:
Louisiana Tech @ Virginia. Kind of stunning at first blush, right? The Bulldogs from the little ol’ WAC are 3 1/2 point favorites as they journey to Big Bad ACC Country to face the Cavaliers. UVa looked like they might have something going after nudging Penn State. But they proved decidedly mediocre, getting hammered at Georgia Tech and TCU. Not much offense. Not much defense. But, hey, they still got Monticello goin’ for them. That’s worth something, eh? Okay, maybe not. Meanwhile, La. Tech didn’t let that rained out opener against Texas A & M dampen their ardor. They blitzed the Houston schools like Saban through Arkansas. Then continued the Big Ten’s woes by bashing the Illini. They’ve hit the half century mark every time they’ve taken the field. They also happen to give up a lot of points, more than 36 a game, 114th in the land. UVa hasn’t displayed much O. So, I think the Wahoos and Wahooettes shall be heading to fraternity row before the final horn sounds on this one.
Oregon State @ Arizona. Turns out the PAC 12 may be the toughest conference in the nation not under the thumb of Mike Slive. But neither of these teams is Oregon or Stanford or Southern Cal . . . yet. Certainly not the ‘Zona Rich Rods who were skunked last week at Oregon. 0-49 was the score. It might have been the only time He Who Isn’t Spoken Of In Ann Arbor has been shut out. Or, something like that. The Wildcats aspire to more than that. They whipped up on Okie State at home when the Cowboys were ranked #18. Which is exactly what the Beavers are ranked as they come a calling. That W over Wisconsin isn’t quite as glossy as it seemed at the time. But it’s not like slipping by, say, oh, Florida International. The ??? is whether the Beavs, 3-9 last season, are for real. One of those Ws last season was Arizona, so . . . it seems like they oughta win. But I just don’t think they’re back enough to sustain that excellence three weeks in a row.
Missouri @ Central Florida. So, hey, Mizzou, you convinced yet it might not have been such a good idea to join the SEC? Except, you know, for the moolah. The Tigers are 2-0 outside the league, but 0-2 within. Which means, one supposes, they have a shot against George O’Leary’s Brandon Bender-fed squad. A W would give O’Leary, currently 52-52 in Orlando, something to put on his resumé. Something that actually happens, that is. The Knights have had an extra week to prepare. Is that enough edge to pull out the victory at home? O’Leary is only 4-10 coming off a bye week. Not on his resumé I don’t believe, but I’ll have to check with the fact checkers in South Bend. UCF is not SEC. Mizzou shows ‘em.
South Carolina @ Kentucky. There are those who say I pad my record by picking UK’s game each week. Shame on you. I have a few Big Blue readers and they want to know what I think. I think it’s 17 days until Midnight Madness. And, oh yeah, I said they’d beat Kent State. Plus I need to weigh in on the QB controversy in Lexington. As if Joker doesn’t have enough stuff on his mind, he has to read reports that Patrick Towles’ daddy is saying the heralded freshman wants under center. Now. Or, he may take his services to . . . somewhere else where his talents will be more appreciated. As for South Carolina, oh, it doesn’t matter. The Gamecocks have 0 chance of losing.
Louisville @ Southern Mississippi. Those of you venturing down to follow the Cards, best check out the precautionary tale I mentioned last week. The one about the U of L fan once arrested during a previous game there for drinking from a flask. Consider yourself caveat emptored. U of L ranks 44th nationally on defense, 43d on offense. And, still a lowly 103d in giving up first downs when defending on 3d down. Charlie Strong’s first two teams improved markedly and steadily as each season progressed. This year’s more heralded squad gave its worst performance in week four. I’m giving the Cards a mulligan because of the Homie Factor. But this week is put up or shut up time. The Golden Eagles are eminently beatable. Every team that’s played them has done so. It should be Hammer Time for Louisville. It’s going to be interesting to see if U of L is as underwhelming as they’ve shown so far? Hope not. Cardinals win. How convincingly remains to be seen.
– Seedy K