.667 will stuff your pockets whether you’re considering the spread or not.
I’ll waste no further time.
This week’s predictions:
Alabama @ LSU. The ever lovable Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide are a double digit favorite in Baton Rouge. Think about that for a moment. Bayou Country is generally regarded as the most hostile place for an outsider to find himself on a pigskin Saturday. After a hard day in the swamps, those good ol’ boys want ‘em some satisfaction. And way more often than not, they get it. Plus Les Miles’ bunch is ranked #5. Which means they must be pretty worthy, right? Well, we’ll find out if they can gain some sort of revenge for that meltdown at the end of last year. The Tide have pretty much impersonated Hurricane Sandy so far, leveling every team they’ve played without resistance. Can they make it three in a row over LSU? Sure, they can, but will they? I got a feeling which most likely I’ll regret. Tide ebbs, throwing the bunco that is the BCS into a tailspin. Geaux Tigers.
Syracuse @ Cincinnati. So, Munchie, tell me true, how did that mano a mano with Teddy B fare last weekend? Did you walk the big talk? You makin’ boasts about you against Ryan Nassib? Meanwhile, how many of you guys and gals have noticed that the Orange are 3-1 in the Big East, nestled right behind Rutgers and Louisville in league standings. Which means this one won’t be a walkover in Nippert for the homeboyz. For some reason, my inner contrarian is in charge today. I’m saying the Bearcats haven’t recovered from losing to Louisville and that the ‘Cuse escapes with an upset.
San Diego State @ Boise State. I guess this is the Big East Game of the Week. Good for them U of L vs. Temple has that Big East TV noon kickoff. Otherwise, this one would start at what, 9:00 a.m. The Blue Fielders need to keep winning to stay on track for a BCS Orange Bowl date with Florida State. The Broncos have only lost once, to Sparty in the opener when we thought Michigan State would be good. The Aztecs have reeled off four in a row, but have only been victorious once in their last 28 battles with ranked opponents. I’d like to pick another upset, but I’m not feeling this one. Boise State prevails.
Vanderbilt @ Kentucky. At 4-4 overall, and 2-3 in the SEC, the Commodores would appear to be moving in the opposite direction of UK. But do not prevail much in Lexington, only twice since ’96. Plus — thank you, Phil Steele, for the idea — Vandy is just 3-12 in its last 15 games after a W. Beating UMass last week, arguably America’s worst team, is still counted as a win. The Wildcats have looked better on occasion than one might expect. Despite Joker’s imminent discontinuation as Kentucky coach, he hasn’t lost his team, woeful though they might be. Do the Cats have a victory in ‘em? Yes. But, it’s on the 17th against Samford. Vandy continues on its quest for that hallowed perch known as Bowl Eligibility.
Temple @ Louisville. The Owls looked like they might have something going after losing by single digits to Penn State, then besting South Florida. Well, the Bulls are a team that’s given up, losing six in a row, and Temple’s lost four of its last six. But, you know what, despite its resilience and unblemished record, the Cards appear capable of losing every time they take the field. U of L’s cornerback woes, less than stellar special teams play and occasional moments of defensive ennui keep every opponent in every game. It’s an early kickoff and the Cards could be cocky after the come from behind W over Cincy. They might also be asleep. But they haven’t let their fans down yet this season, and they won’t on Saturday.
– Seedy K