So too, UCLA, To the Cardinal, as a matter of fact.
It was my first two loss weekend in a month. Mizzou prevailed as predicted, so too Florida State — Who were so nice, bashed Clemson they did, I’ll say ‘em twice: Florida State — and the Fighting Irish, Thus, despite two miscalculations, I still was right more than wrong.
For the year: 30 correct, 10 wrong.
The first BCS standings are out, so those college pigskin powers with aspirations are gettin’ amped to propel themselves toward the top.
Without further verbiage, or ado, let’s get crackin’.
Tulsa @ Tulane. Your question is legit. Why in the name of Red Grange, the Galloping Ghost, am I bothering to consider this game? Well, I dunno. The alliteration perhaps? That I was intrigued that it’s off the board? That I know nada about either the Green Wave or the Golden Hurricane? Here’s what I do know. It will be contested in the SuperDome, which shall be significantly less crowded than during Katrina. That the schools reside in the Western Division of C-USA. And that the Green Wave are comin’ on, winning three straight and standing 5-2 for the campaign. Tulsa still hasn’t returned to the heady and halcyon days of the Steve Kragthrope Era. They’ll be rockin’ the St. Charles Trolley after Tulane prevails.
Texas Tech @ Oklahoma. There’s lots of firepower out on the prairie. But, you know, when you check the standings of the Big 12, the name Texas Tech kind of jumps out at you from the top like a zombie at a Halloween Haunted House. Rookie Koach Kliff Kingsbury is having him a kind of Urban Meyer inaugural season. He’s yet to lose, even though he started the season with a walk on frosh QB, and now is using a back up to similar success. The last time the Red Raiders visited Boomer Sooner, they prevailed despite being +28 dogs. Can they repeat? Of course, yes, they can repeat. Will they repeat? I believe so.
Texas @ TCU. There is one reason and one reason only that I’m taking a look at yet another Big 12 game. It fits this week’s theme to a T. As in Tulane, Tulsa, Texas Tech. So, being the silly goose I am, I couldn’t pass up Texas and TCU. (What you expected me to take Tennessee over the Tide in Tuscaloosa? Tsk, tsk.) The calls for Mack Brown’s head notwithstanding, his Longhorns have won three in a row, including that Red River Rivalry W, from which they’ve had a week to simmer down. Meanwhile, TCU is having an up and down season. Literally. Lose one. Win one. Lose one. Win one. Lose one. Win one. Lose one. Which means they should post a W this weekend. Not so fast, mon frere. The Ws have been against the meek, the Ls to the mighty. Texas is looking like it’s getting back to the latter category. Hook ‘Em Horns.
Appropriate musical interlude:
Kentucky @ Mississippi State. I seem to recall a time when the always ready to bash the Birds Big Blue Nation made fun of the fact that U of L played weeknight games. Real schools play on Saturday went the chant. Hmmmmm. Look who is visiting Starkville this Thursday evening? That’s right the We Used To Play Only On Saturday Kentucky Wildcats. Who should be rested and somewhat healed after a Murderer’s Row four game stretch. A season or two ago, wasn’t Cowbell State supposed to be the Next Big Thing in the SEC? How’s that working out for them, as their ofer the league so far this campaign. When Hapless State plays HaplessTech, I take the Hapless that’s at home team. Clank them cowbells.
Louisville @ South Florida. The Willie Taggert Era at South Florida got off to a, shall we say, less than Bullish start. Losses to McNeese State and Florida Atlantic do not an alumni base invigorate. Two consecutive Ws are nice, but the vanquished, Cincy and UConn, aren’t exactly ripping it up this year. So, the question is whether USF, which lost to the Cards at home during their last visit for first time, can sustain its recent uptick against the wounded Cardinals? Simply stated, no.
– Seedy K