Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week VIII

There’s no other way to say it.

This season is getting curioser and curioser by the week.

(OK, sure, there are other ways to say it, but I went with the words of Charles Ludwidge Dodgson.)

There was something dumbfoundingly Orwellian about Kentucky’s complete evisceration of Rocky Top. The Wildcats hadn’t won in Knoxville since Newspeak became Big Bro’s language of choice.

And here we are when it’s being spoken by more and more people, and UK turns the Orange over under sideways down.

I mean the next thing you know, the Big Ten schools will actually be playing football.

Oh yeah, they are going to start . . . when we are already in Week VIII.

Anyhow, that Kentucky upset was the only game I missed.

Miami bounced back from its Clemson debacle.

Saban proved, as he has done every single time the situation has presented itself, that he can beat his former assistants. Even if he spends game week CEOing from his den.

Notre Dame held off Louisville, though my Cards were game, and full of fight.

Tulsa woulda upended Cincy . . . if the game hadn’t been postponed. It was a DNP.

3-1-1 for the week raises my numbers to 20-16-3 for the season.

This weekend’s winners:

Iowa State @ Oklahoma State. In the topsy turvy B12, only the Cowboys remain undefeated. For clarification’s sake, I’m talking T. Boone Pickens’s Cowboys, not Jerry Jones’s Cowboys. Iowa State, after a surprising setback to the Ragin’ Cajuns on opening day, hasn’t lost in the league. No conference cupcakes either on that roster of vanquished. Okie State hasn’t played in a few weeks, giving the Mullet extra time to prepare his troops for the important clash. But Matt Campbell is every wag’s Next Great Coach. Plus his coif looks perfectly normal. Cyclones.

Georgia Southern @ Coastal Carolina. Knowing my affinity for offbeat mascots/ nicknames, Bookstore Billy called. “Have I got a nickname for you. At Jack Benny Jr. High in Waukegan, Illinois?” My guesses: “Rochesters,” and “Penny Pinchers.” Correct answer, and a truly cool moniker, “The 39ers.” Should you not get any of the references, ask your Aunt Martha. A cool mascot is why I have joined many, jumping on the bandwagon of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. No Little Red Roosters, they be borne of Chaucer. They also be 4-0 with a W over Kansas, and, more impressively, over Louisiana. Grayson McCall is a fast riser on the QB You Never Heard Of Who Will Be Playing On Sundays list. Georgia Southern’s not chopped liver, but I, for one, am not disregarding the Canterbury Tales.

Nebraska @ Ohio State. A friend was driving through Ohio in the spring of 2012, listening to sports talk radio. It was all Buckeye chatter, and the general belief was Urban Meyer would go undefeated in his debut campaign in Columbus. Which he did. There is no collegiate sports program with a fan base quite as obsessive, or obnoxious, as THE OSU’s. That includes you, BBN. How much did they want it on the banks of the Olentangy? Ryan Day and his staff are so intense, they moved out of their homes to lesson the chances of falling prey to the COVID. The Husker Nation is also pretty locked in, and Scott Frost turned whiner when it looked like his gang wouldn’t get to play, threatening to compete whether the B10 did or not. The reward: A trip on opening day to the Horseshoe. Where they have not a chance.

Kentucky @ Missouri. Terry Wilson is only the second UK QB ever to have career Ws over both Tennessee and Florida. The other one? Haven’t a clue. Bob Hardy? The Wildcats have beaten a 2-2 team, Tennessee. The Wildcats have lost to a 2-2 team, Auburn. The Wildcats have beaten a 1-3 team, Mississippi State. The Wildcats have lost to a 1-3 team, Ole Miss. Meanwhile, the Tigers beat LSU, and lost to the Vols and Crimson Tide. Which is to say, during this All SEC All the Time season, UK and Mizzou appear pretty evenly matched. Big Blue has won five in a row in this series. Will Kentucky make it a half dozen? I’m assuming their heads will still fit in their helmets after last week’s heady headturner in Knoxville, so, yeah, I guess, yes.

Florida State @ Louisville. The Seminole roster is chock full of former future Cardinal signal calling stars. Chubba Purdy. Jordan Travis. As predicticated here sometime back, one of them will be starting in Cardinal Stadium Saturday, since it has been obvious for years that James Blackman wasn’t going to be the guy to lead Florida State back to glory. It’ll be Travis this weekend. Big W last time out for FSU, besting overrated Carolina. Big Effort last time out for U of L, going facemask to facemask with the Fighting Irish in South Bend. For whom will the Mo continue to flow? The Good Guys.

— c d kaplan

Louisville CardFile: Notre Dame

My my, what a delightfully boring affair that was.

When the Irish, up 5, got the ball on their own 23 yard line with 7:55 on the clock, I thought, “If the Cards can just hold here, at the very worst, they can wave goodbye to TDJ, and get outta South Bend with smiles on their faces.”

So it came to pass.

Notre Dame went on one of those manly man 13 rushing play, 2 passing play, eat up the clock and let’s get this over drives. Cool.

Louisville’s D, which fashioned far and away its best performance of the season, heck, in a long while, never broke. One 24 yard scamper was the only hint of a threat in that last sequence.

There was no surrender. Continue reading Louisville CardFile: Notre Dame

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week VII

How appropriate is it that Mike Leach — Mike “Are his synapsis really connected?” Leach — is a perfect paradigm for College Football 2020.

One week his offense steamrolls the defending national champs for 17 TDs and 4,000 passing yards. Air raid on parade. Two weeks later, the only item in Mississippi State’s shopping cart while Krogering is a safety. Pearl Harbor.

One day, Dan Mullen’s calling for a packed house. The next day his program is shut down when 19 in the Gator pigskin family test positive.

It would be nice for your resident, relied-upon sage to advise he’s got a bead on what’s going on.

I haven’t a clue.

As my results continue to show. Last week, Texas and TCU, and especially U of L let me down. Clemson the Cats down the road came through.

2-3 keeps my head slightly above water at 17-15-2 for the campaign.

I trundle on: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week VII

Louisville CardFile: Georgia Tech

On a night somewhat unique for the American sports landscape, the Will to Win was on display.

Unfortunately for the University of Louisville football team, and its loyal fanbase, it was not to be found along the Cardinal sideline in Wet ‘lanta.

In the American League’s loser-leaves-town Division Series decider, Devil Ray journeyman Mike Brousseau stepped to the plate in the home 8th to face NY fireballer Aroldis Chapman in a 1-1 game.

The last time the two matched up was September 1 when the Yankees’ closer played 101 mph chin music with Tampa’s utility guy, resulting in a bench clearing brouhaha. And suspensions.

Fighting off nine pitches in the “major league at bat,” Brousseau parked the next one for the game winning and series winning run.

The fortitude to dig deep. The Will to Win.

Down 3-1, Miami faced bubble ejection in Game 5 of the out-of-season NBA Finals against the LA LaBrons.

In the final moments of his :47:17, 35 point, 12 rebound, 11 assist, 5 steal masterpiece performance, Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler was so exhausted after being fouled on a drive, he couldn’t stand straight, and was slumped over a railing beyond the endline to summon enough energy to step to the charity stripe.

He netted both FTs. Then two more seconds later, which were the game clinchers, Miami thereby staving off elimination against the highly favored Lakers.

The fortitude to dig deep. To perform beyond any reasonable physical expectations. The Will to Win.

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Meanwhile, with 1:32 left before halftime, in a stadium named for iconic GT coach from yesteryear, Bobby Dodd, inventor of option football (“belly series”), the U of L Cardinals had found a rhythm. Continue reading Louisville CardFile: Georgia Tech

Let’s Get This Pigskin Party Started

OK, so the Fighting Schnells of Florida Atlantic have had their game with Southern Miss postponed/cancelled.

Les Miles has come down with the COVID.

Baylor has suspended football operations for a bit.

The health czars in Colorado have given the Buffs approval to start practice.

And the Brigade in Annapolis will be in Navy-Marine Corps Stadium to watch the Middies battle the Owls of Temple.

So it goes.

The yin and yang of football — and life — in this Year of Our Lord 2020. Though it’s hardly in balance. Much more yin — the dark side — than yang.

But we’ve got college pigskin to savor. Thank you, Bronconakurskius, Greek God of Gridiron. Continue reading Let’s Get This Pigskin Party Started

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week VI

Since I had another OK, but still less than optimal weekend last, I’ve decided to change things up yet again.

No elongated opening shtick.

All together now: “Awwwwwwwww.”

Three Ws — Georgia, SMU and Iowa State — and two Ls — BC and Kentucky. Troy and South Alabama were a DNP.

For the year, 15-12-2.

This week’s locks: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week VI

Seedy K Q&A: C-ham’s Name, Lamar’s Lament, Mumme Lives +

Faux questions. Real answers. Sorta.

Is this post just a lame excuse to display that portrait of you as a Cardinal football player?  — Bronco “Too Loose” Lautrec

Dang. Busted right outta the box. Exposed for the narcissist I am.

Well, yes, truth be told.

As some of my readers might remember, my good friend Wendy Parkhurst, Louisville’s leading portrait artist, gave me a similar oil mashup of my head on a Cardinal hoopster’s body as a gift for my birthday a few years back.

Which I use periodically at the top of columns. For branding purposes, don’t ya know, under advice of my web guru.

But it just didn’t fit, if I weighed in on pigskin. So, I implored her to work her magic again. And, frankly, to expedite it, since who knows how long this football season will last. Continue reading Seedy K Q&A: C-ham’s Name, Lamar’s Lament, Mumme Lives +

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week V

At some point mid last Football Saturday afternoon, arch antagonist Bookstore Billy checked in from SEC Country, where despite anything else that might be going on in life, all is right with the universe now that pigskin has returned.

Of course, I immediately started boasting about my early window successes, while lamenting my Louisville Cardinals defeat in Steel City.

I mentioned that Auburn and Florida and Cincy were all taking care of biz. And that if Miami prevailed in Prime Time, I’d have a pretty significant bounce back slate after the previous Saturday’s ofer.

As is his wont, he immediately jumped my case, attempting to demean my predictioneering by pointing out I’d gone with favorites, except for U of L.

At which point, I cut him off, reminding him that Georgia/ Arkansas was 7-5 at the half, that Boomer Sooner fell to K State, and that he’d opened our conversation with, “You’re right, it’s the craziest of seasons, I’m glad I didn’t call my book today.”

So playing scratch is fraught with peril. While sometime it works out.

4-1 puts me back with more notches on the left hand side for the season. 12-10-1.

So, Let’s go back, Jack, do it again, wheels turnin’ ’round and ’round
You go back, Jack, do it again Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week V

Louisville CardFile: Pittsburgh

One of the first things I do on Sunday mornings in autumn is check out Chris Vannini’s compilation of college pigskin statistical anomalies from the day before’s games.

Among this first big Saturday of the season’s curiosities is that Mike Leach-coached QBs have rung up 600+ yards in a game on 11 different occasions, as Stanford transfer KJ Costello did against Bo Pelini’s D in Baton Rouge. While the rest of Chinstrap Nation has done it only 9 times.

While stats don’t always explain the whys and wherefores of a victory or setback, sometimes they do.

Which brings me to the University of Louisville’s 20-23 defeat to Pat Narduzzi’s Pitt Panthers.

I hope my abacus has been working correctly. If so, U of L’s rushing numbers are telling.

And, to be frank, woeful. Continue reading Louisville CardFile: Pittsburgh

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week IV

The Houston vs. Baylor battle, put together mere days before, was cancelled. As the Cougars’ buses to carry them to Waco were waiting to be filled with footballers.

Little did I realize that would be the highlight of my weekly predictioneering.

Georgia Tech fell back to the norm against Central Florida. Boston College’s QB transfer from Notre Dame and new head coach won the day at Duke. Tulane let a 24 nil halftime advantage slip away, enabling the Midshipmen their biggest comeback in school history.

Which left it up to my Cardinals to save the day. Of which possibility I began to get queasy, when seeing that the mediocre Flames of Liberty overcame the horrors of the peccadilloes and precipitous downfall of Familia Falwell (Jr.), and upended Western Kentucky, Louisville’s opening game conquest.

Soooooooo, it was, sigh, an ofer weekend.

0-4-1 puts me at 8-9-1 on the season. Buoyed by the spirit force of Woody “Bear” Schnellenbechler, I forge ahead. Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week IV