Harmon’s the villain Coach Mark Stoops chose to throw under the team bus by name, in the wake of UK’s dismal L. Then, just to make sure his point was made, he advised the driver to back up and lay further rubber on the DB.
I feel Harmon’s pain.
As more of you than I would like to believe remember, yours truly picked the Cats to make a season defining statement and prevail in the battle with the Bulldogs. I thought the previous week’s blunder at Mizzou was not a Show Me State moment, but, what horse players call, a throw away performance.
Uh, I got that wrong.
The response from a small but seriously vocal segment of my readership was swift and to the point. Virulent is one way to describe it. Noxious is another. My attorney advises it may even constitute felonious Terroristic Threatening. Legal action is being considered.
I even got shit from one reader, who goes by the moniker Wildcat. What’s up wit dat?
Gimme a break, dudes. It’s not like I emptied a beaker of Ebola bacteria in the water supply at the Crescent Hill reservoir.
Yes, I picked the Cats. I believed a corner had been turned, Instead, they rediscovered their inner Wildcats. The joke(r) was on me.
Mea culpa maxima.
And, It wasn’t the only game I missed. I’ll spare the details of the other two. I remain +7 on the season at 31 right, 24 not right.
I forge ahead.
Mississippi State @ Alabama. Just when we thought we might get a premier college football playoff, devoid of the eternally frowning Nick Saban, the Tide upped and survived Death Valley Saturday night and are back in the photo. Much of it due to the emergence of QB Blake Sims, who has turned Florida State transfer Jake Coker Jr. into the Swen Nater of college pigskin.1 Meanwhile, the undefeated Cowbells were working up but a little sweat against some directional school from the Volunteer State. And now journey to Tuscaloosa without a blemish on their slate, but as a 7 point dog. The Bulldogs have proven themselves worthy. But are they transcendent enough to beat Houndstooth U. on their own turf? I’d like to believe so, but, learning my lesson about wishful thinking last weekend, I must go with the Crimson Tide.
Texas @ Oklahoma State. Just when Longhorn fatcat Red McCombs was ordering a funeral pyre for first year coach Charlie Strong, the defector from Louisville has starting doing what Strong does. Which is to slowly but inexorably turn his football team around. The Burnt Orange has won 2 in a row, 3 of its last 4, including last weekend’s stunner against the Top 25 Mountaineers. After which Strong took to body surfing the members of his squad, who haven’t been suspended or dismissed. Meanwhile, Okie State has not only lost three in a row, but been bashed and battered. Which has McCombs counterpart T. Boone Pickens, both a generous and frugal sort, wondering if the duo can get a twofer at Cowpoke Charlie’s Casket Carnival? While the Longhorns have not morphed into a wonder team just yet, I’ve seen this movie before. Strong knows how to get a team, no matter how mediocre, bowl eligible. With TCU ahead in the finale, this is the weekend to make it happen. Hook ’em Horns.
Memphis State @ Tulane. At this juncture, you are surely asking yourself who gives a damn about this “battle?” And you would be correct in your assessment. Nobody cares. Not the denizens of Graceland, or visitors at 706 Union Ave (Sun Studios), or those partaking in ribs at the Rendezvous. Not the Mardi Gras Indians or revelers along Frenchmen Street in the Crescent City. And certainly not me. However, since U of L’s Cardinals get the week off, after having completed its inaugural campaign in the ACC, it seems appropriate to take a look back at life in that league where the Cards used to toil, one known as the American Athletic Conference. The Tigers have won four of five, and top the league standings. obviously learning something from Ls to UCLA and Ole Miss. The Green Wave are their usual ripple, as school administrators on the St. Charles campus continue to wonder, why the hell they left the SEC? Visitors prevail in front of a throng of 687 fans in the spanking new Yulman Stadium.
Clemson @ Georgia Tech. And, again, since U of L battles Bye this Saturday, I thought I’d take a look at a key tussle in the Cards’ new conference. The Tigers and Ramblin’ Wreck each stand 2d in its (their) division. The Dabo Swinney’s behind Florida State in the Atlantic. The Atlantians behind surging Duke in the Coastal. It’s a Top 25 contest. With their triple option throwback O, Paul Johnson’s Yellow Jackets are always tough to prepare for. Standing 8-2, they’ve been one of the nation’s surprise successes this season. Clemson’s reeled off six in a row after falling to the Seminoles, including hanging on against Louisville. It won’t be 7. Bobby Dodd smiles down from on high. GT faithful head to the Varsity for victory burgers.
Kentucky @ Tennessee. I trust you are with me and wonder how J.D. Harmon’s teammates will react after their brother has been called out by name in front of the media? I wouldn’t surmise very well. It seems like a major coaching gaffe. It is at this late juncture in the season that many teams simply spit out the bit. While the possibility of bowl eligibility still exists in Lexington, the Not So Big Blue haven’t played the last two weeks like they want an extra game. Will that change with two rivalry tussles to end the campaign? The Vols are kind of similarly situated. Bottom of SEC standings. Only league W against South Carolina.2 And it was in its last game. While Kentucky stunk it up last Saturday, Rocky Top was resting. As a former POTUS once pontificated, “There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.” I shall abide by that edification today. Vols.
— Seedy K