I know I’m a day late (but not a dollar short). This little diversionary exercise usually gets posted on Wednesday afternoons. But, ya know, sometimes other things get in the way.
Like that little event called the World Series. If you’re an alter cocker like me, who still remembers getting caught and punished for hiding my transistor radio under a book on my lap in the 6th grade, hoping Miss Osborne wouldn’t spy the ear plug, the National Pastime still means something.
Then there’s real life intrusions. Like getting a flat, and having your regular guy confirm it can’t be plugged because the puncture is too close to the sidewall. Then advising that the groovy tires on my groovy car are so special, he can’t even order them and I have to go see the big store guys. Who can get the tire, have it the next morning, but advise it’s going to cost, as my dad (the first commissioner of my Little League) used to say, “an arm and a leg.”
So these little pithy selections will probably be shorter than usual, since I’m typing with one hand.
As I didn’t prognosticate, UDub conquered the Utes, if not the CFP major domos who SECed the Huskies. But Michigan, Notre Dame despite itself, Kentucky and Louisville all won last weekend.
4-1 brings me to 32-13 on the year.
This week’s victors:
BYU @ Cincinnati. Here’s one that even the schools’ fan bases could care less about. So why am I venturing into territory where there is no interest whatsoever? No clue. Other than as a soap box to denigrate how big moolah and big TV has come to control the sport. These two might be new members of the BIg 12 were it not for the admonitions of Fox Sports and The World Wide Leader. Instead they are standing outside the Big 5 ice cream shoppe with their faces pressed to the window, playing inconsequential games like this, televised on the least of the least of the football showing networks. Flipping the proverbial coin, the mediocre home team Bearcats (4-4) are by mere chance deigned to be winners over the mediocre visiting Mormons (4-4). I daresay they won’t be storming the Nippert turf when Cincy prevails.
Nebraska @ Ohio State. It is games and names like these that are why Louisville, even if it wins out by 69-13 every game, won’t make the Final Four this year. If the Huskers win, which they won’t but just positing a hypothetical here, they’ll leapfrog the Cards regardless what happens at Boston College. If the Buckeyes win, which they shall, they’ll jump UDub, even if the Huskies win at Cal. That’s the nature of the Beast, where tradition and brand mean way more than they should in college football. (Actually it’s the same in hoops, but no so onerous, since the Cards are one of the elite brands. God, I hate that word.)
Texas @ Texas Tech. On its face this is another meh game. The Horns (4-4) visit the Red Raiders (4-4). On the other hand, Charlie Strong still tops the Dead Man Walking list, and there shall be way more than a few die hard Horns fans hoping in their heart that TT prevails, so they can start negotiating a contract with either Tom Herman or Chad Morris, or both. Charlie’s probably gone regardless. But the guy is nothing if not resolute, and ain’t gonna make it easy for the Buy Out Boyz. Burnt Orange wins.
Georgia @ Kentucky. The stat geeks at Elias Sports advise that by picking the Wildcats correctly to win their last three games in a row, I’ve set a new personal record. You can’t stop the SEC’s new juggernaut, you can only hope to contain them. The Cats remain firmly entrenched in 2d place in the SEC East. And, as totally improbable as it seems, a break here and there, a couple of Gator slips, etc, etc, and the Cats could make the SEC title game. Which ain’t gonna happen, but remains statistically possible. A stunning development unto its own self. What will happen is this. Cats gain bowl eligibility a week sooner than expected, by vanquishing the Not So Smart Bulldogs.
Louisville @ Boston College. I have been in the house in Chestnut Hill when the Cards were supposed to battle the Eagles. Except that The Schnell’s charges never showed during that October of ’91, and were dismantled 33-3. We left at the half, and went to my favorite haberdashery, Louie’s of Boston, RIP, where I bought what is to this day my favorite shirt. Way stylin’. Always gets a comment. Especially from the Professor, who, present at purchase, has through the years raised the price to something north of four figures. The 4-4 Eagles showed some life last time out, winning at NC State. It will not happen Saturday. U of L shall win. U of L could use a Win Big.
— Seedy K