I picked the Cats, and, after a long day and with Kentucky ahead by 13 and looking like a streak breaker, I hit the hay. Only to awake to the stunning news that the Cats had once again found a way to lose on the gridiron when victory seemed assured.
Which, for me, and frankly that’s all that matters for my purposes here, was the appropriate capper for another less than prophetic day of predictioneering. Okie State’s Cowboys were thrashed at home. Mississippi State’s Cowbells were thrashed on the road.
Can I get a break here?
Fortunately, Louisville had a walk over. And I was somewhat prescient in believing that Jeff Brohm’s Boilermakers aren’t quite ready for prime time.
So, 2-3, for the third losing weekend out of the last four, has me gasping for air at a head just above water 14-11 for the entire campaign.
Yes, I could throw in the proverbial towel. I could use the excuse that I learned this day that my beloved U of L Cardinals appear headed for a lengthy stay in hardwood purgatory. I could fold the tent and watch the weekend’s pigskin action without my ever diminishing pigskin expertise on the line.
But nooooooooooooo. I’m in this for the long haul. Law of averages, etc, etc.
So, here goes with this week’s winners (?????):
Nevada @ Fresno State. Why on earth would Seedy K possibly choose this game to prognosticate, you inquire? Who among his regular readers could conceivably have any interest whatsoever in this mediocre affair? Legit queries. And trust me you’ll be scratching your head when you get to the next two battles on the agenda also. Here’s why: My usually transcendent abilities to pick the winners of gridiron encounters has apparently been flushed down the commode with a recent #2. So, my thinking is, pick some games between schools about which you have no knowledge whatsoever. As in zilch. So I shall. It is only after consulting Phil Steele that I even know what league they’re in. Mountain West, I’m advised. And only after googling up their records have I learned that the Bulldogs — that would be Fresno State — stand 1-2, though the Ls are to Top 10 Bama and UDub. The W, 66 nil, came over a Biblical reference, Incarnate Word. The Wolf Pack, or so I’ve read, are 0-4. Which means I may be the only person outside the presidents of the two universities’ alumni associations who could care about the game. If Jeff Tedford’s charges prove victorious this weekend, they will already have doubled last season’s win total. By the way, he coaches the home team. I say they do it. Go Fresno.
Navy @ Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane is/are a member of the American Athletic Conference. I believe I think I may have known that, but double checked just to make sure. At which juncture, I learned that this is a league battle, since the Middies also reside within that confederation for football. Will my burgeoning edification know no bounds? Apparently not. Since I can advise this is a Western Division encounter, even though Annapolis is, uh, you know, in Maryland, which, when I last looked at a globe, is along the eastern seaboard. Oh well. The Seafarers are already 2-0 in the league and unbeaten overall. Their triple option is proving as difficult to prepare for as always. Meanwhile the home team is without a W and is relinquishing 43 ppg. One would hope Navy would be a lot better at defense than that. Get it? Navy? Defense? Which is why I’ll not be kneeling for the national anthem for this one. Anchors Away.
Akron @ Bowling Green. The other Group of 5 league is the Mid American Conference. Whose members are always up for some early season surprises. Usually at the expense of unsuspecting lower echelon Big 10 squads. When they start battling each other, you never know what might happen. The MAC is among the most competitive of assemblages. The Falcons — Bowling Green — are ofer the season, and two of their Ls came to Northwestern and Michigan State. Setbacks to South Dakota and Middle Tennessee indicate they’re not quite ready for the big time, but equally unprepared for the undercard. The Zips, while hardly world beaters, are arguably better. At least marginally. They conquered Arkansas Pine Bluff, to go along with three losses. Doing nary a scintilla more research, I literally flipped a coin. Heads: Akron. Tails: BG. The twirling quarter slipped through my fingers, then rolled along the floor under a counter. To be true to my methodology, I got down on my hands and knees and reached under for it, without turning it over. Heads.
Eastern Michigan @ Kentucky. Cats. Though closer than one might think, given that a hangover probably still lingers from the L to the Felonious Gators. Pass the Motrin.
Murray State @ Louisville. This one should be a laugher. I should fill this paragraph with witty little observations, followed by my pick that the Cards are a lock. Buuuuuuuuuuut, I was in the house in 1980 when the Racers left the stadium with a 13-9 victory. And was present again, when Cardinal coach Bob Weber compounded the felony, leading his team to another setback at the hands of Murray State, this time 26-23. If the Cards lose this one, the fans will have a lot more to fret about than a future without a basketball season when the school gets the death penalty. Louisville, with Puma Pass at the helm in the 4th.
— Seedy K