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Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XIV

endimagesMy season of predictions online is ending almost but not quite as badly as that of my U of L Cardinals on the field.

The Cards gagged for the second game in a row, knocking themselves out of the Final Four conversation and, most likely, the Orange Bowl.

Bobby Petrino’s got some ‘splainin’ to do. So far he ain’t talkin’ much.

At least his team’s meltdown didn’t cost him his job. Charlie Strong went down at home to the Horned Frogs. Thus it became a fait accompli that he’d be $10 mill richer but have no team to coach. In Austin anyway.

The Buckeyes, the Seminoles and Western Michigan prevailed.

3-2 for the weekend. 43-22 on the campaign.

Thus we come to the last round of picks before the bowl games. (I know the knock on the door from Joey the Vig’s “associates” is not far away.)

This week’s winners: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XIV

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XIII

endimagesThe less said about last weekend the better.

My team, in the biggest football game in the school’s history, never left the hotel, and were throttled in eastern Texas. West Virginia similarly received its comeuppance against a long time power that had been there done that many times through the decades. And LSU couldn’t punch the ball into the endzone from point blank range to win at home in a game that was meant to be contested on the road.

But the Cats finally settled in against Let’ Go Peay. And Colorado continued its wheredidthiscomefromseason out west.

2-3. Not acceptable, but reality. 40-20 on the campaign.

Rivalry Week is upon us.

Here’s who gets bragging rights: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XIII

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XII

endimagesEd Orgeron did his best last weekend to have the word “interim” removed from his title in Baton Rouge. His LSU Tigers bounced back from a drenching by the Tide and bashed the Razorbacks of Arkansas on the road. Which was an L for me, as well as the home team.

Charlie Strong pretty much cemented his status as a Dead Man Walking with the Longhorns loss last weekend. I wouldn’t be surprised if those in charge in Austin aren’t already negotiating as I type with Houston’s Tom Herman or SMU’s Chad Morris or both. Not to mention Bill Parcells, Don Shula and Darrell Royal. The Longhorns’ defeat was also an L for me.

On the other hand, woeful Sparty skunked god awful Rutgers. Tennessee did what the Vols do, which is pretty much always best UK on the gridiron. And U of L’s big comeback against the Demon Deacons, after failing to show up before halftime, secured its spot as “We’re #5.”

Which three correct picks handed me a second 3-2 week in a row, putting the kid at 38-17 for the campaign.

This week’s projected games are all important. Sorta. I guess. In way or another, that is. At least for the schools participating. Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XII

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XI

endimagesIt is at epic, sea change, culture shift moments such as now that I am ever grateful for the diversions and passions bequeathed to us by college sports.

I’m also grateful to the Cardinals, Buckeyes and Texas Longhorns for their victories last weekend. My guess is those Lone Star oil barons aren’t quite so pleased by the W of their beloved ‘Horns, wishing Charlie would simply lose out and fade into his own parade. Which shows they don’t understand just how resolute Coach Strong is.

Cincy caved to the Mormons, and UK’s Wildcats did what they do, failing to close a most winnable game with Georgia.

3-2 for the weekend. 35-15 on the season.

And down the home stretch they come. With an almost old school pigskin Saturday chill in the air.

This week’s winners: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XI

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week X

endimagesHold your barbs, the eagle-eyed among ya.

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: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week X

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week IX

endimagesWell now. In my mind I already had my lede written. Reiterating lines uttered often before by myself as well as others, it would have been . . .

. . . Kentucky yet again did what Kentucky does. Up ten with a half a quarter to play, they fumbled in the Red Zone, and Mississippi State ran it the length of the field for a TD. Then the visitors scored again with a minute or so on the clock to take the advantage. Cats lose.

But noooooooooooooo, the Kentucky Wildcats hung tough and more, taking the ball down the field and getting into FG territory despite horrid clock management. And put it through the uprights for the W, and a spot on the cusp of bowl eligibility. Bewildered as ever, Coach Mark Stoops looked like a man who’d been saved from the gallows.

By the by, the kid predicted the UK win, along with those of the Cards and Auburn, who respectively eviscerated NC State and Arkansas. Unfortunately South Florida isn’t as quite over the hump as I suspected. And Stanford is trending southward as quickly as Colorado is heading up.

3 up. 2 down. For the season, 28-12.

I shall persevere.

This week’s winners: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week IX

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week VIII

endimagesCorrected 10/19 4:04 pm

Oh, it’s such a game of “If only…”

If only James Quick had veered right instead of left against Clemson, secured the first down then a TD, the Cards would still be Flav o’ Flav of the Month.

If only the at the horn FG attempt by N.C. State’s Kyle Bambard had drifted left instead of a few yards right, U of L, notwithstanding the L in Death Valley, would be more securely in the race for the Final Four.

If only . . .

If only Indiana had beaten Nebraska and Texas Tech had beaten West Virginia, the kid would have had his second perfect weekend in a row. But nooooooooooooooo, only Washington State, Alabama and Lousiville prevailed as I predicted.

A 3-2 weekend tallies up as 25-10 on the year.

This weekend’s encounters: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week VIII

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week VII

endimagesThe Big Losers in my world last weekend were the Louisville Cardinals.

And they didn’t even play.

Houston, the one highly regarded, highly ranked foe left on U of L’s schedule was bamboozled by the triple option in Annapolis, gave up forty plus points while scoring way fewer, and is now not nearly as highly regarded.

So, the Cards, even should they dominate the rest of their schedule, have a more difficult path to the Final Four, than had they been able to tame an undefeated squad of Cougars in the heart of oil country next month.

So it goes.

As for my picks among teams who did compete, well, it was the second perfecto of the season. Aggies, Nittany Lions, Boomer Sooner, Huskies and the We Are The Wildcats Mighty Mighty Wildcats of the University of Kentucky all prevailed.

5-0 for the weekend, adds up to 22-8 on the year. 73%. I’ll take it.

This week’s prognostications: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week VII

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week VI

endimagesSo, four of my picks came through last week.

Okie State beat Texas and now Charlie Strong is contacting realtors. Tennessee out Hail Maryed Georgia. Michigan outslugged Wisconsin in an old fashioned B10 brawl. And Alabama had its way with the Cats.

Would I have traded them all for a Louisville Cardinal victory in Death Valley?

Probably.

Four out of five for the weekend raises me to 17-8 on the year. Nice comeback, if I do say so myself, after starting 2-3, opening weekend remaining as my only negative bundle of picks for the season.

The season’s getting serious. A number of interesting matchups.

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

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week V

endimagesOh the vagaries of college pigskin.

I’m not just talking about Notre Dame losing at home — again — to Duke. In football. Or that Les Miles didn’t even make it to October in Baton Rouge before the axe fell. (Is that Mitch Barnhart on his cellphone, dialing up Miles’ number? Or Bill Belichick?)

There’s this dumbfounding development. The Louisville Cardinals are a 2 to 2/12 point favorite, depending on which Vegas betting emporium you frequent, to beat Clemson in Death Valley. You tell me you saw that coming, even last week, and I’ll scream “Liar, liar, pants of fire.”

More about that in a bit. I’m also talking about Central Michigan. I picked the Chips to come out victorious in Charlottesville. When I first saw the score of the game on the scrawl, they were down 14. A few minutes later, the deficit had doubled to 28 nil. Then I started watching, and slowly CM came back, tying the score with four TDs and successful conversions unanswered. Only to falter at the end. Badly. Their L. My L.

Which was followed by the Hilltoppers, who were up 7 with less than two to play. Gave up a FG, then got it back. Meaning the game might go into OT, thereby delaying the switch to U of L’s game on CBSSN, invoking a personal Prilosec moment. Which the game did, with the Bowling Greeners surrendering a gimme score while playing matador D on the Dore’s final drive. When WKU scored in the opening round of extra time, to match the visitors who’d already tallied, they went for the deuce. A good thing because it meant the game would end right then, seconds before the Cards kickoff. Unfortunately, in a vice versa from last season, they failed to convert, falling to Vandy. Western Ky’s L. My L.

Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuut, Stanford came up huuuuuuuuuuuuuuge late and smote the underwhelming Bruins, as I said would come about. Kentucky bested the South Carolina Muschamps. (Was that Gamecock AD with his phone to his ear calling Les Miles? Or the Ol’ Ball Coach?) And U of L took care of biz in Huntington over the big mouthed but little bite Thundering Herd.

Three up, two down for the weekend. I stand 13-7 for the season.

This week’s winners: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week V