At this juncture, I was inclined to invoke, “Cue the Meatloaf.”
But, knowing the fractions were different in that tune, and knowing that my readers would come with the heat, even though they (you) know that I know, I demurred.
As for that one L. The first score of the season was a Nebraska safety. Two points for the Illini. It went downhill from there for the Huskers. So, Frost is Toast, no longer the Favorite Son. He’s leapfrogged to the top of the Dead Man Walking list.
I don’t see what he can do at this point. Other than perhaps, maybe cancel that game against Boomer Sooner, as he tried to do last spring. Schedule Bishop Sycamore in Oklahoma’s place. Hire Tim Tebow as a Grad Assistant, then start him at QB.
Anyway, UCLA, UTEP and no U Fresno State won. 3-1 for the week. 3-1 for the season.
Week I has some zesty matchups. Toss ups. Let’s learn who is going to win.
Louisiana @ Texas. For some reason, this is the battle among a plethora of spicy clashes I’m most anxious to watch. Billy Napier seems to be the coach atop the next great can’t miss list. (You know like Scott Frost used to be.) He’s gone 11-3 and 10-1 in his last two campaigns in Lafayette. The Ws include last season’s opening week upset of Iowa State. Most observers thought he’d be coaching in the Bigs this season, but he’s back roaming the Ragin’ Cajuns’ sideline. How much Ida’s havoc will affect this squad remains to be seen. As for the Burnt Orange sideline, come on down Steve Sarkisian, recent grad of the Nick Saban Rehab Clinic. Wasn’t the Longhorns’ last mentor Tom Herman a Can’t Miss guy? Get out the Zatarain’s, mama, we gonna need some gumbo to celebrate that W by the boys from the bayou.
Indiana @ Iowa. Has any perennial also ran turned the conversation around more 180 than gung ho Tom Allen’s Hoosiers? OK, Matt Campbell’s Cyclones probably, but you hear what I’m sayin’. The candystripers are actually talking football in Bloomington these days. Go figure. That’s what Big 10 Ws over the Nittany Lions, Badgers and Wolverines in the same campaign will do. Oh yeah, they gave the vaunted Buckeyes a legit scare too. If Michael Penix is fully healthy, and can stay standing, and Ty Fryfogle can keep catching his tosses, this team is formidable. 17 returning starters. The Hawkeyes are favored at home. Tsk, tsk. The Crimson and Cream prevail.
Georgia vs. Clemson (Charlotte). Big time college pigskin in Charlotte. Call it the Overreaction Bowl, because that’s the aftermath, whichever team prevails. Chris Fowler’s even taking leave from the tennis tourney to join comrade Kirk Herbstreit for this elite matchup. These southern powerhouses are situated just 70 miles apart, and have played 64 times. But not a lot since the late ’80s. Both schools have legit national title aspirations. This opening week battle is Mon U Men Tal. Is this the year Kirby Smart’s Bulldogs finally emerge at the top of the heap? It’s taken them awhile to recover from that Tua toss. A victory Saturday won’t mean a crown, but it will be telling. The Dabos go down.
Louisiana Monroe @ Kentucky. While those P5 schools above and below decided to eschew tradition, and actually schedule competitive games to open their campaigns, the University of Kentucky Wildcats are adhering to tradition. Louisiana Monroe fielded the worst team in the land last season. 0-10. They never led a game for a second. It’s not like the Warhawks had a Top. 10 recruiting class either. Plus there’s the statewide devastation from Ida that has to be more than a mild diversion. The school does have some real coaches now though. Terry Bowden is in charge. Rich Rodriguez is the OC, and his son transfer portaled from Arizona and will call signals. There are other newcomers too. Still. UK scheduled a walkover, and that’s what they’ll get.
Ole Miss vs. Louisville (Atlanta). Here’s one guy’s perspective. Mine. Since I’ve been to early season Cardinal games against the likes of Drake and Southern Illinois with a couple of other thousand at Fairgrounds Stadium. We’re talking Prime Time Labor Day Night. National TV. In a Dome in Hot ‘Lanta. Against a Top 25 SEC foe. The Cards have come a long way, my little piggie skinners. Far enough to capture this battle against the Johnny Rebs, everybody’s Most Over Talked About Under the Radar squad? I believe. Prevaricate this, Land Kiffin. Cards win.
— Seedy K