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Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XII

Who’s your daddy now?

It was a weekend when the so-called experts were so very sure the Fighting Irish would finally expose Miami, teach the ‘Canes what playing a real football team entailed. And were proven oh so very wrong in the Chain vs. Rosary battle to the tune of Miami 41 Notre Dame 8.

Who advised you in advance what was really going to happen? Need I say his name? I don’t think so.

It was a weekend when Kirby Smart’s Bulldogs were going to steam roll Toomer’s Corner, proving they deserved the #1 ranking, but were gobsmacked 40-17.

Who advised in advance that toilet paper would be a flyin’ in Roy Moore Country? Need I say his name? I don’t think so.

He’s the same dude who assured you the Badgers were real, when skeptics were saying it was time for a Hawkeye comeuppance. The same prognosticator par excellence who continued to have faith that the Louisville Cardinals weren’t done yet.

Of course, Kentucky did what Kentucky does. Which is remain totally quixotic, incapable of empirical assessment. Winning when they should lose and versa vice. So He Who Obviously Hasn’t Lost His Touch had a 1 on the right hand side of the ledger. 4-1 for the weekend. 34-26 for the campaign.

The kid is back on track.

Here we go again, ye faithful followers: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XII

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XI

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

And I’m not talking THE Ohio State University.

But I digress with that hint o’ schadenfreude so loathe am I to face reality. But I cannot ignore my own failings any longer, as I face a season on the brink.

Last weekend I was 1-4, the worst slate ever in the history of SDKPPP. 30-25 for the season. Woe is me.

So, I’ve taken the steps that any right thinking head coach on the Dead Man Walking list would take. I’ve fired my entire staff. I’ve scrapped my system and gone back to the drawing board. I cleaned out my hard drive. Put new batteries in my wireless mouse and keyboard. Taken a meeting with Joey the Vig in search of encouraging words. Listened to tapes of Nick Saban’s press conferences for the last decade. Asked Jim Bakker for a special blessing. Donned a hair shirt with the logo of every school Lane Kiffin has coached.

I am not deterred. I forge ahead.

This week’s winners:

Georgia @ Auburn. Now this one is Real Big Time Football. At least that’s what the Paul Finebaum acolytes would have us believe. At least the ones who don’t own 75 Roll Damn Tide ballcaps. And, truth be told, they’d be right with this one this season, though we’re really tired of hearing how good the SEC is. Kirby Smart appears the real deal. His Bulldogs haven’t lost. Even left South Bend after delivering a haymaker to TD Jesus. But, Auburn is not, as my mother would say, chopped liver. The Plainsmen’s only two Ls were in Death Valley I and Death Valley II. So topsy turvy has this season turned out, I’m thinking another spoiler is upon us. Toomer gets toilet papered.

Iowa @ Wisconsin. Here’s a battle between a couple B10 schools that always seem misunderestimated on the gridiron. The Hawkeyes appear to beat some top squad every year. At least when they play them in Iowa City. The Buckeyes last weekend. The Wolverines last season. But this encounter with the undefeated and underappreciated and — some say — untested Badgers is at Camp Randall. Where, it must be pointed out, Iowa won during its magical ’15 campaign. Wisconsin’s signature W of its nine this year was over, uh, well, nobody really. OK, Northwestern. In regulation. The Badgers have been consistently excellent for half a decade now, without much acclaim. Which the Big Cheese Nation craves. Wisconsin. Meaning they’ll be celebrating in New Glarus at Glarner Stube, home of the world’s largest urinal.

Notre Dame @ Miami. How did this ever get scheduled? We’ve all seen the 30 for 30. Oh yeah, the Irish are obligated to play so many ACC schools every season, even though they remain :independent” but capable of stealing a league bowl slot. And, begosh and begorren, this turns out to be a legit Top 10 battle. Notre Dame lost only once, by a single digit, to the top team in the country. Miami’s record is unblemished, and somewhat enhanced after besting the Hokies last week. Because ND always always always gets the benefit of the doubt, and because the punditocracy still doesn’t fully believe in the ‘Canes, the South Benders are looked upon as faves, even though the game is in FLA. Because, Mark Richt is a nice dude, and Brian Kelly is a putz. Convicts.

Kentucky @ Vanderbilt. The Wildcats always do what they always do, thus UK is never — never ever — a safe bet. Kentucky has lost twice this season on the last play of the game. The Gators. Ole Miss. And would have had a the hat trick were Rocky Top not so inept and had one more play. Kentucky is bowl eligible and sits at 3 up 3 down in league play. Vandy is ofer the SEC, and needs to win 2 of 3 against UK, Mizzou and the Vols to make it the AAMCO Depends Famous Poulan Weedeater Asparagus Bowl. Not only are the Commodores hungry for some post season swag, but they are slight faves in NashVegas where they’ve beaten the Cats thrice in a row. Derek Mason would be on the hot seat, were there any such creature on West End Avenue. Based upon nothing whatsoever, not even a hunch or coin flip, I say ‘Dores.

Virginia @ Louisville. Here’s a game, despite the presence of the most exciting player still in college pigskin, that’s got the whole pigskin planet yawning. The Cards have lost three out of four, and haven’t tackled an opponent since the turn of the century, surrendering 31 ppg, which ranks a lowly 93d in the land. The Wahoos season is impossible to figure out. Just a few weeks ago, they stood 5-1. Then proceeded to be throttled by BC and Pitt — I dunno, you tell me — then upended Georgia Tech. The Cards had last weekend off for R & R. If they lose, the fan base will immediately turn its wandering eyes to hoops, which tips off on Sunday. The Cards will win. The fans will still turn to basketball.

— Seedy K

 

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week X

So, yeah, feeling the bad karma I brought upon myself by picking the Cards to lose weekend before last — U of L prevailed over Florida State by the hair on its chinny chin chin — I returned to normal last time out, picking Louisville to defeat the Demon Deacons.

Of course, the feckless Cardinals were crushed by Wake Forest, a school’s student athletes in revenge mode. Sigh.

TCU also lost. To my new favorite upstart Iowa State. So I didn’t feel too bad, despite how it hurt my W/L record.

Kentucky, rising Boston College and resilient Ohio State won as predicted.

Which gave me my second positive weekend in a row at 3-2. For the year: 29-21. Mediocre frankly but, feeling the best is yet to come, I trudge ahead as BCS Shakedown Season is upon us.

Louisville has this weekend off, allowing me time to seek treatment for my schizophrenia over whether it’s OK to pick against them when I feel they’ll lose.

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

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week IX

Eschewing every bit of ethics in my arsenal, years of abject and indisputable fandom and a modicum of common sense, I violated a long standing given last week. I picked the foe of the University of Louisville Cardinals to beat them on the gridiron.

Revealing some grit and guile, as well as a running game, a significantly improved OL, a somewhat better defensive secondary and being the beneficiary of some late game luck, U of L beat Florida State.

I’m taking full credit since I was picking against them, and gladly trade a tally in the right hand side of the ledger for such a Cardinal victory in Tallahassee.  And if Texas QB Sam Ehlinger hadn’t been knocked into Thursday after next on a tackle, thus causing him to woozily toss up an ill advised beach ball pick in OT, my scorecard for the weekend would have further benefited.

As it was, Penn State, Notre Dame and Mississippi State all dominated, as I figured they would.

So I was 3-2* for the slate — the asterisk is for U of L aberration. For the season: 26-19.

Who knows, pigskin deities willing, we might actually have some real football weather soon. As autumn deepens, the season’s getting serious. So am I.

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

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week VIII

Confirmation that this has been a  less than stellar season for yours truly came today via UPS.

Joey the Vig, a made guy known to have saved the first farthing he ever bilked, sent me a commiserative gift basket of fruit from Harry & David. One can only hope those pears help my predictionary acumen.

To shake things up in hopes of ratcheting up my winning percentage, I have retaken the Briggs Meyers to check for any personality disorder(s), reconfigured my big data algorithms and trekked to Saint Thomas Cemetery in Koochiching County, Minnesota to visit the grave of college pigskin nonpareil Bronko Nagurski. (Bronko’s spelled with a “k”, who knew?)

Last weekend, Wazzu State got its comeuppance in Berserkely, Auburn lost again in Death Valley, Bayou Edition and U of L’s defense decided to sit out the battle against BC in front of a half full Papa J’s. Sparty and the Horned Frogs came through. Thank you Green. Thank you Purple. 2-3 for the fifth weekend this campaign, lowers my record to 23-17 in toto.

Chastened, embarrassed but never reluctant to forge ahead, here are this week’s prognostications:  Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week VIII

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week VII

Well, Florida State proved one thing when it couldn’t prevent rival Miami from marching down the gridiron for a last second victory.

OK, two things.

One, that the Seminoles’ game next weekend with U of L will feature two teams with no D. And, two, that my weekend before’s perfect 5-0 prediction tally might have been an aberration. (Hold both your guffaws and brickbats s’il vous plait.)

Not only did the Seminoles spit out the bit after scoring a last minute go ahead TD of their own, but their cross-state rivals, the Gators, lost to invigorated LSU . . . at home. And, of course, U of L lost. Purdue and the Wildcats were the only schools that came through for me.

2-3 for the weekend. Not so good. But I’m still a solid 67% on the season at 21-14.

With a new philosophy, at least about Louisville Cardinal games, which shall soon be disclosed, I forge on, projecting these five victors this round o’ games, as the season heads into its second half.  Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week VII

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week VI

I needn’t explain why now more than ever, we must cherish the importance of the diversion we know as college pigskin.

As the calendar flips to October, when games mean more as league races ratchet up, it’s important that squads hit mid-season form.

So too prognosticatory savants. Thus, it is with a great deal of pleasure that the Kid provides these stats from last weekend: 41-21, 31-21, 34-23, 24-20 and 55-10. These are the final scores of wins by Fresno State, Navy, Akron, Kentucky and the University of Louisville Cardinals.

Need I mention who correctly picked the outcome of All Those Games?

That’s right, class, it isn’t necessary.

The second perfect weekend of the campaign has my season success soaring to 19-11.

So, with wind in my sails, and a firm hand on the rudder, I sail off into . . . sail off into . . . uh, oh well, I’ve lost my metaphor . . . but here are this coming weekend’s winners: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week VI

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week V

You think UK fans are sad — and they certainly are — how about the kid?

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.

Geesh.

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 (?????): Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week V

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week IV

When UCLA couldn’t close in a noon game at the Liberty Bowl, I knew it was not going to be the best of days for the kid prediction-wise.

Yeah, Cal’s Golden Bears beat Ole Miss. Send those Southern kids out to Cali and their eyes get dazed and knees wobbly. And Florida increased the Fahrenheit on Butch Jone’s hot seat with that last second prayer. So, those were my Ws.

But I had the Bruins. And I had no faith in the Cats, who took a big punch to the kisser right after the opening bell, but stayed strong and have now bested the Gamecocks four times in a row. As for U of L, feh. You can read my take here. 

Which tallies up to a 2-3 weekend, lowering my still reasonably passable season record to 12-8.

I may be down, but not out. Thus I forge ahead undaunted.

Here are five sure winners this weekend: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week IV

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week III

When will I ever learn? I mean really, when will I ever learn?

Notre Dame is no longer a playah. Period. They also run. That’s it. Their Gipper tank is empty.

And besides being overrated as a coach, Brian Kelly is an insufferable schmuck.

But no, there was a swallow of Kool Aid left in the jug, so I, like a dumpkopf unwilling to learn from recent history, drank, picking the Irish to beat Georgia.

Silly me. Silly silly me.

When will I ever learn?

Were I a wiser man, I might also have determined from IU’s performance against the Buckeyes that the Hoosiers were at least better than the hapless UVa Cavaliers.

But nooooooooooooooo!!!

Yet the Quack, the Cards and the Wildcats all came through. Though UK’s W was far from “easy” as I projected. Meaning I got more right than wrong. Always a good thing, 3 up, 2 down, making my record 10-5 on the year. It could be worse.

As always, I forge ahead. This week’s picks: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week III