Thanksgiving and vacation conspired to keep me away from here. How did my teams finish their seasons?
Tennessee Volunteers 50, Kentucky Wildcats 16 (W)
New Mexico Lobos 21, Utah State Aggies 28 (L)
#9 Auburn Tigers 7, #15 Georgia Bulldogs 34 (L)
#1 Mississippi State Bulldogs 20, #5 Team That Shall Not Be Named 25 (L)
Tennessee Volunteers 21, #20 Missouri Tigers 29 (L)
Colorado State Rams 58, New Mexico Lobos 20 (W)
#14 Auburn Tigers 31, Samford Bulldogs 7 (W)
Western Carolina Catamounts 14, #1 Team That Shall Not Be Named 48 (L)
Tennessee Volunteers 24, Vanderbilt Commodores 17 (W)
Colorado State Rams 24, Air Force Falcons 27 (L)
#15 Auburn Tigers 44, #1 Team That Shall Not Be Named 55 (L)
New Mexico Lobos 36, Wyoming Cowboys 30 (W)
These 3 Weeks: 5-7 Final: 30-26 (.536)
Above 500, but nowhere close to where I’d hoped. However, all three of my primary teams are going bowling, which is way better than last year, so I don’t know that I can complain. Tennessee will be taking on Iowa in the Taxslayer Bowl on January 2nd, Colorado State meets former Mountain West foe Utah in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl on December 20th, and #19 Auburn gets #18 Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day. (As if I needed another reason to crave cheese fries!)
Quite a swing over the past two weeks. Week 10 saw the first 4-0 week this season; week 11 saw us nearly give it all back. I’m also glad that I picked a replacement game rotation, because I missed some off weeks when I was putting the schedule together back in September.
Tennessee Volunteers 45, South Carolina Gamecocks 42 (W)
Colorado State Rams 38, San José State Spartans 31 (W)
#3 Auburn Tigers 35, #4 Ole Miss Rebels 31 (W)
New Mexico Lobos 31, UNLV Rebels 28 (W)
New Mexico Lobos 49, Boise State Broncos 60 (L) (Tennessee off)
Colorado State Rams 49, Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors 22 (W)
#3 Auburn Tigers 38, Texas A&M Aggies 41 (L)
#16 LSU Tigers 13, #5 Team That Shall Not Be Named 20 (L)
These 2 Weeks: 5-3 Cumulative: 25-19 (.568)
Colorado State is #23 in today’s AP rankings - nice job, Rams! Enjoy your week off. Next week, Tennessee looks to pull within a game of bowl eligibility against Kentucky; Auburn visits a smarting and likely fired-up Georgia; and - uh, how should I put this - HAIL STATE!
A busy two weeks for me, a crummy two weeks for my #1 team, a great two weeks for my #2 team, and a weird on week for my #3 team. Throw in some questionable officiating, and you’re pretty much up to speed.
Tennessee Volunteers 3, #3 Ole Miss Rebels 34 (L)
Colorado State Rams 16, Utah State Aggies 13 (W)
New Mexico Lobos 31, Air Force Academy Falcons 35 (L)
#21 Texas A&M Aggies 0, #7 Really Mad 1-Loss, 1-Barely-Win Team 59 (L)
With the first playoff rankings released this week, one of the games next week is #3 Auburn vs. #4 Ole Miss; that should be a good one. Tennessee visits Columbia to see if they can give Steve Spurrier an L, while Colorado State has the opportunity for some separation in the Mountain West if they can beat San José State on the road.
Thanks to two driving Saturdays, I didn’t catch much college football. I did catch some of Thursday’s Auburn / Kansas State game, and it was a good one. However, I’ll dispense with the commentary and just see how I did over the past two weeks.
9/13 Results (AKA “Yay for the Mountain West!”)
Tennessee Volunteers 10, #4 Oklahoma Sooners 34 (L)
Colorado State Rams 49, UC Davis Aggies 21 (W)
Air Force Falcons 48, Georgia State Panthers 38 (W)
Southern Miss Golden Eagles 12, #3 Team That Shall Not Be Named 52 (L)
New Mexico Lobos 38, New Mexico State Aggies 35 (W)
#14 South Carolina Gamecocks 48, Vanderbilt Commodores 34 (W)
#5 Auburn Tigers 20, #20 Kansas State Wildcats 14 (W)
Florida Gators 21, #3 Team That Shall Not Be Named 42 (L)
These 2 Weeks: 5-3 Cumulative: 10-6 (.625)
Special thanks to my 3 replacement games for all being winners. This next week, Tennessee visits a Georgia team that they hope used up all their points this past week, Colorado State visits a strong Boston College team, Auburn hosts Louisiana Tech, and New Mexico hosts a Fresno State team with a similar record. See you next week!
The first weekend of college football is in the books. With the holiday weekend, our games were spread across three days. On Friday night, the Rams spotted the Buffs a 10-point lead, then turned on the jets. On Saturday, the Tigers feasted on fresh Razorback, while the Tide was a bit to strong for the hearty Mountaineers to overcome. On Sunday, Tennessee jumped out to an early lead, in part due to Utah State errors, and then wore them down in the second half. All in all, a great first week!
Tennessee Volunteers 38, Utah State Aggies 7 (W)
Colorado State Rams 31, Colorado Buffaloes 17 (W)
#6 Auburn Tigers 45, Arkansas 31 (W)
West Virginia Mountaineers 23, #2 Team That Shall Not Be Named 33 (L)
This Week: 3-1 Cumulative: 3-1 (.750)
Looking forward to next week, Tennesse hosts Arkansas State, Colorado State opens Mountain West play against Boise State, Auburn gets in on the Mountain West action by hosting San José State, and rumor has it there will be a Owl sacrifice west of Birmingham. See you then!
It’s back! 4 teams each week, looking for a winning record; last year, I went 23-33, for a .411 average. New this year, I will set a default line-up for fill-in teams for off weeks or conflicts. First alternate is the University of New Mexico Lobos, and second alternate is the Air Force Academy Falcons. When both of those are unavailable, I continue my willy-nilly picking of replacement teams. This year, the teams are:
The University of Tennessee Volunteers - Coming off a nice first-year effort, #Team118 is looking to add their bricks to the “brick by brick” rebuilding that Butch Jones began leading last year. The schedule is pretty tough this year; three opponents are in the preseason top-10, and six are in the top 25. Wins will certainly have to be earned. (September 20th: UNM over New Mexico State Aggies)
The Colorado State University Rams - Jim McElwain enters his third season as head coach on a high note, with a late-game victory in the New Mexico Bowl to end last year. However, CSU graduated a cadre of seniors who had played together for several years, and the second team is now the first team. While none of their opponents on the schedule are ranked in the top 25, their path to a bowl invitation will be an uphill journey. (September 20th: South Carolina Gamecocks over Vanderbilt Commodores)
The Auburn University Tigers - I’m switching the third team this year, bringing in the favorite team from the “in-law” side of my family. Gus Malzahn sets out to show that last year was not a fluke, and with the personnel he has returning, he has a good chance of showing just that. Ranked 6 in the preseason polls, they have six top 25 teams in their schedule, plus the #2 team in the Iron Bowl. Auburn could win its way to a rematch with Florida State, but they will have to do just that - win. (September 13th: AFA over Georgia State Panthers)
As per tradition, any team that can give Lame Kitten an (L). That team is a switch this year as well.
August 30 - West Virginia Mountaineers
September 6th - Florida Atlantic Owls
September 13th - Southern Miss Golden Eagles
September 20th - Florida Gators
September 27th - Off (UNM over Fresno State Bulldogs, played September 26th)
October 4th - Ole Miss Rebels
October 11th - Arkansas Razorbacks
October 18th - Texas A&M Aggies
October 25th - Team #1 (Troy Trojans over South Alabama Jaguars, played October 24th)
November 8th - LSU Tigers
November 15th - Mississippi State Bulldogs
November 22nd - Western Carolina Catamounts
November 29th - Team #3 (UNM over Wyoming Cowboys)
The regular season is now complete, so let’s see if the final 3 weeks got me to .400. Colorado State ended its regular season at 7-6, and becomes the lone bowl-eligible team of the three I follow here.
This was the best weekend for college football yet, at least considering the teams for which I cheer. Tennessee now knows it can win, getting a great home win over South Carolina by showing what they learned two weeks ago against Georgia; and Colorado State went up the road a bit and hung 52 points on division-leading Wyoming. In other games around the SEC, ranked teams fell to lower or unranked teams; #24 Auburn won over #7 Texas A&M, Vanderbilt pulled off a last-minute win over #15 Georgia, and Ole Miss topped #6 LSU. Meanwhile, with #14 Missouri defeating #22 Florida, I’m left wondering if the overall strength in the SEC is working to its national detriment; with today’s losses, #1 Alabama is now the lone team to finish this BCS era with the SEC’s current win streak intact. They certainly seemed to be back on their game against Arkansas. I guess this year’s bowl season will have to answer the comparative question.
Well, enough speculative babbling. With no further ado…
Tennessee Volunteers 23, #11 South Carolina Gamecocks 21 (W)
Colorado State Rams 52, Wyoming Cowboys 22 (W)
New Mexico Lobos 10, Utah State Aggies 45 (L)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish 14, USC Trojans 10 (W)
This Week: 3-1 Cumulative: 14-18 (.438)
This week’s celebration won’t last long. Tennessee tries to add to their lone SEC win in Tuscaloosa against #1 Alabama, with the added stakes of ending the SEC’s run at BCS titles. I’m thinking we’ll probably have more people cheering for us next week than any other team does! Colorado State heads down to the land of luaus to take on a struggling Hawaii team looking for their first win of the season. New Mexico is off, so we go from cheering for Notre Dame to cheering for their Air Force Academy opponents, and Utah gets their chance to deal another Trojan loss. The CSU game is late, so we’ll wrap it up next Sunday.
I saw the second half of the Tennessee / Georgia game. Tennessee’s turnaround is definitely real. Meanwhile, the Lobos routed their in-state rivals, Air Force added 1 to an already-swollen L column, and Stanford squeaked by Washington.
Tennessee Volunteers 31, #6 Georgia Bulldogs 34 (L)
Air Force Falcons 10, Navy Midshipmen 28 (L)
New Mexico Lobos 66, New Mexico State Aggies 17 (W)
#5 Stanford Cardinal 31, #15 Washington Huskies 28 (W)
This Week: 2-2 Cumulative: 10-14 (.417)
Tennessee has next week off before a run of 6 straight SEC games, the first two being against the current #13 and #1 teams. Colorado State will be back from their off week, opening their conference play against an underperforming San José State. On the other side, New Mexico gets a Mountain West test from Wyoming, one of the stronger teams in the MWC this year. Finally, we get our first indication of whether the problem was the players or the coach, as Arizona heads to Southern California. Week 7 should be a fun week!
This week was better than the scores would indicate. Tennessee and Florida played one of the sloppiest halves of football I can remember seeing in recent history; in the second half, though, Tennessee’s offense looked decent against Florida’s defense. Tennessee’s defense, though, seemed to always leave one guy uncovered, and that was the one who ended up burning them. Tennessee’s rebuilding decade continues apace.
I just have to brag on Colorado State. Those Rams were ready for Alabama, and their defense played better than I’ve ever seen it before. They were down by 11 points at the end of the third quarter to the #1 team in the country! Sadly, though, the 4th quarter letdown pattern continued, and the final score looked more like people expected it would. (Psst… Hey, Coach McElwain - your conditioning coaches need to fix this immediately; games are 60 minutes, not 45.) If the Rams that showed up to this game show up to their remaining games, they should be very competitive in the Mountain West this year. This game had huge implications for Alabama as well; they were not firing on all cylinders. I would not be surprised to see Oregon move ahead of them in the rankings that come out later today; but, whether they stay #1, or become #2, this is not the well-oiled machine of previous years - yet.
Utah State almost pulled it off; great try, Aggies. Looks like I picked the wrong MWC matchup in the Lobo’s off week as well, which led to the first 0-4 this season.
Tennessee Volunteers 17, #19 Florida Gators 31 (L)
Colorado State Rams 6, #1 Alabama Crimson Tide 31 (L)
Air Force Falcons 23, Wyoming Cowboys 56 (L)
Utah State Aggies 14, People of Troy 17 (L)
This Week: 0-4 Cumulative: 5-11 (.313)
Tennessee goes non-conference next week before hitting the toughest part of their schedule in October, while Colorado State hosts UTEP and New Mexico hosts UNLV. It should be a good week!