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!
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.
Thanks to busyness, I didn’t get week 8 done before week 9 had been played, so this is a combined post to catch me back up.
Week 8 was disappointing. While Tennessee didn’t keep it as close on the scoreboard as I thought they would, they did play #1 Alabama pretty well. Alabama was able to turn Tennessee mistakes into points, while the opposite was not true. I was also able to watch part of the New Mexico/Air Force game; I was impressed with the Lobos play. While they eventually lost, they looked strong despite losing some key players, and one of their running backs destroyed the single-game Mountain West record set by Colorado State’s Gartrell Johnson a few years ago. Bob Davie has done well with the players he inherited, and this season should work wonders for next year’s recruiting class. The hippies let me down (should have gone with Stanford again for the hold-my-nose Pac-12 matchup), but San Diego State won in dramatic fashion by going for 2 and making it in the first overtime against Nevada.
Tennessee Volunteers 13, #1 Alabama Crimson Tide 44 (L)
San Diego State Aztecs 39, Nevada Wolf Pack 38 (W)
New Mexico Lobos 23, Air Force Falcons 28 (L)
Colorado Hippies 6, #10 Dishonest Wooden Horses 50 (L)
This Week: 1-3 Cumulative: 10-22
Week 9 - well, more disappointment. Tennessee continued their “just a few fewer points than you” strategy against #13 South Carolina, completing the 0-for-October sweep. I don’t think Dooley’s job is on the line - yet. However, if Tennessee drops either Kentucky or Vanderbilt in November, I don’t know that Tennessee’s fair-minded athletic director can save him from the fans. New Mexico jumped out to a nice lead on Fresno State, but the wheels seemed to come off in the second half. On the good side, though, Colorado State won over Hawaii thanks to a fourth-quarter surge (instead of a fourth-quarter collapse), and Arizona - Arizona - man, I love you guys right now. Awesome job!
Tennessee Volunteers 35, #13 South Carolina Gamecocks 38 (L)
Colorado State Rams 42, Hawaii Warriors 27 (W)
New Mexico Lobos 32, Fresno State Bulldogs 49 (L)
Arizona Wildcats 39, #9 Dishonest Wooden Horses 36 (W)
This Week: 2-2 Cumulative: 12-24
So, we go into week 10 with a .333 record. Tennessee gets the Sun Belt’s Troy Trojans, and they are perfect this year in non-conference play. Colorado State plays their second 1-win team in a row (although they were also a 1-win team heading into this week), with a chance to put themselves clearly off the floor in the Mountain West. New Mexico, too, plays host to a 1-win team, as they look to pull within 1 win from bowl eligibility after three consecutive 1-10 seasons; did I mention what a great job Davie has put together in his first year? And, in the game I’m hoping to watch, Oregon has an opportunity to solidify its standing in both the Pac-12 and the national polls. This looks to be my best chance for a winning record since week 1.