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.
I realized that, when I went to write up today’s games, that I hadn’t ever written up last week’s games. Hours later, I’m still steamed over the officiating in the Tennessee / Florida game. If you can block in the back, flagrantly hold, tackle a receiver so you can intercept the ball - you just might win. However, tempering my steam are the results of the other games on my slate. This was two tough weeks in a row for Tennessee.
Tennessee Volunteers 32, #12 Georgia Bulldogs 35 (L)
Colorado State Rams 24, Boston College Eagles 21 (W)
#5 Auburn Tigers 45, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 17 (W)
New Mexico Lobos 24, Fresno State Bulldogs 35 (L)
Tennessee Volunteers 9, Florida Gators 10 (L)
Colorado State Rams 42, Tulsa Golden Hurricane 17 (W)
#5 Auburn Tigers 41, #15 LSU Tigers 17 (W)
#11 Ole Miss Rebels 23, #3 Team That Shall Not Be Named 17 (W)
These 2 Weeks: 5-3 Cumulative: 15-9 (.625)
Next weekend, Tennessee hosts Chattanooga, Colorado State visits Nevada, Auburn gets a crack at Mississippi State, and Arkansas hosts the former #3 team. The recap for next week will not be posted on Saturday, because Colorado State’s game is past my bedtime. :) 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)
I was on the road all day Saturday, so once again I did not observe a single snap live; and, thanks to bad Internet connections, this draft didn’t publish when I tried to publish it on Monday, so here it is week 6 with this post. Week 5 tied for the best week yet, but holds the tiebreaker in the Saturday night / Sunday morning release of the coach for the University of Southern California.
Tennessee Volunteers 31, South Alabama Jaguars 24 (W)
Colorado State Rams 59, UTEP Miners 42 (W)
New Mexico Lobos 42, UNLV Rebels 56 (L)
Arizona State Sun Devils 62, USC Trojans 41 (W)
This Week: 3-1 Cumulative: 8-12 (.400)
With Lame Kitten gone, the Trojans’ name can appear for the rest of the season. It’ll be interesting to see what Ed Orgeron, former Ole Miss head coach, can do with them for the remainder of the season. Meanwhile, Tennessee welcomes its biggest challenge yet this season, New Mexico hosts its in-state rivals to the south, and Colorado State takes a week off before facing San José State in two weeks.
As I type this, I’m stunned at Alabama’s loss today. Not only does it mean I don’t get bragging rights for having called the score (my guess was a 42-9 Alabama win), it likely means the end of the SEC’s 6-year BCS reign as well. But, if you spot the opponent 20 points, it’s tough to win.
Speaking of tough to win - Tennessee lost a 4OT heartbreaker in Knoxville, and is still winless in the SEC (the same week that Vanderbilt became bowl-eligible and has a winning SEC record - maybe the Mayans were right). Here in Albuquerque, the Lobos, missing their regular starting quarterback, ran into a Wyoming team that is starting to put things together towards the end of the season. The Sun Devils couldn’t handle the heat in Pasadena. However, Colorado State played a very good game against a UNLV team that seemed unable to get much going the entire day.
Tennessee Volunteers 48, Missouri Tigers 51 (L)
Colorado State Rams 33, UNLV Rebels 11 (W)
New Mexico Lobos 23, Wyoming Cowboys 28 (L)
Arizona State Sun Devils 17, #19 Dishonest Wooden Horses 38 (L)
This Week: 1-3 Cumulative: 15-29
It’s hard to believe we’re pulling into the 4th quarter of this season, but here we are. Tennessee has the first of its season-ending two SEC showdowns against Vanderbilt; a win would be nice, but it wouldn’t save this season or, likely but sadly, our head coach’s job. Colorado State travels to Boise State on Saturday; maybe they can find the blue end zones. New Mexico can still be bowl eligible, but they must make a statement against a better Nevada team. Will one of my teams get to go bowling? Two are mathematically eliminated, but one remains.
I have mixed emotions about this week. Yes, my picks are 2-2, but New Mexico and Colorado State both dropped games that they should have won, leaving a 4-way tie at the bottom of the Mountain West instead of those two schools there in the middle. Meanwhile, Tennessee barely escapes a mid-level Sun Belt opponent. Oregon hanging 62 on their opponent was nice, though.
Next week, Tennessee, still seeking that elusive first SEC win of the season, gets a visit from first-year SEC team Missouri. Meanwhile, Colorado State and New Mexico swap opponents from this week; maybe they can watch either others’ tape and figure out how to do what the other couldn’t.