This past weekend was certainly an interesting one. I didn’t get to watch very much, though, so let’s jump straight to the scores.
Tennessee Volunteers 45, Chattanooga Mocs 10 (W)
Colorado State Rams 31, Nevada Wolf Pack 24 (W)
#2 Auburn Tigers 23, #3 Mississippi State Bulldogs 38 (L)
Arkansas Razorbacks 13, #7 Team That Shall Not Be Named 14 (L)
This Week: 2-2 Cumulative: 17-11 (.607)
This upcoming weekend, Tennessee tries to become the first team this year to beat an SEC team from Mississippi as they visit #3 Ole Miss; Colorado State hosts Utah State for homecoming game; we go for our first alternate over our second as New Mexico goes to play Air Force; and we’ll look for Texas A&M to end their 2-game skid.
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)
This past weekend wasn’t the greatest, but after an 0-4 week 5, I’ll take whatever wins I can get! New Mexico tied their win total for the past three years - and that was the lone bright spot this week. Colorado State dropped their 2008 New Mexico Bowl rematch, Utah looked good early but stumbled late, and Auburn - I think my story about Auburn is that they felt sorry for Arkansas, since everyone else had been beating up on them so much. Yeah, that’s got to be it.
Auburn Tigers 7, Arkansas Razorbacks 24 (L)
Colorado State Rams 7, Fresno State Bulldogs 28 (L)
New Mexico Lobos 35, Texas State Bobcats 14 (W)
Utah Utes 28, #13 Dishonest Wooden Horses 38 (L)
This Week: 1-3 Cumulative: 8-16
0.333 through the first week in October. Schedules typically get tougher in October - Tennessee’s next three weeks are against #19, #1, and #3. New Mexico gets Hawaii, currently tied for the bottom of the Mountain West, so maybe they can get a win there. Colorado State has Hawaii during October as well, though it’s probably going to take better than the 117th-ranked offense to beat anyone (c’mon, McElwain, offense is your thing!).