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!
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.