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!)
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.
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!
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.
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!
Continuing a tradition started last year, we’ll track cumulative records for four games each week. The teams for this season are the same as last year.
The University of Tennessee Volunteers - The Vols open this year led by a new head coach, Butch Jones. There hasn’t been the stability at head coach that there was when I was growing up, but there also hasn’t been the success. The Vols share a division with 4 top-25 ranked teams as the season opens, so this year promises to be another uphill battle. (October 12, their off week, we’ll pick Auburn over Western Carolina.)
The Colorado State University Rams - In his second year, will we see that Jim McElwain has transplanted “the process” to Fort Collins? Conditioning is a big part of that, and what the Rams lacked last year; the fourth-quarter implosions that marked Steve Fairchild’s last few seasons carried on. (October 5, their off week, we’ll pick Air Force over Navy.)
The University of New Mexico Lobos - Bob Davie, also in his second year, has had a full recruiting year, and a year to develop the players that were there already. Their look should be different from last year, but if last year is any indication, Davie isn’t afraid to pull out some unorthodox schemes to match his players’ strengths. (October 26, their off week, we’ll pick Air Force over Notre Dame. November 16, the week they play Colorado State, we’ll pick Auburn over Georgia.)
Anyone who can give Lame Kitten an (L). (October 5, their off week, we’ll pick Stanford over Washington.)
August 31 - University of Hawaii Warriors (played August 29)
September 7 - Washington State University Cougars
September 14 - Boston College Eagles
September 21 - Utah State University Aggies
September 28 - Arizona State University Sun Devils
October 12 - University of Arizona Wildcats (played October 10)
October 19 - University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish
October 26 - University of Utah Utes
November 2 - Oregon State University Beavers (played November 1)
November 9 - University of California Golden Bears
November 16 - Stanford University Cardinal
November 23 - Colorado University Buffaloes Hippies
November 30 - University of California Los Angeles Bruins
This gives us 56 games. Now, let’s see week 1’s results.
Week 4 of the college football season brought a mixed bag for my teams. New Mexico won, representing a 100% increase in wins over the previous year, and while they took 3 quarters to get going, Tennessee finally got it done. Meanwhile, Colorado State got WAC-ked for the second week in a row, and the mighty Golden Bears fell to the Greek warriors from lower California. Also, a big shout-out to Auburn for playing #2 LSU so close - that would have been a phenomenal upset!
Tennessee Volunteers 47, Akron Zips 26 (W)
Colorado State Rams 19, Utah State Aggies 31 (L)
New Mexico Lobos 27, New Mexico State Aggies 14 (W)
California Golden Bears 9, #13 Dishonest Wooden Horses 27 (L)
This Week: 2-2 Cumulative: 7-9
Not bad; Utah State nearly knocked off Wisconsin, so a loss to that team during a rebuilding year is OK. Looking forward to this coming Saturday, Tennessee cannot afford to wait until the 4th quarter to play their best against #5 Georgia, and Bob Davie has an opportunity for a signature first-season upset when #24 Boise State visits the Land of Enchantment, while I’m hoping to see 4 solid quarters from CSU as they take on the Air Force Academy. I likely won’t be able to watch much of it (it’s moving day!), but following the scores should be fun.