Thursday, October 22, 2015

Back To The Future, Dr. Pepper and 2 Live Crew

Last Saturday’s record: 7-2; for the season: 33-11.

You can’t tell the players without a program.  #1 Ohio St. @ Rutgers.  The QB shuffle in Columbus may be over for good this season when the Buckeyes roll into Piscataway, NJ to face the Scarlet Knights on Saturday.  After some back and forth with Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett this year, the Urbs may have finally settled on the latter to run his offense after naming Barrett the starter earlier this week.  Time will tell, as it always does.  Last year, THE Ohio St. U. smashed the Knights 56-17 in their first-ever meeting.    Rutgers is 0-4, all time, against #1 teams. There’s no reason to believe that streak won’t continue.  Projected winner:  Ohio St.

Maybe they’ll stop by the Dr. Pepper Museum while they’re in Waco.  #2 Baylor hosts Iowa St.  The Cyclones blow into Central Texas on Saturday to get a close-up view of the nation’s most prolific offense.  Art Briles’ undefeated Bears are averaging 63.8 points per game.  Bears QB Seth Russell leads the FBS with TD passes (27) and in passing efficiency.  This is the third week in a row that I.S. has faced a high-scoring team from Texas, having been shellacked by Texas Tech and TCU, respectively.  The Cycs season won’t get a reprieve this week either.  Projected winner:  Baylor.

“Well, they’re out there having fun, in that warm California sun.”-The Rivieras (or The Ramones).  #3 Utah @ USC.   The Utes head to the 92-year-old  Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday to put their undefeated season and Final Four hopes on the line against the 3-3 Trojans.  USC’s Clay Helton will try to get his and the Trojans first win after The Sark’s dismissal last week.  USC has given up an average of 41 points in two of its three losses this season.  The Utes have averaged almost 43 their past four games.  Surf’s up, gnarly Utah fans.  Projected winner:  Utah.

The Uncle Verne Bowl:  This week’s edition, “Back To The Future.”  #8 Alabama hosts Tennessee.  Rocky Top comes to T-Town as the annual “4th Saturday In October” rite of passage for Tide and Vol fans takes place at Bryant-Denny stadium.  This one certainly has a 30th anniversary Back To The Future ring to it as this will be the first time Bama O.C. Lane Kiffin has watched a UA-UT game at B.D. since he was the Vols head coach back in 2009.  It took a blocked Vols’ field goal at the end of that game to keep that Tide team undefeated and on its way to Nick’s first Crimson-wrapped national championship.  The way Bama has played during its last three SEC wins, don’t look for Rocky Top to be played very much on Saturday afternoon.   Projected winner:  Bama.

“The Prophet’s Crystal Ball” says….#15 Texas A&M @ #24 Ole Miss.  Gig ‘em vs. Hoddy Toddy.  The 12th Man against the party in The Grove.  Lots of tradition in this Saturday night tussle in Oxford.  Both teams hope to get a win after tough losses last week: Ole Miss to Memphis; A&M to Bama.  The Rebs are ahead of the Aggies in Scoring Offense and Scoring Defense this season.  They probably will be against the Ags  late Saturday night in north Mississippi, too.  Projected winner:  Ole Miss.

Now, some quick headlines…

“Callin’ Baton Rouge,”-Garth Brooks.  #5 LSU hosts Western Kentucky.  Tigers mascot, Mike IV, will no longer make the trip from his habitat to Tiger Stadium this season.  It seems he hasn’t wanted to be loaded into his trailer for the journey.  That’s okay.  As long as Les allows OMG running back Leonard Fournette to carry the ball a few dozen times, it won’t matter.  Projected winner:  LSU.

"As Nasty As They Wanna Be"-2 Live Crew.  #6 Clemson @ Miami.  The Tigers have won nine straight, their longest streak in 26 years.  The Canes have won 16 of their last 19 at home.  This game has gone to OT three of the last four times the teams have played each other.  The Tigers have won 32 in a row against unranked opponents.  Look for #33 on Saturday.  As Uncle Luke sang on the Crew’s biggest selling album, I ain’t bulls****in’.  Projected winner (in a close one):  Clemson.

MSU edges out the 4-H Children’s Garden on Trip Advisor as the #1 attraction in East Lansing.  #7 Michigan State hosts Indiana.  After last week’s “Play of the Season,” [with the behind-the-back-of-the DB catch by the Stanford receiver coming in a close 2nd {shades of Bama's Tyrone Prothro's catch against So. Miss. in 2005}] Sparty welcomes the Hoosiers to East Lansing.  Four of MSU’s seven wins, including the last three, have been by a TD or less.  The Hoosiers are 4-0 this season when a running back gets 100 yards or more.  However, they’ve dropped their last three games, two of them without star running back Jordan Howard who is questionable for this Saturday.  Projected winner:  Michigan State.

For your CFB TV watching pleasure, the quintessential, easy-to-read guide:

And…the links no fan should be without:  Holly Anderson on Grantland… and her Twitter feed.






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