A pox on this Thursday night football. #10 Miami (Da U) has already been thoroughly non-dominating in a narrow 27-23 victory over suck-monster North Carolina, and the weekend hasn’t even started. We think Virginia Tech can beat Miami in November, if the Hokies bring their A game.
Tulsa has the week off, and a darn good thing. The next game will be at Tulane on the 26th. The Green Wave ain’t beanbag this year, uncharacteristically turning in a winning 5-2 record overall, and leading C-USA West with a 3-0 conference record. The odds will probably be pretty much in pick ‘em territory, and since neither team plays this weekend, that’s not likely to change. We always enjoy seeing the two schools with their tiny contingents of fans in the big, echoing space of the Superdome. The Hoos in full holler down in Hooville. Right now, we don’t see any national TV coverage of the game. Don’t know if that will change.
#18 Oklahoma – and they’re being kind, over at the AP Top 25 Poll – will be in Lawrence to meet the Jayhawks on Saturday. Poor old Kansas may actually be unable to beat the tailfeather-dragging Sooners, who give 21 in the line. The Jayhawks come in 2-3, with by far the worst offense in the Big 12, so the Sooner D should be able to stop them. We’ll see if the Bellpasser can refrain from randomly throwing the football at Kansas linebackers and corners with gay abandon. Jayhawk D isn’t the worst one out there, and does have 7 interceptions to its name so far. Cold front with freezing precip moving through tonight, but it should be clear and mild for game time tomorrow.
#21 Oklahoma State has a tough match coming up, hosting TCU in Stillwater on Saturday at 11 AM CDT. Pokes give 7; we might take a few more points than that, but not many. Same weather forecast as for Kansas basically, with the cold front having moved through and leaving quiet, mild conditions in its wake.
Navy, 3-2 and coming off a really nasty fall to Duke, will be at Toledo on Saturday. The 3-3 Rockets give 10; they looked respectable in their early losses to Miami and Mizzou, and won’t be a pushover. Army is a 2-point dog heading to Temple, which may be 0-6 but has found a way to score on better teams this season. Air Force has the week off, and will host Notre Dame on the 26th.
Virginia Tech, having surged to #19, takes the week off as well, preparing to host Duke next Saturday.
Nevada is back in action Saturday PM, squaring off with rival Boise State on the Smurf Turf in Boise. Boys Estate has lost a step from its glories of a few years ago, coming in 4-2 and 2nd in the Mountain West Mountain Division (behind, get over yourselves, Wyoming, because of the Pokes’ 2-0 conference record, to the Broncos’ 2-1. Heh. We’ll see how much longer that lasts). Fajardo, by all reports, is back to 100% for tomorrow’s game, and the Broncos have lost their top-rushing RB to an injury. But the Bronco D’s edge is likely to tell as the game wears on. Look for the usual random explosions from the Wolf Pack offense, and some kind of shenanigans in the second half. Broncs give 23. 50s and clear but not too windy on the Blue Field of Death.
Illinois will host classic Big 10 rival Wisconsin, which currently lurks at #25 in the AP, in a 7 PM CDT nightcap on Saturday. Badgers give 14, which is probably about right. Wyoming hosts Colorado State and gives 6.
Around the Top 10, Alabama hosts Arkansas, giving 29. Sure, why not. Oregon hosts Washington State, giving 39. Tell us something we don’t know. Overranked #3 Clemson hosts #5 Florida State, and we’re calling this one Game of the Week, for obvious reasons. ‘Noles give 3, and we’re betting with the bettors on that.
#4 Ohio State hosts Iowa, giving 17. Oddly, no derelict junk will change hands in this one. #6 LSU lines up against Ole Miss in the Magnolia Bowl, and the Tigers could do themselves some good with a convincing win (especially if Clemson gets upended). The winner totes off a boring old trophy rather than something useful like a kitchen tool or a spittoon, but we’re glad to be able to feature a rivalry this weekend.
#7 Texas A&M hosts Auburn and gives a reasonable 13. #8 Louisville has another “Huh, could be interesting” match tonight with Central Florida, which comes in 4-1 and to date has beaten Penn State and held South Carolina (motto: “The Other USC”) to a narrow 28-25 victory. Louisville could use a good, stomping win in this one, but may not get it. Cardinals give 13.
UCLA debuts in the Top 10 this week, finally getting a little respect as the new #9 – and we’ll see how deserved it is in Saturday’s marquee Pac 12 match-up at new #13 Stanford. The Rose Petal may have succumbed embarrassingly to the Youths last week, but they still pack a punch. Local (Bruin) fan interest will find itself somewhat calibrated by the outcome of tonight’s NLCS Game 6, with the Dodgers trailing St. Louis 2-3 in the series. Blue’s a-burnin’ in the northern reaches of LA. (Sadly, TOC’s Reds bowed out way early. At that point it was looking pretty well fated, after their painful September Slide.)
Among other notables, we are proud to announce that Colorado (motto: “We take a pounding!”) is actually giving 20 in the Buffaloes’ Saturday match. Sure, they have to be hosting Charleston Southern (FCS, Big South) to do it. But the Buccaneers come in with a 7-0 record, having beaten Appalachian State and Norfolk State, neither of which is a pushover, as well as VMI and the Citadel. Good luck to the contestants. (And no, we don’t know if the two teams have ever played before. We doubt it.)
In the What. EVER category, Notre Dame will host USC in their annual face-off for the Jeweled Shillelagh, which frankly is a really fruity game trophy, but which a lot of crazed fans get all hyperventilated over. Yeah, yeah. We’ll be watching it here. Saturday night football. Not like there’s anything else on. Arsh give 3, but we think that’s silly. They’re not that good. Chilly 40s in South Bend at game time, and the rain may not be over for the kickoff.
In Div III, Rose-Hulman has the week off. The Engineers will be prepping for the 26 October home stand against Franklin.
Christopher Newport hosts Maryville College’s (TN) Scots on Saturday night, and faces a challenge in this USA South match. The Scots come in 5-1, topping the USA South standings and on a 4-game winning streak since dropping one early to Emory & Henry. The wins include a 35-26 bout over Methodist, CNU’s one loss to date. The 4-1 Captains will have a slog to knock off the Scots. Should be a good game. More fall fan weather in Pomoco Stadium: upper 50s with showers at game time.
Deer Creek slaughtered Western Heights last night to open our prep action for the week. In spite of a couple of missteps to date, the 5-2 Antlers are 7th statewide in the 5A standings, and 2nd in 5A District 2, behind Guthrie. Sure enough, the Antlers will host the Guthrie Bluejays next Thursday, 24 October. Big game.
Putnam City (The Original) lost at home last night to Broken Arrow, which as always is circling the top 5 in the state 6A class. PC Pirates drop to 2-5, and are unlikely to make .500 on the season, as they still face Bixby and Jenks in the final weeks.
PC North advanced to 3-4 with a 50-0 shutout of U.S. Grant last night. Congrats to the Panthers!