Football Follies 2022: NCAA Week 5

The joy has bled out of Mudville after the Sooners celebrated their Big 12 opener by losing to Kansas State.  Other Top 10 teams looked non-dominating (that doesn’t include Alabama and Ohio State), but they still won, if narrowly, so OU had to fall the furthest.  (Two that should have won by more – Clemson and USC – didn’t fall at all.)  Sigh.  Heck of a game by the Wildcats.  They found every soft spot in the Sooner D.  Too bad there are so many of them.

The Inner Circle was otherwise a mixed bag this last weekend.  LSU whupped up right well on New Mexico, at least.  The game wasn’t carried here, so we don’t know how fine and foncy they looked getting to their 38-0 settlement.  We’re a-skeered-a Air Force heading into the Navy game.  Not holding out a lot of hope there, especially with the Mids up above 6,000 feet.

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Football Follies 2022: NCAA Week 4

It’s a game of the week pick ’em as fall motors in.

This will be a rough-and-ready update for the weekend, as the just-out “Uranium jerky” post has monopolized all of the time this week here at the TOC Football Commentary Service.  We expect to be back in business on a normal basis next week – and not a moment too soon, given the treats in store for us down the road.

We regret to report that Virginia Tech’s exhausted defense succumbed to West Virginia, pride of the Big 12, 33-10 on Thursday night.  That’s pretty much what happens when one team’s possession time outstrips the other’s nearly 2 to 1.

We’re equally sorry observe that Nevada went down to Air Force 48-20 on Friday night.  (Though happy for Air Force, of course.)  Possession time was even more lopsided in that one.  Great learning experiences for our Inner Circle, however.

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Football Follies 2022: NCAA Week 3

A noble classic or two, and lot more overdogs for Week 3.

We seem to be synced up with the schedule-keepers at the NCAA football websites now, so we’re declaring victory in that little battle and moving on.

This weekend kicks off early for the TOC faithful, as two of our own will own Friday evening.  More on that exciting development below.  Florida State will also be at Louisville, Seminoles giving 2.5.

In miscellaneous weird updates, the SEC has ordered Georgia and Tennessee to cancel out-year dates with Oklahoma because two of them would fall after OU’s move to the SEC, which has been settled as occurring in 2025.  This sounds on its face like prissy nonsense, but it probably has some parsable justification.  It feels like something you could only get briefed on by being held hostage in a small, airless meeting room at a busy airport though, so we’ll pass.

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Football Follies 2022: NCAA Week 2.1 The Galaxy Strikes Back

Early days, but they’re starting to count.

Well, we were prepared for the sports information warriors to decide that week 1 actually encompassed everything from week 0.5 to Labor Day Monday, and this week is really week 2, and it’s a good thing we were so prepared.  Otherwise, on discovering that, sure enough, Labor Day weekend has been re-labeled as week 1, we wouldn’t have had our Back-Up Plan in place.

But we did, it was, and we now introduce to you Week 2.1: The Galaxy Strikes Back.  All the excitement of the Week 2 Phantom Menace, but none of the same games.

What we weren’t prepared for was some way to work in the passing of the late Queen. So we will merely mention it, as we have elsewhere, and add our condolences and a heartfelt R.I.P.

Friday night sees some matches that will probably be enjoyable, with Louisville on an out-of-conference toot at Central Florida (-5.5), followed by Boise State donating 17 at New Mexico.

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Football Follies 2022: NCAA Week 2

Football announces its presence with authority.

[The fervent hope was to get this posted without a power outage, but that hope is moot now.  The trons are flowing again, however, and we’ve just been able to verify that Oklahoma State seems to be having no difficulty with Central Michigan — though we haven’t seen a lick of the game.  108F, in case you were wondering. – J.E.]

Week 2 this year is, of course, awash in mismatches, it being Throw-away time on the calendars of the upper percentiles as they prepare for their conference contests a few weeks hence.  The entertainment factor could be (a) high, or (b) low, depending on how you like your football.  We like to see our teams win, and otherwise to throw popcorn and make with the witticisms as basically any old game swims into our ken.  So Labor Day’s 4-day gridiron marathon is made to order.

We neglected to culturally enrich the football commentary last week with the reconstructed image of Greek philosopher Aristotle as an offensive lineman, and will repair that deficiency forthwith.

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