A Brief Summary of 2021

When you hit 9 stadiums in about two months, there are few things that help you along the way. We are grateful for all the things that helped us along the way from big to small.

In other news, I finished strong, going 3-1. It was only Bama’s drubbing of Georgia that I missed. Hitting on nearly 60% of the picks isn’t fantastic, but it’s not bad either. Bowl game picks next week, and I will be lucky to hit 50% of those. For now, take Army.

Final Picks and Championship Week

 

Last week was a good week. I went 3-1 with my picks and locked in a winning record for the year. Compared to TV prognosticators, I am a regular Nostradamus. Ole Miss got me off to a nice start on Friday. It has been a good year for the Rebels, er Black Bears, err Land Sharks. To be honest, I just call them Ole Miss. Wake Forest looked pretty good against Boston College. In the battle of the bottom, UMass continued to proved they are the worst of the FBS. After visiting New Mexico State, I have a soft spot for the Aggies. It was nice to see them get the win. Memphis on the other hand was a bit of a bad beat. They were cruising to a double digit win, so I stopped watching them on one of my smaller TV. I was dismayed later when I checked my phone to see they had gave up a late touchdown and would not cover. I didn’t take it too hard. I was just happy to be in the black again. Some other notes from last week:

  • Michigan earned the win against Ohio State. A solid win for sure. Alabama, on the other hand, were very lucky to win against Auburn.
  • I can’t imagine how gut-wrenching it is to be Cornhusker fan, their meltdown against Iowa was soul crushing.
  • I didn’t fact check it, but the announcer for the Cincinnati game said that their corner, Ahmad Garner had not given up a touchdown in two years. I want to the Bearcats in the playoff just to see how he does against the best of college football.
  • Hard not to like the cartoon wolf on the NC State helmets.
  • You know you are having a bad year when you kicker whiffs on an onside kick attempt. Florida State is second tier for sure.
  • Did a double take watching Texas Tech – When did they hire Will Ferrell as the interim head coach? Apparently La Tech was impressed enough to make him, Sonny Cumbie, their new head coach.

Ah Championship week. Win and advance. Lose and you are out. Well, not exactly. Cincinnati has to win to get in. Not so for Georgia, they will make the playoff win or lose. I like UTSA to rebound and beat the Western Kentucky. It makes me a bit nervous, but I have to believe Georgia will have their way with Bama’s weak O-line and cover against the Tide. I was originally going to take Iowa and the points against Michigan. However, I was reminded of how porous the Hawkeye line has been this year and visions of a Michigan rout appeared. Pitt makes me a bit nervous. Their QB Pickett throws a great ball, but he’s been careless of late and that may be all it takes for Wake to win. Here’s to hoping this Pittsburgh football doesn’t disappoint like their stadium roommate has of late.

That’s all I got, enjoy the games.

 

Don’t Blink

We are all done for the season when it comes to ticking the stadium box. We finished strong with eight stadiums. If I average that same number for next five years, I will have hit them all. With only 38 stadiums to go, assuming three additions to the list, I will need to do some heavy planning to get the flow right. For now though, it is time to enjoy the crunch time as the season winds down. But before we take a look at this week’s big games, a review of my picks from last week, as bad as they were.

 

It started off well enough with Michigan State taking care of business against Maryland. I did say that picking Duke against Virginia Tech was an emotional hedge. Of course, it would be the one game the Hokies crushed their opponent. It did not, however, manage to save their coach, Justin Fuente, his job. UTEP continued their slide back to average. That’s two weeks in a row that the Miners have left me disappointed. Lastly, it was no Funroe in Monroe last week with Warhawks getting upset by Arkansas State. Add it all up and I am, indeed, regressing to the mean. Some other brief notes from last week.

  • That was quite the meltdown by Auburn. I turned that game off early and missed the Mississippi State come back. Relax Tiger fans, it could be worst. You could be Texas.
  • Penn State just doesn’t seem to know how win tight games.
  • SMU has some very entertaining running backs. Dudes were rolling against UCF
  • Florida has completely fallen off the rails. A competitive game against Samford?!?

As for this week, I don’t know what to think after a couple of bad weeks. I like Houston to cover against Friday night against Memphis as long as they aren’t caught looking ahead. I do like SMU against Cincinnati. The Bearcats might win, but I think the Mustangs can keep it close. It should be one the better games this weekend and ESPN Gameday should have been at this game instead of the earlier Tulsa – Cincy game. I like the Maryland mediocrity to continue against Michigan. Likewise I will stick with UTSA against UAB, who is only getting 4.5 points. Maybe UAB got a big shipment from ACME, otherwise I can’t see the Roadrunners struggling against the Blazers. Other notes on this week:

  • Air Force against Nevada should be a good game. Kind of regret not putting the Wolfpack on the schedule this year.
  • I’d like to think Wake Forest will beat Clemson. It would be sweet, but Dabo has Clemson playing pretty well.
  • Bama will have no problem with Arkansas. The Razorbacks are still a tier below despite their ranking at 21.
  • 2-8 South Florida at 1-9 Tulane. I recommend any fans going to that game stop by French Quarter and have few Hurricanes before kickoff – anything to take the edge off for that game.

That’s all I got. Enjoy the games.

Week 7 A brief respite

Five games in four straight weekends is a long run. I have to admit that not going to a game this weekend is a nice break. Every once in a while I like to settle in front of multiple televisions and spend the weekend bouncing around games. I just hope that this week can come close to last weekend. I was amazed to see A&M upset Alabama. I did not see that coming. On the other hand, Iowa beating PSU was not surprising. Virginia Tech almost beating Notre Dame, again, was just as painful getting updates as it was watching it live two years ago. As for my picks, Houston got me off to a good start, steamrolling Tulane. ASU did the same to Stanford, but I was unfortunately on the other side of that. It was a bit of a bad beat when Stanford turned the ball over as they were driving for a very late touchdown. I don’t know what happened with BYU but it couldn’t have been good. Thankfully, UCLA brought me to even as they chalked up a couple of late touchdowns to cover. It was nice surprise considering they were only up by one at halftime.

 

This week’s slate of games is worrisome. It is one of those mid-season weeks where the rubber meets the road. Some strange odds and I don’t really like too many games. I picked UTEP partially out of hope. I am heading there in a few weeks, I would really like to see them keeping winning so their game against UTSA has some gravitas. I should probably do an emotional hedge. Instead, I am riding with the Miners. I think the Razorbacks are looking to stomp all over Auburn. The Aggies have no where to go but down, but I can’t imagine them getting lower than Missouri. Lastly, I am picking Monroe just out of pedigree. The state of Louisiana has better athletes than Virginia. Ipso facto, they at least ought to be keep it closer than 33 points against Liberty. Some thoughts on other games this weekend.

  • Michigan State is undefeated and they are only favored by 4.5 over a 2-3 Indiana. Same thing with a below .500 Nebraska being a 4.5 favorite over Minnesota. And, Washington is favored over UCLA. Can’t figure out any of these lines.
  • Florida vs LSU, Meh.
  • Yale vs UConn – This may be the only chance for a Huskie win this year.
  • I’d like to think a 6-0 Kentucky has a chance against Georgia, but I doubt it.
  • The Pitt – Virginia Tech may be the best game on Saturday.

That’s all I got. See you in the cheap seats.

Week 6 2021

This week we are off to Arizona for a double weekend. Friday night is definitely the marquee event as the Sun Devils host the Stanford Cardinal. Saturday’s game could be a blood bath as the winless Wildcats host the wounded Bruins of UCLA. Regardless, we are looking forward to watching some night games in comfortable weather instead of baking in the sun like the last couple of weeks.

As for my picks last week, I had another good one, going 3 – 0. My only disappointment was getting a push with Western Michigan vs. Buffalo. Texas barely covered, winning by 5 over TCU. Alabama beat Ole Miss by 21 in a game that never felt even that close. My last pick was SMU. The Mustangs let the Bulls hang around all day and it felt like they were not going to cover. However, just like the clouds that cleared and let the sun out late in the 3rd quarter so did the SMU offense. I found myself cheering the Mustangs on as they rolled in the 4th quarter.

Other observations from Week 5:

  • Alabama and Georgia restore order to the SEC by giving the beat down to Ole Miss and Arkansas. Meanwhile Kentucky gets a huge win over Florida
  • Cincinnati will be fine in the Big 12. It was pretty impressive to see them beat Notre Dame in front of Touchdown Jesus.
  • Hard to believe that Oregon State is 4 -1. That’s a huge turnaround from the awful team I saw a couple of years ago.
  • The same goes for UTEP. With UTSA going 5-0, Their November 6 match up should be a great game, and we’re going to be there.

For this week, I like the red hot Coogs to cover against Tulane. Boise is having an off year and I think BYU will cover the 6 points. I think Arizona State will win their game, but it will be closer than 13 points. On the other hand, I think UCLA will beat Arizona by more than 16 points. I get the feeling I will be leaving that game early in the second half.

Some other random thoughts on this week:

  • The Red River Shoot Out should be a good one. OU’s offense isn’t very consistent and Texas continues to improve.
  • The picnic is over for Maryland. Another beat down is in store for the Terps against Ohio State.
  • Georgia and Auburn might be a good game, but I think the Bulldogs will pull away late.
  • I know this, they should be paying any of the fans in attendance at the UConn v UMass game this weekend. Of course, since they are both winless maybe it will actually be an entertaining game.
  • PSU vs Iowa should be a dandy. The same for LSU at Kentucky.
  • UTSA getting 3.5 against Western Kentucky was a tempting pick this weekend. Likewise, it feels like Michigan should be Nebraska by more than 3.5 points.

That’s all I got, see you in the cheap sheets.