Ladies and Gentlemen –
We are rolling into the fourth quarter of the 2012 College Football Season…
Put your trays in the upright position and fasten those safety belts
It’s going to be a bumpy ride
Enjoy your Picks….
POST-PICK REVIEW and COMMENTARY
Your Favorite College Football Prognosticator came roaring back last week even if my North Alabama Lions didn’t. In Week 8 of the College Football Season the CFB Wizard finished at 57 and 7 or 89%.
(Not too bad if I say so myself….)
For the season Your Beloved Prognosticator stands at 460 and 105 or 81%.
It’s hard to believe I have picked over 560 games already this season….
And perhaps even more importantly….
Last week I Picked St Olaf to win the “Goat Trophy”
SOUTH GEORGIA FOOTBALL NEWS and VIEWS
Welcome from the heart of SEC Country!!!
Our homestanding Trojans of Telfair County pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the year in Region 2A by thoroughly dominating the visiting Rebels from Turner County by a score of 43-24!!! This was truly a sight to behold as the Boys in Blue racked up over 400 yards on the ground and 5 touchdowns. Paying back the rival Confederates was sweet for the Trojans as they fell to Turner by a 52-0 score last year. Leading the way for the McRae marauders was the 1-2 punch of Rashawn Mackey and Abraham Freeman who ran for 168 and 134 yards respectively. Freeman punched in 3 TD’s, Mackey added 2, and Senior Punt Return Specialist Albert White had a 77 yard romp to round out the scoring. Coach Burleson, while happy, was reserved as always in his post game assessment. “I came to Telfair to turn things around. I’m blessed to have some great kids who believe in me and the staff and are reaping the rewards of some hard work.” There’s excitement in the air in McRae and the Trojans are the reason why!!!
This past weekend, the Clark County Canines were involved in a closer than expected scrap with some feisty Cats from Lexington before finally coming in with a hard fought 29-24 win. It was nip and tuck all the way until the end before Aaron Muray bailed out the Hounds with his arm. The Felines racked up over 200 yards on the Defense and the howls of the fans could be heard from Lafayette to Statenville. Up next for the Dawgs is a trip to the Cocktail Pary for a little appointment with a bunch of feisty reptiles out of Gainesville. This is probably the final test for both teams and will most likely dictate who will be the SEC champs. Over in Atlanta, the Ramblin Wreck hosted a bunch of birds from Chestnut Hill in a contest which told us a little bit more about whether or not these Jackets are going to get things turned around. The Sliderule jocks put up 37 points, but more importantly held the Eagles to only 17. Looks like the early stories of the Jackets’ demise may have been greatly exaggerated. And up in Greenville, SC, the Statesboro Blue Birds overcame a slow start to turn away the Pallidans of Furman by a 38-17 score. The Eagles racked up over 300 yards rushing, with Jerick Mckinnon leading the way with 88 yards and TD and All Everything RB Dominique Swope kicking in 67 and 2 more TD’s. Next up for the Eagles is a Trip to Chattanooga for another good old fashioned SoCon brawl.
Down in The Swamp that Steve Built, the Gators gave the Ole Ball Coach a rude welcoming in a thorough domination of the Yard Birds of Columbia. The Chickens laid some eggs in this one as they gave the ball away 3 times which the Gators turned into 21 points including a fumble by QB Connor Shaw on the first play from scrimmage. That got the crowd going and it got ugly fast. The Bantams will try to right the ship this week against a struggling bunch of Rocky Toppers this weekend. Over on the Plains of Alabama the heat is getting hotter than a nanny goats fanny in a pepper patch for embattled Coach Gene Chizik as the War Eagle turned into Turtle Dove in a 17-13 loss to the Commodores of Vandy. The same could be said up in Knoxville as the Coon Hunters tried to tangle with a bunch of Stampeding Pachyderms from Tuscaloosa and ended up on the short end of a 44-13 score. Hospice might need to make some beds available for some coaches from these big name programs as it appears that their days may be numbered.
What I like:
The Evil Genius. The Mad Hatter. The Ole Ball Coach.
The SEC has some unique individuals roaming the sidelines on Saturday.
Home field advantage – There’s nothing like playing at home in the SEC, especially when the crowd gets wound up and into the game. Look at what happened to my Dawgs in Columbia. Look what happened to the Chickens in Gainesville. When the crowd gets crazy, they make a difference.
What I don’t like:
The sniping surrounding the Dawgs – It’s one thing for the fans to go a little nuts about less than stellar play as opposed to what they expect. But when guys like Bill King of the AJC’s Junkyard Blawg starts getting on the bandwagon, he’s going a little far. Mr King is supposed to be the voice of reason from the Blawg-O-sphere, or whatever it’s called, but he’s just adding to the pressure of our young Red Clad warriors. Let’s keep it rationale. Let’s keep it sane. The game in Jax is winnable. Florida’s offense didn’t show me anything and they won’t get spotted 21.
That’s it for now. Hope everyone’s team wins and you have a great week.
And remember; make sure you support your local High School Athletics.
These are your future collegians of tomorrow.
Until next time,
I’m Harley Hanesworth
Tuesday October 23rd
Arkansas State at Louisiana Lafayette
I have such a good feeling about this game…
RED WOLVES 50-27
DABO’S TIGERS 38-17
Valdosta State at Shorter
I have thoroughly examined all phases of this matchup and I find…
That Shorter just doesn’t measure up
Friday October 26th
Cincinnati at Louisville
This Old rivalry on the Ohio River is played for the coveted “Keg of Nails”
It’s going to be another classic game between these two teams
Hold on to your seats…
STRONGER CARDINALS 33-31
Nevada at Air Force
I’m afraid the Falcons of Air Force are going to get Bombed in this one…
And I’m NOT talking about Friday Night at the Officers Club…
That’s an entirely separate topic
Saturday October 27th
Tennessee at South Carolina
I wouldn’t be surprised to this score reversed….
And neither should you
Texas at Kansas
I never thought I would see the day when the University of Texas couldn’t spell..
Iowa at Northwestern
This game should be titled the “Schizophrenic Bowl”
Because I have NO idea who is going to show up and play
Kentucky at Missouri
Mo knows there is more than one way to skin a cat…..
Actually there are 43 ways, in case you were wondering
MO’s TIGERS 31-14
Yale at Columbia
Temple at Pittsburgh
I am going against my better judgment in this one…
It must be that cough syrup I bought in Mexico…
Ball State at Army
I picked Army to finally “win” because they were playing a team that hadn’t won a game since Harry Truman was President and what did they do? LOSE!
I won’t make the same mistake this week…
West Alabama at Delta State
At the risk of sounding like Bubba Gump….
I like my Okra stewed, boiled or fried….
But that damn Okra Winfrey is a dumbass.
FIGHTING OKRA 33-24
East Texas Baptist at Mississippi College
When the East Texas Baptist travel to the Great State of Mississippi…
There are two things you can count on…
The Baptist won’t dance in the end zone and there will be plenty of barbeque
DUNKIN BAPTIST 31-28
Indiana at Illinois
These two teams are so God awful it’s hard to pick a “winner”
Of course I am using the term “winner” loosely here
FIGHTING PUMPKINS 21-17
Idaho State at Montana
My Grizzly Bears played like they were coming out of hibernation last week…
They will be hungry this week, believe it
Northern Illinois at Western Michigan
Western’s Bronco’s are playing more like carnival ponies….
This game goes to the dogs…
Ole Miss at Arkansas
The Hogs are back and the Ole Miss Rebels have a foam rubber black bear mascot…
See the difference?
North Carolina State at North Carolina
Since 1894 these two teams have squared off for bragging rights….
It’s too close to Halloween not to go with the Werewolves.
Maryland at Boston College
Viewer Warning: If you have HD Television or even 3D viewing on your television set please be aware that watching the “new” University of Maryland football uniforms can cause seizures, dizziness, vomiting and spontaneous tourette attacks. Consider yourselves warned…
CHESTNUT HILL EAGLES 28-24
Southern Miss at Rice
This Rice will be cooked before you hear “And the Rocket’s Red Glare…”
GOLDEN EAGLES 28-17
Alabama State at Alabama A&M
They call this rivalry “The Magic City Classic”…
It’s appropriately named…..
Don’t leave your seats….
Utah State at Texas San Antonio
Even though I am picking the Aggies here….
I just want to remind you all that like every morning…
I woke up today and “Remembered the Alamo”
Colorado at Oregon
I was going to pick the Buffalos in this match-up and then….
I remembered that I don’t smoke Crack
UCLA at Arizona State
Not that I care…..
Because I don’t
SUN DEVILS 28-24
Brigham Young at Georgia Tech
This game could go either way….
YELLOW JACKETS 21-17
Southeastern Oklahoma at Arkansas Monticello
I don’t know about you but “Boll Weevils” is just a fun word to say…
Even when you’re alone…
BOLL WEEVILS 23-17
Memphis at Southern Methodist
Elvis’s Tigers has definitely left the building….
Thank you, thank you very much
MIGHTY MUSTANGS 41-24
Florida at Georgia
They call this game….
“The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party”
It is that and the Dogs will leave it with a hangover…
(Congratulations Gators on Winning the SEC East Title)
MIGHTY GATORS 28-17
North Dakota at Montana State
Upset Special in Big Sky Country!
Yeah, I said it….
Texas Tech at Kansas State
if you look up “Slobber Knocker” in the Dictionary it says…
“See Red Raiders – Wildcats game in Week 9”
I’m serious, I looked it up
Southern California at Arizona
I didn’t stutter….
Duke at Florida State
The Devils in Blue will put the Halloween scare in the Seminoles…
But it won’t last long
JIMBO’S NOLES 41-24
Franklin Marshall at Susquehanna
I think it’s embarrassing that it takes two grown men to beat Susie Q
I’m just saying….
FRANK & BEANS 31-17
Kent State at Rutgers
The O’ So Very Golden Flashes….
(I can’t finish this one, it just sounded nasty)
SCARLETT KNIGHTS 24-20
Boise State at Wyoming
The Bronco’s will buck the Cowboys to another win…
(Thought of that catchy opening all by myself)
Texas Christian at Oklahoma State
I smell an Upset Special here….
It’s either that or the residual effect of that chili dog I had for lunch..
HORNED FROGS 28-24
Wisconsin Lutheran at Maranatha Baptist
This game features the Lutheran’s and the Baptist’s
All I know is……
Whoever loses is getting Baptized
MARRY BAPTISTS 23-17
Purdue at Minnesota
Some people might call this an “upset” of sorts…
But I will refer to that great 20th century urban philosopher M.C. Hammer
When he said so eloquently….
“It’s Gopher Time”
O’SO VERY GOLDEN GOPHERS 24-21
Navy at East Carolina
The Mighty Midshipmen will keep this one close…
They may even torpedo the Pirates hope for a victory…
Fresno State at New Mexico
This game features Lobo’s and Bulldogs…
I’m more of a Bulldog kind of guy myself
Ohio at Miami (OH)
The Bobcats have been on a roll all season…..
Let the Rolling continue….
FRANK’S CATS 31-21
Michigan State at Wisconsin
Before the season began…..
This was slated as one of the “games of the year” in the Big Ten
It had all the potential….
All the excitement…..
All the expectations of a Big Ten Champion…
Now it’s just another yawner from the frozen tundra…
PROCESSED CHEESE WHIZ 24-21
Toledo at Buffalo
Buffalo has lost its Wings….
ROCKY ROCKET 28-24
Trine at Hope
I really Hope Trine Wins….
TRICKY TRINE 24-20
Grambling State at Texas Southern
They call this game “The Bayou Classic”
It’s in the Beautiful Superdome in New Orleans Louisiana
This game is indeed a classic, but the “Battle of the Bands” isn’t to be missed
ROB’S TIGERS 31-14
Akron at Central Michigan
This game in the Mighty MAC Conference will be a lot closer than you might expect…
ZIPPY the PINHEAD 28-24
North Texas at Middle Tennessee State
Frankly I am still stunned that the Blue Raiders spanked the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets…
Yes, that factored into this pick selection..
BLUE RAIDERS 31-21
Georgia Southern at Chattanooga
The Boys from Choo Choo Town are closer that they may appear in the rearview mirror
SOUTHERN EAGLES 28-24
Texas El Paso at Houston
These cougars got declawed earlier in the season and they haven’t been the same since
Ouachita Baptist at East Central Oklahoma
I get emails throughout the season asking me…
“What is an Ouachita Baptist?”
The answer is rather simple….
They believe it’s Ok to go to Hooters just as long….
As you don’t acknowledge other members of the congregation already there
GOTCHA BAPTIST 24-20
Troy at Florida Atlantic
The Men of Troy will beat the Hoot out of the Owls on Saturday
MEN OF TROY 33-21
Ohio State at Penn State
Don’t be surprised if this score is reversed….
I won’t be
MIGHTY BUCKEYES 34-31
Western Kentucky at Florida International
The Boys from Bowling Green may have let the Sun Belt Conference slip away last week
But they will still Top the International House of Pancakes in Florida
Washington State at Stanford
The Cougars are a year away from shocking people…
But this isn’t the year
Texas A&M at Auburn
I can’t believe I am actually writing this….
GIG EM AGGIES 44-14
Baylor at Iowa State
There isn’t a more dangerous team at home than the Mighty Cyclones…
That’s a fact
Hawaii at Colorado State
I can only say…..
If Dog the Bounty Hunter was playing in this game….
I would drastically alter my pick…
He is like Chuck Norris with a mullet
RAM TOUGH 31-21
Carson Newman at Brevard College
Coach Sparks and his Eagles are back to their winning ways….
And Brevard has a wonderful Economics and Business Management Department
There’s your difference
SPARK’S EAGLES 41-17
Syracuse at South Florida
The Orange will get the juice squeezed out them in Tampa
And that is……
NO BULL 31-28
Massachusetts at Vanderbilt
It’s Homecoming in Music City…..
While you are there be sure to go to Ernest Tubbs Record Shop…
And no trip is complete without…
Visiting Tootise’s Orchid Lounge…
I’m just saying…
Central Florida at Marshall
It pains me to write this for my beloved Thundering Herd faithful
GOLDEN KNIGHTS 28-24
South Alabama at Louisiana Monroe
The Warhawks have been on the War Path all year…..
This game will be no exception
Notre Dame at Oklahoma
Even the Pope won’t be able to help the Golden Gnomes in Norman
BOOMER SOONERS 34-20
McDaniel at Juniata
Tommy McDaniel can talk all the smack he wants….
That “Deal-a-Meal” diet has J-Lo in a foul mood
Michigan at Nebraska
I hate to bring this up to the Children of the Corn…
But Bo has got to go…
Louisiana Tech at New Mexico State
These Dogs bite is a lot worse than their bark….
Mississippi State at Alabama
Sorry Bulldog Jim, it’s High Tide in T Town…
CRIMSON TIDE 28-17
California at Utah
I just finished reading some alternative, progressive less offensive version of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and you wouldn’t believe it. “Goldilocks” has been replaced in the story by….
TWO UTES 31-28
Oregon State at Washington
Your Favorite College Football Prognosticator can occasionally see into the future…
I “see” another trip to In-N-Out Burger for Coach Riley and the….
MIGHTY BEAVERS 34-24
Enjoy your games…
THE CFB WIZARD