College Football Picks Week 7

October 11, 2017
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Ladies and Gentlemen –

I’m sure you’ve noticed the smell in the air this week….

EDITORS NOTE: By making the above statement….

I am in no way referring to the aftermath of the Chili Cook-off I attended last weekend.

I am of course referring to the smell of hate and discontent in the air…

From Waco, to Lincoln to Knoxville and several places in between there is aggravation and agitation abound. But this week in Dallas Texas at the home of the Texas State Fair, hate will be more plentiful than a deep friend Twinkie.

It’s called The Red River Rivalry

It’s Oklahoma and Texas

We have a lot to discuss this week….

So Let’s get to it

Enjoy

Weekend Rewind….

I know, I know

You don’t need to remind me, although many (many) of you did….

I missed several “Upsets” last weekend, by say a mile or more

I know….

EDITORS NOTE: I’m not much for excuses…..

But I blame the aftermath of the Chili Cook-Off I attended last week.

But even with that momentary lapse in prognostication, Week 6 of the College Football season saw The CFB Wizard record a rather remarkable 44 and 7 or 86% for the week.

That leaves Your Favorite College Football Prognosticator 264 and 40 or 87% for the season. This oddly enough is still a better score than I made in any class in college.

My good friend from Birmingham, Alabama Jermaine “Funnymaine” Johnson has captured the emotions of last week’s games in his video this week.

Enjoy his video update.

I Love this guy….

Enjoy…..

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS

LSU: This past week the college football world lost one of its greatest athletes and the Mighty LSU Tigers lost one of their favorite sons.

The Great Y.A. Tittle passed away this week a few weeks short of his 91st Birthday.

He was the Southeastern Conference player of the year in 1946 and 1947 and not only was he a quarterback for the ages, he also played defense and secured a victory over Ole Miss one year by intercepting a pass and returning it for a touchdown.

EDITORS NOTE: Yes kids, he played every down…..

He had an extraordinary career with the New York Giants in the National Football League and is in the Professional Football Hall of Fame, the College Football Hall of Fame and is enshrined as a legend of the game at other state and local Hall of Fames as well.

In the game of football

Y.A. Tittle was a warrior, a gentlemen and a man who always exhibited sportsmanship.

When I was a kid, older men would speak with reverence of Y.A. Tittle…..

You couldn’t keep him down and even when his teams lost a game, he was never defeated or beaten. He was Texas tough, but an LSU Tiger through and through.

There will never be another like him…..

Ever

TEXAS A&M: This past Saturday at Kyle Field the University celebrated the Anniversary of the 1967 Aggies Southwest Conference Championship and subsequent Cotton Bowl victory over Coach Bryant’s Alabama Crimson Tide.

The Coach of that team was Coach Gene Stallings……

Recovering from a heart attack he walked onto the field with some assistance.

Coach Stallings was one of Coach Bryant’s “Junction Boy’s” at Texas A&M

He later resurrected the Crimson Tide for their 1992 National Championship

On a recent interview Coach Stallings said he learned everything from Coach Bryant

“I Loved Coach Bryant”

I can say without fear of reservation or contradiction that Coach Bryant loved Coach Stallings too. He reminds me of Coach Bryant in many ways and perhaps that’s why it hurts me to see a legend, a man larger than life unsteady on his feet.

I know that we are all human, but I still see men like him to be impervious to such human frailties. But yet we lose them despite what I may believe on the subject.

Bum Phillips

Darrell K Royal

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

Kenny Stabler

Y. A. Tittle

We Love you Coach, get well soon and tell your bride Miss Ruth we love her too.


ESPN COLLEGE GAMEDAY:
This past weekend…..

The Great Coach Lee Corso celebrated his “300th” Headgear selection on the set of College Gameday at the Texas Christian – West Virginia game in Fort Worth Texas.

I make mention of this monumental accomplishment for a couple of reasons….

I know that I annoy my friends during college football gameday; because I insist that everything stops for that last twenty minutes of the program so I can watch Coach Corso and his selections for the day, to include his headgear selection.

My reasoning is very simple…..

I know much like the two brief articles above, that Coach Corso won’t be with us forever.

So I try and enjoy “his” company and his selections while we have him, because once he is gone, there will never (ever) be another college football gameday for me.

It won’t be the same……

Coach Corso (For me) makes college football Saturday’s worthwhile….

I love Coach Corso and while we have him here, I hope you love him too.

OLE MISS: Because the Foam Rubber Black Bear Rebel wasn’t damn dumb enough….

The administration in Oxford has “allowed” a students petition to change the university mascot from “The Foam Rubber Black Bear Rebels” to the “Foam Rubber Land Shark Rebels.”

EDITORS NOTE:
Yes, I am serious…..

I can only assume this was done because of the ocean in Oxford Mississippi, no wait…

This is what happens when you let the inmates run the prison, if you know what I mean.

But that aside, it begs the question(s)

So what makes the Foam Rubber Land Shark a “Rebel”?

Is he a vegetarian?

He doesn’t hang out with the other Foam Rubber Land Sharks?

Congratulations, I didn’t think this mascot business could be any damn dumber, but you proved me wrong.

KANSAS: The only thing dumber than the Ole Miss Mascot “change” is the new Jayhawks uniforms. You people look and play like a bunch of cartoon characters.

That looks like Foghorn Leghorn on the side of your helmets…..

Just saying..

LSU PART DEAUX: This coming Saturday the Mighty LSU Tigers will commemorate the anniversary of their 2007 National Championship and wait for it….

Coach Les Miles will be attending the on field ceremonies with his football team.

I don’t know what the French word is for this event…..

But I call it….

AWKWARD………………

BAYLOR: I think Coach Art’s book is incorrectly titled….

It should have been…..

“How I emptied the Prisons and made a Football Team”

Foreword by the Texas Department of Corrections

MICHIGAN: Let’s get to it Wolverine fans……

I KNOW you Love you some Coach Jim Harbaugh.

But consider this…..

Did you know he was the SAME record as former Coach Brady Hoke had at this point in his career at Michigan?

Don’t you feel better?

DEAR COLLEGE FOOTBALL FANS:

I was going to title this article from the former Cher hit song…..

“Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves”

But I thought some would take issue that I was referring to my last three dinner dates, which is categorically not true.

I chose not to use this title because some small minded persons might take exception that I was making a slight reference to my former place of employment which isn’t true either, unless the title of the song would have included the words “liars and buttholes” but that would ruin the flow of the song if you know what I mean.

But the title of the song fits this letter to college football fans nonetheless.

Why do so many amongst us feel the need to act like hooligans and demand this and that when it comes to college football teams and their expectations regarding their coaches?

When the fans expectations aren’t met then many go as far as too invent allegations and perceptions that simply aren’t true and why do they do this?

It fuels the media and the media in turn fuels these unrealistic expectations.

It’s a never ending cycle of agitation, aggravation and delusion.

Case in point……

Where would the Clemson Tigers be if they would have “fired” Coach Sweeny after the Orange Bowl debacle a few years ago? They wouldn’t be the defending National Champions and that’s a fact.

In Coach Saban’s first year at the University of Alabama, the Crimson Tide were struggling against somebody and the announcer for the game Brent Musburger said this

“Alabama has made Coach Saban the highest paid coach in America folks, it doesn’t look like they are getting their money’s worth do they folks.”

EDITORS NOTE: I’m sorry, what?

There are other examples I could use here……

But I will say this

What ever happened to civility and patience?

Until a few years ago you never (ever) heard of firing coaches in midseason, their contracts simply weren’t renewed or there was a mutual parting of the ways at the end of the season.

Not now

We have to embarrass the coach because he disappointed us.

We have to hammer him, his family and everybody associated with him.

I know some fans that actually pull against their team so their coach will lose?

What kind of logic is that?

Is this who we want to be?

So I will leave you with this to think about….

For those disgruntled and angry college football fans; What exactly do you want?

EMAIL QUESTIONS and ANSWERS

Q: Hey Mister Smartass

Somebody told me the other day that you were a Rhodes Scholar is that true?

Sean – Southbend, Indiana

A: That has been widely reported Sean however it simply isn’t true….

At one time I had a Fish Camp off of Holler Road on the Mobile River

So apparently your source was both dyslexic and misinformed.

Q: Dear Mr. Wizard

You REALLY blew it last weekend over the Oklahoma – Iowa State game.

You wrote this…..

“The Cyclones won’t generate enough wind in this game to be classified as a decent crawfish fart. Believe it….BOOMER DAMN SOONER 44-14”

What do say now dumbass?

Chip – Ames, Iowa

A: Clearly I was suffering from the ill affects of the excessive methane in my house caused by the after effects of the Chili Cook-Off I attended last week.

That level of light headedness caused a level of disorientation that directly affected my prognostication skills which I sincerely apologize for and I will refrain in the future from attending such festivities that involve me fumigating my living room couch.

I hope you find that explanation satisfactory

Q: Dear CFB Wizard

Hey man, just one simple question, ok?

What are the chances that my Michigan Wolverines will win the National Championship this year? Seriously, give it to me straight…

Thanks

Eddie – Detroit, Michigan

A: I appreciate your kind email Eddie….

I can confidently state that the Michigan Wolverines have the same changes of winning the National Championship this year as I do of marrying a deaf mute super model who owns her own chain of liquor stores.

Q: Dear Mister CFB Wizard Man

I got a joke for you, you ready?

Alright here goes….

So two possums walk into this bar and the see’s Tennessee Coach Jones

They say to him, “Orange” you going to buy us a drink!

Get it!!

HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!

Scooter Bob – Baneberry, Tennessee

A: Even though it’s been said that “Laughter is the Best Medicine”

You still need to follow the instructions on the side of the bottle, you know what I mean?

THE GAMES

Wednesday 11 October

South Alabama at Troy
Outside the “Iron Bowl” there is no rivalry more intense in the state of Alabama than this one and it’s called….
“The Battle for the Belt”
It’s going to be a good one…
MEN OF TROY 28-24


Thursday 12 October

Georgia Tech at Miami
Despite what the “experts” will tell you…
This game will be close…..
Real Close and could go either way
Believe it
HURRICANES 31-28

Ouachita Baptist at Southern Nazarene
One thing you can count on in this game between these two fine religious institutions…
There will be plenty of Bible thumping….
GOTCHA BAPTIST 28-24

Friday 13 October

Clemson at Syracuse
I know what you are thinking…..
“Friday the 13th!”
No bad luck to be found in this one…..
DABO’S TIGERS 34-17

Washington State at California
I’m sorry but Pirates don’t believe in “Bad Luck”
PIRATE MIKE’S CATS 38-24


Saturday 14 October

Texas Christian at Kansas State
My Black Lab “Doc” loves the Horned “Dogs”…..
Don’t correct him, he is sensitive about his picks
HORNED “DOGS” 41-17

Michigan at Indiana
This Big Ten (Or something) Conference “rivalry” isn’t to be confused with the “rivalry” game between Michigan State at Indiana for the “Old Brass Spittoon”
This game is played for the coveted “Mason Jar of Slobber.”
And the spit goes too……
WOLVERINES 34-28

Wofford at The Citadel
I cannot in good conscience pick any school that sounds like a pesky cough….
BULLDOGS 28-17

North Carolina State at Pittsburgh
I don’t really care, but if I must…..
PANTHERS 28-17

Texas Tech at West Virginia
I find the lack of defense in these games to be very offensive….
(Light Those Couches!!)
MOUNTAINEERS 54-49

Florida State at Duke
I really don’t want to have to act as a “Suicide Hotline” this weekend for Seminole Fans
So Win…..
I’m serious
SEMINOLES 31-21

Rutgers at Illinois
This game will be like watching two old guys in the nursing home fighting over a game of checkers, at first it’s oddly entertaining, then it’s just sad.
FIGHTING PUMPKINS 24-17

North Dakota State at Youngstown State
The winner of this game is in the driver’s seat for the upcoming playoffs…..
It’s going to be heck of a game
MIGHTY BISON 34-31

Eastern Michigan at Army
I cannot believe I am making this pick….
BLACK KNIGHTS OF THE HUDSON 28-24

Brigham Young at Mississippi State
“Doc” gave me “The Look”……
I know what that means….
BULLDOGS 34-17

South Carolina at Tennessee
I will get right to it……
It’s going to be bad
Sorry
GAMECOCKS 34-17

Kansas at Iowa State
I’ve learned not to underestimate the power of a Cyclone or a Chili Fart
CYCLONES 41-14

Boston College at Louisville
The Eagles get the hell plucked out of them in this one…..
BOBBY’S BIRDS 44-17

UNLV at Air Force
Despite the loss last week to the Midshipmen….
I still believe in the Boy’s from Colorado Springs
FALCONS 38-17

Old Dominion at Marshall
Three words for you here…..
WE ARE MARSHALL 34-10

Purdue at Wisconsin
The CFB Wizard research department has gotten behind due to Columbus Day…..
However to the best of their knowledge this particular Big Ten (Something or another) Conference “rivalry” is played for the coveted “Rabid Rhesus Monkey”

EDITORS NOTE: Those things are poop flingers I would stay a good distance away from that thing, I’m just saying

CHEESE MEN 34-24

Auburn at LSU
I know……
I know…
They haven’t won AT LSU since 1999……
That streak ends on Saturday….
WAR DAMN EAGLE 34-14

Oklahoma at Texas
Dallas Texas
The Red River Rivalry
This is hate and discontent in it’s purest form
Believe it
BOOMER DAMN SOONER 28-24

Baylor at Oklahoma State
By the time the Bears get off the bus they will be fourteen points down…..
COWBOY UP! 51-10

Virginia at North Carolina
Let’s be honest with each other…..
Nobody Cares
CALVARY GUYS 17-14

Mercer at Chattanooga
Mercy Chattanooga, can’t you boys get it together?
MERCY ME 28-24

Northwestern at Maryland
This one is a toss up and could go either way…..
Or throw-up take your pick
WILDCATS 28-24

Vanderbilt at Ole Miss
The Land Sharks get harpooned by the Commodores….
(Yeah I thought one up myself)
COMMODORES 31-24

Ohio at Bowling Green
Coach Frank is quietly winning his Division……..
Believe it
FRANK’S CATS 34-28

Navy at Memphis
It’s going to be one heck of a game…..
It’s going to be close, But I’m a Believer
MIDSHIPMEN 31-28

Carson Newman at Mars Hill
“Mars Hill” sounds like some desolate place in North Korea….
I can’t support that
Sorry
SPARK’S EAGLES 34-28

Houston at Tulsa
This will be a high scoring affair……
But I’m a Fan of Major….
MAJOR’S CATS 38-34

Colorado at Oregon State
The Beaver’s Lost their coach this week and news won’t get any better on Saturday
BUFFALOS 41-17

Charlotte at Western Kentucky
Poor Charlotte…..
Talk about your battered woman syndrome….
Give it a rest girl
HILLTOPPERS 38-17

East Carolina at Central Florida
I would watch this game but the Aggies and the Gators will be kicking off shortly….
Sorry….
GOLDEN KNIGHTS OF GOLD 44-28

Texas El Paso at Southern Miss
I haven’t gotten a single game right with the Golden Eagles all season….
Come on Boy’s you are ruining my average
GOLDEN EAGLES 33-28

North Alabama at Shorter
I am just saying this once…..
“IF” you let this midget beat you, then I won’t talk to you for the rest of the season
FLORENCE LIONS 34-17

Texas A&M at Florida
This one can go either way……
Don’t leave your seats
GIG EM AGGIES 28-24

Arkansas at Alabama
This game is always close and this one will be no different
Believe it
CRIMSON TIDE 28-24

Missouri at Georgia
My Black Lab “Doc” is adamant about this pick….
I can’t disagree with him…..
SMART DAWGS 44-14

Ohio State at Nebraska
Lincoln hasn’t seen this much misery since the trip to Ford Theater….
BUCKEYES 44-17

Arkansas Monticello at Oklahoma Baptist
You better keep your eye on those Oklahoma Baptist…..
They all have weapons….
Where do you think the term “Carry Okie” came from?
I rest my case…
CARRY OKIES 34-28

Cincinnati at South Florida
The folks from Cincinnati might was well start planning for Basketball season……
And That’s No……
BULL 38-17

Delta State at West Florida
I don’t worry about too much…..
But I do…
FEAR THE OKRA 34-31

Utah at Southern California
You want an “Upset Special” this week?
Here you go….
TWO UTES 34-31

Michigan State at Minnesota
I just love these Big Ten (Twenty-four?) Conference rivalries don’t you?
This game is played for the coveted “Whack a Marty Mole”
I’m not exactly sure what that is, I just feel bad for Marty…..
MEN OF SPARTA 28-21

UCLA at Arizona
I really don’t care…..
BRUIN BEARS 34-28

Boise State at San Diego State
Some might call this an “Upset”…..
Not me….
BRONCO’S 31-28

Washington at Arizona State
As “Doc” enjoys reminding me…..
It’s the “Year of the Dog”
HUSKIES 38-21

Oregon at Stanford
I promise you this is the very best game on ESPN at 0200 Eastern Standard Time
Believe it….
CARDINAL 34-28

Next Week….

As you have come to expect from Your Favorite College Football Prognosticator

Your Week 8 College Football Picks will be on the wire by next Thursday

I am working on several stories for Mikerights.com edition next week as well

So Stay Tuned…

One More Thing….

I can’t thank you all enough for reading The CFB Wizard and Mikerights.com and thank you so much to those who purchased my book “Sunnyside Up”.

“Doc” has become a bit of a “celebrity child” with the success of the book and his tastes in “squeaky tennis balls” has increased along with the sales of the book.

So on behalf of us both, “Thank you”, we appreciate it

Don’t forget to be good to yourself and to those around you this week and always…

Enjoy your weekend…

RTR

THE CFB WIZARD

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