A 6-3 effort last week leaves the season’s tally at 43-18, barely over 70% and well below our 80% track record in previous years. This stuff seems to be getting harder. It could be that our increasing irritation with the lack of defense everywhere has begun to cloud our judgment. There were still a few basketball games this past week masquerading as football. Dang sissies.
Got a lot of comments last week on my barber shop riff. Nice to know there are still plenty of guys out there who appreciate a dying art and have succeeded in finding one of the few remaining practitioners. What it probably means, though, is we just live in an itty bitty world (so says the Missus).
As the season progresses Alabama and Florida are flexing their muscle, Oregon must still wait to be tested (the Beavers and Trojans have yet to roll up on the schedule), and Kansas State has begun to look like an SEC team. If the long-awaited playoff format were already here, those would be my four teams to make the grade and play for the crystal. As it is, we are still stuck with the indecipherable BCS. To help clarify things for the unwashed masses the AP has decided to share his mid-season top twenty. It is juxtaposed with the Associated Press poll. Why the AP poll? Beside the fact that I like the initials, the BCS is junk and the USA Today Coaches’ poll is tilted by bias and political maneuvering (having replaced the UPI poll years ago, but that is another story). Besides, the AP poll is the original and oldest, the gold standard..
ANCIENT PROGNOSTICATOR ASSOCIATED PRESS
1 – Alabama 1 – Alabama
2 – Florida 2 – Oregon
3 – Oregon 3 – Florida
4 – Kansas State 4 – Kansas State
5 – Oklahoma 5 – Notre Dame
6 – LSU 6 – LSU
7 – Oregon State 7 – Oregon State
8 – USC 8 – Oklahoma
9 – Mississippi State 9 – Ohio State
10-Ohio State 10-USC
11-Notre Dame 11-Florida State
12-Florida State 12-Georgia
13-Texas Tech 13-Mississippi State
14-South Carolina 14-Clemson
15-Clemson 15-Texas Tech
17-Stanford 17-South Carolina
18-Texas A&M 18-Rutgers
20-Boise State 20-Michigan
There is some fun on tap this week-end, so you Humble Servant sneaks out back to the shop (stole a PBJ from the kitchen to help boost energy), shuts the door and fires up the LSPM. Oh man, is it humming! Spent some time tuning it up this past week while the Missus worked on the plumbing in the house (another story for another day). We carefully place everything in order and await the appearance of this week’s visions. The LSP’s mix pretty well with the PBJ, and we wash it all down with some sweet tea.
Soon, the smoke and vapors before us begin to jell and clarity can be achieved. Here is what we see…………
OREGON STATE – 36
WASHINGTON – 17
NORTH CAROLINA – 33
NC STATE – 24
ALABAMA – 31
MISSISSIPPI STATE – 17
WOFFORD – 37
CITADEL – 21
KANSAS STATE – 28 (KSU slows down the Red Raiders)
TEXAS TECH – 20
OKLAHOMA – 33 (this will not be as close as some think)
NOTRE DAME – 19
SOUTH CAROLINA – 30 (the chickens got kicked all over the barnyard last week, but are a resilient bunch)
TENNESSEE – 17
FLORIDA – 31 (the Gators only throw 5 passes and run the ball down the Dawg’s throats, much to my chagrin)
GEORGIA – 13
That’s it for this week, children. Till next week, remember to eat your green veggies.
Get me outta’ here, Percy!