Is Clemson Going Down At Louisville!?
The Love Shack in Athens town has taken on the mood of the Deadbeat Club for Kirby Smart while in Stark Vegas Mississippi State is beginning to realize the reality that Joe Moorhead is no Dan Mullen.
Meanwhile in the Red Baton Coach O says things nobody understands but few care to know as long as LSU keeps winning and in South Bend, Brian Kelly was last seen standing on the turf still trying to field an onsides kick.
The 2019 college football is beginning to take shape but, as Jimmy Buffett sings in “Last Mango In Paris,” there’s still so much to be done.
Onto this week’s games. All times are Pacific because The Pigskin Prognosticator lives on the West Coast. Starting Thursday night (8 p.m., Central Time) be sure and tune into PubClub LIVE on Facebook as we go live for three days from Tuscaloosa.
Thursday Oct. 17
UCLA at Stanford (6 p.m., ESPN)
After a bye week, the oft-hibernating Baby Bears go up the Golden State to the Farm at Smart Kids College seeking some sort of salvation to their season. Except for one sensational trampoline moment against Washington State, they have been playing like listless cubs. The red-shirted Cardinal are not the formidable opponent they have been in recent years and are vulnerable to teams plowing through them, but the not-so Chip-per Kellys are not playing smart enough to slip out of Silicon Valley with the W. Winner: Stanford
Friday, Oct. 18
Ohio State at Northwestern (5:30 p.m., FS1)
The Nuts get to spend a Friday night in Chicago and they will be running loops around their hosts without ever getting on the L. While the Cats proved against Wisconsin that they can have some fight in them, they won’t be able to dig their claws into Justin Fields. Winner: Ohio State
Saturday, Oct. 19
Clemson at Louisville (9 a.m., ABC)
The defending champion Felines are starting to discover what it’s like to experience “Bama fatigue” with criticism coming over the smallest of perceived flaws. This fired up the Cats last week but am offensive resurgence by a flock of birds may find them as roadkill during a trip to the land of the Sluggers. With nothing on the schedule to inspire them, this could well be the time the Tigers are caught by the tail. Winner – in an upset: Louisville
West Virginia at Oklahoma (9 a.m., Fox)
The Couch Burners can leave their torches at home because they will be the ones getting lit up in this one. No longer the offense powerhouse that can send the upset meter to the “it could happen” mode, they are a flame out in 2019. The Boomers will be running wild over the Mountain Men’s defense as if on the wide-open Oklahoma plains. Winner: Oklahoma
Wisconsin at Illinois (9 a.m., Big 10 Network)
There are bye weeks for teams and then there are games against teams as bad as Illinois. Bucky will breeze through this one as if he is walking through the woods as the Illini are losing their love for Lovey Smith. They will put this one away before the home fans finish their first mimosa and can start planning for next week’s matchup against Ohio State. Winner: Wisconsin.
Florida at South Carolina (9 a.m, ESPN)
There was a lot of game in the Gamecocks last Saturday and the biggest question in the Palmetto State is can the Chickens keep it up and not get chewed up by a bunch of Gators. The Chompers are hungry after tasting victory against Auburn but leaving the Bayou with an empty plate. They may only be fed nuggets in Bryce Williams but that will be enough to satisfy them until the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.
Auburn at Arkansas (9 a.m., SEC Network)
The host Pigs have been wallowing around in the slop and are definitely on the BBQ menu for the visiting Tigers coming in to crash the tailgate party. The Gus Bus’ers have had a week to lick their wounds from the thrashing they got two weeks ago in The Swamp and are ready to get back to SEC West business. Yet somehow, the Prognosticator feels the Hogs will end that 0-14 conference streak and pull off an upset. Winner: Arkansas
LSU at Mississippi State (12:30 p.m., CBS)
The Bengal Tigers prowl around cowbell country looking to tear into a Bulldog that’s lost its bite in 2019. The State Dogs are not the Mullen munchers of recent years, turning Stark Vegas back to Stark Mississippi . The Cats from Cajun country are simply stretching their limbs until the big November matchup against Alabama. Winner: LSU
North Carolina at Virginia Tech (12:30 p.m., ACC Network)
Mac Brown brings his blue boys into the highest Football Bowl Subdivision elevation stadium in the eastern United States hoping to put some tar on the heels of the Hokies. The Lunch Pails have misplaced their hard hats this year and are often out to lunch. The visiting Rams may be on their menu, but they are going to be left with a “wish” sandwich. Winner: North Carolina
Kentucky at Georgia (3 p.m., ESPN)
The Dawgs come limping into the Commonwealth state in a state of shock and must quickly get their bite back or see their season wind up in the junkyard. Fortunately for them, the host Felines are hurting in a different way, having to use a wide receiver as their quarterback in their last game due to injuries. Winner: Georgia
Michigan at Penn State (4:30 p.m., ABC)
Big Blue walks into a big white out and will be blinded by the light. The hosting Nittanys will be roaring while the surprisingly weak Weasels will be looking to retreat back to their dens. A cornered animal is a dangerous one, though, and the Wolverines are likely to strike a few threatening poses, but Happy Valley will be happy indeed at the end of this one. Winner: Penn State
Tennessee at Alabama (6 p.m., ESPN)
Ol’ Smokey comes down off Rocky Top for a visit to Tuscaloosa in a game that for decades was simply know as The Third Saturday In October. This storied rivalry goes back to the 1930s when Gen. Robert Neyland tormented the Tide, only to have the Tide turn when Paul “Bear” Bryant became Bama’s coach and started a tradition of the team smoking cigars after wins. Jeremy Pruitt is slowly showing signs of elevating the Vols from embarrassing to at least competitive, but they don’t have nearly enough manpower to keep the cigar smoke from billowing out of the Bama locker room after the Tide rolls again. Winner: Alabama
Arizona at USC (6 p.m., Pac-12 Network)
The wounded Warriors march back into the Coliseum looking for a Conquest over the visiting Felines from cactus country. Hot Seat Helton had Clay feet so bad at Notre Dame that he lost his shoe and now he faces Too-Smug Sumlin and his wandering Wildcats. The Trojans have been trampled a few times this season but will rise up in this one as they continue to Fight On despite the unsteady footing of their coach. Winner: USC