It’s do or drop month in college football and this past week several teams did both of those things.
Georgia reduced Rocky Top to rubble; Ohio State nearly got blown off the field by the wind tho certainly not Northwestern; USC woke up the hibernating Bears and nearly became the ones who got conquered; Alabama, Clemson and Tennessee fans were living out the PubClub cheer of Win Or Lose, We Booze; Brian make some Kelley’s Heroes in the Bayou. TCU said “hey, we’re over here!;” Auburn took its new Cadillac for a spin liked the way it felt and Jimbo claimed the flu was to blame this time tho it was the A&M fans who were really feeling sick.
Now onto the games. All times Pacific – and remember there’s no Daylights Savings Time now – as the Prognosticator lives on the West Coast.
Friday, Nov. 11
Colorado at USC (6:30 p.m., FS1)
There is nothing like a game against Colorado to ease the tensions from a close call the previous week. After all, the only buff thing about the Buffs is Ralphie. The team is incapable of creating a stampede that would flatten opponents; instead it is more like serving up buffalo burgers on Catalina Island. Tho Troy may prefer to have Buffalo Milks, the frothy tasty cocktail of that island some 30 miles from the Coliseum. Winner: USC
Saturday, Nov 12
Indiana at Ohio State (9 a.m., FOX)
The Nuts may have gotten blown all over the place in Chicago but unlike Clemson did not get blown out, winning what in this sport is known as a survival game. This week they are in the friendly confines of the Horseshoe and could very well use the whole IU team to dot the ‘i’ in Ohio. Winner: Ohio State
LSU at Arkansas (9 a.m., ESPN)
Kelley’s Heroes could lose this battle less to their opponent this week than to the Bama factor. That is a decades-long scenario in which a team that plays the Tide close or wins loses the next week because they put everything they had into winning that game. The Bayou Boys have had a joyous past two games but will be thumped back to reality this game. Winner: Arkansas
Nebraska at Michigan (12:30 p.m, ABC)
It’s really a shame for college football that only one of these teams is playing up to its tradition. And it’s certainly not the Shuckers, who woke up one Frost-y morn and have yet to warm up at all. Big Blue gets another easy W here. Winner: Michigan
Alabama at Ole Miss (12:30 p.m., CBS)
The Pachyderms are not the big elephants in the SEC West this season but if Colonel Rebel and the Hottie Toddies think they can roll over the Tide, they had better check what’s in their red solo cup. A wounded animal is a dangerous animal and while the tricky Kiffins will create some nifty disguises they don’t have the overall talent of their visitors from Tuscaloosa. Especially at quarterback. Winner: Alabama
Georgia at Mississippi State (4 p.m., ESPN)
It’s the Dawgs vs. the State Dogs and this one will go to the Dawgs. The Kirby Canines are the class of the conference and will keep the Leaches on the leash, not enabling them to run wild even in Cowbell Country. Winner: Georgia
Washington at Oregon (4 p.m., FOX)
The Waddlers are flying high these days and have the U-Dubers right where they want them: in their own pond. They are likely to be startled a few times, causing them to scatter, but they will regroup and get back into the correct flying position to keep that green and golden pond shiny. Winner: Oregon
TCU at Texas (4:30 p.m., ABC)
After the near-miss against the Tide earlier this year the Steers have had a near season-long Bama factor effect and are still trying to shake off the hangover. They’ve been hanging on in games they won while the Purple Toads have been showing the survival instincts of mosquitoes after a thunderstorm. Its last five games have been wins by 10 points or less and eventually – even in this conference – the walls are sure to come crashing down on you. Or, in this case, a big steer will just sit down and squash you. Winner: Texas
Arizona at UCLA (7:30 p.m., FOX)
The Trampolines eventually trampled the Desert Devils and now host the other team from that state. Even given their historic up-and-down tendencies, it would take a real belly flop to lose to the Zonies. Winner: UCLA