Pat Dooley picks 'em
Published: Friday, September 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
I'm back for another flogging. After missing so many bowl picks last year that The Sun outfitted half the city in “I Beat Dooley” T-shirts, they are still going to let me pick the top 10 college football games each week. You're welcome to compete against me but there are no prizes if you beat me. We can't afford it. Heck, Donald Trump can't afford it.
Southern Miss at No. 7 Florida
6 P.M., Saturday, PPV
Our first week is a nice one with intersectional contests and interstate rivalries. More than anything, it's college football season again. Time to fire up the tailgate parties, ice down some cold ones and track tropical storms.
On to the first of many 10-0 weeks.
Southern Miss at FloridaWhat a year this should be. It's the 10th anniversary of the national championship, 20th anniversary of Kerwin Bell's gutty performance against Auburn, 30th anniversary of Fourth and Dumb, 40th anniversary of the school's first Heisman and the 100th year of Gator football.
What you may not know is that this is the 50th anniversary of the first time a Gator fan screamed from the stands for the backup quarterback to get into the game, the 60th anniversary of the first complaint about a coach's salary and the 70th anniversary of the first flask of booze to be snuck into a game.
It's a Big Weekend, but from the new Tom Petty song of the same name I give you this line:
You can look back ... but it's best not to stare.
Southern Cal at ArkansasI've got this one scripted out. Southern Cal, you know, will have a great offensive game plan and jump all over the Razorbacks. Starter Robert Johnson will struggle, Arkansas will fall way behind and insert Mitch Mustain at quarterback. Mustain will bring the Hogs back to a respectable score and start the rest of the season. You don't even need to watch.
Notre Dame at Georgia TechNotre Dame is overhyped even if you exclude Beano Cook. This is the kind of game Tech wins ... then loses the following week to Samford. The Irish won't have the home-field advantage of growing the grass to U.S. Open rough level. But I just don't see it for the Wreck.
California at TennesseeCal will go with quarterback Nate Longshore against the Vols. His one start was last season against Sacramento State. Tennessee isn't Sacramento State. Sacramento State Penitentiary maybe.
Washington State at AuburnOne thing I've learned about coaches is that when they say they "haven't really talked about that" it really means they've been pounding the message into their players. So when Tommy Tuberville says he and his team "haven't really talked about" losing the opener in three of the last four years he's probably screaming at them about it through a bullhorn.
Memphis at Ole MissMississippi fans hope quarterback Brent Schaeffer is better at learning an offense than he was at learning enough to get himself eligible to get into school.
Ole Miss, 21-10
Vanderbilt at MichiganThe last time these two teams played it was Bo Schembechler's first game as Michigan's coach. This time, it could be the first game of the last season of Lloyd Carr as Michigan's coach. But they'll leave him alone this week.
Stanford at OregonThe rumor is that the Ducks are going to wear gold, green, black, chartreuse, teal, beige, madras and chocolate uniforms. Either that or Prada.
Kentucky at LouisvilleBoy, when these two rivals get together you can throw the records out the window. Actually, since every team in this week's picks is 0-0, you can throw out all the records. Keep the CDs though.
Florida State at MiamiThis from Miami linebacker Jon Beason - "Let me sneak up on you and hit you in the back of the head with a bat. And if you want to see it coming, then I'll hit you in the face with it." Nice guy. I wouldn't pull out a bat on anybody on that campus. You never know who's packing.
FSU, 20-16 Contact Pat Dooley at 374-5053 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Dooley's columns appear Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
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