We are two weeks into the college football season and, of course, everyone is absolutely freaking out! (I need to figure out how to put a GIF in print).
Some coordinators are being fired, others are being sent from the field to the booth (no eating Oreos at halftime, guys) and some head coaches went directly from the warm seats to ejector seats just waiting for the handle to be pulled.
Ya gotta love college football.
Here in the SEC, it has been a mixed bag of results, nothing that would indicate the conference is back to its usual place at the top of the mountain. Oh, Alabama looks like its usual self and the league is currently 22-4 against non-conference opponents with wins over Florida State and, well, Florida State.
Hey, party at Greg Sankey’s house. I’ll bring the Dreamland.
The only reason the league is at .500 in nonconference games against Power Five opponents (4-4) is because the East is carrying it.
There, I said it. That may cause Dr. Football a lifetime ban on the Paul Finebaum Show (after Thursday’s appearance, of course), but so far the East is 3-1 in big boy football and the West is 1-3.
I know it’s early, but it just feels like the East is narrowing the gap vs. the West. The two divisions have yet to play a game against each other and that won’t happen until there are three matchups next week. And that will be the true indicator of which division is better. (Speaking for the East, we’d like to do that Missouri-Auburn swap as soon as possible).
This week, the SEC has some nice matchups within the divisions and there is one big national game, but it was Slim Pickens (“What in the wide world of sports is a-goin’ on here?”) trying to come up with 10 games for The Picks.
Last week, Dr. Football went a brilliant 9-1, missing out only on Ohio State, which apparently thought it had a bye week. That made up for a 6-4 start and allows me to stay in the press box for another week. Yay!
TENNESSEE AT FLORIDA: Remember Jim McElwain talking about his players looking like “dead fish?” That was him on Wednesday. This is always a tough job but when you have to deal with hurricanes and players’ families and everything else that the coaches had to deal with, you can get worn out not coaching. In the end, Dr. Football has only a one-game sample size of 2017 Florida football and that’s a flavor that is difficult to rinse out. Tennessee, 34-28.
LSU AT MISSISSIPPI STATE: Let me get you ready to watch this game by doing my impression of Ed Orgeron trying to be heard over the clanging of cowbells. Either that or you could put your head in a clothes dryer full of hammers. I’d take the latter. LSU, 38-21.
KANSAS STATE AT VANDERBILT: I bet the Wildcats can’t wait to play a game in an SEC environment. Instead, they get Nashville. Vanderbilt, 21-18.
CLEMSON AT LOUISVILLE: If Lamar Jackson lights up Clemson, he can start posing for a second straight Heisman Trophy. On the other hand … Clemson, 24-15.
OLE MISS AT CAL: The Rebels should know they can’t hide from the NCAA, even in Berkeley. Cal, 42-34.
KENTUCKY AT SOUTH CAROLINA: So I was big on Kentucky in the preseason. And now I’m big on Will Muschamp’s team. I should make up my mind. South Carolina, 28-21.
TEXAS AT USC: Remember when everyone thought Muschamp might hire Clay Helton to be the offensive coordinator? Sigh. USC, 40-21.
PURDUE AT MISSOURI: Mizzou’s Barry Odom fired his defensive coordinator for “philosophical reasons.” I took philosophy in college. Lesson 1 — Don’t let the other team score touchdowns. Lesson 2 — see Lesson 1. Purdue, 23-21.
ILLINOIS AT SOUTH FLORIDA (Friday): I dropped South Florida from my top 25. Beating Lovie Smith isn’t getting Charlie Strong’s team back in. USF, 38-25.
UCLA AT MEMPHIS: Lovie is not the only coach returning to his old stomping grounds. UCLA tight ends coach Rip Scherer used to be the head coach at Memphis. Alex, I’ll take USELESS FOOTBALL TRIVIA for $500. UCLA, 41-34.
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