Today will be all about the stuffing or dressing or whatever you call it in your house. I’m making it in mine so there is nobody to blame but myself. It has to be moist with a little kick.
And we will all give thanks for so many things today, the roof over our heads, our families, our friends, the freedom that we enjoy, Sirius radio and cable TV, the newest flavor of Bud Lite and the elastic in our pants that allows for another level of gut-stretching.
We will gorge on yams and sweet potatoes and someone will argue that they are the same thing. We will eat two kinds of vegetables only this one time a year because they have marshmallow crusts and never save room for dessert but eat two anyway.
There is nothing quite like Thanksgiving. I’m not saying that it’s the best holiday, but what other holiday is surrounded with so many meaningful football games?
For that, we thank you.
It will be beyond interesting to see what happens this weekend, starting today, with the games that could have a major impact on the College Football Playoff and even the ones that will not but are played by bitter rivals.
For Florida fans, the latest CFP rankings are almost meaningless. Because if the Gators don’t win Saturday, they are out of the New Year’s Six bowl picture.
There’s more. Florida fans shouldn’t want too much chaos, either this week or next, to make sure they remain in the Top 12. On the other hand, isn’t chaos what college football season is all about? For that, we thank you again.
We moved The Picks up a day to make sure we got the Egg Bowl in. I’m sentimental about games named after protein.
Dr. Football came away with another winning week, going 8-2. My daughter, Kelsey, went 7-3 and seemed indifferent about it. That hurts.
Anyway, the overall record is now 83-37 after two strong weeks. And for that, we thanks you once again.
I’m going solo this week, because I don’t want anyone stealing my yams. Or are those sweet potatoes?
Anyway, we’re going with more than the usual 10 games because it’s a special weekend. And to everyone who has read a word of my columns or listened to the podcasts or watched the videos this season, please have a lovely and safe Thanksgiving.
The rest of you, not so much.
FLORIDA AT FSU: Gator fans are nervous this week, because they know FSU has talent. If you look at the last four recruiting classes, the average ranking for FSU is 5.8 and Florida’s is 14.5. So in theory, FSU has better players. To paraphrase a certain head ball coach, I wonder what happens to all of those players when they get to FSU. I know you aren’t going to like this, but … Florida, 28-21.
OKLAHOMA AT WEST VIRGINIA (Friday): This game, this year is so big it needs a nickname. I’m going with Rams-Chiefs, Part II. West Virginia, 56-53.
MICHIGAN AT OHIO STATE: I watched a lot of the Ohio State-Maryland game last week and it seriously looked like Urban Meyer was trying to hold the top of his skull in place for much of the game. Michigan, 34-23.
GEORGIA TECH AT GEORGIA: The last time the Jackets were in Athens, they ripped up the hedges. This year’s Tech team says thanks for nothing. Georgia 34-14.
AUBURN AT ALABAMA: Auburn should come out in the triple option in this Iron Bowl. It worked for The Citadel. For a half. Alabama, 32-11.
MISS. STATE AT OLE MISS (Thursday): I turned to colleague Robbie Andreu for help with this one. So blame him. Miss. State, 34-27.
WASHINGTON AT WASHINGTON ST. (Friday): This week we learned Mike Leach cost the school $1.6 million in potential donations and showed up late for a Pac-12 coaches meeting because he stopped at In-N-Out. So there’s that. Washington State, 42-24.
ARKANSAS AT MISSOURI (Friday): Arkansas suspended two players for fraternizing with Miss. State cheerleaders. How dare they try to have fun in football? Missouri, 42-7.
TENNESSEE AT VANDERBILT: Winner goes to a bowl game. Loser is the bowl game that gets stuck with Vandy. Vanderbilt, 32-21.
SOUTH CAROLINA AT CLEMSON: Think GameDay will be at Clemson any time soon? Clemson, 42-24.
LSU AT TEXAS A&M: This might be the most interesting game of the whole weekend. LSU, 24-21.
KENTUCKY AT LOUISVILLE: This, on the other hand … Kentucky, 31-6.
NOTRE DAME AT SOUTHERN CAL: And then there’s this … Notre Dame, 40-14.
PITT AT MIAMI: It’s pretty amazing Miami is third in the nation in defense and has a 6-5 record. It’s even more amazing Pitt will be 7-5 heading to the ACC title game. Miami, 23-21.
ARIZONA STATE AT ARIZONA: Remember when Herm Edwards was a big story early this season? He could finish with a losing record if the Devils lose this one and their bowl game. Nah. Arizona St., 37-23.
UCF AT USF (Friday): In its last four games — all losses — USF has allowed 160 points. My math skills tell me that is 40 points a game. When did Charlie Strong forget how to coach defense? UCF, 52-23.
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