There’s no telling what is in store for us on the second full weekend of this college football season, but we know this — it’s going to have a real difficult time beating the craziness of the opening weekend.
Let’s see, we had:
• Massive upsets by double digit-plus underdogs.
• A Notre Dame quarterback breaking the nose of a sideline dancer with an errant pass.
• A yacht in the Vol Navy burning and sinking in the Tennessee River. And that was before a couple of coach Jeremy Pruitt’s players abandoned ship.
• A win by Kansas.
• A brand new way-too-early Heisman Trophy leader.
• A guy coaching from a hospital bed in one of the stadium’s radio/TV booths and talking to his assistants through a hole in the wall.
• Freshmen quarterbacks engineering veteran comebacks.
• Minor AP poll movement.
• Calls for coaching changes.
• Serious injuries to Power Five quarterbacks.
• Thirsty Seminoles.
Am I leaving anything out? Oh yeah, the mighty Gators.
Florida took the weekend off. and we’ll see how UF performs Saturday after the weirdness of an open date one week into the season.
It feels like we really spring into action this week and get back on schedule even if Hurricane Dorian canceled a couple of my speeches and forced my Dad to evacuate in St. Augustine (last I heard he was without cable).
Dr. Football had a good week, actually a good two weeks because we added some Thursday games to flesh things out in Week Zulu.
The record stands at 13-2 and would have been better if I hadn’t become dehydrated halfway through The Picks.
Here we go:
TENNESSEE MARTIN AT FLORIDA: You know how coaches always say a team makes its most improvement from Week One to Week Two? What if there is no Week Two? These and other inane questions will be answered Saturday night. Florida, 42-13.
TEXAS A&M AT CLEMSON: Oh, that Dabo Swinney. Comes off like a rube until you look up and he’s beating your brains in. This is what he said this week about his childhood and playing football all day — “You got ‘Lawrence Welk’ and ‘Hee Haw’ and ‘Happy Days.’ That was it, so you played ball. That’s what you did.” Man, we are so much better off now with Netflix. Clemson, 35-24.
LSU AT TEXAS: Everyone thinks this game is about whether or not Texas is back. Naw, it’s about whether or not LSU is legit. LSU, 29-26.
MIAMI AT NORTH CAROLINA: This is such a weird season that I think most Gator fans are actually rooting for the Hurricanes. Quietly. OK, maybe not. Miami, 24-20.
STANFORD AT USC: Last team with a healthy quarterback wins. Stanford, 20-14.
ARKANSAS AT OLE MISS: Doesn’t it seem like this semi-rivalry game should have a trophy? At least a participation one. Ole Miss, 28-21.
BYU AT TENNESSEE: Seriously, enough with the Tennessee jokes (said nobody, ever). Tennessee, 30-21.
WEST VIRGINIA AT MISSOURI: Barry Odom has a knack for getting his team to play well when you think the Tigers are drowning. Despite a lot of sprained ankles jumping off the Mizzou bandwagon, there was a mess left behind at West Virginia. Missouri, 34-21.
NEBRASKA AT COLORADO: Remember when this was a huge game in the Big 8 Conference? That was back when conferences could actually do math. Nebraska, 38-31.
SYRACUSE AT MARYLAND: The line on this game moved drastically, and now Maryland is a slight favorite. What do the wise guys know? Certainly, they couldn’t have been influenced by those 79 points the Terps scored against Howard. I mean, it was against just one guy. Syracuse, 30-21.
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