Can you imagine being part of the committee now? I mean up until this past Thursday afternoon everything was rainbows and unicorns and hugs. Then their job became something that even Mike Rowe wouldn’t touch. Whatever they were doing before in their regular jobs, they might want to lighten their load. If they don’t start watching a lot of games and keeping up with the goings-on, they are going to be roasted by fans, media…basically everyone.
OK so after last weekend’s Greatest Day of College Football Ever, this week’s schedule will seem like a letdown. Actually almost any schedule would be a letdown after last weekend. That was awesome. But I have a job to do so here’s the cable schedule to start:
|BYU at UCF (Thu)||7:30 PM||TSN4|
|Minnesota State at Winona State (Thu)||8:00 PM||CBSSN|
|Fresno State at UNLV (Fri)||10:00 PM||CBSSN|
|Oklahoma vs. Texas (in Dallas)||12:00 PM||ABC/TSN3|
|Northwestern at Minnesota||12:00 PM||BTN|
|Georgia at Missouri||12:00 PM||CBS|
|Rice at Army||12:00 PM||CBSSN|
|Florida State at Syracuse||12:00 PM||TSN2|
|Illinois at Wisconsin||12:00 PM||TSN4|
|ULM at Kentucky||12:00 PM||TSN1|
|Duke at Georgia Tech||12:30 PM||WSBK|
|Michigan State at Purdue||3:30 PM||ABC/TSN3|
|North Texas at UAB||3:30 PM||WNYO|
|Auburn at Mississippi State||3:30 PM||CBS|
|VMI at Navy||3:30 PM||CBSSN|
|TCU at Baylor||3:30 PM||TSN2|
|Oregon at UCLA||3:30 PM||FOX|
|North Carolina at Notre Dame||3:30 PM||NBC|
|Maine at Stony Brook||7:00 PM||WNYO|
|Houston at Memphis||7:00 PM||CBSSN|
|Colorado State at Nevada||10:30 PM||CBSSN|
Definitely a front-loaded schedule as is there is next to nothing after the mid-afternoon games. FOX has the first game of the NLCS that night and ABC has a late-season NASCAR race. As much as I love college football and would have as many games on as possible, I understand these choices. NASCAR is mostly a ratings hit and the late season Chase for the Cup (or whatever it’s called) is hugely popular among racing fans. Baseball, during the regular season, doesn’t pull in huge ratings. But once September hits they start to move up. Then the postseason, which this year has shown a ratings spike. It definitely sucks for people who don’t have the SSP or the U.S. College Sports Package because your college football viewing day ends early.
Now, the specialty pack schedule:
|Hampton at North Carolina A&T (Thu)||7:30 PM|
|Washington State at Stanford (Fri)||9:00 PM|
|San Diego State at New Mexico (Fri)||9:30 PM|
|Indiana at Iowa||12:00 PM|
|Cincinnati at Miami||12:00 PM|
|Duke at Georgia Tech||12:30 PM|
|Boston College at NC State||3:30 PM|
|Chattanooga at Tennessee||4:00 PM|
|Alabama at Arkansas||6:00 PM|
|Penn State at Michigan||7:00 PM|
|LSU at Florida||7:30 PM|
|Ole Miss at Texas A&M||9:00 PM|
|Air Force at Utah State||10:45 PM|
|USC at Arizona||10:30 PM|
A little more back-loaded than the cable schedule that’s for sure. I don’t if Rogers has the ACC regional games from FOX Sports Network but Bell has picked up two of them (Cincinnati-Miami and BC-NC State). This seems to be a trend by Bell this season. Also, the ACC Network game of the week is also being shown on the specialty pack. I don’t understand why but both Rogers and Bell like to do that (like they used to do with the games on Peachtree TV last year).
Games of the Week
Auburn at Mississippi State – This is the easy choice as the game of the week. Gameday is in Starkville and the Bulldogs are coming off arguably the biggest win in school history. Saying that, if they win this one, then this will be the biggest win in school history. This is basically put up or shut up for both teams. Winner probably controls their own destiny in the SEC West.
Ole Miss at Texas A&M – A week ago I would have considered this one of the biggest games of the college football season. Still a big game but no so much. Then again, the loser of this one is done in the SEC West and would have to run the table to be even considered for the New Year’s Six.
TCU at Baylor – I never would have thought this would become a super-important game in the Big XII. I would have pegged the Baylor-Oklahoma game later on as the ONLY important game. If Gary Patterson gets his Horned Frogs to upset Baylor, then we may be looking at the start of a Big XII dynasty (or at least a team that will be consistently in the conference championship picture).
Oregon at UCLA – Just like Ole Miss-TAMU, this game looked huge about six days ago. Now, it is still important, but a loss really kills any chance of appearing in the Pac-12 Championship game. And considering what is happening down in SEC land, winning your conference championship is imperative to be even considered for the College Football Playoff.
Georgia at Missouri – Well Gary Pinkel and the Tigers are making me look like idiots again. I had them pegged to be around the .500 mark (again) and they are roaring out the gate (again…although Indiana says hi). Is this the de facto SEC East Championship game now that South Carolina has shit the bed (and pissed off the HBC)? Probably since there seems to be no other contenders (unlike their brethren in the other division where every team not named Arkansas is a contender).
Picks o’ the Week
OK so I went 4-2 last week but really looked bad by saying Oklahoma would destroy TCU. Let’s see if I can not fuck it up this week:
Mississippi State over Auburn (I think the Egg Bowl is going to be HUGE this season)
Baylor over TCU (although I am nervous about this pick)
USC over Arizona (don’t see RichRod making it to 6-0)
Oklahoma wins the Red River Shootout (or Rivalry or whatever it’s called now) over Texas
Georgia over Missouri
Duke over Georgia Tech
Wisconsin over Illinois (and I am calling for at least 400 yards rushing from the Badgers…yeah not really going out on a limb with this one am I?)
Tomorrow, I will have the NFL schedule up with some picks there as well. Crossing my fingers I can cut my losses. Even dropping them to 2 will make me feel good (despite the fact it will almost assuredly not make me any money).