Of course I would get Chuck Woolery to host it! It’s called “Who Wants to Coach?” Since we have had a rash of coaches getting fired or resigning, there are a lot of openings. The lists of who could fill these jobs tend to be lengthy, especially for the USC job. Anyway, now for how the game works. We could have two wheels like on the Price is Right. Spin the first one to see what job opening we are talking about. Then spin the next (much bigger) wheel to see who will become the next head coach at the school from the first wheel. So, for example, you could spin the first one and land on USC and the second one lands on Kyle Whittingham. Or the first one lands on UCF and the second one lands on Mark Mangino. The possibilities are endless! And on that note, it was with a bit of sadness to see Jerry Kill have to retire due to health issues. He was a great coach who took a program that really wasn’t that good and made them a contender in the Big Ten West. He will be replaced by Tracy Claeys who doesn’t care that his first name is Tracy or that he doesn’t look like he’s a coach at all. He’s a great defensive coordinator and filled in nicely for Kill before so it should be steady as she goes in the Twin Cities. Now if someone could only beat those pesky Iowa Hawkeyes…
Alright, time for the TV schedules this week. Sucks that Halloween is on a Saturday this year. Not for the kids. I mean that’s fantastic for them. And not for Halloween party goers since they can get completely wasted and use Sunday to recover. It sucks for me in terms of watching college football since there will be very little opportunity to watch live action since I will busy for a good part of the afternoon and an even greater part of the evening. I was going to carve Nick Saban’s face as our jack-o-lantern this year but my kids would have no idea who he was and I am sure it would scare at least a few adults from allowing their kids to trick-or-treat at my house (would you like this snack-size Snickers bar or this recruitment letter?). So PVR my good friend, you will be maxed out again. Sorry for your damn luck but it is what it is. One day my PVR is going to give me the ultimate F-U and die at 11:59 on a Saturday morning when I’m out of town. I probably deserve it.
Alright, let’s start with the cable schedule:
|October-29-15||Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan (Thu)||7:30 PM||CBSSN||X||X|
|October-31-15||Syracuse at #17 Florida State||12:00 PM||ABC||X||X||X|
|October-31-15||Elon at Stony Brook||12:00 PM||MyTV||X||X|
|October-31-15||Rutgers at Wisconsin||12:00 PM||BTN||X|
|October-31-15||USF at Navy||12:00 PM||CBSSN||X||X|
|October-31-15||Virginia Tech at Boston College||12:30 PM||WSBK||X||X||X|
|October-31-15||USC at California||3:00 PM||FOX||X||X||X|
|October-31-15||#11 Florida vs. Georgia (in Jacksonville)||3:30 PM||CBS||X||X||X|
|October-31-15||Maryland at #10 Iowa||3:30 PM||ABC||X||X||X|
|October-31-15||San Diego State at Colorado State||3:30 PM||CBSSN||X||X|
|October-31-15||Tulane at #16 Memphis||7:00 PM||CBSSN||X||X|
|October-31-15||#15 Michigan at Minnesota||7:00 PM||TSN2||X||X||X|
|October-31-15||#9 Notre Dame at #21 Temple||8:00 PM||ABC||X||X||X|
|October-31-15||Air Force at Hawaii||10:30 PM||CBSSN||X||X|
Yikes. You can definitely notice when TSN shows almost no college football. Only 13 games on cable on Saturday (with only 6 for Satellite customers). This is where the specialty pack comes in handy, big time! Anyway, the highlight of the cable schedule is (brace yourself) Notre Dame travelling to Temple to face the Owls. This is the coming-out party for this program (which has been around for a long time and has sucked for that same amount of time). Win this and they move into the driver’s seat for the Go5 spot in the New Year’s Six (which would end up being either the Peach or Cotton Bowl).
Now on to the specialty pack schedule which is a quasi-shitshow but explainable at least:
|October-29-15||North Carolina at #23 Pittsburgh (Thu)||7:00 PM||X||X||X|
|October-29-15||Texas State at Georgia Southern (Thu)||7:30 PM||X||X||X|
|October-29-15||Oregon at Arizona State (Thu)||10:30 PM||X||X||X|
|October-30-15||Louisville at Wake Forest (Fri)||7:00 PM||X||X||X|
|October-30-15||East Carolina at Connecticut (Fri)||7:00 PM||X||X||X|
|October-30-15||Wyoming at Utah State (Fri)||10:15 PM||X||X||X|
|October-31-15||#19 Ole Miss at Auburn**||12:00 PM||X||X||X|
|October-31-15||Nebraska at Purdue||12:00 PM||X||X||X|
|October-31-15||Illinois at Penn State||12:00 PM||X||X||X|
|October-31-15||South Carolina at Texas A&M||12:00 PM||X||X|
|October-31-15||Virginia Tech at Boston College||12:30 PM||X||X||X|
|October-31-15||Georgia Tech at Virginia||3:00 PM||X||X||X|
|October-31-15||#3 Clemson at NC State||3:30 PM||X||X||X|
|October-31-15||#12 Oklahoma State at Texas Tech||3:30 PM||X||X||X|
|October-31-15||Boise State at UNLV||3:30 PM||X||X||X|
|October-31-15||UT-Martin at Arkansas||4:00 PM||X||X|
|October-31-15||Vanderbilt at #18 Houston***||7:00 PM||X||X||X|
|October-31-15||Miami at #22 Duke***||7:00 PM||X||X||X|
|October-31-15||Tennessee at Kentucky||7:30 PM||X||X|
|October-31-15||#8 Stanford at Washington State||10:30 PM||X||X||X|
OK follow me on this. There are seven games where there are scheduling issues here (not in the States where that shit is set at least a week in advance). Here is a little legend to help you out:
- 1 asterisk (*) means the game isn’t appearing on any of the guides but there is a spot for them there
- 2 asterisks (**) means the game isn’t appearing on the Rogers guide only but there is a spot for it there
- 3 asterisks (***) means the game isn’t appearing on the Satellite guide only but there is a spot for them there
I am not even going to try to comprehend why these games aren’t appearing there when the spots just say “College Football” with no additional information. It’s like they found the laziest person possible to do this and he’ll get around to it Friday night while he’s cleaning the Dorito dust off his shirt. Update: Bell Fibe is showing games on the guide. Haven’t been able to find an updated Rogers Super Sports Pack schedule but I assume they have been added. Satellite guide is up to date as well.
Anyway, there are no standout games but a lot of good ones on the specialty pack. Plus pretty much all the games tonight and tomorrow night are there so if college football is your heroin, you might want to get it (despite the cost).
This one’s gonna be a dandy
OK maybe not a dandy (in some cases) but there are some good games. These good games become way more important because in some cases they will have huge conference ramifications. Alright here we go.
Notre Dame at Temple (8:00, ABC) – This is the only game between two ranked teams this week. So we are now at two weeks in a row with very little marquee value. The thing is about this game is that there is a lot of hype surrounding it. College Gameday is in Philly. This is a big deal for both teams for somewhat similar reasons. Notre Dame still has a good shot at the New Year’s Six and an outside chance at the College Football Playoff. If the Owls pull this off, they probably go to the Peach Bowl which would be massive for this program. Someone’s dreams will end Saturday night.
West Virginia at TCU (Thursday, 7:30, we don’t get it here) – Yes, this would be considered a trap game. TCU is looking down the barrel at three massive games (with an easy one at Kansas mixed in) after this encounter with the Mountaineers. They trip up here, they basically blow up their chances at the College Football Playoff. Uncle Dana will be licking his chops hoping for the upset.
Ole Miss at Auburn (Noon, specialty pack) – This game probably would have went to TSN if TSN was showing more than one game this Saturday. The Rebels have to recover after last week’s loss to Memphis if they have any hope of going to a major bowl. Auburn needs a win just to keep their bowl-eligibility chances alive after their marathon loss to Arkansas.
Clemson at NC State (3:30, specialty pack) – I had thought this game would be on ABC in our area but instead we get Maryland-Iowa. Oh well. This should still be a good game. Another trap game here since I am sure the Tigers are looking ahead to their date with Florida State. A loss here by Clemson could really hamper the ACC’s chances of having a representative in the College Football Playoff.
Stanford at Washington State (10:30, specialty pack) – I don’t get the Pac-12’s problem with late-night games. I totally get it when there is more than one on but to have just one in the late-night slot is good because let’s be honest, it’s not like the Mountain West would usurp them as the game of the night. I will say it again, this season has been crazy. Want proof? College Gameday producers agonized over whether to go to Temple or Washington State for Gameday. Seriously. Fucking insane. Anyway, if Stanford doesn’t watch it, the Cougs could hamper the Pac-12’s chances of having a representative in the College Football Playoff. Isn’t college football fun?
Georgia vs. Florida (in Jacksonville, 3:30, CBS) – Ah, the Cocktail Party. I don’t give a flying fuck what the NCAA says, that’s what I am calling it. Still hoping they provide free booze to Verne and Gary for the game. As long as there was no puking it would be a whole lot more enjoyable to watch. This is now the de facto SEC East championship game. Usually this game is exciting and I see this being no different. Will it make my PVR? I don’t know about that.
Picking teams n’ shit
I have decided to curb my football gambling. I started early last year with stopping gambling on college football games. I have now extended it to NFL games. More of a cost-cutting measure, plus I found I was too wrapped up in hoping my teams would win rather than enjoying the games. Same with fantasy football which I have now not played for two seasons in a row (suck on that DraftKings and FanDuel). Alright, saying all that, here are my picks for the week (think of me as that guy that used to be on those greasy gambling shows hosted by guys you would never invite into your own house, except my suits aren’t nearly as flashy and I look a lot less like a used car salesman than those douchebags):
Notre Dame over Temple (it pains me to do this…I think it will be close but I gotta do this….actually you know what, fuck it…)
Temple over Notre Dame (throw all caution to the wind and hope for the underdog!)
TCU over West Virginia
Ole Miss over Auburn
Clemson over NC State
Stanford over Washington State
Georgia over Florida
Oklahoma State over Texas Tech
Minnesota over Michigan
North Carolina over Pittsburgh
UCLA over Colorado
Alright, so as you can see there are four games tonight and three tomorrow. There’s also the NFL Thursday Nighter and for once I am actually interested in it as Miami travels to New England to try and stop two undefeated streaks: the Patriots’ 2015 season and the Patriots’ Thursday Night record.