Doggone, it is sooo good to have made it to another college football Saturday after another week of frustration emanating from Washington DC. However, before moving onto the gridiron, I just wanted to convey my hearty congratulations to the Kansas City Royals for winning the American League Championship Series and now heading to the World Series for the first time in 29 years — when they defeated the St. Louis Cardinals. That team was led by Hall-of-Famer George Brett who is now in the Royals front office. The Royals will face the San Francisco Giants. Having spent some 8 years stationed in Kansas, I’ll be rooting for the Royals — gotta love the underdog.
Well, let’s get to the big games for this college football weekend, and I’ll have to start with my own alma mater. Tennessee travels down to Oxford, Mississippi to take on the number three ranked Ole Miss Rebels and the “landsharks.” There can be no doubt that Hoddy Toddy is for real after the defeat of Alabama and Texas A&M over the past two weeks.
The Vols have lost their two SEC games this year by a total of four points. It would be good for the Vols to have a good showing against Ole Miss to give them a boost for the game next week against Bama — which I will attend. I’m just hoping Vols can make a strong showing and not get blown out.
Earlier in the day, my Kansas State Wildcats will travel down to Norman Oklahoma to take on the number 11ranked Sooners — funny thing, not too often that Tennessee and Kansas State will play the same team. I ‘m hoping the ‘Cats will fare better than the Vols in Norman. Gonna be tough, but two years ago K-State went into Norman and defeated the Sooners — ol’ Coach Bill Snyder will have KSU ready, so potential upset alert here.
Another big game in the Big 12 will be Cowpokes of number 15 Oklahoma State traveling to Ft. Worth to take on number 12 Texas Christian — what a game last week between Baylor and TCU! TCU is smarting after that one, giving up 24 points in the final nine minutes of the fourth quarter to lose. I think TCU pulls itself together and sweeps the State of Oklahoma.
Can lightning strike twice in the same place? Can Texas A&M recover from two losses to the State of Mississippi and pull off the upset of Bama in Tuscaloosa as it did two years ago? Well, the potent offense that put up 50 points against South Carolina in the first game of the season on the road might reappear — I don’t think it happens today, Roll Tide. Next week I’ll be booing Lane “The Snake” Kiffin.Ok, the BIG GAME of Saturday is happening up in Tallahassee and pits the number two Florida State Seminoles against the visiting number five Notre Dame Fighting Irish. I remember in 1993 when then number one FSU and ND hooked up in South Bend when Charlie Ward was the quarterback — who would go on to win the Heisman Trophy. It was billed as the “Game of the Century” and the Irish prevailed 31 to 24. Notre Dame has been very “lucky” in several of their wins — and just last week allowed North Carolina to put up 43 points in a loss. We all remember an undefeated Notre Dame team taking on Alabama two years ago in the national championship game — one that was over in the first half. The Fighting Irish may just be a little overrated and playing at night in Tallahassee — ahh, Chief Osceola and the tomahawk chop prevail.
So, what is your BIG GAME this weekend? We all need a respite from the concerns of Ebola, ISIS, and all the many other faults and failures plaguing our country. Hmm, I wonder if the Mexicans are allowing Marine SGT Andrew Tahmooressi to watch college football? “I am Tahmooressi!”