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This Weekend in College Football: Week 8

As usual, all times Eastern and all predictions wrong.

Noon:

  • Illinois @ Pennsylvania State (ABC): Yes, Penn State lost to Iowa, but I don’t think they’ll lose to Illinois.
  • Northwestern @ Michigan (FOX): Michigan should be okay here,
  • Oklahoma @ Kansas (ESPN): Look, y’all, I’m going to be level with you. Week 8 is… not amazing. We only get a handful of college football weekends each year and we should aim to enjoy all of them. But hey, if there’s a weekend where maybe you just watch your own team, or maybe you mow the lawn one last time to mulch the leaves… this might be it.
  • Cincinnati @ Navy (ESPN2): So, on that note. LIGNTNING ROUND! Cincy.
  • Kansas State @ Texas Tech (FS1): Tech.
  • Northern Illinois @ Central Michigan (ESPNU): Huskies!
  • Arkansas-Pine Bluff @ Arkansas (SEC)
  • Wake Forest @ Army (CBSS): Wake!
  • Massachusetts @ Florida State (ACCN): FSU
  • Eastern Michigan @ Bowling Green (ESPN+)

12:30: Syracuse @ Virginia Tech (ACC/RSN): VPI?

1:00: Kent State @ Ohio (ESPN+)

2:00: Texas State @ Georgia State (ESPN+)

3:00: Wisconsin @ Purdue (BTN): Feels like Purdue used all their bullets taking down Iowa; I don’t think they can pull that same trick twice.

3:30:

  • Oregon @ California-Los Angeles (ABC): Oregon should win on all around talent, but it might be weird that such a big game kick off at 12:30 local time. It should be a fun watch regardless, but I’m picking the Ducks.
  • Oklahoma State @ Iowa State (FOX): We’re heading for 11-0 vs. 11-0 in Bedlam, aren’t we? Iowa State is a bit of a “failure to launch” team this year, and while I hope they get it going here, I don’t think they will.
  • Louisiana State @ Mississippi (CBS): Coach O’s on the way Out. It feels like they already did everything they could for him getting the big win at Florida last weekend. I suspect Ole Miss is going to put up many points on them.
  • Clemson @ Pittsburgh (ESPN): Pitt’s favored here, and I favor them too. That said, Clemson’s defense is still pretty good, and a good defense is the one thing Kenny Pickett still hasn’t really faced yet this year.
  • Maryland @ Minnesota (ESPN2): Gophers?
  • Brigham Young @ Washington State (FS1): BYU’s on a bit of a skid, but Wazzu just canned like half of their coaching staff—including the head coach—for not getting the COVID vaccine. I like the Stormin’ Mormons here.
  • Western Michigan @ Toledo (CBSS): Rockets?
  • Colorado @ California (Pac12): … Cal?
  • New Mexico @ Wyoming (Stadium): Wyoming
  • Miami @ Ball State (ESPN+)
  • Buffalo @ Akron (ESPN+)
  • Rice @ Alabama-Birmingham (ESPN+)

4:00:

  • East Carolina @ Houston (ESPNU): Cougers!
  • Mississippi State @ Vanderbilt (SEC): Bulldogs!
  • Boston College @ Louisville (ACCN): Golden Eagles!
  • Liberty @ North Texas (ESPN+)

7:00:

  • Tennessee @ Alabama (“Third Saturday in October”; ESPN): Bama!
  • Nevada @ Fresno State (FS2): Fresno.
  • San Diego State @ Air Force (CBSS): This could be a sneaky good game. The Aztecs are legitimately good on defense, and Air Force has a funky triple option-style offense. I think I like the Aztecs though.
  • Texas-San Antonio @ Louisiana Tech (Stadium): Meep meep!
  • South Alabama @ Louisiana-Monroe (espn3.com)
  • Temple @ South Florida (ESPN+)
  • Western Kentucky @ Florida International (ESPN+)

7:30:

  • Southern California @ Notre Dame (NBC): USC could well play up to this game, but I think Notre Dame makes that moot early.
  • Ohio State @ Indiana (ABC): Buckeyes are rolling now, even if they shouldn’t really be ranked ahead of the Oregon team that beat them.
  • North Carolina State @ Miami (ESPN2): NC State.
  • West Virginia @ Texas Christian (ESPNU): No clue. WVU?
  • South Carolina @ Texas A&M (SEC): TAMU.
  • Georgia Tech @ Virginia (ACCN): So we needed a comeback against a pretty awful Duke team. While I acknowledge the conditions were super weird, didn’t do a whole lot to inspire confidence. I’m still essentially looking for reasons to look forward to the future of the program at the moment, but the results are still so inconsistent it’s hard to know what to make of it. We’ve ultimately got everything in front of us to erase those doubts, but the team will need to prove to us, and themselves, that they can do it.
  • Utah @ Oregon State (Pac12): Utah. Also, look below. No Pac-12 After Dark tonight, folks. And that’s a shame, because I probably will need something soothing after the Braves game.

This Weekend in College Football: Week 7

As usual, all times Eastern and all predictions wrong.

Noon:

  • Central Florida @ Cincinnati (ABC): This ordinarily is marquee match over in the AAC, but not this year. CIncy should win easily.
  • Auburn @ Arkansas (CBS): The Tigers just aren’t good enough to stand up to the whompin’.
  • Oklahoma State @ Texas (FOX): Texas suffered a heartbreaker last week in Red River, but if they don’t let the disappointment carry over this week they should be able to crush Okie State’s party.
  • Florida @ Louisiana State (ESPN): This feels like after LSU got lucky last year the Gators will win easily and get Coach O in even more trouble.
  • Nebraska @ Minnesota (ESPN2): This feels a tad like an anxiety bowl? The Huskers just want to win a close game for once, and the Gophers seem somewhat stagnant this year. I’m taking Nebraska for some reason.
  • Michigan State @ Indiana (FS1): It feels like the year never got started for Indiana, whereas Michigan State seems somewhat ascendant and maybe even… fun? I’ll take Sparty here.
  • Tulsa @ South Florida (ESPNU): Tulsa?
  • Texas A&M @ Missouri (SEC): Mizzou is… well, those SEC East championships feel like they didn’t even happen. TAMU all the way.
  • Rutgers @ Northwestern (BTN): Rut… gers?
  • Yale @ Connecticut (CBSS)
  • Ohio @ Buffalo (ESPN+)

12:30: Duke @ Virginia (ACC/RSN): We barely beat Duke last weekend and I know UVA isn’t good this year but I can’t in good conscience pick Duke over them.

2:00: Ball State @ Eastern Michigan (ESPN+)

2:30: Akron @ Miami (ESPN+)

3:00: Troy @ Texas State (ESPN+)

3:30:

  • Purdue @ Iowa (ABC): Iowa did well to knock out Penn State’s quarterback last weekend, as that was likely the difference in the game. They don’t need to do any of that to smother Purdue and win this one.
  • Kentucky @ Georgia (CBS): I want to believe that Kentucky can keep this fun, but this feels like the Arkansas game all over again. Even down to UGA shutting them out.
  • Brigham Young @ Baylor (ESPN): BYU probably picked a bad time to play the ascendant Bears.
  • Pittsburgh @ Virginia Tech (ESPN2): The other ACC team that lost to a MAC team looks like possibly the best team in the conference. Great. Awesome. They’ll probably at least beat the Hokies at least.
  • Kent State @ Western Michigan (FS2): Kent State looks good? We’ll see if they’re good enough to win a MAC road game after going 0-3 in their paycheck away games though.
  • Toledo @ Central Michigan (CBSS): I don’t think the Chippewas will have an issue here.
  • Miami @ North Carolina (ACCN): Here’s a disappointment bowl! UNC’s best win so far is over UVA or Duke. Miami’s list even more dire, so I guess I’ll go with the Tarheels.
  • Alabama-Birmingham @ Southern Mississippi (Stadium): Southern Miss seems a bit lost in the wilderness right now.
  • Arizona @ Colorado (Pac12): Well, most folks should be glad they don’t get Pac-12 network so that’s there no chance they’ll be exposed to this game. These teams are a combined 1-9 on the year so far, but Arizona’s especially bad defense figures to let the Buffs take this one at home.
  • Western Kentucky @ Old Dominion (espn3.com)
  • Bowling Green @ Northern Illinois (ESPN+)

4:00:

  • Vanderbilt @ South Carolina (SEC): Is South Carolina a bad enough team to allow Vandy to win a conference game? Maybe! But probably not.
  • Texas Tech @ Kanas (ESPN+)

6:00: Rice @ Texas-San Antonio (ESPN+)

7:00:

  • Alabama @ Mississippi State (ESPN): I would not want to play Bama this week.
  • Utah State @ Nevada-Las Vegas (CBSS): I’ll take the Aggies here.
  • Colorado State @ New Mexico (Stadium): Rams.
  • Liberty @ Louisiana-Monroe (ESPN+)

7:30:

  • Texas Christian @ Oklahoma (ABC): TCU’s lack of an identity means there’s way I can even remotely consider them having a chance to win here.
  • Iowa State @ Kansas State (“Farmageddon”; ESPN2): K-State’s down a quarterback, but it’s a bit of a lost season for the Cyclones. I’ll still take them though.
  • Stanford @ Washington State (ESPNU): Stanford beat Oregon and then immediately faceplanted and lost 28-10 to Arizona State. I’ll take Wazzu here.
  • Mississippi @ Tennessee (SEC): Tennessee is better this year, but I can’t see them scoring enough to beat Ole Miss.
  • North Carolina State @ Boston College (ACCN): Both these teams are among the better teams in the ACC, which a bit of cognitive dissonance for me but it’s there. I’ll take NCSU though.

8:00: Army @ Wisconsin (BTN): Army will keep this close just from possessing the ball and running the clock, but I’m sure they can pip Wisky.

8:30: California-Los Angeles @ Washington (FOX): This should’ve been a marquee game for the Pac-12, but alas, UCLA should be a solid favorite.

9:00:

  • Air Force @ Boise State (FS1): Both of these teams just notched big wins, but I figure Boise will keep the momentum going,
  • Louisiana Tech @ Texas-El Paso (ESPN+)

10:00: Arizona State @ Utah (ESPN): I’m still coming to grips with “ranked Arizona State”, and I suspect they will continue to be after this.

10:30: Hawaii @ Nevada (CBSS): Nevada all the way here.

This Weekend in College Football: Week 6

As usual, all times Eastern and all predictions wrong.

Noon:

  • Oklahoma vs. Texas (“Red River Shootout” @ Dallas, TX; ABC): Okay well, my audio debut last week mostly seems to me kind of a cheap cop out. It’s definitely easier—all I need to do it is stream-of-consciousness into a microphone for 20 minutes. Whereas with this I have to care about “proper spelling” and “grammatically correct English”. Which, look, the Braves lost earlier today and I’ve had a few drinks, okay? The other thing would be easier. Alas. Anyway, we got Oklahoma and Texas playing about six hours from now! That’s real early! But yeah, Oklahoma is still the favorite in the Big 12 until I’m aware of any other alternative.
  • Maryland @ Ohio State (FOX): Buckeyes.
  • Arkansas @ Mississippi (ESPN): I kind of have the Razoracks WHOMPIN’ their way to a win in Oxford?
  • South Carolina @ Tennessee (ESPN2): Vols, not because they’re good, but because South Carolina is bad.
  • West Virginia @ Baylor (FS1): Baylor’s kind of good this year, I guess? Still getting used to this college football thing with baseball going on, I have to admit.
  • Vanderbilt @ Florida (SEC): Gators.
  • Michigan State @ Rutgers (BTN): Sparty.
  • Northern Illinois @ Toledo (CBSS): Toledo?
  • Akron @ Bowling Green (ESPN+)

12:30: Georgia Tech @ Duke (ACC/RSN): So much for “hope” and “progress”. Look, I can accept that Kenny Pickett is a really good quarterback. But maybe this is our lot for this year? With an easier schedule maybe we could luck our way into a bowl game, but it looks like at this point it’s just gonna be weird and Geoff Collins is gonna be here another year.

2:00: Old Dominion @ Marshall (Facebook)

3:00: Virginia @ Louisville (ACCN): T

3:30:

  • Georgia @ Auburn (“The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry”; CBS): I hope, against all hope, that the usual shenanigans happen and Auburn wins. The problem? I just don’t believe it will happen.
  • Boise State @ Brigham Young (ABC): Boise just doesn’t seem that good this year, and the Stormin’ Mormons do. That makes this an easy choice.
  • Florida State @ North Carolina (ESPN): FSU is still terrible, even though they did beat Louisville after all last week, I’m still going with UNC.
  • Wake Forest @ Syracuse (ESPN2): Wake until proven otherwise definitely a thing I am typing in this, the Year of Our Lord Two-Thousand Twenty-One.
  • San Jose State @ Colorado State (FS1): Neither of these MWC teams have inspired a lot of confidence for me so far, but I’ll still go with the San Jose Spartans on the road.
  • Ball State @ Western Michigan (ESPNU): WMU?
  • Wisconsin @ Illinois (BTN): The Badgers should have no issues here.
  • Southern Methodist @ Navy (CBSS): Ponies.
  • Florida Atlantic @ Alabama-Birmingham (Stadium): Well, I said “Go Blazers” last week for the first weekend of UAB’s first ever non-Legion Field stadium, and they got pretty much blown out by Liberty. Plus, FAU seems good this year, so I gotta pick the Owls.
  • Connecticut @ Massachusetts (NESN/Flofootball)
  • Middle Tennessee State @ Liberty (espn3.com)
  • Central Michigan @ Ohio (ESPN+)
  • Miami @ Eastern Michigan (ESPN+)

4:00:

  • Pennsylvania State @ Iowa (FOX): This is the game of the day. The issue is that I have no idea who to favor here. This definitely seems to be one of those Iowa teams that cruises their way to a comfortable Orange Bowl win, but I also think that this edition of Penn State is pretty good. I’m not sure way to do, but elsewhere i’ve picked the Hawkeyes, so I guess my hands are tied.
  • North Texas @ Missouri (SEC): Mizzou should manage to win this one, at least.
  • Oregon State @ Washington State (Pac12): Is anyone good in the Pac-12,who knows? I’ll go with the Beavers here, though.

6:00: East Carolina @ Central Florida (ESPN+)

7:00:

  • Texas Christian @ Texas Tech (ESPN): LIGHTNING ROUND. Red Raiders!
  • Buffalo @ Kent State (ESPNU): Bulls!
  • Wyoming @ Air Force (CBSS): Cowboys!
  • Texas-San Antonio @ Western Kentucky (Stadium): Meep meep!
  • Texas-El Paso @ Southern Mississippi (espn3.com)
  • Georgia Southern @ Troy (ESPN+)
  • South Alabama @ Texas State (ESPN+)

7:30:

  • Michigan @ Nebraska (ABC): Wolverines!
  • Louisiana State @ Kentucky (SEC): Wildcats!
  • Notre Dame @ Virginia Tech (ACCN): Irish!

8:00:

  • Alabama @ Texas A&M (CBS): Tide!
  • Utah @ Southern California (FOX): Trojans?
  • Georgia State @ Louisiana-Monroe (espn3.com)

9:00:

  • Memphis @ Tulsa (ESPN2): Tigers!
  • New Mexico @ San Diego State (FS1): Aztecs!

10:30:

  • California-Los Angeles @ Arizona (ESPN): Bruins!
  • New Mexico State @ Nevada (CBSS): Wolf Pack!

This Weekend in College Football: Week 5

As usual, all times Eastern and all predictions wrong.

Noon:

  • Michigan @ Wisconsin (FOX): So this is fun. I took a fall from a scooter on Tuesday on the way home from a Giants game. My left hand and chin took the brunt of the damage, with my left hand in particular being scraped, swollen, and bruised. In anticipation of not being sure I could type out the whole column this week, I recorded a podcast-esque type thing that I’ll go ahead and attach to this post. As it turns out, though, my hand is good enough to type up the post, so I’ll go ahead and do it. The even more fun part is if it can pick consistent winners. Anyway, I like Michigan here.
  • Texas @ Texas Christian (ABC): As I referenced in the audio, I think that Texas fans don’t wanna hear it, but they’re definitely favorites here.
  • Arkansas @ Georgia (ESPN): Well, I’d sure like the WHOMPIN’ to continue, but Georgia just figures to be too much of a match for the Hogs.
  • Duke @ North Carolina (ESPN2): Well, I already used the basketball jokes for Duke-KU last week, so anyway this figures to be a good “get right” opportunity for the Tar Heels.
  • Memphis @ Temple (ESPNU): I’m not sure what kind of season Temple is having, but Memphis is the favorite here.
  • Tennessee @ Missouri (SEC): Mizzou? Sure. Tennessee doesn’t seem that good, and I’m sure the Tigers are recovered from their trip to Chestnut Hill by now.
  • Minnesota @ Purdue (BTN): Both these teams have suffered bad losses this year. I view this as pretty much a coinflip. Boilermakers I guess?
  • Charlotte @ Illinois (BTN): Charlotte is a spunky Sun Belt team for sure, but I think the Illini can get this one.
  • Western Michigan @ Buffalo (CBSS): Buffalo? Yeah, Buffalo.
  • Pittsburgh @ Georgia Tech (ACCN): Well, dang, where’d that come from? 45 points? Of offense? And a defense that seems to continue wreaking havoc? Is this team… competent? Okay, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We still lost to Northern Illinois. Nonetheless, there is this odd feeling of hope. But my eyes are clear – this team is still young, and they may not handle some success well. I suspect this will still be an up-and-down season, and I won’t be surprised by whatever happens.

12:30: Louisville @ Wake Forest (ACC/RSN): Wake Forest is… good? What a weird thing to say, but you know, it happens sometimes.

2:00:

  • Southern California @ Colorado (Pac12): Colorado isn’t that good, but USC is a disaster. I’m going to go ahead pick the Buffs.
  • Appalachian State @ Georgia State (ESPN+)

2:30:

  • Cincinnati @ Notre Dame (NBC): This is the game of the day, probably. Cincy needs this win, and so does Notre Dame. Both are after relevance and playoff chances, and Cincy’s odds are nil without this win, and so are ND’s. I think the Bearcats are that good and will be plenty motivated, so I like them here.
  • Louisiana-Monroe @ Coastal Carolina (ESPN+)
  • Eastern Michigan @ Northern Illinois (ESPN+)

3:30:

  • Oklahoma @ Kansas State (FOX): The Sooners will likely prevail here.
  • Oregon @ Stanford (ABC): Stanford is competent this year, in the same way Wake Forest kinda is. The Ducks haven’t quite matched their performance in Columbus as of yet, but they’re still the favorites in the Pac-12 North until further notice.
  • Mississippi @ Alabama (CBS): This game will be tons of fun and high-flying offense, but at the end I suspect it’ll be like last year and Alabama will win by multiple scores despite the game being in doubt late into the third quarter.
  • Texas Tech @ West Virginia (ESPN2): Texas Tech is… kinda bad. I’ll take the ‘Neers here.
  • Nevada @ Boise State (FS1): Boise? Nevada is apparently good this year, but it’s tough to pick against Boise even if they haven’t looked like themselves so far. If they don’t get this one, though…
  • Troy @ South Carolina (SEC): South Carolina is bad… but not this bad. Right?
  • Ohio State @ Rutgers (BTN): Buckeyes.
  • Central Florida @ Navy (CBSS): UCF.
  • Syracuse @ Florida State (ACCN): Syracuse. Wow that feels weird to say, but I’ve already given up on FSU.
  • Florida International @ Florida Atlantic (“Shula Bowl”; Stadium): This doesn’t look like FIU’s year. I’ll take FAU at home.
  • Ohio @ Akron (espn3.com)
  • Bowling Green @ Kent State (ESPN+)
  • Central Michigan @ Miami (ESPN+)
  • Tulane @ East Carolina (ESPN+)

4:00:

  • South Florida @ Southern Methodist (ESPNU): The Mustangs are good, and USF is… not. Figures to be a walkover for the Ponies.
  • Arkansas State @ Georgia Southern (ESPN+)

5:00: Army @ Ball State (ESPN+)

5:30: Washington State @ California (Pac12): Cal’s defense should just be too overwhelming for Wazzu.

6:00:

  • Florida @ Kentucky (ESPN): Sure, the winning streak is long over, the Gators should be well on their way to starting another one.
  • Louisiana Tech @ North Carolina State (ACCNX): Obviously the Wolf Pack need to avoid a hangover from finally beating Clemson last week, but they should be able to do so.
  • Nevada-Las Vegas @ Texas-San Antonio (ESPN+)

6:30:

  • Air Force @ New Mexico (FS2): New Mexico is still terrible when they aren’t playing New Mexico State, so taking Air Force here.
  • Southern Mississippi @ Rice (espn3.com)

7:00:

  • Kansas @ Iowa State (FS1): KU might not be better than the UNLV team Iowa State whalloped last week.
  • Mississippi State @ Texas A&M (SEC): Oh, the Aggies are gonna win, but I’m pretty sure in a way that will create as much drama for them as possible.
  • Liberty @ Alabama-Birmingham (CBSS): Go Blazers.
  • Marshall @ Middle Tennessee State (Stadium): Marshall seems like a solid team this year, and I think this should be at least a test for them.

7:30:

  • Indiana @ Pennsylvania State (ABC): Well, the dream of #9Windiana is likely dead for this year, and I don’t like their odds to pip one in primetime in Happy Valley, either. Could be a good game though.
  • Connecticut @ Vanderbilt (ESPNU): Just… this gonna be dire. Watch Indiana-Penn State or see if the proprietors of the Shutdown Fullcast can get on TV or something. (After all, they are the stars of “the Internet’s ONLY college football podcast.) Oh, and yeah, even Vandy can win this one.
  • Western Kentucky @ Michigan State (BTN): Still not equipped to deal with good Sparty.
  • Northwestern @ Nebraska (BTN): Or that Nebraska might win this one? You know, I’ll give ’em this one.
  • Boston College @ Clemson (ACCN): Will Clemson lose two in a row? When was the last time that even happened? I’ll still pick them just on talent, but eventually they’re going to enter USC or FSU territory at this rate.

8:00: Louisiana @ South Alabama (ESPN+)

9:00:

  • Auburn @ Louisiana State (ESPN): Tigers-Tigers! Auburn seems not real good though? Neither does LSU? Ordinarily this would be appointment viewing, but oof. I’ll take the Tigers at home.
  • Washington @ Oregon State (Pac12): Washington showed a semblance of an offense last weekend, and I’ll take them over a scrappy Beavers team, but I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this one.
  • Old Dominion @ Texas-El Paso (ESPN+)

10:30:

  • Montana @ Eastern Washington (ESPN2): I’m going go ahead safely assume that this will be the only game on TV that features a blood-red field.
  • Arizona State @ California-Los Angeles (FS1): These two have surprisingly similar season so far, but can UCLA prevail at home? I’m thinking yes but could see this going either way.
  • New Mexico State @ San Jose State (NBC Sports/MWC)

11:00: Fresno State @ Hawaii (CBSS): Well, Fresno’s good and Hawaii’s not, but hopefully this can stay competitive into the small hours of the evening.