this marks the beginning of my fourth year of doing these predictions, and it’s time to break my summer writing fast. autumn is almost upon us and that means college football. usually i’m stoked and chomping at the bit for the season to get out of the blocks and down the road. not this year.
the off season has been a sad beginning for some of us old timers. sad because something a few of us have been yammering about for a number of years is finally out in the open. and in the light of day it is just as bad or worse than we imagined.
though in hindsight i suppose allegiances were never as much of a part of the college game as we had thought. allegiances, like in the pros, where buckets of money are trotted out and the fan is left wondering what truck just ran over him and what’s that hole doing over there where my team used to be?
yeah, kids, college football is at the brink. it is standing on the edge of the grand canyon and about ready to leap off into space and land on top of a huge pile of money, or more to the point, the super conferences. we dodged that bullet this past summer. although for a time it looked like that deal was going to go down. thankfully it didn’t. however, the ground work has been laid by the greedy humps and scoundrels in their once ivory towers. as they plot and salivate at the future and the boat loads of money associated with said future. money they can set fire to and squander. the fans be damned. full speed ahead. there’s money money money to be made.
that bullet we dodged a few months ago is still speeding on it’s path.unfortunately gravity has no affect on the super conference bullet. it is heading straight toward a point where it will ricochet and head back at us and into the heart of the sport we love. the holy grail of the regents and deans alike is the green carrot TV holds in front of them. sadly, it’s only a matter of time.
yeah, college football is here. it seems that i have another year or so before the greed heads get their way and ruin my sport forever. they’ve sown the seeds for it’s destruction. i guess i can salvage something out of this mess and season we are heading into. however, my heart just can’t seem to get behind it. perhaps when the season gets rolling that may change. i don’t know. time tells.
once again i’ll be doing ten games per week. ten games that i have some interest in or games that have some sort of national significance. or then again maybe not. but for sure, games i have an interest in watching or in the outcome.
so, to paraphrase president lyndon johnson, it is with a heavy heart i come to you today with my first week of college football predictions for the 2010 season.
as usual, this is for fun only and using the stupidity i dish out here for monetary gain would be total insanity on your part. save your money for more important stuff like food and rent. only fools bet on football games.
i’m also writing and hanging this up a bit early. there aren’t any points spreads up as yet. i do have a life and no time early in the coming week for filtering through the stuff and then dealing with it. so, i’m just doing straight up picks with no spread this week. also due to said life, this might be the theme of the whole season this year. we shall see.
so begins the autumnal equinox of my discontent.
numbers in parentheses indicate preseason AP poll rankings.
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9/2 pittsburgh(15) at utah. the first game of the season for me on TV and thankfully it should be a good one. pitt should run all over utah in more ways than one. the only thing utah has going for them in this game is it is at home. i wish i had a spread for this one but…i don’t. take pittsburgh to win.
9/2 usc(14) at hawaii. the trojans travel to the land of the trade winds and sun, among other stuff. if they can keep their mind on the game at hand they should have no trouble with the warriors. take usc to win.
9/4 jacksonville st at mississippi. ole miss looks strong again this year and with the addition of jeremiah masoli at the qb spot they just might crack the top 10 and maybe even higher if masoli can stay out of trouble and play football instead. i for one hope the young man does just that. this one just should be a fun game to watch if you’re a fan of offense. well, on the part of ole miss. take ole miss to win.
9/4 purdue at notre dame. an interesting early season match up for both teams. a new coach at the home of the dome. another game where i’d like a spread. though i figure the golden domers to be favored i’m taking purdue to win.
9/4 new mexico at oregon(11). my beloved ducks start the season at home against the place where i hope i end up living one of these days. be that as it may, new mexico is in for it on the 4th. duck home crowd and 18 returning starters. it doesn’t get much better. take the ducks to win. on a side note, depending on the spread when it comes out you may want to cast aside my sage advice and double down on the ducks. yes, they have a qb problem with the departure of masoli. just don’t get too stupid. QUACK QUACK.
9/4 oregon st(24) at tcu(6). a fine game to be sure. watch it. i’ve gone back and forth on this one. the beavers are my pick to win the pac 10 this year. that is if the brothers rodgers stay healthy. tcu will probably be favored. i’m taking oregon st. honk honk i’m a pac 10 homer.
9/4 washington at byu. another good one here, kids. the huskies make a statement. take washington to win.
9/4 wisconsin(12) at unlv. i’m a bit confused as to why i picked this game. maybe because the badgers are supposed to be good again this year. yeah, that must be it. take them to win.
9/5 smu at texas tech. the red raiders have a new coach. smu has coach june jones. take smu to win. and as always pay a visit to: http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu
9/6 boise st(3) at virginia tech(10). big first game for both schools and a fine way to end a labor day weekend of college ball. boise st has a lot on the line here being tech and oregon st are the only schools on their schedule this year that can actually play good football. the boys of the smurf turf will probably be favored. and it will be a fun game with no sucker punches at the end of the game no matter who wins. however, take viginia tech to win.
there it is my first weeks picks. once i got rolling on the writing the juices began to flow a bit. maybe i can get into this year after all. there are only a couple more left. be smart and be safe over the holiday weekend. yes, i know you’re now confused.