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So Week 4 was fun right?

 Okay I have seen enough of college football to determine three of the four teams that will reach the college football playoff. Sorry to ruin it for you the rest of the season but here it goes:
1. Alabama
2. Ohio State
3. Louisville / Clemson winner
As for the 4th Team, I have no idea. Maybe not even Houston since I am quite confident Louisville will shred the Cougars later on in the year. Maybe a team from the PAC 12 like Stanford? They looked a little shaky against UCLA in their road win.

So let this always be a lesson. DO NOT EVER TALK TRASH right before a football game unless you plan on backing it up. Florida was doing it all week and the entire 1st half against Tennessee. Then the Florida defense imploded and Tennessee had their largest comeback in history to beat the Gators.
Yeah Arkansas you deserved to lose that game based on play calling near the goal line and the amount of turnovers. Who calls a jet sweep on 4th and 1 inches from A&M’s goal line?.... apparently the Arkansas Head Coach Does. Texas A&M might be the real deal……but I’m still not sold.

That LSU-Auburn ending was one of a kind. Right after LSU won the game, they lost it. Yes it was the right call by the refs. As I was watching the game live, I noticed the game clock was sitting at 0:00 before the snap and thought the refs missed. However, power boosters from LSU have had enough of the Les Miles era after getting branded a Top 5 Team to kick-off the season will all of the returning talent. Dropping the opener to Wisconsin is one thing, but those dumping a ton of money into the LSU athletic department didn’t want to lose to Auburn. Not like that. So just like that, Les Miles and his offensive coordinator get the pink slip. I am calling it now; LSU will lose at least two more games. Maybe more. That program is in disarray.

Oh and lost in the madness? One of the Toomer’s Corners Trees caught on fire. Yes a man was arrested for it after lighting the toilet paper hanging from the trees… He resides from Auburn as well.

Speaking of pink slips, the Notre Dame Defensive Coordinator got the can after Head Coach Brian Kelly stated that coaching had nothing to do with the losing 3 games. This comes after Duke beat Notre Dame. AT NOTRE DAME!!!!

Remember how everyone was screaming that Texas was back after beating Notre Dame? Whoops. Yeah, THAT Notre Dame team is now 1-3. But’s let face it, Mike and 10 of his church buddies could probably beat Notre Dame…. AT Notre Dame!

I was one of those that was jumping on the B1G bandwagon after Michigan State beat Notre Dame last week but then the Spartans got pasted by Wisconsin…. the same Wisconsin team that barely beat LSU in the opener… who got beat by Auburn.

Fine, so the class of the B1G is still Ohio State… We’ll see if either Michigan or Wisconsin will be a challenger to the Buckeyes. Michigan and Wisconsin play this week…. And we all know it will be on the Picks… Pick your poison.

So how did we do in our picks?

I have a confession to make… I originally had Tennessee picked to win the game but switched my pick after Cindie coerced me into picking the Gators since they had a 11 or 12 game win streak over Tennessee. Cindie bought into the Gator trash talk and it cost both of us.

I also had Texas A&M picked but after getting desperate due to Teddy winning all but one game I got a little desperate.

That sound you heard was Cindie politely excusing herself from the big boy table and making room for Teddy and Mike.

You know someone has it out for you when they personally text you and say they are coming for you. That was Teddy sending me texts late Saturday night. I was already worried he would overtake me in points but I got a little scared once he texted me "hehehe”. I had to check the front door just to ensure he wasn’t there.

Clearly Mike needs to win the $80 bucks. Mike got pulled over about a month ago for speeding on the way back to his house…and got a ticket. Well, it appears Mike hasn’t learned his lesson considering he’s sped from dead last to 3rd place in a ...


Right when we thought this past Saturday’s games would be boring, it turned out to be fun after all.

Alabama finally rolled after looking pedestrian in the first half to win 38-10 over a feisty Western Kentucky Team who may end up winning their conference. However, Ole Miss is up next.

Auburn looked good in their win against Nobody-U. Up Next is conference play.

And right when I thought Auburn’s defense was legit, I’m now wondering if it is a product of Clemson’s offense. Before you get grumpy, let me explain. Auburn’s defense played lights out against Clemson’s offense and then Clemson barely got by Troy 30-24. Clemson’s offense rolled up only 414 total yards against Troy. TROY!!!! Not to mention, Clemson’s defense gave up 386 yards. In fact Troy outrushed the Tigers in that game. Maybe, just Maybe Clemson doesn’t have the machine rolling just yet.

There were some last minute finishes between Penn State@ Pitt, Arkansas@ TCU, BYU@ Utah, and Texas Tech @ Arizona State which had implications on our Pick’ems contest. Each game came down to the wire.

Maybe it was just me, but I didn’t get excited about the Tennessee Virginia Tech match-up. I was more interested in the Arkansas TCU game. But hey, the SEC won two big out of conference games. And the B1G conference has played nobody yet. That all changes this week as Ohio State takes on the Oklahoma. If Oklahoma loses that one, it would be a hard sell to get into the 4 team playoff.

Rest In Peace Oklahoma State… Yes you were robbed at the end by bad officiating. But here’s the thing, never EVER put yourself in that position if you are the better team.

Michigan still got excited about Michigan blowing out a winless UCF squad which has dropped 14 straight games.

Moving on to our Pick’ems contest…..

Well, that didn’t take long. Megan and Wendi have shuffled to the bottom where they will stay for the remainder of the season. So that locks up 7th and 8th place. The only thing we have to figure out now is who takes 1st through 6th?

All of a sudden Mom is playing lights out hitting the most points in week 2 with 41. It’s almost like she needs the money or something. Maybe after getting into that little fender bender, this $80 will help pay for repairs.

Cindie and I are tied in the top spot at 83 points each but Mom, Teddy, and Kim are not far behind.

Mike is in recovery mode still from the 1st week and for now has dug his way out of the bottom into 6th place.

However, it’s still really early. The trick is to not fall behind too far.

Here’s how we rank through Week 2:

1. Cindie – 83 points
1. David – 83 points
2. Mom – 79 points
3. Teddy – 78 points
4. Kim – 72 points
5. Mike – 66 points
6. Wendi – 64 points
7. Megan – 56 points

Good luck on your picks this week… well, not really!

Quick, a show of hands if you thought Louisville would do THAT to Florida State? Put your hand down, you’re lying. Those that picked Louisville to win went pretty low in their confidence points. Yeah that was a serious drubbing which will no doubt send Louisville in the Top 5.


Now’s the time to start jumping off the Auburn bandwagon. It’s not that Auburn’s a bad team, it’s just they lack THE quarterback to get it done. The ground game was fine rushing for 236 yards against a decent A&M defense but the passing game only had a meager 163 yards with no touchdowns. That’s the problem with a Gus Malzahn offense. In this system, it’s the quarterback or bust. For whatever reason, this offense wants to feature a QB with a great zone read game which opens up play action. Without, that, there seems to be no identity.


Poor Ole Miss. They had Florida State on the ropes three weeks ago and lost a 20 plus point lead in which FSU stormed back to win. This past Saturday, the Rebel Bears were up 24-3 just several minutes to go before half. Somehow Alabama ripped off 14 points in a span of 13 seconds and trailed 24-17 at halftime. From there, Alabama took control of the game and was up by 18 points after a pick-6 was housed. A flurry of Ole Miss Touchdowns in 9 seconds late in the 4th quarter gave the Tide a scare. However, that’s two Top 10 teams that Ole Miss had a three touchdown lead that wilted away.


Yeah we knew it was coming based on our picks. Nobody except a few gave Oklahoma a fighting chance. Ohio State was going to rip through Oklahoma and they did convincingly. The lowest points someone had on that game was 5 points. Everyone went pretty high. Remember when the media picked Oklahoma to be in the playoff just a few weeks ago? Yeah, well that pretty much took care of that.


Speaking of the B1G, they are making a strong argument for having the best conference this year. With Nebraska shocking Oregon and Michigan State besting Notre Dame, the out of conference wins look great. With teams such as Ohio State and Michigan in the conference, things are looking good for the B1G. Yeah, just forget that Iowa lost to North Dakota State this weekend.


So how many of us were laughing when Colorado was up by two scores over Michigan in the first half? Yeah I was as well though it didn’t last long.


Let’s to get to our Pick’ems Contest……


It was a surprising week in which we all did fairly well considering the great match-ups. We are officially through the 1st quarter of games. Which means, we have 3 more quarters to go.


I was telling people all week that many "experts” were predicting Nebraska to upset Oregon. So what did those people do (cough Cindie, cough Wendi)?… they went high on Oregon. Meanwhile, I went with the Oregon pick, but lost only one point.


There’s no truth to the rumor that Wendi flew out to Mike’s house to get assistance with her picks. However, Mike’s picks improved this week. If someone is flying out this weekend to Mikes, there may be something more to it.


Nobody is really noticing, but Mom is quietly in 4th place and only 8 points from 1st place.


Did you know that Cindie is the ONLY one in the group that has hit 40 plus points in each week so far? And that’s why she’s in 2nd place. She’d be in 1st place if she would have nailed the Oregon pick.


Most Points for the week:  Yeah that was Mike scoring 48 out of 55 points which still leaves him in 6th place, but he’s closing in on the rest of the pack.


Least Points for the week: Megan just can’t catch a break. She hits her highest total of points in 10 years years with 41 which were still the LEAST points scored in our group for the week. The problem, everyone else will always be better than Megan at pick’ems. Okay fine, so Mom also tied with Megan for the lowest points this past Saturday.


Best Pick of the week: Picking Louisville over FSU was the best pick of the week for Mike, Wendi, and Teddy. However, two of those three ...


The first weekend of college football is almost complete. Texas and Notre Dame battle it out tonight in Austin. On Monday night, Ole Miss and Florida State will begin their quest to get into the college football playoff.

Weekends like this are why I love the big name match-ups. Thank You College Football Playoff for making this a reality.

So what happened yesterday? Well for starters, the LSU offense looked like the typical LSU offense. Nothing has changed from what I saw. The Badgers gave a very spirited effort in that win which was arguably the biggest shocker of the day. But that’s just the problem with preseason polls. What we THINK we know about a team is way different when the games actually begin. I think this is Les Miles’ last year with the team.

Or Maybe Houston shocking Oklahoma was perhaps the biggest upset of the day? But that game was not as surprising considering what Houston did to FSU in the bowl game in 2015. Good for Houston, they only have a one game schedule now. Only Louisville stands in their way of going undefeated.

Alabama finally broke the will of USC in a 52-7 throttling. That defense was awesome to see.

Speaking of defense, how about Auburn holding the potent Clemson attack despite a losing effort? However, Auburn needs to find a quarterback sooner than later. I am not sure how rotating three quarterbacks in and out will allow continuity in an offense. But maybe I’m wrong.

And no Wendi, Michigan beating Hawaii is not worthy enough to be considered into this writing.

The SEC and Pac 12 have had better days.  Washington State AGAIN lost to a FCS school for the second straight year in the season opener. Mississippi State lost to Southern Alabama. UCLA was a team considered by many to be a dark horse to make the playoff. It can still happen but now face an uphill climb.

So what happened in our pick’ems contest?

With money on the line, all of a sudden Megan nails Week 1 with 40 points which is good for 3rd place…for now. But don’t be fooled. It’s like watching the movie Titanic; it’s a cute story at first, but we all know the inevitable is coming.  Those icebergs are looming for Megan.

It was almost like Mike was breaking in a freshman quarterback with absolutely zero confidence in his picks. Mike only assigned 2 points on Michigan who was favored by only 100 points! His picks and confidence points assigned to each were baffling.  But to be fair, how many of us have been burned by Michigan in the past? Mike clearly has a wound that has not been healed.

Good for you Teddy for picking Clemson and going somewhat high.

And why did all of the Auburn fans in our family place 10 points on Oklahoma? Teddy, Kim, and Mike must have had a chat while they were doing their picks. It’s no coincidence that each of you is now in the bottom three spots.

Yeah, so only getting 28 points the first weekend of college football sucked. But guess what? Those days are coming for us all. Maybe Mike is getting his out of the way early.

Wendi went 0-2 going against the grain. Wendi had points on UCLA and North Carolina. See how that turned out?

Shame on all of you (Kim / Mike / Mom / Megan) that placed 7, 8, and even 9 points on LSU. You bought all the hype that ESPN and others were talking about LSU.

As a reminder, this contest is NOT a sprint, but a marathon. We have a long ways to go!! Good luck next week on your picks!!!



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