Washington vs. Notre Dame: Washington
Steve Sarkisian and Nick Holt are very familiar with Notre Dame, and I think they understand how to beat them. The question is whether they have the personnel to pull it off – but we have seen them beat better teams than the whining Irish already this season. More importantly, I want to see Lou Holtz cry because he cursed the ‘Canes last week by jumping on our bandwagon.
FSWho vs. Boston College: FSWho?
Thanks a lot, FSWho, for your representation of the ACC! Yeah, that’s right, FSWho? The nation doesn’t know who they are anymore because of the egg they laid, at home, against an unranked opponent. Frankly, I don’t think the ‘Noles know who they are either. Their team has a case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Who are opponents going to get this week? I’m going to go with an every other game theory. I think they bring it this week, just to fall apart with their next opponent. FSWho, we know you have a good team. We saw it against us and BYU. Pull yourselves together!
7 USC vs. 24 Cal: Cal
Cal looks to redeem themselves after being embarrassed by Oregon last week against a USC team struggling for offensive identity between rotating QBs. Cal QB Kevin Riley and Jahvid Best were largely ineffective last week because of a poor performance from the o-line – they will need to step it up against USC’s D or it will be a long night. Cal hasn’t lost a game at home since 2007 – against USC. I see Cal keeping the streak alive and pulling out a W in a very close game.
4 LSU vs. 18 UGA: UGA
LSU looked unimpressive against a mediocre Mississippi State team last week and had to resort to a goal line stand to eek out a W. I think they might be looking ahead to Florida and could let this one slip in the 4th after a close game. UGA’s offense against South Carolina and Arkansas looked good and I think LSU’s defense is soft. I smell an upset.
8 Oklahoma vs. 17 Miami: Miami
Now for the main
event! You might notice my analysis on
other games is a little sparse. Well, that is due in part to the fact
that I am dictating this article in an orange and green straight jacket from the
Palm Beach Home for Sad Super Fans. I was committed around 8 PM last
Saturday night after the Palm Beach ‘Canes Club game watch party (that's me below with LT#36 and Ben's Mom).
On the bright side, I am not alone. My puppy, Sebastian, had to join me after learning that I was fibbing when I told him his hero “Jacowy Hawwis” threw for 400 yards and 6 touchdowns against VA Tech. Thanks a lot to 86 for making him face the truth, spiraling my pup down into a deep depression with me – Sebastian is the one who created the “Jacory for Heisman” website and is heartbroken.
I also have a nice roommate here at The Home who cracked after Tebow went down and is currently bidding on EBAY for the bag in which Saint Timmy tossed his cookies, which seems unnecessary given that the seller of said bag is committed down the hall, but I digress. Sebas and I have been going through daily counseling (“so, Mary, how did you feel when the punt was blocked?”) and intravenous orange and green Kool-Aid treatment three times daily. Doctors are optimistic that I will be released by Thursday morning so I may begin my tailgate food and beverage prep on schedule.
Just kidding! I think most of us took this loss much harder than we have in years because we bought into the hype and had such high expectations for our ‘Canes. I think the team is just as guilty of that. The beat down by VA Tech can’t be blamed on a single factor (rain, hype, Jimmy Graham) and there are no excuses. It’s time to make like Steven Tyler and let the U’s loss go.
I think this is a tremendous opportunity for growth for the young ‘Canes and I think they can turn their performance at VA Tech into a motivational tool. Here’s why:
(1) The U thrives on being the underdog – we are going to have some focused, hungry ‘Canes on the field seeking redemption;
(2) The game is at night, at home;
(3) Oklahoma lost to the only ranked team they played this season – their “impressive” scoring average is against cupcakes;
(4) Their DBs are not as good as our WRs – and to quote Solar’s awesome photo “It ain’t rainin’ today is it ____,”
(5) OU’s weak offensive line.
Are there reasons for concern? Sure, the lack of sacks and turnovers from Miami’s D and OU’s D-line ranks 4th in the nation in sacks averaging 4 per game and VA Tech’s less impressive front 4 made our boys look like turnstiles.
Ooooh, that’s good stuff. Once it hits your lips . . .
Miami wins in a shoot out.