After two disappointing months of mediocrity, maybe our luck will change due to a startling fact that reared its head last week in the SEC.
All four games in the league went "under" the posted total, including my alma mater South Carolina’s dramatic 16-15 upset at Tennessee. To see the look on Phil Fulmer’s face when he knew victory was unattainable — priceless. I’ll have to raise my annual contribution to the Gamecock Club athletic fund.
Last week: 4-6
Now, on to this week’s action.
Tenn +8 at Notre Dame: If you thought nothing could get worse at Tennessee than losing to Spurrier and Carolina, think again. Irish eyes smile big. ND.
Army +12 at Air Force: The Cadets off a bye are set to pounce on wounded fly boys. ARMY.
BYU +12 at UNLV: Battle of acronyms is all Cougars, whose high-octane offense has been reborn. BYU.
Colorado St +6Â½ at TCU: The winner takes command in Mountain West. Rams off great second half performance against New Mexico. We’ll take the points. COLO ST.
Alabama at Miss St. (37): Brodie Croyle just wins football games for Tide. HC Sylvester Croom would love to pay back Bama for rejecting him, but Dogs can’t score. UNDER.
Missouri +11Â½ at Colorado: Buffs in high gear as they look to repeat last year’s charge to Big XII North title. Tigers appear in a free fall. COLO.
UCLA -9 at Arizona: Get ready for another Bruins fourth quarter comeback in the desert. Zona is coming on. Ask Oregon State. ARIZONA.
Stanford +32 at USC: This is just too cruel for the Cardinal. No way they want any part of USC after what happened in Palo Alto last week. USC
Michigan St -5Â½ at Purdue: This game should be played in a psychiatrist’s office. MICH ST.
Now, let me vent a bit about the National Football League.
If I see another third down and 7 or fourth and 6 result in a three-yard dump off pass, I will end up in the same mindset as Phil Hellmuth. Minus the bling.
How in the world can a coach or offensive coordinator justify calling that kind of a pass? The play NEVER works! It happened again at the end of the Buffalo-New England game. Forgive the Patriots if they were laughing on the way to the sideline.
”¡ How about nine NFL road favorites this week! Could be 10.