Repairs, Carr!

September 11, 2007 6:56 AM
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Michigan, you have company. It doesn’t feel good starting off 2-15.

Watching college football games for two weeks have made me clueless — a hit and run victim. Never saw the license number of that runaway favorite or upstart underdog.

Never mind what Appalachian State and Oregon did to the Wolverines. How about Buffalo 42-3 over Temple? Did I miss a Jewish holiday? Did the Bills show up?

What about Oklahoma 51-13 over Miami, Fresno State pushing Texas A&M to triple OT or the underdogs taking favorites to the woodshed after losing 33-of-47 board games in Week 1. Well, 26-23 isn’t really a beating, but compared to last week’s 33-14 difference, it could be classified as a role reversal.

Something I could certainly use after a brutal 2-15 start. Maybe the initial signs of life in this corpse with Air Force and LSU saving me from the dreaded donut. If I can’t turn things around, Lloyd Carr is going to have company.

My trend watcher is colleges scheduling "exotic" games outside their region. Exotic meaning matchups where a team leaves home base for a destination several time zones away to face a school where there isn’t much past history between them.

Cases in point: Oregon State 3 at Cincinnati 34. Virginia 3 at Wyoming 23. Of the nine games we considered "exotic" prior to Week 3, the home team went 8-1 straight up and 7-2 against the spread. Only Washington’s surprisingly easy 42-12 rout of Syracuse at the Carrier Dome as a 4-point road favorite kept the home side from going perfect prior to this past Saturday.

And then came Oregon 39, Michigan 7, followed by Fresno State 45, Texas A&M 47. Nobody said "exotics" were flawless, just worth studying.

Inspired by South Florida’s overtime win at Auburn, we begin our comeback.

Thursday, Sept. 13

TCU —8.5 at Air Force: The Frogs put a lot emotionally into the Texas game. Upset alert at the Academy. AIR FORCE.

Saturday, Sept. 15

Illinois —12 at Syracuse: Agent Orange outbreak. Syracuse has been outscored 77-12. ILLINOIS

Virginia at UNC —3: The Heels nearly pulled off the upset at ECU. The Butch Davis era is off to a nice start. The Cavs are ripe to fall. UNC .

Miss St at Auburn —13: Has all the elements of Oregon-Michigan after Auburn’s stunning home loss to USF. MISS ST.

Iowa —17 at Iowa St: The Hawkeyes are 1-8 ATS since 1997 vs ISU. Iowa has Wisconsin in Madison next week. Beware of another Cyclone in Ames. IOWA ST.

Army at W.Forest —21: After facing BC and Nebraska, Wake gets a break. The visiting Cadets may want to miss this Wake up call. WF.

Tennessee at Florida —8: Game of the Day. Another loss will end any national title hopes for Rocky Top. TENN.

ND at Michigan O/U 45: There’s a rumor that the winner gets Buffalo next week and the loser faces Temple. UNDER.

Utah St at Oklahoma —46: Are you kidding me? The Sooners scored 79 against North Texas. Later. OU is a mountain, not the Mountain West. OU.

Ohio St —4.5 at Washington: Here’s your exotic game. The Huskies might be the most improved team in the country. This is not Youngstown State or Akron. WASH.

Texas —19 at UCF: Arkansas State, TCU, UCF and next week Rice. TCU gave the Horns a game for a half. This is exotic game 2. Shades of USF-Auburn. C.FLORIDA.

BC at GT —7: With apologies to Clemson, these may be the two best teams in the ACC. It’s BC’s passing against GT’s running. Edge, the great Tech defense. GT.

Hawaii —17.5 at UNLV: The Rebs nearly shocked a Wisconsin team that chose to party instead of pass. Hawaii 0-2 SU and ATS in Vegas since ’97. UNLV.

FSU —4 at Colorado: Exotic Game III. The Seminoles still a mess on offense without a QB. This could be the breakout game in Boulder for ex-Boise coach Dan Hawkins. COLORADO.