Welcome to Week 3 in college football. It is truly the best level of football to me. I just can’t force myself to watch the KFL (Kneeling Football League) anymore. I used to have to see every moment of the NFL when real men played the game like Leroy Kelly, Gayle Sayers, Johnny Unitas, D. D. Lewis, John Hadl, Lance Alworth, Dan Marino, Joe Montana, Kent Hull and you have to remember the eyes of Mike Singletary at middle linebacker for the Bears. Those and others were men that played the game because they loved the game and didn’t abuse what it meant to the average Joe. Those times are gone.
Last week I went 10 of 12 and for the season am now at 23 of 26 (88%).
Games get more interesting week by week now with a full slate of head to head SEC coming next week. On with the show here we go……………
Murray St. @ Kentucky – The Racers have it on the chin twice already this year. Now they are coming to Lexington looking for answers to their lack of ability to do much racing on horseback. It is a tradition for the horse and rider to gallop around the field after each score.
Mark Stoops has quieted the voices of his critics after beating Florida for the first time in 32 years. Oregon transfer QB Terry Wilson and RB Benny Snell have helped get the Wildcat offense firing so far and this Saturday should no different with the Racers in town. Stoops hasn’t yet communicated to Murray St. AD Velvet Milkman (you know I couldn’t make this up) that the stables will be closed during game time.
When this one is over it should be apparent that the Old Grey Mare isn’t what she use to be!
T-Dawg’s Winner: Kentucky 37 – 14
UTEP @ Tennessee – Jeremy Pruitt held shooting practice for his kids out on the rifle range Saturday and the outcome exceeded expectations 59 -3 over ETSU. THE UTEP Miners head to Rocky Top planning on staking some claims in the hills around Knoxville looking for gold. Jarrett Guarantano will be firing long range in every direction as he tries to keep he hillside free of claim-jumpers. After the Miners catch a few loads of buck-shot in the rear they will decide to head back west as fast as possible.
T-Dawg’s Winner: Tennessee 62 – 30
Vanderbilt @ Notre Dame -- Coach Mason takes his 2 – 0 Commodores and sails north to South Bend hoping to catch the Irish still feeling the effects of their Irish whiskey. The Commodores plan to blast the walls of the House that Rockne built so they can drop anchor and claim South Bend for themselves.
Brian Kelly has already scouted out the coming invasion and will be waiting for Mason’s “Row-boat” navy. The Leprechauns have been doing a happy dance so far this year and there is no reason to think the music will stop yet.
T-Dawg’s Winner: Notre Dame 34 – 17
LSU @ Auburn -- Coach Orgeron brings his Bayou Bengals to the Plains of Auburn looking to make a statement about where they are heading. The Cajun clan better be sure their compass isn’t giving false readings before they go making long range plans.
The Gus Bus has been in the shop getting tuned up to hit the road later on. Right now the Waffle House is staying busy preparing a special gold and purple striped pancake by the dozens. By the time Aunt Jemima pours on the syrup “Big Baby” and his Cajuns will be thoroughly cooked.
T-Dawg’s Winner: Auburn 28 – 17
Colorado St. @ Florida -- The Rams are headed to Gainesville where they will look for a safe crossing through the Florida swamp. The Rams hosted Arkansas last week and may have ruined their ranking in the Top 10, I’m sorry I mean the Bottom 10 in the nation. Beating the Wart Hogs was a good thing at least for the Rams. Gator Land took a huge hit when Stoops bush-cats took home some hides for the first time over thirty years. Old habits started showing up for Mullet-Mullen and the Swamp has been partially drained.
The Gators don’t have enough bite to feel secure when big horned Rams come to town and this could go a little sideways if the Gators don’t learn to swim a little better.
T-Dawg’s Winner: Florida 32 – 24
North Texas @ Arkansas – The Razorbacks are still stunned. Just when everyone in Fayetteville was ready to holler “Woooooooooo, Pig! Sooie!” the roof collapsed and their voices went silent. Chad Morris was trying to get his porkers all greased up before conference play so wrapping up one would be no easy task. The saying goes, “If you can’t catch a Hog then you can’t roast it”. After starting off at 3 – 0 the Mean Green are ready to hold a community feast but there may a little fight left in Mason’s Pork Bellies before they can be skewered.
T-Dawg’s Winner: Arkansas 35 – 32
Alabama @ Ole Miss – Matt Luke has been pure giddy at the start his brigade has made. He has the Land Sharks drinking the Kool-Aid and digging pit traps for Saban’s elephant herd. Ta’amu doesn’t plan on letting no pachyderm drive his car but he hasn’t met Tua yet. Luke’s best traps can’t hold the Crimson flood that about to sweep Oxford. The Salukis ran wild in the streets last week and when Saban lets Tagovailola give his golden arm a workout it could get ugly.
T-Dawg’s Winner: Alabama 51 – 24
Middle Tenn. St. @ Georgia – The Blue Raiders couldn’t handle what Vanderbilt dished out in week one so there is little doubt that they can secure the job of dog-catcher in Athens this weekend. Kirby Smart let his hungry pups eat themselves a belly full of chicken in Columbia last week. When anything dressed in blue wakes then from their nap Saturday they will quickly discover that a junk-yard dog is never in a mood to be social.
T-Dawg’s Winner: Georgia 42 – 10
Marshall @ South Carolina – The Thundering Herd storms into Columbia at a full gallop. When these horses find the turf at Williams-Bryce Stadium all the chickens will scatter to avoid being trampled. Will Muschamp will work with his yard birds on their attack technique from the trees above all week. If they can connect with their talons then those big green horses may decide to exit left early.
T-Dawg’s Winner: South Carolina 32 – 24
ULM @ Texas A&M – The War Hawks have been watching for just the right moment to slip into College Station and steal a quick meal. They have been just slick enough to pick up 2 winds by a total of four points. Jimbo had his collies on the verge of pulling a huge early upset last week but he was one can of Alpo short. Reveille will have a strong hunger for chicken Saturday to finish her meal for herself and her young pups in training.
T-Dawg’s Winner: Texas A&M – 37 – 24
Missouri @ Purdue – The Boiler-makers seemed to have turned the corner last year with their first winning season but suddenly the tires have gone flat again and even the row boats can’t make any headway in the raging waters. The Tigers from Columbia have a leader that can fill the air with missiles and he won’t be shy about filling the sky full again Saturday night. When the last missile lands the Boiler-makers might be ready for a Boiler-maker.
T-Dawg’s Winner: Missouri 42 – 17
Louisiana Lafayette @ Miss. State – The Ragin Cajuns opened with an easy win over Grambling last week. ULL has a history of close games with the Dawgs. These are not the Dawgs of years past though. Joe-Mo has them playing faster and more wide open than his predecessor did. It’s fun to watch them strike from any position on the field in one play or 10 plays. Sophomore Kylin Hill can run by you or over you and keep on trucking. Fitzgerald hasn’t hit his stride just yet but this Saturday he will get a step closer.
The Dawgs will be turned loose on their Cajun neighbors with Sweat and crew striking fear across from them and Kylin getting several alley-oops when he gets to the sideline after finding pay dirt over and over. The Dawgs are warming up for their first SEC battle next week in Lexington.
T-Dawg’s Winner: Miss. State 45 – 13
As always you don’t have to agree but hopefully you laugh a little. Get out and support your school in a healthy way and fellowship with your brethren.