College Football 2019 – Week 8

Here we go boys & girls!  Amazingly enough, the College Football Experts (employees of ESPN who have designated themselves Experts) are still able to find what they think are original thoughts about THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF!!! {cue dramatic music}.  There are 130 schools fielding teams in the “FBS” division – considered the highest level.  The buzzing noise generators are convinced that the entire 12 game regular season for all 130 teams, plus conference championships, are completely and totally irrelevant outside of figuring out the 4 teams that are going to play in the final 3 games of the season.

Contrary to what those clowns think, your average college football fan isn’t that stupid.  Watching sports, much like politics, is a much more personal endeavor.  You choose your team and – if you are a REAL fan – you cheer for that team regardless of how well they perform, how many games they win.  Yes, you complain about them vociferously, but you still cheer for them to win.  When I happened to attend college, my college’s team was bad.  I mean in my 4 years on campus their best record was 4-7 bad.  There is a satirical column that’s been around for years called The Bottom Ten.  My school’s team made regular appearances on that list.  The only consolation was that our in-state rival was worse.  In the decades since, however, my boys have climbed into the higher levels, even making it to the National Championship game twice in the past 10 years (lost both times ☹ ).  And I still honestly don’t pay much attention to THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF!!! Unless my boys have a shot at making it.

So, knowing that most of the folks on Ratburger are more like the average fan than they are the self-appointed experts, let’s take a look at what’s on tap this weekend!

I’m geographically bigoted (is that “geogracist”?), so we’ll start with the West Coast.  The Pac-12 conference probably has the most “parity” in the country.  That means that seemingly every week there is a team that has no business beating their opponent does so nonetheless.  This week there are 2 contests between ranked teams.  Anyone who has been paying attention to my posts knows that the absolute most important game of the year is #12 Oregon vs #25 Washington.  12:30 pm Pacific time on ABC folks – you’d better watch!  The other is #17 Arizona State vs #13 Utah.  Other games include the truly pathetic Fighting Chip Kellys from UCLA visiting the Farm (Stanford), Colorado visiting Washington State (poor Colorado – ever been to Pullman?), Arizona heading into Watts-errrr-the LA Coliseum to take on USC, and Oregon State, fresh off getting their butts kicked at home by Utah, heading down to Berkeley to  get their butts kicked by the Cal Bears.

The Big 12 (which has 10 teams) features the Mountaineers from West Virginia strolling into the flat lands of Oklahoma to take on the #5 Sooners, #18 Baylor heading to Oklahoma State, Kansas heading into Austin to try to play basketball against the #15 football Longhorns, TCU going to Kansas State… and the MOST IMPORTANT BIG 12 GAME OF THE WEEK – Iowa State heads into Lubbock to take on Mike LaRoche’s Texas Tech Red Raiders!

Ah The Big 10 (sort of has 14 teams, but can you really count Rutgers?).  The #3 Ohio The State The University travels to Evanston, IL to take on The Northwestern The University.  #6 The Wisconsin goes to Champaign to annihilate The Illinois, The Purdue is at The Iowa, The #20 Minnesota is at Rutgers (only school in the conferences undeserving of “The”), and The Indiana is at The Maryland.  The only game between “ranked” teams is The #16 Michigan going to The #7 Penn State.

Since the SEC football is THE GREATEST SPORTING ASSOCIATION IN THE UNIVERSE!!!!!!!!! I really can’t say much, other than to say here’s their schedule.

Ah, the ACC.  The only conference in the country who is taking more heat than the Pac-12 this year for being lousy.  There’s much talk of them being Clemson and the 13 Tackling Dummies.  But I know at least one person on Ratburger holds the North Carolina State Wolfpack near and dear to their hearts.  And hey, NC State is 4-2.  Not bad, not bad.  Aforementioned #3 Clemson heads to Louisville to expectedly bludgeon the Cardinal.  The Wolfpack heads up to Bahston to take on BC.  Georgia Tech heads to Miami (yawn), North Carolina goes to Virginia Tech (still don’t know what a Hokie is), Duke travels to Virginia for the game between the mid-Atlantic snobs, and the Whining Willie Taggarts (Florida State) head to Wake Forest.  I don’t know where Wake Forest is and am not inclined to look it up.  I just want them to thump FSU.

#8 and perennially overrated Notre Dame has the week off.  #14 Boise State (Boise is not a state) travels to Provo to take on Brigham Young.  I have a lot of relatives who are Boise State fans.  I cheer against them almost as often as I cheer against the Huskies.

I think that mostly covers it for this week.  Posting pics of cheerleaders is Mike’s schtick, not mine, but as always, feel free folks!

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46 thoughts on “College Football 2019 – Week 8”

  1. Great Adventure:
    And the week gets started with the Fighting Chip Kellys taking down the Furd in Palo Alto.  These 2 teams demonstrate how strange this conference can be.  One week UCLA looks absolutely horrid against the Meager Beavers from Oregon State.  But bookend that with a come from 32 points behind against Washington State and a dominating win over Stanford – both road games.  Stanford barely hangs on to beat that same Meager Beaver team then throttles Washington – only to not bother coming out for the UCLA game.

    In the Furd’s defense, they’re down to their 3rd string QB, and the kid looked completely and totally lost.  You just never know.

    Also just read that Stanford lost their kicker with a knee injury.  The guy has the most 90’s name imaginable – Jet Toner.  I think his parents names are AOL and Xerox Toner.

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  2. Great Adventure:

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    GA, remember it is only a game but just to be on the safe side stay away from high places and sharp objects. (Depressed ducks are not a  pretty sight.)

    Gotcha.  I’ve actually learned to control my stress/emotions over Duck games.  Our dog used to run into my office and hide under the desk during games – she could apparently feel my stress.  If the boys are performing particularly poorly (see 2016 against UW), I’ll just walk away for a while.

    Funny you should write this. When you write a post I want to hide under a desk too.

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    Great Adventure:

    10 Cents:
    GA, remember it is only a game but just to be on the safe side stay away from high places and sharp objects. (Depressed ducks are not a  pretty sight.)

    Gotcha.  I’ve actually learned to control my stress/emotions over Duck games.  Our dog used to run into my office and hide under the desk during games – she could apparently feel my stress.  If the boys are performing particularly poorly (see 2016 against UW), I’ll just walk away for a while.

    Funny you should write this. When you write a post I want to hide under a desk too.

    In today’s culture that would make me an “Influencer”.

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  4. Great Adventure:
    Okay, my counting skills are deficient.  Just changed the title of the slide – this is week 8, not week 7.  Mea culpa.

    Close enough for an Oregon fan, Great Adventure. Next week will be 9. (He needed a hint.)

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  5. I could tell the momentum had swung. Washington was going to let the victory slip through their fingers. I am glad that they were up most of the game so I could gloat some.

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    I could tell the momentum had swung. Washington was going to let the victory slip through their fingers. I am glad that they were up most of the game so I could gloat some.

    Heck of a game, but

    I must humbly say….

    NeenerNeenerNeener!!!!

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  7. Great Adventure:

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    I could tell the momentum had swung. Washington was going to let the victory slip through their fingers. I am glad that they were up most of the game so I could gloat some.

    Heck of a game, but

    I must humbly say….

    NeenerNeenerNeener!!!!

    I would have had my NEENERS IN BOLD AND A BIGGER FONT. IT WAS NOT TO BE. 

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