Just Call Me Skip Bayless

  We’re two weeks into the college football season and we’ve already witnessed many enormous events that we will tell our grandchildren about forty years from now. Such as the debut of the University of Miami, Florida’s Junior Varsity team on national television, Auburn overcoming the odds to defeat the dominant Utah State Aggies football team in a true David versus Goliath matchup and to top it all off, the historic Marshall football program was defeated in three quarters by the West Virginia Mountaineers; permanently establishing Marshall as the third most prestigious football program in the state of West Virginia, just trailing the West Virginia Tech Golden Bears.  Doc Holliday sure has them on the right track.
            As we venture into the third week of the college football season, we have many questions that are still unanswered: Will Notre Dame decide to play some cornerbacks?  Can Boise State hold off the threat of Toledo University and remain undefeated? Can Florida State avoid being humbled by the Oklahoma Sooners on their home field?  All of these questions and more will be answered by early Sunday morning at the latest, but why wait when you can read my column and be enlightened much earlier?  If you don’t wish to be spoiled on what happens on Saturday, then don’t read past this paragraph since as you know, I’m never, ever wrong.
            The biggest game of the weekend is obviously the showdown between the #1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners and the #5 ranked Florida State Seminoles.  The pre-game tradition for the Seminoles is a Seminole Indian riding out on a horse and planting a burning spear on the field to get the crowd and the team hyped.  Sadly, for Seminole fans, the spear won’t be the only thing being burned on Saturday night, as the Florida State secondary will be getting burned all night long by the combination of Landry Jones to Ryan Broyles and Trey Franks.  Have no fear Seminole fans, as at least you have the much anticipated showdown against Clemson to look forward to next week. 
            Before this showdown on Saturday, we have some FANTASTIC SEC action when #3 ranked LSU visits #25 ranked Mississippi State on Thursday night.  Mississippi State, coming off of a last second loss to Auburn on Saturday, is looking for redemption and there would be no better form of it than defeating the number three team in the nation.  This is a trap game for LSU, as they might be caught looking ahead to their game against the West Virginia Mountaineers next Saturday, but Les Miles is a good enough coach to make sure that his team is not caught looking ahead and I fully expect LSU to pull away from Mississippi State in the end and win by double digits.  This loss will drop the Mississippi Rebels to 1-2, who at the start of the season had potential SEC Championship aspirations.  At least there is the Gator Bowl to look forward to, Rebel fans.                                                                                                                                                           

            Speaking of trap games, the eighteenth ranked West Virginia Mountaineers travel to College Park to take on the unranked Maryland Terrapins, who last week barely defeated the Miami University Junior Varsity team.  West Virginia Quarterback Geno Smith so far this year has shown impeccable accuracy, which is needed in Dana Holgerson’s offense, and he should continue that trend on Saturday afternoon when he and the Mountaineers take care of business in College Park, and go on to prepare for next Saturday, when the LSU Tigers visit Morgantown in a showdown between two top twenty five teams.

Other picks:

#4 Boise State defeats Toledo

Penn State defeats Temple

North Carolina defeats Virginia

#23 Texas defeats UCLA

#15 Michigan State defeats Notre Dame

#22 Arizona State defeats Illinois

Upset Alert: #6 Stanford @ Arizona