Reverse Barometer: Calls and Picks Sure to Go Wrong

Posted on September 16th, by Rob Scichili in All, college, NCAA. No Comments


by Rob Scichili

The Week that Was

My apologies, TCU. But at least I warned you.

Reverse Barometer picked the Frogs to win in Lubbock last Thursday, as well as be Big 12 Champs. While TCU could still run the table, I’m thinking the chances of that are about as high as the referees from that game getting a pay raise. That was ugly.

My condolences to the Longhorn faithful as well. I wanted to believe that the BYU fallout would be a wakeup call. Unfortunately Ole Miss really played like an SEC team. And Texas’ defense played like, well, its 2013 defense.

A couple of my calls went rather well, though. I took the Chiefs to beat the Cowboys, 31-30. I’m almost proud of myself for picking a one-point loss. But I’m also still a tad ill from the play-calling. Then there was Bama-A&M. I picked Bama, 42-38 in a shootout, with A&M having three turnovers.

Being an Aggie, I hate it when I’m right. That John Football kid might have a future at the position of quarterback.

The Week Ahead

Cowboys hosting the Rams: This one will be closer than people think. The Rams are young but they have a ton of talent, and their D is very improved. I think home cooking does the Cowboys well in this one, winning the game on a field goal in the fourth quarter, 27-24. Lots of hugs in the Jones’ suite.

Texas at Kansas State: Do I dare take the Horns again? Nope. Fool me twice,… well, you know. Mack says winning the Big 12 is what his squad needs to focus on. He may end up firing someone else next Sunday. Try looking in the mirror, Mr. Brown. Wildcats 34, Horns 24

SMU at Texas A&M: This one won’t be pretty, despite a possible Alabama hangover for the Aggies. Johnny Football accrues 400 total yards. In the first half. Tune in for the second half to see the Ags’ future in QB Kenny Hill from Southlake Carroll. Aggies 54, Mustangs 26

Texas Tech hosting Texas State: The Red Raiders put on a clinic, with 10 different players catching a pass. The second half of the game broadcast is dedicated to analyzing the Tech offensive starters building a fox trap behind the bench. Tech 59, State 18

U Louisiana-Monroe at Baylor: Lots of track meets going on in our fair state. Here’s another one. This one is ugly early and often. Have I mentioned that Art Briles will be on the short list of candidates to replace Mack in Austin? I give Briles credit; the man knows how to run an offensive system. Baylor 65, ULM 20

Classic RB

Back on New Year’s Day, 2005, I witnessed the Tennessee Volunteers completely obliterate the Texas Aggies, 38-7, in the Cotton Bowl. They looked like world beaters, led on defense by future Dallas Cowboy Kevin Burnett. Fast forward eight months. The Vols were ranked No. 3 in the AP preseason poll for 2005 and as we made our annual office picks for national champion, I picked Tennessee. How’d they do? 5-6 record with no bowl. The Barometer strikes again. Phil Fulmer still won’t talk to me.

Rob Scichili

Rob Scichili (shick-lee) has worked in professional sports for over 24 years in PR and communications, including time with the Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks,, Minnesota Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks. A journalism graduate of Texas A&M, he is co-owner and editor at ScoreboardTx, principal at Shick Communications and VP at Franchise Sports & Entertainment while serving on the board of the Mike Modano Foundation.

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