Reverse Barometer – Picks and Calls Sure to go Wrong
Chiefs watch: 7-0 after a 17-16 win over the Texans on Sunday. I guess Andy Reid can coach. Speaking of coaches, Gary Kubiak is toast. His seat was kinda warm when the season began but now it is literally on fire. No, really, the Houston FD should be on the scene…Baylor is for real. They scored 70 again vs. Iowa State on Saturday and Barometer thinks they run the table. Sorry, Bears fans, I just gave you the ultimate jinx. But I think they do win out – and probably in dynamite form. The thing no one is talking about is Baylor’s defense, which has been quite salty. The bad news for Baylor – they won’t sniff the BCS title game unless there is some serious help, and I honestly don’t think it’s coming. I don’t see Bama or Oregon losing, and Florida State might be playing the best football in the country right now…Gary Pinkel might be coach of the year. Mizzou was picked sixth in the SEC East this year. Sunday night, they were ranked fifth. In the BCS. The Tigers are legit and may keep on winning. They will win the SEC East but really shouldn’t give Bama much trouble in the SEC title game. Kudos to Mizzou though…Hi, I’m Chip Kelly. I never should have left college. (other than the NCAA violations thing). Steve Spurrier and Nick Saban coulda told ya. Kelly will be back in the NCAA within three years.
Weekend Picks Review
Overall, the Barometer did pretty well. We picked correct winners in Dallas Cowboys, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Baylor. I would apologize to Aggies everywhere for picking a win vs. Auburn, but I ain’t taking the fall with that D. The TCU pick at OSU went wrong and true Barometer results transpired from the pick of the Clemson Tigers (cue Price is Right’s sad trombone).
The Week Ahead
Cowboys at Lions: The no-name defense has been playing well, but the Lions take this one with a field goal at the gun. Tony Romo keeps the Cowboys in the game, but the Lions have the ball last. Lions fans just LOVE when I pick them to win anything. I think I would not be allowed into Ford Field. Lions 27, Cowboys 24
Oklahoma State at Iowa State: Oklahoma State wins a yawner. Punting in this game will provide the biggest highlight, as OSU returns one to the house for the second week in a row. Cowboys 30, Iowa State 16
Texas Tech at Oklahoma: Is Tech for real? Nope, not quite yet. Unfortunately for OU, neither are they. But the Sooners do not lose at home. Kliff takes his first loss as a head coach. But he still looks cool. Sooners 28, Tech 20
West Virginia at Kansas State: The Mountaineers don’t know who or what they want to be this season. Well, Saturday they’ll be winners in Manhattan, Kansas. West Virginia is more inconsistent than the Barometer, which is hard to do. It’s their turn to be up. Mountaineers 23, Kansas State 20
Baylor at Kansas: Hide the women and children, the dogs, the cats. Everyone. Baylor could break 100 points if they want to in this one. Art Briles won’t do it, but he could. Maybe Bill Snyder can write him a nice note of congratulations after the game. Bears 80, Wildcats 14
Texas at TCU: Which Texas team are we going to get? The one that rolled OU or the one that was run over by BYU? Ah, but let’s look at the other sideline. We KNOW which team will show up on offense for the Frogs. The Horns’ quest for the Big 12 title continues. Longhorns 30, Frogs 14
Vanderbilt at Texas A&M: The biggest question in this one: will Johnny Manziel play? Barometer is predicting no due to a separated shoulder. So now, who gets the start? Matt Joeckel or Kenny Hill? Barometer goes with Joeckel, but Hill will also play. Kevin Sumlin prepares both to play and goes with the hot hand throughout. Can the Aggies outscore the Commodores? We say yes, as Barometer and son will take in the game personally (and grab some Double Dave’s Pizza Rolls at halftime). Aggies 38, Commodores 34
Upset Pick of the Week: Penn State at No. 4 Ohio State. The Buckeyes are a sham and they’re going down at some point. Might as well be this week.