It was a disastrous weekend for Dr. S. in the football prognosticating department. But hey, in baseball, my World Series matchup of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Anaheim Angels is looking great. Out with the hated Yankees. Out with the upstart Snakes.
I picked Florida to whip Ole Miss 42-21. Instead, Ole Miss won 17-14. How was I supposed to know that Florida QB Rex Grossman wouldn't show up for the second half of the game? (I won't mention here that Florida is 1-4 in its last 5 trips to Mississippi.) How good are the Rebels? The verdict is still out.
I thought South Carolina would beat Mississippi State 17-13. Instead, the Ass-Kickin' Chickens wasted the Bulldogs 34-10. This time I gave the State offense and defense too much credit. (Afterward, Jackie Sherrill cried about Lou Holtz running up on the score on him. I guess if a team as bad as USC hung 34 on my squad, I would cry, too.) Next week's game against Troy State might be the last time the Dogs win. And based on how things are going in StarkVegas this season, beating the Trojans is no sure thing.
I said Hinds would beat Gulf Coast 14-7. Instead, Gulf Coast edged Hinds 14-7. What happened to Hinds' offense? At 1-2, the Eagles appear to be out of the South Division race. It's a lousy year for state teams that wear maroon and white.
In other games, Belhaven put together an entertaining 48-6 rout of Bethel; Delta State finally won a game, defeating West Georgia 27-21; Mississippi Valley State splattered former Delta Devils coach Archie "The CrapSlinger" Cooley and his Paul Quinn squad 52-16; Millsaps mauled Maryville 34-21; and Hardin-Simmons humbled Mississippi College 32-21. An in a contest that defies alliteration, Alcorn State sleepwalked past Fort Valley State 10-7.
Them-damn-Saints? Oh, they used to be much worse than that. Now they're good and then-#$%&!!-Cowboys stink.
Say, did I mention that my Cardinals-Angels World Series pick is looking good?