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Fat Guy Corner

The college football playoff scene should have zero change this week, as all four teams won their games.

How about the great SEC schedule this week? The Georgia Bulldogs playing U-Mass and Auburn taking on Liberty? The big game of the week is Alabama taking on the Citadel!! What a bunch of garbage these games are! I mean, talk about taking a breather before your last game of the season and conference championship game, what a joke. The players with injuries on all these teams get two weeks to heal up, another added benefit. I get sick and tired of hearing about the SEC and how great a conference they are. Let’s be honest. Toss out Alabama and this conference is just like the rest of them. There is no way these teams should not be playing conference games this late in the season! It really agitates me to the nth degree. I hope Alabama and Georgia wins this week. Good grief!

Big Ten offering tale of two teams

Let’s look at the Michigan and Michigan State football teams’ results and what’s on tap this week. The Michigan State Spartans played Ohio State tough for half of a football game last Saturday. In the second half, the Buckeyes took over and blew the game wide open. The quarterback play of the Spartans was atrocious once again. The two quarterbacks — Lewerke and Lombardi — were a combined 18-of-48 and 220 yards! My Fat Guy calculator says that’s roughly 37 percent. How awful is that in today’s college football environment? The answer is, pitiful!

I know some Michigan fans wanted the Spartans to win so Michigan could play in the Big Ten Championship game. The others wanted OSU so Michigan didn’t back door its way in with a Sparty victory.

I thought the Spartans’ defense played its collective guts out in this football game and a good effort was wasted. The offense did not help the defense and that is why they lost. This week the Spartans travel to corn country and play the improved Nebraska Cornhuskers. The kickoff is at high noon on FOX.

I hate the way the MSU offense is trending, so I will side with Nebraska in this football game. The Spartans should be able to score some points, as Nebraska’s defense is terrible. The cheeseball likes: Land of Korn 34 and Offensive Woes 30.

Michigan started out slow against Rutgers before blowing out the Scarlet Knights last Saturday. The poor Rutgers program does not belong in the Big Ten, I am sorry to say.

The Wolverines’ last game at the Big House is Saturday at 4 p.m. on FS-1 against the Indiana Hoosiers. The Wolverines have struggled with Indiana recently, as two games have gone to overtime. The Wolverines are four-touchdown favorites and the only way they lose is if they are caught looking ahead to Ohio State next week. I believe even if they are looking ahead they will find a way to win this football game. The prediction: The Maize and Blue 34 and Indiana Basketball State 17.

Blue streak for Cryons

How many swear words am I allowed in discussing the Lions’ Sunday performance? It’s a family paper, so the answer is zero! However, if it wasn’t, I could litter the whole column with them. Anyone who knows me can attest to how many swear words are in my adult vocabulary!

Anyway, the lackluster performance was one of the worst for a team needing to win a division game. How about six sacks allowed making it 16 for the last two games? The season is over and Carolina will smoke them on Sunday; case closed! It’s another wait until next year meow! Detroit is the worst franchise in the NFL; case closed!

Safe hunting, everyone!

The NFL picks have been rock solid and good luck to all you deer hunters for Opening Day today.

NFL Picks:
SEATTLE – 2.5 over Green Bay
Carolina – 4 over DETROIT
ATLANTA – 3 over Dallas
BALTIMORE – 3 over Cincinnati
CHICAGO – 3 over Minnesota
Philadelphia + 9 over NEW ORLEANS
Tennessee + 1 over INDIANAPOLIS
Houston – 3 over WASHINGTON
Tampa Bay -pk over NY GIANTS
L.A. CHARGERS – 7 over Denver
ARIZONA – 4 over Oakland
JACKSONVILLE + 6 over Pittsburgh
Kansas City + 2.5 over L.A. RAMS
Last week: 8-5-1; Season: 79-62-5
Best Bet: 5-5-1; Best Bet: L.A. CHARGERS
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