Auburn-Clemson battle best we've seen in recent memory
We highlighted this game between our in-state rival and Alabama's equivalent last week as a test of the reputation of the ACC. Despite Clemson's 24-27 overtime loss, we think they at least established themselves as a top-tier team given their control of the line of scrimmage and the valiant performance of their QB, Kyle Parker.
Parker, the only NCAA Division One player in history to throw for 20 TDs and hit 20 HRs, endured excruciating pain during most of the second half after being speared in the back by an Auburn player's helmet.
The physical nature of the game and effort on all sides impressed this announcer of dawns, and we think that the quality of Dabo Swinney's Tigers is on the path of Danny Ford's 1981 National Champions.
This Gamecock alum never has been able to work up Tech-Dawgs-like "Clean Old-fashioned Hate", much less Bama-Auburn or Michigan-Ohio State varieties, given our small state and that our brother took us to most of the home games during their 1981 season.
The Big Game and NCAA College Football Week Four
Here's hoping that our main squeeze University of South Carolina Fighting Gamecocks do in the Barn on the Plains what our in-state rival couldn't. Now its QB Stephen Garcia's time to meet a reputation test.
Auburn will lose to USC
Yellow Jackets will lose to Wolfpack
Mississippi State will lose to Georgia
Razorbacks will lose to Crimson Tide
Penn State will lose to Temple
Beavers will lose to Broncos
Ole Miss will lose to Fresno State
Nevada will lose to BYU
Fighting Irish will lose to the Cardinal
West Virginia will lose to LSU
Sun Devils will lose to Ducks
NFL Week Three
Saints will lose to Falcons
Giants will lose to Titans
Bills will lose to Patriots
Browns will lose to Ravens
Bucs will lose to Steelers
Bengals will lose to Panthers
49ers will lose to Chiefs
Lions will lose to Vikings
Cowboys will lose to Texans
Redskins will lose to Rams
Jaguars will lose to Eagles
Broncos will lose to Colts
Seahawks will lose to Chargers
Cardinals will lose to Raiders
Jets will lose to Dolphins
Bears will lose to Packers
Cockstradamus 2010 Prognostication Compilation:
NCAA 42-16 (11-5)
NFL 17-15 (Last week 8-8)
Speciallist and DeVine-Gamecock WagerTracker Standings
Speciallist's College Football (total wins, 11 games per week, against the spread)
27 - Dali Lama (Democrat limited to 3 picks this week)
23 - pilgrimo58 (persistent cuss)
18 - huberd (tied with a certain rooster)
Speciallist's Pro Football (total wins, all games each week, against the spread)
21 - huberd (27 minus 6 exhibition picks)
17 - Vladimir (Capitalizes name)
15 - speciallist (persistent cuss five games back)
DeVine-Gamecock College Football (total points, maximum 22 picks per week)
Between 12, 960 and a million - pilgrim058
Back on Earth at 5195 - speciallist
Mortal mammal 3015 - Dali Lama
Mortal fowl 2423 - gamecock
End of the 1801 "Chicken Curse"
I am Gamecock. Born one, raised as one and matriculated as one at the Law School.
We awaited the opening Kickoff of the College Football season, still basking in the glow of the end of the 1801 "chicken curse" as the Fighting Gamecocks won the College World Series over UCLA (the school with the most NCAA national championships) and their first national championship (The Lady Gamecocks broke their "hen curse" with the 2002 Track and Field crown), when USC will tarnish the feathers of the Southern Miss Golden Eagles as Lane Kiffin's team (for now) has a luau with non-rainbow Warriors in Hawaii.
More losers next week as Agnes Scott College remains undefeated....Get me out of here, Percy (Peabody) ...
"One man with courage makes a majority." - Andrew Jackson