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College GameDay this Saturday heads back to Tally…and yes, there is still drama in Tally! Jameis Winston continues to be the “topic of scrutiny” but let’s just focus on FOOTBALL for now. 5 Notre Dame comes a calling on now #2 FSU (Miss State is now #1 in both polls) and the Noles will face off in what is arguably their toughest game (perhaps their only tough game) this year. So who ya got? I think the Noles win in Tally.
Other “big” games: Well, since Mississippi is currently the center of the CFB universe, let’s start with 3 Ole Miss hosting Tennessee. No upset prediction here, going with the Rebels. #1 Miss State is off. 4 Baylor visits Morgantown to take on WVU and I am going with Baylor for the win. 7 Alabama will host 21 Texas A&M and inspite of their offensive difficulties last week at Arkansas, the Tide should roll in Tuscaloosa. Washington visits Eugene to take on the 9 Oregon Ducks and I am with Oregon all the way! (This game will air at 8:00 pm EST as will Notre Dame vs. FSU) 10 UGA hosts Arkansas, no Gurley but still going with the Dawgs. 14 Kansas State will play at 11 Oklahoma…this one could be interesting but I think the Sooners win at home. 15 Oklahoma State visits 12 TCU and after last week’s disappointing loss to Baylor, I think the Horn Frogs will win at home. Late night game, Pac 12 of course, 23 Stanford hosts 17 Arizona State. Um…going to pick the Cardinals at home. Also, Georgia Tech, after very disappointing loss to Duke at home will travel to Chapel Hill to take on North Carolina. I think the Jackets rebound and win!
Congrats to the San Francisco Giants (and my buddy Turk, see my book Surviving “Paradise” by Susan Willoch Shaver) as they advance to the World Series to face the Kansas City Royals (undefeated in the playoffs). Ishikawa hit a walk off three run homer last night to send the Giants into the World Series…awesome!!
Next week, tennis returns (well, actually Roger Federer returns to action) in Basel, Switzerland. This is a Masters 500 event but many big names will be there as the race to the Year End Finals in London continues. Roger always plays this event, it is his hometown afterall. Rafael Nadal will be there, inflamed appendix and all. Reports are conflicted regarding Rafa, some indicating he will have surgery and miss the Year End Finals, others saying he is undecided. Anyhow, a Roger – Rafa final in Basel would be quite nice. Dimitrov, Raonic, Nishikori and others will be there. Djokovic will sit this one out.
Happy Friday everyone!