After week five in the SEC/ACC and Saturday drama, we have a tiebreaker as too whose football team coach will be fired first.
Will it be Coach Buch Jones of the Tennessee Vols, who took a beating in front of a home fanbase of over 102,400 at the hands of Georgia Dawgs, 41 to 0, at Knoxville, Tenn.?
Or will it be Coach Ed Orgeron of LSU, who were looking past Troy Trojans, an unranked team out of the Sun Belt, who handed the Tigers a loss in their own backyard in front of over 92,400-plus fans with a score of 24 to 21, and saw their dreams go down the tube in Baton Rouge, La.?
What really happened: Tennessee Vols are in complete chaos and the fans have known this from the very first game of the year; LSU was caught napping and looking to week six when they play Florida, and now that game means nothing to LSU anymore.
Both losses can be contributed to the coaches on both losing teams, but then again that’s what college football is all about, right?
Here are your 10 picks for the week plus a tiebreaker for Oct. 7:
1. Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Boston College Eagles — the Hokies and the Eagles have been kicking each other around a lot in the past four years; Hokies are still down but still win by 13.
2. Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. North Carolina Tar Heels — no contest here in this game, Notre Dame scores as soon as they get their hand on the ball and keep going; ND by 21.
3. Louisville Cardinals vs. North Carolina State — on Oct. 5, and game of the week for ACC, this is going to be a high-scoring game; Louisville by 1.
4. Duke Blue Devils vs. Virginia Cavaliers — can Duke make a comeback off this game? Yes indeed. Duke by 12.
5. Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Syracuse Orangeman — bragging rights for the northern states in the ACC, a good game to watch; Syracuse by 3.
6. Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Texas A&M Aggies — OK, folks, this is the SEC game of the week and the hardest team Alabama has seen in many weeks; Alabama Train by 17.
7. Ole Mississippi Rebels vs. Auburn War Eagles — the Eagles fly high in this game and at home; Auburn by 10.
8. LSU Tigers vs. Florida Gators — it will be interesting to see just how LSU took the loss last week and how the Gators find enough eligible players to suit up for the game; LSU by10.
9. Missouri Tigers vs. Kentucky Wildcats — plenty of cat food to go around at Lexington, Ky., for this game; Kentucky in a surprise win by 13.
10. Arkansas Razorbacks vs. South Carolina Gamecocks — the Gamecocks are back, not as strong as in the past but back enough to take the Razorbacks to the shed by 16.
TIE BREAKER: Michigan State Spartans vs. Michigan Wolverines — interstate rivalry early in the state of Michigan. It’s just one big tailgate party all over the state with Michigan winning hands down by 14.
This week, five SEC pick games are all outstanding games and everyone could be called the game of the week. Each one will be great to watch; they all have substantial meaning on the outcome and it’s time to watch some good old-fashioned college football out of the SEC.
Bill Everett is a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and lives in the Baker area.