Hey, it’s still 1998 week here, and we couldn’t get enough of it. Here’s what us two old dudes, the Statler and Waldorf of GBH, are watching this weekend of 1998:
Nebraska @ Wisconsin | 6:30 p.m. | WGN
Oh god, what an epic showdown this one’s going to be. Frank Solich has picked right up where Tom Osborne left off and has the Huskers ranked #2 in his first season. Barry Alvarez has his Badger machine humming as well, undefeated and confident. This one’s going to have more prime beef in the trenches than the general staff officer’s mess at The Somme. You want 60 minutes of fullbacks in neck rolls head-butting linebackers without getting targeting penalties? This is your scream. 20 total forward pass attempts? Get in line, buddy. This is GRIT boiled down to its purest form. Let’s watch some dang power football. PREDICTION: Nebraska rolls in a high-scoring affair, 24-21.
Cal @ Arizona | 9 p.m. | FOX Sports Desert
HOO boy, Dick Tomey’s got the Desert Swarm just smothering people, and fresh-faced offensive coordinator Dino Babers is just sitting back and letting Trung Candidate run all over fools. Meanwhile, Cal’s been muddling along through one of the toughest non-cons in the conference: they lost to Nebraska with a respectable score of 24-3 and eked out a win against hapless Oklahoma 13-12 in September. The QB-WR connection of Justin Vedder and Dameane Douglas is going to get the occasional big play, but the Golden Bears’ OL should be no match for Rich Ellerson’s front seven. Unless he’s living a Semi-Charmed Life, it’s gonna be a looong night for Cal head man Tom Holmoe.
Missouri at South Carolina | 11:00 am | Jefferson Pilot Sports Network
We are in week six and we’ve got a strange non-conference matchup between the Big 12 and SEC. Mizzou is enjoying a little success finally under 5th year head coach Larry Smith. I have no clue why they are visiting one of the cellar dweller teams of the SEC East in South Carolina. The Gamecocks are just in their sixth year of membership in the SEC and have yet to find any success on the gridiron. It doesn’t help playing in the eastern division of the conference, by far one of the strongest divisions in all of college football with perennial powers Tennessee, Florida, and Georgia. Mizzou should handle business easily in this one, but they can’t get caught looking ahead to a pivotal conference showdown with Nebraska next week.
Alabama at Arkansas | 11:00 am | ESPN
Well this should be an entertaining game as Mike DuBose takes his Crimson Tide team up to the Ozarks to take on the Razorbacks and one of the hottest names in college football coaching, Houston Nutt. In his first year at the helm, Coach Nutt is Heppin’ this team off to a fast start and the Tide will certainly have a tough time trying to leave Fayetteville with a win. Alabama has been struggling since Gene Stallings retirement two years ago, and the Tide have only one national title in the last 19 years now. This program is struggling, and many are wondering if Alabama’s best days are behind them. This certainly appears to be two teams headed in opposite directions.
South Alabama at Georgia Southern | 2:30 pm | AOL 1000 Hours Free disc
Well clearly someone is playing a joke on me with this even being listed on the schedule this weekend. Don’t get me wrong. Georgia Southern is a really good FCS team this year, and Paul Johnson has them running the triple option to perfection. But there’s no such program as South Alabama. And even if it existed, it’s being televised on the internet? It takes 20 minutes for my dial up to download a pic of Tiffani Amber Thiessen in a bikini. All of this sounds like a scam to be honest.