There seems to be little chance that anyone can win a football pool by picking Tommy Bowden's Clemson Tigers. While Miami Mitch matched the Witchman with six right and two wrong in last week's Crazy Eight picks, even the Bleacher Report's latter-day Bret Maverick could not handle Alabama fans Timothy and 12.
These dedicated Alabama fans demonstrated their knowledge of the game by rolling to a win in week one of Baby's Losers. Each went 7-1, losing only with Virginia Tech. Mitch missed with Va. Tech and Oklahoma State.
Congratulations, and continued good luck as you face Week Two of:
1. West Virginia at East Carolina
Skip Holtz pulled off the upset in Charlotte last week against Virginia Tech and looks like he has everything in his favor at home this week. Everything except Pat White. Baby's Loser, in a thriller, East Carolina.
2. Tulane at Alabama
To honor 'Bama fans, Timothy and 12, who won last week's contest, we offer up the unofficial Ocean Bowl, the Green Wave versus the Crimson Tide. Wave coach Bob Toledo escaped the wrath of Gustav by leaving town. He won't escape Nick Saban. Baby's Loser by a significant margin, Tulane.
3. California at Washington State
It's not often that a team looks better than the Bears did versus the Spartans, nor is it routine for someone to look as bad as the Cougars did against Oklahoma State. The Bears didn't win in Pullman from 1979 to 2006. Smells like an upset special for those daring enough. Baby's Loser, in a tight one, Washington State.
4. Oregon State at Penn State
Former Bear Bryant defensive back Mike Riley has a reputation as the head coach of Oregon State—open slow and finish strong. The Beavers figure to be at home in Beaver Stadium. Until Paterno turns the Lions loose on them. Baby's Loser, Oregon State.
5. San Diego State at Notre Dame
Ineptitude vs. inactivity. The Aztecs lost to Cal Poly last week while the Irish remained undefeated this season, by not playing yet! The wise guys say you improve the most between the first and second weeks. We'll see. Baby's Loser, San Diego State.
6. Cincinnati at Oklahoma
The Bearcats have the defense to slow down the Sooners and should give coach Bob Stoops a rugged battle. In the 11 best 11s of Baby Tate, the Sooners are No. 2 in the country. That will translate to Baby's Loser, Cincinnati.
7. Ole Miss at Wake Forest
Very close to being the best matchup of the week. The Witchman has foretold of Wake Forest winning the ACC this season. Houston Nutt's Rebels put the clamp on Tommy West's Tigers last week. How many linemen will the Demon Deacons put out of the game with their vicious style of play? That spells Baby's Loser, Mississippi.
GAME OF THE WEEK
8. THE MIAMI HURRICANES AT THE FLORIDA GATORS
Time was the once-mighty 'Canes would have marched into the Swamp and expected to knock the Gators out of the national title chase. That was then, and this is now. Despite what should be a gallant effort by the rebuilding Hurricanes, one can only imagine that Urban Meyer just has too much of everything in this lively matchup. Baby's Loser, Miami. (Sorry, Mitch)
LAST WEEK: 6-2 FOR THE YEAR: 6-2
1–(TIE) TIMOTHY 7-1 7-1
(TIE) 12 7-1 7-1
3- MIAMI MITCH 6-2 6-2