Welcome to Rivalry Week in college football. This will be a week of "Double-Down Fever" as we choose not only the normal eight toughest picks, but also eight huge "Name-Game" contests.
With so many historically important matchups this week, a case could be made for any number of candidates for the traditional "Game of the Week" designation. It seems clear to everyone that designation should go to the Texas Tech at Oklahoma battle.
For those aware of such things, the date of this Saturday will always be linked with the state of Texas. On November 22, 1963, the President of the United States (see picture above) was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.
To those who lived through that national nightmare, let us hope it never happens again. Assuredly, everyone was the loser in that tragic situation.
Let us remember that President Kennedy loved college football and eagerly followed it. We should take time this Saturday to pay respect to this great man, and wonder how different everything would have been had he survived that afternoon in Texas.
BABY'S LOSERS 11/22/08
PART ONE: RIVALRY WEEK
1) APPLE CUP: WASHINGTON @ WASHINGTON STATE
Always a great game, this year it defies description as both teams are so horrific. Baby's Loser, Washington State.
2) BATTLE FOR THE OLD OAKEN BUCKET: INDIANA @ PURDUE
Could it be? Is it possible? Can Joe Tiller receive a going-away present at last? Baby's Loser, Indiana.
3) THE BIG GAME: STANFORD @ CALIFORNIA
Wild and wooly is the best description of this rivalry, defined by the most famous play of all time. Baby's Loser, Stanford.
4) THE LAND GRANT TROPHY: MICHIGAN STATE @ PENN STATE
One of the most important games of the year. Upset waiting to happen? Baby's Loser, Michigan State.
5) THE BORDER WAR BRONZE BOOT: COLORADO STATE @ WYOMING
The Cowboys beat Tennessee in Knoxville, and they are tough in Laramie. Baby's Loser, Colorado State.
6) FLOYD OF ROSEDALE BRONZE PIG: IOWA @ MINNESOTA
The Golden Gophers have faded due to injuries and the Hawkeyes are coming on. Baby's Loser, Minnesota.
7) THE GAME: YALE @ HARVARD
The longest running and most famous of all annual rivalries, this is the 125th meeting! The name says it all: "The Game." Baby's Loser, Yale.
RIVALRY GAME OF THE WEEK
8) THE BEEHIVE BOOT: BRIGHAM YOUNG @ UTAH
"Whoa Nellie" is the way veteran announcer Keith Jackson would describe this one. If the Utes win, they look for a date in the Sugar or Fiesta Bowl. The Cougars want their own big Bowl. Baby's Loser, BYU.
RIVALRY WEEK: PART TWO
9) MISSISSIPPI @ LSU
The South's most notoriously nasty rivalry. While it seems that Ole Miss hates everybody, that special place is reserved for the Tigers. The Rebels are bowl–bound and demand respect. Ask Florida. Baby's Loser, tight, Ole Miss.
10) MICHIGAN @ OHIO STATE
The most famous rivalry in the Midwest. This year, the Buckeyes are better in every area. Wolverines hope for a miracle. Baby's Loser, Michigan.
11) TENNESSEE @ VANDERBILT
Things were so bad for the Volunteers in the loss to Wyoming that I can't see anywhere to go but up. Baby's Loser, in a shocker, Vanderbilt.
12) PITTSBURGH @ CINCINNATI
Big boy action in the Big East! Now here is what football is all about: three yards and a cloud of dust. Baby's Loser, in Upset City, Cincinnati.
13) SYRACUSE @ NOTRE DAME
The countdown to Greg Robinson's removal is over. Will the Orange win one for the Gipper against the Gipper's team? No! Baby's Loser, Syracuse.
14) OREGON STATE @ ARIZONA
Desert warfare will be different for the foggy Beavers from Corvallis. The Wildcats are favored and have everything in their favor—everything except the coaching of Paul Bryant's No. 1 disciple! Baby's Loser, Arizona.
15) THE ARMY @ RUTGERS
These two teams have been playing against each other since 1891. Now that's a rivalry! Baby's Loser, close, The Black Knights of the Hudson.
GAME OF THE WEEK
16) TEXAS TECH @ OKLAHOMA
Certainly the most imposing obstacle to the Red Raiders winning the national championship is an away night game on grass versus a Top 10 team coached by Mike Leach's old bossman, Bob Stoops. Sounds pretty bad for Texas Tech, doesn't it? If that Sooners offense gets going, this could get ugly, a 49-21 type game. Just a hunch that men from Texas are up to the job. Baby's Loser, Oklahoma.
NAME MISSED FOR THE WEEK FOR THE YEAR
12 NONE 8–0 79–17, 82 PERCENT
TIMOTHY NONE 8–0 76–20, 79 PERCENT
BABY TATE WENT 8–0 FOR THE WEEK FOR 75–21 AND 78 PERCENT FOR THE YR.
This week featured Tony knocking it out of the park with a perfect 8–0 record. Coming in at 7–1 were Colin (done in by Alabama), Red Raider, Ryan, Kristofer, Isaac, and Daniel (Notre Dame got them). Cliff also posted a 7–1, but it was Iowa who hung the "L" on him. Bobby came in at 7–1 missing Nebraska, and Brad did likewise, missing only Oregon State.
Kent, Adam, Chase, and Nathan all went 6–2. Kent missed Nebraska and Oregon State, Adam missed Nebraska and Iowa, Nathan missed Notre Dame and Iowa, while Chase missed only the first two picks of Notre Dame and Georgia.
MiamiMitch came in at 5–3 along with Josh and Michael. Aaron settled in at 3–5.
Thanks to everyone who played, and let's look forward to some knock down, drag out battles this week in Baby's Losers and on the field during Rivalry Week.