Norman’s No-Nos: My lesson from last week? Stay away from the Gators.

Norman’s No-Nos: My lesson from last week? Stay away from the Gators.



By Norman Arey
For Hometown Headlines

I had to pay the price for my arrogance of last week when I went bragging about my 10-0 record. This week, I was still a very respectable 8-2 but one of the misses included Florida’s loss to LSU and I had sworn I’d quit picking the Gators. Anyway, my mark of 50-10 is something I will tell my children about.

Oct. 13 (Friday)

Clemson at Syracuse – Syracuse is a respectable 3-3, but the Orange hasn’t beaten anybody of note with the exception of Pitt. Clemson is undefeated and ranked No. 2 and only Auburn has been able to come within 14 points of the Tigers in an early season 14-6 win for the South Carolina powerhouse. But this one is in Syracuse’s Carrier Dome on Friday the 13 and the Orange pulls off a shocker. NO-NO. Syracuse won’t come within 14 either as Clemson romps to a 38-14 laugher.


Arkansas at Alabama – Now that the Crimson Tide has gotten its worst game of the season out of the way at Texas A&M, it can get back to pulverizing the SEC West again and woe be to the Razorbacks. But wait. The Pigs did play pretty tough against those same Aggies with which the Tide struggled. The Sooies have a chance. NO-NO. Nick Saban held a tough week of practice and I can assure Alabama will ready, willing and able to roast the Pigs, 48-12.

Auburn at LSU – If the War Eagle Express is going to hit a bump, this could be where it happens. The Bayou Bengals are fresh off of a sort-of upset over Florida and would love nothing better than to put it to the Alabama Tigers. NO-NO. I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that this may be the year Auburn fans have been talking about and the LSUites suffer an embarrassment at home in front of a mostly rabid crowd, maybe 29-14.

Missouri at Georgia – Maybe I’m just overcome with the unbridled glee and joyfulness of Bulldog nation but I’m beginning to believe that Georgia really has a very good team. Conversely, I’m totally convinced Missouri isn’t even a shadow of its former self. The 1-4 Tigers’ lone victory came over someone named Missouri State with the four losses coming by mostly lopsided scores. I can’t come up with a scenario that I can predict a Georgia loss. NO-NO I can’t. Therefore Kirby and his Raiders will thump the Show-Me Boys, 49-7.

Oklahoma – Texas —   You just never know what’s gonna happen. Last week ,the Sooners, ranked No. 2 nationally, were beaten by Iowa State of all people. Meanwhile, the perennial rebuilding Longhorns were shamed by Maryland in their opener and finally got over .500 last week by defeating Kansas State. So now the annual Red River Rivalry takes place and it’s no longer a game you can predict. The ‘Horns have found themselves and take it to the Sooners. NO-NO. The Okies’ QB Baker Mayfield is good enough to carry his team on his shoulders and does, roping the Longhorns, 31-21.

Georgia Tech at Miami – The Yellow Jackets may have picked the wrong week to show up in Coral Gables as the ‘Canes are sky high after defeating arch-rival Florida State last week on a late score. Tech holds a 3-1 mark with only a one-point loss in their opener against Tennessee to screw up the works. It’ll be difficult for the Hurricanes to solve the Jacket triple-option. NO-NO. Miami will hold the ball enough to keep the Techsters on the sidelines and the Bumbly Bees go down, 35-31.

N.C. State at Pitt – The Panthers are 2-4 with their two wins coming against Youngstown State and Rice. In their four losses, they haven’t even been close. The Wolfpack is 5-1 and has already beaten two pretty good ACC heavyweights – FSU and Louisville. That’s why the Panthers will tread lightly and carry a big stick. NO-NO. Pitt can’t keep N.C. State in check on either side of the ball and the Wolfpack howls in an easy 33-10 victory.

Texas A&M at Florida- This will be a game of redemption for both sides as A&M is a little disappointed in losing to Alabama last week in a close game while Florida was one-point shy of taking care of LSU. A&M has a yard full of elite athletes and should pull this one out. NO-NO. I’m going with the Gators because I’m hard-headed. NO-NO again. I’ll take the Aggies to stop the Swamp Things, 24-21.

South Carolina at Tennessee – The Gamecocks have been a pleasant surprise in the SEC this season. The roosters are 4-2 with two good wins over N.C. State and Arkansas. Alas, poor Tennessee and Butch Jones are barely hanging on with a 3-2 mark, but were blown out by Georgia the last time they took the field. Odds are heavy that Jones won’t be around by the first of next year. Gamecocks win in Knoxville. NO-NO. Even blind hound dogs can run down a fox occasionally as Tennessee wins one for the Smokies and their belabored fans, 35-27.

Virginia at North Carolina – The Wahoos come calling with a 4-1 mark, losing only to Indiana this season. The Tar Heels, on the other hand, are just flat out terrible with a 1-5 record with their lone win coming against Old Dominion. But the Carolinians hate the arrogant UVA people and pull an upset. NO-NO. There will be better days ahead for the ‘Heels, but this isn’t one of them and Carolina loses at home badly, 28-10.

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