Well folks, I’ve come to a decision on which color to paint my room. BIG ORANGE baby! That’s right. WE’RE BACK!!
For those of you who, by some slight chance, didn’t get the opportunity to read my two previous columns, I have been trying to decide what color to re-paint my man-cave after the 0-2 start by my beloved Tennessee Volunteers, especially after the embarrassment of the week one loss to Georgia State.
Again, a big thanks to all my many readers who emailed me their suggestions, those that I ran into at the convenience store, the grocery store or at Hardee's over breakfast.
After much careful consideration, thought, meditation, coin tosses, a long talk with my mom and conversations with foreign dignitaries, Saturday’s win over the Mighty Mocs of Chattanooga made a muddy picture crystal clear. It has to be Orange. It was a tough decision, but when the Vols took down the Mocs in such impressive fashion, the decision became easy. I mean, after all the Mocs are a really good team.
OK, enough of that. Before I get down to business with this week’s fearless predictions, I want to touch on a couple of things.
Is anybody rooting harder than me against the New England Patriots? Why did Antonio Brown get rewarded for being a jerk by ending up on the best team in football? Something stinks here.
The “Chop” is alive and well in Atlanta. I haven’t had this much fun watching a team since the worst-to-first Braves team of 1991. Can they get by the Dodgers and into the World Series? Who knows? I predicted the Dodgers and Astros back in the spring, but the Braves might just prove me wrong. I sure hope so.
And, on a side note; Kudos go out to the Polk County High School Marching Band. All 10 of them, including a trumpet player who hobbled out on the field with a broken foot in a cast. Great job kids (I’m old so I can call them kids). I am usually busy during halftime, adding my stats or something else. But last Friday night, I stopped and listened and I was very impressed. Their version of, “Oh what a feelin’,” had me and most of the crowd swaying and tapping our feet. Keep up the good work.
Now, without further ado, the moment you have all been waiting for: Grisham’s Gridiron Grinders fearless predictions. I went 8-2 last week (25-7 overall), not too bad.
Will Tennessee go to the Swamp and upset the Gators? Doubtful. Will they keep it close for a while? Maybe. A Big Orange win would shock the world and maybe save Jeremy Pruitt’s job. Oh well, a man can dream. Florida 31-10.
The biggest game of the day is most definitely between the hedges in Georgia as the Fightin’ Irish invade SEC territory. We’ll know a lot about both teams after Saturday. Are the Dawgs that good and worthy of their ranking? I think so. Notre Dame is usually overrated. I’ll take the Dawgs by two touchdowns.
Will Michigan take the next step toward a playoff berth? A win at Wisconsin will be a big indicator for the Fighting Harbaughs. But, Wisconsin doesn’t lose very often at Camp Randall and they won’t this week. Badgers 17-12.
I see Texas taking care of Oklahoma State fairly easily, and Utah going to Southern Cal and winning a close one. I needed a coin flip to take Auburn by a field goal over Texas A&M in College Station, and I see the Mocs bouncing back to upset James Madison. LSU should have very few problems with Vanderbilt and I’ll jump on the BYU bandwagon as they go to double overtime for the third straight week to beat Washington, and I’ll take the Ducks of Oregon over the tall trees of Stanford.
As usual, thanks for reading and for all the great feedback.
Bryan Grisham is a contributing sports writer for the Cleveland Daily Banner. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.