Greetings and welcome to another edition of Swami the Magazine! Now two of you may have noticed that there wasn’t a column last week and I’m sure that it made a 1% difference to you. Well thank you for noticing. The truth is that the Swami was completely wrapped up in The World Series and just needed to focus on the Royals’ FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP IN 30 YEARS!!! Ok, so he’s still excited. Anyway, that’s now history and he’s back to return a sense of normalcy to the world.
This weekend, the U.S. is being graced with a new Peanuts movie for the first time in a very long time, and in honor of that we will give each of this week’s games a Peanuts character that goes with it. So without further ado…
Michigan St. v. Nebraska – I know you’re thinking Pig Pen on this one for the Husker season, but frankly I find it more annoying than ugly… So you get Lucy! It’s also fitting because it’s felt like she’s yanked the football out from in front of the Huskers multiple times this season. Michigan State 30-20
Auburn v. Texas A&M – The Aggies seemed to be Charlie Brown to Texas for years, but now that no one has seen the boys from Austin for more than one week at a time for quite a while, maybe Charlie Brown will finally get a win! Texas A&M 33-31
Duke v. North Carolina – The Blue Devils have to feel like Sally was officiating the final play last week vs. Miami and Linus walked by part-way through it and she didn’t see anything else that happened. Duke 27-21
Notre Dame v. Pitt – The Fighting Irish are chasing the College Football Playoff like Charlie Brown pining for the Little Red Haired Girl. But they’re going to have a similar result. Just not this week. Notre Dame 42-17
The Guru’s Take
After a week respite for the Swami to enjoy a well-earned celebration for the Royals’ championship, the Guru is back and ready to continue his hot streak. This week, one matchup outshines them all – the undefeated LSU Tigers and the always-formidable Alabama Crimson Tide. Bama has looked beatable this year, with a loss to Ole Miss and a squeaker of a win at home over Tennessee. LSU, particularly Leonard Fournette, have looked unstoppable (side note: classy move by Fournette to text Nick Chubb encouragement and his favorite Bible verse after Chubb’s knee was destroyed). But this is Bama-LSU, in Tuscaloosa, under the lights. Both teams have Heisman-worthy running backs. Both have solid defenses. It will be a low-scoring, high-intensity affair. But the X-factor is (I can’t believe I’m saying this) Lane Kiffin. As an offensive coordinator, he’s pulled a rabbit out of the Tide’s hat more than once, and he’ll do it again here. Crimson Tide 17, Tigers 14
James & the Swamettes
With the Chiefs off this week, the kids combined to say that the Falcons will take out Blaine Gabbert and the 49ers like Snoopy taking out The Red Baron! Atlanta 31-14
Until next time… The Swami!!