Present day in a Cinematic Universe near you… Ok, maybe that’s why they don’t do the “Star Wars” scroll at the beginning of all of the Marvel films. Anyway, welcome to another edition of Swami the Magazine! This week we will be pairing up Marvel Heroes to go with each college football matchup. But first, let me ask a few questions.
- How does a team that nearly lost to Georgia State go into Lansing and HANDLE Michigan State? Enigma thy name is Wisconsin.
- If LSU’s center snaps the ball 1/2 second sooner, does that make Les Miles a good enough coach to not fire?
- Is anyone at Louisville getting nervous yet about a possible midnight defection of Bobby Petrino?
- Did anyone else notice that James & the Swamettes were perfect last week?
- Who decided to have a college football game at Arrowhead during a Royals game at Kauffman on Saturday?
- Did anyone notice that the Braves have won 9 of their last 10?!
Ok, enough thought provocation for today. It’s time to get to…
Stanford v Washington – Vision – Funny story: I Googled “Smart Red Guy” in the hope of proving why I chose Vision for the Stanford game and the whole first page was videos of the Red Green Show. I’m not sure what to think, but I’m pretty sure it did not help me make my point! Stanford 30-28
Miami v Georgia Tech – Peter Parker/Spider Man – Miami is working on yet another reboot and they are really hoping that this one works better, just like the newest incarnation of Spider-Man. Miami 30-24
Nebraska v Illinois – Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch – After years in anonymity (outside of their home state) the Huskers are forcing their way into the national conversation once again. They are perfect for Scarlet Witch because they are red, powerful, and could, at any moment, end up in a catastrophe. Nebraska 24-17
Oklahoma State v Texas – Scott Lang/Ant Man – The winner of this game is hoping to surprise the Big XII-II like Giant Man at the airport in Civil War. The loser? Well, they’ll want to disappear from sight like an ant. Oklahoma State 42-38
Tennessee v Georgia – T’Challa/Black Panther – Tennessee’s re-emergence in the SEC East has been as enjoyable as Black Panther’s emergence on screen. Georgia has to watch out because the Vols can be equally as vicious to their dreams for this season. Tennessee 35-27
Florida State v North Carolina – Stephen Strange/Dr. Strange – It’s going to take some sorcery for FSU to reclaim their throne in the ACC after Louisville smashed them. At least this week, they will seem up to the challenge. Florida State 33-21
Michigan over Wisconsin – Tony Stark/Iron Man – Take away Jim Harbaugh’s suit (or khaki’s) and what do you have left? Eccentric, Millionaire, Pro Bowl Player, Successful Head Coach. Good point. He’s crazy like a Stark though! Michigan 38-27
TCU v Oklahoma – Peter Quill/Star Lord – TCU is still trying to get the respect annually of the more well-known franchise names. Make no mistake though, you do not want to mess with them when the going gets rough. TCU +3 1/2
Texas A&M v South Carolina – Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow – When I hear Agricultural and Mechanical I hear Black Widow. You don’t? She’ll take you out with something mechanical and bury you under some agriculture. So you might just want to go back to the east coast. Texas A&M 28-14
NWMSU v CMSU – Steve Rogers/Captain America – Steve Rogers was the ultimate “little guy” with a ton of fight. These schools may not be big but there’s a lot of fight in them, and no one wants to mess with the champs! Northwest Missouri State 52-21
The Guru’s Take
The Guru (a.k.a. Thanos) is pleased that this is quite the week of matchups this week from which to choose, so he doesn’t have to choose a hated rival in hopes of cursing them to a loss (OSU, sorrynotsorry). Three separate matchups between top-10 teams are on the schedule, so the Guru will go straight to the Swami’s kryptonite – games played before Saturday. The Washington Huskies have been on the upswing and look like a legitimate Pac-12 contender this year. To win their division, though, they must go through Stanford. The Huskies’ defensive backs are second(ary) to none , and they should help keep the game close. Stanford will be able to keep their ground game going, but the purple-and-gold attack will do enough to triumph.
James & the Swamettes
The kids said they wanted to also do Marvel characters for their picks. And then James went rogue. And then the youngest Swamette went off the reservation. But they were right last week, so what’s a guy to do?!
Giants v. Vikings – The newest Swamette wanted Paw Patrol and when the disagreement started to devolve into tears, the Editors caved. Someday that’s going to come back and haunt everyone… Vikings 24-13
Until next time… The Swami!