From the moment we walked in the chilled Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Saturday night Eli wanted one thing!
No, it wasn’t a large Coke, a bag of Skittles, or even a large container of popcorn.
The one thing he wanted was a stick of cotton candy! Since it was his birthday and the first LSU game of 2017 I thought a basic stick of sugar was fully justified! The Dad of the Year award was given out to me because I had no cash on me to purchase a bag from the mobile cotton candy vendor.
So, as the last seconds ticked off the 1st quarter clock we jumped out of our seats and went on a mission to find cotton candy. We ventured around the entire second level of the Superdome in search of cotton candy at the concession stand where I could use my debit card to purchase this item that was now near DEFCON level 2.
No, we struck out again on the cotton candy half way around the stadium at one of the stationary vendors. The nice little lady had cotton candy but it was banana flavored and Eli was not having it. So, we set out on the rest of our journey. However, we did see the Tigers first score of 2017 from the ramp to seats that were nowhere near ours!
As the section numbers winded down to our location it became evident that the search for the prized possession on our level was going to be unsuccessful.
We made it back to our seats just in time for LSU’s next offensive drive but we came back unsuccessful…still in search of cotton candy.
I paint that picture to show that college football coaches, players, and fans are all in search of their own cotton candy as the new season starts. Whether it be the incoming freshmen or the new coordinators a new dawn of college football is a constant search for the most information one human can possibly find. Then, after week 1 the search continues to find the right mix, the redesigned defense that was not, or the revamped offense that still looks too vanilla.
Week 1 picks found Eli going 13.5 – 1 (remember he gets 1.5 for every correct pick) and me going 6 – 4. I definitely have ground to make up so here we go:
Oklahoma @ Ohio State
The game of the weekend on paper with 2 big-time players at QB in Baker Mayfield and J.T. Barrett. This will come down to defense and special teams. OSU has better units for both. Buckeyes in a close one.
Cov’s Call — OSU 28 – 24
Auburn @ Clemson
The battle of the Tigers commences in what will be a raucous Death Valley! Both teams cruised to victory in week 1 and were able to play a lot of people. Both QBs will look to guide their teams to a big win that could propel their seasons to new heights. The Clemson defense might be better than last year. The Auburn offense is improved but the CU D-Line will wreak havoc on the Auburn offensive backfield. The home Tigers take the bacon.
Cov’s Call — CU 27 – 17
Stanford @ USC
Offense galore in this one, but with 2 contrasting styles. I think the Trojans went vanilla in week 1, saving everything for this contest. We know the Cardinal are going to play smash mouth football. QB Sam Darnold must have a good game in order for USC to be successful. I am going upset here to start off the young season…Trees lay the wood!
Cov’s Call — Stanford 31 – 28
Louisville @ UNC
Well, the defense for UNC has not gotten any better as Cal score 35 on them in week 1. Expect Lamar Jackson to have a field day. Expect the over to be met as well and the Tar Heels to fall to 0-2.
Cov’s Call — UL 42 – 31
South Carolina @ Missouri
Expect a lot of points in this one as well. Mizzou allowed 42 and the Gamecocks allowed 28. Both made plays when they needed. A win for either team could be huge in the long run. I like Muschamp’s boys better but the road game does them in.
Cov’s Call — Mizzou 38 – 34
Boise State @ Washington State
EZCN — Cougars swamp up the Broncos.
Cov’s Call — The Fighting Mike Leach’s buck the Broncos!
Pittsburgh @ Penn State
EZCN — Penn State will pin Pitt.
Cov’s Call — Nittany Lions run all over the Panthers.
TCU @ Arkansas
EZCN — Razors will beat and sharpen the Frogs.
Cov’s Call — Frogs leap over the Hogs!
Utah @ BYU
EZCN — Utah will put the sun on BYU.
Cov’s Call — The Utes muster enough offense to get by the Cougars.
Nebraska @ Oregon
EZCN — Oregon will quack there way to victory over Huskers.
Cov’s Call — The Ducks fly all over the The Big Red.
I know what you are thinking…Eli did end up finding his cotton candy, blue of course, with the help of PaPa and a $5 bill. I hope you and your favorite team can find their cotton candy in 2017.
Until next time…