Bet on it: Your guide to weekend football (and the Emmys)

In what I hope becomes a tradition at “So … there I was,” (and by “tradition,” I mean “if Kevin can remember to do this on a weekly basis”) I’m going to post my predictions to the weekend’s college and pro football games. Hopefully, my readers, all two of you, will offer your predictions in the comments section. Feel free to also list some other games you’re keeping an eye on.

And as an added bonus, this week gives my thoughts on Sunday’s Emmy Awards, which is about the least prestigious of all the major entertainment awards. I don’t like living in a world in which Boston Legal gets a Best Drama nomination while things like Friday Night Lights are left on the sidelines (get it? It’s a football reference. Clever boy).

So, sit back, cue the pep band and enjoy:

College
(No. 22) Tennessee at (No. 5) Florida
Dear Tennessee,
Please enjoy your final days in the Top 25.
Sincerely,
Florida

Notre Dame at Michigan
The annual Kevin vs. Shane game, as Notre Dame is Kevin’s favorite team and Michigan is one of Shane’s 37 favorite teams. So who wins this battle of winless powerhouses? Michigan, but only because someone has to win.

(No. 9) Louisville at Kentucky
Everyone is expecting an offensive showdown, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it winds up being 6-3, since UK football never goes according to plan (well, except back in the 1990s when the plan was to lose early and often). Put me on the bandwagon – UK wins.

(No. 1) USC at (No. 14) Nebraska
People are saying Nebraska could give the Trojans a run for it. People are wrong. USC rolls.

(No.21) Boston College at (No. 15) Georgia Tech
Last year, Wake Forest came out of nowhere in the ACC to earn a surprising berth in a BCS bowl. This year, it’s going to be Georgia Tech. This win puts them closer to that spot.

NFL
In Week One, I finished 12-4, missing out on wins by San Diego, Green Bay, Houston and Tennessee.

You know, I’m feeling a bit lazy so I’m going to list the winners in bold.

Buffalo at Pittsburgh
Houston at Carolina
Atlanta at Jacksonville
New Orleans at Tampa Bay
Green Bay at New York Giants
San Francisco at St. Louis
Cincinnati at Cleveland
Indianapolis at Tennessee
Minnesota at Detroit
Dallas at Miami
Seattle at Arizona
New York Jets at Baltimore
Oakland at Denver
Kansas City at Chicago
San Diego at New England
Washington at Philadelphia

Emmys
Drama
Boston Legal, Grey’s Anatomy, Heroes, House, The Sopranos

Really, if anything other than The Sopranos wins, it will be the biggest upset in Emmy history (not that that really means anything, but still …)

Comedy
30 Rock, Entourage, The Office, Two and Half Men, Ugly Betty

As much as I think 30 Rock should win, I’m actually predicting victory for Ugly Betty, which I have never seen, by the way. I’m basing it solely on the typical whims of the Emmy voters.

Lead Actor, Drama
James Gandolfini, Hugh Laurie, Denis Leary, James Spader, Kiefer Sutherland

If anyone other than James Gandolfini actually wins this, they should just refuse to walk on the stage.

Lead Actress, Drama
Patricia Arquette, Minnie Driver, Edie Falco, Sally Field, Mariska Hargitay

See above entry. Replace “James Ganolfini” with “Edie Falco.”

Lead Actor, Comedy
Alec Baldwin, Steve Carrell, Ricky Gervais, Tony Shaloub, Charlie Sheen

Alec Baldwin’s off camera behavior could hurt him, but he deserves this. It’s between Baldwin and Carrell, although nobody is funnier on this list than Ricky Gervais. That being said, the dunces who vote will probably pick Tony Shaloub. My actual pick, though, is Baldwin.

Lead Actress, Comedy
Tina Fey, America Ferrera, Felicity Huffman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mary-Louise Parker

I’m rooting for Tina Fey and Mary-Louise Parker, but I’m guessing the Emmy gods bless America.

Supporting Actor, Drama
Michael Emerson, Michael Imperioli, T.R. Knight, Terry O’Quinn, Masi Oka, William Shatner

If they give this damn thing to William Shatner again, I will shoot my TV. One of the Michaels deserves to win (and I’m leaning more toward Emerson for his creepy role on Lost), but I’m picking Masi Oka, the breakout star from Heroes. And if he wins, I’ll still be happy.

Supporting Actress, Drama
Lorraine Bracco, Rachel Griffiths, Katherine Heigl, Sandra Oh, Aida Turturro, Chandra Wilson

If it’s a night just honoring The Sopranos, Lorraine Bracco walks away happy (and she deserves it), but I’m predicting a win for Chandra Wilson.

Supporting Actor, Comedy
Jon Cryer, Kevin Dillon, Neil Patrick Harris, Jeremy Piven, Rainn Wilson

Please, please, please let Rainn Wilson win (yes, I’m praying for Rainn).

Supporting Actress, Comedy
Conchata Ferrell, Jenna Fischer, Elizabeth Perkins, Jaime Pressley, Holland Taylor, Vanessa Williams

Jaime Pressley wins. Jenna Fisher deserves it.

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One thought on “Bet on it: Your guide to weekend football (and the Emmys)

  1. You were the one who said that the Sopranos unexpected ending was the most unexpected ending they could have written, which made the unexpected actually the expected. With that theory, no wins for any and all Sopranos nominees would be both unexpected and expected so I don’t think they’ll win any.

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