We've gone over this week's slate of S.E.C. games. We've looked at this week's national games of interest, such as they are. That just leaves the declaration of this week's national game of disinterest.
I love college football, so much so that, last evening, I watched a Wednesday night Mid-American Conference contest between Akron and Ohio (Ohio). (By the way, even when watching the game with the sound turned down, you can tell from Rece Davis's and Mark May's facial expressions that Lou Holtz is saying something stark raving bananas.)
He's a crazed television analyst with a speech impediment, which makes about as much sense as the fact that Edgar Bergen was a radio ventriloquist who took a dummy into the broadcast booth.
As a devoted fan of the game, I can find a way to root virtually in any contest . . . except for that one game every week in which my indifference is so absolute that I refuse on general principle to choose up sides. This is the national game of disinterest.
This week's national game of disinterest is . . .
Louisville at West Virginia
Remember when we thought tonight's showdown between the Cardinals and the Mountaineers would mean something? Instead, U. of L. has treated its fans to the most horrendous display of defensive incompetence seen on any college campus outside of Lincoln, Neb., this season. Steve Kragthorpe's squad looked atrocious in losses to Kentucky, Utah, and Syracuse.
Admittedly, West Virginia has performed much better than the Cards. Rich Rodriguez's squad has scored 31 or more points seven times in eight games this autumn while holding five of the Mountaineers' last six opponents to 14 or fewer points. However, W.V.U.'s victories have come against four teams with losing records and only one (East Carolina) that is bowl eligible. West Virginia is winless against opponents with fewer than four losses and a Mountaineer victory this evening will not change that fact.
What was expected to be a marquee matchup instead pits one team we know isn't very good against another that probably isn't as accomplished as its record would suggest. What reason do we really have for believing that, in a league in which one of the top teams is M.A.C. refugee Cincinnati, this game isn't Akron-Ohio (Ohio) with a pituitary problem? I'm not picking it 'cause I don't care and the Worldwide Leader can't make me.