Beonard's Losers

2009, Week 9

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Howdy, football fans! Coaching ettiquette says that you don't bad mouth the refs, but there's an exception to every rule.  This season, the entire SEC seems to be the exception, with the result that any coach caught bad-mouthing officals will be subject to fine and/or suspension.  Now that seems a little bit overboard to me.  If your officials are that bad, maybe you should punish them instead of the coaches. In fairness, one crew was suspended, but it sounds like there's a lot more fixin' to be done.  And with that said, I'm fixin' to look at this week's games.

Indiana at Iowa

The canal diggers head into the unfriendly confines of Kinnick Stadium in sore need of snagging the upset. But Kirk Ferentz and his flock are off to their best start in ever and don't have any intention of giving anything up in their home nest.  Beonard's loser: Indiana

New Mexico State at Ohio State

Beonard's loser: New Mexico State

Purdue at Wisconsin

After defeating Illinois last week, the West Lafayette bartenders can start thinking about a bowl berth again, but in order to have a chance, they'll probably need to defeat Bret Bielma's Badger boys in Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday.  The cheeseheads have only lost to ranked opponents this year, and they'll be able to get out of the way of the steam engine.  Beonard's loser, in a close one: Purdue

Michigan at Illinois

This is not how the season was expected to play out for Ron Zook's tribe. Instead of competing for the Big Ten title, they have to win the rest of their games to even have a chance of making it to a bowl.  The Ann Arbor animals are much improved from last year, and although they still have a ways to go, they'll have no problem sinking their teeth into the natives.  Beonard's loser: Illinois

Penn State at Northwestern

After an amazing comeback last week, Pat Fitzgerald's kittens will play host to their cousins from Happy Valley.  The Evanston faithful would love to see a win on Saturday, which would make the purple felines bowl eligible, but Joe Pa would rather win the conference championship.  The fur will fly, but it'll be the visiting cats who get the catnip.  Beonard's loser: Northwestern

Washington State vs Notre Dame

Charlie Weis' congregation survived the Holy War last weekend, and now they head to the site of another famous battle to take on the Pacific felines.  The season has not gone well for Paul Wulff, as his Cougars have been outscored by over 21 points per game.  Fortunately, there should be a few priests on hand to give the last rites.  Beonard's loser: Washington State

Texas at Oklahoma State

The waters won't be still in Stillwater on Saturday when the Cowboys will try to rope some cattle.  The fate of the Big 12 South may lie in the outcome of this game. The hometown ranchers would love to see their 11-game losing streak against Texas come to an end, but Mack Brown sees this as just a stepping stone to a berth in the BCS Championship Game.  The herders have played good football, but this rodeo will be too much for them.  Beonard's loser: Oklahoma State

USC at Oregon

After a rough start to the season, the Ducks find themselves ranked in the top 10 and flying atop the Pac-10 standings.  Pete Carroll brings his pack of Trojans into Autzen Stadium in the hopes of pricking their bubble. USC has let a lot through in the past two weeks, and they'll need to stiffen up the defenses if they hope to win.  The home field has been good to Oregon, though, and this weekend they won't get hunted.  Beonard's loser, in an upset: USC

Michigan State at Minnesota

Two teams looking to keep their seasons alive meet in TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday.  Mark Dantonio's legion have been pretty lousy away from home, but the gilded rodents have only won two games in their new arena.  Considering the home team is missing a big part of its offense, this could be a very anemic game to watch.  Still, Sparty can put up a few points, and a few points may be all that's needed.  Beonard's loser: Minnesota

Well, friends, that's all I can muster for you this week.  Tune in again next week when we'll take a look at some more losers.

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