In Tuscaloosa, “We don’t need no stinking mortgage!”

We begin this week with a mortgage write off, and a secular saint.

In Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Groucho’s favorite town, St. Nick, otherwise known as the Crimson Tide’s head man Nick Saban, (who by the way is paid close to $7 million), had the mortgage on his 8,759 square foot, $3.1 million home paid off by the Crimson Tide Foundation.

“It’s not all that unusual in the world for universities to provide housing,” said assistant secretary for the foundation Scott Phelps.

The foundation also pays Saban’s property tax bill. Wow!!

The foundation’s mission statement reads: “Raising private funds to provide the necessary resources to achieve success.” What a country!!

This weekend, let’s see which teams play so poorly its taxed faithful sentences them to the dog house, and which gives another penthouse performance without mortgaging any of its future.

No.4 Auburn at No.7 Mississippi (ESPN, 7 p.m.) Auburn, the nation’s 9th best rushing attack, runs with the intensity of the Kenyans storming down Boylston Street on Patriot’s Day.

The Sons of Bo Jackson are directed by its dual-threat magician QB Nick Marshall (11TDs-3 INTs- 580 yds. rushing -7TDs) the best sleight-of-hand man since Harry Houdini, or any pickpocket riding the NY City Transit.

This Plains master is assisted by tailback Cameron Artis-Payne (118 ypg), and his mercury fueled partner Ricardo Louis, and when the Tigers take to the skies, D’haquille Williams, and Quan Bray are quality targets.

The D of the Sons of Tucker Frederickson, led by backers Cassonova McKinzy, Kris Frost, and tackle Montravius Adams, is stout stopping the run, but like water through sandstone defending the pass which is not the best formula against Mississippi.

If Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace (18 TDS-7INTs) was a contestant on Gary Moore’s show “To Tell the Truth” the panel would be stumped.

Will it be the “Bad Bo” who resurfaced last week for the first time since the opener, or the “Good Bo,” who has sheparded the Rebels to its Olympus heights, be the one wearing number 14 Saturday in Oxford?

It is a question that has he Rebs faithful edgier than a traffic cop in Times Square.

In addition to its gunslinger, the Sons of Charley Conerly, sow the earth behind its sturdy tailback tandem; Jaylen Walton and I’Tavius Mathers, while the receiving trio: L’aquon Treadwell, Vince Sanders and Cody Core, have combined for 13TDs, averaging 15 yards a grab.

The country’s stingiest (10 pts.) D, led by All-America Safety Cody Prewitt, tackle Robert Nkemdiche, and backer Deterrian Shackleford, has more bruises than a Muhammad Ali sparring partner, but has the disruptive ability to keep Ole Miss in every game.

This is the first time a pair of top-ten teams have squared off in Oxford, and we think the Mississippi carriage turns into a pumpkin “Grove,” as its Cinderella ride ends in the home of William Faulkner.

No.10 TCU at No.20 West Virginia (Ch.5, 3:30 p.m.) There hasn’t been this much excitement in Fort Worth since Mary Porter’s house of ill repute opened on the Chisholm Trail stop.

Amazingly for a program, whose defensive reputation is the envy of the Pentagon, the Sons of ‘Slinging Sammy Baugh, and Davey O’Brien, aka Texas Christian University, are the nation’s highest (50) scoring eleven.

The director of Coach Gary Patterson’s high leaping Horned Frogs is its stellar dual-threat QB, Trevone Boykin (21 TDs -3 INTs – 2nd in team rushing), who has played his way into the Heisman conversation.

The Rommel-esque field general is assisted by a quintet of receivers which features Josh Doctson, and Deantre’ Gray, who have combined for 13 TD receptions.

When the Purple Frogs scuff the turf, tailback B.J. Catalon (8TDs) has the ability to gash any defense.

The D anchored by backers Paul Dawson, Marcus Mallet, and end Mike Tuaua, has some issues defending the pass, but who doesn’t in the Big 12 “Air Raid” Conference.

Before the start of the season, the coaching seat of West Virginia’s “Mad Scientist,” Dana Holgorsen, was hotter than the Hawaiian Volcano at Kilauea.

Now the Morgantown faithful feel “their” coach is cooler than Sinatra holding a microphone.

“Holgorsen’s heroes” are directed by the ‘Errs latest gunslinger, QB Clint Trickett (17 Tds-5 INTs-68%), who, in wideout Kevin White (3rd in ypg.-130, and catches (9) per game) has the best receiver this side of Dolby. [Note: the only guy better plays in Tuscaloosa.]

The Mountaineers have another dangerous outside weapon in Mario Alford, while tailback Wendell Smallwood is a quality change of pace.

On D, the Sons of Sam Huff, led by the linebacking trio; Nick Kwiatkowski, Wes Tonkey, and Branson Golson, in comparison to last season’s BP Oil disaster, have played like the Steel Curtain as evidenced by the fact that WVU has already earned bowl eligibility.

This is a very difficult game to get a handle. Both teams are playing at their heights. But somehow we think there’s a better experiment occurring in the football laboratory in Morgantown.

No.18 Utah at No.15 Arizona State (FS1, 8 p.m.) The Utes are finally adjusting to its new Pac 12 neighborhood, and are bowl eligible for the first time in three years.

The Sons of Bob Trumpy have settled on its Prudential-sized (6-foot-7, 240 pounds) QB Travis Wilson (8 TDs-0 INTs), to direct the renaissance in Salt Lake City.

Utah’s starry tailback Devontae Booker (844 yards-8TDs), is the lead plough horse of this one dimensional offense, but when its Himalayan QB makes a desert sky connection, Kenneth Scott is a comforting target. [Note: Utah’s best receiver Dres Anderson out for season – knee.)

The Utes defensive front seven, anchored by end Nate Orchard, and his partner Hunter Dimmick, (18 combined sacks, and 22 tfls), is more disruptive than Jameis Winston in the seafood aisle.

Coach Todd “The Texter” Graham’s Sun Devils are hotter than a ticket to the Allman Brothers Band last ever show at New York’s iconic Beacon Theatre.

[Note: We refer to Graham as the “Texter” because when he was hired to be the head man at Pitt several years ago, he told the Administration, its fans, and players that this is where he was meant, and wanted, to be. Less than a year later, he texted “his” players from the plane that was flying him to his new gig$$$ in Tempe. The newest place where he was meant$$ to be. Talk about character building!! He belongs in the Lance Armstrong HOF. So for us, he can’t lose enough.]

The Sons of Jake ‘The Snake” Plummer are led by another swashbuckling QB Taylor Kelly (8 TDs-1 INT), who returned last week after missing several games with a foot injury.

[Note: Kelly has been cleared to play – concussion last week, but if he can’t go, Mike Bercovici (10 TDs – 2 INTs) is a quality replacement.]

Whomever is under center, wideout Jaelen Strong (52 catches) will test any defense, while tailback D.J. Foster is dangerous as both a runner and a pass catcher.

The ASU D, featuring backers Laiu Moeakiola, and Salamo Fiso, has issues especially against the run, but in the last couple of weeks has tightened like a Mylie Cyrus dress.

We think the “Texter” and his Sun Devils have a bit more firepower, and “twerks” its way to a close a hard hitting victory.

Stanford at No. Oregon (FOX, 7:30 p.m.) Can the Sons of Jim Plunkett make it three straight over the Ducks?

Coach David Shaw has simplified the Cardinal offense which has been colder than the head of Ted Williams.

QB Kevin Hogan (13 TDs-6 INTs), who is the director of this “ice bucket” brigade (88th in scoring), is assisted by tailbacks Remound Wright, and true freshman Christian McCaffrey.

When the mistake prone signal caller makes the proper GPS adjustment, wideout Ty Montgomery is a Linus-blanket target.

But if the Farm’s offense has muddled along in state of suspended animation, the D is hotter than the HD lights that shine upon the mugs of Robert and Jonathan Kraft as they lord over the stadium in their pretentious Foxboro high chairs.

The nation’s second stingiest D (12), anchored by Kevin and Henry Anderson, and their ubiquitous backer Blake Martinez, slows the run, and the pass, with the proficiency of a lunch-time downtown meter maid sniffing out a parking violation.

These are not your father’s Ducks.

The Sons of Norm Van Brocklin are directed by the Heisman front-runner, QB Marcus Mariotta (24 TDs-1 INT, 68%, 5 TDs rushing), who also leads the nation in pass efficiency.

The leader of the nation’s fifth (45) highest scoring squad is assisted by tailback Royce Freeman (13TDs), while wideouts Byron Marshall, Devon Allen, are solid glue-fingered receivers.

But it’s the D of Phil Knight University, which causes the acid turning Alka-Seltzer moments for the playoff thirsty faithful.

This card carrying group of matadors featuring All-America corner Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, backer Derrick Malone, and tackle DeForest Buckner ranks a creaky 76th stopping the run, 114th defending the pass and triple digits – 106th in total defense. Simply, not the stuff of champions.

Yet, despite those defensive liabilities, we don’t think the Cardinal flies out of Autzen Stadium with the W, as the Ducks remain, somewhat precariously, on a playoff track.

No.20 Harvard at Dartmouth (CSN New England, 3:30 p.m.) We decided to dip into the Ancient Eight, and what better place than Hanover, New Hampshire where the Crimson of Harvard (6-0, 3-0) will meet the Big Green of Dartmouth (5-1, 3-0) for the 118th time, with first place on the line.

It is also another meeting between best friends, and former Silver Lake High teammates, Tim Murphy of Harvard, and Buddy Teevens of Dartmouth.

Amazingly, the 21st President of the United States, Chester A. Arthur, occupied the Oval Office, the first time these rivals strapped on its chinstraps in; 1882, Harvard’s second oldest rival.

It has also been a total domination by the Crimson, as the Sons of Chub Peabody have won 10 in a row, and an eye-popping 16 of the last 17.

And to say that Coach Tim Murphy (who gave us a great blurb for the Cotter book!) has done a good job during his 21 year Crimson coaching tenure (143-62), is like saying Michelangelo did a nice paint job on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

The return (back injury) of dual-threat senior QB Conner Hempel adds another dangerous option to the always evolving Harvard offense. The Starry QB is assisted by tailbacks Andrew Casten, and Connor Sheehan, while wideout Andrew Fischer grabs a football with the same ease that alum Alan Dershowitz handles a tort case.

But overall, the D, led by backers Jacob Lindley, Eric Mendes, and end Zack Hodges (Harvard’s all-time sack leader) has played with, to quote another legendary alum George Frazier, a certain “Duende,” operating as the main beam of its unblemished season.

Since his return for a second (2005) stint as the head man for the Sons of Bob Blackmon, Coach Buddy Teevens has slowly returned a degree of the Big Green’s long missing football tradition.

The Dartmouth offense, led by QB Dalyn Williams (10 TDs-2 INTs- 5 rushing), with assists from tailback Kyle Bramble, and receivers Ryan McManus, and Victor Williams, won’t cause any sleepless nights for a D-coordinator, but is a reflection of its coach, relentlessly attacking and often overachieving.

The Big Green’s D, featuring backers Will McNamara, and Zach Slafsky, is solid stopping the run, but a bottom-feeding 112th defending against the pass which is the wrong recipe against Harvard.

In the biggest game played in Hanover in over two-decades, it will be a joyous bus ride back to Cambridge for a bunch of Crimson players filled with “Duende.”

Last week: 4-1                                             Season record: 33-12.

That’s it from cyber-space. We’ll be up and running with our recap by noon on Sunday. Until then, Peace, and listen to the music. Pk

LSU knocks off Ole Miss, BC, Harvard, Dartmouth win, Michigan again embarrassed, West Virginia cements its credentials, TCU puts up 82 in ugly display of “football,” UMass loses, Middlebury ends Trinity’s 53 game home winning streak

Then there were three!!

In an old fashioned, smash-mouth classic, LSU’s emotional 10-7 come from behind slugfest victory over Ole Miss, leaves only three unblemished teams in America.

We’ll start in Death Valley, “A place where dreams go to die,” as Tigers Coach Les Miles improved his Saturday night home record to an eye-popping: 46-3.

“This is a magnificent place to play. Wasn’t the crowd (record tying 102,321) beautiful?” asked Miles to a sideline reporter, who less than 24 hours earlier had lost his 91-year old mother Martha.

It was also the place where “Bad Bo” the Rebels QB Bo Wallace resurfaced (14-33, 176, 1-1), as the Ole Miss carriage, at least for the moment, has morphed back into a pumpkin.

The game also had a bizarre finish. Mississippi was lined up to try a 42 game tying field goal with 9 seconds on the clock, but a false start penalty changed their strategy.

After a time out, Coach Hugh Freeze instructed his gunslinger to throw a pass into the sideline flat or out of bounds. Either, Or. But inexplicably Wallace lobbed a pass toward the end zone, which was easily picked off at the 1-yard line sealing the fate of the Boys from Oxford.

Rebels coach Hugh Freeze aptly summed up the SEC West, “We’ve been on the good side of these for seven in a row now. This league is brutal…”

LSU also exposed the vaunted Ole Miss “Land Shark” defense gashing them for 267 rushing yards (147 first half) and over 400 yards of offense. Yikes!!

And for a traditionalist like myself who doesn’t need 100 combined points on the board, the way they play in Big 12 it was a “slobberknocker” classic, and for my money, we need more of these.

Speaking of the Big 12, to paraphrase our man Casey Stengel, “Can’t anyone here play defense?”

Apparently not in Buddy Holly’s home town, also known as Lubbock, Texas, as the Red Raiders were thrashed, embarrassed, and with Halloween next Friday, were obviously masquerading as a football team as TCU humiliated TT: 82-27.

Tech’s basketball team can’t score 82!!! This is not tackle football, its matador football at its worst.

And to think TT (3-5, 1-4) Coach Kliff Kingsbury, was given a contract extension and a raise. What a country!!!

In the Old Friends Department: Silver Lake teammates Buddy Teevens of Dartmouth, and Tim Murphy of Harvard, had another winning Saturday setting up their first place Ivy League showdown next Saturday in Hanover.

Unfortunately for the Big Green, the Crimson saw its starry senior QB Conner Hempel return from a back injury in a big way; passing for three touchdowns and running for two as Harvard (6-0, 3-0) crushed the Tigers of Princeton on the road; 49-7. Double Ouch!!

It was the largest margin of victory in the 107 years of the series!!

Dartmouth (5-1, 3-0) will be an underdog, but nevertheless, it will be quite a scene in Hanover next Saturday. It’s the biggest game since the coaching return of its football hero; Buddy Teevens.

Staying on the local front, it wasn’t easy, or necessarily pretty, but the Eagles of Boston College (5-3, 2-2) hung on for a; 23-17 victory over Wake Forest.

BC is now one win away from bowl eligibility, and have a chance to “unofficially” go bowling next week when it travels to Blacksburg to take on a woeful bunch of Virginia Tech Hokies.

But as we all know Blacksburg is an extremely difficult place to win. But nobody thought the Eagles would even be in this position. Good for them.

One team that won’t be bowling this season is the Minutemen of UMass (2-7, 2-3) who were officially eliminated from the post season by the Toledo Rockets; 42-35.

But Whipple’s Warriors made the MAC’s only undefeated team earn it, as Toledo one time trailed by the score of: 20-7.

UMass is much improved, and the “Belle of Amherst” and his eleven have a chance to close out its season with three consecutive victories.

It was a shocker down in Connecticut, as the Panthers of Middlebury knocked off the Bantams of Trinity 27-7, ending Trinity’s 53 game home winning streak, which started during the first year W occupied the White House – 2001. Amazing!!!

In the ineptitude department, Pitt (4-4,2-2) was smoked by Georgia Tech (6-2, 3-2) 56-28, but the game was lost in the first quarter when Tech stormed out to a 28-0 lead after the Panthers lost an FBS tying record five fumbles!!! Butterfingers is calling the AD and asking about sponsorship!! OUCH!!!

In the Little Apple, Manhattan, Kansas Bill Snyder’s KState Wildcats whitewashed the once mighty Horns of Texas 23-0!! It was the UT’s first shutout since 2004, and newly minted Coach Charlie Strong’s Horns are now scuffling along at 3-5!! Yikes!!

Where’s Mack Brown when you need him? Double Ouch!!!

In the Surprise Department: Dana Holgersen the “Mad Scientist” of the Mountaineers of West Virginia easily handled the Cowboys of Oklahoma State: 34-10, establishing themselves as at top 20 team.

To start the season Holgorsen’s seat was hotter than Hawaii’s Kilaueau Volcano, but now is cooler the mint in a Peppermint Patty.

In an understatement, our man Sean McDonough doing the broadcast of the Michigan-Michigan State game said, “Things are sour in Wolverine Land.”

In the Brady Hoke “Bye-Bye” tour, otherwise known as Michigan Football, the Maize and Blue (3-5) were crushed by its “Little Brother” from East Lansing Michigan State: 35-11.

It was Sparty’s sixth victory in the last seven virtually assuring that there will be a new man in Ann Arbor next season.

MSU also took out some revenge on the Wolverines who planted a stake in the middle of the East Lansing turf when they ran onto the field.

Spartans Coach Mark Dantonio and his players took notice, hence the last second touchdown run by Jeremy Langford when the game was hopelessly lost by the Wolverines.

WOW!! Now that is a rivalry.

And as a side note: Michigan is virtually unwatchable. Where’s Rich Rod when you need him??!!

Double Ouch!!

Finally, always know where you are, especially if you are calling the game.

Yesterday in Stillwater, Oklahoma, aka Boone Pickens University, the nationally televised play-by-play man Mike Patrick, who was calling the game between Ok State and West Virginia, said, “It’s a record hot day here in Oklahoma City, I mean Stillwater.” Can someone get that man a GPS??!!!

That’s it from cyber-space. We’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 10 a day late (Thursday) this week, heading down to the Big Apple for a matinee. Until then, Peace, and listen to the music. pk

In Ann Arbor, the doors don’t close for Columbus!!

We begin this week with a bank, a holiday, and a fierce rivalry.

The Bank of Ann Arbor, the home of the Maize and Blue, decided to remain open on Columbus Day, a federal holiday, because of who the holiday honors.

“We will not be closed for Columbus Day, a federal holiday, because Columbus is in Ohio,” read the sign posted on both the banks website and its front door.

“It has just taken a life of its own, which has been fun,” said the bank’s CEO Tim Marshall.

It also proved to be a stroke of marketing genius for the savings institution, as the mischievous stunt played out all over the twitter and cyber world. Good for them.

This weekend, let’s see which teams appear to be bankrupt, and which are flush and playing so well, that its starters are given a fourth quarter “banker’s holiday,” putting its faithful in a holiday mood.

No.3 Mississippi at No.24 LSU (ESPN, 7:15) The last time the Rebels (7-0) were riding this high, James Meredith was reluctantly granted admittance into the Oxford campus, and a skinny Irish Catholic from Hyannis, Massachusetts, better known as JFK, was chasing starlets around the Oval Office – 1962.

The Sons of Archie Manning, and Charlie Conerly, are directed by QB Bo Wallace (17 TDs-6 INTs-65%) the best Magnolia State trigger man this side of Jesse James.

The maestro, with the demeanor of “Cool Hand Luke,” is assisted by tailbacks; Jaylen Walton, and I’Tavius Mathers, while the wideout trio of; Laquon Treadwell, Vince Sanders, and Cody Core, are worthy of the Elmer’s Hall of Fame.

But the real glue behind this Ole Miss renaissance is a defense not seen in the Grove, since the Sugar Bowl team of Dwight Eisenhower – 1959.

The Rebel eleven, led by tackle Robert Nkemdiche, end Marquis Haynes, and All-America safety Cody Prewitt, is the nation’s tightest (10 pts.), and attacks with the ferocity of a Southern republican toward Obama Care, or a social welfare program whose origins are from the Northeast.

Les Miles’ Bayou Bengals are younger than Robert Kraft’s girlfriend.

Sophomore QB Anthony Jennings (7 TDs-3 INTs-50%) is still an apprentice, while true freshman tailback Leonard Fournette, and his partners Kenny Hilliard, and Terrence Magee, are a formidable road grading trio.

When the QB takes to the Death Valley skies, Trauin Dural is reminiscent of the AFL’s legendary receiver Elbert “Golden Wheels” Dubenion, averaging a jaw-dropping (25 yds. catch), and scoring 7-touchdowns.

The nation’s 8th stingiest (17pts) D, anchored by backers Kwon Alexander, Kendell Beckwith, and end Danielle Hunter, stones runners but has some vulnerability defending against the pass.

Saturday night in Baton Rouge, not to mention the fact that LSU is rapidly maturing on both sides of the ball, makes this a very dangerous test for the Rebels. But ultimately, we think the Ole Miss D is the “glue” that keeps the Rebs perfect season together.

N0.20 USC at No.19 Utah (FS1, 10 p.m.) Coach Steve Sarkisian’s maiden voyage at the helm of the USS Southern Cal has been like “Gilligan’s” S.S. Minnow, “slightly” off course.

The Trojans have, with apologies to Bon Jovi, been “Livin’ On A Prayer.” One week it’s a “Hail Mary” loss at home, the next a victory in the desert courtesy of a missed chip-shot field goal.

These Sons of Pete Beathard are directed by its dart thrower QB Cody Kessler (18 TDs – 1 INT – 69%), who targets a pair of field stretchers: Nelson Agholor (7TDs), and JuJu Smith.

When USC plows the earth, tailback Javorius Allen (over 900 yards, 8 TDs, and 6 yards-a-pop), is one of the nation’s best.

But shockingly for the “Surfer Dudes” from LA, whose D is anchored by All-America Leonard Williams, backer Hayes Pullard, and end J.R. Tavai has performed as if it was a Trojan Horse.

On paper it appears more powerful than Vladimir Putin, but has played more like the Ukrainian Military.

Utah, aka the Sons of HOF Larry Wilson, are continuing its search for a permanent signal caller.

The Escalade-sized (6-foot-7) Travis Wilson (7 TDs -0 INTs, no relation to Larry), and OU transfer Kendal Thompson (2 TDs-2INTs), continue to battle for the starting job. [Note: Wilson is starting Saturday.]

Whomever is under center, when the QB’s go aerial, Kenneth Scott, and Dres Anderson (17 yds. catch) are big play targets.

The Utes D, anchored by end Nate Orchard, who is second in the nation in both tackles for losses and sacks, along with his partner Hunter Dimick, and backer Jared Norris, are more disruptive than the Pumpkin Fest at Keene State.

In fact Utah leads the nation averaging a jaw-dropping 5-plus sacks a game.

In what should be a very close game, we think the Utes find a way to expose the Trojan Horse.

No.22 West Virginia at Oklahoma State (ESPN, 3:30 p.m.) The “Mad-Scientist,” Coach Dana Holgersen, has concocted a victory potion of surprising strength in his Morgantown laboratory.

The Sons of Jerry West, aka West Virginia University are commanded by graduate FSU transfer QB Clint Trickett (15 TDs – 5 Ints-68%), who throws more bombs than Syria’s Bashar al-Assad.

Tailbacks Rushel Shell, and Wendell Smallwood, provide the ground clutter, but when the Mountaineers take to the skies, Kevin White (69 catches – 1020 yds -7 TDs) no relation to Boston’s “Mayor Deluxe,” leads the nation in ypg -145, second in catches per game 9, and can score quicker than Jerry West.

Instead of the Niagara Falls sized fissures of previous years, WV’s much improved D, featuring backer Nick Kwiatkowski, and safety Karl Joseph, has been the key to the Blue Ridge renaissance.

In 1970 the Four Tops had a huge hit, “Still Waters Run Deep” and in Stillwater, Oklahoma, aka Boone Pickens University, the faithful are going to need the Pokes to reach deep down to keep its season from unraveling.

The Cowboys principle six-shooter is out of ammunition due to injury, and his replacement, QB Daxx Garman (10 TDs-7INTs), isn’t the vintage high-caliber marksman the faithful are used to seeing in a Coach Mike Gundy styled offense.

When Mr. X is on target, David Glidden, and Brandon Sheperd (18 yds. catch), are focal points, while tailbacks Desmone Roland, and jet-fueled Tyreek Hill, can pierce any defense.

OkState’s D, featuring end Emmanuel Ogbah (11.5 tfls -7 sacks), and backer Josh Freeman (9tfls-5 sacks), are solid against the run, but a woeful bottom scrapping (116) defending the pass which is the wrong recipe against Holgersen’s Heroes.

We think the “Mad Scientist” formula works to perfection, and as John Denver sang in “Country Road” “Almost Heaven, West Virginia…” as the Boys from the Mountain State put a smile on the face of “Mr. Clutch,” Jerry West.

No.13 Ohio State at Penn State (Ch.5, 8 p.m.) The Sons of Woody Hayes are rolling, and playing themselves back into the playoff picture.

The nation’s fourth highest (46) scoring eleven, is directed by its scintillating r-shirt freshman QB, J.T. Barrett (20 TDs-5INTs-65%), who smoothly operates as the nation’s third most efficient thrower.

The dual-threat sniper is assisted by tailback Ezeckiel Elliott, and a trio of defensive testing receivers: Michael Thomas (5TDs), Donte Wilson, and Devin Smith (5TDs), who averages an eye-popping 29 yards per grab.

The Bucks D, led by end Joey Bosa (9 tfls-5.5 sacks), and backers Joshua Perry, and Darron Lee, ranks 15th overall, and attacks with the same disruptive fury as the police in Hong Kong.

On the other hand, the Penn State offense resembles the scenes from the Marx Brothers movie; “Horse Feathers.”

This Lions club directed by QB Christian Hackenberg (5TDs-7INTs), and featuring tailbacks Bill Belton, Zach Zwinak, along with wideouts Daesean Hamilton and Eugene Lewis, is as efficient as the Massachusetts Lottery Commission; stuck at a mud-sliding 118th in running the ball, and 108th (21) in scoring.

The Nits D has carried the day in Happy Valley.

James Franklin’s feisty bunch, led by end Deion Barnes, backer Mike Hull, (who averages 10 tackles a game), and his partner Nyeem Wartman, are tops stopping the run, 6th overall, and the country’s 6th (15) tightest D.

But we think there is too much fire power on the Scarlet and Grey side, and the Buckeyes fly out of Happy Valley with the Association’s lyrics of “Goodbye Columbus” silently being played in the heads of the 107,000 PSU faithful.

UMass at Toledo (ESPN3, 2 p.m.) This is the first time the following words have been written about the Minutemen since it joined the ranks of “Big Boy” football two plus years ago.

UMass in going for three wins in a row!

The pigskin “Belle of Amherst,” Coach Mark Whipple put it in its proper perspective: “I don’t think there’s a ticker-tape parade in Amherst because we won two in a row. I hope not…”

The Amherst eleven are directed by its sharpshooter QB, Marshall graduate Blake Frohnapfel (18 TDs-6INTs-54%), (who has another year of eligibility), who has tossed for the fifth most passing yards in the nation.

The rangy (6-foot-6) signal caller, is assisted by tailback Shadrach Abronkwah, and a pair of glue fingered receivers; Tajae Sharp (54 catches -4 TDs), and his partner Jean Sifrin – 4 TDs.

Unfortunately the D, led by backers Jovan Santos-Knox, Stanley Andre, and end Daniel Maynes, carries numbers that an AP honor student would covet.

This group is 101st overall, allowing an average of 34 points a game (99th), and stops the run (95th) and the pass (99th) with the same ability as the Iraqi Army against ISIS, or anybody else for that matter.

Unlike its name, the Rockets, who have won three straight, and are the only unblemished team in the MAC Conference, do most of its damage on the ground.

Tailbacks Terry Swanson (7 yds. a pop), and Damion Jones-Moore (5 yds. a carry), are the lead plough horses on a ground assault that is ranks 18th best in America.

Dual-threat QB Logan Woodside (8 TDs-3 INTs) contributes to those numbers, and when he goes aerial, Corey Jones, and Alonzo Russell are inviting targets.

But Toledo’s D is more unbalanced than the Detroit city budget.

This squad featuring backers Trent Voss (9tfls -4 sacks), Junior Sylvestre, and end Ray Bush stones runners, but are dead last defending the pass which is not a good recipe against the Minutemen.

In a game in which points will pile up faster than the number of range rovers pulling into the Milton Academy parking lot, we don’t think Whipple’s crew on the road is ready to jump over the next hurdle.

Last week: 4-1                                     Season record: 29-11

That’s it from cyber-space. We’ll be up and running with our recap by noon on Sunday. Until then, Peace, and listen to the music. Pk

Florida State holds off Irish, Alabama rolls, UMass, Dartmouth, Harvard win, BC loses heartbreaker, Oklahoma loses on missed chip shot field goal, West VIrginia knocks off undefeated Baylor, and Florida coach Will Muschamp waits on firing line

Today, on the South Bend campus, the hands of Touchdown Jesus are raised in exasperation regarding; “The Call.”

As much as it pains us, it was a “Signature” win for Florida State, who extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 23.

QB Jameis “Crablegs” Winston was Heisman-like in the second half, completing 13-straight passes in leading the Seminoles to a scintillating come-from-behind 31-27 victory over the Irish.

Equally impressive was Notre Dame QB Everett Golson, whose fourth-and-18 scramble, and completion for the first down was in the mold of Houdini.

It gave the Irish a chance for the win, but the touchdown pass was called back on a pass interference penalty with 13-seconds left on the clock, and FSU intercepted on the fourth down play.

If there was any doubt as to the correctness of the call, and there wasn’t much, look no further than former Irish Coach Lou Holtz, who bleeds green, who said after the game, “It was the right call.”

Coach Jimbo Fisher said, “This team has heart and soul. It’s a family. There is something special about these guys.”   Yeah, a lot of scandalous conduct!!!

But what we did learn is that the Irish are legit, and if they run the table, no easy task with road games against Arizona State, and USC remaining on its schedule, ND will have a resume that is worthy of one of the 4-playoff spots.

We also learned that Notre Dame’s defense is championship worthy, and that Brian Kelly can call one hell of an offensive game plan.

Regardless, without any ranked opponents left on its schedule, “Crablegs” and his “Signature” squad, barring a major upset, will grab one of the four spots in the playoff. Shame!

Warning: Do Not Anger Coach Nick Saban!!!

After the weeping and gnashing in Tuscaloosa last week over the fact that the Tide only won by a single point on the road in its game against Arkansas, Groucho’s favorite team, went out and took vengeance on a lamb-like bunch of visitors from College Station, Texas A@M crushing the Aggies: 59-0.

It was Alabama’s largest margin of victory since George Herbert Walker Bush occupied the Oval Office 1991, and its most lopsided SEC victory – 66-3 over Vanderbilt – since Jimmy Carter had us sitting in gas lines in 1979.   OUCH!!

It was also the first time the Aggies offensive guru, Coach Kevin Sumlin had ever been whitewashed.

So the message is clear, stay on the good side of St. Nick.

Can we finally bury the “Big Game” moniker placed on Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops?

Once again, this time in Norman, after failing to punch it in from the K-State 1-yard line, the Sooners missed the chip shot field goal, and for the second consecutive time in Norman, no less, the Teacher Coach Bill Snyder, knocked off the protégé: 31-30.

This one really hurt the Sooner faithful, as it buried any hope that OU has for earning a playoff spot.

The Norman invaders now have a pair of conference losses, while Snyder’s Wildcats continue to quietly climb in the polls.

Let me ask a hypothetical; how many more wins, or titles would the Boys from Norman own, if Bill Snyder was prowling its sidelines and not “Big Game” Bob? Ouch@!!!

In the “Old Friends” department it was another winning day for the former teammates of Silver Lake High School; as Dartmouth’s Buddy Teevens, and Harvard’s Tim Murphy continue on its winning ways.

It was a second consecutive victory for the State’s flagship university, as the football version of the “Belle of Amherst,” Mark Whipple’s Minutemen (2-6, 2-2), won its second consecutive game, a 36-14 domination of Eastern Michigan University.

And for the first time since joining the ranks of “Big Boy” football three years ago, UMass has won two games in the same season.

“We’re heading in the right direction,” said Whipple. Yes they are, and good for them.

In Gainesville; the Tick, Tick, Tick, of the football office clock is louder than the front row of a heavy metal concert.

Florida Coach Will Muschamp is a “dead man walking.” It’s just a question of whether he gets to finish out the season.

The Gators, who have lost 12 of its last 19, reached a new low (if that is possible), getting crushed by the Tigers of Missouri 42-13, while holding the Tigers to less than 120 yards of total offense. Double Yikes!!!

A one point the scoreboard read: 42-0 while the chants of “Fire Muschamp!” rained down from the fans at the swamp.

Missouri scored on a punt return, kickoff return, interception return, and fumble return. An amazing run of Gainesville ineptitude. Where’s Ron Zook when you need him!!!

I believe the record of teams who hold an opponent to less than 120 yards of offense is 147-2, with both of those losses by Florida. Enough said!! Bye, Bye, Will.

Back in the Ivy League, one of our fav’s; Pennsylvania defeated the woeful Lions of Columbia 31-7, setting an Ivy League record of 18th consecutive victories over the same opponent.

Hail the Smart Kids, as the Dukies in its 20-13 victory over Virginia, are bowl eligible for the third consecutive season. Good for them!!!

And what a coaching job David Cutcliffe has done in Durham. I know one thing, Florida and Michigan wishes it had a coach with half of his ability.

I wonder what he would do if he had Oklahoma’s talent??!!! DOUBLE OUCH!!! In the Big Ten, our favorite conference, Michigan State and Ohio State remain on a collision course for its November 8th showdown in East Lansing. Can’t wait!!

Todd Who??!! With Todd Gurley still sidelined embroiled in another “Signature-gate” controversy, backup Nick Chubb had another stellar performance scampering for 202 yards as the Dawgs, seemingly with a rather large shoulder chip, crushed Arkansas: 45-32.

It was 38-7 at the half, and now Bill Clinton’s alma mater has lost 17 consecutive SEC contests. YIKES!!

In Morgantown, the “Mad Scientist” Coach Dana Holgorsen’s and his West Virginia Mountaineers (5-2) knocked off previously undefeated Baylor; 41-27, earning the “Errs” its first victory over a top-five opponent since W occupied the White House – 2007.

Finally up at the Heights, it was an impressive performance by a bunch of tough anvil-pounding Eagles (4-3), who lost a heartbreaker to Clemson: 17-13.

BC had a chance to win at the end but Tyler Rouse dropped a touchdown pass on the goal line and Clemson eventually ran out the clock.

One thing that is certain; whoever plays Coach Steve Addazio’s Eagles will know they have been in a football game, as BC hits like Mike Tyson for a full 60 minutes.   Good for them!!!

That’s it from cyber-space. We’ll be up and running with our analysis or week 9 Wednesday evening. Until then, Peace, and listen to the music. Pk.

“Hook-em Horns” creator, Harley Clark passes at age 78

We begin this week, with an obituary, an iconic hand symbol, and a President.

Last week, 78 year old Texas attorney, Harley Clark was laid to rest in Austin, Texas.

“Big deal,” you say.

Well, Mr. Clark, a former University of Texas cheerleader, is credited with creating, and introducing to the world, the iconic “Hook-em Horns” finger gesture at a 1955 Texas football pep rally.

When first introduced, the Dean of Student Life lectured Clark that his creation was considered a vulgarity in Sicily, but because it was the campus rage, it was much too late to stop.

The index and pinky finger extended, with the two middle fingers tucked under the thumb, is now universally recognized as the symbol for the school, and all its athletic programs.

The Texas faithful show it during the singing of the “Eyes of Texas” before and after games, and most players flash it after every touchdown.

It made its presidential debut in 2005, when President George W. Bush (43) flashed it toward his daughter Jenna, a UT grad, during his Inaugural Parade. Good for George. [As a side note, Bush’s gesture caused a stir amongst the Norwegians, and one of its newspapers interpreted it as sign saluting Satan.]

Not Texas, everybody knows Satan resides in Tallahassee.

This weekend, let’s see which teams stick it to the opposition, and which trudge off the field heads bowed, while its faithful flash another sign, that carries a much more vulgar connotation.

No.5 Notre Dame at No.2 Florida State (Ch.5, 8 p.m.) Nobody, and that includes; Touchdown Jesus, and the Eire Pub’s “saloon tycoon” John Stenson, anticipated the astonishing season unfolding (on artificial turf no less) in South Bend.

The undisputed leader of the Sons of Knute Rockne is its dual-threat QB Everett Golson (16 TDs-4 INTs), who is a jaw-dropping 16-1 as the ND signal caller.

But the issue, as Jesse Jackson would say, remains; will the QB, who has turned it over 9-times in the last three games, continue that trend. If so, it is a recipe for disaster against FSU.

And as the Domer faithful are well aware, the rest of the Blue and Gold offense, led by tailback Tarean Folston, and wideouts Will Fuller, and Corey Robinson, has a tendency to disappear more often than North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.

The nation’s eighth stingiest (17) D, anchored by backers Jaylon Smith, Joe Schmidt, and tackle Sheldon Day stones runners, but is pedestrian defending against the pass, but is the key to any hope for an Irish upset.

The Sons of Bobby Bowden are riding the nation’s longest winning streak – 22-games, but outside of the cocoon of Tallaha$$ee, the Seminoles have about as many supporters as Scott Lively.

Who? Exactly. Lively is an independent candidate for Governor of Massachusetts.

“Mr. Apology,” Heisman QB Jameis “Crablegs” Winston (11 TDs – 5 INTs- 70%), who is now embroiled in “Signature-gate,” controversy, directs an FSU attack that, at times, has been sputtered as badly as Governor Deval Patrick’s Health Connector system.

The Seminoles “Not Your Father’s” rushing attack, featuring tailback Dalvin Cook, has been as dynamic as Ed Markey, while the offensive spark has been provided by a pair of All-America receivers; Rashard Greene, and tight end Nick O’Leary.

The FSU D, led by backer Terrance Smith, and tackle Eddie Goldman, although not as weak as Martha Coakley’s campaign, has been surprisingly pushed around.

The last time the Seminoles and the Irish met in a game of this magnitude, 1993, Bill Clinton had just located the cigar humidor. And as much as we’d like to see ND stake the victory, we simply don’t trust Golson to play a mistake free game.

Washington at No.9 Oregon (FS1, 8p.m.)To paraphrase Dorothy, Huskies Coach Chris Petersen is about to find out; “He’s not in Boise anymore.”

Sophomore QB Cyler Miles, who has yet to throw a pick (9 TDs-0 INTs) is in the middle of his learning curve, while wideouts John Ross (13 catches – 27 yd. average – 4 TDs), and Jaydon Mickens, provide comforting targets.

Unfortunately, the UDub running attack, featuring tailbacks Lavon Coleman, and Dwayne Washington, is about as effective as the Ukraine Military against Putin’s invasion of the Crimea.

The Huskies D, anchored by backer Shaq Thompson (4 TDs – former Red Sox minor leaguer), end Hau’oli Kikaha, and nose Danny Shelton (9.5 tfls – 7 sacks) is stout against the run, but a mud-sucking 105 defending against the pass, which is not the best recipe against Oregon.

It’s been a decade since UW has notched a W against the Ducks, and in the 107th renewal, that prospect is about as bright at the chances of republican Brian Herr defeating Ed Markey the Massachusetts U.S. Senate election.

The nation’s seventh highest scoring eleven (43), has shored its Jell-O offensive line, enabling its brilliant All-America, and Heisman candidate QB, Marcus Mariota (17 TDS-0 INTs), the nation’s pass efficiency leader, to prosper like a pot-shop owner.

The quiet man, who plays as flawless as Ell Macpherson in her prime, is assisted by a quartet of wideouts; led by Bryon Marshall, and Devon Allen, who averages over 19 yards a grab, while hauling in 6-TDs.

When the Sons of Phil Knight plow the earth, it is isn’t in Nikes, but with a grinding tailback Royce Freeman, who averages over 5-yards a pop.

The Duck D, featuring All-America corner Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, backer Rodney Hardrick, and end Deforest Buckner, seems to have flown south, as this bunch is 8th from the bottom defending the pass, and an unacceptable 78th stopping the run.

Those Obama like favorability numbers highlight the magnificence of Mariota’s season.

With apologies to the “Who,” “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss,” as Oregon begins its second decade of consecutive victories against the visitors from Seattle.

No.14 Kansas State at No.11 Oklahoma (ESPN, Noon) Coach Bill Snyder’s Purple Cats, aka the Sons of Marlin Fitzwater (the only Press Secretary to serve under two presidents 40, and 41), quietly continue to climb the rankings, almost like a Great Horned Owl attacking its prey.

The Boys from the Little Apple, Manhattan, Kansas are directed by its senior dual-threat QB Jake Waters (7 TDs-3INTs – 6 rushing), with assists from tailbacks Charles Jones and Demarcus Robinson, while All-America wideout Tyler Locket, seldom disappoints, often displaying better hands than Leonardo da Vinci.

KState’s D, anchored by backer Jonathan Truman, and end Ryan Mueller, stones runners (3rd), but is as pedestrian as the Boston City Council defending against the pass.

Coach “Big Game Bob” Stoops’ Norman troops are as disappointing as Plymouth Rock, as its loss to TCU several weeks ago a prime example.

OU’s QB Trevor Knight (6TDs -5 INTs- 55%) (aka Katy Perry’s “Boy Toy”), has reverted to his “mac and cheese” mediocre self, which has had a dampening effect on the Sooner’s offense.

Fortunately, the Sons of Bud Wilkerson have a trio of tailback bruisers led by Samaje Perine (9TDs) while wideout Sterling Shepard (21 yds. a catch) can stretch any defense.

As the Sooner faithful are well aware, the D, featuring All-America backer Eric Striker, safety Quentin Hayes, and backer Geneo Grissom collapses like Cod stocks of Georges Bank when defending against the pass – 107th.

This is a very dangerous game for the Sooner believers. Bill Snyder beat his protégé in Memorial Stadium two years ago, which is as rare (89-5 at home) as a one term Mayor of Boston. We don’t expect it to happen a second consecutive time.

No.15 Oklahoma State at No.12 TCU (FS1, 4 p.m.) After a 5-week indulgence of sugary treats, the Boys from Boone Pickens U, aka the Ok State Cowboys, will try to digest some Fort Worth, Texas USDA prime beef.

The Pokes of Coach Mike Gundy (who has done a Herculean job in Stillwater), are directed by junior QB Daxx Garman (10 TDs-5INTs), who has performed admirably for injured starter J.W. Walsh.

The Cowboys sharpshooter is assisted by tailback Desmond Roland (7TDs), and his hybrid Road Runner receiver/tailback Tyreek Hill, who possesses world class, Olympic, 100-yard dash speed.

When Mr. X goes aerial, he has a bigger selection than the ice cream counter at Howard Johnson, led by the aforementioned Hill, and his partners Brandon Shepherd, and the “paint” smooth David Glidden.

But as the Boone Pickens U Faithful are well aware, the Cowboys D, featuring backer Josh Furman (5 sacks), and end Emmanuel Ogbah (5 sacks), causes more angst in Stillwater than the drilling a dry well.

Coach Gary Patterson’s Horned Frogs, aka the Sons of Davey O’Brien, must win out, if it has any hope of earning a playoff invite.

The nation’s third highest scoring (45) squad, is directed by its dual-threat (leads team in rushing) QB, Trevone Boykin (11TDs -2INTs), who is performing at marquee topping level.

The Patton-esque leader is assisted by tailback B.J. Catalon, and a trio of field stretching receivers; Josh Doctson, Deante Gray, and Kolby Listenbee – who averages 23 yards a grab.

The D, which is a Patterson specialty, led by backers Paul Dawson, Marcus Mallet, and safety Chris Hackett, has been shockingly more exposed than a Victoria Secret runway show.

Ultimately, we think the Horned Frogs stay on course, as the visitors have too difficult a time digesting the menu in Fort Worth.

No.21 Texas A@M at No.7 Alabama (Ch.4, 3:30 p.m.) A@M’s reward for losing on consecutive Saturdays against the Nos.1, and 3, teams in the land; a trip to Tuscaloosa! Ouch!

Such is the life in the rugged SEC West, which has become the pigskin version of a Soviet Gulag.

And if the Aggies fail to pull off the upset, its bye, bye to its top-25 ranking.

The Sons of John David Crow, the nation’s sixth highest scoring (43) eleven, are directed by the latest College Station gunslinger, sophomore QB Kenny Hill (27 TDs-7INTs), who is immersed in a Football 101 education.

The big-armed triggerman is assisted by tailback Tre Williams, and selects from a passel of wideouts led by; Ricky Seals-Jones and Josh Reynolds, who sometimes seem sponsored by Butterfinger.

But not even the 12th Man, let alone tackle Myles Garrett and end Julien Obioha, can plug the holes in the Aggies run (80th) D, and that is a rotten formula against Alabama.

To paraphrase the famous 1937 radio broadcast of the Herbert Morrison on the explosion disaster of the Hindenburg, “Oh, the humanity!”

Alabama wins a game in the SEC on the road by a single point!

Those are the “blowout” expectations that St. Nick has created in his tenure in Tuscaloosa, aka Groucho’s favorite town.

The Sons of Kenny Stabler are directed by senior QB Blake Sims (10 Tds-3 INTs – 67%), who is handsomely assisted by a pair of All-Americas; wiedout Amari Cooper, who is more popular than Gary, (averaging 128 yds. per game), and tailback T.J. Yeldon, who occasionally gets a blow from his partner Derrick Henry.

But if the Tide is going to punch one of the four playoff tickets, it will be behind a suffocating defense, featuring a trio of backers led by All-America Trey DePriest, which sits third overall, is 6th stingiest (15), and the envy of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

It its first home game in three weeks, the earth spins smoothly on its axis, as the Tide comfortably “rolls” the Aggies out of the rankings.

Last week: 4-1                                Season record: 25-10

That’s it from cyber-space. We’ll be up and running with our recap by noon on Sunday.

Until then, peace and listen to the music. pk

Mississippi, Mississippi State continue to roll, Baylor stuns TCU, UMass gets off schneid, BC bounces back, Harvard, Dartmouth win, Alabama continues to struggle, Georgia wins without Gurley

WOW! WOW! WOW!

In 1971 Graham Nash released his first solo album entitled; “Songs for Beginners” which included the hit single: “Military Madness.”

Well to paraphrase Nash, it’s been “Magnolia Madness” in the state of Mississippi.

In stunning fashion, both Mississippi State, and Mississippi continue to shock, and dominate the college football landscape.

One Mississippi, two Mississippi, has always been used as a measure to count off a proper second.

But now, it may be where both schools find themselves ranked in the latest AP Poll. AMAZING!!!

We’ll begin in Starkville, aka StarkVegas, where in the biggest victory in school history, the Bulldogs, and its Heisman Trophy leader, QB Dak Prescott dominated the Tigers of Auburn: 38-23.

[Note: a one point it was 21-0]

“Hail State!”

As the faithful say: “Hail Mississippi State-ment,” and what a statement it was.

MSU has now knocked off three consecutive top-ten teams, for the first time in its history, and with the din of clanging cowbells dominating the victorious night air, Coach Dan Mullen kissed his wife, then kissed the cheek of his stellar QB.

It truly was a Mississippi State-ment!!! And places the once downtrodden Bulldogs into the Penthouse of the college football elite.   AWESOMNE!!

In College Station, Texas it was more of the: “Bo Knows show!”

We think it’s time to bury the “Good Bo,” “Bad Bo,” theme, as Ole Miss’s starry gunslinger, QB Bo Wallace, ran for the games first two touchdowns, as the Rebels silenced the crowd of 104,000-plus; stunning the Aggies: 35-20.

It’s not just with an exciting offense, the Rebels intimidate it opponents with its stifling, anvil-hitting “Land Shark” D. Which is one of the nation’s best.

Coach Hugh Freeze summed up his team’s confidence, which had a 99 yard TD drive, it’s first since George H.W. Bush occupied the White House, when he said, “There are 106,000 people against us, and 100 with us, I like our odds.” AWESOME!!

It’s Magnolia Madness at its best, as Mississippi is 6-0 for the first time since the kid from Massachusetts, JFK, occupied the White House in 1962. WOW!! WOW!! WOW!!

Onto the wackiness that occurred in Waco.

It a game that will live forever in the annals of Baylor Football, the Bears, left for dead, down 21 with 11-minutes left to play, staged a Waco Miracle, scoring the game’s final 24 points stunning TCU; 60-58.

QB Bryce Petty threw six-touchdown passes, but it took the leg of kicker Chris Callahan to complete the improbable comeback.

The kid, who had been a miserable 1-6 coming into the game, went “another improbable” 4-4, including the game wining 28 yarder.

“There’s a certain spot I hit on the ball every single time; inside left low. I just focused on that. Once I got there, I didn’t even look up. I just took off running because I knew it was good,” said the kicker who, for the rest of his life, will never have to pay for drink in Waco.

The victory keeps Baylor’s hopes for a playoff invite very much alive. AMAZING.

These are the type of games that the blog generally frowns upon; “Can’t anyone here play defense?” to paraphrase Casey Stengel.

But on this one, I must confess, was totally enjoyable, because of its improbability.

It was the largest comeback in the 110 year history of the rivalry, but it took Baylor’s “laconic” Coach Art Briles to best sum it up: “It was a good win for Baylor.”

Enough said!! Oh the beauty of college football!!!

In the “Old Friend’s Department;” former Silver Lake teammates Tim Murphy of Harvard, and Buddy Teevens of Dartmouth, had another winning Saturday, setting up their November 1st meeting in Hanover as a potential mega-Ivy League game.

Finally!!!!!!!!!!!!

The football “Belle of Amherst” Mark Whipple got his first Minutemen (1-6) victory as an FBS coach, as UMass knocked off the winless Golden Flashes of Kent State: 41-17.

“We didn’t dump Gatorade on Coach Whipple, because we expect to win,” said QB transfer Blake Frohnapfel.

The much needed victory ended a 12 game UMass losing streak, and for the first time this season, UMass outscored its opponent in the fourth quarter: 13-0. Good for them!!!

My country for some offense.

Highly touted offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin brought in by Nick Saban to infuse some life into the moribund Alabama offense has been more like a “cooler,” as the Tide hung on for a 14-13 victory of a rapidly improving bunch of Hogs from Arkansas.

Yikes!! It looks like Alabama was wildly overrated.

Florida State, and its QB Jameis Winston continues to swirl in its stench of seediness, (read today’s New York Times front page story), but continues to adds to its nation’s longest winning streak; which now checks in at 22 in-a-row after another unimpressive: 38-20 win over Syracuse.

It sets up next week’s “Armageddon Game” against Notre Dame in Tallahassee.

Up at the Heights, it was a nice bounce back win for the Eagles of BC, who in dominating fashion defeated NC State: 30-14.

The victory leaves the overachieving eleven from Chestnut Hill just a pair of victories from bowl eligibility. Good for them.

And Hail the smart kids, as Duke knocked off Georgia Tech 31-25, snapping a 10-year losing streak against the once mighty Canes.

Finally, Todd who??!!

Georgia, with its Heisman All-America tailback, and offensive leader Todd Gurley suspended for another “Signature-gate” impropriety, went out on the road, and “showed,” that no man is bigger than the team, white-washing a talented team from the “Show Me State,” the Missouri Tigers: 34-0.

Good for good guy, UGA’s Coach Mark Richt.

That’s it from cyber-space. We’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 8 Wednesday night. Until then, Peace, and listen to the music.   pk

Mississippi, Mississippi State continue to roll, Baylor stuns TCU, UMass gets off snide, BC bounces back, Harvard, Dartmouth win, Alabama continues to struggle, Georgia wins without Gurley

WOW! WOW! WOW!

In 1971 Graham Nash released his first solo album entitled; “Songs for Beginners” which included the hit single: “Military Madness.”

Well to paraphrase Nash, it’s been “Magnolia Madness” in the state of Mississippi.

In stunning fashion, both Mississippi State, and Mississippi continue to shock, and dominate the college football landscape.

One Mississippi, two Mississippi, has always been used as a measure to count off a proper second.

But now, it may be where both schools find themselves ranked in the latest AP Poll. AMAZING!!!

We’ll begin in Starkville, aka StarkVegas, where in the biggest victory in school history, the Bulldogs, and its Heisman Trophy leader, QB Dak Prescott dominated the Tigers of Auburn: 38-23.

[Note: a one point it was 21-0]

“Hail State!”

As the faithful say: “Hail Mississippi State-ment,” and what a statement it was.

MSU has now knocked off three consecutive top-ten teams, for the first time in its history, and with the din of clanging cowbells dominating the victorious night air, Coach Dan Mullen kissed his wife, then kissed the cheek of his stellar QB.

It truly was a Mississippi State-ment!!! And places the once downtrodden Bulldogs into the Penthouse of the college football elite.   AWESOMNE!!

In College Station, Texas it was more of the: “Bo Knows show!”

We think it’s time to bury the “Good Bo,” “Bad Bo,” theme, as Ole Miss’s starry gunslinger, QB Bo Wallace, ran for the games first two touchdowns, as the Rebels silenced the crowd of 104,000-plus; stunning the Aggies: 35-20.

It’s not just with an exciting offense, the Rebels intimidate it opponents with its stifling, anvil-hitting “Land Shark” D. Which is one of the nation’s best.

Coach Hugh Freeze summed up his team’s confidence, which had a 99 yard TD drive, it’s first since George H.W. Bush occupied the White House, when he said, “There are 106,000 people against us, and 100 with us, I like our odds.” AWESOME!!

It’s Magnolia Madness at its best, as Mississippi is 6-0 for the first time since the kid from Massachusetts, JFK, occupied the White House in 1962. WOW!! WOW!! WOW!!

Onto the wackiness that occurred in Waco.

It a game that will live forever in the annals of Baylor Football, the Bears, left for dead, down 21 with 11-minutes left to play, staged a Waco Miracle, scoring the game’s final 24 points stunning TCU; 60-58.

QB Bryce Petty threw six-touchdown passes, but it took the leg of kicker Chris Callahan to complete the improbable comeback.

The kid, who had been a miserable 1-6 coming into the game, went “another improbable” 4-4, including the game wining 28 yarder.

“There’s a certain spot I hit on the ball every single time; inside left low. I just focused on that. Once I got there, I didn’t even look up. I just took off running because I knew it was good,” said the kicker who, for the rest of his life, will never have to pay for drink in Waco.

The victory keeps Baylor’s hopes for a playoff invite very much alive. AMAZING.

These are the type of games that the blog generally frowns upon; “Can’t anyone here play defense?” to paraphrase Casey Stengel.

But on this one, I must confess, was totally enjoyable, because of its improbability.

It was the largest comeback in the 110 year history of the rivalry, but it took Baylor’s “laconic” Coach Art Briles to best sum it up: “It was a good win for Baylor.”

Enough said!! Oh the beauty of college football!!!

In the “Old Friend’s Department;” former Silver Lake teammates Tim Murphy of Harvard, and Buddy Teevens of Dartmouth, had another winning Saturday, setting up their November 1st meeting in Hanover as a potential mega-Ivy League game.

Finally!!!!!!!!!!!!

The football “Belle of Amherst” Mark Whipple got his first Minutemen (1-6) victory as an FBS coach, as UMass knocked off the winless Golden Flashes of Kent State: 41-17.

“We didn’t dump Gatorade on Coach Whipple, because we expect to win,” said QB transfer Blake Frohnapfel.

The much needed victory ended a 12 game UMass losing streak, and for the first time this season, UMass outscored its opponent in the fourth quarter: 13-0. Good for them!!!

My country for some offense.

Highly touted offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin brought in by Nick Saban to infuse some life into the moribund Alabama offense has been more like a “cooler,” as the Tide hung on for a 14-13 victory of a rapidly improving bunch of Hogs from Arkansas.

Yikes!! It looks like Alabama was wildly overrated.

Florida State, and its QB Jameis Winston continues to swirl in its stench of seediness, (read today’s New York Times front page story), but continues to adds to its nation’s longest winning streak; which now checks in at 22 in-a-row after another unimpressive: 38-20 win over Syracuse.

It sets up next week’s “Armageddon Game” against Notre Dame in Tallahassee.

Up at the Heights, it was a nice bounce back win for the Eagles of BC, who in dominating fashion defeated NC State: 30-14.

The victory leaves the overachieving eleven from Chestnut Hill just a pair of victories from bowl eligibility. Good for them.

And Hail the smart kids, as Duke knocked off Georgia Tech 31-25, snapping a 10-year losing streak against the once mighty Canes.

Finally, Todd who??!!

Georgia, with its Heisman All-America tailback, and offensive leader Todd Gurley suspended for another “Signature-gate” impropriety, went out on the road, and “showed,” that no man is bigger than the team, white-washing a talented team from the “Show Me State,” the Missouri Tigers: 34-0.

Good for good guy, UGA’s Coach Mark Richt.

That’s it from cyber-space. We’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 8 Wednesday night. Until then, Peace, and listen to the music.   pk