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

At Texas A@M the Dogs Rule!!

We begin this week with a mascot, a sophomore, and a “future” pair of boots.

Reveille VIII, an 8 year old female collie, is the esteemed mascot of Texas A@M University.

The dog carries the military rank of Cadet General, and is the highest ranking member of the Corps of Cadets.

Reveille has her own cell phone, which is operated by her “mascot corporal,” as well as her own student identification card.

And the dog must be addressed in the following manner: “Miss Rev, ma’am.”

Several weeks ago, in a home game against SMU, one of the Mustangs’ receivers came hurtling toward the collie, who was resting on its bed, located against a sideline wall, near the end zone.

Sophomore Ryan Kreider, that day’s “collie mascot,” anticipated the potential collision, and stepped out to deflect the player away from A@M’s pride and joy.

In College Station, it is mandatory that Reveille be protected at all times.

That gesture caught the eye of the Commandant of the Corps, Brigadier General Joe Ramirez, who was quite impressed with the cadet’s professionalism in the performance of his duties.

So much so, that Ramirez has offered to pay for Kreider’s custom made senior boots, which is another Aggie tradition.

The stunning leather footwear is made by Victor’s Shoe and Boot Repair, and with tax included, retails for a kicking: $1326!!!! Good for Ramirez.

This weekend, let’s see which teams, even before the first note of reveille, have already gone to the dogs, and which, seemingly on command, simply boot the opposition to the sidelines.

No.2 Auburn at No.3 (tied) Mississippi State (Ch.4. 3:30 p.m.) The Boys from the Plains have been as deadly as Clint in “High Plains Drifter.”

These Sons of Bo Jackson, are under the direction of its dual-threat maestro, and Heisman candidate, QB Nick Marshall (8 TDs-1Int), who possesses the escapability of Houdini, while running with the freedom of a gazelle.

The starry triggerman, who attacks a defense with the ferocity of an ISIS guerilla, is assisted by tailback Cameron Artis-Payne, and field-stretcher wideout D’Laquille Williams.

On the defensive side, the Tigers, the nation’s ninth stingiest (14 pts.) eleven, are tougher than a $5 steak, and fire behind backers; Cassanova McKinzy, Kris Frost, and tackle Montravius Adams.

How bright are the klieg lights in Starkville; aka StarkVegas, Mississippi?

Well “Game Day” will be making its first ever appearance, and the faithful now refer to its Bulldogs as; “Mississippi State-ment.”

But the question remains; can Coach Dan Mullen’s crew handle the Broadway buzz?

It’s not easy to go from relative anonymity, to a corner seat at “Cheers,” “Where everybody knows your name.” [Note: MSU and Ole Miss are on the cover of this week’s S.I.]

The name that is topping the charts is MSU’s dynamic dual-threat, and now strong Heisman contender, QB Dak Prescott (13 TDs-2 Ints), who also has garnered another 6 TDs while rushing for 455 yards.

The Tebow-esque (Mullen coached Tebow at Florida) igniter of these Sons of Tom Neville (Boston Patriots), is assisted by a road-grinding tailback; Josh Robinson (7.5 yds), and a duo of talented receivers; Jameon Lewis, and De’Runna Wilson.

Its paradoxical D, anchored by backers Bernardrick McKinney, Beniquez Brown, and end Preston Smith stones runners (11th), but is second from the bottom defending the pass.

This is a defacto elimination game for both teams, and even though the lights are brighter than Rick’s Café in “Casablanca,” we’re sticking with the StarkVegas “Bell Clangers” to ring-in the biggest victory in its history.

No.3 (tied) Mississippi at No.14 Texas A@M (ESPN, 9 p.m.) The “Bo Knows Show,” aka the Ole Miss Rebels, has another audition in College Station.

QB Bo Wallace (14 TDs-6 Ints-68%), the most renown Oxford gunslinger since Archie and Eli, is the director of this Magnolia State football renaissance.

The helmeted “Cool Hand Luke” is assisted by a trio or receivers: Laquon Treadwell, Cody Core, and Vince Sanders, who have fingers stickier than Specs O’Keefe.

When Ole Miss runs, tailbacks Jaylen Walton, and I’Tavius Mather can breach any defense.

While the glamor boy may be the one being hoisted onto the shoulders of the student body, and his name is toasted in the campus saloons, equal billing must be afforded to the nation’s second stingiest (10pts) D.

These aggressive disruptors are the foundation of the Rebels success, and must hold serve, especially if “Bad Bo” (interceptions) rears its ugly head.

With apologies to Tom Petty, this “Rebel Yell” eleven, led by tackle Robert Nkendiche, corner Mike Hilton, and backer Deterrian Shackelford, is fifth in total D, and is tougher to penetrate than the walls of the Civil War’s Fort McAlister.

The Aggies, although slightly favored, are going to need the 12th Man in full throated roar.

QB Kenny Hill (21 TDs – 5 Ints – (3) last week), is the electric commander of the nation’s third highest scoring (47pts) eleven.

The man with the golden arm, Coach Kevin Sumlin’s latest incarnation, is assisted by a pair of quality backs; Trey Williams and Tra Carson.

While his receivers; Malcome Kennedy (shoulder), Josh Reynolds, and Ricky Seals Jones, have had more drops than the Vicks Corporation.

But the Aggies colander D, (75th overall, and 86th stopping the run), featuring end Julien Obioha, tackle Myles Garrett, and safety Howard Matthews, is the cause of the restless nights for Reveille, and the entire Cadet Corps.

In what should be another SEC classic, and one in which the Aggies can’t afford to lose, we think Bo conjures the spirit of Archie and Eli, and puts on another Ole Miss magic show.

No.9 TCU at No.5 Baylor (FS1, Noon) This is the biggest event in Waco since former Attorney General Janet Reno’s siege burnt down the compound of David Koresh and the Branch Davidians.

In fact Dwight Eisenhower was in the Oval Office, 1956, the last time a pair of AP top ten teams squared off on the gridiron at Baylor.

Coach Gary Paterson’s resurgent TCU Horned Frogs are directed by its dual-threat QB Trevoyne Boykin (10 TDs-2 INTs), who is also its leading rusher.

The Fort Worth dart-thrower is assisted by tailback B.J. Catalon, and quintet of prime targets headed by; Josh Doctson, and Deantre Gray.

On D, the Sons of Bob Schieffer, the country’s seventh stingiest (13 pts), attack behind backers Paul Dawson, Marcus Mallet, and end John Carraway.

The Baylor Bears, aka the Sons of Del Shofner, have scorched the landscape (tops in America – 51pts game) like a California wild fire.

Coach Art Briles’ nearly point-a-minute dynamos, fire away under the direction of sharpshooter Bryce Petty (9 TDs-1 INT), with assists from tailbacks Shock Linwood, and Johnny Jefferson, while wideouts K.D. Cannon (22 yds.), and Jay Lee, will stretch any defense.

Much of Baylor’s competition has been on the sugary side (cupcakes), yet the nation’s fifth tightest D (12 pts), led by end Shawn Oakman, and backer Bryce Hayer, attacks with the aggressive anger of its iconic alum; Mike Singletary.

In another game infused with national implications, we’ll take the Waco Warriors, who after three consecutive weeks on the road, should revel in the home cooking of McLane Stadium

USC at No.10 Arizona (ESPN2, 10:30 p.m.) Coach Steve Sarkisian’s triumphant return to the sidelines of USC was expected to instantly restore the glorious luster of the Pete Carroll Championship years.

Instead, the Men of Troy’s season is unraveling like the Iraqi Army.

The Trojans, who have been as consistent as John Kerry, are led by junior QB Cody Kessler (10 TDs – 0 INTs), with assists from his slippery tailback Javorius Allen (5 yds.), and a pair of quality receivers; Nelson Aghdor, and JuJu Smith.

On defense, the Sons of John McKay, featuring backer Hayes Pullard, safety Su’a Cravens, and end Leonard Williams, slow the run (71st) about as often as Congress stays in session, or Benjamin Netanyahu stops building settlements on the West Bank.

Hey, Ann Arbor!! How’s Rich Rod looking now??!!

Or to paraphrase Matt Damon in “Good Will Hunting,” “Hey Michigan, how about them apples!”

Arizona Coach Rich Rodriguez, who was shown the door on the Maize and Blue campus after only his third season, has his Wildcats 5-0 for the first time, since Bill Clinton was chasing Barbara Streisand around the White House piano – 1998.

These Sons of Tedy Bruschi are under the command of its talented r-shirt freshman, QB Anu Solomon (14 TDs-4 INTs), who has played with the Wisdom of Solomon.

The dual-threat marksman is assisted by a pair of tailbacks Terris Jones-Grigsby, and Nick Williams who attack a defense with the subtly of an 18-wheeler.

When the Arizona air-raid lights the desert sky, wideouts Cayleb Jones (6TDs), Nate Phillips, and Austin Hill, are all touchdown makers.

The heart of the D is backer Scooby Wright III, who averages an eye-popping 11 tackles a game, but overall this group sits 87th, and is an appalling 8th from the bottom defending the pass.

Despite those defensive liabilities, we think Rich Rod’s guys utilize Solomon and his wisdom, posting another impressive W, on its unblemished Tucson record.

No.12 Oregon at No.18 UCLA (FOX, 3:30 p.m.)The Ducks are wounded.

Oregon’s D has more holes than the US/Mexico border, and its offensive line protects as well as a Secret Service detail.

The Green from Eugene is under the direction of its “Magic Man,” Heisman candidate QB Marcus Mariota, performs with the panache of Sinatra.

And despite constantly running for his life, leads the nation in passing efficiency, and stunningly, has yet to throw a pick (15 TDs-0 INTs).

The rushing attack featuring Royce Freeman, and Thomas Tyner doesn’t dazzle, while the receiving corps Byron Marshall, Devon Allen, and Keanon Lowe hasn’t been of Autzen Stadium vintage.

Despite its All-America corner, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, the Ducks D is a leaky 102nd overall, and an eye-popping, sixth rungs from the bottom in defending the pass.

UCLA, aka the Sons of Gary Beban, have lost six straight to Oregon, and are equally hamstrung by an offensive line that has more holes than a wall of a Syrian hotel.

Despite that hindrance (10 sacks last week), the Bruins Heisman candidate, QB Brett Hundley (9TDs-2 INTs- 72%) has managed to cobble together a quality year.

The highly touted leader is assisted by tailback Paul Perkins, and wideout Jordan Payton, and Devin Fuller.

Coach Jim Mora’s D, led by All-America backer Myles Jack, end Eric Kendricks, and nose tackle Kenny Clark, has struggled mightily, ranking 85th overall, and is a mud-sucking 103rd defending against the pass.

This is another elimination game, with the loser all but eliminated from playing in the Conference Championship Game.

And despite the fact that the game is in the Rose Bowl, we don’t envision the Ducks losing two in a row.

Last week: 2-3                                                            Season Record: 21-9.

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

Alabama shocked, Mississippi, Mississippi State rule the day, UCLA, USC go down, Harvard wins, Umass stunned

WOW!!!

Maybe it was the turning of the calendar.

But whatever the reason, the college landscape had a seismic shift yesterday.

To paraphrase Howard Cosell; “Down goes, Oregon, Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas A@M, and UCLA!”

The carnage began on Thursday night, when Oregon fell to Arizona, and it didn’t stop until the wee hours of Sunday morning, when Utah held on to beat UCLA.

And when the smoke had cleared, the No.’s 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8 ranked teams had fallen faster than former Secret Service Director Julia Pierson, and its playoff dreams deeply wounded in what was a classic shakeup Saturday.

There is only one place to begin, and that is in the Magnolia State, where for the first time, Mississippi and Mississippi State defeated top 10 teams on the same day.

The biggest shocker was in Oxford, where Ole Miss Bo Wallace, who elevated himself into the Archie, Eli legendary status, led the Rebels in a fourth quarter comeback with a pair of spot on laser touchdown passes, knocking off the Tide; 23-17.

It was only the third time in in 81 games under Nick Saban that the Tuscaloosan Titans failed to win a game when it was leading by 7 or more points in the fourth quarter. Amazing!!

And in a Norman Rockwell, Saturday Evening Post scene, the students stormed the field hoisting its conquering hero QB onto its shoulders, while the goal posts in one of the end zone’s came joyously crashing to the ground.

It will be a day none of them, students, players, and Reb faithful will ever forget, and it perfectly captures the beauty of a big college football game on campus.

The win also catapults Ole Miss, who is 5-0 for the first time since JFK occupied the White House – 1962, into the playoff conversation.

Shouts of “Bo Knows” were ringing on the Oxford campus late into the night.

Not to be outdone, in Starkville, the Bulldogs of Mississippi State came out punching, led by its now, Heisman candidate QB, Dak Prescott (5 TDs – 2 passing -3 running) as they took apart the undefeated visitors from College Station, the Aggies of Texas A@M; 48-31.

The score doesn’t do justice to the domination of the Bulldogs, who picked off 3 passes Kenny Hill passes, last month’s anointed son, simply overwhelming the Aggies.

The season ending Egg Bowl between these Mississippi powers (when the last time you saw those words together??) could be for a rather large prize.

In Fort Worth, Texas it was, what the faithful have come to expect from OU, another “Big Game” Bob loss, as Stoops Sooners couldn’t convert on a fourth and 1 from the TCU 22 and fell; 37 -33 to the Horned Frogs.

It was a huge win for the Gary Patterson’s TCU program which had been off the national radar for the past couple of season, and a crushing loss for the Sooners.

In South Bend it was more magic by Touchdown Jesus, as the Irish rallied scoring on a fourth down and eleven, 23 yard Everett Golson touchdown pass with just over a minute remaining, crushing the Cardinal of Stanford: 17-14.

The Domers now stand 5-0, and are very much in the discussion of a playoff spot, with a ginormous October 18th game with Florida State looming on the horizon.

In the “Old Friends” department, former Silver Lake teammates Tim Murphy of Harvard, and Buddy Teevens of Dartmouth both experienced enjoyable Saturdays, as Harvard knocked off Georgetown 34-3, while The Big Green of Dartmouth took out Penn 31-13. Good for them.

In the other Oxford, Ohio, it was another fourth quarter collapse for the Minutemen, who one time had a 41-14 lead, before losing to Miami of Ohio; 42-41.

This loss was tougher than most for UMass, who helplessly watched as Miami ended its 21 game losing streak, which dropped the eleven from Amherst to: 0-6. UGH!!

Since joining the ranks of the “big boys” the state’s flagship university is now a bottom-feeding 2-28 and seemingly lost in the wilderness.

Another team searching for an identity is the Tigers of LSU, who were smoked by Auburn 41-7. OUCH!! The Bayou Bengals, for the first time under the tenure of Les Miles, have dropped consecutive SEC (0-2) games.

While the search for a quarterback continues on what may be the worst team in the SEC West. YIKES!!!

Will the “Mad Hatter” listen if a phone comes from Michigan at season’s end??

Speaking of the woeful Maize and Blue, the once mighty Meeechigan Wolverines marched into Piscataway, New Jersey and trudged out with another desultory defeat a 26-24 loss to Rutgers.

Did you ever think those two words would be put together with Michigan; Rutgers and loss. Wow@!!

The Wolverines (2-4) have lost three straight, and 8 of its last 11, virtually sealing the fate of its beleaguered coach Brady Hoke and its athletic director Dave Brandon.

In East Lansing Michigan State held on to defeat Nebraska 27-22, while Ohio State seems to have found its stride with its convincing shellacking of a decent Maryland team: 52-24.

And nice win for the smart kids as Northwestern, who for the second consecutive week, sprung a surprising upset, this time a 20-14 victory over Wisconsin.

The Huskies are now a surprising 2-0 in conference play, and a factor in the Big Ten race.

Finally, we go to the Coliseum in Los Angeles, where one of the all-time frauds, Coach Todd Graham’s Arizona State Sun Devils shocked the Trojans of USC, scoring 3 touchdowns in the final 3:53 of the game with the winner, a 54 yard Hail Mary miracle with no time left on the clock, stunning the Men of Troy: 38-34.

But it was Graham’s words after the game that has our Saturday Football recap blood boiling.

The QB that tossed that winning pass is Mike Bercovici (5 TDs), is the backup to injured starry signal caller Taylor Kelly who is out with an ankle.

Bercovici was close to transferring out, figuring, rightfully so, that his playing time in Phoenix would be very limited.

In the post-game interview, Graham waxed poetically about how kids should never transfer out, just wait for your chance, things like this can happen, and it will be a moment that he (Bercovici) will never forget; blah blah blah blah blah!!!

What Graham forgot to add was, that when he was hired by the Pitt Panthers he told the student body, and the faithful that he had found his home.

That was before ASU came calling after his one season at Pitt. Graham informed his players that he was leaving Pitt via text from the plane that was taking him to his new home in the friendly$$$ confine$$ of

Sun Devil Stadium. UGH!!!

Biggest phony since Lance Armstrong.!!!

That’s it from cyber space. We’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 7 Wednesday night. Until then, Peace, and listen to the music. PK