It’s become a weekly Etch A Sketch.
Just when you think you have this college football season somewhat figured out, the carnage of another Saturday comes rolling in, leaving the “experts” with a heavy dose of head scratching.
It akin to the “Running of the Brides” at the late, great, and much lamented Filene’s Basement.
In other words total chaos, with no clear number one, and a ton of intriguing possibilities.
But first we’ll begin in Austin, Texas with one of the most disheartening losses in the storied history of Long Horns football.
Visiting Texas was pulverized by the Horned Frogs of TCU; 50-7. This game was a homecoming for TCU which will tell you something about the depths of football in Austin.
Homecoming games are usually scheduled as victory sweeteners so its alums can feel good, at least for the weekend, about good old State U.
Embarrassed is too kind of a word as the Burnt Orange finds itself 1-4 for the first time since the Eisenhower Administration – 1956. It was also the seventh time in the 7-11 Charlie Strong era that the Horns have lost by at least 21-points. YIKES!!
And with Oklahoma on the docket next week, the heat on the coaching seat of Mr. Strong will be measured in lava-like numbers.
Afterwards Strong was quoted as saying: “Awful. Embarrassing. We don’t know how to compete yet.” DOUBLE YIKES!!
It reminds me of the old Star-Kist Tuna commercial: “Sorry Charlie.” Which is exactly how a large portion of the Horns nation feels about the hiring of Charlie Strong.
After a pair of scares by the “Big-Boys” of the Big Ten, Ohio State and Michigan State, maybe the strength of the league rests in Ann Arbor, and Evanston; the respective homes of Michigan and Northwestern.
Jim Harbaugh’s Sons of Bo Shembechler” had its second consecutive whitewashing; a 28-0 victory over Maryland.
It was the first time Big Blue has accomplished that feat since the end of the Clinton Administration – 2000, and sets up an intriguing showdown next week against undefeated Northwestern.
Speaking of the Wildcats the “Smart-Kids” are undefeated riding on the backs of its stout D which has surrendered only 3 TDs in in its first five games. WOW!!
And its win over Stanford is looking more and more impressive as the season rolls one.
On the local front; good news for the Silver Lake Regional teammates; Buddy Teevens of Dartmouth whose Big Green won in Philadelphia for the first time since the Clinton Administration; 1997 crunching the Quakers of Pennsylvania: 41-20.
On Friday night the Green Bay Packers of Cambridge, otherwise known as Harvard Football, demolished Georgetown 45-0, for its 17th consecutive victory, and Coach Tim Murphy’s 150 win as the Crimson coach. Good for them.
In Amherst Coach Mark Whipple’s “Belles of Amherst” broke into the win column with its 24-14 victory over FIU.
In that game the Minutemen’s stellar receiver, and all-time leader Tajae Sharpe, set a UMass game record with 15-receptions giving him 203 for his career.
The Commonwealth’s other team playing Division 1 football, the Eagles of Boston College, continue to play Kryptonite defense, but has an offense that looks like it came from the Stone Age; as BC (3-2) fell to Duke in the rain at Durham: 9-7.
The Eagles had a chance to take the lead late in the fourth-quarter, but the 45-yard field goal attempt in tough conditions, by freshman kicker Colton Lichtenberg sailed wide left.
In Gainesville, Florida its “Happy Days Are Here Again,” in the Swamp as the Gators shocked and dominated the Rebels of ‘Ole Miss; 38-10.
The victory gave first year Coach Jim McElwain a signature victory, and he is first coach since Steve Spurrier in 1990, to start a Florida season 5-0.
The win propels the Gators into the lofty top-ten atmosphere, and it had been since 1999 the last time the Gators had defeated a team at home that possessed such a lofty #3 ranking. Good for them!!
In LA, it was a season saving victory for Todd “The Texter” Graham, as the Sun Devils as Arizona State surprised the Bruins of UCLA; 38-23, knocking UCLA from its undefeated perch.
On Friday night our pal, Columbia’s new coach Al Bagnoli saw his rain-soaked squad lose once again, this time to the Tigers of Princeton: by the baseball score: 10-5.
It was Columbia’s, or as we refer to them “The Charlie Browns of Morningside Heights” 24 consecutive loss. But trust us, Bagnoli will end that run of ineptitude before the season is over.
In Athens, to paraphrase the “WHO” it was meet the Bulldogs, same as the old Bulldogs, as once again in a big game, Georgia’s Coach Mark Richt squad was embarrassed, this time by the Tide of Alabama: 38-10. OUCH!!!
Nick Saban’s Boys came into this game as an underdog for the first time in 5-years, a span of 72 games, and as long as St. Nick continues to prowl the Tuscaloosa sideline it’s hard to imagine there will be a “next” time.
What a performance!! The Tide is very much back in the playoff discussion.
Nice Story building in Iowa City, as the Hawkeyes and its often embattled coach Kirk Ferentz are 5-0, courtesy of its defensive 10-6 victory over Wisconsin.
It was the fewest points scored by a Badger team since 2003!! It’s way too early, but Maybe Paul Chryst isn’t the answer.
In Death Valley, again in the rain, the luck of the Irish finally ran out but not without great comeback.
ND almost pulled off another miracle falling a two-point conversion short, after trailing 21-3, of sending the game into overtime before losing to Clemson; 24-22.
The Domers killed themselves by turning the ball over four-times in the second half, and Dabo Swinney’s Tigers put itself directly into the playoff conversation.
Afterward an emotional Swinney called it a BYOG, “Bring you own guts,” and that’s exactly what Clemson did in stopping the Irish in its two-point game-tying try. WOW!!!
Finally in the spirit of that pompous gasbag Charlie Weis, the Jayhawks of Kansas (0-4), arguable the worst program in Division 1, and the last program Weis ruined, were trotted by Iowa State; 38-13!! Sorry Charlie!!!
That’s it from cyber-space. We’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 6 Wednesday night. Until then, Peace, and listen to the music. PK