RECAP OF WEEK 4
Legendary Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne is reported to have said, “Prayer works a lot better with big players.” That nicely sets the tone for week four, as the “big boys” came out to play.
The Champ still has the magic. Chants of Ali! Ali! Reigned down from Papa-John Stadium as Citizen of the World, and Louisville native, Muhammad Ali, made a surprise pre-game visit before the Louisville/KState game last week, and the Cardinals promptly went out and had its best offensive explosion of the season in its 38-29 victory.
Rule number one: Never hire the assistant coach simply because he’s a nice guy – just ask Miami, and Michigan State. In three short weeks, Mountaineer coach Bill Stewart (1-2) has seen WVU, with its Heisman Trophy candidate, quarterback Pat White, tumble from its lofty number 8 ranking, all the way out of the top 25. YIKES!
One Cinderella has seen its coach turn into a pumpkin, as old friend Tom O’Brien and his N.C. State Wolfpack knock off East Carolina in overtime 30-24. The early signature win for O’Brien. While the dream continues for a pair of programs; Northwestern is 4-0 for the first time since the Kennedy Administration (1962), and Vanderbilt is also 4-0, and ranked for the first time, since the early eighties.
Syracuse did its best to blow the lead, but was able to hang on against local heroes Div. 1AA Northeastern 30-21, and give Orange coach Greg Robinson his eighth win, four games into his fourth season.
Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said he was going to split the snaps between senior quarterback Todd Boeckman and true freshman QB Terrelle Pryor, he just never mentioned the word evenly, as Boeckman took two snaps, while Pryor took 54. It was also the first time a freshman started at quarterback for the Buckeyes since the Carter Administration, some 30 years ago.
Rutgers is 0-3, and is quickly reverting back toward its SUNJ moniker; State University of New Jersey, as the Scarlet Knights are 6th from the bottom in scoring, and 13th from the bottom in stopping the run. That’s Syracuse bad!
Notre Dame 23-7 losers to Michigan State, shows two things: Irish QB Jimmy Clausen isn’t the savior, and Charlie Weis may not be the right guy.
But Spartan tailback Javon Ringer is ringing Heisman bells. Ringer has now rung up consecutive 200 yard plus games, has 484 in his last two games, in second in the nation in rushing, and leads the country in touchdowns with eleven.
Local favorite, UConn tailback Donald Brown, leads the nation in rushing, averaging 179 yards a game, with 10 touchdowns.
FSU head man, 79 year old Bobby Bowden said his team was good enough to win the 1AA title after the Seminoles thrashed a pair of resume enhancers, but Wake Forest isn’t a patsy. For the third consecutive year, the Deacs defeated the once vaunted Seminoles, who continue to have quarterback problems. Try these numbers. In its last two games in Tallahassee, Wake has held FSU to 3 points, while scoring 42, and in those games the Seminoles have turned it over 11 times, and committed 21 penalties. As former B.U. President, and gubernatorial candidate John Silber once said, “When you’re ripe, it’s time to go.”
In the SEC classic between Auburn and LSU, both teams found its quarterback, Auburn in Chris Todd, and KSU in Jarette Lee.
Georgia doesn’t dazzle, but wins with the cold calculating coolness of an assassin -Where do we go? Who do we play? Just get the job done and go home.
Heisman Race: Knowshon Moreno Georgia: 69 carries, 455 yards, 9 Td’s
Chase Daniel Missouri: 101-133, 1412 yards, 12 Td’s- 1 int.
Javon Ringer Michigan State: 143 carries, 699 yards, 11 Td’s
Mark Sanchez USC: 43-63, 510 yards, 7 Td’s 2 ints.
That’s it from cyber space. We’ll be up and running with the breakdown of week 5 on Wednesday night. Until then; Peace. PK