Here’s the lesson for the 2008 college football season: stay out of the top 5 spots.
In was another week of upsets, and classics, as the No. 1, 3, and 4 teams in the land went down to defeat, to once again shake up the landscape, in the best of all regular seasons: the college football season. LSU was the last unbeaten AP preseason top 10 team to lose, outlasting Missouri, who was upset a half-an-hour earlier. So much for preseason picks.
As always the week began on Thursday night, when the Tommy Bowden era in Clemson, unofficially ended in Winston Salem, as Wake Forest defeated the Tigers 12-7. Clemson once touted as a preseason number 9, now sits unranked 3-3, with a quarterback change and all but ending the Bowden/Clemson coaching run.
East Carolina the early season darlings have died on the vine from an early frost as the Pirates dropped its third straight, a 35-20 loss to Virginia, and now head coach Skip Holtz has returned back to his original title of: the son of Lou Holtz. As an aside, since rescinding its ban on signs and banners, the Cavaliers, 3-3, have won two in a row. Somewhere Thomas Jefferson, Mr. Enlightenment is smiling.
Where have you gone Mr. Robinson? Unfortunately, for the Orange faithful, coach Greg Robinson still resides in Syracuse. But it won’t be long as Simon and Garfunkle once sang, before he joins Mrs. Robinson, as the ‘Cuse (1-5) record remains stuck on 8 wins, six games into the coach’s fourth, and ultimately, last season.
West Virginia, a 17-6 winner over Syracuse, remains stuck in neutral on offense.
Holy Toledo!! Meechigan, 2-4, had never lost to a MAC team, compiling a 24-0 record against conference foes, until its 13-10 loss Saturday. Toledo came into the game with the 110th easiest defense to score on, and the “offensive guru,” coach “Rod” could only muster a single touchdown. DOUBLE YIKES!!!! Where’s Lloyd Carr when you need him? Winning Toledo coach Tom Amstutz, who came into the Big House with a 1-4 record, said, “I wasn’t in a hurry to get off the field. I lingered a little bit … great feeling.” Michigan has its worst 6 game record since the Summer of Love in 1967, which was two years before a guy with the first name of Bo showed up in Ann Arbor. After 33 consecutive years of going bowling, it looks like the only bowling the Wolverines will be doing after the season will be in the campus alleys. Things are so bad with coach Rod’s Maize and Blue, that it missed a 26 yard chip shot tying field goal at the end of the game. By the way, the winning 48 yard field goal by Toledo hit the cross bar and bounced over. Oh well, I guess money can’t buy everything.
Texas is good – very good. In a classic in the Cotton Bowl, a 45-35 Longhorn victory, Texas is no longer under the radar, as UT defeated a Number One Sooner team for the first time since 1963, and now, the Horns are playing for much bigger stakes. Quarterback Colt McCoy has also moved into the number one slot, and is the early leader in the clubhouse, for the Heisman Trophy. This was also the third time, this season that a Number One has gone down in defeat.
Some more ugliness in College Station, as Texas A&M falls to 2-4, and 0-3 in the conference. Where’s R.C. Slocum when you need him?
SUNJ – formerly known as Rutgers is 1-5 after its 13-10 loss to Cincinnati and all of this with a controversial 100 million dollar stadium renovation project under way. YIKES!!
Vandy saw its dream season turn into a nightmare as a 1-4 Mississippi State team defeated the undefeated Commodores 17-14, as Cinderella’s coach turned back into a pumpkin.
Notre Dame a 29-24 loser to North Carolina proved one thing, quarterback Jimmy Clausen is indeed the real deal, as are his receivers Golden Tate and Michael Floyd. But ND still can’t stop turning it over at critical times.
The day’s other shocker: Arkansas, who had surrendered 139 points in its last three games, defeated Auburn 25-22. Where’s Tony Franklin when you need him? Or for that matter, where’s Al Borges? Oh yeah, coach Tommy Tuberville fired both.
We now think that Penn State will play for the National Championship.
Oklahoma State is 6-0 for only the second time since the end of World War II – 1945.
Tennessee falls to 2-4, and 0-3 in the conference as it appears as if the Phil Fulmer era in Knoxville may be coming to an end.
Ohio State, a 16-3 winner over Purdue, is still searching for some consistent offense.
Finally, it was like old times in The Swamp, as Florida displaying its blazing speed, hung a half-a-hundred on LSU for the first time since 1996, back when the head ball coach, Steve Spurrier, was throwing his visor and prowling the Gators sideline.
That’s it from cyber space. We’ll be up and running Wednesday night with the analysis off week 8. The season is going way too fast. Until then, Peace. PK