Recap of week 8

This was the week in which order was restored in the upper echelon of the college hierarchy.

We’ll begin where things have unraveled.

Wisconsin, once a top ten threat, has fallen on drastic times, as the Badgers have now lost four in a row, and even though it’s still October, the Mad-Town faithful, are looking toward the hockey and basketball seasons for some solace.

SUNJ formerly known as Rutgers, defeated UConn by the scintillating score of 12-10, UConn missed three field goals, the last one hitting the right upright with less than 2 minutes in the game) and now find themselves 2-5, which averages one win for each $50 million toward the $100 million stadium renovation project!!

Syracuse, our good friends from the north didn’t disappoint, as the ‘Cuse was crushed 45-13 by South Florida.  That leaves coach Greg Robinson, five more chances to win two games, in order to reach a double digit win total in his four years at the helm.  Yikes!!  Or as it has become to be known nationally, that’s “Syracuse bad.” 

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.  Although they seemed to play with a little more spunk under interim coach Dabo Swinney, Clemson, a 21-17 loser to Georgia Tech, and once a preseason top ten, has lost three straight and now finds itself staring at a 3-4 record, and a good chance of finishing the season with a losing record!!

Coach Paul Johnson has taken his magic from Navy, and brought it over to Atlanta, as Georgia Tech now sits 6-1, albeit with a pair of wins against Division II opponents.

Pitt is showing signs of real life as coach Dave Wannstedt’s Panthers have won five in a row, and at 5-1, may be the class of the Big East, and invited to the BCS dance.

The Buckeyes showed the country, that they are far from dead with its 45-7 dismantling of Michigan State, and now get ready for its showdown with Penn State in Columbus. 

Northwestern, under the leadership Pat Fitzgerald, the nation’s youngest head coach, is 6-1, bowl eligible, with a chance to win at least nine games.  Good for the boys with the high SAT’s.

Schizophrenic Maryland, who were shut out in its last game 31-0, shut out a very good Wake Forest team 26-0, to climb to a surprising 5-2.  It was the first time Wake had been white washed since 1998.

How about Al Groh’s Virginia Cavaliers, after being humiliated in its first three Division I games by the ungodly combined scores of 128-20, have ripped off three straight, including yesterday’s overtime victory (16-13) over a ranked North Carolina team.

Nick Saban has his Crimson Tide 7-0, which in itself is amazing, but even more so is the fact that it’s the first time in his coaching career, that Saban has won his first seven games.

Mighty “Meechigan” and coach $-Rod, now find themselves 2-5, and will be home for the holidays for the first time in 34 years. 

In the OU/Kansas slugfest, both teams combined for 1165 offensive yards, as the Sooners held on for a hard fought 45-31 victory over Kansas.

USC defeated Washington State, aka, the Little Sisters of the Poor 69-0.  It was the biggest point differential win for USC since the Hoover Administration in 1931, when the Trojans defeated Montana, and a Division I record fourth time that Washington has surrendered over 60 in a game.

Texas showed the nation, that it is indeed the number one team in the land with its 56-31     spanking of Missouri, (it was 35-0 at the half) as Mr. Colt McCoy an eye-popping 29 for 32, solidified his position as the number one leader in the Heisman Trophy chase.

Kudos to Boston College, who spotted Virginia a 10-0 lead, than stormed back to take out the Hokies 28-23, and establish themselves a legitimate ACC threat.

If I took a bow for my selection of Vandy over Auburn, I take full responsibility for my stinker-ooo of; Michigan State over Ohio State – a 45-7 butt-kicking!!! 

One last thing any team looking for a coach, better have Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp on speed dial, and Mark Whipple would look awfully good coaching the Orange.

That’s it from cyber space.  We’ll be up and running Wednesday night with our week 9 analysis.  As always, slow down the season.  Until then, Peace.   PK.

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