WOW! College football on a November Saturday is as unpredictable, as the stock market.
Penn State perfection is no more. Iowa defeated a top 5 team for the first time since 1990, when the Hawkeyes kicked a 31 yard field goal with a single second left on the clock, and ended 81 year old JoPa’s dream of a third national championship, with its 24-23 victory. The Nittany Lions quarterback Darryl Clark, played like he was still affected by the concussion he suffered two weeks ago, completing just 9 of 23 passes for 86 yards, including a crucial late fourth quarter interception, his third of the season.
In Baton Rouge, Alabama barely escaped with its national title dreams still intact. In a sloppily played game by both teams, the Tide had it last second game winning 29 yard field goal blocked, but was saved in the overtime, when Rashad Johnson intercepted his third pass of the game, in the zone, and the Tide scored on its possession, to escape with the 27-21 overtime win. Alabama looked like anything but, a number one team. In winning, Alabama clinched the SEC west, and a spot in the SEC Championship game, for the first time since 1999.
The only person having a worse stretch than Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer; is state senator Diane Wilkerson. On Homecoming, the Vols, a 26 point favorite, lost to Wyoming, the nation’s worst scoring offense, 13-7. It was also Tennessee’s third consecutive game in which it was held to single digits in scoring, the worst stretch in Knoxville, since the Beatles were in their prime; 1964.
Coach $Rod of Meechigan (3-7), ended the Maize and Blue’s five game losing streak, defeating Minnesota 29-6, who all of a sudden, is beginning to look like Cinderella after midnight.
Another Big Ten disappointment: There will be no Champaign corks popping in Champaign, Illinois. Illinois 23-17 losers to Western Michigan, have fallen to 5-5, and in one year, could go from Rose Bowl to no bowl. YIKES!
Pete Carroll doesn’t fear November: since taking over, USC is 25-0 in the month of November. Amazing.
Old friend Greg Robinson is down to his last three games, to try and get two wins, to finish his stellar four-year Syracuse tenure with a total of 10 wins. Doubly Amazing!!
Don’t look now, but the Spartans of Michigan State are 8-2, with a date, in two weeks, in Happy Valley, with a Rose Bowl and a share of the Big Ten title on the line.
Talk about overvalued. Notre Dame, 5-4, hasn’t defeated a team with a winning record in two years, and if you pencil in wins against Syracuse and Navy, and a season ending loss to USC, the last two years under the genius of Weis, the Irish are a combined: 10-14.
I guess in these recessionary times, $3 million a year, doesn’t buy what it use to. Double Yikes!!!
Texas Tech quarterback continues to lead in the Heisman race after his stellar: 40-50, 456 yards, 6 touchdown performance, against the number nine ranked team in the nation Oklahoma State. My Heisman slate: 1. Harrell, 2. Texas QB Colt McCoy, 3. Tech wideout, Michael Crabtree, with Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford closing fast.
That’s it from cyber space. We’ll be up and running with, dare I say, week 12! Wednesday night. Until then, Peace. PK