The week was billed as pedestrian, and for the most part it followed the script.
The biggest angst occurred in Baton Rouge, when little Troy, played like the Troy from L.A., and took a stunning 31-3 lead over LSU, only to have the Bayou Bengals storm back with 28 fourth quarter points, and hold on to a 40-31 victory. The winning touchdown came in front of a stadium crowd, that was two-thirds empty, as most of the faithful left in disgust.
To quote the late Tim Russet: Florida, Florida, Florida. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier was 81-8 as a player, and coach, at Florida Field aka: The Swamp. Well, he’s now 81-9, as Florida, who is probably the best team in the nation, gave the ‘Ol Ball Coach the worst defeat of his career: 56-6. How hot are the Gators? Try six straight SEC victories by at least 28 points, they also had its biggest rushing day, 346 yards, since 1989. Tailback Percy Harvin compiled 167 of those yards on just eight carries. It was a breath-taking performance, by a team, who is taking no prisoners.
Mighty Meechigan and coach $Rod, fell to 3-8, which is the most losses in a season, in the proud 129 years of Michigan Football. As we said before: $3 million a year, doesn’t buy what it used to, especially in this economic environment.
Thumbs up to the smart kids: Northwestern won its eighth game, and Vanderbilt, after starting 5-0, finally won its sixth game, to become bowl eligible. The Commodores will be going bowling for the first time in 26 years. Historically, Vandy was 0-17, when trying to win that qualifying game, until yesterday. Nice Job.
Illinois dropped to 5-6, and unless it defeats its rival Northwestern next week, will be the first Big Ten team since 1965 to go from a Rose Bowl, to nowhere the following year.
The dead man walking watch is on in Auburn, as coach Tommy Tuberville’s Tigers fell to 5-6, 2-5 in conference. Unless he upsets Alabama in two weeks, Tommy could be out of a job.
Kudos, to Mississippi coach Houston Nutt, who has his Rebels bowl eligible in his first year taking over the Rebel program.
SUNJ will now be officially referred back to its respected name of: Rutgers, as the Scarlet Knights have won four in a row, climbing to 5-5, with a good chance to go bowling.
It been another late season collapse for South Florida who after starting 5-0, have now lost four out of five, with its only win coming at the hands of our friends from the north – Syracuse.
Speaking of the Orangemen, unless the ‘Cuse can upset either Notre Dame or Cincinnati in its two remaining games, The Greg Robinson legacy will read: 8 wins in four years!!! YIKES!!
Old friend Tom O’Brien of NC State knocked of ranked Wake Forest to climb to 4-6, keeping their slim bowl hopes alive.
Poor Joe Tiller of Purdue, who announced this, would be his last season at West Lafayette. He stayed one year too long, as the Boiler Makers sit 3-8, losers of: 7 of its last 8.
Mighty Tulsa is no more. The No. 25 ranked Golden Hurricane, who once stood 8-0, have now lost two in a row, and were embarrassed by Houston, Saturday, 70-30. Ouch!!
Nice win for hometown heroes BC, who, if they can win out, will play in the ACC Championship game.
Texas won a tenth game for the eighth consecutive year.
That’s it from cyber space – we’ll be up and running with the analysis of week 13, Rivalry Week, Wednesday night. Until then, Peace. pk