We’ll begin with the shocker in South Bend.
It was Notre Dame’s first loss to an 8 loss school in history, and this was as a 19-and a ½ point favorite. YIKES!! If you made every ND alumni take a lie detector test, not a one would say; that Charlie Weis is the right guy, or that he should stay, but his $20 plus million buy out, “probably” prevents such a move. The Irish now sit 6-5, with a certain “blowout” loss next week in Los Angeles against USC, which will drop Mr. Offensive Guru, to 6-6, and leave ND with a two year record of 9-15, the worst two year record in the history of Notre Dame football. There was also a delicious irony to the fact that the ND students were firing snowballs at Irish team. Unfortunately, kids being kids, their ire was misdirected – it should have been directed the man who has turned Notre Dame football back to the Terry Brennan era!!! Double Yikes!!!! In fact ND’s current record of 9-14, is already the school’s worst two year run. The Irish ineptitude is even more stunning, when one considers, that the Domers have one win (Navy), against a team with a winning record in two years. Weis is the wrong guy, but money changes everything. But one this is perfectly clear, Notre Dame is going in the wrong direction.
Stunning performance number two, was the conquest in Norman, as Oklahoma took a 42-7 lead over Texas Tech in the first half, then went on to a big time 65-21 whipping, over what, WAS, the number 2 team in the nation. It also ended the Heisman Trophy chances of quarterback Graham Harrell, and wideout Michael Crabtree. OU coach Bob Stoops is now, 60-2 in games played at Norman. WOW!!!
Meechigan’s coach $Rod, lost for the ninth time (a 129 year old school record), 42-7 to hated rival Ohio State, which was the most lopsided score in 40 years. It was also the fifth consecutive time eh Bucks have taken the Wolverines. It was also the worst point differential loss by Michigan against OSU since 1968, and OSU coach Jim Tressel is now 7-1 against the Maize and Blue. It seems like lost and coach $Rod are synonymous in Ann Arbor.
In the “Rotten” Apple Cup, it took two overtimes, but Washington State was able to keep intra-state rival Washington, the only winless team in Division One, and send Huskies coach Ty Willingham out the door as a perfect loser.
Thumbs up to local heroes Boston College and coach Jags, as BC, who lost starting quarterback Chris Crane to a collarbone injury, won a last minute victory over Wake Forest to keep its ACC Championship game hopes alive.
Who says an extra point isn’t important? Cal Poly, a Division 1AA team missed three extra points, and lost a chance for a monumental upset in its 36-35 overtime loss to Division 1 Wisconsin.
The Boilermakers sent Coach Joe Tiller into retirement with a 62-10 destruction of arch-rival Indiana. Tiller, who turned Purdue into a perennial winner, but went out with a disappointing record of 4-8, will be missed.
Rutgers continues its impressive run, winning its fifth in a row to run its bowl eligible record to 6-5, with a game remaining against Louisville on December 4.
Northwestern won its ninth game 27-10 over the Illini, and Illinois has officially gone from the Rose Bowl, to the No. Bowl, in one losing season.
The LSU defense is suddenly as shaky as a 3 a.m. Las Vegas wedding, as the Bayou Bengals were embarrassed by Mississippi, 31-13, and are 3-4 in the SEC, Yikes!!
JoePa’s Nittany Lions destroyed arch-rival Michigan State 49-18, to earn the octogenarian coach his first Rose Bowl bid since 1995. It was also Paterno’s 14th, 11-game winning season.
Oregon Sate missed a late fourth quarter extra-point and trailed 16-17, with just over three minutes left, and it looked as if its Rose Bowl dreams were about to turn into a pumpkin. But the Beavers delivered on a last minute drive, and kicked the winning field goal, to beat Arizona 19-17. If the Beavers can defeat Oregon next week, OSU will punch its ticket to Pasadena, for the first time since 1965.
Utah, 12-0, punched its ticket to the BCS party, as the Utes destroyed BYU 48-24 in the so called, “Holy War.”
West Virginia, 7-3, a 35-21 winner over Louisville, as quarterback Pat White became the all-time NCAA career leading rusher by a quarterback.
If Cincinnati defeats the Cuse next week at home, it will punch its ticket into the BCS, specifically, the Orange Bowl, as the Big East Champions. The only question that remains in the Queen City is whether coach Brian Kelly will still be leading the Bearcats, or whether, he will be the new man in Knoxville, at the University of Tennessee.
With two weeks remaining my Heisman ballot looks like this:
- 1. Sam Bradford Oklahoma
- 2. Colt McCoy Texas
- 3. Tim Tebow Florida
Finally a job, well done to Florida State premier safety Myron Rolle, who was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship yesterday. With all the recent problems at FSU, this is a big deal.
That’s it from cyber space. We’ll be up and running Wednesday night with, dare I say, the handicap of week 14. Until then, Peace. PK.