Recap week 15

Well we now a perfect BCS storm.

Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, USC, Pen State, and Texas Tech, all have a single loss, and that’s not including undefeated Utah, and Boise State, although the latter isn’t worthy of being in the conversation.  Trying to decide who is most worthy, is like going to a fashion show, and trying to decide which of the runway models, who are all “10’s,” is the best looking – it’s simply in the eye of the beholder. 

Let’s start in Atlanta.  The SEC championship game lived up to its “classic” billing, as this pair of heavyweights; Florida and Georgia, traded punches for sixty brutal minutes of smash-mouth football, before the Gators, and possible Heisman redux, quarterback Tim Tebow took control of the Tide, out-gaining them in the fourth quarter 130-1 in total yards, in Florida’s 30-21 come from behind victory.  What a game, what a performance by Tebow!!

Last Thursday evening, Rutgers officially buried its SUNJ label – State University of New Jersey- and will now be referred by its more respectable name of: Rutgers University.  After a horrendous 1-5 start, coach Greg Schiano’s boys rallied to win six straight, as QB Mike Teel, who earlier in the season was booed off the field, fired a school record 7 touchdown passes, as the Scarlet Knights embarrassed Louisville 63-14, and led 49-0 at the half.

Congrats to coach Turner Gill and the Buffalo Bulls, who knocked off previously undefeated Ball State 42-24, to win the MAC Championship.  The Bulls, who before the arrival of Gill, were one of the worst programs in the nation, will be going bowling for the first time in its 102 years history.  Syracuse may be his next stop.

Another Cuse possibility is East Carolina coach Sip Holtz – son of Lou – who upset high flying Tulsa, 27-22, and captured its first league title in 32 years. 

Pitt is back.  The Panthers after its 34-10 dismantling of UConn are 9-3, for the first time since a guy named Dan Marino was strapping one a Pitt helmet.  Congrats to coach Dave Wannstedt.

Army unveiled its new look camouflage uniforms yesterday, with its black jersey that read: Duty. Honor. Country.  Unfortunately, the only thing that was camouflaged for the West Pointers was its offense, as Army who has now lost seven straight in this series, was shut out 34-0, the biggest point differential since 1973, when they lost 51-0.

California 48 – Washington 7, this game is significant for two reasons: it keeps Washington the only winless school in Division 1, the other: Golden Bear tailback Jahvid Best, ran for a school record 311 yards, on only 18 carries, which averages to one less yard per carry, than his number of carries.  Amazing!!

In the likely championship match up of Florida vs. Oklahoma, try these for numbers:

Since its loss to Mississippi, Florida has reeled off nine straight, by the average score of 50-13, while Oklahoma, since its loss to Texas has won seven in a row, by the average score of 60-29, and in doing so, became the first team in 89 years to run off five consecutive 60 plus point games.  We’ll take Florida. 

Arizona in its 31-10 defeat of in-state rival Arizona State finishes 7-5, for its first winning season since 1998, thus firmly securing the job for coach Mike Stoops. 

After a good deal of struggle:  My Heisman ballot reads:  1. Tebow 2. McCoy 3. Bradford.

That’s it from cyber space.  Thanks to Ledger guys, Ken Johnson and Mark Torpey, stay well, and we’ll see you next year.   Peace out. PK

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