We saw another fascinating week: as the number 3, 7, 14, 18, and 19 ranked teams in the land, went down to defeat.
We’ll begin in Seattle, in a place where today, either coach Steve Sarkisian, (formerly on mentor Pete Carroll’s staff) or quarterback Jake Locker, could get elected Mayor. The Huskies of UW, who until last week had lost 15 straight, weren’t intimidated by the big dogs from the south, holding USC to a 0-10 conversion rate, while recovering three turnovers in its 13-10 magnificent upset battle. And in an ominous sign for Trojan Nation – that offense – is not your father’s Men of Troy.
Poor Duke, they took an early 7-0 lead in Lawrence, Kansas, only to see the Jayhawks slowly pull away to a 44-16 beat down. The Dukies went into the game having lost 36 consecutive games to ranked team, make it 38, as KU’s ‘pistol offense’ shot down the Blue Devils.
The U is back. The university of Miami, or more specifically, old friend (former UMass championship coach) Mark Whipple’s offense is giving every indication that the “Glory Days” in Miami, may be making a comeback. Halfway through it opening four game gauntlet, Miami has stormed the Bastille on the arm of its Montana-cool sophomore quarterback Jacory Harris, (30-0 in high school) who so far, has crept into the Heisman conversation. Virginia, Maryland, Colorado, and Louisville, better have Whipple on speed dial, because this man can coach. This does, look like your father’s Miami. I wonder how BC Athletic Director Gene DeFillippo, who could have had Whipple running his show, feels, when he looks out at the woeful offense operating at the Heights. You get what you pay for – just look where coach Jags is now working.
Where’s Joe Tiller when you need him, as Purdue lost to Northern Illinois 37-34. It was the Huskies first victory over a Big Ten school since the end of Reagan Administration in 1988.
Our friends to the North; Syracuse are showing some grit: beating Northwestern with a last second field goal to give the ‘Cuse a 37-34 victory, the first for new man, Orange alum, Doug Marrone.
University of Minnesota’s great new, outdoor, on campus stadium, is known as the Gopher Hole. And for a while it looked that way, as the Golden Gophers, after three quarters of football were tied with powerhouse Cal 21-21, before the Golden Bears scored a pair of unanswered td’s on the legs of its All-America tailback Jahvid Best, who was at his best scoring five touchdowns in the 34-21 victory.
The Ducks of Oregon went into Salt Lake City and ended the nation’s longest winning streak at 16, defeating the Utes 31-24. It was a big win for former UNH o-coordinator Chip Kelly, the new head man at Oregon.
As we mentioned in the Whipple reference, Louisville’s head man Steve Kragthorpe is out buying asbestos pants, as his Cardinals fell for the third consecutive time to hated intra-state rival Kentucky, leaving his two-plus year record at once powerful Louisville; a dismal 12-14.
My country for some offense, as BC in its loss to Clemson had a TOTAL of 54 yards of offense: With Halloween coming see if these numbers scare you: 29 yards on the ground in 28 rushing attempts, then 25 yards of passing on a 5-21–3 ints of stats. That’s enough to scare even Count Dracula!! Again – where’s Whipple when you need him.
In the guaranteed victory column – JoPa and his Nittany Lions are now 26-0 lifetime against Temple University.
In the good news category Army finds itself 2-1!! Go Knights.
Florida found itself in a defensive struggle against Tennessee, and except for its All-World QB Tim Tebow – there doesn’t appear to be a lot of explosive options in Gainesville. Here’s a stat: Florida and Urban Meyer are 36-1 when scoring first.
Charlie Weis got his reprieve on a last second interception on the ND Ten yard line by Kyle McCarthy defeating Michigan State 33-30 at Notre Dame Stadium for the first time since 1993. Until that point, Spartan quarterback Kirk Cousins, who aspires to be a surgeon, dissected (17-22) the Irish defense in the second half. The Domers also suffered a serious loss – as wideout Michael Floyd, who is having an All-America season, suffered a broken collarbone and will likely be lost for a great part of the season. After the game you could eye watering relief in the eyes of Weis. Also ND quarterback Jimmy Clausen, who is having a brilliant season, set an ND record with his fourth consecutive 300 yard passing game.
Old friend Buddy Teevens, who finished 0-10 last season lost its opener, 34-15 and it could be another “looong” year for the Big Green .
Quarterbacks emerging: Landry Jones of Oklahoma set a school record, (not even the OU’s reigning Heisman Trophy winner accomplished that) tossing 6 touchdown passes in its 45-0 blanking of Tulsa. While in Lubbock, where they have more quarterbacks that Nabisco has cookies, Texas Tech found another gunslinger in quarterback Taylor Potts, who wears a fu-man-chu as if he was made for the role. Enduring a pounding he completed 46 passes for 420 yards in a hard fought loss to Texas at Austin.
The genius is back in Iowa City as the Hawkeyes won an impressive victory against Arizona 27-17 in preparation of its showdown next week in Happy Valley.
Kudos to the Big East for a pair of ‘big wins” – the first was Cincinnati’s 28-18 road victory, over a very talented Oregon State team, and believe me, Bearcats coach Brian Kelley’s name is also on speed dial for a lot of potential openings. The other was West Virginia and good guy Bill Stewart marching into the Plains of Auburn and taking out the Tigers of Auburn 41-30. .
Don’t look now, but coach $Rod of Michigan has the Wolverines 3-0, which equals its win total of last season. Rodriguez is known for turning teams around in his second year.
Congrats to Randy Edsall and his Huskies of UConn (2-1) for another big Big East victory, this time in Waco over the Baylor Bears 30-22. Edsall is another guy who should have been coaching at BC.
Maybe the Florida troika of Florida, Miami, and Florida State is back! Bobby Bowden had his most impressive victory in years, as FSU toyed with the number seven ranked team in the land BYU, in Provo, destroying the Cougars 54-28.
‘Ol Miss has won eight in a row for the first time since the Nixon Administration in 1972.
That’s it from cyber space, we’ll be up and running Wednesday night with our analysis of week 4!! Oh no, we’ll be at the quarter pole of the season. Until then, Peace. PK.