What a September! It was another Shake –Up weekend that saw the number 4,5,6,9, and 18 bite the dust. It is also the fourth consecutive week in which the number 5 has gone down!!
It began Thursday night in Columbia, South Carolina as Coach Steve Spurrier, and his Gamecocks got the signature victory of his USC tenure. The Cocks knocked off the “supposedly” fourth ranked team in the land, Mississippi, by the score of 16-10. Ol Miss Coach Houston Nutt proved once again, that he’s a terrible frontrunner. He was also done no favors by his once Heisman Trophy touted quarterback, Jevan Snead, as evidenced by his dismal 7-21-107 yards performance. Yikes, where’s Archie, or for that matter Eli Manning, when you need them.
In Tuscaloosa, the home of the Crimson Tide, whom we humbly think is the best team in the land – Alabama did what they do best. The D shut down another supposed “high-flying” offense in Arkansas 35-7. It was Bama’s 18th consecutive SEC winning opener.
The Pecking order has shifted in the Sunshine State, as Jim Leavitt and his USF Bulls, bulled its way to a 17-7 upset of Florida State. Coach Jim Leavitt who has been begging for a chance to go against his Florida rivals said, “It changes history.” Bobby Bowden now sits a dismal 2-2. It the golden days of the Seminoles, it used to take two years for FSU to lose two games, and now he does it in four. Can you say retirement?
In Blacksburg, the hyped melted in the rain, as VaTech dismantled Miami 35-7. For the Canes it was as ugly as the weather as Tech a showed everybody, that the Big-Dog in the ACC, still resides in Blacksburg. Hurricanes quarterback, Jacory Harris, was harassed all day, and finished a dismal: 9-25-150 yards, while at the same time passing himself out of the Heisman Trophy race.
The numbers were against Indiana. Michigan held a 50-9 all time record, had won 15 in a row, and 30 of the last 31. Indiana hadn’t won in the Big House since the Red Sox Impossible Dream year of 1967, yet, with less than three minutes to go, Indiana held the lead. Would the upset happen – NO! Superman, also known as true freshman quarterback Tate Forcier, directed the Wolverines to another dramatic last minute victory. Michigan, now finds itself 4-0, which equals its win total of last season. I guess you get what you pay for – Coach $Rod.
The Zooker–era in Champaign, Illinois is beginning to wear thin. Coach Ron Zook’s Illini were white-washed by Ohio State 30-0, and now sit 1-2, with an angry Penn State coming in next week. It’s been awhile since the Champaign has flowed for a “big” Illinois win.
Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. Cal was humiliated out in Eugene 42-3. The Oregon Ducks are flying again, compiling over 500 yards of offense. The Golden Bears not only embarrassed themselves, its All-America tailback Jahvid Best (55 yards) ran himself out of the Heisman Trophy race.
In Maryland the Fridge is empty. Coach Ralph Friedgen and his Terrapins were crushed by Rutgers, and now find themselves 1-3 with their only win an overtime victory against a Division 1AA opponent. We think it’s time for Friedgen to polish up the resume.
On the local front it was a nice bounce back win for coach Spaz and his Eagles of Boston College. While down in Raleigh, North Carolina, old friend Tom O’Brien and his Wolfpack knocked off previously unbeaten Pittsburgh, to climb to 3-1. O’Brien has also found a star in quarterback Russell Wilson, who for the third consecutive week has thrown 4 touchdown passes.
In Louisville the Steve Kragthorpe era is officially on the clock, as the Cardinals, 30-14 losers to Utah, now sit at 1-2.
When is a win a loss? When you’re All-World quarterback is smashed to the ground then taken to the hospital by ambulance with a severe concussion. Oh yeah, Florida cruised 41-7 over Kentucky.
With 29 seconds left, the Charlie Weis era in Notre Dame was about to have its life support lines shut off. But like a scene from Rudy, off the bench to the rescue came quarterback Jimmy Clausen to throw the game saving touchdown pass, to defeat very bad Purdue team 24-21. Things are very shaky in South Bend, especially for Weis.
In Happy Valley, the ‘white-out” turned to black, as the Hawkeyes of Iowa came into Penn State, and gave JoPa’s boys a 21-10 lesson in defense. Quarterback Daryl Clark was 12-32 – 3 interceptions, as Iowa has now won 7of 8 from Paterno. Amazing!
It Starkville, there’s a new sheriff in town, Dan Mullen, from the staff of Urban Meyer, has instilled a winning attitude that has had only one winning season since 2000. It took a late fourth quarter goal line stand for the mighty Tigers of LSU to hold off the Bulldogs 30-26.
That’s it from cyber space. We’ll be up and running Wednesday night with our analysis of week five. It’s already been quite a year!!! Until then, Peace. pk