The calendar may read October, but the wildness of another college football weekend, made it feel like September.
We’ll begin in Miami – where the U is back – again. After last week’s rain soaked debacle in VaTech’s Lane Stadium, the doubters were everywhere. But Miami, with Mark Whipple’s offensive scripted schemes, and directed its jazz-cool sophomore quarterback Jacory Harris, reasserted its claim as possibly one of the nation’s best. The Canes overcame a 10 point deficit, then out-hit and overwhelmed, the Sam Bradford-less Sooners of Oklahoma. When the moon had risen over Miami, the Hurricanes, who opened its season with the country’s toughest schedule – by far – found themselves standing tall at 3-1, and will be favored it every remaining game. Dare we say; BCS bound.
War Eagle is for real, as the multi-dimensional Auburn Tigers, who have better balance than Nadia Comaneci, went into to Knoxville and emerged 5-0. The remaining critics over the hiring of Coach Gene Chizik can fit into a Smart car with room to spare.
In Boulder, Colorado, the clock is ticking on the tenure of Coach Dan Hawkins (1-3) who guaranteed 10 win season. Maybe it was a Tom Menino moment – and he meant 10 loss season.
In Louisville, the mantra is; “Come back Bobby Petrino (now at Arkansas) all is forgiven.” The once mighty Cardinals, find themselves 1-3, and will be significant dogs in its next three games, as the Steve Kragthorpe era is mercifully getting closer to a dénouement
Iowa is 5-0 for the first time since the first term of Bill Clinton (1995, the famous Lewinsky year) and have now won 9 in a row. What a job Hawkeye Coach Kirk Ferentz has done!!
Old friend, Dartmouth head man Buddy Teevens (former star of Silver Lake Regional), needs a friend. Last year, the Big Green suffered its first winless season in over a century, and Dartmouth is now riding a 15 game losing streak – the second longest in the nation – with no end in sight.
Kudos to Michigan State for winning consecutive games against its despised rival Mighty Meeechigan, for the first time since the LBJ Administration of 1967. The “Force” true freshman quarterback Tate Forcier almost did it again, leading the Wolverines back from the dead with a pair of late game tying touchdowns, only to throw an interception in the OT period, and sealing Coach $Rod and Michigan’s fate.
This optimism for the football season was high in Berkeley, as Cal was planning for a Rose Bowl invite. But after rolling a pair of 3’s, as in the number of points it has scored in each of its last two “big” games, those dreams disappeared faster than Mike Dukakis’s temporary Senate seat, as USC, who scored 30 points, for only the second time this season, ran over the Golden Bears 30-3.
Another bunch of local heroes, the Huskies football team of Northeastern, finds itself sitting at 0-5, losers of 12 in a row, and in hot pursuit of Buddy Teevens.
Kudos to David Cutcliff and his Duke Blue Devils, who showed a lot of spunk hanging tough against the mighty Hokies of VaTech. Maybe Cutcliff can indeed make Duke once again relevant on the football field.
There may be a new Sheriff in Clemson, but the results remain the same, as Clemson lost to a horrendous Maryland team 24-21. The Tigers now sink at 2-3. If you searched for the geographical equivalent of the word enigma in the dictionary – Clemson, South Carolina would appear.
The Cavs of Virginia made a last stand, winning its first game of the season in a 16-3 stand against North Carolina.
Who knew, Wisconsin is 5-0, and has now won the Paul Bunyan Axe for six consecutive years.
How about these numbers: Temple and Oklahoma are both 2-2, while Bobby Bowden’s once proud program, Florida State has sunk to 2-3. Retirement for the legendary coach can’t come soon enough.
Alabama, our choice as the nation’s best, has scored at least 30 points in its first five games, for the first time (1920) since: the end of the Woodrow Wilson Administration.
Boston College head man, and good guy, Frank Spaziani has found a quarterback in Dave Shinskie, and his surprising Eagles are 4-1.
Out west Stanford is for real, and a real threat in the Pac -10.
Georgia’s NINE man radio staff wasn’t enough to hold back LSU, who have climbed to 5-0, with a showdown next week in Death Valley against Florida.
The Zooker – the Coach Ron Zook – era is rapidly coming to a close in Champaign, Illinois. The Fighting Illini are now a dismal 1-3, and the next time any Champaign corks get popped on the Illinois campus, will be when a new coach is hired.
We’ve come to the conclusion, that Charlie Weis – after a month of improbable victories – will NOT be fired at Notre Dame. It its remarkable overtime victory over Washington, a game that had 7 lead changes, and forced ND to make a pair of goal line stands, the Irish miraculously got it done. Amazing!! It must be Weis’s charm!!! Here’s the only scenario, BC, who has had its way with the Irish of late, knocks them off after -ND loses- to USC in a couple of weeks. That would give ND three losses, with a very tough game at Stanford to end the season. With its soft schedule, we don’t believe that the administration would tolerate a – 4 loss season. Then it’s bye-bye Charlie. But the way they are winning, and the way quarterback Jimmy Clausen is playing, it probably won’t happen.
In College Station it’s the same old A&M, as the Aggies, in its first real test, were waxed by Arkansas 47-19. Mike Sherman’s seat is getting white hot, as the Wrecking Crew of yesteryear seems – just like that – yesteryear.
The Ducks, under the guidance of another old friend UNH’s Chip Kelly, are once again flying high in full Quack Attack mode.
The wild game of the weekend: UTEP 58 – Houston 41. This 99 point, over 1200 yards of offense, Texas shootout, saw Heisman Trophy candidate, quarterback Case Keenum complete 51/71 – 536 yards and 5 touchdowns in a losing cause. The star for UTEP was tailback Donald Buckram 262 yards, 4 touchdowns as the Miners averaged 7.4 yards a carry. Hey Houston, once the 12th ranked team in America, “We have a problem.”!!!!
That’s it from cyber space. We’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 6, Wednesday night. Oh my God, we’re into the second weekend of October- Dr. Spock, if you’re up there, slow down the season! Until then, Peace. PK