Finally a week, that went according to plan.
Tim Tebow plays! Florida Wins! That has been the winning formula in Gainesville for the past four years. For the past two weeks the Gator faithful has acted like they were regulars at a Holiday Inn, as the concussion of its All-World consumed the airwaves. Everybody had an opinion, and everybody was an expert. But it was the Tigers of LSU who pronounced the QB, hale and hearty, as Florida knocked off the previously undefeated Tigers 13-3 in Death Valley. It keeps Florida on course for its Armageddon showdown with Alabama in the SEC Championship.
Now for the Crimson Tide – in our humble opinion – the best team in the land. Alabama has two devastating weapons, Mark Ingram, an unstoppable tailback, who is rapidly climbing in the Heisman ranks, and a defense, the likes of which hasn’t been seen in Tuscaloosa since the days of the checkerboard hat of one; Paul “Bear” Bryant.
On the local scene the situation continues to deteriorate. The Huskies of Northeastern lost its13 consecutive game. It could be worse. A few miles up the road in Hanover, New Hampshire, Buddy Teevens and his Big Green of Dartmouth lost its 16 consecutive game, the second longest streak in America.
Another old friend, Tom O’Brien was clobbered by the Dukies of Duke: 49-28. That’s right, Coach David Cutcliff’s Blue Devil football team, a 14 ½ point dog, won an ACC road game for the first time in nearly six years to climb to 3-3. They also snapped an eleven game losing streak to the Wolfpack. Duke’s starry quarterback Thad Lewis shredded the NC State “defense” for five touchdown passes and had a career high 459 yards. Coach K, who!!
The television announcer said it best,” It was like feeding chum to sharks. He wasn’t describing the latest fishing show; he was aptly describing the VaTech defense as it feasted on the hapless offense of Boston College. Amazingly the 48-14 destruction wasn’t as CLOSE as the score indicated. How bad was it? In the first half BC had managed 0 first downs, 0-12 in passing with a pair of interceptions, one for a pick six, and a total of 3 offensive yards!!!!! Starting quarterback Dave Shinskie finished his day:: 1-12 – 2 ints., and 4 total yards. Double Yikes!!
Trouble in Champaign, Illinois, as it appears as if the coach Ron Zook era is rapidly coming to a close. The woeful Illini lost again, falling to Michigan State 24-14, dropping them to 1-4.
It’s once again starting to look like every other year in Syracuse, since the firing of Paul Pasqualoni, who just happened to be the school’s second winningiest coach. The Cuse or should we say the excuse, was hammered by a good West Virginia team, dropping the Orange to 2-4.
In Athens, Georgia, the Dawgs faithful are angry. The Bulldogs showed exactly why they are unranked, as Tennessee, in Knoxville took them to the woodshed 45-19. And this is by a Tennessee team that is offensively challenged!! Yikes!
The Head Ball Coach, otherwise known as Steve Spurrier, has his Gamecocks 5-1, and primed for next week’s showdown in Tuscaloosa.
How about them Black Knights of the Hudson! Army took down an SEC team Vanderbilt 16-13 in overtime, and now find themselves sitting at 3-3. Great job by first year coach Rich Ellerson, who is trying end Army’s run of 12 straight losing seasons.
If only Ohio State could generate some offense to bookend its Big Time defense. In its 31-13 deceiving victory over a previously undefeated Wisconsin, Ohio State scored on a pair of interception returns and a kickoff return.
After losing its opener to William and Mary, Al Groh, who is hanging on by a blade, has won two in a row, as the Cavaliers destroyed Indiana 47-7.
Another defensively challenged team the 16th ranked Jayhawks of Kansas hung on defeat Iowa State 41-36.
Congrats to Rutgers for its 600th victory. The Scarlet Knights who played in the first ever college football game against Princeton in 1869: has an all-time record of: 600-591-42.
Oregon’s Chip Kelly, formerly of UNH has his Ducks flying at 5-1, having won five in a row. It’s a great testament to his coaching ability after the opening night fiasco in which one of his star players sucker-punched a Boise State player.
Mark Whipple once again cranked up the Miami offense as the U overwhelmed Florida A&M 48-16. The sign of a very good team is when they don’t suffer any letdown after an emotional victory the week before.
Two more coaches who should start polishing resumes: Steve Kragthorpe of Louisville, and Mark Friedgen of Maryland, who are a combined 3-8. Kragthorpe is under the most pressure at 1-4, and 12-17 in his two plus year tenure at Louisville.
And let’s throw in Dan Hawkins of Colorado, his 1-4 Buffs won’t cut it with the once proud tradition in Boulder.
Undefeated Iowa won a squeaker against Michigan, and own the second longest winning streak in the country at nine.
Finally, our performance of the day goes to Bowling Green wideout Freddie Barnes, who caught 22 passes for 278 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Falcons defeated Kent State 36-35.
That’s it from cyber-space. We’ll be up and running with week 7 Wednesday Night. Until then. Peace. PK