We’re Number … .
If the classic television show “To Tell the Truth,” was still in vogue – host Gary Moore would ask the college football landscape this question: Would the real number one team, please stand up. Based on the sloppiness and uncertainty of yesterday – everyone would remain seated. Florida, Alabama, Texas and USC, all looked vulnerable and pretenders to the Throne.
It started at noon in the Cotton Bowl. In a game that had more hits than another classic – Norton/Frazier – Texas did just enough to eek out a 16-13 victory. In this game OU lost for the second and most likely last – it’s reigning Heisman Trophy quarterback Sam Bradford to the same shoulder injury. While the Horns Heisman Trophy quarterback Colt McCoy played like he was the one with the injury – and severely injured his Heisman chances.
In Tuscaloosa – it was the Mark Ingram Show. The Tide’s starry tailback and now a serious Heisman Trophy contender rolled for 246 yards – the third most in Alabama history – while the D played in its usual intimidating style.
In Gainesville – it took a pair of missed field goals – the second with 3:08 left in the game – to allow the toothless Gators to mount a last second field goal winning drive against Arkansas. It keeps the nation’s longest winning streak alive at: 16. YIKES!!
In South Bend things were going swimmingly for Pete Carroll’s Trojans – piling up a 20 point fourth quarter lead – then poof USC had to hand on for dear life as ND once again mounted a furious fourth quarter comeback only to fall short in the end-zone. Was it a pink-slip game for Charlie Weis – maybe. If he ends10-2 probably not, if he finishes 9-3 – possibly. USC’s true freshman quarterback matt Barkley outplayed Jimmy Clausen, while ND is 1-16 in the last 3 years against teams who have finished with a winning record. Weis has lost five in a row to its West Cost rival, while USC has ripped off 8 straight against the Irish.
1985 –the second term of Ronald Regan played a significant role in yesterday’s action. It was the last time Iowa has stood corn tall – 7-0, and it is also the last time Temple has won 4 in a row. Iowa also owns the second longest winning streak in America at 10. What makes the Kirk Ferentz’s Hawkeyes so tough – as the game goes deeper they get stronger.
In Lafayette Purdue knocked off the mighty Buckeyes 26-18. In doing so the Boilermakers boiled away a couple of streaks: PU had lost 17 straight to a top 25 opponent, while Ohio State had won an amazing 16 consecutive conference road games. Can we now say the Buckeyes Terrelle Pryor is not a leader? YES!!
Old friend Buddy Teevens – our pal to the north has now lost 17 straight – second longest in the nation. That albatross could end next week in Hanover against Columbia.
Resume Polishing: Steve Kragthorpe – Louisville 2-4, Ralph Friedgen Maryland 2-5,
Ron Zook – Illinois 1-5, and based on schedule the “Fighting” Illini may not win another game.
Great bounce back for the local eleven- as BC and good guy coach Spaz – put a hurting on old friend tom O’Brien 52-20. In its last four games O’Brien’s defense ahs surrendered 162 points! Double Yikes!!
The ultimate Jekyll/Hyde team Clemson crushed Wake Forest 38-6, climb to 3-3 and back into the ACC picture.
Fraud Alert! Texas Tech went into Lincoln in a pay-back game for the Huskers and throttled Nebraska 31-10. It was 24-3 at the half as boos rained down from the Lincoln faithful. WOW!!
Despite the weakness of its schedule – Penn State (6-1) has yet to allow a point to be scored in the first half.
Kansas surrenders points as often as its coach eats, and it caught up to them yesterday as Colorado sprung the upset in Boulder 34-30.
Fraud Alert #2 – KState a week after being “Route66” by Texas Tech, stomped and stamped out 62 of its own over hapless Texas A&M: 62-14. Coach Mike Sherman should be making an appointment with HR for Monday morning.
Old Friend Al Groh is making his annual employment drive at Virginia. His Cavs left for dead four weeks ago – have now won three straight, to get even at 3-3.
Finally, the old guy – coach rich Brooks and his Kentucky Wild Cats went into the Plains of Auburn and came home with a 21-14 victory. It was KU’s first victory over the Tigers since the Administration of LBJ in 1966.
That’s it from cyber space. We’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 8!! Wednesday night. Until Then Peace