Halloween was fright night for a bunch of teams.
Rose Bowl here we come! In Eugene, the Ducks are all lined in a row – in fact, seven in a row. In what was supposed to be the glamour attraction of the Day, Oregon crushed USC 47-20, as the Ducks rolled up over 600 yards of offense!! It was the worst loss in the Pete Carroll era (2001) and USC’s worst defeat since 1997. Oregon coach Chip Kelly, who could run for governor, is deserving of National Coach of the Year honors. Best sign in the stands: Hey, Barkley – Can you hear me now?! In reference to the USC’s true freshman QB who said that he would feed of the noise from the Autzen Stadium crowd. At one point it was a tie game: 17-17, but Oregon outscored the Men of Troy 30-3! Yikes!
In Iowa, it was a Steve McQueen sequel – The Great Escape Two! The Hawkeyes overcame a 24-14 fourth quarter deficit, scoring 28 unanswered points to remain undefeated 9-0. Amazingly, Iowa had 6 turnovers, five of which were interceptions by quarterback Ricky Stanzi, who threw four in the third quarter on a total of eight passes!!! In Iowa City, this is truly is a special season for Kirk Ferentz and the Boys of the Corn.
Mighty Meechigan and Coach $Rod were embarrassed by a woeful Illinois team 38-13, as the Wolverines have lost 4 of its last 5. Where’s Lloyd Carr when you need him.
Poor UConn. For the second week in a row the Huskies have seen defeat snatched from the jaws of victory. With 38 seconds left UConn scored to take the lead over Rutgers 24-21, only to see the Scarlet Knights 16 seconds later score the winning touchdown on an 81 yard pass play!!
Temple has won six in a row for the first time since the Ford Administration (1974), making the Owls bowl eligible. Coach Al Golden should be the prime candidate at Virginia – a place where he once served as an assistant – once the Cavs pull the plug on Al Groh.
The Bearcats of Cincinnati are 8-0 for the first time since the Eisenhower Administration 1954. Another coach named Kelly – Brian is also deserving of Coach of the Year consideration.
In Tallahassee, d-coordinator Mickey Andrews stayed one year too long, as the Seminoles secondary was once again shredded (97th in the nation), as FSU hung on for a 45-42 victory over old friend Tom O’Brien and his NC State Wolfpack.
Mighty Duke (5-3, 3-1) has won three in a row for the first time since the George H.W. Bush Administration -1989. The Dukies are now one win away from being bowl eligible.
Mississippi coach Houston Nutt is the worst front runner. Touted as a top five team before the start of the season, Ole Miss lost its third game out of eight, as quarterback Jevan Snead – once a Heisman Trophy candidate, has been a huge disappointment.
The Gators of Florida finally broke out of its offensive slump – as quarterback Tim Tebow broke the SEC touchdown rushing record, leading Florida to its 18th consecutive victory.
On the local front, good-guy Coach Spaz has his BC Eagles bowl eligible. I wonder if Jags would have been able to do that with the bare cupboard he left at the Heights.
Two wild games; Coach Paul Johnson Jackets of Georgia Tech are 8-1 – cementing its hold as the best team in the Peach State: defeating Vanderbilt 56-31, while Houston knocked off So. Miss 50-43 with a last second touchdown. Houston QB Case Keenum stats: 44-59 – 559 yards – 5 td’s – 1 int.!!