Every year there is one weekend where nothing makes much sense – yesterday was that day.
Let’s start in South Bend where the death watch may have started for the arrogant one – Charlie Weis. The Irish who under the “genius” have now lost two straight to Navy at Notre Dame Stadium –also kissed its BCS payday goodbye. With games at Pitt, home against a tough Connecticut and on the road at a very dangerous Stanford, ND could be staring at a 7-5 season, which translates into: Sayonara Charlie.
In Lincoln, Nebraska had a total of 7 first downs, and still defeated Oklahoma – how: OU quarterback Landry Jones completed 5 passes to Nebraska, (3 to Matt O’Hanlon) which helped its D hold OU to 3 points. Amazingly, the once “mighty” Sooners, who failed to score an offensive touchdown for the first time in 11 years, now sit at 5-4. YIKES!!
It happened Thursday, but it is worth noting, as Temple won its seventh in a row – and will be going bowling for the first time since the Administration of Jimmy Carter – 1979.
In Iowa City, with 11:46 left in the second quarter, the carriage turned into a pumpkin, and the Wizard of Oz was exposed, as Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi limped off the field with a severely sprained ankle. The loss to Northwestern ended the dream of an undefeated season, and placed Iowa’s Big Ten Title hopes in serious jeopardy, Next week the Hawkeyes, with a backup quarterback have to travel to Columbus to face a rejuvenated bunch of Ohio State Buckeyes.
On the flip side, Northwestern will be going bowling for the second consecutive year – something that hasn’t happened since the 95/96 seasons.
In Ann Arbor – come back Lloyd Carr all is forgiven. Mighty Meechigan and coach $Rod have now lost 5 of its last 6, the only win against a 1AA opponent. The Wolverines who opened the season with a 4-0 record, are staring at a 5-7 season, have only 1 Big Ten victory, and have experienced two years in which it has lost three in a row for the first time in 40 years. YIKES! It was also Purdue’s first win in the Big House since 1966 – when a guy name Griese (Bob) was standing under center!! Double Yikes!!!
Speaking of Griese – we will now refer to him as the MOO – Master of the Obvious.
Yesterday, in calling the Iowa/Northwestern game – he had the following gems:
Iowa missed a third down completion – but there was a 15 yard unsportsmanlike penalty – which gave Iowa the first down. MOO said, “That penalty was big. Otherwise it would have been fourth down – and the Hawkeyes would have to punt.” Really!!
Then MOO added – when a touchdown was called back because of a penalty, “That penalty was bad timing.” Really!!! Finally, late in the game, with NU holding a 7 point lead, MOO said, “Northwestern can’t turn the ball over.” Really!!!!!!!!! They don’t pay MOO enough!!
Our pal Buddy Teevens and his Big Green of Dartmouth – after enduring a 17 game losing streak – have now won 2 of its last 3.
Fraud alert: Based on its anemic schedule the critics questioned just how good the Nittany Lions of Penn State really are: Answer not very. In its second chance at redemption, quarterback Darryl “Big Game” Clark did what he always does when he challenged – “turtled” as State was embarrassed by the Buckeyes.
Maybe Chris Kristofferson had the Oregon Ducks in mind when he wrote; “Sunday Morning Coming Down.” Talk about a hangover – after looking All-World last week in Eugene against USC – the Ducks flew down to Palo Alto and surrendered 52 points in its loss to Stanford – and probably kissed its Rose Bowl chances adios.
It took overtime, and a “ballsy” fourth and one call, but Paul Johnson’s Yellow Jackets won its 7th straight defeating gritty Wake Forest 30-27, and moving another step closer to the ACC Championship game. Does anybody still question whether Johnson’s triple option will work against the “big boys?” Sounds like crickets to me.
In the game everybody wants to see: Alabama will meet Florida for the SEC Championship game – the only question: will both be undefeated – more than likely – yes.
In Cincinnati – the Bearcats are 9-0 for the first time since the Truman Administration of 1951, and remain alive in its long shot bid to play for the National Title. Backup quarterback Zach Collaros – calling him a backup, is like calling Jonas Salk just a doctor. In his three games since taking over for an injured Tony Pike his numbers shine: 70-89 for 1,100 and 8 TDs. It will be very difficult for Coach Brian Kelly to reinstate his injured and returning “former” starter.
Clemson missed 3 extra points and 2 field goals but thanks to Heisman Trophy contender C.J. Spiller (school record 312 all purpose yards) ran over Florida State – and now has the inside track to make it to the ACC Championship game – a title it hasn’t owned since 1991. The once might Seminoles and its 80 year old coach now sit: 4-5, and 2-4 in the Conference. Yikes!!!!!!!
In another wild game – Houston defeated Tulsa 46-45, on a last second 51 yard field goal, after recovering the onside kick with approx. 21 seconds left, then marching down for the winning field goal- amazing!!
Our Heisman list: 1.Mark Ingram 2. C.J. Spiller 3. Some combination of: Jordan Shipley, Bill Stull, Andy Dalton, and Rolando McClain – but as the MOO might say, “There is still a lot of football left to play.”
Thanks it from cyber space- we’ll be up and running Wednesday Night with week 11 – there are only 2 week left in the Big Ten schedule!!!!!! Until then – peace. PK