With the exception of the ND/Michigan game, “Monster Saturday” as it was billed, turned out to be as weak as “Hurricane” Earl.
In Ann Arbor, Houdini lives – in the name of Denard Robinson. The Wolverine’s quarterback (258 yards rushing, 250 passing) and late game heroics, leading Michigan down to field for the winning touchdown with 27 seconds left, has, through two games, been a Heisman – like magician. Coach Rich $Rod, who had fire extinguishes in every draw, his seat was so hot – now finds himself 2-0, and nationally ranked later today, as The Maize and Blue defeated Notre Dame in scintillating 28-24 victory. Robinson, known as “Shoelace,” dances like Bo Jangles, and does all his wizardry, without lacing up his shoes. As one commentator said, “You’ve got to lace ‘em up tight, if you want to beat Shoelace.”
The ACC is reeling as its “stalwarts;” Miami, Georgia Tech, Florida State, and Virginia Tech all went down.
“Sunday morning coming down,” by Kris Kristofferson, is how the faithful feel this morning in Blacksburg, as Division 1AA James Madison, went into Lane Stadium, and shocked the Hokies 21-16. It was VaTech’s second loss in 6 days, leaving not only its national title hopes in ashes, leaving its season in ruins. YIKES!!!
Around the same time that was occurring, another ACC team with big aspirations, Florida State was being embarrassed in Norman, Oklahoma, as the Sooners took the Seminoles to the woodshed 40-17. The Heisman Trophy hopes of FSU”s quarterback Christian Ponder, also disappeared with his woeful stats: 11-28,113 yards and a pair of interceptions would indicate. From our perspective, we have never seen why the experts drool over this kid. It was also one of the worst loses in FSU history, as OU quarterback, Landry Jones, threw for 380 yards and four touchdowns. All Bobby Bowdon, who molded FSU into a pair of national championships, wanted was one more year; could he have done any worse than Jimbo Fisher yesterday? I think not.
In the “Dead Man Walking,” category is; Minnesota coach Tim Brewster (15-25, into his 5th year), who saw his Gophers lose at home to Division 1AA South Dakota State, 41-38. Yikes. In this tough jobs economy, there will definitely be an opening in Minneapolis.
What a difference a week makes. After scoring only a field goal in week one, newly minted coach Turner Gill and his Kansas Jayhawks got its first win in the Turner regime, knocking off 15th ranked Georgia Tech 28 – 24. Tech’s defense will be a problem all year.
In Columbus, the Buckeyes lowered the national hurricane warnings as Ohio State stifled another potential Heisman Trophy candidate, intercepting Miami quarterback Jacory Harris four times, in its 36-24 destruction of the U.
In the weekend’s wild one, Wake Forest outlasted Duke 54 -48. This game was tied 35-35 at the half, and both teams combined for an astounding 49 points in the second quarter!!
Another employment opportunity will be available in Boulder, Colorado, as Coach Dan Hawkins (17-34) and his Buffaloes were embarrassed by the Cal Bears, 52-7.
One team that so far, doesn’t look over-hyped is; the Iowa Hawkeyes, who rolled over intra-state rival Iowa State 35-7.
In Tuscaloosa, the Crimson Tide’s quarterback Greg McElroy continues on his remarkable unbeaten streak – 32-0 as a starting signal caller – which traces back to the eighth grade.
Old friend Tom O’Brien and his NC State Wolfpack are 2-0, for the first time since his arrival in Raleigh some 3-plus years ago.
In Columbia, South Carolina a star is born. His name is Marcus Lattimore – 37 carries, 182 yards, and 2 td’s – and he’s a true freshman. For anyone over the age of 50, Lattimore rhymes with Galimore, and that’s how he runs, like the late, great Chicago Bears back, Willie Galimore. Watch out for the Gamecocks, this version is Spurrier’s best team, and may be one of the best in the SEC.
Air Force won a big one against rival BYU 35-14, as it gets ready for this weekend’s clash in Norman, against mighty OU. But in order to win that one, the Force must be with you!!
That’s it from cyber space, we’ll be up and running with week three Wednesday night, until then, peace and stay safe. pk