Just another Saturday in college football!
In Groucho’s favorite town – Tuscaloosa – it was “Sweet home Alabama.” As the Crimson Tide with its 31-6 beat down of Florida, left not doubt as to whom, is the number one team in the land. In its last two meetings against Urban Meyer’s lads, Nick Saban’s Boys have outscored the Gators: 63-19. Yikes!
Usually at this time of year, the entire town of Athens, Georgia, is bedecked in black and red in honor of its beloved Dawgs. Today, after its stunning loss to Colorado, the Bulldog fans have removed the red, and are draped in black as Georgia is now: 1-4, and 0-3 in the SEC, with its only victory against that power; Louisiana-Lafayette.
The feeling is, unless the Dawgs (dogs) run the table, Coach Mark Richt could be on the way out.
If this was Vegas, Les Miles LSU Tigers would be 5-0 the hard way. It was Tennessee’s version of too many men on the ice. With the Volunteers leading 14-0, LSU was on the one yard line, with the clock ticking down to under10 seconds.
Chaos and substitutions on both sides were made and when the snap went past LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson and recovered by Tennessee, an explosion of Orange ran out onto the Death Valley field in celebration of the upset victory. But wait, a penalty, too many players on defense.
UT had not 12, but 13 guys lined up. Next play touchdown LSU, which miraculously finds itself 5-0. “Just another day in the SEC,” was the comment from LSU Coach Les Miles. Amazing!!
Clang. That was the sound coming out of the Los Angeles Coliseum as USC field goal kicker Joe Houston hit the upright late in the fourth quarter. Instead of USC up by 5, the lead remained two: 31-29. That’s when the much maligned Washington Husky quarterback Jake Locker, engineered a spectacular last second drive capped off by a game winning field goal to give UW a much needed 32-31 win over USC. Without a bowl game to play for, it will be interesting in which direction the USC season goes.
The only place with more speed than Eugene, Oregon is Indianapolis, Indiana on Memorial Day. The undefeated Oregon Ducks fell behind to Stanford 21-3 in the first quarter, and then went on the blitz the Cardinal outscoring them 49-10, while shutting them out in the second half. Usain Bolt might lose a race to these guys, who are averaging 56 point a game!!
In another speed kills category: Michigan’s “Mr. Everything,” Denard Robinson, aka “Shoelace” became the first collegiate player in history to throw for over 200 yards passing and running in a single game; twice!! This truly is Mr. Robinson’s neighborhood, which remains undefeated.
In the old friends category: Tom O’Brien’s Wolfpack jumped out to a 17-3 halftime lead, only to see it evaporate into a 41-30 defeat preventing O’Brien from his first ever 5-0 start. It all unrivaled when VaTech began the second half running the kickoff back for a touchdown. The Hokies, as usual, are coming on.
In Philadelphia, Buddy Teevens and his Dartmouth Big Green took mighty Penn into overtime, before losing 35-28. Buddy’s Boys showed some spunk and he may finally be putting the pieces together in Hanover.
May the Force be with you! Air Force hung on 14-6 to beat Navy for the first time in eight years, and is now in the pilot’s seat to capture the Commander-In-Chief Trophy.
The little school that could! Northwestern, after its 29-28 victory over hapless Minnesota, finds itself 5-0, as former Wildcats All-America linebacker Pat Fitzgerald has done another great job.
In LA, the remarkable resurgence of UCLA remains on track as Rick Neuheisel’s crew has reeled off 3 in a row.
Where’s Mike Leach when you need him. Iowa State stormed over Texas Tech 52-38 dropping the Red Raiders and new coach Tommy Tuberville to 2-2, but 0-2 in the Big 12. YIKES!!
It was nice win for Al Golden’s Temple Owls, who at 4-1, are in great position for a second consecutive bowl appearance. That happens as often as a candidate for Lieutenant Governor in Massachusetts leaves the ticket and endorses his opponent.
In East Lansing, the Spartans find themselves 5-0 and ready for its undefeated showdown against its Big Brother, Mighty Michigan. In the resume enhancement category: Offensive coordinator Don Treadwell, who has filled in the last two weeks for ailing head coach Mark Dantonio, and was a candidate for the Boston College job, has risen to the top. We bet Minnesota will be calling.
Nothing can be worse than the state of football in New Mexico. The New Mexico Lobos and the New Mexico State Aggies are a combined 0-9, and have been outscored: 447-108! Triple Yikes!!!!
That’s it from cyber-space. We’ll be up and running Wednesday night with our week six analysis of the top games. Until then, Peace, and listen to the music.