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Recap Week 9

It was another Saturday of Tony Award winning drama, on the college football landscape.

We’ll begin in the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, an appropriate place, for what was classic triple overtime battle, between the Stanford Cardinal, and Trojans of Southern Cal.

It was won by the Boys on the Farm; 56-48, who in doing so, extended its nation’s longest winning streak to 16, while remaining very much alive for a chance to play for the national championship.

But it wasn’t easy.

Both future Sunday playing QB’s, the Cardinal’s Andrew Luck, and USC’s Matt Barkley, went at each other like Ali and Frazier, passing for a combined 614 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Shockingly, the impeccable Mr. Luck, threw a pick six, with just over 3 minutes left in the game, giving the Trojan’s a 34-27 lead. 

You could hear the Champaign corks being popped in Boise.

But with the poise, and leadership, that has NFL scouts drooling, the future number one draft pick, coolly directed a 76 yard game tying touchdown drive with 38 seconds left in regulation, which lead to the overtime period, and eventually victory.  Wow!!

And for the gamblers of the world, the spread was 7, Stanford favored.

The Cardinal backers probably figured they had no shot at collecting,

But, when a game goes to triple OT, teams have to go for a two point conversion. 

You guessed it, Stanford converted, and USC fumbled on its possession; final margin of victory, the magical 8!

In Atlanta, everyone was on upset alert, especially the Clemson faithful.

Clemson, as part of its football DNA, always coughs up a fur ball somewhere during its season, and it occurred yesterday in its 31-17 “upset” loss to the Rambling Wreck of Georgia Tech.

Dabo Swinney’s boys crashed into a 24-3 halftime ditch, turned it over four times, and were run over by the Jackets, who compiled 383 yards of rushing.

The leader of that ground assault was option QB, Tevin Washington, who set a school QB rushing record with 176 of those yards.

Tech coach Paul Johnson is now 5-0 against ranked opponents at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Another pretender was exposed, as undefeated Kansas State was humiliated by a bunch of angry Oklahoma Sooners 58-17.  Ouch!

OU  ran off 35 unanswered second half points, in a game which saw All-America QB Landry Jones set a school record passing for 505 yards and five touchdowns.

The D was equally impressive sacking KState QB Collin Klein seven times, and in one stretch had four plays with four sacks.  YIKES!!

Congrats to Penn State’s “Old Man River.”

In a snowy scene in Happy Valley, the Lion in winter, 84 year old JoePa, captured victory number 409, making him the winningest coach in Division 1 history.

The offensively neutered Nits, (8-1, 5-0), fumbled six times, but somehow managed a last minute touchdown to edge Ron Zook’s now reeling Illini, 10-7, whose time expiring game tying field goal clanged off the right upright. 

Its stellar defense has been the glue to Penn State’s season, and whenever Paterno decides to hang up the whistle, his twelve year d-coordinator Tom Bradley, although not a sexy pick, deserves a chance to lead the Lions.

In College Station, it was deja-vu, as the agony of the Aggies continues.

A&M once again surrendered a double digit second half lead, losing to an inspired bunch of Missouri Tigers; 38-31 in overtime. 

This was also a preview of a future SEC battle, as both teams are leaving the Big 12 to join the best conference in America.

In Durham, North Carolina, the Duke Blue Devils missed a pair of makeable field goals in losing to its overrated visitors from Blacksburg, the Hokies of Virginia Tech; 14-10.

Do you think the faltering Rebels of Mississippi would welcome back its former coach David Cutcliff, who has done a great job with the Blue Devils?

In Bloomington, Northwestern ended its five game losing streak, with a points fest victory over the Hoosiers of Indiana; 59-38.

In this game; both teams combined for 59 points and over 700 yards of offense in the first half!! 

With the final tally reading: 58 first downs, and 636 yards of rushing!! Yikes! 

This game was like the Italian army; no defense.

At the Heights, congrats to Coach Spaz as his BC Eagles for its second victory of the year and its first, against a Division 1 opponent.

And over in Cambridge, two local high school teammates (Silver Lake Regional) met at Harvard Stadium, as Timmy Murphy’s Crimson, crushed Buddy Teevens Big Green of Dartmouth; 41-10.

The victory places Harvard in sole possession of first place in the Ivy League, with a giant November 12th matchup looming, against the two-time defending champs, the Quakers of Pennsylvania.

In the wintry conditions; could there have been a better name for the Crimson quarterback: Collier Winters.

A pair of emotional scenes:

In Piscataway, New Jersey, Rutgers paralyzed, but inspirational football player Eric LeGrand, led his Scarlet Knight teammates onto the snowy field of Rutgers Stadium, a 41-31 loss to West Virginia.

While at West Point, in a raging blizzard, the Cadets of Army stood at attention after its blowout victory, while Fordham stood quietly behind, as the Army band played the fight song, which always finishes with the cheer: Beat Navy!!   Very cool!!

In Louisville, coach Charlie Strong, late of Urban Meyer’s staff is quietly building a dangerous defensive football team as its 27-10 victory over the Orange of Syracuse would attest.

In Stillwater, the OK State’s credentials continue to impress, as the Cowboys galloped all over a good Baylor squad 59-24.

The Cowboys are off to its best start since Harry Truman occupied the White House in 1945.

But the question remains: Will the defense eventually be its Achilles heal?

Congrats to good guy, and good coach, Mark Richt whose 24-20 victory over Florida (hasn’t the wide load, Florida’s offensive coordinator Charlie Weis done a great job?!), should officially remove him from the ranks of coaches on the hot seat.

While the Gators have now lost four in a row for the first time since the pre-Spurrier days of 1988!!  YIKES!!

Finally, what is it with last second victories against Wisconsin?

Last week it was a no time left Hail Mary that defeated, and deflated Wiscy, this week, with 24 seconds left, Ohio State QB, Braxton Miller ( who is gong to be a star), uncorked a 40 yard scrambling touchdown bomb, in defeating the Badgers 33-29, dropping Wisconsin into the bin of also-rans.  Amazing!!

That’s it from cyber space, we’ll be up and running with out week 10 analysis, Wednesday night.

Until then, Peace, and listen to the music.                pk

Handicapping Week 9

We begin this week with a sports broadcaster from Piscataway, New Jersey.

Last October, Rutgers football player, defensive end Eric LeGrand, suffered a spinal cord injury, while making a tackle on a kickoff return against Army. 

The collision initially left him paralyzed from the neck down, but since, LeGrand has regained movement in his shoulders and his arms, and has some sensation throughout his body.

But it’s his spirit, in the face of that devastating adversity, that has inspired everyone in, and around, the Rutgers family. 

Scarlet Knights coach, Greg Schiano announced, before the start of the season, that his former player, who did some spring game broadcasting, will be a contributing part of the Rutgers radio broadcast team.

“I think it’s really cool,” said the Rutgers coach. 

But LeGrand, who will lead the team onto the field at Saturday’s game, has bigger plans.

“I expect to get back on my feet, run on the beach, and climb Mount Everest,” said the determined football player.  Don’t bet against him.

This weekend, let see which teams overcome some on-field adversity, and march off with a victory, and which, despite a loss, keeps the game in its proper perspective.

No. 11 Oklahoma at No. 10 Kansas State (ESPN, 3:30 p.m.)Nobody expected this.

But cruel fates befall, when a “superior” team, in a place, Norman, where it never loses, succumbs to a 29 point underdog.

OU, sputtering since the Texas game, should still have plenty of incentive. 

It can still capture the Big Twelve Championship, and the BCS invite that accompanies that title. 

It can also plunge a dagger, by ruining the national championship plans of its despised rival; Oklahoma State, in its season ending; “Bedlam Game.”

The lynchpin of Oklahoma’s attack, is its All-America, and fifth ranked passer, QB Landry Jones (21 touchdown passes – 7 interceptions).

The starry QB is comforted by targeting one of the nation’s best receiving tandems; All-America Ryan Broyles (9.5 catches a game), and his partner Kenny Stills, who have grabbed 16 of his TD throws.

When the Sooners run, Dominique Whaley and Roy Finch are investment worthy ploughshares.

The D lethargic of late, surrenders 19 points a game, and is anchored by its All-America caliber end, Frank Alexander (7.5 sacks – 4th in the nation – 11.5 TFLs), his bookend Ronnell Lewis, and backer Travis Lewis.

The old man has the Cats on the prowl.

In his Little Apple redux, Bill Snyder’s Wildcats of Manhattan, Kansas are; 7-0, for the first time, since the last days of the Clinton Administration; 1999.

KState’s one dimensional approach, is commanded by its Hancock sized (6-5, 226 pound) QB, Collin Klein, who leads the team in rushing (14 TDs), while passing for an additional eight.

The hardened QB, is assisted by tailback John Hubert, and when the Purple takes to the air, (10th from the bottom in passing), Chris Harper is a primary target.

The D which fires with sack master end Meshak Williams, and backer Arthur Brown, stones runners, but has trouble defending the pass, which is the wrong recipe against a bunch of angry, and motivated, Sooners.

We think the Norman invaders refocus, and restore some normalcy back into the Big 12 championship race.

No. 9 Michigan State at No. 13 Nebraska (ESPN, Noon) The Spartans, winners of 17 of its last 20, have been warriors.

Its identity is the nation’s second overall ranked defense, which is harder to penetrate than an underground Iranian nuclear power plant.

Sparty’s disruptors, allow a miniscule 13 points a game, and continuously swarm behind backer Max Bullough, end William Gholston, and tackle Jerel Worthy.

The measured offense is directed by its James Dean smooth, senior QB, Kirk Cousins (11 touchdown passes – 4 interceptions), with assists from wideouts B.J.Cunningham, Keshawn Martin, and tailbacks Edwin Baker, and LeVeon Bell.

These guys aren’t Hendrix electric, but play steady, mistake free, winning football.

These are; your father’s Cornhuskers.

In today’s world of spread, and pistol formations, the Huskers operate with the Woody Hayes philosophy; “When you throw a pass, three things can happen, and two of them are bad.”

Nebraska’s igniter is its dual-threat QB, Taylor Martinez (7 touchdown passes – 6 interceptions), who is second on the team in rushing with 9 TDs, while receiving a huge assist from his top-twenty tailback, Rex (10 TDs) Burkhead.

When the erratic signal caller can get them the ball, Jamal Turner and Kenny Bell are quality targets.

The once vaunted Black Shirt D, led by All-America backer, Lavonte David and backer Cameron Meredith, is allowing over 4 yards a carry, and 25 points a game, and has at times looked as vulnerable, as a senior citizen, looking at her winter oil heating bill.

Fully aware of the difficulty in winning in Lincoln, we still think it’s the Spartans, who catch a break with the 11 a.m. kickoff, drive away with the victory.

No. 4 Stanford at No. 20 USC (Ch.5, 8 p.m.) The school better known for Nobel laureates, owns the longest (15) winning streak in college football.

The studious Boys on the Farm have flown to its best seasonal start since; Harry “The Buck Stops Here,” Truman, was sitting in the Oval Office.

The well balanced Cardinal, the second highest scoring (48) eleven in the land, is directed by the country’s football laureate, quarterback, and Heisman Trophy leader, Andrew Luck.

The All-America gunslinger (20 touchdown passes – 3 interceptions – 70% completions) is assisted by a pair of quality threesomes: tailbacks Stepfan Taylor, Tyler Gaffney, and Anthony Wilkerson, and wideouts, Chris Owusu, Griff Whalen, and tight end Coby Fleener.

The D is Ph.D caliber, surrendering less than 13 points a game, and anchored by backers Chase Thomas (10 TFLs – 5.5 sacks), and Jarek Lancaster.

Barred from bowl participation, USC has made its mission; to treat every game as if it was a bowl.

The Men of Troy are commanded by its All-America caliber QB, Matt Barkley (19 touchdowns – 4 interceptions), with an assist from one of the country’s most dynamic wideouts, Robert Woods (8 TDs), who averages ten catches a game.

The pedestrian running game is carried principally by tailback Marc Tyler.

The improving D, featuring end Nick Perry, and backer Dion Bailey, stones runners, but defends a pass about as often as Lindsay Lohan stays out of jail.

We think Stanford remains award winning, and leaves the Coliseum with the victory, moving one step closer to its showdown with the Ducks of Oregon.

Baylor at No. 3 Oklahoma State (Ch.5, 3:30 p.m.)On Saturday in Stillwater, IBM’s Watson maybe needed, to keep track of points racked up in Stillwater.

The magician, leading the country’s sixth highest scoring (44) team, is the Bears Heisman Trophy contending QB, Robert Griffin, aka RGIII (22 touchdown passes – 2 interceptions – 78% completions), the nation’s pass efficiency leader.

This dual-threat pea-shooter, is assisted by tailback Terrance Ganaway, and a posse of big play targets; Kendall Wright, Tevin Reese and Terrance Williams, who have combined for 99 catches and 16 TDs.

The bottom feeding D, behind backer Elliot Coffey and Ahmad Dixon surrenders a jaw-dropping 32 points a game, and stops the opposition, about as often as Bank of America CEO Kenneth Lewis, rejects an additional account fee.

For OK State, 7-0 for only the third time in school history, the path is clear: win out, and its invite to the national championship game, is in the mail.

The Cowboys, are directed by its 28 year old, grey beard QB, Brandon Weeden (19 touchdown passes – 7 interceptions) with a huge assist from his All-America, and arguably the nation’s best wideout; Justin (8TDs) Blackmon. (Note: concussion-like symptoms, expected to play).

When the Cowboys gallop, tailbacks Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith break from the gate like a thoroughbred.

As the Boone Pickens faithful are painfully aware, it’s the opportunistic, yet porous D, led by end Jamie Blatnick, backer Shaun Lewis and All-America safety Markelle Martin, which causes more cattle country anxiety, than foot and mouth disease.

In a close game, no matter how high the number goes, we think the Cowboys will score at least one more.

No. 6 Clemson at Georgia Tech (Ch.5, 8 p.m.) Historically, at the most unexpected moments, Clemson has broken more Palmetto State hearts than; Valentino.

But so far, in its magical season, Dabo Swinney’s Tigers have striped all comers.

The maestro of this Death Valley juggernaut, is its sophomore sensation, QB Tajh Boyd, (24 touchdown passes – 3 interceptions) whose dazzling performance is deserving of some Heisman Trophy conversation.

The dart thrower is assisted by an even younger sensation; true freshman wideout Sammy Watkins (9 TDs), along with his partner DeAndre Hopkins, and their down hill plough horse Andre (7TDs) Ellington, contributors all on the country’s 12 highest (40) scoring team. (ankle- expected to play.)

The opportunistic D (10 ints. – plus-17 turnover margin), fires behind end Andre Branch (12 TFLs- 8 sacks), and backer Jonathan Willard, but still causes many a Pepto moment, and may ultimately be the Valentino heart breaker for the Clemson faithful.

Lately, the Rambling Wreck has simply been a wreck.

Tech’s once prolific scoring machine, has morphed into a, write off, charity deduction jalopy.

But Paul Johnson’s triple option has the ability to revert to a Porsche, quicker, than John Boehner says no, to an Obama spending plan.

GT’s fifth ranked (321 rushing yds. a game) option express, is directed by QB Tevin Washington (9TDs), with assists from tailbacks; Orwin Smith and David Sims.

The D, behind backers Jeremiah Attaochu, and Julian Burnett, displays sieve-like cracks worthy of Big Dig Tunnel acknowledge.

In a very dangerous game, we think Dabo adds another stripe, as the Tigers continue on its amazing ride.

 

Last week’s record: 3-2                                           Season record: 28-12.

Be sure to read our recap off week 9, which will be up and running by noon Sunday.

Until then, Peace, and listen to the music.                pk

Recap week 8

Now we’re talking!!

We’ve been waiting for this weekend all season.

For the first seven weeks of the college football campaign, it’s been a pale, hum drum scenario; the chalk (favorite) wins again.

No more!   

In East Lansing, and of all places, Norman, “Shake-Up Saturday,” was brighter than the maple trees in Vermont, as the landscape shook like a LA skyscraper after an earthquake aftershock.

That noise; was the Number 3, and Number 4 teams in the land, falling like a Redwood.

We’ll start with the Miracle at Michigan State, where it was shades of Flutie.

In one of the classic college football games of any year, and what separates the game from the professional level, the Spartans took down mighty Wisconsin, 37-31, on a 44 yard “Hail-Mary,” with no time left.

The play sequence could never be recreated.

The touchdown pass from Sparty QB Kirk Cousins to (former quarterback) Keith Nichol, was corralled on a rebound from the facemask of teammate B. J. Cunningham, who was standing in the end zone.

Once Nichol, standing on the one, made the catch, he had to fight his way into the end zone, with two Wisconsin defenders draped over him.

He stretched the ball barely breaking the plane for the touchdown.

Initially ruled short of the end zone, it went to the replay booth, where the call was reversed, as the dreams of Wiscy’s undefeated season, and national championship hopes vaporized into the ether.

It truly was; one for the ages, and will live forever in Michigan State football lore.

In Norman, Bobby Stoops Sooners were 75-2, and riding a 39 game home winning streak.

 That was all erased, by the right arm, of Texas Tech QB Seth Doege, who threw for over 400 yards and four TDs as the Red Raiders piled up more than 572 yards of offense in shocking the out of synch Sooners; 41-38.  WOW!!

What makes this victory even more remarkable was the way the Boys from Lubbock, 29 point underdogs, did it.

TT dashed off to a 31-7 third quarter lead, and then held on with the intensity of a kid going down the hill on his first roller coaster ride. 

Tech was also the beneficiary of a pair of missed field goals, the most devastating occurring with 2:52 left on the clock, which clanged off the right goal post. 

Good for the Red Raiders, as Oklahoma saw its national title hopes whistle away on the night plains of Oklahoma.

In South Bend, Notre Dame’s season can be summarized in a single word: FUMBLE!

It began its season, a loss to South Florida, with an opening drive fumble on the one yard line, which was returned for a dagger killing touchdown.

In the first night game at Notre Dame in 21 years, it was deja-vu, as Notre Dame fell to a mediocre USC team; 31-17.

The “Fighting?” Irish, once down 17-0, had the ball on the one yard line, ready to tie the game, when QB Tommy Rees, you guessed it, fumbled, and the Trojans picked it up and rumbled 80 yards for the dagger killing touchdown.

It ended ND’s bloated dreams of a BCS invite, and was another example that the Irish are not ready for prime time, as its defense was shredded, while it rushing attack was held to a puny 41 yards.  Yikes!!

The other team from Oklahoma; the Oklahoma State Cowboys of Stillwater, unlike its rivals from Norman, look like legitimate title contenders, in its 45-24 beat down against Missouri.

Although its All-World receiver Justin Blackmon suffered a shoulder injury.

In Clemson, which celebrated the 30th anniversary of its national championship season,  Dabo Swinney’s defense challenged Tigers, hung another 50 spot on an opponent; a 59-38 creaming over North Carolina, in which its starry QB Tajh Boyd tied a school record with 5 touchdown passes.  YIKES!!

Clemson is 8-0 for the first time since new millennium; 2000.

At the Heights it’s more of the same, as Frank Spaziani’s Eagles (1-6, with its only win against 1AA UMass) played a gritty game, in losing to Virginia Tech; 30-14.

It was also another desultory performance by BC quarterback Chase Rettig (13-30 181 1-1). 

The Eagles streak of 12 consecutive bowl game appearances will definitely end this season, as the sad-sack Eagles may not win another game.

Another bad day for the Academies as all three went down in defeat, but it was a good day for the alums of Silver Lake Regional High.

Classmates Buddy Teevens head man at Dartmouth, Tim Murphy of Harvard, and Jeff Hawkins, Senior Associate Athletic Director at Oregon, all celebrated with big victories.

And congrats to Penn Coach Al Bagnoli, whose 18 game league win streak, is now the second longest in Ivy League history.

Old friend Tom O’Brien also celebrated a big win, with his season saving; 28-14 victory over Virginia.

In the Fraud Alert Category; we have two entries: Georgia Tech and Illinois, who both lost for the second consecutive week, and will not likely sniff the rankings again this season.

Old Man River – JoPa keeps on rolling, as the Penn State Lions are now 7-1.

While Paterno tied Eddie Robinson with his 408th Division 1 victory; a satisfying 34-24 win over Northwestern.

Another old timer who continues to roll on; congrats to Bill Snyder and his KState Wildcats, who after its 59-21 destruction of Kansas, are sitting 7-0, with a chance to climb into the top ten!!  Amazing!!  How long can Turner Gill remain at the helm of Kansas?

How come we can’t find guys like this?

QB Dominique Davis, once the signal caller at BC, set a pair of NCAA records yesterday.  He completed his first 26 throws, and last week completed his last 10, breaking the single game completion record of 23, and consecutive streak of 26, in East Carolina’s 38-35 victory over Navy.  Congrats!!

Finally, on the hot seat:  Houston Nutt of Ole Miss, who after shooting out to a 17-0 led over heavily favored Arkansas, saw his Rebels eventually fall 29-24 to the Razorbacks. The loss set a program record for futility for Mississippi as the Rebels have now lost ten straight to SEC opponents.  Ouch!!

Can you say; job search?!

That’s it from cyber space, we’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 9 Wednesday night.

Until then, Peace, and listen to the music.  pk

Handicapping Week 8

We begin this week with a member of the AARP.

Earlier this year, Allan Moore, a 61 year old Vietnam veteran, and the grandfather of five, became the oldest person to ever play in a college football game.

The cleated codger kicked an extra point for NAIA Division Faulkner, in its September 10th season opener, a 41-19 victory over Ave Maria at Montgomery, Alabama.

In keeping with his age, “Boomer,” Moore’s kicking style is strictly “old school.”

He uses a square toe shoe, and eschews the soccer style approach, kicking straight on.

This weekend, let’s see which teams reward its senior alums with another square-up victory, and which, might be in need of a few Ave Maria’s, after once again, getting kicked around, by the opposition.

No. 4 Wisconsin at No. 15 Michigan State (ESPN, 8 p.m.)  This is a match worthy of; Fisher and Spassky.

Wiscy, 6-0 for the first time since 2004, has displayed more offensive firepower, than a Libyan rebel.

The nation’s highest scoring eleven (50 pts.), is directed by its Heisman Trophy contender, QB Russell Wilson (14 touchdown passes – 1 interception – 74% completions), who as the nation’s pass efficiency leader, operates with the precision of a diamond cutter.

Despite those outer galaxy numbers, the Badgers identity remains its ground attack (257 yds. a game), featuring tailbacks; Montee Ball (16 TDs, 108 yards a game), his running mate, James White, and backboned by an 18 wheeler sized offensive line.

When the Camp Randall dart thrower takes to the air, he has a trio of big-play targets; Nick Toon (dinged, may play), Jared Abbrederis, and Jacob Pedersen.

The D, led by backers Chris Borland and Mike Taylor, stiffens in the red zone, surrendering a munchkin sized, 9 points per game.

Sparty’s D is harder to crack than the secret ingredient in grandma’s Thanksgiving gravy.

These East Lansing guardians, behind backers Max Bullough, Denicos Allen, and tackle Jerel Worthy, are second overall, allow 10 points a game, and play with the same simmering anger, and disdain, that Mitt Romney holds toward Rick Perry.

The offense is directed by its steady leader, QB Kirk Cousins (8 touchdown passes – 4 interceptions), with assists from receivers; B.J. Cunningham, and Kershawn Martin while tailbacks; Edwin Baker and Le’Veon Bell, control the clock.

We think the explosiveness of Wisconsin will be somewhat neutralized, but we see Russell Wilson being the difference maker, as the Badgers continue its march toward perfection.

No. 6 Oklahoma State at Missouri (FX, Noon) In the Bob Seeger classic; “Against the Wind,” one of the lyrics reads: “Let the Cowboys ride, against the wind.”

In Stillwater, the OKState Cowboys have been galloping, with the wind at its back.

The Boys from Boone Pickens University have been a seasonal gusher, averaging 49 points a game.

The Pokes have been lassoing opponents with its gunslinger QB, Brandon Weeden (16 touchdown passes – 6 interceptions), his All-America wideout Justin Blackmon (7 TDs), who averages eight catches a game, and finishes with high caliber tailback, Joe Randle.

It’s the porous D, (allowing 27 points), resting in the lower end of the rankings, and featuring end Jamie Blatnick, and backer Shaun Lewis, that causes more agita in oil country, than a dry well. 

It may eventually be the reason, the winds of fortune change for Mike Gundy’s crew.

The football team from the “Show Me,” state is a very dangerous opponent.

Missou’s balanced attack is led by its dual-threat QB, James Franklin, with assists from the country’s ninth leading rusher; Henry Josey (9 yds. a carry, 119 yards a game), and receivers: T.J. Moe and All-America tight end Michael Egnew.

The Tigers ground assault, averaging 236 yards a game, ranks in the top fifteen, and the Boys from Columbia are twenty-sixth in scoring, averaging 35 points a game.

The strong pass D, led by backer Andrew Wilson, and end Brad Madison, will be severely tested by the octane infused visitors.

We think this will be a very close game, but ultimately, the wind continues to be on the back side of the Cowboys.

No. 19 Auburn at No. 1 LSU (Ch.4, 3:30 p.m.) Auburn’s roster has more kids than a pre-school playground.

But despite that youthful exuberance, Gene Chizik’s Tigers have matured into seasoned winners.

Outside of the poisoned oaks at Toomer’s Corner, the biggest issue on the Plains has been the inconsistent play of QB Barrett (10 touchdown passes – 6 interceptions – 54 % completions) Trotter.  Chizik shares those same concerns, and is making a change to sophomore Clint Moslely.

But regardless of who is under center, the Tigers lean heavily on its relentless ground assault, led by starry tailback Michael Dyer (107 yds. a game – 8 TDs.), and his backfield mate, Onterio McCalebb.

Auburn’s new signal caller also has the comfort of focusing on tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen.

The early season gaps of its maligned D, featuring end Corey Lemonier (10 tfls – 6.5 sacks), and backer Darren Bates, have, in recent weeks, clamped tighter than the lips, of that snarky, snake-oil salesman, Larry Lucchino.

Release the hounds!  Storm the Bastille!

Those are the emotions that flow through offenses, when facing one of the best college defenses of recent vintage.

The Bayou Bengals fourth rated D, is steeled by All-America corner Morris Claiborne, his soon to be All-America partner, Tyrann Mathieu, and end Sam Montgomery.

These angry disruptors, surrender a miniscule 11 points a game, and pounce with the ferocity of a Wall Street Occupier toward a Goldman Sachs executive.

The Tigers offense, directed by its proficient senior QB, Jarrett Lee (11 touchdown passes – 1 interception), with assists from its Death Valley battering ram, Spencer Ware and chain-moving wideouts Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham, is averaging 38 points a game.

We all know the result of the French Revolution!  LSU remains number one.  (Late word out of Baton Rouge – Spencer Ware and Tyrann Mathieu – suspended for this game.)

Texas Tech at No. 3 Oklahoma (Ch.5, 8 p.m.) The Red Raiders D folds faster than the regime of Hosni Mubarak.

But its offensive aerial show is the envy of David Mugar.

QB Seth Doege (18 touchdown passes – 4 interceptions – 70% completions), is the pyrotechnic maestro of the nation’s ninth best scoring (43 pts.) team.

He is assisted by a trio of fuse burning receivers; Alex Torres, Cornelius Douglas and Eric Ward, while senior tailback Aaron Crawford, (replacing injured Eric Stephens), handles the ground duties.

The aforementioned D, featuring backers Blake Dees, and Cqulin Hubert, gurgles ninth from the bottom stopping the run (219 yds.), which is the wrong recipe against the Sooners.

The Norman invaders continue to pile up conquests.

America’s sixth highest (45 pts.) scoring bunch, is commanded by its All-America gunslinger, and Heisman Trophy candidate, QB Landry Jones (16 touchdown passes – 6 interceptions), with a huge assist from his Linus-blanket, All-America receiver, Ryan Broyles, (9 TDs – 10 catches a game), the NCAA’s all-time leading pass receiver.

When OU runs, it leans on walk-on tailback Dominique Whaley to carry the load.

The country’s eleventh stingiest D, (11 pts.) continues to harass quarterbacks, behind its angry book-ends; Frank Alexander (9.5 tfls – 6.5 sacks), and Ronnell Lewis.

The Sooners are riding a 39 game home winning streak, and Bobby Stoops is a jaw-dropping; 75-2 in Norman!!  Two words; Sooner Boomer!

No. 22 Washington at No. 7 Stanford (Ch.5, 8 p.m. regional) The last time the Huskies were 3-0 in the PAC-12, it was called the PAC-10, and Bill Clinton (1997), was chasing Monica around the White House.

U-Dub has also scored at least 30 points in six consecutive games, for the first time, in the 120 year history of Washington football.

In addition to coach Steve Sarkisian, the leader of this Husky revival is QB Keith Price, (21 touchdowns – 4 interceptions), with assists from the nation’s seventh ranked rusher, Chris Polk, and a quartet of receivers; Jermaine Kearse, James Johnson, Devin Aguliar and tight end Austin Jeferian-Jenkins, who have grabbed 16 of those TD throws.

The D, led by backer Cort Dennison, and end Everrette Thompson, surrenders 28 points a game, and ranks fourth from the bottom defending the pass, a recipe for disaster against the Cardinal.

The Boys from the Farm own the nation’s longest winning streak at 14, and are enjoying its best start, since Harry Truman (1951) was holding White House recitals for his daughter Margaret.

(As an aside: Truman once wrote the following to a Washington Post reviewer after he panned Margaret’s voice.  “I have never met you, but if I do, you’ll need a new nose, and plenty of beefsteak, and perhaps a supporter below.” 

(How come we can’t find guys like Harry anymore?)

The Cardinal fly on the arm of its All-World, and Heisman Trophy leader, QB Andrew Luck (18 touchdown passes – 3 interceptions – 71% completions), the best gunslinging prospect this side of Stanford alum, John Elway.

The country’s fifth highest scoring (45 pts.) eleven, also motors on the legs of tailback Stepfan Taylor, and a pair of hybrid tight end/receivers; Zach Ertz and Coby Fleener.

The D, behind backers Chase Thomas and Max Burgin, stones runners, while allowing a puny 11 points a game.

These Farm Scholars have held opponents to under 20 points in twelve consecutive games, which is the longest Cardinal streak, since the three yards, and a cloud of dust days of; 1941.

It’s been a nice run by Washington, but Mr. Luck mushes the Huskies back to Seattle.

 

Last week:  4-1.                                                                 Season record: 25-10.

Be sure to read our recap which will be up and running by noon Sunday.

Until then, Peace, and listen to the music.      Pk.

Recap of Week 7

To paraphrase the late, great, Howard Cosell, and his legendary call of the fight between Joe Frazier and George Foreman:

Down goes! Georgia Tech. Down Goes! Michigan. Down Goes! Illinois.

These three pretenders were peeled from the ranks of the unbeaten.

If the rest of the weekend were a tennis match, the “Big Eight,” all held serve, although there was quite a scare for Clemson in College Park.

Old friend Randy Edsall, of UConn renown, and his Maryland Terrapins had the Tigers on the ropes, up 18 early in the third quarter, only to watch Clemson claw all the way back in a wild 56-45 contest, that has as much defense as the Italian army.

There was 1044 yards of offense, 53 combined first downs and 597 rushing yards, and 13 touchdowns. WOW!!!

It was also the national coming out party for true freshman receiver Sammy Watkins.

The kid conjured up images of another Clemson great, C.J. Spiller, as he scored three touchdowns while compiling a school record 345 all purpose yards.

Maryland also found its future leader in sophomore QB C.J. Brown, (what is it with the C.J.’s?), who sparked the Terps, elusively running for 162 yards and a touchdown, while passing for three more.

But more importantly, if this was your father’s Tigers, Clemson would have lost this game, but when a special season is in the air, these are the games you find a way to win.

In East Lansing, it was four fingers.

It was symbolic of the fact that the Spartans have captured four consecutive Paul Bunyan trophies, for the first time since JFK was smoking cigars on the White House balcony.

“I don’t need to say a word the rest of my life.  I’ve just got to hold up four fingers,” said Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins, the starting signal caller in three of those four consecutive victories.

The Spartans defensive ferocity was on full bright lights, big time, display.

It garnered seven sacks, while holding one of the nation’s most dynamic players, Denard Robinson, to 42 yards rushing on 18 carries, and a miniscule 9 completions on 24 carries. Amazing!

It was also the third consecutive season that “Little Brother,” has given the Wolverines its first defeat.

As the MSU players were saying after the game, “Bring on Wisconsin.”

Quietly in Piscataway, coach Greg Schiano and the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers are “chopping wood,” and 5-1, after defeating the Middies of Navy 21-20.

In two weeks, West Virginia comes to Rutgers, in what will be for supremacy in the Big East.

Fraud alert!  In Pittsburgh, where’s Dave Wannesdt when you need him.

The Panthers were embarrassed by Utah, 26-14, a team that had lost three of its last four.  Ouch!

In Tampa, it’s official. 

Skip Holtz’s South Florida Bulls, a preseason Big East co-favorite, are now officially reeling, after losing a desultory 16-10 game to the Huskies of UConn, who were also reeling, having lost four of its previous five.

Congrats to Paul Pasqualoni, for his first signature victory as the Head Man in Storrs.

Once again in Happy Valley JoePa watched from the press box.

It is also where the Nits offense must be hiding, as Penn State (6-1), a 23-18 winner over Purdue, continues to grind out victories with its suffocating defense.

Whenever Joe goes, and this should be his last, defensive coordinator Tom Bradley deserves the opportunity to coach his beloved Lions.

It was a Pyrrhic victory for Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks, a 14-12 victory over Mississippi State, as its starry All-America tailback Marcus Lattimore may be lost for the season with a knee injury.  Ouch!!

It remains one of life’s unsolvable mysteries.

In his six-plus years in Columbia, Spurrier, the Guru of quarterback gurus, has never been able to find a quality triggerman.  Amazing!

Texas is improving but is still a few years away as Mack Brown lost a game for the first time in his career, despite his team rushing for over 200 yards, as the Horns fell to an ordinary looking OkState Cowboy team; 38-26.

In the Wide Load department; the self-proclaimed offensive genius, Florida’s offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, managed to score all of 6 points against the weak defense of Auburn.  WOW!!!  That might be the biggest waste of salary since the signing of Carl Crawford.

In the AARP category or Coach of the Year Department, 72 year old Bill Snyder and his Kansas State Wildcats continue to amaze.

The Cats are now 6-0, and climbing with a bullet, after its 41-34 comeback victory over Texas Tech in Lubbock.

To quote Lou Holtz, “The candles on Snyder’s cake, cost more than the cake itself.”  Congrats to the boys from Little Manhattan.

Finally like father like son.

The retired MOO, Master of the Obvious, Bob Griese, would be proud of his son Brian who said during the Clemson/Maryland game, “Well when you’re trying to rebuild a program…” referring to Maryland.

FYI Briazo, Maryland was 9-4 last season, and its fired/pushed out the door coach, Ralph Friedgen, was the ACC Coach of the Year.  I hate it when facts get in the way!!

That’s it from cyber space, be sure to read our week 8 analysis, which will be up and running Wednesday night.

Until then, Peace, and listen to the music.    pk

Handicapping Week 7

We begin this week with an exorcism.

Last season, former Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen, led the Terrapins to 9 victories, and in doing so, was named ACC Coach of the Year.

His reward for such a successful season; he was impolitely shown the door.

The Fridge wasn’t just another coach. He’s an alum, and the architect of the Terps football revival, compiling a 74-50 winning record, during his decade as the College Park Head Turtle.

When asked on a radio station this spring, if he still watches Maryland football, the big man said, “I could care less about Maryland, I’ve burned my diploma.  They talk about Maryland pride, what a joke.”  Yikes!

This weekend, let’s see which alums burn with pride, over another victory by the alma mater, and which teams appear in need of remedial work, after another desultory performance.

No. 11 Michigan at No. 23 Michigan State (ESPN, Noon) “Shoelace” continues to tie on W’s for Meechigan.

On Saturday afternoons in the fall, the Big House is transformed into Mr. Robinson’s neighborhood, as the Wolverines are looking to start 7-0 for the first time since 2006.

The Maize and Blue’s elusive touchdown maker (134 yds. a game, 8 rushing TDs), Denard Robinson, who is fourth in the nation in rushing, is harder to catch, than a tossed King Salmon, at  Seattle’s Pike Place Fish Market.

The passing challenged QB (10 touchdown passes – 9 interceptions – 4th worst in nation), is assisted by tailback Fitzgerald Toussaiant, and when he can pinpoint his target, Jeremy Gallon and Junior Hemingway, are capable of making a big gainer.        

 

Its Michigan Man Brady Hoke’s D, anchored by safety Jordan Kovacs and backer Kenny Demens, and once the scourge of the Wolverine nation, (allowing a miniscule 13 points a game), which has the UM faithful filled with optimism.

The last time MSU won four in a row from its intra-state rival, JFK was in the White House hanging out with Marylyn.

Like its namesake, the Spartans strength is its defense. 

Mark Dantonio’s lancing attackers, backboned by backers Max Bullough and Denicos Allen, are tops in total D, third in points allowed (10), and are harder to crack than the formula for Coke.

Sparty’s surprising sputtering offense, under the command of senior QB Kirk (6 touchdown passes – 4 interceptions) Cousins, is operating as a middle of the pack yawner.

The QB is assisted by the bulldozing tailback tandem; Le’Veon Bell and Edwin Baker, and when he takes to the air, the signal caller has the luxury of throwing to a pair of chain-moving wideouts; B.J. Cunningham and Keshawn Martin.

In a classic chess match, as long as its offensive line holds up, we think Sparty’s D ties the laces of Micheegan, as the East Lansing faithful warmly celebrate the memory of Kennedy and Monroe.

No. 6 Oklahoma State at No. 22 Texas (ESPN2, 9:15 p.m.) It’s been all gushers for the Cowboys of Boone Pickens University.

OK State leads the nation in scoring (51 pts. a game), and piles up points, faster than Rick Perry piles campaign cash.

QB Brandon Weeden (15 touchdown passes – 6 interceptions – 75% completions), is second in the nation in passing, and has shown better accuracy than Wyatt Earp.

The grey-beard (28 years old) gunslinger targets his game-changing All-America receiver, Justin Blackmon (6TDs), and when the Cowboys gallop, tailback Justin Randle (8TDs) runs with thoroughbred authority.

The D, led by backer Shaun Lewis and end Jamie Blatnick, surrenders 27 points a game, and in oil industry parlance, that’s a dry well, and might eventually, ambush, the Cowboys national championship plans.

The Horns, like the hole at Downtown Crossing, is still a work-in-progress.

Coach Mack Brown continues to alternate his freshman QB combo; Case McCoy and David Ash.

But in order for these youngsters to be successful, Texas must get production out of its run game, led by another freshman, Malcolm Brown, while wideouts Jaxon Shipley and Mike Davis have hands that are quarterback friendly.

The D, despite allowing 22 points a game, has been an Austin revelation, flying around and led by backer Emmanuel Acho, and safety Kenny Vaccaro.

We think the gushers continue for the Boone Pickens eleven, as OK State marches ever closer to its showdown with Oklahoma.

No. 18 Arizona State at No. 9 Oregon (ESPN, 10:15 p.m.) An ASU victory, in this measuring stick game, will demonstrate to the Tempe faithful, that the Sun Devil resurgence is indeed an oasis, and not a desert mirage.

The offense, averaging 35 points a game, is directed by its Prudential-sized (6-8, 235lbs.) quarterback, Brock Osweiler (13 touchdown passes – 6 interceptions), with assists from tailback Cameron Marshall (8TDs), and the wideout trio; Jamal Miles, Gerell Robinson and Aaron Pflugrad, who have combined for 11 touchdowns.

The steady D, which has collected 10 interceptions, attacks behind its “crazed” All-America backer, Vontaze Burficit (4 sacks – 5tfs), and his partner Colin Parker.

In Eugene, the Ducks loudest Quacker is out.

The heart, and legs, of the Quack Attack, the nation’s leading rusher and Heisman Trophy contender, LaMichael James, is out with a dislocated elbow.

But fear not, fans of the Green Machine, there is plenty of Duck feed still available for the Sons of Dan Fouts.

QB Darron Thomas (15 touchdown passes – 2 interceptions) is the director of the country’s second highest scoring group (50 pts. a game), with assists from tailbacks; Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas (7.6 yds. a carry), who must now handle the spotlight.

When Thomas does throw, senior wideout Lavasier Tuinei, is a comforting target.

The D, led by backer Dewitt Stuckey and safety Eddie Pleasant, isn’t Nike worthy, and struggles against both the run and the pass.

Despite the loss of its Mr. Everything tailback, we think the Boys from Nike University “swooshly” confirm; that the ASU resurgence, is indeed, a mirage.

No.17 Kansas State at Texas Tech (FSN, 7 p.m.) KState’s iconic 72 year old Silver Fox, Bill Snyder, at the helm for his second rodeo, continues to amaze everyone, except the Wildcats faithful.

Defense sets the tone for the Wizard of Manhattan, Kansas, and backer Arthur Brown and end Jordan Voelker leads a group that attacks with the ferocity of the Egyptian army against a protestor, while allowing a puny 16 points a game.

The one dimensional offense (5th from the bottom in passing), is commanded by its running field general, Collin Klein (6 touchdown passes 3 interceptions), who has 7 rushing TDs, and leads the team in carries, which is a dangerous formula for the long-term health of a quarterback.

The big man is assisted by tailback John Hubert, and when he goes over the top, Chris Harper is a primary target.

In Lubbock, Texas Tech puts on a better aerial show than Philippe Petit, the star of the documentary; Man on Wire.

Its launch commander is QB Seth Doege, (17 touchdown passes – 1 interception), the nation’s third ranked passer, who is another, in the long line of dart throwers, to matriculate through the Lubbock campus.

The gunslinger has a trio of wideouts; Eric Ward, Alex Torres and Darrin Moore, who have combined for 13 TD receptions.

On a down note, the Red Raiders were galloping on the legs of the country’s 15 ranked rusher, Eric Stephens, (8 TDs), who was averaging 114 yards a game, but its cornerstone tailback, is gone for the year, with a knee injury.

It’s the Tech D, which has more cracks than a Japanese nuclear power plant, and led by backers Blake Dees and Cqulin Hubert that causes Pepto nights for coach Tommy Tuberville, and the entire TT faithful.

In a tough game to get a handle, (we’re concerned about the loss of Stephens); we’ll take the firepower, and go with the boys from the Buddy Holly’s hometown.

No.7 Stanford at Washington State (Versus, 7:30 p.m.) In addition to owning the nation’s longest winning streak (13), the Boys from the Farm, the country’s seventh highest scoring eleven (46 pts. a game), are 5-0 for the first time (1951), since Harry Truman was playing poker and sipping whiskey in the White House.

The architect of this resurgence is its All-America, Heisman Trophy contender QB, Andrew Luck (14 touchdowns – 2 interceptions – 73% completions), the country’s third most efficient passer, and arguably the best player in America.

This bull’s-eye maker, who is allowed to call his own plays, is assisted by tailbacks; Stepfan Taylor and Tyler Gaffney and receivers; Chris Owusu and tight end Coby Fleener.

The nation’s sixth stingiest D (10 pts.), behind backer Chase Thomas and Max Bergin, crushes runners (less 3 yds. a carry) but won’t grade an A, defending the pass.

Wazzu is on the rise, but based on its preseason scouting report, it would almost be impossible for the Pullman Eleven to be pointed in any other direction.

The first sentence in this year’s Sporting News College Football Preview says it all; “For the first time in years, the Cougars shouldn’t be awful.”  Yikes!

Well, so far, so good.

Backup QB, Marshall Lobbestae (15 touchdown passes – 4 interceptions), who has earned the starting nod, is the director of the top twenty scoring (40 points a game) Cougs, with assists from wideouts; Jared Karstetter and Marquess Wilson.

When the Cougars do run, Rickey Galvin is a solid back.

The D, led by backers Alex Hoffman-Ellis and C.J. Mizell, allows a gushing 25 points a game, which is not the right recipe against the Cardinal.

Despite having played only one team with a winning record (Duke), it won’t be luck, but it will be with Andrew Luck, as Stanford extends the wining streak, with another toast to; Give-em, hell, Harry.

 

Last week’s record: 4-1.                                       Season record: 21-9.

That’s it from cyber space, be sure to read our recap which will be up and running by noon Sunday.

Until then, Peace, and listen to the music.         pk

Recap Week 6

In a separation that is wider than the Grand Canyon, The Three Amigos; Alabama, LSU, and Oklahoma have soared to Himalayan heights.

In a dominating display of power, finesse, maturity, and coaching, these title contenders routed their opponents by the average score of: 43-9!!  YIKES!!

The most impressive performance took place in the Cotton Bowl, as the Sooners crushed the Longhorns 55-17, scoring three defensive touchdowns.  

This game is always played in conjunction with the Texas State Fair, which is famous for its fried fare that includes everything from Twinkies to Oreos.

This year included a special; UT Football!  It wasn’t a big seller in Austin, but in Norman it was a sweet sellout.

In fact, OU’s performance could place it back in the Number One poll position.

At the Heights, BC went into Death Valley a huge underdog, and before you could spell Spaziani, the Eagles were down 17-0.

But to its credit, the young Eagles continued to battle, making it a game until midway through the fourth quarter, before Clemson finally pulled away; 36-14.

BC is now staring at not only a losing season, but potentially a 1-11 campaign!! Double Yikes!!

In the Little Apple, Manhattan, Kansas, on his 72nd birthday, coach Bill Snyder, “Snyderized,” another opponent, this time Missouri, 24-17. 

In the third year, of his second go-around with the Wildcats, Snyder has KState a surprising 5-0, and climbing in the polls.

In Storrs, Connecticut, after UConn’s (2-4), 43-9 beat down by West Virginia, the faithful have two questions. 

Why did they hire Paul Pasqualoni?  And when does basketball season begin??!!

Kudos to good guy, and good coach Mark Richt of Georgia, who after weathering a 0-2 stormy start to its season, has now win four in a row, the last three against SEC opponents, leaving Georgia with a solid chance to play in the SEC Championship game.

The most encouraging aspect to the streak is the Dawgs revitalized defense, which had been a rarity in recent years in Athens.

In Lawrence, Kansas has the worst defense since Custer.

Going into yesterday’s game against mighty OK State, the Jayhawks were surrendering a nation’s worst 44 points a game. 

Well, with four minutes left in the half, the Cowboys had surpassed that, having hung a 49 spot on KU, 56 by the half, and 70 when the final gun sounded.

It was the most points scored by Oklahoma State since the Woodrow Wilson Administration (1915), and starry 28 year old QB Brandon Weedon, tossed 5 TD passes before being pulled in the first half!! 

In fact, OK State scored touchdown on all eight of its first half possessions!!!!!!  Triple Yikes!!

Do you think Turner Gill, who came to KU from Buffalo, misses the gritty NY town?

In Atlanta, the Rambling Wreck of Georgia Tech stands 6-0 for the first time (1966), since LBJ was pulling the ears of a beagle.

In Palo Alto, the smart kids of the Farm demolished Colorado 48-7, as Stanford (5-0) added to the nation’s longest wining streak (13) which matches the Cardinal record set during FDR’s time; 1939-41.

Andrew Luck is the best player in the land, and amazingly, Stanford has beaten only one team with a winning record; and believe it or not, that team is: The Blue Devil of Duke.

Another team that could threaten the woefulness of Kansas is the Gophers of Minnesota. This group has played like Gophers, as it was crushed by a mediocre Purdue team 45-17. Until it finally got on the scoreboard, Minnesota had surrendered a KU like 89 unanswered points.  Amazing!!

Congrats to the Owls of Temple, who may be returning to the Big East, for its 42-0 whitewash of Ball State.

 The Cardinals penciled in Temple for its homecoming game, which usually translates into the returning alumni watching a cupcake victory, well in the words of Lee Corso, “Not so fast.”

Steve Spurrier and his South Carolina Gamecocks may have finally found a QB in sophomore Connor Shaw, who threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns, as South Carolina throttled Kentucky 54-3, its largest victory margin since it became an SEC member in 1992.

Texas A&M got the win, 45-40 over Texas Tech, but once again the defense was on sabbatical.  Maybe some of the kids in the ROTC program should sign on to play D.

Two of our coaching favs; Jim Grobe of Wake Forest, and Ron Zook of Illinois continued to surprise. 

Wake defeated national pretender Florida State; 35-30, and now has its first ever 3-0 ACC start, while Illinois knocked Indiana to remain a perfect 6-0.  Congrats to both.

It remains ugly in Happy Valley, but the defense once again carried the day in Penn State’s 13-3 snoozer over Iowa.

Penn State’s play is reflective of its 84 year old coach, tired and old.

Once again Pitt can’t stand prosperity. 

After a totally dominating performance against South Florida, it travels up to Rutgers, otherwise known as SUNJ , State University of New Jersey, (4-1) and is clobbered 34-10.

Where’s Dave Wannstedt when you need him??!!

Bad day for the academies: all three went down in defeat with Navy surrendering 63, and Air Force allowing 59.  Yikes

Do you think the Irish would like to start the season over?  Notre Dame has won four in a row, and Brian Kelly has the offense rolling.

Once on the hot seat, Dennis Erickson and his Arizona State Sun Devils are 5-1, after its impressive 35-14 wipeout of Utah on the road.

You have to look long and hard, maybe Columbia, South Carolina, to find a more overrated team in America than the Cornhuskers of Nebraska.

While boos rained down from its faithful, it somehow managed to claw back from 21 point comeback, the largest in school history, and defeated Ohio State 34-27, which up until this game, was as inept an offense as the Memphis Tigers.

Finally, Kudos to Michigan which is 6-0 with a Michigan man, Brady Hoke in control, while Bobby Petrino’s Razorbacks, 5-1, are one of the most dangerous teams in the country.

That’s it from cyber space, we’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 7 Wednesday night.

Until then, Peace, and listen to the music.         pk