That’s the operative word after Thanksgiving’s weekend, of college football action.
On Friday, LSU had an early scare at home against the Razorbacks of Arkansas, falling behind 14-0, but quickly took control, and sliced the Hogs 41-17, virtually guaranteeing the Tigers a spot in the national championship game.
LSU’s body of work is so compelling, that even if it were to lose to Georgia in the SEC Championship Game, it would drop no lower than No.2.
In the Iron Bowl, the visiting Crimson Tide completed its resume, with a 42-14 beat down of its rival, also establishing itself as the nation’s No.2, making Alabama a virtual lock for the national championship rematch against LSU.
The performance of Bama’s All-America tailback Trent Richardson, 203 yards rushing, may also have been enough to catapult him to the Heisman Trophy lead.
In the Big Ten, Wisconsin, a beast at home, crushed a good defensive Penn State team 45-7, setting up a rematch against Michigan State in the inaugural Big Ten Championship game in Indianapolis, with the winner going to the Rose Bowl.
In this game, Wiscy’s tailback Montee Ball, who is second in rushing yardage (over 1600) and has scored 34 touchdowns, deserves serious Heisman consideration.
In Columbia, South Carolina, the reeling Tigers of Clemson lost again, (3 out of its last 4), this time to rival South Carolina; 34-13, and will be limping into its rematch, against a peaking Hokies team of Virginia Tech, in the ACC title game.
The winner will secure a spot in the Orange Bowl.
There will be no rematch here, but in the inaugural Pac 12 title game, it could be over at the coin flip.
After being mauled in a 50-0 embarrassment by its rival the Trojans of USC, embattled coach Rick Neuheisel, and his UCLA Bruins (6-6) will come crawling into lion’s den of Oregon’s Autzen Stadium, with a Rose Bowl birth on the line. OUCH!!
Congrats to the Eagles, and Coach Spaz, (Frank Spaziani), who went down to Miami on Friday afternoon, and closed out a bowless season (4-8) with a satisfying 24-17 over the Miami Hurricanes.
If this was the Eagles All-America linebacker Luke Kuechly’s final game, the first round NFL draft pick went out in style, retuning an interception for a late clinching touchdown.
In Ann Arbor, Michigan, it was; “Here’s to you Mr. Robinson.”
After waiting 2926 days, and seven years, the Michigan Wolverines finally broke through, and defeated its feisty rival Ohio State 40-34, on the legs, and arm, of its magical QB, Denard Robinson, who accounted for five touchdowns.
The victory clinched a 10 win season for the Maize and Blue, and makes Michigan an attractive choice for an at large BCS invite.
Also, congrats to Michigan Man, Coach Brady Hoke, who is deserving of Coach of the Year consideration.
In took much longer, but in Lexington, Kentucky, the Wildcats danced on the field in celebration, ending a 26 year streak of futility against its rival; the Volunteers of Tennessee. WOW!!
In capturing a 10-7 victory, the Cats also knocked the boys from Knoxville from bowl eligibility, and dramatically heated the coaching chair of the Vols Derek Dooley.
In Palo Alto, it remains painfully clear to the Irish faithful, that Notre Dame (8-4) remains very much a work in progress.
Mired in sloppiness, it fell behind 21-0, before finally losing to Andrew Luck and the Stanford Cardinal; 28-14.
But on the bright side, ND Coach, Brian “The Screamer” Kelly may have found his quarterback of the future; Andrew Hendrix.
Congrats to the Spartans of Michigan State, who in beating Northwestern 31-17, have compiled consecutive 10 win seasons for the first time in school history.
Kudos to Heisman contender Case Keenum, who on Friday did his thing; throwing for 5 TDs, (43-TDs – 3 INTs), in defeating Tulsa 48-16, to keep the Cougars a perfect; 12-0.
If Houston defeats Southern Miss in the C-USA Title Game, it will guarantee itself a slot in a BCS game. Good for them.
More congrats to one of our favs; Georgia Coach Mark Richt, who after starting the season 0-2, had of line of Bulldog faithful waiting to drive him out of town.
In response, Georgia reeled off 10 in a row, after its 34-17 victory against its rival Georgia Tech, and will roll into the SEC Championship Game a very dangerous opponent for the LSU Tigers.
Unfortunately, it will be moving vans coming to the door for another of our favorites; Illinois Coach Ron Zook.
The Zooker started out the season a surprising 6-0, the best start in Champaign in 60 years, but the Illini came crashing down like an avalanche, losing 6 straight, with the yesterday’s job killer; a 27-7 loss to a woeful Minnesota Gopher (3-9) team.
Good speed Zooker!
In the Old Friend department: Tom O’Brien saw his NC State Wolfpack (7-5, 4-4) down 41-14 in the second half to a Maryland team, that was riding a 7 game losing streak, only to come storming all the way back 56-41, in the second greatest comeback in ACC history. Congrats:
Finally, if you can figure who has the advantage in the Big East race, which will be decided one way or the other on Saturday, the MIT’s math department has a spot on its faculty waiting for you.
Be sure to read our analysis of week 14 which will be up and running Wednesday evening.
Until then, Peace, and listen to the music. pk