It was statement weekend, with one question.
Was the Ok State Cowboys 44-10 dismantling of “Big Game Bob,” Stoops Oklahoma Sooners, impressive enough to move them into the national championship game?
Probably not; but you can believe a lot of novenas are being said, Sunday morning in Groucho’s favorite town; Tuscaloosa.
The theme song for the Pokes Coach, Mike Gundy is; “Money Makes the World Go Around…,” as the victory, and Big 12 Championship, fattened his bank account by $564,000!! That breaks down to $141,000 a quarter!! What a country!!
In Houston, a familiar phrase rang true for the Cougars: “Houston, we have a problem!”
In its 49-28 drubbing by Southern Miss, out went any Heisman Trophy chances for QB Case Keenum, out went its perfect season, out went the Conference USA Championship, and out went $13 million dollar payday for the league, for a BCS appearance.
The entire day fizzled like a misfiring rocket!! OUCH!!
Of course in Ann Arbor, the Michigan faithful were popping Champaign, because with that Houston loss, the Wolverines are all but guaranteed a spot in the BCS as an at large team. Money truly does make the world go around!!
On Friday in Detroit, in the MAC Championship Game, Northern Illinois, down 20-0 at the half, looked like it was going to be the bridesmaid once again.
But instead of watching the wedding, the Huskies walked down the aisle, storming all the way back; 23-20, to capture its first MAC Title in 28 years!! Good for them.
In the Little Apple, Manhattan, Kansas, KState (10-2) hung on, led by one of our favs – QB Collin Klein, to defeat a feisty bunch of Iowa State Cyclones; 30-23.
In doing so, the Wildcats (10-2) won its 10th game of the season!! Old Man River, 72 year old Bill Snyder, should (and will), win the Coach of the Year Award.
The “Mighty” Horns of Texas were throttled by Baylor (9-3); 48-24, and RGIII – QB Robert Griffin, who made his Heisman case, dropping Texas to a ho-hum 7-5!! Yikes!!
The Baylor Bears finished its best regular season in a quarter of a century, and are the envy of the Boys from Austin.
It was the first time UT has lost two in a row to Baylor since 1991-92. Congrats to Coach Art Briles.
In Atlanta, it wasn’t artistic, and for a time, worrisome, but LSU did what it always does, never panics, and simply grinds down a team, capturing the SEC Title against Georgia; 42-10.
At one point it was 10-0 Dawgs, but turnovers, and special teams, led the way for the Tigers, who scored 42 unanswered, sending the Sons of Billy Cannon into the national championship game.
In Charlotte, after sleep walking for over a month, the fighting Dabo’s, also known as the Clemson Tigers ended its Rip Van Winkle snooze, and crushed the frauds from Blacksburg, otherwise known as Virginia Tech; 38-10.
In doing so, Clemson, which rang-up 28 unanswered points, captured it first ACC Title since the GHW Bush Administration – 1991.
For the Clemson, its orange wearing faithful, will fit right in at the Orange Bowl.
In the inaugural Big Ten Championship, played indoors in Indianapolis, (why isn’t this game outdoors, in Soldiers Field in Chicago?), Wisconsin hung on, in a wild affair; 42-39 over Michigan State, and stamped its ticket to play the Ducks of Oregon in the Rose Bowl.
The Pasadena scoreboard operator had better consult with the MIT Math Department, as points in this game, will be as prevalent as the girl friends of Herman Cain.
Finally, is there a better name in college football than; Munchie Legaux, the QB of the Cincinnati Bearcats??!!
Be sure to read our last analysis; the Army/Navy game, which is the official capper to the 2011 season. It will be up and running on Wednesday night.
Until then, Peace, and listen to the music.