Stunning Upsets, and Debut Duds Mark Week 2

                            Stunning Upsets, and Debut Duds, Mark Week 2

“It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To …..” the 1963 Lesley Gore hit single, is the theme song this morning, in Madison, Wisconsin and Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The “Mighty” Badgers journeyed to Corvallis, Oregon and not only lost the Beavers of Oregon State, 10-7, but were held to a single touchdown!!

It was the first time a team from the Big Ten has journeyed to the distant land in over four decades, and it may be a century before it happens again.

Wiscy, who had its 33 game non-conference winning streak snapped, also saw its Heisman Trophy candidate tailback, Montee Ball, held to 61 yards rushing, and scoreless for the first time in 21 games!!  Double Yikes!

In Little Rock, the Razorbacks held a 28-7 lead midway through the third quarter, only to see it evaporate to a better team in Louisiana-Monroe, a 30 point underdog.

LA-Monroe dominated the SEC pretenders; defeating them in overtime; 34-31.

The Warhawks out gained the Hogs 550 yards to 377, and this morning’s bacon in Razorback country, is burnt around edges.

And just think, Alabama comes a calling this weekend!   Double Yikes!!

In the BBFL, (Big Boy Football League) also known as the SEC, the two newbie’s; Missouri, and Texas A&M, are also listening to Lesley Gore’s lyrics.

Both A&M, and Missou, had its debuts dashed by a pair of traditional powers.

In College Station, Texas, the Aggies for the first half looked as if they were veteran league members, as they outplayed, and out hit, the Gators taking a; 17-10 lead into halftime.

It his two year tenure, this was Coach Will Muschamp’s finest victory, as the Gators D asserted itself in the second half, holding A&M to a total of 65 offensive yards, in a hard fought, and impressive; 20-17 victory.

In Columbia, Missouri, the Tigers had a 17-9 lead in the third quarter, only to see the Dawgs methodically grind away to a; 41-20 win.

Mark Richt’s Bulldogs, who operate with the efficcency of a professional assassin, are a dark horse candidate to win the SEC. 

And the victory was even more impressive without four defensive starters, including a pair of All-Americas.

Out in LA LA land, first year UCLA Coach Jim Mora is building a team that may be a lot more impressive than people realize.

Led by an implacable dual-threat red-shirt freshman QB, Brett Hundley, and a senior All-America caliber tailback Johnathan Franklin, and an All-America caliber tight end Joseph Fauria, the UCLANS could be a surprise threat in the PAC 12.

But the Bruins D remains as shaky as the Greek economy.

Old friend, Charlie Weis, the “offensive guru” couldn’t muster more than 24 points against defensive challenged Rice, in its 25-24 loss to the Owls.

It was the smart kids first ever victory against a school from the Big 12, but it was the last sequence of plays, that for me, was most enjoyable.

With 8 seconds remaining, field goal kicker Chris Boswell lined up for a 45 yard game winning attempt.

Just before the snap, Weis called his final time out in an attempt to freeze the kid.  Boswell followed through, and it sailed dead center, but didn’t count.

After watching that, Rice Coach David Bailiff did one better.

He told his QB to take a knee, and then with 3 seconds remaining, the coach called his final timeout, which left no time on the clock, for a kickoff, if the field goal was good.

Boswell made good on his second attempt, and Rice had its big victory.  Sorry, Charlie!!

Fraud alert: highly touted NC State QB Mike Glennon, who suffered six sacks, could only muster a single TD in a 10-7 win against UConn. 

Ugly, Ugly, Ugly, and Tom O’Brien’s NC State Wolfpack may be one of this year’s most overrated eleven!!

Our fav, KState QB Collin Klein, crushed the frauds from Coral Gables, the U of Miami 52-13.

As Mark May said on the air, Collin Klein may not be the best player in college football, but he is the most valuable.  We heartily agree.

Hail the smart kids again, as Wake Forest, and their underrated Coach Jim Grobe, knocked off North Carolina 28-27, to start its season 2-0, 1-0 in the ACC. 

Good for the kids who have to go to class.

In Pittsburg, there is an All Points Bulletin for former coach Dave Wannstedt.

It reads: Please return.  All is forgiven.

Wanny a former player, and coach, was the epitome of Pitt football. 

He had pedigree, didn’t want to go anywhere else, was a great recruiter, and all he did was take Pitt to bowl games.

But the “Geniuses” in the Administration didn’t feel that 7, 8, or 9 wins was sufficient enough, and now the Panthers a woeful 0-2, appear to be in total disarray.

Believe me.  The Administration would take him back, faster than Mitt Romney says the word; economy.

Nice victory for Skip Holtz, and his South Florida Bulls, who journeyed out to Reno, Nevada, and after trailing by 11 in the fourth quarter, came home with a 32-31 victory against a very good Wolf Pack squad.

In the Ugly category, we give you the Buffaloes of Colorado.

The once proud Buffs are 0-2, after falling to Division 1AA Sacramento State 30 -28!!  Where’s Gary Barnett when you need him?!!

Finally kudos to one of our favs:  Northwestern, another school where the kids must go to class, in knocking off an SEC foe Vanderbilt; 23-13.  And they did it with defense.

Pat Fitzgerald is a tremendous coach, and if Spaz fails to get it done at the Heights, in addition to asking Tim Murphy of Harvard, Fitzy would be my second call.

Although he would probably never leave the Wildcats, he really belongs at Notre Dame, the real heir to Ara Parseghian, who was a former Northwestern head man.

Finally, in 2012, after the first two weeks have been completed, it is apparent that there are three legitimate beasts: Alabama, LSU, and Oregon, the rest are merely paying rent!

That’s it from cyber space.  We’ll be up and running with our week three analysis on Wednesday night.  Until then, smile, and listen to the music.  pk

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