The Sunday morning, pavement hitting thud, that is echoing in Fayetteville, and Las Angeles, is the sound of the “faithful,” jumping off the Razorback, and Trojan band wagon.
In the Hogs stadium, it was a pig roast of monumental proportions; a 52-0 embarrassment.
It was the largest shutout by a SEC opponent since the Truman Administration; 1948, and Arkansas’ first home white wash; since LBJ, in 1966. Double Yikes!!
The early game downpour was also symbolic of the precipitous spiral this former contender (1-2) has been on, since its former coach; “Take the money, and run,” Bobby Petrino, crashed his hog, while riding with his secret paramour.
Interim coach, John L. Smith said it best, “I really don’t know what to say,” while the Razorbacks were held to a puny total of; 137 total offensive yards by the ferocious Bama D.
“It’s kind of hard to say anything at this point.”
In Palo Alto two things happened.
USC kissed its national title hopes goodbye, and senior QB Matt Barkley, kissed his Heisman Trophy hopes goodbye, as the smart Kids, the Cardinal of Stanford, knocked off the “Mighty” Trojans 21 – 14.
In fact Stanford’s first year starter, QB Josh Nunes outplayed the All-America counterpart, who will finish his career 0-4, against his neighbors to the south.
And in the fourth quarter, when it matters most, the Cardinal was more physical than USC.
In South Bend, to paraphrase actor Roy Scheider, aka Chief Brody in Jaws, the Irish are going to need a bigger band wagon.
In defeating Michigan State, the Golden Domers snapped a six game losing streak against ranked teams, and defeated a top ten opponent for the first time in seven years.
ND hadn’t won in Spartan Stadium since Lou Holtz was storming its sideline, in 1994.
The upset victory also ended MSU’s fifteen game home winning streak.
This has been the MO of Irish Coach Brian Kelly.
In every coaching stop he’s had, in the third year of his tenure, his teams climb to new heights.
We shall see.
But there’s a chance, come late October, that Notre Dame could go marching into Norman, Oklahoma undefeated!!
Kudos to our pals; Silver Lake Alums; Tim Murphy of Harvard, and Buddy Teevens of Dartmouth, who opened their seasons with victories.
It’s no wonder the UMass football program is called the; Minutemen.
That is about the number of points it surrendered in the Big House in Ann Arbor yesterday; as Michigan, a 45 point favorite, laid the lumber on our lads; 63-13.
There are two ways to look at this game.
It was the most points UMass has scored in a game so far; 0,6,13.
Or it’s the most it has surrendered; 34, 46, 63.
Coach Charley Molnar said it best; “Michigan in one of the most talented teams in the country, and we area probably one of the least.”
Again, well said.
Up at the Heights, the coaching seat for good guy, Coach Frank Spaziani, is hotter than a stolen Rembrandt.
BC, whose defense couldn’t get off the field, fell to 1-2, and job-killing 5-10 in its last 15, as Northwestern beat the Eagles; 22-13.
The Wildcats held the ball for 35 minutes, converted 12 of 19 third down conversions, and had over 230 yards more in total offense. Yikes!
In College Park, it was sweet revenge for the seniors of UConn.
In a game dubbed as the Edsall bowl, the Connecticut Huskies defeated the Maryland Terps; 24-21.
As you may remember, former UConn Coach Randy Edsall, abandoned his team two years ago, after taking them to a BCS game.
After the game, “his” team boarded its plane back to Storrs, while Mr. Spineless, boarded another plane to take him to College Park, where he signed to be the next coach for the Maryland Terrapins.
He never addressed his team about his decision, and did what many of his backbone challenged brethren do nowadays: TEXTED his team about his decision.
What a guy!
I don’t care how many games he wins at Maryland, and so far it’s not many, he will be always remembered for that cowardly deed.
And for our purposes, he can’t lose enough.
A leader of men; PLEASE!!
In another shocker: the Pitt Panthers, who up until yesterday were as woeful as anyone in the country, defeated the Hokies of Virginia Tech in a rout; 35-17.
It was the first victory for new Pitt Coach Paul Chryst, and maybe a sign of good things to come for the Panthers.
In Knoxville, it was more of the same, as the Gators of Florida marched into Neyland Stadium, in a highly anticipated SEC battle, and emerged with an impressive 37-20 victory.
It was the seventh consecutive victory for the Gainesville eleven over the Boys from Rocky Top, and established Florida as a threat in the SEC.
Finally, in the home of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Oxford, Mississippi, it was rout 66, as the Longhorns of Austin came a calling, and hoofed it out of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium with a 66-31 destruction of the Rebels of Ole Miss.
It was the most points surrendered by Mississippi since the Administration of Woodrow Wilson; 1917. Hook-em Horns!!
That’s it from cyber space, we’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 4 Wednesday night, until then, Peace, and listen to the music. pk