The Fraud-Alert siren is echoing in Norman, Oklahoma, Las Angeles, California, and Tucson, Arizona, as Oklahoma, UCLA, and Arizona, were all exposed.
We’ll start in Norman, where Coach Bob “Big Game” Stoops, who, hasn’t won a big game in; forever, watched, as Oklahoma was schooled by his former mentor, Kansas State Coach, Bill Snyder.
Stoops was 78-3 at home since taking over the reins at Oklahoma, make that 78-4; as the Purple Wildcats shocked the sixth ranked Sooners; 24-19.
Once again, OU quarterback Landry Jones, was ineffective, and on this night, the Sooner faithful, verbally expressed its collective displeasure of its once highly touted QB.
As a side note, barring injury, KState QB, Collin Klein, whose grittiness, and leadership would bring a smile to General Patton, is deserving of remaining in every Heisman discussion.
In LA, everyone was all atwitter over the early season fireworks that were being exploded by the UCLA Bruins.
But a closer examination of those victories would have shown, that they were cashed, at the expense of three of the most defective defenses in college football.
Into the Rose Bowl marched, Mike Riley, and his Oregon State Beavers, whose pedigree defense diffused the Bruins attack; 27-20.
Beavers QB Sean Mannion torched UCLA for 379 yards, and held the nation’s leading rusher, Johnathan Franklin to a pedestrian 45 yards. Bye-bye Heisman.
The Beavers second consecutive win against a ranked opponent, tied Riley, who came into the season with a very warm coaching seat, for the most victories 74, in the history of Oregon State Football. Good for him.
In his 12th season as the head man, Riley now shares the record with former Beaver Coach Lon Stiner 1933-48.
In Eugene, it was slow starting, but the Oregon Ducks, have now established itself as the only challenger to the SEC supremacy, as it whitewashed the Coach Rich$$ Rod’s bumbling visitors from Arizona; 49-0.
In this game, the Mean from Eugene displayed, what many feel is the best defense Chip Kelly has had, since he brought his ludicrous speed attack to Autzen Stadium. Yikes!!
Wake up the Echoes!
It was ugly, but a win is a win, especially in South Bend, where Notre Dame is making national waves.
In a turnover fest, Notre Dame defeated its nemesis; Michigan (who turned it over 6 times) 13-6, to remain undefeated, and off to its best start since the days of Tyrone Willingham, nearly a decade ago.
Coach Brian Kelly once again called in his relief pitcher; QB Tommy Rees, who came in for an ineffective Everett Golson, and managed the Irish to the victory.
But it was the ND defense, who led the way.
For the second consecutive week, this ferocious bunch has held its opponent to zero touchdowns, making a statement, that this might be, a surprising season in South Bend.
Once again, to paraphrase Chief Brody from Jaws, “We’re going to need a bigger wagon,” in order to accommodate all the “faithful” jumping back onto the Notre Dame Football wagon.
In our; Old Friend Department:
Congrats to Silver Lake Regional alums, Coaches Buddy Teevens of Dartmouth, and Tim Murphy of Harvard, who are off to 2-0 starts, while Oregon Assistant AD, Jeff Hawkins watched, as his Ducks cruised to a 49-0 demolition over Arizona.
The Big Green of Dartmouth has now won 5 in a row, its longest streak in 15 years.
One last old friend: Charlie Weis watched as his Kansas Jayhawks (1-3) fell to Northern Illinois 30-23. Sorry Charlie!
My country for some defense!
The Achilles heel of Clemson Tigers once again inflamed the faithful, as Dabo’s Dynamos, who stormed to a 14 point lead, could only watch as Florida State rolled all over the hapless Tigers D; 49-37.
It was the signature victory for Noles QB EJ Manuel, who threw for a career-high 380 yards, and ran for another 102.
And its last two biggest games; the Clemson D has surrendered a jaw-dropping total of; 119 points. Double Yikes!!
To paraphrase the late, great, Yankee manager Casey Stengel, who was then managing the Mets; “Can’t anyone here play defense.”
If a legitimate one ever appeared in Clemson, the Tigers would challenge for the national title.
Hail the smart kids; as Duke, Stanford, and Northwestern are all sporting winning records!
In Columbia, South Carolina, the “Ol Ball Coach”, Steve Spurrier, notched his 202nd career victory, as the Cocks cruised to a 31-10 victory over Missouri.
The Gamecocks, have allowed a total of 3 touchdowns all season, and are 4-0 for only the 9th time in the 119 seasons of football in Columbia.
Missouri proved once again, that the Boys from the “Show Me State,” have yet to show, that they belong, in the SEC.
In this game, South Carolina QB Connor Shaw, missed his first pass, and then completed 20 consecutive in leading the USC to the victory. WOW!
In one of the wackier games: defensively challenged Georgia Tech, fell behind 19-0 to Miami, then scored the 36 unanswered, only to lose in overtime as Miami overcame the deficit by scoring the final 23 points in the game to capture the 42-36 victory.
In Morgantown, West Virginia was exposed as Maryland, with its freshmen QB, and tailback; Perry Hills and Stefon Diggs pushed the Mountaineers before falling; 31-21.
Finally, in the days wackiest; Old Dominion score 23 points in the fourth quarter to knock of UNH 64-61.
In this game, Old Dominion QB passed for a record 730 yards on 55-79 and five TD passes. The Monarchs also set a Div. 1AA record of 824 yards and the teams combined for a record; 1,549 yards of total offense. Amazing!
That’s it from cyber space, be sure to read our week 5 analysis which will be up and running Wednesday night, until then; Peace and listen to the music. PK