There are a lot of places we could begin.
We could start in; Ann Arbor, South Bend, Morgantown, Columbus, Gainesville, Iowa City, Princeton, Kent, Corvallis, or Atlanta.
But we’ll begin in Durham, North Carolina, home of Duke Football!
That’s right; Duke Football, where the smart kids play.
The Dukies scored a thrilling, last second, fourth down, game winning -33-30 – touchdown against its arch-rival; the Tar Heels of North Carolina.
It was Duke’s sixth win of the season.
For many a “big-time,” program, that is no big milestone, but for a team that has won a total of 6 games, the previous two seasons, that victory is a big deal.
It makes the smart kids, bowl eligible for the first time, since Bill Clinton was parading around in the Rose Garden; 1994. Good for them.
It also puts Coach Dave Cutcliffe, in the discussion; with Bill Snyder, and Mike Riley for Coach of the Year consideration.
Now to the Mountaineers, of West Virginia, the biggest frauds this side of Bernie Madoff, or, Lance Armstrong.
In Morgantown, in what was billed as a bounce back game, turned into a country road rout, as the Purple Cats, of Kansas State, demolished West Virginia; 55 -17. YIKES!!
This was also billed as a Heisman duel between KState’s Collin Klein and WV’s Geno Smith. It was also a merciless mismatch.
Klein, (19-21; 323 yards), who may be the leader on everyone’s ballot; ran for four touchdowns, and passed for another three, while Smith, was held to no TDs, while throwing his first two interceptions of the season.
After the last two weeks, it’s bye, bye Heisman for Geno.
Word is that there’s a cheese company in Switzerland interested in sponsoring the Mountaineer defense, after KState sliced through it, scoring on eight straight possessions, including seven consecutive touchdowns.
In its last two games, the West Virginia “D,” which lays down more than a sunning sea lion, has surrendered a total of 104 points. Yikes!!
Welcome to the BIG 12 boys.
In Corvallis, Oregon State, after its 21-7 victory over Utah, is 6-0, for the first time in over a century, or, since Teddy Roosevelt was occupying the Oval Office in 1905!! WOW!!
Coach Mike Riley, whose Beavers were 3-9 last season, may be the leader in the clubhouse for Coach of the Year.
And unlike the blowhard residing in Kansas, Coach Charlie Weis, Mike Riley is class, and proof, that you don’t have to be a dictatorial abuser, to win at the highest level.
In Ann Arbor, it was victory number 900 for Michigan, the nation’s winningest college football program.
It came on a last second, 38 yard field goal, giving the Wolverines a 12-10 win over its rival from East Lansing.
But for Michigan, it was more than just a milestone victory.
It gave its starry QB, Denard Robinson, his first victory over rival Michigan State, ending a four game losing streak against Sparty.
But more importantly, it was sweet payback.
After the Maize and Blue’s season opening embarrassment, a 41-14 loss to Alabama, the Sparty players were tweeting, that they couldn’t wait, to do the same to Robinson and Michigan in October.
Ah, revenge is sweet!
And this is from a 4-4 team, who said it had bigger goals than “just” playing in the Rose Bowl. Can you say; “Toilet Bowl.”
In the Old Friend Department;
It was a mixed day for the alums of Silver Lake Regional;
In Princeton, New Jersey, Coach Tim Murphy’s Harvard Crimson held a 34-10 fourth quarter lead, but watched helplessly, as the Tigers stormed back with 29 unanswered points, to win an improbable; 39-34 victory, on a last second touchdown. WOW!!
It had shades of the famous; Harvard wins 29-29 Yale game of 1968.
It also ended the nation’s longest 1AA winning streak – 14 games – and puts Harvard in a difficult spot to capture another outright Ivy League Title.
But in New York, Coach Buddy Teevens and his Big Green of Dartmouth are; 4-2 and tied for second (2-1) in the league, after its come from behind 21-16 win against the Lions of Columbia. Good for Buddy.
It sets up a showdown game next week in Hanover, New Hampshire between the good friends, and former Silver Lake teammates.
In Iowa City, the Penn State football season is no longer just a good story, it’s a great story, after the Nits overwhelmed Iowa, in Iowa city; 38-14.
Coach Bill O’Brien, the former Pats offensive coordinator, has now won five in a row, and may have the best, and most complete team, in the Big Ten. Amazing!!
It’s been a remarkable transformation. JoePa who??!!
Up at the Heights it’s more of the same, as BC was once again outclassed 37-17 by an, at best, mediocre Georgia Tech football team.
The Eagles are now a woeful; 1-6, (0-4 in the conference), with its lone victory coming against 1AA Maine! Double Yikes.
The last time things were this ugly in Chestnut Hill; George H. W. Bush (1988) occupied the Oval Office.
We’ll keep writing it: BC should look no further than across the river; Tim Murphy of Harvard, for its next coach.
The SEC continues to shine as the BIG 3; Florida, Alabama, and LSU all won, and guess what, are you listening in Morgantown, and Austin, they won with defense.
What a concept!!
How far have things slipped for the bullies from Lincoln?
When Nebraska (5-2) took over, after a fourth down stop, to ice its 29-28 come from behind victory over Northwestern, Bo “The Bully” Pelini shot his hands up in celebration.
In the old days, or when Nebraska was a power, a game against the Wildcats would have been over at the half.
Finally; in Boise State’s 32-7 victory over UNLV, the Boys from the Blue Turf have now won 46 in a row in the month of October. WHEW!!
And in Kent, Ohio, kudos to the Golden Flashers of Kent State (6-1), who are now bowl eligible, and will end the second longest bowless streak in the nation.
New Mexico State has stayed home since 1960.
One has to go back to the days when George McGovern – who passed away today – was the Democrat standard bearer, 1972 – to find the last time the Flashers played in the post season.
And next Saturday night in Norman, even the Pope will be clearing his schedule for the Saturday showdown; as undefeated Notre Dame goes marching into Norman, Oklahoma. It will be quite a scene.
That’s it from cyber space. We’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 9 Wednesday night. Until then, Peace, and listen to the music. PK