Wake up the Echo’s!! What a weekend!
This is the reason we love college football, as five undefeated teams fell.
We’ll begin with the shocker in Norman.
Nobody, not even the Pope, thought Notre Dame would win this game.
But the Irish, in a landmark victory, its first against a top ten team since 1996, stunned Oklahoma, and the college football world, in a dominating 30-13 victory.
The Irish, an amazing 8-0, held the Sooners to 15 yards rushing, while gashing the OU D for 215 yards.
But it was the maturity of r-shirt freshman QB, Everett Golson, who played a mistake free game, highlighted by a icing, late fourth quarter, 51 yard completion, which set up the game clinching touchdown.
The victory over “Big Game Bob,” Stoops (can we officially bury that moniker), squad, moves the Irish into the legitimate discussion as; national title contenders. WOW!!
When the season started, and based on ND’s daunting schedule, most penciled in; that a 7-5 season would be remarkable.
No one, not even the Touchdown Jesus, thought Notre Dame would stand undefeated going into the first weekend in November.
But there is some danger.
Instead of being the hunted, ND will be prohibitive favorites in its next three games.
So the equation shifts.
The Irish must protect against all the noise, and slaps on the back, from the growing numbers of band wagon jumpers, and simply focus on the task at hand.
And, if all goes to plan; that task, will be an end of season date with the Trojans of Southern California, and a chance for a perfect season. Amazing!!
It reminds old timers, like me, of the USC/ND glory days of; the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.
On a sour note; for the second consecutive season, one of the college football’s best tailbacks, and better people, South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore, suffered a devastating knee injury in the Gamecocks; 38-35 victory over Tennessee.
It has put his sure fire NFL career in serious jeopardy.
Finally, there is a bounce in the football offices in Chestnut Hill.
BC (2-6) came from behind to defeat Maryland 20-17, snapping a five game losing streak and earning the Eagles its first victory over a Division 1 opponent.
In the Old Friend Department:
In Chapel Hill it was heartache for NC State (and former BC) Coach Tom O’Brien.
He watched helplessly; as his five game winning streak against intra-state rival North Carolina, in a 35-35 game, came to a crashing halt, on a stunning 73 yard, last second punt return by Carolina’s Gio Bernard (who is deserving of Heisman consideration).
The starry tailback is third in the nation in rushing, 138 yards a game, while averaging over 7 yards a carry. Wake up Heisman voters!!
In Hanover, New Hampshire, best friends, and Silver Lake Regional teammates, Tim Murphy of Harvard, and Buddy Teevens of Dartmouth faced off with the outcome; a 31-14 Harvard victory, following the expected script.
The Crimson has won nine in a row over the Big Green, and 15 of the last 16 meetings. YIKES!
The victory, coupled with the loss by Princeton moves Harvard into a three-way tie for first in the Ancient Eight standings.
In Piscataway, New Jersey, the undefeated Scarlet Knights are no more.
In a stunning loss, the visiting Golden Flashers of Kent State (7-1) marched into New Jersey, 0-22 when playing a ranked team.
Make that 1-22!
The Flashers stunned Rutgers 35-23, on the strength of its opportunistic D, as its picked off 6 of QB Gary Nova’s passes.
Yikes! Maybe Nova should have his eyes checked for color blindness.
Our Boy, QB Collin Klein of Kansas State, once again did his thing, 4 touchdowns, in Kansas State’s 55-24 beat-down of Texas Tech.
If there was any doubt, as to whom the Heisman front runner is, it was erased yesterday in the Little Apple, as KState climbed to 8-0, and in control of the Big 12 race.
In the “World’s Largest Cocktail Party,” Georgia, who has lost 18 of its last 22 to Florida, held the Gators to zero touchdowns for the first time since 1988, in its 17-9 win.
It gives the Bulldogs control of its SEC East destiny, and a clear path to the SEC Championship.
But despite all the Saturday chaos, the one constant to the day, and the one constant in the season, has been the performance from the team from Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
(Groucho’s favorite team, “When hunting in Africa it is rather difficult to remove the tusks, but of course in Alabama, the Tuscaloosa!)
The Tide rolled over an undefeated Mississippi State team; 38-7, and in its last 11 victories, nobody has been closer than 19 points. Talk about domination.
It also sets up next week’s Armageddon 3 game with LSU.
One more thing, the Tides QB, A.J. McCarron (18 touchdown passes – 0 interceptions) is deserving of serious Heisman consideration.
Finally here is the list of candidates who need resume polishing:
Paul Johnson – Georgia Tech; (3-5), Frank Spaziani – Boston College (2-6), Jeff Tedford – California (3-6), Gene Chizik – Auburn (1-7), and Derek Dooley – Tennessee (3-5).
Coaches who may be on the move: Dave Doeren of Northern Illinois, and Darrell Hazell of Kent State. MAC coaches are the real deal.
That’s it from cyber space, we’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 10 Wednesday night, until then, Peace, and listen to the music. PK