To paraphrase the late great Howard Cosell; “Down goes Alabama.”
The sound that quaked from Tuscaloosa Saturday afternoon was the seismic shifting of the college football landscape, as Texas A&M shocked Alabama; 29-24.
The nation’s “numero uno,” was undone by the SEC newbies, led by the newest college football legend, known by the cool James Dean moniker of; “Johnny Football.”
His real name is Johnny Manziel, and the r-shirt freshman QB, ran, and passed his way through the Tide’s defense, with the panache of an Archie Manning, and Joe Namath.
When the season started everyone questioned the logic of the Aggies joining the toughest conference in the land – not anymore!
The Sons of John David Crow, under its new Coach of the Year candidate Kevin Sumlin, are 8-2, have a Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback, and belong on the big stage.
It was an amazing, stunning, and absolutely phenomenal performance by the visitors from College Station, and probably ended the SEC’s six year reign as BCS champions.
The loss propels Kansas State, who could have predicted this, to the top spot in the polls, and moves Oregon, and the Notre Dame, up one notch, to the second and third position.
But write that in pencil, there is a lot of football left to play.
It has happened, (remember Auburn 2004), but it would be highly unusual to have a season end with three undefeated teams.
So a word of caution to the alums of those remaining unblemished schools; Do not make any championship reservations.
Anything could, and probably will happen.
That’s why we love the game of college football, its unpredictability.
In the Old Friend Department it was a mixed bag.
Silver Lake high school teammates; Tim Murphy of Harvard, and Buddy Teevens of Dartmouth were both on the shot end of the stick.
The loss by Harvard was particularly devastating.
The Crimson lost control of its Ivy League fate, and will now need a loss by Penn, and beat its arch-rival Yale next Saturday, in the Stadium, to earn a share of the Ancient Eight title.
Up at the Heights, it was more of the same, as the Eagles of BC (2-8), played tough against the Irish (21-6), but the result was predictable, as the Spaziani era tortuously draws to a close.
As we say every week, BC need look no further than the Football Offices of Harvard and Timmy Murphy for its next coach.
He’s a proven winner, coached at the Division 1 level, and knows how to recruit; the starting QB in Buffalo is a Harvard grad.
Coaching at Harvard, he also understands the priority of academics, and is an innovative football mind, with a like minded staff.
But most importantly, because he is from the area, and in his early 50’s, Murphy will not use, as so many previous coaches have the BC job as a stepping stone.
He has nothing left to prove at Harvard, and this would be the cherry topper to a tremendous coaching career.
But the best part, he would consistently win at the Heights, while infusing the program with an enthusiasm, that has been seriously lacking in the last few years.
It truly is a no brainer.
But you have to ask yourself; outside of hiring Jerry York, when was the last time BC did the right thing regarding its coaching hires?
In Raleigh, North Carolina, Tom O’Brien’s Wolfpack (6-4) bounced back, after last week’s desultory performance against Virginia, defeating Wake Forest 37-6, and in doing so became bowl eligible.
It’s been a roller coaster season for the Pack, but O’Brien’s Boys still have a chance to finish strong.
In Lubbock, Texas Charlie Weis’s Jayhawks (1-9, 0-7) played as well as possible before falling in double overtime; 41-34.
In the dénouement of his career, Tennessee coach Derek Dooley and his Vols were serenaded with a chorus of boos, as the Volunteers lost in 4ot’s to Missouri; 51-48.
It was UT’s 13 loss in its last 14 SEC games, and the Knoxville faithful will demand a change on the Volunteer sideline for next season.
Where’s Phil Fulmer when you need him?!
With only three week’s remaining the Heisman race shapes up with the following:
Collin Klein – KState – Kenyon Barner – Oregon -Johnny Manziel – Texas A&M.
Finally in the ridiculous nature the game is taking; i.e. Georgia Tech 68, North Carolina 50, the best line of the day belonged to ESPN college football guru Reese Davis.
Upon showing highlights of a game that resembled tag-rush with pads: Davis said, “The first team to make a tackle wins the game.” Perfectly said!!
That’s it from cyber space, we’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 12 Wednesday night, until then, Peace, and listen to the music.