To paraphrase from the poem; “Casey at the Bat,”
‘When the dust had lifted, we saw what had occurred,
Oregon, and Kansas State, had fallen,
And Notre Dame, yes Notre Dame, was at the head of the herd!’
The Whooping in Waco, a 52-28 beat down by the Baylor Bears over previously undefeated Kansas State.
And the stunning 17 -14 victory by 21 point underdog Stanford in Eugene, over the nation’s highest scoring team Oregon, readmits the SEC into the national title picture.
If Notre Dame can get by a wounded USC team, the Irish will play the winner of the SEC Championship Game between Georgia and Alabama, for the national title.
Its days like Saturday, which reinforce the reasons of why, we think, the college football season is the best of them all.
The results also dramatically shook up the fluid Heisman Trophy race.
The consensus now is that’ it has come down to a two person race: Johnny “Football” Manziel, quarterback of Texas A&M, and Manti-Te’o, linebacker of Notre Dame.
This Saturday night, with maybe the biggest prime-time national television college football audience of all time, it may be Te’o’s to lose.
In LA the king is dead, long live the king!
Led by its newly minted coach Jim Mora, UCLA, in the Rose Bowl, ended five years of frustration, as the Bruins stomped its cross-town rivals 38-28, giving the preseason No, 1 team in the land its 4th loss. YIKES!
It gives new relevance to the rivalry, and UCLA football.
And it’s nice to see a class act winning football games in Los Angeles.
And despite its 4 losses, USC Athletic Director Pat Hayden reiterated that Trojan Coach; Lane “Violation” Kiffin, would return next season.
Up at the Heights it was; “deja-vu all over again,” as the Eagles lost in overtime to Virginia Tech; 30-23 dropping them to a last place 2-9.
The game also marked the final home appearance for Coach Frank Spaziani, who most certainly will not return next season.
In the Old Friend Department; it was another good day for the teammates from Silver Lake Regional.
Harvard’s Coach, Tim Murphy defeated Yale for a record sixth consecutive time; 34-24, while Dartmouth took care of its rival Princeton 35-21.
In the wilds of Clemson, Tom O’Brien (formerly at BC) was shellacked by the Tigers 62-48, which dropped the once promising Wolfpack to an unacceptable; 6-5, 3-4.
It puts O’Brien on a coaching seat that is starting to heat up.
In Lawrence, Kansas Charlie Weis stood by helplessly, as he watched his Jayhawks hammered by a mediocre (6-5) Iowa State team 51-13.
It was KU’s (1-10), 20th consecutive Big-12 loss and the 36th loss in the last 42 by the woeful Jayhawks, under three different coaches. Double Yikes!!
Weis who offered to pay the $3 student ticket fee to send the seniors out on a positive note for their last home game, had only a few hundred kids take him up on his offer.
But that is what pathetic coaching, and losing football begets!!
Ohio State went into Madison undefeated, and left the same way knocking of Wisconsin in overtime; 21-14.
But it was a fumble on the goal line by Wiscy’s All-America tailback Montee Ball, only his second in 907 career touches that kept him from owning the all time NCAA touchdown record of 79.
He should capture the record next week.
To one of the nation’s most scintillating players; Michigan’s QB; Denard Robinson, a Big House farewell was in order.
Robby went out in style in his final home game, by playing tailback, and rushing for 98 yards, averaging 7.5 yards per carry, as Meechigan crushed Iowa 42-17.
Robinson is everything that is good about college athletics, and often carried the Wolverines to victory.
That’s it from cyber space, we’ll be up and running with our week 13 analysis Wednesday night, until then, Peace, and listen to the music. PK