Another college football September is officially in the books and what have we learned?
The non-conference scheduling has been a joke, and anyone who can play a scintilla of defense has a chance to be a special team.
To paraphrase Casey Stengel, “Can’t anyone here play defense?”
A template example of that took place in Amherst yesterday where the Minutemen (0-5) blew another fourth quarter lead losing to Bowling Green 47-42: in what was called a football game.
But in reality it was another example of what the game is evolving into; flag football with helmets and pads, as both teams combined for an absurd total of 1306 offensive yards, with the jaw-dropping aggregate of 1032 of those through the air. UGH!!!
From a traditionalist’s eye, it just isn’t fun to watch.
The Minutemen, who also saw its temporary scoreboard collapse at the renovated McGuirk Stadium, could use some help from the militia for whom they are named.
UMass football is now a bottom feeding 2-27 since joining the ranks of “Big Boy” football.
But as we have stated before, if anyone can plug the holes in this rusted bucket of bolts, it’s Mark Whipple, but it needs to start happening, and soon.
One man who does know a little bit about defense is our friend, and former linebacker, Tim Murphy, the Head Man at Harvard, opened the Crimson’s Ivy League season with a come-from-behind 22-14 victory over its neighbors from the south Brown University.
Staying in the Ivy League, in one of the wildest games of the day, Yale celebrating the 100th anniversary of Yale Bowl, once the Mecca of college football, upset its longtime rival Army in overtime: 49-43.
The two former football powers first met when Grover Cleveland occupied the White House in 1893, and haven’t played against each other in over a quarter of a century.
The Bulldogs knock off the Cadets brought a big smile to the face of Yale’s legendary Hall of Fame Coach Carm Cozza.
Up at the Heights, the Eagles blew a huge opportunity, surrendering a last minute fourth down touchdown pass in its deflating 24-21 loss to the Rams of Colorado State.
Coach Steve Addazio aptly summarized the disappointment: “We didn’t close this game out,” as he pounded his fist on the podium. “Sometime, someday.”
If BC could have held serve it would have been in a great bowl-potential position 4-1 going into its bye week.
But the picture is now much more muddled with the Eagles (3-2) taking to the road for its next game against a talented bunch from NC State.
One down, and one to go.
In the “what took you so long” department: the Kansas Jayhawks finally pulled the plug on its overstuffed, overmatched and arrogant Coach Charlie Weis, who still has two years remaining on his contract. What a country!!
Weis was a pathetic 6-22 in his tenure at KU, and an abysmal 1-18 in conference play. Yikes!! Sorry Charlie!!!
Tick, tick, tick!!
That is the sound emanating from the football offices of Ann Arbor as Brady Hoke’s “Mighty Meechigan” once again went down, this time embarrassingly so to Minnesota: 30-14.
For only the second time in the last 24 years the Little Brown Jug changed hands, and for the first time in the 135 years of Maize and Blue football, the Wolverines, who have lost 8 of its last 10, have three losses in the month of September. DOUBLE YIKES!!!
As the game wound down, chants of “Fire Brady” reigned down from the rapidly emptying Big House, as the faithful will now settle for nothing less than a new head man prowling the Ann Arbor next season.
Can you say; Rich Rodriguez!!! Double Ouch!!
On the national scene, NC State held a first quarter 24-7 lead, before the explosive Seminoles awoke demolishing the Wolfpack 49-17 the rest of the way.
The victory enables Florida State to keep its tenuous hold on its numero uno ranking, but there are a lot of cracks in the armor.
And as bad as things are in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Lawrence, Kansas, the scene in Fayetteville is brighter than the Esplanade night sky on the Fourth of July.
Bret Bielema’s Hogs gave Texas A@M everything it could handle before succumbing in overtime 35-28, and in doing so, showed the Razorback faithful that much better days lie ahead.
Break up the Jumbos!!!!
After losing 31 in a row, Tufts football team won its second straight a: 42-24 victory over Bates. Good for them!!
In Columbia, South Carolina Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks surrendered a pair of late fourth quarter touchdowns losing to a tough bunch of Tigers from Mizzouri; 21-20.
It virtually eliminates the Cocks in the SEC East race, and once again denies the Head Ball Coach a chance for his ultimate goal; capturing a SEC Championship for South Carolina.
The team playing the best defense around just might be the Rebels of Mississippi who knocked off Memphis: 24-3.
While the nation’s best player is Georgia tailback Todd Gurley, the best in Athens since some guy named Hershel was donning the black and red of the Dawgs.
Finally, in the Charlie Weis category of ineptitude, SMU, whose Coach June Junes quit after the second game, was crushed by TCU: 56-0. It was the second time the Mustangs have been whitewashed.
But here’s where Weis figures in: SMU has scored only a single offensive touchdown (0-4) this season, and that was a 33 yard Hail Mary TD pass against North Texas.
Now can you say Charlie Weis!!! YIKES!!!
Thankfully, this week, we finally begin a regular menu of conference play, so hopefully, as Stengel once said, “Maybe someone here can play some defense!!
That’s it from cyber-space. We’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 6 Wednesday night. Until then, Peace and listen to the music. pk