Yesterday, the Big Ten Conference sank faster than the Lusitania, and she went to the bottom in a mere 18 minutes!!
Picking through the smoldering embers, when its Glitter Twins, Michigan State, and Ohio State lost within hours of each other, any hopes for a Big Ten Team in the college playoff virtually disappeared.
In addition to the “big boys,” Purdue was crushed by Central Michigan 38-17, Northwestern lost to Northern Illinois 17-13, and Nebraska needed a last second TD to avoid disaster and defeat 1AA McNeese State.
But the topper was Michigan, who was annihilated by Notre Dame; 31-0.
It was the most dominate performance by a team in the history of the series, which stands, and may stand forever at: 26-16-1 for Mighty Meeechign.
In addition to suffering its first whitewash between the two legendary programs, it was the first time Michigan failed to score a point in a game in 376 contests, which dates back to Ronald Reagan in 1984.
We think it is time for Coach Brady Hoke to do some serious resume polishing, and we are not alone. There is a great deal of grumbling amongst its influential alums.
Where’s Lloyd Carr when you need him? Or even, dare I say, Rich Rod?!!
Sadly, Notre Dame decided to pull the plug on this great rivalry, one in which Hoke said the Irish were “chickening out,” and one in which Irish Coach Brian Kelly said was a “regional game.”
Yeah, it is so regional that is why ESPN televised it in prime time on Saturday Night. PLEASE!!!
And on an historical note Notre dame’s first “Football” game took place against Michigan on November 23, 1887.
It is reported that Michigan came down to visit South Bend and teach the Catholics how to play football.
I wonder how Touchdown Jesus, or Knute, or Ara, feels about the lads pulling the plug??
In the game of the day, Oregon was able to edge away late in its battle against a tough, resilient group of Spartans, as Heisman contender Marcus Mariota was magnificent, leading the Ducks to 28 unanswered points in its; 46-27 win over Michigan State.
The win snapped the Spartans 11-game winning streak, and catapulted Oregon into a prime playoff position.
In the Horseshoe in Columbus there were no ringers for the Buckeye Faithful, as the largest crowd in Ohio Stadium 107,517 watched as Virginia Tech knocked off the Bucks 35-21.
The growing pains were evident for Buckeyes QB J.T. Barnett, who in fairness played tough against a Prime Rib bunch of VaTech Hokies.
Unfortunately, the newbie had little support from his supporting cast, which included a dropped game tying TD pass late in the second quarter.
This may be Coach Frank Beamer’s (226-109-2) best squad in several years, as Texas Tech graduate, QB Michael Brewer, provided a certain leadership that has been missing in the last few years in Blacksburg.
It also showed that VaTech may have a great deal to say about the dynamics of the ACC Conference race.
In Austin, with apologies the “WHO” it was more of “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”
The Horns 41-7 beat-down by BYU, its second consecutive shellacking by the Cougars was UT’s second worst home loss since the infamous rout 66 game: the 66-3 bust out against UCLA in 1997. OUCH!!
Somehow, even though he lost all his Texas memorabilia in a house fire in North Carolina, we think Mack Brown might just have a smile on his face.
On the local front, it was a much more spirited bunch of Minutemen, who held an 11 point second half lead on its bigger brethren of Colorado, but the D couldn’t hold the lead, falling: 41-38 to the Buffs.
On the Heights it may be a long season for Coach Steve Addazio’s chargers, who were run over by the Panthers of Pitt: 30-20.
The Sons of Dan Marino ran for over 300 yards on the Eagles, but more disturbing was the lack of protection by the BC offensive line.
I don’t want to say it was porous, but it made the Big Dig Tunnel look like the drought in California!! YIKES!!
QB Tyler Murphy must improve his passing if BC is to have any chance of scrapping out six victories.
Clemson puts up 73, and Arkansas snaps a 10 game losing streak by also hanging a 73!!
Please stop the nonsense. No more of these meaningless exhibitions.
The fans don’t want them and it only hurts the sport. Enough!!!
And finally, in an old fashioned to quote Keith Jackson, “slobber-knocker” USC took, and gave, snapping Stanford’s 17 game home winning streak in a thrilling; 13-10 victory over the Cardinal.
It showed the college football world that a low scoring game is indubitably more interesting than a 52-50 “football” game. To paraphrase Casey Stengel, “Can anyone here play defense?”
That’s it from cyber-space. We’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 3 Wednesday night.
Until then, Peace, and listen to the music. pk