We begin this week, (the weakest of the year, as witnessed by Game Day heading back to Fargo for the North Dakota State game,) with an Oregon meat commodities trader, and a lot of grass.
Last week before its monster game against Oregon, Michigan State alum Brian Aust of Silverton, Oregon, which is approximately 78 miles northeast of Eugene, took a lawn rake to a field of grass seed, and using a template, scratched out a giant head of a Michigan State Spartan in the middle of the field.
The class of 1988 Animal Science major then had an aerial photo taken by his nephew, who flew a helicopter over the artwork. The picture was tweeted out with the caption:
“Flying into Oregon?”
“Hope your flight pattern takes you over Brian’s property. #GoState.
MSU’s athletic director Mark Hollis saw the picture and invited Aust to the game as his tailgate guest.
The grass-seed field is part of a ‘hobby-farm” said Aust. Despite the artwork, the Spartans went down to defeat at the hands of the mighty Ducks.
This weekend let’s see which team look like they have partaken in too much grass, and which scratch and rake out another victory, laying the seeds for a potential playoff spot.
No.6 Georgia at No.24 South Carolina (CH.4, 3:30 pm)The Dawgs are on the prowl, and showing, as if they belong at Westminster.
The best-in-show sled-leader is its All-America Heisman candidate, and Hershel clone; tailback Todd Gurley.
The Athens dynamo is under the command of its crafty commander, QB Hutson Mason, who has the luxury of choosing from a passel of receivers; led by Michael Bennett and Chris Conley.
The main artery of its improving D is a backer quartet of backers featuring All-America Ramik Wilson, and his talented partner, Amarlo Herrera.
Steve Spurrier’s Cocks are still searching for a game to crow about. [Note: Spurrier became the third coach in SEC history to record at least 200 wins, joining legends Vince Dooley and Bear Bryant with that milestone.]
Poised QB Dylan Thompson directs the Columbia eleven, ably assisted by All-America tailback Mike Davis, and his partner Brandon Wilds.
When the “Tambourine Man” goes aerial, Nick Jones and Pharoh Cooper are lyrical targets.
New York and Westminster had better watch out, a special breed of Dawg is residing in Athens, and it will be showing well in Columbia on Saturday.
Tennessee at No.4 Oklahoma (Ch.5, 8 p.m.) It’s been a long time since Rocky Top has been near the top, but the hiring of Butch Jones is the right step in restoring the Tennessee brand.
The Volunteers are directed by a talented, but oft erratic senior QB, Justin Worley, who is assisted by a pair of orange-clad bruisers; Jalen Hurd and Marlin Lane.
When Worley isn’t playing like Joanne [Laugh-In for you youngsters], wideouts Maquez North, Pig Howard, and Von Pearson (ankle) can test any defense.
The strength of the attacking D is its linebacking corps featuring A.J. Johnson and Curt Maggitt.
In Norman, Coach Bob Stoops, embarking on his 15th season has compiled numbers (88-5 at home) 162-39 overall that even Warren Buffett would admire.
The Norman conquerors are commanded by QB Trevor Knight, who if he continues his stellar play will be welcomed as Sooner royalty.
The QB’s supporting cast is also Round Table worthy, featuring tailbacks; Keith Ford, Alex Ross, Samaje Perine, while the receiving corps is led by one of the nation’s best; Sterling Shepard.
OU’s fuel-injected D returns nine starters, led by All-America backer Eric Striker, his partner Caleb Gastelum (walk-on), and end Chuka Ndule.
Once upon a time, before cable, Laugh-In was must watch TV.
And fifteen years ago this matchup carried the same cache, but now, it is simply be the Boomer Sooner show, and on Saturday night, it should be quite a spectacular.
UCF(Central Florida) at No.20 Missouri (SEC Network, Noon) The Knights playing style is reflective of its owly, gruff, profane, and leather-neck, red-faced tough 68 year old New York City Irishman Coach, George O’Leary.
(A UNH graduate by the way.)
Sophomore QB Justin Holman is expected to be the starter, and the fearless leader will be able assisted by tailbacks; William Stanback, Dontraviouis Wilson, and a trio of receivers; led by Rannel Hall that will stretch any defense.
UCF’s stout intimidating D, employs eight returning starters, anchored by backer Terrance Plummer, and corner Jacoby Glenn.
The Boys from the “Show Me” state’s spread attack has been on full parade display.
Dual-threat QB Maty Mauk is the drum major, with a huge assist from a trio of glue-fingered receivers; Bud Sasser, Darius White, and Jimmie Hunt.
When Mizzou plows the fields, tailback Russell Hansbrough is the principle load carrier.
The D utilizes a pair of disruptive ends, Shane Ray and Marcus Golden, while backer Michael Scherer is a tackling machine.
In what we believe will be a very tight game, the show in Columbia, belongs to Mizzou.
N0.12 UCLA at Texas (FOX, 8 p.m.) Since his arrival onto the Westwood Campus two years ago, Coach Jim Mora has taken UCLA on a ride of Dow Jones proportions.
The big kahuna of the lads from LA is its All-America, and Heisman candidate, QB Brett Hundley.
The Bruins dual-threat maestro is assisted by a trio of field-stretchers; Jordan Payton, Devin Fuller, and Thomas Duarte.
But so far, the UCLAns running attack featuring Paul Perkins, has been as anemic as the Feds case against Jack O’Brien, hamstrung by an ineffective offensive line.
It needs to be corrective quickly if the “other” team from LA is going to be a legitimate playoff contender.
The talented D attacks behind All-America backer/fullback Myles Jack, his partner Eric Kendricks, and nose Kenny Clark.
In cleaning house, newly minted Texas Coach Charlie Strong has sliced off more Texas beef than a cook at a roadhouse rib joint.
Unfortunately, many of these “last men standing” are missing gristle, and have as much experience as Pope Francis at a roulette wheel, or the Mass Gambling Commission with casinos!!!
With the loss of its starter David Ash (concussions – maybe career ending), newbie QB Tyrone Swoops is shakier than a newborn calf.
And with the replacements on the offensive line, the expected powerful run game of Johnathan Gray and Malcom Brown has been immobilized.
It also appears that the D, led by All-America end Cedric Reed, and backers Jordan Hicks, and Steve Edmond, has more holes than a Lady Gaga outfit.
We don’t think it will be a repeat of the ’97 rout 66 game (UCLA 66 Texas 3), but we don’t expect the Horns to emerge victorious, leaving the start of the Strong era a weak 1-2.
Minnesota at TCU (FS1, 4 p.m.) This is the fourth year in what the Gopher faithful lovingly refer to as: Jerrysota.
Minnesota Coach Jerry Kill has designed, and instituted a Frank Lloyd Wright type of building job at the once moribund program.
And in a throwback to the days of Woody Hayes, the Gophers utilize a relentless running attack, while tossing in an occasional pass, the way a chef tosses in a pinch of parsley.
Minnesota’s blue ribbon plough horse in its senior tailback David Cobb, who is averaging an eye-popping 7 yards per carry.
Option QB Mitch Leidner (sprained mcl) oversees the entire offensive operation, and when the Sons of Bruce Smith (’41 Heisman winner) decide to take to the skies, Donovahan Jones, and tight end Maxx Jones, are viable targets.
But the calling card of the Gopher renaissance has been a defense led by backers Damien Wilson, and Jack Lynn, that is harder to penetrate than the night collection box at the Eire Pub.
[Note: When the Gophers have the lead at the half, they are a perfect 16-0 under Coach K.]
TCU’s Coach Gary Patterson is so desperate for some offense, that in the off season he hired a pair of o-coordinators, Doug Meacham, and Sonny Cumbie, to try and infuse some life into these Sons of Davey O’Brien
The Horned Frogs newly installed no huddle attack, will be under the direction of QB Trevone Boykin, with assists from jet-fueled tailback B.J. Catalon, and the hopefully rejuvenated receiving corps; Ty Slanina and David Porter.
But as always, the identity of the Fort Worth program, is a defense that would be the envy of General Motors.
This snarly group attacks with a trio of backers, Marcus Mallett, Paul Dawson, Mike Tuaua, and is boosted by the return of starry end Devonte Fields.
On Saturday, in a close anvil hitting contest, we think it will be a Gopher kill by the Frogs from Fort Worth.
Last week’s record: 4-1 Season’s record: 8-2.
Be sure to read our recap of week 3 which will be up and running by Sunday at noon. Until then, Peace, and listen to the music. pk