Monthly Archives: November 2014

Ohio State wins but loses QB, Alabama wins Iron Bowl, Oregon and Marcus Mariota win Civil War, ND crushed by USC, MIT’s Cinderella season ends, BC wins impressively, Ole Miss knocks rival Miss State out of playoff, Georgia makes big mistake, Florida State streak climbs to 28

Where is a win a loss? Answer, Columbus, Ohio.

In its 42-28 victory over the Maize and Blue, the Buckeyes (11-1) lost its Heisman candidate; QB J.T. Barrett, (who just set the league record for the most combined touchdowns in a single season 45) to a fractured ankle.

It may cost the Scarlet and Grey a chance at a playoff invite, and makes it the most talked about ankle since James Caan’s in the movie; “Misery.” OUCH, OUCH, OUCH!!!

Ohio State plays Wisconsin in next week’s Big Ten Championship game and under center will be its “Gigundous” (6-foot-5, 250) r-shirt sophomore QB Candale Jones who has thrown a total of 17 passes this season.

ESPN’s Mark May came up with a classic nickname for the kid; “Santa Maria” because of his size, and from the geographical location of where he plays: Columbus. Not bad!!

In the Brady, “We Hardly Knew Ye,” department:

It’ resume polishing time in Ann Arbor.

Next season, no one expects to see Michigan Coach Brady Hoke leading Michigan’s football team out of a tunnel and onto a field next season, as the Sons of Tom Harmon (5-7) will be staying home for the holidays for only the third time since 1975. YIKES!!

In the Iron Bowl, to paraphrase Casey Stengel, “Can’t anyone here play defense?”

Alabama was down by double digits twice, before it righted the ship, behind the stellar performances of QB Blake Sims (4 TDs after 3 interceptions), and its Heisman candidate wideout Amari Cooper (224 yards – 3 TDs), in defeating its rival Auburn; 55-44.

That’s right, 99 points were put on the board, as Alabama, whose defense was mysteriously absent, marches into the SEC Championship against Missouri, a single win from securing a coveted playoff spot.

But if Mizzou, “The Rodney Dangerfield” of college football should spring the upset, the unthinkable, no SEC team will be in the playoff shindig!! WOW!! Mindboggling!!!

In Corvallis, in the 118th playing of the “Civil War,” it was an exclamation, or the mustard on the ham, for the Heisman campaign of Oregon’s stellar QB, Marcus Mariota, who passed for four TDs and ran for two as the Ducks crushed its rival; the Beavers of Oregon State: 47-19.

Mariota has thrown for an eye-popping 36 TDs against 2 lonely interceptions, while running for another dozen. Hope he’s been practicing his Heisman pose!!

And this quiet unassuming gentleman from Hawaii, is such a breath of fresh air, compared to last season’s embarrassing winner” Jameis “Crablegs” Winston. YUCK!!!

How the mighty have fallen!! Two years ago Notre Dame (7-5, losers of 5 of its last 6) was playing Alabama in the National Championship game, yesterday on the floor of the Coliseum its season lay in ashes as the Trojans demolished the Boys from South Bend: 49-14.

USC QB Cody Kessler threw a half-dozen touchdown passes, and the Irish surrendered the most points against USC in 40 years, almost to the day, when USC scored 55 unanswered in its famous Anthony Davis game. OUCH!!

Even Touchdown Jesus was praying for the mercy rule!!! In Cambridge, the MIT carriage turned back into a pumpkin (not unexpected) as the Engineers saw its undefeated season crumble at the feet of the mighty Wolverines of Wesley: 59-0.

The score was meaningless; the “Pythagoreans,” had a season “measured” for the ages!! Good for them!!

Up at Chestnut Hill, the Eagles closed out its amazing season with a 28-7 victory over the Orange of Syracuse to finish; 7-5, a record that no one thought possible.

Steve Addazio is one hell of a football coach, and BC better hope his phone doesn’t ring with a better offer from a “bigger” school.

In Oxford, Mississippi, the smiles of the revelers in the Grove were wider than the Grand Canyon as Ole’ Miss behind its QB Bo “Good Bo” Wallace, gimpy leg and all, ended the playoff dreams of its rival Mississippi State; 31-17.

The loss knocks the Bulldogs out of any playoff consideration, as the Rebels finish with a nine (9-3) win season good for them.

Finally we end in Athens where the Bulldogs coach will be forever known to us as Mark “Squib” Richt.

Georgia drove down the field and in the waning seconds of the game (18) scored what should have been the victory clinching touchdown against its rival Georgia Tech taking the lead: 24-21.

On the ensuing kickoff, Richt inexplicably told his kicker to squib it allowing Tech to take over on Georgia side of the 50 with 12 seconds left.

A 21-yard scramble by GT’s QB Justin Thomas allowed the Jackets field goal kicker Harrison Butker to attempt, and make, a career-long 53 yarder to tie the game.

Which Georgia lost in overtime; hence our new moniker “Coach Squib!!!”

Oh, yeah, in Tallahassee Florida State once again escaped defeating Florida 24-19 for its 28th straight victory.

Outside of Tallahassee, the entire country is rooting for Georgia Tech in next Saturday’s ACC Championship game, especially the faithful in Columbus, Fort Worth, and Waco!!

That’s it from cyber-space. We’ll be up and running with our last full week of analysis Wednesday night. Until then then, Peace, and listen to the music. PK

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In Baton Rouge the Tiger has LSU by the tail!!

We begin this week with a tiger, a condo, and a reluctance to join the party.

LSU’s iconic, and beloved mascot, Mike the Tiger, has yet to venture out of his palatial estate located across from Tiger Stadium, and into his assigned cage for his parade around the field in front of 90,000 crazed, imbibing, and screaming Bayou Bengal fanatics.

He has missed all of LSU’s home games.

You can’t blame him.

Mike resides in a 15,000-square-foot habitat replete with a waterfall, a pool and an Italianate tower. In addition he is pampered by the professionals at LSU’s Veterinarian School who look after his teeth, paws and claws.

LSU alum, and “Clintonista” James Carville said, “Mike has the best health care in Louisiana.”

The way it’s supposed to work is that Mike stalking in his mobile cage, is driven around the field’s perimeter with the cheerleaders perched atop. It stops in front of the tunnel where the opposing players enter the stadium and lets out a roar of disapproval as they run by. [I’ve been there to see it.]

Maybe because LSU is experiencing a “down” year by its standards, Mike is content watching Alabama, Ohio State, or Oregon, instead of the Boys from Baton Rouge. OUCH!!

On this Thanksgiving weekend, let’s see which teams leave its faithful in a throaty roar of approval, and which, wished it had stayed home, munched on leftovers, or even had a pedicure, instead of being forced to watch another wretched performance by the alma-mater.

No.15 Auburn at No.2 Alabama (ESPN, 7:45 p.m.) The Sons of Bo Jackson, aka Auburn University, would relish “stuffing” the playoff ambitions of its loathsome rival.

The gear-shifter of the country’s eighth best rushing attack is the Tigers dual-threat QB, maestro Nick Marshall (15 TDs – 6 INTs- 735 rushing -11 TDs), who is a better sleight-of-hand man than a New York City transit pick pocket.

The slippery one gets a big assist from his blue ribbon stallion; Cameron Artis-Payne (11 TDs-1405 rushing), the SEC’s leading rusher, while wideouts Quan Bray, and Sammie Coates are dangerous field stretchers.

The Tigers D, led by backers Cassanova McKinzy (10 tfls), Kris Frost, and corner Jonathan Ford, has issues defending the pass which is not a prize winning recipe against Alabama.

Groucho’s favorite team, controls its own destiny; win out, and it punches its ticket into the four-team playoff.

St. Nick’s crew is directed by senior QB Blake Sims (20 TDs-4 INts-62%) who has shown the ability to strike with the deadly efficiency of a cobra.

The Tide’s commander selects from a buffet of prime receivers; featuring All-America receiver Amari Cooper (1300 yds-11 TDs-122 yds per game), his partner Christian Jones, and tight end O.J. Howard, all of whom can score faster than Taylor Swift, while tailbacks T.J. Yeldon, and Derrick Henry, are two of the SEC’s best.

But it is the D of the Sons of the “Italian Stallion” Johnny Musso, which gives Alabama its cache.

These disruptors, the nation’s second stingiest (14), are anchored by a pair of All-Americas; backer Trey Depriest, safety Landon Collins, and hit harder than a “Jell-O” shot or beverage served by Bill Cosby.

We think that Titans of Tuscaloosa move onto the SEC Championship, and climb one spot closer to a playoff invite. [Our pal “The Hanman” who picked Bama to win it all before the start of the season is smiling.]

Florida at No.1 Florida State (ESPN, 3:30 p.m.)What a way to go out!

Neither Shakespeare, nor Mike Nichols, could have scripted a better denouement.

In his “Last Hurrah,” as the Gainesville “Head Ball Coach,” Will Muschamp can extinguish the New Year’s plans of the Sons of Bobby Bowden.

During Muschamp’s four year tenure, the Gators offense displayed about as much offensive firepower as the Swiss Army, which ultimately led to his dismissal.

Dual-threat t-freshman QB Treon Harris (6 TDs -1 INT – 54%) who has been handed the keys to this jalopy, is assisted by a pair of quality tailbacks: Kelvin Taylor, and Matt Jones, combining for: 1316 yards, and 12 TDs.

When the peach-fuzzed QB has his GPS in working order, Demarcus Robinson is a comforting target.

But if the Gator offense is in need of Viagra, its D fires with the testosterone of a Derby winner.

This aggressive bunch led by end Dante Fowler (11 tfls – 4.5 sacks), and backers Michael Taylor and Antonio Morrison, smothers both the run and the pass with the disdain of NRA President Jim Porter toward Barak Obama.

Twenty-seven in a row!!

Isn’t it about time that “Crablegs,” gimpy on his balky ankle, got cracked?

Florida State’s reigning Heisman Trophy winner, QB Jameis Winston (19 TDs -13 INTs – 60%), has pulled more rabbits out of a proverbial hat than a vaudevillian magician.

And Coach Jimbo Fisher has extinguished more off-field fires than a Forest Service Hotshot.

“Mr. Clutch’s,” bucket brigade is the All-America pairing; tight end Nick O’Leary, and wideout Rashard Greene, both of whom will be playing on Sunday.

But the Seminoles ground attack (104th) featuring tailbacks Dalvin Cook, and Karlos Williams (over 1100 combined yards and 17 TDs) has remained comatose for most of the season.

And the ‘Noles D, featuring backers Reggie Northrup, Terrance Smith, and end Mario Edwards has about as much resemblance to the “Bump and Run,” glory days as Kenny Rogers has to himself.

We think “Crablegs” has his 27 game winning streak “stolen” by the Gators, drastically changing Florida State’s plans for the New Year.

No.22 Minnesota at No.14 Wisconsin (BTN, 3:30 p.m.) It’s official; the Gophers head man Jerry Kill is the Wizard of Minneapolis.

His boys are ranked (22) for the first time since 2008, and if it should upset Wisconsin, it will punch its ticket into the Big Ten Championship Game. Remarkable!!

The only person to do more with less was Ed McMahon.

Like its namesake, the Sons of Bronko Nagurski, does most of its damage on the ground, led by tailback David Cobb (1430 yards – 12 TDs), who checks in as the nation’s 8th best road-grader.

The director of this “golden renaissance” is its Escalade-sized (247 pounds) dual-threat QB Mitch Leidner (10 TDs-8 INTs -51% – 400 yds rushing -8 TDs), and when UM’s big boy takes to the snowy skies of Minneapolis (4th from the bottom in passing) tight end Maxx Williams (7TDs) is a favorite target.

The D, anchored by backers Damien Wilson (10 tfls -4 sacks), Vondre Campbell, and safety Cedric Thompson isn’t flashy, but reflects the discipline, and tenacity of its head coach.

Wisconsin runs more than an industrial sized washing machine in a Laundromat in Harlem.

The “Road-Runner” of the nation’s second ranked attack (343) is its All-America tailback, and Heisman candidate, Melvin Gordon (2109 yds.-8.3 a pop – 25 TDs) who in Ali-like fashion dominates the nation in rushing.

The prized thoroughbred of the Sons of Alan Ameche is assisted by his stable mate Corey Clement (8 TDs), while the entire Mad-Town operation is under the direction of its leader; QB Joel Stave.

But overlooked in that flash and dash is a defense that is worthy of a Broadway marquee billing.

The Sons of J. J. Watt, the nation’s third tightest (16), are anchored by a quartet of backers: Derek Landisch (13.5 tfls – 7 sacks), Marcus Trotter, Joe Schoberit (9.5 tfls), and Vince Biegel (14.5 tfls -6.5 sacks), who snuff the pass and the run with the enthusiasm of John McCain toward another US foreign war engagement.

The Madison victory formula is easier than a Betty Crocker cake recipe, it will be; Gordon left, Gordon right, Gordon up the middle, as Wiscy punches its ticket into the Big Ten championship game.

No.16 Georgia Tech at No.8 Georgia (SECN, Noon) The Ramblin’ Wreck have motored as smoothly as a luxury sedan assembled in a Stuttgart, Germany factory.

The Sons of Bobby Dodd, the country’s third most prolific rushing attack (327), conjures the spirit of Darrel Royal, and Barry Switzer in its triple option perfection.

QB Justin Thomas (15 TDs-4 INTs – 51%) leads the team in rushing (over 800 yards and 5 TDs) is in control of this gear-box operation, while his partner, tailback Synjyn Days, and wideout DeAndre Smelter (21 yards a pop -7 TDs) are dangerous game breakers.

As the Jackets faithful are well aware, the D led by backer P.J. Davis, Quayshawn Nealy, and corner D. J. White has more exposures, especially against the run, than the background dancers at a Miley Cyrus concert, which is the wrong recipe against Georgia.

The Sons of Herschel Walker, aka the Georgia Bulldogs, have won 12 of the last 13 against its intrastate rival.

These Dawgs run on the legs of its freshman wunderkind; tailback Nick Chubb (1152 yards, 7.2 yds a pop, 9 TDs), who motors with a purposeful execution of a UPS delivery man the week before Christmas. (If I’m allowed to use such a seasonal description!!)

Senior QB Hutson Mason (19 TDs-3 INTs – 68%), the nation’s 8th most efficient passer, has a pair of defense testers: Michael Bennett, and Chris “Hands of Stone” Conley, who despite a serious case of the dropsies, has managed to hang onto 7 TDs.

The much improved D, anchored by the backer trio; All-America Amarlo Herrera, Ramik Wilson and Jordan Jenkins, is seventh best overall allowing 20 points a game.

This is a game that might be close for a half, but ultimately we think Chubb, along with the Spirit of Herschel, propel the Dawgs to victory.

No.4 Mississippi State at No.18 Mississippi (Ch.4, 3:30 p.m.) This is the 111th meeting of these Magnolia State rivals, and the prize for the Bulldogs is of Everest proportions.

The perception is; that if Sons of Boo Ferris (former Sox pitcher), aka Mississippi State, holds serve, it may punch its ticket into the playoff party.

But there will be a lot of trepidation for the Starkville faithful as it waits for the official final four selections the Sunday after the Conference Championship games.

The nation’s 11th highest scoring (39) eleven, is directed by its Heisman contending QB Dak (23 TDs-10 INTs – 891 rushing yards -12 TDs) Prescott.

The dual-threat cannon ball (235 pounds) is the best thing to happen to Starkville since naming the town after Revolutionary War hero, and New Hampshire native, General John Stark, who fought at Bunker Hill (Breed’s), crossed the Delaware with Washington on Christmas Day 1776, and held off the British in the turning point of the war at Saratoga.

The Heisman candidate is assisted by another powder keg in tailback Josh Robinson (1084 yds.-6.6 a pop – 12 TDs), and when the big man goes aerial, Malcolm Johnson is a comforting target.

The “Cow Bell Clangers” stingy D (18) featuring end Preston Smith (13.5 tfls-8.5 sacks), and backers Benardrick McKinney, and Christian Holmes, stones runners, but struggles (117th) defending the pass which isn’t a winning formula against its arch-rival.

The Sons of William Faulkner are frozen in a writer’s block of epic proportions, losing three of its last four, and erasing what was once a season of Rebel Renaissance.

As the Oxford faithful are fully aware, injuries, along with the resurfacing of the “Bad Bo” persona of QB Bo Wallace (22 TDs-10 INTs-62%) has, like an “over-served” uncle at Thanksgiving, ruined the party

The misfiring Ole Miss gunslinger, has a pair of solid targets in wideouts Evan Engram, and Cody Core, while dependable tailback Jaylen Walton won’t challenge any land speed records.

On the defensive side, the nation’s stingiest (13) eleven, led by All-America safety Cody Prewitt, tackle Issac Gross, and backer Deterian Shackelford is harder to penetrate than posse around Johnny Manziel.

In what has potential to be a SEC classic, we’ll take General Stark’s namesakes to capture the Egg Bowl, and hope for a call from the playoff committee.

Last week: 5-0                                   Season record: 48-17

That’s it from cyber-space. We’ll be up and running with our final regular season full week Wednesday night. Until then, Peace, and listen to the music. PK

Harvard finishes a perfect season, Undefeated MIT moves on, BC scares Florida State, Dartmouth wins, Michigan, Nebraska, Virginia Tech suffer bad loses, while Minnesota, and Arkansas celebrate huge wins!!

Perfection, Perfection, Perfection!!!!

How often can someone say that about anything, let alone a football team?

But in the cold and windy chill of a late November Saturday afternoon, the Harvard Crimson, in the 131st playing of “The Game,” did just that, capturing its perfect season (10-0) with a heart stopping performance against its arch-rival the Bulldogs of Yale that will resonate for the ages.

It was Harvard’s eighth consecutive victory against the Elis, and 13 in the last 14 against its rival.

Maybe Yale alum John Kerry should try and negotiate a cease-fire!!   OUCH!! As someone who was amongst the sell-out crowd, I can attest, that when the Sons of Ted Kennedy took a 24-7 lead, “The Game,” appeared well in hand.

But these kids from New Haven are a resilient bunch.

The Bulldogs stormed all the way back to tie, and with 55 seconds left, Crimson QB Conner Hempel, who is tougher than a $5 steak, lofted a beautifully thrown 35-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Fisher which ultimately proved to be the game winner.

It was truly a classic football game, which Hempel aptly summarized; “This game makes my career.”

The victory gave Crimson Coach Tim Murphy his third undefeated season of his 21-year tenure, and his eight Ivy League Title. “You’ve think you have seen it all, and you haven’t,” said Murphy. “A truly amazing performance by our kids, sheer willpower.”

The Harvard students stormed the field surrounding the coach and his players, capturing them in sort of an artificial turf crimson-globe of football perfection.

As I made my way under the stadium toward the exit gate, I watched as Yale’s rangy blond headed QB, Morgan Roberts, make his way toward the visitor’s portable locker room, stopping every few feet ashe was hugged by the Yale students.

The look of disappointment, could only be best captured by Norman Rockwell. It is such a contrast to the cesspool that exists in Tallahassee, Florida with the Florida State program.

The appearance of ESPN’s “College Game Day” added to the festivities of “The Game,” with our favorite sign reading; “We want ‘Bama, – In Chess!”

Perfect, just like Harvard.

In another location across the River, the Engineers of MIT (10-0) also continued on its unblemished magic carpet ride as the “Mensa” club members went up to Bangor, Maine and in an overtime thriller, defeated the Eagles of Husson College; 27-20 to win its Division 3 Playoff opener.

The “Pythagoreans,” the New England Football Conference champs amazing story continues, when they play powerhouse 4th ranked Wesley College of Delaware on November 29. Congrats to them!!!

Continuing on in the “Old Friend’s Department,” it was another good day for Tim Murphy’s best pal, and former Silver Lake High School teammate, Dartmouth’s Buddy Teevens, whose Big Green knocked off Princeton 41-10 to finish with its best record (8-2, 6-1); since the Bill Clinton was chasing Monica around the Oval Office, 1997.

Good for good guy – Buddy. Well deserved!!

On the Good Bye trail: The employment of Brady Hoke and his inept guidance of once mighty “Meeechhigan” (5-6) will mercifully come to a conclusion next week, when the Maize and Blue travels to Columbus to take on the mighty Bucks of Ohio State, in a game, that like death and taxes, will be most assuredly be won by Ohio State.

But there are a couple of other towns where its coach should be looking over his shoulder.

We’ll start in Lincoln, Nebraska where Bo Pelini’s Cornhuskers (8-3) have once again underachieved.

Since taking over 7 years ago, there were promises of conference championships, and BCS appearances, but behind all the bluster was a lot of desultory performances culminating in yesterday’s 28-24 loss to the Gophers of Minnesota.

But the biggest disappointment/shocker took place in Winston Salem, North Carolina where the Hokies of Virginia Tech (5-6) lost in double overtime to a now 3- win squad from Wake Forest 6-3!! YIKES!!!

That’s right, in this era of flag football, in which the scores reach pinball numbers, this game ended in a 0-0 regulation tie. The last time that happened W still occupied the White House – 2005.

The bloom has been off “Beamer Ball” for years, and the Hokies, who need to win its last game against its rival Virginia to continue its streak of 21 consecutive bowl invites, won’t fire its legendary coach, but it’s time for Frank to call it a Hall of Fame day!!

In Miami, the heat is starting to increase on the U’s head man AL Golden, saddled with five losses (6-5) in a very mediocre league (ACC), and the scrutiny on whether the ‘fair haired” boy is the answer to turn around the Canes will intensify.

On the other end of the coaching spectrum we give you exhibits 1 and 1a, and 1b of jobs who are deserving of Coach of the Year votes:

Jerry Kill of Minnesota, whose victory over the aforementioned Cornhuskers ended the Gophers 20-game road losing streak against top 25 opponents, has done a job for the ages, while Gary Pinkel of Mizzou, otherwise known as the “Little Engine That Could,” is one victory away from going to his second consecutive SEC Championship Game – Amazing.

But maybe the best resurrection is taking place in Fayetteville, where Bret Bielema’s Hogs of Arkansas had its second consecutive shutout victory; 30-0 over Ole Miss, making the Sons of Frank Broyles bowl eligible for the first time in 3 seasons, and securing consecutive shutouts for the first time since joining the SEC in 1992. WOW!!!

Finally, there are no moral victories, but Steve Addazio and his BC Eagles did a phenomenal job in taking the number one team in the land, the much despised Seminoles of Florida State, winners of 27 in a row, to a sweat inducing 20-17 escape on its home turf in Tallahassee.

That’s it from cyber-space. We’ll be up and running with our recap Wednesday night. Until then, Peace, and listen to the music. pk

When Harvard plays Yale – beware of MIT!!

We begin this Harvard\Yale week, with some classic pranks from the engineering students attending school on another part of the Charles: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology; better known as: MIT.

In 1990, just before Yale was about to attempt a field goal, a rocket was fired from the end zone launching a MIT banner, which hung on full display from the goal post.

In 1996, the Harvard logos on the scoreboard were hacked; and instead of reading VE-RI-TAS, it was changed to: HU-GE-EGO.

But the one that is still talked about, and deserving of a place in the Prank Hall of Fame, occurred in 1982, during the first term of Ronald Reagan.

In the second quarter, all of a sudden, the field on the 45 yard line mysteriously opened, and slowly a large black weather balloon with the MIT in white written all over it, rose from the ground and slowly began to expand.

While the crowd fell into a shocked hush, some members of the Harvard Police drew its guns, then, as intended, the balloon exploded spewing talcum powder all over the field.

The following day the Boston Herald’s headline captured it best: MIT 1- Harvard-Yale 0.

This weekend, let’s see which teams “truly” rocket to a banner victory, and which leave its faithful in a hushed silence, chafing (talcum powder) over another desultory performance.

“The Game” Harvard vs Yale – (NBC Sports – 12:30 p.m.) In the 131 meeting between these ancient rivals (Yale leads the series: 65-57-8, although Harvard has won 7 in a row, and 12 of the last 13) there are many places to begin.

After all, if you include the Business and Law Schools, a combined 12 US Presidents have earned degrees in their hallowed halls.

But we’ll start with a Son of Southie, and the son of a fireman, the estimable, iconic, and acerbic columnist George Frazier, who would dismiss a person out of hand, simply based on the cut of the cloth of his suit.

George had an endless supply of witty, and dagger-esque rejoinders, one of which involved the train from Boston to New York; “Whenever I take the train to New York, I consider it a success, if I get there, while my suit is still in style.” (“Another Man’s Poison” – Charles Fountain).

My favorite, and I’m paraphrasing, revolves around the H/Y Game, and occurred at the Mount Auburn Hospital when Frazier was quite ill, dying from cancer.

A nurse was trying to make the irascible word-smith comfortable, and after some fussing she said, ‘isn’t that better Mr. Frazier?’ He looked at her and said, “I don’t know about you, but I’m only her for the Yale Game!” Perfect.

Also here is ESPN’s “College Game Day” crew, which gives you some idea of the magnitude of this Ivy League showdown. {Harvard is one of only 4 undefeated teams in the top two divisions}

The Sons of Calvin Hill, aka the Yale Bulldogs, are under the direction of QB Morgan Roberts (21 TDs-7 INTs) who is the triggerman on the FCS’s fourth (43) most explosive offense.

The Yalie dart thrower is assisted by tailback Tyler Varga (20 TDs -144 ypg), who can pierce a defense better than a tattoo artist on the angular skin of Angelia Jolie, while wideouts; Deon Randall, and Grant Wallace (11 combined TDs), are dangerous field-stretchers.

The D, of the Sons of Carmen Cozza, featuring backers Darious Manora, Charles Cook, and safety Foyesade Oluoken, is solid against the run, but struggles defending the pass (111th), which is the wrong recipe against Harvard.

The Crimson’s Tim Murphy is the best coach in New England, and quite possibly the entire East Coast. Harvard’s all-time winningest Head Man, who, in another life, was successful at Cincinnati, is a stunning; 113-25 in his last 138 contests for an eye-popping .811 winning percentage.

In compiling that resume, the Sons of Bobby Kennedy have, for the third consecutive year, clinched at least a share of the Ivy League Crown.

It is the eighth such title in Murphy’s 21 year tenure, and if his charges defeat the Bulldogs, H will capture the Ivy Title outright, which will culminate in Coach Murph’s third season of perfection.

Starting QB Connor Hempel, who has missed most of the year, hopes to play (shoulder, neck), but if he can’t go, Scott Hosch has done a better job than Phil Collins replacing Peter Gabriel in Genesis.

The engine of the Academic Giant’s eleven, is tailback Paul Stanton, who runs smoother than the line at Sullivan’s at Castle Island.

Whomever is under center, wideout Andrew Fischer, and tight end Tyler Hamblin are comforting targets.

But the strength of the “Men of Harvard” is its Nobel Prized defense.

This group, featuring backers Connor Sheehan, Jacob Lindsey, and tackle Obum Obukwelu, is the FCS’s stingiest (11), stoning runners, and attacking opponents with the ferocity of the paparazzi focused on the behind of anyone named Kardashian.

This is simple: as George Frazier coined, Harvard has “duende,” and Yale has John Kerry. Enough said!!

MIT at Husson College – Div. III playoffs – Bangor, Maine. Just like the board scores of its players, MIT football (9-0) has performed to perfection.

The last time that happened, Chester Arthur was hanging out in the Oval Office – 1881.

The distant cousins of Einstein dropped football in 1901, 15 years after Yale’s 96-0 whitewashing, and the Engineers didn’t “rediscover” the formula until its resurrection in: 1988.

The “Pigskin Professor” who engineered this turnaround is Coach Chad Martinovich, who says he has to remind his “Mensa” club members; “Don’t think, just play.” “Sometimes they have a tendency to be overly analytical,” the coach said.

In fact, one of its major contributors, wideout Brad Goldsberry, (an Electrical Engineering and Computer major) said, “I hate to say it, because people say it a lot, but back in high school I wasn’t sure MIT had a football program. I’m hoping that’s becoming less common,” he said philosophically.

The Sons of “Buzz” Aldrin ‘63, who lay claim to 81 Nobel laureates, average 40 points a game, under the direction of QB Peter Williams. The “Pythagoreans” leader is assisted by tailback Justin Wallace, (16 TDs- 7 yds. carry- over 1200 yards), who certainly knows the formula for speed.

The D, anchored by the backing trio; Anthony Emberley, Mitch Turley, and Cameron Wagner, attack with the same intensity of the Science and Engineering Club planning its next H/Y Game prank.

The Husson College Eagles of Bangor, Maine, who didn’t begin playing football until 2003, have won 8 in a row, earning its first invite into the playoffs.

Coach Gabby Price (no relation to Steve, although some might dispute!!), their 65 year old Zen master, is in his second stint with the Eagles. [When the Head Man took over two years ago, Price who also owns a pair of State High School championships, Husson was parched, scuffling from a 3-27 drought, making this run even more amazing.]

The Eagles soar on a ground attack led by freshman John Smith (13 TDs – over 1100 yds. – 127 yds.), and are guided by QB Joe Seccareccia (12 TDs – 9 INTs), who targets a pair of quality receivers; Ryan Stroud and Deon Wiggins.

The Sons of Sir Ferdinando Gorges (founder of Maine) attack with a stingy (17) D, featuring backers Ellis Throckmorton, and Bryant Wade, who have the ability to put a fright into a black bear.

George Carlin once read an MIT score the following way: “MIT 3 to the 4th power,” and we think the power of the laureates propels the Engineers to slide rule the victory.

No. 24 USC at No. 11 UCLA (Ch.5, 8 p.m.) In the 84th renewal, the Sons of John McKay would love to snuff the championship dreams of its crosstown rival, whose last conference championship occurred during the days when Bill Clinton was closeting with an intern – 1998.

The Men of Troy are directed by its dart-throwing, gunslingin’ QB, Cody Kessler (29 TDs-3 INTs – 70%), who targets better than Marine sniper.

The nation’s fourth most efficient tosser is assisted by a pair of defense testers; Biletnikoff semi-finalist Nelson Agholor (10 TDs – 8th in receiving yardage) and his equally dangerous partner JuJu Smith – 5 TDs.

On the ground the Trojans shifty plough horse, Javorius Allen (over 1100 yds. – 8 TDs -118 a game) is anvil hard, and anything but wooden.

USC’s “Paper Tiger” D, featuring All-America end Leonard Williams (8tfls-6 sacks), and backers Hayes Pullard, and Su’a Cravens (14 tfls – 5 sacks) defends the pass (102nd) about as well as the Nancy Pelosi’s democrats defended its terrain in the recent mid-term elections.

If the Sons of Tommy Prothro win out, a high cotton assignment, they will be crowned Pac 12 Champs.

The UCLANs are under the direction of its dual-threat maestro, QB Brett Hundley (17 TDs-4 INTs -72%), who performs as effortlessly as Duke Ellington, hitting his targets with more accuracy than a Syrian barrel-bomb.

The starry signal caller is assisted by game breaking tailback Paul Perkins (over 11 yards – 6 TDs), and when the first round selection takes to the L.A. skies, Jordan Payton, and Devin Fuller, are defense stressors.

But the biggest disappointment for Jim Mora’s troops has been the D, anchored by All-America Myles Jack, backer Eric Kendricks, and nose Kenny Clark, which has been exposed more than the holes of a Cheryl Tiegs bathing suit in a Sports Illustrated shoot.

In what should be a very close game, we think the Bruins find a way to eke out a victory, keeping its championship hopes alive.

No.19 Missouri at Tennessee (ESPN, 7:30 p.m.) Coach Gary Pinkel’s Tigers are like the “Little Engine That Could,” a team in which Rodney Dangerfield could relate.

If the Boys from the “Show Me State” win out, it will play in the SEC Championship for the second consecutive year, and nobody thought that was possible.

The offense of the Sons of Dan Devine, is directed by QB Maty Mauk (19 TDs-10 INTs) with strong assists from tailbacks Russell Hansbrough, Marcus Murphy, and favorite target Bud Sasser.

But overall this group is as dynamic (104th) as soon to be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at a podium with a microphone.

In contrast, the nation’s 16th stingiest (20) D, anchored by sack master (12) lineman Ray Shane, his partner Golden Markus, and backer Michael Scherer, plays with the anger of Barney Frank toward life.

In Knoxville, the Rocky Toppers haven’t been bowling since December of 2010, but if the Sons of Johnny Majors can plant one more victory flag, an invitation is in the mail.

The Checkerboard faithful, and Coach Butch Jones are also excited about the spark dual-threat sophomore QB Josh Dobbs (7 TDs-2 INTs) has provided since taking over two games ago – both wins.

The mature firebrand is assisted by tailback Jalen Hurd, and a pair of solid targets; Alton Howard, and Marquez North.

The improving D, anchored by starry end Derek Barnett (18 tfls-9 sacks), and backer Jalen Reeves-Maybin, will have to be on its best against Mizzou.

Rodney raises a glass as The “Little Engine” picks up momentum towards its second SEC East crown.

No.15 Arizona at No.20 Utah (ESPN, 3:30 p.m.) Coach Rich Rod has the Sons of Teddy Bruschi, “movin’ on up,” as they sang on “The Jeffersons.” If the Wildcats win out, they will bank a 10-win season.

The Tucson eleven are directed by its starry r-shirt freshman QB Anu Solomon (25 TDs-7 INTs), with assists from tailback Nick Wilson, and a pair of dangerous field-stretchers: Cayleb Jones 8 TDs, and Austin Hill.

The D is anchored by its Eveready backer Scooby Wright (21 tfls- 12 sacks), but overall (101st) is weaker than boxing’s Heavyweight Division.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is singing the praises of the pigskin turnaround in Salt Lake City.

The Sons of Evelyn Wood are commanded by its Himalayan-sized (6-foot-7, 240) QB Travis Wilson (13 TDs-2 INTs), who is assisted by a concrete crushing tailback Devontae Booker.

When the big man takes to the salty skies, Kenneth Scott, and Kaelin Clay are comforting targets.

The nation’s sack leader Nate Orchard (19tfls- 16.5 sacks) leads a defense that attacks more often the Israelis and Palestinians.

This is a very hard game on which to get a handle. A solid case can be made on both sides, but we’ll take the firepower of the desert visitors to carry the day.

Last week: 4-1                                 Season record: 43-17

That’s it from cyber space. We’ll be up and running with our recap by noon on Sunday. Until then, Peace, and listen to the music.   Pk

Alabama knocks off No.1 Mississippi State, Harvard grabs share of third consecutive Ivy League Title, remains undefeated, MIT finishes first perfect season since 1881!, Dartmouth, Fordham, Ohio State, win, Nebraska embarrassed, Notre Dame defense fails to show again in loss, while Todd “Texter” Graham’s Arizona State Sun Devils upset

All is right with the world!

Kim Kardashian exposes her gigundous behind (again), and Alabama has moved into a playoff spot.

We begin in Groucho’s favorite town Tuscaloosa, where 102,000 raucous fans yelled themselves into a raspy whisper, as Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide knocked off the nation’s No.1, and previously undefeated Bulldogs of Mississippi State: 25-20.

After roaring to a 19-0 start, the feisty Bullies from Starkville rallied back to close to within 6 early in the fourth quarter: 19-13.

But senior QB Blake Sims, and his Tide teammates went on a drive that will live in Alabama folklore, as the senior QB made several crucial third down conversions with his feet, leading Sons of Bear Bryant to a statement TD drive, which proved to be the game winner.

“It was one of the greatest drives in Alabama history, probably,” Saban said.

It is expected that the victory will keep both Alabama, and Mississippi State inside the four team playoff window, and if they win out, both should earn invites to participate in the final four.

Alabama is now 7-4 against No. 1 teams, which, no surprise, is the best all-time with a minimum of ten games.

Can you build two statues to one coach??!!

In the other game of Kardashian proportions, the Seminoles of Florida State, who can’t stand prosperity, did it again, rallying twice from 16 point deficits, before finally extinguishing the Canes of Miami; 30-26, running its winning streak to 26!! (Miami had an extra point blocked, and missed a chip shot field goal.)

As much as we dislike Heisman winner, QB Jameis “Crablegs” Winston, the kid, on a less than healthy ankle, once again delivered in the clutch, with his arm, legs, and toughness, seemingly willing the Noles to another victory.

The win probably propels the Sons of Bobby Bowden to the top of the playoff foursome, with one more hurdle in the way, the season finale against Florida (now with an interim coach) in Tallahassee.

On the local front, it was a struggle in Philadelphia as the undefeated Crimson of Harvard had to battle back from a 7 point deficit, scoring 17 unanswered in the fourth quarter to snuff out the Fighting Quakers of Penn; 34-24.

The victory guarantees Tim Murphy’s squad of a lest a share of the Ivy League Title for the third consecutive year, and if the Sons of Chub Peabody can defeat Yale in “The Game” at the Stadium Saturday, it will give Murphy’s Boys the outright Ivy Title. Good for them!! What a Coach!!

“I don’t want to think about Yale,” Murphy was quoted as saying. “These kids have worked so hard: 300-plus days for only 10 games. They should enjoy this. You stay in the game because you love the kids.”

It was also another good day for his former Silver Lake High teammate, Buddy Teevens, as the Big Green of Dartmouth crushed Brown 44-21, and in doing so keeps it hopes for sharing a piece of the Ivy Title very much alive.

And if all the pieces fall into place a Dartmouth victory over Princeton, and a Yale upset over Harvard, Dartmouth would share the Ivy Title for the first time since 1996.

Staying across the Charles, the Engineers of MIT completed its first undefeated season since the Chester Arthur occupied the White House in 1881!! Can you say; hypotenuse!!! Congrats!!!

Up the road in Durham, the No.1 ranked Wildcats of UNH crushed the Hens of Delaware 43-14, clinching the Colonial Athletic Association title. Nice going!!

In a Norman Rockwell scene in Minneapolis, 15 degrees and steady snow, (in our favorite conference The Big Ten), the Buckeyes of Ohio State, despite some stumbles, turnovers and penalties, held off a spunky bunch of Gophers from Minnesota: 31-24, thanks to a Heisman worthy performance from its QB J.T. Barrett, who ran for a school-quarterback record of 189 yards and a score.

In Madison, the good news for Nebraska; it held Wisconsin running back, and Heisman candidate Melvin Gordon to zero rushing yards in the fourth quarter.

The bad news; he didn’t play, having already set the Division 1 record of 408 rushing yards in only three-quarters, averaging an eye-popping 16 yards a carry.

In what was another N embarrassment on the watch of “Mr. Curmudgeon” himself; Bo Pelini, as the one-trick (injured tailback Ameer Abdullah) Cornhuskers surrendered an unanswered mind boggling 56 points in its 59-24 trouncing by Wisconsin.

Double Ouch!! It will be another year without a conference title for the once proud Huskers.

In Fayetteville, 17 was the magic number.

In a goal post tearing, coach dousing, student field rushing scene, the Hogs of Arkansas ended its 17 game conference losing skid, (13 under Bret Bielema) by shutting out the physically beat-up Tigers of LSU; 17-10.

It was only the second time in Les Miles decade long tenure that the Tigers have lost two consecutive games. Ouch!!

In Austin, the Charlie Strong regime is slicing the beef, as the Horns in impressive fashion on the road defeated the Cowboys of Oklahoma State; 28-7, and in doing so, are bowl (6-5) eligible.

But it’s the inspired play of the Horns D, which has the Burnt Orange faithful with visions of championships to come. Good for Charlie!!!

And in a great revival in the Home of Vince Lombardi and the Seven Blocks of Granite, The Rams of Fordham (10-1) won its ninth in a row defeating Georgetown: 52-7 to capture the Patriot League Title.

Coach Joe Moorhead’s troops won only a single game in 2011, making the Rams one of the great turnarounds of recent memory. Somewhere Vince sipping a drink, is smiling!!

Northwestern 43- Notre Dame 40!! In the words of that philosopher Casey Stengel; “Can’t anyone play defense here??!!”

Finally, it did our heart good as the Texters of Arizona State were upset by Oregon State; 35-27.

Just to remind: Coach Todd Graham, the Head man of the Sun Devils, was the coach of Pitt for all of one year.

Upon his hiring, he told his team, the Administration, and the Panther faithful, that this was where he was meant to be, and wanted to stay.

Less than a year later, Graham, texted his players that he wouldn’t be returning, as he was flying out, wined and dined on the plane on his way to his new job in the desert. Can’t lose enough for us!!!

That’s it from cyber space. We’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 13, Wednesday night. Until then, Peace, and listen to the music. PK

At Tulane, holding hands, isn’t “Sweet Caroline!!”

We begin this week with a fight, a Neil Diamond theme of “hands,” and a unique form of punishment.

Tulane football coach Curtis Johnson has no tolerance for childish behavior.

At a practice several weeks ago, offensive tackle Sean Donnelly, and defensive tackled Tanzel Smart ended up in a fight, which led the Coach to put into practice the same punishment he uses on his daughter.

Instead of having the two combatants run the stadium steps for a “puke inducing” hour, he made these gladiators walk around the perimeter of the stadium for twenty minutes during practice, holding hands.

“If they want to act like kindergarten kids, then I just want to treat them like kindergarten kids,” said Johnson. Good for him!!!

This weekend, let’s see which teams play with the discipline of a grammar school recess, and which, “hand” its faithful another victory, while the sounds of “Sweet Caroline,” “Hands, touchin’ hands, reachin’ out, touchin’ me, touchin’ you …” blares out from the marching band.

No. 1 Mississippi State at No. Alabama (Ch.4, 3:30 p.m.) The lyrics from the 1961 blues classic “Bright light, Big City, gone to my baby’s head…” best captures situation that the Bulldogs of Mississippi State, 9-0 for the first time in school history, find themselves.

Can the Starkville eleven handle being a Broadway headliner of Olivier stature, against the perennial show stoppers from Tuscaloosa?

If it can, it will be MSU’s biggest “Hail-State-ment!”

The Sons of Bailey Howell (for you youngsters, HOF, played for Celtics) are under the direction of its dual-threat Heisman candidate, QB Dak Prescott (18 TDs-7 INTs – 779 rushing -11 TDs), who operates with the smooth demeanor of Michael Caine in the “Quiet American.”

The starry director of the nation’s eleventh highest scoring squad (39), is assisted by a hard charging tailback Josh Robinson (11 TDs – 6 yds pop) who is also dangerous catching out of the backfield.

But despite its lofty status, the Cow Bell Clangers principle receivers, De’Runnya Wilson, and Gabe Myles (a combined 42 grabs and 6 TDs) are as uninspiring as Nancy Pelosi.

The D, anchored by end Preston Smith (11.5 tfls-7 sacks), along with backers Beniquez Brown, and Benardrick McKinney, stones runners, but struggles defending the pass (120th), yet, somehow manages to check in as the 16th stingiest (19) bunch in America.

This is the exact position, that the Tuscaloosa faithful expect Groucho’s favorite team to be lurking every year. Such is life in the SEC West for the Tide’s $7 million secular Saint; Coach Nick Saban.

The Sons of Bart Starr are managed by senior QB Blake Sims (17 TDs-3 INTs – 61%), the nation’s sixth most efficient passer, with big assists from tailbacks T.J. Yeldon (knee), and his Escalade- sized partner Derrick (6-foot-3, 241) Henry, who hammers a defense better than MC Hammer mashes English.

When the QB takes to the Heart of Dixie skies, All-America wideout Amari Cooper (10 TDs- over 1200 yards – 79 catches – 135 ypg), along with DeAndrew White, and Christion Jones, are as swashbuckling as the Three Musketeers.

But the real Tony winner is the Tide’s D.

The Sons of Lee Roy Jordan, the nation’s second tightest (13), and fourth overall, led by backers Reggie Ragland, and a pair of All-Americas safety Landon Collins, and Trey DePriest are harder to penetrate than the palace door of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad

In 1980 Blondie had a number one smash hit; “The Tide is high but I’m holding on, I’m going to be your number one…” and early Saturday evening, Alabama may once again be perched on that coveted spot.

No.2 Florida State at Miami (Ch.5, 8 p.m.) Outside of its Tallahassee cocoon, the Seminoles overall approval rating is lower than a mother’s toward her daughter dating Justin Bieber, or any member of Congress.

The Sons of Burt Reynolds are directed by the “Bernie Madoff” of college football, Heisman winner Jameis “Crablegs” Winston (17 TDs-11 INTs), who despite the interceptions, in the clutch, delivers better than Billy Graham.

The Noles have surfed on the nation’s longest winning streak (25) despite a scuffling ground attack (101st) that features freshman Dalvin Cook (hip), and Karlos Williams, and is as dynamic as Red Sox manager John Farrell.

When the “Seafood Man” is focused, wideout Rashad Green (5TDs) is as reliable as catching a striper at from the Castle Island pier in August, and a future Sunday participant.

The middling D featuring backers Reggie Northrup, Terrance Smith, and end Mario Edwards is as far removed from Bobby Bowden “bump and run” days of lore, as Comet67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

In Miami, there hasn’t been this much excitement since “Sonny Crockett” was preening in his pastels arresting bad guys on “Miami Vice.”

Coach Al Golden’s semi-resurgent (3 in row) Canes, are under the direction of a starry true freshman QB Brad Kaaya (20 TDs-9 INTs), who has matured quicker than a Tsetse Fly, and is beginning to conjure up memories of “Quarterback U.”

The kid leans heavily on the country’s seventh leading rusher Duke Johnson (over 1200 yards, 7.7 yds. a pop, 9TDs), who plows the earth better than a John Deere.

When the youngster takes to the Miami skies, wideout Clive Walford is a comforting target, and Phillip Dorsett (30 yards a catch) is a game breaker.

The Canes disruptive D, led by All-America backer Denzel Perryman, and his fellow backers Thurston Armbrister, and Raphael Karby can cause more havoc than a Category 5.

FSU has won the last four by the combined score of: 142-70, and Miami has won 13 of its last 14 at home. But we just don’t think Miami D is strong enough to keep the Noles from winning a close victory and notching number 26th in-a-row.

No.11 Nebraska at No. 22 Wisconsin (Ch.5, 3:30 p.m.) Nebraska is like H.G. Wells “Invisible Man,” lurking outside the spotlight.

But if the Huskers are able to sneak out of Madison with a W, the glow of success will shine brightly on the Sons of Johnny Rodgers.

All-America tailback Ameer Abdullah (1200 yds. – 17 TDs – nearly 7 yds a pop) is the engine that drives the Children of the Corn. [Note: Abdullah banged up his knee two weeks ago, but wearing a brace is expected to play – how effectively, and how long, remains unknown.]

Abdullah’s importance is analogous to the state of Ohio in a Presidential election, so goes Abdullah, so goes Nebraska.

Dual-threat QB Tommy Armstrong (13 TDs -8 INTs) is the Lincoln manager, who targets a quality pair of targets; Kenny Bell, and Jordan Westerkamp, (67 combined catches, and 18 yards a grab.).

The sledge-hammer hitting D, anchored by backer Zaire Anderson, tackle Maliek Collins, and end Randy Gregory, plays with a gut burning rage often displayed by it head Coach, Bo Pelini.

General Motors should run as well as the Badgers.

Wiscy, the country’s fourth best rushing attack, motors on the legs of its All-America, and Heisman candidate, tailback Melvin Gordon (1500 yards – 19TDs- 7.5 yds. a pop), who tops the nation in rushing.

The Badgers lead dog is assisted by his high-quality backfield mate Corey Clement (7TDs), while QB Joel Stave (5 TDs-4 INTs) has returned from his mysterious case of “Steve Blass Disease” to direct the offense.

But if the running game is the equivalent of a Ferrari, the D is Maserati worthy.

The Mad-Town Iron Curtain is anchored by backers Derek Landisch (12 tfls- 6 sacks), Vince Biegel (12 tfls – 6.5 sacks) and Joe Schobert (7 tfls), stones runners, and disrupts passes with the disdain of recently “removed” Cardinal Raymond Burke toward his boss, Pope Francis.

We think the Huskers slink back into the shadows, as Wiscy’s band belts; “On Wisconsin,” in the fifth-quarter, after the big Madison victory.

No.9 Auburn at No.16 Georgia (ESPN, 7:15 p.m.) In the SEC, there is no rest for the weary.

After being unofficially eliminated from playoff contention, the Auburn Tigers in the word of Taylor Swift have to “Shake it off,” and get ready for Georgia.

The Bo Jackson descendants are commanded by its dual-threat QB Nick Marshall (14 TDs-4 INTs- 775 rushing 11TDs), whose sleight of hand would earn nodding approval from Houdini.

The magician of the Sons of Shug Jordan is assisted by the SEC’s rushing leader Cameron Artis-Payne (1190 yds – 9 TDs), and a pair of field-stretching wideouts; D’haquille Williams (out-knee), and Sammie Coates.

[Note: HOF Coach Jordan was at one time Captain Ralph “Shug” Jordan and was one of the 156,000 troops who stormed the beaches of Normandy – D-Day, June 6, 1944.]

The Tigers D is anchored by backers Cassanova McKinzy, Kris Frost, and tackle Montravius Adams, handles the run, but struggles defending the pass (99th) which is not a good recipe against Georgia.

Georgia’s Prodigal Son returns.

After sitting out four games for the “crime” (get “Marsha” on the case) of receiving remuneration for the selling his own autograph, the Bulldogs All-America tailback, and one time Heisman candidate, Todd Gurley returns to his rightful spot in the starting lineup.

QB Mason Hutson (15 TDs -3 INTs -69%) directs the nation’s seventh highest scoring eleven (43), which received a huge assist from Gurley’s understudy, freshman Nick Chubb (935yds-7 TDs -6.7 a pop), whose virtuoso performances brought a smile to the visage of iconic alum Hershel Walker.

When the senior signal caller goes aerial, Michael Bennett and Chris Conley are capable of taking it the distance.

The Bulldogs D, featuring All-America backer Ramik Wilson, and his partners Amarlo Herrera, and Jordan Jenkins have struggled stopping the run which is the wrong formula against Auburn.

The return of Gurley is the best doctor ordered antidote for the Bulldogs who still have a chance, with some help, to win the SEC East. We’ll take the Dawgs in another Hedges shootout.

No.18 Clemson at No.24 Georgia Tech (ESPN, Noon) Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney had the best line of the year; “Let’s put flags on and take the pads off…”

He was referring to the loss for a half of one of his best defensive players, safety Robert Smith for a “targeted” hit in last week’s game against Wake Forest.

We heartily endorse. For our money, we’re bored by these 52-48 games, which truly only a matador could love. To paraphrase Casey Stengel, “Can’t anyone here play defense?!!

Give us last Saturday’s old fashioned, drama-filled, 10-10 regulation tie, decided in overtime, classic slugfest between LSU – Alabama, any day.

In Death Valley, the Clemson faithful are ecstatic about the return, from a broken finger, of its dynamic freshman QB Deshaun Watson (12 TDs-2 INTs-67%), who provides the juice to a Tigers offense that has been as powerless as Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko.

The “electrician” is assisted by a steamrolling tailback Wayne Gallman, while wideouts Artavis Scott, and Mike Williams will severely test any secondary.

In contrast, Clemson’s D, ranked second overall, generates more megawatts than the Hoover Dam, or a George Clooney smile on his wedding night.

This group, led by its All-America end Vic Beasley (12.5 tfls – 8 sacks), along with backers Stephone Anthony, and Tony Steward, stones runners and deflate passes (4th best in both) with the precision of the Honor Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

In the 80th meeting between these institutions, the Ramblin’ Wreck, aka the Sons of Jimmy Carter (attended, graduated from Naval Academy), down shift as the nation’s second most prolific (behind Navy – Jimmy Carter’s alma-mater) running eleven – averaging 335 yards while scoring 34 TDs.

QB Justin Thomas (14 TDs- 4 INts -50% – 781 rushing – TDs) cranks the ignition on Coach Paul Johnson’s option attack, with assists from tailback Synjyn Days, the return of Zach Lasky, and his big play (22yds catch) receiver DeAndre Smetter.

As is the tradition in Atlanta, the Jackets D featuring backers P.J. Davis, Quayshawn Nealy, and tackle Adam Gotsis, has more holes than a Lady Gaga dress, or the tax returns of former Big Dig chief Jim Kerasiotes.

Despite the dumb penalties Clemson is notorious for committing, it somehow finds a way to eke out a victory, which is “elementary” with Watson’s return.

Last week: 2-3                                               Season record: 39-16.

That’s it from cyber-space. We’ll be up and running with our recap by noon on Sunday. Until then, Peace, and listen to the music. PK

Oklahoma crushed, Texas A&M shocks Auburn, Amherst, MIT complete perfect seasons, Harvard remains undefeated, Dartmouth rolls, Alabama survives, TCU dominates, Notre Dame goes down hard, North Dakota State 33 game winning streak ends, TExas gets big win

Some experts referred to it as “Separation Saturday,” others, called it “Survival Saturday.”

We like; “Saturday Poll Dancing,” and for the faithful of the victors in yesterday’s dramatic tests, it truly was a night of celebratory dancing.

We’ll begin in Norman, Oklahoma where there should have been a funeral pyre on the fifty yard line at Memorial Stadium to officially burn the “Big Game” Bob moniker of OU’s Coach Bob Stoops.

The Sooners jumped out to a 14-3 lead over the Bears from Baylor, then stood by helplessly as the Sons of Sammy Baugh trashed the once feared Sons of Barry Switzer, (3 losses, 2 in Norman), scoring an unanswered 45 points in its 48-13 dismantling. DOUBLE YIKES!!

Oklahoma has now lost two conference home games in a season for the first time in Stoops 16 year tenure, who summarized the embarrassment this way; “It all starts with me. I didn’t do a good enough job.”

You think!!!! I wonder who is going to sweep up the ashes??!! Ouch!!

In Buckeye Nation, it’s Braxton who?

When Ohio State’s All-America QB Braxton Miller was lost for the season before game one, the experts figured it was the death knell for the Boys from Columbus.

To quote Lee Corso, “Not so fast my friend.”

The Bucks replacement QB, r-shirt freshman J.T. Barrett, has played like a fifth year All-America throwing for three touchdowns, and running for two, as the Buckeyes, in a dominating display, in East Lansing, throttled the Spartans of Michigan State: 49-37. WOW!!

Under Urban Meyer’s guidance, Ohio State remains a perfect 21-0 in conference play, and the victory reestablishes the Bucks as the dominant team in the Big Ten Conference.

It also gives the Scarlet and Grey a much better shot for one of the four coveted playoff slots.

In Baton Rouge where “Teams dreams come to die,” Alabama, in dramatic fashion, drove the field with no time outs, then with 6 seconds left kicked a 27-yard game tying field goal, before winning in overtime; 20-13.

The key play occurred after LSU took the lead 13-10. On the ensuing kickoff, with 50 seconds remaining, inexplicably the Bayou Bengals kicker, sent it out of bounds, taking no time off the clock, and putting the ball on the LSU 35.

On the sidelines, the egregious mistake left Coach Les Miles motionless and bent over at the waist, hands on his knees, and his mouth agape in disbelief for what seemed like 30 seconds over the costly mistake. It proved to be a killer.

The victory keeps the Tide alive for one of the four playoff spots, with its showdown looming next Saturday in Tuscaloosa, against Number 1 Mississippi State. Amazing!!

St. Nick has now defeated LSU four consecutive times.

In the Smart Kids Department; it was a pair of perfect season ending victories for the boys from Amherst and MIT.

In Amherst, the Lord Jeffs, aka the Sons of Dan Duquette, capped its perfect season (8-0) by defeating its arch-rival, the Ephs of Williams: 17-9, in the 129th playing of the; “Biggest Little Game in America.”

And across the Charles, the Engineers (what else?) of MIT cruised past Maine Maritime; 55-37 to complete its perfect season, and in doing so, clinched its first New England Football Conference and title, and in doing so earned a NCAA playoff berth.

Good for them!! Heard there was a celebratory slide rule burning in the quad!!   Oh those crazy pythagoreans!!

Staying on the River, the Crimson of Harvard continue to roll, crushing the hapless Lions of Columbia 45-0, and running its perfect season record to 8-0, with its showdown with Yale at the Stadium in two weeks.

While the other half of the Silver Lake duo, Buddy Teevens of Dartmouth (6-2) also romped in its 42-7 victory over Cornell.

One more Smart Kids victory.

This one belongs to the remarkable Blue Devils of Duke, who defeated Syracuse 27-10, to run its record to 8-1. The only person who does more with less than Dukies Coach David Cutcliffe is; Paris Hilton.

Just imagine what Cutcliffe could do with the talent that is recruited at Oklahoma!!

In real estate the mantra is: location, location, location. In football it’s turnovers, turnovers, turnovers.

Well there must have been something in the water in Tempe, as the Irish turned it over 5 times in route to its crushing 55-31 defeat to Todd “The Texter” and his Arizona State Sun Devils.

The Irish, who surrendered the most points since Ronald Reagan occupied the Oval Office (1985), are no longer in the playoff conversation. And Touchdown Jesus has his hands raised in exasperation!! OUCH!!

In a game that nobody saw coming, and one that garnered very little attention, the Aggies of Texas A&M marched into the Plains of Auburn, and marched out with a massive upset victory over the Tigers of Auburn: 41-38.

And unlike the week before, when Auburn needed a miracle fumble by Ole Miss to hang on for a victory, this time it was the Tigers who fumbled, twice in the final three minutes, once on the 1 yard line that would have most likely given them the victory. Double OUCH!@!@!

The loss knocks Auburn out of the playoff picture, and if Alabama should win out, it will punch its ticket for a playoff invitation. Amazing!!

A team playing equally as well as anyone in the nation is the Horned Frogs of TCU, who throttled a very good team from Manhattan, Kansas, the Wildcats of KState: 41-20.

TCU QB Trevone Boykin played his way back into the Heisman conversation, as the scintillating commander ran for three touchdowns, and passed for another score, in the Frogs dominating victory.

TCU’s only blemish is a big one, coughing up a late 4th quarter 21 point lead to Baylor, which will be a headache for the committee if it comes down to these two for a playoff spot, because there is no conference championship game in the Big 12.

In Chestnut Hill, Louisville’s suffocating D was no match for the bowl eligible Eagles of Boston College, who picked off QB Tyler Murphy four times in losing to the Cardinals of Louisville: 38-19.

While in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the streak is over.

Three time defending champion North Dakota State saw its amazing run of 33 consecutive victories come to an end at the hands of the Panthers of Northern Iowa; 23 -3.

The upset victory ended the longest winning streak in FCS history. Good for the Panthers.

Finally some love in Austin, as the Longhorns of Texas (5-5), who continue to improve under the guidance of its newly minted coach Charlie Strong, knocked off 24 ranked West Virginia 33-16. It was the Horns first home victory over a ranked opponent in nine tries.

In the locker room after the game, the players hoisted Strong as he was body surfed by his players, with a smile wider than the Grand Canyon. Good for Charlie!!

“The Poll Dance Saturday,” moves onto to next week, and like a Box of Cracker Jacks, we’ll see what prizes we have in store!! Can’t wait!!

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.   PK