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