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