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