We’ll begin with “Green Bay Packer of the Charles,” better known as Harvard football.
As Geoffrey Chaucer once wrote: “All good things must come to an end.”
The Sons of JFK in the swirling winds of the stadium lost a football game for the first time in over two years, a 35-25 loss to Penn, and saw its remarkable 22-game winning streak came to a crashing end.
Despite the disappointment, if the Crimson defeats it arch-enemy Yale next week, and depending what happens in the Dartmouth, and Penn games, the “Veritas Boys” will at the minimum, share a piece of the Ivy League crown.
In Norman, “Big Game Bob” is back!!
The Sooners marched into Waco, where Baylor had run off an impressive streak of 20-in-a-row, and led by its stellar gunslinger Baker Mayfield, walked out of McLane Stadium with an impressive; 44-34 victory.
The invaders from Norman have elbowed its way into the forefront of the playoff conversation, and except for in inexplicable fur-ball against Texas, would be near the top of the heap, with a pair of season changing games looming in the next two weeks.
At Syracuse there was a statue unveiling of its famous 44’s: Jim Brown, Floyd Little, and Ernie Davis, and the spirt of its legends nearly catapulted the Orangemen into the upset of the year before it fell to top ranked; Clemson; 37-27.
And in a bit of irony; Tigers coach Dabo Swinney named his long snapper Jim Brown captain for this game in tribute to the Syracuse icon, which got quite a scare from the overmatched Orange.
In Iowa City there were a pair of firsts.
The Hawkeyes played under the lights for the first time in the month of November, but more importantly, find themselves 10-0 for the first time ever as it captured the Floyd of Rosedale trophy by defeating a feisty bunch of Gophers; 40-35.
Good for them, and good for good guy coach Kirk Ferentz.
In Annapolis it’s; “Anchors Aweigh.”
The Midshipmen (8-1) of Navy celebrated as its Houdini-like QB Keenan Reynolds ran for four-touchdowns (81) eclipsing the FBS career rushing touchdown record of Montee Ball. WOW!!
In a very cool gesture, coach Ken Niumatalolo made sure the record setting 79th TD ball was presented to Reynold’s dad.
Nice going coach on two fronts; continuing to climb up the polls, but more importantly, keeping things in perspective. Good for the “smart kids.”
It would be interesting to see what the Navy coach could do with a higher profile program.
Speaking of coaching, how about the job Bob Davie is doing at New Mexico!
His Lobos (6-4), in arguably its biggest win in program history, went into the “blue-turfers” of Boise as a 30-point underdog, and waltzed out of Albertson’s Stadium with a stunning 31-14 victory. AMAZING!!
Picked for the cellar, if the Lobos could win out, it would win its division of the Mountain West.
Good for another good guy, Bob Davie, who by the way, should have been patrolling the sidelines of BC but that’s a story for another day!!
Out in the Pacific, taps is blowing for the Pac-12 conference.
And in South Bend, the mood is sullen around “Touchdown Jesus.”
With Stanford’s loss to Oregon, and Utah’s loss to Arizona, the conference will not be receiving a New Year’s invite from the playoff selection committee. YIKES!!
And tangentially, the loss by the Sons of Jim Plunkett also hurts, if not crushes the Irish chances of moving into the top four. Double Ouch!!!
On the local front Mark Whipple’s “Belles of Amherst” aka the UMass Minutemen (2-8) snapped its five-game losing streak knocking off the woeful (1-10) Eagles of Eastern Michigan; 28-17.
On the teammates front; Buddy Teevens and his Big Green of Dartmouth pounced on seven turnovers and pounded the Bears of Brown; 34-18.
But it was the news of the Harvard’s stunning loss that sent the Big Green into a frenzy.
If Dartmouth takes care of Princeton next week in Hanover, it will share a piece of the Ivy League Title for the first time since Bill Clinton was chasing Barbara Streisand around the White House Steinway – 1996.
Good for Buddy!!
Eye ball test; It’s “Groucho’s favorite team,” Alabama, and everybody else.
Speaking of the others; it’s more of the same in Austin, as the Horns (4-6) turned it over 5-times falling to West Virginia; 38-20.
How far has Texas (who somehow beat Oklahoma) fallen?
Well it must win out against Texas Tech at home, and Baylor on the road to sneak into bowl eligibility!! “We still have a chance,” said Horns coach Charlie Strong. Really, at Texas??!! DOUBLE YIKES!!
Where is Colt McCoy when you need him??!! Or for that matter Mack Brown.
For most of the game it was; “Houston, we have a problem!”
Down 20-points in the fourth quarter, with backup quarterback Kyle Postma forced into duty, it appeared that the Cougars dream of an undefeated season was as over as Charles Yancey.
But coach Tom Herman‘s Boys (he’s on everyone’s short list) miraculously stormed all the way back scoring the go ahead points on a 9-yard touchdown pass with 1:27 left.
It then watched helplessly as Memphis marched down and lined up for a 48-yard winning field goal only to see it sail wide right from the improbable victory. Good for the Cougars!
Maybe the Boys from Austin should take notice. YIKES!!
There is a beast residing in Chapel Hill as Larry Fedora’s Tar Heels, who crushed the Canes 59-21, have won nine in a row.
Trust us, if it captures the ACC East, Clemson does not relish the prospect of playing the Heels for the ACC Title. And Fedora’s name will continue to surface for some higher profile jobs.
“Woo Pig Sooie!”
In Fayetteville, The Razorbacks have won four-in-a row, and five of its last six, this time impressively knocking off LSU: 31-14, while in Kansas City, it was win one for Gary (Pinkel) as Missouri defeated BYU 20-17. After the victory the coach danced on the middle of the field to the GP chants of his surrounding players. Good for him.
As always we finish with the gasbags of gasbags our “Star-Kist” friend Charlie Weis, and the Kansas Jayhawks, the last program he fixed. KU, a 45 point dog put up a good fight against the Horned Frogs of TCU but couldn’t close the deal, ultimately falling: 23-17.
KU remains winless (0-10), and is one of the nation’s worst elevens in the nation. Sorry Charlie!!
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