Stanford kicks the Irish out of the playoff, Ohio State manhandles Michigan

Stanford's Conrad Ukropina (34) hits a 45-yard field goal as time expires to give Stanford a 38-36 win over Notre Dame during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Stanford’s Conrad Ukropina (34) hits a 45-yard field goal as time expires to give Stanford a 38-36 win over Notre Dame during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

We’ll begin with the classic in Palo Alto, where, with apologies to Jim McKay, even “Touchdown Jesus” dropped his arms, over “the agony of defeat.”

With a skinny 30 seconds left on the clock, Notre Dame’s playoff application was close to being processed, as the Irish had just taken a 1-point lead over Stanford.

 

Stanford place kicker Conrad Ukropina (34) is lifted by fans and teammates after hitting a 45-yard field goal as time expired to give Stanford a 38-36 win over Notre Dame in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Stanford place kicker Conrad Ukropina (34) is lifted by fans and teammates after hitting a 45-yard field goal as time expired to give Stanford a 38-36 win over Notre Dame in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

But the Cardinal, who still harbor long-shot playoff dreams, had other plans.

Senior QB Kevin Hogan magnificently drove his team down the field, aided by a Irish face mask penalty, setting up the winning, no time left, 45-yard field goal by Conrad Ukropina for a stunning; 38-36 Stanford victory.  WOW!!

It ended the Domers dreams of a playoff invite, in a year that was Brian Kelly’s best coaching job.

In the Iron Bowl, it was the Derrick Henry show, as the Heisman front-runner ran the ball a school record 46 times, for 271 anvil pounding punishing yards, as Alabama defeated Auburn; 29-13.

The kid runs harder than the “Fugitive.”

The victory propels the Tide into the SEC Championship game where it will be a big favorite against Florida, and as long as it takes care of business, it punches its ticket in the New Year’s Eve playoff.

And Saint Nick gets one step closer to his chase of Bear’s record.

In Columbia, South Carolina, it was the Deshaun Watson show as the Clemson QB, also a strong Heisman contender, ran for three scores, and passed for one, as the undefeated Tigers knocked off a feisty bunch of Gamecocks; 37-32 remaining on track for a playoff invite.

Clemson is riding a streak of 15 in-a-row, and the last time that occurred for the Sons of Dabo, Harry Truman was occupying the Oval Office – 1947-49.  AMAZING!!  Good for Dabo.

In Norman, there is no doubt that; “Big Game Bob” is back!!

“To the victor, belongs the spoils,” said New York Senator William Marcy, and that was the “Cracker Jack” prize on the line in the “Bedlam Game” in Stillwater.

Not only was the Big 12 title up for grabs, but an invite as one of the four to the playoff, and with the precision of the Blue Angels, the Sooners cruised, routing Ok State; 58-23.

Another Heisman candidate, OU’s QB Baker Mayfield led the way throwing for a pair of touchdowns, and running for another as “Big Game’s” Boys are a serious threat to capture its first national championship since the millennium; 2000.  “Sooner Boomer!!”

In Ann Arbor, Ohio State finally awoke from its Rip Van Winkle slumber dominating its arch-rival; “The School from the North,” a.k.a. Michigan; 42-13.

It was so ugly for the Maize and Blue faithful, that midway through the fourth quarter a mass exodus took place at the Big House, prompting a pal of mine, who is an Ohio State grad to text; “The Michigan fans are leaving early.  The walk of shame never gets old.”   Double Ouch!!

Les Miles Lives!!

In what was supposed to be his last game as the head man of LSU,  his Tigers players carried him off the field like Caesar in triumph after it grinded a 19-7 victory over Texas A@M.

But lo and behold, the man with the highest winning percentage in the history of the Bayou Bengals; .775 was told after the game you are our head coach.

Miles’ response was classic Les’ “Magnificent.”

I know one thing, I would never want the Tigers athletic director Joe Alleva backing me up in an alley fight.  Talk about spineless.  He couldn’t have made a statement two weeks ago.  WOW!!!

Rumor is, the man they wanted to replace Miles, FSU’s Jimbo Fisher, who has ties to LSU emphatically said; NO!!

Hail the Tar Heels!!

Yes Virginia, there is another sport played on the UNC campus.

North Carolina finished its regular season with its eleventh consecutive victory, a 45-34 victory over it rival N.C. State, and in doing so, it punched its ticket into the ACC Championship Game, where it will be a very dangerous opponent for the top rated Tigers of Clemson.

If only the Boys from Chapel Hill had a better defense – but they are capable of knocking off Clemson and causing quite a bit of chaos for the playoff committee.

Up at the Heights it was more of the same, but this time its coach, Steve Addazio is on the clock.

Mercifully, BC’s season ended with surprise another loss, its eighth straight, as the Eagles (3-9, 0-8) (yes, they didn’t win a single conference game) fell to an equally inept bunch of Syracuse Orangemen (4-8, 2-6); 20-17.

It was the final game in the tenure of the Cuse’s coach Scott Schafer, who is being terminated, which is a fate that Addazio will be facing unless his Eagles win at least six games next season.

Think about this: we’ll give BC a victory over next season’s 1AA cupcake, so Mr. A needs to scrape out 5 wins in his next eleven games to keep the $million-plus paycheck rolling in.  What a country!!

Skipping around the country: nice win for UW’s coach Chris Petersen, as his bowl eligible Huskies, who weren’t expected to even sniff the postseason, will be bowling for the holidays.  Good for him!!

Michigan State went out and made its second consecutive statement; crushing the hapless Lions of Penn State; 55-16 setting up what may be a classic Big Ten Championship game against undefeated Iowa, with the winner punching its ticket into the playoff.

Sparty’s coach Mark Dantonio is without a doubt, the most underrated coach in America as his Spartans have won 11 games in five of the last six seasons.  WOW!!!

Finally we end the regular season with our pal, the gasbag of gasbags, our “Star-Kist” buddy Charlie Weis whose Kansas Jayhawks, the last team he “fixed,” ended a perfect season in reverse (0-12) by once again getting crushed, this time by the Wildcats of Kansas State; 45-14.

How bad are the Charlie Weisers?  Well they haven’t won more than 3 games since 2009, and finished 123rd in scoring, and dead last in points allowed.  DOUBLE OUCH!!

Even the Jayhawks mascot faked like he was vomiting in a barrel over its play!!  Sorry Charlie!!

That’s it from cyberspace.  We’ll be back Wednesday night with our analysis of the Conference Championship games.  Until then, Peace, and listen to the music.  PK

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