Duke shocks Notre Dame, Tennessee pull comeback for ages, LSU loses, and Les Miles on hot seat

It was a “Gomer Pyle” “Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! Type of Saturday.
We’ll begin in Madison, where its official, Wisconsin is a big cheese. Not to mention, a Big Ten threat.
The underappreciated Badgers rolled into East Lansing and walked out with the W, ticketing the Spartans with its worst home loss since Barak Obama’s first year of “Hope and Change” 2009.
Wiscy also found its starting QB in r-shirt freshman Alex Hornibrook, and has knocked off multiple AP top-10 in the same season for the first time since JFK was losing sleep over the Cuban Missile Crisis – 1962. WOW!!
It’s a great win for good-guy coach Paul Chryst. To paraphrase Bo Schembechler; “A Wisconsin man coaching Wisconsin.” Or as the student body belts out; “When you’ve said Wisss-consin, you’ve said it all!”
From there we’ll drive down to South Bend where the Irish (1-3) will try to salvage what has become a lost season, as the “Mighty Cutcliffe’s” of Duke a 21-point underdog pull off an upset for the ages knocking off the Golden Domers: 38-35. Double Wow!
Before the game the Duke coach was asked what a win by his team would mean. Without hesitation he said, “It would be the best win we’ve had as a program.” Congrats Coach!
In the shocked losers locker room it was dismay. Irish Coach Brian Kelly was perfectly blunt in the assessment of his underachieving team.
“Every position, all 22 is up for grabs,” said Kelly. Every position, all 22 of them will be evaluated. There is no position that is untouchable on this football team. If you want to play for me moving forward … you better have some damn fire and energy in you. And we lack it severely,” said Kelly. YIKES!
From South bend we’ll motor over to Knoxville where the 105,000 orange cladded Tennessee zealots booed its heroes off the field at the end of the first half when the Vols were down 21-3, and appeared to be headed on a collision course to its 12th consecutive loss to rival Florida.
In addition, funeral plans being made for UT Coach Butch Jones.
But “Not so fast my friends” as a former college coach is prone to spout.
Tennessee came out in the second half and was as different as Ebenezer Scrooge after the visit from the spirits.
The Vols clawed itself out of that dungeon, and inexplicably scored the next 38 unanswered points, as it galloped to an improbable 38-28 victory, ending the losing streak, and injecting itself into the SEC East title picture. Amazing
We’ll move over to the Plains of Auburn which was billed as the “Hot Seat Bowl” and the losing in this case was the no-longer lovable LSU Coach Les Miles who saw his offensively challenged Tigers fall to a pedestrian bunch of Tigers from Auburn: 18-16.
Auburn scored all its points from the right foot of its kicker Daniel Carlson who tied a team record with 6-field goals.
LSU was at the Auburn 15 with a single second showing on the clock. The ball was snapped and LSU QB Danny Etling completed an apparent game winning TD pass plunging the dagger in the heart of Auburn coach Gus Malzahan. But, alas for the flooded Baton Rouge faithful it was not to be.
The referee went upstairs for a ruling from the replay booth which showed that the clock struck midnight, or in this case: 0:00, and the game was declared over before the ball was snapped.
In Latin literature the phrasing, when the clock strikes midnight – refers Lucifer coming to claim the soul of Doctor Faustus, but in this instance, it was the soul of Les Miles – who at season’s end will have the bell tolling for thee.
Down in Athens, where’s Mark Richt when you need him?
The former Bulldogs coach is now happily ensconced in Zika Country, otherwise known as Miami sitting with an undefeated team.
The Georgia faithful had grown tired of Richt and his ho-hum seasons of 9 and 10 wins. We’ll it was a Mississippi burning for new headman Kirby Smart as the Rebel and QB Chad Kelly toyed with the Dawgs cruising home: 45-14. OUCH!
The Sons of Archie Manning will be a dangerous spoiler the rest of the way in the SEC.
To paraphrase Simon and Garfunkel, where have you gone Pete Carroll a Trojan Nation turns its lonely eyes to you…
The Men of Troy now sit 1-3 after blowing its first 10-point fourth quarter lead in 85 games! Double Yikes!
That is simply not acceptable for a traditional power like USC who less than a decade ago was the toast of the college football world. It will be interesting if the newly installed AD Lynn Swann will stays with Pat Hayden’s hire of untested coach Clay Helton is the season continues to spiral south.
On the local front the teammates: Buddy Teevens of Dartmouth, and Tim Murphy of Harvard who played together at Silver Lake both won to maintain a perfect start to their seasonal campaigns. Good for the good guys.
And there is not report on another L by the Jawhawks of Kansas the last team that the bloviating gasbag Charlie Weis fixed, because it had a bye this week. Sorry Charlie!!
That’s it from cyber-space. We’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 5 Wednesday night. Until then, Peace, and listen to the music. PK

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