We’ll begin with the streaks.
On the local front, the “Sons of Veritas” aka the eleven of Harvard football suffered a “sweet-16” heartbreak afternoon.
Tim Murphy’s boys, down its starting QB, tailback, and best receiver, suffered its first loss of the season, falling 27-17 to the Crusaders of Holy Cross, and in doing so had its dual streaks of; 16-consecutive road wins, and 16-consecutive non-conference victories drain into the Charles.
Ironically, the last non-conference team to defeat the Crimson were these very same Crusaders in 2011. There must be something in the water of Bob Cousy’s home town.
In Death Valley, the Clemson Tigers miraculously added to its impressive run of 20-in-a-row at home, and 45 W’s versus non-conference opponents courtesy of a missed regulation ending 33-yard field goal by Kyle Bambard, (he also had one
blocked, and missed another).
The Tiger finally clawed away from the grizzled NC State visitors on a Deshaun Watson TD pass in the first overtime possession, then stopped NC State with a winning interception in the end zone, to eke out the 24-17 victory. WOW!
“Lord have mercy, we’ve got to learn how to hold onto the football,” said Tigers Coach Dabo Swinney, who pallor was the color of alabaster.
Clemson had four turnovers in this game, but good teams simply find a way to create its own luck. And Clemson is now 15-2 in games decided by 7-points or less since 2014.
In Madison, it was a classic scene between a pair of Big Ten heavyweights.
A jam-packed Camp Randall of over 80,000 red cladded Wisconsin zealots, a game stuffed with playoff implications between two top-10 teams, ferocious defense, agita-inducing turnovers, combined with Heisman caliber clutch plays, which ended in a thrilling 30-23 overtime victory by the Buckeyes of Ohio State.
For my money, in my favorite conference, it was the best game of the year, and also showed that Wisconsin, under Coach Paul Chryst, is back amongst the elite.
And if Hollywood ever decided to recreate the “On the Road” movies that featured Bob Hope, and Bing Crosby, Urban Meyer is its man.
Under his leadership, Ohio State has won 20 in-a-row on the road, and is now an eye-popping 34-1 against Big Ten regular season opponents, and 14-3 against ranked teams since taking up residence in Columbus.
Now to the streaking “Title Towners.”
Groucho’s favorite team, the Tide of Alabama, stretched its overall winning streak to 19, while leaving no doubt as to its deserved ranking as the best team in the land with its; 40-10 obliteration of Tennessee.
How bad was the beating, which was Bama’s 10-consecutive win against the “Sons of Archie?”
Well, it was the largest Crimson Tide margin of victory over the Volunteers since Teddy Roosevelt was twirling his mustache in the Oval Office – 1906. That was a 51-0 whitewashing. YIKES!
The Tide also had its most yards rushing 438, (8.9 yds. a pop on 49 carries) since the Ronald Reagan napping year of 1986, when it ran over – you guessed it – these very same Volunteers.
Before the game Payton Manning was serenaded by the Rocky Topper faithful, but not even the combination of Payton, Eli, and Archie could have slowed the Alabama onslaught.
St. Nick also tweaked Tennessee’s nose when he said after the game, “When you play really good teams, the runs aren’t going to be so easy.” OUCH!
The Tide’s D and special teams also scored its 11th non-offensive touchdown, and for the 10th consecutive game the defense has scored a TD. Amazing.
There is now an overstock of items in the “Suffering Succotash;” what the heck happened department; The Bruins of UCLA fell to Washington State 27-21 to slide to 3-4, while the one proud Spartans of Michigan State, have lost an unprecedented 4-in-a-row under Mark Dantonio, but what is even more shocking is a defense that looks like it is sponsored by Colander as it surrendered 54 to Northwestern in its embarrassing 54-40 undressing by the Wildcats.
It’s no less disastrous in South Bend where “Captain Queeg,” aka Brian Kelly, the head man of the now (2-5) Irish got into a heated argument with the strength coach of Stanford who supposedly said, “Bye, bye” to it beleaguered coach.
A note to Mr. Kelly, instead of blaming everyone else including Donald Trump, for the ND nose-dive, maybe a long hard look into the shaving mirror is in order.
I say, well if the shoe fits….” Notre Dame would love to part company with it irascible head man, but doesn’t have the stomach to fire him, and he’s not walking away without receiving a huge buyout.
They were already burnt once by our friend Charlie Weis.
Moving down the road a bit to SUNJ, or when they are good, and it’s been awhile, Rutgers University, who have lost four in a row, its last three by the jaw-dropping aggregate of: 160-7.
Whenever Rutgers scores, be it field-goal, or touchdown, they have a costumed soul dressed as “Harry Rutgers,” who was in Washington’s Army, in charge of firing the cannon.
Well, like the repairman in the Maytag commercials, he has become the loneliest and quietest man in America.
Amazingly Boston College has a chance to top that ineptitude, but it would have to lose 60-0 next week to Syracuse. If that happened BC’s three-game tally would read: 161-7. Painful.
Speaking of the Orangemen of Syracuse, congrats on its 31-17 victory over Virginia Tech, its first win over a ranked team since it joined the ACC, and if you get a chance check out the locker room post-game speech by Coach Dino Babers.
Unfortunately in Emily Dickinson’s town the “Belles of Amherst” football team once again went down in flames, this time in a smoldering 56-28 beat-down by Louisiana Tech, dropping the Minutemen to a woeful 1-6.
Many consider the “Fighting Whipple’s” the worst team in big-time college football, and the potential that the administration at season’s end might pull the plug on the entire program which is hemorrhaging money is stronger than Marty Walsh winning a second term as the Mayor of Boston.
As always, we end with the irrelevant Kansas football program (1-5) which is the last team that the “bloviating gasbag” Charlie Weis “fixed,” who were stomped once again, this time by the Bears of Baylor: 49-7. Bring on basketball season. Sorry Charlie.
That’s it from cyber-space. We’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 8 Wednesday night. Until then, Peace and listen to the music. pk