With apologies to “Sonny and Cher,” the beat goes on in Tuscaloosa.
No.1 ranked Alabama stretched its winning streak to 21, with a 10-0 victory over LSU in an old fashioned defensive battle, in which all of the scoring occurred in the fourth quarter.
The 10-point total is also the fewest points scored by a pair of AP top-15 teams since Nancy Reagan was rearranging White House china (1986), and its was the “Sons of Bart Starr’s” 13-straight win against a ranked opponent. WOW!
The anvil-pounding game which had more hits than a Beatles catalogue, featured a defense that as “John Houseman” used to say in the commercial for “Smith Barney;” “They did it the old fashioned way, they earrrrrned it.” (For u young’uns – you tube it.)
Some experts are saying this is the best defensive squad of St. Nick’s “Title Town” tenure.
This marauding bunch, stocking stuffed with NFL talent, attacks with the intensity of “Attila the Hun,” while strangling offenses better than Albert DeSalvo.
It held the Tiger’s all-world tailback Leonard Fournette to 35-yards rushing on 17-carries, surrendered a total of 125-yards of offense, and allowed two fewer first downs (6), than the “Sons of Billy Cannon” had punts (8). A show reminiscent of the ’85 Bears.
“We’ve got some pretty hateful guys that play defense around here, that are pretty good competitors,” said Saban in an understatement for the ages. “When they get challenged … they usually respond, and I think they responded pretty well tonight.” Yeah Nick, I would agree.
The Tide are now two victories, (but one is the Iron Bowl at home against a suddenly dangerous Auburn eleven), away from winning the SEC West, and an invite to the SEC Championship game. Pen them into the four team playoff. It’s Alabama, and everyone else.
Speaking of everyone else, can we get anyone else to coach the Eagles of Boston College, who were throttled, and embarrassed by the Cardinals of Louisville: 52-7. How low are things at the Heights? BC has lost to its three ranked opponents by the combined aggregate: 157-17. YIKES!
In order to become bowl eligible, The “Sons of Doug Flutie” (4-5) must win two of its final 3 games.
That may be an order of Himalayan proportions, as the Eagles travel to Tallahassee to take on Florida State this Saturday, play UConn at home the following week, then close out its season on the road against a bowl eligible, and well coached Demon Deacon football team of; Wake Forest.
But yesterday it was the Lamar Jackson show, as the eye-popping Heisman frontrunner was a man amongst boys, responsible for 7-touchdowns – three rushing, and four passing – in his cakewalk afternoon at the Heights.
In all honesty, this contest was over by the third play of the game, when Mr. Jackson, who’s the closest thing to Michael Vick, since Michael Vick, scampered 69 virtually untouched yards, to give Louisville a 7-0 lead as the rout was on.
You know this is a great country when Coach Steve Addazio makes $2.5 million a year, and is signed until 2019.
BC needs to do two things, and do them in short order.
First, make a phone call across the Charles to the Football Offices of Harvard University, and speak with Coach Tim Murphy. He probably wouldn’t leave, but I would certainly inquire to gage any interest.
If in fact the answer is no, then go out and find a young assistant from the staff of either Urban Meyer, Nick Saban, or Jim Harbaugh, and let that guy come in an use the Eagles as a stepping stone. It can’t be a stepping stone unless you win.
I would also consult with the Eagles former head man Tom Coughlin who built BC into a legitimate top-ten program before leaving for playing fields of the NFL.
Otherwise, the Eagles football program as it’s currently constituted, is going to be, if it hasn’t already, sentenced to a life of irrelevancy.
Onto a better note; the Midshipmen of Navy, for only the fourth-time, since the week after JFK was assassinated – 1963 – defeated Notre Dame; 28-27. Anchors Aweigh!
The victory makes the “Sons of Roger Staubach” bowl eligible for the thirteenth time in 14-years, and drops the Irish to a shocking 3-6, placing them in serious jeopardy of staying home for the holidays. WOW!
Staying with the Academies; Air Force’s 31-13 win over Army accomplished two things: it made the Boys from Colorado Springs bowl eligible, but most importantly, the Falcons captured outright the Commander-in-Chief Trophy which comes with an invite to the Oval Office, and a visit with the POTUS. Good for them.
But weep not for the Long Grey Line, who are one game away from earning a bowl invitation, it’s first since 2010.
On another disappointing note; what in the name of Duffy Daugherty is going on in East Lansing, as the Spartans of Michigan State lost its 7-straight game, this time to a lowly bunch of Illini (3-6) of Illinois: 31-27.
MSU’s lost season continues to unravel: as the “Sons of Bubba Smith” are now winless (0-6) in the Big Ten for the first time since joining the League in the first term of the Eisenhower Administration – 1953, and are enduring its worst losing streak since; Ronald Reagan was in the first year, of his first term; 1981.
Can you say – shocking?!
In Austin, the “Fighting Charlie Strong’s” of Texas continue its revival tour, as the Horns knocked off Texas Tech: 45-37 in a huge Big-12, aka “Flag Football” league contest. The leagues motto: “We don’t need no stinking defense!”
If the “Sons of Darrell Royal” win out, now a possibility, Mr. Strong will finish 8-4, and more than likely the embattled coach will hold onto his job.
In Madison, the Badgers of Wisconsin continue to impress, as the “Sons of Dale Chihuly” went into Evanston and walked out with a methodical 21-7 victory over Northwestern, its first win in Evanston since Prince was partying like it was; 1999.
Paul Chryst’s Badgers (7-2), have held eight of its nine opponents to 17-points or less, and if it wins out against a relatively light schedule, it will be ticketed for an invite to the Big Ten Championship game, and a long shot for the 4-team playoff.
In the shocker of the day, Texas A&M obviously couldn’t stand the prosperity of being ranked the number four team in the country, as the Aggies were run all over (365-yrds rushing) by the Bulldogs of Mississippi State: 35-28.
“We got whipped,” said A&M coach Kevin Sumlin. Yes you did, and with it, A&M’s playoff hopes are like the Johnson/Weld Libertarian ticket, tossed into the dust bin of history.
On the local front Timmy Murphy’s “Veritas Boys,” aka Harvard Football (7-1), defeated a feisty bunch of Lions from Columbia; 28-21.
The win was the 115th for the “Vince Lombardi” of the Charles, and places Murphy in the second spot for the most wins in Ivy League history. Good for Coach Murph.
If the Crimson win out – at Penn next week, and the “The Game” with Yale at home to close out the season – it will capture the Ivy Tile for tenth time since Murphy took up his residency in Cambridge.
Are you listening BC? Probably not!
While his Silver Lake Regional teammate Buddy Teevens saw his Big Green of Dartmouth knock off Cornell: 17-13.
Finally, as always, we finish with the woeful Jayhawks of Kansas (1-8), 48-21 losers to West Virginia, the last team that our bloviating, gas-bag pal Charlie Weis fixed. As they used to say in the “Star-Kist” commercial. “Sorry Charlie.”
That’s it from cyber-space. We’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 11 Wednesday night. Until then, Peace. Make sure you vote. And most importantly, listen to the music. pk