Supermoon – biggest and brightest since 1948
Maybe it was the results of the presidential election, or maybe it’s the eve of the “super-moon,” (the closest and brightest full-moon since -1948, when Dinah Shore’s “Buttons and Bows” was the number one song) but for the first time since Ronald Reagan was in the first year of his second term (1985), the numbers: 2, 3, and 4 ranked teams, all fell in the same day, creating a delicious stew of what we lovingly call: “College Football Chaos.”
We’ll begin in Clemson, where the unranked Panthers of Pitt stunned the Tigers of Clemson 43-42 on the strength of a 48-yard field-goal with six seconds remaining.
The kick was made by a kid who earlier in the game clanked an extra-point, and who has the best possible name for the magnitude of the moment: Chris Blewit.
The stunner ended a pair of streaks for the Tigers: its 21-game home winning streak fell by the wayside, but more amazingly, its 46-game victory run against non-ranked opponents also came to a crashing end. WOW!
The loss also crushed any Heisman chances for QB Shaun Watson, who threw an ill-advised pick (his third) on second and goal from the three- late in the fourth quarter which would have iced the game. Ouch!
Yet, Clemson still had one additional chance to close out these pesky, and now bowl (6-4) eligible Panthers.
On a fourth and one, from the Pitt 35, and leading by 2 with 58-seconds remaining, Coach Dabo Swinney eschewed a punt, and elected to try a pitch to his tailback Wayne Gallman who was stuffed, which allowed the Panthers to march down for the winning field-goal. Amazing!
It was Pittsburgh’s first victory over a top-5 team since the last year of W’s administration – 2007. Ah, those were the days!
But fear not you “Sons of Strom Thurmond;” if the Tigers win out, it captures the ACC title which “should” be enough to earn them a playoff invite; but it is a lot more precarious than it had been.
In Seattle, it was a story of dominance by the visitors of USC, who strolled into a hostile and ear-splitting Husky Stadium, and walked out with an impressive 26-13 victory.
The win accomplished two things: it ended Washington’s 12-game winning streak, but even more devastatingly, crushed almost all hopes of a playoff-invite for the champion of the Pac-12 conference which is almost as weak as the bench of the Democratic Party.
USC QB – Sam Darnold
These resurgent Trojans, who have won 6-in-a-row, and are playing arguably some of the best football in the country, are like Donald Trump on early Wednesday morning, a changed team, since coach Clay Helton made the switch to giving the keys to the LALA land Caddy to r-shirt freshman QB Sam Darnold.
The swashbuckling marksman, who is tougher than a $5 dollar steak, has the Trojans in overdrive rolling over its opposition, and should it finish its season won an 8-game winning streak, a Rose Bowl invitation should be awaiting in the mail.
In Iowa City, the tears were filling the eyes of its victorious coach Kirk Ferentz, who just watched his resilient Hawkeyes, (who were embarrassed the week before by Penn State) in another classic Big-Ten defensive battle, knock off the “Big Bad Voodoo Daddy” Wolverines: 14-13, on a time expiring 33-yard field-goal by Keith Duncan. WOW!
Iowa teammates carry field goal Kicker Keith Duncan off in victory
The irony of that victory brings that 1985 year into play once more.
Thirty-one years ago, on that the same Kinnick Stadium field, Iowa, then ranked number one in the country knocked off number two ranked Michigan 12-10 on a last second field-goal.
But what makes the story even more remarkable is the fact that the QB for that Wolverine eleven, was none other than; Jim Harbaugh. Sort of a life imitating life. Amazing!
But fear not for the Boys from Ann Arbor; if it wins out, and captures the conference championship, Big Blue punches its ticket into the playoff. But things are certainly a lot murkier.
The Michigan loss also makes Penn State a player. If Ohio State beats Michigan in two weeks, then the Nittany Lions, who beat Ohio State, win the division and go to the Big Ten championship game, leaving a one loss Ohio State at the mercy of the playoff committee. YIKES!
Now to the Heights (a real misnomer for its football team), and our favorite (deservedly so) punching bag; the Eagles of Boston College.
Embattled BC coach Steve Addazio
Coach Steve Addazio’s “sad-sacks” were once again totally outclassed, throttled, shellacked, humiliated, embarrassed, stomped on, smoked, destroyed, crushed, thrashed, lambasted, flayed, drubbed, blasted, or walloped, (you pick the adjective); this time by the Seminoles of Florida State: 45-7.
BC is an eye-popping 1-14 in its last 15 ACC contests, and has lost to its four ranked opponents by the combined aggregate of: 202-24! As Fred Rogers used to say; “Can you say irrelevant?”
Yet if BC wins this Saturday at home against UConn (it should), and closes its season with a win over Wake Forest (no easy task) it will finish 6-6, and earn an invite to the “dog-food” bowl which more than likely means Mr. A returns for another $2.5 season. Oh the humanity! But what a country!
Here’s our hope: BC loses to UConn, is eliminated from bowl consideration, and the moving vans start heading for Addazio’s home.
Then the Eagles “brain-trust” gets together, and asks its former coach Tom Coughlin, the two-time Super Bowl winner of the NY Giants, )who molded BC into a top-ten program), to put together a list of 5 quality candidates to be the next head man of the Eagles.
BC entices of those candidate to come aboard, and even if the new guy uses it as a stepping stone, a-la Coughlin, it’s only a stepping stone if you win, that’s fine. What a concept; winning!
Something needs to be done, and soon, because the best football in New England is being played across the Charles, at a place called Harvard, where the best coach in New England is named: Tim Murphy.
On a different note; one of our favs, Coach O, LSU coach Ed Orgeron (4-1 since being installed), took another step closer to having his parking space permanently striped, as the Tigers ran all over the Razorbacks of Arkansas: 38-10.
LSU Coach Ed Orgeron
If LSU wins out, it will be very difficult for the Bayou Bengal Boosters to look elsewhere. Good for Mr. O.
One place the boosters will be looking for a replacement is Austin, as Charlie Strong’s Texas Longhorns lost to a resurgent bunch of Mountaineers from West Virginia 24-20, meaning the best Texas can hope for is a 7-5 season, which in Burnt Orange Country will get you fired. Sorry Charlie.
Speaking of Charlie, we finish as always with our bloviating, gas-bag pal Charlie Weis, and the last program he fixed; the Jayhawks of Kansas (1-9), who saw its last best hope of a Big-12 victory go by the wayside falling to Iowa State (2-8): 31-24.
Our favorite gas-bag bloviator; Charlie Weis
KU has now lost 19-consecutive Big-12 games, and its second year coach David Beaty is likely to end up 1-23 in his two years at the helm in Lawrence. YIKES!
Over its last 5-plus season; Kansas is a jaw-dropping 10-60, with more people attending its powerhouse basketball team 16,000 than a football game. As they used to say in the “Star-Kist” commercial: “Sorry Charlie.”
That’s it from cyberspace. We’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 12 Wednesday night. Until then, Peace, and listen to the music. PK