Auburn dismantles Georgia, Miami shellacked Notre Dame, Oklahoma toys with TCU in shakeup Saturday

WOW!
It was the college football version of “Shock and Awe” as Auburn, Miami, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Ohio State stomped, throttled, annihilated, overwhelmed, dismantled, and took no prisoners in outcomes that dramatically altered the landscape of the playoff rankings.
We’ll begin in the Plains where, in a job-saving performance, Gus Malzahn’s Auburn Tigers, before a frenzied Jordan-Hare Stadium, brushed aside an early 7-0 deficit, then proceeded to barbecue the visiting Bulldogs of Georgia, the number one ranked team in the land, smoking them 40-17 in a performance worthy of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

 

 

Auburn’s starry tailback Kerryon Jackson                                    AP photo

The D of the “Sons of Bo Jackson” squeezed tighter than Albert DeSalvo, holding the Dawgs vaunted ground attack to a measly 46-yards, an eye-popping 233-yards below its average, while the Tigers offense ran all over and pass at will against what was considered one of the best defenses in the country.
It was simply a breathtaking performance, as Auburn has played itself into the playoff conversation.
If the Tigers, in two weeks are able to defeat Alabama (a legitimate possibility) in the Iron Bowl it would win the SEC West and play Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.
A victory there gives the Auburn a playoff worthy resume, and a possible giant migraine for the committee.
Could a two-loss team, with two separate victories over No. 1 teams, as well as being crowned the SEC Champion be denied a playoff spot? Stay tuned.
In South Bend, even “Touchdown Jesus” is in shock.
The U can also put to rest the question; is Miami real or Memorex as the Hurricanes deconstructed the Irish; 41-8 totally dominating both sides of the ball. At one point the Irish had 5-pass completions and three interceptions!

 

Miami cornerback Trajan Bandy wearing turnover chain for a pick 6      AP photo

Miami’s speed and power was Secretariat-esque, and its victory propels Mark Richt’s undefeated thoroughbreds into a top-4 playoff position, as well as a date in the ACC Championship game. Amazing.
We’ll slide over to Norman, where, with apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein; “OOOOOOKLAAAHOOMA! Where the “wins” come sweepin’ down the plain” as the Sooners in an offensive display worthy of a Kim Jong-Un missile launch toyed with the Horned Frogs of TCU; 38-20.

 

Oklahoma QB and Heisman front-runner Baker Mayfield              AP photo

OU scored all 38 of its points in the first half as Baker Mayfield, the Heisman prohibitive frontrunner, did his thing throwing three more TD passes, then using his legs to pick up key first downs on the ground in the second half.
But for the OU faithful, the most encouraging aspect of the lopsided win was the Sooner’s D, which in a big spot, played its best and most complete game of the year as, Oklahoma stated its case for a playoff invite. In our eyeball test, OU is the best team in the country.

 

Wisconsin’s All-America tailback Jonathan Taylor                           AP photo 

Over to Madison, where the “Rodney Dangerfield’s” of college football AKA the Badgers of Wisconsin, in another dominating defensive (Iowa was held to a total of 66-offensive yards) performance, with a big assist from its Heisman caliber tailback Jonathan Taylor; 157-yards, toyed with the Hawkeyes of Iowa; 38-14.

The victory takes the “fighting Paul Chryst’s” to 10-0 “Elle-like” perfection for the first time in school history, as the “Sons of Elroy Crazylegs Hirsh” continue to lay out an Alan Dershowitz tight case for playoff inclusion.

 

Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer                  AP photo

It must have been awfully cranky around the football offices of Columbus after its concussive debacle the week before in Iowa City, because the Buckeyes stormed out of the Columbus gates and never looked back dissecting the visitors from East Lansing, the Spartans of Michigan State; 48-3.
It was Ohio State’s third largest victory over a ranked team in school history, and kept the Buckeyes slim playoffs chances alive, albeit in with the help of a respirator.
The Boys from “Cowbell Country” AKA Mississippi State gave a fright to the visitors from “Title Town” AKA the Crimson Tide, before Alabama scored the winning TD with a mere 25-seconds left in regulation saving its championship aspirations by knocking off Dan Mullen’s feisty bunch: 31-24.

 

Alabama’s cool QB Jalen Hurts                     AP photo

Two things stood out; the Tide’s QB Jalen Hurts is cooler than Steve McQueen, and because of all its defensive injuries, for the first time this season a team was able to run through, what had previously been an impregnable Alabama defensive wall, giving its faithful pause as it approaches its Armageddon clash against Auburn on the road in two weeks. Can’t wait.
Hail the Academies; as both Army and Navy won yesterday.

 

Army Coach Jeff Monken celebrating win against Duke       AP photo

The Cadets, who have won six in a row, sit an impressive 8-2, and finished with a perfect 6-0 home record for the first time since the “Bill and Monica” Days – 1996, as its coach, Jeff Monken, is deserving of Coach of the Year accolades. Good for the “Long Grey Line.”
In Annapolis, after enduring a three-game losing streak, Navy’s last second 43-40 field-goal victory over SMU made the Middies bowl eligible for the sixth consecutive year, and the 14th time in its last 15th seasons.
After losing both QB’s to injuries, Navy Coach Ken Niumatalolo decided to insert his speedy slotback Malcolm Perry under center, and the move played as brilliantly as Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, as the newbie rushed for 282-yards, including a 92-yard TD run which was the second longest in school history. WOW!
“We got tough kids. We’re going to fight to the freakin’ end,” said the coach in poetic military Veteran’s Day elegance.
On the local front; the Silver Lake Regional High teammates had a mixed weekend.
Buddy Teevens and the Big Green of Dartmouth who were making its first Fenway Park appearance since the war year of FDR – 1944, easily handled the Bears of Brown 33-10, keeping its hopes for a share of the Ivy League title alive.
While the Veritas Boys of Harvard (5-4) fell to Penn; 23-6 and in doing so are out of the Ivy League race. That happens about as often as someone with the demeanor of Donald J. Trump is elected President of the United States.

 

Columbia Coach Al Bagnoli                                      AP photo

In New York, our other pal, Coach Al Bagnoli and his “Fighting Bagnoli’s” AKA the Lions of Columbia, knocked off the “Big Red” of Cornell 18-8, and in doing improved its record to a remarkable Lazarus-like 7-2, setting up the following scenario for next weekend.
If Harvard defeats Yale in “The Game,” and the Lions take care of business against its rival Brown, Columbia will share in a piece the Ivy League Championship, an achievement not even Nostradamus could have foreseen.
It also may well be the first time in his long distinguished career that the future HOF Coach will be rooting for success for the gridiron eleven from Cambridge. Whatever happens, Coach Bags has done a remarkable job, and more importantly put Columbia football back on the map!
In Florida, the former Sunshine State football goliaths; Florida State, and Florida, are a combined; 6-12, which is the Gators worst start since Jimmy Carter’s last year in office- 1979. YIKES!!
In Clemson, the “Fighting Dabo’s” had a scare, but prevailed over Florida State: 31-14 setting up an ACC Championship playoff showdown with Miami. Again, can’t wait.
And on the “Dead Man Walking” watch; Bret Bielema and his Arkansas Razorbacks were butchered by LSU 33-10, while Tennessee mercifully decided to pull the plug on its coach Butch Jones, after his Volunteers, who are winless in the SEC, were crushed 50-17 by a mediocre bunch of Missouri Tigers. The moving vans are warmed up and ready to go.
Hail the ‘smart kids” as Northwestern won its fifth in a row; a 23-13 victory over Purdue as the Cats have clawed its way to 7-3 record, proving once again that Pat Fitzgerald is one of the nation’s best.

 

Former KU Coach Charlie Weis                                             AP photo

Finally, as always, we close with our bloviating gas-bag pal Charlie Weis and the woeful Jayhawks of Kansas (1-9), who lost to Texas 42-27, and in the process set an FBS record for ineptitude, losing its 45 consecutive game on the road. AMAZING!!
As Mr. Rogers might say on Sesame Street; “Can you say, irrelevant?” Yikes, sorry Charlie!
That’s it from cyber-space. We’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 12 Wednesday night. Until then, Peace, and listen to the music. pk

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Notre Dame visits Miami, Georgia travels to Auburn, and TCU takes on Oklahoma in showdown Saturday

 

Iowa fans wave to kids in IU hospital                                     AP photo

We begin this week with a simple idea, a social media springboard, and a new tradition that, with apologies to the Eagles and its song “James Dean,”; “Is just too cool for school.”
In May, Krista Young, an Iowa fan from the tiny town of Anita posted a message to the Facebook page Hawkeye Heaven.
“I think with the new U of I hospital addition open, Kinnick (Stadium) should hold a ‘wave’ to the kids minute during every game. It would send them a little extra inspiration.
At the first game Young expected that there might be several small groups who would take part in the ceremonial wave.
But when all 68,000 –plus rose as one, and for a long sustained moment waved to the kids looking out the glass windows of the 12th floor, which is the highest structure in the county, it was a spine tingling moment, and the newest, and arguably best, of all college traditions was born.
Good for Krista Young, maybe she should run for office!
This weekend let’s see which fans derisively wave goodbye to its conquered visitors, and which, in the tradition of sportsmanship shake hands in appreciation of a battle endured and well fought on the gridiron.
No. 3 Notre Dame at No. 7 Miami (Ch. 5, 8 p.m.) Like Donald Trump, very few expected to see Notre Dame occupying such a lofty position.
These “Sons of Frank Leahy,” who maneuver (5th in nation – 324-rushing yds. per game) through traffic better than Dale Earnhardt at Daytona, and run more often than Althea Garrison, the Harold Stassen of Boston politics, are commanded by its dynamic dual-threat (11 TDs – 2 Ints – 51%, 13 rushing touchdowns-639 yards) QB Brandon Wimbush.

 

Irish QB Brandon Wimbush                                          AP photo

Another key to ND’s success this season is its ability to jump out to early leads.
These “Sons of Paul Hornung” have gotten out of the starting blocks quicker than drag-racing queen Shirley Muldowney, outscoring its first-half opponents by an eye-popping aggregate of: 224- 82.
In addition to its signal caller, the seventh highest scoring (41) eleven, rolls behind one of the nation’s best, Heisman contending tailback Josh Adams (1191-yards – 8.7 yp-carry – 9 TDs) and his partner Deon McIntosh, and with his improving accuracy the Domer’s QB is able to lock onto a trio of quality wideouts; Chase Claypool, Equanimeous St. Brown, and Alize Brown.
On D these “Sons of Mike Stonebreaker” anchored by backers Te’von Coney, Nyles Morgan, and Dave Tranquill, has serious fissures defending the opposition passing (90th) game, but has managed to be as stout as Falstaff in the red zone, surrendering a miniscule 18-points a game.
In Coral Gables, Coach Mark Richt’s Canes, like St. Nick shimmering down the chimney, have quietly strung together the nation’s best winning streak which has now climbed to a baker’s dozen.

 

 

 

 

Miami QB Malik Rosier                                AP photo

QB Malik Rosier (19 TDs-7 Ints-56%) directs the U’s pedestrian attack (44th scoring -31 pts) with assists from his shifty tailback Travis Homer (6 TDs) and a trio of glue fingered receivers; Braxton Berrios (7 TDs), Christopher Herndon, and Ahmmon Richards.

This group won’t cause any sleepless night for defensive coordinators, but has a Superman-like ability to swoop-in at just in the right time and keep these “Sons of Ted Hendricks” with a Sophia Loren blemish free record.

The Cane’s twelfth stingiest (17) D, featuring backers Shaquille Quarterman, Michael Pickney, and end Joe Jackson (7.5 tfls-3.5 sacks) hits harder than an Earnie Shavers right hand, and will ultimately determine if a playoff invite is delivered to the U’s football offices.
In a game of great intrigue, that holds stakes that are Himalayan high, we think the followers of “Touchdown Jesus” leave the Sunshine State “cheer cheer –ing” over a gigundous victory by its beloved Irish and march one step closer to the playoff.
No. 2 Georgia at No. 10 Auburn (Ch. 4, 3:30 p.m.) In the 121st renewal of the “Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry” (Georgia holds a slight edge: 57-55-8, and has won 9 of the last 11) it is the first time since W’s reelection year (2004), and only the fourth time in the game’s history, that both squads will square off as members of top-10.
The last time Coach Kirby Smart’s Bulldogs reached this 9-0 perfection pinnacle, “The Gipper” AKA Ronald Reagan was occupying the Oval Office – 1982.
Utilizing a defense that is harder to penetrate than the inner circle of Robert Mueller’s investigating team these anvil-hardened “Sons of Jake Scott,” the nation’s third (11-ppg.) stingiest, anchored by backers Lorenzo Carter (5.5 tfls – 4 –sacks), Roquan Smith, and end Jonathan Ledbetter, are faster than Shalane Flanagan, and more disruptive than a Marciano uppercut to the solar plexus.

 

Georgia tailbacks Sony Michel and Nick Chubb                              AP photo

The Dawgs  ground attack eighth best (270 yards), features Nick Chubb (9 TDS) and Sony Michel (9 TDs) who comprise one of the best running combos since Bogie and Bacall, or Jimmy Brown and Leroy Kelly.

Georgia’s true freshman QB Jake Fromm (15 TDs- 4 Ints – 63%) has played beyond his years, and when the young-un takes to the skies over Athens, wideouts Terry Godwin, and Javon Wims, are game changing targets.

On the Plains the view is more myopic.
Some feel that Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn, who is 0-6 against rivals Georgia and Alabama, must pass at least one of these two final exams, if his employment with the “Sons of Shug Jordan” is going to continue. Especially with a fan base whose patience is thinner than a driver inching along on the Southeast Expressway trying to catch a 5 p.m. flight out of Logan.

 

Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham                        AP Photo

On offense, War Eagle has shown better offensive balance than Sir Edmund Hillary, led by Baylor transfer, QB Jarrett Stidham (11 TDs – 3 Ints – 66%) who gets a huge assist from a pair of pile driving tailbacks Kerryon Johnson (15 TDs), and Kim Martin, along with two glue-fingered receivers; Ryan Davis and Darius Slayton.
The nation’s ninth stingiest (16) D, featuring the backer trio; Deshaun Davis, Darrell Williams, and Jefferson Holland (11 tfls -8 sacks), are as ferocious as former DNC Chair Donna Brazile defending her right to write her own book about the disastrous 2016 Presidential Democrat campaign.
In a game that could rock the playoff and national rankings, as well as kill the dream of having a pair of SEC teams invited to the playoff, we think the Dawgs, in a tight battle, continues its Armageddon march toward the SEC Championship in a state of perfection.
No. 8 TCU at No. 5 Oklahoma (FOX, 8 p.m.) In Fort Worth, Gary Patterson’s Horned Frogs are just like its mascot’s name sake, ornery and willing to battle regardless of the size of its predator.

 

TCU QB Kenny Hill                                                   AP photo

These “Sons of Johnny Vaught” are commanded by its dual-threat Texas A&M transfer QB Kenny Hill (15 TDs -5 Ints -68%), who in a second opportunity has performed with the coolness of Bogart in the closing scene of “Casablanca,” “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship,” but with the tenacity and toughness of a high-steel iron worker.
The Purple Frogs marksman is assisted by a chain moving committee of receivers; Desmon White, KaVontae Turpin, John Diarse, and Jalen Reagor, while tailbacks Darius Anderson and Sewo Olonilua are simply adequate movers of the earth.
As always, the strength of most Patterson coached teams is its D, and this edition of the “Sons of Jerry Hughes,” the nation’s sixth (13) stingiest, anchored by ends Ben Banogu (12.5 tfls – 6.5 sacks) and Matt Boesen, [note; safety Nick Orr is out] sits on top stoning runners, allowing a microscopic 69-yds per game, but has shown some cracks defending against the pass which is not a winning formula to employ against OU.
In Norman, with apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein “OOOOKlaaahoooma! Where the wins keep sweepin’ down the plain” these “Sons of Barry Switzer” have put on a better offensive show than George Patton busting through the German lines at Bastogne.
The Sooners possess Elle MacPherson numbers; third in the country in scoring (45), tops in total offense, and like Marty Walsh’s reelection numbers, top the ticket in passing averaging an astounding eye-popping 395-yards a game.

 

OU Heisman leading contender QB Baker Mayfield            AP photo

The chief bombardier of this offensive assault is the leading Heisman contender, QB Baker Mayfield (28 TDs-5 Ints -71%), who is 13-0 in his career on the road, and has better accuracy than Wyatt Earp at the shootout at the O.K. Corral.
The OU sharpshooter has the luxury of choosing from a quartet of dry aged, filet-quality receivers: Marquise Brown, CeeDee Lamb, Jeff Badet, and tight end Mark Andrews, all of whom are capable of slicing a defense, while the running game continues to improve on the capable legs of Trey Sermon.
But as Jesse Jackson is prone to say; “the issue” for the Sooners and its faithful has been its “ole style” defense (87th), which would be better served in bullring of Madrid’s iconic Plaza de Toros Las Ventas.
These Swiss cheese devotees led by backers; Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (14 tfls-8 sacks), Emmanuel Beal, and Kenneth Murray, sinks to 75th in points (28) allowed, a near bottom-feeding 110th in defending the pass, and has more holes than the tainted cases at the State’s drug lab.
Despite all of that incompetency, we still think the Sooners, especially in Norman manage to keep its playoff candle in bright Ben Franklin glow, as “Ooooklahooooma” sweeps to another committee worthy victory.
No. 13 Michigan State at No. 11 Ohio State (FOX, Noon) With first place in the Big Ten East, and an opportunity to likely play in the conference championship game riding on its outcome, this game will have more hits than a Motown convention. [Note; since 2008 the visiting team has won the last seven meetings.]
Despite the fact that the Spartans offense sputters (96th in scoring – 24 pts. a game) more than a speech delivered by Ed Markey, it’s starting QB, sophomore Brian Lewerke (16 TDs-5 Ints -61%) is a star in the making and has given its faithful renewed optimism.
Their talented commander is assisted by a solid earth mover in tailback L.J. Scott, while a trio of wideouts led by touchdown making Felton Davis (8 TDs) are comforting targets.
And as with every Mark Dantonio coached team, Sparty’s D remains the leader of the hit parade.

 

Michigan State linebacker Joe Bachie                AP photo

These “Sons of Duffy Daugherty” ranked twelfth overall are anchored by backers Joe Bachie, Andrew Dowell, and end Kenny Willekes (10 tfls – 4 sacks) and hits with the same constant force of Hurricane Irma rolling through Puerto Rico, making them a challenging curtain of iron for the Bucks to try and penetrate.
After last week’s stunning stumbling and bumbling debacle in Iowa City, the entire membership of Buckeye nation remains in concussion protocol.
The Scarlet and Grey faithful watched in horror as its hopes for a playoff invite disappeared faster than the Administration’s Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci.
The shocking beat-down left Urban Meyer in the unusual, and totally unexpected position of having to rally the troops to focus on, for OSU, a much smaller prize; capturing the Big Ten East Division, which could lead to a Big Ten Championship title consolation prize.

 

Buckeyes QB J.T. Barrett                                    AP photo

But the question once again hanging in the air over Columbus, especially when the magnitude of the game is Prudential-sized, will its leader QB J.T. Barrett be ready for prime time?
The former Heisman contending QB (28 TDs-5 Ints-67%) has shown the ability to hit his target with more precision than a US Air Force fighter pilot, but has been as erratic and mercurial as the man presently occupying the Oval Office when the pile of chips in the pot grows exponentially.
This commander of the nation’s fifth highest scoring (43) squad, is assisted by his All-America caliber tailback J. K. Dobbins (914 rushing yards – 7 yds. a pop), and a trio of receivers Trey McClaurin, K.J. Hill, and Parris Campbell, each of whom has the ability to instantly change a game.
On D, these “Sons of Antoine Winfield” anchored by end Nick Bosa (10.5 tfls-4 sacks), his partner Sam Hubbard, and backer Jerome Baker attack the opposition’s QB with the same intensity as the Catalonians storming Madrid’s Palacio de las Cortes.
In a game that will rattle more bones than the interconnecting chains locked around Marley’s ghost in Dickens “Christmas Carol,” we think Meyer’s Boys find a way to bounce back, and take control of the East Division of the Big Ten.
No. 25 IOWA at No. 6 Wisconsin (Ch.5, 3:30 p.m.) The Hawkeyes are like everyone’s single, stoic, square-jawed, clear-eyed, brown-suit attired uncle, who visits once a year to share in Thanksgiving dinner.
He might not be flashy, but in a pinch he’s more dependable than the “Eveready Bunny.”

 

Iowa tailback Akrum Wadley                                    AP photo

A pair of Hawkeyes epitomize that description, Coach Kirk Ferentz, and his tone-setting, bruising tailback Akrum Wadley, who pounds opponents with the relentless punishing force reminiscent of Earl Campbell.
The director of Iowa’s Jurassic (102nd) offense is its talented sophomore QB Nate Stanley (22 TDs – 4 Ints – 58%) who in addition to Wadley, has a trio of chain-moving targets; Nick Easley, Noah Fant (7 TDs) and tight end Matt Vandeberg on which to focus.
On D, the “Sons of Alex Karras” led by linebacker Josey Jewell (9.5 tfls), an All-America tackling machine, with partners Bo Bower, Ben Niemann, and end Parker Hess, might not be as dominating as Vladimir Putin commanding a Moscow stage, but makes its opponents pay a price for every yard it earns.
In Mad-Town, Coach Paul Chryst’s undefeated Badgers are the Rodney Dangerfield of the college football world.
Wiscy may be a perfect 9-0, but in the eyes of its critics, and more importantly the playoff committee, it carries, at least for now, as much credibility as Lance Armstrong or Bernie Madoff as a true playoff contender. (We shall see, we’re not buying.)

 

Wisconsin tailback Jonathan Taylor                             AP photo

 

 

Wisconsin’s Camp Randall signature ground assault revolves around its All-America contending tailback Jonathan Taylor (1368 yards, 7.2 yds., 12 TDs), the nation’s third ranked rusher, who is also deserving of some Heisman love.
But the Badgers bottom feeding (92nd) passing attack directed by its turnover machine QB Alex Hornibrook (15 TDs -9 Ints-64%) is further compromised with the loss of its top receiver; Quintez Cephus.
The nation’s fourth (13) stingiest D, led by safety D’Cota Dixon (leg-questionable), and backers Ryan Connelly, and T.J. Edwards stones runners (87 yds. a game) snuffs the pass, and is harder to penetrate than the internal financial statements of the Clinton Foundation.
This will be another “Hagler versus Hearns” black and blue Big Ten slugfest, (they all are in November) and we think the Wisconsin Dangerfield’s come away with the victory, earning a tad more national, and more importantly, committee respect.
Last week: 4-1
Season record: 35-15.
That’s it from cyber-space. We’ll be up and running with our recap Sunday afternoon. Until then, Peace, and listen to the music. pk

Iowa stuns Ohio State, Michigan State stifles Penn State, Wisconsin, Miami remain undefeated

Saturday’s surprising results are best captured by the classic lyrics of Marvin Gaye; “Tell me what’s going on?” as it was another Temptation’s “Ball of Confusion” weekend in the national and playoff rankings.

There is only one place to start, and that is Iowa City and the Hawkeyes of Iowa, who in stunning fashion demolished the Buckeyes of Ohio State; 55-24.  DOUBLE YIKES!!

 

Iowa fans storm field after upsetting Ohio State                     AP photo

It was the most points surrendered by the Bucks in the Urban Meyer era, and the clobbering not only ended Ohio State’s dream of being invited to the playoff dance, it also snuffed any hopes that its QB J.T. Barrett may have entertained (4-picks – which is the most by an OSU QB since G.H.W. Bush was saying “Read my lips …” – 1990) of winning the Heisman.

Maybe it was the karma of the newest tradition at Kinnick Stadium which was indirectly started by Hawkeye fan Krista Young from a simple message on Facebook.

Last spring she posted; “With the new U of I hospital addition, Kinnick should hold a ‘wave to the kids’ minute during every game.”

 

 

Iowa fans waving to hospital kids                                    AP photo

The idea caught the imagination of the Hawkeye fans and the rest, as the cliché goes, is history.

During the first game of the year at the end of the first quarter, all 70,000-plus rose as one and for a long sustained moment waved to the kids looking out the floor to ceiling windows of the 12th floor that panoramically overlook the stadium, and the “wave” is now a permanent part of the Iowa football experience.

“The coolest thing about it, is that it’s such a grass-roots thing,” said Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz.  Someone had the idea, and the thing just took off.”

Just like his Hawkeyes, who thanks to its Saturday’s performance nudged its way into a 25th spot in the AP rankings.  Good for Iowa, but way better for the kids on the 12th floor.

From corn country, we move to the grittiness of East Lansing, where the “Little engine that could”   AKA Michigan State (3-9 last season) scarred the visitors from Penn State, after a 3-hour and 23-minute weather delay, with its second consecutive loss courtesy of  Matt Coghlin’s game ending 34-yard winning field goal; 27-24.

 

 

Michigan State players celebrate victory over Penn State                  AP photo

The Spartans victory also ended any plans the Nittany Lions may have had for a playoff invite, and Mark Dantonio is deserving of some Coach of the Year votes.

Staying in the Big Ten, the “smart kids” AKA Northwestern University set an FBS record by winning its third consecutive overtime game, this time taking out the Cornhuskers of Nebraska in Lincoln; 31-24.

The Cats, who have now run four in-a-row, are bowl eligible for the 14th time in program history.  Good for them, and its Coach Pat Fitzgerald quietly one of the best in the nation.

Staying locally, it was another good day for the former Silver Lake Regional teammates; as both Harvard’s Tim Murphy, and Dartmouth’s Buddy Teevens enjoyed a victorious sunny Saturday afternoon.

 

Irish QB Brandon Wimbush                               AP photo

Shifting to South Bend, the Irish, who moved into the 3rd spot in the AP rankings, were one of the teams that held serve, running and winning its seventh straight defeating the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest in a shootout; 48-37.

It now seems a safe bet, that if (and there are a couple of substantial landmines including this coming Saturday) the Irish win out, it will be receiving a coveted invite into the playoff tournament.

Coach Brian Kelly is another top candidate for Coach of the Year.

In Stillwater, at “Boone Pickens U,” AKA Oklahoma State, a tag-rush game broke out at what was supposed to be a football game, as the visiting Sooners of Oklahoma hung on for an absurd “points-a-palooza” 62-52 victory in the Bedlam Game.

It was obvious that both teams, which combined for 1446-total yards, lived by the ole mantra; “We don’t need no stinking defense.”

 

Oklahoma’s Heisman contending QB Baker Mayfield                AP photo

In this game, both Heisman contending QB’s; the Sooners Baker Mayfield, and the Pokes Mason Rudolph, threw 5- touchdown apiece, while Baker set a program record of 598- passing yards.

Rumor has it the stadium’s scoreboard electrician had replaced the bulbs displaying the score three times!!

The Sooners, who are now 15-1 in Bedlam when both teams are ranked, remain very much in the playoff conversation.

In Coral Gables, it was the impressive performance by the Canes defense which shut down the visitors from Blacksburg 28-10.

The victory was also Miami’s nation’s best 13th in a row, which sets up next week’s showdown with Notre Dame.  Good for good guy Coach Mark Richt whose team has a more than a punchers chance of earning a playoff spot.

The undefeated Badgers of Wisconsin, the last best hope for the Big Ten in sending a team to the playoff sits 9-0 for the first time since the last year of W’s first term – 2004.

But with this weekend’s losses by Ohio State, and Penn State, the Big Ten’s foundation as a top conference was seriously weakened, which means there is no guarantee that an undefeated Wiscy will earn a coveted playoff invite.

The other fly-in-the-ointment team laying in the weeds is the Tigers of Auburn 42-27 winners over Texas A&M.

 

Auburn knocks off Texas A@M                                               AP photo

If the “Sons of Bo” win out, it will have beaten, Georgia, Alabama, and Georgia again in the SEC Championship game, and will have a resume almost as stellar as presidential contender Bobby Kennedy to be a playoff invitee.  We don’t expect that to happen, but based on the results of the last two week’s anything is possible.

In Raleigh, Clemson, the defending national champs, hung on for a hard fought 38-31 victory over NC State keeping the Tigers on a path to the playoff.  It also appears that its igniter QB Kelly Bryant is fully recovered from a balky ankle sprain.

In Athens, the Bulldogs, in a very ironworker like performance, simply took care of business defeating the visitors from Columbia, the Gamecocks of South Carolina; 24-10.

The victory cemented the SEC East title for the “Sons of Hershel Walker” its first since the days when Ronald Reagan was reminiscing about his time as host of “Death Valley Days” sponsored by “Twenty Mule Team Borax” in the Oval Office – 1982.  WOW!

Hail the Cadets of Army, who in dominating fashion whitewashed the Falcons of the Air Force Academy 20-0 (ending Air Force’s 306-game scoring streak which stretches all the way back to 1992) in a game in which the “Sons of Doc Blanchard” never attempted a pass.

 

Army moves to 7-2 and shuts out Air Force                                AP photo

The Cadets who are now a spectacular 7-2, have a legitimate chance of capturing the Commander and Chief Trophy when its faces Navy in early December.

Hats off to the West Pointers Coach Jeff Monken, who is also deserving of some serious Coach of the Year consideration.  Good for the Long Grey Line.

And finally, we close as always with our gas-bag bloviating pal Charlie Weis, and the woeful Jayhawks of Kansas (1-8), arguably the worst program in the FBS, who in a season low, and there have been a lot of lows, lost once again, this time to previously winless Baylor; 30-3.

 

 

Former Kansas Coach Charlie Weis AP photo

It was the first time in at least 16-years that a team that came into a game winless (0-8), and listed as a favorite on the road.

KU, under the tenure of Coach David Beaty, is now a pitiful 3-30, losers of 8 in-a-row, while the “Sons of Mark Mangino” are a putrid fish-rotting 1-29 against non FCS foes.  It’s only FBS victory somehow coming last year against Texas.

To add to the Dantean misery, it was the Jayhawks third consecutive game without scoring a touchdown, as Kansas has now lost 60 of its last 72.

As Mr. Rogers might ask; “Can you say hopeless?  Sorry Charlie!

That’s it from cyber-space.  We’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 11 Wednesday evening.  Until then, Peace, and listen to the music.  PK

Oklahoma visits Ok State in elimination game, VaTech travels to Miami, LSU plays Alabama

 

 

Broken Harvard Stadium coach’s booth window                   AP photo

We begin this week with a coach, a punch, a broken window, a glass shower, and a police escort.

Last week at Harvard Stadium, Dartmouth’s defense quality control coach Dion King took out his frustrations on the booth window after the Crimson’s recovery of the Big Green’s fumbled punt.

That can happen when your team blows a chance to end what is now a 14-game losing streak against Harvard.

The glass showered down on some of the fans, cutting one on the neck, and leaving everyone sitting under the window covered in shards of glass.  Security was called to escort Mr. King out of stadium.

Classy Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens apologized for the incident saying; “We failed to conduct ourselves appropriately, and I apologize wholeheartedly,” said the coach.

This weekend, let’s see which teams appear as fragile as broken glass, and which need of a police escort to safely escape the wrath of its rival’s fans, after another convincing victory.

No. 19 LSU at No. 1 Alabama (Ch. 4, 8 p.m.) The first meeting between these bone rattling SEC rivals occurred during the Administration of Grover Cleveland – 1935.  And in the 82nd renewal, Alabama which holds a 50-25-5 advantage, has captured the last half-dozen in a row.

 

 

LSU Coach Ed Orgeron                                      AP photo

In Baton Rouge, the pitch-fork brigade that was demanding the head of its newly minted Coach Ed Orgeron has retreated into the Jambalaya underground (at least for the moment), as the Tigers have spun off a three-game winning streak, and grabbed a spot inside the top-20.

A key factor in that LSU mini-resurgence is the return to its roots, namely a ground and pound running attack anchored by its All-America caliber tailback Derrius Guice, who runs with the same evil intent that Donald Trump carries toward Special Counsel Robert Mueller or his “lying” former campaign “volunteer” George Papadopoulos. [Bumper sticker: elect a clown, expect a circus.]

But as its faithful are well aware, the Tigers passing attack, under the direction of its senior QB Danny Etling (9 TDs – 1 Int-60%), is weaker than the US aide response to Puerto Rico.

But when the Bayou signal-caller’s GPS is in working order, wideout D.J. Chark, who averages a jaw-dropping 24-yards a grab, is as welcoming a target as a FEMA agent opening an office in a flooded Houston neighborhood, and is potential game changer.

On D, these “Sons of Booger McFarland” led by backer Devin White (7.5 tfls – 2.5 sacks), end Christian LaCouture (6 tfls -4.5 sacks), and tackle Greg Gilmore (5 tfls -4.5 sacks), is stellar (13th) deflating the pass, but is as is mired in Ed Markey mediocrity (47th) slowing the run, which is the wrong recipe against Alabama.

In Tuscaloosa, Groucho’s Boys have seemingly occupied the top spot in the rankings longer than Johnny Carson was the king of late night television.

 

Alabama’s All-America safety Minkah Fitzpatrick               AP photo

We’ll begin with the “Title-Towner’s” D, the nation’s stingiest (9.8 ppg.) ranked first overall, and harder to penetrate than the records of all Trump Corporation loans negotiated from the oligarchs of Russia.

This Fort Knoxian eleven, anchored by All-America safety Minkah Fitzpatirck, his partner Ronnie Harrison, and backer Shaun Dion Hamilton, stones runners (a nation topping 66-ypg.) and deflates (10th) passes, while hitting with more authority than the Sister Ester Marie’s angered pointer over a silly misplaced comma in the middle of a chalked three panel blackboard solving a quadratic equation.

Bama often overlooked offense, fifth (43) in scoring, is under the steady command of its dual-threat Omar “Honest Mechanic” Bradley-esque QB, Jalen Hurts (9 TDs-1 Int – 62% – 6 rushing), with huge assists from a pair of All-Americas; tailback Damien Harris (8.6 yds. a carry – 10 TDs), and defense stressing wideout Calvin Ridley.

The Baton Rouge Pitchfork Association will remain silent, after all, LSU is a 21-point dog, but that doesn’t mean the Tide will take prisoners.  As Steely Dan wrote: “They call Alabama the Crimson Tide.”  Roll Tide!

No. 13 Virginia Tech at No. 9 Miami (Ch. 5, 8 p.m.) Both of these squads would be great contestants on the classic television game show: “To Tell the Truth.”

The reason; despite their glowing records, we still don’t know who’s real or Memorex, but by late Saturday night we should have a good answer.

Coach Justin Fuente’s Hokies are under the command of its superb r-shirt freshman QB Josh Jackson (17 TDs -4 Ints – 62%) who steers the VTech’s offense with the same steely verve as the “Flying Scot” Sir Jackie Stewart downshifting at the Grand Prix of Monaco.

 

VaTech QB Josh Jackson                              AP photo

The Blacksburg marksman is assisted by his starry wideout Cam Phillips (6 TDs), mixed with a pair of pedestrian tailbacks Travon McMillan, and Deshawn McClease, both of whom average 5-yards a carry.

On D, these “Sons of Bruce Smith,” the nation’s second (11.5) stingiest, and anchored by backers Tremaine Edmunds (6.5 tfls), Andrew Motuapuaka (7 tfls), and corner Mook Reynolds (8 tfls), swarm to the ball with the same high-energy intensity of the media storming the US District Court of the District of Columbia to catch a glimpse of Paul Manafort and his attorney pleading not guilty to the conspiracy, and money laundering charges.

In Coral Gables, Coach Mark Richt’s Hurricanes have been storming up the rankings, remaining one of only four Power-5 schools still carrying a Cover Girl (blemish-free) record.

A key ingredient in that success has been Miami’s opportunistic D, which sits second in the ACC with 16-turnovers, and features backers Shaquille Quarterman, Michael Pickney, and safety Jaquan Johnson.

Those game shifting recoveries have been critical in hiding the deficiencies of a defense that struggles mightily (82nd) stopping the run.  It has so far helped the Canes to avoid all the hidden landmines.

These “Cardiac” “Sons of George Mira” are directed by its talented junior QB (shoulder) Malik Rosier (17 TDs – 4 Ints -56%) who has been as cool and collected as Paul Newman in the “Sting.”

 

Miami QB Malik Rosier                                    AP photo

The escape artist is assisted by a pair of field stretchers; wideout Braxton Berrios (6 TDs), and tight end Christopher Herndon, while backup, now starting tailback Travis Homer (6-yds. a pop) has shown breakaway ability.

We think the Hurricane warning flags are lowered, as the Blacksburg visitors dance out of Hard Rock Stadium to the tune of; “Hokie, Hokie, Hoki, HI!” as VaTech  continues to make noise in the ACC.

No. 6 Clemson at No. 20 North Carolina State (Ch.5, 3:30p.m.) This isn’t your grandfather’s Clemson.

The high-flying pyrotechnics and video game scoring of the last two years have been replaced by a squad (219 yards rushing – 226 passing) that has better balance than Nadia Comaneci’s perfect-10 gold-medal balance beam performance in the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

 

 

Clemson QB Kelly Bryant                                 AP photo

The new director of the defending national champions is dual-threat QB Kelly Bryant (6 TDs -4 Ints – 67% – 7 rushing) whose leadership is something that has been sorely lacking in the Oval Office.

The Death Valley commander is assisted by a quartet of tailbacks featuring his rocket-propelled freshman tailback Travis Etienne (8.4-yds. a pop – 7 TDs), who is a consistent break-away threat every time he touches the ball, and when he takes a blow Tavien Feaster is his equally effective partner.

When the Tigers go aerial, Bryant has the luxury of focusing on a trio of receivers: Hunter Renfrow, Deon Cain, and Ray-Ray McCloud all of whom have better hands than All-State.

The nation’s sixth (13) stingiest D, led by backers Dorien O’Daniel (8.5 tfls – 5 –sacks), Kendall Joseph, J.D. Davis, and end Austin Bryant (13.5 tfls (tied 8th) – 6.5 sacks) stone runners and deflate passers with more disruption than Kate Upton sauntering up the aisle to her World Series seat, and its performance will ultimately decide the season-ending landing spot for the Tigers.

In Raleigh, with Halloween still in the rear view mirror, it appears as if the once sparkling NC State carriage is morphing into a moldy pumpkin.

 

NC State QB Ryan Finley                                                        AP photo

The surprising Wolfpack is piloted by its starry dart-thrower, QB Ryan Finley (12-TDs – 1 Int – 66%), who hits his target with more precision of a laser eye surgeon.

The Tobacco Road tosser is assisted by a pair of solid tailbacks; Nyheim Hines (6 TDs), and Reggie Gallaspy, while receivers Jaylen Samuels, Kelvin Harmon, and Jakobi Meyers are quality chain-movers.

On D, these “Sons of Ray Agnew” led by its All-America disruptor end Bradley Chubb (17 tfls (2nd)- 7.5 sacks), along with backer Jerod Fernandez, and  safety Jarius Morehead, are stout in stopping the run, but a bottom feeding 108th defending against the pass which leaves one with an unsavory taste in facing Clemson.

The Tigers leave tobacco country with victory cigars alighted, and move another rung closer to a playoff invite.

No. 8 Oklahoma at No. 11 Oklahoma State (FS1, 4 p.m.) This year’s 112th edition of the “Bedlam Game” is a virtual playoff elimination game, with the loser falling by the wayside, while the winner lives to fight another day.

The analysis of this game is simple: with both teams employing defenses that are better suited for a Spanish matador in Seville’s iconic Maestranza bull ring, the last team possessing the ball is the likely winner.

It may also be a Heisman elimination game, although it wouldn’t surprise, if both QB’s throw for over 400-yards and 4 TDs.

With apologies to Oscar Hammerstein, “O000klahomaaaa where the ‘wins’ come sweeping down the plain,’ is in control of its own destiny; if it wins out, it punches its playoff ticket courtesy of its decisive victory over Ohio State in Columbus in week two.

 

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield                              AP photo

These Norman invaders, the nation’s sixth highest (42) scoring eleven, are ignited by its All-America Heisman contending QB Baker Mayfield (23 TDs- 3 Ints -72%), who drops more precision placed bombs than General Curtis LeMay.

The OU sharpshooter, who also causes havoc with his legs, is assisted by a quartet of receivers; Mark Andrews, CeeDee Lamb, Jeff Badet, and Marquise Brown, all of whom average over 16-yards a catch, and are capable of gashing any defense especially one as limestone-porous as Ok State.

When the Sooners call a changeup and plow the earth, tailbacks Trey Selmon, Abdul Adams, and Rodney Anderson have quietly combined for; 1364-yds and 7 TDs.

On D, these “Sons of Lee Roy Selmon” behind backers Emmanuel Beal, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (13 tfls-7 sacks), and Kenneth Murray are as weak (88th) defending against the pass, as the Democrats trying to establish a coherent and resonating party message, which is not a winning recipe against the Pokes.

The Cowboys headman Mike Gundy (who would be a great choice at Tennessee) perfectly captured the intensity of this rivalry when he said; “Without a pro football team in the state, everyone goes to work this week, wearing either orange or red.”

Well the faithful, especially Boone “Mr. Oklahoma State” Pickens are hoping they won’t be seeing red at games end.

 

OkState QB Mason Rudolph                                    AP photo

The country’s fourth (44) highest scoring squad is led by its dynamic Heisman contending QB Mason Rudolph (22 TDs -5 Ints – 65%), who hits his target with more accuracy than the finger of WH Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pointing at a sitting reporter.

The leather-tough signal caller is assisted by a pair of slithering tailbacks Justice Hill, and J.D. King, while All-World wideout James Washington (22 yds a catch), and his partners Marcell Ateman, and Jalen McCleskey, are as dangerous as a Taliban attack on an Iraqi Army outpost.

These “Sons of Jerry Sherk” featuring backer Justin Phillips (7 tfls), safety Tre Flowers, and backer Chad Whitener have tightened, but still struggle (79th) defending against the pass which is usually a losing formula against OU.

In a game in which points should pile up quicker than Jeff Bezos’ bank account, we think the visitors from Norman hold on for the win, and like the lyrics from the song’s classic song continues “sweeping” toward a potential playoff invite.

No. 23 Arizona at No. 17 USC (ESPN, 7:45 p.m.) Nobody saw this coming, and that includes Nostradamus.

Coach Rich “RichRod” Rodriguez’s Desert Storm were picked by the experts to finish in the cellar of the Pac-12 South, but a funny thing happened on the way to mushroom irrelevancy; a wunderkind QB named Khalil Tate swooped in like Superman, rescued the Cats from oblivion, and in the process also saved the job of his coach.

 

Arizona QB Khalil Tate                                                 AP photo

When Arizona lost its top two signal callers to injury, it forced Rodriguez to turn to his then 18-year old sophomore QB, who in a series of Mozart-like performances, has become one of the best stories in college football.

He also became the first player to win the “Pac-12 player of the week” award for four consecutive weeks, and in his first game, set the FBS rushing record for quarterbacks churning out an eye-popping; 372-yards.

It’s almost as if the kid, who directs the nation’s third (45) highest scoring eleven made a Joe Boyd “Damn Yankees,” pact with the devil.

But whatever the scenario, in those four starts, the turbo-charged QB has in Norman Bates fashion slashed through opposing defenses for; 840-yards, and 8 TDs, averaging 14-yards a carry, and leading Arizona, the nation’s fifth best (333 ypg.) rushing attack, to four consecutive victories, and more importantly bowl eligibility.

The AU game-changer is assisted by tailbacks J.J. Taylor, and Brandon Dawkins, while receivers Tony Ellison, Shaun Brown, and tight end Bryce Brown have played strong supporting roles in this Tempe resurgence.

But as the faithful are well aware, Arizona’s bottom feeding (108th) D, led by backer Tony Fields, corner Lorenzo Burns, and end Kylan Wilborn (8 tfls – 6 sacks) is weaker than Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s hold on the office, sitting an embarrassing 127th defending against the pass, which is not a winning formula against Southern Cal.

Last week in L.A. USC was muddled in a deep funk after being smacked around by Notre Dame and in desperate need of a booster shot as its season was seemingly slipping off the precipice.

The boost came by way of an impromptu meeting between Captain Chris Hawkins and his head coach Clay Helton.

 

USC head man Clay Helton                             AP photo

The safety told his coach that the team was tight, and beginning to split apart into a bunch of individuals and overall losing its identity as a team.

The USC’s headman, who keeps an open door policy, listened intently, and responded at the next day’s practice with music blaring, then instead of a Friday walk-through had his players watch clips of former USC legends pointing out their smiles and how much they seemed to be and enjoying themselves on the football field.

It relaxed the entire team, as USC went out and played its best game of the season.

Despite being a one man turnover machine, QB Sam Darnold (20 TDs -10 ints- 62%) remains the undisputed leader of the Men of Troy.

The future Sunday performer is assisted by his speedy road burner tailback Ronald Jones (6.7 yds a carry – 10 TDs), while receivers Deontay Burnett (8 TDs), Tyler Vaughns and tight end Tyler Petite are better targets than a white supremacist at a black lives matter rally.

The D of these “Sons of Ronnie Lott” led by backers Porter Gustin, Cameron Smith, and safety MarVell Tell has as Jesse Jackson might say, “issues” against both the run and the pass, and overall has been almost as compromised as a Massachusetts drug crime lab.

We are looking forward to seeing the “Tempe Tasmanian” for the first time, but ultimately, we think the newly relaxed Surfers from L.A. hang-ten, and curl its way to the victory.

Last Week; 4-1

Season record: 31-14.

That’s it from cyber-space.  We’ll be up and running with our recap Sunday afternoon.  Until then, Peace, pray for New York, and listen to the music.  pk

Ohio State wins comeback for the ages, BC dismantles Florida State, ND easily handles NC State

WOW!!
We were going to start in Chestnut Hill heaping praise on the Eagles of Boston College, (And we will get there) but a funny thing happened riding the Green Line to Cleveland Circle, a classic was unfolding in Columbus, Ohio.
In yesterday mid-afternoon’s “watch-a-palooza,” the results of which dramatically altered the college football landscape, Ohio State and Penn State stage a game for ages.

 

Ohio State fans storm field in victory celebration           AP photo

The Buckeyes were seemingly in the middle of writing its own obituary, down by 18-points not once, but twice, and trailing by 11 (38-27) with 5:42 left in the fourth quarter.
But that’s when God had seen enough, and decided to let all of America know, that, for this year at least, he’s rooting for the Buckeyes.

 

 

Buckeyes QB J.T. Barrett                                    AP photo

In one of the most scintillating performances by a quarterback in any era, (a tip of the cap to the offensive line) the Bucks J.T. Barrett, who set a school record by completing his last 16-consecutive passes, had an otherworldly fourth quarter with a line that read: 13 for 13, 170-yards passing, and 3 TDs, as these “Sons of Woody Hayes” on Halloween weekend, awakened from the dead, and crawled out of its grave to defeat Penn State: 39-38.
The victory accomplished two things.
It keeps Ohio State’s chances for a playoff invite on a path as clear as one measured by Lewis and Clark, and Barrett’s maestro Bernstein worthy performance (33-39- 328-yards 4 TDs – 0 Ints, 95 rushing yards), which dovetails perfectly with the year-long symphony celebrations of the hundredth anniversary of his birth, has vaulted him toward the top-rung of the Heisman Trophy race.
It was also the largest deficit comeback of Urban Meyer’s HOF coaching career.
“I’ve never had a kid play perfect, but damn he was close tonight,” said the glowing headman of the Scarlet and Grey.
It was a game, especially with the size of the stakes riding on the outcome, that will long ring, not only Buckeyes history, but in in the lore of college football for as long as the ball is referred to as a pigskin.
Amazing!
We’ll shift over from Ohio to Chestnut Hill where, with apologies to Mel Brooks and “Blazing Saddles,” what in the “Sam Hill” is going on with the BC football program.

 

BC’s Steve Addazio congratulated by FSU’s Jimbo Fisher                  AP photo

Just three weeks ago Coach Steve Addazio in a “Captain Queeg-esque” soliloquy told anyone willing to listen, that his team was close to a breakthrough, and when it occurs that it will be “beautiful.”
And as we all know, as Margaret Wolf Hungerford first wrote, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” and for the BC faithful, its team’s last three performances have been swimsuit cover worthy.
Friday night’s 35-3 field-storming dismantling over Florida State was the statement victory of the Addazio era, and gives the Eagles (5-4, 3-3), a legitimate shot to run the table and finish an astounding; 8-4. Amazing!
If that scenario should play out don’t be surprised if Coach A receives some knocks on his door from other higher-profile programs in search of a lifeline.
The coach of his “reborn” Eagles, with tongue planted firmly in-cheek summarized the turnaround and butt-kicking with good natured humor at the beginning of his post-game presser; “That was a beautiful win.”
From Boston, we travel to Ames, Iowa and the Cyclones of Iowa State, who once again startled the college football world, this time by knocking off the undefeated Horned Frogs of TCU; 14-7.
It was the second time this month that ISU defeated a top-five team, which for the “Sons of Seneca Wallace” is an unprecedented performance.
Before the beginning of this season ISU was a woeful; 1-56-2 record against such quality opponents, and nothing in the wind indicated that anything would change.

Iowa State Coach Matt Campbell                                        AP photo

Stunningly Iowa State now finds itself a single position (11th) outside of the AP top-10, and a coach in Matt Campbell, who will be more in demand than Marylyn Monroe in her “Some Like It Hot” prime. AMAZING!
Over to the Chicago area, and another of our favorites, Coach Pat Fitzgerald and the Northwestern Wildcats, AKA “The Little Engine That Could,” who in triple overtime 39-31 defeated Michigan State to climb to 5-3, and 3-2 in the Big Ten west.
In the smallest school in the conference, in a place where real classes are mandatory, the Wildcats under Fitzy are a treat to watch. The only person to do more, with less, is Donald Trump.
Back to the home-front, the teammates Tim Murphy of the “Veritas Boys” aka Harvard University and Buddy Teevens of the Big Green of Dartmouth, who played football together at Silver Lake Regional High, met at the Stadium, and for 14th consecutive time Harvard, who at one time was down by two touchdowns, battled all the way back defeating the Big Green visitors; 25-22 to climb to 4-3, 2-2.
And in one of his best quotes in his long Harvard tenure Murphy quipped; “With all the injuries we’ve had and some of the other adversity, I made the analogy to my wife; it’s like the washing machine is overflowing, and the pipes are busted, and you’ve got nothing but Duct tape and Band-Aids,” quipped Murphy. Well said, Coach.

 

 

 

 

Irish Heisman contending tailback Josh Adams             AP photo

In South Bend, it was supposed to be a test for the Irish, proved to be, with apologies to the 5th Dimension, nothing more than a “Stoned Soul Picnic” as ND behind it’s dominating duo; QB Brandon Wimbush, and Heisman contending tailback Josh Adams (202 yards) “surry-ed” all over the Wolfpack 35-14, shutting out NC State in the second half, while rushing for 318-yards cementing its credentials as a legitimate playoff contender. Not one of our favs, but to give him his due, Brian Kelly has done a remarkable remaking the Domers into contenders.

 

Fired Florida Coach Jim McElwain                                        AP photo

In Gainesville, “It’s all over but the shouting” for Florida’s embattled coach Jim McElwain, who saw his Gators smoked by the Bulldogs of Georgia 42-7, its biggest loss to the “Sons of Vince Dooley” since the second year of Ronald Reagan first term – 1982. WOW!
The schools administration is negotiating for a smaller buyout with the coach and claims because of his bogus death threat charge regarding himself and his players could be fired without cause.
It has been reported that D-coordinator Randy Shannon is going to be named interim coach, while a search is being conducted. It is speculated that with Mississippi State headman Dan Mullin is the Gators top target. Stayed tuned.
The other SEC coaching hot spot is in Knoxville, where Butch Jones, who has seemingly been in the hangman’s noose for the past month, watched his Vols lose its 4-in-a-row, and 5 of its last 6.
It’s only a matter of time before he joins McElwain on the unemployment line.
And a deserving nod to the football “Belles of Amherst” as the UMass Minutemen (2-6) are now riding a two-game winning streak after defeating Appalachia State in double overtime 30-27.
Good for Whipple’s Boys.
And another one of our favs, Coach “Rich Rod” Rich Rodriguez, and his Wildcats of Arizona clawed all over Washington State: 58-37.
The Cats directed by one of the nation’s most dynamic players QB Khalil Tate, who no one has ever seen, won its fourth in a row to climb to 6-2, and a spot in the top-25, a place it last called home in 2015.
Good for RichRod.

 

Former Kansas Coach Charlie Weis AP photo

Finally, as always, we close with the woeful Jayhawks of Kansas, the last team that our bloviating gas-bag pal Charlie Weis fixed, who battled hard before falling 30-20 to its intra-state rival Kansas State.
KU (1-7) has now lost 7-in a row is winless (0-5) in the conference, and remain one of the worst programs in college football. Sorry Charlie!
That’s it from cyber-space. We’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 10 Wednesday night. Until then, Peace, and listen to the music. pk

Penn State visits Ohio State in playoff elimination game, NC State takes on Notre Dame, TCU travels to Iowa State

 

Jack Kemp QB at Occidental College in better days                    AP photo

We begin this week with a Division III college, injuries, and a season ending decision.
Two weeks ago Occidental College made the momentous decision of cancelling its season because of all things; a shortage of players.
The school reported that after daily consultations with coaches, trainers, and senior leadership it was determined that Occidental’s roster wasn’t healthy enough to safely field a team moving forward, but has every intention of fielding a team in 2018.
This weekend, let’s see which teams play so poorly, its alums wish, it would cancel its season, and which despite a great deal adversity persevere, leading its fans in a full-throated school song of victory.
No. 2 Penn State vs No. 6 Ohio State (FOX, 3:30 p.m.) This game with its Armageddon implications is bigger than a missile fired by, as “The Donald” refers “Rocket Man” AKA North Korea’s Supreme leader Kim Jong-Un, as the loser is virtually eliminated from playoff consideration and likely relegated to; “Oh, the humanity,” a slot in a New Year’s Day game.

 

 Penn State QB Trace McSorley and tailback Saquon Barkley              AP photo

The Nittany Lions have prospered almost as well as an executive of Goldman Sachs by capitalizing on its peerless pairing; spunky, counterpunching dual-threat QB Trace McSorley (14 TDs -5 Ints – 66% – 7 rushing TDs) and its All-Everything Bo-Jackson-like wrecking ball tailback, and Heisman contender Saquon Barkley, who comprise the most charismatic duo since; Ike and Tina or Sonny and Cher.
The Happy Valley commander, who not only has the luxury of hitting Barkley slipping out of the backfield, but also locks onto a pair of game-altering skyscrapers; tight end Mike Gesicki, and receiver Juwan Johnson.
The nation’s stingiest (9.6 ppg.) D, which has yet to surrender a point in the first quarter, (a jaw-dropping 90-0), hits harder than a 3 a.m. Trumpian tweet directed at Senators McCain, Flake, or Corker.
In Columbus, the question that remains in the back of the minds of every Scarlet and Grey zealot is the same one asked for years by Bud Collyer the original host of “To Tell the Truth”; “Will the real J.T. Barrett, please stand up.”

 

Buckeyes QB J.T. Barrett                                             AP photo

Despite his stellar winning percentage (32-5), and the 21 school records, can the senior deliver in a big spot, and it doesn’t get any bigger than Saturday in the Shoe.
Since its loss to Oklahoma in the second game of the season, the Buckeyes have feasted on more cupcakes than he Monday morning bake at Montillio’s which feeds into that skepticism.
Ohio State’s starry dart-thrower (20 TDs – 1 int – 66%) with assists from receivers Parris Campbell, K.J. Hill, Terry McClarrin, and Binjimen Victor has hit his targets with more accuracy than a Taliban sniper in Kandahar Province.
The Buckeyes can also plow large swaths of earth behind its slashing freshman tailback J.K. Dobbins (7.8 yds. a carry) who has the ability to be as destructive as a Nor’easter chewing a dune on the Cape’s National Seashore.
On D, these disruptive “Sons of Chris Spielman,” the nation’s tenth (15 ppg.) tightest, and led by backers Jerome Baker, Dante Booker, and safety Damon Webb inhales runners, and deflects passes with the same intensity as the employees of Wells Fargo forced to sell bogus credit accounts to its unsuspecting customers.
On this Halloween weekend, we don’t think the Buckeye faithful are frightened by the premise of a Barkley horror movie, as Urban’s Boys wave; “Goodbye Columbus” to the visitors from Happy Valley and reassert themselves as the “Big Dog” in the Big Ten.
No. 9 Notre Dame vs. No. 14 North Carolina State (Ch. 10, 3:30 p.m.) Unranked to begin the season, the Irish, almost as stunningly as the results of the 2016 Presidential election, have, without any Russian collusion played its way into serious playoff conversation.
If the Domers with all the landmines still buried on its schedule, manage to win out, it will have a case as well as one argued by Alan Dershowitz for qualifying for a playoff spot.

 

Irish running back Josh Adams                                   AP photo

This “Touchdown Jesus” squad have run to these heights behind the nation’s seventh best ground assault averaging a jaw-dropping 317-yards a game.
ND’s lead dog, tailback Josh Adams, the nation’s seventh leading rusher (9.2 yds. a pop – 8 TDs – 967 yards), runs with more authority than a Moline warehouse full of nicely polished John Deere’s.
And directing this South Bend speedway is QB Brandon Wimbush (8 TDs – 2 ints. – 51% – 10 rushing TDs) who has the ability to shift gears with the same confidence as Marty Walsh heading into the November 7th’ Mayoral election.
The other flavor inducing ingredient behind its run double-digit sized victories has been the dominance of its Gibraltar-esque offensive line, who unlike Sisyphus, gets the boulder to the top of the mountain, rarely leaving its QB in long yardage situations.
We don’t want to say that the ND offense in unbalanced (117th), but Foster Brooks or Dean Martin (I know an old man reference) could walk a straighter line.
To put it another way, if the Irish running game is a finely poured temperature controlled shamrock decorated Guinness, then its passing game is a warm Ballantine. (Again, talk to someone over 60.)
On D, the steely and speedy “Sons of Alan Page” who are fourth in the nation in inducing turnovers, and guided by backers Nyles Morgan, Dave Tranquill, and Te’Von Coney have played, as Bernie Sanders is wont to say, a “huuuuggge” part of this surprising South Bend revival.
The visitors from Raleigh, who are making its first sojourn to South Bend, have also surprised the pundits by earning a spot in the top-15.

 

NC State QB Ryan Finley                                       AP photo

These “Sons of Roman Gabriel” are piloted by its sharpshooting QB Ryan Finley (11 TDs – 0 ints – 69%) who chooses from a quartet of receivers: Jaylen Samuels (3 TDs), Kelvin Harmon (2 TDs), J…. Meyers (3 TDs) and S …. Louis (2 TDs) and hits his target better than Moe poking Curley’s eyes. And although it doesn’t employ dynamic ground attack tailbacks Nyheim Hines and his partner Reggie Gallaspy will keep the Irish honest.
NC State’s D behind its All-America end Bradley Chubb (14 tfls (2nd) – 6 sacks) and backers Jerod Fernandez and safety Jarius Morehead is the country’s sixth best at stoning runners, tenth in turnover margin, and will provide a stern test for the Domers’ formidable ground assault.
Everyone acknowledges that the visitors from tobacco country are dangerous, not two-packs a day dangerous but tough, but we think the echoes continue to awaken as ND stays on its surprising path toward a playoff.
No. 4 TCU at No. 25 Iowa State (ESPN2, 3:30 p.m.) The Frogs from Fort Worth are another surprising team that has jumped into the playoff conversation.
And if these “Sons of Bob Lilly” are able to avoid all the dry-wells, it will own a Supreme Court worthy argument for playoff inclusion.

 

TCU QB Kenny Hill                                       AP photo

The chief conductor of Gary Petersen’s squad is Texas A&M transfer QB Kenny Hill (15 TDs – 3 ints – 70%) who has performed with the stirring elegance of Duke Ellington who once said, “A problem is a chance for you to do your best,” and Hill has been an Einstein-worthy problem solver.
The Purple Frogs gunslinger has the luxury of locking onto a quartet of field-stretchers; KaVontae Tarpin, John Diarse, Desmon White, and Jalen Reagor who along with tailbacks Darius Anderson (6 TDs), Sewo Olonilua (6 TDs), and Kyle Hicks represent the nation’s ninth highest (41) scoring gridiron gourmands.
On D, the nation’s ninth stingiest (14) D patrolled by backer Travin Howard, safety Nick Orr, and end Ben Banogu (8.5 tfls – 4.5 sacks) inhales runners (3rd best) but has shown some susceptibility defending the pass.
In Ames, the Cyclones have stormed into the national rankings for the first time since W was still struggling over the pronunciation of nuclear as he began his second term – 2005.

 

Iowa State Coach Matt Campbell                           AP photo

The only issue that has the ISU faithful on edge is the fear that someone with a boat-load of cash will come a knocking on Coach Matt Campbell’s door to resurrect their program.
The keys to the ISU Caddy have been handed to QB Kyle Kempt (7 TDs – 1 int – 69%) and under his stewardship the team has responded with the same fire of Liz Warren grilling Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf and driven straight up the rankings.
And despite a running game that sits in triple digits (109th) tailback David Montgomery (8 TDs) has explosive ability, while receivers Hakeem Butler, Allen Lazard, and Trever Ryen are legitimate touchdown TD threats every time their names are called.
On D, these ‘Sons of Hugh Sidey (Life, and Time) anchored by backers Joel Lanning, Willie Harvey and Marcel Spears won’t cause any sleepless night for opposing offensive coordinators, but does play with the same intensity and determination of Watty Piper’s; “The Little Engine That Could.”
It won’t be a stroll in the park for the Purple Frogs, ISU’s Jack Trice Stadium has carried a certain mysterious “Bermuda Triangle” syndrome for many a highly ranked visitor, but we do think that Gary Patterson and his crew will be up to the task as it continues its leap toward the playoff.
No. 11 Oklahoma State at No. 22 West Virginia (Ch. 5, Noon) Boone Pickens U, AKA Oklahoma State, scores almost as often as Donald Trump says; “Believe me.”

 

OK State QB Mason Rudolph                                 AP photo

The nation’s third highest (43) scoring eleven, and the No. 1 passing attack, is under the command of its rocket launching QB Mason Rudolph (19 TDs -4 ints – 66%), who in addition to leading the nation in passing yards, has tossed an eye-popping 41-TDs against a measly 6 interceptions in his last 16-games, 14 of which the Pokes have notched a W.
The Heisman contender lasers onto the nation’s most dynamic receiver in All-America James Washington, who while averaging an unworldly 24 yds. a catch, also leads the nation churning out an average of 130 receiving yards per game, while his partners Marcell Ateman (19 yds a grab), and Jalen McCleskey, would be stars on any other team.
When the Cowboys call for a change-up they hit the ground running behind tailback Justice Hill, who leads the conference in rushing (750 yards) averaging 5-yards a carry.
The Pokes D led, by safety Tre Flowers, and backers Chad Whitener, and Justin Phillips once as weak as the Democratic leadership, has tightened significantly, but remains a bit unbalanced defending against the pass.

 

West Virginia QB Will Grier                                   AP Photo

In Morgantown, John Denver’s favorite team; “Almost heaven, West Virginia…” the nation’s fourth highest (43) scoring squad, owes its points-a-palooza position to its dual-threat QB Florida transfer Will Grier (26 TDs -5 Ints – 66%), who plays with a leather-toughened cocky verve reminiscent of John Wayne in “Rio Bravo.”
And like his counterpart, the Mountaineer’s marksman also locks onto one of the nation’s best, All-America wideout David Sills, the country’s leader in TD (15) receptions, who is also second in scoring averaging 13-points a game.
And like the Pokes, the ‘Neers also have a pair of receivers Gary Jennings, and Ka’raun White who on other squads would be much decorated stars.
And when these “Sons of Don Nehlen” plow the earth, tailback Justin Crawford (7 TDs) has the ability to breach any defense.
But as its faithful are well aware, the Mountaineers bottom-feeding (111th) D, led by backer Al-Rasheed Benton (11.5 tfls), corner Kyzir White, and safety Dravon Askew–Henry, is as ineffective as the leadership of Sears trying to save the iconic company from oblivion, and will ultimately be responsible for dragging “Denver’s Boys” out of the top-25.
In what might be a pinball wizard of a final score, we think the Cowboys lasso another W.
Georgia Tech at No. 7 Clemson (Ch. 5, 8 p.m.) Georgia Tech runs more often than the Greyhound shuttle to New York.

 

Georgia Tech QB Marshall TaQuon                  AP photo

These “Sons of Bobby Dodd” are directed by its sleight of hand Houdini QB Marshall TaQuon (11 rushing TDs), who along with his backfield mate KirVonte Benson, could challenge the “Roadrunner” as Tech rolls as the nation’s second most impressive road-grinders averaging 372-yards a game.
And despite the fact that a Yellow Jackets pass is as rare (128th) as a smile creasing the face of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee, (GT’s starting QB has attempted a total of 51 aerial shots completing 27) for some reason the offense seldom misfires.
Coach Paul Johnson’s swarming feisty (20th overall) D, featuring backer Victor Alexander, corner Lawrence Austin, and safety A.J. Gray has been as surprising as someone dropping a Sears catalogue on your doorstop.

 

Clemson QB Kelly Bryant                                 AP photo

If the Clemson Tigers are to defend its title, or simply make a return to its third consecutive playoff, the ankle of its starry igniter, QB Bryant Kelly (4 TDs – 4 Ints -67% – 7 rushing) Bryant must check in as 100-percent.
The agenda setting QB is assisted by a pair of earth-chewing tailbacks; Travis Etienne (8.7 yds. – 6 TDs) and Tavien Feaster (5.9 yds. – 3 TDs) while receivers Hunter Renfrow, Ray-Ray McCloud, and Deon Cain may not being explosive, but are quality chain movers.
The Death Valley D, the nation’s seventh stingiest (13 pts), swarms and attacks behind backers; Dorian O’Daniel (6.5 tfls-4 sacks), Kendall Joseph, and end Austin Bryant (11.5 tfls – 5.5 sacks) and hits with the anger of an iron worker whose pay clerk screwed up his overtime pay.
Even if Clemson’s QB isn’t at full strength, we think Dabo’s Boys will put a significant roadblock in front of the road running Yellow Jackets.
Last week: 4-1
Season Record; 27-13
That’s it from cyber-space. We’ll be up and running with our recap Sunday afternoon. Until then, Peace, and listen to the music. pk

BC wins again climbs to 4-4, Notre Dame, Penn State roll, Columbia remains undefeated, stands alone atop of the Ivy League

There are a bunch of places to start; Happy Valley, South Bend, Coral Gables, West Point, Baton Rouge and Lawrence, Kan. to name a few, but we’ll begin in two unexpected locations; Chestnut Hill, and upper Manhattan.

 

A satisfied BC Coach Steve Addazio                                   AP photo

Break up the Addazio’s!

Especially after its 41-10 destruction over the Cavaliers of Virginia.

It was a mere two weeks ago that the Eagles coach made his “Captain Queeg-esque” pronouncement after another loss, this time Virginia Tech.  It dropped BC to a painful and irrelevant 2-4 and what remained of the fan base had pitchforks in hand calling for his head.

Despite the surrounding chaos, “Coach A” calmly predicted; “Eventually, it will be beautiful…”as those in attendance rolled their eyes.

Well, a funny thing happened on the way to the forum, or in this case Louisville, and Charlottesville.

The Eagles in consecutive road games, both as underdogs, went out and in “beautiful” and dominating fashion, hung a pair of stunning 40-point, and 500 – plus yard victorious performances on its ACC opponents, evening its record to 4-4, and leaving these “Sons of Mike Holovak” a reasonable, that’s right reasonable, chance to run the table.

WOW!!

Not only have the pitchforks returned to the barn, but the faithful are witnessing the maturation of its dual-threat t-f QB Anthony Brown, and a future Sunday performer in its freshman bulldog tailback AJ Dillon making for a bright future.

“It was rough in the beginning, but that water is finding itself right now, and we’re now gaining confidence,” said its beaming coach.

The other landing spot is on the campus of Columbia University, where our pal Coach Al Bagnoli and his feisty Lions (6-0, 3-0) sit atop of the Ivy League after another scintillation victory, this time against the “cardiac” Big Green of Dartmouth: 22-17.

Columbia celebrates victory over Dartmouth                   AP photo

These “Sons of George Starke – member of the Redskins Hogs” needed a pair of goal-line stands in the final 2:30 of the game to hang on for the victory, the clincher coming on a Mike Hinton snuffing sack as Dartmouth was perched first and goal on the 7-yard line with 17-seconds left and a chance to pull off another of its patented comeback victories.

After the sack Dartmouth was unable to line up for another play as time ran out.  WHEW!

How far has Bagnoli, the future HOF coach brought his first-place Lions?

A lot further than then the New York City Marathon.

Columbia is 6-0 for only the third time since Harry Truman was saying “The buck stops here” in 1945, and finds itself with a seven-game winning streak for the first time since FDR was collecting stamps and smoking a cigarette on the White House balcony – 1935.  AMAZING!!

Onto the national scene.

In South Bend, and Happy Valley it was a like a mid-afternoon springtime stroll on the Avenue des Champs Elysees.

That’s how dominating and stress-free these victories were for the Domers and Lions.

We’ll start in the land of “Touchdown Jesus” where Notre Dame established itself as a legitimate playoff contender, crushing USC (49-14) its biggest margin since Ara Parseghian was winning the national title (51-0) in 1966.   Double Yikes!  Can you say Trojan Horse?

Notre Dame QB Brandon Wimbush struts into endzone         AP photo

It was also a playoff elimination game, not only for the Trojans, who were exposed as being as a fraudulent as Bernie Madoff, but for the entire Pac-12 Conference, who baring a confluence of stunning upsets will not have a representative in the playoff.  OUCH!

If the Irish, who have defeated five-consecutive ranked opponents, while plowing the earth (6th rushing 317-ypg) better than a than a warehouse full of John Deere’s, are able to run the table, and Georgia and Alabama meet in the SEC Championship game as a pair of undefeated heavyweights and the result is not a blowout, and TCU remains undefeated in the Big 12, then it would be; Alabama, Georgia, TCU, and Notre Dame in the playoff.  Who knew?!

But as always with college football, the road to the playoff is dotted with more holes and landmines than a highway in Kandahar so always expect the unexpected.

Another team that falls into the fraudulent Lance Armstrong category is the Wolverines of Michigan.

Its “championship” defense, under the guidance of our local boy (Spencer, Ma.) Donnie Brown, was exposed more than a Playboy centerfold, as the Nittany Lions supported by a ‘white out’ of 106-thousand strong, clobbered Big Blue: 42-13.  OUCH!!

The winner next week’s Big Ten showdown between Ohio State and Penn State will be riding in the front seat of the Caddy rumbling toward Indianapolis with an almost sure invite to the Big Ten Championship game.

 

Penn State Heisman front runner Saquon Barkley                AP photo

The obliteration was a national Heisman showcase for Penn State’s All-World front runner, tailback Saquon Barkley, who performs with the precision and grace of Rudolph Nureyev while destroying defenses like Air Force bombing raid over Niger.

The innovative offensive maestro of these “Sons of Todd Blackmon” coordinator Joe Moorhead, formerly the head man at Fordham, should be fielding a lot calls of inquiry in the near future.

Are you listening Illinois?

The shellacking also damaged the Harbaugh resume, as the Michigan coach now holds a losing 4-5 record  against the likes of; Penn State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, and has yet to beat Ohio State since his arrival in Ann Arbor.  Double Yikes!

Where’s Brady Hoke when you need him.

In the home of Emily Dickinson, the “Belles of Amherst” eleven, AKA UMass football, got off the schneid as “Whipple’s Boys,” in a matchup of winless sad sacks smoked Georgia Southern: 55-20 as the Minutemen “improved” to 1-6.

Hey a win is a win.  Or as Bear Bryant once said, “Winning isn’t everything, but it beats anything that comes in second,” and the Minuteman will gladly notch the W.

Just think it runs the table, which is as likely to happen as a Donald Trump apology, it becomes bowl eligible!

In Baton Rouge, the posse that had been, as they say in the western’s “rounded up” to bring to justice both the Tigers AD, and its football Coach Ed Orgeron has been furloughed until further notice, as the LSU has won three in a row, taking out the Rebels of Ole Miss 40-24, with its traditional ground attack.

LSU Coach Ed Orgeron celebrates victory over Ole Miss                AP photo

These “Sons of Billy Cannon,” who are securely sitting inside the top-25, rumbled for 393-yards behind its All-America caliber tailback Derrius Guice who road-graded for 276 of those yards on just 22 carries.

The Tigers who were on the rocks, reeling and headed for what many felt, might be a losing season, now have a better chance than Donald Trump’s passage of any meaningful legislation, to win 9-games.

Good for Coach O, who is good for college football.

As always we Hail the Academies; as Army (6-2) is bowl eligible (it accepted yesterday’s invite to the Armed Forces Bowl) for consecutive seasons for the first time since Jimmy Carter was shelling peanuts, and Ronald Reagan were nodding off in the Lincoln bedroom – (1984-85) after its scintillating 31-28 overtime victory over Temple.

Good for the “Long Grey Line.”

 

Army football Coach Jeff Monken                            AP photo

The Cadets Coach Jeff Monken has done a job that would put Lazarus to shame.

The Air Force also had a good day knocking off Nevada 45-42 with a time-expiring field goal.  The Falcons who rushed for more than 500-yards, inched a step closer (3-4) towards its 6-win goal, and an opportunity to go bowling.

In Tallahassee the blades of “Tomahawk Nation” are duller than a speech by Nancy Pelosi, as the Seminoles of Florida State fell to 2-4 with its 31-28 loss to Louisville.

 

Jimbo Fisher confronts belligerent fan                          AP photo

These “Sons of Bobby Bowden” also sit winless (0-3) at Doak Campbell for the first time since Richard Nixon was refusing to turn over the tapes – 1974.  Double Yikes!

The “Mighty” Seminoles must now win 4 of its remaining 5 to continue the nation’s longest bowling streak which sits at three and a-half decades: 35.  Yikes!

In Coral Gables Coach Mark Richt and his Hurricanes might not be artistic but remain as resilient as Susan B. Anthony holding onto its unblemished record with a 27-19 hard-won victory over a rapidly improving bunch of Orangemen from Syracuse.

Finally, as always, we close with our bloviating gas-bag pal Charlie Weis, and the woeful (1-6)Kansas Jayhawks, the last team Charlie “fixed” who set, and tied a new record for futility in enduring a 43-0 whitewashing by TCU.

The Horned Frogs held KU to a Big 12 record low of 21-total yards.

That’s right 21-total yards.

KU also tied an 81-year old record by suffering its 44-consecutive road loss.

Again, you read that correctly, 44 losses in a row on the road, a testament of futility now shared with Western (Colorado) State; 1926-36.

How bad was it first half of Saturday’s game TCU, who had 11-tackles for losses?  TCU held a 305-3 offensive advantage!  Or as Mister Rogers might say on “Sesame Street” “Can you say putrid?”

 

Former Kansas Coach Charlie Weis         AP photo

Sorry Charlie!

That’s it from cyber-space.  We’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 9 Wednesday night.  Until then, Peace, and listen to the music.  pk