Awwww yeah! Go Dawgs! Um, yeah there were other games, but Georgia just won a statement game in the SEC and won what was hyped up as one of the games of the year coming in. Fun times!
Also, Oregon swam up stream in a monsoon to beat Cal, Alabama played defense, South Carolina lost a QB in Central Florida, and Ohio State played a ranked team. Ok, it was Wisconsin, but still. The ACC looked average except for North Carolina who looked bad and Duke who picked up another win to go to 3-2 (3 more wins till another Bowl Game). The Pac-12’s top teams separated from the pack this week and USCalifornia took another hit in the hot Arizona sun. Oh and USC decided Kiffin was that bad and didn’t offer him a plane ride home. Ouch. 2-3 and out the door.
My TV schedule included: Georgia, Ohio State, Washington, and Oregon. I had regular TV this week, so I had to cut down on the channel surfing.
With all apologies to the MAC, let’s kick this one off…
Games of the Week:
#9 Georgia over #6 LSU 44-41
Nail Biter! Oh man my blood pressure went up during this one. Neither defense was doing anything to stop the other offense and this was really one of those games that came down to whoever had the ball last. Thankfully for Bulldog Nation, Georgia had it last. Both QBs played very well and it was an exciting game towatch and a great win for Georgia. Still a ton of question marks for that team, but they’ve got a few weeks to get all that worked out before they head to Atlanta at the end of the regular season.
#10 Texas A&M survives Arkansas 45-33
Um, remember last week when Arkansas got beat by Rutgers and I thought that they may have some fight in them? Well they took that fight to A&M this weekend and it took one hell of an effort from Johnny “better lucky than good” Manziel to get A&M out of there with a win. This was another barn burner in SEC Country and I was surprised by the amount of times the Razorbacks just kept moving it down the field.
Honorable Mention to: #14 Oklahoma taking out #22 Notre Dame in South Bend. Notre Dame had dominated the Sooners historically, so this was nice. I just like hearing announcers use the term Bell-Dozer for the OU QB, oh and I like when the Irish lose. Which, by the way is also a historical trend.
Iowa over Minnesota to win Floyd of Rosedale a.k.a. that pig statue 23-7
This was pretty much a walkthrough for the Hawkeyes of Iowa in their B1G opener. Minnesota should really stop playing these trophy games. That case on their campus has got to be depressing! Just a bunch ofoutlines of trophies and dust. Whatever. Congrats Iowa! You have won a giant brass pig which is about as useless as a B1G conference win.
Upset of the Week:
Unranked West Virginia over #11 Oklahoma State 30-21
Oh Mountain Mama! West Virginia just called in all the cousins for dinner and took it to the Cowboys from OK State. The Mountaineers pretty much got dominated in the stats but stayed ahead on the scoreboard the whole way through. I guess the defense for W. Virginia deserves some credit for that pick six and the three forced turnovers too. The Big XII is more exciting with West Virginia around. They bring the moonshine and things just get crazy.
Beat Down of the Week:
#3 Clemson over Wake Forest 56-7
Really all you need to know about this is Tajh Boyd’s state line for the afternoon: 17 of 24 passing for 311yds and 3TDs, with 17 rushes for 69yds and a TD. Oh, and he didn’t even play the whole game. Wake is bad, that we know, but this was kind of embarrassing.
Pillow Fight of the Week:
Nailed it! Youngstown State over Southern Illinois 28-27 on the road. That was a close one though. That damned Saluki took a 27-14 lead into halftime before the Penguins woke up and put the deep freeze on SIU in the second half. It took until under two minutes in the game before they took the lead, but they did and pushed me to 4-1 on the year in the pillow fights.
Next week I’m going to take New Mexico (1-3 Los Lobos) over New Mexico State (0-5 Aggies but they have some kind of bandit cowboy as a mascot named Pistol Pete) in the battle of the desert. Of course the only thing hot about these schools are the average temperatures so this should be a ‘slug-fest’ between a pack of wild dogs and some broke down cowboy named Pete. I’m taking the pack of dogs. Pop the popcorn and but the women to bed, this one is going to be ugly!
Player of the Week:
I’d like to give this to either Mike Davis, RB from South Carolina or Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederis. Both of them played with a ton of heart this weekend. Davis carried his team to a win while Abbrederis played with a ton of passion and tried to show the Badgers how to win. So, you pick.
The Southern Miss Golden Eagle Athletic Department. You don’t need paydays that bad do you? I mean come on! You’re at least in Conference USA. They’ve started the year 0-4 after an embarrassing home opener loss to Texas State 22-15, they then went on the road for three straight weeks to Nebraska, Arkansas, and Boise State! Those scores looked like this: 56-13, 24-3, 60-7! Ouch. At least they have Florida International coming to town next week and I almost made that my pillow fight pick, but I can’t tell if the boys in Southern Miss have any pride left at this point. Good luck guys.
My Picks Go…
9-1 this week! Thanks to NIU and Arizona State for coming through for me. Also, I picked up another pillow fight win to go 4-1 on the year.