Well not a whole lot of shocking upsets this week which is good, because October has been crazy so far. The PAC-12 settled down and as we all expected Oregon has pretty much put that conference on lock down; much like Alabama in the SEC. Missouri stumbled on their way to grabbing the SEC East title but still aren’t out of it. And, The B1G might as well just hand OSU the trophy now since not even the scrappy Penn Staters have the ability to slow them down. FSU is still the “class” of the ACC and will probably ride their freshman QB all the way to the Orange Bowl. (Wait, what about Miami? They’re good right? No.) Really your only question is in the “Big”-12. Baylor, OU, and TT, were all in the mix at the start of the day (oh and Texas is still 4-0 in conference play somehow) and Baylor remains at the top at this point. So we’ll all have to wait for Thursday Nov. 7th when OU goes to Baylor before we can make a call on that one.
The BCS was announced this past week and I can’t say anything there shocked me; because it’s the BCS. I’ll be so happy when that shit goes away. Of course having Condoleezza Rice picking my playoff teams doesn’t inspire a whole lot of confidence, but… we’ll wait and see. Also, was I alone in thinking Barry Alvarez was dead? I thought he died.
With all apologies to Penn State’s defense… Let’s kick it off.
Games of the Week:
#21 South Carolina over #5 Missouri 27-24 in Double OT
Whew! For those of us that were afraid Missouri was going to skip right on through the SEC East in just their second year in the league; rest easy. USC has come to the rescue. What is it with South Carolina QBs? Remember Garcia who was drunk every weekend? Now they have Connor Shaw who you could shoot in the leg on Thursday and he would still find a way to play on Saturday. Shaw came off the bench in the second half with the Cocks trailing 14-0 and then led TD drives of 65, 69 and 63yds in the 4th quarter. After Mizz missed on their OT FG attempt, Shaw then ripped off his shirt, charged into the stands and impregnated half the girls of the Missouri chapter of Alpha Delta Pi.
#15 Oklahoma over #10 Texas Tech 38-30
Now this was a very entertaining game. OU QB Blake Bell-Dozer was about to be pulled in the first half until he led his team on 16 play 97 yard drive to tie the score. OU looked BAD at the start of this game then built a 21-7 lead. Then, TT woke up and went up 28-21 before the Sooners went up 35-24. The Red Raiders had a shot at the end but some slightly off passes and some decent defense kept OU ahead and got them the win. Tech is not out of this Big-12 race just yet since they still have Texas, Baylor, OK State and K-State still to play.
#7 Miami over Wake Forest 24-21
Yeah. Miami isn’t that good and could be THE most overrated team in college football. No, I’m not forgetting Baylor, Missouri, or Auburn. I’m looking at you Miami! It took Miami until under a minute in the game to squeak a FG in and survive Wake. I’m calling it right now: Duke 24 Miami 21 on November 16th!
Honorable mentions to:
#17 Fresno State surviving San Diego State 35-28 in OT. What a Mountain West Battle for the Ages! Zzz…
Minnesota’s 34-23 upset of #24 Nebraska. The Golden Gophers are 6-2!
#1 Alabama crushes Tennessee 45-10.
No trophy because, ya know, the SEC has so much class… This used to be an awesome rivalry before league play but now it’s just fun to watch Alabama stomp UT every few years.
Upset of the Week:
Duuuuuuuuke! over #14 Virginia Tech 13-10!
We all love to make fun of Duke Football. But The Blue Devils are about to go to back-to-back bowl games for the first time in school history on the heels of beating not only a Top-15 VT (first win over a ranked team since 1994 and a road ranked team since 1971!) it was their first win over VT since 1981!!! How did they do it? Four INTs from Virginia Tech, two 50+ yard field goals, and a defense that held on in the 4th quarter. So even in their victory, they did it in classic Duke style. Sloppy. Two stats here: Duke is the first team since at least 2000 to win a game with a completion percentage below 30 percent and at least 4 Ints. And, Duke kicker Ross Martin is the first FBS kicker this season with two 50-yard field goals in the same game. Wow! You can’t make this shit up.
Beat Down of the Week:
#2 Florida State over North Carolina State 49-17.
The score does not indicate how bad this game was. I was forced to watch the first half of this game while waiting on a weather delay in Oklahoma so I got to see FSU put up 42 of those points in the first half while NC State looked disinterested. Seriously, the “Wolf Pack” looked like a bunch of mutts who were trying to play and not get hurt. It was UGLY!
Pillow Fight of the Week:
Colorado State over Hawaii 35-28. Nooooooo! Damn you Hawaii! 0-7 really? Where’s the Warrior Spirit I promised my readers? I guess 29 rushing attempts for 32 yards doesn’t get it done in the MWC either. Wow. Even coming off a bye week and playing at home? Too much hula hula, not enough blocky blocky. Hawaii is bad. They are 92nd in points for and 109th in points against in the nation this year. Ouch. We’ll have to keep an eye on them the rest of the year and maybe give them another shot at a pillow fight win.
But not this week. Cause this week we’re going to get sloshy gross drunk at THE WORLD’S LARGEST OUTDOOR COCKTAIL PARTY!!! Woooooo! Grab some co-eds, some Wild Turkey, a few hotdogs, some Red Bull, a case of Natty Light and let’s fuckin’ do this! Both Georgia and Florida come in UNRANKED and sporting 4-3 records. I’ll take my Dawgs, cause, fuck it. This is a good ol’ fashioned rivalry that this year will be played more for pride than position. Garb some rocks and stuff em deeeeeep into your pillow case, cause this week it’s going to be game on in Jacksonville.
Player of the Week:
Oklahoma State RB Desmond Roland. 26 carries for 219yds and 4 TDs. What? Good for you
Desmond. Now that was against Iowa State, but still… nice day overall. OKSU finds themselves in the Top-20, Rowland had a breakout game this week, and he could be a big part of this team going forward.
Honorable Mention: In all seriousness: Connor Shaw QB at South Carolina. 20 for 29 and 3 TDs, all in one half of play.
The BYU Athletic Department.
Let me explain. BYU just beat Boise State 37-20 (on a Friday) and then right after the game BYU announces that with its 6th win on the year they have accepted a bid to play in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Dec. 27th. It's the ninth straight season that the Cougars have become bowl eligible under head coach Bronco Mendenhall, and they've gone 6-2 in the first eight bowl games. So why in the hell would they accept a Bowl Bid in October? You’ve got 6 wins. You could get up to 10 right? Wouldn’t you want to hold out and maybe play in a bigger bowl against a better opponent? I don’t get accepting a lesser Bowl Bid in October just because you can. You’ve gone to 8 straight bowls the last 8 years. Why settle on the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl? Just sounds dumb. Fucking cue the Mormon girl!
My Picks Go…
7-3 on the week but I missed the pillow fight dropping me to 5-2 on the year. Meh. Whatever. I backed Oklahoma this week and that paid off but Nebraska let me down. Guess the Gophers of Minnesota have a bit of fight still left in them; unlike Northwestern.