Ramblings of a College Football Junkie! (Week 6)
(photo: Robin Trimarchi,Columbus Ledger Enquirer)
This week end’s list of games carried on TV was beyond awesome! It’s what makes college football so great! Once again, college football delivered big!! It began on Thursday and went through late Saturday. Even with Auburn playing late in the day I was glued to the tube! How could you not be?? Big game after big game! I just couldn’t put down the remote! My family was worried that they might have to use the defibrillator.
What can I say? Yes. I am an addict. I am a big-time college football junkie!
The First Weekend in October: Upset reset! We haven’t seen the likes of a weekend like this since Ever. Oh, there was the time back in 1990 but nothing like what we saw yesterday. Seventeen unbeaten teams came into this weekend with great aspirations. After the carnage only ten unbeaten teams remain. To give you another perspective, half of the AP top ten was beaten. This was the first time this has happened – EVER! Can you say parity? And can you freaking believe what happened in the State of Mississippi on Saturday?? I hope you got to church on Sunday because obviously we are living in the end of days, well of course unless you are a Rebel or Bulldog. This changes EVERYTHING. Or does it?
Top 10 Notables:
Wake Forest versus FSU1: Wow. I can’t believe I am saying this – but did anyone watch this snooze fest? I didn’t. It was predicted to be a blow out and it was. Regardless of what they did in their win FSU lost ground to its nemesis yesterday. Who is FSU’s nemesis you ask? Why it’s their schedule. And Auburn!
FSU travels to Syracuse next weekend!
Arizona versus Oregon2: Upset Rich Rodriguez! It’s probably been a while since you have heard that name. The last time it was prominent Rodriguez was getting fired from a failed Michigan program. And before that while he was the head coach of a red hot West Virginia program he had been rumored to have accepted the job at bama before Nick Saban. I listened to him in an interview with Jack Arute on Sirius XM the other day and Arute aptly pointed out that Rodriguez sounded happy. I can understand why. He apparently owns property in Eugene, Oregon in Autzen Stadium.
This game played on Thursday night and it started the slide of unbeatens. The wildcats just out played the home team ducks. Amazingly this was a rewind/replay from last season. I just don’t know how else to say it, the duck just doesn’t care for cats.
Oregon travels to California next weekend to play UCLA!
Arizona plays USC at home next weekend!
Alabama3 versus Ole Miss11: Hotty Toddy ya’all! In front of a crowd of 60K+, and in probably the biggest upset of the weekend bama fell to Ole Miss in a SEC West matchup. I mentioned Ole Miss’s defense last week. I told you they were good. I think they have the best defensive secondary in the SEC. What we didn’t know was how good Bo Wallace and the Ole Miss offense would be. Now we do. When Bo is on he is very accurate. He was 18/31 and 251 yards and 3 TDs. But Ole Miss didn’t break 75 yards in rushing.
Bama’s Amari Cooper caught 9 passes for 91 yards. Yeldon got the ball 20 times for 123 yards. Derrick Henry got the ball 17 times for only 37 yards. The only TDs for bama came in the 2nd quarter from Blake Sims scramble in to the end zone and a stripped football on defense right before half time that was returned for a score. And bama’s field goal kicking was only one of three. Bama got to where they couldn’t move the ball or sustain drives or score after the 3d Quarter. Additionally, Kenyan Drake was lost for the season in a horrific injury where it’s believed that he broke his leg.
A tale of two coaches: Saban looked as frazzled as I have ever seen him. My question to bama fans is how do you justify the kind of salary that you pay Saban where he repeatedly puts together recruiting classes like bama has done and then look like they did? Saban bleeds just like everyone else. I suspect the love fest that was initiated after the Florida game on Lane Kiffen will now be recanted? I suspect folks will be calling for his head this week. As usual bama fans kept it classes as they were being arrested in Vaught Hemingway Stadium! You got to love the SEC.
Hugh Freeze looked like he was about to start crying in his post game interview because he was so happy. I guess he ‘expediated’ (Freeze’s word) bama. Big win for his program. But perhaps a bigger win for Freeze is in terms of future jobs and pay checks! Beware of the proverbial pine box Hugh!
Ole Miss travels to College Station to face Texas A&M next weekend!
Bama travels to Fayetteville to face the Razorbacks next weekend!
TCU25 versus Oklahoma4 idle: Upset Horn frogs! Everyone knew that Gary Patterson built teams with great defenses but I guess he can do something with offenses as well. In a game of back and forth – TCU jumped on early and kept ahead on the board. Big win for TCU! This changes everything in the Big Twelve.
TCU travels to Waco to play Baylor
Oklahoma plays Texas at home
A look at Auburn and the rest of the Top 25 after the jump:
Texas A&M6 versus Mississippi State12: This was my game of the week but it really was a game of domination by the MSU bulldogs. Did I say upset? A&M was never in the game. The obvious take away is that Dan Mullen’s finally got himself a Cam Newton like quarterback.
A tale of two quarterbacks: Kenny Hill never got in rhythm. He completed 37 passes out of 62 attempts for four touch downs and three interceptions and a total of 365 yards. MSU’s Dak Prescott who is getting mentioned as a possible Heisman contender completed 19 passes out of 25 attempts for two touch downs. He ran for three more.
MSU is good. Scratch that. MSU is great on both sides of the ball. We haven’t seen MSU this good since Jackie Sherrill. After four years Dan Mullen finally has them ready to contend for the SEC championship. I believe this claim will be settled next weekend in Starkville. Something has to give! But there is something else to keep in mind just like his instate competitor Hugh Freeze – Mullen’s stock has just gone up exponentially for a new job.
MSU plays Auburn at home next weekend!
Texas A&M plays Ole Miss at home next weekend!
Texas versus Baylor7: A win is a win for Baylor. The Bears handled the talentless long horns in every facet of the game. While Charlie Strong is still in his first year, his recent popularity with the NFL will be short lived. If he starts out next year the same way as Texas has played this year Texas will need a new coach.
Baylor plays TCU at home next weekend
UCLA8versus Utah: The PAC 12 just got more complicated. After last week’s domination of ASU, UCLA got handled by the Ute’s.
UCLA plays Oregon at home next weekend.
Notre Dame8versus Stanford14: Notre Dame scraped out of an upset in this game. This week at least, Notre Dame is contenders. And for Stanford, that’s two very close losses.
Notre Dame is idle next weekend.
Stanford plays Washington State at home next weekend
Michigan State9 versus Nebraska19: Well, Bo. Maybe in your next job you will be better? You gave it the good college try in the 4th Quarter but it wasn’t enough. As predicted in the Big Ten Michigan State is the best of the conference.
Michigan State travels to Indiana to play Purdue.
Other happenings in the SEC:
Florida wins in a squeaker in Knoxville! And what does Will Muschamp do? He insults all of Neyland Stadium on National TV. That’s a way to endear him for future employment. But in order for him to actually win – he had to do something like sack his long time quarterback Jeff Driskel who looked horrible on Saturday. Florida got all of its 10 points in the fourth quarter. I still think even in this game (just like against Kentucky) Florida got away with a bad call that resulted in a win when it should have lost. I don’t know what this game shows us more – how far the Tennessee program has improved or how far the Florida program has fallen.
Next weekend Muschamp get’s to test his people skills against the mad hatter and LSU. Florida surprisingly is 2-1 in the SEC. LSU is 0-2. Cats and dogs! Living together! Mass hysteria!!
Tennessee (0-2) plays Chattanooga.
Georgia dismantled Vanderbilt on Saturday. Gurley ran for two TDs.
Next weekend, Georgia (2-1) travels to Missouri (1-0) to face the tigers from up North. I believe this will be the game that decides the SEC East!
Vandy (0-4) plays Charleston Southern.
Hold the phone. Did I say the Georgia Game next week decides the East? In another apparent upset or maybe said a different way in demonstration of parity – South Carolina (2-3) got beat by a pretty decent looking Kentucky team (2-1).
I covered everyone else in the West except Arkansas (0-2). They were idle this week but prepare to host bama next weekend.
LSU Post Game thoughts: This is exactly what Auburn needed. A game it dominated against a quality SEC opponent. Oh, there was some pay back in this game. Bet you no one said AU didn’t tackle or block last night wearing purple in gold. I bet the LSU fans got out of Jordan Hare and got a quick start back to Baton Rouge ahead of the traffic too – just like when they got beat by MSU at home. Les Miles finds himself in a funny spot he hasn’t seen in some time (0-2). I wonder if he is starting to think about the Michigan job yet. Anyway, for those that missed the game, Auburn’s defense played lights out all night long. And Auburn’s offense established itself early and never let up off the gas until the end.
Auburn fans need to keep things in perspective: LSU is in an obvious down year. LSU isn’t the same team that beat us last season. LSU had much of its talent leave early for the NFL last season. Auburn needs to get better each game. And I think we are well on our way at attaining this goal. Still, eating tiger meat never tasted so good! It’s about time! War Eagle!
A look ahead: Auburn must play their best game to date as we move into week seven and face MSU, in another week in the journey to football nirvana. Anything can still happen! For any fans traveling to the game – you probably need to bring either hearing protection or aspirin. You’re going to need both. Starkville is a loud, inhospitable place. The campus and stadium has changed a lot over the last ten years but the sound of clanging cow bells is still the same disruptive device it always has been. It can be heard as far away as Tupelo or Meridian. And if MSU finds a way to win? You will hear them for the rest of the year.
Let’s remember to keep it classy Auburn family. Stay humble. Remember, the fall is harder if you have been a boaster or braggart. And if you didn’t see the bama fan get arrested in Oxford – just Google it on you tube. This is a typical bama fan. We are above that.
The GRIND of our schedule is here. If AU is serious about playing for another SEC championship and perhaps more – here is where Auburn earns a ticket to play. Win in Starkville and Auburn can find itself winning in Athens or Tuscaloosa. It’s a mindset!
There are only eight unbeaten teams remaining. The ACC has two; the big twelve has two; PAC 12 has one team left. The SEC still has three unbeatens. And no – I am not counting Marshall. Why? Ask BYU.
Who will remain unbeaten after next weekend?
Ha! In closing, I guess I didn’t need the defibrillator after all. But for those that are sullen and gloomy, wake up folks! If you didn’t enjoy this weekend of football games, perhaps you need someone to take your pulse because you obviously don’t have a heartbeat at all. As for me, I can still barely contain myself! This is why I love this sport! I love it even more when my Tigers are competitive!
Hello. My name is WDE1988. And Yes. I am a football junkie!