So Melvin Gordon sets the new all-time FBS rushing record in three quarters against Nebraska a mere 9 days ago. I guess Semaje Perine thought that looked fun so he would try and do it in soggy Norman against a terrible Charlie Weis-less Kansas team. I’m going to take a wild guess and say “James Conner, come on down!”
I didn’t get to watch any college football live this week. Had my kids and it was a lot of fun. And to be honest, from what I did see on my PVR late into Saturday night/Sunday morning, it felt like a blah weekend. If this weekend would have been played three seasons ago, it would have been considered a good college football weekend. Good, not great. But this season, it doesn’t even come close. A quick look at some of the games I PVRed:
- The Minnesota-Nebraska game which probably qualified as the game of the day
- The hilariously bad Virginia Tech-Wake Forest game
- The Battle for LA
- Ole Miss-Arkansas
- Boise State-Wyoming
And on and on. 12 games in all and most of them (save Minny-Nebraska) were garbage. Didn’t record BC-FSU but that’s more due to the restrictions on my PVR and not me not picking it (although I had to make some choices).
Anyway, it says a lot about how wild and wacky this season has been by the fact that Perine set the new rushing record and most went “oh that’s nice…carry on.” Let’s look at the week that was, shall we?
Poor Buffalo. Yeah it doesn’t really matter that the Kent State-UB game was cancelled. Really. Even if the Bulls won that game and their last game, their six wins aren’t enough since they defeated two FCS teams. See, scheduling issues filter down even to MAC teams.
Way to rile them up. So one of the Duke coaches threw shit all over the locker room area and basically acted like one of those roided-up dickheads during a rage. And what did it do? I don’t think Duke has looked this bad in three seasons. The Fighting Fedoras lit them up and are going bowling. Also it puts Georgia Tech in the annual Florida State ACC beatdown game.
Well that was just FCS-riffic. Look, I don’t care that FBS teams schedule an FCS game every season. It gives FCS teams a cash boost they may or may not need. What I hate (and I mean hate) is when these games happen in November. Everywhere it is promoted that every week of the college football season is important, and then we are treated to a garbage week of football. And yes I understand the SEC isn’t the only conference that does this; however, they are the one conference that almost ALWAYS does it in November. Want to schedule an FCS team? Brilliant! Do it in September or October (or late August) please.
I select Jerry Kill as coach of the year. Yes, there are other good candidates but looking at an entire body of work, what Jerry Kill has done in Minnesota is amazing. Or in other words, all Jerry Kill does is resurrect football programs.
Marshall, Marshall, Marshall. They hung on to beat a UAB team which is sneaky-good (in Conference USA parlance). You can arguably say they are one of the worst-looking undefeated teams of the past two decades and be probably spot on. The thing is, if they win out, I can’t see how you don’t put them in Fiesta or Cotton Bowl, unless insanity happens in the Mountain West and Colorado State somehow wins the conference title.
June Jones is somewhere, sipping whiskey/rum/moonshine/whatever alcohol he likes and just shaking his head. SMU. You can honestly say they are one of the worst winless teams in recent history. It’s been painful to even hear the results, much less watch any highlights. Just lose out and regroup. And pray.
Illinois and Northwestern will face off in a winner-takes-all game next week. And by all I mean bowl eligibility. Again, does this tell you what kind of crazy season it has been? And if the Illini somehow win, Tim Beckman may get a contract extension.
Hokie player – Oh so we have to score points. Is that right, Coach Beamer? Beamer – Can I retire yet? What a complete shitshow at Wake Forest. Worst part is there were no weather issues. None. It was just awful football. Most high schools don’t play football that badly. But the worst part is it had that trainwreck quality: you just had to watch to see when it would end and how it would end. Easily one of the worst things to come out of the college football season. And now, it sets up an Illini-Wildcat like match for the Commonwealth Cup. Virginia Tech-Virginia. I like the Hokies but I honestly hope the Wahoos mop the floor with them, just for putting me through that misery this past Saturday.
Ole Miss? More Like Ole No. Arkansas pasted the Rebs 30-0. First of all, the Razorbacks became the first unranked team ever to post back-to-back shutouts over ranked teams. Impressive. Oh, and watch out for them next season. Like the SEC West needed to be any stronger. On the flip side, Ole Miss’ loss puts a bit of a damper on the Egg Bowl and may challenge whether CBS made the right choice of game for this Saturday.
RichRod baby! Talk about a statement game. The Wildcats destroyed Utah in Salt Lake City in terrible weather. Despite the fact they still might not win the Pac-12 South, don’t they at least give The Committee some difficulty keeping them out of the New Year’s Six?
For god’s sake, just fire the guy already. It should be obvious to EVERYONE that Brady Hoke will not coach next season for the Michigan Wolverines. And with one win needed to become bowl-eligible and that game being against Ohio State, you can pretty much stick a fork in this team. So why delay this? Seems ridiculous. And a distraction. Probably didn’t help the team during their loss to Maryland this past Saturday that basically sealed the deal on their season.
See? That’s why The Committee doesn’t respect the Noles. One of the worst undefeated Power conference teams in recent memory (this seems to be a trend today). They barely win half their games. Jameis CrabLegs isn’t the QB he was a year ago, that is obvious. And neither is the entire defense. They lose against either Florida or Georgia Tech and they can kiss any CFP talk goodbye.
Battle for LA wasn’t a battle at all. There’s more fight into bringing an NFL team back to LA then the Trojans put up. They looked out of it from early on. So now UCLA is in the driver’s seat in the Pac-12 South. If they win out, do they at least get some consideration from The Committee?
Meanwhile, on the islands… Norm Chow is honestly doing an amazing job out in Honolulu. The Fighting Rainbow Warriors just won their fourth game on a last-second touchdown over UNLV. No one (myself included) figured they’d win more than two. Think of it this way…three of their losses were by a single score or less. Win those and they are 7-5 and staying home to play a bowl on Christmas Eve. Hope they give Chow one more chance next season to complete the turnaround.
One mid-week MACtion game on Tuesday. Looks like specialty pack since I see nothing on the TSN schedule indicating they are showing this one. Then the real college footballgasm starts Thursday night. A ton of football Friday and Saturday. Schedule will be put out Wednesday and it should be finalized by then considering that there’s an extra full day of games on Friday. Then again, this is Bell and Rogers we are talking about.