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The Crimson Tide returned to the scene of the SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta and again came out a winner. But what happened in other parts of this nation.

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It wasn't Appalachian State over No. 5 Michigan in 2007, but it was a monumental weekend nonetheless as several FCS (I-AA) teams traveled to away payday games, took the money and the victory too. The biggest loser in all this is the Big XII who has two teams go down at the hands of I-AA teams:

° Kansas State, who was one game away from playing for all the marbles in 2012, took it on the chin on a day when they unveiled a statue in honor of coach Bill Snyder - despite having never finished higher than #6. Granted North Dakota State is the two-time defending I-AA champ but this is pretty sad. In my RTFATC last week, I hinted that maybe Snyder should hang it up. I am wondering how many K-State fans are now thinking this too.

° In Ames, Iowa State lost to Northern Iowa 28-20. The Panthers (betcha didn't know they were called the "Panthers") were 5-6 last year. What does the Big XII gain from having ISU in their conference?

° But the Pac-12 wasn't going to let the Big XII have all the fun. The red smurfs of Eastern Washington beat #25 Oregon State 49-46 in Corvallis. There were 9 lead changes and 1152 total combined yards gained. When are programs going to learn that you cannot win championships without defense?

° Willie Taggart probably should've stayed at WKU as his South Florida team was soundly whupped by visiting McNeese State 53-21. The Cowboys reeled off 40 straight points and 31 in the second quarter alone.

° Also: Towson beat UConn, Eastern Illinois over San Diego State, Southern Utah 22 South Alabama 21, and Samford beat Georgia State (not sure if this one is really an upset. GSU has no business being in FBS).

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Clemson 38 Georgia 35 - "A Rich(t) Tradition of Early BCS Losses"
(Boise in 2011, Oklahoma State in 2009)

Some people may have seen this game as a great back-and-forth slugfest. However, what this game really came down to was two defenses giving up big plays spurred on by poor tackling. It wasn't whoever scores last wins. It was whoever misses the last tackle loses. Entertainment-wise, it was a fun game to watch. Fundamental-wise, it would make a grown coach cry.

UGA can bounce from this loss but there is a good chance they end September at 1-3 (SC, N. Texas, LSU). Clemson hosts Florida State on October 19 and South Carolina to end the season.

To add injury to insult, UGA's Malcolm Mitchell was lost for the season due to an ACL injury while doing that silly flying Milli Vanilli chest bump celebration with Todd Gurley. Yes, I said "Milli Vanilli". That is how long this thing has been around. Maybe it's time to put this one to bed?

BTW, did you see the UGA flop? This is pathetic and embarrassing. I'd like to Saint Mark penalized for this in some way.

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Oklahoma State 21 Mississippi State 3 - OH, HAIL NO!

If games were 20 minutes long you would think the Bulldogs were going to have a good season as they moved the ball well and the defense looked strong. However, MSU had to stick around for another 40 and the Cowboys put up seven points in each of the last three quarters. Senior running back LaDarius Perkins had 105 combined yards in the first half but only touched the ball 3 times in the second half.(?)

Any quarterback controversy the Cowpokes had is probably over now as sophomore J.W. Walsh replaced senior starter Clint Chelf after two lackluster series and never relinquished. While there was no super-powered offense of old, OSU played strong defense and protected the ball with 0 turnovers. At least someone outside the SEC has been paying attention.

BTW, I saw AT LEAST four Bulldogs helped off the field on Saturday including starting QB Tyler Russell. Need to fire that Strength & Conditioning Coach.

The host for this game, Reliant Stadium saw an attendance of only 35,874 out of a 71,054 capacity. Surely, the city of Houston was hoping for the success that the Georgia Dome and Cowboys Stadium have enjoyed with their kickoff games. If so, they will need better teams with better fans. Yeah, I said it.

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Boise Gets the Smurfing Smurf Knocked out of Them

Could Boise's little BCS-buster wannabe run be over? Washington Huskies QB Keith Price took a step back in 2012 (19 TDs, 13 INT, 2728 yds) after an outstanding sophomore year (33 TDs, 11 INT, 3063 yds). On Saturday, the senior looked like his old self thumping the Broncos for 23 of 31, 324 yds passing as the Huskies rout 38-6. This game was the only real highlight for the Pac 12. Again going back to my last RTFATC post, I posited that maybe Coach Chris Petersen should be looking for new challenges.

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Sick N Tired

1. I am sorry to do this to you but I have to mention Johnny You-Know-Who. How sick and tired are you of hearing about this guy? Usually when a team like Bama has great dominating success over a stretch, they gain new fans and new enemies. I have a feeling that in two Saturdays, the Crimson Tide will have a LOT of new fans.

2. Granted that Jadeveon Clowney is a great athlete and he put a big hit on that Michigan player but enough of that clip! I wonder if they would be showing it so much if the Michigan player's helmet had not come off? Against UNC, Clowney was often winded and took several plays off. The knock on him has always been a question of work ethic. Don't get me wrong. I think he is a phenomenal football player but I have to wonder how much work he put in this past offseason. Think about it. If everyone is telling you that you would've been the number one pick in this year's draft, how tempted might you be to go to the beach instead of the weight room? I guess that is why he went to Spurrier Country Club instead of Saban Military Academy.

3. He has only played one college game but the talking heads have already found a way to make the name Robert Nkemdiche annoying. Despite the fact he only recorded 2 tackles against Vandy, they could not stop talking about him. Running a fake punt for a first down didn't help things. If you watched the game you might have noticed that he definitely has talent but he does not really know what he is doing. Honestly not gumping here: he would've been better served going to Alabama and learning behind someone for a year.


Teams to keep an eye on: Washington, Oklahoma State, Northwestern, LSU, FSU's Jameis Winston: 25/27 356 yds 4 TD 0 INT. Dang.



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Oregon State
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