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College Football Random Thoughts From Around the Country: Let the Chaos Begin!

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At the halfway mark of the season, contenders are starting to thin out.

Iowa State v Oklahoma
ISU hasn’t beaten Okie since 1944. Not really but wouldn’t that be cool?
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Week 6 is in the books. Only six Power 5 teams and one plucky mid-major stand at 6-0. A few others are at 5-0. Many others have fallen by the wayside.

UPSET SPECIALS!

Iowa State 38 Chokelahoma 31 - The Sooners dominated the Cyclones and won 24-10... at least that is what the Oklahoma defense was thinking in the second quarter. Despite this belief, ISU kept playing and would score the next 21 points to take a touchdown lead. Okie would tie it up in the fourth but the Cyclones would put together a drive of 9 plays and 75 yards that ate up 4:59 to retake the lead. The Sooners got the ball back but could not advance past their own 42 yard line.

After the game, an Iowa State player planted the Iowa state flag into the sod at midfield of Oklahoma’s Memorial Stadium. This time, it stuck. Karma.

Oklahoma and Iowa State had played each other 81 times prior to Saturday. The Cyclones had won just five of those games, the most recent coming in 1990.

Michigan State v Michigan
Sparty with the creepy Paul Bunyan trophy.
Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images

Michigan State 14 Michigan 10 - Wolverines fans will make excuses that it was a sloppy wet night. But Sparty had to play in it too. They will also say “...if only Colt McCoy Wilson Speight didn’t get hurt...” But that too is a flimsy excuse since Speight is not much better than John O’Korn. That said, the back-up did throw 3 interceptions. Michigan also lost a pair of fumbles. The Spartans managed to hang on to the ball, but were flagged for 11 penalties (to UM’s 7) and converted only 2-14 third downs. So, yeah. It was a Big Ten football game.

Mark Dantonio has already surpassed his team’s win total (4-1) from a year ago (3-9). Jim Harbaugh is now 1-4 versus Michigan State and Ohio State. Next year’s Chicago Bears head coach is now behind the eight-ball with Penn State in two weeks and Wisky and anOSU to close out the season.

ELIMINATED

NC State 39 Louisville 25 - Any prayer of a playoff spot for the Cardinals is on the moving van with Rick Pitino out of town. Two Louisville running backs ran 10 times for 43 yards. That is never a recipe for success. Lamar Jackson (19 rush, 73 yds) is a fine athlete but you can’t have one guy do everything on offense. The Wolfpack had a more balanced attack with Ryan Finley passing 20-31 for 367 yds, 1 TD and Nyheim Hines rushing 18 times for 102 yards and 2 TDs.

Stanford 23 Utah 20 - It was only a matter of time before the two Utes fell from among the unbeaten. Stanford has an anemic passing game (7-14, 106 yds) so they relied heavily on the running of Bryce Love (20 carries, 152 yds, 1 TD) and three field goals by (I am not making this name up) Jet Toner.

#TooManyMascots

SEC

Alabama 27 Texas A&M 19 - The Aggies have rebounded from their inexcusable loss to UCLA in Week 1 and may have finally found themselves a quarterback in Kellen Mond who won’t transfer out. Despite the loss, Kevin Sumlin saves his job for another week. (That is how they judge coaches these days: how bad did you lose to Nick Saban?) For Alabama, Damien Harris was in the spotlight with 124 rushing yards and a touchdown. [Side note: Josh Jacobs and Najee Harris played but did not get a touch.]

LSU 17 Florida 16 - Where was this LSU team last week? Whatever Coach O sprinkled in his team’s Froot Loops worked as they clamped down on the Gators holding Feleipe Franks to a sad 108 yards passing. LSU’s offense was improved as well with some solid plays, the most effective being jet sweeps, including one that Russell Gage took to the house for 30 yards. But the difference was UF kicker Eddy Pineiro missing the first extra point of his career in the third quarter.

SEC vs PseudoSEC

Georgia 45 Vanderbilt 14 - Been there done that. Kirby Smart clearly watched film of the Alabama-Vandy game because his strategy was RTDB. Sony Michel and Nick Chubb combined for 288 rushing yards and 3 TDs. Jake Fromm and Jacob Eason combined for only 10/14 passing for 126 and 2 TDs. UGA is playing well, but they have yet to have the need to rely on one of the Two Jakes to win a ball game when the running game isn’t working. File that away for later.

Auburn 44 Ole Miss 23 - Been there done that. Gustavo clearly watched film of the Alabama-OM game because his strategy was RTDB. Kerryon Johnson rushed for a career-high 204 yards and three touchdowns. It was 35-3 at halftime with the Rebel Black Bear-Shark Ackbars scoring 13 against the scrubs of the Aubie Plainsmen War Dam Tiger Eagles in the fourth quarter.

PseudoSEC vs PseudoSEC

South Carolina 48 Arkansas 22 - The Gamecocks defense was the star of this game with two pick-sixes and a scoop-and-score. Arky QB Austin Allen was a pathetic 12 of 24 passing for only 84 yards, 1 TD, 1 pick, a lost fumble, and -10 rush yards. He left the game with an “undisclosed injury,” but it felt like a good ol’ fashion Steve Spurrier QB hook to me. Bret Bielema has quite a dilemma ahead of him. Continue with the senior team captain who he dared put a “C” on his jersey, or bench him in favor of freshman Cole Kelley (8/13, 140, 1 INT, 1 TD, 23 yds rushing).

Kentucky 40 Missouri 34 - UK had hopes of cracking the top 25 this week but forgot that they actually had to beat Mizzou before getting into the meat of their schedule. The Tigers had more yards and first downs then the ‘Cats. Field position ended up being a big factor with UK kicking four field goals, including two in the fourth quarter.

GRAB BAG

Clemson 28 Wake Forest 14 - The Tigers with another typical victory: good defense (366 yards allowed), meh offense (190 rushing yards gained; fumble and a pick thrown by Kelly Bryant). All of the Demon Deacons points came in the fourth quarter.

Washington 38 Cal 7 - Not that anyone east of the Pecos saw it but the Huskies put together a solid game against a decent team while most of America slept. Cal had 93 TOTAL yards, -40 rushing mostly due 41 yards lost on the final play of the game when a field goal attempt was mishandled. The Bears only score came on a scoop and score with the score at 31-0. The UW defense accounted for 8 sacks.

TCU 31 West Virginia 24 - This was a game between two ranked teams with the GameDay crew on hand and all the hoopla that comes with that. The game went back and forth with the Frogs QB Kenny Hill lunging for a 3-yard touchdown run and the win with 2:53 left in the game. With two losses, WVU is out of the playoff running as TCU remains the only undefeated Big 12 team.

Miami 24 Florida State 20 - The Seminoles held a late lead with 1:24 to go but allowed the Hurricanes to drive the field and score with 6 ticks remaining on the clock. Miami finally ended a seven-game losing streak they had against their neighbors to the north

WACKIEST GAME OF THE DAY

Western Michigan 71 Buffalo 68 (7 OT) - Fast Forward to OT: Both teams scored TDs in the first two overtimess. In the third OT, Buffalo fumbled but WMU missed a 29 yard field goal. Both teams converted 2-point attempts in the fourth but failed in the fifth and sixth OTs. In the seventh, the Bulls kicked a field goal and the Broncos mercifully ended it with a touchdown.

As if the game could not get weirder, the sister of WMU player who scored a touchdown in the first overtime, ran on the field to hug her brother. WMU still needed an extra point just to tie the game and go to the second OT. She was ejected and the brother looked humiliated.

This was the fourth game in FBS history to go into a record-tying seven overtimes with a record-breaking 139 total points. The Bulls set the FBS record for the most points in a losing effort.

THE DESMOND HOWARD JINX

The ESPN blabbermouth picked Stanford, Georgia, Wisconsin, Miami, and Okie State to win their conferences. One down, four to go.

  • Okie State - They are almost out of the running.
  • Georgia - We may have to wait til December.
  • Wisconsin - We may have to wait til December. They play nobody, PAWL.
  • Miami - hosting Georgia Tech Saturday. Prime for a letdown.
tiny football

BAMA STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE

The Crimson Tide foes.

  • FSU (1-3) The ‘Noles lost to Miami. Jimbo probably should’ve taken that LSU job, huh?
  • Colorado State (4-2) over Utah State Utah State Utah State UUUU Utah State 27-14.
  • Fresno (3-2) over San Jose Canseco State.
  • Mercer (3-3) over Citadel.

ADOPT-A-TEAM

  • San Diego State (6-0) Remember where you first heard about Rashaad Penny and the Aztecs. I’m not often right but I jumped on this bandwagon early. The senior RB ran for 170 yards and 2 TDs in a 41-10 win over UNLV. Up next is one of their biggest challenges of the season: BOISE.
  • ________. Anyone?

COUSINS

We all know who little brother is. These guys are more like cousins that you hang out with on holidays.

  • South Alabama (1-4) No game this week in prep for Wednesday’s game vs Troy.
  • Troy (4-1) No game this week in prep for Wednesday’s game vs. USA.

THAT ANNOYING STEP-BROTHER

UAB had an exciting end to their game but from my count, only 40 people actually saw it happen. SO GLAD WE BROUGHT THEM BACK SO THEY COULD BLEED MORE MONEY OUT OF THE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM.

RS-Patriot

SALUTE TO OUR TROOPS

  • Navy (5-0) defeated Air Force (1-4) - Round 1 of the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy goes to Navy 48-45 with the Midshipmen scoring on a 16-yard touchdown pass of all things with 15 seconds left. Navy, now ranked #25/24, will have a tough one with a trip to Memphis Saturday. The Falcons host UNLV.
  • Army (4-2) - The Black Knights defeat Rice 49-12. Next is Eastern Michigan. Jeff Monken has done a really good job with this program. They are primed to head back to a bowl game for the second time in consecutive seasons. The only other time this has occurred was in 1984-85.
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ELIMINATED

NEW: Kansas State, Florida, Kentucky, TAMU,
Everyone in the ACC except Clemson.
All non-Power 5 teams.

Arizona
Arizona State
Arkansas
Baylor
Boston College
BYU
Cal
Colorado
Florida State
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Iowa State
Kansas
Louisville
LSU
Maryland
Michigan State
Minnesota
Mizzou
Nebraska
North Carolina
Northwestern
Oregon
Oregon State
Pitt
Purdue
Rutgers
South Carolina
Stanford
Syracuse
Tennessee
Tejas
Texas Tech
UCLA
Vanderbilt
Virginia
Wake Forest

AND... Ole Miss

THE CONTENDERS

A way WAY WAY too early look at the College Football Playoff (CFP) picture:

  • ACC - Clemson and... that is all and has been all for a couple of weeks. I’m still not buying Miami.
  • Big Ten - Wisconsin’s path to the Big Ten West title just got a lot easier. Sparty is suddenly in the East chase with a tenuous Penn State and Ohio State. Michigan may be stuck with playing spoiler bridesmaid yet again.
  • Big 12 - TCU is suddenly the leader in the clubhouse. Okie needs to win out.
  • PAC-12 - Winner of Washington-Wazzu Nov. 25. So Cal has an outside shot. Their next two are Utah and Notre Dame.
  • SEC - Alabama and UGA both could get in. Auburn needs to beat those two. Florida is done.
  • Indies - Is Notre Dame back in???

FINAL FOUR (ACCORDING TO THE NUMBSKULLS)

  • Clemson can do no wrong it seems.
  • Alabama. Just keep winning.

After the above two, it gets a little murky.

  • With Oklahoma falling by the wayside, Penn State moves up.
  • UGA and TCU battle for #4 with Washington close behind.

LET’S GO BOWLING

At 6-0, the following teams are the first to become bowl eligible (ridiculous 5-7 loophole notwithstanding.): Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, Penn State, SDSU, Washington, Wazzu.

Charlotte, UTEP, and UMass are all 0-6 but I am sure the NCAA will find a bowl for them somewhere. Maybe in Bemidji, Minnesota.

Kristi Malzahn

Krazy Kristi's "SHUT UP!" of the Week goes to the AYE-SEE-SEE! Ya see, this past off-season all the blowhards wanted you to believe that the ACC was superior to the SEC just because Clemson beat Alabama on the last play of the game. To strengthen their argument, they bragged about FSU and the emergence of Louisville as a national superpower.

So where is the ACC at the halfway point of the season?

Louisville has been exposed for the fraud they are. FSU is a trainwreck without their QB. Miami is still winning but it won’t last. Clemson is good but flawed yet the national media cannot see it. What does the conference have to brag about? Syracuse is actually in third place in the Atlantic Division while Virginia occupies that spot in the Coastal Division. It’s looking like their second best team is NC State and the Wolfpack lost to South Carolina - maybe the ninth best SEC team.

FAN BASE (AFTER BAMA OF COURSE) OF THE WEEK

The NC State fans were really into the game from beginning to end and despite the game being an accursed “Blackout” game, the Wolfpack still beat the favorite Lousiville. But what really impressed me is that they didn’t try to rush the field after the game like the idiots in Pullman, Washington did last week. They acted like a winning team should: like you expected to win. Kudos, Wolfpackians or whatever you call yourselves.

STATS OF THE DAY = 70

On Friday night, Memphis put up 70 points on UConn. A few hours later, BYU could manage only a single touchdown against Boise. Those seven points by the Cougars (1-5) comes to a grand total of 70 for the season. The Mormons have only 50 points against FBS teams. Don’t expect them to accumulate too much more in Starkville this Saturday.

Gump 4 Heisman

HEISMAN HYPE

With the exception of TWO YEARS, the Heisman Trophy voting is basically a hype award. Last year was yet another exhibit of the voters falling in love with someone way too early. That being the case, we'll bring you "Who Will Win" and "Who Should Win".

Who Will Win -

  • Saquon Barkley - (RB Penn State) Well, the voters are doing what they do every year and have bought into a guy way too early. I am not saying he isn’t worthy but this system is so ridiculous. Go ahead and have the trophy engraved.
  • Baker Mayfield (QB Oklahoma) is talented but flawed. His biggest flaw might be his ego. He would rather get on ESPN SportsCenter highlights than make the smart conservative play. He has a depp hole to climb out of.
  • Lamar Jackson (QB Louisville) He’ll continue to get an obligatory defending champ mention. If he had not won last year, he would not be in the discussion.
  • Bryce Love (RB Stanford) had 20 carries, 152 yards, 1 TD but not really blowing any minds. You gotta have flash to make the guys at the water cooler say “Didja see that play he made?”

Who Should Win -

  • Saquon Barkley looks like a very talented running back, but the Pitany Scions have yet to play a top defense. The big tests will be a three week stretch beginning Oct. 21 vs Michigan, Ohio State, and Michigan State.
NCAA Football: Arkansas at South Carolina
South Carolina loses another starter.
Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

THE SICK REPORT

  • Calvin Ridley left the TAMU game with a thigh bruise and according to coach Nick Saban, he should be fine. Saban also reported DB Tony Brown suffered a sprained knee and is "day-to-day."
  • Arkansas might be without QB Austin Allen against Alabama (not sure if that’s a bad thing for the Hogs). He wasn't able to play during the fourth quarter of the Razorbacks' loss to South Carolina on Saturday due to an undisclosed injury (or was he yanked and Bert doesn’t want to admit it?). Redshirt freshman Cole Kelley took Allen’s place and completed 8 of 13 passes for 140 yards with one touchdown and a pick-6.
  • Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant tweaked an ankle but is expected back on Friday against Syracuse.
  • Tennessee starting DE Darrell Taylor was suspended following a “practice altercation”, i.e. fighting with teammates. He won’t be winning Life any time soon.
  • South Carolina tight end K.C. Crosby (above) suffered a broken bone his leg in Saturday’s 48-22 win against Arkansas and likely will miss the remainder of the season. He broke his fibula, the same bone star wide receiver Deebo Samuel broke in the third game of the season.
  • Miami lost leading rusher Mark Walton to a season-ending ankle injury.
  • Wisky AD Barry Alvarez does NOT like rejection. When his successor Bret Bielema left the Badgers to coach Arkansas, Alvarez saw him off with one of his patented Whammo Devil curses and Bert has suffered ever since. Gary Andersen then took over in Madison but left after two seasons to take over (???!!!) Oregon State. Alvarez put a Double-Whammo curse on him and he resigned this week as the Beavers coach after starting the season 1-5. He was 7–23 in Corvallis in 2.5 seasons. If Paul Chryst knows what’s good for him, he’ll NEVER leave Wisconsin.
  • Karma keeping pounding the hell out of Baylor. The Bears (0-5) have 8 players who are either out with season-ending injuries or have left the team since fall camp broke.
  • Think you can do better than Ole Miss interim coach Matt Luke? They are taking applications.
  • In other news, James Franklin can go pxxx up a rope.
Black and White TV

I found it odd that the ESPN GameDay crew went to Fort Worth this past weekend. First off, it was a decent matchup (WVU-TCU) but certainly not the most glamorous game of the day. Secondly but more strangely, the game was broadcast on FS1 - basically ESPN’s biggest competition. I’ve seen them go to a city where CBS is showing a game but that is usually some HUGEmongous SEC game that deserves the coverage. Plus, CBS usually only shows one sometimes two games a weekend.

Also, what moron decided to put Notre Dame-UNC on ABC at 2:30pm CT while Miami-Florida State was pushed to ESPN? As it turns out, the Mia-FSU game did better in the ratings. Typically, network TV does better than cable but not in this case.

Michigan State-Michigan (ABC) had the highest ratings for the day followed by Alabama-Texas A&M (ESPN) and thier late start. LSU-Florida on CBS was third.

Below are just the highlights for games this weekend. If you want to know the game time of Toledo-Central Michigan, you should probably look elsewhere.

Wednesday, Oct 11:

South Alabama at Troy 7pm/8pm ESPN2 - I’m still watching Mr. Robot.

Thursday, Oct 12:

Texas State at La-Laf 7pm/8pm ESPNU - La-Laf/ULL wants to be called “Louisiana”. Ain’t gone happen.
* Georgia Tech-Miami was supposed to be the big Thursday night game but due to Hurricane Irma shuffling, this game has moved to Saturday.

Friday, Oct 13:

Clemson at Syracuse 7pm/8pm ESPN - Exhibition season continues for CU.
Washington State at Cal 9:30/10:30ESPN

Saturday, Oct 14:

SEC:

South Carolina at Tennessee 11am/noon ESPN - Will Jekyll or Hyde show up for these two teams?
BYU at Mississippi State 11am/noon SECN - The Mormons are awful this year. This will get ugly.
Auburn at LSU 2:30/3:30 CBS - Time to start thinning the herd, part 1.
Vanderbilt at Ole Miss 2:30/3:30 SECN - After three weeks of beatdowns for both of these teams, how will they respond?
Missouri at Georgia 6:30/7:30 SECN - UGA should cruise, unless they are getting ahead of themselves.
Texas A&M at Florida 6pm/7pm ESPN2 - Time to start thinning the herd, part 2.
* Kentucky has the week off.

POTENTIAL CHAOS:

Oklahoma at Texas 2:30/3:30 ESPN - This is the Red River Shootout and don’t let the politically correct tell you otherwise!
Georgia Tech at Miami 2:30/3:30 ABC - Remember this is a Mark Richt coached team.
Utah at Southern Cal 7pm/8pm ABC - elimination game!

CAN’T SLEEP?

New Mexico at Fresno State 9pm/10pm Ch. 412B-c NW 35 degrees.
Nevada at Colorado State 9:15/10:15 ESPN3
Boise at San Diego State 9:15/10:30 CBSSN - a big Mountain West game.
Washington at Arizona State 9:45/10:45 ESPN - Huskies should cruise but who knows?
San Jose State at Hawaii 10:59/11:59 Alohavision

Alabama v Texas A&M Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

#ALABAMA

GAME 7 - Saturday, October 14, 2017

Arkansas at ALABAMA 6:15/7:15 ESPN - Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit with Maria Taylor. (It’s interesting to see that ESPN is sending their #1 crew for what should be a blowout win for the Tide. Clearly they realize that Alabama is getting the highest ratings regardless of opponents or scores.)
Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL

Alabama is an early -30½ point favorite.

[The Third Saturday in October will be shown on CBS 2:30 CT / 3:30ET #TSIO]

Peace and blessings to you all!

#RollTide!

Poll

Can Oklahoma get back in the playoff chase with a home loss to Iowa State on their resume?

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    Heck yeah. They are still one of the top 4 in the nation.
    (6 votes)
  • 35%
    Yes, but only if they run the table and nobody goes undefeated in the PAC or B1G.
    (193 votes)
  • 43%
    Maybe, but they would need to win out and have a BUNCH of losses from others.
    (242 votes)
  • 19%
    No, that is too much to overcome.
    (110 votes)
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