clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

College Football Random Thoughts From Around the Country: BIG TEN BUST

New, 72 comments

“In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.” Carl Jung

Yeah, this guy again.

Chaos was mighty ticked off going into this weekend and came away with some big hunting trophies.

ELIMINATED

Suffering a second loss is pretty devastating. Unless things get really wacky, these three are out of the playoff hunt.

Iowa 55 Ohio State 24 - anOSU quarterback J.T. Barrett had the game of his life 10 days ago in defeating Penn State. He even got his name on the Heisman watch list. So what did he do for an encore? First play from scrimmage, he threw a pick-six. And it was all downhill from there. The senior finished up 18-34, 208 yards, 3 TD, 4 INT.

Iowa’s Joshua Jackson had three of the picks but not the one returned for a score. The Hawkeyes outgained the Buckeyes 487 to 371. Iowa made more than just children cancer patients happy.

Michigan State 27 Penn State 24 - A week after losing to Northwestern, Sparty got a little ticked off and took it out on the Litany Pions. Saquon Barkley was again held in check (14 rushes for 63 yards). Trace McSorley threw 3 TDs and 3 picks to go with 2 rushing yards.

The yardage stats of both teams almost identical as was the score with 4 ticks to go. MSU has had some gutsy kickers in recent seasons. They can add Matt Coghlin to that list. PSU coach James Franklin tried to freeze the freshman but Coghlin calmly stepped up and split the uprights from 34 yards out as time expired.

Oklahoma 62 Oklahoma State 52 - This was a disgraceful display of football. There are some people who think baseball is all about home runs, basketball is about the dunks, and hockey is all about the fights. These poor ignorant fools are also the same ones who love this kind of no defense video game scoring. Me, I am an old school pound and ground, tenacious defense sort of fan.

For those of you in the former category, Baker Mayfield was 24-36, 598 YDS, 5 TD, 2; Mason Rudolph 28-54, 448 YDS, 5 TD, 2 INT; Okie State RB Justice Hill ran 30 times for 228 yards and 2 TD, Sooners RB Rodney Anderson 21-111, 1 TD. Two receivers on each side had over 100 yards led by Okie's Marquise Brown 9 rec 265 yds, 2 TD.

Mayfield almost screwed the game by throwing an INT up 55-52 at the two minute mark. Some bad play-calling by Okie Lite failed them and they turned the ball over on downs.

MIRROR IMAGES

Alabama/Georgia 24 LSU/South Carolina 10 – Mediocre offense and strong defense were the names of these games with the victors moving to 9-0. The Tide/Bulldogs scored touchdowns in each of the first three quarters and a field goal in the final frame.

THOSE OTHER PLAYOFF HOPEFULS

Clemson 38 NC State 31 - The Tigers escaped disaster with an interception on the game's final play at the six yard line. The Clemson offense was mediocre. They were saved by a punt return for a touchdown and a 89-yard gallop by some dude named Tavien Feaster.

TCU 24 Texas 7 - It’s a longshot for TCU but that should all end in Norman this weekend.

Notre Dame 48 Wake Forest 37 - Irish QB Brandon Wimbush passed for a career-high 280 yards and ran for two touchdowns. The Demon Deacons scored a pair of late TDs to make this one look closer than it was. Up next: Miami.

Miami 28 Virginia Tech 10 - Mark Richt emptied the playbook with many trick plays and a few YOLO passes to stay undefeated. However, the Hurricanes finally put together a solid game against a decent opponent.

SEC

Auburn 42 Texas A&M 27 - It’s November, so it must be time for the Sumlin Swoon. The Aggies held a 13-7 lead late in the second quarter when they gave up a 53 yard touchdown reception by Darius Slayton and a blocked punt for another score within the last minute thirty. From there, it was all downhill as the Tigers took over.

Jarrett Stidham threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns and Kerryon Johnson ran for 145. The TAMU offense was okay but that defense stinks. They gave up 496 total Aubie yards.

Missouri 45 Florida 16 - Listless and disinterested, the Gators were absolutely walloped by a team who had yet to defeat a P5 team on the season. For some reason, interim coach Randy Shannon thought square peg quarterback Malik Zaire deserved another shot at leading the Gators offense. Florida (3-5) might not win another game.

A big ol slice of Karma for Go Gata AD Scott Stricklin.

slow clap
Hermoine is back and she is unimpressed.

Mississippi State 34 UMass 23 - This game was MUCH closer than the score indicates. The Minutemen led 20-13 at halftime and it was a 4 point Clanga-clang lead until a MSU 83 yard punt return for a score with 5 minutes to go to finally put the game away. Clearly, the Bullies spent this past week looking at themselves in the mirror and preparing for Alabama. One of the biggest reasons for the first half struggle was that MSU thought they could roll over UMass behind Nick Fitzgerald’s arm. Didn’t happen. He had only 5 rushes in the first half, 12 in the second. Clearly, his passing is only effective when defenses are forced to defend his running.

Arkansas 39 Coastal Carolina 38 - Have you heard of moral victories? Well, this is clearly an immoral victory for Arky. The Chanticleers, who are a one-win team in their first year at the FBS level, went toe-to-toe with Bertball leading 38-25 in the fourth quarter. The Hogs finally took the lead with just under two minutes to play and held on for dear life. Apparently, even at 3-5, the Razorbacks thought they could just roll their helmets out onto the field and get the W. Bad Bert!

THE REST OF THOSE SEC GUYS

Vanderbilt 31 Western Kentucky 17 - The Commodores, playing at home for the first time since Oct. 7, stopped their five-game losing skid and kept their bowl hopes alive.

Ole Miss 37 Kentucky 34 - UK took a big step backwards with a home defeat to the 5-loss Rebs with nothing to play for. D.K. Metcalf caught a 7 yard pass from Jordan Ta'amu with 5 seconds remaining to clinch the win.

Tennessee 24 Southern Miss 10 - The Vols won by the same score that Alabama and UGA won by but the comparisons stop there. Tennessee had 210 total yards. USM had two turnovers and 14 penalties for 120 yards.

Maybe it is desperation, maybe it is spiteful salting of the earth but Butchie pulled the redshirt off QB Will McBride - in the ninth game of a lost season! Jarrett Guarantano briefly came out of the game for an injury but was back after three plays. I guess Jones forgot about the Wildcat. For the record, the freshman completed 1 of 8 for 13 yards and took a sack.

GRAB BAG

Northwestern 31 Nebraska 24 (OT) – Lose at home to Northwestern and move to 4-5 with Minnie, PSU and Iowa still to play? Yeah, Mike Riley is a goner.

West Virginia 20 Iowa State 16 - Not so easy winning on the road, huh Cyclones? Thanks for the chaos. See ya next season.

Washington State 24 Stanford 21 - Bryce Love was held to 69 yards on 16 carries. The Cardinal had only 198 total yards.

FAU! 30 Marshall 25 - The Fighting Freshwaters picked up their fifth straight win and remain unbeaten in the C-USA. At 6-3, they will make their first bowl bowl appearance since 2008.

BASEBALL SCORES

Old Dominion 6 Charlotte 0 - Those bases loaded doubles will get you every time.

THE DESMOND HOWARD JINX

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

  • Okie State - Finally, the other shoe dropped.
  • Georgia - We may have to wait til December, unless Auburn is for real. lol
  • Wisconsin - Next up for the Badgers are Iowa and Michigan, but the games are in Madison.
  • Miami - Smoke and mirrors and YOLO passes. Saturday it’s Notre Dame.
tiny football

BAMA STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE

Crimson Tide OOC foes.

  • FSU (3-5) The Semis finally won a game but it wasn’t easy. The Orange missed a 43-yard field goal at the buzzer.
  • Colorado State (6-4) A 16-13 loss in a Wyoming snowstorm.
  • Fresno (6-3) The Bulldogs beats BYU 20-16. They will be heading to a bowl after going 1-11 a season ago.
  • Mercer (4-5) loses to Samford 20-3.

ADOPT-A-TEAM

  • San Diego State (8-2) The Aztecs clobbered San Jose Canyousee State 52-7. Rashaad Penny had a second straight game with 230+ rushing yards at 234 yards to go with three TDs.
  • Memphis (8-1) Once again, head coach Mike Norvell left star QB Riley Freguson and his starters in for most of the game. He finally took out Ferguson and the other first stringers with a 41-14 score on Tulsa and 4:35 to go.
  • Elon (8-1) - Thanks to 2MuchUrAssuming for pointing out the great job former Alabama assistant Curt Cignetti is doing with the #10 Phoenix. They have defeated four ranked FCS teams: #6 Richmond, #13 Villanova, #16 Charleston Southern, and #19 Albany. Elon leads a tough Colonial Conference and their only loss has been to FBS Toledo who is 8-1. Next is New Hampshire who beat Georgia Southern earlier this season. They finish the regular season with defending FCS National Champs James Madison.

COUSINS

  • Troy (7-2) The Trojans sneak by Idaho 24-21 - the same score they beat LSU.
  • South Alabama (3-6) lost to ULLaf 19-14. All-time leading rusher Xavier Johnson was suspended for the remainder of the year just before game time. This is shaping up to be one of Joey Jones’ worst seasons in Mobile.

THAT ANNOYING STEP-BROTHER

UAB (6-3) beats a terrible Rice team (1-8) and becomes bowl eligible.

RS-Patriot

SALUTE TO OUR TROOPS

  • Navy (5-3) The limping Midshipmen took a loss to Temple 34-26. Navy quarterback Zach Abey left the game with a shoulder injury.
  • Army (7-2) - The Black Knights shutout Air Force 21-0. Up next is a tough test in Duke (4-5).
  • Air Force (4-5) - It is the first time the Falcons have been shutout in 306 games. Wyoming (6-3) comes a-callin’.
boxers

ELIMINATED

NEW: Ohio State, Penn State, Oklahoma State. Boy, that was fun to type out!

All non-Power 5 teams.

Arizona
Arizona State
Arkansas
Auburn
Baylor
Boston College
BYU
Cal
Colorado
Duke
Florida
Florida State
Georgia Tech
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Iowa State
Kansas
Kansas State
Kentucky
Louisville
LSU
Maryland
Michigan
Michigan State
Minnesota
Mississippi State
Mizzou
NC State
Nebraska
North Carolina
Northwestern
Oregon
Oregon State
Pitt
Purdue
Rutgers
South Carolina
Southern Cal
Stanford
Syracuse
Tennessee
Tejas
Texas A&M
Texas Tech
UCLA
Utah
Vanderbilt
Virginia
Virginia Tech
Washington State
Wake Forest
West Virginia

AND... Ole Miss

THE CONTENDERS

The second College Football Playoff Rankings will be issued tonight at 6pm/7pm ESPN. Selection Day will be Sunday, December 3.

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

I am making a pretty big assumption here that two losses will not get a team a spot in the playoffs. However, we have seen so much parity and inconsistent performances this season that we shouldn’t be surprised to see such a team included in the playoffs.

Ten years ago next month, there was no team left with less than two losses outside of Ohio State (11-1), Kansas (11-1) and Hawaii (12-0). In that year, the playoffs might have been the Buckeyes vs Oklahoma (11-2) and LSU (11-2) vs Virginia Tech (11-2). As it turned out, LSU beat OSU, Okie lost to WVU, and Va Tech fell to Kansas! And of course plucky little Hawaii was manhandled by UGA.

So let’s play the what-if game here for a moment, just in case.

Right now, it appears that the last standing hopefuls are as follows:

Team Losses Remaining Games of Note Chaos Scenario
Alabama 0 @MSU, @Aub, SECCG Auburn magic football bounce (FLAGGED!)
Georgia 0 @Aub, UK, @GaT, SECCG See above (no FLAG).
Clemson 1 FSU, @SC, ACCCG Anything can happen in rivalry games.
Miami 0 ND, UVa, @Pitt, ACCCG Pittsburgh in late November? Brrrr.
Oklahoma 1 TCU, WVU, B12CG B12CG will be a rematch. Those games can be dangerous.
TCU 1 @Okl, @TxTech, B12CG See above.
Washington 1 @ STAN, UTAH, WSU, P12CG Take your pick.
Notre Dame 1 @Mia, Navy, @Stanf Lose to Miami, no Championship Game.
Wisconsin 0 Iowa, Mich, B1GCG Take your pick.

Do you think four of these teams can finish up with one or no losses?

  • ACC - Somehow, someway Miami keeps winning. Clemson should win out.
  • Big Ten - Unless there is some mighty big “chaosity” waiting down the stretch, it looks like the Big Ten might get shut out of the playoff. Penn State and Ohio State both found themselves on the losing side of games on Saturday. Wisky is the league’s last hope.

  • Big 12 - Bedlam took out Okie State. One more team will exit this weekend in Norman.

  • PAC-12 - It’s still Washington out west, but that schedule is so lame. Their toughest game of the season might just be a trip to 6-3 Stanford on Friday.
  • SEC - Alabama, UGA.
  • Indies - Notre Dame heads to South Beach for an... Elimination Game!

Alabama 9-0, Georgia 9-0, Wisconsin 9-0, and Miami 8-0 remain the only unbeaten P5 teams. Only five P5 teams have one loss: Clemson, Oklahoma, TCU, Notre Dame, Washington.

LET’S GO BOWLING

The SEC still has seven teams with six or more wins. Texas A&M is stuck on five.

50 teams now have six or more wins. 60 schools will vie for the final 28 bowl slots.

THE TRIPLE GOLDEN SOMBRERO

Baylor did the unthinkable and won a game! Of course it was at the hands of equally awful Kansas. Both Big 12 teams are now 1-8. UTEP keeps the dream alive moving to 0-9. Georgia Southern is right on their trail at 0-8. Twenty teams have seven or more losses including North Carolina, Oregon State, and Illinois. The SEC is the only P5 Conference to not have a team in that category.

STAT OF THE DAY

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State almost outscored the basketball teams when they met last January. The Cowpokes won that one 68-66.

Kristi Malzahn

Krazy Kristi's "SHUT UP!" of the Week goes to this trend of trying to hurdle players. Because of the nebulous interpretation of the targeting rule, many defenders are leery of hitting an opponent high. So they go low and now everyone wants to be on ESPN.

A couple of weeks ago, a UCLA player did a hurdle and was projected pretty high in the air and was fortunate to not break his neck. Saturday, we saw Minkah Fitzpatrick take a hit to the noggin from a hurdling LSU player. I don’t know if they will ever outlaw the maneuver but don’t be surprised if somene gets severely injured doing a hurdle someday soon.

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 - After some monumental faceplants, the competition has swung wide open.

  • Saquon Barkley (RB Penn State) - There is no way all the voters can still be in his corner after two back-to-back high profile losses. He had 14 rushes for 63 yards, 3 catches for 33 yards, and two kickoff returns that put his team in holes - one for 11 yards and the other a muff. He did not find the end zone all day.
  • Bryce Love (RB Stanford) had a subpar performance in a loss: 69 yards rushing, 1 TD and no other stats.
  • Baker Mayfield (QB Oklahoma) Threw for a million yards against a laughable secondary but almost lost the game on an INT. But he might win by default.
  • JT Barrett (QB Ohio State) Four interceptions against 3-loss Iowa. Thanks for dropping by.
  • Lamar Jackson (QB Louisville) Who?

Who Should Win -
None of the above. I am perplexed. Nobody is standing out. A little help?

LSU v Alabama
Pray for Minkah!
Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

THE SICK REPORT

  • Inside linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton had surgery for a fractured kneecap and is out for season (sad face emoticon). Fellow ILB Mack Wilson (foot) is out “four to six weeks” per Nick Saban. If all goes well, he could be back for post-season play. Minkah Fitzpatrick sat out practice on Monday but was expected back today.
  • But there is a bright side! Saban said during his radio show last week that there is a possibility outside linebackers Terrell Lewis (elbow) and Christian Miller (biceps) could return at some point this season. Saban said the two could be medically cleared soon, but getting back in playing shape could take "a while" after that all-clear is given.
  • Missy State DB Johnathan Abram will miss the first half against Alabama due to targeting against UMass. He leads the Bulldogs in solo tackles at 26.
  • One-time Volunteers starting QB Quinten Dormady will have season-ending shoulder surgery.
  • Wisconsin will be without two starters vs. Iowa, wide receiver Quintez Cephus (no relation to Bo) and linebacker Chris Orr. Cephus is the team’s leading receiver.
  • Miami will be without DE Demetrius Jackson for awhile. The junior has 3.5 sacks and 7.5 TFL. He had surgery on a knee on Monday.
  • In other news, James Franklin is a big whiny baby blaming his team’s losses on the “noise” and “a lot of patting on the back” from the internet, newspapers, ESPN, and the Big Ten Network. It is ironic that he doesn’t want the press talking up his team when this time a year ago he was saying just the opposite.
Black and White TV

Again, a baffling choice by ESPN to send their GameDay crew to Stillwater, Oklahoma to promote a game broadcast by a Fox Network. Also again puzzling is why Fox chose to put the game on FS1 instead of FOX.

The Alabama-LSU game on CBS drew 6.49 million viewers and a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49, easily winning the night over any show, sports or non-sports. Games on ABC and FOX each scored 0.9, with FOX’s contest holding a slight lead in viewers, 3.07 million to 2.97 million on ABC.

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

Tuesday Nov 7:

Akron at Miami (OH) 6:30/7:30 ESPN2 - It’s MACtastic!
Bowling Green at Buffalo 6:30/7:30 ESPNU - It’s MACtacular!

Wednesday Nov 8:

Sorry, it’s “Mr. Robot” night. Bonsoir, Elliot.

Kent State at Western Michigan 6pm/7pm CBSSN - It’s MACoverkill!
Toledo at Ohio 6pm/7pm ESPN2 - It’s MACenoughalready.
Eastern Michigan at Central Michigan 7pm/8pm ESPNU - Winner gets Northern Michigan.

Thursday, Nov 9:

Ball State at Northern Illinois 6pm/7pm CBSSN - MACbleh.
Georgia Southern at Appalachian State 6:30/7:30 ESPNU - This once entertaining game should be a blowout win for Appy.
North Carolina at Pitt 6:30/7:30 ESPN - Not the spotlight kind of game the ACC would like.

Friday, Nov 10:

Temple at Cincinnati 6pm/7pm ESPN2 - pass.
Washington at Stanford 9:30/10:30 FS1 - They are playing this one late at night, hoping nobody will notice how blah the Huskies look and how bad Stanford is.
BYU at UNLV 9:30/10:30 ESPN2 - Maybe the worst game of the week.

Saturday, Nov 11:

SEC:

NCAA Football: Louisiana State at Arkansas
It’s the Battle for the Big Scary-Ass Jagged-Edged Trophy!
Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

Arkansas at LSU 11am/noon ESPN - Instead of a football game, how about a no-holds barred wrestling match between Bert and Coach O?
LaLaf at Ole Miss 11am/noon SECN - At 4-5, the Rebs are two wins away from... NOTHING!
Florida at South Carolina 11am/noon CBS - How bad will it get for the Gators?
Georgia at Auburn 2:30/3:30 CBS - The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry is a HUGE pivotal game.
Kentucky at Vanderbilt 3pm/4pm SECN - Can the ‘Cats get back on track? Vandy’s bowl hopes are waning.
New Mexico at Texas A&M 6pm/7pm ESPNU - Sumlin running out the clock in College Station.
Tennessee at Missouri 7:30 PM SECN - I have no idea how this game will unfold.

ELIMINATION GAMES!

Notre Dame at Miami 7pm/8pm ABC - It's Catholics vs Convicts 2017! An Irish loss knocks them out of a shot at the playoffs. A ‘Canes loss will make them an extreme long shot.
TCU at Oklahoma 7pm/8pm FOX - Two one-loss teams who might get a rematch in December.

POTENTIAL ELIMINATION

Florida State at Clemson 2:30/3:30 ESPN - Is there any pride or fight left in the Seminoles?
Iowa at Wisconsin 2:30/3:30 ABC - The Hawkeyes looked good dismembering anOSU but can they do it again, this time on the road?

POTENTIAL LOL

Michigan State at Ohio State 11am/noon FOX - Will the Buckeye regroup or continue their slide? The Cincinnati Bengals are waiting with bated breath.

LATE NIGHTERS

Wyoming at Air Force 9:15/10:15 ESPNU - Lose this and it is doubtful the Falcons get to 6 wins.
Boise at Colorado State 9:30/10:30 CBSSN - Go Rams.

#ALABAMA

GAME 10 - Saturday, November 11, 2017 - VETERANS’ DAY - Thank you, Veterans and Active Duty!

ALABAMA at Mississippi State Starkville, MS 6pm/7pm ESPN - Dave Pasch and Greg McElroy with Tom Luginbill - good crew!

Peace and blessings to you all!

#RollTide!

Poll

Who would win a no-holds barred wrestling match between Bert and Coach O?

This poll is closed

  • 10%
    Bert
    (44 votes)
  • 35%
    O
    (151 votes)
  • 54%
    America
    (230 votes)
425 votes total Vote Now