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College football news: all the scores, injuries, gaffes, upsets, derps, and snark that you can handle.

NCAA Football: Michigan at Michigan State
The Paul Bunyan trophy stays in East Lansing for another year.
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While the most important ranked teams had the weekend off, the Big Ten finally began their round-robin cannibalization. Despite Michigan losing, it didn’t exactly eliminate them from a playoff possibility. Alabama fans might appreciate that the Wolverines lost on the road in a hostile environment by less than a touchdown to a good team. Sound familiar? What fleeting hopes Penn State and the fraudulent Hawkeyes had are gone now. At least they’ll get to play some middling SEC or ACC team in Florida this December.

Michigan State 37 Michigan 33 - Michy blew a 30-14 second half lead. Sparty’s Kenneth Walker scored five rushing touchdowns on the Wolverines’ Swiss cheese defense. It’s good he was on because the MSU passing game (19-30, 196 YDS, 0 TD, 2 INT) sucked.

Ohio State 33 Penn State 24 - The Buckeyes won but did not look so great doing so (see HEISMAN HYPE below). PSU committed three turnovers and missed a late field goal and were still within reach.

Texas punter Cameron Dicker pulled a Leeroy Jenkins that pretty much sums up the UT season.

Baylor 31 Texas 24 - The Longhorns blew another double digit lead. This time UT led 21-10 in the third quarter. The Bears would score three straight touchdowns while shutting down TV idiots’ favorite Bijan Robinson (17 CAR, 43 YDS, 1 TD) and the Tejas offense. Baylor moves to 7-1, while Texas languishes at 4-4 with a trip to Iowa State up next.

SEC

Georgia 34 Florida 7 - Meanwhile down south, the Gators were keeping it close until the most disastrous two minutes of football you will ever see struck Florida. Down 3-0 with just over two minutes remaining in the half, UF quarterback Anthony Richardson was stripped of the ball at his own 11. One play later, the Bulldogs converted 7 points. Two plays later, Richardson threw a pick. Again, it took one play for UGA to score. On the next possession, it would take seven plays until Richardson turned the ball over - a pick six. In the blink of an eye, this game was over with Florida hanging their heads as they headed into the locker room down 24-0. UF would score a late garbage touchdown to avoid the shutout.

Georgia missed two field goals and had three turnovers. They only accumulated 354 yards to UF’s 355 and had two less first downs. A better team might have upset UGA on this day.

What? No Darth Vader costume this year, Cousin Eddie? Florida is now 4-7 in their last 11 games.

Auburn 31 Ole Miss 20 - Lane Kiffin had one of his worst coaching games of his Ole Miss tenure against the Aubs. The Tigers converted touchdowns on four of their five first half possessions to lead 28-17. In the second half, the Rebs did not pick up a first down until their fourth series. With Aubie leading 28-20, OM faced a 4th & 7 at the Tigers’ 13 yard line. Instead of kicking a field goal, Kiffin opted to go for it and failed. AU drove the other way and kicked a field goal for an 11 point lead. Matt Corral was pretty beat up and came out of the game for a bit. Late in the game, he did not look right and threw a pick that pretty much iced the game.

OM fell to the War Plain Tigers for the sixth straight time.

Mississippi State 31 Kentucky 17 - MSU quarterback Will Rogers was pretty darn good completing an amazing 36 of 39 passes for 344 yards and a touchdown. Kentucky committed four turnovers and tallied only 216 total yards. Chris Rodriguez was held to 34 yards rushing and lost a fumble. QB Will Levis accounted for three interceptions. After beginning the season 6-0 (and whining about not being ranked), UK has been blown out twice in a row. Clanga moves to 5-3.

TECHNICALLY SEC

Missouri 37 Vanderbilt 28 - Mizz RB Tyler Badie had 254 yards rushing and two scores to hold off the ‘Dores. With four wins, the Tigers will need to at least split their final four games (@ UGA, vs SC, vs FLA, @ ARK) to get into a bowl.

Miami 38 Pitt 34 - It’s a damn sham that Manny Diaz kept believing in D’Eriq King as his quarterback while freshman Tyler Van Dyke sat on the bench for so long. After King fell to injury, TVD was forced into action and has developed into a pretty good quarterback. On Saturday, Van Dyke (32-42, 426 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT) out-dueled former Heisman hopeful Kenny Pickett (39-55, 519 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT) for an upset win over the #17 Panthers. This win comes a week after an upset of then #18 NC State. Diaz might have just saved his job. GaT, @FSU, VaT, and @Duke remain for the 4-4 ‘Canes - all winnable games.

Notre Dame 44 North Carolina 34 - Two months ago, this looked like such an important game.

Wake Forest 45 Duke 7 - Wake takes down doormat. Film at eleven.

BYU 66 Virginia 49 - UVa’s win streak halts at four as BYU scores at will, racking up or 734 yards of offense.

HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN

Wisconsin 27 Iowa 7 - The former #2 Hawkeyes had 17 total yards of offense at halftime. They gained 156 for the game and 9 first downs.

OTHER STUFF

Oklahoma 52 Texas Tech 21 - The Sooners beat up on a team who just fired their coach.

Oregon 52 Colorado 29 - The Dux whupped up on the two-win Buffies.

In a weird year in the PAC-12, Washington got their first win at Stanford since 2007.

FISHIEST GAME OF THE WEEK

Clemson was a 9.5 point favorite over FSU with an over/under of 47. With 4 seconds left and the Tigers leading 24-20, the ‘Noles were at their own 33 yard line. Only an Auburnish fluke or a Hail Mary would save their hides. And then the fluke happened, but in Clemson’s favor. Final score: 30-20; final spread: 10; final over/under: 50.

UNDEFEATED NO MORE

Houston 44 SMU 37 - The Cougars stunned the Mustangs on a 102 yard kickoff return with 30 second to go. Both teams move to 7-1.

Fresno 30 San Diego Maradona State 20 - The Bulldogs never trailed in this WMC game.

BALLSIEST COACHING MOVE OF THE WEEK

This fake punt came on 4th & 4 at CCU’s own 31 with just over three minutes remaining and CCU up by a touchdown. Had this move failed, Troy likely would have scored for they were moving the ball quite well at that point.

UGLIEST UNIFORMS

Remember the wildly unpopular Color Rush unis that all the NFL teams were forced to wear a few years ago? Ohio State thought “hey, let’s take a horrible idea and replicate it.”

Penn State v Ohio State
“I’m a Power Ranger ‘til the end!”
Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

SECOND UGLIEST UNIFORMS

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 30 Washington State at Arizona State Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

These eye-gouging abominations were worn while Arizona State committed turnovers on their first three possessions and fell into a first-half hole from which they did not recover. The previously ranked Sun Devils dropped this Homecoming game to head coach-less Wazzu 34-21 taking a second straight loss on the season.

FAT GUY TOUCHDOWN

FAT KICKER OF THE WEEK

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 30 Missouri at Vanderbilt
Mizzou’s 236-pound Harrison Mevis is 11 for 11 this season and 3 for 3 from 50+.
Photo by Matthew Maxey/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

PUBLIC HUMILIATION OF THE WEEK

KID BROTHER BOUNCES BACK

Taulia Tagovailoa (26-40, 419 YDS, 2 TD) had a big day for Maryland in defeat of Indiana 38-35. The Turtles (5-3) need one more win among PSU, @Sparty, Mich, and @Rutgers (Yikes!) to get back to the postseason for the first time since 2016.

NAMES OF THE WEEK

He’s still in high school, but give it up for LSU commit Decoldest Crawford.

STATS OF THE WEEK

  • BYU RB Tyler Allgeier had 29 carries for 266 yards and 5 TDs in a 66-49 win over Virginia.
  • Since 2019, Florida and Dan Mullen are now 2-7 against Top 25 opponents.
  • Georgia has clinched a spot in the SEC Championship Game, tying for the earliest for team to do so (Auburn, 2004; Alabama, 1993).

BE A MAN AND THROW A FLAG

Lame officiating here. This MAC official listened to the complaints but never threw a flag. Then he runs to the middle of the field and announces that Bowling Green’s Scot Loeffler has been ejected for multiple unsportsmanlike conduct penalties - the first coach to incur such a punishment. Fortunately for the Falcons, they completed the 56-44 upset win over Buffalo without him.

It appears that QB Matt McDonald was just looking to burn more time but he saw green and kept on going. If he plays next year he best watch his back because the Bulls won’t soon forget this decision.

COLLEGE GAMEDAY

Sparty head coach Mel Tucker told the GameDay crew that Nick Saban “has been a great mentor” to him.

GameDay will stupidly be heading to Cincinnati this week for the BIG ONE AGAINST TULSA, Y’ALL!! The odds of them foolishly talking about spaghetti, canned chili and grated cheese being a delicacy will be 1 to 1.

ADOPT-A-TEAM

  • UTSA (8-0) The Roadrunners had a week off before a big clash with UTEP (6-2). However, they were quite productive in finalizing an extension with second year head coach Jeff Traylor through 2031. His salary will average $2.8 million annually plus potential bonuses.
  • UCLA (5-4) - With starting QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson out hurt, the Bruins struggled against Utah losing 44-24. UCLA’s next foe is beatable Colorado.
  • UT-Martin (7-1) - The Skyhawks rallied from a 16-0 deficit to defeat Austin Peay 17-16. Next comes Tennessee State (5-3). [In case you are new to “Random Thoughts”, we have adopted UTM because the dad of the Bama QB of the future coaches the Skyhawks.] BTW, the starting Jack-linebacker for UTM has 5.0 sacks and 8.5 TFL. His name is Eyabi Anoma.

COUSINS

  • Troy (4-4) - The Trojans played Coastal Carolina much closer than folks thought but fell 35-28. This is already Year 3 for Alabama graduate Chip Lindsey at Troy. He has gone 5–7, 5–6, and now 4–4 with USA, ULL, Appy and Ga State left to play. Lindsey may need to update the ol’ resume.
  • South Alabama (5-3) - The Jags dominated Butch Jones and Arkansas State 31-13 to move withing one win of bowl eligibility. Next, it’s the “Battle for the Belt” at Troy.
  • Alabama A&M topped Alabama State for the 4th straight time. The 42-28 whupping in the 80th Annual Magic City Classic cost the ASU coach his job. A little advise: don’t hire Bill Curry (too soon?).

THAT ANNOYING GUY WHO TAKES A PENNY BUT DOESN’T LEAVE A PENNY

  • UAB (5-3) - The Dragons had the week off to think about their Homecoming loss to Rice and prep for La Tech’s arrival.

SALUTE TO OUR TROOPS

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 19 USF at Navy
Go Navy!
Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Wake up early for a BIG Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy game that plays this Saturday with Army traveling to Air Force at 10:30/11:30am on CBS. The Falcons have already defeated Navy. With a win, AFA clinches the CICT.

  • Army (4-3) - The Black Knights had a week off.
  • Navy (2-6) - The Midshipmen are improving. A week after taking Cincinnati to the brink, they upset Tulsa on the road 20-17. Now comes a trip to South Bend to lay a big upset on the Irish.
  • Air Force (6-2) - The Falcons had a week off.

COMMANDER-IN-CHUMPS TROPHY

Three weeks until a champion is crowned.

9/2/21 Tennessee 38 Bowling Green 6
9/11/21 South Alabama 22 Bowling Green 19
11/20/21 South Alabama at Tennessee - Championship!

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ELIMINATED FROM PLAYOFF CONTENTION

Premature elimination: Wake Forest soon...

Definite elimination: Duke, Georgia Tech, Louisville, FSU, NC State, Syracuse, Clemson, UNC, Virginia, Pitt, Boston College, Miami, Virginia Tech, Kansas, Iowa State, Texas Tech, Kansas State, TCU, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Texas, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern, Rutgers, Minnie, Wisky, Purdue, Maryland, Iowa, Penn State, Cal, Oregon State, Arizona, Arizona State, Stanford, Colorado, Southern Cal, Utah, UCLA, Washington State, Washington, Mizzou, Vandy, Tennessee, South Carolina, Missy State, LSU, Texas A&M, Arky, Kentucky, Auburn, Florida, BYU. NEW: Ole Miss,

Endangered: Ohio State, Baylor, Oregon, Alabama, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Cincy NEW: Michigan

Premature endangered: Michigan State soon...

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

  • ACC - Wake Forest (8-0) is putting off the inevitable loss to Ole Miss in the Gator Bowl. Remaining schedule: @ UNC, vs NCSU, @ Clem, @ BC.
  • Big 12 - Oklahoma stays unbeaten. Okie Lite is dead unless they beat the Sooners twice. Ain’t gonna happen.
  • Big Ten - A close road loss to a top ten Sparty will keep Michigan around for a little while. It’s Purdue’s turn to play spoiler and I smell a trap.
  • PAC-12 - Oregon still has an outside shot.
  • SEC - UGA clears their final hurdle before the SECCG. Alabama is still in the hunt as long as they keep winning. Ole Miss is toast.
  • Indies - Can the Irish sneak in the back door? That would be tragic.
  • Non-Power 5 - Cincinnati beat seven-loss Tulane. Whoop-dee-doo.

RANK ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM

bAmA LosS To aN uNrnKeD TeAm.

The time draws nigh. The first CFP Committee rankings will be announce tonight on ESPN. The blah-blah-blahs will drag it out, so don’t hold me to the 6pm/7pm start time. Prepare to see Kirk Herbstreit flip out again when Alabama is included and Cincy is not.

All Gump aside, here are my top four:

  1. Georgia
  2. Alabama
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Ohio State

** Give us your top 4 or top 6 or top whatevs in comments. **

LET’S GO BOWLING!

  • 36 teams are now eligible for one of 41 bowl games.
  • Many teams are one win away from six including Arky, Clemson, and Missy State.

LET’S GO BLOWING!

  • Arizona and UNLV are in a dead heat for the Triple Golden Sombrero, signifying an imperfect 0-12 season. They both fell to 0-8.
  • Joining Vegas, Zona, UConnie, Ohio, and New Mexico State (coming to a stadium near you!) in the out-of-bowl-contention zone are Vandy, Tulane, Kansas, FIU, UMass, Arkansas State, and Southern Miss. Each picked up defeat number seven this past Saturday.

Krazy Kristi’s “SHUT UP!” of the Week goes to inconsistent ACC flag throwing.

Jermaine Johnson had a scoop and score for FSU on Saturday and threw the ball in the air. He was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, which is the rule.

Also in the ACC, Syracuse was allowed to get away with this nonsense after a score.

I am not a fan of the rehearsed celebrations. Spontaneous is fine but this dancing crap should have been flagged. I know what you are going to say: blah-blah-blah let kids have fun yadda yadda yadda. If you want that silliness, there is plenty of that garbage on Sundays.

HEISMAN HYPE

Most years, the Heisman Trophy voting is basically a hype award. Often times voters fall in love with someone and refuse to REALLY look at what a player has accomplished. Of course there are exceptions.

WHO WILL WIN

CLARIFICATION: This section is not who deserves to win. It is who the press have been hyping.

LEADER

  • QB Bryce Young (Soph, Alabama) Bye week DNP - Many other hype machines went off the road and into a ditch. This allowed them to crown BY as the leader.

POTENTIAL CONTENDERS

  • QB CJ Stroud (Soph, anOSU) 22-34, 305 YDS, 1 TD - Even with the win, Stroud did not have a great game. Oddly enough, he had no rushing attempts. He also had a late drive up by 3 in the 4th quarter in which he missed his receiver on 4th down. His last two drives traveled inside the ten yard line but ended in field goals. Stroud isn’t really mesmerizing anyone outside of the worst state ever.

FADING

  • QB Matt Corral (RS-Jr, Ole Miss) 21-37, 289 YDS, 1 INT, 1 RUSH TD - No passing TDs on prime time. Sorry, Lane. Being a “warrior” ain’t enough.
  • QB Kenny Pickett (Super-Sr, Pitt) 39-55, 519 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT, 4 SACKS - The only way he was winning was if his Panthers (6-2) ran the table. I suppose beating Miami at home was too much to ask.
  • QB Desmond Ridder (Sr, Cincinnati) 17-27, 227 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT, 3 SACKS - Anyone who tells you this guy deserves the trophy, ask them to name one special moment he has had. He is a good quarterback but he has not done anything spectacular. He has yet to top 300 yards passing against a gauntlet of cupcakes this season.

TOKEN RUNNING BACK WHO WON’T WIN

  • Kenneth Walker (Jr, Michigan State) 23 CAR, 197 YDS, 5 TD - This guy is getting all kinds of hype now. The dirty little secret is that he is not much of a receiver (8-36, 1 TD on the season) or pass blocker.
  • Bijan Robinson (Soph, Texas) - 17 CAR, 43 YDS, 1 TD, 1 REC, 4 YDS - Bro was shut down.
  • TreVeyon Henderson (Fr, anOSU) 28 CAR, 152 YDS, 1 TD - Good, but he is not outshining the QBs. It also feels like the blabby blabs are turned off on anointing a freshman.

MOST RIDICULOUS CAMPAIGN

  • UGA fans are trying to tout nose tackle Jordan Davis for the Heisman. Granted at 6’6”/340, he is a freak of nature. But let’s turn to the stats, shall we? Seven solo tackles, 13 assists, 1 solo sack, 2 half sacks, 3.5 TFL, 7 QBH (ninth on the team), 0 forced fumbles, 0 recovered fumbles, 0 INT, 0 PBU. Yeaaaah... no.

WHO SHOULD WIN

CLARIFICATION: This section IS for who deserves to win it.

BY.

THE SICK REPORT

Arizona v USC
Drake London with the owie.
Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images
  • The one shining spot at Southern Cal this fall has been wide receiver Drake London (88 REC, 1,084 YDS, 7 TD). That is until he was injured during his second touchdown of the day and left the field on a cart. He later returned to the sidelines in street clothes.
  • Minnesota is cursed. They have lost their third starting running back to injury. Bryce Williams, who has started the past three games, hurt his lower left leg. The Gophers are down to two scholarship tailbacks - both freshmen.
  • Mizzou QB Connor Bazelak was injured against Vandy but should be okay for an arse-whupping against UGA on Saturday.

R.I.P.

  • Former longtime SEC West defensive coordinator Joe Lee Dunn died at age 75. He was DC at Ole Miss, Arkansas, Mississippi State, and Memphis among other stops. Dunn became head coach at OM in 1994, replacing Billy Brewer who was fired for NCAA no-no’s. That campaign resulted in a 4-7 season and the door. Tommy Tuberville would take over in 1995. Just imagine. If Dunn had coached a little better, Tubby might have never become a Senator.

REALIGNMENT FEVER!

  • Marshall also leaves the C-USA to join the Sun Belt.
  • The sad dying C-USA is trying to save itself by scraping the bottom of the barrel and negotiation with Liberty, UConn (football only), and New Mexico State about joining their conference. If it all works out, they would join FIU, Louisiana Tech, MTSU, UTEP, and Western Kentucky.

DRAMA

  • RBR’s own Josh Chatham made some waves last week by stating out loud what we were all thinking: that Ed Orgeron was trying to use the excuse of not having enough players to field a team - due to injuries (i.e. quitters), not Captain Trips - and taking a forfeit rather than the inevitable six touchdown arse-beating coming his way Saturday. As of post, he has not backed out... yet.
  • Around this time last year, Harrison Bailey was looking like the quarterback of the future for Tennessee. Last Thursday, he entered the quitter hole. Almost immediately, UT removed his name from their website roster. COLD! The true sophomore was third team behind Hendon Hooker and godawful Joe Milton, both of whom transferred in this past off-season. Bailey has played in one game this fall which can be a redshirt season for him. With the bonus season, he could conceivably play four more years somewhere.
  • LSU QB Myles Brennan, who opened the 2020 football season as the team’s starter before injuries took their toll, has taken the leap of quit.
  • Former 5-star Oregon freshman OT Kingsley Suamataia is also jumping in the QH.

KOACHES KORNER

  • Gary Patterson is out after 20+ seasons at TCU. The 61 year old is 181–79 overall and the winningest coach in Horned Frogs history. The Frogs had an undefeated season as a member of the MWC in 2010 and finished #2 in the nation. His teams finished in the top ten seven times between 2008 and 2017. However, the last four season have been rather lean at 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 and 3-5 this year. Patterson was making $6.1M per year, a top 20 salary among FBS head coaches. TCU will be a player for a big time hire.
  • SMU’s Sonny Dykes and UTSA’s Jeff Traylor are thought to be a prime targets for openings at TCU and Texas Tech. ULL’s Billy Napier may be a candidate as well.
  • Poor Steve Sarkisian is getting so much heat at Texas already. He should have known there would be no honeymoon, even while installing a new system in a rebuilding year. I don’t want to help the Longhorns program out, but I would advise them to shut the F up and be patient.
  • With Michigan State currently at 8-0 and owning two straight wins over Michigan, Mel Tucker is a hot name in coaching hire circles. With some high-profile coaching openings (Southern Cal, LSU, TCU) and many potential openings (FSU? Florida? Miami? Michigan??? Nebraska? Arizona State?), his name will be linked to many of these programs. Personally, I kinda hope he stays with Sparty and makes life miserable for Michy, anOSU, and PSU for the next decade.
  • A lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and a hostile workplace environment against former Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez and the university was dismissed earlier this month, with both sides only paying their own costs and attorneys’ fees.
  • Urban Meyer sadly missed passing out candy on Halloween night due to the Jaguars playing in Seattle. He’ll just have to save those rusty razor blades and needles for next year.
  • Fat F*** Phil Fulmer was seen on Halloween dressed as the planet Jupiter. When asked to comment, FFPF stated “what costume?”
Black and White TV

TEEVEE

The Tennessee-Alabama game averaged a 2.6 rating and 4.68 million viewers on ESPN, marking the highest rated and most-watched game of the season on cable. The Crimson Tide’s win also ranked as the top game of the weekend, meaning more viewers than any of the network games. It was the first time since Week 2 in 2018 that a cable game topped the charts.

THIS WEEK

(Below is an abbreviated list of highlighted games of interest. If you REALLY need to know about the big Rhode Island-UMass showdown, you can find the details here.)

Tuesday, November 2

Three MAC-tastic games.

Wednesday, November 3

Two MAC-tastic games.

Thursday, November 4

Georgia State at Looziana-Laf 7:30 ESPN - The Rajuns can clinch the Sun Belt West with a win.

Friday, November 5

Virginia Tech at Boston College 6:30/7:30 ESPN2 - VT’s Justin Fuente is on thin ice.
Utah at Stanford 9:30/10:30 FS1 - Did you say Utes?

Saturday, November 30

GAME OF THE WEEK

* Michigan State at Purdue 2:30/3:30 ABC - IT’S A TRAP!

* Auburn at Texas A&M 2:30/3:30 CBS - A big test for Aubie who still has their eye on Atlanta.

SEC

Missouri at Georgia 11am/noon ESPN - UGA is like the fat kid in “Willy Wonka”. Keep fattening up on the sweets until you fall into the chocolate river and get sucked up a pneumatic tube.
Liberty at Ole Miss 11am/noon SECN - Hugh Freeze returns to Oxford! Whose idea was this??? At least he’ll know who to call when he is in town...
Mississippi State at Arkansas 3pm/4pm SECN - Both teams are stuck on five wins.
Tennessee at Kentucky 6pm/7pm ESPN2 - WARNING: Beth Mowins on the call.
Florida at South Carolina 6:30/7:30 SECN - Hangover for UF?

OTHERS ON SATURDAY

Wake Forest at North Carolina 11am/noon ABC - Can UNC ruin Wake’s magical season?
Navy at Notre Dame 2:30/3:30 NBC - This rivalry has a pretty cool story behind it.
Oregon at Washington 6:30/7:30 ABC - UW always play the Dux tough.
Oklahoma has the week off.

GOODNIGHT MOON

UTSA at UTEP 9:15/10:15 ESPN2 - This one might actually be worth a peek.
Southern Cal at Arizona State 9:30/10:30 ESPN - The Disappointment Bowl
San Diego State at Hawaii 10pm/11pm FS1 - Aloha . . .

SABAN vs. MACK, POP & BEAR

  • Nick Saban turned 70 on Sunday and is still going strong physically and mentally. This past week, a reporter was trying to be a smartie by pointing out “when you were at LSU, Lou Saban got a job when he was 80 years old, he was still coaching. I remember you saying at the time that you didn’t think you could coach that long.” This sparked Saban to retort with a laugh “I got 10 more years, man.”

#ALABAMA

  • According to @JBradEdwards, on scenarios of 3rd down with 7 to 10 yards to go, Alabama has converted 75% of the time: 24-of-32. 50% is amazing percentage for that distance to go, and Bama is hitting it at 75%.
  • Saban said linebacker Drew Sanders (hand surgery) will be practicing this week and “there is a good possibility” he would return to game action against LSU.
  • The College Football Hall of Fame named Will Anderson the October Player of the Month. Just a sophomore, y’all.
  • Anderson has been named a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award for best defensive player.
  • Christian Harris has been named a Butkus Award semifinalist for top linebacker.
  • Bryce Young is a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award as the best all-around player.
  • Alabama-New Mexico State will be an 11am CT kickoff. The game will be aired on the SECN.

Never forget. No mercy.

GAME 9: Saturday, November 6, 2021

LSU Tigers (4-4) at Alabama Crimson Tide (7-1)

Tuscaloosa, AL ~ 6pm/7pm ESPN

  • The University of Alabama will be honoring the 2011 National Championship team before the game. You will recall the Crimson Tide won that game 21-0 by repelling LSU at the 50 yard line until late in garbage time. By my count, nine of these players are still in the NFL. Amazing. The timing is excellent for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, D.J. Fluker, and Damion Square since the Raiders have a bye week. AJ McCarron (Falcons), Ryan Kelly (Colts), Dont’a Hightower (Pats), C.J. Mosley (Jets), Dre Kirkpatrick (49ers), and Carson Tinker (Bucs) may not make it. Vinnie Sunseri is running backs coach for the New England.
  • This week’s match-up will be the first time since 2006 that CBS will not show the LSU-Alabama game. That was the last year before Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa.
  • This weekend is probably the biggest recruiting weekend of the fall for Alabama with many 2022, 2023, and 2024 prospects expected to be in attendance. More on that later this week.
  • Weather in Tuscaloosa on Saturday is calling for partly cloudy skies with a high of 64° during the day and dipping down into the lower 40s overnight.
  • Announcers: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, and Holly Rowe.
  • Eli Gold on Alabama Radio.
  • The Crimson Tide have a 54-26-5 edge over LSU all-time. Alabama have won nine of the last ten.
  • The line on this game is around Bama -28½. Over/Under is 66.

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