Suddenly the SEC needs help to have a chance to win its seventh straight national championship game. Suddenly Alabama is downgraded from great to good. Notre Dame survives again. Oregon continues to roll on, as does Kansas State.
Ah yes, the beat goes on in college football and what does it all mean?
“Let’s play some more games and see how it turns out” said one bowl official who looked at a scene in which the SEC was out of the 1-2 mix in college football for the first time in seven years; which saw Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame each follow the “”survive and advance”" theory of football, playing good enough to win, but not good enough to make anyone think that any team in college football is unbeatable this season.
Let’s start at the top. Texas A&M 29, Alabama 24–In Tuscaloosa? Against a bunch of Aggies with a freshman QB? It must have been wild in front of the big screen in heaven on Saturday evening as Bear Bryant watched his beloved Tide clash with the tradition of his Beloved Junction Boys.
And yes, the Aggies won, led by a freshman QB named Johnny Manziel, whose nick-name is Johnny Football and may wind up being called Johnny Heisman.
All Manziel did was shred the once vaunted Bama defense, which has been picked apart by LSU last week for 253 yards, a pair of TDs and a 20-0 first quarter lead which the Tide could not quite overcome.
What this all means is that Bama and the SEC must get some help to make it to the BCS title game for the seventh straight season.
What it all means is that Manziel, a true freshman, should be on lots of people’s Heisman list. A QB of any age group that can succeed against LSU, Alabama and Florida, as Manziel has this season, doesn’t have to prove himself to anyone.
Kansas State’s biggest worry was whether QB Collin Klein had recovered enough from the concussion he suffered in last week’s win over Oklahoma State to help the Wildcats squeeze past TCU. He had, they did in a 23-10 win which was more solid than spectacular.
Oregon had trouble with California at the beginning of the game, butonce again quickly turned into Oregon at the end. The Ducks’ star of the week was freshman QB Marcus Mariota, who completed 27 of 34 passes for 377 yards and six TDs in the Ducks’ 59-17 win in a game in which they led at one point in the first half , 24-17.
Oregon still has the toughest part of its schedule coming, with games remaining against Stanford (home), at Oregon State and a possible rematch against USC in Eugene in the Pac-12 title game.
Notre Dame’s 21-6 win over BC didn’t prove anything other than the Irish can beat a bad team with a good, but not great game. Next week should be just as easy with Wake Forest coming to South Bend. The BCS championship game buster will be the following week at USC. Even with a loss in one of their two remaining games, ND looks like a lock for a BCS bowl berth.
Let’s look at the BCS bowl picture.
If we had to pick right now, it would be.
BCS championship game
Oregon vs. Kansas State
Rose Bowl–Nebraska vs. Notre Dame
LSU vs. Clemson
Alabama vs. Oklahoma
Rutgers. vs. Florida State
How lucky is Florida? The Gators were facing an overtime situation with Louisiana-Lafayette at best when the Gators’ Loucheiz Purifoy blocked a Brett Baer punt with two seconds left. The Gators’ Jelani Jenkins returned the blocked kick 36 yards into the end zone for the game-winning score. Which begs a question. What are you doing kicking the ball with 2 seconds left? Take the snap and run around and fall on the ball and hope things work out in OT.
Syracuse 45, Louisville 26 What?
Stanford is just the biggest party pooper, whether it’s USC or Oregon State that is organizing the party. The Cardinal basically knocked Oregon State out of the Pac-12 and BCS at-large berth race with a 27-23 win on Saturday. Watch out Oregon. Stanford is coming to town on Saturday…Speaking of Watch out teams, here comes Texas, which dumped Iowa State 33-7 on Saturday and is getting better on defense each week. Watch out Kansas State, which must deal with the Longhorns on Dec. 1…Does Harvard have to play Penn every other year. Imagine how many more Ivy League titles, the Crimson would have if they didn’t have to make the treck to Franklin Field….Give a shout to UMass which finally won a game as an FBS team with a win over Akron on Saturday…Beating the 1-10 Zips is not going to cause dancing in the streets even in Amherst. But the first time you do anything is worth noting.
1. Oregon 2. Kansas State 3. Notre Dame 4. Alabama 5. Georgia 6. Ohio State 7. Florida 8. LSU 9 Texas A&M 10. FSU
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