What a Saturday of college football!!!!
What a season!!! Let's look at the Countdown Of What Happened Today.
1-USC BEATS NOTRE DAME: I really felt this game was waaaaay overhyped. In fact, I was set to write a blog entry about just that when I decided that writing about how overhyped it was would be just contributing to the hype. Good call. This game was even better. Both teams met blow for blow. Reggie Bush placed himself a mile ahead of any other Heisman contender. We had a great 4th down play by USC. And a great ending with Leinart sneaking into the endzone for the winning TD. To me, this game wakes up the beasts. It wakes up USC, as I feel they will truly play to their full capability the remainder of the year. It wakes up Notre Dame, as I feel they just found out how good they really are and can be. Great atmosphere for a great game!
2-MICHIGAN BEATS PENN STATE: If you remember [I hope you don't] that I had Michigan facing USC in the Rose Bowl this January. Well, the Wolverines have lost 3 games already.....and were headed for a 4th. Until Chad Henne tossed a 10-yd TD as time expired to beat Penn State.....who scored a TD less than a minute earlier. A huge loss for Penn State...as a win would've meant they beat both Michigan and Ohio State in back-to-back weeks and would have a strangle hold on the Big Ten. Instead, the Lions take a tough loss, their first.
3-WISCONSIN WILLS A WIN IN MINNESOTA: The Gophers have this game won. With 30 seconds left, all they gotta do is punt the ball away and hold the Badgers. Instead, a bad snap on the punt....which got blocked...then recovered in the endzone for a Wisconsin lead. A stunned Metrodome crowd!!!! Then, on the insuing kickoff....the Gophers cough it up. Amazing finish!!
4-OHIO STATE POPS MICHIGAN STATE: Two plays define this game. One was the blocked FG at the end of the first half that resulted in a Buckeye TD. The Spartans rushed the play....left several Ohio State defenders waltz into the backfield and smothered the kick. Right after that, the Mich State head coach lit up his coaching staff [when he walked off the field, he said the coaches where "screwing it up" for the players]. Then, right after halftime, they give up a big play on defense....surrendering the lead.
5-WEST VIRGINIA BEATS LOUISVILLE: Big, big, big, big loss for the Cardinals, putting their Big East title hopes in jeopardy...losing their first two Big East games [0-2]. The Mountaineers [3-0] are now the lead dog. As for the game...West Virgina scores 17 points in the final quarter to send the game into overtime, 24-24. The game went to a third overtime, when WVU converted on a TD and the mandatory 2-pt conversion. L'ville got the TD.....no conversion. Steve Slayton of West Virginia scored 6 TDs......all after halftime!!!!
6-LSU OUTLASTS FLORIDA: This SEC season is brutal!!! Not just did these teams knock heads....but now Florida faces Georgia and LSU takes on Auburn.
7-VIRGINIA BEATS FLORIDA STATE: When the ACC expanded to 12-teams...many felt that these new teams would dominate the traditional ones. True, the newest 4 ACC schools [Florida State, Miami, Virginia Tech, Boston College] are the class of the league. But, Clemson, NC State and Virginia show the ability to keep eyes fixed on Tobacco Road too. Virginia, the first ACC team to knock off FSU [a decade ago]....handed the Seminoles their first defeat of the season.
Boston College had to make a big comeback to pop Wake Forest at home....Oregon State goes into Berkely and shocks California, giving them two straight losses.....Northwestern wins in Purdue, giving the Boilermakers their 4th straight loss.....Missouri tops Iowa State in overtime, giving them the leg up in the Big XII North race....UCLA stays undefeated by beating Washington State in overtime....Don;t look now, but Nebraska is 5-1 after popping Baylor....
SPORTZ TOP 12
1-TEXAS. While USC was in a battle with Notre Dame, the Horns were spanking the best team in the Big XII North, Colorado.
3-VIRGINIA TECH. Can't wait for that Miami game.
4-GEORGIA. Dawgs keep on winning. Got a big Cocktail Party to go to.
5-ALABAMA. Squeaked by Ole Miss with a FG with the clock running out.
6-LSU: Again, a bad 2nd half against the Vols keeps this team down.
8-NOTRE DAME. Despite the loss...I'm movin' them up!
9-MIAMI. Hey, you just beat Temple. No big whoop.
10-PENN STATE. Not undefeated any longer
11-UCLA. Um, yeah, they are still here.
12-TEXAS TECH. This team scores like they are playing video games.