College Football Craziness

I watched a lot of college football yesterday, starting with the Ohio State-Maryland game. On paper it was a mismatch, but Maryland hung in there to the very end, with the final score of 43-30 being misleading as Ohio State scored on a fumble recovery with seconds remaining.

I must admit to mixed emotions while watching that game. I have a soft spot in my heart for Maryland, being born and raised there, but I really don’t want Clemson to get in the 4-team playoff so a win by Ohio State would make that less likely. With Ohio State and Michigan both 11-0 before their annual game next week it is possible both schools will be selected for the playoff. Add likely SEC winner Georgia and that would only leave one spot, which will go to TCU if they win out or to USC if they win out and TCU loses a game. What will happen if two-loss LSU upsets undefeated Georgia in the SEC Championship game? I don’t know for sure, but I think Georgia will still get in.

Both TCU and USC won classics yesterday. TCU won their game at Baylor 29-28, after trailing 28-20 with two and a half minutes left. The winning score was a field goal made on the last play of the game while the clock was running as TCU had no timeouts left.

USC defeated cross-town rival UCLA in a wild game, 48-45. The California Board of Regents is supposed to have a meeting in December to determine if UCLA will be “allowed” to join the Big Ten for athletics. Since it is a “private” school, that board has no jurisdiction over USC.

If the board denies the move can UCLA de-certify from the California university system and change its name to the University of Los Angeles, ULA? Will lawsuits ensue? As Andrew Brandt–former football player agent and front office executive for the Green Bay Packers–often writes, there will be lawyers.

I later watched most of South Carolina’s upset win over Tennessee that knocked the Vols out of the playoffs. South Carolina was a 22-point underdog at home having just played a very poor game against SEC rival Florida. Talented but erratic South Carolina quarterback Spencer Rattler played the game of his life as the Gamecocks destroyed Tennessee 63-38. (I turned the game off at 49-31.) The 63 points is the most ever scored by an unranked team against a team ranked in the top five.

Because of more GI distress I stayed up long after my wonderful wife went to bed and I watched much of the Oregon-Utah game that Oregon won 20-17 at home. Utah had four drives of ten plays or more, but only scored on one of them.

So, I watched games from the Big Ten, the SEC and the Pac-12. They were all competitive (at one point Tennessee only trailed 35-31) and two of the three did not go as expected. Yes, I am looking forward to Ohio State-Michigan next weekend. As I have written before, even though I think college football games are too long and the overtime scheme is brain-damaged, I like watching them more than NFL games. Depending on Nebraska’s hire for its next head coach, I might resume watching their games next year.

 

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5 thoughts on “College Football Craziness

  1. I watched the Arizona-Washington State game and watched as the WSU defense kept the Arizona offense contained. The Arizona defense stepped up and did a very creditable job of containing the Cougars QB. The final score of 31-20 is deceptive as WSU allowed Arizona to score two TDs in the fourth quarter. This after intercepting Arizona four times in the third. Friday next is the UofA-ASU rivalry game here in Tucson. I shall not comment further.

    The USC-Ucla game was fun to watch two explosive offenses on display. Ucla was coming off of their last week’s loss to my Arizona Wildcats. I always find it hard to root for “those people” from USC as they are obnoxious and disliked immensely in this household. We shall see how the football playoff roulette plays out for “those people”.

    I have cousins in Michigan, oops, now Massachusetts, who are big Michigan fans. And other cousins in Michigan who are Michigan State fans. Ohio State has a good band. The football team is not my favorite since a long while ago they hired John Cooper, a former ASU head coach, not on my favorites list. Do I hold a grudge? Let’s just leave it at that.

    Enjoy the remainder of the college football season as we shall. If I root for any PAC-12 team in the playoffs it will be the Quackers from Oregon. In the bowl games, we will watch for Utah and for Oregon State. Utah as Coach Kyle has a very creditable program and The Pumpkin Patch Beavers are building one as well. It is nice to see Jonathan Smith coach his alma mater successfully.

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  2. The Buick Riviera in black is NICE. Not my choice of color in Arizona, but the lines are classic. Thanks for the eye candy.

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