BOOM, BOOM, BOOM. National Championship Forclosure. Reality check-mate! A salty week of upsetting wins and other knick knacks! Whatever fun jargon you want to throw on Week 7, it certainly was our first wake up call of the season. Now we talk about it…
It’s absolute because I only speak in absolutes…Once the bell rings those first minutes of October people start to play out crazy scenarios where everyone who is in contention only gets knocked off by another undefeated opponents, creating some nightmare logjam at the top of the BCS standings. Of course this all ignores the fact that just because they have teams on their schedule that they should beat, doesn’t mean that the beating will occur. Take Utah for example. They’ve looked rather pedestrian in 2013, and had I predicted that they would give the Stanford Cardinal a good rogering, you would have scoffed. Mack Brown was supposed to be canned on Monday because an undefeated Oklahoma was going to reverse right over their precious little program. Georgia was destined to be one of those 1-loss teams waiting for the undefeateds to knock each other off to step back into the fight for a BCS Championship spot.The powers that be at ESPN were probably sweating those final 10 minutes of the Boston College-Clemson game because a loss would have literally killed the hype machine for next Saturday. That October panic is fun for discussion, but usually an overblown cycle of missed predictions and assumptions that play themselves out, and by the end of the year you’re pretty certain who the two best teams in the country are.
HYPROCRITE…Ignoring everything I just said, we’re literally gravy training towards an Alabama-Oregon BCS Championship Game that leaves an undefeated Ohio State hopelessly staring through the window.
East Coast Posterboarding…Oregon has basically rolled through anything and everything they’ve encounter in 2013, until Saturday. With about a quarter left to play, Washington found a way to pull within 7, and give Oregon their first real adversarial situation of the year. How did they respond? By rolling, because that’s how Marcus Mariota and Oregon responds. The Ducks play UCLA and Stanford over the next 3 weeks, should make for great television.
PLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGUE…If any team has been absolutely decimated by the injury bug in 2013, it’s Georgia. That being said, they didn’t lose because of their offense, this game pretty much followed the same script of the first 5 games, Georgia’s offense does their job, the defense takes the field and gets slapped around like silly nannies. How bad is it? They rank 105th in the nation in points against.
Pinkel is Einhorn. Einhorn is Pinkel. Pinkel is Einhorn?…You can’t talk about Georgia’s loss without throwing some credit towards Gary Pinkel and Missouri. Last year they were a team that looked absolutely lost in the SEC. Now…with star quarterback James Franklin out for the remainder of the regular season and Florida, South Carolina, and Texas A&M still headlining the schedule, winning the SEC East is probably a longshot, but New Years Day Bowl might not be. Everyone loves football with a hangover.
The trick is to be really drunk when taking any blow…Three weeks ago I was ready to take a chair shot while defending the LSU as my pick for the nation’s best team. Then they lost at Georgia. It was woeful, and big play heavy, and definitely threw them behind the eight ball for the BCS Championship. All that being said, they’re still the best of the rest, and the proved Saturday by winning ugly. Their defense is finally coming around after they morphed into a giant plastic bag that suffocated the Florida’s stick figure offense.
Not a total reality check, but close…Don’t cover yourself in LSU and preach like me though. Florida’s offense is pitiful at best. Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel put it best, Florida’s best punt came from their quarterback and their of the best pass was thrown by the punter.
Remember when I said this was going to happen, but totally wussed out in my preseason predictions…UCLA is holding their darkhorse banner high. This is a squad that has everything needed to absolutely sneak their way into not only a BCS Bowl, but the National Championship picture. I don’t think people will truly appreciate them until we see them lock up with Stanford this Saturday.
Taste of Dragon breath, feed me…Does all that hot air that has been shooting off of Mack Brown’s forehead get redirected at Bob Stoops? I’ll admit it, I thought that was a program that had it figured out this year. That was a program that had the ability to shock the world. That was a program that can sustain because everyone else around them couldn’t. Losing the way they did, I was wrong.
Barry Manilow’s kinda encore…Northwestern followed up an unbelievable game against Ohio State by getting body slammed by Wisconsin. I’ll buy into the fact that injuries played role, by they were limited, and Wisconsin had a big one of their own. The Badgers found a way to beat up Northwestern and dominate every aspect of that game. For the Wildcats? It’s a huge loss as they can pretty much forget winning Big Ten’s “Legends” race without a few upsets.
Remember when…Johnny Manziel was an unregulated toxic party animal whose brushfire antics were going to bite him in the AYEEEEEEEEEEEE?
It’s a stunning mix of dandelion tea and honey schnapps…Michigan! You allowed a guy named Hackenberg (Yes, I know he’s good) to go 70-some-odd yards in 3 plays, totaling 30 seconds to tie a game you were controlling. Those weren’t short precision passes with massive amounts of yards after the reception. They weren’t long passes at the hands of broken coverage. They were simply the most tossyist uppist passes one could throw and the receivers tanked the Michigan secondary three times. Penn State deserved to win that game, your kicker should lose his scholarship, and tell Brady Hoke to quite looking like he’s got an IV full of Respidal flowing through his veins while on the sideline. Game of the year though.
Stove…It’s an epidemic people. Too many times this season I’ve seen crowds disperse well before the game is in control. It has started to get so bad, that even venerable defenders of all things college football, like Verne Lundquist, have taken to the airwaves to call out the offenders. With over a quarter left in the game and Florida driving, LSU’s stadium showed visible signs of demonic moon base desertion.What was booming and crowded stadium, looked like a preseason NFL game, and it was far from over. It’s all over college football. I saw it at Clemson. I saw it at Ohio State. It has to stop.
Trey: (1) Oregon (2) Alabama (3) Ohio State (4) FSU (Just missing: LSU)