FINALLY!!!!!!!! THE HANGOVER HAS COME BACK TO MONDAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh what a week in college football leaving me with no doubt of why this is my favorite sport. I mean how could you not love the chaos and the excitinment found in these stadiums all across this great land from small schools to powerhouses this sport rarely fails to produce excitement. Now let’s take a look at what mad this week special with the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
THE GOOD – The Show Me State just showed the SEC they belong. This was the game Missouri fans had heard may never happen. They were slow, small, lacked the talent to compete with the Big, Bad Boys from the SEC. Then the game against Georgia kicked off and the Tigers showed they not only belong but they will play a big role in the SEC East. It wasn’t only the SEC that Mizzou showed they belong but also voters who had the then 5-0 Tigers ranked 25th taking on a 1 loss UGA. Mizzou erased doubts as they cruised to a 28-10 halftime lead and then won the game 41-26. The big moment for me was when the Dawgs cut the lead to 2 at 28-26 the Tigers rattled off consecutive scores to seal the statement win.
THE GOOD – Christian Hackenberg and Penn State never quit. With 10:28 to go in the 4th quarter Michigan led the Nittany Lions 34-24 and it appeared they would move to 6-0 on the season. Unfortunately for them someone forgot to tell Christian Hackenberg and the rest of guys in the white helmets that the game was over. Hackenberg led the Lions to a game tying touchdown with just 27 seconds on the clock and after a missed 52 yard field goal by Michigan at the end of regulation the game headed to overtime. The first frame went scoreless thanks to a block on Michigan’s field goal attempt. The teams traded field goals in the 2nd overtime and the third one again had Michigan’s Brandon Gibbons missing his third kick of the night. The teams headed to a fourth OT where Gibbons would connect from 40 yards to give the Wolverines the lead. Penn State would go for the win converting a 4th and 1 when they could have kicked and sent the game to a 5th frame. Then on 3rd and 8 (Notre Dame fans should love this) Michigan was called for pass interference placing the ball at the 2 yard line where moments later Bill Belton would dart to the left into the end zone for the win. A heck of a comeback for a group of young men that have had to deal with one of the weirdest events in NCAA history. Once these sanctions are lifted Bill O’Brien will add another team to fear in the B1G.
THE GOOD – The Ducks may be the best team in the land. I personally thought that Kelly going to the NFL would have an effect on Oregon but I couldn’t have been more wrong. They have not missed a beat and at the beginning of the year I figured they would have four week stretch from October 12th to November 7th where they would play Washington, Washington State, UCLA and Stanford. That stretch may still be a rough one but after watching the first leg of it I think it may be rough on the opponents. Oregon went to Washington in one of the most hostile environments in the Pac 12 and rolled to a 45-24 victory. They racked up 631 yards, including 30 first downs and 8 out of 14 third down conversions. Marcus Mariota who should be leading the Heisman campaign if Oregon can win all of the games on this four game stretch compiled 366 yards through the air with 3 TDs and another 88 yards and a score on the ground. They held the Huskies to just 376 yards and forced 2 turnovers. During this SEC run of National titles one team should have beat them and played a close game and that was the Ducks. If they get by these next three opponents the run to the end of SEC dominance will run through Eugene. And what better team to take down the SEC than one that is no stranger to the Rose Bowl! Not only do they win on the field but in a dance off as well see below.
THE BAD – You cannot sit atop the polls with losses against bad teams. Stanford once again found themselves down by the end zone with the game on the line. Last year the lost to an Undefeated Notre Dame but this year they lost to a Utah team that had already lost 2 Pac 12 games this season. Stanford must now play UCLA, Oregon State and Oregon in the next three weeks. If they can win all three then maybe they can right the ship but after barely beating Washington and then falling to Utah, the Cardinal may be overmatched when Oregon rolls into town on November 7th. I honestly thought their players were faking injuries against UW and Oregon obviously moves a lot faster. I like what Harbaugh and Shaw have built in Palo Alto but I for one do not buy the hype that is Stanford. By the time November 7th hits look for one more loss from the Cardinal.
THE BAD – The Sooners watch just hit midnite. Yes I know I am a Notre Dame fan but hear me out. In Oklahoma’s 5 wins, the Sooners used turnovers to beat West Virginia (4 turnovers) and Notre Dame (3 turnovers including a pick 6). Both of those games could have very easily resulted in the Sooners first loss. In both games they gave up 75 yard (Smith) and 80 yard (Atkinson) touchdown runs. WVU managed to garner 387 yards while the Irish managed 324 including 220 yards on the ground. The run could not go on forever and what better team to end it than your arch rival Texas. Texas had some issues of their own this season getting hammered by BYU and Ole Miss and also almost losing to Iowa State. Mack Brown has a very warm seat at this point but the Longhorns are still the Longhorns. Texas jumped all over the 12th ranked Sooners and led at the half 23-10. In the second half they pushed the lead to 36-13 and won the game 36-20. It is obvious the Longhorns may have noticed what many have this season who have watched the Sooners, they struggle against the run game. Texas managed to gain 255 yards on the ground and most of the yards came from Jonathan Gray and Malcolm Brown who each eclipsed the 100 yard mark. Bob Stoops and Company have two games to fix these errors before they Floyd Casey Stadium and battle the best offense in the land the Baylor Bears.
THE UGLY – Dear defensive players will you stop allowing Johnny Manziel to make this ridiculous money gesture. I mean really if SEC God Tim Tebow cannot make it in the NFL how is this punk going to? Also if players get flagged for doing the first down gesture then why can this clown continue to make his money gesture and autograph gestures? Is he above it all so the refs cannot flag him? I mean he is not even the front runner for the Heisman in my eyes a couple of guys named Mariotta, Petty, Winston and Boyd would be my front runners. Again attention Auburn, LSU, Vandy, Mizzou, UTEP, Mississippi State defenders stop this damn gesture.
MONDAY MORNING HANGOVER TOP 10
1. OREGON 6-0
2. ALABAMA 6-0
3. CLEMSON 6-0
4. OHIO STATE 6-0
5. FLORIDA STATE 5-0
6. LOUISVILLE 6-0
7. BAYLOR 5-0
8. TEXAS A&M 5-1
9. UCLA 5-0
10. MISSOURI 6-0