Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Sunday Afternoon Tailback

Saturday’s record: 6-2; for the season: 19-8.
Nuggets from Saturday, Oct. 3…

 The Top 10 Shakeup (This week):  Losers: Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Georgia and UCLA.

 The Yogi Berra “It ain’t over until it’s over Award” goes to…. Notre Dame.  The Irish trailed 21-3 at the end of the 3rd Qtr. They scored three TDs in the 4th but failed to tie the game on a 2-point conversion with :10 left.  Clemson coach Dabo Swinney told ABC’s Heather Cox, post-game, that he told his team to “bring you own guts” to this game.  The Tigers did and they remain undefeated.

The Warner Wolf Award goes to… Div. III Lewis & Clark (Portland, OR).  If you had the Pioneers and 72, you lost!  Final:  Linfield 73, Lewis & Clark 0.  AND---I swear…this is the headline to the game story on the L&C football website: Defense starts strong before Lewis & Clark falls in conference opener.  That’s because they only gave up 10 in the first Qtr.  Wait!  It gets even better.   According to the L&C website, the Pioneers won the time of possession by 6:04!---while amassing only 135 yards of offense!

You took the “Over,” right???, 1st Place:   Div. III Hendrix 51, Centre 48.

You took the “Over,” right???,  2nd Place.    LV had the Baylor-Texas Tech game at 87.5.  The Bears and the Red Raiders combined for 98.  They also combined for 1,316 of offense.

Hope you took the “Under.”  Div. II Fairmont 6 [2 FGs], Urbana 0.

They covered, they covered again and they almost covered again.  LV had Texas as a 14.5 point underdog.  TCU outscored them 50-7.

The Beatles’ “I get by with a little help from my friends” Award goes to:  …Arizona State running back Kalen Ballage who ran--and was pushed and pulled by his teammates [with some UCLAns hanging on trying to bring him down]--most of his 23-yard TD run in the 4th Qtr. as the Sun Devils upset the former #7 Bruins in Pasadena.

 The Courage Award goes to…Tulane long-snapper Aaron Golub who played his first down for the Green Wave on Saturday afternoon.  Aaron snapped the ball for the extra point following Tulane’s last TD.  Golub has no vision in his right eye, limited vision in his left.  He’s an Econ major.  Tulane beat UCF 45-31.

Looking ahead to next weekend…

Key games:  Ranked teams’ matchups: Maryland @ #1 Ohio St.;  #2 TCU @ K. St.; #3 Baylor at Kansas; #4 Mich. St. @ Rutgers;  #23 Cal @ #5 Utah; Ga Tech @ #6 Clemson; #7 LSU at S. Carolina;  Arkansas @ #8 Alabama; #10 OU plays Texas in Dallas;  #11 Florida @ Mizzou;  #13 Northwestern @ #18 Michigan;

For your CFB TV watching pleasure, the quintessential, easy-to-read guide:

And…the links no fan should be without:  Holly Anderson on Grantland… and her Twitter feed.





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