We’re back with another week of great college football. There were some fun upsets and we can all laugh at how Notre Dame has started 0-4 for the first time in the history of everything. Hee hee.
Metschick: Rutgers had a bye this week, as it prepares itself for Saturday’s game against the Maryland Terps. So, with no Scarlet Knights game to watch, I turned my eye to another Big East game: Syracuse @ Louisville. Imagine my surprise at seeing Syracuse, an 0-3 team, beating the Cardinals – and even though the final score was 38-35, it wasn’t that close for most of the afternoon. At one point, the Orange led 38-21. Never mind that Brian Brohm had 555 yards, his defense let him down. (Ed.’s note: Iowa dropped 35 points on ‘Cuse and held them scoreless. I’m just sayin’)
Holly: Tennessee 38, Arkansas State 20. It’s maybe the cupcakeyest of our games this year, but that’s not saying much. I didn’t get to see it, but I followed raptly on the radio and the numbers don’t lie–Ainge had 300+ yards passing and 4 TDs; Coker (oh, how we missed him) added another hundred on the ground and another score. The O-line continues to give Ainge time to throw flat-footed if he pleases. Arian Foster did not drive me to shots at halftime. Tight ends caught balls! Kenny O’Neal got on the field! WE INTERCEPTED TWO PASSES. Tennessee does not intercept passes. I think it’s in the playbook. We have a long and perilous path to wind through the SEC, but key injuries are healing, the defense is making occasional stops, and we’re getting young guys on the field who are making plays beyond their years. It’s always dark just before it goes pitch black, but let’s take this moment to bask in the fireworks at Neyland.
Andrea: Well, I don’t love a second loss in a row, but I am really proud of my boys. We went into Camp Randall and almost stole one. We lost two guys, Brodell and Moeaki, to injuries in the first half and they both will miss “significant time.” We still managed to hold on and I really liked what I saw. I can’t help but be reminded of the 2004 season where we went 2-2 to start (including a loss to those no-talent ass clowns from Ames) and we ended up 9-3 and 7-1 in the conference, with a share of the Big Ten title. That was a season marred by injuries and the motto was “next man in.” I think maybe we can pull off that kind of magic again, if this past weekend’s effort was any indication. Here’s our field general, Jake Christensen. He’s adorable.
J-money: OK, I admit it. When Wake Forest was losing 24-3 to Maryland at the end of the third quarter, I changed the channel to the ominously titled “While the Children Sleep” on Lifetime. But somewhere between the babysitter seducing her married boss and electrocuting his neighbor (all while wearing a ridiculous camisole), things got interesting in the game. Deacs CB Alphonso Smith returned an interception 100 yards, my future husband QB Riley Skinner led scoring drives of 82 and 80 yards, and holy hot crap, the game is tied at 24!
In OT, Josh Adams ran for a TD, the defense held Maryland to four downs of nothing, and the Deacs get an unbelievable 31-24 win. The last time I saw Turtles get dominated like that, it involved The Shredder.
And, in case you were curious, the babysitter dies. Stabbed right in the camisole…
Texas Gal: So the massive mudhole Texas put on Rice yesterday means that I don’t HAVE to distract myself with a cute picture of Colt McCoy… but I will anyway. Texas/Oklahoma is just around the corner, and I need to build up all the happy fuzzies possible, while I still can.
TSW says, “The lessons from college football can be applied to almost any situation. So when I was out to dinner with friends on Saturday night at Yamashiro, I could not help but snap a photo of this sign that I saw on one of doors coming out of the kitchen.
Or as Coach Lombardi would say, “A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”