Monday, November 2, 2015

College Football Week 9: Full of Tricks & Treats


As far as upsets go, there weren't that many, but there were some crazy endings to the games this weekend (fitting for a Halloween football Saturday, no?). (23) Pittsburgh did fall to North Carolina 26-19 though, as pretty much the only non-crazy upset or crazy ending that existed this weekend.

Miami technically beat (22) Duke 30-27 on an eight lateral game-winning touchdown (see the video below). But as I'm sure all of you heard, all of the refs on that game have been suspended for not calling a whole slew of things that would have resulted in Duke winning the game. (21) Temple went toe-to-toe with (9) Notre Dame, but ultimately lost 24-20 after a late 4th quarter touchdown by ND. 

And for those of you who were up taking advantage of DST ending and watched the last quarter of (8) Stanford vs Washington State, you saw a crazy ending too (although arguably the most tame of these games). First, the first 15 points scored by WSU were by the kicker. Secondly, the last four scoring drives were as follows:

1. Stanford scores a touchdown near the end of the 3rd quarter, bringing the gap within 2 points (22-20)
2. Stanford scores a touchdown at the beginning of the 4th quarter, taking the lead the first time since the score was 3-0 in the first 5 minutes of the game (27-20)
3. Washington State scores with 8 minutes left and fails a two-point conversion. Game is now a one-point game (28-27).
4. Stanford kicks a field goal with less than 2 minutes to go, and makes it (30-28).

Now, WSU's kicker ends up getting a set-up for a game-winning field goal, but misses. Obviously it's easy to blame the kicker, but let's be real. The first 5 scoring drives WSU had were all because of him. If WSU had scored a TD one of those 5 times, it wouldn't have mattered. Either way, a crazy ending to a crazy weekend.

But of course, let's not forget the most important game that happened all day... the game for the Little Brown Jug. (15) Michigan ended up defeating Minnesota 29-26, who were playing their hearts out in honor of their retired coach, Jerry Kill. Michigan had every chance & every 3rd down to stop Minnesota, and it looked like it was over when a Minnesota played caught a crazy pass with :19 left at the endzone. However, it was ruled his knee was down at the 1/2 yard line, and they had that much time left to get a score. They wasted 17 seconds on the first down, and no one knows why. They ended up throwing the ball away and had :02 left to make a final play. They sent the quarterback up the middle, and the Michigan defense stopped them. It was one of the ugliest wins, but a win is a win (as all of you State fans well know by now).

FIRE: Brian Kelly
You don't get to choke one of your assistants & keep your job, even if it's because you were 'preventing a penalty'. 

MARRY: Wilton Speight
Michigan's 3rd-string quarterback (who is now backup, moving Shane Morris to 3rd) who played his heart out and made his first completion during the game vs. Minnesota when Ruddock went out with a suspected concussion & shoulder injury.

8 of who got suspended (including replay officials) for not calling half a dozen things on this insane game-ending play:


(17) Florida State @ (3) Clemson 3:30PM ABC/ESPN/ESPN2
(5) TCU @ (12) Oklahoma State 3:30PM FOX
(4) LSU @ (7) Alabama 8PM CBS

College Gameday is making its way to Tuscaloosa for the LSU/Bama game, and Michigan is playing Rutgers at home at 3:30pm. We're in the home stretch, y'all. Roll Tide & GO BLUE.

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