Week 11 – AKA Stupid Saturday

  • The Bearcats had a buy and a much needed opportunity to rest up before taking on East Carolina this Thursday night at 7 p.m. EDT on ESPN2. The winner of this game controls its own destiny to at least a share of the AAC title. 
  • Notre Dame @ Arizona State: #5 Golson responsible for five turnovers. The Irish got to travel to Tempe to face the #9 ranked Sundevils sporting their new Nike Fuel uniforms shown below. ASU was 7-1 on the season with wins over three top-25 opponents, but no one seemed to care. After all, what has Arizona State ever done? ASU was up 34-10 at the half, and ended up winning 55-31. Brian Kelly’s team started to pull close late in the second half. The game started to feel like BK’s 2009 win over Pittsburg.
  • That did not happen. Every time ND got close, Everett Golson found a way to give the ball away. 
  • Texas A&M @ Auburn: Auburn fumbles away their season. A night game in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn, ranked third in the country facing an Aggie team, just 2-3 in the SEC, starting a freshman quarterback to operate a complex run-n-gun offense. The only question is how many points will the Tigers put on Texas A&M, right? Wrong! The Aggies were up 35-17 at the half, and 38-24 going into the fourth quarter. The Gus Bus came back though, like it always does. In fact, Nick Marshall’s team had the ball twice in Aggie territory in the final three minutes of the game to win it. What happened? Nick Marshall decided to keep it and fumbled inside the goal line, and in a most peculiar fashion, the team had what can only be deemed a quick-snap error. Texas A&M won 41-38, keeping Kevin Sumlin out of the hot seat and shattering Auburn’s playoff hopes.
  • Alabama @ LSU: Nick Saban beats Les Miles at his own game in Death Valley. The Tide received the ball with 50 seconds on the clock, and Blake Sims drove them 55 yards, leading to a field goal to lock OT. The teams then exchanged possessions, and Saban pulled this one out in a very ugly game, reminiscent of the 9-6 OT “thriller” in 2011.   Here is a throwback to 2010 when the Hat beat Bama, and Les Miles gave this genius interview.
  • Oregon @ Utah: Emotions and momentum run wild. The Utes started the game up 14-0 and then fell apart, eventually losing 51-27. Unfortunately, Utah lost half their team during the loss to season ending injuries, including starting quarterback Kendal Thompson and receiver Tim Patrick. And then there is this. Oh Kaelin Clay what were you thinking!
  • The Texas Longhorns beat West Virginia? How bipolar are the Mountaineers? 
  • Kansas fans tear down a goal post after defeating the 2-7 Iowa State Cyclones.
  • Duke is 8-1 (in football).
  • TCU rolls. Have fun stopping their offense. If they can’t pass on you with Boykin, they will run it down your throat with Texan track star after track star.
  • Florida State moves one step closer to locking up a playoff birth. Jimbo Fisher has now won 25 straight games.
  • Ohio State is VERY intriguing. Urban Meyer, one of the very best coaches in the country, has his team playing excellent football putting a walloping to Sparty. I just don’t see how OSU gets into the playoff without lots of help. Also, how in the world do the Bucks not start J.T. Barrett next year at quarterback? He has thrown a pretty ball for over 2,000 yards, 26 TDs, and seven picks on the season so far, and is top-five in total QBR.
  • If the Playoffs Were Tomorrow:
    • Mississippi State
    • Florida State
    • TCU
    • Alabama 
  • Swag of the Week goes to the Arizona State Sundevils.

ASU

By Technical Writer: Andy Smith