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CFB week ten was full of the agony and the ecstasy..for those of you who are a bit “older”, you all remember the theme from the show The Wild World of Sports..the agony of defeat, the thrill of victory! Well, this week in CFB had it all and then some! #1 Miss State returned to action and the “new #1” barely survived at home against Arkansas, winning 17-10. Meanwhile, the other team from Mississippi, 4 Ole Miss, had a very rough outing for the second week in a row. Last week the Rebels went down in Death Valley to LSU, 7-10. This week they were at home in Oxford and 3 Auburn came a calling. It was a thrilling game, back and forth and one felt whoever had the ball last would win. Ole Miss seemed to go ahead on a TD pass to WR Treadwell, but NO…double agony. Not only did he lose the ball going down prior to crossing the plane of the endzone, he suffered a fractured leg and broken ankle. You just cannot be serious. The heartache for the Rebels…Auburn wins 35-31. Costly turnovers for Ole Miss and a lot of penalties for Auburn were the story of this game. While on the subject of broken legs, Washington State QB Halliday, having a fine senior season also suffered a broken leg in their 44-17 loss and his career at Washington State is officially over. Meanwhile, Oregon should have played their way into the “final four” in this week’s College Football Playoff poll with a win over nemesis Stanford, 44-16. Marcus Mariota was responsible for four TDs, two passing and two rushing. He should be the Heisman frontrunner!! (Dak Prescott of Miss State had some nice numbers but two interceptions and a close call at home!)
In a crazy game in Morgantown, WV, TCU came from behind (trailing the entire game to WVU) to kick a game winning field goal as time expired to win, 31-30. Unbelievable! Meanwhile at the largest outdoor cocktail party in the US, Jacksonville, FL, the once mighty Gators reared up and knocked down the #11 Bulldogs from UGA, 38-20. The Gators had two tailbacks with almost 200 yards rushing and no one, and I mean no one except Tim Tebow predicted this outcome! Kind of funny to me (I am afterall, a GT fan!) Speaking of the Jackets, they dominated UVA in Atlanta, 35-10 and oh, if not for that loss to Duke, they would be looking really good for the ACC Coastal Division title. Take nothing away from Duke (defeated Pitt in 2OT, 51-48), but if there is a team in the Coastal Division that could give FSU fits, it is Georgia Tech in an ACC Championship game. Still, more games to be played.
Baylor put up 60 points in their win over Kansas, and USC defeated Washington State, 44-17 (QB Halliday lost for Washington State with a broken leg). UCLA continues to survive and defeated Arizona 17-7 at home. Meanwhile, Arizona State won at home in a thriller over Utah, 19-16. Missed field goals, then made field goals. Isn’t college football great? So, there is of course all the noise about the SEC, especially the SEC West, but the Pac 12 is really competitive and stirring things up. Meanwhile, who is going to win the SEC East?
The AP Poll is out! 1 Miss State (45), 2 FSU (15), 3 Auburn, 4 Alabama (really, not Oregon?), 5 Oregon, 6 TCU, 7 Michigan State, 8 Notre Dame (winner over Navy), 9 Kansas State, and 10 Baylor. Arizona State is at #11, Ole Miss dropped from #4 to #12, harsh!, UGA fell to #17, UCLA is at #18, Arizona is #21, and the Dukies are #22. Georgia Tech received 15 votes (yeah!).
Tuesday, the next College Football Playoff Poll will be announced on ESPN. Better see Oregon in that top four this week!
It is snowing in New England today, and at 4:25 pm EST we get another viewing of Manning vs. Brady as the Broncos visit the Pats. Go Peyton! Go Broncos!
In tennis..Novak Djokovic won the title in Paris, defeating M. Raonic of Canada, 6-2, 6-3. Nole is all but assured of finishing the year at #1. Still, there is the Year End Finals in London week after next and I do expect Roger Federer to give him a run for the money (title)! GO FED!
OK, what a Saturday it was! Ready to settle in and watch Peyton Manning and the Broncos play on the frozen filed in New England.
Enjoy your Sunday!