By Race Bannon
HUSKIES LOSE IN WET RAIN
PLAY OFF PICTURE GETTING CLEARER
BIG TIME FOOTBALL SATURDAY NIGHT
The LSU Tigers came into Bear Bryant Stadium unbeaten and bristling with confidence rooted in all world running back Leonard Fournette. The improved QB play along with the Heisman leader would be the kind of balanced attack that would put the Bayou Bengals back on the winning side of this classic rivalry. Les Miles would gamble and Nick Saban would grumble and the two titans would slug it out in a defensive classic.
Then the game started and the script was flipped. Derrick Henry ran roughshod over the Tigers and Jacob Cokehead threw the ball crisply to receivers running free while the vaunted Bama D held Fournette to 12 yards rushing. The Tide rolled rather easily to a 34-17 win. (almost)
Meanwhile Ohio State was at home under the lights welcoming the young but talented Golden Gophers of Minnesota to Woody Hayes Stadium. Cardelle Stewart was back under center due to the unfortunate misdemeanor given to starting quarterback J T Barrett. Stewart continued to struggle and the Gophers continued to lose valiantly.
Not to be outdone the PAC 12 showcased rugged South Division leader, Utah, in a prime time match up from nearly empty and close to default we hope Husky Stadium at Greyhound Bus Field. It was a sloppy game filled with mistakes many of which I missed due to some unfortunate mixing of prescription medication and one drink. Just one drink. That was all I had quite honestly.
The takeaway from the first big November night is ROLL DAMN TIDE.
Elsewhere TCU was exposed by Oklahoma State and embarrassed and frankly, should consider a trip back to the Mountain West. Clemson beat the demonic forces from Florida State who had ruined so many seasons for them. North Carolina scored 66 on Duke. In football. As predicted here, Pac 12 North leading Arkansas ruined the hopes of Ole Miss with a thrilling OT victory. For a basically meaningless game it may have been the most exciting one of the day. Folks, that’s why everyone loves the SEC. It was 4th and forever in OT and the Hogs needed a touchdown and got a first down off a miracle blind lateral play. Do we get something like this every week or does it just seem like it?
It remains a tough century and a half for Johnny Reb.
THIS WEEK’S ACTION!!!!!
Bama goes to Mississippi State and hopes to avoid the trap game that is waiting for them there. There is no margin of error left for Bama as they march to Atlanta to face Florida in the SEC Championship. Folks, that’s why everyone loves the SEC.
Oregon’s faint hopes of a Norte Division championship should be laid to rest by Stanford but don’t sell the plucky Ducks short. However, even with a win all the Card will need to do is beat Cal. Nothing else matters. The PAC 12 looks to be well on the way to not making the CFP which is good news because it could open up a second spot for a SEC team. Folks, that’s why everyone loves the SEC.
I like Minnesota to knock Iowa from the unbeatens. I like Oklahoma to knock Baylor from the unbeatens. I like Utah to choke at Arizona. I like UCLA to win the Rose Bowl over plucky WSU who crushed ASU just in time for ASU to administer their annual beat down of Washington. Folks, that’s why everyone loves the SEC.
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