Tide Rolls, Wolf Pack Howls, Big LEast Disappears: MMQB (Afternoon Edition)

Good Morning class, pop quiz. Okay, it’s afternoon already. Teacher’s been busy. There’s a quiz anyway.

Anybody know who John Marinatto is? Raise your hand.

Okay, one of you, the Phil Steele wannabe in the back of the room. Indeed, Bronco, he’s the commissioner of the Big Least. To say he’s not a happy camper these days is understatement. Not a single one of his member institutions is ranked in the nation’s Top 25.


The league’s best performance of the weekend was fumbled away by Cincy when they fell to Boomer Sooner at home.

Meanwhile Temple, booted out of the league for baaaaaaaaad football, went facemask to facemask with Penn State, before falling to the JoePas.

Don’t forget: Tickets to the Pinstripe Bowl are available. In abundance.

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A loyal reader notified me that his Georgia Bulldogs cancelled their upcoming series with my Quack. To be fair, Oregon made a willing exit since the Pac 10 will soon be the Pac 12, etc, etc.

JP also pointed out that the Dawgs will soon be coached by Kirby Smart, since Mark Richt is sitting on the hottest seat in college coaching these days. His Bulldogs are 1-3, traveling to Colorado this weekend with Florida, Auburn and rival Georgia Tech over the horizon.

UGA is obviously off his feed.

(Actually I lied. Richt’s seat is probably not the hottest. The guy at New Mexico’s got to go. Mike Locksley’s 0-4 Lobos have been outscored 41-225 in their first four games. Then again, Wash State’s “coach” Paul Wulff led his team to a 16-50 loss to Southern Cal, bringing his three year W/L tally to a glossy 3-25. Of course, they care more in the Peach State, so Richt may be the most vulnerable. Rick Neuheisel, who some dumpkopf said was in trouble just a couple weeks ago, isn’t. UCLA 34, Texas 12 in Austin.)

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Alabama is obviously the real deal.

So too, Mark Ingram.

What impressed me about the Crimson Tide last year is the same thing they displayed in their come from behind win at Arkansas Saturday. Saban’s bunch sticks to its plan. They never panic.

Alabama is inexorable. Alabama is also very good.

Coming next: Gators.

And that spicy SEC battle isn’t the only big game this weekend. We also got Stanford vs. Oregon. Penn State vs. Iowa. Oklahoma vs. Texas. Virginia Tech vs. N.C. State. Miami vs. Clemson.

The marquis game in the Big LEast: UConn vs. Vandy? South Florida vs. Florida Atlantic? Oh how the once almost mighty have fallen to irrelevance.

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Don’t look now but it looks like another school is rising in the Near West to join Utah and Boise State as a power playah.

Say hello to the Nevada Wolf Pack. The school from the biggest little city around has plundered Colorado State, Cal and Brigham Young and has joined the Top 25.

On Friday November 26, the Wolves host the Broncos of Boise State.

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I ate lunch today with a bunch of football fanatics, one of whom is a Notre Dame alum.

I can report without fear of contradiction that the Brian Kelly honeymoon window has closed.

My man advises that some posts on a Notre Dame message board have been so nasty, entire threads have been deleted.

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The question skeptics are asking: Are undefeated N.C. State, Missouri and Kansas State legit?

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Yes, Garrett Hartley’s miss was the biggest field goal mistake of the weekend. (By the by, he’s a pro, playing for New Orleans, which lost to Atlanta when Hartley blew an easy game winner in OT.)

Unless you consider that UAB had Rocky Top ripe for an upset, finally succumbing in OT. But only after kicker Josh Zahn missed — count ‘em — 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 field goal attempts.

Unlike Hartley, he can’t be fired.

– Seedy K

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