Ducks Soaring, Sparty Roaring, Cards Comin’, Frogs Feisty & More: MMQB

The Cats fell to Auburn in the final seconds. But, at least they showed up. Big time.

Which is more than you can say about the Cincy’s “No Run” Reds or Brooks Conrad, the Braves second sacker who booted three in Atlanta’s come from ahead 9th inning loss to San Fran.

Okay, enough about baseball. Just wanted you to know I was paying attention.

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In the battle for the turquoise belt buckle — Actually I don’t know what they play for, I just made that up — New Mexico State’s previously winless Aggies bested rival New Mexico’s still winless Lobos, 16-14.

In the clip I saw of the final — More about that in a sec — the announcer proclaimed, “What a great game! What a fantastic game!” And you thought those dudes doing the U of L games the last two weeks were clueless.

Anyway, on the final play, New Mexico’s Brad Gruner hurled a hail mary about 50 yards downfield. To an area where there wasn’t a Lobo receiver within 30 yards. Which allowed the Aggie defender to stand under the arcing pigskin and field it like a pop up in batting practice. (Oops another baseball reference.)

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Do those coaches (Read: Football SIDs.) take care of their big time frat brothers, or what?

TCU tossed its second straight shut out Saturday, 45 zip over Wyoming. (I know, more beisbal, these metaphors keep flowing from my fingertips unabated.) Yet, in the coaches’ poll, they fell behind behemoth Nebraska, a 48-13 victor over K State.

Just watch. Even if Ohio State, Oregon, Nebraska, Oklahoma Auburn LSU and Michigan State — the nation’s stealth power — all lose one or more, two of them, or 1 and Bama, are still going to end up in that fake championship game the BCS foists upon us at the end of the year. TCU and Boise — Perhaps even Nevada — will get jobbed. Remember where you read it for 783d time.

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Louisville certainly did one thing really good Saturday.

The Cards crushed a team they were supposed to in an unrelenting fashion.

Memphis is truly awful.

Friday’s game against Cincy will provide a legit gauge of their improvement level.

Let’s hope more fans show up and fewer come dressed in their Halloween costume — empty seats.

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Say what you want to about Less Miles coaching acumen. And there’s been a plethora of pro and con, mostly con. The LSU mentor is living right.

His Tigers had the game in hand Saturday in Gainesville. Then fell behind late.  A drive stalled even later. LSU lined up for what would have been a game winning field goal. But it was a fake. The holder Derek Helton flipped the ball to kicker Josh Jasper taking off around end. The lateral bounced off the turf into Jasper’s grasp and he fell forward for the first down.

At :06, the both good and really lucky Tigers scored, remaining implausibly undefeated.

Were I Miles, I’d have filled the dish at church Sunday morn. Roll Tithe.

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Frankly, Scarlett, I could give a damn who wins the Heisman. It’s always seemed the most overwrought of sports awards.

But, if I cared — and I don’t, I really really don’t — I’d be taking a hard look at that big un’ who plays QB for Auburn.

Cam Newton sure looks a lot like the collegiate Vince Young to me. Big. Good arm. Crafty runner with deceptive speed. A winner. Four TDs in the first half against the Cats. Not bad.

Then, with the W in peril, he did what the great ones do. He lead his team down the length of the field for the winning score with time running out. On the road.

Kentucky’s Randall Cobb is mighty dandy himself. But Newton is a cut above, above Cobb, and perhaps above ‘em all.

Denard Robinson, I know Cam Newton, and you, son, are no Cam Newton.

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If JoePa is still coaching the Nittany Lions next season, Penn State will have nobody to blame for its precipitous demise but itself. Maybe if they gander down toward Tallahassee, they’ll see the forest. Easing out Bobby Bowden seems to have made the Seminoles relevant again.

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Quack!!! My Oregon Ducks eased away from woeful Washington State Saturday. They still have a tough path to the BCS “title” game, with battles @Southern Cal and @Oregon State, along with home tussles with Arizona and U Dub. The Pac 10 — one guy’s opinion — is the toughest league so far this season.

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Lane Kiffin’s Trojans lost for the second week in a row on a last second FG.

All together now: Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

Those taking a peak at the How The Mighty Have Fallen list will also note that Florida and Texas have also lost two in a row. And previously punctured Penn State could easily end up with more on the right hand side than the left and leave You Know Who short of his hallowed 400th W.

Now if somebody would only beat those Damn Yankees. Oops. Sorry.

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As I mentioned before, and I’m not just saying this because Sparty happens to be Joey the Vig’s favorite team, Michigan State is mighty. One fan up in the financially beleaguered Rust Belt state says, “Best MSU team I have ever seen.  Disciplined, balanced, well coached.”

In an interesting twist, the Spartans don’t face Ohio State.

– Seedy K

One Comment

  1. gnash001
    Posted October 12, 2010 at 4:07 am | Permalink

    Things have been awfully quiet in Boca Ratan. I guess that’s what happens when you start 1 and 4.

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