Last week after Oklahoma lost, I jokingly tweeted that the Big 12 had been eliminated from the College Football Playoff already in early September. It was a throwback to Clay Travis’ tweet about the Big Ten being eliminated in 2014. You might remember that Ohio State later made it into the playoff and subsequently became the national champions; college football is anything but predictable.
The Big 12 is down to three undefeated teams (Baylor, West Virginia, Texas) after only two weeks. Oklahoma State dropped out of AP Top 25 after a controversial loss to Central Michigan, while TCU lost to Arkansas in double overtime.
Bottom line - the Big 12 looks as weak as it has in a long time.
Alabama rolled over Western Kentucky 38-10 and after the game Nick Sabin did his usual angry cyborg bit, complaing, "I don't know that I've ever been this disappointed after winning a game, maybe ever." The regular media loves quotes like this and his ass-chewing of Lane Kiffin before the game was over, but the behavior from Saban seems to be tedious.
The Dallas Cowboys were on a tear around the same time Nebraska was winning heavily in the 90s. When the Cowboys beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XXX in 1996 they became the first team to win three Lombardi trophies over four years. Everyone was excited when the Cowboys won their first Super Bowl of that set. As they went on winning everyone stopped being excited and started hating them with a passion. The same thing happened to Nebraska.
I remember Emmitt Smith saying about it “Everyone loves a new champion”.
Alabama is winning at a level that exceeds what Nebraska and the Cowboys were in those days. It’s gotten boring for everyone else except Bama fans.
Elsewhere, Georgia struggled with Nicholls, winning 26-24, while Clemson barely beat Troy 30-24. Both suffered significant drops in the AP poll.
The top-heavy Big Ten saw Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Iowa crush their opponents. Nebraska ultimately destroyed Wyoming, while Minnesota dominated Indiana State. Indiana won, as did Rutgers, but Penn State faltered against rival Pitt, and Illinois, Northwestern, and Purdue were pretty awful. Northwestern’s offense is a special sort of horrific and Purdue… well, Ross El’s defense gave up 512 yards.
After a transitional season, coach Mike Riley appears to have the Huskers in sync. Or if not, close enough. I don't think Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong is a perfect fit for what Riley and offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf want to do. But his ability to make things happen with with his feet brings another dimension to the offense.
Nebraska awaits, but first, some A-Z analysis on where Oregon has been and is going next.
The Darrell Hazell era is over and has been a spectacular failure.
A look at the Top 25 from the media and the coaches.
The Gophers dominated the Sycamores, but have a few things to clean up during their bye week
As it enters an early bye week, the Hoosier football team is right where it needs to be.
Chris Ash’s home debut at Rutgers did not go exactly as planned. After a terrible start that put Rutgers down 14-0 early in the first quarter, the team fought back to go into halftime tied, but...
What went right and what went wrong against the Cyclones?
We take a look at standout performances in all three phases of the game in the Wolverine victory.
Our weekly outlook on the Terps.
A THOUSAND PEOPLE IN THE ROADWAY, JUMPING ON CARS...MAKING IT IMPASSABLE...DRUNK PEOPLE FALLING DOWN THE HILL https://t.co/AyF2Z2JrS6— Iowa City Police Log (@IC_ActivityLog) September 11, 2016
You want fumbles? We’ve got fumbles. Fumbled snaps, fumbled passes, a game completely fumbled away. Hopefully this is cleared up before the season is fumbled away with it.
After coming up short in big early season games in the past, Butch Jones and the Vols answered an early challenge from Virginia Tech with an emphatic victory at Bristol.
This was disappointing. I wanted a TN loss. I wanted a SEC loss. Didn’t happen. Dammit.
All eight field officials for Saturday's game between Central Michigan and Oklahoma State have been suspended by the Mid-American Conference, while two replay officials have been suspended by the Big 12. Each suspension will last two games.
Note that the Big 12 replay officials could have overturned the additional play, but they did not. Hence, suspension.
What is going wrong for the Clemson Tigers??
The referee went down hard while trying to break up a verbal altercation