Thursday, November 21, 2013
Behind The Scoreboard
Yet another wild weekend of football
If you are a mildly fanatical football fan and just looking for something to do on Saturday to fill up the day, then you should tune in to the collegiate games spread all across the TV stations. If you are a wildly fanatical football fan and want to not only be entertained but completely mesmerized and satiated, then you should tune in to the SEC games which are displayed all across the venue.
First, however, let me do your research for you and let you know who the major polls say are ruling the roost – and, of course, who among them are still unbeaten. In the first five places the AP and USA Today are pretty much in agreement except the AP advanced Baylor past Ohio State. Number one is Alabama, two is Florida State (the pair which is fuelling the expectations of a lot of predictors for the BCS Championship), three is Baylor (Ohio State in USA), four is Ohio and five is Oregon.
The unbeatens are Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and Northern Illinois, all at 10-0. Baylor and Fresno State are 9-0.
Before you ask, seven of the AP Top 25 live in the SEC (one of the seven is Ole Miss at 24). Sorry, Bulldogs fans, Georgia (25) was bumped out as a result of the loss to Auburn – a game which was wildly entertaining and could have qualified as a mystery novel.
The PAC 12 drew a lot of viewers with the hot rivalry game between USC and Stanford. This was the first time in five seasons that the Trojans have bested the Cardinal. Sentiment is that former Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron should be offered the head job. Obviously, the powers at USC don’t agree; they have already interviewed NFL assistant Jack Del Rio for the job.
And Michigan State fans must be ecstatic this Monday morning since their Spartans beat the Cornhuskers for the first time ever. And if anyone missed the spectacular one-handed catch made by J.J. Worton of UCF as it defeated Temple, you have missed an enduring historical play.
If anyone thought that yours truly would miss this opportunity to say something about the Washington Redskins anyone would be wrong. The Redskins and Eagles matchup is another of those NFL rivalries which seems to keep growing in popularity. And it was obvious on this Sunday that the “City of Brotherly Love” was not all that hospitable to my Redskins when they visited on the 17th. Eyewitnesses report that the Washington bus was treated to eggs without bacon on the arrival at the Lincoln Financial Arena.
I didn’t see the “egging” but did see LeSean McCoy rip down a Redskins’ banner and throw it on the ground as he entered the field. McCoy was slightly injured later on a carrying play. He was taken to the locker room but returned (slightly injured hamstring), to the bench.
Finally, there are no more unbeatens left in the big league. The last holdout fell Sunday night to the Broncos, 27-17. The Kansas City Chiefs, under new head coach Andy Reid, had no definitive answer for Peyton Manning and the prancing Broncos.
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