The Nebraska-Penn State game would have been something. Now it’s a bummer.
We’ve digested that tragedy all week. Now it’s time to look forward to the some excellent college games not involving teams embroiled in a child molestation scandal.
No. 21 Texas at Missouri: If you missed it, Tigers defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson took his this pre-game swipe at the Lone Star State: “I hate people from Texas. I give people on our team from Texas a hard time because they're from Texas. I hate Texas. I just do. I hate Texas. Any other overrated state in football I pretty much hate. That's how I feel about it... Overrated. Overrated. Overrated. It's blown out of proportion. It really is. I played against their best recruits and I wasn't impressed, at all.”
Oops! Oklahoma State came to Columbia and rolled the Tigers earlier this season and now it will be UT’s turn. Mizzou is fleeing the Big 12 (Minus-4) for the SEC, due, in part, to Texas getting special conference considerations. The Longhorns are aiming to prove just why they really are special.
No. 24 Auburn at No. 14 Georgia: The Bulldogs have come back to the grave to give coach Mark Richt new life. Atlanta Journal Constitution scribe Jeff Schultz: likes him in this game:
When Georgia started the season 0-2, I applied the, “They’re Toast” system and it didn’t work. Two months later, the Bulldogs are going into a weekend with a chance to clinch the SEC East, just like absolutely nobody thought, and I’m talking to you, Mr. Bulldog Boxer Shorts who wakes up next to an empty PBR can and now claims he knew it all along.
No. 6 Oregon at No. 3 Stanford: All those NFL teams in “Suck for Luck” mode will scout this game carefully. But former NFL quarterback Phil Simms warns them that they wasting their time:
“The one thing I don’t see is the big-time NFL throws,” Simms said on a radio show. “He never takes it and rips it in there. There’s not a tremendous amount of power. Not that you need to have that power arm, not that you’re going to do that exclusively. But, man, it sure helps when you can do that. Because there’s four-five plays a game it is about arm strength.”
Stanford coach David Shaw offered this retort: “I’ve seen scouts from 32 teams over the last three years — really four years — that have seen Andrew, and I would say that scouts from all 32 teams would disagree with Phil.”
WHEN CAN YOU CRY AFTER A GAME?
The incomparable Pete Fiutak of College Football News gives you the list:
- Your team has just won the national title – Acceptable, but without streaming tears. You’re supposed a chuckle as you wipe your moist eyes, as in “I don’t know where this is coming from.”
- You’re under 13 years old and your team lost a huge game and is out of the national title hunt – Acceptable.
- You’re over 75 years old and your team is out of the national title hunt – Acceptable, but blame it on the medication.
- You’re in-between 13-and-75-years-old and your team lost a huge game – Acceptable, but blame it on the economy.
- Your team has just lost the national title – Acceptable as long as you go in the men’s room and get it back together before coming out. We’ve all been there, and if any man mocks you in your moment of deepest, darkest pain, you’re allowed to point down and mock him at the trough.
- Your team just lost a rivalry game – Unacceptable. It’s a rivalry game. Your team will get its shot again in 365 days.
- Your team just lost a big regular season game – Never. It’s college football. Your team is going to lose.
- Your team just lost a big regular season game and you lost a monster investment – Always. Get it together and go chase at the tables.
- Your team just lost in the NCAA Basketball Tournament, even if you’re a player with a towel over your head – Never. It’s the NCAA Tournament. Your team is going to lose.
- Your team just lost a bowl game – Never, but you’re allowed to be alone with your thoughts for 25 minutes now that the season is over.
- You’re the legendary quarterback of a team that just got obliterated by Alabama in the 2009 SEC championship – Absolutely not, especially if you through a football like it weights 17 pounds.
- Your team just lost on a defensive breakdown in the secondary a week after losing on a Hail Mary – Unacceptable, but you’re allowed to break something tasteful.
- You’re a senior and you just blew out your knee to end an all-timer of a college career – Let it fly. Enjoy the Vicodin and get better fast, Ryan Broyles.