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Notes from around the college football nation: Pitt stomps Hokies and Tide is still rolling
Reported by Jeff Hostetler on September 16, 2012 inFishWrap, FishWrap Archive | 0 Comments
Let’s just get our earplugs out now, because this week will be nothing but “Notre Dame is back!” talk after their win over Michigan State, a darkhorse national championship contender. Arkansas’ disastrous season off both off and on-field issues just got a little longer after playing Alabama this past weekend, shutout in Fayatteville for the first time since 1966, 52-0.
Plus, Virginia Tech is just following usual protocol–lose to a team they are supposed to beat, but then win out and make it to a BCS bowl game. I did not see that upset coming, Pitt has looked horrible the last two weeks, but put it all together for that game.
There have been surprises every week so far, and it’s only going to get more exciting as conference play gets underway. Here are just a few thoughts on this amazing weekend in college football.
- Alabama proved they are the #1 team in the country by just smacking Arkansas all over the place. Yes, Arkansas was playing short-handed with Tyler Wilson out, but 52-0? Arkansas can officially push the panic button after that game. If John L. Smith wasn’t fired tonight, he might want to start scanning the classifieds soon.
- Lane Kiffin and Matt Barkley just screwed up the “Game of the Century II” this year by losing to Stanford. The joke will be that luck has not run out at the Farm just yet. Stanford still shows it has a stout defense and decent running game to be in any game, and the toughest team in the trenches on the west coast. Maybe that close call vs. San Jose State was a wake up call for them, while USC looked completely out-manned up front. Quick, off the top of your head, when was the last time you saw a 4th & 40? It may have been the Oregon effect, USC’s defense seems to have transitioned to smaller, faster defenders to keep pace with Oregon’s athletes, so to defeat them go big and play a power game–something Stanford is quite adept in doing.
- LSU is still taking care of business, but it was against Idaho so it does not really count in my eyes. Shame on you LSU for even letting them score 14 points. Still, all signs point to yet again LSU vs. Alabama deciding things in the SEC West, and possibly in the whole country.
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