Georgia Tech shocked Florida State, and “we” predicted it! Are any of the Group of Five teams playoff material? We discuss that, and look ahead to this weekend’s games. Plus, Harvey the dog growls at a cat.
Steve and I devote 28 minutes to the craziest (i.e. worst) ending of the college football season, but make sure to cover all the key games and look ahead to Week 8. Plus, we debut our playoff fields.
Dave Revsine from the Big Ten Network joins Steve and me to give a brief history of the network and its role in shaping college athletics, Ohio State’s playoff chances, the best rivalries, and, pulling from his book The Opening Kickoff: The Tumultuous Birth of a Football Nation, what the game’s past might tell us about its future. Steve and Dave share some laughs over their athletic “careers” in Dublin, and Steve and I preview Saturday’s biggest games.
Overheard in Pittsburgh: “Notre Dame is a bad football team. Trust us, we know what a bad football team looks like. We were up 14 on them in the fourth quarter! Then our guys started forgetting which end zone to go towards. Even then, we win if our kicker makes that chip shot. And they had two guys on the field with the same number during the kick! Typical ND favoritism from the refs right there.”
Overheard in Ann Arbor: “Notre Dame, No. 1? Seriously? If Denard didn’t throw 10 interceptions we would have won easily. We still should have won. And that was at their place. Their defense wasn’t any good. We just gave it to them. And their offense was terrible.”
The unbeatable team has been beat. Cue the jokes about whether Texas A&M could beat the Jacksonville Jaguars. Maybe now we’ll stop crowning champions at midseason? Probably not, but don’t blame Alabama for being the recipient of all that love. In fact, Nick Saban was telling anyone who would listen that he was terribly afraid of the Aggies. The problem was, few were listening. Saban’s pre-game comments on A&M’s up-tempo offensive attack bordered on paranoia and for much of the first half it looked like the Tide had no confidence against quarterback Johnny Manziel. Alabama settled in but it wasn’t enough; A&M won 29-24.
When the NFL playoffs roll around or March Madness arrives or MLB’s Opening Day gets here we may say the same thing about those sports, but last weekend all I could think of is this: Is there anything better than a college football Saturday? Earlier this season I wrote that it was too bad that the sport is trending towards more night games, because it means fans have to choose among several good primetime matchups instead of watching them all throughout the day. But while I sat in a bar last Saturday night watching the Nos. 1, 2, and 3 teams in the country play competitive games on three television screens at the same time, well, I didn’t think there was anything better than a college football Saturday.
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At first, I was embarrassed. This is Michigan, for God’s sake. Are we ever allowed to rush the field? We had just beaten Little Brother; you certainly don’t rush the field after beating your little brother. But what if your little brother had beaten you the year before? And the year before that. And the year before that. And the year before that. And what if beating them this time was the program’s 900th win? And what if…Oh, come on, who has time to think about this as the clock hits zero and you want to celebrate?
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