We’re talking upsets (TCU, NC State), thrilling finishes (Penn State), and incredible individual performances (Saquon Barkley) from Saturday while looking ahead to this weekend. Get the scoop, get the score.
As Uncle Jesse says on Full House and I’ve said on the Scoop and Score podcast, “Have mercy.” There is no reason college football shouldn’t have a mercy rule –that is, beyond two teams agreeing, mid-game, to use a running clock. Wikipedia says the biggest comeback in FCS history is 35 points, when Michigan State turned a 38-3 deficit into a 41-38 win in 2006. What would be wrong with a 50-point mercy rule? The exact number and how it’s handled can be discussed in the comments section.
The latest example of the sport’s need for reform came on Saturday night, when Michigan beat Rutgers 78-0. First, the numbers (warning: content not suitable for minors):
You’d be excused if you saw this NJ.com headline — Michigan third team to be installed as huge favorite vs. Rutgers — and thought the writer was poking fun at one team’s hype and another’s woes, as opposed to pointing out a fact heading into Saturday’s game.
I think Steve Bartman was sitting in front of me at the Mets-Cubs game on Saturday night. It was maybe the third most unlikely thing I experienced that day.
When I went to bed late Thursday, after the Mets had beaten the Dodgers to advance to the National League Championship Series, I knew Saturday was going to be epic. My wife and I would drive to Queens to watch the Michigan-Michigan State football game with two fellow Michigan alums and then pop over to Citi Field for the Mets game.