College Football Week 11 Reflection
Penn State gets Worse
It first came out that Sandusky, a former defensive coordinator at Penn State, had allegedly sexually abused (raped) boys since 1998 in the Penn State athletic complex. The Grad Assistant who saw it told Paterno, and didn’t do anything, Paterno didn’t do anything, the AD didn’t do anything, and now everyone in the situation is screwed. Paterno got fired, the AD has left, the President has resigned, the grad assistant is in protective custody, and the students embarrassed themselves rioting for a guy who housed an alleged sex offender. Good show.
The Nittany Lions then followed the worst week in sports up with a narrow loss to Nebraska. The Lions had chances to take hold of the game and just couldn’t produce a field goal in the final minute of play. What was an 8-1 season with them in pole position to get to the Big Ten title game is now in shambles.
In the future Penn State may have to address the issue of Sandusky possibly pimping out boys and a decade cover up. Doesn’t it seem weird that the DA who didn’t prosecute but knew about the information has been missing since 2005 and destroyed his hard drive in a river after googling, “How to wreck a hard drive?” Isn’t it weird that all this happened after Joe Paterno broke the record for most wins by a Division 1 coach?
Oregon beats Stanford – Seals North Division
The winner of this game was essentially the PAC-12 champion as the southern part of the conference sucks and USC isn’t eligible to participate in the conference championship game. Oregon took care of business in a dominant performance from beginning to end, winning 52-30 in their best win ever under Chip Kelly on the road.
Boise Loses at Home
Sure Boise State was without key players because of injuries, but if you’re a national champion hopeful you don’t lose to unranked TCU at home under any circumstances. The game was close throughout and TCU showed some huge guts in the final minute. After recovering a fumble, TCU marched down the field and scored a touchdown to make the score 34-35. Instead of kicking the extra point, Gary Patterson shows his testicular fortitude and goes for two. Boise State is then bailed out on 4th and 10 when a pass interference is called on an uncatchable pass. Boise State then gets in to field goal position only to have their second perfect season in a row ruined by a crappy kicker.
Heisman Race gets Muddled
Andrew Luck and Kellen Moore both lost this weekend and they probably lost the Heisman race. Andrew Luck may be the best NFL talent but he has not shown it this year. It was almost a career achievement award to him but now that the perfect season is over, his Heisman dreams should also be. Kellen Moore lost, and as all things in Boise, once something bad happens everything falls apart. The front runners are now probably Trent Richardson, Case Keenum, and Brandon Weeden.
Aggies Can’t Figure out the Fourth Quarter
Texas A&M needs to see a sports psychologist because they are afraid to win. Whenever they get close they blow it, making this their fourth, fourth quarter collapse of the season. They went to quadruple overtime with Kansas State, which ended with the Wildcats running a quarterback sneak for the win in Manhattan, Kansas. Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein had 281 passing yards, a passing touchdown, 103 rushing yards, and five rushing touchdowns. That’s a day.
Purdue beats Ohio State
One of my favorite teams after Oregon is Purdue and they upset Ohio State this week. Backup quarterback Robert Marve had multiple plays in the fourth quarter where he scrambled and then heaved the ball to someone off screen who made an incredible catch. Ohio State has officially hit rock bottom this season and are going to have a few years to recover with scholarship reductions coming.
Oklahoma State Rolls
The clear favorite to play LSU right now is Oklahoma State. They absolutely demolished Texas Tech 66-6. Their closest game so far was in week 4 when they beat Texas A&M via a second half comeback. They are like last year’s Oregon squad. Their defense forces a lot of turnovers and their offense scores just a ridiculous amount of points every week. I’d love to see them face LSU and their super fast defense.
Highlight of the Weekend