College Football Week 9 Reflection
The season is two thirds of the way done and Oregon stands at 7-1. The national title race is starting to heat up and we just finished a great week of football. Most importantly, it’s hate week.
Eric LeGrand leads team on field
Last year Eric LeGrand made a tackle on special teams that paralyzed him from the neck down. Since the accident last year he has regained some movement in his shoulders and has sensations throughout his body. This past weekend he led the Rutgers Scarlet Knights out on to the field. It was amazing.
It was almost too good to be true. Clemson was going to well and they had to spoil it for themselves, like how Reese Bobby from Talladega Nights has to ruin everything that is going perfectly. Georgia Tech does have an innate ability to beat teams that they shouldn’t. The dream is over for Clemson, but they are still the clear favorite to win the SEC title.
Battle for Los Angeles
Stanford took on USC in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Gameday was in attendance. The game did not disappoint as it went in to triple overtime. Both teams showed who they were: Stanford a power rushing attack, and USC as a great team that can pass and run but can’t seem to finish off games. Kiffin was in true form as he called a middle wide receiver screen with nine seconds left. If you let me pick 100 plays to run with nine seconds left to get in to field goal range, I probably wouldn’t call a middle screen. Two steps forward and one step back. Stanford though keeps the title hopes alive and lives to play another day.
Oklahoma – Oklahoma State
The Sooners wrecked Kansas State, a paper tiger who hadn’t played anybody. Oklahoma State tore apart Baylor. Both teams are making these games look easy (except for that Oklahoma-Texas Tech game). They are on a collision course and will face each other on December 3rd, and Oklahoma State needs to lose in order for Stanford or Boise State to get a chance of playing for the national title.
Alabama – LSU
Both teams look like carbon copies of each other. They have amazing defenses with speed, they have depth all the way through the practice squads, and running backs that could move plows in the 1800’s. They each had bye weeks and have had two weeks to prepare for this game. This is undoubtedly the game of the year, and if the game is close enough, I wouldn’t be opposed to a rematch in the national title game.
Nebraska beats Michigan State
Michigan State beat Wisconsin last week in tremendous fashion on a last minute hail mary. We thought this whole Big Ten conference was coming in to focus, but we were only met with more questions after this week. The Spartans lost 24-3 and allowed 190 yards rushing. This game wasn’t even the biggest surprise in the conference.
Ohio State beats Wisconsin on Rewind
Wisconsin has been the victim of two big plays at the end of games in a row. Last week they got beat on instant replay, this time they got beat by a lob pass that found a Buckeye backpedaling in the end zone. Maybe they got beat twice by Michigan State and were suffering a hangover. Wisconsin now needs Ohio State to lose another Big Ten game for them to make it to the conference championship game.
Joe Paterno got 409th win
The biggest news out of the Big Ten is that Joe Paterno finally broke the record for most Division I college football wins by a head coach, previously held by Eddie Robinson of Grambling State. Many people have been hard on Paterno and think he should retire, but this is a huge accomplishment and a testament to Paterno’s love of football.
I Hate Washington Week
It’s officially hate week for Oregon fans. The Ducks travel to Seattle to play the Huskies. There’s a long history of this rivalry, and any die-hard Duck fan will tell you that Oregon State may be the official rival, but Washington is the enemy. I wish only good things for the Beavers, but I wish nothing good upon Washington. The 2008 season when they win winless is their favorite season of mine.