Mississippi State over Texas A&M
Tennessee over Florida
Auburn over LSU
Oklahoma over TCU
Ohio State over Maryland
Michigan State over Nebraska
Rutgers over Michigan
Notre Dame over Stanford
Ole Miss over Alabama
Here were Corso's Picks:
OSU (by a FG he said, the score was like 300-24)
To quantify, Katy Perry was 7 for 9 and Lee Corso was 5 for 9. This was Katy's first game, this is Lee's 27th year doing this. The point here is that the experts have no clue what they hell is going on any more than well, Katy Perry. This is why I don't fuck with ESPN like that. The magic happens between the lines. Everything else is just noise. Enjoy the beautiful chaos that was week 6:
Number 2 Oregon, Number 3 Alabama, Number 4 Oklahoma, Number 6 Texas A&M, Number 8 UCLA, Number 16 USC, Number 17 Wisconsin, and Number 18 BYU, all lost in week 6. The carnage started Thursday night and ended around 1 AM EST Sunday morning. When the smoke cleared the heads, limbs, and national title hopes, of many Power 5 Titans littered the unforgiving NCAA landscape. This week was supposed to sort things out and clear up the playoff picture, instead it made everything even more nebulous. Many an ESPN talking head exploded as their stupid "Who's In" brackets lost 3 to 4 of the teams it contained. Let's start from the beginning.
Arizona v. Oregon:
Last year Rich Rodriguez and the Arizona Wildcats smashed Oregon 42-16. After the game Marcus Mariota said, "It hurts. I haven't been blown out like this in my life". Mariota was also banged up in that game. He sustained an MCL sprain the week before in a loss to Stanford. Totally unrelated to Mariota's knee, Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey ran all over the Ducks for 206 yards and 4 TDs. Well, Ka'Deem is now backing up Matt Forte in Chicago and Mariota was healthy for Thursday night. No way Arizona could come into Autzen stadium, one of the most hostile places to play a college football game, and win again. Guess what, Arizona won again.
Terris Jones-Grigsby(RB) and Anu Solomon(QB) would drive Arizona downfield on the opening drive for a field goal. Meanwhile, every Oregon first quarter drive ended in a Mariota incompletion or sack. The 1st ended with the Wildcats winning 3-0.
The second quarter was also unspectacular aside from an Oregon gimmick play that ended up with freshman running back Royce Freeman throwing a touchdown pass to Marcus Mariota. That made the score 7-3. Arizona threatened to score right before the half but Jones-Grigsby coughed up the ball on the Ducks' ten yard line and Oregon recovered.
Arizona and Oregon would trade touchdowns coming out of the locker room making the score 14-10. But after Arizona's second touchdown the Wildcat's answered back with a slick 9 play 93 yard drive that put them up 17-10. Arizona forced a three and out on the next Ducks' possession.
Arizona clearly had the momentum and capitalized with an 80 yard, 8 play drive capped off by a 34 yard Anu Soly,omon touchdown pass to freshman running back Nick Wilson. The scoreboard taunted the crowd: Arizona 24 Ducks 14. They stood exasperated and silent, the nightmare had reoccured.
Hopes were renewed however, as the Ducks fought back to tie the score at 24. After an Oregon field goal, Arizona's Jones-Grigsby was stuffed on 4th and 2. Autzen rocked. Momentum had swung back to the good guys. The narrative was being written before their eyes and they were lucky to have tickets to the show. Surely this was the adversity that their hero and Heisman hopeful needed to overcome to win over the voters. Marcus had the ducks on the move again and on 4th and 11, Ducks down 24-17, he smooth stepped up in the pocket and threw a wobbler to Devon Allen over the middle for 28. The crowd erupted in euphoric jubilation. When Keenan Lowe snagged a Mariota dart for a 9 yard TD, pandaemonium ensued. This was it, this was Oregon's year, their chiseled jawed QB with the politician hair would raise the Heisman over his head in NY before kissing the crystal ball in Dallas.
Syke nah kid.
After Oregon kicked the ball to Arizona the Wildcats force fed it down Oregon's throat like the Marines do to Gitmo detaniees on hunger strikes. Watching that drive was like watching an MMA bout where Rampage Jackson continuously knee strikes someone in the nose until their eye sockets fractured. It was a thing of beauty. The Sailor Jerry was beginning to take hold of me when an intentional grounding call set up an Arizona 3rd and 20. On the next play Jones-Grigsby took the hand off and rumbled 24 yards to the Oregon 9 for a first and goal. I ran through my house screaming a mixture of DMX and NWA lyrics. After a wild sequence of events that ranged from an Oregon sack that was negated by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to a defensive pass interference, Jones-Grigsby punched it in from one yard out. More DMX/NWA lyrics spewed from my filthy sewer and I woke up my girlfriend and my dog.
I quickly calmed down when my boy Chip told me that Mariota still had 3 minutes to drive down the field and tie the game. But after two quick completions that netted first downs, Mariota was sacked and stripped of the football by Scooby Wright who quickly scooped it off the turf to seal the deal. The Wildcats killed the clock along with the spirits of everyone in Eugene. The fans hung their heads and filed out in silence. I continued to run around my house hugging my friends and telling anyone that would listen that I was smarter than Vegas because I picked Arizona to win outright. This was just the begging of one of the wildest weekends of college football that I can remember.
Utah State v. #18 BYU
They call this the Holy War. The Mormon state is crazy about college football. This game is usually filled with bad blood (as bad as mormon blood can get) because a lot of the Utah State kids wanted to go to BYU but were not recruited or given committable offers for one reason or another. This was a gutty physical game and unfortunately its brutal nature claimed one of its greatest participants. Taysom Hill, and emerging Heisman candidate, ran to the right, threw a stiff arm and was taken down hard in the open field. Utah State safety Brian Suite's body came down full force on Taysom's lower left leg, fracturing it. Watching Hill being carried to the training table and laying there knowing that his season was finished was devastating. I have a lot of respect for Hill's playing style. He's a tough physical runner like Tebow was but he is also a capable passer and a great leader. BYU never recovered from losing him.
Utah State QB Darell Garretson was marvelous completing 19 of 25 passes for 321 yards and 3 touchdowns adding a rushing score from five yards out. Wide receiver Hunter Sharp caught 5 passes for 173 including a 72 yard touchdown and fellow wideout Devonte Robinson had 6 catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Utah State deserves credit for a huge upset and a great win but this game was certainly tainted by the loss of Hill.
#2 Alabama v. #11 Mississippi
Nobody but Katy Perry picked Ole Miss. All I knew was that Ole Miss had a great defense and a shaky quarterback that tended to come up small in big circumstances. No way that a guy named Bo was going to beat Alabama unless he played running back for Auburn. Welp, what do I or anyone (outside of Katy Perry) know.
Blake Sims was not good. His line: 19/31 228 yards 7.4 avg 0 TD 1 INT
Bo Wallace was shaky early but came through in the fourth quarter throwing for 107 yards and 2 TDS.
His final stat line: 18/31 251 yards 8.1 avg 3 TD 0 INT
Bo Wallace will never pay for another meal in Oxford Mississippi (or most of the state) in his lifetime. But the story of this game was the Ole Miss defense.
The Reb's D came in giving up an average of 8.5 points per game. Even though Ole Miss was out gained 396 to 323, their defense came up with some huge plays when it mattered and most importantly, held the Tide to 17 points. Seven of those points were scored by the Bama D in the form of a first quarter Cyrus Jones strip, scoop, and score. Bama took the lead 7-3 at that point but their offense would only muster 10 more points. The biggest play of the game came with Bama driving for a late score that would have given them the lead. Blake Sims forced an overthrow into double coverage from the 40 yard line. Senquez Golson broke on the ball and made a leaping catch in the back of the end zone, secured the ball, and got one foot inbounds. Game Over.
Alabama is 4-3 in their last seven games and play Arkansas next week.
Ole Miss will face a pissed off Texas A&M team that is fresh off a trip to the woodshed courtesy of Mississippi State.
Should be another wild weekend folks.
BREAKING: In addition to RB Kenyan Drake being out, C Ryan Kelly and OLB Denzel Devall out for couple of weeks.
#6 Texas A&M v. #12 Mississippi State
A&M was on the top of the world following their week one 52-28 destruction of South Carolina in Williams-Brice stadium. Kenny Hill was anointed king of Earth. ESPN sculpted his hall of fame bust at half time, he was awarded the Noble Peace Prize, and A&M was named National Champion by Mark May. Kenny Hill's parents even applied for a trade mark with the USPTO for the nickname "Kenny Trill". Johnny Football became a distant memory and Kenny Trill was the new ruler of College Station/College Football.
Flash forward to October 5th, 2014. South Carolina has proved to be an average football team after losses to UK and Mizzou. They also struggled to beat Vanderbilt. On the other hand A&M snacked on three cupcakes (Lamar, Rice, & SMU) while needing overtime to beat SEC doormat Arkansas. Mississippi State on the other hand, was fresh off a dominant 34-29 victory over LSU that was nowhere near as close as that score indicated.
Welp, the sword of Damocles fell on King Trill Saturday as Mississippi State split the Aggies wigs, 48-31. This one started out the way one would expect with both teams trading scores.
After a few stops for both sides Miss State QB and new Heisman front runner Dak Prescott would engineer an 8 play 66 yard drive that ended with Josh Robinson blasting through the line and over his own lineman for a 2 yard touchdown run. Miss State ended the 1st quarter with a 14-7 lead.
In the second quarter after another A&M punt, Dak Prescott would engineer an 11 play 87 yard drive pretty much singlehandedly. He ran 5 times for 24 yards while going 4/4 for 58 yards before fight through a pile of Aggie defenders for a one yard touchdown. At this point in the game it appeared that Robinson, Prescott, and the Bulldog offensive line had snatched the Aggies hearts out of their chests.
It was time for Kenny Trill to prove his heart didn't pump kool-aid. No better time to add to a Heisman legacy than down 21-7 because Heisman voters are sports wirters and they love a good story.
Kenny did a good job driving his squad down to the Miss State 34 but then disaster struck. Kenny got picked off by sophomore linebacker Richie Brown after Boone Neiderhofer bumbled a rocket pass, slipped, and knocked the ball right into Brown's hands. Richie promptly returned it 30 yards to the A&M 47.
No worries though because two plays later A&M saftey Devonta Burns would force a Josh Robinson fumble and A&M got the ball back. No doubt Kenny Trill got this, he only had 2 interceptions all year and certainly he would march the Aggies down for six and make this a game right?
On the first pass play of the drive Trill took the ball, dropped back, and threw the damned thing right back to Richie Brown.
Dak Prescott had seen enough ineptitude so he simply marched his boys down the field and put Miss State up 28-7.
Fast forward to the exact moment that the flowers were dropped on the A&M's casket. On 4th and 6 with 11:40 left in the fourth quarter and A&M trailing 41-17 Kenny Trill and the offense had to go for it. He dropped back, stepped up in the pocket and through a rainbow right to his favorite receiver, Mississippi State Linebacker, Richie Brown who returned it 19 yards and I laughed and turned the channel. I don't care that I have to eat crow because I said Mississippi State was overrated. As long as one SEC school looks overrated I'm cool.
I don't know what happened after Richie Brown's third pick. I didn't care. A&M straight up got their asses kicked and I loved it. The lesson to be learned from A&M is that college football is a fluid landscape. If you are a reactionary person you are most likely going to look back at what you said in September and kick yourself. Kenny Hill is good. I will give him that. But he is no Johnny Football. No one ever will be. Stop rushing to replace the legends.
What I took away from this game is that A&M's defense is suspect and Dak Prescott and Josh Robinson exposed them as soft. Keep in mind that this is basically the same team that gave up 48 points to Duke not too long ago. This being said, I believe they match up well with next week's opponent Ole Miss. Look for a pissed off Aggie squad to give the stout Ole Miss defense all they can handle next week.
Oklahoma Falls 37-33 to TCU:
Newly minted heartthrob Trevor Knight had a horrible game completing 14/35 of his passes and throwing 2 interceptions one of which was a pick six that would provide the winning score for TCU. As time ran out dude chucked a hail mary ball out of the back corner of the end zone. That's embarrassing, almost as embarrassing as not calling Katy Perry after she told you on national TV that you could get it.
OU is now in serious jeopardy of missing the playoffs. For starters, their Conference doesn't have a championship game so that basically forces the Big 12 playoff team to be undefeated or have suffered a forgivable loss. By the end of the season I don't think this will be one of those types of loses. Second, Baylor and TCU are now ahead of them in the Big 12 standings. I could propose an endless array of "if this team beat that team" scenarios but that is a waste of my time and yours. Get a conference championship game Big 12 and save everyone from having to do math and deductive reasoning. Nobody cool likes doing that garbage.
TCU facers Baylor next week in Waco.
Oklahoma travels to Austin to play Texas. That is if Charlie Strong lets his players come out of their rooms to go outside and play.
UCLA Lost to Utah 30-28
This game took place under the bright lights of the Rose Bowl, capping off a weekend that saw three PAC-12 giants Oregon, Stanford, and USC go down.
This game appeared to be a match up between two teams headed in different directions. UCLA was well rested coming off a 62-27 pillage of Arizona State. Utah lost to Washington State after surrendering a 21 point first quarter lead. It appeared the defending Sun Bowl champion UCLA Bruins had finally justified all the preseason hype heaped upon them. Then they went out on their home turf and lost to Utah.
Brett Hundley started off the scoring in this one by overthrowing his running back by about 40 feet on a screen pass that got pick sixed by Utah's Tevin Carter. Utah pulled its starting QB in favor of crazy legged back up Kendall Thompson. He responded by connecting with Dres Anderson for a 42 yard touchdown on his first drive to put the Utes up 14-0.
Undaunted, Ucla would fight back to take the lead in the fourth quarter of this game in the same fashion that Washington State did the week before. Hundley hooked up with Devin Fuller on a 93 yard touchdown pass. Hundley effortlessly flipped the ball to Fuller 31 yards in the air and Fuller hit the afterburners to outrun slew footed safety Brian Blechen's angle. He skated the rest of the way to the end zone. Utah returned fire with a 45 yard Andy Phillips field goal to extend the lead to 27-21. Hundley responded valiantly by throwing a 40 yard touch down pass to the distinguished Eldridge Massington to put the Bruins up 28-27.
Kendall Thompson and explosive Utah running back Devontae Booker (33 carries 156 yards 1TD) would take the Utes down to the UCLA 12 to set up the go ahead field goal.
UCLA's field goal adventure would not go so well. UCLA could only advance the ball to the Utah 42 before the clock fell to 4 seconds. This set up a 59 yard field goal attempt. Bruin kicker Ka' imi Fairbairn missed the 59 yarder but a Ute defender would roll into his legs after the miss. The refs called a roughing the kicker penalty and moved the ball to the 32 setting up a 50 yarder. No big deal though because Fairbairn missed that one wide right and the Utes stormed the field.
UCLA is probably cooked. I don't have much faith in them going undefeated the rest of the way this season. The Pac-12 is chuck full of talented teams and will cannibalize itself in a similar fashion to the SEC. Oh yeah, UCLA plays Oregon next week in the Rose Bowl.
I've been having some technical difficulties, spent half of my day off at the Apple Store today, but I plan on having the rest of the top 25 shake up later this week as well as a Top 25 Heroes, Cards/Cats recap, and a Clemson scouting report.