MIDWEST ANARCHY

Pitt, Iowa, Duke, Southern California, Ole Miss, Georgia add exclamation points and discredit pollsters.

Leave it to college football to cap off a week of stunning upsets. #2 Clemson, #3 Michigan and #4 Washington are reeling after losing to conference opponents.

“We didn’t make enough plays to extend drives, and convert first downs,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said as reported by Land of 10. “Close, but we just … give Iowa credit. The tackled, they blocked, they played a very good football game. … We’ve got to move on.”

Harbaugh sentiments are felt by coaches around the country. Definitely those coaches who teams were predicted to win. However, games are not decided by projection algorithms. Games are won because of the execution of the players on the field.

It was only a matter of time before these upsets happened. Fortunately for college football fans, players can’t be counted on. Coaches try to isolate players so they can focus on the goal of winning. This past weekend showed that the players finally got caught up in foregone conclusions.

Clemson, a preseason favorite to make the playoffs struggled all year to show the potential fans assumed they possessed. Clemson players bought into the hype that quarterback Deshaun Watson could always rescue them when the games got close. The Pitt Panther’s proved them wrong with a last second field goal.

“We had a chance to put the game away and they stopped us,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said as reported by the Charlotte Observer. “We had been making those kinds of plays this year.”

#4 Washington may have suffered the most defining upset. Unlike Michigan and Clemson who lost by a point, Washington loss by 13.
Washington started the game against USC with an interception followed by a field goal, to take a three point lead. Their lead lasted 14:59 seconds. USC tied the game with a field goal of their own. After that, Washington never stepped up and make big plays to retake the lead. Consequently they were losing when the horn sounded to end the game.
Like Michigan, Washington benefited from playing a easy schedule of opponents. Those teams did not test Michigan or Washington’s ability to overcome adversity.
Michigan and Washington proved to be frauds on Saturday. Their basic game plans of lining up and knocking their opponents could never be sustained against tougher competition. Harbaugh and Washington coach Gary Peterson, were never prepared to make the necessary adjustments to combat their clever foes this weekend. They had in fact assumed that their opponents would shrink to perception that they were unbeatable .
“A wonderful football team that won’t be denied,” said coach Clay Helton about his team according to the L.A. Times.
“We know the season didn’t start how we wanted,” Adoree Jackson said. “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.”
Only two teams remain unbeaten, Alabama and Western Michigan. The rest of college football is in a major tailspin after this weekend.
Louisville is currently ahead of Clemson in the Atlantic Division of the ACC. Washington is now second place in the Pac 12 Northern Division behind Washington State. Michigan still sits in first place of the Big 10 East Division, but another loss would elevate Penn State to the top spot.
The best part about all of this, these team must face each other in a couple of weeks. Even better, bitter rivals  such as Kentucky, Ohio State and Auburn have a chance to create even more chaos.
College football fans are in for a wild conclusion to the 2016 season.

Who to trust?

Believe in momentum and no team in the entire country has more momentum than Louisville. The Cardinals are being led by the Heisman front runner and a coach who has nothing to lose.

Booby Petrino has payed a price for his actions over his career. But he seems to benefit from coaching as if everyday could be his last.

Lamar Jackson, Pertrino’s star quarterback has a lean build. Yet Pertino has not been deterred to call for his best player to run the ball. Jackson is the nations leader in running touchdowns. Even though he did not rush for a touchdown during the victory Saturday against Wake Forest, Jackson did rush the ball 22 times for 153 yards.

Pay attention, 2016 is the year of the Cardinal. It’s time for fans to buy in now and believe in Jackson and Petrino. Don’t be shocked if Petrino is handed the National Championship Trophy in early January.

What a great story it would be if Louisville, Kentucky, home of Muhammad Ali, shakes up the world.

Drinking can’t help College Football Depression

 

There was a time, I could drink my cares away
And drown out all of the heartaches
That hurt me night and day
When the thought of you came crashing through
I’d have one more
But now the whiskey ain’t workin’ anymore- Travis Tritt

Thank you Travis, I couldn’t say it better myself. Last week was a tough week for me after watching college football. Depression bombarded me like an exuberant dog licking my face. It was so awful, only now I can summon the strength to to express my displeasure with the state of major college football.

I started to feel the need for some alcohol when the University of Houston lost a tough match-up to Navy. A triple option team like Navy is always a tripping point for most college football teams. It is so rare to see a traditional triple option attack in today’s pass dominant college football game. Yet the better teams in the country routinely pass that test and Houston could not.

Navy won 46 to 40, which might be the most disappointing aspect to this story. Houston gave up 46 points and three pass completions for two touchdowns in the loss. Their defense did not show up and certainly I believed it was much better than that.

Houston has virtually no shot at getting in to the playoffs now. Even if they were to defeat Louisville, even as a one loss team they wont overtake a big five conference team in the rankings.

Right now I see Ohio State, Clemson, Washington and Alabama as the playoffs teams. Don’t forget Baylor is undefeated. Houston would need a lot of things to change starting this weekend.

Whiskey would not have been a good enough remedy for the agony I felt when Texas lost to Oklahoma. After the game Charlie Strong was given the dreaded vote of confidence by school Athletic Director Mike Perrin.

“I support Charlie Strong. He’s my coach. He’s a friend. I respect him as a man,” Perrin said Friday, meeting with a small group of reporters in Dallas.

A vote of confidence usually leads to a coach being fired at the end of the year and Strong deserves it. It just hasn’t worked for him at Texas. He has not assembled good enough players or a  coaching staff. Strong has not delivered on expectations. Certainly his tenure at Texas should not be considered a failure but it will be remembered as a disappointment.

Adding insult to injury, my Hurricanes from Miami lost to Florida State. The Seminoles blocked a Canes extra point attempt to win 20-19 in a victory over their arch rivals.

It wasn’t enough that I wasn’t getting the chaos that I was praying for in college football but I had to be reminded of the irrelevancy of the Canes. Miami used to be home of the greatest college football program ever and now they are a footnote on the road to the national championship.

It wasn’t a good weekend for me and now all I have to look forward to is rivalry week. At least there is a last opportunity for all hell to break loose. Until then I’m going too need a few shots and a fifth. Hopefully it starts working.

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