13) LSU 46, Alabama 41:
— LSU scored a total of 10 points against Alabama the last three YEARS; they led this game 33-13 at halftime.
— This is LSU’s first win over the Crimson Tide since 2011.
— LSU’s offensive coordinator Joe Brady will be a head coach SOMEWHERE very soon, whether it be in college or the NFL. He has done an amazing job with the Tigers’ offense.
83-year old John Robinson, the highly successful USC/Rams’ coach, is a consultant with the LSU program; he knows Ed Orgeron from when Orgeron worked at USC- Robinson’s wife is from New Orleans. Was good to see coach Robinson smiling; was lucky enough to meet him for a few minutes at Rams’ training camp in 1986— good guy.
12) Alabama QB Tagovailoa was 21-40/418 with four passing TD’s despite his mobility being hampered by an injured leg.
Can a one-loss Alabama team that won’t be in the SEC title game make the 4-team national playoff? Gonna be lot of arguing about that one.
11) Oklahoma 42, Iowa State 41— Sooners led 35-14 at halftime, but Cyclones stormed back, scored a TD with 0:24 left and went for 2 points and the lead instead of kicking a tying PAT, which re-ignites a pet peeve of mine.
— Recruiting is the lifeblood of college sports.
— You’re the underdog and you’re playing well against a national power.
— The game is on national TV.
— Recruits are at home watching this game, because it is on national TV.
— You keep this game going as long as you can, so recruits can learn to like you.
— The pressure to win this game was all on Oklahoma.
— Spunky underdogs are heroic, and Iowa State was spunky in this game.
— If your QB is a great runner, I’d be more open to going for the two points.
10) Baylor 29, TCU 23 OT— There were no touchdowns scored in regulation time; Horned Frogs led 9-0 at halftime, but Baylor kicked a 51-yard FG with 0:36 left, then won the game in the third OT.
Fun game to watch; tough game to lose. Baylor is 9-0; four of the Bears’ six Big X wins were by 3 or fewer points, or in OT. TCU is 0-4 in games decided by 7 or fewer points.
9) Minnesota 31, Penn State 26— Minnesota is 9-0 for the first time since 1904; they averaged 16.95 yards every time they threw the ball in this game. USC and Florida State jobs are open, and coach PJ Fleck signed a long-term contract extension with the Golden Gophers? Why?
Fleck and his wife have four kids; do these kids not like warm weather? None of my business, but walking on the beach seems like a hell of a lot more fun than making snowmen, and it is a lot easier to recruit ballplayers in Florida/California than it is in Minnesota.
8) Western Kentucky 45, Arkansas 19— WKU’s QB Ty Storey started nine games for Arkansas LY, then transferred to WKU because he didn’t think he would start for the Razorbacks this year. Storey, a 6-2 senior from Charleston, Arkansas, was 22-32/219 passing, as the Hilltoppers improved to 6-4.
7) Football upsets:
— Nevada (+17) 17, San Diego State 13
— Tulsa (+16.5) 34, Central Florida 31
— Illinois (+15) 37, Michigan State 34
— California (+7.5) 33, Washington State 20
— Appalachian State (+7) 20, South Carolina 15
— Miami OH (+7) 24, Ohio U 21
— Minnesota (+6.5) 31, Penn State 26
— LSU (+6.5) 46, Alabama 41
6) Florida State 38, Boston College 31— BC had 31 first downs, converted 14-20 third down plays and still lost; FSU scored four TD’s, three on plays of 60+ yards, the 4th one on a 26-yard run. Both teams need another win to go bowling.
5) Illinois 37, Michigan State 34— Spartans led 31-10 in 4th quarter, but Illini stormed back with three TD’s, missing tying PAT with 4:53 left, then scoring winning TD with 0:05 left. Illinois is bowl eligible for first time under Lovie Smith.
4) Basketball upsets:
— Nicholls State 75, Pitt 70
— Texas (+8) 70, Purdue 66
— Southern Utah (+7.5) 79, Nebraska 78 OT
3) SMU 59, East Carolina 51— Not often you give up 51 points and win, but the Mustangs did and now they’re 9-1.
ECU’s WR Tyler Sneed caught 19 balls for 240 yards; ECU QB Holton Ahlers was 32-42/498 passing with six TD passes and his team lost.
2) SEC likes to promote itself as the #1 college football league in the country; “….it just means more.” was their slogan for a while, and while they may be mostly right, check out these two scores before crowning the SEC this year’s King of the Hill:
— Western Kentucky 45, Arkansas 19
— Appalachian State 20, South Carolina 15
1) LSU goes to Ole Miss next week, Minnesota goes to Iowa. Those two teams were so happy wth their wins Saturday, but next week they’ve got huge trap games, especially the Golden Gophers.