Haven't been in yet today because of a full day of football. That Dallas/Pittsburgh game was great.
So, seriously, since the month of November dawned, things are getting really weird up in here. Donald Trump is now our POTUS. The Cubs have a World Series title. And last Saturday...flat chaos. College football's week of Armageddon.
1. So, let's start the week of upsets with a disclaimer
Everyone's playing for second to Bama this year. I speculated about a month ago wondering if this was Saban's best team ever.
I think the answer is clear: Yes it is.
You realize that Alabama has only won by less than 10 points once this year, and even in that game they were up 48-30 and derped up 13 points in the final five minutes. Mississippi State's reward for beating Aggie was a 51-3 beating in Tuscaloosa. Granted, Miss State isn't the team they were when Dak was quarterbacking and who would be but they still beat Texas A&M, and then got beat by 48 points for their troubles.
Most Saban teams don't destroy opponents. Not like this. The only team that can beat Alabama is Alabama. Yes, Ohio State is out there, but Tim Beck play calling against Bama is a recipe for disaster.
2. Now, regarding the upsets. On Pitt vs Clemson, I am very surprised Pitt won, but not surprised they kept the game close. All of Pitt's losses were to solid to very good teams. Oklahoma State, solid chance to win the Big 12. North Carolina, solid ACC squad. VT, same. Miami has been inconsistent, but still had it rolling early on till that missed PAT vs FSU.
3. On the Michigan game. That one to me is the most surprising. Iowa is quite the weird team, just like their state. They lose to North Dakota State and Northwestern, then beat Michigan. That's the whole Buster Douglas/Mike Tyson type deal, that is to say that upset happens only once out of every 10 times. Iowa needed everything to go right for it to win, and everything did go right.
I see that the polls have Michigan at 4 not Clemson. I disagree and I am B1G all the way. I pick Clemson at four because they actually have a win against one of the other top three (Louisville). Michigan is good, but hasn't played that top, top quality team yet.
4. As far as the USC game, USC is a three loss team, but a very quality three loss team. Their only losses are to the undisputed best team, a solid Stanford, and a tough road loss against a very good Utes team. Their win against Colorado was a really big turning point for their season and they are rolling right now. Loss doesn't hurt Wash too much, simply because they still control their destiny to win the North in the Apple Cup.
5. Wisconsin rolls Illinois. Compared to the gauntlet that Wisconsin has played, playing Illinois, Purdue this week and Minnesota to wind it up must feel like scrimmages to the Badgers. And yes, if they win the B1G with two losses considering who they've played I absolutely am an advocate for them getting in. Penn State if they win the B1G is very much alive as well.
6. Don't look now but Oklahoma isn't dead yet for the playoff race, far from it. We have to wait and see what the committee says but the polls having them in the lower tier of the top 10 says they have an outside chance. They also have two marquee matchups in the last few weeks of the season, including at West Virginia this week. Don't discount the Mountaineers just yet either.
7. Auburn loses to Georgia which means Bama wins the West. It seems like a surprise considering the way Auburn has been playing, but remember that this is a rivalry with a lot of emotion involved. Georgia has had an up and down year, but no doubt that will provide an uptick of energy for that team.
8. LSU best three loss team in history? Seriously, their three losses, two of them are the undisputed number one and another team in the hunt for a playoff berth and the other one was to a very solid Auburn team that came down to the last play of the game. Usually they have trouble with Arkansas, not last night. That was men and boys.
9. John Carroll beat Mount Union Saturday. Some might say, what? Why is this here?
Well, for this reason: That loss by Mount Union ended the longest win streak in the history, THE ENTIRE HISTORY, of the NCAA, at 112. Ended a 24 year conference championship streak too. NO matter what division it is, those kinds of streaks are ones you will never see again.
10. Next week is going to be terrible for games. Usual SEC cupcake week with the exception of UF.LSU. $9.95 back, please.
That's Week 11, in the books....