Sorry I wasn't here last week. I had to work during part of last Saturday's FB, and combine that with the lackluster slate of games, and the fact that I was traveling last Saturday and Sunday and I decided it was best if I take a bye week and wait till the rivalry games and the regular season are over. But I'm back, and ready to roll.
1. On The Game in Columbus: It lived up to the hype. A great, tough, low-scoring defensive game with athletes all over the field.
Michigan let this game get away, let's be honest. They played better for much of the game. Made life hell for Barrett in the passing game. This game will haunt Michigan for the rest of the offseason because 1. they didn't win the game and 2. they lost, in large part, due to their own mistakes. Pick-six, another pick and then Harbaugh going full Rage Nose leading to another TD, DPI which set up the game tying FG. That game should have never went to OT.
2. As such, Harbaugh needs to drop the butthurt he spewed last night in the pressed. The refs didn't beat Michigan, Michigan beat Michigan. They have only themselves to blame. Was it very close on that last spot? Yes. Too close, in my opinion, to make a definitive call either way.
3. Harbaugh better beat OSU next year though. You can't lose three straight games in that series without heat being on you. Look at Lloyd Carr, and even further back, John Cooper.
4. Orgeron is a solid choice for LSU. Not Herman, but he did a pretty good job after Miles left coming in and rallying that team. I thought he should have got the permanent USC gig when Lane got fired. Glad to see he's getting his chance.
They lose L. Fournette, but Guice is a very talented player and they supposedly have a good recruiting class coming in. Then again, when do they not?
5. Texas made the right call on both counts. Firing Strong and hiring Herman. I like Charlie but three losing seasons in a row in Austin ain't gonna cut it. Hell, one is bad enough.
As far as Herman, I've already given you my thoughts on him, but I think Texas fans are in for great years ahead. Herman I think is poised to have a potentially Saban/Hoodie like dynasty with his coaching acumen. That is, if the big $$$$ Texas guys stay out of his way and let him run that program.
6. I've been saying it all year. Colorado is a much improved team that could win that division. Now, they're headed to Levi's for the Pac Championship Friday. Yes, the South division is down although USC came strong late, but Mike McIntyre did a hell of a job this year in Boulder. Can I see a win over UW, maybe not but I think it will definitely be a competitive game.
7. Apparently Brian Kelly was running his mouth about how he'll be back or something like that after ND got rolled up by USC. Yeah, we'll see about that, Brian. Three or four win seasons at South Bend won't get it done especially after you got to a title game.
8. Too bad for Team Leach. Was really hoping they'd get by the Apple Cup and play in that conference title game. Just wasn't meant to be. Got their ass whipped by a better team. They'll be a tough out for whoever they play in a bowl game.
9. It's still Alabama and everyone else, let's face it. I really don't think it matters who gets in the playoff, and I think the only team that could have a ghost of a chance against them ON A GOOD DAY would be Ohio State. For Alabama to lose to someone, they're going to have to play a bad game, help another team out. No, Auburn isn't great, but one first down in the first half of play and whatever they ended up with (didn't see the final stats) is impressive.
10. As a Husker fan, I didn't mind the loss to Wisconsin. 23-17, in OT in a hard fought game. Those are the kind of losses I can live with. Even the loss to Ohio State was somewhat understandable given the circumstances and how talented OSU is.
That effort Friday at Kinnick though? Not acceptable because there was none. Flat from beginning to end. Looked like they didn't want to be there. This seems to be an issue for Riley, by the way. Winning regional rivalry games. He couldn't beat Oregon the last decade when he was at Oregon State, that's for sure.
I think Nebraska will probably play better in the bowl game once Armstrong gets healthy, but losing games and showing no effort...pitiful.
11. I saw on the ESPN clicker during yesterday's games that UH didn't have a definitive candidate who they wanted to go after to replace Herman. That should concern UH fans very much. UH should have been prepared for this moment for the last several months, at least have a list of candidates to go after. It was obvious Herman was leaving sooner rather than later; his stock will never be higher right now. I know rumor is they are looking at Holgorsen, but they needed to be more prepared for this moment.
12. The controversy that will rage is, should two Big 10 teams be in? I think in a group of 4 teams, it's going to be tough to pull off. Alabama is already in. Clemson and Washington will be in if they win their title games. So then that leaves only one spot. Who goes from the Big 10 if that's the case? If Penn State wins it gets more murky. Ohio State has a better resume but Penn State beat them. The rankings this week will be very interesting.
13. Speaking of Dana Holgorsen, very good season for WVU. 10-2 with the losses only to the Oklahomas. Will be very tough to beat in the bowl game.
14. Oklahoma will win Bedlam. That team that beat WVU is the Oklahoma team everyone's been waiting on.
15. Navy put up 75 points yesterday. Army's better this year but it looks like Navy will Sing Second once again this year in two weeks.
That's it for Rivalry Week....