College Football Musings: Week 11

The search for a clear-cut top two teams in the nation looks doomed to failure. The lone unbeaten teams are down to Hawaii and Kansas.

Ohio State learns to fear the Zooker, Boston College wonders what went wrong and everyone is getting to Know(shon) all about a back named Moreno. On top of that the Orange Bowl hosts its final and possibly worst Miami Hurricanes football game. We'll have all that and more in our weekly musings.

Bye-bye Buckeyes --- The vastly overrated Ohio State football team picked up its first loss of the season when they were outplayed by Ron Zook and Illinoize, 28-21. Juice Williams threw for four touchdowns in knocking the Buckeyes off the list of unbeaten teams. Interesting the last two Buckeyes losses have come at the hands of teams largely assembled by the Zooker. Illinoize is now 8-3 and a win over Northwestern should give them a great chance to play in the Citrus (Capital One) or Outback Bowls. Gee… any thoughts on an ideal opponent?

The Eagle has crash landed --- Fortunately, we didn't hear that phrase during the moon landing more than thirty years ago, but it certainly applies to Boston College. The B.C. Eagles were 4-0 and seemingly four wins from playing for the national title and Matt Ryan was the leading candidate for the Heisman. Now after two straight losses including a 42-35 setback to Maryland Saturday they are in danger of missing out on the ACC Championship Game. Ryan did his part, passing for 421 yards and three touchdowns, but he was also intercepted twice. Next week they will face Clemson and the winner will play for the ACC title.

What does Auburn Know(shon)? --- Georgia's ultra-talented freshman runner picked up another 101 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-20 win over Auburn, moving Georgia within a win of at least a share of the SEC East title. The two touchdowns came back to back after Auburn had taken a 20-17 lead and sparked a 28-nothing Georgia finish. He's the SEC freshman of the year for certain.

Wanna buy a used urinal? --- The City of Miami's plan to defray some of the cost of demolishing the Orange Bowl took a hit with the putrid performance of the Hurricanes against Virginia. They hope to sell signs, seats, turf and yes, bathroom fixtures to generate some cash. And they thought it would be hard to get the stench out of the toilets and urinals before last Saturday. Of course the folks at PETA will be demanding that money be used to help relocate the estimated 2,500 rats that will now be homeless. Several presidential candidates are demanding proof the rats are in this country legally before they are eligible for government assistance.

Heisman hopes fading --- We already pointed out the Boston College Quarterback Matt Ryan is fading fast with seven interceptions in three weeks. Well, Darren McFadden may also be out of the picture. McFadden ran for 116 yards in the Hogs loss to Tennessee, but only 25 of them while the Vols were taking a 20-3 lead in the first half. He'll be rewarded on draft day, but it's hard to see such an up and down season being rewarded with the bronze sculpture.

Heisman revival? --- Many are again touting the candidacy of West Virginia quarterback Pat White. White passed for 181 yards and ran for 147 more in a win over Louisville. Still I have trouble with a quarterback who has yet to throw for 200 yards in a game, or a running back with only three 100-yard games. White has a combined 2,054 yards running and passing and 21 touchdowns. Oregon's Dennis Dixon has 2,623 yards and 28 TDs. The quarterback at Florida has 4,250 yards and 42 scores. So why exactly is White getting votes ahead of Tebow?

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