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What a day in college football
November 17, 2013 - Troy Hyde
Isn’t college football fun?
Today’s games were absolutely a treat.
I am always for upsets when they happen – most of the time anyway.
The best game of the day was definitely Auburn beating Georgia on a lucky pass play with less than a minute to play. Yes Georgia fans, it was luck. No way it’s practiced that way and no way that happens more than once in 10 tries.
That doesn’t mean it wasn’t fun and exciting.
College football has a way of luring us all in on Saturdays. And I was all in today with Iowa being on a bye and Iowa State and Northern Iowa both being on the road.
USC beating Stanford was another upset. It had five years since the Trojans could claim victory over the Cardinal. And hearing Ed Orgeron’s voice after the win was priceless. Doesn’t he sound like the Cookie Monster?
The Big Ten was essentially decided on Saturday as well. Michigan State clinched a share of the Legends Division and eliminated Nebraska all at the same time. Everyone who is not a Husker fan is likely happy.
I love Michigan State’s team. The offense sometimes leaves a lot to be desired, but the Spartans can run the ball and play defense. And Connor Cook is not a liability.
It is going to be hard to blame this one on Bo Pelini if you are a Nebraska fan though. Five turnovers has nothing to do with the way he coaches. It may have to do with who he has on the field but nothing in-game can be blamed.
That Michigan-Northwestern game was fun. I had trouble watching that one with my eyes glued to the Nebraska-Michigan State game but I did see all three overtime periods and glimpses of the rest of the game.
If Northwestern’s defensive players could catch a football, I would by typing about an upset right now. But they can’t so I am not. Michigan comes into Iowa City with a win, but I still think the Wolverines can be had. Iowa can move up the bowl pecking order with a win. And can even further cement itself with a win at Nebraska on Black Friday.
I think both games are winnable. I truly believe this Iowa team can win out. I just hope they come ready to play in both games.
Iowa State can’t get out of its own way sometimes. The Cyclones had a good performance against Oklahoma for two quarters.
Like it usually does in most circumstances, talent won out. The Sooners ran it right down the Cyclones’ throats and ISU had no answer.
The Clones are lacking talent and have very few defensive players who want to stick their nose into contact and make a play. Kansas also won Saturday. No not the nationally ranked basketball team. The Jayhawk football team beat West Virginia at home.
Does that mean Iowa State’s “guaranteed win” against Kansas is no longer? Does that mean Iowa State will now get that win against West Virginia?
Only time will tell. What we do know though is that nothing comes easy for these Cyclones.
Duke won another football game -- against top-25 Miami (Fla.), too. I almost put them in my top 25 this week. Maybe next time.
I leave you with my top 10 after Saturday’s wild day.
1. Alabama, 2. Florida State, 3. Ohio State, 4. Baylor, 5. Oregon, 6. Clemson, 7. Missouri, 8. Auburn, 9. Michigan State, 10. Wisconsin.
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