One and three, but not two.
Uno and tres, but not dos.
Un and trois, but not deux.
No way this college football season was going to be as easy as one, two, three.
We came so close, to having the top three ranked schools lose, on the same day, for the first time since Jan. 1, 1966.
Top-ranked Georgia fell, as did third-ranked Notre Dame, but not second-ranked Alabama.
The Crimson Tide avoided Bloody Saturday by scoring a game-winning touchdown, with 25 seconds, to win at Mississippi State.
Stark-Vegas had a chance to pull off the upset but seemed inclined to play for a close, you-almost-got-em, defeat.
MSU got the ball back, game tied, after a missed Alabama field goal, but sat on the ball like a stork on an egg. On fourth-and-medium, Coach Dan Mullen pulled out his situation card and punted back to Alabama for what everyone knew was going to be the game-winning drive.
Mullen, if he goes to Florida, is going to have to show a little more imagination. How many times do you get to beat Alabama, as opposed to punting to Alabama?
So it was almost complete chaos yet, with two-loss Notre Dame cleared out of the playoff way, it was enough mayhem to make a couple of Power 5 commissioners happy. No way three conferences’ champions get left out now.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day….
Gary Danielson, without Verne by his CBS side for Southern comfort, took a deep breath and uttered words that must have really hurt.
“Talk of two SEC teams getting in is over,” Danielson said.
Georgia…no peace they found.
The No. 1 Bulldogs choked on a bone Saturday at Auburn, losing by a 40-17 final score that pretty much said it all.
It clearly threw Danielson into a funk as he dismissed the chance of two SEC schools making this year’s college football playoff.
Saturday’s result certainly damaged those chances but, as colleague Stewart Mandel noted, the SEC could still get two to the show if 11-1 Georgia defeated 12-0 Alabama in the SEC title game.
Notre Dame then one-upped Georgia’s inept performance with a face plant against Miami. It was Convicts vs. Comedians. The final was 41-8. The Irish should never play in Florida again. Last time they were there, against Alabama in the 2012 national title game, it was 42-12.
Let’s sort out the winners:
–Oklahoma and Miami. The Sooners knocked the TC U-know what out of the Horned Frogs in Norman and figure to move up from No. 5 in Tuesday’s CFP ranking. That’s if they don’t get jumped from behind by No. 7 Miami.
–Auburn. That’s right, the team Rankman made his preseason No.1 way back in August. The two-loss Tigers are still in the race because they are already ranked No. 10 in the CFP ranking and remain the only school in America with a chance to finish the season with wins against, Georgia, Alabama and Georgia.
Auburn has two respectable losses—at Clemson and at LSU—with a mega-watt Iron Bowl set for Nov. 25 against Alabama.
I’d like to say I never gave up on my preseason No.1—but I kind of did.
–Wisconsin. The Badgers improved to 10-0, for the first time in school history, with a home win over Iowa. Wisconsin is playing a weak schedule and is one of only three Power 5 teams (Alabama and Miami are the others) that can have an undefeated season.
Wisconsin has remaining games vs. Michigan and at Minnesota before the Big Ten title game. It really wants to play two-loss Ohio State, which hammered Michigan State on Saturday as a way of working out last week’s big loss at Iowa.
Too bad Washington spit the bit Friday night at Stanford, otherwise the Pac 12 could pretend it was still in the discussion.
A tailspin week for Larry’s League–politically, domestically, playoff-wise and otherwise–has left the conference a new set of priorities and recalculated goals.
–Freeing three UCLA basketball players held captive in China.
–Crowning a football champion for purposes of sending it to the…Fiesta Bowl.
–Congratulating another Stanford player for finishing second in the Heisman balloting voting.
Washington’s 30-22 loss at Stanford on Friday night ruined the weekend before it started. It put a second loss on the only top-10 Pac 12 team in this week’s College Football Playoff ranking.
It virtually, if not officially, knocked the Pac 12 out of this year’s playoff race. Unless…unless?
USC, with its win at Colorado on Saturday, clinched the Pac South and has a chance to be a two-loss champion with a killer strength of schedule.
Stanford recorded a nice monkey-wrench win and with it got a heroic, Heisman-worthy performance from tailback Bryce Love, who took the nation’s No.1 overall defense for 166 yards and three touchdowns.
Love’s performance, on an injured ankle, was as impressive as anything I’ve seen in college football this year. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.