TMG’s In-House Guest lecturer Tom Luicci is back taking a second look at each college football weekend.
Q. The more improbable result – Kentucky beating Florida or Kansas winning a road game?
There are no more ties in college football, so if we had to choose between the two it would have to be the Wildcats beating Florida for the first time since 1986, ending a 31-game losing streak to the Gators with a 27-16 victory. The tipping point in comparing the two accomplishments is this: Kentucky won at Florida. That’s the first time that has happened since 1979. But Kansas ending its 46-game losing streak – the second longest in college football history – is pretty significant, especially since it was only a week ago that a school professor was making a case for dropping football. The Jayhawks’ 31-7 victory at Central Michigan was their first road win since Sept. 12, 2009.The answer depends on how old you are and how long you expect to live. It’s pretty clear from Saturday’s sleepwalking 52-3 victory by the Buckeyes that the gap isn’t narrowing. The past three years Ohio State has beaten Rutgers by a combined 166-3.
Q. Isn’t it remarkable how Texas and Florida – located in two of the most talent-rich states in the country – continue to be nationally insignificant?
The Longhorns managed a 28-21 victory on Saturday against a Tulsa team that was 2-10 a year ago – a game after losing to Maryland for the second straight year. Florida lost to Kentucky for the first time in 31 meetings and for the first time in Gainesville since 1979. Check the numbers: Texas is 54-49 the past eight years-plus, with four losing records over that span. Florida is 35-29 the past five seasons-plus with two losing seasons. How is that even possible at those two programs?
Q. Will Clemson benefit from its escape at Texas A&M or were the Tigers exposed on defense?
Credit the Tigers for a tough, hard-fought victory in a difficult environment. That’s a huge plus for a team with national championship aspirations. But what about the career day by A&M sophomore QB Kellen Mond, who passed for 430 yards and three touchdowns? That has to be concerning, since Clemson figures to face a couple of much more polished college quarterbacks capable of inflicting damage. Maybe it was just a one-game aberration. We won’t know until the next few months.
Q. When will Rutgers simply be competitive with Ohio State?
The answer depends on how old you are and how long you expect to live. It’s pretty clear from Saturday’s sleepwalking 52-3 victory by the Buckeyes that the gap isn’t narrowing. The past three years Ohio State has beaten Rutgers by a combined 166-3. this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.