Rankee’s Doodles…

Saturday’s big winner is “red stick…”

Saturday’s big loser is Big Red (Nebraska)…

Saturday’s winning colors are Big Blue (Michigan), Eugene and Sparty Green…

Did Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan really and finally win a game against a ranked opponent…?

Did Penn State really “Black Out” at home against Michigan State…?

Did Virginia really upset Miami…?

Is Miami still the most undisciplined program in America…?

Did undefeated West Virginia really go south at Iowa State…?

Did UCLA really win a game…?

Let’s get down and dirty:

USC’s 31-20 win over Colorado at the Coliseum sets up next week’s huge Pac South showdown at Utah…

Ok, huge is relative. The two schools most likely now to win the division woke up unranked in Sunday’s latest USA Today coaches poll.  Utah (32) and USC (25) are neck-and-neck among “others receiving votes..” Appalachian State is receiving 55 points…

Positive note: USC is now 13-0 all-time against Colorado while Clay Helton is now 19-0 at the Coliseum…

Negative note: In their last two games, the Trojans have totaled 31 penalties for 292 yards…

Helton thank the crowd for showing for the game considering, well, it rained earlier in the day. The “crowd” was 57,615…

Helton said Colorado was ” win that allows us to control our destiny the rest of the way.” Some of us remember when destiny meant competing for national titles…

Kudos to UCLA for notching its first win of the Chip Kelly era on October 13, 2018, AD, Year of Our Lord. Rankman saw the momentum building in last week’s home loss to Washington and even predicted a UCLA win at Cal on this week’s TMG weekly podcast (Around the 38:30 mark)…

Rankman also picked Auburn as his preseason No.1…

“Red hot” UCLA will be favored to win its second straight next week at home against Arizona…

UCLA entered the Cal game with the No. 1 strength of schedule in the Sagarin Ratings. The Bruins won a game but lost their SOS crown for now, slipping to No.2 behind Iowa State this week…

First Billy Cannon, now Jim Taylor. The Louisiana State Ti-guhs won a huge home game on Saturday as they lost another legend. LSU scored a signature victory at home, 36-16 against Georgia, only hours after the passing of Taylor…

Whatever happens the rest of the year, the “Geaux Tigers” will be also be the “Ghost Tigers…”

Just curious, does a “signature” win have to be in cursive, or can it be printed…?

Georgia was favored by a touchdown and lost by almost three, making this a significant turning point in the mid-season SEC…

LSU saved the West from Virtual Alabama Lock Down and established Baton Rouge U as a legitimate national title contender…

Remember, a few hours ago, when people though Ed Orgeron was a cartoon character incapable of such leadership? Me too. LSU hosts Alabama on Nov. 3—mark that one down…

Georgia will never recover from such a brutal road loss in the SEC…STOP, RETRACT, SILLY, SILLY ME. Georgia lost by 23 last year at Auburn and came one play from winning the national title…

I’m too young to remember Jim Taylor at LSU in the late 1950s, but he was one of my favorite 1960s Green Bay Packers. When Vince Lombardi stood at that chalkboard and diagrammed “What we’re trying to get is a seal here, and a seal here,” he was talking about the Green Bay “Power Sweep,” the most lethal play of a bygone era.

Lombardi was talking a wave of pulling-guard and tackle humanity trailed by either Taylor, or Paul Hornung, and it was a thing of simple, savage beauty…

Jim Taylor ran bigger than his 5-11, 212-pound frame. He was a relentless back whose 1,474 rushing yards led the NFL in 1962. Cannon, the hero of LSU’s famous Halloween Run in 1959, passed away earlier this year. Taylor, 83, died Saturday morning. RIP. RIP…

Taylor, before he became the first Lombardi coached Packer to make the Hall of Fame, was the epitome of a local hero, rising from Baton Rouge High to become an LSU All-America under Paul Dietzel…

Misty-colored memories. Jan. 15, 1967, and the first NFL-AFL title game is being played at the Los Angeles Coliseum. It was not the Super Bowl yet. Green Bay vs. Kansas City. The game was blacked out locally so my dad rigged an antenna to pirate the broadcast. It did not work well. The game was not a sellout and ticket prices were $10. Gee dad, thinking back, maybe we could have attended the game live…?

Green Bay won, 35-10. Jim Taylor scored the first touchdown in “Super Bowl” history…

The Pac 12’s miserable, unfortunate season, continued. No. 7 Washington, the league’s most serious playoff contender, missed a chip-shot field goal to beat Oregon in regulation. Oregon won in OT, 30-27…

ESPN announcer Sean McDonough got a birds-eye view of Pac 12 officiating. “I’m not sure why this is taking so long,” he said after an easy replay took way too much time.  McDonough moments later: “This officiating crew is having a tough time getting started today.”

Today…?

Great win for Oregon, but not Pac 12 playoff hopes. The Ducks look legit, but not in a year when their non-conference schedule could win a bake-off against Washington’s “cupcakes” of 2017…

Oregon fans at this point love to point out that Texas A&M pulled out of a home-and-home series that would have made this year’s schedule much tougher….

Other people point out the College Football Playoff selection committee DOES NOT CARE…

Just being real: Oregon likely blew its playoff hopes by choking on a huge home lead to Stanford a few weeks ago. Oregon dominated that game, in fact, never trailed in regulation. But coach Mario Cristobal’s late mismanagement of the clock stands as the difference between the Ducks being 6-0 instead of 5-1…

Cristobal had a better day Saturday, using two timeouts late to freeze the Washington kicker as he set up to win the game in regulation…

Just being real (update): No. 17 Oregon is NOT completely out of the playoff thanks to losses by teams ahead of the Ducks in the polls (Georgia, Washington, Penn State, Wisconsin, West Virginia)…

Oregon needs to win out and hope Notre Dame gets tripped up a time, or two, and there are two-loss champions in the Big Ten and Big 12. It could happen…

The Ducks should be close to top 10 in Sunday’s polls. If you are near top 10 in mid-October you are not out of the playoff unless you are a Group of 5. Or is this really the year Central Florida will get a chance to defend its national title parade…?

Just being real (final wrap Oregon): it’s still a long shot…

Pac 12 schedulers did it again..or did they? Friend Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News notes Washington has now lost three conference games since the start of 2017. Two were against road opponents coming off open weeks, while the other was a a road game on Friday night…

Of course, UW could have turned the tide on this by making a “gimme” at the end of regulation…

Kudos go out to the escape jobs. Florida came back from 21-3 down at Vanderbilt to win by double digits. Notre Dame won at home after trailing Pittsburgh, 14-6, early in the third quarter…Central Florida (whew) rallied at Memphis (in the rain) to extend its nation-leading win streak to 19…

Rankman was channel flipping when a Pitt player named Maurice Ffrench returned a kickoff for a touchdown. If NBC told the story about the spelling of that last name, well, I missed it. Was it a goof up on the birth certificate…?

We had a fruitcake ordered and headed to Lincoln to congratulate Nebraska for not going 0-6 for the first time in history. Last we checked Huskers were up at Northwestern, 31-21, with about five minutes remaining. Oh geez…

Florida at Vandy was marred by an ugly targeting call incident against the Gators that led to a near melee between the teams. Florida Coach Dan Mullen had to be restrained and my lip-reading skills clearly recorded defensive coordinator Todd Grantham mouthing “F-U” at Vanderbilt Coach Derek Mason…

Mullen, on his halftime exit interview with Tom Luginbill, clearly was not happy with SEC officiating. He told Luginbill to save his inquiry for the conference’s head official and its commissioner. “You can ask Steve Shaw and Greg Sankey all those questions,” …

And here I thought, based on this week’s national media coverage, that Larry Scott’s Pac 12 was the only ungoverned, lawless organization presently terrorizing intercollegiate athletics…