Unless you grabbed a couple of Red Bulls, or were looking for something to watch after the Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez fight, you likely missed the crazy ending that went down in Arizona late Saturday night to conclude Week 3 of college football.
As seconds ticked away, an Arizona State defensive player laid on the ball. Before officials could remove him and re-set the ball, the clock expired and Wisconsin was left furious.
The Badgers trailed by two at that point and could have positioned themselves for a game-winning field goal try. Instead, the refs sprinted off the field, ASU head coach Todd Graham celebrated and Wisconsin was left pouting.
Was the decision the right one? That’s still being debated.
What isn’t, though, is what was The Good, The Bad and The Ugly from this past week.
Johnny Football vs. Alabama II lived up to the hype, as the Crimson Tide weathered an early storm from Texas A&M and survived a late rally to claim a 49-42 victory.
While we have been left without many big moments this year, Johnny Manziel provided us with plenty; and Bama even more.
A.J. McCarron vaulted to the top of the Heisman charts for me after out-performing Manziel. No, he didn’t have more yards, but he made less mistakes, and in a game like this, that’s what you want from your quarterback.
The Crimson Tide defense failed to stop Manziel, but nobody really has. Johnny’s interception in the end zone ended up coming back to haunt the Aggies, but they also showed that they are a viable contender.
Tennessee isn’t the same Tennessee from years ago when they were dominating in the SEC, but what Oregon did to the Vols cannot be overlooked.
Twenty-eight points in the second quarter. Twenty-one more in the third and a 59-14 thrashing was in order.
Marcus Mariota flexed his arm muscle, throwing for 456 yards to just pick Tennessee apart left and right.
Right now, if we could pair Alabama vs. Oregon, we might see the “Game of the Century,” but we’ll have to wait and see what happens over the next several months.
It wasn’t a banner week for the Big Ten, as Michigan struggled to defeat Akron at home and Nebraska was taken to the woodshed by UCLA.
The Wolverines, coming off a victory over Notre Dame a week prior, looked lost out on the field. Yes, I understand it’s difficult to get up for each and every game, but a home game? Against a MAC school? C’mon man.
It was even uglier in Lincoln, as the Cornhuskers surrendered a 21-3 lead by allowing 38 unanswered points to the visiting Bruins.
If Tom Osborne were dead, he would be rolling over in his grave. Instead. he has to be thinking about firing Bo Pelini after a performance like that, right? Right!?!
It didn’t stop there for the Big Ten, as Penn State was defeated at home by Central Florida. Not Florida. Not Florida State. CENTRAL FLORIDA.
Not a good loss for Bill O’Brien.
While the Big Ten looked bad, the Big XII looked down-right ugly.
Iowa State couldn’t do anything for three-plus quarters vs. intra-state rival Iowa.
Kansas lost on the road to Rice.
And Texas was defeated at home by Ole Miss.
The league isn’t anywhere near where it used to be when Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, the Longhorns and others were making runs at national titles. Not just league titles. National titles.
Mack Brown has lost this team, and Charlie Weis has lost everything, including his undershirt.
Please Charlie, never wear a v-neck or unbuttoned-to-your-belly shirt again. PLEASE!