There are a host of locations in which to begin this recap sojourn: Syracuse, New York, Lawrence, Kansas, Madison, Wisconsin, or Lincoln, Nebraska, but we'll start in the Plains of Auburn, Alabama, where Coach O (Orgeron) and the LSU Tigers … Continue reading →

There are a host of locations in which to begin this recap sojourn: Syracuse, New York, Lawrence, Kansas, Madison, Wisconsin, or Lincoln, Nebraska, but we’ll start in the Plains of Auburn, Alabama, where Coach O (Orgeron) and the LSU Tigers overcame an 11-point second-half deficit stunning War Eagle on a last second 42-yard field-goal by Worcester native, and Assumption College grad Cole Tracy; 22-21. WOW!

The loss placed Auburn’s chances for a playoff spot on life support, while Coach O, whose seat before the start of the season was hotter than the lava flow from Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano, has seen his Tigers soar up the rankings by defeating a pair of top-10 teams in its first three weeks, establishing itself as one of the humungous surprises of the early season.

And most importantly, LSU has found its leader.

Instead of the usual suspects, as Claude Rains would say in “Casablanca”, i.e. a defensive lineman, or another all-world NFL-bound tailback, it’s a QB, that’s right a quarterback that is leading the Bengals of the Bayou.

His name is Joe Burrow, and the Ohio State transfer, who gets hit more often than the Paul McCartney and James Corden Carpool Karaoke, is as fancy as a pair of khaki Dockers, but this leather-tough leader has instilled a belief in his teammates, that indeed this may be a magical mystery-tour for the Bayou Bengals and its native Louisianan son; Coach O.

From there we’ll move to Madison, Wisconsin and the day’s biggest shocker, as BYU, a 23 ½ point underdog, who hadn’t defeated a top-10 team in nearly a decade (2009), and it’s last top-10 road victory occurred in the Orwellian year of 1984, marched into Camp Randall, matched the physicality of the “Sons of Elroy Hirsch” and stunned the sixth ranked Badgers: 24-21. Amazing!

BYU headman Kalani Sitake celebrates shocker against Wisconsin

The devastating loss not only ended Wiscy’s 41-game non-conference home winning streak, a run that stretched all the way back to the third year of W’s Administration; September, 13, 2003, but more than likely dashed the Badgers hopes for a playoff invite.
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And added to the insult, Wisconsin’s usually reliable fifth-year senior field-goal kicker, Rafael Gaglianone’s missed a 42-yarder that would have sent it into overtime. OUCH!

Kansas team in celebration of two-in-a-row AP photo

Over to Lawrence, where the mantra is: break up the Jayhawks, as Kansas won for the second consecutive time over an FBS school, a first since 2009, as it smoked lowly Scarlet Knights of Rutgers 55-14, (it was a very bad day for the Big-Ten) that “old speed limit” pile of points are the most by KU since its 2007, 12-1 Orange Bowl Season.

Somewhere our bloviating pal, Charlie Weis, the last team that he “fixed,” is smiling over a giant bowl of pasta. Good for Kansas.

As we said it was an ugly day for the Big Ten, and that was once again proven in Lincoln, Nebraska where the Scott “The Savior” Frost and his Nebraska Cornhuskers lost to Troy; 24-19.

It was the Huskers first 0-2 start since the Eisenhower Administration (1957), its eye-popping sixth consecutive home loss, and to add to that Lincoln pigskin ignominy, was the $1.15 million check that Trojans of Troy tucked into its wallet for its visit and its unexpected victorious flight home. YIKES!!

Victorious Troy locker room in full celebration of win over Huskers

For Big Red and its faithful, instead of the smells and colorful sights of fall, the feeling of mediocrity has permeated Memorial Stadium, and like Charlie Weis, somewhere the acerbic Bo Pelini, who would “only” win 9-games a season has a smile on his face.

Syracuse D swarms inept Florida State in big win AP photo

We’ll move down to Tallahassee and the nightmare that has become Florida State Football, as Willie Taggart’s eleven looked as lost as a first time hiker on Mt. Washington in its discombobulated 30-7 beat down by the Orange of Syracuse at the Carrier Dome, which believe it or not, has no air conditioning.

Maybe that was symbolic of the ‘Noles meltdown.

Savor this for a moment, Kansas with its 2-victories has 1 more win than the once mighty Seminoles.
Already in Tallahassee there are no less than eight GoFundMe accounts set up by the disgruntled faithful to buy out the contract of its new headman Willie Taggart who carries a hefty 5-year $30 million price tag.

But in fairness, Jimbo Fisher who bailed out for the greener$$$ pastures of College Station with his own 10-year $75 million lottery payday, left the FSU cupboard not only bare, but in a Deval Patrick-esque deficit. So this is going to take some time to fix. The question is; is Willie Taggart the right carpenter? We’ll find out.

In Texas, the Buckeyes of Ohio State under the leadership of Ryan Day, the former UNH QB, and the Scarlet and Grey’s interim coach while Urban Meyer finishes out his 3-game suspension, passed its toughest test maybe all season, in an anvil-pounding, come from behind 40-28 victory against a very talented bunch of Horned Frogs from TCU.

Former UNH QB and Buckeyes interim head coach Ryan Day defeats TCU

Mr. Day will be a very hot commodity at season’s end for any and all coaching opportunities; can you say North Carolina?
While on the local front it was a good day for Silver Lake Regional High teammates and good guys; Tim Murphy of Harvard, and Buddy Teevens of Dartmouth, who won their season openers.

In Amherst, with apologies to Aerosmith it was the “Same old song and dance,” as Mark Whipple’s “Sad Sacks of the Berkshires” aka the UMass Minutemen (1-3) were trounced by FIU 63-24, as the “Sons of Greg Landry” suffered its third consecutive loss of 21-points or more. Can you say; pathetic or on life-support?

Also congrats to Milton Academy grad, and Notre Dame kicker, Justin Yoon whose three field-goals in ND’s 22-17 victory over Vanderbilt (although he missed one late that would have iced the game) became the highest scoring kicker in Fighting Irish history. He’ll get an opportunity to ply his skills on Sundays.

Hail the smart kids; as Army, Navy, and Duke all won.

Former Kansas headman and “fixer” Charlie Weis AP photo

As always, we’ll close with one more salute to the fighting Jayhawks of Kansas, who amazingly are in possession of more wins than Nebraska, and Florida State combined. We know Mr. “Fixer:” our bloviating pal Charlie Weis is glowing inside.

That’s it from cyber-space. We’ll be up and running with our analysis of week-3 on Wednesday night. Until then, Peace, and listen to the music. PK