Armadillo: Sunday's List of 13: Wrapping up a college football Saturday........
13) Alabama was dominant in waxing Michigan 41-14 at JerryWorld, not the best game for a national TV audience. Just being a mobile QB ain't going to be enough to beat a quality SEC defense. Too much team speed. Denard Robinson is a fine player, but he's a sub-standard passer, and it showed.
12) Syracuse outgained Northwestern 596-337, but Wildcats ran a punt back for a TD and had a defensive TD in a wild 42-41 win. Northwestern scored winning TD with 0:44 left, on a drive helped greatly by a personal foul on a late hit by the Orange. Very bad loss for Syracuse.
11) Oklahoma was tied 7-7 at halftime with UTEP, before pulling away for a 24-7 win. Miners tried a fake punt in their own territory when it was 10-7, and that blew up in their face.
10) West Virginia coach Dana Holgorson has been HC/OC for 80 college games; his teams scored 40+ points in 41 of those 80 games.
9) Bad starts to season for Pitt/Middle Tennessee/Memphis, which all lost to I-AA teams Saturday. Cruddy way to start your season.
8) Savannah State got $385,000 to go to Stillwater and get pummeled 84-0 by Oklahoma State; game drew 55,784, so if the average ticket was $20, OSU took in $1,115,680. Next time, schedule a better opponent, or hold the score down. Winning a game 84-0 makes you look like a bully.
7) Texas-San Antonio won 33-31 at South Alabama, in matchup of couple teams playing their first game in I-AA. Roadrunners got a 51-yard FG with 0:16 left for the dramatic winning points.
6) Arizona's kicker wasn't as fortunate, missing on 23/25-yard attempts, but his Wildcat teammates beat Toledo 24-17 in OT, making Rich Rodriguez' debut in Tucson a happy, albeit a tense one.
5) Clemson gave up 70 points in their bowl game LY, so they went out and spent a small fortune on Brent Venables to run their defense. Tigers beat Auburn 26-19, making that money dollars well-spent, at least last night.
4) Ohio U's Tyler Tettleton was 31-41/324 passing, led three TD drives in second half as the Bobcats rallied from down 14-3 at the half to win 24-14 at Penn State, spoling the coaching debut of Bill O'Brien.
3) If you took Oregon -36 last night, my condolences; Ducks led 50-10 at halftime, then called off dogs as Arkanas State "rallied" to lose but cover the spread 57-34.
2) College football has a new rule where if a kid's helmet comes off, he has to sit out the next play; this hurt Northwestern, which had to change its QB on a 3rd-and-5 play with 5:45 left when they led 35-33.
1) Highlight of the day though, was actor Terry Kiser, age 73, throwing out the first pitch in Oakland last night, as part of the A's Weekend at Bernie's promotion. Kiser played Bernie Lomax in the classic 1989 film, which has become popular in Oakland because of the A's recent success.