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-- Ironic that Pitt/Syracuse bolted the Big East the day after founder of the conference, Dave Gavitt, passed away.
-- In his 24 years as a college football coach, Steve Spurrier has used 23 different starting quarterbacks.
-- Georgia Tech ran ball 50 times for an amazing 604 yards in its 66-24 win over Kansas, which apparently didn't practice defense last week.
-- Arizona Diamondbacks are batting .244 in innings 1-6, .260 from the 7th inning on, which helps explain their success in close games.
-- Out of the 517 entrants in the Hilton Handicapping contest, the second best contest in America behind Spooky's, 208 have Dallas (-3), 164 have Buffalo (-3) and 148 have the Ravens (-5.5). Those are the most popular picks.
-- Least popular picks (you only pick five teams a week) are the Rams/Seahawks (both 31), Denver (34), Vikings (37).
Sunday's List of 13: Wrapping up a college football Saturday.....
13) I would've paid significant money to hear Jim Boeheim's reaction to the news that Syracuse is moving to the ACC.
12) Ohio State completed four of 18 passes for 35 yards in a putrid 24-6 loss at Miami. Rest of the Big Dozen has to be happy with that news--looks like Wisconsin is far and away the best team in that league.
11) Iowa was down 24-3 with 3:11 left in the 3rd quarter, but rallied for a dramatic 31-27 win over Pitt, which is also moving to the ACC, despite it being a lot closer to the Great Lakes than the Atlantic Coast.
10) Bowling Green scored a TD with 0:03 left to play in the game, but Wyoming blocked the extra point and nipped the Falcons 28-27, making Wyoming 3-0 for the first time since 1996. Good for them.
9) Boston College is horrible, missing a PAT and a 23-yard FG with 0:44 left that would've given them the lead. Losing at home to Duke is kind of stuff that gets coaches fired.
8) Clemson converted 14-18 on third down and ended Auburn's winning streak at 17, coming back from down 14-0 to beat War Eagle 38-24. WR Sammy Watkins caught 10 balls for 155 yards and two TDs.
7) If Mississippi State is serious about being good in football, they can't play Auburn/LSU five days apart, national TV or no national TV. Just isn't fair to either the players or the coaches.
6) Penn State-Temple was kind of like watching two toothless guys in a hot dog eating contest, only for three hours-- Nittany Lions were really fortunate to escape Philly with a 14-10 win. Lou Holtz once fired his son Skip as his offensive coordinator. Maybe Joe Pa should fire his son Jay, the quarterback coach who rarely develops a decent quarterback.
5) Houston Cougars were down 34-7 with 5:11 left in third quarter down at Louisiana Tech, but rallied to win 35-34. With all these changes to who is in what college conference, could we get Louisiana Tech into C-USA and out of the freakin' WAC? Wouldn't that make sense? Why on God's green earth is Tech in the same league as Idaho?
4) Tulane 49, UAB 10. When was the last time the Green Wave won a road game by 30+ points?
3) Last year. Michigan State beat Notre Dame with a fake FG for a TD in overtime; not sure why they thought another fake FG would work this year, but they tried one down 21-10 near halftime and it failed about as miserably as a play can fail. Sometimes its smarter to be conservative.
2) Utah crushed BYU 54-10 in Provo, in the first rivalry meeting between the teams in a non-conference game. I honestly believe that its stupid to be an independent, don't think it develops mental toughness. If I were an advisor to BYU, I'd advise them to sign on with the Big 12. Like now.
1) Oklahoma State-Tulsa game was delayed by cruddy weather; kickoff was around 1:15 ET. Seriously. I'm not kidding. Headed to sleep and the Cowboys just ran a kick back for a TD with 7:52 left in the first quarter. Game ended little after 4:30am. OSU wins 59-33. Another Spooky winner.