With all the commotion about who’s playing where, in which conference and against whom, it was nice to finally see some good old fashioned college football yesterday. For those of you who don’t follow the behind the scenes action of the sport, schools are positioning themselves to switch leagues in what could become a major college football shakeup of epic, megaconference proportions. I’ll fill you in on all that in an upcoming post. For now, let me just talk about the action on the field.
Yesterday was billed as “Road Test Weekend” as 12 Top 25 ranked teams hit the road to defend their rankings. This resulted in 4 upsets and a few close games. #15 Michigan State lost against Notre Dame, #17 Ohio St lost to Miami, #22 Arizona St lost to Illinois, and #21 Auburn lost to Clemson. Auburn’s loss snapped their nation leading 17 game winning streak and ensured that the defending national champions would not repeat. Being a native Texan, I must admit that I am partial to my #23 Texas Longhorns. They whooped up on UCLA, beating them by a score of 49-20. There were also some crazy moments during the day’s action. Iowa overcame a 17-point deficit and beat Pitt by a score of 31-27 to complete the biggest comeback in school history. #8 Oklahoma St overcame Mother Nature in their game against Tulsa. A thunderstorm delayed the start of the game, pushing the kickoff to 12:18 AM. The game finally ended at 3:38AM with an Okie St victory, 59-33.
Finally, I have to give props to my homeboy, Case Keenum (pictured). We are both from Abilene, Texas and he won a State Championship in high school. He is now the quarterback at the University of Houston and his Cougars traveled to Ruston to take on Louisiana Tech. He engineered a comeback that included 28 unanswered points. Trailing 34-7 with just over 4 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, Keenum brought his team back for the 35-34 win. Keep an eye out for him as he is coming off a season where he missed all but 2 games due to a knee injury. He is on pace to become the NCAA’s all time leader in passing yards and touchdowns.