We’re starting a new feature every Sunday here at Gatorsports.com that will continue throughout college football season. Hopefully, the initial offering is better than Mike Pouncey’s snaps on Saturday. (Read my Back Nine this week for my take on Steve Addazio). This feature will include the five things that caught my eye from a Saturday filled with college football.
1. The most impressive performance of the weekend has to go to the man or woman who wears the Oregon Duck costume. The Quackers put up 72 on Mike Locksley’s New Mexico team. That meant Ducky had to do 506 push-ups since the mascot does one for every point every time the scoreboard changes. I have to think this game does not bode well for Locksley’s future at New Mexico. He’s had all kinds of problems off the field and Oregon could have scored 100 points Saturday, getting only six points from four trips inside the 15 and taking a knee at the end of the game at the Lobos’ 4-yard line.
2. It wasn’t a great weekend for the SEC. Not only was Florida’s offense a national embarrassment (per my Twitter page) but the Ole Miss loss to Jacksonville State was a big blow to the conference’s image. Also, LSU suffered a “moral loss” by almost allowing North Carolina to pull off the upset. LSU was shut out in the second half by a defense that had seven suspended starters and Carolina had 410 passing yards against a defense that is supposed to be strong in the back seven. But back to the Rebels, was it karma for Houston Nutt for taking Jeremiah Masoli? “Without a doubt, it’s the worst loss of my career,” Nutt said. And he should know. That’s his 79th as a head coach.
3. Still, I want to thank the Rebels because on a weekend that lacked high drama they handed it to us. The two most beautiful things in the world are smiles on the faces of my daughters but college football overtime is right up there.
4. This is why I don’t gamble. I said on my radio show this week several times that the mortal lock of the year was Northwestern as a three-point favorite over Vanderbilt. Not only did the ‘Dores only lose by two but they had a shot at a tying two-point conversion at the end. Vanderbilt gained 432 yards in the game. Who saw that coming? Is LSU, which plays Robbie Caldwell’s team next, officially on Upset Alert? I’m not going that far.
5. This space every week will include my player of the week. Let’s see, Andre DeBose is out. I’ll take Denard Robinson. The Michigan quarterback passed for 186 yards and ran for 197 in a career-saving win for Rich Rodriguez over UConn. Amazingly, he still doesn’t tie his shoes, hence the nickname “Shoelace.” Runner-up goes to Cam Newton, the former Gator who lit it up in his first start.
It’s the weekend we’ve been waiting for and while we’re preparing for a zoo out here in Mile Run thanks to the Dove dudes, you better have two TVs running in your living room on Saturday. Must-see: FSU-Oklahoma, Miami-Ohio State, Georgia-South Carolina.