In a weekend of remembrance of the September 11, 2001 tragedies, both college and professional football put on a display of exciting games to keep everyone entertained.
First on Saturday, as Chris Johnson was cleaning his house for another date he would get stood up for, the NCAA had a full slate of games to get us ready for week 1 of the NFL.
In the “Better Team Wins” category: defending national champion Auburn Tigers beat Miss St 41-34, Wisconsin demolished Oregon St. 35-0 behind Russell Wilson and his 48th touchdown pass of the season, and the USC Gamecocks won on the road in a back and forth game against Georgia.
In the “Cupcake” category we had LSU, Arkansas, & Florida beating Northwestern State, New Mexico, and UAB by a combined 140-6. That should make SEC fans proud.
More locally in the “Hopefully Nobody Saw This” category: Clemson squeaked by Wofford, North Carolina survived Rutgers, and Wake Forest held on to beat NC State. Virginia Tech also struggled against East Carolina in Greenville and lost a couple spots in the newest polls. Most importantly Duke somehow managed to hold Stanford and Andrew Luck under 50 points.
In the “Game of the Week” category: College football fans were treated to a special night game at the University of Michigan as Notre Dame played the Wolverines at 8pm. If you stayed up to see the end (and/or your DVR didn’t cut off the last 3 minutes) you saw Michigan outscore the Irish 28-7 in just the 4th quarter to win a wild one, 35-31.
Next weekends games include #1 Oklahoma vs. #5 Florida State, #15 Michigan State with the opportunity to make Notre Dame 0-3, the battle of scandals: #17 Ohio State vs. Miami, and Duke vs. Boston College (a game I guarantee someone will win).
On Sunday the nation and the NFL paid tribute to the events of 9-11-01 and followed it up with some great football.
In the “Meaningless Games” category: San Francisco beat Seattle, Jacksonville beat Tennessee, and Cincinnati beat, one of the media’s sexy picks to contend for a playoff spot, Cleveland. Oh and I think the San Diego Chargers played but that doesn’t matter because Norv Turner will lead his team to a first round play off loss like always.
In the “Division Champs” category: the Atlanta Falcons secondary made Jay Cutler look like an All-Pro, as the Chicago Bears took care of the NFC South defending champions 30-12. The Baltimore Ravens pounded rival Pittsburgh Steelers 35-7 as did the Houston Texans, as they trounced on a Peyton Manning-less led Indianapolis Colts team.
In the “We Should All Listen To Rex Grossman” category: the Washington Redskins defeated the New York Giants (the team I feel will be at the bottom of the NFC East at the end of the season).
In the “Told You So” category: The Dream Team, er I mean, Philadelphia Eagles dispatched St. Louis and Sam Bradford and the Detroit Lions took care of the Tampa Bay Bucs.
In the “WTF” category: the Buffalo Bills tore into the Kansas City Chiefs 41-7. Hopefully that will be the last time I have to talk about either of those teams this year.
In the “How Bad Are The Carolina Panthers Going To Be?” category: Cam Newton proved a lot of critics wrong and broke the rookie passing record by throwing for 422 yards in his debut, threw 2 td’s to Steve Smith, and ran for another one. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough as they lost to the Cardinals in Arizona.
In the “Hahahahahaha” category: the Dallas Cowboys fumbled away (pun intended) the Sunday night game against the New York Jets.
Big match ups next week include Pittsburgh –14.5 vs. Seattle, Green Bay –10.5 vs. Carolina, New Orleans –6.5 vs. Chicago, and Cleveland –3 vs. Indianapolis.
Let us not forget the best part of all: there are still 2 more games tonight! New England vs. Miami and Oakland vs. Denver. See you guys on Thursday!