RIP - Big Tex. If only the X-Men had shown up on time....
Well, that was a weekend of CFB that has left many infuriated, infatuated, or just impressed. Here are the things we learned.
1. I'll go ahead an get this out of the way - Johnny Fucking Football had his first "freshman" game of the season against one of the best defenses in the nation. Even in their first game against another elite D, Florida, JFF managed over 235 total yards offense and no turnovers. I realize you have to play what the competition gives you, but if JFF bounces back from this and gets back in to his groove, he could still possibly make the trip to NYC in December, thanks in part to Geno Smith falling back to earth and a very unfortunate injury to tOSU's Braxton Miller. Q: With the decline of Geno and the injury to B. Miller, who jumped in on the Heisman race this weekend?
2. Texas still has a swiss cheese defense. They will more than likely be bowl eligible this week with a trip to Lawrence, but after that, they have games at home against Iowa State(remember two years ago in Austin?), TCU, and roadies against Texas Tech and Kansas State. Q: Does a 6-6 or even a 7-5 season see Mack Brown out the door in Austin?
3. Kansas State is for real and "Optimus" Klein is now the Heisman front runner. I almost want to say West Virginia is officially done in the BXII for 2012, but KSU's remaining schedule is no cupcake. Home against Tech, Okie Lite, and Texas, with roadies at TCU and Baylor. Q: Does KSU run the table to get to the Fiesta Bowl? Who can beat them?
4. Notre Dame's season hinges on this week's game in Norman, Oklahoma.(Until they play @ USC the last week of the season.) If ND finds the luck of the Irish(cheap, I know) and escapes Norman with a win, their remaining schedule is pretty much a cake walk until a trip to LA at the end of the season.(vs Pitt, @BC, vs Wake Forrest). Q: If ND wins on Saturday, do they A) leap frog Oregon or KSU to #2 or #3 and B) do they lose before meeting USC in November?
5. Randomness - Duke is bowl eligible. Let that set in. Louisville and Rutgers are still undefeated and don't play eachother until the last game of the season. I'd tell you the Cardinals have a trap game this week, but they're playing a Cincy team that lost to Toledo last week, so, yeah. Rutgers remaining schedule is pretty meh until Louisville. Other random bowl eligible teams: Utah State and Kent State. Q: What are you looking forward to most in the 2nd half of this season? What team scares you? What undefeated do you want to see in Miami in January?
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|Tuesday, October 23|
|8:00 PM||Arkansas State at Louisiana-Lafayette||Tickets|
|Thursday, October 25|
|7:30 PM||No. 18 Clemson at Wake Forest||Tickets|
|Friday, October 26|
|8:00 PM||Cincinnati at No. 16 Louisville||Tickets|
|8:00 PM||Nevada at Air Force||CBS Sports Network||Tickets|