Rivalry Week lives up to hype

Nickoe Whitley strips Bo Wallace as Hugh Freeze looks on in horror.

Nickoe Whitley strips Bo Wallace as Hugh Freeze looks on in horror.

Beginning with Mississippi State’s dramatic overtime win over arch-rival Mississippi in the 2013 Egg Bowl on Thanksgiving night, college football’s annual Rivalry Week was full of big plays, timely defense, some trickeration, and BCS-changing upsets.  The table is being set, with one of the few BCS questions remaining to be settled next Saturday in Stillwater, Oklahoma, 11:00 am kickoff.

Friday’s SEC matchup featured hapless Arkansas reverting to form in the final seconds to give up the game winning TD pass to LSU’s freshman qb, after Mettenberger went down with a season ending knee injury.

Saturday’s games included Michigan’s tough loss  to Ohio State in The Game, SC thumping of Clemson, and Missouri claiming the SEC East over aTm in the night cap.  But, far and away, the game of the year was played at Jordan-Hare Stadium as Auburn claimed the West in the annual Iron Bowl with an ending that I can best describe in three letters.  …  WOW!!!   If you didn’t see it, just check SportsCenter, it will be shown for weeks to come.  Auburn has the look of a team of destiny, if you believe in that kind of stuff, or unbelievably lucky if you don’t.

Rivalry Week was a Football Feast.  Bowl season is coming up fast, and I can’t believe how quickly the season has passed.


2 Responses

  1. It was one of the wildest rivalry weekends I’ve ever seen, and there have been some wacky ones.

    Was proud of the Bullies defense…again. Dak coming off the bench with 8 minutes left and leading the Bullies down the field for a game winning field goal was fantastic. For the second week in a row having the kicker miss on a short FG was disheartening. For the second week in a row scoring a TD in OT and forcing TSUN to match it was awesome. When Bo took off running for the zone it looked like he would score fo’sho’, but the defender hustled and punched that ball loose. I just sat there for a second, jaw hanging, trying to process what had happened. The Bullies quickly grabbed the Golden Egg and began parading with it.
    Great, great win over their bitter rival and made them bowl eligible, all in one great play.

    After AU’s win over UGA and then last night, all I can say about them is they are sprinkled with pixy dust.

    I think Saban’s choice to kick the ball was the right one and I think the coach for Meat Chicken made the right choice going for two against the Buckies. That’s what football is all about, playing to win, not playing to not lose.

    Sure wish Taco Tech could have beaten UT and TCU could have beaten BU, then next Saturday have UT beat BU and OU beat OSEwe so there would have been a four way tie for the Big 12 title.

    I sure hope Duke can beat FSU and Sparty can beat the Buckies, as I don’t think I could watch the MNC with the current 1 and 2.

    I found it interesting that the same week MSU’s Damien Williams became the starter, OU’s starting RB Damien Williams was kicked off the team. That means that the freshman RB Keith Ford(a.k.a. The Kraken), who now has a healthy ankle, will see some playing time against OSEwe and possibly R-Fr RB Alex Ross.
    Sure hope this year’s Bedlam is a great victory for the Sooners, as was the Bullies victory over the Rebs.

  2. This post was made the day before the Iron Bowl at Football Study Hall.
    It is way too funny now, in retrospect.

    These teams are on this top 25 list because they are good, but if you happen to have one of these programs left on your schedule this season, you have reason to hope…everyone has a weakness*.

    * Except Alabama.

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