Mississippi State made its annual trip to the woodshed to receive a dose of reality and humility courtesy of The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Sabanator. The Bama game plan was simple, stop Dak and they certainly did that. When you can dominate the line of scrimmage you can win ball games.
I’d like to go on record of being proud of MSU’s players, coaches and fans. We were ready to play, we executed well and our game plan was sound. The fan support was outstanding. The grim reality is this. Well coached five star players will beat well coached three and four star players every time. Dan Mullin and his staff coach our kids up to a competitive level, but Nick Saban and Lane Kiffin coach up their’ s as well and on Saturday the inevitable happened.
The SEC game of the week took place in Baton Rouge on Saturday night. The resurgent Arkansas Razorbacks beat LSU under the lights in Tiger Stadium and beat them convincingly. At the beginning of the year I felt that the Hogs would be a factor in the SEC West and I believe that they are doing just that. Next week they host my MSU Bullies in Fayetteville. I fear for the worst and hope for the best.
Memphis ran out of steam and lost a close one to Houston and the Cougar’s remain unbeaten. Next week Memphis needs to beat Temple and protect what has been a great year for the Blue Bengals. The Oklahoma State Cowboys rallied from a 17 point deficit to finally beat upset minded Iowa State. OSU remains unbeaten and ranked in the top ten.
The balance of the games went pretty much as expected with Ohio State, Iowa and Florida winning as expected. I was a little surprised that Oregon upset Stanford and that Miami fell apart against North Carolina. We move into the 11th week of the season with the final four teams starting to solidify.
Next Saturday, the LSU v Ole Miss game has lost some of its luster, but it is still an important game for both teams. The Rebels have had a week to lick their wounds following the shootout with Arkansas and LSU has been physically whipped two weeks in a row. The Rebel’s should win in Oxford by a couple of touchdowns.
Another game that will be interesting is the Michigan State v Ohio State affair in Columbus. Ohio State needs this to stay in the final four conversation and the Spartans would love to ruin their season. I hope the force is with the Green and White as the battle Darth Ego and the Buckeyes.
On Saturday evening the Baylor Bears go to Oklahoma State in a game that might well decide a slot in the playoffs. Baylor is ranked #6 and the Cowboys are #8 and one thing is for sure, the loser will not be in the final four, but the winner might slip in, besides it should be a heck of a game.
I am sad to report that my grandson, Jackson’s, high school team met with defeat in the semi-finals of the Wyoming State playoffs. Sadder still to confirm that Jackson’s ACL injury will require surgery and he’ll miss his skiing season. This year Jackson would have been skiing in the top of his age group and would have been top contender. He might miss next baseball season as well.
That voice you hear in the background is Clista shouting.
“Football is a stupid sport!”