Finding Mudville: Tide gets rolled

  • Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I love November football.  The high school playoffs are ratcheting up a notch and the college football season is gearing up for its big finale.
After New Year’s Day football I lose all interest in college football. By that point I no longer care who wins the national championship. Teams have had a month off to get rusty and it’s not the same as football in November.
I think they should play the BCS Championship on Thanksgiving Day. That would be the smart thing to do, but since when does BCS and “smart” ever belong in the same sentence? Even calling it an oxymoron is an oxymoron.
The Crimson Tide got rolled by Texas A&M last week and that leaves just three undefeated teams. Alabama was a clear-cut no. 1 and since they’ve been bumped from the ranks of the unbeaten all bets are off.
But have faith. There are two more weeks – three if you count the conference championship games – remaining in the regular season. A lot can happen then.
Notre Dame still has to play Wake Forest and Southern Cal. While I’m not worried about the Wake Forest game, I have had my heart broken by Southern California – just think Reggie Bush and Matt Leinhart – so many times that I can’t even say USC without my blood pressure spiking 20 points. I won’t breathe easy until the Irish are 12-0.
Kansas State has Texas left on its schedule and I’m still not impressed with these guys. The best of the Big 12 defected to the SEC – Mizzou not included – and there’s no way a Mack Brown coached Texas Longhorn team is going to stomach losing to Kansas State. It’s not going to happen.
That leaves Oregon. If the Ducks can just pick a decent uniform and stick with it, and ditch the highlight yellow because it burns my retinas, we’ll be good.
Top ranked Oregon has to face Stanford and upset minded Oregon State first, and maybe USC in the PAC 12 championship game.
The Ducks have 45 of 60 first-place votes with Kansas State behind them at no. 2 with 14 first-place votes. Notre Dame is third and received one first-place vote.
The Crimson Tide, which held on to the top spot for 10 straight weeks fell to fourth.
It’s been a long time since the Irish have been anywhere close to playing for a national championship as they are now.
In high school, northern Berkeley County could have three state champs all its own if the cards fall right.
St. John’s Christian Academy will play for the SCISA 8-Man Football state championship on Friday night at Calhoun Academy against Wardlaw. The Cavaliers are 11-0 and put up scores better than most high school basketball teams.
Cross plays for the Lower State Championship on Friday against arch-nemesis and top seeded Lake View. This is a big game for the Trojans.
Timberland still has a game to play against Edisto before its annual Dillon matchup, but Dillon has to get by Loris first. The Wolves want another ring and are stronger this year, and playing better football this year than last year’s state champs.

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