Despite grant writing and paper revisions, I managed to get my sports fix this past weekend while my collaborators were taking their turns with the texts.
Stanford was off on Saturday, prepping for next Thursday’s highly hyped game with the Ducks. Badgers won a slugfest with Iowa, pulling away late. The Ags played UTEP at Kyle in a late game. This was supposed to be a homecoming for QB Jamielle Showers, who backed up Johnny Football last year but tranferred to the Miners to get some PT. Showers graduated and thus avoided having to sit for a year. Showers was back in Kyle but on the sidelines after dislocating his shoulder last week. The Ags would have been heavily favored anyway, but playing a one-win team with a backup QB pushed the spread to 48 points. The Ags scored first on a blocked punt for a safety, but when UTEP took a 7-2 lead in the first quarter, there was panic at Texags.com. But that was the end of the scoring for the Miners, and the Ags ended up covering the spread, 57-7. This was so unimpressive that the BCS computers dropped A&M from 12th to 15th.
Play of the day elsewhere was the ridiculous Nebraska Hail Mary that kept Northwestern winless in the Big 10.
Between the entertainment value of Johnny Football and my disdain for Brent Musberger, I didn’t watch more than a few minutes of Florida State’s demolition of Miami. The Canes had been ranked in the top 10 on the basis of an undefeated record that included a win over a Florida team that gifted them the win.