Belated CFB Week 14: War damn eagle, I guess

Didn’t post in a timely way over the Thanksgiving weekend, even though it was an eventful one for College football 2013.  The big news, of course, was Auburn upsetting the Crimson Tide by running back a missed FG attempt at the end of the game, after Nick Saban had argued to get one more second added back to the clock.

In less insane action, the Ags and Badgers lost, while Stanford beat Notre Dame.

The Aggie fans are crushed, but Mizzou was favored and at home. To add insult to injury (for some) Mizzou then hired our President to be their Chancellor.  What made the loss especially frustrating, however, was that the much maligned D held Mizzou to only 28 points. The high-powered Ags could only manage 21, for the second disappointing offensive performance in a row.  Partly this is because Missouri has a very good D, which was under-appreciated due to their injury-riddled 2012 campaign. But there was also the sense that Johnny Manziel was off again, combined with suggestions that other players did not give their best effort.

Speaking of underperforming, the Badgers performance against Penn State was worse than the 31-24 final score.  Penn State scored 24 unanswered points to go from down 14-7 to up 31-14 before the Badgers scored 10 points in the 4th quarter.

Other notable results

  • Fresno State fell from the ranks of the unbeatens and will not be the last BCS buster. Congrats to former Aggie D coordinator Tim DeRuyter on a great season… but giving up 62 points to San Jose State is not like Boise losing to Nevada a few years ago.
  • Arizona State clinched the home field for this weekend’s Pac12 championship. Stanford will travel to Tempe.
  • Duke beat UNC to get the  right to play Florida State in the ACC championship. I would love to see the Blue Devils knock off the Noles.  Unlikely, but it would be great.
  • Michigan State beat Minnesota and Ohio State edged Michigan to set up the Big 10 championship.  The Buckeyes stayed unbeaten thanks to a gift from Michigan coach Brady Hoke who decided to go for 2 instead of kicking a PAT to send the game to OT.