LSU survives Miles blunder, Ohio State survives scare; more Snaps
LSU's 16-14 win Saturday against Tennessee needs a name. But what moniker would pay proper tribute to the luckiest bit of butchered clock management in recent college football memory?
Tick, Tock, Too Many?
The Untimed Down?
I've got it:
Nothing sums up the Mad Hatter's LSU tenure better than a moment in which his trademark clock-management bungling actually wound up winning the game for the Tigers
For those who missed it, the Tigers trailed by four and faced second-and-goal from the Tennessee two-yard line. Naturally, they had no timeouts. After quarterback
As LSU shuffled players, Tennessee players and coaches looked stunned. Were the Tigers really dumb enough to try to shuffle personnel with the clock about to strike zero? Apparently, they were. So Tennessee began shuffling its personnel, too.
Jefferson called for the snap with three seconds remaining, but he wasn't ready for it. It skidded through his hands and past him. By the time he fell on it, the clock had struck zero. Tennessee's sideline exploded.
But wait, officials had to review the last play. When they called up the video, they realized that the Vols had been so shocked by the personnel shift that they hadn't completed their own shift. When LSU snapped the ball, Tennessee had 13 players on the field. Because of the penalty, LSU got one untimed down from the half-yard line, and
Now, first-year Tennessee defensive coordinator
Even in victory, Miles will get the same treatment. A fan base already leery of his ability to count down to zero can't be encouraged by Saturday's final moments. The curious decision to shuffle personnel should have gone down with the spike he called at Ole Miss last year. (As coincidence would have it, Miles could have easily shuffled personnel had he told Jefferson to spike the ball Saturday. Then LSU would have had fourth-and-goal from the one.)
Of course, there remains the possibility that Miles just thinks on an entirely different level than everyone else. Maybe he shuffled players knowing it would confuse Tennessee and force the Volunteers to leave too many men on the field. On Twitter, reader
"Just how The Hat drew it up," Haselwander wrote.
As one of the Associated Press poll voters who overrated Wisconsin, I apologize. I thought the Badgers' experienced line and stable of backs would allow them to dominate time of possession and win lowish-scoring slugfests.
That certainly wasn't the case Saturday. In Michigan State's 34-24 win Saturday against Wisconsin
Michigan State, playing without hospitalized coach
As Get Well greetings go, a win against the No. 11 team in the nation will do just fine.
In a 42-35 win at Indiana on Saturday, Robinson threw for 277 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 217 yards and two touchdowns
Of course, even if Robinson does explode against Michigan State, there is no guarantee he can keep Michigan undefeated. The Wolverines defense allowed 568 yards to the Hoosiers on Saturday, and Michigan has yet to prove it can stop anyone.
The Red River Rivalry had the makings of a classic Message Board Meltdown game, and it didn't disappoint. As Texas floundered before a moment of hope in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 28-20 loss
After Oklahoma scored to take an 18-point lead in the fourth quarter, the titles of two of the first five threads on the free Longhorn Sports board at Orangebloods.com were:
The guy who posted the thread calling for the ouster of defensive coordinator
While nobody deserves to lose his job, both coordinators have their work cut out for them during the open week. The Longhorns go to Lincoln to face Nebraska on Oct. 16, and Texas is staring at the possibility of its first three-game losing streak since 1999.
Saturday began with two long Oklahoma touchdown drives sandwiching a Texas three-and-out. In fact, Texas went three-and-out on three of its first four possessions, which did little to help the defense stay fresh.
Still, Texas did show some signs of life on offense.
Still, this team should be better. The offense should be more consistent, and the defense is going to have to play lights-out to make up for the shortcomings of the offense.
After a lackluster Big Ten opener against Illinois, Ohio State could slip a bit in the polls depending on what happens later tonight.
Unlike 2007, when a shocking loss to the Illini briefly threatened Ohio State's chances of playing in the BCS title game, the Buckeyes survived this one. But the 24-13 win
Pryor left the game briefly in the third quarter after his foot caught in the turf. In came backup
Pryor returned to a rousing ovation, and he shepherded the Buckeyes through the rest of the game, but his brief absence likely gave the Buckeyes pause. Ohio State has an excellent defense, but without Pryor, the Buckeyes may not have the offense to compete for a national title. Therein lies the quandary for Ohio State coach
If Oregon puts the hammer down against Stanford or Florida upsets Alabama, don't be surprised if the Buckeyes slip a bit in the polls. (A flip-flop with Boise State also remains a possibility, but that seems less likely.) Even the thought of Ohio State without Pryor may be enough to scare voters into downgrading the Buckeyes.
Maybe Clemson coach
The Tigers ran
Swinney may get criticized for the call, but he doesn't deserve to. The play should have worked; only a stellar effort by Harris scuttled it.
Miami, meanwhile, went 2-1 during a stretch of three consecutive road games, losing only to Ohio State. But just because the Hurricanes return home next week doesn't mean things will get easier. Miami faces Florida State, which seems to have recovered nicely from its embarrassment at Oklahoma on Sept. 11. The Seminoles rolled to a 34-14 win against Virginia, setting up what might be the most meaningful FSU-Miami game in years.