Where to start, where to start.
Alabama got revenge, Michigan almost got upset by Akron, Texas still can’t play defense and Nebraska, well, Bo Pelini better have his resume updated.
But we must start with the odd finish to the Wisconsin-Arizona State game in the wee hours of Sunday morning.
The Sun Devils led 32-30 in the waning moments. The Badgers had executed the 2-minute drive to near perfection and were in position to attempt a game-winning field goal.
Yawn, yawn. Sounds like a typical game. OK, here’s where it got weird.
Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave did something that resembled a stumble, kneel down or plopping down of the ball.
Perhaps his knee touched, perhaps there was a whistle. Arizona State players saw a loose ball and hopped on it, and stayed on it.
The officials eventually decided it was still Wisconsin’s ball, but time ran out before the Badgers could get the field goal unit ready.
Problem is, according to the rule book, the officials should have been flagged for illegal procedure because they gaffed big time.
Worse than Leon Lett in the Super Bowl. Worse than Ray Finkle and the laces facing the wrong way (thanks Marino). Worse than Marty Mornhinweg electing to kick after winning the OT coin toss.
According to an excerpt from rule 4-1-3-o “A live ball becomes dead and an official shall sound his whistle or declare it dead: When a ball carrier simulates placing his knee on the ground.”
Stave was attempting to take a knee. This much we know. So he was down and either ASU should have been hit with a delay of game or the crew should have stopped the clock to sort it all out.
Hail to the Victors ….. barely
Another oops moment almost happened in Ann Arbor where TTUN was favored to beat Akron by about 10 touchdowns.
The Zips haven’t won a road game since 2008 and had a pair of plays inside the Michigan 10 yard line in the final seconds.
Michigan came up with enough defense when it had to and escaped with a 4-point win. Did the Wolverines take Akron lightly? Did they suffer from a letdown after the big win over Notre Dame? Is Michigan perhaps not as good as everyone thinks? Hmmmm.
Oops part three
Nebraska was in control of UCLA, up 21-3 in the first half. But the Cornhuskers, who haven’t been good on defense the last couple years, couldn’t hang on and lost 41-21. It was the largest defecit overcome by a Nebraska opponent since at least 1996.
The Cornhuskers gave up 504 total yards and allowed UCLA to covert 7 of 15 third-down tries.
It was billed as the game of the week, and maybe the game of the year thus far. Alabama coach Nick Saban refused to make it about him. He made it about the Crimson Tide vs. the Aggies.
After a slow start, his top-ranked team built a nice lead against Texas A&M and then had to withstand a late rally by Johnny Manziel to stay unbeaten, 49-42.
If the NCAA can’t stop Johnny Football, how can a team? Maybe it can’t be done. The reigning Heisman winner was his typical self, throwing for a career-high464 yards, running for another 98 and throwing five TDs. His 562 total yards is the second-most in Southeastern Conference history, ranking behind the 576 he had against Louisiana Tech.
A week after changing defensive coordinators, the Texas Longhorns ….. never mind. They still stink. That’s all you need to know.