NCAA/NFL Recap: I only watched half a game...
I know, I know, we still have an NFL game on the schedule for tonight, but I am going to write this post today anyway.
The truth is, I honestly didn't watch too much football this past weekend. That doesn't mean there weren't some awesome games on though!
Saturday when my Michigan State Spartans were laying down a 52 to 0 win over Akron (as they should), I was out playing a round of disc golf with my buddy and his son. I will be writing more about that from my main account later in the week.
It was nice to see the Spartans have such a strong showing. Especially given the fact they tend to not play up to their potential in these beginning of the season "cupcake" games. Like I said, I didn't get to watch the game, but I was very pleased with the score. I am guessing Coach Tucker was too.
In other college football news, there were some pretty epic upsets this weekend. I'll cover just a few of them here.
Although they are unranked, if you have read my other posts, you know that Northwestern is a Big 10 team that can surprise you from time to time. They had a pretty strong showing in Dublin, Ireland against Nebraska, but given how Nebraska played this week, that might not be saying much.
Especially given the fact that Duke beat Northwestern this past weekend. Maybe the magic from the basketball team is finally rubbing off on the football team?
As @enforcer48 pointed out, there is a definite bias for Alabama in the rankings. The fact that they moved up past Ohio State is proof of that. Given the fact that they narrowly beat (one point) #21 Texas, there is really no reason they should be in the #2 spot. We all know why they are though.
It's also sad to see how Notre Dame so quickly fell out of the top 25 after what was a relatively narrow loss to Ohio State. Of course, the lose to Marshall this past weekend probably didn't help either, so maybe the ranking committee actually got one right for a change. Think about it though, two colleges that actually have major motion pictures about their football programs going head to head. Sounds pretty epic right?
One of the biggest stories of the weekend was unranked Appalachian State beating now #24 Texas A & M. Many people will probably remember several years ago when they did the same thing to #5 (at the time) U of M. It's not surprising The Aggies dropped all the way from #6 to #24.
It could be a rough year for the Big 10 teams in the middle of the country as Iowa lost to Iowa State by three points. Additionally, Nebraska had a dumpster fire of a showing against Georgia Southern losing by three points 42 to 45. In fact, it was so horrible that coming off the heals of the loss in Ireland to Northwestern, the university fired the head coach immediately after the game.
Looking at a couple of the more contentious games, #12 BYU needed two overtimes to beat #17 Baylor. The real award for tenacity goes to Eastern Kentucky and Bowling Green who needed seven(!) overtimes for Eastern Kentucky to come out on top.
Even though I spent most of Sunday in front of the TV, it wasn't to watch football. My niece was playing in a softball tournament down in Ohio and her team just happens to stream their games. We were able to watch my niece hit two home runs and come out on top in every game they played this past weekend. It was awesome.
It also saved me the pain of watching the Lions narrowly lose yet another football game. They were looking really good at the start of the game (I did watch a bit) but then they kind of fell apart later on. In true Lions fashion they found themselves in a position where they needed to claw back to win, but as usual fell just a bit short.
The end of the Stealers/Bengals game was pretty exciting if you had to watch any football on Sunday. They narrowly avoided ending the game in a tie, unlike the Colts and the Texans.
There were actually quite a few games that were decided by three points or less yesterday. Maybe next weekend I will get the chance to watch a bit more football. You will just have to check back and see if that is the case!