November in college football. It’s a glorious thing. Teams are at their best, the air is cooler, and the games are all the more meaningful.
Yesterday only disappointed in that it didn’t provide that signature upset finish. Sure, there was Nebraska’s hail mary. But let’s be honest in acknowledging that outside of Omaha that game had little impact on the national landscape.
How did it get to be Wednesday? For the third Saturday in a row I was working all day and didn’t really get a chance to watch much football.
What an insanely fun weekend for college football. That is if you like upsets.
I didn’t watch much football this weekend as I was busy at the Campference. But here’s my picks!
San Diego State
Props to the Aztecs for coming from behind to give Air Force the old government shutdown in the fourth quarter. It’s the bye week, rest up, get healthy, and beat Fresno State!
Week 7 results – 14-3
2013 total – 36-14
Week 8 predictions
USC @ Notre Dame – USC
Miami @ UNC – Miami
UCF @ Louisville – Louisville
South Carolina @ Tennessee – Vols
UGa @ Vandy – Dawgs
Texas Tech @ WVU – TTU
TCU @ OK State – Cowboys
Minnesota @ Northwestern – Northwestern
Purdue @ MSU – Boilers
Florida @ Mizzou – Florida
Colorado State @ Wyoming – Rams
Northern Illinois @ WMU – NIU
Iowa @ Ohio State – Buckeyes
Auburn @ A & M – Aggies
UCLA @ Stanford – Stanford
Oklahoma @ Kansas – Sooners
Indiana @ Michigan – Blue
Washington @ ASU – ASU
Arkansas @ Alabama – Bama
LSU @ Ole Miss – LSU
Iowa State @ Baylor – Bears
Yesterday was my last Saturday before about 2 straight months of travel. So I did what any good college football fan would do… watched 9 hours of ball.
Co-Champs of the Mountain West
It’s hard to imagine that a team that started off so poorly could come back and win 9 games, capturing a share of the conference title. But that’s exactly what the Aztecs have done. Yesterday they went to Laramie, a place which is high altitude and butt cold, and got a big win.
Congrats to them. I can’t wait to see them in either the Las Vegas or Poinsettia Bowl in a few weeks.
Pinch Me, I’m Irish
Yesterday was a dream. My dad and Paul, 3 generations of McLane men, were at the biggest live game any of us had seen. #1 Notre Dame took on upset minded USC. The stadium was packed 45 minutes before the game… And they booed everything Notre Dame did.
And we ground out a win. What I love about this years tam is that they aren’t always dominant… But they are tough and find ways to win. USC fans kept reminding me that we should be blowing out the Trojans… And I kept reminding them that we only needed to win by one. Style points mean nothing.
It was a magical day in an amazing stadium. Seriously, the Coliseum is one of the best college venues I’ve ever been to. It was made more meaningful to me by sharing the day with my dad and son. Life is messy. There’s been times when I’ve disappointed my dad and times when I’ve completely failed as a father. But some days you get it right. I was one proud dad and son yesterday. Football brought us together and you could feel this simple tradition going from father to son to grandson.
I’m all misty about that. Thank you Notre Dame.
Oh yeah, everyone else
Elsewhere around college football there were few surprises. Ohio State beat Michigan for a championship-less undefeated season. Florida beat Florida State. Georgia beat Georgia Tech. Oklahoma snuck one out against the Cowboys. Oregon beat up Oregon State. Outside of the Big East… Everyone won who you’d expect as we head towards the championship pre-bowl games.
I never thought both of my teams would do so well in 2012. Its been quite a ride. Now, lets get Manti Te’o his Heisman!