The Unabashed Blogorrhea stirring and shaking through the latest big campus All-American activities while always recommending Live Oak Oaktoberfest for quality liquid refreshment. 'Tis the season and all.
Five athletic-student Saturdays into the season and so far ...
The Big 12 stages the biggest nuclear offensive day in BCS global thermal history. The survivor requiring 70 points to win by seven. When nine touchdowns is not enough. Where's fail-safe when you need it.
The big brother bully SEC owns half the nation's top-10, four of the top six, four undefeateds staring each other down the first Saturday in October. The winners very much in the national title tilt discussion, the losers hardly diminished.
The Big 12 where you'll find six of the top 13 flame-throwing quarterbacks in the national individual rank. No. 1 is obvious, No. 2 is a stunning surprise, No. 4 is a freshman backup on his own team (J.W. Walsh), followed by Casey Pachall (5th), Nick Florence (9th) and Seth Doege (13th).
The SEC where you'll find half of the stingiest dirtiest knife-fight-in-a-ditch defenses in the national team rank. That would be Alabama (1st), South Carolina (6th), A&M (8th), LSU (9th) and Florida (10th).
Marvelous Manziel remains the manic master of the improv. Darting and dashing to the league's best Week Five passing day (453 yards and 3 touchdowns) and fourth-best rushing day (104 yards, 1 touchdown). Scooting and tossing the Aggies to 700-plus yards and 51 straight points for their highest-on-Hogs day in 69-game series.
David Ash enjoys his sort of Vince-to-Limas moment, a kind of Major-to-McGarity moment, even a Bret Stafford-to-Tony Jones moment. The first reference fueled an eventual run to the national title. The second hammered a Husker 47-game home win streak in a season that restored the 'Horns national brand. The third ripped right through Razorback hearts for a last-tick loss in the hills, but only a brief UT reprieve in an otherwise lost season. The full impact of Ash's heroics will begin to be measured right away in prime FOX time. Gus can hardly wait.
Tuberville has the Techsters actually displaying some defense. And undefeated into a new month. But October brings a fest of five ranked heavyweights in a row.
The 'Bama boys can actually trail in a fully sanctioned SEC outing ... until the responding kickoff is returned seconds later.
Georgia's Bulldogs can boast two whiz kid running backs collectively the equal to theab fab freshman days of Herschel. Almost.
Pig Sooie sinks to the slop like few outfits in recent gridworld memory. Shameful. If the Porkers aren't at least poking around at Art Briles they're dumber than they think we think they are.
1. Kansas St. (4-0, 1-0): Billy Ugly-ball still owns best win of season busting Boomer Sooner in Norman. Hmmmm, anyone ever reference Bill Snyder as "Billy?" Just wondering.
2. Texas (4-0, 1-0): Minus Malcomb Brown (two 100-yard games) for shootout with Mountaineers. Alas, Mack must make due with Bergeron and Gray. And Ash fresh from consecutive 300-yard games, the nation's No. 2 rated slinger. Second only to ...
3. West Virginia (4-0, 1-0): ... that Geno guy. What sort of airial encore does he have in store for Austin after six incompletions and eight touchdowns. Am sure Holgerson will hatch something exotic beyond a Dana After Dark tour featuring something akin to The Peacock to Frankie & Angie's to Dee & Jim's to Ego's to Poodie's Hilltop. The crawl may last longer than the first-to-50 activity at Royal Memorial.
4. Texas Tech (4-0): Thirty-five point reversal on Iowa St. Here comes Stoops still steaming after Red Raiders mutilated OU's 39-game home win streak one year ago.
5. Baylor (3-1, 0-1): Poor Nick. Better-than-his-wildest-dreams day and he's "the other guy." At least one side of the ball measured up mightily in Morgantown.
6. Iowa St. (3-1, 0-1): Rhoades will orchestrate some sort of upset of consequence in the league this season. How about this week ending the nation's longest win streak?
7. TCU (4-0, 1-0): A dozen in a row without a loss but the latest four in the least impressive of fashion.
8. Oklahoma (2-1, 0-1): Can Landry Jones shake the funk, find the tonic in Lubbock? Not the easiest of assignments even with extra prep week.
9. Oklahoma St. (2-2, 0-1): No doubt deeply touched by memo admitting blown call on Bergeron's goal-line fumble. Feels so much better when the suits admit you were screwed. Oh, there was no memo. Never mind.
10. Kansas (1-3, 0-1): Still no sight of Decided Schematic Advantage.
1. Alabama (5-0, 2-0): Scoring on 33 of 58 drives. That's 57%. Allowing scoring on 5 of 59 drives. That's 9%. That's a rather effective combo. Bye week for 'Bama who will lose one single time in the regular season and that time is after taking 8-0 down on the bayou.
2. Florida (5-0, 3-0): Gators will lose more than one single time in the regular season but not Saturday in the Swamp.
3. Georgia (5-0, 3-0): 'Dogs will lose one single time in the regular season and that time comes Saturday at South Carolina. Just can't find solve Spurrier whereever his command post.
4. South Carolina (5-0, 3-0): Gamecocks will lose one single time in the regular season but that time won't come until next weekend in Baton Rouge.
5. LSU (5-0, 1-0): Tigers will lose one single time in the regular season and that time comes Saturday in the Swamp.
6. Texas A&M (3-1, 1-1): When is the WAC a tougher test than back-to-back in the SEC? When the Aggies travel for Louisiana Tech after a double dose of Arkansas/Ole Miss. Wacky.
7. Mississippi St. (5-0, 1-0): Said it before and will say it again. Packing 7-0 for the trip to T-town.
8. Mizzou (3-2, 0-2): Much better offensive pieces than what the collective puzzle is showing.
9. Tennessee (3-2, 0-2): Fifth straight year Vols open SEC 0-2. Dooley now 1-9 in last 10 in the league. Bray makes things fun when not turning over the ball on the final three possessions.
10. Auburn (1-3, 0-2): Best of the Dregs Bowl vs. Arkansas. The Dregs which matter.
11. Ole Miss (3-1, 0-1): Aggies turn to taste City Grocery, Phillips Grocery, Ajax Diner, Big Bad Breakfast. Hotty Toddy, Gosh Almighty A&M owns their first-ever SEC road win. Followers of either side will be found in The Grove before, during and after partaking in gernerous pours of Four Roses.
12. Vanderbilt (1-3, 0-2): Must settle for prestigious elite ranking in party school category. Have to be know for something sporting.
13. Arkansas (1-4, 0-2): The only win is Jacksonville St. How low does it go?
14. Kentucky (1-4, 0-2): Coach Tuberville, can we put on hold?. Bobby Petrino now on line two.