The Unabashed Blogorrhea stirring and shaking through the latest big campus All-American activities while always recommending Hofbräu Oktoberfest for quality liquid refreshment. 'Tis the season and all.
And now six athletic-student Saturdays into the gridworld season ...
No one likely with a hotter roll (other than the Tide) than Oliver Luck. West Virginia pooh bah hired Dana Holgerson for head honcho when there wasn't even a vacancy, who brings his X-Box brand of ball and that perfectly blends with existing nuclear talent. Blows up Baylor in Big 12 debut. Then brands the Bevos at DKR for all the flat-screen nation to see. On FOX FOX. And Luck's weekend run not complete until boarding early A.M. flight from Austin to Indy to see son Andrew erase 21-3 halftime deficit to Packers, throw for 362 yards with three touchdowns AND drive the Colts 80 in final minutes for game-winning toss. Oliver, that's rockin' & rollin'.
Texas now hooks up with OU. Red River Rivalry No. 107. In the minds of many the annual Stoops stumps Mack series. Number 14 for the current coaching-aires isn't about two in the top-five national rank. It's about season survival in just their own neighborhood.
Neither Texas nor OU the defending conference kingpin, both climbing from behind just two games into the race. Winner stays in the hunt for now and keeps sights set on big-buck BCS bid. Loser likely falls two games back of newbie West Virginia and ugly Billy Snyder ball.
Loser at the Cotton Bowl likely checks out the season at 9-3 and maybe heads to the new New Year's Cotton Bowl at JerryWorld. Maybe a meet-up with the fightin' Texas Aggies. Never know. Could be UT and A&M toasting in 2013. You know you want to see that happen. On FOX FOX. Bombshell Blonde for everyone.
Aggies still have some work ahead. Still riding Magic Manziel. Not even six A&M turnovers enough to slow down the marvelous manic maven of-the-improv thrill-show. Kid Quarterback delivers the first-ever SEC road knock wiping out a double-score deficit in the final 7:00 in Oxford. Sixth in the nation in total offense, 356 yards per. Plus all the sexy style points. Other than that he's not doing much to earn the tut ion, fees, room and board.
And now the Aggies dial up a double dose of Louisiana, Tech then State. One actually features an offense. One that has racked at least 31 straight points for three straight games. An octane that grades third in the nation in scoring. That offense doesn't belong to Les.
It's that Bulldog Bunch from Ruston and none previously in school history has started better. Not even with that Bradshaw guy way back once upon a time. The Techsters break out 5-0 and their dozen straight is good for the nation's longest current hot streak. All good for their second-ever coast-to-coast rank by media, first-ever by USA Today/Coaches. Son of gun, a pair of top-25s are going to have some fun not-quite down on the bayou. Suitable for a La Louisiane even. That would be Rye, Italian Vermouth, Bénédictine, Absinthe, Peychaud's Bitters. Sazerac-like. Tasty.
UH and Rice can testify to the Tech scoreboading spin cycle. The Cougars at least in recovery mode since the early stench and will stretch the win streak to four straight with UAB visiting Saturday.
The Owls somehow found a way to lose to Memphis. No one loses to Memphis. No one. Somehow Memphis started a drive at the Rice 27 and ended up punting. And still won. Losing to Memphis is the absolute blues. And the upcoming homecoming with UTSA maybe perhaps not at easy as advertised. Undefeated UTSA 5-0 against a schedule that would embarrass Savannah St.
Oh, if you're looking for B1G outfits, don't look in the coaches poll. None. First time ever. And when looking in the initial BCS rank don't start the search until you sift through 20 or so teams. Maybe 25.
1. Kansas St. (5-0, 2-0): Will take 6-0 into Morgantown.
2. West Virginia (5-0, 2-0): The Unabashed pre-season pick for Mountaineers was 10-2 in three-way Big 12 with Texas and OU. That now seems the minimum.
3. Texas (4-1, 1-1): Let's see. Either the Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll, or the Deep Fried Mac-N-Cheese Slider, or the Deep Fried Jambalaya. Screw it. Take all three and wave to Big Tex on the way out.
4. Oklahoma (3-1, 1-1): Rock solid road show in Lubbock. But Landry Jones just doesn't seem the same.
5. Baylor (3-1, 0-1): Stronger RG3 encore than anyone expected.
6. Texas Tech (4-1, 1-1): What a shame Holgerson's return isn't set for Saturday night. Dana seems to do his most damage after dark. In more ways than one. In any event, taking the over at 77.5.
7. Iowa St. (3-1, 0-1): Rhoades always good for a top-25 take-down.
8. TCU (4-1, 1-1): After-hours qb Pachall likely has derailed Frogs entry into Big 12. But still betting they bust Boomer Sooner in regular-season finale.
9. Oklahoma St. (2-2, 0-1): Best showing by far so far in losing on Bergeron's non-fumble. Bulldozing KU won't enhance the profile.
10. Kansas (1-4, 0-2): Didn't notice that Decided Schematic Advantage while in-state rival racks 50+ for third straight season.
1. Alabama (5-0, 2-0): Will turn Berkstresser into Bend-and-broken-streeser.
2. South Carolina (6-0, 4-0): Highest national rank since November 1984. School-record streak 10 straight. But as previously duly noted, Gamecocks will lose one and only one single regular-season game and that game comes this Saturday in Baton Rouge. Let's all meet at Fleur de Lis. A family restaurant since 1946. Cash only.
3. Florida (5-0, 4-0): A third come-from-behind storm-to-the-finish SEC win. Gators will lose more than once in the regular-season but the first doesn't come until next time out with South Carolina.
4. LSU (5-1, 1-1): Talent attrition appears to be taking toll. But enough mojo to game the 'Cocks.
5. Georgia (5-1, 3-1): Record against Spurrier drops to 5-15.
6. Texas A&M (4-1, 2-1): Taking the over 79.5 in score--o-rama in Shreveport.
7. Mississippi St. (5-0, 1-0): Battle of quarterbacking Tylers. Russell less wow, less risk, more reward than Bray. Six straight on road to 7-0.
8. Tennessee (3-2, 0-2): How low can Dooley Factor go still to come.
9. Vanderbilt (2-3, 1-2): Previous win prior to Mizzou - Presbyterian.
10. Mizzou (3-3, 0-3): How do Tigers stay within a half hundred without Franklin at quarterback. Recent stretch within last three games of 4-34 on third downs.
11. Ole Miss (3-3, 0-2): More competitive but still riding 16-game skid inside the conference. But a six-point fave with Auburn?
12. Arkansas (2-4, 1-2): Collected one turnover during pound-the-Porkers stage when slam-danced for 179 points in four games. Took five against Auburn.
13. Auburn (1-4, 0-3): Bottoming out. Toothless Tigers with 10 red zone trips in five games. Seriously. Gentleman Gene's career record with Cam 14-0. And drops to 22-33 without him, 7-12 in the SEC.
14. Kentucky (1-5, 0-3): Coach Tuberville, can we put on hold?. Bobby Petrino now on line two.