The Unabashed Blogorrhea stirring and shaking through the latest big campus All-American activities while always recommending Sam Adams Black Lager for quality liquid refreshment.
Now eight athletic-student Saturdays into the gridworld season and bring on the Big 12 ...
where hanging a near half hundred by the half is routine and where the defenses aren't worth fity cent ... where the most recent winners racked 56 and 56 and 55 and 52 ... where 53 and 50 not quite enough for two losers ... where the most recent weekend offered 48 touchdowns and 47 punts. Seriously.
where tackling remains optional and merely pursuing close enough to be within range to miss the tackle is not always a given. The exception resides in Manhattan, Kansas. The Killer Wildcats went on the road and held West Virginia and OU to a measly 33 points.
where a team can start one Saturday ranked No. 5 in the nation and end the follow-up Saturday clinging to stay in the top five in the neighborhood. Let's hear for newbie West Virginia - outscored 101-21 over a seven-period stretch. The only reason the Mountaineers are not ranked below 120 in the national pass defense rank is there are only 120 teams ranked.
where a head honcho rants about the demands and the downside of a fully personalized propaganda-ized coast-to-coast network that pumps $300m into the coffers. Mack Brown bemoans "we're a little overexposed" and "it's a true advantage to anyone else." Hmmmm. Perhaps Mack is misunderstood and he was simply referencing his own defense which has surrendered 178 points and 1,989 yards in a span of 14 quarters.
where another head honcho defies the avalanche of cowardly non-conference scheduling that surrounds him and routinely takes on any an all comers. Stoops and Boomer Sooner tees up this weekend with Notre Dame. Not just the ghosts of Notre Dame, but an actual top-10 undefeated BCS-threatening Notre Dame. The latest home-an-home exchange in the last decade which also featured Alabama, UCLA, Oregon, Washington, Miami and Florida St. Yet another trump for Stoops in the Red River Rivalry.
where another head honcho who truly is one of the best of all-time and at the same time the single most under-recognized of all-time. Take a bow, Bill Snyder.
where a freshman quarterback can suffer a season-ending knee injury in the first 20 plays AND still finish the game AND still throw for a career-high 415 yards with one touchdown AND run for 46 more with another touchdown. Kudos and condolences, J.W. Walsh.
where you can no longer find the Texas Aggies but you can still find the Aggies measuring small in a high profile match-up where the outcome carries significant consequences. After all, it's one of the deepest of all Aggie traditions. It's not easy not winning when holding the other guy to 2-13 on third down, limiting the other quarterback to 11-29, getting 13 penalties, dominating the majority of the first half while building a double-digit lead. But the Aggies have that act down. Even in a new league, with a new coaching staff. Some things, just don't change.
1. Kansas St. (7-0, 4-0): Klein 41 rushing touchdowns the past two years – more than any other big campus QB in any two consecutive seasons.
2. Oklahoma (5-1, 3-1): Only the fifth non-conference top-10 stare-down at Owen Field. And three of the five involve Notre Dame.
3. Texas Tech (6-1, 3-1): Packing serious mojo into showdown with K-St.
4. West Virginia (5-2, 2-2): Welcome to a league that mandates more than one major test per month.
5. Texas (5-2, 2-2): Upcoming: at Kansas, at Tech, Iowa St., open, TCU, at Kansas St. Only KU is a guarantee.
6. TCU (5-2, 2-2): Welcome to a league that mandates more than one major test per month.
7. Oklahoma St. (4-2, 2-1): Gundy may have rediscover some eligibility at current QB. casualty rate.
8. Iowa St. (4-3, 1-3): Better beat Baylor with OU, Texas and West Virginia in final four weeks.
9. Baylor (3-3, 0-3): Three straight losses allowing 175 points. Do they even practice defense? It's a fair question.
10. Kansas (1-6, 0-4): Now 16 straight bowl-division losses, 16 straight inside the conference, 16 straight on the road. Decided Schematic Advantage continues to have minimal impact.
1. Alabama (7-0, 4-0): No. 1 in passing efficiency, pass defense efficiency, rushing defense, scoring defense, total defense equals No. 1 in the nation.
2. Florida (7-0, 6-0): Can clinch the East with a win in the Cocktail Party. Unlikely to repeat a first half with more touchdowns (3) than first downs (2).
3. LSU (7-1, 3-1): BCS-extinction is just a matter of time unless Geaux Tigers can find greater gear.
4. Georgia (6-1, 4-1): Have had reason to binge at the World's Largest. 'Dogs served up as Gator bait 18 of the last 22. Mack Brown may be big-series consulting.
5. South Carolina (6-2, 4-2): Spurrier smashed in the Swamp and no one to blame but his own.
6. Mississippi St. (7-0, 4-0): Least impressive 7-0 of recent times. Let's see how they bang with 'Bama.
7. Texas A&M (5-2, 2-2): Manziel takes manic master of the improv act to a three-week road show of Auburn, Mississippi St, and Alabama.
8. Ole Miss (4-3, 1-2): Hogs visit and The Unabashed always recommends Big Bad Breakfast, Ajax Diner, Snackbar, City Grocery and Rooster's Blues House for greater dining and entertainment pleasure.
9. Vanderbilt (3-4, 2-3): Now on top in all-time set with Auburn. Really. It's 21-20-1.
10. Tennessee (3-4, 0-4): Dooley Factor remains constant - into third season for 14-17 overall & 4-15 in SEC.
11. Arkansas (3-4, 2-2): Have briefly turned the season with just two turnovers last two games and 8-9 in red zone with eight TDS. Then again, it was against Auburn & Kentucky.
12. Mizzou (3-4, 0-4): First-ever official SEC win stamped this homecoming weekend. Even without Franklin at QB.
13. Auburn (1-6, 0-5): Worst start since losing six of first seven in 1952. Every single wager this week may be riding on the Aggies. Every. Single. One.
14. Kentucky (1-7, 0-5): Did manage first offensive TD in the first quarter in 21 games. Coach Tuberville, can we put on hold? Bobby Petrino now on line two.