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Cigar Butts Week 11

Cigar Butts Week 11 As teams vie for a position in the playoff Big 4 lottery, it cannot be over stated it’s that it’s big-boy football time.





265Clemson seemed to think that they’d show up in upstate New York and walk away with a win. Syracuse had other plans. Without warning the Tigers, South Carolina variety, realized they were in one heck of a battle. The Orange gave the Tigers from the Palmetto State all they had but Clemson was able to pull out the win and hold on to their number one ranking.

Alabama, coming off their emotional victory over LSU, was trying to avoid a let down but everyone knew there was going to be a let down, it was017 just a matter of degree. Mississippi State matched up with the Tide for the first quarter, holding the offense in check and experiencing “some” success moving the ball. Dak Prescott is very good. BUT, the second quarter happened. A punt returned for a touchdown, a TD pass, and Derrick Henry on a long scoring run, broke the back of the Bulldogs’ effort. Alabama’s defense was not as suffocating as they were against the Tigers, Louisiana variety, but they were still a Crimson Wall that the Maroon could not circumvent. Alabama Rolled to Victory.


Ohio State put Illinois in its place, winning, 28-3. They beat the Illini in a somewhat convincing fashion, enough for them to hold on to their number 3 ranking, but because of their weak schedule the Buckeyes have yet to be tested and they are playing like an untested team. These next two weeks, as they play Michigan State and Michigan, will show if the Bucks have enough for a playoff run.


Oklahoma State found themselves in a dog fight with Iowa State. Once before the Pokes found themselves in the hunt for a National title, back in ’11, but fell to the unranked Cyclones in Ames. Not this time, OSU rallied from somewhere in left field, 17 points down, to remain undefeated. For this they were rewarded with the number 4 ranking, knocking Notre Dame out…for now.

Baylor, who has been untested for the year as well, hosted Oklahoma. The Bears were never able to engage their high octane offense. The Sooners simply beat them, from start to finish. OU ended the Texas Bruins undefeated dream and placed themselves on the National radar. Are the Sooners for real? Next two weeks will be very telling.


Stanford was the best hope for the PAC-12 to have a playoff team. Oregon could only play spoiler. The Ducks arrived in Palo Alto with a bad attitude. They chopped down the Stanford tree. In a last ditch effort, Stanford mounted a fourth quarter comeback and needed a two point conversion to tie the game. Notre Dame needed a two point conversion to tie Clemson back then, remember? They both missed it “by that much”. It was an amazing game!


Washington State engaged in a brutal battle with UCLA. The fourth quarter was a thriller as they traded the lead. WSU found itself behind in the251 last two minutes, a field goal would tie the game. The Cougars drove down the field and in a gutsy move, the old Pirate, Coach Leach went for the touchdown instead of the field goal. One pass later and Wazzu had pulled the upset, 31-27! To heck with two point conversions and tying field goals. It was worth staying up until 0200., which I did, just to watch it.


Memphis gave Houston the biggest scare of the season but the Cougars of South Texas prevailed by one point.

Notre Dame beat Wake Forest…yawn!

Iowa is still undefeated after beating Minnehaha.

Arkansas followed the Alabama’s blueprint and stopped the one trick pony LSU in its tracks. Maybe Les Miles should invest in a quarterback, one who can actually complete passes.

Arizona scalped one time favorite Utah Utes in Overtime.

Florida beat South Carolina, but the Gamecocks had a really cool new helmet.

Michigan State walked all over Maryland. Getting ready for Ohio State, I guess. Michigan was able to beat Indiana but only by the skin of their teeth.

TCU, without QB Boykin, darn near lost to Kansas. Kansas!

Florida State hunted down the Wolfpack of North Carolina State.

Northwestern won the Academic game against Purdue, and the football game, too.

Texas A&M did, in fact, win against Western Carolina. Or was it the Junior College of typewriter repair…doesn’t matter. The Daughter likes it when the Aggie win.

North Carolina looks like the team that’s going to throw the ACC into complete chaos, and, let’s be honest, chaos is great!

Georgia kept Auburn from getting that sixth victory to qualify for a bowl game.

Arizona State refused to be the bottom PAC-12 team, giving Washington that dubious honor.

Texas Tech won, but it was a dog fight with Kansas State. Vanderbilt actually beat Kentucky! Stunning…ok, maybe not that stunning.

California had no problem against Oregon State…..none at all.

Has anyone else noticed that New Mexico achieved their sixith victory, this time over Boise State? These Lobos are something else.

Speaking of surprise teams, Southern Mississippi is already at seven wins! The Golden Eagles are winning again.

UNA won, to gain a share of the Gulf South Conference Championship. They share with West Georgia, and … well, we don’t need to go there. Roar Lions! 319

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