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Review of Week 12

Week 12 Review

Virginia vs Miami – The Hurricanes found themselves in a dog-fight they didn’t expect. The Cavaliers showed up to play and in the first quarter it was 14-7, and the Canes were being out-played. By the end of the second quarter, is was 21-14 and the Canes were still getting whupped. It wasn’t until the end of the 3rd  stanza that the Cavs caved. Not that they weren’t trying, they just couldn’t keep up. That allowed the “U” to flood the endzone for 30 points and save their season. It was obvious they were overlooking this game and thought they were too intimidating to get beat. Maybe this woke them up and saved their season. Maybe not. Character counts.

Wisconsin vs Michigan – The Badgers had to win this game, period. They darn near failed. For most of the game it was a defensive slugfest with neither team being able to pull away. This is typical of Badger games this season. Finally, in the third quarter, they were able to pull ahead with a 24-yard touchdown. The game ended, 24-10. But before Wisconsin starts handing out trophies and slapping each other on the back, let’s take a good look. Michigan was playing with a backup QB who got hurt and they had to put in their third or fourth string guy. The Badgers’ defense should have done far better against an overrated Michigan team coached by a loud-mouthed self-serving coach. IF this is the best Wisconsin can do against a team with a winning record, watch out for the playoffs the playoffs. Lemmee think, two years ago, didn’t Bama play Wisconsin in the first round?

Kansas State vs Oklahoma State –  In a game that OSU needed to win to keep their slim hope of making the conference championship game, it didn’t happen. KSU was playing with their back up QB just to become bowl eligible, it should have been a given on who would win. The Pokes were supposed to walk away with it. BUT, as I said, that didn’t happen. The Cats played like a team that had been winning all year. The defense shut the Cowboys down at least until the fourth quarter. With a 22 K-State point lead, the Boys came roaring back and very nearly pulled the greatest comeback in school history. However, when they got the ball back with two minutes left, trailing by four, QB Rudolph threw four straight incomplete passes, ending the comeback. Upset complete, Wildcats won.

Cigar Ashes

Mercer was completely out-matched by Alabama, 56-0. Not a big surprise

The Citadel kicked a field goal in the fourth quarter to get on the board, but Clemson still won, 61-3

Kansas’ captains refused to shake Baker Mayfield’s hands at the coin flip so Oklahoma trounced the Jayhawks, 41-3

Auburn beat Louisiana Monroe, 42-14

Georgia showed Kentucky just how far they have to go, winning 42-13

Notre Dame was behind Navy most of the game, Irish at home, Irish won, 24-17. Any questions?

Ohio State appears primed after beating Illinois, 52-14. Of course, everyone else beats Illinois by similar scores.

Penn State gave up 34 points in the second half to Nebraska, but the Cornhuskers still came up short, 56-44. Lions were at home.

TCU might have just cost Kingsbury his head coaching job at Texas Tech,  beating the Red Raiders, 27-3

UCF still undefeated, stomping Temple, 45-19

Mississippi State added to Arkansas’ misery, 28-21

Michigan State marched over Maryland, 17-7

Memphis won their way into the their conference championship game by beating SMU, 66-45

Minnesota did not play the way they should have, getting trounced by  Northwestern, 39-0

Texas is going bowling after their win over West Virginia, 28-14

Virginia Tech beat Pitt, 20-14

Iowa State kept Baylor from doubling their win total, 23-13

Arizona State gets a bowl bid after skinning Oregon State 40-24

How did Army lose to North Texas 52-49? What the Heck! Home team field goal on last play of game.

Wake Forest upset NC State, 30-24

LSU beat Tennessee, 30-10. Neither team played well.

Oregon somehow, someway, beat Arizona, 48-28

Texas A&M beat an SEC West team in Ole Miss, 31-24. Still might not allow Sumlin to keep his job

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