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Cigar Butts Week 10

Cigar Butts Week 10

Alabama 29 LSU 0 – When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to realize that the Alabama Crimson Tide is for real, then it’s time to play LSU in Death Valley, at night, with 103,000 screaming Cajun fans and an out-of-control coach from the Waterboy. All this talk about the Tide not facing any challenge went right out the window. It is a moot argument now, it carries no water. Tau did not have his best game throwing, he had several uncharacteristic overthrows but he still turned in a fantastic game, completing passes for 295 yards, two touchdowns, but he did have one interception, his first of the year and ONLY one in almost 200 attempts. He scrambled for 44-yard scoring run wearing a bulky lineman-sized knee brace and outracing the touted LSU secondary. The running game destroyed the Tiger defensive line, RB Damien Harris rushed for 107 yards on 19 carries with a 1-yard touchdown. RB Najee Harris also had great game gaining 83 yards before he had to leave the game with an ankle sprain. The TV commentators were heard to remark, as Najee was helped off the field, “That isn’t too bad;- they have three more (running backs).” This was supposed to be the best defense that Bama had faced and that defense was going to make the game close. Bama only gained 576 yards. The defense, led by Quinnen Williams, performed like a giant anaconda, they wrapped up the Tiger offense and suffocated the life out of them. LSU gained 12 yards rushing the ball. That was their total for the night, running the ball. Joe Burrow was sacked five times and was only able to pass for 184 yards. Welcome to the SEC, Mr, Burrow. The defensive line lived in the Bayou Bengal backfield. It was a complete beat-down, total domination. Side note;- by winning this game Alabama punched their ticket to Atlanta for the SEC Championship. They still have to beat the Citadel.

Georgia 34 Kentucky 17 – UGA went to Lexington, Kentucky, with a point to prove, and they proved it. Sticking to their running game with D’Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield, the Dawgs overwhelmed the Wildcat defense. Swift amassed 156 yards while Holyfield topped 115 yards. UK had no answer to slowing them down, much less stopping them. Kentucky’s defensive line all season had permitted only one running back to get over 75 yards in a game, and that was Texas A&M’s Trayveon Williams, who gained 138 yards. Against Georgia, however, it was all Dawgs all the time. Kentucky drove deep into UGA territory in the first half and walked away with only 3 points. They were able to add fourteen more points but it was never enough to threaten the Bulldogs’ lead. With this victory, Georgia will now be the opponents of Alabama in the SEC Championship game. Georgia was humiliated by LSU. LSU was humiliated by Alabama. “We want Bama!” Right.

Auburn 28 Texas A&M 24 – The Aggies had Auburn on the ropes, the Tigers were bleeding, battered and bruised, they couldn’t catch their breath, their shoulders were hunched over as their head hung down waiting to receive that knock blow that would have ended the game. Instead, A&M QB Kellen Mond threw an interception to Auburn’s DB Noah Igbinoghene that pumped air back into the Tigers’ lungs. Auburn scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and won the game. Aggie Head Coach Jimbo Fisher must see something in Mond that the rest of us can’t see. The Aggies have improved their rushing attack and the defense has stiffened, but the Quarterback play is as lousy as ever. They could have won this contest. Auburn was having a down year, but this game, more than likely, affords them a better bowl game. The Aggies now need at least one more win to qualify for the post season. Why was Sumlin fired?

Michigan 42 Penn State 7 – In their next stop on the Wolverine revenge tour, Michigan annihilated the Nittany Lions. The defense allowed 184 yards, forced three turnovers, and humiliated PSU. QB Shea Patterson, he of the SEC background, accounted for three touchdowns as he led the offense up and down the field. It was a dominant performance on both sides of the ball. This makes 8 straight wins for the Maize and Blue, making them the team to beat in the Great White North Conference. (It’s hard to believe I’m saying this), but it appears they are going to walk all over the rest of their opponents right into the conference championship game. Are you listening, Buckeyes?

Ohio State 36 Nebraska 31 – There was a time when it appeared that Nebraska was actually going to beat Ohio State. Although OSU’s offense struggled, they managed to so enough to beat the Huskers. The Buckeye defense did not have a good game as they missed tackle after tackle while allowing the Cornhuskers to amass 450 yards of offense. It’s now time for all involved to walk up the microphone, state their name, and admit that Ohio State is not a dominating team. They struggled against a two-win team, on their homefield, while wearing their special black uniforms. Michigan awaits.

Missouri 38 Florida 17 – The Show Me State Tigers achieved their signature win of the season, in the Swamp, against a (previously) ranked team. At no time did it ever appear that the Gators were going to win. Mizzou scored and scored and then scored some more. UF couldn’t stop anything, least of all Mizzou QB Drew Lock, and they couldn’t mount a credible threat until they pulled QB Feleipe Franks and replaced him with Kyle Trask. Missouri quarterback Drew Lock had a fantastic game as he rationed the ball to whichever receiver hadn’t had a catch lately. It was a win the Tigers needed and a loss the Gators could ill-afford.

Oklahoma 51 Texas Tech 46 – the total score wasn’t 100, but it was close. OU won, but it was close

Pitt 23 Virginia 13- did not see this upset coming

Washington State 19 California 13 – for the second game in a row, the Cougars needed a fourth quarter drive to put away the win, and they did it.

Clemson 77 Louisville 16 – There was never any doubt about who would win;- it was just a question of how much. Seventy-seven, that’s how much. What’s Bobby Petrino’s address this week?

Notre Dame 31 Northwestern 21 – The Irish won the game to stay undefeated, but the number Four team in the nation shouldn’t have this much trouble with Northwestern. Methinks ND is over-rated.

West Virginia 42 Texas 41 – WVU went for two instead of kicking for overtime, and it worked both times, cause their first try was negated by a penalty. So they did it again. Hats off to them for going for the win. Having guts pays off.

Arizona State 38 Utah 20 – The Sun Devils should not have won this game, but dad-gum it, they surely did.

Purdue 38 Iowa 36 – Last second 25 yard field goal lifts the Boilermakers over the Hawkeyes. I told you, I told you, I told you. Iowa can’t win away from their home field.

NC State 47 Florida State 28 – The Wolfpack is good, the Seminoles are not.

Boston College 31 Virginia Tech 21 – It is now possible that the Hokies will not make the post season, for the first time in 22 years.

Iowa State 27 Kansas 3 – No surprise here but it appears Kansas is firing their head coach before the season is over. Why? It’s not like they’ll be able to salvage anything.

Arizona 42 Colorado 34 – Another one of those results nobody saw coming. Is it true, Arizona is tied for the lead in the PAC-12 South?

South Carolina 48 Ole Miss 44 – neither team has a defense

Wisconsin 31 Rutgers 17– The Badger won, the Scarlet Knights lost. yawn

Michigan State 24 Maryland 3 – The Terps have problems and it shows

Baylor 35 Oklahoma State 31 – Another one of those upsets not many saw coming. Not even Bear fans dreamed this.

Army 17 Air Force 14 – The Black Knights had to hold off a furious late rally, but they did, giving them their 11th straight home win. I want to say something really, really cutting about a sign from the Aerial Farce Cadets last week in Colorado, but, I’ll manage to RISE about the smoking ruin that once was the soaring falcons.

Tennessee 14 Charlotte 3 – the Vols struggled to win against Charlotte. I’m trying not to laugh, but I can’t.

Duke 20 Miami 12 – Another one of those Ha Ha games! The Dukies out-swam the Canes.

Oregon 42 UCLA 21 – UCLA Head Coach Chip Kelly didn’t enjoy his return to Autzen Stadium, as his Bruins got whipped by the Ducks. When you get beaten by a bunch of ducks, it’s bad. I guess Canaries beating you would be worse, but I don’t know of any canaries.

Washington 27 Stanford 23 – Stanford was getting smoked in the first half, but they came storming back in the second half, only to come up short.

North Alabama 41 Shorter 14 – UNA opened up the cage and let the Lion out, who jumped all over Shorter, clawing and tearing them into shreds. Roar Lions!!

Ha ha…fooled ya, its just me!

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