Pigskin Review – No Big Surprises

Not a “rumor” anymore.

The biggest (college football) news of right-this-minute is that Urban Meyer is returning to football as the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team (officially hired Monday). Meyer, a native of Ohio, left the helm of the Florida Gators after last season due to health concerns. Apparently he’s feeling up to the task – which spells even tougher games for the other schools in the Big Ten. Yeesh.

The biggest personal news of right-this-minute is that Dirt in the Skirt is FINALLY located at a real domain. Look up at your URL bar. Snazzy as hell.

NOTABLE WEEK 13 GAMES

  • #1 LSU throttled #3 Arkansas 41-17. With the win, LSU stays undefeated (12-0 for the first time), stays at #1, and looks to its final test next weekend (the SEC Championship game) against #13 Georgia. A win in Atlanta means another trip to the BCS title game. Arkansas falls to #8.
  • #2 Alabama rolled over #23 Auburn, 42-14. Heisman candidate (and frontrunner) Trent Richardson (Alabama RB) rushed for a career high of 203 yards, Bama QB AJ McCarron threw 3 TDs, and the Cam Newton-less Auburn Tigers couldn’t stage a comeback. Alabama has its eyes on a rematch with LSU, and that will almost assuredly happen if LSU wins next week. Auburn drops out of the top 25 with the loss.
  • #9 Oklahoma found a bit of redemption (and a trip to the Big 12 Championship game) with a win over Iowa State, 26-6. This sets up a rivalry championship game – Oklahoma vs. #3 Oklahoma State (who were helped back up to #3 with the Arkansas loss). Oklahoma comes in as current champion and Big 12 championship record-holder (12).
  • #5 Virginia Tech locked up a shut-out against state-mate #24 Virginia, 36-0.┬áComing into the game, Virginia was working with a four-game winning streak, but the Hokies snapped that with authority (and claimed the ACC Coastal Division title).┬áVirginia Tech holds steady at #5, and Virginia drops out of the rankings.
  • #6 Stanford dropped #22 Notre Dame, 28-14. Tossing 233 yards in the air and connecting for 4 TDs, Heisman hopeful Cardinal QB Andrew Luck set a Stanford record for most career TD passes and passed his own best-season mark. Stanford climbs up to #4 in the BCS rankings (hoping for a BCS bowl bid), and the Fighting Irish slide out of the top 25.
  • In a fight to face now-#9 Michigan State in the inaugural Big Ten Championship game, #16 Wisconsin dismantled #19 Penn State, 45-7. Badger RB Montee Ball (and should-be top Heisman candidate) ran for 156 yards and 4 TDs, while Penn State ended its emotionally-tumultous season with a loss (any many questions about what will shift for next year). Wisconsin edges up to #12, and Penn State slips to #22.

The Good, The Bad, The Fugly – November 3 Edition

I’ve been hearing complaints (from my conscience) that I do not post enough. To quell this disapproval, I’m implementing a mid-week sports feature called “The Good, The Bad, The Fugly”. I want to touch on a few stories, major headlines or not, that fall into those three categories. For those of you struggling to understand the word fugly, it’s a mash between fuBLEEP and ugly. Get it?

Welcome to the first edition.

THE GOOD
Sue Falsone was named head athletic trainer by the Dodgers on Monday, making her the first female in all four major professional sports leagues to assume that title. Props to Falsone for clearing being kickass at her job and achieving professionally what no other female has yet been able to, and props to the Dodgers for being genderblind in recognizing the best option for their staff.
THE BAD
-The sanction-laden Ohio State Buckeyes football program had a huge win at home against Wisconsin last weekend, but the good news has turned sour once again. Sophomore RB Jaamal Berry has been suspended from the team following a misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct charge. Lots of the word alleged being thrown around, but read the link for more details.
THE FUGLY
-I am not a fan of Denver QB Tim Tebow, but last weekend, the Detroit Lions took their celebratory mocking to an awkwardly ugly level. Most notably, after sacking Tebow in the 2nd quarter, Detroit LB Stephen Tulloch genuflected, mocking Tebow’s prayer pose. I should rephrase… it’s not so much the mocking of a pose, but the fact that Tulloch (and a few other Lions) mocked Tebow-in-prayer (because Tebow prays a lot. Whatever. That’s his deal.). There has been a lot of back and forth on this, and everyone seems divided on the subject. Mocking and celebration is a big part of football these days, but this just seemed a little classless.