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by Big Al

You know, for a guy who claims to want to write about college football, I don't write very much about it. Especially in a year as surprisingly eventful as this one.

Unfortunately, my actual job keeps getting in the way, and the rest of the time is spent being a husband and father. So it leaves me very little time to wax poetic on football. But I'll try to get better.

Clemson 42 - Miami 17

Yep, pretty much as expected. Next.

Alabama 63 - Ole Miss 48

I legitimately never thought I would say this about a Nick Saban-coached Alabama team, but their defense is a liability. Even on a bad day against a good team, a championship-caliber defense should not give up 48 points to anybody. The Crimson Tide offense will keep them in contention, but defense still wins championships. And Alabama's is sorely lacking.

On the other hand, I really hope Lane Kiffin works out this time. And I really hope he can remain successful for a while. The last coach I know of who could needle an opponent so successfully was Steve Spurrier. Kiffin lacks Spurrier's artfulness, but Kiffin could be entertaining for a while.

Texas A&M 41 - Florida 38

Just a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned how surprised I was that Florida's offense needed to make up for their defense. That's exactly the opposite of what they've been doing for years now. Well, it came home to roost on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Texas A&M is back into the SEC West race. They are still two games behind Alabama after their loss to the Tide. But Alabama's defense is making them look more beatable than any time since Nick Saban's first season.

Notre Dame 42 - Florida State 26

I remember the 1993 game between these two schools. It was a titanic battle between two of the bluest of blue blood, premier programs across the landscape of college football. 27 years can be a very long time.

Anyway, Florida State didn't completely embarrass themselves! Great job, Seminoles!

North Carolina 56 - Virginia Tech 45

What's with all these points being scored? Now a Mack Brown team is allowing 6 touchdonws? Ugh. But at least they did enough to win, which is more than I can say about a once-dominant Virginia Tech defense.

Oklahoma 53 - Texas 45

When Texas scored late to only be down by 7 with 3:28 left, I thought, "Here we go again, Oklahoma." Well, they darn near blew another one. Worked hard to do it, too. It took 4 overtimes, but Oklahoma finally failed to completely blow it. Better luck next time, Oklahoma.

I can't figure out Spencer Rattler. There's something there I haven't seen before. Something strange. He's different in a way I can't quite put my finger on. But, for the life of me, I can't figure out if it's good or not. It might take a couple of years before anyone has a real answer to that. But I want to see how this one goes.

On the other side of the field, Sam Ehlinger deserves better than this. He's a fantastic player, but he can't do everything by himself every week. But darned if he won't try.

Georgia 44 - Tennessee 21

Pretty much as expected.

Kansas State 21 - TCU 14

Kansas State may be the class of the Big XII. After a mind-blowing loss to Arkansas State to start the season, they are tied for the top of the conference with Iowa State and Oklahoma State. And they play defense, which is a rarity this year.

Missouri 45 - LSU 41

The championship hangover continues in Baton Rouge. I don't know what's going on, but LSU doesn't seem to know which way is up. And that means that Missouri is going to be celebrating this one for the rest of the year.

(October 3) Tulsa 34 - UCF 26

Every year, I say the same thing: "September is for pretenders, November is for contenders, and October makes fools of us all." I didn't post that this year, because the schedule is so wonky that I didn't think the upendings would come in the same way. Thank you, UCF, for making me look stupid and renewing my faith in the calendar.

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Week 8 Review

We're a little closer to a full season. The Big Ten did not disappoint in their debut.

Week 8 Preview

We get a little closer to the season, thanks to the return of the Big Ten. And we celebrate with a big game in the American Athletic Conference.

Week 7 Recap

It was a week of rare results. Let's take a look at them!

Week 7 Preview

There's a big game between top-5 teams in the SEC. <Yawn> Again?

Week 6 Recap

The responsibilities of life caught up with me, okay? I'm pulling it together. At least this week.

Week 5 Preview

Now that we finally have a season, we can get excited about finally having a top-10 matchup.

Week 4 Recap

Well, that was interesting.