Notes from around the college football nation: Ducks fly and Tigers cry


Another week is in the books, and BCS chaos almost happened. All teams in the Top 5 looked to be on the ropes at one point or another until they finally demonstrated their dominance. After this weekend, I am officially a firm believer that Notre Dame has their own set of refs that give them calls when they need them the most. If anyone disagrees, then you probably did not watch any of their games this year. After the final results this Saturday, we can expect more BCS controversy than chaos to emerge. Now let’s get onto some news and thoughts from the past action.


  1. When Alabama looked like it could be beaten, it pulled the win out at the last minute over LSU 21-17. Alabama and LSU did do something it seems they couldn’t do vs. each other last season…score some points. I believe the “Mad Hatter” out-thought himself this game with some of the calls he made throughout the night. The Tide is still rolling.
  2. I would like to congratulate the Oregon Men’s basketball team for defeating USC 62-51 last night….oh wait…that was the final for the football team? Wow! I guess defense is still optional in the PAC-12. Oregon showed it does not matter who the opponent is every week, they are going to score some points. Congrats to Barner for racking up 321 yards and a 5 TD performance. After seeing Barner work, you wonder what his numbers could be if he actually got to play a full game every week. As for the Oregon defense…did they miss their flight?….51 points…come on!
  3. Notre Dame pulled a win out of their @#$% in triple overtime vs. Pitt. After seeing the refs make some phantom calls, and missing a lot of others, I am done talking about Notre Dame this week. I will add one note…Notre Dame should drop and Oregon should jump them after putting on such a poor showing vs. a weak Pitt opponent.
  4. Kansas State was able to put away upset-minded Oklahoma State 44-30. Klein did leave the game with an undisclosed injury….so at what cost did this win come? He has been the heart and soul of Kansas State football this season; hopefully he is able to return. If he is out, this could affect the outcomes of their remaining games.
  5. Ole Miss took an early 10-0 lead over Georgia before the Dawgs woke up and proceeded to score 37 straight points. After Georgia beat Ole Miss 37-10, they can pretty much punch their ticket to the SEC TITLE GAME because it will take a miracle for Auburn to beat them next week. Florida fans are still hoping for that miracle to happen, but after a sluggish 14-7 win over Missouri, Muschamp has other things to worry about and work on. Gators pulled out a victory vs Missouri in ugly fashion. Looks like Georgia and Florida suffered a little hangover from last week’s “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party“.
  6. The biggest surprise of this past weekend’s games was the offensive firepower of Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State. The Aggies rolled to an easy 38-13 victory over the Bulldogs, but showed they are a force to reckon with. Texas A&M will play Alabama next week. From there we will be able to see how good Johnny Football really is.
  7. The BCS committee would like to thank Terrelle Pryor and his tattoo buddies. If they did not screw up, then Ohio State would not be on probation and their 10-0 record would really mess things up even more in the BCS standings. Urban Meyer and Braxton Miller quickly disposed of Illinois 52-22 to notch another meaningless victory. Ohio State will be in the FINAL FOUR playoff in 2014…you can bank on that. Nebraska scored a late TD with 12 seconds remaining to beat Michigan State. Nebraska now controls their own destiny for playing in the BIG-10 title game. The BIG-10 is having such a down year that Indiana could still make a run for a spot in the BIG-10 title game and reach the Rose Bowl.
  8. Speaking of crappy teams making their conference title game and possible BCS bowl game, lets talk ACC football. Miami beat Virginia Tech 30-12 and took command of the ACC COASTAL division. Both teams were sitting at 4-4 and winner just has to win out to make the conference title game and a possible BCS bowl game. I would love to have my team play in the ACC. Right now in the SEC, some teams could finish 11-1 or 10-2 and still get left out of a BCS bowl game, while a possible 8-4 team makes a BCS bowl game. I could go on ranting about all the other conferences and easy paths they take to BCS bowl games, but it is too tired a message.
  9. Speaking of easy paths to the BCS, Louisville still remains a perfect 9-0 after beating down Temple 45-17. Coach Strong has his team poised for winning the BIG EAST and making a BCS bowl game. Look for a stronger BCS program to make a run at him. He is coaching in the BIG EAST so take all of his success with an asterisk next to it.
  10. More notes from around the nation: TCU rolled the dice and went for two against WVU and won 39-38 in double overtime. This just in….The Geno Smith Heisman campaign is officially over. Texas was able to look past Texas Tech’s new uniforms and won 31-22. Mack Brown needed that victory in the worst way. Oregon fans should be happy that Stanford beat Colorado 48-0. This will help the SOS for Oregon. Clemson still keeps its slim ACC TITLE hopes alive by clobbering Duke 56-20. Just wait until basketball season, then you can fear Duke. Oklahoma avoided the upset special vs. Iowa State by winning 35-20. Now all they need is for Kansas State to lose twice….which isn’t happening. UCLA brought Arizona back down to earth by scoring so many points, it made them think they were playing Oregon all over again. After Tennessee barely beat Troy 55-48, expect the VOLS to put Coach Dooley on very thin ice.


We almost had pure BCS chaos if LSU and Pitt would have been able to finish their games tonight. If Matt Barkley was not so turnover prone, all of a sudden then Duck fans would have had to book their postseason play to Pasadena instead of Miami. My vote is still for Oregon vs. Alabama in the title game. Alabama’s defense got gashed vs. a very bad LSU offense, so Oregon has a shot against who ever they play. Let’s hope some more upsets happen so do not have too many undefeated teams standing at the end of the season. Good luck sorting out all this BCS mess if every team wins out.


Until next week college football nation…



1. College football’s mailbag

2. Robinson out at Michigan

3. Vols sack Troy, barely

4. Snap judgments of week 10

5. Penn State still slinging mud



1. Chip Kelly off to the NFL

2. #2 Ducks vs. #1 Stanford

3. Ducks win civil war

4. Barner’s big day

5. More updates from Oregon vs. USC

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Jeff Hostetler

Jeff Hostetler

Jeff Hostetler may not have won a Super Bowl with the Giants ( though his uncle of the same name did). He has been an obsessed college football fan living in Florida ever since the Gators beat FSU in the Sugar Bowl to earn the UF's first national championship. Ever since Jeff has immersed himself in everything possible related to college football. He enjoys watching, writing, playing, and otherwise obsessing over all things football. A graduate of the University of Florida, he brings a perspective to FishDuck free of our extreme green & yellow homerism glasses to look at the current landscape of collegiate athletics.

  • fishduck

    Jeff–interesting info on the other conferences, and before you get many Oregon fans commenting I thought I would chime in. While we don’t like giving up 51 points and noted ESPN Oregon hater Robert Smith made hay with it, (Oregon’s defense got exposed today) we also acknowledge that we faced an NFL backfield in USC.

    Many of us were saying, “where the heck was THAT Trojan team through the season?” It demonstrates their entitlement mentality of only getting up for the big games, and Oregon saw their full abilities. I’ve never seen an Oregon team torched quite like that…when we are a good team. I simply tip my hat to USC, as fortunately I do not expect to see three WRs like that again. Alabama is good and passes the ball well, but not like that. Nobody has WRs like USC, as we DO have good corners…but the other team made great plays.

    • j10eff

      Oregon needs that USC offense to show up against Notre Dame at the end of the season.

    • j10eff

      Agree that USC got “up” for that game and has alot of NFL offensive firepower….but I had to get my own jab in….figure to stir a hornets nest of Oregon fans on that one.
      Also glad that the LSU and BAMA game was not another Field Goal snoozer

    • j10eff

      THAT Trojan team was suppose to be playing all season and make the OREGON vs USC game another #1 vs. #2 type matchup

      Oregon needs Stanford and Oregon State to win out…that will push them to the top…Imagine what the pollsters will think when Oregon 11-0 plays a 10-1 Oregon State team and pummels them 50-10. That will help everyone book their tickets to Miami.

      UCLA also looked good vs Arizona….Maybe have another PAC-12 team face Oregon in the PAC-12 Title game instead of USC again. UCLA vs USC could decide who wins the PAC-12 south…..If UCLA wins out and faces OREGON in PAC-12 title game….and OREGON wins by another 50-10 type score…that should be fresh in everyone’s mind and boost them to the title game. Notre Dame and K-State do not play a conference championship game. Oregon should leave starters in for most of PAC-12 Title game and leave no doubt they should be in the title game.

      Got on a rant…but a good one I think…thoughts?

    • j10eff

      PS….I guess that “KSTATER” is pretty compassionate about OREGON football and their defense. ;)

  • Big Man On Campus

    Oregon is definitely the toast of the PAC-12. But I’m sorry, Oregon fans, you gave up over 50 points to USC, that’s horrific defense. Oregon doesn’t deserve to be considered one of the two top teams with that defense, Alabama or K-State would clobber them.

    • KStater

      You obviously didn’t watch the game either! But keep talking fella! I’m guessing by campus you mean your studio apartment!

      • Big Man On Campus

        I did watch the game. Bad calls happen in every game, so I don’t think it’s an excuse for giving up 51 points. As for “garbage time,” that doesn’t matter either. They should have stopped them (and certainly tried to) knowing how the bcs works. Whatever, even of Oregon has a shot to play Alabama or k-state, they will lose because they won’t be able to score 60 points. See Oregon vs auburn a couple years ago for an example.

  • KStater

    Jeff, you obviously didn’t watch any of the Oregon game, making comments like, “As for the Oregon defense…did they miss their flight?….51 points…come on!” USC was bailed out by bad PI calls that gave them the ball on the two twice! The officiating was garbage the entire game! and the final USC score was with 1 second left in the game, garbage time. Why don’t you watch a game before you post!

    • j10eff

      Bad calls and last second Touchdowns……really? I did not think that a team scoring 51 points happens because of bad calls.

      • KStater

        Yeah really, WATCH the game…

        • j10eff

          I guess I will try to pay more attention to some bad calls happening that allowed for 51 points….some teams can play redzone defense despite what the refs are doing.

          I find it hard that a person commenting with the name “KStater” is really a Kstate fan….I think a K-state fan would be glad about the USC team scoring a lot of points….it only makes K-State look better and remain higher in the polls and a possible trip to Miami. Hmmmmm……

          • KStater

            Dude you are ridiculous! I read your blog and it was inaccurate! Obviously you can read either. Reread what wrote guy. Two times, TWO times the refs put the Trojans inside the five yard line on questionable calls. Oh and your right the Ducks redzone D is awful i.e. Arizona game! LMAO!! Would you like me too do your job for you?

          • j10eff

            So you want to argue how great Oregon is?

            Where does that leave you “KStater”? Your defending Oregon when they could jump your team in the BCS and play for the title and leave your team out?

            You certainly are a dedicated follower.

            If my blog is so bad…why are you still here reading it?


          • j10eff

            And yes…I did not watch the game…just highlights….so I don’t really care how it played out just the final score…when you see 62-51….no defense is no defense bad calls or not.

            I was watching Alabama vs LSU…..I at least saw some resemblance of defense in that game.

          • KStater

            Boom?! When you got done typing that did you do fist explosion and make sound effects? I bet you did… Adorable! I read enough to know you make sweeping generalizations about a lot of teams including My Wildcats. I’m a college football fan which gives me the ability to watch and enjoy great football! Unlike you who obviously believes you must be a homer to be fan! Kansas State probably won’t have the opportunity to play in the BCS Championship game due to their remaining schedule with possibly only one remaining ranked opponent, Texas and no conference championship. The Oregon Ducks have the possibility of playing three more ranked teams. Which would give them 7 victories over ranked opponents (ASU was ranked 24 in the coaches poll when they played overlooked by everyone). I want to see the Two best teams play for the championship because I’m a college football fan not a HOMER like yourself!

          • j10eff

            Hahaha….sounds like 4th of July at your house.

            I hope KLEIN is healthy and ready to go vs TCU this week.

            Snyder is a classy coach and I have loved watching the Wildcats since Michael Bishop was the QB. K-State should have beat Texas a&m in the BIG-12 title game back in the late 90s and been in the title game…still bothers me to this day.


            glad I am reaching the BIG-12 audience.

            Do you think if Oregon vs K-State played we would have a true shoot out? another 62-51 kind of game?

          • KStater

            Honestly, with as we’ll as we started the season on both sides of the ball I think Oregon would have been in trouble! Impossible to say but I would have taken K-State that early in the season. Probably 38-27. Klein should be ready to go this week and the Wildcats better not sleep on TCU! The Horn Frogs are getting into a rhythm now with Boykin! Especially on the road! Hopefully they don’t figure out how too win at home this week!

          • j10eff

            That could be an upset in the making. TCU still needs a good signature win in the BIG-12 (last week vs WVU was nice).

            I just would like to see Notre Dame get out of the mix.

            Being a big-12 fan, you see them adding anymore teams anytime soon to get up to 12? Get a conference title game? That would have helped KSU out alot this season.

            BYU would be a good all around fit for the BIG-12. But they also have a TV network like TEXAS did.

            Louisville is in WVU’s backyard and could bring both football and basketball. Thoughts?

            Oregon Vs KSU would be a matchup no one would see coming. So pull for Texas A&M to get the job done or Bama to lose in SEC title game.

            We need some upsets this season.

  • TexanDuck

    You know…not sure. I think our defense played great for maybe 3-4 series. The rest of the time it was pretty minimal. USC could pretty much do what they wanted. It was definitely uncharacteristic of the way the defense had played all year. And that isn’t because it was a better team, it was because the defense made some poor playing decisions. They gained SO much yardage from second and third efforts. Poor tackling, our secondary has some youth and Matt Fartley is a pretty decent passer.

    To be fair, USC couldn’t do a thing to stop Oregon. Our defense at least slowed them down and made them take 5 minutes at a time to drive the field, whereas most of our drives were typical Oregon speed.

    And yes….I watched the game. From the stadium.

    Before y’all go freaking out on Jeff, remember. He is here on the blog to touch on Duck stuff, but primarily to talk about the other conferences. So everyone chill out. We just beat USC in the Colesium! Go cheer about that!

  • USU field goal Kicker short

    Even if the refs were horrible and put USC on the two yard line twice that only 14pts where did the other 37 come from?!

  • USU field goal Kicker short

    I watched the game and their their secondary gave up two touchdown passes of 75 and 76 yards….the refs really gave them those

  • j10eff
  • j10eff

    Forgot to mention that SAN DIEGO STATE took out BOISE STATE 21-19……now there is an upset….thoughts?