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Finally, a meaningful upset; Tech over Oklahoma

Posted on: October 23, 2011 2:16 am
Edited on: October 23, 2011 1:29 pm
 

And you thought Adam James was merely a character in a Mike Leach novel.

Turns out the son of Craig James is one son of a guns up in the clutch. When last seen on the college football landscape almost two years ago the privileged, mouthy Texas Tech receiver was getting “locked” in a “shed”, helping get his coach, Mike Leach, fired.

Turns out, Adam can wreck more than careers. His five catches helped bring down No. 1 Oklahoma (coaches’ poll) in the season’s biggest upset, 41-38. Who saw that coming? Not those of us who thought the defenseless Red Raiders could cover the four-touchdown spread. Not Oklahoma which watched its 39-game home winning streak end. Not Bob Stoops who had last lost at home in the 2005 opener. That loss to TCU was fallout from the Big Red Motors scandal.

This one just left the Sooners red-faced. It possibly wrecked Oklahoma’s national title hopes. The polls and BCS are not likely to view favorably a home loss to a team Oklahoma hadn’t lost to 15 years.

In the immediate aftermath, we have some drama at the top for the first time this season. BCS No. 3 (Oklahoma) and No. 6 (Wisconsin) BCS lost. The biggest beneficiaries seem to be Oklahoma State and Boise State. The Cowboys will likely move up to No. 3 in the latest BCS standings on Sunday. Okie State is Oklahoma Light no more. It remains in control of its own destiny after a convincing win over Missouri.

Meanwhile, Boise State – remember the Broncos? – could move up to No. 4 in the BCS. While Boise’s win over Air Force wasn’t convincing, there are only eight undefeated teams remaining with six weeks left in the season. Two of them are additional BCS hopefuls Clemson and Stanford, other big winners from Saturday.

It was quite a night – to reminisce – for Leach. Two of his former players helped knock off the Sooners, something he did three times in 10 tries. Adam James justified his scholarship catching five passes for 75 yards. James came into the game with seven catches all season and 41 total in his checkered career. If you have to be reminded Leach has three lawsuits active in the aftermath of his firing at Tech, all of them stemming from his alleged mistreatment of Adam James.

Swing  Your Sword? James would like to take a swing at Craig James.

Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown had Leach as his position coach at Kentucky. The 31-year-old was hired away from Troy by Tommy Tuberville. Speaking of the  ol’ Riverboat Gambler, Tuberville got his biggest win since leaving Auburn. He was 5-2 against top five teams with the Tigers.

Perhaps Oklahoma could have used Keith Nichol. You know the former Oklahoma quarterback? That was sooo 2007 when Nichol spent a forgettable season in Norman before transferring to Michigan State where he once again became a forgettable quarterback.

Nichol, now a receiver, did what he never could at Oklahoma, score a winning touchdown. The fifth-year senior will go down as a Spartan for the ages after catching the winning touchdown against Wisconsin as time ran out.

“My heart,” said Spartan coach Mark Dantonio who recovered from a heart attack a year ago, “is racing.”

Michigan State’s win effectively took the Big Ten out of the national championship race but who cares? We’re all for a replay of this game which could come in the first Big Ten title game.

We also now have a more interesting national championship race. Someone is going to have to play the winner of LSU-Alabama. It is absolutely wonderful that we have less of an idea who that will be after Saturday.

 

 Early best guess on the BCS top five on Sunday

 

  1. LSU
  2. Alabama
  3. Oklahoma State
  4. Boise State
  5. Stanford
Category: NCAAF
Comments

Since: Nov 15, 2007
Posted on: October 23, 2011 11:58 am
 

Finally, a meaningful upset; Tech over Oklahoma

Potato St. would open against Georgia and then take a vacation until the end of the season.
Agreed, but Georgia isn't exactly a powerhouse either.  Boise's entire schedule is like a 4 month vacation. 



Since: Nov 15, 2007
Posted on: October 23, 2011 11:56 am
 

Finally, a meaningful upset; Tech over Oklahoma

LSU beat a top 25 team while Alabama beat a bad Tennessee team.  Also, the fact that Alabama was actually tied 6-6 at halftime with Tennessee will not help the tide.  My guess is LSU will gain in the human polls and the computers.



Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 23, 2011 11:42 am
 

Early best guess on the BCS top five on Sunday

My guess is that Alabama will pass LSU in the BCS.  They were separated by only .0003.  Penn State won (whose only loss is to Bama) and West Virginia lost (whom LSU beat).  That helps the strength of schedule by at least .0003.  However, it really doesn't matter as November the 5th is fast approaching!  It's a shame these two are in the same division of the same league.



Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: October 23, 2011 11:32 am
 

Finally, a meaningful upset; Tech over Oklahoma

Boise should drop behind Clemson and Stanford.  Its that simple.

Don't worry, it'll happen before too long.  Not sure how long they'll stay behind Stanford thought with Oregon coming up.  Anyone else smell another upset?? 



Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: October 23, 2011 11:30 am
 

Finally, a meaningful upset; Tech over Oklahoma

6 Rings.... sorry to disappoint you idiot, but there is NO WAY Potato St belongs ahead of Clemson....If all stays at scheduled, we would have to beat 7 ranked teams... Potato St. would open against Georgia and then take a vacation until the end of the season.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2011 11:25 am
 

Finally, a meaningful upset; Tech over Oklahoma

"This one just left the Sooners red-faced. It possibly wrecked Oklahoma’s national title hopes. The polls and BCS are not likely to view favorably a home loss to a team Oklahoma hadn’t lost to 15 years."

Uh, Dennis, hate to interfere with you when you're on a roll, but Texas Tech beat Oklahoma by a score of 41 - 13 in 2009.   



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2011 11:25 am
 

Finally, a meaningful upset; Tech over Oklahoma

"This one just left the Sooners red-faced. It possibly wrecked Oklahoma’s national title hopes. The polls and BCS are not likely to view favorably a home loss to a team Oklahoma hadn’t lost to 15 years."

Uh, Dennis, hate to interfere with you when you're on a roll, but Texas Tech beat Oklahoma by a score of 41 - 13 in 2009.   



Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: October 23, 2011 11:20 am
 

Finally, a meaningful upset; Tech over Oklahoma

Lol!!! not an upset at all!! yeah they were only favored by 29 and hadn't lost a game at home since 2003 or a conf home game since 2001. yeah this was no upset!!! good point dude!!!
Breaking OU record is not consider an upset! The spread doesn't means swat; it's is a Vegas line to get 50/50 betting. If I look at the 2 schedules, Tx Tech actually went through tougher schedule than OU. If not for loses to Tx A&M and Kansas St, they probably rank similar to OU. So to me that is not an upset! Make sense!



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2011 11:16 am
 

Finally, a meaningful upset; Tech over Oklahoma

Boise even getting a shot at a national title game is a crime with their schedule. Boise would be .500 team best if they were in the SEC, ACC, or Big12.



Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: October 23, 2011 11:08 am
 

Finally, a meaningful upset; Tech over Oklahoma

big game bob? ha ha

at least now we won't have to watch oklahoma get steam rolled in the national championship game. thank you texas tech!


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