It’s all comes down to the last three games of the college football season! And somehow a year ago I made plans to go on a two-week cruise for the first two weeks of it! Did I have a brain freeze?
Actually I am happy that wife Gayle is able to make the cruise. It is a replacement for the Hawaiian cruise we couldn’t go on the last two weeks of 2011 because of Gayle’s accident in New York the day after Thanksgiving. A lot of you know she was in the hospital for four months after flying home with an unknown broken hip. Complications made for some harrowing times!
But I can still complain! I’ll miss USC-Arizona State and UCLA. Both are must wins for the Trojans to get the Pac-12 South flag. If they win both, they should be the South winners. Then they finish with the undefeated Fighting Irish.
You see, we get ESPN-International on the ship. That means we get mostly soccer. Rugby too! I have to wait until midnight to get the college football scores. Sometimes days go by without the scores. I guess I’ll have to “roam” and call someone.
And what about UCLA? The Bruins are flying high. They finish with Stanford and USC after a should-win at Washington State. If they beat USC they should win the South. What a turnaround that would be from the 50-0 loss to USC last year. The Bruins are at home for their two tough games remaining. They have a great team this year. It could happen.
And what a season for the Oregon schools. Wasn’t it just four years ago other schools in the then-Pac-10 wanted them on their schedule? Now they shudder at the thought of it.
The Oregon schools are 11-1. And I still feel Oregon is the best team in the country with that offense that clobbered the Trojans, 62-51. However, I’m not sure about either of their defensive squads. USC had 615 total yards (not counting all those kickoff returns) and the Ducks had 730! Did I ever think that I would see two teams rack up 113 points and all those yards? On a positive note the Trojans lost by only 11. That’s something for their next three opponents to think about.
More and more teams are going to the turbo-offenses. Should it be legal? It is definitely biased against the defense. They cannot send in subs, at least like they want to, while the offense can send in subs at will starting right after the last play.
But I think the real advantage is that they get another 30 plays a game. If you have quality players who can execute, you can score like Oregon does. Make no mistake; they are the best offense in the country, by far.
Can you imagine the top ranked team in the country, Alabama, playing Oregon? The Tide beat LSU last week, 21-17. Oregon would have that many in the first half of the first quarter.
I’m going to tell you right now the luck of the Irish will run out against USC. The Trojans can be beat and the Fighting Irish and will beat them. Do you have another thought? Contact me at my e-mail.
Pitt came within inches of beating Notre Dame on a field goal miss in overtime. The Trojans know now how to use their offense. Look out! I hope Notre Dame comes in undefeated. How sweet it would be.
Meanwhile Ohio State is surprising everyone at 10-0. But they are not eligible for a bowl. Oh my!
And so it’s off to Hawaii. Don’t you think that a ship that departs L.A. and finishes in L.A. would have lots of Bruin and Trojan fans? Doesn’t Princess understand how important the Saturday games are?
So I called Princess Cruises. They said something about satellite feeds, license fees, etc. Not good enough for me. I bet they could do it. They said they would try. We’ll see.
Don’t miss this column next week when I write about my son Dan’s escapade into Fenway Park. I’ll tell you about some rare facts about Fenway you may not know! And then the following week I have some funny stuff about long distance running. Don’t miss it!
Contact Don Alexander at Journaldon@aol.com.