We’re about a month into the college and professional football seasons, so there aren’t too many unknowns anymore. The media-fueled big matchup for Saturday, LSU goes to Morgantown, wasn’t close, and the outcome wasn’t surprising. LSU has been operating a professional-grade defense for years, and Jordan Jefferson (allegedly) curb-stomping a U.S. Marine may have been the best thing that could happen to their offense outside of alum Shaq O’Neil going in at fullback.
After Michigan State’s failure to board the bus and make any appearance whatsoever last week in South Bend, I put them on a one-week suspension and channeled my attention to Clemson, the MSU of the South. Those Tigers did not disappoint on what was a big day for the South Carolina schools. (Side note: I thought Vandy had a chance to at least play SC close given a 3-0 start and the schools’ dead even history over the last four games, but having more penalty yards than total offensive yards is going to make that difficult.) I imagine I’ll be keeping my eyes on the Clemson squad until they remember who they are (the Michigan State of the South) and totally blow it due to sheer lack of discipline.
Speaking of Michigan State (and they did blow out Central Michigan) and in brief response to commodawg’s Friday “Retort,” it should be obvious that my college football allegiance lies in East Lansing, even if James Brown’s doesn’t.
In the NFL, the Lions came from behind to remain perfect this year, beating a Minnesota team they should’ve hammered on an overtime Jason Hanson field goal, and the Colts came from ahead to lose to the Steelers, also remaining perfect and keeping my 0-fer prediction alive.
All but lost in the gridiron shuffle has been the opening of the hockey preseason and the retirement of Mike Modano. More on him later.
Looking ahead, ALDLAND takes you live this week to preseason hockey and Big Ten football. Keep it here.