Notre Dame fans rejoice. You’re one win away from a BCS championship appearance. Now that I’ve jinxed the Irish (so sorry, you guys!) it’s time to turn our attention to the upset of the night: Baylor
beating torpedoing No. 2 Kansas State 52-24 in Waco.
The Bears’ defense, statistically one of the worst in the country, held Heisman trophy frontrunner (not anymore) Collin Klein in check. Klein tossed three interceptions and was thrown violently back into the Heisman “mix” along with Johnny Manziel and Marqise Lee. But it was K-State’s defense that couldn’t do anything about Baylor. The Bears racked up nearly 600 yards of offense and pushed the Wildcats around up front. K-State, normally cool and composed, was outmatched the entire evening. Player of the game? How about Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk, an Oregon transfer of all things. He had 185 yards on the ground and a touchdown.
If you saw all that coming, email us your bets for next week. Please and thank you.
Most importantly, it knocks K-State out of the BCS championship picture. Baylor had one conference win before tonight and still isn’t bowl eligible. Losing to Baylor the way they did, the Wildcats are all but officially done in the BCS championship discussion.
No. 1 Oregon has gone down as well (more on that later), so the BCS standings are going to be a wee bit different come Sunday evening.
Paying extra close attention? Some folks in South Bend. And in the Southeastern part of the United States, for that matter.
Ole Miss will be without a starting piece of its defensive puzzle for an extended period of time, both the player and the school revealed Tuesday.
With rumors swirling about his condition, C.J. Johnson confirmed on his personal Twitter account late this morning that he will be undergoing surgery at some point in the not-too-distant future. The linebacker sustained an injury to his left knee in last Saturday’s loss to Florida and did not return to the contest.
Subsequent to that posting, Ole Miss confirmed that Johnson underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. The procedure and rehab will sideline Johnson for a period of 4-6 weeks.
At the low-end of the prognosis, Johnson would miss the next four games — New Mexico State, Memphis, Texas A&M, Auburn — and return for the Nov. 7 game against Arkansas. The high-end would have him sidelined until the regular-season finale against Mississippi State.
Johnson had started all five games at middle linebacker for the Rebels. He started 26 games at defensive end the past three years before moving to linebacker.
Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.
The website Gridiron.com, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August. The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.
From the site’s report:
The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.
The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”
Monday, Jones labeled what began as message-board speculation that he had struck one of his Vols players as “absolutely ridiculous.” The Knoxville News Sentinel contacted Crowder’s father, with the paper writing that “he had no comment and did not want to give validation to message boards.”
At least publicly, the university has yet to address the allegations. Jones will get yet another chance to address the speculation with the media in the very near future.