Gridiron Gesticulations Week 3: USC Me Now?

by john griffin

Hey, you know what? It’s not all doom-and-gloom for KU football. The Jayhawk defense played admirably in a 20-6 loss to TCU, forcing 4 turnovers. Though the defense gave up a lot of yardage, they made big plays when it counted.

Anyway, onto the rest of the world.

More than Luck-y

Everyone hates Lane Kiffin, right? Let us taste his salty tears after #2 USC totally blew it against #21 Stanford, losing for the 4th year in a row (I know, right?) 21-14.

Matt Barkley may have lost himself the Heisman Saturday night, going a woeful 20-41 with 2 terrible interceptions and no touchdowns. Stanford surprisingly snapped out of their streak of suckitude to score the 14 unanswered points in the second half, with a 4th quarter touchdown pass from Josh Nunes to seal the deal.

USC’s NCAA sanctions will begin showing their effects in the coming years, so the Trojans probably just lost their last chance at a title for a long, long time.


What this means though, is that Alabama and LSU will now be #1 and #2, respectively, in the new rankings. I’m already annoyed. If Les Miles somehow craps out a fluke win against Alabama again, likely guaranteeing both a bid in the national championship AGAIN, I’ll probably do my best Will Muschamp impersonation.

Oh, and hey, Notre Dame won. But everyone hates Notre Dame winning so we won’t talk about them.

Players of the Week

Pittsburgh QB Tino Sunseri played a fine game to lift the struggling Panthers over #13 Virginia Tech. He threw for 283 yards and 3 touchdowns while completing 68% of his passes. For whatever reason, VT is good for one meltdown every year, when all of a sudden their quarterback possesses the decision-making and ability of an emaciated sloth, and the defense just kind of forgets to do things like…I don’t know…TACKLE PEOPLE.

Ohio State QB Braxton Miller is one impressive dude. Yeah, it was an unranked Cal team, but Miller just has a knack for embarrassing people. Sure, he only completed 16 of 30 passes in a 35-28 win, but he accounted for every Buckeye touchdown, 4 of which were through the air, including a 72-yard pass to win the game. As a matter of fact, at this point, Miller accounts for 72 % of Ohio State’s offense. 

The Week Ahead

Kansas takes a road trip to Northern Illinois

Colorado (0-3) continues to make the PAC-12 look dumber by the week for “stealing them” from the Big XII. I think at this point it’s like stealing a toilet that was left out for trash pick up. You know it’s full of poop, but you can tell all your friends about how “cool” you are for nabbing it.

#10 Clemson and #4 Florida State should be a genuinely entertaining matchup of two top-10 teams who have beaten no one (combined record of their opponents: 6-11).

Michigan: please beat Notre Dame. Sincerely, everyone.