And then there was one.
I don’t mean undefeated teams. There are five of those left – Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, Baylor, Fresno State and Northern Illinois. I mean high-flying offenses in the national title race. On Thursday night, No. 5 Baylor thumped Oklahoma, and the Bears are now the only all-offense, questionable-defense team left in the BCS elite. That’s thanks to another humbling handed to No. 3 Oregon by much-less-sexy but much-more physical Stanford. The final score looked respectable but if you watched the game you saw how dominant Stanford was.
Call it a win for what Arkansas coach Bret Bielema calls “normal American football.”
Around the SEC:
Now Nick Saban is really mad. On Thursday, he called the report that he would consider an offer from Texas “a bunch of BS.”
We have entered Wonderland when we have columnists arguing that a football coach is underpaid at $2.3 million, but the truth is Auburn’s Gus Malzahn probably is underpaid relatively.
With health scares for two NFL head coaches this week, a lot of folks are writing coaching-health stories. Not many folks have a more compelling story to tell than Kentucky’s Mark Stoops, whose father Ron died on the sidelines at 54 years old while coaching a high school football team. This is a good story, but it doesn’t answer my big question, which is – What about this game can make three of Ron Stoops’ son go into coaching when they saw what it did to their dad?