Dan Lanning was fired up before the game and he had his Oregon Ducks ready to take apart the Colorado Buffaloes.
Oregon did just that in a 42-6 romp that saw the defensive line menace Shedeur Sanders and the rest of the Buffs’ offense.
Winners: Oregon and Bo Nix
The Ducks were in control from the git-go and Deion’s team never had a chance. Shedeur Sanders came in as a heralded Heisman candidate and left lucky not to be injured.
Meanwhile Nix was dazzling. He threw for 276 and 3 touchdowns and rushed for another. That will move him up in the Heisman talk.
Loser: Shedeur Sanders
Don’t blame the Colorado quarterback. He just lands here because his Heisman campaign is pretty much shelved. He was sacked 7 times for 73 yards in losses. Dad Deion needs to look to the transfer portal and recruiting for O-linemen.
Loser: FOX Sports
Well, the idea was sound but now sending “Undisputed” to Boulder on Friday seems misguided. USC-Colorado is interesting but not that compelling anymore to spend that kind of budget.
Winner: Idaho Vandals and their backers
The Vandals were giving 5.5 points. They kicked a field goal with seconds left to take a 30-27 lead over Sacramento Stata.
A win on the field but a loss if you bet Idaho, right? Wrong!
The Vandals stole the ball on the final kickoff and returned it for a touchdown. The final score was 36-27 and that’s an incredible cover.
Loser: Marcus Freeman and Notre Dame
The way Notre Dame clings to its independent status means it must win games like Saturday against Ohio State. It’s hard to do when you have 10 players on the field at the goal line with the game on the line. Who is to blame? Coaches, player? How about everyone?
Winner: Ohio State and its backers
The Buckeyes took advantage of the Notre Dame gaffe and scored the game-winning TD. By the officials saying the score took place with a second left, that means the PAT had to be kicked. If you gave 2.5 points, you won. If you gave three you got a fortunate push.
Loser: Minnesota Gophers
Minnesota led Northwestern 31-10 after three quarters. Easy win and cover for the double-digit favorites, correct? Nah.
The Wildcats scored 21 points in the final 15 minutes to force overtime and won in the extra session. P.J. Fleck must be beside himself.
Winner: Florida State
The Seminoles looked like they were headed for a double-digit deficit as Clemson was driving. A blitz and a scoop and score tied the game. FSU went on to win in overtime. If you gave two points, the OT TD made you a winner. Go to the cash window.
How can a major school, one with national championship history, have to resort to a grad student kicker who was looking at a Wall Street job earlier in the week? Well, that kind of kicker misses 30-yard field goals near th end of regulation and sends you to a second defeat in a season for a program that is heading toward troubled.