By: Monte Perez
Wikipedia describes a “Dear John Letter” as written, originally to a soldier overseas, by his wife or girlfriend to inform him their relationship is over, usually because she has found another lover. As I writer I am no longer loyal to dysfunctional teams or programs. I am only loyal to my family and friends. Some college football fans should write a “Dear John Letter” to their teams. Think about it, would you be loyal to a partner who constantly breaks your heart every weekend? Absolutely not. Below, I will give you several reasons why it is time to move on to a better team and 5 things The Sports Whisperer Learned about Week 6 in College Football.
5) Rutgers is an absolute embarrassment. Over the past two weeks, Rutgers has played the two best teams in the Big Ten. #2 Ohio State won 58-0 and #4 Michigan defeated the Scarlet Knights 78-0. There are high school teams across the country that wouldn’t have been outscored 128-0. This is a program that I have followed for years but I can no longer support or watch the product that is on the field. It is time for Rutgers to leave the BIG 10 and go to a smaller conference where they can be competitive year in and year out. Fans get out of this toxic relationship.
4) I was right about Oregon Coach Mark Helfrich. The Ducks lost at home, 70-21 to #5 Washington. Helfrich is now 2-4 and 0-3 in the PAC-12. Oregon is in danger of not making a bowl game for the first time since 2004. I find it hard to believe that this team played for a national championship 2 years ago. Helfrich’s brought in former Michigan head coach, Brady Hoke to be the defensive coordinator. Their defense looks like a JV high school team. To give up 70 points at home is an absolute disgrace. Chip Kelly built this program into a national powerhouse. Under Helfrich, they have become the laughing stock of the conference. Oregon fans, demand more from your university.
3) The Tide Keep Rolling. #1 Alabama defeated #16 Arkansas 49-30. The Crimson Tide had 517 yards of total offense, 253 in the air, 264 on the ground. They are a winning machine. Alabama has become the New England Patriots of college football. It doesn’t matter who plays, head coach Nick Saban just finds a way to win every Saturday. What he is doing may never be duplicated. Like him or hate him, we have to appreciate his greatness.
2) #8 Texas A&M wins 45-38 over #9 Tennessee in a classic. Every week the Vols provide tremendous excitement and drama. Tennessee has had rallied from double-digit deficits to win four of their last five games, including last week’s Hail Mary pass against Georgia. I wrote last week that they can’t continue to come from behind against teams like the Aggies and Alabama. The good news for Tennessee fans is that they are well on their way to being a legitimate powerhouse in the SEC.
#1) Houston losing is great news for Texas fans.- The #6 Houston Cougars were upset by Navy 46-40. The Midshipmen rushed the ball for 306 yards and outscore the Cougars 21-7 in the 3rd quarter. Navy hadn’t defeated a Top 10 team since 1984 when it topped No. 2 South Carolina in Annapolis. Houston losing now opens the doors for Tom Herman to leave. There have been rumors swirling around since the start of the season that Herman will replace Charlie Strong next season. I give it an 80% chance that Strong gets fired and Herman is their next coach. Texas lost to #20 Oklahoma 45-40.
USC beat #21 Colorado 21-17.
Notre Dame lost to NC State 10-3. This game was played in a monsoon and it was the least amount of points the Fighting Irish have scored under head coach Brian Kelly. The Fighting Irish are now 2-4. They still have to play Stanford, Miami, Navy, VA Tech and USC
Texas Tech lost to Kansas State 44-38. The Red Raiders have given up 68,45 and 44 points in three of their last 4 games.The Big Ten has 4 teams ranked in the AP Poll Top 10 for the 1st time since the 1999 preseason poll.
The Big Ten has 4 teams ranked in the AP Poll Top 10 for the 1st time since the 1999 preseason poll. #2 Ohio State, #4 Michigan, #8 Wisconsin and #10 Nebraska.
3) Ohio State