College Football: Arizona Wildcats and the Monday Morning Water Cooler

By M. Shannon Smallwood
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Well, the College Football Bowl Season got off to an amazing start this past weekend!



There were two amazing Bowl Games on Saturday…

And if you missed them, you missed two unreal performances.

So what did you miss this weekend?

Let take a quick look at what you need to know to be the king of the Monday Morning Water Cooler.


Arizona Wildcats 46 Second Drill
The Arizona Wildcats and the Nevada Wolfpack put on one great show in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

The game featured the nation’s leading rusher in Ka’Deem Carey for the Wildcats and the nation’s No. 2 leading rusher in Stefphon Jefferson. Carey went for 172 and three scores while Jefferson went for 180 and a pair of touchdowns.

But the story of the game was the final 46 seconds as Arizona scored two touchdowns to pull off an improbable 49-48 victory.

“I mean, it’s improbable,” first-year Arizona Head Coach Rich Rodriguez said. “Certainly, I’ve had some games come down to that end. But to have everything, the defense making the stop, to the field goal, Matt leading the quick drive down there, getting the onside kick … and then Matt leading down again. It just doesn’t happen very often.”

Arizona trailed 21-0 to start the game and 45-28 heading into the fourth quarter.


Utah State Aggies Win First Bowl Game Since 1993
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Up 13-6, Aggie Senior RB Kerwynn Williams fumbled deep in Utah State Territory. The Aggies held the Toledo Rockets to a field goal to cut the lead to 13-9 with 7:28 to go in the game.

That’s when Williams went nuts racking up 149 of his game high 235 yards rushing and three touchdowns as the Aggies finished off the Rockets 41-15.

That’s right folks…

Utah State rolled up 28 points in 7 minutes.

The other great thing for the Aggies is they finished 11-2, won the WAC and a Bowl Game for the first time in 19 years.

Now let the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and all the other teams in need of a Defensive Coordinator come a calling to Dave Aranda.


RIP to the Big East
Everyone knew this was coming…

But seven Big East schools who do not play in the FBS announced they were done and would be pursing their own conference structure for basketball and FCS purposes.

The seven putting the nail in the coffin are DePaul Blue Demons, Georgetown Hoyas, Marquette Golden Eagles, Providence Friars, St. John’s Red Storm, Seton Hall Pirates and the Villanova Wildcats.

That leaves founding Big East stalwart the Connecticut Huskies along with the Cincinnati Bearcats and the South Florida Bulls left with no home.

Of course all the leaders of the Big East are saying the conference is alive and strong with 12-teams taking the field in 2013 as the Boise State Broncos and the San Diego State Aztecs will play a football only schedule.

But everyone knows the end is not near…

It’s here…



Well, that’s about it for the big news of the weekend.

The Wisconsin Badgers are still searching for a coach along with some other teams…

The Michigan Wolverines and the South Carolina Gamecocks suspended a few players…

And there was this sports writer who proved Aaron Murray is Peyton Manning 2.0…

But more importantly than anything else, please pray for all the families in Newport, Connecticut

Nothing else in the world matters in the scheme of things except for your faith, your kids and your family…

Words cannot describe this tragedy and the loss…



M Shannon Smallwood has over 10 years of experience in broadcasting and journalism in professional baseball and college athletics and is the ACC Football Guru, SEC Voice of Reason and College Football Comedian for Rant Sports. He is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the US Basketball Writers Association.

Follow him @woodysmalls.

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