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Points Over Pints: College Football Trims More Fat

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Quarterback Tajh Boyd and the Clemson Tigers wanted to be considered on par with the top SEC powers. On Saturday, they were, but it wasn't a good thing. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images.
Quarterback Tajh Boyd and the Clemson Tigers wanted to be considered on par with the top SEC powers. On Saturday, they were, but it wasn't a good thing. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images.

This Week’s Beer

Butchertown Black Ale.

We’re currently enjoying the last few days of 60-degree temperatures in the Northeast. Weathermen are using nonsense clichés that make you want to assault them in public, like “if only we could bottle this weather and save it, because the white stuff will be flying soon.”

The foliage its beautiful at first, then becomes depressing.

What better way to drown your sorrows than with a nice, heavy black ale that comes with a depressing name?

Enter Butchertown Black Ale, brewed with pride by the good folks at Speakeasy Ales and Lagers. It’s got a roasted pine taste on the front end and evolves into a dark chocolate kick that makes it very drinkable — and at 8.2 percent alcohol, it also makes it dangerous. 

Thankfully it’s not as dangerous as being a college football team ranked in the Top 25. Just one week after “Reality Czech” Saturday, the brutal grind of the conference schedule claimed more victims and trimmed more fat from the BCS race. At this rate, we’ll have a fine-cut steak within a few weeks. 

So let’s belly up to the bar and take a look at all of the carnage. 

The First Sips

There were plenty of candidates for game of the week, but the story going into Saturday was Florida State’s Jameis Winston and Clemson’s Tajh Boyd squaring off in the primetime game. 

Winston came to play, throwing for 444 yards and three touchdowns en route to a 51-14 victory. His performance cemented him as a Heisman Trophy candidate and put the Seminoles in the middle of the BCS race. 

Boyd, on the other hand, came to disappoint. He completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes and was responsible for three of Clemson’s four turnovers. 

FSU is going to be an interesting team to watch moving forward. This wasn’t a fluke blowout. The Seminoles dominated the Tigers in almost every category imaginable. 

It’s important to remember, though, that Winston still is a freshman. As amazing as he’s been, you have to imagine he will have a game littered with head-scratching decisions. When that happens, how will a 19-year-old manage? Can he still win when he doesn’t have his best stuff?

There’s an even scarier question to ponder. What if we’ve already seen Winston play a “bad game?”

Mid-Pint Musings

• Alabama appears completely immune to the upset bug. Opponents aren’t even getting close. The Crimson Tide defense has only given up 16 points in the last five games, pitching a shutout against Arkansas on Saturday.

• Success is all in how you spin it. The University at Buffalo can boast about five-game winning streak and brag that Ohio State and Baylor are the only two teams to which they’ve lost. What the Bulls probably don’t want you to know is their five wins have come against teams that have a grand total of one win over FBS opponents. 

• Ole Miss is starting to become the team many expected them to be. The Rebels lost to Texas A&M on a last-second field goal last week and beat LSU, 27-24, on a late field goal of their own. 

• Credit Stanford’s defense for bouncing back to lead the Cardinal past UCLA, 24-10. The Bruins' lowest point total going into the game was 37. 

• Baylor scored 70 points for the fourth time this season and it has a good chance to do it again next week against Kansas. After that, things get tough for the Bears. Games against Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State will either confirm Baylor as legitimate contenders or expose them as frauds.

• Fresno State has the inside track to busting the BCS. The Bulldogs are the highest-ranked non-automatic qualifier and they don’t have another team on their schedule with fewer than three losses. It’s their bowl game to lose at this point. 

The Last Gulp

The Butchertown is running low and that’s a good thing because this beer-flavored moonshine is starting to erode my fine motor skills. 

Here’s to you, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy. You settled on Clint Chelf as your quarterback during the offseason, then made the switch to J.W. Walsh after the season opener. 

When you decided to go back to Chelf on Saturday and then replaced RB Jeremy Smith with freshman Rennie Childs, the Cowboys offense got better. 

No, the numbers weren’t impressive, but Chelf forced the TCU defense to at least acknowledge the threat of a deep pass play, which opened up things for Childs. 

It shouldn’t take more than seven weeks to realize the backfield combination that makes your offense run efficiently is sitting on your bench. 

Cheers. 

The Hangover

• South Carolina QB Connor Shaw left the Gamecocks’ loss to Tennessee with a left knee strain. 

• UCLA’s star linebacker Eric Kendricks left the Bruins loss to Stanford at halftime and was taken to the hospital with kidney pain. 

• USC’s Marqise Lee left the Trojans loss to Notre Dame with a knee injury. He didn’t return.

• Auburn safety Josh Holsey will miss with the rest of the season with a torn ACL. He suffered the injury in practice last Thursday.