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The Thanksgiving weekend of 1971 is considered the gold standard of epic rivalry games: No. Cheap Tyler Eifert Jersey . 1 Nebraska defeated No. 2 Oklahoma 35-31 in one of the earliest showdowns tagged as the Game of the Century, and No. 3 Alabama defeated No. 5 Auburn 31-7. Two weekends remain before we get to Thanksgiving, but already it appears as if the Ohio State-Michigan and Alabama-Auburn rivalry games this season will be important beyond their large and passionate fan bases. All four teams are in the top 10, and these two upcoming contests look like the only top-10 matchups remaining before Championship Saturday. Those of us who remember Thanksgiving 1971 are very excited.1. To recap just how well the Ohio State offense played on Saturday night in the Buckeyes 62-3 rout of Nebraska, consider: Eight touchdowns, two field goals and the final possession running the clock out. No punts (but one fumble on special teams). The Buckeyes gained 590 yards of total offense. Converted 11 of 15 third downs. No sacks. Head coach Urban Meyer, as amazed Sunday as he was immediately after the game, said J.T. Barrett threw to his third receiver 12 times. The Buckeyes held the ball for nearly 23 minutes in the second half. All this against a Cornhuskers defense that ranked 15th in scoring defense (18.4) and 20th in total defense (342.1).2. Ohio State bounced back after three lackluster weeks. USC takes a five-game winning streak to Washington on Saturday. And heres another team showing life after a stumble: Texas (5-4) has won three of four games. The standards for a good defense are low in the Big 12. But in those four games, the Longhorns have gotten a little better. They limited Kansas State to one second-half touchdown in a 24-21 loss, beat Iowa State 27-6 and then held Baylor to 34 points and the Texas Tech offense to 30. To put it another way, the Longhorns are 4-1 when they hold their opponents to fewer than 45 points. The Charlie Strong soap opera might finish with a happy ending yet.3. The inability of LSU to open holes for Leonard Fournette against Alabama is reminiscent of Peyton Manning going 0-for-4 against Florida in the mid-1990s. It reflects more on the superstar than on his teammates, and yet Fournette couldnt run because the offensive line couldnt create room for him. In three games against the Crimson Tide, Fournette gained 145 yards on 57 carries, with one touchdown. Fournettes long gain: 18 yards, on the 22-yard drive that led to the above score -- a one-yard plunge last season in the fourth quarter, when the game was out of reach. Manning had a career that will put him in the College Football Hall of Fame. So has Fournette. But each of their careers has an asterisk.4. Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News, spot on per usual, wrote Saturday night that LSU has to solve the thorny problem of what you do when you make a game mean everything -- and then lose it. That seems to be an occupational hazard among Alabamas SEC opponents. Tennessee fell apart after losing to Alabama for the 10th consecutive year. Texas A&M lost at Mississippi State. Ole Miss is 1-3 in the league since blowing a 21-point lead against the Crimson Tide. I dont know whether its the physical toll of playing Alabama or the mental one. But the Crimson Tide are casting a large shadow.5. The Stanford offense continues to operate without an effective passing game -- the restraint in keeping the redshirt on freshman quarterback K.J. Costello is admirable -- and without an offensive line that pushes tacklers around the way it had in winning three of the past four Pac-12 titles. But just when Stanford looked its worst, the schedule provided help. After wins over Arizona and Oregon State, the leagues two last-place teams, Stanford now faces three of the four worst defensive teams in the FBS: at Oregon (127th), at Cal (125th) and, on Thanksgiving Saturday, a nonconference home game against Rice (128th and last).6. The Ducks (3-6) must win out to automatically qualify for their 12th consecutive bowl; although with a 967 APR, the Ducks might have a chance at a bowl bid, should they finish 5-7. There are 11 teams with bowl streaks of at least 11 seasons, and the only other one in danger of not getting to 12 is Georgia (5-4); the Dawgs have a game with Louisiana-Lafayette (3-6) between their rivalry games against Auburn and Georgia Tech. The team with the longest bowl streak? Florida State, which has extended it to 35 games. To explain how good that is, Virginia Tech, which has the second longest such streak, will be going to only its 24th straight bowl.7. I dont know if San Diego State set a record for earliest clinching of a division championship, but the Aztecs nailed down the Mountain West Squared with three Saturdays to spare. They are 8-1 and 5-0 in conference play, they have a 16-game winning streak in the MWC, and they have the FBSs leading rusher in Donnel Pumphrey. So why does it feel as if coach Rocky Long has outfitted his entire team in invisibility cloaks from Hogwarts? Part of it is the one loss, at South Alabama (which also beat Mississippi State but is 1-4 in the Sun Belt). And San Diego State is the ultimate example of a college program in an NFL market that doesnt pay much attention to it. Cheap Tyler Boyd Jersey . -- Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson asked his players a simple question during Fridays morning shootaround: How many of them had ever been on a team 14 games over . Cheap Bengals Jerseys Authentic . Following a lopsided 5-2 loss against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night, Paul MacLean told reporters that "theres a lack of focus, theres a lack of leadership and theres a lack of preparation" with his struggling team. That came on the heels of Bryan Murray taking the unusual step of going into the locker room at the Prudential Center and addressing the players himself. http:///...alex-erickson-jersey . The return match will take place next Wednesday. Udinese leads Fiorentina 2-1 in the other semifinal. Napoli staged a second-half comeback from two goals down after Gervinhos opener and a stunning strike from Kevin Strootman. College football might own Saturdays, but the coaching hot seat is all about Sundays this season. Three of the past five Sundays have included coach firings, as four FBS programs -- LSU, Florida International, Purdue and Fresno State -- now feature vacancies.If coaches like Texas Charlie Strong and Oregons Mark Helfrich dont start getting better results Saturday, theyy will have some tense Sundays ahead. Cheap Giovani Bernard Jersey. . Its time to re-rank the hot seat, which features some new names, some shuffling and one prominent SEC coach moving out.The top spot hasnt changed, but theres plenty of shuffling afterward. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '