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Sports College football report card: Gig 'em! Texas A&M aces its Alabama test; who wants brisket brittle?

21:00  10 october  2021
21:00  10 october  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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After the first few weeks of grading, it is clear that the state of college football gets crazier every Saturday.

There is no grading on a curve here, so failing marks have zero chance of being reversed, and passing ones are handed out less frequently. (Again, reminding people that emails and complaint tweets will be deleted.)

Aggies RB Devon Achane (6) and WR Jalen Preston (5) celebrate Ainias Smith's touchdown against Alabama in the fourth quarter. © Thomas Shea, USA TODAY Sports Aggies RB Devon Achane (6) and WR Jalen Preston (5) celebrate Ainias Smith's touchdown against Alabama in the fourth quarter.

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Who saw this coming?

Every week, hundreds of sports writers predict what is going to happen in college football. And every week, without fail, we (including me) fall flat on our face trying to play Nostradamus.

Case in point, Saturday's prime-time matchup between Alabama and Texas A&M. The Aggies weren't supposed to have a shot against 'Bama, with some no doubt questioning why the game was put in a plum spot by CBS.

Well, that's why they play the games, as the Crimson Tide's 19-game winning streak and 100-game win streak against unranked opponents was snapped after Seth Small's 28-yard field goal gave A&M a 41-38 win.

Gig 'em, for at least one week.

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Jimbo Fisher beats Nick Saban: A

Dappin' to the end zone

Michigan State wasn't about to settle for three yards and a cloud of dust against Rutgers. Every chance the Spartans got, they went for big plays. In the first half alone, Jalen Nailor scored on touchdown catches of 63, 63 and 65 yards.

In the third quarter, running back Kenneth Walker got in on the action, taking a handoff at the 6-yard line, breaking to the left and juking while Rutgers defenders flailed at this feet.

Outstanding blocking by the Spartans made it look so easy that Walker and Nailor gave each other a dap around the 15-yard line as Walker coasted into the end zone for a 94-yard touchdown run -- the longest play from scrimmage in school history in Sparty's 31-13 win. Walker had 232 yards rushing and Nailor caught five passes for 221 yards.

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Sparty shows off: A

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Try the crane kick next time

In any other sense, the "foot" in football is supposed to be reserved for kickers. Except no one told Arkansas defensive back LaDarrius Bishop during the Hogs' game against Ole Miss.

In the second quarter, Rebels quarterback Matt Corral took off to the right pylon trying to tie the score at 14 with a two-point conversion attempt. Corral's pump fake got Bishop in the air, and Bishop's left leg hit Corral square upside his head. Ole Miss converted the two points and went on to win a wild one, 52-51, in Oxford, complete with top-shelf trolling by the Rebels' social media department after the game.

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Brisket brittle?

For those who haven’t visited the State Fair of Texas, you are missing out on one of the grand spectacles in sports when Oklahoma and Texas hook up every October. Not only do some fans teach their young children to cuss at you and throw middle fingers at their opponent, the teams' buses are escorted into the Cotton Bowl by law enforcement … just because.

But the most tasty treat of course is the food. Check out the menu of new food the fair offers -- with probably 99.9% of it fried.

Among the concoctions available is brisket brittle, described as a “confectionary delight” having the “rich, buttery, crunchy, sweet deliciousness of an old-fashioned peanut brittle.” The peanuts are replaced with the “smokey goodness of Texas brisket.” Tasty.

If that doesn’t do it for you, try the twice-fried albondigas, deep-fried pancakes, deep fried peach cobbler soul rolls, and if you can’t wait until Thanksgiving, scarf down some gobble balls, which in layman’s terms are turkey nuggets.

Taste bud explosion: A+

180/100 blood pressure and subsequent food coma: D-

The fox could.go.all.the.way.

Speaking of the Red River Rivalry, Showdown, Shootout, Brouhaha or whatever they are calling it these days, there was plenty of Swiss cheese defense and big plays during the 55-48 Oklahoma win.

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But perhaps the most impressive feat came from a fox that somehow got into the Cotton Bowl and juked his way to the Oklahoma end zone.

Notice in the short clip that no one in their right mind was getting in its way and trying to play the hero. Combine scouts noticed its agility and top-end speed, making him a top prospect for next April's draft. But that draft grade takes a hit because of the fox's poor work ethic, leadership and small hands.

2022 mock draft 15.0: B+

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: College football report card: Gig 'em! Texas A&M aces its Alabama test; who wants brisket brittle?

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