Well, I’m back. And so is college football for another week of gridiron excitement!
Out west in the Pac-12, the Washington Huskies 🐺 dispatched the Oregon State Beavers ⚫️🟠 by a score of 19-7 on Friday night. On Saturday evening, Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars 🐆 will be on the road playing the California Golden Bears 🐻. The #7 Oregon Ducks 🦆 are on the bye.
As for my beloved Texas Tech Red Raiders 🏴☠️, they will be playing the West Virginia Mountaineers ⛰ in Morgantown on Saturday morning. The game is a must win for the Pirates of the Prairie if they are to have any hope of attaining bowl eligibility.
Most of college football fandom will be focusing on a couple of marquee matchups between undefeated teams in the South and Midwest. In the SEC, the #2 LSU Tigers 🐯 will face the #3 Alabama Crimson Tide 🐘 in Tuscaloosa. And in a clash of Big Ten titans, the upstart #17 Minnesota Golden Gophers 🐿 play host to the #4 Penn State Nittany Lions 🦁.
Interesting fact about the University of Minnesota: it is known as the “Birthplace of Cheerleading.” In 1898, during a football game between Minnesota and Northwestern, an undergraduate student named Johnny Campbell led the home crowd in cheering “Rah, Rah, Rah! Ski-U-Mah! Hoo-Rah! Hoo-Rah! Varsity! Varsity! Varsity! Minn-E-So-Tah!” And from that point, a tradition was born.
After the University of Minnesota went co-ed in 1923, cheerleading quickly (and blessedly) became a female-dominated activity.
One final note: my paternal grandfather was an alumnus of the University of Minnesota. Class of 1926.
Aaaaand – in the immortal words of Paul Harvey – now you know the *rest* of the story. 😎