Tailgate Talk: Rivalry Week

Hi everyone. Welcome back to another edition of Tailgate Talk. Each week I recap some of the major games from the week before and preview the games next week. Feel free to talk about the games, off season antics, seasons past, health concerns, ethics, the bands, the mascots, or what have you. However, if you’re here to complain about “sportsball,” this is simply not the forum for you, okay?

Miami @ Pitt Pitt’s freshman quarterback Kenny Pickett ran for two touchdowns and threw for another. He threw for 193 yards and ran for 60. Malik Rosier completed just 15 of 34 passes for 187 and two touchdowns and was briefly pulled in the fourth quarter. The Panthers beat the Hurricanes 24-14.


Alabama @ Auburn Alabama’s Jalen Hurts passed for 177 yards and a touchdown while running 17 times for 80 yards, but Alabama had two straight botched snaps on a promising drive in the fourth quarter. Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham completed 21 of 28 passes for 237 yardsand ran for 50 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown scamper early in the fourth quarter. Auburn rolled over the Tide 26-14


Clemson @ South Carolina Clemson quarterback Bryant completed 23 of 34 passes for 272 yards, including two touchdown passes to Hunter Renfrow. The highlight being a twisting, 61-yard catch and run in the third quarter. The Tigers beat the Gamecocks 34-10.

West Virginia @ Oklahoma After Baker Mayfield was benched for all of two plays, Kyler Murray, a transfer from Texas A&M, started in Mayfield’s place and took off for a 66-yard run on the first play from scrimmage. When Mayfield entered the game, he threw for 281 yards and three touchdowns. The Sooners beat the Mountaineers 59-31.

Wisconsin @ Minnesota Alex Hornibrook threw for 151 yards and three touchdows, and Jonathan Taylor rushed for 149 yards and a score as the Badgers shut out the Golden Gophers 31-0


Notre Dame @ Stanford Notre Dame’s Brandon Wimbush threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns, but two interceptions. Stanford rallied with three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The Cardinal beat the Fighting Irish 38-20

Ohio State @ Michigan Ohio State backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins threw for 94 yards after coming in for an injured J.T. Barrett. Barrett scored a touchdown each in the air and the ground. The Buckeyes beat the Wolverines 31-20.

Around the League: Georgia took care of Georgia Tech 38-7; UCF stayed undefeated by edging out USF 49-42; Florida State beat rival Florida 38-22; Penn State beat Maryland 66- 3; Washington State lost to Washington 41- 14; Michigan State beat Rutgers 40- 7; LSU beat Texas A&M 45- 21; Oklahoma State beat Kansas 58- 17; Memphis beat East Carolina 70- 13

Couching Carousel: After ghosting Florida, Chip Kelly gives UCLA a nod. Bret Bielema is out at Arkansas (rumors said he was fired as he was walking off the field, but he was let go in the visiting coach’s office), Mike Riley out at Nebraska

Play of the week: Pitt’s Kenny Pickett’s bootleg touchdown run. https://youtu.be/eKYPFVSnWBY

This weeks tailgate recipe: Turkey Breakfast Tacos courtesy of Martha Stewart


INGREDIENTS: 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil; 3/4 cup thinly sliced onion (from 1 small); 2 teaspoons minced garlic (2 cloves); Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper; 1 1/2 cups shredded cooked turkey; 1/4 cup spicy red or green salsa, plus more for serving; 8 (6-inch) corn tortillas; 3/4 cup mashed sweet potatoes, heated; Sour cream, grated extra-sharp cheddar, fried eggs (optional), and lime wedges, for serving DIRECTIONS: Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high. Add onion and garlic; season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add turkey and cook, stirring, until heated through, about 2 minutes. Stir in salsa and heat through, about 1 minute more. Place a tortilla directly on a gas flame or in a heavy skillet over high heat. When edges begin to char, about 15 seconds, turn; cook second side until bubbles form all over surface, about 15 seconds more. Wrap in a clean kitchen towel. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Layer each tortilla with mashed sweet potatoes, then turkey mixture. Top with salsa, sour cream, cheese, and eggs. Serve, with lime wedges.