San Francisco Giants and Notre Dame Roll On.

Lincecum has been the X-Factor for Bochy as he nears his 2nd World Series in 3 Years

This time it was Ryan Voglesong’s turn in the rotation. He didn’t miss a beat as he produced his own masterpiece going 5-2/3 innings.  It was precisely the kind of economical  pitching that Bruce Bochy wanted and needed. Voglesong was quoted in his pre-game press conference as saying, “If you’re concerned with the cold then you’re not focusing on what you’re doing.” He cited a start he made at Wrigley Field in May, 2011, when the game-time temperature was 43 with a 20mph wind out of left field  and  rain falling. That game he went 6 innings and struck out 7 while allowing one walk. Despite last night’s temperatures in the mid-40’s, Voglesong’s numbers showed he was again focused on what he was doing.  He pushed the Tigers to the brink of elimination and forced to face the Giants’ ace in a must-win game.

Like Game 2, Game 3 was another 2-0 shutout for the Giants. The bullpen continuing to be the story for San Francisco.  Voglesong’s relief was 2-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum who dominanted over 2 1/3 innings and kept the Tigers’ bats silent. Tim Lincecum’s struggles as a starter throughout the season has been a blessing-in-disguise for the Giants who now have an anchor coming out of the bullpen who can do long relief and be a bridge to closer Sergio Romo. The San Francisco pitching staff is starting to reach the kind of dominance that the 2005 White Sox had when it went 11-1 in the postseason, which was highlighted by four straight complete games in the ALCS against the Angels. It’s tough to imagine, but Detroit has been the pre-game favorite for each game in this World Series yet has only mustered a total of 3 runs.

Golson’s Coming Of Age & Calmness Dominates in Norman

The college football game of the week turned out to be the blowout that no one expected. Notre Dame was a 13-point underdog at kickoff and went on to cover the spread as they destroyed the Sooners in a game that wasn’t even remotely as close as the score suggests. Everett Golson and the run game consistently chewed up yardage and – at the game’s most critical point – Golson threw a 50-yard strike to Chris Brown that set up the eventual game-winning touchdown. Landry Jones never got in rhythm with his wide receivers and had to throw the ball 51 times because his running game was stymied by a seemingly impenetrable front four of Notre Dame that is starting to look like an SEC defense.

The Notre Dame defense was outstanding from beginning to end, and the game which everyone had going the other way was a complete disaster for Bob Stoops. Blake “Belldozer” Bell appeared to have scored an early touchdown when OU entered the red-zone in the 2nd quarter, but a late holding call on the play negated the score depriving the Sooners the early lead and destroying their momentum. This seemed to be a story of the night as the Sooners never got out of their own way and played right into the Irish game plan that Brian Kelly had drawn up perfectly.

The Irish are now 8-0 for the first time since 2002 and with a quality win on the road coupled by the upset of Florida in Jacksonville, the Irish could find themselves in the top three of the BCS tonight. The end of the road is now in sight for Notre Dame as it plays two of their next three games at home. The Irish travel to Chestnut Hill in two weeks to play BC who is 2-6 and shouldn’t pose much of a threat. The real test comes on November 24th when they travel to Los Angeles to face a USC team that now only stands to play the spoiler role with their loss to Arizona and an extremely tough game next week against Oregon who scored 70 points today.

Looming everpresent for the Irish is a Kansas State team that continues to roll with Heisman frontrunner Colin Klein at the helm. KSU blew out Texas Tech today and is assured the number 2 spot in the BCS. If both teams run the table for the rest of year there could be talk of computer malfunction after championship weekend in December.