Wednesday, November 3, 2010

What I Saw In College Football

Auburn and Oregon kept the train rolling last week with a pair of impressive wins. Cam Newton and company took care of Ole Miss 51-31 and Oregon took USC's best punch and laughed it off and beat the Trojans 53-32. It looks like easy sledding for Auburn until the Iron Bowl game against Alabama. Oregon goes against another ranked foe in Arizona this Saturday.

The Big Least, I mean the Big East, and the ACC should give up their BCS bids at least for this year. Granted, Pittsburgh has picked it up since league play has started. But they were also embarrassed in their non-conference games. So their goes their credibility. West Virginia should be the class of this league, but they've underachieved since Rich Rodriguez left town. Imagine that. UConn was thought of as the favorite, and the Huskies haven't recovered from getting beatdown in Ann Arbor. The best story is Syracuse, who is 6-2 and 3-1 in league play. But do you really want to see any of these teams endure an ass kicking in a BCS game. NO!

The ACC has been just as bad. Miami and Florida State should win this conference on reputation alone, with Virginia Tech right there. It seems like every time one of these teams looks like it's gonna turn the corner, they get hit by a bus on the way to the corner. Virginia Tech suffered an embarassing loss to James Madison, Florida State was shamed by Oklahoma, and Miami shot itself in the foot against Ohio State. The NCAA killed North Carolina's season before it started. Butch Davis should get a medal for what he's done, but he might get shown the door. Add to that, they barely survived William & Mary.Clemson underperforms every year. NC State is a pleasant surprise and Virginia Tech has kicked it up a notch in league play. They might be worthy of a BCS showing, but there's also the memory of the James Madison Dukes that tells me they're not worthy.

Ron Zook is quietly putting together a solid season at Illinois. Being a Michigan fan this team has always been a thorn in my side. The Illini have a solid running game and play hard nosed defense. If they had any kind of explosiveness on offense they might be leading the Big Ten. They are favored over Michigan, on the road, this week.

I genuinely feel sorry for Turner Gill.

How did Navy lose to Duke after thrashing Notre Dame? Speaking of the domers, nice call at the end of the game. Keep losing games to the likes of Tulsa and NBC might terminate that tv contract.

Tommy Tuberville might be the right coach at the wrong place. It seems odd that he stayed with the Mike Leach based offense. It just doesn't seem right. He also should stay away from onside kicks.

How many more beatdowns before Cal tires of Jeff Tedford. I don't like to see anyone lose their job and believe Tedford can right the ship. Everytime I look at the ticker they're getting beat by 38.

Florida and Georgia put on a show despite both teams having a down year. A high five goes to both teams that could've packed it in for the year.

Baylor thoroughly surprised me by going in to Austin to best the Longhorns. Robert Griffin is the man. You can't stop RG III. Washington should be ashamed. There's no way they should be getting shut out at home with Jake Locker under center. His NFL stock is way down.

Game of the week: TCU vs. Utah for Mountain West supremacy. This is almost like Flair vs. Sting in a loser leaves town match, since the Utes will be gone after this year.

Under the radar game of the week: Hawaii vs. Boise State. You gotta give the Broncos the nod on the blue turf. Remember that Warriors quarterback Bryant Moniz has put up monster numbers and gave USC all they could handle in the opener. I doubt it'll happen, but there could be a surprise here.

Condolences to Mississippi State defensive end Nick Bell and Notre Dame videographer Declan Sullivan. You two young men are in a better place.

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