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Top 25 Week 5

Posted on: September 28, 2008 2:27 pm
Edited on: September 29, 2008 10:20 am
 

1. Oklahoma LW (2) Next: @ Baylor

2. LSU LW (3) Next: Bye

3. Alabama LW (9) Next: Kentucky

4. Missouri LW (6) Next: @ Nebraska

5.Texas LW (8) Next: @ Colorado

6. Penn. State LW (10) @ Purdue

7. BYU LW (14) Next: @ Utah State

8. USF LW ( 19) Next: Pittsburgh

9. Georgia LW (4) Next: Bye

10. USC LW (1) Next: Oregon

11. Florida LW (5) Next: @ Arkansas

12. Texas Tech LW (12) Next: @ Kansas State

13. Ohio State LW (13) Next: @ Wisconsin

14. Auburn LW (11) Next: @ Vanderbilt

15. Kansas LW (19) Next: @ Iowa State

16. Utah LW (16) Next: Oregon State

17. Virginia Tech LW (22) Next: Western Kentucky

18. Wisconsin LW (11) Next: Ohio State

19. Boise State LW ( 24) Next: Louisiana Tech

20. Fresno State LW (25) Next: Hawaii

21. Oregon LW (NR) Next: @ USC

22. Michigan State LW ( NR) Next: Iowa

23. Wake Forest LW (15) Next: Bye

24. Oklahoma State LW (NR) Next: Texas A & M

25. Vanderbilt LW (NR) Next: Auburn

 

 IN: Oregon, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt

OUT: ECU, Illinois, Clemson

  Big games next week:

Oregon @ USC

Ohio State @ Wisconsin

Oregon State @ Utah

Vanderbilt @ Auburn

Category: NCAAF
Comments

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2008 2:00 am
 

Top 25 Week 5

So with Harper starting, the offense goes nowhere?  You still have those two awesome RBs!

 Good luck!  Fight on!  Go Trojans!




Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: October 2, 2008 11:51 am
 

Top 25 Week 5

  Harper is a good runner, but that's it. He was a great runner in high school, and didn't have to really work on his passing. The plan was for him to come in and be a change of pace, like Perrilouox, for LSU last season, and that would have been fine. But he can't make throws now, and like BSU showed, the offense dies with him at QB, because there is no chance that he'll pass.



Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: October 2, 2008 11:41 am
 

Top 25 Week 5

Harris, that's the one.  No Maualuga, no problem.  I forgot his backups name but he is a solid LB.  He won't make big plays and big hits, but he's solid.  Cushing with a cast is better than 99% of the LBs in the country!  Wait I just remember, Harper was the guy that runs the ball.  Why don't you start Harper? 



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: October 2, 2008 10:19 am
 

Top 25 Week 5

 Ah, you're talking about Sonny Harris, #97.  The LB's will be very important.  I just saw that Maualuga is out, not going to risk his knee, and Cushing has a fractured hand, but he'll go with a flexible cast.  Roper probably won't even make the trip. Masoli will be the starter, Thomas the back-up.




Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: October 1, 2008 7:44 pm
 

Top 25 Week 5

Cal is kind of the wild card of the conference.  Some years they can be really good or they can free-fall last year.  I'm doubting their ability to play well now because Nate Longshore the QB last year who led the downfall is getting more reps away from Kevin Riley.  In the game against Michigan State when Longshore came in the 2nd quarter he threw the ball downfield well and then...INT.  On the next drive, another INT.  If he is starting, Cal is going to fall, this guy does nothing but throw picks when the game is on the line.

Nick Read?  I remember this really big dude that lined up in the middle of the line who kept getting tackles for loss on runs.  This guy was eating up the run.  I don't think his name was Read.  But I also remember that if this guy didn't make the tackle, the RB would get past the LBs and pick up 10 yards, getting tackled by Chung, Byrd, or the corners.  Your LBs need to step it up, I haven't seen one backfield tackle or sack from them.

Maualuga is not playing?  I didn't know!  I thought he was fine.  Cushing is fine...I think.  These guys aren't really run-stuffers, they affect the passing game more, Maualuga makes it extremely difficult for anyone to catch a short or middle pass and NOT get their head taken off by Maualuga.  And Cushing brings lots of heat on the QB, along with Rey.  Cushing also is a much better coverage guy than you might think, he is a blanket on RBs.

What's going on with Oregon's QBs?  Roper is our right?  What about that Masoli dude that runs with it?  I heard some other guy is starting, why not Masoli?  Just run around with him, right?  I don't see why they are not starting Masoli, he got some good gains running from the snap.




Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: October 1, 2008 2:14 pm
 

Top 25 Week 5

  Like I said earlier, I am far from being an ASU fan, I didn't buy into the pre-season hype, and they're doing as well as I thought they would. If Vereen picks it up for Best, that will obviously help the Bears.

You're probably mean Nick Read, who's actually a DE. He is good. The line has done a good job overall, but they still don't get to the QB as much as I'd like. They tend to stay back and guard against the run, which has worked very well so far. But, it does leave the secondary to have to play safe against the pass. You're also right about the LB's. The defensive scheme has not been as aggressive as I'd like.

  The RB's will be interesting to compare as the game goes go on. As far as Dickson goes, to be fair to him, he hasn't really been inconsistent. The play calling just hasn't included him in some of the games.  I expect they will try to go to Dickson against the Trojans. It looks like Maualuga might not play at all, Cushing is less than 100%. I realize teh back-ups are probably great player's, but the Ducks have to try every thing they can. It would be great if Williams had a big day, which could be as simple as just not dropping passes.




Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: October 1, 2008 12:37 pm
 

Top 25 Week 5

ASU hasn't lived up to their preseason hype as a potential contender to USC for Pac10 dominance.  Cal should be able to step it up.

As for Best, he's hurt, but their backup Shane Vereen has been a stud backing up Best.  He's averaging a huge number in yards per carry (his stat lines every game are like 10-80 or 6-49).  Look for Vereen to be a monster in Best's place.

The Ducks D-line has this one tackle that is really good right?  I remember in the Purdue game he was always in the backfield, the line's not that bad.  But Thurmond and Chung are excellent. The LBs have not stood out at all, when the secondary takes most of the tackles, that's not good as a defense.

Oregon is nearly as good or even better than USC at rotating in RBs, but I think one of them will get slowed down, probably JJ and Blount will have a great game.  Blount's stats have been going up week by week while JJ's have been more inconsistent.  Against a great Trojan team the better RB will stand out.

Dickson better be part of the plan at TE, I started him in college FB every week he had a bad week and the one week I don't start him is the game against Boise State when he had the 2 TDs!  He needs to be more consistent.  I think he will struggle against USC because the SC LBs are great in coverage.  Look for Jaison Williams to have a big day.




Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2008 7:21 pm
 

Top 25 Week 5

 I think I'll go with ASU, and I'm definitely not a fan, over the Bears. Is Best okay? If he's not, then there's no question that ASU wins.

 The Duck secondary has a lot of great players, each has had outstanding individual games. But as a unit they haven't really lived up to the hype. A lot of it is because the line hasn't been able to get much pressure on the QB, so the secondary has to be pretty conservative. I hope they are more aggressive against the Trojans.

 The Ducks running game is very different from the Beavers. Blount isn't going to be able to hide like Rodgers did. An advantage the Ducks have is rotating Blount and JJ. Also, I think Dickson will be a big part of the plan at tight end.




Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2008 7:08 pm
 

Top 25 Week 5

Did Michigan ST beat ND?  If I remember right they beat them in the first week.  Ok they can be there, but Cal has to be there too.  Cal is going to roll through the conference, I think they will beat ASU, struggle but hold on against Arizona, and lose to Oregon and USC.  Everyone else should be a win for them.  I know these are projections, but I would have them in the Top 25 if Michigan State is there.

Oklahoma State will drop as soon as conference play starts, they are close to finished with winning.

Ok, but Fresno State has got to be closer to Wisky!

Both Penn ST and the Longhorns have been the most impressive teams, IMO, along with Oklahoma and Mizzou. 

The Ducks D?  Don't they have something like an All-American secondary?

And I was going to say that USC should be able to slow the JJ-Blount tandem of RBs...but wait, they can't even stop a lil guy named Jacquizz Rodgers!  Ok one of those RBs will have a big day on USC, I'm guessing its Blount.  But USC will never lose two in a row.  USC 41 Oregon 35

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Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2008 1:00 pm
 

Top 25 Week 5

 Michigan St.  The Spartans are a solid team, led by Ringer, who is having a great year. Up to now, even with their loss to Cal, who was playing well at the time, they've had a tougher schedule than Oklahoma State, the Cowboys didn't even put up 40 against Washington State!!  Vanderbilt, not exactly a powerhouse schedule either.

 

   It doesn't look like VT and WF play each other this season, so beating each other won't factor in.

  Can't play the should've game here. Wisconsin beat Fresno St.

 

 If Penn. St beats tOSU that would be impressive and might push the Nittany Lions up in to the 5. I don't think #7 is forgetting, the Longhorns are looking good.

 

  USC should beat Oregon.  But, if the Ducks defense shows up, it'll be a game. If it isn't a blowout I don't think it should drop the Ducks too far.

 

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