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2010 season - week 2 review

Posted on: September 14, 2010 12:36 pm
 

The waters are still a bit muddy, but we have seen a bit more of these teams (except Boise) to take a look and try to decipher the 3 polls.. I have picked what I believe to be the strongest team for each ranking since the AP, Coaches, and CBSSports polls are so different. Feel free to argue any points you disagree with. I am open to that – deciphering the 2 polls, plus CBSSports’ picks wasn’t easy.

#1 - Bama appears to be the real-deal, straight up...so far. Definitely deserving of their #1 ranking.

#2 - The question about tOSU is this: "Is Miami really as good as their previous ranking would imply" - (#12 by both polls) If so, then tOSU deserves where they are ranked this week (#2) - if not, well, we will discuss that next week.

#3 - Now to Boise St. Does Boise St's win over Virginia Tech lose its importance with VT's loss to James Madison this week? It's hard to tell this early, but I believe it might be the fly in the ointment regarding just how good Boise St is (or isn't).

#4 - TCU is ranked here by AP and CBSSports, but the coaches have them tanked at #5, with UT ranked #4. TCU's schedule is the big question here, however, their players and past performances tell more of the story. TCU is chocked full of talent and is coached quite well. They play as well against their tough opponents as they do their 'iffy' ones - and they win. Their only loss in 2009 came in the Fiesta bowl - a 17-10 loss to Boise St. This week TCU plays Baylor, who is not ranked in the top 25, but is ranked #45 by AP and #68 by CBSSports. Baylor is somewhat stronger this season, but just how strong won't be clear until after the TCU game. I am comfortable with them ranked ahead of UT in the top 10 but probably would be more comfortable if they were ranked #7 or #8, at least until they've played 4 or 5 games.

#5 - Oregon is ranked here by AP and CBSSports and Coaches have them ranked at #6.  This is probably just about the right spot for Oregon. Their true strength will be revealed starting with the AZ St, Stanford games and then USC, Cal and Or St. Time will tell...

#6 – OU is ranked here by CBSSports, AP has TX here, and the Coaches have Oregon here. Being comfortable with Oregon at #5, leaves me a choice of OU or TX. I choose to go with OU because I believe OU is stronger than TX and rightfully belongs here. While OU underestimated Utah St, they managed the win. There were a few reasons laid out for their misjudgment, but that still leaves an understandable question mark; however, their strong performance against an otherwise strong FSU team shows just what they are capable of. The question is, will OU perform consistently at this level. I want to believe so, but again - only time will tell.

#7 – TX - AP has OU here, Coaches have FL here and CBSSports has Iowa here. This is where I believe TX belongs. Their SOS so far this season is weak. They have beaten Wyoming and Rice thus far by 34 pts on each outing, and giving up 24 pts total. Not bad, but not rea; impressive in my opinion. I know TX is a talented team with potential, but we haven’t seen it yet. Again – only time will tell. After the T-Tech, UCLE, OU and Nebraska game we should see just what TX is made of – as well as T-Tech, OU and Nebraska.

#8 - NU – Nebraska is ranked here by AP and Coaches, and Iowa is ranked here by CBSSports. I believe this is a good placement of the Cornhuskers. Their schedule is weak until the TX game, although they have Washington and K-St before then. They face Ok St after TX. Will know more after the dust settles for NU.

#9 – IU – AP has Iowa here, Coaches have OU here, and CBSSports has Wisconsin here. I am not overly impressed with Iowa; however, their play has been good since last season, winning tight matches by small margins, but winning, nonetheless. Not sure how to sum this one up, but “it is what it is”.

#10 – UF – AP and CBSSports have Florida here. Coaches have Iowa. While not as strong as the last 3 seasons (my opinion), they have talent and Urban Meyer. Their schedule does not get tough until Alabama and LSU. Their destiny is in their own hands. I believe they have the capability to stay in the top ten most of the season. Only time will tell…

By mid-season, I think the top 10 will be Al, Or, tOSU, OU, FL, NU, Boise St., IU, TCU, TX - not that I necessarily agree with that, but if those teams play to their potential - they are in. However, TX has OU and Neb back to back in Oct, so that could vault or destroy each of the 3 teams; FL has Alabama. That could shake things up, of course. We will see...


So, that’s it folks. Chime in and let us start discussing this. I am about as confused as anyone out there is.

Category: NCAAF
Comments

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: September 18, 2010 11:29 am
 

2010 season - week 2 review

You're so right. Big 12 is choked full of talent and at any given time, especially in the South division, these teams can explode into unbeatable mode. For example, Tex-Tech has a very real possibility of upsetting TX tonight. They play @ Tex-Tech, which is a very hard field to play at, and TX is 3 wins, 3 loses at Tech in their last 6 outings there. There are concerns, even in Austin, about TX ability to shut down the Tech running game. Since Tommy Tuberville took over this season, he has kept and improved the spread set, and greatly improved their running game, not to mention their qb Potts abilities to throw and run. It'll be a barnburner and I believe Tech wins, 27-24.



Since: Jul 2, 2010
Posted on: September 18, 2010 8:28 am
 

2010 season - week 2 review

The Big12 conference title chase might be the most interesting all season on many levels, from both the competitive and the conference pride as well as a few hurt feelings on the part of the fans and administrators.



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: September 14, 2010 12:54 pm
 

2010 season - week 2 review

There are reports of key injuries at Air Force.

badazzsooner reports: "Jared Tew, Air Force's FB and second leading rusher, is awaiting test results for a possible broken hand. Coach Calhoun says he definitely wouldnt play if its broken because of ball-security concerns. Backup Nathan Walker has 8 rushes for 33 yards so far this season and has experience playing after rushing for 218 yards last year. He is a senior."

And...

badazzsooner also reports: "Leading rusher Asher Clark is reportedly hobbled with sore ankle this week as well. Hmmm."While one might think that I, as a Sooner fan, would be happy about deficiencies in any opponent - that's just not true. It is my hope that every team OU plays is ready and healthy during the games. In fact, I hope all teams stay healthy throughout the year. I love college football because it is about love of the game and an education for the players...and it's about fair play - in my mind. Fair meaning everyone be able to give it their best shot.

Do I want the Sooners to go undefeated this season? Oh, heck yeah I do. I don't want "luck" to have anything to do with winning, or misfortune to have anything to do with losing. Just straight up football.



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