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Deep thoughts on a football Saturday

Posted on: August 31, 2008 5:39 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2008 8:53 pm

As long as I'm piling on the ACC couldn't resist this one ...

Well, it's not an ACC error per se but why not kick a mediocre league while it's down. It seems that Duke officials 
were shocked when parachutists descended into Wallace Wade Stadium with the game ball about an hour before Saturday's 
James Madison game. One problem. Duke hadn't ordered a game ball. However, North Carolina, eight miles away, did.

 Will we look back on this as the football equivalent of The Beatles playing the Cavern Club? In other words, the 
modest beginning for a monster talent? Terrelle Pryor looked more than capable in his career debut against 
Youngstown State, 35 yards passing, 52 yards rushing and a touchdown.


For up-to-the-minute updates go to Pryor's 24-hour webcam. You've got to see the archived stuff of him having the 
Caesar salad for lunch on Friday. Classic.

 Appalachian State won! The third quarter, 7-3 over LSU.


 Nothing like patience. This from a Detroit columnist: "(Michigan quarterback) Steven Threet needs to start based on his performance 
(against Utah)." After watching that mess in The Big House does it matter?


 Hawaii AD Jim Donovan is a smart, smart man. There are no more SEC teams on the Warriors schedule for the 
foreseeable future. The last two outings against the SEC have resulted in combined losses of 97-20 to Georgia and 


 If you want to put a new name atop the hot seat list, feel free to add San Diego State's Chuck Long. We did get 
our designated I-AA upset late Saturday although it wasn't the earth shaker you might think. Cal Poly beat the Aztecs 
for the second time in three seasons. This time it was 29-27. A San Diego columnist the program "reached the bottom of its existence."


 Big 12 starting quarterbacks threw a combined 20 touchdown passes on Saturday. That's an average of 2.2 per man without two of the  nine starters throwing for a score. The breakdown:  Kansas' Todd Reesing (three), Missouri's Chase Daniel (three), Nebraska's Joe Ganz (four), Kansas State's Josh Freeman  (three), Texas' Colt McCoy (three), Texas' A&M Stephen McGee (none), Texas Tech's Graham Harrell (two), Oklahoma State's Zac  Robinson (none) and Oklahoma's Sam Bradford (two).


 Five years ago to the day Dennis Franchione started his Texas A&M career with a 26-11 victory over Arkansas State. 
Franchione's replacement, Mike Sherman,wasn't so fortunate losing to the Red Wolves 18-14 in his first game as 
Aggies' coach. The usually staid Associated Press called it "one of the most embarrassing losses in A&M history."  

 Nebraska recovered a fumble against Western Michigan. That brings the Huskers to one-third of their total for all 
of 2007.

 Pittsburgh is now 5-13 since starting 6-1 in 2006. 

 How important are those Virginia Tech special teams? Huge. The Hokies had won 17 consecutive games when blocking a 
kick. Ironically, East Carolina's T.J. Lee blocked a punt and scored the game-winning touchdown in a 27-22 Pirates' 
victory. East Carolina became the only team below the BCS level that beat a top 20 team. The other teams 
with a win over top 20 wins on Saturday were Missouri and Alabama.


The Pirates became the first Conference USA team to beat back-to-back ranked teams. They had defeated Boise State in 
last year's Hawaii Bowl. That says more about Conference USA than it does East Carolina. Conference USA is 13 years 

 Injury watch: Georgia's monster defensive tackle Jeff Owens is out for the season with a knee. How many more injuries can UGA stand?...There are varying reports about the severity of Jeremy Maclin's injury late Saturday. Missouri's all-purpose 
king apparently twisted an ankle (X-rays were negative).


 Novenas are being said in Columbus for tailback Beanie Wells. Ohio State's tailback has some sort of right foot 
problem. Again, X-rays were negative. Even if he is 100 percent look for Jim Tressel to seriously limiting Wells' 
playing time this week against Ohio. The Bucks need him healthy for USC in two weeks. We should know something on Monday.


 Most impressive on opening weekend? It had to be USC which slapped around Virginia. Pete Carroll looked like he 
was sandbagging us during the preseason. Three weeks after dislocating his knee, quarterback Mark Sanchez looks 
ready and able to become the new Leinart after throwing for a career-high 338 yards.


"Everything happened just right," Carroll said. "Too bad we let them score."

 If you're looking ahead to Tennessee-UCLA on Monday night consider UCLA's Kevin Craft. The juco transfer 
quarterback faces some uphill odds. The last juco transfer qb to lead a team to a Pac-10 title was USC's Tim Green in 

 Hurricane Gustav's impact is being felt all the way to Alabama. Tulane has already gone threat ahead of the storm 
in preparations for this week's game at Alabama. Troy goes over to LSU in a game that could be a prime candidate for 
cancellation. The Category 3 storm is expected to hit Louisiana on Monday.


 OK, so there is no Terrelle Pryor 24-hour webcam but if you got down this far believing it, gotcha!



Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2008 7:30 pm

Deep thoughts on a football Saturday

Appalachian State won! The third quarter, 7-3 over LSU.

Still, they lost 41-13. Anybody who was looking at this game could see that Appy State was not going to pull what they did last year.

Pete Carroll looked like he  was sandbagging us during the preseason.

Does Pete Carrol sandbag? No, I thought Sanchez did have a problem with his knee, but it looked fine to me in the last practice.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2008 1:52 pm

Deep thoughts on a football Saturday

I agree completely.  Colt McCoy has put up some exceedingly impressive runs in his career at Texas. 

I would venture to say that he is THE most underrated running QB in college today.   He has open field skills a lot of RB's out there do not.  he is just plain shifty.

Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2008 5:00 pm

Deep thoughts on a football Saturday

Hey Dodd , Is that creepy pic from your Facebook or Mysapce page know the one where you tell people you are a respected journalist ......  I think we may have seen you on one of those Dateline specials on How to Catch a Predator ......     For once you actually wrote a piece that did not have  " Joe Pa must go " or PSU sucks ...... I am mildly impressed but then again its only the first week and I am sure a toolbox like yourself has a couple of those stories just wanting to be run ......

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2008 1:48 pm

Deep thoughts on a football Saturday


I'm taking that bet.  Stafford will NOT beat any big 12 qb by double digits in the draft.  Hope you got more than just a milk crate and a banjo; I already have those...

Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2008 12:25 pm

Deep thoughts on a football Saturday

You're right - the Big XII has gotten offense-heavy in the recent past.  It didn't used to be this way, but the Spread has really changed how games are managed and how coaches recruit.  The pendulum will swing back the other way, probably sooner rather than later, but at the moment some Big XII defenses leave quite a bit to be desired.  I don't think you mentioned Nebraska's DEF, but last year (under a different coaching staff than this year, mind you) the Huskers were something like 112th out of 119 teams in total DEF.  Abysmal. 

Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2008 12:21 pm

Deep thoughts on a football Saturday

While you're saluting your Big XII QBs, let's not forget Joe Ganz from Nebraska.  He's a fine QB, he can run and throw, and if it wasn't for the ridiculous QB depth in the Big XII he'd be getting some decent press.  Yeah, NU's QB records feature more rushing than passing stats, but Ganz will have them completely rewritten by the end of the year. 

That list is great, but it should read, "Big 12 QBs, I salute you. Harrell, Daniel, Bradford, Reesing, Freeman, McCoy, Robinson, Hawkins and Ganz."

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2008 11:46 am

Deep thoughts on a football Saturday

When you actually have a running game, you don't need 300 yards passing. Go look at our games since Stafford has been there, and there are only two where we could have used 300yds. But thanks for caring!

Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2008 10:27 am

Deep thoughts on a football Saturday

They maybe good but Big Xll is not the SEC which is among the highest pass defenses in the nation. For instance South Carolina had the 6th best pass defense was also the first loss for Georgia last year and the other loss came against another SEC team, Tennesee. And no I'm not a Georgia fan.

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2008 8:37 am

Deep thoughts on a football Saturday

nice of you to only mention tech.  how about kansas, missouri, oklahoma, and texas.  balanced offense.  aggressive D.  who cares about the BCS results.  the media is east coast biased in the first place.  do you honestly believe that the SEC is the best conference in football year after year?  if you do think that, then you have to but the BIG XII as a close 2nd.  we're comin up baby!

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2008 8:35 am

Deep thoughts on a football Saturday

didn't you get the irony? whoopty doo, they scored a touchdown.  he was referring to the win in the big house last year.  get off the SEC high horse and come back to earth.  no SEC team will be reppin in the national title game.

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