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Deep thoughts on a football Saturday

Posted on: September 14, 2008 1:59 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2008 10:51 am

One last reaction from Ohio State-USC:

"I can't believe that we screwed up so badly," Ohio State offensive tackle Alex Boone told reporters. "I cannot 
believe this is second time this happened to this team. I thought this team made it clear after the national 
championship game -- all the gassers we ran, and all the running we did that we weren't going to mess up anymore. 
Apparently, that wasn't evident."

Second time?

 A lot of history has been made at Notre Dame, not a lot of it on crutches. Notre Dame is 2-0 after beating 
Michigan 35-17 and, if you believe in omens Irish fans, Charlie Weis still has another knee to tear up. Not to go ND message 
board here, but the schedule does look favorable especially if Notre Dame keeps getting six turnovers a game.


Sept. 20, at Michigan State; Sept. 27, Purdue; Oct. 4, Stanford. Do I smell 4-1?

 It was not a good day in the Pac-10. Washington State, Washington, UCLA, Cal, Arizona State, Stanford and Arizona lost by an 
average of 23.3 points. That includes Arizona State's overtime -- but no less humiliating -- loss to visiting UNLV 
and UCLA's mind-bending 59-0 tank job at BYU.


That last score has me wondering how Tennessee is feeling right now.

"A butt whoopin'. We got our butts whooped," linebacker Reggie Carter told the Los Angeles Times. "I'm going home, 
go to sleep, and tomorrow forget about it."

Easier said than done. UCLA's worst loss since 1929 was complete and had me wondering which team competed in the 
Pac-10 and which was in the Mountain West? BYU's Max Hall had seven touchdown passes in THREE QUARTERS. The 
decade-old Mountain West went 4-0 against the Pac-10 on Saturday.

 In Oklahoma's 55-14 win over Washington, Bob Stoops won his 100th game in his 122nd game as the Sooners' coach. That's the eighth-fastest to 100 in history. It's also the second-highest total for a coach in 10 seasons.


Barry Switzer also reached No. 100 in his 122nd game. Legend Bud Wilkinson is No. 3 on the list getting to the milestone in 111 games. Oklahoma is the only school to have four coaches with at least 100 victories -- Stoops, Switzer, Wilkinson and Bennie Owen. Stoops' teams have scored at least 50 points in 24 of his victories.

 What is it with Oregon quarterbacks and knee problems? The Ducks' season hangs in the balance after its third 
starting quarterback in 10 months went down. Justin Roper reportedly tore his left MCL against Purdue and could be 
out as long as two to four weeks. There's not a lot behind Roper. Freshman Chris Harper finished the game against 
Purdue, a 32-26 overtime victory. Bellotti says juco transfer Jeremiah Masoli and freshman Darron Thomas will also 
get looks.


Oregon has had enough problems lately with quarterbacks being injured. Dennis Dixon's injury derailed a possible 
national championship run. In the preseason Nate Costa suffered an ACL injury that has him out of the season.

 It almost went unnoticed that Florida State could still have to forfeit games as part of the penalties involving 
the academic scandal. If so, Joe Paterno could take a commanding lead in the all-time victories race. We're talking 
about Florida State's seven victories from 2007. The legendary coaches are tied at 375 victories apiece after Penn 
State beat Syracuse on Saturday and Florida State clobbered Chattanooga.


 Michigan State and Florida Atlantic combined for 20 punts and 36 incomplete passes in the Spartans' soggy 17-0 
victory. The Owls' Rusty Smith completed only eight of 34 passes.


 Cal became the West Coast Clemson when it failed to show up at Maryland. The Bears scored 21 fourth-quarter 
points to make it cosmetic but their 35-27 loss to the Terps was crippling. Cal was outmatched on both sides of the 
line for most of the game.


 Missouri has scored on its last 13 possession with Chase Daniel at quarterback (12 touchdowns, one field goal). If 
he could only stay on the field. The Tigers have boat-raced their past two opponents (Southeast Missouri State and 
Nevada) so thoroughly that Daniel has been removed in the second half of each game.


In that abbreviated action, Daniel has completed 40 of 46 the past two games for 663 yards and seven touchdowns. 
Against the Wolf Pack, Daniel completed 23 of 28 for 405 yards and four touchdowns.

 You knew East Carolina was due for a letdown. Patrick Pinkney threw a late touchdown pass against Tulane and the 
Pirates are 3-0 for the first time since 1999.


 Oklahoma State continues to amaze. The Cowboys passed only 10 times in a 57-13 victory over Missouri State. Their 
450 rushing yards were the fifth-most in school history. Okie State did this (offensively) last year but were just 
as bad on defense as they were good on offense.


 Looking ahead to next week, it's the SEC's world and we're only living in it: Georgia is at Arizona State, LSU 
goes to Auburn, Arkansas plays Alabama in the Ego Bowl. Oh, and apparently Florida is playing Tennessee too. That's 
three games with both teams being ranked.


 The best of the rest: (These teams weren't good enough to get into my top 25 but deserve mention) 1, Oklahoma 
State; 2, Vanderbilt; 3, Kentucky; 4, Nebraska; 5, TCU; 6, Notre Dame; 7, Northwestern; 8, Boise State; 9, Iowa; 10, 
Florida State; 11, Minnesota; 12, UNLV.


 Heisman Watch: 1, Chase Daniel, Missouri; 2, Sam Bradford, Oklahoma; 3, Max Hall, BYU.


 If you've got the time and the money go to The Huntley hotel in Santa Monica and take the elevator to The Penthouse. It's a Stars War bar scene of young hipsters trying to be crucially cool. The doors of the elevator opened and I immediately felt like a janitor. I can't believe places like this existed. It's a cliche of L.A. Not to drop names but someone said Jamie Foxx was there.

Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2008 7:09 pm

Deep thoughts on a football Saturday

It's not just Ohio States that need to go.  Most of the Big Ten needs to fire there offensive coordinators.  The big ten is too predictable. I'm an Iowa fan and can tell you what play is going to be run when.  We most likely will run on first down if it is tied or leading and then on second down , if we didn't do well on first which most of the time we don't we run it again.  On third down if it is more than three yards we will pass.  If it is 3 yards or less we run.  We usually are stopped on third down therefore we punt on fourth.  I'm sick of the predictability.  That is why the SEC and Big 12 whoop up on big ten teams.  They still run the classic run it and wear 'em down strategy because we are built on our strength.  Speed is too dominant now so the classic big ten way doesn't work anymore.  Let's recruit speed and strength and promote more passing from accurate but very mobile QB's and then the Big Ten will dominate the SEC, and OHio State can finally get there championship over an SEC team that it so rightly deserves.  Even though I can't stand OSU!

Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2008 12:54 pm

Deep thoughts on a football Saturday

I think people are jumping on the "USC is the best team in the Nation" wagon WAY too soon, they need to jump on the "OSU WAS and typically IS overrated" wagon.  Sanchez didn't put up any "heisman" worthy numbers...The best D in the nation at OSU?...Wow, they held a good USC team to under 40 points!  That's amazing!  Jim is a classy coach, but it's safe to say OSU is rebuilding and not reloading.  People need to accept that.  I would say a top 5 USC team beat a maybe 25th-30th ranked OSU by 32, and with the way it usually goes...I could see a USC vs. OSU rematch in a snooze fest Rose Bowl.    Then again, OSU could lose to the Trojans of Troy this weekend and drop two or three in the Big Ten to play in the Toilet Bowl where they will realize that their poo, in fact, does stink like everyone else's... 

Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2008 10:25 am

Deep thoughts on a football Saturday

What a fool.... I have never seen such crap in my life......    &
nbsp; Booooo!!!!!!!!   Boooooooooo!!!!  Go home , you biased sports writers!!

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2008 4:54 pm

Deep thoughts on a football Saturday

Petrino and Saban.  "nuff said.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2008 3:57 pm

Deep thoughts on a football Saturday

i agree.... I think ND will lose to MSU and Purdue... They will beat Stanford cause it's at home but even that isn't for sure.  UM had 7 turnovers, 4 in ND red zone..... Not exactly anything that ND did to win as much as UM did to lose.

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2008 3:35 pm

Deep thoughts on a football Saturday

I thought it was pretty clear what he meant...Bobby Petrino vs. Nick Saban

Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2008 11:48 am

Deep thoughts on a football Saturday

gobrave18 - Whats this mean Doddy?

"Arkansas plays Alabama in the Ego Bowl."

I think he is making light of the huge egos of the coaches involved in this game......

Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2008 11:45 am

Deep thoughts on a football Saturday

Well the Spartan Nation is not going to be giving the Buckeyes Mark Dantonio back (the OSU D-coordinator the last time OSU won the national championship) we like him right where he is....

Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2008 11:34 am

Ohio States offensive and defensive coordinators

They need to go. they have embarrassed the players and fans long enough. This is a good article on what Jim Tressel has to do.

Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2008 10:37 am

Deep thoughts on a football Saturday

mgallup0 - You hit the nail right on top of the head.  Dodd talking ND at 4-1 is total B.S.!  They have to go up to East Lansing and try to beat a solid MSU team, which has owned ND over the last 10 years.  They also have to play a Purdue team that took Oregon to double overtime.  If you look into the game stats and not the score you will really see how far ND has come.  UM out gained them in every statistical category, and UM's offense is no where as good as MSU's and Purdues.  I don't think ND can count on other teams imploding like UM did on Saturday.  ND will win more games this year than last but they are no where near the quality of teams they have had in the past.  If somehow the sneak into a big bowl with 1 or 2 losses they will get beaten worse than OSU does in big games.  Dodd is a idiot....

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