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Deep thoughts on a football Saturday

Posted on: September 21, 2008 4:05 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2008 4:06 pm


Biggest statement: We all need Alabama to be good. When Alabama is good everything is better about college football.

A handful of programs define the sport -- USC, Notre Dame, Penn State, etc. Alabama is one of them. You might hate them  but why, then were so many Auburn fans glued to their  tailgate TVs Saturday watching the Tide eviscerate Arkansas 49-14?

I rest my case. 

How , then, to evaluate Bama after its most decisive road SEC victory in almost 20 years? These aren't your Nutt job Wild Hogs, but the Tide did take care of business rather convincingly in setting up Saturday's game against Georgia.

Two Casey Dick interceptions were returned for touchdowns.

"We sent a message to the rest of the SEC," cornerback Marquis Johnson told reporters. "It's not like we were hungry. We already knew we were on top. It's like we're coming from the back to show everybody else we're the team from the past. This is a new identity. Look out."


 Ohio State found a quarterback just in time. Terrelle Pryor was the first freshman to start at quarterback for Ohio State since Art Schlichter in 1978. Pryor's debut went a lot better than Schlichter's. He threw five interceptions in a 19-0 loss to Penn State. That game started Woody Hayes' final season.


Pryor's first start kept Ohio State's season alive. He threw four touchdown passes against Troy.

"I've been making plays all my life," Pryor told reporters. "I'm not cocky."

No, by the looks of things, just the next Vince Young.

By the way, the smallest Ohio Stadium in six years booed senior Todd Boeckman after the quarterback made a couple of bad throws. The Ohio State crowd should be ashamed of itself.

 That was Florida's audition for the BCS title game, by the way. It's answer to USC.

In case you missed it -- Tennessee certainly did -- the Gators put the game away in the first quarter. Three scores, three different ways on their way to that 30-6 smashing of the Vols.

In the first 10 minutes, there was a jump pass touchdown, a fumble recovery to set up a field, then a 78-yard punt 
return for a touchdown by Brandon James.

This, friends, was a message to USC and the country that the Trojans might not be the flashiest item in the jewelry 
store. It was told me that USC might have a worthy opponent in that BCS championship game. Sure, it's only late 
September but we spent the week anointing USC as the greatest thing since, well, USC.

Right now, Florida looks like the only SEC school capable of running the table in the SEC.

 What, Georgia's receivers are starting to catch? This could get reaallly good in the SEC. A.J. Green caught eight 
balls for 159 yards and a touchdown in Georgia's 27-10 yawner over Arizona a State. As predicted, the Dawgs caught a blow in the desert after that grinder against South Carolina.



 Lose one BCS buster, gain another.


East Carolina's BCS bowl chances diminished significantly after that 30-24 loss at North Carolina State. It just 
doesn't look good for the Pirates. NC State came into the game having not scored a touchdown against a I-A team 
since November. Then the Pack got 30 against a supposedly quality defense.

Former Heisman candidate Patrick Pinkney fumbled in overtime to allow N.C. State to win.

Meanwhile, is it time to get on Boise State again? In the biggest upset of the day, the Broncos won at Oregon 37-32.

The result doesn't do much for the Pac-10's crumbling reputation. It does a lot for Boise's credibility. The Broncos have been there before (see Fiesta Bowl 2007) and have I-A's best record this decade.

Oregon used three quarterbacks after an injury to starter Jeremiah Masoli. Jeremiah who? Never mind if you don't 
recognize the name. Oregon has been hit so hard by injuries that Masoli came into the season as a third stringer.

 Wow, it's a good thing Texas A&M snatched up Mike Sherman while he was available. Miami won at College Station 
41-23. It was the Aggies (1-2) worst non-conference loss at Kyle Field in 20 years.


 Rutgers quarterback Mike Teel was caught on television striking teammate Glen Lee with an open palm during the Scarlet 
Knights' 23-21 loss at Navy. Coach Greg Schiano said he will not suspend his quarterback and considered the matter closed.

 At least three players were carted off the field Saturday with scary injuries. South Florida linebacker Brouce 
Mompremier was taken to the hospital with what seemed like a spinal injury. The game was stopped for 20 minutes 
while medical personnel attended to him.

Washington State quarterback redshirt senior Gary Rogers suffered a "spine fracture" against Portland State, ending his career. Rogers is expected to make a full recovery.

Ball State's Dante Love was strapped to a board after being hit by an Indiana 


 Why not Tulsa in the BCS conversation? The Golden Hurricane have scored 157 points in starting 3-0. Quarterback 
David Johnson threw six touchdown passes in a 56-14 thumping of New Mexico.

 Heisman roll call: 1, Chase Daniel, Missouri; 2, Sam Bradford, Oklahoma; 3, Knowshon Moreno, Georgia; 4, Max Hall,  BYU; 5, David Johnson, Tulsa.

 Four sportswriters sitting around a table in the Auburn press box on Saturday. We can remember the names of old 
divisions in the NHL -- Smythe, Adams, etc. -- but we can't name the teams in the Atlantic and Coastal divisions of 
the ACC. That's on the ACC, not us.



 The sports book of the fall -- heck, the book of the year -- is Michael Rosenberg's "War As They Knew It", a meticulously researched effort about the so-called Ten Year War between Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler.


This is not just college football history, it's history. Football in a time of upheaval, revolution, Vietnam and Watergate. Rosenberg has written a classic.

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Since: Oct 14, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2008 4:41 pm

Deep thoughts on a football Saturday

I completely understand why Dodd picked Tennessee to win at home vs my Gators.  But anyone who has not been around this rivalry in the SEC over the past 10-15 years would not understand.  Tennessee is known for playing down to the talent level of lesser team and over and above the talent level of the better teams.  At no point before this game did I think we were gonna stroll in there and take the game that easily. That just doesn't happen in the Tennessee/Florida game.  Great to get the win, In a big way, but we've still got lots to do.

Go Gators!

Since: Oct 14, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2008 4:35 pm

Bring on the Trojans!

I'm dying to see this matchup!  The Florida Gators vs The USC Trojans.  What a high powered game that would be.  I've been wanting to see what those boys are really made of and I think these two teams are clearly the best "all around" teams in the country.  There would be some amazing NFL talent on the field that night.  No more of the SEC whipping up on OSU crap. That's getting old! I want to see a real game.  And even if my boys go down, I'd be ok with it.  I'm just dying to see the matchup.

Go Gators!!

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: September 22, 2008 3:56 pm

Deep thoughts on a football Saturday

Whoa, whoa, whoa! Who said anything about running the table on USC? I said running the table in the SEC.

Since: Sep 22, 2008
Posted on: September 22, 2008 3:04 pm

Great call Dodd, you sure can pick 'em

Dennis, Tennessee over Florida, after UCLA beats them and then gets plowed by BYU.  It doesn't take a college grad to play the odds on that one and pick the safer bet.  But this is your style nothing but bad choices.  Don't know if you even bother reading these, but being a Hurricane fan, I remember the article back in '05, yes I know awhile ago, when Miami was going into Blacksburg both teams were top 5.  You went on to discuss how the Hurricane football team, program, facilities, even school I think were less than what VaTech had to offer.  Well it was great when Miami pounced the Hokies that game.  Oh yeah, I believe that the NFL still holds more Hurricanes than any other school so you're point in the article didn't quite make sense as neither did your prediction.  My thought is you do sports for a living and you keep blowing calls like this I mean come on, do you like looking like an incompetent writer?  Funny, hey man keep calling 'em I guess, at least you could always make a living doing stand up comedy.

Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2008 1:36 pm

Deep thoughts on a football Saturday

What? No love for BYU? You are touting that both BSU and Tulsa should be considered for the BCS charity game while BYU is #11 and not a word about them (except Max Hall as #4 on the Heisman list). BYU is undefeated, beaten their last two foes by a combined score of 103 to 0, and has two ranked opponents left (Utah and TCU). There are still a number of teams out there who can be BCS busters but BYU is in the drivers seat. How about a little positive publicity. Or are you still pouting over the UW-PAC10 referee screw-up?

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2008 1:33 pm

Deep thoughts on a football Saturday

I believe that Boeckman has looked scared and confused as of late. I also believe that Pryor should be the starting QB, but it still does not excuse the classless act of booing student athletes. Especially those that have given everything to a program. Todd Boeckman may not be the best QB at tOSU anymore, but the fans that booed him should be ashamed of themselves. Todd is a classy kid who still is a member of the football family. He should be treated with the respect he deserves. You my friend, are an embarrassment to Buckeye fans everywhere.

If you really want to boo someone why not boo the two pathetic NFL teams we have in Ohio. Anybody that continues to spend money on those two teams is an idiot.

Since: Aug 21, 2008
Posted on: September 22, 2008 12:24 pm


By the way, the smallest Ohio Stadium in six years booed senior Todd Boeckman after the quarterback made a couple of bad throws. The Ohio State crowd should be ashamed of itself.

OSU should be ashamed? Boeckman should be ashamed for trying to throw a bounce pass to a wide open receiver. This is football, not basketball. A bounce pass is bad. He played like crap in LA, he's played like crap in every challenging game he has been in. Although I dont like the boos, it wasnt everyone and you cant say they arent warranted. 

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2008 12:02 pm

Deep thoughts on a football Saturday

Um No.

I dont agree with Dodd that Florida can run the table against USC, but I dont think anyone else can either, USC is just THAT good, Ill put it to you like this UGA has Knowshon Moreno an easy all american pick and an amazing runner. However, USC has around 3 or 4 Knowshon Morenos not to mention Marc Sanchez not only did he shred Ohio State he was very calm and well spoken in the post game interview, think about how that guy must run his team on the field. And then to defense, the key to any good defense is the Linebacker USC has Rey Maualuga and Brian Cushing, Maualuga alone is enough to stonewall any teams rushing attack but then you add in cushings presence and its just insane, no ones on a bandwagon here, people are calling USC the best because they ARE the best.

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2008 11:04 am

Deep thoughts on a football Saturday

Man I go to UGA and would love to see us take the title this year...but if you look to the canyon, you'll overlook the ditch. We can't get to Miami before we play our other games, and we have a big one this weekend. Alabama scares me shitless. Its defensive front is a great match for our inexperienced offensive line. Stafford's going to be quick on his toes and Knowshon's going to have to open up the pass in a big way. It's a primetime game and the team's wearing black, so the atmosphere in the stadium should be wild enough to rattle the young Bama freshmen a little bit, but this is a huge game.

Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2008 10:31 am

Deep thoughts on a football Saturday

Well you certainly underestimate the # 1 and  # 2 team in the country last year, who are both still undefeated.

Dont quit your day job!


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