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National notes

Posted on: September 30, 2008 7:57 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2008 7:59 pm

Some observations as we round the quarter pole of the season (most everyone has played at least four games):

Updated BCS bowl predictions

BCS title game: Oklahoma vs. Alabama
Rose Bowl: Ohio State vs. USC
Fiesta Bowl: Missouri vs. BYU
Sugar Bowl: South Florida vs. LSU
Orange Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest

Three teams to watch:

 South Florida -- Everyone else is trashing the Big East. Some team has to win it. No one is talking about the 
Bulls. They're in the top 10 and have only three road games remaining. All the sudden the Dec. 6 game at West 
Virginia doesn't look that tough.


 Texas -- Oklahoma is No. 1. We're all assuming the Sooners are going to beat the Horns in Dallas. Don't discount 
Texas so easily. Colt McCoy is playing at an all-time high and the pass defense has to get better doesn't it?


 Kentucky -- This was supposed to be a rebuilding year. It's looking like a 9-3 year. The Wildcats are off to a 4-0 
start and have allowed only 22 points. We'll know more when they go to Alabama this week, but having a strong 
defense in the SEC isn't a bad thing.


Three shocking developments to come:

 Mid-season firings -- Watch for either Virginia's Al Groh, Syracuse's Greg Robinson or Washington's Tyrone 
Willingham to lose their jobs during the season. Syracuse AD Daryl Gross seems especially fidgety.


 Tim Tebow will not make it to New York -- Forget consecutive Heismans. I'm not a hater. Any casual follower of the 
sport has noticed Superman's downturn in production. The fourth-down stop against Ole Miss was a shining example. 
And the Heisman is all about production.


That, plus the glut of candidates nationwide, looks like it will keep Tebow out of Times Square.

 The upsets have just begun. OK, so that isn't so shocking.


Projected award winners:

Outland: Andre Smith, Alabama
Biletnikoff: Jarett Dillard, Rice
Thorpe: Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest
Davey O'Brien: Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
Nagurski/Bednarik: George Selvie, South Florida
Groza: Louie Sakoda, Utah
Heisman: Chase Daniel, Missouri

Coach of the year: Bobby Johnson, Vanderbilt

(Outland, best interior lineman; Biletnikoff, best receiver; Thorpe, best defensive back; Davey O'Brien, best 
quarterback; Nagurski/Bednarik, best defensive player; Groza, best kicker; Heisman, best player)


 CBS' Spencer Tillman on Pete Carroll: "After the Ohio State win, because of the relative weakness of Pac-10, Pete 
Carroll's coaching challenge totally shifted. He needed to become Dr. Phil. Be basically Nick Saban, Nick can piss a 
lot of people off. That's what he needed to."


 Clemson's loss to Maryland marked the eighth time in the Tommy Bowden era that the Tigers lost to an unranked 
opponent at home. The others:


2006 -- South Carolina 31, No. 24 Clemson 31-28

2006 -- Maryland 13, No. 19 Clemson 12

2004 -- Georgia Tech 28, No. 20 Clemson 24

2001 -- North Carolina 38, No. 13 Clemson 3

2001 -- Virginia 26, No. 19 Clemson 24

2000 -- Georgia Tech 9, No. 5 Clemson 3


 Is there is any question whether BYU can play for the national championship consider that BYU debuted at No. 7 in 
Harris poll and moved up to No. 9 in the coaches' poll. Jerry Palm has BYU 10th in his weekly BCS standings 


 Texas Tech has put up a website mimicking a presidential campaign for their stars Graham Harrell and Michael 
Crabtree. Here's an idea Mike Leach, trying bringing both guys to the Big 12 media days so hundreds of reporters can talk to them in person.

 Lloyd Carr to Syracuse?




Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: October 2, 2008 2:28 pm

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I have to agree. Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl is downright laughable.  The Irish will have at least four losses this year and the only way they'll make it to a BCS bowl is if biased morons in the press, (I won't mention any names.....huh hum... "Dodd") give them a vote.  Then again considering what today's media is capable of it wouldn't come as a surprise to see Keith Olbermann start calling for Charlie Weis to be Obama's Surgeon General.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: October 2, 2008 1:46 pm

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Alabama-Florida/Georgia. Call it a cop out. I can't figure out the SEC East winner yet. Hey, don't count out Vanderbilt.



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: October 2, 2008 1:45 pm

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I saw Terrence Cody in person and I was a bit disappointed. He was taken out on obvious passing downs vs. Georgia. Also, it looked to me like he played only about half the snaps. I understand he's a big 'un with lots of talent but we might be making too much of this kid?



Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: October 2, 2008 1:27 pm

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Spoken by a TRUE longhorn fan. Oklahoma is the best team in the nation right now no question.

Alabama still has Auburn and LSU [ who will trounce Alabama. ] Yes they blew up on Georgia in the first half but remember Georgia put 31 on them in the second half. That doesn't sound like a sound defense to me.

Ohio St. and USC who cares I'm tired of hearing about them.

Missouri is way overrated. They have no defense, Texas , Texas tech , Oklahoma are all better football teams. BYU would drill them.

LSU will not get beat down by Flordia and Georgia, thats a ridiculous statement. Can they lose ? Sure can but doubt they will, Miles and LSU always find a way to be there in the end. South Fordia is a good not great team and they will get blown out just like Hawaii did last year in the Sugar Bowl.

I will most definantly agree with you on the Orange Bowl . Notre Dame please thats crazy to think that much less print in on a website.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: October 2, 2008 12:17 pm

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Dennis, why do you think ND would be able to ascend high enough to get a BCS game? Contrary to what most ND-haters think, the Irish don't just get a free pass. They would have to rank in the top 8 at season's end and that is just not possible given that they are currently somewhere in the mid 30s. They don't have enough chances to win high profile games. Let's say that somehow ND wins their next 7 games and gets to 10-1. Even if at that point ND is ranked #8 or so, their last game is at USC and losing there, which would be the prevailing odds on opinion, in ND's last game would certainly put them out of reach.

Also, if the reason is because the Big 12 and the SEC can't put more than 2 teams in a BCS game so you are putting in BYU and ND to round it out, I would say that the Big 10 will probably have 2 teams high enough to get bids. If not, don't be surprised if Boise State joins BYU and makes this the first year for two non-BCS schools to make it. Boise State is currently ranked #17 and I don't see another loss on their schedule. Boise State will get Fresno State at home.

Don't get me wrong. I am pleasantly surprised that you have let up on the usual ND bashing you like to do but ND is not going to threaten to crash the BCS party until 2009 when I believe they will be a top team. For this year though I would LOVE to see BYU and Boise State get the other two "at large" BCS spots.

My suspicion is that you threw ND in there to stir the pot and generate the usual ND hate mail.

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: October 2, 2008 11:57 am

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Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl?!?!?!?  I smell a H-O-M-E-R!

Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: October 2, 2008 11:22 am

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Except for ND, the list looks fine for now. There are a lot of games to go and some of those games are going to change in the next 2-3 weeks because some teams play each other and then there will be upsets. Nice to see BYU moving from the Orange bowl to the Fiesta bowl. Missouri would be a better match up and funner game than whomever ends up at  the Orange. And don't count BYU out of the MNC game either. IF they win out (still a long way to go), and the upsets keep happening, there is a fairly good chance they would be in ahead of a two loss SEC or Big 12 team or a one loss Big Ten. And I would put BYU head-to-head against the Big East, ACC, or Pac 10 (except USC, probably) champions. Stranger things have happened.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: October 2, 2008 10:42 am

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BCS title game: Oklahoma vs. Alabama
Rose Bowl: Ohio State vs. USC
Fiesta Bowl: Missouri vs. BYU
Sugar Bowl: South Florida vs. LSU
Orange Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest

Is it just me or do those games (besides the NC) seem VERY boring.  I'm not saying the NC because OU is in it either.  I simply like the thought of OU playing Bama.  Heck it could be next week for all I care.  The Ohio St/USC rematch could be interesting if Pryor gets settled in and Wells is healthy, but being a home game for USC, I'd still predict similar results to the boring game a few weeks ago.  Mizzou and BYU would be a shoot out but a lose/lose situation for Mizzou.  I think LSU would drill SF.  And talk about a laugher.......ND and WF?!?!?!?!?  GEEZZZ!!!  What the hell kind of a bowl game is that!?!?!?  I hope some teams on ND's schedule can step up because they're not deserving of a BCS spot yet, IMO.  And that schedule is WEAK!!!  I wouldn't jump the gun on WF and SF winning their conferences just yet though.  And I think BYU may still have a hiccup or two in their sched as well.

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: October 2, 2008 10:35 am

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Great post...Heck, you're even more confident about my Tide than I am.  I think they're

strong, but have a long season to go.  The LSU game worries me, but I'm hoping the

Saban factor will work for us and not against us.  I wish your Tigers well.  It's interesting-

one of my best buddies is an OU guy and we went to Norman a few years back and

Tuscaloosa for the return trip...Big 12 folks are very hospitable and knowledgable about

their squads and their opponents.  They also seem to be pretty respectful and show a

lot of class.  Now...when OU plays Texas, I know things are a little different....

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: October 2, 2008 10:29 am

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This is nice...a UGA fan with a critcism of a Bama player...

Brick walls don't run well, either- they don't have to...

"Great plug in the middle"?  That's nice.  Arkansas'

All-World guy Luigs will tell you differently- he's a little more

than impressed- as I'm sure your little puppies are....

Stop me from're lucky it wasn't 51-0 at

the half....

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