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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: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: October 2, 2008 9:28 am

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Not even going to mention ND, but they have to win how many games to get to a BCS bowl? They need 9

cobbty21, have you bothered to look at Notre Dame's schedule?

Oct. 4     STANFORD
Oct. 11     at North Carolina
Oct. 18     Open Date
Oct. 25     at Washington
Nov. 8     at Boston College
Nov. 15     vs. Navy (at Baltimore, Md.)
Nov. 22     SYRACUSE
Nov. 29     at USC

Next to USC, the best team on that schedule is either Stanford who they get at home or North Carolina and both those games are very winnable. Forget about nine games, the Irish have a legit shot at ten and a BCS birth and lets be real here, if they get to ten wins, they are as good as gold.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: October 2, 2008 8:45 am

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Does Dodd like ND now or something?  And btw, they have to be in the top 8 to get an automatic BCS berth.  With their SOS, I don't see that happening with a loss to USC.  If they win out and beat USC, which is unlikely, they deserve a BCS shot.  Other than that, they shouldn't get in.
And that comes from a ND fan, so don't say we are all jerks. Thanks

Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: October 2, 2008 12:56 am

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Dodd, are you still whining about Coach Leach not bringing his two Texas Tech stars to media day?

Get over it bawl bag.

Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: October 2, 2008 12:32 am

Back to his Hating again

Dodd, you really are a dunce.

You hate Joe Paterno, Penn State and all their fans so much it kills you.

Yeah, some of your predictions are easy to make now. Yes, it is still possible OSU wins the Big Ten, but it won't be an outright win, as in 2007. More like 2005 if anything. So yeah, they may get o the Rose Bowl. But you really really really have to be a true hater or sec stooge to even think to write, let alone write....that Notre Dame will get a bid to a BCS bowl..... Over Penn State which really only has OSU as their biggest hurdle to overcome to another undefeated season!! Consider that ND has 3 tough road games(@ UNC; @ UW; @ BC ; @ Navy; @ USC; and plays Pit at home. Ordinarily that isn't particularly tough but this ND team is still on the reconstruction list and all those teams are there as well or as in the case of USC, waiting in LA to pad their win record. So, just playing the odds, say a 50/50 split, that's 2 more road losses plus a loss to USC, which makes for 4 losses for the season. And that gets them to a BSC Bowl?!?!?!?? Even with 2 losses does anyone really think they get ranked high enough for a BCS Bowl?!?!? Above other 1 and 2 loss teams that are far better?!?!?! If that's so Dodd you better rank Michigan State at least 15th now for beating Notre Dame. Penn State's chances of going undefeated are a whole lot better than Notre Dame getting to a BCS Bowl. And nobody in Happy Valley is booking flights to Miami yet. Except perhaps as an At-large bid to the Orange Bowl.

Another thing...the ACC is a lot more open now so pick anybody, doesn't matter right now. But have you noticed what Tyrod Taylor has done to the VAT team? So they are back in the race along with MD; UNC; GAT; BC; Clem, Mia; and FSU...any pick is as valid as the next today.

I sure do hope they don't pay you to write such stupid stuff. That's why this country is in such a mess. Too many dumb people getting paid too much to continue to be dumb.

Next time, use those brain cells God gave you and think!

Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: October 2, 2008 12:04 am

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I think that Alabama and Oklahoma are the best teams in the nation right now. the problem is that they both will lose. The SEC is filled with great teams (LSU, Auburn and SEC championship) who all can give Alabama a loss but even if they do with their schedule will make it to the championship. Oklahoma has a pretty tough schedule, considering Texas, Texas Tech and the Big 12 Championship(Missouri). Right now you would pick those 2 teams but its not probable.  Notre Dame is a joke pick and so is Ohio St. who will loose to both wisconsin and Penn St. and possibly Illinoise, they are so over rated. But the National championship will be either Missouri or Oklahoma Vs. Alabama

This is the year Missouri gets over the Oklahoma Hump.

Undefeated Missouri Vs. 1 loss Alabama

I hate to say it Alabama wins it!

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: October 1, 2008 10:07 pm

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Hey Dennis....You forgot to mention that the site for Texas Tech's Heisman candidates is .

Thanks for your support.

Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: October 1, 2008 9:58 pm
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Since: Jan 4, 2008
Posted on: October 1, 2008 9:28 pm

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BCS title game: Oklahoma vs. Alabama..........Both these teams will lose, no way they meet in TITLE GAME
Rose Bowl: Ohio State vs. USC.....LOL ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Fiesta Bowl: Missouri vs. BYU....I can see MIssouri in a BCS bowl if they can beat TEXAS and TEXAS TECH
Sugar Bowl: South Florida vs. LSU....LSU will get dominated by FL and UGA with a freshman QB in the SEC
Orange Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest.....THE IRISH IN A BCS BOWL....IT'S PUFF PUFF GIVE on the crackpipe!

Dodd, these are your predictions only by using the 1st 4 games...Anyone can say these teams will make a bowl NOW

Get back to us in November with this BS and see how well you did!

South FL will lose to PITT, LOUISVILLE OR UCONN...Thus eliminating them from a BCS bowl

BYU will lose to either TCU or Air Force or UTAH...And saying adios to a BCS bowl

Not even going to mention ND, but they have to win how many games to get to a BCS bowl? They need 9


Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: October 1, 2008 9:15 pm

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I was at the Bama-Georgia game.  Terrence Cody is a great plug for the middle, but it was comical watching him try and pursue anyone from UGA's offense, especially Moreno.  He was ineffective because UGA knew better than to run up the middle.  In addition, Freshman Center Ben Jones did a great job on him.  Watching Cody trying to run from side to side was like watching the Titanic try and turn on a dime.  If Ala plays a team with a strong offensive line, he will be exposed.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: October 1, 2008 7:31 pm

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lol to ND in the Orange bowl

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