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Random thoughts on a football Saturday

Posted on: October 19, 2008 3:35 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2008 3:36 pm

Here we are back again, speculating on Ohio State's chances.

Saturday's game-of-the-week showdown with No. 3 Penn State at The Shoe allows the No. 10 Buckeyes to crawl back into 
the national championship race. That was the No. 1 question after that 32-point loss to USC four weeks ago. After a 
45-7 strafing of Michigan State, Ohio State has put itself in position for another shot at the top.

This matchup qualifies as the latest game of the year behind Ohio State-USC and Texas-Oklahoma. The winner becomes 
the heavy favorite to win the Big Ten. The loser might still be in the Rose Bowl hunt.

 How would Will Muschamp's defense do against, say, Alabama.

 That was an obvious question for Texas' defensive coordinator Saturday night. Muschamp's unit has given up a 
combined 66 points during impressive wins over Oklahoma and Missouri. But Muschamp is a hero in Austin. In the Big 
12, his defense is good enough.

It's a different culture in the Big 12 where offenses are dominant. Muschamp made his bones coaching shut-down 
defense in the SEC.

"That's to debate for everybody. I don't worry about that," said Muschamp who came to Texas after becoming a 
defensive mastermind at LSU and Auburn. "I'm not looking to defend anything. I think it's too quality of a league. 
There's a different offensive flair in this league. There's a different quarterback in this league."

Does that make the Big 12 better than the SEC?

"These spread offenses afford for you to score more points," Muschamp said. "John Wooden said it a long time ago, 
'Offensively you can have an off night. Defensively, you can never have an off night.' "

Sixty-six points in two Big 12 games is relative -- impressive but we're still wondering how Muschamp's D would do 
against the best in the SEC.

"We don't play them," Muschamp said. "We play Oklahoma State next. That's all I know."

 Has any team been this bad? Washington State surrendered 60 points for the fourth time this season. The latest 
embarrassment was a 69-0 loss to USC which scored 10 touchdowns. The average scoring drive took 2:21. Mark Sanchez 
threw five touchdowns in one half of play.

  More doo-doo from Wazoo:

 Pete Carroll elected to let the clock run out at the end of the first half. His team was on Washington State's 10.

It was the largest margin of defeat for the Cougars in its 114 years of football.

The shutout ended Washington State's streak of scoring in 280 consecutive games dating back to 1984. That streak 
was second to Michigan's which is now at 295 games.

Since losing to Oregon State, the Trojans have outscored the opposition 141-10 in the next three games.

The Cougars did not cross midfield.

 Dabo Swinney promised to go at his new job 100 mph. Clemson's interim head coach might want to use a turn signal 
every now and then. Some questionable play-calling led to four first-half turnovers and eventually a 21-17 loss to 
Georgia Tech. There's only so many reverses and option passes you can call, Dabo.

Clemson is all but eliminated from the ACC race at 1-3 in conference.

By the way, look for Tommy Bowden to stay down for a while. He's got enough money and now has the time to heal at emotional wounds.

 There are 16 teams left with unblemished conference records. The most surprising of those might be Pittsburgh 
(5-1), which is tied with West Virginia for the Big East lead at 2-0. Since losing to Bowling Green, the Panthers 
have won five in a row. They knocked off Navy 42-21.

 Maryland is Team Schizo. It barely beat Delaware, lost to Middle Tennessee and got shut out by Virginia. But in 
improving to 5-2 on Saturday it beat its second ranked team, Wake Forest 26-0. The other ranked victim (at the time 
of kickoff) was Cal. The Terps are in a four-way tie for ACC Atlantic lead.

  After Michigan's first three drives, which all resulted in scores (17-7 lead) and a total of 204 yards, Penn State 
limited Michigan to 87 yards, seven punts, a turnover and a blocked punt over the remaining 43:10 of the game.

 Penn State's Aaron Maybin is tied for second nationally with 10 total sacks. That's more than 31 teams this 

  Alabama trailed for the first time this season, 3-0 to Ole Miss, before holding on for a 24-20 victory.




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Since: Aug 31, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2008 1:41 pm

Random thoughts on a football Saturday

Wil is exactly right.  It's totally different to compare Bama to Mizzou or OU.  Bama needs to run the ball to be successful on offense.  Texas' defensive strength is against the run.  Bama has a decent passing game, but it's nothing close to Mizzou or OU.  If Texas and Bama play for the title, I think Texas wins by at least 17 points.

Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2008 1:13 pm

Random thoughts on a football Saturday

Did you realize the 1st team D hardly played in teh second half?  Do you watch games?


Mizzou had 3  3 and outs up until this game and how many did the 1st teamers put on them.


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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2008 11:56 am

Random thoughts on a football Saturday

Maryland has beaten 3 ranked opponents (at the time of kickoff), not 2.  Clemson was the missing ranked opponent.

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2008 10:49 am

Random thoughts on a football Saturday

I don't believe PITT was the preseason favorite to win the Big East.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2008 9:38 am

Random thoughts on a football Saturday

So the preasason Big East favorite is 2-0 and that's a surprise??? Questionable.

Since: Oct 19, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2008 10:38 pm

Random thoughts on a football Saturday

Will Muschamp has put together a dominating defense this year.  Brian Orakpo is wrecking havoc on Big 12 QBs and Palmer, Brown and Gideon are holding their own against the Big 12 pass happy offenses.  OSU is coming to town this week followed by Texas Tech, Baylor, Kansas and Texas A&M.  Texas will definitely have to show Will a little "Muschamp love" if they continue their stampede through the Big 12.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2008 8:17 pm

Random thoughts on a football Saturday

Texas had it 2nd and 3rd string D in pretty much the last half of the 3rd qtr through the end of the game against mizzou.. In all honesty there starters gave up 10 points to a team that was averaging 50! i would say thats pretty good D..

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