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Random thoughts on a football Saturday

Posted on: November 2, 2008 2:28 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Florida has the Ol' Ball Coach back.

Younger, certainly, and less chatty. Plus, Urban Meyer doesn't have quite the swashbuckling nature of Steve Spurrier.

But he isn't far off.

Meyer no doubt hacked off Georgia -- and maybe some football purists -- with his little stage production at the end of Saturday's 49-10 victory over Georgia.

The coach called two inexplicable -- and indefensible -- timeouts in the final minute. Florida's second-team offense had the ball to run out the clock, or so we thought. At no time did backup quarterback Jeff Brantley take a knee.

Instead, Meyer called his team over to the sideline with both 44 and 31 seconds remaining.

"I wasn't paying attention to the first timeout," Florida safety Will Hill told the <em>New York Daily News</em>. "The second timeout, I'm thinking, 'That Urb is a funny guy.'"

Meyer had promised in his book "Urban's Way" that there would be retribution for Georgia's bum rushing of the field last season in the Cocktail Party. Up until that point, the teams had played it mostly straight.

The timeouts, though, were clearly calculated meant to drag out the agony for Georgia.

"(Tailback Emmanuel) Moody was running the ball real hard and I wanted to get him a couple of carries," Meyer said innocently. "Just trying to win a game."

Yeah, right. And Napoleon was trying to get his point across during this skirmishes in Europe.

Meyer gave himself away Saturday with a brief smile in the interview room. Other that, it was poker face all the way. That's the difference between him and Spurrier. The OBC always had a smirk or a wink.

Meyer has a can full of revengeful whup --- and he isn't afraid to use it.

The coach didn't endear himself to Miami fans earlier this season when he called for a late field goal in a 26-3 victory over the Hurricanes.

Miami coach Randy Shannon officially has a grudge leftover from that one. He was quoted last week as saying, "Something is going to happen," in the Florida-Georgia game. That almost put pressure on Meyer to do <em>something</em>.

"Watch that game. Don't watch ours," Shannon said. "I'm serious."

Florida got a winner when it hired Meyer four years ago. It didn't know it was getting a reasonable facsimile of Spurrier.

Meyer, though, is a bit more stealthy and charmless than the legend. This season he has put his foot on the throat of a couple rivals and pressed down. Are things even with Georgia now or do the Bulldogs retaliate at some future date? Miami won't have a chance for a few more years. The series doesn't continue until the next decade.

"You always respect the game of football," Meyer said.

Did Meyer respect it Saturday night? There is plenty of time to find out. They say what goes around comes around.  Meyer is still a young man in his 40s.

 Michigan's 33-year bowl streak is over after losing to Purdue 48-42.


Boilermakers' coach Joe Tiller what-the-helled-it calling for a hook-and-ladder in final minute. Purdue scored the winner with 26 seconds left.

Things are much more bleak than the last time Michigan didn't go to a bowl. That was 1974 and the Wolverines finished 10-1. Those were the days when only the Big Ten winner was allowed to go bowling, in the Rose Bowl.

 What's Tim Brewster doing throwing from deep in his own territory?


The Minnesota coach's decision to do just that might have cost his team a Jan. 1 bowl. Adam Weber's pass was intercepted near midfield and run in for a touchdown in Northwestern's 24-17 victory.

 Some things never change. West Virginia gave the Big East some hope with a 35-13 victory over UConn. The Mountaineers are the only team undefeated in conference play (6-2, 3-0) and have won five in a row.


 Just when you thought there was some sense to be made out of the ACC ... Division-leading Virginia lost to Miami in overtime. Florida State fumbled into the end zone allowing Georgia Tech to escape. Even Clemson won, beating Boston College at home.


The team with the ACC's best conference record, Maryland, didn't play. The Terps (6-2, 3-1) lead the Atlantic Division and are at Virginia Tech on Thursday. Georgia Tech (7-2, 4-2) has a half-game lead in the Coastal.

 It didn't just seem that every big game was close, it was the truth. Nine teams in the AP top 25 were involved in games decided by 10 points or less.


 Oklahoma State is 8-1 for only the third time in its history over beating Iowa State 59-17. Does anyone else think the Cowboys just might be the best in the Big 12? They will get a chance to prove it going to Texas Tech this week.


 For the record, it was warmer in Overland Park, Kan. this weekend than it was in Jacksonville, Fla. for the Cocktail Party. First Coast, my backside. Driving through downtown to get to the stadium, I had to negotiate a bum rush of a different kind. The city can get a Super Bowl but apparently it can't take care of its indigent.

It still boggles the mind that this city has an NFL franchise and has hosted at least one NCAA Tournament first-rounder. It is not major league.


Since: Jul 28, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2008 2:16 pm

Random thoughts on a football Saturday

I get so sick and tired of the SEC bias.  How the heck does Florida leap anyone?  A #8 beats a six and leaps everyone.  Are you serious?

Texas Tech, very impressive they Hooked a exellent Texas team.  Georgia hasn't been impressive for awhile now.  They couldn't score last year.  I was telling my Georgia friends get ready for disappointment cuz they aren't that good.  Was it any surprise Florida was gonna take it to them?  Any at all?  Then why the leap frog. 

USC beat a #1 Ohio State they shouldn't be leaped over by a #8 beating a #6.  Last couple of times that happened to USC the BCS game was dissasterous.  It's really irritating to watch a SEC team lose and fall 3 spots while everyone else loses and falls 8-10 spots. 

I'm not saying Oregon States loss wasn't bad but OSU plays USC tough ALL THE TIME.  They beat them last year.  Floridas loss wasn't to any powerhouse either so it should be all equal in my book.  Alabama is gonna lose too.  They aren't that good either.  Just watch.

From where I'm lookin once again it's about money.  Who can they get to travel to the BCS game and spend money.  Florida fans will come a running they are close already.  So the BCS and east coast sports writers gotta make sure Florida is in.  I just pray that Texas Tech and PSU win out so I don't have anymore SEC shoved down my throat.

BCS it total garbage.  It needs a playoff and it needs to hold the SEC accountable for their terrible OOC games.  If not I hope they get left behind left college hoops left the NIT behind.

Since: Aug 19, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2008 11:48 am

Random thoughts on a football Saturday

At least the Big East wins its BCS games, including WVU's win over a team from the Big 12 South in the Fiesta Bowl last year.  If anybody doesn't deserve it, it's the 1-9 all-time ACC.  If the Big East's best team can beat the best teams from the SEC, ACC, and Big 12, then they deserve to be there, period. 

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2008 11:09 am

Random thoughts on a football Saturday

Good article, it is sad for teams in the weaker conferences.  With 5 more weeks the race between Alabama, Penn State, and Texas Tech should be exciting.  Teams will lose and who knows which one loss team could return to the National Championship picutre.

Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2008 10:59 am

Random thoughts on a football Saturday

I just think its sad that inevitibly there is going to be two or possibly three teams from the Big XII South that won't be in BCS bowls when the very weak ACC and Big East will have two sub par teams represent them in those games.

Since: Oct 19, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2008 9:29 am

Random thoughts on a football Saturday

No, I can't say I get the feeling Oklahoma State is the best team in the Big 12 just yet. Good win over Iowa State, though.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2008 10:46 pm

Random thoughts on a football Saturday

Just don't see an OSU fan writing that either.  Can't wait for bedlam this year.

Since: Oct 30, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2008 10:01 pm

Random thoughts on a football Saturday

Another great post from Dodd.  My questions from Saturday are whether or not Texas Tech is for real and is the Big 12 as good of a conference as everybody seems to believe?  All I know is the Florida's win was impressive and that Tech has some tough weeks ahead.  I found some great analysis into the strength of the Big 12 and the teams that they have played, it is interesting that most of the ranked teams that teams from the Big 12 have played are other teams from the Big 12.  The website is  it really has some interesting firepower for those of you who question the strength of the Big 12.

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2008 7:44 pm

Random thoughts on a football Saturday

I have no problem at all with Florida calling timeouts late in the fourth quarter after the stuff that Georgia pulled in last year's game. Now they're even so stop with the theatrics already. As for the bullet item regarding Oklahoma State maybe being the best team in the Big 12? Hey, as an OSU fan I'd love for it to be true but I just don't see it. Even though they beat Iowa State pretty soundly yesterday they also happened to allow Iowa State to set a Big Twelve record for return yards. The Cowboys best hope in Lubbock next Saturday is to hope for a letdown by Tech after their great win against Texas but I don't see it. That Tech-Texas game was fun to watch. 

Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2008 5:57 pm

Random thoughts on a football Saturday

Good article.

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