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Random thoughts on a football Monday

Posted on: December 8, 2008 7:38 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2008 11:22 am
 

Colt McCoy is the Heisman leader in the prestigious Rocky Mountain News poll. Yours truly voted in it this season.

 Nagurski Award (best defensive player) went to a Big 12 player? Texas' Brian Orakpo was sixth in sacks and 11th in tackles for loss. Okaaay ....

 

CBSSports.com's All-America team (including our defensive player of the year) will be released on Friday.


 Once again, one person didn't vote in the Harris poll. That made it three times this season someone was missing from the 114-person panel.


 Eighteen coaches voted for their own school in the coaches poll. The individual ballots were released  Monday in USA Today. There were some interesting results.

--Oregon's Mike Bellotti voted for Cal (No. 25) but Cal coach Mike Tedford did not.

--North Carolina finished with six points in the coaches poll. Two of them came from coach Butch Davis who voted the Tar Heels No. 24.

--Mike Leach voted Oklahoma No. 1, Texas Tech No. 2 and Texas No. 5. No. 5? That at least equaled the lowest ranking of the Longhorns among the 61 voters.

--Nebraska got all of five points in the poll. Four of them came from coach Bo Pelini who slotted his Huskers No. 21.

--Most overrated team by a coach: Missouri. Gary Pinkel had his Tigers at No. 18. They barely stayed in both polls.

--Three five-loss teams finished with votes -- Kansas, Rutgers and Buffalo.

 Here are the combined top five of the seven Big 12 coaches who voted in the coaches poll. This is an issue, of course, because Texas finished .01816 of a point out of the BCS title game.

 

1. Oklahoma (five first-place votes)
2. Texas (1)
3. Florida (1)
4. Alabama
5. USC

The seven are: Art Briles, Baylor; Mack Brown, Texas; Dan Hawkins, Colorado; Mike Leach, Texas Tech; Gary Pinkel, Missouri; Gene Chizik, Iowa State; Bo Pelini, Nebraska. Only Chizik and Mack Brown had Texas ahead of Oklahoma on their ballots. Briles, Hawkins, Leach, Pinkel and Pelini voted Oklahoma No. 1.

Four coaches voted Texas No. 1 in the coaches poll. Amazingly, one of them wasn't Mack Brown: Chizik, Todd Dodge, North Texas; Rick Neuhiesel, UCLA; Mike Price, Texas-El Paso.

Chizik worked for Brown. Dodge played at Texas. Price played Texas this year was grateful for the Horns coming and filling his stadium. Neuheisel is the head scratcher but a lot of stuff The Rickster does causes us to scratch our heads.

 How my BIG playoff would have looked in 2006 and 2007:

 


2007

Regular season national champion: Ohio State
Rose Bowl: Ohio State vs. USC


Playoff bracket

No. 1 LSU vs. No. 8 West Virginia
No. 4 Georgia vs. No. 5 Missouri
No. 2 Virginia Tech vs. No. 7 Kansas
No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 6 USC

2006

Regular season national champion: Ohio State
Rose Bowl: Ohio State vs. USC


Playoff bracket

No. 1 Florida vs. No. 8 Oklahoma
No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 5 Wisconsin
No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 7 Auburn
No. 3 LSU vs. No. 6 Boise State

 The old lady next to us offered us a drink, she was guzzling gin out of a thermos. That much I remember from the last time the Cardinals won a division. Back in 1975 they were the St. Louis Cardinals and I was just out of high school.

 

Friend Jack Scanlan and I somehow scored tickets in the bleachers at old Busch Stadium to what was then the biggest football game in The Loo's history.  On a cold, cold day, Jackie Smith caught a touchdown pass and the Cardinals of Jim Hart, Terry Metcalf and Mel Gray beat the Giants 14-6.

It was a bigger deal then than it was today in Arizona. The Cardinals migrated from Chicago in 1960 and spent 27 mostly-frustrating seasons in my hometown. I still follow the Cards enough to know that the Bidwells are still the Bidwells.  Cheap and clueless.

Good on ya to Arizona, though. The city deserves a team to fit that magnificent stadium.

And, no, take the old lady up on her offer. I was only 18, besides I'm a vodka man.

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corona79
Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2008 8:57 pm
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Since: Oct 23, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 2:52 pm
 

no coaches poll at all

you see the coach poll bias every year, we should delete coach poll to avoid this.



Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 2:20 pm
 

Random thoughts?

Have you ever had cohesive thoughts? I thought random was all you knew. As pathetic as the concetpt is, the BIG playoff would still be better than the current BCS system. Why not still do the Rose Bowl but have it set up the same as it is now. If the Big 10 or Pac 10 champ gets into the NC/BIG playoff, then the #2 or #3 B/P 10 team gets the Rose.




Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2008 12:57 pm
 

2007 BIG playoff

You have USC in there at #6; in your system, the Big-10 and Pac-10 are out. 

Also, the whole first part is a perfect example of why coaches should not get votes: the conflict of interest is too great.  An internet poll of uninformed, totally biased CBS readers would be a better indication--so long as you could reasonably limit it to one vote per subscriber, or some such.




Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 2:58 am
 

If Slick Rick Picks Texas...

Then they must be the best!

I heard Rick is pretty good at handicapping National Champs...




Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 12:43 am
 

Random thoughts on a football Monday

What about the SEC voting? It was just as random by the coaches. And I dont even want to discuss the ACC which was a total mess.



Since: Jul 20, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2008 11:27 pm
 

Random thoughts on a football Monday

Tim Tebow is a nice enough guy, but he wouldn't even start at either Texas or Oklahoma. I wonder if there are any SEC QBs not named Tebow that could start for a BIG XII team that went to a bowl.  Maybe Dennis Dud can think of one.....



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2008 11:24 pm
 

Random thoughts on a football Monday

I bet alot of retired coaches just sit around and watch ESPN all day anyway, so I think that sounds like a good idea.  But you might wanna excule any retired coaches that are older than Joe-Pa...cause they are probaly getting senile.  But retired coaches might vote with biases as well, so I am not sure that this would be the best solution.



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2008 11:23 pm
 

Random thoughts on a football Monday

I bet alot of retired coaches just sit around and watch ESPN all day anyway, so I think that sounds like a good idea.  But you might wanna excule any retired coaches that are older than Joe-Pa...cause they are probaly getting senile.  But retired coaches might vote with biases as well, so I am not sure that this would be the best solution.



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2008 11:20 pm
 

Random thoughts on a football Monday

I bet alot of retired coaches just watch ESPN all day anyway, so I think this would be a good idea.  Except you might wanna exclude any retired coaches older than Joe-Pa...


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