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Thoughts on a football Saturday

Posted on: October 4, 2009 9:42 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2009 9:43 pm

It’s becoming apparent that Notre Dame has to beat USC in two weeks to go to a BCS bowl. I told you in Sunday’s story how lowly regarded ND is in the polls.

Here’s why: It has plenty of competition. Notre Dame is currently one of 30 one-loss teams in Division I-A. Twenty-three of the other 29 teams are from BCS leagues. Ten of the 29 are ranked. Six of those 10 have a victory over a ranked team. That's something Notre Dame doesn't have.

That means ND is one of 20 one-loss teams in I-A that are unranked. it is in a group with the likes of Boston College, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, Baylor, Texas A&M, Michigan, Pittsburgh, UConn, Rutgers, West Virginia, Stanford and UCLA. Four of those teams are left on ND’s schedule – BC, Pittsburgh, UConn and Stanford.

Given that the Irish play only one more team that is currently ranked (USC), the Oct. 17 game becomes make-or-break for a BCS bowl the way I see it. It’s 11-1 or bust. The pollsters and computers simply won’t get ND high enough at 10-2 because of the quality of the remaining schedule.

 Oklahoma has lost a pair of games by a point in the same season twice. Both have come in the last four years – 2006 and 2009 following Saturday's 21-20 loss to Miami. That followed a 14-13 opening-night loss to BYU.

In 2006, OU lost to both Oregon and Boise State by a point. In its history, OU has lost 299 games. Only 18 have come by a single point. That’s a one-point loss for every 16 losses. Since Sept. 16, 2006, four of the Sooners’ last 10 losses have come by one point.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops had lost 26 games. Four have been by one point and two have been by two points.

  Which way LSU? All we can say is the that Tigers are still undefeated after sneaking out of Athens with a 20-13 victory over Georgia. Charles Scott’s game-winning 33-yard run with 46 seconds left was set up by A.J. Green’s excessive celebration penalty. You’ll read more about that from Tony Barnhart on Tuesday. My take? That kind of penalty should never decide a game. This one did.

“It was a want-to run,” said Scott who had been struggling this season. “I ran mad.”

He better run madder with Florida coming to town. I’ve trotted this out a bunch of times, but the winner of LSU-Florida has won the national championship in the last three seasons.

 All that stuff about USC slipping in the Pac-10? Maybe not. The 30-3 win at Cal re-positions the Trojans for BCS bowl No. 8 in a row.

 Anyone want to take a stab at the Florida State mess? One of the most trusted and knowledgeable beat writers in the South says it’s time for Bobby to go. For most of the BC game, it looked like Bobby Bowden had lost his team. Down 21-6, the Seminoles rallied to tie, only to lose late 28-21. That marks FSU’s first 0-2 start in the ACC. It is 2-3 for the first time since 1976.

--In the battle of point guards, Syracuse’s Greg Paulus had more turnovers (five interceptions) than South Florida’s B.J. Daniels. The former Duke guard lost to the current South Florida guard (they’re both quarterbacks, by the way) 34-20.

 Virginia Tech's Tyrod Taylor threw for a career-high 327 yards against Duke. Yes, you read that right.

 Stanford, 4-1, is off to its best start since 1995.

 Minnesota mascot Goldy Gopher stuck it to Wisconsin fans by wearing a Brett Favre jersey during the Badgers’ 31-28 victory in Minneapolis. Let’s hope Goldy is not on scholarship because that would be a waste of good polyester.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2009 2:22 pm

Thoughts on a football Saturday

Please stop referring to Mike Bianchi as a "trusted" or "influential" writer.  (For those who don't know, Bianchi writes for the Orlando Sentinel and is the "trusted" columnist who wrote on Sunday that Bobby Bodwen needs to retire.)

He is a Gator homer and a complete bag of hot air.  He makes Dodd and Lebetard look like Joseph Pulitzer.

I'm not saying that he's not correct on his assessment of where FSU and Bowden are right now.  But just because he gets one right once in a while doeth not elevate him to Sports Reporters status.  If anything, he should be banished to writing about parking tickets in the Gainesville Sun.  His continued sucking up to the Univ. of Felons is beyond poor and obvious.  So please, just 'cause he got this one right, he didn't become Bob Woodward in one day.

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2009 1:50 pm

Thoughts on a football Saturday

ND is a good team, but would be a top 10 team with injured stars armando allen and Michael Floyd (top/top 2 WR in nation) back. Rite now, they should get to a BSC bowl if they beat USC and dont slip up along they way after that. But thing that no other school can say is that when a team plays ND, they play the game of their lives. No team ever just folds wen playin ND. The ND players touch a "play like a champion today" and the other teams players must touch a "play the game of your life". Whether they should be ranked now on record maybe they should be ranked, maybe not. But wen it comes to the 25 top teams in the country, ND is in their. Even without a star RB and WR, their offense is one of the top in the nation and their defense makes plays wen the game is on the line. 

Since: Jul 22, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2009 1:45 pm

Thoughts on a football Saturday

HAHAHAHA!!!! Dodd Rose

Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2009 12:30 pm

Thoughts on a football Saturday

"LSU will be exposed Saturday." "That kind of penalty should never decide a game. This one did." Dodd, did you get your journalism degree at Memphis? Who took your SAT?

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2009 11:20 am

Thoughts on a football Saturday

If Notre Dame was a top 10 team lead by the Hesiman front runner, then they should have beaten MSU, Purdue, and Washington handily.  This is what people are talking about when they call Notre Dame fans 'delusional'.  Taste a little success and all we hear is Heisman and National Championships.   There's no doubt that the Irish are much improved and Clausen has finally grown up,  but they could very easily be sitting at 1-4 right now. 

Since: Aug 22, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2009 4:22 am

Thoughts on a football Saturday

I know most people don't want to see ND in a BCS game. They haven't been good for awhile and people don't like that they get so much media attention. However, even though I'm not a ND fan (not at all), I believe ND has a pretty good offense. They have found ways to win close games. I agree they aren't beating the best but they are winning. I don't want ND is a BCS game either. I also think their coach needs to go but I think they are a descent team that people like or don't like  because of their name. Teams have their ups and downs and in a season where everyone wants the teams of the past to be up (nebraska, michigan, miami, ND), I believe ND is on the rise just like those other teams. I don't believe any of those teams are back to being a title contender but they are progressing.

ND will win enough games to get into a  bowl game. I think they may lose two more but that might be it. I think their offense is good enough to get them past some teams. They also seem to play down to the level of their opponent. This may cause them to lose a game or two they shouldn't but in the end I think ND is a 3 to 4 loss team who wins a bowl game.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2009 3:06 am

Thoughts on a football Saturday

Dude - quit complaining about the refs or blown calls.  We are also a few plays/calls away from being 2-3.  It just gives more fuel to the ND haters and makes ND fans look arrogant.

Since: Aug 2, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2009 1:41 am

Thoughts on a football Saturday

Disagree completely. To be overrated, Notre Dame would have to be ranked. They are not ranked, therefore, they are not overrated. Personally, I think that being barely out of the top 25 is what they deserve.

And not to start a shoving match here, but I find it ironic that an OSU fan is complaining about a team not being dominant (although certainly I agree with you, ND has been anything but dominant this season).

In your last national championship season, 2002, I recall close games which you ended up barely winning against: Cincinnati, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Illinois, Purdue, and Michigan. Not exactly a murderer's row either, aside from Michigan and maybe Wisconsin at the time. That OSU team was a good football team, but not a dominant football team. Should they have been penalized for not "dominating" average teams? Should they have been knocked down a few spots in the rankings because they didn't beat up on a pretty pitiful Cincinnati or Illinois team?

Just something to think about before you go criticizing Notre Dame or any other school for not wiping their opponents out.  

Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2009 12:50 am

Thoughts on a football Saturday

i live here in south bend and that damn school is in my back yard. I would totally agree they are over rated as they come. what i have never understood is why the BCS gives them a break on bowl games. and they shouldnt be ranked they have not been dominate in any of the games. they keep pulling wins out of there butt.

Since: Sep 14, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2009 12:27 am

Thoughts on a football Saturday

Keep talking, but there's something special about this team that keeps them winning games.  Minus a celebration penalty and what we're all calling the phantom holding on Sam Young, this team is 5-0 and probably in the top 10.  They should be ranked and Clausen should be the current favorite for the Heisman.

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