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Thoughts on a football Saturday

Posted on: November 1, 2009 8:52 pm
 

Stunning stat of the day: At least one former Miami player has scored a touchdown in 112 straight weeks of NFL play dating back to week 15 of 2002.

BCS ramblings: Iowa is a heartbeat away from the presidency at No. 4 in the BCS. Here’s how it gets to the title game: LSU upsets Bama this week (Tigers have won five of the last six overall and the last three in a row in T-town) and then beats Florida in the SEC championship game. That opens up a spot for the Hawkeyes vs. Texas.

It’s looking worse for Notre Dame, 6-2. At 22, the Irish are the second-lowest ranked two-loss team in the BCS top 25. It will get some bump for beating No. 13 Pittsburgh, but that’s about it. It has to get to No. 14 in the final standings to be “eligible” which for Notre Dame would mean a BCS bowl bid.

It doesn’t help that eight of the nine teams above Notre Dame all have a chance to run the table. That could block out the Irish even if they win out.

 If you don’t vote Case Keenum No. 1 this week for the Heisman, you’re high.

There, I said it. The kid has accomplished more than Jimmy Clausen and is more consistent than Tim Tebow or Colt McCoy. The Houston quarterback’s Heisman moment came Saturday in the final minute when he tossed the winning touchdown pass to beat Southern Miss.

That ended one of the best games by a quarterback this season. Keenum completed 44 of 54 game for 559 yards and five touchdowns. Oh yeah, he’s the second most accurate passer in the country too.

The Cougs also ran for 191 yards. That’s 750 yards in total offense. I know it probably isn’t going to happen, but I’d love to see Houston in a BCS game against a defense like Texas’. The Longhorns beat Texas-El Paso 64-7, the only team that has defeated Houston. Strange.

2. Ryan Mathews, Fresno State – The nation’s leading rusher went for 185 yards against an aggressive Utah State defense to keep the national rushing lead. Mathews was able to return after a third-quarterback hit that reportedly bruised his ribs. “Probably the hardest I’ve ever been hit,” he said.

Mathews has run for 1,316 yards despite not playing a couple of fourth quarters.

3. Iowa defense – Your offense turns it over six times. Your quarterback throws four interceptions in one quarter. The Iowa D deserves some sort of recognition for a couple of pick sixes that might have been the difference in the Hawkeyes’ 42-24 win over Indiana.

Las Vegas should just get it over with and list Iowa as a pick ‘em in every remaining game. Team Turnover is that flaky.


4. Tim Tebow – The question is not whether Tebow can play in the NFL. The question is whether he will be alive to play in the NFL. You saw my Saturday column. I love the kid, but good Lord, 84 rushes in four games after a concussion? His excellence against Georgia proved once again that Tebow is pretty much all Florida has on offense, or at least that’s what the coaching staff believes.

Two rushing touchdowns by Superman shot him past Herschel Walker for SEC lead in career rushing touchdowns, 51.

5. Kellen Moore, Boise State – A trip to New York would be Boise’s consolation prize for missing out on a BCS bowl in consecutive years. Moore has 24 touchdowns and only two interceptions.

Also consider Golden Tate. He's still the best Notre Dame player, not Jimmy Clausen. Had an effective game against Washington State.

 A Tennessee radio guy FOI’d (Freedom of Information Act) the Mike Slive letter to Lane Kiffin on Friday. The contents of it are out there. It’s good reading.

In case you missed it, the SEC commish brought the hammer down on Friday threatening suspensions and fines if there is any more criticism of league officials. He seemed to call out Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin who is going from the reprimand hat trick. Remember him erroneously saying that Urban Meyer “cheated” in the recruiting of Nu’Keese Richardson?

``It is your responsibility as a coach to comply with the policies of the Southeastern Conference and to know the football playing rules …,” Slive wrote.

``Since it is clear from your public comments that you believe this letter `mean(s) nothing,' let me be equally as clear to you. The next time you, or a member of your staff, make public comments of this nature, you will be suspended from all coaching duties for one or more games, and the institution may be subjected to a substantial fine … ''


``I also remind you that this is your second public reprimand in your brief tenure as Tennessee's head football coach, and on both occasions, you were wrong about the applicable rules.''

Bam, zing, boom!

 

Comments

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2009 7:04 pm
 

Thoughts on a football Saturday

Tramplers about nailed it.

I think Dodds should not be so befuddled that a team tha beat houston got trampled by Texas 64-7. In fact, a lot of people should consider this exhimbit 1-A when promoting teams who have played only one or two legit football teams in a season ..BOISE!!! Boy, has Oregon made Boisee's season. that opening win 19-8 over Oregon is their real claim to fame this year. It is as if Boise beat USC and all the orther PAC 12 teams etc.



Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2009 4:53 pm
 

Thoughts on a football Saturday

You could have a co national champ. The AP is no longer part of the BCS formula. Yes the Coaches and Harris pollsters would have to vote for the winner of the BCS Championship game but the AP writers can vote for whomever they choose. The only way there will be a split championship this year is for Texas, Florida and Bama to all have one loss. There is no way that any off the polls won't have the last undefeated one of those 3 as the champion.



Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2009 4:46 pm
 

Thoughts on a football Saturday

rturne;

If you want to compare common games vs opponents!

The Longhorns beat Texas-El Paso 64-7, the only team that has defeated Houston 58 - 41, the very next week!! Sure you wanna go there?



Since: Aug 5, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2009 3:34 pm
 

Thoughts on a football Saturday

If you check the box score, they also ran for 191 yards. This team isn't just relying on the pass. And as far as competition, 2-0 versus the Big 12 and 1-0 versus the SEC. What more do you want? They've played a pretty tough non-conference schedule. And you Georgia reference...Oklahoma State beat them and Houston kicked Oklahoma State's Ass...and Keenum had 366 and 3 TD's that game.  




Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2009 3:20 pm
 

Thoughts on a football Saturday

By the rules of the BCS, it couldn't. If you have the top two rated teams play each other, the winner would have to number one by the final computer rankings because both the Harris and Coaches poles are contractually obligated to vote their final polls in conjuntion top the computer's vote, thus making it impossible to have a co national champ!



Since: Sep 29, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2009 2:39 pm
 

Just a thought on this year’s BCS.

<!--StartFragment-->If Florida and Texas win out they play for the national championship hands down as Alabama/LSU would have to lose in the SEC title game. If Boise, TCU, Iowa, Oregon, Georgia Tech, OSU and Cincinnati also win out that leaves 6 unbeatens (Oregon, Georgia Tech, and OSU already have losses). The national championship is already covered. The Rose Bowl would then most likely be played between Iowa and Oregon, the Orange Bowl between Georgia Tech and an at-large, the Sugar Bowl between Alabama/LSU (depending on who wins on Saturday) and an at-large, and the Fiesta Bowl between most likely Oklahoma State and an at-large. With one of the three at-large bids being automatically filled by Cincinnati by way of being Big East champion. Couldn’t TCU and Boise State grab the last two at-large bids possibly creating a split national title if either were to win their bowl game?<!--EndFragment--> 



Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2009 12:52 pm
 

Wrong.....

"Here’s how it gets to the title game: LSU upsets Bama this week (Tigers have won five of the last six overall and the last three in a row in T-town) and then beats Florida in the SEC championship game. That opens up a spot for the Hawkeyes vs. Texas."

Come on Dodd, we all know a one loss SEC team would get in over Iowa.  If LSU beats #3 and #1, finish the season with their only loss being to #1 early in the season; They'll play Texas for the National Championship.  

I'm suprised you don't still think a 2 loss USC or Ohio St. team should be ranked ahead of them too.

Get real.



Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2009 12:50 pm
 

Kiffin

 

``It is your responsibility as a coach to comply with the policies of the Southeastern Conference and to know the football playing rules …,” Slive wrote.

``Since it is clear from your public comments that you believe this letter `mean(s) nothing,' let me be equally as clear to you. The next time you, or a member of your staff, make public comments of this nature, you will be suspended from all coaching duties for one or more games, and the institution may be subjected to a substantial fine … ''


``I also remind you that this is your second public reprimand in your brief tenure as Tennessee's head football coach, and on both occasions, you were wrong about the applicable rules.''

 

That is pretty strong!  Anyone betting on if Kiffin gets the message or not?  I'd like to hear Vol. fans on what they think of this whole thing?



Since: Jun 8, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2009 12:47 pm
 

Thoughts on a football Saturday

"Keenum completed 44 of 54 game for 559 yards and five touchdowns."

C'mon Dodd, your a sports writer so you must follow sports a bunch.  The fact that he threw 54 passes should tell you something.  You're getting caught up in the statistical hype.  While it's true the Heisman has become the best offensive player statistically you still have to look at the level of competition and the make up of the player's team.  Houston isn't playing against top defenses and for them to throw 54 times means that's all they do on offense.  A lot of guys could rack up those numbers if they threw 50 times a game.

The beat down Georgia put on Colt Brennan should tell you something.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2009 10:59 am
 

Thoughts on a football Saturday

Oh come on, you're saying that 8 or the 9 teams have a chance to run the table.  Every team has a chance, why don't you say that 8 or 9 teams have a chance at helping Notre Dame receive a BCS bid.


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