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The Day After in college football

Posted on: September 26, 2010 1:54 pm

As the month of September closes, Texas is out of it, Boise State is in it and Notre Dame is, well, Notre Dame with a defense so suspect it ought to be arraigned.

Surprises? Shoelaces and Michigan. Oregon and its offensive napalming. Jim Harbaugh and his piling on.  Georgia slumping, Auburn soaring. "Little Giants" and one big giant -- Alabama remains No. 1 and looks like it isn't going to nudged from that spot for a while ...

**Just in time for Alabama, Florida may have found a) itself and b) a reasonable facsimile of Tim Tebow.

Celebrated freshman Trey Burton scored six times (five rushing, one passing) against Kentucky in a 48-14 win. Burton lined up mostly in the Wildcat, spurring memories of Tebow during his freshman year. The freshman had changed his number from 13 to 8. That at least gave him the mojo to go for the joy of six. Rex Grossman and Percy Harvin also wore the number. It also gives Alabama something to think about this week when the Gators come to Tuscaloosa.

More good news for the Gators: Florida is 21-4 against coaches with a national championship on their resume since Urban Meyer arrived.

**Way to wreck a Red River party: In its last two meetings to Austin, UCLA has outscored Texas 100-15 including Saturday's 34-12 decision. It was the infamous "Rout 66" in 1997 (UCLA 66, Texas 3) that paved the way for Mack Brown to come to Austin. Between the two UCLA visits to Texas, the Longhorns have been to (and won) two Rose Bowls. UCLA has been to one. Texas, of course, leads UCLA in national championships 1-0 during that time.

"I don't feel right now that we're very good at anything," Brown said after the game.

It may not get better anytime soon. Texas next two games are against Oklahoma and at Nebraska. The loss likely drops Texas out of the national championship race before the calendar turns to October. If OU wins next week, the Big 12's national championship hopes may be up to Big Ten deserter Nebraska.

**The Big Ten's lost weekend produced some predictable results -- blowouts and embarrassments. Wisconsin (over Austin Peay) and Ohio State (over Eastern Michigan) each scored 70. Purdue (to Toledo) and Minnesota (to Northern Illinois) both lost to MAC teams. Add it up and the Big Ten went 8-2 against a compilation of eight MAC teams and two I-AAs. Shameful schedule.

**Don't blame Notre Dame's Manti Te'o. After getting 21 tackles against Stanford, the Irish linebacker leads the country with a staggering 13.5 per game. ND is back, though, where it has been for the last few years in total defense -- 103rd. Only two BCS-level teams are worse, Oregon State and Wake Forest.

The No. 2 tackler is Hawaii's Corey Paredes, meaning the nation's top two tacklers are from Oahu

**Don't care if Terrelle Pryor if got six touchdowns against air (aka Eastern Michigan), he moved to the top of my Heisman list this week: 1, Pryor (four passing, one rushing, one TD reception); 2, Kellen Moore; 3, Mark Ingram; 4, Andrew Luck; 5, Denard Robinson.


Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2010 5:27 pm

The Day After in college football

Did Stanford pile it on against Notre Dame? I hope so. Maybe Marceric could have run the other direction with that 4th quarter interception. I guess Stanford should apologize for Notre Dame sucking so bad.

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2010 3:08 pm

The Day After in college football

In collegehoops they do the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. I didn't realize they now had in football a Big Ten/MAC Challenge.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2010 2:58 pm

The Day After in college football

The SEC is the best football conference out there, and any statements otherwise just make the person look foolish.  The SEC is not WAY better than the other major conferences, but they are better.  As far as Big Ten fans getting their panties in a wad over Dodd's comments, get over it.  I don't think there has ever been as forgettable a weekend in college football ever for a major conference.  Clearly, the SEC schedules its share of paties, but they don't have the entire conference do it all on the same weekend.  There was not a single watchable game from the Big Ten this weekend, and I think that was the point. 

Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: September 27, 2010 1:44 pm

Notre Dame is so bad even Crist can't save them!

N.D. went from "Touchdown Jesus" to "Interception Crist".

At least N.D. can lay claim to being a perennial preseason top-25 power!

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2010 1:44 pm

The Day After in college football

Don't be a douchebag homer.  Alabama also played Duke and San Jose St.  Not exactly top flight competition for the #1 team.

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2010 1:31 pm

The Day After in college football

stuz How does Boise go about joining a "serious" conference? They have to be invited. The Big East, ACC and SEC are not gonna work for them. They don't have the academics for the Big Ten. The Pac Ten didn't even consider them when they expanded and the Big 12 would be better off taking TCU or Houston. That leaves the MWC which Boise jumped to at the first invitation. After the fact BYU and Utah jump out of the MWC. So next year when Boise is in the MWC and is still kicking butt people will still be bitching they aren't in a serious conference.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2010 1:03 pm

The Day After in college football

And the SEC arrogance is typically irritating. This is what happens when you live in the Southern part of the country and have a wife but no in-laws. The moonshine and poverty just makes you want to trumpet the feats of teenaged boys because you have nothing of your own worth anything to make you happy. That, or you just really like teenaged boys.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2010 12:46 pm

The Day After in college football

Funny that Dodd vomits up this rhetoric a few short days after Michigan announced they are playing what amounts to a road game in 2012 against Alabama. And for every Austin Peay getting routed by a Big Ten team, there is a Coastal Carolina getting earholed by an SEC team. To assign the practice of pounding on a weaker foe solely to the Big Ten is absolutely absurd. But this is what Dodd does. Use bold and controversial nonsense to distract from his complete lack of ability and knowledge. UM has played UConn (9 wins last season), Notre Dame (on the road in another "THIS is Notre Dame's year!" year), Umass ( 3 - 1) and Bowling Green (went to a bowl in 2009). That's shameful?

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2010 12:02 pm

The Day After in college football

Last i checked North Carolina State was in the ACC, running 4-0, and hasn't played a Big 10 team. If Miami keeps their head, and the Wolfpack theirs, they'll meet probably meet in the ACC CCG. As for Notre Dame, it is what it is, and they've been playing Big 10 teams on a regular basis, just like they've been playing PAC 10 teams. If they're running hot, it's a plus. If not, just more icing before conference play.

As for the rest of the noise in this thread, it doesn't matter when you eat your cupcakes, whether beginning of the season as tune-ups or end of season as rest stops. If you eat the whole meal and come out undefeated when you get up from the table, it is what it is. In the current top 10, the teams have played or will play: Chattanooga, Sacramento State, the Air Force Academy, Appalachian State, Western Kentucky, Tennessee Tech, Portland State, Toledo, Eastern Michigan, and Georgia State. Looking at the opponents of the contenders in the rest of those respective conferences and you'll see more of the same.

Don't like those teams scheduled in Div 1? Kick them out of Div 1 and don't allow the Big Boys to count them in their records if they do schedule them. Before you do, however, have West Virginia, VaTech, Oregon, Alabama, Oklahoma and Michigan explain why they lost to said cupcakes.

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2010 9:51 am

The Day After in college football

the powerhouse big ten is a sham of a conference...lets just review some of the marquee teams they have played thus far
west il, north il, south il austin peay,youngstown state,kent state,west mich state,ohio,north carolina
how can any of the big ten teams really be considered a ranked team?  they dont play anyone, oh OSt beat up on miamilooks good on paper but come on. Its a wonder the chatter against Nortre dames schedule and oh ND another name but talentless teamon the big ten rolls.

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