Posted on: November 1, 2010 11:28 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli
For every action there is an opposite and equal reaction. It's science! It's science that directly applies to just about every play on a football field during a game. If a defensive end runs full speed into a quarterback from the blind side, that quarterback goes down and probably bleeds internally. If a team finally finds a quarterback that doesn't kill its chances of winning a game, it loses its leading rusher to a broken leg.
Well, at least that's how things seem to be working at Texas A&M. Ryan Tannehill replaced Jerrod Johnson this weekend and set a school record with 449 yards against Texas Tech, but now the Aggies get the news that they're likely to be without Christine Michael for the rest of the season. Michael broke his right tibia during the third quarter of A&M's win over Texas Tech.
Head coach Mike Sherman says that the injury will keep Michael "out for a while," and considering that the Aggies only have four games left this season, that while could mean the season. Though it is possible that Michael would be back for a bowl game, IF the Aggies can get to a bowl game. They only need one more victory, but considering the final four games include Oklahoma, Baylor, Nebraska and Texas , there are no guarantees there.
Wait a second. That game against Texas is in Austin, so that should be a guaranteed win for the Aggies. The Longhorns never win at home.
Posted on: October 30, 2010 11:53 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
1. Nebraska will be playing for the Big 12 title. Forget about that loss to Texas at home a few weeks ago, unlike the Longhorns, the Cornhuskers will be back in Dallas for the Big 12 title game this season. Its last in the conference. I just don't see a team left on the schedule that can knock off the Cornhuskers, especially if they play the way they did against Missouri on Saturday afternoon. Speaking of the Tigers....
2. Missouri isn't quite ready for primetime. It's one thing to beat Oklahoma at home, which was a huge win for Missouri last week, but going on the road with the Big 12 North on the line is a completely different animal. The Tigers got blown out of the water early by Roy Helu Jr, and just couldn't recover. Still, just because I don't think it's going to happen doesn't mean it won't. Missouri needs to shake this loss off because if they win out they are still alive for the conference championship and a BCS bowl.
3. Mike Sherman needs to listen to me sooner. A few weeks ago I told him to bench Jerrod Johnson. He didn't. Now, this week, he finally handed the keys to the station wagon over to Ryan Tannehill, and Tannehill returned home with a Maserati and a full tank of gas. Tannehill set a Texas A&M record with 449 yards passing and 4 touchdowns in the Aggies 45-27 rout of Texas Tech.
4. Things actually can get worse for Texas. What's worse than losing two straight home games to UCLA and Iowa State? Losing three straight home games to UCLA, Iowa State and Baylor. It's the first time Texas has lost to Baylor since 1997, and the first time its lost at home to the Bears since 1991. All of which means Baylor gets to spend another week atop the Big 12 south. I only wish that the now-defunct Baylor blog, Bear Meat , were still around to see this. Since they aren't, however, we share this video in their honor.
Posted on: October 30, 2010 8:53 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
The Baylor Bears are ranked for the first time since about 1856 this week, and I'm sure they'd love nothing more than to cap things off with a victory in Austin against the once-mighty Texas Longhorns. Unfortunately for the Bears, the refs aren't willing to offer much help. On what was a call that I still don't completely understand, what should have been a safety and given Baylor a 5-3 lead early in the second quarter was ruled a touchback.
Antareis Bryan tried to field a punt, but muffed it at the Texas 3-yard line. The ball went back into the end zone, where Bryan picked it up and tried to return it. He was then tackled in the end zone, coughed up the ball, and Baylor recovered it before diving into the end zone. The play was reviewed, however, to see if Bryan was down before fumbling.
He was. His knee was down with the ball in his arm on the ground inside the end zone. Somehow the officials ruled this a touchback, and even more amazingly, Art Briles' head did not explode after the ruling. Mine nearly did. Even the announcers said that the call "was a gift for Texas." The Longhorns then drove down the field and kicked a field goal to take a 6-3 lead.
Which has been a common theme for the Longhorns tonight as it has been all season. Texas has no problem moving the ball down the field, but once they reach the red zone, things come to a halt.
Baylor took a 10-9 lead with under a minute left in the first half after Robert Griffin III hit Terrance Williams on a short slant route that Williams turned into a 59-yard touchdown. The Longhorns would respond with another field goal with two seconds left in the half.
Still, who knows where this game would be had a play that should have been ruled a safety actually been called a safety. All I do know is that it could end up costing Baylor a victory, and maybe a shot at a conference title as well.
Posted on: October 30, 2010 4:32 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
Michigan State and Missouri might have entered this weekend undefeated and ranked in the top 6, but you couldn't say they were getting a whole lot of respect; according to Vegas both were decisive road underdogs, against Iowa and Nebraska respectively, and both stayed ranked behind known non-AQ quantities Boise State and TCU. The near-universal consensus seemed to be that the Spartans and Tigers had enjoyed a nice run, but that it was over.
That consensus has thus far been proven even more correct than even the most skeptical skeptics could have imagined. Missouri has given up two long Roy Helu Jr. touchdown runs, seen Blaine Gabbert start 3-of-11 with an interception, and trail 24-0 at the end of the first quarter. Michigan State has been a little more respectable, but only just: Iowa opened the game with a dominating 12-play, 80-yard touchdown drive, and increased their lead to 17-0 when Tyler Sash picked off a wayward Kirk Cousins pass and lateraled to Micah Hyde for the defensive touchdown.
So, as of this moment, it's Homestanding Agents of BCS Chaos a collective 41, Undefeated Conference Front-runners 0. Sometimes, unfortunately, the haters have a point.
Posted on: October 30, 2010 1:48 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
When you think about Kansas State and Oklahoma State this season, you don't tend to think about either team's defense. Both teams rank in the bottom half of the FBS in scoring defense, while the Cowboys are second-best in the country scoring 48.3 points per game. The Wildcats aren't nearly that high, but 33.9 points a game is good enough for 29th nationally.
Still, it appears that both teams have decided to dress up as defensive powerhouses for Halloween this season.
It's halftime in Manhattan and the score is tied at 7-7, with the first touchdown not coming until William Powell scored from 8 yards out to give Kansas State a 7-0 lead halfway through the second quarter. Oklahoma State didn't join them there until the final minute of the half when Brandon Weeden hit Michael Harrison for a 15-yard score to tie it up.
Now, seeing Oklahoma State struggle on offense without Justin Blackmon wouldn't be that surprising, but the truth is, though they haven't managed to score much, the Cowboys are moving the ball pretty well. Oklahoma State has 286 yards of offense in the first thirty minutes, but two turnovers have killed a couple of drives.
Meanwhile, Kansas State hasn't turned the ball over at all, but have killed themselves with penalties on offense. The Wildcats have held on to the ball for over 17 minutes, yet only managed 136 yards of offense.
In other words, it hasn't been pretty for either team, but hopefully the second half will prove to be a bit more entertaining than the first.
Posted on: October 30, 2010 11:59 am
Posted by Adam Jacobi
Here's the weather outlook for all of today's important matchups. It's most certainly fall across the land today, and while most stadiums are staying dry, the wind is a real factor in several of the games. Will it affect the passing games of the undefeated teams playing on the road today? All times are Eastern.
Tennessee at No. 17 South Carolina, 12:00, Columbia, SC: Low 60s, clear
No. 20 Oklahoma State at Kansas State, 12:00, Manhattan, KS: Low 60s, clear
Georgia vs. Florida, 3:30, Jacksonville, FL: Mid 70s, partly cloudy, breezy
No. 5 Michigan State at No. 18 Iowa, 3:30, Iowa City, IA: Low 60s, partly cloudy, windy
No. 7 Missouri at No. 14 Nebraska, 3:30, Lincoln, NE: Mid 60s, clear, windy
No. 15 Arizona at UCLA, 3:30, Pasadena, CA: Low 60s, rainy
No. 3 Auburn at Ole Miss, 6:00, Vicksburg, MS: Low 60s, clear, breezy
No. 25 Baylor at Texas, 7:00, Austin, TX: Low 70s, clear, breezy
No. 8 Utah at Air Force, 7:00, Colorado Springs, CO: Low 60s, partly cloudy, windy
No. 1 Oregon at No. 24 USC, 8:00, Los Angeles, CA: Mid 60s, cloudy, early chance of rain
Late night kickoffs
Colorado at No. 11 Oklahoma, 9:15, Norman, OK: Low 60s, clear, breezy
No. 4 TCU at UNLV, 11:00, Las Vegas, NV: Upper 50s, partly cloudy
Posted on: October 29, 2010 7:38 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
Every season, every month, every week, there are several outcomes and achievements that, frankly, nobody operating within reason would ever predict. Who could have predicted Nebraska would beat Florida for the 1995 title by 38 points, or that Boise State would pull off three late trick plays to knock off Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, or that Iowa State would put up 28 points on Texas before hanging on for victory OH WAIT ADAM JACOBI DID EXACTLY THAT. WHAT. WHAT. (You can't see this, but I'm posturing like an imbecile.) We're going to try capture that lightning in a bottle by making similarly absurd predictions every week. Are they at all likely to come true? No. Do we even believe the words we're writing? No. But if we make even one correct call on these, we will never stop gloating. Ever. As you can tell.
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin goes B-A-N-A-N-A-S on homestanding Texas, throwing for 310 yards without an interception and running for another 75 with a pair of touchdowns, leading the Bears to a season-defining 27-24 win over the Longhorns. Afterwards, Texas coach Mack Brown first blames a failed attempt to do the John Wall dance as a motivational tactic in the pregame locker room, then complains that the Bears' Waco recruiting base gives them "a big leg up when it comes to athletes."
During the second quarter of the Auburn-Ole Miss game, Cam Newton is tackled after a 15-yard gain on the Rebels sideline near Jeremiah Masoli. As Newton gets up to the ground Masoli yells at him "Hey, I totally would have ratted you out to the cops if I'd seen you with that stolen laptop, Newton!" This enrages Cam Newton, who then immediately triples in size and turns green. He literally rips Masoli in half, and Auburn is assessed a 15-yard personal foul. Oh, and Newton is kicked out of the game, to great protestation from Auburn head coach Gene Chizik. Without Newton, offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn suddenly seems like less of a genius, and Auburn's offense stalls. Ole Miss comes back to win and ends Auburn's hopes for a national title. -- Tom Fornelli
Michigan State loses to Iowa this weekend. Okay, that's not exactly a wild prediction, but what ensues turns the college football world on its head. Michigan State wins the rest of their games, as does Ohio State, and both teams finish the season at 11-1 (7-1) without facing each other. The Big Ten tiebreaker rules award Ohio State the Rose Bowl bid, enraging the Spartan faithful. However, Oregon earns a trip to the national championship, freeing their spot to be taken by a BCS-eligible team from a non-qualifying conference, as is the new rule. Trouble is, Boise State also makes the title game, while TCU beats Utah to knock the Utes out of contention. But instead of the Horned Frogs receiving the bid to Pasadena, TCU is ruled ineligible for bowl play and stripped of all 12 wins after an investigation reveals that they'd been using ringers from the NFL, and nobody at the NCAA had really bothered to check until a concerned Utah fan noticed that the players kept arriving to the games in their personal helicopters. I assume everybody in the NFL has their own helicopter. With no non-AQ schools left standing and no other Pac-10 teams in the top 16 of the BCS standings, the Rose Bowl instead selects Michigan State to face Ohio State, creating the first real Big Ten Championship Game a full season before Nebraska even shows up. The Rose Bowl Committee decides that this game is "kinda way better without the Pac-10 around," and the Big Ten decides to make the Rose Bowl the permanent home of its conference championship game, to be decided every year on January 1. You know, because of tradition. -- Adam Jacobi
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Posted on: October 28, 2010 12:04 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
While Oklahoma State has already announced that wide receiver Justin Blackmon will be suspended for this week's game against Kansas State following his DUI arrest on Monday , and Blackmon has issued an apology, there still is the question of how Blackmon came across the tickets to Monday night's Dallas Cowboys game at JerryWorld.
JerryWorld is an expensive place to see a football game, one of the most expensive in the NFL, and given all the troubles going on throughout college football about contact between players and agents, it's a natural question to ask. How did Blackmon get those tickets, and will it result in any kind of NCAA violation for the school?
Well, at the moment, the school is pretty confident that Blackmon did nothing wrong to acquire the seats.
Dallas Cowboy tickets are believed to have been provided to Blackmon and his friends by the father of a former OSU player. Cowboy athletic director Mike Holder would not comment on the Blackmon situation, but OSU sources indicate that athletic department officials are confident that no extra-benefit NCAA violation has occurred.
Which may be true, but considering everything Oklahoma State went through with Dez Bryant last season -- who happens to be a former OSU player that plays for the Cowboys, but this is just my brain connecting dots -- the last thing they want is the NCAA sniffing around campus right now.