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Posted on: October 22, 2010 5:49 pm
 

The Saturday Meal Plan: Week 8

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The Saturday Meal Plan is a helpful guide put together for you to maximize the results of your college football diet.  Just enough to leave you feeling full, but not so much you spend your entire Sunday in the bathroom.

Breakfast

Main Course - Northwestern vs. #8 Michigan State - Noon - ESPN

Michigan State leads the way for breakfast for the second straight week, which is what happens when you're the only undefeated team left in the Big Ten.  Be forewarned, though, just because this matchup doesn't seem all that appealing, it...ok, it isn't really.  It's just that the morning slate is light again because that's just the way things work in this television dominated world.

Still, the Spartans shouldn't take Northwestern all that lightly.  First of all, no road game is easy, even if it's being played in a stadium with 35 people in it.  Yes, Northwestern inexplicably dropped a game to Purdue last week, but that's Northwestern's style.  It has a tendency to play to its opponents.  So there's a chance that the Wildcats could hand MSU it's first "Sparty, no!" of the season.

Side Orders: Ohio State hosts Purdue, and this game may be interesting for a few reasons.  First of all, it's our first chance to see how the Buckeyes will respond following a loss, and they'll also be looking for revenge for last season's loss in West Lafayette.  Speaking of revenge, I'm sure Notre Dame wouldn't mind beating Navy and starting a new trend there as well.  Or you can just watch Texas, West Virginia and Virginia Tech romp over some conference foes.

Lunch

Main Course - #5 Auburn vs. #6 LSU - 3:30pm - CBS

Two undefeated Tigers roll into Jordan-Hare on Saturday, and only one will emerge.  Who is it going to be?  Well, there are going to be two different games being played in this one.  There's the game between each team's strength -- Auburn's offense and LSU's defense -- and their weakness -- Auburn's defense and LSU's offense.

Odds are that whichever team's weakness best resembles a strength is going to emerge victorious, and have a much easier path to the SEC title and possibly a BCS game.  If you're wondering which way I'm leaning, well, I'll just say that one team has Cam Newton at quarterback and the other has some indecipherable combination of Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee.

Also, I'll be doing a live-chat during this game over at our Facebook page, so stop on by and make fun of Les Miles for four hours with me, won't you?

Side Orders: The afternoon is packed with some big games this week.  If for some reason two undefeated teams battling it out isn't good enough for you, you can always go with Iowa and Wisconsin or the also undefeated Oklahoma State taking on previously undefeated Nebraska.

Dinner

Main Course - #18 Missouri vs. #3 Oklahoma - 8pm - ABC

Personally, I've been waiting to dig in to this one for a while.  I've seen Missouri play a few times this season, and as I've said here before, I'm just not sure what to  make of them.  The Tigers are a good team, but are they really 11th in the BCS good?  Is that what a couple of victories over some 3-3 BCS teams and nobody else gets you these days?

Whatever the case, we'll find out on Saturday night.  If the Tigers can knock off the team that sits atop the current BCS standings, then I guess we have to take them seriously. 

Though, I feel I should point this out as well, just so Missouri fans can hate me a little less, I think Oklahoma is a bit overrated as well.  Still, I think the Sooners will prove to be better on Saturday night.

Side Orders: Bit of an light night on the menu this week.  There really aren't any other marquee matchups being played on Saturday night.  Kentucky and Georgia could be interesting seeing as how both teams are still alive in the SEC East, but other than that the only game that even catches my eye is TCU and Air Force.   Though, if you hate yourself, you could always tune in to Texas A&M and Kansas.

Late Night Snack

The Washington Huskies have found a home as a late-night snack here.  I've featured them here twice in the last few weeks, and they're undefeated in those games.  Can they run the streak to three on the road against an Arizona team that is without Nick Foles?
Posted on: October 21, 2010 10:12 am
Edited on: October 21, 2010 10:16 am
 

Notre Dame's Floyd: 'I'm going to play'

Posted by Chip Patterson

After a brutal early season schedule that left Notre Dame in a 1-3 hole, the Irish have rattled off three straight wins and put them back in position to make a run at the postseason.  Which of course is the worst time to be dealing with injury issues, particularly in the receiving corps.  But with tight end Kyle Rudolph out for the season, Theo Riddick sitting out with an ankle, and Michael Floyd nursing a hamstring, the Irish could be looking at taking the field against Navy without their three leading receivers.  However, Floyd claims he will be playing on Saturday, despite sitting out Wednesday's practice.  

''I'll tell you right now I'm going to play,'' Floyd said after practice. ''I don't know how much I'm going to play. But we'll see."

Head coach Brian Kelly has officially listed Floyd as a game time decision.  While Floyd has confidence that in his self-assessment, the Notre Dame training staff will likely be extra attentive to the injury after Kyle Rudolph stressed a similar injury to the point of needing surgery.  Floyd played through the injury already against Western Michigan.  While he favored the hamstring at times, it did not slow his production.  Floyd led all receivers with nine catches for 157 yards and three touchdowns.  

The Irish also expect to get a healthy Armando Allen back in the lineup, after being limited against Western Michigan with a hip-flexor.  Getting healthy on the offensive side will be crucial against the Midshipmen.  They can slow a game down with their option attack, making each Irish offensive possession even more important.  If Notre Dame cannot execute their offense, it could be a long day for the Irish defense.

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Posted on: October 6, 2010 4:20 pm
 

Feinstein: Duke should leave ACC football

Posted by Adam Jacobi

As a program, Duke is terrible at football. Currently, historically, inexorably terrible. Duke football had more seasons with two wins or fewer in the last decade (seven such seasons) than they've had bowl game invitations in the nearly 60 years they've been in the ACC (five). They are so, so bad.

In spite of this crushing haplessness, Duke head coach David Cutcliffe told one local radio station recently, "We have a struggling team, but we don't have a struggling program."

Noted sports author (and Duke alum) John Feinstein felt compelled to respond to WRAL in Raleigh:

"Is this team not part of the program? I said years ago, I got shouted down. And I'll still be shouted down, that Duke should not play ACC football."

He went on to claim that if Duke had a president with any leadership ability, he would get together with the presidents at Tulane, Army, Navy, Rice and Vanderbilt and form "Conference SAT" - a league for good academic schools that haven't been competitive in their current football leagues.

First of all, leave it to a Duke fan to turn sucking at football into an elitist activity. Bravo, Feinstein. Second, on its face, this seems like a good idea (and how about Northwestern not making the list? Congrats, Wildcats fans!); excepting the rare and fleeting moments of success, these programs typically struggle, and their unusual admissions standards certainly don't help matters.

The only problem is that nobody's going to want to watch that league. Their television ratings would just be "NO." And if they're not going to get good ratings, they're not going to make money, and really the only reason for a school to ever field a football team is to finance the rest of its athletic department. What Feinstein's really making the case for is that these schools should stop fielding football teams, but that's probably a little too uncomfortable for a Duke partisan to consider rationally at this point.

Posted on: September 23, 2010 4:57 pm
 

FedEx Field announces two new NCAA football games

Posted by Adam Jacobi

This season's Labor Day blockbuster between Virginia Tech and Boise State, in addition to being a damned good game, appears to have convinced some of college football's biggest names to give D.C. a try. In a statement released today, the Washington Redskins announced that their FedEx Field would host two intriguing games in the (not-so-immediate) future:

FedExField, home of the Washington Redskins, announced today that it has added two more exciting college football games to its already unmatched slate. Brigham Young and West Virginia will play on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, and Maryland will host Texas on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018.

“We are pleased to host these matchups at FedExField,” Redskins Chief Marketing Officer Mitch Gershman said. “We strive to bring a number of high-profile sporting and entertainment events to FedExField as a benefit to our season ticketholders and the rest of the metropolitan area, and these games are great examples.”

FedExField will also host other high-profile college football games such as Penn State vs. Indiana on Nov. 20, 2010; Notre Dame vs. Maryland on Nov. 12, 2011; the 112th Army-Navy Game on Dec. 10, 2011; and Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati in 2012.

It's hard to fault teams for wanting to take a game to FedEx (do they ever call it "the Fed," or does that carry too much of a negative connotation?); recall, if you will, the scene of 90,000 fans going crazy during the Hokies' intro:

No, a scene like that probably won't unfold for PSU-Indiana (especially when the home team is Indiana) (no, seriously), but college football games in front of 90,000 fans and made even more high-profile by its stadium is awfully hard to turn down.

Oh, and Maryland: you have eight years to get on Texas' level. Clock's ticking.

Posted on: September 21, 2010 3:14 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2010 3:15 pm
 

Aviva Stadium to host Notre Dame and Navy

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Notre Dame and Navy have been facing each other on the gridiron every year since 1927 but in 2012 the two will be meeting for only the second time outside of the United States.  The 2012 contest between the two teams, on  September 1, will be played in Dublin, Ireland.  It won't be the first time the Fighting Irish have fought in front of the actual Irish as both teams played in Dublin's Croke Park in 1996.

This time around they'll be playing at Aviva Stadium.

“To see this stadium is to believe it has to be one of the finest venues in the world,” said [Navy AD Chet] Gladchuk. “Although modest in capacity, few stadiums anywhere have attended to the detail, aesthetics and fan comfort found at Aviva.

“I guarantee those who travel to Ireland and attend this event will enjoy an experience that will be awesome and a memory not to be forgotten. Navy is very much looking forward to our visit and the wonderful experience we expect our coaches, players, fans and friends will enjoy.”


Aviva Stadium, which has a capacity of 50,000, was also be the host of the Europa League final in May of 2011.

This year's edition of the rivalry will be played in a neutral site as well, at the New Meadowlands Stadium on October 2.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 6, 2010 7:13 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2010 7:14 pm
 

Navy falls a yard short against Maryland

Posted by Chip Patterson

The Navy teams of late have lived and died by the running game.  The triple option offense has been the Midshipmen's bread and butter, and on Monday afternoon against the Maryland Terrapins, it just wasn't enough.

Down three with 37 seconds left in regulation, Navy decided to go for the win on fourth and goal.  Quarterback Ricky Dobbs kept the ball on what looked to be a routine read option and was stopped in his tracks just inside the 1 yard line.  The play was reviewed, but instant replay only confirmed what the naked eye saw, and Dobbs just didn't have enough.

Left with only one timeout, all Maryland has to do is avoid getting a safety to walk out of the in-state battle victorious.  A win that could cool down the seat underneath head coach Ralph Friedgen, at least for the moment.
 
 
 
 
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