Posted on: September 25, 2010 5:01 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2010 5:02 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Looks like Penn State may want to reconsider that extension it agreed to with Temple earlier this week.
The Nittany Lions currently trail Temple 13-9 at halftime in not-so-Happy Valley in spite of the fact they've outgained the Owls by nearly a hundred yards and dominated time of possession in the first half. Evan Royster has 101 yards on 14 carries and Penn State has had three impressive drives in the game but the problem is the Nittany Lions haven't been able to get the ball in the end zone.
Instead they've had to settle for three Colin Wagner field goals.
While the Temple offense hasn't lit the the world on fire, it has managed to score twice, both on runs from Bernard Pierce. Vaughn Charlton missed the extra point on Temple's second touchdown.
Penn State will need to figure out a way to get the ball into the end zone in the second half, or they run the risk of being the second Big Ten team to fall victim to a MAC opponent today following Purdue's loss to Toledo. Though Temple is a much better team than the Rockets, I doubt it would be much consolidation for the Nittany Lions.
Posted on: September 24, 2010 5:22 pm
Posted by the College Football Blog staff
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 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 Mike Pouncey would screw up a baker's dozen worth of snaps in one game? Nobody... until now. 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.
The Michigan State Spartans lose Kirk Cousins to an injury during the first quarter of their game against Northern Colorado. His replacement, freshman Andrew Maxwell is dealt the same fate early in the second quarter and the Spartans go into the half trailing 21-10. After quarterback-turned-WR-turned-back-i
Temple upsets Penn State in Happy Valley. There's really no excuse for this happening; even with Temple starting out 3-0 and PSU looking average with true freshman Robert Bolden at QB, Penn State is still highly favored in this contest. But the Temple front seven (led by returning MAC Defensive Player of the Year DE Adrian Robinson) gives the Nittany Lions' enough fits that Temple goes into halftime leading by 10, Bolden gets benched, Kevin Newsome performs worse in relief, and the Owls shock Happy Valley, 27-20. -- Adam Jacobi
Marcus Lattimore is held to less than 70 yards rushing by the Auburn defense. Lattimore only ran for 57 yards against Southern Miss, but when the Gamecocks have really needed yards this season, they turn to number 21. He will likely get at least 18 carries, and the Tigers did give up 140 yards to Clemson's Andre Ellington, but look for the defensive line to step up and shut down Lattimore at home in primetime. -- Chip Patterson
Mike Leach makes it through the entire broadcast of the Houston - Tulane game without some reference to "symptoms of concussion" followed by awkward silence that lasts as long as an equipment shed is wide. -- Chip Patterson
With his team trailing 24-21 late in the fourth quarter against Arkansas, Nick Saban calls a timeout as his team is marching down the field looking for the go-ahead touchdown. "I've had an epiphany, gentleman. I'm not here to win football games, I'm here to make you all better men and better human beings. Sometimes being the bigger man means letting the other man have his moment in the spotlight." Saban then forces Greg McElroy to kneel four straight times to end the game. -- Tom Fornelli
Boise State sets the post-WW2 single-game record for most team yardage (pre-WW2 may be a touch out of reach) in their victory over Oregon State, 94-0. Kellen Moore and the rest of the Broncos' starters play every snap, even after Oregon State puts in their second stringers in the 4th quarter. Following the game, Chris Peterson then throws his headset at the press box and yells, "Are you not entertained?!" Boise does not budge in the polls. --Adam Jacobi
During the third quarter of a listless win at Washington State, USC head coach Lane Kiffin will disappear from the sideline for several minutes, and television cameras will catch him talking on his cell phone. He will claim to have been speaking with old college friends since the game was "boring," but anonymous sources with knowledge of Kiffin's cell phone records will later tell reporters that Kiffin was trying to negotiate a deal to rejoin Pete Carroll in Seattle as an assistant with the Seattle Seahawks. The deal falls through when Kiffin asks for $17.5 million a year. -- Adam Jacobi
Oregon State takes Boise State to overtime on the legendary Smurf Turf. In overtime, Chris Peterson calls a trick play that finishes with Kellen Moore crossing into the end zone to win the game. Upon crossing the goal line, Moore rushes over to the cheerleaders and drops to one knee... where he proposes to Buster Bronco. The horse says "neigh." -- Chip Patterson
With the USC Trojans up 14-0 on Washington State in the first quarter, Matt Barkley finds Ronald Johnson for a 67-yard touchdown to make the score 20-0. Lane Kiffin then decides to just kick the extra point. -- Tom Fornelli
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Posted on: September 23, 2010 4:57 pm
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 20, 2010 3:43 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2010 3:44 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Penn State and Temple are set to square off this Saturday in Happy Valley and it appears that the two Pennsylvania schools are enjoying the current arrangement they have. Already scheduled to play in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons, the two schools announced today that they've extended their series for another three years.
“Temple is pleased to announce our new agreement with the Nittany Lions, one of the truly great football programs in the history of college football,” said Temple Athletic Director Bill Bradshaw in a release. “This assures that the series will continue six of the next seven years.”
The three newest dates come in 2014, 2015 and 2016, with Penn State visiting Temple in 2015 and the other two contests being held at Beaver Stadium.
While the Nittany Lions have dominated the series against Temple so far, holding a record of 35-3-1, the Temple team they'll be facing in the future may not be such an easy win. The Owls have been turned around since Al Golden took over the program and the school joined the MAC. After going 9-4 last season in Golden's fourth season, the Owls are off to a 3-0 start this season, including wins over current Big East member UConn and future Big East member Villanova.
Makes you wonder if the Big East is starting to regret kicking them out of the conference back in 2004.
Posted on: September 14, 2010 8:30 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2010 8:33 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
Of the litany of criminal acts that transpire on a gameday Saturday, most are generally harmless, like public intoxication or cheering for Auburn (oh, we kid, we kid). And few are as pernicious as ticket counterfeiting, which has become an especially advanced enterprise with the advent of high-powered scanners and relatively cheap printing equipment. It's a simple fact that when commodities become significantly more valuable than the combined cost of their materials and production, somebody's always going to be looking to get in on that action--by legitimate means or otherwise.
So technically, it should be no surprise that two men were selling counterfeit Alabama tickets outside Bryant-Denny Stadium last weekend. It should be scarcely more surprising that they were caught by police when fans realized they'd been sold forgeries. It's significantly surprising, however, what lengths the cops went to in catching the alleged counterfeiters:
Two fans approached officers at the intersection of Paul W. Bryant Drive and Hackberry Lane and said they had bought fake tickets from two men in a 2009 Nissan Maxima, said Tuscaloosa Police spokesman Officer Brent Blankley. When one of the officers walked up to the car, the driver sped away. TPD’s helicopter was flying over the stadium and was able to follow the car, while advising officers on the ground of its location.
Officers stopped the car at Buttermilk Road and Parkwood Drive and found three counterfeit tickets to the game and three fake $20 bills, Blankley said. Officers found other tickets in the car and are working to determine whether they are fake.
The helicopter was a necessary tool in catching the men; a cursory glance at Google Maps shows that the alleged offenders were caught 5.5 miles away. And still, the officers were a little lucky that they found some counterfeit bills in the car too; that's a federal offense. If it were just some fake tickets that came up in the arrest, it would be a little hard to justify the use of a helicopter in the suspects' apprehension, wouldn't it? Using those isn't cheap.
Posted on: September 11, 2010 9:07 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
Any hope that today's game of the week would live up to its hype has been thus far unfounded, as Alabama has cruised to a 17-0 lead after one half. Alabama has been led by super sophomore tailback Trent Richardson, who has rushed for 102 yards and added 29 more in receiving.
For Penn State, the first half was at once encouraging and disheartening; it's not as if they haven't had any success on offense, it's that the Nittany Lions have turned the ball over twice in Alabama's red zone instead of putting points on the board. So while Robert Bolden has proved capable of moving the ball at times, Penn State has ruined two opportunities already. They may not have enough chances to score to even the game up before the final gun.
And really, Alabama has looked like a simply superior team. They're moving the LOS on both sides of the ball, and it almost seems like they don't even miss Mark Ingram. Y'know, the reigning Heisman winner. All par for the course for the top-ranked team in the nation.
Posted on: September 11, 2010 11:28 am
Posted by Adam Jacobi
Alabama's in good shape for tonight's game, one would assume. They're favored by a healthy margin over No. 18 Penn State, who's starting a true freshman in his first road content. Penn State didn't look like world-beaters against Youngstown State last week, and Robert Bolden wasn't even the problem.
Ah, but this game might be lost for the Crimson Tide before it even begins. That's because ESPN's College GameDay is in town, and historically, that has meant doom for Alabama. In fact, Alabama has never won with GameDay in Tuscaloosa. Here's the rundown of relevant games from Capstone Report:
Sept. 1, 2001: #17 UCLA at #25 Alabama; UCLA, 20-17
That's one 7-point loss and four by a field goal or less. Heartbreak city. Of course, it's worth noting that in only one of those games has Bama even been in the top 15, and they've never been nearly as much of a favorite in any of the previous games as they are tonight. In fact, if one were tasked to imagine a hypothetical scenario in which a team could lose its first five GameDay matchups and still be a prohibitive favorite in their sixth, that scenario would probably resemble Alabama's history with GameDay verrry closely.
But pay that no mind! Alabama loses GameDay games in Tuscaloosa! Ignore all countervailing evidence and pick Penn State!
Posted on: September 11, 2010 10:03 am
Posted by Adam Jacobi
Here's the weather outlook for all of today's important matchups. Look out for how weather affects the high-powered offenses in South Bend.
No. 22 Georgia at No. 24 South Carolina: mid 80's, scattered thunderstorms later
No. 12 Miami at No. 2 Ohio State: lower 70's, thunderstorms
No. 18 Penn State at No. 1 Alabama: mid 80's, scattered thunderstorms