Posted on: September 4, 2010 5:26 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2010 6:08 pm

Oregon On Pace To Hit The Century Mark

Posted by Tom Fornelli

At the rate the Oregon Ducks offense is moving against New Mexico this afternoon, they'll soon have more points than possible uniform combinations.  The Ducks have put up 59 points in the first half against the Lobos.  Yes, you read that right. 

59 points .

What's even crazier is that the Ducks have "only" run 51 plays, which means they're averaging 1.16 points per play.

Who needs LaMichael James?

Kenjon Barner has stepped right in and picked up 145 yards on the ground in only 17 carries, with four touchdowns.  He had more yards in one run -- 42 yards -- than New Mexico has managed all game -- 34.  Nobody seems to miss Jeremiah Masoli either as Darron Thomas, Josh Huff and Chad Peppars have combined to complete 14 of 26 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns.

Really, the only person who seems capable of keeping the Ducks from hanging 100 points on New Mexico is head coach Chip Kelly who you would expect to call off the dogs in the second half.  Though, at the rate they're scoring, they may get there before the end of the third quarter anyway.

Posted on: September 4, 2010 5:10 pm

Brian Kelly Era in South Bend Off To A Nice Start

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Before Saturday afternoon, Brian Kelly had never set foot inside Notre Dame Stadium for a football game.  Now, thirty minutes into his first game in South Bend, the new Notre Dame head coach has to like what he's seen so far. 

The Irish currently hold a 13-3 lead over the Purdue Boilermakers at halftime thanks to what has been a balanced attack on offense and strong performance from the defense.

Quarterback Dayne Crist -- in his first start -- had a solid effort in the first half, completing 12 of his 16 pass attempts for 126 yards, but the ground game has been the driving force for the Irish.  Armando Allen has 48 yards rushing and a touchdown on only eight carries, while sophomore Cierre Wood has mad the most of his college debut with 43 yards on six carries.

On the other side of the ball, the Notre Dame defense has done a nice job of slowing down Robert Marve and the rest of the Boilermakers offense.  What was a glaring weakness for Notre Dame during the Charlie Weis era looks like it may end up as a strength under Kelly.  The only time the Irish defense had any trouble stopping Purdue was when backup quarterback Rob Henry took over for Marve during the second quarter and picked up 16 yards on three carries to get Purdue inside the Notre Dame 20-yard line.

The Irish were able to hold once Marve returned to take snaps, and forced Purdue to settle for a field goal.

Of course, the second half has been a big problem for Notre Dame the last few years, so the true indicator of which direction this team is heading will be in the third and fourth quarters, and whether or not they can finish what they've started.

Posted on: September 4, 2010 5:08 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2010 5:15 pm

FSU's Ponder starts Heisman campaign with 4 TD's

Posted by Chip Patterson

It did not take long to realize that Florida State was out to make a statement against Samford in their opener.  For the Seminole squad, it was time to prove to fans (and themselves) that the 2010 version of FSU is ready to get back to its winning ways.  For head coach Jimbo Fisher, it was time to step out of the shadow of legendary coach Bobby Bowden .  For Christian Ponder, it was time to announce to the nation that he is a legitimate contender for the Heisman Trophy.

Fisher gave the green light to the Florida State offense and they took advantage of a much weaker team in their 59-6 route of Samford on Saturday.  Ponder was a model of effeincy in his limited time on the field, going completing 12 of 14 passes for 4 touchdowns and just 1 interception.  Not a bad start for a player who is in the running to add some hardware to his collection come seasons end.

At the ACC Media Day this Summer, the conference announced it's support of Christian Ponder in the 2010 Heisman Race.  It is not uncommon for schools to roll out large campaigns to build support and buzz around a player leading up to the Heisman voting at the end of the season.  It is rare, if not unheard of, for an AQ conference to endorse a player, especially this early in the season. 

Obviously campaigns don't mean anything without play to back it up, and Ponder started on the right foot on Saturday against Samford. 

Posted on: September 4, 2010 4:25 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2010 4:29 pm

Denard Robinson looks, um, awesome

Posted by Chip Patterson

No one seemed to be surprised when Denard Robinson was named the starting quarterback for Michigan's season opener against Connecticut .  With the first quarter coming to a close, it's safe to say that everyone agrees with Rich Rod. 

Michigan closed the first quarter up 14-0 on the back, or shoes, of Denard Robinson's 105 yards rushing - including a 32 yard touchdown run near the end of the quarter.  Robinson is also 4/4 for 44 yards through the air, but there is no doubt that the Wolverines most dangerous weapon this season will be Robinson on the ground.

Fans have quickly taken a liking to Robinson, wearing t-shirts referring to him as "Shoelaces" -- a reference to Robinson's distaste for tied shoes.  According to the coaching staff, how he laces up his kicks doesn't matter as long as it doesn't effect the sophomore's reported 4.3 40-yard dash.

Has to be a good feeling for head coach Rich Rodriguez , who arguably is on the hottest seat in the nation.  With Robinson under center, the Wolverines should be able to reverse the losing of late uncharacteristic to the program.   

Posted on: September 4, 2010 3:13 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2010 3:43 pm

A simple question about the Florida Gators

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Florida has just defeated Miami by a score of 34-12. John Brantley completed 17 of 25 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns, including a deflected touchdown on 4th and 21 for the game's final score. Brantley was hampered by awful play from Mike Pouncey at center, as the two combined for about 15 poor snaps. The final margin was 22 points, but Miami was within 9 in the fourth quarter.

So, having seen Florida's performance in this season opener, do they still deserve to be in the Top 10?


Posted on: September 4, 2010 2:56 pm

Texas-Rice sell out Reliant Stadium

Posted by Chip Patterson

Planning on strolling right up to Reliant Stadium in Houston and waltzing in to see Texas and Rice?  Better warm up the couch.

The game will be Garrett Gilbert's first career start, and first time on the field since being called on to replace the injured Colt McCoy in the national championship game against Alabama.  Outside of the title game, the sophomore signal caller has never had more than six attempts in a game.  This is will be the first chance Longhorn fans have to see how Gilbert will stack up to his quarterback predecessors.

The in-state showdown between the Longhorns and Owls in the home of the Houston Texans was declared a sellout earlier today.  Reliant Stadium seats 71,500 for football games and for those curious; the retractable roof will be closed.  Pretty impressive for what figures to be far from a nail-biter.

You never know though, would have been hard to predict what's happening in Gainesville right now

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Posted on: September 4, 2010 2:51 pm

Florida finally breaks free on Demps run

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Third-ranked Florida's afternoon hasn't been good. Not at all. John Brantley is 13-18, but for a comical 41 yards, and he's had--by ESPN's conservative estimation--12 snaps go badly. Meanwhile, only big plays by the Florida defense have led to points, either directly or by giving the Gators a short field.

But after Miami kicked their fourth field goal of the day to pull within 21-12 in the fourth quarter, Florida finally broke free with a big play. Jeff Demps took a run 72 yards to the house, and Florida jumped to a 27-12 lead. Of course, since today's all about Florida's ineptitude, Caleb Sturgis missed the extra point.

Still, the damage to the Redhawks' momentum has been done, and Miami was utterly ineffectual in their ensuing drive. They're punting with nine minutes left, and this game is pretty much over.

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Posted on: September 4, 2010 1:46 pm

Urban Meyer unimpressed with Florida's first half

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The good news for Florida: they lead Miami University 21-6 at the break. The bad news: virtually none of Florida's advantage has been the result of their offense, and Urban Meyer is acutely aware of this.

Leaving the field at halftime, Meyer told the sideline reporter that Florida's first half was "about as bad as we've ever played around here." Meyer said the offense needed to change "everything," and said they'd only gained 14 net yards on the half.

We'll just point out that the Florida offense gained 32 yards in the first half, and even if Meyer includes penalties, Florida accounted for 16, not 14, net yards. But that is the nit-pickiest of the nit-picky, and Florida's rivals must be salivating at seeing such an inept offensive performance against a mediocre-at-best Miami defense in the first half.

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