Tag:Utah State
Posted on: November 5, 2010 8:45 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2010 8:51 pm
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Insane Predictions, Week 10

Posted by 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 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 Baylor would ride a huge performance by Robert Griffin to upset Texas OH WAIT JERRY HINNEN NAILED THAT. 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.

Highly Unlikely

Missouri finds itself in some trouble during the second half of their game against Texas Tech.  It seems Tommy Tuberville finally has things working on both offense and defense as the Red Raiders hold a 10-6 lead midway through the third quarter.  It's Missouri ball when Blaine Gabbert finally has the Missouri offense moving for the first time all day.  Then, facing a first and 10 at the Tech 17-yard line, a blitzing linebacker comes free on Gabbert's blindside and levels him. Gabbert coughs up the ball, it's scooped up by the Raiders, and taken back for a touchdown.  Gabbert gets happy feet for the rest of the game, short-arms every pass at his receivers' feet, and Mizzou never recovers.  Texas Tech goes on to win 20-13. -- Tom Fornelli

Severely Unlikely

Hawaii, feeling unusually frisky after beating Army and thumping Fresno State and Utah State all on the mainland, comes out for their game at Boise State wearing black leather Mad Max-inspired "(Road) Warriors" uniforms, complete with body armor and small spikes on their helmets. As a result, their pregame haka comes across as even more threatening and unnerving than usual, and the rattled Broncos wind up mostly standing around and watching as Bryant Moniz and Greg Salas connect for four first-half touchdowns and a 28-10 (Road) Warrior lead. Unfortunately, at halftime the officials convene and after a close perusal of the rulebook, declare Hawaii's uniforms totally illegal. The (Road) Warriors are told to either change uniforms or forfeit the game. They opt to simply go without uniforms, taking the field in pads, shirts, shorts, and cleats. The Broncos, unfortunately (for them), are nearly as unnerved by this as the Mad Max look, and fall behind 42-13 before a furious rally falls short, 42-41, handing Boise their first loss on the blue turf since, somewhat ironically, the last year Mel Gibson was considered cool. -- Jerry Hinnen

Well That's Just Absurd

Illinois storms into the Big House and Ron Zook continues his Zooker Redemption Tour with a 45-10 shellacking of the Michigan Wolverines. A wearied Rich Rodriguez answers a few questions at his post-game news conference before a familiar face stands up to ask a question. Why, it's Michigan athletic director David Brandon! Much to the annoyance of the collected media personnel, Brandon lobs a softball by asking Rodriguez to comment on his recent exoneration by the NCAA, which RichRod dutifully answers with the usual vague but positive coachspeak. At that point, Brandon responds that he doesn't actually care about the report, and that Rodriguez is fired, effective as of five minutes ago. RichRod exhales for the first time in three years. Defensive coordinator Greg Robinson is installed as interim head coach, but only so Brandon can have the pleasure of firing a coach and his successor in the same day; Robinson's tenure at Michigan ends seconds after it begins. Brandon then announces Jim Harbaugh as the next Michigan football head coach ... which comes as a total surprise to Harbaugh, who must then face the awkward task of declining the offer on account of his Stanford team's season not being even close to over. USC coach Lane Kiffin volunteers for the job instead, surprising nobody, and promises at his hiring the next day to "stay in North Arbor for years. That's what the 'N' in 'N. Arbor' means, right? North?" Michigan fans strain to avoid crying in public. -- Adam Jacobi

Posted on: October 1, 2010 6:52 pm
 

Stress causes Utah State coach to collapse

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The Utah State Aggies are 1-3 this season, and that's not really a surprise; the Aggies haven't had a winning record since 1996, when they went 6-5 and were almost invited to a bowl game. Their last bowl win? 1993. Still, head coach Gary Andersen is only in his second year atop the program, which means there's still a good deal of novelty to the struggles for him. Thus, pressure, lost sleep, and disaster.

As the Salt Lake Tribune reports, Andersen fell at his house in Logan, Utah earlier this week, losing consciousness and hurting his neck. The culprit? Stress:

Andersen was taken to the emergency room, treated and released. He was fitted with a neck brace, which he must wear for the next five weeks, but the coach will be back on the sidelines when Utah State hosts BYU at 6 p.m. today at Romney Stadium.

“The good news is that I’m fine,” Andersen told the The Salt Lake Tribune. “The doctors have run a bunch of tests on me, but what happened was 98 percent stress-related. I’m going to learn from it. I need to focus better, I need to relax and take better care of myself.”

Andersen said he hadn’t been eating much and was sleeping only three hours a night — tops — during USU’s two-game skid.

It's intellectually infantile (and yet common) to think that Andersen's high salary should prevent him from feeling stress, or that this reflects a lack of character on his part; stress produces a chemical reaction in the brain, and if they're not regulated well enough (through lifestyle choices and/or by your brain's other chemical processes), those stress chemicals can have seriously adverse -- and often deadly -- effects on the human body. What's more, they don't really care what your bank account looks like. Sleeping three hours a night repeatedly? That is begging for immediate problems, and that's what happened to Andersen.

At any rate, it's good to see that Andersen will be okay and that he won't miss any games coaching. It doesn't sound like any of his problems are permanent as yet, and the coach may just be coerced into getting six hours of sleep in a single night sometime soon.

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