Tag:Ron Zook
Posted on: November 5, 2010 8:45 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2010 8:51 pm

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 2, 2010 3:11 pm

Ohio State beats Illinois 24-13

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Ohio State left its A-game back in Columbus this weekend, but the Buckeyes were still able to leave Champaign with a 24-13 victory.  It wasn't pretty, nor was it all that efficient, but Illinois just couldn't deal with the talent advantage the Buckeyes have over them.  For most of the game it looked as if Ohio State was just sleepwalking its way to victory, as Terrelle Pryor was the only member of the Buckeyes who seemed to care at times.

Pryor didn't get much done through the air, completing 9-of-16 passes for 76 yards.  When his team needed yards, though, he did it with his legs, picking up 104 yards on the ground.  Pryor also had to leave the game early in the third quarter when he strained his left quad muscle.  After heading to the locker room for a spell he would return to the game, but Jim Tressel went ultra conservative with his quarterback.

Which nearly proved costly for the Buckeyes.  The Illini had a chance to tie the game late in the fourth quarter when they were inside the Ohio State 20-yard line.  That's when Ron Zook made a questionable decision to kick a field goal on a fourth down with four minutes left in the game.  While I understand the desire to put points on the board and cut into the deficit, I don't comprehend why Zook gave Ohio State a chance to just run out the clock.

Jim Tressel loves to run out the clock.  If you asked him if he'd rather see his team score on one 75-yard play or run ten minutes off the clock without scoring, he'd probably choose the latter. 

Tressel and the Buckeyes would do just that, as the Illini were then presented with a heavy dose of Dan Herron, Dan Herron, and then a little more Dan Herron.  Herron carried the ball six times -- every play -- on Ohio State's final drive, picking up 53 yards before finally reaching the end zone and putting the game out of reach.
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