Posted on: October 15, 2009 10:22 am
I want to see some attitude. I want someone pop off, demand that Boise get to the BCS championship game.
I want to see someone throw a punch at the system. Oops, been there done that.
You know what I mean. I want Boise State to own its struggle. I want it to pass out flyers door to door. Do infomercials. Something. Instead, all we get after games like Wednesday's middling 28-21 victory over Tulsa is the same old stuff. "We'll see how it shakes out." "We'll know at the end of the season." "Tulsa's a good team."
Tulsa's a good team but you should have blown them out, Chris Petersen. Oklahoma did. That's who Boise State fancies to be, or at least to play. Heck, it's already beaten the Sooners and OU beat Tulsa 45-40. The Broncos struggled. The problem is, they're willing to lay back and take their fate which is most probably the Fiesta Bowl. Not a bad end to the season but not what Boise deserves, at least not without a fight.
At least 50 percent of rankings are about what programs have done in previous years. My old line about 13 decades of football excellence counting more than 13 years still applies. That essentially is what Boise is fighting. It has the best winning percentage this decade. Only Oklahoma has won more games. Hell, the difference is Boise beating Oklahoma.
What we're left with is the same old week-by-week fashion show. Boise now goes on an awful slog during which it will play Hawaii, San Jose State, Lousiana Tech, Idaho and Utah State. Good luck coming out of that stretch still in the top 10 of the BCS.
The first set of standings come out this week. Boise will debut somewhere around sixth, which is about as high as it will get. I just want to hear some outrage from someone official within the program.
"We need to get better or we're going to get passed by," Petersen said after Wednesday's game.
Wow, that's a start.
Posted on: October 14, 2009 6:22 pm
Thank you Florida State for releasing the 695-page transcript of the school's hearing with the NCAA earlier this year.
Lately, our day of football daze has been denuded of significance. The calendar for Jan. 1, 2011 now shows at least six games. Six! The announcement of the Dallas Classic beginning in 14 months further degrades what used to be the best football day of the year.
Just what the world needs, a No. 7 team from the Big 12 vs. some slug from Conference USA. Jan. 1 used to be special. All the majors played on the same day. Now the Rose, Fiesta, Sugar and Orange are so spread out you need a GPS to locate them all.
In addition to the Rose and Sugar, this year we’ll get the Gator, Capital One and Outback. The roster swells next year because Dallas felt the need to replace the Cotton Bowl game it is losing to the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. The new Dallas Classic will be played in the Cotton Bowl.
Can’t wait to see the attendance in the 92,000 stadium which is essentially used twice a year. The other time being for Texas-Oklahoma. Got a birthday or a bar mitzvah coming up, the Cotton Bowl is available.
The Rose Bowl has been the Jan. 1 stalwart. We could always look forward to seeing the parade and the San Gabriel Mountains each New Year’s Day. Nurse that hangover, suck on a Bloody Mary. It was all good. In recent years, even the Rose has been moved around in years it is in the BCS championship rotation.
Sure, it’s a national holiday and advertisers know we’re going to be home to watch, but we want our NYD back. The beer is going flat.
2. Eric Berry, S, Tennessee. The SEC defensive player of the year hasn’t backed off. Berry has an incredible 50 tackles and one interception of Tim Tebow.
• This week’s Scripps Howard Heisman poll which yours truly votes in.
(10 voters. First-place votes in parentheses.)
Advantage Tresey who knows Cincy’s personnel and whose team is at home? Not exactly. Kelly’s new d-coordinator Bob Diaco has the Bearcats at No. 10 in scoring defense (13.8 points).
• We’ll know more next week but Washington looks to be the most improved team in the country at the halfway point. The Huskies are 3-3 heading to Saturday’s game at Arizona State. That’s a net improvement of six games over last season’s 0-12 record. The season reaches its halfway point on Saturday.
Tags: Alabama, Arizona State, Boise State, Capital One Bowl, Cincinnati, Cotton Bowl, Fiesta bowl, Florida, Florida State, Gator Bowl, Houston, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana-Monroe, Miami, nebraska, Notre Dame, Orange Bowl, Outback Bowl, Rose Bowl, San Jose State, South Florida, Stanford, Sugar Bowl, Tennessee, Texas, Washington
Posted on: September 30, 2009 11:14 am
Edited on: September 30, 2009 8:10 pm
The best of September
Who would have thought by the end of the month …: USC would lose to Washington a week after a heart-stopping, game-winning drive at Ohio State? [Ok, maybe by now there are a few of you.] … Unranked the preseason, the Big East would have two marquee teams – Cincinnati and South Florida … Houston would have the best Big 12 record [2-0 after beating Oklahoma State and Texas Tech] … Two Heisman winners would be knocked out of games … NC State’s Russell Wilson would have a career touchdown-to-interception ratio of 29-1 … Auburn’s Chris Todd would lead the SEC in touchdown passes  … Not that the SEC would have three teams in the top 10 in total defense but the Pac-10 would have two … The only three teams yet to allow a touchdown pass would be winless Eastern Michigan, undefeated South Florida and USC [3-1].
Coach of the month: Oregon’s Chip Kelly. On the night of September 3, his world was falling apart. LeGarrette Blount threw a punch and almost started a riot after Oregon looked punchless losing its season opener to Boise State.
Almost four weeks later, the Ducks might be the team to beat in the Pac-10. They have won three in a row, two over ranked teams and have a new lean-on tailback in redshirt freshman LaMichael James.
Team of the month: Miami. Playing September schedule in the country, the Hurricanes beat two ranked teams [Florida State, Georgia Tech] and showed signs of being its old self. Losing to Oklahoma this week wouldn’t be a disgrace. Coming out its death march 2-2 could be a jumping off point for an ACC title.
Player of the month: [tie] You’re gagging on this by now but Florida would not not undefeated with Tim Tebow. His 24 rushes for 76 yards against Tennessee on Sept. 19 were the difference.
LSU safety Chad Jones is this season’s Charles Woodson. Against Mississippi State on Saturday, he single-handedly stopped Tyson Lee on back-to-back plays inches from the goal line. He also provided the eventual game-winning 93-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Worst conference: Based on previous accomplishments, it’s the MAC. The nation’s largest conference [13 teams] has only one team with a winning record coming out of September. [Central Michigan, 3-1]. The league is 13-29 in the non-conference, 7-27 against I-A competition and 3-19 against BCS conferences.
Best conference: SEC by a hair. The Big 12 has six ranked teams vs. the SEC’s four. But the SEC is 23-2 in the non-conference, a national best 6-2 against BCS conferences.
If you think the SEC has padded its schedule with I-AA teams, actually only the Sun Belt and Pac-10 have played fewer games against “inferior” competition. The SEC is 5-0 against I-AAs. The Big 12 is 9-0. Almost a third of its non-cons have come against I-AAs.
Best trend: Smaller offensive linemen. Boise has been doing it for a while but the Broncos are soaring toward a BCS berth with a line that averages 285 pounds. Remember those hog mollies at Michigan? They weigh in at a svelte average of 295 under Rich Rod who likes ‘em lighter and lively.
Worst trend: This month it had to be the coaches’ poll. It went into the season not exactly on the same page with the BCS commissioners. As long as the coaches are going to go completely underground [hiding all their ballots] beginning in 2010, the possibility exists that the poll will be jettisoned from the BCS process next year.
As for now …
Steve Spurrier gave us a glimpse of his voting habits in July when he admitted that his football ops guy had filled out his preason all-SEC ballot. That caused a huge stir when Spurrier/ops guy didn’t make Tebow a unanimous choice. Spurrier/ops guy picked Ole Miss’ Jevan Snead but was allowed to change to Tebow after it became an issue.
Following convincing wins by No. 3 Alabama and No. 2 Texas on Sept. 19, Florida got all the first-place votes  for the first time this season after struggling to beat unranked Tennessee.
Then, there was this week. What a mess.
No. 12 Oklahoma State is ranked three spots ahead of Houston, which beat the Cowboys by 10.
Cal, which just lost to Oregon by 39, is ranked seven spots ahead of the Ducks.
Penn State had beaten doggies Syracuse, Akron and Temple. After losing at home to Iowa it is No. 13, four spots ahead of the unbeaten Hawkeyes.
Keep it coming, fellas, can’t wait to see how this effects the BCS standings.
Team schizo: Florida State. Do you have to have it explained?
Say goodbye to: BYU [in the BCS], Al Groh, Ralph Friedgen, Steve Kragthorpe.
Tags: Akron, Alabama, Auburn, Boise State, BYU, Cal, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Florida, Florida State, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Houston, Idaho, Iowa, LSU, Miami, MIchigan, Michigan, Mississippi State, NC State, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Oregon, Penn State, South Florida, South Florida, Stanford, Syracuse, Temple, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, USC, Wisconsin
Posted on: June 1, 2009 12:42 pm
The biggest offseason news for the WAC has not Boise State's 12-1 season, it was Boise State's athletic director.
Boise should roll to another WAC title but how high can it get in the BCS standings? While the Mountain West has its gripes, the WAC has had teams in back-to-back BCS bowls in 2006-07.
The problem, if you can call it that, is that Oregon will likely be the only ranked team that Boise State faces this season. A similar predicament didn't bother the Broncos against Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl so what are we supposed to conclude?
Picking the WAC ...
1. Boise State -- Start with accurate lefthander Kellen Moore at quarterback. Throw in starting experience at every position. Add a rising superstar coach who has two undefeated years in his first three seasons. Watch for Chris Petersen and the Broncos to make another top 10 run. They are quick and athletic. Think a mountain version of Miami in the 1980s. Watch Titus Young who might be the league's fastest receiver.
Posted on: December 5, 2008 6:21 pm
ATLANTA -- Florida receiver Percy Harvin remains questionable for Saturday's SEC championship game.
While Florida coach Urban Meyer said the Gators' biggest home-run threat would be evaluated after a Friday afternoon practice.
Harvin suffered a high ankle sprain last week against Florida State. Harvin's health is the No. 1 subject around the SEC championship game which will determine one of the participants in the BCS title game. The often-injured star averages only 8.7 touches per game but leads the Gators in receiving and is second in rushing.
He was named to the American Football Coaches Association All-American team this week.
That's what happened to Steve Sarkisian who will be named the new Washington coach some time after Saturday's season ender at UCLA. It was just a short time ago when USC's offensive coordinator was Al Davis' No. 1 choice to become the Raiders coach.
I was sitting in his office shortly after his marathon interview. The crotchety Davis is thorough, if you consider thorough what the team is going to eat for lunch. That was one of the questions thrown at Sarkisian. It was at that point that he knew the NFL -- at least the Raiders -- was not for him.
His friend and fellow USC coach Lane Kiffin eventually got interested in the job. We know what happened from there.
Sarkisian's departure makes it four assistants that have left Pete Carroll's side in recent years.
Norm Chow -- left for the Titans in 2005 and was fired after last season. He will go against Carroll for the first time on Saturday.
Nick Holt -- left Louisville to join Carroll's original USC staff in 2001. Holt then left to become the Idaho head coach in 2004 and 2005 before returning as defensive coordinator in 2006.
Kiffin -- The son of Monte Kiffin left the staff in 2007 to take the Raiders' job. That unfortunate dalliance that ended earlier this season probably helped him get the Tennessee job last month.
By the way, the Sarkisian deal is done. Both Washington and Sark didn't want it to get out until after Saturday's game but, hey, we have to do our jobs.
Current receivers coach John Morton is reportedly a candidate to replace Sark. Great piece here by theL.A. Times Bill Plaschke regarding the situation.
1996 --Texas 37, Nebraska 27. James Brown (the one without the cape) hit Derek Lewis with a 61-yard pass on fourth-and-1 to help clinch it. The game allowed Florida to slip into the Sugar Bowl for a rematch with Florida State. Steve Spurrier won his, and the school's first national championship.
1998 --Texas A&M 36, Kansas State 33 (2OT). Purple people were on pay phones (10 years ago was before cellies) calling for tickets to the Fiesta Bowl at halftime. It looked even better when K-State was up by 15 with 12 minutes left. Sirr Parker's game-winning touchdown catch that his life story was made into a movie.
2003 -- Kansas State 35, Oklahoma 7. Who needs a Big 12 championship when you're this solid in the BCS? In one of the great BCS fumbles of all time, the Sooners still played in the national championship game despite losing by four touchdowns. USC got justice later with a split title.
2007 -- Oklahoma 38, Missouri 17 -- This one barely qualifies as an upset. Oklahoma was a three-point favorite but Missouri was No. 1 going in. The Tigers were coming off perhaps the biggest game in their history, beating rival Kansas. They had risen to the top spot but were underdogs in a game in which Oklahoma rolled. OU's was the first defense all season to hold Missouri to less than 31 points.• How does this happen? Texas quarterback Colt McCoy was named Associated Press' Big 12 player of the year. He was AP's second-team quarterback. Complicating matters further Heisman-wise: Sam Bradford was the first-team AP quarterback. Texas Tech's Graham Harrell was the AFCA first-team quarterback.
• The favorite at Auburn now seems to be Florida State's Jimbo Fisher. If the school can come up with the money to fund Fisher's multi-million dollar buyout it might work. Fisher has a background at Auburn as quarterbacks coach from 1993-98.
Posted on: November 28, 2008 9:44 am
I wrote about the secrecy of the coaches poll last week. BCS guru Jerry Palm took it a step further revealing on his website (collegebcs.com) this week that there was a miscalculation in the Colley Matrix, one of the six computers used in the BCS formula.
Colley is the only one of the six who makes his formula public. Therefore Palm, and others, can check it from week to week. Far be it from me to be able to check math. I have problems helping my sixth grader with area and perimeter.
Anyway, it turns out that Colley, Palm states, forgot to input two games this season -- Idaho at Hawaii and UC-Davis at San Diego. Idaho-Hawaii had no impact on the numbers. However, UC-Davis-San Diego did matter.
Palm says that the BCS got erroneous data from Colley this week. Hold onto your computers. It didn't matter in the BCS top 25 but that's not the point.
The point, as I stated last week, is that we have no way of knowing if any of these indexes or polls are on the up-and-up. I still haven't determined if the Harris Poll has an oversight system that would, say, catch a bogus ballot that would rank Texas 25th and Oklahoma No. 1. At least the coaches poll has some oversight built in but not much.
The computers, though, scare me more. Colley owned up to his mistake. The five other computer guys won't so much as release their formulas. With all these numbers flying around are we just supposed to assume that everything is accurate?
Just another reason to be afraid of the BCS.