Monday, November 21, 2005Saturday Rewind..
Games I saw: USF-Cincinnati, OSU-Michigan, Oregon-Oregon St., Oklahoma-Texas Tech, Auburn-Alabama, Miami-GT, USC-Fresno State, etc.
Top 5 Games of the Week: 1) USC 50, Fresno State 42 -- Pat Hill's trademark of anyone, anywhere, anytime isn't just baloney. As good as Reggie Bush was, and as far as I'm concerned you can mail him the Heisman, what really compelled me was the way Pat Hill's school took the fight to USC. I'm actually willing to say Fresno State played a better game against USC than Notre Dame because the Bulldogs were on the road and they rallied from 13-point deficits on two occasions. And there was something about Fresno State's plight. They weren't playing to prove they had "returned to glory", they were playing for the people of the San Joaquin Valley (which is what the 'V' on the helmets stand for). They were playing for the people who have supported their smaller, less glamorous community. They didn't want to be close, or stay competitive, they wanted to win. And all the more credit to USC, this team refuses to die. They want to make history and they have two more hurdles to jump.
2) Texas Tech 23, Oklahoma 21: As far as I'm concerned this has an asterisk next to it. I'm hardly an Oklahoma fan, but there is a Big XII officiating crew out there they should wear brown paper bags over their heads when they pick up their checks. Never has a game been called to so blatantly favor the home squad. The spot on the fourth down was at least a yard away from where the player fall, but what really got me was the play that was reversed. How the hell was that a touchdown in from any view? He never caught the ball, yet someone signalled TD. Great game, terrible ending.
3) Ohio State 26, Michigan 21: I've seen better OSU-Michigan games, but I haven't seen too many times where the quarterback made the difference like Troy Smith did on Saturday. And in a series as long and historic as this one how often has the quarterback made the difference? Chad Henne was excellent even without a running game to support him and I thought the Michigan defense played admirably, but Smith adds a dimension that they couldn't prepare for.
4) Georgia Tech 14, Miami 10: A shocking upset that almost sent ripples through the system. In the end it saves the BCS the potential choice of picking between Ohio State and Virginia Tech for an at larger bid. The Yellow Jackets decided to blitz from the starting gun and they never stopped, not even late in the game when 99% of the coaches in football would drop into a prevent.
5) Penn State 31, Michigan State 22: Score is a little deceiving because Michigan State turned the ball over on several occasions deep in Penn State's territory. Overall a pretty good game, lots of hard hitting, and a great day of redemption for Joe Paterno...and his glasses.
Blogpoll Issues: I'm keeping USC number one and finally moving Texas up to two, basically by default. Both USC and Texas are imperfect, but they should be 1 and 2.
I'm also moving Fresno State up, they are probably the best non-BCS conference team in the nation. I'd love to see a TCU-Fresno State matchup for the non-BCS championship. Why can't the non-BCS conference designate a bowl game for this purpose? Hell it's not like it's any less legitimate than anything else in college football.
Hello to the BCS: Penn State is the first official entrant.
Potential BCS Snub: Sorry Oregon, if you were located about 2,000 miles east and in....Columbus, Ohio you might end up in Tempe instead of San Diego.
If You Prefer a Playoff: Division 1-AA has released their brackets. My completely uneducated prediction is Appalachian State.
Heisman Voting: 1) Reggie Bush, 2) Vince Young, 3) Brady Quinn.
Initial Thoughts on FSU-Florida: It's going to be a rough game. Both teams are going in the wrong directions. The Gators, however, are at least trying to fight it. Florida State has dived head first in the shitpile and doesn't seem to mind. I really don't think FSU coaches are going to come up with new wrinkles or new looks to show the Gators because I don't have faith in their ability to adjust. Oh well, I'm sure the guys at EDSBS will keep me laughing.
What's Making Me Laugh Right Now: Watching Mercury Morris on 'Cold Pizza' discuss the Colts' chances at 19-0. You talk about a bitter man, what's the deal with the '72 Dolphins? Why are they such clowns about their accomplishments? Yes, we know you were underdogs in the Super Bowl, get over it. I mean Mercury is legitimately pissed. Mercury should be a regular on the show.
My Blogpoll Top 10:
5) Ohio State
6) Penn State
9) Virginia Tech
10) Notre Dame