John Roberts College Football

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Week Five: Wednesday

Overreaction Wednesday
Getting a little bit crazy and having some knee jerk reactions to last weekend's games.

Penn State finally grew an offense. They will prove a tough out for any team in the remainder of the conference race with their mixture of offense and defense.

Florida State locked up the ACC Atlantic Division title when Boston College beat Clemson.

Michigan will struggle to get to a bowl game. With trips to Michigan State and Iowa ahead along with home games against Minnesota, Penn State, and Ohio State, this team could easily finish 5-6.

Tennessee will score about 24 points in the first half against Ole Miss, and then promptly score 24 in the next ten quarters against Ole Miss, Georgia, and Alabama. They've already done that trick to the country once this year.

Boise State will never lose at home again. I'm convinced. Never doubt the blue turf.

Remember that some of these things are gross overreactions to the way teams played this weekend. These are not necessarily straight predictions, but rather thoughts that many may not consider that are very distinct possibilities.

Quotables

Dennis Franchione, Texas A&M head coach: "I wish I knew what our main problem was defensively at this point. We talked to a lot of our defensive players over the weekend, and the Baylor game is the next game, it's a Big 12 game, and they are aware of last year's outcome."

Joe Paterno, Penn State head coach: "He (quarterback Michael Robinson) is reckless. He wants to get every inch and he gets a little careless with the ball."

Joint statement in Morgantown, West Virginia released Monday: "Our message remains unified, consistent and clear: There will be no tolerance for illegal behavior, including rushing the playing field, throwing objects onto the field or possessing alcohol beverages at the stadium. Further, any post-game actions involving illegal burnings, destruction of property, charging entry to a house party, underage drinking and other unlawful acts will also be punishable by law. If all fans are mindful of their behavior, then a hard-fought college football game will be the outcome, not any inappropriate conduct or irresponsible behavior.

One Liners
Incredibly basic previews of tonight's game

Cincinnati at Miami, OH (7:00 ESPN2)- The Victory Bell is on the line when these two teams hook up for the 11o time. The RedHawks and the Bearcats both have been unimpressive so far this year. Cincinnati might be able to start thinking about a bowl game if they can get their third win tonight heading into the wide open Big East play.

Tuesday in Review
Very quick recap of Tuesday's games.

Fresno State 44, Toledo 14- This is twice in two weeks that a WAC team has taken it to a MAC team. Of course, the Bulldogs didn't get much in way of total offense, but they dominated the other facets of the game. Toledo was without starting quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, but still this was a blowout to serve notice that Fresno State is a pretty darn good football team this year.

Rant of the week

Again, there were several good rants this week, but this one made me sit up and take notice. This one struck a cord in the heart of every college football fan that wants to see better games.

What is up with East Coast teams, mainly SEC and big 12 teams LOADING up their schedules with weak opponents. There is barely enough division 2 teams for them to play. Honestly, these schools have such little confidence in their teams, and there is so much emphasis on "getting a bowl game" that there is barely any teams with any quality wins (props to Texas and Ohio State). There needs to be a massive penalty, both in BCS, AP and coaches bowl for teams that refuse to play good competition. That way we can say to these weenie athletic directors "hey, you can have your bowl game, or you can compete for a championship, you choose."

--Geoff

Thanks for the rant, Geoff. Everyone else, keep them coming!

3 Comments:

At 6:24 PM, Blogger Frank said...

I agree with the rant entirely.

I swear I was going to post about this topic tomorrow-as even Tulane is fattening its win total with a I-AA game Sat.

I hate these games. I have very few problems with the nature and orientation of Tulane football. I'm okay with the coach, our attendance, our league, etc. I get most of what is going on. But I hate these I-AA games.

They are a rip-off. We play'em not so much for the "win"- only to get a game day gate without reciprocal visits- which is unfair and petty.

They are and uninteresting & uncompetetive 97 times out of 100- which rips off the fans. The players only get 44 chances to play in a career- and four are taken away- just so Tulane can get a sixth home game more years than not.

This game is an exhibition passed off as a fair contest. It is fraud- and reflects badly on the program. I know everyone does it now- and I-AA programs must like the money- but like everything in this country done just for money in sports- the BCS, free agency, ending traditional rivalries- it stinks and makes the sport worse.

 
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