John Roberts College Football

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Week Ten: Wednesday

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

Is there going to be a better game this weekend than Colorado State at TCU? The game is for the Mountain West title more than likely. While Miami-Virginia Tech is a great game, and Penn State-Wisconsin is huge, don't forget to tune in to this one.

Georgia can lose to Auburn and still win the SEC East as long as Florida loses once more. Enter a suddenly hot South Carolina team playing at home against the Gators. Enter Steve Spurrier and all of his swagger against his former school. Does anyone else think that the Florida-South Carolina game just became must see TV?

Now, it's only a matter of time. The Fresno State-Boise State game is less than two weeks away. Can anyone else wait? After the blowout by Boise State over a good Nevada team and Fresno State surviving at Hawaii, this game could be a great one next Thursday night. I know I can't wait.

How about a five way tie atop the Big Ten? It would be tough to happen. Here's what has to happen. Iowa has to beat Northwestern this weekend. Wisconsin has to beat Penn State. Then Iowa has to beat Wisconsin. Michigan has to beat Ohio State. All the other games have to be won by Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State. Suddenly, we would have five teams at 6-2 in Big Ten play. For those of you that don't think it will happen, after the craziness of the Big Ten season, what would be more appropriate?

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.

News & Notes

Randy Sanders, Tennessee's offensive coordinator, has resigned after an absolutely horrible offensive display this season for the Vols. He will stay on the staff at least until the end of the season. There are rumors that David Cutcliffe will be taking over. He was the former Vols offensive coordinator, before going to Ole Miss as head coach. He then worked for a brief time at Notre Dame with Charlie Weis before stepping down in the spring.

Bill Callahan, Nebraska's head coach, made a throat slash gesture on the sideline during the game against Oklahoma on Saturday. The gesture has so far gone unpunished, but also unexplained by Callahan. He claims he made no such gesture, but it certainly appears he did based on video evidence. He has stated that he was making a sign that he makes towards his children when he says he's had it "up to here."

D.J. Shockley, Georgia's starting quarterback, was at practice on Tuesday. It appears that he will be cleared to play next Saturday against Auburn, which is a good thing for the Dawgs as they look to win the SEC East.

Quotables

Mack Brown, Texas head coach, on Baylor: "(Defensive coordinator) Bill Bradley is a friend of mine, and you don't get the nickname 'Super Bill' unless you have accomplished quite a bit on the field. He has quite a reputation in the coaching and playing profession. Baylor has improved immensely, and we know we're going to be in for a struggle up there. The Baylor defense has been really impressive, and they can do some things that previous Baylor teams did not do."

Bill Callahan, Nebraska head coach: "I'm 49 years old, and I don't go around [making] throat-slashing signs and symbols," Callahan said. "I don't use that type of demeanor, and I never have. This is way blown out of proportion. I don't know where we get all these gang symbols and allegations. This is 'Gesture-gate' or something....I don't think they're going to send me to Alcatraz."

Marcedes Lewis, UCLA tight end: "My heart hurts right now. I'm emotionally drained," said Lewis, the star tight end held to three receptions. "It's going to be tough to sleep. ... Every time I looked at (Drew) or any other players, that fire was still in their eyes. We weren't going down like this - not here, not to Stanford."

Rant of the Week

This week, I chose the rant based on the sheer volume of e-mails I get like this each and every week from fans across the country. Nothing excites the college football world more than Notre Dame. This is from someone claiming that Notre Dame is overrated. How many e-mails have I gotten like this over the last several weeks? Countless. This was a very well articulated e-mail. So here it is.

Okay, since no one else will say it because they are too busy falling all over themselves to kiss this team's rear end, I will. Notre Dame is the most overrated team in college football. There, I said it. They do not deserve to go to a BCS bowl, and all their whining about not being higher in the polls is unwarranted. Let's look at the facts:

Start off the season with a big road win over a ranked Pitt team. Right, the same ranked Pitt team that lost to the football powers Rutgers and Ohio later. They couldn't manage more than 6 points against Nebraska. They couldn't score in a woman's prison with a fistful of pardons early on. That's one "ranked team" that shouldn't count. Current record: 4-4

They beat Michigan in Ann Arbor, a tough thing to do any time, but MIchigan has highly underachieved this year and pretty much blew this game themselves as opposed to getting beat. They are currently ranked, however, so I will make it a toss up.

Lost at home to Michigan State. Yes, the great and powerful Notre Dame lost to a jekyll and hyde team. If Notre Dame is as good as they say they are, then why lose your home opener to a team that can't even win when it matters on their own home turf, next!

Road win at Washington. Washington would struggle to beat Sisters of the Poor and Blind right now. And it was still a semi-close game throughout. No real acocmplishment here.

Beat a "ranked" Purdue team on the road. I was at this game it was the sorriest performance of a Purdue team I have seen since Jim Colletto walked the sidelines in West Lafayette. This team has self destructed and I am not sure they could get wins over Arizona or Akron again if they played now. Another "ranked" win that has less value.

The infamous USC game. Well, Charlie Weiss said it earlier int he year after Michigan State, so the same applies here. Great game, you still lost, that's 0-2 at home to start. Who wouldn't get up to play the #1 team at home and play well when said home team has some talent. I'd be disappointed if they didn't make it a close game, but they still lost, end of story.

Beat a 3-4 BYU team at home. Congratulations, you did what you were supposed to do. Big deal

Their one marquee remaining game is against Tennessee, who has lost quite a bit of its own luster and may not even make a bowl this season if Vanderbilt comes to play. Navy and Syracuse should be the cakewalks they likely will be, and Stanford is another team Notre Dame should beat regardless.

The bottom line is this, Notre Dame has not accomplished anything, they are overrated, and it's high time someone said it.


--Travis Wilson

And there you have it. I don't necessarily agree with Travis, however, I should now prepare myself to get plenty of e-mails from Notre Dame fans claiming that I am bashing the Irish. Sigh...

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