John Roberts College Football

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Week Thirteen: Wednesday

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

Fresno State will lose one of their next two games. They've teased us before with games like the one against USC only to lose to a WAC team that they shouldn't lose to. With Louisiana Tech and Nevada left on the schedule, one loss is not out of the question. I would be surprised if it happened, but remember, this is an "overreaction."

Tennessee will finish last in the SEC East. All it takes is for them to lose to Kentucky this Saturday. For a team that started off third in the country, this is a long fall.

The BCS picture is much more muddled than it appears. There is at least one more twist left in this season. Whether it involves USC, Texas, Notre Dame, or a team trying to clinch their division like Colorado, LSU, or Virginia Tech or someone else altogether is too tough to tell. But since when did the last two weeks of the season produce NO surprises to the BCS picture?

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

Accepted bowl invitations:
TCU- Houston Bowl
Utah- Emerald Bowl
Navy- Poinsettia Bowl
Colorado State- Poinsettia Bowl
BYU- Las Vegas Bowl
New Mexico- a conditional to Fort Worth Bowl (if there are not enough Big 12 or Conference USA teams available)


Reggie McNeal is healthy and will play Friday against Texas. He has to have the game of his life for the Aggies to have a shot at the Longhorns.

Rant of the Week

This week's rant is an interesting one.

I have officially had it with the college football media in this country. It is like they are entirely brain dead when it comes to college football. Case in point: Margin of victory. Texas is a good team, but just because Vince Young is still playing in the fourth quarter against a 3 win team does NOT make their margin of victory more impressive than a 35 point win where Matt Leinart gets 1 series after halftime. I saw an AP reporter saying "Texas just hasn't played as many close games as USC." Well what a revalation, note that Texas is up 50-3 and Vince Young throws his 5th touchdown pass (Kansas, Baylor). The media rewards this lack of sportsmanship how? Moving Texas up to number 1. Well, i have a news flash for you: Texas scored 0 points last year against an Oklahoma defense that got torched by USC. Oklahoma had more media support in 2004 and look where it got them. The media is so arrogant that they want to be the giant killer and decide championships that should be decided on the field. I am not saying USC doesn't have faults and rough spots. But having close games against 2 really good teams, Notre Dame and Fresno State, does not indicate any weakness. It does indicate that USC played 2 difficult out of conference opponents versus 1 for Texas. The Ohio State game was damn close, in fact anyone who watched it would say Ohio State gave it away, yet I don't see any media types having enough neurons to remember how close that game was. Another News Flash: We the College football fans are going to get to see a championship this year, and any of you media types who change your vote to give Texas a championship without winning it on the field are fools.

--Geoff Sigmund
Fresno, CA

Thanks for writing Geoff!

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