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Speaking of Pirates, in the first half East Carolina looked to be adding their name to the list of teams to beat Virginia Tech. Hey, Broncos- that “big win against Virginia Tech” sure is helping your national championship hopes, isn’t it? Well, there’s always that game against powerhouse Oregon State coming up.
Since we’re talking about “out of conference games”- We suspected that UConn had lost quite a bit of their fastball from last year (their DB coach is now in Georgia), and had those suspicions reinforced in Ann Arbor a couple of weeks ago. The game this Saturday against the Cosby Chaneys of Temple proved it… you can stop calling the Huskies a “Big East Contender”, unless it’s immediately followed by derisive snickering.
Buckeye faithful are frustrated (and rightfully so) with the play of the Ohio State kicking game, but special team fiascos was the order of the day-
But what about the fortitude of Mark Dantonio, faking a field goal in overtime for the win. Even if there are claims of shenanigans (’cause if it’s on the interwebs with schmaltzy music, it must be true) with the clock on the play (clock issues at MSU? Color me shocked), it was a great play. It was surprising to hear that Coach Dantonio was hospitalized for heart issues following the game, given how much heart his coaching exhibited. Thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery…
So- which is the better win- coming from behind in South Bend against a team that didn’t play their starting QB for much of the game, or winning in OT at home after going toe to toe with Notre Dame? I’m sure the folks in Ann Arbor will somehow convince themselves of the former.
Our second favorite Wolverine was eligible for a big game today, and took advantage of a UMass team that gave the Mich1gAAn defense all they could handle for the second straight week. DRob is developing as a passer, and the whole plan is coming together for Coach Rod. He certainly has a better record against 1-AA schools than his predecessor.
There’s news about the Big T1e1n having six teams in the top 25 this week, but at our house we think it’s actually seven teams. After watching Nebraska’s defense completely dismantle the Husky offense, it’s pretty obvious that the Blackshirts are back. There’s been discussion about having to play the Huskers twice next year (once in Lincoln, once in the CCG), but it’s quite possible that they could be our opponent in January. Other than Oklahoma (who struggled with Air Force), there’s not really a team in the Big 12-2 that would be effective offensively against them. And no, given what I saw from Texas in Lubbock, I don’t think the Horns are that team either- well, unless they have a friendly clock, that is.
While we’re on the topic of defense… I think Arizona just sacked Stanzi again. It’s been said before, but I’m lazy- You want defensive prowess, you look to Youngstown Ohio. Totally biased question- when Pryor does it, it’s an “arm punt”, but when Stanzi the Manzi does it it’s being a competitor? Got it.
Other than the “big” win against Minnesota, a couple of other USC related items caught my eye this week. First, former Trojan offensive guru Steve Sarkisian on the Reggie Bush Heisman relinquishment:
“No matter how much money he got paid, that didn’t affect how we prepared,” Sarkisian told Smith. “We weren’t the best team in football because of what he or his parents took.
Phil Fulmer (savor the irony) commented on current Trojan and former Volunteer head coach Lane Kiffin:
“(Kiffin left) with basically his hat in his hand and a bunch of NCAA compliance questions. And often his arrogant attitude turned people off. The bigger question in my opinion is how does a guy like this end up with two jobs with historic football teams like Tennessee and USC?”
Personally, I’m still going with Barkley’s theory.
This week’s “Did you see that?” highlight comes from Thursday’s Cincinnati and North Carolina State game:
See, UChickFilA? You’re still nationally relevant.
In small schools, ODU dropped another tough one, and will travel to Wayne State this coming Saturday. I couldn’t help but giggle when I saw that NAIA’s Azusa Pacific defeated the “Poets”, this week’s entry into the realm of ridiculous mascots. Avarett won, led by Buckeye staff alum Mike Dunlevy. The Guilford Quakers just didn’t put up much of a fight.
The Buckeyes prepare now for Eastern Michigan. Seriously. Elsewheres this week ‘Da U returns to action against Pitt, and Arkansas looks to upset Alabama. Stanford travels to South Bend to continue to make Brian Kelly’s life miserable, and Kelly’s former team welcomes Oklahoma. Good luck with that. Other top 25 matchups include South Carolina’s beast of a running back against Auburn’s monster of a quarterback, and the Mountaineers and Bayou Bengals battling for couch burning supremacy.
Since most of our readers missed out on the “International Talk Like A Pirate Day” celebrations due to it being on a Sunday, my recommendation would be to continue the holiday over to Monday, as we do with Christmas and the Fourth of July. Given that Monday = Soul Sucking Work Day, here’s a tutorial on how to integrate these two important facets of life: