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Old 10-24-2002, 11:36 PM   #1
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College Football: Mid-Season Report

Eight unranked teams this deep into the season leaves the final picture wide open.

Of those 8 teams, one of them, Bowling Green, is irrelevant, just as Marshall and Tulane have been in year's past, because of weak scehdules. Of the other seven, two of the teams will play each other in regular season; well, they (Miami and Virginia Tech) have scheduled the game on December 7 to make it a "big game" like the SEC and Big 12 Championship games; it is, in effect, the title game for the Big East as both of those teams could easily go into that game undefeated or at least on a strong conference record. I do not think Miami will have any problems with Tennessee either.

But we could possibly be looking at 6 undefeated teams as we enter Bowl season, and that is when strength of schedule quality points will be big factors. Although Alabama is ineligible for post-season play, Oklahoma and Georgia fans should pull for the Tide for that very reason (had to throw that in there).

Without running through every team in this week's BCS rankings, I will take a quick look at the 7 undefeated teams:

Oklahoma: I still believe in this team and their coach; they have proven a lot in the past 2 weeks vs. Texas and Iowa State; it is an honor to me and the team I pull for that a former interferncer recently told me that "Bama is the best team we have played." It is also frustrating for the late interception we threw, but oh well. I think Stoops will lead this team to the Fiesta Bowl on a perfect record as I do not see any team, including Colorado, giving them a run in their regular season.

Miami: Head Coach Larry Coker knows nothing of being a head coach, other than being the head coach of the #1 team in the nation. Since he began as head coach of the Hurricanes in August, 2001, Miami has been ranked number one and proven it by not being beaten. Granted, Florida had a week at number one in one of the polls last year, but remember the Auburn game that they lost last year on a field goal? The game where the Aubs tore down their goal post then went on to lose the rest of their games? Florida should not have been number one in anything last year except stock drops after they lost the Ole' Ball Coach, Steve Spurrier, only to replace him with "What Is A" Ron Zook. Miami was the wire-to-wire champions in my book last year, and they are yet to do anything to convince me otherwise, EXCEPT a close call with a lousy FSU team (who should NOT be in the BCS Top 15). They will beat Tennessee and their conference foes through November; their biggest test will be when the host also-unbeaten Virginia Tech on December 7, which brings us to...

Virginia Tech: The Hokies have had several long haul seasons that have unfortunately fallen in senseless choke games, but I do not see them facing a real test until they travel to Miami on December 7 for the de facto Big East Championship Game. And TRAVEL they will: Hokies fans travel very well, and Miami has a hard time filling its own home stadium. If you could leave Blacksburg, Virginia for a few cold December days, wouldn't Coral Gables, Florida be a nice retreat destination? Miami/Coker's streak will end eventually; if it happens in the year 2002, it will happen courtesy of Frank Beamer's Virginia Tech Hokies on December 7.

Georgia: Off to their best start since Herschel Walker led them to a national championship in 1982 (or was it 1983?), the Dawgs are for real this season. The only problem is a growing injury report. They have conquered 2 obstacles (Bama & Tennessee) and still face Florida and Auburn in the regular season, with a likely LSU match-up on December 7 in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta. How ironic is it that Georgia has NEVER played int eh SEC Championship Game, in their own state, an hour down the road? When the game was held in Birmingham during its first 2 years, Alabama travelled an hour up the road every year to play in it, then played the first year in Atlanta after it was moved (for favoring bama too much or to move to a better, indoor facility?). So long as Bama wins out this season, I would love it if Georgia and Oklahoma fought it out for the National Championship; that would make our 2 losses slightly more bearable. Georgia finally has a chance to shine in the SEC, and I think they will do that and take a long-absent SEC crown.

Notre Dame: Last year I told Lemonite, Screaming Flower, and the late TheU2 that I felt that Tyrone Willingham was the right coach for the Golden Domers. I stand by that statement. Sure, it took the Fighting Irish (is that mascot name offensive/politically incorrect/insensitive?) three or four games to score an offensive touchdown, but most national championship teams have a few faults and lucky wins along the way. They will beat FSU like a drum, but the Trojans of Southern Cal will give them a scare. I do not usually like Notre Dame, but I have enjoyed watching their success this year and I think it will continue.

Ohio State: Is it better to say that there is a lot of parity in the Big Ten, or that the Big Ten sucks? Honestly, I think it IS parity, and there are some good teams (Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State). Personally, I hope Penn State beats them this weekend since I want Joe Paterno to take a safe lead against Bobby Bowden at FSU for all-time wins. I don't know if that will happen, but it is my hope and I think it could happen (even though it is at the unfriendly OSU Big House). Is it just me, or is anyone else getting tired of professionally arrogant ollege football players? Fresham Maurice Clarrett think he is so good that he should be allowed to enter the NFL now. Tennessee's Kelley Washington has informed the world that he wants to be known as "The Future" and has contacted major sports media outlets asking them to write articles about him. Does this kind of behavior create a team atmosphere? I don't think it does and I think it will hurt these teams in the long run.

And last but definitely not least...

N.C. State: There is no lost shoe or pumpkin that turns into a carriage; this is NOT a Cinderalla team. Instead, the N.C. State Wolfpack is off to its best start EVER, at 9-0 as of tonight. And it was not the Phillip Rivers 4 Heisman Show; in fact, he was a bit stale from what I saw, but their defense, particularly the secondary, was picking Clemson apart tonight in a blowout AT Clemson. I don't see their biggest challenges as Georgia Tech and Florida State, but I do see as more of a threat an unpredictable Georgia Tech and an up-and-coming Virginia team, simply by element of surprise. If they make it all the way, Rivers' visit to the New York Athletic Club should be very favorable, and the team's visit to a big time New Year's Bowl should be equally favorable.

As for Bowling Green, let them play Wake Forest in a good bowl game.

As for Alabama, this Saturday is our best chance in a long time to beat the Tennessee Volunteers. To borrow something from the Oklahoma fans and their love of THEIR big orange "T" neighbors...
Tuck Fennessee. (sorry about that, Crzy4Bono, but it IS Tennessee Week)

Roll Tide.

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Va Tech is too 1-dimensional to beat Miami.
If ND gets past FSU Saturday, they'll likley vault Miami in the BCS, and you might have an unbeaten Miami team at the end of the season ranked #1 in both polls and not playing in the Fiesta Bowl (which should end up ND vs Oklahoma if both win out), that would really say something about the current system. Its a long shot, but it would be funny as hell.
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Re: College Football: Mid-Season Report

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Is it better to say that there is a lot of parity in the Big Ten, or that the Big Ten sucks? Honestly, I think it IS parity, and there are some good teams (Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State).
Agreed (though I'm somewhat biased). My argument against those who say the Big Ten is weak, is to ask them why we have two teams in the top 8 of the BCS. Sure the BCS sucks, but it still determines the nat'l champion.
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Screaming Flower:

You're welcome; I just pray to Touchdown Jesus that your Irish down let us down tomorrow.

Hewson:

That scenario is getting some airtime on sports radio down here (OU, Miami & ND all remaining unbeaten). For that matter, we could end up with 4 or more unbeatens. Makes for a good playoff case.

Foxxern:

I feel the same way about the SEC this season; sure, we have Georgia unbeaten and LSU looking pretty good, but an SEC team can go down on any given Saturday. My dream for the past few years has been for Notre Dame to join the Big Ten, making it a 12 team conference, and having a conference championship game. Notre Dame is the best fit for two reasons: (1) geography, and (2) they like playing Big Ten teams as it is. I realize the Irish are in the Big East basketball conference, but I have a sinister plan for the Big East as well: dissolve it AND the ACC, and make one strong conference of the better teams from the two: FSU, Miami, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, NC State, Pitt, Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Clemson, West Virginia, Virginia and Boston College, also bringing up a 12 team conference and a championship game. This would really put the basketball allignments into chaos, but it makes for a more level playing field in football, and the system sucks as it is. We could also add a few of the good WAC and Mountain West Conference teams into the PAC-10 and Conference USA, here again with 12 teams each and a conference chapmionship game. Very complex and controversial I know, but I think it would be better than what we have.

Oh, and I'm sorry that Illinois is having a tough season; quite a drop from last year.

If anyone needs me this weekend, here is my weird schedule:

Tomorrow morning/early afternoon: I am attending the LSU at Auburn football game.

Afternoon: driving from Auburn to Atlanta.

Evening: Watching the Alabama at Tennessee game witht he Atlanta Chapter of the Alabama Alumni Association.

Sunday: Attending the NASCAR Napa 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

I don't like Auburn and I despise NASCRAP, but I am a loving husband.

Roll Tide and have a superb weekend.

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upset of the week, 'Cuse is favored by 14 over Rutgers in BE play, ridiculous, Rutgers has played Tenn, Pitt and Virginia Tech tough in 3 of their last 4 games, if I were a betting man, I would put money on this game!
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NASCAR, isn't that for red-necks and hee-haws?

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Wanderer...I hope you aren't a betting man. Syracuse 45, Rutgers 14.

If you are a betting man, next week, look at Boston College as a strong play. Don't know the spread yet obviously, but they are at Notre Dame and will be getting generous points (I'm guessing between 14 and 17). Notre Dame is due for a let down after 2 rousing road wins at Air Force and FSU, and BC is just talented enough to hang with them, probably losing a close on like 23-16 or so.
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fucking hell, they had the spread covered at 24-14 in the 4th, and they collapsed in the last 10 mins, i guess that's what happens when your true freshman 3rd string qb ends up in the game after injuries... fortunately, I am not a betting man
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Well ND is only a 10 point favorite over BC this weekend, so the oddsmakers must also see this as a possible letdown scenario for the Irish. Don't like BC getting only 10, 14 or more yeah, but not 10.
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Rutgers 7, Miami 0

I know, I know, it's only the first quarter...
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Rutgers 17, Miami 14, after officials call back a 100 yard INT return with a phantom holding penalty...
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Rutgers 17, Miami 14

start of the 4th quarter!!!!

c'mon baby!!! this would be one of the biggest upsets in college football history!!!!
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I am sorry The Wanderer (have i told you that I like your name) that Rutgers couldn't hold on



Oklahoma 27
Colorado 11

Notre Dame???? wtf?

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Ho hum, Buckeyes keep winning.

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