Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
Now that cupcake week is mostly over, it's on to week 2. But first
Week 1 Recap
While Minnesota versus Middle Tennessee was bad, it wasn't Kansas v. North Dakota State bad. The Turner Gill era at Kansas does not start well. Your winning team had 163 yards of total offense and 13 penalties and won 6-3 in a three field-goal game. Wow. And, uh, so Arizona isn’t as bad as I thought, go figure.
Week 2 Lineup
Still not a lot of clarity about quality of competition after week one, so this week still won't have much focus on talent levels. This is a big week for Sparty, as Michigan State gets the “Good Seats Still Available” award for scheduling Florida Atlantic at Ford Field, for some reason. Florida Atlantic beat UAB by one last week, but State did a decent job against Western Michigan to take an early lead in the Michigan Directional School Cup. But still, expect lots of fans to come dressed as empty seats for this one.
In other Michigan directional school action, Eastern Michigan plays Miami (NTM) in what must be a rivalry game? Winner gets Toledo (the city, not the school) or something. Seems odd for two non-divisional MAC schools to play so early. EMU lost to Army on three turnovers, and Miami(NTM) wasn't exactly cannon-fodder to Florida, but since they both put up 212 yards of total offense, Florida wasn't its usual self either. Miama got intercepted four times, while Florida fumbled three.
Wisconsin gets the “Cupcake of the Week” award for playing a San Jose State team that got pounded by Alabama by 45 points last week (and SJ St. gets a “Glutton For Punishment/Cash” award). Wisconsin ran 50 times for 278 yards against UNLV, and expect more of the same. SJSU managed 7 first downs, one field goal, and 175 total yards of offense against Alabama. They almost tied on time of possession!
The “Somebody’s Gotta Win” game of the week is Louisville versus Eastern Kentucky. Louisville lost to Kentucky last week, while E. KY got a thorough drubbing by Missouri State. I'd expect a win from Louisville, but who knows at this point.
Apologies if this has already been posted (I'm pretty sure it hasn't, but you never know)
Yesterday the WSJ put up a gigantic statistical database of all D-1 FBS college football teams. You can filter by teams/conferences, and also filter by whatever category you want using the check boxes.
Basically, somebody put all this stuff from the NCAA database into excel and its realllllly pretty.
While Michigan's season doesn't start for another 2 days, I realized today that college football begins tonight (!). So now, I have begun to get pumped for just seeing college football on TV again, on top the pumped-ness of UM-UConn. What college football hype videos do you guys/gals know of for other schools? This one comes to mind, and it's pretty awesome.
Hooray, it's finally September! I've been jonesing for football so bad that I caught myself watching the second half of last year's Michigan/Illinois game. And I knew what the final score was going to be!
The early season games are difficult to pick for this column, since last year's usual suspects could very well improve, or someone decent could fall on their face. So, without further ado and very litle research, let's get down to it.
Bowl Recap: Wyoming and Freson State played an entertaining 2OT game, with Wyoming coming from behind to win 35-28. Minnesota and Iowa Stateclunked around, with Iowa State winning 14-13. So Congrats to Minnesota for finishing sub .500 even with a bowl game. South Florida beat the crap out of Northern Illinois 27-3. When you have almost as many yards punting (233) as total offense (238), the fans are in for a long night.
But we're going to put the past behind us, and look forward to a bright, shiny, new 2010 season. Minnesota manages to get noticed again, mostly for starting on the road against Middle Tennessee. Middle Tennessee was 10-3 in the SunBelt last year, so this is no cupcake for Minnesota, who struggled with the #109th best offense last season. Bonus: it's on Thursday on ESPNU.
Also on the road, Arizona travels to Toledo. Arizona is probably still smarting after getting hammered by a pissed-off Nebraska team in their bowl game, but Toledo had the #13th overall offense last year, despite finishing 5-7. Toledo knocked off Colorado, and should be looking to do the same to Arizona.
Colorado versus Colorado State in the Rocky Mountain Showdown is nothing if not entertaining. Last year, Colorado lost to CSU again. This is the same CSU team that finished 3-9 and lost their last nine in a row, including such powerhouses as Wyoming, UNLV and San Diego State. Colorado looks to counter Dan Hawkins with returning talent at RB, but nothing can counter Dan Hawkins.
I know there was already a thread about Jeremiah Masoli walking on at Ole Miss after being dismissed from Oregon. This isn't about breaking that news.
What this is about, is the aftermath. We all predicted that Ole Miss would take a hit for accepting him, even if they don't have the highest standards anyway. But that's not what I see. I was just watching College Football Live, and they all took the position that Ole Miss was doing a service to the rest of the players (if Masoli could help them win) and that it wasn't a big deal as long as they have a zero-tolerance policy (unlikely).
I'm not really sure if this reaction is widespread, but my question is: "What?" Didn't we get a ton of bad press over recruiting a guy that had possible run-ins with the law (read: no actual run-ins) and another that had academic issues? Keep in mind, these kids were recruits. What that means is, they didn't even get their chance yet. This guy has had multiple chances, was recruited despite high school expulsion, and was dismissed for 2nd degree burglary AND a later charge of marijuana possession.
Now I don't care that much about Ole Miss and I already know the SEC is a little shady to begin with. But the prediction was that they would take a big PR hit, and it turns out everyone is supporting their move, and predicting Masoli to start! Why is there this huge double standard?
I fear I already know the answer, and I assure you I've prepped my tinfoil hat.