"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
Before we knew what surprises Hoke, Borges, et al. had on Saturday, there was discussion (read: lamentation) of Denard's chances for the rushing record by quarterbacks. Now, with the 98 yards he could be as close as 207 to Pat White.
HOWEVA...in that discussion, people claimed variously that he had 4129 yards or 4175. The reason for this discrepancy was the 46 yards he accumulated last year in his matchup against Alex "Did You Know Graham Couch Is My Mom" Carder & WMU. Some sites count them, and some do not.
We UM fans have always decided to count them (witness the case for Fitz' thousand-yard season). As for the NCAA?
- At the time, it seemed that "the game was called with the result and statistics standing".
- Then they wouldn't.
- Then finally they were again? Hopefully that's where the needle has stopped.
Yet another reason why Iowa has to somehow win Friday: gives him 3 games to get 69 ypg, as opposed to 104 ypg without the B1G championship.
BUT: the bulk of his carries on Saturday came from the running back position. Would the record book make such a distinction? The record IS "yards rushing by a quarterback"...but think of what wrinkles like the wildcat could do to record-keeping...
One would think that wouldn't matter, right? Except that keepers of record books, as we know, love to pick them some nits...
Matt Barkley will not be playing against ND this weekend. Max Wittek, Rivals 4-star, #76 overall, #3 Pro-style QB in 2011, will start instead.
ND now has a wide open path to the national title. I don't think that I've ever seen a worse team get so lucky.
Oh, and don't forget the worst case scenario: ND wins the BCS game and Ohio is awarded the AP National Championsip.
I'm going to go and find a dark, musty corner to cry in.
I wonder what this means.
Notre Dame comes in at #1 with Alabama, Georgia and Florida taking the 2-3-4 spots.
In this week's useless ESPN bowl projections, here are the B1G bowl games predicted by ESPN's Edwards & Schlabach.
Italics= Not enough B1G teams bowl eligible to fill slots.
|Rose Bowl presented by Vizio||Nebraska vs Stanford||Nebraska vs Stanford|
|Capital One Bowl||Michigan vs Texas A&M||Michigan vs Texas A&M|
|Outback Bowl||Wisconsin vs Florida||Wisconsin vs South Carolina|
|Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl||Northwestern vs Miss. State||Northwestern vs Miss. State|
|Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl||State vs Oklahoma St.||State vs Iowa St.|
|Meineke Car Care Bowl of TX||Minnesota vs Iowa St.||Minnesota vs Texas Tech|
|Heart of Dallas Bowl||Purdue vs TCU||Purdue vs TCU|
|Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl||Kent State vs Western Kentucky||No. Illinois vs San Jose St.|
Other matchups of note-
|BCS National Championship||Georgia vs Notre Dame||Alabama vs Notre Dame|
|AT&T Cotton Bowl||Texas vs Alabama||Texas vs LSU|
|Bell Helicopter Armed Forces||Air Force vs UCF||Air Force vs ECU|
Green talks about his top 5, visits, and potential coaching changes (was done before Tennessee fired Dooley).