Well, last week was a spectacular mess. Too bad the Kansas/Colorado game wasn't on tv anywhere. I feel bad for all my Buff frends, but not bad enough to forgive '94. This week brings more exciting second-tier mediocre team action, and one game that's geographically challenged. I also get tired of typing Tennessee, even if it does help my character count. But first
Tennessee versus Memphis went almost exactly how you'd expect. A below-average SEC team pounded large lumps onto a bad Conference USA team. Boxscore? Boxscore. Tennessee had 500 yards of total offense, Memphis had 5 turnovers. The End. Tennessee may end their season on a "hot streak" after playing Ole Miss, Vandy and Kentucky. If they win out, they're bowl eligible. Just not bowl-worthy.
In MAC-action, Akron lost to Ball State in overtime in a game featuring 3 INTs per QB. And, you guessed it, the last play in OT was an INT as well. Drive home safely. Akron has a chance for a win against Buffalo to end the season, but scoring 15 ppg and giving up 39 is a tough hill to row. Tough row to plow? Tough hill to sled? Something like that.
And in the granddaddy of ugly games, Colorado gave up 35 points in the 4th quarter to blow a 45-17 lead and lose in regulation. The strictures and conventions of my marriage require me to post a large bird at this point.
Rock Chack Jayhawk, Dan Hawkins is So Fired! I think that's how it goes anyway. CU's 4th quarter drives went: fumble (returned for TD), lost onside kick, 2 plays and INT, 3 and out, ballgame. We'll probably revisit Colorado next year when they play Ohio State in the "First Annual Dan Hawkins Memorial Buyout Game."
The Battle For Michigan (which is a title I dreamed up for the Michigan Directional Schools, in case it isn't really a name for a thing) wraps up as Eastern plays Western. Eastern has lost to Central, and Central has beaten Western, so I guess this for second place, but there's still some pride on the line and other cliches.
Tulane plays Rice in the "Find These Teams On a Map Bowl." Seriously, they're like Troy. No one knows where they are. Like Pepperdine or Monmouth in the NCAA basketball tournament, only not as good. But get ready for fun pun headlines like "Tulane Waves Swamp Rice" or "Rice Washed Out By Waves" or other creative headlines. Rice has beaten UGotW regulars North Texas and Houston, Tulane at least has a win over Rutgers on their resume. Which is nice.
Overall, this was a hard week to pick, as there's also Vandy/Kentucky, Cincinnati/West Virginia and Ole Miss/Tennessee games to pick from. Come to think of it, the Mississippi versus Tennessee game gets a "Gratuitous Redundant Vowel/Consonant Face Off" award anyway. The winner gets two mors S's for their name.
Within the past week we've had two major milestones--the NCAA exonerating RR of the most damning charge and the elusive 6th victory which qualifies us for our first bowl game under RR.
Both are incredibly positive outcomes, but what concerns should we have about having emptied the tank emotionally, not to mention physically, as we head into yet another critical game?
There are numerous examples of the letdown game phenomena, even among the best teams. While I'm extremely hopeful for this team's future, I'm not sure we're good enough yet to beat the competition, even potentially inferior opponents, if we come out flat.
So if you put yourself in the position of the coaches and the players, what's your mental approach this week?
As a fan, admittedly irrational at times, I see it this way:
- Another win guarantees a winning record
- More wins = better bowl game
- Purdue, on paper, is by far our best chance for another win
- I'm f*cking tired of losing to Purdue
- Danny Hope is a tool
I'm pretty sure we all saw it coming, but it's a good reminder of how much worse things could be. No Big 12 road wins since 2007...at Baylor. Four straight losing seasons, and lastly, blowing a 28 point lead this past week at Kansas. I'm just thankful we don't have him.
So it has been interesting reading about Cam Newton's potential cheating problems and character issues. We'll see how this plays out.
My question is whether or not this will have an impact on the MNC. More specifically, I could easily see that this might take a long time to come to a resolution. Into 2011, at least. Knowing this, would the guys behind the curtain who pull the strings allow Auburn into the MNC? Options would be to let Auburn play, then deal with it after the truth comes out. Or, to blackball Auburn, so as not to have to deal with this possibility. Not a pleasant place to be.
Just thought I'd share this little nugget. They couldn't have picked a better mascot for this spot.
Because for some reason, it won't let me embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35chMctbg54
Michigan Monday is up at the zone. Here's the link: http://www.the-ozone.net/football/2010/ByeWeek/michiganmonday.html. This gives us the perspective of the enemy.
So, regarding the offense, he writes,
I said last week that the main reason Michigan scores so many points is because they have to. The Illinois game would be Exhibit A. don't tell me the only reason Illinois scored 65 points was because the game went into triple overtime. Please show me the rule that states that you must allow touchdowns in overtime.and also
If the score was reversed, would you still be marveling at your offense?More harsh are comments on the defense, and bad coaching at Illinois:
The Wolverines are now allowing 42.6 points per game in conference play. This must be what it feels like to be a crime scene reporter. The gore was everywhere. Blood dripped from all four walls. Tendons twirled from a swirling ceiling fan. The Scheelhaase Massacre will not soon be forgotten. Illinois scored 45 points in regulation and that was with Ron Zook playing Tresselball in the third quarter and going scoreless. On the Illini's first drive in the third quarter, Zook chose to punt on fourth and one from Michigan's 48-yard line. At this point in the game, Illinois had carried the ball 29 times for 189 yards. The chances that Michigan was going to stop them from picking up one yard was pretty slim—especially since they hadn't done it on any of the previous 29 carries. Basically, Zook blew it. Even if they get stopped, did it really even matter where Michigan got the ball? The Wolverines had five touchdown drives that were over 70 yards and didn't even last three minutes. Two of those drives didn't even make it ONE minute. Why would you suddenly decide to play a game of field position when you were so clearly in a shootout? Oh, that's right, you're RON ZOOK! If it had only been that one instance, maybe it wouldn't have been so bad. but on the very next drive, Zook was once again faced with a fourth and one, this time from the Michigan 22-yard line. He chose to kick a field goal. They missed.Regardless, we should still beat Purdue. The offense is awesome. And whatever happens this year, I'm really looking forward to next year.