well that's just, like, your opinion, man
UGotW gets a bye week! Not two, not three, but all five of the top five play cupcakes! Sweet, delicious, in-conference cupcakes. This has to be the easiest column since last year's New Mexico/New Mexico State tilt that got one of the two teams their first (and I think only) win of the season.
So here's what passes for research for me: go to ESPN's scoreboard, flip ahead to the next week. What do I see but #1 LSU playing Tennessee, #2 Alabama playing Ole Miss, #3 Oklahoma playing Kansas, #4 Wisconsin playing Indiana and #5 Boise State playing Colorado State. I mean, it doesn't get any easier than that.
Cupcakes? Cupcakes. Or since we're all doing MST3K references this week, DEEP HURTING! Rock climbing, Joel. Rock climbing.
First off, Tennessee has already been beaten by a Florida team that has fallen out of the top 25. Last week, they scored a mighty 12 against Georgia. I was hopeful that the 12 would be all FGs, but 2 FGs and a TD with a blocked extra point gets a +1 for originality and style. Another bonus point for Tennessee for managing negative rushing yards against Georgia. LSU has only the 100th ranked passing offense, but giving up only 12 points per game, who needs it?
Staying in the SEC, we come to Ole Miss. They've got losses to Vanderbilt and Georgia to open 0-2 in conference. Alabama looks a lot like LSU on paper: 80th ranked passing offense, 1st in points allowed. Alabama has two shutouts for the season, and hasn't allowed more than 2 TDs yet.
I'm supposed to be nice to Kansas, since it's my wife's school, but what can you say? They are 120th in points allowed, pushing close to the 50 points per game margin. To be fair, it looks like they have a reasonable offense on paper (11th in rushing), but they must be playing traffic cones and office furniture on defense. This is shaping up to be a month to forget for the Jayhawks, after playing #6 Oklahoma State, #3 Oklahoma, #17 Kansas State and #22 Texas. Oklahoma is coming off a 55-17 pantsing of Texas.
Indiana already has losses to Ball State, Virginia and North Texas on their resume. Up to last week, none of those losses were more than 6 points, but if you need to equivocate a loss to North Texas, you're not very good. Wisconsin, on the other hand, is very good. The phrase "Crushin' Fools" comes to mind. They're #3 in points for and #2 in points against, and averaging over 500 yards per game. Plus they had a bye week after welcoming Nebraska to the BIG conference.
Last, but not least is Colorado State. Yes, the Rams are 3-2. Their wins are: 14-10 versus New Mexico, 33-14 against Northern Colorado, and an overtime win against Utah State. Boise State continues to be the bully on the playground, picking on the little kids. Since Georgia, they've played Toledo, Tulsa, Nevada, Fresno State, CSU, Air Force, and UNLV before finally playing TCU, who does not look like the TCU of previous years.
So here's my sporting advice for the weekend: take the over. I don't know if anyone will push triple digit scores, but I expect to see lots of 60's, 70's and probably a 80 as they all fight to make up ground on each other.
I don't think we will find another center quite like Molk. I would be pretty interested to see what he is like off the field and/or press conference.
"Every time I see Denard on the sideline, especially after a first half that he had, I go up to him and go, 'Hey, Shoeski, we've got to have fun this half. Let's have some fun,'" Molk said. "He just smiles, we laugh and we go out and play. … That's what makes him good. When he's having fun, he's unstoppable."
From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20111011/SPORTS0201/110110345/Wolverines-seniors--goal--To-change-their-legacy#ixzz1aTyRui56
Now that Ohio is circling the drain, get ready for more and more of these Urban Meyer to OSU stories. I know, I know, 2008 and Tebow and all that, but still. It would be a homerun for them.
The Lantern, student newspaper at Ohio had a commentary on October 4, 2011 by a Ben Axelrod related to the Tressel era. The salient points for the non link followers below:
After Pryor, Posey and four other teammates were suspended for the start of the 2011 season, Tressel made them promise that they would return for their senior seasons before letting them play in the Sugar Bowl. You know, because there's no better way to punish kids who claim they only sold stuff because they were in dire need of the money than by preventing them from making a living for one more whole year?
Had Pryor, Posey and Herron all declared for the draft following Tattoo-gate, Tressel would likely still be out of a college coaching job and the Buckeyes would be just as much of a mess on the field as they are now. But thanks to Tressel demanding players to return to a school that they didn't want to be at, OSU is likely facing charges of a lack of institutional control, as in less than a year, 10 players have been suspended for receiving improper benefits.
People like to pretend that Tressel transformed OSU into the national power that it is, when in reality, he's leaving the football program in worse shape than it was in before he got here, and that's a clear sign of having done more harm than good.
Even during hate week it's awesome to watch Ohio implode. That is a spectacular stat that over the past year 10 players have been suspended for receiving improper benefits. If that's not LOIC I wonder what the hell is...(as does the PAC 10/12 lobby).
Well, if I'm not speaking prematurely I'd say the fortunes of Michigan and OSU are slowly turning in opposise directions. Going into spring practice 2010 the Buckeyes were still the team to beat in the Big Ten. My aim here is not to pile on Buckeye misery but rather to emphasize how the FB programs tend to run in cycles after the Bo and Woody 10 year war. As I recall the 1980's were slightly advantage Wolverines. The 1990s were overwhelmingly advantage Wolverines - and we all know about JT and the Buckeye scorched earth hordes of the 2000s. Question is - is the tide coming in for the Wolverines? What do you think we can expect in the 201x years?
Sunday I posted a thread comparing the defense in the 1st and 2nd halves (here). I just felt that the team, especially the defense, was playing better in the second half and wanted to get some stats to compare. I just posted this to see if the offense had a similar trend. The conclusion? I don't know. The numbers look a little better in the second half, but they're pretty even, a couple games were outliers either way, and of course the WMU game wasn't finished. I guess the point is that the offense has scored when they needed to in the second half (NW, ND). So anyway, I have these stats so I figured I would share them.
WMU (not a full game)
1st: 14 points, 142 yards, 1 punt, 0 turnovers
2nd: 7 points, 157 yards, 1 punt, 0 turnovers
1st: 7 points, 85 yards, 4 punts, 1 turnover (interception)
2nd: 28 points, 378 yards, 1 punt, 2 turnovers (2 interceptions)
1st: 14 points, 218 yards, 3 punts, 1 turnover (interception)
2nd: 17 points, 253 yards, 0 punts, 0 turnovers
1st: 21 points, 247 yards, 1 punt, 1 turnover (fumble)
2nd: 7 points, 160 yards, 3 punts, 3 turnovers (2 interceptions, 1 fumble)
1st: 38 points, 394 yards, 0 punts, 0 turnovers
2nd: 13 points, 200 yards, 2 punts, 0 turnovers
1st: 14 points, 236 yards, 1 punt, 3 turnovers (3 interceptions)
2nd: 28 points, 288 yards, 0 punts, 0 turnovers
Total (With WMU):
1st: 108 points, 1,322 yards, 10 punts, 6 turnovers (5 interceptions, 1 fumble)
2nd: 107 points, 1,436 yards, 7 punts, 5 turnovers (4 interceptions, 1 fumble)
Total (Without WMU):
1st: 94 points, 1,180 yards, 9 punts, 6 turnovers (5 interceptions, 1 fumble)
2nd: 100 points, 1,279 yards, 6 punts, 5 turnovers (4 interceptions, 1 fumble)