Info on how I score the CPR rankings is available here.
When I was a young boy my mother sat me down and said, "Son, one day you will grow up to write a moderately valued diary on a sports blog with a small but passionate user base."
I was a child of the 80's, so the term 'blog' was completely foreign to me. I dismissed this idea as a residual effect of too much acid and 'Earth, Wind, and Fire'. My mom was involved heavily in the 'counter-culture' movement of her era.
Twenty-some years later, as I sit here pondering whether my mom was clarevoyant or had just stumbled into some really good acid, I ask for your help. I want to write the best damned moderately valued diary that I can. I need to live up to my mother's expectations. Being that this is only my third week doing this, I am very open to suggestions. If you guys have any, let me know, as I will try to incorporate them as best I can.
Not much movement towards the front and the rear of the line, as both the top 3 and bottom 4 conferences remain the same. The middle saw big drops by the PAC 12 (5-4) and CUSA (5-3, with wins over only WAC and FBS teams). It also saw two conferences make decent gains as the ACC (6-2) and the MWC (5-2) both climbed multiple spots.
The BIG 12 continues to dominate the OOC schedule, going 9-1 this week to accumulate a 23-3 record. This record is even more impressive if you take into account the fact that they have played the fewest FBS cupcakes (6) of any BCS conference and have the most wins (also 6) against other BCS schools.
The SEC is trying to keep pace, but going 4-2 this week ensured that the BIG 12 gained ground on all other conferences. The two horse race for the innagural Cy-Hawk Trophy Memorial Award (CHTMA) has officially turned into a one point five horse race.
The Cy-Hawk Trophy Memorial Award, given to the Top Conference in the FCS.
CPR - Week 3
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The Bakers Dozen
Propelled by strong wins over Auburn, Ohio State, and Kansas; the ACC jumped 3 spots and nestled into number 6 in our CPR rankings. FSU showed flashes against Oklahoma, but came up short. The soon to be NKOTB both lost this week, as Iowa defeated Pitt and USC made short work of Syracuse.
The BIG 10 remained stagnant for the second week in a row, as a strong win by Illinois was offset by losses to two alleged conference contenders in OSU and MSU. Other teams, such as Penn State and Iowa sputtered but came through. The BIG 10 is starting to look like a microcosm of the NCAA conference picture as a whole; with a couple of solid players at the top, an extremely large middle class, and teams like Minnesota and Indiana fighting for food stamps.
The BIG 12 still looks tough, even after they packed up a little bit of snow and pushed it down the mountain, creating a snowball effect that will change the landscape of college football as we know it. As noted at the top, their 23-2 record is as impressive as it looks from the outside. The BIG 12 will have to fail miserably during the bowl season if any other conference intends on capturing the coveted CHTMA this season.
WVU continues to will the Big East to mediocrity. Without the 'eers, the Big East would have had nothing to hang their straw hats on. UCONN lost a close game to Iowa State and Pitt "Sparty nooooooo'd" away a win to Iowa. Many toothless babies were conceived in the cornfields of Iowa on Saturday. Yes, I am aware that all babies are born toothless. Except, of course, for Michigan babies, which are all born with a mouth full of teeth and grow up to be Michigan Men.
CUSA didn't really give themselves a chance to shine this week, as their only marquee game pitted Tulsa against Okie State. The rest of their OOC schedule consisted of teams that the average college football fan has probably never heard of.
The first two weeks must have been sweet for the MAC. They were 13-10, posting a few noteworthy wins along with some respectable efforts against big named schools (shoutout to Toledo!). Apparently, at some point this week, student athletes throughout the midwest woke up and realized that they played in the MAC. Consequently, the MAC posted a 1-8 record this week, with only Ohio (NTO) saving face.
The Mountain West climbed an impressive 3 spots in this weeks CPR, due to a 5-2 record which brought them to 12-6 on the season. They are currently the only non-qualifier that is ahead of a BCS conference, surpassing the Big East, ACC, and PAC 12. Their five wins all came against other FBS schools, including one against Washington State and the PAC 12.
I'm waiting to have one of those head asploding moments when some clueless ESPN drone suggests that the PAC 12 can rival the SEC for the best conference in the nation. I know it will happen. The PAC 12 has had the worst season among BCS conferences. Their 19-10 record is padded by 7 wins against FCS schools and 5 more against the worst conference (WAC) in the FBS. They are 4-6 against other BCS schools.
Here's a philisophical head scratcher... Can the SEC form a team SO TALENTED that another SEC team cannot beat them? Trick question, because when the SEC plays with itself, everyone wins. Right, Gary? As it turns out, NCAA rules state that there HAS to be a team that loses. Condolences to Tennessee and the state of Mississippi, as your teams were all losers this week. Speaking of losers, Auburn... lol.
God it gets boring breaking down the crappy conferences.
The WAC finished 0-4 against FBS opponents, cementing their place in the basement of the FBS and reminding me that I was supposed to be cleaning the basement while my wife is away getting groceries, and am instead creating a drawn out review of the week that was in college football.
Notre Dame finally played well enough to overcome themselves. If they stop turning the ball over, Lou Holtz may actually be proven right a few times this year. The service acadamies split their games against Northwestern (W) and SC (L). BYU got pounded by Utah, 54-10. BYU officials are checking into whether taking it that hard constitutes punishment for breaking the school's "no sex" policy.
Progress! The FCS got another win this week, as the Sycamores of Indiana State were triumphant over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. It wasn't even close, either, as Indiana State compiled a 44-16 win. This brings their three week record to 3-71. For those keeping score at home, that win percentage is 4% higher than the 2008 Detroit Lions.
Inside the box score - Game 2, was bumped to Diary Status and front-paged linked twice last week, so I think I'm OK with making this a regular feature. [Ed-M: Yes! Yes you are!] I know that the folks just like having a handy link for the box score, so let's get that out of the way first, and then we'll follow with my commentary:
The BIG story coming into this game was Eastern Michigan averaging 331 yards per game rushing, and how could our rebuilding defense match up with that? During the first quarter, I was starting to believe that Mike Hart was the second coming of Fred Jackson. After that, our defense calmed down, and I found out that Mike is actually an offensive quality control coach. So how did we do against the greatest rushing attack in Ypsilanti? The EMU Fighting Emus tallied 10 rushing first downs, 207 yards rushing, and 4.5 yards per carry. 67 yards came from the 4th best QB in the state of Michigan, Alex Gillette. I was impressed with his running, but EMU could never get the passing game going. I'm a little worried about what this says about our chances against Scheelhaase. Could we be looking at another shootout?
Time to get inside the box score:
* First downs: UofM 24, EMU 12. Now that's more like it.
* Average yards per rush: UofM 7.5, EMU 4.5. That's a healthy serving of MANBALL right there.
* Net yards per punt: EMU 40.2, UofM 29.7. Mr. Hagerup, we eagerly await your return. Please obey your curfew and get your homework done. Thank you.
* Net yards per Kickoff: EMU 51, UofM 38. Giving up a first down's worth of field position with every special teams play is not special.
* Vincent Smith had 118 yards rushing. If there is a baby seal nearby, you can bet that Vincent has a club ready. He's looking better and better.
* Denard was 7-18 passing. Let's hope that was just a result of the injured arm they referenced on the B1G Network telecast. I'm not seeing 70%. I'll take 60%. <50% has me worried.
* FG attempts: UofM 1 for 1! I realize it was just 21 yards, but let's let the young man get his confidence up a little before throwing him out there for a game-winning 50 yarder into the wind.
* 23 players showed up in the defensive stats, lead by another linebacker. With all of the running EMU did, that's to be expected, but doesn't that feel great to see 2 weeks in a row?
And finally in our official's names section of the post,
* The linesman was "R. Studd." I wonder if he's related to Big John.
Hey fellas..a lil disappointed/surprised with Steve Elmer's commitment. But don't fret, we have plenty of other options for the 2013 class. And we currently have the best o-line class in the country with the possibility to add either Banner, Diamond, or Garnett. The depth in 2012 class might scare some prospects away, maybe a factor with Elmer. I think we need to address the center position in 2013, especially because Christian Pace is no longer with the program. Two other options at OT for 2013 are Bosch and Pocic both hailing from Illinois, which I mentioned in a previous update.
PA RB Greg Garmon- We're in his top four right now. This consists of OSU, TAMU, Iowa, and UM. TAMU already has Trey Williams (beast) in their class and are pursuing a community college prospect. OSU is stacked at RB, including two blue chippers in this class. I think it is a battle between us and Iowa. We need to get him back on campus, anyone aware of his visit plans?
IA WR Amara Darboh- A lot of us panicked when he didn't visit for the ND game, but he will take an official here. Either on Nov. 19 or 26, per our boy TOMVH.
NJ CB Yuri Wright- Here is a Detriot News article (good read) by Sam Webb. He speaks pretty highly of michigan. He is not orginally from New Jersey and says he reps New York. Him playing with his teammates at RU will not be a deciding factor. Playing early will be a factor for him and I think he will have a good chance of that at michigan. He is also pretty high on MSU and may visit east lansing oct. 15 for the um vs msu game. His suitors at this point : us, UGA, Cal, RU, MSU. I think RU leads just because he has been on campus so many times...hasn't finalized any officials but he may be in town for either SDSU or Minny.
EDIT: according to fellow Mgobloger BGG34, michigan has the edge right now. Man if we land him....
2012 DT commit Ondre Pipkins has been dominate so far, recording 15 tackles, 4tfl, 1 sack this week. His stock is on the rise, no doubt a top 10 tackle.
Pretty much what has gone down the last week...let us know what else you are hearing? Any predictions on how this class pans out?
I will admit I am not an expert regarding Borges' offensive schemes he ran in the past and I realize that we have not seen "the entire playbook". However, I am curious why we don't seem to have a few basic check options for Denard to call. I realize that we can't add too much to his plate, but I would think there would be some basic ability to change up the play at the line. Maybe I have missed us actually using an audible at the line, don't know if there is any insider info regarding integrating this capability.
Second, with players like Gallon, why don't we use motion more to move people around or even incorporate a quick pitch or swing pass on the run? Does Borges not use this much in his scheme? Was not sure of the downside if any beyond just philosophy.
I couldn't resist the temptation to read some Bucknuts last night to help me fall soundly asleep. Enjoy this little gem from a very salty old man:
Effective right fucking now, fire the defensive shithead coach who allows O. Johnson to go on the field one more time. Obviously, our defensive backfield coach and defensive coordinator never watch any of the plays when they are at the games, otherwise, they would have to have an IQ of less then Mark May's to not see that the poor kid is a chickenshit and hates contact. Christ, I'm 67 years old and I gauranfuckingtee you I can out tackle No. 19. He is a complete embarrassment and the other defensive players should take him behind the barn and kick the livin' shit out of him. GODDAMN IT!! What is it going to take to get these coaches to start playing the players and sit the one that can't play? This is not a union where seniority rules. PLAY THE KIDS THAT LOVE THE GAME AND HAVE THE PASSION TO BUST SOMEONE"S ASS WHEN THEY RUN AT THEM!!