Week 2 Recap
Officially, Michigan State and FAU had 36,000 people at the game. Half of them must have been in the bathroom whenever the cameras showed the crowd, though. Eastern Michigan dropped a close one to Miami(NTM) 21-28, and so, like groundhog day, Toledo stays in Ohio for another year. Wisconsin did well against SJSU, but Tolzien was 15-22 passing, which must have hurt their numbers. The Cupcake award therefore posthumously goes to Maryland (!) for putting up 62 on Morgan State. And last but not least, Louisvile scored all 23 points in the second quarter to beat East Kentucky by 10.
Week 3 Preview
The "Torch and Pitchfork" Game of the Week is Virginia Tech versus East Carolina. VT needs a win, and ECU has scored 100 points in their first two games. Get ready for more schadenfreude from the Hokies.
The "Think of the Children" game this week is Boise State versus Wyoming. Boise needs to destroy everyone in their path, thanks to Virginia Tech, and Wyoming is coming off a 34-7 loss to Texas last week. I expect Boise State to score just under 100.
As I refuse to taunt the gods of I-AA, I won't put Michigan versus UMass in, and instead give Washington State versus SMU the "One Legged Man Ass-Kicking" award. WSU sqeaked out a win against Montana State, while SMU beat UAB 28-7. Plus, WSU has USC next week to look forward to, which is nice.
"Oh, I think he is the best player in the country right now, or one of them," Florida coach Urban Meyer said Monday at his weekly news conference. "I haven't seen everybody play, but I watched that one. That was ridiculous. We recruited him hard, too. We knew he was a dynamic player and a good person."
Archival photographs and audio recordings uncovered from an old, empty office set the facts straight.
The Western Athletic Conference has notified recent breakaway members Fresno State and Nevada and the Mountain West Conference of a lawsuit aimed at forcing the renegade schools to follow through on obligations to compete in the WAC for the 2011-'12 school year.
Meanwhile, Fresno State President John Welty said through a spokeswoman: "We've been advised by the WAC that it has initiated legal action. That is unfortunate. We believe that all the issues can be resolved through discussion rather than through costly legal proceedings."
University of Nevada president Milton Glick told Reno TV station KRNV, "I am disappointed. It is unfortunate that this matter has moved to litigation before any discussions between the parties were undertaken. We have been very public about our desire to resolve these matters directly with the Western Athletic Conference and to do so as expeditiously as possible. At this point, our university legal counsel is in contact with the WAC's attorney."
WAC policy requires schools to declare their intention to leave by July 1 of the year previous to their withdrawal. But Fresno State and Nevada announced their departures on Aug. 18 and have subsequently said they would not compete in the WAC in 2011-'12.
Benson has said an early withdrawal by the two would place a scheduling hardship on the six remaining schools, leaving them scant time in which to fill the pukas on their schedule.
Boise State announced it is departing the WAC for the MWC, where it plans to compete in 2011-'12, but declared its intention in June.
Also a matter of contention is whether Fresno State and Nevada will each pay a $5 million withdrawal fee after having agreed to a so-called solidarity pact less than a week before their announced withdrawal.
Interesting - the June deadline and the hardship comment might mean that it will not be financially reasonable for the schools to leave after this year and remain for an extra year.
So living in Kentucky, the Ohio vs Ohio State game is being televised on Big Ten Network Saturday at Noon. Is there any other way that I can watch this game?!
Although I will admit that I am getting sick of the bashing on UM's defense, the next two weeks against UMASS and BG will tell us a lot about this unit. I think they have been pretty solid against the run but have suffered some key coverage breakdowns as well as moments of really poor tackling. Going into this 2-week period, it is going to be key to see improvement from the secondary and tackling as a team.
I've been pretty pleased with the fact that no one has run the ball on us. We've given up three big plays in two weeks (the juggling catch vs. UConn and both long TD passes vs. ND). That's better than last year. The next two opponents bring spread offenses in here. That should be good as our defense is familiar with those types of sets. I would emphasize here that it is really important for UM to get pressure of the QB as well as reduce the number of blown coverages.
I really like this defense. But it is very young and have not expected them to be world beaters. Our offense is what it is but our defense is going to determine how far we go. They don't have to shut people out but they do need to make people earn what they are getting.