Ugly Game of the Week - Week 8 Edition

Submitted by stubob on October 19th, 2010 at 4:00 PM

In which I start to lose the will to live. There's only so many 2-5 v 3-3 games I can look at; can we just have a playoff between the MAC, MWC, Sun Belt, and WAC to decide this once and for all?  Thanks to whoever created the "pillow fight" tag for me, by the way.

Last Week's Recap

I succeeded in overlooking Purdue v Minnesota, which, my bad. I'm not sure how, I remember looking at that game in week six.

I'm really happy I don't have a blogpoll ballot, because I would have a hard time putting LSU anywhere, especially after slogging out a win against McNeese State. Going 3-13 on third down and fumbling twice in a win is ugly, no doubt about it.

Boise State duly drubbed SJSU 41-0 in the first half, then must have started sending in random people from the crowd. Time of possession?  31:36 Boise St, 28:24 SJSU. TOP metric = useless.

Last, Georgia clobbered Vanderbilt 43-0.  That must mean Georgia's issues are behind them Vandy was held to 140 total yards of offense, but at least their punter had a 300 yard day.

This Week's "Action"

Since I missed Purdue v Minnesota last week, and now that Brewster is gone, Penn State v Minnesota gets the nod for the Electronic Football Game bowl. For those unclear what this entails, Wikipedia:

When the players are set up, a switch is activated that turns on a small electric motor which causes the field to vibrate, and moves the players around the field. The imagination then takes flight as players run around the board in an unpredictable manner.

Nittany Lions Offense v. Gopher defense...get it? At least it's not the Pam & Ray show to boot. Penn State is scoring 18 ppg, and allowing 18 ppg, so I expect this game to be an 18-18 tie, with neither team wanting to play overtime.

The "Deja Vu" game is Ohio (Not that Ohio) v Miami (Not that Miami). This shouldn't be a bad game, per se, but just expect to do a double take when you see it on the ticker. They are actually fighting for the MAC lead, so any crazy BCS playoff scenario in which all conference champs are included may include one of them. To play Oregon. Riiiight.

Last, the "Zombie Braiiins! Join Us " game is Virginia v Eastern Michigan. UVA is coming off three straight losses, including a 44-10 clobbering by a depleted UNC team. Eastern is coming off a win against Ball State in overtime -- it was the Eagles' first win since the Bush Administration. Eastern has risen to #119 in scoring defense, passing erstwhile member of the UGOTW New Mexico. I don't expect this to be close, but maybe the Eagles can get a streak going. Win out and they're bowl-eligible! Also, if UVA wears their orange uniforms again, this game wins the "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" award a week early.



October 19th, 2010 at 4:46 PM ^

I hate to ask for fear of the answer, but in your estimation would Michigan's play last week have qualified the Mich-Iowa game as an ugly game of the week if you could have seen into the future?  3 INTs, a fumble, two kicks out of bounds, 8 penalties, ugh.


October 19th, 2010 at 5:15 PM ^

The UGOTW is projective, not reflective.  Iowa was ranked, Michigan has a functioning offense, so there was some talent on display.

Besides, Florida v Mississippi State wins for "Monkey Humping a Football" ineffectiveness and Auburn v Arkansas wins for "You Sure There's 11 Guys Playing Defense?"


October 19th, 2010 at 11:21 PM ^

Thought the first, the prediction that PSU v. Minn would end in an "18-18 tie, with neither team wanting to play overtime" is both hilarious and, NCAA rules allowing, probably a solid prediction.

Thought the second, does EMU play anyone in their own conference ever? No wonder they lose all the time, it seems like every week they're playing the cupcake role against some out of conference opponent.


October 20th, 2010 at 7:45 AM ^

Thanks to whoever created the "pillow fight" tag for me, by the way.

That's me. I'm also the guy doing the copyedits (removing double spaces after a period, un-bolding like half the thing, etc.)

I enjoy the weekly thing. Keep 'er up.

Hemlock Philosopher

October 20th, 2010 at 12:02 PM ^

Fantastic, StuBob, fantastic as usual. 

  1. Watching a dripping faucet for three hours bowl:  PSU @Minnesota.  18-18 is an apt prediction.  Also, WKU @UL-Lafayette is fortunately not on TV as it would be like listening to Beethoven's 9th after weeks of Ludovico Treatment.  Both teams are in the 100s on both total Offense and Defense, sans  ULL's 88th ranking on points for.
  2. Project: Castigation Bowl:  Wazzou @Stanford.  With Harbaugh's propensity for piling it on and a 118th ranked scoring defense, this may be in the "half-a-hundred" category by halftime.
  3. Superman Ice Cream Bowl:  Trogdar comes in the NIIIIGHT.  UAB @Ms St.  That stuff is edible?  who knew?