Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Games Nineteen thru Twenty-Three

Recapping the weekend with five games that I watched:

Colorado defeated West Virginia 17-14 in overtime

Connecticut knocked off Baylor 31-28

Syracuse got its first win 30-21 over powerful Northeastern

Wake Forest continued its ACC mastery with a thrilling 12-3 win over Florida State

Utah and Air Force played a great Mountain West game that Utah won 30-23

So here are my thoughts and observations from the weekend.....

.....Syracuse got its first win of the season with a punishing 30-21 win over Northeastern. It never seemed that close and it was a solid offensive performance by the Orange. I'm more convinced after Doug Hogue's rushing performance on Saturday that he is a I-AA running back and nothing more. Actually it was the first time ever that I was ever slightly impressed with him.

.....Just one question? How long is that contract extension they signed Bill Stewart to at West Virginia?

.....I'll still take Wake Forest and Jim Grobe's staff as the best in the country.

.....Are Mark Jones and Bob Davie the plague as far as offense goes. That's the second week in a row where their game failed to produce a touchdown. Tough to figure that. Can't imagine two games in a row without a touchdown, but at least in this one, somebody got to double figures.

.....Could Wake run the table? They've still got a road game at Miami to contend with, and a non-conference game with Vanderbilt, but it's a real possibility.

.....Colorado didn't score after its two first possessions of the game (except for overtime) and still won the game.

.....I'm not a big fan of highly recruited kickers. I'm thinking they might agree with me in Morgantown. Pat McAfee was the highly recruited kicker that they brought to Morgantown and sent hometowner Pat Shadle looking for a scholarship elsewhere. McAfee has never really done anything special, and Shadle is one bright spot on the Orange.

.....I'll bet most folks wouldn't have expected Baylor to be in the game at the end at UCONN. But the freshman quarterback is a real keeper.

.....Utah's win at Air Force is the first loss at home during Troy Calhoun's tenure. Utah was clearly the better team on Saturday but Air Force stayed in the game with a couple of breaks. With road wins at Michigan and Air Force, and a home win over an improving UNLV, it's hard to find too many teams that have done more than the Utes this early in the season.

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