Saturday, September 27, 2008

Saturday Night Football: Games 28-30

I'm watching three games right now. Utilizing Tivo and two TV's. I'm about forty minutes behind as well. But I wanted to see these three games and this was the best way to do it. Not sure if I'll actually get them complete or not tonight. But if not, I'll watch the rest tomorrow.

Anyhow, I'm watching Oklahoma dismantle TCU, South Florida do about the same at NC State and the big game between the hedges with Alabama up early on Georgia.

So here are some things I'm thinking as I watch....

....Oklahoma is outmanning TCU. It isn't even close. Somebody told the Sooners to look good and they might get the #1 ranking on Monday morning. They were paying attention. But remember none of that matters.

....I've watched five Big East teams in the last 24 hours (less than that actually) and it is easy to see that South Florida is the fastest. Not sure they are the best, but definitely the fastest.

....Bama seems to have a little bit of control on the game in Athens, but I'm still counting on that being one of those great SEC games. Still the quarterbacking of John Parker Wilson is pretty impressive. He's not the most talented guy, but his experience makes a huge difference.

....Georgia doesn't really look sharp though, and the Tide does. You have to wonder if that cross-country trip is having any effect on them. Of course a pair of aggressive penalties, late hits on the quarterback have given Bama some big yardage as the Tide is knocking on the door again. Mark Ingram, son of NFL wide receiver Mark Ingram, is the secondary runner for 'Bama. If you go back far enough in this blog you'll find a post about famous sons, and it seems like everyone has one. Here is another. I think the Tide is going to be forced to kick a field goal here. Nick Saban doesn't look like he likes it, but he's ahead 10-0.

....Georgia needs to settle down and try to get something on this drive. The quarter clock is about to change. And the Dawgs just need to get their wits about them. With Stafford at quarterback they shouldn't panic. But Bama is once again looking like one of the top teams in the country. (if not the top)

....TCU is getting its wits about them a little bit. They got a break on a timeout being granted before a third down deep in its own territory and has moved it out to just about the 45 and picked up another first down. This is the first time that TCU has had any real momentum.

....With that TCU turns the ball over to Oklahoma. And the Sooners have the ball back. But even the field position gained was a positive for TCU. Still this game is just about over. You just don't expect anyone, let alone TCU, to come from behind 21-3 in Norman Oklahoma.

....TCU has nine penalties on the road against the #2 (1) team in the country. You just can't do that and expect to win. You can't do that in the course of a game, let alone in 22 minutes.

....Matt Grothe gets viewed as a big running threat (and he is) but he makes some sensational throws as well. Like the one right before haltime that allowed USF to get another field goal before halftime.

....Is it possible that Alabama is the best team in the country? Based on their performance early in the season it is tough to deny them that ranking. We'll have to wait and see how it all shakes out but wins over Clemson, Tulane, Western Kentucky, Arkansas and now Georgia - two of those games coming away from home - make them look like a true contender.

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