Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Back in the Saddle

Apparently last week was my bye week. So as I sit here watching the Sun Belt Conference for the second straight week, I'm reminded that I should be posting about all of these games.

So here is a look back at the week that was college football or at least what I was watching.

Game 31- Florida Atlantic 13 at Middle Tennessee State 14 - Great call by GA Mangus on the hail mary to lift MTSU past the Owls. Exactly how old is Howard Schnellenberger? But seriously, that was a great ending to a football game that it never seemed like MTSU should be trailing in. Somehow, you just had the feeling they would win the game.

Game 32 - Louisiana Tech 3 at Boise State 38 - I was amazed that part of the Worldwide Leader's coverage was that LaTech couldn't be intimidated by the Blue turf. Really? Intimidated? I guess they were. It was an easy win for Boise State. How many years of eligibility does Ian Johnson have? I mean he's not even there best running back is he? I'd take Chris Petersen as the next head coach at Syracuse. But it's not going to happen. Boise might run the table and finish unbeaten. However, going to Southern Miss this week might not be so easy.

Game 33 - Pittsburgh 26 at South Florida 21 - There isn't too often when you get a legitimate choice on Thursday night as to which game to watch. But there were choices tonight. I'm glad I chose this one. Great win for the Panthers. Lesean McCoy had a great night running the football and I think he'll be a fine pro. But the Panthers defense won this game. They were sensational. All of a sudden, Pitt might be a favorite in the Big East. And then again, they'll probably lose in Annapolis next weekend.

Game 34 - Cincinnati 33 at Marshall 10 - It's not too often, where I really watch two mediocre teams. (Tuesday night Sun Belt games don't bring you two mediocre teams, and when you watch Syracuse you are guaranteed of one bad team) But both of these teams seemed very mediocre. I am impressed with Brian Kelly at UC. I'm also impressed (or am still impressed) with the UC dance team, but that is a different column (with pictures). But still, the Bearcats are 4-1, so they have that going for them. However, with wins over Eastern Kentucky, Miami (OH), Akron and Marshall there still has to be some question about how mediocre they are.

Game 35 - Kentucky 14 at Alabama 17 - If you'd have asked before the game (and why didn't you?), I'd have told you that the Wildcats would keep it close for awhile. As it turns out, they kept it close for a long while. And in fact gave the Tide all they wanted. But after the big win over Georgia, against a good Cat defense it could be expected. But Bama has some great running backs. It had that tough defense SEC feel to it. These are the types of games you can't lose if you want to win a national title. Bama stays alive.

Game 36 - Auburn 13 at Vanderbilt 14 - Admit it, when Auburn went ahead 13-0, you thought the Vanderbilt dream season was over? Well it sure seemed like it might have been. But give the Commodores credit, they kept battling and behind backup quarterback Mackenzi Adams they rallied for a huge win. Sort of reminded me of Riley Skinner taking over during Wake's great year a few years back. The other thing I was thinking during this game was that I'd hire Bobby Johnson as the Orange coach right now. No interviews, no nothing. Only guy I'd take over him would be Jim Grobe. But I don't think Grobe would leave Wake for Syracuse. I think you'd have a chance with Johnson. But you couldn't fault him if he opted to stay in Nashville.

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