Friday, November 14, 2008

Thoughts on College Football: Week Eleven

Yes, it's Friday and I'm just getting to last week's college football action.

Buffalo 37 - Miami(OH) 17
A fine alternative to watching election returns. This game also reminded me of what I don't particularly enjoy about non-great non-BCS teams-the dependence on a low percentage deep pass plays as a key component of the offense. Buffalo was somewhat better at that, and clearly better at the parts of the game better than that, so them winning decisively was a fitting result.

Utah 13 - TCU 10
I ended up watching not too much of this time, concentrating instead on the DEN-CLE NFL game going on at the same time. I will point out, however, that TCU scored 10 points in the first 10 minutes of the game, then did hardly a single thing the rest of the game. The defense didn't do a bad job, but it's hard to overcome that much lack of offense.

Nevada 41 - Fresno State 28
Does Pat Hill hurt his team by aggressive non-conference scheduling? Or is his team not really that good, and get an inflated rep by playing teams that may not be operating at peak performance early in the year? I mean, Hill seems to have a really good rep and he hasn't sniffed a conference title this decade.

Ohio State 45 - Northwestern 10
Northwestern: not a good 7-2 team. Ohio State: a much better 7-2 team. The Buckeyes pumped the score up a little this game, throwing deep after the game was well in hand in the fourth quarter, but they dominated this whole game.

Michigan State 21 - Purdue 7
Purdue sucks. We knew this.

Michigan 29 - Minnesota 6
Minnesota: also not a great team with fewer losses. This is probably the only game ever where MGoBlog predicts a Michigan loss and I'm absolutely confidence Michigan will win.

Texas 45 - Baylor 21
Woo, pretty deep pass. I wonder if the Bears' defensive backs are tired of seeing that completed against them? Another "who we thought they were" game.

Iowa 24 - Penn State 23
I admit it, I thought Penn State had this game in hand until relatively late in the 4th. 23-14 is normally a clinched game for a top 5 team, even on the road. There's no accounting for bad QB play, though, as Nittany Lion QB Daryll Clark was 9 of 23 for 86 yards and a costly 4th quarter interception. See my comments earlier in the year about quality QB play determining college football's hierarchy.

Alabama 27 - LSU 21 (OT)
At one point during this game, Gary Danielson remarked that LSU QB Jarrett Lee would be a 50% completions on the day if he completed HIS NEXT 10 PASSES. Yes, Alabama has a defense, but most of the putridity (4-18) was Lee's gross incompetence. It says really little of Alabama that they were only able to score 21 in regulation-Georgia and Florida both put up 50+ on the same Tiger defense. Remember, the Tide have a worse passing offense than the famously mediocre Buckeyes of 2002 that upset Miami.

Oregon State 34 - UCLA 6
Remember those signs of competence UCLA showed in the second half of the Tennessee game? Yeah, that seems like a long time ago.

Cincinnati 26 - West Virginia 23 (OT)
Bill Stewart still has a job.

Texas Tech 56 - Oklahoma State 20
Tech's offensive possessions: fumble, TD x8, fumble. Day-umn. The defense didn't put up a bad showing, either, but it's really, really hard to lose games with that sort of offensive efficiency. It's also really, really hard to put up that kind of offensive efficiency against anybody this side of Washington State, and the Cowboys aren't that bad. Also, I can't help but share this shot of coach Mike Gundy when Oklahoma State was on defense.

Florida 42 - Vanderbilt 14
Yes, Florida put up a pretty good offensive performance of its own.

Boston College 17 - Notre Dammit 0
Most notable for Todd Blackledge's Taste of the Town segment. As I predicted, it was Italian food this week. What I didn't predict, though, was this monstrosity of an outfit.

And such was the week that was in my eyes.

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