Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Thoughts on College Football: Week Five, 2009

Louisiana Tech 27 - Hawaii 6
2007 sure seems like a long time ago, doesn't it? LaTech ran the ball down Hawaii's throat all night, and there was nothing the Rainbow Warriors (or whatever they're called now) could do to stop it. This is a really bad team.

West Virginia 35 - Colorado 24
It's a crime by Bill Stewart that this game is anywhere near this close. The 'Eers kept shooting themselves in the foot in this game and stalling out for inexplicable reasons. CU scored a last-second TD to cover, too, but it's WVU's fault this wasn't 63-24.

UAB 30 - Southern Miss 17
USM was missing a couple key players, but not so much on defense. I hope Kansas is better than it looked that game.

Pitt 35 - Louisville 10
2006 sure seems like a long time ago, doesn't it? Steve Kragthorpe is SO gone at the end of this year.

Northwestern 27 - Purdue 21
I saw a little of this game early, the Boilers were dominant, and completely ignored it. I didn't even realize Northwestern won this game until this evening. -5 in turnovers will do that, I guess.

Michigan State 26 - Michigan 20 (OT)
I'm waiting for Brian to tell me how Michigan wasn't able to run the ball AT ALL against Sparty-frankly, that shocked me. This looked like Parker against the Titans. With that, Forcier had to win the game throwing the football, and he can't do that. Heck, he can't even throw the ball away properly. Seriously, Tate, just throw the ball far and get it out of bounds.

Iowa 24 - Arkansas State 21
Seriously, you figure out the Hawkeyes. Dominate Penn State, an apparently pretty decent BCS team that had unimpressive yet still dominant wins over mediocre BCS schools, but almost lose to Northern Iowa and then have to sneak by the Red Wolves? Schizoid!

Alabama 38 - Kentucky 20
This game was actually competitive into the second quarter, but then it wasn't. I'll have to pay attention to Alabama in a game later this year against a decent team.

Navy 16 - Air Force 13 (OT)
I saw a little bit of this game, but have nothing to say about it.

Notre Dame 37 - Washington 30
Jake Locker: betrayed by his teammates. Betrayed, I tell you, betrayed!

Penn State 35 - Illinois 17
Ok, I was wrong about Illinois, they really do suck.

LSU 20 - Georgia 13
Not having watched the South Carolina game, but working hypothesis is that Georgia mostly sucks, and LSU beating them only allows them to continue to be ridiculously overhyped compared to how good they are. I wish Washington had beaten them.

Ohio State 33 - Indiana 14
The expected snorer, though the Hoosiers did get a late TD to make the score somewhat more respectable. Brandon Saine continued to look good.

Arkansas 47 - Texas A&M 19
How frequently have the Aggies been overrated since Bear Bryant left-75% of the time? 85%? Higher? A quick 10-0 lead proved to be the mirage I expected it to be.

TCU 39 - SMU 14
Another game competitive much longer than I expected it to be, as the Mustangs were actually up 7-6 in the second quarter. Like the Alabama game, this also became uncompetitive by halftime.

Miami (FL) 21 - Oklahoma 20
The Sooners are significantly worse than they were last year-the OL is worse, Jones isn't as good, and the WRs aren't good enough to compensate. They did well early, but it always felt like Miami would come back, and they did. If the Canes had to make a late season trip to, say, Columbus, life could get unpleasant, but going through a rough 4 games at 3-1 suggests to me they're headed back to the BCS.

UTEP 58 - Houston 41
Houston had some, uh, defensive problems this game. As in an awful lot of them.

And such is the week that was in college football in my eyes. Yes, I may actually get this up before the next Wednesday at some point, eventually.

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