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  posted on 11/23/2006 at 11:45 AM
Happy Thanksgiving. Two more weeks to go before bowl games. These last 2 weeks are some of the best college ball of the season.

11/23
9-2 Boston College (-4) at 5-6 Miami - 7:30 ESPN
- One might have thought that these records would be flipped coming into the season. Instead the great "U" is in need of a win to become bowl eligible. Miami fans don't show up in the good years, I can imagine a half empty stadium tonight, not to mention if they do make a bowl game they will not sell many tickets. Most agree that Coker is done after this game win or lose. BC and Miiami have played some great games in recent memory (2001, 1999, 1997). BC has not beat Miami since 1984 (Flutie). Miami off 4 games they could have or were in position to win. A BC win and a Wake loss puts BC in the ACC Title game.

11/24
8-3 Texas A&M at 9-2 Texas (-13) - 12:00 ABC
- Texas off bye and their loss at Kansas St. A&M off bye and they are off back to back losses (Okla, Neb). A&M has not beat Texas since 1999 (Texas was 9-4 that year) and has not won in Texas since 1994 (Texas was 7-4, Aggies favored). Last year they led Texas 22-21 in the 2nd half, but eventually fell by 11. These teams aren't as far apart as they have been in recent years, but Texas is still the better all around team.

8-3 Ohio (-3) at 2-9 Miami, Oh - 12:00 ESPNU
- Again you'd think records should be flipped. Ohio off to Detroit and MAC Tilte next week.

9-2 LSU at 10-1 Arkansas (pk) - 2:30 CBS
- Can Arkansas go through the SEC unbeaten, amazing that they are even in position to do that. This game is in Little Rock, Houston Nutt's hometown and he is 19-1, the only loss was to LSU. Arkansas has opportunistic defense and great ground game. The passing offense often needs tricks to get it done. If LSU can force 3rd and longs or force Dick into TOs they have a chance. LSU's D is every bit as good as Arkansas'. JaMarcuss Russell is pretty solid, but the lack of a strong running game hurts their team I think. This really should be a great game. You can tell by the spread who Vegas likes.

2-9 Colorado at 8-3 Nebraska (-14) - 3:30 ABC
- I must say that even with the coaching change, I am shocked that Colorado is not bowl eligible this year. They had the talent with quality players, but just never really got much going. This used to be a great matchup as this rivalry replaced the annual Oklahoma-Nebraksa game. Both teams off bye. Nebraska is already on their way to the Big 12 Title game, Colorado playing for pride. Nebraska can look great at times, but sometimes plays inconsistantly. Will be interesting to see how this one goes.

7-4 Oregon at 7-4 Oregon St (-3) - 3:30 Fox Sports
- One of these teams is happy to be 7-4 and one hoped for better. Oregon had BCS and PAC 10 Title dreams at one point, but have only won 2 of their last 6 conference games. The running game is still good, but QB play has been terrible. And Arizona torched the Duck D last week. Oregon St on the other hand has the USC feather in their cap and have won 5 of their last 6 after a shaky start. This is the Cival War, the Beaver's confidence will be sky high, they have won the last 4 at home vs OU.

8-3 Western Michigan at 5-6 Akron (-1.5) - 3:30 ESPNU
- Akron was supposed to compete for MAC Title this year, but they are just 3-4 in conference. Western Michigan lost the MAC West elimination game with Cen Mich and now is trying to solidify their bowl hopes.

3-7 Fresno St (-12) at Louisiana Tech 3-8 - 9:00 ESPN2
- Hard to believe these teams both have same number of wins. Fresno HC Pat Hill said a few weeks back that their goal was to finish the season 4-0. This is game 3 in that quest. La Tech absolutely embarrassed 0-42 at home by a strong Nevada team.

11/25
10-1 Florida (-9.5) at 6-5 Florida St - 12:00 ABC
- Florida quieted the critics just a little after last week's blowout win over IAA W Carolina. Despite that the Gators have looked beatable, while FSU has looked like the 6-5 team they are (only beat W Mich 28-20 LW). I'm not sure if they can, but Meyer will roll it up some if in position to do so.

6-5 Kansas at 7-4 Missouri (-7) - 12:00 ABC
- Remember when Missouri was good? They have lost 3 straight, they have only beat 3 teams with a winning record and one of those is Ohio. They are still the better team here as Kansas got misleading blowout over Kansas St last week. This is one of the most played rivalries in college football.

6-5 South Carolina at 8-3 Clemson (-5.5) - 12:00 ESPN
- Ha, remember when Clemson was good. Well they are still a pretty good team, but they've lost 2 of last 3 and the one win (over NC St) was a nailbiter. SC got bowl eligible last week over Middle Tenn St, but Mid Tenn and Kentucky are the only teams with winning records SC has beaten. But SC is 3-0 vs the Sun Belt/DIAA - good job. They do usually compete well even if they don't win and this is a rivalry game. Blake Mitchell has been real good since regaining the QB job and there isn't any reason why they aren't capable of winning this one.

7-4 South Florida at 9-1 West Virginia (-21) - 12:00 ESPN
- West Virginia is nearly impossible to stop with the explovise big play potential weekly by RB Slaton and QB White. West Virginia is still in line for BCS game even if they do not win the Big East. West Virginia had misleading victory over USF last year, but it is hard to see South Florida having a chance in this one.

5-6 Virginia at 9-2 Virginia Tech (-17) - 12:00 Lincoln Financial Sports
- Let me say how gay it is that Lincoln Financial Sports puts the fake Allstate logo on the field goal nets - man does that bug me. Anyhow.....RB Ore doubtful, QB Glennon has been good at times this year, he can either win or lose this game for VT. VT has been reborn since their impressive win over Clemson and after being left for dead they are 9-2! Virginia has also improved as the seaons went on and surprise, a win here and they will be bowl eligible- wow. I'm not sure I like the Cav's chances here, unless Glennon fumbles a couple times (possible).

7-4 Kentucky at 8-3 Tennessee (-19) - 12:30 Lincoln Financial Sports
- The Kentucky defense has me thinking they have no shot in this game. Tennessee dominated Vanderbilt last week after 2 straight losses (LSU and Ark). Kentucky does have some confidence and a capable offense, but if Tennessee plays D like it did last week, UK may struggle. UK QB coach Randy Sanders returns where he was UT OC for years. When asked about his return Sanders said "well I probably won't need a pass to get onto the field".

9-2 Oklahoma (-5.5) at 6-5 Oklahoma St - 2:30 Fox Sports
- Bedlam. There was a time when Ok St had the Sooners number (won 01, 02 killing Oklahoma's National Title shot those years). These games can be close or lopsided blowouts for OU. I think this one might be close. While Oklahoma has won 6 straight, I'm not too big of a believer in their team. Ok St has been good and bad at times. They led Texas Tech big last week, but T Tex came back for the win. Ok St also should have beat A&M earlier this year. OU RB Peterson will not play in this game after he said that he was going to be back for it.

9-2 Georgia Tech at 7-4 Georgia (-2) - 3:30 CBS
- After all Georgia fans have been through this year I know they would be estatic at a 8 win season. GT is a good team, but Reggie Ball is a wild card who typically completes less than 50% of his passes and can make errors to keep the opponent in games. We all know WR Calvin Johnson, but RB Tashard Choice has been a nice component of their team as well. Georgia will not be able to play as good as they did vs Auburn, but if Lumpkin can run with the determination he did and the receivers catch the ball I think Stafford will be ok. Tough game to pick.

9-1 Louisville (-11.5) at 6-5 Pitt - 3:30 ESPN
- I like Pitt's chances in this game. Might be hard to believe as they have lost 4 straight. But I believe they matchup well with Louisville who is a very good team, but at times doesn't play as well as I think they can. Pitt will need the September Palko and Kinder to show up.

11-0 Boise St (-3) at 8-3 Nevada - 4:15 ESPN 2
- Nevada can not share the WAC with a win, but if Boise losses, technically Hawaii would share the WAC with Boise and Boise would be shut out of the BCS party. Nevada has been playing phenominal football of late (back to back 42-0 wins), but it has mostly been against inferior competition. Although they play the same teams that Boise does, so you can't fault Nevada much. Last year Nevada pulled a shocker (+15) at home on the final game of the year over Fresno and could do the same again this year.

6-5 Arizona St at 6-5 Arizona (-3.5) - 6:00 Fox Sports
- Wildcats might be saving Stoop's job with 3 straight upset wins including back to back wins over Cal and Oregon. This is an underated rivalry if you ask me. I expect a really good game, the problem could be overconfidence for Arizona as they are a team not accustom to winning like this. Arizona St prefers to run the ball this year, but Rudy Carpenter is capable of having a huge game. Arizona CBs are NFL caliber however.

9-2 Wake Forest at 8-3 Maryland (-1) - 7:45 ESPN
- Maryland saw hopes of ACC Title shot go down drain with 3 BC defensive TDs last week. Wake Forest was brought down to earth last week by VT, but you can't ignore what they have accomplished the rest of the year. Maryland will want to rebound strong, but so will Wake. Looking forward to this one.

10-1 Notre Dame at 9-1 USC (-7) - 8:00 ABC
- Everyone knows the implications this game carriers. Not to mention this is one of the best nationally recognized rivalries. No ND senior has ever beat USC. Before that ND did win 3 straight over the Trojans (99, 00, 01). I'm surprised that most people are giving this game to USC and talking about where they will be in the BCS after they win. USC is a better team, but ND could certainly win this game. USC has played well in their last couple wins, but two plays here and there and who knows. Offensive edges all go to ND in my opinion, while USC clearly has the better D. If this was last year's or even 03's version of the USC offense I would not give Notre Dame any shot.

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  posted on 11/23/2006 at 01:46 PM
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9-2 Wake Forest at 8-3 Maryland (-1) - 7:45 ESPN
- Maryland saw hopes of ACC Title shot go down drain with 3 BC defensive TDs last week. Wake Forest was brought down to earth last week by VT, but you can't ignore what they have accomplished the rest of the year. Maryland will want to rebound strong, but so will Wake. Looking forward to this one.



not quite, Maryland can still get in the ACC Title Game with a BC loss to Miami and by beating Wake.
IF BC has already won the Miami game will Maryland still compete?

I think Virginia Tech needs a special teams or defensive score to beat Virginia with Ore likely out of the game.



 

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  posted on 11/23/2006 at 06:15 PM
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not quite, Maryland can still get in the ACC Title Game with a BC loss to Miami and by beating Wake.


Thank you for the correction.

I think Maryland will still play strong even if their ACC shot is gone with a BC win. It is the senior's last home game in what has been a very good season for the team. They aren't going to not care about the Wake game just because they are eliminated from the Conference Title I don't think.

A VT defensive score or ST score is very likely vs Virginia. Atleast a big D or ST play to set up an easy offensive TD.

 

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  posted on 11/24/2006 at 02:03 AM
Miami beats BC, so Maryland vs. Wake Forrest winner will face GT for the ACC championship.

 

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  posted on 11/24/2006 at 10:03 AM
I'm surprised the Maryland line has not changed following the results from BC - Miami.

If Texas A&M beats Texas today, Oklahoma can win the Big 12 South with a win at Ok St on Saturday.

LSU is a 1.5 to 2 point fav now at Arkansas, little surprising. I like LSU myself, but am not crazy that most other people appear to as well.

 

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  posted on 11/24/2006 at 10:47 AM
I can't believe I'm going to have to root for Notre Dame. Need a USC loss! And a Florida one while we're at it. Oh, and LSU can win today too!

 

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  posted on 11/25/2006 at 11:18 AM
What a game between Arkansas and LSU, although according to Vegas it was not an upset. Ark's opening drive was just unbelievable. LSU settled down, got the offense going. JaMarcus Russell played good. LSU fumbled twice on first down conversions, once on inside the Ark 20! Key play in the game was likely after McFadden raced 80 yards for TD, the next KO, LSU returned it for TD. If that would not have happened I think Arkansas would have won that game. Felix Jones, Darren McFadden both 140+ rush yards. LSU D sure looked silly out there. I have to say when LSU punted with 2:00 left I had no confidence at all that LSU was going to be able to stop them, but Arkansas' changed their offense. And with no time outs and 2:00 needing 70 yards, I can see that. But Casey Dick, who finished like 3-18 passing in the game gave them absolutely not shot to win that game on the final drive. Ark had some quick scoring drives with the running game and McFadden at QB. Houston Nutt probably didn't sleep a wink last night wishing he would have handled that final drive differently. It was really a terrible way to finish a great game.

Congratulations Dennis Franchone and Texas A&M. Texas had great opening drive, 4th and inches on the 8, A&M stops them. A&M got long TD drive, miss x pt 6-0. Texas did score TD, but offensive interference brought it back, INT on next play. Even at 7-6 in the 2nd half, I felt Texas was going to win 21-6. But no. A&M had like a 9 minute 4th quarter drive for the eventual game winning drive. A&M is my kind of team. Depending on what happens with Bedlam game Texas may not play for Big 12 Title.

I did not see much of the Cival War, but what I did see was great. Earlier in the day I'd glance over at it and Oregon St seemed in control, frequently being up by 2 scores. Ore St returned INT for TD. New starter Brady Leaf (Ryan's relative) did not look great. Oregon kicking was awful with several misses. Oregon fought back, not sure how, to a 26-27 margin. Kicker so bad, they go for 2, 28-27 with 2:00+ left. Oregon St marches into FG range, nail it. 30-28. Jonathan Stewart drops the KO, picks it up and runs 50 yards to Oregon St 40. One first down........and FG attempt, which of course is missed, making a total of 4 missed FGs/x pts. Oregon finishes 6-6, wow. Oregon St, QB Matt Moore and HC Mike Riley deserves some recognition on how they have finished their season. They are at Hawaii next week.

Tough loss for Louisiana Tech. LT HC Jack Bicknell will likely be fired, but they can to play last night. Has Fresno taken the logo off the helmet to inspire the team to play well. I saw some of the game, but didn't get any audio. I remember when Gary Barnett threatened to take the Buffalo off the helmet before a Texas game and they won. I also remember when Iowa took the Hawkeye off the helmet to honor the family of one of their players that was killed on the way to the Alamo bowl. They blew Texas Tech out like 27-0 that game.

Too bad Air Force isn't going to be bowl eligible this year. Fisher DeBerry might be coming to the end of his road with an unprecidented 3 straight lossing seasons. Last year was his first ever back to back losing seasons at Air Force.

Some really, really great games today.................more later...........


 

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  posted on 11/25/2006 at 04:36 PM
South Carolina 31
Clemson 28

Spurrier and the team dedicated this game to the Gamecock fans that have lost to CU too many time over the years. Returning next year we have 20 of the first 22 on defense and 19 of 22 on offense. That doesn't mean we willl have a better record than this years 7-5 because we still have to play the SEC schedule and Clemson but I like our chances.

 

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  posted on 11/25/2006 at 06:24 PM
Hokies win!
get to 10-2.

another 10 win season.

Virginia's defense is very good, Hokies got 2 scores off a turnover and a bad punt.
Glennon was horrible in the first half but made some plays in the second half.

A lot of bowl eligible teams would have a hard time beating Virginia, who came up
a game short with 5 wins.

Looks like the Hokies are headed for a Peach Bowl (Chic-fil-a) bid.





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  posted on 11/25/2006 at 06:32 PM
Please fire Tommy Boutdone!!! He's over on the sideline pissing his pants while the clocks running out and the offense is standing on the field wondering what to do. Spurrier and the Gamecocks kicked his ass today.

 

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  posted on 11/25/2006 at 11:05 PM
Would hate to see Fisher and his offense go. Especially after Rice and Ken Hatfield parting ways recently...I like watching the Bone....Long live the Flex Bone.

I've been suprised at the lack of consistency at the QB position this year in general. Lotta mediocre guys playing for top teams it seems.

 

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  posted on 11/25/2006 at 11:07 PM
Looks like USC will be a worthy opponent for Ohio State.

So who will Michigan play in Rose Bowl?

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  posted on 11/25/2006 at 11:22 PM
UK lost a tough one today 17-12 tp Tennesee. Killed our chances for the Chick-fil-a Bowl.

I had a bad feeling when we stopped UT on their first posession and they kicked a FG that hit the upright and riccocheted (sp) through. A questionable Delay of Game call late in the 4th, 2nd and goal on the 3 and the flag was thrown when it appeared that Woodson took the snap with one second on the play clock.

The announcers said it was the hardest hitting game they've done this year. The much maligned UK defense stepped up and played their best game of the season.

 

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  posted on 11/25/2006 at 11:55 PM
sigh..

 

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  posted on 11/26/2006 at 12:53 AM
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I hear ya. What a downer. There was a lot of talk about ND's great performance and that it deserves a Rose Bowl bid if USC gets past UCLA but there's no denying they got their a$$es handed to them tonight.

Pete Carroll's USC dynasty is impressive as was Jarrett's night. I heard them say that Weiss was staying over in California to recruit - it'll be tough to land any talent that's watched USC the last few years.

 

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  posted on 11/26/2006 at 06:08 PM
Ladies and Gentlemen...It is my disctinct pleasure to introduce to you Mr. Matthew Stafford.

 

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  posted on 11/26/2006 at 06:09 PM
My daughter had her first birthday on Thursday. If I ever have a son, I'm going to really press my wife to name him Tony Taylor.

 

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  posted on 11/27/2006 at 12:10 AM
Great great Saturday of games.

Somebody here mentioned USC and Dynasty and they certainly are. As long as they beat UCLA they would have finished with atleast 11 wins the last 5 years, but more impressively that is with 3 different QBs.

I told a friend before the game that if USC played Notre Dame 10 times, USC would probably win 7, but I had a feeling that last night would be one of the exceptions. I was wrong of course and it was obvious, as it has been before that ND did not belong in the same league of the Nation's best. USC's D was real good. ND could have made a couple more plays on offense, but it would not have mattered. The ND D still looked terrible. I didn't think that Booty would be able to really light them up, but he did. Dwayne Jarrett reminded us that he has been amoung the top 5 WRs in the country the last 3 years.

Florida does not have much of a shot at the National Title and I'm not sure how I feel about that. Florida was taking care of business nicely vs FSU up 14-0, but it was eventually tied. Florida did miss 2 FGs. What a bad kicker they have. Florida St D was playing pretty inspired in the 2nd half, giving the O some oppurtunties, but they just aren't that good. Obviously FSU is 6-6, wow. I'm not even sure they will get a bowl. Miami almost certainly will in my opinion because of the storylines around their team will draw attention to their bowl game, while FSU brings little to the table.

Amazing that South Florida did what they did to West Va. To start the game West Va forced a INT, got ball inside 10, but offense could not score. They elect for fake FG and USF stops them, sign of things to come. West Va had incredibly tough time on offese. White and Slaton shut down. When they were in scoring position USF shut them down. It did get interesting at one point, but USF was just the better team that day. Hard to believe for sure. Tough USF HC Jim Leavitt was crying after the game while being interviewed on the field. Leavitt has had oppurtunities for more high profile jobs, but has choosen to stay at USF and it is paying off.

How about that Kentucky defense? Unbelievable how they can let teams like Central Michigan, UL Monroe and Vandy walk all over them, but then they step up and play like champs in Knoxsville. I wonder what would have happened if UK would not have missed that extra point, then they could have tied it with a FG on that final drive rather than needing a TD.

I just saw that Amato is out. I say good. The only thing you could count on from Amato was they would probably beat FSU every year, but that is getting to be not so special. 3-9 come on. You know the rumor...Bill Cowher. That would be awesome for NC St, for the ACC and for college football. Norm Chow is also in the mix here.

Also Dirk Koeter is out at Arizona St after they reached their 7th win of the year beating rival Arizona. This is somewhat surprising, but then again it isn't. For the 2nd straight year they have not lived up to their own expectations and I guess their AD had seen enough.

Two huge coaching rumors out right now on Michigan State and Central Michigan.

Sounds like Cincinnati's Mark Dantonio (former Ohio St D coordinator) is going to Michigan St. I like Dantonio, but I'm not sure how I feel about this move. Cincinnati was more his style for now. This was only his 3rd year there and this is his best team. Too bad for Cincy as he was getting them back on the right track. This is not official yet, but seems likely.

The other one is Brian Kelly of Central Michigan going to Iowa State. I think this might be a great hire for Iowa St even though I'm not sure Kelly is ready for Big 12 play yet. Kelly has a great D II resume and has done a fantastic job at Central Michigan in his 3rd year. In my opinion Central Michigan has emerged as a year in and year out contender for the MAC Title. It is a shame for Central Michigan to lose him less than a week before they play the MAC Title game.

Rutgers showed no unbeaten let down. In a strange way the loss to Cincy might have relaxed them just enough that now they can just take care of business without as much buzz about BCS Tilte, playoff, etc. They control their own destiny to win the Big East. It was nice to see Brian Leonard play a big role in their offense this week. Their game this upcoming week at West Virginia will be awesome. Tough break for them they face WVU off a loss.

Congratulation Wake Forest. ACC Title, wow. I hope for Wake's sake that Jim Grobe is not thinking about leaving. I thought Wake could win 7 games this year, but 10 regular season wins!!! ACC Title, wow. Go Deacons!

Nice to see Missouri play good football again.

Duke, oh Duke. What a great game this would have been to watch. Duke losses on blocked extra point that would have tied it. Remember earlier in the year when Duke lost at Wake on a blocked kick. Duke played so good against Wake that day it is hard to remember now. Duke has not beat a IA team in 2+ years (last win vs Clemson wow) 23 game IA losing streak. UNC's Bunting goes out a winner of 2 in a row over North Carolina state rivals Duke and NC St. They also played Wake very tough and were in position to win that one at the end.

Speaking of being in postion to win, how about the game between OK St and Oklahoma. Good one for sure. Ok St's D played real good in the 2nd half. After one big TD run and one legit 70 yard TD drive they held OK to 3 straight 3 and outs. Ok St also had 2nd half drive end in fumble on 4th down in the EZ. They were throwing in the EZ as time expired. Oklahoma goes to Big 12 title game. That seemed pretty unlikely 3 weeks ago!

Rice!!!!!!!! 7-5!!!!!!!!! Hats off to new HC Todd Graham and OC Major Applewhite. Have you heard about Jarrett Dillard yet? He is awesome, and to think he had all this ability and oringinally he signed at an option school. Hatfield did have some good WRs in his years, he just rarely used them.

New Mexico St and Hal Mumme gets first win over IA team in 2 years.

What a game between Utah and BYU. An absolute heart breaker for Utah as BYU won in seemingly miracle fashion on last play of game. BYU did have a pretty big celebration in the locker room last week and already accepted their bowl bid, wonder if that affected them at all. They should be a much tougher bowl foe than we saw vs Cal last year.

I thought Pitt had a chance against Louisville. Boy I must have been drunk. Pitt sucks so bad words can not describe. They finish the season losing 5 straight to finish 6-6 and are the 5th best Big East team (or the 3rd worst). If UConn upsets Louisville this week, Pitt will actually finish 7th in the Big East.

Did anybody see Reggie Ball's stats vs Georgia? Oh My God. He was like 4 of 22 with 2 INTs. Calvin Johnson is the most under used WR in the country, it is a shame. I only watched the last 1+ quarter and that was when most of the action was anyhow. Exciting 3rd and 4th quarters though. I thought that one missed FG was going to cost UGA, but defensive TD was huge (Reggie Ball fumble of course). 8-4 Georgia, hmmm, on first glance doesn't sound that bad, nice way to finish the season for sure.

I watched a little of the Virginia - VT game. The Glennon shovel pass-INT was laughable, but other than that he did not appear to play bad when I was watching. I saw the defense got a fumble to set up a 10 yard TD drive. Virginia just does not have the offense to play with a team like VT (or even FSU).

UTEP finishes 5-7, what a joke that team is. Johnnie Lee Higgins was a star this year and Jordan Palmer wasn't too bad - they both graduate this year.

Boise St perhaps got their most impressive win of the year when some (Me, Herbstriet) felt like they were going to lose. Nevada's offense played incredibily bad in the first half, almost hard to comprehend how bad they played. At half time they had less than 10 yards of offense and gave Boise 2 TOs. Boise played to win going for it 3 times on 4th down, but Nevada D held them each time. Boise eventually did have scoring drives of 5, 62 and 4 yards in the first half. Nevada's D was just asked to do too much. Boise is a lock for a BCS game.

Did anybody watch Purdue - Hawaii. It was a very very entertaining game. Hawaii led 17-0 at half, but Purdue played them very tough. Colt Brennan, although passed for 400 yards, probably had his worst game of the year. Purdue played great in 2nd half to get a 21-20 lead and then a 28-20 lead. Hawaii fought back, D played well and 42-35 UH win. Nate Ilaoa, UH RB, is something to watch.

One other coach who will not return this year is North Texas' Darrell Dickey. Dickey is a case of what have you done for me lately as this year they were 3-9, 2-9 in 05. But previous to that they were 7-4, 9-3 and 7-5. He was 32-22 vs conference (30-17 prior to this year) and led them to 4 straight conference titles and 4 straight bowl appearances. Not sure who NT thinks can do better.

 

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  posted on 11/27/2006 at 10:27 AM
Looks like Shula is out in Tuscaloosa....I think I would have given him a little more time.
The program needs some form of stability. Be interesting to see who they get.

Anyone with info?

 

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  posted on 11/27/2006 at 10:41 AM
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Looks like Shula is out in Tuscaloosa....I think I would have given him a little more time.
The program needs some form of stability. Be interesting to see who they get.

Anyone with info?


I've heard on some SEC message boards that he's getting another year. But you know how message boards are

 

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  posted on 11/27/2006 at 10:58 AM
I have to laugh when people say the Nebraska-Colorado game is a "rivalry." This so-called rivalry was dreamed up by Bill McCartney when he came to Colorado. He pointed to Nebraska and said he wanted his team to build a program like NU and the only way to do that was to beat them on a consistent basis. That's still never happened. Colorado can call it a rivalry but Husker fans scoff at that notion. For us, Oklahoma was always a big rival. That got deep sixed by the Big Eight combining with parts of the Southwest conference and forming the Big 12. Now we play them two years and then skip two years. Sorta kills a rivalry when you don't play every year.

Funny thing about that is, if you asked Oklahoma they'd tell you from day one that Texas is their rival, not Nebraska. Colorado as a rival? Try beating a team more than two or three times in 30 years. I guess Notre Dame and Navy is the greatest rivalry going.....

So, how big does the screw job OU got at Oregon look now? Sooners would be 11-1 and no doubt ranked right around Florida, hoping for an SC loss and a shot at Ohio State.

 

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  posted on 11/27/2006 at 11:15 AM
The game that I can remember becoming a Nebraska fan was 1989 vs Colorado. I was only 14 and I don't remember the Oklahoma game from that year, but do remember the Florida St bowl game. So to me, even though the rivalry might be made up, I always got real excited for the Colorado game. I was mostly excited for the Huskers to crush them. I remember Ahman Green taking the option pitch for TD on the first play of the game in like 94 or 95 - I went nuts. The games did get closer after the Big 12 formed, but Nebraska ususally came out ahead. Except for that 2001 game. If that game does not make a Husker fan hate Colorado I don't know what will.
 

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  posted on 11/27/2006 at 11:24 AM
The Neb/Col game is not worthy of it's current place on the TV schedule.

I miss the Southwest Conference.

Neb-OU not playing every year is just wrong.

 

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  posted on 11/27/2006 at 11:40 AM
I don't like the Shula move at all.

The running game wasn't good and it should have been better. Darby is a good RB, so is Johns and they should have been able to post better numbers. The offensive line is questionable. One of the last depth charts showed 2 Fr and a Soph starting. That is somewhat misleading as only one of them is a true Fr, the other started all last year and the Soph also started all last year. Justin Britt is a converted DL in his first year at OL. And they did lose their best OL from last year (JB Closner). But imagine the kind of OL they will have next year. 9 of 10 from the depth chart I looked at will return and the Fr, Soph and Britt will turn into potential All SEC caliber guys.

JP Wilson was only a Soph this year who basically saw his first meaningful action in 06. The offensive line really let him down at times this year, but all in all I don't think he played that bad, but did have some big time errors. DJ Hall was great this year and if he comes back can you imagine and experienced Wilson, with Hall and Tyrone Prothro, Keith Brown #3 is not bad.

I think everyone expected that the defense would take a step back this year. They lost 6 of their top 7 tacklers including the top 2 sack leaders. Joe Kines does a great job and it is hard to fault him for some defense mishaps this year.

Look at some of Bama's games. They should have definately beat Arkansas, everyone knows that. An 8 point win over Hawaii looks pretty good right now too. The Florida game was close for about 3-1/2 quarters, they could have beat Tennessee, and a couple plays here and there and who knows if they could have beat LSU, maybe even Auburn. The 05 team won some of those close games rather than the 06 team losing them. I have to think that the 07 Bama will be in good position to win those close games vs the top SEC teams. This year they played AT 4 SEC teams that are currently in the BCS top 16 and played another at home for a total of 5 games vs current BCS top 16 teams. They went 4-1 ATS in those games showing their competitiveness. Throw in BCS #25 Hawaii and the played half their games vs BCS top 25 teams.

To me this team was not as bad as their record showed. The Mississippi St loss might have really got the fire Shula wheels turning. But we all knew that one of these years Croom was going to beat Bama.

Shula inherited a team after spring, after spring in 2003! He was their 3rd head coach in 8 months. Last year they were 9-0 and ranked #3 in the BCS before losses to LSU and Auburn. With the bowl win they finished with 10 wins and ranked, they finished ranked in the top 10 didn't they. Did anyone expect them to actually compete for the SEC West crown this year? They had to replace 4 NFL draft picks on D ontop of other non NFL guys.

I think Alabama made a mistake and the 2007 Bama team looks pretty good for whoever is lukcy enough to get this head coaching job.

Scott

[Edited on 11/27/2006 by nebish]

[Edited on 11/27/2006 by nebish]

 

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  posted on 11/27/2006 at 11:51 AM
and aren't they still paying the tab on the DuBose sanctions?

 

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