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Thoughts on College Football: Week Eight, 2009

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Yup, I missed the last two weeks of college football watching. Too bad. I’ll see if I can’t keep these up a little better, though.

UTEP 28 – Tulsa 24
I’m proud of myself for not watching all, most, or even a great deal of this game. Tulsa’s last-minute comeback drive after a late UTEP score was particularly not pretty.

Florida State 30 – North Carolina 27
Another game I saw very little of. North Carolina has greatly underachieved compared to where I thought they’d be this year as of two years ago. I blame T.J. Yates, because the quarterback is always the problem.

Ohio State 38 – Minnesota 7
A simple yet somewhat efficient beatdown of a much lesser team. Pryor is still a very mediocre quarterback at passing the football, and he’s not nearly in the VY/Vick class as a dynamic runner.

West Virginia 28 – Connecticut 24
Noel Devine is good and fast, in case you haven’t noticed it yet.

Ole Miss 30 – Arkansas 17
You don’t have to crown Ryan Mallett quite yet. He had a couple extraordinarily impressive drives, but also a bunch of eh ones. In a way, that’s kind of like how Matthew Stafford was.

Iowa State 9 – Nebraska 7
Nebraska turnovers > Nebraska points. All you need to know about this game, really.

Clemson 40 – Miami 37 (OT)
I mostly ignored this game until late, which was probably a mistake. This result, in south Florida, suggests that my mental model of Clemson had them greatly underrated and/or my mental model of Miami had them greatly overrated. I’m sure I had Miami at least a little overrated, but not this much. Coming off a beatdown of Wake suggests I need to take another look at Clemson-not this week against Coastal, but maybe the week after against Florida State.

Notre Dame 20 – Boston College 16
Fuck Notre Dame for winning another game they could have easily lost if the other team didn’t screw up at the end of the game. There’s no way this team should be 5-2 right now, and now they get Wazzu and Navy. Well, at least they should get slaughtered in another bowl game.

Alabama 12 – Tennessee 10
Alabama’s offense consists of Mark Ingram, and Julio Jones against the vastly incompetent. That’s not good enough.

Iowa 15 – Michigan State 13
Iowa is kind of like Iowa from 2002. They suck, but they keep winning and will get destroyed by USC in a bowl game. This might be an acceptable outcome if not because it’s another reason people will whine about the Big 10 all out of proportion to how good it is.

LSU 31 – Auburn 10
Ok, so Auburn really isn’t that good. Not a surprise considering Chris Todd and the overall talent level as I perceive it.

Florida 29 – Mississippi State 19
Don’t listen to the whining about UF and a curse about playing in Starkville, UF simply isn’t that good. They can’t attack teams defensively down the field and are much easier to play against than they were last year. If you want to compare differing levels of eliteness, they’re maaaaaybe 60% as elite this year as they were last year. Last year’s team would’ve destroyed this year’s Iowa; this year, the line should be under 7 and Iowa’s chance of winning is at least 20%.

Texas 41 – Missouri 7
Wow, Texas actually looked like a decent team for the first time this year. Like many a game involving last year’s Sooners or the same matchup last year, this one was effectively over after three drives and really over at the end of the first half, when it was 35-7. Colt McCoy still isn’t an NFL QB, though.

USC 42 – Oregon State 36
The early 4th quarter score of 42-23 more accurately captures how this game felt to me, but that doesn’t mean the Trojan D has been good for the last 5 quarters (ok, I’m not sure about the first 2.5 quarters of this game). Mark Barkley’s two picks also didn’t hurt, and those suggest USC is becoming a more “normal” team that needs good QB play to win and will lose if they get bad QB play (the UW game is also an example of this).

And such is the week that was in college football in my (angry) eyes.

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Written by Tom Gower

October 28, 2009 at 01:00

Posted in Uncategorized

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