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The Fifth Quarter: Week One Rewind

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As is the case each and every season, each and every week, any omission below is not on purpose, it’s merely intentional.


The fans
After one of the worst — check that, the worst — offseasons in the history of the game, a full day of the glorious entity called college football was back at a campus or on a television near you.  Certainly, what happened the past few months, particularly at Penn State, wasn’t washed away completely by the start of a new season, but it did allow fans all across the country get back to doing what they love to do — irrationally rooting for a school they may or may not have a direct connection to and obsessing over any and every call that may or may not have gone their way.  Welcome back, college football.  Oh how we’ve missed your on-field glory.

Should Tide rise over USC to No. 1?
We asked this question in our poll tonight, but will expound on it here.  In every way imaginable, in every single phase of the game, No. 2 Alabama was the better team in the defending BcS champion’s 41-14 woodshedding of No. 8 Michigan.  And it wasn’t even really that close.  Ben did an excellent job recapping the carnage in Arlington Texas, so I’ll tackle this the question posed in this note.  And, if you’re a fan of marquee nonconference matchups, you’d answer the same way I would: hell yes.  Teams that schedule these types of games should be rewarded for playing top-ranked programs, and bumping them a spot or two or three or whatever would/should have an impact on athletic directors looking for more of those types of early-season games.  Besides that, it’s rather obvious even as it’s awful early: the Tide will once again be a major factor on the national stage yet again.  That was a textbook evisceration by Nick Saban‘s charges of what’s a very talented Michigan team.  The good thing for the Wolverines?  They have 11 more regular season games to make up the spots they will tumble in the polls when they come out early this week.  And, they can take solace in the fact that they won’t face a better team the remainder of the regular season.

“Wait, what about us?” No. 1 USC says
Yes, yes, yes Trojans.  We’re well aware of your 49-10 throttling of Hawaii.  Yes, you have one of the top teams in the country and, if you can remain healthy, you will be a title contender.  Unfortunately, taking apart an unranked team at home simply doesn’t compare with humiliating a Top 10 team on a neutral field.  Sorry, that’s just the way it is.  Or the way it should be, at least.  If voters have a lick of common sense, of course.

That’s just offensive
In wins over Savannah State and Arkansas State, No. 19 Oklahoma State and No. 5 Oregon, respectively, combined to score a total of 141 points; rushed for 677 yards; passed for 610 yards; and totaled 1,287 yards of offense.  And punted three times — combined.  And that’s with the Ducks scoring 50 in the first half and calling off the dogs the last two quarters.  Those were the final, gory offensive stats — unless they added to them in the postgame, which is entirely possible based on how the two “contests” went.  The 84 points the Cowboys put up, by the way, were the most since 1991 when Fresno State hung 94 on New Mexico.

Urban renewal commences in earnest in Columbus
Bad pun aside, Ohio State couldn’t have scripted a better start to the 2012 season.  Not only did No. 18 Ohio State romp over Miami of Ohio 56-10 — after a sluggish first quarter — in Urban Meyer‘s first game as Buckeyes’ head coach, but sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller showed flashes of brilliance more consistently than he did at all last season, combining for nearly 360 yards of total offense and three touchdowns in less than three quarters of work.  It hardly portends great things for the Buckeyes generally or Miller specifically in 2012; the RedHawks won just four games in 2011.  It does give some reason to hope, however, in a season where there’s no hope of reaching the postseason thanks to NCAA sanctions.

The defense rests… after dominating
Against a good BcS football team, No. 3 LSU will have a really good defense.  Against the likes of North Texas?  They had a really good defense.  While the Mean Green totaled 219 yards of offense — 40 yards per game less than they averaged giving up last year — they averaged just 2.2 yards per carry and were limited to an 80-yard pitch-and-catch touchdown that was the result of a mix-up in the secondary and a meaningless touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter.  The No. 3 team in the country did what it was supposed to: easily hold serve at home against a vastly inferior opponent with a 41-14 win.  And, based on the way LSU’s defense played in the opener, we’re guessing that, just like SEC West rival Alabama, the Tigers will be in the thick of the BcS mix deep into the 2012 season.

Coaches with new teams
Putting this under the winners heading may have been a bit of a stretch.  When the last spinning of the coaching carousel came to a stop, 27 FBS football programs had new head coaches.  These past three days, those 26 coaches (Kevin Sumlin‘s debut as Texas A&M’s coach was postponed) went 13-13.  Two of those 12 losses came at the hands of FCS schools: Pittsburgh’s Paul Chryst and Memphis’ Justin Fuente.

Holgorsen has this offensive thing down pat
In the past two games, No. 11 West Virginia’s offense has totaled the following: 1,250 yards of total offense, 748 yards passing and a staggering 139 points.  To put that into perspective, last season New Mexico scored 144 for points the entire 12-game season.  Yeah, the Mountaineers will fit right in in the high-octane Big 12.  About that defense, though; WVU allowed the Herd 545 yards of offense, including 413 yards passing.  Then again, defense is optional in the Big 12, so that side of the ball might not be as big a deal after all.

Perfect Wes
For the first half, at least.  Making his first start at the collegiate level, quarterback Wes Lunt completed all 11 of his first-half passes in what would ultimately become an 84-0 win over Savannah State.  Those would actually be the only throws Lunt made in the blowout win as he gave way to J.W. Walsh and Clint Chelf for the rest of the first half and through the end of the “game.”

Lattimore’s return a boon for ‘Cocks
If No. 9 South Carolina entertains any thoughts of getting past defending SEC East champ Georgia, Marcus Lattimore returning to — and remaining at — 100-percent health will be of utmost importance.  Based on one game, that’s the direction the running back, who suffered a season-ending ACL tear last year, is headed.  In South Carolina’s season-opening conference win over Vanderbilt on Thursday, Lattimore rushed for 110 yards and scored the Gamecocks’ only two touchdowns in the 17-13 decision.  While Lattimore wasn’t worked as hard as he’s been the past two seasons, the fact that he came out healthy against a stout ‘Dores defense portends — all available appendages crossed — good things for the player and the team in 2012.

Youth romps in uncle vs. nephew tilt
In his first game as head coach at Richmond, Danny Rocco had the misfortune of taking his FCS program into Virginia and going up against an underrated Cavaliers squad.  And, as if a 43-19 pasting wasn’t bad enough, a player very close to the coach helped in the torching.  Michael Rocco, the head coach’s nephew, threw for 311 yards and a touchdown in the 24-point win.  Suffice to say, Thanksgiving/Christmas gifts should be interesting in the Rocco households this year.


Floyd Mayweather
The boxer bet a total of $2.9 million on Michigan to cover the spread against Alabama.  The spread was anywhere between 12 and 14 points.  The Wolverines lost by 27.  That will leave a mark on the ol’ bank account, regardless of how big the purse was for your last fight.

Sooner forgetting this, the better
Forget the final score as it’s more than deceiving.  At halftime, No. 4 (for now) Oklahoma was tied with UTEP at 7-7.  And it stayed that way until the 10-minute mark of the third quarter, with a field goal giving the Sooners a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.  And it stayed that way until 10:32 was left in the game, with Landry Jones tossing an 18-yard touchdown pass. Final score?  24-7.  Yes, it’s just one game.  But it was one game against a vastly inferior opponent that’s simply not acceptable for a team with BcS-title aspirations.

Post-JoePa toe stub
For the first time in more than six decades, Joe Paterno was not on the Penn State sidelines as either an assistant or head coach.  Instead, Bill O’ Brien was patrolling Beaver Stadium… and overseeing an embarrassing start to his collegiate coaching career.  How embarrassing?  “Overheard: Ohio fan laughing ‘It isn’t even a big win for us,'” one tweet from a Penn State fan read.  After taking a 14-3 lead into the half, the Nittany Lions were outscored 21-0 the rest of the way as Ohio came away with the nonconference road win.  And that would be the Mid-American Conference’s Ohio University, not Brady Hoke‘s Ohio, incidentally.  Certainly with all of the tumult and turmoil the football program has been through over the past nine months, and with the roster attrition courtesy of NCAA sanctions, a rough start to O’ Brien’s tenure may have been expected.  However, losing by double digits at home to a MAC team that outgained them by nearly 150 yards (499-352) certainly wasn’t a part of the new coach’s plan for rebuilding all that’s been torn down in less than a year.

Gator chomp goes limp
Entering the second season under Will Muschamp, hopes were high that the No. 23 Florida Gators would begin taking the steps that would lead to a return to national prominence for the football program.  While that still may happen, eventually, this season, UF’s performance Saturday gave no sign whatsoever that 2012 will be anything other than yet another rebuilding year.  At home against Bowling Green — they of the five-win MAC Bowling Greens — the Gators slogged its way to a too-close-for comfort 27-14 win over the Falcons. Continuing a theme that’s entering its third year, the Gators were in large part ineffective on the offensive side of the ball.  While they rushed for over 200 yards, they passed for just 145 among two quarterbacks as the struggles through the air continues.

’12 Edsall similar to ’11 model
Sitting atop one of the hottest coaching seats in the country entering just his second season at Maryland, Randy Edsall needed a solid start to the season in order to, at minimum, keep the Terp wolves howling for his dismissal at bay following a disastrous two-win debut.  Uh, whoops?  Against William & Mary Saturday, and at home no less, Edsall’s Terps managed to eke out a 7-6 win over the FCS-level school in a game that was a loss for anyone who witnessed any part of it.  And that win came after W&M dropped what could have been the game-winning touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter.  Yes, the Terps’ lost their starting quarterback and a dozen other players to injuries, but a one-point win against that level of competition isn’t — and shouldn’t — be acceptable.  Edsall has asked for patience from the fan base; more performances like this one, and there’ll be none in reserve.  If there’s even any left at this point.

Tedford: Latin for “damn that seat’s hot!”
And speaking of coaching seats that have gone beyond warm, well hello Jeff Tedford.  Playing for the first time in its refurbished stadium, Cal couldn’t keep Nevada’s pistol holstered in a 31-24 loss.  In and of itself, dropping a season opener wouldn’t impact things one way or the other, even as it represented the first home loss to Nevada in 109 years..  Coming off the past two seasons that saw a combined total of 12 wins?  Seat will be sizzling soon, I think that [/yoda].  Additionally, and after a home game vs. Southern Utah, the Bears travel to Ohio State and USC in back-to-back weekends.  Yep, good luck with that buzz saw Coach Tedford.

Houston had big problem with newly-minted FBS school
And the big problem was a loss.  Tony Levine‘s first game as Houston’s replacement for Kevin Sumlin figured to be a relatively easy one: at home against first-year FBS program Texas State.  A 30-13 loss later, and the Cougars realize how much they’ll miss Sumlin (Texas A&M) as well as quarterback Case Keenum (NFL).  It’s a long season; unfortunately for Houston, this loss will make it that much longer.

Franco Harris
Staunch in his very public support for Joe Paterno after the now-deceased head coach’s controversial ouster at Penn State last November, Franco Harris took that support to a whole other level Saturday afternoon.  In his suite Saturday witnessing the first game of the O’ Brien Era, Harris did, well, this with a cardboard cutout, courtesy of

Way to keep it about the current coaches and players inside the stadium, Franco.  Excellent work.

Ball State “fans”
Coming off a six-win season in 2011, Ball State opened 2012 with a 37-26 win over Eastern Michigan that was witnessed by less than 13,000 individuals.  That number caught the attention of Fort Wayne News-Sentinel columnist Tom Davis, who skewered Ball State’s supporters — or lack thereof —  for their seeming indifference toward the football program.  “But I’ll tell you who hasn’t delivered? The Ball State students, the Cardinal alumni, and the community of Muncie, who continue to demonstrate year after year … that they simply don’t care whether they have a good football team or not.”  Davis went on to write that he wishes second-year head coach Pete Lembo well “when he eventually bolts for a more supportive environment.”  Ouch.

How ranked teams endured close shaves vs. unranked opponents

–No. 9 South Carolina 17, Vanderbilt 14: Unlike most of the other schools that litter this list, the Gamecocks actually opened the season against a quality conference foe.  While it wasn’t pretty — particularly in the passing game — a win is a win is a win, especially when it involves an SEC game.

— No. 12 Wisconsin 26, Northern Iowa 20: Ahead 26-7 with just over 12 minutes left in the game, the Badgers’ defense allowed allowed the Panthers to score two touchdowns in less than five minutes to close the gap to five points with seven minutes to play.  A failed fourth-down attempt with 2:46 left erased any hopes the FCS school had entertained of pulling off one of the biggest upsets in recent memory.

No. 14 Clemson 26, Auburn 19: As was the case with South Carolina, the Tigers differed from others on this list as they actually faced a BcS opponent, albeit one of the nonconference variety.  And they pulled out the win with their top receiver, Sammy Watkins, serving the first of a two-game suspension, which certainly bodes well for the Tigers.

— No. 21 Stanford 20, San Jose State 17: In the first game of the post-Andrew Luck era on Friday, the Cardinal eked out a three-point win over a team that was 27(ish)-point road underdogs.

— No. 23 Florida 27, Bowling Green 14: Tied at 14-all midway through the third quarter, the Gators managed to score 13 unanswered points to squeak by with a win in the opener.

A snapshot look at how our ballot would look Monday if we, ya know, had a real vote instead of a measly preseason poll.

1. Alabama — A school should be rewarded for a quality neutral-field win over a Top-10 team, and we do just that with a two-spot jump. (Last: No. 3)
2. USC — “It wasn’t anything you did honey.  Honest.  It’s just me.” (Last: No. 1)
3. Oregon — Oregon might’ve scored a touchdown or two on Clemson in its obliteration of Arkansas State.  My goodness, that was a mesmerizing first-half offensive display by the Ducks. (Last: No. 7)
4. LSU — With that defense, and continued improvement at the quarterback position, the Tigers are positioned for yet another run at an SEC title.  And more. (Last: No. 4)
5. (blank) — Oklahoma, Georgia and South Carolina all underwhelming in wins. Michigan lost.  Florida State and Arkansas stuffed their collective faces on tasty pastries.  Yep, blank it is.

“Tape will say we were fortunate to beat Vandy… they don’t have a bunch of slow dudes like they used to.” — South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier following the No. 9 Gamecocks’ four-point win over Vanderbilt.

“I would think we’re on the short end of the measuring stick.” — Brady Hoke, following Michigan’s 27-point loss to Alabama when asked about the game being a measuring stick for his team.

Despite it being the opening weekend of the 2012 season, the video clip of the week has nothing to do with football.  Sure, we easily could’ve gone with Hundley’s cherry-popping TD or Devin Smith‘s ridiculous TD reception or Kent State’s Andre Parker‘s wrong-way muff run or myriad others.  Instead, it has everything to do with my six-year-old daughter doing her best impersonation of Evil Knievel.  And don’t worry, it’s OK to LOL; with the exception of a bloody nose and a coupla scratches, she’s fine:

From the “Whoda thunk it?” department, by way of Nebraska sports information: Taylor Martinez (no relation) accounted for 249 yards of total offense in the first half of today’s game to push his career total to 5,808 total offensive yards. In the first half he passed Zac Taylor (5,777 yards) (no relation) to move into second place on the career total offense list.


— Of the 74 games (Texas A&M-Louisiana Tech, Oregon State-Nicholls State postponed due to Hurricane Isaac) involving FBS programs the past three days, 35 of them featured opponents from the FCS level.  FBS schools, incidentally, were 32-3 in those games.  The three losses?  Pittsburgh to Youngstown State (ROTFL!!!), Memphis to Tennessee-Martin and Middle Tennessee State to McNeese State.

— Official attendance for Alabama-Michigan: 90,413, a record crowd for a college football game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

— From Jon Solomon of the Birmingham News: the Big Ten has lost 10 straight nonconference games vs. Top-Five teams by an average of 15.9 points.  Ouch.

— Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon became the first Alabama player ever to top the 100-yard plateau in his first game, rushing for 111 yards on just 11 carries.

— In just over three quarters of work, preseason Heisman favorite Matt Barkley passed for 344 yards and four touchdowns in USC’s romp over Hawaii.  Barkley’s top target was wide receiver Marquise Lee, who caught 10 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown.

— Oregon’s electrifying running back, DeAnthony Thomas, touched the football seven times in the win over Arkansas State — and scored three touchdowns.

— Nebraska’s Martinez set a career high in passing yards (354) and tied his career mark in passing touchdowns (five) in Nebraska’s 49-20 win over Southern Miss.

— Clemson running back Andre Ellington rushed for 231 yards in the Tigers’ 26-19 win over Auburn, while wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins set a school record (Sammy who?) with 13 receptions.

– In West Virginia’s 69-34 thrashing of in-state rival Marshall, Heisman contender Geno Smith threw for 323 yards on 33-of-36 passing and four touchdowns.

— Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib passed for a career-high 470 yards and four touchdowns in the Orange’s 42-41 loss to Northwestern.  He also obliterated the school record for completions with 44; the previous record was 29.

— Boston College’s Chase Rettig completed 32-of-51 passes for 441 yards and two TDs in a 41-32 loss to Miami

— On the fourth offensive snap of Nebraska’s win, running back Rex Burkhead ran 57 yards to open the scoring for the Cornhuskers.  That run represented the longest run of Burkhead’s career.

— In their 62-0 whitewashing of Elon, North Carolina had 14 different receivers catch a pass in the win and no one caught more than three balls.

— From ESPN’s Stats & Info Thursday night: “Cameron Nwosu of Rice blocked 3 PAT attempts tonight vs UCLA, setting an FBS single-game record and tying the overall Division I record.”

— Tulsa running back Trey Watts rushed for 125 yards on 10 carries — with no touchdowns — in a 38-23 loss to Iowa State.

— Florida has won 23 straight season openers, which represents the second-longest current streak in the nation.  The longest?  Nebraska’s 27.

— Last season, New Mexico was dead last in FBS in scoring, averaging just a hair over 12 points per game.  In their opener against Southern, the Lobos scored 38 — in the second quarter.  For the game, the Lobos totaled 66 in a 45-point win over the FCS program.

— For the first time in UT-San Antonio’s history, the Roadrunners have won a road game, dropping South Alabama 33-31 on a 51-yard field goal with 15 seconds left in a game originally scheduled for Thursday.  Of course, UTSA’s history consists of one season and one game, but still.

— Carson-Newman College’s Ken Sparks won the 300th game of his career Thursday, becoming the 11th head coach in college football history to hit that milestone.

— Sam Durley of Division III Eureka (Ill.) College set an NCAA all-division record with 736 yards passing.  He broke the old mark of 731 set back in 2000.

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28 Responses to “The Fifth Quarter: Week One Rewind”
  1. hardjudge says: Sep 2, 2012 2:51 AM

    As poorly as OU played in its win over UTEP, it was better than your reporting. You repeatedly insisted the game was play in Norman WRONG the game was in El Paso. Not that that should have made much difference, but it does prove you did your reporting without watching any of the game. Improve your reporting or go back to reporter school.

  2. ptdennis says: Sep 2, 2012 5:59 AM

    Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon became the first Alabama player ever to top the 100-yard plateau in his first game, rushing for 11 yards on just 11 carries.

    I am sure there is just a digit missing on the yards gained and I am not here to nitpick because I love this site but when you just have to keep in mind that if you write critically and become very opinionated, you just *have* to know a close game between Oklahoma and UTEP in El Paso was not in Norman. Also, $-it or get off the pot and don’t name the 5th best team, in your own top 5. I thought it was lame but I felt perfectly comfortable being critical since the author is at ease with being critical.

  3. lanzurrah says: Sep 2, 2012 6:38 AM

    Oregon pulled its starters less than halfway through the 2d quarter. They didn’t actually play the entire half…FYI

  4. tigersgeaux says: Sep 2, 2012 7:54 AM

    College football is back. The SEC is once again showing its pre-eminence,and some other teams in other conferences (or not) are playing well, and a few are playing VERY well.

    I do have some observations:

    1. I though Auburn had a defense?

    2. South Carolina and Vanderbilt both should be praised for scheduling one another in the first game of the season. So much for getting the kinks out before beginning the tough SEC schedule.

    3. Geno Smith is quite an athlete and QB. Give him a quality offense and he will be hard to beat.

    4. Floyd Mayweather is a thug and a jerk. A fool and his money are soon parted. He deserves to lose it.

    5. Michigan should not feel too bad. Few teams can compete with Alabama. Few teams have a successful or competitive record against Saban, or is that just one team?

    6. With roofs missing and most others greatly leaking, with homes and businesses flooded, with power off and many without good food or medicine and those of us able working hard to help as many as we can, this first week of college football was a blessing to take a break from all this mess. My heart goes out to all around me, and my hands get back to work today to help them. May there be no more rain, may the flood waters recede quickly, may all affected be able to pick up the pieces and get life back to normal as soon as possible, though it appears that may be many months for most, and many years for some.

  5. kiopta1 says: Sep 2, 2012 7:56 AM

    I am a mich fan that saw a possibly over ranked mich team get destroyed by an nfl expansion team. That is what I saw, Mich is at least 2-3 great recruiting years away from the NFL caliber size, strength, and speed that Alabama exhibited. I say possibly over ranked because I am not sure if there are any other college teams….maybe less than a handful…that can perform like Bama did last night. Its like the difference between watching most of us play paintball and SEAL Team 6 playing war.

  6. nesuperfan says: Sep 2, 2012 8:29 AM

    I am not a homer for either Bama or USC, but USC can only play, who they have on the schedule. Both teams killed their opponents, so I would not take away the number one spot yet.

  7. omniusprime says: Sep 2, 2012 8:56 AM

    Any excuse for the rabid sports pundits to give some SEC trash team the #1 ranking. Damned pundits spoil the polls with their slavish devotion to the overhyped, overrated SEC. USC played a great game and a scrappy team with an excellent coach, Michigan was overrated and crappy. If USC goes undefeated it should have a spot in the national championship so it can have a chance to wipe out the SEC trash that inevitably will be allowed in.

    USC #1 !!!!

  8. overratedgators says: Sep 2, 2012 9:19 AM

    This is the greatest animated GIF to hit the web since Nyan Cat:

  9. manchestermiracle says: Sep 2, 2012 9:20 AM

    I agree with Taylor’s assertion that Alabama should be ranked number one. They were quite dominant over a Michigan team that shouldn’t have been in the top 10. USC beat up Hawaii, which isn’t in the top 25.

    However I have major issues with the claim that Alabama should be rewarded for its victory. I’ll get on that bandwagon when all the pundits, including Taylor, admit that SEC teams shouldn’t be allowed to put wins over FBS schools in their records. We see examples every year of SEC schools getting credit for victories in games that are no better than exhibitions.

    If you want to give credit when an SEC school beats a ranked opponent then you also have to do the opposite: Drop their rank when they pound a cream puff (or two in Ole Miss’ case). Without that consistency it is unfair to penalize a school like USC, who NEVER has scheduled an FBS school.

  10. parkcityute says: Sep 2, 2012 9:24 AM

    USC has a very good team for the PAC. They are definitely the elite here. How they stand v. the best in the SEC is a completely different consideration, but for now rankings are what they are.


    Don’t disgrace USC and the PAC with your classless comments. You make us all look bad. If the SEC were such trash, then explain their record against top ranked teams from other conferences year in and year out. Explain their national championships and bowl records. Since most sports writers are from the west, midwest, and especially the northeast, I doubt any have any penchant for southeastern teams. Since the coaches are equally spread throughout the U.S. they would not have any prejudice toward the SEC that their experience would not warrant.

  11. normtide says: Sep 2, 2012 10:57 AM

    Great post park. I am not getting into any trash talk today. Idc how you shape the top 4 atm, bama, lsu, usc, or oregon. The year will play out, and if any of them win out, they will play for a title. We still got a long way to go.

    I will say, even with an fcs team, bama’s sched is harder then any pac teams. So stop complaining. Plenty of pac teams opened vs fcs.

  12. iloveflorio says: Sep 2, 2012 11:11 AM

    I get being excited and confident if ur an Ohio u fan, but when you consider a touchdown off a pass that was better describe a wounded duck ricocheting off 2 psu defenders and resting conveniently into the hands of a Ohio u recvr for the td and a bone head decision by coach o’brien to have a 260 lbs lb “attempting” and I’m being generous with that description, fielding punts and eventually muffing one on the psu 15 yrd line for a nice, easy chip shot field goal. I’d say the Ohio win was more of a brow wiper than a reason to brag. As for the infamous tweet, “this isn’t even a big win for us,” you freakin Ohio u, not Ohio st, Ohio u, 92% of America still thinks u are Ohio st and the other 7.93% who didn’t go to Ohio u or live in Athens, considers you a one year wonder who couldn’t even win the freakin Mac last yr. here’s my advice, win ur mediocre conference b4 you start placing urself amongst colleges elite. And even after that, win it more than once ever and we can start talking. That was THE biggest win in ur pathetic little history!! Now, y’All better damn well go undefeated and win the Mac or here’s hoping you don’t mind a little egg on ur face

  13. jon623 says: Sep 2, 2012 11:17 AM

    First time reading this blog, and I just wanted to point out the fact (yes, fact. Not opinion) that you are a fantastic writer. Good work. Your voice and play on words is entertaining and refreshing.

    On another note, Go Ducks! It was great watching a red shirt freshman make his first college start and lead his team to 50 points in the first half. Freaking legit. This is going to be a fun season to watch, all over the country.

  14. billsboy88 says: Sep 2, 2012 12:26 PM

    Knowing that she is ok, that clip of your daughter made me laugh so hard. Its been an entertaining morning between that and the DeNiro luaghing in the Pitt Story.

    If the defense puts it together, Geno and the Mountaineers could be tough to beat this season. He looked like a man among boys yesterday.

  15. 1historian says: Sep 2, 2012 1:16 PM

    Alabama was just toying with Michigan. It must be because Michigan’s uniforms were so hideous.

    ‘Bama was in Robinson’s head by the middle of the 1st quarter. Give him credit for not giving up but after just the 1st quarter it was obvious that he and his teammates were in way over their heads.

  16. roundup5 says: Sep 2, 2012 3:09 PM

    John: “Nebraska’s 28 to 14 victory over Southern Miss”….????
    Check your scores, please!

  17. phipfwe76 says: Sep 2, 2012 4:31 PM

    You mentioned that 3 FCS schools beat an FBS school. You forgot one. Eastern Washington beat Idaho easily. I know we forget Idaho plays football in D1, but they do.

  18. irishdodger says: Sep 2, 2012 4:46 PM

    Does one year w/ a new HC & weak schedule really mean Michigan is back? NO

    They got the right man for the job & had a nice season last year, but Hoke is still playing w/ mostly kids from the RichRod era. Other than Michigan fans & ESPN/ABC, did anyone really think this would be a close game.

    Sorry but to say Alabama “woodshed” the #8 team in the nation is ridiculous being that the ranking was based on pure subjective opinion. Not that Bama needs any defense of their dominance, but I highly doubt at the end of the season that Alabama or Ohio State can say they whipped the #8 team in the nation….they can say the whipped Michigan…but it won’t include the #8 in front of their name.

  19. chachooga says: Sep 2, 2012 6:01 PM

    Freshman RB Duke Johnson went 7 rushes for 135 and 2 TDs in his debut for UM vs. BC……some picked UM to lose, so seeing so many freshman contribute for UM was awesome.

    Go Canes….should be a rocky year, but good looking freshmenses, as R. Shannon used to say.

  20. atwatercrushesokoye says: Sep 2, 2012 6:46 PM

    Bama should not jump USC in the rankings because there shouldn’t be rankings for the first month! Great Bama beat the number “8” team but how do we know that Michigan is actually even a good team? Because forecasts showed that they were going to be good? Michigan was supposed to be the 5th best team in the country to start the season in 2007 and then they lost at home to Appalachian State in week 1.

    We know Bama, LSU and USC are really good, we have suspicions that there some other pretty good teams and then there’s a bunch we think might be good but we don’t really know for sure. After the last weekend in September we’ll have a body of work which will give us answers, so that’s when they should start the rankings.

  21. tailgatersanimal says: Sep 2, 2012 6:47 PM

    Florida looked awful. I think it has more to do with coaching at this point. Brissett should be starting and Driskel the backup. That first play was offensive.

    Oregon’s uniforms were awesome.

    FSU has a lot of big dudes that eat QBs.

    Alabama looked really awesome.

    The Big Ten is overrated. And I don’t think they are rated that highly.

  22. bertenheim says: Sep 2, 2012 7:02 PM

    Only four top 25 teams played a true road game.
    Next week eight do, but none particularly compelling on a national scale. (Maybe Was at LSU.)

  23. tigersgeaux says: Sep 3, 2012 2:29 AM

    “Maybe Was at LSU”???? Name the team who thinks playing LSU at Death Valley in a night game is something they WANT to do….waiting…waiting….waiting…times up. There aren’t any.

    Legendary coach Bear Bryant thought it was the toughest venue in college football. Governor Huckabee of Arkansas thinks it is the epitome of “unfairness.” I could list dozens of others, who have actually played there. When SEC teams play other SEC teams at the opponent’s field (which will be done time and time again this season), you will have top 25 teams playing true road games. Just be patient, that will automatically happen in another few weeks in earnest.

  24. axavol says: Sep 3, 2012 7:34 AM

    Disappointed. Vols not even worth a mention?

  25. tigersgeaux says: Sep 3, 2012 10:15 AM


    Maybe no one else cares to mention the legendary football power of Tennessee, but I am walking on glass with my LSU Tigers having to play there this season. We are working to add to LSU Death Valley to get up near the capacity of Neyland Stadium, but we’ll still be about 3,000 short.

    UT had a similar type game as did LSU. Over 500 yards of offense, with Tyler Bray passing for 333 yards and a 35-21 win over NC State. Dangerous and entertaining– dangerous to the teams that play them this season, entertaining to all UT fans. First home game of this season v. Georgia State.

    Coach Derek Dooley has a team this year that will bring it to many and there are a couple of SEC teams I hope are on the receiving end of the Vols wrath (I am a LSU fan after all).

  26. dkhhuey says: Sep 4, 2012 8:36 AM

    @iloveflorio – butt hurt much? You’re no doubt one of the posters on blackshoediaries pissing and moaning about how much holding the Bobcats got away with! Face it – you got bitch slapped by a MAC team!

    Dude – you’re daughter’s face plant was hilarious!!!

  27. florida727 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:05 AM

    JT, just as last year, between “Predictions” and “Fifth Quarter”, I get everything I need or want to know about college football. Thanks for the work you put in and all the research you do to make those two posts the best on the Internet.

  28. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 4, 2012 12:57 PM


    I ditto florida727’s post. Southernpatriots strongly recommended the Predictions and Fifth Quarter features and I thought I would not really need them because I closely followed the teams I wanted to, but now with all this hurricane mess, aftermath of flooding, repairs, no roof, no consistent electricity, and all that added work, these two features have become my fall back information on college football. Thank you.

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