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The Fifth Quarter: Week 4 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.

WINNERS

Guess who’s back… Back again…
Earlier this week on this lil’ ol’ website, the question was posed asking whether Florida State was back after years of keeping the national stage at arm’s length.  Consider that question answered in the affirmative.  And with (late-game) authority.  Early on, though, the Seminoles were staggering, with No. 10 Clemson holding a 28-14 lead early in the third quarter and seemingly having the No. 4 team in the country on the ropes.  Then, all offensive hell broke loose for the ‘Noles.  In a span of just under 17 minutes, FSU exploded for 35 points to send the crowd at Doak Campbell Stadium into a frenzy and, ultimately, home ecstatic with a resounding 49-37 thumping.  The win puts the Seminoles in the ACC driver’s seat — FSU will be significant favorites every single conference game the remainder of the season — and, depending on how things shake out above them, could find themselves in the same seat when it comes to the chase for the BcS title chase.  Of course, there are still several obstacles to navigate, none more obvious than themselves and shooting their own foot.  For now, though, every sign points to the Seminoles very much being back.

A RB graveyard in Corvallis
Apparently, Oregon State is the place where top-flight running backs go to die.  In two games this season, OSU has limited Wisconsin’s Montee Ball — third in the country last season in rushing yards — to 61 yards on 15 carries and UCLA’s Johnathan Franklin — the nation’s leading rusher entering this weekend’s game — to 45 yards on 12 carries.  Neither player scored a touchdown.  The Beavers turnaround in that phase of the game is nothing short of astounding.  Last season, OSU ranked 101st in the country, allowing 193.8 rushing yards per game in winning just three games; this season, OSU, 2-0 after their win over the No. 19 Bruins, is giving up just 53.5 yards per game.

Here he comes to Stave the day
The most notable change at the quarterback position this weekend came courtesy of Wisconsin, with the Badgers taking the reins of their offense out of the hands of Maryland transfer Danny O’Brien and handing them to Joel Stave.  And, at least for one game, the redshirt freshman made the UW coaching staff look like a bunch of Norman Einsteins.  In his first collegiate start, Stave threw for 147 yards — in the first half; the Badgers came into the game with UTEP averaging 156.3, a total “good” for 117th out of 124 FBS programs.  For the game, Stave threw for 210 yards — the return of wide receiver Jared Abbrederis certainly helped the first-time starter – as the Badgers held off the Miners 37-26.

Red-hot, dead sexy MACtion
MAC football: it’s not just for Wednesdays any more.  On Saturday, The Little Midwest Conference That Could finished the day with a 6-3 record in non-conference games.  It was the victories, however, that were the story of the day as four of those wins came against members of BcS conferences — Kansas, 30-23 losers to Northern Illinois; USF, 30-27 losers to Ball State; Iowa, 32-31 losers to Central Michigan; and UConn, 30-24 losers to Western Michigan.  Not only that, but Eastern Michigan hung with a ranked Michigan State team through three and a half quarters, as did Akron vs. Tennessee; in fact, the only blowout in MAC vs. BcS matchups Saturday was Virginia Tech’s 37-0 drubbing of Bowling Green.  Add in a 4-0 Ohio University team that should be ranked somewhere inside the Top 25, and it’s shaping up like the MAC could be the best football conference in that area of the country and yes I’m looking directly at you B1G.

AIRBHG on sabbatical?
You have no doubt heard of the curse of the Angry Iowa Running Back Hating God, with the Hawkeyes losing somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 players at the position to on-field injuries and/or off-field “issues” the past several years.  The fullback position is another animal entirely, as Mark Weisman proved Saturday afternoon.  The former walk-on rushed for a career-high 217 yards — the Hawkeyes as a team rushed for 215 — and scored three of Iowa’s four touchdowns.  In the end, however, the AIRBHG had the last laugh as Central Michigan, after recovering an onside kick with less than a minute left, kicked a 47-yard field goal with three seconds left to give the Chips a stunning 32-31 win over the Hawkeyes.

LOSERS

Mizzou’s rude welcome to SEC continues
Well, that’s no way to treat the new guy, is it?  After Georgia spoiled Missouri’s SEC coming-out party two weeks ago in a physical 21-point beatdown, South Carolina dominated the Tigers in every phase of the game, pushing and bullying its way to an easy 31-10 win.  That leaves Mizzou 0-2 in conference play, with games against old-man football teams such as Alabama and Florida among others remaining.  Granted, Mizzou has faced the two preseason favorites in the SEC East, but the Tigers had been hoping to send an early-season message to rest of the league.  They’ve actually done that, but it’s not the message they would’ve preferred: simply put, the Tigers aren’t nearly ready to compete with the best the East has to offer, let alone the best that the conference serves up annually.

The forward pass in South Bend
This all you need to know about the aerial circus, replete with clowns and a bearded lady, that reared its ugly head in South Bend Saturday: the last five passes Michigan attempted in the first half were all intercepted by Notre Dame — four by Denard Robinson, one by Vincent Smith.  All told, seven were intercepted between the two teams; the two by the Irish were courtesy of starter Everett Golson, who was promptly yanked in favor of Tommy Rees.  Fortunately for the Wolverines, that was the last of the picks, although Robinson was kind enough to lose a fumble on the first possession of the third quarter.  Unfortunately, the combination of the turnovers and the Irish defense was too much to overcome as the Wolverines fell to 2-2 with the 13-6 loss.

Ramblin’ Wrecked
For the second time in four weeks, Georgia Tech has lost an ACC heartbreaker, with this one likely costing the Yellow Jackets any slim hopes they’d entertained of making a trip to the conference championship game.  In today’s loss to Miami, Tech fell behind 19-0… only to score the next 36 points… only to see The U score the final 23 points, including a touchdown in overtime that gave Miami a 42-36 win.  That game-winning touchdown came after Tech, with the initial possession of the extra session and eschewing a chippie field goal attempt, failed to convert a fourth-and-one from the two-yard line.  Combine that with a three-point overtime loss to Virginia Tech in the season opener, and the Miami game was the back-end of a fatal one-two conference sucker punch to Tech’s gut.

No Moore equals much less for Boise
With the losses of Kellen Moore, Doug Martin and a whole host of other veteran starters, it was widely assumed that Boise State would struggle, especially on offense and early on in the season.  The struggles on that side of the ball, however, have been of a magnitude that no one could’ve reasonably predicted.  During the last three years with Moore under center, the Broncos never finished fifth in scoring and didn’t average less than 42 points a season.  Prior to the ugly win over BYU, BSU was 83rd in the country averaging 26 points per game, totals that will no doubt drop following their seven-point output against the Cougars.  Chris Petersen‘s track record says he will right the Broncos’ listing offensive ship; how soon that happens will determine whether the Broncos can once again crash the BcS postseason party.

Straight up the Wazzu
The highly-anticipated Mike Leach era at Washington State has been one long and  resounding thud.  A 24-point loss to BYU to open the season, then wins over FCS-level Eastern Washington and winless UNLV by a combined total of 12 points.  And then the biggest thud of all: a home loss to Colorado, a “football team” with an under-fire head coach and had just the week before given up 55 points and over 500 yards of total offense in the first half to Fresno State.  And had lost to Colorado State and FCS-level Sacramento State.  For Wazzu to lose a game against a team like that after leading by 17 in the fourth quarter is inexcusable and unacceptable, as explained by CFT correspondent Max Cady:

TOP 25 TOO-CLOSE-FOR-COMFORT
How ranked teams endured close shaves vs. unranked opponents

– No. 2 LSU 12, Auburn 10: Facing a road game against an opponent whose lone 2012 win came against Louisiana-Monroe in overtime, the Tigers escaped with win over Auburn.  It wasn’t pretty, but in the big conference picture, a win is a win is a win.  I wouldn’t think the Tigers would drop more than a spot in the polls, but you can never really tell which way the shifting voter winds will blow.

– No. 8 West Virginia 31, Maryland 21: I was on the fence about including this one, but the woeful state of Terrapin football proved to be the tipping point.  The Terps were actually tied with the Mountaineers in Morgantown midway through the second quarter and had outgained the explosive WVU offense by 70 yards.  WVU, as expected, pulled away for a double-digit win, but the fact that the Terps hung around for so long was eyebrow raising to say the least.

– No. 16 Ohio State 29, UAB 15: Trailing 9-0 late in the first half, and leading just 21-16 late in the fourth, Braxton Miller‘s second touchdown of the game — he now has 16 scores (seven passing, nine rushing) in four games — put the game away for the Buckeyes.  A perfect 4-0 in the first season under Urban Meyer, OSU will face its first real test of the season as they travel to East Lansing to face No. 21 Michigan State.

– No. 20 Louisville 28, FIU 20: The Cardinals trailed for the first time this season — 14-7 in the middle of the second quarter — before pulling away with 21 unanswered points in its fourth win to start the season.

– No. 21 Michigan State 16, Eastern Michigan 7: Like the Buckeyes, the Spartans were trailing a lesser opponent in the first half, with MSU actually trailing the Eagles late into the third quarter.  Based on this game and the overall start to the season, if MSU is the best the Big Ten has to offer then the conference is in for a very long, extremely embarrassing 2012 bowl season.

CFT TOP FIVE
A snapshot look at how my ballot would look Monday if I, ya know, had a real vote instead of a measly and meaningless preseason poll.

1. Alabama — The Tide has outscored its opponents 168-21 in four games and likely won’t be tested for the first time this season — hello, Michigan!!! — until Oct. 27 against No. 23 Mississippi State.  Or the following weekend at No. 2 LSU. (Last week: No. 1)
Up next: vs. Ole Miss

2. Florida State — An emphatic statement win indeed, one that’s been a long-time coming for the storied football program. (Last week: No. 4)
Up next: at USF

3. Oregon — Take a Top-25 team to the woodshed?  Stay right where you are, courtesy of FSU’s own woodshedding of a ranked foe. (Last week: No. 3)
Up next: at Washington State

4. LSU — Win by two points over an unranked team, regardless of whether it’s on the road against a conference foe?  Take two steps back, please. (Last week: No. 2)
Up next: vs. Towson

5. Kansas State —  Go on the road and beat the No. 6 team in the country?  Go ahead and leapfrog numerous teams and right into this lil’ Top Five. (Last week: unranked)
Up next: vs. Kansas

COACHING HOT SEAT
A weekly look at some of the current head coaches who could most likely be an ex-head coaches by season’s end — if not sooner.

– Arkansas’ John L. Smith: The past three weeks, Smith’s Razorbacks have lost to the Sun Belt’s Louisiana-Monroe; were woodshedded by Alabama in a shutout loss; and, Saturday, lost to Rutgers.  All of those losses came at home.  For all intents and purposes, Smith was a one-year rental to bridge the gap between the dismissed Bobby Petrino and a permanent replacement.  Based on the past three games, Smith has all but assured that will indeed be the case.  And will likely burn the bridge down in the process.

– Kentucky’s Joker Phillips: An ugly loss to Florida — which included Phillips sticking with in-over-his-head quarterback Morgan Newton, he of the three first-half interceptions — dropped the Wildcats to 1-3 on the season.  Phillips will be lucky to survive the entire season, let alone making it to 2013 on the Wildcats sideline.

– Auburn’s Gene Chizik: For the first time since 1998, the Tigers have started a season 1-3.  For the first time since 1980, AU’s started SEC play 0-2.  We’ll reiterate a stat that says it all about Chizik’s tenure at AU.  With Cam Newton as his quarterback, Chizik is 14-0; without Newton, Chizik is 17-13 overall and 7-11 in SEC play.  In his career, Chizik is 22-30 as a head coach when he’s Cam-less.  If there is such a thing, a two-point setback to the No. 2 team in the country would qualify as a good loss.  For a program like AU and in a conference like the SEC, claiming moral victories is a sure sign you’re headed in the wrong direction.

HE SAID IT
“I don’t need any questions today.” — South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier, channeling his inner Lane Kiffin, after giving his opening statement and promptly walking out of his postgame press conference.

HE SAID IT, THE SEQUEL
Tennessee has always had beautiful athletes.” — Akron head coach Terry Bowden, following the Zips loss to the Vols.

FOR STATISTICAL PURPOSES ONLY

– After missing on his first throw of the day, Connor Shaw completed the final 20 passes he attempted in South Carolina’s taming of Missouri.  The FBS single-game record, incidentally, is 26 in a row set by East Carolina’s Dominique Davis in 2011.  Shaw can break Davis’ record of 36 straight completions over two games next week against Kentucky.

EJ Manuel and Chris Thompson combined to account for 585 of Florida State’s 667 yards of total offense — 380 yards passing for Manuel; 103 yards rushing for Thompson; and 102 yards rushing for Manuel.

– Oregon State’s Sean Mannion set a career-high in passing with 379 yards in the Beavers upset of UCLA.

– Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell rushed for a career-high 253 yards in the win over Eastern Michigan.

– West Virginia’s Tavon Austin, second in the country in receptions per game entering today’s tilt with Maryland, caught 13 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns in the Mountaineers’ 31-21 win over the Terps.

– A first-quarter fumble in the game against UTEP was the first fumble Montee Ball had lost during his career at Wisconsin.  The fumble came on his 655th carry as a Badger.  Ball ultimately left the game with a head injury in the first half and did not return.

Dustin Harris set a Texas A&M and SEC record with 246 yards worth of punt returns in the Aggies’ 70-14 win over South Carolina State.  He averaged nearly 31 yards on his eight returns, which included a 96-yarder for a touchdown.

– A first-half reception gave Syracuse’s Alec Lemon 140 for his career, breaking the school record of 139 previously held by Scott Schwedes (1983-86) and Shelby Hill (1990-93).

– Arizona took six trips into the red zone in its loss to Oregon, and failed to come away with any points on any of those visits.

– It took a little over 182 minutes of play this season for Iowa to record its first touchdown pass, a 10-yard toss from James Vandenberg to Kevonte Martin-Manley.  Army and UConn also threw their first touchdown passes of the season, leaving Air Force as the lone FBS team with no scoring plays through the air.

– Wake Forest’s run defense has given up a staggering 814 yards rushing the past two weeks — 385 in a loss to Florida State last weekend, 429 in a win over Army this weekend.  Last season, Alabama gave up just 938 yards in 13 games.  Speaking of which…

– An FAU touchdown with 2:46 left in the game was the first points No. 1 Alabama’s defense had given up since the third quarter of the season-opening win over Michigan, a span of 192:28.  This season, the Tide has outscored its four opponents 168-21.

– Nebraska scored 45 points and rolled up 362 yards of total offense in the first half alone of its blowout win over FCS-level Idaho State.  That number represented the most the Cornhuskers have scored in two quarters since scoring 52 points against Baylor in the first half in October of 2000.

– In Georgia’s 48-3 win over Vanderbilt, the 2012 Bulldogs became the first team in the program’s history to score 40-plus points in consecutive games.

– Ohio State’s win over UAB was the 400th for the Buckeyes in the history of Ohio Stadium.

– Florida’s win over Kentucky was the school’s 26th straight over the Mildcats.  In other streak news, Penn State has now won 30 consecutive games it’s played against Temple.

– On the strength of its 17-10 win over Syracuse, Minnesota has started a season 4-0 for the first time since 2008.  And, if you want to talk about the state of the Big Ten, digest this little nugget: the Gophers and Northwestern are the conference’s only unbeaten teams that are eligible for the 2012 postseason.  Ouch.  The good news for the Big Ten?  Conference play begins next weekend, so the league is guaranteed to win half its games nearly every weekend.

– With a 31-19 win over Colorado State, Utah State has started a season 3-1 for the first time since 1978.  Senior running back Kerwynn Williams rushed for a career-high 205 yards and scored two touchdowns in the victory.

– North Carolina’s seven sacks in a win over East Carolina was the most for a Tar Heels team since 2000.

– Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke (no relation) threw for 730 yards and accounted for 791 yards of total offense in a 64-61 win over New Hampshire.  Those totals are the most ever in a single game at the Div. 1 level — FBS and FCS — and the third-most at any level.

– Derrick Henry, the No. 1 “athlete” in the Class of 2012, set a state of Florida record with 502 yards rushing in his high school football game Friday night.  Henry, who decommitted from Georgia earlier this year and is now believed to be leaning toward Alabama, broke the record of 501 yards set by Shawn Smith of Tampa Bay Tech back in 1985.

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16 Responses to “The Fifth Quarter: Week 4 Rewind”
  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 23, 2012 2:38 AM

    South Carolina proved that they are one of the main reasons the SEC East is in the midst of a resurgence. The Gamecocks played extremely well at home and I am definitely talking with my long time friends, the Williams brothers who played for South Carolina back in the days of Billy Cannon about maybe taking it easy on my Bayou lads when they come to Columbia. That is a road game I am definitely not looking forward to. Congratulations to the Gamecocks on a great win!

    Notre Dame made alot of folks very happy. They are off to a start that they haven’t had in years. Their remaining schedule is brutal, but this is a very good start.

    LSU almost fumbled away a victory, not that Auburn’s defense did not deserve credit for both. LSU’s defense won the game for LSU, though the offense produced stats, but the stats can be (and with 2 points to spare!) almost were voided by the turnovers. Miles stated it well that this close hard fought win would teach his young team (more than 10 freshmen played) more than anything else he could have told them.

    Montgomery said the veterans had to take authority and lead the freshmen and sophomores who had never played an SEC game on the road, much less in Auburn. Miles put some perspective on it by saying in his 8 years as coach at LSU, LSU had played at the Plains of Alabama 4 times and now the record was 2-2.

    Congratulations to Alabama which continues to break and set records for its offense and defense and….win! Saban proves his coaching and the team proves their excellence each week.

    Texas A&M did wonderfully well, though the SEC schedule is what will really count and the games on the road in the SEC are what are really tough.

    The Florida Gators are for real. Driskill is entering maturity and another zone. Florida has an offense and defense, reminding me of some aspects of their last championship season. Without any question, Kentucky never challenged them, but it appeared they were ready if they had.

    This is mainly an SEC posting, but I have to congratulate Kansas State in their last quarter scoring 2 TDs and defeating Oklahoma. That was a stunner! “I played pretty terrible,” Landry Jones said. “The majority of this game is in my hands. I didn’t take care of the ball or make enough plays. This one is probably on me.” Landry had much to say in his teams loss.

    A shout out to Oregon for a well played game, though I am trying ignore the Nike unis.

    All these upsets which drop teams from the top 10 and 25 or advance them would not be so if the rankings waited until a week or two into October to rank them. How many “top 10″ teams have fallen already this season?

  2. pricecube says: Sep 23, 2012 2:56 AM

    Not sure how Dooley escapes the hot seat top 3. I guess the competition is very stiff. That win over the Akron Zips was ugly. They were right there for a little more than three quarters. Terry Bowden is clearly a better coach than CDD. He took a team of 1-2 star athletes and held his own for 45 minutes against a team of legitimate SEC caliber talent. Bowden makes less than 400k a yr. Dooley is making well over 2 million a yr and has 4-5 million dollar buyout. It is mind boggling.

  3. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Sep 23, 2012 5:10 AM

    @pricecube…,
    If you want to hate on Coach Dooley because you think UT overpaid him, then you need to mention Iowa’s HC, Kirk Ferentz, who has an annual salary of $3.65 million per year through 2020, with a huge buy out clause in his contract, he is the sixth highest paying coach in the country. They’re 2-2 right now and the two wins is not worth bragging about… For the money that he is making, Iowa should demand nothing but excellent from him..that my friend is mind boggling!

  4. suprmous says: Sep 23, 2012 7:01 AM

    southernpatriots, I’ve gotta concur with ya re us this past wkn. Had it not been for Big Sam and the rest of the vets I don’t know if we would’ve survived or not, most likely not and we’d be banged up big time on top of it. I certainly hope everybody gets their act together fore this comin wkn or we’ll be on the outside lookin in for sure.

    Have a good wk all you Good People.

  5. igottz5onit says: Sep 23, 2012 8:39 AM

    How come you guys keep getting the Clemson-FSU score wrong? This is the second article I have seen where its posted as 49-31 when it was 49-37, not really the “thumping” you proclaim but a definitive victory none the less.

  6. florida727 says: Sep 23, 2012 9:19 AM

    Always look forward to the Fifth Quarter write-ups, but I do have to disagree with the rankings.

    While I’m a Florida (as in “state of”, not just Gators) guy first and foremost, I don’t see FSU leapfrogging Oregon into the #2 slot. The ‘Noles gave up a lot of yards and a lot of points, even though their win was certainly convincing. Oregon not only did its usual video game performance on offense, but they shut out the #22 ranked team defensively. In other words, the Quack Attack is not just a one-trick pony. Just because they’re on the left coast doesn’t mean we don’t give them their due.

    With all due respect to my “southernpatriots” friends, I’d also (at least for this week) drop LSU behind K-State after what Bill Snyder’s bunch did ON THE ROAD to Oklahoma.

    Therefore…
    1) Alabama
    2) Oregon
    3) Florida State
    4) Kansas State
    5) LSU

    BTW, I so desperately wanted to take Idaho State +65. Good thing I didn’t. Darn Cornhuskers.

    Now, if we could just figure out a way to get rid of Sunday through Friday…

  7. southernpatriots says: Sep 23, 2012 9:37 AM

    florida727:

    “Now, if we could figure out a way to get rid of Sunday through Friday…”

    ha. Best line on this thread and maybe on all of CFT for the year!

    Can’t argue with your top 5. Can see the reasoning behind each one. This next weekend will stir it all up again. It really get interesting, not that it isn’t already.

    No offense taken in putting LSU 5th or anyone ahead of LSU. LSU just about threw away (well to be more precise, fumbled away) the game. LSU’s defense came through.

    Miles and Chizik both had many classy and poignant comments following the game. Miles said this was the best kind of game and results for his young team (more than 10 freshmen played) to demonstrate what it is to travel and play in the SEC, how important it is not to make silly and preventable penalties, and many other things.

    Playing at Auburn, after a short time just before the game, their student assistant coach died. My heart goes out to Coach Chizik, the young coach’s family and friends, and all the War Eagle family.

    Must get out of here. I cooked breakfast for all those still homeless due to the hurricane this morning as well as the volunteers and power company workers trying to get electricity back on for thousands.

  8. ernie ernie says: Sep 23, 2012 10:12 AM

    Wisconsin sucked an barely beat a U Tep team at home. The game was a lot closer than the score indicated. U Tep had a chance that’s for sure.
    Maybe Bulemia can go find another QB who played three years and graduated and has a year eligibility left like he did with Wilson last year. Oh, I’m sorry, he did and this year the guy sucks.

  9. ernie ernie says: Sep 23, 2012 10:18 AM

    I for one an tired of the patsy games, especially the ones the big ten plays. I can see one or two to help the smaller college programs raise money for their own programs, but hey. Three and four patsy games.
    Lets get some football going and some real matchups in the big ten. Utep, Lousiana Monroe, Furman? How about a girls college?

  10. vincentbojackson says: Sep 23, 2012 10:49 AM

    ernie ernie says:
    I for one am tired of the patsy games, especially the ones the big ten plays.

    ————————–

    Are they really “patsy games” when the Big Ten struggles to pull away every week? I think the bigger issue is how a team like Ohio State consistently plays all of their non conference games at home. If the NCAA had any credibility they would mandate that everyone plays half of their schedule on the road.

  11. manchestermiracle says: Sep 23, 2012 11:38 AM

    The only “resounding” thing I saw in FSU’s win was Clemson’s defense collapsing after playing very well into the second half. Since when is a 12-point win, after trailing for a good portion of the game, considered a “thumping?”

    Six turnovers by Michigan (a team humiliated by ‘Bama) and ND scores all of 13 points?

    The pic of the ‘Canes holding up a “defense” sign after giving up 36 is pretty funny.

    LSU by two on the road helps explain why the SEC doesn’t schedule road games out-of-conference.

    Is WV the next #8 to go down? A ten-point win at home over the Terps does not bode well.

    K-State was impressive in Norman. Snyder’s amazing.

    Spurrier was snotty long before Kiffin came on the national scene. Kiffin likely learned to snub news conferences while at Tennessee.

    The Oregon defense was less responsible for shutting down Arizona in the red zone than was UA’s own inept offense.

  12. manchestermiracle says: Sep 23, 2012 11:41 AM

    Ernie and Vince: You could just as easily be talking about SEC out-of-conference games. Lots of teams pay Div. II schools to come to their house as tune-ups for the coming season. There are only a handful of Div. I teams that have never scheduled an FCS school. Yet those games still get counted as wins for the FBS schools.

  13. normtide says: Sep 23, 2012 12:53 PM

    Wow, another wild college weekend ( and wow again, I can remember a time when that ment something totally differant to me. I had heard about the Auburn tragedy a little before kickoff, and my prayers to his family. Whatever doubts you have about Chizik, know that he is a class act. As for lsu, any road win at AU is a good win. That place gets ferocious. Metz got a little rattled at qb, but great teams get the w’s. USCe impressed me, mizz is starting a long road. K-state looks really good, I always like a gritty team. There are still about ten teams that could end up the best in football.

  14. tigersgeaux says: Sep 23, 2012 1:05 PM

    normtide:

    Agree with your assessment.

    Did they announce the Auburn student coaches’ passing in the pre-game or during the game? I missed some parts of the game but did not hear an announcement during the game, and after it all wondered how Chizik and Auburn played so well and focused. It was Metz’s first road SEC game (rookie) as it was about 15 freshmen players for LSU. The freshmen had never been in an SEC game, much less a SEC road game before. Somehow the veteran defensive linemen and others took authority and shut down the Auburn offense.

  15. pricecube says: Sep 23, 2012 2:10 PM

    @crazyasian

    I agree with you that Kirk Ferentz is overpaid, however he has far more positives on his resume than Dooley. I cannot tell why anyone thought Dooley was qualified for the job other than his last name and having worked as a position coach for Saint Nick. I imagine you did not watch the Tennessee Akron game. If you had seen it you would understand.

  16. frank booth says: Sep 23, 2012 3:11 PM

    ernie ernie says:
    Sep 23, 2012 10:18 AM
    I for one an tired of the patsy games, especially the ones the big ten plays. I can see one or two to help the smaller college programs raise money for their own programs, but hey. Three and four patsy games.
    Lets get some football going and some real matchups in the big ten. Utep, Lousiana Monroe, Furman? How about a girls college?
    ====================================
    If you cared to look around, you’d see that the same thing happens in the SEC and other conferences as well.

    Michigan did play Alabama this year, and Michigan State played Notre Dame.

    Florida plays several patsies this year, as does Wisconsin and Ohio State.

    It changes from year-to-year. Some years more patsies, some years less.

    You seem really whiny about the Big Ten. You pop up on every thread bitching about them. You clearly have thin skin, and I enjoy that. The SEC has better teams. We all know that. What is your need to keep harping on it? You sound like a 4-year old.

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