Monday, November 03, 2008

Weekend Carnage Report

Well, well, well. Quite the little weekend in this little sport known as college football. Epic finishes in the Big 10, Notre Dame going down in 4 OTs to Pitt, and maybe the best game in recent memory as Texas Tech said "Yarrrr!!!" to Texas' number one ranking. Not 72 hours after the weekend kicked off, two coaches have announced they are saying goodbye at seasons' end... one Tom Amstutz at Toledo, and the biggest one... Phil Fulmer at Tennessee. The breaking news about Fulmer says that he and UT officials reached a "mutual agreement" about his future at the school. I'm skeptical. But it's Monday and time for the week that was in college football.

The Good
  • Texas Tech. In a win over Texas, the Red Raiders announced they were not only offensively minded as Harrel and co. threw the ball all over the field, but they also played defense when it counted, didn't fold under a mounting Texas resurgence, and were able to exorcise some demons that came with their neighbors from Austin. Mike Leach has always been known as an eccentric coach. Now he can be known as a great coach as well.
  • Florida. Lovefest from ESPN aside, this is a damn good football team. After pasting Kentucky last week 63-5, the Gators took 6th ranked Georgia behind the woodshed to the tune of 49-10. This Florida team is a missed extra point away from being undefeated and the number one team in the country.
  • West Virginia/Pitt. Two schools that have quietly come back from early season shockers to post their claim for the Big East's conference title along side Cincinnati. Who would have thought after the first few weeks that these would be the two teams battling it out for a BCS berth.
The Bad
  • Indiana. In what has become habit for the Hoosiers, they give a MAC school their first win over a BCS conference school. Following in Ball State's footsteps, Central Michigan goes to Bloomington and takes out IU. Bill Lynch strikes again and wrecks another football program.
  • Tulsa. The Golden Hurricanes fell from the nation's unbeatens, as Arkansas handed them loss number one in Fayetteville. Tulsa's offense flew high, to the sound of 528 yards, but three costly turnovers sealed their fate against the Hogs.
  • Washington/Washington St. It's hard living if you're a football fan in the Apple State. The two state schools are a combined 1-16 this season and were outscored Saturday 114-0. That's mind-numbingly awful, the likes of which are hard to recover from.
The Ugly
  • Kentucky. Anytime you can walk out of Starkville with a win, it's a good thing, but Kentucky wins no style points for their 14-13 victory. The win got Kentucky to 6-3, which makes them bowl-eligible and heading to their third straight postseason. An epic feat, but an ugly win.
  • Utah. A 13-10 win over New Mexico keeps the Utes in the hunt for the BCS and undefeated on the season, but with pivotal game against TCU and BYU upcoming, the Utes will need to have a much better effort than Saturday.
  • Missouri. The Tigers won Saturday against Baylor, but needed a late field goal for a 3-point win. This is the same team that many were lauding as a potential threat to win the Big 12 title just a few weeks ago. Perhaps Gary Pinkel is looking over his resume rather than prepping his team for games against cupcakes like Baylor.
OTP Helmet Stickers
From RV:
  • LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh: 169 rush yards and a TD in Pitt's 4 OT win against Notre Dame in South Bend.
  • Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech: 10 catches for 127 yards and a game-winning touchdown in the upset of No. 1 Texas in Lubbock.
  • Brian Brunner, QB, Central Michigan: Replacing starter Dan Lefevour and throws for a school-record 485 yards passing with 4 TDs. He also ran one in too. Impressive.
From Alan:
  • Graham Harrell, QB, Texas Tech: 36-53, 474 yards, 2 TD in win over Texas.
  • Justin Siller, QB, Purdue: 343 total yards and 4 TDs against the Michigan Wolverines in Purdue's victory. Orchestrated a hook-and-lateral to perfection.
  • Tim Tebow, QB, Florida: 10-13 154 yards and 2 TD through the air, rushes for 3 scores as well, breaking Emmitt Smith's school record for rushing TDs in the process.

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