Posted by Dr Fro 10:41 AM
College Football Weekend in Review
Q: How about a little Q&A?
Q: How does Texas Tech throw for 646 yards and lose a game?
A: The wrong answer is that Michael Crabtree dropped a pass in the endzone at the end of the game. The right answer is that Tech's safety, Joe Garcia, needs to go to remedial open-field-tackling school. His missed tackle of OSU's tight end, Brandon Pettigrew, was not only the game-losing play, it was an embarrassment to all attempts at defense - even Tech's pathetic defense. Until Tech can learn to stop teams (OSU had 366 yards rushing), they will never be any good.
Q: How does the Big East lose Miami and FSU and become better than the ACC?
A: It is a trick question - a red herring. People say that the Big East is is good based on the "success" of WVU, Louisville and Rutgers. WVU is good, no doubt, but Louisville and Rutgers are not. If you gave 10 monkeys an IQ test, one of them would get the highest score. A couple other monkeys would get the second and third best scores. Similiarly, somebody has to get first, second and third place in the Big East, but these monkeys aren't actually good. The other half of the red herring is that any time a conference experiences success by no-name teams and failures by big-name teams, people incorrectly claim that the conference sucks. Well FSU and Miami may not be your father's FSUs and Miamis, but there are plenty of teams in the ACC that would put a whooping on the monkeys in the Big East. Don't believe me? Check back here in January.
Q: Why is it that when Vondrell McGee gets the ball, he is already at top speed, but when Jamaal Charles gets the ball, he is at a standstill?
A: I can think of two possible explanations. The first is that this is by design. That is, the plays run to Vondrell are designed to give me him the ball in stride. Call me stupid, but isn't that how to play football? That's how we did it when I played. If that is the answer, then we need to fire all of UT's coaches for being stupid. That, or somebody should tell them that when you have a track star at running back, he should use his speed to fly by opponents, a la Vondrell. The second possible answer is that this not by design but by execution. I find that hard to believe, but if it is true, then we need to change the depth chart.
Q: How good is the Big XII?
A: Not very. After OU, we have UT that has struggled in 3 of 4 games, Nebraska who got thumped by USC and scared by Ball State and A&M who, according to their coach, hasn't started their season yet. When an above average Big XII team gets thumped by a "down" Miami team, then either the Big XII (after OU) sucks really bad or the ACC is better than we give it credit for. Or both.
Q: How smart is Kirk Herbstreit?
A: Dude predicted in GameDay that the scene was set for an upset in Tuscaloosa. Dude was right. This proves not only that he is as smart as he is good looking (according to Wife), it really is true that on any given Saturday in the SEC, the mighty can fall. As such, I will continue my belief that the best team in the nation, LSU, will not go undefeated this year.
Q: Can you explain this to me?
Q: What are the two best signs at GameDay so far this year?
A: The first one said "#1 USC, #2 LSU, #3 OU - Sound Familiar?" The second one said "Total Rushing Yards - Notre Dame: -8; Me: 0" Oh, how Knute Rockne must be rolling over in his grave.
And in the news of the weird, in light of Graham Harrel's 646 yards yesterday, the DMN had a chart showing the five highest single-game passing yards in NCAA history, all five were from (former) SWC schools. Odd.