Posted by Dr Fro 10:09 AM
The Bowl Season is nearly wrapped up. I figured I'd get my shots in before UT provides material for making fun of. Here is my awards list for the bowls so far:
Craziest ending: ECU-Kentucky - A fumble returned for a TD that was called back, another fumble returned for a TD that should have been called back but wasn't and a guy accidently kneeling on the 1-yd line on a KO return all happened in 1 minute of football.
Best highlight that they didn't play over and over on ESPN: Clemson back, Chris Spiller, returned a kick and shook off 7 tacklers - The eleventh tackle-attempter was one of 4 guys in on the final, successful attempt at a tackle.
Strangest decision: Texas Tech runs a QB sneak on 4th and 4 - Leach said he called the "no-play, make them jump offsides" play, but Harrell misunderstood. The funny thing is (to me, at least) that Harrell went ahead with what he thought was the call because he is used to getting calls from the sideline that are baffling. Had any other coach called the play to any other QB and the QB thought it was a QB sneak, that QB would have called timeout or at least done the "What are you saying?" sign back to the sideline.
Worst tackling: Big XII - Whether it was Nebraska being in position and missing the tackle or Tech defenders being way out of position and diving at the ankles of Rebels, the Big XII's defenses have thus far been unimpressive. Nebraska's failures were well-hidden in the box score by Clemson's inability to run an offense.
Most lopsided first half stats: UConn/Buff - UConn had 7 fumbles, 5 of them lost and 77 yards given up in penalties in the first half. Buffalo had 0 turnovers and 5 yards given up in penalties.
Best imitation of A&M Football: South Carolina Cocks - Quarterback Stephen Garcia showed he was smellier than Chris Smelley by throwing for 9 of 18 for 79 yards....and three interceptions. The Old Ball Coach was piiiiiiiiiisssed.
Biggest NC pretender: Tech - On a two-day stretch that saw Penn State, Alabama and Tech exposed, I have to give this to Tech since they flopped against the easiest competition. The worst equipment manager award also goes to Tech. Their players were slipping all day long but the Rebels were not. I woke up in Dallas on Friday and saw that the grass was wet. I guess their equipment manager did not. Maybe he did, but since he is from Lubbock he recognized neither grass nor water.
Most missed player: Andre Smith, Alabama - The best O-Lineman in football did not play on Friday, and it showed. The Bama O-Line collapsed on nearly every play.
Any chance of getting a Fiesta Bowl and/or National Championship preview/analysis prior to game time(s)?
I am not feeling as confident about my Sooners as I was going into the bowl season.... BigXII has disappointed.
And speaking of conferences, I am not buying into the "Pac-10 is not as bad as you thought" argument ESPN is spouting since they went undefeated in bowls... I think SC proved they are clearly a top 4, Arizona's win over BYU was impressive - but Oregon St. over Pitt in a 3-0 game is meaningless, Cal's win over the U comes with footnotes, and I was too busy watching the Texas Bowl to watch the Holiday Bowl but I never questioned Oregon's legitimacy.