That was a lot closer than I thought it would be. I was starting to think Clemson had the Noles’ number. I was almost sad when Florida State pulled it out in the extra frame since I live for the upsets in college football. Always fun to watch. And as for the QB situation, as much as he was decent enough to help the Noles win, Sean Maguire showed why he shouldn’t take the field again unless (God forbid) Winston either gets injured or does something stupid again. I give credit to pretty much everyone else on that field for the Noles before I give credit to Maguire. He looked like he wasn’t ready; he looked like he couldn’t handle it; he had that deer in the headlights look often that night. But then again, he can honestly say he was the QB on a team that beat a top 25 team on an ABC Saturday night college football game. Sometimes life isn’t fair.
And what about Oregon? – The late game also had the air of a classic finish. Crazy Mike Leach and his Fightin’ Wazzus kept in it with, who I believe is, the best team in the nation. To lose by a touchdown against that Ducks team is pretty impressive. Then again, the Cougs should have had at least a shot at tying the game but thanks to the refs that didn’t happen. I mean, how does every official on the field miss the Oregon DB basically molesting the Cougar receiver on that play late in the fourth? An atrocious non-call.
Not a good day to be a Tiger – Clemson gave it their all but came up short. Auburn looked not as good as many think they are on Thursday. LSU was shocked (somewhat) against Mississippi State. Missouri was shocked (absolutely) against Indiana of all teams. I’m pretty sure many other teams named Tigers lost or didn’t play that well this weekend also.
A little shaky in Tuscaloosa – That final score is misleading. Yes, the Tide won by 21 but the Gators hung in there when they absolutely shouldn’t have. Blake Sims had one of the best quarterbacking days in Alabama history, yet didn’t finish the game due to injury and his defense sure didn’t help him out. They can’t play this way against a Texas A&M or an Auburn or a Mississippi State or else their chances at a semi-final spot diminish drastically.
The Big Ten is BACK! – OK not really. ESPN went on and on about how much better the Big Ten’s record was this weekend. But what did the conference really accomplish? Other than the Hoosiers with a massive upset of Missouri, nothing impressive really happened and Michigan got beat up by Utah. The conference is basically going to have to hitch their bags to Michigan State and hope Sparty can run the table and sneak into the CFP (with a bit of help of course).
What to do with BYU – Again, the Cougs do not blow out an opponent they probably should have. Virginia is better than last year, I will give them that. Mike London gets all the credit in the world for turning this around and probably saving his job if they can get to a bowl. The Cougs (of the Mormon variety) should run the table this season. Does that ensure a playoff spot? The way they have played I would almost venture to say no unless some drastic things happen in other Power Five conferences.
Thanks a lot Pitt – My predictions are usually not that great…at best. But I was sure Pitt would start 8-0 and I felt like a bit like one of those ESPN talking heads going out on a limb. When they’re right they look like geniuses. Pitt let Iowa hang around too long and blew a game they should have won.
Who’s perfect? – OK maybe that’s a misnomer. None of the college football teams are perfect. But for some, their record is (so far). 25 to be exact. Even though we are still in September that is a lot of undefeated teams. Expect that number to be cut by at least a dozen in the next three weeks.
It sounds like people who are Rogers customers are getting frustrated with the Super Sports Pak and the somewhat lack of coverage they get for college football. I don’t understand how Rogers can’t show SEC Network games but can show ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU games. Same company if they didn’t know that. This means it’s a choice with Rogers, not with what they can show. I still believe they’d be smarter to split up the Super Sports Pack into individual sports or smaller groups. I mean I love football and would hate to have some of that money go to getting an MLB package I want no part of. Seems ridiculous. Especially in this day and age where cable is getting hammered on all sides. The last huge bastion of true cable-TV watchers and subscribers are sports fans. Until there is a GOOD way of watching live sports in another fashion in this country, we will all need cable (and spare me the garbage ideas I have heard on some forums…in Canada, there still isn’t a GOOD way of getting college football especially since we can’t get ESPN3, GamePlan (which isn’t that great to begin with) or the WatchESPN app). So why would they play with the emotions of a subsection of sports fans (ones who like college football) and exclude games that they have rights for but for which they’ve decided not to show. Sounds like the way they used the FOX college football rights…as in to not use them at all. Completely ridiculous if you ask me. But hey, I’m on Bell Fibe so I have to say they have finally stepped up and showed what they can show. TSN has also stepped up but they are owned by Bell and have very little hockey to show so there’s that. Hopefully Rogers wakes up but we are already four weeks in so that seems a bit unlikely now.
Should be out with the schedules Wednesday although both Rogers and Bell aren’t making it easy on me this season. As for now, we will get Texas Tech-Oklahoma State on Thursday night on TSN1 and TSN3 and Appalachian State-Georgia Southern on the specialty pack. Oh, and some D-II action for the Rogers customers that get CBS Sports Network. Also, Friday night looks like Fresno State-New Mexico on the specialty pack and that’s it for this point. There’s a few games set for Saturday so far so I hope the majority of them will be ready for me to report in a couple days time.