First up, judging from listening to the regulars at the bar I frequent, I think people may be making too much of Texas’ squeaker against a hit-and-miss Aggies football team. The Longhorns are no. 2 in the country (or, at least, the best non-SEC team in the country, per the metrics) and the Aggies are one of the few and proud to lose to Colorado this season. In fact, they’ve gotten pasted by the haphazard defenses of Oklahoma, Kansas State and Arkansas, but hung 39 on the Longhorns. Embarassing, yes. Yet in watching that game, it just seemed more that A&M had the perfect gameplan coming in and killed the Longhorns with expertly executed QB draws for which the Longhorn D wasn’t prepared. I don’t think they were “exposed” as such, but I guess forking over 39 points doesn’t mean that there’s not some new reasons for worrying. Further, the defense owes the offense some steaks. For Ohio State this season, it’s mostly been the other way around.
Has Ron Zook’s Illini team invented a new style of defense? I’ve never seen the Cover Negative 1 executed to perfection. Man was that awful to watch. Further, if this quote from Illinois DC Dan Disch isn’t a misprint, then he should probably hand in his badge and gun.
The Nike Pro Combat jerseys for this weekend were mostly just putrid (see: Florida, Miami, Va Tech). By comparison, ours looked pretty good.
Do you hate the pro-SEC banter from its mouthbreathing Skoal-sucking fanbase as much as I do? Well, sit back and enjoy them boasting over how two of their 6-5 teams knocked off the ACC divisional champions Georgia Tech and Clemson this weekend. Watching Georgia’s meek offensive line blow up Georgia Tech’s defense on the ground was stunning.
On that conference note, the Iron Bowl did corroborate what I’ve felt about Mark Ingram for awhile: People overstate his contributions to that team. That’s not to say Ingram isn’t good; he is. Still, all that separates him from the freshman Trent Richardson is an additional year in the program, evidenced in better patience and more physical maturity. The offensive line is the star of that show; Ingram isn’t. For 3 quarters, the offensive line wasn’t helping and Ingram had no rabbit to pull out of his hat. Alabama won that game in a fashion that suggests they may very well win the national title (that drive was impressive), but Ingram hurt his Heisman chances by looking like he was running scared in the second half. The switch to Richardson for, in essence, the rest of the game was a wise move by Saban, one done before Ingram came off looking like he hurt his hand.
Helping his chances? Toby Gerhart. For the record, I’ve been on his bandwagon since the beginning of last year when my former colleague and I went to the bar and caught their 2008 season opener against Oregon State, watching him attack his running lanes to the tune of 19 carries for 147 yards. He even lovingly called him the “White Beanie”. Well, White Beanie mauled Notre Dame up front, even when Notre Dame’s strong safety and linebacker corp were nominally making the right decisions. He trucked safeties, linebackers, carried the line with him. Hell, he even threw a TD pass (that was well caught too). Even knowing Nick Saban’s offensive philosophy, I think he’d swap Ingram for Gerhart in a heartbeat (knowing full well that a coach will always have his player’s back). Unless Tebow or Ingram do something spectacular in what should be a low-scoring SEC championship game, I feel the Heisman race is a two-horse race between McCoy and Gerhart. Or, at least, that’s what my vote would look like. I have Gerhart and McCoy tied for first, then Ingram, Kellen Moore, and Tim Tebow rounding out the visitors to New York.I’ve had it there for over a year now. Back when this blog was a two-man show, it was titled the Give Us Money Campaign ®. It remains that in spirit, though the “Us” is now more of a metaphorical “Us”. While you’re actually giving me, and only me, money, it benefits you all (thus: “Us”) by making you happy. Seriously, try it. Give me some money and just observe how happy me having more money will make you feel.
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To incentivize you even further (as if the other reasons were not sufficient), here’s the most random game I have in my collection: the 1980 season opener against Syracuse. It’s one of my prized possessions in my collection precisely because it’s so obscure.
Maybe if you give me some more money, I can dig up some more of these moldy oldies from Buckeye lore.