NCAA Football 2013-2014 discussion

Fedaykin98 wrote:
Fedaykin98 wrote:
Stele wrote:

Did I just hear that stat correctly? Arkansas has given up 111 unanswered points?! :shock:

True. Gave up a ton in a row to S Carolina, got shut out by Bama, now Auburn has scored first in this one.

Streak over now, by the way.

The game was a blast despite the 18 point loss. A couple of bad breaks caused by youth and inexperience go the other way it's a winnable game. I got home and ESPN was playing the clip of Saint Gus complaining about players faking injuries to slow down his offense next to a video of his guy taking one of the most exaggerated dives I've ever seen. You have to see the clip of him finishing the last play out of bounds, walking over to midfield just fine and then looking at the sideline for the cue to dive. This gif is enjoyable enough.

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Gus Malzhan is a complete scumbag.

Arkansas just needs a year or two and we'll be back to being at least competitive. There are only about 22 kids on campus from Petrino's last two recruiting classes, and a lot of those guys just don't fit into the new system well. Petrino's system is great at getting talent out of less talented guys, but without his precision they just can't make plays.

We'll see what happens, there's a lot of good things happening at Arkansas right now beyond just the football program.

i38warhawk wrote:

I got home and ESPN was playing the clip of Saint Gus complaining about players faking injuries to slow down his offense next to a video of his guy taking one of the most exaggerated dives I've ever seen. You have to see the clip of him finishing the last play out of bounds, walking over to midfield just fine and then looking at the sideline for the cue to dive. This gif is enjoyable enough.

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Gus Malzhan is a complete scumbag.

To be "fair" it doesn't look like he's trying to slow down the pace of the offense so much as have a late substitution without burning a timeout. Watch #90 haul ass for the sidelines about the same time that #43 hits the deck. Not disagreeing, just speculating.

Here's the clip:

Your updated BCS standings, now featuring Florida State at No. 2.

The only other change: Miami fell from 7 to 11.

And, yeah, Louisville dropped a spot.

So did A&M (three spots). Huh.

I'll just let Stele say it for me, he's got the practice.

Well we were on a bye week. And we moved up 1 spot in the coaches poll. So... I don't know...

I mean last week we won by 31 on the road, dropped a spot in the coaches poll, and moved up one in the BCS...

None of it makes any damn sense.

At this point I hope all 6 (7?) remaining unbeatens win out. And then even the 4 team playoff will look stupid, and we can start planning for the move to 8 and then 16.

The BCS can't go away fast enough.

Stele wrote:

Well we were on a bye week. And we moved up 1 spot in the coaches poll. So... I don't know...

I mean last week we won by 31 on the road, dropped a spot in the coaches poll, and moved up one in the BCS...

None of it makes any damn sense.

At this point I hope all 6 (7?) remaining unbeatens win out. And then even the 4 team playoff will look stupid, and we can start planning for the move to 8 and then 16.

The BCS can't go away fast enough.

Yeah but didn't they sign up for the 4 team playoff for 7 years? So we'll still have 7 years before we can even hope for a 8 or 16 one?

Here in Berkeley its so bad that we are patting ourselves on the back for only losing by 5 points to Arizona 33-28. I left the stadium smiling and saying "well at least we were in it till the end". That's pretty pathetic. On the plus side, our Defense showed signs of life despite giving up 30+ points yet again. The 33 points is the lowest we've given up to an FBS team this season and we made a number of 3rd down stops. Starting the game up 7-0 was the first lead against an FBS team since our opening drive in week 1 against Northwestern.

Despite its improvements though Cal Defense continues to give up huge plays on little screens with horrible positioning and tackling technique. A team should give up a 1st down on 3rd and 20, 1 or 2 times a season and I'm pretty sure its at least a weekly occurance for Cal.

What was particularly disappointing was that while Cal D was playing lights out (by our standards) for the first 30 minutes, our offense couldn't score. The Bear Raid was sold as a high scoring offense and a lot of times we just look lost. Jared Goff through an inexcusable INT on 4th and 2 into triple coverage trying to go for 6 points when we just needed the first down. Makes the Cal faithful really question whether or not the system will work.

Ball State getting votes in both AP and USA Today poll. Chirp! Chirp!

Also does anybody here ever go to a D2 or D3 football game? For the last three years we've been going to watch the son of good friends of ours who is an OL for the DePauw Tigers.

The games are usually close and entertaining, the atmosphere pretty much like a good high school game, and at least at DePauw you can't beat the ticket price. All their homes games are free except for the Monon Bell game against Wabash College.

It's Bama-LSU week, and the A&M game is conveniently a 230 game, so I can catch the former on TV after.

Big games Thursday night, too. This is going to be a hell of a lot better than last week. I'll bet Enix will give us the full 411.

Most important game of the week for me (and every other Louisville fan): Houston @ #21 UCF, 7pm, ESPN2.

Sucks when your conference championship and BCS hopes are out of your hands. But so it is... we are all Houston fans now, except for the week we play them.

Stele wrote:

we are all Houston fans now

I can get down with that.

FSU fans will be very tuned into the Thursday night game, and also the Bama / LSU game. I had earlier penned (typed?) a missive on FSU (likely) being shut out with their best team, maybe ever. Then I deleted it due to abject homerism. Can't say I won't be rooting against the two teams above us, but if they win out (which I think they will) then there is no argument that they should meet for the title. It just sucks that in the year before the playoffs, a 4 team playoff would be perfect to end this year.

As an Oregon fan, I know that feeling. Exhibit A: Last year, when I was stuck rooting for USC to beat ND.
Playoffs can't come fast enough.

I don't know why the BCS commissioners don't arrange to just start that a year early, just modifying the current system a tad. Who would object? And who cares about that jerk?

Going to OU/Baylor this week.

Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that FSU could beat Bama or Oregon, or even OSU, but Damn, wouldn't it be cool to see them try, rather than play Wisconsin or UCF in a bowl game (the teams that ESPN are currently forecasting)

Looking to be a good weekend of games. I'm pretty interested in the BYU/Wisconsin game with Andersen's ties to Utah and how good (I think) BYU has gotten. Certainly glad we played them earlier in the year when we were healthier and they hadn't quite figured out things yet.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

I'll bet Enix will give us the full 411.

Since you asked for it:

Top 25 game which boogle will be attending
No. 10 Oklahoma at No. 6 Baylor, 7:30 Thursday (Fox)

Rest of the Top 25 schedule
No. 3 Oregon at No. 5 Stanford. 9 Thursday (ESPN)
No. 13 LSU at No. 1 Alabama, 8 (CBS)

BCS watch
No. 2 Florida State at Wake Forest, noon (ABC)
... I'd say FSU would have to be careful here, but Wake was miserable last week against Syracuse after playing a respectable month's worth of games
Ohio State is off (jerks)

ACC game of the week
Virginia Tech at No. 11 Miami, 7 (ESPN)
... this game goes a long way toward deciding who FSU will crush in the ACC title game. I come from a family of Tech fans, but VT is miserable to watch this year, so root for the 'Canes.

Best SEC game not involving Alabama
Mississippi State at No. 15 Texas Agricultural & Manziel-canic, 3:30 (CBS)

Games between traditional powers who aren't ranked
Nebraska at Michigan, 3:30 (ABC)
Texas* at West Virginia, 7 (Fox)

(Note that these are BCS and not AP rankings)

Verdict: A strange week. It's easily the best Thursday night slate of the season, and maybe ever. But Saturday's games, outside of the ones you have specific rooting interests in, aren't all that great, especially for the casual fan. (The ACC games are all atrocious -- every single one of them.) The Saturday night game, however, figures to be pretty darn good and might make up for an otherwise weak Saturday.

I don't know about y'all, but I think I'm pulling for LSU here. Everyone figures the national title game will be Alabama against either FSU or Oregon. Why not take 'Bama out of the mix and go for a Noles-Ducks showdown?

* Could someone explain to me how Texas is leading the Big 12 ahead of Baylor (No. 5 in the AP poll), Oklahoma (No. 12) and Oklahoma State (No. 15) but isn't ranked? That's just not right.

Enix wrote:

* Could someone explain to me how Texas is leading the Big 12 ahead of Baylor (No. 5 in the AP poll), Oklahoma (No. 12) and Oklahoma State (No. 15) but isn't ranked? That's just not right.

South Florida was doing the same thing in the American about a week ago. 2-0 in conference after starting 0-4 out of conference.

Then they lost to Louisville and Houston, so that's over and their BCS dreams are done.

Everyone hates Texas. It's what makes us strong.

Enix wrote:

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I don't know about y'all, but I think I'm pulling for LSU here. Everyone figures the national title game will be Alabama against either FSU or Oregon. Why not take 'Bama out of the mix and go for a Noles-Ducks showdown?

2011 already out of mind? Bama winning is probably the only thing that guarantees UO or FSU get a chance.

Game that dedicated fan of a 1-8 team is attending for the 8th time this season even though it may be raining
U$C @ Cal (noon, Fox)

Enix wrote:

I don't know about y'all, but I think I'm pulling for LSU here. Everyone figures the national title game will be Alabama against either FSU or Oregon. Why not take 'Bama out of the mix and go for a Noles-Ducks showdown?

I am of two minds on this one. I think that this is the most likely of upsets (not that I think it is going to happen, but I give LSU a better chance to beat Bama than I give Stanford of toppling OU), so on the one hand I am rooting for the Tigers.

On the other, I would love to face (and beat, obviously) Bama so that FSU could be the team that ended the scourge of SEC championships.

Carlbear95 wrote:

2011 already out of mind? Bama winning is probably the only thing that guarantees UO or FSU get a chance.

Do you mean that if LSU wins you think that LSU would jump to #1? I don't see that happening, especially if there are 2 or 3 undefeateds left (OU, FSU, OSU)

Enix wrote:

Best SEC game not involving Alabama
Mississippi State at No. 15 Texas Agricultural & Manziel-canic, 3:30 (CBS)

Now, that's how you do it.

OU is Oklahoma.
Oregon or U of O is what you are looking for Abu.

Abu5217 wrote:
Carlbear95 wrote:

2011 already out of mind? Bama winning is probably the only thing that guarantees UO or FSU get a chance.

Do you mean that if LSU wins you think that LSU would jump to #1? I don't see that happening, especially if there are 2 or 3 undefeateds left (OU, FSU, OSU)

I suppose its not possible since LSU has 2 conference losses. However, Auburn, with only 1 loss could beat Bama and go on to win the SEC championship. Since by rule the SEC champion must play in the BCS championship game (that is a rule right?), that would leave a 1-loss Bama against a potential undefeated Oregon, FSU, heck lets throw in OSU and Baylor for fun.

Human polls are still 2/3s of the BCS formula... don't tell me you don't think its possible. Iron Bowl then National championship bowl a month later? Why no? SEC #1!!

Looks like the Longhorns are strealing ASU's AD, who is apparently family to Gary Patterson, the coach of TCU.

I think that's excellent, in that they didn't make the best hire possible of Oliver Luck, and I hope they hire Gary Patterson as the next football coach, for a number of reasons. He's a good coach, but not, I think, an exciting, charismatic hire. Not someone who I imagine would out-recruit the incredibly charismatic, swag-for-days Kevin Sumlin. Also, if it doesn't work out, we could see a lot of internal strife about nepotism, etc.

Hoppa, your thoughts?

Of the two, Patterson is probably the better choice. I really hope he doesn't hire Gary Patterson, though. Luck left the Harris County Sports Authority in a bit of a mess, from what I've heard. That might have been good for you and your popcorn intake, but not for UT or my hair loss problems.

A lot of folks are hoping we get Saban to replace Mack. I'm still holding out hope we can offer Sumlin a nice fat payday to dump you guys the way he dumped U of H.

We got that oil money, hoppa, we ain't getting outbid. $490 million new stadium already sold out, I GUESS we can pay our coach five if that's what it takes.

Well, maybe the Texans will pick him up if Kubiak can't come back. Anything to get him out of College Station.