College Football Musings - Week 2

The ACC narrowly averted what could have been the most humiliating weekend any BCS Conference has ever had. The Head Ball Coach drops his SEC opener, again. Mike Gundy readies for criticism, but he can handle it because he's a man and he's 41. Notre Dame finds out once again they are overrated and that Beano and Lou are complete idiots. The Buckeyes show they aren't as good as the top tier teams.

All of that and more in this week's musings.

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Almost Competitive Conference ---- Florida State trailed Jacksonville State in the final minute, Maryland went to overtime against James Madison, North Carolina was held scoreless for three quarters by Connecticut and Wake Forest was down double digits to Stanford. Each of those four teams managed to pull out victories but the weekend served to remind us that there's no reason for the ACC and Big East to each get an automatic bid into the BCS. And that's before we add in that Virginia was clobbered by TCU. At this point the Mountain West is the fifth best conference in college football and moving up fast on the conference that can't count.

Speaking of the Big Ten ---- Michigan restored a bit of pride to the league on another bad day for the conference. The Wolverines 38-34 win over Notre Dame reminded everyone in South Bend why Urban Meyer was the first choice five years ago and why they never should have low-balled him in negotiations. Still Ohio State lost to USC – its fifth straight setback to a top-five opponent. Michigan State lost to Central Michigan and Purdue came up short against an Oregon team that could not have had a worst first week of the season. Wisconsin almost added to the misery before rallying for a double overtime win over Fresno State. That poor play will make it tough for even a 12-0 team from getting serious BCS Title Game consideration.

The painful journey to the top ---- One of the things that makes becoming an elite program so difficult is not overcoming adversity; it's coping with success. Oklahoma State found that out the hard way when it went from the high of a win over Georgia and No. 5 national ranking that came with it to falling to unranked Houston 45-35. The Cowboys trailed 24-7 at the half but twice rallied to take the lead before getting outscored 14-0 in the final seven minutes. Houston's Kevin Sumlin might soon be the hottest coaching candidate in college football.

Strange game for Dawgs, ‘Cocks ---- One thing we could always count on was a tight, low scoring game between Georgia and South Carolina. Not any more. The Bulldawgs and Gamecocks have made a history of battling each other tooth and nail with every point coming at great effort. In fact in their last five meetings neither two had scored more than 20 points in any of the games. That wasn't the case Saturday night. There were 78 points on the board when the two teams finally ended a 41-37 thriller in Athens. Georgia linebacker Rennie Curran broke up a potential game winning pass in the end zone to seal the win. The game reminded me a lot of the FSU/Miami game Monday night. Great theater, but not great football.

Is this chair warm or is it just me? ---- Any list of coaches on the hot seat has to begin with Al Groh at Virginia. After losing to William and Mary opening day the Cavs were walloped by TCU 30-14. Don't let the final score fool you. TCU led 30-0 with five minutes to play. Colorado's Dan Hawkins belongs on the list after a 54-38 loss at Toledo. Again, two late touchdowns made the score look better than the game was. Hawkins' status is made shakier by his insistence on playing his son at QB. Add in Tommy West of Memphis who has never accomplished much and yet still, remarkably has a job. Memphis fell to 0-2 after dropping a 31-14 decision at Middle Tennessee State. It was no fluke. Middle led 31-7 late in the game and out gained Memphis almost two to one. How can Memphis have a worse team than the second best team in the greater Nashville area?


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