College Football Musings -Week 4

The fourth weekend of the college football season was a typically strange one with top 10 teams going down and conferences suffering indignities. An ignored prep star goes back home to execute a stunning upset and a first year coach almost makes history. We offer up those bits of tid and other items in our weekly college football musings.

Comeback coach of the year ---- After his first game on the sidelines Oregon Coach Chip Kelly looked like he would be lucky to last a month. His team was humiliated by Boise State, his players openly challenged each other and the coaches on the sidelines and star running back LeGarrette Blount sucker punched a Boise State player after the game. Not only that, but his predecessor and Athletic Director Mike Belotti publicly commented on what he was doing wrong on ESPN. Since then Kelly has quieted his boss and other critics with three straight wins including a 42-3 blowout of No. 6 California on Saturday. That is an impressive turnaround.

Sorry kid, you're not good enough ---- That was the message Florida State delivered to Tallahassee Lincoln's B.J. Daniels two years ago when the Noles chose not to offer a scholarship to the athletic combo QB. Daniels instead went to USF where he played basketball for a year while redshirting in football. He got even Saturday when he led the Bulls to a 17-7 win over the Noles at Doak Campbell Stadium. Daniels outplayed Christian Ponder running for 126 yards and passing for 215 and two TD. FSU fans have had three home games and they've seen losses to both Miami and USF. The only win they've seen was a last minute score to beat Jacksonville State. Included in Bobby Bowden's post-game comments, "They're a whole lot better than I thought they were. They whupped us. The way we got beat up front on offense, I didn't think you could beat us like that."

Get them off the schedule ---- That's probably the request ageless coach Joe Paterno made to the Big Ten late Saturday night after yet another loss to Iowa. The Nittany Lions fell to Iowa for the seventh time in eight years 21-10 in front of a packed house at home. It's the second year in a row the Hawkeyes seemingly knocked Paterno out of the BCS Title picture as well. The loss ruined Penn State's "White Out" effort to get all fans to wear white. Of course FSU tried the same thing against USF and the Gators didn't exactly tear the place up when he urged people to show up in blue. Maybe it's enough to convince people that goofy dress-up promotions accomplish NOTHING. Just say no!

Rank rankings ---- Four of the top 10 teams in the A.P. poll went down to defeat this weekend creating the opportunity for another dramatic re-arranging of the poll. They can do all they want, but I'll bet the house on the winner of the Big-12 Title Game against the winner of the SEC Title Game. It's the same pick I made to start the season and the first month has done nothing to change that view. However, I must admit to being a bit less certain about how the game in Atlanta might turn out.

Almost Competitive Conference ---- Is it parity or mediocrity? Well the FSU loss to USF, Clemson loss to TCU and Maryland getting blown out by Rutgers makes it clear to me that mediocrity again rules the day in the ACC. Virginia Tech routing Miami three weeks after getting steamrolled by Alabama in the fourth quarter makes it even clearer the ACC is not a big time college football conference. It's a tie for the ACC and Big East to lose their automatic berths in the BCS.

Thanx, Charlie ---- Notre Dame Coach Charlie Weis made life easier for lots of people when his Fightin' Irish rallied for a late TD to beat Purdue 24-21. Notre Dame is now 3-1 with Washington and USC at home. The second half of the schedule is pretty weak, so the Irish still have BCS hopes and aspirations.


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