Mid-Week Games are Great

I don't know about the rest of you, but I absolutely love all the mid week football we get these days. After spending most of my adult life getting college football only on Sundays except for Thanksgiving weekend this nightly action is a Godsend. And we're getting good games, too. This week in particular has given us midweek action that really matters.

Boise State 28 Tulsa 21 ---- It's pretty strange seeing the No. 5 team in the country playing on a Wednesday, but it was great for college football fans, especially in this part of the country. It was a chance to see just how good the Broncos really are without dozing off every three or four plays. Boise State convinced me they are about what they have been, a team capable of beating really good teams but incapable of surviving the gauntlet that faces teams in the Big 12, SEC and some other BCS leagues. You still have to wonder if Tulsa pulls it out if G.J. Kinne doesn't under throw a wide open receiver in the final minute. Boise State won the battle, but probably lost the war in terms of convincing the nation they should be considered for the BCS Title Game. Fiesta Bowl here you come!

Cincinnati 34 South Florida 17 ---- The Bearcats lost starting QB Tony Pike to a wrist injury late in the first half with the team leading USF on the road 17-7. Enter back up Zack Callaros who proceeded to run for 132 yards and two TD in wining the battle of Big East unbeaten teams. Head Coach Brian Kelly continued to build his case for an elite job with a completely different game plan in the second half. The play of the Big East has somewhat quieted squawking about them losing their automatic berth in the BCS, but not enough for an unbeaten Big East team to jump a lone-loss Florida, Alabama or Texas.

Coming Attractions

The midweek extravaganza is hardly over with. Next week there are three games worth watching.

Wednesday, Tulsa @ UTEP ---- The Golden Hurricanes can show their strong play against Boise State was no fluke while the Miners try to find the form that helped them beat Houston 58-41.

Thursday, Florida State @ North Carolina ---- The Seminoles could not be much more desperate for a win after losing four of their first six games including all three ACC contests. Carolina is also winless in league play (0-2) but are 4-2 overall and a win keeps them in good position for a bowl bid.

Friday, Rutgers @ Army ---- No, the football game isn't worth watching, but the atmosphere is. Hopefully ESPN will show us the surroundings at Michie Stadium, the historic buildings allover West Point and the parade of Cadets marching into the Stadium.

That sure beats sitcoms and reality shows, doesn't it?

In the weeks ahead we'll see nationally ranked teams like Boise State, Cincinnati, Oklahoma State and Virginia Tech as well. Life is good.


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