A lot of drama in week two as the upsets start popping up around the country. Still, it is the time of year you muddle through a lot of games that suck in hopes of finding the rare jewel that doesn't. And hopefully that jewel doesn't turn out to be just a middle eastern guy that is immune to fire like in that horrible sequel with Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas. Well, let's get ready to plunge knee deep into the Retort and see if we can't find some diamonds in the poo-poo. (Obscure Emmitt Smith quote reference.)
Attitude faced off against altitude as the Longhorns head from 7000 feet below normal to 7000 feet above sea level to face off against the Cowboys of Wyoming. Never mind that the entire state of
Things are not going so well for 4th year coach Dan Hawkins
after he predicted "10 Wins and No Excuses".
This is going to be especially difficult given that they only have 10
games remaining on their schedule.
Of course, who knows, maybe a team that can't beat
Preview Guy Voice>In a world with no major professional sports teams.
Where middle school boys giggle at the sound of the word "caucuses".
Where people look forward to taking a break from a long week of producing
ethanol and tests of basic skills.
Brother will stand toe to toe against brother as the battle rages on for control
of the state none of you have ever visited.
Except Tom, who grew up there.
It is, IOWAR! <End Voice> Unfortunately, like most films with Ben
Affleck, this one didn't live up to the preview.
The Cyclones turn the ball over six times en route to a thrashing.
schools that are almost anagrams of each other, this game was quite the
mismatch. The Cornhuskers jumped out
to an early lead and didn't look back as they roll over the Red Wolves from
game where the Big XII team started off sluggish and then roared back, the
Missouri Tigers actually trailed Bowling Green 13 – 6 at the half before finally
rattling off 21 points in the second half to take the win.
I tried to come up with some joke about "
This is the
kind of game that makes me hate nonconference.
Not only did
I don't think
anyone has been this surprised by an ULaLa since Marty McFly finally retrieved
his sports almanac from Biff Tanner in Back to the Future II, only to find that
all but the cover had been replaced by a fictitious 1950s skin mag.
Yes, I realize I referenced this last week, but this is what the paid
ones in the industry refer to as a "call back".
It's supposed to be funny.
In a matchup
that proves the equation: Football Prowess = 1 / Admission Standards, the Red
Raiders pounded the Rice Owls in
the most intriguing game of the week.
I said this one had derailment potential, but I didn't actually think it
My 98 Cents Worth:
As much as I like to complain about some of these non-conference games between Herve Villechaize
I still think it is the best we can do. College teams are not like pro teams in that their team turns over much more quickly and looks substantially different from year to year. I suppose, at least, unlike the NFL, in non-conference games you get to see the starters play the whole time. Well, unless he is an OU quarterback.
Sure it would be nice to give them a preseason game to work the kinks out like the pros have, but there are two problems with this. First, I absolutely abhor games that don't count. I cannot get excited one iota for a game that doesn't matter. Second, in a sport where the winner is determined by voting, there
And so, I stick with the tried and true formula for preseason scheduling. You get
Second, you need a good regional matchup. Intrastate rivalries between schools in different conferences fit well here. Good for the region, good for the fans, and good to build history. Unless that region is
Third, a non regional team that is ranked about the same level as you. I know these games are scheduled way in advance, but I say at least this game has to be scheduled after the end of the previous season. Maybe there is a formula based on strength rankings where this game is determined. Anything to make some better matchups.
You don't need any more than 3 non conference games, especially as we add Conference Championships, and hopefully move toward a playoff system of some kind. That is the kind of hope and change I am looking for.
Couch Potato's Guide:
Why not to watch: Hey, this is a really great matchup of legendary powerhouses. Unfortunately, this time they are playing football.
Who will win: The Fighting Manginos 35 - Duke 2 (they got fouled but missed the "and 1").
Why to watch: The Tigers seek revenge on the guy that framed OJ.
Why not to watch: You have to pay for it.
Who will win:
Why to watch: The battle of division one teams from
Who will win: Sooners win, but too close for comfort. 28 – 14.
Why to watch: This is the kind of scheduling I appreciate. If I am not passed out from slogging through trying to mow a yard that is now a foot and a half tall from all of the rain, I will definitely tune in for this one.
Who will win:Virgina Tech 31- Nebraska 22
Why to watch: To reward the Big XII for moving a conference game up in the season to give us something to care about. And because it should be a pretty solid matchup.
Who will win: I think the Longhorns get their revenge at home against a reloading offense.
Why not to watch: Fortunately for Bill Snyder, the potential recruits will already be passed out by this point.
Who will win: UCLA 28 - 21
Why not to care: Because both states are square. Isn't rhyming fun?
Who will win:
Why not to care: Just because both schools have really good women's basketball teams doesn't make the football game any better.
Who will win: Baylor looks stronger this year. They win 37 – 14.
Why to care: The Cult vs. Some Guys From Utah
Who will win:
Why not to care: Too numerous to list.
Who will win:
Why to care; Can another school from
Who will win: Rice isn't
That's all for this week. It's , so I will keep this short. I'll be heading to JerryWorld on Sunday to watch the Cowboys – Giants matchup, so if you are going to be there, kick me an email.
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