NCAAF  > General NCAAF  > College Football Week 11 thoughts and highlights
November 16, 2010, 11:15 AM
This could have been the craziest saturday in college football ever if 2 things would have happened. 1) Cal's Kicker made the Field Goal in the 4th quarter and 2) Georgia's Defense showed up for 4 quarters in stead of 1. If those things would have happened we could see a rematch of TCU vs Boise for the national title. I doubt the BCS people would let that happen.

1) Oregon looks breakable. USC almost exposed Oregon a few weeks ago by showing what a good defensive line can do to Oregon's fast pace rushing attack. Cal reinforced this theory by dominating Oregon the whole game. Minues the special teams error we could have a shake up in the Top 5 of the BCS. Teams need to take note of what happened in the CAL and USC game and take note to stopping the "QUACK ATTACK"

2) Auburn once again put the distractions aside and just won. Newton did not let the early deficit hurt his team and pulled through in the end. Imagine what would have happened if Georgia had a defense. AUBURN WOULD HAVE LOST! Some people are asking themselves if Auburn falls behind to a fast paced Oregon would they be able to catch up? Alabama needs to run the ball on Auburn. Auburn has been weak on the run this year and will be missing 2 defensive linemen for the first half. Better Pound the ball fast and early. An IRON BOWL for the ages. You better believe SABAN will have his team ready for this game. What better way to end your season by destroying your rivals season.

3) TCU did not get the memo that style points count in the BCS world. Yes the computers throw out all those factors but the humans do not. To trail 14-0 to San Diego State The nscore 34 straight points only to be up 40-35 in the 4th quarter gives everyone mixed feelings. When your outside a BCS conference DOMINATION is EVERYTHING. Just keep your fingers crossed that someone can stop OREGON or AUBURN in the next 3-4 weeks.

4) Boise State....I hope you get on the big stage to show your stuff. DOMINATING Idaho does not say alot. Peterson should run the score up to 70-80 points a game to impress the human polls. Statement games vs Fresno State and Nevada coming up! I think Kellen Moore should be in the heisman talk since the TOP 2 candidates do not have a clean back round to stand on.

5) LSU just wins. Impressive defense and lucky offense. I find myself always using the word Lucky when I talk about LSU. Does LSU deserve to play for the national title if some top teams lose....NO NO NO and some more NO! LSU vs OREGON? Defense vs offense.

Now onto some side notes

6) Being a Gator I have to mention that game....Dang we suck....Just no identity. Talent is there but not the focus needed. Lets just beat FSU and I will be happy! Citrus Bowl anyone? Urban needs to man up and make the changes needed despite the "Addazio" iss a good coach cry.

7) The BIG-10 race has become very interesting. I hate how the BCS will decide the winner of it all since its a 3 way tie. Next year it will be good to go with a conference championship! Wisconsin seems to be the clear favorite with Michigan (no defense) coming up and a Northwestern team who lost it's starting QB last game.

8) ACC race? I am just getting ready for FSU vs Virginia Tech in the Championship game. No one has been consistent enough to pull away. I would like to see Maryland get it done so "the FRIDGE" can retire on a high note. Any thoughts on who is going to get in? NC STATE? MARYLAND? FSU?

9) UTAH...way to screw up TCU. Losing to Notre Dame that bad hurts TCU. Same thing happened to Boise with Virginia Tech. Also Oregon State losing to Washington State is just awful. So much for "strength of schedule"

Should be interesting to see how things shake out. Let's just have one top team like Oregon or Auburn lose so their will be a million conversation of TCU or Boise going to the national championship game. I know I missed a few teams and some other crazy thoughts but these are just a few things to get the conversation going.
November 16, 2010  12:09 PM ET

That a lot of thoughts.

1. USC almost exposed Oregon a few weeks ago ... Cal reinforced this theory by dominating Oregon the whole game.

Actually, Ohio State showed what a good D-line does last January. Cal simply played that well defensively without an offense to match.


a) Had the FG been kicked, Oregon certainly would have ended the 9:25 drive with points.
2) As for "DOMINATING"...
First Downs: Oregon 20 - Cal 13
Net Yards: Oregon 317 - Cal 193
Total Plays: Oregon 84 - Cal 59
Rushing: 162 > 124
Passing: 155 > 69
Punts: 5 < 8
Return Yards: 146 > 75
ToP: 32:42 > 27:18

Oregon was well below season averages, but they certainly were not dominated.

November 16, 2010  12:12 PM ET
QUOTE:

Cal reinforced this theory by dominating Oregon the whole game.

When your outside a BCS conference DOMINATION is EVERYTHING.

DOMINATING Idaho does not say alot.

You keep using that word. I do not think it means wha choo think it means. :)

November 16, 2010  12:37 PM ET

I have to extend my vocab. a little more! ;)

I get stuck on a word and then I am done for!

November 16, 2010  12:37 PM ET

feel free to add any more thoughts to this! I missed some other good teams and games this past weekend!

November 16, 2010  12:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

feel free to add any more thoughts to this! I missed some other good teams and games this past weekend!

Sure.. I think Boise running up 70-80 points would backfire with the voters.

Keeping it in the 50s is probably a blow-out sweet spot.

November 16, 2010  12:59 PM ET

I do this "thoughts" thing in my blog also...just putting it out there to get some more hits and feedback!

I still think Boise has been a solid team. I hope some craziness happens and they get shot...TCU has one game left vs New Mexico (who is garbage) so basically their season is over. boise could jump them with 3 games left!

Until coaches and players say NO to the BCS then no one will have a playoff

I agree with what GAMEDAY said "Let's get a playoff now so we can start debating about who is in and out and we can start making the changes we need to that system"\

the BCS has college football by the balls right now. SI did a great article on it. Imagine a playoff and it bringing in so much money that schools will not run a deficit and be able to stop taking from students and other school programs.

November 16, 2010  01:00 PM ET

with a playoff we might see Less CUPCAKE games like ALABAMA vs Georgia Southern and more matchups like Alabama vs Penn State since a playoff means one loss and you might not be out!

November 16, 2010  01:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

with a playoff we might see Less CUPCAKE games like ALABAMA vs Georgia Southern and more matchups like Alabama vs Penn State since a playoff means one loss and you might not be out!

I do agree with that. A think a playoff, like the NCAA B-Ball Tourney, would put the emphasis from qualification on winning the conference - which would free up better non-conference matchups.

Additional revenue would mean that teams would feel less financial pressure to schedule the 8th home game against and FCS cupcake.

November 16, 2010  01:08 PM ET

Agree. They would use non-conference games to booster schedule strength so if they did lose a conference game the out of conference STRONG game could get them back into the mix.

Like Alabama and USC have done through out the past few years is had 1 or 2 KEY match ups in the beginning of the season....Alabama vs clemson/ Virginia Tech USC vs Ohio State

November 16, 2010  01:09 PM ET

Boise and TCU did that this year with OREGON STATE but since both of them were trying to make a national title run and scheduled OREGON STATE it in turn hurt themselves. Also Boise playing Virginia Tech was smart until VT lost to JAMES MADISON. VT is on a roll right now and could still be in the Top 15 by seasons end and in a BCS game!

TCU's new uniforms are AWESOME (side note)

November 16, 2010  01:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Agree. They would use non-conference games to booster schedule strength so if they did lose a conference game the out of conference STRONG game could get them back into the mix. Like Alabama and USC have done through out the past few years is had 1 or 2 KEY match ups in the beginning of the season....Alabama vs clemson/ Virginia Tech USC vs Ohio State

I think you'll also see more SEC-like scheduling. All the cupcakes will shift from September to November because late season losses are killers. Get the tough games out of the way early and give yourself enough time to recover from any potential early loss, then coast into the playoffs.

November 16, 2010  01:24 PM ET

ORAC...good point. Florida vs appalachian State and Alabama vs Gerogia Southern this week. Instead of a cupcake game in the beginning and end it will just be one at the end right before maybe a big rivalry game!

Recovery is huge. When Alabama lost to South Carolina every one thought they were out but since it was so early in the season they got almost back to #5 in the BCS.....of course LSU knocked them out (DOMINATED as I like to say) but it just shows you one loss and your not done and sometimes even 2 losses (LSU 2007)

November 16, 2010  01:30 PM ET

Does FRESNO STATE even have a chance this week?

Should the NCAA let BOISE keep their blue turf but make them wear Orange Pants or all white uniforms?

November 16, 2010  02:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

ORAC...good point. Florida vs appalachian State and Alabama vs Gerogia Southern this week. Instead of a cupcake game in the beginning and end it will just be one at the end right before maybe a big rivalry game!Recovery is huge. When Alabama lost to South Carolina every one thought they were out but since it was so early in the season they got almost back to #5 in the BCS.....of course LSU knocked them out (DOMINATED as I like to say) but it just shows you one loss and your not done and sometimes even 2 losses (LSU 2007)

It is a good point. I like the BCS format for 2 reasons: 1.) We talk about it and have great arguments throughout the season. Every week means something because if your team loses, they are seriously handicapped and some like TCU and Boise would be done for. I can't get excited for college basketball until the tournament starts even with a 24 hour marathon on ESPN to kick things off. (Really, who came up with that idea?) 2.) The BCS attempts to choose the best team in the country, that is, the team that earned the right from day 1 to be champion - one of my main arguments against a TCU or Boise unless everyone's got a loss.

I wouldn't be opposed to a playoff, but if that occurs we all need to understand that it would be a paradigm shift. No longer would we be looking for the best team in the country, but we would be looking for a tournament winner. Orac brings up I think what is one of the best arguments against. Teams would not schedule tougher non-conference games. They would schedule easier ones and later in the season. The only games that would matter would be conference games and teams would want to be healed by the time the tournament starter.

All of the reasons people hate the BCS are why it's so great and why it would be missed.

November 16, 2010  03:09 PM ET

ITs a LOVE HATE RELATIONSHIP with the BCS.

I think a playoff would still have teams fighting to the end and RIVALRY games at the end of the season would still mix it up/

November 16, 2010  03:49 PM ET

I'm almost sick to my stomach to say this, but I must root for the maze and blue two fold.
1. If they can pull off the miracle win and beat Wisconsin, this will improve there overall standings as a team with a high ranking crediable win, it will also make this three dog race a two horse race in the Big Ten
2. tOSU get them the next week and after tOSU beats them for the ninth time in Tressels 10 years as Head Coach, it should bolster up the Buckeyes past Michigan State to Win the Big Ten and hopefully have us "Smelling Roses" once again.

November 16, 2010  03:50 PM ET

PS Jeff Hostetler,
Its a love hate here too!

November 16, 2010  03:59 PM ET
QUOTE:

8) ACC race? Any thoughts on who is going to get in? NC STATE? MARYLAND? FSU?

NC State controls their own destiny. If they beat UNC, and then Maryland, they're in the ACC CG against VT. If NCSU stumbles, then it's FSU vs VT (provided we beat Maryland, which we will).

One thing I promise: If FSU meets VT for the ACC crown, FSU WILL NOT LOSE. I guarantee it.

November 16, 2010  04:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

NC State controls their own destiny. If they beat UNC, and then Maryland, they're in the ACC CG against VT. If NCSU stumbles, then it's FSU vs VT (provided we beat Maryland, which we will).One thing I promise: If FSU meets VT for the ACC crown, FSU WILL NOT LOSE. I guarantee it.

Bold words, bud. Where's the game being played this year? Didn't they move it from Tampa?

 
November 16, 2010  04:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I'm almost sick to my stomach to say this, but I must root for the maze and blue...

Ugh. I'm with you , kbrin. I'm in the unenviable position I was in for the 2007 Capital One Bowl-- I can't bring myself to cheer for TSUN, so I guess I'll have to phrase it the way I did back then.


I REALLY hope Wisconsin loses...

Comment

Remember to keep your posts clean. Profanity will get filtered, and offensive comments will be removed.


Truth & Rumors

MOST POPULAR

  1. 1
    Bryant headed back to Germany
    Views
    3360
    Comments
    928
  2. 2
    D'Antoni's newest 'blunder'
    Views
    2939
    Comments
    866
  3. 3
    Baseball's top 2015 free agent
    Views
    2530
    Comments
    528
  4. 4
    Shakeup looms for White Sox
    Views
    5294
    Comments
    334
  5. 5
    The NHL's model franchise?
    Views
    2300
    Comments
    140

SI.com

SI Photos