Tuesday, September 04, 2007

College Football Debriefing

Each week, after all of the games have been played, I'll re-visit some of them and give my take(synonym for biased, slightly informed opinion). It's called the debriefing because whatever happened during your chosen team's game you probably felt like you were part of a crime scene, or maybe a terrorist attack. Whether you thought you were robbed by the referees, or got to witness some WMD's exploding in your big house stadium, this is where we'll re-open fresh wounds and examine the positives and negatives. But since we're all college football fanatics, probably mostly the negatives.

Most of the powerhouses roll.
When you see scores like 73-10(Louisville vs. Murray St.) or 79-10(Oklahoma vs. North Texas) it's usually a good indication that you're still in the first two weeks of the season. For the most part, the teams that should win did win(yes, that's item 2, quit jumping the gun). However, a couple of the wins were much closer than they probably should have been. Case in point, Texas: 21, Arkansas St.: 13. Sure, it was 21-3 in favor of UT at one point, but Arky St. did rack up almost 400yds of net offense. That won't work next week against a tenacious TCU team(alliteration, yeah!).

You DO NOT Want To Lose Your Home Opener To A 1-AA School.
First, this FBS/FCS madness has to stop. In fact, I'm sure that it could be partly to blame for Michigan's meltdown in their "It Used To Be A Big House But Now It's More Like A Gigantic Fishbowl". When Lloyd "karma is a bitch" Carr(don't think we haven't forget about your UF cheapshots sir!) saw FCS he must have thought it meant "Free Cheezburger Series". Unfortunately, it was Meeechigan that got lollerkatted(thank EDSBS for that hilarity). And congrats to Appalachian St., and all of their fans. Their win is truly what college football is all about.

My (insert respective team here) Did This Well.
For me it's obviously the Gators. And what did they do well on Saturday? Passed the ball. I had heard about Tebow's arm strength and his new throwing motion, but no one had seen him play as the full-time starter. He played, and played quite well. His final stats were: 13-17, 300yds, 3TD, 0INT. And Riley Cooper? Dare I say Chris Doering redux?(but with more speed).

My (insert respective team here) Didn't Do This Well.
They didn't defend the pass particularly well, especially early in the game. Sure it was the first drive of a brand new season, but UF's pass defense looked shaky on WKU's opening possession. Against a stronger opponent it would have resulted in at least a field goal, if not a touchdown. There was some pressure on the QB throughout the game, but the corners and safeties have to tackle better and make better reads(I'm looking at you Tony Joiner and Kyle Jackson). See, even when your team wins 49-3 there are negatives. Gotta love college football fans!

The Earliest of Early Heisman Watches.
Colt Brennan is still putting up monster numbers in that quarterback's paradise known as Hawaii. His stats for the weekend? 34-40, 416yds, 6TD's, 0INT, free rum runners.

Marlon Lucky ran wild on Saturday, to the tune of 233 yds and 3TD's. Consistently putting up anything remotely close to that on a weekly basis will put everyone on notice.

Earl Bennett had a great receiving day, 13 rec. 223yds 3TD's. He's coming off of an 1100+ receiving yard season, and will be Vandy's go to guy.

So there you have it, some of the stats and storylines from this weekend's amateur action. Now please put your underwear back on because this isn't that kind of a debriefing.

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