As stupid as many think UGA defensive coordinator Willie Martinez is, Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter, trailing USC 21-28 and facing with 4th and long from his own end with 1:30 left and 2 timeouts, PUNTED the ball away to SC, who proceeded to run the clock out via a run and then victory formation . I guess that new clock change rule that has so massively changed the end of games failed to make it into ASU's preseason PowerPoint presentation (but he apparently did watch that Georgia-BC Music City Bowl a few years back where Richt punted with I believe 0:53 left).
Maybe that bad call against Florida was the SEC Inept Officiating Karma (sponsored by Golden Flake) coming back and biting them in the arse for their win against Vandy last year, where a damn near unstoppable Cutler was a last minute 2 point conversion from defeating Florida when they were flagged for excessive celebration that was nowhere near excessive celebration, so they had to kick a 35 yard extra point instead and lost in OT. Of course the bad call against Florida did not explicitly cost them the game: they would have attempted a go ahead FG on 4th down with a kicker who is pretty dodgy, and even if they made it they would have been up by 2 with 8 minutes still to play, but you get my drift (and gratuitous Golden Flake - The Official Potato Chip of the SEC reference).
I noticed lots of lazy analysis late Saturday night that Auburn made a bunch of adjustments and outfought the gators to get the win. Wilber flat out dropped the ball, that O-Lineman decided it would be cool to play D-Line for one play and tackle him a Tiger/Plainsman/WarEagle in the end zone, Leak "fumbled" of his own accord, and then threw an utterly shitty pass that got picked, and of course the last play had absolutely nothing to do with Auburn doing anything especially well. Plain & simple Auburn played well but not great and was gifted a win by the fuckups of the Gators, who only allowed12 points from the Auburn offense but still managed to lose 27-17 . That being said they will both still beat our ass.
The Cal game not being on TV us just flat out ridiculous. A top 10 team on the road against a tough Washington State team that was 1 play from knocking off #2 two weeks ago. Not only was the game not on national TV or even ESPN Gameplan (who among others showed Western Michigan-Northern Illinois, Fresno-Hawaii, Troy-Louisiana-Monroe, Miami-Florida International), it wasn't even on in the Bay Area where I live. An absolute joke- equal blame to TV and to the PAC10 for having negotiated such a weak TV contract.
Cal will win out, beat USC at USC, finish 11-1, and still get no respect east of The Rockies because of their utter destruction at hands of Tennessee, moreso if the Vols lose more games. Unless they beat the loser of the Ohio State-Michigan game by 2 touchdowns in the Rose Bowl (if that is really how the Big 11 plays out).
Let the ESPN hype machine begin! Ohio State-Michigan is "the game of the century!!!" even know it is a month out and neither team is 11-0 quite yet. Expect Shelly Smith to start covering this story this week.
The John L Smith Meltdown Of The Week goes to formerly 15th ranked Iowa: up 21-7 against the Indiana team that lost 59-0 to Wisconsin a few weeks back, they pulled a nice John L and lost outright to the Hoosiers 31-28.
How far Miami have fallen. It's one thing to come out of the tunnel in fatigues or get into a pregame brawl in a #1 vs. #2 clash of the titans matchup, but a prison riot melee against Florida International (whom you were only beating 7-0 halfway through the 3rd quarter)? It's like the low point of some metal band in True Hollywood Story. If only supreme idiot Kellen "I'm a soldier!" Winslow, Jr, was still at "Da U" then it all would have been worth it just to hear his post game comments.
With the new clock rules, will anyone shoot par this year? If you don't cross-dorkify your CFB with golf: will any team score 72 points in a game, or even 70 for that matter? It happened a few handfuls a year in seasons past, but I believe the closest anyone has come this season is Hawaii this past Saturday when they travelled up to Fresno State Country Club and turned in a nice little 4-under 68.
Saw The Departed last night. Of course I am biased against any movie set in Boston with real Bostonians (Matt Damon, Maahky Maahk) doing the chowd accent instead of the tortured attempts at it by non-Bostonian actors (see Vera Farmiga in this movie, Clooney and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in A Perfect Storm, etc.) , but it's great - go see it.